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Multiple Projects

Rachel saw my post from yesterday and said (not unkindly), “Oh, it’s another picture!”

I’ve thought the same many times, especially during this month.

While I genuinely like the pictures of advice and quotes that I find, and I hope that any readers do as well, I have fallen a bit behind when it comes to actually having written posts. It tends to happen during NaNo months where I’m more focused on my word count than preparing blog posts in advance.

I tend to do that with many things — I’ll focus on one project and forget about the rest for a while. I could definitely be better organized, give myself a small schedules and time frames to work on certain projects, but then I feel as if that stifles said projects. I don’t want to spend only a half hour sketching out a drawing before having to switch my mind’s gears over to reading. Perhaps I would do better with designated days, or pledge myself to spend a certain amount of hours each week, with free hours, on projects.

I just need more deadlines looming over my head, I think.

How do you deal with multiple projects?

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Posted by on April 20, 2017 in Home

 

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Posted by on April 18, 2017 in Home

 

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Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend! Something that I was lucky enough to get in my Easter basket was the DVD of an old movie that I used to love catching on television when I was a kid: Cats Don’t Dance.

It’s this cute animated movie about a cat, and his other animal friends, who want to make it big in Hollywood. However, the people of Hollywood only give cats scripts with the line, “Meow,” on it. Therefore, the animals will just have to change the minds of the people of Hollywood and show them just how much talent and hard-work these animals really have. It’s all about following your dreams and never giving up. A bit cliche, yes, but sweet and totally relevant to anyone trying to make it big, especially in his or her creative pursuits.

Back as a kid, I never really understood the main meaning. I just thought it was a fun movie about singing and dancing animals. Now, though, it totally resonates with me. The last song, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us, was one of my favorite parts of the entire movie. While it’s not as big as I remember, it still invokes that sense of nostalgia and the meaning is right there.

Remember to always remain positive and to keep heading towards your goals, no matter what the naysayers say!

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2017 in Home

 

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Posted by on February 28, 2017 in Home

 

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Give and Take: Feedback

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Where do you generally get your writing feedback from?

Are you part of Wattpad, Fictionpress, Archive of Our Own, or another writing website? Perhaps you found some other like-minded writers here on WordPress, or another social media site like Tumblr or Twitter, to swap stories.

I’m lucky that I have Rachel, my sister, as a partner in this writing adventure and creative pursuits. We’ve recently swapped manuscripts, and we’re preparing to give each other feedback regarding them.

It can be a little difficult to give and receive feedback. Obviously you don’t want to have anyone’s feelings be hurt, but strong critique and the ability to take it gracefully are the best ways to help you improve your art in the long run.

Do you have any special place to get feedback? Any tips on giving and receiving feedback to share?

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2017 in Home

 

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Go the Distance

So, Disney music is amazing.

Disney movies in general usually have those kind of, “Defeat all the odds!” “We can do this!” “I believe in you!” messages, and the music really reiterates the message. Even the villain songs, really — Be Prepared is about ambition for what you want, and Love is an Open Door takes on a new meaning when you realize Prince Hans true intentions, but for him it’s about getting what he wants. I’ve been listening to my favorite songs from the Moana soundtrack on a loop on Spotify for the past couple of days. Have you seen that movie yet? The animation and music are fantastic!

Yesterday I went and saw Disney on Ice with my older sister and our good friend who’s sister in all but blood. Poor Rachel has been sick all week, so she wasn’t able to go (but I got tons of pictures and videos on my phone for her, especially since the show all but encouraged people to share everything on social media). The show was called Dare to Dream, and showcased the Snow White, Cinderella, and Tangled (with little interludes by Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, of course) stories.

Honestly, the music and the way the skaters glided across and around the rink, you forget they’re not dancing. The closing number, especially, had many of the princes and princesses come out to dance (including a couple of talented skaters stuck together in a Maximus, the horse from Tangled, costume!).

It’s a bit strange seeing the evolution of Disney movies and their characters throughout the years. There’s princesses like Snow White and Cinderella, who dreamed of different lives, and their wishes came true. Then there’s Rapunzel and, most recently, Moana, who chased after dreams and made them come true.

Those of us pursuing creativity need to do the same.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2016 in Home

 

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Word Cushions

My word count cushion is starting to run low.

I’m still a little ahead, about a day’s word count, actually, but this past weekend had been excellent for my writing and it’s a little sad to see my daily word count slow down. If I didn’t have a silly thing called a “day job,” my word count chart would be fantastic!

I’m sure every writer, artist, hobbyist, what-have-you says something to that effect. There’s always something in the way of our creative pursuits, but how we work around those blocks (like day jobs that pay the bills) is how we get better at this game called life. They teach us about time management and deadlines, they show us what exactly we want out of these hobbies when the pressure starts to get to us, they help us prove just what lengths we’re willing to go to wrestle life into the shape we want.

So, yeah, my word count cushion is getting a little low, but I’m still planning on reaching 50k by Thanksgiving as opposed to the 30th. I’ve got about a week left. Let’s see what happens.

The best of luck to everyone else out there working on a project!

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Home

 

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