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Clean Fiction for All?

A/N: I’d like to apologize in advance if this post offends any of my religious friends in the clean indie writing world with this post.  Additionally, I’d love to hear feedback and other perspectives on the issue I’ve raised.  Please feel free to leave a comment below!

When I browse the web for “clean” fiction, I usually find books that are both clean and faith-based, specifically in the Christian faith.  I don’t see much differentiation between faith-based clean fiction and … regular clean fiction.  I get that there’s a huge demand among certain religious Christian circles for books with minimal “offensive” content and an abundance of positive messages.  But I think I’m living proof that the desire for such books and for positive messages isn’t limited to Christian religious people, or religious people in general. Continue reading “Clean Fiction for All?”

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Writer’s Jukebox: Haikyuu!! OST

I can never remember the name of this show, only its unique punctuation and the epicness of its soundtrack.  But I’ve been listening to its soundtrack fairly often – it’s very dramatic and upbeat, which is great for when your mind’s gone all sluggish and you’ve got five papers to hand in before Wednesday.

My favorite track in this set is “Kamiwaza Sokko,” which seems to be using strings in place of guitars – I like the sound of classical instruments used them to achieve that rock ‘n’ roll sound. 😀

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Oh look, Al’s writing ANOTHER story

If you’ve been reading my Twitter page since around the 26th of January, you’ve probably seen me mention these five names with increasing frequency: Xander, Lyra, Ryan, Jen, and Morgan Freeman.  All those people (except of course Morgan Freeman) are fictional characters in a new project that I’m quite stoked to work on!

I played around with different titles for a bit, with a working title of “Xander,” then Thrilling Tales in the spirit of those weird old pulp fiction magazines, until I finally settled on Cliche.

Cliche started out as a snarky satire of my (admittedly limited) perception of romance novels.  Then, it expanded to include poking fun at chauvinist pulp fiction writers of the olden days.  And then, it developed deep, philosophical undertones, like whether the fictional characters have free will even in their own worlds.  At this point, I’m not even sure what it is anymore, but what I do know is that I enjoy writing it.

Why have I managed to keep at this story for this long without running out of steam?  There are two main reasons: Continue reading “Oh look, Al’s writing ANOTHER story”

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The Blue Sky Tag

I’ve been tagged by another young writer, Tessa Megan, to participate in the Blue Sky Tag!

The rules are pretty simple:

  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Answer their 11 questions
  • Tag 11 people
  • Give them 11 questions to answer


Tessa’s Questions:

Do you have any imaginary friends?

Nope.  My real friends keep me busy enough. 😀


Have you ever been to the beach or would like to go?

I love going to the beach!  I have mostly been to man-made beaches, but would love to spend more time near the ocean. Continue reading “The Blue Sky Tag”

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Upcoming Blogging Schedule

Hi everyone! I just want to let you know, my posting schedule for this blog in the coming months will be more sporadic.  I’ll continue to write when inspiration hits, and support the indie writing community where I can, but I don’t have a lot of time to post to the blog as rigorously as I have been.

If you follow my Twitter, you’ll probably still hear the occasional peep out of me, whether it’s about reading, writing, cosplaying, or real-world issues that particularly get to me. 😛



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Writing as/about Someone I’m Not

It’s always good to know what you’re writing about.  One way is to base the stuff you’re writing, to some extent, on personal experiences.  That isn’t to say writing should be devoid of imaginative conjecture, but when other people are involved, people who exist in the real world who’d be affected in some way by what you’ve written, it is definitely good to learn about them first. Continue reading “Writing as/about Someone I’m Not”

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Writer’s Jukebox: “Brave” by Amarante

Of all places, I first heard this track in a fashion accessory tutorial video on YouTube. The style and the singer’s voice is reminiscent of BØRNS, whose Candy EP I enjoyed to an extent.  I think this is one of those songs I like to have playing in the background while I’m writing things of the homework variety, but I can see myself writing poetry while listening to this as well. 🙂