Merry Christmas!

I know it’s a day late, but a day late is better than never at all. So happy holidays all, hope you all had a good one.

Mine was pretty typical; met up with family for dinner and today my boyfriend and I are going out shopping for boxing day… hoping to score some new stuff. Nothing too exciting.

This is the last semi-BS post to ever be posted on this blog. That’s something exiting, isn’t it? Though lately I’ve been upkeeping the every Friday morning schedule, my posts haven’t really been anything productive. Haven’t been about writing, reading, or anything else that I’ve really permitted myself to talk about on this blog. So, sorry about that, guys! Things’ll be a bit different around here come January, but most definitely in a good way. I can say that I’m looking forward to actually talking about reading and writing again, and I’ve also got some pretty great posts lined up for the new year.

So, as the final BS post to ever be posted, I’m just gonna say that comes to mind. Why the hell not?

The first thing that comes to mind is that a week or so I completely reorganized how my email works. I did it sort of because it was messy as fuck, and sort of because I was hoping to boost productivity. And boost productivity it did!

My main problem before was that because of how frequently I got new emails, I was always checking my email on my phone and not really getting anything significant done. With the changes I made, I’ve pretty much stopped checking my phone for email unless I’m expecting something important or quite literally have nothing else to do. I no longer get notifications on my phone, I no longer check my email inbox 20 times a day, and I no longer have an inbox filled with 5000 emails to keep me distracted and stressed. I realize that this might be something that you guys are interested in, so I’ll be sure to make a post about it in January.

Let’s see… what else is there?

I’ve been sleeping a LOT lately. Damn these winter months. Not only am I at my busiest, I’m also the least productive that I’ve been all year. I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later… but I suspect things will be back to normal pretty soon!

Anyway, hope you all had a great holiday and I’ll talk to you again in the new year!

~Erynn

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Writing Buddies

So, I don’t really know anyone whose too interested in writing, let alone writing fiction, or even fantasy fiction. I guess I know a couple writers… although every single one of them is online. And, to make matters worse, every single one of them I’ve met through work.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I suck at making friends. I’m not very social. I struggle to maintain the friendships that I DO have; I’m not really looking forward to creating more that I can’t handle. Because, you know, when you grow to like someone, it kind of sucks to watch them disappear before your eyes because you don’t know what to say to them any more.

Regardless, I’m not here to talk about my friendship failures today. Instead, I’m here to talk about how disappointed I am in the fact that I don’t have anyone who is as enthusiastic about the written word as I am.

Obviously it’s not the end of the world. Things will change over time, and there’s always the opportunity to find people who are interested in the same things as I am. So here I am, trying to find someone who likes writing and wants to chat.

Are you a writer? Do you want to talk about writing stuff? Your book? My book? Other books? About how writing works? Want to discuss style, characterization, plot creation? To rant about whatever the writing world has cursed you with today or will in the future? Then you’ve come to the right place! If you just want to talk one time and never again, so be it! If you want to be one of those people who message me every time you fart, so be it! I want to speak to you all, everyone who loves writing and wants to talk about it.

Feel free to add me on skype: tabeteiru

Or send me an email: kisshuquiche@gmail.com

Looking forward to hearing from you!

~Erynn

The Arcade

During my visit to California this November, I actually learnt a lot about myself. I’d gone travelling for plenty of reasons; I wanted to get away, go somewhere warmer than here in British Columbia, to see friends, and to do whatever else was really worth doing on a mini vacation. Learning anything about myself, in some ways, was exactly what I didn’t want to do– but I guess it still happened, so I may as well tell you about it.

I didn’t really have all that much money to spend on my trip. And really, that’s not a huge deal at all, though most people who go to California want to visit all of the theme parks and probably Hollywood and other tourist attractions. Generally speaking, that’s not me at all. I don’t like doing those things, though I did go with my friend to Knott’s because he had free tickets. So, what I went for was to enjoy myself in every other way.

One thing I did quite frequently was go to the arcade. Truthfully it wasn’t really something I was too interested in– I’d only gone to a real arcade once before, with my cousin– but I went because my friend was super into them and wanted to show me a bunch of games. At first it was his interest that prompted me to go.

