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Sunday, October 16th, 2016 03:56 pm
This past Sunday was it! I married my sweetheart. Have to say, I didn't expect to get so choked up just listening to the Justice of the Peace give his spiel. I had suspected I'd get teary-eyed when it came down to repeating the vows, but I did not think I would be doing an impersonation of Niagara Falls! Goes to show what I know, right? The gravity of the moment just kinda hit me, I guess. To love, honor, and cherish. In sickness and in health. All that jazz. It's no longer just me, it's we. We're forming our own family. Tad bit overwhelming when that fact hits you.

Okay! Enough of that! This week there will be writing! I took off last week for the wedding but now the Punishment Game is back on! I'm a little indecisive on which story to work on, though. The Servant of the Windows or Expectations? There's also my poor neglected babies, Favorite Form and the others. Maybe I should put all the titles in a hat and pull... Bah. I'll figure something out.
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Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 11:55 am
August 28th was my last post? Oh wow, has it really been that long since I posted on here? Eep! I am still alive (not that I think there are many, if any, people reading this and were thus worried about me). I would love to say that I spent the last month or so writing and that there will be a flurry of updates to my stories but alas, I can't. The last month has been spent working and planning my wedding. Next weekend is the day! Woohoo!

I've been thinking back to where I was just 7 or so years ago and it's amazing to see where I am now. My mind isn't trapped going in those dark, poisonous circles anymore. Before you say anything, no it wasn't because of my honey. Well. Not entirely. He helped me get to a place and position where I was safe. Then he encouraged me to be me again. Not the person he thought I was or should be, me. The freedom and safety to be yourself is both overwhelming and a precious gift. Hopefully, over the rest of our lives, I'll be able to show him how much I appreciate and cherish him.

That's enough mushy stuff! There has been SOME writing done over the past month. Nothing ready for posting but I've also joined an online writing group, Scribophile. A lot of wonderful and friendly people on there with excellent advice. Some of my stuff is being posted on there (slowly since I have a hard time finding time to build up the Karma points I need to post) so hopefully I'll have an update in the near future. Some of the old stuff is also going up on there and may be edited. Okay! Back to work!
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Sunday, August 28th, 2016 12:45 pm
Rain isn't necessarily a bad thing. Water is essential for life and the fact that it literally falls from the sky is actually pretty cool. It's only when we get too much or not enough that it becomes a problem. I have no idea where I was planning on going with that but there you go.

Life is taking me on an equal parts interesting, exciting, and terrifying path. Interesting and exciting because of a promotion at work that will be giving me new challenges and rewards. Terrifying because it's something I've never done before. AND YET IT'S ALL FUN! I know, I'm weird. With the position though is a change in my free time, meaning I won't be able to write while in the store...because I won't be there all the time. When I am in the store I'll have actual work to do.

That kind of sucks but only until I find my groove. The bad part of all this? I recently redid the update schedule with Argentroses so that it now includes word count goals. Why does my timing hate me?! Oh well, just need to buckle down and do it. That update will be done by midnight tonight!
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Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 01:12 am
A recap! Argentroses and I decided to do something different for our update. We came up with a title and main character name, then we had to write a story with just that. Sounds easy, right? Nope! Turns out that was way too much freedom. Too many possibilities popped into our heads that we had a hell of a time picking just one. We're still going to finish those challenges (I'm almost done with mine). Our next challenge will be different.

For our next writing challenge, we will be adding more detail and restrictions. I wrote up one for Argentroses that included a title, detailed character description, and a situation for the character to react to. This has proven to be much easier. I guess it's better to have more guidance than open freedom. Who knew?
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Friday, July 29th, 2016 03:48 pm
There's some writing going on over here but it's across about three stories. For some reason my brain is hopping from story to story, even some pretty old ideas that I haven't even outlined yet. Yeesh. I was off yesterday and did I do any writing? Nope! Ended up sleeping and just goofing off. It was a nice break but I need to buckle down and get the next chapter out. It'll either be Favorite Form, Mirror Images, or How Many Licks. We'll see which one it is. :p
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Monday, July 18th, 2016 01:23 pm
I received an email from one of the writing websites that I post on. The message was positive and encouraging, telling me about an opportunity for me to be in the running for author mentoring with a writing coach. Great opportunity, right?

My first thought was, "I wonder how many other people got the same email and what their criteria for sending it out was because I know I don't have that many hits on that website."

