Category Archives: Memoirs

Messy Endings

I’m reading Deathly Hallows right now, and even though I’m team “Nineteen Years Later is not canon,” I do appreciate how well JKR wrapped up the series. It has me thinking about stories that didn’t get a happily ever after wrap-up.

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I Miss You

I really want to start writing again. I miss blogging. But seeing as I haven’t written anything in six months and I’ve started a new full-time job, even when I have time to write, I don’t have the energy. I’m trying really hard to start writing again. Please be patient with me.

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I Got a New Job

So it’s been a while. I blame summer. Once it gets hot, I don’t want to do anything. I spend summer hiding in the air conditioning.

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Write Club

One of my favorite writing quotes is, “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles” (Shannon Hale). That’s how I feel this week, especially after spending all of Saturday doing writing sprints and accidentally finishing my steampunk novella. I’m sure there will be lots of places to go back and add things. I know there’s going to be a lot of editing.

But.

I finished it!

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Arigatou Miyazaki Senpai (Pantheon of Authors)

(Yes, I realize he’s an artist. He’s still my senpai.)

I once had someone tell me that my pacing was “different.” Like, in a place where he expected there to be a climax, I would de-escalate. He mentioned later that he understood that better after he began watching anime.

Most of the time, the cast in my brain are in anime. I built a genetic system in my novel that results in a cast with colors everything from blue to green to purple. That’s not actually something I set out to do, but rather something I had to explain away several years after the fact.

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You Don’t Have To Smile

It’s been occurring to me recently that you should be suspicious of happy people. Not in the grouchy “I’m angry about everything so you should be too” way, but in a “are you actually really happy or are you overcompensating” way.

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Knit Chat

A couple months ago, me and a friend wanted to have a serious conversation. I’m awful at having serious conversations. I get distracted too easily, and I have a panic reflex that makes me try to be funny. This is either a welcome relief, or super frustrating. But anyway, we decided we were going to knit and talk. This was a brand new concept to me. Crafting thus far has been a fairly solitary activity for me. I’d been to classes, mostly embroidery but some general sewing and others I’m sure, but the ones I went to were very serious and sterile. I came away thinking you make art alone.

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