10 Reasons I Haven’t Been Blogging

  1. School
  2. School
  3. School
  4. School
  5. Work
  6. School
  7. Laziness
  8. School
  9. Work
  10. Mmm…School

I’ll be back soon. This semester’s almost done. I can hold on.

Peace out.

Erin

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Nano Day 15: We’re halfway there

OOOOH LIVING ON A PRAYER.

GUYS. I HAVE EXCITING NEWS.

Last week Monday, I finally, FINALLY wrote the last word for Music’s Curse.

I FINISHED IT.

After years of working on it, I came to the end of the first draft with 123K words.

I KNOWWW. That’s a lot of words. But large chunks will be cut out when I edit it. IF I edit it…

But hey. Not gonna think about that right now. I FINISHED MY FREAKIN’ NOVEL.

This was my main goal of doing Nano this year, and I reached that goal. So I’m happy. CELEBRATE WITH ME. I brought imaginary cake and ice cream! *throws food at you*

So now that I’m done with Music’s Curse, I’m working on a new novel, tentatively titled The Same Nobodies. I haven’t planned it very much so I don’t really have a good idea of where the story is going. But I am excited to work on it. I have a couple thousand words already. It’s steampunk fantasy with Persian undertones, and I’m super pumped to see where this story takes me. Here’s a summary that I quickly typed up the other day:

In the world of Ardazan, identical twins are considered to be the spawn of the demons. Born with the power to suck the life force from people around them, identical twins have been at the heart of many of Ardazan’s problems. For this reason, a law was passed declaring that all identical twins would not be allowed to live past the age of five.

Kaveh and Jahan Corvzah were unfortunate enough to be born identical twins. Now at the age of 25, the only reason they evaded death was due to their parents’ careful planning, which led people to believe that there was only one son instead of two. For the past five years, the brothers have been living in separate cities, trying to avoid each other to keep their secret hidden. While Kaveh lives as a thief, Jahan has agreed to marry a girl named Yasmine to save her father’s business. The only problem is, Jahan dreams of becoming a monk, and has no desire to get married, and Kaveh secretly wishes for something more meaningful in his life.

But there’s another problem. Identical twins never make it past the age of 28. They are always found dead, their hearts black with poison. Determined to uncover the mysteries surrounding identical twins, Kaveh and Jahan set out to find answers as their lives slowly dwindle away and a poison creeps ever closer to their hearts.

So while I’m still not planning on writing 50K words, I’ll be working on this for the rest of November. I’ll probably check back in once and a while to let you guys know how it’s going. I’ll probably share some excerpts too!

But in the meantime, you guys should follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinTriscuit. I had been avoiding Twitter for so long but finally gave in and signed up for it. I’ll probably regret it. But anywho. Follow me.

Until next time,

Erin

OhNoWriMo

Welp. I didn’t do such a great job in the past couple weeks blogging. I apologize. It was midterms for me, which meant days of stressful studying for exams and writing papers. And when I finally had a moment to relax, I didn’t really think much about blogging.

BUT HERE I AM. So it’s all cool now.

And yes, I’m blogging on a Tuesday. Why? Because I didn’t think I should wait until Friday. Something started a couple days ago, and I felt like I had to give an update.

GUYS. IT’S NANO TIME.

If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is then you really need to get a life. Or just grab your phone and ask Google what it is. Come back when you know what it is. I’ll wait for you.

*sips coffee patiently*

Hooray, you’re back! Now we’re all on the same page. Literally!

So here’s the thing about NaNo this year: I almost didn’t do it. I wasn’t really feeling it, and I didn’t think I could handle it with school, two jobs, and a social life. But then when a co-worker excitedly asked me if I was doing Nano this year, I realized…

I had to do it. Not because I felt like I was being forced into it, not because I was afraid I wouldn’t be “a real writer” if I didn’t do it, but because I realized that I really, truly wanted to do it.

