I am not doing NaNoWriMo

I am not doing NaNoWriMo

Liz, you haven’t posted anything the last two weeks. I know! Jesus, you don’t have to remind me of my failures or shortcomings. I am going to be completely transparent here. I have not been reading the last three weeks or so, and because I have not been reading, I have not been inspired to write posts about books. Honestly, I have been fully engulfed in the story I am planning. There have been highs and lows. There are days of brilliant inspiration and days of utter shame and despair. I had a spark of an idea during a run back in April or May. I thought about it all night, and I wrote out a 5 page outline of what was swimming in my head. I then immediately forgot about.

In July I started thinking seriously about my idea again. I plotted out some more, I wrote a few scenes and shared them with family members and friends, and I wrote a lot of back story to this thing that has taken over my life. I will admit I have been harping on the back story the last two weeks, and it has hindered my creative juices. I’ve spent so much time trying to figure out all the plot holes that I haven’t written anything. So I am going to combat this beginning November 1st.

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“That’s why her notebook is so big. Full of secrets.

The title says you aren’t doing NaNoWriMo. I know this, and you really are a smart ass, do you know that? I am NOT doing NaNoWriMo. I know my daily schedule. I know my mental capabilities and stress levels. I know that I will not complete NaNoWriMo. I don’t think it is a defeatist attitude. I think I have a realistic grasp on my writing habits, and I do not want to set myself up for failure. I am very serious about this story. It is something I want to pursue full heartedly. I have true faith in it. I think the spirit of NaNoWriMo is amazing, though, so I want to be part of it in some way. There is something wonderful about so many people starting projects at once and lifting each other up, so I am going to force myself to stop planning and second guessing and start WRITING on November 1st. I have set a more realistic goal of 50,000 by the end of the year. I think it will still be a challenge but more acceptable to my lifestyle. I am not going to be utilizing the NaNoWriMo site, but I have signed up on MyWriteClub.com which is a simple, social media site that allows you to keep a word count of what you have written and set goals. You can also follow friends, and see their goals and progress. It really brings out my competitiveness, and I think it will be a great way to keep me accountable. You can follow me here.

I will end this post with five things about my story:

  1. It follows three best friends.
  2. One is gay.
  3. One is bi.
  4. All three are female.
  5. One of them beats the shit out of a man while completely naked.
Six of Crows: Book Review

Six of Crows: Book Review

Six crows walk into a bar. The bartender says, “What the hell! How did all these birds get in here?” The bartender tries to swat them out the front door and yells to a patron, “Call the caw-ps!”

Okay, I really liked this book. I have been wondering why my gut reaction was to give it 3 stars (only on Goodreads because I don’t use star ratings to my blog). I thought about changing it to 4 stars, but I think I am sticking with 3.

It’s almost unfair to rate this book. People have said over and over, “Oh, you don’t have to read the original trilogy to read Six of Crows.” At the end of the day, I am not so sure about that. I had a lot of disconnect to the story and world in the beginning. It took a very long time to understand or care about any of these characters’ motivations. I felt like someone gave me the gooey insides of an apple pie but forgot to include the pie shell–still enjoyable but a pie is not a pie without the shell.

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Picture of the six Crows breaking into the Ice Court. (If you don’t get this reference then we can no longer be friends because I spent way too much time on this joke for it to go unnoticed [See: The Crow, 1994].)

Don’t let this discourage you. The story was still really, really good. It follows Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and an ensemble cast as they try to steal from a Las Vegas casino. Oh, did I just describe the plot of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven? Sorry. Six of Crows follows six moody teenagers (da crows), hardened by lives of crime and tragedy, who attempt to perform an impossible heist. Each chapter switches between 5 of the crows (where are the Wylan chapters?!), and the plot unravels quickly and precisely. I would recommend this book to anyone who is getting over a reading slump or has a free weekend ahead of them because this book does move very quickly. I felt like one second we were strolling through Ketterdam, and the next, ships were exploding and people were dying. Because the writing is very cinematic, some of the writing does fall short. The character development was generic at times. They felt like every other teenager I’ve ever read about, BUT that doesn’t mean I wasn’t obsessed with them. Inej? Good god, what a sorceress of emotions. NINA? Stole my heart. Matthias, hubba hubba. Wylan? I wanted more. Jesper? I WANTED MORE! Kaz? Well, Kaz was honestly the least interesting character (he’s the generic I was referring to earlier). I’m just really bored of the internal struggle of bad boys, but I did imagine Joe Cole from Peaky Blinders as Kaz which made the reading experience VERY enjoyable. Honestly, if Leigh Bardugo did not base Kaz’s character off Peaky Blinders, then I will eat my own words (I will eat my computer).

