1st of June: First of the Month Post; Pride Month

Good Afternoon Friends,

My apologies for not posting for a whole month! As I stated in my last post, my life has been very hectic, and someday I will tell more about that story, but for now, I am getting myself more focused on my path to pursuing my dream of keeping this blog alive with the discussion of my passions, thoughts, and dreams. Again, I thank you all who have been very patient and supportive of my blog, I seriously can’t believe how grateful I am to have so many supportive and wonderful people in my life. That being said, I can’t believe how fast May has flown by us! Moving forward, I’m glad that it’s finally June and that I can openly express myself with LGBTQ Pride Month. For those that don’t know, LGBTQ Pride Month takes place in the month of June. This month was specifically chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Riots at the end of June, 1969 in Manhattan, NY. As a result of this leading the way to the LGBTQ liberation movement, many pride parades, events, and workshops are held during June to recognize the impact that LGBTQ people have had on the world. To me, it’s about celebrating your love for another person openly without judgment or persecution; Love is Love. As a gay woman, it’s been a struggle for me to express this view with the world around me, but over the years, the more I’ve been open and true to myself, the happier I’ve been. I hope to share some of those stories with you all this month as well as some exciting things I’ve found on my journey. Naturally, there’s a few books I’d love to talk about, and some teas that I think would be wonderful as well, so please, look forward to me being more active this month with my posts.

Sincerely,

Bee

 

 

1st of May; Mini-Catch Up Post

Good Evening Friends,

Happy 1st Day of May!

I’m going to keep this post short, since I will talk more tomorrow about some up-coming ideas I have about the future of this blog. As of late, I have been going through a sudden transition with my career path, and in particular, it’s requiring me to focus more on my certification for said career-which in turn has delayed the completion of my short story that I was working on for Camp NaNoWriMo. Once I get my certification out of the way, I can get back to my story as well as my lovely little blog. There’s a lot of thoughts I have about my Camp NaNoWriMo experience that I’d like to share with you all, and I felt that I should first make a post to let everyone know that I am still going to continue my blog, and to keep up on my love of writing. I’m hoping that I can in fact put together some pieces to share with you all this month, and talk about some teas as well. I will talk more about this tomorrow.

Thank you all for your patience, I look forward to catching up and getting back on track with my blog.

 

Sincerely,

Bee

18th, 19th, & 20th of April; Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 18, 19, & 20
Word Count: 20,091

 

Good Evening Friends & Fellow Campers,

These past few days have been very busy for me with the prospects of a very positive and possible career change in my immediate future! Other than that, I have been very hard at work in my free time putting my story together. I have to say, that in 10 days from now, I’ll have made a completed this short story. It’s been an interesting journey, and not an easy one by any means, but I am very proud of myself nonetheless for actually making this a reality. It feels very surreal to me-that I actually wrote what I hope to one day publish to the public, a really great story about personal transformation. This whole writing experience has been a personal transformation, and I honestly hope that it’s been just as rewarding for those of you writing as well. I will have more time tomorrow to talk about some of my struggles and how I’ve overcome them. Until then, may your writing journey continue to be one full of adventure, mystery, and most importantly, fun.

Sincerely,

Bee

15th, 16th, & 17th of April; Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 15, 16, & 17
Word Count: 17,013

Good Evening Friends & Fellow Campers,

Today, we reach our half way mark on our journey through writing our own stories. Congratulations to those of you who have made it to this point! I am very proud of you, and look forward to continuing this journey with you. As I stated yesterday, there were a few things I wanted to talk about that I noticed about my own story as I’ve been writing it.

Last week I was unsuccessful with talking about chapter 6 of No Plot? No Problem! which talks about week two of NaNoWriMo writing with tips and problems that you could run into as you’re working on your story. The part of week two that stood out to me the most was “Falling Behind and the Key to the VIP Lounge.” (Baty 128.) There’s been some instances, such as personal life and sudden time management change of plans, that have caused me to be a few thousand words behind, give or take the day. By getting my personal life under some management, and not being hard on myself about falling behind, because what really matters is that I am keeping my head in the game, and making a dream come true, one step at a time. I like that Baty talked about positive reinforcement in the form of a metaphor with the “VIP Lounge”-as a “place” that you mentally place yourself into to take away from stressing yourself out about your book, and to pat yourself on the back for doing a job well done by sticking with your ultimate goal and getting your book to become a reality. (Baty 128-129.) Another tip Baty talks about that I definitely have found helpful are Check-Ins: taking a moment to quickly write out part of novel in 20 minutes to keep yourself writing and to keep your word count debt from piling up too high on you and, most important of all, to keep you creatively invested in your story. (Baty 130-131.) As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted to here in a few days. This has been because, as Baty has mentioned several times in his book, a re-occurrence of a lot of personal life things happening to me at once where I have to prioritize my time to take care of them before my story. This has also meant me taking the time to balance out writing for my blog as well. I find it interesting how, at the beginning of reading his book, that I felt that I somehow would be exempt from having life happen to me where it would interfere with my book writing process. Here we are, 17 days into writing and I have had more and more little things pile up than I could honestly have imagined that they would. That being said, I’m at least glad that this book has been a great guild with keeping me on track as well as making me laugh and enjoy my ride through the wonderful world of writing a story.