November is Nano for me. It’s been like that for the past five years. Without Nano, November is just…November. Just another boring month. But it’s gotten to the point where when I list the months in my head, I’ll go, “September, October, NaNo, December…”

Does NaNo stress me out? Hell yeah. Do I get sick of it after those 30 days? You betcha. But to me, that’s what makes it enjoyable. I love the challenge. I love the NaNo experience. I love the late nights of frantic word wars, the crazy, nonsensical chat conversations, and the struggle to contain your Inner Editor. I especially love the feeling of finally hitting 50K words.

However, all that said…I’m taking a bit of a different approach this year. I realize that I’m really busy right now, more so then I’ve ever been. So while I am doing NaNo, I’m going to relax things a bit. While I am still aiming for 50K words, I’m not planning on writing 50K. Does that make sense? Basically, if I think I have the time, I will try my best to reach 50K, but if it starts getting in the way of work and school and causing even more stress (not good stress), then I’ll pull back a bit. Basically, I’m doing this so that I don’t feel disappointed if I don’t hit 50K. The past two years, I was mad at myself for not getting to 50K because I had set that as my goal. This year, my goal is just to write as much as I think possible without getting in the way of other, more important things.

So what am I writing for NaNo? Well, I have decided that before I start a new novel, I have to finish Music’s Curse. I am so close! I meant to finish it in August and lol that didn’t happen. I’d say that I only need about 5K more to go and then I can finally say “SO LONG PARTNER” to the novel I’ve been working on for the past three years.

That is, until I decide to edit it…*shudders in fear*

After I finish Music’s Curse, I’ll be starting a new story for the rest of NaNo. It isn’t named yet, but I have a vague idea of the plot. I know it’s going to be steampunk fantasy with Persian undertones. I’M SO EXCITED TO START THIS. It’s gonna be great.

As for blogging during NaNo, I probably won’t be sticking to a set schedule. I’ll just kinda randomly pop on and give you guys updates. Things may get a bit…crazy. Don’t be surprised. Strange things happen during NaNo.

So how’s everyone else doing on their NaNo novels?! Still going strong, or ready to give up? Let’s be encouragement buddies, guys!

Until next time!

Erin

(P.S. Not proofreading this. No time for that. Gotta write my novel!)

Art Dump

So I want to start doing “Art Dumps” every couple months or so. 1) Because they’re quick and easy to post, and 2) I like sharing stuff that I’m proud of. So here’s my first art dump of pieces I’ve drawn over the past few months

Please do not steal or claim any of my artwork! If you would like to use my artwork somewhere else, then please ask me for permission first! Thank youuuu

Digital Art: 

Traditional Art: 

Sorry for the really quick post, but I’m kind of overwhelmed right now with school, so I needed to post something that wouldn’t take up too much time. If you like my artwork then feel free to follow me on Instagram! I try to post sketches/doodles/artwork on there pretty frequently. There’s a link to my Instagram on the sidebar right over yonder –>.

Peace out!

Erin

Fall Bucket List

GUYS. IT’S OFFICIALLY FALL.

FALL.

I love fall. It makes my heart want to explode into a gazillion colorful leaves that I can rake up into a pile and jump in. There’s just something about this season that makes me really, really happy. The temperature is perfect, everything is so cozy, the smells of pumpkins and coffee are everywhere, and I can wear sweaters and leggings again. I just love everything about fall.

Since fall is my favorite season, I decided to put together a fall bucket list of things I want to do during the next couple months and share it with you guys. I already did some of these things, so I’ll bold the ones I’ve already completed!

