I’m back in the groove of things; hopefully this is just the first of many reviews. There are a couple of other places that I’ve been to that I’ll have to write about, but all in due time. Bin 46 Wine Bar & Restaurant is the latest reboot of The Modena Wine Cafe with some much needed changes. Read more here.
2014 was probably one of the least productive years I’ve ever had as a writer. While I started a few poems, I never finished them. I haven’t worked on editing (and trying to publish) my novel. I haven’t even written much as far as my new novel. I haven’t even read a book in the past year. It actually sounds pretty disappointing once I look at all of it in retrospect. But I think that 2015 is going to be different. There are a couple of reasons.
I moved and am in an environment where I can actually spend more than 5 minutes at my computer without being interrupted. I’ve met a lot of new people and have been in a lot of interesting places. As any writer knows, fresh exposure to people and places always tickles the creative buds. And if that wasn’t enough, I recently went to my roommate’s holiday part at a sip and paint type place, which led to my first acrylic painting on canvas. It was pretty neat. Plus good time and good laughs.
And of course, me with my painting:
Furthermore, I’ve really been getting into the TV series, Grimm, as it is spooky and grisly in a way that inspires me. It certainly lends a different perspective to the entire fairy tale thing in a way that is neither too campy or too literal. Grimm has actually found a very delightful balance between revamping classic fairy tales and making them its own and staying true to certain characteristics. Also, who wouldn’t like a series with the handsome Sasha Roiz in it? Quite honestly, I can’t imagine anyone else playing the mysterious and charismatic Captain Renard. It makes me rethink some of my leading male characters, and some of my villains, and ways that I can make them last black and white and a little bit more ambiguous. One thing I find fascinating about some of their characters is that you don’t really know where they always stand, and yet they always stay true to their character.
Which is why I am so excited about this book my Dad and his wife bought me for Christmas:
Not only that, but I live just a block away from the library now. Really, there wasn’t an excuse for me to not go to the library before, I only lived 5 minutes away. But I have a couple of goals for 2015. Some of them include:
- Start sending submissions to journals again. There is no excuse not to, even if I am not writing a bunch of new content.
- Start editing my damn book and prep it to either be submitted to a publisher or self publishing (if any of you have suggestions for a great self publisher, I’d welcome them!)
- Read more books. Even if it’s to read ones that I have already read 5,000 times!
- Walk myself to the library and get a library card. NO EXCUSES!
- Write more. Maybe >> <<
So there you have it. That’s what’s been going on and that’s what I’m going to do to fix it. I’ve been a horrible slacker (and I’ve been justifying letting my writer’s block dominate my brain by making excuses. The most popular one? That I deserve a break after writing every single day for like 12 years straight…). What I should be doing is scheduling a little block of time to write anyways, no matter how hard it is or how uninspired I’m feeling. I do feel, however, that the change in my living situation will make all the difference in the world, but time will tell!
And just because, I’ll leave you with a little bit of fortune cookie wisdom: “Appearance can be deceiving. Remember endurance makes gold.”
I updated this blog to include more information about my publications, and I have updated Pandy’s Product Reviews to be more SEO friendly. It now has a defined language (en-us), each post has been updated to allow backlinks and show a search description, and each post has been cleaned up so that there isn’t as much junk html. I love making sure that everything is up to date and is easily searchable.
Really excited to announce a milestone for my other blog, Pandy’s Product Reviews. Today I hit over 7k views ! This is just really exciting because my blog has only been up for about a year and a half, so it’s just nice to feel like I’m getting somewhere! Also, I apologize for all the posts regarding my other blog, just that a lot has been going on with it for the past few days. I promise in the future you’ll see more generalized posts 🙂
I updated Pandy’s Product Reviews with a review for The House of Commons – An English Tea Room. To be honest, this is probably one of the best places I have been to in Denver. It’s quaint, affordable, and appeals to my inner tea snob. It has teas of all varieties and flavors, and a fair selection of delectable sandwiches to go with. You can read more about my experience at The House of Commons here.
It is always a delight when one of my reviews is recognized by the company/organization/manufacturer of the item I’m reviewing. In this case, I released a tweet announcing that I had reviewed Olay’s Ultra Moisture Body Wash. This is fairly typical of whenever I publish a review to my blog. If I am able, I try to mention the company whose product I am reviewing. For one, it helps my tweet gain visibility by making it even more searchable, having it show up in the company’s timeline, and, in some cases, if the company sees it, they will retweet it/favorite it/etc. This helps it gain even more visibility, and in some aspects, it gains a little bit more credibility. I just wanted to share the tweet that Olay favorited with you guys, because it always makes me feel just a smidge more accomplished when something like this happens:
Today I updated Pandy’s Product Reviews with a new review. I decided to review a product from Olay called “Olay’s Ultra Moisture Body Wash.” So read on to see why I am quickly becoming an Olay fan and why you should too: http://pandyreviews.blogspot.com/2013/12/olay-ultra-moisture-body-wash.html.