Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Boredom And Too Much Time To Spare

So update on the story? I'm on chapter 18, but I'm still halfway through the story (or maybe two thirds of the way through...not sure yet). The fact that I'm writing this at 2 in the afternoon isn't because I'm at home working on my novel, far from it. I'm still at university, waiting for my seminar or workshop to begin in an hour. Throughout the first 2 hours of this 5 hour break I managed to finish chapter 17, after which I played on my iPad for a bit (since I am a game addict) and then for an hour after that I went to the music rooms to practice what little of the piano I know.

Obviously I've now given that up (since all the people practicing with me are advanced pianists or musicians that I feel very out of place there), and have taken to my laptop. I haven't a clue what to write for chapter 18, but hopefully as this hour progresses I will.

So what have I learned over the last week and two days? Well, I started my second year positively, I've found a job (that doesn't pay yet) and I've made a lot of progress in my novel. Overall, it has been great. Now...routine starts to kick in and I almost regret applying for my new job, but I know it will be worth it in the end. So what do I do? I am a researcher, and production assistant for a video and audio production company, and I am quite nervous, because I start tomorrow. Hopefully the homework I completed for it was sufficient enough. Who know's...

Now, I think I'll try to get some more of the novel done, because I know it's not going to write itself (well physically, the idea and the story is there, but not the words).

So signing off now, I'll see you all later. ^^

Sunday, 28 September 2014

New Blog Coming Soon!

Just another update for all of you lovely people. Yes a new blog will be up soon, and the reviews I've made here on this blog will be moved to that one. So look out for the link on my Pages section (in the box on the right here -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->)

This new blog has yet to have a title, but I'll be working on it soon. It will be filled with reviews for movies and TV programmes such as the new Once Upon A Time series, the new Doctor Who series and possibly the new Big Bang Theory series.

Sorry it's so short, but things are building up as my university timetable has started and I have so much to do, but don't worry, because the blog will be up by Christmas. Thank you and have a good day. ^^

Friday, 26 September 2014

Boring Lectures and Attention Deficit

Well hello bloggers! It's me again. What you should know...I'm writing this during my lecture. You see, my lecturer is rambling on about the module study guide, which he has done for the last hour, and so...my attention has been on and off, because...well...he's done something like this in the last year. We know the drill...ENOUGH!

At least right now we're having a break, so I can write this...although it is a 6 minute break, so I highly doubt it's going to be a very long post. Ok, what have I been doing all week? Basically getting back into the flow of things. On Monday, I had my first practical lesson...which was actually quite fun. On Tuesday I learned a little bit more about script writing, and actually had fun; it was basically psychology - I LOVED IT! Wednesday was pretty much a break, and I went shopping for jeans and shoes, which my parents paid for (THANK YOU!). Thursday, I had a job interview, and I think I got it, I mean they are going to show me how to do show notes for their last episode (not quite sure what a show note is, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.) Today, I have my theory lessons, and I'll be at uni for the next four hours. Also I'll be finding out what this hush hush project is (something a friend had asked me to help out with).

Ok so...now what's going on? Well, I'm still at break and some of my classmates are watching videos that I don't think I'll actually enjoy (since they're ridiculous shorts, stuff things from Vine I think). As for the story, I'm on Chapter 14 and I'm at the point where there is going to be major changes for my main character. Soon I'll be able to re-edit it and actually refine it more. I think after the third draft, it will come up on a new blog. So please wait for it. Thanks. ^^

Well, this is me, signing out. See ya! ^^

Monday, 22 September 2014

Back In The Film Industry

Hello everyone, today, Monday 22nd September, is the day I officially start my second year at university. Yes I'm back in uni, so the story updates and editing will take a little longer due to projects and exercises that I'll have to do, since this year counts towards my final grade...So...wish me luck!

