Writing

My 2016

I know what we’re all thinking, the year is almost over. 2016 was a decent year for me but I still have a lot to accomplish in 2017. To reflect, I thought to post some things I did achieve this year.

Started my blog.

I started blogging in August and have been able to connect with some of my favorite authors and talk to others. It’s nice to read about others in the same boat as me. I really do appreciate all the support I’ve received and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

I turned 30.

One of my first posts was Crap I’m 30, which was more of me poking fun at myself. 30 isn’t so bad, I just want to take time to enjoy life. I need to quit stressing about petty things I can’t control. My 30th birthday was awesome.

I got closer to being published.

I actually received good feedback from a short story I submitted. It didn’t get picked to be published, but it’s the farthest I’ve ever gone so for that, I’m proud.

Future Goals

I have a lot more to achieve in 2017 but I’m glad to get this far. It’s a battle each day to keep going, when my inner voice tells me to stop writing and focus on other things. I can’t let that happen. I have several projects in the works. I just need to tighten up my writing and get working with an editor.

Thank you again for all the feedback and comments. I hope for more to come in 2017.

 

 

 

 

Holidays

Oh The Holidays

The holidays are here and bring lots of distractions and setbacks. It’s the time of year when things we want to accomplish are pushed away to make time for family gatherings or working more hours. Maybe you’re doing last minute shopping and fighting through crazy shopping malls. Finding time to write is often pushed aside.

This is happening to me.

I try to remember one thing; a small accomplishment is still an achievement. Even if I can only edit one page a day or write two paragraphs, it’s still something to get me further along. Doing something is better than doing nothing.

The last few days I haven’t done much writing at all, not even reading. I don’t plan on writing much the rest of this week. I want to enjoy the rest of the holiday season. I still need to watch Edward Scissorhands and Die Hard. Yes, I consider Die Hard a Christmas movie.

The truth is, there are always setbacks when it comes to writing. Life always has some hiccup to get in the way of reaching our goals. As much as I despise work, it’s what pays the bills and allows me to write. Without income, I can’t pay the power or Internet bill.

For the next week, I’m going to give myself a break. I know this weekend I’ll be enjoying a few drinks and stuffing my face with cookies. Mmm, cookies. Anyone else feel the same?

I hope everyone is having a nice holiday season. Although, I can’t wait for it to be over!

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Writing

My Dream Writing Space

My writing space isn’t much. The chair is uncomfortable to sit in after a while. My shoulders cramp up and I usually have to yell at the cat for jumping on the counter. There’s distractions, but I’ve accomplished a lot from sitting in that chair. I’ve written a few books, novellas and several short stories in that spot.

I hope to move houses in a few years, and it will be interesting to see what my new writing space is like. It’d be nice to have my own office, but won’t push my luck. I’m a person who tries to live within my means and don’t like buying a lot of stuff.

My writing spot may not be much now, but a lot has happened. I’ve bleed on that keyboard and written stories that bring me joy, and sometimes scare the crap out of me.

For know I’ll plug away while sitting at that counter. Maybe it’ll change, maybe it won’t but I can still think about that dream writing space.

If only I could have a small cabin in the middle of the woods. My writing space would have an awesome view and I’d have a comfy chair to recline in. This is where I’d drink coffee and write all day before retreating to bed. Ha-ha, I can dream right?

What’s your dream writing space?

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It’s not much, but gets the job done.

 

Writing

I Was So Close

Rejections. It happens trying to get published, that first publishing moment takes a while to get. Especially when I felt so close.

I submitted a short horror story a few months ago. The good news is I heard back and the editor said he liked my story. I was stoked! What? Someone liked my story and said it didn’t suck? Did they send it to the right person? There’s my name and my story title. They did! They really liked it!

It wasn’t a rejection. Holy crap! I better bust out the beer and drink to that already!

Fast forward to today, I’d been hoping for that email stating they’d take my story. Unfortunately, it got declined. Not gonna lie, it bummed me out. I felt so close to getting somewhere. So now it’s back to square one; keep writing and improving.

I debated whether I should make this post or not. This blog is about my writing journey and rejection is part of it. Sometimes a lot of it. So I’m going to share the lows and maybe someday I can write about the highs.

Now I’m going to get back to writing.

Holidays

My Favorite Christmas Things

I’m not going to fool you, I had no idea what to blog about this week. However, since it’s the season I thought to share my favorite Christmas things.

Movie– Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Maybe it’s the clay animation but this movie still is number one in my book. I also bought it at Target today, guess what I’m watching tonight?

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Favorite Christmas Treat– Cookies of any kind. I did make some, but ate them all before I could snap a photo. Oops.

Favorite Christmas Decorations– Shotgun shell lights my brother made. He gave these to me a couple of years ago, they still rock compared to my other decorations. Plus, I love shooting, so it’s a win.

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Favorite Christmas Games-This one is a tie between Tripoley and Cards Against Humanity. You can play these anytime, but my family likes to play Tripoley when we’re all together. We end up talking smack and losing our money. It’s a good time.  Tripoley is basically several different poker games combined into one.

Cards Against Humanity is a game you play with some others after a few drinks. I guarantee you’ll be laughing. It’s probably not a good game to play with children around, it has profanity and adult humor.

Favorite Holiday Drink– Hot Buttered Rum, except I usually put bourbon in mine. Maybe too much bourbon. 🙂

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. Tell me your favorite Christmas things!

 

life · Writing

Trying Something New

I write everyday, but I never write about my personal thoughts on paper. Just this week, I purchased a journal to handwrite in. I thought this would be a good idea to write down anything worrying me or reflect on what I want to change. If I can keep up with it, I hope to read back in a year and see what parts of my life have changed.

Already I’ve discovered writing on paper takes more effort than typing. Duh! I know, but when you type everything out, handwriting seems like a chore. Here are a few things I’ve discovered.

I choose words carefully.

I can type quickly, but writing by hand takes more time. Each sentence takes extra thought and care.

I think more about what I’m writing.

When writing by hand, I feel more in tune with my thoughts because they are slowed down.

My handwriting is atrocious. 

Even if someone wanted to read my journal. Good luck, because my handwriting has always been terrible. Sometimes I can’t even read it.

Does anyone else keep a journal?

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Book Review · books · horror

On Writing Horror from HWA

My writing craft needs a lot of work and there is a new book I can’t wait to dive into. I recently ordered On Writing Horror: A Handbook by The Horror Writers Association.

I am not a member of the HWA but hope to be one day. You don’t need to be a member to pick this book up. I ordered a used copy on Amazon for under five bucks and that included shipping.

I have skimmed the topics but so far they range from Developing Horror Concepts, Crafting your Novel and even Marketing. I will probably read a couple of sections each day and hope to gain something new from it.

Has anyone else read this book? What other writing books do you recommend?

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