End Times

So, it is officially the end of Lent. While I’m familiar with the blog, this has definitely been a new one for me, and it took more time than the usual things that I do around this time. Over the course of these last forty days I have posted thirteen posts, which is more than I’ve done in any single year since I got the blog.

My idea of getting posts out every day wasn’t actually realistic, it turns out, or else there would have been a lot more. It does take quite a bit of work to edit, write, and do the research that I did. I don’t know that I would have been able to do about forty posts, because the ideas might have dried out by that point. I have a draft labeled “brainstorming” that I made with a list of a bunch of posts I could make, and I’ve gradually been crossing them out. There is still quite a bit on there, though, so I will be continuing to use it.

I doubt I’m going to be working on the blog quite as much because of school work (it might all be classified as homework now, because self isolation means I’m always at home, right?), but I’m going to try and keep up the work on it. I mean, in 2019 I only had one post, and I can seek to do much better than that.

In short, this marks the end of my Lent posts. But even now I have a couple of things in the works, so it isn’t the end of everything.

Back From the Dead

You are standing in the middle of a cemetery. It’s currently midnight, fog is rolling through, and a wolf howls in the distance just to get the feel of the thing. You’re there to pay respects, perhaps. To visit a long dead friend or family member.

You are just about to leave when you hear a strange noise from a nearby grave. Because there is no ‘you’, and only a vague character whose purpose is to forward the plot, you approach the noise with no sense of fear or questioning. The dirt shifts. The ground beneath your feet begins to rumble. Thunder and lightning crash. Then, a hand (decayed and green and not very pleasant at all) strikes up, and proceeds to pull out the rest of its accompanying body.

Instead of immediately going for your brains, the zombie pulls a laptop out of its grave and grunts as it leans against the stone. You hear the sound of typing, and watch as it takes no notice of you.

“Hello?” you say, because there’s not much else to do about it.

The zombie looks up, surprised. “Oh. Hello.” Then it looks back at the screen.

There’s a pause.

“Aren’t you supposed to be dead?” you add.

“Hey, leave me alone, can’t you see I’m blogging here?”

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen and the general void of the Internet. This blog is back from the dead – or, more accurately, what seems to have been a year long hiatus. However, the posts on here should become fairly more regular now.

For Lent this year, I will be working every day on this blog. I’ll probably try and get out a new post each time, but it may also end up as editing occurring on certain days or other behind the scenes work. It’s meant to act as some type of self improvement (and perhaps enact more discipline then, say, a year long hiatus).

So, in the following weeks there will be excerpts, musings, a new five books of the year post, and more. Although, there won’t be any more ridiculous zombie stories, I promise.

Things Writers/Readers Need on Hand at All Times

From personal experience, I would say that this is pretty accurate. And I’m as much of a writer and a bookworm as you can find. So, here we are: Things we all need on hand, all the time. Do try not to fall asleep.

1. Pencil

That, or a pen, marker, etc. Literally anything that can be used to write with, although a pencil or pen is easier than using a marker or a crayon. I think you understand what I mean.

When I write, I write everywhere. At home. School. Restaurants. Appointments. Other houses, on a bus, you name it. Obviously, I’m going to need something to write with, leading to the conclusion that-guess what-I’m gonna need a pencil.

I get that there are people who prefer to digitally write their books, whether on a laptop, a tablet, a phone, or some other form of technology. Obviously I don’t write on paper to make this blog. However, writing isn’t exactly the only thing I use a pencil for.

I’m not sure if I’m the only person that this works for, maybe I’m not, or maybe I’m just weird. Anyways, when I’m nervous in any situation it helps me to have a pencil in my hand. For reasons not quite clear for me holding a pencil calms me down. It’s probably because writing is how I unwind or something like that, but I’m not about to delve into my own psychology.

Just trust me; pencils are good things to have.

2. Paper

With pencils you need paper. I don’t know what else you want me to say.

3. YOU NEED A NEARBY BOOKSTORE

No one is going to disagree with me on this, right? If you love books, you need a bookstore. Sure, you can order books online, but there’s nothing like walking into the store, smelling the scent of the paper pages, and buying your very own solid copy…

Okay then. Um. Bookstores are great, alright? I shop for books the same way some teens shop for clothes. If I didn’t have a bookstore (or library) close to where I live I swear I’d go insane.

It doesn’t matter which one you have, I know there’s a bunch of different bookstores out there, they’re all usually amazing and one of my favourite places in the world. I could spend hours in a bookstore without even buying anything.

4. Bookmark

Naturally. Whether it’s your traditional bookmark, a piece of paper, or some random scrap of cardboard, it’s good to have a marking place in the book you’re either reading or writing.

Unless you enjoy trying to memorize the page you’re at and attempting to flip through the book and find it the next time. I know I don’t.

(Note: You need to keep a close eye on your bookmark, too. They always go missing over the course of time you’re reading.)

5. A Book

Well…Duh. This should be a given. If you like to read books, you’re going to have books. If you’re anything like me, you bring books pretty much everywhere when you have the chance.

6. Another Book

I’m just saying, you never know when you’re going to need a backup.

I mean, if you finish the first one, what do you do? You don’t have anything else to read. If I’m going on a trip or if I think I’m going to finish reading the book I’m on at any point in the day, I bring a second book around with me. Just in case.

The extra weight is often worth it, truthfully.

And Finally, 7. A Gift Card or a Library Card

In the situation that you come across one of the aforementioned libraries and/or bookstores.