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Absent, But Not Forgotten

It’s pretty bad when I recently realized that 2016 has come and gone, and I haven’t posted anything on here for the entire year. The last post was September 2015, ironically for a new writing project in which I haven’t posted anything on there either. That’s sad. And I say this because I love to write, and I was excited to really dive in to this project and just writing and posting on here in general. Evidentally, life and laziness and procrastination had other plans. I’m hoping to change this in 2017.

I’m not big into New Year’s resolutions but I do have two for this year: read more and write more. Last year, I had a reading goal of 30 books which is not a far reach. I started off strong but fell off by the summer and didn’t get back to it. I only managed about 18 books total, and 3 of those books were crammed in at the end of the year. And as I stated earlier, writing was pretty non-existent for last year. 

Well, I’m happy to say that I’m already working on these two resolutions and hopefully this will continue throughout the year. This post, for one, is a great start to my writing. I mean, it is the first post in about 16 months. I will certainly consider it a start. A huge start! And the reading side of things has gotten to a good start. I knocked out a Neil Gaiman book to start the year (a great way to begin the year in my opinion), and I am continuing the great Harry Potter series (book 5). 

All in all, I’m liking the way 2017 is starting off and using 2016 as a springboard to help propel me—and my writing!—to a better and consistent place. Here’s to more reading and more writing for 2017…. CHEERS!


What’s on my mind?

When I started this blog, it was going to be strictly a place for my finished writing projects—whether they be poems, short stories, fan fiction, or possibly longer works. It’s gone very well so far, but the thoughts inside my head are mounting and growing daily. Unfortunately, I’ve built walls around myself to shelter and seclude me from the outside world.

I wanted to be disconnected…
I wanted to be invisible…
I wanted to be a silent voice…

I wanted only my writings to exist.

I think I’ve come to my senses since then and realized that that is no way to live my life. Yes, my writings can—and hopefully will—exist, but the writer needs to exist as well. So, it’s time to come out from under the rock and rejoin society once again.

What’s this mean? I have thoughts I want to talk about. I have ideas I want to share. Even if no one reads it, I believe I still need to talk about them and let them out. Besides, I’m sure it will help me in my writing endeavors. If anything, it is a form of practice, right?

Okay, I think I’ve said a lot more than I initially intended to. In short, what I’m saying is that this blog will also contain more than my finished works. It will have some typical “blogging” type posts consisting of thoughts, ideas, and project updates.

So, what’s on your mind? What is it you’re wanting to talk about?

NANOWRIMO.

A part of me was a little bummed that I missed the beginning of NANOWRIMO this month. I know it’s only six days into it (and it’s better late than never), but the rest of me is actually okay with not participating in it this year. Yeah, 50,000 words is a HUGE number to reach in 30 days, but it’s more than that. I know it’s more for the experience, the practice, and initializing some sort of writing habit. I wouldn’t expect my story to be great; I’m sure it would downright suck. But, it’s not about making it great… it’s about making it exist—whatever it is.

Wow, I’m almost convincing myself to do it! But I won’t. I’m just getting back into my writing and especially my reading. I have a lot of reading I want to accomplish in the next couple months and I know if I commit to NANOWRIMO, my reading time will become non-existent. Instead, I will focus my time on my reading and work out some ideas for some upcoming projects.

I AM NUMBER FOUR: THE LOST FILES: SARAH’S JOURNAL (sequel)

Sarah’s Journal is a fan fiction novella I finished earlier this year. It focuses on a secondary character from the first two original books I Am Number Four and The Power of Six. I really wanted to make this story coexist with the originals, and I think it came out pretty well. Since then, the third book The Rise of Nine was released. After reading it, I initially came to the conclusion that if I wanted to continue the story, I would have to take an alternate universe approach. It seemed to be a difficult task to weave my story in with the original.

Usually when I get an idea for something, it won’t let go. Continuing the story was one of those ideas—especially seeing how I ended it. I loved intertwining my story with the original so much that it makes it difficult to abandon that particular aspect. In my opinion, it makes the story that much better. I thought I was stuck. I almost decided on not doing the sequel at all.

After letting the story simmer on the back burner for a couple days, ideas bubbled up that very well could support the sequel and its coexistence with the original writings. I’m still at odds with a few ideas but right now is all about brainstorming and considering all my possibilities for the story. Sometimes it can be a little frustrating, but at the same time fun also.

It’s all a work in progress.

Much like me… as a writer.

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