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Goal Review Season

It seems I am posting these year-end goal reviews later and later every year. XD As long as they’re in January, they still count, right?

2017 was a lot like 2016: not a lot happened on the blog, but I kept at my writing as much as I could. I also dealt with a lot of depression, and what I’ve recently realized was serious burnout and fatigue from my job. I started taking steps to try and work on that around the end of the year, and managed to get my writing groove back a bit. I have a feeling I failed most of my goals… but honestly, I’m going to forgive myself for that and move forward.

With that said, let’s see how everything stacks up from last year. ^-^ Continue reading

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Quick Update and NaNo Plans

There hasn’t been a ton of posting going on here since January, so I thought I’d do a quick update. ^-^

General Update *salutes*

Life is trending about the same as it was earlier this year. I’m choosing to focus on dealing with how things are atm, but I have a few hopeful plans for changing things up and finding a better steady-job/writing work ratio. We’ll see how it goes.

In other news, you can find me on Twitter now! What!? I started earlier this year, and was surprised to find it not nearly as terrifying as I’d thought. If you’d like to check out my ramblings in real-time, my handle is @JennIsWriting. Be advised that my writing updates are still scattered and I have a lot of feels about things political… I also live-tweet Critical Role on most Thursdays. If all that sounds good, come on over. ^-^

I’m planning on doing some updating and fixing things around the blog. Continue reading


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It’s 2017 And I’m Still Alive…

This is about the best thing I can say right now.

My last post was in July of last year, ugh. Honestly, I always get hit by this weird malaise in the summer; and since I didn’t feel like I had a lot to talk about, there didn’t seem to be a reason to keep fighting it. I’m usually myself again when the cold starts to creep back in October, so I figured I’d get back to posting then. I underestimated how much the anniversary of my friend’s death, in October, was going to affect me.

And then November happened…

I’m glad to say that even though I haven’t been able to sit down and write a post for the blog, I have been working on my other writing. At a snail’s pace sometimes, but working nonetheless. ^-^ So, even though it’s way past New Year’s at this point, I’m going to go ahead and do my usual goal review anyhow.

I had kind of a long list for 2016. Let’s see how I did!

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June Update

Summer is difficult, apparently. XD That’s all I can think of to say about my lack of blog posts this month. I even had a flash fiction ready to go, and just forgot to put it up! *sigh*

Interestingly, the amount of writing and reading I’ve done this month is actually up from May’s sad numbers.

Although I still haven’t finished ‘Beneath the Red Lantern’, I had one of those flashes of insight into how I can simplify the ending to where it doesn’t feel painfully pretentious. I’m hoping to get that hashed out at writer’s group tonight. I also added to one of the vague ideas previously written down in my notebook. It basically involves a person wandering into the midst of a gathering of folktale creatures from various cultures. Still needs some clarifying and research, but it should be fun to write. ^-^ Continue reading


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May Update

Is it almost June already? Good goshness, I feel like I’ve barely gotten anything done at all this month! There has to be two more weeks left, right? *sigh*

I’ve been doing so well this year, but May was definitely a record bad month for writing. (Reading too, I got through like one book. >.<) The superstitious voice in my head says it is because I made a plan to do something big and specific this month: editing. To be honest, it’s probably more because I missed every single Writer’s Group meeting due to bad scheduling at work and being sick. Also, the end of ‘Beneath the Red Lantern’ is stumping me right now. It’s one of those weird head-spaces I get into where every thing I think to write sounds stupid.

I did manage to edit a flash fiction, which I plan to post next month. ^-^ I also got together with the Life Enrichment director at my work and came in to read a couple short stories to the residents. Definitely one f the high-points of the month! I had so much fun, and they all seemed to enjoy the stories. I learned something very interesting from this experience: reading your work to an audience makes you acutely aware of all the odd phrases and sentences that need tweaking. I actually found myself changing some wording around as I read, because it just sounded better. I even skipped a sentence or two. O.O

Maybe reading to an audience isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I really recommend it. At the very least, read out loud to yourself as if you have an audience.

 

The other high point of the month is that Lucas and I celebrated our third anniversary! ^-^ We went out to a high-end restaurant and everything! I told Lucas my only request was somewhere I could wear my lace dress without feeling out of place. Boy did he deliver! haha Continue reading


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All-Around Update

I’ve been a bit silent this month. The main reason is that I’ve been working tons of extra hours at my new job. Yep, bringing home the turkey bacon like a boss! ^-^ The side reason is that the Scholar and I have been looking for an apartment, and the stress has been getting to me. Sooooo, lots of Netflix and Legend of Dragoon.

I don’t know if it’s because I am a reader and a writer, but there are times in my life when I can almost see the chapter breaks. I feel a page turn; and then there’s only a short paragraph and a bit of blank page left before the beginning of a whole new chapter. That’s how I felt when I stepped on the little plane that started my family’s move back to California. And, when I walked down the aisle at my wedding. ^-^

It’s how I felt about a week ago, when we signed the lease to our first apartment.

Oh my gosh, we have OUR OWN PLACE! ^o^ Continue reading