10 Quotes to Keep You Thinking, Encouraged, and Positive

 

 

  • “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
    Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

 

  • To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”

Dr. Seuss

 

  • “When you think things are bad,
    when you feel sour and blue,
    when you start to get mad…
    you should do what I do!
    Just tell yourself, Duckie,
    you’re really quite lucky!
    Some people are much more…
    oh, ever so much more…
    oh, muchly much-much more
    unlucky than you!”

Dr. Seuss, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

 

  • “You can find magic
    wherever you look.
    Sit back and relax,
    all you need is a book.”
    Dr.  Seuss

 

  • Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    Oscar Wilde

 

 

  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    Maya Angelou

 

  • “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
    Audrey Hepburn

 

  • “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
    Albert Einstein

 

  • “You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words that matter.
    Nicholas Sparks, The Rescue

If you have a favorite quote, please share or comment.

Solitaire

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15 Quotes to Celebrate Father’s Day

The third Sunday in June every year is Father’s Day.  A great day to let your Dad know that he is important  and you care, with a card, a gift, or just a hug and a visit.  Fatherhood is rarely a smooth ride, but one that’s full of ups and downs, with both joyful and sometimes tragic experiences.  You learn to find joy in the everyday pleasures and count your blessings, because nothing in life is guaranteed.  So, live simply, don’t take yourself too seriously, live your life intentionally and with a sense of humor.  Cherish each one of life’s moments that you have.

Here are some quotes from a handful of Fathers:

“A Father carries pictures where his money used to be.” – Steve Martin

“One Father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” – George Herbert

“No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child.” – Abraham Lincoln

“What you teach your children, you also teach their children.” – The Talmud

“A two year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.” – Jerry Seinfeld

“There should be a children’s song:  If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.” – Jim Gaffigan

“It’s on ongoing joy being a Dad. ” – Liam Neeson

“The older I get, the smarter my Father seems to get.” – Tim Russert

“When my Father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.” – Linda Poindexter

“A daughter needs a Dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.”  – Gregory E. Lang

“Having a kid is like falling in love for the first time when you’re 12, but every day.” – Mike Myers

“My Father used to say, ‘It’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do.  You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’ ” – Michael Jordan

“A Father doesn’t just tell you he loves you; he shows you.” – Unknown

“My Father taught me not to overthink things, that nothing will be perfect, so just keep moving and do your best.” – Scott Eastwood

“Daddies don’t just love their children now and then.  It’s a love without end.” – George Strait

Happy Father’s Day!

Solitaire

 

 

 

 

 

The Prequel – Tips on Writing a Great One!

 

Hello Readers!

My newest prequel book to the Dragomeir Series is now in the editing process and will be out later this year.  It will be the 4th book in the prequel series – Daughter of the Dark Lordwhich can all be found on my website –www.solitaireparke.com.

When you finish reading the last book in a series – one that you just couldn’t put down – it would often be amazing to find out the stories behind the story.   What were the circumstances in the past that contributed to, or carved out the personalities of the characters we either fell in love with, hated, or never even knew existed?   Generally, a prequel provides the reader with new or expanded information on a story line that was important to the original series but perhaps only touched upon.

Yes, I know that over and over again, prequels have messed things up – especially when you’re talking about movies.  Prequels can be difficult to write since they have to line-up with already established story lines.  But they can be enormously popular as well.  You just have to adhere to some guidelines in order to keep your stories straight.

First of all, be sure that your prequel story has a strong enough scope to merit telling.  It should be able to stand on its own without relying too heavily on the original story, otherwise it will feel like “more of the same.”

Can you expound on the history of a particular place or answer more in-depth questions about your characters or their families, all without compromising the original story line?  There might be an extensive untold backstory that could be important to the original series, that was only previously touched upon.  Focus on telling your audience something unknown.  In the prequel,  you might find pieces of the story or past events that never got a complete or proper explanation, leaving you with questions.

Since the reader knows the outcome of the story, it can be tricky, and you must be careful not to contradict anything said in the original series.  After writing thousands of pages, and spending countless hours editing and revising, an author can easily lose track of their own story.  The prequel’s job is to fill in gaps and flesh out story lines, answer the unanswered questions, and give some important characters background on their motives for later actions, so a reader going back to the prequel can have that “aha” moment. At the same time, the author has to be careful to keep the essential secrets of the original series.

I would suggest that if you decide to write a prequel, do yourself a favor and scan through the original series before starting and as you go along, to refresh your mind on the world and characters you have created.  It might even be wise to compile a database of information from which you can garner information when needed.

Telling a good prequel story is not easy.  But if you decide to take on the challenge, these tips might help you stay on track and craft a story that your readers will love!

Solitaire

What are your ideas about prequels?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fantasy Writing Tips From “Game of Thrones” Author, George R.R. Martin!

