Saturday, October 27, 2012

"At this point I was ready to throw the kid in a meat-flavored sack and throw him to the wolves."

 BLOG PARTY! Please, read HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 I started to read The Hobbit, to prepare for the movie, and the whole time I could only picture Bilbo as Martin Freeman and Thorin as Thornton. It made the story even more fun. (Not that it really needed those elements to be fun. I think that is one of the best adventure, quest, funny stories ever written.) It is also giving me new ideas for NaNo, which I kind of need.

 Yes, I have decided to attempt NaNo. I think I've said this though - sorry, worn out brain and all that. Last year I attempted a dragon story, but it didn't have a plot so I had to tuck it away and do something else. Go into NaNo with a plot. Always.
 This year, I think I have a plot. Rather...I kind of know what happens at the beginning, and the end, but the middle is a bit of a, black hole. I am hoping my new character shall show me mercy and help me out once I start writing. Judging by his smirk and the evil glint in his eyes, I shouldn't hold my breath.

 After my last edit of my book I put it away from most of October. My editor has sent me in her last read over of it, now it is my job to go over it again, correcting everything. Also, my mum is reading over it as well, just in case my dyslexia muffed anything. Once November hits I will start the final edit with a fresh outlook on it, hopefully. Therefore, my NaNo month will be filled with dragons and airships. Interesting combina....oh...okay, there. Just found the middle of my book.

 Back to NaNo though. To prepare myself for NaNo I've been doing, nothing. Most of the end of October my brain was filled with nothing but the cover. But now that it is finished, HURRAY, I can start planning. 

 Chocolate. Check.

 Plot. Er, MOSTLY check.

 Character who thinks he is cleverer then me. Check.

 Bit of humor to add into the story. Check.

 Willingness to ditch all social life for a month so I can hermit up in my room and spend my evenings trying to get a story to do what I want. Check.

 Interesting book on dragons I can read to get inspiration. Check. Kind of.

 Said book has been ranted and raved about by a friend of mine. (When someone talks about a book for a long while I end up looking it up because if someone likes a book THAT much, it has to be good. Usually it is. This is why all of you should read Prisoners of the Sea.) 
 The book I am reading is called Seraphina. I am up to chapter four in it and I've no clue what is going on, but it is rather interesting and I like the writing. Also, SHOCK, the girl isn't an annoying, "I can do everything and don't need boys so get lost while I try and not fall to my death while hanging onto this slippery sloop while Trolls throw rocks at me. Stupid boy. Can't you see I can save myself?" At this point in the book I hope the girl falls, even if the story is from her view point, and the boy takes up the story and goes out for ice cream with the Troll.

 So far, in this book, the girl is sweet, a bit timid, bright without being annoying, and has a good reason for wishing to be left alone. She's probably the reason I am reading it even though I don't really get what is going on.

 (I got mad at the library for not have Mark of Athena yet so I raided all their other books which I thought I could get through. I realized something. Most books are horribly predictable. Sure, there are only so many options as far as plots go, but can't they add some new elements? Anything! I'm tired of the know it all girls and the wimpy boys. It is enough to drive me batty...well, battier. I'm hoping out of the stack I got, I can find some books with interesting enough plots that aren't too predictable  At least ones that don't have characters I want to throw off cliffs.)

 I was pleased, however, to see my library had Arthur Slade's newest book in his Hunchback series. I've only read the first one, but it was very good. It is such a pity he isn't better known. The same with Philip Reeve. I plan to read his young adult series, if my library ever gets the first in the series. (I forget the name of it, but if it is half as good as Larklight I shall be happy.)

 I also picked up the first in the Nicolas Flamel books to see how they are. I know a lot of people like them. So far it isn't too bad. (I read many books at once. Can't help it. I like to drift read.) I am also considering trying out the Clockwork books by that lady author who is one of the biggest hits in Steampunk right now. I'm still debating about those, though.

 BUT, my best find was the Guardian series. This is a series of three, which I didn't know of their existence until I went to Barnes and Nobles on a cover study. (There is a movie coming out which is based AFTER them, I believe. It caught my interest because I thought Hiccup would be talking Jack Frost so I watched the preview. I was sad to find out it is in fact Captain Kirk from the new movie, but by then the preview had me eager for the movie. Seeing it the second time only deepened my interest. I don't know what it is about the movie, I don't celebrate Christmas because of Santa nor Easter because of the Bunny, but something about this movie really has drawn me in. So when I learned there were books I went looking for them and found the first. I'mm hoping my library has the other two, just loaned out.)
 I started the first book and it is wonderful. It reminds me of a cross between Narnia and Larklight. A delightful twist and full of imagination, which I love. I love the idea of a moon shaped airship! In fact, I want one! 
 Anyways, I can tell already I will like this series.

 And I don't know how I got onto such a long talk about books...likely because I've been so busy getting ready to published I've not had much time to read and now, with a few days to rest before November, it is very nice to be able to slip into new worlds, ones I don't have to worry about looking for miss spelled words. 

 I should probably go though. I've some adventures awaiting!

 How many of you will be reading The Hobbit before the movie? What are your NaNo plots, and do you plan them all out or just write and figure it out as you go? Are you supplied up on chocolate? Do you plan to raid the shoppes after Halloween to stalk up? Are you reading any good books at the moment? What kind of characters annoy you?

 Allons-y!

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10 comments :

  1. If I can get my hands on a copy of the Hobbit before I get my hands on the movie, I'd probably read it. (It's sad, really, my family owns two copies of the trilogy, one in my room, one in my sisters, and neither of us will give it up, but we don't own a single copy of the Hobbit.)

