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hello?

*creeps onto your dash like a ninja*

oh lookee here… I have a blog. A WordPress blog. A writing blog. A personal blog. A blog which I have largely forgotten about for the past year. Oops.

Perhaps– perhaps I’ll see if can’t revamp this place, get some action, start posting again. Even if it’s not all original stuff. Even if everyone has unfollowed me because you thought I was dead. I’m not. I’m very much alive. And very much wanting to blog again.

*coughs* *awkwardly stands around* *shuffles away*

 


SB2- Not My Cup of Tea

this Sandbox assignment, to write a description of an imaginary reader of my future novella, was actually rawther fun. my first instinct was to be self-deprecating– but that’s a bit clichè. mindless bragging isn’t particularly pleasant either, so i tried just being realistic.  but then, realistic can be boring too… but whatever. i’m just rambling now… i had fun, that’s all, goodbye. :-}

“Keep that thing away from me!” Justine hissed with feigned drama, remembering just in time not to yell. She was in a library, after all.

“Aw, come on!” her friend Rose giggled, while shoving the objectionable book in Justine’s direction.

Her other friend, Mindy, added with a sly grin, “You want to find out which guy she chooses, you know you do!”

Neither Mindy nor Rose was actually a fan of the romance series, but they were keenly aware of Justine’s abject distaste for the books. Being the good friends that they were, they loved to tease her any chance they got.

“Actually, no, I don’t,” Justine retorted. “When you find a romance novel that’s not mushy, unrealistic, and sentimental, let me know. Until then, you’ll find me in the historical fiction aisle.”

“Historical fiction?” Mindy queried. “I thought you preferred high fantasy? Lord of the Rings kind of stuff?”

“First,” Justine began, “let me say I’m rather impressed that you’ve managed to retain terms such as ‘high fantasy,’”—Mindy rolled her eyes—“Second, yes, it’s true. Fantasy is usually my cup of tea. Today though, I found a World War II story that looks promising; I’m actually pretty stoked to read it. I think I saw a couple more copies if you girls want—”

“No thanks!” Rose interjected, “I think we get quite enough history reading from school assignments. Doesn’t that stuff ever bore you?”

Justine shrugged, “Sure. But see, our school reading tends to be educationally informative, and usually lacks a certain creative intrigue—”

“Enough!” Rose cut in again, raising her hands in pleading. With a patient sigh, she asked, “So what’s this book about, anyway?”

“Well,” Justine grinned, unperturbed by her friend’s interruptions, “it’s partially a military story. It’s about a lieutenant during—”

“It’s about the military?!” This time it was Mindy breaking in. “Are you serious?” She raised an eyebrow in concern.

“Ah, but wait, there’s more!” Justine playfully punched her friend on the shoulder.

“Yeah, like?” Mindy folded her arms.

Justine turned the book over and began scanning the back cover. “Well, like… oh, there’s a teenage girl in the story too.”

“Oh, well that sounds promising,” Rose said. “Is she involved in a romance?”

Now Justine was flipping through the first couple of chapters for more information. “Uh, no. It looks like she’s the one telling the story. But it’s not really about her.”

“Is there any romance at all?” Mindy asked. “There has to be romance.”

Looking up, Justine said, “Ok, now it’s my turn to ask if you’re really serious.”

“Well, there’s got to be some kind of romance!” she said defensively. “I mean, I’m not all into the chick flick sort of novel myself… but without any romance at all, it can’t be very captivating.”

With one more searching glace at the cover, Justine sighed, “No, there doesn’t appear to be any romance.”

Mindy shrugged, “Eh, not interested.”

“But, but…” Justine protested, “it’s about a heroic lieutenant in the U.S. Army! It’s about courage, and self-sacrifice—and finding purpose in life!”

“Justine,” Rose said, finally exasperated with her friend’s persistence, “you haven’t even read the book yourself. Besides, how could a fictional story be so inspiring? It’s just another made-up tale.”

“If someone can imagine it, then it can happen,” Justine trumped. “Besides, I think it did happen—it’s based on a true story.”

Rose and Mindy seemed to be waiting for elucidation.

She perused the descriptions again. “Well, loosely based, anyway… ok, so, some of the plot points were inspired by true events. At any rate, the heart of the story is real. That’s good enough for me.”

