Friday, August 5, 2016

Jaunt into the Horror Genre

In terms of getting non-writing related stuff done, today was a bit of a bust. But that's okay because, in all honesty, I didn't plan on doing anything but sitting at home in my pajamas and writing. I played a little Animal Crossing but that's because I'm weak. I also read some in my WRITING HORROR book that I bought sometime last year.

Anyway, I went back and forth on two different projects and feel pretty good about both of them. One is the cyberpunk one I worked on yesterday and the other is something new I decided to start and ended up enjoying.

The new one actually made me feel better about myself as a writer. We all have those moments when we feel like we're no good and that all is lost in terms of our career, and at twenty-four I think I'm a little too ahead of the game in that respect. Lately I haven't been feeling great about my work, but the new project helped alleviate some of that.

Anyway, here's the stats:


Project: Footprints in the Graveyard (the new one)
New Words Written: 1999
Present Total Word Count: 1999



Things Accomplished in Fiction: Got the story going. I'm doing this like Interview with the Vampire, where the main character is actively telling the story to someone else. So that means the actual story is in first person, with little breaks of third-person thrown in for good measure. Right now I'm just going to shut my brain down and let it do what its going to do without worrying if it's good or not. Which, to be honest, is part of why I've been having so much trouble working lately.



Project: Guardian Angels
New Words Written: 581
Present Total Word Count: 13377



Things Accomplished in Fiction: A lot less than I thought I got done, to be honest. I planned to have some things about the main character revealed to the rest of the group, but I think that's where I came up with the above idea and decided to stick with that for a while. Anyway, not as much done in this one as I thought. Oh well! I can just promise to get more done in the future!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Of Animals and Angels

Project: Guardian Angels
New Words Written: 1369
Present Total Word Count: 12797


Things Accomplished in Fiction: A new drug has been introduced to the main cast, beginning what will end up being the overall plot of the book. I'm excited for the next part that's coming because it's going to give steam to the secondary plot. There's a character in here that everyone is going to want dead; including my friend Robyn, who sent me numerous texts about how much she hates this character just based on what I've discussed with her. She hasn't even read the stuff that's REALLY going to make everyone hate this person!

Things Accomplished in Real Life: Just the other day I found my supposedly lost copy of ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF and I'm filled with a newfound love for it. I know the time on the pictures say 8/3, but that's because last night when I wanted to post I was so tired I'd have fallen asleep right here on my keyboard. Plus, I would've posted after midnight anyway so I didn't think it was a big deal.

I love my new village. I'm excited to craft it into a better village than I had for my first playthrough. I've pinned a lot of ideas for what to do on Pinterest!

The pictures I've posted here are of my character at the museum! I've got a little piranha who likes to try and attack through the glass. It' makes the cutest tink, tink, tink noise!  And it follows my character around as she walks around inside the aquarium!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Into the Darkness--- What is Goth?

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. --- Edgar Allan Poe ( http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/e/edgar_allan_poe.html )

What is Goth? It's a question I've struggled with personally for years despite how many people have said it's what I am. Probably because, like a lot of people, I like what I like without worrying about putting a label on it. But what is it, really? 


I think Rebecca Schraffenberger said it best in the following quote. 



“We’re hard-core romantics, dreamy realists and cynical idealists. We find beauty in the macabre, while seeking fairness and tenderness in our daily lives. We love all things ancient, while being modern and liberal in our social outlook. We’re intelligent and creative without being cutthroat and competitive. We’re angry yet peaceful. We’re sure of ourselves but wary of strangers. We’re funny but bitter … but mostly very shy.”-Rebecca Schraffenberger from the book -Goth: Undead Subculture


- See more at: http://www.whatisgoth.com/#sthash.bRRCIlIy.dpuf


I don't know about you, dear reader, but this describes me to the letter. I love dark things, my humor is dry at best, and yet no matter how fondly I have looked upon the creatures looking in the shadows, nothing is more important to me than kindness and fairness in my personal life (though part of me wonders if this isn't just my Libra personality shining through.) 





Photo from: http://xruiei.deviantart.com/



So many people, however, have associated goths with the clothes they wear that it's almost become more of a fashion statement than anything else. Are goths mostly defined by their black clothes, silver cross necklaces/earrings, torn panty-hoes, and heavy black eyeliner? Or is the act of being "goth" a state of mind and can be achieved by anyone, even if they're wearing bright pastels? 

Personally, I like to believe the latter. Though I can see why the former might be true. If we once again take Rebecca Schraffenberger's definition into consideration, then the love of dark things would sort of dictate what one might wear. 


To me it all seems like a matter of perspective, and because of that I'd like to hear what you think in the comments below. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Packing Up and Moving Out!



In a little under two weeks, my fiance and I are going to be moving! 

We're really excited, because we're finally able to move in together and we're moving into a place with two bedrooms. Two bedrooms means we get to have an office! That's one of the main things I'm looking forward to the most. I've never had an office before, and even though I have to share it with my fiance I'm still excited about it.


