First, some exciting news! Yesterday, I finished writing the first draft of SAMMI! Yay! I finally got through the tough parts and I managed to dash to the end. Right now, it's almost 70,000 words and in need of a lot of edits that I have already planned to do. I'm taking a break first, of course, but I'll be back on the editing train soon. It's all very exciting!
So for the blog today I'm doing a "what's in my jewelry box" post, like "what's in my purse," which I haven't done cuz I don't do purses, or the one I did do, "what's in my makeup bag." It's also vaguely related to the "bookshelf tour." But with my jewelry box. Follow ze photos below!
Today I wanted to talk about the books that make me cry. See, for basically all my life, movies/TV have always made me cry and books have never. As a writer/reader, this seems really weird. It might be because I tend to cry when I see someone else cry, though.
Of course, some movies make me cry more than others. If you were curious, the two movies I've cried for the most were the last Harry Potter movie (out of a mix of joy and sadness and generally being overwhelmed) and If I Stay (because sad feels).
But recently, I've begun actually crying for the rare book, so I put together a Goodreads shelf for the books that have made me cry. Today I thought I'd talk about the books there and see if I can figure out what makes me cry about these books, when I never used to cry before, cuz right now I really don't know.
When I hit the end of high school, there were only four books that had ever, to my recollection, made me cry. The first was a long, long time ago: Where the Red Fern Grows in elementary school. I was extremely enraged by the fact that it made me cry, also because I can't stand books where animals die.
Then, in high school, I read Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine, and the depiction of an Asperger's girl learning to forgive her bully touched a lot of personal chords. The third book that made me cry was a book by one of my CPs, because sad beautiful days and I hope it gets published someday.
Time for a Pinterest roundup! Designed to give you a peek into what I pin besides humor, I'm going to post the last ten things that I pinned, plus a bonus of one from the Ch1Con Pinterest, which I also run. Thanks for reading, guys! You can click on the images for their source, and I will see you next time for a post about books making me cry.
Sorry this post didn't go up Saturday! I was hospitalized this weekend due to an infected cat bite. It was craziness and also a little bit exciting. I'm mostly healed up now, though, and life is back to normal! So here we are.
Today, because diversity in literature is cool and #weneeddiversebooks, I'd like to recommend some diverse YA books for you! This recommendations list will focus primarily on cultural and racial diversity, with some physical disability inclusion. Books including mental illness were covered separately in a previous recommendation post, since that's a particularly important issue to me. Enjoy!
Even though I have a decent backlog of blog posts, I'm always frightened I'm going to run out of ideas. So I spent a lot of time Googling blog post ideas. I even use the really dinky generators sometimes. What I've found is a lot of people keep rehashing the same old ideas, very basic things that don't actually help. But, almost every session, I will find someone who has something new enough that either I take that idea, or an idea of my own is sparked by it. Those are the best moments.
So I thought I'd contribute some ideas myself, in the hopes of helping someone (a reader or writer) who needs new ideas for blog posts. Here are some of the posts I've done that I think are relatively original and may spark some ideas for you!
1) Either defend or detract a controversial book/literary figure.
Examples: In Twilight's Defense
Why I Admire Steven Moffat
Why I Hate James Patterson / What We Can Learn from James Patterson
2) List some cliches that you hate.
Examples: Tropes That I Despise
3) Write about your favorite authors.
Examples: What My Writing Idols Teach Me
Writing Advice From the Outside
Biographies of Authors
An Open Letter to J.K. Rowling
People Who Inspire Me
Hi guys! Welcome to my post on the March TCWT blog chain! This will be my last TCWT blog chain post, as I turn 21 the beginning of April. So we better enjoy it! The topic this month is "What are your thoughts on reading or writing books in non-novel formats? Are there any you’ve particularly enjoyed?"
To be fully honest, I get most of my story time from novels, particularly YA novels. I pick up lots of reading material in general, just because I love to read, but the YA novel is my art form of choice for reading and writing. However, I can offer some thoughts on other forms of storytelling.
For example, I admire novels in unusual formats. I like ones with mixed forms: prose and poetry together, for example, or ones told partly in blog format or partly through news clippings or partly through photos, or partly through whatever other multimedia-ish thing we can get going on. I'll even go for books told entirely through witness accounts, like one I recently enjoyed, World War Z. But I always want that prose in there--I don't tend to enjoy novels in verse, though I like the idea in theory. I've only written one novel in that style myself, WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL, which has song lyrics included in between sections of prose. Perhaps in the future, I'll try more of this out myself.
My second choice in stories when it comes to reading/viewing is TV and movies. I have a collection of TV shows to which I'm extremely dedicated, most of them from the BBC. I'm not as big of a movie fan as some people, but I watch the movies that catch my eye--primarily ones based off of other texts, like superhero movies or book adaptations. I appreciate the storytelling in these and often use them to increase the power of my novel writing. Steven Moffat is one TV writer whom I consider to be a writing idol. I spend a fair amount of time analyzing his work and trying to learn from it.
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