#7. Round Two! FIGHT! (and Other Stuff)

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Greetings, Audience!

NaNo-Virtuosos '2013 Badge

Starting at Midnight, round two of Curiosity Quills’ NaNo-Virtuosos Competition is underway! In the style of everyone’s favorite little green Jedi, Yoda, “Calm and confident, I am not.” I am seriously shivering in my boots. I’ve read all of my competitors passages and MAN! They are crazy great authors! Wish me luck! If I happen to be cut at the end of this round, I could feel no less honored than I do now to have pitted my novel against such amazing writers! ROCK ON, US!

If you’d like to see the goings on of the competition, just head on over to the Curiosity Quills website (linked –HERE– for convenience), and check it out!

Now the other stuff!
I’ve been wondering about a few things in my personal life, and how they hinder me from fulfilling my goals. I’m hoping that you guys can relate to it, an maybe even give me some pointers to overcome my faults.

How do you guys write yourself out of a rut? As stated before, I read so many great works in a day, and that can be pretty intimidating. They inspire me, make me strive to write something better every day, but then other times, I can’t help but wonder, “Will I ever be that good?”
How do you guys overcome intimidation?

I also tend to procrastinate. I’m currently supposed to be polishing my NaNo-Virtuosos entry, but this blog is the result of procrastinating! I know consciously that I am slacking, but I can’t bring myself to put the pedal to the metal and pound out some words!
What do you all do to stop yourselves from procrastinating?

Plot bunnies. Evil little buggers. They take my story and gobble it up, spitting out drivel that is in NO WAY what I was planning to write!! Sometimes it get down right frustrating!
Has this ever happened to you? If so, how do you combat it?

I’m a shy writer. I really hate it when my significant other tried to read my works while they are still WIPs. I get super flustered when I am asked to share an excerpt, and I feel that holds me back from a lot of opportunities.
How do you overcome literary stage fright?

If you guys could help me with any of these writerly issues, I would be so much obliged! Oh, and in thanks, if you have any writerly issues in turn that you’d like to share with me, I’m more than happy to help out in any way that I can!

Thank you for all of your help, Audience!

Signing off,


#4. The New Year!…And All It Entails


Happy New Year, audience!!

Wow, wow, wow. What a year it’s been.

It has been wrought with highs and lows for us all, I am sure. With so many headliners coloring the news, we certainly have a lot of labels to remember 2012 by: Hurricane Sandy, the Olympics, the Presidential Election, the tragedy in Connecticut, the list goes on. I’d just like to do a quick recap of my pinnacle moments this year, and follow up with my plans for the impending year.

2012 Highs:

1.) MTAC. Many of you might not know what this is. It’s an anime convention I go to every year in Nashville, TN. Super fun, and I’m able to just kick back and have tons of fun with my friends.

2.) Singing. So, I love to sing. Unfortunately, I suffer from extreme stage fright. My significant other ruthlessly pressured (not really) me into singing in a competition. Shaky as I was, I sang my way to victory! Yay!

3.) My Birthday. Yes, I know we all have those every year, but specifically, my significant other bought me a new violin! I absolutely love it~

4.) NaNoWriMo. Oh my, I cannot begin to explain how this NaNo season impacted my year. In my first post on this blog, I told of how this NaNo was so much better than passed years. I joined a community of fellow NaNomites while in a particularly somber state of mind. I didn’t think I had the energy to complete NaNo this year, but they pulled me through. I am still so thankful for their support and camaraderie.

5.) Thanksgiving. I had two dinners. That is all 🙂

6.) Curiosity Quills’ NaNoVirtuosos Competition ’13. I was just recently notified that I made it through to round 2! I would like to thank those of you who voted for me, and please please please wish me luck in the following rounds.

7.) Travelling, and Writing all the While. I’ve mentioned in my last blog that I travel immensely with my significant other. Thisvopens the door to so many landscapes, so many different slices of life and ambient atmospheres. They each give off their own aura, bringing with them a plethora of motivation and emotion to write by. Travelling has made me a better writer, and I couldn’t ask for much more.

2012 Lows:

1.) Missing Family Milestones. Unfortunately, traveling makes it hard to make it to my family milestones. I missed two graduations, all of my siblings’ birthdays, and a family reunion. I was lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with them, but I will miss watching the ball drop to the New Year with the family tonight, as I am back over the road.

