Today’s the 1st of January, the first of the hundreds of days in the year 2018. A whole new year of brand new events, songs, movies, trends, and memes.
There’s often a lot of thought about how the next year is going to go. It’s something I think about every year around New Year’s. I also look back on the previous year and think about the ups and the downs, and all of the new things that happened.
So I’ve gotten an interesting idea. What I’m gonna do is make this post detailing a few things I think or want to happen in the rest of 2018. At the end of the year, I’m gonna look back at this post and look at what I got right and what I got wrong.
I was planning to do this last year, but unfortunately, I never got around to it. But looking back on 2017 and comparing it to what I thought 2017 would be like, they’re really quite different. I expected it to be stagnant, not expecting many interesting things to happen. That was probably just cause of the overwhelming year 2016 was, but I was really wrong. I sort of feel the same way for 2018, not knowing what the year will bring, but still being very curious.
It might be a big year in music. I feel like a big artist that hasn’t released anything in a while is going to come out with a really big hit that’ll be all over the radio, like what happened to Adele with “Hello”. I know a few popular artists are releasing new albums this year. Arctic Monkeys, Fallout Boy, Nicki Minaj, and Bastille are some of the ones I’m thinking about.
Movies won’t be too eventful, I don’t think. There’s the highly anticipated Incredibles 2, but besides that, I don’t expect much more than a bunch of sequels and add-ons to additional franchises, like the new Avengers movie due this Spring. But I’m hopeful, because recently I’ve been getting more into watching movies; I want another “Get Out”, one that I can get real excited about.
Celebrity deaths will happen, I’m sure, but I don’t know who exactly. My brother has made the prediction that Jerry Seinfeld will die, but I’m not sure about that one. I’m thinking it may still be an older celebrity though, someone like Bill Cosby or even Betty White. Whoever it is, I know it’s gonna make me upset.
Politics, at least in America, will be somewhat eventful. Although I like to avoid weighing in on political issue when I can, because this isn’t a political blog, and politics are generally something that people are really finnicky about who talks about politics. I think that Donald Trump will continue to dominate the headlines, as he has countless times since he took office. I think he might do something big that’ll cause a lot of controversy–a lot more than there normally is, that is. I don’t think he will get impeached, though; I’d say there’s a 20-30% chance of it happening. I do think though that Democrats have a good chance at taking Congress, or at the very least just the House.
I’m thinking a lot about what might dominate 2018 when looking back on it. The Winter Olympics will obviously dominate a little bit, but other than that, I’m not sure. I have a feeling that stuff will happen at around March and/or June/July. I also have a feeling that something big will happen that none of us will be expecting, and it’ll be the defining moment of 2018 for sure. I’m sensing it will be with someone in the African American community for some reason, but I’m not certain at all about that. I also think that there will be some cool new memes, and that overall, some interesting things will happen in pop culture.
Personally, with my own life, I’m curious as well. What I think is gonna happen is usually confused with what I want to happen. But I predict that this year I’ll make some good progress. I think I’ll publish at least 1 new book by the end of the year. I’m still getting things straightened out with my medication, my depression, and my family, but I expect that to be solved by March/April. I hope to become financially sound enough to do my own thing. I don’t know if I’ll be living in the same place, but I’m getting a sense that I will still be living here by the time the year ends. New habits will be picked up, and I think I’ll be and look quite different. My transition might also begin, but I don’t think it’ll take a noticeable effect by year’s end. All in all, I’m sensing that I’ll actually like this year.
Lastly there’s two things. One, I’m doing the 365 day selfie challenge, and we’ll see how that goes too. Second, there is my resolution, which I don’t usually make. I want to write more a d try to get myself financially sound, and overall just increase my life’s quality overall. I hope dearly that this happens, as it’s all I’ve ever wanted for myself.
But, we’ll just have to wait till next January to reevaluate. The clock starts now.
Hello all. Some of you probably already know this, but from Dec. 2, 2017 to Dec. 13, 2017 (that’s today), Likewise.blog was down and was unable to be accessed. I’m back up now, though, and again you’re able to access all of my delicious writing. If net neutrality is struck down then I’ll surely lose a lot of viewers, but for now, look out for more of my work to come soon! I actually have a few things planned, that I should be talking about more later.
Hello all, and happy Thanksgiving time! For those of you who recognize it, that is.
So, I know I’m keeping up the pattern of sparsely posting here and neglecting to keep up. I actually was about to make a post yesterday, about my experience working at a haunted house; sort of a late Halloween season-themed post. But then, I made a decision. I remember why I made this blog—to share all of the awesome writing, art, and spiritual concept I love. And I realize that I’m starting to stray farther from that that I’d thought.
So now, I’m collecting a bunch of different writing ideas from you guys and doing some of them, and putting them here on my blog. This is a good way for me to what people are interested in and to continue with my writing at the same time. It’ll be fun to see what you guys want to see, and I’ll have a great time making your ideas come to life.
