Since it's almost 2014, I thought this would be a good time to share my picks for the best YA books of 2013! These are new releases from this past year that I read and loved and shall recommend to ye. If this goes well, I think I'll make it a yearly thing.
Do keep in mind that though I am a voracious reader, there is no way I could read every YA release from this year. The books are categorized, as seen below, in broad genre groups. They are all 4.5+ stars in my eyes. Onward ho!
Contemporary & Historical
Since this post actually falls on the holiday, I'm going to keep it nice and short.
I wish you a merry one!
Because people have wondered, I'm going to talk some about the two (non-writing) projects I did this summer. Or, "summer." I'm not actually sure what to call it, LOL. BYU - Idaho put me on the Winter/Spring block, which means I start at school at the beginning of next month, and for the rest of my school career, I will be going to college from January through July. So my new "summer" is August through December. Perhaps I should call it "fall" instead, except that doesn't have the same significance. Suggestions are welcome, dear readers!
Anyway, there were two significant things I did with my time: freelance editing and fostering kittens. I'll address freelance editing first.
Because I'm really bad at job searching and at handling jobs that involve anything boring/not related to my niche, I could not get a job this summer. I applied to the library, but they didn't have anything open. After a bit, my mom brought up this girl from church who's been doing freelance editing. So I asked her what was up, and she directed me to the website Fiverr.
Basically, Fiverr is a "gig" website where sellers can put up gigs for any skill they have, and buyers come in to order. The gigs all start from $5, which is why it's named that, but the amount you can charge goes up with your seller rating. So I joined Fiverr and put up five gigs, four for editing, one for writing, and set to work.
I actually did this for quite a long time. It was nice to get money for something that I'm pretty good at. The problem is there are a lot of downsides to gig websites. Fiverr got 20% of my earnings, which were pretty unfair in the first place because of the $5 thing. I was doing a lot of work that I didn't get a fair return for and putting myself under a lot of stress dealing with customers who sometimes weren't kind. I thought it was worth it for the money and to be able to say I had a job.
A common theory states that the popular movie Inception, directed, written, and produced by Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo DiCaprio (plus half the cast of the Dark Knight trilogy), is in fact Nolan's metaphor for film-making. If you haven't seen Inception, I recommend you stop reading now and go watch it a) because there are spoilers in this post and b) because it's one of my favorite movies and thus you must watch it.
Basically, Inception is a science fiction movie about an "extractor", who can get into your dreams to steal ideas/secrets/information. He's been separated from his family because of this ability and is now doing it illegally for pay. In Inception, he's given the task to instead implant an idea, which is considered impossible, and is told that in return for completing the mission he will be allowed to return home.
If you want to know more about the film-making theory, here's one article about it. As I said, it's very commonly accepted. What I'm going to talk about today is a slightly altered angle on the topic. Because the arts are so intermingled, I think it is very possible to make a case that Inception is also about writing. Here's how it reflects the process of writing a novel.
I planned to do another "day in the life" post today, stepping it up a notch and doing it through video! This was a big thing for me because I'd never done videos before... which, unfortunately, is kind of obvious once you watch the thing. I messed up on the audio because it turns out computers don't record audio when you have your headphones in, and I had them in for the entire middle stretch. So I dubbed it over with new audio all awkward-like. But hey, my first try!
This covers Tuesday the 10th, in case you wanted to know. So enjoy, I suppose.
So today, as promised, I'm going to walk you through some important occurrences in writing history. I'm going to do this post in a gallery format to see how that works. As you go through the gallery (click on each picture), you should be able to see the captions with the proper information. Let me know if it works or not!
Enjoy, and wish me luck making my first video post next week!
Here we are, December already! Can you believe it? NaNoWriMo's finally over. I didn't make quite as much progress as I intended to, I'll admit, but I both won on the basic 50,000 words and made progress on two novels, so that's something.
Now it's time for the humor post! I hope you enjoy. Thanks for checking in!
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