When I decided to get more serious about writing a novel, Jeff had the brilliant suggestion that I read Stephen King’s On Writing. I’m not a big Stephen King fan—horror isn’t my thing—but I had heard of On Writing from an episode of the podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour. They did an episode about Stephen King and devoted a surprisingly small amount of time to his commercial fiction, instead spending time talking about this book. If I remember correctly, one of the panelists even said that he thought On Writing was King’s best work. So I picked up a copy, grabbed a highlighter and eagerly dug in. Continue reading
I’ve finally done it. I’ve started writing a novel that I fully intend to finish, and actually feel like I can. It’s been a couple weeks now and I’m about 16,000 words in, so I wanted to share some of my initial thoughts and observations on writing fiction. Continue reading
First off, I admit that I have never been much of a procrastinator. I never pulled an all-nighter in the library during college to finish a paper due at 9am the next day. I like to think I’m a pretty efficient worker. Even so, when I worked in an office, I developed a routine of work avoidance—things I would do, sites I would go to in order to procrastinate. However, in the months I’ve been working from home, I’ve noticed that I no longer do this. And I think I know why. Continue reading
Admittedly, I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to work and office supplies. I strongly believe that if you’re using supplies that make you smile, as opposed to the basic, simple notebooks you used in school, you’ll feel more motivated, more productive and better about your work in general. This is speaking from experience, of course, but I think it’s true. So here, I thought I would share some of my favorite pretty notebooks and what I use them for. Continue reading
I’ve always wished I was a morning person—having more awake, alert hours in the day would mean I’d have more time to accomplish things I need to accomplish and enjoy the things I enjoy. By morning person, I mean someone who can set an alarm for any time, no matter how early, and when it goes off be completely awake and ready to start the day. Jeff is like that, and I don’t understand it—if we’re getting up early on a Saturday to go on a hike or go snowboarding, he’s usually out of bed and dressed before I’ve finished rubbing my eyes. But lately, I’ve started to realize that this may not be the definition of a morning person, and that, gasp, I may finally be turning into one!
I love clocks. I think they can be beautiful decorations in a home. Growing up, we had a massive clock over the mantle in the living room. It didn’t even work, but I always loved the piece. But clocks obviously do something besides hang on the wall: they keep time. And some of them tick to do so. I have a clock on my desk that ticks, and as I’ve been working from home, I’ve realized that, at least in my view, ticking clocks tend to get a bad rap. Continue reading
Working from home can be a challenge. Being in my apartment all day (on most days), I feel the need to do various household chores throughout the day, at times probably when I should be working. There are also distractions, with no threat of a boss walking by my cube and seeing what I’m doing and forcing me to refocus. However, over the last two months I’ve developed a relatively consistent schedule that works well for me, so I thought I’d share it in case it can be helpful! Continue reading