More than just Volocio out here…

Musings

On Where I’ve Been….

Oh my! It has certainly been a while! I apologize for being MIA for so
long but don’t worry, I’ve been writing.

First off – I moved to Germany! Yup!  I met a wonderful guy and moved
here to be closer and here I am!  It was a very crazy and hectic
process and I documented everything in my travel blog:
www.adventuresoflamari.com
Be sure to visit – it’s quite entertaining!  I had started it back in
2011 when I attempted a trip to the UK by myself (note: it was a
success)  It was a way for my family back home to keep an eye on me.
Now that I have moved, this blog is the perfect communication key by
enabling me to reach as many people at one time.  At first I was
blogging everyday up until I moved here but now I only update on
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

As a result, I have been able to get back to work on Tas’und’eash.
However, since coming to Germany I have suddenly inundated with ideas.
It’s great but there is a tiny hitch at the moment.  For my first two
months here in Deutschland, I am living in this small room:

IMG_5285As you can see, there is no desk.  I know what are must be thinking:
you’re in Europe! Go to a cafe!  I don’t really do the sit in a cafe
and write bit.  I will do it if a fellow writer wants to try some
place new or nice but I prefer to work from home with little
distraction.  My boyfriend and I should be getting an apartment soon
so I will then be focused on getting a desk.  Yay!

So what other projects am I working on?  Well, I will have to save
that for another post.  There is so much to do!  But in the meantime,
I should also get back to writing this blog.  It’s a good way to
document where I am going with this (hopefully) getting published
journey.

Until Next Time,


On Names…

So for this week’s writing challenge, we were asked to delve into the power of a name.  This reminds me of Elizabeth Haydon’s Symphony of Ages.  This saga is about a woman named Rhapsody who is a Singer who wants to reach the status of a Namer.  A Namer knows the true name of every plant, animal, and being in their world.  Knowing these names means power.

So whose name shall I delve into? I decided to talk about the name that gains the most compliments:

My dog Abner.

Abner at the Vet

Abner at the Vet

Several years ago I was looking at names for the guinea pig I had at the time.  Her name was Cuy (little side note: Cuy means male guinea pig…..but it also means the dish of cooked Guinea Pig.  It was a joke in my family that I got her, but she was never eaten).

Anyway….I was looking at names and I saw the name Abner.  I was immediately taken back to my childhood.  I loved the Indiana Jones movies and it’s the mark of a good fan who knew the correlation between Abner and our favorite archeologist:

Abner Ravenwood (Marion’s father from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’) was Indiana’s mentor.

As soon as I saw that name I had a light bulb moment: if I ever had a boy pug, I would name him Abner.  It then became my goal: I wanted to own a pug and name him Abner.  It is a name you never hear anymore and even when you do (or at least I do) you would imagine a feeble old man with his cane.  Of course a pug has the face of a little old man so the name just seemed to click together.  All I needed now was the dog.

Several months later, I was in a Delilah’s Pet Shop in Bloomington, Indiana (a store that only deals with breeders) and I met this adorable little baby:

Baby Abner - I was in love.

Baby Abner – I was in love.

He’ll be five in May and he’s the love of my life.


On Reading…

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

-Stephen King

I’m alive!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been knee deep in writing and reading.  I have finished book 1!  I felt like I was sprinting to the end of the book.  I don’t even want to look at it for a while so I am working on book 2 which has been a great and fun change of pace.  I plan on working on it for a while and then I will go back to book 1 with fresh eyes.

Anyway, concerning my quote above.  When I haven’t been writing, I’ve been reading.  A lot.  Reading as many books as you can get your hands on is just as important as practicing your writing skills.

“A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.”

Tyrion Lannister

I certainly have been using my whetstone 😛 This last year, I had been taking public transportation through the Windy City in order to get to work.  It’s about 45 minutes each way and I always carry a book with me.  As a result, I have been devouring book after book.  I think that every book helps in your writing.  It’s just as important as writing a blog to practice your style.

Sorry if this post reads a bit disjointed.  I am multitasking.  I wanted to at least reach out to wordpress and let everyone know that I am still alive and kicking.

And now I leave you with a question: what books do you like to read? How does reading help you in your writing?


On Reality…

Hey all, sorry it’s been awhile. Work has been crazy…hell…life has been crazy. I am still writing a lot but I noticed that I had not checked in with you guys for a hot minute.

I am still working on the first draft of this current project. Every time I think I got the overall story down, more ideas come flooding into my head. *sigh* I will get there. I should have a good couple day break coming up in the holidays. I will be heading back to Indiana to visit with family and friends. I also need to catch up on studying German.

But that’s really what this writing passion is about: learning to balance between duty and what you love. What you need to do versus what you want to do. Obviously I would love to write more but there’s that pesky job that cuts into at least 8 hours of the day (not to mention the 45 minute commute each way) along with everything else that needs to be done (cooking, cleaning, dog stuff, German stuff, hitting the gym) that at the end you are so frazzled that when you try to sit down and write, you find that you can’t.

What do you guys do to ensure you reach your own personal writing quota of the day?

I will try to write more often. Until then…

Cheers,
MLT