What if you don’t want to write?

What do you write when you don’t feel like writing? Well, I guess you just write a bunch of meaningless sentences until they form something like an idea. Then you just keep writing anyway and hope that idea takes some kind of clear shape and purpose. Here I write to show that writing when you are not in the mood to write is possible.
Not only possible, it is mandatory. Why would you call yourself a writer if you don’t write? If you only write when the mood hits, your productivity would be really low. Let’s look at this another way. Imagine what would happen if a doctor does not feel like treating people that day? Well, several things happen. They would not have a job for very long for one, and there will be a lot of sick, maybe dying people who are not getting the treatment they need. And they and/or their relatives would not be happy. That is leading to a very high likelihood that someone is going to sue that Doctor with the lack of sense. Especially if they live in America. Hey, it’s what we do. Not happy with something, sue it.

I could bring up other examples, but I think I made my point. But anyone trying to get into the creative skills has some expectations placed on them. That they would be moody, and hard to work with. Maybe people expect them to be drunks or oddballs of some kind. And they would expect some kind of temperamental treatment from them. And one of those expectations is that they don’t always work when they are not properly inspired. Well, as a creative person trying to get into a field that would actually pay, I found this kind of thinking really distracting. And as a lazy person, I find it incredibly easy to fall into this kind of, must be inspired trap. It really is insidious.
The way I look at it, you got to see your writing, or your crafting or your artwork or whatever it is you want to turn into a professional job, as your job. Even when it’s not yet paying anything. You have to give yourself goals to reach. Such as, I’m going to write five hundred words today, or I’m going to finish this picture today. Or I’m going to research markets to sell my work in. Stuff like that. Then you plan how this work with being done, plan a timetable to get it done in and then commit to getting it done. Don’t let yourself dilly-dally once you got the plan in place. Stick to it, or find something else to do.

At the very least, you will soon learn if this is something you can do, by how often you have to force yourself to do it. Sure there are days where you won’t want to. Everyone gets those. Sure, there are times when you are more tired than normal or are not feeling well. On those days, don’t be as strict with yourself. Don’t give yourself a free pass though, unless you are really sick. Like, can’t lift your head from the pillow without making a mess somewhere sick. Those days are clearly free pass days. But on those blah days, don’t allow yourself to chunk the who idea away. You’re not at your best, and it is coloring your perceptions. But keep track of those days, and see if they come more and more often. They might mean you are trying to put yourself in a job that you are not a good fit for, and use that self-awareness to tweak the plan to something you can gain more satisfaction from. But don’t stop!

Always have goals to reach. You don’t have a boss to tell you when and how to work, most of the time, so you have to be that boss. Plan the work, maybe plan a contingency for those off day. Research and learn what the experts have to say about what you are doing to make your own efforts more time effective. Plan little reward to help motivate you. Plan for those annoying paperwork things that a boss would normally do that you would need to do, no matter how much you hate it. And be ready, once you start earning money, to hire someone who is much better at some of the things than you. Such as managing a schedule or paying taxes.

But the main theme I want to harp on is this. No matter what, no matter what you been told, or what you feel like or whatever is going on in your head, heart or life, just do the work. This is your dream, after all. Right? Besides, I just showed how this works by forcing myself to write one simple sentence. And it led to me writing a whole blog post. Thank you, and have a great day!

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Severus Snape and The Marauders: Review

Severus Snape and the Marauders

 

Severus Snape and the Marauders is a fan-made movie, so it was not cannon or anything. It was posted on Broad Strokes, written and directed by Justin Zagri. And I will try to avoid spoilers so I won’t get in a lot of depth here. But that being said, I loved this!

It was about how the Marauders met up with Snape at a pub shortly after their graduation. There is unease because he who must not be named was starting to stir up some serious trouble. But James was more worried about keeping Snape from Lily.

The fight scene was spectacular. Each actor played their parts very well indeed. And every moment was simply brilliant. I did not expect this amount of quality from a fan-made movie like this. Very much worth watching. Please treat yourself to this short film as soon as you can!

 

Poems for the week

I Dream

I dream with eyes unblinking

I dream with mind unthinking

I watch the world around me

Around me, I see what I see

 

I live my life with heart unblinking

I commune with soul bleeding

I live a life wild and free

I live a life content to be me
The Hunt

Graceful trolls the beast

Stalking toward the feast

As the sun rises in the east

 

A huddled creature crouches near

Waiting, trembling with fear

Starts-puts his spirit in gear

 

An epic chase

An epic race

The drive to live decides the fates

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Review!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

 

Fantastic Beasts took the movie world by storm. It took off like a hippogriff in flight. But I won’t say yet what I think of the movie, as I had not seen it yet. And this review is not about the movie anyway. This is a joint review of both the book and the screenplay. Yup, Rowling allowed another screenplay to be published, and I just don’t know how to feel about that.

I have to warn you right off the bat. I do not care much for reading plays and screenplays. They bore me. I like prose that had good descriptive narration and plays never have what I most love about reading a good tale. So I went into reading the FB screenplay with a bias against it. It was a tedious read, and I hope that would be the only time I would say that during this readathon. Still, some lines were funny, some were dramatic, and reading it made me want to watch the movie. So it did accomplish that much. And at least I did read it. Which is more than I will do with The Cursed Child. More on that, when it’s time comes.

Now for the book. The book for FB had been a favorite of mine for years now. I heard there is a new edition out, but seeing it was a bit of a disappointment at first. It seemed a trifle too clean, without the scribbles of the kids in it. They added so much to the amusement factor in the book. Still, without them, it’s like getting a clean copy for your very own years at Hogwarts. Imagine the roleplay potential! Have your own FB copy to mark up!

