We’re a week into National Novel Writing Month, and I’m feeling… frustrated but optimistic. Continue reading “NaNo 2019 Update – Week 1”
The high school creative writing class I visited a couple weeks ago wrote a thank you card for me!Continue reading “On Actually Having a Positive Impact”
Much like September, October flew by. However, I am feeling much better mentally than I did the previous month.
I can’t claim to have had a productive month, but I enjoyed and was invigorated by a lot of what I did. Continue reading “November Write Day: Hours in the Day”
This morning I finally gave my presentation to a class of high school creative writing students. Honestly, I think I was as engaged with the discussion as they were, which was an amazing feeling.
I sat down in front of my computer intending to write a post about the talk I’m giving on Thursday.
My English-teacher friend / amazing book editor invited me to give a guest… lecture, I suppose, to her high school creative writing class. I’m really excited, but instead of posting about my talking points, I added fancy animations to my Powerpoint slides.
And now it’s 11:30 and I need to go to bed.
But real quick!
My slides include:
- My writing journey, especially with my first book
- What a logline is and how to write one
- The self-publishing process
- How I like to outline my stories
- Honest tips for successful writing
- My authorly profiles where the students can connect with me if they so choose
I’m going to work on the presentation a bit more tomorrow and then send it to the teacher to make sure it fits with her lesson plans and such. Hopefully the kids don’t throw bananas at me. Is that a thing teenagers do? Hopefully they don’t tweet mean things about me.
Wow, I had such high hopes for September, and it basically slipped through my fingers. We traveled each weekend but one, including our week-long beach vacation.
Rather than allowing me to refocus mentally and creatively, that time off flew by and dropped me right back into life like a rock. I didn’t take even one beach photo, and I always take pictures of the beach.
So September unwittingly became a break from writing. Continue reading “October Write Day: Where Did September Go?”
I’ve had an exceedingly tiresome week, capped off by an exceedingly long commute home today — like, an hour and a half or more. And because I’m writing this on Thursday evening, the week isn’t quite over yet. So let’s listen to some soothing Appalachian-inspired folk.
Writing has also been slow for me, which has been due in part to laziness, but also because I keep spending more time thinking about my short story idea than actually writing WoEL.
I’m not a huge gamer. The most recent systems in our house are a Gamecube, which I’ve had for over 15 years — maybe 20, which is scary — and a PS2, which we just took from my in-laws’ house because my brother-in-law didn’t want it anymore.
However, there are a few games that I will always love to play. The main one, if you hadn’t guessed, is World of Warcraft, an MMORPG that first came out in 2004. I started playing in 2005, and I played off and on until about 2014.
Once again, the drums of Warcraft are beating in my heart, and I’m probably about to start playing again. There are a thousand reasons why I love this game, but the primary one is my love of exploring this world.
August was yet another slow month on the writing front, but I feel like a lot happened this month. I was in Chicago for two days, which seems like several months ago, and we traveled basically every other weekend we had.
Still, I came to some interesting / pertinent decisions regarding my authorly life. Continue reading “September Write Day: Decisions, Decisions”
I got a very interesting email today from my editor. Most of our email exchanges have to do with my writing, as you might expect, but we’re old friends from high school, so sometimes we email just to catch up and ask each other why we haven’t hung out in months.
This morning, she emailed me to say she would be teaching a creative writing class this year — she teaches high school English — and she wanted to know if I would come in to talk to her kids.