I am not lost…

December 29, 2015


Filed under: General Blog,Personal — R @ 11:06 pm
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Hey guys…*slinks in*

Sorry for the massive silence! I’m hoping to have a video up sometime in the next few days as well around my work schedule, but I totally allowed my work to eat me alive.

In October I started working at a café, and I haven’t worked a job with those kind of schedules in a long time – not consistent hours, spending hours on my feet, all that jazz. It left me worn out, and I was never around during the hours I like to record. (Especially since I haven’t gotten any decent lighting yet.) The videos fell by the wayside – as did any reading/writing.

And then November happened. I think I at least checked in a few times in November to say how NaNoWriMo was going (I did reach 50k, despite all my fears that I wouldn’t) but needless to say I wasn’t doing much else beside working and trying to write.

By December, I was totally worn out. I got a little more reading done, but I still wasn’t writing much. But I had to do a bunch of related work–because December 11th was my MFA thesis defense. That took up all my energy between the end of November and then, and by the time I was done, I was in full preparation for Christmas.

And now here we sit, at the end of December and almost in the New Year, and I’m finally feeling like I’ve hit a stride. It helps that I got a Kindle HD for Christmas, and then we had two car rides to and from Pittsburgh for me to read many a book on. (Finally got through the second Song of Ice and Fire book, at long freaking last.) I’m about 3 books away from my Goodreads reading goal, something I never expected to reach once I fell so behind this summer, and I’m determined to get some reviews up now that January is on my heels. I have a whole list of books I’ve read and need to review, and with luck, I’ll have one up either later this week or next week–on Wednesday, like they always used to be. Since I actually have the review written, this shouldn’t get delayed like everything else I “promise” you. *sigh*

I have some ideas for 2016, things I’ve been tossing around for probably 3 years now in some cases, and with luck I’ll be able to pull them off. Now that I’ve got my degree, it’s time to buckle down and be a professional, yeah?

Man. When did I get to be some kind of adult thing? I’m not sure I approve.

In any event, with luck, you’ll be seeing more of me soon. Thanks for hanging in, and I’ll see you in the next post.



July 16, 2015

I Haven’t Shot a Gun in Thirty Years… (Or Fifty-Five)

So if you live in a portion of the Internet that talks about books (and if you don’t, how on Earth did you find my blog?) then you probably know that GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee was released recently. The story is set in Scout’s future: everyone is older, the world is different, Scout (now Jean Louise) is trying to live an adult life. I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet (I will, no worries) but I’ve seen article after article about one particular topic. It’s one dear to my heart. And if you follow me on Facebook, you know it’s something I’ve already spoken about.

So let’s talk about Atticus Finch.


June 18, 2015

Vlogs and the Video World

I’m not sure if I’ve touched on this before, but since I wrote two blogs last week and almost forgot to write one this week because of it, I suppose I need to say SOMETHING! Ahem. So let’s talk about something I’ve been wondering about for a while.


March 31, 2015

Schedules and Writing and Videos…?

Good afternoon, my faithful blog followers. I appreciate anyone reading this, since it means that you’ve stuck around even when I’ve got dark. Thanks so much! Here’s the scoop:

I want to try and start writing in here consistently again. I’ve been watching my friend and fellow writer Denise Drespling’s videos on YouTube lately and seeing her blogs, and it makes me want to be a part of that world again. (Don’t know who Denise is? For shame! Check out her blog here and/or her YouTube here.) So if I’m going to get back into this, it means getting back on this blog and poking at my keyboard for a while and hopefully spelling out words to go to you. I have books to read and review, and probably topics to talk about! Why am I not blogging?!

Well, if you’ve followed me long enough, you probably know why. (Spoilers: depression kills motivation. So much. So so much.) My hopeful plan is below the cut.


October 22, 2014

I’ve Got Some Books On My Shelf…

…and I’d like to wipe them out.

Yes, you heard me. I want these books off of my shelf. I want the whole shelf to be empty. I want all the books gone.


October 7, 2014

Changes to the Schedule

Filed under: General,General Blog — R @ 12:00 pm
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Hey everyone, I’m so sorry that I went dark for the past week. As I bet you can guess, it’s been hard ever since the move for me to figure out where my head is. Some of my health issues are coming back in force (I’ve never made much of a secret with my depression, and anti-depressants are such a game to find the right one…) and I haven’t been able to find the time I’ve wanted in order to find my way back into my blogging habits. And the longer I’ve been working on this, one thing’s become clear.

At least for now, there’s no way I can keep up with the one-blog-a-day-all-week schedule.


August 21, 2014

Blog Hop Stop: Here Off the Beaten Path

Well, I don’t quite have the accolades that my dear friend Amanda over at The Spotted Writer has, but I’ve been dutifully plugging away at this blog consistently since January of 2013, and off and on since 2008. I have no awards save my NaNoWriMo winner sheets, and haven’t done much in the way of surveys to let people know who I am. (Though I do hope the type of thing I talk about has given you some insight! Maybe I should work on that…) But since Amanda gave me such an amazing shoutout on her blog (goodness, I’m blushing) I felt I should tag along off of her Blog Hop and write about my process.


August 15, 2014

Serial Update: Chapter 3!

Friday means fiction, so go check out Chapter 3 of my serial Quest to Karantiri here!

All three chapters are right on my website, so don’t worry if you haven’t read it before. You can catch up, and then follow along every Friday as I post new chapters!

I’m exceptionally excited to keep sharing this with you; feel free to leave me comments either here or on the main page on my website. Please, share the story with your friends if you like it! Word of mouth is still the best marketing we have. Thanks so much!

I’ve also decided to take a leaf out of my friend Amanda’s book (go check out here awesome writing here) and post a nice picture on Fridays, just for fun. She often posts photos of her Bengal kitty, Nyla, and since I’m a photographer with three cats running around the house, I figure I can share a few with you as well. So below the cut are the kitties in Writers’ Roost.


August 14, 2014

How to Quit Your Job and Make Millions as an Indie Author

Because it’s just that simple.


August 7, 2014

Failure, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Process

Anyone? C’mon, someone tell me they get the title. Please?

*ahem* In any event. So this past month was the second summer session for Camp NaNoWriMo. As you all may know, I’m a huge supporter and fan of the November NaNo proper, and have served as an ML for two years now. However, my endeavors to dive into a cabin with some other campers and write in the summer?

Well…let’s just say I’m not in the winner’s tent this time around.


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