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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: September 2015

A Month in Review - Sep. 2015

Blogging took a bit of a backseat this month, since the holidays are over and I wanted to focus on my art a bit as well, so I only posted twice this month.

It’s mostly been pretty quiet this month. Art wise, I’m getting better with Paint Tool SAI, and I’ve actually shaded a couple of pictures, which I almost never do. The best of my art this month:

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Writing wise, I’m finally getting a more coherent plot, and now I’m trying to get as much done as possible in preparation for NaNoWriMo.

Things I Watched

We watched a bunch of stuff this month. I watched another anime, Fruits Basket, which was cute, funny and surprisingly emotional and sometimes somewhat dark. We also caught up to Fairy Tail, which unfortunately also means we have to wait a week for each new episode. I’ve started re watching the first few story arcs with my siblings since they missed some of them.

My sister got Cinderella for her birthday, so we watched that. It was very sweet and visually gorgeous.

We liked the first Sherlock Holmes film so much we decided to watch Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows as well. It’s quite different from and feels much bigger than the first one, in a good way, which is what sequels should be.

I watched X-Men First Class with my brother. This was my first time going into a Marvel movie actually being familiar with the characters and so forth beforehand, and it’s actually even more fun than going in ‘blind’. (if you’re wondering why I’m familiar with the X-Men in the first place, my knowledge comes from oldish cartoons and spending too much time on the Marvel wiki.) It’s a little darker than the average Marvel movie, but still very enjoyable.

Continuing the Marvel spree (which started December last year), we finally watched Guardians of the Galaxy, which doesn’t take itself too seriously and is hilarious as a result.

Lastly, I watched Howl’s Moving Castle and liked it so much I bought it literally a couple of days after seeing it, along with My Neighbor Totoro (the collection begins…) It’s a really gorgeous film, like the other Miyazaki films. Apparently the book is even better, but annoyingly the library doesn’t have it. (wow. Big surprise there. Darn you Cumbria libraries.)

We’ve also been watching more of the other series we’re following, and my brother and I have been re-watching Beyblade (an oldish, badly dubbed anime we were obsessed with when we were younger – come to think of it it was technically the first anime I ever watched) for nostalgic reasons.

Things I Read

books read Sep. 2015

I didn’t read very much this month, partly because I’ve been doing other things and partly because I’m running out of books to read that the library actually has.

I’ve been reading a fair bit of Sherlock Holmes, partly inspired by watching the movies and remembering I’ve only read one before. (this happens a lot with me)

I finally finished the Gallagher Girls books with United We Spy. I’ve heard Ally Carter has another series besides this one and Heist Society, so I might check that out.

I also read Prodigy, which I loved. I awkwardly thought it was the last book in the series when I first read it. It’s not. So that’s awkward. I love how it decided to do something differently from the other dystopians I’ve read. (I won’t mention what it did because of spoilers)

On the Blog

Like I said, I only posted twice this month. (excluding the Month in Review post for August)

I was nominated for the Infinity Dreams award, and did the Curious Wren Bookish Tag, and I did my Favourite Female Characters for Top Ten Tuesday.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

My Little Pony returned with three Rarity episodes in a row, including several new characters and a reappearance from Coco Pommell. The third Equestria Girls film, The Friendship Games, came out last Saturday, and it’s much better scripted than the first two films. Still not fantastic, but getting closer to the level of the show. The Halloween Special, Scare Master, was accidentally released early, though it was taken back down quickly. I’ve decided not to watch it till it officially airs though.

Steven Universe also returned, and we got character development for several side and minor characters, as well as more information on the Homeworld and an episode that actually got me to make fangirling noises over Peridot, which has never happened to me before. (seriously, she was so adorable in Catch and Release)

There’s also been more Gravity Falls, which has had one plot development episode and one character development/random silliness episode. It’s also been hinted that the show will be coming to an end soon, so the fandom is freaking out big time.

Star vs. the Forces of Evil has started to become surprisingly mysterious and deep, so that fandom’s freaking out too.