“Game of Thrones” is back for the final season.  Who hasn’t watched or at least heard of the TV show, “Game of Thrones?”  The author, George R. R. Martin, has been writing Fantasy books for years before this series came out.  I have been a fan of his for a long time.  Since I write Science Fiction/ Urban Fantasy myself, I was curious what his thoughts were on the subject.  This article on the site, Lifehacker.com, peaked my curiosity.  Here are his top 10 writing tips for Fantasy:

  • Don’t limit your imagination
  • Choose your point-of-view characters to broaden the narrative’s scope
  • It’s okay to borrow from history
  • Talk to real people for a believable point of view
  • Grief is a powerful tool but don’t overdo it
  • Violence should have consequences _ so spare nothing
  • Avoid fantasy clichés
  • The world is full of “grey” characters to draw from
  • Juggling lots of characters takes skill and luck
  • All men must die, but we don’t have to give way to despair

To get the details of each of these tips, click on the link below and enjoy!

https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2013/11/ten-tips-on-writing-a-fantasy-saga-from-game-of-thrones-author-george-r-r-martin/

“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.”

                                                                                    George R.R. Martin

If you have any tips that have been helpful to you, I’d love to hear about them!  Have a great day!

Solitaire

Check out my Dragomeir Series and Prequel books at my website –

www.solitaireparke.com 

 

READ IT NOW – Daughter of the Dark Lord – Part Three – INTO FUTURES PAST

I am excited to tell you that the third prequel to the Daughter of the Dark Lord INTO FUTURES PAST has been released!

It is available on my website www.solitaireparke.com under Books.  Check out the first two prequels and the other books there as well as some fun extras.

Daughter of the Dark Lord, Katherine, is determined to protect the downtrodden.  She’s in a race against time and space to fulfill the prophecy and become a leader unlike any other before her.  Follow her failures, triumphs, and unending journeys to claim her destiny as the Queen of the Dragons in this exciting, action-filled fantasy adventure as she struggles with self-acceptance and the acceptance of the dragons and people in her world.

In Book number three, Katherine travels through time to find herself transformed into the body of a woman named Elizabeth. She struggles to make sense of this unfamiliar new reality while being pursued by forces of good and evil.  Using her special abilities, will she be able to claim her calling and as Queen of the Dragons, save them all?  This is her story, one of thrilling adventure and at times heart-wrenching sorrow as she seeks to fulfill her destiny.

I hope you all enjoy the journey of Katherine Pendragon as she travels – INTO FUTURES PAST!

 

Solitaire

 

 

 

New Book Excerpts!!!

Hello Readers!  These are excerpts from my new book  –

“The Daughter of the Dark Lord

Part Three

Into Futures Past”

– which will be available very soon.  This book is the third prequel to the previously published Dragomeir Series.  The prequel books allow the reader an extensive view into the life of Katherine Pendragon, Queen of the Dragons, as she struggles to fulfill her destiny.  Join Katherine in this fantasy adventure to another world, another place, and another time!

Check out all my other books at www.solitaireparke.com.  

You can contact me at my website if you have any questions, or just leave a comment. It’s always great to hear from you.  Thanks for reading –

Solitaire

 

 

Part Three of the Daughter of the Dark Lord Series – Into Futures Past

The Daughter of the Dark Lord, Part Three, Into Futures Past will be out very soon.  I’m excited that it’s in the final editing stages.  This book is the third prequel to the previously published Dragomeir Series.  The prequel books allow the reader an extensive view into the life of Katherine Pendragon, Queen of the Dragons.

Daughter of the Dark Lord, Katherine, is determined to protect the downtrodden.  She’s in a race against time and space to fulfill the prophecy and become a leader unlike any other before her.  Follow her failures, triumphs, and unending journeys to claim her destiny as the Queen of the Dragons in this exciting, action-filled fantasy adventure as she struggles with self-acceptance and the acceptance of the dragons and people in her world.

Check out all my other books at www.solitaireparke.com.  

You can contact me at my website if you have any questions, or just leave a comment. Thanks for reading –

Solitaire

What is a Typical Day in a Writer’s Life?

I start my day in the same way as, I would assume, any other person.  Personal hygiene, shower-shave, the usual stuff.  Ordinarily it wouldn’t be worth mentioning except that without it I manage to think about a lot of things.  It’s just that none of them equate to writing.  Being freshly showered seems to energize my mind and allow it to do other things besides wallowing around in a fog.  Coffee is on the menu between 7 and 11 in the morning.  I rarely stop for a lunch break, but occasionally snack here and there while I keep working.  From 11 on, I usually drink tonic water and ginger ale – my ginger tonic.

