LEARNING (a.k.a. 5 Aha Moments on My Writing Journey)

I consider myself a perpetual student in the School of Life (more on that in my Week in Review post this coming Sunday). Thus, writing is a lifelong process with constant room for improvement. As with life, in writing I’m always learning something new each day and it makes me a better writer.

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I love cartoons.

Growing up, I anxiously awaited Saturday mornings. Who here remembers the clamation bits that have the jingle “After these messages, we’ll be ri-ght back!” While most of these were pure entertainment, many had deeper meanings for older viewers to interpret. Case in point, Bugs Bunny. Seriously. That dude taught me about the social climate of the day, and that was before I even knew what social climate was.

However, there are certain types of animation that have resonated with me over the years. In my second instalment of the WHAT YOU KNOW Series, I observed patterns in shows I liked and details about each that draw me in to watch and rewatch the respective series.

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Holiday Fears & Jeers a.k.a. How to Deal with Hump Day


It’s almost the middle of December and I’m already planning what I’m working on in February, not to mention the rest of 2014.


Working on Aaralyn’s Song keeps me sane. In fact, aside from collecting new ideas in a file that I refuse to entertain, at the moment, other than for recording purposes, my writing life has been devoted the WIPs and the blogging world.

I’ve got blog hosting duties to prepare for as well as my continuing FRIDAY FORAGE POSTS.


I’m slowly building my revised TBR list to accommodate comp titles for my WIPs. Regardless, when certain things start bogging me down in the real world, it’s nice to escape to the land of make-believe. There are many stories to cheer me up or get all my emotional insides and bounce them around for a spell. I’ve always said how much words have power. 

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We’ve made it to December, yo!

This month is all about revisions for me. I spent the last week taking stock on all my current writing projects. More specifically, the ones that I’ve actively tackled within the last couple of years. Sure I have others that are on pause from yesteryear. I don’t want to use the terms ‘orphaned’ or ‘mothballed’. I’d rather think of them on the publishing highway stuck in traffic while these others are in the passing lane. –> Spent the last eight hours running errands and commuting so forgive the lame imagery.

Anyhoo, I counted the active projects and I have TWELVE that I’ve written in the last two years (maybe three) with six of them in the revision stage and three of them closer to spit-shiny than the rest. Can you see why I decided to revise before coming up with something new? Sheesh.

That said, I decided to create a mini-series this month entitled WHAT YOU KNOW. I’ve noticed patterns in my writerly world and I wanted to share some of them with you.

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NaNo, Where’d Ya Go?: The Next 5 Steps Post-WriMo


Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Or turkey. Or something vegetarian. Heck, for many of you out there, yesterday was just a Thursday. No matter what you did or whom you were with, hope it was a good one. 🙂

As for NaNoWriMo & SavvyAuthorsEntangled Smackdown, I won because I met the word count goals, but the story ain’t over yet, kiddos. Here’s the skinny:

Week One: 17,850 words

Week Two: 16,383 words

Week Three: 18,820 words

Week Four: 15,822 words

Running Total: 68,875  words

These numbers are up until yesterday’s total. Scrivener seems to be messing with my mind because the project stats show the figures and the session word count. The session number made sense so when I went to plug in the project total into the NaNo site, it said I wrote more than 2K above my total which I still don’t get. Wrap your noggin around that one.

Either way, I’m still rallying to up the count and will continue until the story’s done–dur. That would be the wise choice, yes?

After a month of slaving over the words, we’re left wrought with emotion. To borrow a line sung in a show I watched, once upon a time, “Where do we go from here?”

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