Just being me and hoping to inspire you, from my light to yours…

Posts tagged ‘author’

Feedback requested: Would you read me?

I am working on my short story today and thought it would be nice to get some feedback. Positive comments and criticism are equally welcomed.

Here is the sample of writing. I invite you to read it and let me know your thoughts– does it intrigue you or hook you and would you keep reading the story?

Thanks bunches!!!

Short Story Snippet:

It was the middle of summer, sometime in July, when I had a waking dream about my Grandmother’s land. As a child I would frequent her home along with my mother and younger brother. It was during these same summer months years ago that I had connected to her land, the same place that I now found myself slipping through in a dream as I slept in the comfort of my own home, with my own family, and on my own land. Something was wanting for me to return there and connect again.

As my consciousness opened through the dreamscape I was brought back to this place of being that I knew quite well. I was back in the magic and the spirit of Grandma’s vegetable garden. As a child I never really put too much thought into understanding or appreciating the land that was my Grandmother’s. It was always just there. The hill that rolled down a grassy slope of earth and gave home to the orchard of apple, cherry, apricot, peach, and plum. The large black walnut tree that dropped curious green balls every September or the little raspberry plant stationed nearby that produced peculiar orange colored berries that I could never resist. My grandmother was sweet and attentive to her land, and I wish I had taken more of that in as a child. But sometimes not all things are understood or appreciated. Just experienced. And as a child I was inwardly caught up in experiencing myself vs. experiencing the world. Aware of the single moments of consecutiveness and less aware of how it all tied together and that there was indeed more to be aware of in the world but also on that land of my Grandmother.

So, I found myself awake in the dream and standing at the edge of Grandma’s garden. My toes just touching the deep earth that was home to so much here and that first row of vegetables I now noticed sprawling before me. The dark green of their leaves moving almost as if in words to say through the gentle garden air, “There’s more life to be shared.”

An Update on my Daily Transcribing

English: Home position - Hand position for typ...

Some of you may know that I have been transcribing for many days putting hand-written journal entries into a document on my computer. To date it has been 80 consecutive days and I have 108,873 total words!

The series of 4 journals I am transcribing are from last September through the end of December. I was chronicling a shift that I was going through, a deepening of a connection to myself as well as to the Earth, and like any journal, it was just me being me and writing my life down. Sometimes I wrote as a multi-dimensionally aware spiritual being and sometimes as a much too crabby mom/wife. In volleying back and forth I found that life flows in many different directions and that it is hard to stay centered in just one way of being even though it seems I consistently keep trying.

Half-way through the experience I started to understand that these journals were to be a book, in fact 2 books, so that is why I have been working so diligently at transcribing daily. Even if it is 5 words or 4,000 I get something done. I also have been holding myself accountable on Facebook and twitter posting my daily words transcribed. It has kept me going which is a good thing because I am honestly getting tired of it. So, here is where I am with my overall plan. I will get through the journal entries that carry me through to the end of October and then when I get there I will be giving myself a much deserved break. When I come back to it in a week or two, I will then start to edit the journals and begin to write the first book.

This has been a daunting thought for me for a while now. I wonder how am I ever going to be able to make any sense out of all of this and make it into a “story!?” Thank goodness for my writing buddy to help get me in the right frame of mind for this looming writing process. (By the way she too is a blogger- http://merspiration.wordpress.com/)

In our last conversation I was expressing to her that I didn’t know how I was going to make sense of any of this. That I read other people’s memoirs and they read like a novel, but my journal entries are so choppy, I didn’t know how I would be able to write it to flow from one thought into another. She gave me the name of a book to check out that had a different flow in being a memoir and encouraged me that if I have a different technique and I lay it out for the readers at the beginning than it should be ok to follow. I said a little prayer asking for, “perfect ease and flow in creating my memoir,” and I left the conversation trusting whatever it is supposed to be it will be.

I feel a lot more comfortable now and am actually looking forward to going back through my jumbled mess of ramblings knowing it will take its own form as I re-write and create it. I don’t have to make it be like anyone else’s work, I just have to make it my own and that I know I can do.

So NEW goal is to be done transcribing by the end of this month. Yikes! Did I just really say that? Follow my progress on Facebook and see if I am able to make my deadline. http://www.facebook.com/KorinnBooks. I am secretly a little annoyed with myself for making this statement as I have 20 days of journal entries to get through in the next 11 days. I guess I better get to work.

A Book for Grandchildren and Grandparents

The book I am working on is The Life and Times of My Grandparent: A Journal for Young Writers.

It is a book that sets-up quality time for conversation during which the grandchild records important family history as told by the grandparent and the two create a family heirloom together.

The focus is primarily on the grandparent reflecting on their life.  However, there are also several questions for the grandparent to ask the grandchild making it a truly collaborative experience where each voice has value – young and old.

The value that lies here is not just in the book alone with its memories captured, it is also in the relationship of grandparent and grandchild as their bond is strengthened by spending valuable one-on-one time together.

This book is unlike any other and I am proud to announce it! We expect it to be available for purchase this summer!

I would like to invite you to “like” the Facebook page “The Life and Times of My Grandparent” and follow the books updates as well as other information or images that will be shared pertaining to grandparents and grandchildren.  And of course I would love for you to share it and invite others to “like” it as well.

http://www.facebook.com/TheLifeAndTimesOfMyGrandparent

Thanks so very much!!!

Korinn Logo

 

News About Upcoming Book

I have been working on a book with fellow author, Dick Edwards, since last May. We are approaching the one year mark of knowing each other and of working on this project.

I am super excited because we have finally started the process of working with a publisher, Amber Skye Publishing, who will assist us in the final editing and book design. I have never done this before, it has always just been me, so I feel very lucky to have their professional help! And while our book did not get picked up by a “traditional publisher” here we are still making our way, finding our own publisher, hiring their services, and accomplishing our dream.

It feels so GREAT!

If you would like to follow my progress please “like” my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/KorinnBooks

Or follow me on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/KorinnSHawkins

I am hoping to get a Facebook page up and going for this book and will post on it later this week as well as share a description of just what exactly this book is about so stay tuned. 🙂

Thank you so much for your continued interest in my words and my work!

Korinn_logo_orangegradient