Mindy's Movie Reviews

A blog that went from discussing about the writing life to reviews of movies

Your Writing Space

Have you ever walked into Staples or some other office supply store and just go ga-ga over all the office materials available at your finger tips?

Okay perhaps that is just me and believe me when I say my family and friends try to keep me away from those stores.

I was thinking about office supplies the last few days and wondered what other people's work spaces looked like. I thought I would share a picture of my work space. I couldn't get everything into the picture. Excuse the mess and for those who want to ask about the posters, they are of John Cena (I have been a wrestling fan for 20 years).

I like the location of my "office" but the functionality of it has been driving me insane. No matter how I rearrange things, I just cannot find the right je ne sais quoi about my office space.

What does your writing space look like? (you're more than welcome to send pictures and I'll add them to this post mindy299 AT gmail DOT com)

What would you like to do differently to your writing space to make it better?

Personally I wish I could find a set up that would work for me. I have changed this area about five times and am still not satisfied. I will just have to keep trying right?

Until next time, have a great week. Can't wait to see those pictures!!!

Do You Really Learn From Reading?

As a writer, I am constantly told to read. Read this. Read that. You will learn so much as a writer if you read, read and read some more.

But do we? Do we really learn from reading so much?

For me personally I don't learn anything from reading. Then again I don't like to read. Yes I am serious. I have to force myself to read any sort of novel with great dismay. Oh and don't get me started on why. Okay get me started.

Reason being? Simply because I am picky. I want something to grab me by the neck and hold on tight until I read the final word. So far I have yet to find a book that intrigues me in that way. My favourite book Intensity by Dean Koontz almost did that for me. Almost.

So how do I learn about honing my writing craft if I don't read much?

Those who know me, know I am a movie junkie. Those are my books that I read and it shows in my writing. I tend to find dialogue easier to write than description. I could and have tried before to write an entire story with nothing but dialogue. (It's a great prompt to try if you need to work on your dialogue).

Question for you: Do you learn anything from reading?

Be Inspired!

Hello to you all out there!

It is FINALLY 2011 and I personally could not be happier to begin a new year with a clean slate.

By the way Happy New Year to you all. How were your holidays?

My holidays went by way too fast but I am trying to get back into my usual routines before I go back to work next Monday.

The beginning of the year brings on the beginning of new things (like trying to accomplish that New Years Resolution). I don't know about you, but I personally find this time of year to be the most inspiring and motivating part.


It's a new year. A refresher of everything that has happened during the past twelve months. We feel we can do anything and have the confidence to carry on through.

So why do so many people break their New Year's Resolution so quickly?

I do not know why. I am only twenty two and still am learning everything there is to know about life. All I do know is that from personal experience, I either do one out of two things; I forget about it or I lack inspiration/motivation. Usually it is both with me.

With that jibber jabber all said and done, how about this year we work together at working on our resolutions throughout the year. Lets not be like the others and break our resolution within the first two weeks. Lets travel to December 31 2011 and say "Hey! You know what? I actually accomplished my resolution this year"

I mentioned my goals earlier along with my main resolution. At the end of each month I'll write a post about what I have done in order to take a step towards accomplishing that goal and/or resolution.

If you would like to join me, PLEASE DO!, at the end of each month mention in the comments what you have done to accomplish your goal/resolution. I might sound like a broken record here but I do enjoy working with others to achieve things in life. It makes us more united.

Until next time, have a terrific week!