So my last post felt a little off, but it’s just because it’s that time of year. Mid-January is a tough time for me, so I ended up forgetting to add a few things to my last post. Hopefully this one goes a bit smoother.
The last-minute convention decision has slightly halted everything. I will be in St. Louis this weekend, if anyone is going to Wizard Con. Should be fun.
I thought I’d have a little fun in this post after I realized my Pinterest feed has gone nuts. You make one weird, secret board and suddenly your feed is filled with witchcraft and home improvement.
The good news is that I’ve been keeping up with my daily journal. The first few ones were easy, just writing about myself. I’m good at that. Some of them actually made me think. One was to describe a place you had been recently. I was feeling rushed when I sat down to write it, so I just started writing about visiting my hometown for Christmas. It turned into a several page reflection of change, both of me and this small town that I swore I’d never return to. It’s something that I’d like to write more about, because returning to that place makes me feel like a different person.
Some of the prompts were fun, like what music makes you feel adventurous or a quote that inspires you (Panic! At The Disco and “May the bridges I burn light the way”). Some just brought up things I didn’t want to deal with at the time. I really don’t want to go over a mistake that helped me grow, because I’m still growing from it and my family hasn’t forgotten it yet. And one of them…
…was more than I was ready for that day. Fortunately, most of the journal prompts have been inspiring me to write more.
I try to find writing inspiration in everything, but one of my favorite things to use is Pinterest. When I first got it, I used my account mostly for tattoo and party inspiration, cute clothes I dreamed of owning, and fandom stuff. I soon found all the writing prompts, and suddenly had more ideas than I knew what to do with.
Whenever I reached that point, I’d look up recipes, make a dream wardrobe, and plan out my trip to Paris. It’s like this terrible cycle that I just can’t escape. I hate it, but I love it so much because it gives me so many ideas.
I think what I love most is that I can save all the weird things I love. Like, specifically weird things. Like all my favorite jokes from Sherlock, or newsboy hats for cats. I try to utilize it for real things, such as planning healthy recipes and at-home exercises. Most of my pins, though, are pretty clothes and shoes.
My feed, right now at least, is mostly made up basic spells and castings for witches, and pictures of Sebastian Stan. There’s an explanation for both, I swear. The flood of Sebastian Stan/Marvel pins is pretty simple. I’m doing a Winter Soldier cosplay, which means looking up how to make lots of things, which in turn makes Pinterest think I’m obsessed.
The whole witch aspect is a little more interesting. Many of my stories deal with the supernatural. I’m always looking for a new take on some of the basic ideas. To describe the supernatural life in a way that’s more than just dark and serious. I have a board that is just witch aesthetic pictures. It makes me look a little obsessive, but I’m a visual person.
Since I’ve made that board, though, I’ve noticed my feed is slowly being taken over by real witchcraft pins. I was just looking for colorful inspiration, but now I have all this information on spells and sigils, and what kinds of herbs a beginning witch might need. It’s not the information I wanted, but I guess I’ll try to use it.
So, in conclusion of this writing section, I love Pinterest for all the creativity it inspires. And because it shows me things like this:
Let’s talk about books. I feel like I sort of cheated in my last post because I said I read (or listened to) 11 books, but didn’t mention any of them. As I previously mentioned, I’m kind of terrible during that time of the year. But still, not a good enough excuse to not talk about books.
I finished all the books in the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. The books were a fun, quick read. I love seeing different interpretations of angels, and how people think they would act if they lived amongst humans. It’s actually a minor obsession, so if anyone has any book suggestions similar to that, just let me know!
Most of the books I read this time were more serious. I listened to The Ruins, which definitely stressed me out. I remember watching the movie years ago, but I think they book definitely showed the terror of being in that situation better. They were stuck in that area, basically waiting for death. I was so anxious for them, hoping for a happy ending but knowing that there was no way out of the situation.
I felt a similar kind of anxiety listening to Before I Go to Sleep. I felt Christine’s confusion throughout the book. You were never sure what was real. Once I realized what was happening, I wanted to drag her away from that house.
Speaking of houses, I read Hell House, which has been on my list for a very long time. It was nothing like what I expected in so many different ways. I liked the ending and the reveal, because I honestly wasn’t sure what was happening for a while. I had the same reaction toe reading The Alienist. It was very different than what I expected. Sometimes you have an idea of what a story should be like because you’ve known about it for so long, that by the time you get around to reading it it’s just not what you thought it’d be. Not bad, just different.
For Christmas I read Unholy Night. It was fun and ridiculous, and a nice change from the craziness of the holidays.
My favorite book that I read was The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who inspired Chicago. If I could time travel, I’d probably end up in Chicago in the 1920s. I love the city and the time period. The musical is actually one of my favorites (I’m not a big fan of musicals in general) so I was excited when a friend suggested I read about the women that inspired the original play. It was exciting and wild, the kind of drama that only Chicago can produce. I loved it.
I hope everyone is enjoying this slightly warmer weather. Things are finally a little less frozen here. Thanks for sticking through this longer update, and my mess of a post from last time. For that I leave you with this:
I’ll be at Wizard Con in St. Louis this weekend. Hopefully I can pick up some new books there. My one friend always finds the coolest authors at cons. Follow me on Twitter and now (hilariously enough) on Instagram for more writing and convention updates. And mostly cat pictures.
Thanks for reading!