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Jacqueline Burke, Author – How It All Started!

When I think back to when I first became interested in writing, it all focused around listening to music. This is really, how it all started!

I also did an extreme amount of reading; books, magazines, short stories, and even jewel case covers of CD’s. I would read, pretty much, anything! As I read, there was always music playing in the background. Some days I would have the radio on or a CD playing, but other times, I would just hear a tune in my head. I would start humming!

Music made me do it!

I found I was at complete peace when I was reading, writing, and doing it all with music playing. Music made it easier for me to visualize. Music helped me to get into a certain mood when writing fiction, but especially when I wrote The Good Vibes Only Roadshow and Love Grandma (recipe book series).

I spent many years in jobs that truly, “just weren’t for me”, but I had to work and support my family. I did what I needed to do at the time. There came a time, while working these jobs, I just couldn’t do it anymore. I needed to be me! In finding me, I played a lot of music and wrote in one journal after another.

Here I am! Music made me do it!

I feel very fortunate to have been able to find myself with music, with reading, and with writing.

I am content with who I am and with who I will continue to be in the future. I am not made of money, but instead I am made out of creativity and peace. To me, that is more valuable!

Jacqueline Burke, Author – How It All Started!

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Jacqueline Burke, Author – For The Love Of Music

For the past 3 months, we have had an awesome time writing music with some great people out of Nashville, TN.  Especially this last week, has been truly amazing!

For the love of music, has been a major ingredient in our family; music has always been a driving force behind what we do in our lives.  Music inspires creativity, inspires happiness, inspires friendships, and in fact, inspires healing!  Like I say, “For The Love Of Music!”

My husband and I, are so very grateful for this opportunity to have an outlet for our creative expression.  Thank you to the following:

Corey Barker

MC1 Nashville

MC1 Nashville Music Publishing

We look forward to a great future with these gifted individuals and are sincerely grateful.

Jacqueline Burke, Author – For The Love Of Music!

 

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Jacqueline Burke, Author – Writing Style

We all have a different writing style; some may want to paint a picture using 20 pages of description before they even get to the dialogue, while others just pour it out from their heart, while leaving the visualization to the reader!  I tend to leave something for the reader to create in their own mind; that is part of reading a great book.

When I read a book, I like to be able to visualize the characters, the environment, and feel with my heart, what they are going through.  I like to have the option to do this, however this is my own opinion.  I tend to create this in my own writing.  I find it also helps to create more interest with my readers.

I put my readers in the driver’s seat 😊❤

What do you like to read?  Do you prefer to contribute your own creativity to a novel with your visualization, or do you prefer to have it all created for you?  I know this is a personal preference, but it is important to honor everyone’s creative styles.  That is what makes us unique!  At the end of the day, we end up balancing each other out with our styles, which makes it even more special.  We are creating options, choices, and inspiration for our readers.

Writing and creativity is a gift to cherish; there is no right or wrong way, there is no “by the book”, but what there is, is called “your way”, and that is important to focus on.  Following your own way of writing, brings the best stories, the best creativity, and the best projects!  Follow your own way!

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Jacqueline Burke, Author – Love Grandma Recipe Book Series

I am happy to announce, along with Summer’s Cozy Corner Lifestyle, we have released the first recipe book in the Love Grandma series. A Collection of Baking Recipes with Summer’s Cozy Corner.

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08DSSCT2K/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Jacqueline+Burke&qid=1596460882&sr=8-3

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Jacqueline Burke, Author – I Knew A Girl

I Knew A Girl
 
I knew a girl, who all of her life, all she wanted was to be accepted for who she was.
 
I knew a girl, who all of her life, all she wanted was to be liked for who she was on the inside, not what she could give to others
 
I knew a girl, who all of her life, all she wanted was to be loved for her smile, her laugh, and her big heart.
 
I knew a girl, who wanted to feel wanted, not made to feel a disappointment.
 
I knew a girl, who all she ever did was say and do everything everyone expected of her.
 
I knew a girl, who sacrificed all her hopes and dreams just to please others.
 
I knew a girl, who never criticized anyone, always kept her thoughts to herself, but instead was criticized over every little thing.
 
I Knew A Girl!
 
