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

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

Picture Post #1: Because I Can

Hey everyone!

I was planning on starting another Sam story series today, but the story is now officially longer than any I’ve written, so it’s not ready (story of my life, right?). In its place I have brought you pictures.

In the words of me, behold . 🙂

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A smoke pipe thing on the top of my roof

Every so often I enjoy clambering through Hannah’s window onto the roof to do some writing.

One afternoon I was sitting up there with my laptop and thought to myself, “That smoke pipe thing would make a good subject! And the epic storm clouds would make a great background!”

The clouds started spitting on me a few minutes after I took my pictures, and, as you can imagine, the top of a house isn’t the best place to weather a storm.

I refused to leave and got an umbrella instead because I’m stubborn like that. 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,

AND FINALLY…..

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)