Today, I give you a post about the piece of novel creation, besides the cover, that most determines whether I will read a book. This post will be short, but I have writing to do and anyway, it's a basic topic.
Voila! It is the book flap. Now, book flaps, for those of you who are having a blank moment here, are the summaries usually either on the inside flap or the back cover of books. They're also known as book blurbs, and they are how I choose to read a book.
Book flaps are an art of sorts, because they have to hook the reader in, give a good idea of the story, but keep from spoiling anything too important. It takes some work, and even good writers can write awful book blurbs.
Time for another music post! Today, I'm going to look at the top 25 most played tracks on my iPod and compare them to the top 25 in the US, based off of the iTunes bestsellers list. Just so we're clear, I am not necessarily or probably recommending the songs on the US Top 25. Explicit songs are marked with a red "E."
Top 25 Songs on My iPod
1) "Supermassive Black Hole" Muse
2) "Death Favors No Man" James Newton Howard, from Snow White and the
3) "Adiemus" Adiemus
4) "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" Fall Out Boy
5) "Counting Stars" OneRepublic
6) "Coronation" James Newton Howard, from Snow White and the Huntsman
7) "Bad Romance (Hillywood Eclipse Remix)" Lady Gaga
It's rather ridiculous that Julia nominated my blog for this, considering how not inner-peacey I am at the moment. Nonetheless, I accept le nomination, and shall continue on with it. I rather suspect these are actually two different awards but I might as well lump them into one seeing as the process is singular.
Basically, I'm supposed to give you seven facts about me. Which is even more ridiculous because I have listed so many facts about myself in posts here that I doubt I have any left. But I shall press forward nonetheless. I will probably be stealing the subjects of each fact mostly from Julia's post just to be simple about it.
1) I am 5'5" and a half, which means I'm about as tall as my mom. I'm rather proud of that.
2) My hair is kind of a golden color, by which I mean it's a mix of a lot of colors but primarily brown and blonde with a lot of red highlights. I've never dyed it. I do think I'd like to try out being a full-out brunette sometime.
Well guys, it's been just over a year since I first published this website and started my blog! I've had a great time, and I hope you have too. This blog means the world to me now, and I'm so excited to keep coming back with more new material, and someday, a real published book!
So in celebration of the anniversary, I'm posting a list of the year's best posts. If you missed any of these, or if you want a reread, please go back and enjoy! My love and thanks to you all.
About My Life
People Who Inspire Me 9/19/12
25 Things About Me 2/16/13
My Dream for the Future 3/6/13
25 More Things About Me 4/3/13
On Mormonism 4/6/13
About My Writing
Why I Write 10/3/12
The Magic of Cellos 10/6/12
Some of My Poetry 11/10/12
Why My Book Characters Don't Mingle 12/15/12
A Couple of Short Stories 3/27/13
On Rejection Letters 6/28/13
Hi guys! Today, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite poems (not by me, obviously). Even though novelling and novels are my focus and passion, I still really care for other kinds of writing as well. Poetry is especially great because of the rhythm and power of it. I mean, I do like music, so it makes sense poetry would coincide. It's all about the sound... and of course the meaning.
My two favorite poets are E.E. Cummings, a modern poet who is famous for throwing of all the rules of grammar, because he's so powerful with his plays on words and punctuation, and Lord Alfred Tennyson, who is completely opposite in his romantic classical form of poetry, because he has beautiful imagery that speaks to me. So naturally, my favorite poems come from them. I'm going to post them below. Enjoy!
*For more of my favorite poems, check out this post.*
A few posts ago, I mentioned Larry the Hamster. Those of you who personally know me from high school days probably got that reference, but the rest of you would have been confused. So here is my high school life, in comics.
See, my two best friends from high school and I had this thing for drawing little comics with both real people and a couple iconic fictional characters that we referred to often. We did it to deal with bad situations, to have conversations, and just for fun. I mean, we spent all of elementary and middle school playing imaginative games, some of which gave birth to story ideas for me. It's in our nature to be like that.
I was the progenitor mostly of the storylines and the real people, although the others contributed their own twists. LaPriel, though, of ye blog, was the master of iconic, imaginary characters. We had quite a few of them that were often referenced, and these characters have bled into my life outside of Priel and my little world. So who are ye yonder characters?
Well, we had a few.
I suppose this whole thing began in middle school, although some of it came from elementary. We had always had these specific characters that we talked about. There was Peter, who we blame still for unfortunate gaseous incidents, and Simon, who was the carpenter. I don't know why Simon came to exist, honestly, but he did. We also integrated some celebrities into these things, naturally.
Then in middle school, Freddie appeared.
So today I thought I'd talk a little bit about a trend I've noticed in the writing world, primarily, in YA series. It's not an entirely new thing, but it's blown up recently, and I find it interesting that no one else seems to have commented on it. So let me start, and say, What is up with all the series with novellas nowadays?
Don't know what I mean? Let me explain a bit more. Recently, there's been a spat of YA authors, in the midst of putting out relatively popular series, who have released novellas, usually in e-book form, to go along with the series. I'll give a few examples in a bit; probably some of you can think of them yourself, if you've been keeping up with said series.
This isn't an entirely new thing, as I said at the beginning. As I matter of fact, I can remember this happening a while back, with the most famous children's series of all, Harry Potter. In this case, it wasn't novellas, but short supplementary (print) pieces that J.K. Rowling wrote to go along with the series. Most of these were sold to benefit certain charities. I'm thinking The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch through the Ages, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. You guys remember those? I read them all multiple times. They didn't contribute in any way to the plot of the series, but they expanded general knowledge of the world of Harry Potter, and continued to prove that J.K. Rowling is a genius world-builder.
The humor post is back, and none too soon. :) So here you go, and please do enjoy! Also, come back next time for a discussion on a recent trend I've noticed: series with novellas.
Also occurring right now is my first attempt at Camp NaNoWriMo, which is dear old NaNo but in July. I'm not as serious about it as I am about regular NaNo, but I'll still keep you posted on the progress. I was going to write a new book, but it's not ready yet, so I'm semi-cheating and just going to finish a novel I was working on earlier (OCEAN OF TIME, middle grade sci-fi). I am also, as of right now, going to visit my best friend at BYU-I, where I hope to attend college starting in January. So that should be a nice trip.
Anyway, enjoy the post!
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