Jeopardy and Barney

After a few months, I’m finally getting back to talking about Barney. It was bound to happen eventually! After all, I do watch it for 24 hours a week for work.

Tonight, I was watching Jeopardy. I love watching that show. One of the questions was about a nursery rhyme that I don’t remember from when I was little, though my mother says she said it many times.

No, I don’t remember it from then. I remember the nursery rhyme from Barney’s House.

Oh, yeah. I’m watching a lot of Barney lately.

The clue on Jeopardy was, “According to a famous nursery rhyme, this person runs ‘upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown.'” I was screaming at the TV, “IT’S WEE WILLY WINKY!”

The contestants didn’t know it. I was beyond frustrated that they couldn’t answer it.

I guess that comes from watching it constantly, though. I practically have the show memorized. Answers that seem so simple to me might not be so simple to anybody else.

The same could go for anything, really. I think my job is incredibly easy. Everyone I talk to thinks my job is incredibly hard. Even after I explain to them what I really do all day, they think my job is difficult. It’s not, really. Then again, I’m learning patience, and I’m more patient than I used to be.

I do love my job, and yes, I actually kind of enjoy watching Barney from time to time. The girl I take care of gets a big laugh out of whenever Barney is paused. We always tell her, “Barney got stuck!” It’s cute. Really cute. I don’t pause it just for no reason, but her parents pause it at the appropriate times (such as when they brush her teeth or at a certain time during physical therapy).

I don’t know how long I’ll be working there, but I’m going to enjoy the time I have there. I’m going to watch Barney while I’m there.I will always say that, had I been on Jeopardy, I could have won $400. Who knows? Maybe I’ll win more imaginary money.

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The Road to Being Published

Well, I guess I’ll just keep the series consistent. Yes, I’m still trying to get published. I’m not past the second draft yet. What a drag. I’m still working on it. I’m almost done with editing the first chapter! I’ll be glad to be done with that much for the second draft, anyway.

I’ll be honest, editing isn’t easy. I hate going through it. I’ve been changing entire scenes, even. It’s hard to know exactly how much you’ve edited when you’re changing entire scenes. It’s annoying, believe me.

I started a very obvious relationship in the book sooner than I wanted to, but I guess the characters decided they had to start dating in the first chapter instead of the third. That’s just the way it goes, I guess. It’s annoying, but that’s what I’m having to deal with. These characters have a mind of their own, so they don’t always go along with what you say. You never know what can they’re going to do.

Working on this has really given me an appreciation for what all authors have gone through. It can be frustrating, no doubt. I can only hope to be at least semi-successful. Of course, I wouldn’t mind reaching the best-seller’s list at least once in my life!

I will keep you all updated. It’s slow-going, but when I talk about this next week, I should be at least in the second chapter. I’ll let you guys know. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@SCourtney94) if you want to be updated on it throughout the week. I’ll be talking about it there!

See you guys next week. Until then… 33/171 pages done.

The Road to Being Published

Ever since I was just seven years old, I have wanted to become an author. I didn’t know what it was called at the time, but I always wanted to write a book and let people see it. I always wrote stories. I even got the award for best story-teller in second grade.

I’m finally realizing this thirteen-year-old dream of mine.

Okay, so I’m not really close to being published yet. Nowhere close. I’m getting there, though. Right now, I’m in the process of working on my second draft. I’m not really too fond of the editing, but it has to be done, right? Especially with all the stumbling blocks, it’s hard to believe that I’ll ever get it done. I’m not quitting yet, though. There is no way I’m quitting when I’ve come so far.

Every Wednesday, I’ll keep you updated at how far I’ve come. I plan on getting pretty far every week, so it’s not the same thing that I’m saying every single week. Maybe I’ll get the second draft done in just a few weeks, and send it off to a friend of mine who will hopefully agree to look at it! If not, I’ll skip that step and go straight to beta readers. Hopefully, I’ll get a handful of those.

I currently have five pages of my second draft done. Hopefully next Wednesday, I’ll have even more!

IndieVengeance Day 2014

What a weekend this was. I had a great 20th birthday on Friday and got to see a friend I haven’t seen in forever. Sunday I heard from a potential podcast co-host (here we go again…). It’s always hopeful when I get in contact with one. I know I left out Saturday. I did that on purpose.

I wanted to talk to you about Saturday the most of all.

