I’m insane!


Have you met me? I’m insane!

No, really… I meant to pick up the pace of this blog after finally, really getting stable internet because wouldn’t you know, I was just jinxing myself the first time around. So here I am, a month into teaching university and still scrambling for sometimes last minute lesson plans, translations and pronunciation workshop ideas. And what do I do?

Sign up for NaNoWriMo.

HAHAHA! I must be a masochist, but at least I’m hilarious! Why oh why would I ever attempt to write 50,000 words on a story I haven’t started – so definitely not the one I’ve sort of ambiguously  mentioned on here and most definitely want to write. No, I have to find an old idea and just let my fingers fly across the keyboard and somehow end up with a ‘novel.’ I’ll wish myself good luck with that.

With that said, I did want to update the regularity of a few things, such as the Obstacle Series and the Weekly Blurb. Due to the amount of work required, I think it’ll be much healthier for my mental stability to reduce everything to a monthly update. Still, I always need ideas for the Obstacle Series so submit away while you’re waiting for the new Monthly Blurb!

On that note, I bid thee a good night and eagerly return to the wonderful Dreamland where things in my head strangely make sense.

Write on,
Ali J.


To Nano, or not to Wrimo?

Dear fellow writers,

I hope to find you well and honest enough to advise me on a serious matter. You see, like you, I am trying to complete a piece of writing but am rather struggling with consistency and writer’s block, among other things.

If you have experience with the boasted yet arduous Nanowrimo, I do hope you’ll find it in you and your incredibly busy schedule to drop a line of advice.

My concerns are as follows:

  • I will be traveling for some weekends (not to mention celebrating my birthday) but at least 5 days, greatly reducing my writing time;
  • I’m rather tempted to take an online fiction writing class from a trusted writing school, where last time I enjoyed a small class and the individual attention;
  • I just discovered I could take another online writing class, in French – which I might desperately need to freshen it up – with a possibility of having an editor read my work.

I eagerly await your wise comments.

Read on,
Ali J.

Name change!

Hello everyone!

No I’m not dead, although when I had less than a week left in my (Japanese) house back in July, I had this sudden urge to sit down and write. Curious how ‘inspiration’ timing works.

On that same note, my brain was assailed by stroke of genius after stroke of genius. After lying down, sitting back up and jotting my ideas down, and lying down again (repeat perhaps 4 times), I pondered about my pen name…

After much turmoil and internal (and external) debating, I decided to go for Alison Juste.

Why? Because I remember hearing about J.K. Rowling being told boys wouldn’t want to read a book written by a woman. Hah. A good book will should be read regardless of the author’s sex (maybe reality will catch up soon). And if you go by last name first… it’d be Just(e) Alison! I’m punny, I know.

I’ll reign in my tirade and conclude this ‘exciting’ announcement. The blog title and address have obviously been changed, but hopefully you’ll find your way back. 🙂

P.S: Victoire Hélène is now Alison Juste! http://www.victoirehelene.wordpress.com is now http://www.alisonjuste.wordpress.com! Just in case anyone googles this, I hope this shows up.

Alive and plugged in

Greetings non-forgotten readers!

It has been too long since my last post, but I just wanted to update you on the why.

As planned, I moved out of my Japanese house before the end of July and went off for a month of traveling and meeting old friends. It was fun, tiring, sweaty as hell, and delicious. Then I went back to California for quite possibly the shortest week ever with only a little bit of unpacking and repacking.

Then I landed in France. Long time no see, not to mention speaking for long conversations! Finding a place to live was rather stressful and exhausting, and then work started and added an extra layer of stress. Stress is like chocolate right? We can never have too much…

I won’t even go into details about the whole internet situation, except to say that by this weekend, I should finally have stable, reliable internet! Meaning I can get back into writing and updating mayyybe once a week or every two weeks, depending on the amount of prep I have to do.

That’s my ‘alive and well’ update, and I’ll leave you to a wonderful day. Until next time!