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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Not Alone – A Poem

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday. Late post for me, but it’s been a busy weekend. I hope yours has been relaxing!

The poems I’ve shared with you so far were written over the years. I haven’t written anything new in a very long time. Part of my new year’s resolution was to write more poetry. I’ll admit, I’m really rusty, but I’m pretty happy with what I’m sharing today. Enjoy this NEW poem 😊


Not Alone

I stood at the end of the bridge,
until the heat of the flame licked my face.
I watched as the memories turned white,
crumbling to ashes as they blew away.

As the light perforated the darkness,
mercy called me from the edge of my rope.
I’m tired, but I’m alive with eyes wide open,
breathe in deep, the truth, I’m not alone.


Let me know what you think in the comments.

I hope you enjoy your the rest of your weekend and Monday doesn’t come too quickly. 😁

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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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Alter Reach Character Profile: Marci

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday!

It snowed quite a bit here. Yesterday, it was 56Β° and rainy, and this morning, I woke up to this:

(Sorry for the poor picture quality. My phone doesn’t have a great camera.)

Anyway, today, I wanted to give you a little insight into Alter Reach by giving you so more info on my main character, Marci. Enjoy 😊


Name: Marci Edleman

Gender: Female

Age: 21

Background: Marci has no idea where she came from or anything about her life before the last 5 years. After losing their memories, being accused of murder, and finally being cleared of all charges, Marci and her twin sister, Alyson parted ways. Marci, in hopes to put her forgotten past behind her, moved to New York City right after the charges were dropped and she graduated from high school. Alyson stayed behind in their hometown of Meadowbrook, vowing to find out what happened the night they lost their memories.

Appearance: Marci has a small, oval face and wavy, brown hair, that reaches her shoulder blades. It’s generally thrown up in a bun, though. She’s tall, about 5’8” and toned. Her eyes are dark brown. They often darken or lighten depending on her mood.

Family: The only family Marci knows is her twin sister, Alyson. However, when she moved to the city, she met Al. He owns a bar and offered her the apartment above it, rent free and a job. Al is like a father to Marci.

Friends: Al & Emma from the bar. Later in the story – Wren, Faelyn, Braston and Eloise.

Romance: After the inncident, Marci chose to focus on herself. She hasn’t had time to date, and she’s pretty awkward when it comes to guys.

Introvert or extrovert? Definitely introvert.

Strengths: Creative, logical, loyal, honest.

Weaknesses: She has a really hard time trusting people.

Goals/dreams/aspirations: All Marci wants is to be happy. She would tell you that she wants to forget the past and move on, but deep down, she wants to find out what happened to her.

Fears: Never truly learning who she is.


I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the world of Alter Reach. I plan to do more of these soon. If you were snowed in this morning where you live, I hope you stay safe! Have a great weekend!

Meet the other characters of Alter Reach:
Faelyn|Braston|Zeke|Alyson|Jade|Eloise

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5 Ways I Stay Productive

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Happy Thursday. Sorry for the late post! I hope your week is going well. This is my first full week of work since my abdominal pain issue, and I can happily say that I’ve been (mostly) pain free! It has been a little crazy getting back into the swing of things (probably why this blog post is coming so late in the afternoon, but hey, at least I posted!)

Today I wanted to explain how I stay productive. Last year wasn’t the best as far as productivity is concerned, but I’m giving myself a pass with the abdominal issues. However, on my most productive days, these are the things that are always consistent.


1. Stay distraction free.

I write using Scrivner, and I have to say, it is the best money I have spent so far in this writing journey. But, I’ll save that for another post. Scrivner has a distraction free mode that takes over your whole screen to help you stay off the internet and out of your email. For me, personally, I’m addicted to Twitter. This mode keeps me from clicking back to Twitter when I should be focusing.

2. Turn off my phone (and put it in another room).

Remember how I said I am addicted to Twitter? Well…while the distraction mode in Scrivner is helpful to keep me from looking at Twitter (or anything else), if my phone is near me, I’m likely to still stall my production. When it’s time to write, I turn my phone off and put it in another room.

3. Either write in silence or listen to instrumental music.

Call me weird, but if a song has lyrics, I can’t concentrate on writing. I created a writing playlist a few posts back, but that was mainly songs that I listened to before writing, and inspired scenes of Alter Reach. Sometimes, I even write in silence. It might be weird, but I do a lot of my best thinking in silence.

4. Timed word count goals.

I give myself a word count goal and a set time to do it in. I tend to work well under pressure. When I was in high school, I did really well writing papers the night before they were due. So, I give myself a little bit of pressure and it usually helps me stay productive.

5. Take a break.

As counterproductive as taking a break seems, overloading my brain is likely to make me head back to Twitterland, so I need to give myself a dedicated break.


How do you stay productive?

We are supposed to get another snow storm tomorrow night into Saturday, so I will be putting these practices into use and making some major headway on Alter Reach.

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Progress is Not Failure

Hi everyone!

November is NaNoWriMo, I was pumped at the beginning of the month, because I had a plan to finish Alter Reach and start editing. Clearly, that plan fell through. While I had all the time in the world to write, I spent the majority of my days on the couch (or at the doctors).

Tomorrow is the last day, and there isn’t even a slight chance that I will hit 50,000 words. A year ago, I would have called this a failure and been super hard on myself, but I have been trying (and succeeding) to change my mindset.

I wrote words. It might not have been a lot of words, and it definitely wasn’t the amount I was hoping for, but given the circumstances, I still made progress. And progress isn’t failure. It’s…well, progress.

Alter Reach is closer to being a complete draft today, than it was on November 1st and I can’t complain about that. All I can do is try to feel better and get writing on a regular basis again.

So, if you’re not quite reaching your goals this month (whatever they may be), don’t sell yourself short. Progress is a good thing and it should be celebrated. Don’t let that little part of your brain start screaming, “failure,” because it isn’t.


I hope you’ve made progress toward whatever goals you may have.

I have another test scheduled for Friday. Hoping to get some answers and start feeling better soon. I will update again soon. 😊

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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