Takes Over

Takes Over

 

Soft fingertips play,

Gently along the spine,

Desire takes over.

 

 

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RonovanWrites Blog site changes and additions.

If you’re observant you may have noticed a bit of redecorating around the old homestead. The first thing that might catch your eye is the big ugly brute in the top right corner hiding in the dark.

The big ugly brute is gone. It was freaking people out. Apparently he looked just to weird to some. You can still see him as my Twitter cover photo. If you are on Twitter then you don’t scare easy.

 

I decided I was hanging my head in pain, shame, or prayer, or the many other things people had suggested to me over time. Instead you now have only yourselves to blame for the results. To be honest I am a bit proud of the simplicity of it. But then I have been called a simpleton. Perhaps this fits.


Next you will notice that with the addition of my mug above, the About.Me photo is not there to the right. One of me is more than enough for anyone. You can still click on the About.Me to go to that page and see my lovely self in all my black and white glory.

With the brute gone from the Header I returned the About.Me photo. Duct tape works well covering him up.


I think everyone knows about the Haiku Challenges Guidelines Page. A bit self explanationary don’t you think? Yes, I made the word up. Don’t hate because you didn’t creatiate.


Finally we come to the Most Liked Post And Pages section on the  side bar over there on the right. I like to experiment with the features and thought why not give it a try.  I think I will have more fun with it than anyone. Just to see what makes it into the Top 10.


There will be other things coming up. A surprise here or there, but that is down the line. Never tell too far ahead or your brilliant idea will end up dead.


 

That’s it for me, myself, and the one eye I have barely open.

 

I’ll see who is paying attention here. If you are American and living in another country now and have been for a reasonable amount of time, please either comment below, DM me in Twitter, or even send a message through that big thingy in the About Me page.  Comments are good but can get lost in the hecticocity of my being. BOOM, I did it again. Word master.

 

As I pass on I leave you with this bit of wisdom;

 

Life may include what comes to you, it may even be in part what you make of it, but it will always be what you leave behind as you make your way through it that people will remember . . . for good or ill.-Ronovan

 

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Wordless Wednesday: B’s Bubbles

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Wordless Wednesday TV Theme: Hawaii Five-O Original

Ronovan Writes Wordless Haiku Decipher Challenge #2

RonovanWrites Wordless Haiku Decipher Challenge #2

Wordless Haiku Decipher ChallengeI first want to thank DazzlingWhimsy for creating this badge for the challenge.

If you need Tips on how to play visit the Haiku Challenges Guidelines page.

 

 

This weeks will be easy. As the weeks go by the will get a little more difficult.

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Quick reminders:

3 Lines of poetry with the first line having 5 syllables, the second 7, and the third 5. If you get stuck, visit the Haiku Challenges Guidelines page. You need to insert words such as ‘the’ where they fit. Keep the syllables in mind.

Post your Decipher in the comments. You can guess as many times as you like, but please don’t look at the other guesses if you are going to make additional guesses. That just wouldn’t be fair, now would it?

 

Enjoy And Happy Picture Hunting

Ronovan

 

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Inside the Life of . . . Amanda Lyle, Blogger extraordinaire.

Must read blogs are rare. We all have blogs we like to read, but then there are the cannot miss blogs. What websites or blogs keep me coming back for more? Sites with entertaining content that give real life moments in humorous ways at times, but can surprise with a bit of the serious and the deep of the  heart. There are a few of those out there but one that I find very entertaining, primarily due to the personality that breaks through every paragraph is Insidethelifeofmoi. Now to introduce the star . . .

 

Meet Amanda Lyle

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(Don’t miss the Thailand adventure movie Attack of the Mankinis at the end of the interview.)