For me, my main reoccurring problem with writing my story up until this point has been my impatience with the progression of the piece. I had been in the mode of wanting to be at the second half of the story-which, shifts the perspective of the main character’s thought process-and I wouldn’t be there until the 16th of April, according to my  story outline. Instead of using that as an excuse not to write the parts that I need, or worse, just skip ahead and not stick to the outline I made, I found a different solution to my problem. I would just write whatever came to mind about that day’s theme, and try my best to think more about that topic instead of focusing on jumping ahead of my story. For example, if the theme was responsibility, I focused on what that meant to myself as well as my character. I would then just type out whatever came to mind when I was focusing on that theme. I would look back when taking a pause from writing to see that what I wrote actually made sense with the theme I would have for that day (I split my outline up by themes for the character to reflect on.) I would end up with my word count goals and I would be able to leave the story so that I could pick up the next day’s topic easily. By sticking with my theme for the day, I felt like I’ve gained more trust within myself.

Music has also been a huge influence on my writing. I’ve been listening to a lot of electronic music while writing my story. For me, instrumental music ranging from classical to modern electro-swing have always been the best writing music for me because there’s no lyrics for me to focus on while I’m in the moment of focusing on my words. Tomorrow, I think I would like to talk some more about week two as well as some more about my writing. Thank you all for your patience with my sporadic posts, and for continuing to be apart of my adventure.

 

Sincerely,

Bee

Works Cited

Baty, Chris. No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days. Chronicle Books, 2014.

13th & 14th of April; Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 13 & 14
Word Count: 14,050

 

Good Evening Friends & Fellow Campers,

Last night I attended my first poetry slam! Although I didn’t have any new poetry to read of my own, I listened to the different poems others did-and some from authors that inspired them. The whole event does have me inspired to write my own poems again, but I think I will have to wait until after Camp NaNoWriMo to do that. I don’t want to overwhelm myself and take the fun out of doing my writing. I’m looking forward to talk with you guys about some fun and interesting tips I’ve learned from No Plot? No Problem! that I think would be a great help to you guys as it was to me. I will also talk about some thought-provoking discoveries I’ve made these past few days with my story.

Sincerely,

Bee

11th & 12th of April; Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 11 & 12
Word Count: 12,048

Good Evening Friends & Fellow Campers,

Wow, we’re twelve days into our writing camp, and I must say, I can’t get over how quickly this feels like it’s going! I’m honestly looking forward to getting past the next few days so that I can jump into talking about, in my story, more from the internal perspective of the main character since up until this point I’ve been talking more about the world around this character. I’ve been struggling to chug forward, but, I’ve been moving forward regardless. I’ve also wanted to stop and research some different ideas for my short story, which I made myself promise to do after the whole story is written instead. The reasoning is, I know how I am when it comes to research. I can be so immersed in it that all I will want to do is focus on that and not actually putting my story to paper. To keep myself from giving into this tempting distraction, I have written a reminder to myself that as a reward for finishing my story on time, I will do as much research and editing after I have reached my goal of 30,000. The more that I keep seeing myself push forward and accomplish my daily writing goals, the more excited I get about editing and looking into how to make my story even more awesome. I am really glad that I decided to put myself up to this challenge. It’s been very healing towards my personal growth as well as my self esteem. I am not use to taking things one day at a time, and honestly, this challenge has taught me that I can make my dreams come true with some patience, understanding, and motivation. I hope that those of you who are writing that you are experiencing some fun with your journey, and that it’s just as rewarding as you wish it to be.

Sincerely,

Bee

9th & 10th of April; Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp Day: 9 & 10
Word Count: 10,038

Good Evening, Friends & Fellow Campers,

We’ve reached a milestone together: over 10,000 words! What an awesome accomplishment. I am honestly have been so into my writing that I have been slacking a bit on my blog posts, so I do so humbly apologize to those of you who do read my posts every day, and I am very grateful to you at the same time. Thank you for continuing to join me on my journey with my short story writing. It’s been hard for me not to try and edit my work as I go, and to just type what I write, which to my surprise, I’ve been doing really well to not edit my work. By not stopping to correct and overthink the sentence I wrote, I just remind myself that editing is for later, right now, I need to focus on getting my story to paper and that there will be time later for editing. Watching my character’s progression with their thoughts on different human concepts has been interesting-mainly because my goal is to transition from one solid mindset, to epiphany to a new understanding and way of thinking. I want to give my reader the feeling of watching a flower come into bloom with the way that my character develops. I’m looking forward to portraying this more as I go. I’ve even written this on the top of my outline that I see every day to keep that focus there.

Other than writing, I’ve also taken up drawing again. I think in the next few posts, I’ll share some of my art with you guys, to see what you think of it. That being said, I might even make cover art for the story that I’m currently working on as well. I will keep you all posted.

 

Sincerely,

Bee