At the first arcade we went to, we played dance dance revolution for hours (I SUCK) and I watched him play a few fighting games (I believe it was Marvel vs. Capcom or something like that). And really, though we didn’t really do all that much, it was incredibly fun! Though I still sucked at DDR by the end of the night, there was one thing I knew: That I wanted to go again.

Though we did end up going to the same arcade several more times during my stay, there was another that we went to. My friend wanted to take me there for a specific reason, and that was to show me more games that he thought I’d like. I figured at that point I was already in too deep to turn back, so off we went! Long story short, we played a ton of other games; more DDR, Project Diva, and some others that I can’t remember right now.

My friend already told me several times by then that rhythm games were his favourite genre. I’d always knew he was a weird one– so this didn’t really change anything– but I struggled to understand why until I stepped in and tried not only one kind, but multiple from a very large selection. It didn’t take me long to learn that it was not only incredibly fun, but also challenging in a way I hadn’t really experienced before. You see, rhythm games are all about patterns, though more specifically the beat of each different song you can play. Timing is absolutely key when the goal of the game is to press buttons in sync with certain aspects of the song. Because of this, I’ve started to love these games as well. I still suck tremendously, but I’m enjoying myself, and that’s what counts, eh?

The game in particular that I’ve been obsessing over is Project Diva.

Here’s one of my favourite songs from the game:

I’ll probably start playing different ones eventually… but for now I’m quite content with this game. 🙂

See you guys next week!

~Erynn

Okay, okay…

It’s been almost a month since my last post, and honestly I hadn’t even realized it’s been so long until the other day when I got to my mom’s house and was looking for things to do. You might know me by now– sometimes I’ll do whatever it takes NOT to work when I have to.

And yeah, that. Work. Ugh. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my work. Sure I’d much rather be writing my own stories, but having the opportunity to bring other stories to life is still so much more enjoyable than the boring retail or fast food job most people my age are stuck with. Let’s delve a bit deeper into work before we move on, though.

I believe I mentioned some time ago that I signed a contract to write for an indie video game company (yay!!), which is one of my primary projects as of now. I PROMISE I’ll post more information on it when the time comes, but for now that’s all I’m going to say. On top of this I have several novel projects on the go– three to be exact– and two more prospective ones that may be coming within the week, looking to be completed before the new year.

I swear, I’m busy. So busy that I’ve barely been able to find time to read before going to bed each night, so busy that I can hardly enjoy the time I spend playing games because I’m trying to get as much studying out of it as possible before I move on to something else.

There’s even more than that! I’ve registered for several online courses (since I don’t believe myself currently in the proper state of mind to attend real university) that I’ve planned to use to enlighten me on several subjects I’m interested in, such as deeper into the musings of Shakespeare, learning more about the ocean, and even about psychology and how the mind works. One course that I registered for- and I’m quite thankful that I have- even cost me a hefty sum of $600. I know that the skills I’ll gain from completing it will be much more valuable than the money (otherwise I wouldn’t have registered!) but I just feel so terrible that I haven’t been able to work on that so much either…

*sigh*

Then there’s NaNoWriMo. I planned on coming back from California and picking it up at full speed to complete on time. Sure, I did… I completed the 50,000 words within the last 13 days of the month… but only about three hundred of those words were toward my own book. That’s rather depressing to think about, isn’t it? I don’t think I’ve had a busier month before this November, and though I’m only a couple days into December, I’ve got the feeling that it’ll be much worse. Work, work, work, work, work. When will it ever end?

I say oh well. Things’ll sort themselves out sooner rather than later, and if I’m not capable of finishing the second draft of my book this month as planned, then you can bet that I’ll be working on fixing myself a regular working, writing, and being Erynn schedule that’ll hopefully get me doing everything that I need to get done without a worry. It’ll probably be with less sleep, though. 😦

The first thing I’m going to do is to return to updating this blog weekly. I promise you that! I’ve already got posts for the next three weeks sorted out!