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Ron Cover ShotRW: Amanda your bio says that along with your blog you also have three bambinos and a husband? I didn’t know you were Italian.  How do you manage all that and a blog?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: I feel like I’m in the ‘cirque du life’. I’m juggling fire, I have a few plates spinning, and all whilst walking a tight rope. It’s difficult to keep those plates spinning. It’s almost impossible to juggle fire without getting burned. When I started blogging I was writing a lot more, 3 or 4 times a week, in fact. As my blog grew in popularity, it meant I had to devote more of my time, time as a mum, I didn’t really have. The way I managed things, was to reduce my posts to twice a week. My number one priority is obviously my children…and my husband! (he might be reading this!) I generally write in the evenings when my husband is watching the football, or some gangster, too-much-shooting-and-dying-for-my-liking, film. So, to answer your question, it is very difficult, but I find it equally rewarding.

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: I think you just answered most of my questions . . . let me see what else I can come up with. Okay, what is your educational background? University graduate? Everyone is England goes to Oxford, right?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: I was one of those people who never knew what they wanted to do in their life. I have jumped on board many a career wagon, only to climb, jump or be kicked off, again! From hairdresser to therapist. From seamstress to photographer. I’m a lady of many talents, I’m good at a lot of things…I’m just not GREAT at anything! Yes, I could cut hair without chopping off an ear. Yes, I could comfort someone whilst they bawled their eyes out. Yes, I could make a dress without throwing the damn sewing machine through the window. I can take a good photograph, too. The one thing which is a constant passion of mine, is writing. No, I didn’t go to any fancy creative writing courses, nor do I have a degree. Writing always came naturally to me. My grammar isn’t great, and my spelling isn’t perfect. Heck, my punctuation is laughable, however, I have the natural ability to write in a very relatable way. This didn’t come as a result of a degree, it came from life experience. If life had been plain-sailing and trouble-free, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have a damn thing to write about!

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: I definitely enjoy reading your blog, but in your bio you say you have an ultimate goal of writing a book, what genre does your taste lie in as far as both reading and what you would like to write?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: In all honesty, I am not the biggest book fan.

As a child I loathed reading. I hated it so much, I’d hide my school books from my mum so I didn’t have to read them. Unfortunately, the fish-tank wasn’t the best idea for a hiding place, and I got a good old fashioned telling off!
I went through a stage of reading a lot of thrillers, and when I was studying psychology, I would read a lot of books from the self-help genre.  When I was experiencing one of the more difficult periods in my life, I turned to a self-help book called ‘Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway – by Susan Jeffers. Never before had a book had such an influence over me! It was after I had read this book three times over, when I decided I wanted to write a self-help book of my very own. I wanted to use my life experience and knowledge to help others get through their own difficulties in life. I wanted pull all my passions together, and tie them up in a big fancy bow.

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: Have you come up with a book project yet?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: Yes. Six months ago my life was in pieces. I was as fragile as paper glass. My marriage, practically over. One day, I decided to write. I hadn’t written anything for so long, but I had this overwhelming desire to write, and write, until I could write no more! Writing not only helped to heal many of my wounds, but it also gave me clarity. Over time it occurred to me, I wasn’t lost anymore. The book will be based on saving relationships, which for whatever reason, have become stuck. I will explore relationship issues such as infidelity, jealousy, dealing with addiction, the influence of social media and more, using my own personal experience, as well as, from a psychological point of view. I’ll be using the same writing style as I use on my blog, a mixed bag of seriousness, exploratory and humour.

The second book will deal with my relationship with my daughter and what I want to tell her and teach her through the years. The format is a little experimental in nature and thus I’m still muddling about with it.

Saying this, I am yet to write a damn word… Haha. Procrastinating is an understatement!

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Ron Cover ShotRW: Amanda, I hate your site. I really do, from the irritating old school almost Marx Brothers like header to just the general friendly feel you’ve created. And yet you say you are a ‘complete techno-phobe’. What’s the deal? Fess up time. Explain the great look and how you are working the site so well.

