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Thank you, J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter!

J.K. Rowling reading Harry Potter to children at the White House during Easter Egg Roll event, 2010

When I was very young, my parents were the ones who help me love reading. As school began, reading became harder for me, and the magic of the story had started to disappear. In middle school, the first Harry Potter movie came out. I had heard so much about it that I decided that I would watch the movie to see what the book series was all about. The movie amazed me, and I came out of the theater wanting to know what happened next. Luckily some of the books were already out, so I began reading the series. I fell in love with reading all over again.

There was something about Harry’s story that interested me, very likely the magic element. I’ve loved stories with magic at a early age, and I still do. Though it’s more than that. I can’t fully explain why the series means so much to me. The books taught me about the importance of love and friendship. It even made me understand my Catholic faith better. It’s a bit hard to explain that, with out spoiling the story. From that moment I began Harry’s story, I continued till the end the series, books and movies. The story led me to the most amazing friends as well.

I believe every writer had to fall in love with several stories, that made them realize that they wanted to be a writer. Well, the Harry Potter series was one of the reasons why I wanted to be a writer. Not for the fame, but because I wanted to write a story that would mean a lot to someone else, as the series meant to me. It might never happen, but it still doesn’t stop me from trying to write a story worth reading about. There are other stories, authors, even characters, that have inspired me to be a writer but not as much as J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (WB)

J.K. Rowling was on a train ride, when she began to think about Harry Potter. She didn’t know then, that she would be famous, but found the story interesting. She explored the possiblities of what the story held. Though she didn’t have any thing to write with, some how she was able to remember when she did. Maybe that gave her a chance to fully imagine Harry’s world, with no distractions. Later we have been told that she started to write Harry’s story in cafe shops, with her daughter in tow. She was struggling to keep everything together, especially after her mother passed away. She has mentioned that Harry helped her get out of the lowest time in her life. Which shows how important stories are for us. We need them to strive for the future. Today is the birthday of J.K. Rowling, as well as her character Harry Potter. Every year, this time, I remember the series that she wrote, and thankful that she did. J.K. Rowling still continues to write other stories, though they will never be the same as this series, I still look forward to them to see how she grows as a writer and what stories she creates.

I know my life would be completely different if J.K. Rowling hadn’t written Harry’s story. I know it would be the same for many others in the world. That is why, today I’m also thankful to God, because He is the one who gave us everything, and everyone, as well as free will. We have the talents to make a difference in this world, but it’s up to us to make use of them. “It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”  

Happy Birthday, Jo and Harry! 

J.K. Rowling

Please donate to this wonderful charity, Lumos, for J.K. Rowling’s birthday. You can click on the image above, and it will send you to the charity’s website. Thanks!

For those who miss the Harry Potter series, now that the series is complete, remember this…

This quote is from J.K. Rowling’s speech she makes during the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Movie Premiere. Check out the video clip where the trio (Dan, Rupert, and Emma) and J.K. Rowling speak at the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKXuOj9d5o8

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So Much Procrastination!

So have I broken down that wall? Well, not exactly. I tried, but not enough. I still haven’t been writing as much as I hoped. The sad part is that tomorrow is the last day of Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2013. I hope everyone else who is participating is doing far better than I am. I feel like I’ve said every excuse in the world of why I’m not writing my story.

Distractions are every where, beware!

Don’t let the cuteness of Prince George distract you!

Me: “There is a Harry Potter weekend on ABC Family!”
Friend: “When is it NOT Harry Potter Weekend on ABC Family?” Me: “So True!” 😀

“I watched an episode. ” – Kate Beckett
“Just one episode? That’s like eating one potato chip.” – Richard Castle
Beckett and Castle were really talking about BBC Merlin. 🙂

Merlin looks far too happy about this…

I could list even more distractions, even emotions, that are causing me to procrastinate. Though it’s not necessary. I think it’s important to remember that writing is about enjoying the story. If I don’t enjoy writing the story, why would anyone want to read it? Though I know that I don’t sit down, and just write, nothing will happen. I also need to ignore that little critic voice that says “This writing is terrible. Why are you even trying?” Why can’t I stop procrastinating? Maybe I need to stop worrying about writing. That could be making it worse. I need to just focus on enjoying my summer before Grad School starts in September. So if that means watching my favorite tv shows and movies, reading some good stories, and enjoying my time with my friends and family, and writing as much as I’m able to. That’s what I will do.

