Elyce G: An Author

Harriet the Spy: A Lesson in Messages

The other day, I sat down and watched Harriet the Spy on Netflix. Now, I literally have not seen this movie since 1996, when I saw it in the theater. I vividly remember seeing it in theaters for two reasons: 1) I saw it with my grandparents, probably the first and only movie I ever saw in theaters with them, and 2) before the movie, they played an episode of Hey Arnold, which would be premiering soon (it was the one where Arnold hits Harold with a baseball accidentally and then Helga spends the rest of the day stalking him and yelling, “Six hours and twenty-one minutes until you die!”). Anyway, so I watched Harriet, almost 20 years after the first time.

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Happy Birthday to the blog!

To be honest, we actually missed this blog’s birthday, which is sometime in January, but it’s close enough that we’ll still celebrate. 2015 marks four years I’ve been writing this blog. Admittedly, I haven’t always been very good at keeping it updated but four years on one project is nothing to sneeze at.

I started the blog as more of an author page. I did, at one point, have my own website, but the cost of upkeep and amount of returns were pretty uninspiring, so I changed over to a blog instead. I had never really intended for it to become a blog about writing or how to improve/change/inspire. The past three years, I’ve really changed it into something other than a resting place for information about my books. The information is still there, and since 2011, I’ve published my second novel, hosted a giveaway, and gained new followers and readers here, more than I ever imagined I would get when I started.

Mostly I’m proud that I’ve found something to write about for the past 4 years. It isn’t always easy to think up topics, and I don’t even post once a week. I can’t imagine how people do that. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my own writing and the fact that I’ve felt utterly uninspired for months. I’m not sure if it’s the drain on my time that caused it or simply burning out from the past few years. Hopefully the end of this month will mark a turning point in that regard.

In the meantime, here’s to four more years of blogging! I hope this blog has been of some help, or at least mild entertainment, to some of you!

An Exercise in Fantasy: If you won the lottery

The powerball lottery (at time of writing) is valued at $450 million, or a $304 million cash value. Now, I’m not one to buy lottery tickets. In fact, I’ve never bought a lottery ticket in my life, but I do occasionally fantasize what I would do if I were to win such an amount of money, so I thought for today’s blog post, we could do an exercise! If you won $300 million dollars, what would you do?

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Write What You Don’t Know

“Bad books on writing tell you to “WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW”, a solemn and totally false adage that is the reason there exist so many mediocre novels about English professors contemplating adultery.”

– Jon Haldeman

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The Red Dress

When I moved to France, back in 2010, it just so happened that my friend Matt was going to be in Wales at the same time, and since Wales and France were a lot closer than we were in the US, we made a plan to meet up. At that point, I’d known Matt almost five years though we had never met in person. It’s been a long time since the internet was a place your parents warned you about, though that doesn’t always mean your parents were wrong. It just means to be careful. After five year, though, I was fairly sure Matt wasn’t a serial killer. So we made a plan to meet up in Paris because who doesn’t want to say they have a rendez-vous in Paris?

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Weathering the Storms

At Disney, they have what they call Imagineers, a sort of blend between imagination and engineers. These are people hired to figure out the problems presented in the parks, to find creative and new solutions to old problems. How many times have you had a story where you’ve simply given up and moved on? Well, an Imagineer would eventually come back to that story and rework it until it fit.

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2014 Year in Review

As it is the end of the year, and almost 2015 (how did that happen? 1999 was just a few years ago, right?), it’s time to revisit my goals I made last year at this time. So here they were:

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