Monday, December 26, 2016
Well, that's about all I have to say for now. Hope I'll be able to post more on my blog and/or finish my current chapter- IV: A Very Muddled History Revealed, but there you have it- my current winter update.
So long and hope everyone's having a good safe winter! And just in case I don't get the chance to say it later, have a great new year!
Monday, December 12, 2016
Also, in further news, while I have since completed the previous chapter IV, I have not yet posted it as I'm working out some copyright kinks as to how posting my chapters should go. Will keep ya'll posted as to how this is going to work out; hopefully I'll get things squared away soon(ish) so that way I can start posting my completed chapters as I go. But that must come in due time, I suppose. Still, I'll try to get a good run at this issue soon enough.
Well, I believe that's all I've got to say for now, thus on that note, happy 12/12 everyone!
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Fortunately that's why I've created the teaser chapters blog.
Now I know I said I'd put up chapters II and III, but I'm thinking instead I might just skip right into chapter IV as it's been harder to work through this one, and I want to make sure it flows smoothly. Plus copyrights are an issue, and I fear that if I just go ahead and post my entire book to the blog, I could wind up having some issues to work around.
So on that note I'm going to go right back to it. And remember, keep an eye out for Ch.IV- it's almost done!
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
If you read my previous post ("Another Post?!") you will see that I have been avoiding posting stuff. I thought when I wrote it that my lack of writing on this blog was a result of my active social and digital world/life[style]. I truly thought that I was just so absorbed in my book I just didn't have time.
You may also have noticed there has been an increasingly large gap between some of my posts, i.e. between "Flop" and "Freeze Frame", or "Freeze Frame" and "Another Post?!". That is a direct result of me deleting (yes, deleting) two posts I have recognized as unwarranted and unsolicited personal opinions that had no right making it onto the 'big page' (the home page, rather). And It was the guilt of writing and posting these and also taking them down that has dragged me into a pit of guilt, birthing the need to get away from my blog. Or rather, run straight from it. No more. Now I'm confronting it, as I should have in the beginning. And, as my first apology in the pleathera of apologies to follow in this post, I'm sorry.
While I'm proud of myself for the things I've written, there were two posts recently that I added, and in poor taste, I should add; one of which was politically based, and the other religiously/lgbtq-based. If you saw these blog-posts, you may know what I'm talking about. And if you saw these blog posts, I expect that you may be confused, angry, hurt, maybe all of the above. Maybe you felt none of that. Either way, no matter how you may or may not have felt, I am here to correct my very massive error/s. And if you haven't read them and this is the first time you're hearing of these posts, that is probably for the best, and yet I'm still sorry because whether you saw them or not, my mistakes should not be kept hidden, thus I encourage you to keep reading.
Now! Before I continue on, I want to say that I'm not sorry for taking the action to write either post. At the time they felt important to get out.
One I should mention I kept, adding it to a different but connected blog. The other I deleted entirely as it was rude, demeaning, and not in the least bit appropriate. But I would still like to say a few things about these two posts, and their unwarranted natures along with their very public exposures:
First off, I'm honestly sorry for putting these on such a prominent display as this is NOT what my blog is for- voicing loudly my own opinions on such a display one can't turn away from it. No. That is why I have a separate section for this type of thing. My home blog is for useful/entertainment purposes only. To peruse any outside links that I've found useful- and that are most STRICTLY writing based. I lost sight of that, and for that I'm sorry. I can't believe I lost myself and my writing necessities to my own perhaps personal "vendettas". Granted while this may not be an entirely accurate way of labeling these two posts, it is as accurate as I can get right now, and not entirely wrong, either. So, then, perhaps "vendetta" is the exact word I'm looking for.
On that note, the second part of my apology is this: my "political" post was just unwarranted. Reading it for a second time around, I found it to be rude, disruptive, and just plain callous, above many many other things. I had no right to rant in such an awful way, and I want anyone to know that if I've offended you, you were rightfully offended. It was not an even remotely decent so-called 'letter' that I put up and hate is NOT okay. ESPECIALLY not on such a site aiming to be professional. That is just plain wrong, and for so many reasons, reasons that I will hopefully be able to touch on in this single sitting. As a means of showing my condolences, I have taken down this 'letter' as I do NOT believe in posting such overt political statements. I don't want these to become direct reflections for my writing blog, thus I feel it is my duty to make things right- hence the removal of my poli-rant-letter. As for the other post, I wrote it specifically for a class and this made it available to all whom want to read it.
