Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sisterhood of the Travelling Blog - Day 1 - Sherrie Henry

Well Ladies and Gentleman here it is! The beginning of the "Sisterhood of the travelling blog!" Please comment below and give a very warm welcome to my guest of the day--my friend and fellow author, Sherrie Henry as she talks about where her visions of creativity flare from.

Please remember that those lovely readers/supporters who comment on our blogs will each be put into a draw to win an e-book by one of the travelling blog authors. The more you comment, the more times your name will be entered. Easy right? There will be a list of available e-books to choose from provided to the winner at the end of the tour. Happy reading and have a safe and ghoulish Halloween. L.S. Broomfield 

Topic:  How do you come up with your locations in stories?
Sisterhood of the Travelling Blog - Blog 1 - Copyright @ Sherrie Henry

I have travelled all over the US, with the exception of the Northwest. I’m an avid photographer, so I take the vivid images of this country home with me. When I’m ready for a new story, I thumb through my photos to get inspiration. If that doesn't quite work, I have a huge coffee-table sized book of American landscapes. A lot of them have spoken to me, thus I envision my characters there (my latest work, ‘A Wolf’s Bane’ is in southern Georgia; a plantation picture complete with Spanish Moss on trees kicked that one off.)

If I want more of an international flair, I end up reading a lot about that country/region and again, since I’m very visual, I try to find pictures to set the scene. Sometimes they are places where I want to go, others are because they are obvious. Come on, a vampire in Romania? Clichè I know, but it works, no?

As for the actual buildings, houses, various settings within the geographical region, I again look at pictures. Google images has got to be one of the best inventions ever! I try not to get bogged down on too much detail, just enough to give a feel to the reader who then can fill in the blanks with their own imagination.

Then again, there are those stories that don’t speak to one geographical boundary  but to the ever-present human condition. My short story ‘Twenty-Four Hours’ is like that. While in my mind, I based in on the suburbs of Chicago (write what you know!), it could be the suburbs of almost any large town or city. It was what was happening to the main character, Michaela, that was more important.

If there are any struggling writers out there, who are faced with a blank page, I can’t think of anything better than to sit down with a photobook of landscapes and let the pictures talk to you.

Copyright @ Sherrie Henry

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Love the Skin you're in...

That was the first thing that popped into my busy mind, "Love the skin you're in." It kind of makes me laugh in actuality. Why? Well, how many ladies out there actually can sit in front of the mirror and say that? I know I couldn't. Our society has painted the illusion that in order to be beautiful and sought after you need to be a size 2 or less and absolutely beautiful with a pound of make-up on.

The point is even those size two models would change something. Perhaps not as much as a size 20 but the want, rather need to strive to the perfection that our society has laid before us is forever hanging over everyone.

It's because of this that young girls are plagued with eating disorders. And no, I don't mean to insinuate that it is only females that struggle with trying to fit into a "Falsely Perfect world".

If we had the myriad of staff at our fingertips these barbie doll models do then we would look picture perfect as well. They would cake on the make-up, trim off our unsightly pounds with their wonderful computer photoshop programs and then voila! We are picture perfect too.

Think it's that easy? Yes, in Hollywood, I do. But we all don't live in Hollywood do we? And we most certainly don't have a myriad of workers at our fingertips all in the name of beauty.

So, just remember this when you look in the mirror, the next time. You ARE beautiful no matter what size you are! Easier said than done? Absolutely. So how do "we" fix our mindset? There are three ways to do that.

1. We surround ourselves with people who love us. 
2. We surround ourselves with people who support us, no matter what.
3. We love ourselves, despite the things we would change.

We need to reprogram ourselves. Beauty is not just a size 2 any longer. Beauty is no longer skin deep. 

Here is the bottom line: If you don't believe it...the world won't.

So ladies and gentleman, sit in front of that mirror that has taunted all of us for years and you tell yourselves as many times as it takes, "I am beautiful and I love the skin I'm in."

Copyright @ L.S. Broomfield