Summer and Smoke

Wyn here again!

I hope you all are being safe and having fun this summer. In my area that intails avoiding the smoke and sometimes finding alternate activities instead of what was planned. Super fun and good practice being flexible, but hard after a while. It’s hard to figure out what to do when stuck inside for over a week. For me this means cleaning my room, homework, art, and of course writing.

Lately my writing has been focused into one story, and I’ve been making a lot of headway with it, which is odd for me, but hey, it’s working. It’s been fun having one character to research things for instead of a whole cast of them, and overall it’s been a whole lot less overwelming. I think that right now, focusing on only one main character is really helping me be successful in both my writing and everything else I have to do in my life.

Because of this focus, I’ve been looking for character profiles on the web that I can use to expand my grasp on my characters. This has been intersting because I’ve heard several different opinions on the usefulness of them. Some people find them hugely helpful, and a great resource to fall back on, other people say that they are a distraction. I personally think that it depends how they are used. I use mine to help me keep focus on my story and gather more information about the little darlings who populate the worlds I have.

If you are working on a story or a character, I’d advise you to find what works with you, and run with it! Everyone’s creative process is different, and there is no right way to do it, as long as you don’t give up. And also share what you do! Just make sure to take comments with a grain of salt.

Hope you guys have a good end to your summer,

~Wyn

 

Here’s a couple links to different character forms that I’ve found interesting —

Character bio form- long     Character bio form- short

Hurting Heart

So I’ve been a bad blogger and haven’t been updating my site as much as I should be, and I know there is no excuse. But I do have a reason. Between schoolwork, actual work, friends needing my help with things, and trying to find time to write and do artwork, I completely ignored the notifications on my calendar. Balancing time between things is not one of my strong suits, and I am working on it.

On to what I really wanted to talk about. Now, I have just started another design class and I am enjoying myself with this one. Pictures and perspectives, and learning how to work all of that together in really interesting to me, and fun for me to play with! However, when there is something good that happens in life, there seems to always be something that isn’t as fun that goes right along side it.

Along with everything else in my life that is rough right now, and will be for a while, I recently learned that one of my stress relieving things that I have come to rely on for survival is no longer going to be an option for me. I am loosing my lease to the horse I have been riding, not because anything is wrong with him, but because his person is moving. I didn’t realize how much I had come to love his drama queen personality till I learned I wouldn’t be working with him for the long term.

Now, this is sad, but there are things that I can learn from this and share with anyone who takes the time to read this blog. Yeah, I am really going to miss him, and the influence that he has had on all aspects of my life. He is super fun, and that is going to be something sad to not have anymore, but knowing what I do now, I would still have leased him and bonded with him even knowing that I would have to let him go.

Like my poster on my wall says, dance like nobody’s watching, sing like nobody’s listening, and love like you’ve never been hurt. There is no reason to not do that, be it with people, or animals, or even a book that you pick up off the shelf.

Another thing I’ve learned is that everyone, even animals, who you let into your life leave their fingerprints on you, and it’s not a bad thing. It’s worth it.

So yeah, I hope that your week and month go well! My art and writing pages are going to be having an update here pretty soon so stay tuned for that!

 

~Wyn

College classes and writing

Hello!

Wow I haven’t written here in a while. I guess that’s what college classes can do to life. I hope every one of you are doing well in where you are in life! So this post is going to be a short one, mostly talking about my struggles with balancing college classes, art, and writing. I love and enjoy all three, but I am becoming increasingly aware of the struggles of the balancing act I am in the middle of.

College is a really amazing opportunity and I am so glad that I am able to go and be a part of it. What classes I am taking will eventually give me the ability to work with Graphic Design, something I am looking forward to. These classes though have been taking up a lot of my time and energy, which I gather is common for college students. One thing that I am able to do, and would encourage other online students to do is schedule days that are work days for me, so that I have time set aside for fun things to do as a reward for my work. So far it has been a good way of doing things!

Art is something that is very hard to do when I’m tired, and I have the sneaking suspicion that I am not alone. Because of this, I have decided to pull back and only commit to posting a very limited amount of work per month, taking the burden of expectation off of my shoulders so that my balancing act is easier. I would encourage people like me who are balancing many different things to do something similar so that they can avoid overwhelming themselves.

Writing is the hardest of the three by far. I love to write, but doing assignments every week makes being creative hard. That being said, I have several different new characters who are rattling around in my head, demanding for their stories be told. But when I sit down to write, I find it hard and can’t pick a place to start, which is why I am starting to look for some good prompts to use. I figure that maybe if I bent one or more of those to my story, I would have the jump start that I need. Pinterest is one place where I keep finding interesting prompts to use.

That is all for this post, thanks for reading and I hope you have a really good week ahead of you!

 

~Wyn

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Home from Writer’s Conference

I went to the Willamette Writer’s Conference 2017 this year, and it was awesome. Four days worth of amazing classes and wonderful keynote speakers was over far too quickly, but I am really glad that I was able to go. There was so much to be learned there and so many people to network with, it was worth every penny spent to get there. Willamette Writers is an amazing organization, and for the second conference I’ve been to, it definately lived up to my expectations.

There are three things that I use as standards when I got to classes, either for art or writing. Connection with the instructorPresentation of material in an understandable wayand The Takeaway meaning what I come away from the class with. This year, in every one of the classes I attended and volunteered as a room monitor for the instructors always went the extra mile to create a connection with the entire class. It was very cool to see, especially with the amount of encouragement that the instructors gave. They were also careful in the presentation of material in their classes, making sure to take the audience’s needs and desires into account, even changing their presentations to touch on topics that those in the audience had questions about. Most of the classes had awesome takeaways too, either in the handouts or in the last few minutes of their presentations. If you have the opportunity I really recommend going to the conference next year and in the meantime finding a local writer’s group, if that’s something you’re interested in.

Thanks for your time and I hope you have an awesome day!

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Be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud,

Wynter