Monday, November 30, 2009

Day 30

I'm gonna finish this.

Just you watch.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Resident Expert: Myself*

Well, at least I hope I'm an expert on myself!

Ready to have all your riveting questions about me answered? Here we go!



Jade asks: What was your inspiration to write a western for NaNo?

The initial idea for my NaNo novel came to me in a dream during April/May of this year. At the time, I was writing The Not-So Meet Cute (which is going to be placed on a high, dusty shelf for a very, very long time) so I let it simmer in my mind until this month, when I finally unleashed it. The dream I had about the main character, Jane Hawkes, was really vivid, but most of her story was cleaned up so it could be written in a YA novel. Originally, J.H. (what she was called in my dream) was a little older, and she was a gold-digger that married men and killed them afterward. That is, until she meets her love interest (August) and can't bring herself to kill him. I'm sooooo glad the book has evolved to where it is now; it's become intricate and amazing and I'm completely in love with it. I have absolutely no experience with westerns, so it's been an inspiring challenge.

Sarah wants to know: If you were stuck on a deserted island (so original, I know), what three books would you want with you?

This is an evil question, Sarah. Evil evil evil.

Okay *sigh*. First, I would take Jane Eyre. This book inspires me on so many different levels. Second, I would bring my Jane Austen anthology. Since all of her books are in it, this technically isn't cheating. Yay!

Third... grr... so hard...

I guess I'll say War and Peace because I haven't finished it yet. If I was going to be stuck on a desert island, I would need something to occupy a lot of my time. Plus, Tolstoy is amazing.

It's December 1st. 12:01 a.m. What are you doing?

Right now, there are two possible answers to this question.

1) I'll be crying, banging my head on the keyboard because I haven't finished my novel.

2) I'm dancing around my dorm room in a wild fashion, eating lots of chocolate. Then, at 12:02, edits will begin (because yes, I am that person).

I'm really hoping it's the second one.


Sara Raasch asked me: Favorite color?

Pink.

But it hasn't always been pink. Until I met one of my very best friends, it was blue.

My clothes are always colorful: pink, purple, teal, burgundy. I only have one black t-shirt and it's from a Coldplay concert.


Favorite romance scene from a book?

The scene in Jane Eyre when Mr. Rochester tells Jane that she doesn't need to be the governess for his house anymore because he's marrying Blanche Ingram. This saddens Jane, because she loves him and doesn't want to be parted from him. But, instead of obeying him, she stands up and fights for what she wants. To her surprise, Rochester loves her too.

Not to mention it has the best literary symbol of all time (the chestnut tree under which he proposes to her is struck in half by lightning).

What would you do in the event of a nuclear zombie apocalypse? Run, fight, barricade yourself in a bomb shelter?

I would fight because I'm scrappy.

Also, I've read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so I feel that I'm pretty well prepared.

Favorite song to listen to while driving? (aka favorite song to sing along to while driving?)

I haven't driven for a while since my car is at home and I am not. I'd still have to say it's this one, though.



Hayley asks: Where do you find your inspiration in general? (I'm playing off Jade's question)

Most of my ideas come to me when I'm trying to do something else, like sleep. You have no idea how many nights I wake up with an awesome idea and I have to write it on a nearby notebook. It's very hard to decipher these things in the morning, especially when they're written upside down over top of something else.

Sometimes when I'm writing I like to take a break and get a hot shower because I feel like it wakes me up and gets my brain juices flowing.

How do you name your character, or how do you figure out their names?

For my NaNo book, I already knew the main character's initials were J.H., so her first name automatically became Jane (in case you haven't noticed, I'm a little obsessed with all things Jane). For all the other names, I found a great reference for western baby names, and that's how I found August's name.

Also, August just sounds delicious.

For The Not-So Meet Cute (on it's very high shelf), the MC's name, Piper, came to me when I thought of a fiesty little red-head. I'm still not sure why, but I love it. Then Simon's name was made when I thought of names that sounded good with Piper. It took a lot of random shouting of male names to come up with his, but now that it's him, I wouldn't change it for anything.

