life rambles in the month of june

I have had many, many blog post ideas in the past week. Most of them aren’t too bad, if I do say so myself.

But I don’t have it in me to write them. I’ll get the idea late at night, and then poof: by the next morning when I have time set aside to write the ideas, I have no desire to do so.

life rambles

Or… I’ve just forgotten them. That happened two days ago, when I had (what I think was) a killer idea, but didn’t write it down. I can’t remember it. It’s sad.

I’ve been “mulling over my existence,” what I’m going to do with myself now that I’m a senior, college, what this whole writing thing looks like for me, and making art.

So why not blog about it, instead of some put together neat little guide? This is my blog after all… and it’s called Jeneca Writes… so here I go writing.

  1. I’ve felt pretty distracted and distant from God lately. It’s most likely because I’ve been trying to do things on my own. Over the past day or so, however, I remembered I’ve got to depend on Him and that I can’t do things in my own power. It sounds like a silly thing to forget and rather obvious, but when you’re wading around in this world?

 

2. I’m a senior now… officially, too, now that the semester has been over for a month or so and we’ve started summer. While I’ve been enjoying school free times, I’ve been thinking about college.

College is expensive. really. If I were to go to college, I am very much determined not to go into debt, or at least not majorly in debt. Also, every major I’m considering is stuff I want to learn more about and isn’t really necessary to get a job. I wouldn’t probably make profit back on those things.

Art: there’s a reason starving artists are a thing, guys. XD

writing books: don’t really need a degree on this, and it most likely wouldn’t “pay off” if I did.

spanish: this actually is a useful thing. I want to delve more into spanish, but not because I have a career in mind that I need spanish for. XD

I do want to make this clear, though: I’m not saying I have to make profit or I’m wasting my time. No, that’s silly. College has lots of valuable knowledge. I’m just saying it feels silly to spend gobs of money on a degree for something that won’t return that money and put me worse off financially. *shrugs* And I know there are so many resources outside college for me to learn from, or I can do the things I love with out a degree.

3. Writing. I’ve been getting distracted recently. However, this last week has been pretty strong. I’ve focused enough to get through all the beta comments that were typo/sentence structure comments on Sparrow Singing.
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Now I’ve moved onto my giant list of possible small revisions. Stuff like “More Ember dialogue,” “Clarify this,” and, “Clarify That.” In fact, that’s what I’m supposed to be doing now.

The first three things on the list (they’re not in a particular order) is to clarify a subplot, carry another subplot out to the end, then clarify that this book is Dystopian. World building. Man, I’m not the best world builder, not really, but I’m glad I can see this now as a weakness of mine.

 

4. Publishing. Despite of my “change list” for Sparrow, I have this feeling I’m getting close to querying agents. I mean, if I get tons of feedback screaming about how Sparrow is.not.ready, then I’ll go back to fixing it.

and im not throwin away my shot either

 

But there’s always the chance I’ll get a yes, or a bit of constructive criticism that will make or break my book.

Once I finish this editing round, I’m calling it done and going querying. Of course, I still need to figure out how the heck to write a synopsis, a good query letter, and to make sure it’s all to the standards of the five agents I have saved in my “>>AGENTS<<” folder in my bookmarks.

 

5. Blogging. This week, I bought wordpress hosting on Godaddy, including the jenecawrites domain.

Why then, you might ask, isn’t my domain jenecawrites?

because I returned it within thirty minutes

I realized I jumped the gun. I’m not entirely ready to self host because A) I’m not published b) I’m not quite prepared to shell out 15$ a month if I’m not making a profit form the site c) I don’t even have a contract signed to publish.

Besides, a pretty domain doesn’t make a blog. It’s the content. So here I am, making content. content is king. this ramble is technically content.

No one has probably read this far. oh well. XD

But anyway, that’s what’s been on my mind. I promise next week to have a more refined blog post. However, the next time I blog I think It’ll be a monthly look back… or at least close to one. oops.

Thanks for reading. Free Haagen Daz ice cream (or whatever your desired dessert is) if you read this far.

What’s been on your mind lately?

Sparrow Singing Story Snippets

Can we take a second to admire the alliteration in this title? Totally unintentional but… it’s perfect.

Well guys, I suppose this post is a long time coming. A few days ago, I ran a twitter poll asking what you wanted me to blog about and Story Snippets won:

If you missed the poll and wanted to vote, no worries. I’ll probably be throwing up a poll on twitter ever week now. In my opinion, it makes blogging more fun to involve the readers on what they want to read next. I love voting on blog post polls. XD

Anyway, I’m rambling. Here are some random snippets from Sparrow. Enjoy!

 

from the prologue

 

many years after the prologue

 

 

 

 

 

How are your WIP’s going? Have you reached any goals you’ve set recently? Any summer plans?