Two Year Anniversary

Today is the two year anniversary of me being a blogger.  YAY!!

Two years ago on July 14th I started my first blog  and since then I’ve learned a hell of alot about not only blogging but about myself.

One thing that has remained consistent is that I love to learn new things whethere it be design, DIY, hair or with my writing, I enjoy the wealth of information that I have come across while blogging.  The different blogs I’ve found and started following are wonderful and I love just about every post I read from them.  I don’t comment alot but most times I do like a post I find especially informative or fun and more often than not I find myself going back to read them.

However, in this time I’ve hit some blocks both in writing and blogging.  My writing is still coming along.  I’ve been doing alot of editing and re-working of my first novel.  There are days when I just don’t feel like it but I push through and keep working.

The same goes for my blog.  There are days when I have a ton of ideas of posts to write but then there are times when I really don’t want to write anything at all.  I feel like I’m in a rut with my blogging.  My focus is all over the place and sometimes I find myself thinking all those ideas I had just seem stupid.

So on my two year blogging anniversary I’m going to take a step back from blogging; to refocus, to reinvigorate myself.  I have been considering relaunching my blog.  I really enjoy blogging and don’t want to give it up so for the next few weeks I’ll be doing some soul searching and writing to get my head straight.

Wish me luck.

 

Writing personalities…

I came across this post on Pinterest about writing personalities. The pinner had gotten her results based on an assessment done on her writing. I thought this was pretty interesting and looked into it further.

The information is from Lulu.com.  The website says this about it:

“The Helix Review analyzes your writing against more than 100,000 bestsellers cataloged as part of The Book Genome Project. See into your writing in ways you never thought possible, and gain new, invaluable insights for better marketing and selling your book.”

Getting your writing personality results is a paid service so if you don’t mind dishing out the funds it would be interesting to find out how yor work is classifed and the other well-known authors that write similarly to you.

Writing Personalities... EDBP of course!

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Blog idols

Most mornings I spend some time checking out other blogs.  I’ve found quite a few through Pinterest and Bloglovin and enjoy reading the different posts.

Alot of my favourites are actually natural hair and fashion blogs and not really writing or writer’s blogs.  I still read posts from fellow writers here on WordPress but its nice to give my mind a break from all the writing and writing related stuff.

In addition to the fun stuff, there’s lots of advice and links to resources on blogging in general.  Every week I find something new and interesting.

Here are a few of my blog faves:

THE FEISTY HOUSE by Krystal K.: This is a natural hair, style & beauty blog with posts inspired by Krystal’s goals and life.  Her posts and pics are great. I love that she has launched her own businesses from her blog.

KINKS ARE THE NEW PINK by Ashlei: This blog also has posts on natural hair but it is more about style.  She has posts on defining your personal style and style inspirations.   She is also a personal stylist & shopper.  Pretty cool.

HEY FRAN HEY: by Francheska: This one is more about healthy and natural living.  She posts great pics and has posts on living healthy, including recipes and links.  Fran inspired me to try the oil cleansing method to combat my acne prone skin and so far it has been working well.  In the few weeks I’ve been doing it my skin seems alot brighter.

I am still in search of black authors on Bloglovin…haven’t found any as yet.  If you know of anyone please let me know and I’ll check them out.

Works in Progress

Before I started my Camp NaNo project I had been researching books to help me fine tune a manuscript that I had completed but never finished editing.  I felt like it had more potential, that I might be missing something important. I’m probably obsessing but I can’t seem to help it.

Through Twitter I came across Roz Morris who wrote Nail Your Novel.  Over the past few weeks I’ve been using the advice and tips to help me re-work my Camp NaNo project and just started on my other manuscript.  Morris also has a blog with the same name here.

So far I have pretty good outlines going for both projects.  It’s been helpful to see my original ideas develop.  With her Cards Game (I use a spreadsheet for this) I’ve put down all my ideas; rearranged and added a few things and re-vived a few parts that seemed lost.

So now back to work.  I’ll keep updating on my projects.

Bucket List?

In case you missed a few of my posts the past few weeks, I’ve been reminiscing alot. Going through old pics and thinking about what I’ve done so far in my life and what I have yet to do.  There are alot of things I would love to see and do before I get too old to do them.   So to that end I sat down and wrote a bucket list. Sort of.

I really don’t want to call it a bucket list.  It sounds too melancholy.   I think it will be my Awesome List or maybe my Great Expectations list.  But then most, if not all, of these can be accomplished in a few years if I plan properly.  So how about “My Before 40 List”.  I’m still working on the name and I won’t say how long I have before that age.

