Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sorry! Sorry! Sorry!

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a long time. Or checked everyone's blogs. I've been swamped with school work and on top of that volunteer work and on top of that college applications and on top of that my dad is in the hospital for the second time in a month. Things are going pretty bad.
So I don't really want to focus on that right now....
Anyway, what did everyone do over Thanksgiving break?
I got to hang out with my cousin and we went to go see my new favorite movie--Enchanted. I just loved it!
If you haven't seen the preview, you must...

I can't even imagine finishing my nanowrimo now....
Maybe next year....

Sunday, November 18, 2007

New Project????

I know I know! My mind is so easily changed about this whole blog layout thing! Anyway, I think I like this new look better. It's still got the dramatic red but touches home with the book banner and the warm greys.
I am SUCH a web designer type of person ^_^

Anyway, while I'm not working like mad on my nanowrimo novel, studying for tests, reading the dreaded government book, or signing autographs for my stellar performance in Oklahoma! (Heh, just joking there), the wheels of my mind have been turning (a dangerous thing). I've been thinking about starting a little community or online club, whatever you want to call it, for people who'd like to review YA Fantasy books. Specifically YA fantasy--plus tons of other stuff. Like maybe even graphics and fanfiction and book video contests (stuff that would have to do with a specific book). And maybe book memes and playlists and interviews...and, and.....Lots of things I love.
Would that be totally unoriginal?
Am I totally and completely insane?
Will I be struck with lightening for such an idea?
I don't know. But I'm still brainstorming about it.
If I do make said community, I think I'd better have it on either LiveJournal or Blogger. Definitely LiveJournal will have the upper hand because it allows you more design control and more than one maintainer--but then you'd also have to have an LJ account, and that might be a con...
Do ya'll have any ideas to add to this one?
Specifically for the name.
I'm thinking titles like "A Strange Tale" and "YA Fantasy Corner."
Of course those aren't very original, but I'm pretty tired tonight so my brain is pretty much low on function at the moment.
If ya'll think I'm crazy, just let me know.

Friday, November 16, 2007

New Blog Look

Does anyone like the new look? I think it's perhaps too much black-and-red gothic. But I like it.
I've been doing a lot of reading lately--from The Historian (Anna Kustova) to Trickster's Choice (Tamora Pierce) to re-reading Enna Burning.
I really, really want to review The Poison Apples.
Maybe I'll do that over Thanksgiving.

Oh, also--some news. The review I wrote for Carpe Diem is going to my school's newspaper. I plan to edit it a little, and maybe add a bit more to it.
But I thought I should type it in before I forget.
I hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Friday, November 9, 2007

First Drafts

I love that poetic feeling of writing a novel in first draft. Of course I hate the novel at the same time that I love it. But that's just how I am. I love how it's unpolished, a diamond taking shape, being dingy and ugly, and at the same time beautiful in its own way. I think if there's ever any time that I really REALLY love writing, it's this time. Just writing. Nonstop. Not thinking too hard about the words, thinking more about the SOUND of the words.
The way they twist out of my head like a serpentine ribbon and wind down to my fingers only to be transferred into the computer. I love it.
Of course it's pure trash that needs to be completely re-written.
But still.
How is everyone else's nanowrimo novel's going?

I'm working as hard as I can on it with any free time given to me from my social life, the play, and school.
Oh when will I ever be able to just sit down at the computer and write for three hours straight without the phone wringing or costumes waiting to be donned for rehearsal, or teachers asking me continually when will I FINALLY apply to a college?

Only one night to go and then it's the play!!!!
I can hardly wait.
I'm a little nervous, but that will fade off soon.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

I Heart Nanowrimo

Here are some reasons why I love National Novel Writing Month

1. It's challenging
2. It's fun
3. There are a lot of breakout writers to be found on Nanowrimo
4. It's free (yeah!)
5. It's encouraging
6. You can meet other young writers/novelists out there
7. It allows me the chance to do something I've always dreamed of doing, writing a (complete!) novel.

Even if you don't decide to join this year, I hope you'll check out my profile: Here to see what I'm working on (pretty sketchy so far).

Also, in order to share my love for all things Nanowrimo, I've created a little Novel Tag.

Nanowrimo Name: absolvable
About the Novel: It's about a girl who is a librarian (Archivist) in her world (which is much like ours) and her adventures there.
Novel Title: So far mine is unnamed
Overall Audience: anyone who likes fantasy fiction and a small amount of romance combined, and well, me, since right now I'm the only one reading it.

I tag anyone who wants to do it.


Ps. Hectic! Crazy! Mad! Those three words describe perfectly what's going on right now. Our first performance is three days away! Ack!