Narratives

Earlier this year, I moved back home to Houston. I took a little vacation then finished out my contract with the Army. I got a job and set myself up for school. I read a lot. And I mean a lot.

As fun as a lot of those books were, though, I wasn’t really getting what I wanted out of traditional fiction. Call me queer, but I’m so damn sick of the young white heteronormative narrative. So I ended up delving back into a world I haven’t breached in a long time.

Fanfiction.

At first, I was really hesitant about it, but I took the nosedive anyway because I was finding in fanfiction what it’s damned near impossible to find in bookstores – variety. All kinds of variety. Prolly in more ways than I can even count. It’s a playground.

But you know what I also found? Some really good writers. Not all, granted, though that is the nature of the beast – published, original, non-fiction, anything. And I don’t mean just like “good for fanfic,” I mean genuinely fucking good – some of it inspiring, even.

So far, nothing so inspiring that it’s ended my months-long writing slump (which I have been mired in since spending all my free time reading and going through my Netflix list), but I’m gonna change that. Soon. I’m close.

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Frustration

Frustration!!!I’m weak. And powerless. (And can’t avoid making song references, even if I wanted to.) If there’s one thing that stresses me out like nothing other, it’s frustration.

It seems weird to me that I am who I am and write the things I do. Sure, I’m a total fucking creeper, but I’m usually pretty happy.

I write really dark, weird stuff, though, and people who know me see that and think, “Really? This is the stuff that’s in your head?”

I’m crazy, okay? Leave me alone. :P

But when I get frustrated and stressed out, I get really frazzled. I’m a mess. And it really shouldn’t come as a surprise then that I’m a little off my rocker. I’m fragile, and I can’t take a lot.

You know what’s been causing me the most stress and frustrating the hell out of me lately?

everything

:D

The Army. The Veterans Affairs. The University of Houston. The government. My job (I work at PetCo as a dog trainer, now!). My own writing. The weather!

How? How does this all manage to pile on top of me like this? Haha I kinda give up. But it’s okay. I realize that there are a lot of baby steps that have to happen before I can get fully settled.

Little by little, I am taking care of these insane stressors – and so pardon my absence. I’m still writing, still making videos, still doing my thing, just keeping some of the personal stuff personal.

Send me hugs or something. ;]

S. R. Carrillo

 

The beginning of a journey

I’m in California right now.

I drove up from south Texas to Oklahoma, tossed and turned instead of sleeping, drove west to New Mexico (stopped in Roswell, slept in Las Cruces – BEAUTIFULLY fucking town omg), passed through Arizona and now I’m in the ever-mountainous San Diego. My sister was kind enough to put me (and my booski, Bobbi) up until we catch our flight tomorrow.

To Hawaii.

Yeah, seriously. (smile + sweat drop emoji)

I’m considering this trip a well-earned gift to myself for surviving 6 years in the Army. And, boy, what a trip it’s been.

Usually, I would write up a recap post once I returned from my trip, but, since I’ll be gone almost all month long, I didn’t want my blog to sit idle for no reason.

I can’t really write – at least, not in earnest – while I’m away. I need a laptop (mine died – I’m writing this on my phone), but I’m also trying to figure out a budget to acquire a microphone for my camera, a light setup for my videos, another camera (because I’m feeling masochistic, apparently) and new clothes that will fit me.

Oh, yeah – I got a job a few weeks ago (which is why there’s no March wrap-up). I’m gonna be a dog trainer with PetCo. Right now, I’m just another sales associate, but, when I return, I’ll begin my training to get certified.

I’m ultra-excited.

I also have another trip planned to Colorado in June, but that’s a little more tentative. And a concert that I haven’t been to in yeeeeaaaars. (Not sure if my body will be able to handle it, but I wanna, at least, try.)

And that’s my life right now.

Fall in Love, Again

fall in love again As a writer, it’s really easy to fall into a pit of angst and despair. It’s kinda required – we spend a lot of time beating up on ourselves because there are always ways to improve. We tell ourselves:

  • That entire scene made me cringe. The whole time. The whooooole time.
  • Why is this character here? Are they necessary? Are any of these characters necessary? What is the meaning of life?
  • Oh, look, another crappy line of dialogue.
  • Snoooore feeeeest. Need to amp up this action by, like, 100.
  • ???
  • PROFIT!!!

It can get tiring. But, like I said, it’s vital that we know our flaws so we can lessen them.

