Posted in Miscelaneous Musings, The Writing Life

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. 🙂

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Another Excerpt from ‘Elite Falcons: The Hunted’ feat. Tatiana

Late last year, I dug Elite Falcons out from the bottom of the “Unfinished WIPs” pile.  To borrow a NaNoWriMo term of art, I “pantsed” my way through the planning process, didn’t take any notes, and thus have long since forgotten how the plot was supposed to go.  Judging by what I’ve written so far, most of the young leads get kidnapped except Max and another kid named Elliot.  How they were to get from this point to being recruited into a top-secret spy agency for teenagers remains a mystery I hope to crack this year.

Other themes I was trying to cover, judging by what past-Allison had written, included racism, anti-bullying, and dispelling ethnic stereotypes.  I don’t think I was too effective and I need to rethink how I’d written some things so my past self’s good intentions carry through.

At the moment, I’m writing a scene which picks up where Max left off.  Some time has passed since he got into that car with the awkward social worker lady (although nowhere near as much time has passed in the real world).  But it’s not done.  In the meantime, here’s a decent (albeit melodramatic) scene I’d written two years ago about another character, Tatiana.

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 From her bedroom, twelve year old Tatiana Dean watched the people stop underneath the brightly-striped awning just below, peer through the front window expectantly, and ultimately walk away looking dismayed.  She, too, wondered why the bakery her parents ran so attentively was still closed at ten o’clock on a Saturday morning.

They’re probably sleeping in, Tatiana reasoned, stepping out of her room and eyeing the closed door across the hall.  It happens to the best of us. Continue reading “Another Excerpt from ‘Elite Falcons: The Hunted’ feat. Tatiana”

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Grammer nazism?

Reposting on the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Allison the Writer

This is a re-post of an old article I wrote on an older blog.  Readers beware.  It contains profound notions, rant material, and a pinch of immaturity.  I’ve edited it a little, just for the sake of strengthening my points.

The grammar nazi logo.

Some terms that people use out here on the worldwide web really irk me.  For example “food porn.”  I’m not going to make a big fuss if someone uses that term (at most, I might stop visiting your cooking blog,) but it does strike me as a little … disturbing.   In the writing world, however, it’s become a bit of a trend for strict grammarians to call themselves “grammar nazis.” And, to further emphasize this trend, a lot of these people proudly sport this logo too.

Someone please explain to me why any sane person would want to parody such a disgustingly hateful symbol like the…

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My Review of Rogue One [MINIMAL SPOILERS]

Rating: 5/5 stars!

Rogue One chronicles the events leading up to Star Wars: A New Hope, with emphasis on the “Rebel spies” who obtained the Death Star plans that Luke and co. used to save the day.  In a mere span of forty-eight hours, who knew so much went on?  And who were these spies?  Where did they come from?  Why did they join the cause?  Rogue One answers these compelling questions and leaves me with many more. Continue reading “My Review of Rogue One [MINIMAL SPOILERS]”

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Writer’s Jukebox: “Uso no Honto”by Masaru Yokoyama

I don’t watch much anime, but I find I really enjoy anime soundtracks.  I used to not understand why my peers would play songs like “Let it Go” on repeat, either for the fun of it, or for productivity.  But now, I’ve had this particular song on repeat, and I understand why this odd habit works.  The song is played primarily with a piano and strings, and the combination, to me, can only be described as uplifting.  It’s a pleasure to read to, to write to, and to just sit back and relax to.

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Writerly, Readerly, Geeky Guest Posters Wanted!

I’m looking for guest posts from individuals (not companies), which have something to do with writing/reading books, or even geeky, fandom-related stuff (because I have a soft spot for geeky stuff).  If there’s another topic that you feel would also be relevant on this blog, please feel free to pitch it as well!

These posts will likely go up over the course of the next few months as I collect my thoughts and recharge my creative batteries.  (Of course, I’ll still pop in with a post here and there so you know I’m still alive, but I’m honestly out of ideas for what to share here.)

If you’d like to help out, please contact me!

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Please keep the content of your guest post appropriate for general audiences.
  • By all means, promote your own creations, but please make sure the promotional portion of your post is relevant to your stated topic and not overdone.
  • I don’t impose a specific minimum or maximum word limit, but this isn’t the opportunity to post works of Tolkienesque proportions! 😛
  • Linus Van Pelt once said, “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”  I agree with him.  Please don’t discuss these things on my blog at all.