However! Despite all this I should note that I did not change my opinion of things- only my heart. I hope now it will come from a place of love and compassion (and yes, very obvious fear) than the awful, vile ranting it once was. It was inexcusable and I am truly, sincerely sorry. I do not want to lose my friends over something like politics, and I especially do NOT want people to feel as if I am turning them away. That is NOT okay! I love you all, honestly. Strangers, you are now my friends. Friends, you are now my family. And family, you are now my blood. It is that simple to me. I hope it can be the same for all of you as well. And you know who ya'll are.
Third: I want everyone to know that the personal log ("iLog #1") was NOT meant to offend any single person, and certainly not meant to target religion. It was meant to be a compare and contrast piece between two very and vastly different organizations. And while I haven't received any feed back yet (for either post, I should add), I still feel it important to say this now than before I have an influx of emails. Which I am more than welcome to receive, for better or for worse. I just wanted to make clear before the iLog post goes up again, this time as a separate entity of what my goals were (and still are).
Finally, I want to conclude this apology by making clear that I am not apologizing for what I think, or believe, or even how I feel about politics, or religion, and let's throw in just generic things to the list just in case. These are far too personal for me to shrug away and say "sorry" for. It would not be sincere, even so. Instead I am apologizing for how I have handled things on my blog- it was not well thought out in the slightest. In fact, both posts were completely reactionary- based solely on my raging thoughts and blind emotions at the time. I cannot promise it won't happen again (only because I am so awfully and disgustingly human and I make so many stupid errors it's ridiculous). But I promise with every fiber of my being that I am going to do everything in my power to avoid doing this in the future, and expect that if I slip, I will take drastic measures in correcting the issue. Even if that means going completely offline (like I said I was going to do in my poli-rant, and quite frankly I should have taken myself up on it).
Alas everyone, I am so sorry for being inappropriate, crass, and hurtful.
I truly love you all <3
Thank you, and with all sincerity-
p.s.: You can view the so-called "iLog post" if you so wish @http://ilogkeepers.blogspot.com/
On another note, I just started chapter four of my book, though I won't lie: It's coming roughly along. Sometimes writing certain scenes is just meant to be filler. But then I ask myself: What's the point of filler crap? After all, if it's boring ME, it's certainly going to bore you, dear readers. Though I believe this chapter is about to serve a purpose.... Guess I'll find out when I'm done and get to post it on my Changing Kathryn blog site. And SPEAKING of...! Check out Ch.2 coming soon to the teaser chapters blog! Can't wait to hear what ya'll got to say, good or bad :D
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Good lords i'm tired.
i have to et osmething to eat I think.
ps.: i'm sor tired i'm starting to go all crossey-eyed trying to stya awake....I NEED TO WAKEY THE EHLL UP (tho this may not be possible....oh, and hwo goode is it hatt i'm starting to want to laguht? - entirely uncontrolably mind you........)
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Now, if you are familiar with my blog, you might have seen what's below from "Requesting All Readers". If not, then here's the deal: If you're just reading this to read it, that's fine. But in the way of critiquing, if you so wish to do so but have never done this before, here are a few ideas for what to comment on:
- Legibility (hard to read/understand v. easy to read/understand)
- Likability (hated it v. loved it)
- and please explain WHY (instead of "I hated this" explain "I hated this because..." - if you can't think of anything super explicit, still give as best a reason as you can)
- Things to elaborate on
- Things I should detract from
- Things to delete
- Things I should add
- Whatever else you wish to focus on
Monday, October 31, 2016
It's been a great week/end and I'm so glad that I got to celebrate in this city, where apparently Halloween is a really big fucking deal. Even got extra credit for dressing up (and in a class I really need it for. I'd explain why, but it'd totally ruin my good mood.)
Well, on that note, I'm going t get writing my book, perfect for finishing up the last two hours of this "spooktacular" night, and then I'm going to watch some Supernatural and some Dark Matter and iZombie. Wait, no. Crap. I forgot I finished that show...and it only took me a week to blow through it. Damn you, Netflix and your amazing-as-balls shows! Granted I could always start it back from the beginning.
There's a lot of other news I'd mention, but now's probably not the time. I just came home from a party and my brain's a bit dysfunctional right now ;)
So that's that. Good night, love ya'll, and I'll write in the morning on a fresh new month :D
Hope everyone had a great happy ending for October.
Monday, October 24, 2016
With that, I think it's time for an update on my life.
I'm thinking it's about time I publish my 1st teaser chapter from my new version of "Changing Kathryn" for people to review. Free editing, baby! And also early critiques so I know if I'm going anywhere successful with this new version. It'd be good for me and my book, I believe. One would think I'd be nervous (especially considering all the rewriting I've had to do, and that's the last thing someone would expect I want - and it is, believe me), but I have held on steady and fast to this damn book and I'm ready for it to start getting some sunlight (or rather screen light I should say - sorry for the lame puns, by the way. It's been a long few weeks.)
How I'm going to go about making this happen:
1. This is my announcement to you, dear blog readers, that this is going to be a thing.
2. I'm posting an announcement on my facebook page that this will be happening
3. That's about the extent of my announcements so there is really no number three
4. Scratch the above. Word of mouth.
I should also start on getting my book cover finalized too...but I suppose that can be a continued work in progress considering I'm only now entering chapter 2. That one's probably going to need even more work than the first. But then maybe not. I'll roll with it until I post it. Depending on the feedback, it may not need any work at all.
Now onto school, I suppose.
I'm in sort of a surreal mode of life, currently. I'm doing quite decently, but that's being modest I suppose. Decent for my standards, might be more accurate. And my social life is at an all time high. Granted balancing all this is proving to be quite the interesting struggle as this has never been something I have had to juggle before. Not in the realm of college, I should add. And I've been doing this whole "college-thing" for four-going-on-five years now. Now I'm grateful that I'm "stuck" here. Stuck being cynical of course. I have never been happier anywhere else. Thank you Eugene! Thank you UO. And to think this all happened when I went to a single meetup. Funny how life may steer you in a direction you might never have otherwise thought twice about.
Currently I'm only majoring in English. I dropped my Creative Writing minor for now as I did not want to have to repeat poetry, not to mention I didn't have the best poetry professor either. But then maybe that's because I was already taking 17 credits and felt as if I was drowning already...that certainly never helps any. Still, with all the writing/work writing experience I have under my belt, I'm thinking I may be able to find a loophole around the system and get the CW minor without having to take the prerec, in which case I'd be able to jump right into their fiction writing classes, which is what I really want! (Obviously.)
Well, I think that's it for now. Correction: that should be it for now. I really do need to go back to reviewing my WGS readings considering we may (which means we more than most-likely will) have a test today - in one hour too, I might add.
And with that, dear readers, I'll catch you on the flip side!
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Because that's not how I'm doing it, that's why.
I have taken up to doing a new thing with my reworking version of "Changing Kathryn" and that is this:
I'm writting it out via Google Drive and splittling the chapters up into different files. This way I can comment on sections that don't make sens or that I ahve questions about, and not get over logged with comments, and getting lost and so forth. There's also the fact that i I go back to my original editor I can send her small files instead of a giant overwhelming big one. I think just in general this will prove to be a good idea. And as for the comments: It's a brilliant way for me to leave myself editora notes without getting bogged down with nitpicking when I'm supposed to just be writing and letting the idea s flwo and so forth.
Well that's abotu it. Don't know why I felt that was so mandatory to share, perhaps so you could feel as if you've learned soemthing for ideas on writing via google drive too. Btu there it is. Asbolutely arbitrary mundane facts about my writing.
But actually, I really am excited. Maybe NOW I'll fianlly be abel to get this novel going soemwhere. Then again, maybe not. It's not looking too hopeful after seven+ years of me saying the same damn thing over and over. But who knows? Maybe the being 23 will be my lucky charm somehow....
Nevermind that probably didn't make much sense.
Okay. Good night!
Monday, October 17, 2016
With that said: It's been ten days since I've posted anything, but it feels more like a lifetime. So, for anyone who wants to know what's been up with me, I'm about to get personal and here it is:
I'm currently enrolled at UO and LOVING IT! I'm part of an accapella group titled "Euphonics", and I'm part of a really cool meetup group, plus I've also started a Latin study group. I've thus been gaining a budding social life, and rapidly, I should add, while taking 14 credits. I never thought this would be my life, never in a million years! And I'm absolutely in love. Not with a person, no, I am happily single in that department (hoping to keep it that way too, for awhile).
