Starting the New Year Right

2016I once read this quote-like thing that said something about: how you choose to spend the first day of the new year is a good measuring stick for the rest of the year.  Or something to that effect.

The first day of a new year is not a magical reset button, but it is a good jumping off point, especially now that so many other obligations are behind us.  And thinking about how that one day of activity might influence the remaining 364 days is kind of scary…although I did happen to start my pilot last night around 12:30 for good measure. 😉

A blank slate sits before us.

As you’ve learned, I don’t like resolutions, but there are a few things I would like to do this year, things that keep getting pushed to the sidelines, such as:

  1. I’d like to get my screenwriting portfolio in order…finally.  I want Hollywood to not know what hit ’em.  Which means getting my writing space in order again: buying a desk chair, plastering my wall with my goals, setting deadlines and keeping them, finding ways to get my writing out into the world, etc.
  2. I’d like to learn to sew in order to make my first cosplay outfit.  You guessed it, something Dragon Age related.  I have such a good idea, well, I think so.  I’d draw you a picture, except that was one of my plans for last year, to learn to draw, and of course it never happened.  Maybe this year.
  3. I’d like to travel somewhere new.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had an actual vacation.
  4. I’d like to read more.  I’ve been horrible about this recently, except in regards to fanfiction, which is just fun.  I have one of those lists of the books everyone should read, and well, there are a lot left.

There are of course the things like lose 10 lbs and clear out the junk in the garage and find a new job, blah blah blah, but those always seem to be in rotation.

So if you’d like to not jinx the rest of the year, do something today that you’ll thank yourself for later.  Kidding!

Happy New Year, my friends!  Dream Big and let’s make this year Fantastic!


Quote Monday

2016 is just days away…another year behind us.  I don’t like to think that a new year is the only time to set new goals because I believe we can create them at any time and make changes with each new day.  Now that the holidays have passed, we can again focus on what it is we need to do to make our dreams a reality.


Happy New Year, my friends!

Quote Monday

As the year draws to a close, we often look backward to reflect, but the past is unchangeable and can cause us to wonder how much more we could have accomplished, or could have changed.  It sometimes creates regret that makes us feel inadequate, but it should be a catalyst to inspire us to do more, to look to the future as a clean slate.  Each day is a new day to achieve what we desire.

I hit a few bumps this past week, and I am making a number of decisions to become the hero of my own life, because as we know, no one else can be that for us.


I wish you all the best and hope you are continuing to reach for your dreams!

Be your own hero and don’t let anyone tell you differently!  😉

Quote Monday

Last week passed in a blur of work, Thanksgiving prep, and hanging with family and friends.  I hope those of you who celebrate the holiday enjoyed yourselves and found a number of reasons to be thankful.

I am thankful to The Sis for being my roommate all these years because we have a lot of fun together.  As we cooked dinner, drinking champagne, and dancing and singing around the kitchen, I was reminded of the holidays of my childhood when my family would argue and the occasion would be filled with stress and anger.  I’m thankful those days are behind me.

There are those who don’t understand how we can still live together, that we don’t desire our own lives, or whatever, but instead of living with just a friend or even a stranger, we have decided to stick it out together, maybe that makes us weird, but…


She supports me, she gets me, she encourages my creativity, indulges my obsessions, and that is why having her in my corner is one of my greatest assets (and allows me to be confidently weird in lots of other ways).

What makes you weird?

Quote of the Week

As writers, we live a lot in our heads.  We may be silent, but our minds are always working.  I’m often thinking about a story, or how something I’ve heard or seen may come in useful later on, but recently I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking about life.

There are changes that need to be made, and I can’t sit idly by and hope that magically somehow things will be set right.  As a fantasy writer, I know I secretly hope to have an outside force grant me that deus ex machina that, perfectly timed, will solve my problems, but…yeeaah.

I saw this quote today, and it speaks volumes.


No matter what struggles you are facing, whether personal or professional, or all of the above, you will persevere!  Keep your head up, do what makes you happy (or find it), and continue to reach for the stars!

Wishing you all the very best!

Quote(ish) Monday

I pinned this tip recently and I like the idea behind it.  Often times I trust my intuition, that first impulse, but sometimes, the pull in two different directions is equal and deciding between them proves difficult.

Coin Flip

I’m not sure why I feel this should almost have a disclaimer, but as this blog is for writers, in general, I intended this quote to benefit your work, not major life decisions, although, it would probably work in that regard as well. 😉

Are you struggling with a story idea, a character storyline, or an ending?  Flip a coin and let me know how it works.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Quote Monday

Happy Monday, my friends!

So yes, I was away last week, and I don’t even have a good excuse like I was on vacation or anything.  It was just one of those weeks.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently, in regards to the future and the whole menial work situation, and have been rattling some ideas around about how to change all that.  While living in LA, I discovered an organization that I wanted to be a part of just before we moved away.  There is no such organization where I am now and I’ve been thinking of starting my own.  A HUGE endeavor, but one that combines a few of my passions.  When I draw some better conclusions, I’ll share more.  So in that vein, I offer you the following quote:


Have you had similar thoughts?  Please share!

Have a great week everyone!

Quote Monday

I hope you are all well and ready for another week of creativity crammed within the confines of our “regular” lives, unless your creative life is your regular life, then good for you! 🙂

This week’s quote is something I struggle with…what others may think, in regards to all aspects of my life.  I need to actively fight the urge to be concerned about any and all of it because as RuPaul says, “it’s none of my business”.


Be brave!  Make bold decisions!  And have a great week!

Quote Monday and a Big Thank You!

Happy Monday!

I had another rejection for advancement in a screenwriting competition.  I didn’t take it nearly as hard as I did the first time, although it has caused a bit of introspection on my part, especially while I drive to a dead-end waiting job that has caused irreparable damage to a few body parts.

I’m not going to rant, much, but I’d like to be at least a little happy (not even excited) about going to work until things start happening in the writing department.  The introspection was in regards to the same thing it always is – Am I a good writer?  When I asked a professional writer-friend to read my first script last year, he suggested I make it more of a romantic comedy and completely change the format and timeline.  I gave it some thought, but that was not at all the route I was taking with the story.  I wanted it to be different, and yes, while it is chocked full of romance, it’s a drama, and I liked the format I had specifically chosen for this story.

So I stuck with my choices, rewrote the third act completely, and submitted it.  And the rejections started rolling in.  Should I doubt myself because a few readers didn’t respond to my story?  The answer is a big whopping “NO!”.  I am passionate about this story, and eventually someone will take notice and feel the same way.  So for the quote of the week, in case you’re feeling like you’re in the same boat, I offer you this:

Posted @ QUOTEZ.CO

Posted @ QUOTEZ.CO

If you’re confident in your storytelling, don’t let anyone sway you to think otherwise.  Advice does not need to be taken verbatim.  It’s meant to be helpful, to help you find holes and mistakes, but if you love your story then follow your heart!  Your passion will find itself onto the page.

300FilmGraphicAs to my BIG Thank You, I have reached 300 followers, and I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your support.  I have loved this space as an outlet to share my obsessions, geek out moments, and passions, while finding so much inspiration and creativity through your work.  Thank you for making me want to be a part of this circle; to send out positivity and get some in return.  *I couldn’t resist using this image.  😉

I apologize for my lack of interaction as of late, but I’m hoping to find some semblance of order and routine again soon.

I wish you all the very best and hope you are finding ways of working towards your goals!

xx, Rach