Follow the Leader

Sorry for the very short entry; due to a lot of personal upheaval, I haven’t been feeling the desire to write at all, not even rambling essays such as this.  I hope you’ll forgive the sparse, unimaginative prose that is likely to grace my entries until further notice.

I know it’s probably a little premature to be thinking about fans of your writing, especially if, like me, you haven’t actually finished anything yet.  However, fans are part of the hypothetical audience you are writing for, people like you who are interested in the kinds of stories you tell.  But on another writing blog, I ran across the question, “Would you like to be a bestseller or have a smaller, more manageable following?”

It’s not as straightforward as it looks.

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Pictures and Apologies

Sorry everyone, but there will not be a more substantial entry this week.  I was at Katsucon 2012 over the weekend, so I’m still really exhausted and trying to readjust to real life.  The con was great, although it was more stressful than anticipated and not very vacation-like.  Still, awesome panels and I debuted two new costumes:  Botan from Yu Yu Hakusho and Dark Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

If you are interested in reading about my con adventures, please check back on this entry in a few days or so.  I should have a link up at that point.  Until then, enjoy these pictures!

Botan from "Yu Yu Hakusho"

Botan from “Yu Yu Hakusho”

My brother cosplaying Himura Kenshin from "Rurouni Kenshin"

My brother cosplaying Himura Kenshin from “Rurouni Kenshin”

Dark Willow from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

Dark Willow from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

A Romantic Excerpt

I generally don’t care much for Valentine’s Day.  It’s very distressing to have such a gooey, sugary, PINK holiday in the same month as your birthday.  I never quite understood why everyone would make such a huge deal out of a holiday were you don’t get a vacation and only certain people (a.k.a. couples) get presents.  It’s a holiday about love, but if you love someone, aren’t you supposed to show that love all year round, not just one random winter day?

Valentine’s Day can evoke emotions in a range wide range, from being very happy (for those who have special someones), to annoying (if you don’t care for pink), to downright depressing (if you are single and lonely).  For me, I started off very grouchy cause let’s face it, this day kind of shoves in your face the fact that you are alone (if you happen to be so.)  Even if you’re fine the rest of the year, Valentine’s Day twists something in your gut.

But, thanks to a totally unexpected card (yes, a real, snail-mail card!) from my onii-san David Greenshell, followed by an equally unexpected visit from him at work, the day took a turn for the better.  It’s easy to forget that Valentine’s Day is about love, not just romantic love between couples.  Friends and family can express love on Valentine’s day too.  We just get caught up in the romantic trappings that we forget love has many myriad forms.

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A Wonderfully True Repost

My friend Foxglove Zayuri found a wonderful article on Terrible Minds, and I simply had to share it with everyone this week because it is hilarious and so, so true.

CAUTION:  If you are offended by crude language, you may wish to skip this article.  You have been warned.  

“25 REASONS THAT WRITERS ARE BUG-FUCK NUTS”

It seems like a good time for a spiritual successor to my earlier “Beware of Writer” posts — this time, jacked into the popular “25 Things” format here that all you cats and kittens seem to like. Plus, it’s sometimes good to speak to the non-writers out there, let ‘em know why we get that spooky glint in our eyes once in a while. You wanna know why we’re a little wacky? I gotcher 25 reasons right here.

Handy Books For Writers

I have always enjoyed reading books about writing.  For some reason, it gets me in the mood to write.  Plus, there are plenty of suggestions, hints, or theories that can help me overcome writer’s block or attack a plot problem from a different angle.  Over the years, there are a few such books that were quite useful to me.

How To Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card  
This is the only book I’ve found that deals solely with the problems that plague fantasy and sci-fi writers.  Orson Scott Card is a prolific writer in both genres, although he does learn a bit more towards the sci-fi.  But, either way, he does an excellent job defining fantasy versus sci-fi and addressing the problems inherent in dealing with those genres.  It’s a great, easy-to-follow read and it’s relatively short, only 140 pages, so it doesn’t take very long to devour it.  This is a must-have for writers of fantasy and science fiction.

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