Other Internet Stuff:

  • How It Should Have Ended celebrated it’s 10th anniversary with a silly, nerdy Taylor Swift parody:

Next Month

I’m starting College! It’ll only be a couple of days a week at first, because the college is so awesome it’s actually okay with letting me start slowly because of my social anxiety.

NaNoWriMo is on the way, so I’ll be running around trying to have Wolf Cry ready to be written by then.

There’s Halloween, of course, though I don’t think we’ll be doing anything in particular for it.

So that’s what I did this month. What did you do in September? Have anything planned for October? Which animes do you think would be good for me to try next? (nothing gory please) Any books you think I should try?

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A Month in Review: August 2015

A Month in Review - Aug. 2015

Once again, I didn’t get to post half the stuff I wanted to in August. A lot more stuff happened than I’d expected. Hopefully I’ll be posting a lot more this month. So, what have I been doing? Let’s take a look.

We had holidays for the whole month (yay!). The first week we went down to Surrey, which was kind of boring mostly, at least for me who only really had one friend I actually wanted to see. A lot of time was spent watching Fairy Tail when I could get the internet to work.

Our grandparents came to visit for a couple of weeks, the neighbors went away for a while so we looked after their dog, and my siblings had a lot of sleepovers. My best friend came up to visit, which was a lot of fun.

Art wise, I’ve gotten a lot better with Paint Tool SAI, and I’ve nearly finished drawing all the characters for my MLP NextGen. I also designed a new icon for myself on everything, which you can read more about here. I also redesigned Gwen’s appearance almost completely, and made an info sheet for how fairies work in Wolf Cry. You can find all the Wolf Cry related stuff (as well as my pony OCs) here. The best of my art this week:

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Writing wise, I’m nearly ready to start writing again, so hopefully I’ll be able to start some time this September.

Things I Watched

I watched Ocean’s Eleven while we were down in Surrey because it was pretty much the only movie worth watching we could find. It was awesome. I’m starting to think I really like heist-type stuff.

While we were in Surrey we also got to see Inside Out in the cinema and it was both creative and adorable. It seemed to drag on for a bit in the second half though.

My friend brought Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol up with her so we watched that last weekend. It was very good, even without having seen any of the previous films beforehand.

I watched Sherlock Holmes last night, and it was rather dark and very awesome.

(hey look I summed up every film in a couple of sentences instead of rambling this time. Not sure if that counts as good or bad. All of the above are worth watching, by the way)

We also watched bits of a few different animes, and we’ve very nearly caught up to Fairy Tail, which has continued to become even more amazing.

Things I Read

books read aug. 2015

Once again I kept forgetting to order new books into the library, so I only read three real books altogether in August. I’ve read 51 books altogether this year so far, meaning I’ve completed the reading challenge I set myself! I might extend it to 75 books.

I got A Wish Made of Glass for free in return for an honest review, and I really liked some parts and liked other parts less.

I borrowed Legend from the library on a whim, and it was very good.

I’ve finally reached the end of the Percy Jackson books with The Blood of Olympus. It was a satisfying end to the series, and I’ll probably re read all the books some time. In the mean time I’m looking forwards to the start of a new Riordan series in October, this time featuring Norse Mythology.

On the Blog

As I said, I didn’t post much this month. I did manage to write my first ever review, for A Wish Made of Glass. I also participated in Top Ten Tuesday, this time with the authors I’ve read the most books from.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

Steven Universe went on an unexpected month long hiatus, for ‘boring production reasons’ (that’s literally the reason they gave)

Gravity Falls has had a couple of new episodes, and a hint that Bill Cipher will return in the near future.

RWBY volume three is in production! (this actually happened a couple of months ago but I didn’t find out till recently so I’m including it anyway)

On Other Blogs:

Lastly, I’m on Tumblr now, so you can find me here.

Next Month

The Summer Holidays end next week (I think).

both My Little Pony and Steven Universe come back next month, and there’s more Gravity Falls on the way.

Also I think I’m starting College some time in September, but we’re not quite sure when yet.

Hey look I managed to mostly avoid rambling this time! What did you do in August? Are you looking forwards to the coming month, or not so much? Have you read/seen any of the things I did this last month?

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