Monthly Archives: October 2012

On Writing Long Posts

Dear Reader,

I apologize for the length of my last few posts.  Obviously, I can be extremely long-winded.  I realize that there is an art to writing blog posts, which I believe I have not yet mastered.  I understand if you do not like reading my long-ass posts; I will not be offended.

Nevertheless, I will most likely continue to write such posts.  You see, I write more for my own benefit than I do for yours, as I am sure we all do.  I feel there is a lot knocking around inside my brain and I want to get it out. The beauty of our modern-day technology is that I am able to do so in a way which potentially provides me with interaction for my thoughts.  

Therefore, my dear reader, I thank you for indulging me in my rambles and for engaging with me from time to time.   

I take my long-winded habits as a good sign as we head into November.  Apparently, as long as I have something to say, two thousand words come easily for me.  I will try to cling to this knowledge during those dark moments in November when I am at a loss.



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Beauty and the Beast Revisted

Sometime this summer I made a post about the new show “Beauty and the Beast.”  It hadn’t started yet, but I had heard some things about it and it did not seem like it would be a very good show.

Well, I’ve given it two episodes and I can say with full confidence, it is not a good show… at all.  In fact, I would go as far to say that it offends me and that it glorifies emotional abuse.  Let me explain why. Continue reading

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Rant on the Nook versus the Kindle

Awhile ago I decided to buy an e-reader.  I figured if, one day, I end up self-publishing, I should know what is out there and how others do it.  So, I did some research and I ended up buying a Nook instead of a Kindle.  Here are some reasons why:

– It was cheaper.

– The cheapest version of the Nook seemed to be better than the cheapest version of the Kindle (I don’t remember my reasoning at the moment).

– But the number one reasons why I decided to buy a Nook over a Kindle was because I felt the Nook catered more towards the self-published author and Barnes and Noble were less interested in controlling the market like Amazon.

Let me explain.  The Nook supports e-pub files.  I don’t know if the Kindle supports these files, but I don’t think so.  This file is the format that is not associated with any particular apparatus or company.  It is the generic file.  This means that the Nook supports platforms such as Project Gutenberg and Smashwords.  If you are not already aware of Smashwords, you should check it out – it is awesome.  And, it is the e-publishing platform that provides authors with the largest royalties and control over pricing.  Of course, Smashwords’ audience is much smaller than Amazon, but publishing on Smashwords means your book is distributed to and can be read on a number of different readers, not just the Kindle.

Secondly,as much as I love Amazon, I really do not want them to rule the world, which is  Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2012


That’s all I’ve been seeing lately while surfing the creative writing blogs here on WordPress, so I figured I may as well write my own NaNoWriMo post.  I’ve also added the 2012 Participant badge so the whole world (all three of you, that is) knows I’m doing it.

I have never participated, so I have no idea how it will go.  I have a story in mind, though, and a writing buddy to keep me accountable.  And I really, really want to win this thing…but, I have a feeling about a week into November things will get really busy and I will have to set it aside.  I know, I know: I should have a more optimistic outlook, but,
really, I am being optimistic, because it will mean I am that much closer to getting my doctorate.  (Then I’ll only have to face the horrors of trying to find a job.)

My advisor approved the draft of my dissertation.  Woo hoo!  Her revisions were minimal – it only took me a day to finish them.  This means, of course, that I could possibly be defending by the end of November, which means I have a LOT of things to do between now and then.

In the meantime, I have some class prep to finish up and then I look forward to doing some research for my NaNoWriMo story.

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I’m Back? Or, The Story of My Dissertation Journey

*Brushes the dust off her blog and takes a look around.*

–WARNING: Extremely long post… I got carried away —

When I started this blog, I intended it to help me record my journey into the world of writing fiction.  The problem is I jumped into it before I was ready, really.  Way back in April, or whenever that was, I decided that the next thing I want to accomplish is finally finishing a novel.  Since then I’ve also decided I want to try playing Starcraft, so I can write an article about gender & esports.  That was back in June, I believe.  Recently, I’ve added another project to my list: learning SQL.  I’ve always wanted to learn a computer language.  Knowing SQL isn’t the MOST relevant language I could learn, but I want to build my own database to help me keep track of all the resources I’ve found during the course of writing my dissertation.  (I know there are some out there already and I haven’t tried them all, but the ones I have tried, I didn’t like.)

That probably gives you some insight into how my mind works.  I get excited over a new project, but I jump from project to project pretty quickly.  However, since finishing this dissertation and this degree has been  a 10 year process, it wasn’t something I could let slip away.  So, for the past 9 months I have been denying myself.  Facebook.  Video games.  Fun books.  Crafts.  Friends.  All I have done for the past 9 months (well, except for most of June – I took that month off) is sit in this room, in this chair in front of my computer.  But I made myself do it because I don’t want to have wasted the past 10 years.  The Secret World premiere came, I played for a couple of weekends and then had to stop playing.  Guild Wars 2 premiered and I played for a couple of weekends, and had to stop.  Pub(lishing) Crawl keeps posting these awesome-looking new books that are coming out.  Some of the new author blogs I follow announce the release of their book.  I can’t even remember the last fiction book I finished.  Honestly, I think it was The Passage, but I finished that three months ago.

At some point this summer, I started having a ridiculous feeling – I didn’t want to jinx anything  or something.  So I started denying myself writing in this blog too.  I wanted to be able to write about writing, but I wanted to finish the dissertation before I did that.  So, I started denying myself this blog too…except for the couple of unrelated posts I felt compelled to post (as you can see, television is the one thing I did not deny myself.  I did, however, limit my consumption).

Well, I FINISHED A COMPLETE DRAFT OF MY DISSERTATION!!!  It’s not the final draft, and Continue reading

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