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Shadows

In one of my WIPs, I have this character who is creatively named Dark. He’s basically comprised of shadows, having been magically rather than naturally born. While he can seem stoic and content to stay in the background, he’s more of the type to try to herd everyone that he knows together to be sure everyone is safe.

As far as I’ve seen in the writing, anyway.

Dark’s followed around the protagonist to be sure said protagonist wouldn’t get himself killed because the protagonist really has no idea what he’s doing since it’s the protagonist’s fault that they’re lost. Basically, Dark just wants the protagonist to stay put while Dark tries to figure out how to get them all home. Each time Dark’s plans crack, Dark himself seems to crack as well.

It’s not until the third character — who happens to be a talking beagle — in their party explains to the protagonist, “Dark is made of shadows. He’s been doing better on his own but, like all shadows, he still needs his anchor,” that both the protagonist and I get a better understanding of the usually reserved Dark’s state of mind.

In a way, that tidbit about Dark made me think about how everyone is a shadow, following along in someone else’s footsteps, looking up to those they admire, while also being someone else’s anchor, someone else’s inspiration, someone else to help keep them grounded when they need it. It’s little moments like that that really make me enjoy writing. I’m lousy at getting plots to stay strung together — which I’m trying to be better about — but my characters and world building make me proud.

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Posted by on August 16, 2018 in Home

 

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Fat Cat Books

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I recently discovered a little bookstore by the name of Fat Cat Books. I’ve spoken to the owner due to something related to my work and when she visited my office, she left her card behind due to my amusement and delight at the name of her store.

While I haven’t visited the physical bookstore — the few times the store is open clashes with my work hours — but the website looks promising. Nice and clean, easy to navigate, and an adorable fat cat sitting right on the homepage. The company boasts rare, vintage, and out-of-print books for sale and the prices don’t seem to be too bad either. Most seem to sit around the ten dollar mark and, while there aren’t any images of the book covers, each blurb has a little description of what the book looks like in its current condition along with the print edition it’s in.

It’s a fun site to browse around and their email always seems to be open for inquiries about books. Perhaps if you’re looking for a vintage title, or just want to support a small, indie bookstore, it wouldn’t hurt to look around Fat Cat Books.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2018 in Home

 

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Too Many Options

I have so many writing projects I want to do.

Anyone ever go on that site Quotev? It’s basically a site where one can create quizzes and stories for other people to take and read. One of the more popular options of the site is to create “Choose Your Own Adventure” or the romance-equivalent “Who Would You Fall For” types of story-quizzes. I had a few story-quizzes on there that I haven’t updated in about three years because life happened, but I still get comments and likes on them to this day. Finishing up those little things are on the back of my mind.

I enjoy writing fanfiction, so filling up my Archive of Our Own page is on my to-do list as well. I feel as if fanfiction is less pressure but also still fantastic practice for writing and, perhaps, getting some constructive criticism, and I love the excitement that people share when it comes to common fandoms.

Then there’s Wattpad. I would like to put up some of my original stories there, gauge anyone’s reactions for them. Rachel and I are in a writer’s group, but that usually meets only once a month. The writer’s group is great, don’t get me wrong, but it does take awhile for us to read enough of a story to really garner an opinion on it.

I just want to start sharing my writing and reading others’ works more often. WordPress and Tumblr are great places to start, but in today’s digital age, I do want to reach out more.

Of course, to do that, I need to focus and pick which of my WIPs to prioritize.

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Posted by on August 9, 2018 in Home

 

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It’s Been a Little While

Like, almost a year, actually.

I’ve been more focused on Double Jump, the gaming blog I run with Rachel, for the past year. It’s be great, considering how much we both enjoy writing, gaming, and working together. We’ve been meeting awesome fellow bloggers in the gaming community, too.

This particular little blog has always been in the back of my mind. It was my first experience here on WordPress, after all, and it’s been a great help with writing, habits and multitasking, and another way to socialize. However, between my day job, Double Jump, and other hobbies that I’m trying to develop into skills, this daily blog was the one to hit the back burner first.

