Slice of [my] Life

a writer's piece of the pie

This is how I write…this is how I write

I’ve been a bad blogger–and writer–lately. I admit it, I’ve been a real disappointment. But I”m trying to turn all that around by getting back into the groove of things.

First, I’ve been working on Nightlings, moving some chapters around and getting it all beautiful for my new critique group members at CritiqueThisWIP.

Secondly, I’ve been trying to get some good blog posts going. Okay, so I haven’t been so successful at that second part, but, like I said, I’m trying. I blog over at CritiqueThisWIP once a week (which, for a while, was more than enough). But this week, I’m branching out even further and wrote guest blog post for Kayleigh’s Kaleidoscope! What’s it about, you ask? How I Write (do you see the irony?). What have I realized? That I really love blogging–not to mention writing–so I’m going to make it a point to get my butt back in “the zone”.

It hasn’t all been easy. I’ve been feeling down about my writing for a few months now. Nothing comes out right, my grammar skills are annoying me to no end, and my “voice” has been hiding out in a very dark, very quiet place. How are you supposed to write when the cursor just sits there, blinking that irritating I on an otherwise blank screen?! Don’t tell me just do it, because I’ve been tryin’ and it just ain’t workin’. But that will all be coming to an end. No more putting it off. You may be reading a bunch of crap, but at least I’ll be posting again, right?

Don’t forget to swing by Kayleigh’s Kaleidoscope to see just how crazy a writer I am!

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July 20, 2010 Posted by | "Bitten" Series, blogs, Guest Blog, UGGGHHH!, Writing | 2 Comments

Hunky Scots & Quirky Apes

I wish I could say that I’ve been around, lurking in the background of the World Wide Web. Or that maybe I’ve been sitting back, patiently waiting as I allowed the debut of the Love At First Sight Blogfest to peculate though blog readers everywhere. Hell, I don’t even have the excuse of a vacation to explain my 12 day, blogging dry spell. My excuse is far less exciting, not to mention, far less pleasant.

First, may I just say that a college faculty should not be made up of morons?

That’s right, folks! I’ve been yanked from my normal blogging routine, only to stand in line for hours before getting my turn to argue with the idiots on the other side of the counter at a college. And one time is understandable–things happen. But twice? Thrice?! No, no. Someone is fighting a losing battle in the war on common sense, and it’s not the ape in the picture above… Just sayin’.

But enough about that; I’d just as soon forget the whole mess–and I’ve (mostly) managed to do just that. The important part is that I have sorted the whole thing out *knock on wood* and am registered for classes this Spring. Finally .

My time in the long, winding lines wasn’t all bad though. I did manage to do quite a bit of reading. I finished Dragonfly in Amber (the 2nd book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series). It’s a book that I started months ago but never got around to finishing. Writing tends to get in the way of my reading, but the long lines gave me an excuse to indulge myself in someone else’s writing while leaving me completely guilt free. What more could a girl ask for? A hunky Scot, perhaps? Yes–and that’s exactly what I got with Gabaldon’s historical, time-traveling work of art. And her writing really is art. Truly, the word “book” doesn’t fully describe the magic she weaves. [Note: Simon, you don’t count this time, because you do not wear a kilt šŸ˜‰ At least, not that I know of…]

But I find myself facing two problems. One, I’ve been talking with a Scottish accent for days day now. Not that I mind–I love accents–but I think it’s starting to grade on J’s nerves. He’ll have to get used to it though; I’ve started book 3, Voyager, and let’s just say, the accent is only getting stronger. And two, my internal dialogue, while not Scottish, is coming in loud and clear. And British. This is heavily due to the fact that I gave in and bought the audiobooks, but I’m sure it would have happened anyways. I’m very animated, so what? Does that make me weird or something? Nah. I just like stories.

What about you? Do you ever get way too involved in a book your reading? Or if you’re a writer, do you find yourself thinking like one of your character thinks, or talking like they talk? What little quirks do you notice when you dive into the magical world of fiction?

Don’t forget to sign up for the Valentine’s Day Love at First Sight Blogfest!

January 15, 2010 Posted by | Blogfest, Reading/Read, UGGGHHH! | Leave a comment

Sticky Situations

Wow–so I’ve totally fallen off the edge of theĀ planetĀ for the past week. I haven’t even been on Twitter, which is how you know something’s up in the Reese household.

