Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 30

Well, as of now I have to write 9,545 words before midnight for NaNoWriMo. I always fall behind during Thanksgiving.

Good luck to my WriMos that haven't finished yet, either... we can do this!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 23

Thanksgiving is only two days away (and the end of NaNo is seven, but I can ignore that for now)! It's my favorite holiday though, ironically, I don't like turkey.

I love it because I get to spend time with my family and friends while eating good food. What's not to like?

So, in honor of Thanksgiving, a list of things I am thankful for (in no specific order):

1) My family
2) My friends (bloggy friends included!)
3) Books
4) Reading books (that's totally different)
5) Writing
6) My education
7) Tina Fey (I love 30 Rock SO HARD)
8) Fuzzy socks
9) The color pink
10) Old films
11) New films, especially ones featuring my celeb boyfriends
12) Cameras
14) Writers that are so good I want to quit writing altogether
15) Cardigans
16) Cute shoes
17) Dresses
18) Headbands
19) My notebook of awesome ideas
20) That I have the opportunity to travel to China in January
21) Music
22) Time
23) All the little atoms that make up the universe
24) Reese's
25) Thanksgiving!!!

What are you thankful for? Have a great holiday!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Resident Expert: Harry Potter

So, unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably aware that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" was released at midnight. No, I haven't seen it yet, and won't have the chance to do so for a while, but that won't stop me from talking about Harry! Today I'll talk about my personal experience with the books, and hopefully ya'll will share yours, too!

I think I remember reading the first book in fifth grade, so I was what, ten? My friends had already read the first two books and and I wasn't about to be out read by anyone, so I asked for them for Christmas. They changed my world.

There was something so exciting about a boy wizard that didn't know his own heritage until letters started flying through his house, bringing the entire wizarding world with it. Like Harry, we as readers didn't know what was going on, a brilliant move on Rowling's part. Through Harry's eyes, we watched as a world different from ours developed and became more fantastical than our own wildest imaginations.

Looking back, I think Harry Potter books were the first fantasy books I really read, really became dedicated to. I'd always been reading more than the average ten year old, but after Harry Potter I was ravenous. I always wanted more. I'd always be wondering when the next book would be coming out. A bit obsessive? Probably. But I wasn't the only one. Harry Potter created a community; nerds could be nerds with their fellow nerds.

Harry Potter got more and more intense as we both grew older. It was like he was there with me, taking on the world. His struggles made my petty teenage problems seem silly. My heart broke for him with every page.

And I think that's why I didn't read Deathly Hallows until January of this year. Yes, I know it was published in 2007. I kept making excuses not to read it (too busy being the best, but also that I couldn't afford a copy right away, or that I was waiting to borrow from a friend).

It wasn't until I actually made myself sit down and read it (in record time) that I realized why I hadn't read it yet: I was afraid. I was afraid of it all ending. Since I was ten Harry's world was the best escape and there was always another book just around the corner. What would I do after it all ended? There were so many things I wanted for Harry; what if he didn't get them?

But I read it and I was relieved. It was like a burden was lifted from my shoulders; finally, Harry's life wasn't in limbo in my eyes. We've both gone in our separate ways, but I'll never forget what he's done for me. I'm just hoping I don't get overly emotional when there are no movies left, either.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 17

Does passing 30K in a novel freak anyone else out, or is it just me?

As of now, my NaNo novel is at 31,400 and I'm feeling kinda stuck in a rut. Like, for reals? I still have to write 18,600 more words? But my characters are getting so annoying! Blergh.

In other news, I've slowly been watching (because it's three hours long) David Tennant as Hamlet (linky link!) and HE IS BRILLIANT. I lurves me the crazy-pants Dane when he plays it.

Here's a little teaser for you:


Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 15

I hit 25,000 words on Saturday and I've never been more afraid.

I've been powering through this book with only a vague idea of where it might end and once I got to 25,000 words I began wondering if I'll be able to write 25,000 more. It's not that I can't, it's just that there are several secret plot twisty things in the story and I don't know how much longer I can get away with them. The main character is already super supicious. And super close to dying, like, all the time (which I know probably sounds strange, but in context it's not!).


In other news (which I almost just spelled as "knews") I've been watching more Doctor Who than is healthy and its lead me to be afraid of statues. And yes, I cried when David Tennant left and was replaced by Matt Smith. Also, I began knitting hats. For some reason it helps me think. The only down side is I look a bit strange.

And music for the writing week is from an obscure Danish indie/folk group, The Rumour Said Fire. I promised my friend, a huge fan of their music, that I would help spread the love!

So, fellow NaNoers and other non-crazy writers, how are things?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Resident Expert: Doctor Who

Hello, hello! What a busy week it's been! Let's wind down with some RE Friday, shall we?

Today, the topic is my latest obsession: Doctor Who.

