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Nanoplanmo/Preptober Check-in #1!

At the beginning of the month, I made an announcement that I’d be participating in Nanowrimo again this year (11th year running!) and would be doing Nanoplanmo this month in preparation. Today I’m going to check on the progress of those goals. I figured it’d be good to do this a couple times during the month, just to make sure I’m doing what I want to be doing.

My goals were as follows:

  • Complete an outline

This included deciding on my act structure (Done), fleshing out major plot points (Not done), and deciding my ending ahead of time (Not done). When I created this bullet point, I hadn’t any idea what my plot would be to begin with, but since then I’ve actually developed an idea for a plot, so that’s a step. Within the next week or so, I should be able to complete this whole bullet point because of it.

  • Develop characters

This bullet point inlcuded main and side characters, and since I just came up with my plot, my characters are slow-going. I do have a definitive main character though, named and everything, so I’m going to count this one as in progress.

  • Do some world building

Here I wanted to develop the magic system (in progress), country history (done) and cultures (in progress). As you might or might not know, in the past, I’ve written the same plotline over and over again for nano, and this is the first new one for a while. Well, for the old one, I developed a whole world, and then I only used part of it for the story. I’ve decided to make this story in that same world, so that means I have a full country history already, partial magic system, and partial cultures developed. So while I didn’t ‘do’ much of it this past week, it’s already been done, which is nice

  • Do some planning every day, even if it’s just a sentence or a bullet point

This is in progress. Not much more to say.

  • Read some comedy fantasy to get an idea of how different authors incorporate comedy into their fiction

Also in progress. I’m currently reading Kings of the Wyld. Some of the humor in it definitely does not jive with me, but other bits I’m laughing my butt off, so it’s interesting to see how humor that would make one person laugh obviously doesn’t make another laugh. I’ll have to keep that in mind when writing.

  • Do biweekly (at least!) planning sessions with buddy(ies) who are also doing nanowrimo this year

In progress! I’ve already had one, and I have another one planned for next weekend. And between the first and that one, it’ll be biweekly, and then it’s time to start nanowrimo. So… this one is on its way to completion!


Until next update: I plan to develop the plot more, fill out my world building more, and actually start my outline. By the end of the month, I won’t beat myself up if everything’s not pristine – as I said, I tend to be a pantser – but I want to have a rough idea of what I’m going to write and know what all characters are involved and when.

If you’re doing Nanowrimo this year, are you doing nanoplanmo? Lemme know! And add me on the site! They redid everything and everyone lost all their friends and it’s annoying…. so I would like a friend please. ;~;

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Posted by on 10/13/2019 in Writing

 

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Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #2

Coffee Time

Hello, happy Saturday! Today I want to do another fate of my book haul books post. I started this series last month, where I go over my book hauls since the beginning of my blog and tell you what has happened to those books.

Today is the second time I’ve posted, so we will be looking at book haul #2, originally post on October 29th, 2015. These were the books that I had hauled:

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling – Owned, read!

I made a point to read both this one and the second one a couple years a go. I have the third, still unread, and will be picking up the fourth here pretty soon! 5 stars.

SAS For Dummies by Stephen McDaniel – unhauled, unread

The original purpose of me getting this book doesn’t really apply anymore. I had originally picked it up because I was using SAS in one of my programming classing when I was in school, and then the professor decided to change the software so this book became a bit of a money sink. So, I got rid of it…. I think. If I didn’t, I have no idea where it is.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – Still owned, read!

At the point of my hauling this, I had already read it, so obviously I’ve read it, haha. It’s one of my all-time favorite books! 5 stars

The Fold by Peter Clines – Still owned, read!

Same with this one – I’d read at by the time I hauled it. My original description under my haul was “OH MY GOSH. READ IT. HERE’S MY REVIEW.” and nothing else. So… read it? haha. 5 stars

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – Unhauled, read

This is the rare ‘didn’t love it’ of Patrick Ness’s books for me. I read it, thought it was alright, and decided the likelihood of me ever rereading it was basically zero. So, I got rid of it.

