I couldn’t think of any topic I could write about that would take longer than a paragraph to finish, so I decided to write about all of them. Continue reading
I may have changed one of my character’s name and personality without realizing it. Oops.
He went from REDACTED to REDACTED, and his personality went from a slightly suspicious loner to a stressed bundle of nerves with no chill factor at all. It happened because I sort of stopped writing the book for a while, and when I got back into it last week I started with one of his POV scenes. And thus the change. He reacted to the situation I put him in as though he was a completely different character.
To be fair, this shift might have occurred regardless of gaps in writing. My outline shifted slightly since I wrote the first draft of it, and his personality changed to facilitate the plot better. If I hadn’t changed like that, it likely would have become stilted and strange. I hope. I really don’t know because he changed and that’s how it is.
The really embarrassing part is the name change. It’s not really a full change, exactly. More that I just changed the spelling without realizing it. And I don’t even have to say what the change was because before anyone sees it I can do a simple “search and replace” and fix it.
Of course, it wouldn’t have happened if I’d checked my notes before jumping back in and hoping for the best. Because, for some strange reason, I wasn’t able to perfectly recall every little tiny detail of the work I’d started a month prior, and oops, things went badly.
The fun thing about being an adult is that you can look at that long list of stuff you are supposed to do and say “screw it, I’m watching Netflix.” Of course, it comes with the caveat that now you are entirely responsible if bad things happen because you did not do the stuff. Which means that if you want to be “successful” as said adult, you must become adept at a certain amount of self-motivation. Continue reading
These are my goals for this month.
- Get at least halfway through my part of co-authoring story
- Keep up on related edits
- Find a title!
- Get to final draft of Vanity (anthology short story)
- Critique all the other short stories for the anthologies
- Complete outline for NaNoWriMo story
- Brainstorm/rough outline the story that’s starting to bug me and threatening to
- take over my desire to write currently plotted NaNoWriMo story
- Dig out Straw Commander and start posting that on Scribophile, (but I have to
- perfect it first and dazzle you all with how amazing it is, right?) as-is
- Finish edits for early chapters of Princess and the Pea
- Then ask people to take a look at them again
- Finish knitting ugly blanket (it really is ugly, I’m using up all my old yarn in one cacophony of mismatch) (it’s taken me all summer and I’m so ready to be done with this thing)
- Read a friend’s anthology and let her know what I thought
- Check forums and actually post stuff rather than lurking or just forgetting to be social at all
Hopefully I can get all this done, but I’ll settle for 80% because sometimes life just happens. We’ll see how it goes. What are y’all’s goals this month?
Seriously. I can’t even tell anymore. I’ve tried figuring out a sleep schedule that I can keep to, that will require minimal alteration to keep on track. And will also keep at a healthy level of sleep. And will get me out of bed in time for work in the morning.
Why is this so hard? This doesn’t seem like it should be so hard. Continue reading
Part of having a platform is developing a list of stuff to recommend to others looking into the same things as I am, so today I get to write about one of my favorite things: Writer’s Digest. If you are a writer, you should know what this is. If you don’t, the website is here. Check it out! There’s stuff to buy, articles to read, prompts and contests and whatever a writer needs. Continue reading
In general, I find reading about politics on the Internet to be an exercise in frustration, and I know I’m not alone. There are so many articles that are logical but don’t agree with what I think, or that seem logical but have glaring holes in them that make me either shake my head that someone would be gullible enough to believe it or gnash my teeth in frustration that someone would actually try to make me believe that. This is a writing blog. No politics here. Continue reading
I’ve used Pinterest for a while now, because it’s fun looking at pretty pictures of what life could be like if I had more money. Slightly depressing, granted, but still fun, and it helps me organize my life and keep track of my goals for the future. That’s for me. It turns out that Pinterest also works as a tool for writing, and particularly for building a writing platform. Continue reading
This week has not been kind to my sleep schedule, and it’s not even over yet. Which doesn’t make it a bad week, but it does mean I’m exhausted and I’m determined to conserve a little energy for the activities I have left, so this post will be short.
I’ve been reading about how to choose images for blog posts. Well, skimming, and only the top choices that come up on a Google search. (I am lazy, and while I’m a little ashamed of my lack of effort concerning research I am honest and I did say this would be a short post.) What I learned can be summarized in a brief list.
1. In today’s highly visual society, it’s a really good idea to have photos for posts.
2. It has to be a photo you can legally use.
3. It is better not to have a picture at all than use one that has nothing to do with the post at hand. It can be a stretch, but it has to have some relevance, even if you have to splice in an awkward reference somewhere.
4. Not generic, because that’s boring and like #3 would actually hurt the blog post by including it.
5. Don’t go too big. Again, make sure it’s relevant and not just a really big picture of a spectacular scene that will take forever to load and makes the blog look weird.
Well, I can honestly say I have not been considering most of the items on that list. But I want to improve my blog. I guess I’ll be working on this for a while.
Originally I was going to use a picture of a kitten with a flower crown for this post because it was cute, but that didn’t have anything to do with my post at all (aside from being an object lesson in terms of irrelevance to the topic at hand). So, to that end, this blog post has no picture because I just couldn’t find one that, to my mind, had any relevance to the topic at hand. I’ll have to practice inserting little quips and references and things into my posts in the future, but for today, this is enough.
Here’s the sites I got most of my information from on my quest.