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by werden
Rated: 18+ · Book · Other · #1180282
My thoughts about life
This is my first blog entry. I decided to try entering my thoughts on an online journal. I guess my first entry should be on how I reached this decision. I saw in the latest (well a couple of weeks ago) contests letter a piece about blogging. I checked out the blogs portion of the site and I was impressed. So many people sharing the intimate details of their lifes. I want to do my part.

This may not be the best blog entry, I know. But, I want to learn how to express myself better. I also want more people to get to know me on the site.

Today I plan on watching college football and reading during the commercials with the mute button on :). I may check some more of my e-mails and read some more online stories and try and comment on them. I try reviewing everything i read. I admit sometimes I read something and dont review it. Other times I am afraid I write a pretty crappy review. But noone has commented so far.

Well I will go for now.
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June 6, 2015 at 2:11pm
June 6, 2015 at 2:11pm
#851126
I had a really rough week last week. I had to prepare a tax return for the state of California last week at work. This return, normally, takes about a week to do. But now the state changed the tax rate half-way during the quarter and as a result I had to prepare in essence two returns instead of one.

So if it took me one week last time, one would assume this time it would take me two weeks. Except I don't have two weeks. See, I have returns for about five other states to do this month as well... about 25 or so returns in all. Granted none of them are nearly as big as California but still I don't have two weeks to spend on one state. Yet the company I work for is not interested in excuses or even reasons. They expect performance and results so I gave the results. I somehow condensed two weeks of work into one week. As a result I now feel exhausted and frazzled. And the work on my story has ground to a temporary halt.

That may not be a bad thing; however, because I saw a problem with one of the relationships in the story. At first I was treating this interaction as a mutual love interest, romantic, between the two characters but I now see the man loves the woman, romantically, but she doesn't return the romantic love. She loves him, as a dear friend, but not in the romantic sense. Her heart, in that sense, belongs to someone else... though he is not in a condition, at this point in the story, to return her love. This is fine but I am going to have to re-write many scenes which displayed their relationship in a completely different light.

That's okay, though. I can see that I'm going to have to re-write chunks of the story anyway.
June 6, 2015 at 2:02pm
June 6, 2015 at 2:02pm
#851125
I had a really rough week last week. I had to prepare a tax return for the state of California last week at work. This return, normally, takes about a week to do. But now the state changed the tax rate half-way during the quarter and as a result I had to prepare in essence two returns instead of one.

So if it took me one week last time, one would assume this time it would take me two weeks. Except I don't have two weeks. See, I have returns for about five other states to do this month as well... about 25 or so returns in all. Granted none of them are nearly as big as California but still I don't have two weeks to spend on one state. Yet the company I work for is not interested in excuses or even reasons. They expect performance and results so I gave the results. I somehow condensed two weeks of work into one week. As a result I now feel exhausted and frazzled. And the work on my story has ground to a temporary halt.

That may not be a bad thing; however, because I saw a problem with one of the relationships in the story. At first I was treating this interaction as a mutual love interest, romantic, between the two characters but I now see the man loves the woman, romantically, but she doesn't return the romantic love. She loves him, as a dear friend, but not in the romantic sense. Her heart, in that sense, belongs to someone else... though he is not in a condition, at this point in the story, to return her love. This is fine but I am going to have to re-write many scenes which displayed their relationship in a completely different light.

That's okay, though. I can see that I'm going to have to re-write chunks of the story anyway.
May 30, 2015 at 1:58pm
May 30, 2015 at 1:58pm
#850620
As for this site not being helpful perhaps the problem is also me.... Perhaps I am part of the reason why I don't find this helpful or as helpful as I should.

You know that old saying... whenever you point the finger you find 6 other's pointing back at you.

perhaps I should approach this site different than the way I have been approaching it.
May 30, 2015 at 1:35pm
May 30, 2015 at 1:35pm
#850617
I read on average 10 chapters a day or 7 chapters from different books and 3 magazine articles on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This gives me exposure to different elements of writing.

I have been doing this for years. I think it is helpful and it's enjoyable but I want to go one step forward if I can.

i want to try reading all these words out loud or at least mouthing the words as I read. I think that will help me pay attention to the words that are written so I can comprehend them better.