Erin’s Totally Awesomesauceome Fall Bucket List 

  1. Make an insanely huge leaf pile
  2. Buy a fall-scented candle for myself — I actually don’t own any candles?? WE NEED TO CHANGE THAT.
  3. Go to a corn maze — Corn mazes are so much fun, but I didn’t go to one last year and that made me sad.
  4. Make a pumpkin pie
  5. Drink a homemade pumpkin spice latte — Did this! It was delicious.
  6. Drink apple cider — This was also delicious.
  7. Bake something autumn-y — I made pumpkin cream cheese muffins and yes, they were delicious.
  8. Do a Fall Cleaning of my room — What? I want my room to be nice and clean for winter/Christmas!
  9. Crochet/knit something awesome
  10. Talk lots of nature walks/visit places with great fall views
  11. Take lots of pictures
  12. Make fall-related art
  13. Treat Yo Self to new fall clothes
  14. Watch a scary movie — I HATE HORROR MOVIES but I’m actually really interested in seeing Crimson Peak when it comes out. I’M JUST REALLY SCARED.
  15. Make caramel apples
  16. Carve the best pumpkin ever
  17. Dress up for Halloween — I don’t do Halloween parties and stuff but I still just want to dress up anyway. Honestly I just really want an excuse to try doing some super cool makeup.
  18. Eat lots of Halloween candy — A.K.A., steal all the brothers’ candy and eat it.
  19. Snuggle up with a blanket and something hot to drink and read a good book
  20. Snuggle up with a blanket and something hot to drink and watch TV — I’ve been binge-watching Parks & Recreation and drinking apple cider.
  21. Wearing ridiculously awesome clothes and look fabulous — Please, I do this all the time.

So that’s my fall bucket list! We’ll see how many of these I can accomplish before fall is over.

Does anyone else have a fall bucket list or just some things they want to do this fall? Also, how do people celebrate Halloween in the Southern Hemisphere?? Is it still even celebrated on October 31st down there??? Please, if someone knows comment below because I’ve been thinking about it for a while and it’s killing me.

Until next time!

Erin

College Lyfe

It’s that time of the year again. College classes have begun! Except this time, I’m at a new school, and even after just a week, I’m loving it! It’s so weird to now be one of those university kids who I used to watch for years, who walked from building to building with heavy backpacks. It’s just such a strange feeling.

But anyway, now that school’s a week in, I thought it would be fun to do “A Day in the Life” post. I’ve seen other bloggers do this and always wanted to, but alas, most of my days are incredibly boring. But I’m going to do one now — in fact, I’m going to share two of my days since my class schedules vary. Hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be too boring…

Wednesday, September 9th

7:30 — My alarm goes off. I hit snooze and sleep for another 40 minutes.

8:10 — I get up and get ready for the day. I have coffee, eggs, and toast for breakfast (I am a strong believer in breakfast — EAT BREAKFAST PEOPLE). I also have time to pack a lunch so I don’t have to eat out. I make myself two tacos with my mom’s homemade salsa.

9:10 — I leave for class. The guy in front of me did not know how to drive.

9:25 — I park at the movie theater where I work since it’s close to the university and I don’t want to pay for parking. My first class, Marketing, starts at 9:35 and I’m running a little late, so I rush to the right building. I make it with four minutes to spare!

9:35 — Marketing! I still don’t know how I feel about this class. It’s too early to tell. I don’t think I’m going to hate it, but I don’t think I’ll love it. I also don’t know how I feel about the professor. He’s…interesting. But at least he seems to know what he’s talking about. We have our first quiz which I do pretty well on.

11:00 — I walk all the way across campus to get to my Intro to Arts Management class. I LOVE THIS CLASS. The professor is amazing! He makes us all rearrange our chairs into a circle to form a more inviting atmosphere for conversation. And we had some great discussions about the arts/arts management! Also he loves using chalkboards which makes me happy because I love the sound of chalk on the board! I JUST REALLY LOVE THIS CLASS.

12:15 — I walk back to my car and eat my tacos. I listen to the Smoke + Mirrors album by Imagine Dragons because the radio doesn’t play good music.

1:00 — I go to my Orientation to Arts Management/Communications class. There really doesn’t seem to be a point to this class? It just talks about requirements for the majors in the Comm. department and such. It’s kind of boring, but it’s only 1 credit and it ends in October, so whatever.

2:00 — I drive back home. I finish some homework for my online American history class (which wasn’t my first pick for history, but I couldn’t make any of the other history classes work), and then watch some Youtube videos.

6:00 — I’m helping with religious education at my church this year like I usually do, so I leave to attend a preparation meeting for that.

8:30 — I come home, shower, and play some Skyrim (which I’ve been playing for about a year now, and I’m still obsessed with it).

11:30 — I reluctantly head to bed.

Thursday, September 10th 

6:15 — My alarm goes off, but I sleep for another 20 minutes.

6:35 — I force myself to get up. I pack a lunch of cucumbers, a bagel, and cream cheese. It was all I could find.

