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2018 Affirmations Progress and Art Discoveries

Welcome back, everyone. Thank you for your continued support. It means a lot to me.

A while back, I posted some goals for 2018. Now’s the time I give you a progress report on how I’ve done.


  • Get Into Cosmetology School
    • This goal has been basically abandoned. I thought for a while that it was my way out of a situation I felt trapped in. At the moment, I’m finding that it in fact isn’t.
  • Publish Two Books
    • I’m nowhere closer to this goal than I was at the beginning of the year. Between personal issues and private problems, I just haven’t been able to put in the work necessary for this goal.
  • Get My Weight Down to 135 lbs.
    • I am proud to say that I weigh 129.7 now! I definitely succeeded in this goal.
  • Keep Up With The House
    • I had to have a really bad wake up call in July, but now I’ve got it under my belt a lot more. I think I can keep up on it, with a little help.
  • Read Twelve Books
    • I have read Damn Fine Story, and that’s all. I am in the middle of reading about four books though.
  • Daily Affirmations
    • Yet another goal I have not even come close to completing.
  • Call The Boyfriend Weekly
    • Well, since we broke up, this one doesn’t matter anymore.
  • Daily Exercise for Thirty Minutes
    • I do yoga maybe three times a week, at 5am. It’s a hell of an hour to be awake, but it’s better than nothing.
  • Post On the Blog Biweekly
    • I have failed at this horribly. My apologies, guys. I dropped the ball on this one.
  • Post A Youtube Video Biweekly
    • My youtube channel where you can watch Live Write-Ins, Dramatic Readings, and Various Vlogs, has grown a little. But I haven’t been as dependable as I wanted to be.

Now, time for First Quarter Goals:

  • Publish a Book (failed)
  • Lose 10 lbs (Completed)
  • Keep up with the chores (Completed)
  • Daily exercise (half-failed)
  • Daily Affirmations (failed)
  • Read Three Books (failed)
  • Write Six Blogposts (failed)
  • Film Six or more Youtube Videos (Failed)
  • Call boyfriend Twelve Times (irrelevant)

Since we’re in the third quarter, I think I’m going to make a list of goals:

  • Publish a book
  • Keep up with chores
  • Daily exercise
  • Daily affirmations
  • Read three books
  • Write six blogposts
  • Film Six or more youtube vids
  • Do self-care at least once a day
  • Draft a good cover for the WIP I’m working on

After all, This:

Is not the best I can do. I’ve done better. I’ve been better before.

This is what I want to get back to, and surpass:

In closing, I’d just like to ask you to be patient with me, and enjoy the ride.


Writing Anime – Colorful

There are very few movies that have managed to reduce me to tears. One I can name was A.I., the movie that was basically a pinocchio parallel except with robots. This movie, Colorful? It reduced me to tears halfway through the movie, and then just kept them coming. I recommend this movie for anyone who is going through hard times, suffering depression, or any sort of problem with belief in oneself.

The premise of the movie is simple. A soul is given a second chance, and that second chance requires that they figure out the crime they committed in their past life, as well as why the boy who’s body they inhabit killed himself. The ending is staggering. I definately didn’t see it coming. But what really did it for me was how it drew me in. The first sequence of the movie is entirely in first person. That is, the characters talk to YOU directly, and there is a beautiful falling sequence that just plain made me sigh with happiness.

Then, after a heart-wrenching scene where the family greets you, and then hands you a mirror to see yourself, it switches from first person into third, but you continue to hold onto that connection. You’re STILL that person, and you’ve STILL got the wonder and the fear and the anxiety that the opening instilled in you. It’s a wonderful technique that often isn’t pulled off well. However, this movie does it masterfully.

How can we translate this work into a literary practice? Well, let’s take a look at a few authors who make regular changes in point of view, and what delineates how well it is done. One of my favorite books that I read recently was Haruki Murakami‘s Kafka on the Shore. In the book, his two main characters, an old man named Nakata and a young boy named Kafka have different point of views. When the book speaks of Kafka’s adventures, they’re all first person. Nakata’s part of the story however, is always in third person.

The way this ends up working is very different from what you might think. In fact, in even more jarring, and therefore attention grabbing, parts in Kafka’s sections, parts of it drop into second person, telling me what is occuring to ME while I read it. Those parts were designed to make one uncomfortable, and they did. It was very uncomfortable reading those parts, but again, it drew you in.

Here are a few things you might consider when doing POV switches:

  • Consider which point of view is necessary for which character
  • if you do switch point of view, make sure it is clearly outlined who is using what pov.
  • if you switch points of view with the same character, only do so when the section needs to be unsettling or paid very close attention to.

Another book that did Point of View changes is one of my favorites, Patricia Briggs‘ Dragon Blood. The sequel to her Dragon Bones, Dragon Blood is told in a different way than her first book. In the first book, it was entirely from her main character, Ward’s perspective. Although we were privy to bits of excitement that happened to other people when Ward wasn’t present, it was clearly presented in a way of “Ward is telling the story, and adding parts he was told after the fact”. In Dragon Blood, however, it’s very clear that the Main Character-ship was shared between Tisala and Ward.

The way this was done was very simple. Each chapter had a denotation of WHO was the perspective character. This made it easy to follow, and also kept the linearness that Briggs is so exemplary for. I would definitely emulate her, were I writing something so straight forward.

These three examples prove that no matter what your medium, you’re going to have to keep an eye out for your POV. It’s not something you should spend only a few seconds considering. And if you get stuck? Well, try a new perspective!



The dress Aunt Eugenia held out to her was sparkling and blue and made of layers upon layers of such light material that it looked like glass or moonlight. It felt like silk under Ella’s fingers, and the tiny pearls sewn along the off-shoulder-neckline drew a soft breath of awe from her. She swallowed, and when she turned her eyes up to her godmother’s face, all she saw was pride and joy.

“It was your mothers. She wore it to her prom, you see, when she was only a few years younger than you are now.” Aunt Eugenia explained, smoothing the dress over Ella’s chest, as if to press it onto her. “Now, get dressed, and we’ll do something about your hair and makeup, too. After all, we’ve got a prince to catch, don’t we?” She winked, not surprised by Ella’s blush.

It was like a dream, Aunt Eugenia swooping in like this, and taking Ella away from her dreary nine to five call center job. She’d known that her godmother was rich, that she didn’t spend much time in the US, but this was different. Something… Something strange was happening, but Ella really couldn’t understand it. The dress flowed like water down her frame, her latin-brown skin complimented and turned to caramel next to the blue of it. Looking in her Aunt’s full length mirror showed her a curvy woman in a gown far too sumptuous for her.