Guest-Post: Dealing With Negative Feelings – Make A Change!

Hi guys! Please welcome today’s Guest-Blogger, Erika Kind: The author of I’m Free and several other amazing books, she also has a practice for aromatherapy and self-development.

Erika is the sweetest and the most inspiring person I’ve ever known. She’s a great friend and an even better guide! I love reading her motivating posts on her amazing blog and always look forward to have a word or two with her whenever possible. She is an endless source of positivity and I can’t thank her enough for agreeing to write a post for this blog! Erika, you are the best ❤

Visit her blog, Author Erika Kind, to know more about her.

Presenting Erika Kind…

I am so happy to be asked for a guest-post by my dear friend Heena. What do I love most about her blog? Her fresh and light way of writing, and inspiring. To me she is a young woman with lots of feelings and a heart full of wisdom. Heena asked me to write about how to deal with negative feelings. A topic with a very wide range… where to start, where to go?

We all are caught by negative feelings at times; some more and some less. Why do we have negative feelings? (At this point I’d like to differ between feelings and emotions in order to provide a better understanding. Feelings to me mean something stable and kind of condition. Emotions are only of a short duration and emerge out of a happening.) So why do we have negative feelings? I try to keep it short and simple.

My Father

I know what you all might be thinking… ‘well, this is new!’ Yes, this is indeed new. This is actually the first time ever I’ve written a poem. I don’t know anything about writing a poem, so please don’t start sending me hate letters! I wasn’t able to sleep yesterday night (because it was my dad’s birthday) and while I was pondering on the in-numerous stuff I wanna achieve in my young age (like a book award by 25 yrs and a Nobel prize by 30yrs… etcetera), I felt a sudden pang to get my notebook at 2:30 am and write. So I did just that and this is what I wrote… Father-Silhouette-29

When the sky is black,

and the stars are high.

When the shadows are thick,

and the wind passes me by.

*

I think of you, my father,

and how I used to cry.

You would take me by my shoulder,

and tell me to try, harder still try!

For I was your child

and you could see me crying nei!

**

When the sky is black,

and the stars are high.

When the shadows are thick,

and the wind passes me by.

*

I look back at the day

when you left me alone, and I din’t know why.

But I was your child, my father,

So I pushed myself to try, and harder still try.

**

When the sky is black,

and the stars are high.

When the shadows are thick,

and the wind passes me by.

*

Here I am remembering you on your name day,

Missing you and making my heart cry.

For I loved you then and I love you now, my father,

even when you left me alone to cry.

 I know that this is my problem 

and no one else’s, no, not even thy.

*

When the sky is black,

and the stars are high.

When the shadows are thick,

and the wind passes me by.

*

I think of you, my father,

and how I used to cry.

***

I hope I managed to express my feeling well enough.

Happy B’day ‘My father’… love you always!

Word Of the Week #2

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve your vocabulary by learning new words every week. wowIf you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on my WOW post (like this one.)

Guest Post: SUPPORT By R. M. Ridley

Guest post by R. M. Ridley, the author of Tomorrow Wendell.

HEENA R. PARDESHI

Hello dear readers! Please welcome my first Guest-Blogger, Mr. R. M. Ridley: Writer of Fantasy and Horror and the author of  Tomorrow Wendell

A couple of months ago, through my blog The Reading Bud, I had the pleasure of reading his book and I was totally spellbound by it’s fascinating plot. 

Visit his blogCreativity From Chaos to know more about him.

Presenting R. M. Ridley…

When Heena asked me to do a guest blog post I was honored, delighted, and completely at a loss. What did I know about writing? What made me an expert in any way? How could I claim to hold profound knowledge previously untold?

The answer is that I don’t.

What I do have is a smattering of experience backed up by a lot of support. And maybe that is the key. Maybe that is what I should share—support.

With the help of McKeena…

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Guest Post: SUPPORT By R. M. Ridley

Hello dear readers! Please welcome my first Guest-Blogger, Mr. R. M. Ridley: Writer of Fantasy and Horror and the author of  Tomorrow Wendell

A couple of months ago, through my blog The Reading Bud, I had the pleasure of reading his book and I was totally spellbound by it’s fascinating plot. 

Visit his blog Creativity From Chaos to know more about him.

Presenting R. M. Ridley…

When Heena asked me to do a guest blog post I was honored, delighted, and completely at a loss. What did I know about writing? What made me an expert in any way? How could I claim to hold profound knowledge previously untold?

The answer is that I don’t.

What I do have is a smattering of experience backed up by a lot of support. And maybe that is the key. Maybe that is what I should share—support.