I do also have some ideas of my own that I’m working on, and I’ll still work on those as well, but I’d still like to take on some new ones. So if you have anything that you want to be done, any poems or short stories, send your ideas my way! Poems and short stories are my forté, and you can check out some of the other things I’ve done by searching throughout this blog. Have an amazing day, and I can’t wait to hear all of your wonderful ideas!
Hello all, and happy Halloween! Today is my favorite holiday of the year, and I’m happy to celebrate it. Trick-or-treating is just about over on my end, but I would still like to say a little bit about what Halloween has been like throughout my life.
Halloween has always been something I’ve gotten excited about. Above you can see me in my go-to costume that I wore for years—the lion. My twin brother went as a tiger and my older brother used to go as Charizard. There was a local Halloween parade that we went to every single year, throwing out candy and having us catch it in our bags. And later on we would get to walk around to the stores and have things handed out to us by the store owners. There were these nice people that would give us fortune cookies every year and I distinctly remember looking forward to that.
I still remember the most memorable house I ever went to. It was in my old neighborhood, probably 12 years ago. I walked up to the house as usual, and when I get there, I see these people absolutely all out. There was a load of candy there and beautifully done decorations inside and out. I’d know the inside because they invited me in just inside the doorway. And, right after I grabbed my Crunch bar from the bowl, someone pops out from the side and growls “grab your candy and run!”. And that’s exactly what I did. I made a run straight for my dad because I was so scared.
Nowadays, things are more tame because of my age and my location in my new neighborhood. I’m mainly focused on my candy, which we bought way too much of this year. I was supposed to go trick-or-treating for the last time today, but I held off and handed out a large amount of candy to a small number of people. It’s alright though, and although I got pretty let down from the amount of kids and the Halloween parade was supposed to be cancelled due to rain, I’m hoping next year will be better.
I also worked at a haunted house this year, but more detail on that later! For now, have a great night, enjoy your (or your kids’) candy, and count down the days till next year.
Yes, it’s true, and I can imagine what you’re thinking right now. “It’s the end of September! What kind of school are you going to that starts their classes so late?”. And if I were you, I’d be thinking the exact same thing. But I will explain.
My classes did in fact start last month – August 28th, to be exact. It happened, but I’d say that I was quite unprepared for college. The summer was not focused on my education, but rather my excessive sleep and several empty promises. I sort of lost my way, I guess. High school tired me out so much and I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to do with myself. I didn’t even decide for sure where I was going to college until early/mid August, and before then, my plan was to just get a job, earn some money and go with the flow. But it wasn’t as easy or as simple as I thought. I had to choose college in order to have some order and a foundation in my life.
A week before classes started and it finally sunk in what was going to happen. College. The official next big step in my life. I’d be looking back at it for my entire life, no doubt. Though I wasn’t prepared and I didn’t like the idea, I decided to just go through the motions, do what I could. “Do what you gotta do so you can do what you wanna do.”
Well, in short, it wasn’t so hot at first. The first day felt normal in an odd way; I hadn’t at all absorbed what was going on. I wasn’t as there as I should’ve been. The whole week was like that, and I just went along with it, treating it as something that I had to just get up and do. And I thought that that would be the whole college experience, and I was thoroughly disappointed. I felt like I didn’t fit in there, like everyone knew what they were doing besides me.
But things got better on their own. Earlier on I’d agreed with myself that I’d try my hardest to make something out of the college experience, to not squander it and get good grades and to actually do something. So I guess that’s when I started having to implement it. More and more work got assigned, and I had to adapt.
And this week is when I realized, it happened. It wasn’t like I instantly became aware and successful in college life, but that I came to a realization. It was just after class on Wednesday, and I was sitting right outside of the library, and I was thinking about all the things I had done. I just left class early. I worked on my homework and studied by myself. I saw a cute girl and wanted to say hi. I evaluated what my days had been spent doing and I realized: I was a college student. The way I acted and the things I did finally reflected it. At that moment I felt it, and it was different than how I’d felt on the 28th of August. And it was okay.
Now I hope I’ve avoided turning this into a meaningless babble about my recent college experience. But I hope you guys understand my feelings, and I’d love to know if any of you have been through anything similar. Comment below with questions or comments; I love to hear about other people’s experiences as well.
This is a nice little poem I wrote while experimenting with different poetic meters. The idea came to me suddenly about 2 weeks ago, causing me to scramble to write it down, only finishing it on Tuesday. I hope you enjoy it, even with my tendency to write about sad stuff.
O’er to the market, come back to see me
When you are done I would like to apologise
Four nights apart and not once that I saw thee
Ere to this day we did hate and we agonize
Fret and a strife, but now all that is done with
Done is the hate that will split us apart
Bad words retracted, redacted and onward
Honesty, gallantry, values and heart.