Anyway, so far I'm nearly halfway through editing the second draft of this story, and as a consequence new chapters have been added, because the first draft wasn't quite up to scratch, but I have refined it, and it's probably going to be longer than I initially thought it would be. So far, I have around 250 pages (A5)...not sure if that is an average book size but it's getting there...I think.

As for university and work...well...(*smirk*) In uni we are going to be working on documentaries, something I haven't had the joy of experiencing. Hopefully this year, it won't be horrific, and I hope my group (whoever I work with) and I will be able to come up with something a whole lot better than last year. Well that's one module, the other two, for this semester are Screenwriting and Recording Reality, I'm not quite sure what these modules involve, but when I do find out, I'll let you know, although, one of them seems to be pretty straightforward...the other, I'm guessing is a theory based one, since it's the same lecturer I had for the theory last year.

Work-wise, I'm actually pretty excited. You see, just before I took to blogger, I had received a phone call from an employer I'd contacted earlier this year (calendar not academic), and he has invited to speak to me personally about an internship role that I was applying for! I think I might get the job (it's unpaid, but hopefully if things go well I might end up getting paid); it's too early to tell, but if I do, I will have the experience I will probably need to one up others in my course! I really want this job, I would love being production assistant, you know researching, planning, and all that. I do like that stuff, since it's pretty much my area of expertise. Anyway, I really do hope I can get this job, because my sister already has one (a part-time in a Ryman's shop...it's still a job!) and well it just much more pressure to get one, and I don't like being compared to her, so hopefully I get it! Well, wish me good luck you guys! I'm going to need it.

That's it for now, I'll probably write another post by the end of the week, and I'll let you know what happened. For now, over and out! ^^

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Battle Is Over!!!!

I have officially completed DRAFT ONE of this new story, and I am happy to announce the title of this story!

Over the course of the month I have torn many a hair out, ripped many a page, and had many fits of rage and self-loathing in which I almost flung my laptop to the wall. I have suffered what I believe is chronic slouching, because of the many days I've spent, bent over this stupid laptop! Luckily I have discovered the luxury of cushions, against the hard back of a dining chair, so I'm not suffering as much, but still...chronic slouch!

Ugh! It is so good to know I no longer have to sit day and night at this laptop, finishing this story. Soon it will be up and in the public on a new blog. Yes I will be making a new blog to showcase this new story. The colour scheme will make sense if you read the story. As I said before I will be posting latest chapter to first because it makes more sense to read it that way.

Ok so the name of this mysterious story...it is...

The Great Seven: Earth

Yes that's right you see it! That is the name. I will not write up the summary, although I think you can guess it, but the reason why I'm not even going to attempt to write the summary, is because I don't think I can write one without spoiling it. I will write one though, once I finish the second draft. So wait out for that. 

For now here are the pictures that inspired my main character, I did not make them, nor did I commission them, I found it on the internet, and well it's better because I don't have to put my picture up to show what she looks like (and as always the links are on the picture:

So yes, I found them on Deviant Art. Anyway, like everything else on this blog, do what you want (except copy)! BYE!!!!!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The End Of An Era

I think I've named a previous post this...oh well, never mind! Let's just say it's number two...Anyway. I am almost done with this first story!!! Yes I know I've only recently said I'm on chapter 15, but now I'm almost done with 16 and I'll have you know that I may finish the story within three or four chapters! Woohoo!!!!

Now you're all probably wondering why I'm not actually finishing the story immediately and wasting my time on my blog...truth be told, I kinda don't want to finish it, and I guess that's why I keep giving up on my other stories. It's because I don't want it to end, but I will fight through this stupid urge and I will finish this story so that I can work on the blog that I want to put it up on, as well as the second draft.

I'm actually sad it will soon be over, it just means that another set of characters are going to be happy, while I remain here...with no happy ending, just a bottomless hole that will probably never be filled (NO I'M NOT FAT! I'm talking about emotionally. I'll always have an empty space.)

