I am not lost…

July 20, 2017

Death of an Inspiration

This is going to be a weird topic for me to come briefly out of hiatus for, but the more I thought about it, the more I needed to get my thoughts out in a coherent way on the topic. I’ve just seen the news that Chester Bennington, the lead vocalist for Linkin Park, has committed suicide by hanging.

We lost Chris Cornell in much the same way, not too long ago. About 2 years back now, I wrote about one of the members of the YouTube group Cyndago, Daniel Kyre, dying in the same fashion. Robin Williams…I mean, the list goes on. And as much as all of these have affected me in some way, Chester’s death affects me as a writer.

Bear with me.

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May 15, 2017

Learning About Myself

Being unemployed gives me a good chunk of time to look at myself and how I work, because in all technicality, it puts me in the situation I want to be in. Able to devote all my time to writing and other such endeavors, able to focus only on what I want to focus on, all the time in the best part of the day to go walking…

Of course, what it usually turns into is hours of me staring at Youtube, occasionally playing some video games, and then writing for about half an hour each night so that I don’t lose my streak on 4thewords. Not exactly productive.

So what exactly is it that puts me here, instead of where I want to be? Can I get better at it?

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January 16, 2017

What’s Next?

I always seem to run into the same problem right about now. I’ve essentially recovered from the chaos and madness of November, had all of the holidays to rest, and now I’m ready to get back on track–not only with stuff like my eating, but also my writing. I want to have a new project, something to be excited by, something to really delve myself into.

And I have no idea what to write.
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November 8, 2016

True to Form…

…here I am, a week later than intended. Oops?

You all know how bad it can get during NaNoWriMo. I suddenly looked at my calendar while I was filling in my bullet journal and went “…oh. Right. Blog posts. Oops.”

For the first 4 days of November, I was either entirely focused on writing, or I was visiting friends…and being mostly focused on writing. (We’re all Wrimos, so it works out nicely.) But it does mean that my blog slipped through a crack. So here’s an update for you all.

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September 26, 2016

Trying to Plan for the Future

Well, it’s almost October, which means you know what’s coming.

braceyourselves

I will never apologize for that. Every year, this is what I think of. I am unrepentant.

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September 19, 2016

Keeping Organized

I posted about using a bullet journal recently, and I figured I’d update you on how it’s been going. I don’t have any shiny pictures, but that’s more because there’s still a bunch of personal stuff on the pages that y’all don’t need to see.

Next time I set up a weekly page or so, I’ll take some pictures and let you see how I’m going. But this is how I’m actually doing using it! Let’s chat.

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September 2, 2016

Finding a Method for My Madness

I’ve always liked the idea of a day planner, but I’ve never been very good at keeping one. Even when I was in high school and they gave you one every year to track your assignments, I did the bare minimum with it, and always wanted to do more and didn’t manage to do it. I had friends who tracked everything in their life through agendas and journals, and I was always jealous of their organized ability. And while this particular method has been floating around me for a while now, I never really looked into it. After all, journals, diaries, agendas…all of those never worked well for me.

But the bullet journal might just prove itself useful.

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August 22, 2016

Chasing the Elusive “Idea”

So in my quest to be a more-published author, I routinely wander off and look for places accepting submissions. I’m not fantastic at short stories, but I’ve gotten a bit better and it’s easier to find places accepting those than trying to find somewhere your little niche book will fit in. But here is the trouble I’ve run into. Generally when I write, I’m writing whatever happens to inspire me at the moment. Elves, rockstars, British dudes…whatever the case may be, I just write about that.

So how, even when you find an interesting prompt to submit to, do you come up with an idea?

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August 15, 2016

Background Music

(Author’s note: I’m writing this just before I leave on my weekend trip, and I’m on very little sleep and only have half of an idea of what I was thinking when I started this post. Sorry if it loses focus!)

One of the more commonly asked questions I see floating around the writing community is “what do you listen to while you’re writing?” There’s always a huge variety of answers–perhaps unsurprisingly–and it’s a question I’ve usually always had the same answer to: “something without lyrics.” As a singer, lyrics distract me; I start singing and then I’m writing lyrics instead of my own words, and before long all I have is a transcript of Hamilton.

Which is a great show (which I’m only just now learning), but not really my books.

So what happens when all of a sudden…I have a character who won’t talk to me while I listen to my usual music?

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August 8, 2016

When the Words Won’t Come

I know I’ve talked about writing through depression before, but I’m not sure I’ve talked much about what we’d all consider “writer’s block.” I can’t remember; I know I’ve talked about it somewhere, and it was probably here, but HEY LET’S DO IT AGAIN.

That feeds into what I’m talking about anyway. I can make it work.

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