Anyway this is a list of things I would love to accomplish in the next few years before I hit the big 40…

TRAVEL

  • Travel across Europe
  • Visit China
  • Roadtrip across the USA
  • Travel across Canada

LIFE

  • Learn to swim
  • Conquer my fear of heights and go zip-lining
  • Get a tattoo with my son’s name and birthdate
  • Buy a car
  • Build a house
  • Learn a new language

EVENTS

  • Attend a blog conference
  • Do Blogcademy
  • Attend Writers Digest Annual Writing Conference
  • Attend New York City Wine & Food Festival
  • Attend a natural hair conference/meet-up

WRITING (this should have been first but saved the best for last)

  • Write & publish at least 3 novels
  • Get my own website

 

If you have any suggestions for anything on my list please let me know.

 

 

Today’s my Monday + Camp NaNo Project Excerpt

This weekend was a long one for me.  Yesterday was a holiday here so I didn’t post anything. So today is my Monday.  Below is part of my writing project that I attempted for Camp NaNo.  It’s currently unedited but I thought I’d share some of it with you.

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“She wouldn’t want you to be this way, you know that.”

Samuel watched as his sister’s brown eyes clouded over. He risked having her not talk to him for the next few days but she needed to face the loss and move forward.  Since their mother’s death a few weeks ago and her own near death experience, Eshe had been withdrawn and depressed.  No matter what he did she never fully came out of her shell. It was hard for him to see her like this. Before the accident she had been one of the most fun loving people he knew.

Eshe brushed her dark hair away from her shoulders and stared out of the lone window of her brother’s small apartment. The sight of empty space with its twinkling stars was, at one time, beautiful to her but now it only brought shivers and an overwhelming sense of fear. She’d had an apartment similar to this one but gave it up after the accident.  It was space debris shattering the outside protective layer of a window that had caused the accident that killed their mother and almost killed her.

She knew she wasn’t handling the situation well but she couldn’t help herself. Some days it was hard to get out of bed. Samuel didn’t blame her. He told her so all the time but she blamed herself enough for the both of them. If only she had been a little faster, less afraid, their mother might still be alive. She might have lived to see them find a new home planet.

“I know mom would want me to continue living my life but it’s so hard sometimes.” Eshe fought to swallow the lump that had grown in her throat. Samuel didn’t have to deal with the sight of their mother’s frozen face burned into his memory or the sound of her gasping for breath as she froze to death. Some nights she would wake up fighting for breath herself. Sometimes she could still feel the numbing cold seeping into her body. She had told him all this and he had done his best to be supportive but Eshe knew he feared she’d take her own life, that’s why he insisted on these frequent dinners. What he didn’t know was she was too much of a coward for that. Besides she didn’t want to die. It’s just that some days she didn’t know how to go on living.

Samuel reached out to take his sister’s hand. Her complexion was the same caramel brown as his. In fact they looked a lot alike; both of them had their mother’s brown eyes and her dimpled smile but he had inherited his father’s premature baldness, so he kept his head clean shaved. When they started this journey almost five years ago Eshe had a shorter cut but she had let her hair grow out. But now Samuel realized she hadn’t been taking very good care of her hair both since it wasn’t combed properly and a bit matted.

“You have to know she wouldn’t blame you. Dad doesn’t blame you either. We love you and I want my sister back.” Samuel let out a breath when she gave him a lopsided smile. Much better, he thought. “How about we go to the Lounge later? Faris has been asking about you. Has he come to see you?”

Eshe resisted the urge to roll her eyes. Faris had stopped by her apartment a few times but she never answered the door. Alexander Faris was more often than not a pain in her ass. Most of her and her brother’s friends liked him. Faris, with his smooth dark skin and twinkling eyes, was a handsome man and much to his discredit he was very aware of his looks and how affected the female gender was by him. He had taken a liking to Eshe a while ago after his other companion had gotten enough of him. To her dismay, the man was very persistent.

“I’ll think about it.”

Samuel rolled his eyes. Eshe laughed and was surprised by how good that felt.

“No you will not think about it. You will go to your place. You will shower, comb your hair and put on something nice. Then I will come get you in an hour. Think you can manage that?”

This time Eshe did roll her eyes. “Yes sir” and she saluted him.

Samuel watched her leave. Finally, some progress.

 

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Hope you enjoy it. Comments always welcome.

 

 

 

Camp Nanowrimo

Where should I begin about Camp Nano?

The short version is I didn’t meet my word count goal and with just a few days left, I definitely won’t make it to 30k.  I wrote close to 10k words and couldn’t go any further.

Now for the long version.

I started off pretty good but just fell off along the way.  I’m starting to wonder why that is since this is basically what happened the last time I attempted to do Camp Nano.

My problem seems to be the fact that I keep going over what I have already written and fixing things.  I can’t just write and put off editing little things like bad spelling for later.  I have to fix it.  I see that little red line and I can’t not go back and make it go away.

The other reason could be that my story probably wasn’t ready yet.  My outline was incomplete and needed more developing but I thought at the time that I had enough to give it a shot.  Obviously that was a bad idea.

But I learned a lesson.  I won’t say I will never try Camp Nano again or never attempt the November Nano.  I will however make sure I am alot more prepared and that I am ready to start writing.

How has Camp Nano been for you? Please share.