“Sorry, Stina,” Mindy said, patting her friend on the shoulder, “it seems like a nice book, but it’s just not my, uh, ‘cup of tea.’ Anyway, I gotta get going. See y’all tomorrow!”

As Mindy walked off, Rose said, “Same here. War just isn’t my thing, girl. But you enjoy it, mmk? Get all, you know, inspired by it and whatnot. Later!”

Standing in the library aisle alone, Justine ran her hand across the cover.

“Looks like it’s just gonna be you and me,” she whispered to the inanimate object. Grabbing her backpack, she checked the book out, and headed for home.


J16-Writing Tips

 

despite the fact that i am a poor writer myself, i now have to give 5 tips to other writers! each of these tips is something that i’ve learned through personal experience– and i have by no means become a master at them. Here’s to all writers (including myself) getting even better at writing!

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Tip 1: Use a wide variety of literary devices.
This first tip is one that I myself often forget. While it isn’t too difficult to utilize one or two literary devices that you are familiar with, it can be a challenge to remember that the metaphor is not the only device out there. Or maybe your preferred literary device is personification, in which case you might want to try using more metaphors. Or maybe you don’t use literary devices at all, in which case you need to get started!

Don’t tell me the moon is shining. Show me the glint of light on broken glass.” –Anton Chekhov.

Tip 2: Learn from your writing.
Your own writing can teach you a lot of things. It can teach you about yourself—your abilities, your faults, and your perspective on the world. Take advantage of that, and explore what depths of understanding your writing has in store for you.

“The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought. This in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.“– Norbet Platt.

Tip 3: Read, read, and read some more.
What better way to improve your writing than to read the works of others? You can learn what styles you like best and get ideas for how you want to write—you can also learn how not to write. From prolific novel masterpieces to simple short stories to children’s literature, reading is a way to ignite the imagination, find motivation, and transport yourself to another world.

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.“– E.B. White.

Tip 4: Have no fear.
If you want to write that 50,000 word novel, then dive right in. If you have a thrilling tale to tell—let ‘em rip! If you’ve been holding back, now is the time to let go. Push all inhibitions aside and pour your soul out. Your writing is your own—don’t let fear or doubt dictate what you can and can’t do.

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” — E.L. Doctorow.

Tip 5: Just keep writing, just keep writing…
Writer’s block: a writer’s worst nightmare. Whether novice or veteran, writers of all ages must find ways to fight this terrible foe. My best remedy is to simply start writing. Now, that might not sound like much of a solution, but it is. When you feel like you can’t go on and the words just won’t come, write about anything that comes to mind. You might not start off in the direction you want to go, but if you don’t get started in the first place, you won’t get anywhere at all.

Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. You can sit and look at a page for a long time and nothing will happen. Start writing and it will.” — Louis L’Amour.


J14- The Journal About Journaling

as you can see, this Journal is about my thoughts on journaling. so it’s like Inception… in journal form.

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Ever since I was very young (maybe around five or six years old), I’ve always tried to keep a journal. The key word there being “tried.” Whether I’ve succeeded is another matter. I remember one time early on in my journal-keeping where I went an entire year without writing a single entry. Recently though, particularly in the last year, I’ve greatly improved at writing down my daily thoughts and events more, well, daily.

I’ve found two main benefits to writing in a journal. The first is that it provides a way to safely vent emotions and to “get it out.” Of course, the reality is that it’s not entirely safe; because by writing it down you are taking the chance that someone will read it. I know from experience that the results of that happening can be a bit traumatizing. However, I think it’s worth it in the long run. That and I’ve learned to hide my journal better. Oh, and I plan to burn every page before I die.

The second benefit is simply being able to look back and read your writing at a later date. I think it’s good to be reminded once in a while of where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. Reading about your past from your own perspective is a great way to do that.

As to whether I’ll keep my blog after this class is over, I have a prediction. I think that at first I’ll be really excited to maintain it, and I might do so for a little while. But then I’ll start procrastinating as I get caught up in Summer activities, and eventually I’ll probably forget about it. Then, after a while, I might come back to it and start up again—but I might not. In short, I hope to keep writing in my blog—but I’m making no promises!