A COVID-19 Update and Writing Through the Storm

Hello everybody and welcome back! So real quick I want to give an update on where things stand with COVID-19 before moving on to today’s topic.

First and for most, I am feeling fine and my family are doing fine as well. My boyfriend is fine as well. Now on to the latest, the mayor of my town just issued a “stay-at-home” order that goes into effect at 5:00 p.m. (MST) tomorrow and that lasts through until April 10, which means that I will be home for quite a while, which means that I can focus on my business.

Now, like so many around my town they are going to the government website to see what businesses have to be closed during this time and which businesses can remain open.

What does this mean for Moonspinner3 Books?

Since Moonspinner3 Books is mainly operated online, I am able to operate during this time, like I normally am able to do. This means still publishing content and giving updates on how things are going.

With that being said let’s get today’s topic….

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Writing Through the Storm

For many of us, we can consider “stay-at-home” orders to be a sort of storm, and like most storms we are ordered or in some cases mandated to stay in our homes until the storm has passed. Also like most storms, for many of us we see it as a chance to focus on our writing or working on our projects.

But for many there is the question of how do we get that inspirational spark, while being at home? Since many of us cannot leave our homes to seek out sights or even go to the library to do our research, there are so many opportunities that we can gather from the web. This includes listening to music, doing searches through Google, or even picking up a book that maybe on your shelf. I also have discovered that streaming services also do provide some documentary features as well. There are many places that are your fingertips to gather inspiration and new material.

But I would not necessarily, say that finding inspiration may not be an issue as keeping your focus on that inspiration. Let’s face it, for many of us we have not been in our homes for long periods of time, for we have work and places that we can go. However, during this time, for many of us we are told to stay in our homes for long periods of time, which also means that during this time we may go “cage-crazy” or even board with staying in the confines of the same four walls day after day.

However, look on the bright side, if you are safe inside then your chances of getting this virus is less. I’m not making light of this situation. I’m just trying to show that there is a bright side and we could also use a little brightness right now in our lives. Also during this time, we as writers should look at this right now, as we have our gift to help us through.

Yes, for some of us we are either stuck at home working, or we are stuck at home without work and therefore, the only thing that we have to keep us going is our gifts, our art, and our craft.

We will wither out this storm together and by all means, our craft and our art will grow.

So today, look around your house and see what can inspire you to either keep working or what spark will kick your writing today. I know that I have plenty to be inspired by.

Thank you for your continued support! Please, stay safe and healthy! I hope that you all have a happy writing and happy creating until next time.

 

 

 

Gearing up for Camp NaNoWriMo

Hello again and welcome back! Yesterday, was one of my product days on the site, for I managed to get five posts on here. Yes, most of them were on the topic or had to deal with COVID-19. But today, I want to focus on something else that is very important to us writers and that is gearing up for Camp NaNoWriMo, which is like starting in twelve days, or for those that want to count the days April 1.

In case you don’t know what Camp NaNoWriMo is, it’s basically a one shoot off of NaNoWriMo but instead of doing the necessary 50, 000 words in 30 days you get to pick your word count or you can decided to edit a piece that you have already written. The other thing that is different about Camp NaNoWriMo from NaNoWriMo is that you get sorted into virtual tents, just like if you were at an actual summer camp.

I have done Camp in the past, but I have not done in the last couple of years, because I was busy or I was dealing with other things. As far as this year goes, I’m on the fence whether or not I’ll do it, just because I already have projects that are already in the works and I really don’t feel like starting something new. I’m just not sure.

My other thought on this is that I could still camp but on a unofficial basis just because I want to work on my projects that I already have in progress without actually having to report my progress on the site. This is where the fence comes in, because it’s a great way to hook up with writers online, but at the same time I’m working on finishing one project at a time.

However, the other side about doing camp this year, is that due to COVID-19 many of us are already stuck at home with no where really to go that it would be a great way to knock out some work or a story or even a novel.

But if you are doing Camp NaNoWriMo, good for you. I’m not knocking it down I just don’t think right now, it’s a good time for me to do so. Since I’m on the brink of finishing the edits for Crimson Protection, and that is the last of the previously published works that I’m currently updating and then that goal will be completed.

Please, if you want a challenge think about it and sign up soon since I think the deadline to be sorted into a tent before April 1, is coming up. Good luck and I hope that you meet your goal that you have set for yourself in April.

Also in case you did not know, Camp NaNoWriMo will also be happening in July and at which point in the month of June you would want to start planning or even thinking about doing it then. Then of course NaNoWriMo will take place in November and you want to start planning for that one in late September and through out the whole month of October. But we have plenty of time before then, and I will definitely being participating in NaNoWriMo this year.

I hope that you have found this post helpful, if not to give you something to think about for next month.

Thank you, for your continued support! I wish for you have a happy writing day! Happy writing and happy creating!

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch Time Discussions: COVID-19

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Hello and this post is sort of like my spilling the hot chocolate posts that I have done previously; however, this time it’s over lunch. Lunch today was with my mother and my sister, we all live together so don’t worry, it’s not like someone came over and that sort of thing. Granted, the topic was about the lovely virus like it is dominating everything right now.