Breakable by Tammara Webber – Still owned, read!

This one I ended up rather liking, but I don’t think it was in the same league as its predecessor, Easy. It got a 4 star review from me at the time.


And that’s it for this one. I think this haul will be probably my most ‘complete’ for a while. I’ve read every single one of these except the one reference book. This… likely won’t happen again. I know me.

Again, if you’d like to pick up this series and go over your own hauls, do so! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/12/2019 in Books

 

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The Spoopy Memes Book Tag! [Original]

Spoopy Memes Book Tag

Happy Spoopy Season, I’ve made a tag! I don’t know about you, but to me, memes are my favorite part about any cultural phenomenon, so I figured I’d incorporate them into a book tag. Buckle your butts, here we go!

  • If you’d like to do this tag, please link back to this post so I can see your answers!
  • Feel free to use the banner above if you’d like, and I highly suggest you copy over the memes, as they give the questions context.

Time to get spooky! What books will you be reading to celebrate this time of year?

I hope to get to the three above books, which are also the last three remaining books on my 10 in 2019 list. The first, Deathless by Catherynne M Valente was actually also on my Five Star Predictions list, so I’m hoping I’ll love it. The other two I also hope I really like, but if I end up not liking Deathless I think I’ll be crushed, haha.

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Do you put up decorations for Halloween? If so, describe them! Even better, show them!

Right now I only have the one decoration. I’m spoopy, dammit.

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What is the scariest book you’ve ever read? What made it so scary?

House of LeavesHouse of Leaves by Mark. Z Danielewski – While I didn’t end up loving every aspect of this book, the horror elements were on point. There weren’t any huge jump scares or anything like that, but this book made me feel weird. Unsettled. You read the writings about found footage of a man who lived in a house that was bigger on the inside than it was on the outside, and the rambling of the man who found the footage. You seem him, as he goes through it all, slowly succumbing to it. It’s just… unsettling. I know I said that already but it’s really the best word for it.

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What’s the last book you read that truly shocked you, made your jaw drop, or made you chuck the book across the room?

Saga, Vol. 9 (Saga, #9)Saga vol 9 by Brian K Vaughan – Since it’s volume 9 and obviously a spoiler, I can’t tell you what shocked me exactly, but man. MAN. I finished this volume and immediately started pining. I was not expecting that. And now the series is on haitus and it makes me sad.

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What’s a book that’s fallen out of the spotlight that you still really like and try get people to read?

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)Scar Night by Alan Campbell – I picked this book up back when I was a teenager and loved it. I’ve been able to talk a few people into reading it, but I don’t think it ever got the recognition it deserved. This book follows a young angel, an assassin, false gods, a seemingly bottomless abyss, and the city suspended over it by chains. It has hints of steampunk as well. Really, read this.

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Are you dressing up this year? If so, what as? If not, what would be your costume if you were?

I am not dressing up! But if I was, I’d be oatmeal.

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What is your opinion on the word ‘spoopy’, and memes that follow its theme?

I think it’s all great, personally. Memes, dumb stuff, I love it all.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tagged and I haven’t tagged you, please consider yourself tagged!

Otherwise, I tag:

Peer pressure, do it.

 

 
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Posted by on 10/09/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Hotel Africa vol 1 by Hee Jung Park | Blabber

Hotel Africa, Volume 1Hotel Africa vol 1 by Hee Jung Park
Manhwa – Slice of Life/Drama
215 pages
Published 5/2006
Read 9/2019
Spoiler-free blabber

Hotel Africa is a hidden gem.

I picked this manhwa up because one of my best friends has a tendency of buying a bunch of obscure stuff, and then throwing 20 or so volumes of it at me at a time to read when she’s finished with it. This was among them – I had never heard of it before, and she didn’t tell me her opinion of it before lending it to me. I didn’t even read the back before I began, so I was going in totally blind.

Man, did I end up falling in love with this.

