Before today's post, I have to tell you, this last weekend was a truly terrible weekend. A lot of stuff happened, and then I got sick, and it was horrific. I would say it's the worst weekend I've ever had. although that might be an exaggeration. In any case, I was feeling really down.
Then my friends here showed up at my door. They had gone to the store and bought me food and...
Immediately my entire life got better.
That is why the world does not stink after all.
Now. I've mentioned before that I have a thing for quotes. They just make me happy, and they seem all important and legit too because they come from famous people. So today I'm going to attack you with some of my favorite quotes specifically about writing!
Actually, I can cover this one pretty easily.
For updated thoughts on this topic, see this post.
The thing about writing novels is that for every idea, every world you step into, there's going to be stuff you don't know about. Especially if you're a sheltered introvert like me. So you have to research things and make sure you don't look like a total idiot in your own novel. Some writers spend hours and days and months researching, mostly because they decide to write about something complicated and research-heavy, as in historical fiction, or a medical issue, or a story that revolves around a setting that they've never been to.
I hate researching to that level.
I mean, I already spent weeks writing this novel, and it's going to be years of editing plus over a year at least to get it actually published, and taking up all that time researching just does not appeal to me. I'm really not that good at it either, because it involves a lot of detailed thinking, and I am not a detail person.
Luckily for me, none of my ideas have required a plethora of research, because I like to choose things that are not historical fiction, not setting-based, and derived around main concepts that I'm actually familiar with to some level. For example, many people would have had to do a ton of research for WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL, because it's about fibromyalgia. But I have fibromyalgia, and I'm basically a walking encyclopedia on it at this point. So no research required.
Of course, I do still research for my novels on a smaller scale, because it's necessary, and a lot of the time, I actually enjoy it. Sometimes it'll get heavy and I'll get annoyed, but generally, I like to learn about what I'm including in my novel. Recently, when I was writing MERCIFUL for NaNoWriMo 2012, I experienced a good bit of this. Don't try this at home unless you're a NaNoExpert, because you really shouldn't research or edit during NaNo. But I had the time and the means to go out and do some very basic research while I was writing to expand the richness of my work.
So for your amusement, here's a partial list of things that I've researched in the past for some of my novels.
First Book Read to Me
Hmm, well, I can't actually remember this myself, so I'll have to go to parental testimony. From what I remember, when I was young, I had two favorite things to be read to me. The first was Dr. Seuss's One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. The other was a National Geographic article on tarantulas.
Yeah, don't ask me.
First Book I Coveted
Coveted? That's such a nasty word. And honestly, I can't think of the answer to this. If I wanted a book, I would get it, from the library or as a gift. My parents encouraged my reading obsession when I was little.
Book to Define the Teen Years
The book to define my teen years. Well, the Harry Potter series came into my life in late elementary school, and continued through as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published. Harry Potter defined me in a lot of ways. J.K. Rowling to this day is my writing idol, constantly inspiring me to push myself. Reading Harry Potter with my extended family increased my awareness of literature analysis and the like, which has been instrumental to how I read and write since. Plus, Harry Potter is just freaking genius.
Guess what? I've been collecting more fun stuff for you guys! Because of how much I enjoy it, I'm planning on doing a humor post once a month now. Also, I'm not gonna organize it by book/story this time, because there's a bunch for each fan schema.
So thanks for reading, come back Saturday for a book-related survey, and enjoy!
I gave you a post on serious tools for publishing before, so today I wanted to give you some fun tools instead!
Word Cloud Technology
I've already written a whole post dedicated to this. My favorite is Tagxedo. There are lots of others out there too, depending on your preferences. This is not only a useful tool to figure out what words you are using most/overusing during editing, but it's also really really fun. And just imagine, you can make all kinds of cool gear to sell or give away or whatever out of these. Tagxedo has that option. Mugs, shirts, bags, whatever. It's fabulous.
I have a thing for websites where you can look up quotations of all kinds by all kinds of people on all kinds of subjects. I like it when I can find a particular concept or a wordage that speaks to me. It's inspirational. And on top of that, sometimes, using a quote in your novel (or many quotes) as additional material, chapter headings and such, is really cool. I did that for the entirety of the Chosen Four series. I may never do it again, but I liked it a lot. Also, if you're feeling artsy, you can use this website to make pictures out of quotations. (Or you could use Tagxedo again!)
Today, I'll be doing a music post, working with that Facebook game with questions that the songs are meant to answer. Sometimes it's really funny, or fitting, and other times it makes no sense. I'll add my comments in parentheses. Let me know what you think!
SOMEONE SAYS ‘ARE YOU OKAY’ YOU SAY?
"At the Burrow" Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 1 Score
(Fittingly, I'm generally OK if I'm with my friends.)
WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
"Dumbledore's Speech" Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Score
(Nonsensical, although I suppose I do use lots of words.)
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
"Battle of Jericho" NMMEA All State Mixed Choir 2011
(Well, I'm a fighter, all right, and I like to think myself epic.)
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
"Stay Young, Go Dancing" Death Cab for Cutie
(I do like dancing. That's pretty romantic.)
HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
"Symphony No. 8" 8th Grade LAMS Orchestra
(Orchestral, apparently. Or young.)
It's a lazy Saturday. We're just going to keep it chill with this social media survey. You can fill it out as well if you'd like!
What was the first social network you joined?
Facebook, even though my mom didn't want me too. I really loved it, though, so she joined too and let me stay.
What networks do you belong to?
Pretty much Facebook. Oh, and I guess Google+, but that was on accident and I never check it. I've considered Twitter but I'd like to become better known first.
Which one is your favorite?
Which one is your least favorite?
I suppose Google+.
How many "friends" do you have?
Oh geez. Um... right now, 166 on my personal page and 37 official page likes.
What are your favorite apps?
I don't have a smartphone, so I don't really do "apps".
Guess what? It's 2013! So therefore, the world obviously didn't end yet. Apparently, the number 13 is unlucky to some people, but it won't be for us! Because we're awesome! (if you read this, it automatically makes you awesome. Unless you're a mass murderer. Please stop murdering people.)
So I'm going to celebrate by telling you my resolutions. Feel free to add your own!
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