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Currently, 9/3/2020

I knew that I still had this image somewhere in the depths of my blog photos.

Loving

I am currently loving Monster Coffee Kona Blend. I wanted to get a coffee subscription for cold coffee, because I am a caffeine addict and I don’t know how to function without at least 80% of my blood stream saturated with the stuff… and it’s so yummy. It really gives me the boost that I need when I’m feeling a bit sluggish (See: I have two children who have insomnia just as bad as I do, and there’s no escape from never sleeping.)

Reading

I’m reading a few different things. Recently, I’ve realized that I enjoy reading even more if I have 3 or 4 different books that I can flip through in different formats. I don’t know why, but it makes me really happy.

Pet Sematary: A Novel: King, Stephen: 9781501156700: Amazon.com: Books

The first thing that I’ll talk about is Pet Semetary. I’ve been listening to this for a little bit now, and I have to say that I’m seriously enjoying it. I have the Audio Book version, and Michael C. Hall (See, Dexter Morgan) is reading it… and I have to say, he’s doing a freaking phenomenal job, and it’s making me listen to it slower than I usually do audio books, due to the fact that I haven’t blasted him up to 2x speed so that my brain doesn’t get bored with what I’m hearing. He’s so good at the reading that I just want to listen to the voices and characters that he’s creating.

The Shining by Stephen King, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®

Next up is The Shining, also by Stephen King. Are you seeing the trend here? I’ve recently started reading a lot of his novels, and I have to say that I’m getting addicted. He just has a way with his writing, words, stories and characters that is really intriguing me. I find myself wanting to dive into more and more of his works. I’ve been hitting the more popular ones so far, but I’m going to get into the lesser known things eventually, and I’m seriously looking forward to it.

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And then finally… Words of Radiance. I seriously can’t with this. It gets its own blog post. This is the second book in the Stormlight Archive series, and it’s honestly so beautifully and well written that I could die.

Watching

So, this isn’t as easy to answer as other things. I’ve been watching CocoMelon and I have been watching Epic Rap Battle. I’ve been watching ABC Monsters… and occasionally, I’ve gotten to watch Kate Cavanaugh. My kids rule my television 99.9% of the time, and I spend most of my time doing my best to make sure that the things that they watch are educational.

On the off chance that I am allowed to pick what I’m watching and I don’t have to be on youtube, I’ve been peeking at a lot of home renovation shows lately. It’s a new guilty pleasure of mine, and one that I will indulge whenever I am given the chance. So, the current Jam is a show called Fixer Upers.

Love it. Love it. Love it.

Writing

Entirely too much? I’m doing MilWordy and I have a ton of projects going on. My Discord Group has about 20+ participating, so we’re all honestly writing our little hearts out. I guess if you wanted to get technical, currently I am writing this blog. Ha. Honestly… I have 2 novels that I’m really prodding into the most. One is called Canceled, and is about a Narrator, and then one is called The Darkest Deep… and is about sea monsters and the end of the world?

I’m also diving back into RPing, and it’s been so enjoyable to get words down with other people. There’s something so appealing about the creativity that comes with spilling into a world with another person there with you. I love it. I really wasn’t lying about currently writing this blog, though? I am going to to get blogs down at least every other day, because it helps with MilWordy words, and it’s also just a good practice for me!

Listening To

Help me.

What? I told you that my kids have an addiction. Ha. Other than that, I have actually been listening to the soundtrack for the movie Before I Fall a lot lately, because it fits a lot of the vibes of one of the books that I’m writing. My listening really varies a LOT though. I have a Spotify, and I have a playlist for every single book that I’m writing, and it ranges from classical to Veil of Maya, so.

Thinking About

Buying a house. My husband and I have been renting, and it’s really time for us to just own something with a yard and a fence and a place where our kids can play… and a place where I can paint the walls whatever color I want and have a little mini library.

Hush. I have needs.

Anticipating

See above. Ha. There are a lot of things that I’m anticipating, though. I’m anticipating the cooler weather, I’m anticipating fall. I’m anticipating some day when I can go outside and play with my kids without masks. I’m anticipating this first month of MilWordy to be over, because I’m honestly ridiculously excited to see how everyone’s stats are doing.

I’m also anticipating the next DLC for Borderlands 3, cause it’s going to have my boy Kreig in it, and I wanna see how he’s feeling.

