This last weekend was truly terrible. A lot of bad stuff happened, and then I got sick, and it became a nightmare. I would say it's the worst weekend I've ever had. although that might be an exaggeration. In any case, I was feeling really down. Then my friends showed up at my door. They had gone to the store and bought me food and...
It brightened my day so much, and that is why the world does not stink after all.
Now, I've mentioned before that I have a thing for quotes. So today I'm going to share with you some of my favorite quotes specifically about writing!
(For updated thoughts on this topic, see this post.)
Actually, I can cover my thoughts on this pretty easily.
I really ought to explain why, though, because smart people always have an argument to back them up.
I'm not a fan of self-publishing mainly because I don't believe it gives the writer any legitimacy. Every once in a while, a self-publishing writer will get lucky and become successful, most likely because some publisher found their work, liked it, and picked it up. But that's rare.
Writers who go the self-publishing route aren't going the extra mile. They're telling the publishers who run the world of book sales that their judgment is useless and that they, the writer, are too special to try and turn their work into something an experienced, trained editor would accept.
Guess what? I've been collecting more fun stuff for you all! Because of how much I enjoy it, I'm planning on doing a humor post once a month now. They won't be themed like earlier humor posts, but there will be a bunch from various fandoms.
So thanks for reading, and enjoy!
Since I already shared some useful tools for querying, today, I wanted to give you links to some fun websites for writers that I've enjoyed!
I've already written a whole post dedicated to this. My favorite is Tagxedo. This is not only a useful tool for figuring out what words you are overusing, but it's also really really fun. If you ever get the chance, you can even make all kinds of cool gear out of these: mugs, shirts, bags, whatever. It's fabulous.
I like looking up quotations of all kinds by all kinds of people on all kinds of subjects. Sometimes, using a quote in your novel (or many quotes) as additional material, chapter headings and such, can be awesome. I did that for the entirety of #ChosenFourStory. I may never do it again, but I liked it a lot.
I Write Like
This is a fun little website where you can enter your writing to see which famous writer you write like. I like to do it for every single one of my books because I almost invariably get a different author for each book. It's really interesting, but mostly fun. Check it out!
Today, I'll be doing a music game I've played on Facebook a few times where you set your library on shuffle and each song "answers" a question. Sometimes it's really funny, or fitting, and other times it makes no sense. I'll add my comments in parentheses.
SOMEONE SAYS ‘ARE YOU OKAY?’ YOU SAY:
At the Burrow
(I am generally okay if I'm with my friends.)
WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
(I suppose I do use lots of words.)
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
Battle of Jericho
(Well, I like to think myself epic.)
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A ROMANTIC PARTNER?
Stay Young, Go Dancing
(Dancing is pretty romantic.)
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
(No, I do not believe it's my life's purpose to break anyone up.)
WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?
The Memory of Trees
(I guess you could take this as being the ancient stories carried by trees.)
It's a lazy Saturday. We're just going to keep it chill with this social media survey. You can fill it out as well if you'd like!
What was the first social network you joined?
Facebook, even though my mom didn't want me to. I really loved it, though, so she joined too and let me stay.
What networks do you belong to?
Pretty much Facebook. Oh, and I guess Google+, but that was on accident and I never check it. I've considered Twitter, but I'd like to become better known first.
Which one is your favorite?
Which one is your least favorite?
I suppose Google+.
How many "friends" do you have?
Oh geez. Um... right now, 166 on my personal page and 37 official page likes.
What are your favorite apps?
I don't have a smartphone, so I don't really do "apps".
Who are your top 7 friends?
...is that a MySpace thing?
Guess what? It's 2013! The world didn't end yet. Apparently, the number 13 is unlucky to some people, but it won't be for us! Because we're awesome! (if you read this, it automatically makes you awesome. Unless you're a mass murderer. Please stop murdering people.)
So I'm going to celebrate by telling you my resolutions. Feel free to share your own in the comments!
1) Be published. I've resolutionized this every year since I turned 12, and I'm going to keep on doing it because I want to.
2) Try not to get anything lower than an A. Apparently, even A-'s lower your GPA at college. I would prefer to have a 4.0. It makes me feel better about myself.
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