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IT’S HERE!

Here it is, kids! The all new Writer66 site!

It just opened today, so right now you’ll see some of the latest posts from Freelancer R, but I’m hoping this weekend you’ll have some new stuff to read! This of course means that we will need to say goodbye to our friend Freelancer R here. Don’t worry – I’ll let you change your bookmarks and things before I take it down, but make sure you’re putting the new site on your list of stuff to read.

I’ve got new posts for you, as well as brand spankin’ new theme! In the upcoming weeks and month, you’ll also be seeing a change to SPANTENNA, but you shouldn’t need to change the link for that. You WILL however see a pretty new theme! We like new stuff, right!?

So, head over to Writer66, let me know what you think. Play around with it, use it, hug it, love it, all that good stuff.

 

Welcome to 2016!

Hey everyone! Merry post Christmas and Happy New 2016!

It’s been two weeks into the new year and already, we’ve lost some great people – just this week alone, Alan Rickman, David Bowie, and Dan Haggerty. Apparently, celebrities DO die in threes (are Dementors still guarding Betty White?)

For some reason today, I wanted a laugh – and because I was lazy and on Netflix – so I went with Galaxy Quest, the unofficial tenth Star Trek; I had wanted to go with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy because Alan Rickman is the most awesome of androids, but I kinda didn’t want to buy it.

Enough of that. The real reason to be here is, OMG yes, I am going to be much better at updating this. On a regular basis. I know, I say that every month, but hey – life. You know. But really, one of my goals this year to update my stuff – so you’ll – hopefully – see more blog posts, more updates to SPANTENNA, and more social posts, cause apparently you guys like reading the things I post.

So fasten your seatbelts, people! I’m putting this year into gear!

 

Windows 10 is Here and It’s…Complicated

So, in my last post, I gushed how little issue I had with installing Windows 10 on my laptop. Other than needing to do a reinstall, which I had planned to do as a clean install anyway, everything went smoothly.

And then I got the official notification of Windows 10 on my desktop.

Desktop install – One week later 8/7

Literally one week to the day of the official launch of Windows 10, my desktop gives me the official announcement that I can upgrade it from Windows 7. And there was much rejoicing. I had been wanting to try Windows 10 on Optimus Prime for quite some time now, as it’s faster and has a bigger screen. Surely, the upgrade from 7 to 10 would be much quicker and more rewarding on my desktop, right?

No. Not at all.

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Questions! Or Answers?

So yesterday’s post was a little dampening, I know. A Facebook friend pointed put that he couldn’t remember when I had been such a grumpy chicken before and as I write this, I realize, huh. He’s kinda right. It’s not unheard of for me to get a little down once and a while, but lately – a good lately – I’ve been more down then up and that’s, really not like me.

And I’m afraid I might be bringing you guys and gals down with me. And I’m sorry. Not for posting or venting, but if I made you all think, “oh God, I can’t do this! Gina said I couldn’t!” No, I didn’t say you couldn’t; if anything, I’m saying you can, but it’ll be hard and sometimes hard is not what you want.

Anyway, I thought I’d take this to the crowd and find out what everyone is looking for when they come to the Freelancer R page. Are you looking for advice from a newbie? Or do you want to hear about the randomness that goes on when my mind is or isn’t with me? How did last week’s writing thing do? The blog itself? Like it? Hate it? Want me to stop?

Let’s try and build something, kay?

EDIT – Sorry gang, this should have gone out last week, but didn’t.

Writer Spillage

So because I missed yesterday’s blog, you – my faithful readers (or reader) (or just me) – get treated to a 2 for 1 sale here at Freelancer R!

Today’s second post is what I like to call ‘writer spillage’. Last post I told you I wasted a whole week working on fan fiction. Well, let’s not say wasted, cause really any time that you – as a writer – are writing is time well spent. So, my time was spent writing, though not writing what I needed to.

You know the term writer’s block, which for any writer is like the seventh circle of hell within the seventh circle of hell. It’s like the eighth circle of hell if there were eight circles. Now, for anyone out there who doesn’t write, let me tell you about writer’s block. It is not, as you may think, something that writer’s think up so we can get out of writing.

Please. We’re writers. We can think up more creative excuses than that.

No, writer’s block is when the little creative voice in our head stops talking. Completely. Or just ups and leaves and doesn’t return for a day, a month, or even a year. It basically means that we can’t think of anything to write, much less write our way out of a paper bag.

However, today’s second post is not on writer’s block. No, it’s on writer’s spillage.

What, you ask, is writer’s spillage?

Well, it’s something that I like to coin to explain any time my creative writer won’t shut the hell up. It’s when ideas are flowing so fast, it’s like a virtual tornado of words, ideas, places, characters – basically the Wizard of Oz tornado of creativity. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have issues with writer’s spillage.

