A Piece of Me...



Wanderer




Like the dusty tumbleweed blowing on a hot summer day,

I wander aimlessly, not knowing if we should go or stay.



Is this all that life has to offer someone like me?

Is this who I am and what God wants me to be?



It’s hard to find purpose in situations such as these.

I’m praying for a great revelation that will make me hit my knees.



He’s given me a love that’s more pure that I have ever knew.

I just want a purpose. I want my cake and eat it too.



Bouncing from idea to idea on what I’m supposed to do with my life,

I know that there’s got to be more for me than just being a wife.



Living in the dessert is the greatest irony that I have ever seen,

If you get lost, there’s no way to find your way out. It can be mean.



Ferocious heat, scorching sand, and no direction can be found.

That’s the way I feel. I’m in the silence waiting for a sound.



When do you think He will tell me? Will it be clear?

Or more importantly, will I take to heart what I hear?



I pray, Oh God, that you hear my desperate plea.

Fill my heart with wisdom that will set this wanderer free.



Vanessa K. Eccles
(c) Copyright 2009

My Christmas



My Christmas




It was the night before Christmas,

And as I look around,



Every pup is sleeping,

No one makes a sound.



My hubby is resting,

But I’m still awake.



Waiting patiently for tomorrow,

And thinking about the dishes I will make.



Presents decorate the floor,

Lights glitter in the dark.



The stars light up the sky,

Reminding us of how Jesus made His mark.



Gentle wind is blowing,

As I reflect on it all.



Why Christmas is Christmas,

He was born, and I am in awe.



For now the world seems perfect,

In it’s warm embrace,



But soon it will be over,

And reality we will face.



Christmas will soon be gone,

In January it will all fade,



But for now I will rejoice,

In the sacrifice that was made.



So… It was the night before Christmas,

And as I look around,



I thank God for His blessings,

And His love that I’ve found.



So before I lay my head down,

To fall asleep tonight,



I wish you all a Merry Christmas,

And a good night.



Vanessa K. Eccles
(c) Copyright 2009

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to wish everyone out there a Merry Christmas! I've enjoyed my time here in Alabama, spending time with friends and family... but unfortunately, it's time to go back to Texas. Although, I won't physically be home for Christmas, my heart will always be.

Be sure that you remember the real reason for the season. Love like there won't be a next year, hope like life will change tomorrow, and have faith that every day will be better than the last.

Spend time with your family; that's the greatest gift of all. Tell them you love them, and be sure to offer thanksgiving for the one who created it all.

Thank God for your sacrifice to me. I pray I never forget that you let your son die for me because you loved me that much.

Merry Christmas, my friends.


Vanessa

Triond Publication

I've recently become a member of Triond. I'm going to see if there is any money to be made in online publication. The key is, that pay depends on views. So, for goodness sake folks, view! lol :)

It's an inspirational poem- Fatherly Advice

http://authspot.com/poetry/fatherly-advice/

Please feel free to leave comments. Enjoy!

Vanessa

In my own lil world...

Lately I've been in my own little world, writing a LOT. I've decided that I'm going to try and share a few of my pieces with all of you out there in the cyber world. :) The items posted on here are inspired by prompts, often posted on http://www.absolutewrite.com/ . These pieces are mainly for practice and future inspiration, but every post is (c) copyright 2009 by Vanessa K. Eccles (had to throw that out there). I love feedback, so feel free leave comments. I hope y'all enjoy!

Keep Inspired.

Vanessa

Poetry Challenge

A Christmas Winter





As trees shed their suit of spring,

Winter sets in and Christmas bells ring.



Holly and mistletoe adorn the halls,

Sparkling lights and wreaths hang from the walls.



Snuggling together in front of the fire,

Listening to carolers and children that never tire.



With the tree dressed in its finest d├ęcor,

And an abundance of presents sitting on the floor.



Drinking eggnog and watching it snow,

Reminds me that I am blessed more than I know.



Vanessa K. Eccles
(c) Copyright 2009

Reality

Reality


The misty mornings that envelope the Carolina beaches are ones to inspire. I spend most of my mornings walking the shore in search of a deeper understanding of life and peace.


Losing contentment is a battle that I daily face. Fortunately, though, the beach serves as a middle ground between utter defeat and ultimate happiness. It is my sanctuary, if you will.

Last week I was facing a particular difficult challenge. I had lost my contract with a local art museum. It seems that some other, more talented, artist had shown interest in some space. Being as I have not sold one painting in 7 months, I was the first to be booted. It was not a surprise really, just a reality.

