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On Being Unsocial: Why I Deleted Twitter and Facebook from My Phone

I’d had it. For the umpteenth time, I found myself having spent over 40 minutes scrolling through the neverending timeline that is Twitter — and getting angry and worked up. Not over the Big Things, mind you that I could get being worked up about. It was me getting worked up because of petty little… Continue reading On Being Unsocial: Why I Deleted Twitter and Facebook from My Phone

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My Current Writing Research Sources

I thought that it might be interesting to show the type of books and sources I use for research and to up my writing game. These are not all of the books and sources I use, mind you. But they do give an idea of what I’m referring to at the moment. The Ruon Chronicles/The… Continue reading My Current Writing Research Sources

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Reading Update: Essays and Porcelain

To follow me on Goodreads, click here. Essays Uit die dagboek van ’n vrou, by Audrey Blignault, compiled by Marié Heese. Originally written for Sarie (one of the staple South African magazines), these essays by a beloved South African and Afrikaans author gives a view into a life filled with happiness and pain and all… Continue reading Reading Update: Essays and Porcelain

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Plantsing: A How-to Guide for Discovery Writers

What is “plantsing”? A word made up of “pantsing” and “planning”, it refers to writers who both do discovery writing and outlining (usually in the same work), instead of – predominantly – only planning or outlining. I’m a plantser I’m definitely a plantser when it comes to writing. While I do outline stories, especially the… Continue reading Plantsing: A How-to Guide for Discovery Writers

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Small moments and long-term goals

When you suffer from chronic illness – whether physical or mental – there are small moments to celebrate that which ‘should’ be mundane moments of life. For example, there is seeing the sunrise and being awake before the rest of the world starts its noisy scuffle to get kids to school on time, to be… Continue reading Small moments and long-term goals

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The Problem of Starting a New World

Or, Do Other People Also Get Imposter Worldbuilder Syndrome? So I’m busy pottering away at Porselein, which is set in a world very much unlike The Ruon Chronicles, and I’m struggling like mad to get anywhere with the worldbuilding when it hits me. I’m afraid. Afraid of failing in making this world as believable (even… Continue reading The Problem of Starting a New World

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How I Write Worldbuilding Notes

I’ve touched on how I write worldbuilding notes before, but in the meantime, I’ve also started to use the program Aeon Timeline (not a sponsored mention) to keep the timeline in my longer works, like The Ruon Chronicles, straight. And Aeon is helping a lot (especially since I’m planning various novels, short stories, and novellas… Continue reading How I Write Worldbuilding Notes