I find that if I have negative associations with names because of people I know personally, or other characters, that effects the final names of all my characters.

How do you balance school and writing? I'm not even in college yet and can barely find the time.

I always make sure my schoolwork is finished before I start writing. After that, pulling all-nighters to finish "just one more scene" is relatively common. It's definitely not an easy balance to maintain, but if I put aside a certain time for writing, it almost always gets done.

What's your favorite movie, that is not Jane Austen related?

"The Princess Bride", hands down. I could watch this movie a million more times and never grow bored with it.

What exactly am I supposed to do now that I've gotten this blog award?

Well, the "Honest Scrap" award needs to be passed to ten other deserving bloggers and you should write ten things about yourself your followers might not already know. Other than that, enjoy it!



I hope this little "Q&A" session has been informative, and that everybody had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Friday!



*I apologize there are not hot guys in this post. Next week, I promise.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Day 25

The lurvely Shannon Messenger gave me a blog award! Yay!



Aww, you think I'm scrappy? *Sniff*

Now I'm supposed to say ten things about myself.

Umm.... I can't think of anything interesting to say, I'm afraid.

I know! How 'bout YOU guys ask me questions? Whaddya want to know about me?

Go ahead and ask. I'm an open book!



Here are the crazy awesome bloggers that I'm nominating:

Sara Raasch

Hayley
Lisa and Laura
Penny
Sarah (Bookduck)

I'm pretty sure that everyone else I wanted to nominate has already received this award, so I will leave the list at five. Huzzah!



Word Count: 35,710
Chocolate Consumption: Has reached embarrassingly high levels.

Ask those questions!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Day 23

It's such a dreary Monday.

That's why I want to follow Sara's example and post a "wippet" from my NaNo novel.

But there's a slight problem: I don't know what to post.

Right now, the story is so entwined; all the characters have different motives, so it's hard for me to pick something out that can stand alone.

This is very upsetting.

I suppose for now I will post when Jane (MC) meets August. It should be relatively easy to follow. All you need to know is that Jane's run away from home, accidentally run into a cowboy/Indian skirmish, broke her arm, and August is the doctor's apprentice that is fixing it up for her.

This is only a first draft, so bear with me. Sorry it's a little long.



August was upset to be splinting an arm when he could be treating “real wounds”, but he remained silent as he pushed Jane’s sleeve up her arm to better assess the damage.

“How’d you break it?” he began a menial conversation to take her focus off of the pain.

“My horse bucked me off,” she cleared her throat, unafraid to speak in her natural voice again.

“What were you doing riding a horse near open gunfire? And in men’s clothes? You can’t be more than fifteen,” his voice was full of judgment.

“I’m almost eighteen,” she locked eyes with him. His hands stopped their inspection. “You probably aren’t even older than me. Are you sure you know how to splint my arm? I could easily do it myself.”

“Oh, you could, could you?” he laughed. “It doesn’t seem like you can even stay on your horse.”

“I could outride you any day, broken arm and all,” she challenged him. Then her voice lowered. “An Indian with a spear was headed toward me when the horse got spooked. I didn’t have a chance to react.”

“Wait a second,” August found a piece of wood and split it on his knee to fit her arm. “You mean to tell me you were attacked by an Indian and lived?

She nodded solemnly. “Look, I don’t want to talk about it. Can you hurry up and splint my arm?”

“As you wish,” he bowed. He peeked up from under his sheet of hair to see her rolling her eyes. They were blue in a way he couldn’t describe. He knew she would be beautiful with a clean face and a nice dress, but she looked wild and it was almost as appealing.

August had her arm splinted in less than five minutes, and she was about to leave before he stopped her.

“Where are you from?”

Once again, her eyes almost rolled out of her head. She turned and walked out of the building. He followed.

“Well?”

Jane pivoted on her heel to face him. He caught himself before he ran into her.

“It’s not worth talking about, okay?” a determined look in her eyes told him she meant business.

“Well, I know you’re not from around here,” he persisted.

“Correct,” she stared at her boots.

“Who are you staying with?”

“Why do you have so many questions?”

