Monday, October 31, 2011

Everybody make a scene (This is Halloween)

So I love Halloween.  Whether it's because my birthday is the day after (what is better than candy AND presents?) or the fact that I just love costumes, it's always been my favorite holiday.  Even though now I have a "real" job and can't dress up during the day (I still wore my skeleton shirt - take that academia!), the essence of Halloween is still amazing: all the "scary" decorations of fake spider webs, ghosts hanging on trees, pumpkins carved into jack-o-lanterns!

But what is it that I love so much?  I no longer care that much about candy (really it's less exciting when you can buy it any time you want) but I still get excited about Halloween.  I think it's because you have the ability to be whoever you want.  Dress up in a sheet and poof you're a ghost.  A point hat and wig?  Instant witch.  (Though I hope you're more creative than that...)  For me it was always finding the perfect non-store bought costume, a costume that really looked like the person would wear it.  I was Princess Leia for 3 years in a row using a tunic I found at a thrift store, white leggings I already had, my mom's silver belt and a whole lot of bobby pins.  Now Star Wars is also one of my favorite movies, so combining my favorite holiday with my favorite movie was pure bliss.  I could pretend I was Princess Leia, fighting against the Empire, and living in her world (though not the one that blew up cause that wouldn't be good...)

I think it's why I love books so much too.  As the reader, you are inserted into the pages of the world, whether it's fantastical or not, and can get away from the mundane for a little while.  You're on a new adventure that only exists within the bindings.  You forget that other things are going on outside of the world of the book and get lost within the pages.  That's what I want my books to be.  Completely enveloping.  Time stopping and losing yourself.  I know I'm a long way away from that right now but a girl can wish.

ps. I was Ramona Flowers for Halloween this year.  Half the people guessed "that girl from Scott Pilgrim", half guessed Nicki Minaj (I guess she does wear a lot of wigs) and one person thought I was Lola from Run Lola Run.  I'm pretty okay with all of those responses, as long as you don't make me rap... :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ultimate Frisbee Nationals aka distractions

So I'm totally getting distracted by Nationals.  I have a lot of stuff on my to-do list but it's just so exciting!    Did anyone really think they could beat SF Fury?  They've won Nationals like 6 times in a row.  Ridic!  I can't stop watching so thankfully it's almost over.  Then I can actually start working on my plot holes.  yeesh

Not from Nationals but still a sweet picture of a layout.

Reading YA

I was talking with some friends about YA books.  Being in my early- (ack mid-!) 20s, very few of my friends read YA.  Whether they look down on it or are just generally disinterested, I don't know, but doing something no one else does never stopped me from doing it.  (Did that sentence even make sense?  It was late when I wrote this...)  ANYWAYS, I was talking to two friends who do read YA and giving them recommendations.  I recommended a book I LOVE and know that other readers love (because it's being made into a movie, so lots of people must have liked it, right?) but they were saying they couldn't get into it because the writing was only okay. 

I stopped to think about this.

I really couldn't remember if the writing was good because I was so enthralled with the characters and plot line.  To me, if the plot makes sense (and there are no obvious holes or stupid things going on) and the characters are good (not falling in love just because the dude looks pretty) then I will probably like the book.  I read one book where the author was hitting me over the head with a plot point.  I get it.  (I guess that could be bad writing too but it was mainly plot).  This thing is magical.  It took the author too many pages to actually get to the magical part despite dropping hints like it was a hot frying pan.  I had to stop reading.  I never finished the book.  The plot was dumb and I couldn't get over it.  I don't care how many times someone's eyes sparkle, if the character is interesting will be hooked.

My friends ended up finishing the series but they didn't gush about the books nearly as much as I did.  (They'll be proven wrong when(ever) the movie comes out.  It's going to be totally awesome!)  I guess I'm just a sucker for a good character and plot.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Holes and points

So I've been working on my WiP.  (That's kind of the point, right?)  I'm at 59K so I still have a fair amount of the story to flesh out.  I've been working on all the plot holes trying to unconvolute (that's totally a word...) my ending.  I made another story board with all my scenes and the questions I had about the story.  Then I put all the questions in the scenes where I think those questions need to be answered.  I also rewrote all my plot points and realized I needed to revamp plot point 2.  So I think I've figured out most of the plot holes and how to fix them but it's just going to be taking the time to actually fix them since I have to rearrange other parts of the novel.  Buckling down is always the hard part.

But I want to fix the ending by Nov 3rd, my last meeting with my writer's group before we start a new group.  I'm giving the last half of the WiP to my CP so that she can point out all the holes that I missed and she's giving me back the first half.  So I'm pretty excited about that though I know it just means more work.  But the good kind of work.  Knowing that once I fix the holes, it will be a much better story.  Then I just have to work on the characters...  hooray!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

hooray blogging!

So I decided to start a blog.  It will probably take me a few days to get it exactly how I want it but this is the overall idea: writing stuff, book reviews, music reviews. maybe posting pictures but probably not.  We'll see.