Doctor Who is a scifi show from BBC, aired in the UK. It follows the Doctor, the last of the Time Lords, who travels through time and space in his TARDIS (spaceship). The character has been played by eleven different actors since it began in 1963, but my favorite is David Tennant.

David Tennant is the tenth reincarnation of the Doctor (I'm only in the middle of the fourth season of the new series) and I love him to death. As the doctor, he's the epitome of everything that is amazing, awkward, funny, and lovable, not to mention extremely intelligent. Also, easy on the eyes, in my opinion (especially with his glasses):

Once I'm finished with this season, the eleventh doctor (Matt Smith) takes his place. You see, whenever the Doctor is about to die, he's able to regenerate his entire body, take on another form entirely. It's one of his alien/Time Lord trick-things.

Anywho, almost important as the Doctor are his companions. Here they are, seasons one through four:

On the left, Rose Tyler, from seasons one and two, who the Doctor fell in love with, but couldn't be with because she got trapped in a parallel universe (it's scifi, guys!). In the middle, Donna Noble from season four. They're just friends, and they announce it to everyone they meet, which I find hilarious. Last, Martha Jones, from season three, who fell in love with him but he couldn't love her back because he was still hung up on Rose.

And, if you're thinking that he only likes to travel through time and space with womenfolk, there's also occasionally Captain Jack Harkness, who also stars on the Doctor Who spinoff, Torchwood (which I've never seen, but probably will):

So yes, scifi. I thought I didn't like scifi, but Doctor Who proved me wrong. Long live the Doctor!

Have a good weekend, everyone, and good luck to my NaNo buddies!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 9

It is day nine, isn't it? My brains hurt.

Last night, when I was at about 16,500 words, I hit a fork in the writing road. It was one of those forks where I had to decide whether a character knew something or not, something that would effect the rest of the story. It was a difficult decision, but if I change my mind, that's what revision is for!

I'm really loving my characters. I feel like I've known them forever, but there are still things I don't know about them and it's nice to have little surprises pop up as I write. It's actually pretty helpful because I'm still not entirely sure where this book is going!

Anyways, this was my writing music over the weekend (and I'm kinda digging the video as well):

Annnnnnddddddd........ GO WRITE!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Resident Expert: NaNoWriMo

Since it's been five days since NaNoWriMo began, I thought I would finally share some tips I picked up last year for today's RE.

First, don't be afraid to wing it. NaNo isn't so much about planning as it is about just doing it. Don't stop to revise. It feels crazy but it's exhilarating to let go of control and see where the story ends up.

Second, don't let yourself get burned out. If you've been sitting at the computer for a while, or a notebook, or whatever method you use to write, step away for a few minutes. Take breaks. Movement will help you get your mind back on track. I like to exercise, take a hot shower, or (and I know how weird this sounds, but it works for me) brush my teeth. Whatever you do to get ideas, don't stop!

Third, eat healthy. It's easier to focus when you've eaten a balanced meal. I admit I'm one that writes late into the night and sometimes caffeine can be tempting, but in my experience it's better to go to sleep and let your mind rest. Your body gets tired for a reason!

Fourth, have fun. That's the point, after all! Make writing friends, post ridiculous questions in the forums, or go to a write in. Writing is easier when you're doing it with someone else.

And my last piece of advice speaks for itself: GO WRITE!!!

I had a pretty successful NaNo week, how 'bout you guys?!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 3

Well, things are going as well as could be expected, I suppose. I've been able to stick to the writing schedule of 1,667 words a day, but I usually don't get it in until just before midnight. I'm definitely a night owl and I don't have time to write until the end of the day.

Right now, the MC is six years old and he's sooooooo adorable. He's young in the first few chapters (not even born in the prologue) and I will fast forward ten years after an important event.

So far, everything's been fly by the seat of my pants. I'll be sitting at my laptop thinking "What now?" and then something random pops into my head and I think "Might as well!" Do any of you guys write like that during NaNoWriMo? I think it's common, since there isn't much time to doubt yourself.

As for writing music, I pretty much obsessed with Lykke Li at the moment. Especially this song:

"Luh-luh-luh-luh-love with me!" <3

My next post will probably for Resident Expert Friday. See ya'll then!

Monday, November 1, 2010

November, or NaNoWriMo Day 1

Well, the good news is that this past week I was able to finish my current draft of last year's NaNo novel, The Quiet Calling. I'm sooooooo happy that I'm able to get it out of my head for the next month.

The bad-ish news? It's November, which means I shall slowly be losing my sanity. Also, I definitely won't be posting as often because any free time I have will be spent writing my NaNo project.

I actually woke up early this morning (first to finish up a paper, then to start NaNo Day 1) and so far things aren't going so well. First, I suck at openings, and second, I'm writing a prologue. A PROLOGUE.

I'm kinda anti-prologue, if you couldn't tell.

This fantasy I'm writing is totally putting me out of my comfort zone. It's gonna be a rough month.

But you know what? It's gonna be a fun one, too. Good luck to all my fellow WriMos!