Return From An Unexpected Journey | writing is a habit, boundaries are your friends, + other collected bric-a-brac


I am back.

Throw some confetti and commence the apologies.

After a long silence, I finally have stopped ignoring that nagging reminder in my head that I had a personal commitment to write every weekend. I had plenty of thoughts before, all those weeks that slipped away without a post, but no time to catch them with my butterfly nets. So I had let dust settle on all the furniture around here. Before I knew it, a full month had passed. Then two. I began to pack a few things, look back over my shoulder and wonder where to start again and when. Suddenly my virtual house was making me sneeze.

At the beginning this week I talked myself into sitting down and even wrote 3/4ths of a post before giving up and abandoning it to drown in the draft bin.

Which is when I started getting the messages.

Apparently I have some telepathically-talented readers, friends, and family. I am in awe of their abilities.

As my grandmother pointed out, “I thought with the coronavirus and all you would surely have MORE time to blog.”

This, I am afraid, is the truth.

Since my life got cancelled, I have caught up in school and even gotten ahead. I have done some spring cleaning, read some books for pleasure, filled pages of my sketchbook at alarming rates, and done lots of walking/biking/driving/running around my neighborhood. I’ve even crocheted a random hat, sorted hundreds of beads, and virtually attended one meeting of friend’s book club.

But I have not blogged.

Until now.

The last post I published was about my debate team’s upcoming tournament. That Saturday we competed, had an absolute blast, and even qualified to advance to state competition (though it was cancelled a month later.)

Ever since mid-last semester, I realized I did not have the time I needed to commit to studying and to writing. In the end, I found after studying and drilling debate materials, I did not have the mental energy to write. Instead, I turned to doodling and watercolor to satisfy my artistic yearnings.

It was because of that change of pace, February 2nd passed without me noticing it was my blog’s one year blogversary. Later in the week, I realized the fact, wrote a post in celebration, and never got around to editing it.

The thing is: writing is a habit.

You have to train yourself to sit, turn off noises, and train yourself to think for yourself.

No more podcasts drilling your head with statistics, no more music looping your mind with catchy tunes and choruses, no more emails sliding in and cluttering your inbox (at least to your knowledge).

You have to pick a time.

You have to pick a spot.

And you just have to sit. Write, or don’t write. But sit there and do nothing else for the allotted time.

In the couple weeks after my decision to take a undefined break from writing I would find at the same exact time of day, every day, I would begin to feel restless, and then this … longing. An urge to sit down at the computer and just write.

It was because through working diligently on my novel 51 during the summer, I had unconsciously created a very specific routine.

Who said anything about numbers of words? Writing is a habit, not a race. Sure, it’s good to have word goals, but the foundation is training the brain when to stop listening and when to start thinking.

It goes beyond that in my experience. Once I said goodbye to my old blog, and started this one, with my weekly post goal, I had ever so many ideas. I had ever so many things to write about. I was training my mind to form posts through my week so that once I sat down, I would have an overflow of ideas. Talking to a friend about the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice vs. the Hollywood adaption. Finding inspiration in writing through bookbinder poetry. The occurrence of my brother’s wedding. A passing remark over a to-go box of food.

Sure, I still spent anxious moments staring at the blinking cursor, but I was working at it. The feeling of thoughts funneled into words and then into sentences on a Friday or Saturday morning, the feeling of flexing those muscles started to feel right and normal. All because I set boundaries and strove to stick to them.

In the writing community, I sometimes hear people proffer that when you’re stuck, you should remove the boundaries you have, whether they be related to time, style, or some type of personal or given challenge.

They couldn’t be more wrong.

Truth #2: Boundaries are friends, not foes (and that’s not just for the procrastinators in the room)

Two weeks I had a fantastically happy moment when I finally found someone else who voiced this opinion in this amazing interview of soundtrack composer Nathan Johnson. The first full episode I listened to of this podcast, I was very pleased. Beyond finding the section about the creation of the soundtrack for a movie called Looper fascinating (a soundtrack my brother and I have been hooked on ever since), I found the principal idea I have discovered and experienced in my own life finally said in a clear, tangible way:

“…this is like an old principle in art: the worst way to try to make something is with no rules. You need the parameters to know how to push as far as you can up against that. You need the canvas for the painting. You need to define what the playground is. And that’s the thing that lets you go all the way up to the edges of it.”

