Working on Jane’s Story

Keeping my word. Let’s see what Jane does next!

Last week I gave myself a pep talk about how I was going to keep on working on all those projects I abandon out of fear so today I’m going to stick to it. I want to continue to work on Jane’s second story seeing where the writing takes me and what happens.

I think what’s great about this is, unlike Jane’s first story, this work in progress is completely unedited. It’s all a rough first draft. I’m excited to have a documented journey of my work from beginning to end, seeing how it changes and shapes up.

So to keep things cohesive for me, I think I’m going to copy and paste what I already have making what I have already worked on and not changed appear in bold.

Last but not least, before I get to the good stuff, if you haven’t read Jane’s first story; Tales of a Chronic Crocheter, you can find it here, here, and here.

Let’s go!:

Jane Woodsley jolts up in her bed in a cold sweat trying to get away from the dream she just shook herself from. You’re okay, she told herself, it was just a dream. You haven’t seen him in a few months and never will again. Jane got up from her bed and made her way to the kitchen for a glass of water to help her calm down. Though the water helps, Jane still cannot quite get control of her breathing and looks at the clock, its 2:17 a.m. Far too late to call Amanda so she can help calm Jane down. If Jane could call her, Amanda’d tell her the same thing Amanda was always telling her lately; that it’s been months since her bad date with Richard, she needs to get over it and move on. Jane can’t let it haunt her so much. Amanda was right, she should be over it by now but the date keeps haunting her every few nights and in her dreams Jane finds herself on another date with Richard but this time unable to escape him.

Jane makes her way into the living room in search of her afghan that she’s been working on. She finds her work on the end of the couch, right where she left it. Jane curls up on the couch and starts crocheting, focusing on every stitch she makes, hoping it will calm her down. As she is nearing the gray stripe of what will be her blue and gray chevron afghan Jane lets her mind wonder and soon finds herself day dreaming about dating again. Jane had sworn off dating but after pretty much being holed up in her apartment for the last four months she misses the idea of enjoying dinner and the company of a man. Soon Jane falls asleep on the couch, her day dreams turning into dreams. She finds herself in a nice restaurant downtown sitting across from a gorgeous man with chocolate brown hair and deep blue eyes. The date seems to be going well so far, Jane can’t take her eyes off her date and her date won’t stop looking at Jane either. The conversation is flowing easily, talking about hobbies and interests outside of work. “Jane, tell me, what do you usually do with your time outside of work,” asks Jane’s date.

“Oh, well I really enjoy making crafts,” Jane says shyly.

“Really? What kind of crafts? Do you have any pictures of anything you’ve made?”

“I do a lot of crocheting. Blankets, pillows, scarves, hats, sweaters, that sort of thing. I have some pictures on my phone if you really want to see them.”

“Crocheting? Is that the one with the two hooks and you use yarn right? That’s really cool, Jane. I would love to see some of your work.”

“Okay.” Jane pulls her phone out and looks for photos. “Crocheting is the one needle, really a hook, technique. Knitting is where you use two needles. But both do use yarn, so you were close,” Jane gives her date a big smile and hands him her phone.

Jane’s date returns the smile and says, “Oh dang. Sorry. I guess I don’t know very much about it. Wow, Jane. These are amazing. You made these? Seriously? Wow, this is so good.”

Jane blushes and looks away from her date. “Thanks. I really appreciate that. I’ve been crocheting ever since I was a teenager. But what about you? What are your hobbies?”

“Well I enjoy volunteering in my free time. Helping out at animal shelters, helping the homeless shelters, after school programs, that sort of things. But when I’m not doing that I really enjoy reading.”

“That’s really selfless of you. How long have you been volunteering? And reading? What’s your favorite genre,” asks Jane.

Someone approaches their table, Jane’s date doesn’t seem to notice and keeps talking. Jane shifts her attention to who she assumes is the waiter but when Jane looks up she realizes it isn’t the waiter, it’s Richard. Jane freezes, not knowing what to do. “Hello Jane. Let’s continue our date elsewhere. It’s rude to leave someone in the middle of a date, you know,” says Richard as he grabs Jane’s wrist and pulls.

“Hey, stop that! I’m not going anywhere with you. And it’s rude to leave in the middle of a date? What about my date? Right now,” Jane yells. Jane hopes her outburst will get the attention of her date and the restaurant but no one notices. Jane’s date is continuing his conversation as if Jane is still right in front of him.

“Come on, Jane. It’s time to go,” Richard growls while pulling Jane out of her chair.

