A Writer's Journey

February 20, 2017

Traveling, Traveling, Traveling…

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It’s February and I already have a lot of trips planned for 2017, it seems.

In fact, it started this past weekend with a trip up to Corning, NY to visit my cousin and her kids. Corning is a quaint little city best known for glass and other kitchenware, but it’s pretty picturesque. It’s also wine country and I’ve been meaning to go on a wine tour up there.

Maybe this summer?

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February 14, 2017

Be Mine Valentine

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Red and pink dominated the office, with hearts dangling from the ceiling and flowers on nearly every desk. It seemed Dolores went all out this year and Grace sighed as she set her bag down.

“Happy Valentine’s Day!” Dolores chirped, coming up behind her. The office manager was dressed all in red and had pinned white bows with red hearts in her brown curls. Her glasses were perched on her nose as her blue eyes took in Grace. “Any plans?”

Grace shook her head. “Quiet dinner at home, some wine and the least romantic movies I can find.”

“Come on. Where’s your Valentine’s spirit?”

“There’s no such thing,” Grace replied, sitting down. “There’s a Christmas spirit, but no Valentine’s spirit.”

Dolores huffed. “With that attitude, you’ll never have a Valentine.”

“Maybe I’m not looking.”

With the way Dolores reacted, one would’ve thought she had just confessed to murdering puppies. She clutched her chest and her blue eyes went wide as her mouth fell open. “Don’t you want love?”

“I do,” Grace said. “Just not for some stupid commercial holiday.”

“It’s not a stupid commercial holiday.”

She gave the older a woman a look. “Please. Spare me.”

“How is this a stupid commercial holiday and Christmas isn’t?” Dolores challenged.

Grace sighed. “Can we not do this? Can you just accept that some of us aren’t as gung-ho for this holiday as you and leave us be? Please?”

“Or what?”

“Or I’ll report you to management,” one of her colleagues, Dan, said. He peeked over the wall separating their cubicles, eyes focused on Dolores. “This has to be borderline harassment.”

Dolores pulled back, sniffling. “No one appreciates this holiday.”

Before either Grace or Dan could say something, she stalked away. Leaning back in relief, Grace looked up at her savior. “Thanks for that.”

“You’re welcome,” he said. “There are a few of us grumps but you seem to be the only woman who isn’t hiding her disdain for today. I think that’s why Dolores focused on you.”

She sighed. “Great.”

“Don’t worry. I think I scared her off.”

“Good. Maybe I can get some work done,” Grace said, finally logging into her computer.

He wished her luck before sliding out of sight, returning to his own work. She smiled, diving into her tasks for the day.

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February 7, 2017

Return to the Big Project

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So, I’ve been quiet about this for a while. And there’s a reason—I had to backburner it for a couple…months.

First, I realized I couldn’t focus on it and NaNoWriMo at the same time. I tried but it didn’t work. Not with me having a full time job as well. So I had to make a decision and put the Big Project on hold.

Then came December. “The Christmas Wish” wasn’t completed yet, so I focused on that. With a lot happening before Christmas, I had to keep the Big Project on the backburner so I could get the story finished—as well as my OUAT Secret Santa gift.

Which now brings us to January. I rang in the New Year with a glass of Reisling and then two hours later, I couldn’t breathe out of my nose. As the night wore on, I felt worse and worse and it was clear I had a cold. It was a lot of sleeping as we returned from my sister’s in Virginia and I spent the next day resting as well. After going to work on Tuesday, I was knocked out and called out sick on Wednesday because I was just feeling awful. I spent the rest of the week trying to get better.

And then my grandmother died.

So I realized January just wasn’t good. I decided to start again February 1st…and then got felled by a stomach bug. (My immune system clearly needs a boost). So that went out the window as well.

Now I’m hoping to restart this week. Wish me luck!

February 1, 2017

Am I Turning into Planner?

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Probably not, but…

I do have a character development sheet saved on my computer. And a plot chart sheet. Have I used them?

Not yet.

Do I plan on using them?

I do.

What for?

I’m not sure.

There are a few projects I might apply it to. Most of them are past projects I want to tackle again for some rewrites. And one is another fanfiction turned original story (not the Big Project. I don’t think this would help that).

