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My Elusive Muse

Hey all!

Currently my thoughts are all jumbled around in my head, refusing to be written. It’s very annoying. I have these ideas and they float around in my head but they just won’t let me write them. I sit at my computer and almost immediately I’m distracted by YouTube or Facebook or Twitter and I don’t get anything done! I do feel, however, that I’m close to finishing chapter twenty-two of Everlasting. I really don’t care much for that story anymore… What I think I should do is start posting another story. Not sure which one.. I had wanted to finish writing one before I started posting again but I kind of doubt that’ll ever happen.

At the beginning of this month I had decided to participate in the National Novel Writing Month. However, I’m nowhere near completing a novel and it’s already the twenty-second. I have failed in that goal as well. It’s very sad. Though, that is a very tough goal to set for yourself; a novel written in thirty days. Right now I’m just aiming for as much done as I can!

Btw, Minecraft has officially been released!! Minecon was just this past weekend, I believe, and Notch released the full game! I’ve got to play it soon.

Just a quick entry today. Hopefully I can get a writing routine started and maybe post here and on Twitter my progress. We shall see!


Semester One of Year Three

It’s been a while. No excuse really; I had days off during the summer only working nights but this summer I failed in my goal I had put forth for myself. There were a couple of goals actually: finish Everlasting and write something everyday. Yeah I can’t keep to a schedule very well. I keep thinking: “today we’re going to write the next chapter!” and I never do. Life is weird that way.

This semester is going good so far, I’ve finally put my characters (Alexis and Cambria Scott) into a longer work. I’m creating a TV drama with them as the main characters. So far it’s so good. My dialogue is something I strive to make sound natural and I’m very proud of all of my dialogue’s in the last year that I’ve written. I feel that I’ve grown considerably in that area of my writing and it’s something I want to continue to develop because in some stories I’m reading for my classes or online, I find that dialogue is something many people have trouble with.

I have trouble with endings. In my short story classes I have a hard time coming to a full conclusion. Last year second semester I kept writing what my professor called a Chekovian ending. Chekov is a Russian writer that was apparently famous for not fully completing his stories. I haven’t read many of his stories, but I’ve read a few of his plays and those are quite fantastic. I guess I just like his endings so much that I continue to write like that; at least that’s what people in my class have been saying about this recent story I wrote. They say it doesn’t feel like a complete ending, but to me it is. I don’t want to tell the reader what happens; I want them to imagine it. I guess we’ll see what my professor has to say.

1.9 of Minecraft Beta is coming out soon. Unless it has already come out..? Not too sure when it was coming out; I don’t remember if Notch put it up on Twitter. I might have missed him posting that on his Twitter feed. If you don’t know or play that game, you should. It’s amazing. Well, I guess it’s more of an acquired taste as they say. It’s probably not everybody’s cup of tea!

Anyway, it’s time to return to my editing/workshopping of my classmates works. This process is very time consuming. You definitely need to be in the mind frame to edit stories. And you need to be able to set aside a few hours specifically for this.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

❤ Tara


My world is no longer running smoothly

It’s a day as most have been lately. The only thing I did differently is laundry. Lately, with the strike here at VIU, there is nothing absolutely nothing for me to do. I’m sitting on my ass in my room twiddling my thumbs and hoping I’ll get some inspiration, any inspiration would do at this point! I think it finally came. I have come up with a pretty sweet sci-fi idea. I haven’t started writing it yet, I’ve just started the logistics such as the main character and the plot (or the plot idea). But I think it could turn out to something cool. You never know! I just have to get down and write it.

I finally finished this drawing I was working on. I watch/follow Sophiechan90 on YouTube and she gave some great advice to start getting your anime drawing better. I took it and I think this came out pretty damn sweet! She said to copy your favourite anime. So I did. I use this picture for a couple of my profile pictures because I think it looks pretty similar to me! Though mostly just the eyes and hair; and weight. The beauty is lost on me…

Anyway, I thought I’d post mine (the picture quality isn’t very good, I apologize) and the original that I copied it from!

Not bad, right?

Anyway, I just wanted to upload a post that had nothing to do with school. I wish there’d be either some sort of agreement or some action taken by the university. Right now, I just feel that this semester is over. But I can’t make the decisions so the student body here has to stick it out until the admin and faculty come to some sort of decision/agreement.

