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Is Chick Flicks For Everyone?

Today, I jump start an idea. It was not my best, but still! I wanted to be more productive and I used to use this blog as a way for me to do that. But since I haven’t been exactly “living my life” I decided to make another blog. I know… I know… It seems counter productive to start another project when you’re harboring guilty feelings about not continuing on the previous one. But this is good WordPress!

I thought to myself, what are things I’m good at or just things that I like to do that I can write about? I thought about writing about cooking, which I’m getting very good at, if I do say so myself. But thinking of what to cook for dinner already takes the strength out of me. I thought about writing about the books I read, but who are we kidding. That one’s going to be a very slow blog. And then it came to me, maybe I should start writing about movies again. Again, because I used to have this movie blog that’s gone to the dogs (for good reason).

The problem with me writing about movies is I can’t decide on what movie to watch. And having to “review” a movie takes the fun out of seeing it. So, maybe stick a genre, one that doesn’t take itself too seriously? RomComs came to the rescue. I mean, I love rom-coms, and there are hundreds of them out there. Some, I admit, I’ve seen a lot of times (When Harry Met Sally and Miss Congeniality on the top of my head) and some I haven’t even seen (Moonstruck, Roxanne among others), which is a tragedy. Especially for someone like me who aspires to be a screenwriter and DREAMING of becoming the next Tina Fey – I know Tina didn’t write a rom-com (yet! it could happen!) but she wrote Mean Girls, which is a Chick Flick. And that train of thought has lead me to a blog I will call “Nothing But Chick Flicks” – a blog of movies made FOR women but not necessarily made BY women.

Only dilemma is to put it where? I mean, how many of you WordPress inhabitants would be interested in that kind of thing? Let me know.

 

 

Back To The Drawing Board

I am well aware that I haven’t posted a thing in this blog for forever but rather than bombarding you with excuses that I’d rather tweet on Twitter (@dorasmonolgues) I’d just tell you about being inspired and hopefully to inspire another soul who may be in the rut right now.

I’ve always wanted to write a book. It has been a dream of mine since I was aware of what a book is and how it is made. So this dream has been long since overdue, like this post, and I’m going to be real honest with you because we’re friends and this is the internet, I have not made one conscious effort in making this dream a reality.

Some would argue that this blog a step towards that. But let’s be real. A book is only made when there is real commitment and I have none of that so far. It sucks, knowing what you want to do but feel like you have no real power to do it. Of course I can write a book. Any dum dum who puts their mind to it can write a book. But hardly anyone gets published. I get so down when I have this supposedly great idea and then found out later, some teen came up with almost the same idea and it’s already on it’s way to be the next Jennifer Lawrence movie.

There will be days where I would just type away some great story I cooked up in my head and while my fingers are busy typing and my heart is beating so hard and my brain is already thinking of all the people I’d care to thank in my acknowledgements the sucky side of me takes over and then I’d get insecure of my grammar and I proceed to spell check everything and then I’d remember there is this cat video I need to check on YouTube and then I’m back to not pursuing my dream.

I find little to no inspiration most days but there will be days where all I want to do is write and not care about how many ‘s’ is there in ‘disappointed’ and today is an inspirational day.

I’ve always been a reader, I guess you have to be to want to become a writer, right? But I haven’t really pick up a book and really commit to it until today. I decided to reread this book by this really famous content creator in YouTube and instantly felt inspired to write my experiences and how I want other people to read them and learn from my mistakes so they’d be less of an idiot (hopefully).

So what I’m going on about is this, it is never too late or too early to pursue your dreams but also don’t beat yourself up for not following some 10 year plan because life sucks and it is great at the same time and sometimes it’s just better to play with your two cute dogs than sit down and break your neck over some character that is likely going to die in chapter 2.

God, I missed ranting on here. Hopefully there is another one tomorrow?

Quick Post – Killing In The Name Of

As a non-medical staff that works in a hospital, the hours can be so deathly boring and monotonous that you just have to create your own entertainment – and that’s your origin story WordPress blog – so when something completely random happens it almost equals to a ride on a unicorn in the clouds. Unicorns fly right? Or am I thinking Pegasus? Who cares! They don’t exist!

