Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What do I Write About--for a Blog? #IWSG


IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
Welcome to mine!



person using laptop
photo by Kaitlyn Baker @ Unsplash.com


I lack the confidence in what I should write about in a blog. I know that we need to write about stuff readers find useful, but how do I write with that kind of authority?

I am so ordinary and feel as though I don't have much to offer.

I have a fabulous friend who discovered she has Asperger's at age 33 and has a very informative blog. There are writers who blog about great publishing tips and secrets. There are others like Wellness Mama!

I need to up my ante but feel at a loss.

What thoughts or ideas do you have on how I can improve?

Monday, November 19, 2018

Breaking into the Blogosphere

worm's eye-view photography of ceiling
Photo by Joshua Sortino at Unsplash.com

Okay, so I thought that breaking back into the blogosphere with a weekly post would be a great idea. 

NOT! 

As it turns out, I feel overwhelmed and perhaps I will revert to just once a month with the best type of blogging ever known to writerly kind and that's

...

Posting for IWSG! It's a great support system for writers where we share our triumphs or heartaches or a place to be someone's shoulder...

Yay!

How do you balance blogging and life?


Monday, November 12, 2018

Steampunk What . . . ?



close-up photo of factory
photo by Taton Moise on Unsplash

Steampunk is an entire world in itself! A writer has to be mindful at all times the setting, the vocabulary, the devices, the everything the characters do. I suppose it's no different than writing in the French Renaissance, right? Everything must match the premise. It is a bit of a learning curve to seek the world if you're not used to it.

I admit that I had to look up words and definitions. I compiled a list of things that belonged to this genre like clank, cog, wheel, hiss, whir, bolt, gear, artificer. I did a bit of world-building because this is fiction pure and simple. I don't mind world-building. For me, it's easier to invent people and laws and buildings. The clothes are distinctive but that requires research, too.

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photo by Mariia Selivanova on Unsplash
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
So, I must say that I've written my first ever steampunk for an anthology call, thinking, why not? It sounds like fun, right? I whipped it out and submitted it. Guess what? Immortal Works accepted my work. Here it comes ...


SQUEEEEEE!


It's one of those moments where you think you've lost it all, but then realize you still got it goin' on! Know what I mean? Ha!

I feel the timid author emerging from years of buried rubble. I've never given up on writing. I just keep on writing along though I've been kicked off the hobby horse a few times.

Tiny Steps, though.
                                                                                                             


What new things did you try for the first time? How did you deal with the learning curve?





Wednesday, November 7, 2018

How my Creative Life is Evolving from Writing #IWSG

Hello my fellow writerly friends! Welcome to my IWSG. Our purpose with this is to share and encourage our writing experiences! I've decided to answer the question of the month:


How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?

I was 8 years old when I first started writing. Simple poetry and stories. Writing became my escapism, my way of self-expression through the poetic word when I was in high school. Not until my later years in school did I start with full-novel writing.

At first, I had a difficult time seeing my characters' faces. They felt unreal and unimaginable. The older I became and the more I wrote, it became easier to see, feel, and hear them. Now, I experience life through the worlds I build and people I meet--it's better than anything television or movies can ever bring. Haha!



Also, my creativity has escaped into strange ways of thinking like this photo to the right!

One day, while going for a nice, long walk in the neighborhood, I came across a historical building built of stones that had burnt down a few weeks before. It looked so creepy that I easily thought a vampire would swoop out of it and steal me off my feet. Ha! I hurried my pace, trying to hold back a shudder.



My writing, has, taken me far from this world in the most creative manner! To be honest, I've been writing for so long I'm not sure how to answer the original question. 😝

How has writing impacted your creative flow?


Monday, October 29, 2018

In the Spirit of Spooky

cave with smokes
photo by Leximphoto on Unsplash

Over the years my tastes have changed. When I was a youngster, I lived for dressing up and collecting candy. I went as far as sewing my own costume and dressing up as a character from my own novel!

But somewhere, somehow, the zeal left me. I look back fondly at those enchanting times.

Just a note: Please be safe on your way out if you do decide to play! Also, be safe if you do decide to share your treats with little visitors. People are crazier and crazier and you never know!

What childhood things have you loved that you let go? 


Monday, October 22, 2018

What is a Mormon?

What is an Elizabeth? A Michael? What about a Mary or Collin? Are names important? Why do we place such a value in naming things? People are peculiar in having to name every little thing they encounter from the newly discovered comet to the bone that belongs to an unknown dinosaur to the smallest germ! But what would happen if we called the Statue of Liberty "Giant Green Greek Girl"? Or Paris's Eiffel Tower "The French Pylon Thing"?

Monday, October 15, 2018

aaaand ... We're Live!


Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash

                                                 
Hi, Everyone.
I'd like to express my appreciation for those who did not give up on my blog--thank you for not quitting! I admit it has been too long since I've posted and I apologize for the length of time. I've decided to revive my blog and post every Monday on anything that catches my fancy: Let's call this "Elizabeth Mueller gets real" Blog.




How is 2018 treating you?
(If you have any ideas or thoughts for me, please leave me a comment!)