Nathan Johnson

This is why my thirteen-year-old self’s freestyle poetry mass produced every day flopped out of the machine as nothing more than soggy deflated balloons. I had no boundaries. I just threw pretty words together on the page. This is why at the beginning of 2019 when began reading The Roar on the Other Side and learned the forms, I began to see clearly the boundaries I had set (writing sonnets, writing haikus, etc.) and learned to be creative within them – practicing my imagery inside them.

This is why once I made the goal “post every Friday,” I knew my boundaries, worked toward them, and created within them. I stuck to religiously to that goal for almost an entire year.

For 51 it was to write a novel in 1st person, present tense – something I had never done before.

And finally while I have been absent I have again realized a third thing.

Truth #3. Accountability matters

Shoutout to the telepathically-talented few, those that prick you with forks, and those that raise their eyebrows when you’re making a bit too many collages and inspiration boards for your new WIP, while the actual draft is sitting in the corner.

They save your (writing) life.

other bric-a-brac from the past couple months

  • I still can’t get over what an amazing song The Gambler by fun. is.
  • Spending a couple hours at the DMV on a Monday morning was more interesting than I had been led to believe, but I wouldn’t want to do it every day.
  • I joked the other day about how once I get my full license I might want to keep the “student driver” stickers. But honestly. There is a noticeable difference in following distance when said stickers are in use or not. Sooo…
  • Dare I say it aloud? I loved the 2019 adaption of Little Women movie more than the original book.
  • Recently a writer-friend launched a review site for movies and books which I have been really finding interesting. (check it out and see for yourself: #shamelessplug)
  • One of my brothers and I have started reading at least one book a week. This week is rereading Peter Pan for me.
  • Gladiator* is absolutely brilliant. And now one of my favorite movies.
  • 3:10 to Yuma* (with Russell Crowe) was amazing and the BBC film Brooklyn* was pretty good too for that matter (though the friend I watched the latter with begs to differ, you know who you are haha)
  • I will be back next week.

Until then, be careful out there!

~ evelyn ~

(*as usual note content warnings, these films are not necessarily recommended*)

95 thoughts on “Return From An Unexpected Journey | writing is a habit, boundaries are your friends, + other collected bric-a-brac”

  1. This post is brilliant, Evelyn. (Listen to her, everyone else.)
    I second Gladiator (one of the best movies ever) and Project Pursue Wisdom (C.M. site is also brilliant).
    I also love the word brilliant.

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        1. Hard to sum up… I love how the main character cares about his family so deeply, and also the portrayal of the afterlife. The music is beautiful too.
          Haven’t watched it for too long, but I’m hoping too at some point during the quarantine and if that happens I’ll definitely have more to say! What about you?

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    1. Thank you Maya! I’m glad you think so. πŸ˜€
      In my opinion, the word brilliant is an amazingly solid word. …and very helpful when talking about things like Gladiator. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Yayyy you’re BACK!!! *throws confetti*

    I can’t agree more how important setting boundaries is. I’ve been doing that recently and it’s amazing how it forces your brain to work within a limit and produce better results. YES, accountability (aka, threats xD) is truly a blessing.

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    1. Thank youuu! *dances in confetti* It’s good to be back(:

      I’m so glad to hear that! It’s fascinating how much it helps, isn’t it? What kind of boundaries have you been putting to use? (If you don’t mind sharing. :))

      Threats? Shhhhhh some people haven’t realized the truth behind good accountability yet. πŸ˜‰

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      1. Mainly setting a solid time limit. Like instead of saying, “I’m going to write for an hour” I tell myself that I’m going to write and do nothing else from 1 to 2. It’s a small thing, but it’s really helped for me. πŸ™‚ It also usually requires me closing all my other tabs and, if I can get it, thre- I mean, good accountability. πŸ˜›

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  3. Great to see you again on your blog!!

    Thank you for all these writerly wisdom :). I evidently struggled with keeping up as well… so very timely for me.

    I want to hear what you have to say about BBC vs. Hollywood P&P. I think we started talking about that before… πŸ˜‰

    Still love and remember that quote you posted on SE from The Gambler. ❀

    YAS. I love all the clips I've seen of 2019 Little Women! I thought the cast is amazing and esp. Jo & Laurie. Also Amy gets more screen time, and more development. Haven't seen the whole thing yet though but I believe it if it's even better than the book! πŸ™‚ Still. Without the book there would be no movie….