Granted, I have already covered some material on my platform about the virus as well. But I’m going to also add some more input that came from my sister about this virus.

My sister made the point that my generation, the millennial’s, have never had to do something of the things that the older generations have done in the past. I mean, when you look at my other sister, she doesn’t understand the meaning of staying at home and vegging, for she always needs to be going somewhere. During this time, more and more of us are being told to stay home and do something.

The point was even made that during this time, you have a whole world at your finger tips to where you can learn something new. You can go on virtual tours of museums that are closed.

Nowhere in the history of our lives, or the lives of our grandparents, our parents have seen times like this. Take it as a lesson that even though, this is the first instance of this situation, it may not be the last time either.

But now going to an even bigger point of all of this, to all those that are the younger part of my generation, please, for God’s sake take the precautions and if you are told to stay home stay home. There’s no need to go to the beach and party. Yes, I know its spring break and all, but with everything going on right now it is not the time to party.

Just based on the last paragraph above I want to put out:

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This is serious and these clowns that are out there want to party like nothing is going on, and their like if I get it I get it no big deal. It is a big deal, because the few of my generation that have gotten have been seriously ill, and part of is this the risk that has been imposed by vaping e-cigarettes.

While, I don’t make light of this situation at all, I reached my bubbling point to where I need to say something.

I apologize, if this has nothing to do with writing. But on the other hand, they say that is best to write your feelings out, or you will bubble over and that is not good for blood pressures, since it will lead to stress.

Thank you for joining me on this rant! I hope that you have a great writing day! Happy writing and happy creating!

 

Homeschooling and Writing for those Children

During this outbreak of COVID-19, also know as the Corona virus, for many that have children, they are not in school but they are home. While there are a lot of resources out there to keep children engaged to their studies. Let’s also bring up one study that can be incorporated into that school work, writing. But not just writing but creative writing.

This one of the greatest things, that I love about my platform is that I get to talk about this subject, for there are many out there going I want to share the gift of stories with my child or further how do you get them to embrace the art and craft that is writing?

While there are different ways that you can go about this, there are some pieces of advice that I will give and for the most part are some of the ways that I learned to write. The first piece of advice, is work on the vocabulary. Don’t over whelm them with big words but use words that are appropriate for their age group. You might remember that when you were in first or second grade and up until seventh grade that you were giving spelling lists that were themed. These themes ranged from Halloween to spring themed and the latter.

Now here are some suggestions that I’m going to barrow if you will from a former teacher of mine. She would have us write the words five times on a sheet of paper, depending on pen-men-ship you could get about 10 or twelve words on a sheet. The second step was that we had to find the definition of the word and write down the definition. Then she would have us draw a picture of the word being used, and for that part of the assignment you picked eight words, and you would fold the piece of paper into four squares so that you would have four pictures on both sides of the paper. Then lastly, we would have to use the words in a sentence or a more cleverly a story. Then next was the spelling test. Now granted, you can do this however you like. My favorite method that we do at my house was spelling baseball.

What is spelling baseball?

You don’t use a ball but you use the same positions that you do in baseball and have four areas so that you have a diamond. If you have more kids this is really fun. But each kid is given a word they spell the word and if they get right they get to take their base, if they get it wrong then they get a strike. You give them three chances to get the word right. Also you can have one kid that goes from being a player to being a score keeper. Everyone’s engaged and they are learning at the same time. You can also use this ticket for having your kids learn their multiplication tables too.

Another thing that you can do, during this time is read to your kids. Reading helps with them developing images in their mind of what is going on in the book. This is handy for when they go from picture books to chapter books. Make them imagine the characters and later on have them draw a picture of an image that they got from the time that you were reading to them. Now take this a step further, if there is a movie based on the book, show them the movie but only after the book is finished.

The other idea, that might help get kids to write is having them write fan-fiction. This method has been used countless times in the classroom, granted its usually done with fairy tales first, but since you are the teacher you can use anything that they like. This might include any movie that they enjoy. But the idea is to get them to write a short story, and depending on age if they are like first or second grade no more than a page or a even half-page. If the children are older than you can be the judge. I know that from middle school to high school the max that we could go was five pages.

So the key takeaways from this is: vocabulary, reading, writing and having fun.

If the child is not having fun writing they are not going to understand why many enjoy it. But not only should it be fun for them but it should be fun for them as well.

I hope that this gives you some ideas on how to engage your children during this time to not only being away from school but to keep their minds engaged.

Also, even though, this outside of the normal things that I talk about on this page, but also find a craft that you can do together with the kids. This idea was an inspiration from one of Facebook Friends, in that her girls have been working on school stuff they take an hour after school is done, to crotchet or knit together as away for distance themselves from the school work that is being done at home to the rest of the evening that is supposed to be their time.

Remember, that right now they are also going through an adjustment period, and that also means that the line between school and home is sort of getting blurred. But if you can find a way to show them that there is a line between the two while at home, you have got it made.

If you have tips of your own on getting children to engage to story and to writing and want to share them, comment down below.

Thank you and I hope that you have found this post helpful during this time. Happy writing and happy creating.

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Advice for us Writers during COVID-19

Hello and welcome back! If you read my previous blog post, COVID-19: What’s Going on? then you know that currently my time is freed up, like so many of us during this time.

In the last post, I mentioned that today I would be posting up a lot, and there are two reasons for that. One I just checked my calendar and I noticed how long it has been since I was last on here, which was about a month, secondly, I have a lot on my mind, and for three I need to keep busy, which probably for a lot of us we are trying to do without killing those that are around us. I do not condone the act of murder during this time or any time. You might think that I’m joking about that last statement, and probably I am. However, if there is one group of us that need to keep our heads cool during this time, it is us writers.

While others are out buying lots of toilet paper and other times that they did not buy in bulk before, does not mean that we should be going crazy with out writing. However, I will adjust my statement in that this maybe the perfect time to experiment with your writing, such as writing something that you never have done before.

The latter can go so many different ways, such as writing a genre that you have done before or even finding an online writing group and trying your hand at writing sprints. Whatever you find, try it and see what it does for your writing.

On the other hand, you could also learn something new like researching a topic and see if that peaks your interest to where you can tell a story that centers around this topic that you have discovered.

As the Renaissance was a period of discovery, use this time that you are home as your own period of discovery. Test your limits as a writer and see what it does for you. Granted, if you find something that does not work for you as a writer, then mark it does as it didn’t work. It’s fine. Don’t judge yourself too hard right now.

Remember, you can always go back to the way that you have done things before and if that method works best then you know that it does. Take yourself out of the shell. I know its hard right now, since everything is closed. But when it comes to your muse, you need to find a way to keep him/her busy.

If that muse is chugging along and you’re not, then find away to catch up to your muse. This one time when your muse and your mind are thinking away and your body may not be, because for once you are like I have nothing to do, I can watch television or watch a movie or read a book. While these are activities that I have mentioned before to use for your writing, but while you are doing these activities make notes that you can refer to and transfer them into your writing.

This should be a time of growth in terms of writing and creativity.

Now, if you are working from home, do your job-but after work shut down that work computer. Take your time to eat your dinner and then work on your craft. No need to go from being employed to being unemployed during this time. This is not the time to go hog wild on that idea.

The world is going crazy enough, if you want proof of that go to a Walmart or a Target and see it for yourself. I have and its nuts.

Take my advice and take a deep breath and take the time to study and work on your craft like you normally do, and you will come out happier and probably more successful.

I hope that this post as brought you clarity and some thought about your craft.

Thank you and I wish you a very blessed writing day! Happy Writing and happy creating!

COVID-19: What’s going on?

Hello and welcome back! Yes, I’m back. No, I was not sick. I’m going to give you a quick update. I’m fine, my family is fine, and my wonderful boyfriend is also fine. The reason for my departure was that I started a job not too long ago, and now due to chaos that is going on around the world and around where I live, I know find myself unemployed again.

Yesterday, on my personal Facebook page, I released the following statement:

While some are at home working, others are taking care of their kids, there are others, like my boyfriend, who still have to go to work due to the medical profession is still in high demand, and there’s me, like a few, that have been laid off/ their positions have been cut due to this virus, and I hadn’t even been in the position for a full month now. I’m not going to say this sucks or that’s not fair or anything like that. But we all just need to keep everyone in mind and everyone’s situation is different this time of confusion and chaos. That is all.

I can tell you, that as of right now, I’m still trying to cope without dropping into tears. I mean that I know fully that I did nothing wrong, for I was learning things and picking it up, and there were still some areas that I needed to improve. It’s just that overall this year, has not gone to plan so far.

I mean sure, so far I’ve met some of my goals in terms of writing, but career wise that has really fallen short. However, I digress and lets talk about what we as writers can do during this period of dealing with COVID-19 or as it is commonly referred to as the Corona Virus.

As many of us know this virus is one nasty little bugger. I mean we are living in a time that our world has never seen before. Stores and malls are closed, just many businesses are closing or asking people to work from home. Schools are closed. Events are cancelled. Graduations are even cancelled. The food industry is hit by either closing their doors but either offering drive-thru service or delivery service.

Now with that being said, here is my statement for Moonspinner3 Books:

We here at Moonspinner3 Books are still open and working hard to keep up with content and are able to offer distractions and suggestions to keep the creative writing processes flowing during this time. We send out prayers all of those that affected by the virus in any capacity that may be during this time. May you stay safe and healthy during this time, and if you have the virus may prayers find you so that you can become healthy once more. Stay creative and positive during this time when it is hard to do so. Thank you!

It may not be much of a statement but it comes from a good place during this hard, dark and difficult times. Rest assured that this is not my only post that I am doing today, as I will be posting up an idea blog for what we as writers can do during this time since many of us find ourselves a home, and there will also be a post on ideas for parents on how to get kids to write and use their imaginations during this time. Those are just a few of the posts that will be posted today.

Granted, as some will point out this is day one for me being a home, not working, which means I will be focusing on my business and my writing.

Remember that we are all in this boat together, and you have some place to turn if you need something to read or need help during this time with the creative juices.

Thank you all for your support. Happy writing and happy creating.

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