A place for me to write to those who enjoy my stories...
|A blog to discuss my favorite stories and/or ideas. Please feel free to comment!|
|A SCREAMS!!! contest story and a poem, neither of which are very happy. In a dark mood tonight, I guess.
|Okay, social media author-type stuff? Done!
Wordpress blog site? Check!
Facebook author page? Check!
Twitter feed? Check!
Goodreads page? Check!
Amazon Author Central page? Check!
|Blogging Challenge Finale!: Congratulations on making it to the last day of the competition! What was your favorite prompt from the last month? What was the most rewarding aspect of participating in the competition?
My favorite prompt was the second to last. This one:
Blogging Challenge Topic Today: Do you write like you talk? Blogging is inherently personal and therefore leaves a lot of room for your unique voice. How do you show your reader your personality through your writing?
The most rewarding aspect of participating was actually reading the blogs of others. I had a great time reading the thoughts and comments of my fellow participants, especially:
Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
💙 Carly - BLUE!!💙
|Blogging Challenge Topic Today: Do you write like you talk? Blogging is inherently personal and therefore leaves a lot of room for your unique voice. How do you show your reader your personality through your writing?
"The blogging challenge lady asked WHAT?!" came the reply from one of the voices in my head.
"She wants to know if I write like I talk!" said the second voice.
"Like you talk to who?" questioned Voice 1. "Yourself? Or normal people?"
"She didn't really specify!" Voice 2 responded. "I guess that's up to us... but she did say it could be our unique voice..."
"Which of our unique voices?"
"I don't think that she was necessarily considering the fact that some of us might have more than one. She also asked how we show our readers our personality through our writing."
"Again. I think we're relatively unusual in that we have more than one. We're probably a little crazy or something."
"Hmm... well that makes things kinda confusing!"
"Yeah. Doesn't it, though?"
"Why don't we show our readers both of our voices?"
"Both? But what if they're freaked out?!" Voice 2 said in alarm.
Voice 1 shrugged. "Then they've got no sense of humor, I suppose."
"At least not our kind of sense of humor," Voice 2 suggested diplomatically.
"Well, our sense of humor is the only one worth..."
"DON'T you dare finish that horrible sentiment!" Voice 2 interrupted in a stern tone. "You're going to make us sound completely conceited! And we're not! Not at all!"
"Fine!" Voice 1 grumbled. "But I think we should show them our internal dialog. It might be fun! Sure would make for a heck of a blog..."
Voice 2 considered, putting its metaphorical finger to its metaphorical lips. "Okay. Deal. We'll give it a try."
Voice 1 pranced around HikerAngel's head in a victory lap. Voice 2 simply smiled and shook her head at the antics of her less mature half.
|Today's Blogging Challenge Topic: Write about something positive. What is something good that’s happened in your world recently? Share a smile, share a laugh, share a success.
As I wrote in my poem the other day, some positives have come from this whole virus mess. For me, personally, I've been having FaceTime conference video calls with my sister, mom, and dad. The quality is sometimes wonky (probably because there is such heavy use of technology bandwidth right now), but it has been working.
I've spoken more frequently with my family and more distant friends since this whole thing started than I have in years. It has actually brought us far closer together than at any point since I left home for good at eighteen. I've even simul-watched a movie with my sister, using instant messaging to chat about it as we go.
Thank goodness for technology! Without it, this whole thing would be so much worse than it is...
|Tailpipes vomit putrid carbon.
Too essential for planet's salvation?
Hmm. Perhaps not.
Fastfood clogs bulging bodies.
No time to cook?
Hmm. Perhaps not.
World fractures, cultures clash.
Common experience impossible?
Hmm. Perhaps not.
Hate to walk, to run, build fitness.
Exercise today's drag, never highlight?
Hmm. Perhaps not.
Routine too engrained for change.
Inevitable death by thousand cuts?
Hmm. Perhaps not.
Guiding hand flips world on end,
lighting crucial dawn,
of true importance.
|Today's Blogging Challenge is to fill in the blanks and elaborate no this: I think people spend too much time ________ when they could be _________.
So here goes...
I think people spend too much time wishing when they could be doing.
