My 9 Somethings for July

Hey friends!

I survived my first writer’s conference and my first kidnapping! 😀 Isn’t that exciting?

Welcome to my nine Somethings for July.

Something on Fire

Every July we host a party near the Fourth. We use this party as an excuse to blow up stuff.

Why?

Because it’s fun and we are ‘mericans.

I dragged my camera out during the party to snap some pics of all the pretty, burning objects.

Something Familiar

I dyed my hair once again and enjoyed all the confusion I inflicted upon my poor fellow humans who had a hard time recognizing me. You’ll notice the change in the pictures below so I won’t bother with one now.

Something Legendary

Now we’re getting to the good stuff.

I attended my first writer’s conference EVER, and boy, it was worth the money. Read more

My Ten Somethings for June

Hey friends!

Sorry this took so long. I was kidnapped and held against my will. More on that next week.

Welcome to my Somethings for June!

Something Old

One of my dear friends graduated last month. *wipes away tear* She’s getting old, I’m getting old, we’re all getting old! LIFE IS CAREENING TOWARD THE END!

I’m fine. I promise.

Anyway, congrats to her. 🙂 She’s going to do great at adult life.

Something Related to Writing

I finished Rook, so that’s good.

Edward was lazy and claimed he was too busy taking over the world to write a blog post for my tiny site. I told him I’d throw him off a cliff or make a snake bite him in a story.

He wants to sue me for blackmail.

Anyhow, I did not finish brainstorming and outlining Ridgeline, but I’m having tons of fun all the same. I know I promised this before, but I really will get a Ridgeline page up sometime.

In between maintaining my new website, working on Rook and Ridgeline, and recovering from Realm Makers.

Ha.

One a final note: I published a short story on Story Embers! Steady is about an immortal spirit guide and her troublesome charge. I’m pretty proud of it, even though it gave me a bit of trouble. Read more

Announcing Rooftop Writing Prompts (and Free Stuff)

I come to you with an important announcement. Drumroll, please.

*holds breath*

I started another website! 😀

Remember those writing prompts I told you about in my last Somethings? Well, apparently posting a few on my blog wasn’t enough for me

I created another website so I could obsess over this new idea. I call it, “Rooftop Writing Prompts.”

Why call it Rooftop Writing Prompts? First of all, I needed a cool name. Adding “rooftop” to anything makes it sound cool. Just try it.

The rooftop has also been one of my favorite writing spots. I’ve chilled up there writing anything from a book to an article to a blog post. I want it to become a symbol of creativity and inspiration.

To learn more about my new website, click here.

or here.

or here.

They all lead to the same place. I’m just a little excited, so you get more than one link. 😛

But that’s not all I’m excited about. To celebrate this new website, I’m giving out a free book of writing prompts to anyone and everyone who signs up for my mailing list!

*throws confetti* I put a lot of brainpower into this one, my friends. These prompts are just waiting for someone to turn them into a fabulous story. All you have to do is sign up here and the collection is all yours.

Enjoy your weekend!

-Gabrielle R. Pollack (a.k.a. Master of the Rooftop)

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You Know You’re a Fiction Writer… (#3)

Edward was too lazy to give me another lesson *glares at Edward*. Characters, anyway.

Since he refused to help me out, I thought I’d throw together installment 3 of You Know You’re a Fiction Writer instead. I hope you enjoy!

You know you’re a fiction writer….

1. When you get excited over storycraft books,

2. When being alone in a library makes you feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven,

3. When you keep people-watching notes on your phone,

4. When you have to add words to your electronic dictionaries so Google and Microsoft Word won’t underline character names with red,

5. When you’re flooded with nostalgia when you think about your old stories,

6. When you call characters your children,

7. When new pens excite you,

8. When all you want in life is a cozy writing room and enough money from a published book to cover life expenses and extra snacks. And maybe a castle. And a few trips around the world. A cruise wouldn’t hurt, either.

9. When reading epic stories make you want to change a bazillion things about your novel,

10. When you create soundtracks for your books and characters,

11. When you’re afraid of buying random books because they might stink and you’ll be forced to condemn them,

12. When you read and enjoy classics you would have abhorred in high school,

13. When you push aside hard writing projects by doing easy writing projects to make yourself feel better about procrastinating,

14. When you’re proud of yourself for writing a giant book,

15. Then you realize you must edit that gigantic book and panic,

16. When thinking about the torment you will cause your readers makes you grin,

17. When you dream of building an expansive library and loathe getting rid of books,

18. When you love subplots but have a hard time weaving all the threads together into a unified story,

19. When you could spend hours analyzing the last story you read or film you watched, 

And finally…

20. When you relax for two seconds and suddenly have two books to edit, a blog post to write, a beta project, 17 comments and emails to reply to, and a room that looks like the wake of a category five hurricane,

you know you’re a fiction writer. 

-Gabrielle R. Pollack

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My 9 Somethings for May

Have you ever had a bird laugh at you?

I swear the other morning a bird was cackling at me while I wrote. It was rude.

Anyhow. Not relevant.

I lived another month! Isn’t that fantastic?

Something Painful

I have a lot of random hobbies I’ve picked up throughout the years (claymation, flag dancing, horse riding, sketching, piano). Some hobbies last. Most don’t.

Wood carving was one that didn’t last too long. However, last month I got the urge to pick up my wood carving tools again.

I was in the process of hollowing out a little canoe with one of my gouges when I decided to discard the age-old advice associated with knife-wielders. In other words, I decided to carve toward my hand instead of away from it. Read more