Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Word(less) Wednesday: March 28/12

A few weeks ago I came across this blog called missed connections. Basically, this artist looks at things that people post online called missed connections. For example, you see someone with a really cool skirt on and don't say anything. You might post "I saw you in the park today. I didn't say anything, but I thought your flowered skirt was perfect." or something much more imaginative then that. Anyways, this artist takes the more interesting ones and then creates an illustration to go with it. The blog is called Missed Connections. It's really cute and may inspire a story. Here's a personal favourite:

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Writing thoughts of March Break

Well, March Break is coming to a close for me. Unfortunately, school will be back in full swing tomorrow (EDIT: it's been in swing for two days now. I started writing this post Sunday, haha). This past week held a few little gems to do with writing. Mostly just a variety of thoughts that I'm going to try to hodgepodge together into some sort of post.

So Sunday afternoon after church my family and I travel to see my grandparents. They just moved into an apartment after living in their house for 45+ years, because of health reasons. Can you imagine leaving the house that you raised your family in? Built a tree fort for your grand-kids in? Lived in for 45+ years?! Well, clearly, I was a bit emotional. I think I did a good job at ducking into the bathroom and the bedroom to hide whenever I felt like crying, haha. I know that it's not the house that makes the home, it's the people. But, still. That brings me to the point of writing what you know. I was amazed that people willing dredge up those feelings and emotions. Then I got thinking about it and decided that when writers do draw from those painful memories their writing is that much better and has that much more impact.

Of course a new apartment means new neighbors. My grandparents are friendly and loving people so of course they had met some of the interesting people in the building. The one that I had to laugh at, and scrawl down for later use in some story was a man they referred to as "Old Earl". The conversation between my grandparents and mom went something like this:
Grandma: "We met some people already! This one guy named Earl."
Grandpa: *Snickers* "He told me to let him know if he saw any wild women running around"
Mom: *Shifts uncomfortably* "Oh." *Narrows eyes* "How old is this guy?"
Grandpa: *Laughing now* "He's 80. We call him Old Earl."

The real reason that we traveled to see them was that my grandpa was having a hip replacement. It was a completely new perspective to be in a hospital. I don't care to go into details, but it was certainly eye opening. There was one funny guy that we met. His name was Ron. He was in a wheelchair but could move his two little legs a little bit to move his chair around. He kept running (or should I say wheeling?) away from the nurses. My grandpa's nurse told me that one time they found his on the fifth floor; he was one the third. Then one time when I was walking down the hall a nurse was yelling for him to come back. He wasn't listening. I guess he was a little stir crazy, but I couldn't help but laugh. It was a welcome relief from the somber tones of the hospital. Another character to file away for future use.

The final bit of inspiration was taking the train home. I don't know if you've ever seen those commercials where Kathy Reitch (she's a mystery writer fyi) endorses VIA Rail and how inspiring it is to her. Anyways, where we sat it wasn't quite as pretty as the commercial, but there was some interesting people who got on and off. It was inspiring in a way. This one guy had a guitar with him and then another random guy sat down beside him and they started talking about how to play an f-chord. There was also a conductor who took the snack cart around (see picture of snack cart) and said this over and over and over in a monotone voice:

"Refreshments, coffee, tea"
"Refreshments, coffee, tea"
"Refreshments, coffee, tea"

It made me think of the Hogwarts Express from Harry Potter. I half expected him to ask if I wanted a pumpkin pasty or chocolate frog. Speaking of which, I watched a Lifetime movie on J.K. Rowling's life as she wrote Harry Potter. It was really interesting and inspiring. I would recommend it if you like that sort of thing. It's called Magic Beyond Words: the J.K. Rowling story.

So that was my March Break, and the writer-y-ness that went on during it. How about all of you? If you had a March Break did you get anything writing done?

P.S. Anyone else excited about The Hunger Games movie coming out?!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Insecure Writer's Group: March 2012

This is my Insecure Writer's Support Group post for March. Find out more about it here.

Lately, surprisingly enough, I haven't been feeling that insecure! Saying that will probably jinx it, but I'm going to ride this wave as long as it lasts. Anyways, onto what I want to say. I am a firm believer in this phrase:

"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

Yes, it's a mouthful, but when you think about it's so true. So what have I been doing differently? Well, I've been using my 15 minute break at work to get on the computer and madly write.

At home 15 minutes looks something like this:

However, at work it's a completely different process. I think it's because I feel the pressure of the time limit and force myself to write out whatever comes to mind, so I don't go home empty handed and with a wasted break. Another reason, I think its been working is because I've been emailing the sections that I write to myself, and then copying and pasting them into a Word doc.
It's freeing to not write directly into the Word doc, because I can convince myself that if I write crap then I don't have to put it into the draft. That mindset helps me get words on the page, and we all know that you can't edit when there is no words on the page.

So there is my little insight for the Insecure Writer's Group. It's not much, but it's something that's been hanging around in my mind the past few weeks.

Happy March everyone! May March Break come quick and the snow leave soon!

P.S. It's early because I have to work tomorrow night, and I got my days mixed up, but we'll go with work, tehe.
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