MFRW 52 Week Blog Hop

Do You Keep A Journal or Diary?

Wow. We’re one week away from half the year.  This is week 25 of the MFRW Blog Hop. Be sure to check out the other authors blogging this week.

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I bought myself a diary with my allowance from the five and ten store in the shopping mall near my home when I was 12 years old. I wrote in it at night before I went to bed for about one year. In it, I wrote about our move to a new neighborhood and school and the changes that were taking place in my life.

Then in 1999, I had a digital diary with LiveJournal that I made private.  LiveJournal was relatively new at the time. But that only lasted about a month before I turned it into a blog about Steampunk.

Now I use a notebook for brain dumping or morning pages. When I started I wrote every morning before I worked on my WIP. For some reason, I’ve dropped down to about three mornings a week and my writing is not the same. Too many distractions, I suppose.  I’m working on getting back the other two days of the week and leaving my weekends free.

Did you keep a diary or journal? Tell me about it in the comments.

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Christmas Comes Early

Week 22. The best gift I ever gave.

The best gift I ever gave was one my younger brother and I presented to our mom.

The company my younger brother works for had put their cleaned refurbished desktops up for sale. He let us know and my mom, older brother and I each purchased one. None of us had ever owned a computer except for my younger brother whose company had them for sale.  We had a limited knowledge of how they worked as we all used them in our jobs.clip-art-computers-779141

We were excited about bringing them home except for my mom who we had to drag into the 20th-century kicking and screaming. They intimidated her a little but eventually, she embraced using it and become very proficient. She even wrote a Sunday school summary for each week’s lesson and emailed them out to members of our church and her friends.

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Fast forward a few years. The refurbished computers became obsolete so we bought new ones. Mom purchased a netbook. She loved it, but as time went on, problems occurred. Logging in was slow, the RAM and the operating system were not upgradeable. But she refused to buy another.  My youngest brother and I decided to take matters into our own hands. We took her to an office supply store so she could pick out a new computer for her birthday.

Don’t forget to check out the other authors participating in this MFRW Blog Hop.

MFRW 52 Week Blog Hop

3 Tools Used to Create My Characters

This is week 18 of the MFRW Blog Hop. Please check out the rest of the authors participating in this challenge. Today’s topic is How I work up character/setting profiles.

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I’m a pantser, sometimes a plantser. Most times my characters just show up fully formed. There’s nothing else I need to do other than write their stories. At other times it’s just a name. When all I have is a name, I’ll write up a lite sketch that includes where they’re from, what they want, birthday and archetype, a hobby which I think is important to the kind of person they are and how they handle themselves through life. If I haven’t found a celebrity inspiration to represent a character, I’ll create one with http://www.avatarmaker.com. Sometimes I give them a catchphrase or an emotional tick that they say/do at stressful times. I use the following books/tools to help me create my characters:

Don’t forget to check the other blogs in the hop to find out how their characters or settings are created.