As to the book itself, well, it was written to be a textbook. It was a trifle dry and as a stand-alone book, would not really work. But as supplemental reading for the Harry Potter books, it is brilliant. You get to immerse yourself even more into the world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts. Again, so many roleplay possibilities. I think I will end up writing fanfiction from all this. Again, been warned. Serious, I got to get started on this. About my character’s years at Hogwart’s. An outsider’s look at the events of Harry Potter, most likely.

So to sum it up. The two FB’s read was a good start to this exciting readathon. And now we are getting deep in the first of the Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

An Apology and An Update

Sorry for not writing for a bit now. But I have been on a kind of high over two discoveries I made over the last couple of weeks. The first was the idea of something called a readathon. I know, welcome to the internet, right? But the idea of a readathon never once even came to me. At least not one that was not some summer reading program that the local library ran. Just imagine, people getting together online to read books and talk about them! It’s like the internet just gave me this brightly wrapped present with a chipper little Your Welcome song in the background. I was stoked.

Number two was that one was going to start the next week, of me learning about them in the first place, and it was a three-month long readathon, all about Harry Potter! Enter hyper-excited fangirl squeal! It started with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, both the book and the screenplay, and goes on from there. It is called The Annual Harry Potter Readathon.
As you can guess, it is already underway, and we are now reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone. There are great challenges, and questions that make you think about what you, or rather, your character would be during the books. There are quizzes, and a photo contest, and book-based contests and it’s just a wonderful, well thought out event. I’m glad this is my first foray into readathons!

By the way, my character is a Ravenclaw named Scarlett Hughes. I might end up writing some fanfiction about her…you have been warned.

An Update and some art…

Just a quick heads up, to show you some of the goings on in my life. I am working on some challenges currently. One is a walking challenge, where I follow the steps of Bilbo Baggins and company from Bag’s End all the way to Lonely Mountain. When I walk the collective miles to another spot, then I reach a new section of the novel. While I’m keeping track of this, I will also be reading The Hobbit through all the places I walked to so far. Almost caught up! So far I have been to The Green Dragon, The Floating Log at Frogmorton, and soon will be camping at Woody End. ^_^ This makes walking an adventure!

I have been writing something now almost every day for at east a week. A good streak for me! Lord wills, I will be able to keep this streak alive with few if any breaks. Some of my attention is on getting this blog going at last, and not letting it die like I did so many times before. I really hope to gain discipline in this.

Lastly, some art to share!! Yay! One is a drawing I did, in charcoal. A rough sketch, I know. The other is a bookmark I made from plastic canvas, shown earlier on facebook. Enjoy!

Book Review-Wuthering Heights

Book Review-Halftime report!

Wuthering Heights

 

I am currently halfway through Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte. I will be honest here. I dreaded reading this book for months now. But I gritted my teeth and started to read. And was pleasantly surprised. It was not as bad as I feared. In fact, it is pretty good.

That is not to say that I think it’s great, or anything I will read often. But I was hit by two things so far. One, this is an incredibly dense body of writing. I mean, there is not a single wasted sentence so far in the whole thing. The plot is fairly simple to follow, but the characters are not so easy to follow. And there are a whole lot of them.

And speaking of characters, not all of them are easy to understand when they speak. A few of them speak with a really strong Yorkshire accent. I loved this part, it helps maintain an authentic feel of the story. That leads to two.

Two. For a story that feels so grounded in reality it somehow also takes on the feel of a soap opera. I can see why so many Victorians had a big problem with this novel. Also, as a side note, the reactions to Anne’s novel, printed in the same book as her sister’s, received so little notice. Wuthering Heights with all its passion and drama must have made her own Agnes Grey seem as exciting as a weather report by comparison.

How Emily managed to mix the fantastical gothic elements with this strangely gritty, realistic element. I find it kind of distracting, but in a really good way. I look forward to finishing this book. Now, if you excuse me, I got some reading to do!

Poems by me.

pouring rain drums the land

a merry careless percussion band

wind-swaying chimes on hand

the wind whistling a plaintive stand

a wild melody both varied and grand

pouring rain drums the land

 

I sit before a fireplace

I sit and think of the human race

Wondering where we are heading

Where are my people leading

Are we to stand

Are we to fall

Will we rise grand

Will we need to crawl

Will we become more wise

Will we become fools

Will our lifespans rise

will we close our schools

I often pause and think such things

Although it’s not wise to worry

Misery such thoughts brings

 

Book Review

Book Review-The Halftime Show!

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

 

I had recently started this book yesterday! It was part of my reading challenge. And I will be honest here. It has, and I am not exaggerating in the slightest, the power to steal hours and sleep from your life. And you will thank this book for doing so. You will be more than happy and grateful to let it take all the hours it wants from you. I’ll write a more complete review once I finished the book, but here is my general impression so far.

The introduction is bloody inspired! It managed to introduce the main character nicely and sets the tone for the book, so far that I saw. And it sets up the setting wonderfully. It soon becomes clear that Ruby Pier is as much of a character as the main character, Eddie. Then the main trauma happens, and no, I won’t give this or any other spoilers away, currently. That will be for the main review. Fair warning.

I also have to say, that even though I am not done, I already know that the writer, Mitch Albom, is great! He has a wonderful style and way of description that is beautiful without being heavy-handed.

I definitely give this a worth owning new. Now, if you excuse me, I have some reading to do!