Writing Wednesday: Let the Revisions Begin!

Hello! Happy Halloween!

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I’m talking changing where the novel actually starts, for one thing. I’m not looking forward to this at all. But I know it’s for the best and that’s honestly what keeps me going. Knowing all of the changing I’m going to make will help the overall story and help its chances of being a thing outside of my computer screen.

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My Cat Likes “Making a Murderer”

I finished season 2 of Netflix’s Making a Murderer yesterday. (This is the real reason I can’t get things done, and don’t let me tell you otherwise.)

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But first, I must share my stupidity with you. It took me four episodes–yes, 4!–before I realized I was rewatching season one. I remember hoping there’d be some kind of recap at the beginning of season 2, so I just thought it was one helluva thorough recap.

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This post isn’t about the show per say. However, I’ll just say that I really like the new lawyer lady, and she uncovered some interesting new theories. But I feel like the end wasn’t much of an end at all. There was no resolution. Brendan is still in jail. Steven is still in jail. I know these things take time, but it just…ended. I’m guessing there’s a season 3 coming?

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Anyway, Mocha got into it too, Needless to say, she has no idea what’s going on, but she loved the moving text/graphics, hated Len Kachinsky, and stayed focused for longer than usual. She likes watching TV, but she seemed into this one more than most.

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So, like any normal, rational person, I turned it into a video. Enjoy!

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VIPKID Vibes: The Unfortunate 4 Apple Rating

Happy Teacher Tuesday! Just a quick update this week…

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After 241 5 apple reviews, I received a 4 apple. The reason I even mention this is to let you know that when it does happen to you–and it will, eventually–it’s going to be OK. Yes, it will sting and bruise your ego a bit. And seeing your 5.00 average drop to 4.99 is tough to look at. But it’s actually not that big a deal.

A four is still good. It’s even labeled “Good” so there’s nothing to feel upset about.

What is hard to deal with is not knowing why. There have been plenty of classes when I’ve thought, if there was ever a 4 apple class, that was it! This class, however, went fine. Or so I thought. But the parent left no tags and no message, so I have no clue what she didn’t like about it.

Don’t let a four apple review bother you too much. Don’t dwell on it. Just move on. If you feel like you had a good class, that’s all you can do, right? Keep doing what you’re doing.

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Thanks for spending some time here. Happy teaching!

Writing Wednesday: I’m Waist Deep in the WIP Love-Hate

Well.

I started. I’ve been dreading looking at my novel again. (Why? Find out: Writing Wishes, Not Writing Goals). I’m in the process of listening to it. It’s just better that way. And I’m on chapter 20, which is about halfway.

It’s been interesting, for sure.

I think I’m going to write a post about dealing with first chapters–not advice, just venting–but for now, I’ll just say, my first chapter is pretty bad. Why didn’t anyone tell me this? Oy. I mean, at least it’s not like it’s the first thing an agent sees. OY.

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Writing Wednesday: Yes, I Cut the Words!

It’s Writing Wednesday! On Thursday! It happens.

I was going to skip this week, but I wanted to share the amount of butt that was kicked by me. Worst. sentence. ever.

 

So here’s the deal. I’ve been on a quest to submit my short story to an online publication willing to accept something not only hella long, but also with a portion previously published. I’ve managed to find three. Yay! (Well…two were “yes” and one was more of a case-by-case basis kind of thing.)

About twenty days ago, I got the go-ahead from two of the three. (One of them said yes about a month ago.) So what have I been doing? I didn’t start the epic trim until about three days ago. And before that, I spent many hours trying to wake up my writer brain. First, I had to find it, then basically beat it into submission. I watched too many YouTube videos to count from different AuthorTube people I like. I needed inspiration. But the good news is, I’ve managed to cut a grand total of…2,101 words! That is major for me. My story is now sitting at 9k, which is still pretty long for a short story, and it may pretty much send me directly to the slush puppy pile. But that’s ok! I still consider this a victory. A) I actually did what I set out to do! and B) Cutting words is so hard for me! I hate it. I thought there was no way.

So, despite what happens with my story, I look at this as good practice for when I tackle my novel revision. That’s my next project. Oy vey.

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Side note: did you know you have to have a cover letter with a short story submission? Yeah, you probably did. I did not. So there was another hour of my life trying to figure out how to write one.