This volume follows two timelines, both focused around the main character: Elvis. Elvis in one timeline is a young man, just trying to live his life like the rest of us. He lives with two room mates, both of which also have their struggles. In the other timeline, Elvis is four years old, living with his mother at Hotel Africa, a hotel his mother and grandmother started up in the middle of the desert in Utah. Each chapter of the manwha switches back and forth between the two timelines, and each time, it goes into a new character’s story.

This series is definitely character-driven. If you go into this looking for a rip-roaring plot, you will be disappointed, but if you go in with the desire to learn about the human condition, you might find yourself in the right place.

Hotel Africa explores a lot of topics – it delves into the characters that show up at the hotel, why they chose that hotel out in the middle of nowhere, and the circumstances that brought them there. Each hotel guest’s story is different. Some are just passing through, on their way to start a new life, some are stuck in their pasts and have gone traveling to find their present, and some show up out of nowhere and never leave.

Elvis himself interacts with these guests, and you see their human struggles through the eyes of a toddler, who at the time may or may not actually grasp what is going on with his new friends. As an adult in the other timeline, you can see Elvis has grown up to be a very empathetic person as a result of being raised around people in all sorts of situations.

I really liked how real the situations felt. Not going into detail for spoilers sake, more than one of the people who showed up at the hotel were going through things that were very close to my heart, others were going through things that I’ve never experienced, but the author was able to convey their feelings in a way so sharp and clear that I felt like I had.

As said, this is a character-driven story, so it moves at a sedated pace. Each hotel guest’s story is self-contained for the most part, allowing us multiple glimpses into situations and struggles across a spectrum of life stages. It was very poignant, and very well written.

Overall, I adored this. On the first read through, I’ve rated it very high, but I feel upon a reread, upon letting these stories really sink in, that this could end up being a 5 star favorite. I plan on getting myself a copy of this and rereading it, along with volume 2, which I believe is the only other volume in the series(?).

But this one, man. If you want something that’ll pull at your heart and make you feel slightly sad without being able to put your finger on why, this is the one.

4.5 stars

 
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Posted by on 10/06/2019 in blabbers, Books, Review

 

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Tolkien Book Tag!

Tolkien Book Tag

Happy Saturday! Today is a special post, done in celebration of the Lord of the Rings marathon I’m currently doing! As I write this, I’m at Katy @Bookbinderway‘s house and we’re knee deep in the first movie, and will hopefully get to more! So I figured, what better way to celebrate?

HOW DID YOUR MIDDLE EARTH JOURNEY BEGIN?

My dad took me to see the first movie when it came out in theaters. When was that, 2001? So I was eleven!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MIDDLE EARTH BOOK?

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I haven’t read the books. :”D Not yet.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?

Probably The Two Towers, extended edition obviously. Once you got extended, you can’t go back.

MOVIES OR BOOKS?

Movies, because well, as stated, I haven’t read the books. :”D Obviously this could change when I do read the books, but we’ll see.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS?

Samwise and Gimli. They’re both so wholesome and weird. ❤

WHAT MIDDLE EARTH RACE WOULD YOU BE?

Probably a hobbit or a dwarf. Because this picture explains me perfectly:

BEST ACTOR/CHARACTER CASTING MATCH?

Ian McKellen as Gandalf. Perfecto.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE IN MIDDLE EARTH?

Rivendell. Man, I wanna live there.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE BOOKS OR MOVIES?

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”


And that’s it! Obviously I tag Katy, but if you’d like to do this tag as well, do it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/05/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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October Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Happy October! Here are the books I’m currently reading!

Assassin's Fate (The Fitz and the Fool, #3)

Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb – Still in the middle of this too! And likey it’ll extent into November as well. It’s a long book! I’m buddy reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks, and we’re both rather enjoying this, I think.

If you are interested, here is the goodreads synopsis for book 1:

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

 

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – Still chugging along this one, but honestly it’ll probably end up a back burner book, at least for the next month or so. With my Nanoplanomo TBR and buddy read taking precedence, I just have a feeling, haha.

