In this very, very late night, I continue on with my Writing 101 prompts.
Before I met Mame-chan 3, there was Mame-chan Jr. He was my very first laptop and he truly served me well for six years. I took him with me everywhere I became inspired with writing and even with my early web designing and development. I used him also when it came to my early days of digital painting and graphic designing too. Before the days of ADRICULOUS.me, there was ADRIATASTIC.net, and in that lengthy “About” section of that old blog, also had a lengthy biography of Mame-chan Jr. He was a Gateway laptop originally purchased for my brand-new startup job as a web designer, only to get laid off right a week after I received Mame-chan Jr.
I guess you could say, Mame-chan Jr. was my best friend when it came to writing in general, whether if it was general blogging, niche/fandom blogging, or even writing fiction and fanfiction. Before eBooks destroyed our bookstores, my local Borders bookstore before was my second home. When I can, browsing around new books I knew I couldn’t afford to purchase, I brought along Mame-chan Jr. with me. When my browsing ends, I head straight to the coffee shop and compile a list of “must-have” books1 using Mame-chan Jr.
Sadly, as of February of last year, Mame-chan Jr. took its last breath and died of “old age.”2 I immediately went out to obtain Mame-chan 3 knowing I can never live without a computerized tool in front of me. Last week (from the date of this entry), I finally was able to meet Mame-chan Jr. 2. Now I have a new mobile writing best friend, maybe a new reincarnation of the original Mame-chan Jr. too.
When I write, it’s almost everyday. The problem is, whenever I write, there were always distractions that I also have huge interests with that I even end up neglecting what I was supposed to write. Right now, the only setback that prevents me from writing it all out physically is a story in the making right in my head. I knew exactly how the characters are like, how the setting should be, as well as the concepts that make up this story, but by the time I open a blank file, I end up forgetting the mind-written words or I simply get distracted.
With the new arrival of Mame-chan Jr. 2 in my life, I can finally become free with venturing around places where I can find my writing space in solitude. For the most part, I love to write completely in silence in my bedroom, with my computer right in front of me.3 In some occasions, I would use my mini-notebook that I sometimes write on whenever I find ideas and inspiration to write for notes and other things. I need to have the following tools below for me to write depending on the type of piece that I’m writing:
- WordPress – for blogging or maintaining/updating new content in my websites.
- OpenOffice4 – for all other documents, like guest blog posts/blog articles, resumes, etc.
- Scrivener – to write my fiction (and fanfiction) stories. I also use it to draft out my characters.
In terms of the location of my writing space, it can be anywhere where I can be in complete solitude. My bedroom is the best place where I can write. I can even write at the library or even at a local coffee shop, as long as there’s WiFi connection if possible. Even though I prefer writing in pure solitude, I also need some “noise” to accompany my writing. For instance, I love to listen to some music, preferably the oldies. ((That would mean late 50s-early 2000s. It is 2015 after all and the 2000 decade is more than 10 years ago.)) I’m not going to go on about how today’s mainstream music “isn’t as good” as the ones in the “good ol’ days,” but I feel that the music of the past had a lot of variety in terms of the message behind the lyrics, plus they sound a lot more fresh and original. In short, each song from that period tells a story, which is a very good accompaniment for a writer like me. I also need a portable device,5 a sketchbook (depending on my mood), and if I’m at home, my origami kit, in order to get myself distracted from my writing frustrations6 and find creative inspirations. Lastly, I also need my anti-writer’s block cards whenever I do run in to this very common problem with writers today. I have two sets of them: The Observation Deck and The Writer’s Retreat Kit. Both have been helpful for me in these situations, plus a number of books and eBooks that contain a series of journaling and writing prompts.
My last resort to finding writing inspirations is to do my other love: playing videogames. I love playing MMORPGs and just RPGs in general. I’m not just talking about the gameplay in general, but an RPG of any kind always has a beautifully well-crafted story through images, motion/animation, and real-time experience all at once. I get really jealous sometimes of those game developers with how they can come up with a complete story and then make them elaborate that can even complicate and intrigue us avid gamers even more. There are at times where I often think of writing as planning a well-made RPG video game, but sadly they are a lot harder than I thought.
Last but not least, this writing assignment also requires me to put up a poll. Because I am in a self-hosted blog and I’m not quite sure what to put up in a poll. I would rather have you, my readers, suggest open ideas on what I should write about next, or in general anyway. Therefore, instead of a poll, I am leading you to my Contact section. It’s in the hidden hamburger menu (it’s those three lines at the top right corner) or you can just click here.
- or simply just books to borrow from the library… [↩]
- He was powered by Windows XP and had been living with me for 6-7 years until that time finally came for him… [↩]
- Mame-chan 3 or Mame-chan Jr. 2 [↩]
- LibreOffice if I’m using Mame-chan Jr. 2. I used to love Microsoft Office but I can’t afford to have any subscriptions at the moment, so I vote for open source programs. [↩]
- like my smartphone, for example [↩]
- writer’s block, for example. [↩]