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Goals of Logical Dreams: December Recap + January Goals

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s the start of the new year, which is the time where everyone comes up with resolutions for the year that may or may not be kept.

I find yearly goals very hard to keep because I tend to forgot about them as the months pass. And with monthly goals, even if I fall short one month, it’ll be a new month soon enough. But yearly goals are also good in that they can give a cohesive direction for the monthly goals to work towards.

So I’ll give it a try.

This year, I have two goals.

First, I would like to make improvements to Logical Dreams, either functionally or aesthetically.

Second, I would like to be more active in terms of interacting with the blogging community. So more visits to other blogs, likes, comments etc.

The details… I’ll figure them out later. I have a whole year to look at it anyway.

Hope you’re having a great start to the year!

Goals of Logical Dreams: November (NaNoWriMo) Recap + December

Last month, I participated in NaNoWriMo, posting my progress as I went. I completed the challenge! You can read the whole attempt here.

Working on one long project is very different from the usual short stories I write, but it was an interesting, and I’m happy I actually managed to complete the whole thing.

For December, there isn’t any particular goal. Just going to take it easy after an intense month and shift back into short stories mode. 

Hope everyone is doing well as 2019 draws to a close. Meet you next year 🙂

Goals of Logical Dreams: October Recap + November (NaNoWriMo)

October’s goal was to post something every day. Didn’t manage to post every day, which isn’t great as tomorrow begins the intense NaNoWriMo month.

For those who are unaware, NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write 50,000 words in November. It’s quantity over quality for this challenge, with the main goal of completing a first draft, no matter how terrible.

In November, I’ll be attempting NaNoWriMo. What I’m less sure about is whether I’ll put my attempt here as I go or not. I’m leaning more towards posting than not. It’ll be a quiet (more than usual) month for Logical Dreams if I don’t. But that depends on how I go with my first writing session. Haha.

My writing tends to be more realistic or understated, because I tend to get annoyed when things that don’t make sense happen for no reason. For this project, however, I want to try for ‘rule of cool’. It’s time to let go and make things exciting. Reason and logic can come later :p

If I do post, it will likely be chapter by chapter, not necessarily by day.

See you in the next few days or next month. All the best to everyone tackling NaNoWriMo 🙂

Goals of Logical Dreams: September Recap + October Goals

Without realising it, it’s already one week into the new month!

For those who are new to Logical Dreams, I usually start/end the month with a goal for the next month. It’s one week late, but the month isn’t over yet.

Last month, the goal was to post something every day. I started out pretty strong, somehow posted two posts on the same day a few times, and dropped the ball towards the end of the month. Not great.

So, there’s a lot of room for improvement this month. Considering that NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, I should continue to aim for a post a day. Better get into that writing rhythm while it’s still a choice :p

Thank you for visiting and hope to see you again next month 🙂

Goals of Logical Dreams: August Recap + September Goals

Last month, for two months in a row, I wanted to update either fiction navigation or the ‘most liked’ stories.

I chose ‘most liked’ stories. If you’re new, or would like to look back at some of my older stories, check them out here.

This month, I’m going back to the basics with the goal of posting something every day.

See you next month 🙂

Goals of Logical Dreams: July Recap + August Goals

Last month, the goal was to update either fiction navigation or the ‘most liked’ stories.

Neither of that happened.

This month will be the third try. We’ll see how that goes.

See you next month 🙂

Goals of Logical Dreams: June Recap + July Goals

Last month, I had a few goals:
Update my fiction navigation and ‘most liked’ stories.

Create a special post.

I created a special post, but have not updated fiction navigation or the ‘most liked’ stories.

So that’s going to be my goal for July. Out of the two pages, I would like to update at least one.

See you again in a month 🙂

25 things you may not know about Logical Dreams (and me)

Hey there. As per my post early this month, in celebration of Logical Dreams reaching a milestone of 250+ followers, here are 25 things you may not know about Logical Dreams.

1. Logical Dreams actually started in 2011 (up until this post I was pretty certain I started in 2012). And as I write this, to go to my first post, I need to go all the way back to ‘page’ 78.

2. In the beginning, I wrote all kinds of things but stories. This was because I had a fear that my creations would be stolen off my blog. Eventually, I figured that there were much bigger and better blogs people could steal from, and I could always write more new stories.

3. I initially started Logical Dreams because I thought that was the thing to do if I want to be a writer. Like how artists would post on deviantart (then) or instagram (now) to show what they can do and create their online presence.

4. Logical Dreams now feels more like a creative outlet for me. As much as I worry and stress over it, this blog pushes me to create stories, rather than working on unfinished drafts over and over again for the perfection that will never arrive.

5. When I started writing short stories for Logical Dreams, they were writing exercises with two rules: no longer than an A5 page, and no names.

6. Another reason I tend not to name my characters is that I write a lot of one-off characters, and I’ll end up spending more time trying to come up with new names than actually writing the story.

7. I like writing short stories because they are fast to write. I can finish them in one sitting and get them over with. Which is an interesting contrast to how I started creative writing in general.

