TERRIBLEMINDS: Chuck Wendig →
So here is the link to Chuck Wendig’s website. I think that if you’re a writer, you should totally check it out and give him your love because he’s awesome and updates his blog on a regular basis. Tell him I sent you - which will be really awkward for him considering he doesn’t know who I am. ANYWAY, you’ll love it. At least, I do.
Things that I learned from Chuck Wendig today...
Suspense and tension is like a game of Jenga. Bears should be hidden underneath tables. Effective suspense = Jar Jar Binks gets elected into the Galactic Senate. “The storyteller is a drug dealer dealing out pain and pleasure in equal measure…” Today I was focusing on the chapter about suspense and tension in storytelling.
Like Whack-a-mole... *sigh*
New characters just add themselves to my stories. They just keep popping up out of nowhere. Where did this hypochondriac, little girl come from again? I didn’t actually want her to be in here. I was just kidding when I had mentioned it to Jake. But yet here she is…a main character, adding plot twists like she’s someone important. -.- Does that kind of thing happen to anyone...
I like writers...
…because they inspire me to do my best and show me what I can accomplish if I work really hard. They also make me feel better about what I like to do. That it’s not as far-fetched as some people make it out to be. Speaking of which, I should totally be writing right now…
You want to write? Then it’s time to work. Work isn’t a bad word....– Wendig, Chuck (on how writing is a four letter word)
So I get on Chuck Wendig’s website for the first time (mainly cause he just caught my eye, like, three days ago) and I find that he’s holding a flash fiction contest. The prizes are something like signed books, digital copies of all his writing related books, and a postcard. I was so stoked until I saw that the deadline was today…like, an hour ago… Why didn’t I...
…is my new Yoda. Except he’s not green and he doesn’t have big ears. I bet he would look adorable as a small plushie with an oversize head, adorned in a robe though. I’m just sayin’.
Writers drink so much caffeine that eventually the synapses start to break down...– Chuck Wendig (on why writers are crazy)
We specialize in creative ways to die.– Chuck Wendig (on why writer’s are crazy)
February (Month One)
With all the random writing projects (short stories, beat sheets, treatments, flash fiction, etc) that I have been doing this month, I managed to scrounge up around 22,500 words (luckily I’m rounding down and not up). I’ve still got a couple days to add a few couple thousand to that though. I have to admit that I’m disappointed in myself. I talked to Jake and we determined...
Talking about writing is not the same as writing.– Chuck Wendig (500 More Ways to Be a Better Writer)
…will be the death of me…
I’m so glad that it’s Friday. It’s been such a bad week…on a personal level and work too. It seems as though all of the children in Kitsap County have gone mad. I’m hoping that this weekend I will be able to hit the reset button and next week will be better. I’m hoping to get my nose to the grindstone this weekend and get a lot done on my new story. ...
So, I told Jake that I would set up a reward system for myself, right? For every 1k words I punch out (non-blog, non-journaling words), I get to watch an episode of When They Cry. It’s an incredibly involved, depressing, and bloody show. I probably should have picked something a bit more upbeat to help inspire me and my story but it’s just so addicting. For the past few nights I...
Treading on New Territory...
I’m trying my luck with a fantasy story. Wish me luck because this is a genre that I haven’t tried before. Truth be told, I’m mixing genres a bit so that I’m a bit more comfortable with it. At its heart, it is a whydunit because mysteries are awesome. Who can turn down a good puzzle, right? If anyone has any advice for a fantasy/science fiction newbie, please hit me...
25 Things I Want To Say To So-Called “Aspiring”... →
I just happened upon this article and found it rather amusing. I like to call myself an “aspiring writer” because I am awfully lazy and I admit that I have to actually spend more time in front of my laptop writing rather than spending time on *cough* tumblr *cough* Facebook *cough* Reading this article really was a kick in the pants. I *heart* it the way that you have to *heart* a...
EVERY FREAKIN' DAY...
Me: Damn, this shower is cold.
Me: *turns the knob up a teeny amount*
Me: ... *turns it up a fraction of an inch more*
Me: *a millimeter more*
Shower: I AM KRAKATOA FEEL MY LAVA WRATH
Hungarian Bacon Rolls and Private Investigators
Hungarian Bacon Rolls are hard to make. Not because it’s hard to get all of the ingredients together and bake it. It’s more difficult because I can’t be in the kitchen with Jake’s mom without bursting into tears (for no apparent reason sometimes). I think it’s an innate reaction. Like how Pavlov’s dogs start to salivate at the sound of a bell. My eyes start...
Jake and I are home sick with colds this weekend. Go figure. Anyway, I’ve got a three day weekend! Hooray! I’m planning on doing some housekeeping (or rather storage keeping) on Monday but I’m planning on writing all weekend long otherwise. I just went on the NaNo website and realized that I had a 6k word day one day (early in November). My goal is to surpass that...
Cute Valentine's Day quote from my kids...
Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s a quote to start your day off on a happy note. We were handing out candy this morning and one of my kids (she’s five) turns to me and says, “I can’t have too much candy.” I asked why and she goes, “Cause my daddy says that if I have too much candy I will get diet bb’s.” :-D Tee hee!
Amelie (Original French title: Le Fabuleux Destin...
Behind the scenes stuff: Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet Writer: Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant Cast: Amelie – Audrey Tautou Nino – Mathieu Kassovitz Raphael – Rufus Amandine – Lorella Cravotta Raymond – Serge Merlin Plot: Amelie is a 2001French, romantic-comedy film. It is a story about a shy waitress who decides to...
For February 1st, my first film review is going to be for the movie Slither. Behind the scenes stuff: Director: James Gunn Writer: James Gunn Cast: Bill Pardy – Nathan Fillion Jack MacReady – Gregg Henry Starla Grant – Elizabeth Banks Kylie Stutemyer – Tania Saulnier Grant Grant – Michael Rooker Plot: A tiny town is taken over by a alien slugs bent on turning the townsfolk into their own...
Heroin and Woozles...
Me: Winnie the Pooh makes me happy...in a sad way. Does that make sense?
Jake: Me too but only because I wonder about the ulterior motives.
Jake: About addiction.
Me: No! Winnie the Pooh and honey? *shakes head* Don't make me sad about Winnie the Pooh!
Jake: He hallucinates... Heffalumps and woozles...Do I need to say more?
...After I'm done typing...
Me: How do you spell "heroin"?
Me: That's what I did but it looks funny.
Jake: Of course it looks funny. It's an illicit drug.