Writerly Musings

Or… an update about how I have no updates!

Again, I am having the problem of being stuck in front of screens. Work has been so busy that I didn’t even touch my writing all last week, and I barely got anything done over the weekend.

One of the difficulties is having a sedentary job that involves being on a computer 8+ hours a day, then having a sedentary hobby that involves being on a computer for at least another couple of hours a day (and on the weekends). By about 8 p.m., my eyes are tired and I can’t stand to look at the screen for another minute. I guess I have to take more breaks because I’m one of those people who will never take a break until I crash and am forced to take one.

And there really is no point to writing (writing the story, anyway) with paper and pen anymore because it’ll have to go into “soft copy” format sooner or later. Besides, my handwriting is abhorrent and I’m basically the only person who can read it.

I was thinking that I would write on only a couple of weekdays (maybe Tuesday and Thursday) and on both Saturday and Sunday (because I get way more done over the weekend anyway) just to minimize my time spent in front of a computer screen.

10 Songs for a Soundtrack

I’m finding a lot of good prompts on Tumblr lately. This one is pretty easy because 99% of the time, I have a song stuck in my head (right now, it’s that annoying new Taylor Swift song).

Which 10 songs would be on the soundtrack of your life?

1. All the Things She Said – t.A.T.u

2. Still Alive – the Portal theme song

3. Rabbit Heart – Florence + the Machine

4. My Hero – Foo Fighters

5. Here is No Why – Smashing Pumpkins

6. Crucifere – Eths

7. What Now – Rihanna

8. Breathless – Spyro Gyra

9. Brave – Nichole Nordeman

10. First World Anarchist – The Dollyrots

A lot of these are about confusion, which is probably about 75% of my life, and others are about turning points, which are not a large part of life but are still significant enough to be represented on a soundtrack. There are definitely way more songs that I haven’t included here, but these are the first 10 that jumped into my head.

A Book Meme

I hardly ever see memes with questions about books, so I was excited to see this one (I found it here). The questions look pretty interesting!

You have 20,000 books on your to-read list. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

To answer realistically, I never keep up with to-read lists because 95% of the time, if my public library doesn’t have the book, I will never get around to reading/buying it because I never buy books, especially when I know I’m only going to read them once.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

Most of the time, I stick with it, unless it’s super boring. It is very hard for me to put a book down, and if a book is that bad, I keep reading it just to see exactly how bad it does get… and so I know what NOT to do in my own writing. Basically, I will stick with a bad book over a boring book, because even bad books are interesting.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I’m not on Goodreads, and I’ve already read over 52 books this year (a book a week is always my goal), so I’m happy to say that I’m caught up. :)

The covers of a series you love do not match. How do you cope?

Well… I wouldn’t buy the series in the first place, so I wouldn’t have that mismatched stack anywhere near my shelves. Honestly, I don’t think it would be that big a deal. If the books are good, it doesn’t matter what the covers look like.

Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

That’s the story of my life. Like… Lord of the Rings, for instance. Everyone seems to love that series, and I cannot get through it. Ever. I tried three times. So I sometimes vent on this blog, and whoever wants to commiserate is welcome to.

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I try my best not to cry in public under any circumstances, and I don’t often read in public. But I suppose if a book brought me to tears when I was in public, I wouldn’t care. I’d just cry anyway. It’d be easier to explain to a stranger that I was crying over a book than over something else.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book?

I never re-read books, unless they’re a nonfiction/reference book. If it has been a long time since I’ve read the first book, I’ll just skim through it to refresh my memory.

You do not want anyone borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I always let people borrow my books.

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Many times, I have read five not-so-good books in a row. I usually look for something in a totally different genre or if I’ve been reading fiction, I turn to nonfiction (and vice versa).

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Zero. I don’t buy books because (1) I have no room, (2) I rarely re-read books, (3) I already have a ton of unread books sitting around, and (4) I rely too much on the library for my book habit.

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

In the rare instance that I do buy a book, I usually read it right away because if I did actually buy it, that means I was dying to read it in the first place. And library books never sit on my shelf very long because… well… they have to be returned.

Feel free to answer the questions on your own blog!

The Friday Four: Solitude and Loneliness

1. This is the Periodic Table of the Figures of Speech, a beautiful tool you can use to add flavor to your writing. I haven’t heard the names of most of these terms since college!

2. I was thinking about how “solitude” is perceived as a positive thing, while “loneliness” is perceived as a negative. Going to a movie by yourself or going to a restaurant by yourself might be something you consider an activity you do in solitude, but another person might see you by yourself and think, Look at that person all by himself… he must be so lonely. And perhaps they feel sorry for you, when in reality, you’re perfectly happy by yourself. Strange.

3. To me, one of the hardest things about being Catholic is going to confession, mostly because I am disinclined to talk about my problems in general, let alone with a priest, who doesn’t know me as well as other people with whom I might be inclined to talk about problems. But when I went to the penance service, I saw many people who are regulars at Mass and volunteer in different areas of the church. I wondered… what could so-and-so possibly need to confess? What does she possibly do wrong? Then I thought that those people might be thinking the same about me, and I laughed to myself. Confession is a good reminder that we’re all sinners, no matter how “perfect” we may appear on the outside.

4. I am halfway through reading A Clash of Kings (second book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series), and it’s kind of underwhelming. The book is divided into short chapters, each in a different character’s POV. I really would like to skip around to my favorite characters’ POVs, but I would end up missing a lot of the story and getting more confused than I already am. Also, I’m getting tired of the constant references to rape and prostitution. But, for the sake of my favorite characters, I will continue reading the book.

Happy Friday!