    I liked Gladiator's major theme of Honor before Life. But my parents rightfully pointed out some worldview issues with it (which by the way, would not exist IF they set the story to BC instead of AD, but then the time and rulers would be mixed up :P)… will have to review it for my site someday. But tell me what you loved about it and why it made to your favorites list! πŸ™‚

    Aww… thanks for linking to my site, Evelyn. πŸ™‚ It means a lot to me to have you and @edenhedge and @thestorysponge commenting on every single one of my reviews.

    (I take it the "later" should be "latter"?) It's funny because I watched Brooklyn a little while ago. I liked its story of portrayal of Irish immigrants but I felt the two main love interests lacked chemistry. πŸ˜› PS- I watched it b/c of the main actress from Little Women.

    3:10 to Yuma is fantastic. Truly. I have to rewatch it since it's been so long though. Are you referring to the Russell Crowe version or the original B&W one? Because I haven't seen the original version. I actually like almost all of James Mangold movies (Logan, Wolverine, and Walk the Line about Johnnie Cash).

    Keep writing on!!

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    1. Thank you! Haha, glad to be of help. πŸ˜‰

      Yes, yes, one of those things I’ve written half a post about and keep chipping away at, adding a sentence every couple weeks. By the end, though, know that it will be worth it. πŸ˜›

      You should get around to watching Little Women once you can! It’s the kind of movie that a lot of thought went into about the order of it’s storytelling (part of the reason it’s so good) so how dare you watch clips of it! For shame!

      Ohhh interesting point. Though I feel like either way of placing would still give the same take on the theme. Honestly I’m not sure if I quite took away the same theme by the way you word it. To clarify, do you mean by “Honor Over Life” valuing honor over valuing life?

      Eyy *facepalm* you are entirely right. Boy, that’s sloppy. Thanks for pointing that out! And yes, the Russell Crowe version! (which I will also go in and edit πŸ˜› ) I have a vague memory of watching the older one when I was little but it didn’t make much of an impression beyond the fact I thought it was boring because it was black and white (what a shallow reason XD)

      Yes, the friend I watched Brooklyn with had the same opinion. Also something along the lines of the initial expectation of creepiness from his mannerisms (which we both had *shudders*) when Tony is first introduced never wore off. For me though, I thought it was much more realistic than a lot of sugarcoated dramas are, and I really appreciated the fact, and personally I kinda adored certain aspects of their relationship, though goodness, they have so many problems. xD

      Thanks!! I will try! πŸ˜€

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      1. Oooh yes! Those are the best. I can’t wait!!
        I have no shame, my lady. Since 1) I couldn’t go to the movies while they were open and 2) I can’t yet get my hands on a DVD since my library is closed.
        So I watch clips. And daydream. And be happy.
        How can you possible object?!
        Anyway, compared to the 1990s version, I'm really impressed. Have you seen that version as well?

        Mostly the Afterlife presented is problematic to me as a Positive. But to clarify, I believe (and therefore agree with the theme of the movie) a life without Honor is not worth living. (Not promoting suicide or anything, but in terms of one must improve their abilities and life with honor.)
        Another really Big Honor Before Life theme movie that my brain reminded me just now is THE LAST SAMURI starring Tom Cruise – have you seen it?

        Thanks for clarifying! I'd hoped you wouldn't mind someone letting you know about typos (Hint: would truly appreciate it if you can point mine out if they are present as well. πŸ™‚

        After I read
        I thought I have to watch the original. πŸ˜› Plus I just saw a younger Glenn Ford in TEXAS (1941, another fantastic movie – very entertaining, a bit cliche, but OH SO WORTH IT) and I'm kind of fangirling him right now πŸ˜› In which I basically try to watch all of his films… I'm probably more than a little bit biased because I absolutely fell in love with his character's, well, character.

        Oh. really? I didn't really find it creepy. But just a bit, ahem, cliched? Boring? Non-chemistry-worthy?
        Anyway, I thought it PALED in comparison to the chemistry between Jo and Laurie (although they're not, you know, technically a couple)
        "I kinda adored certain aspects of their relationship, though goodness, they have so many problems" ~ Exactly. (I honestly consider it bad taste for a director to, say, include extended racy scenes πŸ˜› Ugh. I basically screamed to the TV screen something along the lines of: We don't need those! We GET the idea if you just close the door after they started kissing in a bedroom. Plus, less is more. Truly. I don't think Hollywood understand this properly.)