It was then when I was walking along the beach trying to find purpose in my failure, that I saw it. I could see a glimmer of gold in the wet sand. It sparkled although the sun was barely out that morning. When I got closer, I saw that it was a locket. I gently wiped the sand from the top of the oval pendant. There was a cross engraved on the front with a tiny diamond in its center. It was beautiful, and I knew that someone must have really been missing it.

When I opened it, a small piece of paper fell to the ground. I bent over, picked it up, and read:

Blessings often come from loss, because it is loss that forces thanksgiving.


These words offered me a sense peace. I went home and made a list of everything that I was thankful for, right down to the shoes on my feet. Within a week, I was offered a job at the local college teaching art classes. The pay was more than I had ever hoped for myself. I do not believe that I would have ever been bold enough to take a step passed failure if I had not dug up that locket and read those words.

Now I find myself walking along those very same beaches thinking, not of what I need or desire out of life, but what I have and love about life.

 
-Vanessa K. Eccles
(c) Copyright 2009

When You Feel Lost, Follow The Bread Crumbs.


Something that has been bothering me lately is that I'm losing my stamina for writing. I know that everyone goes through their ups and downs, and I know that this too shall pass. I'm feeling guilty for not writing but not guilty enough to continue. It's like everything that can come up to distract me, does.

My husband just added a new member to our family- Harvest. She's an Australian Shepard puppy only a few weeks old. She's an absolute handful, and she makes #4 to our dog count. We already have Sugar, Honey, and Coco. Things like this keep me distracted to no end.

On top of all of this, getting little positive feedback of my novel from agents is a major downer. I know that there is nothing uncommon about having a few form letters under you belt, but since I'm new to this each letter tears a little piece of hope out of my heart.

I realize that I've got to keep motivated. It's just that sometimes the odds get to me. Luckily, I write for pure enjoyment. I pray that I find my determination again and start writing on a regular, steady basis. After all, my inspiration is abundant.

Sometimes I find that God gives me the crumbs I need to just sustain me from one day to another. This too shall pass, and this is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

I'm glad.

Vanessa

How Do You Make Lemonade If You Ain't Got Any Sugar?


Ever heard the phrase, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?" This phrase is one of the most commonly used sayings when people are trying to make you feel better about your life. Unfortunately, it never works!


There is nothing more frustrating than telling someone about your troubles and them give you some lame- cop out- saying that doesn’t help in the least.

It’s just like when someone asks how you are, but they couldn’t care less. You know those people. Heaven forbid that someone actually answer truthfully! (haha)

These days people are only interested in very impersonal responses, such as, “fine.” With the invention of technology we’ve created a whole generation of people who never actually say what they mean, or if they do it’s not face to face (i.e. texting, facebook, twitter, and  blogging). This has become the only source of truly being able to speak our mind without ever having to face personal conflict. We don’t need any help making our life less personable.

The point is, instead of using lame phrases to put a wall up against the true feelings of people- just listen. You might just learn something. Encourage someone. Next time someone is having a bad day, ask how you can help. Be genuine; be interested. Why, you ask? Because it’s the right thing to do.

Besides you can’t make lemonade without any sugar, or else it’s really gross. 





Until Later – Don’t be a sour!



Vanessa




Captivating...



Captivating written by John and Stasi Eldridge may very well be my favorite book. I get asked all the time who my favorite author is, and what is my favorite book. Well, here is my answer. Being as I write fiction, it may seem odd that my fav book is a Christian non-fiction. But I learned so much about myself, and I found it to be truly enlightening. This blog post is not about the book, but I just wanted to do some shameless advertising. ;)

I recently posted a comment on twitter stating, "Don't we all want to captivate our audiences the way that our characters captivate us?" I live by the thought of taking captive the thoughts and imaginations of my readers. This is my goal as a writer.

With that being said... to take captive your readers is a very powerful thing. If you read, then you have experienced a few books in your lifetime that took you away from this world and into another one. One of either fantasy, romance, humor, or mystery. You may have experienced the few times when a book keeps you up reading into the wee hours of the morning, and you find yourself yearning to read the next word and the next. I LOVE these books!

As writers, this is what we want! Most people don't realize it, but writers very often are just as taken by the characters as their readers. Unfortunately for us, most of the time our characters don't leave us alone until every word is out. I even find myself missing my characters when they are gone (crazy, right?). But it is the same way when you read that awesome book and you feel almost depressed when it's over. We feel it too.

