Quote of the Month

Quote of the Month
Quote of the Month: July 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pro-Tip Emailed

I recently (or not so recently) received an email from another writer & blogger who recently published a "Punctuation Guide" asking me to look into it and requesting I perhaps mention it on my blog. I admittedly took a long while to get around to it, but today between appointments I was browsing through the site and thought it would be quite beneficial to add to the list links at the bottom of my blog: "Punctuation Guide: ... A+ Students". The woman who wrote me has a series of other helpful blog posts too, all of which you can find here: at custom-writing.org/blog, and it will also be in the links list too.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fixing Writer's Block

This should be a helpful story-

I have been dealing with juggling a lot lately and have thus been having trouble focusing on writing my Changing Kathryn book.

Scratch that politeness. I've been dealing with some bull**** writer's block. Normally I have generally been able to fix this by going to my other/less talked about book series Shattered Lives. But I can't quite scratch the surface of this one either. I abandoned it quite some time ago by complete accident and keep having trouble picking it up where I left off (on page 482). And only in the middle of the prewritten timeline. So...yes. I'm having trouble continuing that one. I have thus decided to start a new short-and-possibly-be-nothing-piece altogether. It is so new all I literally have written right now is "Bailee Sutherland lived in no ordinary family." That's it. Lame I know, right? Or maybe I can make it work. I don't know. I'm going to keep the lame a** line and see where it gets me.

Improv writing.

This is how you fix writer's block.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Blogging for the Sake of Writing

I just want to type something out and write but I'm not quite sure what I want to say, so here I am, rambling about...?

I love my keyboard. The way the slick black keys feel beneath my fingers as I glide each finger from the keys at a rapid rate. When I slow down I notice how soft they are, the keys, not my fingers. The lettering only noticeably worn thin on the E, S, and N keys. Why these letters...well, perhaps it is because of all my secret codes I use? The ones involved in conspiracies across the world? Or perhaps these are simply the most commonly used letters? I'll let you decide ;) A blue light dims or brightens beneath the keys not illuminating the letters but can aid nonetheless in visibility through the even spaces; each key is separated from the other by one millimeter. Their spaciousness is undoubtedly what aides in the clacking I have always associated with typewriter noise via my imagination. It's a sound I love; a sound that inspires me to write meaninglessly or with great inspiration.

And this will conclude my random late night blogging regarding my keyboard. Something I honestly didn't think I would wind up writing about, but alas what do you know?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Happy July 4th! (Belated...on July 5th)

First off, I would like to say happy (belated) 4th of July ya'll! Admittedly this holiday is my least favorite. The pollution, the over-hype regarding our patriotism...it's all so gross to me. But that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy seeing some of the colorful explosions, or love the bands that were playing. And just because I don't enjoy celebrating this particular holiday doesn't mean ya'll shouldn't either. But enough of that. This isn't my "iLog...". It's update time!

I have been done with school for almost two weeks now, but I feel like I haven't caught much of a break. I won't go into details now, but I have been dealing with health issues which have stopped me from being able to write as much as I would like, and that goes for blogging too. However I would like to give a shout out to David Huckaby for giving me great insight on how to make my book sci-fi rather than a jumbled collection of genres. Granted while I thought this might be a cool way to go, it proved to be far too difficult for me, and a cluster f*** for my readers. I am also going down a route I've been wanting it to go, but now that I am actually taking it there, I admit I'm getting scared. I could ramble off one excuse after another about all the what-ifs but the truth is because this is where I've been wanting it to go, I'm scared it won't work out; that I'll manage to make a mess of it. This is my biggest fear. But if all writer's stopped writing when they got scared, there wouldn't be any books to read. Eventually I will have to bite the bullet and write it the way I want it to be written. Oh but the image in my head doesn't look nearly as good as it does on paper! But does it ever for any other writer? I suppose I'll just have to figure it out as I go. But I'm starting to feel inspired now that I'm saying all this openly.

I'm starting to be able to feel the rough frayed silk-woven bed sheets, the damp salty air, the plastic stick hitting my character's head.... I think it's starting to come to me. Not quite there. But the scene is certainly within reach. You're no doubt wondering what the hell is going on. That or I'm completely whacked. Or a bit of both. #NoSpoilers ;)

Sadly this is all I can say for now as I am starving and have two nearly back-to-back doc appointments coming up in little over an hour. But Gods it feels good to be blogging again! I may just have to come back and do some more. It's certainly helping my inspiration!