Remember me? 🙂 My apologies for neglecting this blog for so long. A lot has been going on in my life lately. I had a little run-in with a friend while playing football, and have spent the last month recovering slowly from a concussion. Then I had school to deal with – as of last Wednesday, I am finished with college!!! Praise God for bringing me past that milestone in my life! Plenty of other changes have been happening in my family, as well. We’ll be receiving two new foster siblings in a couple of weeks, which will be both a challenge and blessing. I’ll be quitting my job to become a “nanny” to my new little sister.
I had planned to take the next few weeks off to recover from college – no projects, no blogging, no writing. As you can see, though, the writing bug hit and here I am! I just had to let y’all know I was still alive…as well as update you on my latest writing project. After finishing up The Princess and the Prince (mostly – it still needs a couple of touch ups here and there), I planned on revisiting some of my other novels and getting them ready for printing. However, on the way to work today, I got hit with an idea for a completely new story. I am SO EXCITED!! I won’t give too much away, but I will say that it is different from anything I’ve ever written before. I was thinking about how over-used the dystopian setting is becoming in literature. I was mulling over the basic plot line that they all seem to follow (uncertain teen protagonist attends choosing ceremony, in which they find out that they are somehow special and unusual and must eventually fight to overthrow the evil society in which they live). And then I thought of a way to take that model and completely turn it on its head, throwing the reader for a loop. I wish I could say more, but I’d give everything away. This is the type of story that I would like to read, but I’ve never heard of before. I can’t wait to get started!!!
DID I MENTION THAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT THIS STORY??? I don’t know if I should rush into it and just start writing (it’s always worked out pretty well for me so far) or if I should take it slow and map everything out. I’ve never once written a novel based on a detailed outline, or paused to write a list of characters or define a story arc. Honestly, I think that some of my stories suffer from a lack of this type of structure. On the other hand, though, every story that I’ve ever written an outline for dies before I can finish the first chapter. I’ll have to give it some more thought before deciding which method to use… What I do know for certain is that I am determined to write real characters for this story. Not just realistic characters, but characters that are so human, so natural, so real that the reader would have a hard time deciding if the story is fiction or reality. I (personally) don’t think that I’ve ever come close to this type of realism in my other works, but I am definitely going to be shooting for that goal in this story.
Here are a few great quotes that I will try to put into practice as I write:
So that is my writing update. On a reading note, I’ve finally been introduced to Wooster and Jeeves! I received a copy of My Man Jeeves for my birthday, but only just started reading it a few weeks ago. Wodehouse is such a clever writer. I’ve laughed out loud quite a few times! I wish I could say that I’ve been reading something deep as well, but I’ve honestly been too busy. Sometimes it’s good to just read for pure entertainment.
Speaking of entertainment (and of dystopian stories) I just watched two new movies in the past few weeks.
First was Divergent. I was very impressed with the acting and cinematography, though I felt that the plot had several holes in it. Overall I really enjoyed the movie. And most recently (I just got back from the movie theater half an hour ago) I watched The Giver. I read the book a few months back and (I hate to disappoint true Giver fans) I must say that I was disappointed. I felt that the story was lacking in depth and purpose. The movie, however, I loved. It’s not often that I’ll prefer a movie over a book, but this is definitely one of those times. I’m sure that some die-hard fans will be upset at the changes that were made in the film, but I felt that (while remaining remarkably true to the book) the movie made much more sense, and resonated much more powerfully than the book. Acting: awesome. Cinematography: awesome. Story: awesome. It was very, very clean; it probably could have skated by as a PG instead of a PG-13. I highly recommend it!
So there. Now you’re updated. 🙂 I hope to be more faithful in the near future, but no promises. I’ll be busy keeping care of a four-year-old and generally enjoying life as a college-free member of my family. My blogging might be sporadic, but life is good!