Monday, January 25, 2010

Nothing New

Not much has happened since my last blog post, but since this has become sort of obligatory, I'm posting anyway.

I'm working on a new story. It is told in first person, through diary posts. It could probably be interesting, but I don't know how long it'll last. I'm kind of at a down point as far as everything to do with writing goes. I can't seem to write anything good at the moment.

It snowed today. It was melted within a few hours though.

My next post will probably be on my birthday, or soon afterward, which should hold more excitement.

~ Major Bookworm ~

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Good and Bad

I got my braces off last Thursday. It was exciting, but now I have to wear a retainer, which is annoying. It's only for a month though, then I can start wearing it only at night.

You know that story I was writing for the BYU contest thing? Well, my computer closed down for an automatic update one night, and when I opened it up again, the story was completely gone. I know I had saved and opened that story several times before this happened, so I know that it wasn't just because I didn't save it. Anyway, it was going to be too long anyway. Even if I start it all over again, it won't be ready for me to submit for the contest, so I guess I'm just not going to enter.

Now, since I am not really working on anything, besides The Brotherhood, my fanfiction, I am working on a project that has nothing to do with writing. In fact, it is origami. I am making a fancy origami swan. It isn't just a simple swan, it is very complex and time consuming. Here's the link to a video showing how to make it.

I took my Vocabulary Final today. I got 100% on it, which is good, since I probably won't do that well on the grammar test. It counter balances it.

I was working on editing my novel yesterday but I've been making mental changes and getting ideas for changes to it for a couple weeks and it is going to take some serious work to make all those changes happen. I'm deleting a whole character and adding another one, plus making a minor character a major one. I'm turning one of the bad guys into a good guy and making the bad guy even worse. I'm going to be rewriting pretty much everything except the very beginning and the very end but keeping the main plot mostly the same. No worries, though, I'm keeping the original, just in case I totally mess it up and decide to change it back or something.


Monday, January 11, 2010

Dream and Other Things

My photography teacher is very awesome, as I'm sure I've said before, but it is true. She gave me 3.5 extra credit points just because she liked my last project. I quote "This is the best yet!" and "This one is GREAT. Love it! No one presented their planet and flare at like this. Can I use it as an example?" Seriously, I think she is a little over the top, but whatever. This semester, she has given me a total of 43.5 extra credit points when the most extra credit points I was supposed to be able to get is 22. Almost DOUBLE! Does that sound like favorism to you? Unless she does it to everyone, which I'm really not sure of...I should find someone and ask.

Anyway, on to other things, I just had to marvel about that for a moment.

So, the dream I had on Saturday night was most peculiar. It was only about a five minute scene, with nothing else going on. It started out with me on a floating boat, kind of like an ark. It was hovering about three feet off of a wintry landscape. A woman, dressed like an Indian chief was talking about the history of the land and passing out colorful feathers. In the dream, I was bored, so I tuned her out and looked around. 

At the rear of the boat, an old man with a short white beard and a balding head, was cackling excitedly, holding up a blow torch which was spouting out flames. In the dream, it seemed like I knew this was a regular occurance, so it didn't even register how unusual that is.

Looking around further, I found that I was surrounded by a group of kids ranging from the age of 2 - 10, all looking bored at the Indian woman's talking as well. 

I faintly recognized that Lydia was sitting beside me, looking bored as well, and then I woke up. 

It was a really crazy dream and it sprung from out of nowhere. I haven't even read anything even somewhat similar to something that could have brought that up. It did inspire a story, like most of the dreams I remember, which are usually the very strange ones. I'm writing a condensed version of the story for the BYU writing contest, and once both stories are done I'll decide which one I like better and send it in. I'm also going to make a longer, more detailed version of the story, though. It's going to be an end of the world type thing, I already have the outline all planned out, and I can't wait to start.

Meanwhile, I am getting my braces off in like two and a half days, I'm pretty excited for that as well, although, it is going to be weird not having braces after a year and a half.

Anyway, this is long enough,

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Random Interesting Thing

Cayman Islands
Czech Revar
Faroe Islands
Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand
Puerto Rico
South Africa
South Korea
Sri Lanka

Tell me one thing that all of these countries have in common. Can't think of anything? I'll tell you. In every one of these countries is at least one person who has read one of my fanfictions that I've written. No joke. There are counties here I've never even heard of!

You know, somehow, if I get a book published, I don't think it'll be this far spread. That my fanfictions have spread this far is insane in itself. Who knew? 70 different countries in a year and a half.