I find that the word captivate is what motivates me with my writing. Captivate means to take hold of someone through their mind, heart, and spirit. It's stronger and deeper than if someone we're to bind you physically. It's inescapable! Undeniable! And utterly wonderful... 

I look forward to my opportunity to share my work with the world, and to see if my words can truly captivate.


Vanessa

On my nightstand...



I always have found it interesting what books authors read, so I decided that I would let y'all know what books were sitting on my night stand right now. These are the books that I have not read yet, but am looking forward to reading in the near future.

We, unfortunately, do not have a book store here in the little border town that I live in (I know, what a shame, right?) Sometimes I wonder how I can stand living in a place without a decent coffee shop and a Barnes and Noble (my favorite book store in the world!!). But somehow I do it.

So, how do I get books? Good question. I order them sometimes, but usually I wait until I take a trip back home to Alabama. I load up there, which is the reason I have so many unread books sitting around. The last time I was home, I bought several books, half of which I've already read.

Being an avid reader must be a prerequisite to being a writer. They go hand-in-hand. I haven't been able to read as much as I normally do since I've been working on my second book. Time has not been on my side this past month, but I'm hopeful that them days are over. *fingers crossed* :)

I enjoy letting everyone know what I think about the books that I read, so stay tuned to get my thoughts on each of these. Of course, I don't believe I've ever read a bad book. I don't know if it's just that I'm good at picking out what I'm going to like when I read the cover, or what. But while I may have never read a 'bad' book, I certainly have read some dang near awesome ones. It also helps that I have a vast range of interest.

I am currently reading the first three books of R.A. Salvatore. I will also list my thoughts on these, once completed.

Read on, my friends!

Vanessa



Inspired


You never know when you're going to be inspired by something. Two weeks ago, my husband and I were on our way to San Antonio, TX. We were doing some antique shopping in a small town right outside of SA, named Castroville. While riding the roads, we stumbled upon this old, beautiful shack. It was obviously in shambles, but it spoke to me.

The cracks in the exterior walls and the rotting wood door frame onloy reminded me how the past still tangles itself with the present, and remnants will still remain in the future. My second book is all about the blending of two times. The brief inspiration of one moment in time will affect my creative view for this next story.

This shack will have a place in Sophie's world. I chose to share it with you so that you can see that anything can be an inspiration. Creativity can be helped, if we only chose to see things in a more appreciative way.

Until Later...

Be Inspired.

Vanessa K. Eccles

See Me

You can find me on other websites as well. I've always been a crafter, so you can see some of my work on Etsy. http://www.colorfulcreations4u.etsy.com/

Or check out my shop blog: http://www.colorfulcreations4u.blogspot.com/

You can also see me on Twitter. Yeah, I like to tweet! :)
www.twitter.com/VanessaKEccles

Financial Peace...


Okay, so here's the deal. My husband and I have been on this financial crusade since June. We have made a plan that will ensure that being in debt will be a thing of the past for us. Back in June, we rented out our home. My in-laws had offered to let us borrow their camper for a year. We made the hard decision to move into the camper for a year, so we could pay off almost the entirity of our debt (excluding our home). People keep asking me if I'm serious. Yes. I'm serious. My husband and I and our three little dogs live in a camper trailer as we speak. I thought that this would be the hardest thing that I've ever done, but honestly... it's awesome! I know, that sounds crazy, right? Well, we've been able to pay a lot down already, and we are on our way to being financially secure. This is a big thing for a couple of twenty-something-year-olds. With the help of Mr. Dave Ramsey and his book shown above, we've made the difficult decision to seek financial peace. Although, the radical technique of moving into the camper was our idea, the idea of thinking outside the box for solutions was inspired by Dave. Being here in this camper, leaves me little to do, so I've been more motivated to write. My passions have returned. There are so many wonderful things that have came from take a leap of faith- and stepping outside my comfort zone. Being free from financial burden leaves the mind and heart open to explore new possibilities. So I wanted to let everyone know about the genius that is Dave Ramsey. I encourage each of you- in debt or not- to read up on his theories and his investment ideas... Brilliant! Thanks Dave! ;)

Recent Read


I just got through reading The Host tonight. What an awesome book. I started it about two weeks ago. It was slow go at first, mainly because I don't really like Sci-Fi much. The beginning didn't get me hooked in like the Twilight Saga did, but I gave it some more time. Before I knew it though, I was finding it hard to put down. The night before last, I lay down and picked up my current read, which was this, and started to read a few chapters as I always do, and then a few chapters turned into a couple hundred pages. It seemed like I had just started reading, when the sun came up. Wow. Stephanie Meyer never ceases to amaze me. It was well written, even without the steamy scenes like in New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn, it could definately hold your attention. If you haven't read it, give it a chance. It just might impress you too.

