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Friday, June 9th, 2017 11:05 am
An interesting opportunity has come up. Someone contacted me with an intriguing plot to a story they would like me to help write for them. It's going to be a bit of a challenge as these aren't MY characters so I'll have to get to know them first. There's also some research that I'll need to do to learn the setting, cultural taboos for the area the story takes place, etc. I'm very excited about it though! The plot is something very different from any of my stories but it's definitely something I can do. Need to break out my writer's reference books too, this is going to take some subtlety...which I have extremely little of in real life. T_T Oh, well! Now is the time to pick up new tricks!
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Friday, June 2nd, 2017 05:42 pm
Finally! An update! I do still remember how to write! :P There's an update for How Many Licks on all the usually sites. Go have some fun though I do have to apologize. It's an angsty chapter and not one of the fun smutty ones. I'll get to more of that later. ;)
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Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 12:36 pm
I would like to say that I've been doing a bunch of writing and there's an update soon to be posted! ....but I can't. The horrible truth is that most of my writing time has been spent on side stories that will never be read by anyone but myself and my writing buddy. Shameful, I know. It's just been easier to get those out then to finish what I've already started. Something I need to get out of my head, right? Something is better than nothing so I'm going to post this (just because I need to post something on here, the last one was in April! ACK!) Then I'm going to put together an update. It may not be for one of my current stories but it will be something and a step back in the right direction!
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Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 12:51 pm
I'm not that active on social media so when things change, I don't immediately notice them. I started out on Live Journal and came here to basically follow one of my favorite authors (Love you ID Locke! <3). Using this as kind of a blog just sort of happened so I just used cross-posting so I was fairly active on both here and Live Journal. Because of this, I did not realize their change in terms of services right away. Holy guacamole, those are so not good for smut writers or any writer that posts original works on there. >.<

So! I have deleted my Live Journal account. Then I read a post that the wonderful creators of Dreamwidth had put up to address the new people moving here from LJ. Have to say, I'm very impressed and grateful to them. It can't be easy sticking to their ideals. If you haven't had a chance to, go ahead and read it. It's sitting in your inbox and is worth it. At least, I thought so.

Alright, there has also been progress done in my writing! A bit on Favorite Form and How Many Licks. A smidge of a short story made it onto paper as well. Hopefully, I'll have something to post soon. The important thing though, I AM WRITING AND AVOIDING THE PENALTY! No sadistic Argentroses punishment for me! Here's to me keeping this up! ....Please, let me keep this up! She's mentioned making me watch The Host.... *shudder*
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Thursday, April 6th, 2017 12:11 pm
I WILL get back into a regular update schedule! Back to the punishment game! *shudder* This is going to get painful, I know it. Pray for me....or not. Depending on if you enjoy reading updates on my stories or hearing/seeing me suffer from whatever sadistic penalty Argentroses inflicts upon my procrastinating soul. She can be very creative when she wants to be and she definitely wants to be in this case. Maybe that's what I need? Or maybe this will just end up catering to my masochistic tendencies.... This is way too much introspection for a quick post I felt I needed to make because I totally forgot to do them all through March. Bleargh!
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Monday, February 20th, 2017 11:05 am
I was doing so well! Updating regularly but then...BAM! Holiday sale! Okay okay, there was also Valentine's Day tossed in there but that was more inspiration for new smutty stories. ;) My husband's a sweetheart like that <3. Enough with the mush! I need to get back into a regular schedule writing...something. I don't like it when I'm not posting at the very least something here for the blog. Nothing to it but to do it, right?

This week is going to be busy too but we'll see what I can get going. Maybe something fun? I have some interesting ideas for writing exercises that I've talked about here before. It's a little rough going for the stories I've got going right now so maybe trying something different will get the juices flowing again. Something shorter where I don't have to worry about continuity...We'll see! Heaven knows I talk about doing a lot of stuff that I just flake off on. Flaky is only desirable in crusts!! Not people!! No more resembling crust!! ......And now I really want pie. Dammit! >.
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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 01:52 pm
Of all the skills I could have learned growing up, I think adaptability would have to be the most useful. Things rarely go exactly as planned in life and being able to change things up and go with the flow without freaking out too much will help you much more than long division. Unless you happen to use complex mathematics in your day to day tasks. If that's the case, it's much more helpful than knowing what year Columbus sailed the ocean blue (1492).