Well that's it for now, because I just wanted to say I'm almost done...oh and I'm listening to a Doctor Who Spotify playlist...and the song I'm currently listening to is called Song For Ten and I don't know why but the singer kinda reminds me of David Bowie...if you listen to it, please tell me if you hear it too!


Monday, 8 September 2014

Boring Holidays And Frustrated Packing

Well, you can probably tell this will be a rant, as well as an update. Basically, I packed for Malaga today, we're going to leave on Friday (but my parents are quite paranoid about the packing so they pack pretty much a week before we leave), and because they don't quite trust me or our hotel/resort, I can't bring my laptop with me. So I won't be able to work on my story for around 6/7 days.

Yes another week before I can either finish the story or start on the second draft (editing it). I'm almost there, I'm on chapter 15 now, and the good stuff is just starting - oh yeah, please don't mind chapter 13 and 14, they're fillers, because we can't have all the good stuff going on pretty much every chapter, plus the time scales would be too short. Anyway, hopefully I'll be able to finish the story in the next three days...that is if I don't have anywhere to go.

Now onto the rant...I am so mad my parents won't let me take my laptop! I will be bored, because a) there is most likely going to be no wifi in the room, so all the apps that I usually go on will be abandoned for that week...yippee...and again I won't have my laptop to work from. Ok they offered the small notebook my mum usually works from, but that is deathly slow! I can't work on a laptop that every five seconds would probably freeze on me! I mean yeah that would be a better alternative, but I just don't see myself staring at the small screen, especially when I like the way the MacBook feels under my hands (no puns intended). I'm just saying I like looking at my laptop screen, when I work on my book, because it has been my "original" (I'll explain...think of music, and how people do covers of different songs, like...I don't know, Starships by Nicki Minaj, you know, the cast of Pitch Perfect sang it with Mike Tompkins and people would say I like Nicki's version or I like Pitch Perfect's version...yeah well "original" means the original version of that song...it's like that with me and my laptop) I can't stand looking at my work on a different screen, even if it will help me finish my story faster. It's probably an OCD thing for me...yeah I have mild OCD when it comes to certain projects and things.

Anyway, I think this episode of anger was due to me PMS-ing, I'm close (sorry boys but girl talk...) and because it's coinciding with this trip, I know I will be hella bored, because I can't swim, and I know if I try, it would just spell disaster. So I will be stuck inside the hotel room trying to think of ways to entertain myself, which probably would include me listening to old soundtrack music while I think of a new story line for the next story in the series, which again will probably take me ages to finish. So my brain will be occupied with two stories by the time I return from holiday, on the 17th.

Oh yes, and the reason for the pretty much 4 day trip is because I have re-enrolment on the 18th and I can't miss that! Otherwise I'd be taken off the course! I can't have that! So in conclusion (for the first half of this post) I won't be working on my story because of my stubborn, paranoid parents, I won't be able to bring my laptop to Malaga, I'll be having a horrible time, because I won't be able to swim, and I will be burdened with two stories in my head for the rest of the summer...oh and as soon as uni starts, I'll have university work bothering me too. So in all my mind will be ready to explode by Christmas.

Ok so I'm overreacting, but come on in all fairness, I want to finish this first story as soon as I can, so that you guys won't get bored with just my ramblings, and TBH I really want to get this story out there because I want to. It's been eating at me ever since I failed to finish the first attempt to finish. It will kill me to give up on this story, since the plot line has me excited, and the character development is way deeper than the feeble attempt the first time.

Sorry, again for this...Anyway, back to the update part of this post. As I've said I'm on chapter 15. Basically the first act (again I see this as a play or film or whatever...) is what got me excited, but I didn't want it to stop there, I wanted it to be bigger and better, so I've developed the characters a lot more, and now I'm at a heavy plot development and when I am finally done with the first draft, I think it will take me a while to readjust the proportions of it and whatnots. Again I will thank my reviewers for it, when I give it to them. It would be so much easier after they give me their feedback. So again it will be a while before you get to see the final version of this story. After that I'll work on the second one, which I already have planned out in my head. I just hope that by the time I write it up, it would flow like it did for this first one.

