So, Uh.

I’m still here!

I will get to writing a few articles soon, but most of my attention has been over at PikiGeek.com, as I am now an editor there.

Just wanted to let all 3 of you know!

Looking back, just a little bit.

2010 was a strange year.

Outside of the spheres I usually write in, it just felt weird — I’m talking on a personal level here.

I moved on to Farleigh Dickinson, taking the next step toward my goal of becoming a professor. I started this blog, which indirectly pushed me to write and research a lot of things that I only had a passing interest in. Over the past year, I feel like my writing has improved greatly. While I’ve always sort of had my own style, I’ve only recently started to become comfortable in it. I am improving that areas that I am weak in and reinforcing my strengths. While I’m not quite where I want to be, I am making progress in that direction.

It’s a good feeling.

Yet, I feel like it isn’t enough. One of my resolution’s this year was to “write more” — and I think I’ve accomplished that… yet it isn’t enough. I need to write more than… more. Specifically, I need to focus more on the “creative” side of things. I’ve been meaning to write a few short stories, but I can’t seem to nail down any concrete ideas. Perhaps I need to just start writing and seeing where I go? I suppose I’m in that age-old writer’s dilemma that prevents them from even starting. Not for long though! I’ve found that recently I don’t have to “force” myself to write, rather I just feel a surge of energy coming on and I just build on that. With a little extra energy, I feel like I could bend that sort of thing to the creative realm.

In addition to the creative, I’d also like to write a philosophical piece. I always mention “balance” as the core of my belief(s), yet I don’t believe many understand what I mean. I think a great series of posts (or even more of an academic essay, geeze) could be useful to list exactly what the hell I’m talking about. It’d be nice to point people to a solid, concrete description of what that term means to me, anyway. If there even is such a thing as “concrete” when it comes to belief…

But I digress!

To date, I’ve posted 38 different articles to this blog since August. While I’m sure that isn’t many in comparison to what is out there, it is something I’m pretty proud of. I typically do very little planning when it comes to writing all of these articles. Usually an idea comes with me and I just run with it, even if I’m not sure if it will work. Some ideas remain in permanent limbo as drafts — never to see the light. Others end up becoming pretty popular, driving a ton of traffic to this site (for the curious among you — the “most popular” articles were this and this).

As far as blog writing goes, I really enjoy having a place to vent my opinions in a place where they can be read by friends and family — and the occasional random visitor.

Past that? Well, one of my goals for this year is to submit (a lot) to a couple lit mags. I really want to get my name out there. It would be nice to have a thick writing portfolio to show off by the time I have my terminal degree. Honestly, it would be nice to have an expanded portfolio by the end of the year. Perhaps I could make the end of 2011 a sort of check-point toward that goal.

I’d also like to start up another blog. I’ve been tossing the idea around of a gaming blog that focuses on “serious” issues, basically the culture and where it is going (and the positives/negatives surrounding it). I’ve considered posting that sort of thing here, but ultimately I’d like to bring in other opinions and this blog is strictly for my views on subjects.

Considering the controversy that often surrounds the gaming community (plus the nature of the community itself), I feel like a blog targeting more intelligent issues could be particularly successful. I’ve already pitched the idea to a few fellow writer friends of mine, and they seem to like the idea.

Outside of all of that, I’d like to get into writing morning pages again as well.

Two years or so ago a friend suggested that I look into this book. One of the exercises it suggested (the very first, actually) was to write three pages of anything every morning. The idea is that it encourages you to spill your thoughts on to the page, which can be therapeutic and also inspire creativity. I filled up two notebooks with morning pages before gradually moving away from them. In retrospect, they really helped me quite a bit and I need to get back into them.

Welp, time to get back to more productive (Ha! Yeah right!) things!

Hope everyone out there enjoys the end of 2010. 🙂

Finals are over!

…which means I have the energy to write again!

It honestly seems like for the past month I’ve had to write a new paper every day. While that doesn’t bother me, it sort of kills my inspiration. Have no fear, though! Class is over and I will be returning to writing articles very soon. Two articles will be ready to go -very- soon!

Happy Halloween!

Well, er, a day late, but still! Hope all of you had a wonderful Halloween.

If it wasn’t obvious already, I decided to write a short story to… celebrate the season.

Part 1: http://www.notquiteliterally.com/?p=138

Part 2: http://www.notquiteliterally.com/?p=141

Part 3: http://www.notquiteliterally.com/?p=150

Hope you enjoy it. I’ll get back to writing non-insane things now, I promise!

Oh, also as an editors note: I’m really tired! So I apologize for any errors that may have slipped in. I’ll re-proof read everything tomorrow, I just wanted to make sure I got everything posted tonight.

Moving forward: Where am I going from here?

It’s been a little over two months since I’ve started this blog. So far I’ve written just over twenty articles about all kinds of subjects that I never imagined I would write about in any sort of serious manner. I’ve touched on social issues, things that bother me in general, music reviews and even some flash fiction. In my last post I gave a brief explanation about why I write specifically about social issues, but I’d like to also add a little bit about what you can expect to see here from this point forward past those sorts of things.

First off, while I do deeply care about the points I mention in the post right under this one I want to state that this blog isn’t just for social ranting. I will continue to post creative writing and the occasional music review — or whatever I feel about writing in general. So don’t get upset if you see something that seems “out of the ordinary.”

Likewise, I’ve reached a point where I’m cool with spreading the word about my blog. Up until this point I’ve sort of only tried to spread it amongst friends, but I feel that I have a solid amount of content now where someone reading this site for the first time would be entertained for more than a few short minutes.

On that note — much as I said in the manifesto, feel free to spread the word! Use the tagline “Come for the social justice, stay for the flash fiction!” …uh, maybe not, but still — you get the idea.

Another thing I’d like to note: I love comments! It’s cool to see that virtually all of my blogs have gotten at least one, even if it is the same handful of people who choose to be vocal. I know there are a few of you out there that read the blog on a relatively routine basis but have remained silent and that is perfectly fine — but your input is welcome! Even if I don’t know you personally, feel free to post up a comment. Disagree with me, even! I’d love to get a discussion going.

So anyway, in the future months look for a flash fiction week roughly every month. There will be another one very soon and I’d like to sort of make a habit out of it because it’s really fun. I’d also like to review a few more albums, so if there is something coming out soon that you’d like my opinion on, let me know!

Also feel free to comment on this post if there is anything in specific you’d like me to write an article about (or just hear my opinion on). Seriously! As much as I write for myself, it is always nice to have people enjoy it as well.