Monthly Archives: November 2015

NaNoWriMo: End of Week Three and One Lovely Blog Award

Well, week three of NaNoWriMo is over! I’ve fallen a little behind again for various reasons I won’t go into right now, with 32,869 words altogether, and a little less than 20k words left to write. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up soon.

About two months ago, I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Bellefini. Thank you! I didn’t get round to actually doing it today, but better late than never I guess.

The Rules!
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. List rules and display award.
3. Give seven facts.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and notify them.
5. Display award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you!

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Facts! These are coming off the top of my head so they’ll be kind of random.

  1. Of the three houses I’ve lived in in my life, two of them have been converted convents.
  2. I have never actually completed a novel that’s actually novel length. (hopefully this one will no longer be true after the end of November!)
  3. I have five siblings.
  4. I’m a fan of a lot of things, and consider myself to be part of many fandoms, but I only think of myself as an ‘active’ part of two, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and Fairy Tail.
  5. I’m allergic to cut grass. It makes my feet swollen and itchy. (I assume it would make the rest of me swollen and itchy as well but I’m only usually around it long enough for my feet to get annoyed by it.)
  6. I’m technically a Danish citizen.
  7. The characters I’ve drawn most that aren’t my own are Fluttershy from My Little Pony and Wendy Marvell from Fairy Tail.

I don’t know 15 people to nominate, but here are bloggers I am nominating (if you’ve already been nominated for this you may ignore it):

  1. writefury
  2. Alice in Bookland
  3. The Road of a Writer
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NaNoWriMo: End of Week Two and Beautiful Books

Yesterday was the mid-way point for NaNoWriMo, and I’m finally officially on schedule to finish on time! I have just over 25,000 words down, with the same amount to go. Today I’ll be joining in on round two of Beautiful Books, with my NaNo novel Wolf Cry! Which for those of you who don’t know, is basically about the world of fairy tales translated into one huge, coherent, high fantasy setting, centering on a very loose Snow White retelling.

1. Is the book turning out how you thought it would be, or is it defying your expectations?

A mixture. Mostly it’s been turning out as I planned, but a few things have changed. Two characters who I hadn’t planned at all decided to turn up and were actually fantastic. One, a fairy called Felicity, has ended up as one of my favourite characters and she wasn’t supposed to be in it at all! She’s also decided to stick in other elements as well (she had to go give Gwen a super secret magic bag thing, as fairies do, and not even I know what’s in it 😛 ) So that was fun.

2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

At the moment my first sentence is:

Gwendolyn Conmaraigh adjusted her gilded blue mask and triple checked to make sure her dagger was easy to reach but didn’t poke out too obviously from the folds of her skirt.

I’m pretty happy with it, though the rest of the opening chapter is a bit of a mess. (openings are hard. more on that later)

3. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out?

Oh definitely a plotter. If I don’t have a clear plan everything becomes a mess. Also I’m a perfectionist and I’d probably make a plan for everything even if I didn’t need it. However occasionally things I didn’t plan turn up (see above), and then I’ll just roll with it though I might need to stop for a little while to fiddle with anything in the plot that might have changed as a result.

4. What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal?

Anime. So much anime. I’ve taken to watching Naruto: Shippuden (which I started last week after finally finishing Naruto) in between chunks of writing and it’s been fantastic. Much better motivation than food, which was one of the things I used to do. Sometimes I’ll check internet things during breaks as well.

5. What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names?

Ah, names. I generally put a lot of thought into names. It’s fun thinking about why someone would have the name they have. I’m also big on names that mean something relevant to the character, especially for the fairies. I also have a fragmented conlang (fake language basically) which I use for naming some things. (specifically Cardonian things and people)

6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?

Middle. Beginnings are an absolute nightmare. It’s really hard to set everything up that needs to be set up without seeming awkward or forgetting important things. I haven’t actually written a proper ending for anything for a while, and obviously I haven’t written the end for this book yet, so I don’t really have much to say about that.

Middles are fun though. They’re where all the fun things happen.

7. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?

But… I like all of them… Maybe Felicity. She’s been a lot of fun, despite – or perhaps because of – her turning up out of nowhere and having to make her up as I go along.

8. What kind of things have you researched for this project, and how do you go about researching? (What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched?!)

