Monday Musings 10/1

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  1. I turned 34 on Saturday. I’m not sure how birthdays change as you get older or anything, but it certainly feels good to have a family to enjoy it with. My mom used to tell me that it only gets better as you age. I’m not sure I believe her, but the positivity is nice. I’m happy that I took the plunge six years ago and started writing, submitting, and publishing my work. Looking back on it now makes me feel like I dived into some deep water and forced myself to swim. I was so scared back then. Wait a minute, I still am.
  2. I go through a lot of turmoil inside my head. Writing helps with this a bunch, because at least I can create some sort of narrative to settle the chaos and anchor it with metaphor and description. I guess the hard thing is that this constant calamity happening in my brain (anxiety) is still hard for me to accept. Despite a diagnosis, therapy, and all of that, I still sometimes don’t want to be pigeonholed by my mental illness. I don’t want to let it define me, but it does. It is as strong as my actual identity. It is almost like I have two different people living inside of me. The person I actually am, and the person I want to be. What you so see is someone in-between.
  3. Something struck me recently about myself and other people with mental illness. None of asked to be this way. Not a single person. I didn’t ask to be anxious, depressed, paranoid, or angry. It was never I wanted. It was simply the hand we were dealt via genetics, learned behavior, outside trauma, chemical imbalance, the list goes on and on. Recently, in an emotional moment following an anxiety attack, I actually said: “I never asked to be like this.” One of the truest sentences I’ve ever spoken.
  4. I’m going to revisit the first two books in the Greenland Diaries series and do some revisions and line editing. When I published both of those I was in this intense hurry, like I literally uploaded it a week before it was going to be printed. My time management has gotten a little bit better since then, but not a ton. I’m a writer after all. I only buy into negative stereotypes when I want to make excuses for myself. Anyways, that is my plan for the next year besides producing a bunch of awesome Greenland Diaries short fiction for free on here.
  5. This week on Craft Corner I wanted to talk about how essential it is as writers to be able to expand the universes on your series. We live in an age where the audience wants extra details about the story, either nonfiction or fiction. Thanks to blogs and technology, we can deliver it fairly easily. In terms of me expanding the universe, with the Greenland Diaries I started to write short fiction from the same plot, only with different characters and POV, which sometimes correlates with the larger story. I feel like I’m rewarding my readers directly for choosing my story in the mire of constant narrative that is out there. I think having this ability in your toolbox is beneficial as not only a writer, but also as a marketer. Those two tend to coincide.

Jottings:

  • I’m excited for the Goosebumps movie coming out this month. The first one with Jack Black was wholesome, mildly spooky, and fun. It was perfect for the family. I still love those books.
  • I got Into the Breach, this turn-based strategy game for the Switch. It is really cool, even though I have no patience for that style of play right now. More so the game has an awesome story and concept. Time travel apocalyptic robots battling giant insects. Yup.
  • What will happen to the world when Game of Thrones ends?
  • Everyone have a safe and healthy week!
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