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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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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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A Story’s Technology

How much of a role does technology play in your story? With how quickly technology evolvesĀ in our world, how do you go about being sure your story’s level of technology is feasible?

Despite first being published in 1998, the final battle in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series took place in 1998, a time when cell phones were beginning to become the norm. Imagine how different that series could have gone if it was set a decade or two later — muggleborns coming into Hogwarts with cell phones, WiFi signals getting crossed in the air with magic and sparking unintended side effects, Harry simply being able to text Sirius in the Order of the Phoenix instead of charging into that trap at the ministry.

Placing a story in the future grants one the freedom of imagination when it comes to creating new feats of technology, but placing a story in the past grants a different kind of freedom, one that allows the writer to create and write around the challenges of a world with less technology.

So, what level of technology does your story have?

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2016 in Home

 

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Growing

How many unfinished story ideas do you have on your computer (or in your notebooks)?

I have too many. They’re about magic and wizards and gamers and superheroes and just-moved-here neighbors and thieves and kings and halflings and wolves and what-the-hell-am-I-doing people. Universes are continuously building themselves in my brain, so much so that I can’t remember what is going on in the real world sometimes.

(Of course, I’m sure everyone experiences that kind of feeling at one point or another no matter what you do for living, be it writer, heart surgeon, parent, or dancing bear.)

Rachel and I had made a pact to work for an hour a day on our current W.I.P. and I… have been failing miserably. I’ve been doing better in trying to get my life in order, such as meeting with a financial adviser to figure out money stuff and making an appointment with a personal trainer at my gym to figure out exercise stuff. I have a good job that, while it may eat up the majority of my day, will definitely benefit me in the future. Squeezing in that hour for working on what I want just makes me tired, and I find it sad.

I was never a fan of “growing up,” in all honesty. For example, fairly recently, Rachel and I splurged and made Raphael and Donatello Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle dolls for ourselves are our local Build-A-Bear. Still, being in my mid-twenties, my life plan includes getting a hold of my finances and being sure my body is fit enough (especially with my desk job) to be healthy. My long-term goals definitely include writing, and I know I will continue to chip away at that.

Nothing’s going to happen overnight — my plan for my finances, falling into a gym routine, finishing those half-stories on my hard drive — but I’m working on it all. In order for my long-term goals to come to fruition, I need to plant those seeds. I don’t have much of a green thumb, but I’ll do what I can.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2016 in Home

 

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Brace Yourselves… Camp NaNo is Coming

Although it’s the beginning of March, April will be upon us before we know it. To most people, April means spring and flowers and allergies and all that fun stuff. Where I live, we still have about three or so feet of snow covering the ground. Fortunately, it’s finally starting to melt away, teasing us with hints of withered grass just waiting for a hint of sunlight.

To us writers, though, April also means Camp NaNoWriMo! It’s similar to a regular November NaNoWriMo, except a bit more flexible. November’s NaNoWriMo challenges folks to write 50 thousands words of a brand-new story. If you create your own goal (such as, writing a screenplay rather than a novel or challenging yourself to write 25k instead of 50k), then you are considered a “NaNo Rebel” (but you’re definitely still celebrated because, hey, no matter what or how much you are writing, you are writing, and that’s worthy of balloons and champagne just like those 50k-writing novel people).

Camp NaNoWriMo is more geared toward those NaNo Rebels, allowing writers the flexibility to pick what and how much they’re going to write for the month. Want to make 150k words your goal for the month? That’s cool. Want to write poems for the month? That’s cool too.

As per usual, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write for Camp NaNoWriMo. My go-to strategy is to use the month to add on words to current WIPs, usually 25k or so. This year, however, I’m going to stick to the 50k goal, pushing myself to get into a better writing habit. I’ve done 50k in a month with the November NaNo, so I know I can do it for Camp.

I also got a new story idea that I’m saving for Camp. I spontaneously came up with the idea yesterday while driving back home from… I don’t even remember where I had been coming from. Nevertheless, I had a fairly concrete idea, an idea that had formed enough in my mind for me to actually fill out the synopsis section of my Camper profile:

Kurt is an NPC, a non-playable character, in the new massive multiplayer online role-playing game “Dragon Tamer.” He was created specifically to help the game moderators and the new players stay safe while enforcing the rules. It’s a good life for him, one that he enjoys, especially when real players — such as the moderator he knows only as Animus — don’t treat him as just an NPC.

Then the Hackers invaded. Not only is Kurt’s very existence threatened, the very identities of the real players are in trouble. Kurt wants to help, but what can a non-playable character like him do to solve a real world problem?

I’m excited about this novel and wish for April to come sooner rather than later so I can work on it. In the meantime, I’ll probably do preliminary stuff, background info, maybe some sort of an outline for the story, before April 1.

Happy writing!

 
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