Jessica’s Early Writing (5)

Hi everyone!

Happy Tuesday. I have another early writing post with a fun picture to share too! Enjoy πŸ™‚


I’m going to Disney World. I am going on the King King earthquake.

I’m not sure what the King Kong earthquake was, but I did go to Disney World in 1997. I was about 8 years old.

Sorry this is a bit blurry, but you all know my phone situation, haha. I got this blog post idea when I visited my Dad last weekend. He was cleaning out some stuff and found these – I’m guessing the first card was like a ticket to get into the park and the first visit card was something you were supposed to wear.

And here’s little me with Mickey! 😁


I hope you enjoyed this fun look back into my life. Have you ever visited Disney World?

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Jessica’s Early Writing (4)

Hi everyone!

It’s been a long week. I’m so glad today is Friday! Today, I have a short, but fun, early writing post! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. 😊


Here’s the entire diagram I made about my pets (as we’ve learned, I enjoyed writing about them)

And here are a couple up close shots for easier reading. I’ll translate (lol) underneath the pictures.

Intro: Hi my name is Jessica and I’m going to tell you about my animals.

What kind of animals?: I have 2 cats, 1 dog, and 2 fish?

What there names are? (What are their names?): One cat’s name is Perdy (Purdy) another cats name is Katdy (Katie). My dogs name is Thunder and my fishs names are Oreo and Jake.

Funny things: One thing that is funny my cat Katdy (Katie) chases my dog Thunder. My cat Katdy always chases Perdy (Purdy) and my fish swim upside down. (They really did swim upside down sometimes.)

Tie up sentens (sentence): If you have animals like me I hope they aren’t as goofy as mine are.


That’s all I have for you today. I havent been on WordPress much this week, so I’ll be spending some time catching up on blogs I’ve missed.

I hope you have a great weekend.

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Jessica’s Early Writing (3)

HI everyone!

It’s Monday…ugh. Here’s hoping the week flies by! Another fun post for today – early writing from 1996/97. Enjoy 😊


“I would like to ride bikes just like my cousins.” …my drawing skills were on point. πŸ˜‚

“I love my mommy and daddy because they are very special. They are always there for me. They take me places.” …dawww.

“At bedtime, my mommy and daddy read a bedtime story.”

“I wish that it was Christmas time.”

“I will always love my cat, Purdy, and my car, Katie, and my dog, Thunder, even if they scratch.”


I’m really enjoying reading these old journals. I hope you’re enjoying these posts as well. I hope you have a great day!

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Jessica’s Early Writing (2)

Hi everyone!

Happy Tuesday. I hope all is well with you. I’m going bowling tonight with coworkers. I suck at bowling, so it should be entertaining. Haha.

Another fun ‘early writing’ post. I found a story I wrote. Enjoy 😊


The Mouse and the Bear

One sunny day, in the beautiful woods, I saw a brown bear named Barry and a gray mouse named Linzy.

Barry didn’t look like he felt too good because he was just laying there on the ground. But, Linzy didn’t know…

…that because she didn’t ask Barry.

All of a sudden, Linzy got on her pogo stick and jumped on Barry’s fat stomach. She started chanting, “lazy bear, lazy bear.”

Then, Barry got mad and swatted Linzy. Linzy fell off Barry’s fat stomach and started crying.

I went over to Linzy and said, “You should go over and say sorry to Barry.” Then I asked Barry to say he was sorry to Linzy for swatting her.

Linzy said sorry and Barry said sorry. They both became friends. They both learned that she should talk to each other before they do…

…something they’ll be sorry for.

That was the last time I ever saw Barry and Linzy again. I hope Barry and Linzy stay friends forever.


I think this was from 4th grade, but I’m not 100% sure. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did. I hope you have a great day. Wish me luck bowling. 😊

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Jessica’s Early Writing (1)

Hi everyone!

Unfortunately, it’s Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. A couple weeks ago, I went to my dad’s house to help him clean out some stuff in his basement and I came across some really old journals and school projects. I thought it would be fun to share some of it with you guys. I have a few different things to share, so I will try to post something different once a week until I run out. This journal is from 1997. Enjoy 😊


I’m sad to say, my drawing skills have not improved.

I really enjoyed writing about my cats and dog.

I liked math and gym. That changed, haha.

This picture is an accurate representation of me roller skating. (Note: the stick figure that fell on her back.)

I still think the library is “nete.”

I laughed so hard reading this one.

These last two were together. I loved writing stories.


I hope you find this entertaining. I had a lot of fun going through stuff and I’m looking forward to sharing more. If you’ve ever shared old writing or school assignments, let me know. I hope your Monday flies by. 😊

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Writer Tag

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday. I’m currently reading through the second book in my September TBR challenge, so I thought I would do a quick tag.

On another note, I’m super close to 100 followers on this blog. I wanted to say thank you for the support. I’m trying to plan my 100 subscriber blog, so stay tuned for that (hopefully soon! 😊)

As always, I tag anyone who wants to participate.

