Sorry for my lack of posting lately! I have only now discovered the many wonderful delights of Skyrim and have been playing it a lot. Between work, Skyrim and exercise I have also been reading Inheritance By: Christopher Paolini. In between that I have been re-watching the Harry Potter movies which makes me want to re-read the books. Oh well, one thing at a time! I hope everyone is doing okay! Read any great books lately?
Even though it is most definitely not summer yet. (Here, anyway.) I was thinking this morning about the books I love to read the most in Summer. I know that my absolute favorite book to read in the summer is The Historian. Which I most assuredly plan on reading again soon. It is one of my favorite books anyway, but there is something about reading it in the hot summer with a cup of really strong coffee that just seems magical to me. Other books I will probably want to read are anything from L.M. Montgomery. The way she describes nature and life in her books is fantastic. Then there are always seafaring stories. I love the sea and one of my biggest dreams is to learn how to sail and eventually get my own sailboat. There you have it, some of my favorite summer reading adventures.
What kind of books do you want to read this summer?
Paper Towns was my first book by John Green. I loved it! The characters were great, the story kept me interested and overall, this was just a great fun read. I am definitely looking forward to reading his other books.
Description from Amazon: When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.
So a few months ago, my husband began watching a youtube channel called SciShow. During this time, while I was browsing random blogs, I saw people posting about The Fault in Our Stars everywhere. Now for some reason, when I see a book that everyone loves, I stay away from it. That never lasts long. (Ahem, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games) Then more recently my husband began to watch the VlogBrothers. I would always hear it in the background and hey, those guys are pretty cool. I then asked my husband what their names were and he told me they were Hank Green and John Green. It was then that I realized who John Green was. And all of this happened around them time I began NaNoWriMo, which happened around the time my husband saw one of John Green’s Vlogs about NaNoWriMo. It was all very weird timing. Now you see how our interests collided randomly.
Anyway! Now I am really wanting to read all of his books.
But look! I ordered the box set of his books from Amazon.
So yes, I am excited to read these books.
Have you read any John Green?
Huzzah! I have reached the goal of 50,000! I wrote 50,072 words! Is the novel done? Nowhere near it, but I am a lot farther than I was before this month. Woo! Hope everyone had as much fun with this as I did.
I was invited by a good friend of mine to watch Searching for Sugar Man at the Heritage Theatre in our city. This is a documentary about a man named Sixto Rodriguez, who had I never heard of before. This movie tells an absolutely amazing story and I loved it. I don’t usually watch documentaries, but I am very glad I watched this one. I highly recommend it.
I leave you with one of his songs. It is awesome.
I must say, I did not know at all what to think about this book until I was finished. Then I discovered that I really liked it. This book was confusingly awesome and was definitely an emotional roller coaster. I found myself worrying that I would hate the ending, but it turns out it was pretty great. I recommend this book if you have loved all of Cassandra Clare’s other books.
Side note: If you were worried about buying the hardcover because of the sticker, it actually comes off very easily.
Huzzah! Despite the fact that I should stay away from all repetitive motion, I decided while I was at work on Friday that I would go home and write like a crazy person. I rested for two days and it helped a lot. But also means I had some catching up to do. I am getting there, though. I am currently at 35,788 and plan on writing more later today. But first I must rest a bit.
When I first started writing my first book, I never really had any idea what to expect. I knew that I had the story outlined in my head and some notes. I knew what my characters were going to be and how they were going to act. Or so I thought! I never realized how little control I can sometimes have over my characters. I think that I know what they will do and then the ideas change as I am writing them. In a way this is awesome, but in another way it makes writing rather confusing at times. I am finding that this is happening in the book I am writing now as well. Overall, I think it makes it a lot more fun to write the unexpected.
Do your characters do what they want?
So there I was, writing happily. And there was the tendinitis, remaining pleasantly dormant. Until today, when it hit me so hard I could barely even hold a cup in my hand. Seeing as how I have to type all day at work, I decided to set Camp NaNoWriMo aside. Does it suck? It really does. But I am sitting here typing with one hand. Yay excuses!
At the very least, I wrote more in 16 days than I have in over a year. I wrote: 27,537. And! I know that I am capable of writing 50,000 words in a month mentally if not physically. I have suffered from severe tendinitis in my left arm and hand for years now, including a bit of nerve damage in my elbow on the same arm. Essentially, according to the doctor, any repetitive movement is bad. And typing is bad. But my job involves typing, so I type! I just need to go to physiotherapy. Which I will do soon, once the pain lessens! Yay whining!
Either way, now you all know my epic fail. My hope is that everyone else participating wins just as epically. Good luck, people!