One more year ends… Bye, 2019!

Hello, my pretties! How are you all? Doing well, I hope!

I have to admit I am sick as a dog, but I couldn’t not write one final post this year, could I? Well, maybe I could, but I’m here writing this one, deal with it.

This was a very long year, I have to admit. I wasn’t as productive as I wish I’d been, but I met new people, did new things, and, all things considered, it wasn’t a bad year at all.

So, to close off the year, I’ll look back, and then forward.

Looking back: This is how the blog did during this year:

Total posts: 38 (shame on me!)

Total words: 17,600 (see above)

Total likes: 1,065 (thank you!)

Total comments: 511 (you guys are amazing!)

Total followers: 189 (I can’t believe so many people are here reading my nonsense!)

I can’t put in words how grateful I am that so many people took the time to read, like, comment and just be here at all. Thank you so much, I love you all! I have made wonderful new friends through blogging, and it’s been worth every minute, every post written and read for this whole year.

Looking forward: Things I plan on doing:

Writing more for the blog (obviously need to work on that);

Writing a solo story through to the end (no matter how bad it turns out to be);

Keep on trying to develop healthier habits in general – physical, mental, emotional health;

Making some other change (or changes) – moving, new job, who knows;

Winning the lottery (just kidding – maybe).

Well, this is pretty much what I have right now. It was a great year, with highs and lows just like any other, but it wasn’t bad at all. Now I just have to wait for 2020 to reach me.

Happy new year! If you have any resolutions, please share them with me! Love you all, see you on the next post!

Changing habits: Writing

Hello, my pretties! How are you all? Doing well, I hope!

I’ve been doing well enough. Enjoying a short staycation from work until the 27th, and using this time to do some housekeeping and purging items I don’t really need. I’ve never thought I’d enjoy doing home stuff so much, but there we are. I’m getting old. XD

Since I have some free time (I’m still using this time to read a lot, and help my parents with some stuff, as well as spend some time with them), I’ve decided to use it to develop a few new habits. Who hasn’t, right?

So, one of them is writing more. I have been aiming for 1000 words per day, counting only creative writing – my blogs, collaborative writing and solo writing. My solo writing is currently being done by hand on notebooks (I told you all I’m old), but I’ll eventually type them out and count those words.

How has it been going? Terribly! I’m successfully failing on an almost daily basis. x.x

I won’t give up, though. I’ll eventually get to actually writing my 1000 words per day. Or die trying.

What habits have you all been trying to develop? Share them with me in the comments, and your progress too! I like hearing from people who are more successful than I am!

See you all on the next post!

Back to the blog and future plans

Hello, my pretties!

How are you all? Doing well, I hope!

I’m finally back to the blog after spending a while away. Nothing bad happened, I was just having some minor emergency renovations done at the house, which forced me to spend a week at mother’s. It was also a very long work week, but everything is fine now. I’m back home and a few hundreds lighter. Oh, well. The joys of adult life and home ownership, right?

Well, with all that out of the day, let us move on to the post, shall we?

I was planning on writing at length about whether or not I write book reviews, but honestly, a long write-up on it is probably not necessary. A short answer will do: no, I don’t, because I’m absolutely horrible at writing book reviews.

But wait, there’s more! If you have been reading this blog for anything over… this post… you know the fact that I’m terribly inept at something does not mean I won’t do it anyway.

So, don’t be alarmed if/when you see the occasional commentary on a book here, because it will happen. I’m not sure exactly when, but it will happen. Be afraid, be very afraid.

This commentary will not take the form of a full review, though. It will take the form of “I am currently reading this book, and here are my comments so far”, which means every book I read will have at least a few posts written about it. I am currently preparing a list of books off of Project Guttenberg, as I want to review books that can be easily and legally found online. If you have any suggestions, I’ll be happy to include them! And, even if they’re not there, I’ll probably purchase the book somewhere and add it to the list if it attracts me enough.

Well, I guess that’s it for today! I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say!

See you all on the next post! Love your faces! <3

Musings about my upcoming novel

Hello, my pretties! How are you all? Well, I hope!

I’ve been doing well. Almost fully recovered from the surgery – looking forward to the 45-day consultation over the weekend -, back to work, back to the blog, and planning for future projects.

What are the projects? Why, thank you so much for asking, voice in my head.

Here they are:

  1. I’m planning on blogging more often;
  2. I’m planning on starting over on writing my initial NaNoWriMo 2017 novel;
  3. I’m working on helping my friend plan for a podcast she wants to create;
  4. I’m writing the lore for a new Alternate History-themed roleplay – one I’m not sure I’ll actually run, but I really want to.

Of all of these projects, the one that has been giving me pause is #2. 

