Hello, I have been on Chapter 14 for a few months now. In November I was not feeling so great, and put my writing on hold. I decided to reread everything in December so that I could edit what I had thus far.
Luckily for me, I am back to writing. The constant search for editors, publishers, and print presses, is long, but reassuring. I am also planning on my departure from Japan for April of this year! So yeah, I’m a little busy.
As much as I adore my students, I am happy to leave the company, and begin life as an author! Unfortunately, I did not finish my book by January as I intended to. However, this set back will not deter me from my goal. I will continue to write, and work hard to publish in April.
I am also a scatter brained person, so I am having issues with the ending of my book. I am not sure what direction to take it in, but I must push through. Wish me luck, I’ll definitely, need it.
I’m very happy to let you know the writing is still going strong! Today was extra great because I was even more inspired than usual. I feel this is going to be my longest book. Originally the book would have ended by now, but the new draft has taken a life of its own. Seriously, when I write I feel that the book takes over and I’m just there to jot things down. It may sound “strange” to others, but if you have ever written, you know that this feeling of true inspiration can really motivate you. Not to mention, it keeps you writing and pushing the story further along. It also brings boundless joy!
I am eager for the week to end so that I can write once more.
Hello fellow readers. I have been working on my novel for three months now and it’s going well! I am currently on Chapter 10 and feel energized every week. Every Sunday I wake up at 8am and go to my local bookstore. There, I order a matcha frappuccino venti! Yes, it is quite yummy. Most of the time I just have that all morning. I find a seat in the large seating area and get my things ready. I put on my playlist to get into the mood for writing. Then I let my imagination take me where it wants to go. From 9am to 12pm I zone out and type away.
When I first thought about publishing my second novel, I procrastinated. I always thought too much and made excuses as to why I couldn’t finish. There was school, I had no drive, I had no money, blah blah blah. Yet, now that I kicked myself into gear, I can’t stop myself. I think all week about Sundays and what the future holds for my book. I feel this surge of energy in writing. As stated before, I am re-writing this book. It is somewhat different than the first draft.
The very original idea for this book stemmed from a thought I had eleven years ago while I was a camp counselor sitting in the most boring class. I was not particularly needed in this, reading class, so I let my mind drift. The idea was a young girl running though the woods. She was draped in long flowing fabric. The idea then kept sprouting and did its own thing. It actually built itself around that one thought. That is how most of my stories begin. A thought, a dream, or even a song can influence my work.
I am happy that I am re-writing my book. It is stronger than it was before. I am not saying it’s a best-seller, although that would be pretty sweet! I am just saying that I have grown as a writer, albeit just a tad. I am eager to finish in January so that I can copyright it and send it to an editor. From there I’ll either self publish or find an agent. Either way, 2017 is going to be my year!
So in the past month, I’ve been writing in my novel. I hope that my new found motivation to write weekly continues. I have been inspired by listening to a playlist in my ipod. It comprises of artists such as Kelis, Michael Jackson, Childish Gambino, BoA, Foo Fighters, Sade, Clipse, and a few others.
Music inspires me because it creates this feeling much like nostalgia. It pushes my creativity and makes it flow. I have been going to this wonderful place called Tsutaya in my town. I get there early like 9am to beat the rush of people. I get me a matcha frappuccino and sit in bliss. The goal is 3 hours. Last week I did two days back to back with 2 and a half hours each. Today, I did 3 full hours!
The downside of this is sitting for so long. If it weren’t for nerve issues within my back due to sitting too long then I would do about 5 hours! I was really going today and felt great! I notice that if I do this every week, then I could complete many chapters and make my goal of finishing by January!
I don’t want to push too hard as I don’t want garbage. Quality is key and re-writing my novel proves to be beneficial to fleshing out the story and characters.
I’m eager to have it published by April of next year. Then I can go back to my science fiction novel I started in 2005. I also have a horror novel and science horror novel I want to write. However, they must be on the shelf in my mind while I work on the current book.
I feel really good and unstoppable in my quest to accomplish my goals. Please stay tuned! Once I finish my current book and copyrite it, you bet your bottom dollar that I will have a few chapter samples for you to read before the finished product comes out!
Oh wow I haven’t written anything in weeks. I’ve been adjusting to many things while living in Japan.
We are starting the hot summer months and it is quite humid here. Being from NJ I am not oblivious to heat or humidity. We get our fair share of wet days in the summer months too.
I must note that despite coming from a climate that is similar to Japan, I still hate the heat. It’s not fun and there is no way to relax except for the breeze of an air conditioner.
The Japanese however have made efforts to combat such heat in the form of food. My friend Naomi had taught me how to make Somen (sow men). It is a cold noodle dish that is best served with a dipping sauce littered with ice cubes.
This dish is amazing and something that is easy even for me to make.
A great side dish to go with this meal is a fish roll called Chi-Ku-Wa. Having vegetables with it is also a plus as it will only complement an already healthy meal.
In a past post, I wrote about a newish book I was working on. Turns out that I am rewriting it from scratch. It’s great because I feel like I’ve grown as a writer. I can add on to things about my story and characters by writing it over again.
I plan on self publishing and finding an editor. That was what my first published novel was lacking. I want my next baby, my second, to be a perfect addition to my repertoire of work.
I’ve been pretty good. I write once a week, even with my busy schedule. It is great because I have been lazy in the past with writing. However, seeing how I accomplished my goals of graduating college and teaching in Japan, I think I can achieve my goal of writing easily.
I will focus future posts on my writing and the process. That and other random things. LOL
Edit: This post has been edited from July 9th, 2016.
It has been a long while since I’ve posted anything. I am in the middle of Golden Week here in Japan. I’ve been spending my days hanging out with friends and enjoying my time away from work.
I’ve gone to Harajuku, aka the fashion hub for all the eccentric. There I went to the Monster Cafe, which is a few minutes from Takeshita Street. At the cafe there are 4 themed rooms. Every hour, the “monsters” perform a dance on the moving carousel. They went to my table and greeted us! I was star strucked LOL Even I don’t know why. haha
Another day, I went to Roppongi, aka the foreign hub for all things outsider. There I was able to get a perm! Yay!
Today, I went to Shibuya to make a parfait candle. This is for my mum as she does like the color blue. I also like the color blue. LOL I think I will keep this new hobby.
monsters on a carousel
I tried to mix my egg and mayonnaise… awful idea.
Wet egg, rice, mayonnaise, seaweed, and terriyaki chicken… this was yuck!