7:30 — I leave for my 8:00 AM Astronomy class.

8:00 — I go to my hour-long Astronomy lecture. I find Astronomy so fascinating, and I think that I’m going to like this class. But I was so tired, it was hard to pay attention.

9:00 — I walk to the university center to do some studying. I took a mock French placement test, since I was planning on taking the actual test today. However, while I do okay on the mock test, it wasn’t enough to test out of French 101 (which is my goal). I decide to wait until next semester to take the placement test so I can study some more. I was also going to do some of my online History reading but the WIFI sucked.

10:30 — I go to my favorite resale/antique shop downtown instead. I looked for some CDs, but I couldn’t find anything I liked. I bought a cool-looking scarf and some earrings instead.

11:30 — I go to the Wisconsin River, find a nice quiet spot, and eat my lunch.

12:15 — I drive back to the university to practice my symphony orchestra music.

1:00 — I go to symphony orchestra practice! It feels so good to playing in an orchestra again! The professor is great, and everyone is so talented. And I get to play 1st violin! Thank goodness; I strongly dislike playing 2nd violin. However, I still don’t know the music very well…

3:00 — I drive back home. There are so many reckless drivers on the road! Almost as bad as the FIBs.

3:30 — I play the piano for a bit but then basically do nothing for about three hours.

6:30 — Dinner! Potatoes, chicken, and green beans!

7:30 — I blast some dance music and my baby sister and I shake it off, shake it off.

8:00 — I get around to reading my history…but then get distracted and download some music from Amazon, like the latest Imagine Dragons single.

IT’S SO GOOD.

10:30 — I get bored of reading history so I watch two episodes of Parks & Recreation. I’m started to get hooked.

12:00 — I really don’t know what I do but I do something for 45 minutes.

12:45 — Bed.

So that’s a little taste of how my days are going! Maybe I’ll do some more of these later on in the semester (you know, when I’m more stressed and ready to tear my hair out).

Peace out,

Erin

Summer Recap

(I apologize that this post is a day late. I ran out of time yesterday to finish it!)

The school year starts in less than a week and the summer is coming close to an end. I’m okay with that though. I absolutely adore autumn, and I’m just not a huge summer fan. But that said, I had an amazing summer this year — probably the best summer I’ve had. I saw so many new sights, visited cool places, and hung out with insanely awesome people. So here’s my summer recap of all the places I visited this summer!

And oh boy, I feel like I visited a lot of places! And I took a ton of pictures, way too many to share here. But I’ll share some of them because I’m really happy with how most of them turned out. (Note: some of the pictures were taken on my phone and some were taken on my camera, which is why the quality may not look the same.)

Milwaukee

Milwaukee Art Museum

I’ve been to Milwaukee before but I had never been to the art museum there. Unfortunately, when I went there, all the permanent exhibits were closed for remodeling, so there wasn’t much to see. However, I didn’t go down there specifically to see the art museum. I actually went down there with my sister and a friend to see Imagine Dragons in concert. And AHHHHHH they were so amazing live!!!

Imagine Dragons Concert

Like wow. They are so talented and humble and their music rocks and I’m convinced that this is what Heaven sounds like. My eardrums approve.

Ireland

Ireland

OMG Where do I begin with Ireland?!?! First off, I can’t believe I finally traveled to a different country. It was my first time being out of the U.S.! And I’m so happy that Ireland was the place I got to visit. I absolutely loved it there! I spent about a week and a half traveling all over the country with a church group, but I wish I could’ve stayed there even longer. There were so many places that I wanted to explore more!

