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Author: Steering the Writing Ship (Short Read)

  1. Read your writing out loud.
  2. Read other people’s writing often–good writing (and a smidge of bad writing to see why it’s bad–you’ll learn to recognize it overtime).
  3. Listen to feedback; sift through it the best you can. (This process becomes better with experience.)
  4. Practice. (This is polishing your craft–your gems.)
  5. Repeat.

It’s been a particular busy season in my life recently. In an attempt to focus on the cores or main principals of writing, here’s five I’m offering that I tend to focus on. Try not to let your ego/pride get in the way of #3 (we all do this).

My dog would like to add a #6.) Take breaks to take us canines outside and feed us our meals on time. Wouldn’t want anything to happen to your precious drafts now, would you?

Happy writing.

Inspiring Quotes

Author: Inspiring Writing Quote, Alice Walker✏️

“Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.”

-Alice Walker

Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: Jim Henson & 233 Scene Takes

Just a quick check-in to wish everyone a Happy New Years. My second novel (GOTD) is going better–slow and steady. I’ll be focusing on that over the holiday weekend to get as far as I can.

In the meantime, here’s a fabulous video of 233 takes from Henson’s “Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas.” The director wanted the drum to fall just right against the milk cannister out front, and land sideways halfway off the curb (which finally happens…233 tries later). I read somewhere in the comments that when they tried this during rehearsal, they nailed it the first time. When they went to tape it…well, you’ll see.

Two hundred and thirty three tries. I admire the tenacity. A necessary skill to have in writing.

Oh and Frank Oz, you’re a genius. God bless The Muppets. ❤

Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: Seasons Greetings (Out ’till New Years)

Just a quick note to say I’ll be using the rest of the year to (finally) finish up my second novel–GOTD (acronym given only, until published). I’m currently beta reading for a fellow author, and I hope to be done with this for him by the end of the month/sooner. It’s been a great exercise for me to see how other people write and look at the process from different angles. It’s been helpful in getting my gears going again, clearing the cobwebs and giving me the courage to finish my book.

The saint and I also picked up a bunch of horror movies we found at a dollar store. I plan to watch these to see if 1.) if they’re any good (I’m so very picky about my horror; a lot of it is junk) and 2.) if they are good (or fail abysmally), I will take a look at the plot (story structure) and see what went right and what went wrong. When I write, it’s a very visual process for me, so I feel this will help strengthen my writing. This can also be done after you read a book, of course.

So Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a great New Year. I’m off to Wonderland, ta-ta.

Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: My Summary of Crocheting (Humor) 🧶

I watched a couple tutorials about crocheting today. Another skill I could perhaps learn and make useful things using yarn. I don’t know what I was thinking.

I tried to learn how to knit once. The knitting needles were flung into the nearest wall in a fit of rage and ire, the likes of which has never been seen again. People who visited thought I had a porcupine living in my walls. No, no. It was just a visual reminder I kept to remember the evil that was and to never return to again. Ever.

The saint (my spouse) can knit and sew a bit, and quite well; he enjoys it. He’s been collecting quite a stash of yarn for his projects. He’s a patient teacher but I would rather do anything else, short of murder, than knit.

Here’s my summary of the evil that is crocheting. And remember now, this is humor.

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“Yarn over… Yarn over… This here is a chain. It becomes a prison of crocheting. Yarn over some more… Now we’re going to do something very simple, you peons, so please do try to keep up this time. We’re going to do a triple, double, ventriloquist, three quarter backflip, in Chinese. Now take the third loop, feed through, you should have six loops now… If you don’t, all hope is lost and you have failed miserably. If you’re still with me, cast off a fish and off we go…!”

Ain’t life grand? No wonder cats attack balls of yarn. They were trying to save us all this time…Thanks, Fluffy. 🐱

Author YouTube

Author YouTube: “Painting Jacks” (Practice Video Posted)

With these poison ivied hands, I filmed and posted my first video on my Author YouTube page. It’s definitely a practice video–I was getting used to my camera, a new video editing software I’m trying out and the process of uploading to YouTube. I know I’ll probably chuckle at this video in a few years, but in good humor.

The videos will vary and either have subtitles or me (possibly) talking in the future. For this round, I just have some music playing. Enjoy and happy writing. Ker-kaw!

Author YouTube

Peregrine Arc: Author YouTube Channel (In Progress)

My camera came today for my forthcoming YouTube channel. The UPS truck backed into our driveway and gave a friendly “Toot! Toot!” on his horn. It was getting darker outside and thundering in the distance when the saint went to sign for the box. I couldn’t help but think of the oft’ used phrase, “It was a dark and stormy night…” What a nice start to a horror author’s YouTube adventure, I thought to myself, amused…

Some project ideas. Spoopy, eh?

Some general information on the channel thus far:

  • I’ll be staying off camera mostly and will probably be using subtitles with background music. I’m sure the style will evolve as I learn and become more comfortable, but this is my foundation so far.
  • I’ll be doing arts and crafts projects, discussing literature, the horror genre and writing as a whole. I’ll be talking about my own writing, too, of course.
  • One of my goals is to film a book trailer for Memory Bound. This will definitely be a bigger project that will take some time, but I’m looking forward to the process. Hopefully we don’t scare the neighbors too much…

I hope you’ll join us on this adventure. I’m going to start filming tomorrow to test out some ideas and get used to the software I’ll be using. It’s definitely a big step for me, but it’s a dream I’ve had for a long, long time. 😊

Are you on Author YouTube? If so, let me know in the comments below. Happy writing until then and please hit that YouTube subscribe button and click on the bell for all notifications.

Ker-kaw!

Introductory

Updates on the Journey

Hello and welcome to Peregrine Arc, a Horror Author’s Scratchwork. I published my first novel, Memory Bound, in October 2018. I’m currently working on my second horror novel, GOTD.* Both books feature female protagonists struggling to survive in worlds where uninvited guests come just a bit too close for comfort…

I’m also starting an Author YouTube Channel. Here you’ll find me talking about my writing, literature, and dabbling in some arts & crafts. This page is in development, but I’ll be sure to post updates here when I get the steamworks up and running. Won’t you join us?

All opinions, mistakes and spiderwebs are my own here. Pass the ink blotter, would you? And do watch your step over the landing. Last chap didn’t quite make it out, poor thing…

*I only give my novels’ names in acronyms, until they’re published. Memory Bound, for example, was MB.

Contests Held

Author: Music Writing Prompt (Week II: Chlorine)💦

Music meets writing prompt. Writing prompt means practice. Practice equals shiny literary awards on your next book cover and access to free taco bars inbetween interviews asking about your literary genius. Yum.

Join in, folks. Tacos for all.🌮

And special shout out to Chelsea for participating in last week’s prompt featuring David Bowie’s, “Heroes.” She’ll be taking a summer sabbatical soon, but check out her blogs for some great reads. 🥳

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