Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I Heart Editing

Since the writer world recognizes Wednesday as "WiP Wednesday" I thought I would take this opportunity to talk about editing.

For me, editing gives me another chance to go back and really think about my writing, become reintroduced to my characters, and make everything more understandable for other readers. When everything is first written down, one thinks "Wow, I'm a pretty amazing writer." That might be true, but nothing's ever finished that quickly (nothing of high quality, anyways).

To be completely honest, I love editing things. Why do you think it took me so long to write my first draft? I kept going back to edit, but that stopped me from finishing. But now I've learned my lesson and I'm able to do what I love most.

I'm pretty excited about sending The Not-So Meet Cute out to betas this week because they will hopefully give me a much needed outside perspective. It'll be nice to finally get outside my own head!

So, do you enjoy editing, or do you loathe it with the intensity of a thousand suns?

Also, should I post an excerpt soon?

Merry Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Few Little Things

One more Odosketch I did yesterday:

Remind you of anything?

Also, this is the best guitar song ever. It's a crime if you don't go to YouTube and watch it.

In other news, I did two very impulsive things yesterday.

1. I bought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

2. I signed up for NaNoWriMo.

I think we can all agree that the second one is the crazier of the two. What was I thinking?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Kewl Website

I totally spent too much time at Odosketch yesterday.

Here's an example of what I did. It's really hard to use! Hopefully I can only improve from here.

Anyways, I hope everyone had a good weekend and I'll be back tomorrow!

Friday, September 25, 2009

I Love Mason Jennings and You Should Too.

I'm still really depressed about the Snow Patrol concert.

Have a moment of silence for me at 12:30, will you? That's when the private concert starts.

Um, how 'bout I talk about something happy?

I've been listening to Mason Jennings for a while... he's plain ol' funny. Also, he's friends with Jack Johnson, and most people seem to love Jack Johnson.

Seriously, this is some funny stuff.

I think this one is cute!

Thursday, September 24, 2009


No, it is not National Talk Like a Pirate Day. I'm very upset.


I just won tickets to see Snow Patrol. Live. In the flesh. Sitting right next to them. In an exclusive concert. We would be breathing the same air.


I found out last night and have been depressed ever since.

Why do things like this happen to me?

I guess it's like they say "It's better to have won Snow Patrol tickets and missed the show than to never win the tickets at all."


I think this sucks especially hard because I just finished my book and their music helped me through many a rough patch.

Oh well. I hope everyone is doing better than me.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

There's so much to do!

I have to write an article for the school newspaper!

I have to finishing editing for my betas!

I have to read all these books!

I have to get some sleep!

I have to listen to some Coldplay!

I have to pay attention to Jane!

I have to clean my dorm!

I have to stop to breathe!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Character on my mind

These lovely actresses are the visual references I have for Jane, an MC from my yet-to-be-written book. Remember her? Yeah, it's been a while.

She keeps popping up in my dreams, creating beautiful scenes I'm desperate to write.

I'm waiting though. I think I can hold out.

Until NaNo.

Monday, September 21, 2009

I've Been Wrong All Along

So I didn't know that this was the way to write a novel.

Found that funny link this weekend, and now I've gotta dash!

Lots and lots of work to do!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Return of the Ninja

Guess who I found in my box of sweaters today?

There he was, blending in with his surroundings. I was impressed, so I asked him where he learned his blend-y skills.

Ninja: Well, I did work as a barista at Starbucks for a while.

Me: No, I mean how do you camouflage yourself so well?

N: I'm a ninja. It runs through my

M: You're extremely talented. I didn't even expect you to hitch a ride with me to college.

N: You should always be on your toes, Mariah.

M: Why? Is that a ninja thing?

N: No... *rolls eyes, I mean, buttons* Just expect the unexpected. You never know when I might be

in your freezer,

in your shoe,

or next to Humphrey Bogart.

M: Wow, you're right. Hey, what's your name?

And then he vanished.

Crazy ninjas.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Yup, I'm Still Happy

There are a few more people I forgot to thank yesterday, which will be eradicated this very moment:

What would I do without my boys? They've helped me through many a writer's block. Plus, Chris is my secret boyfriend (don't tell Stephanie!)

Ah, they're so beautiful and British.

Oh, sorry, on with the list (I had to stop to swoon for a bit).

Snow Patrol. How could I listen to their music and not be inspired?

"Make This Go on Forever" is what I was listening to when I finished my book.

Also, Death Cab For Cutie.

Where would I be without "I Will Possess Your Heart?"

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and their song "Maps".

James McAvoy. For, you know, being James McAvoy.

Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, for being my inspirations.

And chocolate. I must never forget chocolate.

Last but certainly not least, my characters.

Clearly my book is far from being finished, but it's nice to celebrate my little victory, you know?

Have a good day!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pretty Much the Best News Ever

First, I'll start off by saying that this is my blog's 150th post.

And now, I want to announce something that makes me very happy.

If you go here, someone will do it for me.


Cupcakes for everybody!

I didn't post the cartoon here because 1) I wasn't feeling very tech savvy, and 2) because you can also see the other work I've done on that site.

It's my way of saying thank you to everyone that's stuck with me and given me great advice ever since I started this blog.


And now, I hope you'll still stick with me as I begin my edits and complain on a daily basis.

But for now, I think I'll go find a cupcake.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Words? What Words?