        I also really liked the references to Singing in the Rain (which I want to watch so much and actually just got the DVD in the mail) and THE QUIET MAN in Brooklyn. πŸ˜‰

        Two questions: 1) What kind of music do you usually listen to? 2) Do you use Spotify? πŸ™‚

        Because I was wondering if we can share playlists.

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        1. Hmm those are fair excuses… still. *snobby sniff* πŸ˜›
          I have seen two different versions..? Maybe just one, but I’m sure that I’ve seen the 1994 one.

          Ah yes, I see what you are saying now! That makes sense. πŸ™‚
          No, I have not seen The Last Samuri, would you recommend it?

          Haha wow… the man in the original version looks a lot like Russell Crowe when he played the character. In skimming for a second I thought the image at the dinner table was the newer version turned black and white. πŸ˜†

          Oh okay, I see. (I’ve always by a bit thrown off by the phrase “they have/didn’t have chemistry” so I’m glad to hear at least someone explain what they mean by it… I’ve never been sure, and grew to have the impression it means a couple looks cute together or just makes people excited in general. XD) That makes sense! I agree with that. (: I guess that just wasn’t a big enough deal to outweigh the virtues I accredited it with.

          “I honestly consider it bad taste for a director to, say, include extended racy scenes” …Um I agree. Totally. I must say though, that I watched the movie with my parents (who had already watched it) and they skipped a scene, so if you are referring to a certain scene in Brooklyn it’s going over my head. How disappointing. πŸ˜›

          Answers to your questions. πŸ˜‰
          1) Soundtracks. Instrumental. Folk. Musicals. Oldies. Those are the main ones. You?
          2) Yup! I assume you do since you asked… (:

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        2. The Last Samuri… hmm… if you liked Gladiator, I don’t think you’d hate this one, at least. It deals a lot with honor and death (and it’s rather nostalgically tragic). It’s in the period drama category but it’s is R rated for violence. I thought it was a very good movie (artistically- acting, filming, etc.) and has a pretty solid story line about the tradition of the Japanese Samurai and how they are gone (and why). Not really a true story, but probable. It’s been a long time so I don’t remember all the details, though. πŸ™‚ When I see it again, I shall do my best to review it. Lots to think about. (Which is to say, like Gladiator, I don’t agree with everything the heroes of the story did, but I admire them to a degree still for their courage and sacrifice.)

          Haha πŸ˜€ I think obviously the filmmakers of the new one was doing their best to “remake” the old version. But Crowe is a wonderful actor.

          Ah- I see! My definition is along the lines of: there’s real genuine affection that we, the audience, can see and hopefully FEEL when those two people are together. Some kind of spark and energy comes from their interactions – looks, smiles, words, tone, etc. Personality wise also must be compatible. πŸ™‚ These are all outer indications of their inner feelings and views of each other: hopefully based upon virtue and respect and sincerity and Love (agape/sacrificial -the most supreme kind of Christian Love, not just sexual/eros – if you’ve read Lewis’ The Four Loves?).

          So evidently you missed my Most Hated Scene in that movie. πŸ™‚ It was PG13 rated but still way to explicit for me πŸ˜› I watched it with my mum (but obviously I didn’t WATCH that part – just ahem, gracefully bowed out of the room for the moment for a restroom break xD)
          It was awful to say the least.

          πŸ™‚ 1) Yes! I LOVE soundtracks (LoTR) and instrumental – esp. with classical undertones/influences – have you listened to Audiomachine (esp. their Life, Tree of Life, and La Belle Epoque albums?) I don’t listen to much folk πŸ˜› except the occasional Ed Sheeran. Musicals – Les Mis and Tale of Two Cities and The Greatest Showman and that’s about it. But I want to listen to more of those…
          Also: Enya, Celtic Woman, Eurielle (most), Christian Rock/Contemporary/Worship Music, lots of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, etc. πŸ˜‰
          2) Would it be possible for us to exchange playlists, then? πŸ™‚

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        3. P.S. I also recently got into George Strait’s country album Pure Country, Soundtrack from the movie, which I LOVE (the movie is so cute) πŸ™‚ He has a wonderful voice. Most of the songs are amazing as well. (I suppose poets of all times have always sang about love lost and won… :P)


