Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I May Have Written You Into My Book.

They always say to "write what you know." Or they say that life seeps into your writing. Who is they? I don't really know, but that's not important. What is important is that it's Wednesday, and along with that is Road Trip Wednesday, which I can participate in this week.

"Who have you written into a book?"


I've written plenty of things with people I know, but those things never make it past the shredder, as they shouldn't. But on occasion, people I know find themselves into my more serious writing endeavors. Since Echo is my only completed manuscript at the moment, (as it's been for a while now, just sitting there...) I'll pull those characters into this post.

I think every character has roots to people I know. Of course that probably happens to everyone. After all, everybody is going to be like somebody is some way. However some of these characters are more blatantly similar than others.

I started by just pulling names. My female main character needed a last name. So I took one from a kid I went to band with. That was the first instance. Then I realized I needed to add more characters. My male main character needed some friends. I pulled a few names out of thin air, rather generic -- Chris, Andy -- and then added two more characters. One I think I pulled out of the yearbook when I just flipped to a random page. But the other, I pulled from... band.

From here I decided I wanted to include somebody from band in every novel I ever wrote, so we'll see how that works out in the future.

The thing about this character -- Travis -- is that I took another trait from another kid in band, and gave it to him -- red hair. Then there was a character whose name I took from someone in my German class. Then I used a friend's name after she asked I stick her in the novel. I think you get the gist. Most of these were names, but with names came faces.

I guess I never really go much farther than that -- names. I don't think I've ever stuck a person I know in a novel, but I think it's going to happen one day. I think it's going to happen soon. I might just do it for the heck of it.

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Page and a Half at a Time

In case you haven't noticed, I changed the title of my blog. I'm not really sure why I did this, and if it's for the better, but I did it anyway. I hope you guys like it.

If you're wondering where this title came from, it's an odd little story. I was writing on a legal pad, with purple paper. I'm strange in that I see purple lined paper for sale in a store, and I can't stop myself from buying it. And I was writing, writing, writing random words I didn't like, and I got to the end of the page and I realized I had two choices: I could waste a page and go onto the next piece of paper, or awkwardly flip the page and write on the back. Then I realized I had a third option. I folded the page up in half, and wrote on half of the back.

And I just thought, "what if this is how I write my novels? A page and a half at a time..." and that's where the title came from.

I'm still working on a decent description underneath the title. If you have an suggestions, I'll take them. Until I'm satisfied, that's going to change, probably a few times.

Same old blog, different name. Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I Read Something Else...

So I took a little break from the average book reading in the past few days to read a small comic series. If you've seen my "reading list" page, you'll see that what I read was the Supernatural comic series. The three books are Origins, Rising Son, and Beginnings End.

Yes, this is referring to the television show of the same name. And yes, these are comics, not books. However, let me start by saying that a comic is not any less of a book just because it's full of pictures. I'm not going to explain myself. I'm just going to direct you to this post from YA Highway.

And if neither comics, nor the series interest you, then neither will this post.

The comics take place before the start of the series, just after the 5 minutes that open the pilot. It follows John Winchester as he digs into the mysterious death of his wife, dragging along his young sons along the way, across America, to the darkest corners of the country. Throughout the mini-series, the sons grow older, the relationship develops, and the characters develop into who they become in the show.

I wouldn't suggest reading these unless you've seen the show, otherwise you probably won't understand a lot of what's happening. However, I think they were well done, and illustrated in such a way that kept to the overall idea of this sort of universe.

These are something I'd recommend. Especially if you've never been into comics but have wanted to give them a try, because if it's a familiar story for you, you can get into it pretty quickly.

I'll get back to regular books soon enough. Writing as well. I just need to find that groove to fit back into now that I'm working a new job with impromptu overtime hours.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Reasons Why I Might be a Geek

Let's face it, I'm a geek. Or a dork. Or a nerd. Or a freak. Whichever term you prefer...

1. I re-read books I was required to read in high school for fun
2. I buy buttons/pins with obscure literary terms printed on them.
3. I try to fit obsolete words into everyday conversation
4. I watch Supernatural.
5. I know anything and everything there is to know about the Back to the Future movies
6. I buy comic trilogy prequel to the Supernatural series
7. I contemplate buying this.
8. I actually do buy this.
9. I plot how I'm going to make this.
10. And I don't care if people think I'm a geek, or a dork, or a nerd, or a freak.

(In all honestly, I could probably make this list much longer. This is just all I could think of right now. Clearly I need sleep.)

I'm Not Gone

Let me start off by saying that I am incredibly tired, but I can't not blog. (Not fixing that double negative right there.) As I stated before, I got a new job. Training is over, and I'm at work now. There's just some things going on in it that are really draining me right now, but I'm not going to get into it. It's fun blogging time!

But like I just said, I'm tired, so I'm going to keep it simple. I read two books in the past few weeks. I re-read Night, a memoir by Elie Wiesel, about his time in a Concentration camp in WWII. If you haven't read it, I would suggest you do. It's horrific and real, and something I believe everyone needs to read once.

I also read The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro. This one is just a fun read that can't really be described, only enjoyed.

I hate to leave it like this, but if I keep waiting to writ a decent review, I won't write one at all.