Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Writing Process Blog Tour

I was tagged by Melody Marshall, my awesome CP, to do the Writing Process Blog Tour. You can check out her blog here or follow her on Twitter (@Melody_Writes) if you like discussing Doctor Who as much as I do :)

What am I currently working on?

I just started my new WiP, a YA fantasy, inspired by music and the hanging gardens of Babylon. The working title is called THE HANGING GARDENS but that will definitely change because I want it have to do more with the music magick that's going on. I'm reusing an old idea I've had, but kind-of turning it on it's head. I'm also excited about the setting because I want to make it really atmospheric and a bit darker than the other MSs I've written.

How does my work differ from others from its genre?

My WiP has two main characters who are brother and sister, and told from their 2 POVs (from 3rd person). Usually with dual perspectives it's the MC and LI, so I'm excited to get brother/sister points of view.

Why do I write what I write?

I've always been attracted to the fantastical, so I tend to write about that. (I watch mostly SF/F/Paranormal TV shows too.) If I'm going to have to read it a gazillion times then I'm going to write something I like!

How does my individual writing process work?

Usually I'll fast draft the first draft which I call a "draft zero". I love revising, so this allows me to get to that stage right away. My draft zeros always need *a lot* of revising, but I get at least a bare-bones draft that allows me to see everything on the page instead of in my head. I try to write Monday-Friday at least 1k when I'm drafting (though this week that hasn't happened). Then when I've revised it a few times I'll send it to the first round of CPs (usually 2) then revise again and send to 2 more CPs.

Tag!

I tag my wonderful CP Aubrey Cann whose 1920s historical fantasy I absolutely loved and whose blog I always look forward to reading :) She lives all the way on the other coast, but last time I was there, we got to hang out and it was awesome!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ready, Set, Write!

Today I'm participating in Ready. Set. Write., a summer blog hop set up by Jaime Morrow, Alison MillerKaty Upperman, and Erin Funk. You can head on over to any one of those blogs to participate and/or find out more. Every Monday, you can go to any one of those blogs and post a link to your check-in post. And don't forget to check out the other blogs!


1.  How I did on last week’s goals
Well this week is the first week I'm doing this! I just got back from a two week vacation (though I'm going away again in a week and a half) and I need a little bit of encouragement to get back into the swing of things.

2.  My goal(s) for this week
I wrote 3k during vacation, so my goal is 5k more, so 8k total. I have a lot to do this week, but I like making my goals challenging, so that even if I fail, I've still stretched myself.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
The inciting incident: my two main characters discover their parents attacked a young boy and the MCs don't know why/can't believe it.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week
I'm thinking it will be a mix of being motivated (because I'm still in vacation mode) and finding time.

5.  Something I love about my WiP
I love the relationship between my two MCs. They're brother and sister (written from 2 POVs in 3rd person). I'm really loving discovering who they are and how close they are to each other.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What's up, Wednesday?

Today I'm participating in What's Up Wednesday, a weekly writing blog hop to stay in touch, hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk.

WHAT I'M READING
I'm reading City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, the last installment of The Mortal Instruments. I absolutely adored all of TMI and most of The Infernal Devices, but this just isn't quite doing it for me. First, it's like 800 pages long, and it seems like most of it is build up or discussion instead of action. There are so many characters which is cool and not cool at the same time. And I also don't quite remember everything that happened in the last book, so I'm a bit confused at times.

WHAT I'M WRITING
I've started outlining my new WiP (working title The Hanging Gardens). It's a YA fantasy based on music magic, so I'm exciting about it. It's different than anything I've written because it's dual POV, (brother and sister), and also third person, so that should be interesting. I have most of it outlined, but I'm really embracing the J, in my INTJ, and making sure I have everything fully outlined before I started drafting. I'm in between a plotter and pantser, so I'm trying to make sure I have a really good idea of everything before I jump in.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
It's hard to be inspired when you're so busy. I know I have to *make* time because it's not going to fall in my lap. But lately I've just been tired from running around. I'm hoping my vacation will reignite my inspiration.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Mostly interviews and querying by YA sci-fi, THE DISLOYALTY OF COLORS. I'm going away for two weeks for vacation (to Italy!), so that puts a bit of a damper on trying to find a job, so I'm a bit stressed about that. We're also apartment hunting, found the perfect apartment, but then they said no cats, and I'm just like arrrghghghg, it was perfect! So I also only have about 5 days to find an apartment, because of said two week vacation. But vacation should be amazing and I'm really looking forward to relaxing, seeing the sights, and eating gelato every day.

How's your week going? Any fun plans coming up?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past (A Review)

I know I'm super late with this review, so I don't even know if it will be relevant to anyone. But I have thoughts, so I'm posting it anyways.

I was super excited to see this movie. I absolutely love action movies, especially superhero movies, and especially X-Men. And this had the present *AND* past X-Men including Nicholas Hoult, who obviously makes every movie better. But even the attractive Mr. Hoult couldn't do it for me.

The plot of the movie is basically, the X-Men from the "present" have to go back to the past to stop a guy from making these sentinels, which are basically unstoppable because they can adapt to the X-Men's powers. Sounds cool, right? The "present" was awesome. There's so much fighting and sweet graphics (Ice Man finally gets to use his ice as waves to ride on), and you get to meet some new sweet X-Men, albeit briefly. But when we get transported to the past, meh.

The best scene in the whole movie is when Quicksilver (never named, but we know who he is) takes out a whole room of guards in slow-mo. But then what to the X-Men do? Say, oh I guess he was only okay, let's bring him back to his mom and not actually use him for anything else. THIS DOES NOT MAKE SENSE. He's their best resource and they're just like, eh, he's young.

Mystique just seemed like a plot device for the whole movie and we never really get to her core. I also don't really like that era too much, but that's just my preference. One detail I did like was when it was alluded that Magneto killed JFK (because how else could a bullet bend) but he was actually trying to save him because he was a mutant. So that was kinda cool.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed. This just makes me more hungry for Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers 2.

Have you seen X-Men? What were your thoughts? Are you excited for Avengers and GotG?