He put his hands on his head. “Because I’m training to be a doctor, that’s why. I need to know your medical history.”

“Look, August,” she pronounced his name slowly. “I’m not staying with anybody. I don’t even know where I am right now, okay?”

“If I tell you where we are, will you answer one of my questions?”

“Depends on the question.”

He pretended to scold her with one hand on his hip and the other pointing at her. “That’s not how it works.”

Once more, Jane turned to leave. If she was going to stay in this town, she would have to find something to do, something that would prove she was worthwhile. She walked away from August for a few steps, but then had a thought. Maybe he would help her get a job as a nurse or something. He seemed willing enough.






Friday, November 20, 2009

Resident Expert: Ryan Reynolds

I was planning on writing a complementary piece to OrRyanGosling's post on Sarah's blog yesterday, but a different Ryan caught my attention.

Sorry, Gosling.



Without further ado, I introduce you to washboard abs, er, Ryan Reynolds!



I feel an Ellen Degeneres moment coming on...

AM I RIGHT LADIES?



It's moments like these I feel sorry for my lone male follower. Sorry, Davin.

So, Ryan Reynolds. I remember him from "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" and a number of college-aged guys movies, and it wasn't until I saw "Definitely, Maybe" that I really liked him. I mean, come on, he finds Isla Fisher's copy of Jane Eyre! That immediately won my heart.

Also, he's married to Scarlett Johansson. Power couple!



He loves baby seals!

Look at that smile!



Look at that thumb biting action! Wait, is he biting his thumb at me...?



Soon he'll be playing the Green Lantern. Mariah loves shirtless superheroes.



Now that I've wasted a significant amount of time writing this post, I shall bid you a happy weekend!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Day 18

Here are some random writing tidbits of the last few days:

1) This song fits in with what I'm writing right now.



2) Jane and August are in a fight. This makes me sad.

3) The bad guy, Isaac Strickland, is so marvelously bad. I love it.

Yes, I know that this sounds strange. I shall explain.

Strickland is originally introduced as the charming guy that Jane might have to marry. He's easy on the eyes, and Jane's looking for an escape, so she lets herself be smitten. Later, August reveals some information that stains the way she sees him, but the reader still doesn't know what to think about him. Then comes the scenes where he is revealed for the dastardly evil guy he is. Snippet:

"Strickland was left sitting alone in the dark corner of his house, using the dark corners of his mind to plot the end for a certain saloon girl."

Evil. Wonderfully evil.

4) I'm going home for Thanksgiving! This means I should be able to pump out some wordage.
I will say this: next time I post, I will be on schedule. I probably won't post (besides Fridays) until after Thanksgiving. This challenge is being posted online so if I don't meet my goal, I will have to eat my words. I don't like eating my words.

5) I have no clue why this post suddenly became double spaced.

6) Who should I write about on Friday? I feel like I've become experts on people I'm interested in, so I'd like to know what you guys want to read about. It can be people/things/places... whatever you want. Suggestions please!

Word Count: 22,303 (almost halfway!)
Chocolate consumption: Hot chocolate, I love the way you feel in my belly.




Monday, November 16, 2009

Day 16

Why am I equal parts scared and fascinated by this video/song?



Anyways, I thought I'd share a Wordle for the first 15,000 words of my book:

Wordle: Untitled


Guess who the main character is.*

Now to the meat of my post.

November.

It's killing me.

My professors have decided that it's the month to stack paper after paper on top of my to do list. Sorry my blogging schedule has been erratic; it should return to normal next month, when I'll have my 200th post!

November is not an ideal time to write a book. I'm currently 10,000 words behind my target word count for NaNoWriMo. Hopefully, I can make this up over Thanksgiving. If not, I plan on finishing during December.

Speaking of December...

I've been planning my title contest and it's gonna be awesome. There will be a cool prize (well, cool in my opinion)!

Get here faster, December! Pretty please?

Ugh, this post was extremely random and all over the place. I guess that's what happens when I have blog withdraw.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!



Word Count: 16,367
Chocolate Consumption: I'd rather not say.



*No prizes will be awarded.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Amazing Update!