Ah, I’ve researched all kinds of things. How I research varies depending on what I’m researching. Some of the stranger things I’ve been researching is werewolves and wolf-like monsters from various cultures (which wasn’t very fruitful sadly), and weasels (which turned out to be unnecessary in the end).

9. Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself?

Uhhh, depends on what you mean by ‘with others’ I’ve never physically written with other people, but I do find word wars and having internet people to talk with about writing helpful. I don’t share my work with people I know in real life, though I’ll occasionally share things with people on the internet.

10. What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!

I don’t really eat while I’m writing. I used to, but I don’t now. I don’t write very well in the early morning, so I’ll more often write into the night than get up early to write. I do listen to music though. I have a playlist of music I love specifically for writing:

I also posted more about the music I like to listen to while writing last week, and you can find that post here. I write in my room, on my laptop, which is on a little desk under a triangular window (we often refer to it as ‘a Bill Cipher window’ – we have several on our top floor.) I don’t have any photos and my camera is too much of a pain for me to bother with taking any.

So, there we have it! I hope you all enjoyed that.

If you’re doing NaNo, how’s it going for you? Did you do Beautiful Books this month, and if so I’d love to see your post!

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NaNoWriMo: End of Week One and Writing Music

Well, the first week of NaNoWriMo is over! My current word count is 10,737 words, so I have 39,263 words left. It’s been going much better than last year, but I still have a long way to go! I’ve done my first ever word crawl this year. (a Legend Of Korra themed one, which you can find here) You can find my NaNoWriMo profile here if you’re interested. But the main thing I’m posting about today is Writing Music. You may remember I did a post about this back in January. I listen to almost any kind of music, preferably without lyrics since they distract me, while I’m writing, and here are some of my favourites (this is going to be relatively brief because I don’t have a ton of time):

Taylor Davis

Taylor Davis is a violinist, a little like Lindsey Stirling in my last post, though she does have a different style. Her music is epic, and I especially like her anime covers.

Marvel Soundtracks

Pretty much every Marvel movie I’ve seen has had a fantastic soundtrack, and they’re really great for writing. (so epic and inspirational) Some of my favourites are the soundtracks for The Winter Soldier, Thor The Dark World and X-Men First Class.

Anime Music

Anime often have seriously epic soundtracks, and the battle soundtracks are usually great for writing. Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online have some especially good soundtracks, and there’s one piece from Noragami I can’t get enough of for some reason. Probably because of the memories of epicness that come with it (see above – it’s the piece that plays during the final battle and that scene was amazing)

RWBY Score

I guess this kind of goes in the Anime section, but some people would argue it’s not technically an anime, and besides it’s so awesome I wanted to give it it’s own section. RWBY’s soundtrack is as good as it’s fight scenes (read: crazy awesome), and again it’s really great to write to. (just to warn you, there are some minor spoilers for volume two in the video above if you watch it. Just listening to it is fine though)

Honorable Mentions:

Avatar the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra; Pirates of the Caribbean; the Narnia soundtracks; and the Sherlock Holmes movie soundtracks.

I’ve taken the time to compile a playlist of all my favourite pieces from the above mentioned soundtracks and many more for NaNoWriMo, which you can find here. I also have a playlist of the full versions of many of my favourite soundtracks here.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, how has it been going for you? Is any of your favourite writing music here? Any music you think I should try?

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A Month in Review: October 2015

A Month in Review - Oct. 2015

I didn’t really blog at all in October. I had been planning on a couple of posts but I ended up being too busy. So what have I been doing this month? Well let’s see.

We went down to Surrey for Halloween like we usually do. I ended up spending most of that time reading manga for various reasons. During the drive down we discovered that Studio Ghibli films are fantastic for spending long car journeys.

There’s also been college, though only a few hours a week. Not much to report on that front. What’s really been keeping me busy is art and getting ready for NaNoWriMo.

So art wise, this month there’s been a thing on Tumblr called OC October, where you draw one of your OCs every day in October and post them online, which I’ve been doing. You can find all my posts here. I came third place in a fan art contest held by Looji on DeviantArt, and as a prize she drew Gwen for me:

My favourite artist on DeviantArt drew one of my OCs! I think I almost died fangirling 😀

Speaking of Looji, she’s founded a group where people can make ocs for her world, Gelea, so I made a character for that and it was a lot of fun.