It has been so amazing living in Eugene, and I am so grateful I took the leap to move here. I have honestly never felt happier, or more at home than I do here. So, with that said, thanks Eugene and my many, and much loved friends here. It's been so great and I can't wait to see what other adventures are going to unfold :)
Friday, October 7, 2016
Monday, October 3, 2016
That's about it as for news today. I'm surrounded by hw and I have to do that before I go to bed so I can wake up at 7:40 in the morning to get to school. Funsies....
Night! (And check out "SimLife!" because I think if this could actually get rolling, it could be pretty cool. Or maybe that's just the nerd in me talking ;) )
Sunday, October 2, 2016
I will be sure to get this back up and running as soon as possible (though I must say I will not be able to get this back up in a single day). However, it will be different than what you may remember. So please, if there was something useful that you liked and you can't find it, email me or comment below with a description and/or a title if you can remember, and I'll go on a search for it and add it.
For added benefit, I will be changing things up a bit and having the link list go alphabetically instead of the random chaos it once was. But again, this will take awhile. So to get me a helpful head start, I'm going to add some of the titles of links to this post that I remember well, just as I cannot get to this right away, but I'd still like to get a head start on this.
Thank you for your patience! And feel free to correct me on any (most likely) inaccurate links I'm adding below if you remember any of them in their original forms.
P.s.: My opinionated articles have also been accidentally deleted from my blog page too, so those will be going up again soon, as well.
- "Cute Boys" (blog)
- "Chicago MLA Format" (I have to double check on this...I think it may be in my list of helpful pages instead)
- A writer's blog on successful writing blogs, publishing, etc. I think his name is Ryan? Or Olly?....I should have this in my mailing list
- Freelance Editor (Chang?)
- My original blog
- Information on publishing houses
- " " becoming/finding a freelance editor
- " " self publishing
- Em-Dashes vs. En-Dashes (this might be in my helpful pages though)
Saturday, October 1, 2016
That's exactly what I'm doing with "Changing Kathryn". I've deleted the book (I've saved and kept all original copies) and now I'm starting over with an entirely different beginning, with a whole new outlook, and so forth. I think I'll post the original copy to my blog once I'm done with the new one, just for the hell of it. But that won't be for a long while!
I'm so excited (once again) to see where this novel could be going, and to see if I'll successfully finish it after all. Of course I'm now dealing with a 16-credit homework work load, but I don't think this will hinder me too much. Then again, we shall see.
Well so long. I have my first essay to write...and it's due in < 4 hours!
Got to get on it...
(p.s.: see my "Helpful Tip #16..." for more info on starting over)
Friday, September 23, 2016
(Apparently "calligraphic" is a word...and here I thought I was making something up! Imagine that.)
This happened after I was playing around with blogger last night, during which I realized all the stuff I can do with it! Thus I've decided to switch out my original look with this new, updated one. It might not stick, or I might just fall entirely in love with it. We'll see how it goes.
Any input on this new look would be much appreciated :)
(Note that all navigation systems are still the same as they were with the original system).
Friday, September 16, 2016
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Before I explain why I'm doing this, let's just say I'm a big fan of stuff like larping & dnd, and this crosses over into games such as Minecraft, Fable, and even most of all, The Sims (more specifically Sims2 as that's the version I have). And while I play Sims I constantly think: What if the lives of these Sims were shown in magazines as if they were people? And how cool would it be if there was a place others could share their Sims stories and Sims houses? (Just as I think there could be a Minecraft edition, or perhaps merely a page or two here and there in the same 'magazine').
I'd call it "SimLife" magazine and I think I'll be doing something like this real soon as this idea keeps popping up in my head constantly, which I find absolutely funny.
So there you have it. That's my idea on how to bring the Sims to life (hoping this idea is not already out there on some odd chance that it is).
(Assuming there are no copyrights to this, SimsLife coming soon via The Secret Writer)
Saturday, August 27, 2016
"Dial 666" is the title of another story idea I've just come up with: This one would be a fictional tale about the followings into the realm of Satanists/Satanism, an accurate-as-possible portrayal of what Satanism is really about, and what it's really for. I don't know yet how I will come to write this story. I might have to go undercover-style to get a real look into some of the things people are doing. But I can tell you—no, promise you—it's not actually all '666! Call on the devil to feed off our souls and pray on sheep and slaughter animals' b.s. that you've seen or heard on the TV.
