Monday, October 1, 2012

Mars Pebbles and Writing Update!


Check out the latest picture from the Mars Curiosity Rover of pebbles on Mars. Here we see a comparison of pebbles on Mars and Earth. This sure looks like a sign that there was an ancient stream on Mars. However, I don’t think this is really a new discovery. Scientists have long suspected this, but this picture helps to confirm it.

Writing update: 

First of all, Vallar and TransShifter are temporarily available at Smashwords and Nook. The links are all under the Vallar tab above. Most likely this will be a limited time for Vallar.

Last week, I was on the verge of quitting writing at least temporarily (for a number of reasons and frustrations that are too long explain) and I came up with this plan that I would put writing aside and study some things I had gotten away from in an effort to get a better job. As in better, I mean something that doesn’t make me want to shoot myself in the foot on Sunday night.

Anyway, I always knew the subconscious mind was a powerful thing, but I hadn’t thought about it in awhile.

After two days of studying and not writing, I woke up with some great ideas for the chapters I had stopped working on for Vallar 2. This turned into. “I have to write this before I forget.” So I ended up writing last week at least double the normal amount. So much for plans. I realized my subconscious wants me to keep writing so bad that it gave me something to write about.

I’ve used dreams for story ideas. I even think about plot problems before I go to bed and wake up with answers. Using the subconscious mind has always been fun. But I hadn’t expected my subconscious to do something in quite this way.

And even after all this, I still feel doubt and still feel that I should put writing further down the list of priorities. Just because of my situation. There are so many obstacles. But I won’t give up on it. This is what I go back and forth on constantly. Yikes...

What’s left if we give up our dreams? Nothing but boringness. (Of course, some find different dreams)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's when we give up on life - when we have nothing to hope and dream for. So glad you are writing again! But hope you don't shoot yourself in the foot. Sounds painful.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

Sounds like you just needed a break from writing to kickstart the engines. Good luck on getting that job. I only live like 4 miles down the road from that hospital so I guess if I need to go to the hospital I could see you there!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Good luck in finding a new job that suits you better, Cindy. I'm excited by all the discoveries on Mars. I wonder if they will find microbial life.

Rusty Webb said...

Yeah, keep plugging away if you can. I'm always having this debate myself, I know how hard it can be.

Lauren said...

Those who give up their dreams are already dead. They just haven't laid down yet.

Life tries to squish us into society-sized holes, but sometimes you just don't fit. "Like trying to fit a tesseract into a round hole." I love that quote.


Yolanda Renee said...

I use my subconscious mind all the time, prior to sleeping I'll go over a plot point, but sometimes the answer doesn't come until I'm in the shower, or vacuuming the rug. Mindless activity is always a way to jump start, or better yet a long, long walk!
Nice to meet you via the IWSG.

Jeremy Bates said...

Cool for you. As a friend of mine once said (a successful writer): Jeremy, what makes a good writer is bullshit, age and experience. Barring that, read a lot and stick with it.

Glad you didn't give up!