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September 15, 2018

Vacation? Never Heard Of It…

Filed under: General,Personal — R @ 10:41 pm
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So every once in a while someone inevitably asks me something about vacation. Either they ask when the last time I took a vacation was, or we’re talking about theirs and I comment that I’m jealous, or something. But somewhere along the line, it turns into a question of why I don’t take vacations.

And here’s the honest answer: I can’t.

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August 13, 2018

*crickets*

Filed under: General — R @ 10:07 pm
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Hey there, everyone. Remember me? I used to write things and then I vanished off the face of the Earth.

Yeah, me. Hi!

I don’t really have a good answer for why I’ve been gone, other than I left real life get in the way and never managed to make time for the blog again. In my attempt to get back into the saddle of anything remotely looking like a professional writing life again, I’m buckling down on my writing again, and my reading again–which means book reviews! My hope is that I can start back up slowly with my weekly book reviews again, and then get back into the swing of the other things I was doing.

I appreciate anyone who’s still around and reading. Y’all are the best.

I’ve got a review for you this Wednesday, and in classic Rion fashion, it’s me ripping something to shreds and tossing them at fires. (It’s so uncommon for me to dislike a book this much, so when I do, I’ve gotta go at it with gusto.)

In any event, here’s hoping we’ll all see each other more often, yeah?

Until then. 🙂

-r

April 1, 2018

April Fools…?

Filed under: General — R @ 9:49 pm
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You’d almost think me showing up here and saying that I was going to start writing to write more regularly again would be an April Fool’s joke, but I promise I don’t intend for it to be.

I don’t really have a good excuse. I’ve been lost in games and YouTube and a thousand other places. I haven’t been reading. I haven’t been writing. I haven’t been doing my YouTube videos. I haven’t been doing anything. I’ve been sitting and watching the same videos over and over again because that’s what my brain feels like it can handle. And I’ve spent each month saying “Okay, now this is the time you’re going to change.” And then every month, it’s not.

I want this month to be the one.

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January 16, 2018

It’s Going to be Okay

Getting back into a habit of anything is hard. You’d think I would have learned this lesson by now, but alas, here I sit with absolutely nothing accomplished of attempting to get back into the swing of things.

I have my bullet journal all started, but I haven’t touched it in days. I want to get it back up and running. I have a habit tracker in it, but that’s a disaster and a half. I did at least get my gym clothes washed, so I might stand a chance of going and working out tomorrow, but who really knows what tomorrow brings.

At least I’m writing now, eh? Not like I’ve done that consistently either…

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January 4, 2018

Long Time No See…

Filed under: General — R @ 5:00 pm
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Been a while, hasn’t it?

Man, the end (or you know, the totality) of 2017 was a bit of a nightmare. I’ve completely fallen off the horse in a lot of ways, both online and offline. And as is so commonly the case, I’m going to try and take the start of 2018 to rebook myself. So here’s what’s been going on, and what I’m hoping to do in the future.

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September 4, 2017

So About That Reading Challenge…

So I’ve found a bunch of lists that have Ideas For Blog Posts (for us people who can’t come up with enough things to talk about) and I was going back through my old posts to make sure I didn’t repeat any topics–or at least if I did, they were topics I hadn’t talked about in a while. It was there that I came across my post from earlier this year, talking about not making excuses about not having enough time, and how sure I was that I was going to reach my Goodreads goal of 75 books this year.

So I looked at my Goodreads challenge list, and as of today I’ve read thirty-five books, and am considered 14 books behind. …oops?

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June 19, 2017

I Write Books to Conquer This World

So as a general rule, I’ve always considered that quality is worth more than quantity in the writing world. If you have a hundred books out but all of them tell the exact same story and are garbage, then I don’t care that you might have fifty best-sellers. But take authors like Harper Lee, who only have one book in the world (because no matter what anyone tries to say, WATCHMAN is just a first draft of MOCKINGBIRD) and that book is amazing. However, I’ve found more and more that I seem to be in the minority on that opinion. There are plenty of people out there who say that they key to being successful is to simply put out more and more and more work, as much as you possibly can, and stop worrying about being good.

I’m not sure I agree with this sentiment, but I came across this article, and I think it says it the way I see it…without realizing that it’s saying it.

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June 5, 2017

You Missed It, The Point Was About Three Miles Back

So if you’ve been here for any stretch of time, you’ll know that I have a very strong connection to and love of the National Novel Writing Month. (NaNoWriMo, for short.) While I love NaNo and think it’s a wonderful tool for writers, I know that it’s not necessarily for everyone. Some people don’t work well under those conditions, November’s not a good month for them, I don’t know. There are a million reasons why you might not like NaNo.

But what continues to frustrate me is when I see people say “I don’t like NaNo because of these reasons” and they are explicitly reasons that are literally the POINT of doing Nano.

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May 29, 2017

Lessons in What Not to Say

As an indie author, I’m finding myself relying back on some of the earliest pleas I had as a writer: “Please leave a review if you liked the story!” This shows up constantly in fanfiction, because much like in traditional fiction, reviews can make or break an author. Archive of Our Own, a more recent and lovely fanfiction site, adds to this the concept of “kudos,” which is essentially the same as a Facebook like.

The more kudos, the more likes, the more likely someone is going to check out your story. The more popular your story looks, the more likely someone will look at it and say, “hey, maybe that author’s got a handle on these characters. I’ll try that one.”

Sound familiar?

So I don’t mind people asking about reviews and whatnot. I’m a book blogger in addition to my writing life. But I got a request recently that really knocked me off my stride. Authors, bloggers, whoever: here’s a look at what not to do.

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May 22, 2017

The Trouble With Submissions

So I know I’ve touched on submissions before, and how one gets ideas for them. It’s easy to surf around and say “oh hey, here are nine thousand places looking for stories that sound interesting; LET’S GO!” but it’s less easy to actually write them.

Now here’s my usual problem.

Length.

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