Tuesday, October 24, 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017 - Here We Go Again!

Greetings Pups,

Well, as promised, I am going to talk about NaNoWriMo today. Yes, I am actually going to do this again. I have a stack of manuscripts that I need to prepare for publication, and I am going to start yet another one. Why do I do this to myself? Ironically, out of the three times I've done and won NaNoWriMo, I've only written a story from beginning to end one time. And trust, considering what I'm doing this year, I don't think that one is going to get any company.

Speaking of which, here are vague details about what I'm writing this year. As mentioned, I have many stories that I'm polishing up and I don't have it in me to come up with something new. Well, thankfully, I don't have to. As I was packing up the contents of my house (in the desperate hopes of getting a new one), I started going through all the papers in my office. We writers always have papers. Anyway, I found the quite extensive notes I had for a book I wanted to do years ago. It was a bit daunting, exactly what I wanted to do with it, so I never actually started it. But I think it's still a good idea, and I thought that by using it for this, I could at least get it rolling. Again, I don't think I'll be able to finish the story within the month, as it's a bit complex and has a lot of characters, but if I do think I'll be able to hit the 50K once more. Heck, I could probably hit it just by writing about all the back stories of said characters.

Now last year, I did updates every week on my progress, which turned out okay. I don't know if I'll repeat that. Although, considering that I'm at a loss, currently, for things to discuss on this blog, I may try. I suppose we'll see if I have anything to say after week one.

As far as giving advice to NaNo newbies, I did that last year and nothing has really changed as far as that goes. I also made one of those "fun" NaNoWrimo Survival Kit videos for my VidMe and YouTube channels. I put "fun" in quotations because it might be the weakest one you'll ever see. But hey, I'm still learning. And all of this stuff will be linked below, as well as my page on the NaNoWriMo website.

That's about all I have to say where NaNoWriMo is concerned. I'm doing it, and if you're doing it as well, Godspeed! It's tough, but worth it and I definitely think it can help some writers with their own personal discipline. It has for me. Many writers don't have deadlines and many writers have yet to be published, so I think having one can help in the future if you're ever answering to someone else when it comes to your productivity. So, if you're participating, have fun, learn something and just write.

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Deciding on Directions

Greetings Pups,

So, it's been kind of a while. Sorry about that. Of course, if you read my last post, you'll know that I've been dealing with some personal issues. I know, I know. As per usual with me, right? Yes, I've taken time off from this blog for many reasons, and the aforementioned "personal issues" has often been a big one. Of course, as I said previously, things have been especially hard for me recently. To be honest, I am still hanging in the balance for now, but I'm also hanging on, which is good. Anyway, after I posted last time, I didn't really intend to not write anything here for a while, as I usually do. I just never felt like writing anything here. I woke up every day and thought about it, but I just had no desire for whatever reason. Of course, eventually, I did have a reason.

I don't know if you've heard, but there have been some unfortunate things coming from the entertainment industry world in the past couple of weeks. Let's be honest. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knew that this kind of stuff has been going on for decades, but now we have some confirmation. We also have confirmation that a lot of people kept it hidden for whatever reason. Now, listen, as much as I enjoy movies and music and TV, I've never not known that it was a shady business. But in this case, I have such a bad taste in my mouth that it's hard to even talk about those things.

As you may have noticed, a major subject that I write about on this blog is connected to the entertainment industry. Again, it's because I have always loved the arts, and so many different aspects of it. To be fair, I still do. I am, after all, an artist myself. But, as I said, it's just so hard to talk about those things right now. It's hard to watch a movie and look at an actor's face, because all I'm thinking is "How long did YOU know? Why did YOU not say anything?" It's a bit distracting. And it's hard to want to give any of them any praise at the moment. I've always been fairly good at separating the art from the artist, but my patience is wearing thin. As I think it is with a lot of us.

So, now I'm wondering in what direction can I take this blog, now that the thing I once discussed most is something I don't want to discuss at all. I suppose I can talk about crap movies and TV shows. No praise to be given there, and I can mock them. I could talk more about books and music done by people that I think I can trust. Who knows, though, right?

The bottom line is that I just don't know what to do with this blog at the moment. I've been doing it and enjoying it for years, and I'd love to keep doing it and enjoying it. But what to write about is my dilemma. I will, of course, be talking about the upcoming and annual adventure of NaNoWriMo, and I may even post some more things about personal things or ways that I can encouraging any readers. I like doing that. I know it's not the most fun thing I can right about, but every now and then, I find it necessary.

In the meantime, I'll continue to work on my writing away from here. By that, I mean my books. And I've been keeping busy with my videos on VidMe and YouTube. So you can always catch up with me there, too. Still, I'm sure that this little venture of mine isn't dead. But it might be napping for a bit. We'll see.

I'll finish up by, again, conveying my gratitude to anyone who reads what I write. I'm very appreciative. And if y'all have any ideas about what I can discuss here, I'm open to suggestions. Of course, if you want me to listen to them, you'll have to support me on Patreon! At least fifty bucks a month! Just kidding. Sort of.

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer