Traffic Generator


I couldn’t think of a better 200th post for my blog. Just now, I received an email from the editor of Children’s Stories telling me that my poem was viewed more that 3,800 times since it was published at their website. She told me that the number is well above average, which makes me so happy.

I like to thank my fellow bloggers who helped in generating this traffic. If you haven’t read my poem yet, you can by following this link http://www.childrens-stories.net/poems-and-rhyming-stories/go~to~sleep~my~little~kitten_margaret~benison.htm

Speaking of traffic, my short story November 13th made it to the top viewed mystery stories on Short Story with over 9,000 views! You can read it by following this link. http://www.short-story.me/mystery-stories/597-november-13th.html

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Some Ramblings and an Announcement


It’s going to be a hot summer. I know because it seems that we won’t be able to keep our windows open. The smell of garbage coming from the dump a few miles away from our house has found its way to our front yard by riding a light wind. There’s also the fact that our cats keep opening the windows and fleeing in search for a mate. The female has friend-zoned the male and now they both don’t see each other as fit partners.

The morning headaches have started, and the inability to commence any activity during the early hours began as well. Sunlight hits my room at lunchtime making it impossible for me to work at my desk until the early evening hours; and my laptop, with its malfunctioning fan, burns my skin the moment I lay it on my lap. The unquenchable thirst began but the good news is that soon enough I will no longer crave any food – only fruits. Beach season will start; but I don’t think I will enjoy it much this year since everyone I know will go with their significant other. There’s also the fact that our water is contaminated by countless diseases and pathogens. *sighs* This is what summer does to me. It places me in the hibernation period, a perpetual state of idleness, as I wait for the hot humid weather to be replaced by the fresh cold wind.

Anyone else missing winter already?

I miss writing. In the past couple of weeks I have been trying to focus on my graduation project so I tried not to start writing anything new in order not to distract myself. It’s not working; I’m still getting distracted. And now that I’m getting very little work done on either sides of my obligations, I feel distressed. I can’t imagine not graduating this year, and spending a seventh year on a degree I was supposed to finish in three. Yet, just the thought of studying at all makes me nauseated. My mom has this dream of me getting an MBA. I told her to keep on dreaming.

My psyche has recovered since the day I had the black-spider scare. I do feel disoriented, however. I took this break from writing for a reason and I feel that I haven’t fulfilled that reason yet. I wanted to relieve my mind from the strenuous work I had done working on my novel, construct my second novel’s plot, work on my graduation project and a few other writing projects, and get ready (emotionally at least) to begin editing the first draft. So far, I have done bits and pieces of all of the above. Hence, everything feels incomplete.

I don’t like to ramble and whine in my posts. However, it’s 6:02 p.m. now and this is the first thing I had written all day. So, bear with me as I’m using this to jumpstart my writing engines.

Meanwhile, I’m listening to a song I used to hear when I was a kid. It’s Greek and I just realized that its name is Margarites. It’s nice to know that my ego has preserved a song with my name on it inside my memory for such a long time. I guess that I’m a born narcissist.

I will leave you with this song and hope you like it. I do have a favor to ask you though. I’m planning to change the url on my blog. Once I do that, you will still be following me; however, my feed won’t appear on your reader: new url = new subscription. I read a lot about this subject and realized that the best thing to be done is for you to subscribe to my blog via email. There’s a button on my page for that. So, please subscribe to my blog, and you will receive my posts by email even when I change my url. You can unsubscribe later when my url is changed and follow me only on wordpress. Thank you for your patience and for your support throughout my journey.

 

Word of the Day: Salient


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Today’s word is outstanding, so is the photo I added to go with it.

Salient [sey-lee-uhnt, seyl-yuhnt] (adj.):

1. prominent or conspicuous

2. projecting or pointing upward

3. leaping or jumping

Example:

His salient performance on his exams earned him a scholarship to an ivy league university.

The Unhealthy Writer


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Leading a healthy lifestyle is an essential thing for me. When I’m healthy, not only do I look better in my slim jeans, but I also write better, think better, sleep better, and feel better about myself. Last year, I started an exercise regime which consisted of me working out at least three times a week. Recently, however, I have deviated from the norm and, with swimsuit season approaching, I feel awful about it.

Ever since I started writing my novel, I no longer had much time to do anything else. My mornings revolved around writing, noons and afternoons around studying, I edited in evenings, and at nights, well, I slept. I know that the old I don’t have time excuse is invalid. However, I will say that I was unable to manage my time in such a way as to fit exercising into my daily, or three-times weekly, routine.

I still exercise; I haven’t let myself go completely. However, with the long hours sitting on a chair and typing, staying active has become more important than ever for me to keep my body, and head, in a wholesome state.

To tell you the truth, my work out schedule isn’t the only thing that was affected during the time I was writing my novel. I had two novel-writing attempts before, one of which I quit on near the end while the other didn’t even make it to the middle. I learned a lot from my experiences, and am learning every day. So when I started writing a novel for the third time, I wanted it to be a charm. I put enormous pressure on myself to finish this story, regardless of how tired I was or what it would take from me. Something was going to give. However, I’m glad that something was my waistline instead of my novel.

I’m sure as I embark on writing other novels that I will find it easier to manage my time, as finishing a novel will no longer be a ghost looming over my shoulder. For the time being, I started to get back on track, and went for walk this morning.

How does writing affect your daily routine?

Word of the Day: Wanton


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Looking for another word that has the same meaning as malicious, evil or mean?

Wanton [won-tn] (adj.):

1. done maliciously or unjustifiably.

2. deliberate or without motive, provocative, uncalled-for.

3. without regard of what is right, just, humane.

Example:

I’ve had enough of your wanton pranks!

The Curse of Procrastination


008.Procrastination.webIf you read my bio on WordPress, you’d know that I tend to take on more than I have the time or the energy to accomplish. This has been the case for me in the past couple of weeks, and I believe it’s going to continue for the foreseeable future.

Since I finished writing the first draft of my novel, I wanted to take a short break before I could start writing another novel or editing the first one. However, as some of you may know, April is a month plucked with writing competitions.

Writing for competitions is not something I’m used to, so I took on this new opportunity, regardless of the fact that I have a graduation project to finish – the only thing standing between me and my BA. Of course, I’m not planning to enter all competitions, nor am I planning to write for the tens whose themes I liked (anymore). I have selected a few, however, which I thought I should give a shot.

As the competitions’ deadlines loom, I find myself focusing more on writing for the contests than for my project. I would do anything than write for my graduation project, actually. One time, I slept for three hours in the afternoon, waking up every half-hour but the dreadful thought of having to work on the project putting me back to sleep.

To tell you the truth, I have finished writing for the upcoming contests (except one), but I’m putting off editing them just to avoid working on my project. Today alone, I checked my Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Instagram and Klout accounts over a dozen times each, not to mention distracting myself with other mundane things, all the while only editing one out of 12 pages of a piece of writing due in 5 days!

I think it’s safe to say the writers are the best procrastinators. For me this is obviously the case. I loiter with my writing but only when I have other things to do. I’ll stick with the conclusion that I subconsciously want to fail in other things so that writing is the only thing left for me to do, or maybe it’s just all in my head.

Do you face this problem too?