Back from the market, come to my residence
I shall announce that I’d like to part ways
Sad as you must be, cry as you will
But I know that you sure would have done me the same
Hello all, this is just a quick post to remind you that I still exist.
I love creating content for people, and even though I’m just getting off the ground, I put a lot of time and thought into what I post. It’s been a little over a month since I posted something on here, and even then, posting was not as frequent as I wish it was. I can tell you 100% honestly that I’m working hard to change that. There’s one huge project I’m working on, and several changes should be coming to this blog in order to improve. As of now, the circumstances in my life have prevented me from doing all that I want to do, but I no longer want to have that stop me from making good, frequent content.
I hope you guys understand! Although I have yet to make a formal post about this, I now have social media that should have some other interesting things on there as well. I’m on Facebook as /thelikewisepage and on Instagram as @likewiseofficial.see you guys around, and I’m sure you’ll love that big project I have in store!
Hello all! I’m eager to share with you these two poems of mine that I wrote. I first published these on my old unused blog about 2 years ago, but I felt like it’d be nice to post it here too.
I especially like them because of how they were written. They go along with each other well, really. The first one is what’s known as a lipogram, where none of the words have one specific letter. For that, I chose to omit the letter ‘L’. Then there’s a reverse lipogram, where every word has to contain a specific letter. I chose to include the letter ‘L’ in every word. So in a way, they’re both opposites while also being linked together.
I plan to do more work like this in the future, having to use specific rhyme schemes and word patterns. I hope you enjoy these twin poems, though!
Human nature requires it
But human prosperity detests it.
How are we such hypocrites
We manage to perpetuate something
Then go around and preach of us being the ones to deter it?
It’s just negative passion
But passion yet the same
Have it, don’t be it
Don’t ignore it, just see it.
Alas; all simply loose, loose melodies plus woeful flower petals plucked slowly, carefully, hopefully
I must say, a lot of people have been asking me about exactly how to write a book. I’ve written and published my own young adult fiction book, The Month Of June. It surprised me how many people have never met an actual author before. When I tell them, most people react by asking about how I did it. I’ve gotten so many responses of “How did you do that?” or “Can you help me publish my own book?”
It inspires and motivates me when I hear that people like what I do, and that they would like to do the same thing. Publishing a book is a very rewarding experience, and can really teach you a lot. Unfortunately, many people who want to be an author end up giving up on their dreams, thinking that the process is too difficult and a lot of work for just a little bit of payoff. In reality, while writing a book is not a simple thing to do, anyone that really wants to and has the perseverance can do it.
I present to you this guide on how to publish your own book, in the simplest words possible. I understand how frustrating it can be to look up advice but the only things you can find are in confusing vernacular that you don’t understand. Short and sweet but still comprehensive, this guide will tell you all that you need to know to get your own book out there.
Step 1: Write your book
This, right here, is probably the most important part of the whole process, and arguably the most neglected. Before you really do anything in the publishing process, you have to have the entire book finished—completely finished.
People wonder what the first step in getting themselves published is; this is it, hands down. I see people coming up with all these ideas for cover designs, marketing ideas, and shelf space in local stores, but their book isn’t complete yet. This is a big mistake. It’s easy to get ahead of yourself when thinking of the big picture, but you just have to remind yourself to take it slow, pay attention to details and write a good, quality book. That will pay off a lot more in the long run than trying to sell a rushed, low-quality book.
(If you’re having trouble actually writing the book, like coming up with ideas, plots, etc., this article probably isn’t what you’re looking for. Another article, The Layman’s Guide To Writing A Book, will be published and linked here.)
Once you have written your book in it entirety, you will have what’s called a manuscript—a document or folder containing every part that will be in your final book. The manuscript doesn’t count the table of contents, acknowledgements and other sections that don’t have to do with the plot or the content of the book itself. These are still important and will come in later, but are not included in the manuscript or in the process of writing the book itself. It might be a good idea to start thinking of that stuff now, though, to save some time and to make the whole book connect well.
Step 2: Choose how to publish
The next step is to choose how you want to publish your book. There are 2 ways to do it; they are both very different and have their own pros and cons.
The first method is just regular publishing, known as traditional publishing. With this method, you take your manuscript and send it to a company, which will take your book and do everything for you.
I consider this to be its own step because there are several things you need to consider when choosing a publishing method. These include your budget, experience, writing ability, book format, and how much time you have. If you’re a first-time author, looking for a good profit, or are willing to put in more effort to actually getting your book out there, then self-publishing is definitely the way to go. If you’re willing to invest a good amount of money into your book, have confidence in your writing, want a perfect, flawless final book, and your main focus is getting yourself on the main stage no matter what it takes, you should think about traditional publishing.
