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Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

Hello Everybody!

This week on Thinking Thursday we will be exploring reader’s block.

In the most case reader’s block is similar to writer’s block, only that you can’t find yourself to focus on reading or don’t know what to read versus not knowing what to write. I personally don’t have this problem because – to be perfectly honest – I don’t like reading. I read for research for my books, and there are rare occasions where I read for pleasure but most of the time I don’t like reading. I’ll listen to a audio book or flip through a comic before curling up on a couch to read anything. The exception to that is Mitch Albom… his books are the only one’s I have enjoyed taking the time to read.

Maybe my whole life is a reader’s block.

Back in elementary school I read because I had to. My teachers expected it, my parents expected it. So, reading for me was always forced. When I started writing though, I got the opposite reaction from people telling me not to waste my time as it won’t take me anywhere… and so I latched on. There’s a famous saying that says, “If you can’t find the book you want to read, write it”. So, that’s just what I did.

There have been times in my life where I had to read something and just couldn’t motivate myself to do it.

Those were mostly books I had to read for assignments or projects, which I wouldn’t have taken the time to read otherwise. Maybe the reason I had reader’s block was because of the pressure to read, and maybe the reason I hate reading was due to the pressure to read.

I know the world says to become a better writer you must become a dedicated readers.

I respect that but I don’t believe that is the only way. My talents came from practice. I spend every day writing and re-writing. The dictionary and that annoying red line on Microsoft Word taught me how to spell. Listening to educated professional on podcasts or documentary taught me how to develop my structure. Playing video games taught me how to develop my characters, build worlds, and write dialogue. In a time such as this, there are more options to learn from than back in the time of Mark Twain or Virginia Wolf. With technology at our finger tips books aren’t the only way to improve your writing.

So, to answer the question – have you ever gotten reader’s block? Yes, I have but it doesn’t have the same effect on me like it did back in grade school.

Have you suffered from reader’s block? Do you agree that reading isn’t the only way to improve your writing? Let me know in the comment section down below and until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles!! ^.^

World of Gaitan: The Fellowship of Flesh

In the world of Gaitan there are many diverse and wondrous things; one of which are the fascinating groups. This week we will be showing you a quote from the official lore website about the group called The Fellowship of Flesh:

The Fellowship of Flesh is a group commonly known as specializing in medical advancement found in the University of La’reen. There of course are two secs, one of which gets little attention in fear of what the public would say. This second unknown group is the Brotherhood of Flesh in the Temple of Chaos found in the Southern Capital of Syder. Both groups originated in the Temple of Chaos about 2000 years before the present day. Their focus was the create preventative medicines due to overpopulation and long-term exposure to the battlefront. It was about 1260 years before the present day that the Fellowship split in two – one moving to La’reen (Fellowship of Flesh) and one staying hidden within the Temple (Brotherhood of Flesh). With La’reen’s drive for peace and dedication for the betterment of Gaitan they continued to focus on ways to improve the lives of those around them. They permitted those desiring to specialize in medicine to come to the city no matter their background – Dermite, Chijin, Mix Breed, or what have you. This was the birth of a new University in the South allowing for a united education system, which was the first of it’s kind.

There is a lot more about this group and if you wish to explore the world of Gaitan closer just CLICK HERE!

Distilled in Time

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Distilled in Time

Taken at the Distillery District in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Photographer: Deanna Wiltshire

Growing up in Ontario has allowed me to explore a plethora of places. One place that I love to visit whenever I’m in Toronto is the Distillery District. With their small theater, pubs, and shops there is something there for everyone. What I love most is the modern art that fills the corners of the pathways mixed with old architecture. If you ever have the time and find yourself in Toronto I suggest checking it out. 🙂

Dialogue Prompt: Go Talk To Her

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What is your writing Kryptonite?

Hello Internet Friends,

This week we are talking about writing Kryptonite and for those that don’t know what that is… basically what is your writing weakness. I was trying to be all smart with wanting to do a comparison between my green kryptonite and my red kryptonite but for the sake of my readers who aren’t Superman fans… I will just focus on my weakness (green kryptonite).

With that said, my writing weakness is the internet.

The internet can be useful with research but man it ruins any motivation I have to write. I may start off wanting to research about medical practices of the medieval age (or lack there of) and eight hours later be watching YouTube videos of cats saying ‘no’. The internet is not only the place I do research but also where I sell my books and connect with my readership. So, as much as I want to disconnect I am tied to it.

The worst part – I know I should be doing something else but I get distracted by so many people online or information online that I never get back to my intended purpose for opening up my browser in the first place. I know I’m not alone with this problem. Many of you have told me that the internet hinders your writing drive.

What is your writing krytonite? Is it the internet or something else? Let me know in the comment section down below, and until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles!! ^.^

Super Thin Crust Pizza (Quesa-Pizza)

First, I want to say I can’t take credit for this idea. Recently I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube chef videos and I came across the funny/ talented You Suck At Cooking. When I want something ridiculous that also seconds as a tutorial for good food his channel is where I go. Exactly a week ago he posted a video called Tortilla Pizza, which I instantly wanted to try. I love tortillas and I love pizza, so combining the two was too incredible to pass up. This is my favourite food at the moment. Although it isn’t healthy, the idea of it makes my mouth water.

Below you’ll find my written instructions and at the bottom you’ll find his video tutorial. I suggest watching the video for the humour and visual instructions. All right, let’s get cooking!

