Raven's Pen

Writing, Reading, and Ruminating

Month: June 2016

A bit of a Hiatus

It’s been a busy month. Geez, I seem to be saying that a lot lately.

Let’s see, in the last month I have managed to start playing around with rewriting a story I have kept in my drawer for the past eight months or so, traveled to New York with grandparents on my mother’s side, signed up for a foreign language class at the local community collage, avoided cleaning my room, and panicked about how close Camp NaNoWriMo is (four days away- FOUR). And let’s not forget the procrastinating… a lot of procrastinating.

You caught my mention of Camp NaNoWriMo, yes? I, awkward NaNoWriMo-obsessed aspiring writer-person, am doing it again. This time, I actually want to have a slight outline before the beginning of the month. Although, my version of an outline is essentially a bunch of sentences about general scenes toward the beginning of the book, a few threads of thought to run through the entire book, and a bit of a plot; plus the names of main characters if I am lucky. And boy are the names difficult this time.

All right, enough complaining on my end! (You can probably expect another post about Camp NaNoWriMo in the future…)

Among the rest of the stuff this month, I have been organizing the back end of this blog. *slips behind magic curtain

The reason is that I still don’t feel like I know exactly what this blog is for. I do not expect to know everything, especially the details, but I do think that I need to contemplate how I can make it easier for me to post more consistently. Thankfully, I have come up with a few ideas!

So, hopefully I will be around more often! Not much will change on the public end, but I am going to start planning ahead as much as I can. Of course, I suspect that I will still disappear every once in awhile, but that will hopefully be less common.

And now… BOOKS!

I have a gigantic reading list right now (as I always do), and I ended up bringing a few books home with me. By the way, if you live in NY or are traveling to NY, go to The Strand bookstore, it is astounding! (Think floor to ceiling bookshelves, three floors, and so many books you barely know where to turn.)

So, what did I bring home?

Three awesome books:


Le Miserables by Victor Hugo (it was on sale for an immense discount so I wouldn’t have been able to resist even if I tried)– I’m barely at the end of the first chapter, but I am already enjoying it.

The Gollum and the Jinni by Helene Wecker– I’ve only read the first few pages and am looking forward to seeing where it will go.

And Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom– and Revenge by Edward Kritzler– I read this book a few years ago and loved it. Hopefully it was be just as good the next few times (and I think I can use it as a writing resource as well)!

All right, that just about covers my absence.

Until next time!

Things Books with LGBT+ Characters Need More Of

Lately, I’ve been trying to read more books with queer characters. To be honest, I’ve been pretty slow with getting through fiction lately, I’m trying to catch up though! This is has been an interesting and difficult thing to accomplish, not just because many of the books I want to read with queer characters are not in the public city library system, but because it’s hard to know where to start looking.

Indeed, I had to search through multiple lists just to find as many as six books that I’m really interested in reading!

Queer characters are far and few between- although the numbers seem to be growing (you can read my previous posts about that stuff here and here), and that makes stereotypes incredibly prevalent in many places. However, I have run into some authors that are avoiding the common stereotypes to an extraordinary degree! More about that later…

For this tiny little post, I have tried to pull together a short list of a few of the things that books with LGBT+ characters are seriously lacking.

Note: this is an incomplete list and entirely open to personal opinion.

Here we go!

  • Diverse lesbian/gay characters
  • More asexuality
  • More bisexuality
  • More pansexuality
  • More LGBT+ characters with diverse nationalities
  • More trans characters
  • More genderqueer characters
  • More non-binary characters that are not robots
  • More gay trans characters
  • More happy endings

I wish everyone a great Monday!

‘Till next time…

June A Cometh!

It’s been one quick month!

I apologize for my lack of posts lately; I’ve been pretty swamped by other things. (More about all of that stuff later).  Hopefully, I will be able to post much more starting this month… Annnd, speaking of the new month, here is a quote:

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.” ~Richard Wright

Until next time…

For Everyone Currently Editing

A quiet reminder for everyone navigating the editing swamp right now…

  • It’s okay to take breaks.
  • It’s okay to be confused.
  • It doesn’t have to be perfect on the first, or second (even ninth) time through.
  • It’s okay to work on another project at the same time.
  • Just because finishing might seem impossible right now does not mean that it is.
  • Half of accomplishing anything is getting up to work even when it’s the last thing you want to do.
  • YOU’RE AWESOME. Keep going and soon you’ll reach the great mountain at the end of your journey.

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