Thursday, May 2, 2024

Insecure Writers Support Group 1 May 2024


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May 1 question - How do you deal with distractions when you are writing? Do they derail you?

I'll just answer this with brevity in a way that explains everything.

I have ADHD. 

Distraction is my middle name.

However, I can also be hyperfocused. 

So, to sum things up, the answer is yes and no. 

It's the story of my life.

Oh look, a squirrel!

Anyway, sorry I'm late with this. I had a bad reaction to the latest COVID shot, was running a high fever, and was so weak I needed help to put laundry into the machine and to make some Jello for my woozy stomach. 

~Ornery Owl Has Spoken~

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How bad did I feel, you ask?

It was like I went on a week-long bender drinking every bum wine on the shelf.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

A to Z Challenge 2024: Day 26: Zeroing In


Image by hopid permana from Pixabay

This character's name is Zero Two Darling. She's what came up when I did a search for zeroing in on Pixabay. She's a human klaxo sapien hybrid, and you can read more about her here.

We’re zipping to the end of this challenge and also to the end of the month. I need to zero in on not being a slavedriver with myself because it zaps the zest from activities I have a zeal for.

I’m also sticking a fork in the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge for April 2024. There will be another Camp NaNoWriMo in June, and I’ll do that one too because I’m a masochist.

It’s 10:30 and I need to get my Zs.

I hope I sleep better tonight than last night.

It seems sleep and I are seldom on the same page.

~Ornery Owl Has Zpoken~

Image by thank_you from Pixabay

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Friday, April 26, 2024

A to Z Challenge 2024: Day 25: Youth


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The days of my youth are long behind me, but the things that happened then still affect my life. I suppose this must be true for everybody. While reading William Shatner’s autobiography, I noticed that he and I have something in common: difficulty establishing and maintaining friendships.

Like me, Bill (I think he’d be all right with me calling him Bill) had a difficult childhood, always having to defend himself from bullies. Unlike me, he has been very successful in other areas of his life. He never seems to have slid into self-loathing as I did. Is this the difference?

~Ornery Owl Has Spoken~

Image by Jim Cooper on Pixabay
"You've never done anything to aggravate Captain Kirk have you, Space Jockey?"

Cool and beautiful electronic music from French band AIR.

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Thursday, April 25, 2024

A to Z Challenge 2024: Day 24: Xenomorphs Forever


Image by Wolfgang Eckert on Pixabay

I stopped writing in 2007 due to fallout from my disastrous first attempt at becoming a published author. When I started writing again in 2012, I only intended to write Aliens fan fiction for myself because people suck and Xenomorphs are wicked cool.

Fan fiction is real writing. Even the cringeworthy self-insert fics I wrote as a young teenager and would have to kill you if you discovered them.

Writing fan fiction saved my life more than once, no joke.

Much of what I write these days could be classified as Cthulhu Mythos fan fiction.

I’m absolutely okay with that.

~Ornery Owl Has Spoken~

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

A to Z Challenge 2024: Day 23: Weird


Image by Claire Francis from Pixabay
What are you looking at?
Say, do you mind if eye browse your computer?

I’m my own special brand of weird.

Back in school, I wasn’t smart enough to belong with the academic nerd brigade, but I was too nerdy to belong with the self-proclaimed rebels without a cause.

I’ve been trying in vain for decades to find a niche in which to fit, only to learn time and time again that I don’t fit in with any of them.

I’m an acquired taste that most people don’t acquire.

Even when people don’t treat me poorly, I’m aware that they’re just being polite.

I’m a curiosity.

Sometimes studied, often ridiculed.

I don’t belong anywhere.

Tunes for you.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

A to Z Challenge 2024: Day 22: Vanity


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I struggle with the belief that artistic pursuits are self-serving vanity. I sometimes find myself thinking I am exaggerating my disabilities to get out of working a “real job.” However, I always struggled with trying to keep myself from having a mental breakdown when I worked a “real job.”

I was never able to work the sorts of hours that my family approved of. I would become severely depressed after a couple weeks working day shifts. I usually opted for jobs with evening and night hours. The types of jobs I worked were always physically demanding, such as health care.

~Ornery Owl Has Spoken~

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"Doctor, the patients are revolting!"

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Monday, April 22, 2024

A to Z Challenge 2024: Day 21: Ugly


I’ve been called ugly many more times than I could possibly count. Admissibly, I am far from a paragon of physical beauty. It is likely I could aptly be described as looking like the back end of a bus. However, I feel it is necessary to pose a question. Is someone’s lack of perceived attractiveness an acceptable reason to belittle and ridicule that person, turning them into a scapegoat for your own feelings of inadequacy?

Is having a plain face and a body perceived as being either too fat or too thin, too short or too tall reason for disdain?

~Ornery Owl Has Spoken~

Image by Prawny from Pixabay
Don't like how we look?
Feel free to look somewhere else!

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