Can be quite difficult. Requires a lot of effort and persistence
Easy to do; almost anyone can do it, if they have the right tools
Time (after book is written)
Anywhere from about 6 weeks to over 6 months
About 2 to 6 weeks
Can take a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
Different options. Free, takes a portion of your profits, or a package that can cost about as much as regular publishing.
Professional and recognizable. Looks legit; people, companies, and contests are more willing to accept it.
Might be seen as sketch or unprofessional. Not eligible for many contests and benefits.
Knowledge in writing and publishing greatly helpful. Previously published authors or those who have help from others.
Not much extensive knowledge needed in the field. Not necessary to have worked with similar things before.
Lots of help and problem solving available to you. Editors, marketing managers, proofreaders, and many other specialists are there to help you.
Not much help; the help that is given is in the form of FAQs and articles on the website of the company. Very little if any human help is given.
Must order hundreds of copies at one time
Can order as many or as few copies as you wish
Extensive marketing that will gain exposure for your book nicely and efficiently
Extra effort will have to be put forth in order for your book to gain the exposure it needs
Lots of popularity and high potential
Creative freedom and good profit
While there are benefits to both, my book The Month Of June was self published, so that’s the option that I have more experience with. I’ll still discuss both options in detail, but I might know a few more details about self publishing because of this.
Step 3: start the process
Now, you’re ready to truly start publishing your book. The only thing standing between you and having your work displayed out to the entire world, is these next few steps.
The first thing you need to do is choose a publishing company. This is the company that will take care of you and your book during the entire publishing process. Each publisher has different types and standards for what books they choose to publish. The company will read your manuscript and decide if they want to publish it. If they do, they will print it for you, can ship you the copies, and will provide a variety of other services.
A ton of different options available for you as to which publishing company you want to choose. There are a handful of big name publishers out there–Penguin, Random House, Harper Collins, and Scholastic. They are the publishers of some of the best, most popular, and most lucrative books around. If you’re lucky and skilled enough to get published by one of these companies or their children, then a long successful future with your book is guaranteed. But these companies have very strict standards and are very hard to get into. A successful book is very attainable with a lesser known publisher.
The way I see it, choosing a publishing company and getting published is very much like applying for college. There are so many different options, some more popular than others, some more successful others. Each one also has different benefits and services that are meant to attract new people. You can apply, but there’s no guarantee for getting in, and the better you are, the better chance you have to get into one of the better options. After a long, strenuous waiting period, you’ll either be met with the bitter taste of rejection and uncertainty, or the sweet taste of success and a bright future.
Assuming that the second option will happen, then this step is almost taken care of. Your company will do almost everything for you. First, they’ll edit your manuscript–they will make sure that there are no spelling, grammar or punctuation mistakes. Then they’ll format it, which is when they take the text and make it fit into the layout of the book. This is when it goes from a text file you send them, to the actual appearance it will have when fully printed. They’ll all work with you and make sure that it will be just what you want.
Then, they should ask you to write the front matter sections. These are the parts of the book that comprise the first few pages, and aren’t actually part of the book itself. This includes the table of contents, acknowledgements, the preface, and the half-title – that part at the very beginning that just states the title again. I must admit that I have less experience in traditional publishing, so I’m not 100% sure at what point they do this. But I’ve always presumed they do it at this point, so I’ll add it here. Note that not all of the sections are required, and there are actually a few end matter sections as well. Click here for a list of all the different front and back sections.
This step is actually quite different than in traditional publishing. Unlike its lengthy and more expensive counterpart, you don’t have to wait for any sort of approval to publish your book. The publishing process can begin as soon as you’re done writing it. No approval, no phone calls; you just find a good provider and you can start it off whenever you want.
There are several different self publishing websites you can use. I’ve looked into and even used more than one website over the years. Kindle Direct Publishing, Lulu, and Createspace are the ones I’ve used, and I’ve looked into a few others. They all have slightly different things to offer, but the one I use and highly recommend is Createspace. They are owned by Amazon, so once you publish on there, it also goes on the Amazon website, and they’ll help you make it into a Kindle Ebook as well. They can even get it on the Barnes & Noble website, which will make it available for order in stores!
Whatever website you use, you’ll have to make an account on there, of course. Then you have to make the first basic decisions for your book. Decide what the trim size will be. This is what the dimensions of the book will be when it’s completely printed. The most common trim size for an average novel is about 6″x9″ (15×23 cm), but you do have flexibility, especially depending on what book you’ve written. Obviously, a picture book is not gonna have the same trim size as a sci-fi novel.
Then, depending on what size you choose, they will give you a template, which is a file you download that you paste your book and information into, which will then be printed as the final book. This is the equivalent of the formatting section of the traditional publishing section.
This is an example of an average self publishing template. You take the applicable information and enter it inside the template