~Erynn

How Scary

Hello there everyone 🙂

Earlier today my mother told me to “remember not to eat anything past midnight”. For a moment I was left wondering what in the world she was talking about, and why she’d care about my eating habits in the middle of the night. But then I remembered. Tomorrow morning I’m going in for a long anticipated surgery.

Nothing drastic or life altering, however. I’m just getting my growing wisdom teeth removed. According to the x-rays they are a long way from coming up out of the bone, but because I had braces taken off just last year, the dentists wanted the pesky teeth gone in order to prevent ruining my $5000 tooth-job (which I may add, was hardly worth it at all- my teeth weren’t that bad, I don’t think such a ridiculous price was warranted). Luckily this time, though, we’ve got insurance to cover the surgery, so the $2500 procedure is being whittled down to a mere $400. Which isn’t nearly as bad, I suppose, but nonetheless annoying.

There’s something else I wanted to mention, though, since it’s pretty important to me, and actually something I was surprised about. When my mother found out about the price of the surgery (the $2500, money we don’t really have at the moment), she was concerned that we couldn’t get it done. After some further research or something into what exactly our insurance covered, she found that the insurance would cover approximately 80% of the cost IF we had the full $2500 to pay up front. So what ended up happening was my mother got some money from my grandparents, under the agreement that they would get the money back after the insurance payed out.

However, that’s not quite what happened. When my mother called my grandparents back to tell them how much the insurance was covering, my grandparents agreed that they would just pay the remaining $400. Wow! Neither of us thought that they’d do that, and neither of us expected it. Now, since I know my grandmother occasionally reads my blog- I’d like to give her and grandpa a bit of a shout out.

I think I’ve always been a bit of a delinquent child that never wanted to do anything anyone else wanted to do, always had to have things my way, and definitely could be a bit of a shithead; you two have always put up with me, for good or for ill, in your own way. I appreciate both of you more than you could ever imagine, and I thank you for everything, especially for taking a bit of an interest in my writing, and also including  this. Thank you grandma and grandpa, I love you both. 🙂

To say the least, though, tomorrow I’ll probably be a little loopy because of all of the drugs I’ll be on (getting put to sleep, and then loads of painkillers for who knows how long after the fact), and I think it’ll be a great time for writing. Coherent writing? Probably not. But writing nonetheless, and perhaps it will be a free idea well being spilled out of Erynn’s brain. Haha, we’ll see I guess.

I plan on writing a blog post tomorrow after the procedure as a bit of an update. Who knows what it’ll be about, though.

Also, I apologize for the off-topic post today, but I felt it was something that had to be said.

~Erynn

The Writing Life

I guess I can officially call myself a full time writer. Isn’t that exciting? While I’m not quite living the dream of writing my own novels all day every day, I’ve got the luxury of writing all day every day. It’s not quite the same thing, but since I’m still a newbie… being able to write at all and get paid for it feels amazing.

So, truthfully, I’m not making that much money at the moment. But I think that’s more my fault than anything. I haven’t had the time (or really put the effort into finding the time) to find a plethora of paid writing gigs. I’ve found a few good ones that have me off at a good start, but you know, five clients is better than two, and ten is better than five. Money is being made and I’m doing what I love, but there’s still a lot more work to put into it than I currently am. Hey, at least now I’ve got the time to dedicate to expanding my business and learning the ins and outs of it.

On a side note, I’d love to do some writing or editing for someone reading my blog. I’ll write pretty much anything at the moment, but I’m kinda dying to work on more novels (be it editing or actual writing), and I’d really like to try my hand at writing for a graphic novel/webcomic.

Yeah, I’m not a pro or anything, but I’m not an idiot, I’m honest, and I always look to provide constructive criticism and give as many pointers as possible. So if you’ve got a project you want to throw at me, feel free to inquire me at kisshuquiche@gmail.com . I already work for pretty cheap, but I’m totally up for working at a discount for anyone who finds me via my blog until the end of summer. If you hit me up by the end of August with whatever your plan is, maybe we can work something out!

