Thursday, October 10, 2013


I am not ready to come back to blogging full-force. Honestly, I think my blog is going to be a bit different when I do anyways. But that's to think about later. For now I figure I'll just post some updates every now and then. Not worrying about posting all the time is nice but I miss feeling connected to my lovely blogging friends -you know who you are. I am at a place in my life where I really need my friendships, even my internet ones. They're important to me.

So anyways, things are okay on my end. A bit emotional. I am working my ass off trying to find a job. It's hard, I am not in an area with a lot of opportunity. But I am filling out applications and looking everyday. I heard back from an arts & culture magazine today about writing for them which is exciting. It doesn't pay a lot, but it sounds interesting and would look great on my resume. Hopefully I'll be writing a few preliminary pieces for them to see how they go over and if they like my work then I'll have a job. Fingers crossed!

I've also been working a lot on planning my novel for Nanowrimo. I really wanted to do a whole fiction writing series here on the blog but I just can't bring myself to put the work in right now. I have so many other things on my mind. I will probably post a lot about my own nano-progress though and hopefully I can get to the fiction writing series again in the future.

In the mean time I am researching fun stuff like necromancy, voodoo, american geography, motorcycles, and weaponry. Because that's the kind of stuff that goes into the books I like to write.

Speaking of books, has anyone else read The Raven Boys (and The Dream Thieves) by Maggie Stiefvater -they are sooo good. They're the first two in The Raven Cycle series and I highly recommend them. And how can you say no with writing like this?

“How do you feel about helicopters?"
There was a long pause. "How do you mean? Ethically?"
"As a mode of transportation."
"Faster than camels, but less sustainable.” 

I love witty characters. It's my weakness. I would follow well-written witty characters to hell and back. If, you know, that was even possible. 

And with that rambling I am off to clean up my house a bit, possibly paint my nails, and fill out some more applications.

Manda Rave


  1. Good luck to you dear lady! <3

  2. For NaNoWriMo, don't hesitate to send me stuff and ask questions. I would love to help any way I can <33333

  3. So nice to see you here, friend! (Your so lovely, by the way!) I know what you mean about feeling the need to step away right now - I am feeling the same, and hate, too, how it makes me feel disconnected from all the amazing bloggers I'm connected with, but I figure that's just the ebb and flow of blogging, and sometimes you just have to roll with it.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for you with regards to the magazine! I'm trying to build my own writing portfolio right now, and have started to submit to a local online site that doesn't pay, but which is so much more aligned with my interests. I deliberated whether I wanted to put in the effort for no pay, but I find I'm really interested in creating articles for such a great platform, and that I can write more openly about what interests me, that I figure it really is a blessing of an opportunity.

    Blogging is such an evolution, and it's kind of the nature of it, to shift and grow with the person. It's a reflection of who we are, so it's in it's nature.

    Am sending you positive energy, lady, for everything going on! <3


    1. Oh god - YOU'RE! You're so lovely! Haha!

    2. Thanks hun, haha <3
      I usually would snap up any opportunity to get my writing out there, pay or not, but right now I can't afford to waste time on something that doesn't pay me. That's how broke I am. It's a nice way to build up a portfolio though, definitely.

  4. GOOD LUCK!!! Job searching is such a pain in the ass. If you EVER need an extra set of hands, lemme know. :) I'll definitely look into that series! :D

    I completely understand how you're feeling, blogging wise. I've gone through that time, and time again. I'm glad you aren't pressuring yourself!

    1. Thanks dear. It really can be such a pain, but I am persevering. <3

  5. Taking the obligation out of blogging was so important for me. I'm happy to see that you're exploring different ways to use your space :)
    I'm so excited for NaNoWriMo! Your research sounds super exciting!

    1. This is the first time I'm participating in Nanowrimo and I'm super excited too! Fingers crossed I can manage 50k words haha


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