First Form Letter

Ahh... I just recieved my first form letter for my book Georgia. I was expecting it though, so it made it a lot less painful. I couldn't help but wish that they had given me some reason as to why they didn't like the book, but the letter was pleasant enough, stating, "This is a very subjective business, and you may very well still find sucess." - Or something to that affect. Well, I sure hope they are right. I really want to believe somewhere deep inside that, despite my skepticism, I will see my book on a book shelf at Barnes and Noble someday. :) No one ever said that this was a very encouraging business, so I'm keeping my head up. I sent to my second agent today, and who knows, maybe I will get lucky.

# 2

I'm officially starting book number 2 today. I've been working feverishly on Georgia, for months now. I am so ready to start fresh with a new life. Sophia my new main character will be a sharing her story with me starting today. I got great joy in writing Lizzie's story (main character in Georgia), but now it's time to work on my second historical romance novel. It will be different than anything that I've ever read, but it will be personal enough to find a way to relate with her. I'm excited about getting started, and I pray that through my words I can find a way to share her story sucessfully. Wish me luck!

Vanessa K. Eccles

Finding an Agent ???

It's been interesting trying to find an agent to represent my first novel, Georgia. I sent out a query letter, a synopsis, and the first ten pages of my novel to my first choice agent two weeks ago. I have not heard anything from her so far, but I hope to soon. I have been unable to decide if I should send to multiple agents at one time. I've read pros and cons, so I'm just playing it by ear. I have heard that authors such as Stephanie Meyer had several rejection letters from agents, before finding one. This gives me a little hope. Of course, I hope that my first agent will fall in love with my manuscript, but I realize the absolute irrationality in that actually happening. All the same though, all I can do is hope for the best. I will keep y'all posted. Fingers crossed! :)

If there are any of you out there in the computer world that are in the same waiting game as me... stay positive. Be inspired and force yourself on to the next project.

Much love,
Vanessa K. Eccles

Road to Publication...

Wow! I have finally finished my book and in the past month I have been dedicating a lot of time to my query letter and the synopsis. Both have been the hardest thing to write so far. I can't tell you how hard it is to put into a few pages of words everything in your book and do it justice. It's been really overwhelming and intimidating to me, but I realize that it is a must in order to get to my ultimate goals. Beware writers when writing these two very important pieces-they could make or break your book! Good luck!

xoxo
Vanessa K. Eccles

Finished

I'm finally finished with my book. I've been working on it for a two months now, and now it's over. It's been fun, but now it's a little sad. I feel like I will miss my characters now that they are out of my thoughts. I hope that others enjoy the book as much as I've enjoyed writing in.

Be Inspired!

Vanessa

Character Evolution

When I first started writing my book, I had a specific idea about who my character's were. Now that I am getting further and further into it, my main character, Lizzie, is totally evolving into someone else. It's so wierd that I lose control of her as soon as my fingers hit the keys. She's definately a free spirit.
Some of my other supporting roles are changing as well. They all seem to be set free as I type. Sometimes I sit down and not even know what I will be writing. I just start, and then the words just fall out. It is a wonder how I make anything make sense. haha It's been a blast though! I never know what I'm going to get. I'm even curious about how this book will end. :)

Don't Look at The Page Numbers!

I have found that the one thing that always seems to mess me up, is looking at the page numbers. It's amazing that I'm actually getting page by page done, but it is also distracting. I get nervous if I think that I'm not writing enough. I start to wonder if I'm telling enough detial, or if I'm describing things the way I need to. Wow, this book writing thing is really overwhelming.

One important thing to remember when writing a book:
DON'T LOOK AT THE PAGE NUMBERS! haha :)

Twitter

Hey everyone! I just opened a Twitter account, and I desperately need some followers! Be sure to check it out! :)

Much Love!
Vanessa

Book Writing 101

I was just sitting here wasting some time creating this blog, when I realized that I should writing. One thing I've learned so far is that I have to write everyday. If I don't, then I do nothing but think about what I should be writing. It is a complete take over of the mind. It's almost like my characters are screaming at me until I get what they want down on paper. I feel like I am living half my life in the present and the other half is stuck in the 1880's. This has really been an experience! I hope that I can get some work done today, so that my mind can be at peace tonight.

Much Love,
Vanessa