Today, thought I'd answer a few questions about my fandoms of choice. On Tumblr, they think of Sherlock, Doctor Who, and Supernatural as the fandom trifecta, but to me right now, the fandom trifecta is Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and The Hunger Games. They are what most my questions will be about. *Spoilers ahoy*
What was the first HP book you read?
The Chamber of Secrets, actually. I decided, since I'd seen the first movie, just to start on the second book. I went back after and read through the first.
Which is your favorite and least favorite HP book?
For most favorite, for a long time it was The Prisoner of Azkaban, but then The Half-Blood Prince came out... and then The Deathly Hallows. Haha. :) I used to quite dislike The Order of the Phoenix; I thought it was too angsty and dark. Now I understand it, partly because of the movie but also because I've been to angsty teenagerland myself. So I don't really have a least favorite anymore!
Which HP character is your favorite? Which is your least?
For favorite, Hermione, obviously. I also really like McGonagall and Luna and Neville and Lupin and Lily and James and Fred... For least favorite, Umbridge, of course, closely followed by Rita Skeeter and Bellatrix Lestrange.
I know there are a lot of posts out here on this subject. Everyone likes to talk about the people who were once failures, before they became famous and successful. But it really honestly lifts my spirits, and I thought it might make you happy, too, so I'm rounding up some posts and pictures about people who failed the first (hundreds of) time they tried, but in the end, became massive successes. A lot of these are going to be authors. Enjoy!
Cracked.com's 5 Hilarious Reasons Publishers Rejected Classic Bestsellers *Language advisory*
The Creativity Post's Famous Failures
The Examiner's 30 Famous Authors Who Were Rejected
Well, hellooo, dear readers. Guess what? This post is partially about you! Whether you're a writer, a reader, or even something else (is there a something else reading my blog? Do editors and agents troll blogs?), odds are if you're here you have some part to play in the writing community. And that is what we will be discussing today: my experiences with the writing community, the structure of it, and how it plays out in the real world mechanics of things.
As noted in my recent post about teachers, my first real experience with the writing community was in sixth grade, when my GATE teachers got me together with another aspiring writer to do a project where we basically discussed writing and publishing for a couple months an agency publicist. Before that, I'd never really thought about the community aspect of reading and writing. But with this project, I met another writer and someone working in the industry for the first time.
I was most interested in the other writer. We ended up working on a couple other novel projects together, but the thing is, I'm naturally very jealous, and I was probably at my worst around that time. Some things happened, and it didn't take long for us to become, essentially, rivals. This was compounded by our disparate opinions on self-publishing. It turns out, when writers get together, they're probably either going to be best friends or rivals. Or both! That's been my experience anyway.
Soon after that project, because I had just finished my first two novels, I had my first batch of readers--and fans. Because of course, my friends needed to read what I'd written! This was partially a decision by them, partially by me, but it lead to my line of beta readers, which someday I might talk about separately.
Just another post idea in order to be interesting and reveal some more stuff about me! Today, I'll be showing you my Amazon Wishlist(s), which have all the things that I want on them. Hopefully you'll find some stuff you like: after all, there are some books and stuff on this list! *For an April 2015 updated version of this list, see this post.*
General Wish List
So as those of you who have been keeping up know, I just experienced the free online writing conference, WriteOnCon, which is completely legitimate and brilliant. I did it last year as well, and wrote a dual post on it, one for each day.
This year, since you can access this content online anyway, I figured I'd squeeze it down to one post with my notes organized by lecture, so you can get an idea of what went on and what points affected me most. I completely recommend this conference for anyone in the writing industry, or with hopes of being in it. The actual records and lectures are still up, so check them out!
All right. We begin.
Writing Realistic Characters
I figured it'd be a good idea to tell you which blogs I follow. There are a good fair amount of them. I think it's important to keep up with the writing community and industry, and this is how I do it! Through these kind of resources, I've been able to give myself lots of opportunity for growth and learning. For example, right now, I'm attending the free online writing conference, WriteOnCon, which is completely brilliant. You should check that out as well, if you get the chance. You learn so much from these sort of things.
So for all you writers out there, or even readers who want to follow some awesome authors, here are the blogs that I follow. *For the May 2015 updated version of this post, see here.*
Keeps you up to date on industry news.
Also looks at industry news, along with some new releases and relevant blog posts elsewhere.
So this post is going to be about one of the biggest issues in the writing/reading world, which I imagine is also an issue in the rest of the art world. But this isn't any normal post on this issue. No. This is a post on how bad I am at having this issue.
My name is Kira Brighton, and I am a recovering book snob.
Today, I thought I'd talk some about teachers: those that I've loved, those who have changed my life, and those I've hated. It's a fairly important topic in many ways. Education is what drives our world forward. The newer generations and those who teach them determine the future. Reading, too, originates partly in schools. If reading for fun was given more value in our schools, I think we'd have a far more intelligent population.
Teachers are also a huge part of any child's development and history. We all have teachers who have inspired us, and teachers who have dragged us down. People who don't value education don't understand life. So to be true to my past and to the education system, I figured I'd tell you about some of the teachers I've hated and loved. Those I've loved will be referenced by names, the ones I didn't won't.
Elementary School Teachers
I started school in a regular kindergarten in ABQ, of which I have only vague memories of the teacher. After that, I transferred to this kind of strange home school/regular school duo where we spent half the day being taught at home and the other half in a regular class with kids from first through sixth grades. It was a great setup, although my mom got tired of teaching me real fast. My first grade teacher wasn't my favorite, because she had a loud voice, and it freaked me out. Nonetheless, through her and my mom's guidance, I completed a project that year that led to me wanting to be a writer.
In second grade, I had Miss Shelly, who I liked a lot. I was in her class for second and most of third grade. She was kind and gave me lots of opportunities to work with my natural intelligence to help the other kids and expand my own knowledge.
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