Thursday, April 28, 2011

well, how da do?

I miss writing! And blogging. And YOU! But as they say, life goes on, sometimes dragging us along for the ride. I've become a full-time resident in bean-town (also known as coffee city and caffeine cottage). Our Internet is kaput and I've taken up residence at the coffee house. I've not completely forsaken tea, but I'm taking a math class this term.

Math.

I'm a writer and an English major.

I don't DO math *shudder*. I think maybe Voldemort created math. Just saying...

Without further ado, I give you:

RANDOM POST OF RANDOMNESS!!!

* My math class looks as if it's going to take 5 out of 7 days a week to get through. I considered dropping it but I'd just have to retake it later. Besides, if I get through this one (and the one for next term), I'll NEVER HAVE TO TAKE MATH AGAIN!

* Today is the first day in about an eon I've sat down to write for pure pleasure's sake. In other words, I'm not working on a 10 page term paper at the moment.

* My world lit class is amazing! We're studying ancient writing this week and I've decided to write about the ancient Celts and Ogham. Yeah, I never have been one for dull, boring ancient languages.

*A tornado blew through the town just south of us last night. We were up until 2am waiting to hear if we needed to dig a ditch and climb in (or, more likely, grab the video cameras and go storm chasing...woohoo!)

What's up with you? Seriously, I want to know. I feel as though I've been banished from blogdom and am sneaking in through the hedges to get an update :). I plan on posting again regularly, just far, far less often than...well, I was going to say before but ANY posting is more often than what I've been doing! HA!

Thursdays are my writing days. It looks as if I'll be able to secure most of that day for writing (school can take a backseat for a day or two, don't you think?) That being said, I'll be blog posting Thursdays and (hopefully) blog visiting on Thursdays and/or Fridays. I may even take to responding to comments here (seeing as a lot of people don't have their blogs connected to their emails. No problem with that! I just hate to miss responding to a brilliant quote).

So. Thursdays. Blogging. Responding to brilliant comments in the comments.

Done and done.

Your- number-crunching, coffee-guzzling, cursing-the-day-the-inventor-of-math-was-born writer friend-
Jen

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"G" and "H" Gone Missing...

...and so have "I"!

This month has proven to be a bug-bear of epic proportions. Yes. Epic.

This week in particular has me borrowing Internet connections, producing term papers at lightening speed and ordering text books (again) at the last minute. This, of course, is on top of Everything Else. Yes. That DOES require capital letters :)

So.

I'm out for a bit.

Thank you all for stopping by from the A-Z Challenge. Sorry I couldn't keep up with all you mad, daily bloggers out there. You rock. Seriously! Keep it up and I'll be around as soon as things calm down (or at least when I can tame the wild beast that has become my life!)

Take care, be fabulous, and write on!
Jen

Thursday, April 7, 2011

"F" is for...

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Mind holding that thought a sec? I didn't think so :D A couple of weeks ago, I was awarded a fabulous award and I have been unable to post about it (or post the award) until now. I wanted to take a moment to thank Deirdra over at A Storybook World for the Powerful Woman Writer Award:



I'm feeling kind of powerful right now :D Thanks Deirdra!! Wander on over to her site. She's got one of the prettiest banners I've ever seen!

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A huge hello and freely distributed hugs to my new followers!! I've been AWOL, I know. Thank the ever fickle Internet gods for that. It seems I've displeased them and they now require I go fifteen minutes from home to surf the aether. Not a huge problem (I get to spend my mornings at a book store) BUT they KNOW I have papers due in two weeks!! It'd be so much easier to have the Internet up all day and be able to come to it as I see fit. Ah well...rant over.

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On to the Challenge! Will I visit other sites? Yes. When? It's a surprise!! For everyone...including myself ;) I know, I know, I've apologized already. Forgive my over-indulgence of the phrase "I'm sorry" but I mean it. Truly.

"F" is for...

FORGIVENESS

What's that got to do with writing? Everything. We all make mistakes. We spend too much time on a book and not enough time on school work. Beds go unmade and laundry piles up along with dishes. The dog is bouncing, legs crossed, in front of the door and the cat's litter box hasn't been cleaned out in a week.

OR

Life swoops in and carries us off. We're riding the currents of recitals and baseball games, term papers and grocery shopping. A parent needs help, a child falls ill. Vacation. Volunteering. A really, really good book.

And we fail to write.

Guess what? It's ok. Life happens and it should. Forgive yourself today. Forgive yourself for your word count. Forgive yourself for your lack of discipline. Forgive yourself for slaying real life dragons and letting your characters fend for themselves.