As far as my writing goes, I’m really anticipating getting the first draft of these two novels finished. I have over 10k in each of them, so I’m getting into some of the really good stuff now that we’re through the intro, and there’s just always something so exciting about finishing a first draft. Hopefully by the end of MilWordy, I’ll be drowning in a bunch of drafts I can work with.

Wishing

Gosh, it’s a crazy wish… but I’m hoping that the world can change? The state of everything right now is wild — the state of how things have been for a long time is wild. I want to leave my kids in a world better than the one where I grew up, where equality is a real thing and people don’t have to be afraid.

I’m wishing for a house.

I’m wishing for good words for the day.

I’m wishing for coffee.

I guess I’m just wishing for peacefulness?

Making Me Happy

My kids. My husband. My writing server. My family. Honestly, even though things are crazy right now, I have so many things to be thankful for. There are so many good people in my life, and there are so many people right now fighting for the change that I spoke of above. At the end of the day, having my one year old cuddle with me in my arms and my three year old falling asleep on my legs is pretty amazing.

Add to that a husband who works so hard to make sure we have an amazing life and supports me in all of my writing endeavors, no matter what.. well… my home life is pretty awesome.

My writing server is an absolute delight right now. We have so many people active and participating, and I can’t wait to see how they do with their writing challenges this month and year!

I’d love to see you guys do a Currently post as well! Link back to me if you do!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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Currently

Currently Wednesday

I found a blog post over on Katyupperman’s blog, and I found that it was something that I really wanted to do! It’s a thing called Currently – it informs people of what you’re currently up to… and I thought that it was time that I got back into doing this!


Loving

The weather. It’s California, so it’s not super cold… but it’s really lovely. There’s clouds, and the sun isn’t out… and it’s chilly so I can have my blanket. Being super wrapped in a blanket or rainy weather is my go-to for when I love to write the most.

Reading

To my shame, I’m not reading anything. I’m actually going to change that, because I also want to get back into the habit of having a weekly book update/thoughts. So… I’ll be getting back into that, and hopefully next Wednesday there will be more to read in this section.

Watching

I was watching a ton of Hell’s Kitchen last night, but other than that… I was trying to get into the Walking Dead? I don’t know, I’ve been really tired a lot lately, so I haven’t been watching TV as much as usual. If you have any good recs for shows on Netflix or Hulu, let me know. I’d love to have a new series to jump into.

Listening To

Zayde Wolf. I’ve been listening to a lot of Zayde Wolfe lately, and I’ve really been enjoying it. Especially his album Rare Breed. I would super suggest checking it out, if you haven’t heard of him yet.

Thinking About

Too many things to list on here. I’ve mentioned it before, but there’s been a lot of stuff going on that I can’t quite talk about yet. That’s the thing that I’m thinking about the most… and it’s been really taking up a lot of my thoughts. However, other than that, I’ve really been thinking about how much I want to get back into daily writing. I’m trying to decide what novel project I want to work on, and I’m trying to get back into the swing of my proper daily blogs. It’s been a little bit of an adventure, and as always I’m going up and down. But I have to say that my writing journey is one of my favorite things, and I’m always happy to share it with all of you.

Anticipating

Christmas ❤ I honestly really love spending time with my family and my friends, so it’s a lovely time of year. I’m also looking forward to 2017, and hoping that the coming up year brings surprises, fun, and good things for myself and the people that I care about. Other than that, I’m anticipating getting right and properly back into my writing schedule, because I’ve let myself get off… and now that I’m starting to veer back on course, it’s making me feel so much better.

 

Wishing

Oh, still wishing that I had my own writing room. My desk is more than just a little cramped – my writing area is scattered with post-it notes and notebooks and loose sheets of paper everywhere. I want a bigger desk, with organizational ability. I want my own writing room, where I can go to concentrate. I’d happily share it with my husband – it could be my writing room/his room to make music… but a creativity room.

That sounds pretty damn amazing to me.

Making Me Happy

Oh, what’s making me happy. Hm… friends, family, the fact that I’ve kind of found this inner peace with myself that I’ll talk to you guys about later. As always, my husband is making me happy. Life has been looking really up for us – he got a full time position at his job (He was working basically full time before as a Special Education assistant, but he wasn’t getting the full time benefits). We’re looking to move (hopefully for the last time) in the next yearish… and all around, life is looking up.

