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This post may make me seem like an arrogant, conceited individual. Read at your own risk.

Then again, arrogance is relative. And if you were awesome enough to follow my blog, you probably won’t unfollow me after this.

All things considered, I’m surprised I’m getting the marks I am getting.

Are other people just stupid?

I hope you don’t hate me for saying that. I simply do not understand how people are failing English. Or law for that matter.

My classes aren’t too difficult so maybe I shouldn’t be spewing this nonsense. But I am surprised I’m doing this well. I haven’t missed a day of blogging since the start of this school year. I honestly expected to have missed at least a couple. I shouldn’t jinx it so I’m knocking on wood right now.

On top of everything I have on my plate, I’m doing NaNo this year. Why I chose to participate in this craziness during my last year, the most important one by the way, is beyond me.

Maybe it really is true. Writers are more intelligent than non-writers. I am aware that grades are not always the best indication of one’s intelligence.

Still I like to believe that writers know more than people who don’t read or write. It makes sense after all.

This is a rational explanation. Tell me I’m not losing my mind.

Writing

A Writing Meme

You, my friend should be writing.

I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist the urge to jump on the bandwagon, create a meme, and publish it on my blog.

Not sure if this is true or not since I read about this minuscule detail in some article. Making GIFs or memes is actually illegal. That’s because using copyrighted material without permission is prohibited by the law. Lifting copyrighted material from the original source is also against the law. But apparently using copyrighted material is okay if you’re creating a parody of it or imitating someone or something.

Besides, don’t they always say imitation is the highest form of flattery?

What’s the moral of the day? Stop reading my blog. Stop posting on your blog. Stop commenting. Start writing.

Blogging · Writing

Blog Tour: “Writing Process”

First off, let me apologize about the delay. I feel horrible about postponing this blog tour a week late, but I didn’t want to publish this post until it was polished and as close to perfection as possible. After all, I am a crazy perfectionist.

Thanks to the fantastic and fabulous AR Neal for inviting me to this blog tour.  She is an amazing writer and blogger and an incredible person. If you haven’t already, go check out her blog. Be sure to follow her as well. You will not regret clicking the link. I repeat: click, click, click away. > (starvingactivist.com)

This is a simplified version of how the blog tour works:

  • This is an ongoing tour every Monday, featuring different bloggers each week.
  • You acknowledge the person and site who invited you to the tour.
  • You answer four questions about your writing process (the ones bolded below).
  • You feature three other bloggers, give a tiny blurb about them, and you attach a link to their blog.

Of course, these rules are not set in stone. Sometimes they are modified or *gasp* broken.

Moving on…I shall answer four questions about my writing process. What a great chance for you to pick apart my brains.

What am I working on?

I am currently working on a few essays and short non-fiction pieces. I am not working on a full-length novel at the moment, but I hope to return to writing fiction in the near future. The essays range in topics from competition to public service to rights and freedoms in Canada. Although I am passionate about writing and blogging, law and politics also fascinate me. Perhaps I will share some of my non-fiction stuff here on this blog if anyone is interested or if anyone actually cares. If it isn’t obvious, I work on my blog and I try to make it better every day.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

While I am taking a break from fiction, I must say a lot of the fiction novels and stories I’ve written in the past are based on controversial issues. I tend to tackle topics that are more extreme in nature, revealing aspects of the human nature some people shy away from talking and writing about. Most of my novels do not have a happy ending either. I just think an unhappy ending is more realistic and accurate to real life. I warn you: reading my fiction can cause depression. This explains why I try to add humour in my blog from time to time. It’s a nice balance. Unhappiness and depression mixed with humour and amusement. I’m aware my definition of humour is vastly different from yours. But you can’t hate a girl for trying, can you?

Why do I write what I do?

Aside from enjoying the writing process, I feel as though everyone has a story to tell. And writing is my way of telling these stories. Of course, many of my stories are based on personal experiences that have altered my life forever. One day, I hope people can read what I have to write. But I hope more than anything that people will relate to what I have to say and know they are not alone.