So in short I'm going to be depressed next week because I have nothing to do, not even enjoy the sun and swim...It's DEPRESSING!!!!!! Anyway...

I'm out of things to say, so again do whatever you want with this post (except copy it). Bye...

Friday, 5 September 2014

Act One Is Complete

Exactly as it says in the title, and yes, I reference my story as a play. It's a novel, don't forget, but I like looking at it in different ways. I thought of it in parts, now I think of it in acts, and I have to say, it makes things a lot easier for me.

I know I've only posted an update yesterday...or was it the day before...wait, no yesterday, but I assure you this update is because I have finished act one of my play (don't judge!!!). Yes I've finished chapter 10 and it couldn't have come sooner! I loved writing the first act! It was such a roller coaster ride, and I ended it with a great feeling. I was so overcome with emotion, I actually had to stop writing halfway through a sentence. The last part of chapter ten will probably cause many of you to hate me! I know I hate me too, because I wrote it! I was so excited and emotional when I wrote it I couldn't even describe what I felt! I couldn't even breathe!

Wow, I'm getting excited just thinking about it...So, carrying on with this post...I am now beginning act two or chapter 11 and things are really getting intense. Don't worry, you'll be able to see it soon, that is if my reviewers can get me my reviews on time.

Anyway, this story is so much different than what I'd ever expected. It's evolved as I write, and every time I look over what I've just written, I can't even imagine it's me that's writing. It's like, nothing I've ever felt. Ok, so that's basically what I keep saying, let me explain. When I write this story, it's like...it's not me that's writing, I mean I am writing it, but it's not my words. Basically, it's like when you're reading a book for the first time, you don't know what's going to happen, and you are so engrossed you have to read it. That's like me as I write. It's like I'm reading what someone else is saying to me, and I'm just the scribe, I see the words in my head and when it comes out on the computer, I'm dazzled! I can't believe what I'd just written, and I have to look over it just to make sure it's really there! It's like I'm reading that new book, as I'm writing. It's amazing! The last novel I wrote it was nothing like it, I had to consciously write the story, and it did not work at all, but this, this is on a whole new level. It's beyond my own imagination. It's not even me!

I don't know if any writer or any artist can say the same, but that's exactly how I feel. When I planned this story, I thought it would just be a normal romance, where the girl and guy admit they love each other, but the more I write, the deeper it all gets. It literally evolves as I write! I mean, after I finish a chapter I always have an idea of what I want to write next, and if it's at night, I always think about what I want to write just before I go to bed. Then when I wake up, and I turn on my laptop, the story is not the one I envisioned the night before, it is something completely different. It's the same when it comes to the next part of a chapter. Once I'm done with one perspective, another comes along!

It's like I'm not the one dictating this book, and I'm just along for the ride, just watching and waiting for the next thing to happen. It's so magical, I can't even begin to describe my excitement. I really can't wait for it to be finished, so that all of you can see what I mean. It's really something else, and yes it may have elements of stories that you've probably seen, but it's something really new in my perspective, and I really can't imagine anything else. Of course when I do finally look over it, and I put it up here, I will give the credits where its due, not just to my readers, but to the inspiration that created it. So here's me signing out for now, I'll see you all soon. ^^

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Welcome New Reviewers

Well hello there. No that title is not for you, but for the people I have added to the review roster. They have been patiently waiting for the new story. Only because I've asked them to review my work, just so I can have an idea of what I need to edit. They'll be getting what is essentially the first act of the grand scheme - I'm only giving them chapters 1 - 10. Yes, I'm at chapter 10, and it's only been a week! My last story took me nearly a month! I think it's because I'm more enthusiastic about this one. It's really exciting, and you can definitely feel the characters develop.