        4. Hmm. Interesting. Maybe sometime I’ll get around to watching it then.

          Oh okay! Thanks for explaining. That makes sense. πŸ™‚

          Oh goodness that’s terrible. Honestly that would have made me hate the movie and leave a terrible taste in my mouth. Well thank you for letting me know… my respect for the movie has gone down considerably. What a happy life I lived for a week. πŸ˜›

          Ed Sheeran folk? Uhhh sure some of his songs. xD No wonder you don’t listen to much folk… you haven’t been introduced to the great folk artists of our age and ages past. πŸ˜‰

          Tale of Two Cities the musical? Hmm. I’m skeptical. πŸ˜† I’ve never heard of that before I’ll have to look it up. Mmm Enya. She was my childhood and I still listen to her. I love her music.

          Yeah sure! Just send me an email with your profile name and I’ll follow you and we can exchange music. πŸ™‚

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  4. Comments on one thing and one thing alone.

    YOU WATCHED GLADIATOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I watched that film about a year ago…. and I have still not recovered.

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    1. Thank you!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I’m so glad to be back!
      (Though to be fair, I almost don’t feel like I left because I kept up with everyone else’s blogs even as I ignored my own. xDxD)
      I’m so glad. ❀ πŸ™‚

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    You’re back!!! *screams*
    For the past couple of weeks, I kept coming back to your blog to check if you had posted and each time you hadn’t. BUT NOW YOU HAVE AND MY DAY IS 100% BETTER. πŸ˜„ And I’m really glad that you were able to unplug and pursue some other artistic activities. We all need times to rest. ❀️

    Ahh, boundaries. I am slowly learning how important and useful they are. This was such a good reminder for me because I often struggle with setting boundaries and sticking with them. Thanks, friend!! 😊

    Great post, Evelyn, and can’t wait to see what else you’ve got up your sleeve! πŸ˜›

    (P.S. Thanks for coming back. πŸ˜‚πŸ€—)

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      Yup yup, here to stay, to rant, to read, to write. πŸ˜‰
      Awww, wait really? I’m so sorry. That’s kinda sad… haha, now I feel bad. xD
      BUT I’M GLAD TO MAKE YOUR DAY BETTER. That’s good. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Boundaries are your tools, my friend. You got this. ❀

      (P.S. Thank YOU for the shove. πŸ˜‰ )

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      1. I can’t wait! πŸ˜„

        No, no, no! Please don’t feel bad!! It’s completely okay. πŸ€—β€οΈ In fact, I understand…there are times when I’d like nothing better than to disappear off the face of the blogosphere forever! πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‚

        (P.S. Happy to oblige, madam!)

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      1. Yep yep. It’s a commonality these days I suppose. And probably has always been.
        How true! To be fair though, I feel like your posts take more time than mine. Haha, you have to watch a movie or read a book and then form opinions, and then write the opinions… me? I only have to write something. πŸ˜†

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        1. Ah yes, very relatable, I have that fear of not being thorough too, of not taking enough time to complete thoughts and edit and form arguments the most convincing way. There’s a point every weekend where I just give up and post thinking something like β€œIt’s not sloppy, and while I wish I could polish it to eternity, I don’t have the time or energy.”
          It’s kinda freeing actually. πŸ˜†

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  6. Catching thoughts with butterfly nets is the cutest image. (may or may not steal that one for use in a poem sometime) πŸ˜€

    Having goals and parameters is so helpful. I’m very organized in my music learning and detailed in my approach to that, but in my writing, I’ve had a lot of rollercoaster changes between hyper-organization and complete freedom. Right now, I have goals to publish poems on the blog, so that motivates me to edit. I have a rule that I MUST drop anything I’m doing and write if I have a poem idea. I can’t remember anything unless I do that. XD It’s been working well. I’m usually pretty motivated by the weekly goal of posting. It keeps creating fresh in my mind.

    THE LITTLE WOMEN MOVIE THO. That is actually the only movie that I have enjoyed more than the book. You can ask my family–I have never made that statement in the history of my existence. lol Wasn’t Amy a queen??? Also Timothee Chalamet as Laurie? I can’t handle the aesthetic.

