January 2017 – Journal #1

Quote of the week:

“Documenting little details of your everyday life becomes a celebration of who you are.”
― Carolyn V. Hamilton, Art Improv 101: How to Create a Personal Art Journal

Introducing a new segment for this blog: journal posts!

Now, I’ve posted a couple journal things before, but this will be a monthly thing — fortnightly, to be specific — along with editing posts. I’ll be following along with a journal challenge (this one) but only very roughly, as I’m doing this with typing and WordPress, not pen and paper, and sometimes the prompts just don’t apply! I hope this segment will add a little bit of a personal touch to the site, as I’ll probably also be discussing current events and things going on in my life (spoiler: not that much). And as with all posts, please feel free to join in the conversation in the comments! I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts and whatever awesome things you all are up to!

Let’s make 2017 great!

New Year’s Resolutions

Oy, starting with a killer right off the bat! XD

My New Year’s resolutions are pretty much the same as last year: get more work, lose more weight, do more creative things. And though it may not have been as much work or as much weight or as many creative things as I’d’ve liked, I still accomplished everything! So they seem like good goals to keep around. =)

So far this year, I’ve updated my blog (you may have noticed) to better suit future clientele and will be working on my LinkedIn too. I’m about 10-15 pounds away from my goal weight, and one creative skill I acquired was baking (which is why the weight loss is a bit slow, heh). I’ve always liked baking, but last year, my sister and I started trying a new recipe every single week. And it’s been really fun! I admit that I’m not all THAT creative; I’m likely never gonna start a food blog or Instagram account with new and stunning creations. I like following the recipe! Baking is pretty logical and straightforward, basically being chemistry, and for me, it’s very relaxing. Writing is hard, you guys, and being able to shut down the brain a bit to make something delicious is, I think, good for my mental health. I’ve also starting cooking full meals a lot more, doing meal prep, slow cooker stuff, again following recipes. There’s A LOT I need to learn, though, and so that’s like, a sub-resolution to the overall “learn more creative skills” one: continue to work on the skills I have!

Describe Your Writing Space

It’s a sort of box thing that goes beep boop bop and has a screen and a keyboard . . .

It’s my laptop, guys.

(I’ve tried writing the old-fashioned way, but the plain truth is that I cannot read my own writing. I’ve tried writing more slowly, but if I really get a spark of inspiration, those words are just gonna come streaming out in one inky mess.)

Since it’s a laptop, I can write anywhere I want, but I mostly do so at my desk. I have another monitor hooked up, so I can have a word doc up on one and “research” (re: Tumblr) up on the other. But because I also do work at my desk and on my laptop, I can be sitting in the same chair for hours, and sometimes I put off writing because I just don’t want to sit there anymore!

Who Is Your Writing Role Model?

I answered this last time (Michael Palin), but frankly, I admire anyone who managed to get from writing for themselves to also writing for an audience. It’s tough putting yourself and your work in public. It’s hard maintaining the level of work ethic required to keep your name out there, even if it seems no one is reading. That’s definitely something I need to work on this year.

Which Books Influenced Your Writing?

Kind of tying to the last question, it’s the ones that went beyond the author’s scope and became something else in the hands of its audience. Like Harry Potter or Hunger Games or Lord of the Rings or practically any of the myriad YA series going on now. There’s something about these books that connect people to them deeply and passionately. If I could write a story like that, even just one, I would die happy knowing I made other people so happy.

Your Favorite Writing Quotes

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
Toni Morrison

I Write Because . . . 

Y’see that Toni Morrison quote? That’s why.

Make Your Own Writing Prompt

I’m gonna steal this from this week’s SPONTANEANATION episode with Steven Yeun:

“What day would you like to go back and relive? (P.S. You can change things.)”

Sometimes I like to pause an episode and answer the question myself (if I’m alone in the car. Or at home. In the shower. But ALONE. Stressing that.), but I didn’t feel such a desire to do so for this one. I think first, the logistics tripped me up: I love time travel, but I know it’s next to darn near impossible, and maybe even if it could happen, you’d probably only be able to travel to the future and not be able to return to the “present” (because it is now the past, and past-traveling is almost definitely impossible).

But! I understand the spirit of the question. If I chose not to change anything and was either just genuinely reliving that day as a sort of sub-subconscious presence, then I would probably pick a really happy or really exciting day in my life —

OH!

I GOT IT.

FOR BOTH THINGS!

Okay, it sounds not so very important — I mean, there’s many, many things I regret doing that I wish I could go back and change, but forgetting those — and it might have a DISASTROUS butterfly effect somehow, but I would choose to relive and change the day my friends and I went to Magic Kingdom in Florida. My whole senior class in high school got to go to Walt Disney World for a week, and I was SUPER EXCITED. I love Disney! And as such, I didn’t really do my due diligence when it came to researching all four parks; I figured we would just do as much as possible. So we go, and the day we fly in counts as one of our Disney days. My friends and I decide to do Animal Kingdom first, because we thought it was the smallest, least impressive park and suitable for only half a day.

Well, we were WRONG, and we saved the entire following day for Magic Kingdom and it was NOT awesome. This is gonna sound cheesy, but the place was missing Walt’s magic. It felt . . . off. And besides the Haunted Mansion (which looked more like a Haunted Manor), none of the rides were any better. The park is admittedly much more spacious than Disneyland and can probably expand en infinitum, but ehhh . . . I wish we had known ahead of time what we were getting into and done Magic Kingdom the first short day and then Animal Kingdom for a whole day. We missed out on a lot of stuff! So basically, without magic time-traveling, I’m just gonna hafta go AGAIN.

Miscellaneous

A little roundup of my month so far:

  • On New Year’s Eve, my siblings and I ran around in circles screaming during the last thirty seconds of the countdown.
  • Happy New Year!
  • It’s my sister’s birthday month, so we went to Universal Studios! She and I have annual passes, but it was our brother’s first visit, and we had a wonderful time~ He loved all the Harry Potter stuff, XD. The LAIKA exhibit was AMAZING, and even though we didn’t get there till 12, we went on every single ride (Forbidden Journey twice!) before the park closed at 6, and the longest wait was like, 25 minutes. I guess it was just too cold and rainy for most people!

How’s your January been?

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