For most people, sharing how you cut 2k words is far from blog-worthy. For me, this represents the first step of my return to the writing world!

The real return this time. Not like last month. False start–something like that. I mean it this time. I’m ready! Finally.

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Also, sticking with what I said last week, I’m still going to avoid goals and stick with wishes. There are things I hope to accomplish. Hope to. We’ll see what the next few months bring.


Thanks for spending some time here. Happy writing!

 

Music Channels Worth Watching: Lost in Vegas

It’s Music Monday again, and I’m back with another YouTube channel you should check out.

This week: Lost in Vegas.

There are so many reaction channels. Too many. But there’s something about these two guys that seems genuine. Most reaction channels are pretty much over-reaction channels. They dramatize so much that they just come across as fake.

I like these guys, and I wanted to share them with you. Here are a few of their videos:

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Writing Wishes, Not Writing Goals

Hello, writers! A writing post? But it’s not Wednesday. Yes, I’m aware. I’m late, as usual.

I’m back with another unpopular opinion that I’m currently embracing. Much like the “don’t write when you don’t want to” mentality, this topic might be seen as horribly unproductive advice. But hear me out.

As the title suggests, I’ve decided to have writing wishes this month. No goals for me. Nope. Maybe it’s self preservation. I’m not sure.

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The problem with goals is that they come with overwhelming feelings of failure when you don’t meet them. You start the month with these grandiose ideas of all the writing you’re going to do, knocking out the revisions you’ve been putting off, diving back into the Twitterness of it all. But the first week goes by. Then the second. And when you hit day 15 or thereabouts, you think, well, I can’t start now. I’ll try again next month. You failed. (This may have something to do with the lack of a panic monster in this situation. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Go here –>Procrastination Explained. But not (perfectly) solved.)

But imagine if you had made wishes instead. If you fail to make a wish come true, well, that’s to be expected, right? It’s not a failure at all, and you can approach the next month without feeling like you’re an unsuccessful, lazy wannabe. And just think. If you do happen to finish a writing wish, then you, my friend, are doing amazingly well this month. Wishes rarely come true, after all.

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VIPKID Vibes: Another Month Finished!

Happy Teacher Tuesday! I can’t believe it’s October. Then again, I say that every month.

Here are my stats:

Classes: 577

Students: 208

Days: 167

I thought I’d use this week to share five thoughts as I begin my sixth month with this company.

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-At this point, my schedule is pretty solid. I’m teaching six classes a day, 7 AM, EST to 10 AM. Most days are full. If I have an open slot, chances are it’s 9:30. I’m sharing these stats because I want people to know the importance of patience. Yes, my numbers are good, but it took me SIX MONTHS to get here. “Here” meaning, a consistent schedule that I’m comfortable with. If you’re new, give it time. And always remember, everyone’s journey is different. So amazingly different.


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-I’m still trying to decide whether or not to take Sundays off. I was all set to do this, and then they offered that incentive for opening slots every day. I wasn’t about to pass up an extra fifty bucks. But still, my ultimate goal is to take Sundays off.  Continue reading

Music Channels Worth Watching: Rick Beato

Happy October!

Last month, I highlighted some bands/artists I think everyone should hear. For October, I’m posting some music related YouTube channels worth a look. Up first, Rick Beato.

I love people who love music. And this guy loves music.

The cool part about his video series (“What Makes This Song Great?”) is how he isolates different tracks, so you can hear each part. This is what I love about music, how all the parts fit together. That’s why I love listening to instrumentals. And isolated tracks too, when I can find them. I used to watch that show, Behind the Music. It was awesome when they’d play just the bass, or just the drums, or drums and vocals together. I always thought that would be a cool job. A record producer. Or as I used to call it, “the guys who moves the knobs.”

It’s amazing to hear something you’ve never noticed in a song you’ve heard a million times. Take “Everlong” for instance. Did you know there’s a female vocalist doing harmonies??? Yeah, me either.

I’ve already binged a lot of his videos. He knows all my favorite songs. It’s pretty weird. I’ll post a few here.

I’ll be honest. Most of the time, I don’t know what he’s talking about. When he starts getting into chord names, and he’s throwing out words like “sus,” he’s over my head. But it’s still fascinating.

Go check out his channel: Rick Beato

“Everlong” Foo Fighters


“Been Caught Stealing” Jane’s Addiction


“Paranoid Android” Radiohead

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