Friday, November 30, 2012

Na FINISHED NoWriMo

I have a very busy week ahead of me what with it being Hell Week and all. This includes a busy weekend, so I decided to grit my teeth, knuckle down, and finish NaNo. I had five thousand words to write in order to finish. I've certainly written more in a day, but I've been incredibly busy with school and it's been hard even to do the minimum for each day.

But, I did it. I sat at my computer with my legs propped up on my mini-bed and I wrote and wrote until I wrote The End.

Saddle Sore is a terrible book, as I've said in previous posts. But she's my fourth novel, and I can't believe that. I am still a teenager, though precariously perched on that edge, and I have written four books. And I am going to start working on my fifth over winter break. First I need to rest my hands a bit. As you can imagine, they're rather sore.

And so, I finally can tell ya'll about Saddle Sore.

Nikki has many interests, from her many clubs, to spending time with her friends (of which she has many), and getting over her parents' deaths. It's on a whim that she goes on a horseback ride with family friends while on vacation in Colorado. Instantly she's hooked, and decides to add horseback riding lessons to her ever-growing list of things to do. But as she gets more and more invested in horseback riding, things in the rest of her life start to slip to the background. And Grant, who works at her new family's ranch, begins to jostle for position. He introduces her to barrel racing, and she falls in love in more ways than one.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's Nov. 27th, and so it is time to rush

Have I mentioned how busy my life is? Here's what I've got going right now: Making a resume so I can apply to internships, a full class schedule, lots of history reading, writing poetry that's supposed to be profound, meetings, horseback riding lessons, keeping my room livable, keeping up to date on personal reading, and attempting to have a social life. And writing my fourth book. That's really what this post is about, trying to fit writing into a college student's calendar.

Last year I had it easier. I wasn't part of any clubs, I had a light schedule that fall and so was able to complete NaNoWriMo with ease. This year it's been harder. I've travelled, been much more socially active, and my schedule is as full as last winter when I had a minor break down and decided it was smart to take two upper level history classes at the same time. So, suffice it to say, keeping on track with NaNo has been difficult.

Here's how I do it: I write really late at night, pushing the midnight deadline for word count. As any college student, I like deadlines. They allow me to procrastinate and then rush forward when the deadline approaches. So most of my writing takes place at night. I also forego certain social activities so I can have some down time. Because life is exhausting.

I've very much enjoyed NaNo this year, but I'll be happy to start on Origins come December 1st.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for the books I have read which make me a better writer. I am thankful for my family who supports me in my desire to be an author. I am thankful for my college which provides me with amazing experiences. I am thankful for my friends who are quirky and weird and some of the best people in my life.
And I am thankful for cheesecake. Today's Thanksgiving dessert will be of my own creation:


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What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Books I Want to Read

Since I am in the final haul before Thanksgiving, I thought I'd do a post about the books I'd like to read. You've seen a lot of reviews of the books I have read, but here are some of the ones I have yet to mark off my TBR list.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Of Posiedon by Anna Banks
Shadow and Bone by Laigh Bardugo
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Crossed by Allie Condie
Gold Medal Summer by Donna Freitas
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Cinder by Marissa Meyers
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

If you've read any of these books, feel free to leave a review in the comments!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Before I Fall

I am sick. Blame it on the colds sweeping campus, blame it on the very cold weather, blame it on the fact that I spent the weekend competing in 20 degree weather. Either way, I'm sick and down for a couple days. This gave me a chance to read for a while, since my brain is not capable of handling complex functions at the moment. My choice - Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
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The first book by Oliver that I read was Delirium, a dystopian romance, and it left me a little disappointed. Before I Fall did not disappoint. This novel follows Sam on the day of her death. She's got it all, popularity, a hot boyfriend who never would have been seen with her before she was Cool, and wonderful friends. But today is a special day: her last day, although she doesn't know it. After her death Sam is forced to relive that last day seven times to figure out what happened and why. This will shake her beliefs about her friends, her boyfriend, popularity, and even life and death.

I loathed Sam in the beginning. She was cruel, vapid, dumb, and she seemed to break rules simply because they were there. But you were supposed to hate her. Her journey towards her big realizations meant she had to start out as the person you'd run away from in school. I greatly enjoyed this book, though it wasn't the most cheerful thing I'd ever read. That being said, I felt some of her days could have been pared down a little. One or two story lines cut. But I would definitely recommend.

Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rolling Ball, Meet Head

In an earlier post I mentioned how this year the purpose of my doing NaNo was to kick start my imagination. I've been so busy with school and life that I haven't had the inspiration that got the ball rolling on my current Favorite WIP. In other words, I've been too grounded in realities to go outside the realm of normal.

And Origins is definitely not normal. Unless you think telekinesis is normal, or a guy with x-ray vision with a really creepy dad. Or a girl with superstrength. Or a crime wave sweeping Manhattan caused by superheroes.

I am in love with this story. I just haven't had the imagination to write it. So this year's NaNo project, Saddle Sore, is to help me get the ball rolling again. To remember why I fit writing into a full schedule. And so far it's working. Writing bad books really can help you write good ones.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Taking the Mickey Out of Your Brain

I am an English major. I was accepted into the program a couple weeks ago. I am also a history major though I haven't applied yet. Most of my days are spent reading and writing, for class and out of class. My typical day includes reading the blogging news, reading the news, working on last minute homework assignments, writing papers, reading hundreds of pages of history, this month I'm working on NaNo, while in other months I work on my Rest-of-the-Year book. I go to class and write down notes. I then type those notes into the computer.

By the end of the day my mind is so clogged with writing and reading I can't imagine doing any more. But I do. Not as fast as this summer, but I work my way through books. The thing is, even though I've clogged my brain with writing and reading, I still love it. I'm looking into internships at publishing houses or online journals, or any place that could get my foot in the market.

It just means I'm so tired by the end of the day that I barely have any energy. Did I mention I'm thinking of taking five classes next quarter? Yeah, maybe I should be locked up.

How does reading/writing factor into your everyday life?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Incarceron

As you might have noticed, I have not had time to read this past month. School and clubs have taken up entirely too much of my time. But this weekend, on a kind of vacation, I finally found the time. Sure, should I have been focusing on my history paper worth a third of my grade? Of course. But I needed a break from school. So I read Incarceron.


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Incarceron follows both Finn and Claudia in the Prison and the Realm. Finn doesn't remember his childhood, just waking up in the giant labyrinth of the Prison which was sealed against incomers hundreds of years ago. He is a thief, and a Starseer. One of the Wise Ones believes he will help them to escape the Prison which is both jailer and provider. Claudia is the daughter of the Prison Warden, doomed to the games of the court which lives under Protocol. Nothing ever changes or is allowed to progress. The two meet through discovering identical crystal keys. Together, they might just both Escape.

This was a nice hefty book that satisfied my need for pleasure reading. The Prison was very creepy and Protocol which made everything like the Victorian era was very cool, especially since it was all computer generated. I could have done with a bit more character development, but the setting made up for that. I would definitely recommend this book.

Goodreads Rating: 3 stars

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Writing Nonsense

The novel I'm writing for NaNoWriMo this year is purely for fun. I have no intention of trying to get it published, or even of editing it once I am done. I am doing NaNo this year to get my juices flowing. My time has been so caught up in history readings and poetry assignments that I simply haven't had the energy to work on the Apple-of-My-Eye project, Origins.

Saddle Sore, this year's NaNo contender, is fun. It joins together several subjects that I adore - horseback riding, and hot cowboys. It is a bad book. I'm enjoying writing it.

How's your NaNoing going?

Monday, November 5, 2012

NaNo Update

As some of you may recall, last year I completed NaNoWriMo in 10 days. I wrote the sequel to my first novel, and titled it Wind Chaser. I have a soft spot in my heart for that book. It's where my first heroine grew up and achieved her dreams. But it's a bad book. Because it's a NaNo book, and NaNo books aren't supposed to be good, they're simply supposed to be.

This year I'm taking things more slowly. I've stuck pretty close to the average words per day that is suggested. Why? Well, because this year I am much busier than last year, what with horseback riding and classes and life in general.

Speaking of life, I got a ribbon at my first sanctioned horse show! Yippee!! Reading for pleasure has basically stopped, but I still gaze longingly at those books on the shelf and tell myself "maybe tomorrow."

Hope your NaNoing is going well!

Today's goal: 8333 words