It's been a bit hard for me to sit down at my computer lately. There are so many distractions that don't all qualify as actual distractions. I'm pretty sure that's confusing to some of you, at least, so I'll explain.
I'm in two active writing groups and both serve different purposes for me. The one on facebook is full of excellent encouragement and support about writing in general. The other group is on Discord and is focused on character creation, storyline, history, backstory, and that kind of thing. The second group is a great driving force for keeping me going on filling out my character bios for Surge. But that's super time consuming for me. I get so deep into that, I hardly have time for anything else. And the time I have to chat about writing or help someone out with their writing (though to be honest, I only know a little compared to many others I'm working with) is cut short.
So the time when my internet works well is limited. My blog is often shoved to the end of the day, when the signal is worse, which can be tricky. Sometimes the photos I want to use won't upload. So if there comes another time when I don't post here on my blog, you'll have an idea of why that may be. I really enjoy doing this, though. And I'll keep working hard to stay on track.
#CampNanoBootCamp - Essentials: Writing Fuel
I try to eat as healthy as possible on a daily basis anyway, so my writing fuel is pretty decent stuff. I like trail mix, which I enjoy putting together myself, and granola bars. I enjoy chips but I'm trying to cut back on the nasty kind and choose better ones like sweet potato chips and veggie chips. As for drinks, I just shared the same photo I used for my favorite writing drink in the #prettybookishchallenge on day 6. Those are coffee, kombucha, water, and tea. Instead of cream in my coffee, I use coconut milk or cashew milk. And I add honey instead of sugar to sweeten it. The other things, I don't add much to. Sometimes, I'll add lemon to my water.
#TheBookIAmPlanning - Favorite Trope
This was a little more challenging than the other ones. I hadn't really heard much about the word 'tropes' so I had to do some digging. At that point, I did an, "Ah! I see!" thing and scanned down a helpful list. I chose imagery because it's usually what keeps me hooked in a good book. If I can place myself in the scene, it feels more real to me. And if I can master this trope, I'll be one happy writer.
#PrettyBookishChallenge - Favorite Fictional Hero/Villain (female)
I got the prompt for this day mixed up with day 10. Yikes! But it wasn't so messed up that I couldn't fix it. :) I chose Eleanor from "Sense and Sensibility" as my heroine because she is a strong woman. To live through the amount of hardship she had to deal with, and live with the terrible uncertainty of her future, must be a hard thing to do. And she overcame it all and her reward for her patience and steadfast loyalty was a happy ending. It doesn't usually happen like that in real life, I guess, but virtues tend to be their own rewards in my experience. For the villain, I chose Maleficent because she's always been a favorite character of mine, ever since I first saw the Disney animated feature years ago...long before liking villains was "cool". I'd also suggest if you enjoy the maleficent artwork, checking out the deviant art profiles listed under each. Or you can click on this link for Maleficent or find Maleficent and Dragon's artist by clicking this link which will take you to the main DeviantArt home page where you can type "nebezial" in the search box at the upper right. I still have to go find them and follow them, myself.
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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