Greece. The Country of Everything Greek.

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Hi guys!

Today I’m going to talk about one of my favourite places in the world.

That’s right. Greece.

I get asked where the inspiration for writing Pandora’s Kiss came from. I answer it’s a mixture of things, but the main two are Greek Mythology and The Legend of Zelda series.

Mythology has remained to be a solid foundation of my novel.

Back in 2011 I got the chance to visit Greece with my fiancé – now husband. We went to Kos, although I originally wanted to go to Athens.

What an adventure we had as well!

We hired a quad bike which my husband drove.  We took a wrong turn leading us to where a cow was standing. We ran out of petrol just yards from a gas station and had to drive all the way from Kos Town to our apartment in Kefalos without a light on.

The light had been faulty without us realising it. We’d had to rely on a phone light to guide us.

So, yeah. Really thrilling time that was.

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Now, we’re discussing our second holiday after five years of staying firmly on the ground.

I just hope we will have a calmer time than a holiday filled with mayhem.

I hope you enjoyed reading.

Until next week,

Blaze

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Writing Prompt: Held at Ransom

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Hi guys!

Today I’m sharing a piece of writing that was created with the help of this book.

I’ve had this since two Christmases ago, but I forgot all about it what with being lost in my WIP.

This week though, I stumbled across it and pulled it out.

The writing prompt was to start a story with a ransom note. This is what came out when I wrote.

You have twenty four hours to deliver the forty thousand pounds. I know you can afford that much. I saw that picture of you in the paper holding a check for 2 million. Heh! If they only knew what a selfish prick lay underneath that shell suit you call a tux.
Your daughter, Beatrice is but a flower blossoming by the minute. It’d be a shame if something were to happen to her.
Time is ticking, old man.
If you contact the police I’ll kill her straight away. I’m not afraid.

S

What do you think? Would he have paid the money to get his daughter back? Or would his so called selfish nature get in the way?

Why don’t you have a go at writing your own ransom note to get your creative juices flowing?

Hope you enjoyed the prompt.

Until next week,

Blaze

Rocky Waters With A Hint of Magic

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Hi guys!

How has your week been?

Mine has been full of ups and downs. I finished seeing my Psychologist as he couldn’t do the work with me. His time frame wouldn’t cover it. I’m now waiting to be referred to another department and to be assessed for Autism.

As always my writing has been my lifeline.

While I was working on editing my novel  I realised that I hadn’t given a codename to an assassin.

Duh!

No wonder it had all seemed too easy!

This character isn’t any ordinary assassin. She works for both sides. It was necessary to give her a name that would leave her undiscovered by the other side.

Codenames are given by the Moirai who unintentionally name them after Greek Gods/Goddesses.

I had been expecting the search for an alternative name to be difficult, but it was easy.

That left me surprised.

Only problem is, is that it’s a girly name and she’s really not that much of a girl at all.

Still, it makes it interesting to see how she reacts to having it.

That was my bit of magic that perked me up.

It reminds me that if something is meant to be it will always present itself.

Have a great week,

Blaze

Restoring Tranquility After A Hiccup

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Hi guys!

This week has been stressful and emotional.

I’ve had issues with family members that I wish hadn’t existed and have drained all of the life out of me.

My writing has suffered greatly because of this, but I am pushing forward. I’m picking myself up, dusting myself off and moving on.

How am I doing this?

I’ll tell you.

I am meditating every few hours. When I’m eating or drinking a cup of tea. I think about the taste and my breathing. By doing so I’m allowing myself to be in the moment and not focusing on the negative.

I have wrote letters of closure to deal with my emotions and events that have left me feeling a little less than great. I haven’t seen any effects of this, but writing those allowed me to cry and be thankful. It was also something I had been meaning to do for a while as part of letting go of past hurt and regrets.

I’ve also withdrawn from things that threaten my mental health further.

Sometimes it’s frowned upon to take time out for yourself. It’s seen as selfish and despicable, but it’s not.

You can’t give yourself to friends or someone else if you are struggling to function.

Next week I hope that I have something more of worth to share with you.

In the meantime I hope that this can help if you are also having a rough time of it.

Until next time,

Blaze

With thanks to Angelina Litvin for the image via Unsplash.com.