Wednesday, June 30

Writing Update

First, I just have to say that I twisted my ankle this morning. Daisy was bouncing around all excited because I had her leash and I made the mistake of trying to go down the porch stairs while she was all hyped up. She ended up getting in the way (which is common) and to avoid stepping on her, I stepped funny and twisted my ankle. Now it hurts like a biotch and it's all swollen and blech. It made writing a hot scene between my hero and heroine very difficult to focus on. I think I'll have to go back tomorrow and fix it up.

Anywho...

Medieval Romance:
Current word count: 55,157
Approximate length: 100,000
In the last 8 days, I've written: 17,157
That's 2144.6 words a day.
If I keep this up I should be done the first draft around July 21st. *crosses fingers*

Thoughts:

About a week ago I took over my family's tent trailer (I think Americans call them popups?) and set up camp. Every afternoon since, I've written in there. I can honestly say, that was the best decision I've ever made. There's something about being outside (for the most part) that calms me down so much. And with the small beige table and power, I'm comfy, so there's no worry about me stressing out my back or wrists.  Anyway, I'm pretty sure the wisdom of my choice is reflected in my word count. The best part is, I've had a beta read all but the last 3000 words and they love it! Woohoo!

Other writing news:

Okay, so some of you already know this, but I've decided to try my hand at writing a YA. I've been thinking about it for a very long time now and only recently started to take myself seriously. I mean, why can't I try to write one? So I spoke with my parents and Christopher and they agreed that as long as my Medieval doesn't fall to the wayside because of it, then I should try the YA. I agreed that I have to write 2000 words a day on my romance before I can work on the YA.

So Monday I spent the evening plotting and started it last night. I'm 2078 words in and I ADORE IT! However, I now understand why YA authors always seem so paranoid. I keep sitting here thinking, is this too similar to anything else? Oh, but my story has a party near the beginning and so does this other story! Crap, my story takes place in NYC too! And the action of my story begins in a somewhat similar manner to this story.

Basically what I've decided is to not worry about it. I've briefly mentioned what my YA is about to my darling Tina and she assures me my idea is completely unique--without being weird, LOL.  Therefore, I think there's no point in worrying about it. All teens have parties. Many stories take place in NYC-- because it's a cool place that could believably have weird stuff going on.  If I want my story to start quickly, I need the action to follow pretty quick, which means I don't have all that many options.

So how are your stories going? Have any of you ever tried to work on two stories at once? Am I insane?

Tuesday, June 29

Do YOU speak whale?

Since I'm very busy right now with my story, I thought I'd post this video for you guys! This is my favourite scene from Finding Nemo. I hope you enjoy!



Have you seen Finding Nemo?  Seriously, if you haven't, what the heck is wrong with you? Go out and buy it RIGHT NOW!

Saturday, June 26

BOOKS, GLORIOUS BOOKS!

Okay, so my mum and I went to Chapters (Canadian version of Barnes & Noble) and bought books. Lots and lots of books. We've been cooped up in the house because of the dog, so we needed to get away. And where better to get away then a bookstore? 

Mum got:
  1. Betrayed by P.C. Cast
  2. Hunted by P.C. Cast (we know this book is much later in the series, but it was on sale so she's stocking up)
  3. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur
I got... (a lot more LOL):
  1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  2. The Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski (Spotted it in Walmart. Thought I'd give it a try).
  3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  4. Wake by Lisa McMann
  5. Evernight by Claudia Gray
  6. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  7. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  8. That Perfect Someone by Johanna Lindsey
  9. Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare
Okay and I also picked up some books for next semester. My reading list includes over 50 titles, so I thought I'd get a head start. A lot of the books (12 of them) are for a Children's Lit course, but that's still 12 books I need to read, LOL. Anyway, I picked up these 4 to start:
  1. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  2. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
  3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  4. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
So... we bought a lot of books *bashful look*  I'm not even going to list all the movies and seasons of things we got. That might just be a bit too humiliating, LOL. Let's just say, Walmart is having a sale.  We'll probably go back and buy seasons of things and keep them to give as Christmas presents, that's how low the prices are.

I'd like to say thank you to Tina Lynn, Kristen YardRoni Griffin, Jonathon Arntson, and Jessica Brooks for answering my plea on Twitter about which YA books to pick up. You guys rock!

Have you guys read any of these books?

I am SO freaking excited for all of them! I seem to be in the mood for YA, so I'm running with it!  But don't worry, my reading hasn't harmed my writing at all. IN FACT, I wrote 2174 words in 1 hour and 45 minutes this afternoon! AND I LOVE WHAT I WROTE! How exciting is that?

Thursday, June 24

Father's Day Camping Trip @ Lake Louise

As promised, here are some pictures from the camping trip.
*If you click on them, you should be able to see them better.*



Daisy in her super cute, super stylin' pink hoodie as she patrols the perimeter of our campground. She is ever vigilant against the evils that threaten her people. Hard to believe she had a stroke a month ago, isn't it?


