Writing a Story After a Long Break

2/25/19

I’m writing again! Woot!

And let me tell you, I forgot how hard it is to write a story. Wowzers. Yesterday, I had a brainstorm and came up with an idea. I had a beginning and an end. Everything in the middle was a giant, crushing question mark, but since I had my last sentence, I was committed.

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This is the first story I’ve ever written that I’ve known the ending ahead of time. And it’s so much easier that way. Man, I wish I would’ve known the ending of my novel when I started it. That would’ve saved me so much time and heartache. Continue reading

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My Currents: February 2019

My Currents: January 2019

Time for an update.

A List of Currents and Lasts

Current Album in My Car

Dear Agony Breaking Benjamin

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Current Album in My Stereo

Best Imitation of Myself: Disk 2, Live Ben Folds

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Last Song Played on Spotify

“Head Over Feet” Alanis Morissette

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Last Netflix Binge

Ted Bundy Tapes

If I could do it all again, I’d go into psychology. The brain is one complicated thing, innit? As far as this show goes, I can’t get over how confident he was that he’d win the case. And the crowd of people at his execution. That was something else.

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Current YouTube Obsession

Alex Meyers

This guy is hilarious! He basically shares his thoughts on movies and shows, and it’s fantastic.

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Last Movie Watched

Set It Up (Netflix)

I haven’t watched a rom-com in a long time, so maybe it’s just because of that, but I LOVED this movie. The leads were both insanely likable. Highly recommend.

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Current Read

Surprise Me Sophia Kinsella

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Thanks for spending some time here! Have a great weekend! 😀

The Query Queazies

On this wonderful Writing Wednesday, I’d like to document the following:

I sent two queries today.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to vomit.

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Coming Soon: Part 2 — The Indomitable Inbox


Thanks for spending some time here. #dreambig #makeithappen

The Most Unrequited of “Unrequited Love Songs”

Happy V-Day, you. To celebrate this fine day, here are my favorite songs featuring unrequited love, which, of all the types of love, is by far, the best kind of all.

Want more songs for the day? Need Some Tunes for Valentine’s Day? I’ve Got You

“Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” Jack Johnson


“Vermillion Pt. 2” Slipknot


“Closure” Chevelle


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Need Some Tunes for Valentine’s Day? I’ve Got You

Well, folks. It’s that time of year again. Not to worry. I have some tunes for you. Here’s your 2019 Anti-Valentine Day’s Playlist. No commentary with these. Just my favorite lyrics.

If You’re Feeling Sad

“The Night We Met” Lord Huron

I had all and then most of you/Some and now none of you


“Last to Know” Three Days Grace

And when she left me for you, I was the last to know


And when she leaves you for dead, you’ll be the last to know

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Songs I’m Binging This Week

Well, actually, it’s songs I binged last week, but whatever.

Deftones “Change”

I remember the first time I heard this song. Pandora, I think. My reaction was kinda like, “What is this? And why do I love it?” It’s creepy as hell, yet so delicious. Yes, a song can be delicious.


Rage Against the Machine/Vanessa Carlton “Killing in the Name/A Thousand Miles” Mash-Up

OMG, have you heard this? I’m a big fan of mash-ups. Check these out: The 35 Best Mashups You’ve Never Heard. But I hadn’t heard this one. I didn’t know what to expect. They fit together SO WELL. I can’t stop listening to it. The video cracks me up. People moshing to a piano.


Bad Wolves “Zombie” (Cranberries Cover)

I was never a huge fan of this original song. But I love this guy’s voice. And if you’re going to start with a piano, I’m on board. That’s pretty much enough to make a song bingeworthy. His lower register reminds me of David Draiman. Thanks, Pandora.


Gerard Way “Hazy Shade of Winter” (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)

Yes, the Gerard Way. Love the beginning especially. This showed up on my recommended videos list on YouTube. And my little emo heart wept. Ha, not quite, but have you ever read comments on MCR videos? Their fandom is COMMITTED. The band’s break-up was life altering for them.


Tori Amos “A Sorta Fairytale”

So, I posted this song last week, and since then, I can’t stop listening to it. I forget how amazing it is.


Another Music Monday come and gone. So where are my other posts? Not sure if you’re wondering, but it you are, here’s the deal. Music posts are so easy to write, since music is pretty much the reason we’re here. The meaning of life and all that. Right? I could post one every day. Music helps me get through the day. I mean, my days are very quiet, in a manner of speaking. So it helps in that way.

Music sort of fills in the parts of my life that are otherwise missing. I mean that. I don’t know if people have that kind of relationship with music or not, or whether I’m sounding insane. It is what it is. And I get really excited about certain songs in particular that I want to share them. And, well, this is where I share things.

Writing about writing is often…depressing? Mostly due to the uneventfulness of it. The loneliness of it. The slowness. The disappointment. Why do we write again? Sometimes I forget.

As for VIPKID, honestly, I don’t know what to write about next. I’ll get an idea eventually. Till then, it’s all music all the time.


Thanks for spending some time here. See you next Monday?

Twitter is Confusing

Happy Friday! It’s Friday Feelings. Time to rant. OK, not so much rant. More like…make an observation.

Today’s topic: Twitter. Settle in, folks.

Now approaching minor to moderate snark. Heavy at times.

I joined Twitter back in 2016. Why? Not because I wanted to. I didn’t know much about Twitter at that time, but I saw it a platform to write random sentences and post for the world to see. Like who cares?

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I did it because I was part of a group called “Query Bootcamp” in my writing group, Scribophile. One of the tasks was to create an author platform. Twitter was on the list. I still find it odd, pretentious, and backwards to have an “author platform” when you don’t technically have a book out, know what I mean? Again, who cares? You’re a nobody. Who would follow you? You’re just a “writer” from the middle of nowhere suburbia.

But I did join. And it was actually fun. I started posting in these daily writing games. Which, come on, “games”? Who are we fooling here? These games amounted to posting a line from your WIP that fit the theme/word of the day. It sounds lame as I see it written out, but it was cool. 3 reasons. 1) It helped streamline your writing. A tweet was only 140 characters back in the day, so you had to make each word count. I can be a bit longwinded. Shocking. This helped me tighten up my sentences. 2) It gave me more confidence as a writer. Granted, I wasn’t hitting it outta the park, but those likes or comments made me think, hey, maybe I don’t suck after all. Awesome. 3) Reading lines from everyone else somehow–in my mind, at least–made me a better writer. There was just something about reading these one-liners that helped me up my game. Super thankful for that. There are some hella talented writers posting on Twitter.

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I kept up with posting daily for, I don’t know, 2 years? Give or take. I was getting new followers every day, which was cool. Somehow, I made it to 5k subscribers. Yeah. Let me pause here. I’m not saying this to toot my own horn, because trust me, I don’t even OWN a horn. I’m humble to a fault–especially on the writing front. But this follower count is what I find so confusing, and the main reason for this post. Continue reading