__how to be a successful writer: Sims 4

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The keys to becoming a successful writer on Sims 4 are:

  • Writing all day
  • Woohoo-ing sexy Sims to keep your fun levels high
  • Having thoughtful showers after so you’re fresh and clean and inspired!
  • Writing some more

Just by implementing these easy steps into your life you will have lots of royalties streaming in within a matter of days. MONEY! How do you get published on the Sims 4? Well… you just walk to your mailbox and click ‘self-publish’ or ‘publisher’. And that’s it. You’re a writer now and you’re earning money. Perfect! Why isn’t that the way in real life too?

I wish being a successful writer was as easy as it is on Sims 4. It’s nice to play the game and be successful at this career I am pursuing. The seduction of playing out my career virtually for hours on end is too tempting!

P.S. My partner found out that this was the best schedule to get the most amount of books out and royalties in. The key is lots of woohoo and thoughtful showers. I had to try it for myself (and learn a tip or two from the world of Sims ;) ).

- Ermisenda

Picture it & Write

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Welcome to the Picture it & Write creative writing exercise. I invite people to join in, comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image. It doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (please provide a translation). Anyone who wants to join in, is welcome. This photograph will be reblogged under Ermisenda on tumblr and added to the Picture it & Write gallery on Facebook and Pinterest.

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

polar bear doing yoga

Didn’t flush.

My hand retracted from the stall door as instead of yellow water and brown goop, I’d found a snake inside the bathroom stall. Hopeful, I pushed on the next stall, thankful that there wasn’t a line of people behind me.

Gross!

Someone’s mother hadn’t taught them the proper way to dispose of feminine products. The smell was enough to make bile rise up to the back of my throat. Never mind the site of the products spilling out of the metal bin.

Is it not someone’s job to clean those out? What an awful job. No matter how bad my life gets, at least it won’t be my job to clean no toilet paper.

The last thing I needed was to be stuck on the toilet until someone came by to slide toilet paper to me under the stall or awkwardly try to shimmy in a crouched position with my pants around my ankles to another stall with toilet paper.

Four stalls later, I found one with the paper seat cover, toilet paper, and nothing in the bowl. I was ready to burst. After that, I thought all would be well. My days as Goldilocks looking for just right would be over.

No soap.

-Eliabeth Hawthorne

Picture it & Write now supports The Girl Effect, a movement empowering girls to break the cycle of poverty in their communities, countries, and world. All profits from the publication are donated to this cause.


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There are times I don’t appreciate the written word.

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Shocking, I know. But sometimes, writing is not the best method of communication. When I see a post on Facebook announcing a pregnancy or engagement along with the random strangers that person has added to play Farmville, it hurts. I realize those are major life events that have nothing to do with me, but if we’re close friends, I want to celebrate with you privately. I want to hear the joy in your voice, I want to squeal with you and jump up and down. I want to ask questions that you might not want to post on Facebook.

Sometimes, words feels like a sword.

-Eliabeth

Disclaimer: This is not a reflection of any life event. Any similarity to people living or dead is circumstantial. However, please feel free to share your own experiences, especially if said offender doesn’t also read our blog ;)

__highlight the stupid

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Since I’m doing my honours year, I have to complete a final thesis. And it’s due in just over a month. I’m quite worried about it. But whenever I sit down to write more of it, I feel like I’m failing at writing scientifically (even though I’ve done countless lab reports and essays). Then when I write fiction, I feel like I’m failing at writing fiction too. When I’m stressed and time-pressured, I seem to fail to write any type of work.

- Ermisendacyanide-happiness-funny-writing

Eliabeth’s Favorite Harry Potter Memes

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I hope to someday have a broad enough fan base that people make fun of Ana or Nate with something like this…

people draco  thinks should hear about this

It just reminds me of the gap between your average author and the greats. There’s more to it than the basic grasp of the language you’re writing in. Characters have to have depth and quirks. You need to find that right blend of suspense with humor sprinkled in so there’s a break for the audience.

But I digress. Here are some more of my favorite Harry Potter memes. Click each to repin and follow us on Pinterest.

snape in grandmas clothes

hair full of secrets

HP and BBT

Hope you enjoy these as well.

-Eliabeth

__picture it & write

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I urge people to join in, comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image. It doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (provide a translation please :) ). Anyone who wants to join in, is welcome. This photograph will be reblogged under Ermisenda on tumblr and added to the Picture it & Write gallery on Facebook and Pinterest.

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

weekly-writing-prompt“You have a skull tattooed on your hand? Why on earth would you do that?” My father shook his head as he drove. “You were so beautiful before all these tattoos.”

