Saturday, April 26, 2014

Bargain Book Haul!

This past week I went on two bargain book shopping trips and acquired a total books and two book jackets. It was a good week. The only appropriate thing for any respectable book blogger to do is a I'm-not-bragging-but-really-yes-I-am book haul.

The first trip was to a local bookstore that is closing up. I had been in this store a few times and usually it was pretty dead, so it's no surprise that it went out of business. When I was there this week it was the busiest I'd ever since it, no doubt the business had something to do with the inventory blowout sale. It made me a little sad inside to see that. I guess it is true what they say, online book orders and the bigger department stores are killing the independent book store.  Although the closing of any bookstore is a somber day, I scored a couple of cheap books which made me pretty happy.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Why Twitter Isn't As Dumb As I Thought

I was one of those people who thought Twitter was the gathering pool of poor grammar, conceited people and their selfies.

I was wrong. *GASP*

  Well, mostly. Those things certainly exist on Twitter, but there is a whole other side that I didn't see before. I totally disregarded Twitter, until people that I admired and respected started to make accounts. Slowly, I started to wonder onto Twitter (AKA I started to stalk people's profiles...don't even give me that look you know you do it to). I realized that not everyone on Twitter was narcissistic, like I thought. Eventually I decided that I needed to expand my online presence and that Twitter seemed the place to be. I've been on Twitter for a good six months now, and I'm loving it.

My first tweet and I'm already promoting myself. Figures, tehe. 

Here's what convinced me that Twitter wasn't as dumb as I thought.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The 6 Stages of Rewriting As Told By Sunny

This week's post was supposed to be on the topic of Twitter. However I had some technical problems, AKA my finished post disappeared when I hit publish! Every blogger's nightmare, that every writer can relate to.

So, you get this instead. My thoughts on rewrites since a rewrite is in my near future. Rewrites come in all shapes and forms, whether it's an essay, a story or a blog post the process is still the same.

The rewrite comes in six stages. 

1. Temper tantrum.

I just spend three hours writing that! I lost all that work? I'M GONNA LOSE IT!
And other choice words.

2. Denial 

It can't be gone. Maybe I saved a draft somewhere. Maybe it auto-saved! Maybe Google has the answer...

3. Acceptance

It's gone, and I'm going to have to rewrite this. *BREATH* I can do this. Maybe I have some rough notes. Say goodbye to that Netflix that was calling my name. 

4. Remembering 

Now, what did I even write about? Why didn't I make rough notes? Get a pen and paper. 
Think think think...ah that was the gist of it...I think.

5. Rewriting
How did this start again? Ah yes, it's starting to come back now... I'm pretty sure that's how it went...Well that's a new bit. Hmm...I'll go with it.

6. Awesomeness

Hey, this is actually sounding good! That's exactly what I meant to say before! I remembered all the good ideas and got rid of all the extra filler from before! It's finally finished. This is going to be an AWESOME post!

Although I hate loosing material, just like any writer, I always find that the rewritten piece is stronger. The piece always turns out tighter, because I can only remember the essential points that I wanted to write about. All of the fluff that's been added (usually the intro of a blog post) doesn't end up back in the post. It's like the whole piece gets refined. 

What about you? Do you have any lost work stories? Have you had to rewrite? Thoughts? Comment away!

Reading: Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette
Listening: Tessa Violet
Watching: Veronica Mars

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Top Ten "Gateway" Books

This is a Top Ten link up with The Broke and the Bookish. Gateway books are books that opened up something new for you (e.g. genre, style, length etc.). What are your gateway books?

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