Jane falls out of her chair and starts screaming. Someone has to hear her. Someone has to help stop this guy from literally dragging her out of the restaurant. Again, no one notices.  Richard drags Jane through the restaurant and as they reach the door, Jane is able to grab on to the door frame with all her might, she still screaming.

“Jane, honestly, enough is enough. You’re going to behave and you’re going to come with me. It’s time to stop fighting this,” Richard says, like this isn’t out of the ordinary for him.

“No! I’m not going. Let me go,” Jane screams.

Richard gives a hard yank on Jane’s free arm and she loses her grip.

Jane jumps awake drenched in sweat. Jane looks around and is confused about where she is. Her breathing is very heavy and ragged as she frantically looks around. It takes her a few moments to realize she’s on her couch in her living room. Jane checks her watch and sees that it’s 7:09 a.m. She jumps off the couch and rushes into her bedroom. “Crap. I’m going to be late!”

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Well there you have it. More of Jane! YAY!

I’m quite happy with how this is shaping out so far. I think I might end up moving the dream to the beginning to kind of revisit things and open the story a little better. I want to remind everyone about how much of an asshole and scary guy Richard really is while also making it clear that Jane’s fear of him is real.

I can’t wait to see what Jane does next 🙂

Stay classy and sassy!

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Etsy Shop Update!

New items in my shop!

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about my shop on Etsy but I have new stuff up and ready for purchase in my shop!

Here are some of the newer items to my shop:

 

Take a look at the listings and my shop for yourself here.

The holiday season is quickly approaching and I’m trying to get ready for it by adding even more products to my shop so stay tuned for those to be coming!

I’m super happy and proud of how everything came out. I’m also thrilled with the fact that for the most part I’ve really been sticking to making new things. It’s a nice hobby and I love doing it.

Let me know if you all are interested in my creative process of how I do it all!

Stay classy and sassy!

Realizations and Pep Talks

Lately I have been starting projects both writing and others but I can’t seem to finish any of them and I’ve been really thinking about that more than usual. I think it stems from my ramblings last week. I feel like lately I’ve been starting things and not finishing them more than ever before.

So why?

I guess one reason is that I just have too many ideas sometimes. Once I start getting an idea or I am in the creative zone it’s just one idea after another often times. I’m afraid that they’re going to get lost and disappear and be gone forever when that happens so I write them down as quickly as I can and as many of them as I can. I always tell myself I’ll come back to them but then I don’t more often than not…

But the bigger reason is fear. There are so many what ifs I have. Part of this whole process is learning and improving and just doing. That doesn’t erase that underlying fear though. I shouldn’t care about any negativity that I get. It’s all constructive (even when the party doesn’t intend it to be). I need to keep doing and keep going and not continue being so hard on myself. I know that I am my biggest critic and I know that I’m the one that’s hardest on myself. It’s okay to not like every single thing that I make. That’s why I can try again. But it’s also why I need to learn to listen to others feedback on my work because I might be blind and too hard on myself to see how it really is.

I also need to stop making excused and just keep going.

The biggest sufferer in all of this is my writing. I have started so many stories and just walked away.

So I’m going to stop making excuses.

And let’s start working on them. Together.

Stay classy and sassy<3

Jane Woodsley Returns!

Rough start to a new Jane story!

Hello wonderful people! I hope everyone is doing quite well.

So I know that I have not been spending enough time writing lately, especially not enough time writing anything more than poems when my true and real love is writing stories.

I thought I would change that. I have been trying to spend quite a bit of time to find inspiration in things to make the writing easier as well as flow a lot more and I think I found that. Remember my Jane story? The one that I posted about here, here and here? Well I started to work on a follow-up story with her because it felt like her journey wasn’t quite over. I began the story and abandoned it not long after because of school and work and loads of other things. In finding my inspiration for writing I found a prompt that fueled me with inspiration to write more of her story. So I’m going to share with you guys the really rough draft I have written so far for Jane’s next adventure:

Jane Woodsley jolts up in her bed in a cold sweat trying to get away from the dream she just shook herself from. You’re okay, she told herself, it was just a dream. You haven’t seen him in a few months and never will again. Jane got up from her bed and made her way to the kitchen for a glass of water. Though the water helps, Jane still cannot quite get control of her breathing and looks at the clock, its 2:17 a.m., too late to call Amanda to help calm her down, though even if she could call her Amanda’d tell her the same thing she was always telling her lately, that it’s been months since her bad date with Richard, she needs to get over it and move on. She can’t let it haunt her so much. And Amanda was right, she should be over it by now but the date keeps haunting her every few nights and in her dream Jane finds herself on another date with Richard but this time unable to escape him.

