New Series and New Focus

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One of the things I have struggled with is the question: what should this blog be like?

To date, it has served two primary functions: to share some of my stories with you in addition to providing general aid to fellow writers.

As someone with a business background, I know that I should be using this space to build a personal brand. But as a creative, who loves life and the messiness that entails, it irks me to put boundaries around something that should be a creative outlet.  So far, I think I’ve found a happy medium, but there is always room for improvement.

Here’s why I’m spending a little more time reflecting on this, there’s a high chance I’m going to be headed back to school (more on that one day).

If this happens, the writing time I had is going to decrease exponentially and what time I will have should be devoted to finishing the edits on my novels, in addition to generating a few more short stories.

However, this is not a “blog on hiatus” post. I’ve decided that starting now, whether or not I return to school, I need a little more focus and strategy behind what I write here. My current plan is as follows:

  • Topical series
  • Occasional microfictions
  • Any publication announcements
  • Occasional posts regarding anything I think is helpful for writers or readers
  • Occasional book reviews

My first topic is research. I’m at the point where I need to get back into the habit of studying and researching for papers, but more importantly, in ways that I can then apply to the stories I’m creating. As of right now, I see my new series of posts focusing on the how-to’s of finding resources, evaluating resources, pulling the research together, and all tools I’ve found for the steps above.

Because these are expected to be a little more deep than my previous posts, I’m also anticipating that I will be sharing here at a rate of 1-2 per month, instead of the 2-4 I usually aim for.  This should give me time to write and refine my posts, while also providing ample links to resources for those here.

So to all readers, new and old, I hope you enjoy the coming changes! And thank you for continuing to follow this blog.

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Mythcreants Website

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I wanted to share this website with you.  I just ran across it but it is helpful for thinking through the worlds I’m writing.

Mythcreants

This post is part of my summer series where I share videos and links I’ve found helpful.  In September I will be going back to my normal posts.

Gravity Falls Trailer

I’m late to this fandom, but I’ve found this show to be extremely entertaining. If you haven’t seen it, don’t let the cartoon nature turn you off from it. It has so many references that adults can pick up on. And it is fun to watch in between writing sessions.

This post is part of my summer series, where I share videos and links I’ve found helpful.

“Geography of the Pacific” by Thought Co

This post is part of my summer series, wherein I point out articles, videos, and websites I’ve found helpful.

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I ran across this page on the Pacific Ocean’s geography.  It’s not comprehensive and is an overview at best, but it is enough to get me thinking about necessary geographical features in my own fantasy/scifi stories.

Enjoy!

Geography of the Pacific

 

SAO: Gun Gale Online

I wanted to take a moment to mention Gun Gale Online.  The anime premiered earlier this spring and I believe all the episodes are out now (I’m a little behind due to my busy summers).

I’ve seen about half of the season and so far I’m impressed.  The characters are fun, though with very high school-ish drama going on.  All in all, it’s an interesting anime for when I need a break.

Quick note: You don’t need to watch the regular Sword Art Online seasons in order to enjoy this one.  Though it might help you understand a little more about what’s going on with the game structure.