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UglyPartsOfArt

Enjoying the ugly parts of art.

July 21, 2014

When it comes right down to it, creating something isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Art isn’t something that comes without its low points. It doesn’t matter what medium you work in, there are always going to be the things that are less glamorous, the things that you don’t really hear about in movies because they’re dull. For painting, you have the prep-work–designing the space, outlining the piece (from what I know, at least, most painters create sketch outlines, which they then paint over), and various other tasks–before they can even get to the point of actually painting. If you’re a mucisian, you have to deal with the arduous task of not only creating lyrics and music, but also practicing the same chords over and over until you’ve got it right, mastering your recordings if you’re trying to publish records, and dealing with the nitty-gritty of booking shows and selling tickets. Those things are very different than just playing the guitar […]

SneakPeekMartyrsBookTwoChapterOne

First official sneak peek into Martyrs: Book Two.

July 20, 2014

Hey guys! Long story short, last night my husband and I were up until one in the morning playing Cards Against Humanity with a really fun crowd. We woke up late this morning and now we need to spend the day getting our backyard ready for our chickens to come home. Oh yeah. Remember my chickens? They’ve been living with my mother-in-law for a while, since she has a coop and we don’t. They outgrew the bucket we had them in and needed room to spread their little wings. Today, my husband and I are building the coop area up as well as shopping for much-needed chicken-protection (don’t want my babies getting eaten by wild skunks!). That being said, I don’t have a whole lot of time to write up a new blog post, so you get to enjoy a sneak peek at what I was working on yesterday–the first chapter of Martyrs: Book Two! Pieces of this text have […]

BringItInWithABang

Bring it in with a bang.

July 19, 2014

It’s not new news that the first few pages of your book are critically important to getting published–and to getting picked up off a bookshelf. I’ve written about the first two-hundred and fifty words before, as well as the fact that many agents will ask to see the first three chapters of your novel as a sample of your work. They don’t ask for these chapters just because they want to see your writing quality–if that was the case, it wouldn’t matter where the three chapters came from. They want the first three chapters because they want to see if you can hook an audience early and keep them begging for more. This is especially important for your debut novel–you know, the one you’re trying to publish before you’ve made a name for yourself. I’m sure the well-established authors out there have different rules to live by, and most of them have great relationships with their agents and publishers already. […]

WeirdAl_WordCrimes_Album

The song all grammar nerds have been waiting for.

July 18, 2014

All right! It’s unoriginal-blog-post Friday! Maybe I should have saved this entry for tomorrow, considering, you know, it was super easy to put together and I essentially did it because I have some rare time to get work on Martyrs done without a whole lot of distractions (other than waiting for the delivery man to bring me my new chicken coop). Because I want to take advantage of that limited time before I have to rush off to prepare for a busy weekend of birthday and anniversary parties, I’m just sharing with you one of the funniest things to come out of the Internet the last few days: Weird Al Yankovic. Okay, so, Weird Al isn’t exactly “new news.” He’s been parodying popular music since he was in high school. However, he recently released a new album, and one of the songs resonates with grammar fans everywhere. First of all, “Word Crimes” is amazing because it destroys one of the […]

WritingPrompts

7 awesome reasons you should explore writing prompts.

July 17, 2014

A few years ago, I bought a book with a bunch of writing prompts. It was a small green book, maybe a hundred and fifty pages long, but it was one of the most interesting books I’ve ever bought. Every single page had a different writing prompt on it–and not necessarily how you’d imagine. Some of them were text prompts. You know, pages with a single sentence that said something like, “Write a scene using colors as the only adjectives.” Other pages were a lot different. They’d have photographs or sketches with a simple prompt like “Write about this.” Unfortunately, I also bought this book at a time when I was really busy, and I fell off the train of using it every day pretty quickly. Getting a degree will do that to a person. Anyway, I’ve wanted to pick up using writing prompts again, but sometimes it’s hard to convince myself to work on writing prompts instead of taking […]

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