Thursday, November 13, 2014

I am so bad at blogging

I have at least one post in draft and sort of a queue in my head. All the blogs I closed down previously are a mess of draft posts and penciled-in outlines behind the scenes. I am so bad at blogging.

Back in the day, when I still updated my Xanga blog, it was mostly all journaling online as most blogging was then, I still wasn't that great at it but I wrote more regularly. Now that it's all career based, I feel like I have to say something witty and insightful or at the very least interesting or helpful. But most of my post ideas fade out with no conclusion or are so chock full of asides and jumbled ideas, they become too long or difficult to read.

In fact, if it weren't for the fact that every single fucking thing about independent authors says you HAVE to have a blog to self promote and build a platform, I probably would have quit this blogging idea ages ago. Because I am really bad at blogging.

I rarely post regularly and if I do it's not for long. My posts are usually longer than the internet's attention span. Even with proofreading and editing my posts are often riddled with read mistakes and typos. Though I long to harvest the multimedia potential of the blog format, adding effective images, hyperlinks, or music and video is not my forte. And finally, the lack of strong conclusions for my posts and ideas, really bothers me.

Then again, I can't shake the feeling that I have something to say to someone, somewhere. Maybe it's because my mom won't stop telling me I should blog all my random rants, probably as a way to stop me from ranting at her. Maybe it's because I'm a pathological communicator with an overwhelming urge to engage in conversation but there's no one to conversate with. Maybe it's because I like to flog dead horses. I don't know.

I do know that one day soon I will post a post that's not just promising to post more posts. I know that I will have real actual content with words and pictures and everything. I think that I can be good at blogging.

Maybe just not today. Or during NaNoWriMo. Or around Christmas. But soon.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Transatlantic Journeys and Foreign Food

Good day from the U.K.! Buckle up for an extended picture bonanza!

For all intents and purposes, my journey was an uneventful one. My first flight was an hour late, and since I'd arrived the recommended 2-3 hours early, I got to nearly fall asleep at my gate for 4 hours.

Luckily, I had enough time to catch my international connection, despite the delay. Unfortunately, Chicago built mammoth terminals. I rushed from Concourse F to Concourse B, a 20 minute journey, and made it just in time for my flight to be delayed again.

But they sure do have fancy toilets!

But again, I eventually arrived safely and since then I've done little but eat, drink, and be merry!

Party Like A Rock Star!
Sometimes, in the middle of meal, I want to ask about what we're having in the next meal. I feel like the kid from Dick Tracey "When do we eat?" But I can't help it! I love British food and I'm so happy when I'm eating it!

 Don't judge me!

 Join me!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!

This is it, folks. I've been promising announcements, so here they are.  It's almost the best time of the year--October! To be fair, October is only the start of the best time of year, but of all the best, it is the bestest.

In October, also known as Birthday (or Cake) Season, my family celebrates 4 birthdays in 8 days.  Of course, I started the trend by being born in October first and choosing the best day on which to be born, so I can see why everyone else wanted to follow, but this is starting to get a teeny bit ridiculous.

Like this pizza burger. Wait, did I mean ridiculous or delicious?
Then, of course, there is Halloween; the first of 4 holidays where the main purpose is to consume as much sugar and alcohol as physically possibly (that is the main purpose of Christmas, right?), which just happens to be my two favorite activities.

Not vomiting is my third favorite.

As if that's not enough to be excited about, this year three more awesome things are happening in October. First, my story Creeper is going multimedia thanks to Chilling Tales for Dark Nights and premiers in, you've guessed it, October! October 4th to be exact, or tentatively at least.

Secondly, my best friend's master program's graduation ceremony is on the 15th. The celebration will be immense.

My BFF4L and me at our last graduation party, the soberest we'd looked all night.
The non-stop partying will be so immense, our usual video chat won't be able to handle it, so we're bringing it f2f irl (I don't even know if this is chat lingo anymore). Which brings me to the third awesome thing -- I'm going to England!
Actually I'm going to England in a few weeks, so really October is starting early.

I don't know if a whole country is enough to handle this.

This October will be the most Octoberiest October ever! And what does it all mean for you, my loyal readers? Lots of writing and cultural updates, tons of travel and party photos, and constant birthday and 'go watch my story' reminders. In general, it's gonna be a pretty busy month.

Looking further ahead, November is pretty packed too, what with NaNoWriMo, Thanksgiving, and Xmas prep. I'll be basically non-stop until 2015, so join in and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or, if you NaNo too, be my Writing Buddy.

Keep doing what you do!
xx Stevie xx

Friday, August 22, 2014

One Blog to Rule Them All

If you're a reader of my other blogs, welcome to my new blog home! If you're new to my unique brand of internet insanity, welcome to my sparkling new blog home too!

Here you will find a lovely combination of pop culture rants and raves, covering tv, movies, and the internet, and my own trials and tribulations with writing and publishing. It will be a pretty awesome place, if I do say so myself.

This will also be a good spot for my news updates, links to awesome places, and to read/find/buy (eventually) my work. So keep watching this space or follow me on Twitter and Facebook (below) for post updates.

In the meantime, please excuse the growing pains as I tinker with the look, links, pages, etc.