So today is just like any other day. Phone calls, paper work, Tumblr scrolling etc. Everyday work stuff. And I was heading to the loo when a patient in the waiting room was obviously (he was inching towards the edge of his seat as I walk towards him) trying to get my attention. So I stopped in front of him to ask him what’s up. But before I can say anything, he said, “Be careful”.

Of course, all of this happened at normal speed and the whole encounter happened in less than a minute. But when some stranger says, “Be careful” out of nowhere, you instantly have a Drag Me To Hell scenario cooking up in your head right? Oh, you haven’t watched that movie yet? Spoiler alert, an evil gypsy casts a curse on some bank employee. Good times.

But of course this is just the thoughts of a mad woman who clearly is not getting enough action in her life. After saying “Be careful” this patient pointed to the direction of the floor and there in front of me, as if waiting on cue, was a cockroach (RIP). RIP because I killed it.* If that is not going the extra mile, I don’t know what is. Although, I’m not entirely sure if he wanted me to kill it. But oh well.

So apart from best in Customer Service, I now have in my possession a solid answer to your routine job interview question of “How far would you go to deliver the best care possible?” 

“Well… (proceeds to lie back and relax because I got this) I would kill”

Of course the result may be the interviewer calling security but just to see someone’s reaction after hearing that would be so worth it. One time. Just one time.

So what have you been doing with your life lately? Any kills today?

*Is the PETA going to come after me now?

Quick Post – A Feel Bad Post Ended With A Good Video Post

I am always a washed with relief whenever there is an empty elevator waiting  at the exact moment I need it. I have this irrational (maybe it’s a real phobia? add that in my to Google list) fear of sharing an elevator for some reason. If I can’t avoid it, I’ll use the stairs. Yes, it’s that serious.

When I decided to move back here 2 years ago, I’ve dreaded the thought of bumping into someone from High School, someone from Church, someone from my past. I just don’t like it. I know you think I’m an idiot. I know I’m an idiot!! But it is a legitimate fear in my part. Or a fear similar to that of fearing Werewolves. My heart starts beating so fast and my brain instantly makes a sound like the wheel in Wheel of Fortune when spun (ratatatatatatata tat tat tat), and my body looks for the nearest exit.

I don’t know why I avoid people. Maybe it’s not about the person but more of the exchanging of “how are you’s” and “promises of catching up”. I hope you don’t think I’m a mean person after admitting this, I mean, we’ve shared delightful comment banter these past few months that I just don’t want to ruin what we have going on WordPress, but I just don’t care.

I mean I obviously care about people! I just don’t care about some people. And the majority of those people I don’t care about resides here. Maybe we’ll talk about the whole feeling of contempt towards this place some other time and maybe you’ll forgive me for being an a-hole.

I don’t feel like explaining more of the why’s because I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. Let me know in the comments WordPress! Don’t make me feel alone!

But to hopefully redeem myself and not fall out of your good graces completely, here is a video of dogs, getting a massage for the first time. Let me repeat, dogs getting massaged, for the first time. You’re welcome.

Quick Post – My Dust Filled Degree

My work requires little to no effort at all. I’m not saying that because I think I’m so good at it like I’m the Sasha Fierce of the insurance world. If you don’t know, I work as an Insurance Officer in a private hospital (very riveting stuff). Officer is a misleading term, as it leads you to believe that I am in charge of something. If I am, they are a pile of paperwork I need to push around for the next *checks time* remaining 4 hours.

I don’t mean to sound ungrateful but this is not exactly the work I imagined myself to be tolerating at 27. Maybe I was hoping for something more “exciting”, whatever that is. The idea of Jennifer Lawrence and Lorde being in the same picture excites me so I must be aiming for something low bearing or maybe I just don’t know what the hell it is I really want to be doing at 27. Maybe get paid for spewing nonsense at the expense of sarcasm filled comedy? Yeah, that may be it. Is that low bearing?

So imagine my colleagues surprise when I can mouth off scientific/medical terms at a drop of a hat. One doctor nearly dropped dead (exaggerating – rule of comedy) when I pointed out the reason the request got rejected is because there is no direct correlation to the diagnosis.

“Don’t even ask me why I know how there is no correlation to the diagnosis. I just do.” Me trying to sound pleasant and nonchalant and non smug.

