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Month: November, 2014

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The Blizzard Walk

It’s blizzarding where I live. Luckily it’s Friday and I can hibernate inside all weekend. I guess that makes this as good a time as any to write a story.

This was a terrible idea, I think as I try to walk more quickly down the slippery sidewalk. I lean into the wind a bit more to try and fight the wind better, for it is the wind that is preventing me from getting home any faster and not the slick ice under the fresh snow covering the entire surface of the sidewalk.
I gasp as a gust of wind sends snow whipping across my face. It probably wouldn’t feel like little needles stabbing my cheek if I wasn’t already so cold. But the pain is enough to make my eyes water. Or maybe it was the wind, which blew my hood off and exposed my ears and neck to the cold.
I quickly pull my hood back up and grab it tight around my throat. I only live two blocks away from my school. It’s normally a ten minute walk, but I’m sure I’ve been out here for half an hour, and I think I’m only half way home. I can’t be sure, because visibility is bad, but I think I just passed one of the sorority houses near campus.
I sigh and resign myself to my fate.
I need a distraction, I think. Oh the weather outside is frightful…I stop suddenly and look around.
Great, I think as I realize I just passed my own house.
I turn around and trudge up the too long path to my front door. I quickly shed most of my layers as I stand in the warm entry way of my tiny home. Finally, some actual warmth.

What is a Writing Podcast?

A few days ago I wrote a post asking a list of questions. One of the questions asked what writing podcasts everyone liked best. Nobody gave me an answer to that question beyond “none” or “what’s that.” So I thought I’d write a post about podcasts, particularly ones about writing.

A podcast is basically a radio show, but on the internet. It is an audio recording of a person, or people, discussing a certain topic. In the last 5 or so years, podcasts have become increasingly popular. Many writers make there own podcasts, or are part of podcasts with other writers.

My personal favorite is Writing Excuses, which is hosted by Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler. They often bring on special guests to discuss the various areas of writing, including editing, publishing, agents, and writing groups. They also host their own writing groups and hold online contests. They’re actually the reason I began to think seriously about writing professionally.

If you’re interested in learning more about writing podcasts, or want to find a writing podcast or two to listen to, here are a few websites that link to various writing podcasts that you can try out:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-mustlisten-podcasts-novelists-screenwriters-storytellers/

http://www.novelrocket.com/2014/04/the-six-best-podcasts-for-fiction.html

http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2013/05/20/10-great-podcasts-for-writers/

Some Questions For My Readers

I haven’t been able to focus as much time as I would like on this blog for the last few months (Ah, the joys of university). However, it is almost time for the winter break. As such, I would like to follow up with everybody in order to figure out how to make the most of the winter break. If you are willing, please answer my questions in the comment section.
1) What genre(s) do prefer to read?
2) What genre(s) do you prefer to write?
3) What attracts you to a writing blog?
4) How long or short do you prefer stories on blogs to be?
5) What do you consider good writing?
6) What would attract you to a character?
7) What would you consider to be the best writing advice?
8) What is your favorite writing podcast?
9) What is your favorite book on writing?
10) What is you favorite website on writing?
11) How often do you write?
12) What is your opinion of NaNoWriMo?
13) What is your opinion of writing contests?
14) What is your opinion of Writer/Media/Entertainment Cons?
15) What Cons have you been to?
16) Do you have any story requests for me?
17) Do you have any non-story related post requests for me?

NaNoWriMo Days 13-16

I am now at 11,214 words. I should be at about 24,000 words right now, but I’m glad to finally be over the 10,000 word mark.

NaNWriMo Days 8-12

I finally got back to writing. After taking a few days off, I wrote 1400 words today. With any luck I’ll still be able to reach the goal of 50,000 words, but it will be difficult.

NaNoWriMo Days 5, 6, and 7

I haven’t updated in a while, but this hasn’t really been the best time for me to write. I had two assignments due on Thursday, so I didn’t do any novel writing on day 5. Then on day 6, the Thursday, I had a miscarriage. I wrote 800 words, but I have no idea how I managed it. I haven’t written anything today. Too much emotion to deal with, and I had to put those emotions aside to deal with life. Needless to say, I’m behind again and this time I don’t really care.

It’s now officially the start of a long weekend, so I’ll see how things go over the next four days.

NaNoWriMo Day 4

I wrote just under 2000 words today. I finally feel back on track.

NaNoWriMo Day 3

I meant to write this yesterday, but I was exhausted.
I was able to catch up, so all my lost work is back. But I was only able to add 20 words to my word cound as a result. Hopefully I’ll manage about 2000 words a day from now on so that I’ll get over 50,000 words written.

NaNWriMo Day 2

When I went to begin writing today I discovered that I had accidentally saved my writing from yesterday to a temp file. As a result, it was gone, so I had to start all over again. Needless to say it was very frustrating. I only got 979 new words written as a result.

At first I was very much overwhelmed and I really wanted to quit NaNo right there and then. But I did write. And I will keep writing. I’m now behind, but with any luck I’ll catch up before the week is over. And hopefully there will be no more mishaps.

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