Musing on Time Wastefully Spent

I have been away,

I know it’s sad to say,

I hope you all haven’t been feeling blue,

Just need to tell you I missed you too.

 

Thought I would start off this post with a little rhyme for you all, though I know, I know it’s pretty terrible. Sometimes it’s just fun to write really bad poetry, it makes you remember why you like and write the good stuff. 🙂

Sadly I’m still not ready to share with you snippets of the novels/ novellas that I’m working on and I’m not sure I will be at that stage for a long while to come. There is a lot of work that goes into writing a longer piece, and though I have my opening pages, and have started on my character progression there is still a whole truck load of research that I will need to get into before I continue on with writing the real story.

You Do Really Live and Learn

One of my favorite things about life is that as you continue living, so you continue learning.

Now not everything we learn in life is good and not every experience we learn from is positive, but these little lessons do help us to make our lives better in the future. For example if you are peeling potatoes, and you manage to peel a finger, you’ll likely learn which way you are meant to hold the potato and the peeler.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do not believe that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” and I know full well that there are some mishaps in life that there is no real bounce back from, but at that point they stop being lessons and start just being tragedies. But the little things, that cause you a little hurt are what propels us as humans, as humanity as a whole, as living creatures forward. It is what gives us a drive to do better be better. It’s why some parents are so hard on their kids. It’s why some teachers are so hard on their students, it’s why some bosses are so hard on their employes (only some though, because some people are complete jerks).

I like that life is constantly pushing us forward, though sometimes we have to run to keep up with it, it’s nice to be kept a little on your toes. Now I’m not saying that you need you go out and do some thing wild and learn some big life lessons, and I’m not saying that hindsight isn’t a wonderful thing. But a few little mistakes every now and again are good for us. Nobody is perfect and imperfections are different in the eyes of everyone. So stop trying to avoid mistakes and simply learn from the ones you make as your life continues on.

🙂

New Post for a New Media Mindset

I really wanted to post a story here, but I haven’t finished it yet.

However I did just find one of the Best Ted talks given by an artist I quite admire, Amanda Palmer. Though I don’t think I will ever be as brave as she is, I did love the message she presented, that it’s okay to ask. You can ask for what you need or want, don’t push it, but at the same time no one is going to know unless you say something. We as humans can’t read minds (well not yet) and there’s not point in hinting at things, because that often leads people to assume, and we all know what they say about that…

But enough of my rant here’s the video.

Twenty Fiffteen Update

Hello all my wonderful readers. I must apologies for my absence over these last few months. I got busy with an overseas trip, then the Christmas period was in full swing when I got back then summer holidays in which a lot of my spare time was eaten up by social happenings with friends and family, (not that I’m complaining about that).

So now we are well into the New Year and I feel the need to get back into writing regular posts. I also feel the need to switch up this blog a little, as I feel my format is a little bland, boring and getting a bit stale.

I would love to be able to post photos to accompany my posts, but I need to then get all the equipment to be able to take edit and publish the photos to match my post topics. It is something that I have been thinking about for a while, but it is rather costly to go through and update all of my tech to reach a level that I would be happy with sharing.

If you have any other ideas on how I could spice up this blog of mine it would be nice to hear them.

Thanks for reading, and a good luck for this year to you all. 🙂

How I am

I found this fantastic TED talk on YouTube the other night, and I thought to myself that this woman embodies and voices the exact same reasoning for her poetry as I do for my writing philosophy.

And it got me thinking, that I haven’t really explained to you my audience anything about how I am, which as a writer is just as, if not more, important than who I am.

So let’s start with the easy things. I am a nineties kid, born just as the decade was beginning. That makes me old enough to know and understand things, but still young enough to question why. It also means my education holds its place in two different centuries. The new and the old clash madly in my brain, and maybe that’s why writing appeals to me so much.

There is also as I said an impossibly old side to me, despite my youth people have always found me to have wisdom beyond what your average person my age at the time would have. Though that seems to have regressed to plain logic, as I got older. It’s that logical side of me that enjoys the writing so much, as I can then make order of the million of thoughts in my brain and follow them back to their original idea in a process to create a well-founded and believable story. Writing used to be a private thing for me especially in my early teens, as I had many frustrations with myself and my peers, I found that writing out these frustrations took them out of my brain onto the page and then they could no long worry me or keep me up all hours of the night.

