The Stars and Moments that Guide Us…

black and white meDon’t fret I am not going to preach to anyone. No, this is more of an observation than anything else. Over the course of my life I have delved in an out of following my star-sign. They have always intrigued me, how is it that someone can know what an entire group of people are going to do based solely on their date of birth? It is impossible, yet some have been eerily close to the bone. My guess would be a numbers game; they are usually printed daily, I couldn’t begin to count how many people are in each star-sign eventually they would have to get it right… Right? Although it still freaks me out when they do!

 

The point I am making is recently I have found myself in a wonderful situation; I have nothing health wise left to worry about, I don’t have to fight anymore for treatment and have been getting help for a physical disability. But here is what has thrown me; as incredible as this feeling is, after years of fighting one way or another to get treatment or just get up in the morning having life run do smoothly so suddenly has left me lost. Where do I put all this energy into? And for the first time in years I found myself looking at my star-signs.

 

Please do not get me wrong I am doing anything but complain! This is right up there with getting married, it is just after so long of pushing for this and never really believing it would happen I never thought to prepare myself for what to do when it did.

 

The moments that lead me to this point stick out so clearly in my mind, I can trace it back years. I spent most of yesterday laughing hysterically, uncertain if I could believe it had happened then I realised that one thing after another had lined up and helped me to progress. If I hadn’t of found a certain bit of information, if I hadn’t of gone to a certain doctor, if I hadn’t of met my husband, or walked into Coffee Rio.

 

Now, I should explain two things… I am an atheist; however I have such strong respect for those who have the capability to believe in something bigger than them. I lost that a long time ago. I do however have a theory on how I would like to live. I try to respect others (no matter their colour, belief or age), I do try to understand other people’s points of view, even when I don’t agree with them, and I do everything to the best of my ability. This way I regret nothing. I do fail at this sometimes but that’s why I have learned how important these things are to me.

 

I don’t expect everyone to follow in my path, or read this and say ‘That is how I should be’. Everyone has to find their own way to their own way of life.

 

The second thing I should say and this is probably the reason I am on such a high today is that yesterday afternoon after over three years of pushing for it I finally got the go ahead for an unorthodox treatment for the condition I have. So I am feeling a little reflective today. Alongside this after two surgeries and a hand full of physiotherapists I have found a specialist to treat the physical symptoms of another condition, my book release is due out soon and I have been happily married for two and a half months…. I have met some incredible new friends and am finally in a totally good space.

 

I hoped in sharing this I could spread a little hope and joy today.

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Mind, Body, and Surroundings…

black and white meOver the last week I have been thinking a lot about how our mind, body and surroundings effect how we work. For instance I cannot concentrate if I am in a bad mood, I ache, and the office is a tip… To even begin to try and write would be a futile and stressful experience. On the other hand though, if I am feeling positive, pain free, and everything around me is where I need it to be; I could lose an entire week to a project and not notice! So it begs the question… WHY?

I can’t speak for anyone else but I know the majority of the time my mind is running at a hundred miles an hour, just so it can keep up with story ideas, marketing ideas, deadlines, jobs, appointments and other important dates. I have, on several occasions been accused of not being able to ‘switch off’. If you too are like this I have one suggestion for you; music. It is such a calming influence on me; I don’t even need to pay attention to it. It is just there giving your sub-conscious mind something to focus on while you tap away on the computer.

Another thing I have found, very recently and most likely the cause for my train of thought is a type of Therapy called ‘EMMETT Therapy’, if you have any major aliments or pains from being sat at a desk for far too long then track down an EMMETT Therapist. It is non invasive and so relaxing, beyond that INSTANT Relief! It is a long term thing but if you are anything like me will feel the benefits right off the bat. I personally go to a place called Station Therapy in Hinckley which has an entire range of treatments from the EMMETT Therapy to Massage and Hypnotherapy if you are local I would suggest checking them out.
http://www.station-therapy.com/

I could never understand the connection between my state of mind and surroundings. I always find they reflect one another, the better I feel the less chaos I live in. The less chaos I live in, the better I feel. Tapping into this I would suggest have your work space as you need it, not as others would deem it tidy. If your mind works better surrounded by loose paper then that is how your office should be! I have a working system which will look odd to others.