In all actuality it's actually a peaceful movement. There are two types: Atheistic and Theistic. "atheistic Satanist beliefs emphasize personal development and free thought...the most direct path to individual fulfillment and self-actualization" (Thorpe). (I personally put those words in bold to differentiate the terms more clearly). Meanwhile there are the theistic Satanists in which "the vast majority of theistic Satanists do not see Satan as a destructive figure of absolute evil, neither do they typically practice an inverted form of Christianity. Rather, they view the God of the Abrahamic faiths as a vengeful deity, who seeks to enslave or oppress humanity" (Thorpe).
I don't know how I'd even start to write a book on this, but there you have it.
Note: all informative quotes on Satanism comes from an article titled What Is the Difference Between Wiccans and Satanists? by Aaron Thorpe. If you wish to read more on this, follow the link in red bold
Saturday, August 20, 2016
This one won't be written for a while, but I wanted to throw this new idea out there, and possibly see if anyone can offer any ideas for the future of this new book I'm planning on writing. It will be totally non-fiction, something I've never done before, but it will be my personal autobiography. I've now had several people tell me I should write one, so now here I am, officializing (my own made-up word) a current plan in the making.
The title: Morwiccatheist, said MORE-wicca-θee-ist (Now for anyone who doesn't know—I certainly didn't know this myself, thus thought it would be good to share—the middle part with the weird O (the part in bold) is actually how to phonetically write the pronunciation of 'th' as seen in a word such as "thick", for example).
Contrary to the title, which is a combination of the words Mormon, Wicca (perhaps obviously), and atheist (perhaps even more obvious), this book won't actually focus on the aspect of religion much at all, but will actually be a reflection of my life. I'll be pulling out old journals, scrounging up past facebook posts, and will also use real life people (though of course all names will be changed unless requested otherwise). I'll also use stuff from my blog entries, and stuff from my writing group Pen Guardians.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Yesterday was when the wall broke down at long last and I wrote what I think is something beautiful. I'm really proud of it, and I'm not going to share the whole thing yet as I need to edit it first, but here's the last line that I won't let anyone tweak unless they offer some absolutely great advice I just can't turn down it (yes it is that important to me).
I think it goes without saying, but because I was avoiding writing-stuff I haven't checked my blog email, and I haven't done anything on Pen Guardians in a while. I will get back to that this evening, but right now I'm too determined to continue working on my book for the afternoon.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Just checked to see my page count for the heck of it: 139
That's incredible (to me). I'm so happy! And that's with all the new stuff I've added. There's still some stuff I have to delete, and just a chapter or two I have to add and then I'm done. But 139 is excellent!!!! (especially compared to the original 805 count that was so overwhelming I could hardly even breathe)
I've got it exactly where I've wanted it to go, despite minor errors and slight new additions and things that should be deleted. So I've been struggling with why the heck I can't finish my book. The meetup helped me break it down:
I'm currently an editor (in training) so I'm looking at everything through my writer's eye, but also through the eye of an editor. In order to accomplish anything (in my book), however, I have to just get my writer's voice out and going, then once that's out the critic has to come out and the writer's voice has to be silent.
In other words only one voice at a time should ever be speaking.
This is going to help me tremendously!
Sunday, July 24, 2016
But in all seriousness, for those who don't know what I'm talking about, the rabbit hole is a serious phenomenon. As defined very aptly in the show scorpions, this is when you get "so deep into your thoughts that you forget to function. You get dehydrated, you lose your sense of time, you exhibit antisocial behavior" -Walter O'Brien (Scorpions). However, it is a phenomenon I know well, so anyone else who understands this, well, just be careful. Fortunately I'm not so far down that I'm being antisocial, and (hooray!) I'm still eating haha. But I just thought I should go and explain why I've neglected posting. Writing is taking up so much of my time, though I really don't want it to take up all my time.
Scheduling is key.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
I have just created the "Changing Kathryn (Book 1)" cover mock-up for what I want the end result to look like and here is the lovely result. I personally and honestly don't think I could have asked for a better result if I tried!!!!
I spent hours searching for the right thing and then...then I got this beauty as a result:
Monday, July 11, 2016
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Thanks, and I hope I see you on there!
Friday, July 8, 2016
Let me know what you think!
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Then again, without spellcheck I would be absolutely screwed.
I went online to find an apt picture for an idea about how we looked in the dream, so now, with further ado here it is, from a scene in a movie I saw as a kid, “Confessions of Georgia Nicolson”:
Needless to say something must have been in the tea I drank last night! Perhaps a touch too much sugar? And obviously far too much fruit!
