September 19, 2018

Welcome once again Wednesday Warriors!

My family is a bunch of quoters. Whether it's words from a song, book, or movie, any one of us can begin a certain line or lyric and the rest will finish in a sort of bizarre call and response. One of our favorite quotes is from Guardian's of the Galaxy. The line itself isn't necessarily funny, but Chris Pratt delivers it to perfection (shocker). Whenever anybody in the family says "No problem" someone else is bound to say "No problem at all." (Imagine that in Pratt's voice and this is hilarious intonation.)

So what about you? Do you have a favorite quote from a book, movie, tv show, or song?

If you have a second, I'd love to know! 

(*image from Hannaford on Flickr.)

September 12, 2018

Welcome once again Wednesday Warriors!

This morning, I saw a discussion about a character in one of my favorite book series. He's kind of an odd character who apparently ignites extreme emotions: LOVE or VISCERAL HATE. Some complained that this character nearly made them stop reading, others said it annoyed them when people got mad that he wasn't included in the movie. I personally loved him, but absolutely understand why some might not be on board (there were some good arguments made for why he didn't fit). My question this week is: has there every been a character in a book/movie/TV show that bothered you so much you nearly couldn't finish the story?

For me, Olaf in Frozen nearly had me walking out of the theater. #sorr...

September 6, 2018

My list is currently way too long (and about to get longer):

Cobra Kai and Sanctification by Zachary Bartels 
Redeeming Sex by Debra Hirsch 
The Dead Woodpecker Club by Debbi Williams 
The Chili Queen by Sandra Dallas

What about you?

September 5, 2018

Welcome once again Wednesday Warriors!

Last night, I dreamed about having a dream and then relaying said dream to a rapt audience when I was famous. A few days ago, I dreamed about training to be a Wonder Woman stunt double. Sometimes my dreams are weird and funny — if slightly worthless — anecdotes. Other times they inspire the words that I write.

Have you ever had a dream inspire you? Affect your day or relationships?

If you have a second, I'd love to know! 

September 4, 2018

Welcome once again Wednesday Warriors!

Lately, I've fallen prey to that tempting and addictive app known as Kindle. This glorious device enables me to have books at my finger tips wherever I am (so long as I have my phone of course, but really, where do I go without it?) At one point in my life, I would have declared to you that this was an abomination. Give me sweet smelling pages, beautiful bindings, something I can hold in my hands and actually feel. But then I lugged the unabridged version of Les Miserables on a plane. It was like having an extra piece of luggage and I'm honestly surprised they let me carry it on. Hence my new love affair with Kindle. 

Yet I still know people who refuse the ease of a kindle. What abou...

August 23, 2018

Welcome once again Wednesday Warriors!

Keeping it simple this week. What is the last book, movie, song, or TV show that affected you long after it was finished? I'm only mildly embarrassed to admit that Avengers: Infinity War wrecked me for a good two days.

Don't judge me.

I also remember crying for a very long time at the end of the Hunger Games Trilogy. It wasn't just character death, it was character death that didn't feel cathartic. What about you?

If you have a second, I'd love to know!

August 15, 2018

Welcome once again Wednesday Warriors!

Unpopular opinions seem to spark really good discussion, so I'm going with it. I'm curious, is there a story — movie, book, TV show, or song — you initially hated, but gave a second chance and found you enjoyed it? One example of this for me is Napoleon Dynamite. The first time I watched it, I did. Not. Get it. I didn't think it was funny at all. But the second time I watched it, something clicked. It started with a giggle, then morphed into full on, cheek aching laughter. 

What about you? Ever given a form of entertainment you initially hated a second chance?

If you have a second, I'd love to know!

August 8, 2018

Welcome once again Wednesday Warriors!

I'm back to unpopular opinions this week. I'm curious, is there a character everybody else seems to love, but you just can't stand? For me, it's Snape in Harry Potter. What about you?

If you have a second, I'd love to know!

July 31, 2018

Stretching out the hours of a Sunday night. The final sigh before weekend is done. A quiet moment preceding the dive into Monday.

July 6, 2018

Lion (Choleric/Dominance)

Strengths– Visionary, practical, productive, strong-willed, independent, decisive, leader

This particular writer probably has grand ideas, plots with a super detailed outline, and checks off bullet points as they go. They don't necessarily need a writing community, but chances are, they're leading one/being awesome mentors/starting and judging contests. You're likely to see them focused on one idea and, even if their muses attempt to distract them, will not be prone to stray until they are done with their current project. 

Weaknesses– Cold, domineering, unemotional self-sufficient, unforgiving, sarcastic, cruel

On the other hand, these writers aren't always particularly empathetic. They will not su...

June 29, 2018

1    Lust - an over desire for that new editing tool/writer software/notebook. 


2    Gluttony - for punishment (does this really need an explanation?


3    Greed - not being happy with your following on social media. As my wise friend Kirsten says, if you don't appreciate your current followers, you'll never appreciate more.


4    Sloth - you spend way too much time on twitter/pintrest "studying writing."We all know the reality here. Whether we're faced with a particularly difficult scene, or our muse is pouting in a corner refusing to talk to us, we're not actually studying, we're avoiding our book babies and probably looking at recipes rather than writer tips.

5    W...

June 22, 2018

 It's getting easier.

Really, it is. Though it always stings a little, and will always make me initially defensive, this process is necessary and good and will prepare me for more difficult things.

What is this thing I speak of? The dreaded critique! As usual, this new set of eyes caught things other readers never picked up on (and reiterated some opinions I'd formerly disagreed with.) Though I still felt that initial sting of someone not thinking my book baby was perfect (I'd love to imagine I don't think this, but my reactions out me every time), my "healing time" was a lot shorter. 

Or, you could say, I marched through the stages of Critique Grief much faster than usual. 

You know what I'm talking about:

  • Mama Be...

May 25, 2018

We're back with another Fun Friday Follow! Today, I'm shouting out a non-profit close to my heart (and my apartment-ish). Started by a good friend in my writer's group, Ashley Soden, Write/Create strives to help writers both young and old to reach their creative writing and reading goals. As we all know, writing is tough and it can be worse if you have to go it alone. Write/Create seeks to build community with writing groups, writing retreats, outings, and write-ins.

This group has been a huge encouragement to me on my own writing journey. They have challenge my words and supported me when I've been discouraged. Their various views have enriched my writing and sometimes even help me kill my darlings.

Where can you follow...

May 24, 2018

Writing is important. Oddly enough, it's sometimes difficult to put to words exactly why. I do it because whole worlds live inside of me, because characters scream until I let them out, because through it, I come to understand the world far better than I did before I put my pen to the page (or fingers to the keyboard.

From the time I was a really little kid, I remember describing the world around me in my head, narrating my days. I often imagined myself as a character in a book, dreamed of how an author might describe my surroundings, what I looked like, what my family, friends, and foes looked like. In this I found refuge from bullies, victory over failures, and accomplishment in pictures made of words.

Writing is my def...

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Here at The Pensive Pen, I blog about writing, querying, and self-publishing my first paranormal academy series. Sometimes I might share about struggling with anxiety and insomnia, and I'll always ask questions to discover something very important to me: getting to know YOU! If you're a writer, reader, or someone trying to figure out what community looks like online, this place is for you!

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