The Daily Life of a Writer

I know.

I know that I made a big deal of reviving my abandoned blog, and then I proceeded to abandon it again for five months.

But I didn’t really abandon it–frankly, it was just delusional of me to announce my return to blogging mere days before the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition. More than that, though, I’ve been using these past months attempting to figure out the right balance between my writing side, my blogging side, and my life in general.

Here’s a question I’ve had to ponder: How does a writer measure success? Especially a writer who is not at a point in their life to be trying to get published, or to sell a script, or to be focusing on any other concrete measure of accomplishment.

Anyone who calls themselves a writer but who tries to live a “normal” life outside of writing and is going to end up wearing a lot of hats. On the one hand, I have all of these personal projects that I need to keep progressing towards some eventual state of being “finished.” On another hand, I often need time to write just for the sake of writing: this can mean working on blog posts, generating ideas in a journal, or any other type of writing that falls under the umbrella of “this isn’t helping me make progress in any specific project, but it’s keeping me sane.” Continue reading The Daily Life of a Writer

Why I revived my abandoned blog, and how I plan to do it

It’s been over a year since I last wrote anything for this blog — and the thing is, I never intended to go on a hiatus. The first few months of that absence were spent absolutely certain that I would get back to it “any day now.” But the greater that the gap grew, the harder it was to do anything about it.

Still, at the back of my mind, I always assumed that I would be back. And eventually I had to ask myself – why?

Did I feel obligated to come back to blogging, or did I truly want to?

For those of you who didn’t know, I had two blogs previously. Coffee Stained was where I wrote more consciously for an audience rather than just myself. The other, my personal blog, existed for the sole purpose, as I once described, “because sometimes I just want to talk.”

I enjoyed writing posts for both, but I struggled to keep either regularly updated. I found it much easier to write for the personal blog, but I didn’t post there often because I always felt obligated to put more effort towards the “real” blog.

One began to feel like a job, and the other like a waste of my time — so, instead of having two outlets for my thoughts, I ended up with none. The truth, I came to realize, was that I never needed two blogs. The essential purpose of both was the same: I just wanted to share my point of view. Continue reading Why I revived my abandoned blog, and how I plan to do it

10/29 Update

This is a general announcement to all old, new, and returning readers: I’m not gone! Real life got to be a bit too overbearing for me for a while, but I’ve long been planning a return to blogging and I hope to realize those plans very soon. Things will be changing a bit around here; you may notice that I’ve already gone through and removed a lot of my older posts that I didn’t feel were worth keeping around. I may re-purpose those thoughts at a later time, but that’s another story. I still have a bit of redesigning and reorganizing to do, but I believe you can expect an official introduction to the new blog very soon. Thank you very much if you’ve stuck around all this time, and I truly hope you’ll like what’s coming.

Little Red Riding Hood

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“Little Red Riding Hood” by Angeline (lockjaw.deviantart.com). Click picture for original image on DeviantART, opens in new window.

“Little Red Riding Hood” has proven to be a very interesting story to analyze. On the one hand, we don’t tend to think of it in relation to the other prominent fairytales. Red Riding Hood as a character does not have a definitive interpretation the way the other heroines do; she doesn’t have a Disney movie, or an attempt-to-be-Disney movie, and she’s very rarely brought to the forefront in works that reinterpret fairytales as a whole. But, despite this, her story has permeated our culture; there are any number of shorter, smaller, less-significant works based on the story that we’ve all seen at least a handful of. While she’s rarely the main character, she is never not included in fairytale mash-ups, and her story is almost solely responsible for much of the characterization of wolves as antagonists and predators.

Where many of the other fairytale heroines are identifiable by their respective symbols, Red Riding Hood herself is a symbol. Her story isn’t consistent, the details and meaning of it have changed more drastically over the years than most. She doesn’t have a persona, she can’t really be classified as a passive or active character, and her actions depend on the version of the story and what other characters are present. But we know the hood, the grandmother, the wolf, and the woods. We all know the basic elements of the story, and it doesn’t often seem that the details make a difference. Continue reading Little Red Riding Hood

Being Commander Shepard

Too long ago, I wrote about my experience with the The Jade Empire, and I expressed the intent to write more posts focusing on video games. Though I’ve had many topic ideas since then, I never really got the bug to need to write them. My fairytales and my movies got in the way, because when it comes right down to it, my passion is in stories. Bioware, through The Jade Empire, caught my attention and inspired me to write that post nearly a year ago. And it’s Bioware that brings me back to discussing the medium today.

Sometime between then and now, my boyfriend found himself unable to bring his Mass Effect 1 & 2 save files into Mass Effect 3, and decided to replay the series from the start. This happened after I had intentions of eventually trying the Mass Effect series myself. So while he spent his days catching up to his lost save, I watched, and I put a lot of thought into what my character might do differently.

Now that I have the first two games, this is to the best of my memory the first time I’ve played a game that had both a fully voice acted protagonist and the choice of dialogue responses for them. I’ve had experiences with the personality-driven dialogue wheel, but sans voice acting, and I would definitely say now that the voice acting is the biggest part of what makes my Mass Effect character feel genuine to me. Continue reading Being Commander Shepard