 
I knew a woman, who saw there was the endless pattern continuing day in and day out
 
I knew a woman, who all she ever wanted were to see smiles and laughter, and acceptance of her big heart
 
I knew a woman, who wanted to feel as if she was not a disappointment
 
I knew a woman, who continued to do everything for her family.
 
I knew a woman, who tried every single day to have some hopes and dreams.
 
I knew a woman, who felt as though she just couldn’t win.
 
I knew a woman, who finally looked in the mirror!
 
I knew a woman, who loved who she saw standing right in front of her.
 
I knew a woman, who saw strength inside of her
 
I knew a woman, who was proud of who she had become
 
I knew a woman, who saw a big heart
 
I knew a woman, who was going to smile no matter what!
 
I knew a woman, who was not going to become the broken little girl
 
I knew a woman, who had no regrets
 
I knew a woman, who started living her dreams
 
I Knew A Woman!
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Jacqueline Burke, Author – We Were Just Kids

We were just kids when we couldn’t wait to turn 16 and drive around with our friends

We were just kids when we couldn’t wait to turn 19 and go out dancing at the local nightclub

We were just kids when we couldn’t wait to turn 21 and we were legal everywhere.

All we wanted to do was make time go by faster

We were just kids when we thought we would marry our first love

We were just kids when we thought we would have a dream wedding

We were just kids when we thought we would have 2, no 4 kids

All we wanted to do was make time go by faster

We were just kids when we thought we would live until we were 100

We were just kids when we thought nothing could stop us

We were just kids when we had no fear

All we wanted to do was make time go by faster

We were just kids when our best friend died

We were just kids when our grandparents didn’t live until they were 100

We were just kids when our childhood sweetheart left us for another

All we wanted to do was make time stand still

We were just kids when we married the wrong person and ended up in divorce

We were just kids when we were raising children on our own

We were just kids when we feared everything in our paths

All we wanted to do was make time stand still

We were just kids when we were faced with looking after our loved one’s health

We were just kids when we watched how life went full circle and our parents were now our dependents

We were just kids when we had to bury them beside their own parents who died too soon

We were just kids when we looked in the mirror and wondered where time went

All we wanted to do was become a kid again

We were kids again, when we realized that life is short

We were kids again, when we realized age is just a number

We were kids again, when we realized we will always be someone’s child

We were kids again, when we realized we shouldn’t regret our past

We were kids again, when we realized we can be young at heart

We were kids again, when we realized it is okay to follow a dream

We were kids again, when we realized we don’t need to hate

We were kids again, when we realized it is okay to love

We were kids again, when we realized we don’t see the color of skin

We were kids again, when we realized in order to know a person, we need to look into their eyes

We were kids again, when it all made sense – we are all one

All we want is Peace

 

Jacqueline Burke, Author – We Were Just Kids

 

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Jacqueline Burke, Author – Inspiration

Where do you find your inspiration?  I find inspiration in watching the amazing individuals out there continuing to follow their dreams, no matter what is going on out there in the World, they keep plugging away.

We need to remind ourselves that life does not stop, even though we are staying in our homes.  We cannot stop pursuing our dreams, planning for the future, and going after what brings us happiness.

This is a New World we are living in, and we need to adjust our approach, our communication, and our mindset to thrive no matter what is handed to us!  We cannot give up!

I’m making sure I continue writing and working on all my projects!  Every single day!  Yes, some options have been taken from me, but they have been taken “for now”, not forever!  I’m going to make sure some of those options find their way back to me!  It may not be in the traditional way of accomplishing these projects, but I will make sure I rework these projects so they still have an opportunity to grow into the gift they were meant to be.

Please share where you are finding your inspiration; you just never know who you will be helping.  We need to stick together and encourage each other!

Communicate, reach out, and do not give up!

Jacqueline Burke, Author – Inspiration!

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Jacqueline Burke, Author – In My Bubble Inspiration

“In My Bubble”, now has many meanings!

Here is some “In My Bubble” Inspiration!

First, I have always been somewhat of an introvert, and I quite liked being the silent one in the corner.  I was always personable and I interacted very well with others, on the job, in a group setting, and with family, but I preferred to be in my own space (bubble).  I was the listener, not the chatterbox!  I suppose, this could be looked at, as living in a bubble.

