A good friend of mine started her own blog as an emotional outlet. She doesn’t have many posts yet, but they are pretty deep and relatable.
Check out Musings from the Mind of MAEhem. Be sure to follow it, because it will continue to have great posts.
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Now that the definition is out of the way, allow me to get to the point……
The first definition, as it describes is trust, confidence and belief in someone or something.This is the one I’m focusing on. Which, is believing beyond a shadow of a doubt that a certain someone or something is never going to let you down and will always live up to your aspirations….. But in reality, every human that walks this earth has slippery, clumsy fingers. The majority of broken hearts, shattered dreams and…
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Happy New Year 2015! May this year be better than last!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
Thank you, Star Guy, for nominating me for the Liebster Award, whatever that is.
The rules are as follows:
11 random facts:
11 Questions from the blogger who nominated me:
1. When was the first time you watched Star Wars, and what did you think?
I was around 11 or 12. Maybe 10. It was 1 or 2 years before the Special Edition came out. Maybe the same year. All I really remember is that obviously I loved it. It still holds a large place in my heart, and I can’t wait for Episode VII!
2. What is your favorite animal? (Can be alien – Wookie is a legitimate answer :D )
Hey now! I am actually part Wookiee, and I take offense by your statement. Firstly, you misspelled “Wookiee.” Secondly, Wookiees are not animals. We are just as (if not more) intelligent than humans.
To answer the question, my favorite animal is
3. What is your favourite book?
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.
4. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
5. What is your favourite hobby?
Exploring forest preserves.
6. What is the funniest picture/gif you have ever seen?
7. Old or new WordPress Stats page?
I just switched to the new stats page. I like it so far.
8. Lord of the Rings, or the Hobbit?
Are you talking about the books or the movies? Either way, it’s The Lord of the Rings.
9. Rather a nerd or the cool guy/gal?
A cool nerd!
10. Are you in the Christmas spirit? (in other words, how many times have you said Merry Christmas?)
I didn’t realize I was supposed to keep track of how many times I’ve said, “Merry Christmas.” Regardless, I suppose I am in the Christmas Spirit.
11. What should this last question be?
What’s your favorite question?
11 Questions for the nominees:
Sorry if this post was lame!
Happy Christmaskwanzayulekkah (did I include them all?), everyone!
I am happy to announce that I have exceeded the 50,000 word challenge of National Writing Month. As of now, I have written 50,547 words in my novel. And I’m about halfway through my intended outline, so I still have a lot more writing to do.
And since this is just the rough draft, I also have a lot of editing and revising to do.
But I took on the challenge and I completed it. This is a good day.
Thank you to everyone who
were was supportive. [Thanks, Pendantry.]
Now that it’s over, hopefully I will get back to posting more often. Starting with putting the rest of the Fantasticon pictures up.
I will also keep you posted with developments on my novel, The Rune of Illusions. You can read the synopsis and an excerpt by visiting my NaNoWriMo page here.
This is the second part of my review of Fantasticon 2014 in Milwaukee, WI.
In this post, I will share the pictures that I took of the awesome choreographed lightsaber duels that were performed. The pictures don’t even do the show justice. But here they are, nonetheless.
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You can check out video of these amazing duelists in action on this YouTube channel.
Check back soon for more Fantasticon pictures.
I spent last weekend (October 24-26) with my friends at Fantasticon in Milwaukee, WI. My friends are veterans of going to cons, and they invited me to come along for the ride. Being the first year of this con, none of us* knew how it would go.
It ended up being an awesome time! Instead of cosplaying, I stayed mostly behind the scenes taking pictures of the cosplayers and anything I thought was interesting.
It took me a while to sort through all the images, but I finally did. There were so many pictures, that I will spread them out in six different posts.
Being the introductory post, this will include a few pictures just to give you a taste. NaNoWriMo begins Saturday, so I don’t know when the next post will be. Check back soon to find out!
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Do you like geeky stuff? Do you like trivia? Do you like to drink? Check out Geeks Who Drink.
