Why Writers Should Be Bloggers

why writers should be bloggers

I bet y’all are wondering, “Why the sand? What does that have to do with blogging? Or writing? Or anything related to blogging or writing?”

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. It is the first stock photo that came up. It wasn’t even the BEST stock photo that came up! I AM SO GENIUS I SHALL TAKE OVER THE WORLD WITH TERRIBLE STOCK PHOTOS. I SHALL BE SUPREME LEADER! *evil laughter* I AM A TERRIBLE BLOGGER MUHAHAHA. *coughs*

Moving on.

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September 2017 Dares & Summer Ends

September 2017 dares

A single tear slid down the girl’s pale cheek. Her lips trembled, and she breathed slowly, evenly to prevent her sobs from ripping from her throat. Her mascara, a sickly dark brown color, stuck to her lower eyelashes, giving the appearance of a tween who has no idea how to do her face. She picked up her pencil and lowered it to the page of calculations, her hand trembling …

That’s right – it’s that time again. When children are chained to their desks and forced to learn things they don’t even need to learn just for the sake of keeping them out from under their parents’ feet.

Anywho, we’re back to dares! You missed ’em, didn’t you? Oh, c’mon, I know you did. All the fun of seeing me not accomplish things and chuckling quietly about it to yourself.

You do it. I know you do.
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The Back to School Tag (+Free Ebook!)

The Back to School Tag

Hi, everyone! Today we’re doing something a little different … a blog tag!

I know, I know … I’ve done blog tags before. But this one is Mine Own Blog Tag. Which makes it different. *nods*

As you can see, I’m still fooling around with HTML, and so things look a little strange up in harrr. *fails to do an Grumpy Old Miner impression* But it shall improve!

I mean, anyone can create a blog tag, right? It’s not just a privilege for super special people. It’s a free country (er, blogiverse). So … here goes.

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Moanings of a Brain Dead Teen

Yesterday was Easter, and now we have a very light week of school as my dad’s on vacation (#homeschoolcool). And let me tell you, I need it.

My mind is a lot of spinning cogs and gears, all whirling a hundred miles a minute. When you throw in algebra mixed with shapes, ancient languages mixed with translation sheets, animals mixed with science, and add a generous dose of history, government, grammar, and essays, the cogs stop spinning.

I’m not joking. This is not a test. My brain is dead.

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In Which I Try to Improve Myself

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A couple days ago, I drummed up a new schedule for my *clears throat important* personal improvement.

I’m getting up at 6:30 every morning (except on the weekends).

I’m going to bed at 10:30 (well, more like 11:30 … or later … but I’m trying).

I’m getting all my jobs done earlier than I did before.

However, most importantly, I’m allotting special times for writing, editing, blogging, training Riley, practicing my clarinet, reading the Bible, and all that other lovely stuff … most of which I actually enjoy doing but just don’t get time for!

I decided to share a copy of my schedule with you. I’ve posted it on my board in my room (along with all my goals and stuff), so it’s official. 🙂

Click here to view my schedule!

Most of the times are approximate. For instance, I claimed that I’m not going to be done with school and lunch until 2:00. Weeeeell, today I was down at 1:30 and most days it’s earlier. However, am I changing the schedule? No. Why? Because giving myself extra time is really working for me.

Well, that’s all for today, folks! I know this was short, but as a general rule there will be shorter posts on Fridays. So. Here we are on a Friday. Being brief. *bows*

~Kellyn Roth

January 2017 Dares (and New Year’s Resolutions)

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Wow. Can you believe that it’s 2017? I sure can’t. I mean, I can believe that it’s 2017 … I’m not, like, doubting its existence or anything, but … wow! 2016 was such an amazing year! Almost nothing went wrong. Almost everything went right.

But now we’ve got to move on to a new year. It isn’t 2016 any more. It’s 2017. Again, wow.

Time for a quick recap of what I accomplished in December.

