Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Sequel

I've been cheating on the temporarily kinda officially titled The Quiet Calling with it's sequel, and day-um, it has been good.

Sure, writing The Sequel has been tough, but once and a while I get paragraphs like these:

Before long, August was in the woods. The sluggish air around him calmed his jumpy nerves and made him feel at home. He’d missed the tall, slender trees, the mossy ground his horse trod on, and the rustle of dying leaves that signaled the oncoming winter. All these dear, familiar things he had forgotten for months. The woods welcomed him back like a long parted lover as the trees’ gently swooped branches grazed the top of his head with a proud fondness.

August worried his sudden appearance would not go as well with the Indians.


August makes trees sexy.

In non-relatedness, I think next week I'm going to post writing from my early writing days. It should be a hoot.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sporadic Post Fail

I, Mariah Irvin, am a LIAR.

Okay, that was a little dramatic. Let me start over.

I said I would be posting sporadically, but I haven't posted anything in over a week. Fail.

I have, however, been reading and writing, so I have good excuses!

Busy busy busy. Yep, that's me.

Now that I am home, I'm going through some old stuff and finding my old writing. Old as in from when I was 12 and trying to write a novel. You guys wanna read it? It's pretty funny. Maybe I can have a "younger self" themed week where I post the craptastic writing of my childhood for our entertainment.

Anyways, I leave you with this song because it reminds me of my WiP, officially temporarily titled The Quiet Calling (I think), which I have been editing and researching like mad for the last week.



How cute is that song? I just wanna hug it.

Monday, May 17, 2010

No Longer a Freshman!

I have one last final this afternoon and after that I'm not a college freshman anymore! Woot woot!

The school year has gone by faster than I expected. I think part of that has to do with the fact that I really love my school and I'm learning real-life skills every day. I'm so fortunate for this experience, and can't wait to come back in a few months.

Since I'm going home for summer break later today, my posts for the next couple of weeks will be sporadic as I settle back in and search for a summer job. I'll still be around the blogosphere when I can be, but I'm really looking forward to taking some time off and enjoying the summer!

Friday, May 14, 2010

How I Celebrate My Birthday

Huzzah! My birthday has finally arrived!

My favorite people have put a together a whole day for me.

So far, I have been serenaded by Ben Barnes:



Isn't his voice glorious? He doesn't often sing "Leading Me On" from his Hyrise days, but, what can I say? I lead him on.

Ben, however, is not graced in dance, so McHotVoice had to step in to turn me about the room. It looked somewhat like this:



He knows how I love him in a cravat.

Then, Matthew Macfadyen recited poetry:



I didn't think I was getting that old, Matthew, but I guess it's the thought that counts.

And, last but not least, my two new favorite guys presented me with a montage:



Look at all the effort they put into it. How sweet.

Thanks for stopping by the festivities, everyone! If you'll excuse me, McHotVoice is asking for another dance.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Jane's Air

A quick announcement: I think I'm going to go ahead and cancel the 100 followers contest. I said the contest would only happen if I got 100 followers by my birthday (tomorrow) and as of now, I'm only at 86. Sorry to everyone who entered. I'll try to think of another reason to have a contest soon.

Anywho, recently I've been thinking about renaming my WIP, Jane's Air. Sara very generously donated it during my last contest, and I love it for being so clever, but it doesn't fit the story anymore.

You see, originally, Jane's character was very similar to Jane Eyre. As she's become her own person, I've become more afraid of this story being compared to Jane Eyre because it is nowhere near to being Jane Eyre.

So, I realize that most of you are still unfamiliar with my WIP, but how does the title The Quiet Calling sound? Too blah? Not exciting enough? That's my main concern. I do love this title, though, because I can imagine the titles of the two other books in the trilogy.

I'm not going to abandon the title Jane's Air quite yet... I've become too attached to it. Just brainstorming is all.

Also, looky look! I made this a few nights ago. I like to think of it as an alternative trailer:



That was so much fun to make.

Tomorrow is my birthday! Be sure to stop by... there's gonna be a celebration!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Stop Motion

Stop motion animation is flippin' amazing. That is, until you do it yourself. Then, it's long a tedious! The final result is always amazing, though.

Less than a week ago, Maggie Stiefvater released the stop motion book trailer for Linger, due to be released July 20.

I was already pretty excited for this book, but now I'm super hyped. Watch!



Chills, right?

I probably shouldn't do this, seeing as Maggie's is so amazing, but I recently completed my own stop motion video. It's inspired by Oren Lavie's music video for his song "Her Morning Elegance".

Anyways, after about 20 hours of work (which isn't that long in stop motion time!) here's my video:



I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, considering it was my first attempt at stop motion. Hopefully I can make another one soon!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bogart

That's right. I've been Bogarting awards (Spell check is telling me that Bogart isn't a verb... psh, what does it know? I'm totally allowed to use Humphrey Bogart as a verb. One day I will be a verb. Someday...)

Wow. Got distracted for a minute. Back to the awards!

First, the Soulmates award from Melissa. Thanks!



Here be the rules:

1. Five recipients.
2. Make up something about the people you give the award to.
3. Link to the people you give it to.
4. Link back to the original award post.

Make something up about the recipients, you say? Hmm... I think I can do that.

1. Dara is completely obsessed with Justin Bieber.

2. Sarah has synesthesia.

3. Jon sings in his sleep.

4. Elle knits legwarmers for cats.

5. JEM owns a pair of radish earrings.

WOW. How random were those? *pats self on the back.

Next, Myrna Foster gave me the Prolific Blogger Award.



"By definition, a prolific blogger 'is one who is intellectually productive...keeping up an active blog that is filled with enjoyable content.'"


