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My name is Dominique Weldon, I am a teenager from Iowa, who happens to be an aspiring author. I'm determined to make it, and plan on sharing my thoughts and process along the way with the rest of you guys!! I know we can do it!!:D

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Poetry Reading


Have I participated in a poetry reading before?

Nope.

However, I'm going to read some of my work in front of my speech class soon. We have to do an informative speech and my topic is Creative Writing. I was going to start out my speech with a basic rhetorical question; however, my teacher mentioned that a poem was a great way to start out a speech. The idea hit me at that very moment. Starting a speech about creative writing with a poem is simply brilliant! At least, I think it is.

I picked one of my poems that is about writing poetry, which is why I thought it fit. I am somewhat nervous. I mean, who wouldn't? This is the first time I'm sharing my work aloud with anyone. I'm just hoping that the class will receive it well. At least it's a poem that I've edited and had workshopped.

I know that I am not ready to share some of my work at a poetry reading. That would just be too nerve-wracking. I'm soooo not at the stage of confidence yet, hence why I'm enrolled in a speech class in the first place.

Maybe if I just sound extremely dramatic the class will eat it up.

Hopefully.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

How do writers find time to write?

I don't understand!

Since starting college I have not written anything in ages... (Which would be over a year because that's when I started college.) But anyway, I mean sure I write stuff in Creative Writing; however, that is just homework. For fun, for me... I don't even remember.

Due to the fact that I haven't written any stories in awhile, I'm kinda losing my touch. Some of my ideas are long gone. Sure that's my fault because I never wrote them down, but I don't feel like getting nagged at because of it.

I just wish I was already done with school. That way I could stay home everyday and write, but that goal is years and years away. I'm slowly getting closer to it every day; however, there's a lot of work I still have to do. Until then I hope all the school and work at my job doesn't kill my creative muse. Otherwise, I might truly go insane.

And as if writers aren't already insane as it is.

Hatsune Miku: Delusional Tax

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Did I mention that I want to try book reviews?




Oh no?

Maybe?

I don't know. See I'm rather forgetful, so I probably have over months ago and I'm just remembering now. Regardless, I'm thinking why not! Sure they won't be the best or most professional reviews, actually closer to just my opinion, but I want to put something else on my blog.

The book I'm reading now is by Cassandra Clare. She is one of my favorite authors of all time. I wish I could write like her.... Ughhhh....

Anywayyyy, I'm reading The Clockwork Prince right now. I bought it forever ago but finally started to read it in the little free time I have. I'm not sure if I should mention that I started it forever ago too, but that's asides the point guys. It should be a bit before I finish it, but I think I might post something about it on here. If I ever finish...

Can I drop out of school yet?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Dark Company 2

Yuppppp... The other authors contacted me and asked if I wanted to do another piece for Dark Company 2. I was pretty surprised, considering they're way better than me and more involved in the production than I am. Nevertheless, of course I said yes!


This is the cover of the first edition of Dark Company. The link to purchasing the book is right here! Once again I'll have to write another horror-paranormal like story. I think I have a month or so to whip up something. The only problem that I have is that am so busy, like, everyday due to school. It's rather annoying considering I want to spend more time on my writing. Nevertheless, I'll try and get something done. It might be short, but that's better than nothing. The only problem is what to write about.

Ahh, the stresses of writing.

Once again, the proceeds will go to charity, which is a great thing! I'll make sure to blog about Dark Company once again, considering it won't be published for a few more months. You guys should all definitely get a copy.

After all, it's going to go to a great cause!

Hatsune Miku: Mr. Wonderboy Colate Remix

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Writing my First Story for Creative Writing II


Yup! This is my Sophomore year in college, and I'm taking Creative Writing once again. Needless to say, I'm glad I get to take it again. Considering this is what I want to do for the rest of my life, I kind of need as much practice as possible.

Out of all the other students in Creative Writing, I'm the one with the most experience. At my school, they throw Creative Writing I, II, and III together in one classroom. I don't really like the feeling of that because to me, I feel like I have to constantly do my best. Of course I always do, but I feel like I have to more than ever because of the title placed upon me.

I'm almost done with my short story for Tuesday. I've gone over about four times now and I'm not sure how many more times I will look it over. For the past month I've had trouble breathing due to my asthma, so I figured that it would be a great topic to write about. I hope that it is received well with my classmates. I won't find out for about a week or so.

Writing is stressful, I swear! ...No, I take that back, writing well is stressful.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Guys!!! ...I actually finished a novel!!!

