What I’d Be Doing If I Weren’t Trying to Write This Blog

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Louis XIII just gets me today. (My silly edit from the BBC show The Musketeers.)

–character profiles for the new story I have outlined (It’s a Regency Era, enemies to lovers story, and I think it has the potential to be pretty cool.)

–organizing my house (J and I are house hunting, and trying to get ready for the day we move a little at a time.)

–pack the rest of the stuff at my mom’s house (We’ve sold my recently deceased mother’s condo and need it emptied out by the end of February.)

–go grocery shopping

–pay bills and organize finances (Ugh.)

But what am I doing? Staring at social media trying to come up with a blog idea. I hate when this happens. A friend suggested I say something about Call Me By Your Name and the transition from book to movie. I love both, but I love the book significantly more, yet I’m not sure I have anything interesting to say about the fact. I don’t think it helps that over a month ago while shoveling snow I pulled a muscle in my arm that’s causing me pretty much constant pain, so maybe I did more than pull a muscle and should call my doctor. But if I had time to gallivant off to doctor’s appointments, I would have returned that call to my dentist about scheduling a cleaning. So…? Yeah…I’ve kind of got nothing, and you, dear reader, I fear, must suffer for that.



And the winner is…

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Only one more week. Promise. Oh, that’s Miller from The 100. S’s edit.

…sadly, not you our faithful readers. What? We didn’t post Superbowl Sunday and you expected something on Oscar Sunday? J has been busy plotting his April NaNo novel, and I’m planning out a new fanfic series that I just started writing. In other words, we’re having fun, and will stop in again soon.


Athletic Traditions

Super Bowl Shuffle

The halftime show you know you want.

We’ve done it two years in a row, so it’s a tradition now: we take Superbowl Sunday off.  I mean, we’re not personally going to be watching the game.  But we assume a lot of people will be.  We’re planning on it, in fact–we’ve scheduled our weekly trip to the grocery store for later, during the game, when all the people buying hot wings and chips and cases of beer will have gone home.

We also might be doing some writing.  S is hoping to finish up a chapter of the latest Oleg novel today.  After that, it’s back to fanfic for her.

Oh, and if you’re all good boys and girls, S may post a blog with her ideas on revision later this week.

Until then, shuffle on.


Watch This Space….


Once again, Sunday has rolled around, and we’ve got a post coming up.

No, not the long-awaited continuation of our Best Fantasy Characters series, but something that just might be even better, if that were possible.  S is writing a blog explaining everything she has learned about writing from reading smutty Musketeers fanfic.  Of course, you can’t rush something that awesome, so she will be posting it sometime soon.  Tomorrow, perhaps.

In the meantime, Happy Father’s Day, Merry Solstice, and please accept our sincerest apologies, as conveyed by that titan of literary criticism, Harold Bloom:

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Top 10 Ways to Not Get Any Writing Done

1) Research
Three hours on Wikipedia is totally work, and if anyone tells you otherwise they are clearly the kind of person who doesn’t know the difference between a merlon and an embrasure.

2) Organize
Doing all that research is useless if you can’t find it later. Let a trained information professional assure you that proper organization requires folders within folders, labels, a dozen different colored highlighters, and fancy binders you spent two hours in Office Max selecting.

3) Read
Successful writers read good writers. Doing it to the exclusion of everything else for a week is simply steeping one’s self in quality writing.

4) Make a Playlist
The right music makes the soul soar into the rarefied air where the best writers live with their stellar prose. And while you’re compiling the perfect playlist, watching hours of fanvids on YouTube provides tons of inspiration.

5) Watch a Movie
There’s that thing they do in that one movie that’s just like what you want to do in your novel. Watching the movie will totally get you on the right track.

6) Watch Some TV
Preferably, this should be done at least a complete season at a time, otherwise you don’t see the arcs that will influence your masterpiece.

7) Talk about Writing
It doesn’t matter that you don’t have anything concrete to discuss because you haven’t written anything. Abstract theorizing is what keeps academia in business, after all.

8) Scrub the Floor
Really, it’s been too long, and putting it off another afternoon so you can write is downright unsanitary.

9) Check Twitter
You’re just keeping an eye on your brand on social media, and your rant about how much the weather sucks is precisely what your followers are looking for from an aspiring novelist.

10) Blog
In a perfect scenario, the blog should be an easily assembled list that doesn’t tax your prose writing abilities; you need to save your best stuff for your novel.