Borders Closing

July 23rd, 2011

Sad to hear one of the major bookstore moguls is going out of business. While Borders wasn’t one of my favourite places to go (I’ve always been a Barnes & Noble girl myself), but it was still a bookstore. Over the past couple of years I’ve found that ebooks do have their time and place and they’re nice for when I don’t want to carry a book with me wherever I go. Namely, heading into NYC, it’s easier to toss my iPad in my bag than a book.

Especially when you’re the sort of person who doesn’t like to get a crease in a book cover or break a binding. Tossing a book in my bag invariably ended in a partially destroyed cover and a very sad Anya.

It worries me… are books beginning to go out of fashion? Is the ebook becoming so prevalent that, soon, all of our book stores are going the way of the dodo? Ebooks have a place, but there’s something to having a library of books. There’s something to walking into a room and seeing all your old friends (and new friends waiting to be made) on a shelf.

I *like* books. Obviously. i wouldn’t be working toward getting published if I didn’t.

Well, one good thing about borders closing is I managed to completely clean up book-wise there. A few writing books (one that looks VERY interesting on character traits), and a bunch of YA books I’ve been meaning to read. They will, of course, have to wait until I finish my first draft, mind, but they are on the shelf and waiting to be read.

I just don’t want to see books beginning to fall by the wayside in favour of the digital domain. They both have their place.
So RIP Borders. You will be missed. Terribly.

Finding Old Things

July 16th, 2011

While going through an old external hard drive last night, I managed to find a few old drafts of things I had been working on and had later set aside just due to everything else in my life taking over. It’s a sad fact that even though you want nothing more than to write, too often things like school and paying the bills come first.

For me, it was college… and now law school. Ugh.

But in any case, I managed to find some early drafts of said current project! And, even better, I think some of it is usable too. It needs to be edited, of course.

Just can’t believe I forgot about this but I’m so glad I found it.

Let the writing continue!

A second article?

July 7th, 2011

Well, from one of the comments that just appeared on the Bleeding Cool website, it looks like I just got asked to write another article for them!

Cannot express how amazing this is. It’s another sign that I’m doing the right thing as I set out on this journey of mine. Not to mention that in a little over 24 hours I have 5 comments and 25 tweets (as counted by the website). Not too bad for a first time contributor on the site!

And in the meantime, each blog article I get to write is another plus in my column and goes on my resume when it’s time to start searching for an agent!


July 6th, 2011

Well… the start begins today. I am, happily, a published author!

…at least on a blog. But it’s a start, isn’t it?

About a month ago, Bleeding Cool ran an article entitled “Why should we give a crap about Jack Harkness’s Coat?” Well, later that day, Rich Johnston (one of the main editors of the site) asked me to write an article giving the other side of the coin given that I’m a Jack cosplayer. He said if I wrote it, he’d run it.

Well. Today bleeding cool ran an article written by moi!

And so it begins.

Day One…

July 2nd, 2011

And so it begins. Most of my content is quite repetitive, I must admit, but that will change in the days and months to come. I’m still getting things set up around here and am one of those people that I don’t like showing off until I have something to show off.

Thus, by the time people start arriving at the site, there may be a lot of content ready to see. Who knows?

I wanted to do something that would document my work as I finally do what I’ve wanted to for years: write.

I have no idea where this journey will take me, but I’m in it for the long-haul. I’m not putting the cart before the horse by setting all of this up now before I’ve even finished a first draft. For me, I need to know I have something I’m working toward and this was how I could set a finish line for myself.

I had decided that, by the end of the summer, I was going to have the first draft completed. Figured a couple of months coupled with interning at the law firm would be a first initial goal. Then, I found out that NaNoWriMo was running a summer camp for novelists and I thought… why not? A first draft is a first draft.

The most important thing… is that the ideas get down on paper.