Oh, Procrastination!

 

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Fear. Inspiration. Editing. Rewriting. Word count. The publishing business.

None of these can ever match up to the demon that is procrastination. Sometimes I think “being a writer” is a synonym for “constant fight against procrastination”. It certainly feels that way.

In fact, if I never procrastinated, I do believe I could have written double – no, triple – the amount of novels that I have.

Sadly, that thought is not motivation enough for me to do away with procrastination completely.

It’s not that procrastination is necessarily bad. It’s a part of life, like everything else we do. But for a writer – especially a writer with ideas waiting to be written – it’s enemy No. 1.

(On an unrelated note, 2015 on this blog will be the year of 1. tags and 2. poetry. But mostly tags. You’ve been warned.)

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Writing Wishlist

 

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I found these writing wishlists from here, here, and here (Kara started it! :)). I have so many writing ideas and it looked like a lot of fun, so voila! I made my own. A writing wishlist is like a Christmas wishlist but instead of dream presents, you write novels/stories you would like to write.

I’ve got a lot of wishes – too many to complete any time soon, but a girl can dream …

1. Shopaholic

It’s about a woman who is (predictably) a shopaholic. It’s partially told by shopping lists.

2. Troll

I want to write from the point of view of an internet troll.

3. My Technological Lover

I wrote a little about this one for Beautiful Books #1. It’s about a girl who falls in love with Siri and has an annoying jock brother.

4. I Crashed My Friends

This is a very … reflective story? I don’t know how to call it. Martin crashes his three friends in his car and struggles to pick up the pieces, continue his life, and find reconciliation with his friends’ bereaved parents.

5. Mystery story

I’d love to write a good mystery, particularly with intense psychology. It would be cool to write where the main character/one of the main characters is the culprit.

6. Romance

I love a good romance and I’ve probably had the most reading experience with it. It would be fun to write one. 🙂 I have some ideas, such as one where a woman picks up a guy at the bar and havoc ensues and another where a girl asks a shy stranger on the bus out (and he’s kinda stuck to his phone, playing Dots). Hmm, I see a bit of a pattern.

7. Matchmaker

A girl tries to match make all the students in her class but they end up choosing radically different boyfriends/girlfriends from who she pairs them with. This is a pretty fluffy, funny story and it’ll be a blast to write.

8. A pirate/sailor story

Because … the sea! Sailing! Water!

9. A music and teenagers contemporary

A group of teenagers meet through music, which is sort of the cohesive that bonds them together through hard times.

10. Switcheroo

I know it’s a totally cliched idea but these three characters walked into my head and I LOVE them – a famous and fairly spoiled but adorable actress, her punk rock star brother, and the poor girl (who’s a classical musician) taking her place.

11. A horror story

Because I’m suddenly really interested in being scared.

12. Vampire/werewolf father

A vampire/werewolf poses as a benign, clumsy father, when he is really a cold and calculating man. It’ll be told from the POV of his “kids” or “wife”, maybe.

13. Button City

I have no reason to write this story (that doesn’t have a plot) except that I like the title Button City and I’ve got the idea that the protagonist is called Cyrus and I love the guy. He’s … introverted, insensitive, and very Cyrus.

14. Red Telephone

A man, newly released from prison, struggles to put his life back together and mend his relationship with his girlfriend and their child.

15. Winteria/Aestasia fantasy

This is MG and I love my world, divided by winter and summer. The romance is adorable and the mixed kids start autumn and spring, of course.

16. Mathbook fantasy

People fall into a mathbook and must keep all their wits about them to survive. They battle evil square roots and pair with the integers to save the world … stuff like that, you know …

17. New Singapore

Dystopian Singapore. Now that would be cool.

18. Twelve dancing princesses retelling

When I read twelve dancing princesses, I’m always struck by the mystery of the place the princesses go. Their secret is found out … then what? They just stop going? What’s that world they went to? Why is there a portal in their room? Surely they wouldn’t just abandon it once they were found and surely the king would be curious. There’s so much potential.

