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Trouble with Motivation

Dear Janis,

Do you have any advice on motivation?? I really need to get my sugar back down, but always tired and achy these days and find it difficult to get things done. – Rose

Dear Rose,

If you can find things that excite you like maybe trying something new that might help. I have found I’ve been in a rut with my writing but when I started changing things up like started writing for video games and started an advice column, I am enjoying my writing more. Is there anything you can change up that might end up motivating you in the end?

Dear Janis,

Not sure, been trying to do more sewing now. Making baby things for the coming grandchild in July, and trying to get my letters answered. Maybe if I concentrate more on those and shut the computer off for a good part of the day?

Dear Rose,

Yes. It can be freeing to shut the computer off for a day, or part of the day. You would be surprised what you would get accomplished.

Dear Janis,

Will give that a try. Going off now 🙂

Best of luck, Rose!

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Fibromyalgia and Sensory Overload

Dear Janis,

Certain loud noises, especially unexpected, seem to cause me even more fibro pain. Have u heard anything about this? I’m not sure if it’s something like hypersensitivity or what? – Anonymous

I have read up on this and those with fibromyalgia are susceptible to sensory overload. Here is a link to an article that I think will help you. https://www.verywellhealth.com/sensory-overload-in-fibromyalgia-and-chronic-fatigue-716021

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Video Game Stories

For those who have followed my blog you know I write stories of all kinds, but this is the first time you’ll see me mention a turn to write stories for video games. It sounds fun and intriguing but it’s also a learning curve and allows me to stretch my wings, as they say. I am reading a book called Slay Your Dragon: Writing Video Game Stories. https://smile.amazon.com/Slay-Dragon-Writing-Great-Video/dp/1615932291/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1614039069&sr=8-1

So far this book is good and has some funny parts. But I haven’t gotten too much into it so I’ll go for now and read more in the book. I just wanted to update you on what all I was up to since it’s been awhile.

Take care,

Janis

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Squirrels and A Cat

Yup, that’s what has my attention this morning. My cat Jada is watching two red squirrels battle it out for the bird feeder. It can be comical, especially the squirrels!

Okay so that had nothing to do with writing, but then again you never know where you’ll get your ideas from in writing. It could just be something as simple as I just saw.

I read back through my last post and sounds like I was hypomanic with all my projects. So I’m not hypomanic today and would like to clarify the projects I am working on. I am working on Facade, which is undergoing an edit, possibly a major edit. We’ll see.

Then for some actual writing I am working on expanding and rewriting Sleepless Waters. I can’t tell you what it’s about yet because I’m still developing the story line. It has to deal with the Titanic. Anyone who knows me knows I have been interested in the luxury liner (and other shipwrecks) since I was 4. That is when I first heard about the Titanic. Robert Ballard was the dude who found the liner back in 1985.

Then I have a fibromyalgia book I’m working on, but that has kind of taken a back burner for now. I think…hmm… Ugh! It’s so hard knowing which one I want to work on. I love starting a new book, but then I love finishing one too. The fibromyalgia book (Veiled Affliction) is still in research mode, which I don’t mind I love research. But then there is Facade that needs a lot of work. And Sleepless Waters is in its infancy. *sigh* My mind’s all boggled. lol. There are Camp NaNo’s coming up, one in April so maybe I could just wait to work on Sleepless Waters then.

I thought writing this post would help clarify my mind in what project I really wanted to write about. I think I’ll pray about it and go from there. Some Divine guidance wouldn’t hurt.

Have you run into an issue like this? How did you tackle it?

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Summer Is Here!!!

I’m so happy Summer is finally here but then that means warm days and also…THUNDERSTORMS!!! I love watching storms and monitoring them when they are going on. But also I feel energized when writing during a lightening storm.

I know in one of my earlier posts I mentioned I would do a writing prompt and post the results for everyone to read, but I could not keep up with that plan. Instead, I have been working on a story about the facts we know about fibromyalgia and my experience with it.

And Camp NaNo is coming in July, so I have been working on a story for that. Just so many writing projects on my list. But I don’t mind, really. I’m happy to know that I won’t be out of work to do. I have a few nonfiction projects and fictions projects. I will update my pages to reflect my projects list.

So how is the weather where you are? How is it affecting you and your creativity?

General Updates, Writing Updates

Changes Abound

Recently I have picked up a book by Joanna Penn called How to Make a Living with Your Writing. I enjoyed the book and got so many pointers and ideas. Now I am working on revamping my writing a bit, especially how I publish and I plan on using IngramSpark. I bought four journals to use as writing journals for articles, short stories or novellas, and novels. Who knows, maybe I’ll get some poetry out of it too. Or song lyrics. I just feel like the opportunities are endless, so long as I keep an open mind.

But then I have to think about whether I want to be an author entrepreneur like Joanna and really pursue getting my books out there and making a lot of money. Or do I just really care about getting my books out there just to share them with others. Do I care about the money or don’t care that much. Her book has really made me ask myself some questions as far as what I really care about being an author. I think if I just wanted to share my stories I could do something like Wattpad.com or writing.com or maybe there are other sites I just don’t know about.

