getting into the groove

When I’m writing, I feel like I can conquer the world.

I want that feeling back.

Like I said in my last post, I’m going to try a 30 day writing challenge to get my creative juices flowing.

My friend Kathy reminded me that our fellow friend Pam just finished a 30 day challenge that I might like. I instantly remembered Pam’s posts and loved reading her daily personal type posts.

In addition to that, while I was sifting through my writing files, I also came across 100 blog topics for fiction writers that I had saved a few years ago that I thought would be fun to pick 30 topics out of the 100 listed.

So I’ve got 2 choices and getting your input on which one to choose would be fun, don’t you think?

So here is a little poll below (but if you are using Mozilla Firefox, it will not appear and I have no clue why).

I’m already leaning towards one but I’m curious to see how you vote!

Looking forward to your vote.



M  xoxo

grace (not writing)

I miss a lot of things about my blogging space.

I miss the exchanges with you after posting something. It’s more about interacting as friends, fellow writers and readers than the external validation element.

I miss spending time reading your blogs and knowing what you are all up to.

I miss writing and blogging challenges that get my creative juices flowing.

Giving myself grace is the only way to go but I truly miss the act of sitting down and seeing what I can create.

After long days stuck at the computer and working from home all the time, the last thing I want is to spend more time with a device.

But like I miss writing too much to give up.

A J gave me an idea in a recent post and my light bulb went off – I’m going to find a 30 day writing challenge to “just write”. Maybe I’ll post them or maybe not. We’ll see.

The race is not for the swift but for those who can endure to the end.

If you are a writer, would you have any 30 day challenges to suggest?

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everything but writing

Enough is enough.

I’ve been doing every and anything else except write since the ‘Rona hit…

Like playing with my hair, giving it the daily TLC it deserves by moisturizing and being amazed at all the things it can do with the slightest care…

Liking drinking way too much white apple and grape juice out of the wine glasses I rarely use, allowing the neighbors to think whatever they like as I sip, sip and sip away on my deck…

Like stocking up on all things related to “the second wave of Corona is coming so get prepared” mindset I have developed and aimlessly surfing Amazon for things I truly don’t need…

And most of all, like eating crap while I binge watch (and re-watch) 51 episodes of a Turkish romantic comedy I fell in love before they get taken down…

So yeah, enough is enough already.

It’s time to hop back on the writing train even if it’s just a quick daily write for myself. I made myself some promises and it’s time to dust of my fingertips and get to it.

What have you had enough of? Not being able to get back to a normal routine? Tell me.


i need a sexy name

Alejandro” is indeed a sexy name.

Especially when a good-looking man whose name just so happens to be “Alejandro” tells you his name and rolls that “r” in just the right way that makes you want to ask him to say it again…

Hmm…there is a true story behind what I just said but I’ll that for another post (maybe).

I’ve always wanted to use “Alejandro” as a character name but from all of the short reads I’ve been immersing myself in during this quarantine, it is clear that I’m not alone in my liking for this name.

And that’s also the reason why I’m in need of alternative name options, something that is not too common and overused, like “Javier” and “Mateo”.

I’m challenging you to throw your suggestions into my hot Spanish-speaking name hat so what would you suggest?

Here is a little something something to inspire your suggestions…Thank me later.








What kind of fiction do I like to read?

The kind that could actually happen in real life.

The kind of story that makes me feel as if I could step straight into the pages and almost fit right in.

The kind of tale that can teach me a thing or two along the way or even make me want to visit where the story took place.

And of course, the kind of story that has just enough romantic drama to keep me wanting more.

I always thought my preferred reading genre was considered contemporary fiction but after a little research and one too many Youtube videos on the topic, maybe it’s really considered “realistic fiction“. Or maybe realistic contemporary fiction.

I don’t know anymore and in the end, I guess it doesn’t really matter because I like what I like.

The terms “contemporary” and “realistic” are often used interchangeably so I’m going to call it “contemporary realistic fiction”, okay?

Anyhow, stories that are realistic and set in modern times are my jam (do people still say jam?) and that’s what I like writing too.

Like a story about a woman who goes on vacation and has no clue that the cute guy who has befriended her used to be a big time celebrity. Or a story about a man who dials a wrong number and ends up falling for a woman he has never met. Or like the story I still need to get back to…the one about a woman who receives a life-changing diagnosis and ends up making the most of the time she has left in Hawaii.

These are just three of my stories that are WIPs and that I’m looking forward to diving back into.

So if you ask me what genre I write, you’ll now know – I like to write the kind of stories that I like to read.

What about you? What kind of books do you like to read? Romance? Non-fiction?





Have you ever just woken up one day with answers to questions that were rolling around in your head?

Well, that’s what literally happened to me a few weeks ago.

I was all upset and frustrated by questions like:

How can I get back to the joy of writing when everything else seems to keep getting in the way?

Will I ever finish a writing project like my Wattpad story that should have been put to bed a long time ago?

Is this what life is all about? Just the mundane day to day existence? Is it even possible to live a more of an amplified life?

How the heck am I going to incorporate getting into better health when I’m always drained by the end of day?

Then, like I said, I just woke up one morning with some answers and a game plan.

I may not have ALL the answers and it may be a tiny game plan but hey, it’s more than I had before.

In a past Instagram post, I spoke about taking baby steps and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing one week at a time over this past month. And dare I say that it feels good and a little exciting.

And mind you, I’m not the excitable type.

When it comes to the writer part of me, I’ll share some of what I’ve been doing with you here. And for the rest, well…I’ll reserve it for Instagram.

So yeah – clarity.

Have you ever just woken up with some of the answers you needed after obsessing about things for days, weeks, months or maybe even years?

Let me know.




baring your soul

Would you bare your soul online if your anonymity was totally guaranteed?

I definitely wouldn’t.

Besides not believing that there is such a thing as total anonymity when it comes to anything done online, I would be much too paranoid and careful to do it.

But what if it was to take a weight off your heart or to warn others against mistakes you have made?

I’m still not sure if I would do it.

But Lily, the character in my Wattpad story is doing just that – sharing her horrible experience with her abusive ex and confessing how she may or may not have tried to kill him.

Though I wouldn’t do it, my curiosity would get the better of me if I stumbled across a real blog like Lily’s…

If you’d like to give a read at what I’ve written so far, you can visit “If My Wounds Were Visible” on Wattpad here.