19. Shakespeare retelling

I might do King Lear (my fav Shakespeare play).

20. Crazy taxi driver

Inspired by B.D. Joe. Can you imagine?

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So, hmm … twenty novels to write. I still have my three WIPs. I’d better get writing!

(I’m working on World Warriors now and it’s a blast to write. Everyone’s clashing delightfully with everyone else.)

Reading Recap 2014

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I’ve read 60 books this year – I’m pretty sure that’s a record for me … We had full use of the library this year and I made use of the opportunity by borrowing all those popular books I haven’t had a chance to read yet. It was a great experience. I read some awesome books, some so-so, and some unrealistically amazing. But most of them were awesome, really.

Books I Read in 2014 (in order) (spoiler-free! ***But if you want to be absolutely clueless about everything in these books, skip this post. Also, I might give away who is still living in the next book of a series …***)

(rating system: 5 stars = excellent/4 stars = really good/3 stars = good/2 stars = okay/1 star = did not like)

1. A Room With a View, by E.M. Forster

Three stars. It was good … a nice story about following your dreams and the ridiculousness of society. Think, a darker Jane Austen.

2. Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe

Two stars. I read this for school. I can see why it’s a classic but, the truth is, it bored me. It’s not something I’d read on my own.

3. The Human Factor, by Graham Greene

Three stars. I’ve got mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, it was slow paced, sometimes boring, often confusing, and the ending was something of a letdown. On the other hand, it was interesting seeing what life was like for a spy and slow paced though it is, there is a certain undercurrent of dark imminent danger. It’s a thought provoking and unusual book and I’m definitely glad I read it.

4. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Two stars. It was a mystical, magical kind of sermon. Not really my kind of thing.

5. Goodbye Mr. Chips, by James Hilton

Four stars. This is a sweet story of a schoolteacher’s memories. Mr. Chips is quite a personality!

6. Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen

Four stars. Again, I’ve got mixed feelings about this one. I didn’t like Edmund Bertram. Fanny was … okay. Sure, I admire her strength. I did like the Crawfords. Jane Austen has the unique ability of making mundane occurrences interesting to read about and I was very invested in the story. After it ended, I just stood in a daze, unable to recover from the feeling of having to turn more pages. I think any book that gives me that deserves an extra star.

7. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Three stars. I love this story. I really do. I guess I was just a little underwhelmed by the story and found it hard to relate to Scout? But I did love it. It’s a touching story and I love the relationships of Scout with her brother, her father, and Boo.

8. Persuasion, by Jane Austen

Three stars. It’s definitely well written but none of the characters felt alive. The story was so flat for me. But I can’t bring myself to give Jane anything less than a three and once again, she makes mundane occurrences worth reading about.

9. Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen

Five stars. Oh, this story. I love Catherine and Henry Tilney so much. Bonus: Austen has an especially sarcastic wit in this one.

10. Silas Marner, by George Eliot

Three stars. Again, a touching story, but kind of underwhelming. Silas Marner and Godfrey Cass have some nice character arcs.

11. Quo Vadis, by Henryk Sienkiewicz

Four stars. When I first read this book, I absolutely loved it. I reread it recently and I’m not sure what I feel about it. The main character is a would-be rapist and missed a lot of the sickening aspect of it all the first time around. There’s also a lot of Christian supremacy. On the other hand, it’s also a gripping read and an interesting look into the culture of the times. It’s very imperfect but I think it’s worth it. Also, the Petronius + Nero scenes. That guy is a genius.

12. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1), by Suzanne Collins

Four stars. Oh, wow. This is an awesome book. Very nicely written and easy to read. The plot is tidy and the world is somehow believable. Of course, the concept is gold, if chilling.

13. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2), by Suzanne Collins

Four stars. Am I the only one who didn’t expect … um, a certain big thing that happens later in the books? And the only one who thought it was an amazing idea on Collins’ part?

14. Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl series #1), by Eoin Colfer

Four stars. I borrowed this on a whim when my mum left me at the library for a couple hours. Oh, it’s good. Very nice worldbuilding but the highlight is Artemis and his evil mastermind brain.

