To Tattoo or Not Tattoo

So I’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo for quite a while now  but my general reason not to was that because it’s so permanent I’d never be able to decide on one thing I wanted the most and wanted forever. Well, I’ve come up with a general idea of what I would want and I think I’m going to do it next fall.

I’ve always known I wanted something dragon related because of my great love for Pern, but when you Google dragon tattoos you get these huge intricate terrifying full back spreads and that is definitely NOT what I want. I finally found what I’d like to go for in the form of a butterfly tattoo (shown below). While I may play with the placement and I obviously have to figure out what I want my dragons to look like, this is the general idea. I have no idea how much something like this would cost and I haven’t started looking at places or anything, but I’m really excited to have finally chosen an image and place (back of shoulder).

There are several wrist tattoos I also like (elvish writing and more dragons) but I’ll save those for if this one goes well, which hopefully it will when I finally do it!

Good idea or not?

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Post SoCon14

Well I’m back from my first real conference! I’ve never been to a conference of any kind so today was a completely new experience. I made it there on time despite getting lost twice and after some orange juice and a cinnamon roll we all moved into the main auditorium for the keynote speaker panel. There were five speakers from different business backgrounds who had varying views on the different aspects of social media that were discussed. You can read about the five speakers here.

The only panels I’ve ever been to are those at DragonCon where a question is asked and they go down the row of people getting each answer. While it is fair, this method tends to get very monotonous very quickly. The panel at SoCon was run differently, with a general question on social media being asked and then whoever wanted to answer just went for it. These were five successful and outgoing people who knew what they were talking about so there was no issue with fairness and no one monopolized the conversation. All the questions were very relevant for me (educational, since I’m not trying to run a business) and all the answers from the panelists were thorough and gave a variety of opinions and strategies. I’m going to go ahead and say that this panel was the highlight of my day, with the most interesting and useful information for me personally. I also went a little crazy with the tweeting during this hour.

After the panel was over, I headed upstairs to Rip Off the Band-Aid and Blog Already! This was the breakout session I was most looking forward to because it seemed to cover everything I was hoping to learn today, but unfortunately the speaker had a family emergency and couldn’t make it, so I’ll never know if that talk could have changed my blog forever.

Nonetheless, I carried on and relocated to Maintaining Your Company’s Voice in Dynamic Social Media. While the idea of voice was interesting, the speaker was working with a large brand and many of his social media strategies were outdated and not incredibly helpful. I heard it was interesting at first, but since I came in late I didn’t get to see that part.

After an incredibly long lunch (I mean really we didn’t need 1 hour and 45 minutes to eat some pizza from the dining hall), I headed to breakout session number three Social Chaos: Moving from Panic to Plan. I really enjoyed this session, and although not all of the information was useful to me I did find it all very interesting. This session covered all the areas of social media including building your message (look at what’s being talked about and go from there, not vice versa), determining the correct social platform to spread your message on (don’t try to do them all, find out where your users are and focus on that), spreading your message effectively (planning posts in advance and posting on a regular schedule), and crisis management (have a plan in place for if something goes negatively viral). This session definitely showed me how incredibly important social media is for companies.

For the fourth and final session of the day, I went to The Power of Personal Branding Through the Use of Social Media. This speaker was very entertaining and seemed to use social media differently from most people there. She repeatedly said that she preferred LinkedIn as her main platform and didn’t do much structured planning (the opposite of the previous session I was in). She did suggest posting at least five times a day on your main platform to make sure you have good visibility and to help people get to know you and your brand.

Do I have a lot of detailed notes from today? No, but SoCon14 was a really great experience where I got to see real people talk about all the things I’ve read about. Everything I had heard about is much more concrete now and I learned a lot of new things that I’m excited to work on. Hopefully SoCon14 will help me send my Verity experiment to where I would like it to be and prepare me for future blogging projects.

SoCon14

In an unexpected plot twist, I get to go to SoCon2014 on Saturday! This is the annual social media conference held at KSU. It’s the largest social media conference in the southeast and runs from 9-4 on 2/22. Now, I’m obviously a newbie in the world of social media (I barely know how to use Twitter) so I’m mostly going for the experience and the chance to meet a variety of higher ups in different companies. There will be marketing people from all over the southeast as well as social media representatives from colleges and educators themselves.