8. How I started creative writing went like this. When I was younger, I really liked Enid Blyton’s Secret Island. So much so, that I tried to rewrite the story with me and my friends in it, but I changed and added things until the story morphed into something completely different. I went on to continue the story in 12-ish short novels, but could never end it properly.

9. Rather than write one continuous long piece, I tend to post interconnected one-shot. There are two reasons for this. For you, the reader, you can just dip in and out of the stories, and pursue more to see the bigger story if you are interested. For me, the writer, it breaks down an otherwise large project into smaller, more manageable chunks, and cuts off a lot of ‘boring’ transition parts because each part is its own story.

10. The genres I tend to write (and you’ll usually find in Logical Dreams) are slice of life, family, and fantasy. I dwell into darker themes from time to time, but I want my stories to celebrate the good things in life, especially the little things that people might take for granted.

11. Tying in to the point above, my inspiration and motivation behind a lot of my stories come from Philippians 4:8 “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.”

12. Most of the posts on Logical Dreams begin life on paper. I just draft better by hand (because books don’t have extra tabs and internet to tempt me), and actually wrote NaNoWriMo 2018 by hand. All 50k+ words! I am… still in the process of typing that onto my computer.

13. I tend to write for Logical Dreams on the train on the way to work. I am forced into the same spot for a good 40 minutes and I get to productively entertain myself during the journey. Win-win.

14. Other than writing, I tend to cycle through binges of reading, watching shows, or playing games. When Logical Dreams is more quiet, it’s probably because I’m spending my free time chasing something else :p

15. I get motivated by other people’s work. Especially when it’s well done, or by people around my age, I think ‘They made something, I should too”. But behind every achievement is a lot of unseen hard work, and I’m pretty lazy with my personal life, so the struggle is real. Still, a brief burst of motivated hard work is better than nothing, and it’s that one little step closer to where I want to go.

16. Something I would like to recapture from my younger self is that younger me wrote really childish stories, but they were unrestrained ‘I’ll write this because it’s cool’ stories that didn’t necessarily care about logic and reason. The stories you find in Logical Dreams are pretty tame. I would like to write something truly exciting and wild again.

17. My inspiration for the stories in Logical Dreams come from many places. Other than flashes of inspiration, I also come up with new stories through expanding on stories I have posted previously, or through prompts provided by sites like Word of the Day Challenge and Ragtag Daily Prompt. Feel free to share any sites you use in the comments below.

18. The reason I start every month with a blog diary is to keep me accountable. There are always things I want to do, but until I actually post it up and make it public, there is always another day, another month, another year that I can postpone it to.

19. Before I started Logical Dreams, I posted on FanFiction as Enray. I… actually haven’t read what I wrote all those years ago. It’ll be interesting to revisit it. There is that one story that I haven’t completed yet, which still bugs me. One day, it will be done.

20. Coming up with 25 things is much more difficult than I thought. This is where the (and me) comes in. For some of you, we’ve been (virtually) together for a few years now. Here’s a little more information about me 🙂

21. My real name is Amanda, which I feel is a pretty bland name. I’ve personally met 25-ish other Amandas in my lifetime. I once saw the signature of one Amanda, and if not for the flairs we put at the ends of our names in a desperate attempt to spice things up, our signatures would have the exact same shape. Amanda has a good meaning though, ‘worthy to be loved’, so I’ve come to accept it.

22. I love my family. We all have different interests and personalities, but that doesn’t stop us from supporting each other, even if it’s just listening and nodding along to everyone’s updates. Talking about family, I have to mention my sister’s YouTube channel. Check out her awesome covers here!

23. I currently live in Australia, which is really cold right now and I love it. I used to live in Malaysia, which is hot all year round, and I’ve experienced enough hot weather to last me for a long time.

24. Blue is my favourite colour, as you might be able to tell from the colour scheme I’ve chosen for Logical Dreams.

25. To celebrate 250+ followers for Logical Dreams, I’m posting this list of 25 things, on 25th June, which is also my birthday. Turning 27 instead of 25 this year though, which breaks the string of 25s. So close.

And that’s it. Thanks for reading till the end. I hope to be able to share more stories with you and to e-meet you again at another milestone 🙂

Goals of Logical Dreams: May Recap + June Goals

Without realising it, another month has passed.

Last month, I aimed to post something every day. Didn’t quite make it, though I did post quite a bit so that’s something.

During the month, Logicaldream also received its 250th follower. \( ゚ヮ゚)/

In celebration of that, here are my goals for June:
Update my fiction navigation and ‘most liked’ stories
Create a special post. I’m thinking of a Q&A session, or maybe a little something on myself or the blog. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments 🙂

Until next time.

Goals of Logical Dreams: April Recap + May Goals

Consistent with my goal for 2019, my goal for April was to post something every day. It started out alright, then I went travelling for most of the second half of April, and just didn’t have the brainspace to write while on the road.

But that’s April. It’s May now. New month, new start. Still going to aim for a post every day. In the back end though, my goal will be to write/prepare two posts a day, so that I can build up a buffer to keep a consistent stream of posts going even during off days.

May you have a great month too and see you in June 🙂

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