I personally believe in order for anyone to work efficiently they need their mind, body and surroundings in balance with one another. For those employing others that is making sure that their work force are happy, healthy and in good surroundings that work for them. For those who work for themselves the same applies but it is down to you to taylor it to your own needs. Take breaks, enjoy a social life, don’t ignore that nagging pain and make your work space work for you!

As always guys and gals should you want to get in touch or buy a copy of my SCI FI Action Thriller, Dying To Help; The Beginning Of The End, then get in touch using the following.

www.facebook.com/AuthorLouisaMullerworth
@BabyMull
www.babymull.wordpress.com
www.lmullerworth.wix.com/louisamullerworth
l.mullerworth@gmail.com

Blog Tour, Book Trailers, Editing and Posh Coffee

ImageThis last couple of weeks has been a bit of an interesting ride. First we went to my cousin’s son’s Christening (to which he looked amazing in his Tweed suit!), then I managed to contract a sickness bug luckily it was only a twenty-four hour thing but at one point I swear I thought I was going to die! By the time it had passed and I could stand up without passing out it was a rush to get everything ready for this week’s Blog Tour which is being kindly hosted by five very incredible authors!

Day One was held By KENNETH BELLIVEAU on his Blog Reel World Critic;
http://reelworldcritic.tumblr.com/post/82685537742/louisa-mullerworth-dying-to-help-the-beginning-of-the

Day Two was held By SUSAN HARRIS on her Blog susanharris;
http://www.susanharris.ca/introducing-author-louisa-mullerworth/

Day Three has been held By HAYLEY BARLOW on her Blog hayleyb32;
http://hayleyb32.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/promotional-tour-for-the-up-and-coming-debut-novel-dying-to-help/

Day Four will be held by PENNY ESTELLE on her Blog (17/04/14)

And Day Five by ALINA POPESCU on her Blog (18/04/14)

 

As well as all this I have been doing some more marketing in the form of video trailers for the book… Which look like this;

They were done using a wonderful free site called ‘Animoto’ so long as you keep the clip 30 seconds or shorter you can do them for free! I highly recommend it; it is easy to use and very handy for making professional looking trailers which you can share on all media’s.

The other major thing which happened in the latest week was that I got in touch with an editor by the name of Patti Geesey, for those of you who don’t know her she is an incredible woman who has kindly offered to edit Dying To Help; the ENTIRE TRILOGY! I already love working with her as I know editing is hard work in itself but she is very kind and understanding. I know my work isn’t perfect first time out but she gives me a lot of confidence and everything she says she leaves you with a positive feeling. Not only is this but she also highly affordable (her rates changes with each author so it would be impossible to give you a figure but I would highly recommend you get in touch if you need/want an editor.)

And lastly if not one of the more important aspects of the week, I have finally got around to getting some fresh granules for my coffee percolator, proper posh as well; Hazelnut flavoured… Needless to say it has sent me a little hyper, not that it is noticeable or anything.

OK Guys and Gals if you want to get in touch or pre order your copy of Dying To Help; The Beginning Of The End… Here is how you do it;

Facebook; www.facebook.com/AuthorLouisaMullerworth
Twitter; @BabyMull
Website; www.lmullerworth.wix.com/louisamullerworth
Blog; www.babymull.wordpress.com
Email; l.mullerworth@gmail.com

Susan Harris

SusanforwebHi everyone I would like you to meet another fellow author, this is Susan Harris. She has a wonderful book out which I would like to share with you. I think she would better explain it herself so here is what she has written for it….

 

Looking to rejuvenate your mind, soul and body?

 

Hot off the digital press is Remarkably Ordinary: 20 Reflections on Living Intentionally Right Where You Are.

Like most people, Susan Harris lives an ordinary life. In Remarkably Ordinary, she challenges the notion that a person needs bright lights or golden spoons to live more productively. “Can we,” Susan asks, “find purpose in every experience, encounter or seemingly random happening?” In this compilation of twenty personal stories, Susan invites the reader to embrace everyday occurrences and intentionally reflect on their meaning in his or her life. These stories provide a way of seeing life’s experiences through new eyes and discovering the lessons that can be learned from them in order to find happiness right where you are. An ordinary life is a vibrant and successful life, and each of us can draw out beauty from whatever we encounter. Susan shares her ordinary life, from a childhood on an exotic tropical island to adulthood on the prairies, and reflects on how her experiences have changed her and enriched her life.

