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In which I talk about not writing things! Or at the very least, don’t go looking here for a story about princesses. Just some notes about me

It lives! Return of the Author

Oh my goodness, if blogs collected layers of dust like notebooks do, I’d be having an asthma attack I’m pretty sure!

I promise, I’ve been working on a few little things off of the prompt list, which you’ll see one of today! For the next little while, there’ll be one new post guaranteed on Wednesdays (at the very least for the next month or so). They’re rough, and mostly only edited for the massive amounts of spelling errors that tend to plague everything I do.

Poetry is still pretty sporadic and dependent on if it survives getting torn to pieces and tossed at the cat when she misbehaves. Which lately? The cat is getting a little buried in paper scraps.

Current writing status: Trying to conquer writer’s block one gel pen at a time. Today, it’s a copper one. Tomorrow, I’m thinking neon. Writer’s block hates florescence.

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Camp Nano-ohholymotherofgodwhyamIdoingthisagain-wrimo

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April this year in Chicagoland is full of terrible weather, hiding under the blankets from whatever the world is attempting to throw at you, and, of course, Camp nanowrimo, from the people that bring you National Novel Writing Month. It’s a great exercise in writing, if you aren’t freaking out about how you really should have planned better for it.

But, we will soldier on! Or at the very least, get through half the month and realize that even though you got to set your own word goal, you still aimed painfully high…Yeah, that sounds about right.

I’m working on a draft of a short story collection this month, and am two in, starting the third one tonight with any luck! And I’ve been keeping my internal editor (aka the monster that renders useless the first draft of everything I do ever like seriously) more or less in check, knock on the terrible fake wood of my desk.

How about you? Are you playing along this month? If so, what are you working on? Have you already ingested way too much caffeine? Or are you playing it safe, and stocking up those juicy ideas for this November when the REAL fun begins? Do tell!

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Update type things!

So, if you use this handy page to find things I post (which you should, because liking things is hard danggit!) in terms of short/flash fiction, you might see some things that are crossed out but not linked to. Now, you might be thinking that, well she’s just lazy because remembering to go and put those link things in is a pain. Well you’re right, I am lazy.

But! that’s not the reasoning for it! I’m considering trying to put together a little bundle of short things in book form, just to see if I can hack it with sharing beyond you lovely people. So I’m going to be selfish and keep some of the things I’m working on for  placement in potential book form. So that way you can be surprised!

So stay tuned to see if it happens! Ooooh the suspense! Palpable, I know.

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If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Never Stop

Okay, so this is a rant. A writing related, very angry little rant. So, here we go.

This article popped on my news feed yesterday. With a title like “If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It,” I knew I was going to be a bit miffed after reading it. Or that the author was going to be telling some kind of a joke and that we’d all have a good laugh about the title. Nope. Just angry. Just. Angry.

First, the author admits that she’s never read the Harry Potter books. If that’s not your bag, I totally understand that. I groan about the Twilight Saga because I got through the first two and then failed to see the characters going anywhere, so I stopped reading them. I can’t comment on the last few, but I’ll sure as heck giggle about the shell that is Bella in the first two. But this is not a Twilight rant, that’s for another day. This was the quote that started my “wtf” with this article.

I did think it a shame that adults were reading them (rather than just reading them to their children, which is another thing altogether), mainly because there’s so many other books out there that are surely more stimulating for grown-up minds.

 

Okay, so I’ll say that I started reading Harry Potter when I was young, when it came out, and followed it through. But you know who else did: My mother, father, and older by six years brother. Harry Potter was, for our family, a bonding experience, and one we still share. Standing in long lines at midnight releases and staying up for a day straight until the first reading of the book was done were exciting. And I’ll return to my father for a moment, and her bit about YA books not being “stimulating” for adult minds. Perhaps this is just me being Daddy’s youngest daughter talking, but my father is intelligent. Like, can re-build you a computer, fix a car, and then sit down and try to help you sort out complex algebra and the theories of Hawking. He introduced me to Stephen King, Terry Brooks, and RR Martin. And I gave him Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, and Alanna. Why? Because they reminded me of the “grown up” books that he was reading. Granted, I got to read some of them to when I was old enough enough to not cringe at some of the things that King was writing.

The fact of the matter is this, “Young Adult” fiction is not just for the “Young Adult” audience. I was certainly not a part of that audience when the last few Harry Potter books made it to publication, and was near the end of it when I met Tamora Pierce in a Boarders and legitimately cried. And why did I cry? These authors have given me all the lessons I’ve needed to become the person that I am today, and even their new writing continues it. Alanna and Kel taught me that girls could be heroes, and is the reason that I’m a feminist (or equalist if you prefer, but we’re going with feminist right now). Harry, Ron, and Hermione taught me the importance of building strong friendships, and that with them you could overcome insurmountable odds. Draco Malfoy and Severus Snape taught me that you shouldn’t judge a person by their appearances. Or their families. Because that isn’t what defines a person’s character. And these aren’t lessons just for children. Adults can learn from brave young people too, and can enjoy reading their stories. So yeah, if you’re doing it the right way, it’s just as stimulating for a twelve year old or a twelve times twelve year old.

