I dunno if anyone ever noticed but I base my titles of the Sunday posts on lyrics of songs… This week it’s Tori Amos’ Spring Haze.
So! Another Sunday!
The last two weeks were awfully hectic. I had two exams (and I’m proud to say that I passed at least one of them – still waiting to hear back about the other), assignments, and all sorts of social stuff I had to attend to! Also, the weather has been absolutely gorgeous so I’ve spent a lot of time outside, basking in the sunlight (and I’ve tanned so much I barely recognize myself in the mirror)!
This morning I finally rewrote my very first short story. In retrospect, it was quite bad, but I was so excited when I had finished it last year. It’s interesting to see that since then I have learned so much about writing. My English has improved (spelling and grammar), I have learned about story structure, clichés, things writers should and shouldn’t do… And blogging has helped with this all, too.
I think the most important lesson I’ve learned these few months is one about myself. I learned I can stick to a schedule, because the last few months I’ve had a very strict schedule for my blog. Previously, I always thought I couldn’t. I do have discipline, yay! But what I have also learned is that it’s okay if you can’t stick to that schedule because you have other important things going on, like having to pass a course. At first I was very worried people would stop reading my blog if I skipped a blog, but I’m very happy that people kept returning.
This leads me to the following: I would like to thank everyone who has been reading my blog! It wouldn’t have been as gratifying if no one bothered, but I’m very proud that I’m apparently producing something that makes people want to return and read what I’ve written. Thank you so much, everyone .
…All sentimental stuff aside, it’s time for another blog mashup!
Interesting & Fun stuff!
This kid can sure play the cello… And beatbox, too. An interesting combination! @ Youtube
How are Mac & PC people different? [infographic] @ Mashable.com – wow, Mac users are 80% more likely than PC users to be vegetarian!
Scientists “See” Ocean Floor via Sonar @ National Geographic – cool stuff.
Alien Trees Would Bloom Black on Worlds With Double Stars @ National Geographic – for those SFF worldbuilders among us… Read this article if you want your world to be scientifically correct!
A parody of Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” by Weird Al Yankovich @ Youtube – it’s even catchier than the original! And funny!
Singing Sheep, Dreams, and Getting Ready for Work @ Mirrors, Musings and Magic – my lovely writer friend Radha Pyari remains to be hilarious.
Writing, Social Media, Publishing and all that
Arcadia Meadows @ Mysilentfury.com: Peter Saint-Clair tells us about how he has created a fictional town and map for his mystery novel
40+ free tools for authors @ Password Incorrect – there’s some really useful stuff in here!
How Amazon Recommendation Algorithms Help Sell Your Book @ The Creative Penn – an interesting read.
And of course, an xkcd.com comic! Future Timeline – and this one was particularly funny!
P.S. Happy Easter, all!