Also, I’m really looking forward to seeing how my friend Liz writes her follow-up book, Ascendancy. Her first novel, The Road Below, was amazing and so I know this next story will be too. You can follow and read for free at: http://ascendancybook.wordpress.com/

By the way…

Happy Birthday, Neville Longbottom!

Breaking Down The Wall

Have you ever felt like there is an invisible wall blocking you from moving forward? You know it’s not real, but you can still feel it. There are many reason why I may be feeling blocked, but I just wish I knew, and what I could do to change it. At least I feel like writing a blog post, since it’s been a while that I’ve written one. I mentioned how I was feeling to my friends on Facebook. A few friends responded back. Julia said that she would practice forcing herself to write, even if she wasn’t feeling it. She also carries around a notebook and if she hears something beautiful she would write it down for inspiration. Christina told me that her  favorite author, Marie Force, gave the advice to write even when you don’t feel like it, and it will come back eventually. She added, write about anything, even if it’s a silly story or something about your day. Devorah suggested that maybe I needed a creative battery recharge. I’m not sure exactly what that entails but it sounds like something that would help.

So what’s my problem? Well, this month, I’ve been trying to write another novella for Camp NaNoWriMo. The first few days were tough but some how I was able to write until I reached, or almost reached, my daily goal. Then onward there was a steady progress towards my month goal till this week. I asked for help from a few of my friends who are, or have done, Camp NaNoWriMo plus my cabin-mates. Gloria suggested that I move my month goal to be a bit lower. It sounded like a good idea. Though it only seemed to work for like a day. One of my cabin-mates, ZonaXNiletak, who suggests focusing on the title of “winner” and having the draft completed as well as sprint wars, giving yourself rewards after writing, and just typing anything to get the words flowing.

I’ve mentioned that timed sprints have helped me, but lately they haven’t. I just feel physically tired (for some odd reason), and not motivated to write anything, even a blog post. Yet suddenly I’m able to write this so maybe I’ll be feeling better soon. I want to think positive, but I’m just not happy right now. Maybe my mood is effecting my writing because I didn’t have as much trouble in April. Though from the advice I’ve been given, I’m suppose to just sit down and force myself to write. I know it’s true, and I know it works. It’s obviously working right now. Or maybe my mind just needs to let out all that I’m feeling right now.

Yes, there are other personal things that are bring down my emotions, but I would think that I would be able to draw from it. Every thing I try to write, doesn’t seem to work. I know I’m suppose to ignore my inner critic, but I can’t seem to block it from doing its dirty work. It’s making me feel like I’m not good enough, even though I know I’m not. I’ve tried different things to help me feel like writing, but they don’t seem to work so far.

So what should I do? I want to complete my story, but at the same time I don’t feel like it’s interesting enough. If it’s not interesting to me, then why would anyone find it interesting if they read it. Not like there is that many people who will read it anyways. Though that’s not what’s important. I need to finish what I’ve started. I just don’t know where the story is going. Some would say that’s a good thing because then you explore where it might go. Though I’ve tried to figure out where it might go, and it just doesn’t seem to work either. I wish I could just pants my way out of this, but I don’t think that will work either. Though planning hasn’t helped. Do I need to go out and have a walk, and let inspiration come to me? I thought about it. I’ll be doing a bit of walking through my local bookstores later today, so who knows if that will help or not.

I really liked being able to go to Cafe Calypso, which is the neighbor of Half Price Books, and write. Though I mostly write with my laptop computer, especially during any type of long writing. I can’t go by there anymore because they removed the accessible power plugs. I liked sitting there and being able to just be somewhere else for a while, as if it was my writing office. Plus I could look around at the books in the store next door, before and after writing. It wasn’t really the sounds of the Cafe that I liked. I just felt comfortable there. Sure, there are other coffee places, but that was my favorite.

I don’t know what to do. Do I stick with the story I have, and force myself to keep writing? I can’t even think of trying to write something new. I feel my only solution is to stick with the story, but find a different approach to write it. I just don’t know what it will be. Lately I’ve been reading more (thanks to The Cuckoo’s Calling & The Lost King), and writing less. I figure that reading could be useful, as well as exercising more (which I’m slacking on). I just wish I had some kind of sign that could direct me towards what I needed to do exactly. Though that isn’t likely to happen.

Can these words count towards my Camp NaNoWriMo goal? I wish.

Castle and Beckett are breaking down their wall…
So if they can do it, so can we, right?

P.S. I recommend checking out this great blog post from my friend Gloria (aka Philosopher) about her struggle to crumble writer’s block. As well as this blog post from my friend Wendy where she talks about writing tips and tricks.