Wednesday, 16 April 2014

What's Up Wednesday - 2 for 1 on Rants and Apathy!

Wednesday again.  Happy days :D Are you going to join in this fun blog hop? Stop by Jaime and Erin's blogs!

What I'm Reading

Finished The Archived.  I liked it, but I don't feel like I'm in a rush to pick up the sequel...

...Probably because I just read the amazing Gone Girl.  If you haven't read this book, you need to *right now* because wooooooooooow.  I can't really say anything without really ruining a spectacular twist, but it really made me sit and think.  It's so damn clever! I think I'm still a little hungover from it...

I'm now powering through Dayna Lorentz's No Safety In Numbers and really liking it... aside from a comment about the character Ginger who is "a ginger".  Like, the book has an awesomely diverse cast, and yet what does the author even mean by a "ginger" (yes, it's in quotes in the book)? Personally, I can't help being sensitive about "ginger" comments when even now, as a fully grown woman, I have people shout stuff like "ginger whore" at me across the street. It's probably a throw-away comment for any non-redhead reading it, but it was just really disappointing, you know?

...Wow, quite a rant.  Honestly though, I really am enjoying the book.  It's a neat thriller with some engaging characters, a tight setting and a great build up of tension.

What I'm Writing

...Eeeeeeeeeh... Well, Camp NaNo was going really well until work picked up at the end of last week (chicken pox outbreak uh oh!) and I got totally distracted.  I'm really hoping I can focus on my NaNo idea at least long enough to hit my 20k goal before I switch onto the new idea...

It's so strange. I went from being totally absorbed my my NaNo idea to "meh, whatever".  I'm hoping I'll find the love if I force myself to work on it over the long weekend.

What Else I'm Up to

I have a friend's wedding coming up and, oh yes, I'm going to be a bridesmaid for the third time.  I know, I know.  Never the bride.  This has been pointed out to me.  FOREVER ALOOOOOONE! Well, at least I'm getting an awesome 1950s style dress out of this deal.  Photos will come in May :D

What Inspires Me

It's Resident Evil month over here.  The smell of Spring triggers a sudden burning urge for Resident Evil in my brain.  It goes back to Spring 1998 when my cousin and I played through Resident Evil 2 together despite being waaaaaaaaaay younger than the 15 certificate on the box. I have such epic nostalgia about that game, so I always have a replay.  If you've been following my blog for a while, this won't be news to you ;)

Have a great week, everyone.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Like a Magpie...

Ever feel like you're writing, writing, writing and then something shiny catches your eye and oooh! New idea! Let's work on that! So you start and you get further and further... wait, what's that shiny thing? ANOTHER NEW IDEA! Go, go, go!


This would be me right now.  I started my ice story during the Olympics... then I started my Camp NaNo story (which I really love)... but now there's this other idea nibbling at my brain.  I've decided to keep working on the NaNo idea to see if my brain will kindly return to it, but if not, looks like I'll be moving on again ^^; But... but... aaargh, brain, I really like the NaNo idea!

Flitting between ideas doesn't mean you can't settle or that you'll never finish another story again.  It's a great sign you've got a busy imagination and you'll have something you can return to.  You've just got to find the idea that's going to work for you right now.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

What's Up Wednesday - Miss Cole Returns :D

Okay, I'm home and I'm no longer jetlagged, so it's time to rejoin the lovely people at What's Up Wednesday :D You can join in at Jaime and Erin's blogs!

What I'm Reading

I've read quite a few things since I last posted, so I'll do a neat summary:

Sabriel by Garth Nix - Great, as always
Echo Burning by Lee Child - Okay, but not my favourite of the Jack Reacher series.
The Diviners by Libba Bray- WOW
A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz- Meh
Angelfall by Susan Ee - *headdesk*
Genesis by Bernard Beckett- Ooooooh!

And now I'm reading The Archived by Victoria Schwab. So far, so intriguing...

What I'm Writing

Trucking along nicely with my new WiP and Camp NaNo :D I even wiped my big white board clean and started new notes for this book. I got a bit emotional as I obliterated the notes I'd left up there from Colony's early drafts.  Feels like a big step to be taking...

What Else I'm Up To

As always, the two weeks I spent in the US with my amazing friend and her family just wasn't enough.  But we had a great time hanging out and eating all the food.

Pictured: Food

I also went on quite the Barnes and Noble binge.  In fact, when I returned home to England, my suitcase was just 2lbs under the 50lb limit XD


What Inspires Me

I am loving the Petshop Boys right now.  Ladies and gentlemen, travel back in time with me to the land of 1980s music videos...

It's nice to be back. Hope you all have a great week! :D

Monday, 7 April 2014

Stand Up And Write!

When I was in NC, my friends introduced me to the concept of a standing desk.  For someone with back and pelvic issues (I am still in my twenties, I swear!), this is a really great idea.  So, while I totally have no room for a standing desk, I can adapt the chest of drawers in my office for this purpose. Voila!

Sandwiched by Colony's previous drafts

So far, so good! It's set at my height (yes, I'm fairly small) and it's comfortable for my wrists.  I just feels kind of nice to stand and work for periods of time rather than sitting cramped at my desk all the time and banging my knees every time I want to switch positions :P Plus I can dance along to my music (well, sway), and type at the same time. Win!

Monday, 31 March 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo

Anybody else taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo? You can find me here :D After a friend mentioned it on Twitter, I decided to go for it. The good thing is you can set your own target.  The start and end of April are pretty busy for me, but the middle should be calm enough to hit my 20,000 word goal.

What will I be writing? Hehehehe, well, it won't be the WiP I started last month. I hit 22k and then, while I was away, another idea hit hard.  Really hard. I'm going to use Camp to either get to grips with this new idea.  Here's some musical inspiration:


Good luck to my fellow campers!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

This Blog Is On Holiday :D

I've decided to take a couple of weeks off from blogging while I'm in the US ^_^ I'll catch up with you all in April.

Have fun, everyone!

Obligatory "Cole Is Travelling, Use Enterprise" Gif

Friday, 14 March 2014

Issues: How Many Is Too Many?

(This post brought to you by a Buffy marathon and a whole lotta eye rolling)

My love for Cordelia has only grown. Voice. Of. Reason.

Also, I suspect this post is very much a Your Mileage May Vary kind of deal, but I thought I'd ask anyway.

Characters need an issue or two.  It's what gives them depth and brings conflict into their story.  The question is when do the issues tip over into melodrama? Does one too many issues make a character unlikeable or unrelatable? We all have different tolerances for this kind of thing, and mine are probably lower than most (I AM SO COMPLETELY DEAD INSIDE), but there comes a point when you really need a character to either stand up and deal or for their issues to have very real consequences... like everyone abandoning them FOREVER UNTIL THEY STOP MOPING, ANGEL.

Buffy herself is a great example of using a few issues to add great depth to a character.  She does her fair share of moping and dumb decision making, but she usually gets her act together in the end.  She endures serious depression and hardship but always finds her way of coping.  It's a great show to watch for character development.  The characters might not get their happy endings, but they deal with it. 

Having a character drown in their problems is a story all on its own, but at what point does the trouble weighing on them become unrealistic? Or maybe it doesn't - your mileage may vary. Of course problems do lead to new problems, but when a character only ever goes from bad to worse, there's got to be something that keeps them going. 

How do you feel about it?