Crafting up a good book

When you have a crippling addiction to stationary and office supplies like I do, you often run into the problem of not being able to find just what you want out of a notebook or journal. This problem has haunted me for years. I have a bookcase shelf dedicated to housing all the forgotten or impulse-bought notebooks of my past. When I start looking to buy a new one I always get the husband chiming in, “Do you REALLY need another notebook or do you just want it because it looks pretty?”

YOU KNOW WHAT HUSBAND! BOTH! Okay, both. I want the pretty looking notebook: so new and shiny and full of possibilities, and I need something to fulfill that want!

So as I watched some of my favorite DIYers on YouTube make a nice, thick notebook, I drooled a little. I have never seen a journal with 500+ pages in it! I hit the internet in a fever looking for something quick and easy to fill this new void I had discovered.

Well, this one is reasonably priced but the reviews suck. “You can see pencil through the page.” Well, that is right out. Oh, this one’s pretty. I like the cover. Oh, what is that? It is made from the hide of small children and costs $400? No, thank you.

What is a girl to do? I waited for Kris to get home and showed him the video that leads me to a path of sadness.

“You see? I watched this and then I was like, ‘I need a 500-page journal!’ and I couldn’t find anything on the internet. It is broken I say!”

Kris sat there for a bit and just stared at me. I waited. He almost laughed, then coughed and went back to his grumpy face. “You watched that video, where she MADE a journal you liked and thought ‘I need to buy one’? Tina. Make one. I know you could. Hell, you could probably figure out how to make your own paper too if you looked for a bit.”

I then wasted the next two hours of his time forcing him to watch videos on how to make paper. Pointing out the people who could have done it easier and watching the Reading Rainbow episode I watched as a kid to learn how to do it myself.

So I guess out of all of that, I am going to be taking on the task of learning to make my own journal for a creative time when I am not writing. I sometimes need time to think between events in my story to figure out how they would really react and not just how I want them to react. Once I get started and make my first journal I will be sure to post pictures and share my results.

Good luck out there,  see you guys next Wednesday.

So let’s do this

I started loving stories when I realized I could escape my life to play in a world that was built by someone else. I started a love affair with reading and would consume any book that I could get my hands on.  I naturally like to learn as much as I can about everything I set out to do, leading me to start learning about writing my own stories. My poems and short stories in school were met with high praise from my teachers and friends, but I never took it past that.

This November I took part in NaNoWriMo and hit my goal of 50,000 words. I have a pretty great skeleton of a novel, I just need to add more meat to it. I’ll be working on this story for a while, but I did something I had never done before. I wrote a full book! Something more than just a 500-1000 word story. Showing myself that I can do this.

I  hope in starting this blog I’d have a place to post my work. Keep writing even when I don’t feel like it. Write about what I am reading or learning. Even reviews on games I’m playing with my husband. Who knows?

Here are My own personal goals for 2017:

 

  • Get to the Beta reader stage for ‘Bonds’
  • Write 1,000 to 2,000 words every day.
  • Continue to expand my information and knowledge in writing.
  • Blog once a week
  • Start an idea notebook and keep any stray thoughts in there for review after I finish ‘Bonds’
  • Keep our twitter up to par
  • Keep our facebook up to par
  • Start a collection of new and upcoming novels
  • Attend a writing workshop

 

Pretty much all I can think of for now. Dancingdude is calling me to play Roblox… Laters!

Tina