Posted in 2018, personal, Update Post, Writing

Get to Know Me #1 – Celebration for reaching 200 followers

I’ve decided that for every milestone I reach on my blog I’ll answer five questions from these few cheesy conversation starter lists I’ve found on the internet. Of course I’ll still be doing other things when I reach these milestones, I’ll just be answering these questions as well. I think this will be fun and if you want to write a post where you answer these questions or if you want to answer them in the comments feel free. I won’t be making this something that you need to either be nominated for or that you need to nominate anyone else for. This is just for fun.

So without further ado, here are five questions that I’m answering because I reached 200 followers.

1. Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever been?

The most interesting place I’ve ever been to is the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. I know that most people might find a museum very boring, but I’m the type of person who is interested in looking at artifacts and reconstructions as well as the type of person who likes learning more about different cultures. I am currently working towards a degree in archaeology after all. Also I haven’t been to many places. I’ve never even had the chance to leave the continent yet.

2. What is your favourite colour?

I actually have two favourite colours, blue and orange. When I was really little someone asked me this question and I hadn’t thought about what my favourite colour was before then so I just said yellow. However in reality it is both blue and orange.

3. What fictional place would you most like to go?

This is a harder question. I think if I could visit any fictional place I would like to visit Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings. It’s such an interesting city built into the side of a mountain. Of course I would like to go to many other fictional places, it is really hard to choose.

4. Are you usually early or late?

I’m kind of in between. Sometimes I’m really early and sometimes I’m a few minutes late. It doesn’t help that I’m a night owl and I can’t seem to wake up most mornings after 8am so I can easily leave super early for anything I need to go to. It’s just that I’m also lazy and tend to do other things in the morning which cause me to lose track of time causing me to be late.

5. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

The furthest I’ve ever been from home is Arizona. For reference I’m from the north shore of Lake Superior.


Feel free to answer these questions yourself. I’ll see you tomorrow for an anime review.

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Posted in 2018, Update Post

Announcement #2 – 200 Followers – May 4, 2018

Sorry about separating this announcement from the other one. I just figured that the anthology should get its own post. If you have read the title than you would already know that I’ve reached 200 followers on WordPress. I didn’t get the achievement yet because I’m counting my email followers in my total. I have 196 WordPress followers plus 5 email followers. I passed 200 followers earlier today.

I’ve been thinking about what to do and I found it very hard to decide. Its too soon after the end of the semester for me to do any challenges like the anime challenge and I thought about posting some fiction here but decided that that may not be the best idea. To be quite honest I don’t know how to celebrate this milestone. That may be because I don’t even know what I want for Ruminated Scrawlings right now.

The other day I created a Wattpad account so that I can post my longer fiction there (written with a minimum of three drafts). I am using the same name there as I’m using here, EclaDragon. Here’s a link to my page. There isn’t anything there right now and the profile is pretty much blank, but I hope to get my first piece of fiction there soon. Maybe I’ll do something related to Wattpad to celebrate this milestone.

Posted in 2018, Update Post, Writing

Announcement #1 – Drowned in Moonlight – May 4, 2018

So tonight I have a couple of announcements for anyone interested. The first of these is the fact that tomorrow a charity anthology titled ‘Drowned in Moonlight’ will be released in ebook form on all platforms. Paperback and hardcover versions will come later due to the quickly closing due date that already passed. This project was started in January of 2017 and I’m so happy that its finally being published. So many people worked hard to make this a reality. ‘Drowned in Moonlight’ is an anthology of short fiction, poetry, art, and essays written and created in memory of Carrie Fisher. All royalties will be donated to the International Bipolar Foundation.

“December 27, 2016 marked another tragic passing of a celebrity. 2016 took many lives, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and George Michael. Yet the passing of a “Princess,” nay a “General,” touched the lives of many as well. Carrie Frances Fisher, born October 21, 1956 to actress Debby Reynolds and Actor Eddie Fisher, grew up to be one of the most iconic figures of cinema. She also had written many books. See the bibliography below.

After her death, a group of writers on Facebook got together to create the soon to be released, “Drowned in Moonlight.” Led by Kristan L. Cannon’s company KCEditions, the collection contains stories and personal recollections, art and poetry. Carrie represented what women could be, could achieve. She was also a mother, daughter and sister.

