I am just going to leave this here and see what happens.
I am just going to leave this here and see what happens.
Welcome to part two of 50 facts about me. Due to the long hiatus, age of this blog, and new followers, I decided to start off my return to the blogosphere with an introduction. You can find Part 1 here.
Here we go!
26. I am picky about music. You almost have to trick me into listening to new music, in fact. But, at the same time, there are very few music styles I don’t like at all.
27. I love musicals. My current favorite is Hamilton, but I also love classics like The Sound of Music, Les Miserables, and several Disney movies.
28. There are very few music artists I like and will listen to a lot of. The top three are Peter Hollens, Ed Sheeran, and Lin Manuel Miranda.
29. In a similar vein, there are lots of authors I love as people but don’t want to read their books… if that makes sense.
30. I am the oldest of eight kids, seven girls and one boy.
31. One of my sisters is married.
32. I have never had a boyfriend.
33. Except the fictional ones.
34. I love coffee. My favorite coffee drinks are sweet and iced.
35. I am picky about tea. I only like black tea, hot or iced, with sugar and maybe milk.
36. I’m a night owl. I like being up in the morning, but I don’t like getting up in the morning.
37. I like riding a bike or walking, as far as exercise goes. Swimming is awesome, but I don’t have a pool. I’d honestly like to take martial arts, at some point.
38. I’m a cat person. Like I like cats, not that I am a cat, obviously…
39. I’m not a cat, I’m clearly a dragon.
40. I like dresses. Why did balls and ball gowns go out of style? Seriously.
41. I’m a Jane Austen fan.
42. I have the tendency to suddenly be “reading” four books at once and then I stress out because of it.
43. I love biographies. If I’m not reading fiction, I’m probably reading a biography or a book on writing (and those are occasionally the same thing).
44. I prefer headphones over ear buds.
45. I love origins. I love learning where words come from, how things are made, what someone’s ancestry looks like, how things got started, etc.
46. I learn best by having some instruction, an example, and then doing.
47. I am running out of facts.
48. My favorite fruits are pears, mangoes, and plums. Apples and bananas are also lovely.
49. I was born in Georgia.
50. I am trying to start a YouTube channel. Right now, it’s just vlogs but I’d like to branch out into other things, if I can figure out how to do that.
And that’s 50! Tell me some awesome things about yourself in the comments! Thoughts on music? What kind of exercise do you like? Why did ballgowns and balls go out of style?
To start off my return to blogging, I thought I would introduce myself again. After all, I gained a few followers in my hiatus and I’ve changed a bit since this blog’s birth in 2014. So, without further ado, 50 random facts about yours truly.
1. I’m a writer. I’m not sure how you don’t know this because it’s literally everywhere but if you didn’t, now you do.
2. I write mainly fantasy, mainly in the Young Adult category. Dragons and magic and angst all around!
3. On the note of writing, I am also a member of Chapter Twenty-One Con, which is a writer’s conference for twenty-something writers. If you’re interested in that, the Ch21Con site is here.
4. I also used to blog for YAvengers, giving writing advice under the persona of Vision. Sadly, that was short lived, but if you are interested in reading old posts, the blog is here.
5. Back to non-blogging writing, I usually do not talk about my current projects until I get a first draft done. Keeping the plot mostly to myself helps me stay motivated. If you’d like small tidbits of my work in progress and me occasionally tongue in cheek complaining about writing, check out my Twitter.
6. I used to use the pseudonym Robyn Hoode online. That should explain my blog URL, my Twitter handle, and XBox gamertag.
7. I named my “internal editor” Lydia. She is basically just the subconscious feeling that helps me not write complete garbage. I do refer to that feeling as Lydia occasionally on the blog.
8. Besides writing, I love to read. My favorite books are all over the place in varying genres, but The Lord of the Rings trilogy will always be near the top of the list.
9. I love movies too. Really, storytelling in any form. My favorite movies tend to be Disney movies or ones made for kids in general. It’s a fantasy of mine to write for Disney.
10. Now, I’m extremely picky about tv shows. I do have a few favorites, though, including Doctor Who, Sherlock, Gilmore Girls, My Little Pony, and The Great British Bake Off. Note that three of those five are BBC.