It’s become a sadistic trend that I despise all my rough drafts. They’re terrible. It gets really bad around that Camp NaNo and NaNoWriMo times because – let’s face it – fast drafting has never produced anything publish-ready.

I can’t count how many times I’ve finished a manuscript, blinked at it for a while and promptly wanted to flip my desk because it sucked so much.

However, after I’ve spent some time away, when I come back to re-read or revise, I usually realize it’s not so bad. Surely, it’s ugly, but it’s not irredeemable. In fact, practically without fail, I fall in love with my own writing all over again.

I can still see its flaws, but I can also see through them – to how I can fix them.

I’m going through this right now with my 11,000th revision of In Silence and Energy: Book Three in the Soul series. It’s a long way from finished, but I get a little closer each day.

And I fall in love all over again with every step I take.

What are you currently working on? :D

S. R. Carrillo

February 2016

the-month-februaryYeah, so just ignore January, okay? It’s not worth it. I was busy moving the whole month, anyway. :D

Books

I started the month with Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh and ended it with The Power of Birthdays, Stars and Numbers by Saffi Crawford and Geraldine Sullivan.

I think my favorite – aside from those two, actually – must be The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman. I look forward to more nonfiction reads like this. If you know of any, please leave them below.

I am technically currently reading The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco, but I’m honestly on break from it. Not sure if I will bother to finish. I’m equal parts intrigued by and losing patience with the narrative.

YouTube

I actually got around to posting three videos, somehow! Don’t forget to check them out if you haven’t already. ^_^

I have filmed another review video and am planning to either do a journal tag or general writing journey video next. Lemme know which you’d be interested in more below.

Writing

Here’s where we start waking that sleeping limb – slow and painful though it may be. I didn’t do much in terms of actual writing words that will tell a story, but I have started two co-author projects and spent most of the month plotting and brainstorming.

March is where I’ve started trying to get the ball rolling with the continuation and re-packaging of the Soul series. More to follow.

TV & Movies

I’ve stopped watching Being Human (which none of y’all prolly even knew haha) and was not yet ready to commit to another show. Now I need a really good one to binge for a while. Recommend me some!

I watched Straight Outta Compton, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, Heavy Metal, Home and Planet Terror. They’re all pretty much great in their own ways.

I also re-watched Chicago, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Anacondas: the Hunt for the Blood Orchid and Stupid. Crazy. Love. Multiple times.

Games

I have no idea why, but I have been loving iPhone games lately from Two Dots to Solitaire! I think it helps me to try to sleep at night. I’m kinda stuck on all the ones with levels, but whatever. In March, I discovered more games, anyway.

Music

I’m keeping track of the songs I discover (or re-discover) with Spotify. Hopefully that plug works, and you can listen if you want. If not, here’s the link.

My favorite from the month was likely “Haunting” by Halsey.

Also, remember when I said I was gonna listen to every song in my iTunes until only the good ones were left standing? I’m like 2/3 done with that. :D

Now. How have you been?

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BEST WEEK EVER?!

Now that last week is over, I can gush about it without the risk of jinxing it. :D

Early in the week, I got an email confirming my acceptance into the only university I applied for and promptly freaked out about it on Facebook. Here’s a quick video on why it means so much to me and a little more.

As if that weren’t enough, I also managed to secure an interview for a job that I literally just happened across – and the interview went well. The job is just about perfect for what I need right now – flexible, surrounded by books, low-stress, etc.

Further news on that front in a few weeks while the background check is running. Let’s hope I get it, okay? :]

I also got to reconnect with a really good friend I hadn’t really been able to talk to in a long time! I was certain that my friends had stopped caring about me while I was away playing GI Joe. It’s nice knowing that’s not the case at all. Really fucking heart-warming, actually. <3

I also made an impromptu shopping trip where I discovered a $25 gift card I had completely forgotten about! I’m fucking cheap, so that just made my day right there haha.

Between all that, I’ve been super productive with journaling, taking care of myself, and, to top it all off, I got a stellar fucking review on my debut novel, The Soul, that reminded me about why it is I write what I do in the first place.

I’ve been tossing up the idea of re-releasing again and again, but alas I have decided to leave well enough alone. I’m never going to be able to move forward if I keep looking to the past.

So, while I will be re-packaging for cover consistency purposes, I won’t be touching the content of The Soul nor the sequel, Procession of Eternity. That means I’ll be selling for an actual dollar amount once I get them all primped and everything – so get it for free while you still can.

That’s been my amazing week. How has yours been?

S. R. Carrillo