But if I cared about making money, or extra income to save up, then I would go the IngramSpark route to start and then see where I would have to go after that. Something I also use for editing is ProWritingAid.com. I find it catches more mistakes than Grammarly, which I had been using.

I have to think about my health and how this plays in with my writing. I have chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia and Bipolar II. But what really eats into my writing is the fatigue.

I have a lot to consider. The first thing I’ll do is pray about it and then just start plugging away.

If you have questions, leave them in the comments or email me at jisoucie@hotmail.com.

Have a splendid day and happy writing!

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Writing Prompts

It’s been almost a month since I posted anything. The Coronavirus has me monitoring things like how many have it in Maine, and how many have died from it. The numbers for who has it keeps rising. We’re still under a stay at home order except to get medicines and groceries. Toilet paper is still hard to find. It’s just crazy. So I thought I would start writing prompts and post one a day.. That way there is something positive to read and something to read more often on my blog. I don’t now that I’ll post every day as that will be as that will be overwhelming, but maybe a couple times a week. At least I will start out with that.

After the writing prompt, feel free to let me know what you liked or didn’t like about what I wrote, or if you find a particular prompt that you would like to see me write more on.

I’ll post the writing prompt that I am writing to so you will be able to write from it too. When you finish with your writing prompt feel free to leave them in the comments section or email them to me at jisoucie@hotmail.com. I would love to read what you have written.

Take care, stay healthy!

Janis

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COVID 19 & PTSD

I haven’t been writing on any stories much. I have mostly been monitoring the COVID 19 crisis and writing in my journal about it. That and taking care of my family. My daughter doesn’t have school for at least two weeks, at the same time I’m potty training my son, and my hubby is home today to help with things. But he goes back to work tomorrow. So far his work hasn’t done anything about working remotely. I hope that comes soon.

And lately I have been struggling with PTSD not related to COVID 19. I am struggling with hypervigilience mostly but anxiety as well. I didn’t sleep much last night.

This is all hard to deal with because I want to keep my mind on something other than this coronavirus crisis and something other than worrying about the my PTSD symptoms. But it’s hard. My brain is in mommy mode and I feel like cleaning, like that is somehow going to help us. I’m sure it will just work to make me feel better.

It’s all so crazy with all that is happening that my brain is just caught up in all. I know it’s temporary it’s just waiting it out like everyone else is doing.

I wish you all the best. And if you’re a writer finding it hard to focus amid this crisis, how do you deal with it? Any tips for other writers?

Veiled Affliction

Forward

So yesterday I sent tidying up my folders files on my computer and I got red of several duplicate files and folders and everything is looking neater. I’m so happy I decided to go through and do a clean up.

So now the story I have chosen to do research for is called Veiled Affliction that follows my story of having multiple allergies including food allergies, asthma, which led to seeing a nutritionist, which led to the discovery of gluten intolerance. I was off gluten 9 months before I got pregnant with my first child and I had a hard labor with her. To get help with the baby, I moved up to Maine temporarily to get help from my husband’s parents and I saw an allergist who said I wasn’t allergic to anything and all the foods I was tested positive too was probably wrong. He also said I didn’t have asthma. That I was just breathing wrong. So I went back to eating gluten, not taking any allergy or asthma medication because I was told I no longer needed them.

But my health started to get worse. I started having body wide pain and went through several tests to figure out what might be causing it. I was diagnosed in 2010 as having fibromyalgia. I read the book Fatigue to Fantastic and ordered many supplements that were said to help me feel better. Nothing worked.

In 2011 My husband, my daughter, and I all moved to Maine as my husband got a new job there and we moved in with his parents. I started seeing a doctor who prescribed cymbalta for the pain. It helped some. For the next several years I was on Cymbalta and then lyrica, but I still struggled with a lot of pain, fatigue, headaches, low mood, trouble sleeping.

In 2019, something happened that I never would have imagined that would erase my fibromyalgia pain. I can’t tell you here, but I will reveal what happened in my upcoming book Veiled Affliction: My Journey to Better Health. The book is currently in it’s research phases. I’ll keep you posted.

Story Ideas

Tidying Up

Yup! You read that correctly. I have been taking some time to organize and weed out my story ideas, but I have more ideas than I realized and it’s taking me longer to complete the task.

On top of that I have a story to edit, one nonfiction story to write, and a fictional story to write oh, and a short story I was in the middle of working on when I just dropped it out of frustration. So Facade, My Gluten Intolerance Story (working title), and Sleepless Waters are all In progress. But that’s not counting the 10 – 15 other story ideas I have either started or just wrote down the idea for. So I’m going to try and work those out and put them in a project document. Then I will be all set for when Camp NaNos come along.

I didn’t say National Novel Writing Month because I typically don’t do those. They are too much stress for me though this year my son starts pre k so maybe I’ll actually have time to to do NaNoWriMo with less stress. I guess we’ll see what happens.

So what do you do when you have a lot of story ideas kicking around your computer, or around your room in piles? Mine are mostly on my computer. Just curious to see what others do for a solution.

Well I’m off to tidy up!