I am not lost…

April 1, 2018

April Fools…?

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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…

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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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May 1, 2017

May Day, Mayday!

So yeah, you may notice this is going up late. Apologies, it’s been…a time.

Here’s the state of the Rion:

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April 24, 2017

The Revolution Begins

There was a period in my life where I’m not sure I thought this day was ever going to come. Granted, the day I’m referring to isn’t until tomorrow, but still. I’ve been a writer in one form or another since I was in…what, first or second grade? I got “serious” about it when I was about 11, writing fanfiction with my cousin for Pokémon. In the next few years after that, I found various message-board roleplaying games, usually connected to anime I was watching. I found friends there who pushed me to write more, better, faster. I wrote piecemeal with friends once I got into middle school and high school. Some of my friends from back then have given me whole inspirations for books, and even though we don’t talk anymore, I can never repay them for that.

In college I met another close friend who pushed me further, into new territories, helped me be comfortable with myself as well as my writing. I found NaNoWriMo, and the community therein. I changed my major. I went to graduate school. I became a Municipal Liaison for NaNo.

And tomorrow, my 2009 NaNoWriMo book will become reality–published for the world to see.

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