    Peter Pan is beyond brilliant my opinion. Everyyyyyy line is quotable. I really do love children’s books more than adult books. XD I constantly ask my brothers is something is in “good form” as a Hook reference all the time. lol

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    1. Aaawwww THANK YOU. *whispers* that means so much coming from you, the absolute queen of gorgeous images. ❀

      Aaaah, the joys of writing, even with parameters and boundaries, it can be such a rollercoaster, and to be honest it can get so giddy fun. YES. I can't go on with life if I don't write down ideas whether it be story, poem, or something I remember I meant to do. XD

      ISN'T IT THO. Yesss same I think. When I said it all my family was shocked. "Let's mark this momentous occasion" or something like that was said. πŸ˜†

      Peter Pan is amazing, and it's so funny you said that, because It iS sO tRuE. EVERY SINGLE LINE. I was constantly thinking "oh I should write this down." If I had followed through with that, I would have had about 3/4ths of the book transcribed. Or something like that. πŸ˜›

      Haha, it's always important to make sure what you are doing is good form. πŸ˜‰

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        1. No, just speaking the truth. πŸ˜‰ ❀
          Haha YES YOU SHOULD.
          Sorry for the enthusiasm, but that sounds amazing, so yes, yes you should. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Welcome back! This is so true. Boundaries ARE really important and help us to create awesome things. I once saw a neat quote about how a violin string needs the structure of the violin and it needs to be pulled tight to make beautiful music. If you “freed” the string, it would be useless. You are quite right, writing is definitely a habit. It’s something you just have to decide to DO whether or not you are brimming with inspiration. I have been amazed by what I can accomplish when I just push through and write, even when I don’t want to. I mean, most of the time it’s garbage, but it’s not always, and even when it’s garbage I am still learning something and honing my skill. I have learned so much about myself from blogging and realizing that I CAN come up with posts consistently.
    I really want to see the new Little Women, but I haven’t yet! I have also been meaning to watch Gladiator for literally years, but for some reason it hasn’t happened yet. I will have to get around to that.
    This is a great post, and I am glad you have returned!

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    1. Thank you Sponge! Oh wow, what a cool picture. I’ve never heard that applied that way before.
      Yeah, I’m pretty sure pushing through making garbage is about 70% of the time a writer is actually being productive, even if it’s messier than say making collages or playlists based off the stories. The aesthetics can really help, but in the end, I’ve learned I got to roll up my sleeves and really just write. (shocker haha)
      It was a strange feeling last year when I realized that I really CAN write posts consistently. It kinda threw me off, and I’m still trying to understand it. xD It reminds me of the Field of Dreams quote: “If you build it, he will come.” Except, instead, something like “if you promise them, the post will come.” That’s at least how it feels sometimes. (:
      You should definitely watch both! They’re both very much worth it.
      Thank you! I appreciate it.(:

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  8. *throws confetti in the air*

    so good to have you back πŸ˜€ this was such a warming and inspirational post to read with so much wisdom and knowledge to be gained! also, i second you! brooklyn 99 is amazing – never fails to cheer me up and the ending of the last season had me cracking up!

    thank you for sharing the quote about having boundaries – really made me think

    hope you have a lovely and productive april

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    1. *dances in confetti*

      Thank you! I’m glad to share ideas, it’s always interesting to see other people’s perspectives, especially in the creative process, in my opinion. (:

      Oh *face-palm* I probably should have clarified what I meant by “Brooklyn.” It’s not that TV series (I didn’t know about until I read your comment and looked it up) but it’s a BBC film from a couple years ago about an Irish immigrant during the 1950s.

      Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful April as well! πŸ˜€

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  9. YESSSS about Little Women!!! πŸ₯° And I loved what you said about boundaries in writing…
    I refused to put Student Driver stickers on the car when I was learning to drive but now I’m wondering if it might have been nice…

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    1. Thanks CM! I’ll add it to my list of tags I will… er might… get around to eventually. Unfortunately I have let the list grow at the rate of my tbr. πŸ˜† πŸ˜›

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  10. Great post! And yes I’ve really really realised the importance of boundaries just now aaah. I always just freak out over deadlines and curse them till I go out of breathπŸ˜‚ funny how we find accountability to be a boon now. X

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  11. Speak of telepathic people who tell you these things at the perfect timing, as if they just somehow know you are going through the exact same thing as they are. THAT WAS A LONG SENTENCE. *deep breaths* OH MY GOODNESS!!! YOU are telepathic too! I have been making excuses and being lazy not working on my novel, but this has truly inspired me. HOW DID I READ THIS AT THE PERFECT DAY, HOUR, SECOND, AND MOMENT when I needed this. LITERALLY. Thank you so much, guess it’s time to get back to chapter 5. Or was it 4……

    β€œWriting is not a race, it’s a habit”

    – Evelyn, making perfect timing since the beginning of The Rain- Drenched Writer Blog

    And before that.