In sharing these experiences with her, you will be inspired to examine your own life.

When you do, you may find that your life can be deeper and more meaningful than you ever imagined.

The book retails for only US $0.99 (other prices pegged) during April 8-30, and is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JICVCQM  and Amazon in your country.

A bit about Susan;

Susan Harris is an author, speaker and former teacher. Her titles are Little Copper Pennies and Little Copper Pennies for Kids (Borealis Press), and Golden Apples in Silver Settings and Remarkably Ordinary from White Lily Press. She lives on the Canadian prairies with her husband, daughter and the gregarious cats.

If you should be interested in finding out more about Susan Harris and her book you can find her at;

http://susanharris.ca
https://www.facebook.com/SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor
https://twitter.com/SusanHarris20

https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/profile

Inspiration…

Hello again and firstly A MASSIVE THANK YOU to all the new followers on the blog, without any of you this exercise would be kind of pointless! So I always try and tell those who support me in one way or another; what an inspiration you are….

Speaking of inspirations that is what today’s blog is about; what and how things inspires us to do what we do in hope of… Well in all honesty inspiring others. Are you lost yet? I think I might be; simply put I want to share with you what it is that has given me the ‘Eureka’ moments, what influenced me when I was younger and even now. If you want to I would love to hear the same from you all in the comments (of course this is optional, no homework required of the readers of this blog I promise. But if you do want to share then feel free.)

Let’s start with the easy stuff; TV. For me TV played a big part of my childhood (I was kind of a sickly child) that and SKY was brand new (yeah I know ‘oooo’ and ‘Ahhh’). I was and still am terrified of children’s telly; I used to think it was just scary. What happened to the Moomins, or Clangers?? TeleTubies and these weird alien egg things which I only ever watched once because I was ill with a fever and terrified myself thinking they were coming out of the Television… And you thought I was joking about being sickly… (I have been told I was born in the wrong era, this may be true.) Anyway back on topic; after as much as I could stomach of the bizarre crazy that was badly speaking brightly coloured things I moved onto watching other things; Comedy, Science Fiction, Crime Drama, Romance, etc at a rather young age. (I personally blame my biological father’s extensive Video collection and lack of attention). Wow I just said Video there’s a throwback for you!

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MOOMINS!!!

Out of that came a list of all time favourites back in the day;
#Buffy The Vampire Slayer (I was just that cool)
#Star Trek (Voyager and Next Generation; I am sorry but it is Piccard and Jayne-Way all the way my lovelies!)
#StarGate SG1 (Film and TV Series; I later discovered SGU StarGate Universe)
#CSI (Vegas, I didn’t discover NCIS until I was much older)
#Only Fools And Horses (This was a must more than anything else.)
The Romance was more in films to be fair.

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Buffy Cast (Including Seth Green)

Really I watched most things that were on so long as it wasn’t for children, I also love Horror have done for many, many, many years but that was more films again. Of course now there is little difference to this list just a few added extras;
#Family Guy (I love this remarkable granted exaggerated view on family life, it helps me to unwind)
#American Dad (A lot is to be said for Stan Smith…)
#Bones (It is debateable as I usually don’t like watching Crime Fiction where the tech couldn’t exist but can’t knock Brennan and Booth)
#NCIS (Clever, witty and relatable… And I do love Gibbs and Abby)
#StarGate Universe (I cannot say enough about this programme, the actors, story, sets and seriously I could go on and on and on… Make this perfect I was in shock when they cancelled it. I still watch it now on DVD as an inspirational pointer.)
#The Black List (James Spader is just awesome in this… If I could I would have him play ‘The Host’ in ‘Dying To Help’)
#FireFly (One of the best Science Fiction series made in my opinion, just under/miss marketed)
#Castle (Another Nathan Fillion instant classic! You cannot knock a man who can act like that, from Sci Fi to Crime Drama is at his best. This is of course an opinion but heyho.)

