Posts by Denise Vega

Out of My Comfort Zone

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Out of My Comfort Zone

So last week my big plan was to write about the RMC-SCBWI Conference on Sept 17-18. And then a friend invited me to an all day silent yoga and meditation retreat in Estes Park on Thursday. My first reaction was “Yay! Cool!” My second reaction was: “That’s a lot of yoga and meditation. I don’t think I can do it. My monkey mind has extra monkeys today. They’ll multiply by Thursday.” My third reaction was: “Who does yoga for that long? Experts. I’m not an expert.” My fourth reaction was: “Thursday is my best writing day. I...

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I Can’t Even Slog

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

I Can’t Even Slog

Today I was having lunch with a friend and was telling her about the ups and downs of the YA I’ve been working on for over five years. If you’ve been with me awhile, you know all about my trials, tribulations, breakthroughs and milestone successes.  I mentioned how that for me it’s not all fun and creativity. Sometimes I have to just push through until things start to click. “Slogging,” I said. “That’s what it feels like.” “And right now you don’t even feel like slogging,” she said. Yes. That was it. Right now I am doing...

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Coming Into the Light

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Coming Into the Light

Gloria Estefan’s song, “Coming Out of the Dark,” jumped into my mind yesterday, though curiously, I was singing “Coming Into the Light” to the tune of “Coming Out of the Dark.” I only saw my error when I went online to double-check the title.  🙂 I think the mind is a wondrous thing because I believe my “goof” was intentional, a way of spinning the idea positively, putting light front and center. I am feeling better about the transitions, though our other daughter doesn’t leave until Saturday so I guess that will be the true test. No...

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Transitions

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Transitions

So last week I was in an unmotivated place due to lots of changes and a general feeling of malaise, which doesn’t happen to me very often. We got Rayanne all moved in at USD and were thrilled with the size of her room and the sheer beauty of that campus. Her roommate is a rock star and the girls on her floor are really great. It’s been awesome to talk to her the last few days–each day she feels a little more adjusted, though there is a lot to learn! Just knowing she’s happy and not too stressed lifts my spirits, though I still expect her to come out of her room and...

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Unmotivated

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 12 comments

Unmotivated

It may seem sort of odd to follow up three posts about being inspired and pushed from the SCBWI LA Conference to now talking about being unmotivated. But such is the nature of life and writing.We are in San Diego, about to move our youngest into her college dorm. We’ve been talking about it for weeks, knowing it, but I’ve been ignoring the anxiety and sadness that has been at my back for that same amount of time, not wanting to feel its hot breath on my neck. So I keep just ahead of it…for now (though I allowed myself a good cry yesterday). I know I will give into it, but...

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