This post isn't about my NaNo word count or the amount of chocolate I've consumed.

It's about the amazingly beautiful drawing the wonderfully talented Natalie Whipple made for me!





This is so beautiful I could cry. Natalie captured Jane and August better than I could have ever expected. I'm even more motivated to finish this novel, as well as think of a title.

I've officially decided (as of right now) to hold a novel-titling contest in December once NaNo is over and I've gotten some sleep. I'll probably also post some excerpts before then, so ya'll can git yer creative juices a flowin'.

Thanks again, Natalie! This makes me unbelievably happy!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Resident Expert: Ben Barnes

Swoon.

I saw this trailer, and I almost died.



My favorite things are literature and hot guys. Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray is no exception.



He's so beautiful I think I might cry.

Some of you might recognize him better in this context:



I love The Chronicles of Narnia and seeing Ben Barnes in "Prince Caspian" made me-

Wait... what's bigger than love? Uber-love?

-uber-love the series.

I was very upset at the end of the movie when Susan left him to go back to London. Big Mistake, Susan!

Oh well, that leaves more Ben for me!

Happy Weekend everybody!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Day 9

Oh NaNo, what are you doing to me? Why am I only inspired when I plan on falling asleep? Why?

In other news, Mariah is very distracted by videos.

Watch and see.





Also, I was awarded a few blog awards last week.

Thanks to Natalie Murphy and Mary for giving me an award!



Huzzah!

I think I'm supposed to give this award to fifteen blogs I've recently discovered. But what counts as recently?

How 'bout everyone that follows my blog? Sound kewl?



Wordcount: 8,077. I'm falling behind!
Chocolate: I ate Nutella out of the jar last night.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Resident Expert: Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch)

I'm still alive!

Thought I'd throw that in there. It's been one heck of a week. But you don't want to hear about that do you? You came here to see a swoon-worthy football player, am I right?

This is where I assume you said "right" and continue with the post.

Anyways, after the first Resident Expert post, Lisa and Laura requested I become and expert on Tim Riggins. How could I say no? Since they announced their book deal this week (and they're having an awesome contest) I felt this was the perfect opportunity to search for things Tim-related.

Shall we begin?



I have to admit I've never watched Friday Night Lights, but I think Taylor might have convinced me otherwise. I've you've never seen the fan video Sara made for me, he's in it. Go watch. Taylor and I will wait.

Delicious.



Wow. I feel like I have no words (shocker). These pictures speak for themselves.



This drooling can't be good for my keyboard.


I hoped this gave everyone a good start to their weekend!

Congrats again, LiLa!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Day 3

First I'd like to congratulate Lisa and Laura for selling their book The Haunting of Pemberly Brown. They're as dasaloff as it gets, so make sure to go congratulate them.

Cyber hugs!

This inspires me to write harder! NaNo only comes once a year!

There's some other good news as well. Well, I think it's good news, at least. My health book just told me (yes, I'm the Book Whisperer, tell all your friends) that carbohydrates are the only source of energy for brain cells.

That's scientific proof that eating junk food will improve my writing!

*Happy Dance*

In other, less happy NaNo news, I had to kill a character in chapter two. I didn't see it coming. He just ran into the middle of the scene and got himself killed.

Stupid characters.

Word count at time of post: 3,787
Chocolate consumed: scads

I hope everyone's doing well in their writing and other life events... see you in a few days!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Day 1

Of NaNoWriMo, that is.

For the month of November, I won't be posting on my regular weekday schedule. Instead, I will post sporadic updates of my word count, chocolate consumed, road blocks hit, etc.

I'll still try to have my Resident Expert Fridays, though.

Anyways, it is my great pleasure to introduce you to Jane Hawkes, the MC of my NaNo novel! I simply adore her name, especially because there is a certain boy named August Phoenix.

Feel free to swoon.

These guys have been in my head for months, so I'm super excited to finally put them on paper!

Remember this enthusiasm, guys. I doubt it will last for long.

Word count at the moment: 550. Don't worry, I'll make my goal tonight.
Chocolate consumed: none so far. I'll make this my goal tonight.

Happy NaNoing everyone!