[SP] Going Up Against the Pros

[SCC] Update: Revising Chapter 31…but might end up scrapping 5 chapters and rewriting them all together. But I am caught up with applying my revision comments to my digital copies (I revise longhand), so not is all lost!

Anyway, I’ve kind of been slacking on posts lately, which isn’t a surprise seeing finals are rolling around (classes end in 2 weeks! May 2 to be more specific). I’ve got a final story to make for my creative writing non-fiction class, another paper for my Ethnic lit class, a reflexive paper for this class, an exam for my food & health class, and then a group project for my other DCIM class (which let me tell you, is the most frustrating experience I’ve ever had with a group project–no lie). I’m swamped with school work, and the fact I’m really trying to finish major revisions for SCC:Wilters by the end of this month so I can do copy edits in May and have the manuscript out by early June just makes me even more stressed out. But it’s okay! All will be okay once finals are done. I got this, we got this, we’re going to be okay.


Dear Kendrik, your song has been my anthem for everything lately.

To the point of this post: how does my blog compare to other blogs I try to aspire to.

Some weeks back I wrote this post for class where I explore a blog. I picked a blog I really want to aspire towards in terms of aesthetics and content. I’ve found an aesthetic that I like and feel suits me, so I’m happy with that. I have my blog broken down to make it easy for my audience to navigate whether they’re on my blog for my writing (fiction, non-fiction, writing advice) or for my talk on books (which isn’t many just yet). I looked at a handful of book and writing blogs to get a sense of what my stuff should look like and what content my posts should include (like what should a book review cover and what are my rating guidelines). I try to implement the little things I learn from a mixture of bloggers into my own posts as I try to figure out what I like and don’t like. By following a handful of blogs in the book community, I’ve come to learn about the different tags and Top 5 list posts blogs make in order to keep up with consistent posting, which I may take part in once my schedule opens up and I start reading more.

So far my blog is still within the starting phases of where I would like it to be. I want to write more posts on books I read (I haven’t posted a review even though I’ve read four books since my last book review) and write more formal posts on my writing process and different aspects of being a writer. I just really need to make time in my schedule to get to it. And it’s not that blogging has suddenly become a chore, I’m absolutely immersed in it once I start a draft, but  just have to sit down and get started.

It’s kind of like how I write in general. I’ll procrastinate by wandering the house, texting friends (what friends, Jo? Stop lying to people), surf social media, eat, watch something on Netflix, AND THEN settle to write. So technically, blogging has fallen into my usual writing process as I would write for anything else. Good or bad thing, I haven’t figured that out just yet.


Accurate gif because I am lost and I am dead. Ps. Warm Bodies the book is phenomenal. The movie was eh.

What I’m really proud of though is my intermingling of writing and reading. Initially this was going to strictly be a writing blog, but then I saw book blogs and I just had to do book blogging too…because, you know, BOOKS ❤ But I find that I can’t do either or without the other. The two things have been such an integral part of my life that writing and books are literally all I talk about in real life (book lion for life!). It’s kind of really boring and gross unless you’re into that 😉 Anyway, so my blog oscillate between the two topics. I post on book topics and writing topics alike, often times posts will include something on both or reference one or the other. It happens all the time I noticed. But that is what may kind of make my blog stand out a little. Granted, I’m not the only writing/book blog out there that does this magical intermingling, but I’m not getting to be one of them!

But yeah.

Writing and reading…and drawing. I draw too but I don’t really have much to talk about in terms of drawing because drawing just makes me more frustrated than anything else in the world. But I’ll leave you with these pictures because it’s writing related. Some concept art/character designs for SCC:Wilters

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The brotp that doesn’t even know it’s a brotp yet.

Character Designs copy

A reference sheet so I remember what characters look like because I don’t remember who has gold eyes versus who has green or blue. I’m terrible.


Johene Pauline

Find out more about the SCC: Wilters Project: sccwilters.weebly.com

Read some sample chapters: sccwilterschapters.weebly.com

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