Starting New…Again

Hi!

Long time Ages since I’ve posted anything. Apologies. Ahem.

Starting tomorrow, I’m endeavoring to begin a regular study and writing regimen. I’ve been reading articles lately about the benefits of a schedule when it comes to that. I’ve got most of my study materials in hand. I’m excited to concentrate on Korean
and build my vocabulary. As for writing…well, I hope to put my ideas to the page. My goal for this time next year is to be in the process of publishing if not already have a work published. Hold me accountable, dear Readers.

I’ve had a few interesting experiences since my last post. Most of which have happened in the last 3 months. I want to use some of these to fuel my writing. It is my hope that you will enjoy it.

Until next time,
Sheila

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Being a liar…

It’s been a crazy couple weeks for me, Readers. Hope everyone is well. Work and life in general has been ganging up on me it seems. I’m not usually a dismal person, but lately it seems I’ve become a liar.

Now, please don’t misunderstand I’m not a liar in the obvious sense of the word, but I’m a liar all the same. I’m sure we’ve all lied about this at least once if not every time we’re asked, “How are you?” But honestly, who of us that have asked that questions really want to know how someone is? It’s become as superficial as talking about the weather. I can count on one hand the number of people I know that truly want to know the answer to that question. So, naturally, if I really want to put it on, I answer with a “Great!” Usually, though, the answer is “I’m fine, you?” Lately, however, I’ve been telling a whopper with a borderline “I’m okay.”

Truth is, the last couple of weeks, I haven’t been “okay.” I’ve been angry, disappointed, lonely, sad and borderline belligerent. Oh, the things I’d like to say to some of the guests I deal with at work. I almost lost it the other day on an angry old man with nothing better to do than to treat me like an idiot and insult me and my co-workers. Sad to say, I’ve let these PITAs (Pain In The Ass) get to me. The rudeness has led me to contemplate the unfairness of it all…work, work, work and I still scrape by. Obviously this isn’t a healthy line of thinking. Mom always tells me that if I can’t change my circumstances, I should change my attitude. (My mom is awesome, I know.)

So, I wrote a poem. I was depressed and a bit angry at the time, but putting the words on paper somehow removed their weight from my heart. At first, I didn’t want to share it, but I figure, hey, someone could be feeling the same way and I want them to know they’re not alone. Anyway, sorry for the depression session, but if you’re interested, please read my poem The Mask and leave a review or comment below as to what you think of it.

Warm Regards,
Sheila

Being a linguaphile…

When I was in school you were offered two choices in foreign languages: Spanish or French. French did not appeal to me so I spent my high school years and two semesters of college on Spanish. This has left me with enough knowledge that I can hold a short, casual conversation. In other words, just enough to be dangerous. Fast forward five years and I’m embarking on a self-study of Korean.

Many of my friends are learning Mandarin. Which, if you know anything about Chinese, is extremely difficult. So, props to my friends learning Mandarin. Anyway, when I started expressing my interest in Korean, I had many ask the standard “why” and still others suggest I learn Chinese. As you may have deduced, there’s not a lot of Korean goin’ on in my area. It’s more of a “sleeper” thing…if you don’t know about it, or don’t know someone who knows about it then it doesn’t exist in your sphere of reality. But, I digress, the point of this is to say that I’m pretty much the lone wolf on this Korean thing when it comes to my friends and family.

Then, one day, a friend of mine introduced me to my Korean tutor. She’s not a professional in any way, shape or form and shall be here on referred to as 할머니 (grandmother). She got me started on serious study and has taught me a lot. (할머니 사랑해요!) Now, over a year later, I can read hangul and have more than a few words and phrases under my belt. This wonderful language has helped me dive deeper into a rich culture and has brought me a very good friend who is also in love with the culture and language.

This love has even spilled over into my writing. I’m working on a story that includes a Korean character. I hope I do the language and culture justice! So, a question to my fellow writers: have you ever created a major character that speaks another language and not the one you natively write? How did it turn out?

Warm Regards,
Sheila

Infecting the Internet…

Where does an unpublished, unknown (except for my Mom) writer go to get her work read? The internet, naturally. This raises the question of where I should put my stories. Did you know there are a lot of sites where a writer can publish their work for the masses to consume? I didn’t, that is, until I actually started looking for the best place to be read on the internet. And I don’t want to be read for the sake of reading, I want to become better, I want to know what people think of my work. This helped me narrow down my options for infecting the internet. I want feedback, therefore I have to go where the reviewers are. So, in order to garner a fan base out of the millions of readers out there I’ve created 3 profiles on the internet. For those of you interested, or know someone who may be interested (spread the word, my friends, spread the word) in reading my fiction as well as the charming witticisms found here on my blog, I can be found here:

WordNerd0412 at FictionPress.com
WordNerd0412 at Wattpad.com
WordNerd0412 at Figment.com

Please leave feedback on what you think of my writing. What you like, what you don’t like and where I can improve. If anyone has a profile on any of the above sites, let me know! I follow those that follow me, and I would love to exchange feedback and ideas. If you don’t have a profile, not to worry, FictionPress allows users to receive anonymous/guest reviews so you don’t have to sign up for an account, I’m not sure about the others, but you can always leave me a comment on what you think of my work via this blog.

None of my work has been posted yet, but please check back for updates and announcements.

Warm Regards,
Sheila

My Inspirations

I’ve read that we should write what we know. This got me to thinking about what I enjoy writing and what I know. I’m not a private investigator, cop, spy, model, heiress, time traveler, alien nor do I personally know anyone like this. No, I work in hospitality. I cater to the whiny, needy, cheap, ignorant, funny, and interesting masses that travel through my fair city. Generally, I enjoy my job. I meet people from all walks of life. Frequently, they are pleasant people, some with great stories to tell and still others that have traveled farther than I can dream.

Somehow, I take my banal experiences and twist them, warp them until my imagination finds the perfect mixture and creates something worth reading–at least that is my hope. I’m working on something now, that I have no experience with: private investigation. I’ve never hired a P.I. nor have I ever known one, but I hope I’ve done justice to the profession. I’ve attempted to create a character that brings together the suave charm of James Bond, the grit of Humphrey Bogart and the general ability to kick-butt that can be found in any Tom Cruise film. I hope as you come to know Spencer Campbell, you’ll love him as much as I do. Check back soon for his debut and where to read it.

Warm Regards,
Sheila

Snow Day!

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First snow of the season!

It’s the first snow of the winter season, and it’s freezing beautiful. It started around noon yesterday and has kept most sane cautious people indoors. I am happy to be inside, as the short time it took to snap that picture left me near frozen.

I’m thankful to have had the last two days off from work. I should be using this time to work on my stories or at the very least finish start a Korean lesson. Who am I kidding? I’m going to take a nap. How do you spend a winter’s day with nothing pressing to do?