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. 😂

“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 56° 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!

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5 Ways I Stay Productive

Hi everyone!

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

Writing Resources I Find Useful Pt. 2

Hello everyone!

I kind of fell off the face of the earth the last few days and I apologise for that. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and I am looking forward to a long, three day weekend ahead to recoup and catch up on all the blogs I planned to put out, along with continuing the progress on Alter Reach!

Tonight I thought I’d put together another list of writing resources I find useful. You can read my first list here. 

1. Jeff Goin’s blog is fantastic. He has advice on writing, publishing, setting up your blog…just about anything you need advice on, he has. He does have some paid services, but I think you can find quite a bit of useful info that he offers for free. 

2. Mandi Lynn is a YouTuber/Published author who has tons of useful info to share…from outlining to publishing options, she is a great resource I find myself referring to when I need help. 

3. Beyond Your Blog is a great resource. There is some advice, along with writing opportunities to help you take your writing to the next level. 

4. Every Writer – tips, tricks and contests galore. This is a great resource for inspiration.

5. The Write Life – I follow this on Facebook, and they always have great articles and memes to spread inspiration and laughs along the way. I just discovered their actual site. It has many useful articles and links to other great resources (some of which, I have mentioned.)

6. I mentioned Well-Storied in my last post of useful resources but I never mentioned the Facebook group. If you’re a Facebook user, search for Your Write Dream (what Well-Storied used to be named). You should find a Facebook group you can join. It is fantastic, there are so many friendly people willing to give advice and help you out. I’ve gained a lot of inspiration from that group. 

7. #AmWriting – if you’re a Twitter user, this is a must-use hashtag. You can find resources and other authors to connect too. I use it every time I post and it’s helped me build my platform more than I think I would have, had I not used it. 

8. Narrative Ink Editing – while not an advice resource, I figured in this second installment of resources, I would touch on some of the editors I’ve been researching. If you’re in need of an editor, I’d highly recommend checking this one out. It’s on my top list of editors I’m considering. 

9. Think Written has a cool article with 365 writing prompts. When I’m feeling uninspired, I seek out writing prompts. Here’s some fun ones if you’re feeling the need. 

10. Descriptionari is a cool site where people post descriptions of all sorts of things. It’s a great place to get inspiration for descriptions.

That’s all I have for you today. I hope you find some of these useful. I will try to get back on track with regular posts 😉

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

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

Until next time –
Jessica

Split – Movie Review

Hello! I have been waiting to see this movie since the trailer was dropped. I’m a huge fan of most of Shyamalan’s movies, and thriller movies like this are right up my alley.

Before we get into it, please note that I will do my best not to spoil this film, but I think it’s best if you watch it before you read anything on it. I went in completely blind because I knew there would be twist and turns I wouldn’t have wanted to know before watching. I think that worked out in my favor. You’ve been warned.

Synopsis:

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, they must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.  – Written & directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Review:

Alright, so Split has some fricken incredible actors who portray some very believable characters, and I’m going to do a brief overview of some of them.

The human brain is the most complex object in the universe.

Betty Buckly plays a psychologist named Dr. Karen Fletcher who is desperately trying to understand and communicate with Kevin (played by James McAvoy). Kevin has 23 distinct personalities and Fletcher is attempting to figure out how his brain works and how to help him. She is very convincing and plays an incredibly important part in this movie. As she attempts to learn about Kevin’s condition, some mysteries begin to unravel and it’s just compelling to watch her.

There’s a flower on the pillows, a flower in the bathroom, like we’re important.

Anya Taylor-Joy plays Casey, one of the three girls abducted. She is a very interesting and intricate character. She is not a person you will understand right away – she’s more of a puzzle and the farther you get into this movie, the more you understand why she is the way she is.

Are you trying to trick me? I’ll tell on you.

James McAvoy plays Kevin, a man with 23 distinct personalities. He was incredible. I can’t give this guy enough credit for the role he played. Each personality is so unique, and distinguishable that I never questioned who he was when he walked on screen. McAvoy truly gave his all in this performance, and it pays off. I can imagine attempting to portray one person in a movie is difficult, and McAvoy pulls this off over and over again with very unique characters.

This movie looks incredible. The camera work is amazing – some of the unique angles and shots make for a very interesting ride for the viewer. The tones are dark and dank, and when we are watching the girls or McAvoy’s character, you really feel like you’re in a dangerous area. The score of this movie is also interesting. It is so subtle at times, you barely notice it’s there. It just adds to the dark, claustrophobic feel the lighting and camera work gives you.

This movie knows when to make you laugh and when to make you nervous. I won’t go into much detail here, for fear of spoiling, but the film does a really good job of letting you know what emotions you should be feeling. It also does a fantastic job leaving you on the edge of your seat. You are given just enough information to push the plot forward, but it keeps you waiting until the very end to give you the answers you seek. This is what, I think, makes a thriller a good thriller. The ability to hold back enough to keep you sitting there for the entire two hours.

He’s done awful things to people and he’ll do awful things to you.

Another upside to this movie was its lack of gore. I think I’ll be making a more in depth blog post about today’s movie’s use of gore and sex rather than characterization and plot to sell movies, but this isn’t the time or place to get into it. I enjoyed the fact that there was very little gore. There were cringe-worthy scenes, but nothing so over the top. I enjoy movies that have the ability to shock you without sickening you.

The downsides to this movie are more of my own personal downsides that I can’t get into without spoiling everything. I might make a spoiler review in the future where I discuss it, but for now, I will just say that there was some info I wish I had known going in.

Wrap Up:

This movie is fantastic. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a movie that makes you work for the answers rather than making it easy.

RATING: 5/5 ☆

Let me know what you thought of Split in the comments below.

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

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

Until next time –

Jessica