This opinion is reinforced every time I watch a particular friend LOSE THEIR EVER LOVING SHIT. It happens almost every other day. Whenever some hurdle pops up, they fall to pieces. Now I don't claim to be some solid rock that stands up to everything and never wavers (trust me, that's not the case at all) but not every problem is worthy of a meltdown. Car trouble is horrible but hey, you're somewhere safe and not stranded on the side of the road. Having problems at work isn't ideal but if your boss is actively helping you improve, that's a blessing you should be taking full advantage of. Take a breath, hold it, let it out, and keep going. Because life isn't going to stop just because you're having trouble dealing with it. It's kind of a bitch like that. Aaaand that's all I have for today. Peace and take some time to sit back and chill.
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Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 11:53 am
I'm a pretty upbeat person most of the time. I've been called bubbly even. That's kind of my default setting so when things happen to get me down they generally have to be fairly large. For that reason, even when a customer yells at me I bounce back. I don't take it personally, I understand they're upset at the situation and not me. BUT. When a person turns that around and blames me for what happened (despite my reminding them that I'm not the cause of it, I'm the one who's offering them a solution to the problem and trying to help)...it gets to me. I'll bounce back eventually but it's harder to dispel the gloom that kind of negativity casts over me. This is the kind of customer I've had to deal with yesterday and today.

My post isn't to complain about it (I'll get my venting out with a coworker who can commiserate with me). I'm writing this to ask people...be kind to each other. When you get the urge to take your frustrations out on someone or to blame them for whatever is happening, stop and think of how you would feel if that was your wife. Your mother. Your sister. Your friend. Would you be saying the same things to them or be okay with another person speaking to them in that way? That's it. Thank you for sitting through the whole thing.
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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 01:50 pm
Some days I feel like I know what I'm doing. That everything is falling into place. Then I usually get thrown a curveball and I have to reassess my life all over again. Am I really doing what I should be doing? Could I be happier in a different position? Indecision isn't necessarily a bad thing. Being content where you are isn't necessarily a good thing. Indecision and discontent can lead you to push yourself for something better. It can give you the motivation for advancement in many avenues of your life. Conversely, it can also cause you to be ungrateful for what you have and view it in a skewed, jaded light. It can cause you to throw away a good thing on a whim and make your circumstances turn for the worse.

The breakdown of all that? Fucked if you do and fucked if you don't. Poetic, aren't I? There's no way of telling which way you should go, it's all a crapshoot. Take a chance and potentially it can lead you to something better or you can play it safe and go with the status quo. The tried and true. Even that can change with the tides, though (I've been writing too much Favorite Form, the next parts are going to be rather...aquatic). Was there a point to this ramble? Not really. The tag said musing so I was just musing and typing whatever came to mind! You're welcome.
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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 03:52 pm
Hello, 2017! You sure took your sweet time getting here! I kid, hehe. With a new year comes new resolutions and I should probably keep them this year. My old resolution to actually FINISH one of my stories didn't really come true unless you count the one-shots...which I'm not. That's okay since I did make some progress on stories that I haven't looked at in quite a while. Like I said in a previous blog entry, baby steps.

With that in mind, I will be attempting to come up with a schedule to stick to. Some writing time, quality time with the hubby, collab time with my writing buddy, and no more working on my days off. Will hopefully be taking two days off a week too but we'll see. There's so much to do and my parents instilled this REALLY pesky work ethic that just won't leave me alone. >.< Maybe it'll be easier once I have a schedule....yeah. I couldn't even type that out without snorting.
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Friday, November 25th, 2016 09:32 am
Yes, I am aware that I am a day late. That would be because I was at my in-laws yesterday stuffing myself with turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, and pie. Because of the resulting food coma, I was unable to put this up in time. Please forgive me! >.< Hehe, I hope everyone else had as lovely a day as I did. ^_^

Today, though. Today is Black Friday! A day anyone in retail looks upon with a mix of anticipation and dread! Anticipation because of the fat holiday check you will be getting and dread because of....Black Friday Shoppers... Perfectly reasonable people can, and will, go COMPLETELY BONKERS on this day. Hopefully, it won't be too bad this year.