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TAG Questions:

W- Wherewhere do you do your best writing?

At my desk in my living living room. In the apartment, I don’t have a ton of options but it’s my own space.

R- Ritualsdo you have any rituals you have to do when you want to write?

Not really. The only thing I need to do is shut down Twitter…because Twitter is the downfall of my writing progress.

I- Irritatewhat irritates you most when you struggle with writing?

Lack of ability to write what I’m seeing in my head. The visuals are there, but the words aren’t flowing. That is just so disheartening.

T- Talentwhat aspect of writing do you feel you’re most talented at?

Creating relatable characters. I love creating diverse, relatable personalities.

E- Essentialwhat part of writing is absolutely essential to who you are?

All parts of writing? I don’t think I can pick one part of writing. Writing in general just means so much to me.

R- Reflections- what is something that you’ve written that is a reflection that something that’s happened to you in your life?

Almost every piece of poetry I’ve written has been a real story.

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Well, that is all I have for you tonight. I hope your week is going well.

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Alter Reach Inspiration

Hey everyone,

If you are following me on social media, you may recognize these. I took some of the images I pinned on Pinterest and created “story boards” for some of my characters.

NOTE: I do not own the rights to these images.

MARCI

FAELYN

ALYSON

ZEKE

WREN

BRASTON

I hope you enjoy checking these out. I can’t wait to share this story with everyone.

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Until next time –

Jessica

Passengers – Movie ReviewΒ 

Hi there! 

This blog is going to be a review of the movie Passengers starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. I have to admit, I was so excited to see these two starring in a film together. I’m a big fan of both of their work. 

Per usual, I’m going to try to keep this spoiler free but I’d suggest you watch the movie before reading this. 

Synopsis (Taken from IMDB.com)

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
Review

I had high expectations and hopes for this movie. The trailer looked pretty cool, I am a fan of both actors, so I thought it would be pretty great. Unfortunately, I was wrong. Now before I get into it, I’ll start off by saying this wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen but I was left feeling like if I never saw it again, I wouldn’t be depriving myself of anything.

I’ll start with some of the good parts. The movie is very pretty. The CGI and scenes of space are super appealing and for the most part, believable. 

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt do pretty well given the material they had to work with. I don’t blame either actors for the weakness of this movie. 

The outside look of the ship was pretty unique and cool looking. My husband disagrees, but I thought the inside and some of the technology used on the ship was fun as well. 

Alright, on to the bad. 

My biggest issue with this film was that it felt like two different movies that they tried to combine into one. The trailer teased this as a romance, scifi action movie. The movie focused so long on the romance (almost 1.5 hours of the 2 hours mocie), that when things finally started getting interesting, it felt like the writers just threw a bunch of things in at the last minute to make it “exciting.”

I felt like there were moments when the writers added things to cover up plot holes. The ending was rushed and predictable. I barely cared about the characters (again, I don’t think that was Lawrence or Pratt’s fault…the story has to hold your interest as well as the actors). 

The other big issue I had was the over sexualized nature of it. There are two times that I can think of where you see Chris Pratt’s naked behind for no reason..it doesn’t move the plot forward, it just makes the girls in the audience swoon. 

The pace is very slow, like I stated earlier. After an hour of the two main characters (Spoiler alert…kind of) flirting, screwing, and being mad at each other, I felt myself wondering when the movie would actually become interesting. By the time the action started, I was already over the movie. 

Wrap up

Like I said, the movie wasn’t the worst thing I’ve seen…but I definitely won’t be buying the DVD and watching it over again. Which is such a shame given how excited I was to see it. I’m glad I didn’t see it in theaters and waited to rent it. 

RATING: 3/5 β˜†
 That is all I have for you today. Let me know what you thought in the comments!

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

I hope you have a great rest of your week, I will write to you soon. 😊

Until next time –
Jessica

Would You Rather Author Tag

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great week. I know I’m looking forward to the weekend, as always. Here’s another Tag for you to enjoy.

Have a Male main character or a Female main character?
Tough call. Alter Reach has a female lead, but I think I’d like to write a book with a male lead too.

Wake up before dawn every day write or stay up into the early morning hours to write?
I’m a weirdo, and I don’t know how to sleep in, and I can barely stay awake past 9…so I’m going with morning writing hours.

Write a book that is torturous to write but which is very popular or write a book that is fun to write but which is only known by a small audience?
Write a book that’s fun to write. I don’t write to be popular, I write because it’s something I love to do. I wouldn’t write if it was torturous.

Write a SciFi story or a Fantasy story?
I’m writing a Fantasy now…want to write a SciFi next. So, I’m saying both!

Use first person or third person?
I think I like to write in third person for the most part. Every time I’ve attempted first, I haven’t gotten very far in the story.

Meet any character of any book/short-story in real life for one day or personally know any author you wish?
Personally know any author. That would be pretty sweet.

Only be able to write dialog if you act out the voices out loud or only be able to write action if you act it out in real life?
Dialog. Can you imagine having to act out action scenes?