I like the word prolific. Thanks, Myrna!

I give this award to Shannon Messenger and Frankie Diane Mallis (Who just scored an agent! Congrats!). These girls rock hardcore (and they're prolific, too).



Last but not least, Nicole Ducleroir gave me the Sweet award. Thanks, Nicole! You're sweet too!



I'm going to give this to C. Michael Fontes, because he sends me emails when my blogs have typos! How sweet is that? Also Cynthia Reese for being a great Twitter buddy.

*whew*

Thanks for the awards, ladies!

Monday, May 10, 2010

I've Been a Bad Blogger

Okay, Blogger itself has made me a bad blogger. I keep trying to comment on blogs, but for some reason it won't let me! *frustration*

I comment on all the blogs I can, and I'm still reading everyone's blogs. Be patient as I try to fix this problem!

I'm also a bad blogger because I have been given a few awards over the last month and I have yet to properly accept them... tomorrow, I promise!

Until then, I leave you with the worst fight scene ever.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

I love this video:



Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Resident Expert: Merlin

About a week ago, a friend of mine asked me a weird question:

"Do you like medieval things?"

Naturally, I proceeded with caution.

And then she introduced me to the BEST SHOW EVER.

Merlin.



It's a British TV show (I love you BBC!) that follows Merlin, as in King Arthur and Excalibur, when he was a young man.

Seriously. I am in love with this show. Thanks to the wonder that is the Internet, I'm almost done watching the second season.

So, what do I like about this show? Hmm. I think I can sum it up in three points.

1) Magic
2) Dragon
3) HAWT guys

Also, the history nerd in me is having a blast. True, the show is far from traditional Arthurian legend, but I think that makes it more interesting because I like when things are interpreted in different ways.

The basic plot of the show is this: Merlin is still a young guy and he travels to Camelot in search of a new life. He has the ability to use magic, but magic was outlawed in Camelot 20 years ago by King Uther (Arthur's father)(Arthur is still about the same age as Merlin) and if anyone catches him using magic he will be executed.

The Great Dragon tells Merlin that it is his job to protect Arthur because when Arthur is king magic will be restored to the realms and they will create a stronger kingdom. So, basically, Merlin saves Arthur's life every episode using magic but can't take credit. I get incredibly frustrated for Merlin, but I think that's one of the reasons I love the show. His character is so real, so accessible. He really reminds me of August from my WiP, Jane's Air.

Also melikes Colin Morgan!!!



*swoons over his wonderful Irish-ness*

My friend prefers Bradley James (who plays Arthur) and I guess he's okay too.



Anyways, you guys should definitely check out this show! I watched the first season on Hulu, and the second season is playing on SyFy channel on Fridays, I think (I've been watching online, so I'm not positive).

ONE WEEK UNTIL MY BIRTHDAY!!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

TMI or NEI?

One of the problems I've been struggling with as I write and revise Jane's Air is either sharing Too Much Info (TMI) or Not Enough Info (NEI) (Okay, I just made NEI up. Maybe if I start using in in texts it will catch on).

For example, my antagonist, Isaac Strickland, has a very dark past. I know it's important for the reader to know about it, so they understand his motives, but at the same time I'd rather not include all of it.

Then there's the whole background info and physical characteristics thing... I try to avoid info dump, but at the same time it gets hard to fit everything in.

How do you guys find middle ground between TMI and NEI?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Betas?

First, I'd like to announce that I was interviewed over at Rachel Simon's blog, and it will be posted today (I think). Go check it out!


*ahem*

I would like to announce that Draft 4 of Jane's Air is finally complete! Huzzah! Let the townsfolk rejoice!

And, although it is still far from perfection, I'm looking for betas to read it and give me feedback.



Or, if you want to be called a critique partner or the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, I guess I could call you that, too.

Jane's Air is a YA historical fiction finished at roughly 57,000 words. Well, I think it's a historical fiction. It's not paranormal, or romance, or dystopian... lit maybe? *shrug*

Anywho, here's the hook I'm working with right now: "When Jane Hawkes accidentally kills an Indian, she thinks it will bring her death as well."

I must warn you (um, potential betas) that some of the material is darker than the way I write on my blog. Like murder and almost-rape darker. But, these things don't fill the pages of my book. It's also a romance. I just want to warn you now, so I don't get ticked off emails.

I'm looking for betas that (preferably) have experience in beta-ing, and maybe are writing a YA book of their own. I'd be happy to read anything in return. And, if you aren't interested in reading my book, maybe you could point me in the direction of a good crit group. Kewl?

If you're interested, leave me a comment. If you want to be a beta but I don't respond to your offer, PLEASE don't take it personally.

Monday, May 3, 2010

New Ideas

I've just realized the other day that about this time last year I had my first dream about my WIP, Jane's Air. My book is a year old! Well, I didn't write it until NaNoWriMo, but still.

I've mentioned a couple of times that I've gotten book ideas from dreams, and I've gotten many more since Jane's Air. In fact, just this past week I found myself looking for a notepad in the middle of the night because I had a new idea. This new idea is out of my realm of knowledge, but it keeps presenting itself to me, so maybe someday in the future it will be something. Not now though.

Some of you suffer from SNI syndrome- Shiny New Idea- and leave current projects for newer, shinier things. Luckily, this hasn't happened to me yet, and I'm not about to let it happen. When I got my idea for Jane's Air, as some of you may recall, I was working on The Not-So Meet Cute. I almost fell victim to SNI syndrome, until I found this.

Meg Cabot is a genius, no?

So SNI will have to wait... I have some other writing to do. Happy Birthday, Jane's Air. It's been a pleasure to know you.