Meet my WIP: The Wolves of the Far North

In my last post, I discussed some of the things I learned while writing my most recent draft, and I realized I had yet to formally introduce it on this space.

Just in case you were unaware, I am an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy as well as a writer of fiction, and for the last 8 months I’ve been working on a fantasy novel of my own that I am tentatively calling The Wolves of the Far North.

Aesthetic Board for my WIP The Wolves of the Far North

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5 Things I’ve Learned After Finishing a First Draft

Today, January 28th, 2019, I finished the first draft of my work-in-progress, The Wolves of the Far North. At long last. To be fair, the title of this post is a tiny bit misleading. While this is the first draft of my current wip, it’s actually the second draft I’ve ever finished.

But that is neither here nor there.

What matters is that this book was different. This was my the first time I sat down with the intention of writing a draft that I would one day query. It was the start of a journey, and it carried a certain weight and responsibility before that I’d never had to deal with.

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Are You Afraid You’re Running Out of Time?

Have you ever asked yourself…

…if you are too old to do what you want to do?

…if you’re afraid of being left behind?

…if you think you missed your chance?

…if you feel like you’re running out of time?

I know I have.

For a little perspective, it was only last month that I turned 30. And with such a big milestone in my life, I can’t help but look back. I’m not where I wish I was, or where I expected to be, and while I wish it wasn’t the case, it kind of feels like I’ve been wasting my time.

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8 Board Ideas to Get You Started on Pinterest

Pinterest is a powerful tool, and whether you know how to use it or not, you need to know what to use it for. I’ve been on Pinterest for years, and I’ve loved every minute of it! If you take a look at my page you’ll notice I have dozens of boards, all with different topics and uses. There are so many different ways you can use Pinterest – it’s a tool in many senses of the word.

Here are just some of the collections I’ve started over on my Pinterest page! If you enjoy it, you can make a board about it.

But let’s face it: it can be intimidating. Pinterest is a big platform, and when you’re just getting started or trying to get back into it, it can be hard to know where to start. As someone who is quite familiar with it at this point, I figured I’d share a few ideas to get you started, whether you’re a freelancer, writer, artist or blogger.

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Digital Decluttering: Organize Your Digital Life in the New Year

With the start of every new year is yet another opportunity to organize your life. As I’ve become more and more interested in minimalism, I’ve become more aware of what I surround myself with – what takes up space in my life and if its worth that space. And the new year is the best time to re-evaluate what I have, what I want to get rid of and what I need to replace.

It’s both liberating and relaxing to get rid of all that excess. My mind feels clearer and I feel more in control. Mess is chaos. Organization is orderly. It’s clear to see why we lean towards one over the other.

But one thing I don’t think about is my digital space.

My laptop, my tablet, my phone – much of my life involves interacting with some sort of digital space. Maybe because I am still finding an organization method that works for me or the fact that I tend to start all sorts of creative projects, but I just end up with all sorts of files in every digital nook and cranny. Some of which I never touch again. Others which I scramble to find and simply pray that I remember a word in the file name so I can search for it.

We spend a lot of time on our devices. Why shouldn’t they be as organized and decluttered as the rest of our living spaces?

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Why I Started a Bullet Journal

For those who aren’t in the know, bullet journaling is a method of paper planning that you can employ with literally any empty notebook. It can be as detailed or as minimal as you need it to be, and you control everything you put inside.

Sound pretty vague? If you’ve ever searched for bullet journals on Pinterest or Instagram you’ll see just how wildly different they can look as they are completely customizable and can be put together to fit your life and your specific productivity needs. If for some reason you don’t know a thing about bullet journaling and you want to know more, then check out Ryder Carroll’s official Bullet Journal website. There are resources and video tutorials and I highly recommend it as your starting point. He did come up with the system after all.

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