I stopped writing, may start for fun.

As per usual I’m having semi creative block issues but I’m reading Ian Rankin’s Dead Souls at the minute and it’s just reignited my urge to write a crime novel. I have a vague idea that’s actually floated around my head for a few months regarding the antagonist but I’m just stuck on how to get it started in general. If I can get the general idea down as a set off I can possibly start free flow writing and see what comes out of my hands. I generally work better when I’ve got an idea in my head and just write and think about dealing with consequences later.

Hmmm, must try to get out of the funk.

On a Written Roll.

Short story so far is 4 pages long. Okay so not a lot but I’ve actually been on a roll with writing for once.
I went out and bought a book of writing prompts for more ideas too which should be fun to work through, but I’m really enjoying writing this story. I honestly only have a vague idea of where it will go because I’m just free writing, but it’s getting off the ground slowly but surely and I’m pretty happy about the fact that I’m writing frequently.

I also ended up buying Japanese for Dummies. It’s a language I’ve always wanted to learn and being that I’ve basically been listening to nothing but X Japan lately, it seemed a good enough reason to get learning [I can understand the songs they sing in Japanese then.] Whether I’ll actually manage to learn the language well is another story but we’ll see.

Getting a story finished and learning a new language… Bring on the new challenges!

Getting stumped may not always be a bad thing.

I became stumped on the first thing I began to write with a co-writer, who at the moment is also stumped. Maybe it’s because we’re both rusty, maybe it’s just not good. It will stay on the back burner for now but it doesn’t mean that I’m defeated.

A while ago I posted a writing exercise titled The Waitress which I never finished because it was on a timer. I decided to pick that up again and just write to see what happened with it and I’m now 3 pages into a short story idea. I’m not entirely sure where this is going or what I’m really doing but it feels good to actually be writing something. I won’t be keeping The Waitress as a title but for now, it will do. I just need to decide where to go with it. I’m hoping I can go back to the other story when my brain allows but for now my brain wanted me to work on the tale of the waitress, so that’s what I’m doing. Will it be good? Possibly not, I haven’t written for over a decade. Will I finish it? I’m really hoping so, it would be good to have even just one finished piece of work to my name. They say the best way to write is to keep writing so that’s what I’m going to do.

Who knows, maybe this story will actually get somewhere.

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I do believe I started to write!

I don’t think this is going to be the novel, but at least it’s something to get me started. I wrote down a plot basis [hilariously from creating a Sims family and letting them run on random] and then last night after finding a first sentence prompt [hey I need all the help I can get to start ;)] just picked up a pen and started to write. I’m actually teaming with my friend who I used to write with all the time on this one, old schooling it like we used to. What we used to do, either in the library at breaks, boring classes where the teachers couldn’t teach [we had a few of those] or at home during sleep overs, was one of us would begin to write until we were stuck, then we’d swap stories and continue each others, so we wrote two stories at once. Never finished any of them mind but hey ho, we had fun!
So I emailed the story to her and she’s going to add her take to it, then pass it back to me when she’s out of ideas. It could be a tedious process I know, but I loved writing with her in the past and if it’s just a fun little short story or novella to get me going, why not?

Writing urge combined with writing funk.

I still really want to write a book. Or a short story, anything. I had an idea but then given what’s going on in my town lately as I mentioned, it seems really inappropriate [a young girl has gone missing]. So I’m basically stuck with a plot and need to think of something. I may take up the writing exercises for songwriting, take one of the ones I’ve written and free write from there.
I don’t know. I’m in a funk. Maybe I’ll put a Sims family on random and write down what they do lol.

I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

Been having a lot of CP cramps in my ankle so it twists outwards and hurts like hell and managed to get the same in my hand too. It usually affects my right side but it decided to attack my left side and I’ve gotta say it made eating a pain in the ass. I couldn’t hold the spoon in my left hand like I usually do because it cramped every time I tried, so I’ve had to try eating with my right hand. Because the cerebral palsy affects my right side the most and the muscles are weak, this was the biggest challenge of my day. I maybe shouldn’t have found it funny being that I kept dropping the damn spoon and it took forever to pick it up again but it was pretty funny. Annoying, but funny. Gotta see the lighter side!

Yup.

WordPress brings great essay help, Cyber-Candy supply the study fuel!

This lovely lady – http://magpiecws.wordpress.com –  wrote a rather fabulous book titled First Class English Literature Essays – A Collection of Short Essays This lovely book came in my mail this morning and being that I’ve started studying English Lit, this is going to help me out a lot.

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IMG_1141 On top of that help I have Japanese Melon Ramune and awesome chocolate for study fuel! Woohoo! Ok so it’s junk food fuel but eh, candy time. Still haven’t been to Ikea, the date keeps changing so I’m very tempted to have the stuff delivered. Which is a bit annoying because the delivery charge is a bit ridiculous.  We’ll see I suppose.

