Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Blogfests, Questions and Contests!

So...I hope that all of you who participated in Justin's "Hook, Line and Sinker" blogfest had a blast! Or at least read some great entries and gave good and helpful input. Now, all these talks of blogfests, I sort of want to start one, too. Haha, how silly of me, to make one, but I want to try it out. Making one, I mean. So, I'm deciding that if I have it, the blogfest will be set for this date:

January 15th, 2010.

That's a Saturday, just so that we are all clear. Now, I'm not posting anything but the date at the moment because I have (still) have to decide on a topic. XD And then design a banner for it, I suppose. Yeah, that would be helpful. I will also have to figure out Mister Linky...yeah. And...that's it for now. Well, for that topic anyway.

On to the next subject of discussion! Let's discuss some things.

1. Do you write better when you are around other people or are alone?
2. Will you write with others, or prefer a project that is solely yours?
3. Do you listen to music or does it have to be quiet when you write?
4. How often do you write a day? (Give a rough estimate).
5. How often do you write a week? (Give a rough estimate).
6. Do you set goals for how many words to write each day/week/month?
7. How do you handle these goals?
8. Do you set restrictions (like time limits) when it comes to writing?
9. What is something that you will stop writing for?
10. Finally, if you really have an urge to write but find that you can't, how do you keep the idea in mind? Do you snag the corner of a napkin and jot down a few words? Sketch a quick doodle? Make a note on your phone? Or just hope that you will remember it later?

My next post will have my answers to this list of ten questions.

Now, on top of the possibility of having and hosting blogfest, I also want to throw in a contest. That's right! I want to have a guest post in my blog. So, here are the rules:

1. To enter this contest you must comment on this topic here.
2. There is no prize except for the chance to be a guest writer here on my blog: "Aleatoire".
3. As my blog's name literally translates to "Random", the topic can be just that. If you want to write about fiction, some tips on cooking, whatever, just make sure that it's clean and appropriate.
4. I will make a post listing those who want to enter the contest by Monday, October 18th, 2010. The winner will be selected on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 and the winning post will be put up on Friday, October 22nd.

More information about this contest will be posted within the next two days, so keep checking back. =)


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Thursday, October 7, 2010

50th! It's a Random Update! =D

Isn't this so cool? 50 posts? Ah, so neat! =D

I would like to start a new "series" but I'm not quite sure what to make it about yet. Of course, I will still continue with my "Writing Series", too, so no worries there. I'm sure that if I think about it for a few more days/another week or so, I can come up with another good topic to start a "series" on. So, of course, keep checking in for updates.

Now, let's make some announcements. Justin's Hook, Line and Sinker Blogfest is coming up soon. It's scheduled to take place on October 11th, 2010. Please make sure to check it out. He's hoping for at least 15 people to sign up and, so far, he's only up to 12 people. So, check it out if you have the time to participate on October 11th, 2010.

Um...that's kind of the only announcements I have. Of course, I know I said announcements, with an "s", but it was only one. Haha! Yeah...

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P.S. "The Nanny" is a pretty cool show. =)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Writing #4

So, let's talk about scenery. No, not in your book, while this is important depending on what type of story you are writing, but actual scenery. That's right, I'm talking about our actual surroundings. How they can affect your writing, or if they even do. Let's discuss it, shall we?

Today I decided to read some of my homework for my one class. However, I decided that I needed a change of scenery, so what did I do? I went outside and sat at the pool for about an hour and a half, give or take. But why? Well, I'm not quite sure, but I feel like I felt that I needed a change of scenery. So, now, how does this apply to writing?

In some of ways. Really, I feel that changing your scenery (aka where you write) can affect your inspiration, or, your creativity, maybe both? Who knows. I'm sure there are people who think about it. (Digressing...XD)

Readers, let me ask you a few questions:

1. How many of you sit in front of a desktop computer when you write?
2. How many of you sit in the same room with your laptop to write?
3. How many of you only write at certain places (ex. Living Room, Bedroom, Office, Study, etc.)?

How many of you answered yes, to at least one of those questions? Well, it's okay if you did. There is nothing wrong with that. Honestly!

I like to write in different places. Sure, I have my comfortable spots. Sitting on the couch while watching television is a favorite. =) However, (and Justin can vouch for me on this) I bring a notebook with me everywhere! Or, practically everywhere, even to water parks. Again, Justin can vouch for me on that one). =) I have carried around a notebook with me since high school, I guess. I didn't get a laptop until after I graduated from high school, so I would write in my notebook during school and when I got home I would type what I had written on our family desktop. However, even now, after having a laptop for almost two years, I still write in my notebook. I bring it and write when I'm in the car, when I'm walking around, when I'm waiting in line, etc., etc., etc.

Now, I have some more questions:

4. Do any of you do something like this?
5. Do you carry a notebook with you and write down notes or your story when you are away from your laptop or computer.
6. Do you do something different? Maybe a voice recorder?
7. Want to share your tips? =D

Well, that's it for this post in my "Writing" series. Hope it was interesting enough for you all. I am trying to pick up on my posting. Work is keeping me busy...

And...woo-hoo! First post for the month of October! =D

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