How does your writing process work?

Let me break it down.

  1. An idea hits me in the head.
  2. Said idea complains and bothers me until I write it down.
  3. I write the grand idea down.
  4. I realize the idea is not as grand as I thought.
  5. The idea begs me to continue writing in order to make it better.
  6. This tiny idea turns into a raw, rough draft that could be called a story.
  7. The story sits on my desk or on my computer for a century.
  8. A century later, I look at it again.
  9. I see the flaws.
  10. I fix the flaws.
  11. I rejoice when I finish.
  12. Then I hope to repeat the process again and again.

J.G. Chayko is a writer living in Vancouver, British Columbia. She loves writing poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. I hope she will share about her writing process because I really want to pick her brains to see how in the world she does it. She has two blogs too. Impressive huh?

You can find her at theoldladyinmybones.com and corkboardsandcoffeehouses.com. So go and give her some love.

Once again, sorry AR Neal for postponing and to everyone else for disappointing. I hope you understand. Also, sorry for breaking the rules. I believe I’m supposed to feature 3 other bloggers, but because J.G. Chayko is amazingly talented, she deserves the spotlight. Don’t hate me. I am only sixteen. Didn’t you make mistakes when you were a teenager? Didn’t you rebel and disobey rules when you were young? Uh-huh. That’s what I thought.

Go show your support now. Give these two wonderful ladies a round of applause for what they do.

I could spend all day thanking people who deserves to be thanked, complimenting people who deserves to be complimented. I hope a generic “thank you” and “you are all wonderful” will do.

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15 Things I Learned From Writing My Law Exam

Let me tell you, I learned more writing that one exam in two hours than I did in one five-month semester. But for the sake of this post, I’ll write in second person point of view.

  1. Whatever you do, don’t panic.
  2. Between writing neatly and finishing on time, the latter is more important.
  3. Under a time limit, you cannot beat around the bush.
  4. Pardon the redundancy, but getting to the point might be the difference between passing and failing.
  5. Repeating yourself (i.e. saying the same things over and over again) does not make you seem smarter than you really are.
  6. Over-studying is much better than under-studying.
  7. Feeling prepared makes you feel more relaxed.
  8. Do your best to focus on your own paper during the exam.
  9. Watching others either creates a sense of ease or a sense of unease; a risk you most likely don’t want to take.
  10. Having a heap of knowledge is useless if you cannot apply your wisdom accordingly.
  11. Trying to be fancy won’t win you any extra points.
  12. You’d be surprised at how much you know (or don’t know).
  13. Failing an exam will not result in the sky falling or the world ending.
  14. Despite your best intentions to do well, sometimes teachers will throw you a curve-ball from left field.
  15. Cramming forces you to memorize but in most subjects, a deep understanding of the material is more important.

Can I just say I’m guilty (see I’m applying my law vocabulary seamlessly here) of 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15?  Yep that’s right: I panicked, beat around the bush, repeated myself, under-studied, focused on things aside from my exam, watched others like a fool, tried to be fancy, and crammed as much of the course as I possibly could into my tiny head. Oh yeah, I’m probably guilty of number 13 too.

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5 Laws You Should Never Break As A Writer

For the aspiring writers and lawyers out there: if you are a lawyer and you catch a writer doing any one of these (with the exception of maybe number 5) congratulations to you, if you are a writer caught doing any one of these (especially number 5) you should really know better.

5 simple laws no writer, lawyer, or person should ever break in their life.

  1. Lying. As a writer, your job is to report, write, and speak the truth.
  2. Cheating. Taking the easiest path usually guarantees failure.
  3. Stealing. Corrodes your credibility. Diminishes your readership. Enough said.
  4. Corrupting morals. It is a rarely used charge for a reason.
  5. Procrastinating. Technically this isn’t a law but while it may be fun for a while you’re only screwing yourself in the end.

Stop Procrastinating