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: If you spoke to my husband, he would tell you that I am the most technically challenged person he’s ever met! When I started Insidethelifeofmoi I had no idea what the heck I was doing. I found the whole process hugely frustrating. My husband had to sit through hours and hours of my ‘effing and blinding’, and shaking my fist in the air. I can tell you, that laptop almost had a date with my wall! However, through all the swearing, air-punching and frustration, I managed to build a well-designed blog. The header was supposed to be a temporary, however, a lot of people complimented it, therefore it stayed. I am actually really proud of my blog. The fact I created it by myself, and made it my own. *Pats herself on the back*  If my blog accidentally got deleted, I’d not only go into some sort of meltdown, but I would mourn for a year!

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: One of the things I enjoy about your blog is your humor. You aren’t afraid to throw yourself out there and be honest about your failings at times. But when it comes to your writing and your subject matter you really are, as you put it a ‘mixed bag’. Do you prefer your humorous pieces or your more serious pieces?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: I am a deep, reflective person. As much as I enjoy the ‘tongue-in-cheek’ humour posts, my preference is writing from the heart. My most well-written pieces are those I write with great emotion and passion.

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: Amanda, your blog with the humor ‘tongue in cheek’ style keeps a person engaged but then you write an article like your trip to Thailand and you show us your photography. That has to be my favorite piece you’ve done. How did you get into photography, what type of camera do you use, all of that photographer geek stuff?

 

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My First Thoughts of DSLR.

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: I have always had this natural ability to take great pictures (not to sound big headed, but people have told me so!) I have a creative eye! For my 27th birthday I finally got a proper DLSR camera (I won’t bore you with the details!)

My Second Thought of a DSLR.

My Second Thought of a DSLR.

. . . and I enrolled in a photography course. In the future I hope to combine both my passions; photography and writing, and do a photojournalism course!

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: Your blog has grown quickly in six months time, with over 3,000 followers so far. Have you done anything to actively bring people to you such as visiting other sites? Or in all honesty, can you even explain exactly why you’ve been this successful to date?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: I do a lot of networking. I visit other blogs of interest, and I work hard to make connections with others. As much as I enjoy writing my own posts, I also like to read other blogs, and furthermore, build relationships. I also seek inspiration from others, so reading other people’s blogs is great for my creative juices! I have a list a mile long of topic ideas, and it keeps on growing!

I think my blog differs from a lot of blogs because I have versatility. I always write with my reader in mind. I think this is key to having a successful blog. There are a lot of other factors too…this blogging malarkey is a complex thing! For tips on blogging, see my post : Let’s Blog And Roll: A Blogging Guide By The Non-professional

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: I reblogged one of your pieces and it ended up with a few comments and tweets aimed at both of us that were negative. How do you handle those backlashes? Those times when a reader just doesn’t get what is being said or doesn’t even read it, but just pops off with a comment?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: I have been so fortunate. I have only ever received one negative comment in the 6 months I have been blogging. This wasn’t an attack on my writing style or ability, but rather disagreeing with the content of my post. It was one of my earlier posts – ‘The false perception of the stay-at-home-mum’, and they simply said ‘A stay at home mum doesn’t constitute to work’. The reason I shared this example, is because I wanted to make the point that people are entitled to have their own opinion. This was his opinion, and I was okay with that. If people were to attack my writing, perhaps I’d be more upset. I guess the beauty of being able to delete certain comments, eases the issue.

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: What does the husband think of your sharing the details of his life with all of us in your blog?

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Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: My husband tells me my blog is his favourite. This is only because he isn’t actually on WordPress, and he doesn’t read any other blogs! To be honest, it makes me feel a bit uneasy knowing he is reading my innermost thoughts. Sometimes he gets ‘the hump’ because he thinks I have portrayed him as a bit of a ‘sissy’, but I don’t think this is the case at all. He plans to write a piece called the ‘husbands perspective’ for one of my future guest posts. I’m not sure how this will go down… Haha!