I have starting outlining and writing my novel in Portuguese last year. I did a whole lot of outlining and some writing, but I didn’t really finish it, as I ended up choosing another story I did finish, even though I wasn’t madly in love with it. Still, it was finished, and I’ve left the original story as a daydream for quite some time.

Had I not had surgery this year, I might have picked up where I’ve left off and rewritten the novel for NaNoWriMo 2018. Alas, life got in the way, so I didn’t. But I still want to write it.

But here’s the dilemma – what language should it be written in? 

The obvious answer would be my mother language. But it’s not that easy, for two reasons.

Reason #1: Despite the fact that English is my second language, I’m much more used to writing in English than in Portuguese, at least as far as creative writing goes.

Reason #2: Reach. I can reach many more readers in English than in Portuguese, including some good friends I’d love to share my writing with.

And an extra reason would be that the literary market in Brazil is bleak, to say the least. Finding a place in the sun as a new writer is not something we’re having an easy time doing. Okay, it’s not easy anywhere, but things have been getting worse and worse here. So, I’m seriously considering trying to find my place in the sun in the foreign market.

Of course, I know there will be a long way to go before I have a finished product, and that I’ll probably self-publish and sell for pocket money. But honestly? I’m up for the challenge. I just want to reach people, and making a living out of it, while very attractive, is not my end goal. At least not for now.

Well, I guess that’s it. I’m torn between the obviously better choice and the one that would keep me in the national market. My head says one thing, my heart says another. It’s tough. But I think I’ll have to go with my head this time.

What about you, fellow non-native English speaking writers? How do you feel about this dilemma? Have you tried both ways? If you have, how has it worked out for you?

Share your experiences with me in the comments!

See you all on the next post! Love you all!

Why I’m considering minimalism

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My dream home – Photo by Paula Schmidt on Pexels.com

Hello, readers! How are you all? Well, I hope. Tired of me yet? Hopefully not. 

After the monthly update, I come here today to ramble on a little again, as it’s basically my habit already. What I’m planning on talking about today is minimalism.

First of all, we need to define what we’re talking about, right? Let’s get down to it:

According to Merriam-Webster, minimalism is a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity. When it comes to a basic lifestyle, it could be defined as owning less stuff. 

And that’s pretty much what I’m getting at.

As I grew up, our family home was always full of stuff. My mom is not a hoarder-style housewife, but man, she loves her stuff. She loves furniture, and pretty much everything she can use to fill space. I get stressed out when I see a lot of stuff around.

My home has exactly five pieces of furniture: my wardrobe, my bed, a couch, my work desk and a coffee table. Everything else is stuff that belongs in the house but not furniture, like a fridge, a stove (I have been secretly considering getting rid of), the microwave, and cabinets and stuff that are permanent fixtures. I own a sizeable clothing selection, because my mom is constantly buying me clothes (I have asked her to stop, to no avail), and three pairs of shoes – a pair of flats, a pair of trainers and a pair of boots. 

And I still feel like there’s so much stuff. Every time I look at the couch – where the laundry lives -, I feel kind of unhappy. So much clothing, I even feel a bit disheartened with the idea of sorting through it all. I pull a few pieces out every now and then, donate them and move on. But I know I could get rid of 50% of that stuff and not miss it. I work from home, and honestly? I feel like I just want to keep all of my black pants and skirts (because they’re key pieces), my solid color blouses, maybe a nice dress or two for a special occasion and my 4 or 5 pairs of jeans – and everything else can find new homes.

I’m sure I can get rid of other stuff as well. I’ve been meaning to switch my wardrobe for one or two dressers, depending on the size. It will make my bedroom look less busy and make moving furniture around (one of my passions) a lot easier. I want less stuff around my house, and it makes me a bit sad that I can’t afford the new stuff I want to replace the old with (and I must remember to get screwdrivers to disassemble the wardrobe – that’s gonna be fun). 

I live in a tiny apartment for a reason – because I don’t want stuff. But I still feel somewhat trapped, even though I have moved stuff around enough that I can move more freely. But I feel I won’t be happy until I get the dressers, build a couple shelves for my books (and then the coffee table can go) and maybe use the extra space in my bedroom to get my desk in there so I can work and write at a quieter space in the house.

A girl can dream, right?

Over to you all now. Is there anyone else who’s into minimalism? Are you a wannabe like me, or did you actually take the plunge? If you did, how are you faring so far? Share your ideas and experiences with me in the comments

See you all on the next post!

What are my plans for the blog?

Hello, visitors! How are you all? Well, I hope!

Here I come again with one of those ‘so what?’ posts, just because I felt like writing one out today.

