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?
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?
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.
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!
Do you ever read a book that leaves you with a specific feeling? A feeling that no other book can quite replicate? Either a feeling of comfort, mystery, or even a haunting feeling. There are few books I have read that really have their own atmosphere, something almost tangible. Below are the books that instilled these sorts of feelings. The kind of books that even when I think about them now, they still feel the same.
The Historian By: Elizabeth Kostova – This book created a sense of mystery and adventure that I haven’t been able to find in any other books.
Murkmere and Ambergate By: Patricia Elliott – These books are both creepy, haunting, mysterious and beautiful. They are YA books and I have never read anything quite like them.
Anne of Green Gables By: L.M. Montgomery – Comfortable and happy. This author can write about the beauty of nature like I’ve never seen elsewhere.
Emily of New Moon By: L.M. Montgomery – Sadness and hope.
So far this has been an interesting journey and here is how it has gone so far:
Day One: Wooo! This will be so much fun!
Day Two: I’m still excited. I can do this.
Day Three: Tiiired, but I must write.
Day Four: Really brain? C’mon, you can do better than that. Just a few more words.
Day Five: Must. Keep. Writing. Must not fall asleep at the desk. Yes! Reached my daily total!
Day Six: Man this book sucks. Who would want to read this? I’m so tired. Oh look! A big comfy bed! I’ll just lay there and think for a while. *Pass out – wake up a while later* Yes! Cookies!
That is how it has gone so far. But I have reached 9,987 words of my 50,000 word goal! I can and will do this! How are you all doing?
At the great urging of my dear friend Writer Writ- Wrote? I finally read this book. At first I wasn’t able to get very into it, but that changed quite quickly. Soon enough I was swept up in the unfortunate adventures of Lyra. I just finished the book this morning and greatly enjoyed it. I already have the next two lined up and will begin them shortly. Also, I got them all for a buck each at the thrift store. Which totally rocked. So do I recommend this book? I do, I do! If you want to go on a fantastically chilling adventure, read this book.
Lately I haven’t been writing at all, which is not cool. I have plenty of excuses, but the main one is that I am just plain lazy. When I get home from work, all I want to do is nothing useful. So I am curious about when other writers find themselves the time to write. Do you prefer writing before work or after? Or do you write on lunch breaks and whenever you can find the time? Do tell!