Sunday, September 25, 2011

Slacker

-Write 15k new words
-Do 5 crits
-Finish Game of Thrones
-Read two other books


Yeeks.

This is what HAS happened:

-Wrote 600 words
-Did 0 crits
-Finished A Game of Thrones
-Read two other books (and got halfway through two others)

Not too shabby, but I'm bummed about the wordage... or rather, the lack thereof. Ah well. There are five days of the month left :-P

Monday, September 19, 2011

Theme Music

Does anyone else have theme music? A soundtrack for their life? Please tell me I'm not alone in this!

Right now, Let That be Enough by Switchfoot is my main theme song. I know, I know, not very "Here she comes to seize the day!" music, but it's fitting for a person who is stuck in their journey.

Then there's my writer theme music, the music that reflects me as a writer. Hot and Cold by Katy Perry. Yeah. I totally fall in and out of love with writing/my manuscripts/etc.

Mood music:

Defiant - Have a Nice Day by Bon Jovi. Once someone was bossing me around. After smiling and nodding, I took off and listened to this in the car. Yeah, I was singing along at the top of my lungs ;) It also works well for rejections!

Oh, another one for defiant: Uprising by Muse

Melancholy - Superman by Five for Fighting, Wave Goodbye by Steadman.

There are prolly others, but I am now too lazy to look them up :p
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How about you? What are YOUR theme songs? Do you have a life soundtrack?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

An Early Farewell to Summer

O Summer
Oh how I shall I miss thee!

I shall miss thy scorching kiss that pinks my cheeks and makes me break out in hot, watery bubbles.

I shall miss having my clothes plaster themselves to mine body, tanged with the reek of sweat that smells of Taco Bell.

I shall miss the sleepless nights where mine mother thought it cool enough to turn off the conditioner of air... and it was not.

I shall miss the awkward array of clothing that is made for twigs and not a full-grown oak.

O Summer
How shall I miss thee!

...

Or not. Still waaaaaay better than winter, though.

Long live Early Autumn and her sister Spring! Death to Winter! Temps in the mid 60s and early 70s! Apple cider! Pumpkins! Halloween! My birthday! Huzzah!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Shelving and Ramblings

I wasn't 100%, so I did some research:

According to a few resources (none of them I'm betting my life on), YA (Young Adult) books are targeted at the 14-21 age range. /resource info

YA themes tend to or do revolve around younger protags with younger voice. What's appropriate subject matter is open for debate. Am I right (or crazy)?

But let me lay this at your door:

My local library shelved A Game of Thrones... in the YA section.

For those of you who haven't read George R. R. Martin's rather thick tome o' fantasy: It deals with some POV characters that are younger, but the book includes (a far amount of) sex, rape, language (F, S, C... you get the picture), and some semi-gross battle scenes.

I personally loved the book, but I don't know what I think of it being in the YA section. Granted, most of the teens at 14 have heard (or at least THINK they have heard) it all. Then there's sheltered children, like I was.

What are your thoughts? Does it matter? What of Lord of the Rings? Should that be YA?
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I talked to a librarian in Tech services. She says that YA is 17-25 or 30 (I can't remember exactly what she said.) Below that is Junior Fiction(?). Huh.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Windbag

Music: Twilight mix tape (I'd rather be listening to Dr. Horrible, but he's lost somewhere in my supermassive mound of CDs)

Writing: Deus Experimental Division: God Machine... sort of. I haven't actually written anything this month :-/

Mood: Tense and still a little ticked off from an incident a few days ago

It's the thing I hate about the Internet. No one can read anyone's tone with 100% accuracy. I could be saying "Hey, dude!" and what you hear is "Hi, _____! How are you?" and what I really mean is "Dude, what are you DOING? Back off."

Not that I would actually do the latter--however sorely tempted. I know context in a situation helps, but if you're biased from the Hello and unable to be objective, what good will context do you?

A little background on me: I was raised to believe that "Shut up" was the equivalent of "F you," before I even knew what the F-word was. Yeah, "shut up" just wasn't said under our roof.

Imagine innocent lil' ol' me when in a stressful situation someone snaps at me to "Shut up." In my mind at the time, he might as well have said, "No one wants to hear you talk, b-tch." Now that I'm older and (hopefully) a little wiser, it wouldn't hurt me as much. Honestly, though? Words still hurt.

Now back to context.

If we had been joking around in a light situation, and X had told me in a playful tone to shut up, I might have laughed it off. But his tone was clearly PO'd, and the situation was a tense one.

Then we have the world wide web, where trolls abound as do misunderstandings. You might say one thing, mean it one way, but if I look back at what you've just said, I take it the total opposite.

There are two solutions: people, try to think before you type. Could the person I'm talking to read this wrong? Am I being clear enough? And Beth, yes you, stop taking things so personally.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September Goals

-Write 15k new words
-Do 5 crits
-Finish Game of Thrones
-Read two other books


To me, these goals are lofty. We'll see how I do.

Wish me luck!