Everyone comes into a new year with the best intentions to do something different about their lives. Make a change or start fresh. But halfway into a month or two, we either procrastinate on the resolutions we swore we would do or the bit of progress we did make gets abandoned before the year even ends. I am certainly guilty of this, like so many others, but you get to a point in your life where you have to decide if the goal you want to achieve is still something you really want deep down inside. I’ve reached that turning point with my writing.
There’s always something about finishing one year and entering a new one that makes people reflective about their life and the state of the world thus far. The ending of 2019 is particularly meaningful because it marks the conclusion of one decade as we transition into another. I’m amazed that so much time has passed. I can barely remember all the things that have happened in the last 10 years, but one thing I know for certain is that there have been plenty of highs and lows that have impacted me personally and molded me into the woman I continue becoming.
November is a month that often creeps up on you. One minute you’re clearing out remnants of candy wrappers leftover from Halloween and suddenly you’re beginning preparations for a turkey meal to feed a family of four or seven for Thanksgiving. Aside from eating a generous amount of mashed potatoes and slices of pumpkin pie, November holds more significance for me that goes way beyond Thanksgiving—it’s the month the simpleek blog was born!
Writing is hard. There are moments when you get sudden sparks of inspiration only for it to fizzle just as quickly. I’ve been slowly undergoing a rediscovery for my writing and feeding my creativity by doing things that will help me create the worlds and characters I’m currently writing about for my long-time, in-the-works fantasy novel. Because the urge to tap back into this side of writing has been strong for me lately, it was a good time as any to go back and read what I did write so far before taking a hiatus (2017 to be exact). What I discovered was maybe what I was writing wasn’t all that bad as I thought it was.
What is passion? The dictionary has multiple meanings behind the word, but when it comes to expressing a love for film, music, art, books, video games, sports, and other areas of interest and pursuits, the applicable definition here is “an object of desire or deep interest,” according to Merriam-Webster. When we tell someone what we’re passionate about, there’s almost an all consuming fire that goes along with it. The flames are fanned and continues to burn brighter and faster until there’s nothing but you and your intense devotion to the thing you adore.
I’ve been passionate about writing ever since I discovered my propensity for the written word and storytelling when I was a pre-teen getting ready to enter high school. Stories and potential characters dance around in my head, begging to come alive on the page. But even though there is a boundless and unyielding passion to write, the biggest problem is tying down passion’s other partner—motivation.
One of the advantages of being a working adult is having the ability to earn and save enough money to go on vacation. I’m never one to pass up the opportunity to take the vacation days I have and go someplace new and exciting. Whether it’s in the country or outside of it, I’m always anticipating what kind of new memories and stories my next travel destination will give me.
A double post tonight! Please read my bad game review at United We Game, where I talk about Myst for the Nintendo DS. It’s probably one of the few or only bad game I’ve ever played since becoming a gamer.
Check out my brand new post at United We Game, where I discuss the gamers’ urge to collect more and more games. I explore the reasons behind this and how it’s partially responsible for the bane of every gamer’s existence––the backlog.
This week United We Game has a collective community post theme going on right now, where all participating writers for UWG discuss their thoughts or experiences with co-op play. I have decided to participate in the community post discussion, and you can read it right now on UWG. Be sure to check out all the other community posts currently published.
For those of us who live in the USA, we have been enjoying a three day weekend because of Memorial Day. While this weekend is considered the kick off to the summer season and a chance to hit the beaches and to have barbeques, it’s obviously a day to remember those who have fought and died for our country.
Mondays are my usual days for updates on this blog, but just for this week I will be on a mini-hiatus. As much as I wanted to have something ready for today, my weekend has been a bit busy. I spent part of my weekend fighting off a minor cold, and I managed to nip that in the bud before it got worse. Then, I also attended a special event for my best friend’s daughter. Overall, it became impossible to sit down and concentrate on one post for this week. Sometimes it’s just good to take a little break from writing to relax and recharge.
Don’t fret though. If you missed it over the weekend, my very first post over at United We Game is now up. It’s more of an introductory post about my relationship to games and why I have seen myself as the intermediate gamer. Give it a read if you haven’t already. Don’t forget to also look for my usual posts at Geek Force Network tomorrow. I hope those posts will keep all my lovely readers satisfied until I come back with a brand new post next Monday. Until then!