Because I saw/did so much in Ireland here’s a list of things that I loved about the country:

  • The scenery! GOOD GRAVY everything was so green and blue and hilly and it was just so picturesque.
  • The ruins! There were ruins everywhere. Like, you’d just be driving down the highway and our tour guide would be like, “Oh yeah, and there’s a watchtower dating back to the 11th century. And on your right is a castle owned by King So-and-so and there was a big battle there so that’s cool.” It was just so fascinating because we have nothing like that here in the U.S. Ruins
  • The people! I’ve always heard that the Irish are some of the nicest people you will ever meet and I totally believe that. Maybe it’s their accents that make them sound so nice but I barely had any interactions with rude people while I was over there!
  • The towns! All the tiny villages are so clean and tidy! Dublin was a little crazy, but all the smaller towns we visited were so quaint and welcoming! I loved it!
  • The cathedrals! We saw soooo many cathedrals and churches, both Catholic and Anglican! All of them are magnificent and breathtaking!Far
  • The music! IRISH MUSIC IS SO MUCH FUN.
  • The food and drink! I liked the food because it wasn’t anything super crazy. It was basically just meat and potatoes and I love potatoes so I was totally okay with that (though by the end of the trip I was kinda sick of having potatoes at every supper). And the legal drinking age over there is 18 so I COULD LEGALLY DRINK HOLLA HOLLA. Except that I tried Guiness and did not like it and that’s basically all that they drink over there so yeah. I did try Baileys Irish Coffee and IT WAS DELICIOUS.

I would love to go back to Ireland some day. I loved it, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to visit it this year!

Look! I found my name in Blarney!
Look! I found my name in Blarney!

Devil’s Lake State Park

Devil's Lake

Devil’s Lake State Park is a gorgeous area in southern Wisconsin. I was there last fall for a brief time, but I didn’t get to really do anything because it was cold and we only had a couple hours to look around. This time though, I was invited to go camping at the park with some friends. We ended up hiking all the way around the lake (which is about six miles) on rough, difficult trails. It even started pouring on us when we were hiking the most treacherous path, so that was exciting. The next day we then hiked to a small waterfall and went kayaking on the lake. I felt so adventurous.

Mississippi River

sunset over miss river

My mom, sister, and I spent a couple days checking out the towns in Wisconsin/Minnesota along the Mississippi River. We did some shopping, saw some cool scenery, and stayed in the Cat Suite at a hotel (and let me tell you, that was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen). We ended our little vacation with a relaxing dinner cruise up the river.

Northern Wisconsin/Upper Peninsula 

LakeOur family has a camper parked up in northern Wisconsin, right along the border of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. My sister and I just went up there this past week for a few days. We didn’t have great weather, but we still enjoyed kayaking (though I had a giant spider crawl on me when I was out in the middle of the lake — not fun), cooking food over a campfire, and chilling in the camper. We went up to the Porcupine Mountains State Park for a day and saw Lake Superior, the Lake of the Clouds, and a mini waterfall. There were some bumps in the trip, but we still managed to have fun!

Some sea (beach) glass that I found along Lake Superior!
Some sea (beach) glass that I found along Lake Superior!
Lake of the Clouds
Lake of the Clouds

So that was my summer! I’m really glad I had the opportunity to travel around more this year, something I haven’t always been able to do in the past. How was your summer? Did you visit any cool/new places? Let me know!

Until next Friday,

Erin

ABCDE…SFJ

So as a writer, I’m always looking for new ideas to help me create characters that are interesting and have depth. I’ve seen a lot of creative tips on this subject, but there’s one thing that I don’t see very often. Something that can help your character development skill level up.

And that’s the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

If you’ve ever taken a psychology course, you’re probably very familiar with the Myers-Briggs test. In fact, you probably took one to determine your own personality type. However, if you’re not really sure what I’m talking about, this page here might be helpful. I’d try to give you an explanation myself, but seeing that I’m no psychologist, I probably shouldn’t try. I find the Myers-Briggs stuff fascinating, and I’ve done some of my own research on it, but I’m not an expert.

I am, however, an expert on my characters. So I thought it would be fun to try to figure out their personality types. If I could determine which of the 16 personality types each of my characters were, it could help me to know how they would react to certain situations, how they would see the world around them, what kinds of people they would want to hang out with, etc. And there is so much information about personality types online! For example, if you determined that your character’s personality type was INFP, and you wanted to know about INFPs and relationships, just type it in to Google, and you’ll get countless results. You do have to be careful though, because some things that you find might be purely opinionated and inaccurate. It’s always good to check multiple sources to see if information lines up.

