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So It Begins…

…2017, that is.

Happy new year, everyone! I certainly hope everybody had a safe and fun time ringing in the new year and kicking out the old. I spent most of my evening with Rachel and our parents holed up in the basement watching a couple of movies and playing games.

Considering most of the time, we’re all running around on our own schedules, it was really nice just chilling and hanging out with them.

We didn’t exactly stay up until midnight. Rather, around 11, both Mom and Dad were like, “Well, that’s late enough. Good night girls!” and I was ready to follow right behind them. Rachel thought we were all crazy. I did technically stay awake for midnight, though, since Rachel and I spent most of the last hour catching up on some YouTube videos from our favorite channels.

Early afternoon today, though, Rachel and I went to Barnes and Noble to see how much of our gift cards from Christmas we could spend. I got $25 while Rachel was generously received over $100 from various people! She was awesome and shared the gift cards with me (especially since I always try to remember to include her in my spending sprees!).

Besides a new planner for my blogs, I got Armada by Ernest Cline and Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living edited by Manjula Martin. I had also picked up a book by Mark Cheverton set in the world of the popular game Minecraft, The Great Zombie Invasion. I’m a gamer as well as a writer, so I thought I’d give this book a try, even though it was from the Children’s section. Apparently it’s not the first series of the author’s protagonist, as I’m realizing while looking at it right now, but Cheverton did originally create these books to not only bring a game world to life but to also teach the dangers of online bullying, so I’m interested to see how he does that.

Buying new books is a great way to start a new year for me! What about you?

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Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Home

 

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Libraries and Bookstores

I need to start going to the library more often.

Seriously, I work right across the street from the place. The library in my city is this gorgeous, older architectural building with old-school computers and everything. It’s nostalgic-inducing for someone my age (although, as I got older the children’s room seemed to have shrunk, which is probably just me).

I’ve always loved my nearest Barnes and Noble, of course, as well. It’s one of the biggest of the chains in the district, and I can spend a month’s┬ápaycheck there between the cafe, the DVD and music section, and the books (duh) no problem.

However, I’ve sadly realized that I’m running out of room for my newly bought books. My shelves look like Tetris with the way the books are arranged and I have a giant shopping bag of unread books still just chilling at the foot of the bookshelf. Once I get everything in order, I’m thinking it may be time to get a new library card (I had one as a kid, but only God knows where its ended up by now) and start making it work out.

Who knows, perhaps I’ll read more once I have books with a deadline to read them!

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2016 in Home

 

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Time to Write

Rachel: “Why the hell am I putting myself through all of this?!”

Rachel and I were having a discussion about why writers write after she finished revising the latest draft of one of her novels. Honestly, unless we’re Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, we’re not making much writing, especially when we just start out. Rachel and I both have day jobs we love and enjoy, and we make decent money. So, why write?

Rachel has completed at least three or four novels, as well as a children’s picture book or two. None of them are published (yet!), but she has submitted and queried a few of her finished works. Her latest novel that she has finished revising is in its fifth draft (hence the quote at the top of this post). After finishing that up, she had sent me a, “Tag, you’re it!” text message to let me know that it’s my turn to critique and edit. I’m very proud of her tenacity regarding her writing, even if we do have “What are we doing?!” moments.

As for me, I have quite a few strong beginnings of novels in the works, some a couple of years old. My problem is ending the things. It’s difficult finding the time, the creativity, the whatever-other-excuse I can find. Within these past couple of days, I’ve been reading Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers. It’s a brilliant read so far; I recommend it to anyone and everyone who enjoys reading and writing! Rachel and I found it among the writing books in Barnes and Noble during our last visit, and I’m in the middle of the chapter about finding time to write.

Reading some of these stories about people resolving to stop procrastinating and write even when they just have 20 minutes to spare was fantastic. Why can’t I do that? Even if it’s just a bit before going to work, to sleep, waiting for the kids to come home… I already bring a little notebook and a pen with me everywhere, and I can definitely write more during my lunch breaks at work.

It may not be New Year’s, but I can certainly make this as a resolution, right?

Happy blogging, everyone!

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Home

 

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(Non)Existant Social Life

Cormack: “How desperate are you for gold that you would take a prince hostage?”

Rachel and I went to our local Barnes and Noble again to write today. With Rachel’s school semester being over, it’s easier for us to go there usually about once a week. We make a pit stop at Dunkin’ Donuts for a breakfast of bagels and English muffin sandwiches, then get frappuccinos and smoothies at the Starbucks in Barnes and Noble. We go so often, a few of the baristas know Rachel (who usually gets the drinks while I guard our table and laptops) by name.

I was all set to be productive today. I had my flash drive and laptop plugged in and ready to go, I had my packet of prompts and names, even notebooks and pens in case I felt the need to write long-hand or just scribble story notes. However, a friend Rachel and I hadn’t seen in a year or two saw Rachel’s Facebook status about our “writing date,” and he showed up to see us. Don’t get me wrong, it was great seeing him again, and us three had fun conversing and catching up with each others lives. Yet, Rachel only got perhaps 400 words written (when she can usually pull off a couple of thousand, at least) and I typed out only a sentence or two (one of which is the quote at the top of this post).

Our friend was not bothering us, far from it. It was a little awkward attempting to write, though, while also talking to him. We didn’t want to ignore him while typing, and we weren’t too keen on the idea of him trying to peek over our shoulders at what we were writing. In the middle of the conversation, Rachel and I just quietly shut down our laptops in order to continue being social.

I wonder how other writers feel about these types of situations. Is it annoying when friends show up and interrupt your writing time? Or does it signify that maybe you should have more of a social life? What about when others ask about what you’re writing when you’re trying to type away? Is it bothersome when someone attempts to read along as you write?

As a writer, I will work around, over, and underneath these types of obstacles, despite how awkward those situations can be, and I hope everyone else can do the same.

Happy blogging, everyone!

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Home

 

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