Joining Scribophile

I made my account for Scribophile two days ago. It’s an online critique group for writing. I was nervous at first, but now that people started responding to my critiques I’m feeling more confident. It’s good to see I’m not out of touch with what people are trying to do with their work – which was my biggest worry.

So far it’s been a joy to speak with fellow writers about the craft in constructive ways. The obsession over grammar and punctuation hasn’t changed with people. I don’t mind seeing it if someone states this is their final draft, but it’s not very helpful for first drafts that a writer is likely planning on changing a lot.

I’m hoping to learn from this community and maybe, just maybe, I can start posting better short stories up on my Chaos Pen blog. We’ll see. I still have a ton of work to do with my first novel and I’ve already have hand written notes for the next. So many ideas and never enough time. Ever.

Toad’s Chaos Rally Music Party

The year 2016 was rough for many of us. I won’t lie it was rough for me too. I’ve lost count on how many times I had to rally myself up to keep going. So it got me thinking that instead of doing a “remember when” this year I would launch a music rally on my blog. It’s going to be a playlist we can share, add to, grow, and use to get to know more bloggers. The idea here is we are banding together to rally, support, and encourage one another to keep going no matter how tough it gets. Continue reading