    Off to work I go!

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    1. wAiT rEaLLy?? … that’s awesome. πŸ˜‚
      Bahahahaha you’re very welcome. I try to use my telepathy and my other super powers to help other people as much as I can. πŸ˜‰
      GO SIT DOWN AND WRITE THAT CHAPTER, or at least sit there, tell yourself to write or do nothing, and start making your habit. πŸ™ƒ

      You got this Camille!! πŸ™ŒπŸ˜


  12. Ahahah, I just watched The Emperor’s New Groove with my dad on Sunday, and I was really excited by the gif. (Do you say with a j sound or a g sound?)
    My experience at the DMV wasn’t terrible either–it was long but I finished the book I brought. Haha, I’ve never tried putting a “student driver” sticker on my car, but if it increases the following distance, I’m interested. That sounds like a great plus. I never realized before I start scary that it’s kind of scary to go fifty or so miles an hour just a few feet away from other cars that are doing the same thing.
    What podcasts do you listen to??

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    1. Hahaha, that movie is so incredibly good. Was that your first time to watch it?
      (the j sound. which, interesting fact, is the *correct* way according to the man who created them. πŸ˜† You?)
      Mm a good pastime for lines. I brought my book but I got too distracted people watching to focus and get through more than a paragraph.

      Boy it is scary. I can’t imagine normal traffic – thanks to COVID-19 the roads around me are relatively empty. I live near a major city though, so once people start going back to work, and driving, it’s going to be a learning curve!

      For starters I listen to a daily news podcast called The World and Everything In It. Also NPR’s Planet Money, an economics podcast, though I find their more recent episodes less interesting than their original classic content from a couple years ago when they were in their prime. The one other NPR podcast I listen to is about psychology and called “Hidden Brain.” Then a podcast called Lore, those episodes can get dark, and they are generally pretty long, but overall it is fantastic storytelling based around old myths – truly fascinating and engaging. I also listen to an interview podcast about writing called “The Habit.” It’s a podcast from a Christian art organization in Nashville, The Rabbit Room, (you might have heard of it). I also listen to their podcast “The Resistance” which is about people and their struggles of who they are and who they want to be, specifically in the context of creating art. I occasionally listen to the other podcasts from The Rabbit Room, and there are some other ones out there, but these are the main podcasts I listen to.
      How about you??

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      1. Yes, it was! I know I’m late–it was my bucket list movie for the month of May. What are your favorite Disney movies, or movies in general?
        Ahaha, I say it with the j sound too.

        The number of times I’ve done that too and read the same paragraph over and over again.

        Oh duh, of course now would be a great time to practice driving. If I had a permit right now, this would be superb, but I already have my license so we canceled my insurance for now. I live in the suburbs of a major city. I don’t know if it’s still relatively big because my radar has been tilted from living in pretty major cities.

        Ahh, Planet Money! I think I started listening around three or four years ago? No way, that’s interesting. What do you think has changed in their content? I definitely know Hidden Brain from the pitches they have inside other NPR podcasts, but I’ve only listened to one episode and that was a long time ago. I remember thinking it was on the dry side? I haven’t heard of The World and Everything In It, but I did try listening to Up First, another NPR Daily new podcast, but I couldn’t keep up. I can picture exactly what the Lore cover art looks like. The myths sound very interesting. Ohh, I will check The Habit and The Resistance out. Are there any episodes you would recommend? Hmm, the Rabbit Room sounds familiar, but I don’t if that’s because my brain is falsely convincing me of that or not. Oh no, I am subscribed so many few podcasts. Here’s some of them. I also listen to This American Life by NPR. From Gimlet, I’m subscribed to Every Little Thing and Without Fail. Another economics sort of one is Freakonomics. I listen to a bunch of interview ones, one of them being That Sounds Fun w/ Annie F. Downs-you might’ve heard of her? She’s a Christian writer in Nashville.

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        1. Ooh nice. Do you have a bucket list movie for every month?

          I honestly wouldn’t know where to start. There are way too many Disney movies for that. xD I guess… almost anything Pixar? (Pixar is owned by Disney now… right?) I find Pixar movies usually fall in the category of “meh” or “BRILLIANT.” They truly know the art of storytelling and emotions.
          Do you have a favorite Disney movie?

