Friday, February 21, 2014

Life As I Know It

Life finally seems to be settling into a rhythm for me, even though I still don't have a job. I'm really embracing the whole "full time writer" life now. It's like one day I realized that I probably won't be unemployed forever, and that the day will come that I'll have to drag myself out of bed every day and go to a paying job that doesn't leave much time for creativity. How much does that suck? A lot. It sucks a lot.

But it is not this day.

If you're my kind of person, you read that in Aragorn's voice. Anyway, so I've decided to really take Susan Dennard's blog series on increasing your writing productivity to heart, and the results so far have been AMAZING. I have written more in the last week than I have written the rest of the year! Here's what my day looks like so far:

  • Wake up (Pretty indiscriminate time... After getting 8 hours of sleep, no matter what time I went to bed.)
  • Basic morning stuff.
  • Eat a bowl of cheesy grits (Southern girl FTW)
  • Read 10 pages from my Edgar Allen Poe anthology (this is my trigger activity, the thing that tells my brain "it's time to create")
  • Write for 1-2 hours
  • Eat lunch
  • Answer emails, do WordNerds stuff.
  • Apply to jobs for 2 hours (sigh)
  • Read a blog post on the craft of writing.
  • Write for another hour.

And then I take the night for myself! When I first read about Susan's all-day writing routine, I thought that there was no way I could do that. And how could I be a real, serious writer if I couldn't sit down and focus on writer-ly things all day?

Now, I don't think you have to have that kind of time to be a serious writer (I know tons of writers who don't), but this last week has been so so great, and I dread the day when I won't be able to write like this anymore! Now, more than ever, I am convinced that writing is the career path for me. If you want to write more effectively, and get into that creative mood quicker, I HIGHLY recommend Susan's current blog series. It looks at the behavioral science behind making habits, and it really works. I love writing!

How do you structure your writing time?

Monday, February 17, 2014

THESE BROKEN STARS: My Reading Journey in GIFs

So this week I read These Broken Stars by Amie Kauffman and Meagan Spooner. It was an amazing read, that had my emotions all over the place! Here's the description of the book, as found on Goodreads:
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 
Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. 
Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?...
I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone looking for a great romance that takes place in a rich sci-fi world! So, here's my (spoiler free!) reading experience:

1. Pretty excited. Heard good things about this book. In need of a great romance novel.
2. Pretty dresses? I'm sold.

3. OH GOSH NO. HEAD FOR THE ESCAPE PODS. Why isn't anyone listening to me? How can they ignore their imminent death? DIDN'T THEY READ THE BOOK BLURB???
(Pardon his language...)

4. Long trek... But you know they secretly love each other from the start. OBVIOUSLY.

5. Am I really getting this creeped out by (what I was expecting to be) just a romance novel? 

6. Then there's all that walking, and things are happening, and tension is building, and sexiness, and...

7. And then there's that house that they have to break into and that thing happens, and I was simultaneously like:
and  and 

8. Then I started to feel a little foolish for getting so worked up...

9. But then THAT ENDING.

Convinced yet? Seriously, go buy a copy! It is so worth the read.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

WordNerds 300 Subscriber Giveaway!

The WordNerds are having a giveaway! Definitely check it out and enter, because these prizes are AMAZEBALLS. (Sorry I just said amazeballs... Also sorry I'm not sorry.)

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