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.
It’s summer (well, close enough) and I am putting together my summer reading list!
This is not a complete list of all the books I want to read and I hope I will read more than this. These are just some of the highlights for me. (click on the titles to go to Goodreads for descriptions)
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.
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 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.
And that’s it! What books are you wanting to read this summer? Tell me all about them in the comments!
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.
This is an old story. This was my first NaNoWriMo story, in fact. And this is a story that I can’t let go of. Or rather, it’s characters I can’t let go of. But I think I’m putting too much pressure on myself in writing it. Because I want to get it right. I want it to be a good story.
I’m scared. This was also the first story that ever got a real critique on it. I remember some of that critique. It’s not something I want to relive. I’m scared this story is just as messy as it was at first or that it will be. That it will scream that I haven’t learned as a writer.
On the one hand, I have my mom loving this story to death, like I do, and wanting me to write it. On the other, I have my CP, who I have been lowkey hiding exactly what I’m writing because I feel slightly ashamed/embarrassed that I keep coming back to it instead of finding something new.
This story may be too emotional for me right now. I’m tired. A couple different things are really stressing me out right now. I feel like I am being pursued by a bear, exit stage left, and can’t catch my breath. I’m not sure I want to write this level of emotions right now.
I’m lazy. I see that this story might be hard so I get scared and back off. (Okay, not really. I hope. I’m worried that I actually am doing this.)
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!
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.
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.
I want a black cat.
I don’t like honey.
If I could pick a super power, I would choose flying.
I don’t like Twenty-One Pilots.
One of my dream jobs is writing for Disney.
I love the Throne of Glass series.
I want to dye my hair blue.
I am learning German.
I have written a rap.
I have never been stung by a bee, wasp, hornet, etc.
A few Twitter friends and I came up with the idea to do a few Valentine’s Day posts with our characters. Keep an eye out for another post in a few days!
Today I’m doing a Perfect Date post, advertising why this character would be such a good date. This character is from my WIP, Dragon Races.
Matthew Cole Cloud. He goes by Cloud or occasionally Matt or Matthew.
How does he look? Eyes, hair, any tattoos or scars. What’s his style?
Cloud is 23 and he’s 6’1″. He has messy blond hair, blue eyes, and he has a couple of burn scars because he is a dragon racer. His style is casual– jeans, baseball shirt, sneakers, though he would dress up a little for a date.
What kind of music? What kind of food?
Cloud likes just about any kind of music, but he is secretly a huge fan of musicals. His favorite is Hamilton.
Cloud doesn’t have a favorite food. He’ll eat about anything.
What’s his family like?
Cloud’s family is… dead. His mom died when he was little. His dad remarried and then he died later. And then Cloud’s step-mom was bad. It was a Cinderella-story, really, without the fairy godmother.
Why he would be a great date?
Despite the fact that Cloud is a bit egotistic at times, he is really sweet and would want to make sure his date was always happy.
Things he values:
Time. He doesn’t want to waste a minute of his life and wants to live to the fullest. He also values honesty.
What he would do for a first date?
Going out for a coffee or lunch is his idea of a good first date. It’s a safe, no pressure thing that doesn’t even have to be called a date.
Looking for long term relationship or just a quick date?
Cloud wants long term relationship, but doesn’t want to commit until he knows his date well. He doesn’t want to make the same mistake his dad did when he married Cloud’s step-mom but hardly knew her.
We’ve had our pros, what are the cons?
Cloud milks his Cinderella backstory for all the fame he can. He is constantly in media, including tabloids. If you date him, you’d be in the media, too.
Flowers , chocolate, or promises he doesn’t intend to keep?
Flowers to start. Chocolate would come later in the relationship. And promises wouldn’t be made at all– Cloud knows that promises can’t always be kept, but he wants to do everything he can to be truthful and honorable.
I have no photo of Cloud, but I have a cute song and if Cloud could write songs, he’d write a similar one.
And that’s Cloud. What do you think? Good date? If you want to do this tag, please do! Use the banner and comment with a link to your post!
As most of you know, I am an adult (if you didn’t know that, Hi! I’m Katie and I’m 25).
As most of you also know, I have many younger siblings (if you didn’t know that, I have 7 younger siblings, 6 girls and 1 boy).
I think having so many younger siblings is part of what has kept me loving things made for kids. Not the entire reason, but definitely part of it.
I don’t think I would play Minecraft, love Disney movies, or watch as many children’s tv shows.
I would probably still keep reading picture books and middle grade, though.
I said a long time ago that there were only a handful of tv shows I would still watch when I moved out and didn’t have siblings that watched them. These shows are Arthur (because it came out when I was little and remains mostly still good) and My Little Pony (because I’m a Pegasister). There was one or two other shows but they don’t come on anymore.
Where am I going with all this?
It is perfectly okay to love stuff made for kids, even as an adult. Kids are just the target audience.
If you write for children, it’s actually kind of important to read and watch stuff written for children.
I really just wrote all this so I could say THERE’S A TRAILER FOR THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE I’M SOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!