          I guess when Planet Money was hitting it’s starting stride with me it was a lot of the two main hosts being nerdy about interesting things, then it starting to fall into a formula and lose the more casual personal vibe to it (in fact they finally admitting that in their 1000th episode haha). If you want a sense of what I had pictured as the “old feel” listen to episode #998. Not to say I don’t like the other style – in fact I enjoy it – it just gets old and especially as they seem to draw from a pool of very similar topics the past couple years. When they first started I feel like they had a larger range of things they ran with.

          Hidden Brain is definitely dry. I usually listen to it when I want something quiet and thought-provoking when I’m painting, or when the topic stands out to me. The World and Everything In It is a child of the news organization called “World” that approaches news with a Christian worldview. It started as magazine decades ago but as I say “child” the daily podcast is actually even bigger than the original magazine now I’m pretty sure, along with the website. And then there are their video newscasts.

          Sure! The Resistance – well I haven’t listened to a lot of those episodes, I only found it recently – my favorite so far was the one with Nathan Johnson, film music composer of recent hit Knives Out. It was just so interesting to hear of his process and his ideas on the importance of setting boundaries in art and creating your “sandbox.” link:

          As to The Habit, that’s harder. Probably the interview with S.D. Smith (author of the Green Embers series). He’s an author I highly respect and I always enjoy hearing his thoughts on art as a service. link:
          Also the one with Elementary Novel Author Jennifer Trafton (author of Henry and the Chalk Dragon) on the importance of returning to childhood fancies in creating art.
          And then the third one I would list (though these are in no specific order) would be the interview with Doug McKelvey, poet, prose-master, novelist, on his process, aesthetically, practically, theologically. Etc.

          If you end up checking them out, you’ll have to let me know what you think of them! I am afraid I am dreadfully behind on that podcast haha. It’s extremely consistent and rich. I’m always afraid of listening to more than one too close together, because I love thinking about them in depth. So once I got behind, well I really got behind.

          No, I haven’t heard of most of those! This American Life I have heard a couple episodes of a long time ago and honestly… I forgot about it when I got my phone and really began listening to podcasts? I can’t believe that because the concept was something I really liked. I need to go start listening to those. I’ll check out the others too! I’m always looking for new finds haha.

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        2. Yes, I do! I just mentioned this in my comment for the Endgame/Toy Story 4 parallels, but the movie bucket list started with that year of watching Marvel movies. Now it’s a lot of movies that I hear people reference.

          Wait what, I don’t know. I feel like I’ve definitely seen the names of both companies at the beginning of movies. But I always think it means they’re collaborating or something.

          I have favorite(s): Frozen, Big Hero 6, McFarland USA, and Tangled.

          Hahaha, I did listen to their 1000th episode recently! And their 998th episode. Okay, I think I get what you’re saying–how it’s less podcast professional? Ohh, that’s interesting. I think I started listening around high 700s? Yikes, that may be way too early, I’m not sure.

          Ahhh, thank you the recommendations. I will check all of them out except for The World and Everything In It because I will get behind the daily episodes.

          Did you like Knives Out?? I did. It was weird seeing Chris Evans being a bad guy though. The “sandbox” idea is already intriguing. Even just hearing you describe it reminds me of the author, artist, and blogger-Austin Kleon. Have you ever heard of him before?

          Ahh, yayyy! I love talking about podcasts. Oh my goodness, This American Life is so good.

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        3. Sorta, I guess I mean a less formulated and more dynamic way to approach talking about the economic principles that don’t have a specific story behind them that they are telling if that makes sense.

          Haha no problem. I get behind on daily podcasts too and it drives me crazy. xD That’s what I get for not making time to listen to a daily podcast everyday and for having FOMO. πŸ˜›

          Yes! I liked it a lot though to be fair with a disclaimer my parents showed it to us with language bleeped out/muted for enjoyment’s sake. I thought it was crafted extremely well and I loved the feel of the classic Victorian parlor room mystery with modern vibes. Did you like it?

          Austin Kleon? No I don’t believe so! What is he known for? What is the best way to get introduced to his work?

          Haha ikr. Podcasts are so cool (and some people think I’m weird for that xD) I actually went back on your blog and found your posts were you talk about podcasts and read them again. They were really interesting.


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