Saturday, April 28, 2012

Writing, Reading, and the evilness of Brown Recluse Spiders

This week I've been going through a bit of a writing block and I'm trying figure out how to work through it. I've gotten bad enough that my dad is threatening to lock me in the leaky storm cellar with nothing but my computer. Hmm... maybe that's not a bad idea. Except for the leakiness. Last I checked there was an inch of water down there. Computer power cord with mild chew holes from pesky puppies + water = fried me. Not to mention there's probably spiders down there. I hate spiders (because of a sensitivity to them. Just their webbing breaks me out in hives and I get sick even when the minor cellar spiders bite me). I dislike them even more now than I used to due to being bit by a brown recluse about a year ago, which laid me out for two weeks. I spent a good amount of that time on the couch, eating toasted cheese sandwiches and watching Fruits Basket to my fevered brain's content. I've become an expert at identifying the little beasties. I can spot a brown recluse from a good 20+ feet away and usually when I do I'm yelling "kill it!" or "die!", depending on who's doing the squashing, on the top of my lungs like a maniac.

Anyway, I don't really know why I'm having trouble with my writing. Except for the snark monster in my head telling me that everything I write sucks, which I know can't be true because every person that I've had beta read my work tells me otherwise. I have several scenes for Blush in my head, I just can't figure out where or how to start. Maybe I'm just fighting the way the book wants to be written too much... My spastic, uncooperative brain keeps making up random scenes where my characters want to do things that seem either uncharacteristic or plain absurd (to me, now it might not sound absurd at all to someone else). I'm also still working on the revision of Bad Blood at this time and it's going pretty well, so if you're thinking of getting a copy, I recommend that you wait to get it until the 2nd edition comes out. It will be better.

I've been doing some 'homework' reading blogs on how to overcome writer's block, which has helped some and I can understand some points. I've been reading several blog posts by K.M Weiland this morning and have been learning quite a lot. Hopefully I'll be able to apply her suggestions to improve my writing.

Part of my problem with writing at the moment is because of with the fact that my iTunes library is messed up because of a recent computer crash and and I can't find the music I normally listen to in order to help create a certain mood while writing (I love movie scores for this purpose). That's just part of my writing process and helps to block out distractions around me, but only if I can get the right mood for the scene I'm working on, otherwise I'm song-hopping through my music library and getting nowhere writing wise. It doesn't help that there are some scenes I want to write that I can't seem to find fitting music for. It's driving me crazy and makes me as effective as a two-legged dog on a treadmill.

At least I've taken the time to refill my creativity well. In 24 hours I've read a book called Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella, Book 1) by Janice Thompson. It's a romantic comedy. Not my typical reading fare, but I couldn't put it down. After that I read the first couple chapters of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer (The Five Kingdoms #1) by Beth Barany, a blogger I follow and the excerpt for Wake in the Watersong Series by Amanda Hocking. Both seem promising and I'm looking forward to when Wake comes out.

Watching a music video for 'Heaven' by the Los Lonely Boys on the country music channel got the family talking about Tex Mex, which has me craving a chalupa from Taco Bell... Yum :)

I want to know why it's become so "uncool" to like Country music? I mean, it's one of the most popular music genres, but lately every time I see a profile for a person who likes the other music styles I enjoy (techno being one) they say they listen to 'anything but country'. Almost like it's a dirty thing to like both techno and country music. It's not that I have a problem with people having different tastes than me, but it still leaves me with a Wha? O.o reaction whenever I read or hear someone talk about country like it's just for inbred hicks.

There is very little that I don't listen too, but even in those genres I usually have at least one song I'll listen to (metal for instance, don't like it that much, but I like 'Let the Bodies Hit the Floor' by Drowning Pool).

Now that I've rambled on, I will get back to work and hopefully make some progress. :)

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