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Irrelevant

Have you ever written something that, later down the road, you realized is irrelevant? Rather, if you got the story published, it would be dated due to a certain section or subject?

I realized that one of the novels that I’ve been working on for a couple of years — one that has spanned it’s own world and stories with a plethora of characters that I adore writing — has something like that. In the beginning of the first novel, one of the characters creates a virtual reality game. Describing the game is one of my favorite scenes in the book, for at the time I was writing it, I was able to dive deep into my imagination with how virtual reality would work.

Now virtual reality is, well, a reality, and that scene doesn’t sparkle as much as it used to.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m also a video game nut, so virtual reality games are amazing! I haven’t had the chance to try them personally yet, but from what I’ve seen, they work wonderfully and I’m so excited that this technology has evolved in my lifetime.

Obviously I can just switch up the scene in the novel, but it won’t be the same, you know? Of course, there are other books out there that play with the virtual reality concept, books that I’ve enjoyed and had inspired me to make my own twist on the virtual reality concept. Now, though, I’m not so sure…

Anyone else have similar dilemmas?

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Posted by on September 8, 2016 in Home

 

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Magic

Magic.

What first popped in your head upon reading that word? Was it a magician pulling a rabbit out of his hat? A girl showing off a card trick? An acrobat seemingly twirling in thin air high above a circus ring?

Perhaps your idea of magic is a wizard creating fire from a wand carved out of the bark of an oak tree, or a hero with flight and super speed saving the world from an impending meteor.

Maybe magic to you is the first snowfall of the Christmas season, light, fluffy flakes freewheeling to cover the ground in white. Maybe it’s the jingle of your baby’s first laugh, the spine-tingling sparks of your first kiss, the bittersweet feeling of your heart piecing back together after it was shattered, knowing that everything will be alright.

It could be the words flowing in unison to share a tale to all.

What’s magic to you?

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2016 in Home

 

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Posted by on June 18, 2016 in Prompts

 

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Thoughts of E-Readers

I’ve been thinking of an e-reader lately.

My bookshelf is a tall, narrow thing and, while its pretty, it doesn’t hold nearly as many of my books as I would like. Maybe I’d be able to fit more books on the shelves if I played Tetris again with them, but it doesn’t seem likely. I have a couple of piles and a large Barnes and Noble bag full of novels right next to and in front of the bookshelf, which I’m sure annoys Rachel a bit.

I love my physical books, and I definitely wouldn’t switch completely over to an e-reader. That, and I already spend so much time staring at electronic screens. However, an e-reader  could lighten the load of books on my shelf!

Any suggestions for e-readers? Which brands do you like?

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2016 in Home

 

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Expanding Creativity

I really don’t know what to write.

Not only for this blog post, but for my stories as well. I have a plethora of first drafts waiting in the wings for me to continue them, but my sporadic mind tends to latch onto new ideas before I can finish one.

Now my mind has expanded to some other types of writing.

With our other blog Double Jump, Rachel and I have been playing more video games, which are fantastic. Video games has always been one of our hobbies, and we kind of forgot about them while pursuing our writing dreams. Yet, video games have always been an inspiration when it comes to creating our worlds.

The art, the stories, the characters… It all expands our minds and creativity. As writers, we’re more mindful of the sheer amount of effort and heart that goes into creating these games. Like collaborating on a story, the teams behind video games work together to bring entire worlds to life.

To us, that’s amazing.

Those other types of writing I’ve been thinking of? They’re video game and comic book scripts. Video game art has made me think again of my sketchbooks chilling in bins in the back of my closet.

Maybe it’s time I exercise those creative muscles again.

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Home

 

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Shiny Things (a.k.a. Distractions)

It’s very important to come up with some sort of schedule or habit when it comes to writing and/or blogging. Books and posts are not going to get written if you don’t write them, after all.

With that said, it can also be quite easy to get distracted from one’s writing time. Here are some of my latest, favorite distractions:

  • The puppy wants to play.
  • The puppy needs a walk.
  • The puppy needs a bath.
  • Anything that has to do with the puppy.
  • That bag of chips isn’t going to eat itself.
  • That Harry Potter coloring book isn’t going to color itself, either.
  • My Pokemon team needs to level up.
  • I need to finish reading my book.
  • Amazon (or any other store) is having a good sale.
  • My Sims need help living their lives.
  • I need to help save the world in my video game.
  • I have to complete a puzzle (or three).
  • I haven’t scrolled through Tumblr enough lately.
  • The turtle wants attention.
  • I should try making smoothies.

Keep in mind that getting distracted once in a while isn’t a bad thing, either. We all need to take breaks, to take a breather and recuperate our stores of creativity. It’s like the old adage, “everything in moderation.” Everyone should remember to take a step back once in a while.

What are your favorite distractions?

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2016 in Home

 

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Shipping Wars

Many readers can’t help but pair up — or “ship” — certain characters that they read about in a book. The author may never had intended the two characters to be together (or, in some cases, even be in the same place in more than a couple of scenes), but readers nevertheless find a way to explain why Person A and Person B should be together. Many, like Dido’s song, “will go down with this ship” when it comes to their favorite pairings.

Take J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series for example. You have the fans who agree with the canon pairings of Harry and Ginny, and Ron and Hermione. Then there are those who believe that Harry and Hermione should have gotten together, or even Harry and Draco. Each pairing has their own theories as to why the pairing should have happened.

I’m not one who reads romance novels. Love triangles, unless done extremely well, annoy the hell out of me. It irks me when problems in a plot seem to be solved the instant the main characters gets in a relationship. However, I’m not immune to creating ships.

It seems to be second nature for most of us. While reading a book, we want to escape to another world for a while, to imagine what it’s like to be in a place with magic, knights, talking animals, whatever. We root for our favorite characters to win, to be happy, and finding love just seems to be part of the whole package.

In a way, shipping characters brings the book’s world to life all the more than just the author’s wonderful words. Creating one’s own pairing enables the world to live on even after the book is closed. Wondering what kind of life your favorite pairing have together after the book’s events promotes creativity,¬†imagination, ideas.

As writers, isn’t promoting different thoughts an underlying goal of everything we write?

Do you have an OTP, or one true pairing?

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2016 in Home

 

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