In this latest installment of the Haylee series, Redfern takes Haylee and the reader back in time to 1849 during California’s Gold Rush. Rich in detail and imagination, Haylee and The Traveler’s Stone is sure to draw readers deeper into this wonderful coming-of-age tale of adventure and surprises. Can’t wait to see what this author has up her sleeve for her next book!
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Posted in Reviews, tagged book review, book series, coming of age, Debbie A. McClure, fantasy series, Haylee and the Traveler's Stone, Haylee series, Lisa Marie Redfern, Lisa Redfern, ya adventure, YA book review, YA fantasy on March 30, 2015| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Reflections, Uncategorized, tagged being a writer, Carol McKibben, Christina Hamlett, Debbie A. McClure, how to start writing, Janna Graber, Jeff Rasley, Lisa Redfern, Michelle Tupy, ML Swift, reality bites, Tony Lee Moral, what inspires writers, when to start writing, wishes vs reality, writer's blog, writing blog, writing inspiration, You Read It Here First on February 28, 2015| Leave a Comment »
I have to admit, I’m a lover of fantasy. I love the idea of going after the dream, wishing on a star, and clicking my heels three times to achieve my deepest desires. But that’s not gonna happen any time soon. So what am I left with? Reality. I’m left with the realization that I have to do something, anything, to make things happen. No fairy godmother is going to come along and wave her magic wand and make me or my life what I want it to be. Talking about it, planning for it, making lists, researching, none of these things really advances me toward my goals in a substantial way. Oh, they may be necessary aspects of beginning a new project or adventure, but they don’t have the same effect as getting off my duff and actively doing the nitty-gritty work necessary.
When I talk to groups of people who attend my writing workshops, I always start by asking where everyone is in their writing journey. At least half, if not more, of the class talks about how they want to write, how they have always wanted to write, which is why they’re in my class. Beautiful! Wonderful! But I then ask those same people, why they haven’t started to write yet? That’s when the excuses come into play. They’ll claim that they haven’t had time, or the self-confidence. Some will claim they need to learn how to write before they begin. I then ask if they know how to use a pen and paper, or computer to put words down into sentences. Everyone nods their head and laughs. Of course they do, but they want to learn how to begin. I tell them it’s really very simple. They just start writing.
Ever watch a baby learn to roll over, crawl, walk? Ever watch a toddler climb, begin to talk, feed itself, and all the other astounding things they do each and every day? No one teaches a baby or toddler to do these things. They just decide to do it, and they keep making mistakes and trying again until they get it right. Yes, they will fail, and they might cry in frustration, but then they’ll get over the tears and make another attempt, until they get it right. Then once they’ve mastered that feat, they begin to tackle another in exactly the same manner. Try, fail, fall down, cry, try again, fail again, fall down again, cry again, then get back up and do the whole thing over again, until success is reached. No one has to teach them any of these things. Oh, we as adults can encourage and praise, but that’s all. The rest is up to the individual child to discover what works for him/her and find their own way. So it is with writing. You can take all the courses you want, make incredible outlines, plan to your heart’s content, but until you actually plant your butt in the chair and begin writing, you aren’t a writer.
That doesn’t mean the learning curve isn’t huge, because it is. Yes, there are guidelines and things to learn, and tons of ways to fail, but the words on the page are what writing is all about. Nothing else. This writing gig is a loooong battle that never really ends. I’m learning that for myself the hard way. As I continue to slog through revision after revision of my latest WIP, I could get discouraged, and sometimes I do. If I’m to move forward though, I have to get back to the business at hand and write. It doesn’t even matter if what I write in the first or second draft (or third or fourth) is particularly good; that’s what edits and re-writes are for. The key is to sit down and write.
It has often occurred to me that life is exactly like writing, or anything we wish to accomplish in our lives. At some point, the rubber must hit the road for the car to move forward even one inch. It doesn’t matter what challenges you’re faced with, to move forward means doing something. It’s okay to stop and consider the options though, and in fact, it’s extremely advisable. We were given brains to use them in constructive, creative ways, so we might as well use them to figure out ways of getting what we want.