I also made a height chart for some of my characters from one of my projects (not a book exactly – I’m not sure what I’ll do with it. I’d love to turn it into a webcomic some time but I’ve got a lot of work to do before I’m ready for something that big) As usual, here’s the best of my art this month:

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Writing wise, I’ve been preparing for NaNoWriMo, which didn’t go as well as I had hoped, but I feel much more prepared than last year.

Things I Watched

First we continued the Marvel movie spree with The Amazing Spider-Man, which was really good. I haven’t seen the original trilogy, so I have no idea how it compares to those movies XD Then at the end of the month we watched the sequel, which was also good, though I feel like there was slightly too much going on at the end. (only one more movie to go before I’m completely ready for Civil War!)

Then, while we were down in Surrey we watched Jurassic World. Again, I haven’t seen the original trilogy, and I feel like there were a few ‘nerd moments’ as my dad calls them that I missed out on because of that. Nevertheless, it was pretty good.

Anime wise, I managed to watch no less than five different anime this month, as well as the new episodes of Fairy Tail and RWBY and a bit more Naruto. First I watched my first contemporary anime since OHSHC, Toradora!, and it was fantastic and adorable. I’ll definitely be re-watching it several times.

Then I watched Noragami, and wow. That was probably the best anime I have seen so far. It was darker than I thought it would be, and it can be fairly bloody at times, but it was truly fantastic. I actually watched it twice, once by myself and again with my sister, who also loved it. Also that finale. I think I watched it like three times altogether XD The sequel series started this month and it’s been fantastic too so far (maybe even better than the first season).

A Certain Scientific Railgun was the first anime I discovered myself, rather than have a friend or my sister suggest it. It’s actually a spin off series of another anime, A Certain Magical Index, which I haven’t seen because I can only find it in terrible quality, but you don’t need to have seen the original to enjoy this one. (there are a fair amount of references to the original though, as well as having some of the same characters) It’s a fun, creative and interesting science fantasy with, which I’d recommend. (if you do watch it, skip episode two. It’s pretty much completely pointless and considerably more inappropriate than anything else in the series)

Sword Art Online was another one my sister recommended. It’s really good, though I liked the first half a lot more than the second half.

Lastly I watched Your Lie in April, and it was wonderful. It’s about music, but also about living life to the fullest and how the way you live your life can effect the lives of others. It also gave me all the emotions, which I always love. You probably want to have some tissues handy if you watch it.

Things I Read

books red Oct. 2015

This month I only read one new book, Champion. To be honest I didn’t like it nearly as much as the first two books in the seires. I think it was an interesting and original way to end the series, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea.

I am, however, re reading the entire Lunar Chronicles series in preparation for Winter coming out next month. I’ve read the first three (chronologically speaking) and it’s just Cress to go.

I also started reading the Fairy Tail Manga because I can. The anime sticks very closely to the manga so there isn’t much difference plot wise, but it’s really interesting to get the same story in a different medium. I’ve also been reading the Fruits Basket manga because the anime only has the first half or so.

Nothing happened on the blog this month, though I’ve apparently had visitors from Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei so that’s interesting, and apparently the search term ‘anime girl books’ frequently leads to my blog.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

There’s been more My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and we’ve had some exciting stuff going on, including the Cutie Mark Crusaders finally getting their cutie marks after four and a half seasons of crusading, and the official reveal that Shining Armor and Cadence will in fact be having a baby.

Steven Univese had some more Peridot episodes, then went on hiatus with the rest of Cartoon Network for the rest of the year.

In Gravity Falls we just had the literal apocalypse, and it looks like the show might be coming to an end soon.

RWBY began Volume Three, and despite people’s concerns, it hasn’t dropped in quality and in fact has even risen in quality in some respects (most noticeably the animation).

Other Internet Stuff:

Next Month

NaNoWriMo begins! I will be participating so there won’t be much blog activity, though I do plan to do another writing music post like I did last year, and I have an award I need to do.

Cartoon Network might be on hiatus, but My Little Pony, Gravity Falls and RWBY still have new episodes to look forwards to.

So that’s what I’ve been doing all this time I disappeared from my blog. Did you do anything fun in October, and did you have a good Halloween if you celebrate it? Are you planning on participating in NaNoWriMo this year, and/or do you have anything else planned? Any books, movies or shows you think I should try? I hope you all have a great November! 😀

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