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The artist is not afraid


A brief thank you
default3, writing!wench
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Thank you to everyone who came to talk to me in comments about writer's block. I'm getting around to answering your comments, but right now is kind of not a good time for me mentally and with some life stuff going on.

But I wanted to say thank you, because the comments have come as a big comfort to me that I will write again, that writer's block isn't permanent and that I can crawl out of this hole I've found myself in.

So thank you. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for talking about it with me. I really am comforted and your replies made a lot of sense to me.

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Two things make a post because I damn well say so
bsg, dualla
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1. DW/LJ-verse, let me pick your brains about long term writer's block and what it is and if anyone ever gets over it. Because right now, I'm in a bit of a panic that I will never write again. It's been weeks, maybe months, since I sat down and worked on a project. It's like the mere act of typing has gotten harder for me to do. The words don't flow from me anymore. Heck, they don't really even come when I try to grind them out word by word onto a page or a screen.

I'm blocked up. Well and truly and I don't know how to get out of it. Anyone else ever gone through this? How did you get out of it?

Because right now I really am afraid that I've lost the one ability that I've always valued in myself and that's scary.


2. Dog bless [personal profile] sara and the very first fontmas in which she explains how to use Google Web Fonts really easily in your DW layouts simply by pasting a url into a box. IT'S LIKE MAGIC, Y'ALL. Which solves my problem of finding a layout that I liked a lot but didn't care for Impact as a font. I really wish that they'd get a new default font for new layouts because the Summertime layouts are pretty. And the one I'm using actually has a nice color combo. But damn, Impact is one ugly damn font to use. It's like using popsicle sticks to frame the work of a great artist. It just sort of ruins the whole thing. But that's my opinion and I'm not a pro or even an amateur when it comes to designing things. I just play around on colourlovers a lot and pretend I know things.

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Eeeee! So happy!
default3, writing!wench
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I just looked and someone put money into my tip jar. Thank you so much, person. ILU. <3. Thank you. That really made my week. No, actually, my month.

Person, you are a living rock star and I wish I could give you a big hug (if that's okay).

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Wishlist Post
default3, writing!wench
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There's a wishlist post being run by [personal profile] marina, and I think it's awesome. I'm going to post this list here. I also got inspired by [personal profile] amadi's wish list.

First off, I don't expect anything. I'm not posting this and then glaring at everyone who doesn't fulfill my wishes as being a big, mean, nasty meanie-headed meanie or anything. I get it. Money is tight for a lot of people. It's just that it's kind of a meme going around and sometimes it's interesting just to see what other people wish for.

Second off, don't feel obligated.

Third off, feel free to post your own wish lists in comments if you want to!

Stuff I'd like if anyone is feeling willingCollapse )

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The Tipjar Post
default3, writing!wench
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I'm posting the tipjar here so I can come back and refer to this URL when/if needed.








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Congrats
default3, writing!wench
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Congrats to all those on my f-list who participated in and/or won NaNoWriMo. You worked hard, so treat yourself to a beverage or food of choice and enjoy it!

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I'm starting a meme, join in!
default3, writing!wench
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So, today I went to the library and found a really interesting book called Thanks, But This isn't For Us: A (Sort Of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected.

I haven't read all of it, but I did find an interesting exercise that I'd love to see other people on my f-list try. Which is:

Come up with five opening lines for books you never intend to write. Use different techniques and try out different genres than you usually would. Just make them as interesting and compelling in one line as you can.


So my five were:


1. "Why won't you let me drive?" Allie asked on the way to their next murder.

"Because you're the only person under seventy I've ever seen leave their blinker on for five exits." (murder mystery)

2. When Sierra was ten she got her first job, kissed her first girl, and got in her first fight all in the space of three hours on the first day of school. (Romance)

3. His queen would be dead by noon if he didn't find a new, less worn out horse. (Historical romance)

4. The President's eyes seemed bright but rheumy that day as he leaned on the podium in the sweltering August heat of Washington. (Political thriller)

5. Hades laid his head down in the gloom and let the dead babble around him, then he raised his eyes to the black vaulted ceiling of the cave and suddenly, the dead went silent. (Mythological fantasy)


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So, hopefully others will choose to play along. It's an interesting exercise in how to sculpt a first line and it actually got me thinking of new ideas. Let me know what you thought of my first five lines and feel free to leave your own first five (or try just one!) lines in comments if you want.

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In which I do not believe in the constructive nature of "Ha-ha!"
beauty&amp;thebeast, WTF?
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So, best of nanowrimo is a thing on Tumblr, and yanno what? It makes me more than a little queasy to have people's posts taken and reposted (probably without their knowledge or consent) just so that others can have laughs at their expense.

I'm not of the Nelson Muntz school of how to look at other people's failures. Especially when it comes to writing.

Cut because I sort of rant about this and you may not think it's worth all that.Collapse )

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Just to note
beauty&amp;thebeast, WTF?
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For those reading on the livejournal mirror of this blog, comments have been restricted to friends only because I'm getting inundated with spam for the moment and LJ doesn't seem to be doing much about it. For the moment I don't have time to keep deleting and reporting each of the many spam comments that comes in.

So, if you need to make a comment on something and you can't, drop me a message and I'll add you so you can comment. I always like having new friends anyway!

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Day 30: The End of the Road
default3, writing!wench
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Day 30: Write a poem employing extended metaphor to illustrate the experience of the last 30 days as you were participating in the challenge.


Yet Another Prose Poem.

The last thirty days of my life have been like a very narrow road with pillows and marshmallows on each side and the simple rules that you don't know what the end will be like and you can only take one step each day. Which at first seems a terrible speed limit and you're on this road and you're screaming at the slowness of your pace and stamping your foot and going, "Come on, come on, come on" to some invisible force in front of you in the line, but then somewhere around the first or second turn it becomes "oh thank god, I only have to take one step at a time" because the marshmallows and pillows look awfully tempting and you know the fall wouldn't hurt anything but your ego, but you take that step and then the next and let tomorrow be tomorrow's problem and then it becomes second nature and then it ends and you miss it like you'd miss an old friend who's just left after an extended visit because while you adjusted around them, you think it'll be nice to adjust back to the way things were. It's a good road, but I wouldn't want to live there.










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