15. Hands, by Joseph Harold Bunting

Two stars. An interesting look at jazz culture.

16. Broken Identity, by Sarah Jae Foster

Two stars. I can’t quite place what I didn’t like about the story. The characters were very real and Foster writes emotion well. Maybe it was just a little too preachy? Maybe it dragged somewhat?

17. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3), by Suzanne Collins

Five stars. Ah, wow. I love this book. It’s the emotion … the feels. I could read it and lose myself … look up from the page and realize that, yes, I’m still in my house, sitting on the sofa, with a book in my hands. I was in a daze long after The End. Also, Finnick. I got the chills. This book was also when I started feeling for Katniss and Katniss and Peeta’s relationship.

18. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Three stars. This story is deeply melancholy and Jay Gatsby is … wow … one heck of a character. As an idealist, I can relate to him.

19. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1), by Marissa Meyer

Five stars. I was skeptical about this story. All the praise it was getting seemed too good. Then I read it and understood. Marissa Meyer’s stories have something about them … they roll on. You can’t stop turning the pages. Oh, I don’t know if I described that right. Anyway, Cinder and Kai are adorable together. And the fairytale parallels were cool.

20. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2), by Marissa Meyer

Four stars. Writing wise, this book was less polished than Cinder. And I was kinda bored at the Scarlet and Wolf bits. But I love Cinder and Thorne and Iko together and I laughed so hard. And woah! Those plot twists! In many ways, I could say I like this book more than Cinder, so why only four stars? I don’t know. Star ratings are … complicated.

21. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1), Rick Riordan

Three stars. I didn’t care much for the characters but the world building and action was cool. A fun story.

22. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Three stars. Interesting. Different from my usual reads. What the Dog Saw is still my fav.

23. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1), by Maggie Stiefvater

Four stars. Awesome plot. Awesome mystery. Lots of mystery that I couldn’t understand. Awesome characters. Awesome writing. Slow pacing. Laughs. And Adam. Oh, Adam.

24. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

Five stars. Epic, beautiful, tragic. I first planned to give it a three, then a four. The last hundred pages absolutely killed me and I gave it a five.

25. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3), by Marissa Meyer

Four stars. Somewhat disappointing. Don’t get me wrong. I did love it. But there was too much going on and I didn’t feel any CressxThorne chemistry.

26. The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2), by Maggie Stiefvater

Three stars. Ugh. It was so confusing. I felt like such a Seaweed Brain reading this. But I will re read it. I am determined to learn to love it.

27. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2), by Rick Riordan

Three stars. Another fun story and there was some nice character development.

28. The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare

Four stars. I think I might have almost cried? It was too short and the ending was rushed and it was a little preachy. And the scene with Jesus … just, no. Apart from that, it was good.

29. Take Me Tomorrow (Take Me Tomorrow #1), by Shannon A. Thompson

Four stars. An absolute page turner. I could. not. stop. reading.

30. Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo

Five stars. In a word, Jean Valjean. Um, two words, I mean. The other parts were great, too, though. Just … sigh … I love it, alright? Any attempt to describe it won’t do it justice.

31. Gates (Book #1), by G. S. Luckett

Two stars. This story has so much potential: interesting characters, intriguing plot, awesome setting. But the pacing was much much too quick and the writing needed polishing. It reads like one of the first drafts of a book. It could be amazing.

32. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

Five stars. I read sooo many awesome books this year, it’s crazy. The writing style is brilliant and witty and I cried. I still can’t help crying whenever I read page _____.

33. Behold the Dawn, by K. M. Weiland

Five stars. More plot twists. More awesome plot twists. And Weiland writes the best romantic tension. Seriously. Those scenes had me internally screaming like they were murder scenes.

34. The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3), by Rick Riordan

Four stars. Um, this is embarrassing. I forgot what made me love this book so much. It was Nico, probably. I love him so much, especially his scenes with Dionysius (priceless).

35. And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie

Five stars. Creepy. Clever. Genius. Terrifying. Also, the characters’ psyches are very interesting.

36. The Source, by T. E. George

Four stars. This is a Christian/spiritual crime thriller. A very interesting and effective combination. It’s a great book.

37. God Behind the Movie Screen, by Allen D. Allen

Two stars. Meh. It was thought provoking but kind of condescending.

38. The Silmarillion, by J. R. R. Tolkien

Four stars. It was hard getting into this story. And there are so. many. names. But I love the fantastical feel. It’s a thrilling and tragic history, even if I felt rather detached from the characters.

39. Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein

Four stars. Everything was great about this story except … I didn’t get the feels. Why? I have no idea. But I didn’t cry. There was no pain. And that was disappointing.

Listening to Flyleaf’s song, Head Underwater, helps, though. It reminds me of Maddie and Queenie’s story and I begin to feel pain.

40. Captives (Safe Lands#1), by Jill Williamson

Five stars. Amazing plot and writing. Massive cliffhanger. I had such a book hangover. Made me want to devour all of her books. I love Mason and Omar and I shipped MasonxCiddah so hard.

41. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1), by Laini Taylor

Five stars. Taylor wrote of a complicated world with beautiful description and didn’t once bore me. I read every word of hers and loved it. Either her world is amazing or her writing is. Both, probably. I love the fantastical and dark feel and the ending. Gah!

42, 43, 44, and 45. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (Books 1-4)

Three stars. The mystery is quite incredible. And the humor. Judge Quinzy gives me the chills.

46. Outcasts (Safe Lands#2), by Jill Williamson

Five stars. It was still amazing but not quite as good as Captives. It suffered somewhat from second book syndrome. But it was certainly gripping.

47. Rebels (Safe Lands#3), by Jill Williamson

Five stars. This one was awesome. I love Mason and Omar’s part.

48. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas

Five stars. Amazing. Apparently I like long books? Dante’s character change is masterfully written. For that alone, I’d love it but it was also filled with dark humor and cleverness. Also, I cried. Like, really cried. Just thinking of it brings the pain all over again.

49. The Giver (The Giver #1), by Lois Lowry

Five stars. I love the concept! It’s about what makes life worth living and I can totally see how this book changed lives. I wasn’t a fan of the writing style but the world and the premise were simply amazing.

50. Orthodoxy, by G.K. Chesterton

Five stars. Interesting. Much easier to understand than heretics. It’s a look into Chesterton’s joyful view on life and religion. I definitely don’t agree with everything he says, but it’s a beautiful story.

51. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

Five stars. It was a really sweet, funny, and thought provoking love story.

52. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4), by Rick Riordan

Three stars. I didn’t like the relationship drama. Also, there was too much going on for that amount of pages. Apart from that, it was good. The plot twist at the end was a killer.

53. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

Four stars. So, the ending was … unexpected, to say the least.  That’s not what I love about this book, though. My favorite part is the study of the character’s psyches and how messed up everyone is.

54. Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie

Five stars. Genius. Christie is a genius, okay? It didn’t freak me out like And Then There Were None and I missed the suspense but the genius totally made up for it.

55. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

Two stars. It was an interesting look into depression and suicide. Unfortunately, I couldn’t connect with Esther Greenwood. It’s definitely a well written book, just not for me.

56. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5), by Rick Riordan

Five stars. What an ending. What an ending. It is by far the best book in this series and a perfect conclusion. I’m still not done fangirling over it.

57. The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1), by Rick Riordan

Two stars. I didn’t connect with Jason or Piper. I liked Leo but he wasn’t cool enough to redeem the whole book when it bored me and was missing a killer mystery and any suspense. The good side of it is I realized how much I loved Percy Jackson.

58.  The Demigod Files, by Rick Riordan

Five stars. The stories and interviews are very funny!

59. Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2), by Rick Riordan

Five stars. Percy! At last! The mystery was amazing and I like Hazel and Frank (as a couple, too), so all was well. It could nearly beat The Last Olympian. Nearly.

60. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1), by Sarah J. Maas

Five stars. Celaena Sardothien is one of my favorite heroines, and that’s rather surprising considering I don’t normally like heroines, and she did annoy me a lot. But somehow, she’s a heroine I love to read about. And the dynamic between Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol is pretty hilarious. Just, please tell me the love triangle won’t last for all. freakin. six. books. I don’t know if my for everything else can outweigh that.

 

And now, for more 2014 round ups!

Favorite books: Mockingjay, East of Eden, Les Miserables, The Book Thief, And Then There Were None, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Last Olympian, Son of Neptune

Favorite characters: Catherine Morland, Henry Tilney, Finnick Odair, Carswell Thorne, Adam Parrish, Percy Jackson, Luke Castellan, Nico di Angelo, Jean Valjean, Mason Elias, Edmond Dantes, Celaena Sardothien, Chaol Westfall

Most read author: Rick Riordan. I don’t even need to count. (But it’s eight books, not including The Demigod Diaries, which I partially read.)

In other words, 2014 was an amazing year, reading wise.

Writing Recap 2014

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completed full length novel in late 2013.)

Jan – April: I wrote part one of a story about six siblings (about 10,000). I didn’t finish it because it was boring and had no plot but it would become the basis for my dystopian.

May: I wrote the first draft of my fantasy novel (which became Grey Wars). It had three viewpoints and a ton of plot lines and I clocked in at 20,000 words. So basically, it was bare. It was a very rough draft.

June: I rewrote about 10,000 words of it.

July: I rewrote the whole thing this time, for Camp NaNoWriMo, and finished at 51,000

August – September: I wrote a couple beginnings of stories – my dystopian (7000 words), I Crashed My Friends (1000), Cyrus White (1000). I’ve got writing ADHD.

October: I rewrote Grey Wars. I got … 30,000 words, maybe?

November: I won NaNoWriMo with 50,000 words of a Grey Wars rewrite, after editing.

December: I wrote the beginning of a romance (5000), Aluisce (3000) and World Warriors (10,000).

In all, I wrote about 200,000 words. That’s definitely a record for me! I finished two longish stories (at least, novellas) and I like to think I have advanced in my efforts with Grey Wars.

What did I learn? One, writing quickly and mindlessly actually does improve my writing skills. Basically, going for quantity over quality isn’t all that bad. Two, I just can’t stay away from spec fic. Three, I respect authors so much. I always admired anyone who could write my favorite books. But woah. Writing a good book feels nigh impossible sometimes. Four, I’ve got writing ADHD. But I already knew that. I just didn’t have a formal diagnosis.

Next week, I’ll have a reading recap.

Beautiful Books Linkup #3

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This month’s Beautiful Books, hosted by Sky and Cait, is focused on editing. I’ve only really edited Grey Wars so I guess that means I’ll be talking about it. 🙂

1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best) how well do you think this book turned out?

For the book itself, I would say something like 3. All I’ve written is pretty blah. But for the effort and the experience, I’d give myself a 7 because I did enjoy writing and I learned a lot of things this November.

2. Have you ever rewritten or editing one of your books before? If so, what do you do to prepare yourself? If not, what’s your plan?

I have never gotten to the editing stage. Before I start rewriting, I make a list of everything that’s wrong with my current draft and I usually revise the plot. Then I rewrite the whole thing from start to finish!
3. What’s your final wordcount? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book?

I’m at 50,000 but 100,000 to 150,000 is my goal. I’m currently taking a break from it.
4. What’s are you most proud of? Plot, characters, or pacing?

Definitely characters. My plot is ridden with holes (and I’ll need to revise it again! ***cries***) and my pacing is over the speed limit. But I am in love with my characters (platonically, okay?). They’re why I’m writing this.
5. What’s your favourite bit of prose or line from this novel?

Uh, these are a few excerpts I like.

Through the door, he could see the mother, sobbing with chin pressed against the rough ground, her children around her. The only one quiet was the eldest child who stared at his father’s grotesque body, too aghast to cry.

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“It’s … it’s awful. Awful in a good way, though. It’s … it’s goddamn huge and terrifying and awful and I want nothing but to bite into those rows – just cut through them like a sword. I want that. That’s why I became a soldier – because I wanted something big like this.” He sighed, “I’ve never fought in combat.”

 

“I thought you said you did. There were the Nirans and your scar and the branch.”

 

“I made that up,” said Brigg. “I know now you think I’m a chronic tall tell tale. But I’m not sorry because it is true, in a way. It’s what I imagine to be true, if I was someone else – if I was my other, better self. It’s what I wish to be true.”

 

Miles smiled wryly, “You don’t want to fight in combat.”

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“What is your trade?”

 

“I don’t have one.”

 

“How have you spent your life?”

 

“I know some military, painting, reading, writing.”

 

“Why weren’t you given a trade?”

 

“My father didn’t want me to grow up, maybe?”


The woman nodded sympathetically.

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6. What aspect of your book needs the most work?

I was thinking of saying plot but I think the holes pale in comparison to the pacing. I have to work on my pacing. My description is pretty nonexistent too.
7. What aspect of your book is your favourite?

I love the character relationships and the character arcs.
8. How are your characters? Well-rounded, or do they still need to be fleshed-out?

I’d say they’re pretty well rounded, although I’m not sure if I got their whole personalities onto the page. The only one I’m not satisfied with is my main antagonist. He’s a power hungry emperor and flat as a pancake. I’m definitely going to flesh out his character, maybe even change him to a woman.
9. If you had to do it over again, what would you change about the whole process?

I think I would write quicker the first few weeks so I could have reached 70,000. Now that the whole event is over, I’m losing motivation and energy (and there’s more going on at home now), but I think I could have feasibly written more words in November if I hadn’t procrastinated so much.
10. Did anything happen in your book that completely surprised you? Have any scenes or characters turned out differently to what you planned? Good or bad?

Two characters who used to be practically perfect turned out to have quite a few flaws. It’s cool, actually. I like them a lot better. Also, characters who used to be jerks became a lot less jerky.
11. What was the theme and message? Do you think it came across? If not, is there anything you could do to bring it out more?

It’s hard to sum up the messages behind the whole story. I guess I’d say it’s a story above all about grey areas – questions like “can you always be forgiven, no matter how much you’ve screwed up?” and “can the law administer justice or is that in God’s hands?” Of course, not everyone believes in God which only complicates matters. It’s about overcoming the demons inside of you and learning to live in a constant battle with them. IT’s about being your own worst enemy.

 

My prose needs a lot of work.
12. Do you like writing with a deadline (like NaNoWriMo) or do you prefer to write-as-it-comes?

Deadlines work well for me.
13. Comparative title time! What published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (Ex: Inkheart meets X-Men, etc.)

Oh, wow. I’ll have to choose from some of the books I’ve read so bear with me. This is gonna be interesting.

Um, um, The Lord of the Rings meets Daughter of Smoke and Bone meets East of Eden meets The Hunger Games.

 

Well, I tried.
14. How do you celebrate a finished novel?!

I do some reading for a change. I write a new novel.
15. When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?

I want to make them cry. I know that sounds incredibly mean of me but my favorite books always make me cry and if I could write something that had that much effect on someone else … it would be amazing.

 

trying the genres

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I’m not sure if this is just a compulsive phase that will pass. Yesterday, I realised my writing, aside from a couple historicals I wrote as a young child, is speculative. And that’s okay, sure, but it does mean I need to do a ton of world building and my plots are naturally larger. And ever since my writing sprint the last week of Nano, I am brain tired. So tired. Maybe I’m tired of my novel too.

And that’s one reason I’m going to try something new and radical. I’m going to write short stories. Novellas. Contemporary dramas. Scripts. Poems. Mysteries. Romance. Heck, maybe something fluffy and sweet and happy. Or how about a pirate adventure? Or a thriller? Or a horror story? I never thought I’d consider horror but I seriously think I could handle it now.

