Writing

Break on through to the other side

I eased myself down from that emotional spike. I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel but I couldn’t find it right away. I deployed my mindfulness techniques that I’ve learned within the last year and I got back to where I needed to be. It’s not perfectly perfect but it’s good enough for now. I made these grand plans to get out and enjoy this summer, but I’ve been super unmotivated. Coupled with drama from all sides, all I wanted to do was hide. But I think I’m in a better frame of mind now. I hope. I do have some exciting writerly news to report. I’ve been cracking down on staying on top of submission deadlines for literary publications. It’s time to start racking up those publishing credits. That’s what will get my name out there. You never know who is reading your work… unless…

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

I apologize for the lack of interaction here. I’ve been swamped with work and school, as usual. I was able to shift a few due dates to appease my inner procrastinator, so I’m able to blog now! Cinemark had a winter classic movie series that played every week for the past month: Blade Runner: The Final Cut (which I missed but I’ve seen before and love), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) presented by TCM, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Blazing Saddles (1974), To Catch A Thief (1955), Pretty in Pink 30th Anniversary, and The Maltese Falcon 75th Anniversary (1941) presented by TCM. Thankfully they coincided with my 1 day off a week, whaddya know. I’ve seen them all except for Butch Cassidy, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Maltese Falcon. I was able to see them all for $30. I couldn’t pass it up.…

Originality does not exist 

No, for real. It doesn’t. So get your head out of the clouds and realize the pressure is off. But Guilliean, what are you saying? Listen here, young blood. I’m here to make you realize and accept that you’re not original. What you think you have to say has already been said before in different tongues for many generations. So what does that mean for me, you ask. What you have to say and how you say it is what makes it original. Boom. I blew your mind. It’s okay. Breathe. One of my process goals in my workshop this year was to read 3 books to inspire 3 stories I plan to write over the semester. I chose a short story collection (Bradbury Stories by Ray Bradbury), one biography (Daughter of Earth and Water: A Biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley by Noel Gerson), and one novel (Noli Me Tangere…

Suddenly you remember 

I honestly have so much work from in-class prompts that I keep finding it in my notes. Here’s one from workshop last semester. After death, I will grow and scatter myself and someone will say my name with love for the last time. Will they be male or female or someone in between? Will their declarations of love be for the People, or in front of the clouded bathroom mirror? Will the love they proclaim be eternal, will the next generation know my name as well as their own, will my name die on my lover’s tongue when they take their last breath? This is my legacy. A death that may persist my Being to the next plane but I suppose I’ll never know if it will be remembered. I don’t have time for flowers and shit, but this is why I write. My legacy is the prose I will…

The Secret Miracle

We were given a few pages from The Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook by Daniel Alarcón one week, and this was my reaction to what we read. I plan to read the book eventually. I wish I had a bolt of lightning strike me as I read each author’s advice for writing a novel, but they were all solid. Some I skimmed over because what they were saying I already kind of knew and saw as the writing on the wall when it comes to writing in general, others were a hat tip of reassurance that it’s okay to have bad days and to keep persevering. I liked what Alexsandar Hemon said, “I think making ‘mistakes’ is an essential part of the creative process and therefore of becoming and being a writer.” Out of all the advice in this piece, this is the one I would absolutely give to my…

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