Thursday, April 2, 2015

On Rejection

Rejection is a big part of being alive when you think about it. Looking for a job? You face rejection. Looking for a date? You face rejection. Looking to make it in some kind of creative career? Rejection is the norm, even for the successful.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Flash Fiction: Chicago Fizz - Terribleminds Flashfiction Challenge

Another week another Flash Fiction challenge from Terribleminds head guru, Chuck Wendig. This week's prompt? A random generated cocktail drink whose name serves as the title of your piece. Not sure if this gives bonus points or not, but I used the drink itself in my post and the purpose of the drink inspired the piece itself.

That said, not sure how much of a story this is. Also, this is - at present - an unedited rough draft. I'm using these to practice creation more than editing, but I'll try to come back and clean it up later on if I can. Click the link above to see the challenge, and maybe make your own entry?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Flash Fiction: The River Stole The Gods - Terribleminds Challenge

As promised, here is a bit of Flash Fiction from one of the weekly Terribleminds flash fiction challenges. The challenge for this week was to work one of a group of random lines into the story. So that is what I did. I'm not sure how well it worked out, so I'll leave that up to you. I consider this more of a writing sketch than a finished work, so be warned.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Japanese Phrases: Ganbatte!

When someone goes in for a job interview or is going to perform in a play, sporting event, or something like that we tend to wish them "good luck." The idea is that we want them to do well, and so we wish them luck in their endeavor. However, in Japan in the same situation you would tell the person "Ganbatte" (or "Ganbattekudasai" if you wanted to be more polite, but that may also be awkward westerner Japanese.)

Pronunciation: gone - bot - tay (like day w/ a t instead of the d)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

About Here

Confession time: I've spent a lot of the last couple weeks, when I did think of this blog, thinking about what I want to do with this space. See, Reality Refracted is easy. That is a blog about Table Top RPGs, and it has been going for 5 years now so that's pretty impressive. It is a dedicated space and I like it. This blog was formed so I could write about other stuff....only what that other has included has been kind of out there.

That said, I do want to maintain this space. I think a place to get some thoughts down, especially non-gaming related thoughts, is important. But what to do here?

I think the name is important to the blog. Shattered Refractions started as a play on Reality Refracted like I'd used for the gaming blog. Both of them have to do with writing and story telling. I think I'd like to keep that going.

So what is the plan?

First, in the interest of producing more, finished, works I'm going to put a real effort into getting some sort of weekly flash fiction up here. Most often this will be following the prompt from Chuck Wendig's Terrible Minds blog.

Second, I will chime in here on occasion about shows, movies, books, and other forms of media.

Third, I'm going to allow myself to venture off topic and discuss other things. Sometimes that may be video games and my trials and challenges as a Bronze level League of Legends player. Other times it might be something more poignant.

The problem is that big mission statements and forced lifestyle changes don't work very well for me, but small shifts can work wonders. This transition will be slow. Most likely it will start with the Flash Fiction stuff only and go from there. Hopefully it will grow and blossom.

Slow and steady wins the race, a journey of 5,000 miles starts with a single step, and all of that jazz. :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Years Round Up and Resolutions

It being December 30th, it seems a good time to get my crap in order for going into the New Year. Now, I'm a firm believer that starting something new, or trying to change something about yourself, just because it is the new year is a planned destined to fail. However, if you want to change something for yourself, or for some other powerful reason, the New Year can be a great time to do it for both the symbolism and the extra energy that is going on around this time.

For me, I only have one major resolution that I want to get done this next year. It is something I have been working on for years, and with every year I am getting better and closer at it. The resolution? I want to write every day.

I'm not setting a word count on that. I've tried before. I tried with 2k a day, then 1k a day, then 500 words a day, and in all cases all that does is build up and make it harder to get back to work because the amount of missed words is so big. However, when partway through the year I switched to just trying to write everyday I noticed something. I started producing a lot more.

Two years ago I wanted to write four novels in the year. I failed laughably at it. Right now, I've got three separate manuscripts that are just a few thousand words shy of being finished first drafts. I am hoping to have two of them finished before the end of January, but the Holidays have kind of slowed things down.

This is a change I know I can make. Momentum is a wonderful thing, and the freedom to be able to know I at least wrote "something" will help get through some of the harshest days.

So, how about you? What do you want out of yourself for the next year?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

End of the Year

We're fast approaching the End of the Year, so how are folks doing? Bogged down with stress? Remarkably well?

This year I feel so strange about it. I'm aware it is December 10th, but I keep feeling like we have yet to reach Thanksgiving. It is a strange feeling, especially considering how crap I know it is.

I'm hoping to have a few more posts here before the new year. Recapping my year, asking about yours, and plans for the new year at the very least. For now though, how is December treating you?