Category Archives: Reflections

Social Media Accounts – Too Many?

Man, it’s been a while since I did one of these reflection posts – and apparently, beginning my posts with the word “Reflection” isn’t good for SEO – who knew?

But anyway, what I’m here to talk about is social media accounts, and how we go about updating them.

Now, before I go on, to be clear, I don’t use Facebook as I have serious issues with their terms of service (I’ll probably end up needing to get an account there at some point, but want to hold off on that for as long as possible), and still, I get overwhelmed figuring out what to put where and how to keep everything up to date.

Here is what I have:

  • This blog
  • One Twitter page
  • One ask.fm page
  • Three active DeviantArt accounts
  • Three practically unused Google/gmail accounts
  • Several barely-used accounts on various forums

And yet this is nothing compared to what I hear some people have.

Apparently, each social media site has its strengths and weaknesses, things that belong there and things that don’t.  Twitter is best for more frequent, short updates, while the others are better updated less often.  Ask.fm is more a specialty site for fun, and not really meant for serious updates – more a way to let followers learn more about me.

DeviantArt is for artists, and as an artist, I find it a great way to communicate with other artists, get feedback, share work.  And they allow multiple accounts too, which is good for keeping separate portfolios and allowing people to follow what they want.  I have one main account, one for my papercraft, and a third for anime con cosplay photos.  So each of these has its own subset of my art it takes – and their journals are practically becoming additional blogs.

The downside of having multiple accounts, though, is not knowing which one to use when I want to comment on somebody else’s art – and the fact that all of them except the most active (currently, the papercraft one), tend to get neglected.  I’ve often considered combining them, but find it would be more trouble than it’s worth.

Plus, DeviantArt has llamas.

And then there’s the all-important gmail/Google account.  I don’t use gmail for my main e-mail, but ended up getting multiple accounts here for throw-away e-mails and various alt-accounts.  I had one I used back in college, another for my previous work on a Star Control fan project, Project 6014 (really hope that thing gets revived some day), and another I think because I needed another unique e-mail for something.

I barely use any of them.  Google isn’t exactly known for privacy, so I’m not really a Google Drive user (they try to claim the rights to your stuff).  It’s mostly just for when something requires me to sign in.

So maybe it’s not too many – each of them has a role that another can’t replace, but sometimes, it sure feels like it.

So, how about you?  How many social media accounts do you have?  Do you have trouble keeping them organized?  Or tips for me to better get organized on social media?

Hope to see you on my blog or some other social media account next week.  For now, White Rakogis is signing off!

Reflection: Word Count

So, one thing I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is the word counts of my stories.  Recently, I realized I’ve hit a dilemma with the word count of Cromm.  It’s over 100,000 words long, 108,243 as of my last revision, to be exact.  I’ve seen books much longer, so I didn’t initially consider this terribly long.

But then, they say that longer books are more difficult to get published – publishers find larger works riskier, especially by an unpublished hobbyist like me, and 100,000 is, indeed, a lot of words.  It brings me to an interesting dilemma about shortening it.

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Reflection: The Motivation to Keep Going

So, I hear some writers have trouble sticking with one story.  When they’re working on one larger project, they get a new idea, and shift to focus on that – these so-called plot bunnies.

That’s never been a problem for me.  I usually don’t have problems with finding the motivation to keep going.  I have a story to write, and I have to see it through to the end.  It’s my duty to share my stories with the world.  But I have to ask myself why – it’s not purely matter of honor.

Well, there are a number of things I do to keep a story holding my interest.

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Reflection: Resolve Everything at the End?

I was overhearing my dad talking some time back, and he was complaining about books that don’t resolve everything in the end, as if they were always setting up for a sequel.  However, as a writer, and somebody who understands fiction, I disagree.  Endings don’t necessarily have to resolve everything, sequel planned or otherwise.

That being said, I feel I should at least resolve the main plot, and it should be satisfying.  I can’t just leave every plot thread dangling.

But it’s not always about a sequel.  I hear of some writers who don’t write sequels because they want to leave everything to the reader’s imagination.  I personally like sequels, as there’s only so much you can explore of a world in just one book, but that’s beside the point.

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Reflection: Poetry

So, this is a reflection post I’ve been wanting to do for years, but never have been able to.  Why?  One simple question: what is poetry?  It’s difficult to define in words.

Young children who are introduced to poetry think it’s just about rhyme and rhythm.  But while these are common devices in poetry, they’re not always there – think of the haiku.  But the number of syllables doesn’t matter in your quatrain.  And we can’t just say it’s something cryptic that has a deeper meaning – many good prose stories are like that too.

While each form of poetry has a solid definition, and it’s clear whether a given poem is that type or not, it’s difficult to define poetry.  Is it just something you recognize when you see?

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Reflection: The Internet

So, I’ve missed a few posts, because I haven’t had many reflection ideas, but more importantly because of the fact that my internet signal’s been lousy, and I haven’t been able to get onto WordPress to put them up.

It makes me realize how dependent people are on the internet these days.  I try very hard not to become too dependent on it, and yet, whenever it goes out, I get very frustrated.  And how to writers, the internet can make us, or it can destroy us.

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Reflection: Writing is Immersive

So, yeah, I missed a couple reflections.  Sorry!  I’ve been a bit short on post ideas, and my internet’s been a bit rocky lately.

Today, I was in one of my moods – if you know me, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  I have a compulsion to worry about things, and lately, a lot of my worries and concerns have come to a head.  It’s left me feeling a bit sad and lonely a lot of the time.  But shortly before writing this post, I sat down and wrote about a half chapter of one of my latest books, and began feeling a lot better.

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