Right after Thanksgiving (which was a wonderful day of food, football, and family) a personal crisis reared its big, fat, ugly head. Its taken most of my time away from writing, blogging, tweeting—you name it–so I’ve been pretty much AWOL for the past week. This problem has been (for the most part) resolved, and I’m finally falling back into the swing of things…at least as of 11am Monday morning.

My plan today is to write the ending to chapter 10 and work on chapter 11. Kate and Caleb are in a tough situation and they have to fight off the enemy and save the day–you know, all in a day’s work, right?

Will blog about my success tomorrow!

November 30, 2009 Posted by | the Family, UGGGHHH! | Leave a comment

can’t work with it–can’t work without it

The Internet (damn it to Hell) has proven to be more of a distraction lately than anything else has ever been to me. My plan of an all-night-write-a-thon yesterday night–squashed! After a five hour Twitter-binge, I turned off my laptop and accepted the defeat…then tossed and turned all night because of what an idiot I’d been.

This isn’t the first time the Internet has stood between me and my writing-goal; I have the attention span of a goldfish. The problem I find myself facing is that if I disconnect my Internet (which I must, at times, force myself to do) I end up needing it for something while I’m writing. A quick fact-check here and there are sometimes necessary. And I’m not the type of person who can just “put it off ’til later’, granted I do decorate my page margins with little notes to “fluff this up” and “details to come” and “rewrite when coherent”.

The point I’m trying to make is that I lack focus when the temptation of the Internet is at its greatest. Twitter, Facebook, Blogs…how is a girl to concentrate when the little Demon on my shoulder is constantly whispering “just five more minutes–then I’ll get to work”. You’d think I’d have a little Angel on the other shoulder, whispering sweet nothings about focus and priorities, but no. Either she’s on vacation or she’s turned to the dark side, because the bitch isn’t makin’ a peep.

As for the novel itself, it’s actually going pretty well. While its been slow going (mainly because of my *cough cough* other interests) its at least been quality work…except for the pages where my little notes fill the page margins. But really, it is my first draft. A rough draft. A really rough draft.

I’m actually feeling a bit accomplished right now. I’ve finally gotten around to updating my blog, which, while not beneficial to my book, is at least a good way to dust the cobwebs from my brain.

Now, I leave you with a picture of my brain on Internet:

Something tells me it’s not so cute when I do it…

November 5, 2009 Posted by | UGGGHHH!, Writing | Leave a comment

Distractions and procrastina–OH! SHINY!

I bailed out on my main squeeze early this afternoon so I could get around to writing more of the ballroom chapter (which I have lovingly nicknamed The Chapter That Will Never End also known as chapter eight—yes, that’s right, chapter eight. Like I said, I’ve been preoccupied for the past month). Unfortunately, I not only have an attention span to rival that of a goldfish, but I also bare a shocking resemblance to this

That’s right–I’ve spent the last four and a half hours playing mindless games on Facebook. I know, I know. Facebook games suck, but for those four and a half hours, I was addicted! Not to worry, I’ve closed out of Facebook and now have TweetDeck open; I won’t be playing Vampire Wars, Sorority Life, or Make Me a Celebrity.

Speaking of my main squeeze–Josh and I watched 100 Feet today. The main character also plays Jean Grey in X-Men. We both figured it would suck (which was why we wanted to watch it, seeing as how we love making fun of crappy, horror movies) but, surprisingly, it was pretty good. Jean Grey played a woman who was put under house arrest after killing her abusive husband; he ended up haunting her throughout the movie. Yep, one good ole crappy movie with my man and some fast food. Perfect.

Now, I’m going to get around to working on chapter eight…as long as nothing distracts me.

October 13, 2009 Posted by | Fiance o' Mine, UGGGHHH! | Leave a comment

Whoops…

Well, I’ve run across an unexpected snafu. While dividing chapters, I accidentally deleted one…a very long and very important chapter. Not to worry, I had a hard copy–I’d just printed it out not two days earlier. Nevertheless, the prospect of retyping the damn thing is daunting. Just another delay in the writing of my newest book…

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Nightling Series, UGGGHHH!, Writing | Leave a comment