Watch this space… (I have to insert a correction here. Watch her space. This is well . . . my space. Well the space that is mine, because I don’t think I can use that other phrase, I think it’s copyrighted or something, but then again I did put the  space between the my and the space . . . )

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: Was there in fallout over the mother-in-law article?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: I knew you would bring up the mother-in-law! Obviously, my blog is TOP SECRET and she will never get to read my thoughts on her…hopefully! She’d certainly choke on her Earl Grey tea! Things aren’t so bad now, hence the lack of Monster-in-law posts. She seems to have mellowed out…and no! I haven’t put sedatives in her tea!

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: Where do you do your blogging as far as settling in and getting down to work?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: Generally, I’ll have ideas popping into my head throughout the day! As soon as I think of something, the iPhone is out and I’m jotting down my notes! In the evening, from the comfort of my bed, I’ll read over the ideas and start to create a post. That’s just how I roll… I would like to say, in true writer fashion, I am sat in an antique armchair, next to a blazing fire, stroking a purring cat and drinking red wine, but it’s just not true!

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Ron Cover ShotRW: Without looking, what do you think are the most popular kinds of articles on your site; serious, heartfelt, or humor?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: I know my humour posts get a lot of attention, but this being said, the heartfelt love letter I wrote to my darling husband has been my most popular post, to date.

(#1 About Page, #2 Dear Husband: An Unconventional Love Letter, #3 1o Things I Hate About Facebook)

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: How do you stick with blogging and how do you come up with ideas?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: I find inspiration in everything. I was casually looking at my shoes one day, and an idea for an entire post floated into my mind. I can be inspired by a piece of music, an image that catches my eye or even during a walk.

How do I stick to blogging? I couldn’t imagine life without it. So, It looks like ‘blogging’ is stuck with me!

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: Now that you have been blogging for a bit where would you like to see your blog go or maybe turn into if not stay as it is? For example some might want to be discovered and start writing a column in a magazine or paper.

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: I like the way things are. I’m not after fame or popularity. I blog because I enjoy it. It’s as simple as that! If someone wanted me to write for their magazine, I’d say ‘Are you sure?’…then I’d quite possible pass out (Especially if it’s a popular one!)

I am an average writer, and I very much doubt I’d be approached anyway.

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: Are there certain subjects/topics you won’t write about?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: Yes! Obviously, I wouldn’t write about things I’m not interested in. I have to be passionate about a topic to even consider writing about it. I also wouldn’t write about subjects I have no clue about, such as; politics, religion or current affairs.

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: What is something you have been wanting to write about or have been working on that you haven’t been able to get yourself to complete and publish? Maybe it is topic you care about and want it to be just right, or you haven’t been able to find your way to be satisfied during the process.

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: I wanted to branch out a little and explore topics of a more serious nature, such as domestic abuse, postnatal depression and the affects of porn. So far I have written posts from broad categories, I guess this is because I would consider these ‘safe’. It’s a risk to write about more specified, or taboo subjects. Is it a risk I’m willing to take? I think so…

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: What is your favorite scent?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: My best-friend gave me Kenzo’s – Flower perfume for Christmas, about 15 years ago. I loved it so much I still use it now…the fragrance, not the same 15 year old perfume! My favourite celebrity scent is actually, rather embarrassingly, Britney Spears’ Fantasy. Purely because it smells like I have rubbed pix n mix over my body!

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: What is your favorite beverage?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: Erm..would tea count as a beverage? I rarely drink alcohol, but when I do I ask for a white wine spritzer… 5% wine, 95% lemonade. I’m a terrible drunk!

 

Ron Cover ShotRW: What is your favorite word and why?

 

Twitter_Amanda_Lyle_copyrightAMANDA: My favourite word is probably ‘squelch’…just because it makes me laugh every time I hear it.

 

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I would like to thank Amanda for agreeing to this interview. I am sure many of you either identify with her or learned about the blogging life through her answers.  Make sure to visit and follower her blog Insidethelifeofmoi. Also you can find her on Twitter.

