Posted in Colleen

Tunnel Vision

If I could write anywhere, it would be in an airplane- thousands of miles away from reality. I also have a dream of traveling around the lush areas of scenic Europe in a train, perfecting my novels. But really all I need right now when I write is a quiet space alone or a public space where no one will tap on my shoulder.

I often type with my eyes closed because it helps me block out- not only the distractions around me, but the technological ones in front of me as well. I’m no perfectionist. Things get misspelled and run-on sentences happen. But at that first stage of writing, that’s totally okay.

I’m a small person so standard-person chairs pulled up to standard-people desks don’t work well for me. In class, it was often better for me to put my computer on my lap. And I prefer to sit on the floor with the wall against my back. Sitting upright keeps me focused and the floor isn’t comfortable enough to fall back on (like the pile of pillows that litter my bed).

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I apologize for the delay of this post. There were some very frustrating technical difficulties happening yesterday. This final one is to the point because I had to re-write it so many times! Have a great weekend, guys. 😀

CRCH

 

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“There is no greater agony

than bearing an

untold story inside you.”

– Maya Angelou,
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 

Words to live and write by.
In Memory of Maya Angelou.
– The Inklings

Posted in Darby

I won!

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Let me start off by apologizing. My day is supposed to be Wednesday! I am also an actress, so much of my time is devoted to running from set to set all over LA. I have set a reminder for every post on my phone, so I won’t miss my day again. Hakuna Matata! I was wondering who among us would be the first to screw up. I guess I won!

I recently moved to a new apartment, which is significantly larger than my last. I have not yet finished organizing due to my insanely busy schedule. There are quite a few things that still need to be bought and sorted. Luckily, I have a picture of my writing space from my previous habitat. I am planning on keeping the design/theme the same (just with slightly different placement and few new items).

Let me also say that I do not confine my writing to my bedroom only. Sometimes I feel like writing on the sofa in the living room. I may go outside and sit around the hot tub, if I feel so inclined. Whenever I go hiking, which is often, I make sure I take a notebook and pen with me. I’ll find a nice, shaded spot and sit there for several hours writing. It really just depends on the kind of mood I’m in. Most of my mobile writing is note taking, character descriptions, brain storming session, etc…

My bedroom is a whole different story. Here, I can let my mind lose and delve deep into my imaginary worlds. This is where my novels come to life. My scripts are usually written in the living room on my desktop. (It just feels so official.)

When I’m ready to write in my bedroom, I collect all my notebooks, rough drafts, artwork, cats, a bottle of water, and my laptop. I turn on my globe-shaped table lamp and light a few candles. The soft light bounces between all the mirrors and creates a calming atmosphere. It’s almost sexy. Luna and Piper (my two cats) get comfy with me, and I begin.

The theme of my room is very “sea” oriented. I love ocean colors and tones of blues, pinks, and lots of white. Over the years, I have collected seashells from every beach I’ve been to and have multiple pieces of mermaid art. I also like to keep magical whimsy in my writing space with crystals and stones. Yes, I have many stuffed animals on my bed and tones of pillows. Rapunzel, Snow White, a giant Princess Diana TY Bear, and other cute critters give me something soft to fall back into.

This is the kind of inspiration I like for the most part. If I need something else to fuel my imagination, that is when I become mobile.

If you have any questions about what you see in my room, don’t hesitate to ask! Until next time, go forth and sprinkle glitter on everyone you meet. It will make their day or piss them off. Either way, you’ll make an impression!

Best wishes!

Darby

Posted in Taylor

A Place to Write

Hey guys! It’s Taylor. So, for this time around we’re all going to talk about our writing spaces with pictures included.

Confession time: It’s been a while (like a few years, maybe :/) since I’ve had an actual writing routine. My routine use to include a hot cup of tea with enough sugar to put a normal person into a diabetic coma. I would climb into bed and turn my electric blanket on because electric blankets are awesome, and would write on my computer.

I honestly don’t know what happened to that routine, but I’ve lately just been writing when inspiration strikes and sans tea. But my comfy bed and electric blanket are still included! Now, though, I can’t adjust the heat setting on my blanket because I may or may not have spilled my vanilla milkshake on the controller. Oops. RIP Controller.

Another thing that might be worth mentioning is when I write I HATE to be interrupted, like it’s one of my biggest pet peeves. I could’ve been on the verge of a writing breakthrough but because someone needed to ask me a random question, we will never know. (More than likely, I was simply on the verge of a crappy sentence, but hey, a crappy sentence is better than no sentence!)

But I think that’s enough rambling for tonight. Here’s my comfy bed where I write. I would also like to point out that the pink blanket is not mine. It is, in fact, my cat’s because she’s spoiled, and claimed it the first night I got her.

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See you guys in two weeks!

-Tay

Posted in Colleen

The First Thursday

Greetings from Little Rock, Arkansas on this fine Thursday morning! The temperature is a whopping 47°F at the moment- and I am certainly not complaining.

Hey! My name is Colleen and I’ll be gracing you with my words every other Thursday here. I am super excited about this blog! And it’s not only the writing aspect- but reading posts and getting feedback within a great writing community as well. And hey, it gives me something to look forward to apart from my day job. 😉 The dream is to travel the world and publish some novels. But we have to start somewhere, right?

I suppose I should tell you a bit about myself. Let’s see. First and foremost, I’m a Christian. God is my number one and it comes out all over the place in my writing. Also, music is my oxygen. I listen to all kinds of genres. And when I’m writing, film scores are usually my favorite motivation.

introvert or extrovert: ambivert (but if you want to get black and white about it, I’m an introvert)

my favorite writing genres: fantasy, dystopian/utopian, and horror

siblings: I have a sister four years younger than me and an 11-year-old brother. (Today is his birthday).

last book I read: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

currently reading: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

place I want to visit most: Ireland

what I’m working on: I have a personal blog I’ve been writing on since January. Also, Taylor (our Monday girl) and I will begin revising our first novel drafts soon.

song I’m currently obsessed with: Girls Chase Boys by Ingrid Michaelson

favorite app: Instagram

I think that’s enough for now. 🙂 Have a wonderful day, guys! See you soon.

CRCH

Posted in Jobe Update

Jobe is Your Girl Friday

Morning Y’all,
Jobe here. So we’re doing this blog thing, and we figured the more the merrier. So what do you want when you gather a group of writers? Well, you likely want to talk about writing. So in the next few weeks and months you can expect to return back for some great discussions on writerly topics. But since we’re at the beginning, getting-to-know-you stage, here are some fun random facts about your friendly neighborhood Jobe.

Introvert or Extrovert: EXTROVERT to the max
Western Zodiac: Pisces
Eastern Zodiac: Dog
Birth Order: Oldest of four
Learning Style: Kinesthetic & Visual
Favorite Color: YELLOW. See also, RAINBOW.
Favorite Animal: I’m a big fan of lions, foxes, and my dog Scout.
Current Shows: Arrow, Community, Game of Thrones, Grimm, Lost Girl
Favorite Movies: Secretary. Knight’s Tale.
Disney Princess: I’m a big fan of the genderbent fan characters, especially Jasmine/Aladdin.

What I read: I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, YA, memoir. Anne Rice, Clive Barker, Neil Gaimon, Jacqueline Carey, Laurell K. Hamilton. Murakami. John Elder Robison.

What I write: See above 🙂 Currently on a second draft of a YA novel and the first draft of a memoir. In coming weeks I’ll be talking about revision.

Cheers!

Jobe