Anyway, I just found this interesting, so I thought I'd share it. :)


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Year's Resolution and Other Things

My resolution for this year is that I'll try to update my blog at least once a week for the entire year. Since resolutions are basically made to break, though, it probably won't happen, but we'll see how long it goes on anyway.

So, the last time I posted was November nineteenth, and I was right in the middle of NaNoWriMo. Well, now it's January and a whole new year, not to mention decade, and I'm still writing crazily.

There's a BYU writing contest going on right now, which I'm trying to make a great entry for that. A short story (between 1000-4000 words) should be so easy after NaNoWriMo, but I had writer's block for a time least on this project anyway. I think I have the basic plot line all planned out though, and now I just have to actually finish writing it, without going over the word limit.

Also, I was randomly looking at my stats for my fanfictions and out of the blue I saw that I had over 25,000 hits for one of my fics that I didn't really think was all that good. Of course, I guess it's popular because it is an original plot, unlike a lot of fanfiction stories. By now, probably, there are others like it, but my was the original, so it's the best, no matter how horrible it is. On that note, I am rewriting it, finally. I've already gotten the first few chapters written out and it is going to be much longer than the first copy. I just hope my fans like the new version as much as they liked the old one.

It's almost sad how popular fanfiction is. The one time I write a fanfiction longer than three chapters, lots of people read it and some people review, even though it is not very good. An original story I'm posting on fanfiction's sister site, fictionpress, has like ten chapters so far and only 16 people have read it, and then they've only read the first chapter. Only one person has read to the fifth chapter, and then nobody has read further. Oh well, at least I am getting feedback on one of my stories that some people like, even if it isn't original.

The last thing I'm working on is editing Involuntary Notions, which is proving to be annoying. 125 pages riddled with mistakes and things I need to change is taking forever to edit. Actually, I printed a copy off and I am almost to the end of that. Now I just need to go back over that and translate all the edits to the copy on the computer. Plus, I plan to add several new scenes and change around several things. I might even delete a whole character. I was planning on killing her off in the book anyway, it just never happened, and she really isn't needed. She was just there to give me some extra scenes to boost my word count.

On a whole different subject, I really need to get back in the habit of practicing the piano daily. I stopped for Thanksgiving Break and haven't practiced even once since. Considering that I'm playing in church next Sunday, I really should get some practicing in this week.

Anyway, in photography class, I once again managed to get extra credit on a project, just because she liked it so much. I'm starting to wonder if she gives extra credit like this to everyone, or she just likes me. Seriously, I have gotten 20.5 points of extra credit so far. Not to mention that she has used five of my ten projects as examples and shown them off to the class. NOT that I'm complaining. It's because of this that my photography grade has stayed above 100% the whole year and also brought my grade average up, which is definitely a good thing right now.

One of my interesting plots that will likely fall through before it even really gets started is an idea I had for a fanfiction several months ago but just tucked away, thinking it was impossible. But since I am now the proud owner of the complete Harry Potter series and the Twilight Saga, I think it might actually work. See, my idea was to write a five series crossover. Twilight, Harry Potter, Pendragon, Inkheart, and Eragon all put together in one huge fic. Of course, it could be very much impossible. But I have a plan and a vague idea of how they could all fit together. There are tiny things in each book that could make them work.

The Inkheart series: The main character - Meggie - can read things and people in and out of books just by reading the book aloud. This is very good for getting a lot of characters in different books together.

Another: in Eclipse - or was it New Moon? Anyway, Bella says something about Angela being a witch, jokingly of course, but what if it was true? And, in the last book, someone from the Volturi (Aro maybe?) mentions something about the type of werewolves that are in Harry Potter existing, if being nearly extinct. This connects Harry Potter and Twilight, making them be able to belong to the same world.

Lastly, Pendragon is all about crossing to different times and dimensions, so it can fit in there with the others, just fine.

This just leaves The Inheritance Series to figure out, but I have a sort of idea for that too...Anyway, that's my crazy plan, and we'll just have to wait and see if it is actually possibly to combine five series (my favorites) into one comprehensible story. I really hope it is, because it would be very cool.

So, on to other things now. Like geocaching. I have almost 100 finds now. Almost. I'm at 98 right now. If I was a premium member, I'd be at 103, but I'm not, so they don't count, unfortunately. I also have that new cache to hide that Ginanne gave me, but I'm not sure when to do that, since I still need to make it, plus I have no idea where to hide it at.

I guess that's all,