spring smiles

Happy Sunday to all. I’m back! What have I been up to? Well, a lot! Here’s what’s happened in the last two weeks…

It’s been pretty amazing. I feel so lucky! Here are some photos from our engagement:

Love, love, love!

So, back to my blogging update! New posts will be moved to Friday’s now. Yep, that’s right. Even if it’s only one sentence, you can look forward to a new post from me every week once again!

I hope you have a glorious week. See you Friday!

A Kerouac Detour 

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“In God’s name and under the stars what for? For joy, for kicks, for something burning in the night.” -Jack Kerouac. I finished reading “On the Road” earlier today. I had been meaning to read it for years, and finally got around to it. The timing couldn’t have been better. What an adventurous story. The magic is in the details. I’m wondering if there are any drastic differences in the “original scroll” version which I read, compared to the 1957 edition. I enjoyed being able to read the story with the actual names. Of course seeing the final line read, “I think of Neal Cassady” instead of “I think of Dean Moriarty” would probably make a difference for some people. None the less, what a powerful thing it is to have such a complex person in your life. It’s true isn’t it? There are some people that come into your life and make a mark on you. Their always going to be there in your mind. You’ll always think about them. Neal Cassady seemed to be the type to set ones soul on fire in a inconsistent way, but that was the beauty of it.

One quote that really stuck out to me as I read was, “At the end of the American road is a man and a woman making love in a hotel room.” Even though there is a lot of explanation surrounding that statement, I couldn’t get my mind off of it. It’s one of those sentences that I will write in my journal, stare at, and pick apart for the next few weeks. On the Road is far from a love story, but there are tons of moments that focus on relationships. In that particular instance, Jack is talking about his wife. However, I think that a lot of us can relate to a statement like that. When you cut it down and peel back the layers, he’s talking about a reality that most of us have experienced. Sure, there are many joys in life, but there are certain things you can’t compare. Sometimes it’s the simplest of statements that create the most meaning.

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Overall, I’m so glad I took the time to detour from my poetry books to read “On the Road.” It is a book that I will remember forever.

Until next time,

Christine

Breathing & Moving Forward!

IMG_6904 Hey people! (Meant to be said in Michelle Tanner’s voice)

How are you?

I’m doing pretty good. Thanks for asking. =)

So, I figured it was time for an update since my last ACTUAL blog post was a month ago. Sharing links doesn’t count. If I had to describe the past month in one sentence, it would be…

Writer’s block.

Yep. Happens to the best of us! I don’t know if it was the anxiety of waiting for responses from literary agents, or just the fact that I had been writing so much for a long period of time previously. Maybe I needed a break? Who knows? Basically, everything I sat down to write never made it past a page, and I ended up getting very frustrated. Last week however, I did write seven pages of a short story. So that felt very good. I’m not sure if it’s going to actually turn into anything, but I’m trying to not put a lot of pressure on it. I know that I’m having a hard time moving away from the world that my novel takes place in and writing something different. You’re probably thinking, “Just write the sequel Christine!” Well, I stomp my feet at you random stranger. I’m just not ready yet. I don’t feel recharged enough.

Which brings me to my main reason for writing this “Breathing & Moving Forward” post. Due to my overwhelming feelings of claustrophobia I’ve been spending some time near water, which you can see in the pretty pictures. Breathing fresh air and allowing myself to see the bigger picture always makes me feel better. I know in due time, the gears in my head will start operating at full speed again.

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I’ll be sending out another ten query letters this week because the six week mark is today. I ended up getting a total of 4 rejection letters, and 6 “no responses.” I would much rather get 10 rejection letters. I hate not hearing anything, but oh well! I know how important it is to continue moving forward. I’m still grasping onto my positivity as fuel!

Wish me luck!

Until next time,

Christine

Digging Out the Writing Box

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Hi all! 

It’s been far too long since I sat down to write a blog post. I was originally going to talk about this topic on my vlog because I’ve been neglecting that as well, but this felt more fitting. So for the past month and a half I’ve been working on the querying stage of my novel. Writing a query letter is hard!!! Thankfully I had a lot of help from my friend Kimmy who is a published author and all around expert of the publishing world. (Check out her website here: http://kimberlyannmiller.com/) She gave me a lot of great tips and feedback which motivated me to keep moving forward. It was nerve wracking and exciting to be at that stage of the writing process. I’d been working on my novel for so long, and felt that it was ready to be sent out.

I have 10 queries out now and am anxiously awaiting some kind of response. I read that it’s recommended to send 10 queries out at a time, and wait to send out another 10 depending on the feedback you get. Most of the agencies that I queried say that they will respond within 4-6 weeks. Some say if you don’t hear anything within 6 weeks you can assume that they’re not interested. Others say to contact them if you don’t hear anything because they respond to every query. I’m smart enough to know that writers get rejected a lot, so I’ve been mentally preparing myself for that. However, I know that no matter how many rejections I get, I won’t give up on my dream of being a successful writer. It’s all about staying positive and believing in yourself! Of course I say that now…next month you’ll find me in a corner somewhere rocking back and forth listening to Lana Del Rey on repeat. Hahaha just kidding. 😉 

Now that you’re updated on what I’ve been doing, I can talk about what I’m doing now. I’ve been keeping really busy writing for the awesome comic/tv/film/game news website, Bleeding Cool. You can click on the, “Writing on Bleeding Cool” tab on my blog to see the reviews and articles I’ve written for them or go to http://bleedingcool.com/ to browse all of the latest news. It has been an awesome experience, and I am definitely looking forward to contributing more to the site. 

As far as my next writing project goes, well that’s a tricky topic. I really have no idea what I want to write next. I have a lot of ideas, but I’m not sure what direction to go in. That’s where, “Digging out the Writing Box” comes into play. Whenever I get into a frame of mind where I’m deciding what to write next, I tend to reflect back on unfinished projects, old poems, journal entires, etc. I have a literal box that I keep about 80% of my writing in. The bigger projects get their own box. Anyway, digging out the writing box the other day was quite a funny experience. I ended up finding one of the first things I ever wrote. It was a series of VERY short stories about a squirrel. My guess is I wrote it when I was 9 or 10 years old, but the amount of grammar and spelling mistakes was horrific. Still, it’s nice to see how far I’ve come 15 years later! haha. 

After digging through the box I’m not much closer to deciding what to write next, but I’ll keep digging and exploring the thoughts and ideas floating around in my brain. There is one project that keeps calling out to me, but I’m sort of running away from it. I had a love/hate relationship with one of the main characters, which caused me to write at the pace of a snail. Still, I know one day I will be ready to go back to that world and revisit those characters. I’m just not sure I’m ready at this point. I am of course tempted to start writing the sequel to the novel I’m currently querying, but I’d like to at least work on something small in between. So, we shall see! 

This is a long ramble! 

Thanks for reading it! 

Until next time,

Christine 

 

Positivity

I’ve been focusing a lot on being positive and exploring things that help that part of me to flourish. While on my search, I encountered this quote. Thought I’d share it here to spread the happiness! =) 

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”-Buddha