Thank you for your support everyone, and have a lovely day. Happy July and get your ass writing!

~Erynn

Hello Everyone :)

I’ve started writing my blog posts at night before or after dinner during a small space of time where I don’t usually feel like doing anything. So by using this bit of “spare” time (in which I normally stare at my computer screen for about twenty minutes), I am now able to return to a regular blogging schedule. Lucky me, and lucky you. Haven’t you missed me? 🙂

Before I made the switch (which happened about two days ago), I was writing blog posts whenever I felt like it, about whatever I wanted to write about. They, to me, felt authentic. The posts were about something I wanted to share, and always about something I felt I knew enough about to discuss. Very rarely did I ever have to do “research” for a blog post- and I hope this doesn’t change.

It’s still pretty much the same, because the posts I’m writing are still about whatever is on my mind and not some pre-determined topic, but I guess having it published a quarter of a day later makes it feel a bit different. The topic is no longer fresh in my mind, I’m not actually AWAKE when it goes live, and, well… I don’t know. It’s different, but I guess whatever works, eh? I’d rather stick to this system than to abandon my blog for another few weeks. I’m moving on Mon/Tues, and my Grad ceremony is this Thurs evening. @__@

You’re awesome, everyone, and I thank you for reading my blog. Please let me know if you have any feedback or suggestions for content or the systems I’ve been using. I would love to hear your thoughts.

~Erynn

The Liebster Blog Award

Hi everyone!

Today I’d like to thank Adrian for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award!

The rules for the award are:

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So here are 11 random facts about me!

1. I LOVE birds. I have 4 cockatiels of my own and want more of them!

2. I’m a crazy gamer. I play everything from world builders, MMORPGs, FPS, and MOBAs. I seem to like anything that just clicks.

3. I have so many books my bookshelves are stuffed full, I’ve got piles of them lining the wall beneath my bedroom window, and a bunch more sitting on the floor! I WANT MORE!

4. I’m still in high school, but I’m graduating this June!

5. I play the violin! I’m pretty bad at it, but it’s fun.

6. I’m trying to curb my reddit addiction. (But I swear, /r/writing is useful!)

7. I’m a snowboarder. It’s lots of fun, but laziness + snowboarding = bad combo

8. If I were a good baker I would make myself an unlimited supply of cookies, cake, and other pastries. But since I’m not, I need to coerce my boyfriend to do it for me.

9. I live in the middle of bum-fuck nowhere. Seriously, who knows about the Okanagan? It’s classified as the only Canadian desert!

10. I like to cosplay. I haven’t had much time to do it in the last little while, but in the past I’ve cosplayed as Muramasa from Bleach, a Professor from Ragnarok Online, Kisshu from Tokyo Mew Mew, Justicar Syndra from League of Legends, and probably a few others that I can’t remember right now.

11. I have lots of collections of weird objects. For example, I have a bunch of glass rabbits, carousel horses, unicorns, a preserved butterfly and puffer-fish… and HATS. I don’t even know.

And now for the questions!

1. What are you reading right now?

I’m currently reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. I’m reading it for a chance at a scholarship via an essay contest based on the book, and wow! I’m actually quite stunned at how great it is. I realized when I started reading it that it was a book with a lot of philosophical concepts, but I don’t think I was prepared for what the book actually contains. It’s phenomenal, but it’s definitely reading material that I would not have been able to grasp if I had tried to read it, say, a year before now.

2. How do you choose which books you want to read?

The books I choose to read are heavily based off of cover art and related authors. If a book has a cover that grabs my attention, typically I’ll take a look at it and consider reading it if I liked the blurb even if it’s not a genre that I normally read. For related authors, a lot of books that I pick up are names that are mentioned in other books that I read or through the same publisher. For example, the Forgotten Realms books have advertisements inside of the books for other people published with that group, so I read a lot of forgotten realms books because of that.

3. What is your writing process?

Simply put, I’m a gardener. I start with an idea and go on with whatever naturally comes up along the way. The actual writing process, though… that’s a lot more complex. I like to try and write one chapter at a time without having a clear picture of what’s going to happen next. Often times I’ll know what some of the bigger events in the story are, but every time I sit down and write I’m working towards those events and figuring out what connects the dots.

