May 30, 2012

It’s all very alchemical how boring translates into panic

Posted in thoughts, writing tagged , at 10:03 am by z. l. sasnett

Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life. – John Gardner

Interesting things happen when I’m in the middle of a panic. Since panic seems to be a constant state for me these days, I’m getting interesting all over me.

One of the pieces of advice given regularly for those interested in increasing their social networking visibility is to write blog posts regularly. ‘They’ (the nebulous ‘they’ with no identifiable name who are considered ‘the experts’) also suggest you write interesting things people want to read. Advice I find useful on the surface but when cutting to the deeper issues, isn’t useful at all. Read the rest of this entry »

May 4, 2012

Does this tinhat make me look fat? Got it on sale. Two for the price of one!

Posted in publishing, thoughts, writing at 9:36 am by z. l. sasnett

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. – Thomas Mann

I’m not a conspiracy theorist. Not usually. Disregard that tinfoil hat on the sideboard, please. That’s reserved for politics, which will wisely stay off this blog if I can help it.

I should clarify that I’m not a conspiracy theorist in regards to publishing. It’s a huge, big, convoluted thing, this whole publishing business. And it is a business. The more I read about the inside stuff, the more my eyes get all swirly. It’s complicated, you guys! A bit fascinating, too. Read the rest of this entry »

May 2, 2012

Confessions of a Notepad user

Posted in thoughts, writing at 10:28 am by z. l. sasnett

Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

New blog title. Swimming along in the sea of blogs, I’m still trying to find my way. Title may change again, who’s to say? For now, I like it. It was inspired by the title of this post, which was inspired by a revelation I had while in the shower. I always have my biggest revelations either in the shower or while doing the dishes. Must have something to do with hot water and soapy hands.

My most prolific time writing, way back in the day, was with fanfiction. When I was involved in fandoms, fanfiction (and fanart, but I’m not an artist which makes me sad) was one of the ways to contribute. I rarely posted my fanfiction anywhere. Eh…every so often I would but that wasn’t the point of me writing fanfiction. I’m not sure there was one except the fandom canon excited me and I wanted to continue the stories. I simply didn’t share them with anyone.

This isn’t to talk about fanfiction, though. This is to talk about something, a fundamental something I had forgotten and it only occurred to me while I was in the shower thinking about a completely unrelated WIP that involves pool boys, but I digress.  Read the rest of this entry »

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