Blog Challenges 2019 · Creative Writing · creativity · Personal Writing

Poetry and Imposing Restrictions

Say it with me:  I work best under an externally imposed structure.  I need some sort of scaffolding and some sort of blueprint or guide to follow in order to best function.  That's why schedules and checklists work well for me, and why I always performed exceptionally well in class, but often had panic-ridden, down-to-the-wire… Continue reading Poetry and Imposing Restrictions

Creative Writing · Meta-Writing · Writing · Writing Updates

Rarely Tidy Writing Update

With April fast approaching, I want to remind any followers who may have originally subscribed to this blog during a run on NaNoWriMo or NaPoWriMo or any of its variants that I have a creative writing blog, Rarely Tidy Writing, that I have created specifically to house those challenges (and any other writing that I… Continue reading Rarely Tidy Writing Update

creativity · Personal Writing

The Life-Affirming Cringey-ness of Past Failures

I got it in my head several years ago that I fancied myself a sculptor of sorts, or at the very least, a kitschy clay artist.  I spent some money, bought some Sculpey (a weird, Costco-esque bulk block of white clay), and spent a lot of time crafting some charms.  Charms that I sculpted, baked,… Continue reading The Life-Affirming Cringey-ness of Past Failures

Creative Writing · creativity · NaNoWriMo · Writing · Writing Updates

NaNoWriMo, Halfway Home (Update)

My Novembers nearly always start with a zero-word-count first day.  It doesn't matter what day of the week it falls on, whether or not I have work, whether I've planned or am pansting my story - I tend to start off pretty slowly, and that's only become more true the older I've gotten. So ending… Continue reading NaNoWriMo, Halfway Home (Update)

Blog Challenges 2018 · Creative Writing · creativity · General Update · Meta-Writing · Writing · Writing Updates

Reflections on Inktober and OctPoWriMo

Well, October was a quite a month, creatively. I've never attempted more than one challenge at a time before.  Moreover, I'd never attempted something that wasn't a writing challenge before, and this October saw me do both (this was a really special month, you guys). OctPoWriMo was not a wellspring of expertly crafted poetry.  I… Continue reading Reflections on Inktober and OctPoWriMo

Blog Challenges 2018 · Creative Writing · creativity · Writing

OctPoWriMo, NaNoWriMo, and Inktober

Tomorrow is October 1st - what??  Can you believe it?  After the shortest summer of my life, I feel like the new school year just got underway, and now you're telling me next week we're issuing progress reports?  What is even going on? Anyway, I'm not mad, honestly, because (as we've established) fall is one… Continue reading OctPoWriMo, NaNoWriMo, and Inktober