The layout of the day starts with four keynote speakers then we all break up and choose three talks to go to for the rest of the day. The session I’m going to before lunch is called Rip Off the Band-Aid and Blog Already which I’m SUPER excited about. It basically sounds like blogging basics from the description and shows how to set up a blog and how to create material. I’m also going to Social Chaos: Moving from Panic to Plan, and The Power of Personal Branding Through  the Use of Social Media.

I may or may not have mentioned this before but this blog and attached Pinterest, Verity Frost in her entirety actually, is my experiment with media. This is my introduction to the world of blogging and tweeting and I’m using it as an experiment to learn about social media and to find my niche. That’s the main goal of “The Verity Experiment” and I’m really looking forward to SoCon14 to help me out with finding my place in the vast World Wide Web.

Anyone else out there going to SoCon14 on Saturday?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone and anyone reading this! We’re all at different places in our lives and in different situations, but everyone has at least one person they can show they love on Valentine’s Day. This day doesn’t have to be about your significant other and it doesn’t matter if you’re single or not. Give your daughter a box of chocolates, give your mom a necklace.

I currently have two obscenely large red and white teddy bears in my car for my Littles and I’m more excited about giving them those than whatever I’m doing tonight. When today’s over, I want to remember exchanging gifts with my two favorite people in my sorority and how much fun it is to do something for them. I don’t want to be getting ready to brag to everyone else all about the fancy restaurant I went to or whatever.

Today is your chance to show your love for everyone in your life so get off the internet and get to it!

(And I’ll get back to real blog posts soon)

Newsflash: I’m writing again!

I’m writing my stories again! And I have this blog and my new Twitter account to thank for it!

Why did I stop in the first place? Well, in early 2011, all my projects came to a screeching halt when I got a new boyfriend. It’s dumb I know but for some reason I just stopped everything. I have all my word documents dated so I can see that all my big things were completely ignored by May 2011 and that’s just sad. I didn’t completely stop, I kept writing little things and actually finished most of them. I also devoted a lot of my time to my other hobbies (mostly miniatures). I have a couple of nice things to show from the last 3 years, some mermaid short stories and all my Hunger Games stuff came from this time as well so it was definitely not a dead period, but my favorite, big ones were shoved aside. I also wrote a BOSS story about a Targaryen queen recently if anyone is interested in that.

But this blog and the inspiring people I’m following here and on Twitter have inspired me to look back at some of the original stories I was working on before I stopped. Yesterday I was looking at what was going to be a collection of short stories about two feuding clans in a race of elves. Each story would be a different character telling their story and leading toward the overall plot. I got through three before May 2011 and I still really like them and the idea, so yesterday I went back in time and added an entire story to the list! My new tentative goal is to write two or three stories a week so that I can FINALLY finish one of my biggest undertakings in my writing. Wish me luck!

If I’m Being Honest

I’m going to be real with you here, I don’t have a clue what I’m doing. As previously stated I started this blog on a whim, and while I am very excited to be writing where other real people can see it I have no idea where I want to go with this. Maybe you can help me out?

Obviously I love writing and even more than that I love my characters. I could write hundreds of posts about my characters and where they came from, but I kind of doubt that you would be interested in that. Is this a correct assumption?

I love all things geeky and I love writing about them. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games, Game of Thrones (ASOIAF for my readers out there), Twilight (HAHAHA just kidding), and all things Anne McCaffrey so really any suggestions relating to any of these (literature or film) I would almost definitely be down for.

Can you help me out? What would you like to read on here? Reviews of books I read and movies I see (they won’t be that often I’m a busy girl)? Looking at characterization in these different books? Talking about my stories and characters? Talking about writing in general and what I’ve found works for me?

Please please please comment and let me know what you would like to see! It’s not a blog with real people reading it without you real people to read it :).

Thanks!

Introduction

Hello! It wasn’t too long ago that I suddenly started thinking about a blog, and this mostly came out of the blue. I want this to be about my stories, which I’ve been thinking about, writing down, or just planning for most of my life. Most of them will never be finished, but I want to share them (at least what they’re about) with the world. I call them almost fanfiction. Most of them use worlds I got from books and movies I love – Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games, and the most important, the many different worlds of Anne McCaffrey. Dragonriders of Pern started my writing fanaticism and I recently wrote a sort of tribute to her and how her novels affected me, the inspiration for this blog. I wrote the tribute and for the first time in my writing adventures, felt the undeniable urge to share it. I’ll be posting it over the next week or two in little sections so I don’t overwhelm anyone with three pages of Anne McCaffrey love. Maybe I’ll even find others like me :).

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Verity