Prep: 5 mins                Cook time: 10 mins               Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Tortillas

Pizza Sauce (I used RAGÚ Original)

Mozzarella Cheese

Toppings of your Choice

**I did a plain cheese and a ground beef, sour cream, sweet corn, black bean pizza. Closest I could get to a quesadilla on a pizza. 🙂

Items you’ll need:

Oven

Knife

Cheese grater

Tinfoil

Baking Sheet

Instructions:

Turn oven to 350 F (176 C). Lay tinfoil on baking sheet. Put tortilla on tinfoil and spread sauce evenly on top. Shred and sprinkle cheese on top of sauce, add toppings, and then add another thin layer of cheese. Put in oven for 10 mins.

When done transfer to plate, cut into desired pieces and serve.

 

Dialogue Prompt: Cure Curse

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“Our magic is a cure, can’t you see that. We can make a better place,” her smile made him want to believe her but his experience with his powers knew what she was saying were just hopefully words tainted by her lack of bad experiences.

“Magic isn’t a cure… it’s a curse, Lio.” He dug his nails into the railing. He didn’t look at her knowing that she was staring him down to explain his reasons for saying such ‘un-optimistic’ things. They were different. They had seen the different sides of magic. Her touch fought the demons of death, while his gave them more power.

“Maybe you’re right…” her voice was but a whisper, as he glanced up at her when hearing her soft reply. A smirk was on her lips when the warmth of her hand rested on the back of his. “Maybe it’s both.”

“Meaning what?”

“Meaning we are the one’s cursed with magic so we use it to cure the world that punished us in the first place.” Her attention changed to look out at the city below while she squeezed his hand tighter. “After all you can’t spell curse with cure.”

 

Do What You Can’t – Response

One thing I love about Casey Neistat is he is a creator that doesn’t let anything stand in his way. He makes a living out of doing amazing things and filming it. I came across Casey’s videos a year ago, and although I had seen his work through the years I never really took a chance to watch his vlogs or other videos until last year when I subscribed to his channel.

When it comes to the channels I subscribe too I can be selective. My main qualifiers for channels are:

  1. Does it educate me in some way?
  2. Does it make me think?
  3. Does it make me laugh?
  4. Does it help me be creative?

All 89 channels I am currently subscribe to answer yes, but for Casey – his channel checks off all four. He talks about life, his struggles and accomplishments. He captures humanity in a way that shows you that the world isn’t as dark as others may make it out being, but when something terrible happens he isn’t one to sugar coat it. Yes, he can be bias about things – but humans are bias creatures and our opinions sometimes slip into places they shouldn’t.

This week Casey’s video hit me in a way his other videos didn’t. His topic was ‘Do What You Can’t’. He talks about how if he listened to all the people that told him he couldn’t move to New York, couldn’t never have a show because of his looks, or be unable to make a living in film because he never went to school that he wouldn’t be where he is now. He did what people told him he couldn’t do and he goes onto talk about others – specifically the YouTube community – who make a living ‘doing what they can’t’.

So, to add to the doing what you can’t conversation that Casey started I want to through my hat in the ring with my story.

Growing up I had a lot of people tell me I couldn’t do things. I had a babysitter tell me that I would never be a strong swimmer which pushed me to getting my life guarding certification and swimming across the lake at my parent’s cottage without assistance one summer. I was told I was never going to last high school by some of my teachers, which not only pushed me to graduate high school with honours but go onto become a Ontario Certified teacher. There were two teachers – I will not name – that told me I would never become a author because there were better writers out there and the competition for publication was too high. Although they aren’t wrong about the second part – which I did get offers from publishers for my work that I chose to turn down – they didn’t know about e-books at the time or that self-publishing would be so popular.

Everyone has been told they can’t do something because of some reason or another in their life but Casey proves that you don’t have to listen. You can choose to listen to those that doubt your strength or you can push through and show those who doubted you what you are capable of. Sure, it won’t be easy. Heck surpassing all the doubters in my life wasn’t easy, but I have something to show for it. I am a strong swimmer. I am smart enough to graduate high school and university. I am skilled enough to publish not one but two books.

So, in the words of Casey Neistat ‘Do What You Can’t’ and show the world who they underestimated.

Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

World of Gaitan: The Hanging Boatmen

As many of you know I have an official lore site for my book series – Prophecy Six – where I write extra information about the cities, peoples, and histories of the world the series takes place in. You get to learn about the characters mentioned in the series and the creatures which are unique to Gaitan, along with some hints to things not yet mentioned in the books published so far. One of these groups is ‘The Hanging Boatmen’, who will be introduced in the third book – Sons of Lost Kings.

I thought I’d share a little bit about this group and link to the full description found on the official site if anyone is interested in reading more. Enjoy!
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Hanging Boatmen is a group of Dermite bandits and thieves that raid the waterways between Derlin (Derm’s Capital) and King’s Port. They are believed to be responsible for the majority of the crime within the capital city and have claimed several heinous actions such as setting fire to the logging camps near Bay’s Lake, the hanging/plundering/burning of several shipping vessels within the shipping channel, raiding the armoury in the lower district of the capital city, and the kidnapping/murder of Lieutenant Rowel Brickton of the Gryphon Guard’s wife and daughters.

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For more information or for the full description CLICK HERE!

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