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Write What You Need

tempestsandslaughter_final-440x655Tamora Pierce is the author that has been on my bookshelf the longest. It was her book Wolf-Speaker, the second in her The Immortals quartet, that made me want to pick up books in the first place. While on one of my latest ventures to my local Barnes and Noble, I realized that she had published a new book called Tempests and Slaughter just this past February.

I honestly hadn’t realized she was still writing.

Wild Magic, the first of The Immortals quartet, was originally published in 1992, when I was only a toddler. Of course, even after I started reading her books when I was a young teen, Pierce had continued to write and publish books, but for some reason I still didn’t think she was writing new stories.

Doing some math, I realized that Pierce is 64 and still writing. Her first book was published when she was 29, meaning she has been writing for 35 years. She grew up on fantasy and science fiction and adored so many stories about fantastic warriors and battles, and I find it inspiring that she wrote about many of the same elements that she loved with the crucial addition of female heroes. She wrote the stories that she needed to hear while struggling through her teens and twenties on her way to following her dreams.

“Write what you know” is one of the main writing tips I always see, but I quite like the idea of “write what you need” better.

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Posted by on October 9, 2018 in Home

 

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Back Burner

Back at the end of July, I was on vacation with my family. We rent a cottage right on a lake in Maine and it’s usually a chill time. The cottage is big enough so my family and I aren’t tripping over each other, those who like to swim can enjoy the lake, and there are some really comfy sofas and armchairs to just sit and read all day.

Near the end of the week-long vacation, I was in the middle of Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind and… I haven’t picked it up since.

This book was recommended to me probably about three to four years ago, by now, by a co-worker when I was working at Barnes and Noble. Thick fantasy books are generally right up my alley, and I like Rothfuss’s writing style.

But, despite being in the middle of the 700+ page book, the story itself hasn’t captured my attention. I was reading it without really knowing why. There’s nothing bad about the book, but I have yet to feel that pull towards the main character and his story, to know why I should care. Judging by a few of the side characters’ reactions to the main character, the MC is an incredibly smart dude, especially when it comes to the universe’s magic.

Like, that’s nice, but I still don’t know why I’m reading the character’s biography.

While I’ll definitely finish the book eventually, it’ll probably stay on the back burner for a little while longer, especially since I bought about half a dozen new books within the past couple of trips to Barnes and Noble. I need a bigger bookshelf.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2018 in Home

 

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So It Begins…

…2017, that is.

Happy new year, everyone! I certainly hope everybody had a safe and fun time ringing in the new year and kicking out the old. I spent most of my evening with Rachel and our parents holed up in the basement watching a couple of movies and playing games.

Considering most of the time, we’re all running around on our own schedules, it was really nice just chilling and hanging out with them.

We didn’t exactly stay up until midnight. Rather, around 11, both Mom and Dad were like, “Well, that’s late enough. Good night girls!” and I was ready to follow right behind them. Rachel thought we were all crazy. I did technically stay awake for midnight, though, since Rachel and I spent most of the last hour catching up on some YouTube videos from our favorite channels.

Early afternoon today, though, Rachel and I went to Barnes and Noble to see how much of our gift cards from Christmas we could spend. I got $25 while Rachel was generously received over $100 from various people! She was awesome and shared the gift cards with me (especially since I always try to remember to include her in my spending sprees!).

Besides a new planner for my blogs, I got Armada by Ernest Cline and Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living edited by Manjula Martin. I had also picked up a book by Mark Cheverton set in the world of the popular game Minecraft, The Great Zombie Invasion. I’m a gamer as well as a writer, so I thought I’d give this book a try, even though it was from the Children’s section. Apparently it’s not the first series of the author’s protagonist, as I’m realizing while looking at it right now, but Cheverton did originally create these books to not only bring a game world to life but to also teach the dangers of online bullying, so I’m interested to see how he does that.

Buying new books is a great way to start a new year for me! What about you?

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Home

 

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Libraries and Bookstores

I need to start going to the library more often.

Seriously, I work right across the street from the place. The library in my city is this gorgeous, older architectural building with old-school computers and everything. It’s nostalgic-inducing for someone my age (although, as I got older the children’s room seemed to have shrunk, which is probably just me).

I’ve always loved my nearest Barnes and Noble, of course, as well. It’s one of the biggest of the chains in the district, and I can spend a month’s¬†paycheck there between the cafe, the DVD and music section, and the books (duh) no problem.

However, I’ve sadly realized that I’m running out of room for my newly bought books. My shelves look like Tetris with the way the books are arranged and I have a giant shopping bag of unread books still just chilling at the foot of the bookshelf. Once I get everything in order, I’m thinking it may be time to get a new library card (I had one as a kid, but only God knows where its ended up by now) and start making it work out.

Who knows, perhaps I’ll read more once I have books with a deadline to read them!

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2016 in Home

 

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To Read List: April 2015

I’ve been slacking on reading lately. I have an overflowing bookshelf that constantly has new books being added to it because, hey, you can’t go to Barnes and Noble about three or four times a month without buying a new book or two, right?