I wanted to write, so I did. I wanted to write for a paying client, so I did. I wanted to self-publish an eBook, so I did. I wanted to self-publish a print book, so I did. I want to publish an audiobook, so I am.
Now maybe I'll write a book that's actually worth reading. That will be more difficult.
But I will.
|A blogging topic to come up with more blogging topics... love it! :)
1. Write about a recent book or movie you enjoyed.
2. Write about a character you love, either from one of your own works or from a book or movie you've recently read.
3. Why did you join the blogging challenge? Describe your motivations.
For myself, I'll write about a movie I watched recently and really enjoyed. Lion is free on IMDBtv right now (with ads). It's a wonderful movie with great acting both by the child and adult version of Saroo. It's about a five-year-old Indian child who accidentally boards a train and finds himself over 1,000 miles away from his family. He is put into an orphanage and eventually adopted by an Australian family. In his twenties, he uses Google Earth to attempt to track down where he was from and find his family.
Well worth a watch during these plague-quarantined days... :)
|After stumbling and bumbling through the process, I decided to make an easy-to-follow guide for publishing a book in both print and ebook on Amazon.
If anyone is looking to self-publish, this guide may really help you. It breaks everything down into seven steps... :)
|Today's blogging challenge is to picture where you'll be in five years.
I'll be taking a vacation in Hawaii, writing on the beach as I celebrate the successful release of my fifth in a series of mystery novels that managed to crack the Top 100 list on Kindle for three days before promptly falling off after the initial sales burst. And the virus scare is such ancient history that everyone jokes about how it suddenly fizzled out when people actually followed self-isolation practices for a solid month...
|Today's Blog Topic: What is the best way to spend a rainy afternoon?
Hmmm... let's see...
Play games on my phone
Read a book
Listen to an audiobook
Listen to music
This is writing.com, after all... :)
|Blog Challenge Today:Write a letter to your younger self. Tell them about something or someone they should be wary of as they move through life and about a specific event they should look forward to.
Overall, you’re in for a wonderful future. Don’t freak out when you get your first bad grade—you’ll get through it. :)
On a more serious note, be a little more suspicious when it comes to your first post-grad relationship. You’re in for a world of pain. You might want to avoid that whole thing. It’s not pleasant. On a brighter note, though, after it’s over, you’re going to go climbing for the first time. And that makes it so worth it...
P.S. The entire undergrad experience is going to be the time of your life! Have fun! :)
|Today's Blog Challenge: Write about good things that can come out of a bad situation. If you have an example from personal experience, please share!
Several of the best events in my life have come out of bad situations. Certainly, some of my most memorable and proudest moments have.
A few days after my high school graduation, I was driving, rounding the bend of a freeway exit ramp to see a car flipping into the guard rail and bouncing back into the center of the road. Shocked, I slammed on the brakes, coming to a stop less than ten feet (three meters) from the other vehicle as it rocked, balanced on its crumpled top. I immediately called 911. I held the bloodied, shaking hand of the injured driver until police and firefighters arrived a few minutes later. The man made a point to remember my name and friended/messaged me on Facebook a couple of weeks later to let me know he was fine.
My first time lead climbing, I took a fall while clipping the rope into the second bolt. Luckily, my belayer was diligent and stopped my fall a foot from the ground. I literally set my feet down on the ground and stood up afterward. Still shaking, I immediately found the starting holds of the route again and began climbing. I'm glad I didn't hesitate. As close as I came to serious injury, I may never have climbed again if I had.
In high school, I was my class valedictorian, so I was unaccustomed to bad grades. In my freshman year of college, however, I received a D+ in a difficult matrix algebra/linear transformations math class whose first exam consisted of nothing but proofs (something I had never been required to do in high school). I considered dropping the class but, in a bout of stubbornness, decided that I was going to keep at it and figure it out. I received the highest curve-breaking marks in the class on the two subsequent exams and ended with an A- in the class. After that, I always persevered through any difficulties in school, never dropping a class in either my undergraduate or grad student careers.
I know that these are minor relative the bad situations that many have gone through, but they were traumatic, in their own ways, for me. They have helped me have the confidence to handle adversity in my life over the years.