Reading & Writing

Lately I have been reading a lot. Like almost all of my free time has been spent reading. From manga to novels, I have been devouring a lot of what is on my bookshelves. Which is a good thing because my backlog is HUGE!

So where did this motivation for reading come from? I recently discovered a side of YouTube that I had no idea existed. BookTube. I don’t know why I didn’t think that this existed but I have been so engrossed in my new find. I think seeing so many other people’s love for books and reading really inspired me to read more and discover new authors, worlds, characters and stories.

I also have been lacking in the inspiration department for my own stories. Reading is a way that I can find inspiration to breathe new life into stories to keep them going. Now this can also be dangerous as sometimes work can too closely resemble another author’s story or writing style. I’m still learning and try my best to combat this by not reading the same author too much in a period of time when I know that I will also be writing.

Some of you may be asking what exactly have I been reading? Well, I am preparing for the new Cardcaptor Sakura manga to be released this month, So I read the Master of Clow arc that I had no idea existed until recently. I also have read the first 3 books of the Sword Art Online light novel series because I am a weeb. I read Firecracker by David Iserson and  Lies my Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters. All are fantastic books in their own right. They all have inspired me to keep going with my current stories but to also try working with different kinds of characters and stories. I’m looking forward to continuing to both read and write more as well as see how all of my recent and current reading shapes and influences my writing. Both in good and bad ways 😛

Stay classy and sassy ❤

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Thoughts

“I’m not ready.”

Yet I never will be.

“It’s not fair.”

Then again it never is.

“I’ll never adjust.”

Suddenly, one day you do.

“I never asked for this.”

No one ever does, but you deal.

“I’ll never forget.”

And I don’t, though I do forgive.

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Looks like poetry is making a comeback from me.

❤ Stay classy and sassy

Lost in Thought

Sharing some thoughts from last night

Last night as I had YouTube aimlessly playing music in the background of me getting some stuff done around my room, it was randomly playing song after song. I soon found myself “rabbit holing” to some real throwbacks of my teenage years. I stopped to listen and really hear the lyrics to some of my favorite tunes from my past. The lyrics caught me by surprise to some of the songs. My younger self hadn’t truly listened or understood much of what the artist was singing about.

Now I do. And oh how I can relate now. These songs and subject matter really struck a chord with me and immediately got me thinking about myself, my life and my choices so far.

At first I was thinking about all the mistakes I’ve made. But I stopped myself. That word, mistakes. I don’t feel like it should be a word, at least not one to be used to describe past choices in one’s life. Every choice or action I made and make serves a purpose. I might not like the outcome of that choice or action I make but if I didn’t make that choice or do that action I wouldn’t be right where I am today.

And I like where I am today. Honestly it takes a lot of strength, understanding and patience to say that.

Let me put it into a bit of perspective for you. I am 24 years old and I live at home with my family again after previously living on my own. I’m also divorced. My marriage lasted less than a year and I was left with a lot of feelings and emotions after my marriage ended. Now I won’t get into all of that, but last night I was thinking about my marriage and divorce, I was thinking about how it was a big mistake.

In reality that couldn’t be further from the truth. It was meant to happen to teach me so much about myself, about others, about love and about relationships.

Plus if I hadn’t chosen to do it, I wouldn’t have Mathew or my career or some of the best friends I am blessed to have now. I also doubt I would have my blog or my Etsy shop if I hadn’t had my marriage and divorce. I just know that I definitely wouldn’t have the appreciation for everything that I do now.

This is all a good and helpful reminder that everything really does happen for a reason. I am understanding and accepting of my choices. I am happy I went through my marriage and my divorces. As weird as that sounds.

I just need to remind myself of this from time to time.

So remember, no mistakes, only purpose.

This isn’t to say we can’t change choices or mend broken things. We can. We will.

Stay classy and sassy<3

 

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!

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