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Here's the background:
For my summer writing course we were asked to pick a scene and show it to the class. I picked my scene, showed it, and now I'm supposed to turn in the final draft. But it's not that simple for me considering this is much more than an average homework assignment. I chose (as we were allowed) to use a scene from my sequel to the first book I'm working on. Originally this scene was in the first novel, Changing Kathryn, but I cut it and am currently in the process of moving it to my sequel (in progress). Now I'm posting this scene to my blog, though now I ask that if you are so willing, to read it and critique it, too. No rush as this scene is due tomorrow and it is as good as I feel it will get for my final draft. But when it comes to being in my book, I want to make sure it works.
At the very least, I do request of your own free will of course, that if you would be so kind as to leave a simple comment about it on the scene's site that would be awesome. Or at the very very least, please click one of the "reaction" buttons below THIS current post (the articles/short stories I post separately do not have such buttons).
Now, here's the deal: If you're just reading this to read it, that's fine. But in the way of critiquing, if you so wish to do so but have never done this before, here are a few ideas for what to comment on:
- Legibility (hard to read/understand v. easy to read/understand)
- Likability (hated it v. loved it)
- Things to elaborate on
- Or things I should detract from
- Things to delete
- Or things I should add
P.S. (7/1/2016 @ 7:24 p.m.) - Thought I should also add I just finished making a few changes. I renamed my list of pages from just "Pages" to "Helpful Pages". I then moved several posts I had originally added to my blog's homepage over to it's own page, listing them under the "Helpful Pages" section to help clean up the look of my blog a bit. I then removed some posts that were originally under this section to the homepage as it made more sense this is where they would be. So if there's anything that you read originally that you want to again but it's not where you thought it would be, that's probably why. Fortunately I have a detailed blog archive, a clean list of "Helpful Pages", plus the "search my blog" tool, so hopefully now it won't be hard to find a specific post again.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
I know I didn't stay here through the night—the lawn's too perfect despite my battered, hungover, and possibly even still drunk presence splayed out on the grass. Besides, the wife was home, and if I had been here to ruin her girls' night, I wouldn't be laying the dirt—I'd be damn well buried under it. Still, I have to wonder: Why in the name of hell am I not dead now?
The sprinklers hit me in the face again as the door flies open. Shit, I spoke too soon. Wait 'till the guys hear this! Was I even with the guys? Crap, where was I last night? Becca's going to want an answer, and quite frankly, I do too. Once I get some frigging hair of the dog in me....
Monday, June 27, 2016
Once this version is done I'll be going through and editing out the minor errors, fix some stuff that my editor and I were working on, then do a mass send-out for anyone who wants one. I'm super excited about this final part as this will feel like this is really it. I'll then gather up the feedback and from there group all the manuscripts I sent out together and go through a mass revision process this way. I think this will really help so I can see what worked for some, what didn't work, and ultimately this will be the best feedback system. Unfortunately the hard part will be finding people who can really take time out of their schedule to really do this seriously. But I'll figure out how to get a system together that works.
Fortunately I've got time, and a lot of interested readers, and most importantly: a manuscript that feels solid once more. Now how to keep it down way below 300 pages is proving the be the tricky part! But like everything else, I'm still figuring it out.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Kathryn had just been told she had to go through something called 'the brutals', a trying challenge that would prove her strength, abilities, and stamina, while also increasing these as well. For her(a magical being), it was also about increasing her magical abilities and seeing what they could do. This main event was not just for her, however, but for the entire Unity crew (undercover agents) she was working with, as it was to get everyone to 'level up' so to speak. (Apparently this was part video game too?)
Leading up to this event: food stands, carnival games and more lined the gray stone tunnel through which the agents would be tested down. Music was playing loud and cheerfully; many were dancing, agents and starfleet members alike. Lt. Commander Worf was working as a hot dog vendor wearing a blue and yellow krispy-cream-like-hat, head-banging behind the counter as he served up hot dogs, giving Kathryn (me in the dream), a thumbs-up as she passed by to meet up with Wesley Crusher. Wesley gave her a large hug and told her she would do just fine and not to worry; he'd be with her because he had been assigned to go through the brutals as well.
Soon a horn rang out and the music stopped as the announcement came that "the brutals are to begin shortly". The music started up again, a techno-like bouncy beat, and almost immediately after it began it was announced over the music that "the hobbits are going to Isengard" (apparently in this moment it became part of the brutals to catch them.) Soon the announcer began to shout louder and louder, repeating himself: "The hobbits, the hobbits, the hobbits, to Isengard, to Isengard..." (I'm sure you know the song. If not here it is: "They're Taking the Hobbits to Isengard remix", and sorry in advance it's blurry. I just posted it for convenient reasons, not for the graphics).