Watch the movie from her Thailand trip.

Attack of the Mankinis!

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Much Respect

Ronovan

 

 

 

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Friendship Afar

Friendship Afar
I wish you were here
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To comfort
 
 
To make me feel life has meaning
 
 
To share your smile
 
 
 
 
 

I watch you cry, I watch you laugh

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I see your world from afar

 
 

I love to give you a hug

 
 

But you are a world away

 
 
 
 
 

Pictures and words will have to do

 
 

For this friendship

 
 

That shines through

 
 

This friendship from afar

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Poetry collaboration with Serins Sphere.

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Stop my Mind from Wandering. It means what you make of it.

Do y’all ever wonder if you’re wrong or right? Or maybe if your right where you belong? Do ever get the lyrics to a song wrong? Yes you do. Admit it.

The classic is Iron Butterfly’s Ina-Gadda-Da-Vida. It is 17 minutes long in its original form and is the entire second side of the album by the same name. It went on to be the first album to receive Platinum status. What do you think it says? In A Garden of Eden? In The Garden of Eden? In A Garden of Evil?

 

I’m not here to talk about Iron Butterfly or misunderstood lyrics. Instead, today I want to talk about lyrics and what they mean to the listener. One of my favorite songs is about a leaking manhole and crazy fans. Doesn’t sound like a very good reason to like a song, does it? And especially not a good reason to be reading an article.

 

For me the song takes on another meaning entirely. The song was recorded by the Beatles in 1967, written by Paul McCartney. It appears on the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. An album with many reasons to be written about and one of which I will delve into one day for y’all.

 

Today I wish to talk about the song Fixing A Hole. Yes the song was supposedly about a leaky manhole that served as a metaphor of life and the people mentioned are the fans that would hang around outside McCartney’s home.

 

As with many things in life what the creator intends is not what actually turns out to be for those who partake. I don’t normally go through the lyrics but I thought I would this time and show you what they mean to me and how they pertain to my life.

 

Along they way perhaps you will find they have meaning for you as well.

 

“Fixing A Hole”

I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in
And stops my mind from wandering
Where it will go

I suffered a fall in my home where I hit my head in three different places. The concussion was a Grade 3 level Concussion. The result was retrograde amnesia, short term amnesia, 24/7 Migraines, Sound Sensitivity, and Light Sensitivity. This first verse to me brings to mind the holes in my memory and thus my life.

I’m filling the cracks that ran through the door
And kept my mind from wandering
Where it will go

I try to fill in the memories that have gone wandering but they still slip through the door each day for the most part.

And it really doesn’t matter if
I’m wrong I’m right
Where I belong I’m right
Where I belong

These lyrics sum up how I tend to look at my life regarding memory and future. Even if I am wrong about my memories I am right where I belong in the memories I am creating.

See the people standing there
Who disagree and never win
And wonder why they don’t get in my door

There are people, including family that don’t understand and even have made fun of what has happened to me. They wonder why I don’t really care to speak to them or let bother with their messages.

I’m painting my room in the colourful way
And when my mind is wandering
There I will go
Ooh ooh ooh ah ah
Hey, hey, hey, hey

I spend most of my time in one room, my bedroom, creating a world of my own. Through my attempts at novels, which I now know are not that great in the technicalities, and through my blog. That’s where I go.

And it really doesn’t matter if
I’m wrong I’m right
Where I belong I’m right
Where I belong

I believe we’ve been here before, right? Right here before, right? Or am I wrong?

Silly people run around
They worry me and never ask me
Why they don’t get past my door

Again not only my family but also a great many people including doctors don’t seem to ask the things they need to. They need to get past my door by asking the right questions because I don’t know the answers to give without the questions.

I’m taking the time for a number of things
That weren’t important yesterday
And I still go
Ooh ooh ooh ah ah

Before my accident things were all about so many other things that were not important. Now life and love is important. Simple things are important as well. The want of THINGS makes for a complicated life.