Don’t get me wrong; I love when I can sit down and get an idea and can either start it or just write notes on it. It’s great. However, it can also be a distraction. Take this last week for example. Obviously, I’ve been a little stressed –

  • big friend fight
  • experiencing cabin fever
  • probably a little depressed (due to fight and cabin fever)
  • Bills are coming, yet no money to pay them

Just a big list of stress. Last week, my little creative writer woke up and told me to stop. Just stop. I was too strung out, I needed a break. And the best way to get a break was to…of course…write something. Creatively. Read something that wasn’t research or article based, wasn’t job descriptions or qualifications, just…creative bliss.

Now, if my creative writer had said exactly that, I would probably have been a bit more productive. But no. No, my creative writer doesn’t speak in those types of terms.

No.

It just blurts out ideas in any shape or form. Constantly. Never ending. All. Day. Long. All. Night. Long. My creative writer does not care that I have bills to pay or articles to write; it understands that – subconsciously – I need a break. And if I can’t have a break with friends, I will do what I have always done. Lock myself up and write something.

All. Damn. Day.

So most of last week, I was inundated with ‘Good Mornin'” from Singing in the Rain. All because I wanted another song for my alarm clock. But it doesn’t end there. Oh no, no, no. That would be too easy. So I found it and watched the scene from the movie. Over and over and over and over. And when that didn’t satisfy me, I downloaded it – remember, the alarm clock – and then listened to it. Over and over and over and over.

Oh, but creative writer was not done.

Creative Writer has a tendency that, whatever is currently on my mind – usually something I’ve watched or have written – I will then begin to envision it in my thoughts. Creative Writer decided that I needed to write something creativity and the thing that was on my mind was that of my TNG fic (well, the current one). I needed to work on that.

Star Trek: The Next Generation + Singing in the Rain = humorous, but annoying distraction.

Admittedly, it was fairly interesting the first time it was in my head. Actually, it was still amusing after the fifth time, but now the song is stuck in my head. And I can’t seem to write anything BUT this TNG fic I’m working on.

So now I have a creative mind in overload, driving down the creative highway, in a car with no brakes.

Upside – I may actually finish this fic, maybe tidy up and finish the other one that I started, before winding down to the next fic I should have finished (cause you know, the Smartians and ReBooters are going to have my head soon, that is if the KOTOR folks and Ninja Turtles fans don’t chase me down with lightsabers and shurikens first)

Downside – Ideas that won’t stop. Any time I start down the fan fic road, it’s only with one idea. Just one! And before I know it, I’ve got a series going with no end in sight. Plus, CW doesn’t want to stop. My one solitary idea with TNG has now morphed into at least five and sadly, they’re all good ideas. Really good to the point where I do wanna write them…one day. Maybe.

Oh, and of course the major downside is that I can’t seem to get anything else done.

Oh and the major downside – with no brakes on my Createmobile, poor Creative Writer is going to crash into something and die a horrible death. Meaning that, Writer’s Block is looming in the distance and that’s always bad. That’s months or years of not thinking up anything. Years of stories and fics just sitting around, years of readers going, “What the hell? Are you going to finish this?”

And hey, I’m a reader as well as a writer and nothing kills me more than finding a good fic and then finding it’s not finished and hasn’t been touched in five years.

I love you, Creative Writer. I really, really do. You stuck with me even when I gave you the cold shoulder at times. But listen…I really do need to get some work done. Now, you’ve fooled around long enough and it’s time to let Professional Writer take over for a bit. One day, you too will know the awesomeness of getting paid for your brilliance.

But it is not this day.

I can see the same fear in your eyes that would take the heart of me and one day, the age of man will…

Damn it, Creative!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone out there a very Merry and safe Christmas today, Happy Holidays, and a great and Happy New Year!

As I get closer to my move date (OMG Wednesday!) I may not make a post until the first of the year. I’m hoping for new beginnings for myself and everyone!

Mobilize Your Blog This Holiday Season (via WordPress.com News)

Here’s another blog that I came across and thought appropriate as we head on into Christmas and New Years. I, of course, am guilty of this – as you may have noticed – and I’ll probably be guilty when the next holidays roll around.

But for those of us that are just starting, here’s how to still blog while away for the holidays.

Mobilize Your Blog This Holiday Season With the holidays appearing thick and fast from now until next year, it's a great time for meeting up with the people who are important to us, giving and receiving gifts, relaxing and indulging ourselves. But while you're doing that, give a thought to your poor neglected blog this holiday season. For blogs, this can be the loneliest time of year, the time when our posts grind to a halt and our readers drop off like flies. But don't shed a tear, t … Read More

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