Writing Update

As part of my writing goal for this year, I will also be trying to write more for the blog.  I could just focus on writing updates (and as you might guess, this post will also be an update), but I also want to branch out.  If you guys have any suggestions as to what you want to see, let me know in the comments.

I’ve been going along steadily with my daily writing goals.  One of the nice things about the 100 word goal is that it’s very easy to reach.  It’s just long enough to get me into the swing of writing while still being short enough to be done quickly.

As for what I’ve been doing, I’ve been toying with a lot of different ideas and starting to flesh some out.  A lot of them involve superheroes, which may be a sign I need to watch more Marvel movies.

Well, there’s a quick update for you.  Hope you all are doing well with your resolutions!

Happy New Year!

To everyone who reads this blog, happy new year!  2015 is now entirely in the past and we are now moving into the brand-new 2016, filled with all the promise of the future.

This means it’s the time for New Year’s resolutions; those wonderful plans we make to better ourselves that, with strong will and determination, can help make this year our best.  The majority are abandoned before February, but that’s beside the point.

Well, one of my 2016 resolutions is to get into a daily writing routine.  Write at least 100 words every day, and stuff I have to for school doesn’t count.  I’m hoping that this will help increase my productivity and also help develop some discipline.  I’m posting this here because  I know that a great way to get motivated is to let other people know what you’re doing.

For all of you lovely people who read this blog, I just want to say thank you and you can expect a larger amount of content here over the coming year.  2016 is going to be a very exciting one for me, and I hope it’s great for you all as well.

Winter Writing Update

Hey everyone!

First off, I want to apologize for letting this blog go dormant for a while.  As a high school senior, my life for the past semester was pretty hectic.  In the past month, I’ve opened and closed our school’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone (which was phenomenal and tons of fun to be a part of), recieved my first few acceptance letters from colleges, and dealt with the ever-fun prospect of finals.

But, now the semester’s over and I finally have some time to write.  I have a lot of ideas floating around, so my goal is to finalize them, get a few outlines and some research going and maybe even start writing again!

Here’s hoping everyone has a nice, relaxing holiday season.  If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, or just want to curl up by the fire with a hot drink and a good book, be sure to remember Birth by Flame.  You can find it available for all formats by searching for it at Smashwords.com.  If you prefer reading on an Apple device or a Nook, I have been able to find it on the iBooks store and the Barnes & Noble Nook Store.  Be sure to leave a comment if you see it on any other distribution sites.

Happy holidays everyone!

Update: Happy Holidays!

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day (if you’re American) and are getting into the holiday spirit.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted.  Life has become a bit crazy recently with college applications and other senior year things.  Everything’s going great, though, but I regret not having the time to write.

Speaking of writing, if you haven’t had the chance to purchase a copy of my novel, Birth by Flame, why not give yourself an early Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/other winter holiday gift?  The book can be found on the iTunes store and the Nook store, if you prefer reading on one of those devices.  If you don’t, it can be found in all formats at smashwords.com.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and my book, Birth by Flame.  Please be sure to leave a review wherever you buy it as well.  Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Birth by Flame Cover and Release Date

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Hello everyone!

I’m really excited to announce that I do have a release date for my novel Birth by Flame.  Everyone interested in reading should be sure to check it out on their favorite e-reader on September 30.

Be sure to look for this cover when you look for the book!

Birth By Flame Cover

The cover was designed by my amazing little sister and I honestly think it looks amazing.  I hope you all like it and pick it up with Birth by Flame September 30!

Welcome to Uhezote

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Well, school started back up and senior year is pretty crazy.  Birth by Flame is still on track to be released this fall, so keep looking forward to that.

Before Birth by Flame is released this fall, I’ll be giving you a sneak peek into the world of the book.  Today, learn more about Uhezote, the world in which Birth By Flame takes place.

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Let’s Talk About Something…

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The recent scandal regarding Walter Palmer and Cecil the lion has highlighted a problem I’ve become more irritated with over my time on the Internet.  What I’m about to say isn’t new but it’s something I want to share.

The Internet is a wonderful place for many reasons, and one of its greatest assets is how it democratizes opinion.  The majority of the readers of this blog are from the United States, but even then, they’re a wider audience than what I could hope to achieve with just my immediate friends and family.  My voice, that of a high school senior from California, is held in the same sphere as foreign dignitaries, high-ranking politicians, world famous authors and actors, and millions of other people.  It can be truly humbling.

However, because every opinion is given a chance to coexist, it gives a megaphone to people with “interesting” views.  The person dead center on the political spectrum gets the same voice as the leftest of the left and the rightest of the right.  Couple that with the anonymity provided on the Internet and you have a massive combination of people from all perspectives.

Which can be great!  I’m glad that so many people can get access to thoughts and ideas they may otherwise not have been exposed to through the Internet.  But, this leans people to hyperbolize and exaggerate in order to get their point across.  So, when something like the Walter Palmer scandal comes up, what do we do?

Do we try to understand the economic situations that have led to companies in countries like Zimbabwe selling big game hunting permits?

Do we take a step back to reevaluate our society’s perception of wild animals and why we treat them so highly?

Do we think about why someone would want to go to Africa and hunt animals for sport, maybe connecting it back to ideas of imperialism and thinking of the way we view modern-day Africa and how that may be linked to European imperialism.

No.  Of course not.

We go on Twitter and make death threats against him.

We go on Yelp and utterly destroy his business.

We go on the Internet and tarnish a guy’s reputation so badly, Zimbabwe is actually worried it might damage relations with the U.S.

Of course that’s what we do.

I’m not defending Walter Palmer or attacking people who are outraged over this shooting.  What I am attacking is the way the outrage was directed.

The Internet is a great tool for communication, yes, but it’s also a dangerous one.  This blog is lucky that it’s free from restrictions on word count.  I can practically talk until I feel I’m done.  Twitter doesn’t have that luxury.  It’s difficult to have a well-researched and cogent opinion in 140 characters.  I get that.  Twitter is akin to a megaphone.  Anything you say will be projected loud and maybe slightly muffled, but the one thing you can do with it is shout.

And shouting is the last thing we want when something like this happens.  We need to discuss why this happened and whether this was an isolated case or part of a trend.  Shouting makes you feel good for a bit, but accomplishes nothing.  Discussion can be difficult, but it gets results.

There are numerous cases where people took to shouting as opposed to discussion.  The recent spotlight on police brutality has only really developed discussion because of the volume of cases.  There’s only so many times one can be outraged before you notice it won’t go away because of your outrage.  Each of those cases, though, created more that their fair share of outrage, and rightly so.

If you take away nothing else from this, remember: it’s okay to be outraged.  It’s okay to feel strongly about something.  But if all you are is angry, nothing will change.  Things will change fastest when you calm down so we can discuss.