My next thought was, "Maybe it's reader engagement that's the main indicator? I really hope it's somewhat selective or else that poor author coach is going to be going through quite a few manuscripts before making their choice."

A friend commented that I'm far too cynical and that my story is really good (my fiancee laughed and gave me a hug for thinking the same thing he was). I had to point out that as my friend she isn't obligated to tell me that. I know it needs work. Far from being cynical, I'm just trying to be practical. I know my story is entertaining to some but it needs a lot of polishing and elaborating on the world I've created for it...it's still an interesting opportunity though.

Eh, why the hell not? Let's see if I can stand out from the others in the pile. I'm still not sure what their criteria was while picking out who to send the invite to (or if they sent it to everyone O_O) but the worst that can happen is nothing. Now I need to get back to my writing!
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Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 04:05 pm
Holy guacamole! It's up! XD Yes, I finally updated Favorite Form. I can tell you're excited. ;) I am too. This story is one that rolled around my head for years before Argentroses got me writing again. Now I get to breath it into life! IT'S ALIIIIIVE!!!

Don't roll your eyes at me, you were itching to make that reference too. Even if you weren't, you should have been so shame on you. Back to the update! I'm told it's a bit of a teaser chapter but this is my story and I'll tell it how I want to...plus I love teaser chapters! Eehehehehe! The teasing and taunting are about as much fun for me as actually getting what I want. Sometimes it's even more fun because you still have that anticipation there, keeping you on edge. Once you get what you want there isn't anything left to hope for.

Oooo...I need to remember that line to use later...
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Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 03:34 pm
Sometimes I think the editing portion of a piece takes more effort than actually writing it. You've finished the story you wanted to get down and are so excited! You want to just put it up and share it with the world!
BUT. It's not ready yet. Having another pair of eyes (or several more pairs of eyes) look it over will improve things so much. I especially need those extra pairs of eyes, my dialogue tags are horrible. Granted I've gotten a lot better at it over the years but still, they can be pretty bad. There's also those awkward sentences or passages that no matter what I try still come out feeling weird. Time and another opinion irons those out.

I know all this. I've even told other writers that getting someone to proofread their stuff will make a profound difference. Regardless....I REALLY JUST WANT TO POST MY NEW CHAPTER!! XD Damn this impatience! It's been soooo loooong since I've updated Favorite Form and I just want to put it up! Gah! Need to focus my nervous energy on something else! Too twitchy to sit and work on the next chapter though. Too bright and beautiful outside to work on my horror short story. Maybe some vacuuming....
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Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 06:55 pm
It's like there's a weight off my shoulders! I've been struggling with writers block and awkward sentences for months and months and months with Chapter 11 of Favorite Form but finally! It's off to my proofreaders! My proofreaders being my writing buddy and a close friend who's been wanting to read the chapters before everyone else. :p Hopefully it won't take too long to polish so I can get it posted. Now I am back to working on Chapter 12 because I bet people will be wanting it in less time than it took me to do Chapter 11.

I've also got 2 short stories that are coming along nicely. Apparently I did not get that horror thing out of my system. Le sigh. We'll see if these pretty little things do it. If not, I may need to work on Mirror Images for a while. It's funny how much mood effects writing. I can still write something when I'm not in the mood but it's so much easier when I am. That's enough musing, back to other stuff!
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Friday, July 1st, 2016 07:48 pm
...but the flesh is tired and sleep deprived. Something I've noticed as I get older, there just doesn't feel like there's enough time in the day to do everything. When thinking back to college one thing strikes me harder than others. HOW THE HELL DID I DO ALL THAT EVERY DAY??? Get up at 6am, go to school full time, work full time, get in book shopping and friend time, a bit of game time, walking EVERYWHERE or catching the bus, and not be half as tired as I am now? How do I regain that energy and motivation? This bears some careful thinking and who am I kidding? I need to exercise more. Rearrange my day so that it's more regimented like I did back in college (not that it helped me graduate). Only way to make a change is to get up off my butt and do something, right?
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Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 07:20 pm
Just kidding! I've got some chapters done but I've wanted to tweak them, rework some phrases, etc. Looking at how long it's been since I updated though I figured I should just put something up. I can always work on it more later. With that said, maybe I can let a few more go up before everyone COMPLETELY forgets about me...if they haven't already. :p
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Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 06:28 pm
I have too many projects. I know, I still need to finish one of them. That's the goal this year afterall! At least my challenge should be done tonight. I will hopefully have it up tonight though it likely won't be edited (don't hate me if there are blaring errors and mistakes in it! >.<) Aaaaand...that's it. Wow. I am really boring.
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Friday, June 17th, 2016 09:33 pm
Been a while since my last post. I need to keep up on this better. My only excuse is that living without a gallbladder is taking some getting used to. My fiance (that's the spelling for the guy, right?) is being really strict on what I eat. That's probably for the best because my writing buddy sent me a care package that includes various chocolates and some brownies. I'm on a low to no fat diet for a month. You can feel my pain, can't you?

