• On Writing

    Transmedia

    I’m an idea girl. I get tons of ideas for stories and creative works all the time. I don’t think I’ll ever have enough time to get to them all. Maybe in Heaven someday. 🙂 At any rate, one of the reasons I don’t have as much time as I could have is because I tend to find these independent YouTube series and then I binge watch them. One of the more famous of these is Lizzie Bennet’s Diaries, which is a vlog, updated for the current century, based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The one I just finished binging on is called The Moonstone, which is based on…

  • On Writing

    Whatcha writin’?

    Now that I blasted through catching up on comments (you know you all miss me doing that…*G*), I thought I’d find out what everyone’s working on. Hey! Even if you just have some ideas or goals! Share ’em with us. Maybe we can help brainstorm and develop them into something you’re enthusiastic on digging into! As for me, I just finished a chapter of the Hart mystery, and I’ve roughly plotted out the next 2-3 chapters. And I have most of the first scene done of part 3 of my auction story for Jenn (which is tremendously overdue. *sigh*). I’m trying to alternate between those two so that I eventually…

  • On Writing

    Deep Work

    I was surfing the Internet (which I spend far too much time doing) and I was looking up articles like “mental fatigue” and “brain fog”, just seeing if there were methods that people use to combat this feeling of just being mentally tired all the time. And I found an article about 10 Things Brain Fog Might Be Telling You. (Tells you how much brain fog I have that I couldn’t concentrate long enough to read the article to get through all ten items.) But one thing jumped out at me. The author talked about the concept of Deep Work. I’d never heard of this before, and thought it sounded…

  • On Life,  On Writing

    Blowing the Fumes Away of Exhaustion to Find the Calling Underneath it All

    I finished my “have-to”s around 7:30 tonight, and I came upstairs to sit at the computer, which is what I do most nights that I don’t have other things on my plate. I had put off doing bills and finishing my brother’s March guardian expense report this weekend, so that’s what I did yesterday. Forced myself, that is, because I really didn’t feel like it, but it needed to be done. I tried reading a few articles on productivity to inspire myself. I opened my 85% done chapter of Hart, which needs some reworking on a scene or two and the writing of another scene or two to be finished.…

  • On Writing

    Description (noun): a spoken or written representation or account of a person, object or event

    Let me start out by saying that I loathe writing description. With the passion of a thousand hot suns. Or perhaps the fiery burning fury of a formerly quiet toddler whose favorite toy has been yanked away by another child yelling, “Mine!” I can write an entire scene of a story with the characters being in a vacuum, unmoored from time and place. And if I go back into the story to try to add description, I try to find things the character can be doing. Picking up a glass, fiddling with something, playing with their hair…to the point where it becomes more of a tick and distracting to the…

  • On Writing

    Words, words, words

    I fight to write. Can’t put words to paper. So tired. Words swim on the page. Barraged with words, never ending words. Posting. Tweeting. Facebooking. Instagramming. Googling. Cutting, biting words replaying in my head and in my heart wearing damaged tracks in my brain and my soul. Need to find a way to counterbalance. To find the silence. The place between words. What does the silence say? What writing comes out in the silent spaces between the words?

  • On Writing

    Deadlines

    They seem to be ever around us, don’t they? Looming with all their pressure and stress. Get the presentation prepared before the meeting on Friday. Gotta have that volcano ready for the kid’s school trip to the science fair on Monday. Deadlines for government forms. Deadlines for turning in applications. Deadlines for just about everything you can think of. Even for writers doing writing. I don’t know about you, but I actually do better with deadlines. I’m a person who does well within a set structure. I like having a job to go to, a commute that stays roughly the same, and plans for my day. I am not what…

  • On Writing

    Procrastination

    We talk about synchronicities here, and it’s easy to see them in all sorts of places when you’re looking, but I have to say that God has been trying to tell me something today. So, first, I stumbled onto this article earlier this morning, and I thought, “Oh! That’s a good topic to write about!” And then I scribbled the thought down on a Post-It at work and didn’t think much else about it. When I was sitting on my couch at home after a long day and my eyes were starting to droop, I thought, “Oh, I’ll just write something tomorrow.” And then I saw this: And, well? LOL!…

  • On Writing

    Practicing Kaizen

    I’ve always had a bit of dichotomy in my life. I generally look and see the big picture. If you apply it to writing, I usually visualize how the whole thing is going to end up. I have the ending set before I even start, and I can see how things all play out. I have always done well in identifying patterns and seeing how the hidden plays into the obvious. Conversely, I am someone who can get mired in minutiae. I’ve been known to spend hours poring over statistics. I can find unimportant spelling and grammar mistakes in other people’s work and have always done exceptionally well on clerical…

  • On Writing

    Writing Time

    Every writer has issues of some sort. I don’t know any authors who find coming to the piece of paper (figurative or otherwise) with brilliant thoughts every day easy and who never find the writing process difficult. I don’t think that ever happens. And of course, that’s similar to any other profession. Every profession has its issues and restrictions and problems that have to be overcome to achieve what it is you’re looking to achieve. A manager has to deal with problem employees or problems between employees. A cashier has to deal with rude customers or a cash register that doesn’t give the right results. A gardener has to deal…