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For the Love of NaNo

Have I mentioned how much I love NaNoWriMo months? I did a fairly recent post about how I haven’t really written anything since the last NaNo month back in April, but here I am with 10k words already for this month with the current session.

I write little scenes and one-shots, and most of them are fanfiction-y, but a few of the one-shots are more original pieces that I’m pleased with. Some of them are continuing other works that I have saved on my computer while others are just random what-if sort of things.

I may not be as interested in writing novels as I used to be, but I still love the feeling of creating and writing worlds. It’s nice that NaNo is there to remind me of that every few months!

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Posted by on July 5, 2017 in Home

 

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Bad Endings

There was this certain book I remember reading in middle school, a book that was of my own choice rather than assigned reading. I don’t recall the title nor the author of the book, but I distinctly remember the ending of the story.

The gist of the book was a fox versus a hunter. The fox was the main character, a clever animal, always managing to outwit the hunter to stay alive. The fox was the character you were supposed to root for. Yet, the last page of the story merely consisted of the hunter finally shooting and killing the fox, saying something to the effect that “the game was over.”

Middle-school me stared in disbelief at the book, upset at the ending. I had expected the hunter to somehow meet his demise, perhaps not be killed off but to stop his relentless pursuit of the fox and its family, or at least for the fox to finally get away and get its happy ending.

On one hand, the ending was unexpected, perhaps trying to teach some sort of lesson about mortality and the tragedies of life. On the other hand, I had been set up to expect a happy ending from the rest of the novel, and I hated it.

I’ve read other books where the ending wasn’t what I expected, wasn’t how I wanted the books to end, but they were satisfactory and made sense. I may not have agreed with them, but they made sense. I luckily haven’t read a book that had an ending that made me so upset since that middle school book, and I’m curious if I read the book now if it would make more sense.

Have you read any books that were great up until the ending? Any book you wanted to throw across the room in frustration?

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2017 in Home

 

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Wonder Woman

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I didn’t realize how much I had needed this movie until I actually saw it.

I grew up with an uncle who had no problem introducing me to the likes of Batman and comic superheroes. While we focused more on the Dark Knight himself and the X-Men from Marvel, Wonder Woman was there in the background. I really got a sense of her when I had started watching the Justice League cartoon. With that said, I was really excited the more I heard about the Wonder Woman movie when it was getting closer to the release date.

Superhero movies are pretty much the norm now in theaters, and I remember being excited when I first heard about the giant plan to bring the Avengers together in an epic series of movies. Yet, while the movies that I saw were excellent, I got a bit burned out with the series. I saw the first two Iron Man movies, Captain America, Thor, the Guardians of the Galaxy and… I think that’s it for the Marvel movies, in all honesty. I would like to catch up one day.

Wonder Woman was the first of the DC movies that I saw, which is a bit surprising considering how much of a Batman fan I am. Of course, I heard that the DC movies were a bit weak compared to Marvel’s movies, but after seeing Wonder Woman, I am more willing to give the DC movies a try, if only to keep up for when Justice League comes out.

Wonder Woman as a movie was fantastic. I adored the story line, Diana herself, Steve Trevor, the supporting characters, the scenery (like, holy sugar, did you see how vibrant and gorgeous Themyscira was?!), and the action sequences, especially the action sequences. Seeing the Amazons charge into battle to protect each other and their home made me tear up.

These women were the epitome of strength and it was about damn time we saw that on the big screen. Because, while Black Widow is important and an awesome character, we need more powerful women fighting the good fight. Like, guys, it’s amazing what you can do and I totally understand how you all can seem so confident and ready to take on a thousand bad guys after seeing a superhero like you do the same.

Because, for the first time in my 27 years of life, I felt the same way.

I felt the same way after seeing Diana Prince unabashedly go out in the world to protect what is dear to her, to simply do something to save the world and the innocent people in it. She exuded confidence and power, perhaps not fully understanding how the world worked, but knowing that she could do something to help.

I’m just so proud of how well this movie has done and I’m so looking forward to more installments with Wonder Woman. I hope everyone else who has seen this movie enjoyed it as well!

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2017 in Home

 

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Side Characters

If you were introduced in a book, have you ever wondered what kind of character you would be?

If you weren’t the main protagonist, what would be your role? Would you be part of the protagonist’s squad, going with him/her/them to face the villain? Would you be one of the villain’s minions?

Or would you be a random side or background character? Perhaps you’d give the protagonist directions, teach him/her/them how to fight or how to navigate the land. Maybe you’d give some sage advice, or maybe you would just be the person yelling at them to get off your lawn.

Rachel and I did a similar post like this on our Double Jump blog, and I was curious as to how it would extend to book characters. Would your book-self be named? Would you show up in later chapters, or just have a one-time appearance and serve your purpose?

Obviously, everyone is the author to his/her/their own story… but have you ever thought about how much you help other people in their stories?

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2017 in Home

 

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Camp – Day Three

How’s everyone doing with their Camp NaNo project?

I’m doing pretty well staying on par with my word count (we’re supposed to be up to 5k today), but we also have a wake and funeral in the next couple of days. Obviously, a funeral trumps writing, but the writing will be a good distraction as well.

I’m not too sure what exactly I’m writing (story of my life (no pun intended)). They appear to be little slice-of-life things, one-shots for me to just explore writing emotions and developing characters. Down the line I may use my word count goal to just add onto unfinished stories like I had originally planned!

I hope everyone else is doing well with their writing projects!

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2017 in Home

 

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Currently Reading…

I used to never be able to read more than one book at a time. When I was younger, I was able to devour books in a few days, usually during downtime at school, especially in high school and college. It was great! I’d be finishing a book or two a week!

My reading habits aren’t as great as they used to be, but I still love to indulge in some good books. Right now I’m in the middle of Invasion of the Overworld by Mark Cheverton and Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick.

I’m about halfway done with Invasion of the Overworld, but I started Among Thieves this past Saturday due to being recruited to help out with a session of the ACTs. I figured I would need a good, thick book considering I¬†would spend most of my time reading and waiting. At least I got paid for it!

Phantomime came in the mail recently as well, so I’m looking forward to starting that book too. More circuses and magic is always a fantastic recipe for a story to me!

What are you reading right now?

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Home

 

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Writing Goals

Got any good writing goals for this year?

I know, it’s February already, but we can make goals and resolutions for ourselves at any time of the year. Rachel and I were talking the other day about what we would like to get done writing-wise in the upcoming months. It’s our dream to be able to fully support ourselves on writing (and, possibly, a few other creative pursuits).

We both have pretty good day jobs, although mine is probably more money orientated while she is more passionate about hers. Yet, neither one of them are exactly what we want to be doing for the rest of our lives.

Talk of Camp NaNo for April came up. Usually I write something brand new with complete abandon, but I was thinking this year I would use that 50k writing goal to add words to some of my W.I.P.s laying around on my hard drive. Depending on how far along some of those half-finished stories are, I may end up with more than one draft being completed by the end of the month.

What about you? Any other writing goals you’re making for yourself for this year?

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2017 in Home

 

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