Sunday, September 15, 2013

My NaNoWriMo 2013 Soundtrack

I've been a bad girl last night. I told myself I would only think of my story a week before November starts. But, while brainstorming for ideas, I actually picked one and started working with it. I don't have a story yet but I have the setting. So lets see... the first year I wrote about space pirates. The year after that, I wrote about space pirates. And this year, I'll be writing again about the same space pirates. I sense a recurrent theme.

 Anywhoo, today I thought I'd work on my soundtrack.

 This song from Powerman 5000 is usually what I listen to before every writing session:
Holy shit, that's the DeLorean! And some flavor of the moment:


 I LOVE the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack. The problem is sometimes it's overstimulating.


 Maybe not music per se:

 

 Other randoms:
 

I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan. The last minute of this video though made me temporary go gaga over Gaga way back when (erhm, when I still had ex boyfriend issues...). And more then a few songs made it on my 2010 NaNoWriMo soundtrack. Maybe it's time to bring them back. Odd to say, I owe Gaga a thing or two. She influenced me for the best back in those days. My liking of her did not survive the passage of time however.
 

Other hits of hers with inspiring visuals:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Musings...

I was going trough my notebook this morning and a loose page fell out with some random motivational musings:

I am a writer.
I love being a writer.
Being a writer means that I see the world differently, from the outside looking in, looking out.
It's a free pass to being quirky.
A writer that doesn't write though just for the sake of writing is sad...
I want to go back to writing.
To write, I must read.
Books are the yarn of writing.

Parts of (the) writing (process):
-reading
-thinking (it looks like doing nothing...)
-doodling
-throw in some writing here and there
-procrastinate, obviously
-listening to music while day dreaming. Sometimes dance to it.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2013

NaNoWriMo begins in less then two months now and seen how I've been unable to replicate the victorious glory of 2010, I'm doing all I can this year to secure a win. I can't loose again. My self esteem will go down in the toilet if I fail one more time.

So after deciding that it was time to put away all my other obsessions such as knitting and crochet, I'm now reading "No Plot? No Problem!" by Chris Baty again. Reading books will be an essential part of my "training". Nothing gets my imagination ramped up like reading a good science book or fiction.

I also worked today on two lists of things I like and don't like about novels, an exercise proposed by Chris' book.  And here they are:


Magna Carta I - The things I love in novels.

-Witty exchanges, like those Joss Wheddon write.
-Made up cultures, words and worlds.
-Original idiosyncrasies
-Small, seemingly irrelevant details peppered throughout the story at the beginning, that become relevant later on.
-Happy, hopeful endings
-Quirky, imperfect characters.
-Cliffhanger chapter endings
-Strong female characters
-Smart but unpretentious writing
-Mature characters.
-Ships
-Swear words. I love them even more if they are made up.
-Backstories
-plot twists
-When you have to figure out the truth for yourself. Similar to how readers had to figure out who Jon Snow's parents actually were or the meaning behind the screaming iron hinge flashbacks that the Damphair experience in George R. R. Martins' A Song of Ice and Fire. George doesn't say outright who Jon's parents are but he leaves soooo many clues for readers to pick out, with also seeds of doubt thrown in there. He doesn't say either that the Damphair was raped as a child by the Crow's Eye... but his flashbacks strongly hint to a traumatic events in his past of a rapey nature.
-Backstories told trough the perspective of different characters.


Magna Carta II - The things I hate in novels:

-Perfect, unrealistic romance on which I blame most of my teenage love woes. Damn you Walt Disney!!
-Love triangles
-Unhappy endings
-A lack of strong, independent female characters
-I don't like how space drives some folks in sci-fi coocoo. I'm sure space is scary at times but still... I don't like sci-fi that gets too philosophical about space either. Poetic 'a-la-Carl-Sagan, sure. Philosophical... not so much.
-Black and white characters. No one is 100% good or bad.
-Sexist characters
-Stories that presume to tell me how I should feel about something. Pretentious, opinionated story telling.
-Stereotypes
-Usually not a fan of post-apocalyptic sci-fi... unless it's the Hunger Games trilogy.
-I hate stories that begin so well and then become overly philosophical and twisted. Kind of like most mangas I like in the beginning and absolutely hate in the end.