Schools out…and it’s snowing?

Wow everybody seems to be leaving residence today. No wonder it’s so noisy…

I really hope that I’m not the last kid moving off this floor because this place will be so lonely tomorrow. I’ve already moved out a bunch of stuff anyways. I was smart and decided to break it up so that we wouldn’t have to move out 9 am on a Friday.

This year went by so fast… I’m currently cram studying for my English exam because I spent more time studying for history which was on Monday. I love seeing how much information I actually remembered throughout the year. I’ve got a pretty great memory. I’m proud of my brain. It is a great brain. I’d like to kiss it for being awesome.

I bought myself a club sandwich, chips and a kitkat…because I’m on my break right now (Haha…I’m probably the only one laughing at that pun).

I’m so glad schools over. Can someone please get back to me about the 30 plus jobs I’ve applied for. I’m an active volunteer in my community, a good student and I work well both independently and with others. I’m a quick learner and I’m respectful of others. I have experience working with people of all ages and I enjoy being productive.

UGH! This is why living in a small town sucks. Maybe I’ll apply in the city after all…

Why is it snowing? Yesterday hail…today snow. Why Canada? Why…?

The Insomnia Blog?

I know it’s a little odd for me to post poetry at 2 in the morning. Thing is, I’ve been writing them off the top of my head every day, and I thought that it’d be alright to share them. It also helps to calm me down.

You see, I’m having trouble falling asleep lately. I don’t know if it’s because exams are coming up or because I’m not tired. It might also be because I keep staying up very late whenever I go home to see my family. I just feel like I’m not able to get to bed until around 3 – 4am. I know it isn’t healthy because I used to wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning all of the time, without any reason. It was simply I’d wake up from an intense dream. I’d go back to sleep and get up at 7 am when my alarm went off. Now I set my alarm for 8am since my classes are usually around 11am.

I’m not sure why I’m telling you all my sleeping patterns. I’m know that this isn’t the first time I’ve discussed my inability to sleep on my blog. Maybe I should call this the insomnia blog. What I find bizarre is that I enjoy sleeping. It is so nice. It’s stress relieving and I love that nice warm bed feeling.

I thought that if I talked about sleeping I’d start to yawn. Ha…I typed the word yawn and yawned. That’s hilarious. I love the human mind. I wish that was on tape because that was perfect. The yawn signalizes that I may be able to fall asleep around 4. Wish me luck…

Hope everyone has a Wonderful Wednesday.

To the Girl from the Elevator

You obviously don’t know this but I was feeling pretty down this morning.

I thought I was late to class and ran there only to find out that I was an hour early. I hadn’t finished the last two chapters in my reading for the week even though I’d stayed up late to try to finish them, even though I felt like throwing up. I ran out of laundry money but it was too cold to walk all the way to the other side of the school to get some in what I was wearing…since I had nothing else to wear. I lost something I needed and searched my entire desk for it but still couldn’t find it after making a mess of my room, which nearly made me late for my actual class. By the end of my last class, I was feeling horrible. I got back my first assignment and well, I didn’t do so great. I decided to buy myself a cupcake so that I could have myself a little pity party up in my room. I got to the place between the elevator and the stairs and started to think which would be better.

That’s when you showed up. “The struggle of deciding whether you should take the stairs or the elevator.” you said, and you laughed. “I do that all of the time.”

I forced a smile and said, “Yah.”

You asked me what floor I was on and after I replied you said, “That cupcake looks delicious.”

I told you where I’d gotten it from, in case you wanted one herself.

You said, “How’s your day been so far?”

“Pretty good.” I lied.

You complained about midterms coming up and said that you couldn’t wait until the weekend so that you could have some time to relax.

I nodded in agreement. I too was ready for a break.

Before you left the elevator you looked at me and said, “Well I hope you have a wonderful Thanks Giving!”

To tell you the truth, I was surprised. “Thank you….” I stood there a moment, then shouted to you before the doors shut, “You too!” After that as I went up to my floor, I found that I wasn’t feeling so down anymore. I was genuinely happy. I wondered if you were some “Cheer up Angel,” because the way I had suddenly gone from down to up was miraculous. I wish I’d asked what your name was so that I could say hello to you next time I see you…and because I’m shy about things like this I wanted to thank you. Even though it was a simple elevator conversation, it actually meant a lot to me.

So thanks,

— Orion Ryder

Videos on Writing

I really wanted to share this video Unusual Writing Tips that I found on YouTube. Throughout the week I tend to do research for my novel or check out articles, books and videos on how to improve my writing (or just to make sure I’m on the right track).

This video is short and simple and some of the tips in it I use myself, such as the giving your characters faces tip. However, I draw mine…maybe I’ll share some of these drawings sometime soon, I’ve got a whole pile.

Anyway it’s worth watching it’s almost 5 minutes like but some of these sorts of videos are 12 – 20 minutes long.  

This video, also by Andrea is on Characterization. A lot of the tips that she gives here in this video are things that I myself do. I have done blog posts in the past on characterization and the importance of your characters name. I tend to put a lot of effort into my characters because I want to know them like we’ve been friends for over ten years or something.

Okay so here is another video on Villains. I really enjoyed this video, it had some very interesting tips and insights on how to create a good villain for your story. A couple of the things that Shadevlog mentioned I hadn’t ever thought of however I was really happy when she said her point about how one even in reality does not make someone turn super evil or decide to do something because instantly I thought of Batman.

In so many Batman comics and films and in the cartoons, Bruce Wayne and almost all of the villains have one traumatic incident that makes them decide on whether or not they are going to become good or evil. In my opinion there’s got to be more to the story than that. I’m sorry but Brucie, your parents were killed and in many different scenarios you came across a bat…or several bats. But why did that make you become a 40 year old man that drives around at night looking for crime?

Is this what it means to have a mid-life crisis..? 

I don’t know. I never really got into Batman anyway. 

This next video is called How to Write a Great First Chapter. This is an excellent video to watch because Ellen Brock as an editor knows a lot about what it is that writers should and should not do when it comes to their opening chapters. In this video Ellen talks about introducing the catalyst, types of conflict (internal was her example), and setting the tone and she goes over the basics of writing your first chapter in a straightforward way. 

So I might share so more of these tips of videos later on, since I love to share my findings with fellow writers. 

Hope that everyone is having an awesome week so far. Also feel free to let me know of any books or videos or articles that you really enjoyed that have to do with writing.