Jane makes her way into the living room in search of her afghan that she’s been working on. She finds her work on the end of the couch, right where she left it. Jane curls up on the couch and starts crocheting, focusing on every stitch she makes, hoping it will calm her down. As she ends the gray stripe of what will be her blue and gray chevron afghan Jane lets her mind wonder and soon finds herself day dreaming about dating again. Jane had sworn off dating but after pretty much being holed up in her apartment for the last four months she misses the idea of enjoying dinner and the company of a man.

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I’m a little stuck for what exactly should unfold. I don’t want Jane going on another date from Hell with another crazy man because, I’ve already done that. But I would like to see Jane go on some more dates, some bad, some okay and then find a man. Of course Amanda needs to be involved, maybe double date, I don’t know for sure. But I would like to see Richard re-surface. Though the girls got away in Jane’s last story, he’s too crazy and over powering to just be gone. That’s definitely not Richard style.

Who knows. I just am stuck with this right now. The ideas and thoughts are there but to write them out and in story format, they’re not there. I will continue to work on this project with you all as well as my other story I started. I’m excited to see what unfolds and how these stories shape and form for you all.

Any feedback is appreciated!

Stay classy and sassy<3

 

Rough Writings

Working on a new story. All writing was done in the post. Let’s see what happens!

Hey guys, welcome back! We’re half-way through another week! We can do it! Go us! Yay!

I thought we all needed that 😛

So my writing has been struggling again, and it’s my fault. I just have not been giving myself time to sit down and just write. Plus nothing has been jumping into my head screaming to point that I have to write it down… I rely too heavily on that I’ve found which is not good…

Well I’m going to try to change that today.

I’ve been spending a lot of time going and finding prompts, reading short stories, music and stories in general just to find inspiration. And I found some.

I thought it would be fun to take a prompt, write some words to hopefully make a start of a story completely raw. What you get here is everything I’ve come up with. I may come back (in a different post, of course) and edit what I have, add to it, a combination of the two, who knows. I just want to be raw with my writing because that’s part of the beauty of it and I just like to be this open with you guys. And you guys don’t seem to mind it too much, or do you? 🙂

Anyways.

This is prompt I found online and am going to use: ‘two people who hate each other in real life but are unaware that online they are best friends.’

Here we go:

Agatha hated going to school. Every morning her mother had to argue with Agatha until she finally gave up and went to school. “Aggie, why do you hate going to school so much? Why do we have to do this every single morning,” Agatha’s mom, Susan asked.

“The kids are awful, Mom. Why can’t I just stay home and do online school? It’s just high school, I’ll go to college and even live there if you want! Just please don’t make me keep going,” Agatha said.

“What’s going on at school? Is Violet picking on you again? Do you want me to talk to someone? The principal, you counselor, anyone? You can’t just stop going, sweetie,” Susan said.

“No. Don’t call anyone. I don’t want to talk about it anymore. You just don’t understand. See you after school,” Agatha said as she grabbed her backpack and keys and headed for the door.

Before she could have heard a response from her mother, Agatha was out the door and in her car. She was quick to start it and back out of the driveway so she could get her day started. The sooner the day started the sooner it ended, she thought. Agatha stopped at a house a couple blocks from her own to pick her best friend Trevor up for school. “Hurry up Trev, let’s go,” she yelled out the window.

“Hold on, Aggie. You have to at least let the car come to a complete stop, you know,” Trevor chuckled reaching for the door handle to get in. “I see you couldn’t talk Susan into letting you stay home today, huh?”

“Obviously. Can you get a move on please? I want to hurry up and get today over with,” Agatha growled.

“Dude come on, it’s just school. We only have a couple weeks left until summer and soon you won’t have to worry about Violet and her little clique. Wait. Did something else happen yesterday that I don’t know about?”

Agatha’s face turned red. She tried to hide both her anger and embarrassment about what happened yesterday by using the right turn she was about to take to her advantage but Trevor her face before she had much of a chance to hide it. “No. She’s just a bitch who’s goal in life is to make me as miserable as possible. So just the usual.”

“Agatha! You are lying to me. What happened?”

“Oh hey look, school. We should hurry up and find a parking spot. Homeroom is starting soon, you know.”

“We’re in the same homeroom Aggie. Might as well just tell me now.”

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Okay so this is all I got for now. For now.

