Operation Success!

So I’m not going to lie….I haven’t done much writing the last week or so.  I’ve been down with a cold and pretty much spent the last 6 days on the recliner, in my pajamas, watching Maury, Price is Right, and all the other guilty pleasure shows we’re all too embarrassed to admit we watch when we’re sick.  However, I’m feeling better (for the most part) and am feeling a renewed hunger to write.  One cool update to report is that my writing exercise (this one) has been very successful.  If you’ve never done it, I highly recommend you try it.  Craig Hole, one of the guys that I’ve done this exercise with actually created a short story inspired by our exercise!  How freaking cool is that?!  You should check it out right here.  While you’re there, take a look at his blog!  The exercise really does help you with writer’s block and, for me, it has helped fill my brain with all these new ideas.

Since I’ve definitely deemed this exercise successful, I’d love it if anyone else out there had any other ideas or exercises that they’ve found to be successful.  Help a newbie out!!  Somebody?  Anybody?

FINALLY!

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I figured I’d grace you with another blog about me.  Not aspiring writer me.  Just plain ol’ me.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this, but I’m a HUGE Walking Dead fan.  So as you can imagine, I was tragically devastated about a month ago as Glenn fell from a garbage dumpster to his “death.”  It wasn’t quite as bad as when Hershel died.  I almost completely quit watching the show after that gut-wrenching scene (after I finished balling my eyes out).  It was pretty close though.  I spewed some four-letter words like they were the only words left in the dictionary.  But alas, social media gave me hope…..was Glenn really alive?  There were shiny, shimmery glimmers of hope at every corner.  “He wasn’t in the “In Memoriam” section.”  “He wasn’t on The Talking Dead.”  “There was a hole under the dumpster…that’s how he got away.”  I never lost hope.  So after waiting ONE LONG ASS MONTH, we FINALLY got our answer in last night’s episode.  Hallelujah!  Glenn is alive!

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Now, we can all sleep soundly at night.  I know I can.  I have heard some terrible things about upcoming episodes…especially once Negan arrives….but for now I will savor in the current bliss I am feeling.  I’ll just take this one episode at a time.

On another note, I also saw The Peanuts Movie this weekend.  I thought it was very cute and funny and was a wonderful throwback to easier times.  I’m very happy that they were able to keep it very true to form and didn’t feel the need to litter it with a bunch of current pop culture trends.  I’m not sure I could’ve handled a twerking Charlie Brown.

Hopefully you all had a wonderful weekend!  Did any of you catch any great movies?

Writing Exercise Update

So I’ve been fortunate enough to try my writing exercise with a couple people.  For those that didn’t see my last post (shame on you! haha), I highly suggest you check it out.  It’s basically an exercise that is designed to help you not overthink things…and JUST WRITE!  Overthinking has definitely been my kryptonite in this writing process, but I can absolutely see the benefit in this exercise.  You’re supposed to respond within a specified amount of time, which has helped me tremendously.  When I’m forced to just write…..I JUST WRITE!  Imagine that.  Additionally, the people I have done the exercise with so far have been great writers (intimidatingly so), so I feel like it’s forcing me to try even harder.  While I’m not at their level, I like the challenge.  Also, from the stories I’ve done so far, I feel my mind going into overdrive.  I’ve had a bunch of new ideas for a storyline pop up in my head, which is exactly what I’ve been needing.  So I would say this exercise has been a success so far!  Do you guys have any other ideas for great writing exercises?  I’d love to hear them!