Regardless! Due to the craziness of this time, I will not be able to work on What the Duck until Monday at the soonest. I'll still be finishing it this year (I did swear to Bob, after all) but I'm not even going to try and be productive on my writing this weekend. It's a losing battle, lol. Extended hours piled on top of the increased traffic coming through the doors at work equal a very tired Safieri when I finally get home. If I still have energy then I'll see about getting a buffer (Oh wow. Almost fell out of my chair laughing after typing that. Whoo!)

Until later, be excellent and get to work on those leftovers!
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Thursday, November 10th, 2016 03:57 pm
Not touching the elections, it's over and now we all go on with our lives. For me that means writing! I had some nice progress on Expectations, I might be able to post the next portion soon....ish. Hehe. Seriously though, I hope to have something up this week or early next.

I've also been playing with an idea. Updates to my regular stories have been all over the place but I want to get into a regular schedule again. To kind of help with that I was debating doing a regular little thing on Mondays. It would be a challenge that I read about on another site. I take some of my characters, put my music playlist on random, and write something involving those characters during the length of the song using the song as the theme. My music library is fairly eclectic so this could get weird (imagine pairing the Thorne Brothers and Flight of the Concords "You don't have to be a prostitute" O_O).

I probably won't start this until next month but the more I think about it the more I like it. Maybe start asking people to suggest character pairings. Should they be restrictive to their own "universe" or will crossovers be fun? Yup. I think this is a good idea. ^_^
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Sunday, November 6th, 2016 01:15 pm
National Novel Writing Month is here! Woohoo! I am already behind on my writing! Yes! Okay, I probably shouldn't be that enthusiastic over my lack of productivity...oh well! Friday was my birthday so screw it! ^_^ I'm happy anyway! Tomorrow is my day off so I can catch up then. Honestly, I'll be working on Expectations and Favorite Form. With all the followers that FF has, I feel really bad that it hasn't updated in so long. Expectations was supposed to be a Halloween short story and it is now past Halloween soooo...yeah. Need to get that one finished.

For the past year it's felt like I keep breaking my promises about what I'm going to update. I've been doing little drabbles here and there to avoid punishments from Argentroses but not real updates. That needs to change. No idea HOW I can change that realistically, just saying I'll work on it doesn't mean that said work will actually get done. Perhaps I'll take advantage of those sponsor offers and use that time management program. If I can identify where my time sinks are then I can plan around them. Perhaps make a schedule and stick to it? That sounds doable. We'll see how it works!
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Saturday, October 29th, 2016 04:53 pm
My updates are so damn sporadic! Slowly I'm getting back into a regular schedule but it's really hard sometimes. All the daily obligations kind of suck the energy out of me and it's a fight to sit and write. Keep up with it though and soon it's not such a chore. Some days are more fun than others but you begin to rediscover the joy in writing that drew you to this in the first place. Plus....I REALLY WANT TO FINISH!! I want to get this story told! What drives me is not just that desire to tell the story. It's the fact that people are taking time out of THEIR day to read what I write! That? That is amazing.
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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, April 5th, 2016 07:06 pm
For all the characters in my world, I have at least a basic biography. I don't mean just a description of their appearance and general mannerisms, family history, etc. Each of them have a personality and relationships that I know. The majority of them have little short stories that I've written to better get understand them. They'll never be published but so much goes into each character. Often they'll evolve into completely different people than I first intended during these short stories. Sometimes minor characters will suddenly become so much more than they were first intended. It's funny how things change after the ball starts rolling...
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