Thursday, May 13, 2010

Some preliminary fun...

After writing my initial introduction for my blog, I started wondering, "Now what?" I had an idea of what to do with it. I knew I wanted to show off my writing. I knew I wanted to use it for my occasional rants and raves. I knew I wanted to blather endlessly about my favorite fandoms. But I realized I didn't have much of a plan beyond aforementioned blathering.

I'm not an organized person. It takes a real effort for me to keep to structure. I've decided to take the middle road on this issue. I'm going to outline the different types of posts you'll see, but I'll be posting whatever happens to come to mind that day.

1.) Serious writings.
These will probably be less frequent than the others. When I am writing something seriously (even if it's humorous) I tend to take my time, flesh it out, and edit before posting (even if it still looks rather rough drafty at the end).

2.) Humor writings.
I already have many of these written. These are simply stories or parodies I've written just for the fun of it. I didn't consider much about "plot" or editing them, because they tend to be purely nonsensical and, quite frankly, surreal.

3.) Rants
These happen when something pokes at my mind enough to annoy me. They're usually political in nature but aren't necessarily such. They tend to happen after listening to talk radio; however I try to search around, get some for/against opinions, and facts beyond Rush Limbaugh's paper-shuffling ranting. I warn you right now-I'm a mad conservative anyways, but I'm willing to hear and discuss reasonable dissenting opinions. My brother enjoys debating enough to play devil's advocate, so I'm used to it.

4.) Reviews and other things
From time to time I'll review something I've read or watched, or just call attention to something that I think is either funny or interesting. Prepare for November 11th, when I get back from the movie theater after seeing the first part of Deathly Hallows....

Lastly I'll just put up a couple links I use to help my writing.

The first is Rich Hamper's Writer's Resources Page. I really love this page. It has some great character profiles that help my disorganized mind put down all I know about my characters, and then some. It also explains some common grammatical mistakes and regulating narrative flow. (Ex. In my writing I tend to dump a lot of information at once, like a college lecture, and I've slowly realized that, well, is boring. Like Geography class, "Erica, your eyes are unfocused" boring.)

Next is the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Since I'm not published I'm not a member, but they still have some great resources for authors. My favorite is the world-building; it helps me think out more about the world I'm trying to create in my stories. As I said before, these sorts of things are great for someone like me with a disorganized frame of mind.

Finally, I'm going to plug a friend's blog, Mermaid Tea. Tori has a similar creative bent, and she started a blog specifically to help writers. It's just started, but she has useful ideas that help inspire me.

And that is all you're going to get out of me for today. Until next time....

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Please allow me to introduce myself....

Hello! My name is Erica, and I've started this blog specifically to discuss my passion in life-literature-as well as let loose my thoughts on various subjects from day-to-day.

I have been reading as long as I can remember, and according to my parents was frequently read stories by them. I have fond memories of my father making up bedtime stories for me using my stuffed animals, and my brother started writing at a young age as well. I first started writing when I was eight. We were told to simply write a story in creative writing. Inspired by my brother's writing, I made up a superhero known as "Bill the Goose" (inexplicably named after then-President Clinton). Bill the Goose had several adventures, and I have since found out my teacher kept those stories, and reads them to her students every year. (I am 22, and my wild imagination is still influencing children. I'm sure some people would find this rather frightening.)

My writing tapered off for a bit after this. I was homeschooled for several years, and away from the influence of that teacher. However, if one is meant to be a writer, one will write. I began a long, rambling story based on a game I used to play as a child. It was a game influenced by all those 80's cartoons. I was the hero and I fought the bad guy, etc. Of course the writing was hideous; but the point was that I was writing.

The breakthrough came in eighth grade. I was in advanced reading, and we were told to write a short historical fiction story. My imagination took off, and soon the legend of the Jersey Devil (my "phase" at the time) was caught up in the American Revolution, and British spies. My teacher was a bit astonished at how much I had written, and it wasn't simply the amount; apparently the quality was somewhat decent for a 13 year old.

I continued refining my childhood story; it evolved with my age, becoming increasingly less childish. When I was a junior in high school, I heard about the L. Ron Hubbard scholarship. Winners not only won the scholarship but also got published. So I set to work writing, an idea forming from listening to excessive amounts of Blind Guardian and reading "Pete's Evil Overlord List". I finished, I sent it in, and...oh. I had gone way over the allotted word count. I tried to pare it down but it just didn't work. I had too many ideas to fit into 17,000 words. So I decided-I will get published the old-fashioned way.

I'm still working on this novel today. It's evolved greatly. I've been using online resources, tips from published writers, outlining my ideas and my characters and slowly, surely, writing something I feel is worth publishing.

In my spare time I write snippets from other ideas of mine; from that old childhood story that's become something much, much more; from other ideas that keep popping into my head and won't leave me alone. And here is where I'm going to refine them, showcase them, and get the attention of those who love reading.

So kick back, prepare to give me some constructive criticism, and also be ready to discuss other works of literature, or just to rant and rave about daily goings-on.

Again, welcome and enjoy!