No, I don't mean that I finished reading a book. That wouldn't be too special at all; however, I did manage to finish writing a novel! It took about 8 months to do. The thing is, what makes me so happy about this is that I haven't finished completing a novel in years!

Yes, the blame for that all falls on me. I will admit that. The reason is because of two things: for one, I've been on the internet wayyyyy too much and not writing at all. The other thing is that high school and college really took up all my time, especially college. I hardly have time for anything else anymore. That's why I felt pretty accomplished when I finished this.

I've started to grow lazy again though since I've finished. I haven't written anything, but I guess I'll try and pick up a WIP. That way I don't have to start allll over, and it should be easier. Once I'm done with this novel I'm going to have to come up with something new, something great! It'll take time, but I'm sure I can do it...

I just have to get through school first...

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Back to School!

 Yeahhhhhhh!

Not really... School is a time consumer. I will say though, I'm glad that I'm back in Creative Writing again. I think I seriously have the best teacher in the entire world. He inspires me to write more and think of even better story ideas. We write two short stories in class, then around seven poems. He always helps me leave class with awesome work, so that, I'm looking forward to!

Other than that... Meh.... I just have to make sure that I keep writing my novel and whatnot. I can kinda forget to do that, since homework always is first in my mind. I'm almost done with the story I'm working on, so that's a good start.

See guys, I can finish work :D

Friday, June 21, 2013

Five Days off of work!!


Yup... That's so many days and I am super excited! I don't know what to do with all this free time! ...Actually I do know. I'm going to a wedding, but that's not really related to book stuff so I don't think that anybody cares X3

Still, all this time off is a good and bad thing. I mean, I will have more time to write and stuff, but I really need the money. One thing I need this money for is a new computer, which is kinda important to me since I do all my work on here and whatnot. It's running uberly slow now and sometimes it can't handle too much so it has to shut off. Luckily that hasn't happened to me while I was working, but I don't want to press my luck.

I spent about $700 dollars on the thing, so I'm going to assume I would need around that again. Do you see why I need to work at my part-time job more. It's like a lose-lose situation. At least I'm spending this time that I'm not making money writing. Hopefully one day that will pay too, but as of now, the money really isn't coming.

So if anyone wants some short stories or poems I'm willing to do that. Until then, I will spend my time off hiding in my house writhing... Happy Summer Solstice guys!!

Gumi- Neoteny Love 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Just Got Home...

...from hanging out with my friends. It was a nice day off to say the least, but now I'm back into the swing of writing again. To make matters even better, I only work two days next week, meaning I have so much free time to write again!

Awesomeeeeee!

I've been working almost every day at my part-time job recently, so I'm def going to enjoy this for sure! I don't know if I'm only going to write or blog more, but I know that whatever I do will end up being a great use of my days off.

However, I think I'll start this tomorrow. I've had a long day and I think that my bed is calling me. Not literally, but you guys get the point, right?

Here's to the end of my short blog post!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Getting back into the swing of writing :D

...and it feels great! I'm finally starting to write the way I used to! The only thing that stops me from writing my best is the internet. Yes, the lovely, distracting internet. Sometimes it seems like it is too distracting, but I'm trying to force myself to get off the social media sites a little.

Every little bit helps.

I think another reason why I'm starting to write a lot more again is because I'm reading more. Besides, the two go hand-in-hand. I haven't read much since junior year in high school, so its nice to pick up a book again. It's an even better feeling when I finish a book!

As long as I can keep this up, I should have a book finished by the end of the summer. Wouldn't that just be great? I haven't actually finished a book in ages. Alright, with that said, it's time to get to work!! 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Reading!


I've spent a good portion of my summer reading, and I'm very proud of myself! Why? Well, because I normally don't spend any time at all reading once class ends. Last summer I spent a lot of my time simply goofing off on the internet, which was fun and all, but I didn't get anything done.

Asides from that, you will never become a better writer if you don't read anything new. Hence that logic, I started to pick up some more books and I'm very happy with the book I'm reading now.

Wicked!

I've always heard that it was a really good book, but I was wary of it considering it's basically Wizard of Oz. Considering I've seen the movie dozens of times before, heard all of the annoying songs, and watched the witch die dozens of times I never made time for the book. However, it wasn't that long ago until I saw this little beauty at a Barnes and Nobles out of town. It's leatherbound, has beautiful art and the pages look like they're dipped in gold. Not only that, but it's not just one book but two! The second one in the series comes with it: how cool is that?

