I said I was going to do something new with my blogs, and here it is: I want to get your guys' opinion on my writing as I go along with it. Not only do I read, edit, re-read, and edit over and over again as I'm working on something, but I don't really get any other opinions while I'm working on it. Other than my sisters' of course, because what's great and scary about being a writer all at the same tiem is that you're being vulnerable when you let other people see your work.
I have a tough skin when it comes to comments, criticism, and rejection of my writing but at the same time there's always a part of you that wants to hear the positive things about the piece you share. That being said, I want to start sharing some of my writing and I'm starting it off with an excerpt of the first chapter to Reagan, which is part of a side-story series to my sisters' and my Quadruple or Nothing series. That being said, I want to comments and criticism, what did you like, what didn't you like? Did you think it was confusing, did you understand what I was trying to do? I know it's a really short portion but every bit of feedback helps.
Reagan: First Chapter excerpt.
“Oh my god! That stinks!”
“Are you serious?”
“I’m surprised the paint isn’t peeling.”
The young couple stared at each other incredulously. From where he tucked himself into the corner of the room, Nic Strong held his shirt up over his nose, fingertips squeezing his nostrils shut. His green eyes were locked onto his girlfriend, widened with slight horror. Reagan Jacoby, on the other hand, perched casually on the end of her bed. Her lips twitched at the corners as she fought hard not to laugh.
“Nic, it’s not that bad,” she said, hoping to pacify her boyfriend.
“Not that bad? I think all of my nose hairs got burned off!” His eyes continued to widen as the seconds passed. He thrust a hand out towards her and waved it up and down, effectively fanning the air. “You could’ve warned me at least.” Seeing his efforts weren’t coming to fruition, he changed tactics and lowered his shirt from his nose, rapidly fanning it back and forth. “Geez, now I know why girls get so upset when we drop a stink bomb.”
A peal of laughter escaped Reagan’s lips and she flopped back onto her bed. “God, I’m sorry. Okay. Next time I’ll warn you earlier so you have ample time to protect yourself.” At Nic’s sigh of relief, another giggle escaped the raven haired girl’s lips and she reached over to the night stand to pick up the bottle she had put down at his initial horrified reaction. She rolled it back and forth between her hands a couple of times before unscrewing the cap once more since his initial outburst of repulsion. “It’s just nail polish. It’s not going to kill you.”
“Then why does it have a warning label?” He finally lowered his shirt against his chest, inching closer to her.
“Whatever.” Reagan dabbed the brush coated in bright red nail polish against her toes. “You big baby.”
So, let me know what you think. Independence Day is coming up and I hope you guys have a great holiday!
I think I understand what people mean when they say time flies. Okay, I don't think, I know. Especially when I see how long it's been since I posted my last blog post. Since then a few things have come up, but I'll start with something exciting that I want to brag about as much as I can.
1. The Summoning. The Summoning (synopsis: A grieving widow summons her dead husband back from the grave with disastrous results) is a movie that Phillip worked on--his position being that of the *Best Boy Electric--and it aired on TVOne on Saturday. I haven't seen the film yet as I don't get that channel, but I'm waiting for it to pop up online or to see it as it is recorded at home. Either way, I'm excited to watch it. Not only because my brother worked on it, but because I'm a fan of horror/thriller movies in general. Plus, we get this cool picture from it:
*best boy electric: is an assistant to the gaffer where he/she is in charge of the day to day lighting.
2. My Master's Project. I've been working with my advisor/graduate program director to get the ball rolling on my master's project. I still haven't had it approved as it has to go through IRB first, but I'm really excited to get started on it. It'll be a literature review and a field study/observation of girls in skateboarding. That's the general idea so far, most of what it will be is a history of the sport pre and post Tony Hawk era and then the gender differences within the sport will come into play. Again, it's not completely hashed out yet, but it's getting there.
3. Writing. I'm always writing as it is, but I haven't really been focusing on any of the works that will go into the Quadruple or Nothing series or the other books ideas that I've had. As a matter of fact, every time I try to write for them I lost motivation and inspiration very quickly or I don't like the way it's going and start all over again. For example, I've written the first three chapters for a work that will go under Quadruple or Nothing about five times now because there was always something wrong with it. (It happens). But I realized it wasn't because I didn't like what I was writing, it was that I was putting too much pressure on myself to have it at a certain standard to sell. I wasn't doing what I had done with my other ideas and write it for fun and then polish it to be sold on Amazon or the other outlets I have to choose from. It really sucked the fun out of it and made it a daunting task for me. Now that I have an entirely different outlook on it, it's gotten a lot easier and I'm having more fun with it.
I may even post chapters of it up on here as I have done with some of my writing from before. I think it would be fun for everyone to see how it comes together as I'm writing it and give me feedback as I go along, rather than wait for the final product.
Now I just have to work on actually finishing a chapter to the point that I like it. Haha.
Loves anything red. Rock music, playing the guitar, drawing, writing, tattoos, and sports are some of my interests and hobbies. I like to laugh, I like to think I'm funny. I talk a lot...just a warning.