Category Archives: On Writing
It’s been a while and I’m going to throw out an apology to readers and fans: I shouldn’t have gone away but sometimes the plate gets a little full. With some shuffling and a few shifts in work time management it looks like I’m getting back in the swing.
And the first thing to greet those who miss hearing my musings? I’ve written a small article for WorkingInPublishing.com titled “Where do you go from here? From intern to Publishing Professional”
You can view the article here and don’t forget to check out the rest of the site. They’re a group of industry professional that blog about entering and working in the book publishing industry. The website is an extension of a new series of ebooks they’re planning on releasing soon.
So now that you’ve either read or ignored the link I think a little on guest blogging is the topic of the day.
I didn’t solicit this guest posting, but was very happy to write. WorkingInPublishing has posted a short blog on Ryerson’s Publishing Program and included my review from last year. A fellow classmate of mine also did a 3-part series on her experiences in Ryerson and they are helpful to have a clearer idea of just what you’re getting yourself into. Now if you did read the guest post you’ll notice it was… in my opinion… bland. What do you write about when ask ‘tell us a bit about your carreer and how you got there in 500 words or less’?
A credit to WorkingInPulishing: they gave me the creative license to write what I wanted to but a failing on my part for not being able to narrow down some harder points in the short word count.
Ultimately the message of the article is true to just about any profession one might tackle: It is what you put into it. The Ryerson program, my job hunting, my internships and ultimately my day job now with Master Point Press are measures of myself and how much effort I’ve put into being a part of this industry. Some are lucky and fall into positions (pointing at this girl with my first internship) but at some point we all have to work hard for what we want. It may not have been the most detailed, thought-provoking or mind-boggling message but it was one I think publishing professionals in particular need to really get early on. I wish I’d been told sooner, to be honest, but I’m happy where I am nonetheless.
But the beauty of a guest blog post, beyond cross publicity and opportunity to expand connections, is the experience to work with other people even if in small measure. You are reaching a greater audience and having a wonderful chance to expand your own opinions and views. So I would like to send a thank you (beyond the few I’ve already done) to the WorkingInPublishing team. Jude Kahn was cheerful and great to deal with and the posting was quick.
All that aside there is more to look forward to in the near future. A solicited review or two in the mix along with some personal faves and how-to’s down the road.
It’s not true or at least I’m hoping it’s not.
Lately I’ve been dabbling in different types of writing and even some comic book script writing. It’s not as easy as some might thing but I’ve got a secret weapon that’s not so secret.
Steven Forbes over at CT has a fantastic weekly post where he rips scripts to shreds in a constructive way! It’s a method of teaching and help he’s offering to the comic book community that I’m really happy he’s doing and not just because he’s edited my script. Steven’s able to find some of the problems met in writing and with the Bolts and Nuts he gives a heads up on how to avoid them.
So take a look at what he says on my script and of course what he’s said on the ones before me and after. He’s a great editor and is here to help.
I’m now off to fix what I’ve done wrong. It’s a start!
The date: December 2nd 2011.
The task: Complete a 50,000 word novel in the month of november.
Status: 16,000 words complete.
I’m sad (but not ashamed) to say I failed to meet my NaNoWriMo goal this past month. I was doing quite well, had exceeded my daily word target until about the 12th when my life started becoming hectic.
- I’m making a book from scratch for my job
- My job is a job and takes up a great deal of my time and though
- Friend came up from the states for a visit resulting in drinking and ignoring ‘To-Do’ list.
- Christmas shopping was necessary this November because…
- I am moving January 2nd
- Became distracted with comic script writing…
Most of that is primarily awesome, if not al, so I’m not too ashamed about not meeting the deadline. My friend Tricia did and despite my distractions and her writing a freaking novel, she found the time to encourage me and keep it all going. I appreciated it, always will and I felt like I had lacked in the support department.
BUT all is well. It’s not the end of the world, as I had thought on November 20th when I was several thousand words behind. It was a goal and not every goal MUST be reached. The story idea is solid and I think I’ll keep going with it. Who knows, I might pick it back up next November, and try to add another 50,000 words to my 16k total.
So now, I ask, how did everyone’s NaNoWriMo go? Finished? Never tried it?
And I’ve done it.
I fell off the proverbial wagon; I am only at 15k words for NaNoWriMo and it’s Nov 17th.
It’s not the end of the world, I’m fully aware, but I’m a little disappointed in myself for doing so because I’m pretty sure I won’t make the 50k deadly in 2.5 weeks.
It all started when the boyfriend and I decided we should move. This of course meant all my obsessive attention that I lavished upon my novel went to ViewIt.ca, MyHood.ca and Ikea. And my lists (did I mention my obsessive compulsive list making?) It’s a shame, as I was doing so well and this idea I have is fun. Everyone I tell about it gets a little giggle and it’s so refreshing to write something a little off the wall compared to contemporary styles. From day-to-day I try to throw some more in but my head and heart are firmly distracted by this new shiny task set before me.
