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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: June 2015

A Month in Review - June 2015

Wow, it’s July already? I only posted twice! And I had so many plans… Well, let’s see what did happen in June.

Blogging aside, I actually got a lot done this month. I got a bunch of commissions done, and crocheted another two ponies, though they both lack eyes and cutiemarks. I finally have photos of Rarity, but the photos of Sokka and Katara came out really badly so I’ll have to re take them. Here’s the best of my art this month:

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I… Still haven’t written much on Wolf Cry. I haven’t completely ignored it though, I did spend a fair bit of time developing back story and whatever. Also I had a bunch of new characters I had to work out. Which is probably procrastination, but at least it’s productive procrastination, right? Right?

We didn’t really do all that much in June that I can remember. (maybe I should start writing things down so I can remember more) So, onto the lists.

Things I watched:

First I watched Over the Garden Wall, a quirky, slightly creepy mini series reminiscent of Gravity Falls and Alice in Wonderland. Definitely worth a watch.

Several people I know were fan-girling over Steven Universe, so I decided to give it a try. It takes forever to get to the plot, but it’s still a very interesting, generally lighthearted TV show, though it can get a little dark (by children’s TV standards) from time to time.

Then I discovered Studio Ghibli’s films, and they were lovely. The first one I watched was Arrietty, which was a very sweet adaption of The Borrowers, and probably my favourite adaption of it I’ve seen so far (I’ve seen at least four altogether)

Shortly afterwards I saw Spirited Away, which was a little strange, yet beautiful at the same time.

Last I saw My Neighbor Totoro, which didn’t have much of a plot but made up for it with realistic characters and large doses of adorableness (wow… That’s actually a word?).

Things I read

books read in June

I’m finally back to about my usual amount of books read. There are too many for me to talk about all of them, so I’ll just mention some of the highlights.

It’s hard to choose a favourite book out of these since all but one got four stars. The Heroes of Olympus books were good. I don’t think I liked them quite as much as the first series, but they’re still a lot of fun.

Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight were awesome, although there was a little too much violence in the latter for my taste (still, they are about an assassin, so what can you expect?) I’ll definitely be reading the third book.

The Gates of Zion, which is about the fighting in Palestine just after World War 2 (I know there’s a name for it but I can’t remember), made me feel some righteous fury (though it didn’t cause me to shoot starbolts from my hands – and whoever gets that reference is automatically amazing). Religious War is one of the most awful things in the world in my eyes (seriously, killing people because they disagree with you? What is wrong with humanity?). I feel it did a fairly good job of showing that there were sickeningly good people and awful people on both sides (though since it’s from the Jew’s point of view we don’t get to see all that many ordinary Muslims)

She Is Not Invisible was a bit of a let down. It wasn’t really what I expected and the ending was rather annoying.

On the Blog

I did the Bookshelf Tag, where I basically posted a bunch of photos of my books. (that’s pretty much everything I did this month blog wise)

Elsewhere on the Internet

WarpOut released a beautiful animation called Lullaby for a Princess, which they were apparently working on for over two and a half years (this was actually released at the absolute end of May, but whatever)

(I’d just like to clarify that this is a My Little Pony Fan Work, but it’s absolutely gorgeous and worth watching even if you’re not familiar with the show  – I’m also interested to see what non fans think of it)

Speaking of MLP, the 100th episode aired and it was full of awesome, including Doctor Who references and Derpy’s first speaking role since the Last Roundup fiasco.

Uhhh… I really want to put something non pony related here but I can’t think of anything 😛 Oh, Pixar’s Inside Out came out, but we won’t get it in the UK till the 24th of July. I think another Jurassic Park film came out, but I wasn’t really paying attention.

As for blogs:

Stori Tori talked about Lessons from Anime: My Neighbor Totoro

Deborah @ Road of a Writer did a whole bunch of tags

Aimee @ To The Barricade! listed 5 ‘Nice Guy’ Characters with Personality

and Annika @ Writer and Proud suggested 9 1/2 Ways to Get to Know Your Characters

Things to Look Forwards to In July

Camp NaNo starts today! I don’t think I’ll join in, but we’ll see.

Summer Holidays start on the 16th (I think)! Woo!

As I mentioned, Inside Out comes to the UK on the 24th.

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A Month In Review: March 2015

A Month in Review March 2015

First I would like to announce that unlike most things posted on this day, this is actually 100% true. Promise. Moving on…

So, we can actually use our bedrooms now! 😀 so that’s good. I honestly can’t remember much of what happened this month. But here goes:

Films (and TV Shows) I watched

We didn’t manage to continue our Marvel spree this month. In fact, as far as I can remember, we only watched two films for the first time.

Catching Fire was awesome, as was Divergent. Both stayed very true to the books (although I’m mildly irritated at the bit with Jeanine at the end of Divergent), which is good. I don’t really have that much to say about them…

We watched so many TV shows this month it’s insane.

Avatar: The Last Airbender was so AWESOME.I miss the characters already. (might go back and re watch that one soon) I’m going to move on before I start fangirling XD

Then I managed to watch the all four seasons of The Legend of Korra (about fifty episodes) in a bit more than a week. Then I watched the whole thing again with my siblings. Those two shows are just so addictive! Now we’re trying to decide what to watch next 😛

Finally, my best friends brother convinced me to watch Gravity Falls and I’m glad I did. I just finished watching the last available episode. (no more until Summer D:)

Books I read

I only read one ‘proper’ book in March (why does the library have to have such limited stock? Why?!), Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, which was quite good. Due to a lack of books to read, I read a ton of MLP Fan Fiction. You can reach some of my favourites by clicking the pictures above. When the Stars Align and Wingover are both set in the kilalaverse. (based on the work of Kilala97. Remember her from last month?) The former was a little dark, but it was very good. Wingover is more lighthearted. Eternal was amazing, on par with ‘real’ novels. It’s very long (nearly 160,000 words!) but totally worth it.

Things I did

Our TV broke a couple of weeks ago. And it turns out that was a good thing, because with the replacement TV we can finally play Minecraft multiplayer. It’s very fun.

Writing

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but I started working on a fantasy series a while ago. No, not the one with the Elves I did for NaNoWriMo (that one’s been abandoned by the way. It wasn’t working no matter what I did with it), a new fairy-tale-ish thing. I won’t reveal too much right now (mostly since there isn’t much to reveal), but I have plans for books inspired by Snow White and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Anyway, it’s finally coming together. The whole thing was like a giant mess in my head until recently. Hopefully I’ll be ready to actually start writing by the end of April.

I also have a super-heroish thing in my head, but I’m still waiting for a plot that works with the characters and universe.

Art

I’ve been doing more fan art, and some original stuff. Also, I started a 30 day drawing challenge thing, using my character Marianne (from the super-heroish thing I mentioned earlier):

On the crocheting side of things (did I mention I crochet? Cause I do) I’ve started working on making amigurumi dolls of the Mane 6 from My Little Pony (have you noticed I’m rather obsessed with that show at the moment?) So far I’ve done Rarity, though she still needs her eyes and cutie mark sewn on.

Things I’m Looking Forwards to in April

We’re going to an Easter conference thing tomorrow. I don’t think there’ll be much internet access, so won’t be around for about a week.

Season 5 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic starts in just three days! So excited!

and The Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out in cinemas on the 24th of April! In the UK anyway. Looking forwards to that 😀

Phew. So that’s what I did this month. Hope you have a good Easter. How was your March?

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