So my personal NaNo will be delayed until MAY FIRST. Yesterday I made myself proud by compiling a list of 25 random first sentences (connected to no story whatsoever) Then I numbered them off and came up with a plot for each! One or two could make novels in the future, several will make poems, and most will make short stories. One will be particularly fun to write- it features a sassy and sarcastic, underpaid butler! I really need a novel idea STAT. I’ll just write these short stories and look for that mischievous novel idea…
Since I have never officially finished a novel -about one third through, they often get dropped- I’m trying to write a new one. My own personal NaNo, from April 23-May 23. In the middle of that is important cross country runs, high school entrance exams, and reading galore. Today, I charged myself with coming up with a new novel idea…. I have lots, but I think all seven of them would be suited to whimsical short stories. I’m thinking of going along the route of the Supernaturalist and the Graveyard book, in which you take a basic concept from a classic, and put a fantastical or science fiction spin on it. Or something to do with dreams or imagination coming to life or such. One idea I had that would be shorted to a short story is like Harry Potter, but reversed. A boy accidentally gets enrolled in a magic school, but he has no powers at all….? Ah, I don’t know.
Photography! I decided to take some pictures of our new kitten Luna, and they turned out okay. So I’ve started taking nature pictures and animal pictures, going wild with my mum’s camera. Its taken up my morning, and I love it!
Ah, this is new, innit?
I tried to work the rule of three.
Hello all! Just recently, our family cat of 11 years passed away suddenly from a blood clot. 😦 But, last week, we found a kitten abandoned by its mother on the road. She was starving, and after handing out found posters and such, we can keep her! Since my sister goes to university already, and my brother will be next year, I officially get my own cat. I’ve been trying out my skills at pet photography. Its pretty fun! Here is my latest picture of Luna….
I need to get more pictures of out other pets too. Its a very sunny day outside, so I think I’ll try some nature pictures too…. Tonight, hopefully I’ll have a whole post of them!
‘We write by the light of every story we have ever read.’
I think this quote rings true for lots of reasons, and its evident from my writing over the years. You can tell which books/authors/styles were making a big impact as I wrote them. In late 2012-early 2013 I read the Lord of The Rings series. So of course I wrote high fantasy, long sentences that the reader has to wade through to actually find the content. Tolkien did it well- me, not so much. In fact, some of my earlier Tolkien-esque works, words were used in blaringly wrong contexts. Even though its barely been a year, I’m ashamed. When I read Harry Potter aged 6-7, all of my writing inexpertly took on a whimsical, magic feel, and I started writing fantasy. I’m glad I started on the fantasy route, though, because before that, I unfortunately wrote High School Musical Fan-fiction (and then I walked into the classroom and Gabriella was sitting at my desk!! We became best friends and shared sandwiches.’) I changed a lot when I read Harry Potter. I became nerdier, and it ignited my love of reading. I let myself be weird, because even at the ripe age of seven, I was shackled by a lust for ‘coolness’. I wanted to be like the big kids, but this is getting out of hand. Yeah, I let myself be the me that I left at home everyday. Anyway. This year, I really feel like my stories have finally found their own voice. I strive to be like Eoin Colfer, Douglas Adams, JK Rowling, and Madeline L’Engle, with a twist of Tolkien. I’ll never write romance or realistic fiction because I don’t read that kind of stuff. But what you have to do is not read only in your genre- it’s read everything. And if you seriously have to confine yourself to one genre, read lots of different authors. Most of what we write has been done before, so you’ve got to do it differently. Write angsty vampire novels in a whimsical tone. It’ll make your work stand out. If you want to be an author, you have to read. Hard stuff. You can’t write a fantasy epic if you can’t read them. Reading is like the warm-up for writing. You get a gist of what works, so you don’t write utter drivel .
So this post is all over the place. Whatever.
Oh, and theirs that terrible archived novel with pages and pages of description In Which I Tried to Copy A.A Milne.
An old post from The Perpetual Page Turner inspired this one.
Author You’ve Read Lots from:
Hmm. I have favourite authors, but they don’t have lots of books. I read quite a bit of Enid Blyton when I was a young ‘un (/ younger ‘un. I’m still twelve, aren’t I?) Though maybe JK Rowling? I’ve of course read all of Harry Potter, plus her spin offs. I just haven’t read the Casual Vacancy. My sister has and she hated it with a passion.
Best Sequel Ever:
The Return of the King. By far my favourite of the series.
Game of Thrones, though its kinda a heavy read, so I’m reading Airman by Eoin Colfer, Eggs by Jerry Spinelli, and the Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater in parallel.
Drink of Choice While Reading:
E-reader or Physical Book?
I prefer a physical book, but I do have an eReader. Lighter reads that I don’t think I’ll love, I’ll buy on my eReader because they’re cheaper. When I get a book out from the library and it becomes a favourite, I’ll buy it as an eBook so I always have access to it. But I love the smell of books 🙂
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Would of? I haven’t even started high-school. I’ll change that to best friend at primary/elementary school. Let me see.. Maybe Luna Lovegood, so we can be weird. No, no, Meggie Folchart, from Inkheart! She could read aloud passages from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and I could get my own pygmy puff. Meggy is also very cool.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
The Giver by Lois Lowry. I was scrolling through the GoodReads best YA books list, hitting Want to Read on all the ones I haven’t read. Evidently, the Giver came up, as its kinda mandatory YA dystopian reading. The Book Depository offered it for eight dollars, so I bought it. Then hid it for a month because I didn’t actually want to read it. But I ran out of material, so I picked it up and…. KA BLAMMO! Indescribably good book.