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Please, try to tell me this is not Kaz. Try me. TRY!

Bardugo does that annoying thing with Kaz that Sarah J Maas does with Aelin in Throne of Glass, where one character seems to know EVERYTHING, and everyone is always in awe that this person knows everything. It is a sloppy way of revealing plot twists.

I will read Crooked Kingdom, at some point, but I didn’t have that immediate need to read the sequel when I finished. I do want to know what happens to these little baby (what is the word for infant crow*?) cinnamon rolls, but I can wait.

*I looked it up. The word for baby crow is chick. Six of Chicks sounds like an amazing book or girl band.

October 2016 TBR/TBW

October 2016 TBR/TBW

Hello to all my witches! Hello ghosts! Hello basic, pumpkin spice consuming, horror reading and horror watching brethren! It is that wonderful time of year again. A time when demons walk the earth, dogs dress as hotdogs and spiders. A magical month full of shitty, horror sequels and parents who wait until October 30th to find a costume for their crying child who is upset that all the Captain American costumes are sold out. “But honey, you could be a generic witch? Does that sound alright?” …No mom, it won’t be alright. I understand you had a deadline to meet at work and there is the issue of feeding and taking me to soccer practice, but I really wanted that Elsa costume. The whole season is ruined, and I will be the laughing-stock of the 3rd grade!

I don’t do TBRs because I never stick to them. TBRs are usually just visual proof of the things you did not accomplish during the month, but like I said earlier, October is a magical time of the year. This year I am going to do something a little different. I am going to show you the few books I plan on reading AND the movies I plan to watch. I watch horror films all year-long, but I thought it would be nice to talk about some of the upcoming releases and some films that have been on my list to watch for a long time. Halloween really does enhance the reading and viewing pleasure of horror. It might be the drop in temperature, the crinkling of the leaves, or the shared experience of that one night of the year where everybody puts on their ugliest faces and demand treats.

The Books

 

  1. Survive the Night by Danielle Vega — I am giving Vega a second chance with this one. I did not like the sequel to her Merciless series (Review Here), but I am interested to see how she does with a stand alone horror story. A girl named Casey is forced to go to a rave in a tunnel with her friends. She finds a dead body and all of the exits are barred. Bring on the tunnel murder!
  2. The Girl Before by Rena Olsen — I follow Olsen on twitter, and I have been eyeing this book for a while. It has one of the best covers I have ever seen on a thriller. I hope that this one can fill the Gillian Flynn void that I haven’t been able to fill. The plot is a lot harder to summarize: A woman named Clara is kidnapped in front of her husband and children. It alternates between her childhood and the present, and everything is not as it seems. Bring on the mystery murder!
  3. Wonderbook by James Vandermeer
  4. Writing Monsters by Philip Athans
  5. Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror edited by Laurie Lamson

The last three, as you can tell, have a theme. I am tentatively planning for NaNoWriMo, and I would like to do some research. I ordered the last three books on Amazon, and I should get them in the next few days. You might have an idea of what kind of story I have in mind, but everything is still just in the planning phase. Would anyone be interested in a NaNoWriMo post at the end of November? I will probably not read at all in November, so I want to read and research as much as I can now.

The Films

 

  1. Oujia: Origin of Evil (2016) — I have not seen the original Oujia film, and I probably never will. The sequel looks intriguing, and the historical element is also a deal maker. This one comes out in theaters October 21st, so I will have to wait until later in the month.
  2. Wolf Creek (2005) — This is a classic, gore film from Australia that I have always meant to watch. Three backpackers are captured my a serial killer. I am guessing hijinks and the cutting of limbs will ensue.
  3. The Others (2001) — I saw this movie when it first came out, and I noticed that a lot of people include it on their favorite lists. I would like to revisit it and see if it still holds up.
  4. Demon (2016) — This film has been talked a lot about in the film festival scene. I don’t know if I will be able to watch it yet because there is no concrete release date near me. I will try my best. It is about a groom who becomes possessed by a demon in the middle of this wedding which sounds AMAZING!
  5. Kill List (2011) — This is a British film about a man who starts working with contract killers and finds himself brought into a world of the strange and horrifying. I had never heard of this one until recently, and now I find it on most top horror films of the last ten years.