As always, writing is still making me happy. Even though I’m not doing it as much as I did before, and even though I feel a little like I’m getting behind, it still makes me happy. It’s always going to be my peace, and my solace, and sometimes it takes me getting right and properly back into it for me to remember that… but that fact always ends up coming back to me.

 


There we go! This weeks Currently, dipping you back into all of the things that I’ve been doing, but haven’t been telling you about. Hopefully next weeks will have a little more information for everyone, and hopefully I’ll have gotten back into reading. Honestly, I miss that, and I know that it’s super important for my creativity. If you have any good recs, let me know!

So, until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Currently!

Currently Wednesday

I found a blog post over on Katyupperman’s blog, and I found that it was something that I really wanted to do! It’s a thing called Currently – it informs people of what you’re currently up to… and I thought that it would be a fun little update to do on Wednesdays!

I apologize for the fact that I didn’t have a blog up yesterday. Things have been a little crazy, and I was talking to new roomies. So. Anyway. Onward to the Currently post!


Loving

This new mod that I found for my Fallout 4 game. It pretty much lets me put my characters into a copious amount of poses. Since a lot of my writing is actually about those characters (to the point that some of them are going to get unrelated books, because I feel like they deserve it – lies, they demand it) it’s really inspiring. Whenever I can find something that inspires the Hell out of me, I cling to it. I love it. I keep it forever.

Reading

The second draft of my friend Kayla Dore’s novel. It’s very, very, very good. I let my tablet die, so I had a few days of lull while I brought myself to charging it, but I’m back at it now.❤ It’s delightful. <— This is still my answer. Shame on me for taking a whole week to finish this.

Watching

I actually haven’t been watching television this week. I’ve been writing until I was tired, and then sleeping… or just sleeping in general. If I have anything on the TV, it’s like… Mythbusters, or a Documentary. Sometimes, I get into this mood where they’re nothing that I really want to watch, and nothing that really seems to satisfy me.

It happens when I’m being super write-y.

Listening To

Still Spotify. I’m going to always just answer this one by the last song that was playing on there, I suppose. Hungry Like The Wolf, a cover by The Hidden Citizens. They do like… epic movie trailer versions of a bunch of songs, and they’re epic. I’d seriously recommend you going and looking it it, because it’s completely worth giving a listen to.

Thinking About

How many words I can crank out today. I really am in a writer mood. I’m over 4k for the day already, and I want to get at least 5k. There’s a part of me that’s tempted to do another 10k day today (it was the initial plan), but I had a really bad migraine earlier so I didn’t wake up early like I meant to. Because of that, I might have to cut that desired word count short. But still… I’m just wondering how many words I can get – I want to try to finish this chapter of my story, and get some of When Flowers Fall rewritten. I have to get that completely translated into first person, male perspective before I decide if it’s going to be my NaNo project.

 

Anticipating

 

NaNoWriMo! November is so close, it’s so very close… and I absolutely adore that entire month. It’s really wonderful to feel that rush of creativity that just completely fills the air. My Discord group is growing, so I think we’re going to have a great batch of people to participate this year! I’m excited.

Wishing

That I had my own writing room. I keep having to either be on my computer late into the night when no one is awake, or on my laptop up in my bedroom. I want to have somewhere that I can retreat, somewhere that can be my little writing cave.

I know that it will happen eventually, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting it right now, now does it? Honestly though, a good set of earphones and some nice music can take care of most of those issues, and it is nice to always be in the same room with my epic husband ❤ So.

Making Me Happy

 

Coffee is always making me happy. Writing is actually making me extremely happy. I had a 10k day two days ago, and it just reminded me of how much I love to write… how much I love the rush and feeling when I finish something and my entire body just feels accomplished, and like I did something amazing. I’m loving my RPs that I have going, because they’re really inspiring me, and making me want to write even more. 

There are times when I randomly have these realizations and epiphanies that writing is something that makes me happy, and content, and it makes me feel complete. I really do feel like it’s what I’m supposed to do… and those days when my mind just sings that? Yeah, that makes me pretty damn happy.


