Wouldn't it be nice if this photo was an accurate representation of my summer? Unfortunately, it's not. Things have gotten crazier and crazier, my writing has gone way downhill, my stress levels have spiked, and the blog, as you may have noticed, is suffering as a result. This makes me sad, because I value this … Continue reading Taking Some Time Off.
Hello there. Sorry about not blogging on Tuesday, I was still in a coma from meeting this guy: Yeah. He's really, really sweet, folks. Now, it's entirely possible that I haven't entirely recovered my equilibrium yet, because all I can think of to share with you today is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKD0KbJi9Lo See, I know he's talking … Continue reading Only You Know.
Hi everyone! I almost forgot to blog today, but not for reasons of stress and bad news as has been all too common lately. This week I've had (almost) nothing but good things happen. Apart from possibly hovering around the edges of heatstroke for six hours while pulling thistles out of a field in the … Continue reading Happy Update.
"Sometimes when you're overwhelmed by a situation - when you're in the darkest of darkness - that's when your priorities are reordered." -Phoebe Snow Hi. Possibly you've noticed the lack of blogging lately. If so, you'll know why I've chosen this quote to share. Not that I'm in the darkest of darkness, exactly, although some … Continue reading
Now, as writers we all know that one of the best ways to grow our skill is by reading. But sometimes simply taking in words isn't enough. We really have to chew them up and swallow them in order to grow. (Can we all just take a moment to appreciate that food metaphor?) One of … Continue reading On Keeping a Copybook.
Whenever I'm stuck on what to study next, or (to be entirely honest) when I have a blog post deadline and nothing to say, there are a few places I find myself naturally drawn to. One of these frequent haunts is the Now Novel blog. They recently posted a fantastic list of tips for writing … Continue reading Tips from Other People, Part 9.
You know how if you go on a really restrictive rabbit-food diet, at some point you snap and eat all the sugar in sight? It's the same way with writing. Due to my scatteriness lately, when I've been able to find time to write (and yes, I know that I'm supposed to MAKE … Continue reading Plenty of Dessert.
The above photo is an accurate portrayal of my life over the past couple of months. Every time I think I'm getting back to normal, something else pops up, and I feel as if I'm being pulled in a million different directions. My edges are beginning to fray. As a result, my writing (and blogging, … Continue reading Tried and True Kicks in the Pants.
“Fame is hollow. It amplifies what is there. If there is any self-doubt, or hatred, or lack of ability to connect with people, fame will magnify it.” —Alanis Morissette This quote is shamelessly stolen (sourced) from Austin Kleon's blog. And listen, if you don't know who Austin Kleon is, you should. He's the real inspiration. … Continue reading Magnifying the Hollowness.
"Why, courage, then! what cannot be avoided 'Twere childish weakness to lament or fear." -Shakespeare, Henry VI, pt. 3 Oof. There's been a lot going on this year. This past month, in particular, has contained so much stuff that has made me want to lament and fear. In fact, as I'm writing this, I just … Continue reading What Cannot be Avoided.