Finding Heart on Twitch

One of the hardest parts of writing was being alone all of the time. Even the most die-hard of introverts needs a close friend with a like mind to bounce creative ideas back and forth. But reaching out to a bunch of strangers about the process of my writing raked down my spine from the word “reach.” What could I do? Where could I go?

I went to coffee houses and hung out at the mall nonchalantly listening to the noise. I had accomplished finding the live energy to feed from while I created words on the page. Unfortunately, I missed the writer to writer exchange in both situations.

The banter. The unique humor. The feeling of normality among the eccentric.

Then I checked out a few local writing groups. The meetings were awkward, to say the least. The devil within surfaced and told me I’d never be able to have everything wanted as long as I continued to write. I felt at a loss. I could’t give up writing without chopping off my hand and I couldn’t give up my human needs for interaction.

Someone mentioned Twitch.tv’s creative channel. The self doubts were real, don’t get me wrong. Live streaming my writing process? Letting tens and hundreds of viewers intimately witness my chaotic thoughts seemed like answering spam texts on my phone. That’s just crazy talk!

Feeling like an outcast in my own skin, I had nothing to lose.

I launched my first broadcast in August 2015 writing my Cyberpunk Robin Hood science fiction novel. That first stream was lonely. I didn’t quite understand how it all worked and I was a little uncomfortable. After a couple of more streams, my community started building. I had my first ten: Casei Magnus, KittyFlow, Kovo, Ineythedark, Ninjbackhater, Bonozo Apps, Foobork, Final Boss Editing, Freddy the Awesome and Silent Willow! These streamers made me smile with each broadcast. They were endearing, supportive, and interested in writing. Some of them are writers! The others are talents on a different branch. Since then, I’ve gotten a few other notable followers and I’ve grown to become a better writer because of it.

Grab a cup of coffee, follow me, then check out what is happening live on Twitch.tv’s creative #writing streams! Follow me there or on twitter for live broadcast notifications.
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The Holiday Challenge Is On!

I ducked my head to the cold while I walked down the street. Three twenty-somethings approached on the other side of the walk as a bell rang for the Holiday.

One said, “She has purple pants.”

The other said, “She’s not ringing the bell right.” He lifted his voice, “Hey, that’s not how you ring the bell, dumb-ass!”

One out of four collecting for charity. We need to even the odds. Don’t give up, do a good deed a day. Be the one who influences a positive world.

Check Out My New Book!

Flipping FateFlipping Fate by Judy Dawn

Inside the book:
Growing through childhood, living life in college, nothing awful had happened to her. She couldn’t tell her father, or anyone, that her easy life was miserable.

There was an empty place inside, like a hole in her heart, an empty swimming pool in her soul. Day after day, month after month, the hole grew drier. She couldn’t figure out how to fill it. Money wasn’t the answer. Neither was marriage.

Could this magic coin help her find happiness?

Great Book!

14,000 Things to Be Happy About14,000 Things to Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book at a party as a Christmas gift. It’s very thick and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I sat it on the table next to me, unsure. The person who gave it to me walked up and just flipped through. She picked one thing to read then nodded and giggled. Another person did the same thing later that evening.
The next day, I picked up this book to place it on my shelf. But before I stored it, I flipped through and read: collapsing in bed and cuddling. The passage brought up a flash of memory that made me happy.
Now, I use this book like a “coffee” table photo book. I leave it out for a flip through look. I’m guaranteed a smile every time I open it and read a line. It’s difficult to create a book that gives small doses of enlightenment without fail.
As promised, this is a book that conjures up images–to reminisce, wish and dream.

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7 Days of Love

20140319-153134.jpgIf someone is going away for a week send a week’s worth of encouragement and love. #ideas
1. Look to the future return. On take off day, slip a note in their carry-on that mentions something romantic or fun that you’ll do when they return.
2. Plan a date night. Don’t think you can have that special night while your other is gone? Think again. Be sure both of you download a movie onto your chosen device sometime before the night so all you have to do is sit and enjoy. Then watch it at the same time and Skype, text, phone, or email during the viewing.
3. Read the same book and share passages through text or call. Be sure to include why the particular section resinated with you to engage in intelligent conversation for a mental boost and a distraction from your lonely feelings.
4. Surprise brings a smile. Do something that is designated for the other to do. Paying a bill or calling on a problem in effort to solve the situation goes a long way to show you are thinking about one another.
5. Leave a silly and romantic poem on voicemail. (Roses are red, Violets are blue…)
6. Send a cheerful email. There’s nothing like receiving a pep-talk from your special someone. There are many free e-cards to show you cheering along while you’re apart.
7. Jot down 20 things you love about them and place it under their pillow for a warm homecoming.

Article by Judy Dawn. I was inspired by www.TheDatingDivas.com.

Beyond Emerald

20140319-085228.jpgIn light of St. Patrick’s Day this week, and having a sliver of Irish in me, I decided to share some unique knowledge I found about shades of green.

Celadon (2 of 15)
This color name can be traced to French literature of the 17th century. Céladonwas the name of a character who wore green clothes in Honoré d’Urfé’s novelL’Astree. The term can also refer to any of several Chinese porcelains having a translucent, pale green glaze.