Publish with the most successful publishing house in your genre but have to wait 2 years to see your book in print or self publish with no expense or marketing assistance but see your book in print within 3 months?
Self publish. That’s the avenue I’m going with. There are benefits to both, but I’ve decided self publishing is what is best for my story.

Write a goofy story or write a serious story?
I guess serious. I’m not very funny.

Write a story knowing that you will have to kill off the main character eventually or write a story knowing that everyone the main character is close to you will eventually have to kill off?
Kill the main character. It’s less expected.

Leave your ending somewhat open and bittersweet or leave your ending on a cliffhanger?
Somewhat open and bittersweet. Cliffhangers make me want to throw books at walls, and I don’t want that to happen to a copy of Alter Reach πŸ˜›

Write in many different genres or write only in one genre?
Different genres. It’s my plan…I think it will help me to branch out and challenge my creativity.

Have all of your characters have some physical deformity or have all of your characters have some internal twisted nature?
Internal twisted nature.

Have an orphaned main character with good friends or a main character with a good-sized family and family problems?
Orphaned main character.

Write the sex scene or not write the sex scene?
Not write the sex scene.

Write about uncertain dangers and intrigue or write about direct confrontation and violence?
Uncertain dangers and intrigue. I like to read books like this, so it only makes sense that I would like to write like this.

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

I tag anyone who wants to participate. Make sure you let me know if you do! πŸ™‚

Until next time –
Jessica

An Author’s Life For Me Tag

Hello! I hope you are all having a great weekend!

I found this author tag on YouTube (As some of you may know, I follow Jenna Moreci on YouTube and she tagged whoever wanted to participate…so here I am. For Jenna’s video, click here.)

*An Author’s Life For Me Tag*

1. What kind of writer are you?

Currently, I’d call myself a Fantasy/Adventure writer. I intend to branch out into the SciFi genre eventually, but Alter Reach has my full attention at the moment.

2. When did you start writing and what made you want to try it?

I’ve been writing my whole life. When I was little, I wrote all sorts of stories. As I got older, I delved into the world of poetry – and spent most of my high school years writing lots and lots of poems. I always told people I wanted to write a book someday, but I didn’t actually start doing that until NaNoWriMo 2015. That was the birth of Alter Reach, and here I am today, finishing that up and getting ready to send it out into the world. πŸ™‚

3. What inspires your stories?

Alter Reach came from a very strange dream and developed into what it is today. Most of my inspiration comes from life, and a little from the things I like to read and watch. I like to stay as authentic as possible, but I think everyone draws inspiration from things they are exposed to.

4. Are you a “plotter” or “pantser”?

For those of you who aren’t aware: a “plotter” plots and outlines before starting their novel and a “pantser” flies by the seat of their pants (doesn’t really plan or plot, just starts writing.) I wish I was a plotter…but I’ve never been one. I used to write essays for school the night before and ace them…I’m just better under pressure and winging it…plotting turns me into an obsessive freak, and I never actually start writing. …. I don’t suggest you follow my example if you can help it though.

5. Where are you in your writing journey?

Soon to be published! While I’d love to tell you when, I am not giving myself a deadline. I want Alter Reach to be the best it can be, so I’m giving it the attention it deserves. This is my first novel, and while I know it won’t be perfect, I want it to be something I am proud of. πŸ™‚

6. Have you entered any writing contest? Did you win/lose them?

When I was writing a lot of poetry, I wrote on Allpoetry.com and I entered many contests on that site. There weren’t real prizes, you won a virtual first/second/third/runner up trophy, but it exposed your work to more people on the site for more feedback. Allpoetry is great for feedback – rarely, did I run into dirtbags, everyone was just there to give you constructive criticism. Other than that, I have entered NaNoWriMo two years in a row, but that isn’t really a contest…it’s more of a contest with yourself.

7. Who are your writing heroes?

Steven King. If someone were to force me to pick a favorite author, it would be him. I love everything about what he writes.

8. What are you top 3 tips for newbie writers?

Tip #1: If you want to succeed in the writing world, you want to make sure you publish something that is clean and well written. PLEASE do not skip over the editing step so you can “save money.” I’d rather someone just not like my story, than bash me because I have spelling/grammar errors littering every page.

Tip #2: Write every day. It’s that simple. If you want to be a writer, you have to write…even when you don’t feel like it.

Tip #3: Screw the haters. I’ve said this before, and I will say it again – not everyone is going to like/understand/care about you. Those people do not matter. Keep the negativity out of your life and don’t let people who are jealous get you down. You’re doing something that is so unique and awesome – keep at it, and live your dream!

 

That’s all the questions I have to answer. I hope you enjoyed reading and I tag you if you want to participate. πŸ™‚

I am working on another movie review for the blog, so keep an eye out for that.

I still haven’t taken down Chapter One of Alter Reach – you can read that here, and if you’re interested in any of my poetry, you can find that here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Until next time –

Jessica