2017: a year of writing progress in review

Hey all! It’s been a crazy year in many ways and I’ve neglected this blog more than I should. I like doing this sort of thing, a year in review. Even if I haven’t been active on here, I’ve been really active with writing in general. And it’s nice to share what I’ve been up to.

2017 has been an incredibly productive year for me. After having so many setbacks in writing in the last couple years, this year was incredibly needed. Well, at least I perceived them as setbacks. I felt slow and sluggish in writing…like I was stuck. Now I don’t feel so stuck. I actually feel like I’m kind of successful. Less in the sense of “WOW I’M ROLLING IN MONEY” and more in the sense of “hey I feel a sense of accomplishment.”

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why you should care about net neutrality

Hey all. Long time, no talk. I’d go into things that have been going on, but I’d rather get into the meat of this post. As the title says, we’re going to be going over net neutrality. For those who don’t know, “Net Neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the internet has always worked” (Free Press, 2017). As you can see, this is something that impacts everyone. Imagine having to pay more just because you want to use YouTube or Netflix. Imagine an internet service provider blocking either of those because they don’t agree with their business decisions or something else arbitrary.

Sounds pretty terrible, yeah? It doesn’t get better. This isn’t my first time writing about net neutrality. I wrote an article on it in late July of 2009 while I was doing a blogging internship on the now defunct College Jolt. It focused in on an incident with AT&T and 4chan, which involved AT&T blocking access to /b/ and /r9k/ for AT&T users. It was an easy one for me to verify because we had AT&T internet at home. I don’t go to 4chan, but I found that I was irritated and angry that I was blocked just because AT&T didn’t agree with how 4chan did things. I’m sure there were more incidents before that, but this was the one that really brought net neutrality to my attention.

However, I’m going to be focusing on the effect this will have on content creators as I am, in fact, a content creator.

But LL, why are you just focusing on content creators if this affects everyone?

Because content creators, especially indie content creators, stand to lose everything if net neutrality is repealed.

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Caught up in Everything: NaNoWriMo 2017

Hey all! Been awhile since I checked in. Things have been extremely busy, which I suppose is a good thing. Most of last month was spent finishing up one of the last route outlines for mana of silent sins.

The less good is that we had more water in the basement which gave us a lot of stress. Made writing hard.

Anyway, last month isn’t what this post is about.

This post is about this month.

November means National Novel Writing Month. Naturally, I’m participating. I think this is my 8th year straight that I’m participating. I’ve professed my love of NaNoWriMo before, not because WOO WRITING 50,000 WORDS IN A MONTH but more because ideas come out of NaNoWriMo. More because NaNo creates a drive in people, it makes them want to finish…when finishing a project is usually daunting and can be bittersweet.

This year I’m working on 404 error: connection not found. It’s a visual novel, but still a novel, so it counts for NaNo. It totally counts.

I’m a little behind right now. Today is the half way point, and I’m just over 21k. I can make it up easily enough.

I wish everyone the best on NaNoWriMo! Feel free to add me, you can find me HERE.

I’ll try to check in a bit more – expect some blog posts soon ❤

Happy writing!
~LL