I also really want the Java shoes from Blowfish. They’re AMAZING!! But sadly my money has to go to University. If you don’t know Blowfish, you should really check them out: http://www.blowfishshoes.com/Startup?clearSession=

But I can only sit here and try to write. Try really is the keyword. I keep getting distracted!! Stupid distractions! I’m going to try now. No I’m probably not. I’m probably going to look into transferring. Then I’ll write. Yes, that sounds like a good plan. I’ll also dream of those awesome shoes!! You should really check them out. They’re under shop and boots/booties. They’re totally awesome! Well all Blowfish shoes are. We should bow to their awesomeness.

Anyway, tootles!


Poetry

I admire poets that can write in a certain form. In my current poetry class for the last two weeks we’ve had to stick to a form. There were a few to choose from but none of them are easy. Accentual verse; I don’t understand at all. I’ve never been good at understanding metre. Today I wrote a Triolet a form that has eight lines, two refrains, and two end rhymes. I did it though; it’s not too bad all things considered. I called it Ring the Bells. I thought it was fitting considering it was about christmas. It’s getting close now; my university is already decked out in the christmas gear; trees litter the cafeteria making it even harder to find a seat and the trees outside in the main plaza are strung up with lights! It’s all very beautiful and another amazing thing is that it actually snowed here on the island! I think that’s where I got the most inspiration for the poem…

Poetry is an odd form of writing, at least to me. It can take, almost literally, any shape it wants. On paper it can look just like a list or it could take the shape of a rocket ship. It’s amazing what it can do! But, I’m not too good at it…

I feel so weird lately; I haven’t been able to write much. I wish I knew why. Right now I don’t even want to read and that’s really strange. I almost always have a fanfic open just waiting to be read; now though, there’s nothing. It’s kinda weird. I want to say I need a break, just from school and the people (rather person) here at uni. It’s coming soon enough; I believe 18 days now until I fly home! It’s very exciting and I can’t wait to see my friends and go out partying and play COD: Black Ops and (hopefully) get my “mojo” back to write! I have at least two creative writing classes next semester; I’m on the waitlist for one, then I’ve got a math course and two media studies. I might drop a media studies one though; if they seem to have too much work.

You know another link I should put up here? Anastasia Ruby’s youtube. She’s who I listen too for babynames and with that I tend to get quite a bit of inspiration! She hasn’t posted in a couple of weeks though; it’s kinda sad. I’m waiting for her to do S in her alphabet (at least I think she’s at S). She’s from Canada too and we Canadians should stick together! 😀

I don’t know what else to say today; I just thought I’d post since I haven’t in almost a month. I really have to finish chapter 22 of Everlasting, but I just don’t like the story anymore. But I feel bad and I would like to finish a story for once… or well, I guess again since I have finished a story (chapter length story) but it’s been a couple of years now. I’ve finished quite a few short stories in that time but chapter stories? Not so much. I need to become better at deadlines… Anyone have any ideas? (if anyone’s out there…)

I’ll talk to ya all later! ❤ nighthawk


Twitter

So I gave in and got a twitter account. Hopefully it’s appearing on my page now. I don’t have any ‘tweets’ yet but I just don’t know what to put. I guess I could start putting quotes that I like but I don’t know. I don’t really want to tell people what I’m doing every minute of every day. That’s just over kill to me. But I’ll probably just do quotes or lines from plays or stories or stuff like that. I really need to write chapter twenty two of my fanfiction Everlasting. I have it all planned out I just don’t have the motivation. I just don’t like that story any more. It didn’t go in the direction I first thought it would. People seem to like it still though, so I’m trying to get out the next chapters. I want to wrap it up soon but it’s not in the right stage to wrap it up. Here, I’ll tell you about it:

It’s a Harry Potter fanfic, totally over done but I came up with this idea and I like it. I like how I’m slowly trying to kill off Dumbledore but he’s being stubborn and outsmarting Hogwarts. (Yes Hogwarts has a mind/soul of her own). Anyway, it’s one of those Harry has a twin brother stories where the twin is the BWL not Harry. I have James and Lily alive, Jared (Harry’s brother) is James’ child while Harry is the Dark Lord’s child. The Dark Lord in my story is good. Anyway, right now I’m only in Harry’s fifth year. I don’t know where exactly I want to go anymore except for the fact that I want Dumbledore to die.

I just added my first tweet! lol.

