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Bloglovin… Random check-in :)

So, I’ve had the button on this page for people to follow me on Bloglovin’ for a while, but to view their analytics I apparently have to claim the blog.  So… that’s’a what I’m doing.

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In other news — this long weekend is being dedicated to working on Disparate Threads, and (hopefully) getting some work done on Bria Lana (whose story really needs a name… anyhow, it’s the novel I started ages ago that I am hoping to finish drafting during NaNo this year. So I am trying to do some edits/close reads of my earlier work in order to have a good outline to work from come November). I plan to invite you all to join me for Coffee again tomorrow too — it was an interesting week and I want to share some about it — and would love to hear about your week.

Anyhow, bloglovin link up… now.. back to work! If you really want to follow some of my random thoughts while I’m working on this writing, follow me over on Twitter, that seems to be where I do my random brain-dumps from time to time 🙂

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The What, Where, and How of Why of Writers

What a great post. I love this! It really illustrates that point I find myself keep going back to — we all write differently, for different reasons — it is NOT a one-size fits all activity. I am really fond of the general mundane reality of some of the authors writing spaces.

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Is there a magic formula to writing a best selling novel – of course not, but this does not stop me wanting to know all the what, where, how and why’s of my favourite authors. I might uncover some secret that best selling novelists have kept hidden for centuries; they may belong to a secret society. I may stumble upon one quirky habit, that I could adopt, and my writing would be transformed.

My first quest was the Where.

I knew that Mark Twain and Roald Dahl both wrote in their back sheds, but I was looking for more inspirational writers haunts. So, why not start with the master of all writers, the picture above is of William Shakespeare’s house in Stratford- Upon-Avon, England. I didn’t get much from my visit here except that Shakespeare slept in the sitting position, and I wasn’t going to adopt that habit. Next was…

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Making him “Feel Like a Man”… This is an issue….

[Revisions have been made since the original post, as some have pointed out my passion about this issue took forms that could be misconstrued to draw away from my actual point.  Additionally, a longer response to the author of the original post  (in response to her comment) is underway and will appear in the comments.  As I have said before, one of the reasons I have enjoyed blogging is the opportunity to engage in conversations with others, and I appreciate her taking the time to read and respond!]

As is often the case, when I start to think about a subject I begin to see it everywhere.  I began to think about Feminism, and why I now will claim the word for myself, as a movement for equality and justice, for all, and suddenly I can’t help but stumble upon things that get me riled up a bit.

I read a post (a guest post on that particular page — to clarify.  The article was written by Holistic Wayfarer, a lovely individual that I just happen to disagree with on some matters) that got the wheels turning and helped nudge me in writing my original feminism post.

My reading of the article is that it claims to tell women that they need to make their partner/potential partner (assuming a heterosexual relationship) feel “more like a man.”  Regardless of what the author of the post intended to be the “take away,” this is what I understood from what I read: as a (heterosexual) woman I am supposed to be more docile in the beginning of the relationship,  I need to let men chase and pursue me.  Rather than standing my ground, stating what I feel, and pursuing a relationship if it interests me, I am supposed to be passive and coy, play games in the relationship (like pretending to not be free for a date when I actually am).  If the guy isn’t making the first moves, then it clearly means he is not — and will never be — interested in me.  This not only challenges me as a woman, but also makes me feel bad for all the shy boys who aren’t sure how to approach a woman they like. Continue reading Making him “Feel Like a Man”… This is an issue….

Redefining Disability: An Interactive Blogging Project

Rose B. Fisher is launching a great project in a few weeks — ” interactive blogging project I developed in order to promote better representation for people with disabilities in the media.” I’ve been looking forward to this since she announced it earlier in the summer — what a great way to expand the conversation around the need for diversity in the books we read and write! Hop on over to her blog and please, join the conversation!

Questions! A WordPress Community Experiment

Because, why not?   Suzie81 Speaks did this little question-thing, which I stumbled on through Sourcerer  –I do love how I keep finding new things to read through different blogs, because, I don’t have nearly enough 🙂
Thought it might be fun to join the experiment! For Science!

To quote:
“Here’s how it works:

Answer the questions below, either in your own post (link it back to this one) or in the comment section below. They can be as short or as detailed as you like.

The post will remain open for the next three days (uhm, apparently until the end of today, August 14th), during which I will compile all the answers. Any answers you provide will be directly linked to your blog, and I will include examples of everybody’s answers in the follow up post.”

Now, the questions and my answers!

1. How did you create the title for your blog?

I remember agonizing over it for a while with my roomie.  I wanted something that wouldn’t box me in, but that would encapsulate me somehow.  Eclectic worked… as did the start of my name 🙂

2. What’s the one bit of blogging advice you would give to new bloggers?

Have fun with it, but also think about what you’re doing.  Just like everything on the internet, once you put it out there, it’s out there.  Also, be part of the community, visit other blogs, hold conversations, read other people’s posts.  Oh!  And don’t be a number chaser, those people whose actions are clearly just because they are trying to raise their numbers, or promote their own things without ever contributing or giving to others… that’s really annoying.

3. What is the strangest experience you’ve ever had?

Very hard to pick one… Continue reading Questions! A WordPress Community Experiment

Disparate Threads – Out of the Dreaming Lands

This is the next installment of Disparate Threads, a Fantasy-Fiction Blog-Serial that updates twice weekly. To read the story from the beginning (and to learn more about the world and the characters) check out Disparate Threads.

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For a time Ayrella was able to lose herself in the nearly meditative motions of the fight. Her muscles were already sore from disuse, but they still seemed to remember just how to move to best dodge out of the way, even getting a few hits in herself. It had been a very long time since she’d sparred with Ikthar and, even though she held no delusions that she would win, she enjoyed every moment of it. He moved with strength and precision, but Ayrella had the advantage of being smaller, quicker, and lighter on her feet. And the familiar patterns of his fighting style were a comfort to her.

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This concludes the Third Part of Disparate Threads.  All three parts can be read in paginated segments here.


Celebrate the Little Stuff! 4

It’s Celebrate Friday!  And I think I need to take a moment to do so!

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Little things can be very awesome, and really help lift a mood.  My little celebrations:

*Getting together tonight with a friend I don’t get to see very often.

*Finishing out a week that’s been a bit rough for me.  Some weeks just making it is enough to celebrate.

*Progress on Disparate Threads.  Yes, I’ve been feeling like I’ve been going at a snails pace but.. it’s still faster than nothing!