Chartreuse (3 of 15)
This name comes to us from a group of Carthusian French monks who concocted an aromatic liqueur, light green with a yellowish tinge in color, and named itchartreuse, after the mountain range in the Alps where their first monastery, La Grande Chartreuse, was built.

Mint (6 of 15)
The color name mint is borrowed from the name of the bright green aromatic plant. The plant’s name can be traced to the Greek minthe, which was the name of a nymph in Greek mythology who was transformed into the sweet-smelling herb by Persephone.

Myrtle (8 of 15)
Myrtle green is a dark green with a bluish tinge. The name comes from the myrtle plant, a shrub with fragrant white flowers and aromatic berries, which was held sacred by the Roman goddess Venus and used as an symbol of love in festivals. This ancient association accounts for later uses of the word myrtle to refer to garlands, wreaths, and in a figurative sense to indicate honor or affection.

Citron (10 of 15)
Citron is a grayish-green yellow color. It stems from Old French word for “lemon” and is unsurprisingly related to the wordcitrus. A rarer type of citrus with a thick rind is also called a citron.

Paris green (11 of 15)
The color name Paris green comes to us from a highly toxic powder of the same name that was once used to kill rats in Paris. It has also been used as an insecticide, wood preservative and pigment. The powder itself ranged in color from pale to deep hues of green, depending on how finely it was ground.

20140319-084329.jpg Hooker’s green (15 of 15)
This is our only shade of green that is an eponym. Hooker’s green is named after botanical illustrator William Hooker, the official artist of Horticultural Society of London, who primarily painted fruit on the bough, like the apple from his 1818 book Pomona Londinensis. His eponymous green, which he invented to suit the particular shade he needed, is a combination of Prussian blue and gamboge, a deep yellow shade, and continues to be favored by watercolorists.

Original article by Dictionary.com App
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7 Pick Up Lines I Laughed At

1. Poof! I’m here. What are your other two wishes?
2. I’m not trying to impress you or anything, but…I’m batman.
3. What’s a nice girl like you doing in a dirty mind like mine?
4. Do you believe in love at first sight or should I come back again?
5. Are you Google? Because I’ve just found what I’m searching for.
6. Where do you hide your wings?
7. I think my heart just lagged.

8 Expressions With Heart

20140224-121116.jpgBy heart (1 of 8)
If you know something by heart, you’ve learned it so well you know it from memory, maybe even word for word. For example, in Anne of Green Gables the title character loves Tennyson’s poem “The Lady of Shalott” so much that she knows it by heart. This term, which surfaced in English in the late 1300s, likely comes from the Old French phrase par coeur which literally translates to “by heart.”

To your heart’s  content (2 of 8)
If you do something to your heart’s content or desire, you do that thing until you are satisfied. Shakespeare was fond of this construction which dates from the early modern period of literature. When the phrase first entered English, “to your heart’s content” was sometimes used without “heart.” Things could be be done “to your content” back in the 1600s, though that trend died out within 50 years.

Eat your heart out (3 of 8)
You might yell the slightly morbid phrase “Eat your heart out!” to someone to induce jealousy. For example, a pop star preparing for a performance might look in the mirror, and liking what he sees, jauntily tip his head and shout “Eat your hearts out, fans!” This phase can also refer to when sorrow or longing dominates your emotions. For example, losing a race that you really, really wanted to win might cause you to eat your heart out, or wallow in grief.

Have your heart in your mouth (4 of 8)
Another macabre expression, have your heart in your mouth, refers to a heightened state of anxiety or fear. There are many things that might bring your heart all the way up to your mouth, figuratively speaking, including spiders, clowns, and deeply shadowed alleyways. In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox owns a pair of sunglasses that darken to completely obscure the wearer’s vision when heart-in-mouth inducing sights appear.

Cross your heart (5 of 8)
If you verbally cross your heart, you do it to maintain the truth of what you just said. You can take this one step further by adding “and hope to die” on to the end of your first utterance, as in “I didn’t eat the last cookie–cross my heart and hope to die.” This expression, which has been used throughout the 20th century, derives from the religious practice of tracing a cross over the heart with a finger to signify a vow.

Wear your heart on your sleeve (6 of 8)
In Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago states: “I will wear my heart upon my sleeve / for daws to peck at.” But what exactly does this expression mean? The sense that Shakespeare evokes means to make your intimate feelings known to all, leaving yourself vulnerable to being emotionally hurt. The phrase can also refer to the tendency to fall in love easily.

Break someone’s heart (7 of 8)
If you break someone’s heart, you cause them great disappointment or sorrow. This often occurs in the realm of love, though heartbreak is not exclusive to romantic endeavors. This expression has been describing sorrow and disappointment since at least the 1530s, though the term heartbreak is 200 years older.

To have the heart (8 of 8)
Do you have the necessary will to do something? Yes? Great! Then you have the heart to do it. People have been having heart for a long time now, since the 1300s. On the other end, if you lack the required courage or callousness to do something, you don’t have the heart to do it. Though this expression is more commonly used in the negative context, people still manage to somehow get things done. Perhaps they do this bytaking heart, an expression meaning “to become encouraged.”

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