Anyway, I’m not having a good time right now with school. I’m having trouble getting passed writer’s block and completing my assignments for my classes. I have my mid semester project for scriptwriting due next Tuesday, I just found out today that my Media Studies case study is due in two weeks and I have yet to start it, then I have poetry every week, thank god I don’t have fiction due Monday, but I will the following Monday, and finally the next publishing assignment is due October 28. I’ve gotta get down and work but sometimes it’s hard. Especially trying to get passed writer’s block. Other writers out there will understand.

I just thought I’d update. I need to practice deadlines because I’m not too good at them, but if I want to get into the writing business I need to do better at deadlines. So, right now I’m going to try and start chapter 22 of Everlasting. I know it’s not for school, but I need just a little break. I’ll probably start poetry soon here too.

Have a great day!

❤ night hawk


Nelson Mandela

I don’t know if any of you have heard or read this saying, but it’s amazing and, right now, determines my life: “when we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.” Isn’t that just amazing? I can’t help it. I enjoy it immensly. It’s written on a cloth scroll I bought at the Lilac Festival in June when my friend and I went. It also has courage in Chinese scripted on it as well, which I have tattooed on my right wrist. I just love that saying, and it is so true! Oh yeah, and the saying is by Nelson Mandela.

So today, after Media Studies I decided to go to the library. I only ended up staying there for an hour and a half and during that time I re-named the characters of my story that I want to, hopefully, have published one day. It took me an HOUR to re-name six characters. Isn’t that sad? But the names are important in a story and I had realized that I had two characters starting with the same letter. While that’s not really a problem in stories, I’m taking a scriptwriting class right now and one of the pointers my prof gave was to never give your characters names that start with the same letter. It makes sense because when you get lazy outlining a scene or whatever you can just put the letter of their name and not get mixed up! It’s great advice, really. Then when I got back to my dorm room, I spent pretty much two hours trying to decide how to start my story. Although I did have lunch and I was trying to see if Sims 2 would actually play full screen on my computer, but of course it didn’t work. 😦 just my luck really.

My friend, Bec, who has the beachrockin’ vlog updated a little while ago with our first video of Mexico. It’s too short for the time she covered. I personally think she should’ve added more then what she did. After all it was only five minutes long when we have HOURS worth of video from there. As well, just the other day she updated a video about the Justin Bieber concert she went to. bleh. That’s my response. I definately do not have “Bieber Fever”. I watched part of the video though because I was curious, but still no. It’s just weird. I don’t believe he’s old enough to be able to know what it is that he’s singing about.

That’s all for today. I’m trying to get in the frame of mind to work better with deadlines. So I’m going to try to update this more often then I did; like the 2 weeks between posting. I’m going to try my best, but I am just human.

❤ night hawk
aka writing leo


Thoughts…

They say that when you’re in university and living in dorms that’s where all the parties happen. I beg to differ. At least here at my school I haven’t come across any yet. Mostly because we’re only allowed to drink inside our rooms and anybody caught underage drinking is immediately evicted. But here that doesn’t stop many people, nor does the fact that I’m on the quiet floor stop people from not being quiet. University is fun and exciting while challenging at the same time. Though that can depend on your major.

I love writing. Hence my pen name and major. I enjoy all forms except for journalism. I’m just not comfortable going up to random people I’ve never met let alone heard of and interview them. It’s just not in my forte. So I dropped out of that class last year. Stories are my favourite form though I’m beginning to enjoy scriptwriting.

You know how summer is supposed to be the time of the year when you reconnect with friends because you’ve all gone off to university or you’re the one coming back and you’re all supposed to party and hang almost everyday? Yeah, that didn’t happen. The only exciting thing was going to Mazatlan. But then again, life isn’t a fairy tale, no matter how much you wish it to be so. But that doesn’t stop me, and I’m sure quite a few others, from dreaming it anyway. *sigh* fantasy is much better than reality sometimes.

So I just got back from eating dinner and 2 fire trucks, one with its sirens blaring and lights flashing, came driving through res. I don’t know why yet as nothing was wrong with my building, but they didn’t seem to stop for long before they continued on their way. Weird this world is…

But goodnight everybody. I shall try to update this often, though tomorrow’s probably going to be very boring so I’ll update on Monday after classes. Weekends are pretty dull here at res… Not much to do. Just reading and writing and homework.. The last one isn’t so much fun sometimes..

❤ writing leo