How to fail better at writing (Part 1)

Great piece considering my writing for the competition was read by a bunch of family and friends as I bit my nails with the anxiety! Ha!


A few scenarios of failure

English: Algernon Charles Swinburne. A true po...Rupa is sixteen years old. Rupa has a lot of passion for life. Rupa thinks she is a writer. Rupa keeps a pocket book handy at all times in case her inspirations escape from the leaky recesses of her brain and she fails to catch them in flight.

So Rupa has been scribbling for a while, mostly about love, passion, roses. At social gatherings, her parents often urge her to read out her poetry. It’s probably her imagination but she’s been noticing a lot of people heading towards the food or feeling suddenly thirsty the moment her parents mention her most recent inspired moments.

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writing as a process

Friends, writing is hard, sometimes. I see people writing books and writing them well, and quickly, and moving through the process in a year’s time (or less, if we’re talking NaNoWriMo – did I get that right?).

But I find it so difficult. Maybe I have really bad writing habits… I’m thinking these are my top 5 worst traits:

1. I write more than one thing at a once. This, of course, detracts from a single piece because my writing time is split up. It also means I have to spend more time reminding myself where I am in the story since several other stories are also bouncing around in my head.

2. I don’t write in chapters / sequentially. I don’t even draft chapters as placeholders. I kind of get inspired to write one particular scene or story arch. The novel I’m currently working on (and determined to finish in 2014) is being written less like pouring water in a glass, and more like rain trickling down a window. Each chapter gets a bit of love, but nothing is complete or fully done.

3. I don’t keep track of word-counts. I used to do this, but since I’ve started each chapter as a separate documents (and separate documents for “thoughts” or “ideas” or “lines”), it’s harder to keep track of my progress, which can sometimes be discouraging, since you never feel like you’re getting anywhere…

4. I am at the whims of inspiration. I only really work on my novel when I’m inspired. When I want to work on it but am not feeling particularly inspired, I go back and edit down the language and re-think the plot, the characters, what their motives are and where they’re going… which is great, and all, but no words are actually written so I don’t progress.

5. I don’t make time for writing, or make writing a priority.  I feel awful bailing on loved ones because I want to write. I also want to live life – and from life comes  inspiration. But attending everything and never saying “no” means I have no time for writing, or am really too tired to write with the little time I do have (mentally, and physically as my eyes have begun to dry out / blur/ water when I’m in front of screens for 8+ hours a day…).

…Now that I started writing this list, I can think of hundreds of other things I do to sabotage myself and my writing. Sigh.

As you have guessed, I’m way behind on my 1500 words / week goal for this month with regards to my novel. I did finish a short story, but that isn’t meant to count in this goal. I’ve got tomorrow, basically, so I’m hoping I can at least get 1500 words in to alleviate some of my guilt!

I wrote a thing!

Big challenge for February – CHECK!

I wrote a thing and sent it off to a contest. I should know how I did in April… fingers crossed, thumbs held! 🙂 AH!

Tenra Bansho Birthday Bash

Roleplay games are strangely addictive! Playing this one inspired our own roleplay game my sister and I are currently throwing together. 🙂

Rose 'n' Jay Play

For my birthday earlier this month, I had some friends over to play Tenra Bansho Zero, a hyper-Asian tabletop RPG that was released in North America last year after a very successful Kickstarter. This would be my first time playing it as well as my first time as a Game Master. I’ve been interested for some time in taking part in a tabletop game like Dungeons and Dragons, but I could never organize a group, and I wanted to take part as a player, not a GM. However, as I read up on Tenra Bansho, it sounded like a game I could put together despite having no experience. The GM would need to know the rules, of course, but the story could be left in the players’ hands. Let me explain: the story is told as if the players are performing in a play. The GM (or player if he…

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Why an African American Human Torch is Important, or Comic Fans are Racist and Kinda Unimportant

The Nerds of Color

Originally posted at BadAzz Mofo

Wake up world, Black actor Michael B. Jordan has been cast as Johnny Storm (a.k.a. the Human Torch) in the upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise. The hurricane of controversy, and all the requisite ridiculous and racist comments have begun, and will keep flowing, until, or course, the movie comes out, at which point people will go see it no matter how incensed or infuriated they are. And you know what? I don’t care if anyone is incensed, infuriated, or inconsolable about a Black actor being cast in a fictional role of a character that is known to be White. Really, honestly, and truly, I don’t care at all. That is not, however, going to stop me from addressing a few issues.

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On Thursday, I went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto with my sister, my boyfriend and his sister. My sister loves animals, animal planet and shark week (ahhh!) so we had a lot of fun walking through all of the exhibits. We even touched a horseshoe crab, and pet a little shark!

I was feeling pretty inspired after the trip, especially seeing all the bright colors…

Tropical section!

Tropical section!

All the lovely patterns…


From the way she swims, I’m thinking striped chiffon…

We called this the Chanel-ray

We called this the Chanel-ray

Who knew piranhas were so glamorous? Red, green and gold glitter!

Who knew piranhas were so glamorous? Red, green and gold glitter!

And all the interesting shapes…

Flying through the water

Flying through the water

Seadragon looking so delicate

Seadragon looking so delicate

And especially the shape and look of the moon jellyfish…


How can you not feel recharged after a day like that?

The only thing that left me a bit uneasy were the sharks…



all the sharks…



all the huge sharks…



They look even bigger from the top of the tank, and I was so sure one would jump up and bite off my sister’s hand. Ahhh!

Did I mention I hate sharks..

Did I mention I hate sharks..

work out clothes fabric!


Got my fabric for my work out clothes! I’m really excited. I was trolling the Fabricland sale section, and found some purple knit for a short top (I’m thinking sports-bra style), a lovely grey t-shirt fabric with purple flowers for a tank top, and a striped light / dark grey knit for a little hoodie.

I couldn’t find the right jersey for yoga pants, though. I did find some black nylon / spandex in the remnants section that I picked up but I’m not sure if I’ll be using it for work out clothes or for another project…

Anyway, this is my color palette! If I actually ever head to the gym, I plan to add with some more greys, and some bright greens and yellows 🙂

Excited to sew! Still not so sure about the whole running and sweating bit, though…

Brasil 2014!!

I’m going to BRASIL!!! For the FIFA World Cup!! Just got my game tickets, so excited!! Any tips on Salvador in the summer?

I’ve mostly been researching Recife sharks and scaring myself to death. Did I mention I went to the aquarium and saw sharks in real life? I’m definitely not into repeating that experience in the open water.. ahhh!

But, anyway, OLE ARGENTINA! I’m so excited! 😀

And of course this also means… new swimsuit!


this morning my mood was donald oconnors glasses when he first appears in Call Me Madam.

but tonight my mood is more like nessarose’s feet at the beginning of the Wizard of Oz.

cafe au lait scarf!

I have begun a new knitting project… It is still pretty cold here, so why not go for something quick and easy that will take me into the spring, pair nicely with a trenchcoat, or with a sweater dress and blazer, or with jeans and a shirt for an evening out with my beau?

Here’s a sneak peak:


So far, just the cafe, but the au lait will be joined in soon enough – probably looped into an infinity scarf. I’m using Lion Bran Wool-Ease, which has just the right amount of sparkle! I kind of made the pattern up as I went, but it’s looking like criss-crossing lines bordered by stockinette stitch and a 1 st. cable on either side.


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