Just a quick writing tip for your Wednesday…
Just a quick writing tip for your Wednesday…
The week back from vacation can be rough..
Hey, I managed to do a blog post today!
Some things that made me happy this week:
Reading: After finishing this and getting angry that the sequel hadn’t arrived in the mail, I started reading this, which is just as good as this. But the sequel just came today and I can’t decide what I want to read more. #goodproblemstohave
Writing: The YA fantasy is a bit stuck. I’m trying not to edit as I go but I made a major change to the beginning and am having trouble simply making the note “this happens instead” and moving the plot from there. I think I’m someone who needs to edit as she goes. And I think that’s okay.
Watching: I know I’m about 25 years late, but I started watching this. From the beginning. I like it. And the ’90s hair makes it that much better.
Listening to: Have you heard of this? I had not, but now I’m managing our branded account, so am quickly getting myself acquainted with it. If you’re a regular user, let me know if you have any tips.
Cooking: Quick and easy dinners. Like this one: 1. poach two eggs 2. sauté shallots and shiitake mushrooms 3. put everything over a bowl of arugula and top with salt, pepper, and fresh ricotta 4. eat with a warm baguette. (and some sauvignon blanc, if you feel so inclined).
Have a lovely weekend!
Image that makes me long for elsewhere found here
Hello Friday, it’s wonderful to see you.
It’s been a week. I ultimately decided to cancel my upcoming trip to Grenada, which sucks, but we’re trying to plan something else to make up for it. My cat may be ill. I’m behind on my writing. I’m trying not to let my day job suck out my soul. Hoping this weekend will be a good time to reboot and go into next week feeling a bit more together.
Here are some interesting things I’ve found on the internets lately:
2. To me it never went away, but I loved reading about the resurgence of the greatest TV show ever.
3. Not sure I agree with the accuracy of all of these, but this was interesting.
4. This is just awesome.
5. And this is incredibly useful.
Writing: Still on my YA fantasy. Last week I made a major shift to the inciting incident–I made things much worse for my protagonist–so I’m quickly reworking some of the opening scenes before moving onto to new stuff. It’s a definite improvement. I just need a Time-Turner so I have more time to work on it.
Listening to: These guys
Lovely image found here
It’s been a crazy week for me, in the way I really think that weeks in July should not be. But here are three things (in addition to the image above) that helped get me through it:
1. A list of common mistakes on a novel’s first page (i.e. What Not To Do). Super helpful.
3. When Buzzfeed lists make you cry.
Reading: Against my better judgment, I’m reading this. I’m not a horror fan. But I am a Stephen King fan. I know those sentences don’t make sense together. But he’s a fantastic writer with a lot to teach, and reading him always makes my prose stronger. Plus, his stories suck you in like no other. I’m 50 pages in and terrified, but also excited.
Watching: I really only watch TV while cooking these days, so I needed something I could watch while multitasking. People always say great things about Friday Night Lights, but I’m a couple of episodes in and it’s just not grabbing me. Does it get better? Or is this just going to be one of those things where I don’t understand the hype?
Listening to: Jose Gonzalez. This song is particularly lovely.
Amazing image found on this Tumblr
After an amazing wedding weekend (my boyfriend’s sister’s) it was hard to return to real life this week. My boyfriend’s parents rented a big beautiful house in Avalon, in south Jersey, and it was a flurry of days filled with family and friends stopping by to help with last-minute projects, eat, drink, or just hang out. It further cemented my idea that happiness is just a steady stream of seeing people you like (and a nice home, with good food).
Here are three things that caught my attention this week:
1. This is my new favorite Instagram.
2. I really loved this piece about struggling to find a heroine in literature you can identify with. I went through something similar as a teenager; while I was never that overweight, I was quite unattractive for a number of years (acne, bushy hair–oh fifteen, you are so unkind). I remember being frustrated that every girl I read about was always beautiful (to be fair, I was primarily reading Sweet Valley High at the time). This has sparked some ideas for a new novel; more on that later.
3. I can’t decide where to go for vacation this year. There’s just so much attempted life-changing going on the prospect of planning a vacation is overwhelming me. But I’m finding this list intriguing, especially Cuba…
Reading: On the subway this morning, I finished Red Queen. And I gotta say … I don’t understand the hype. It started off interesting enough, but the rest of the book was filled with flat characters, uninspired dialogue, obvious plot “twists”, and my biggest book pet peeve: showing and telling. Sentences like “I grin, pleased with myself”, and “he douses the flame, putting it out with water” make me want to scream.
