“School Lunches Around The World” – Buzzfeed

Today I’ll be continuing my summer series: where I share all sorts of videos and websites that have helped me write. This post will be highlighting a video Buzzfeed produced that shows examples of school lunches from around the world.

Food is one of the necessities of human existence and blends together our traditions with what the land around us produces. It also gives us a glimpse into a nation’s trade both inside and outside its borders. This video gives me a lot to chew over in regard to how I’m crafting my own fantasy and scifi worlds.

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Plotting a Novel

I usually head over to YouTube for inspiration, be it from music, documentaries or other writers. I like this video and found it helpful to keep the ideas in my writing tool kit.

Bullet Journals

I may have mentioned this before, but I have been using the bullet journal method for the last two years.  Though mine is not as pretty as the one presented in this video it does give me the space to write down things like a madman and still have everything feel organized (and more importantly, easy to find).

 

Summer 2018

I have gotten a lot further behind on posting than I meant to.  Part of that has been because of the drain my day job presents during the late spring and summer.  But the more exciting reason is because I have two short stories I’ve been busy on and that I plan on submitting to various publishers as early as this weekend.

In effect, my creative energies have been channeled elsewhere of late and I have very little to offer at the moment.

In anticipation of this, I started something called a summer series last year, where my focus was redirecting the reader’s attention to helpful videos and websites.  It seemed to work well last year and I’ll be doing it again this year.

I will of course keep you posted should any of those stories be accepted for publication.  Meanwhile I’ll be busy with edits and with the July edition of Camp NaNoWriMo.

Have a happy summer!

Camp NaNoWriMo 2018 Update

My friends.

I have finished the draft of my second novel!

This means 1) I’m exhausted and I am going to take a week off to relax and catch up on some reading and 2) I have two novels to begin full edits on.

The other exciting news is that my artist, finished my new profile picture.  You can check out her other work here: http://www.briannaleahyart.com

While I did have to drop my expected word count to 30,000, I did finish Camp this year with 30,132 words written!

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Camp NaNoWriMo Round Up 2018

pexels-photo-735837.jpegI am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo and will not be making regular updates this month.  This post serves as a general update on Camp NaNoWriMo and some other hot topics I’ve seen online.

Camp NaNoWriMo

I am continuing my rewrite of the novella I finished last year.  It’s going from a 30K word zero draft, to a more fleshed out 90K novel.  It is currently at 50K and I want to complete the draft during Camp NaNoWriMo this month.

So far I’ve written about 6,200 words, I know I’m a bit behind. But, I am going to be spending a good deal of time writing this weekend.

Twitter & Pitch Wars

If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed that I retweeted about pitching and querying.  I don’t have a strong stance on the Pitch Wars entry fee that created a stir online last week (and which was later replaced with their free model).  However, there were some good opportunities coming out of that which I wanted to share.

The Plan (Currently)

The discussion made me start thinking about my current strategy.

I will be looking for agents only once I have several published short stories, a draft I feel good about sharing beyond the sphere of my writing friends, and proposals for at least five more books.  I have some experience in the business world and I want to make sure I have a portfolio to offer before I look for an agent.

The guiding principles of my strategy are the following:

  • More Stories and Story Ideas = A long term source of revenue for the agent and the author.
  • Published Short Stories = They take less time to create and help me build a platform.
  • Building Platform = Maintaining a blog and actively using Twitter not only informs my audience, but shows an agent I’m willing to learn and actively work on self-marketing.

Ready Player One

I just had to watch this movie once I heard about it.  It was fun and I had a good time catching references and Easter eggs.

Discord Servers

I recently discovered the wealth of writing groups located on Discord servers.  Though admittedly they all vary a good deal, it is nice to find another outlet for connecting with other writers in a chat format.

This Reddit thread is a good place to start looking at the server options that are out there.