Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NaNoWriMo Prep 2014 + Big Announcement

Hello, everyone!  I apologize for my lack of posts!  School and work have bitten me in the behind and I haven’t had any extra time to devote to my blog. :-( I tried for a while there to keep up with my Monthly Favorites posts, but that was short-lived.  Ha ha ha.  Oh well.

But anyway, I’m back now! :D We’ll see how long I stick around this time. Recently, I’ve decided that I will be participating in National Novel Writing Month again this year.  I skipped last year because of bitter frustrations that I was still experiencing over my 2012 NaNoWriMo project, Fleur Valse.  I think I’m ready to give it another go.

As for my new novel’s storyline, I’m still trying to choose between several options that I’ve come up with.  All of them are fantasy, not surprisingly. :P Some are dystopian, others are…well, not dystopian, ha ha ha.  I’m starting afresh, that’s the only thing I’m certain of.  New world, new characters.  No returning to old, failed projects.  I’m going to try something different and see how it compares to my other attempts.  I think that a huge part of the reason why my past two NaNoWriMo projects have failed is because I’ve tried to write novels that I’ve come up with way beforehand, and the result is that I end up getting incredibly frustrated when things don’t turn out how I intended them to.  One month simply isn’t enough time to write a complex book, especially within the fantasy genre!

Plans?  What plans?  Nope!  I’m not writing out a detailed description of every character, scene, and chapter like I did back in 2012.  I learned the hard way that this sort of planning quickly becomes a to-do list, and nobody likes to do chores.

I’m going to go with the flow.  Take each chapter as it comes.  I’m going to let my words pour forth at their own pace and not worry about the details.  That’s what editing is for!

So most of my prep, so to speak, is comprised of copious amounts of fine coffee and tea along with a few simple writing exercises and brainstorming for ideas.  All of this is to help ease myself back into writing mode.  I’ve been terribly unproductive as of late (as you all know, why am I telling you this), and I want to avoid a reality shock, for lack of a better term.

This brings us to my “Big Announcement.” For the benefit of myself and my peers, I have created a private, online writing community called Writerly, which, if all goes well, will officially launch on November 1st, 2014.  But another blog post will follow on that~ I hope that it will prove to be successful for its members in receiving feedback and critique from fellow writers, and also (of course) to have fun sharing ideas and inspiration. :-)

Next week, I will post a preview of the site!

That aside, I encourage all of my writer friends to give NaNoWriMo a try.  Come join in on the fun.

And that’s all for today!  Talk to you all soon!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

New blog design!

As you all have noticed, Resonant Song has had a bit of a makeover! It's still a work-in-progress, but I'm really loving the starry theme.

I've shed my childhood screen name, Aianarie, and will now be known here on my blog as A. M. Wied; artist, writer, and nerd extraordinaire.

New blog posts soon to follow!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Hope you all are having a fantastic summer so far!  With just these last few days of August left, we need to soak up as much of the sunshine and free time that we can get.  Many more memories are yet to be made!

I apologize that this post is so ridiculously late (again), but here we go with another round of Monthly Favorites!

I’m going to start off with something a little different: a favorite activity.  And that would be thrifting.  Since the beginning of July I’ve gone pretty much every weekend.  I’ve scored all sorts of items; loads of clothing, gifts for friends, coffee mugs, books, etc.  Every trip is a new adventure with new discoveries.  I haven’t gone shopping anywhere save Salvation Army, Goodwill, and St. Vincent de Paul’s in a long while.  Honestly, I don’t think I ever will unless of course I’m looking for something specific, because I have a pretty solid wardrobe now, I think.  Hahaha!  This way I’ll have extra money for video games and…stuff.

Favorite songs for July are all under the category of Chinese ballads.  Ya’ll already know that I’m obsessively into Asian music: k-pop, j-pop, c-pop…hahaha.  They’re not very original or specific with their music genres.  While the all that pop is fun and catchy, my musical heart truly resides wherever there are ethereal vocals and harmonic sound.  Compared and contrasted to Korean and Japanese, the Chinese language is fascinating.  Pronunciation is somewhat phonetic, but the articulation of each individual word is quite precise and it goes without saying that I find it really interesting! I often get mesmerized listening to Chinese people speak, let alone sing.

Have a listen to Zhang Li Yin’s Agape, and Wu Yi Fan (former EXO member Kris)’s Time Boils the Rain.

Beautiful, right?  I would love to learn both of these pieces on the piano...if only I was that talented.

Sigh. X'D

Finally, my food pick is chicken.  I know, I know—I’m being really general this time around. X’) Especially the chicken-strip-basket-from-Dairy-Queen kind of chicken.  I’ve eaten so much chicken in the past month prepared in a variety of different ways.   Fried, broiled, grilled, marinated in yummy Filipino adobo sauce…I’m getting hungry just thinking about all this food! Chicken is certainly a delicious canvas for many beautiful flavors.

And that's it for this month! I'll be back in a week or two with my August Favorites, hehe! 'Til then~~~