A Game of Thrones Ruined My Social Life

Yes, I could go to Barton Springs Pool today but I won’t.

Instead, I’m going to fill my head with the God-like fury of thousand dragons… Happy Labor Day weekend to me!

"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not." -Tyrion Lannister
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not.” -Tyrion Lannister
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A Game of Thrones Ruined My Social Life

Weekly Reading Material

Reading is à la mode!

This week I am reading Oscar Wilde’s only published novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Although it is a quick read, I’m finding it very difficult to rush through. I’m enjoying the decadent themes and exquisitely detailed world that Wilde has created for Dorian Gray. He truly had a way with dazzling the mind’s eye with the English language. Truly a master of his craft, and my hero.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

 

Here are a few of my favorite passages from the author’s work:

“I make a great difference between people. I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. I have not got one who is a fool. They are all men of some intellectual power, and consequently they all appreciate me. Is that very vain of me? I think it is rather vain.”

“To realise one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.”

“Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. Any yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?”

 

I’m looking forward to finishing the novel, and raving even more about the wonderful wisdom of Oscar.

Is there an author whose work you’d like to share? Post your recommendations in the comments box below!

Weekly Reading Material

Need Motivation for Nanowrimo?

Write Write Write Art Print To Motivate Your Writing For Novelists Writers Authors Nanowrimo Participants. $18.00, via Etsy.
Write Write Write Art Print To Motivate Your Writing For Novelists Writers Authors Nanowrimo Participants. $18.00, via Etsy.

One of the most difficult things to convince friends and family members of when you’re a writer is that you’re actually writing, not just twiddling your thumbs waiting for publishers to call. If you’re falling into a writer’s stalemate, also known as “writer’s block”, it’s time for you to snap out of it. Get back to the basics and take a note from this art print I found while perusing Pinterest.

  • Write – Some letters make a word: That word can color your introduction, climax, conclusion… anything for your story.
  • Write – Some words make a sentence: Continue writing – do not stop to edit yourself as you write. You’ll have one sentence until before you know it you have paragraphs.
  • Write – Some sentences make a page: You see where this is going, right?
  • Write – Some pages make a chapter: You’re feeling pretty great now, and looking forward to wrapping your Nanowrimo project up in less than a month!
  • Write – Some chapters make a book: You’ve made it through the most challenging month of the year, and come out victorious with a book to share with the rest of the world.
Congratulations! You conquered Nanowrimo!
If you’re not participating in Nanowrimo this year, take these tips to heart with your everyday writing practice. Apply the tips to your blogs, articles, journals, and other projects to feel successful and productivity!
To buy this art print, visit Etsy.com by clicking the following link: The Dreamy Giraffe Etsy Shop.

 

Need Motivation for Nanowrimo?

Focus on Freelance Writing: Get Paid to Write!

Focus on Freelance Writing: Get Paid to Write!

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Focus on your professional progress as a freelance writer. If you need help finding clients and want to learn from industry professionals, visit the following links and resources to read their articles about being a freelance writer, how to prospect, and why you should never under any circumstances write for free.

Focus on Freelance Writing: Get Paid to Write!

You Need to Know: Peter Bowerman

The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Freelance Writer in Six Months or Less by Peter BowermanHow good would it feel to call yourself a well-fed writer? Take a moment to imagine having a career that reflects your passion for the written word. The stepping stones that lead to your dream career are just a website away.

Writer and author Peter Bowerman is a man that you will learn from going forward. Bowerman’s books about the field of freelance commercial writing and how to work your way to success are by far the most informative that I’ve read.

As a writer, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the hundreds of blogs and books and daily advice being touted as the freelancer’s gospel. By nature we’re curious as writers and seek out a reason to research just about anything but when it comes to our profession, an abundance of information can quickly become burdensome.

Peter Bowerman squashes the competition with his easy-to-read, informative The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Commercial Freelance Writer in Six Months or Less. This is one of the few books that I refer to when blogging and gaining a better understanding of uncharted freelance writing territory. It is on my bookshelf and essentially my writer’s Bible.

I encourage all writers of every professional level to read Peter Bowerman’s book. This is an author that you need in your literary repertoire. Read The Well-Fed Writer blog and buy the book at your local bookstore. If you live in Austin, TX visit Half Price Books or Book People for a copy – Keep it local, my friends!

You Need to Know: Peter Bowerman

Activities During a Writing Session Break: Book Reading

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens sits in my mind currently. The opportunity to read the book in my formative years never arose in between Catch-22, Les Miserables, and The Catcher in the Rye. Why our school shied away from Charles Dickens, I do not know – level of difficulty to teach or wish to teach it? Alas, I have watched many plays and a handful of movies centered around his works yet, I have not read his words.

Until now, that is.

After several years of avoiding this famed Victorian writer, I have come to know more about myself as a person and as writer because of his the words he used to color his characters. Strange, how authors can make us feel connected to the people living inside their heads and force us to feel a variety of emotions through the power of words.

What books reach out and touch you the most? Who are the authors that inspire you to become a more story- or character-focused writer? How have you reached out and scratched the surface of the hearts of your audience? Share your answers in the comment box below.

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Activities During a Writing Session Break: Book Reading