Missing a week of work really hurts too. Need to do really good this weekend to make up for it. Also need to get my update done. Argentroses gave me a pass last week due to being in the hospital but I'll get no such mercy this week. I've been looking at my stories too and it's like gazing on my poor neglected children. Don't worry, my pretties. You'll all be updated soon. Sooooooooooon....

I also need to get off the pain meds. They may be making me loopy.
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Sunday, June 5th, 2016 02:53 pm
My first surgery! Yay? All I'll say is gallstones hurt. A lot. Won't be going through that again though. That traitorous gallbladder of mine has been forcibly evicted. Recovery will take a bit but so far I'm doing okay. Upset about missing out on work but nothing I can do about that. Going to take my time off to relax and recuperate. Try to get some writing done too. Favorite Form hasn't been updated in way too long! Maybe the pain meds will help it be more interesting. :p
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Friday, May 27th, 2016 06:22 pm
Welp, it's Memorial Day Weekend. One of the biggest sales weekends in my industry. That means I am horribly horribly busy. There's got to be better ways of managing my time! Maybe I should look into some of the sponsors for NaNoWriMo. There are some interesting time management programs on there that I could try out or use for a discounted price. It would likely help out in work too. To NaNoWriMo.com!
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Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 06:43 pm
Not sure why but all the ideas and inspiration I've been getting for one shots and short stories lately have had this horror story vibe or feel to them. That or I've felt pulled to work on the really heart wrenching (or gut wrenching) sections of my stories. Usually I do snippets of the future scenes to make sure I save whatever ideas I get for that scene but I write it sequentially. It's easier for me to keep the continuity in order like that. Not right now though! Weeeeiiiirrrrd. Oh well, hopefully it'll be out of my system soon.
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Thursday, May 12th, 2016 04:01 pm
I hate being sick. Feels like the virus or whatever is causing this is sucking the energy out of me. There are a billion and one things I could and probably should be doing right now but nope. I have barely enough energy to get to work and muddle through. Still...I need to get something down on paper. When I first started writing a little over a year ago (though it's more accurate to say I started taking my writing more seriously a little over a year ago) I was posting updates every week. Words were flowing and though they did need editing, it wasn't too hard to get them to come out.

Now I can stare at my screen for an hour and typing the words is like pulling teeth. They don't want to come out and when they do it's kind of ouch. Not the way I want them to be. I had gone on hiatus for a while after I started this job but getting back on track hasn't been that easy. Maybe I need to stop stressing out about this so much. The important thing is I'm still writing. Right? Doesn't matter if the words need work, that's what editing is for. It doesn't have to be perfect. I'm allowed to be awkward in a first draft. That's what first drafts are for.

The important thing is to not get discouraged. It's not going to happen overnight and it's probably better that way. If it were easy would it still be worth doing? So! Back to writing!
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Monday, May 9th, 2016 05:36 pm
I need to start dousing people in hand sanitizer and handing them a face mask when they cough around me. Not sure who it was but some plague monkey went and infected me. My answer to Argentroses challege is almost done but I need to get better before I finish it up. This week has been really rocky healthwise so hopefully you all don't mind. Sleep now and I'll hopefully have it all done after I wake up.
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Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 03:19 pm
Something new for this week's update. Argentroses will give each other a Title and character's name, then we have until Sunday May 1st to write up the short story. This should be interesting, trying to finish Camp NaNoWriMo and getting this update done. Wish me luck!
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Friday, April 22nd, 2016 03:48 pm
Gah! I missed an update! >.< I managed to pay off Argentroses by dropping a dollar in the treats fund but still....we agreed after every 3rd dollar we drop in there then we must suffer the penalty. Apparently my friend REALLY wants me to watch The Host and write a positive review on it. How bad could that be?
*short youtube search later*
OH DEAR GOD....it's written by Stephanie Myer....NEVERMIND! NEVER MISSING ANOTHER UPDATE EVER AGAIN. T_T