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A Month in Review: November 2015

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This is pretty late, but oh well. I’ll pretend I’m writing it on the last day of November anyway XD

The main thing that happened this month was NaNoWriMo, which I won for the first time! I reached 50000 words on the absolute last day, but I did it! Because I was so busy writing, I did practically no art this month, so no gallery this time.

Things I Watched

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First we watched X-Men Days of Future Past, which was really good. I think I like First Class better though.

Then we watched Eagle Eye a couple of weeks ago. I actually saw most of it muted a long while ago (for reasons), but it’s freaking amazing.

I finally finished Naruto at the beginning of the month, and moved onto Naruto Shippuden. It’s so much better than the original, unusually. The first series is great, but it was also pretty flawed, and Shippuden fixed most of those flaws. The animation is better, the soundtrack is better, and they don’t waste nearly as much time on replaying scenes and having ridiculously long flash backs over and over and over again. Definitely recommend. (though you really should watch the first series first, at least the actually relevant parts, because I don’t think it’ll have the same emotional resonance if you’re not familiar with the characters)

Things I Read

Books read Nov. 2015

(this is actually a relatively small portion of what I read this month. There’s a good 20 more volumes of manga I read XD )

As you can see, my reading this month has been somewhat dominated by one thing. But let’s look at the other things first.

I read the second and third Nine Princess Novellas, Coralina and Heidel. Both of them were good.

I also read Winter! It was fantastic, and a perfect ending to the series, though so incredibly long. There’s still a short story collection to come out before the series is quite finished.

But what I read by far the most of this month was the Fairy Tail Manga. I’m becoming increasingly obsessed with this series. I’d definitely count it as my favorite fandom besides My Little Pony (It’s hard to word that in a way that makes sense 😛 ). I think I read a little less than 40 volumes altogether this month.

On the Blog

I managed to post four times this month, including the October Month in Review, despite NaNo.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

Season Five of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic came to an end, and what a season it was. Definitely my favourite one so far. The season finale included time travel, multiple apocalyptic timelines, and the first look at actual warfare in Equestria, and it was really fun to see all of that. The ending was pretty rushed, but the sheer creativity of all the alternate timelines has me itching to make fan art.

The Fairy Tail manga got a Christmas special, and I haven’t read it yet but apparently it was completely ridiculous.

The apocalypse continues in Gravity Falls. There’s now only the hour long finale to go before the series ends forever.

RWBY Volume Three continued, though the release schedule has been somewhat sporadic.

Next Month

Next month is December, which of course means Christmas and everything that comes with it!

Both Star Wars Episode VII and The Good Dinosaur come out, at least in the US. I actually have no idea when the UK release dates are. I should probably go find that out.

So that’s what I’ve been up to this month. Did you do NaNoWriMo this year, and if so how did it go? Have you seen or read any of the things I have this month, and what do you think I should try next? Have anything planned for December? I hope you all have a fantastic month!

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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):

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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

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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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Introducing: Dark of War

Okay, sorry it’s been FOREVER since I last posted anything here. Anyway, NaNoWriMo starts next Saturday! 😀 So I thought I’d better talk a bit about the book I’m writing for it. It’s called Dark of War and is the first in a trilogy I’m writing, which is currently called Chronicle of Ice and Light, Continue reading

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