Beautiful Books 2017!

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As a celebration for finally coming up with an idea for NaNoWriMo, I decided to link up with the wonderful Cait and Sky to take part in their blogging meme, Beautiful Books!

I’ll jump right in:


What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
I have had the basic idea of a spy novel floating around in the back of my head for a while! When I sat down to come up with ideas for Nanowrimo, I looked through the notes in my phone (where I often jot down obscure plot bunnies) and rediscovered a brain wave about a contemporary and fantasy mashup  from 2015. I simply combined that with the spy idea, and now I have a mess of an idea in my head!

Describe what your novel is about!
It’s about an unmotivated girl with self esteem issues, a small boy with too much motivation, and a dysfunctional family with many problems that they don’t want to fix. There are dragons, houses that fall down, and an unorganised spy agency. All in all, it’s a story about looking for your life purpose – only to discover that it changes all the damn time.

What is your book’s aesthetic?
I’m still working on the pinterest board, but here’s what I’ve got at the moment:

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It’s sort of black-and-white, and yet maybe quite impacting when you look closer?? Also do I overthink everything?? The answer is yes.

Introduce us to each of your characters!
There’s Lillian! She’s a Hufflepuff with a love for dancing and smiling at strangers, and  she has a hatred for donkeys and her thin lips. She wants to save the world, but doesn’t know how. She longs for a purpose.

There’s Caster! He’s a Slytherin with lots of motivation to do stuff, but rather lacking in the means to carry out his plans. He loves chocolate and dragons, and has a bad habit of accidentally hating people. His life is outside of his control.

There’s The-Person-Without-A-Name! He’s the absentminded head of the spy agency, and he’s very good at his job. He loves folk music and getting tattoos. He doesn’t have a name because I can’t find a decent name for him okay.

There’s the family! The father is firm and a little kind, but very distant. The mother is outwardly sweet, has undiagnosed anxiety, and is very manipulative. The brother is very extroverted and a little bit compulsive.

(I’m honestly considering calling the mother “The Mother” the whole book so I don’t have to find a name for her, help)

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How do you prepare to write?
There’s always a lot of planning involved! I like to have a very good idea of where my story is going before I start writing. I also like to do a good amount of world building – I want to have a good idea of the place and time in my head before I start writing.

What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
This book is set in a land called “Samaa”, which is a place I came up with my sister long ago when I was a small child. I haven’t written a full story set in it yet, and I’m really looking forward to developing the place and exploring the culture! I want to add in several things which I hadn’t come up with before about the land of Samaa, and I’m super excited to do so!

List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

  • It’s outwardly cheerful, inwardly broken.
  • There are tall wooden houses and winding streets with broken cobblestones.
  • Dragons.

What’s your character’s goal, and who/what stands in the way?
Lillian has two main goals throughout the story. Her internal goal is to find a life purpose. In the way stand her family, her own insecurities, and peer pressure to just live-and-let-live. Her external goal is help Caster, which is halted by the slave trade, donkeys, and Caster himself!

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
By the end, Lillian has realised what purposes are, and how to save Caster – from himself. She has (subconsciously) stopped listening to her friends and family as much, and realises that finding your purpose is a lifetime thing.

What are your book’s themes? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
The themes include, but are not limited to: purposes, growing up, abuse and neglect, freedom, and hufflepuff/slytherin friendship (if that’s a theme!).
I’m not planning to have any readers of this story, but if anyone actually reads it, I’d love them to know the fact that motivation is a finicky thing.


img_0581Thanks so much for Cait and Sky for creating this blogging meme! It was so much fun to do, and actually really helped me to get my scattered thoughts in order. I’m really pumped for Nanowrimo now!

Are you taking part in Nanowrimo?

Emmi 🙂

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October 2016 WRAPUP

It’s the time of the month for a wrapup! YAYYY!

I read SEVENTEEN books this month. A change from the six of last month, if I can just say! Without further ado, I’ll jump right into it!

Books I read this month

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Books I read that I own

 

The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie) – 4/5

Pandemonium (Lauren Oliver) – 2/5

Requiem (Lauren Oliver) – 2/5

reread – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (J.K. Rowling) – 5/5

Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell) – 4/5

reread – Coral Island  (R.M. Ballantyne) – 5/5

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Books from my first library visit

Vanishing Girls (Lauren Oliver) – 1/5

Always Emily (Michaela MacColl) – 3/5

A Summer Secret (Kathleen Fuller) – 2/5

reread – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling) – 5/5

reread – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling) – 5/5

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Books from my second library visit

The Jewel (Amy Ewing) – 1/5

Four (Veronica Roth) – 1/5

Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater) – 4/5

Geek Girl (Holly Smale) – 3/5

Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo) – 2/5

She is Not Invisible (Marcus Sedgwick) -4/5

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So those are the books I read this month! If you have any questions about my ratings do let me know. I was quite happy with seventeen books, but not necessarily the ones I picked. I feel like lots of them were let downs.

Standouts were … She Is Not Invisible and Raven Boys. She Is Not Invisible was a gorgeous book about a blind girl and it was positively delicious. Raven Boys was much better than I expected and wonderfully written. Highly recommend both these.

NaNoWriMo starts today!

Am I prepared? No.

Am I going to fail epically? Probably.

But I am determined to have fun, and I think that that’s the point, isn’t it.

That’s all I have for now! Keep smiling, and until next time, humans!

–Emmeline 🙂

NaNoWriMo UPDATE BECAUSE I CAN’T MAKE UP MY MIND CAN I + reading updates

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I was so sure of what I was doing for NaNo. In fact, I was so sure that I didn’t even bother to plan it in the slightest – I know what I’m doing, thought I.