I also love words, as just how many there are in the English language for someone like myself to play with for example the word “pleasing” it synonyms are “agreeable, pleasant, enjoyable, lovely, nice, pleasurable, satisfying, gratifying, delightful and welcome” but all of these are not all applied in the same way, and can be applicable in many different circumstances. If I was to say that something was “a pleasant experience” it would probably mean that while it wasn’t uncomfortable, I still found it to be boring and it wouldn’t be something that I would do again in a hurry, however if I was to say it was ‘enjoyable’ then would mean that I probably had a pretty good time, and would be willing to try again, then if the experience was a ‘gratifying’ one that would mean that I had gotten something out of it beyond mere pleasure. This is how as a writer you can capture people and bring them in. You create a world, with your rules, and then if you are brave enough you let others into that world to explore it, to marvel in it, to test it, to push it’s limits and to see if they have fallen for your creation half as much as you have. Then if they are happy and seem to want to stay in that place that you have carved out of time, ink, paper and/ or software , then you can be happy with what you have placed in the world.

I believe that my works are like children, for your average story is not formed wholly in one or two days, but like a child, formed over months and years, and sometimes over your entire life span.

Though I do think that it is interesting that I revel in the idea of being a storyteller so much now, but when I was a child I was never one to gossip or spread rumors, even as a teen I never did much story telling to my school friends. Though this might be more because I never really had much to tell, rather than disliking the concept of gossip.

I have however always admired storytellers. I wasn’t a popular girl, but this did mean that many an hour was and still is spent with my nose bookishly pointed towards the written word. I had both the good and bad fortune to have many weekends to myself, and a mother whose thirst for escapism through fantastical tales rivaled my own. With similar tastes in reading material there is never a shortage of things to inspire me.

These are some of the many reasons I am how I am, and I write how I do.

 

Hopefully next time I post it will be a sneak peek into the lengthy pieces that I have been working on this year, so you can all look forward to that. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

P.S I have also linked the TED talk for you down below if you want to listen and enjoy.

 

Sorry

Hello dear readers,

I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting new content recently, this is because I’ve started some bigger writing projects that I’m not ready to share, and yet they have been taking up the majority of my creativity and spare writing time.

In the mean time I hope to post some older filler works to keep you all entertained. These filler pieces are from my first year of uni, so they aren’t quite as good technically as the stuff I write now. Also I’m not exactly the same as I was back then. So I hope you aren’t too disappointed, and I promise more good stuff for you all in the future. In the meantime please enjoy seeing how I started out and getting to know me and my writing style.

 

Thanks a bunch, A.Kat

How do “Follows” Work?

So I am curious, how does one gain followers on the internet? By the internet I of course mean my social networking sites (other than Facebook). Though I’m not really including this blog as part of it either, as I’m happy with how everything is progressing here. Actually it’s going faster than I expected. No what I mean is how did the big name YouTubers get all their subscribers and twitter followers. Though it is likely that one fed off the other, it still baffles me. I can understand that your first few followers/ subscribers are probably already your friends, people whom you know and have asked to subscribe, but how does one go from say 10-15 to around 10, 000 subscribers?

Is there a formula? Do you have to be friends with popular YouTubers prior to your fame? Do have to make something that goes viral? Do you have to have amazing charm that oozes through the camera and pours out the screen (like Jack and Finn Harries from JacksGap)? Or can you still have a reasonably popular channel by just filming what you feel like and putting the time with it?

I’m asking all this because I’m been making videos for a little while now, and have had a working channel since 2011, and yet I often get less than 50 views per video (with a good 10% of those views being me), and I have under 10 subscribers. I’m not asking for thousands of subs straight off the bat, but it would be a lot more heartening and would probably help with my motivation if I had around the 40-50 mark. The same goes for my twitter, and I’ve had that since 2009, and in all my time using it I’ve only ever gotten one tweet (it was from Ducksauce of twitch-TV and it made me very happy) and yet I have less followers on that than I do here or on YouTube. It all makes no sense what soever to me.

Well that’s enough ranting for me.

If after you have read this you want to also make me really happy then go watch some of my videos at http://www.youtube.com/airliekat and give them a thumbs up if you like them. Also if you feel like chatting to me or you just want to read more of my random words then follow me of twitter @airliekat

Thankyou, you wonderful and lovely readers, especialy those of you who read all the way down to here.

Love you, Airlie 🙂