Monday, February 21, 2011

Quick Question to followers...

So, I'm looking at my blog from a different computer. And this screen is huge.... geeze! It's like reading blogs in an imax theater!

Anyway, the point I'm getting at is that my blog layout looks completely different on here than it does on my home computer and my laptop. I just want to know how it looks for you? Apparently, there are brown edges around the brown spots. Am I going to have to make a larger background that supports tiling? Or does it look good?

Thoughts, suggestions... Does it look okay? Should I fix it? Should I just change it to a background of frolicking puppies? All comments are welcome. Let me know what you think; I was just curious.

(And that was probably a very unnecessary semi-colon.)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"Insert Title Here"

Road Trip Wednesday #67

Phew! 50 miles one way, 50 miles back. That's been my week. But, I haven't abandoned the blog. Clearly. I'll have another book review up soon. Maybe tonight.

Now back to the Road Trip. Titles. Oh, the task of titles. How do I pick titles? What's my title picking method? Honestly, I'm not very good at titles. At least in my opinion.

Titles hold so much importance. They have to sum up a story in some way. They also have to be creative and unique. They can be long, short, a phrase, a pun, or a name of a character. When do I pick what? Depends on the story.

My titles generally suck. I mean, look at the title of this post. I will mention that sometimes I come up with a title before I come up with a story, but usually, a story will go without a title for a long time. If it does have a title, it's usually very boring, or very stale, and it usually has something to do with something in the story.

Examples of title creations:
Gray Eyes. Yes, I had something titled that because I couldn't think of anything else. Something big was that a character had the last name Gray, and he had gray eyes, and no one else in his family did. Eventually the story evolved, the eye color, (while still prevalent) took a backseat to the rest of the story, and was renamed Echo because of a common occurrence in the story.

While working on NaNoWriMo for the first time, (with the creation of Echo) I saw a story entitled Confessions of an Imaginary Best Friend. I fell in love with the title and came up with a story idea to go along with it. I jotted it down, and plastered that title on top. (Thankfully this writer's plot was very different from what I came up with.) Then I sprinkled some details in, and I put some more thought into it, and then I found a picture. A picture of striped socks on a white background. Perfect book cover material. I decided to make a book cover for fun, and Confessions of an Imaginary Best Friend just wasn't working. So I took the concept, and the name of said Imaginary Best Friend, and retitled the idea A Friend Named Spencer.

Those are some "successes." Then there's title failure. That's when I can't find a title I'm happy with. And until then, I'll have to just write, and hope a new title comes to me later.

Little bit of an awkward post, but at least I've proven I haven't disappeared completely.

Friday, February 11, 2011

I Don't Even Know... Not Really

When your brain becomes fried and overloaded from bank training... this becomes an incredibly fun thing:

Monday, February 7, 2011

Possibly Hiatus? Possibly New Beginning?

So I write this from a place of many different emotions -- excitement, fear, overwhelming anxiety, nauseating terror, and happiness -- all mixed together and rushing through me, and now overflowing onto my blog. After a productive month of book reading/reviewing, I'm going on a most likely break from it. Why?

I. Got. A. Job.

I know I haven't talked about it much on here, but for the past few months I've been struggling to find a full time job while I've been working part time at a local grocery store. And since I'm currently not attending school, this has been a big deal. Kind of forced me into a depressing slump that effected my writing -- or lack thereof.

So this is big. Super! Fabulous! Delicious! Any other positive adjective you can think of. And I'm sharing the good news with all of you, my few followers who saw something interesting in my blog. On Thursday I start my training, which is over an hour away. And at night will be a lot of studying. So my leisurely reading and writing time will be diminished for the next few weeks. But I'll see if I can sneak something in.

Hopefully once I get into the swing of things, I'll be back to writing, editing, and reading with full force and a new found excitement.


...then again, I am very good at procrastinating... and this is fun...