Last time I talked about my strange writing habits, I focused on how I enjoy writing by hand and why I do it. Welp, it's time to bring that conversation back with a new twist.
I've wanted a typewriter for quite a while. I've looked everywhere; garage sales, online, etc. Everywhere I turned, they were either too expensive or the people I talk to about it said they had just gotten rid of theirs. It was a frustrating journey and it felt like I would never find this one thing I wanted. Now, I didn't want it because I was a writer and all cool writers in TV shows had them. I wanted it because I have an appreciation for older things. The mechanics behind the typewriter and the machine in general is fascinating to me. I wanted one so I could experience it first-hand.
A few weeks ago, I was at the Greater Indianapolis Garage Sale, located at the State Fairgrounds. My family and I have gone there for several years and it was something we all enjoyed, which is saying a lot because everyone on our family is pretty different. As we walked around, my dad pointed it out. I didn't see it at first; I'm short and I'd passed the opening in the stall we were passing. I backed up and there it was.
A small, grey typewriter.
After dialogue with my family and messing around with it, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. All the keys worked, it still had its instruction manual, and it came in a travel case. The only thing that needed to be done was replacing the ribbon, but I knew I could find one online easily. The asking price was $40, which I would've paid in a heartbeat. It had everything I wanted and what I needed to fix was something I could fix. Why wouldn't I get it? Then my dad pointed out that everything in that stall was 50% off, meaning it was actually $20.
I walked out of that garage sale with the heaviest thing I'd ever carried and a big grin on my face.
I named my typewriter Hershel; a sophisticated name for a sophisticated writing tool. It was a gift from God and I knew it the moment I laid eyes on it. Patience had paid off, and I couldn't be happier.
Sorry for the radio silence, y'all! I was working on the third draft of Dynasty River Mysteries book one. I'm happy to announce I finished it! It's the first time I've gotten that far on a single manuscript. That series in general is a mile stone for me. It's the only series of mine that has a completed sequel, let alone two! (Soon to be three :) )
Currently, I'm trying to build stronger characters and more descriptive scenes in my writing, and that's been taking up a good chunk of my time. I am trying to work on more blog posts, devotions, and book reviews for you guys, so stay tuned. Thank you for your support so far! If you don't follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, don't hesitate to do that! I update those more often.
Hope you're all having a good new year and are trying new things! I can't wait to see what this year has in store!
After a long, never-ending semester finally drawing to a close, I've decided to reflect on the things I've learned at school so far this year. It's a pretty interesting list, so please join me for the ride.
What have you learned this semester? I REALLY want to know! Write it in the comments below!
One of the weirdest things I do as a writer is hand-write all of the first drafts of my novels. Whenever I talk about it, I get weird stares. I've never gotten a chance to explain why I do it, so I'm going to take this opportunity to.
I love different colored pens and composition notebooks. I get that from my mom :). Both have always been so mesmerizing to me since I was a kid. I guess it was foreshadowing that I would use both when I started writing books.
I've never had good hand-writing. This sounds really weird. Why would I hand-write hundreds of pages of content if I had bad handwriting? The reason why is because, through all 700+ pages I've hand-written, I've been improving my handwriting. You can't improve something you don't regularly exercise.
I love carrying around a notebook. It sounds really stupid, but it's true. I felt like I was serving my purpose in life whenever I carried my manuscript around and worked on it before class in high school. I wasn't bored anymore. I was going on adventures with my characters. It was, and still is, the best feeling in the world.
Most importantly, turning a new page inspired me to write more. Being able to physically see how far I've written in a notebook inspires me to write more. That's something typing can't do until the document is printed. And even then, you have to try to find a binder clip to hold all that paper. There's something very rewarding to me when I look at all of the weathered notebooks I've completed manuscripts in. I feel like I accomplished something unique and all my own.
Do you have any questions for me? Write them down in the comments below! I'll be answering questions all day!
November is National Novel Writing month, and to celebrate this, the writing community created Nano Wrimo. Nano is like no-shave November, but for writers, and instead of not shaving, we're challenged to write a 50,000-word novel over the course of the month.
Now, that sounds like a lot of work for anyone who's not a writer. I know a lot of my friends in my major are doing this up top of their school work, including myself. Another thing about Nano is that you don't have to meet that requirement. You can set your own goal for yourself to reach by the end of the month.
For me personally, I want to write at least 50 pages of a manuscript I just started pulling together, finish editing the first Dynasty River Mystery (one of my book series), and finish writing chapters 3-5 of that book. Now, that sounds like a lot to do in a month, especially for someone who just started Nano yesterday (November 6). It's not about setting unrealistic goals; Nano is about getting you writing that book you've been putting for working on.
Writing has always been an escape for me. I regretted not doing Nano last year, and the reason I didn't was because I didn't know it was a thing until I got to college. I haven't been in the writing game very long; I've only been writing for 4 years as of October 21st.
Palaye Royale has been crushing the music industry since the beginning of their career, and their new single is no different.
The highly-anticipated song "Hang On To Yourself" came out last Friday accompanied by a music video. When I watched it, I immediately fell in love with it. The hook is catchy, the melody is contagious, and the vibe indescribably well-done.
Remmington's vocals in this song match the feel and tone of it perfectly. I think this one of Palaye Royale's best songs yet.
I've only been a fan for a year and a half, my first song being "Mr. Doctor Man." All of the songs I've heard from them are works of art, and like I said before, this one's no different.
You won't regret listening to it!
As the semester drones on, I figured as I continue to develop my website, I should probably start blogging! This is an open community, and I LOVE hearing your feedback! This will be more specific as I continue, I promise. :)
My blog is called "Keepin' With the Times" and I'm so excited to start this. I plan to use this as an update board and spread encouragement wherever I can.
First things first, I plan to have an email set up in the near future for the website. Along with that, it probably wouldn't hurt to start a newsletter, too.
In other news, I'm going to start posting movie, music, and book reviews! I love all three, so why shouldn't I write about it? Those will be rolling out in the near future as well, and either under the portfolio tab, Keepin' With the Times, or their own respective pages.
Have a lovely day!