Hello May!

Wow, May already?!

Jeeeeeeze.

Okay. I guess I have some explaining to do.

I did go to Australia! And I had a blast. I loved seeing all of my family and friends. My BFF took days off work to hang out with me, my brother took me on an amazing hike and I had some wonderful coffee dates with my beloved Papa. I saw three movies! I never go to the movies! I felt very spoiled and, of course, it broke my heart to leave.

If I could babble for a bit, it was the second hardest decision of my life to leave my homeland to come to the US. I was in a bad place in Australia and there were some horrible memories attached. It felt good to go back and make peace with everything. Some parts were hard, but it was rewarding… heartbreaking to leave them behind all over again, though. With this new graduate degree starting in August, I have no idea when I’ll be able to go back! I’m terrified, I’ll admit.

SO with all of that emotion going on, it was hard to write. Usually writing is my best way to escape, but I found I couldn’t if I was to take in what I could of my trip home. But not writing always gets me in my own funk. I feel unproductive and blah.

SO I got in a funk, and I felt heartbroken and homesick that I had to leave my family/friends again. And I couldn’t write, so it just made me more sad. So I’ve been in this stupid writer’s block funk for a while and I’m disappointed I couldn’t get anything out for April. April, historically, has never been a fun month for me.

But May is a new month! I’m off to England on Saturday for a week with my Mum for long-awaiting mother/daughter trip, so best case scenario I finally get my butt in gear to finish the chapter before then. I started off writing so fast and got so much done, but since then I feel my writing has gone way downhill. I’m going to have to edit like a madman!

Or, my other favourite Jetlag remedy, scull coffee!

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Wild Eyes Word Count: 23,189

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April 4th Update!

Ello all!

I for one am excited! Today is my last day at work for three whole weeks while I’m off visiting my beloved, much-missed homeland of Australia. I’m meeting my cowboy tonight and he’ll take me to the airport tomorrow. Eeek! I can’t wait!!

Even though it’s about 24 hours of sweaty, dry, cramped travel… but eh. I have books. And my laptop. And about three composition books of notes. Yeah, my back will suffer. But again… eh.

I’m hoping to do more writing while I’m away. I’m looking forward to just relaxing and reading. Lately I’ve been so caught up in the drama of my masters, it’ll be fun to just get away from it all and finally have time to read and just chill. I’m heading over to actually graduate from my main course, which will be fun. I’ve never graduated from college before. That’s new.

Current word count for Wild Eyes is 12,812 words. It’s always random whether I’ll get time to write while travelling. I hate pulling down my tray table if I’m not eating, because then I feel claustrophobic and my legs start acting like they’ve never moved in their life. But I do like to write while in the terminal, because I despise LAX.

No offence to anyone who likes LAX… actually, some offence. No, a lot of offence. Who the Heck likes LAX?! The place is a hole. Especially Tom Bradley. The place reminds me of a 500 year old shopping mall. Blech.

Anyway, I’m happy to be off to my happy place and here’s hoping I’ll still be in my writing zone… albeit in another time zone!

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March 28th Update

I’m already starting on chapter 24 of Wild Eyes… not to mention some other projects I’ve been working on! Muahahah! *Evil laughter here*

Current Word Count: 4,237 (plan/outline completed)

I’ve also been working on pages for Brick/the Devil. I think I have their pictures together! It was a nightmare, I’m so fussy. Why do all hot guys have beards, these days? I can’t tell if they’re attractive or mean-looking enough… a beard just covers everything! I like beards, don’t get me wrong, but it’s almost cheating in a way! All I see is LOGGER-VIKING-MANLINESS!

Thanks to all who found time to leave a review for Wild Eyes! It really boosts my confidence and motivation to write. Without my man around (working out on an isolated ranch, right now) it’s hard to find some motivation!

Which reminds me, time for more happy gifs…(I found this one on AllGifs, but it appears to be made by someone named chibird!)

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Chapter Twenty Three of Wild Eyes is Up!

I know, right?! Finally! 

Ya’ll better remember to tell me what you think!

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Wild Writer Woes

I’m STILL HERE! I swear, I’ve just been stuck on one scene! It’s driving me crazy because I have everything else in the chapter of Wild Eyes done and dusted but the one scene I can’t get right. It’s like I have to be in the right mood to do it.

I’m probably overthinking it, but I want to make sure I have the right tone. I dunno, it’s a big one. I’ve been re-reading old chapters and some stories I love for inspiration. Not to mention, blasting Disturbed and Metallica whenever I can. BOOM.