Maybe I won’t do them all. I definitely won’t do them all at once. But it’ll be fun exploring new horizons.

Best Blogging Buddies Award

I was tagged by Rachel for this award – thanks, Rachel! Here are the rules:

You must make a post to show your award on your main blog.
You must tag the person who nominated you in your post.
You must nominate all of your best buddies, and those whom you want to become best buddies with, who, to your knowledge, have not been nominated for this award.
You must ask your buddies at least 15 questions in your post.
You must answer all of the questions your buddies ask you on your post.

Rachel’s questions:

What is your favorite book from your childhood?

Probably Black Beauty. I also loved Into the Woods although it broke my heart. I don’t quite know why – nothing very tragic happened but it does have a melancholy feel to it.

What is your method for keeping track of your writing ideas? (e.g., I have mine all categorized in a three-ring binder.)

I keep a document on Google Docs but I’m not all that satisfied with my story organisation. Any tips?

Have you ever participated in any writing contests (e.g. Nanowrimo, 100/100), and how did you do?

Yes. I just participated in NaNoWriMo (and won as you can see in my sidebar). I’m mildly proud of it, mostly because I had to quicken my writing speed from normal the last few days since I was so behind.

Tea or coffee (or hot chocolate)?

I’ve only tried tea but I do love it.

Have you ever traveled outside your country? Where?

Yes. I’ve been to the U.S. (four states?), Canada, New Zealand, and Singapore.

How long have you been blogging? Is this your first blog?

I’ve had blogs since I was about … ten? This is probably my … (counts) … tenth blog? Twelfth?

I know. I know. I am a horrible domain name waster.

Where do you usually do most of your writing?

Either on my bed (with the iPad) or in front of the computer in the study room.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

I like my fantasy hero/anti-hero, Letatin, mostly because he’s sarcastic and I’ve known him so long. He’s gone through many evolutions. Gosh, I feel bad about all the things I’ve made him do. Some of the evolutions were pretty cringe worthy.

Do you have any pets? Do you want any?

No. I might get a cat one day.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I play music, do laundry, study, craft, talk, procrastinate, play tennis … a variety of stuff.

Do you ever get writing inspiration from tv shows/movies?

I do. Some of it is in the form of inspiring me to get writing so I can one day have a story as great as what I watched.

Horror or thrillers, or neither of them, ever?

I would have to say thrillers, because the house does get dark sometimes.

I have read a couple spooky stories like Frankenstein and some Edgar Allen Poe. That kind of horror I even kind of like.

Was there ever a time you thought the movie was actually better than the book?

I feel so terrible for saying this but I might prefer the Lord of the Rings movies to the book, mostly because some of the book descriptions bored me and the movie made me cry.

What is your favorite holiday/special occasion and why?

Definitely Christmas. I love the festivity and the get togethers.

Would you rather BE a dragon, or HAVE a dragon?

Have. I’m happy to be human!

BONUS ROUND:
And now, these age-old questions; Which is better:
Pirates or ninjas?

Pirates because …. sailing! I’ve dreamed of being a sailor before, you know?

Ninjas or Jedi?

I don’t know much of Jedi. So … possibly ninjas. I’ve rather just be a pirate!

My questions for the nominees:

Do you use an alarm clock to wake up?
How many words do you write on average per minute?
Favorite sport?
I’m going to steal Rachel’s question and ask, who is your favorite of your own characters? Why?
Would you change your species if you could?
Early, punctual, or fashionably late?
Do you know multiple languages? What are they?
Do you have a twin? If not, would you like one?
What would you name prospective children?
Sticky tape or glue?
Honey, sugar, or maple syrup?
Do you hand make Christmas presents or do you buy them?
Introvert or extrovert?
Pens or pencils or something else?
Favorite myths: Norse or Greek?

The nominees:

Unikke Lyfe
The Villain Authoress
Bookish Serendipity

But I’d love to be friends with all of you so do fill in this tag on your own blog if you like.