The Creative Blogger Award

So my friend/CP Joan nominated me for the Creative blogger award (thank you, Joan!). I decided to give it a try and make a fun post out of it – although I unfortunately won’t nominate anyone (seriously, it’s been YEARS since I sat down to read blogs. I mostly read reviews. Personal blogs? Not so much.)

Isn’t it pretty?

The Rules:

  • Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  • Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  • Pass these rules on to them

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Don’t Compare your Book to Other People’s

For a writer, it’s easy to come across something similar to an idea we’ve had before. It’s always a shock, and if you’re like me, your immediate reaction might be: “OH MY GOD, NO. I CAN NEVER WRITE THIS AGAIN’. Because truth be told, not only there might be implications of plagiarism, but there are other issues involved – my book might be like popular book X, what if someone accuses me of copying the idea, my idea is exactly like that, writer Y’s execution of the idea is so much better than mine, etc. There are a bazillion ways a writer’s mind will jump to conclusions and the first reaction is to put our own idea down. KILL IT BEFORE SOMEONE SEES.

Please, I’m begging you, don’t do that.

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On obligations to update the blog and writing

Sometimes, I think we new writers are so worried about our social media presence even before we actually write anything. Every single author I read has a blog, a twitter, a tumblr or something else to keep updated – and I think it’s great, because we can can see a little bit of their regular lives, what they’re working on, etc. But mostly, I noticed that a lot of us feel like it’s an obligation.

So I’ll confess to this – I’m a terrible, terrible blogger.

I like writing, sure. That’s what I’m dedicated towards and has been my dream for a long time. But writing for blogs? Errr… I’m not so sure. You see, once in a while, an idea pops up in my mind and I think – oh my god that would make such a great blog post! I could definitely write about that! But do you want to know when that happens? Once in a month, if I’m lucky. It’s just that I’ve recently found out that blogging is not really my platform.

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2015 and some goals

As always, only a little update. I swear, I like writing on the blog and ranting for long pages – my only problem is I’m too lazy to open the website and even type new post. That might become my new resolution – at least one blog post a month. I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to hold on tho this one.

So 2015 is a new year, and as new years go, everyone makes different promises. I haven’t really thought much about time – I’m going through a difficult period in college and wondering about changing majors and finding a job. So I just decided to take thing easy and hopefully I’ll figure out what to do.

As on reading and writing, i’m doing that book reading challenge that’s been going about. There are some that I read every year (I always make sure to read books written by women and debuts), but some I had never even thought about. Reading a book that is set in my Hometown? Yiikes, that’s one I’ll like to see. If I find it.

And my other challenge, at least for writing – not only the usual write more – is send a manuscript for publishing evaluation. I hope that by the end of the year, I may start querying. It’d be wonderful to achieve revisions to this point, and it’d make me incredibly happy to be taking another step towards my dream.

I hope that 2015 is a kinder year to everyone around, and that not only you get older but take some time to appreciate what you have and the potential you can achieve.

Graphic Violence, Storytelling choice and Style

As some of you might know, I’m a big fan of Jennifer Lawrence. When I say big, it borders more on the side of obsessed – Jennifer is a role model for me. She chose her own career path, takes no bullshit from anyone and is an incredibly talented and hard-working young woman. Being a fan as I am, I’m very anxious to see one of her next upcoming “serious” movies as the media calls them, “Serena” – based on Ron Rash’s novel.

I actually had never heard of Ron Rash before and my contemporary american literature studies are lacking. I read the synopsys of the movie, and seeing it was based on a novel, I decided to read it. When I went to add it to the goodreads shelf, I went on to read some of the reviews, and let me tell you, I was not pleased.

I know goodreads reviews are complicated and not to be taken seriously most of the time – they border more on the unprofessional side of it, what the readers say about it more than actually critique. Although it’s nice to read this from time to time, most of the time you spend reading the reviews you want to throw your laptop out of the window later or rage at the stupidity of the internet.

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