I feel like I'm using all my words to finish my book.

But, sometimes it's easier to say things without words.


I just started a Flickr account...maybe look at my pics when I'm tongue tied.

There isn't much there, but it's a start, and that's all I can handle at the moment.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Squee Alert

I interrupt this blog for a very exciting announcement:


Go over to her blog immediately to give her hugs. And to be extremely jealous.

Seems like there's something in the water lately...maybe it'll help me finish my book!

Who's She? She's FIERCE!

Here's a random little pen drawing I did this weekend.

Also I have 1621 words to go. But where to put them?

Oh, and another also: I announced yesterday night, to over eighty people, that I'm writing a book. Scary!

In my freshman introduction to communications program, everyone had to say something about themselves. I wanted to be remembered, so I said "Hi, I'm Mariah Irvin, and I'm writing a book."

Sure enough, my teacher remembered me out of everyone else.

Friday, September 11, 2009


As of 12:50 p.m. today, I only have 3,000 words left to finish in The Not-So Meet Cute.

Also, I think I might start a Regina Spektor fan club.

That is all. Have a merry weekend.

A Day to Remember

Thursday, September 10, 2009


So, you might have noticed that I like changing my blog layout a lot. More than normal, at least.

Anyways, let me know what you think about the new background/title. Too distracting? Amazing? Best yet?

Comment, please!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


I'm not gonna lie, I had a pretty good day today.

It started out less than perfect though. My Global Experience class had a heavy discussion in a dark room that left me feeling icky afterward.

But then I walked outside and the weather was absolutely glorious!

The heavy oppressive feeling that had been sitting on my shoulders lifted and I breathed easy.

Walking leisurely down a brick path, I saw a butterfly (actually, I almost stepped on it).

Naturally, I apologized to the butterfly, and we parted on good terms.

Then, I found a newspaper and read it all the way back to my dorm (which is a mile away) without tripping or running into anyone! Skills.

To top it all off, I had the best chocolate pudding for dinner. Best stuff on earth, I tell you.

How should I finish this amazing day? I think I'll use my spare time to do some writing...because I am on a roll, after all.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Pictures!

Ta da! I'm finally going to post some photos of my dorm!

You don't have to applaud, but it would be nice.

My bed. Very high off the ground, as you may notice. Also, incredibly awesome posters that I bought this afternoon (Casablanca, Starry Night,and Birth of Venus.

Here you can see my bookcase, microfridge (that's a fridge and and microwave, folks), and my fourth poster of pretty flowers. Yay.

Where's my desk, you wonder? Well, it's a tad messy right now, so maybe I'll show my new workspace some other time.

Now, in totally unrelated news, I made apple art this morning! It started by me playing with my food, and ended up looking like this:

A real artist can use any media!

Monday, September 7, 2009


Last night I had the opportunity to attend a film class created solely for freshman. There were about eighty other students there! The program, called FreshTV, will allow me to begin working with technology I'll be using once I graduate as a journalist, and it also exposes me to wonderful opportunities, such as internships.

The director asked us to list our favorites in our prospective fields of study. I'm interested in the writing part of broadcast news, but my mind immediately fell to movies. Great dialogue in movies is the kind of thing I aspire to.

Best movie dialogue ever? It's actually a tie between The Princess Bride and Pride and Prejudice.

When it comes to filming, though, my favorite movie is Marie Antoinette. I love how Sofia Coppola can fill a scene without using words. Absolutely shiver-worthy.

So I leave you today asking this: What's your favorite ____ in your field?

Friday, September 4, 2009

Random List

1) Today is Friday.

2) Which means, of course, that tomorrow is Saturday.

3) Which means SLEEP!!!

4) I went to a school soccer game on Tuesday night and was hit by the ball. Being a spectator of the game, I have decided that I'm a target and my friends must be wary.

5) My Global Experience class today somehow turned into a philosophy class. My head hurts.

6) Did I mention that I'm looking forward to getting sleep?

7) I watched The Little Mermaid last night. Win.

8) I now have "Part of Your World" in my head. Fail.

9) I'm avoiding my book.

10) I keep having dreams about my book. Obviously it needs to be finished.

11) Chinese is hard!

12) Umm...I like even numbered lists, so we'll end today's post right here. Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Exteme Frustration.

The weather on campus was beautiful yesterday so I went outside prepared to do some writing on my laptop. I'm sooooo close....I thought maybe I could finish it...

One problem.

You know how I said that I sometimes write my scenes out of order? Well, apparently I wrote part of a scene in the wrong place last time I wrote.

I know what you're thinking. "Just copy and paste, Mariah. Duh."

That's not really possible. It's hard to explain, but it just isn't.

And that's why I'm extremely frustrated.

Actually, also because I have to walk through a field of goose poop every day.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Something Any Writer Can Relate To

I totally feel for the little writer in this Russian cartoon. Especially when his muse comes and goes...

Hang in there, little man.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Almost There...


My book isn't finished yet.


My goal was August 28th. 50,000 words. Not there yet, unfortunately. Tantalizingly close, of course.

I'm disappointed, but at the same time am proud of myself. I know that if I hadn't set a goal, I would'nt have even made it this far. I was around 30,000 words before, so I actually got a lot accomplished. Other people can write a book a month; this has taken me almost two years. It's been a labor of love.

I'll finish soon. I have plenty of time ahead of me.