2.) Hurricane Sandy. I am from Atlantic City, NJ. The majority of my family lives there. So when I heard news of this huge hurricane crossing land right on top of Atlantic City, my heart began to pound. I called all of my family profusely, and luckily none of them were hurt. My father is a firefighter, and he kept tabs with me well enough. Again, very fortunate.

3.) The Connecticut Tragedy. Though this didn’t effect me personally, it touched me immensely in a way I’m sure it touched everyone else. I sincerely wish all of the victims a peaceful rest.

So, there you have it. My highs and lows of the year. I am very grateful that my highs outlist my lows, and I hope it’s the same for all of you.

2013 New Year’s Resolutions:

Hmmm, this is a tough one. As an author, I know from experience that things almost never go as one outlines them. But I’ll compile a rough list of goals.

1.) Lose weight. I wanna work off the holiday meals’ extra calories. Live happily and healthily 🙂

2.) Publish. I’d loooove to publish a work. I have so much to show the world, now all I have to do is go out there and give it to you all.

3.) Write. Even if I don’t get published, I want to just continue to have the motivation to write each and every day. Writing, along with a few choice other hobbies, is my passion. I never want to lose it.

4.) Live a Life that makes me Happy. That pretty much says it all.

What are your highs and lows of 2012, audience? Do you have any resolutions for the new year? Maybe there are a few we can help each other with, who knows?

I hope you all have had an amazing year and have many more to follow. Raise your glass (both metaphorical and literal), to bittersweet endings, new beginnings, and for what has yet to come.

Happy New Year to all.

Signing off,


#3. Apocalypses, Road Trips, and Christmas; What I’ve Been Up To

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Hello potential readers!

For those of you that have actually looked forward to what I have to say, I do so terribly apologize for my absence. A lot has happened lately that was beyond my control. Left without internet, I was forced to forego talking about December 21st, my Christmas plans, as well as promoting myself in the competitions I’ve entered in (CoughCoughNaNoVirtuososCoughCough). So, this is my belated gift to you: a rough recollection of what I’ve been doing since my absence began.

Where I’ve Been…
I like to call it a big long road trip, but basically, my significant other is a commercial vehicle operator, and I have the honor to travelling the world with him…well, it’s just the continental US, but you know what I mean. Anywho, it left me without internet, but now it’s okay because I fixed it! Woo!

Things You’ve Missed…
1. NaNo-Virtuosos Competition


So, in case you haven’t heard of it, Curiosity Quills holds a competition every year after NaNoWriMo called the NaNo-Virtuosos competition. I’ve decided to undergo this most gruesome of tasks. Unfortunately, round 1 of this competition ended…yesterday. Yes, it is sad, especially since round 1 was a popularity vote and I could have reeeaallly used the promotion on my blog to get my entry out there. Hohum, life goes on. Well wishes are always appreciated, as the results of round 1 will not be advertised until New Year’s Eve.

Curiosity Quills
NaNo-Virtuosos Competition

2. December 21st: Apocalypse!…Or Not?


Obviously December 21st did not bring about the end of the world. Kind of disappointing, honestly. My zombie killing arsenal was prepared and at the ready. Now it’s just taking up space on my living room floor. But alas, life went on as per usual, and it turns out that the rotting aroma I’d mistaken for the precursor to an impending undead invasion was actually just moldy leftover Thanksgiving turkey that I hadn’t cleared out of my fridge. Oh well. I guess I really shouldn’t be disappointed. After Y2K, 06/06/06, and the Rapture, this is the 4th “apocalypse” that I’ve survived. Thinking of it that way, I feel pretty bad ass. I hope you all do, too!

3. CHRISTMAS!!! (Or Whichever Holiday Doesn’t Offend You :o)


Whatever winter holiday that suits your fancy, I hope that you thoroughly enjoyed it as much as I did mine.
My holiday flavor of choice is Christmas, and I had an amazing time. Taking time off from the road, my significant other met my family and an abundance of merriment was had. I got Pokémon White 2 and earrings, League of Legends skins and CANDY! We all went out to to see Rise of the Guardians, and my mother made us dinner. All around fun day, even if there was no snow to frolic in. May your holidays be joyous, audience.



Well I am currently back over the road. Where there was no snow back at home. There’s TONS of the stuff farther north. I spent the night in Iowa (at the LARGEST TRUCK STOP IN THE WORLD, might I add), and woke up with the truck covered in snow. Roads are icy, but we’re being safe and going on adventures. I now have internet, so I won’t have to forego updating as long as I did anymore!

Happy holidays, audience.

Signing off,