Tolkien, artist

Can I Sleep Yet?...

I was restless last night, so went back down to my computer and got in at least a half hour of writing on my Ardor in August story. The characters are taking me in directions unforeseen, as often happens, but I think it will work out well. Right now, though,'s a tough time for the main characters. I'll have to see where today's work takes me. I'm in the mood to share baby animal pics today even though they have nothing to do with what I'm discussing below. Oh well, the pics don't always have to match the's a blog - LOL.

I have to make sure that I don't lose sight of my schedule since I am working today instead of having my usual day off (waving to Aearwen who should be returning home from a hopefully fantastic trip north sometime within the next 24 hours). I have Sasha kitty feeding this morning, have to go to the Chiropractor and to the post office also. I'm going to be bopping all over town. I may have to skip breakfast to get any writing time in...then again, maybe I'll just treat myself to breakfast and forget much free time this morning. Once the store opens for business, since Chickie is on vacation, I'm 100% on the sales floor and it leaves me with no time to bounce back to my cubby to compose a quick paragraph or continue a dialog.

I can download my next lesson in my Creative Writing course this morning. Last week's were quite good. We had Character Development on Wednesday, and Viewpoint, Voice and Tense on Friday. Today's class is Setting. Fun. I've liked the class but am not fond of the examples the teacher gives to illustrate his points so I'm constantly moving the examples into some of the fanfic I have read or my own and it is working much better for me to learn from - LOL. I guess my ability to learn is based on the packaging...who knew? Of course I'd much rather be buried in Casket of Souls (which I will be shortly) and I also grabbed all of Lynn Flewellen's Nightrunner series on Audible. I didn't know she had the audio books until she blogged about Casket of Souls being available to download. I'm so happy I had 15 book credits racked up so that I could buy all six audio books for free! Happy, happy me.
They are cute, aren't they? I almost broke down for the baby elephant - he may still come later on this year - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)
Characters do take off on their own track...

I do admire all you people who work hard at your writing and learn the correct way to do things. I am a lazy writer - I have never done a course of any sort and rely on what my English teacher taught me a good few years ago - it probably shows, too. But I really do only do it for fun, I have no urge to be published for money, I am happy being published for fun!
Well, as I have said before, I am a highly competitive person. I want to write as well as I can, it's important to me just as I want to do my art to the best of my ability, etc. It's just my nature. So, to avoid having people continually tell me "show don't tell" and "too much repetition", I'm trying to get myself trained in some proper writing skills before I have learned poor ones and dug ruts that will be hard to climb out of.

I may never be published for money, never really had the desire to write at all until relatively recently. But if I am going to put my work out there, I want it to be my best work and to show continuous improvement over time and practice. :-)))

- Erulisse (one L)
They are so cute, aren't they? Almost as cute as your own Pippin :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
omg galloping horses! and a foal! *dies of cuteness*

My adopted grandson,back when he was oh maybe 8 to 10, had a hard time reading. It bored him to tears and as anyone with a brain can figure out, kids esp. boys, will NOT do things if it bores them. He spent a summer with me while his real grandparents were gone and he played on my playstation. It was there we discovered he COULD NOT READ! He kept asking me "what does it say?" while playing the game in English (I have both english and japanese so yes, sometimes I'd hear the question and HAVE to answer). We solved the problem by restarting the game and I sat and did dialogue. I'd read the instructions, and then act out the characters. I'd pick one and wait while he figured out HE had to read the next character. By the end of summer he'd caught up and was reading everything. Point was, he learned with what he liked not what teachers thought he should have.

If you learn from using Fanfic as an example, then more power to you. Teacher does not need to know and probably wouldn't care anyway. :)

And methinks you're a bit.... possessed (haha) with Flewellen's books my dear. Oh well, there's worse things to be possessed with (or by). Have a great day 'kiddo'!
Yes, I'm totally possessed by her books. I just love her two main characters in this series :-)

I agree, people learn by doing what they like. I had to restructure another lesson by plugging the plot of one of my own fanfic stories into it to get the distinction because his example was very 'real life' and I don't write in the here and today :-)

*hugs* Happy you liked my horse and foal, I love baby nanimules :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Eee, baby fuzzy things.

I'm still fighting with ideas for my AinA story. I miss having an alpha-reader. -_- Heh. I hope it'll all work out. Glad yours is chugging along! It's kind of great when the characters decide to take things in an unexpected direction.
Well, the pairing I was assigned was rather common, so I've been working really hard to put in a twist - make it a more unusual piece of work. Whether or not I will succeed, who knows? But at least I'm chugging along :-)

As for readers - I don't have one either, but I'm learning to cope. When I feel I write well enough I have a few people that I may contact, but right now I don't think I'm in their league yet.

- Erulisse (one L)
I know exactly how you feel - that's the main reason I don't have an alpha-reader in this fandom, though I've had one in other fandoms. I don't feel like I'm up to part yet. Although, really, my logic should work the other way and I should realise that having critique would help me improve, but... yeah.


Hooray for chugging along!