Sharing the Book Love About « Instead of Three Wishes »

Wonderful Stories, Beautiful Writing!

Blogging might not be as popular as it use to be, but it sure holds wonders to explore.

A book blogger – I forgot the name, I’m very sorry ! – mentioned this « Instead of Three Wishes » and for some reason, even though I read loads of book reviews and look a LOT of book cover (this mama writer’s going hybride), I immediately purchase that one.

I rarely buy short stories books. Too often, I would read one or two stories and lose interest.

However, this BOOK !! Fantasy short stories !

Simplicity

Author Megan Whalen Turner is a wonderful writer.

Simplicity in writing is a hard thing to achieve and she’s able to reach it in very flowing yet intriguing way. Every sentence makes you want to keep reading.

It was impossible for my writer-self to not wonder, with a dash of envy, « How does she do it » at the end of each story.

She’s also a master at creating incredible characters. It was such a delight to follow them in their extraordinary, mysterious, delightful fantasy adventures.

Hail to the Book Blogger Community!

I follow a good deal of book bloggers out there. Of course, time flies and I can’t read all the reviews, nor buy every books that tickles my endless hunger for wonderful stories.

However, every now and then, luck strikes, all thanks to a dedicated member of the Book Blogger Community.

To that person who first share a review about « Instead of Three Wishes », many, many thanks.

It has been a while since I read such a wonderful, beautiful book. Those characters and their stories, the amazing imagination of author Whalen Turner are a rare find. I am so very grateful for that book!

Dear fellow writers, and readers, until next time !

How to Get Back to Writing After a Long Break

A month without a word went by.

Maybe a little note here and there, a vague idea par-ci, par-là.

To be honest, dear fellow writers, getting back to writing feels a bit daunting.

However, if you’ve been around this blog, you know I went into research mode before writing a single word !

How to Get Back to Writing?

Here it goes!

  • Make Sure You’re Ready

    Life happens. A new baby, a full-frontal burnout, a broken heart.
    Before getting back to writing, it will help to make sure we’re at peace with ourselves – more or less, of course. Although in this case, More is definitely better !
    Writing because the heart longs for the simple, wonderful joy of seeing words, and all the worlds they hold, on the page. That’s how I knew I was ready.
  • Expect a Slow Start

    It will be slow. Like every muscle of our bodies, the writing muscle gets rusty after a while.
    Words will sound weird, sentence will look awful. The first writing sessions will end with the tiniest word count ever.
    If we keep writing without judging ourselves from our past writing productivity peaks, we’ll get the writing muscle back in shape in no time!

  • Set New Realistic Writing Goals

    Sometimes when getting back to something we deeply loved to do, we set the expectations way too high.
    Setting realistic goals let us have a smoother dive into the writing novel land.
    And… when I say « Realistic », I mean being honest with our own reality.

    In my reality, considering my mental health issue, responsibilities and so on and so forth, my new writing goals will be down right oh-so-friendly!
    Writing’s gotta be my ultimate happy place right now.

Bonus Tips !

  • Clean up the work space
  • Read through your writing project before writing-editing-revising
  • Phone off, Internet off, kids off with partner

Dear fellow writers, I hope with all my heart you are well, safe and healthy in your corner of the world. May all the good words be with you!

Hey, Writer Dream! May I Present Burnout? Burnout, Writer Dream. (let’s hope everybody gets along…)

One Wednesday morning, I got out of a building.

Bunch of teenagers were eating fast food on picnic tables set in front of the « snack attack » kinda pun-sadly named local fast-food.

Walking on the side-walk, with all the adult-pride I could muster, I fought to get hold of the cellphone, as usual lost deep down in the Jane Austen Quote tote bag I carry everywhere instead of a grown-up purse.

I dislike purses. A lot.

So

See, dear fellow writers, I had loads to tell to hubby-to-be (will 2022 be our wedding year ? finger crossed!). For, during my rendez-vous with the psychologue, I had a breakthrough.

A hard-core, heart-breaking, writer-dream shattering breakthrough.

To be Burned Out

As some point during the conversation, the psy said: « You’re not helping yourself by treating writing as a job. You’re burned out. »

Only then, after nearly two months of counselling, did it finally sinked in.

Burned out.

No more energy to burn, no more light to show the way.

I’ve been in a state of extreme exhaustion, I was feeling down all the time. And the writing productivity was greatly reduced. I was that angry all the time person you don’t want to talk to, the yelling mom the neighbours judge (mine anyway!), the impatient and very snappy wife-to-be guys don’t enjoy hanging out with.

My heart was sinking in darkness.

Imagination is still working though, full steam ahead !

However.

However…

Burnout, say hello to my writer dreams. Looks like we gonna be together a while.

How to Rest ?

On vacations, I’m the kind of gal to go see places, to hike, to road trip to that small local cheese factory/store, that alpacas farm, that microbrewery.

On staycations, I clean, I buy stuff for the yard, I planned activities.

In short, I never really rest and do nothing. A real dichotomict thing since I’ve been longing lately to just do that: nothing.

Learning to rest is strange, especially is this warp-speed era.

But then again, I love to learn.

Dear fellow writers, I hope with all my heart you’re safe, healthy, and may all the good words flow your way.

Au revoir et à bientôt !