That being being said, I decided why not? I got the book and started reading it a little bit later. Once reading it I've decided that I love the green witch and that Dorthy is absolutely evil! I'm not even that far into it yet, I mean the witch is still a teenager and all, but she is my favorite character out of the entire book.

...I didn't mean for this to turn into a review, but I guess it did. Nevertheless, I completely recommend this story. I'll probably read a little more of it later before digging into the next book in my giant pile.


And that is my giant summer pile... Wish me luck


Monday, June 10, 2013

Video game reviewing?

Yeah, that's what I said...

Video game reviewing.

Now let me explain, because it's not as random as it sounds. All my life I've always loved video games, just about as much as I love writing. Recently I've been worrying about money. Even though I don't get paid for writing now I'm okay with that; however, I kinda want that to change down the road. After all, that's what I'm going to college for. To become a writer, using the knowledge I've gained from earning a degree in English. I know that I can get through college with ease, that I'm not worried about... It's just that writers aren't always the ones who land jobs right away. That's why I was suggested that I should be a video game reviewer on the side.

Reviewer?

Hmmm... Now that's something that never crossed my mind. I've always wanted to be a writer and when I said that I meant a novelist, so I never thought about doing anything else. Still, a reviewer...? I mean, I guess I could give it a try because it wouldn't hurt. Even if I did consider it I wouldn't even know where to start. The only thing I could think of would be to start a video game blog. Maybe.

I don't know.

I think I could try and see how it goes. In the meantime, I'll keep writing my stories. One day I'll be a published writer, until then I'll just have to keep on trying!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Collaborating


...is a pain.

Why? Well I'll tell you! Basically my boyfriend and I decided that we wanted to work on something together. (And just so you know, that picture was the only one I could find of two writers, so no funny comments, haha!) It sounded fine and all in the beginning, but now I'm not really feeling that way. The only reason it's so hard is because you have to actually agree with each other and their ideas. I mean, something that I might say will sound dumb to him, and vic-versa.


Let me tell you that nothing is more discouraging then hearing that your ideas suck. I know that's not what he's trying to do; however, that is how it feels. That's kinda why I stopped working on the collaboration. I almost feel like I just have to agree with him so we can start working; then again, that means the story really isn't mine...

And this is why I kinda took a break working on the collaboration. I don't know, maybe I will try again soon. Besides, I do need to work more and that could help, even if we disagree on ideas!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Road Trip!


That's right! I'm going to be about four hours away from home tomorrow. Even though I am excited to be gone and whatnot, I won't be able to work at all... Well, probably not that much. That is why I decided that I was going to spend today working. Can you believe it? I really worked...

All day!

Of course, after I woke up from a very long nap, but now I'm rambling. I spent a good portion of the day working ahead. I got work done for today, Saturday and Sunday. That way I won't have a lot of writing to do when I come back. At least, I won't feel as pressured into working faster.

That being said, I'm still going to write as much as I can. There are many people who say this, and of course I follow this too, but a writer has to write every day, or they probably shouldn't call themselves a writer. Besides, you can't get better if you don't practice. It's just hard sometimes to find time to work, but nevertheless, it has to be done.

Maybe I'll just write some poems or something on the way to my destination!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tumblr Author Blog


Yeah, I think I have blogging issues. I have too many blogs (which includes five tumblr blogs asides this one.) However, it's not an entirely bad thing. It's important to have networking sites built up for yourself, and I'm doing just that. That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it.

It's not like I'm just going there to blog all my life away or anything...

Anyway, here is my tumblr blog! The link is this entireeee sentence. If you have a tumblr I definitely recommend following this second author blog. It's pretty much like this one; however, there's just many more pictures. It's really easy to keep up on, considering all I have to do is press 'reblog.'

I'm not as popular on tumblr as I am facebook, but I'm working on it. Hopefully I'll have a decent sized fan base on tumblr too. Oh well, a blogger can hope, right??

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Whole Publishing Thing...

Yeah, so you guys know that's my goal right? I want to be published, have books on shelves and be excited that my stuff is in stores. I'm still working on that goal, hence why I went to college to get an English major. (Also, people say that you don't really need an English major to write, but don't listen to them. I've already learned a lot and I'm only a freshmen.)

Anywayyyy... I'm not really sure how I feel about myself when it comes to publishing. I have many friends that have already been published; however, many of them have been self-published. They already have books on Amazon and what not, and I'm so happy for all of them. I just don't know if I should go down that road too. I always wanted to be traditionally published, but I feel really behind when it comes to all of my friends.