With the help of McKeena Gardener, my editor at Xchyler Publishing, I am putting together a collection of my short stories set in my White Dragon Black world, for an anthology titled ‘Blondes, Books,& Bourbon’ (April release).

a snippet from NaNoville…

A fantastic Chapter by the lovely and extremely talented Sue Bahr…

Sue Bahr

nanoSo, I’ve been working on a ya contemporary called “Drift” for NaNo. Have to say, I think it’s coming along just dandy. Since I have no tips to share and my brain is awash in all things NaNo, I thought I’d share the first couple paragraphs of my WIP.

****DISCLAIMER****

This is a NaNo draft, which means ugly phrasing and repetitive words, spelling errors and missing punctuation. Reader be advised.

(Okay. I hope it’s not THAT bad).

*************

Chapter 1

When your entire life’s a lie, you need one constant that’s true, even if it’s just your name.

           

I hate hating my life.

I flip open my track phone. It reads three am. Something woke me up–maybe it’s just the storm brewing in the west. More likely, it’s my well-honed instinct that I’m about to relive my worst nightmare.

I shove my blankets aside and stare out the open…

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Save that IDEA!


Most of the times we just keep the ideas in our mind and think that we don’t have enough ideas to start writing, but guess what, all you’re doing is killing all those ideas that your mind already has! Trust me, you’ll never really have enough ideas to make you get up and start writing and even if you do get to writing after you’ve got a lot of ideas, it’ll be too late and you’ll end up forgetting most of them.

The key is to write down the ideas as soon as one pops up in your mind or try to write it down ASAP! Do not take your ideas for granted.Save that IDEA

You might think that it is not as important as I’m trying to project it but wait for a second and think again. Have you ever thought about an excellent idea and thought “wow, now that’s a good idea!” but you don’t write it down thinking that you’ll remember it and will be able to recall it later whenever you want.

Guess what, that’s never going to happen, because when you don’t take the pain to write it down, the idea starts disintegrating. Later when you’ll try to recall it, the best you ‘ll be able to do is recall some fragments of it and that too only if you’re lucky enough.

Sometimes, while working on one topic, I get a dozen ideas for other topics simultaneously. I know it can be messy, but still I try and take a page and note down whatever comes to my mind. I prefer to use post it as I can just put it on my work desk and won’t forget to work on them.

Some simple options to collect ideas:

  1. Smartphones: Almost everyone has one but some people are really lazy when it comes to using the smartphones for smart purposes. I use Samsung Galaxy Note-4 and I use it to the fullest. I have around 200 notes that I made over a period of just a few months and more often than not they help me outlining a story, a scrib and even a blog post. I’ve written a full-length novel using around 100 or so such notes, so yeah, they do work. I can’t even imagine myself not penning down my thoughts If at all I would have ignored it I would have been struggling to remember those ideas till now.10320216-cartoon-illustration-showing-a-generic-smartphone-with-a-smiling-face
  2. Post It Notes: These little cutie pies are truly amazeballs when it comes to writing ideas in short. They are so beautiful and I have them in every size and colour! The walls of my study room are full of these post-its and I feel so happy just looking at them. For easy access, I keep at least q post-it in every room with a small pen.
    Try to do this and you’ll be amazed to see how any ideas you can collect.
  3. Small Diaries: If you can’t make use of your smartphones then try and keep a small diary and a small pencil or pen in you pocket at all times. Really, Am I kidding? Absolutely Not! You are a writer (or if you want to be) then start acting like one. I always have my sling bag and various loose papers and small notebooks with me along with at least 2 pens. You never know when you can get hit by a brilliant idea that can potentially change your life (no kidding!)3900113-560258-paper-vector-notebook-with-small-pen
  4. Try and be resourceful! If you’re in a hotel, ask the waiter for a pen and write down on a tissue! (I’ve done this a number of times.) If you’re going somewhere and have no paper, then stop at a stationary and get one. I mean, how hard can it be to get a paper and a pen (not to forget your amaing smartphones and tablets.)

If you have your little ideas in order then you can write freely for hours and hours. Noting down your ideas can save you from the worst problem that a writer faces- “Writer’s Block“. I believe that if you have all your ideas with you, there are fewer chances that you’ll ever have a writer’s block long enough to demoralize you.

Everyone has IDEAS but not everyone

Ideas are the soul of one’s writing. Without them, you’ll be sitting with a blank paper. So next time note down your ideas as soon as you can.

Have a great day 🙂

Word Of The Week #1

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve your vocabulary by learning new words every week. wowIf you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on my WOW post (like this one.)

The first post!

My Author Blog

HEENA R. PARDESHI

Hi guys!

My name is Heena Rathore P. and I’m a writer in progress. This is my 3rd blog and I hope that all the readers of my other two blogs as well as the new readers have a great time browsing though this blog.