On Saturday, my dad went on a hike up an insane trail of doom. Mum and I didn't go because...well, we don't like hiking. Especially up insane trails of doom. But I digress. So me, being the gracious daughter I am, let him take my cheap-o camera to take pictures. (He wasn't allowed to take either of the other two fancy shmancy cameras in case he dropped them whilst climbing boulders). Here are some of the pics he snapped:



You can just see the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
If you can find a room for under $350, you've slept with the manager.


Lake Louise.
Gorgeous, isn't it?
No, none of these photos have been altered in any way.


Picture of dad near a nearly frozen lake.
In JUNE, I might add.


2200 meters, if I'm not mistaken (is that right, dad?). That's 7218 ft.
Clearly, this is not my wrist, but my dad's.


Beautiful waterfall


This is what Daisy, Mum, and I did the whole time while Dad was out being active ;)



Have you ever been to Lake Louise? Or Banff?

Wednesday, June 23

"Just Skip That Scene and Move On" ... Uh, Pardon Moi? I Do Not Think So...

I cannot count how many times I've been told to just skip a scene that is giving me troubles and move on. I'm not sure if that means I have troubles a lot or if that's the common suggestion given by most people. For my own sanity, I'm going to lean towards the latter.

Regardless, every time I am told that, I have the urge to roll my eyes and snort at the person like a snobby cat. I always refrain, of course, since they're just trying to be helpful and I adore them for it. However, I truly do not understand the logic behind "skipping a scene." Oh sure, I understand that you will at least be working on something useful, rather than sitting there glaring at the screen like it just declared war. That can lead to burnout rather quick, in my experience. And who knows, you might even break through the block you're having with the Trouble Scene and voila, all problems solved. Or are they?

As someone who falls under the "planster" category (a weird hybrid mix between a "panster" and a "plotter"), I don't always know what the next scene will entail. While I generally have the next few scenes in my story brainstormed, I don't know the scenes. I may be insane (which I am, but that doesn't help this point I'm about to make), but doesn't a story build on itself throughout the book? What goes on in chapter 1 and let’s say chapter 8, sets the stage for what happens in chapters 12 and 26. Right? As writers, we layer everything. So even though I may have "plotted" out the next scene, how can I really know what is going to happen in the Trouble Scene and move on? Won’t the Trouble Scene affect the next scene? Heck yes it will! Or at least, it should.

So how can you skip a scene and move on to the next one? If you do that, did you really need that original scene in the first place? What do you guys think? Have you ever been able to skip a scene and move on? Has it ever worked for you?

Sunday, June 20

Happy Father's Day!


Are we up to something nefarious?
 Probably, knowing us.


I am of the firm belief that Dad and I cannot take a normal picture together to save our lives.
But the pictures we do take end up pretty amusing to look at, eh?


Love you, Dad!
Hope you enjoyed camping!

*Oh, and btw, I'm back, If you hadn't figured that out already, lol*

Wednesday, June 16

Heading to the Rockies

So for Father's Day, my dad decided he wants to go camping in the mountains. Since I live in Alberta, that means the Rocky Mountains.  Yay!  They're gorgeous and big and majestic and Iwubthem. We are planning on camping at Lake Louise from Thursday to Sunday.* We leave bright and freaking early tomorrow morning to take the four-ish hour drive to the campsite. Not that  four hours is really all that far for an Albertan. We drive all over the place. Calgary is a good forty-five minutes away but we go there all the time. Anyway, the driving is not le issue. Le issue is the 6 am leave time *groans/whines* But I will survive. The weather, however, I might not win against.

Okay, so since I'll be gone, that obviously means I will not be posting on here until Monday, at the earliest. I KNOW! How will you all survive? Trust me, you'll make it ;)  However, if you notice activity on here, my Facebook account, my Twitter account, or my email before Sunday afternoon, IT IS NOT ME. Unless, of course, we force my dad to bring us home early because it's freezing (which may very well happen), but I will then say that it's me and that I'm back. Either way, stay vigilant my friends! STAY VIGILANT!

I hope you have a wonderful week! I'm bringing my laptop to try and get some writing in while we're there, but I don't know how well that's going to go. I'll either be so excited to go kayaking on the water that I'll forget all about ol' laptop here or I'll be huddled under a blanket wondering if my fingers are too frozen to type. LOL.

*For all you stalkers out there *wags finger* someone will be at my house EVERYDAY, so that does not mean you get to steal all my books!*

Tuesday, June 15

The Most Inspirational Speech Ever

Okay, so rather than type out the speech (I think you need to hear it), I was going to put a video up on my blog. However, YouTube won't let me. So instead, if you click here, you can watch one of my favourite speeches from one of my favourite books/movies of all time.

Go on, click it and watch. I'll wait. It's only 2:30, so it's not very long.

