Random things I have on my desk and why they're there

I wanted to write a real-life-problems, sit-down-and-chat kind of post today on my thoughts about current events, but as of yet, I can't get my thoughts streamlined into something that would make sense or something that wouldn't just feel all-around negative. So I guess that particular post is going to have to wait for a later date.
Instead, we're going for the random. XD Let's talk about what stuff I have on my disaster of a desk!

An alarm clock Why is it here? Because I need to know what time it is. Sure, there's a clock already on my computer screen, and there's one on my phone, too, but when I'm working on something that isn't on my laptop, and I don't really want to be looking at my phone, the alarm clock is here.
A tiny gold trophy Why is it here? It's the writing sprint trophy! My dad won it in an RC car race years ago, and he gave it to me, so now when we do writing sprints during NaNoWriMo, whoever writes the most words the fastest gets the tr…

June Wrapup 2020

So. June.
Here's the good news: I'm back to work! I don't remember if I actually mentioned this, but for two and a half months I was on furlough due to covid. Mid-June, I got to go back to work! I'm just starting to get a balance back between home life and work life and I'm so glad to have my job back. And to be making money again. XD
So for the first part of June writing felt like it was going good. But now it... doesn't. I don't know what happened. Maybe it's just the HUGE CHAPTER I'M REWRITING. Or maybe it's just mental exhaustion over trying to write and work again. I don't know. But I'm a little in a rut with writing right now.
That's not to say I'm not writing. I'm doing it. I'm just hating every word I put down *laughs uncomfortably* And I'd take a creative break, but I know I'm just stuck, and coming back to it really won't make me get unstuck. So I'm just trying to push through the redraft of this ch…

How to Draw Character Art for the Artistically Challenged

Not everyone can be good at drawing. I get that. For some of you, you can try to draw something and you end up with a cucumber? In a hat?? Not everyone has super artsy genes.
I'm going to give you several different techniques, from 'super beginner' to 'just ok at art' and everywhere in between, and you shall find the magic touch that will make you able to make character art. So have a seat, and I'll tell you what you can do!

Level 1: Tracing over a picture
If you are the most beginner-est of all beginners, fret not, I got u. Even if you feel that you don't have a drop of artistic talent, trust me, you can trace.
Print up a picture that resembles the character you want to draw and make sure you print it big enough to be around the size you want your drawing.Place another piece of paper over the printed picture and slap both of them against a light surface so you can see th…

Stuff Your Cashier Is Doing For You(without you even realizing it)

Not to get too uptight about my people, but cashiering is hard. It's a minimum-wage, minimum-experience-required kind of job, but I would say that it's actually a lot harder than anyone is given credit for(at least if you're a good cashier and not just one of those ones who bag things and grunt at anyone who speaks to them).
I mean, didn't most of the people we serve do some kind of service job at one point? If you went straight from school into some high-end office job, I'd really like to know how you got there.
So what is your cashier doing for you that you don't even see?

We're there. Yes, it's part of our job to show up, to be present and paying attention, but doing the same transaction over and over like a robot, repeating the same script, and serving tons of thankless people is an easy way to lose brain cells. Just appreciate our showing up today. You ought to know how hard it is to get out of bed in the morning in the first place without knowing you&…

Things You Totally Have If You're A Writer(you're gonna feel called out)

Look, we don't want to be stereotypes, but at the end of the day, are all writers not the same? We all live on coffee, we all daydream when we should probably be writing, and we, ahem, write. If you don't have at least four things from this list I owe you a donut.
Every writer has:
A hoard of pretty notebooks
More pencils than you're ever likely to use
An unnecessary amount of trivia on all your characters(that you're just waiting to use at a talk one day)
A favorite writing spot
A book on writing that you've just destroyed
At least one character that is totally useless to the plot that you just can't bear to get rid of
Snacks hiding somewhere
A USB with all your novel files on it. Honestly, if you don't have one of these, get thee hence and back up your files, because you're going to regret not backing them up one of these days.
Random junk all over your desk/usual writing space
A notebook full of random notes like 'Bob gets kidnapped' or 'what if the…

Some quick tips to keep you from procrastinating on your writing

For me, procrastination can come from several sources:
1) I have too much to do and it makes me nervous, so I avoid the task altogether
2) I am currently uninterested in the scene I'm writing
3) I don't know where the scene is going
4) I'm afraid I won't do the scene justice

A lot of the time, the real source of the problem is #2. I'll lose interest in the scene I'm writing, and therefore when I'm not writing I don't have the motivation to write. I don't sit down to type with anticipation for the adventure ahead. And there's an easy way to fix that, which we'll get to in just a minute. But let's say that your main problem is not #2, but rather #1 or #3 or #4. So I'm going to address them all at once.
The core of the problem
What is making you procrastinate? What is the core of the problem?
1) You have too much to do in general and it makes you nervous, so you avoid the task altogether. The problem: You're overwhelmed.
2) You…

Wick and Archer- Yet Another Flash Fiction!!

It has been ages since I uploaded a short story or something, so I am back!! (confession: I almost couldn't find the file to make the cover image for this post, which nearly ended in total disaster).
Anyway, I whipped up some flash fiction for you, and here it is! I don't have a lot of time this morning before I have to go to work, so I don't have the time to make it into a pdf before uploading it. Therefore I'm just putting it straight into Blogger itself.
Here's your reminder that this is my intellectual property, my characters, etc., etc., and while I don't actually think any of you would try to steal my work, I'm going to remind you that you can't copy and paste this story or anything, and you can't sell it as your own. Thanks!

                Wick opened the spice cabinet, and his eyes roved over the wealth of jars inside. He felt like a peasant that had stumbled upon a dragon’s hoard. Humans had so many spices! How on earth could they keep t…