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Jason isn't sure he likes this crossover

It’s normal to want to get a jump on the holidays, but at what point does it become too much?

Every year it seems Christmas is being rolled out earlier and earlier. It was September 25th when I took the photo above. Even Jason looks a bit dumbfounded by it all.

Almost every retail shop I have visited has Halloween on one aisle and Christmas on the next. With maybe an endcap or shelf of Thanksgiving/fall decorations. It seems like the holidays are becoming just one big blob.

Every kid with wide eyes on December 25th wishes that Christmas would come every day. That may soon be the case in retail. To squeeze every last dollar out of the biggest spending season shops may decide to make a permanent display of Santas, snowmen and decorated trees.

I just find it all very unsettling that we are forgetting what all of these holidays really stand for. A great holiday that could bring families together for a night of fun is being swallowed by retail greed.

I want my pumpkin shaped Reese’s to come from an aisle filled with rubber masks and bottles of fake blood. Not sitting next to Rudolph and his eight tiny pals.

I think Jason agrees, don’t you Jason. Jason? *gulp…. Hope to see you next post.

The Write View blog has a shiny new theme to inspire the writer in us all. (especially me 🙂 I’m a firm believer in when the going gets tough the tough go shopping. (Sorry Sis I said the S word)

There’s something about getting something new. It does something to the mind that makes you want to show it off. You get a new pair of walking shoes your inspired to get out and walk every day. Buy a new dress and you want to put it on and go out to show it off. A new hair cut keeps you fluffing your hair or shaking your head to enjoy the feel.

The very same thing is true for writing. You start a new story and it begins to pour out of your mind onto screen or paper. If you’re in a slump and that story is starting to slow and push when you pull…try something new.

Like this blog it has a shiny new theme. I want to write something and post it just to see it on this new format. Noveling is like that too. Maybe you can buy a new notebook or pen that begs for you to write on your story. How about something that is inspired by your story. A new mousepad with a cityscape like your story setting.

You will be taken by surprised how a little desk ornament will suddenly help you drive your story forward. Taking a break to post a new blog or a quick google search to look for new images to inspire. Today this new theme gave my muse the boost she needed to make our word count goal.

Try something new and see what it sparks.


Have you ever stood before a work of art that stunned you with its beauty? Ever heard a piece of music that made you cry? What about hearing a story and being so pulled in by it that you forget everything else going on around you?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these then you have been inspired. What is inspiration and why does it drive us? One definition for inspiration is the arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity. An arousal of the mind…..

Arousal doesn’t have to be sexual. When you are aroused you are awakened. Once you’re senses have been waked this is where the magic happens. The mind is spurred to that special level of activity.

Ideas begin to form in thoughts, words, maybe even pictures in your mind. Inspiration, this mental arousal, isn’t just a passing thing. If you are truly inspired something happens. You become driven. There is an aching need to see this idea come to life.

For a writer inspiration is what drives us to weave stories. We are given the chance to create people and worlds that just might inspire someone else. Where do you get such deep inspirations you ask?

It can come from almost anywhere and sneak up on us. Our minds are aroused though music and art but also the ordinary things in life. Sometimes even the things we like the least will be of great inspiration.

Men, women and even children are inspired to great heights every day. Stephine Meyer wrote the Twilight series inspired by a dream she’d had. Stephine even has said she started with writing her dream which was the middle of the story. Then went back and added the beginning and the end.

Picasso was inspired by a circus poster, Salvador Dali once said the very air he breathed was inspiring.

Hanna at seven years old was diagnosed with stage four Burkitt’s lymphoma. After intense chemo and a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom this little girl was inspired. She made a necklace out of melted crayon and a black walnut shell for a mold. If you’ve ever seen a black walnut inside you know the wax came out in the shape of a heart.

Hanna made more heart necklaces and sold them with all the money going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. In 2009 they presented Hanna with the Lori Shulz-Betancourt Indomitable Spirit Award. This little seven year old girl as raised over $20,000 for the Foundation.

Are you inspired yet? If not go to a museum, take a walk though the park, listen to your favorite music open your heart to it and the inspiration will find you when you least expect it too. Maybe even in the grocery store or a blog post.

Question is once you find that great awakening what are you going to do with it?

This will be the 8th Annual Museum Day sponsored by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums nation wide will offer free admission to guests with a Museum Day card. The card is good for two free admissions to the participating museum of your choice.

Some of the featured museums include Virginia Museum of Natural History in Virginia. The Irving Arts Center in Texas, South Street Seaport Museum in New York, Memorial Hall in Massachusetts and the Seminole A-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in Florida.

Over 60 museums are participating in the state of Florida and over 50 in Texas. Many more all over the country will accept the Museum Day card. You can get yours by filling out a short form then download for later printing at the Smithsonian web site at http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/index.html

There is a full listing of all participating museums on the website for Museum Day. They range from art and history to cultural and science. There is some place for everyone to explore on Museum Day.

Bling H2O

Do you Bling? It seems a great number of people get it. The gourmet water has become the official water of the PLUGLA Magazine, as well as winning awards for the best packaging. It’s easy to see with the lovely handcrafted corked 750ml recyclable frosted bottle sparkling with Swarovski Crystals why someone would pay $39.00 to be seen with the new fashion accessory.

    Fine Waters Site calls it pop culture in a bottle and Bling H2O even has it’s own MySpace account. With all that hype the liquid within must be truly exotic. Actually it comes from a natural spring in Dandridge, Tennessee. Yes, that’s right Tennessee. They use a nine step purification process that includes ozone, ultraviolet, and micro-filtration. The source spring is NSF certified to insure the waters quality. The NSF is and international organization that helps protect consumers by certifying the products and writing standers of foods You can find out more about them at http://www.nsf.org.

    Kevin G. Boyd a Hollywood writer/producer noticed he could tell about a person’s personality by the bottled water they carried. Bling H2O was designed to make a fashion statement as well as taste good.  Initially the “Cristal” of bottled water was introduced to hand selected customers. Now the company has branched out expanding it’s availability. The fashionable drink was featured at events like the MTV Video Music Awards as well as the Emmy’s. Even their web site http://www.blingh2o.com screams sex appeal. The product has won gold medals for best tasting water at the Berkely Springs International Water Tasting Festival and many more awards for taste and visual appeal. Bling was featured on Entertainment Tonight and seen in the hands of many celebs like Jamie Foxx.

    While $39.00 seems a little steep for the average joe we do tend to follow the trends. We have been known to pay more than that for a pair of jeans just because someone famous wears them. Bling H2O has made water a fashion statement, an accessory to add to our already overflowing closets. If you’re on a tight budget and can’t buy a case maybe you can get one bottle and refill it. No one but you and your sink will know. Everyone else will think you got Bling.