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This Morning

18 Mar

So this morning I had school. I totally forgot about it while I was staying up all night, but I still managed to wake up before my alarm (Penny was parking in her sleep (it’s so stinking cute!)).

Today I’ve written almost seventeen pages. And I think I also learned a little bit more about my character and have found more direction for this novel. I guess that’s a good thing, because maybe that means something in those seventeen pages was good.

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I also got a free skinny mocha from Panera bread! Free stuff is always the best!

Until Tomorrow

15 Mar

Had a really healthy snack after the gym and then another writing sesh.

I can’t wait for tomorrow! I’m going shopping with my BFF Kristin.

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Also, penny likes to be supportive when I write. Isn’t she adorable?!

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TED Talks

12 Mar

I listened to a TED talk about the creative process the other day and food it very interesting.

One of the speakers was talking about how in ancient times (like with Socrates etc.) they would say that anything that was creative came to an individual by an external entity called a “genius.”

I think it’s a pretty cool way to distance yourself from your work, and also protect your humility when you create something great. I’ve been trying to think about that while I write lately (not necessarily with blog posts or anything) and its definitely making a difference. Hopefully a good one! Lol

Anyway… I think it’s time for a writing sesh and then perhaps a long soak in the bath! I got some knew shampoo and lotions today that I can’t wait to try!

Salems Lot

2 Mar

I just started reading ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King last night. I recently watched Bag of Bones and loved it, so I thought I’d give another piece by Stephen King a try. To be perfectly honest, last night, I hated it. I thought that his writing was rough and didn’t flow. He’s a best selling author, so I was sure it was going to be amaze-balls, but not so much.

This morning though, I read another chapter, Susan, and now I’m starting to get into it. Hopefully it was just the multiple author notes and the prologue that I found distracting. He said his inspiration was Dracula, and I love Dracula. He also wrote Salems Lot in the beginning of his career, so I hope I learn a lot about writing by reading it.

I try to create sympathy for my characters than turn the monsters loose. –Stephen King

Read On!

25 Feb

I don’t know how people can NOT read. I’m always reading. In fact, my goal is to read seventy-two books this year. The math works out to one book every five days. I’m proud to say that I’m ahead of schedule (although maybe that’s because some of the books I’ve read have been more “short story” than “full length novel”).

In picking stories to read I only had one requirement, that they were new to me. I often reread my favorite stories, but there’s nothing like taking in a great story for the first time.

Here’s a list of the books I’ve read in 2013.

Right now I’m reading the Matched series that my friend Kristin recommended. It’s written by a former english teacher (who lives in Utah with her husband and kids) named Ally Condie.. I’m loving the series and am actually really sad that I’m on the last book.

I have lots of great books to look forward to in 2013. I’m going to read a book called Growing up bin Laden that my friend Jossu told me about. I’ve seen Zero Dark Thirtyy and Seal Team Six with CJ so I think a different perspective on the story would be really interesting. I also want to read some classics that haven’t read yet like Othello, Lolita, and the Invisible Man.

I’ll keep you updated!

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