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Monthly archives for August, 2015

The Importance of Getting Out of Your Head (For a While)


Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting three university students from Melbourne. One, Tamara, had read my books and asked if she could feature me as the ‘interesting person’ for a short documentary she needed to do for a class project. While unfamiliar (and, to be frank, familiar as well) social situations have a tendency to set off my anxiety, I couldn’t say no. Especially because I know that the magic of film editing would take care of most of my mistakes. Haha.

The entire process – from the filming to the questions and so on – couldn’t have been more fun. They let me blow off steam in the best way I know how – goofing off. They got Mr McDougall involved, which I loved because he has always been and is such a strong supporter of my writing. I also got to brush some of the dust off what I’d learned in Screenwriting a couple years back.

They also brought me chocolate, and some cider was involved. Goodness did I feel like a celebrity.

While the interview process brought up a lot of interesting thoughts (that I will likely be writing about in other posts), the big one that stuck out to me emerged from the experience itself:

The importance of getting out of your head – for a while, at least.

I’ve been really hard on myself in the recent past for a lot of writing-related reasons. Some of it is entirely justified. I need to hammer out a firm schedule so I can create content faster than I currently do. As much as I may need to do the laundry, I also need to call procrastination habits for what they are.

However, some of it isn’t justified. Not at all. For those reasons, I don’t want to get into exactly what those thoughts/that self-commentary involves, but I am reminded of how we are our own harshest critics.

Yesterday was absolutely brilliant for me in every way. It got me out of my own head to the point of engaging with new people, reminded me of who I am in others’ eyes, and it – very gently – showed me that I have been sitting in my self-pity mud puddle for a bit too long.

I finally got out of my head long enough to clean out the brain fuzz and get over the metaphorical sore neck I had from staring down at that ol’ puddle for so long. Everyone needs an ego stroke every now and then, and everyone definitely needs to have new experiences. After all, new experiences translate into richer writing.

Plus, if you do it sooner rather than later, it might not take an entire film crew to wake you up to yourself. 😉

It’s My Birthday!

Morgan Freeman birthday

Not today, but August is my birthday month.

To celebrate, you can get each Echo Falls book for 29% off at Smashwords! (I bet you can guess what age I’m turning now…) Use the coupons below during the entire month of August to grab copies.

Echo Falls: UV94R
Fading Echoes: RM45V
Dark Echoes: RH79S


Dark Echoes: Cover of the Year!