11. My favorite season is Autumn, which just smells like potential and motivation to me. (Something in the air. Mary Shelly actually describes this in the beginning of Frankenstein.)
12. My favorite holiday is Christmas. It’s not so much just one day as it is a season and everyone is happy.
13. On that note, I am a Christian. I’ve been one since I accepted Jesus as my Savior back in 1999. And discussing the Bible is absolutely one of my favorite things to do. (And if you ever wish to discuss the Bible or beliefs, my comments are open.)
14. I adore Bible Trivia. I was a semi-finalist of the 2009 Bible Bee.
15. I have an extremely good memory, but I don’t memorize things well. It’s more like things just stick well.
16. I like to bake and experiment with baking. But it is purely a hobby.
17. I used to knit. Time and motivation got away from me, though.
18. I love Minecraft. It is such a fun game and I wish I had more people to play it with.
19. On the Minecraft note, one of my favorite YouTubers is CaptainSparklez.
20. I don’t watch many other YouTubers, but my friend Hannah has a lovely channel (and her 50 Facts About Me vlog inspired this post).
21. My MBTI type is ISFJ. This is supposed to be a common type and yet, I don’t think I know any other ISFJs.
22. My official Hogwarts House is Hufflepuff, but due to some circumstances, I recently disowned Hufflepuff and declared myself as my second House, Ravenclaw.
23. My favorite color is blue and my favorite shades are tropical blue and teal (the two blues that decorate my blog).
24. I love GIFs. But I probably won’t be using them in blog posts until I get a laptop.
25. I love glitter. Not big pieces of glitter, but the tiny, never going to get it off glitter.
And I’m going to stop the post here. If you made it this far, you are awesome and have some cookies! Tell me some random facts about you in the comments. I want to know some cool things about you.
So, I haven’t posted in six weeks.
Which, I hope you noticed and missed me.
If you didn’t, don’t tell me.
Truth of the matter is that life got ahead of me and that I have been running short on ideas for quite a while now.
No, this is not the end of Spiral-Bound. But it might be the start of something new.
I’m making my hiatus official. I don’t know how long I’ll be gone. Hopefully not long. But I need to take a step back and evaluate without my blog breathing down the back of my neck like a mob boss that I haven’t paid.
Not that any such person exists! Totally not…
Anyway, reader peeps, I’ll be back soon. Don’t forget to be awesome.
The other day, I posted about running, how I started running and was enjoying it and was wondering if elliptical miles are equivalent to ground miles.
On Saturday, I ran one mile in twenty minutes, less than half of what I can do on the elliptical. I walked that last quarter mile. And that running makes me feel very breathing, much ow. I’m still sore on Tuesday.
BUT I RAN A MILE!!! Well, walked some of it, but I did it! And now I have a goal to work toward. Emotionally, I felt ready to take on the world.
On the other hand, though, I’m not particularly looking forward to running outside and being sore again. My excitement about running has faded a bit, probably because I skipped a few days because, guess what, I’m sore!
So, here’s what I’m going to do.
I’m not going to run for the rest of this week, or at least until Saturday. I think I’m going to do yoga instead or just forget it because it’s VBS week and Vacation Bible School tends to wear me out anyway. It’s plenty of exercise, I think.
Next week, I will reevaluate. Figure out running days, figure out elliptical days, figure out other exercise days. Nothing super strict, since I have no desire whatsoever to run in the rain (and we got a flash hail storm yesterday so…).
Thank you to everyone who encourages me in this. Encouragement really helps and means a lot.
Short post today, but hopefully soon there will be a longer post, maybe even one about writing
because hey this is a writing blog… i think.
This one is new (not even out yet at the time of this post). I read the authors first book Made You Up and loved it. This one sounds like Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (which I LOVE SO VERY MUCH).
I started this one a few months ago at the suggestion of a like-minded bookworm. I love it so far and dare I say the writing style is more enjoyable than Jane Austen? But it is a rather thick book. The last two classics I read were Les Miserables and The Count of Monte Cristo and both took over a year. I don’t want to spend that long with War and Peace.
The conclusion to glorious Russian-inspired fantasy trilogy (with firebirds and sea monsters!!!). I’ve read the first two books of the Grisha trilogy and I am looking forward to finally finishing it.