Then, I was given an amazing, special, stupendously wonderful opportunity at work.
To design, photograph, assemble and partly author a cookbook!
It’s for work and more details will come when it’s actually posted online bu by this time next month it’ll be finished, because I’ve focused on this project most of the time. I just need more recipe’s from a few people and it’ll be ready for all the photography, which I’ll be doing mostly by myself! I’m really excited and pumped that I get this chance, it will look amazing in a portfolio and is teaching me soo much about production. It won’t be perfect, not by any standard, but I’ll like it all the same.
So stay tuned and excited. Only a month to go. I am sorry NaNoWriMo, but at least it’s sort of the same thing! I will be making a ‘book’ in a month from scratch. Just not the way you mean me to!
Cheers and happy writing/reading.
‘I am a sleepy bear’ I said on Saturday, code to my boyfriend that I am too sleepy to write and so I didn’t.
On Friday night I had met my weekday goal of two thousand words a day. It was easy, spent some evening’s writings and on my lunch breaks at work. It was great practice and didn’t’ take a lot of effort. All those years of writing ‘novels’ and stories coupled with shameless role-playing instilled a confidence that I would be fine.
Buuuut then I didn’t write much Friday night and Saturday due to visiting friends, personal self-indulgence and laziness; emphasis on the last one there. At first I kept telling myself, ‘Oh it’s nothing! Just a few thousand words’ but when Sunday rolled around I began to panic (for no real reason as this is 100% voluntary).
Panic suddenly means I MUST WRITE IMMEDIATELY! So on to Facebook to pester other NaNoWriMo writers (specifically my friend Tricia, Trewest on NaNoWriMo and her story ‘The Tales of Twisted Felix Katt’ on Wattpad.com where she’s putting up her story in sections for feedback and early reading) in an attempt to justify my procrastination as ‘on topic’, open up word and type type type! Most of what I am writing is nonsense, applicable nonsense but silly just the same. And in turn, I was rather foolish as I left all my notes at work and had to go off memory, which now as I can see my notes before me, emphasizes that I have a pretty shit memory.
Week One Advice: Don’t ever stop or take a ‘day off’. it’s super BadNewsBears.
I’m almost back on track with my two thousand a day goal (which will give me about 5 days to attempt to upload my word count and try to make sure the story actually has an ending). If I write another two and a half thousand words today all will be well until there comes another day I feel I can’t write and won’t and so begins the process again.
If I can keep this panic down to one day a week I will feel successful.
So update done.
Cheers and happy writing (reading if you were not brave enough this year to join).
It’s nearly November. For some that can mean only ONE thing.
Which is extremely important but it means one more thing too: NaNoWriMo
What the hell is NaNoWriMo? It’s the National Novel Writing Month (with a pretty funky name to go with an awesome cool idea). It’s a yearly tradition of a bunch of writers, known, experienced, inexperienced or anonymous come together,write 50,000 words in 30 days. It opens November 1st, closes the 31st.
There is no time to edit
There is no time to revise
There is only time to write! It’s a great opportunity to do free form novel-writing without giving one hoot about quality. Which yes, you can argue is MADNESS but sometimes it’s just what the doctor ordered. Get it out of you, in 50,000 words to join the NaNoWriMo community of insane authors.
It has a wonderful forum base where you can chat about what you’re writing, grab ideas and spew out your own. The support for this in social media caught my attention last year and I’m thinking, if I’m crazy enough I just might attempt the massive word count toll.
Rules: Must be from scratch. No cheating here people. You also need to finish within the time frame allotted. You can join later in the month, but that means you have less time to create your monster.
So join me in the excitement! If only to watch the progress if you’re too timid to take part (pot calling kettle super black right now)
Please also note: NaNoWriMo’s run by a tiny but mighty nonprofit called the Office of Letters and Light. Check them out and all their programs they offer.
There’s always a time of year when you start to feel the itch. No it’s not the sickness kids are bringing home from schools, or interoffice cold going around.
The writing itch.
I’ve picked up pen and paper (ie. keyboard and my precious memory stick) and trying my hand at my favourite, but sorely dismissed as of late, hobby of writing. Right now it’s touching up scripts on my lunch breaks, poking at page layouts while the boyfriend marks children’s papers and the new task: Comic book a night until my stores are complete.
THEN I can buy more.
So are the reviews back? YES! Though probably less thorough as it’ll be one a night. And maybe more that just comic reviews. I’m not just a publicist (now sadly unemployed publicity wise) but I’m a writer and lover of art and words. I’m turning now to the successful authors and artists for inspiration and guidance.
Want to join me in my little mini quest? And read all your unread comics before you buy another? I’d love the company. And I always want to know what authors and artists out there are thinking.
What comics do you go to for inspiration?
Who were your muses?
As always, happy reading and writing.