My Blog Is Moving!

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I’ve been working hard to move all of my posts over to my brand new blog! Over the years as I have written at Colorful Glamour, I wanted a new name. Colorful Glamour just didn’t feel right. I toyed with Trendy Zen, Dana Buchmiller, Colorful Zen… but I just couldn’t find the right one. Then it came to me -Dana Maye! Maye is my middle name, it’s easy to spell, and it is gives a certain charm that I like. So, now you can follow me over here at Dana Maye!

Plus, I actually went ahead and bought the blog domain name, so I don’t have that annoying .wordpress.com at the end of my name. So, you can find me now at DanaMaye.com!

I hope you like the new look and feel of my website!

DanaMaye

Discovering My Passion

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Today is Day 2 of Alex Beadon’s Feel Good Blogging Challenge, and it is a fun topic. Basically, we are supposed to share the story of our passion. For me, this passion is writing my novel, Cry of the Amazon.

What’s My Story? Why Do I Do What I Do?

Basically, for me, this asks me why I am a writer. Well, I’ve been creating stories even before I could actually grip the pen in my hand –I had a very patient Mom. :) But as for why I decided to write about a group of women who take over the world, that’s a different story all together.

I first had the idea for Cry of the Amazon about 9 years ago. I was into the dystopian genre, and thought that a story about women taking over the world sounded really cool. So, I went to go look for it at the library… and online… and anywhere else that I could think of. But, I couldn’t find one! And somehow, on that same day, I came across this quote by Toni Morrison, that said:

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

These words really planted themselves inside me, and I knew that I need to write this book. It was my story to tell. That said, I put the idea away for a while, because I felt intimidated by the idea of writing an entire book. Write an essay? Sure, I could do that. Write a short story? I could do that too. But write a book? That just seemed impossible.

Then about 5 years later, the idea called to me as I tried to get my papers together for joining the Army. I was passionate about my country, and my ability to serve. And well, female empowerment really called to me at the time. Although I did not join the military for health reasons, I do believe my preparations for the Army got me back on track towards my goal. I started to develop this world of the Amazons. I began a basic plot outline. I bounced ideas off of my college roommates, and wrote a whole page. And then I shoved it in a drawer.

It wasn’t until I started to have some major health problems, and had to take a semester off from college, that I decided to buckle down and write my story. After all, I didn’t have much else to do with my time. So, I pulled my laptop in my lap, and began to write….and write… and write.

Now, after 3 years and 3.5 drafts, I have a full length novel… that I am still in the process of writing. It still a little messy, and needs some tweaking, but it has been worth every moment of my time. There’s something beautiful to feel words flow through my fingers as I write about the book of my dreams. And, when the words don’t flow, there’s still something amazing about gritting my teeth and pushing those words out anyway. I have connected to my creativity in a way that I never would have imagined.

Writing Cry of the Amazon really has been a blast in so many ways. It has been fun exploring a topic that I really haven’t heard of, and writing a book about it. While I’m still in the process of editing, I do hope to have it out next year. :)

Am I proud of graduating college? Yes, of course. But am I proud that I have written a book? Oh, yeah! I love being a writer, and I can’t think of anything more rewarding for me. That’s why it is my calling, my passion. :)

My Blog’s Focus!

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This picture was taken by me on 7.4.2014. :)

So, I’m doing a 7 Day Blog Challenge that can be found on alexbeadon.com. This challenge looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun! I was asked to answer 5 basic questions, so here they are along with my answers:

You can read my on my first post for Alex’s challenge, My Blog’s Focus, over at DanaBuchmiller.com!

I Dyed My Hair (With One ‘n Only Argan Color)!

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Today was a bad hair day. And when I mean bad hair, I mean “I’m ready to pull a Brittney and shave my head” bad hair day. My once red hair has lately been a brassy orange, which I have hated. So many people said, “But, oh, I love it!” Well, I didn’t. And since it’s my hair, and I have to live with it 24/7, I decided to do something about it. Thanks to my wonderful friend Jessica, my hair is now a much darker red, which looks natural, and actually complements my skin tone. Sigh. :) Here’s the before and after pictures, so you can see the difference, and why I’m so happy. :)

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And here’s the product I used: One ‘n Only Argan Oil Hair Color, in Light Tangerine Brown (5RG). I also used the One ‘N Only Argan Oil Hair Color Cream Developer (20 Volume). I bought them at Sally Beauty Supply, a store catering towards Professional Cosmetologists. I’m very happy with the results. My hair is soft and shiny, and I just love it. Now, as you can see in the picture below, the hair color it’s meant to be is a lot less red. Because my hair has natural red and gold highlights, that showed through the color. So, if you are a blond or brunette attempting to get this hair color, I would recommend a different hair color (maybe the Light Tangerine Blonde in 8RG). A helpful associate recommended the right level of developer, which was nice.

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And, Jessica dyed my hair for me! The stuff smells not so great, but that’s typical of hair dye. And my experience was much more pleasant My Experience With Henna. It was horrid trying to work with clumpy, goopy henna, which left my hair unevenly colored. with this stuff, it dyed perfectly even, though I had two levels of hair -previously treated, and a new layer of virgin hair. This product gets a 5 out of 5!