Thursday, September 29, 2011

Inspiration Comes From Friends, Dance, Dreams and Fainting Goats

Where does my inspiration come from?

I get this question all the time.  No one is talking about how I choreographed my latest zumba routine or where I found the words for that 'Thank You' card. Nope. People want to know about the corny, sexy, haunting, hilarious scenes from my stories and dialogue. 

It comes from you. Here's an example.

Yesterday, my friend Brandon, this brilliant scientist friend of mine, posted a segment on a student being freaked out by balloons.  That might be an understatement. More truthfully, PETRIFIED of balloons. 

I started thinking to myself, now that is far too interesting to just disappear in a segment. Obviously, it should be included in something so I never forget about it. 

According to Urban Dictionary (my #1 terminology reference guide)
Globophobia: "A persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of balloons, despite the understanding by the phobic individual and reassurance by others that there is no danger; a strong fear of, dislike of, or aversion to balloons."
I can't wait to include this little character development in one of my upcoming stories. 

I also find inspiration through a sense of humor and skill, intelligence and brilliance brought to life. Such as demonstrated by my friend, Sean Stephenson, below:
A little animal hilarity thrown into the mix...

The end result?  I have a balloon-fearing, motivational speaking, fainting-goat harvesting character by the name of Dennis who will appear in an upcoming novel. 

In this way, inspiration, similar to the death of a loved one, will go on forever.

Cheers to perspective,


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Initial Montage Entry- Large Piling of Latest Blogging Gobbily-Gook

So what's up with the Montage?

Perhaps you can relate.  My mind can't sit still.  Almost ever.

According to Urban Dictionary: The word Montagged indicates:
When someone botches something so completely and terribly, that it can only be compared to Heidi Montag's abysmally poorly lip synced, poorly danced, total failure of a Britney rip off performance at the 2009 Miss Universe pageant.
So where does my blog fit into all of this?  Life sometimes feels like one botch after another.  I vote, we laugh together.

Cheers to Perspective.

Your Friend,


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September 23, 2011

Writing Snakes and My New Business Partner: Cardio

Part of writing is finding inspiration in your life to apply to your works.
Find something only you can say.
- James Dickey
For me, this often comes in the form of dreams.  My dreams are unpredictable, vivid, lucid, wild and traumatizing at times.  By writing them down I not only harnessed the characters of my novels but developed a story that stayed true to their characters.

Some can plan their dreams but not I.  Yesterday I attended the most beautiful wedding I have seen in ages, my dream last night was about my Mom throwing snakes on my back.

While pondering how to bring in these distressful times and appropriately weave the content into the sequel of Befriending DeathBeyond Death… I have been starting off with some yoga and following up with some zumba.

Staying in good physical shape keeps your mind active and your ability to focus intact.
To hear more tips, you are invited to attend the following events:
  • Thursday, September 29, 2011 @ 7:00 p.m. Rancho Cordova Library
    Lecture Topic: 10 Tips For Getting The Dream Job Done

    A writers’ most precious moment is finally holding the book they worked so hard to create.  I can help people get there in less than half the time, by sharing the wisdom I learned during my journey that carried me the furthest.  It took 6 years to finish my first novel while I shuffled through a world knowing nothing about what I was doing.  Thankfully, I came out of that 6 year project with a ton of wisdom I’m excited to share.  Enjoy 30-45 minutes of tips that will help aspiring writers maximize their time, decide on a plan of action, improve their writing style, develop a thicker skin and develop a buzz to keep the motivation flowing.
  • Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 9:00 p.m. 3254 Saxonville Way, Antelope, CA Befriending Death sponsored Halloween Party. Best costume wins a FREE, autographed copy of Befriending Death.
See you tomorrow!
Jessi Lohman
#1 Novelist and Speaker in Sacramento
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September 22, 2011

Wedding Bells, Adopt-a-thons and Tax Write-Offs

The pictures of trying on rings while dream-building with My Guy in Las Vegas yielded a ton popular congrats and thank you to those who care.  However, there is no engagement and the subject of Weddings this week will fall to two other couples getting married this week.
That’s not a bug. That’s a feature.
- Anonymous
True and genuine congrats to my Uncle Jim and Kate, as well as Tyler and Mallory.  I look forward to celebrating with good times and good cheer.

Although when I do get hitched, I would love to have bridesmaids holding puppies.  Can you imagine the write off benefits of hosting a SPCA Adopt-a-thon on My Guy and I’s big day?  My Tax Guy might shake my hand and high five me for innovation.

Although when you write (and can do so on or about anywhere), you become a walking, talking write off.  There is no harm in that.

See you tomorrow!
Jessi Lohman
#1 Novelist and Speaker in Sacramento
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September 21, 2011

Verbal Blog Mishap Due To Kidnapping & Vegas Recommendations

The momentary lapse in Verbal Blogs has been due to the kidnapping of my phone in Las Vegas during the 2011 Book Tour Las Vegas.
Other casualties included my Driver’s License, Debit Cards, Light-Up Lip Glosses and Reef brand Flip Flops complete with a bottle opener on the bottom.
Sometimes life hands us lemons.  When this happens to me, I like to refer to a little inspiration.
When life handed me a lemon, not only did I make lemonade, I also wrote the recipe and then sold that recipe!
- JoAnna Lund, Author
The good news is the 2011 Book Tour Las Vegas was a HUGE success.
If you are planning a trip to Las Vegas in the near future, grand recommendations:
  • Minus 5 Ice Bar at Mandalay Bay - Drink from real ice classes imported from New Zealand.
  • Rice at Luxor - Sushi and Asian cuisine.  The food is brilliant.
I returned home to find the following note in response to finishing my novel, Befriending Death. It reads:
Fun read!  A sexy little adult love conquers all - fairy tale.  Loved it.
- Christine Jesser, Los Gatos Artist
.See you tomorrow!
Jessi Lohman
#1 Novelist and Speaker in Sacramento
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