And then there was this:

So this is my plea to JK Rowling. Remember what it was like when The Cuckoo’s Calling had only sold a few boxes and think about those of us who are stuck there, because we can’t wave a wand and turn our books into overnight bestsellers merely by saying the magic word. By all means keep writing for kids, or for your personal pleasure – I would never deny anyone that – but when it comes to the adult market you’ve had your turn. Enjoy your vast fortune and the good you’re doing with it, luxuriate in the love of your legions of fans, and good luck to you on both counts. But it’s time to give other writers, and other writing, room to breathe.

 

This author is clearly writing for the wrong reasons if she’s concerned with waving a magic wand and becoming an “overnight bestseller”. And that’s certainly not what Rowling was after when she was writing on napkins in coffee shops because she didn’t have money. You do not write because you want to be a superstar, or make millions of dollars. You write because you have a story to tell, and beyond that, you have a story that you want to share. If you can market it, and maybe a few other people will get something from it, then that’s great and you should do it. But you should never be writing a story or poetry for the soul purpose of trying to make money. Because that’s not what storytelling is for.

I guess my point is, telling JK Rowling to stop writing just because she’s good at it and you think she’s making it hard for you to get in to the market is like telling Meryl Streep to stop acting, or Beyonce to stop recording. It comes from a nasty place of envy. And you know what? Those three women didn’t get to where they are overnight. It took time, and it took work. And it took stories that they thought needed to be told and poured every ounce of themselves in to making them audible.

So this would be my plea to JK Rowling: Please never stop writing. People like you, and the wonderful worlds you create (Adult, YA, or otherwise) have made me who I am today. You’ve crossed over generations, and the magic you’ve brought even to just my family and friends is something that no mere “YA” book could do. You write stories that touch people (Even if it’s a little uncomfortably like with Casual Vacancy but dang if that wasn’t still awesome). If the stories you tell can still speak to people, then we’ll listen.

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Planner or Pantser: What kind of writer are you?

Okay, so I’ve been trying to outline the latest chunk ‘o novel text I’m working on. Trying something new, to see if it helps. And I’ve come to this conclusion: I suck at outlining. Or I suppose, I’m just really, really awful at planning things in advance. Minus the just, grander scheme and plot for what I’m working on.

To borrow terms from every author’s favorite challenge (or a college student writer’s nightmare)  in NaNoWriMo, I’m a pantser. As in the fact I fly by the seat of mine and go wherever the story takes me that day. Not that I pull down peoples pants on the playground…Okay, maybe if they really deserve it. College has bullies too you know!

I’m also kind of old fashioned, and do a first draft of pretty mush everything by hand. Lots of pretty colored gel pens litter the bottom of my backpack. And I may or may not have fixd up my mother’s old typewriter…And by maybe, I mean her name is Carrie, and I love her. And here’s a generic picture from google of her. Eventually everything gets on a computer and is formatted and all that, but it takes awhile.

So I guess my question to you, oh-blogger-sphere, is what kind of writer are you? Are you a dedicated planner with cork boards and well thought through lines that you don’t deviate TOO from (ohhh how I envy that)? Or are you the kind of person (like me) who starts out with a basic beginning, middle, and end and then tries to tie them all together with the power of caffeine, tears, and maybe a little bit of “yeah…that works…For this draft”? Are you all I-Pads and writing software? Or do you dig out the fountain pens (or totally awesome gel pens!) and scroll through e-bay for cheap typewriter ribbon? Do tell!

 

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New Year’s Resoltions

Ohhhh it’s that time again, is it?

2013 was pretty great. After bouncing around from place to place and sleeping on a few couches, my family has a house again, my sister got married, I got a job I don’t hate, and I started my final year of college. Minus some crazy dental things that happened at the last second of the year, it’s been a pretty solid one I think.

But, resolution time. Besides graduating and not going crazy in the process, I figure I should make at least one. And since weight loss is wayyy too daunting when you’re not feeling well, I figure I’ll go for a writing based one. I’m going to do my damndest to write. Every day. And not the usual three to four sentences at a time I send off to a friend I story with over text messaging. No, like really write. I want to finish that first prompt list, and then start on a second one. Maybe even a poetry themed one! And not edit the pieces like crazy and scrap them before sharing them…Because that happens way too much.

So here’s to a 2014, filled with stories, poems, and hopefully fewer last minuet root canals!

~K.C Forsh

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An Introduction

At the recommendation of a teacher, I’ve decided to get off my butt and start a blog for the writing that I do. You know, sharing is caring, exposure is good…You’re on the internet all day anyway, who are you kidding.

They might not have said that last one, but I’m sure they were thinking it. At any rate, I’m going to do my darnedest to update here every so often with things I’m working on/am not ashamed to let see the light of day! So, here’s a little bit about yours truly:

  1. I’m a lady…Or at the very least, female
  2. I love Dogs, but cats can be okay
  3. I majored in theatre (the acting part, not the technical one)
  4. Comic books and video games occupy more of my life than is socially acceptable

Oh and the title for this blog is a shamelessly stolen song lyric, from what may be my favorite musical about an inventor: Gutenberg! The Musical. The whole lyric is as follows

“Words are like wine from a better grape.”

Yeah. For a silly little piece of theater, I think it had some good ideas. So tune in boys and girls for some words!

~KC Forsh

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