I read a lot about blogging, and a lot of it involves mentions of a purpose, or a reason for blogging. So, I naturally started thinking about my purpose, and plans for the blog.

To be honest, my sole purpose for the blog was well, to blog. I have been blogging for a very long time. If I’m not mistaken, my first blog was created in 2002. It may have been even earlier on than that. So, I have been blogging for at the very least 15 years. That’s a long time.

I have had several blogs, made friends through my blogging, and it has always been a form of therapy for me to keep them. The blogs kept me focused, they forced me to write – which has kept me accountable – and they forced me to branch out, read, learn new things, all to keep them going. There’s only so much about myself to talk about, after all.

So, since everyone apparently needs to have an objective when blogging, these are mine:

  1. Improving my English writing skills;
  2. Keeping me accountable – I have to write in order to update the blog, after all;
  3. Get some thoughts out of my head;
  4. Learn and experience new things so I can share them here.

For now, this is all I expect. I plan on coming back to the blog as often as I possibly can, even if I don’t have anything important to talk about. I’m glad that, for now, I have a pretty long list of things I want to post about. Let’s see how long I can hold on for.

What about you, fellow bloggers? What are your plans with your own blogs? I’d love to know, feel free to share with me in the comments!

Monthly update: March 2018

Hello, visitors! How are you? Well, I hope!

Before I begin: this is not an April’s Fools post. Just in case.

As promised, I’m here with a quick update on my monthly writing goals. 

This month was a little more irregular than most, as I have been very busy and also away from home for a few days on a trip with the parents (check my previous post for details on that), but it was actually a pretty decent one.

March goal: 31,000 words (to the original plan of 1,000 words per day)

Words written in March: 43,416. I’m not putting in an average, as my daily writing varies wildly, and I haven’t written anything at all on the 29th, last day I was out of town.

Well… I guess that’s it. It wasn’t really much for today, but it’s Sunday, it’s 9 PM, and… I’m lazy. I’ll do better next weekend (or maybe I’m lying because it’s April’s Fools).

Many blessings, and see you on the next post!

 

Projects for 2018

Hello, visitors! How are you? Everyone doing well, I hope!

Today I come here, again, to talk about random stuff. More properly, random stuff related to writing.

Writing is one of my passions, as well as reading, and you can be sure there will be a lot of writing talk around the blog. Hopefully, I will be able to offer some value as well as my musings.

Being an avid researcher, I have tons of links I consider interesting, and I will be sharing them with you all, as long as I have had the time to go through them – as I just dump them on my bookmarks and forget about them – and select the best ones.

On the point of writing, either solo, for the blog, or for my collaborative writing partners (I will write more on that in the future), I plan on writing 365,000 words by the end of this year.

It does sound like a big project – at a thousand words per day for every day of the year -, and it is. There are days in which I manage to write more, and others in which I can write less, or even not at all. So, I guess we’ll see whether or not I’ll be able to finish my goal at the end of the year.

As at the end of February, I had gotten to 67,674 words – 32,706 in January, and 34,968 in February -, which has put me ahead of the projected 59,000 I should have by then. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep ahead throughout the year. I will definitely update at the end of every month and see how well I’m going.

Now, as for more direct talk about my projects. I have many of them, to be honest. I’m not sure how well I’ll be able to figure things out and actually make things work, as I work full time, run some collaborative writing sites, and just have other stuff to do in life. But hey, I’ll never succeed if I don’t try, right?

For the blog, to be honest, I don’t really have a specific plan. I’ll post pretty much whatever I feel like posting, and as often as I can. I’m hoping I’ll post for the blog at least once a week, and maybe more, as I plan on posting here whenever I don’t have anything more pressing to write – like a post for one of my partners, or something for my solo writing.

For my projects with partners, well… I basically plan on writing whatever they want to explore. Some of my partners are long-term ones, and we have such a good rapport we don’t even need to actually do any plotting. We just start off with an idea, and let our creativity lead us. With others, I have to do a little more plotting. It’s all good, it takes time to create that deep connection.

As for my solo projects – which will probably end up here on the blog too -, I plan on trying to step out of my comfort zone. I want to explore uncomfortable themes – adultery, crime, some heavier themes -, and also to try and write around some random prompts or randomly generated plots. Basically, I want to try less control and more freedom. Let us see how good I’ll be, and how successful these projects will be in the end.

You’ll all be kept posted, definitely.

Well, I guess I’ve rambled on enough for a day, haven’t I? Yes, I definitely have, but I really wanted to post something today, so there you are.

Thank you for dropping by! If you have any projects of your own or random ideas you’d like to share with me, please let me know in the comments!

Many blessings, and see you on the next post!