Blogging

How I Feel About Blogging Less

After a busy November where I didn’t post on this blog much, I’m trying to publish more in December.

I haven’t been writing a blog post every day however. I miss it, but taking a break has made me excited to create again.

When I write blog posts, I don’t ever aim for long, perfect first drafts. It’s enough to get some thoughts in my head on the page.

I also try to publish often, but I’m not aiming for mind-blowing, earth-shattering content. That’s never been my goal.

I know I’m behind with everything, but I still feel fine. And that’s all that matters to me.

I don’t enjoy falling behind because catching up is such a challenge. But I’ll manage somehow. I can’t do everything, but I can do enough to succeed. I hope.

Life happens.

When it comes to my habits, I’m not as stubborn as I used to be. Besides, the world won’t end if I miss a day or three of blogging. I can always get back into the grind at a later time.

This year, I’ve had a lot of high highs and low lows this year. Even so, I wouldn’t trade my life for anyone else’s. Check back with me once I write my exams and get my grades though.

As I get older, I feel busier. Then again, I think I’d rather be busy than bored. That way, I don’t have an existential crisis every other moment.

Writing

I Don’t Have Proper Email Etiquette?

First of all, etiquette is a word I always struggle to spell.

Now that that’s out of the way, I can finally get a few things off my chest.

I’ve sent my fair share of emails in the nineteen years I’ve been alive. And no one has ever complained about my email etiquette. Until today.

If you know nothing else about me, know this: I dislike wasting my own time, and I dislike wasting other people’s time even more. OK, that’s not entirely true. You get what I mean though. I hate wasting time. I’m busy. You’re busy. We’re all busy.

Since I’m a writer and blogger, I like to think I’m concise. At least I try to be as much as possible. But I guess I also run the risk of seeming rude.

I finally crossed the line into terse territory by sending an email to my TA without enough “description” to his liking. So he proceeded to tell me what isn’t “a proper etiquette” and what is. His words, not mine.

Maybe I should teach him a thing or two about you know what.

Blogging

If I Don’t Reply Right Away…

It’s either because:

  • I’m busy.
  • I don’t have Internet/WiFi.
  • I have some sort of technical issue.

Or because:

  • WordPress hates me.

I hope you understand.

Writing

How To Avoid Writing

I don’t think you need me to tell you how to avoid writing.

But I’m going to tell you anyway.

Live a boring life. That way you have no interesting experiences.

Live a busy life. You probably do already. Busier then.

Have kids. Have more kids. You can never have too many.

Fall in love with other things. Juggling. Yodeling. Skydiving.

Fall in love with other people. Especially those who waste your time.

Maybe I’ll stop avoiding and start working now. That’s the hope anyway.

Blogging

You Don’t Want To Blog?

Oh, you don’t want to blog?

Are you being lazy? Are you feeling tired? You aren’t up for it? 

Do you want to sleep? Are you exhausted?

What’s that? You have no time? God forbid you’re busy? 

You have nothing to say? You don’t know what to blog about?

It’s not fun? It’s stressful? You’re not enjoying it? 

You want to do something else. Wait, you’d rather do anything else?

You have other things to do? 

Well, isn’t that a shame. 

Whenever I don’t feel like blogging, I’ll return to this post and remind myself that my excuses, any and all of them, suck. 

Writing

A NaNoWriMo Survival Guide

A NaNoWriMo Survival Guide

So you’re prepared for all that November throws at you.

  • What to do if you’re “exhausted”
    1. Sleep
    2. Eat
    3. Relax
    4. Shower
    5. Exercise
  • What to do if you’re “uninspired”
    1. Get by
    2. Get out
    3. Get away
    4. Get going
    5. Get together
  • What to do if you’re “blocked”
    1. Take a walk
    2. Call a friend
    3. Read a book
    4. Listen to music
    5. Explore the neighborhood
  • What to do if you’re “lost”
    1. Pull out your outline
    2. Ask a complete stranger
    3. Get even more lost
    4. Distance yourself for now
    5. Let your characters roam
  • What to do if you’re “busy”
    1. Learn when to say no
    2. Give up what you can
    3. Reduce time with other activities
    4. Force yourself to just start
    5. Do not accept any excuses

There you have it. Five scenarios you may encounter during NaNo and five solutions for each one.

I hope you survive!

Productivity

I Don’t Know Why I Didn’t Do This Before

I want to devote a post on to-do lists. Why? Because…

A. They are awesome.

B. They are fun to make.

C. They are life savers.

I’ve started making monthly to-do lists. Each bullet point has a task. Beside it, I write in an estimated date of when I hope to finish said task. Say for example:

  • Finish writing portfolio (Sept 15)

That’s actually on my September to-do list. And I use the verb finish because I already started working on the portfolio. Go me.

This eliminates the need to create weekly ones simply because I add all the projects I want to finish by the end of the month on it, so another list would be redundant. Although some people swear by making a new list each week. Hey, whatever works for you.

I’ve yet to try out daily to-do’s because I’m not really that busy or productive, contrary to what my mind believes. If I did, I like the idea of adding a specific time (like 1:00 p.m.) beside the task to give myself a deadline within a deadline.

At the very least, I feel like I get more done. And who doesn’t like making lists?

Writing

Writing Resolutions

Due to human error, this post wasn’t published yesterday. My sincerest apologies.

Hopefully you enjoyed my blogging and reading resolutions posts. If you haven’t read them yet, I invite you to check them out.

Now this blog wouldn’t be complete without a writing resolutions post. After all, this is mainly a writing blog.

I would have posted this earlier, but it wasn’t written yet so I couldn’t.

Without further ado, these are my writing resolutions for this year.

I aspire to write at least a rough draft of a novel. To be even more specific, I want to write said novel in the present tense, not the past. Most, if not all, of my novels and stories are written in the past tense. For some strange reason, I find the past tense easier than the present. But this year I’m going to push myself more as a writer. The best way to do that is through change.

While I’m on the topic of change, I think it’d be good for me to write something outside of my comfort zone. Plays. Don’t worry I don’t have any crazy visions of being a stellar screenwriter any time soon. Still, I’ve always wanted to write one legitimate screenplay. I’m aiming for roughly 100 pages.

Last but not least, I’d like to write more short stories. They’re fun to write plus, at one point, I went through a short story phase. 10 sounds like a reasonable number.

With all I plan on doing this year, I’m going to be one busy gal.

I hope you’ll keep yourself busy in 2015 as well.