Friday, April 29, 2011

Game of Thrones

Alright, so here's the story. It's a bit of a long one, so bear with me.

Once upon a time I was at Barnes and Noble with Blue, hunting for books. After a lot of hunting, I pulled Game of Thrones (George RR Martin) off the shelf. It looked pretty good, the usual stuff I'm in to, although I was a little hesitant because it was really long and although I like to read series (what's the plural of that?) I'm leery of  7/8/9 book epics and that's what A Song of Ice and Fire was shaping up to be.

I bought it anyway.

I started it. But GoT is a bit on the dark side. I wasn't prepared. 80 pages in and a whole bunch of really nasty stuff had happened to the characters I I stopped.

A couple of weeks ago, HBO debuted their new TV series based on the books. I watched it. I liked it. I
restarted the book.

I really like it! It's still dark, and still a bit upsetting, but I like it. I definitely recommend it.

That's all I really have to say for now.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Butterfly Effect

Can't do anything long tonight, I'm off to a royal wedding sleepover/viewing party

But I will share quickly that I did finish a couple of the stories I was planning, and one is not horrible although it needs MAJOR polishing. And it probably also needs to be about twice as long. It's based off the move The Adjustment Bureau (which is in turn based off a short story) if you've seen it.

Now I'm going back to work on the novels. I think the fantasy one needs to be retired for a bit, but I'm ready to work on the other one.

I'll keep you all informed. Also, tomorrow I will address Game of Thrones.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I'm Really Bad About Birthdays

I forget everybody's birthday.

I mean, I know mine. And my brother's, and my dad's, and my dog's. But I CANNOT seem to remember any of my friends' birthdays, and I haven't quite figured out if my mother's is the 24th or the 26th. How sad is that?

This year, I finally accepted the fact that I will never be good with birthdays, and instead of worrying about being on time and forgetting and being late and discombobulated, I just decided that I would pick a date, declare it the Collective Birthday, and give everyone presents then.

Why am I telling you this? Because it's interesting - to me at least - and an important part of my personality. Also because it has to do with writing. Namely, the presents.

I thought it would be a good idea to write little stories or screenplays - short ones - for my friends. I was aiming for one each, so five total. This all sounded good in theory, but the collective birthday is tomorrow and I've only finished one. Haha. I am such a bad procrastinator.

Even this is procrastination. So bye, while I scramble like mad to finish all of this.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

So We're Back Here Again

I've been neglecting you, I'm sorry - mostly because I haven't been writing. It's been a rough couple of weeks. Who knew that so much free time could be so busy?

Now I'm on a deadline - 5 stories by Thursday. I'll keep you guys updated.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Working on TBA (The Beekeeper's Apprentice, not To be Announced) is interesting. It's hard to adapt a book that is very heavy on exposition and jumps around in time. There's a whole lot of just figuring out what is important, what little details are not strictly necessary and what details will prove to be vital later on.

It's fun, like a puzzle.

Off to driving now, we'll see if I get a chance to work on it later. Maybe I'll talk more about adaptation later.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


Just a quickie because I am super tired.

Writing a novel is hard work.

That is all I have to say.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Screnzy Update #2


Day: 8
Script page count: 27, although I haven't written yet today
How far through the book:  73/404

Summary of recent events: Holmes and Mary solve the case of a government consultant whose wife suspects he is selling secrets to Germany

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I'm Feeling Springy!

Ok. So my one more Brandon Sanderson thing - last one, promise.

He has annotations.

Basically, for each chapter of his books , he goes through and points out the important bits and his favorite lines and what he was thinking when he wrote it or what he was going's an insight into his process.

Which, of course, completely fascinates me.

 I'm done now, sorry.

Also, the reason why I don't have to go to school: Senior Spring. The school has officially given up on trying to keep us working and instead allows us to work on projects of our own devising (subject to approval of course). So I will be spending the spring dancing, writing and taking photos, and only occasionally dropping by school. Most excellent.

I didn't write anything last night so I've got to write extra today, but before I go I will just leave you with this:
Because I am feeling springy today!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Screnzy Update

Ok, it really isn't my fault. I swear, every other time I'm on the computer my internet refuses to cooperate.


I thought I'd let you guys know where I was on my Screnzy project, and adaptation of The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King (Think Sherlock Holmes)


Day: 4
Script page count: 20
How far through the book: 68 / 404 pages (oh boy)

Also I'll mention that it feels really weird not to have to go to school (more on that tomorrow) and I have one more Brandon Sanderson thing (yes I know sorry but it's useful I promise) but I'll get to that tomorrow too because I am tired and it is bedtime. Goodnight.

Friday, April 1, 2011

It's Been a While Since I Read Something This Good

So, no post yesterday but that wasn't my fault - the internet wasn't working and then I was at a concert.

Two things happened today: Script Frenzy officially started, yay, and I finished Mistborn (the Brandon Sanderson book I was reading).

Oh my god.

Incredible. I mean, I read Warbreaker and I liked it, but this book is just mindblowingly stunning. First of all, the setting. The premise is good, and the magic system is incredibly inventive and well defined. The plot is interesting and there were several twists I didn't see coming - actually, there was one in particular that completely blew me out of the water. The characters are fascinating, deep, complex, and well developed.

I'm starting to sound...well I don't know. But I'm being totally honest - I loved this book. Wow. I'm always reading, but it's not often I find something that engages me so much. I highly recommend it.

I finished reading, and felt like I was coming up for air.

I will, of course, immediately request the second book from the library.

And now, back to work...have to take care of all the ideas bouncing around my head.