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to go to IndieVengeance Day 2014. What is IndieVengeance Day, you may ask? Well, it’s an author signing event where independently published authors get to sign books for everyone that stops by, and you get to talk to them. I have a blast.

There are two conversations that really stick out for me — the conversation with Scott Morgan and the conversation with Amber Jerome~Norrgard.

I talked to Scott Morgan about writing. He said that it’s easy for him to get published now (I know, so encouraging, right? Stay with me), but fifteen years ago, when he was a nobody, it wasn’t easy for him at all. I told him about the book I was writing, and he sounded really interested. Of course, that may have been for my benefit, but hey, if he’s interested, who cares? I even bought a book from him. One that helps with character development. Yay, I need all the help I can get!

The conversation with Amber Jerome~Norrgard was a little more personal than that. She and I have gotten to know each other a little bit through Facebook, and I am so thankful. I asked her about her book that has been mentioned on a podcast she used to host, and she said that it has been put on hold again. Unfortunate, but completely understandable. The name of the book is called Searching for Ellen. I really want that book. It’s about her search for her biological mother.

My friend Matt went with me on Saturday. He got a couple books that he felt he could really connect with. I’m glad he was able to find those.

All in all, I bought five books. I wish I could have bought from every single author… I just didn’t have enough cash!

It was a great day. I won’t deny that for a second. I’m so grateful I was able to go.

BooksJust what I needed… More books!

The Podcast Frustrations

I have never been more ready to quit in my life. I’m so done with getting fed up and frustrated.

I can’t believe my co-host quit on me before we even got started. She suddenly realized she was too busy? I don’t think so. Sometimes, I honestly wonder about people.

I guess you could say I’m on the hunt again, though I’m so fed up with hunting around. I’m going to try again just one more time. After that, I’m done. So done. I’ll do it myself if I have to.

All I want is to be able to writers about their journey. Is that too much to ask? I don’t know or care if my podcast will be successful. I just want to have one. Oh, and put the money I spent to good use. That helps, too.

If any writer out there is interested, please let me know. I know some of you are writers, and if you’re able to help out, please email me at whatnottowriteandwritingtips@gmail.com, or comment below!

Four Years

As I lay wide awake, I kept thinking about how fast time is flying by. Eventually, I just said, “Screw it all,” and turned on my laptop for the sole reason of writing this post.

It’s after midnight here in Texas. It’s October 11, 2014. It’s Sophia’s fourth birthday.

For those of you that don’t know, Sophia is my oldest niece. I first met her when she was just thirteen days old. I can’t believe she’s already four.

Sophia 13 daysSophia at just thirteen days old.

I won’t even pretend that everything is perfect. It’s not. Sometimes it’s very hard when she comes to visit.

Tonight is a perfect example.

We were at her birthday dinner tonight at Candlelight Inn, and she did everything but behave. When we were on the way home, she wouldn’t stop sticking her hand in my face. Now THAT got annoying.

Sophia 4 yearsTonight at her birthday dinner. Four years old!

It’s hard when she doesn’t behave. Sometimes I feel like I never want to see her again. That, however, isn’t true. At all.

Sophia, you turned my world inside out and upside down four years ago. I didn’t know what I was going to do when I heard my sister was pregnant with you. I never pictured myself becoming an aunt so soon.

We don’t always get along, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I never got along with your mother when we lived in the same house.

Happy Birthday, Sophia. I love you, and I always will.

Podcasting

These past few months, I’ve been working toward getting a podcast set up, and I wasn’t getting far at all.

My first problem was not being able to find a co-host when I desperately needed one.

I went to a friend saying that I would try to go at it alone. He has a podcast, so I asked him to help me set it up. I’m sure it was frustrating to help out when I had no idea what I was doing even after he explained it a few different times.

Earlier this week, though, I managed to find a co-host, and I am so thankful. We haven’t worked out all the details yet, but I’m ready to get it started. We haven’t actually talked yet, but I plan on setting up a time soon.

I’m glad to have found a co-host, but the thought of talking to people that I don’t know every week is terrifying. I’m ready for it, though. I got prepared for it when I was on another podcast as a guest.

Being a guest is actually got me started on wanting to run a podcast myself.

I’m so excited to launch The Writers’ Journey. I don’t know when exactly it will start, but I’m ready for it. Keep looking for it, everyone. Writers everywhere are on a journey, and we’re going to dive deeper into the journey world.