Ok so about the story. I haven't made any summary of it, but I will, as soon as the first full draft is done, but basically it's a love story, but also an adventure story. That's all I'm going to say. Anyway, So far, we've had many emotional outbursts, mainly from the girl, from rage to sadness and to passion. So yeah we'll be on a very emotional ride with this one.

If I haven't said before, I might make a series out of it, if I can be bothered, because I've made mention to Seven elements, and so far, one of them has been fully integrated in the story, the other six I think will have their own, who knows, and it will span across different worlds. For instance this first one is basically based on the fey, so it's a world full of magic and fairies and whatnots, I might make a story based on a steampunk theme, or a Victorian theme, or even delve into sci-fi, who knows. We'll just have to wait and see.

The truth is, this story or series is taken from many inspiration, this first one is listed in the previous post, so Jim Henson's Labyrinth and whatnots are this novel's inspiration, I may be inspired by other such movies or books to make the others, like, I don't know, Howl's Moving Castle, or The Pirates of the Caribbean series, or something else entirely. However I will let you know what the inspiration for these different stories are, when the time comes. For now, you'll have to wait and see.

So as always, (because I don't already tell you enough) do with this post what you will (except copy it) and I shall see you all again soon. Bye!!!! ^^

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Progress Report! Sir!

Ok so I think it's time I posted something up, otherwise you lots get bored. Not that anyone reads it, but who cares! I've decided not to care, not even the amount of views I've got so far!

Well, I guess you'll all be happy to know I've made it to Chapter 8 in...what...5 days. That's something. I've managed to tease you in these few chapters, and the big heavy stuff will be in the later chapters, so watch out for that. I've got a few more people on the review panel, so I can edit a lot more easily, most of them aren't writers...well...writers in the sense of actual fiction...but yeah, anyway, they'll be helping me with the stuff, so once it's out in the open, I'll be crediting them (maybe not by name if they don't want it, but crediting them nonetheless).

Next, I've been working at this non-stop, so maybe by the end of this year, I'll probably have it up...if university work and other stuff don't interfere. I highly doubt it, but there you go. Ok so breakdown of inspiration and stuff...Mainly it's the music I'm listening to...The chord progressions and the overall theme of the music is just the epicentre of it all.

First of all I'm listening to the amazing violin skills of Lindsey Stirling. You can click on her YouTube channel here (oh and I am not endorsing, this is just for credit purposes): Lindsey Stirling - her stuff is amazing! I especially love her song Shatter Me (yes it's clickable), feat. Lzzy Hale from Halestorm (another clickable). Anyway, most of her songs are my inspiration, along with music from Audiomachine, which oddly enough I used in my A2 coursework (I used the song called The New Earth) - you can Spotify them, I love their music, it's all epic and stuff, helps me think of really cool battle scenes or ending scenes! Anyway, I also use Labyrinth (The link is to their IMDB page not the film itself) - OF COURSE! My inspiration and possibly obsession...and Disney's and the original story of Beauty and the Beast (again IMDB). Not only that, some things are from the fan-fictions I love, the ones that I referred to before:

The links this time are to the fan-fiction themselves...reader discretion is advised - THEY ARE MATURE!!!! Just as a heads up. Anyway, they are on fanfiction.net so they don't have a title page, and start on the first chapter/prologue but I don't think that would be a bother.

So that's the gist of it. But details are...well, when you read the prologue, listen to Lindsey Stirling's Take Flight, that particular "chapter" was based on the song. I just imagined the first few lines, and things took off from there...the rest...I dunno, sorta happened...ok so I based it a little on the story I had before (which I am never going back to - I've literally deleted from every data store I have, so literally there is no going back) but this time, things are a little bit more developed. So yes I hope you like it...if and when it does decide to turn up on the internet.

After that I guess the rest would probably speak for itself. So wish me luck...or not, since no one actually comments on these things...