 

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Castle Cast…

 

Ahh, yes FILMS; I watched #The Exorcist when I was very young and found it more amusing than scary but I was enthralled by it and wanted to watch more, so again the extensive collection of Video’s that later became DVD’s came into play. I watched #Seven and films like that, slowly becoming less and less aware of the blood and guts and more and more aware of the storytelling. The ideas behind them and of course I watched films like #Serenity which was the film made of #FireFly at the time I was confused as it follows on from the series and hadn’t yet discovered it. But I still loved it. Of course there were the Disney Films; #Little Mermaid, #Lion King, #Sleeping Beauty, #Fox And The Hound, etc (I wasn’t completely hooked on the darker or stranger side of cinema.) Oddly enough I was hooked and still am on #Pretty Woman, #Notting Hill I love the plots in both of them.

Even now I love finding new and interesting films and they shaped how I wrote, I started writing in Horror; after watching #Sixth Sense it was Paranormal Horror, #The Others. Then I discovered Sci Fi Horror; #Village Of The Dammed, #War Of The Worlds, #Alien (The Series), #Predator (The Series), #Mars Attacks (Which by the way is just too funny), #Signs. I loved them all; #Signs utterly creeped me out! #Jeepers Creepers (last one for you…) I have loads more but I could go on forever and a day. But as you can see my film and TV selections have moulded what I was going to write.

Now BOOKS; this is an interesting on as I read more Romance and Medical Thrillers such as #Notting Hell by Rachel Johnson, #Lust Or Love by Hayley Barlow, #Pedigree Mum by Fiona Gibson and the entire #Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen but the first book I picked up and red cover to cover in only a couple of days was #Contest by Matthew Riley and that is what turned me onto Science Fiction. If I am just half the writer he is I will be happy! At the moment I am reading a book called #Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gainman, a suggestion by a friend and Sci Fi buff and I am loving it. It is; witty, clever, cheeky, and so smooth to read.

And on to the hard parts; The PEOPLE! My mum actually named me after an author, I think she knew before anyone else what I was destined to be. And she has always encouraged me, made me feel like it was possible. She still does. Crazy as me I swear… And Sid, I dabbled at this before I met him but it wasn’t until after that I really found my stride; he gives me the love and understanding every author needs from their spouse I will always love him but for this I could never say thank you enough. Famous People are more difficult but I would say Matthew Riley, he started with nothing and is now a household name; can’t not find inspiration in that. And Seth McFarlane; he is the creator of Family Guy and American Dad; like his work or not you cannot knock the man for his achievements! He had a vision and made it happen; he didn’t even let a little thing like having his show cancelled stand in the way of that one. Let’s see ah yes of course David Blue most commonly known for ‘Eli Wallace’ in SGU he worked in bit parts for a long time and earned the role of Eli to act with actors like Robert Carlyle and Louis Ferreira and completely hold his own is outstanding.

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David Blue As Eli Wallace

Wow just seen word count… Sorry… As I said before if you want to share your inspirations please do I would love to hear them. As always if you are interested in buying a copy of my book; “Dying To Help; The Beginning Of The End” then you can email me at l.mullerworth@gmail.com or visit my website www.lmullerworth.wix.com/louisamullerworth I am also on Twitter which is @BabyMull and now on Instagram; scifiauthor and of course facebook I look forward to seeing you all there!

We All Have A Story To Tell; So Why Not Tell It?

I started this with the idea of saying how throughout history there have been thousands of works of arts formed in the medium of words sourced from the most unassuming of authors. Which is true; but that doesn’t make it easy. It just means that they were exceptional and no doubt failed the first few times. Instead I want to broche this in a different way; writer to writer.

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Alice In Wonderland – Collectors Edition

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Lewis Carroll

Convention; I am not one for it. Anything I write is because I enjoy writing it, if by side effect others happen to enjoy it too than happy days but the worse thing any writer can do is write to an audience. When I say this I know with any genre there is a built in audience however my meaning is do not write in a genre that does not excite you purely because you think it is ‘fashionable’ right now. Write what you are passionate about and the rest will come.  Also the best tip I can give you on this subject is don’t stick to a genres strict guidelines as that is all they are; some of the classics are classics because they broke away from the conventions of the day; ‘Alice In Wonderland’ for example. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson better known as Lewis Carroll was an exceedingly talented writer with a highly stimulated imagination and if you believe the myths surrounding the drugs; well if you have read it they would have played a part.

