Happy Anniversary! To this blog…

Wow my blog is officially 2 years old…that is so cool. It’s grown a lot since I started (though lately because of work I haven’t been posting as often).

I promise that I will be posting some of my work very soon. I don’t have a set date right now only because of work. That just wouldn’t be fair to any of you…plus it would stress me out.

My novel is also 3 years old. I realized that the other day while writing. I date my pages. All of them. I know its a little weird but it actually helps me keep thinks organized if I date and number my pages.

My babies are growing up…it’s like I’ve been raising two kids. I’m watching them grow and develop and blossom…and all of those words mean the same thing but like…it’s just so cool.

From one word to nearly 20 chapters. From one follower to almost 500. I can’t even put into words how good it feels to…have your hard work pay off. It’s really wonderful.

Thank you all for your support over these last two years and I will do my best to blog at least twice a week. I’ve just been working two weeks straight so I haven’t had any time off.

It’s funny how my blogiversary is in between my mom and dads anniversary and my sisters birthday. Hmm…must’ve planned that secretly.

Stay tuned and thank you all,

R.

Writing and Life Update

Wow this weeks just been flying by. I can’t believe it’s almost Friday!

I’ve gotten a couple of projects on the go, which is fantastic. I started getting into serious script writing. I’m really enjoying it. It’s different from writing novels and poetry but it’s just as fun.

As for my novel I’m working on it still. Planning out some minor details. It’s been fun. It really has. I mean, it’s almost like doing homework for school but this is the kind of homework that I enjoy.

I might start posting a short story that I wrote a while back just…I don’t know. I found it the other day and thought, “With a little editing here and there this could be a good story.” So I’ll be working on making it more presentable. The version I found was a draft. I haven’t received any feedback on it…so I’ll probably end up showing it to my sister first. She’s an honest kid.

I’m not sure how much work I’ll get done with my niece over though. She’s currently taking her nap so I have time to relax until she wakes up.

She’s a funny little girl. We spent all morning playing outside with my brother and my mom.

It’s great being back home with my folks. They really give me the drive I need to work.

Speaking of work, I’m starting that soon. I’m excited…very, very, very excited.

Actually my dad is more excited than I am.

Our family needs to do a lot of…nice happy things right now. We’ve got a lot going on…. but I’m just going to stay strong and be positive. I’m happy that I finally got hired by someone, that just takes some weight off my dad. Plus having my niece over should keep everyone in good spirits.

I find that if you’re feeling down, its best to go outside and get some fresh air. Exercise is amazing…it does a lot for your mind and body. I like to run. Since I’ve gotten back into running I’ve been feeling like my usual self. I’m writing music and poetry, working on my novels and joking around with my sister.

Happy Thursday!

P.S. do not drive your Barbie’s off a steep cliff (the porch) or they might flip upside down and lose their tiara’s.


That featured image was drawn by moi. Isn’t it awesome? I was like, “Mom look at my beautiful picture of an alien with a gun!” and my mom gave me that “Are you for real?” look and then I just walked away…

I bet my niece would like it…the alien is a villain in my story. Yah….okay bye!

Novel Update: Writer’s Block Has Been Defeated!

Yep, it is true. I’ve finally punched writer’s block in the face!

After arriving at university (as some of my earlier followers may know), the new atmosphere and being on my own for the first time caused me to lose my…I guess the drive that I had while working on my novel. The last time I worked on it was my first week here at university, and that was August. Finally in the last few days of February I opened up my novel, and with the help of my sister, I began a new chapter.

Though writer’s block is horrible, and it was my first time actually dealing with it, the experience allowed me to further my research for my novel, rather than rush into everything all at once. I also reviewed notes that I made for my novel, and revised them. I feel as though I have more knowledge on the world of my novel now, than I did when I began writing it a year ago.

It’s still incredible to think that my novel is now a year old. I don’t believe that I’ve spent that much time with a novel. I believe deep in my heart that this one is going to be the one that I share with the world. I’m looking forward to the day when it is published. I designed the cover a year ago, and I still love it…however, I’m not entirely sure if I will have someone recreate it or if I will try to do it myself. Anyway, that is something that I can think about once the novel is complete.

After going through writer’s block for the very first time, I think that my advice to those who are going through it is, instead of beginning a new project, expand on your current one. Do some research, review whatever notes you’ve made…like maybe a character’s personality. It’s a good way to sort of take your novel and see how it’s developed so far.

Happy almost Friday everyone!

— O. Ryder

Procrastination

I’ve been dealing with procrastination for years, and in my final year of high school I thought that I’d finally broken away from it. I hadn’t everything in on time, and was always getting my homework done right away so that I wouldn’t have to worry about it later on. Unfortunately, this being my first year at university, it seems that I’ve been procrastinating the start of my assignments. I was aware of this essay weeks ago, it’s due next week and all I’ve done is decide on what it is I’m going to discuss. Essay’s haven’t really been my strong point…especially those awful five paragraph ones. I didn’t get the hang of essay writing until I was in the 12th grade. No one really took the time to teach me in elementary school, so when I got to high school I sort of pretended I knew how to do it and figured it out…well…sort of. At least I was getting B’s on my work rather than C’s.

So I’ve been here since 11 am trying to start an essay. I’ve got my notes nicely laid out, a couple scribbles about what it is I want to say. I reread one of the texts I want to discuss and then I thought “I’m going to watch something” however the show not only irritated me but it infuriated me. It is one of my favourite shows and I just got annoyed with the way that the writers have been reusing scenarios over and over again throughout the series and just changing the characters in each. I understand that it isn’t always easy to come up with new ideas, but I also feel like writers are wasting their talent when they do things like that. Here I am, trying to think of a good thesis for my essay and these guys are just reusing the same scenes? Seriously?