-Proceeds for the book will be donated to the International Bipolar Foundation

Bibliography

Novels
Postcards from the Edge, 1987, ISBN 0-7434-6651-9
Surrender the Pink, 1990, ISBN 0-671-66640-1
Delusions of Grandma, 1993, ISBN 0-684-85803-7
The Best Awful There Is, 2004, ISBN 0-7434-7857-6
Non-fiction
Hollywood Moms, 2001 (introduction), ISBN 978-0810941571
Wishful Drinking, 2008, ISBN 1-4391-0225-2
Shockaholic, 2011, ISBN 978-0-7432-6482-2
The Princess Diarist, 2016, ISBN 978-0-399-17359-2
Screenplays
Postcards from the Edge, 1990
These Old Broads, 2001
E-Girl (2007)[168]
Doctored screenplays include Sister Act (1992),[41] Last Action Hero (1993)[169] and The Wedding Singer (1998)[41]
Plays
Wishful Drinking, 2006[170]
Wishful Drinking, 2008[171]
A Spy in the House of Me, 2008[172]”

Posted in 2018, Update Post, Writing

My Plans for the Future of Ruminated Scrawlings

Over the past week I’ve been thinking about my blog and how I should celebrate my future follower milestones. At the moment I have 185 followers making my next actual milestone 200 followers. I don’t have a clue what I’ll be doing then and I don’t know when I’ll meet that milestone since I’m not exactly the most consistent blogger out there. I did just go a full week with only 3 posts not including this one when my whole thing is posting something each day.

One of the things I can do to make my blog more consistent is to move to a different niche. Right now my niche if anything that has to do with fiction and to be fair that is a very broad category. If I were to change this theme I would make it narrower. Maybe only focusing on the writing aspect of fiction. That isn’t something I want to do though since I still want to be able to tell people how I feel about the movies and anime I watch, the books I read, and the games I play. I still don’t have anyone IRL to talk to about these things and I’ll have you know thinking about things that you don’t tell anyone else is not a fun thing to do.

Anyways that whole last paragraph, that was me just trying to say that I don’t intend to change anything about my blog other than making my posting schedule more consistent and posting on Twitter more often. That wasn’t even the purpose of this post. That was simply me thinking aloud (though not actually out loud since this is in writing).

Anyways the main purpose of this post was to announce the ways I have decided to celebrate my future follower milestones. Since one thing I’m good at is thinking up down to earth fantasy plots I’ve decided that from now until the end of this blog I’ll be publishing an original story every 250 WordPress followers I get. These will be stories that I’ve written at least 2 drafts in and some of them may be published in parts over a few weeks. Some of these stories will be connected to my other unpublished works, and some will be 100% original.

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This is just to show how much I appreciate the people who follow my blog

The next milestone I’ll be writing a story for is 250 followers. I’m only 65 followers away from that goal which will give me some time to write out the story I have in mind as well as edit and revise it. I want to celebrate 200 followers as well but I don’t know how I’m going to do that. At least I have some time to think about what I’m going to do.

Anyways here’s my post. If you were wondering about my writing lesson for this past week I’ll be publishing it on Wednesday at 8am EST before I publish my lesson for this upcoming week. I guess I end my post here.

Thank you for reading.

Posted in 2018, Fundraising, Update Post

Blog Update and Coldest Night of the Year Fundraising

I just wanted to write this post to explain my plans for the near future of Ruminated Scrawlings. My current plan is to write at least five posts per day. This does seem like a lot until I remember that my posts take an average of half an hour to actually write, and the only reason why this average is so high is because sometimes I don’t feel like writing and end up breaking my own rule. In truth I think about what I’m going to write in a post long before I actually write the post so it all comes down to how fast I can type. I also have a half decent internal editor which means that I don’t need to spend a lot of time making sure that everything is spelled correctly and grammar is used the right way.

As for the second part of this post, I’m participating in a fundraising event called Coldest Night of the Year. This is a Canadian event where many people all over the country raise money to support organizations that help people in need. During the winter, especially a cold winter like this one the people who suffer the most are people who don’t have the money to pay their heating bills, don’t have enough food, and/or lack a place to call home. I have already shared this link on my personal Facebook since I started fundraising in December (though in truth no one donated until January because Facebook sucks). I would be happy if you could donate at least a couple of dollars to this cause. If you don’t want to donate because you either don’t live in Canada or you would prefer to support people closer to you I would recommend that you donate something to a food bank or find another fundraising event similar to this one. Here’s the link to my fundraising page.

Thank you for reading this post.

Posted in 2018, Update Post

2018 Post Banner Showcase

I’m done with all but one of my banners and that one’s for the top of the blog so I’m not too worried about it not being in this post. The whole point of this post is to show off all the banners that will be used throughout 2018 as well as uploading them all together so that they will be easier to find as I upload more images. Let’s get started.