Watching: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK comes out today! Must be careful not to let the binge-watching intrude on my writing time.
Listening to: More nineties emo stuff, and I love it 🙂
Image found here
Where is this and can I live here?
I have been horribly stressed this week. I won’t bore you with the details, but here is how I combat no-good-very-bad weeks:
1. Remind myself of the things I have: health (so important!), money, a job, an apartment, books, people who love me. Rinse and repeat.
2. Exercise. Make time for it. I always, always feel better after yoga.
3. Do something I love. I was having trouble with the writing, and struggling through the book I was currently reading, so I reread a favorite book and then tapped back into some nostalgia inducing music and some guilty-pleasure TV. More on that below:
Reading: I finally finished this. Kerouac writes some beautiful sentences, but man was that run-on sentence of a book hard to get through. Perhaps I should have started with the actual edited version. Anyway, I have mixed feelings; I love the idea of the road, the randomness and freedom and spontaneity of it all, but some of Kerouac’s traveling companions were not very good people. I’ll write a full review at some point.
Watching: I just noticed that my favorite guilty-pleasure TV show of all time has posted new seasons on Hulu, and I’m ecstatic, but I’m so ashamed that I like this show I’m not even going to tell you what it is. Instead I’ll tell you I’m planning on watching the On The Road movie tonight and am hoping it’s easier to get through than the book.
Listening to: Whenever I’m frustrated with something, it makes me feel all angsty and eighteen again. During a particularly challenging day at work, I put on a Pandora station of all my favorite music I loved at eighteen: Jimmy Eat World, The Ataris, A New Found Glory. And it’s AWESOME.
Have a lovely weekend!
Image found on this lovely Instagram
This week was interminable. But now it’s Friday!
Here are some things that made my week:
1. I’ve been dancing around this idea for pretty much the past five years, but I think we are finally, FINALLY ready to … leave NYC. Has anyone out there gone from borough to suburb, from subway rides to train rides, from tiny studios to actual houses? I’d love some more insights on what this will be like…
2. One of my favorite new writing tools: ambient noise sites. I personally can’t listen to music while I write–unless it’s lyric-less–but I love having something always available to block out the noise. My favorite is rainymood.com.
3. One of my friends told me I post too many pictures of books on my Instagram. This is false, because there’s no such thing as “too many books”, but then I decided it would be fun to create a new Instagram dedicated entirely to bookishness. If you like books too, follow me here!
Watching: The new season of Game of Thrones, obv. Watching it with very little clue of what’s going on (because it’s diverging so much from the books) is a brand new experience. I’m not sure I like it as much as watching the stories I already know. Time shall tell.
Listening to: The National. It’s mellow, spring-y stuff. Me gusta.
Have a lovely weekend!
I’m a bit behind on the blogging due to a last-minute re-vacation to St. John (pictured above), where I devoured these novels. But I am back now, in full-on getting-ready-for-spring mode. In NYC the snow is melting and I am back to writing and attempting to move my life to where I want it to be, one day at a time.
Here are three things that improved my week:
1. I have a music discoverability problem in that I’m too lazy to discover new music so just listen to the same stuff over and over until I’m sick of it. I found this article on Medium and I’m going to start taking these suggestions to heart.
2. I started adding a dash of cinnamon to my coffee before it brews and it makes such a difference.
3. My “real” job (the one for which I get paid, unlike writing) is in the beauty industry. I never write about beauty because I am surrounded by it 40+ hours per week and that is enough, to be honest. However, people are always asking me for skincare advice. And honestly, the best one I can give you? Drink massive amounts of water. Especially in winter. Especially after a vacation of binge-drinking painkillers and rum punch. 10 glasses every day makes a remarkable difference in your skin. Trust me.
I’m also adding a reading/watching/ (and hopefully listening to, eventually, when I discover more music) section to these posts because I love those:
Watching: I’ve been called snobby, but isn’t that just another word for having discerning taste? So in the midst of complaining that I hadn’t seen a great movie in ages, I stumbled on this trio of films. I know I’m a few years (or decades) late, but if you’ve never seen them, they’re the anti-blockbuster: beautiful, poignant, largely plotless, and amazing.
Reading: I’ll Give You the Sun. If you read blogs about books, you’ve seen this title everywhere. It’s so worth the hype.