Gotta love A Fine Frenzy. (Swan Song. Listen to it.)
I haven't updated here in a while, now, have I? Jenn's been prodding me to do it, and I find that I have quite a bit to blog about now that I'm actually here. So here we go.
My newest book to be added to my favorite books list is Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I haven't read any of her other books yet, but the cover drew me in. I mean, there's a cool-looking guy on it with a suit and a hat. And the title is super cool. So I bought it and read it and totally fell in love with it. I didn't want it to end. Will is one of the coolest characters I've read about in a long time. He's just awesome. And I love how she managed to suck me into the past for this book, so I could feel myself in the time period as I read. Kind of like the Gemma Doyle books, which I also thought amazing for that specific reason. This novel is right up there with them. (You guys can tell I'm a Victorian era girl by now, right?) This is one of the few books that, once finished, I was tempted to open and start reading again. But that'll have to wait a while, so when I read it again it'll feel more new yet. I don't think it'll ever get old. 10/10 for this book. I know a lot of people don't like it, but I think it's just amazing. So there.
And I'll be looking out for this author's other books, so I can read them the first chance I get.
I'm editing Autumn of Secrets so it's in third person. I don't like first person at all. I tried it mainly to give myself a challenge this summer. I guess I passed the challenge by writing decently in that POV, but I don't like it. It doesn't sound like me. I'm a third person kind of girl. I find I can describe things better, and more thoroughly set scenes, when it's in third person. And since Autumn of Secrets isn't exactly that long--only 50k--it won't be much of a problem. This is a really quick read, guys, so if any of you are on inkpop and need something to kill time with, you'll find the link up there. *points* On the awesome menu sidebar thingy. Not sidebar, of course, 'cause it's up there---GAH I forgot the proper name for it. But if you can read it and pick it, therefore pushing me closer to the top five, do. People who read the entire story get mentioned on my list of awesome people, on my inkpop profile. And maybe I'll send out presents, if a lot of people start doing it. I dunno, presents could be a random card in the mail. But it's so hard to get someone on inkpop to read an entire novel, I feel it deserves something.
I'm going to shoot for 150k this NaNo. Don't think I can? Ooh, think again. I reached 100k last year, and even though much of what I wrote then sounded like garbage, I've done a lot of practicing over the summer. I've learned that I get more words by counting pages instead of words. A lot of people don't have the patience or speed-typing skills to do that, but I think I can manage. I'm not bragging, I promise, just stating a fact. I'm a really crazy person.
Also, reaching 50k for me is a piece of cake. It wouldn't be really fair to you guys who aren't insane like me. So I thought I should find a different goal that would drive me half mad as well. I kinda miss that feeling. *grins*
This means I can write three novels. Three. If the first one doesn't get really interesting, that is, demanding more attention and therefore more words. But I think it's unlikely that it will happen, so for now, I'll be plotting three novels. Yay for me! That means I get to write the sequel to Autumn of Secrets, which will be titled Winter of Wishes. Also, I've been thinking of FINALLY concluding my vampire series, which means writing book three of that. I need to read up those first two books, to get reacquainted with those characters. I also need to plot what happens IN book three. It might wind up being a bit longer. Finally, I want to write a standalone that's vaguely related to The Shadow. It's set in the same different world, and it'll help me learn more about the place itself. I'll have new characters and a whole new tragic ending. Who doesn't love that? Okay, maybe I'm the only one who does.
I have a long thread of free reads on inkpop that I'll have to get done on October, while planning these three NaNo stories. After that, I'll be closing up that free read thread during November. I probably won't be able to get on inkpop a whole lot during that month, 'cause balancing school with NaNo, there are more important things. I don't know if Autumn of Secrets will fare very well during that month, but I can pick it back up.
Jenn gave me some random words to use in my blog post, but I don't know if I did, so they'll have to wait till next time.
For now, I need to create a battle plan!
Good luck, fellow writers.