Aimee Morgan's blog
I am a fierce lover of technology. I spend a significant amount of time on my laptop each day browsing social media, researching for my current literary project, engaging in homework for my classes, including writing blogs like this for Mile Marker Review. I play video games on my Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS, one of my favorite hobbies. I even read books and stories on my tablet, immersing myself in the fictional worlds I love. But sometimes technology can be my creative downfall.
Rejection. It’s a scary word. Especially in the world of writers. You’ve put your heart and soul into this story and placing it in the hands of a publishing company is like sending your only child to kindergarten and hoping all goes well. All day you’re anxious about how they’re faring in the big scary world away from home.
I never thought this would happen. I never thought that this country would revert so far back that bigotry, racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. would return to the forefront of American politics. I never thought that the Klu Klux Klan would ever be relevant to mainstream media again. I never thought that I would fear for the well-being of myself, my friends, my community, and my country.
Let me be honest; I might be a fantastic student now, but I wasn’t a very good student back in high school. Or middle school. Let’s face it, even elementary school wasn’t that great in terms of my academic success (or social success).
I didn’t get good grades and I didn’t join clubs (or I did but then never went to any of the meetings). As a kid, I would do practically anything to not go to school and I didn’t have a lot of friends.
Who doesn’t love a little spiritual twist to a story? A little Norse paganism here, a little Christian lore there, maybe throw in a hint of some Celtic druid history. I for one love seeing hints of religion and mythology in the books I read and the stories I write. But here’s the thing; you have to do it right. If you don’t want to do it right or don’t have the dedication to do it right, don’t do it at all.
Sometimes a question mark or an exclamation point is just not enough. There are far too many times where I’ve found myself writing and come across a sentence that needs an extra punch of emotion that I just can't get from words alone.
“She’s pregnant!” or “She’s pregnant?”
Fanfiction has been around for decades. Originally coined in 1939, fanfiction has become something of a taboo term, usually associated with silly teenage girls fulfilling their own fantasies through popular characters in fiction. The original Star Trek series popularized this aspect of fandom in the 1960s, with women dominating the literary category as they sent in their pieces to fanzines, who it turn published them for the general public.
I despised reading the required books I was assigned in high school. I could never pinpoint why I hated reading Of Mice and Men, I Am the Cheese, The Outsiders, and various other books that got so much praise from my classmates and teachers. There were many instances where I refused to even read the book, preferring to just skim it to get the necessary information I needed in order to pass my assignments.