Prepare yourselves! I’ve infiltrated ANOTHER social media platform. This time it’s youtube/vlogging/authortube. It came about as most of my social media obsessions do, a random conversation with my cousin and my sister. As I said in my last post, I’m going to go to a few conferences and to Seoul, so I decided a great way to share those trips would be via vlog.
Here’s my first (kind of shaky,
I haven’t really been doing wrap-up posts, but I realized how much I’ve randomly gotten done/decided this year already. So I figured I’d talk about the books I’ve read, the shows I’ve watched, and plans for 2017!
Here we go!
Things I’ve done and future Plans for 2017
My critique group and I started a writing blog called Writer’s Block Party.
It was born because we realized that most of our group chat conversations were us dissecting craft issues and books we loved.
Sometimes, when you’re writing you lose sight of things. And sometimes, it’s easy to forget what you’re writing for. I know that I write for myself, for my story, for my heart. But, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I write so others can read my stories and find something to love too.
This is when community helps me find my perspective. I love seeing people get excited about stories and books.
I’ve watched the conversation around diversity change over the past few years when it comes to literature and YA/kidlit in particular. I took interest for obvious reasons, I am a writer of color who wants to write about my own experiences and heritage. However, even as a POC I was not prepared for some of the hard lessons I’ve learned over the past few years. And I came to realize that it’s because I didn’t have the foundation for it yet.
Hello friends, I’ve been thinking about writing a Twitter 101 post for awhile. Not only because I think Twitter is ah-maz-ing, but because I know Twitter can be confusing as all heck! It’s like when you see your grandma posting random questions on your Facebook feed and you realize she thinks Facebook is Google. And you laugh and think “Oh, Grandma.” Well, that’s us when we don’t know how to use Twitter.
Usually at this time of the year, I’d do a year-end blog post about my favorite things that I’ve read and watched and listened to. I might still do one of those, but I can’t ignore that this year wasn’t business as usual for me.
As 2016 draws to a close, it feels like you can’t go anywhere or read anything without politics coming up these days. At first, I was worried that this would be off-putting for many,
I used to hate sharing my process for my works-in-progress (WiPs) because I’ve abandoned story ideas before. Usually at the halfway point, but sometimes I’ve written the whole MS and then shelved it. So, I’ve felt odd sharing details of a project before it’s DONE-done. However, I’ve also NEVER felt a project is done-done, so what am I even talking about?
Anyway, I am going to share steps of my writing progress since this is my blog and I’m pretty sure only 5 people read it with any regularity (Hi,
I want to write an honest post about something that has always worried me and probably will always worry me as I keep writing about my heritage. It’s a special kind of imposter syndrome, the fear that I am appropriating my own culture for my art.
There are so many conversations about #ownvoices and #ownyourown. There are so many people saying meaningful and important things. Sometimes I try to chime in,
I considered not posting at all this week. I’m not going to lie. I’m really sad and scared. I think everyone I know and love is really sad. And I think it’s really easy to fold into yourself during moments like this.
I’ve lost people I love to illnesses that took them too early. And the way I felt this past week was so similar to how I felt then.
It’s been a week on NaNoWriMo. How’s everyone doing? Still hanging in there? Still going strong?
Here are my stats so far:
Words written (total) — 10,887
Words written (average per day) — 1,814
Most productive day — Tuesday (4,162 words)
Least productive day — Thursday (32 words. whomp whomp)
Here are some resources I discovered and/or used over this week: