You all know I love Leigh Bardugo, author of the brilliant Six of Crows duology and the gorgeous Language of Thorns collection. But she started out as a beginner, just like everyone else.
I unearthed a video where she graciously shares some of her early writing. It’s… relatable. And by relatable, I mean I was crying/laughing in my university’s computer lab. So maybe don’t watch it in public. Here’s the link.
I Was a Teenage Writer (Leigh Bardugo)
The others on that panel (and similar panels) are worth watching too, but I’m not vouching for any of the content. Proceed at your own risk, but it’s probably worth it.
Gregor and the Code of Claw is the fifth and last book in the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins.
I love this series (if you couldn’t tell…). Eight years ago, I had stopped rereading Chronicles of Narnia, my first book love. I wasn’t read much fantasy at that time- sticking mainly to mysteries or other ‘real world’ genres. But then I got this entire series as a birthday gift and devoured it in four days. Continue reading
So: I saw Hamilton.
It was so amazing, and there’s no way I can do it justice, but here’s what I got: (my fellow soldiers will tell you I’m a terrible shot) *ahem* Art is awesome.
Do you ever have that feeling that the world just doesn’t fit right? It’s this overpowering feeling that you’re not doing enough, a longing to live, coupled with the realization that nothing you do will ever fulfill this need.
I get it the most after reading or watching a particularly good story, or when listening to a certain type of music. For me, currently, it’s a mixture of Rogue One and Lord Huron’s Lonesome Dreams album, but really, anything good can set it off.
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt is a phenomenal novel by Anne Rice. It’s a first person narrative following seven-year-old Jesus Christ as he leaves Egypt and is reestablished in Nazareth with His family.
If I use one of my character aesthetics, I’d get arrested for copyright infringement (Pinterest doesn’t exactly cite its sources)
So, Writeousness hasn’t been around much lately. I have a manuscript I’m deeply in love with, but it’s not the passionate love of a new relationship. It’s more of a married-for-decades type of love.
Which makes editing dismal.
I needed some way to rekindle the flame of my affections. First, I reread some of my favorite scenes (works way better than you’d think) and second, I made character aesthetics.
I adore the 2013 The Great Gatsby movie. It’s one of the few places I can confidently say, *clears throat* I like the movie better than the book *villagers scream*.
I can’t say the words out loud/ So in a rhyme I wrote you down/ Now you’ll live through the ages/ I can feel your pulse on the pages/ I have written you down/Now you will live forever…
Are you searching, for purpose?/ Then write something, yeah it might be worthless/ Paint something, and it might be wordless/ Pointless curses, nonsense verses/ You’ll see purpose start to surface…
“Kitchen Sink,” one of my favorite Twenty Øne Piløts songs, is a great one for writers. Listen here: www.youtube.com
“Do you have any books by Jane Eyre?” Many potential customers ask this at bookstores. They mean Jane Austen, but instead of referring to the early 1800’s author they say the name of the mid 1800’s heroine. Apparently, those two are easy to mix up.