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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 – 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 – 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!

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Jacqueline Burke, Author – I Have A Lot To Say!

I’ve always been a great listener; a quality I am proud of!  I’ve found over the years, I’ve been known for being that person to go to when someone needs to unload their thoughts without being judged.  Something I’m very proud of, but I’m also craving for my voice to be heard!  I have a lot to say!

I do not regret helping others in their time of need, and in fact I enjoy helping others.  I also want to help myself.  A reason for writing!

My mind is full of creative projects, which stem from all that I want to say and all I’ve ever wanted to say.  I pour my heart out in my writing, I solve all my problems in my writing, and I heal in my writing.  I have given myself the gift of communication in my writing and I will never regret following my dream of becoming a writer.  Writing has cleared my path to be able to express myself!

I have an endless amount of projects that will be released in the near future; some still need to age like a fine wine, but I’m comforted knowing they are still there gaining strength!

If you are struggling to be heard – WRITE!  Your heart can be heard if you do not have someone who will listen!  By writing all your thoughts down on paper, or by typing them into your laptop, you are unloading all you need to say.  Writing is an outlet to heal your mind.  There is no reason to continue to lock up all your thoughts in your mind; there is only so much storage space in there; release and feel the calming it will bring to your life.

I encourage everyone to dabble in writing your thoughts out, if anything, it is quite liberating to say all that you need to say!  Open that bottle and let it pour out!

Jacqueline Burke, Author – I Have A Lot To Say!

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Jacqueline Burke, Author – A Passion For Writing

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a creative mind.  I went through stages in my life, feeling as though I was not worthy of a writing career.  It wasn’t so much about my ability to write, it was more about intimidation.  I knew I had it in me, but was I good enough?  Yes!  It was just a matter of sorting through all my creativity and a matter of time!  Putting it all into perspective!

As we all know, things do not happen overnight!  Boy isn’t that the truth!  We may have to wait, days, months, and even years, but eventually if we stay true to our passion for writing, then it will eventually all fall into place.

This mindset is true for anything you may feel extremely passionate about; a hobby, a sport, a goal, or a career, but the reality of it all is that great things are worth waiting for.  Timing, growth, and finding peace in your passion is key!

My passion for writing has no limits; I find I can write fiction, non-fiction, music and even handbooks – I’ve harnessed it all and to be honest, by doing so has brought complete fulfillment to my life.

I want you all to know, all great passions in your life are possible with dedication.  If you do not put any pressure on yourself to accomplish your passions, then you are eliminating frustration.  Live each day with passion in your heart, focus on your passions daily (even if you are just thinking about them), and stay true to what is driving you in your heart!  You will accomplish everything you set out to do without pressure; enjoy each day just knowing you have a passion in your life.

Jacqueline Burke, Author – A Passion For Writing!

 

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Jacqueline Burke, Author – Writing Music

This morning, with the temperature outside being – 37 degrees, I decided to keep my warm pj’s on, bundle up on the couch, and go through my binders of writing projects I had from many years ago.

One binder, which stood out, had all my song lyrics in it – now that was a walk down memory lane.

20 years ago, I found myself working at a Radio Station as an Executive Assistant!  I will admit, it was probably the best job to harness my creativity; after all, I was surrounded by it all day long!

One day, I was having a great conversation with my boss, who I now refer to as my mentor.  We were talking about a certain presentation I was creating for his upcoming meeting, when he asked me about my own creative dreams.  What boss takes the time to ask their employee this question?  I was shocked and thrilled at the same time; he was taking interest in my creative mind.

As I began to describe my dreams with creativity, he said to me, “okay Jacqueline, you have 15 minutes.  Write as many songs as you can!  I’d love to see where your mind is at!”  At that moment, there wasn’t anything that could have happened that would have taken the smile off my face!

I wrote 8 songs in 15 minutes!  I know, hard to believe, but it happened!  It just poured out of me uncontrollably!  I will never forget the look on his face, when I ran into his office with tears in my eyes, as I presented him with these 8 songs!  Aside from the birth of my daughter, I never cried so much with Joy!  My creativity was being read, was being taken seriously, and was enjoyed!

In that split second, my mentor taught me just how important it is to get your creativity out!  Not only is it healing, but it is rejuvenating!  The light came on!  I continued writing!

Since that day, I make sure I write and write, even if it makes no sense at all; at least I’m getting all my thoughts out on paper.  A complete gift!

Here I am 20 years later, and I’ve reread all those song lyrics, and all I can hear is my mentor saying, “you have 15 minutes”.   In honor of my mentor, and in honor of the gift he gave me, I will be writing a new song.

The Title:  You Have 15 Minutes

Jacqueline Burke, Author – Writing Music!