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Wonderful Webcomics

20 Feb

I would just like to note that webcomics can be surprisingly wonderful.

Strays Online: Is a story I’ve followed for about a year.  The art is stunning.  The story is compelling and keeps me on the edge.  The best part is the characters.  (<3 Holland)  They are dynamic, motivated, and quirky.  I can’t help but love and root for them.

Here is a very short summary of the comic from the about page: Meela is a young, orphaned lupian (a race of people with wolf-like features) who is struggling to survive on her own. A chance encounter on less than pleasant terms teams her up with Feral, another lupian who happens to be a mute as well as one of the best mercenaries in the land, and who is not quite so welcoming of her forced company as she would like to believe.

Strays Online Webcomic

A Redtail’s Dream: Is a new discovery that I’m currently in the process of reading.  Seriously loving the light hearted feel and dreamy atmosphere.

The story so far is about a magical fox who accidentally gets a man and his dog stuck inside the aurora borealis.  The fox sends the pair into the dream realm to rescue their friends and villagers who are stuck in a land of dreams.  (Ok, my description is lacking.  Check out the comic.  It is a lot cooler than I make it sound.  I promise!)

A Redtail's Dream webcomic

10 days to go until NaNoWriMo. Will you participate?

21 Oct

National Novel Writing Month - Press StartIf you aren’t familiar, here is the NaNoWriMo site.

Me, I’m already signed up and working on characters, plot, and a rough outline.  This year it will be all about hackers and sci-fi instead of my normal fantasy stories.

My goal this year is not to “win.”  (Win = write 50K words during November.)  I will write because I love it and the NaNoWriMo community is full of support and wonderful people.

Will you try NaNoWriMo this year?  If you enjoy writing I suggest participating, but that’s just my 2 cents.

Anxiety caused by writing

4 Dec

feeling sad

 

There are some days when I am so utterly and completely stumped.  There are no original thoughts to share.  No witty comments.  Only a dreary, rainy day outside, and clouds inside my head.

I’m having a problem post-nanowrimo.  I’m burned out on writing.  My head hurts to think about my story, my chest fills with dread and anxiety, and I’m suddenly so very sleepy.  Sleep is so inviting.  Surely it must be better than this horror, worry, and non-writing that I’m wasting my time doing.  How can I think of lines and words to write when my pillow is calling out to me?

I know this sounds dramatic, but honestly, I’m not being.  This is happening to me out of nowhere and frustrating the heck out of me.  I’m honestly worried that it might be a case of depression.  Grrrr!

I can’t stop thinking about writing, but when I sit down to do the deed, I’m freaking out.  WTF?

NaNoWriMo and the 30 Thousand Word Slump

1 Dec

November is over and it is time to breathe again. Seems like everyone around me “won” this year where as I topped out at 32K words.

Out of those words, I believe about half of them can be salvaged during re-writes. The other half is garbage that needed to be written in order to find those gems worthy of keeping.

With the November frenzy over, it is hard to keep the motivation to write. Sounds silly, but I feel disheartened and proud of myself at the same time. Sad because my story isn’t where I want it to be, I still have a long way to go, and it feels like an impossible dream. Proud because I did write a lot and it feels good.

Thirty thousand words is a scary place to be. It is the time when I get scared and am ready to bolt away from my story at full speed. There are so many things I can fix if I can just start over. There are so many better ways to write this story.

Listen closely to me… duck and cover… ITS A TRAP!

The infamous thirty thousand word trap.

While I try to jump over spike pits, dodge poison darts, and avoid boulders Indiana Jones style – tell me how you fared during NaNo and if you made it over the thirty thousand word slump. If so, how?

Part 13 – Onging short story – “Shiver”

5 Oct

The Challenge: 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week60 – Write 106 words containing the phrase “… suddenly it was in my hand ….”

This is part 13 in an ongoing story.  A new part is added weekly with each challenge.  Previous chapters can be found here in the Ongoing Story section.

mountain-flowers

Suddenly it was in her hands.  A black ball of fur, shivering with cold.  The wind blew chilly kisses to Lydia and the cat.  It ruffled the pink bathrobe borrowed from Mum.

“Really?  Really?!  I eat an apple and end up on a mountain?”

“Could be worse.  You humans like apples.  That was a horrid experience.”  Said the cat.

“This is too much.  You just want me to keep wandering around, following crazy old women and eating fruit to stay alive?  I don’t even know what we are running from.  Would you care to explain?”

The cat blinked.  “Oh.  I forgot you are new to this.”

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