It’s been weeks since I’ve blogged because I’ve had a few things throw me off besides the usual school and work stuff. I’ve been back in school, and I dropped my Fashion Writing class because I only want the classes required for my degree and it was two very different writing styles. I made the right decision since I’m learning so much about journalism. It’s harder then I thought, but I like challenges. I have a Disney trip coming up in March and there will be pictures and a blog post about it. I finished the first Scarlet book, and its only a rough draft. I’m halfway through the second and a few pages into the third. I’m waiting for the last beta reader to get done with The Killer Contract Agency rewrite. It been a long journey, but I hope to just say screw it and write it all out since that is what rewriting and beta readers are for. I even threw around some pieces of the second retail novel too. The reason why I have worked harder on the novels is because someone tried to rattle me again. Someone from my past can’t let go of me, and tried to rock the boat. I ignored it because I don’t have time to play games like these anymore. I’m getting to the point where drama is just a waste of time. I’ve moved on with someone else, and he is going to be moving in come April. I have to get to work on the house, and get it ready in between school work and writing. I love the fact that I work and go to school part time. It’s easier and just for this semester. I never realized how much drama can ruin your day till now, and it’s stupid since all it does is throw you off. I do plan on upping the writing word count more, and the more ebooks I publish the more I have a shot at writing full time. I want that to be one of my long term goals. I’ll also publish more on the blog, and even put up excerpts and maybe even playlists.
For the first few weeks of college getting to class was harder then the work in a way. Once I got more into the classes, and used to walking to three different buildings I realized something. College involves critical reading and writing, and taking careful notes as a must. Writers can use it too when they read their favorite writing craft books by highlighting important parts, and taking notes then apply it to their writing. It does help that I am taking a few textbook heavy classes, and it will help me take better notes while reading a writing book to review on my blog. I am taking Mass Communication 101 which goes over social media which is handy in today’s world. I can apply it to the world I am creating, and I am taking International Studies 101 which studies populations. It made me think about my government, culture, what the creatures are like, symbols, currency, slogans. It made me see how handy going to class is not to pass the class for my degree, but how it can help with writing! I will go into detail about world building in another post.
I had my first day at #VCU yesterday, and parking is a nightmare in the morning with the streets crowded with cars on both sides students going to and from classes. I found my first building class easily since there are signs leading to each building. I took a tour first of the buildings, and what I did not expect was it was very crowded, and I had to avoid the people on bikes because people bike on campus. There are vendors everywhere, and I even saw a protestor too. I loved all the activity going on around campus, and there are many places to eat. I love my teachers, and they are strict too. I know there are a few differences like the workload is more at a University than a Community College, but it also depends on how many credits the classes are too. It is more expensive too, and I am prepared for the challenge it also means setting a schedule too. I will have online classwork on Mondays, and Tuesdays and Thursdays will be getting done these days. Writing and blogging will be done on the weekends. I have many more students in my classes at a University than at a community college. The classrooms are bigger too. This is just the first day, and already I hope to write for the Commonwealth Times a paper at the school.
I went to orientation last Tuesday to be introduced to VCU, and I got my ID now. My schedule is 5 classes two are online, and three are at VCU Tuesday and Thursdays. Not a bad schedule for the fall, and it is going to be my first semester at a University. I will talk about the differences between community college and university, and my experiences for people who are going to Community college who want to transfer to a University. I am excited, and in the meantime working on editing to get the ebooks out in between working five days a week. I have been reading more ebooks like David Gaughrans Let’s Get Digital, and the ebook Self-Printed by Catherine Ryan Howard. I have been reading more self-publishing articles to get a picture of what it will be like, so I am prepared. Right now I am just trying to work on the feedback, and I plan on doing a review of an eBook I have from an author that contacted me over Facebook too. I will find the time to get everything done, and do the reviews. It is just a matter of finding the time in between everything. Life is just one learning experience one after the other, and really I love the way my stories are shaping in the rewrites. I forgot how fun the editing process is, and how it all comes together in the end. I have also learned more about life, and people along the way.
I have been taking theater courses like Introduction to Theater and Improvisation which is a theater technique that allows you to practice in the moment. It has made me realize how it can be applied to working retail. It can be useful for putting everything your worried about on the backburner, and acting like problems don’t bother you. While you ring people up you also interact with them, and if you have a good attitude about you can also entertain them too. I have noticed applying some techniques on the floor can actually help instead of hinder you like you can act like a character from a foreign country. You can act over the top, and since they don’t know you they can be used when you need practice getting into a character if you need to learn how to integrate characters. It also allows you to practice the role of a salesman which I know I will need to learn in order to market my books. I love all the techniques too, and improvising allows you to think on the spot, and go with the flow more when it comes to a hectic work environment. It helps me get through the day to use my training when my mind is wandering to other places that I would not want to think about. Deep breathing before work helps too when I am getting my mindset on retail mode which is smile, be bubbly, and ask if they need help. It even helps me push everything aside and focus on my job instead of the million other things distracting me.
Have you ever used these techniques before?
As an update I on the paperback I am waiting to hear back from an editor to okay her for me to send her one group of stories, and then I have two other groups with critique partners and editors. I have been doing nothing but school work lately since I am graduating May 11th which means I have only 3 weeks of school left. After that you will see more posts on this blog, and my other ones. I plan on doing a post comparing theater to writing since the two are very similar.
When you are in love for the first time it is an exhilarating experience, and your heart beats every time you see him or her. You love the way they look, smell, act, and they love you back the same. Time stops every time you two kiss and touch saying the words, “I love you.” To each other which fills you with warm fuzzies. The thing with first loves is it does not last, and after your first love breaks your heart you fear you will never find someone better than them. Lie.
After your first love you will find someone else, and realize that honestly each relationship prepares you for the next. It is a fact that people will come and go, but true love will last no matter what. Sometimes loves can change you for better, or leave you in a hole of depression if your not careful then wonder what you did when it had nothing to do with you at all. Sometimes it prepares you for the next love cause there will be a next one after the first. I think about first loves because of one of my characters who had her heart broken by her first, and I am going to impart the lesson to readers with the fact that after the first love comes an even better relationship, and it is not the end of the world if he breaks your heart in high school. In college is where you can possibly meet the love of your life.
College is where I met mine, and sometimes you will not meet them until you are an adult. Any thoughts about first loves, and how it can change you?
I have officially started a new semester at Tyler, and it will be my second to last semester. I graduate that Spring in May with an Associates of Science. I am transferring to VCU to major in Journalism and Minor in Creative Writing. This semester I have a poetry and a novel writing class, and a math one which is not one of my favorite subjects. They are going to be my general electives as well as a math credit class. I will post my work from the novel and poetry classes to the blog.
I am hopefully going to blog twice a week more like on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays since I have those days for school and writing. I work in between writing and school which is why I don’t post as much as I should. It is not easy either.
Onto Writing news: I am having the cover for the first killer story redone, and boy did I love the beginnings of it. I am uploading the cover next Thursday after I meet with one of my cover artists. I am making the first story available for KOBO readers that day after I get the cover. Then to Amazon and Smashwords.
Currently I am working on rewriting the first retail novel, and changing the store from normal to supernatural. I love desigining the store too! I hope to be done in a month with the rewrites depending on how long I work on the story. Then after it is edited I give it to the beta readers, get the cover art, and then it will be available as an ebook for Amazon, Nook, Smashwords, Ibooks, and KOBO readers.
Speaking about writing projects or art projects what are you guys working on now?