“I think she looks cool.” My brother shrugged. I gave him a weak smile.

“Why would you put it on your hand like that?” my mother asked, looking towards the backseat where I sat.

I raised my hand and covered my face. The tattooed skull nose overlapped mine and so did it’s mouth. My mother’s brow furrowed and she looked worried. My brother exclaimed, “Cool!”

- Ermisenda Alvarez Continue reading

__10 writer stereotypes

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10 writer stereotypes

  • Chain smoker
  • Alcoholic
  • Experiments with drugs/drug addict
  • Drink liters of coffee
  • Broke
  • Loner/Recluse
  • Depressed
  • Eccentric
  • Disheveled/unkempt
  • You own a typewriter

How much of the writer stereotype do you embody? I am unkempt when I wake up from bed but apart from that… I don’t meet any of the other criteria. (Yay! Half a point!). Linking back to Eliabeth’s post about The Image of a Writer, I think the common writer stereotype is interesting. I’m assuming its grounded in the tragic retellings of famous authors who met many of these criteria.

The stereotype that particularly annoys me is the broke one. Hopefully I don’t offend anyone, but it does annoy me that many of our portrayed writer characters are unsuccessful and broke and mooch off others. I know that writing doesn’t pay well but I suppose I don’t like this assumption that writers are doomed to be broke, unsuccessful and dependent. I suppose I particularly feel this because I value independence and gaining some of life’s major milestones like owning a house. I’m still trying to wrap my head around what exactly bugs me about it… it might be the association with recklessness or immaturity or inability to make ‘smart’ financial decisions… Or maybe I just don’t like the prediction that by writing I put myself at risk at becoming broke and depend on others! This also lends into the topic of writing part-time. It’s the path I’ve chosen, and I know many others do the same.

What do you think about pursuing an art like writing full-time? Is it reckless if you’re not signed with a publisher? Is there a specific writer stereotype I mentioned that you get irritated by? What other stereotypes can you think of?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

- Ermisenda

What Your Bumper Stickers Really Say

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I still remember my first pink sparkle pzazz Daddy’s Little Princess bumper sticker. When I sometimes shared my car with my dad, he hated it. Since then, I got over the bumper sticker craze. For one thing, I don’t want people cutting me off or tailgating me because they voted for the other presidential candidate. Maybe it comes with being an introvert, but I’m too private to display information like that to the whole world.

At this point, you may be rolling your eyes. What harm could possibly come from a bumper sticker? Well, it’s one of the things that fascinates me about language, whether it be the written word or family-hieroglyphics and grumpy cat window dressings.

grumpy cat hates your stick figure family

There’s more to the window dressings and bumper stickers than you might think. You’re telling people where your kids go to school, possibly what sport or musical instrument they play. You could be telling people that you live alone because you’re divorced or your husband is in the armed forces. They could bond with you over the illness you’re passionate about signaled by the color of the cancer ribbon.

The only bumper sticker I’m willing to have on my car now is grumpy cat. What about you? Is your car a moving billboard of your life or a blank slate?

-Eliabeth Hawthorne

__funny writer memes

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paperback-versus-kindle-tabletfunny-writing-meme-twilight-writer-jokeSome funny little memes I saw on Facebook. The Twilight/Writing meme reminded me of Eliabeth’s Image of a Writer post. Doesn’t it hit the stereotype right on the head? The paperback versus eReader illustration was a nice funny reminder that paperbacks are still badass!

- Ermisenda

Picture it & Write

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Welcome to the Picture it & Write creative writing exercise. I invite people to join in, comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image. It doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (please provide a translation). Anyone who wants to join in, is welcome. This photograph will be reblogged under Ermisenda on tumblr and added to the Picture it & Write gallery on Facebook and Pinterest.

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

 

“I used to have a beautiful and expansive vocabulary. Then I took two years of calculus and I think the math crowded the English out of my brain.” Maria complained to her tutor while they prepared for the SATs.

“Don’t be silly,” Emmy encouraged. “Your brain is much more expansive than you realize, always growing to accommodate more information.”

Maria rolled her eyes. “Maybe… but if that’s true it’s like that file cabinet in Bruce Almighty. You pull it open and it expands forever, but it doesn’t mean you can find what you’re looking for.”

Emmy smiled. “No more stalling, what does copaibas mean?”

-Eliabeth Hawthorne

Picture it & Write now supports The Girl Effect, a movement empowering girls to break the cycle of poverty in their communities, countries, and world. All profits from the publication are donated to this cause.


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