Phew! July was perhaps the most difficult month for me, with my writing energy dropping to an all-time low. I do apologise for being erratic with my blogging, but this was a huge change for me and I’m trying (somewhat successfully so far) to not feel guilty about it. I desperately need a boost of inspiration to lift me from my gloom and I’m so glad I had the foresight to make The Inspiration Circle a monthly series.
Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about.
– Natalie Goldberg
The months ahead are going to be filled with unpredictability. With equal parts dread and hope, I’m stepping into a new phase of life in July. Before I do that, however, I want to put myself in a positive frame of mind. That is why I decided to bring this feature back at this juncture.
The future is completely open and we are writing it moment to moment.
– Pema Chodron
I wanted to make this a series for the month of June because it’s my birthday month (you’re free to guess the exact date in the comments 😛 ) and I feel oddly reflective at this time of the year. Basically, I like to take stock of everything that’s happened so far in my life and where I’m headed next. It is of particular significance this year because I’ve graduated and am about to enter the corporate world. I was thinking back on everything that has shaped me into the person I am now and that’s how I came up with the idea for this post. Of all the various movies I’ve seen so far (it’s still a modest number right now), these are the three female characters I’ve identified with or have been inspired by the most.
Warning: this post may contain spoilers (and fabulous GIFs) for Wonder Woman, Pirates of the Caribbean and Interstellar.
If you didn’t already know, I’m a huge fan of animated movies. Since yesterday, I’ve been binge-watching some Disney movies and done little else. I only paused now to talk about how awesome they are in this blog post and then I’ll go right back to it. Cause for concern? Probably. But animated movies are like a sugar-high without any of the side effects, and I can’t resist indulging.
Welcome to the first ever Inspiration Circle of 2017! As you might know, January was an average writing month for me but a good reading one. To make sure February is better, here is a little motivation for myself as well as any of you readers who might need it. It’s going to be shorter than the usual ones because I’m typing this in a tearing hurry. (I feel like this is a recurring pattern in January. Hmmm.) Let’s get to the good stuff now.
‘Home is behind
The world ahead
And there are many paths to tread
To the edge of night
Until the stars are all alight’
[Written by Howard Shore, Philippa Boyens, Billy Boyd • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group]
Happy new year, everyone! I hope you had the best time welcoming 2017. 🙂 I was very impatient to get to the start of the new year because I had so many things to look forward to. First, of course, the new episode of Sherlock, which did not disappoint (I shall say no more because I don’t want to spoil anything). I can’t believe I’ve to wait another week for the next one! Secondly, my new book blog is now officially “live”. I’m still working on the schedule, but I’m beyond excited about it. I bet you can tell. 😉
Continuing a tradition I started last year, I made a list of 17 things I’d like to accomplish this year. Some of them have spilled over from last year, but I’m determined to complete them all this year. I’m hoping that putting them up here for the world to see will keep me on track. Only time will tell, I suppose. I put them in different colours to liven things up.
If you’ve read this post, you already know that things are changing on Pages That Rustle. I have a lot of free time, at least for the first half of the year, which means more time to write. I shared my idea (the one for which I wrote 50k in NaNoWriMo) with two of my friends who told me it was a story worth completing, so I’m planning to finish at least one draft by June. I’m going to share my progress with you all via a monthly blog post as an added incentive for me to sit down and write. I really hope I finish it this time.
What are your goals for this year? Any resolutions? Let me know in the comments, or leave a link if you’ve posted about it on your blog. Also, if you’re curious about my new blog, check it out here (I included ways for people not on Tumblr to be able to follow too).
I’m quite aware that the actual holiday was a month ago, but I just like the spirit of the festival and thought it’d make a good title. This is a listicle, but bear with me because you might see your name in this one. The idea is to thank the people who’ve made blogging worthwhile for me either by being extremely nice and kind in the comments section or by liking all of my posts or just by posting excellent content that inspires me to improve or, as in most cases, doing them all. It’s been a year since I started blogging “seriously” and I don’t think I’d have lasted even this long if it hadn’t been for these wonderful people. Ready to meet them? (In no particular order, I swear.)
I’m scheduling this in advance because my exams are starting today. I don’t know as of now the outcome of my NaNoWriMo stint. Contrary to claims made previously (and personally), I’m no Oracle. However, I am of the opinion that no matter how it ended, I will need a creative pick-me-up after the hours of exhausting effort. If you participated in this manic writing marathon too, I’m sure you will quietly nod your head because you’re too tired to manage even a feeble affirmative. Welcome to the remedy for your depleted creative reserves! Here’s your last chance to stock up on some inspiration before the November clock runs out. Now that we all realised that I will make a horrible salesman, let’s cut to the chase.
It’s been a pretty hectic month for me personally. I haven’t kept to my posting schedule strictly (oops!) and my fiction output fell to zero. I’m not particularly proud of admitting that, but it helps in easing the blogger guilt trapped inside just a little. I’m in dire need of inspiration to get off to a good start next month (I have plans! More about it at the end of the post).