This is the biography that inspired Lin Manuel Miranda to create Hamilton. I don’t want to read it until I’m done with War and Peace, though. I think that would be too much historical/factual all at once for me.
This is a contemporary romance about two Indian teens whose parents have arranged marriage for them. I’ve heard it’s absolutely adorable and so good to the point that I have preordered it (it comes out the same day as Eliza and Her Monsters— May 30th– which I have also preordered).
I read Breathe, Annie, Breathe in less than 24 hours. The author writes YA romances with sports and they are cute and light and good for days when you really just want to read fluff.
I love The Selection series (though admittedly, I usually just skim through the political war bits and read the romance) and I love the second series (the ones twenty years after the first ones) more than the original. The Crown is the last one. Cue fangirl tears of the end of a series.
Time for a Camp NaNoWriMo update!
Well, this is starting like many of my other NaNo events.
I write for a few days and then realize “This ain’t working”.
I think a lot of different things can contribute to the “This ain’t working”. Sometimes it’s me just being stuck early on. Sometimes I don’t know what I’m doing (yes, I used to be an extreme discovery writer. yes, this is very annoying.). Sometimes, it’s a problem with the story. The story is boring, too complex, it’s somehow in a genre i don’t like, it’s plot driven instead of character driven, etc, etc, etc.
This time, I think there are a lot of things contributing to “this ain’t working”. Very little of it is the story’s fault.
A lot of this boils down to “I care too much about what other people think”. And that’s a problem I’m not sure how to fix.
I’m sick of setting stories aside. But this has been part of my normal writing process for years. If I’m not feeling the story, I put it down.
But I wonder just how much of my concern for what other people think has leaked into my writing process. I write every day because I don’t want to look lazy. I see word counts go up, up, up at a rate of 10k a day and I look down at my own word count of 200. I see those people who write 10k do other things besides write and they are happy. I write 200 and feel like it took all day and feel like I am complaining too much or am asking for too much help.
When did writing become a “I have to do this” vs. “I want to do this”? When did I stop writing for the joy of writing and start writing to “have written”? When did my world become so fast paced around me and I felt the need to keep up and my stories aren’t keeping up?
Why do I care so much about story structure? I used to be a die-hard pantser and now I freak out if I don’t know what to do next. Like at all.
I don’t know. It’s entirely possible that I’m just freaking out because it’s a good week to do that.
I’ll be fine.
This story is not being thrown out. As I said, I can’t let go of it. But it might go on hold for a while longer. Or I might come back today/tomorrow/in a week/a month when things are calmer. Or I may work on it in bursts for the next five years, one scene at a time.
My CP suggested writing short stories for a while. I think I’m going to do that. Use up some plot bunnies. Finish some stories. Not feel like I’m failing someone. I want to get back to a point where writing stories is for fun and I’m not worried what other people think (well, not too worried). I want to write something crazy and weird and not care that it’s crazy and weird.
Hopefully your Camp or even just your writing is going better than mine. How is it going, btw? Let me know in the comments!
Who knows what happens in April?
And I am 100% insane for thinking I’m going to write a whole book in a month.
I’m really excited about this book. It’s actually an overhaul of a story very near and dear to me.
I’m not saying a thing about it, though. You know me. I keep my mouth shut about WIPs.
But if I actually get it written in a month, it won’t be long before you hear about it.
Now, as I’ve tried to make it a bit of a tradition for NaNo Events, I like to pick a movie character to channel during my writing (mostly just to use the gifs for posts). I’ve done Elsa and Jack Sparrow. This April, I’ve chosen…
Not so coincidentally, How to Train Your Dragon is a very apt book/movie for me writing this particular book. Though maybe How to Write Your Dragon Kid would be more accurate.
No, I didn’t say anything. 😉
Hey, reader peeps!
I know it’s been a while. Life happened. Not quite a curve ball or a lemon, but something big and drastic enough that I’m trying to figure out where and how writing and blogging and other things fit in.
I saw a cool idea for a post on Nadine Brandes’ blog. She did a post where she listed 10 truths and 2 lies about herself and the readers are supposed to guess which things are the lies.
And since I have gotten new followers and have some old ones who probably don’t know everything… I’m going to do the same.
So, guess away! I’ll post the answers next week.
Let me know your guesses in the comments!