*hums*

Okay good, now that you've watched it, what do you think? Do you love it as much as I do? I think it's a timeless speech. And just out of curiosity, have you all seen The Lord of the Rings movies? Have you read the books?

Friday, June 11

WIP Update

I guess it's a week for updates, eh?

Anywhoozles, I'm going to keep this post short and sweet. You're welcome ;)

Since last Wednesday, I have written 10,605 new words. Woot, woot! That brings my grand total up to
38,082 words! Go me, it's my birthday, gonna wriiiiite like it's my birthday. Okay, that's a complete and total lie. My birthday is in December. But whatever. You enjoyed my impromptu singing/botching of 50 Cent's "song" In Da Club. You know you did. Omg, I just realized that I was in grade 9 when that song came out. That was forever ago, wasn’t it? If you don’t know the answer to that, yes it was forever ago.

Wow, my Dad is sooo gonna have a comment about me singing a bad 50 Cent song (aren't they all bad?) on my blog. What can I say? I'm diverse in my music tastes. Not sure you can say 50 is "music" but whateves. I go to college and lived in residence for 3 years. It's hard to escape those club songs. Extremely hard to hide from them, trust me. And those songs are catchy. Damn them! Damn them and their dirty, catchy songs!

Annnnd now that I've gone off on a tangent (and given my parents-- and Christopher--enough fodder for endless teasing), I'm going to go.

See ya later dahlings =)

How are your stories going??

*I swear, I'm not drunk or anything. I'm just a wee bit too comfortable with all you guys now. Sighs. You poor dears. Pitying look*

**For those who are curious and don't know 50's song (lucky ducks), here's a link to a YouTube vid. I managed (somehow) to find one that doesn't have a dirty video attached to the music.  Go me.**

Thursday, June 10

Daisy Update

Picture taken 3 days ago.
Daisy's head is always tilted to the side now.

First, I just want to say thank you to everyone who left comments on here, on Facebook, on Twitter, or who sent me emails. It meant a lot to me. I'd say it meant a lot to Daisy as well, but she truly doesn't care ;)

Okay, so for the past two weeks, Daisy has thrown us for quite a few loops.  When she had her stroke on the 29th, we were pretty sure she wasn't going to make it a week. Well, she just had to prove us wrong. Not that I'm complaining, of course, lol. My cousin has a theory that she'll live for the next 5 years simply due to Murphy's Law. She'll leave us stressed and waiting for it to happen, only to drag it out, LOL.

So after the stroke, the biggest issue was getting her to eat. She had to be a finicky toddler/old person and not eat her food. She was hungry, but she didn't trust us to not put pills in her food. *sighs* So my parents went out and bought a Doggy Recipe book. Yep, a recipe book. Now, before you laugh, it's working. My parents make little recipes for Daisy from human food and she eats it. I mean, who wouldn't?  I swear some nights she's eating better than we are. But if it gets her to eat and keeps her alive, why not? Right?

Now the biggest issue is keeping her from tumbling down the stairs.  We're borrowing a baby-gate from my aunt so she won't keep attempting the Stairs of Doom on her own. She can go up them just fine, but going down stairs seems to confuse her little legs and she falls down. Unfortunately, we have a lot of stairs in our house, so if she fell down them, she could easily break something.


Picture taken 2 days ago.
Sorry for the poor quality of the pic.
Here you can see how she's tilting her head.
Not going to lie, it's pretty cute most of the time, lol.

Wednesday, June 9

Books, Books, BOOKS!!!

Hello my bloggy friends! I've decided to try and give blogging a try again. Daisy is doing much better, thank you everyone for asking! I will post an update on life tomorrow. However, for now I'm going to post an updated "Read in 2010" list with my grade (if a beta book or a book for school, I don't grade).
  1. Lady Susan by Jane Austen (school book)
  2. Blink of an I by B. E. Sanderson (beta book)
  3. DLN by B. E. Sanderson (beta book)
  4. The Wars of Louis XIV: 1167—1714 by John A. Lynn (school book)
  5. Lover Unbound by J. R. Ward: 4/5
  6. The Chief by Monica McCarty: 5/5
  7. Dark desires after dusk by Kresley Cole (repeat): 5/5
  8. To Wed A Wicked Earl by Olivia Parker (repeat): 5/5
  9. Highlander Unmasked by Monica McCarty (repeat): 5/5
  10. Red Hot Reunion by Bella Andre: 4/5
  11. Take Me by Bella Andre: 5/5
  12. With Seduction In Mind by Laura Lee Guhrke: 4/5
  13. What Happens In London by Julia Quinn: 3/5
  14. Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas: 5/5
  15. Never Too Hot by Bella Andre: 5/5
Wow, I've read a lot of fantastic books recently! Well, to be fair, I don't tend to finish a book if I'm not enjoying it.

Anyway, so far this year I've read 33 books.
Have you guys read any of these books? What did you think of them?
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