Second, I was raised an only child, but I was also raised growing up with many cousins, who at times, were like having siblings.  I never felt I missed out on the connection brothers and sisters have with each other.  Some automatically refer to only children as living in a bubble, because some only children are found to be on the “shy” side.

Third, I’m a firm believer, due to having an extreme amount of creativity floating around in my mind on a regular basis,  with writing out all those ideas, stories, songs, scripts, and even recipes, allowed me to never feel lonely.  Even though I was by myself in my bubble, it was never boring.

See, there are many ways of living in a bubble!  My Bubble is a very comfortable place!

In my past, some would say, “she lives her life in a bubble!”  I refuse to see anything wrong with that; sometimes, people need a place to escape too which can bring them peace.

The point is, if someone is happy regardless of whether it works for you or not, then just be happy for them.  Whether you enjoy time alone, or you prefer crowds, the bottom line is the importance of what makes someone comfortable.

Now that “we are all” living in a time of seclusion and quarantine, I find more than ever, I’m creating more and more in my bubble.  The creativity has been endless; I can’t type fast enough with all these ideas I have floating around in that colorful bubble of mine.

Regardless, if you like to live in a bubble, or you prefer constant noise around you, as long as you are happy, that is the main thing!  Just as long as you are making the best out of it and finding something good in each day!

I hope you can find your own creative space in your bubble; it can be a very happy place!

 

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Jacqueline Burke, Author – It’s Time!

It’s Time!  I’ve taken the past couple of weeks to, for lack of better words, “get a grip” on reality.  I will admit, the last 14 days have been ones of shock and anxiety; something I share with the rest of the World.  However, it is time to stand tall, strong, and motivated to be part of the solution.

My family and I have been in our home for 14 days now; only to leave once, to pick up some groceries.  We have decided,  we now can lock ourselves down for a month, before we will need to venture out to get more supplies.  We are trying to be as proactive as possible!

There will be a lot of writing done during this time, and trust me, It’s Time!

Not to long ago, I had a thought going through my mind about how, “we never seem to have enough time”, well now we have lots of it!

The In My Closet series was written with “Time” in mind.  Since everyone is so busy with their schedules and families, I wrote each book in this series, to be read in just over an hour or hour and a half.  This way, if someone was on their lunch hour, they could read a book on their break/breaks, or you could read these books, just before you go to bed at night.

It’s Time, I get back to my projects, there will be a lot of updates and “coming soon” posts.  I just wanted to check in with you to remind you we all have Time!  This World has given us more time to “stay in our homes”, “spend time with family” or “dive into creativity”, let us make good use of our time, as we are all doing it Together!!

Love to you all and wrap yourself up in Creativity!  It’s Time!!

 

 

 

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Jacqueline Burke, Author – An Idea Comes When You Least Expect It

My passion in writing, has been a 30 year journey!  I’ve kept many journals, with ideas, stories, concepts, characters, and simply my own personal thoughts on my day.  I am grateful for writing everything down, as you never know when inspiration will hit you!

For example, last Summer, we were living in our trailer at our campsite; I found myself in a laundry facility doing our weekly loads, when there it was – inspiration!  I’m grateful I had my journal with me!  I know I received quite a few looks from other people, as I was not participating with their conversations.  Instead, I was simply sitting down, in between loads, writing in my journal.  In doing so, I escaped to a place where I could no longer hear the thumping and rattling of the overloaded washing machines, or the humming of the dryers.  The laundry facility did not exist in this time of inspiration.

My ideas come to me, when I least expect it!  I used to feel panic when an idea would hit me, as I was putting pressure on myself to remember every detail until I could get home to write it down.  Hence the reason I now keep my journals with me at all times.

I still love the feeling of pen to paper!

I have boxes and boxes filled with all my ideas and thoughts; some have been turned into lyrics for music,  ideas for novels, and what I refer to as my, “mother-load” box, are my ideas for eventually diving into writing for film/television.  The one thing that I have accomplished, is controlling the panic.  Due to having my journals and writing things down as they come, the information is now safe and locked in!  They are just aging and becoming full bodied while I type them into my laptop.  No more panic!

Grab a journal and a pen, and WRITE!  Write down your thoughts, get it out!  You never know where your inspiration will come from; harness it when it makes its appearance!

Jacqueline Burke, Author – An Idea Comes When You Least Expect It!