My 15 Somethings for Januaryish (Part 2)

Hey friends!

Here is the second part of my Somethings, as promised.

Something Sad

I’m all alone.

My sister headed back to college last month. Cedarville isn’t too far away, but it still feels weird. We’ve been together my entire life, and now she’s gone. *sniffs* Gone!

Ok, maybe I’m being dramatic, but still. Darn growing up.

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(Me and sis. I’m the one staring at the ground because I’m that photogenic.)


(Me and sis. I’m the one staring at the ground because I’m that photogenic.)

Something Deep

I had an article published by KP that hit pretty close to home. Many writers struggle with comparison and placing their worth in how well they write (including yours truly). In the article I wrote, I addressed these harmful patterns. I can honestly say this is one of my favorite articles that I’ve written.

Click here if you want to check it out. Read more

My 15 Somethings for Januaryish (Part 1)

Much has transpired since my last Somethings. So much, in fact, that I had to split this Something into two parts.

Actually, I was simply too lazy to edit the entire post before sending it to my editor/error checker. But it is a really long piece, so it worked out.

Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen. The last two months were a bumpy ride. Read more

You know You’re a Fiction Writer….

Good morning!

I’ve compiled a list of, well, I’m not sure what these are called.

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

You know you’re a fiction writer…

1. When you either write so much you don’t read, or you read so much you don’t write. There is no in-between.

2. When you finish a book with terrible writing and must find someone who’ll listen to you rant about all its mistakes. This person often has no idea what you’re talking about, but listens anyway,

3. When you take pride in your weird Google searches,

4. When you passionately discuss character arcs, plot, story structure, etc. with just about anyone who asks (or doesn’t ask),

5. When you fangirl over good storytelling and (again) rant about it to that one immensely kind person who has no idea what you’re talking about but still listens,

6. When you have nightly internal  arguments discussing whether you should write down an idea you thought of or go to sleep and hope you remember it when you wake up,

7. When you forget that idea you told yourself you’d remember in the morning

8. When you’re addicted to online writing communities,

9. When half your Pinterest boards are story boards and the other half are fandom boards,

10. When you listen to obscure instrumentals,

11. When you write down snippets of conversations and consider stealing names from headstones,

12. When you write better than you speak,

13. When you are obsessed with collecting notebooks,

14. When you really want to tell someone about the book you’re writing, but then don’t want to risk failing to communicate its full awesomeness to them,

15. When your own plot confuses you,

16. When you make random facial expressions while imagining a scene in your book,

17. When, after you make those facial expressions, you look around to make sure no one saw them,

18. When you can think about your book while doing anything (eating, driving, working, walking, and occasionally sleeping),

19. When you evaluate your reactions to strange, exciting, and even dangerous experiences because they could apply to your book,


20. When you’re accused of spending more time in a fake world than the real one, you know you’re a fiction writer.

I hope you enjoyed my list! Do you relate to any of them? If so, which ones?

Have a fantastic weekend!

Gabrielle Pollack (A.K.A. The Great Rising Puzzlement)



My 10 Somethings for the Month of May

May was a month of beginnings and ends, of surprises and new experiences. Out of all the months I’ve covered in my Somethings posts, this one might be the most filled with important happenings.

Something New

I was formally interviewed for a job for the first time! I was pretty nervous, to be honest, but it went well. Did I get the job? No, only because I would be missing orientation.

Something Fun

I had a graduation party! At first I was anxious about being a host (no, not to an alien parasite), but in the end I had a blast! I was overwhelmed with gratefulness at everyone’s support. My introverted self wanted to curl up in some obscure corner for a year after the party, but I still enjoyed myself.

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Hanging out with friends at the partyme

Something Achieved

I graduated High School! It’s strange; a huge part of my life is over, for good. Time to move on and be an adult! *less enthusiastically* Yay. Read more

My 12 Somethings For the Month of April

Hey guys!

The second half of my Sam story is giving me trouble, so I fear it will have to wait a day or two before making it’s appearance. Better late than horrible, right?

Since we’re coming to the end of another month, I think it’s a good time to share my Somethings.

Something Fun

I was in a play! Peter Pan Jr. to be exact. I was none other than Tiger Lily, Princess of the Island! ALL MUST BOW BEFORE ME! Read more