Monday, February 27, 2017

Little Lightning Girl

Storm clouds tucked between my bones
Lightning running through my veins
Humming in my ears
My power within my reach
Just where it needs to be
Careful now
I am a hurricane of a girl.

Inspired by The Red Queen//Victoria Aveyard

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Word-Count Wednesday 005

What am I currently working on?
I am still chugging away at this narrative assignment. I have made some good progress, but I know that the piece is still missing something.
I got the entire weekend off from work (Score!) so I will be working on this assignment all weekend long.

How do I feel about the process?
I am feeling great about the process. I have shared the work with my friend Taylor, who is also a very talented writer, and he let me know his thoughts and helped to point me in the right direction.
It feels great to have someone let you know that what you are working on doesn't suck. :)

Word Count?
I got almost half a page the other day, which is really good considering this piece is going to be a little on the short side.

Currently Reading...
I'm on the last 100 pages of King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard. I came home from school the other day and read for like 3 hours straight! I just got sucked in! I love when that happens. I will most likely finish it this weekend. WOO!!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Take What You Can Carry

Take what you can carry
The good and the bad
Strap them to your back
And continue on
And know that when you have traveled all that you can
These things will have made you stronger still.

-R.E. Savini

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Word-Count Wednesday 004

What am I working on?

Still working on the narrative project for class! I had a migraine all day yesterday and the day before, so that set me back a bit. But I worked on it today and I am feeling really good about it.

How do I feel about the process?

Process is slow. Like I said, those damn migraines really set you back. There is also construction going on at my house, so it has been hard to really work on the project.

Word Count

Maybe like 50-100 words? Not very good.

Currently Reading

Still reading King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard. I'm able to sneak in a few chapters here and there. 😎

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Information over Italian Dinner

We never talk about it.
So when my Dad starts spilling information about his side of the family
left and right over dinner
It’s only natural that you drop everything and listen up.
I know everything about my Mom’s side.
I can tell you where her parents we born and raised,
And where their parents were born and raised,
And so on.
But with my Dad,
It’s a little different.
I try not to let the lack of information bother me,
But it does.
And when he starts talking about my grandfather and how he grew up
It’s another reminder that I’m not whole.
He talks like its common knowledge,
Like we have always known that our grandfather was the youngest of 10 siblings
And was practically raised by his two older sisters.
My Dad lists off names left and right
Expecting a spark of recognition to light up within us;
Uncle Tony
Uncle Frank
Aunt Mary
My brother and I can only sit there are drink it all in.
Who knows when he’ll talk of it again
And we’ll certainly never ask him.
And I’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t be bothered by the fact
 that they don’t know any of these people who died
long before they were even a thought in their parents minds.
But as he talks
My stomach drops
And I just want to cry.
I feel robbed.
I feel like this information is a part of the puzzle
that is my very existence
and I’ll never unlock it fully
because my Dad will never speak up.
It’s a part of his past that is painful to remember
And it’s a part of my history that is ever more painful
Not to know.
How can we be whole
If we don’t know the entire story?
I grew up thinking my father was one of three
When really he was the only one.
The woman my brother and I called Grandma
Married into the family.
My Dad’s mother left him when he was young.
And I hate knowing that.
I hate asking about that.
Is it really right for me to cause him pain
Just to ease my own?
And as he finishes the story
I put my fork down
And wonder when the next one will come.
I’m scared it will come too soon.

I’m scared it never will.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Word-Count Wednesday 003

What am I working on?

I have started on two different stories for the narrative assignment. My group reacted positively to both ideas, so I am going to continue working on them.

Word Count

Maybe 200 words each? I haven't looked at them in a hot minute.

How do I feel about the process?

Super excited. I really love both of the pieces I'm working on. Every once in a while I get a little stuck, but I have a lot of time to work on everything so I'm not worried.

What am I reading?

Nothing at the moment. King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard just came out on February 7th and my copy comes in the mail TOMORROW. I'm beyond excited so I will be reading that as soon as I get it.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Word-Count Wednesday 002

What am I working on?

I have started brainstorming for my narrative project. I'm trying to do something different, with different characters than I normally do. The exercise we did in class the other day about our memories really had me thinking. I tend to write a lot of characters who have VERY close friends. I love exploring that close friendship between people, and going through some memories the other day made me realize why and how that translates into my writing.

Crazy cool.

I have also been going back to the book I started writing over the summer. I am excited to hopefully work on it this weekend.

How do I feel about the process?

The writing process is painfully slow. I am in a very demanding Anatomy and Physiology class right now, so I am trying to keep on top of all of that work. I have also been out of town the last few weekends, so I feel like the time to write slips right through my fingers.

What am I reading now?

I started really getting into the Stephen King book for class. He is just such an interesting person and I really love the view he takes on writing.
I have also been exploring the blogs of my classmates. :)