My English teacher told me to wait, but I've been waiting for so long now. (I'm only 19, but that's not the point right now.) In any rate, I'm just going to keep writing every day until an answer finally comes to me. I wanted to have a book ready to be published by the time I finished my bachelors...so I need to hurry up and figure out a plan!

Perfume- Handy Man

Friday, May 24, 2013

Second Week Into Summer Break

Yup, it's only been about fourteen days; although, it feels like it's been a lot longer. In a sense it's a good thing, but at the same time, I feel like I should have more done. That would be happening; however, I have a part time job that steals a lot of my time. Thanks job.

Oh well, at least its very sunny and nice outside (hence the happy sun picture up above), so it's not all that bad. I'm getting some work done, kind of. I've written a little bit of my story every day, which is some progress. I haven't had the time to type up anything yet on the computer; however, I have a few days off to work which is definitely needed. Thank you Memorial Dayyy!

At least I've been keeping up with my blog still, so that is also progress!

Monday, May 20, 2013

My Newer Summmer Plan

So, yesterday I was talking with my friend about writing, work and whatnot. I mentioned how I hope the tornado doesn't come close to town and hit my house. All my stories would be blow away and destroyed, meaning I'd be somewhat sad. That's when she asked me, "Why haven't you typed up your stories yet?"

Then it hit me.

Why the heck haven't I typed up my stories yet? That is the only reason I wanted to buy a computer in the first place. Oh wait, I remember why, because the internet is distracting, and I've focused more on building my name then actually writing. Lovely; way to go Dom...

So I guess along with trying to write two books, I'm going to type up all 16 of my stories! I've already done one, so I'll have to type up the rest this summer. I have no idea how long this will take, and I'm kind of hoping it isn't that long; however, this is something that needs to be done. After all, I will be moving out of my house soon, so I'll need to have a copy of my stories with me. An electronic copy is probably going to be my best bet.

Time to get typing!


Friday, May 17, 2013

And Now it is Summer Break!

Yup, that's right! I'm finally done with my first year of college, and I am so happy. I got A's in every single class. That includes two Creative Writing classes as well.
Anyways, let me get to my point! It's summer, and I plan on working a lot more on my writing. During college I really didn't have the time like I did during high school, which is something I miss. I normally write about four books a year, and now I'm far from that goal. Now, I know that there is no way that I can write four books in three months. Why? Well because that's either impossible or crazy, and I'm not striving for crazy.

What I want to do this summer is basically get more traffic towards my online sites. So far, not so well. That is why I'm starting with my blog again. I'm striving for a post a day...

Let's see how this goes!

Psycho Pass: Opening Two 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Winter break so far...

...hasn't exactly turned out as I planned. Well to start, I had a winter class, which wasn't that bad. (I actually passed with a 96%!) Anyway, that's not what sucked. What sucked is that I brought my story I'm working on with me to class, in case I got bored and whatnot, and left it in class. That's right.

My story is at the college.

Now this was over two weeks ago. I've been trying to get inside the locked classroom for the longest time now, but with no success. I've called and emailed my teacher, but she hasn't responded to any of my attempts of contact. The feeling of knowing my work is out of reach is...awful, simply awful.

I've done what I can for the time being though. I've reprinted my work and continued editing were I left off. The problem is, I can't type up my older edits until I have my story back, which won't be for at least another week since school starts on the fourteenth. Even still, I don't know when I can see my teacher. I've only had her for a shorter winter class, not a full semester one. I also don't know her schedule... I would never want to interrupt her during a class. I don't know, it's rather annoying that she hasn't helped me when I've been trying to reach her.

This is why my English Professor is my favorite. 

KaitoV3: Rose+Thorn

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome 2013!

Happy 2013!

Can you guys believe that it's a new year? It doesn't feel like it's 2013, although that will take awhile for it to hit me. For most people, the new year means one thing: resolutions. Even though they normally last for a few days, everyone always have them, including myself. I have a short list of things I want to achieve this year, and some include writing, while others don't. Here's my list:

1) Write everyday and improve my craft.
If I want to be a writer, I have to keep improving. Even though I do with time, I want to spend more time on writing.

2) Self-publish one of my books.
It's been a dream of mine for years now to become a published author. I'm getting close to deceiving my goal but I want to make a reality. I have a feeling that this year it can happen!

Here are my other goals, even though they aren't related to writing... XD

3) Practice my art and improve.
4) Start doing commissions for my art.
5) Join a gym and start a healthier lifestyle.

All of these goals are achievable, and hopefully by the end of the year I'll be further along with reaching my dreams than I am now.... I was going to make this blog post longer, but I'm falling asleep. I'll try to be more awake with my next blog post!