A Writer’s Essentials To Get Through The Year

Few things in life are essential. The rest is just trivial. But, as a writer, you need:

Thick skin. For all the times society rejects you.

A place to keep your rejection letters. You can store them in a cool, dry place before burning them in your fireplace.

Notebooks. Napkins just don’t cut it.

A playlist for every occasion. It seems like every scene calls for a different song.

Comfortable clothes. PJs are an absolute must.

A box of tissues. If you’re not crying, your readers aren’t either.

Books on books on books. Because when you’re not writing, you’re reading.

A book deal. Every writer needs one.

Chocolate…and more chocolate. Or candy. Cake even.

A pet of some sort. Pets make better company than people.

May you write the next bestseller and make millions this year.

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Night Sky With Exit Wounds By Ocean Vuong | A Book Review

Title: Night Sky With Exit Wounds

Author: Ocean Vuong

Genre: Poetry

About the book: It’s an anthology of poems. I received a copy from the lovely folks at Publishers Group Canada.

First impressions: I read more prose than I do poetry, so I was excited to expand my horizons. To begin with, I love the title. I think it captures the essence of the collection. I especially enjoyed the poems at the beginning.

Quote:

“Everyone can forget us—as long as you remember.”

Writing: The writing is elegant but accessible. If you love enjambment, you’re in luck. There’s plenty of imagery as well. Vuong plays with a variety of forms and styles.

I wish the anthology was longer because it’s quite short. That said, reading this collection has inspired me to experiment more with my own poetry. Vuong addresses real, serious issues in an honest way. He writes about family, love, war, etc. The subject matter for some pieces are a bit more mature though.

Final thoughts: I highly recommend Night Sky With Exit Wounds even if you don’t read much poetry.


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The Life Of A Student Writer

Being a student and a writer isn’t easy. When I’m not studying, I’m writing. Of course, I have to write a lot for university as well.

I continue to wonder how I’ll manage to balance both identities. Some days, I have no idea how I do everything I want to.

I can’t give up writing. I don’t think I ever will. If worse comes to worse, I may not write as much as I’d like. But a little is better than nothing at all.

I already know the next couple of months won’t be a breeze, but I’ve been in school for most of my life. I have also been creating for a long time. So I like to believe I’ll be fine.

Besides, some of my happiest memories come from telling stories.

Problem being there aren’t enough hours in the day. Why can’t we have twenty-five instead of twenty-four?

As of late, I’ve been thinking m about my writing career. My non-existent writing career. I stand corrected. My mind loves to worry about my life after graduation. Isn’t the unknown great?

Rest assured I’m not going anywhere. I won’t be making drastic changes anytime soon. But I will continue to progress day by day.

Right now it’s enough that I enjoy my writing sessions. I want to experiment more. I need to venture outside of my comfort zone.

As for school, I’ll do the best I can in my classes. I just have to time manage well.

I have plans I hope to execute in 2018. Of course, I’ll keep you posted if and when I publish or republish anything exciting.

A long time ago, I made the conscious choice to start writing. I’m not going back or giving up now.

Not In Darkness | A Poem

Don’t let them

Take away the light

You’re not in darkness

Believe

Got far

Trust

Can run

You’re all you’ve got

So set yourself apart

Show them your fire

Burn into the night forever

Remember looking up at the sky

And seeing stars so bright

You had to shield your eyes

Where I Am On My Writing Journey

When it comes to writing, I feel like I hold myself back. At least I’m not letting others hold me back too much.

I think my problem isn’t so much that I’m terrified of trying. But rather I try and give up. I’ll attempt to write a story only to abandon it halfway through.

I know I don’t have to stress about my writing career so soon. After all, I’m still in school, and I will be until 2019. But thinking about graduation freaks me out. What am I going to do after university? Where will I work?

I’m borderline unemployable, so I hope writing works out. Ultimately, I want to write full-time, all the time.

Imagine eighty year old me sitting in a rocking chair by the fireplace and squinting at a screen. I kid you not, I already have the eyes of a sixty-year-old. That happens when you don’t win the genetic lottery.

Because I’m lazy, I haven’t done a ton of research up until this point. I’m still trying to improve my writing. First, I need to finish my novels. Once I do then I’ll figure out my next move.

I’ve always dreamed of being traditionally published. I’m kind of on the fence right now in terms of which route to take. I’m not sure what to pursue anymore.

Honestly, I wouldn’t mind self publishing. I won’t shy away from the work. I’d welcome the challenge with open arms.

There’s a part of me that wants to try the traditional path though. If I fail, I can self publish. And if I fail to publish anything, please shout at me. Talk some sense into my thick head.

There’s so much to think about and work through. Like I’m so fond of saying, I’ll take life word by word, day by day. Maybe down the road, I can look back and laugh at my past self.

Until You Die | A Poem

Lonely or alone

Connected and close

Disconnected

Distanced from

What you know

Is reality

An illusion

Get you to

Look away from

What’s going on

Should’ve known

The signs were there

Did you read them

Listen to anyone

Wanted your dreams

To come true

Held out hope

But it broke you

Never made a move

Will you wait

Until you die

To make up

Your mind

A Look At The Year Ahead

I can’t predict the future. But I can plan in advance. So this is my attempt to look at the year ahead.

I’m currently in my second semester of my third year at university. That’s crazy. Still, I’m looking forward to being in fourth year. Even though I’d love to ace everything, I’m content with not failing anything.

Right now, I’m excited for the upcoming baseball season. I don’t know why. Unfortunately that also means I’ll be making a lot of bad similes and analogies.

I have no idea what kind of work I’ll find over the summer, but I’m hoping to find something. On my own time, I intend to keep doing what I love.

It should go without saying that I want to continue reading and reviewing books all year long. My wallet will hate me. But my brain won’t.

This blog isn’t going anywhere. I promise to be more creative and less repetitive. My aim is to create content I enjoy. Here’s hoping you enjoy reading my work. Let’s see if I can keep up with being a good blogger and commenting on blogs. Probably not but a girl can dream.

I never know where writing will take me. I lied. It takes me to magical places. As always, I have some fun projects in the works. I can’t wait to share them with the world.

Somehow, I start my fourth and final year of university in September. That feels so far away, yet too close at the same time.

I also plan to drive more once I’ve fully recovered from the accident.

What are your plans for 2018?

Share Your Soul | A Poem

Speak the truth

Even if you struggle to

Let it all out

Put words on the page

Sometimes no one’s around

To hear you speak

But there’s something

You need to say

Your eyes can’t lie

It’s killing you inside

Stayed silent all this time

And waited by the sidelines

So share your soul

With someone close

Iron Gold By Pierce Brown | A Book Review

Title: Iron Gold

Author: Pierce Brown

Genre: Science Fiction

About the book: The fourth novel in the Red Rising series set ten years later.

First impressions: I’ve been eagerly awaiting this novel so much that I preordered it. Took me a while to get into the world again. To be honest, I forget a lot, so I had to jog my memory. At first, I wasn’t sure how to feel about having multiple viewpoints. But I came to love the different narratives.

Characters: Brown tells this story through the perspective of four characters: Darrow, Lysander, Ephraim, and Lyria. They’re great in their own ways, but I especially enjoyed Lysander’s point of view.

Because of the various narrations, there’s still development but not as in-depth as in Red Rising, when the author told everything from Darrow’s eyes.

The narratives mesh together even though they’re all are so different from one another.

Quote:

“The key to learning, to power, to having the final say in everything, is observation.”

Writing: I like Brown as a storyteller. He builds upon the world with each book. At times, I felt a little overwhelmed at the sheer amount of information presented. Kudos to him for doing his research though. There’s a ton of everything. Action, dialogue, description. The plot is complex but advances at a nice pace.

Final thoughts: Iron Gold seems to set up the next novel and possibly the whole series in general. Still, I’d recommend reading the first three books before this one. The novel felt strange yet familiar at the same time.


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Never Fail To Get Up | A Poem

Don’t feel bad

for not knowing

You don’t have to do it all

just take a step

right then left

Struggle behind closed doors

so you can succeed

in front of everyone

those you don’t want to let down

The best fall

but they never fail to get up

brush off the dirt

keep going

never look back