I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in
Stops my mind from wandering
Where it will go oh
Where it will go oh

The fixing I am doing is creating new memories. The old ones are important but once something is out of that hole you can’t get it back in. Once the rain has slipped through it is soaked into the ground and that’s it. Instead I make memories through emotional feelings because visual and physical memories aren’t as lasting. That is why I try to talk to all of those who comment as much as I can here in my blog. That talking has been slipping but I am trying.

I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in
And stops my mind from wandering
Where it will go (fade out)

Ditto to the above. And as for the fade out. As the music fades at the end so do I at the end of the day and at the end of seconds. I will be talking one moment, and the next I will be useless, exhausted for no reason due to my illness.

 

Don’t get me wrong. None of my explanations is meant for sympathy or pity. I just wanted to show you how a simple song that I have had for years took on a meaning over 40 years after it was written about manholes and fans. It doesn’t matter what it meant, it matters what it means.

Enjoy the song now and,

Much Respect

Ronovan

 

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Please help me choose my cover colours!

Ronovan:

Hello Everyone. Help Luccia out over at REREADING JANE EYRE. She can’t sleep or eat for trying to pick a book cover. Go just click your choice and that’s it. I know she’d appreciate the WordPress Family Support.

Originally posted on Rereading Jane Eyre :

I can’t sleep, or eat, or even think about anything else!

I’m terribly confused, and I need your help.

I’m formatting my ebook into a paperback using the cover creator in CreateSpace, and I can’t decide on the colours.

The covers are in the same order as the questions.

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Any other comments, suggestions, and advice will be very well received.

Thanks. Hope to hear from you soon!

The Poll will be open for 24 hours, then I’ll have to make a decisión, with your help.

 

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My Writing: The What, the Why, the How, and one other thing I forget . . .

Participating in a Blog Hop is something you can’t turn down. I guess you can, but when . . .

 

 Jenna Willett of Jen’s Pen Den

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@JensPenDen

 

. . . asked if I would participate, how could I say no? I doubt she hears no very often. She’s a great source of a lot of writing advice. She finds the articles and then posts them with her own comments from writing experience and links back to the articles she’s found. She’s not just a sharer, she’s a liver of it, and a doer of it. She’s living in our world of writing. Definitely click the Link above the top photo for her answer to the questions I’m about to answer. I mean, she’s sold a book to a studio?

 

 

Now to me. I know . . . but it’s part of the deal. Over time answers change to the same questions of life. It all depends on where you are in whatever aspect of life is being asked about. The longer I write and blog the more the answers change and mature.

1)      What am I working on?

I am a varied book of writing ideas. I continue to try and work on a YA novel revise and edit. That SHOULD be at the forefront of my priorities, followed by my New Adult/Adult Romance, then my Blog. However, with the thoughts that keep rushing to my head, my absence of impulse control and lack of filter due to a concussion the Blog tends to lead the way and is quite enjoyable.

 

The YA book is about siblings that find themselves in predicaments. I really can’t say much more than that. I believe it to be a fairly original idea. Perhaps it is no overly original but I like to think it is a good idea.

 

The Romance is actually the second in a series of a Romance trilogy I was working on. The first I began revising to put more of my voice into it, but recently realized the second is actually the better overall and that I could really throw myself into it. The main character is a man with heart and great love for the love of his life and I think I can put myself into that character and connect with him more.

 

2)      How does my work differ from other genres?

I’ll take this by threes again. My Blog is more than a hodgepodge. If it comes into my mind it comes out of my fingertips. I’ve learned that no matter what we share on a blog that someone will find it and connect with it. It may not be a hit with everyone, but one connection is all the satisfaction one needs sometimes. My site is called RonovanWrites and that’s exactly what I do. I write . . . anything and everything . . . tastefully so or at least I hope so.