I understand that that sort of thing pays the bills, but I strongly believe that you should be writing for yourself with an audience in mind not writing for an audience and putting all of your ideas to the side. Sure getting feed back from your audience worked for Charles Dickens (whose novels I enjoy reading in my spare time) but will you actually be happy with the final product?

Many writers who were pressured into going with one ending, or removing scenes are chapters were unsatisfied with the way their stories were presented in the end. A lot of them republished their novels and plays with “new” endings, putting back what was originally there in order to stop torturing themselves.

I know that I myself would not be happy handing in this essay for example, if I knew that it was not my best work. If it doesn’t satisfy what I believe to be good, than it cannot satisfy anyone else.

As I write this I continue to put off the creation of my thesis, however I’m writing something and that will put me in a writing mood (hopefully). I even cleaned my room so that I could have clear thoughts while studying for my exams. The sooner I finish this essay, the sooner I can begin preparing for my exams.

I’ve procrastinated everything that wasn’t for marks it seems. I will defeat this monster…I will. I just need to remember what got me to fight against procrastination the first time. I don’t think it was just having a spare period to work on assignments. Maybe it was because the people that I was surrounding myself with were working hard as well? I’m not too sure.

Anyone out there have the same problem? I seriously need help…I don’t want to procrastinate studying (I usually don’t but my parents aren’t around to nag me).

Well…I’ve got about 20 minutes to come up with a thesis. I sort of have one now…. Ha I’ll use this. It sucks now but I’ll fix it up later. I just wanna get this thing started.

Hope everyone is enjoying their week so far!

— O. Ryder

First Week at University

This week I started university. The first day was a bit overwhelming. When my family left I wasn’t sure of what to do with myself for the next few hours. I felt almost as though they had abandoned me, even though I had been so excited to live on my own and make new friends.

Days later I began to meet great new people and today I am preparing for my very first lecture. I’m excited for the class and am looking forward to the novels that we will be reading as well as the things we’re going to study. I hope that I will enjoy the course and that I will like the professor.

Everyone at this university seems very friendly and easy going. It isn’t hard to make friends and for the first time I’m actually happy to be back at school in September.

Thank you to all of the wonderful ISW leaders here at my school for introducing me to cool people and for making the transition from High school to University so much easier.

Random Rambling Blog Post….Why do I wake up so early?

Though I only have 3.5 days left of my time in high school, I am still finding it hard to imagine that I won’t be going back next September to say, “Hey guys! We promised to hang out last summer. What happened?”

Many of my friends feel the same way; however I’m the only one out of all of us who feels confident and ready to move on. I have no doubt in my mind that I am ready for life beyond these big brown doors, beyond this city…beyond the careful watch of my parents.

Everyday I am beginning to see how extremely precious each moment is in this life, and that I should cherish those moments, and make the best out of them. I face my fears, I take risks…well at least little ones (I’m not a fan of taking huge risks but I try once in a while…I mean as a teenager it is expected then again it gives my parents less to worry about).

3.5 days…wow. I have no regrets. None. I’m officially finished high school after my exams, and then it’s good by small town, hello small town. I like small towns.

I really don’t know what to write today…except that. It’s 4 am…oh 5 am now. I wake up at weird hours, but I wasn’t feeling so hot last night and I kind of have a weird thing going on with my head, but I’m sure I’ll survive. I have to go to school today because I’m teaching a class…yep…teaching high schoolers today. I want to teacher elementary school kids (though I have for the last year) but I have to wait until the weekend for that. I miss my kids when I don’t see them for a while. I actually want to ask if I can come in and see them occasionally when I’m back from school…my little kiddies….It’s like I’m a mama duck or something and they follow me around.

Ha…oh man, I’m tired. I’m going to go try and read a book. I don’t see a point in going back to bed if my alarm is going to sound off in about an hour.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

Happy Anniversary to my blog!

Getting There

As I may have mentioned before on my blog, I prefer to write novels, however this year I have been forced to begin working on creating short stories.
I have to say, I have improved, however I’m still trying to build confidence in myself, as I am often worried about the length and or getting the actual story across.
My most recent short story is only at the beginning and I put it on hold for a couple of days, as I began to stress over it. I pretty much wanted to grab a bag of chips and eat, and eat, and eat which staring at the screen with a blank face like, “God help me.”
Actually, I believe I asked God to help me, and to have mercy upon my soul while forming the idea in my head.
You see, this short story is to be read by universities and looked at by famous local authors. So just try to imagine the amount of pressure you’d be under if you were trying to not only impress local authors but university professors and also get money to help pay for your schooling.
I’m just saying, it’s pretty intense. Wow I feel so loose today writing this. Ha, this is different.
Anyways, I’ll be working on my short story again today. Hopefully I can stop feeling so nervous. I mean, I’m sure it will be fine, and I’ll be getting it looked at by my teacher and will be having it edited by my peers. I don’t feel like I have anything to worry about…. I refuse to bail this time.
Two years ago I meant to enter this competition and I chickened out. I’m going to do it. I won’t talk myself out of it again.
I needed to get this off my chest. I haven’t written a length post in a while, so this is nice. A little venting is great, especially in these situations.

Well happy reading/blogging to everyone.
Hope you all have a great week.
I’ll be sure to update you…I swear I won’t bail out this time!

Orion.

By the way, I forced myself not to edit this… I have homework and well, if I take the time to edit this instead of working on mu entry and doing my homework then I’d be wasting time, which I sort of already did by writing this post.