Friday, April 30, 2010

Writer's Block

Two weeks until the writing contest deadline and I have yet to write more than an outline. Sure, I've been incredibly busy lately with work and the wedding, but I know deep down that's not the only reason I'm not writing. I'm terrified of bringing my ideas to life because I don't know if I can do a good job. Everything sounds wonderful in my head but when I try to write it, I feel like I'm ruining something great. And, even if I was lucky enough to finally get it on paper, the idea of letting someone read my creation is extremely frightening to me.

I have to find a way to get over my fear of fiction writing and let my stories find life on paper.

Friday, April 16, 2010

AP Style Nerd...

SO excited about this news:

A little sad that I ordered my 2009 AP Stylebook so late though. I'll have to buy a new one right away. Oh well.


"The trend in tech terminology is ALWAYS toward lowercase and no spaces or hyphens. 'E-mail' is rapidly giving way to 'email.' 'Inter-office memo' became 'interoffice memo.' (Actually, that's the trend in all English: 'extra-marital' becomes 'extramarital,' 'pigeon-hole' became 'pigeonhole,' etc.)," New York Times technology columnist David Pogue said via e-mail. "On the other hand, if enough publications all start using the lower case and the no-hyphen (sorry, 'nohyphen') term exclusively, then eventually, the public will stop tripping over them, and we can all move ahead in sync!"

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Our Engagement Photo Session

Our engagement photo session was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I know it sounds silly, but it was amazing to be able to slowly become comfortable opening up the intimate side of who we are. We were very nervous going into it but quickly found that if we were just us, that's all it took. We don't get to see ourselves together from an outsider's view. These photos capture who we are.

Anyone needing photography should contact Brie & Steph at Milestone Photography. Amazing work that we will surely cherish forever.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Tomorrow, my puppy reaches his one year birthday. It's been a heck of a year with lots of trials but more happiness than I ever imagined the little guy could bring into my life.

He's my baby. HAPPY ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY, TURCO. We all love you more than you know.

Some of Turco's favorite things include:
  • sleeping under the covers
  • taking long walks
  • playing fetch
  • visiting grandma and grandpa
  • Wonka


I'm understanding why people run to Vegas to elope. When did a wedding stop being about the two people pledging their lives to each other and start being about everyone else? We had a clear vision for what we wanted, but we're quickly understanding that won't happen.

Regardless of how this day ends up going, I am going to remember one thing: The reason that we're doing all of this is that we're starting a life together. And at the end of the day, it will be me and him and our future.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Writing Inspiration

I've stumbled across two horror fiction writing contests that I'm desperate to enter. The problem is, I'm having trouble finding the motivation to write. When I get home from a day of writing for pay, it's hard to put on my creative hat and develop a short story (much less parts of a novel). I have so many ideas floating around in my head that I need to harness and bring to life. Luckily, Steve is holding me to some goals that I've set for myself.

I find a lot of my inspiration from Stephen King. If you're a writer (fiction or not) and haven't read his book On Writing, I highly recommend that you do.