• Books,  Reading

    February 2020 Wrap Up

    Hiya! 😀 Things started off pretty slow, but I ended up with a pretty good reading month! I also got about 5k words written on the old work-in-progress. After January felt like it went on for five weeks, February felt like it lasted barely three, but that could be due to most of my productivity being in the last ten days of the month. Literally. I watched the first season of YOU on Netflix, about a bookstore manager who stalks this MFA student to make sure she’s “safe” and can be “trusted” with his tiny broken heart. It’s interesting but disturbing. I have questions. I almost want to pick up…

  • Quotes,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Buddies,  Writing Journey

    Writing Thoughts: Not Settling

    Why do you write? Seriously. Do you know why you write? There are people who write for entertainment. There are people who write to explore some kind of theme or message. Some writers want to go on an adventure. Me? I’m a very emotional writer. I’m not trying to “say” anything. I don’t make decisions based on things like “logic.” I had a writing friend point out last week that some people chase a “feeling” when they write. They want their stories to feel a certain way. Excuse me while I wax dramatic for a second, but I have never felt so understood in my life! It reminds me of this…

  • DIY (Do It Yourself)

    Mini Makeover Files

    After many months of putting it off, I finally changed the blog! Nothing dramatic, of course, obviously, I don’t like change. I tried to do something dramatic a couple of years ago, but it was too complicated, and it didn’t even fit my personality or anything. In my wildest website fantasies there’s an explosion of vines everywhere, but that would require someone who can actually build a website – i.e. not me – and this is a DIY project, so…no vines. Obviously I could have 2-D vines, and I tried to get that effect last time, but in fantasy land, the vines sway when you scroll. I know right? I…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Writing World

    Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

    One of the nerd channels I follow on YouTube did a video last week talking about the Crimes of Grindelwald and how it fails according to Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling. Writing a script for a movie, writing a book, and writing a graphic novel are all different mediums and require different storytelling styles, but some things are universal and can apply across the board. The 22 Rules of Storytelling are one of those universal things and can be a fun and quick way to discover your own storytelling weaknesses and figure out why an otherwise good movie or book left a weird metaphorical taste on your brain palate. Follow…

  • Reading,  Work-In-Progress

    January 2020 Wrap Up

    Update time! 😀 So…I meant to read one more novel than I did this month, but one of the books I’m shuffling is just hard on my brain, so I’m having to take frequent breaks and read something less taxing, which is working out really well and making that book fun to read again. I’m desperate to know what’s going on, but it’s not getting anywhere fast, and I’m dying. On a random note, I’m trying to be more decisive this year, because some random Chinese Zodiac expert I found via an in-game ad told me that Rats are in for a good year if they can stay focused on…