Anyways, goodreads synopsis of book 1, in case you’re interested:

Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #2.5)

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard – This is my current audiobook! I figured I should pick this one up before moving on to Bloodwitch. I’m still rather liking this series but I miss the main plot. This book is enjoyable, but I don’t think it’s going to get as high of a rating as the main books, from me at least.

Here’s the goodreads synopsis of book 1:

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1)

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames – Posted yesterday on my nanoplanmo tbr, this is a comedy fantasy I’m reading both to fulfill a r/Fantasy bingo square of a personal rec from r/Fantasy users, and to get a feel of how to incorporate humor into my writing, particularly in a fantastical setting. After this, I’ll pick up Pratchett. So far, I’m rather enjoying this. It took me about 70 pages to really get into it, but now that I’m there, I’m there.

Goodread synopsis:

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best — the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk – or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay’s door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

It’s time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.

Back burner books

The back burners are back. Basically they’re books I’m ‘reading’ but haven’t touched in a while due to a readathon taking precedence, getting distracted by other books, etc.

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons, #1)

This is my current ebook, but I haven’t touched it in ages. I think I wanna make a point to finish it this month – I only have 70 pages or something left.

 

 

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)!!! Book five comes out this month and I don’t have this done! Honestly though the likelihood of me actually finishing it this month are slim, so now I’m gonna be behind the times. ;~; Woe.

 
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Posted by on 10/02/2019 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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Nanoplanmo/Preptober! | Goals and TBR

The time has come!

Today begins Nanoplanmo, or Preptober as some people call it. This month, hundreds of thousands of people will begin to brainstorm, outline, and develop their characters. I am no different. Once again, I plan on participating in Nanowrimo – this will be my eleventh year in a row doing this, and if I win, my fifth time winning.

This year is particularly special for me: This will be the first year I’m starting a brand new story from scratch in about five years. Before this, the same story in my head would be written and rewritten every year, and I was never happy with how it turned out. But last year in 2018, I finished a draft, and I liked it.

Therefore, it’s time to start something new. I won’t go into too much detail because honestly I haven’t fleshed it out yet (that’s what this month is for!) but the idea bopping around in my head is a comedy fantasy. Therefore, I’ll be doing a bit of prep to get me used to writing in the subgenre.

Nanoplano Goals

  • Complete an outline
    • Decide what act structure to use
    • Flesh out major plot points
    • Decide ahead of time what my ending will be (with wiggle room)
  • Develop characters
    • Main and side characters
  • Do some worldbuilding
    • Develop the magic system
    • Develop the country(ies) history
    • Develop the culture
  • Do some planning every day, even if it’s just a sentence or a bullet point
  • Read some comedy fantasy to get an idea of how different authors incorporate comedy into their fiction
  • Do biweekly (at least!) planning sessions with buddy(ies) who are also doing nanowrimo this year

Normally, I am a pantser, but last year I did a hybrid between pantsing and planning, and it turned out pretty well. This year, I think I want to try even more planning, just because the story is brand new (though honestly I think I might make it happen in the same world as last year’s story).

As mentioned, I plan on reading some comedy fantasy to inspire me to write my own:

TBR

Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1)

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames – I picked this book up in September specifically so I could read it now. I’ve heard wonderful things about this book, and I’m hoping it’s both inspiring and enjoyable.

The Colour of Magic (Discworld, #1)

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett – How can I claim to want to read comedy fantasy and not pick up Pratchett? He’s the king! And somehow, I haven’t read anything by him yet! I figure between this book and Kings of the Wyld, I’ll get a wide range of comedic fiction, and I hope again, that this is both inspiring and entertaining.


In addition to those two books, I also plan on reading other books this month that don’t particularly have to do with Nano, but hopefully they’ll still be just as entertaining. These two though, along with my buddy read, will be my main focus. Everything else, as you’ll see in tomorrow’s Currently Reading post, will be thrown on the backburner.

Sacrifices must be made!

If you are planning on trying Nanowrimo this year, let me know! Add me as a buddy!

Happy writing, and happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/01/2019 in Writing

 

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