Anyways, back to the dream: so everyone starts running because they need to catch the hobbits but the second they started down the tunnel I woke up; the song got too loud and eventually I realized that this was my alarm going off. (Yes, my alarm is from a part of this famous Hobbit remix. Don't judge!)
And that's the dream of 'the brutals'.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Currently I'm doing more jigsaw work with my novel as I cut pieces that don't work, and paste in others from various places that do. This is the rewarding process, if not utterly complicated, but now I can feel as if I'm now accomplishing something rather than panicking that I'm not going to be able to do anything with the story I've worked years to create.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
It's going to take more constructing and reconstructing, but I'll get there. Slowly but surely, one word at a time :)
Monday, June 6, 2016
Ah, the joys of writing....
Sunday, May 29, 2016
I think it's important to note that I do try to avoid heavy rants as I think these can spit the crowd too much, and I will also use facts where I feel it's important to do so, so that I may have supportive evidence to back what I'm talking about. Generally I will only do this for longer pieces, or pieces that I want more hard facts than just me spewing off my own personal ideas. So far the only OA (opinionated article) I felt it was absolutely necessary to do this for was "Environmental Care" which was actually based off my speech for my COM class, which is why it had to have so many facts. That and without them I think the article would not have the punch I wanted it to have.
I didn't think I needed such hard evidence for my other more recent OA's "Advocating a...Crude Industry" as this was just supposed to be a short and fun little read, not a persuasive in-your-face filled-with-facts thing.
Needless to say if you should ever want facts to back up any claims or opinions I make in any of my articles but you find I don't provide such support well or at all, email me or leave a comment about it and I promise I'll do the research so I may either grant you this support, or I might even recant a position I originally took.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Thanks for understanding!
Saturday, May 14, 2016
You may have noticed too, but I also made my home page a little less intimidating post-wise as now only 5 posts will show at a time instead of 7. I know it doesn't seem like knocking off two posts will do much, but I think this small action already cleaned up my page a bit. I personally think 5 is a good number, I was actually considering going down to 4, but then I thought it wouldn't look like there was even much there. And 6 didn't seem to affect the page at all. So 5 it was. Not that this is particularly exciting news to anybody except me, perhaps.
Another thing I've added that you might have noticed is a reaction bar to my post, similar to Facebook's reaction bar. This is a work in progress and the reactions may change until I feel they have been perfected, so you might see a reaction on there today that isn't there tomorrow. But use these because they're great automatic sources for me as I can get immediate feedback and see how I'm doing.
And two final and particularly cool things I've just added in the last few minutes is a search bar, which I think could come in handy. You can type something in and search my blog, or even the web. I've also added a way to highlight a post that I feel is particularly interesting or important, but may have gotten buried by a newer post. I'm currently using my "Shout Out to...'Stuck'" post as an example to see how this particular feature 'reacts' with my blog to see if it works and how it looks.
Anyways, that's my blog's news.
Don't forget: keep your eyes peeled and check back on the "Link List" occasionally to see if there're are any new short stories or articles that appear.
Scratch that. While those things will appear there, I've made a new and even more accessible area specifically for my separate short stories and articles which will appear right between the search bar and my list of other pages; it's aptly titled "Short Stories and Articles". I've added my latest story, "Inside Sophie", which I wrote last year, I think it was.
So keep your eyes peeled because I guarantee you there will be some other new stories and opinion-based articles coming up very soon. Which I'm super stoked about! And remember, don't be afraid to react and/or comment on them. Feedback is how a writer grows, whether negative, positive, or it's just neutral critique.
Thanks for reading!
I need to make a correction as I've just moved "Stuck" to it's own blogging section after all; you can find it under my "Short Stories and Articles" segment.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Even though my side blog will now be home to my permanent blogging account, I cannot change the domain without potentially screwing up access to this blog thus it sticks as the side blog. Which I suppose is fitting considering it was created after the original. Besides, I think it looks cute to be called "thesideblog" in the URL. Or maybe that's just me. But alas it is now time to bid my original home blog goodbye.