Everyone has different dreams and goals. Each person is unique unto him/herself, and we can all learn from each other. We can all be inspired by others and apply what we learn to our own lives, or just admire the doer for their innovation and creativity. Anyone who regularly visits this blog knows I interview other writers, primarily because people fascinate me. I began interviewing other writers from around the globe at various stages of their writing journey for another blog, Christina Hamlett’s You Read It Here First.
Through Christina, I’ve had the great privilege and pleasure of “meeting” so many incredibly talented people over the past year. People who are taking their dreams and running with them at full speed. People who seek new ways to express the deepest part of themselves, and help others along the way. Talk about inspiration! Each one of the individuals I interview shines a light into an area I had never explored before. Although I may never choose to climb a mountain, like fellow writer, Jeff Rasley, be able to create stunning pieces of visual art, like Lisa Redfern, take a love of animals and turn it into unique stories told from a dog’s point of view, like Carol McKibben, write wonderful, witty plays like Christina Hamlett, translate an admiration for another person into a series of books, like Tony Lee Moral, trek around the world and write about my adventures, like Janna Graber, or gather my family and head out to parts unknown to experience new cultures and ways of life, like my up-coming interviewee, Michelle Tupy, I can be inspired by them to keep playing my own tune and following my own dreams.
I find it reassuring to know that people can do literally anything they choose to, and do it with skill, finesse, and a lively sense of humour about trials and tribulations they encounter. I love knowing it’s okay to make mistakes, to fall down, and then get back up to try again. In fact, since I started writing, I’ve come across scores of people who are launching themselves forward into their lives with gusto, and with a look over their shoulder to see who they can help along the way. How cool is that? In talks with other writers, like ML Swift (watch here for his interview in the coming weeks), who chose to dedicate the last years of his mother’s life to helping her get through the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease, then wrote about that experience, I realize that we all have something to give, and get, from other people. Perhaps we should retain more of the dogged determination of infants who watch, learn, internalize, then gather the courage to get out there and DO something, damnit!
So yes, learn all you can about whatever it is you want to go after, but at some point be prepared to put yourself out there, risk humiliation, overcome fear, and HAVE FUN with the whole messy business of living your life while going after your dreams! And if it helps to close your eyes and wish upon a star, cross your fingers, click your heels together, whatever, then go for it, because we can all use whatever help God, the Universe, Allah, Buddha, whatever you want to call it, can give us.
Posted in Reviews, tagged book review, Debbie A. McClure, haylee need to feed, Lisa Marie Redfern, Lisa Redfern, YA adventure series, ya coming of age, YA fantasy, ya fiction on February 6, 2015| Leave a Comment »
Teens go through many changes and metamorphoses, but Haylee’s journey is a little different. Haylee is changing a little more than most girls who are becoming young women, because she’s also becoming…something else. Just what that something else is, Haylee’s not certain, but it scares her. And it should. Haylee’s experience of “otherness” has just taken on a whole new meaning. Now, she must find out what she is, and how to deal with the frightening new abilities, and needs, she’s discovered.
Haylee-Need To Feed is the second installment in Lisa Redfern’s new series, which is aimed at YA readers who love to be drawn into mystery. So, if you enjoy science fiction, fantasy, and YA novels, then you’ll want to check out this series.
Posted in Reviews, tagged book review, Debbie A. McClure, Haylee Awakened Seed, Lisa Marie Redfern, Lisa Redfern, ya coming of age, YA fantasy, ya fiction, young adult adventure fiction, young adult fiction on January 19, 2015| Leave a Comment »
The First Book in a Great Ride
This is an excellent YA novel that beckons the question, What If? What if a young girl really can communicate with animals? What if that young girl harbours a secret she is only just learning the terms of herself? What if she grows up and begins to change – to become something more?
Lisa Redfern’s first novel in the Haylee series, Haylee; Awakened Seed, is chock full of descriptive narrative that leads the reader into the life of a young girl whose experience of “otherness” is remarkable, but also relatable. After all, don’t we all feel a little different sometimes?
This is an excellent story for readers who enjoy fantasy, YA (young adult), and coming of age adventures.