When I finally get down to writing, I have a half draft, and then a first draft. The half draft is the very first time I attempt to write a scene, where I don’t really care for what I write other than the basic idea of what’s going on. After I get a few chapters like that done, I go back and finish making them a first draft by expanding the dialogue a bit, adding some details and making it a bit clearer for myself to understand and change later on for the inevitable second draft.

That’s the basics of my writing process.

4. Which author do you admire and why?

R.A Salvatore is a god. He’s mostly known for his Legend of Drizzt series, where you follow a dark elf and eventually his companions on their many adventures. I think I could easily say that the Legend of Drizzt was the first Fantasy series that I read and actually took a genuine interest in. While I have yet to actually finish the series (I think it’s about 24 books long, I’m about 18 or 19 through it), I admire R.A Salvatore because of how he was able to make his writing affect me. This series will always have a place in my heart, and that’s all because of Salvatore. I can only hope that one day my writing can make someone else feel the way I felt while reading those books.

5. What is your favourite place to write and why?

In all honesty, I don’t really have a favourite place to write. I write whenever I have time to write, whether I’m walking home from school, in class, or binging between work assignments. In most cases though, I write at home. I really enjoy just writing with the lights off, sitting in the dark with me and my computer. I find writing outside too distracting.

6. What books are you looking forward to this year?

I hadn’t actually thought about it before reading this question. I have so many books already that I need to read that I hadn’t thought all that much about what’s actually coming out, but after taking a quick look, I’m excited for the following books.

In no particular order:

1. The One

2. City of Heavenly Fire

3. The Broken Eye

4. Rhune

Actually, I think I’m most excited for Rhune and The Broken Eye. They have both been fantastic series so far and can’t wait to read more!

8. What is the first book you can remember reading?

Hmmm… the first book I can remember reading… The first book I have a clear memory of reading would be Where the Wild Things Are in grade 3.

9. Have you ever taken any writing classes?

Nope, none at all. Since I look to major in creative writing, though, I’m pretty sure that’s going to be changing sometime soon…

10. Who is your favourite literary character?

Alisa from Thirst by Christopher Pike always stood out to me. I’m not really sure why. Just one of those characters that I really connected with through the series. It’s been a long time since I read those books, and whenever I think about them I always think of how real Alisa felt. Something that can be very difficult to achieve in genres where some tropes are overused, in my opinion.

11. What is your favourite classic book?

Of Mice and Men was a book that I wasn’t expecting to like when I first picked it up. It was actually a really touching piece of written work and it reminds me of a lot of daily struggles that people go through. There were lots of feels to be had because Lennie reminded me of my sister, in a way; of how the world isn’t fair to those who don’t think like the rest of us.

Here are my nominations. I actually don’t follow very many blogs, so along with the ones I was already following I went and found a few that I liked and followed them to nominate for this award!

1. Quoth The Wordsmith

2. Things I Wish I’d Known

3. CJ Pike Books

4. Write me a book, John!

5. Chris White Writes

6. Myths of the Mirror

7. Another Head Full of Fantasy

8. Cute Pencil

9. Tales in Progress

10. H.M Brooks Writes

11. Joannebest

And here are my questions for all of you lovely bloggers!

What kind of music do you like to listen to while writing, if any at all?

What is it about writing that keeps you going, even when you’re not sure you want to continue?

Who is your favourite author?

What genre do you read, but swear you’ll never write?

What do you do when you tell yourself something along the lines of ‘I’ll only procrastinate a little bit longer’?

What brings you right into a writing mood, and how do you keep it that way?

Favourite series, and favourite stand alone?

Have you ever seriously screwed up your sleeping schedule because of a book? Was it worth it, and what were you reading?

What do you do to remember those ideas you come up with when you’re not able to write?

Are there any books or series that you thought were great, and then the ending just ruined everything for you?

Why do you write?

Looking forward to reading all of your responses! 😀

~Erynn