• Walking In This World – Week 3

    This week is all about discovering a sense of perspective and the main topics of focus were medicine and how creativity is healing in itself, something that I’ve known for some time but it’s nice to see someone else bring it to the forefront and really it was probably the part that had me nodding hardcore with everything. Cameron also goes into depth about how art is therapeutic and not just therapy, I’d have to say that this has to be my most favourite Week, so far. It’s perfect in every way. The last part of the chapter is how artist’s are cartographers in that they are able to map…

  • Walking in this World – Week 2

    This week was all about discovering a Sense of Proportion. And setting boundaries. 1. How many days this week did you do your Morning Pages? I’ve been more inconsistent with my Morning Pages, mostly because I think I’m avoiding. Or I make the excuse that I’m too tired, so it’s been a little while. I’d probably say I only did it like 2 or 3 times. I know I need to get really moving with this. I might have to cut the three page limit to something that is more managable for me. 2. Did you do your Artist’s Date this week? I took myself out of the house and…

  • I have Writer’s Block

    Did that get your attention? I bet it did. It got mine when I realised that I had it. But it’s not what you think. I’m not physically blocked. Not like when Dad passed away and I had to deal with the tangle of emotions I had before I could push through the fog to get there, definitely not like that. I can still write. I write almost every day. Emails. Text messages. Instagram posts. Love notes. Lists. Card explanations. University assignments. Forum replies. I write a lot but I find that I don’t have enough time to relaly write. Did I just echo what you feel? It’s hard to…

  • A Passionate Writer

    I’m a Writer. I’m loud and proud about that and if I had my way I’d just openly pimp that 24/7 because it’s what I love, it’s not a chore for me, it’s not hard, it’s just what I love. I’ve also written about it over here about declaring that you’re a writer and how it’ll make you feel. I’m also fiery whenever the word Writer is mention and whenever I can actually bring it up. I love heated discussions with other Writers about plots and twists. Ask me about the nitty gritty of writing characters and point of view, even bring up different registers and character archetypes. I’ll fiercely challenge every…

  • Spectacle by Rachel Vincent

    Oh my, so in case you’re new around her, one of my favourite authors is Rachel Vincent. And I’ve followed her around (without being or sound at all stalkerish) for close to 13 years, since I picked up her debut novel by chance. If you don’t know what I’m talking about go and hunt down her Shifter series. You’ll thank me later. Anyway, I’m trying not to digress here because today I’m talking about Spectacle the stunning sequel to her novel Menagerie. And in case you’ve missed that one, check out this post to find out what I thought about that book. We pick up where we left off at…

  • NaNo Diaries 2017 – Day 30

    The last day of NaNoWriMo 2017 was pretty uneventful. I, unfortunately, had to work all day and it was pretty gross. But I did manage to get some words in which really nice, not really as much as I wanted and I have to admit that the story was finally getting a little easier. I feel like Travis and I were finally getting somewhere and I hope that I’ll be able to get back into it. I have a little more notes now and I’m fleshing out the story. While I’m going to be working predominately on a few other projects I will come back to this one. I’m not going…

  • NaNo Diaries 2017 – Day 29

    There was supposed to be more time today, but I did manage to get some words done, which is actually really nice, it wasn’t much, but it was enough to really get anywhere. Having stocktake at work today has made it really hard to want to write. I have been up since stupid o’clock and even though I got to leave earlier than what was said, I did spend most of the time pretty frustrated because my air conditioner isn’t quite working, the man came to fix it and cleaned the filter but it’s still leaking and that makes trying to focus hard. I love the heat but I don’t do…

  • NaNo Diaries 2017 – Day 28

    I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, I had plans to get so much writing done but I did a full day of work today and it was hectic. Some days when I work full days and spend the entire day talking to customers I just want to shrink away and not do much, Travis and I have had so many issues with this story, mostly because I don’t know what’s happening and Travis is being so stubborn. Mostly I like a challenge but this is getting ridiculous. Come on, Travis, work with me a little. Please! Words: 0

  • The Emerald Serpent by K.S Nikakis

    I am an avid fantasy reader. Give me magic, faeries, mythical beings and I’m a pretty happy lady, what’s even better? Having people I know write amazing fantasy in different sub-genres, it makes me beyond happy and I was pretty lucky to get a little bit of the behind the scenes action with this book. It was written by the former head of my undergrad degree and the best thing about this? I managed to make a non-editor out of a serial editor of words. It only took like a week and a half of me hounding Karen before she turned around and said to me: Mandi guess what I…

  • Why I Love Rewrites Over Editing

    You’ll see that I posted about how much I hate editing over here (sorry editing lovers, I really am) but today I want to talk about how much rewriting is the complete opposite and almost as hard. When I sit down to do creative writing that isn’t a blog post or a piece that is for publication that I can take my time with it, I have a completely different process here. Rewrites are completely different to edits. Or at least in my book and I’m actually glad they are, because they’re less painful and more conducive to my creative process but they’re just plainly more engaging and I like…