My 10 Somethings for August

Meeting retired car thieves, exasperating people with glitter, and long road trips.

Just another month in the life of Gabby.

Welcome to My Somethings for August!

Something Sad

My sister and her roomie, Tori, moved away this month. 😦

First off, it’s just plain sad they won’t be around. Second, watching them leave for Cedarville gave me homesickness for the college I dropped out of. Don’t you hate it when you make the right choice but are still pained by it?  

All depressing feelings aside, they now have the ability to commute to Cedarville, and I’m allowed to visit them on the weekends. I think I’ll survive. 😉 Read more

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

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 Somethings for March

Hey friends!

I hope Edward’s invasion last week didn’t throw you off. 😉 To get back to some sense of normality, here are my Somethings for March!

Something Bittersweet/Exciting

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See that little badge? It has a long, bittersweet story.

Near the end of February, I learned that Kingdom Pen’s editor and chief, Josiah DeGraaf, was wishing the site farewell.

Ugg. That…that was not expected. It threw the writing team for a loop. Until that announcement, I didn’t realize how much KP’s fantastic leader affected the site and the writing team’s work. Read more