I have two dogs, so periodically during the day they need an outdoor break.  Then there are the two cats who definitely don’t want to feel ignored.  Pets have their own ways of letting you know when they need your immediate attention.  Not always in a good way!

If I’m writing dialogue, I often have conversations back and forth with my characters to determine what sounds awkward or unrealistic.  If I need to clear my head, once in a while I’ll watch an episode of a Sci-Fi show just to keep a fresh mind and then its back to writing again.

For me to get into the spirit of writing, the mood of the room is actually quite important in the scheme of things.  A good desk lamp tends to set the stage, casting an ambience that is conducive to seeing the story before I write it, or at least doesn’t take away from the ability to begin writing.

Music is the single most important ingredient to my writing, and it has to match the feel of the story.  I write more fantasy than anything, and I’ve found that epic instrumentals work every time.  I can almost see the characters being inspired right along with me.

 I try to write 8 hours a day, Monday-Friday, and rewrite the bits and pieces I don’t like in the evenings between 10:00 p.m. and midnight.  I don’t sleep as much as most people, and it just seems logical to do something constructive during a time when very little happens otherwise.

I’ve been asked many times about taking breaks and I advocate them, of course, but I rarely remember to take them.  Once I get caught up in the story, it tends to take on a life of its own.

Oh, and then there’s that full-time job that I work from home for thirty-two – sometimes more – hours per week.  I’m a pretty busy author these days.

 

If you haven’t already, check out my Website, my Amazon Author Page, friend me on Facebook and follow me on Pinterest.

Thanks for reading!

Solitaire

 

 

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

From everyone at solitaireparke.com, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

“Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.” – Brooks Atkinson

”It’s New Year’s Day Hurray! Hurray! The old year’s past and gone away. We’ll raise our glasses and make a toast, because this Now and this Present is what means the most.” – Sharon Gardner

”This bright new year is given me to live each day with zest, to daily grow and try to be my highest and my best!” – William Arthur Ward

”A brand new year could be considered the seed, and your goals could be the buds, but taking action and achieving your dreams, well, that is the flower. May the New Year be your seed and may you have lots of flowers to inspire you!” – Kate Summers

”It Doesn’t Matter Where You Came From. All That Matters Is Where You Are Going.”- Brian Tracy

”Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin

”Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’” –Alfred Lord Tennyson

”With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

”I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” –Thomas Jefferson

”It is our attitude toward life that determines life’s attitude toward us. We get back what we put out.” – Earl Nightingale

”I close my eyes to old ends. And open my heart to new beginnings.” – Nick Frederickson

”Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

”What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.” – Anne Frank

”Every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all of our lives.” – Steven Spielberg

”Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley

”And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” – Meister Eckhart

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coehlo

”Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

”We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.” – Hillary DePiano

”A New Year brings new grace for new accomplishments.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

 

Have a wonderful new year of fantastic and inspirational reading!

Solitaire

 

 

 

What’s Your Writing Process?

What process do you use on a day to day basis to determine what happens next in a novel?  What is your decision-making process for introducing new characters and how do you determine their importance?

Early on I researched how other authors went about prepping for writing a novel.  Some created elaborate outlines and spent inordinate amounts of time agonizing over every detail.  The system works, just not for me.  In the attempt to recreate the entire book in outline form, I lost contact with what I was trying to say.  Consequently, it would take me months to find I wasn’t getting any closer to the actual writing process.

I finally hit on how it functioned for my level of impatience and trust me, once you find it, stop butting heads with the inevitable . . . just write.  I started over a lot until I realized one key thing; by trying to adhere to an existing outline, letter by letter, number by number, the story got lost in the translation from my attempt to force the outline to become the book.  The story has to come from the gut, not from a preconceived notion that was designed before the writing began.  The story needs to have a mind of its own, and at times, should not be controlled.  Sometimes, you should just let the monster out of the box.

I usually dig back into my past and find that moment, everybody has them, where everything that could go wrong . . . does, and then allow the characters to go through, at least in spirit, the same level of agony, just to see where they will take it instead of me.  I discovered that if I put on my writing shoes, and then just followed my feet, the characters managed to get themselves into enough trouble to satisfy my wanderlust.  Sometimes, I don’t even know what they’re about to do, but isn’t that how life works?

The importance of characters in a story should be dealt with in primarily the same way that God deals with us down here on earth.  No one person is of greater importance than anyone else.  If we treat any single character with less importance than their counterparts, we have done them a grave injustice.  We as writers never know which character will surface again in a subsequent story.  Today’s sidekick might be tomorrow’s hero.

Do you have a certain process that inspires you to create new characters or prep for a new piece or novel you are writing?  I’d love to hear your comments.

Thanks,

Solitaire

You can purchase or preview my books at www.solitaireparke.com.

 

 

 

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