Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February Wrap-Up




February is over, guys, and my God has it been hectic. 

News From the Reading Front

University has started back up again, which means that anything I didn't manage to finish over Christmas has to be put on hold for course books. So far, I've managed to stay up to date on my course reading. Unfortunately, a large amount of the reading for one of my modules is a few poems or several chapters of political writings rather than an entire anthology or book, so I'm already six books behind on my Goodreads Challenge.

Books Read in February

News From the Writing Front

I have vague plot (AKA a lot of contradictory planning for the beginning, and piles of loose notes for the rest) and a tentative start on what I expect to be my big project for this year. I'm planning to write the bulk of it in the Easter holidays though, since most of the writing time I have during term time is taken over by work for my creative writing module.

News From the Blogging Front

I have made seven posts this February, which is two up on January, and on par with February last year.

Most Popular Post: Five Blogging Resolutions

Least Popular Post: In Which There Are Sniffer Bears (The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman)

Commenting Issues

Please don't ask me what happened with the comments, because I don't know. All I know is that, for a couple of days, I was unable to reply to comments. When I posted again, I was informed that you couldn't comment anymore either. I started looking into what was going on, but then I recieved an email saying that somebody had commented and, when I tried to reply, I could. I don't know how it broke, and I don't what fixed it. I'm just going to put it down to good karma and move on.

How was your February?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

What Does the Time You Write Say about You?


Some of us rise with the birds and tap out ten pages before breakfast.

(And some of us only ever seem to type around the midnight hour. Looking at nobody in particular.)

Be fair. I know that I'm actually at my most productive between 9am and 11am, but, more often than not, I'm in class at those times. 

(What's stopping you from writing between 6pm and 10pm?)

Reading. Societies. The fact that I am apparently powered by moonlight. 

Look. When you write isn't important - what's important is that you are writing, you are trying, you are improving - but it does say something about you.

The Early Birds

You're up at the crack of dawn and off before breakfast. A productive and dedicated individual, you know that you can always fix the typos caused by your half-asleep state during editing. Often found hunched over their desk, rubbing sleep out of their eyes as the sun rises over the city.

Midmorning Magic

Are you self-employed? Homeschooled? Is it the summer holidays? Do you write in class? Somehow, you are able to organise your own day to leave these magical midmorning hours free for writing. You have a flexible schedule. Often found at home on the sofa, curled up with their laptop.

Mealtime Madness

Be it breakfast, lunch, or tea, if you're writing at a mealtime, you're either a workaholic or so busy that you can't take twenty minutes out of your day without your world crashing down around you. You probably live off fast food and ready meals, and have almost destroyed your laptop by spilling your drink on it at least once. Often found by the microwave, scribbling as the timer counts down, or at the table, shovelling food frantically into their mouths. 

Arty Afternooner

More laidback than the morning writers, the arty afternooners wait until they're fully awake and well-fed before they put pen to paper. Either has a flexible schedule, or works part-time/has classes in the morning. Often found sitting in coffee shops, tapping away on their laptops.

Evening Ink

Cue the Dolly Parton music, because you're working nine to five five days a week. You're either still in education, or have a job. The evening is when you finally have time to do what you want to do. And you want to write. Often found on their sofa or at their desk, with a snack in easy reach.

Midnight Typist

You either don't need a lot of sleep, live in a sleep-deprived haze, or both. Maybe you wait for your inner editor to be asleep before you write, maybe this is how you meet work-related deadlines and you've carried the habit over into your writing, or maybe you just write whenever you get the urge. Midnight typists are unpredictable. And possibly insane. May occasionally pull an accidental all-nighter. Often found sat in bed with their laptop.

When do you write?

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Hamilton Book Tag

(This book tag was originally created by Maureen Keavy and is in no way associated with the actual Hamilton musical, or Lin Manuel Miranda.)

What's this? A resolution I'm sticking to? A couple of posts back, I said that I was going to do some more book tags, so here we go with a Hamilton themed one! And, of course, we are not throwing away our shot, so we have to do the bonus questions (Helpless down) too.

(Warning for a frankly embarassing number of song references, and major spoilers for Half Lost if you have good inference and deduction skills.)
  
The Room Where It Happens: a Book world you would put yourself in
And
You'll Be Back: Sassiest villain

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21416690-the-invisible-library

(Who didn't see this one coming?)

A world where librarians jump through dimensions, rescuing books that also happens to have dragons? Sign me up.

The sassiest villain is obviously Silver.

The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25090719-the-sword-of-summer

Gunilla! Samira! And Mallory.

(Seriously though, can we please take a moment to appreciate Mallory Keen?)

My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn't let anything stop them


 Nothing stops Annie. Not the boundary between fiction and reality. Not the law. Not even logic.

Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive 
And
Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26404831-half-lost

Two for one. If you've read it, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Honestly, this book will break your heart.

*Sobs uncontrollably*

The Reynolds Pamphlet - A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22396591-the-dead-house

I still have absolutely no idea what really happened in this book.

(That's why I love it.)

Non-stop: A series you marathoned 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20409605-shiver

Sort of? I mean, I read them all within four months. That's as close as I've ever come to marathoning a book series - I usually read books as they're released.

Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23573418-i-ll-give-you-the-sun

Jude: I remember that choice, I just might regret that choice for the rest of my days.
Noah: I remember that Brian boy falling over himself to win my praise.

(*Raises eyebrows*)

Fine. I'll stop.
It has twin narrators. 
Noah tells us what we missed and Jude tells us what comes next.

(You said you'd stop.)

Oh, don't pretend. You know you love it really.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/72193.Harry_Potter_and_the_Philosopher_s_Stone

What do you mean Harry Potter isn't already a classic?

Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the very start 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/893172.The_Lightning_Thief

Did anybody not see Percy and Annabeth coming?

Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1053412.The_Monk


DON'T JUDGE ME.

What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2444163.Runemarks

 I'd love to hear that a third Runemarks was coming out. Joanne Harris writes the best Loki.

(Take that, Marvel Loki.)

Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene 
And 
Right Hand Man - Favorite BROTP 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21082129-the-blood-of-olympus

The popcorn scene is the greatest fight scene every written. FIGHT ME.

Nico and Reyna definitely have my favourite fictional friendship, though Nico and Jason are a close second.

(Also, Sam and Cole from The Wolves of Mercy Falls. Their friendship is the best written relationship in the entire series.)

What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to reading 


I didn't read The Hunger Games until after I'd seen the Catching Fire film.

*Dodges tomato*

...I didn't enjoy it either.

*Dashes off the stage, ducking eggs and tomatoes*  

I'm going to tag Kate @ The Magic Violinist, because I know she loves Hamilton (There is a 50% chance she's already done it), and anyone else who fancies giving this a try.  

What's your favourite song from the Hamilton musical?