Let’s break them down:

Fairest of Them All: It’s been a while since I’ve talked about this, huh? For those who may not remember, here’s a rundown: I wrote it for my first NaNoWriMo. It’s a modern day fairy tale where my main character, Gwen, finds her life mirroring Snow White’s. Is it coincidence…or is she the reincarnation of the fairy tale princess?

I’ve been meaning to go back and re-edit this. Okay, more like rewrite. So I want to be sure I’m clear as I dive back in. Clear on the characters, clear on the plot progression…I’m still serious about this story.

The Wedding Game: Yes, I still have hope in this project as well. Though I believe earlier I mentioned that this was probably getting a full rewrite, so I’m definitely going to need the planning guides as I embark on this.

Whenever that is.

The Nanny: This is the fanfic project I was talking about. It’s one I’ve mentioned before in a few posts, especially after I received several reviews attacking my decision to include a rape scene. However, it’s more beloved and many have asked if I plan on publishing it. I will probably have to publish it in parts as it’s long. And unfinished. I feel the plot plan will help me break it up logically.

So maybe I’m turning into something of a planner.

Only time will tell.

January 24, 2017

Another Farewell

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Almost two months ago, I wrote a post after the passing of my great aunt.

Now I write this post after the passing of my grandmother.

Yeah, 2017 is off to a great start, huh?

I hope you detected the sarcasm.

My grandmother passed late on Friday, January 6th. She had been battling several conditions—including breast cancer and COPD—for years. There were times in the past when we thought it was the end but she would bounce back. She was definitely a fighter.

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January 9, 2017

Hello, 2017!

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So we’re a week into the New Year. As usual, I’m going to list my anticipations for the year. For any newcomers, I don’t like the term “resolution.” So I say “anticipations” instead.

Ready? Here I go…

Continue to post regularly here on WordPress.

Post a flash fiction a day on my tumblr.

Work on the Big Project and self publish it by the end of the year.

Work on the Christmas Project and self publish it by Christmas.

Get back on a regular fanfiction posting schedule.

Network with more writers, both in fandom and out of it.

Continue to try to read a book a month.

Write more book reviews for my blog.

I think that’s it for now.

Bring it on, 2017.

I’m ready.

January 3, 2017

2016 in Review

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It’s been a year, hasn’t it?

I won’t lie—I won’t be too sad to see this one go. There’s been some struggles personally—nothing too much, but still, it was a bit trying.

How else has it been for me? Well, let’s review the anticipations I made almost a year ago:

On the fanfiction front, I anticipate finishing “The Land Without Magic” and “The Prince of Darkness.” I anticipate starting their sequels—“Once Upon a Time” and “Untitled as of Now.” And I’ll continue working on “The Nanny,” “Comfort Food” and “Building a Family.” And probably many more.

I did this! In fact, “Untitled as of Now” is called “The Dark Legacy.” I also started a new story called “Crown My Heart,” which is also very popular. There was also the hotel verse and I just finished a well liked Christmas fic as well.

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December 20, 2016

Christmastime is Here

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Can you feel it?

That’s right—it’s almost Christmas!

Here in the Northeast, we had a cold snap. We’ve even seen snow! However, temperatures have started to rise again, so it’s likely we won’t have a White Christmas. We most likely won’t have another scenario like last year though, when it felt more like Easter than Christmas.

Lights are going up all over the place. (Some started well before Thanksgiving around me). They are absolutely beautiful and somewhat magical. And quite elaborate too. I have to imagine it takes them almost all day to put everything up. I’d love to do something nice (though maybe not as elaborate) when I have a place of my own, but I don’t know if I’d have the patience, you know?

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December 12, 2016

Book Analysis: “Lost Among the Living” by Simone St. James

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This was my first book in my new book club. I managed to read it in a month. As I said, the gifts were a great encouragement but the story was really good as well. So I was glued to it and wanted to read more and more.

Now, I’m going to do a book analysis on it!

Once again, this is an analysis, not a review. I will be looking at St. James’ writing style and her choices. So there will be SPOILERS!

You have been warned.

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December 5, 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016 is Done

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Another November has come and gone. It’s like I blink and they’re over.

So how was this NaNoWriMo?

I finished at 38, 773 words.

Pretty damn good. Even with a few bumps in the road for me. Namely my great-aunt’s wake and then having to really focus on my entry for the OQ Advent calendar.

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