Hey Guys

SO It’s been a long time since my last post.

I never really had any reason to stop posting, maybe it was the lack of motivation or lack of ideas or whatever, but I guess that doesn’t really matter because here I am. I’ve been thinking a lot over the last couple weeks that I’d like to start posting again, mostly to get back into the rhythm of writing something other than fiction every day, and also so I’ve got somewhere to pour out all the thoughts that I’ve collected over the last ten months or so.

At the moment I’m indecisive about what I actually want to do with this blog. It started out as a platform for my writing, but I’ve found it difficult to share details about my stories and worlds and characters when I also want to be cautious to not reveal too much. It then transformed into thought-splurge on general stuff and books, but now… I don’t know. There are lots of things I want to talk about and I don’t think they’ll be all that related. Books, writing, life, people. I guess just shit about Erynn. Maybe that’s something you’re interested in, maybe it’s not. There are some days where I think I’m interesting, so maybe you will too. 🙂

Last time I posted, I had this set up where I tried to keep to a schedule. I tried to stick to writing structured posts that started with a thought and rounded out into some other point or theme, but I felt like those were always exhausting to write because even though I enjoyed writing them, it took a lot of thought and preparation to get those written from start to finish. I’m thinking that I want to continue writing those, but less frequently, and maybe switch to a more casual ‘here are my thoughts’ style of writing.

I suppose that means just about everything is up in the air and we’ll see what happens. The only sure thing is that I’m ready to start posting again!

~Erynn

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The New Year

2015 was a slow blogging year for me. There were months where I had lots of ideas and wanted to write a bunch of posts, but then there were months where I had no motivation to do any at all.

I’m really not one to make definite new years’ resolutions, but I do like to make an effort each year to make the next one better than the last. So, I do have a couple ideas for what I would like to improve upon for the months and years to come.

Blogging is a big one. I’ve always meant it to be a platform for me to grow off of, be that by learning new things, sharing my thoughts, meeting new people, but I’ve struggled to put as much effort into it as needed in order to achieve those things. So, as of 2016, I’ll be writing up a minimum of one blog post per week, and hopefully from there I can get brave enough to reach out to other bloggers.

The only other thing I really want to work on is reading. This last year I really didn’t make time to read as much as I wanted to, even though I had plenty of time to read if I’d made the effort to. So, maybe in 2016 I’ll actually manage to read 50 or so books…

Besides that, I’m open to discover what other aspects of my life and habits need work. As the new year progresses, I’ll definitely find things to work on, but I’m counting on finding those things and not setting my goals right from the start.

What about you guys? Do you have any plans of improvement set up for 2016, maybe even some new years’ resolutions that you want to share?

~Erynn

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

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

Calling All Writers… Free Advert!

Hey everyone!

I know there’s lots of writers out there, and this is one of those things just for you! This post is meant specifically for anyone to advertise themselves. Got a book, a blog, a website, or something else you want others to see? Now’s the time to post about it!

Absolutely shameless, just give us a link and a bit of info about yourself!

~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