all about the words

{August 18, 2012}   Work, work, work all day long.

Yeah, that’s me these days. I love what I do, and I’m really enjoying myself. I’m gearing up for the start of a new semester, and my classes are all comm/journalism based. Let’s just say that if I fail these, I should probably look into a promising career as a dishwasher or something.

I’m cutting back hours at one of my jobs so I can at least try to not stress out all the time. I have three writing gigs and a possible editing gig on the table currently, not to mention school and my ‘day job’. Needless to say I’m more than a bit busy.

I downloaded an app. for tracking where I spend time on the internet, and it’s pretty much the worst thing I’ve ever done. Facebook is a time suck, and I need to be more aware of how I spend my time on there.

In other news, I’m going to go geek out and talk RPGs with my partner. ūüôā


{August 12, 2012}   Post Roundup!

Here’s what else I’ve written this week in the world of gaming:¬†

I’m really enjoying my work, and I’ve gotten a few jobs off too, so that’s pretty sweet. Things are going well for me so far.¬†

{August 9, 2012}   Is this really happening?

Last night I sent out an email to pretty much my dream job. A call for bloggers to blog about games. I play PC games, for those of you who don’t know. (which is all of you. Surprise!) So needless to say, I was really hoping to hear back from them. I’ve been playing MMOs for years, and PC games even longer than that. This was pretty much the job to end all jobs, in my eyes. I wanted it, bad. Eyes on the prize. I submitted my writing samples, and waited.

Imagine my surprise this morning, when I got an email from them. Not just any email, but one from their Network Director for the PC gaming section.

I got the job.

I’ll be blogging for¬†¬†starting pretty darn soon. If you like PC games, or you just like my writing–check me out over there!

I’ve been writing for years beyond counting, and done so many unpaid gigs it’s unreal–but I stuck with it. I worked my ass off, and I never gave up. Never stop believing in yourself, ever. I’m living proof that anyone, anywhere–can accomplish their dreams.

So, a few months back I got into this website called NerdFitness. It eventually lead me to the Blog of Impossible Things, which I got daily in my inbox. Awesome stuff, I thought. I created my own Impossible list, and I think item 20 or so was, “Help people with my writing.”

As of today, I’ve not only crossed that off the list–but I’m helping Joel (the founder of ImpossibleHQ and writer of the Blog of Impossible Things) with a new challenge for the Impossible League.¬†–I will be helping Joel behind the scenes (writing, aggregating data, tracking challenges…) in the¬†Blog Of Impossible Things¬†league while we help raise $25,000 by the end of 2012 for¬†Pencils Of Promise¬†to build a school in Guatemala. Am I excited? Well, I think you can answer that for yourselves. I’m gonna sit here and think about how lucky I am to have this opportunity.

Never give up. Never stop dreaming. Ever.

If someone told me I would have had this opportunity a few months ago, I’d probably have laughed.

As of twenty minutes ago? It’s my reality.

I’m going to help do something impossible. Will you follow me along the way?

{August 8, 2012}   Why I write what I do

“Marketing? Fashion? Ew.” people have said to me with a tinge of disdain when I tell them the majority of my clients. I smirk, because as great as I am at writing a compelling fantasy piece–I am enjoying where I’m at right now. Maybe someday I’ll write the next great lesbian high fantasy love story. (Oh, I will. You just watch.) but for now, I’m enjoying writing great copy and blogs to help other businesses succeed.

That’s the key word there, success. What’s it mean to you? What’s it mean to the people who are parting with their money and trusting me as a writer to deliver them something that will make people buy their product, or stay on their website enough to say, “I like these people. I want to know more.”

You don’t have to give up dreams of ever being a creative writer to write for the professional circuit. That would be silly. I feel that my humble beginnings in fiction and fantasy have lead me to becoming a better writer for businesses and professional clients, because as a creative writer–you need to know how to talk. To create meaningful, flowing¬†dialogue¬†between your characters that doesn’t sound like a bad Disney movie or a commercial. Everyone’s seen the blog posts that are trying too hard to be friendly, and heard the radio ads or read the taglines on Facebook. I was driving one day and I heard an ad use the word, ‘Nice’ about 6 times in their 40 second clip. I cringed. We get it, you’re nice. That’s great. I felt like asking, “What else are you?” but of course, they couldn’t tell me. Shame, too–because I might have needed their product. I wonder if that’s how their target audience saw it, too.

Your clients are relying on you–and mine are relying on me–to answer that question when they come to us as copywriters. “Who else are we? Why are we better than our competition, and what can we do to connect with you?” that’s what writing’s all about. Creating connections. Whether it be between two lovers in a fiction story, or a brand and their clients–we’ve got to make that work.

That’s why I ‘jumped ship’ and write for the professional spectrum. I don’t regret it. You’ll see me here for as long as my words can make someone’s campaign succeed.

At night, though…I might work on a daring tale of magic, intrigue, and romance; with two heroines destined to conquer the world. You never know. I just might surprise you.

Surprise your clients. Keep them guessing. Write things that are so spot on they wonder how they lived without you. Bring their ideas to life, and you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.

{August 7, 2012}   How bad do you want it?

So. New Zealand. It’s the land of LotR and kiwis, and where my partner of the last 5 years lives. I don’t know much about it, to be honest. I know it’s beautiful and my favorite show ever; Legend of the Seeker (with all its glorious femmeslash subtext) was filmed there. I know there’s a lot of sheep, and everybody’s nice there, for the most part. I know the beaches are beautiful, and the education top notch.

All right, apparently I do know some things about New Zealand after all.

I know who makes me happy, and I’m lucky enough to be doing what makes me happy and get paid for it. I’m going to turn that into a business platform soon.

Time to put my money where my mouth is, put up or shut up, whatever you want to call it. If someone asked me, “How bad do you want it?” and had my partner here in front of me…Well…Let’s just say I’m not going to be making excuses. I want to be with her more than anything, and to do that we both need to focus on our educations. I can’t, as much as I want to–justify moving 10,000 miles; and neither can she right now. We’re going to make it work.

Now, off to write and start designing this new website.

I’ll write more about how we’re toughing out a long distance relationship soon, and I’ll have an update with my shiny new business too! Yay me!

et cetera