    I've already told you what I'm doing for NaNo. I have it pretty well plotted out ... and I have several scenes already written in my head. I like to do NaNo with my plot already pretty well grounded.

    No, I don't have a supply of chocolate ... but I do need to stock up on Tic-tacs (they're my secret to sanity. Yeah, I'm weird like that)

    Good books ... There's a christian Raising Dragons series that I recently discovered on Goodreads, that I love, and then I just got a hold of the latest book in the Kendra Kandlestar series that I love. And then there's a huge slew of other books that I have on my kindle that I can't name off the top of my head ...

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  2. If I can get my hands on a copy of the Hobbit before I get my hands on the movie, I'd probably read it. (It's sad, really, my family owns two copies of the trilogy, one in my room, one in my sisters, and neither of us will give it up, but we don't own a single copy of the Hobbit.)

    I've already told you what I'm doing for NaNo. I have it pretty well plotted out ... and I have several scenes already written in my head. I like to do NaNo with my plot already pretty well grounded.

    No, I don't have a supply of chocolate ... but I do need to stock up on Tic-tacs (they're my secret to sanity. Yeah, I'm weird like that)

    Good books ... There's a christian Raising Dragons series that I recently discovered on Goodreads, that I love, and then I just got a hold of the latest book in the Kendra Kandlestar series that I love. And then there's a huge slew of other books that I have on my kindle that I can't name off the top of my head ...

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  3. You have now filled my list of books to investigate. I've been looking for some good reads. I was not going to do NaNo this year because I'm so busy, but everyone's talk about it is tempting me, especially since I have a new idea. I may reconsider.
    Good luck with it!

    -Ashley

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  4. I've never read The Hobbit. It took me a very long time (and being trapped in a foreign country surrounded by an alphabet I couldn't read well) to get me through the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But I'm definitely planning on seeing the movie. I love Martin Freeman.

    Best of luck with NaNo. I'm doing it too. I have a name for my main character and a genre I'd like to write in but that's about all.

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  5. The Hobbit is the most re-read book in my library -- I think I've read it a total of five times, and I generally don't reread books. Considering that I almost have it memorized at this point, I probably won't be rereading it before the movie comes out.

    NaNo! I'm still in trouble as far as plots go. It's not that I haven't had a few ideas, but none of them have appealed to me. (And considering that my ideal NaNo setup is to have a 10,000-word outline before I begin...I am a little panicked.) All I have so far is a general mood and a vague character arc -- no character to go with it, mind you, just an arc. And I'm still planning to do NaNo. I am officially insane. What I really need is some idea of an ending, because then I'll have something to work toward, at least.

    My sad but inevitable conclusion regarding sweets is that if I don't buy them, I won't eat them, and that will be better for me in the long run. Oh well. If I get desperate, I can always much on chocolate chips. In any case, I've discovered that burning candles while I write helps keep me inspired and motivated, and it doesn't make me fat. ;)

    I'm not sure I'd wait until after Halloween to buy candy -- the last few years, they've removed the candy from the shelved immediately, so there's no sales!

    Ugh, I hate the type of girl character you describe too. Those characters need to be banished from literature. As far as my own least-favorites...I dislike kid characters that are always getting in trouble. And drama-queen girls. And characters that are generally disrespectful and irreverent but still manage to be the awesome hero and save the day and show everyone up. And girl characters that can't stop worrying about what the guy thinks of them, even when the world is falling to pieces around them.

    I suppose I could go on and on. Mostly I just dislike annoying people, fictional or not.

    Good luck with NaNo! We should try to do word wars together. :D Now I'm off to continue searching for an ending.

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  6. I kind of have a plot for NaNo, but unfortunately no chocolate :( I will, however, start harrassing my parents to buy lots of pretzels. The salt makes my mind focus more.
    As for characters I hate...Hmm. Zane and David from Uglies were irritating, mostly because both of them just dropped everything and fell madly in love with Tally. (At least, that's how I perceived it.) I really hate those characters that think everyone hates them and the entire book is spent with the other characters going "Nooo, we loves you! We loves you so much!" (Like Jessica's Guide to Dating the Dark Side. Ergh, that book made me mad. Stupid paranormal romances. Always so stupid.)
    And no, I'm not in the middle of a good book right now :( Even for bookclub I have to read a stupid paranormal romance novel...Blech.

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  7. I'm not doing NaNo because I'm already working on a WIP that is long overdue. I haven't read the Hobbit either. But I did read War and Peace last year for the first time, and I can't recommend it enough. Good luck on your NaNo experience. And thanks for visiting my blog.

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  8. Ashley,

    When I clicked on your name it said you hadn't a blog, so I am answering your comment on here 8-)

    I hope you find some nice reads!

    And if you do do NaNo I hope you are able to come up with a plot, and a nice character who will help you through the month rather then sit back and laugh at you. (I know many who do that, mine do it as well, most unkind.)

    Thank you for your comment!

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  9. Jack ~ I do intend to re-read the Hobbit before the movie comes out. I have a lovely, green, hardback copy of it, so I intend to spend several evenings curled up with it, while I consume lots of tea and chocolate. Because good books tend to make me hungry.

    I agree with you on the wimpy guy and strong but annoying girl characters. They've been done to death now, and they are cliched. In addition, there is the sort of character I refer to as the obligatory love interest that I can't stand. You know, the girl with almost no personality (it is almost always a girl) who serves no purpose in the story whatsover, except to give the hero someone to fall in love with.

    I do have my story mostly planned out, as I use Nano to force myself to actually *write* the stories I rattling about in my head. I also have a bad tendency to start editing directly I have gotten something down on paper, so I rarely get past the first few chapters, and Nono is an excellent cure for that.

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