For anyone wondering, my personality type is ESFJ. I haven’t taken the official Myers-Briggs test, but I have taken several different personality tests online and I’ve determined that I am an ESFJ. (Actually, in the middle of writing this post, I got distracted and took several different personality quizzes. I seem to be borderline ESFJ/ENFJ. I think it really depends on the day/situation/mood I’m in. Sometimes I am more intuitive than sensing, though I think in the end, ESFJ is most like me. K. End ramble.) One time I got ENTJ and I was like? That’s not me at all? I am definitely a feely person, not a thinky person, thank you very much.

ANYWHO. I digress. We’re here to talk about my characters, not me. So as I was saying, I attempted to figure out my characters’ personality types. I took my characters from my current WIP, Music’s Curse, and went through the 16 personality types to determine which one suited who. Using the page that I linked to above as a reference, I would put myself in a certain character’s shoes and ask, “Is he extroverted or introverted? Sensing or Intuitive? Does he focus on logic or feelings? Organized and decisive or spontaneous and adaptable?” That would then help me string together the four-lettered personality type that best suited that character. After I did that, I would go read the short description that went with the personality type I had chosen to see if I thought I had accurately chosen my character’s personality type.

And I gotta say, I’m pretty proud of myself. I think I nailed almost all of my characters’ types on the head. And because I am so pleased with myself, I want to share the results with you.

First off, we have the main character, Karina. Karina is an ISFJ. She’s quiet, loyal, cares about the feelings of others, and committed to her goals.

Next is Dryn, who is Karina’s love interest. I pegged Dryn as an ENFJ. He is very aware of how other people feel and wants to bring out the best in people.

And now we have the villain, whose name I’m going to keep a secret because I don’t want you to know who it is (you know, on the off-chance that my book will be published someday). I’m going to geek out a little bit more about his personality type because I didn’t even have to think about it. I knew in a heartbeat that he was an ESTP. Honestly. He is so ESTP it hurts. I apologize to all the E/ISTPs out there, but I just don’t get along great with those types. They’re too spontaneous and impulsive for me. Also, I get along much better with people who are “feely”, not “thinky”. Which is why I would get along horribly with my villain if he were real. Read the summary given for ESTP on the Myers-Briggs site that I linked to, except think, you know, evil while you read it. That’s it. That’s my villain right there.

Okay, so then we have Kristina, who is kind of a morally gray character and actually one of my favorite characters to write. Her personality type was a little harder to figure out, but I think I’ve decided she’s an ENTP. She’s very outspoken, flighty, and good at facing new challenges.

Then there’s Xavier, who’s very sweet and caring but also kind of miserable because he’s got a sucky love life. He’s definitely an ISFP.

Now we have Ava, who is Karina’s younger sister. I had some difficulty with Ava because…well, she’s only 10, and she’s cursed for basically the entire book (so she doesn’t really do much). However, Ava is going to be the main character for Music’s Curse sequel, and she’ll be older, so I decided to figure out her type based on how I imagine her when she’s older. I wanna say she’s an ENFP, since I imagine her as outgoing, imaginative, and spontaneous.

And last is Henrietta, who is Karina’s maid and friend. Henrietta is definitely a social creature and just really loves life, therefore, I’ve pegged her as an ESFP.

I’m not going to lie, I had a ton of fun doing this, and I feel like it really did help me discover my characters more. If you decide to try this little exercise on your own characters, go ahead and leave your results in the comments below. Also, feel free to tell me what your own Myers-Briggs personality type is! I’m curious. I’d love to know!

Peace out,

Erin

(P.S. I accidentally published this post first to my old blog, so I’m sorry if I confused anyone. I’m not used to publishing at a new site yet…)

First!

Welcome friends, old and new alike! I’m excited to be back blogging with all of you! This is just a quick post letting you all know that this blog is now up and running. Feel free to take a look around — I have two pages about me and the blog, and a page about my WIP, Music’s Curse, because I’ll probably be talking about it quite often, so it’ll be a nice little reference page you can use.

I’ll have new posts up on Fridays, though this week I may publish one sooner. I have a great idea for a post about Myers-Briggs that I really want to write, so that may be up sooner than Friday.

So…yeah! Here’s to a fresh, new start! Hope to see you all around! *raises mug of coffee*

–Erin