Tag: writing

Day 24 [Reflection]: Immersive Plot Events

Reading Time: 5 minutes Giving myself a week to plan chapter and writing it in a day has been a runaway success in terms of progress but not quality. The priority is still to get the first draft written, so productivity is still the goal. With that being said I also don’t want to end up having to edit a complete

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Day 23 [Novel Progress] Chapter Three Completed

Reading Time: < 1 minute 6 Hours of Overtime Lunch With Parents Two hours of Writing I am going to go have a much needed drink. I honestly feel really good. This is the third consecutive week I’ve finished a chapter. It ain’t pretty and it’s not good, but it’s capturing what makes my story unique and different. So that’s

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Day 22 [Photography]: “The Totem”

Totem mask

Reading Time: < 1 minute   This was taken with a Canon Rebel in the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. I was there about a month ago to basically feel out how I felt about living in Sacramento. Something about visiting this museum really sealed the deal on wanting to move there. This mask in particularly stood out to me. Just

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Day 21 [Photography]: “A Moment Of Calm”

Reading Time: 2 minutes Shot way too late at night with a Canon Rebel. The model is a my friend Elle from the band Angel Sap. I really want to do a less improvised shoot with her and something that’s a little more representative of her personality and style. She also happens to have an amazing voice so check

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Day 20 [Reflection]: Sinking Below Good Enough

Reading Time: 3 minutes Between one and ten, with ten being unbearably painful, how much does it hurt to be a writer? Today, it was about a six. Enough to grit my teeth and maybe entertain giving up but no where close to being ready to do it. Enough to put a damper on my day without totally ruining

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Day 19 [Novel Progress]: Value Matters More Than Word Count Right?

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’m tired of ‘funny’ comments in writing communities about struggling with writing enough. Sure I believe in writer’s block to a point, but something about this progress driven mentality is not sitting well with me. Yes I believe sitting down and writing something, anything at all, has helped make writing a priority. But what’s helped

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Day 18 [Novel Progress]: Reflecting on The Second Chapter

Reading Time: 3 minutes This is the second week I’ve successfully finished writing a chapter. It’s not my best writing but it is functional. I’ve noticed that when I write with plot in mind I tend to write quickly, but with characters I am slow. Instead of fighting it I have decided to embrace it. Right now it’s about

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[Day 16-17][Poem] Envy The Machine

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s easy to envy the machine when you you’re falling behind It’s easy to envy the machine when everything turns to a grind It’s easy to envy the machine when the heart is tearing at the seams It’s easy to envy the machine when a choice brings harm It’s easy to envy the machine when

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Day 16[Reflection] Finished A Short Story

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Today I felt something I don’t know the word for. I had felt it before and lingered on it for the same reason each time. This was however the final time. I am simply tired of this feeling, just because it’s toward someone I care deeply about. To begin I found the word I

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Day 15 [Reflection] You should love words, but do so carefully. 

Reading Time: 2 minutes Life would be simpler if bad choices felt bad and the good ones, good. We wouldn’t need things like discipline and restraint. I think a part of me, and a part of a lot of people, wonders if it’s possible to live within the confines of discipline and restraint and be happy. One of the

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[Day 12][Photography | Story]: Sweat, Wristbands, and Breakfast with A Girl

firework photography

Reading Time: 4 minutes I stood in the parking lot of the Chicken Pot Pie shop dressed in day old sweat, and a tank top drenched in Febreeze and cigarette smoke. My hair was styled by my friend’s couch and his cat’s late night cuddle party. Wristbands cling to my wrists like neon bracelets as bright as the sun’s

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Day 11 : First Chapter completed

Reading Time: < 1 minute Today was a marathon and a triage scenario combined. It took most of the day to finish the first chapter. Not the worst writing I’ve done but also not the most eloquent. It’s lean and functional. It was also magical. I met a fellow writer. I smoked cigarettes, paced, and wrote line after line all

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Day 10(Reflection) We Do What We Want We Don’t Do What We Should

Reading Time: < 1 minute Tonight I’m doing this instead of everything else 😁 These are the promises I kept to myself: Do Jonah’s Morning Exercises (100 push ups, 100 crunches, 100 body squats) Program for at least an hour a night. Apply for at least One Job. Total Kept: 11 The Promises I will keep tomorrow are: Do Jonah’s

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[Day 9][Weird Fitness]: Training Like My Protagonist

Reading Time: 4 minutes This morning was a dream come true. I actually woke up before my alarm went off at 5 AM. Granted I didn’t spring in to action but lying in my warm and comfortable bed and reading was pretty awesome. Especially after the whirlwind that was yesterday, but at least it was a fun whirlwind. Which

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[Day 8][Reflection]: So Dumb That It Makes Me Smile

Reading Time: 3 minutes Tonight was nuts so I didn’t get to finish my fitness post. So Today’s check in will be a simple acknowledgement that sometimes life happens and shit just doesn’t get done 🙂 Let’s begin. These are the promises I kept to myself: Exercise at home  Write a Fitness Post  Program for at least an hour

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[Day 7][Reflection]: Simplify Simplify

Reading Time: 3 minutes There is something magical about beginnings and the first day of things. The optimism of what you will accomplish, untarnished by the wear and tear of doing the work necessary day after day. I had high expectations of myself but, when you haven’t been writing consistently for a long time it’s kind of tiring to

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[Day 6][Photography]: “Fire Breather”

Reading Time: 2 minutes   I took this at an event called Alleywave in Fresno, CA. The fire breather was accompanied by a fire dancer and were putting on a really good show–so I moved in. Giving them a respectable and safe amount of space I did my best to capture all the leaps and spins. Not the easiest

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[Day 5][Step-by-Step]: What do you Do About a Change That You Desire but Can’t Commit to?

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ve figured it out! I don’t know about god, but the brain certainly works in mysterious ways when it comes to revelations. I had mine at 4 AM after a night of photography, drinks, dancing, and birthday celebrations. Last night I volunteered to take pictures at my friend’s Birthday party. It was  quite the affair and

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