NaNo Update the First

So just when I think I am getting things together to participate in NaNoWriMo, I seem to have misplaced many of my notes for character development, plot arcs, etc.

I have my early notes so all is not lost. The funny part is, I’m not really all that upset; disappointed maybe, but not upset.

I’ve been looking forward to NaNo starting November first thinking it might be best to have a solid outline and notes to work from but this could be better, yes? An exercise in stream of consciousness, maybe?

I would be lying to say this isn’t a setback, but what the hell. I will just have to see what develops from this point.

Wishing all of my fellow participants the best of luck starting November 1st. Let’s do this thing.

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Challenge Accepted

So today I took on the challenge of National Novel Writing Month starting November first. The challenge is writing a first draft of a of fifty-thousand word (minimum) novel starting from word one on November first with nothing but the back story, character sketches and back stories done before hand.

I might not have a lot of free social time in November but it will be worth it for me.

Cheers all!

 

Meta-Writing

I’ve been asking myself, “Why do I write?” It’s not an easy exercise. It can take a lot of effort and time. Most people that see it will say, “So what?”

So I have been thinking about why I write, both here and the early stages of a novel that’s been knocking around my noggin.

And the simple answer is, ” I do it for me.” Yeah, that may seem like a cop-out but it really is a lot more complicated than that simple answer. I write as an outlet from my overly simplistic factory job. It’s mental exercise where I get none; a creative outlet when I have no chance to be creative.

Ok, before this starts to sound like self indulgent drivel, I love to write. Sometime I look back— What the hell was I thinking but for the most part I see my writing improving the more I do it.

Another thing that I find inspirational are the blogs of other writers, both accomplished and just starting. Blogs like, Cherie Priest (www.cheriepriest.com/), Adventures in Writing ( emilyramos.wordpress.com/) and Jodie Llewellyn (jodiellewellyn.wordpress.com/). These people are a great help to me and huge “Thank you” to them all.

Wishing everyone pleasant reading.

 

Cherie Priest’s “Clementine”

Just a quick post here: Cherie Priest didn’t disappoint with the second novel in the Clockwork Century series, Clementine. Not only is the book a great adventure story but I really enjoyed how Priest subtly handles the race relations. The gist is that an African-American airship captain is tracking down his stolen craft while at the same time being pursued by the former Confederate spy now Pinkerton detective, Maria “Belle” Boyd.  So Just as with  Boneshaker,  I completely enjoyed it.

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Now I’m moving on to the third installment, Dreadnaught, and completely looking forward to it.

 

Thank you, Cherie, for another great, fun read.

Going Steampunk

I was visiting my former English professor, Alayne Peterson, earlier this summer and we were talking about what we had been reading and it suddenly struck me that for months I had been reading mostly heavy Victorian lit. I asked her for some suggestions of something lighter and well… Fun!

Her idea was that I pick up Cherie Priest’s Clockwork Century series.

Brilliant suggestion, Alayne, Brilliant.

Cherie Priest

Cheri Priest

Priest’s steampunk series is set in America in the 1800’s where the Civil War is grinding on into its second decade. airships are a more common form of transport than trains, and zombies have taken over areas of some cities. Now to be honest, I wasn’t too big on the idea of zombies. I feel that the whole zombie thing is a meme that has been so overdone that in most cases it’s worthy of ridicule. Most but not all, and Boneshaker, the first of the series, is one of those “not all’s”.

Set in Seattle, the novel spins the story of a mother, Briar Wilkes, determined to shield her son, Zeke, from the family history and Zeke just as determined to uncover it and set the story straight if necessary. The zombies in this book are used extremely well as a plot device and not as the central theme. Well done, Cherie! A fantastic read and I am looking forward to reading Clementine,  the second book in the series.

As a Side Note…

Bookshelf

Why has much of society given up on reading? Is it because most people have become intellectually lazy? Is video on demand that much easier than lifting up a book or e-reader? I, myself love starting and finishing my day by enjoying at least for a few minutes… at very least. Don’t get me wrong, I am not anti-TV, but personally I feel like I have missed something when I haven’t read for the pleasure of reading.