Morning chaps! I was sitting, sipping my coffee and thought, I should have a discussion with my blog peeps. (The kids still say ‘peeps’ right?) I’ve been slow in my reading, having left the book I’m currently working on at work over the past weekend, so I felt the desire to be chatty.
Many moons ago, I attempted to write a book, a YA post apocalyptic novel. I made it decently far in the process, but my grandfather (my inspiration to try to write) passed away and with the depression that followed, I stopped. I didn’t feel the urge to try again until the last couple of months. It’s no longer the same book, but I’m trying again.
I’m struggling more than I was the first time, but I’m being much more critical of myself this go around. I recently instated a new house rule, Wednesday nights and Saturdays I must work on the book for one hour minimum. If I keep going past that, excellent, but I was having a hard time finding the time to write. Inspiration isn’t so hard, especially after Ignited Moth and I have a writing meeting. (Yeah, we’ve formed our own cool little writers group.)
So my question is this, what writing tips (or encouraging tips in general) do you have to help someone along in the process? What have you struggled with yourself?
Morning folks! Just your friendly neighborhood C&M in a funk. I’m not 100% sure why but I think it largely has to do with being SO fucking sick of winter. I’m ready for some sunshine and to get my hands in the Earth, play with the dogs in the yard, maybe do some hiking and just enjoy it NOT getting dark at 6 pm.
This mood has bled into my reading. Since I’m a mood reader, if I read anything while not in the mood for that genre, you can pretty much bet I’m not going to like it. But then at the same time, I feel really weird not reading anything. So, my strategy to try to beat my funk, was to select a random book NOT on my TBR list and just give it a wing. I choose Chasing Graves. I am enjoying it, so hopefully it will turn this funk around soon.
I had a temporary reprieve from my funk when Miss Moth came and stayed the night this past Saturday. We had our lovely book club meeting, in which we tried the Impossible Burger crumbles currently being tested at Qdoba, and chatted about cannibalism over lunch. One of the many reasons I love our book club.
I’ll tell you where I’m currently NOT in a funk (for once). Writing. I decided to give trying to write another book a go. I started years ago but ultimately, dropped it when my grandfather passed away. I guess it just wasn’t the same without him cheering me on.
Woooooo! I did not mean to take a little mini blog vacation there. I’m still slowly chugging along on The Indifferent Stars Above and need to review my reread of Harry Potter BUT my dad is coming to town. Which means, lots of cleaning. That makes my house sound like a filthy mess but I assure you that’s not the case. Parents just have a way of finding that ONE thing you missed and pointing it out. I don’t think my dad does it on purpose, it’s almost always when discussing ways to renovate the house that something I missed pops up and frankly, I like a clean house when any guest comes to town. I like them to feel comfortable, at home and well fed, all thanks to my grandmother. She set the bar for hosting people and it is high.
As usual, it also coincides with a warm front making the yard a hot mess. Mud, mud everywhere. Especially on puppy paws every time they go out to do their business. So I clean, and I clean up again and curse the yard, several times a day.
I’m also willing to bet that my dad shows up sooner than expected. He gets excited and then shows up hours to days before planned.
Anywho, I should be back to my regularly scheduled activity soon but I’m going to soak up the father/daughter time because I don’t get enough of it with him living almost 4 hours away.
After a year of shenanigans on Instagram. I’ve had some fun and learned some things. One of which is that, if you’re a bookworm, it’s the place for you. Not only are there plenty of bookstagrammers to follow and ogle their pretty books, but it’s a great place to interact with your favorite authors as well. Recently, Brian McClellan, author of the Powder Mage trilogy, requested bookstagrammers to read his new UF series and give feedback and I was lucky enough that he said yes to my request. This gave me the idea for this post, link a few authors and why their IG accounts are fun to follow.
Brandon Sanderson – regularly signs his books in random bookstores in airports and then lets you know where you can find them.
Kevin Hearne – travels a lot, posts interesting food and cocktail drinks. Shares his fondness for whiskey.
Brian McClellan – besides ARC offers, he posts his cat and dogs, and his cooking.
Delilah S. Dawson – she gets up to a lot of shenanigans. Conventions, pets, Star Wars and her friendship with homie Kevin Hearne.
Chuck Wendig – posts a lot of beautiful outdoor pictures from his daily runs.
Who are some of your favorite authors to follow on IG?
I was nominated for this award by Extra Life and what good timing! I recently thought to myself that I really suck at doing and keeping up on tags and that I would change that this year. I’ve also decided not to be lazy and actually tag people to do them so watch out motha fuckas! I’m about to annoy your pants off. I’m married to a gamer but I do not consider myself a gamer, so this should prove difficult.
In which cases would you deem the manga superior to the anime on which it’s based?
Oooo, I cannot answer this one as I don’t recall ever sitting down and reading a single manga. I’m very picky about anime as well but I have watched and enjoyed; Inuyasha, Desert Punk and Fullmetal Alchemist.
