Preptober 2019, week 1

I’m trying to juggle a lot this month, but @rachelbatemanbooks preptober challenge has a lot of helpful prompts to get the wheels going for NaNoWriMo 2019.

I’m not a frequent Instagram poster — and don’t really want to flood my account — so I’m just going to post this here weekly and link it from other social media.

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Inktober, week 1

Yup, I’m participating in Inktober this year — both the traditional make an ass of yourself with childish doodles part and the make an ass of yourself but with words “writer’s version.”

I’m sticking to simple poems/prose pieces that take no more than a half hour to put together due to time restrictions — and I’m keeping with the prompt as much as possible.

I’m a little late getting this first week’s work put together to share for reasons. But I have the hang of things a little better now hope to be on time next week.

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Spacetravel

Needs more faith of the heart.

I had to move servers and I thought I was comprehensive when I zipped and downloaded everything from the old locale, but turns out I was wrong.

It’s looking like I’m going to have to completely redo the ukulele videos. So, those are going to be missing until I have a few spare minutes to contemplate the depths of my self-loathing and re-record that cursed song.

Ukulele post: Learn a cursed song with me!

Stringy-things that you can make all kinds of irritating sounds with.

Ukulele is the perfect intro instrument for people who want to engage further with music but lack the experience or formal instruction. Concert ukuleles are cheap and offer an easy in if you want to get better acquainted with a song or music in general.

I also argue that it’s a great hobby for writers. When my writing is not going so well, I tend to pick up an instrument and hope it will all work itself out through thinky magic. Strangely enough, it seems to work.

Ukulele is the least hassle, its the easiest to clean, tune, and keep in working condition. To my elongated alien fingers, a concert ukulele has a well-proportioned fretboard — neither too roomy nor crowded. Additionally, it travels well and newcomers will find that the nylon strings are easier on the fingers than nickle-wound guitar or bass strings or razorwire violin strings.

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Writing craft book reviews

Books & such

I tend to acquire all types of books, but I’m a real sucker for a writing craft books. I have an overflowing shelf of writing advice just waiting to be read and analyzed.

In the past, I had restrictions on time and mostly skimmed or cherry picked information as I went. Now, that I’m going to have more time, I want to start going through these books to post reviews discussing what what useful about the book and how easy it was to adapt to my current writing process.

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