I think I completely fell off the face of the blogiverise. Classes have started and I have dragged my feet everyday leading up to this point that I completely lost some motivation in the writing world. But I am back! I’ve gotten back to hanging out at Starbucks with my Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte, and with my tablet and my notebook I keep my story in, since apparently, this is the only place I can freely write.
When I opened up my tablet to write this post, I looked up and into my purse and this is the strange sight I saw:
Now granted I know that I own a Brainy the Smurf stuffed animal (stuffed Smurf?), I had completely forgot that he was in my purse. So it kind of frightened me for a second. Has my Smurf come alive like in the movie and jumped in my purse and is now spying at me while I write in Starbucks? If so, should I be worried about Gargamel showing up?
Anyway, I am determined to write more blog posts, more of my story and give you more information on my story as I go along.
What have I missed, fellow bloggers?
I have two, I can’t decide on one, mainly because I tend to be indecisive, so I will talk about both.
The first subject would be English and that’s because you get to read and analyze novels and short stories and study the language, whether it’s directly from the book or learning the grammar rules that applies to the writing process.
My other favorite is algebra. I know, it’s strange, but I seem to enjoy figuring out how to solve for x and knowing there is a definite answer and a balance of things. It’s calming. Weird, I know.
Whoa, just two more weeks until I will be hosting a lemonade stand for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation! It’s coming up quick and I continue to work on flyers and will soon start the baking. After two years I finally ordered products from the foundation’s site such as cups, stickers, balloons and temporary tattoos that have the foundation’s logo on it. Now it looks more official and obvious what the stand is for. I find that super exciting.
It’s such a great foundation, as everything goes towards finding a cure for childhood cancer. If you would like to donate $10 to this foundation, you can text LEMONADE with my event number: E114666 to this number: 85944.
Hmm… Five things that I would want would be:
1. A happy and successful life.
2. A gift card to Barnes and Noble with unlimited funds.
3. Some sort of adventure.
4. To publish a book of mine.
5. To be married and start a family.
I hate blank pages. They stare at you. Very impolite. They like to torment you because they think that you don’t have anything worthwhile to put on their page. In my case sometimes that’s true. But I like to think that sometimes I prove them wrong, right? But seriously, it’s intimidating to start a brand new page, there’s so much potential and you have so many expectations that it is hard to do it all justice.
Sometimes you have absolutely nothing to say and that blank page seems to just sit there and mock you. When I have to write a paper for a class, I get mocked a lot by said page, because I can never manage to think of a good introduction paragraph that leads into the content I am about to discuss. Same goes with the beginning of a story I want to write. The beginning has to be just as important as the rest of the writing that comes afterward.
How do you get through the blank page? Do you sit there and stare back at it until one of you gives in? Sometimes. Do you write gibberish to fill in the blanks and move on, just so you can get through it and then later edit through it and correct it as needed?
What do you do to face the mockery of the blank page?
It can be the enemy, but it can also be a window to all the possibilities that can take place there. Sometimes you have to start small, go sentence by sentence to see what it can bring you, where it can take you and what it can teach you along the way.
When I’m not being frustrated with the challenge of a blank page, I take that time to stop and think about the story and what can be the next step, the next journey for my characters and see what can thicken and improve the plot line.
What does a blank page mean to you?