Friday, February 26, 2016

RE: How I Write a Post

Before I get to the regular post, I want to remind everyone that there's a few more days to enter in my 5 year anniversary giveaway. Read about it here!

This semester I'm taking a class that focuses on the creative process that different authors have and how it effects the final piece of writing. It's very interesting and making me think about drafting and brainstorming more than I ever have before. As readers, we tend to focus on the finished product (i.e. the book), because that's all that we really see, but there's so much more going on behind the scenes that can give major insight into the writer and by extension, the writer's work.

I had all those thoughts about the behind-the-scenes work that happens rolling around in my head when I saw a post that Katie Grace did on her blog A Writer's Faith. The post outlines how she writes her blog posts, which is essentially her creative process. At the end of her post, she said that she was curious to see how other people write their posts, and since I found her post fascinating, I'm going to discuss my own blog posting process.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Holy Hotcakes Batman! A Splash of Ink is Five!

I was enjoying my family day stat holiday (thanks Canada) when I looked up at my calendar and saw that it was my blog anniversary today!  I also saw that A Splash of Ink is turning five today! That's shocking and amazing all at the same time. At first, I was just going do a measly recap post, but I said to myself Sunny, this is five years!!!! More celebration must happen! And so, I added in a giveaway...which you will have to read through all my regular recapping, before you get the details!

In the first few years of blogging it's easy to play the numbers game and compare yourself to other bloggers, but by now, I've settled in. There's still times when I cringe a bit seeing the blogs who have only been around for a year that have already surpassed my follower count, but honestly I'm happy with A Splash of Ink. I've found, especially this past year, that the more often I write posts that I think are meaningful and quality content, instead of just writing a post for the sake of writing a post, the better I feel about SOI.

Friday, February 12, 2016

In which I talk about Pie and come up with no Solution

I tend to have my fingers in a lot of different pies.

Let me explain that strange statement. I like to do a lot of different things and I have a lot of different hobbies. I (obviously) like to blog, I like to write creatively, I like to take pictures, I like to paint, I like to read, I like learning about computer-y stuff, I like history. I like learning. And these interests translate into pies (aka work, school, and volunteer commitments) that I've "put my fingers in". I like to think of myself as a jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none. I'm interested in a lot of different things, and I pursue a lot of different things, but I'm not really a master of any of my crafts. I know how to do a lot of different things well, not excellent, but well. And I'm okay with that.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Reflections from Behind the Podium (AKA Sunny has an Identity Crisis)

Today I did something for the first time that made me more nervous than I've been for a long time.

I read my creative writing out loud, to strangers. 

There's a few things you should know before I launch into my story (haha, pun intended).

Thing One:
As many of your know, I'm pursuing a double major in English and Medieval Studies at university right now. Every semester the English department does a little colloquium where alumni come and basically the department boasts promotes how awesome it is. It's all good fun; usually we get excused from class to go. This semester featured a session dedicated to student writers.

Thing Two:
In first year I took a Creative Writing class that was perfectly lovely and challenging and oh-so-good for me as a writer. I wrote some really strong pieces for that course (if I do say so myself), and I also began working on my current project during that semester. The same prof that taught that course is teaching another English course that I'm taking right now. This prof was also one of the organizers for this colloquium.

Okay. Background over. Let's get to the good stuff. 

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