Lately, I've seen a lot of "quality vs. quantity" stuff regarding writing, especially a few months ago with Nanowrimo. A lot of writers saying you shouldn't sacrifice quality for quantity. I agree. Don't mass produce stories just for the sake of it without taking to the time to make sure they're good but... Personally I … Continue reading Quantity or quality? Should you push for the word count? Or focus on the quality of the words instead?
So, first off, I didn't actually finish reading this book. Ya'all can kill me now. *comes back as a zombie* This poor book had to have its name changed, because it was originally Between Shades of Grey, but then it came out as a movie, and that was far too similar to 50 Shades of … Continue reading “Between Shades of Grey” (or Ashes in the Snow) fake review because I didn’t read the whole thing
Last week I gave myself a three-day writing retreat before the onslaught of the spring season (ballet) and just life getting busier after the holidays are past and we all remember that life isn't just about seeing Christmas lights and eating cookies and giving/getting presents (or is it? Let's call a vote). If you ever … Continue reading Lesson from a Writing Retreat and Past and Passed and a Snow Queen
I already did my 2019 wrap up and goals for 2020 post, so I'm not going to do that again because that would be booooring. Instead we are going to talk about how we (I) feel about 2020 and how I intent to attack writing this year (spoiler: it will involve neither punches, lances, boiling … Continue reading Hello 2020: this will be a year for writing (and no, this is not another 2019 wrap up post in case you were already getting bored)
Ho Ho Ho. It's Christmastime and like any other normal human being (though writers aren't anywhere near normal, we're somewhere out there in the Land of Weird) writers celebrate too. With presents and cookies and eggnog and defeating the White Witch. But if you're wondering what OTHER things writers do during the holidays, let me … Continue reading How Writers Celebrate Christmas
The end of the decade it nigh. To give you how much has changed over the past ten years, before the last change of a decade I remember looking at a list of the best movies in the past decade (which included the Lord of the Rings) in a newspaper. A NEWSPAPER. But at the … Continue reading The Last Ten Years of Writing
*arrives in flapper dress while doing the Charleston* "It's not the roaring 20's," you say. *stops and jumps back in time machine* Anyone else just feel like for 2020 we should all just pretend we're in the 1920's??? Anyway, 2019 is ending soon, the decade is ending, and maybe the world is ending too but … Continue reading 2019 Wrap Up and Looking Foward to 2020
Do you have to write during the holidays? Do you still have to find time to write and hide away from all the celebrations and the ability to just lie on the couch and do nothing? (what I look forward.) Short answer: No. Slightly longer answer: No, you do not have to write during the … Continue reading Do You Have to Write on the Holidays?
Um....so....I WON???? I WON NANOWRIMO 2019!!!! Not even kidding, but it took me FOUR YEARS to win NaNoWriMo. I ended at 50,113 compared to the other three years ending at: 2018: 26k 2017: 38k 2016: 27k So how did I actually win this year and not fall miserably short like the other years? Honestly, not … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2019 Wrap Up
I think we all need to step back and appreciate that "Ronald" is in Tolkien's name. (MY GOSH. Ok, so on a draft I was working on over the summer, I named a fast food place "Ronald John's". And later I thought, "wow, what a stupid, stupid name." But now I think I named it … Continue reading Thank You To John Ronald Ruel Tolkien