I blog at The Reading Bud, which is a book blog.

I’m presently working on my first novel (contemporary romance) and in the process I’m getting to learn a lot of things which I’d love to share with my readers and fellow bloggers!

I hope you have a great week!

Regards

Heena Rathore P.

(or as most of you know, The Reading Bud!)

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The first post!

Hi guys!

My name is Heena Rathore P. and I’m a writer in progress. This is my 3rd blog and I hope that all the readers of my other two blogs as well as the new readers have a great time browsing though this blog.

I blog at The Reading Bud, which is a book blog.

I’m presently working on my first novel (contemporary romance) and in the process I’m getting to learn a lot of things which I’d love to share with my readers and fellow bloggers!

I hope you have a great week!

Regards

Heena Rathore P.

(or as most of you know, The Reading Bud!)

Word Of The Week Meme… by me!

Hi folks! Like most of the bloggers, I love participating in memes and prompts related to books and blogging. My favorite one being Top Ten Tuesdays! I’ve also decided to create a small weekly meme named Word Of The Week.

I know how much vocabulary means to each and everyone in the blogosphere. Whether you are a writer or not, you still need a pretty well developed vocab in order to express yourself perfectly. I’m a fan of fancy words and I try to keep up with the latest slang. Being a book-blogger and an avid reader I come across atleast dozens of new words every week. I note them down in my book (it’s my personal vocab builder), but it is quite hard to remember them all until I start using them often. So as a solution to this problem, I’m starting this meme ‘Word of the Week‘ (WOW) in which one can share stuff about “one” word per week.

Ten Books I Want To Reread

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the awesome authors of The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s topic is:

Ten Books/Series I Want To Reread:

  1. The HobbitThe-Hobbit-flat-cover

  2. Lord Of The Ring SeriesLOTR_book_covers

  3. A Song Of Ice And Fire SeriesA_Game_of_Thrones_Novel_Covers

  4. Hunger Games SeriesHUNGER-GAMES-COVERS_510

  5. Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Series????????

  6. Twilight Seriestwilight

  7. The Clifton Chronicles1394651071

  8. Da Vinci Coden56931

  9. All Nicholas Sparks Books 91Gr+GkbA8L

  10. All Sidney Sheldon BooksSidney Sheldon Books

New Review Format

Whenever I sit down to review a book, all the things that I wanna say about the book instantly floods my mind and sometimes I see that I’ve mistakenly forgotten to write about 1-2 points. That’s the reason I broke my review in 3 categories- Positives, Negatives and Conclusion. But from last month or so I’m feeling like this is also not enough. So, after considering a lot of options I’ve come to a conclusion to change my entire review criteria.

Image Credits: Literacy Blog: Melissa Musser
Image Credits: Literacy Blog: Melissa Musser

From now on I’m gonna break down my reviews in 8 categories so that I don’t miss out on any point. In these 8 points I’m gonna include Blurb and Cover art as well cause I  think that these are the 2 things that draws the readers attention to the books and no one ever really talks about them in reviews. I think that these are also important enough to comment on. The categories in which I’m gonna break down my review are as following:

  1. Plot 
  2. Characters
  3. Romance
  4. Writing
  5. Beginning 
  6. Ending (it’s really important, specially in series.)
  7. Cover Art (90% of the time I decide whether to read a book based on it’s cover art.)
  8. Blurb (yes, sometimes they mislead and that has to be pointed out!)

I’m having a great feeling now that I’ve made it official. The only concern is that I’ll have to review the old titles again in this format (but that can wait, right!)

I’d love to hear what you think about my new format. Fell free to share what’s on your mind 🙂

Have a great day 😀

NaNoWriMo

Finally after giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo, after all it’s about having fun and interacting with other authors, and yea… writing (a lot!)

This will be my first time participating in a writing competition, except for a few I took part in when I was in school. I’m really nervous as I’ve just started writing and that too I write around 300-500 words per day, so this is going to be huge. I’m gonna try and write atleast 1500 words per day (pssst…. like that’s easy) and I’m just gonna make sure that atleast by the end of November I have a solid plot and strong characters.

I’m sure that you guys might also be participating. My profile name is Heena Rathore P. and the link to my NaNoWriMo profile is here. I’d love to be your writing buddy… the more we are the better! Please leave your profile links or names in the comments section and I’ll be happy to add you 🙂

10694326_10152844196391972_1173854102381313588_oA quick update on RMFAO Buddy-Read: Me and my friends (11 people) will be starting with Pet Sematary today. I’ll be posting my progress and few discussions here weekly or so. If you wanna join our buddy-read, drop in at RMFAO and just introduce yourself at the discussion board.