If you live around Milwaukee and want your face painted, check out Jubilee.
And check back for more pictures from Fantasticon.
National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner and I’ve been planning my forthcoming novel so that I can hit the ground running when November 1st comes around.
In an earlier post, I had mentioned that I had several different ideas but wasn’t sure which direction to take. So I’ve combined some of these ideas into one cohesive (I hope) story.
This book will be the first in a sci-fi/fantasy trilogy. This trilogy is tentatively titled: Project Exodus.
The first book is tentatively titled: The Rune of Illusions.
And now I present to you the synopsis.
In a dystopian future, an oppressive government uses a girl with psychic powers to open a portal to a magical realm in order to escape the impending apocalypse. Now it’s up to her brother, a member of the resistance, to retrieve the Rune of Illusions, a magical talisman that can help him save her before the portal becomes unstable and destroys both worlds. Along the way, he faces opposition from warmongering orcs, a destructive dragon, a bounty hunter sent to recapture him, and a beautiful elf girl with a dark secret.
With planning my novel and then frantically writing it in November, I’ll probably post less than usual. But if I get time (keyword: if), I will post updates about my progress.
Or you can check out my progress by visiting my NaNoWriMo profile.
My screen name (and pen name) is Phoenix Autumn. Add me as your writing buddy and I’ll add you back!
The book cover was designed by Lisa.Vail, another NaNoWriMo participant.
Are you going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year? If so, what are you going to write? Promote your project in the comments.
I have been planning out the novel that I will write for NaNoWriMo this year. It will be a sci-fi / fantasy adventure combining several of the ideas that I had mentioned in my previous post.
I’m still constructing the pillars that will structure the story, so I’m not going to talk about my idea yet. I will say more about it once it has been fleshed out better.
The purpose of this particular blog entry is to share some valuable information with other authors and aspiring novelists.
I have recently discovered an excellent writing blog called, “Live Write Thrive,” by author and editor C. S. Lakin.
Each year, Lakin writes a year-long series that focuses on one important aspect of writing a novel. In 2012, it was about the heart of your story. Her series in 2013 teaches how to shoot your novel (i.e. write description that makes the novel play like a movie in the readers’ minds).
Lakin’s series for 2014 is particularly useful. This year, she delves into the 12 key pillars of novel construction.
These pillars are:
Along with handing out great advice for each of these pillars, she also provides handy checklists to help you construct each one, ensuring that your novel covers everything that it should.
I highly recommend checking out this blog series if you are interested in writing a novel. The checklists ask great questions to get you thinking about different angles in your story.
Are you planning on taking the NaNoWriMo challenge this year? How are you preparing your story?
I didn’t even know about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) until just before it began last year. At the time, I didn’t have enough of a solid idea for a book. So I decided to do it this year.
Now the problem is it that I have several ideas but I’m not sure which one to follow through with.
Some of my ideas include:
There were more, but I’ve narrowed it down to the ones listed above.
I could potentially combine some of the concepts of the fiction ideas into one solid book.
My dear readers, what I write is for you to read. What direction do you think I should go in? I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment with your thoughts. Thank you!
Thursday night I had the pleasure of making a guest appearance on the Chris Brake Show Podcast.
I had some interesting conversations with Chris Brake, John Rapp (my doppelgänger), and Spitfire Sarah.
I talked with them about the safety of electronic cigarettes. I also talked briefly about writing and was labeled a Word-slinger by Sarah, who prefers to write prose (and that’s okay).
Hopefully next time I’m on the show I can talk more about writing and perhaps settle some grammar disputes. Perhaps even tell a funny story or two.
Also, if you would like Spitfire Sarah to shave her head, there is a petition that you can sign. When the petition receives 5,000 unique signatures, then she will do it.
This time the shoe had crumpled tissue inside it. I didn’t dare disturb any of it.
Poor lonely red shoe.
Someone relocated you.
Perhaps for the view.
© Dan Hoger, 2014.
My friend, Travis, nominated me to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. It is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Please visit http://www.alsa.org for more information or to donate.
Enjoy the video!