Fandom Friday 0002

So, last time I posted a fandom Friday, I get the impression it ran someone off. Oh well. Fandom Friday’s are more for me to track things with than anything else.

Today, I’m going to talk favorite Genres – because of something I realized recently.

I’d realized I didn’t have any strong likes or dislikes on genre that I can remember prior to 6th grade.

I’ve since realized why.

There aren’t really any genre books for the younger kids. In fact, the only two books I remember reading prior to 6th grade were both books that I’m not particularly fond of. (And to be honest, I probably shouldn’t have read either, but in one case there was honor at stake, and in the other, it was a trade to my parents to be allowed to read what I wanted – which failed because I never finished the book.)

My two loves in literature are Science Fiction and Fantasy. They are by a long shot, my absolute favorites and I can pretty much tie the entire interest to Anne McCaffery. I started reading Pern books when I was in 6th grade, and I’ve not once looked back. I’ve read all but two series of hers, and I’ll willingly admit I never could get into reading the other two. I admit to having expanded to reading many other genres since – there are still a few I just won’t touch, but for the most part, there is little I won’t read. Currently the four authors who take up a whole five shelf bookcase themselves are: Christine Feehan, Jayne Ann Krentz (mostly under her Amanda Quick pen name), Anne McCaffery and Tamora Pierce. Those four have actually outgrown the bookcase that they’re on, and I’m stacking books on top of each other now.

I’ve read Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, in fact, I have near complete sets of both of the first 56 books. I’ve got all the Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events. Harry Potter, Agatha Christie, there’s a few Dan Brown, my shelves are pretty far ranging. Covering easily everything from Political Thriller to Urban Fantasy to Paranormal Romance to High Fantasy to hard Science Fiction. Maybe I’ll manage to remember a lightbulb for my library and post a series of shelfies over the next few weeks, would anyone want that?

Almost all of these are from the “Adult” part of the book stores. There are a few in the YA areas, and two that I find in the children’s section. Then there are quite a few that physical bookstores have phased off the shelves because the titles are older and the teens of today want the hot new book with the love triangle and the sparkles. Or the vampires and werewolves, but not so much the Lady Knights or Lady Provosts proving themselves.

The hottest genre today is definitely Urban Fantasy or Urban Paranormal. It puts the weird alongside the believable things of today, and right now, that’s selling like wildfire.

Technical Tuesday 0004

What’s this? A second post this week already?

Why yes, yes it is!

This one is actually one I promised a bit back, a final review of my wireless speaker (literally it’s initially covered in Technical Tuesday 0003).

I’ve now had my little Anker soundcore for a couple of months.

It lives in my purse.

I literally have only one complaint about it at all, and that’s that it did not come with an aux cable, but hey, those are cheap as hell so it’s not the biggest of big deals. It’s compatible with ANY aux cable you have laying around, so the cord to my high quality skull candy headphones that are massive has gotten hijacked for the wireless speaker for those days I want to be able to actually hear netflix on my writing laptop. Ironically, this laptop does great with onboard media. But the instant I want to watch netflix or youtube, the max volume drops by half, it’s really weird.

I haven’t charged him in a little over a week and according to the icon on my phone, he’s still at roughly half battery. I’ve not had any issues with battery life at all.

Only actual time I’ve had a moment of concern, I was running one of my binaural beat apps and it stopped producing sound at all. As long as I’m not running that sort of sound through it, everything is fine. (Besides, Binaural beats work better through headphones anyways, but I was testing it.)

It’s got decent sound levels from lowest to highest, good sound for something as cheap as it was. No serious complaints at all. No matter how you look at it, I 100% recommend this little guy for his volume levels and portability as well as battery life.

Muse Monday 0005

Hey look! It’s a shiny Muse Monday! Throw a great ball at it!





Hey look at that! You caught a shiny Muse Monday! Congrats!

I’m mostly back on track with my various writings, but admittedly I had to take a media break. This is important as a writer.

Let me tell you why. (And why it’s here as a Muse Monday thing.)

A media break is where you take a break from writing to take in some other form of creative media. From binge-watching your new favorite show on netflix, to seeing that movie in theaters that you’ve been wanting to see, to just doing some pleasure reading – it’s all really useful for recharging your brain.

Even switching to another project for a while can help give you a break from your primary project.

Why is this important? Because eventually, you’re going to run out of the ability to create. Creativity is both a finite and an infinite resource. It’s like bamboo. It something that grows remarkably easily (and pretty prolifically), but you have to plant the seeds first.

Sometimes, this works as simply as switching to another project, or finding a creative prompt. Sometimes you’re more low on the creative juices than normal and just need the break.

Taking in new stories and new things helps your creativity, your muse, have a better and easier time coming up with new ideas. This means it will be easier and easier for you to knock out your word count goal every time you sit down to write. If your creativity is too tired or burnt out, you’ll eventually give up and you’ll no longer want to write.

So definitely take the time to recharge your creative battery. Plant the seeds of creativity and take a break.

I personally try to build in breaks into my schedule, specifically, I try to make sure that I get far enough ahead in my writing that I can take the weekends off. Treat writing like you would a job, where you have those breaks built in and you’ll discover that writing won’t tire you out as much as it once did.

My personal schedule, thanks to probably one of the most laid back jobs you can have, matches my work day literally. I work in an office where they don’t mind if I write in the down time. So I’m actually sitting in the office right now, busting out words with my portable wireless speaker sitting on top of the desk organizer and my laptop next to the primary computer. So far tonight, I’ve written nearly 1.8K words, and am relatively on track for 7k words in my shift. As a side effect of this awesome job, I have a lot of time to sit at my desk here and just write. So I’m working on getting into the habit of doing that, so that I can have my weekends free to do whatever I’d like. Which also includes reading for pleasure and just generally recharging my mind.

If you’re not lucky enough to have time to write on most days, then go ahead and make a schedule that you can keep to for writing, and guard your writing time fiercely. If you can get into the habit of doing it each time that you’ve set aside, eventually, you’ll have programmed your creativity into working best at those times. And your mind will have it’s recharge times built right into your schedule.


So, take some time to recharge your muse, to make your muse better.

Truthful Thursday 0003

Hey folks! It’s a bit late night, but it’s still Thursday so I thought I’d throw a little Truthful Thursday out there! Well, ‘little’. If you’ve been around, you know that sometimes I’m extremely brief, and sometimes “long post ahoy” doesn’t even begin to express that the post ahead is long.

At the moment, I have no idea how long this post will be, but I can say with certainty that it’s not going to be brief.

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