I want to come back to it, though. It’ll probably be more slice-of-life than just focusing on writing and reading, although I’m sure those will still be heavy topics on this blog, and definitely not everyday. Perhaps a post will appear a couple of times a day, maybe even going back to the weekend prompts and scribbles as well.

In the meantime, I hope everyone has been well!

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2018 in Home

 

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Sonder

Sonder. Noun. The realization that each random passerby is living a life as rich and complex — vivid with ambition, friends, worries, love, and craziness — as your own.

Sonder has quite a few meanings depending the language you look up. In French, it’s to probe. German, literally set apart. German also has the word sonderling, which means somebody set apart with a mind of their own. There seems to be tons of history in this one word that is evolving to mean that every single stranger you pass by has as complex as a life as you.

Of course, we all know every passerby is living their own life. It’s just one of those subconscious thoughts you always have. Sonder, though, is having that sharp realization that, hey, that person might also have a dog that she’s thinking about snuggling when she gets home. That man may be on his way to pick up his child from a friend’s house. That woman probably worries about her credit card bills like I do. Perhaps that man, instead of wondering about the lives of strangers, is inwardly freaking out about proposing to his boyfriend later tonight.

Rachel and I spent a couple of hours at the emergency vet for our cat yesterday. Chase the kitty is fine, thank goodness, but there were other families there for all sorts of reasons.

There was a young girl crying in her teary-eyed mother’s arms, and we know that she’ll be going back to school this year without having her furry friend greet her when she comes home at the end of the day. There was an older couple with a cat singing in his carrier while his leg was bound in a cast. A gentleman brought in his fluffy dog who wiggled her entire body in greeting to everyone else who passed by.

The vet tech who took our cat for his initial check-up got pee on her shoe — judging by how harried the staff seemed yesterday, I wonder if she remembered about it when she got off shift. There was another vet tech who had the displeasure of handing a couple a box and saying, “I’m sorry.” Her voice was monotone — she’s either said the same too often or her mind was on the possibility of preventing the need to say it to another family later.

Rachel and I were waiting for about an hour after we saw the actual vet, for Chase to be done with his tests and for his medications, and I just couldn’t help but wonder about the different people we saw. The word sonder popped up into my head again, a word that I’ve seen around on my Pinterest due to my interests in books and writing and words in general. Writing-wise, it’s something that I always tried to keep in mind for every character — no matter how minor — I add to my stories.

We writers take our inspiration from life, right?

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2017 in Home

 

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Writing Day Recipe

Prep time for this recipe is to clear one day of your calendar free of any social obligations.

Take your obligation-free day and add a light rainstorm to the weather, just enough to gray out the skies and emit a calming pitter-patter on the windows and roof.

Prepare your work station with the necessary ingredients. If you are going for the slow-cooked recipe, a blank notebook and a favorite pen with plenty of ink will do to add plenty of thoughtful flavor. A laptop and power cord generally yield faster results, with lots of bursts of creative flavor.

An accompanying side dish is a steaming mug of either coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

Optional ingredients include fluffy kittens and sleepy puppies to help stay warm and cozy. Some people also find that soft music also enhances the flavor of the recipe.

Serving size is flexible enough to share with any fellow writers, although those who share a similar work ethic as yourself will most likely enjoy it best. Personal modifications to this recipe are encouraged to gain the maximum amount of writing done.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2017 in Home

 

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I’m Behind

I’m behind in my NaNo word count goals. Panic in the streets!

My initial goal was to reach 50k by the 21st of the month, as the last week of July is a bit shot with being busy. Obviously I can continue to write that last week, but it’s not going to be plausible to really update my word count or stay on track as I was during the first week of the month. I figured it’d be easier to try to get to 50k before the last week.

I’m still doing okay in terms of word count and, by my calculations, I’ll only need to write about 2600 words a day to still reach my goal. Considering the initial goal was 2500 words a day and there were a couple of days where I went well over the limit, it shouldn’t be too bad to do. I just have to write around work and social obligations for the next week, that’s all.

…Therefore, I think I’m going to go continue reading my book.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2017 in Home

 

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