What game do you feel has the best soundtrack?
Final Fantasy VII
If you could revive a dead video game series, which one would you choose?
Fuck if I know….every game I can think of that I enjoy they’ve either remastered or have continued making games.
What game/film/album/book did you have a particularly difficult time adding to your collection?
Quite a few of the true crime books I recently added to my TBR list seem to be no longer in production. Some don’t even have ebooks available. Now I can’t think of the name of them. I’m really good at tags.
Do you prefer to see a film at home or in the theater?
I haaaate it when people talk during a movie, so my preference is at home where it’s acceptable to tell someone to shut the fuck up if they’re talking.
In what cases do you find yourself siding with critics over fans about a work’s quality?
The first thing that comes to mind is 50 Shades of Gray. I actually have no idea what the critics said about the books or the films but I hate the fandom surrounding it.
In what cases did you find yourself siding with fans over critics about a work’s quality?
Eh, you’re killing me with these questions. I really never pay attention to critics and I only listen to other people I know and respect about their opinions.
Which game series have you been following for the longest amount of time?
World of Warcraft. I played for about 7 years and I still keep up about the going ons every once in awhile but it’s been about 3 years since I played the game at all.
In what ways do you feel that video game critics are ahead of their film-loving counterparts?
In the film, everything is diluted down to fit a small time slot, where as books and games delve much deeper into the worlds. SO I would be willing to argue that video game critics are much more knowledgeable (and therefore more trustworthy) than film critics.
How does hype factor into how you ultimately feel about a work?
Too much hype tends to leave me feeling disappointed. I find when I go into something with zero expectations, my experience is much more authentic and therefore, more enjoyable.
If you could eat only one food dish for the rest of your life, what
would it be?
Someone purposefully damages a book/game in front of you, how do you
What is your spirit animal?
If you could force your arch nemesis to only play one video game for
the rest of their life, what would it be?
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
Zap! You’ve just been teleported to your favorite fantasy realm,
what is it?
If you had to die by shark, bear or lion, what would it be?
What book/game series would you drop ANY amount of money on?
If you could have any tattoo, from the best artist, without worrying
about cost, what would it be?
10. How did I do with these questions?
My nominees: (I have zero expectations for anyone else to follow through just because I decided to start actually tagging people.)
Just ten short days ago, I was complaining about the -9 weather we were having here in Michigan. Today it’s -10 with a windchill making it feel more like -40. The Governor has declared a state of emergency, the county has shut down and even the US Postal Service has said, Fuck this. For some crazy reason my boss decided that the pharmacy should stay open, but a few of us got the day off because there is no way that many people are coming in. If they do, they’re bat shit crazy.
In this house, we’re curled up in the blankets on the couch, reading, snuggling and playing video games. (I beat Pokemon Let’s Go!) The husband monster is fully absorbed in Kingdom Hearts 3. Time to fill up on coffee and chai lattes to fuel lazy winter day activities.
Also, it’s Ignited Moth’s birthday today so make sure to pop on over to her blog and wish her a Happy Birthday. She really is the bestest friend a girl could ask for.
Okay, that’s a little dramatic but we did get 4-5 inches of snow and we woke up to it being 1 degree outside. The dogs were out for less than 3 minutes, they could barely pee, before they started lifting their paws and trying to lay down in the snow. So we’ve declared it, No Leaving the House Day.
It’s excellent timing as I’ve already been feeling restless. I’m ready to get outside and work on all the things but alas, that’s still going to be a couple of months.
That means today I’m going to try to occupy myself with lots of random things; try a new baking recipe, decide whether to continue the book I’m reading or not, laundry, pinning soup recipes and eyeballing Instant Pots. (My faithful crock pot has a massive crack in it.) There might even be an attempt at writing but we’ll see. My restlessness makes concentrating nearly impossible. Even as I write this, I drift off thinking of other things.
I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Well to be honest, I’ve been back for a couple of days but I needed to recoup from my vacation.
Where did my family wander off to you may ask? Naples, Florida, to spend time with my adopted uncle. We drove there and back. That’s twenty hours one way. It was rough but a cool experience that we don’t ever want to do again. Lmao.
The first day we went on a hike through the cypress swamps in the Everglades. This was a really cool experience offered by the National Park Service for free. They do it once a week during their dry season but you have to sign up for it ahead of time.
Good morning friends! The coffee hasn’t even begun to kick in yet but I thought I’d drop in with a quick announcement that I will be gone for 9 days for a family vacation. I haven’t decided whether I’ll take my laptop or not so I doubt there will be any posts. We’re driving 2 days down, 5 days at the location and driving 2 days back, with the dogs. It’s going to be quite the adventure. If you’d like to follow any potential hijinks, don’t forget to follow me over at my Instagram page. It’s right in my hot little hand so I’m expecting to update daily there.
I leave you off with a cute picture of Samus helping me pack for the big trip.