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    NaNoWriMo

    It’s been a bit since we’ve been over here! Life kind of happens that way sometimes! We do well and take charge and get things accomplished some days and other days, we’re doing well to keep our heads above water. Lately, at least for me, it’s been the latter. Busy at work. Busy at home. Lots of stress. And so, why, do you ask, would I want to take on the added stress of attempting 50,000 words of writing in a month? I think there’s something about the discipline that I need. I am not good at finishing things when they’re open-ended. If I have nothing forcing me to finish,…

  • On Writing

    Questions and more questions

    We’re way overdue for a new post over here. It’s been a busy several weeks, and I’m feeling as if I need to do something writing-esque this evening, but not feeling up to starting the new chapter I need to begin. So I did some searching and found this list of questions to ask writers instead! Not all of them apply (not being a published author), but I thought I’d answer the ones that do. If you want to weigh in on some of the questions yourself, feel free! What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? I’m not certain what is meant by a “literary pilgrimage”, but I am going…

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    Nostalgia 101

    Even though there is the sadness of having to get up for work tomorrow, I am growing to appreciate Sundays. I get to relax, catch up on some things I haven’t had much time for during the week and let my mind wind down after a crazy week. I can see why God gave the command to have a day of rest. After a mad comment posting spree (hi everyone!), I was thinking about some of the old things that Jix used to have around at the beginning, and I was remembering fondly those old blogathons. Raising money for charity by writing a story over 24 hours. While I don’t…

  • On Writing

    Plot vs. Characterization

    It’s an age-old war. Is it crucial to get the plot points right? To get the action from Point A to B to C in a way that is exciting and dynamic and interesting? Or is it more crucial for the reader to care about the characters? Does a book get too plodding and slow if you spend time meandering with the characters in it? I’m a person who loves a good plot. Primarily, my favorite type of fiction is the very intricate mystery/crime fiction that has so many twists and turns that you can’t see the ending coming. Trying to put the pieces together is so fascinating to me.…

  • On Life,  On Writing

    It’s all about me.

    I started off this post a while back, and my life has kind of exploded. I am on my summer hours (no Friday work!) and so I can stay up later tonight (no 10 pm bedtime! Hurrah!). So I thought I’d take time to rework this post to be more than something I just slapdashed together So, it’s a little before 10:30. I had looked at my writing places, trying to figure out something I was in the mood to write. And finally, I just decided that the muses weren’t cooperating and that I was just going to sign off of all the distractable Internet places and go to bed.…

  • 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.…