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Always Ametra

The Little Things

Have you ever experienced the dizzying feeling of finding cash in your pockets as you rifle through them before doing laundry? It’s a, “Eureka!” moment, and you get the rush of warm and fuzzies because it’s such a pleasant surprise. That is how I felt earlier this week when I realized that I have roughly half a dozen clips recorded to my phone that I’d somehow forgotten about. We’ve already gone over how, when inspiration…

Programming Note

I’ve been sidelined by a wicked bit of flu for over a week now. It left me with barely enough energy to do much and, now that I’m starting to be up and around again, I’ve been catching up on things I was otherwise unable to do during that time. One bit of fun I found in my sickbed was to go back through some of my blog posts and transform them into videos. This one was…

Nuggets of Goodness

I hoped to have Writer’s Block Exercise #3 ready to post today; however, I’ve run into a bit of an issue. When I first received The Writer’s Block as a gift, it was my plan to randomly pick a page each week and do the suggested exercise. That has worked well for the first couple of entries but has now hit a snag. The premise of the book is that it contains, “768 ideas to…

Waves of Inspiration

Water is considered to be a conduit for many things. Some video games have portrayed water as the means to move between realms. It was also highlighted in the movie, “Constantine,” when the title character filled a bathtub with water, assisting another with her travel from our world to Hell after she was submerged.  I don’t know that my experiences are anywhere near as deep as that, but I can definitely say that I’ve gotten some…

Tools of the Trade Made Simple…Maybe

Just about everyone who indulges in the creative process has means of keeping track of various notes, thoughts, and jottings. Something that I hear often, though, is this: “I come up with some of my best stuff in the middle of the night, but then by morning I can’t ever remember any of it.” I’m guilty of this, too, to an extent that is embarrassing to share. For me, it was all a matter of…

Writer’s Block Exercise #2

Exercise #2: Describe the most disappointing gift you’ve ever received. What did the gift reveal about the giver? This was in 2002, or maybe 2003, and I don’t recall if it was in celebration of my birthday or for Christmas when the gift was presented to me.  I didn’t know what to say at the time it was revealed, instead choosing a smile and a simple, “Thank you” that I hoped sounded sincere and would…

Writer’s Block Exercise #1

According to the description on the cover of “The Writer’s Block,” the purpose of the 786 ideas contained inside is to jump-start your imagination.  I’ve decided to pick a page at random – once per week – and post the results of that creative exercise here. Now for the disclaimer: I’m not going to pretend that whatever I post is award-winning material. These exercises are meant to stimulate my mind, and I’m using them to…

Unfettered Indulgence

Three days ago, I passed a certification exam that is vital to my day job. Since then, I have been reintroducing myself to life as a writer by reading my debut novel from the beginning. Six weeks is a very long time to be separated from anything you love and enjoy, and I don’t think it would be fair to just jump right back in, picking up from where I left off with regard to…

Just when you thought it was safe…

YES! I am finally BACK! You know you missed me. As I mentioned in my last post, it was necessary (though not at all enjoyable) for me to take a hiatus. Real life sometimes means that we have to be an adult and handle actual business. My business had to do with passing an extremely important certification exam that is vital to keeping my day job. I’m obviously not yet at the point in my…

The Bottomless Bag

It has been an amazing last few weeks, so much so that it barely seems as though twenty-one days have passed since I made the announcement of the title of my first novel.  I hoped to try very hard to not let there be so much time in-between posts, but I obviously need to try harder. It’s all for a good reason, though. Several good reasons, in fact! Not all will be shared here at…