So do I have any direction for this? Yeah. Basically what I want to see happen in this is Violet is the big bad popular bitch in school with her clique. They’re pretty much your stereotypical popular bully kids in high school but Violet plays a pretty popular MMO which is not known to anyone. She ends up unknowingly befriending Agatha who is a total nerd and also plays the MMO. The two don’t know who they are in real life, become closer and closer and then Violet tells Agatha something and she realizes who she is. Don’t know what’s going to be the conclusion quite yet but I do know I want to make it less of a typical popular kid/geek kid story line if that makes any sense. It’s rough though. Nothing is set in stone but then again, nothing ever is when it comes to writing 😛

I’m looking forward to continuing to work on this piece and see where it goes.

Feel free to leave opinions and suggestions for me!

Stay classy and sassy<3

Random Ramblings

Reflecting on the random things on my mind.

Hey everyone! I hope you all are well on this dreary, cold and wet Monday!

So everyone, I feel, that has started a project of pretty much any kind has had times where they just walk away from it. Abandon it or just take some time apart from it.

My question is what do you do? Just leave it together sitting where you left it? Find a home to tuck it away for if and when you decide to return to it? Do you destroy it because you feel like that day may never come?

Now, don’t worry, I’m not planning on abandoning my blog. I quite like my blog, though I struggle with it at times. I’m just curious because I had a project I was working on for a friend and I now have no desire to keep up with it. I don’t feel like I have the same feelings and emotions now that I did when I started it. So do I keep it? Do I toss it? I just am so uncertain. I put a good amount of time into the project but I just don’t think I’ll ever get back to it.

Funny how feelings can change so quickly, isn’t it?

Or more realistically, you realize things can never be how they once were. With anything.

But I guess that’s more a blessing than anything else. More often than not, it helps me at least learn from what has happened. It helps me evolve and grow as an individual. But it also just doesn’t take away that pain and realization that things aren’t going to be the same and I’m just going to miss them.

Here I am though. keep chugging along and pushing forward. Grasping on to the things I can for the time that I can hold on to them until time propels me forward and I lose my grip causing me to adapt to what’s new around me.

Stay classy and sassy guys<3

Collection Haul/Update!!

Update on my GameCube collecting!

Hey guys!

So I know I haven’t posted in a while and I know I’ve been sticking to more creative writing posts but today I just couldn’t hold it in any longer. Especially after taking another needed step back from everything.

This is what I got.

Now it definitely is not my largest haul but…

I have now finished the letter X AND the numbers.

Plus I hit 289 games. Out of 661 for those of you who forgot 😛 Which means, I am now at 43.72% complete for the entire GameCube collection.

That just blows my mind! I wanted to get to 30% by the end of this year! I was at 20-something percent at the beginning of this year. And it’s all been in the wild hunting! Dang.

I have had the pleasure of being able to find a couple new game stores in the areas that I live/frequent that definitely have made this growth so much more possible. That and my amazing boyfriend and our wonderful trips to random places!

Well enough rambling about that…

So I am very proud to say I am picking off the sports games more and more. That is something that I’m finding to be more difficult than I anticipated because I had absolutely no idea that there were SO. MANY. SPORTS. GAMES. ON. GAMECUBE.

It’s honestly ridiculous. I can’t stand it. I thought you know NFL, Madden, NHL, NBA, NCAA, FIFA, Tony Hawk, Tiger Woods and then I’m done. For the most part. Nope. It’s like everyone decided to make a sports game. And now I just have to own them all since they all came out for the Nintendo GameCube. Which is funny because if you know me, I dislike all sports ball games and types unless it’s skateboarding, NASCAR or bowling. But here I am getting 16 million different football games… 😛

So my collecting has basically gotten to the point of, “Have I ever seen this game before in person?” If the answer is yes, I usually pass on it unless it’s a better deal that I have seen it before. If the answer is no, then I snatch it up into my arms and stroke the spine and only parting with it long enough to check out and then I cradle it all the way back home. I still find a thrill and thankfully I’m still finding games almost everywhere I go when looking for GameCube games. The only exceptions to this is when they don’t have GameCube games or it’s a Half Price Books…

Now my best scores in this haul is definitely X2, the X-man game, 2006 FIFA and my Wii Fit balance board. Now, before you judge too harshly I’ll explain why.

X2 and 2006 FIFA have been two games I have been searching high and low to find ever since I decided I wanted to close out certain areas of the collection alphabet. They have been the two that have alluded me the most and I am so glad to finally have those little buggers off my back and on my shelves!

Now the Wii Fit balance board is a little weird, I know. But a lot of places don’t sell them anymore. And most of my things are still packed away in a little garage all over the place since I’m back home with my family so finding it has been a lost cause. But buying one has proven to be just as difficult until now. I found one for $7! Which is great in my mind. I remember them selling for between $10-$15 when I last saw them which has honestly been a couple of years. So go me in my mind.

Stay classy and sassy guys!