My gameplan is to finish this one troublesome scene tonight or tomorrow so it’ll be released by the weekend. I’m sorry it’s taken this long. I’m not usually so anal, but to be honest my reviews have gone down slightly and I’ve become self-conscious. It’s a side effect from my regular paradoxical writing approach of ‘the lazy critic’. I’m super self-conscious of how I write… but too lazy to do anything about it once it’s done. Like, proofread? Pfft!

I’m babbling. But anyway! I want to nail this chapter and it’s frustrating waiting for my creative juices to flow. I’m thinking locking myself up in the dark with some coffee and Charmed re-runs should do the trick. Right?!

Foolproof plan!

See you by the weekend!

Wild Eyes Word Count: 28,456

 

 

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March Update

Soooooo I bet you’re wondering how I did on my Social Studies exam?!

Well… I needed 237 to pass.

Aaaand…

I got 237!

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I know right?! Not bad for someone who has a modern history degree with a European focus and passed a test with mostly Ancient and American focuses! I passed both English and History requirements to teach them! I’m stoked!

And with that- I finally submitted my Masters Application on time.

But Dino, I hear you thinking, If you finally got off your lazy butt and submitted your Masters application, why have you been so slack in updating us on your story? 

Well, I have an answer. You know my redneck boyfriend I moved halfway around the world for, who I just moved in with? He had the audacity to go work on a ranch about three hours away, leaving me with his crazy cat Snowflake. A few weeks ago he comes back with news that he has been offered a dream job at the ranch… three hours away. Where he’d have to stay… six months out of the year.

So basically, he refuses to take it unless I go with him… three hours away. In the middle of nowhere. Literally, it’s like a desert, surrounded by wind farms. It’s crazy.

But, I love the guy. So for the past few weeks I’ve been busy writing, but at the same time discussing this big decision with him. If I do get into the Masters course, it won’t be too much of a big deal, going to school and getting school placements for practical work. It’s only a year, and that I can deal with. The main issue is getting a job in the future that I’d be able to fit into his six months there/six months here schedule.

Worst part is? Living at the ranch would be the perfect opportunity for me to write. Like, try and get something published. The HORROR! I’d actually have to finish something, which makes me want to hyperventilate at the thought.

Yeah, yeah I know! The opportunity to fulfill my dreams shouldn’t fill me with fear. But it does. Because I’m a scaredy cat like that.

So. Yeah. That’s why I’ve been so quiet lately. Life-changing decisions, and all.

TLDR: Adult stuff, ew. 

Anyway- back to fun writing stuff!

Wild Eyes Word Count: 10,346

With my guy gone, I’ve been able to write a lot more… when that bloody cat isn’t in the way. This upcoming weekend has some crappy weather my way, so perfect for writing! *WOO!*

This chapter’s a fun one! I’ve been reading a lot for inspiration and am keen to get back into a simplistic writing style, but I feel like I’ve been low on my emotions lately… trying to get back into some heart-racing emotive tone.

With that, I feel I should stop rambling. Hopefully I’ll double my word count this weekend and be able to sort out the big scenes… they’re kind of daunting.

I’ll leave you today with this cute motivational otter. Thank you, Otter!tumblr_ngbhpvos8y1rmj5xdo1_r1_500

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February Update

Howdy ya’ll!

Sorry for being so quiet lately, I’ve had a lot come up. I have my history exam (hopefully!) next week, it’ll be the last on my list in applying for my Masters. Well, that and my personal essays- which are hanging over my head.

I still have some observation hours to attend, which led me to being recruited to bake Valentine’s Day cookies for ‘Sweetie-Grams’ at the local High School. Started with 58, now we’re at 147. Joy! So lately my precious laptop has been covered in a lot of powdered sugar and buried under history notes.

I’ve also been fretting about the upcoming Wild Eyes chapter- some big scenes I don’t want to mess up. While I think I have most nailed, there’s one that’s still bugging me. ONE! And editing. It’ll be a small one, but hopefully worthwhile (:

Whelp. Tonight I’ll be making and icing another 50 cookies before preparing my Valentine’s Day prezzie for my redneck boyfriend (putting a bow on a bottle of Crown), check over my history chapter then, fingers crossed, I can finally finish this Gosh-Darn troublesome chapter!

Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Wild Eyes Word Count: 23,892

(Accurate representation of my baking skillz):

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