Yeah, I know, I just said we have to move on … but whatever. I’m a girl. Girls aren’t necessarily consistent; it’s a well-known fact.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Update #4

I decided to do the post today as I doubt I’ll have time for one tomorrow – and I’ll be at the beach, anyway – and I obviously didn’t have time for one Monday! 🙂

At 44,594 words (and I haven’t written yet today), I’m zipping along at a pretty decent pace. Can I write 5,406 more words in a week? Well, considering that I have written 14,000 words per week pretty consistently this month, I’d say yes. 🙂

And, words-wise, that’s all I have to say. If you want more, I update my adult NaNoWriMo page pretty regularly. Like, every five minutes. XD

Where am I in the actual writing of the novel? Well, it’s hard to tell. Sometimes one sentence from my outline will turn into three chapters while a paragraph just makes a scene. I started out with five pages of outline (though page five is less than hlaf a page, honestly). I’m in the middle of page three.

So … how long do I estimate this novel will be? Well, based on the fact that I have about two pages remaining of outline, I should finish At Her Fingertips at 70,000 words. Yeah, like that’s happening! I’m aiming for 55,000, actually. I think I’ll be able to achieve 10,000 words in so many days, and I think the book will be finished in so many words. My crazy outline, who thinks I could get 25,000 more words, has plainly lost it.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Update #2

The first five times (yes, five!) times I wrote the title, I wrote ‘NaNoWriMo 2016 Updated #2.’ Consider yourself updated. *sports reference* *confirmation of points received*

Yep. My fingers type with no regard to my brain sometimes …

Back to our regularly scheduled programming, my word count has now reached 28o46 words. Some days I write more, some days I write less, but that’s approximately 2000 every day.

Since I only wanted to write 1700 a day, I’m a little ahead, which is fantastic, as in past years I struggled to get out enough to make 40000 in a month, while at this rate, I could get 60000, assuming I had that much content (which I don’t, really). But the end of the month is gonna be busy, so it’s good that I’m somewhat ahead.

If you want to know more than that about words and days, find it out here, at my stats on the adult NaNoWriMo.

Because I’m kind of in a hurry, that’s all for today, guys. Yeah, it was lame, but … okay, I have no excuse … comment?! 😉

Quote-of-the-Update

“Oh, Alice, don’t say that!” Cassie said, shaking off her somewhat dark mood and smiling mischievously. “After all, she’s intimate with the Ashfields. We mustn’t talk badly about anyone who’s intimate with the Ashfields.”

“No, we mustn’t,” Alice said playfully. “Why, the sky would likely fall!”

“The Thames would flood!”

“The earth would quake!”

“The dogs would howl!”

Thoughts on the quote? Are you reaching your NaNoWriMo goal? Or are you enjoying watching everyone else try to produce ridiculous amounts of words every day, eating popcorn, and laughing quietly to yourself?

~Kellyn Roth

NaNoWriMo 2016 Update #1

At 14,588 words, I’m pretty proud with what I’ve accomplished this November so far.

I think I could have done more … but there have been distractions. School, visiting siblings, an early Thanksgiving dinner, realizing that I haven’t touched my guitar in months and that the only song I practiced this year on my clarinet is the one we’re not going to end up playing in the concert … life is hard. XD

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Dark Eminence by Marguerite Vance

I wasn’t going to publish anything until after June 1, but this doesn’t really count as it was for school, and I was going to have to do it anyway.

Dark Eminence by Marguerite Vance

Catherine de Medici and Her Children

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but this school year (2015-2016), we’ve been studying the Renaissance, Reformation, and the Age of Exploration.

We’re finishing up this week with school and the 1500s. And I’ve got to review this book, Dark Eminence, and write a report about Catherine de Medici’s life for school. Why not share it with you?

It’s a little-known book that gives you an accurate, unbiased account of the life of Catherine de Medici. *shivers*

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