Weekly Favorites 6/22/18

No complaints this week! Felt pretty good, added a couple thousand words to my novel, read a great book, and after a month of extra hours, I’m back to my normal work schedule.

I wrote an important plot point in my novel this week, one I’ve been anticipating since I started writing — I killed a character. I put it off for a chapter more than I intended, but I did it.  To my surprise, I’ve had a lot of thoughts about killing characters and how that experience plays out for the writer, but I’ll save that for another blog post.

Here’s what I liked this week:

  1. Writing Without Rules by Jeff Somers. This is now in my top five favorite non-fiction book list, which didn’t exist until right this second. Last week, I went to the bookstore to buy a thesaurus, saw Writing Without Rules and thought the cover looked cool. Yes, I judge books by their covers. I’ve been doing it since I was a child, and it’s never failed me. I just can’t say enough good things about this book in one or two paragraphs, so I’m going to have to do a separate book review. I’ll just say this, if you’re a writer with a dark sense of humor who gets overwhelmed by the mere thought of the publishing industry, read this book. Please disregard the fact that I said I literally don’t have space for more books in last week’s favorites. I wasn’t lying, but I did buy another book despite this fact, which is now sitting on a folding table beside me with no home.
  2. Writing. I have to say, writing makes my days way better. I love it so much I feel dumb for not realizing this is my “thing” sooner. I’m five weeks post deciding to become a writer, which is not long at all. Then again, it is, compared to some of my other exploits. I give everyone permission to point their finger in my face and laugh if I give up on this, but I don’t think I will.
  3. My Time at Portia. It’s a farming game. This one has been on my Steam wishlist for a long time. I felt a little burnt out on Monday and decided to treat myself. This game is incredibly fun if you’re into farming games like Stardew Valley or Harvest Moon (both of which I love). I have a little problem with playing video games for hours on end, so I’ve made a rule that I have to write and do any chores before I start playing.
  4. Bad movie review videos. It may seem weird, but movie reviews on YouTube are like a security blanket for me. I fall asleep to them at night, I watch them when I’m bored or feeling down. I like funny ones about terrible movies. My favorite creators are Cinema Snob, Nostalgia Critic, Phelous, Ralph the Movie Maker, I Hate Everything, and YMS.

Have a great weekend!

Kira J. Cole