So, that’s all for this weeks Currently! I really am sorry about the lack of post yesterday – things might be a little bit crazy, but I try to never miss more than one day. I might write another blog this afternoon in an attempt to make up for it, if only because I feel like I’m behind for some reason o-o

So, until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Currently

Currently Wednesday

I found a blog post over on Katyupperman’s blog, and I found that it was something that I really wanted to do! It’s a thing called Currently – it informs people of what you’re currently up to… and I thought that it would be a fun little update to do on Wednesdays!


Loving

All forms of chocolate. Does that count? If it doesn’t… I suppose that I am currently loving the fact that the weather is finally cooling down a little bit. It gives me hope for fall. Or, hey! I’m currently loving my Discord Writing Group (click to join). It’s been really cool to get my writing group into a server where we have multiple chat rooms that allow us to be organized and capable of properly getting the resources, time, and conversations going that we need!

Reading

The second draft of my friend Kayla Dore’s novel. It’s very, very, very good. I let my tablet die, so I had a few days of lull while I brought myself to charging it, but I’m back at it now. ❤ It’s delightful.

Watching

Deadly Women – it’s a documentary that’s all about female murderers through history. I kind of love Crime Shows, so I’m all about it.

Listening To

Still Spotify. I’m going to always just answer this one by the last song that was playing on there, I suppose. Too Good by Troy Sivan. It’s almost too good. Kekeekekekek. I’m so funny, right?

Thinking About

 

The next few days being over. I’m currently having a you have a uterus and now you will suffer for it moment, and it always really gets my mood and mojo down. As in, I stay in bed for the majority of the day down. I’m still getting my words in, but it’s making it a bit harder. I’m already over 30k for the month, but I was really hoping to boost my wordcount up to nearly 100,000 this month, and it’s not looking like I’m going to manage. Of course, there are still plenty of days left, so there is never time to say never.

At least, not while I’m around and attempting this crazy one-million-in-a-year thing.

Anticipating

Moving. We’re going to move in about a year, and I’m really excited about it. It’s going to change things a lot, and for the better. I’m hoping it happens in less than a year, because that would really be perfect – but going from a house with a ton of roomies to a ranch where I can have more space for myself?

Yes, please. Sign me up.

Wishing

Mmm… that it was November. I’m honestly really ready for NaNoWriMo and the writing hype that comes with it. I never feel more creative than I do during the month of November, and I think that it honestly has a lot to do with the fact that everyone else has such a creative vibe about them that it just resonates through the air. This year, I have a really cool space set up in my garage, so when I have buds over to write, we’re going to have somewhere to hang out.

Who knows, I might even take a Brave Girl pill and try to venture out to a few write-ins. Maybe.

Probably not.

Because, you know, I’m social awkward and anxious.

Making Me Happy

Coffeeeee. Coffee is making me happy, because it’s warm and delicious and in my belly.

And I suppose that I should just go ahead and say that my RP is also making me happy. Because I literally wrote warm and Delicia (Yeah, Kayla, every time I try to write delicious, I write her name now xD). Honestly, a lot of things are making me happy. I’m fortunate to have amazing friends, and amazing people who care about me, and the ability to write and work doing what I love.

Also, and as always (get used to this answer). My husband is making me happy. He’s always making me happy, just by being him.


Thank you for tuning in! If you decide to pick up doing this, comment and let me know! Link me in your post! I’d love to come and check it out!

So, until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Currently!

Currently Wednesday

I found a blog post over on Katyupperman’s blog, and I found that it was something that I really wanted to do! It’s a thing called Currently – it informs people of what you’re currently up to… and I thought that it would be a fun little update to do on Wednesdays!


Loving

The RP That I’m partaking in. It’s actually an extremely fun point of my day. I generally do between 2-4 replies daily. It’s boosting up my word count, helping me develop my characters even more, and is overall just a joy to participate in. I’d actually forgotten for a long time as to how much I really enjoyed writing with another person, and getting to rediscover that has been a real joy.

Also, I’m still loving Pokemon Go. So there.

Reading

Harry Potter books are on my very soon list, and I’m currently reading Part 2 of the first In The Company of Shadows books. I might bounce around to some other things, depending on what my in the works Book Club wants to do.

Watching

Mmmm, a bunch of horror movies on HBO Go. I’ve been in that mood.

Listening To

Spotify still, though I’ve been going for a lot more of the hard rock as of late. If we want to get technically, right this very current second, I am listening to Lost at Sea by Zedd.

