Do you ever sit down to write at your computer all to just open up an internet window to quickly check if anyone has written you?
Facebook and social media are just a few clicks away, which doesn’t help when we get “bored” with our writing. So we think, “Oh, I will just go check Facebook, Twitter, and my email, quick.” That quickly turns from 10 minutes into 2 hours of wasted time, when you were supposed to be writing instead.
Want to beat social media at it’s own time wasting game?
Take up this virtual writing retreat to kick wasting time in the butt.(Click to Tweet) Read on to find out more.
Can you believe how fast this year has been going so far?
We’ve only got 7 months left?
I have so many things I want to finish before the end of the year. So today, I thought I’d share my goals for the next few months. Johan is coming to see me June 30th. I am really excited for him to come here. I am definitely going to need to buckle down starting now, so that I finish some things before he comes. Then I can relax with him while he is here.
What to do about the trolls living upstairs – Noisy Neighbors
I’ve come to a conclusion that you are two trolls who love dancing polka with your granite shoes at all hours of the day.
You don’t know the meaning of quiet or respect when it comes to keeping the volume down. I guess that is what makes you the loud upstairs neighbors in my life. I want to divorce you.
I’ve been respectful and have reached out to you to ask that you keep it down. But, it’s coming to a time where I don’t know what to do anymore. I am at my wits end. I’ve called the landlord and I’ve even sunk to using the broom on the ceiling, but you still intend on being a troll with no neighbor values or politeness.
What will it take for you to stop being so loud?
I work from 9-5pm and then come home. I don’t want to hear your music pounding and shattering through the walls and my ceiling. Stop being the loud upstairs neighbor. I really dislike you when you are so loud.
Please, for the love of humanity… turn down the music blaring in the bathroom, lower your TV’s volume, and stop tromping around so loudly. I’m afraid that one of these days I will wake up to find your feet sticking through the ceiling.
How do you survive apartment living with a loud upstairs neighbor?
This was originally a post that was published on my old blog. I was preparing my website articles and posts for Google’s SEO change and realized I hadn’t posted this over here yet. Now, I rarely give bad reviews on public pages, but sometimes there are things people need to be warned about. And I feel this one is important! I was revising my novel and wanted more information on revision, follow my journey. Read all the way to the bottom for some GREAT resources on editing.
Professionalism Is IMPORTANT!!
As you all know, I’ve been through a ton of revisions with my manuscript.
At first, I had no idea how to go about the whole process. I mucked right into the muddy mess with my rain boots. I like the mental picture of a girl with her rain boots, because I can relate. I remember a time in my life (I was probably 8-years-old) when I was stuck in the middle of the muddy garden in my rain boots. The garden had turned to an ocean of mud from all the rain we’d gotten. I was stuck.
I tried pulling my feet out of the mud, but the suction was too strong, so I started hyperventilating. My foot came flying out of my rain boot. I was a crying little island in the middle of a mud sea.
I pulled my other foot out and ran to the safety of dry land, but my boots stayed behind. They were out there for a few days.
You need to get yourself dirty. Roll up your sleeves and get in there.
When I was just starting my revision process I wasn’t sure how to go about it so I looked for books and/or courses on revision. I also interviewed authors on it. (Read below for the author interviews on editing)
A few people told me that I should look into Holly Lisle’s course on revision: How To Revise Your Novel, by Holly Lisle. They told me it was quite expensive as well. I looked it up and found that it was $49.95 per month (5 payments) =$249.75.
Today I thought I’d share the things that I love this April, with all of you.
1. My Colorful Monkey Key Covers
Aren’t they cute? A friend got them for me as a house warming gift. I love them. The blue one is my work key and the purple one is my home key. haha… I’ve never been so excited to open a door with these cute covered keys. Want some? Get your very own here!
2. My Slow Cooker
If people in ancient history dreamed of having a robot that would cook for them, I’m sure they would have dreamed of a slow cooker. haha… I am sure.
My slow cooker is really awesome. I can cooke rice in it and also use it to do meat and stews. You should really get one. Get one here.
3. Google Docs
I really like having documents online that I can access at anytime when I have internet. Since I have my work computer and my home computer, Google Docs makes it so easy to save from anywhere.
4. My Awesome Place Mats
Aren’t they cute and classy?
5. Sleep Pillow App
Who doesn’t love owls? I love them. But I love this app, too. It is a white noise app, which has many calming nature sounds. Perfect when you’ve moved from the gorgeous woodlands to a big city.
6. Trader Joes
I’ve really been enjoying Trader Joe’s. They are affordable and delicious. Happy they are within driving distance.
