Writer Woes: naming characters

Hey all! Long time, no talk. Welcome to 2018, I guess. Things have been going pretty well in my neck of the woods – AT LEAST THEY WERE UNTIL MY PHONE CROAKED. But that’s beside the point.

I’ve been getting a lot of writing done in both my professional projects and my fanwork ones. I’m procrastinating a little on some things, which I apologize for. I’m in the process of updating everything on this blog and my main webpage – photobucket decided that they don’t host images for free which was the whole point of them. I’ve been using photobucket for well over a decade and now I have to find something else. Thankfully, WordPress has space built in. So pardon the ugliness, I’m working on it.

(I’ll also be including the 10 facts about me and some goals at the end of this since that’s a tradition for the first post of a new year)

Anyway, there are a lot of things that plague writers. Writers block, not enough time in the day, characters not cooperating, too many ideas, not enough ideas; the list goes on and on. But one of the ones that drives me up a wall is naming characters.

I hate it.

I hate naming characters.

And I freely admit that.

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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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