Writing and Blogging and Video, Oh My

So I have this idea for a project, and it's mostly formed around the fact that I'm a technology junkie with a whole bunch of equipment that I MIGHT AS WELL USE for some kind of non-nefarious purpose.   Here's a portion of my basic set-up.  Canon EOS Rebel T6 Camera for relatively close-up, documentary-style video, a Newer mic I picked up on Amazon for about 20 bucks, hooked into a basic 4-channel mixer that's plugged into a lovely Tascam DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder. If all of that sounds super fancy, it's not.  Okay the camera is super fancy but I've had that anyway and didn't purchase it for this particular project which I'm kind of starting but kind of re-doing (it's a thing with…

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Writing at 4AM. Dear God, Why?

Because I was awake, that's why. I have noticed a pattern in regards to my behavior - particularly sleeping patterns - as I've aged just a little.  I'm waking up earlier and earlier, regardless of the time I actually get to bed. And when I do get to bed, sometimes I'm asleep just before my head hits the pillow, sometimes I toss and turn for hours, doing that thing where your leg is outside the covers (too cold) then inside the covers (too hot) so you kind of try for middle ground of like, outside but just with a sheet covering (too light and annoying), so then maybe a pair of pajama pants but still outside and no sheet (uncomfortable), and basically it's hell in…

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Yesterday, I Got Into A Fight.

Sometimes it happens.  Here's my stats for the day, July 22nd, 2018: 1442 of the most difficult words. I sat down in the morning and started writing and I swear it felt like every single word was a knock-down drag-out fight to produce.  Nothing seemed to flow, everything was a struggle.  I'd stand up, walk around, sit back down, write another sentence.  Think.  Get up.  Walk around.  Have coffee.  Another sentence.  But I was determined to exceed 1,000 on the day. A paltry total for some, but on a day like this, a massive undertaking and huge accomplishment. I hated every word of it. So I let it sit after I hit that 1442, went about my day - chores, kids, cooking some food, etc.…

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Some Days …

... ya just wanna burn it all down. Ugh. Calgon take me away, Jesus take the wheel, etc. etc. On a GOOD note, I am a total of 5,550 words into my novel. On a SLIGHTLY LESS GOOD note, that's actually all outlining and character descriptions.  Mostly notes for myself.  I'm an outliner.  My brain is going so fast most times (INFJ, big picture stuff, not great with details), that it's very hard to keep track of it all. So, I outline.  List the characters, describe each one.  List the locations where the story will be taking place.  Tie in how the characters will meet/interact.  Get a basic structure down, and then fill in from there. Like this guy:   Does Bob Ross paint the…

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Using Ulysses for Writing a Novel

"Okay class, which of you likes to write?" *raise my hand* "And which of you enjoys having great tools for writing?" *raise my hand again* "And how many of you are helpless technology whores, addicted to apps, devices, and spending copious amounts of money on things that you probably don't need?" *raise my hand again, proudly, without any shame or guilt* It's the truth.  I am, and always have been, a technology whore.  I can't help myself.  At this very moment I have 4 tablets, a PC, an iMac, my Kindle Paperwhite, and various other doohickeys like a Fitbit, smartwatch, more cameras and A/V equipment than I could possibly list, as well as a house that's controlled by voice with dimming colored lights, etc. etc.…

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Eliminate Stresses or Writing Through Them?

Our day to day lives are typically filled with numerous stresses. Bills, work, kids setting things on fire (only happened twice today - PARENT OF THE YEAR). Thing is, I'm the type that needs near perfect circumstances to sit down and write. If some little nose-picking homonculus is begging me for food every two seconds (I fed you last week, HAVEN'T I SUFFERED ENOUGH?) it is very hard to get into the groove and let the creative wild horses run free. So I patiently wait, try to scrawl some notes if something pops into my head, and do my primary duty of being a servant to the world in the meantime. What really rains on the proverbial parade is when drama rears it's ugly head.…

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Writing. Let’s Get It On.

I have struggled of late. I don't know about you, but when it comes to getting words to page, I have to be somewhat settled. It's like writing on paper in a rowboat.  If the seas are stormy, I'm going to have a hard time.  Stress about bills, work, etc. all add to making it nearly impossible to put pencil to paper because the waves are high, the water is spraying everywhere, I'm miserable, and there's probably sharks.  I don't do sharks. But when I'm chill, and at least partially content (or content enough in my own mind that I don't need to be FREAKING OUT about something), it's much, much easier. Writing mood becomes really important.  I've employed a few things to help myself…

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Writing Your First Novel, A Primer

Who am I kidding, this is no primer.  I have absolutely no idea what I am doing! What I can describe, is something that I feel is working for me in terms of writing.  Here are a set of rules that I have loosely constructed for myself.  It changes every day. Write anything.  (I mean this kind of goes without saying, but sometimes I find it incredibly hard to do.) 2.  If you feel the urge to stop / procrastinate / mindlessly scroll Instagram, it means something is wrong.  Figure out what is wrong, re-do it, or fix it.  (I often get that feeling that something isn't right.  When I can't identify it, I look for distractions.  Float around YouTube, shave the dog, vacuum the…

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Another INFJ Blog. Another INFJ Writer.

I actually hate this - staring at a big white page, totally blank, ready for painted words and images and thoughts and feelings. It's awkward. So many years ago I stumbled upon the MBTI test. I landed on INFJ and I was like, "Cool, I'm like Gandhi," and that was pretty awesome. Fast forward a couple of years and I take the test again. INFJ. And again. INFJ. Just about every year, for the last 20 years. INFJ, INFJ, INFJ. Always. Now I'm no psychologist, I'm not from the Church of Jung (though I hear they have a lovely annual bake sale), I'm not an expert on MBTI - but as a student of myself I delve into as much information as I can about it.…

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