On that note, I thought I would share the next few books that I’m planning to read. This way I will be publicly shamed on the Internet if I don’t read.

magicians

My current read-in-progress is The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I had gotten interested in the series since¬†I didn’t know what to do with myself after my love affair with Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus had ended. Grossman’s books had been on Morgenstern’s recommended book list on her site and it had to do with magicians and magic, so I figured I would give it a shot. I’m perhaps about a third of the way into the book now and, unfortunately, it hasn’t captured my attention as much as I would have liked. However, it is part of a trilogy and I’m barely halfway through it, so perhaps it will pick up enough for me to want to continue the series.

boynextdoor

There are times when I binge-watch a movie or series, usually as background noise during writing projects or for pup-sitting, and a few months ago, the movies happened to be “The Princess Diaries” one and two starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. The movies were based off of a book series by Meg Cabot and I thought I would check out her other works. The Boy Next Door was one of the first that I had pulled off the shelf and I thought I would give it a go. Also, there’s a dog on the cover. It will definitely be a good break between all of my fantasy to-read novels!

readyplayerone

Ernest Cline’s first novel Ready Player One promises to thrust the reader into a world that hosts an ugly reality and an amazing virtual reality. I actually first heard about this book from somewhere here on WordPress (and I apologize to that particular blogger for not remembering his/her name!) and considering that I’m dabbling in a few of my own works that play off of video game worlds, this sounded right up my alley. The fantasy and sci-fi setting of Ready Player One definitely intrigue me!

So, what are you reading this month? Has anyone read any of my month’s picks that want to share spoiler-free reviews, praises, or critiques?

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Home

 

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NaNo Day 5 – Atmosphere

Ray Bradbury: “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

NaNoWriMo Day Five Word Goal: 8333
Current NaNoWriMo Word Count: 8514/50000
My NaNo Profile: Winged_Spirit

Yay for being on par with NaNo! I’m a little ahead with a couple of hundred words from the daily goal, which I am proud of.

Rachel and I tend to try to write together when we can, and lately the place where we write is at our kitchen or dining room tables. During the summer, we always tried to go to our local Barnes and Noble during my day off. We’d hit Dunkin’ Donuts for a quick, sugary breakfast, then order drinks from the convenient Starbucks that was inside our B&N before plopping ourselves at a table and firing up our laptops. It was a fantastic writing atmosphere, with all the reference books we would ever need and easy access to caffeinated beverages.

I admit, half of the time we distracted ourselves, but it was all in good fun and we always made some sort of progress on our writing dreams, whether it be typing up a new chapter, creating character lists, or editing the first draft of a novel.

Being the school year, Rachel has her homework to worry about as well as her full-time hours at her work. I recently got promoted and, while the work isn’t too different, there are definitely more responsibilities on my shoulders along with some interesting hours. During this month, we do our best to keep up with each other’s progress, asking about word counts and character tidbits when we do see each other. We’re doing our best to devote Sundays to each other, grabbing Starbucks after church before heading home to write for as long as we can.

It would be easier if our den/video game room was all set up for us to use. Lately we’ve been having gentlemen work on the house’s insulation, and they’ve been cutting holes in the walls upstairs where our den and bedroom are located (we had to sleep in the living room a few nights due to this). Those brand-new desks we have can’t be put to use with our writing just yet! Hopefully everything will be all set soon.

Rachel and I have contemplated staying at the Starbucks we visit after church to do some writing. It’s fairly small and cozy with awesome workers and a little lounge area with a FIREPLACE. I want a fireplace. There are outlets under most of the seats and tables. I do feel as if we would be a bit too loud for the place, though. It’s why we don’t go to write at the library, haha!

For the most part, we’ve been doing well making up our own “writer’s atmospheres” at home. We get distracted often enough, of course, with the animals and kids (and parents, haha — Hi, Mom!), but as long as we can keep writing, then I guess the atmosphere works in our favor.

Happy writing everyone!

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2013 in Home

 

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Time to Write

Rachel: “Why the hell am I putting myself through all of this?!”

Rachel and I were having a discussion about why writers write after she finished revising the latest draft of one of her novels. Honestly, unless we’re Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, we’re not making much writing, especially when we just start out. Rachel and I both have day jobs we love and enjoy, and we make decent money. So, why write?

Rachel has completed at least three or four novels, as well as a children’s picture book or two. None of them are published (yet!), but she has submitted and queried a few of her finished works. Her latest novel that she has finished revising is in its fifth draft (hence the quote at the top of this post). After finishing that up, she had sent me a, “Tag, you’re it!” text message to let me know that it’s my turn to critique and edit. I’m very proud of her tenacity regarding her writing, even if we do have “What are we doing?!” moments.

As for me, I have quite a few strong beginnings of novels in the works, some a couple of years old. My problem is ending the things. It’s difficult finding the time, the creativity, the whatever-other-excuse I can find. Within these past couple of days, I’ve been reading Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers. It’s a brilliant read so far; I recommend it to anyone and everyone who enjoys reading and writing! Rachel and I found it among the writing books in Barnes and Noble during our last visit, and I’m in the middle of the chapter about finding time to write.

Reading some of these stories about people resolving to stop procrastinating and write even when they just have 20 minutes to spare was fantastic. Why can’t I do that? Even if it’s just a bit before going to work, to sleep, waiting for the kids to come home… I already bring a little notebook and a pen with me everywhere, and I can definitely write more during my lunch breaks at work.

It may not be New Year’s, but I can certainly make this as a resolution, right?

Happy blogging, everyone!

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Home

 

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