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Hunter S. Thompson

                Another convention breaker was Hunter S Thompson who sadly died in 2005. He was the creator of a genre known as Gorilla Journalism (also known as Gonzo) and famous for his series of books ‘Fear And Loathing…’ it is hard to know where to begin with Thompson he was a genus and he was an eccentric with an addictive personality. Not just in the sense that he was addicted to cigarettes, weed, heroine, acid, anything he could he his hands on; but also in the sense that he was an addictive person to be around. Saying this though the man wasn’t without his ‘quirks’. He had an undoubtedly bizarre sense of humour, a twisted mix of dark and sinister with just a touch of light-hearted in there. The Thompson pranks have become something of legend since his death in 2005 where he took his own life after ringing his psychologist saying the two sides of his brain no longer agreed and so he would separate them. This being the ‘norm’ for Thompson was dismissed. The next day he was found with a note stating “Relax… this won’t hurt.” And a shot gun wound to the head.

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Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail of ’72

Now; I am not saying you have to be a drug addled genus to make it as an author. DRUGS ARE BAD!!! Even Hunter S Thompson has gone on record to say that much. What I am saying is that if these two barely functioning human beings can do incredible things with their lives; then why can’t you? To make it in today’s world is not easy; but why should it be? It wasn’t easy for our parents, or theirs. Yet here we are; so why not make the most of it. Strive for greatness in what we feel passionate about and create works of art that generation after generation will love.

Writers Block; The Brick Wall Of FRUSTRATION

When asked; what is the hardest part of writing I will always give the same answer; WRITERS BLOCK! It is by far the most frustrating thing about the job. Especially when working to a deadline; I always set myself deadlines and most of the time will meet them. But when writers block hits it is like running into a brick wall. One minute everything is flowing; your fingers can’t stop the idea’s and words are flowing that well then out of nowhere it just goes and you are left staring at a screen and everything you have written just doesn’t look or sound right.

For any other author/journalist or any other form of writer who has experienced this; as I am sure you have in some form or another I am willing to bet you will agree that when this happens it feels like you could scream or cry, or in some cases both. For me I don’t know which is worse, when you are just starting a project or finishing it. Either way I have personally spent days looking for inspiration in some bizarre ways.

Take for instance when I was writing Mistol A New Beginning; at the time I was living in a studio flat, a good sized one granted but after a while even a good sized studio flat can turn you stir crazy. Especially as when I write I rarely leave home. In fact it got to the point that the artist who was working with me at the time would bring me in supplies. Now I don’t do drugs (I think they are a waste of time), and bar a stint when I was younger I don’t as a rule drink (maybe one every now and then) but I do have my vices. I do smoke and I do drink coffee (more so when I am writing). In fact at one point whilst writing Mistol several people mentioned I had dropped a lot of weight (mainly as my diet had consisted of Caffeine and Nicotine for about four months) NOT something I would suggest! In any case back to the writer’s block… I remember about halfway through the first draft I hit the block and I was heading towards a deadline I had a month to finish the next four chapters and I had only done one. Not too bad, couple of days and I could shake it off and keep going. Two weeks later I was banging my head against an actual wall; my daily deadline was 1,000 words a day, weekly 5,000 words which gave me two days to step away from the computer; it also meant that if I was under by a couple of hundred here or there I could make up for them. By the third week I was sat in the bathroom writing just for the change of surroundings. Still nothing came. I was in trouble; so as a last ditch attempt I did something that others may find strange.

Now again; this will sound strange but after three weeks of nothing I started talking to the characters. I would sit on my bed with a pen and pad and ask them where they saw the story going. I grant you that most of it was mapped out for me as I was rewriting it on behalf of a family who lost their daughter. She was the one who wrote the original manuscript. Which made it harder as Bannesa wasn’t there to give me direction. So as I spoke essentially to myself and jotted down notes of what I should have included, changed and taken out (baring in mind I wanted to keep it as close to what Bannesa had written as possible) I slowly began to build up the next chapter. After a couple of days of this I had the next chapter plotted out and was back at the computer, needless to say I did not make that deadline despite working eighteen hour days for the next week.

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Book Signing; In Memory Of Bannesa Rose Ayers

There are so many ways to tackle the block you have to find your own way. For me it is completely embracing the story; completely living it, allowing myself to be drawn in. For others it may be stepping away from it. It’s just a wall in your mind, there are so many ways to break it down, and so many people who have been there and can help. Just ask them; myself included.