You Can

“And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.”

—J. K. Rowling

We are all capable of doing so many things—things that may seem impossible to others, or even to ourselves. Sometimes we say, “I can never do this, or “I can never do that,” but it’s not really that we “can never” do something, it’s just that we haven’t tried, or maybe we’re afraid to. 

When I began to write my first novel, “HIGH”, I didn’t know where it was going. I didn’t know what I was about to create. All I knew was that I wanted to start writing it and keep writing it until one day, I finished it.

Writing a novel is such an amazing adventure. You sit there alone with your thoughts, mixing words to tell a story. And as you get lost inside your own little world, things begin to happen, and soon, the story has written itself. But you would’ve never known where the story was going or how far you could’ve written it until you allowed yourself to write, and keep writing.

Sometimes you just have to run that race, make that change, allow yourself to the let the pen hit the paper, because you will never know what you can finish unless you start.

It’s not that you “can never” do something. You can. But first, you must give yourself a chance to do it.

Behind the Laughter

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Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

To the man who made us laugh all these years…You will be missed.

I may have been very young then, but I remember watching Mork and Mindy with my mom and dad and my siblings and laughing with them—memories that will stay with me forever, thanks to a comic genius.

I’ve always thought that the hardest question to answer is “Are you happy?” People often pause and think hard when you ask them this. You can follow up this question with, “When was the last time you were really happy?” This one gets them thinking even more.

Think about it. Are you happy? When was the last time you were really happy?

There are people we know who often smile and joke around a lot and laugh their hearts out when you see them, but it doesn’t always mean they’re happy. If you take the time to look into their eyes when the laughter has faded, you may see sadness and loneliness behind the smiles. They may try to hide behind the laughter because they don’t want anyone to see their pain, but if you look, and look really hard, you may be able to save someone’s life.

Robin Williams died after an apparent suicide. There are people out there, maybe in our families, or in our circle of friends, who are in need of a smile—a hug—a hand to hold—a conversation. Instead of asking for help, they slowly drown inside their sorrows. We must take the time to see them, listen to them, reach out to them, and spend time with them, because they may never reach out to us.

If you need help, please ask for help and tell someone. And if you see someone in need—help them.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. If you lose that, you’re nothing.” – Robin Williams

 

Why Do You Write?

WHY DO YOU WRITE? 

Leave me a comment below with your answer.

Begin your reply with “I write because…” 

Don’t overthink it. Write the first thing that pops in your head. (Feel free to leave more than one answer.)

I’ll start.

I write because I love writing.

I write because if I didn’t, the characters in my head would never come alive and their stories would never be told. And if I didn’t explore them or write them down, I’d probably explode.

I write because it is necessary. Writing liberates me.

I could go on, but I’ll stop here.

Now it’s your turn. :)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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I don’t usually post book reviews on my blog, but after finally reading, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, I feel the need to share my thoughts about this book.

Let me start by saying…Wow. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story. Charlie, the protagonist, is perfect. Not perfect because he is not flawed, but because he is flawed and he is real. You can’t help but feel for him, relate to him, and just plain—love him.

I couldn’t put this book down. There were too many things about it that kept me glued to the pages. I found myself reading certain lines over and over again, because they were so beautifully written. Many times I found myself teary-eyed, at one point even crying, other times, nodding my head or shaking my head because I felt a strong connection to Charlie and his sentiments. He is one of those characters that will linger in your head for a long while.

Here are only a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
“You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.” 

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

“Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.”

“Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it’s no excuse.” 

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

“But because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.”

“And nobody felt sad as long as we could post-pone tomorrow with more nostalgia.”

I plan to watch the movie very soon. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed since the author of the book, Stephen Chbosky, also wrote the screenplay and directed the movie.

For me, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is up there with “The Catcher in the Rye.” They’re both raw and honest coming-of-age stories that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

To me, a good book is the kind that makes you chuckle, laugh, and cry. The kind that not only tells you a story, but engages you and affects you and stays with you. This book did all of that.

If you haven’t read “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, I hope that you do. And if you have read it, what did you think of the book?

 

 

Self-Published Authors Night

I think it’s wonderful that there are bookstores out there who support self-published authors. Lauren, the owner of The Reading Bug, had her first Self-Published Authors Night last July 9. I was lucky enough to be part of it.

Three other authors and myself, got to present and read our books to the crowd. Click here to view more photos from the event.
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The Reading Bug is a bookstore mainly for children, so it was a delight to be able to showcase Sammy’s Books.

As authors, I believe it’s important to go out there and meet our readers—talk to them and engage with them. Participating in events like these really brings us closer to our audience. It’s also a good way to meet and support other authors.

 

 

5 Fiction Writing Tips from Famous Authors

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Photo by Corey M. P. (Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris)

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
—Anton Chekhov

“Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.”
—Henry Miller

“All fiction has to have a certain amount of truth in it to be powerful.”
—George R. R. Martin

“Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”
― Stephen King

“So okay―there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut and the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. You’ve blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want.”
― Stephen King