Hidden Gem Book:
If I Could Fly by Jill Hucklesby. One of my favourite books, no-one I’ve come across has read it, nor have I seen it for sale anywhere. I found it digging in the back shelves of abandoned paper backs at the library, which only has one copy. Brownie points if you’ve read it!
Important Moment in your Reading Life:
When I was at the ripe age of six, I threw down the last book in the Rainbow Fairies series with disgust. ‘Boooring!’ I yelled. My sister then told me I could pick from her personal library- she meant the little pile of childhood books by her bedside, but I made a beeline for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban. “I’ve seen that movie!” I said excitedly. She calmed me down and forced me to read the Philosophers Stone first, which I loved. That started my love of fantasy (unless you include the Rainbow Fairies series.) and my love of books. Harry Potter is still one of my favourite books- on my bucketlist is to stack up the whole series and read it without stopping. And no, I do not mean without reading other books in between, I mean reading from ‘Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.’ to ‘All was well.’ No stops. 😀
The Supernaturalist, by Eoin Colfer! I am envious of his writing. *glares*
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Vampire books. I tried Twilight. I tried Vampire Academy. Some are okay, but if you use the words vampire and sexy in the same sentence, you will not be gaining my readership.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
Sherlock Holmes (though that is probably cheating) I have the complete autobus of all of the novels, short stories, novellas, etc. It makes for quite an extravagant book, and lots of Oohs! and Aahs! when I read it in public.
Major book hangover because of:
The Little Prince. Its not that its a difficult read, nor a long read. I just went ‘wow.’ Then I went to the library.
Number of Bookcases You Own:
Two and a half purely for books, two with three shelves and one with three (a floating shelf) Then a large 6 by 2, of which three shelves are dedicated to books. Two of them are my non-fiction, and one is where I keep my library books as of last month when I was fined a whopping $60 for a graphic novel. I found it a day later /shot.
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. One of my favourite in the series, I just read it again. And again. And again…
Preferred Place To Read:
On a rainy day (like today), lying on my bed, with my feet wrapped in my Gryffindor fleece pillow (don’t ask.) Or, at school under my desk. My teacher is a saint, and the lawbreaking just adds a little zing! to my reading experience.
Quote that inspires you / gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass.” The same as one of my three readers, nevillegirl!
That I read the first fifty pages of the Perks of Being a Wallflower. I heard someone my age reading it- no. It’s okay if your sixteen, but not twelve. *scarred*
Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):
Heroes of Olympus. Okay, not all the books are out, but enough to keep me going. I read Percy Jackson in 2009, and the Lost Hero when it came out, but I was never motivated to finish the series for some reason. I read too many spoilers via the Percy Jackson wiki.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
Gah! Don’t make me choose! I’ll lengthen it to five because I’m sneaky like that. The complete Harry Potter series, the Sherlock Holmes series, the Lord of the Rings series, Inkheart, and a Wrinkle in Time. There is probably more. They were just the ones sitting on my shelf.
Unapologetic Fangirl For:
As in books? Harry Potter. Once -and this is a true story- I was at a birthday party, a sleepover party. I was the first to fall asleep (weird, because I have mild insomnia. The meds worked well that night.) A friend filmed me on her phone; everyone was saying Harry Potter-ish things (they’ve seen the movies, bless.
muggles.) Like, Hermione! Your late for Charms! I had a small leg spasm at every call. When they said, ‘Harry, its Quidditch time!’ I said ‘Shut up, Wood!’ Okay, I woke up for the last one.
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
I’m not actually dedicatedly following a series at the moment. All of my favourites have tied up their loose ends, though Winter comes out soon /next year 😦
Worst Bookish Habit:
I accumulate books, so many that I can’t read them all in time. From friends, teachers, siblings, stores, libraries, second-hand shops, and my own collection for re-reading. It feels horrible to be surrounded by all the books but not know what happens *sob*
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo. Sad book.
Your latest book purchase:
Foundling by D.M Cornish, the first book in his Monster Blood Tattoo series. Its a lovely illustrated edition.
ZZZ-Snatcher Book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer, the most recent book I’ve read. Curse you, Colfer! Nah. I love your writing *hugs*
Since this is really helping me remember my alphabet, which could really help at school, how about an A-Z of to-read?
The Book Thief
City of Bones (I mentioned my taboo on demons/vampires earlier, didn’t I? I’ve heard such good things that this is an exception.)
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
I,Robot OR I Capture the Castle
The Kite Runner
The Light Fantasy
Noughts and Crosses
Over Sea, Under Stone
(Tales From the) Perilous Realm
The Raven Boys
Un Lun Dun
VIII (Roman numerals count, right?)
(The Shape of) Water
Far From Xanudu
You Come Too: Favorite Poems for Readers of All Ages
*Will probably fail
Once you get over the fact that Space is a cold, lethal vacuum, its beautiful. I’m a very space-y person, and yes, I still uphold the dream of being an astronaut. Here is a collection of beautiful images, mainly of nebulae:
- Start a new novel. An out of NaNo project.
- Blog. Update it every once and a while.
- Write a picture book, for my young cousin.
- Start superhero comic strip, just for kicks. Probably using online software, and drafting by hand.
- Finish ‘Infinite Sea’ poem. Yes, I realise that Infinite Sea is the name of Rick Yancey’s second book. It’s a working title, pansycake.
- Begin mainstream novella, that has floated around for a while.
Hopefully having this posted on my blog will hold me accountable, and I’ll have writing to post on here.