On this note here's "The Final Post" I put up on my first blog:
There's a lot of extraneous information that pertains only to my original blog, but there's one point I'd really like to highlight that comes from the final paragraph:
"I admit it's sad to let this one go; I've loved working on this blog so much, and I love the background! But as I've learned in my yoga class: Change is inevitable and in order to achieve greater things we have to let go and succumb to the change so that we can be happier in the long run."Funny thing is, I went back to the site's dashboard to try and get a better picture of this as it's a little blurry, small and a little pixelated (sorry about all that by the way; this was the best I could do. And this was the 4th rendition of it. Though it's by far the best, which is really saying something), or to at the very least copy and paste the text so I wouldn't have to squint as I typed it out. But wouldn't you know it! The site was already down again. It's a good thing I wrote and published this goodbye when I did.
The final words from my post to my original blog:
"So long, little bloggy. I will never forget you (seeing as you're in my bookmarks bar)."
Thursday, May 12, 2016
A Little Background:My writing has always lacked description as showing not telling has always been something I've had trouble with. But I ready some very descriptive short stories in my English class, and now it's starting to become a little clearer to me, and a little bit easier. One major thing I learned is that the key to good description is about getting in touch with emotions and of course understanding the concepts of metaphor, personification, and hyperbole too. Currently what I write, especially in regards to my fiction, is still cliched, but I think I'm finally straying away from being overly technical and/or mechanical and finally getting a step closer to being poetic. So here's a little practice work, to make sure I'm actually succeeding in this process....
Wet Winter:I stare out the small hole in the dull, dusty white wall, watching as rain drops cling to feather needles, weighing them down as if the burden of the dreary weather is too much to handle. Even the moss seems heavier, as it morphs into a depressing wet sponge, one that's been used too many times but has yet to be discarded.
The wind occasionally whips through the branches fast and furiously, dragging the rain down sideways, each drop lashing at the trees without their consent. It will surely be a rough walk home for many, and a blinding ride for others, but for now we're in class, blocked from the brutality of the harsh February storm. Here we can appreciate the gloom-ridden skies as they cast everything in eerie green tones so natural, yet look utterly surreal.
Once we step out the doors of this building we'll be forced to face nature; though we won't do so bravely. Instead we'll duck our heads as the wind wildly blows back our hair, the cold burning our ears and foreheads as nearly-freezing rain penetrates our eyes. Clothes will become wet and heavy, forcing us to slow to an unwanted sluggish crawl no matter how fast we'll want to seek refuge in our own homes.
We'll be too preoccupied trying to save ourselves; we won't think about those who can't get away--those who are stuck getting assaulted by the rain, stuck to live at the mercy of whatever nature may bring. We'll only know that we're desperate to seek safety in our heated homes where once inside we'll lay back and rest with relief, watching as the trees continue to hunker down, their branches flailing helplessly around. But on our couches with hot chocolate in our hands, how the storm will seem miles away....
Here's to happy writing!
Saturday, May 7, 2016
I happen to post almost everyday, and sometimes even three or four times a day, but because this is only what I will call a 'side blog', a supplement to what I will refer to as my 'home blog', it should be noted that if you are checking back regularly and suddenly notice there doesn't seem to be any new posts, go check out my actual blog. Granted I will try and remember to post a notice that my home blog is up and running again, but it is very possible I will forget.
Now for people who are just now finding this blog and have never heard about my home blog, welcome and let me introduce myself: I only go by my pen name Stephanie K.R. for security reasons, and I'm a long-time author, but I've never been published hence the title "The Secret Writer", even though it's no secret that I love to write. Ask anyone and they'll tell you the same thing: That I've been writing for as long as anyone has known me. I actually started at the age of 4, before I could even form letters or numbers and could only use squiggles and scribbles to get my ideas from pen to paper. 18 years later and now I have books that I'm the process of publishing, and thus I started a blog to get my name out there so that when people see my name they can associate me as being an actual someone rather than just a name on a book cover. If you want to know more, I will be adding an "About Me" page because even though this may be a side blog, I still want it to be as successful as my other one, which was getting fairly good ratings. That is, until I started losing people due to the site crashes.
I have used my home blog to share helpful advice, tips, rules, along with outlines I've created for books, class work, and more. This side blog will be no different. And if there's anything on here you want to see or that you have questions about, or you just want to talk about how much you love writing, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and yes I check this email regularly.
I think I'll leave it there. But please, if you like this post, even though it's only the first post and there's not much to it, stick with me if you will, as I continue on my journey to become published and please share my blog if you like it. I will be forever in your debt!