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for June, 2014
PayAttentionDetailsDontGetCaughtUp

Don’t get caught up on the little details.

June 30, 2014

Yesterday I talked a bit about our bathroom and what a major pain in the ass it’s been to fix that and all the other things the original designers and contractors skimped out on when building the house in 1991. Luckily for you (and for me, for the sake of getting a new blog post done every day), I didn’t only get a spurt of inspiration from being frustrated about people taking the easy way out. I also got some inspiration for positive things! Basically, now that we’ve got the new bathtub in, the new walls up, and the new plumbing (mostly) in place, we’re onto tiling. I mentioned that in the last article, too. Tiling is a big job. Before two days ago, I didn’t know jack shit about all that went into a tiling job, and boy am I grateful my father-in-law worked professionally in tiling for a few years when he was in college. Otherwise, the Partner […]

DontCutCorners

Don’t cut corners.

June 29, 2014

So, this weekend has been busy. As I prepare for my family to visit next week, revel in my newfound energy now that my morning sickness has mostly subsided (my husband warns me against making that claim because every time I do I seem to puke later that night–let’s put that to the test), and enjoying the nice weather, my Partner in Crime and my father-in-law have been putting up the tile in our new bathroom! Okay, it’s not a new bathroom. It’s the new bathtub nook. Either way, it’s gonna be beautiful (you can see a sneak peek up in the picture above!). Long story short, we bought the house we’re in and discovered a slew of issues soon after (like the fact that our septic line was clogged by giant tree roots–and that giant tree-roots had messed up the driveway and that our insurance needed that fixed before they’d cover us, and that, unhappily, our master bath leaked […]

The benefits of fanfiction

The benefits of fanfiction.

June 28, 2014

Most people who know me today have heard my “rant” on fanfiction. The basic gist of it is that I think fanfiction is a waste of talented artists’ time and energy. They’re basically focusing all of their skills into a medium in which they literally cannot make a living (the few exceptions like Fifty Shades of Grey are so unheard of it’s not even worth addressing this counterargument–it just doesn’t happen). Beyond that, it also limits the number of truly talented writers out there–because many fanfiction writers are really good at what they do–bringing brand new work to the forefront. However, all that being said, I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t at least admit to the fact that I started off my long-form writing career with fanfiction. The fact of the matter is, one of my favorite characters from The Martyr Series started off as an original character concept I had for the Harry Potter world, and I wrote […]

ComplicatedIsntBetter

“More complicated” isn’t always “better.”

June 27, 2014

If you’ve ever taken a literature class, you’ve seen this problem. The literary canon–the list of books which are largely accepted as being the most important and influential in shaping our culture. If you notice, the books within the literary canon are all “literary” works. In other words, genre artists need not apply. In academia, literary works are valued highly over nonliterary works, so much so that the professor for my novel writing class actually separated us into two individual groups: the students writing what he considered “literary” works went to one room, and the students writing “genre” fiction went to the other. In other words, “genre” writers didn’t get to critique literary works, and same visa versa. Kinda shitty if you think about it, right? (And I did have the chance to read some of these “literary” works, and they weren’t any better or worse than the stories the genre writers were coming up with, but their authors sure […]

ReadersUsingImaginations

Why you want to let your readers imagine your world their way.

June 26, 2014

In writing, especially writing epic fantasy worlds similar to what J.R.R. Tolkien has created, there’s a tendency for writers to want to paint a picture so perfect that they literally explain every single element of a scene in excruciating detail. Every piece of a setting is pinned down perfectly and every character described so well a hundred forensic artists could come up with the exact same sketch. This kind of writing can be a lot of fun. A lot of the time, this kind of description is a blast for writers to do, not only because we love our own worlds and have vivid images in our own heads for what exactly they look like, but because they give us a chance to stretch our wings and really play with vocabulary and structure in describing things well. When I sit down to hash out a scene or experiment with a character, a big part of what I do is description […]

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