“She’s a nurse.” One office mate offered.

“Only technically.” I said, hoping that the discussion would stop there.

But sadly no. My uncontrollable urge to spit out medical facts, that are most likely just  residual knowledge from my 4-year degree is the hell gate for conversations like this. And before you know it, my (poor) choices in life is being questioned by a complete stranger.

Complete Stranger: “If you have Nursing degree, why aren’t you one?”

Me: “I don’t want to be one” (If I’m in the mood there’s a whole thing about “No offense to all the nurse’s out there…”)

Complete Stranger: “Well if you didn’t want to be one, why did you take up Nursing?”

Me: (Trying to avoid the whole drama of I didn’t choose Nursing) “I thought I wanted to be one.”

Complete Stranger: “Why won’t you be one right now? I think you’ll be great”

Me: (Trying to avoid the whole it’s not a question of how great I am) “I don’t think it’s for me.”

The conversation can go on but it almost always ends with a

Complete Stranger: “I just think it’s kind of a waste.”

And I don’t know how to react to that without being violent.

There is this sense of waste because I am not exactly performing to the expectations of people around me. But in my defense, I don’t see it as a complete waste when I can make someone’s jaw drop when I can name all the bones of the face.

My degree is like a dormant dragon, ready to spit fire at the instance it’s provoked. If there is any argument about waste, it should be mine and mine alone. I understand my degree can be an issue to a bystander but I don’t think we’ll enjoy a 4-hour conversation about the failing economy and the shortage of job opportunities.

Unless of course it’s intention is to kill my remaining 4 hours in this office.

Book Reviewing and Books

The sweetest person sent me an email saying that my blog post about the Stephanie Perkins books – that I recently read – was both informative and honest. She recommended that I post more book reviews and probably set up a separate book review blog. Now, I don’t know about creating a separate account altogether, but I am definitely going to put up more book reviews in the future. This is a fairly new blog anyway so maybe that’s why I haven’t thought of posting more book related posts.

So I looked into this whole book reviewing thing and apparently there are a lot of sites that offer free books for review. I definitely want to receive free books, whether they are well known authors or not and regardless of genre. But, I feel that I haven’t proven myself to be an accurate book reviewer so I haven’t filled out any application, but I will in the future, maybe.

If any of you are affiliated to a certain publishing company that hires book reviewers, I would love to hear from you, just so that I can learn more about it and I can study it. And if you’re a book reviewer, I would love to follow your blog and also hear your opinion and just be my guide. Because I love books, and I love to talk about books a buttload.

So like this, comment on this, and I would check you out (in a very non sexual manner, unless you want to) and hopefully we can talk too! And if you’re a writer, please like this too because I am always in the hunt for new authors to read!

Happening At Present – To NaNoWriMo Or Not To NaNoWriMo

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I first heard of NaNoWriMo – a clever shortening of National Novel Writing Month – in one Booktuber’s (a YouTuber that talks about books) video. Essentially, NaNoWriMo is an annual internet based creative writing project held on the month of November. The idea is to write a novel in the span of a month with a deadline requirement of 50,000, finished or not finished (and is edited later). The idea is to focus on completion rather than perfection.

As a person that abhors deadlines and requirements, I actually dig the idea of NaNoWriMo. We all have that idea right, and we get excited, and then we stumble through writer’s block and almost always give up on our really good idea. But NaNoWriMo helps us with that. There are a bunch of support and incentives to get you through your deadline.

So right now, I am thinking of doing the NaNoWriMo challenge. 50,000 words in one month. Sounds doable right? Right?

Funnily enough, I just finished a book that started in NaNoWriMo. So this NaNoWriMo business just keeps getting interesting. I dig a little deeper and find more titles that bloomed from NaNoWriMo and I am seriously impressed.

night circus

Heard nothing but good things about this book. Really really popular in the YA groups.

anna and

It’s one of those books that you have to read at a certain age to really appreciate it. But yeah, still okay.

watter

Haven’t read the book. Haven’t seen the movie. But c’mon, it became a movie. Radical.

If you want to know more and is as interested as I am you can visit the NaNoWriMo website here. Subscription is free! And if you’re already doing NaNoWriMo or has done it before, please, hit me up in the comments. Let me know what are the pro’s and con’s of this project.