Ha.

I was so sure of what I was doing, my brain just had to change its mind, didn’t it.

What I’m Doing For NaNoWriMo (take two)

I first wrote this story … two years ago methinks? It was a while back, anyway. I picked it up again the other day and knew that I could do something with it, so I decided to do it for NaNoWriMo.

It’s set in the land of Samaa (sam-uu) (pronunciation is important) which is a land which my sister and I made up around ten years ago. Since then a heap of world building has taken place, and I thought it was about time that I set a story in it!

So I did/will. It’s a children/fantasy/fiction/everything really sort of story, about a girl and her family. I’m working on the planning of it at the moment, so that I’m not completely pantsing NaNo when it begins. (which, subsequently, is in one week. Eeek.)

I will provide more updates shortly, but in the meantime, I wish everyone good luck and many well wishes on their writing journey!

Let’s have some reading updates…

What I’ve Read Recently

from 19th October to 24th October 2016

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie) – 4/5

This book excited me, bringing with it both Agatha’s wonderful talent and some unexpected twists. And the ending! Brilliance. While some of this book was a tad dull, I was never bored. I pronounce this a good book that you should READ, humans.

The Jewel: The Lone City, #1 (Amy Ewing) – 1/5

I really do not like giving books one star. I really don’t. But this one… it didn’t have much going for it. At all. For example… Mary Sues galore, weak writing, unrealistic decisions made by aforementioned Mary Sues, depressingly ridiculous romances (with some parts that made me cringe and want to stop reading), me wanting to laugh in all the wrong places… oh dear. This wasn’t for me.

Four (Veronica Roth) – 1/5

I was looking for a good book to cheer me up after the disappointment of the above book. I didn’t find it in Four. The writing was weak and I found the protagonist rather Mary Sue-ish. The only reason I could see someone enjoying it was if they were part of the fandom … as I am not, I can safely say that this book, which I had anticipated reading for years, was nothing short of a depressing disappointment.

The Raven Boys: The Raven Cycle #2 (Maggie Stiefvater) – 4/5

I needed something to cheer me up after those last two reads of mine, and I found it in this book. It was so good! It relieved me, it was fresh, it made me stay up late to finish it, it made me laugh, and it made me cry. The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of was the magic in this one. It was real; it wasn’t fantasy magic, and this makes me uncomfortable – I can deal with bits, but the whole plot centres around it. It is because of this that I am hesitant of reading the sequels, even though I want to. I’ll have to wait and see. But I really loved it, and the writing was wonderful – such a change from all the prosey prose that I’ve been reading lately.

Well, that’s all from me. Keep smiling, and until next time, humans!

–Emmeline 🙂

NaNoWriMo and EXCITING NEWS + Libraries

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Lots of things to talk about today! Let’s start right off with …

// NaNoWriMo and My Failed Attempt //

National Novel Writing Month is coming up soon, and I am pumped. I’ve done the camp in July but I’ve never done the actual thing, and I’m so ready!

My experience in July was – ahem – interesting. You see, ten thousand words away from my goal of forty thousand words, and just over halfway into the month, I decided to change stories. It was most definitely the right choice but it did cost me my official win.

I ended up writing – I think – twenty thousand of the other story (I’ve written more now, though). So I won technically, but it wasn’t registered on the site … and I wasn’t going to cheat by saying I had written more on that story than I had!

So in the end I had written twenty thousand. And I was a little disappointed in myself, because I had really gone it hard. But I’m so pumped for this time round, now that it’s the proper thing. I’m gonna do it this time!

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the beginnings of planning my NaNo story

// My Actual Story That I’ll Be Working On // *

I started this story two years ago, and it was the first one I ever wrote since my debut book of The Dancing Chickens, years and years ago. (Which I barely count as a book … my illustrations are terrible.)

I won’t say much about it, other than that it’s technically a kids book, but I am aiming for Harry Potter style – fun and thought provoking for all ages. It’ll probably be in more than one book, but as I’m still in the planning stage I’m not sure yet.

I am NOT pantsing it. I AM PLANNING IT. ** This story is going to be so well planned that I will not have even a second of wondering, “What comes next?” or alternatively, “What the heck am I doing?”

My username is Emmeline Annie on there, and you’re welcome to stalk me 🙂 I made a new account because I despised my username, and I’m hoping to keep this account for many years to come!

*if I don’t change my mind before the start of November, or in the middle like last time
** future me laughs nervously in the distance

// Big Wonderful EXCITING NEWS //

I started a Youtube Channel!!! I am honestly so, so excited – and nervous – for this. Talking is not something that comes naturally to me but I find talking to myself relatively easy … is that weird? I don’t know.

Link to my first video HERE!!!

I didn’t even mention this on my instagram because I was so nervous. Seriously, two minutes after I had uploaded it I was regretting EVERYTHING and wishing I could CHANGE EVERYTHING.

But I have swallowed the little self-esteem I have left and am now telling the internet. If anyone’s reading this. Otherwise I’m just telling future me who is probably rolling her eyes at me … *waves and swallows nervously*

But seriously, I would love it if you could show me some support. Even if it’s just watching it, or spending two seconds of your time to add a comment to the video, I would appreciate it beyond all anythings.

Thanks so much, humans 🙂

 

// Reading Update //

I have read four books this month so far, am halfway through three more, and am in the first pages of two. This is what happens when you go to the library and get a pile that is SURELY HEAVIER THAN YOU.

But it’s definitely an improvement from last month! I’m hoping to keep it up 🙂

Well, that’s all from me. Keep smiling, and until next time, humans!

— Emmeline 🙂