My best friend gave me some boxes from her work (Subway, obviously) and I'm super grateful for it. I don't particularly feel like going out and spending money on boxes, though it starting to look like I'm going to need to. I've got a lot of stuff and the five boxes she gave me aren't going to be enough. 

Part of me wonders if I shouldn't be downsizing while I'm packing, so that maybe I can fit all my stuff in the five boxes, but I don't want to. I like all my stuff. If I didn't like it I would've gotten rid of it a long time ago (or that's what I like to think anyway. Deep down some dark part of me knows that's bullshit and even if I didn't want it anymore I'll still keep it). 

My best friend's mom (the same best friend who gave me the boxes) gave me an old typewriter they've had in their family for generations, and she's happy to have it passed on to a writer. I'm so glad Staples sells ribbons, because I'm sure as shit going to use it every chance I get. I'm already prepared to re-write one of my favorite projects, refurbishing the plot while I'm also enhancing what I'm keeping, entirely on the typewriter! 

I wonder if my work will improve once I live with my fiance in our own, nice place. I like to think it will, but only time will tell if I'm right.

More than anything I like to think writing on a typewriter will help me be more mindful of what I'm writing and I won't go overboard on the descriptions (as I have a tendency to do) because it takes a lot more to write on a typewriter than a laptop. 

Our moving date is on July 5th, and we couldn't be more excited! I've still got a lot of packing to do, but my best friend is going to come over on Monday to help me finish up. Yay for the new place! 

Packing Up and Moving Out!



In a little under two weeks, my fiance and I are going to be moving! 

We're really excited, because we're finally able to move in together and we're moving into a place with two bedrooms. Two bedrooms means we get to have an office! That's one of the main things I'm looking forward to the most. I've never had an office before, and even though I have to share it with my fiance I'm still excited about it.


My best friend gave me some boxes from her work (Subway, obviously) and I'm super grateful for it. I don't particularly feel like going out and spending money on boxes, though it starting to look like I'm going to need to. I've got a lot of stuff and the five boxes she gave me aren't going to be enough. 

Part of me wonders if I shouldn't be downsizing while I'm packing, so that maybe I can fit all my stuff in the five boxes, but I don't want to. I like all my stuff. If I didn't like it I would've gotten rid of it a long time ago (or that's what I like to think anyway. Deep down some dark part of me knows that's bullshit and even if I didn't want it anymore I'll still keep it). 

My best friend's mom (the same best friend who gave me the boxes) gave me an old typewriter they've had in their family for generations, and she's happy to have it passed on to a writer. I'm so glad Staples sells ribbons, because I'm sure as shit going to use it every chance I get. I'm already prepared to re-write one of my favorite projects, refurbishing the plot while I'm also enhancing what I'm keeping, entirely on the typewriter! 

I wonder if my work will improve once I live with my fiance in our own, nice place. I like to think it will, but only time will tell if I'm right. I can't imagine it won't because I'll be able to actually FEEL like an actual writer whose not just doing this in a place where my entire life is condensed into a single room,

Okay, that sounds bad. But it's true. I mostly stay up in my bedroom with my laptop and mini fridge and bed. It's just not as Rapunzel-esque as it might've sounded. 

More than anything I like to think writing on a typewriter will help me be more mindful of what I'm writing and I won't go overboard on the descriptions (as I have a tendency to do) because it takes a lot more to write on a typewriter than a laptop. 

Our moving date is on July 5th, and we couldn't be more excited! I've still got a lot of packing to do, but my best friend is going to come over on Monday to help me finish up. Yay for the new place! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Icky Fruits--- 30 Days of Writing Day 10




Pineapples.

Pineapples are gross, in my opinion. I don't know why I don't like them. I guess it's the texture of them that I don't like. That's how it is sometimes with food that I don't care for. It very well might not be the food itself but instead the way it feels.

Yes, yes, I know this is a wrong way to feel about certain things but that doesn't make it any less true. Of course there are people with weirder reasons for not liking certain things out there in the world. It takes all types, as they say.

I think it also might have something to do with how much of a picky eater I am. It's one of Danny's biggest pet peeves about me. I'll say I don't like something when I've actually never even had it and it drives him crazy, especially since whenever he makes me have it I end up really loving it. Take Wendy's for example. For the longest time I didn't care for it, but that might also be because they've only just recently began coming out with stuff I like.

Well whether it's because of the texture or because I'm a picky eater, I don't like pineapples.

Now watch, it won't count as a fruit now that I've said it is!


Ageism-- 30 Days of Writing Challenge, Day 9

A lot of people believe that once you get old you're innately in able to do anything anymore. Beyond a certain numerical limit you're supposed to resign from life and wait for the inevitability of death.

I am not one of those people.

Personally I believe that a persons abilities after they get old is entirely up to them and the way they've taken care of themselves throughout their lives. If you lived a healthy, active lifestyle I don't see any reason why you cannot continue to do so well into your later years.

That being said there are some things that might become more difficult as you get older that has nothing to do with how you lived. Alzheimer's, for example, can happen to anyone no matter how they lived and it makes certain things impossible to keep doing.

But with the exception of things people can't help, I fully believe that people who think old people are unable to do something simply because they're old are full of shit.