Thursday, December 31, 2015

How to procrastinate like a BOSS

I am supposed to be working on 2 writing projects at this exact moment, yet here I am online, checking out Facebook and clicking on any random link.
I should be totally panicked, but I'm not.  One assignment is due tomorrow and I'm 2000 words shy of the being finished and I'm not sure that I love it.  I don't have time to send it to a friend to proof.  Why am not freaking out?  I'm sure that will come at some point today if I don't get it done.
I want this assignment to be perfect.  But at this point perfect is not going to happen.
[BREAK]
Sorry I got distracted.  I was looking up the benefits of sauerkraut.  Success though, I did find the raw sauerkraut I was looking for.  It's dill and garlic flavored.  (sidebar: write a food blog post about this deliciousness!)
Lately writing has felt like a chore.
[BREAK]
Ooops.  I just had this nagging feeling about people who were following me on Twitter.
I'm back.  I had a little distraction.  My mind is thinking about other life related things that I have been avoiding, like taxes and bills.  But this stream of consciousness writing is helping.
4 hours later...
I am no further ahead.
[BREAK]
Wow, that was a big one.
[BREAK]
Ok, back on track.  Really this time.  It's the end of the year and again I am cleaning up my online world.  My goal is to have no more Drafts left in my posts file.  That will explain the random posts that are appearing now.  Apologies, but I did set up this blog to share my writing woes, the good and the bad.  So this is my bad.  Hopefully in 2016 I will be better disciplined.

wait, was that?
Happy writing!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Collection of thoughts from Fringe

Too much randomness and things to do during Fringe.  As much as I wanted to document everything, it's too painful and embarrassing to remember it, which I'd rather not.  So while cleaning up the blog for the new year, I'm just putting them in one post, so I can move on.

The pain of writing:
Less than 20 days until the Fringe and dread has set in. Not quite panic yet, but just dread. I should be up on my feet, running the show, learning my lines, but I am caught up in still editing my story. I'm told the story is never done, but I would truly like it to be.  Everytime I read it, I am filled with, well dread.



The day after.
I'd like to say I survived.  It was a grueling experience and yes, I survived!  After a major meltdown (if I were an iceberg, I think I could've rehydrated Califonia's drought) it is a new day.  
What is all this insanity?  Well, over the weekend, was a preview for my first Fringe show.  It's a soloshow, that I had been working on for quite some time and I bit the bullet and...

Getting ready...Well, it's happened.  I registered for Fringe.


Right now you're wondering, "fringe are the long dangling things that swirl in the wind on my shawl."  Yes, that's right, but Fringe is also theatre that is experimental in their style or subject matter.  Now, I am preparing 

How do you keep writing:
Everything has a goal.  It helps when you're writing, because when you reach it, you feel accomplished.  It also helps to keep you writing.  You want to reach the end at some point, a place that may not be the end you intended, because that's what happens when you write, but an end for now.

http://danielauslan.com/plan-for-blogging-success/

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Status, what is it?

In my show I talk about status, but don't really delve into it.
Here's a video with some varying opinions.
Leave me comment to let me know your thoughts about it.



Big Miigz!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WWC #34 - Those who wander...

Finding prompts and motivation from HitRecord

Lost. Something men never admit they are and women are always asking directions for.
Where am I? That is my question. It is an easy question since I don't really know where I want to be.
Lost. I wish I knew where I was going?
When you're young, life is your oyster and your dreams are as high as the stars.
When did I lose my way?  I thought I knew where I was going. I thought I knew what I wanted to be.
I am now wandering. A shadow of my former self.
Lost. Who have I become?
I look in the mirror and think I know who that person is looking back at me.
I don't see the differences I should.  Maybe I do. I just don't want to say it out loud.
Once you utter the words, that makes it real.  Fault is found. Blame is placed.
and then you stop.
You stop striving for more.
You stop seeing the good.
You stop wanting to fight the good fight.
You stop needing.
You stop caring.
You just stop.
This journey that is your life is stalled.
You've run out of gas and you are lost.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Blog Challenge Day 1

Because my life isn't filled with enough distraction, I have decided to start a new challenge.  I am playing catch up on a 15 day blog challenge.  I am doing it so I can establish a routine to take time out to write and maybe even prepare a bit.  When I am away from my writing, by this I mean not writing everyday, life does go on and the world is of no consequence.    But then when I start writing again, I realize that I miss it.  I miss the tiny moments from my day that I write with no concern of the consequences or the outcomes.  I write to simply write.  Let's call it journaling.  There is no intended outcomes.  Usually when I sit down to write, I feel a pressure to spit out brilliance at keystroke and that when I am done, the project will be finished and I can move on.  So for the next 15 days I will be accepting the challenge and blogging about it.  Hopefully I will find what I am looking for.

Challenge Day #1What is my daily success plan?

If I knew the answer to that I wouldn't be here.   I currently start my days with the best of intentions.  I wake between 5 or 6 AM, my head if filled with thoughts, ideas and a to-do list.  Then I make some coffee and breakfast and sit down with my computer.  As I attempt to start working, I am greeted by the endless array of tabs that are still opened on my computer from my late night online session.  Of course to start my day I need a clean slate so I review all those opened tabs.  And that may sound easy but then I realize I have a 2 or 3 windows with a ton of tabs opened.  Walk away! Walk away!  So I try to start closing them and then I am down the rabbit hole.  No work gets done.  Another day blown!