Forgive yourself for not blogging. Not writing. Not revising. Not querying. Not doing all those things you said you'd do in the month of April.

It's ok.
Take a deep breath.
And live.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

E is for...


EXCITEMENT!!!

Without it, we can't do anything. Seriously. Ever try writing something you were less than thrilled about? You know...like a term paper (hence the absence from the blogverse this week). In order to get through things, in order to plow through the tedious portions that come with every task, you have to be excited about what you're doing.

Nothing's perfect. Even when we're all best selling authors, having tea with J.K. and lunch with Stephen and Neil, without an all consuming passionate excitement about our next project, we'll fizzle. Falter. Fall.

Whatever it takes to stay excited about your project, do it. Visit a museum, watch a documentary on your topic, listen to music, take a walk, take surf lessons. Go skydiving! Just stay excited!

Life's too short for anything else.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"C" and "D" and WOW!!

WOW!! Hello to all my new followers!! I profoundly apologize for my absence the past few days from the blogverse and the AZ Challenge. Our Internet has been down. Hurrah.

Anywho, I wanted to duck in and give you a double post, since I missed yesterday.



"C" is for CONFIDENCE and CONSISTENCY

Confidence is key. I know, cliche, but it holds such enormous truth! If we're confident in what we're writing, in who we are, in our art, we will create with wild abandon. Freedom in any art form is what draws people in. They see your genius simply because you weren't thinking about it. You were simply doing what you do and having a darn good time at doing it. Confident people don't constantly fret over their hair, their teeth, their jeans' size. They aren't always double-minded or second guessing their creations or actions. They create, they live. They ARE. And they live brighter.

Consistency. Ooohhh, this one runs right into...



"D" is for DISCIPLINE and DETERMINATION

CONSISTENCY requires DISCIPLINE. If we aren't consistent with our work, we'll never progress or grow. In order to do this, we have to be willing to show up. "Butt in Chair" is the mantra of many writers. If we aren't there, at the computer, at the blank page, how can we expect anything to happen? "But I'm drawing a blank" we complain. Then draw the best darn blank you can draw! Write the same word over and over and over again until something bursts out. Crumple up those pages and start over. DETERMINATION is the only way you're going to see your ideas, your dreams through to COMPLETION :D

Have a wonderful day, I hope to be back online in a way that will allow me to visit all you amazing blogs. I'll be responding to your comments soon. Thank you in advance for them.

Cheers!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

"B" is for Being Bold



Being. Sounds so simple. It's just what we do by being who we are. Simple? No so much. There's so much pressure around us to BE something we're not, to conform to a standard set by "the powers that BE". What to do?

Stand up to the fear of rejection, the fear of failure, the fear of "what if no one likes what I do, gets what I do, relates to what I do". And just BE.

Be yourself.
Be BOLD. Boldness isn't easy. In fact it's down right frightening. Little steps, that's all it takes. Do something every day that scares you. Talk to the clerk at the grocery store, take a different route to work, dye your hair; quit your job, join the Peace Corp, become a literacy volunteer.

Whatever you do, remember who you are. Not in a trite or esoteric kind of way. Seriously. Who were you when the world was new and everything was an adventure? Who were you when people's opinions didn't matter and you ran freely through the wet dirt barefoot without caring who saw you?

Remember the shy teenager that sat in your seat in junior high? Remember the awkward sixteen year old who wanted so desperately to be popular? Who were you then? Who did you feel like you had to hide?

No reason to hide now. Step out.
Be BOLD.
Be FABULOUS.
Be YOU.

And write on!
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PS: A big HELLO to my new followers and all those stopping over from the A-Z Challenge. Have a great weekend! ~Jen

Friday, April 1, 2011

A is for APPROVAL



No, not the kind of approval that comes with trying to make people like you, or make everyone in your office happy. It's not even the approval that comes from applying for a loan or a university.

I'm talking about PERSONAL APPROVAL.

Huh?

Do you approve of yourself? Of your writing? Do you "regard with favor" the fact that you have chosen to wrangle and weave words into worlds? You should. Because until YOU approve of yourself as a writer (or a painter, a photographer, or a brick layer in Brazil) no one else ever will.

People who regard their work with favor have a gleam in their eyes, a spring in their step, a pride that practically oozes out of their pores when they discuss their latest work, their most recent experiment.

Believe in your work. Approve it. See it as important. Because if you don't, why should anyone else care?