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Amy’s Bad Advice #11

It’s worth what you paid for it.

Welcome back to another Amy’s Bad Advice. It’s been a while, so I thought the perfect post would be an airing of grievances!

A festivus for the rest of us, if you will, in the fine vein of

Mr. Costanza.

Specifically. Let’s talk don’ts. And there are many. Especially with me.

But here’s the top hits-

1- Don’t make me fear for my civil liberties.

2- Don’t tell me the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones came out of left field.

3- Don’t tell me how pretty I look, especially more than once.

(Talking to you mother)

4- Don’t ask me where I put your whatever until you check the pantry.

5-Don’t pretend 45 has redeeming qualities. Own your shortcomings.

I think that’ll do it for this installment. I feel so much better. How bout you?

Let’s Commiserate!

Share your own in the comments!

Until next time,

Cheers, Amy

Amy on writing

Loving unconditionally

Happy mother’s day to all the mamas out there today.

There’s no one way to make a family. So even if you’re not a mother, let’s celebrate the love we give and the love we receive. Love that is selfless and unconditional.

Love is a commodity we always need and never run out of. That is something worth celebrating

Cheers, Amy

Amy on writing, on writing and kids

More than me

Welcome to another Vent-sesh poetry for the terminally stressed.

This session, instead of inflicting y’all with self-critical frustration in the form of poetry, I thought I would share an ode to the most important things in my life…

My daughters… my gifts, my treasures. My greatest accomplishment.

More Than Me-

Better than me.

Better than us.

Better than anything we wanted to be.

Harder, faster, stronger, longer.

Every choice,

leads to the next.

Be the change, don’t ever hold back.

Sharper, keener, deeper, dreamer.

Everything you want,

everything you are,

is exactly what I want you to be.

Cheers, Amy

Amy on writing

All About Meme

Who are we? Behind the words, the stories, the images that grace the pages of this blogosphere

Inquiring minds want to know.

Not really,

but here’s a fun little getting to know you activity all the same.

I’d love if you would add your own in the comments. Just a little extra you, the perfect meme that says “this is me” or pardon, meme.

And now…Everything you never needed to know about Amy of Amy-Westphal.com

Cheers, Amy

All images courtesy of Pinterest

Amy on writing

I’ve done it!

No, not that. Well, I did a little of that ….

But this isn’t about my book, which is moving into its 8th chapter of rewrites. Hurray!

No, I’ve gone and cleaned off my treadmill, and I walked on it, for thirteen minutes, on an incline.

Chime the bells! I exercised.

It is a historic day.

I am a beast, I plan to do it again today. Maybe I’ll even jog this time.

Wish me luck 😬

Cheers, Amy

Amy on writing

Capture the Tide

My book, my book. Capture the Tide by Amy Westphal…

The entire purpose of this blog, it’s very existence is for the sake of this book.

But where is it?

It’s been almost a year since I began platforming here on WordPress and I feel that I’m almost back to where I started. Not what I hoped. I’d rather be singing about a book deal.

But that is life. If it were easy, everyone would do it. As they say.

Nearly a year ago I finished writing Capture the Tide. A literary leaning narrative about a young woman surviving and coming of age in a post apocalyptic world.

I had it edited and I shopped it. Then I reworked it and shopped it again. 22 agents. All rejects except one R and R maybe.

And there I stayed. For some time.

Today I am rewriting my book. On Page 20 to be exact. My focus has been to embrace the YA. Remove my author voice and find the characters voice, be more immersive in her experience, in the moment, rather than telling a story about her.

This is proving difficult. My nature is to tell stories and read old books. Old books often focus on the classic third person narrative. We are onlookers. But today!

Today people want in, be in their head. Not first person style where the protagonist is unreliable and limited in their language.

Deep 3rd person allows the author to be both deep and shallow to suit the story. It is weaving of the most difficult fabric. And I am woefully out of my league.

But I am learning, I’m studying. I’m trying.

Kind of drowning here.

But I’m in this thing.

Wish me luck, I love it.

Cheers, Amy

Art, As usual, by me.

Amy on writing

It is the First of April

On this day of pranks I will instead share a list of today’s grievances. Some may even call it a Festivus for the rest of us.

This wonderful idea is from the fabulous and sharp AllaneSinclair.wordpress.com

And now the airing of grievances!

1- plates left next to the sink neither rinsed, washed or without the bare minimum of putting water on it.

2- people asking me to smile, as If I live to serve your fancy.

3- parents who don’t vaccinate because of what they read on Facebook.

4- people who start conversations with “Did you see that thing on Facebook?”

5- Facebook in general

6- Number 45

And now for a life changing video.

Jk. Always wanted to rick roll y’all.

Happy April Fools

Cheers, Amy