My success plan will open an new window with only 1 tab.  Then minimize all other open windows and not look at them until I am done getting all my to-dos out of my head.  It's really easy, if I don't open the other windows, I won't know what's there.

Onward to the challenge.

Monday, May 4, 2015

It's showtime!

Well, I did it. I'm on my way to the Hollywood Fringe Fest.
You're thinking, "woohoo Jenn, that's great! What's Fringe?"

According to their website:
The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. Each June during the Hollywood Fringe, the arts infiltrate the Hollywood neighborhood: fully equipped theaters, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants and other unexpected places host hundreds of productions by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers. Participation in the Hollywood Fringe is completely open and uncensored. This free-for-all approach underlines the festival’s mission to be a platform for artists without the barrier of a curative body. By opening the gates to anyone with a vision, the festival is able to exhibit the most diverse and cutting-edge points-of-view the world has to offer. Additionally, by creating an environment where artists must self-produce their work, the Fringe motivates its participants to cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurialism in the arts.

I'm participating as part of the group from Native Voices at the Autry.  This is our first foray out away from our home away from home at The Autry in Griffith Park.  We are venturing out to the wilds of Hollywood and presenting a total of 3 shows, with 10 performances.  

Here's a quick image I made.  I just really wanted to use the picture of me in my Ronald McDonald's dress and headdress.  



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Notes for feedback

When you're working on a project, and it's ready to be heard, what do you do?  You have it read.   After you're done cringing (oh, wait,  that was me) sit back and listen to words being performed.  It's a bit different than you saying it out loud with the meaning you know behind each word.  After the reading, ask your audience to hang out for a bit and offer some feedback.

Things to think about when you hear/read someone else's work:

1) What are the powerful aspects of the work?
2) How were you moved/engaged by the topic, style, language, or characters?
3) What, if any, sections felt unclear or confusing?
4) What was missing that could expand the work within the given section?
Details, encounters, dialogue, ‘truth’ -- in a positive way that can expand the writer’s perspective and provide a richer experience within the chosen genre and style?
5) Mark any great passages that zero in on the essence of the story/script/essay.

happy writing!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

So you want to write a novel

Outline your novel

Before you start your outline, things to think about:
Who will be your main character?
If you have several characters, write information about each of them.
What is the problem that your main character has to solve or a goal they have to acheive.  What is it?
What is the most important thing in the world to your character right now?
What obstacles or difficulties exists between your character and their goal or problem?
Where does the story take place?
What era or time does it take place? (present day? 1980s?...)
What type of novel are you writing? Drama? Thriller? Cheap romance?
Imagine scenes.  Who is in them? what is their viewpoint? Where does this take place?
Every scene should have a purpose. It should move the story along.
Then take them and put them in a logical order.

What every novel should have:
Character
Plot
Setting
Point of view
Dialogue

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FOCUS! Yeah, I have a problem

Sometimes I can just stay on point and write.  But most times, not.  Here are some sites and apps that will help keep you on task.  I haven't tried them all, but am slowly going through them.

Write or Die

Self Control App lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. Just set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click "Start." Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access those sites--even if you restart your computer or delete the application.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Writing prompt - A bad day

10 minute writing prompt:

I knew it was a bad day when...

Click here for the list of prompts in case you need some more.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Writing Prompt - Use the Dictionary

10 minute writing prompt:

Open the dictionary to a random page. 
Find a word that you do not know how to define. 
Write an imaginary definition for it. 
Repeat.

Click here for the list of prompts in case you need some more.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Writing prompt - Dream catcher, more like dream killer!

10 minute writing prompt:

Every so often a dreamcatcher must be emptied of the nightmares it has caught.  Who does it and what do they see?

Click here for the list of prompts in case you need some more.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Writing Prompts

If you're a writer, sometimes you feel that you can't go on.  You can't write.  You've run out of ideas, or the fact that you can't continue with the story because you don't where you're going.  I took a class once and the instructor said that he didn't believe in writer's block, that was no such thing.  You have a block because you are experiencing resistance.  Essentially, it's all in your head.  Thanks.  That helps a lot.  I'm already in my head to much.  So instead of thinking about it, the problem, don't.  I know it's easier said than done, but it's like being in yoga (not a big fan of it, but it's the best way I can explain) or if you're an actor think "Meisner".  Just sit there in be in the moment.  Deep breaths.  If it helps, focus on your breath.   

What helps too, is to try and write something else.  That's where writing prompts come in handy.  Here are few to distract yourself.

  1. Shh! Hear that?’ ‘I didn’t hear anything.’
  2. "Did you see the size of that weed?"
  3. Suddenly, there was a knock at the door.
  4. He'd have to find another way home.
  5. ‘I told him not to come back too!’
  6. His feet were already numb. He should have listened.

Here are some sites that have some links:
The One Minute Writer
Dragon Writing Prompts

Happy writing!