As a btw... I am right now listening to Layla by Eric Clapton. Just love the piano solo at the end. It has, in my opinion, such a triumphant note to it.
May 30, 2015 at 1:16pm
May 30, 2015 at 1:16pm
#850616
I did receive a blog comment. I just haven't been on for the past several weeks. I confess it's hard to come on here because I wonder whether or not this site really helps. Many, the majority, of the articles I read contain advice that I have known for years. Very rarely do I read anything that makes me whistle with appreciation.

Don't get me wrong. I don't know everything there is to know about writing. Not anywhere close. But I am more of a write when I can and let the story tell itself kind of guy instead of a plan the story the way I want to tell it. I find if I just let the story write itself then I am many times suprised on where the narration and characters are going. If I try to write the story I usually end up overthinking it and making it far more complicated than it needs to be and I tend to drift into melodrama.

May 16, 2015 at 1:49pm
May 16, 2015 at 1:49pm
#849641
My first blog in over a year. I don't know why I don't blog. Yes, I do. I honestly don't care enough to blog. Nobody reads my blogs... they have no effect on anyone so what's the point? That is what I tell myself.... but maybe there is a point beyond what people read or don't read. Maybe the point is to be myself to expose bits and pieces of myself to anyone who might be out there.

Maybe, just maybe, those bits and pieces of myself I expose might actually reach someone, might actually strike a common thread in someone... might spark an awareness in someone else about themselves that they haven't had before. I don't know. But it is a good thought at least. Besides there a certain release in writing down my thoughts and making them public even if nobody really reads them. I don't know if I want a bunch of Blog 'Groupies' swarming around my writing port anyway.

September 10, 2013 at 8:07pm
September 10, 2013 at 8:07pm
#791147
Tonight is a different night for me. For the first, in a long, long time, I am actually sitting at my laptop reading writing.com articles and working on my memoirs and story.

Normally, upon arriving at home after work, I either a) turn on the tv, b) pull up a computer game or in most cases c) a combination of the two.

I can't remember the last time I went on writing.com during the week-day. Nor can I remember the last time I did some writing during the week-day after work.

Will this trend continue? I would like it too. I have some shows that need watching, plus football is back, but I recognize that I need to devote more time to reading/writing during the week day.

It feels pretty good.
August 20, 2013 at 9:14pm
August 20, 2013 at 9:14pm
#789295
What shall I write about tonight? Should I write about the horror movie I am watching..... Forget Me not which is actually kind of good... a little cheesy but kind of good.

Should I write about the useless wretch of a zombie who lives upstairs?

Yes, I live with a zombie. A zombie who does nothing, cares about nobody and has no life of any kind. Yet the thing (I suppose she could be called a woman) occasionally moves up and down upstairs as if she were alive though it is clear she has no life in her, none at all.

Or should I write about writing.... the mysterious craft that we all do on here... what I would like to do better.

Or perhaps I should write about the useless RegCleanPro software I have on my computer which is supposed to clean my disk drive and make my computer faster but in reality just slows it down because when it is working (which is rare) it jams up my computer not letting me do anything till it is done.

And when it is done it identifies a whole bunch of errors which cleaning them doesn't really impact my computer speed at all.

Well, I guess I will write about all the above. I guess I have.
July 15, 2013 at 6:48pm
July 15, 2013 at 6:48pm
#786817
I am re-discovering my passion for writing. It is tough. But it is slowly coming back. I write whenever I can at home. Then I email what I write to my work mailbox so I can review my work during my down-time.

It is not easy. I am not in the place where I need to be... not yet. But I am grateful to God that I am not in the place where I was.

One day at a time. That is all I can do. Take it one day at a time.
September 3, 2012 at 12:45pm
September 3, 2012 at 12:45pm
#759928
Hope and Patience

Those are what I am experiencing right now. Hope that one day i will be able to write again. patience in waiting for that day.

I see that day coming over the horizon. I can see it getting closer. It is still slow. But it is steadfast.

I beleive that I have a gift. I know I have a gift. I know that God doesn't want me to waste my gift or to bury it. So He will provide a way.

I hope that and I patiently wait for it.

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