The more I use it, the more I fall in love. No, really! As time goes by, I find myself more and more annoyed with Facebook. Who is with me? Be amazing and follow me on Twitter. I will follow you back. Let’s have an awesome time chatting. Actually, I also have a #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat on April 18th, 3 pm (Pacific Time). Be sure to join in the fun!
One thing I really don’t like…
1. My LOUD upstairs neighbors.
They walk so loudly that I’m sure their feet could come through my ceiling any day now. Their tv, radio, instruments, or whatever it is that makes loud noise – is always on LOUD, LOUD.
They don’t know the meaning of inside volume. They play their things loudly from 8 pm – Midnight. This is actually what drove me to get the Sleep Pillow App. Makes me wish I lived in a cottage in the Rocky Mountains.
I’ve found running a half marathon to be a lot like writing a new novel.
Lately I’ve been in a funk when it comes to writing my new novel. The Mason of Hearts is still away with her Editor and since I’ve been settling into a new job and balancing everything else in life, it seems like I’m running a half marathon with beginning and finishing this story.
I really can’t wait to share more information with you all about my new project, but I’ve been marinating in the world and characters of it. It is quite unlike anything I’ve ever written before. But, until then, I’d like to share with you how I believe running a half marathon is a lot like writing a new novel.
Maybe you just got a new idea for a new novel? Now you just have to write it. But, sometimes this moment is the most important part of starting. Allow yourself time to just marinate in it all. Get to know the land and people inside your mind.
I’ve recently seen a Walt Disney saying.
“The way to get started is to QUIT TALKING and BEGIN DOING.”
I’ve always really struggled with this, because I love sharing my ideas with others to get an idea if they think it’s good.
In the future, I am going to try this out.
This is the point where you start writing ideas down. Either in your favorite notebook or in the Notes app on your phone. I do both! This is my current notebook.
It happens at the most unlikely moment. Say you are laying in bed, when your eyes shoot open forcing you out of bed to write.
So you sit down & write.
After going strong for up to at least 25,000 – 30,000 words (this is usually where I get stuck) you have a tough moment where you aren’t quite sure where you are anymore. Sometimes I feel like Derp, here.
Our world has gotten so loud with
Don’t you agree?
It just seems like everyone believes they have to give their opinion even when they weren’t asked for it. What really bothers me is when people say things like “Oh, you shouldn’t do that or say that.” And when you ask why, they say, “Because, it isn’t politically correct.”
Honestly, I don’t get or believe in political correctness. I think it’s just a ploy the government uses to control people.
The other day I was on a blogger’s page where she was giving a critique of a writer’s pitch. The writer’s pitch was about a lady of color and the writer just stated the character’s color as “a black lady”.
The blogger said: “I think you should change black lady to African American.”
Writer responded: “Why?”
Blogger: “Because that’s not politically correct.”
Writer: First off, I didn’t think there was a problem with stating her color, because I am black. And just because she is black, doesn’t mean she is “African”American.
I totally agree with you, lady!
“& American Indians…”
I grew up in rural Minnesota about 8 miles from an Indian Reservation. And the Indians call themselves indians. They don’t like being called “American Indians” because of course they are American. But they have adopted the title of “Indian”.
But other times I’ve had conversations with a person and when I said “Indian”…
I was censored with the statement… “You shouldn’t say that… It’s not politically correct. They are called American Indians.”
To which, I’ve politely responded, “Well, actually back home the Indians prefer to be called Indians. They actually have told me & others that.”
A writer has creative power over the world of her story. I believe the writer (amidst the color they are. White or Black or Purple.) should be able to state the color of her character (even if she isn’t said color) instead of being censored or told “It’s not politically correct.”
When I read the aforementioned blogger’s comment I felt a slightly offended. I know I am white, but I find people saying those kinds of things judgmental. Also when people say, “Oh you shouldn’t judge.” Who is judging in those types of situations. What about the person claiming that you are judging? Isn’t that judging?
So WORLD, I will not follow your bossy rules when it comes to political correctness.
I am not politically correct.
I will never be.
I don’t believe in political correctness.
I just thought I’d cover political correctness today when it comes to writing a place realistically.
Same thing about Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Tom Sawyer. A few years ago editors went through the books deleting certain words. Honestly… that author put those words there for a reason. I believe they should be left as is. Yes, it is sad that those events happened, but those are the words that people spoke back then. It makes the story realistic and besides, it’s history.
When you say certain words can’t be spoken by certain people (because of color) isn’t that more racial and judgmental?
I will NEVER be politically correct, but I will be polite and respectful.