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 9 Somethings for the month of October

My original title for this post was, “My Somethings for Whatever Month This Is.”

That about sums up my overwhelmed, I-want-to-laugh-hysterically-on-the-floor, drink-coffee and sleep-through-all-my-classes attitude during October.

I promise I’m ok. I made it halfway through the semester. I can survive until winter break. Probably.

Something Out of the Ordinary

Coffee shops are cliche, millennial, chalk-themed hotspots that sell sugared cups of dirt for too much money, but I still like them.

Earlier this weekend my sister, cousin, and I all met at a coffee shop. Though I blew three bucks on the worst cappuccino ever, we had awesome girl time. *Thumbs up for socialization* Read more

I’m Slowing Down

Hello, friends!

Isn’t it crazy that fall is already upon us? Fall holds special significance for writers.

Next month is what the writing community calls NaNoWriMo, or the National Novel Writing Month. During this month writers join forces to encourage and push each other to write 50,000 words in a month. I participated last year and had a blast cranking out almost 2,000 words a day. I’ve decided to try my hand at Nano again this year and write 50,000 words of Ceasefire.

Things are a little different this year. Now, I’m a real college student. Grinding out all those words while worrying about a biology final and endless art projects won’t be easy. So, sad as it is, I will only post every other week in November so I can keep up with the demands of NaNoWriMo and my other writing projects.

Just thought I’d update y’all! I hope you have a lovely fall. 🙂

-Gabrielle Pollack (a.k.a. The Great Rising Puzzlement)

You Know You’re a Fiction Writer… (#2)


Welcome to the second instalment of You Know You’re a Fiction Writer…! If you didn’t catch the first one, click here.

You know you’re a fiction writer…

  1. If you enjoy using writing jargon like WIP, MC, Midpoint, character arcs…etc. because it makes you feel smart, especially when people around you don’t know what you’re talking about,
  2. If you regularly look up synonyms on Google,
  3. If you speak words into Google or Siri because you don’t know how to spell them and have issues trusting your document’s spell checker,
  4. If you save a document in a random place because you’re too lazy to put it in the proper folder,
  5. If you can’t find said document later,
  6. If you make notes on any available writing surface or electronic device,
  7. If you don’t look at those notes,
  8. If you want readers to create fandoms revolving around your stories
  9. If you love when readers ship your characters,
  10. If you love pretending you’re going to destroy those ships,
  11. If you’re conflicted about writing outside because the outdoors is great for inspiration but there is nowhere to plug in a computer,
  12. If people expect you to write like a master no matter what you’re writing because you say you are a writer,
  13. If you are obsessed with collecting notebooks,
  14. If you don’t use all those notebooks,
  15. If you bemoan all the writing you want/need to do but still procrastinate on actually writing,
  16. If your friends threaten you over hurting/killing their favorite characters in your stories,
  17. If you try to tell your friends inside jokes that originated in online writing communities,
  18. If those friends inevitably don’t get it,
  19. If you continue to share those jokes anyway,
    And finally…
  20. If you think up epic scenes, but can’t write them for months because you aren’t even close to the part in the story where they happen…

you know you’re a writer.

Hey, I managed to post on a Friday! Isn’t that amazing?

What statement do you relate to the most? Feel free to compare your choices with other writers in the comments. 🙂

Have a terrific weekend!

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


My Nine Somethings for September

Hello, friends!

I searched my blog post history and discovered this is my seventh Somethings post! I’ll explain why this is significant later on in this post.

Something Sad

I want you to close your eyes and imagine.

You’re poring over a biology textbook, a bag of trail mix at hand, munching away as you read. Of course, you glance over every so often to pick out an M&M, because honestly, what is trail mix without the M&Ms?

But then imagine, instead of picking out the M&Ms and eating them, you dig around in the mixture, grab the M&Ms, and stick them back in the bag.

I had to avoid the M&Ms in trail mix for a week. Why? I made the choice to go on what healthy, cool people call a “cleanse” *cue high pitched horror music.*

I am not a healthy person. I went from eating yummy, processed, sugary goodness to abstaining from extra sugar, processed foods, gluten, and dairy. Read more