 

In my YA writing I try to give the young characters more depth than perhaps people realize is there. There are more layers to young people than we think. Having been a teacher and then especially having been involved in Youth Ministry I really paid attention to and WANTED to understand what those layers were. I never assumed that ‘what you see is what you get’ with a student. You can say the same about a reader.

 

My Romance writing is, well . . . in this second book which I want to become the main book, I do more than just give you the man’s view I give you his everything. It’s a very different sort of love story, I believe in how I handle it. It is very much how I feel about love.

 

 

3)      Why do I write what I do?

On the Blog it’s a creative outlet that actually helps me with my novel writing. I’ve discovered that through all of the articles I’ve written that I have a certain voice and style that I have had trouble finding as a writer of novels. Also it allows me to release a lot of internal things that occur due to pain from illnesses and other emotional experiences.

 

I love young people so the YA is something I truly enjoy. I connect with young people and I really love them. There needs to be books that are better for them to read than a lot that are out there right now.

 

Romance and New Adult or Adult focused material is obviously something I can really get into, and this particular novel is just truly something I can become a part of because it’s already a part of me.

 

 

4)      How does my writing process work?

For the Blog I’ll be having a conversation and it starts me to thinking about an article, or just a word will lead me to a poem. Even the mistreatment of my friends begins a creation. Normally whatever comes out the fingertips is what ends up being put out there. I edit very little. I give my Friends, as I call those who read my blog, my honesty.

 

For YA I get a general idea of what I want and then start free writing. If it’s going well then I know I have something. Sometimes I’ll end up a sketch outline over future chapters, more like quick ‘To Remember’ things. I actually keep a word document up called ‘(Title of WIP) To Remember) and quickly make note of an idea or even of something that I am writing that might change something that happened previously, and also any research that I want to do.

 

Romance is a bit similar to YA but I let the heart lead the way. Outlining isn’t as much on the plate. I know you might be able to do some type of rough sketch outline of a general place you want to go, but I just think that, for me using the heart in this one, I can’t outline or tell it where to go. You can’t tell your heart what to feel and you can’t tell it where to go . . . it just goes where it wants to.

 

After I write a manuscript I then try to walk away for a bit. Recently I even had the YA novel read by a mother and teen daughter to get their thoughts. The daughter is the target audience and the mother of course is someone who might approve the purchase or even make it on her own.

The first draft went fairly well but as I said there are a few areas I need to work on and some of those areas I discovered in conversations with the woman and her daughter. They didn’t even realize they were telling me what I needed to know at this point but it was even better than the notes that I had been given, because the book just came up in conversation and wasn’t a main thought. I was able to get what they remembered and enjoyed.

I think going back and talking to readers a deal of time after they’ve read a book is actually a great way to determine if you wrote a great story, or at least what were the great parts.

Now I am taking what I learned and revising. It’s been a few months since I’ve touched the book. It’s time.

 

 

Again I want to thank Jenna for asking me to be a part of this Writing Blog Hop. Everyone, really go check out Jen’s Pen Den and you’ll find articles with great info with links to great information as well.

 

Now for the next ones for you to be on the look out for their answers to the questions are:

 

The WorldMight Cover

cyril.bussiereCyril Bussiere-You’ll recognize the name as some of you already follow his blog. This will be an opportunity to see how he writes and answers to the other questions above. The questions I SHOULD have asked. His book The WorldMight is at Amazon, click here to see it. .

 EloiseDeSousa

Eloise_De_SousaEloise De Sousa-You might know her better as Thoughts by Mello-Elo. Her books are available from amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, kindle, kobo, and lulu.com. Follow her on Twitter at .

 

+Luccia GrayAll_Hallows_at_Eyre_Hall-Many of us know her already through her blog Rereading Jane Eyre.  Her book All Hallows At Eyre Hall is available at Amazon. Click here to see.  Follower her on Twitter at .

 

 

As the three come out I will also Reblog them here on RonovanWrites so no one misses them.

 

Much Respect

Ronovan

 

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