Update banner 2018

In 2017 whenever I wrote an update post it didn’t have a banner. For 2018 I want all posts to have a corresponding banner. That is why I made this update banner. I was going for a safety vest type of look with orange and yellow and an “x”, but unfortunately the software I was using to make all these banners wouldn’t allow me to rotate rectangles. I’m glad that I went with this though. It looks so much better than what I had originally planned.


Poetry Banner 2018

Fiction banner 2018

I had the same idea for both my fiction an poetry banners, however I wanted them to be a little bit different hence the differences in colour and font. I also wanted banners for both the types of writing I typically post to this blog so for 2018 there won’t be a blanket “writing” banner.


Lessons from an Amateur Writer banner 2018

Here’s my writing tip series for this year. I plan to post one of these every week, and for every month these posts will have a theme. In January the theme is characters. Because of this I decided to end my worldbuilding tip posts because that will eventually become a topic. I also don’t know what I was going for here, but I think it looks okay.


Fictional Analysis Banner 2018

I will be posting a fictional analysis post every Thursday. I like this banner. It uses my two favourite colours and looks cool. I feel like these will be fun posts to write, especially since one of my original goals during the revival of this blog was to write fictional analysis. Plus the ones I’ve posted in the past are by far my most popular posts. I’m excited to see how they’ll be received. I have also challenged myself by making it so that I only write two anime related analysis a month.

Now on to the review banners.


Book Review Banner 2018

I went for something a little more simple for this banner. I will be posting a book review every Monday.


Movie Review banner 2018

This is one of my favourite banners so far. I went for an old black and white movie appearance. I got the idea for the black and white from the font. I will be posting a movie review every Saturday.


Anime Review banner 2018

This is one of my least favourite banners, but I didn’t know what else to do so here’s the banner. I’ll be posting an anime review every Tuesday and Friday.


Video game review banner 2018

Originally I was basing this banner off the platformer genre in general but after I saw how awful that looked I changed to pong despite the fact that I will not be reviewing any games released before 1990 so I’m never going to be reviewing pong. The reason I’m doing this is because I prefer story rich games and early video games never had much of a story. I will be posting a video game review every two weeks. This is because these posts will take the longest time to produce out of all my review posts. Also expect a simple game about once a month. I will not only be reviewing long games with awesome stories.


So here are all my banners for 2018. I am able to change them still as I still have the window open with all the non JPEG versions of the banners. I will be closing the window on the fifth of January so if you want to give me your feedback about any changes I can make feel free to give it now.

Today I’m going to watch Star Wars for the second time so I won’t be writing many posts until tomorrow, but I will be writing them before they are scheduled to be posted. Everyone have an awesome New Year.

Posted in 2017, Update Post

Final Blog Update Before Christmas

Yesterday I both finished my last exam and handed in my last assignment so for a couple of weeks I’ll be free to write and blog as much as I want. Earlier I said that I would make my return on December 12th. I guess I was wrong about that. Usually when I head into exam season I have at least a few days where I don’t have to study so I spend t them writing, blogging, and doing other things that I call blogging but other people’ll call fooling around. That didn’t happen this year because there was a strike at my University which lasted a couple of weeks so rather than extending exam season into Christmas they just condensed it so I had about a week to do what I would normally have two weeks to complete. Whatever. I managed.

So I have decided to do a minor blog overhaul in 2018. This means new banners for post types, new types of posts, and a new schedule. I have yet to decide if I’ll also post the schedule at a later date, so I don’t know if you’ll know my new schedule which I already created for the new year. It doesn’t matter much because its essentially the same schedule I had loosely for almost a year. I will still be trying to post something each day, however this time I have decided to schedule posts way ahead of time. The posts that I’ll be scheduling ahead of time include poems, reviews, and fiction. So basically things that I would have wanted to write ahead of time anyways. I’ll also try to write things closer to the posting date so that there isn’t this huge disconnect.

Now onto my goals for 2018:

  1. Increase viewership and followers
  2. Get better at Tweeting
  3. Increase post quality
  4. Do a couple small fundraisers on my blog

I think that I’ll be able to do all these things in 2018. I’ve actually already started with the fundraising. I’m participating in a fundraising thing in the city where my university is, though I don’t know if I’ll bring my fundraising for that here because of its small focus. If I don’t post anything about it here the next fundraiser I’ll be doing will be in June.

So here’s my final update before Christmas. It may even e my final update before the new year if I don’t manage to post something by then. Oh yeah and one more thing. In a couple of hours I’ll be watching the new Star Wars movie. I’ll be posting a review of that on the first Saturday of January.

-Kirsten Hart (EclaDragon)