Thinking About

Boosting my word count up. I want this to be a really big month for words, because I really do want to make it to that one million words in a year goal that I have. It’s really close, and I know that I can do it if I put my mind to it… it’s just a matter of getting there. There are going to be days (like yesterday) where I just skate by with 1000 words for the day… so there need to be days where I write 5k+ in order to make up for that lackadaisical performance.

I guess, currently, I’m thinking about discipline and how to properly redefine it for the goals that I have in mind.

Anticipating

I… hm… am I anticipating anything? Oh. I know! I am anticipating Fall. I am anticipating the banishment of this wretchedly hot weather, and the sensation of being cold. I am anticipating being able to always wear a jacket and still want to wrap a blanket around my legs while I’m doing it.

I am anticipating summer being gone, because summer in California is super wretched.

Wishing

That my dogs would take a chill pill. There is someone out in my front yard, and they can’t handle the fact that someone is intruding upon their property. (By they, I mean that my weenier dog/border collie mix cannot fathom as to why someone would dare to challenge her presence… and my mini aussi will occasionally get up and bark with her, I think just to make her feel like she isn’t completely dense.

The funny thing is, the weenier collie is eating, so she’s barking with her mouth full. It sounds ridiculous.

Making Me Happy

My wrist braces. I recently found them both, and it’s helping a tremendous amount with my ability to write. I have so many issues when I don’t have them on – if I write too much, my wrists start to ache to the point that it’s agony to keep going (I do keep going sometimes, shame on me).

Also, and as always (get used to this answer). My husband is making me happy. He’s always making me happy, just by being him.


Thank you for tuning in! If you decide to pick up doing this, comment and let me know! Link me in your post! I’d love to come and check it out!

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!~

Author Amanda McCormick

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Weekly Currently

Currently Wednesday

I found a blog post over on Katyupperman’s blog, and I found that it was something that I really wanted to do! It’s a thing called Currently – it informs people of what you’re currently up to… and I thought that it would be a fun little update to do on Wednesdays!


Loving

Pokemon Go. Yep, that’s right. I am currently loving the Hell out of that game. It’s been really fun, because I have these compulsions to collect things – and to fully collect them. So I’m having one of each type of Pokemon (all versions of evolution included) in my bag, and it’s been really fun. More than that, though… I’m enjoying what it’s doing to my town. I don’t live in the best neighborhood, but I can honestly go out at midnight to one of the shadiest parts of town… and there are 100 other nerds there to make sure no one jumps us.

It’s pretty awesome.

Reading

I just finished reading Fight Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes and writing my Review for it. I’m in the process of selecting a new book to read. Of course, I am re-reading the Harry Potter novels, but I’m doing that a bit slower than usual, because I’m writing about each chapter as I go!

Watching

I am currently watching an anime called Parasyte, and it’s pretty damn amazing. I am really, really… alllllllll about fun, horror, violent animes. I’m awful, I know.

Listening To

xD Spotify. I guess if I’m listening to anything a lot, The Horror of our Love by Ludo. I’ve been flipping back to that baby quite frequently. It’s pretty amazing.

Thinking About

I’m thinking about Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m about 18,000 words in, I need to get another 1k for the day, but I’m not sure what project I want to work on. I may randomly pick a number and just go with it that way. My professionalism in my writing projects is astounding, no?

Anticipating

My Birthday! It’s this Sunday, and I’m really excited. I’m going to go and see a horror movie, get some delicious food, and just enjoy time with people who I care about… which makes me realize that I should probably get to 20,000 words today in Camp NaNo so that I don’t have to worry about it then.

Wishing

Oh, this is a hard one. I’m wishing that the world would just chill out. I’m wishing that people could stop being so hateful. I’m wishing that I could find the strength to try to publish my books. I’m wishing that a goddamn Eevee would show up so I could get a flareon. You know. Just things.

Making Me Happy

Josh. My husband. ❤ He’s always making me happy, so don’t be surprised if that’s the answer here a lot. He’s amazing and supportive, and he always encourages me to do more and push myself with my writing, and that’s exactly what I need. ❤


So, that was pretty fun! I think I’m going to make a habit of this every Wednesday, if only to keep a record of my moods and what I’ve enjoyed. So, thank you for tuning in! If you decide to pick up doing this, comment and let me know! Link me in your post! I’d love to come and check it out!

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!~

Author Amanda McCormick

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