I’m a little stuck on the book plot because given whats going on in my town right now, it seems hugely inappropriate so I need to think of something else. I’m a little stumped for it so maybe I just need to change genre course all together…. Hmmm, decisions, decisions.

Roll on Wednesday!

Or Thursday, whatever day around then we’re headed to the dreaded Ikea for the Alex drawers. I still haven’t sorted the desk problem, but fingers crossed we will soon find a solution to this, even if it means buying 2 small cabinets, placing them the width apart of the current table I have now and slapping some wood from B&Q on top in some sort of mini desk fashion.

I have a few more male characters, and to be honest I think enough characters in the book now to start drawing up the plot in a less vague fashion so I’m actually really looking forward to getting some sort of work space because then I can get cracking on this. 

I began to crack on with translating Chaucer for literature [seriously that’s the first request for the first assignment, “give a description of these 3 characters using your own words.” – Aka: Translate these words to modern day English cause they don’t make sense anymore. Unfortunately I didn’t get very far before being hit with a health issue that was completely throwing me off and distracting me. So that was a pain in the ass. But at least I finished the description I’d set a goal in my diary to finish for that night, so I didn’t fail my task. Now I just need to pick another day this week to do more, and ask the hubby to maybe sit with me and chat what days are best so we don’t distract each other from work, a day when I go out to work so he can do the work he needs to do at home, then vice versa.

I won’t lie, I’d get a good laugh if we spent all this time fashioning a mini desk for the bedroom, and the housing suddenly called up and said something like, you were the number 1 bidder on this house, do you want it? ” Cause then we wouldn’t have needed to make the makeshift desk cause we’d have a home with room to put it in lol.

Generally speaking, I feel okay today. I’m still feeling a bit bleh and exhausted after last nights health shenanigans but I feel considerably better than I did a few hours ago. Hopefully it will ease off soon.

 

The Sims 3, Tomb Raider 2 and book plots.

So, my author sim hired a butler because she sucks at cooking and doesn’t have the time to learn when people are demanding she write dramatic novels. She moved to a bigger home in order to accommodate him with his own room and everything. 

After a long, hard day slaving over her latest masterpiece, she went to bed. The butler proceeded to sit at the chair at the side of her bed and stare at her. He just sat there for hours and watched her sleep.

This reminded me a little of the butler in the Tomb Raider 2 PC game. Remember that guy? You’d tour Lara’s home and he’d follow you everywhere, shaking his tea tray and making really sexual moaning noises. The only way not to bump into his weird, stalker habits was to lock him in the freezer, and even then you still heard his creepy moans of pleasure. Being that the butler in the Sims 3 has chosen to watch his boss sleep, I’m starting to wonder if he’s Mr Tomb Raider’s long lost grandson. Weird.

On other notes, my book has a brief plot, and 3 main characters. I feel like I need more males but I’m bad at thinking of names. I have one male named Jonathan and he will be a centre character in some way. It’s probably every cliche you’ve heard in a book ever, but I’m going to write it anyway, why? Because I want to. Lets see where this goes shall we?

This of course means I have an English Literature course to complete as well as writing a book. It’s very tempting to take their novel writing course also, maybe after literature. Who knows? But yay I have things to do!

 

Turns out, teaming with your love helps a lot.

He helped me rack my brains and got his friend involved who happens to work for a huge stationary warehouse.

There’s a desk in the kitchen, cluttered with makeup from my course that nobody really uses, other than the cat for occasionally sleeping on. We’re going to get rid of this and replace it with 2 slim bookcases. The books will go in there, I can pop in if I need them. There’s enough room for the Ikea Alex 9 drawer system in the corner which will fit all of my makeup, including the stuff in the kitchen from my course.

Then said friend is on a mission to find a desk with storage that will be the same size and height as the table I have currently, if he can’t find one already built, he works with a company who builds them to custom size. So I can have a little desk/bedside table to work at and I just need to pop into the kitchen to grab the book I need at the time.

Perfect! Now maybe I can get to work on my literature course and writing a book!

The sudden urge to write a book

I have it. I was playing the Sims Monte Vista out of boredom [my husband had been watching a review on the new Sims 4, it got my gaming urge out again] and created a woman who was an aspiring novelist with a cat. It just gave me the urge to write a book.

It’s not the first time I’ve tried. I started writing a novel when I was around 14 years old about a young girl in a home filled with domestic violence. Unfortunately, I have no idea where the printed pages have buggered off to and the floppy disks [also AWOL anyway] don’t work in todays updated computers anymore. My friend and I always used to write stories that never got finished in the library during lunch breaks too. Or you know, during boring classes but, shhhh! 

The problem I’m having now with this sudden and random urge is what to write about. Hmm what to do?