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amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Default)
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 01:59 am
Just a quick post to say I hit 60,000 words tonight.

In reading news, I bought The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan as well as The Brothers Grimm Volume II, 110 Grimmer Fairy Tales. The latter is for autumn/ Halloween season. Also on my autumn lineup are Frankenstein Mary Shelley (I'm due for a re-read) and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

I will also be posting flash fiction, and may link to a blog I want to renew.
amanda_sheree: (autumn)
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 01:23 am
Class has gone by so fast; we have only four weeks left. The professor said we should get our poem analysis reports back either this Thursday or next Tuesday. We have our bigger essay soon; it is twice as long, so six to eight pages. We are allowed to choose or create a topic with anything we have read as sources. The professor has given us example topics, such as comparing Gertrude in Hamlet to the Wife of Bath in The Canterbury Tales.

On the writing front, I'm still struggling on what will be my next major project. My werewolf story seems like it would be much less involved than my science fantasy. For the latter, I've used Google images to put faces to each of my characters, and I have envisioned vivid flashes of some scenes.

I hope to get my laptop a new charger soon, because Tsirris has been a story that does not like being written by hand. Maybe my science fantasy will take better to paper; it may have a richer prose style, and so brainstorming and substituting for new words and composing the prose with meticulous care may be best worked out on paper.

On a final note, maybe soon I will link to a Photobucket album with the character photos I have saved. I would give the password, of course, or keep it public.

And, off I go to continue reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes.
amanda_sheree: autumn candy (autumn candy)
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 01:57 am
I didn't make the deadline for my college's literary magazine; oh, well. Maybe I'll submit something next time.

I still plan on doing my Halloween prompts. I'm envisioning the scene for "Festive levitating gala." I have vague ideas for some of the others as well. I'd love to expand at least a couple beyond flash fiction, partly to work on my short story skills.

It looks like I won't finish this draft of Tsirris by November. So many continuity errors and changes/ updates I've made to the story are conflicting and driving me crazy. It's sloppy, and I want to EDIT, EDIT, EDIT. I still want to tell the story. It just needs so much work.

Other ideas are looking attractive. What to choose, what to choose.

In reading news, I finished reading Dracula. My feelings on it are mixed. For example, the protagonists aren't very distinct (although Van Helsing and Quincey are in dialogue). Also, there are points in the story where they're not quite bright, or are even oblivious (and with so many clues from past experiences!). Overall, I enjoyed it, though.

Next up on my Halloween reading: The Complete Sherlock Holmes and Frankenstein. I have yet to get Something Wicked This Way Comes; the local Barnes&Noble didn't have it.

I'm not sure what I'm doing for Halloween yet. I'm hoping to get a cheap-ish costume.

Last week, I took my mid-term. Hopefully I did decently. I've been investing a lot of time in the class and enjoying it for the most part. The evening before the exam, I met up with some classmates at Barnes&Noble after I did my book shopping.

I don't know why, but I have been exhausted physically as well as mentally. My body wants so much sleep, and I don't want that much sleep. Maybe it's related to the changing season? I took out my extra comforter for my bed last week. We've had some scorching days, though! I think it's been in the 100s Fahrenheit. So, the day length--instead of the weather--is probably what's factoring into my exhaustion. It's eating up my ambition as well. Solution: Listen to lots of music and just start writing.

Well, I think I've rambled long enough. I may go to bed before completing my class reading; I've already been reading for it the past several hours.
amanda_sheree: (autumn)
Monday, September 26th, 2011 01:19 am
I love so many things about October. Autumn is a gorgeous season (even though, where I currently live, we don't really get the whole leaves-turning-pretty-warm-colors-and-falling-off-trees-thing); temperatures start to fall (no pun intended) from smoldering to comfortable; I carve pumpkins (shoddily); I bake more; I buy a costume for Halloween and hand out candy or hang out with friends (hoping for a party this year);...

...Cue more cliches. Ten minutes later...

I'm planning my October reading for this year. I want to start off with a re-read of Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein. Next, another staple: Dracula by Bram Stoker (which I have not read).

And, after that, I don't really know what to choose. I've seen a handful of Stephen King novels on Halloween reading lists. I'd be open to reading one of them (Carrie and The Shining show up frequently). I wouldn't mind picking up an anthology, either.

Going off this list, I may add The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Ooh! And Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.

Books simply set in autumn would be good, too, if anyone has recommendations. I'm really uncomfortable with demonic stuff, though, as well as extreme gore. Sometimes ghosts disturb me, too, but it depends.

So! Discuss some of your favorite autumn/ Halloween/ horror novels, and make suggestions if you'd like.

October 1st or thereabouts, I plan to post a few writing prompts: four for flash fictions, and one for short stories. Hopefully I'll participate.
amanda_sheree: (Ravenclaw student)
Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 05:19 pm
Finished reading Catching Fire, the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. At least one "big" revelation at the end was apparent to me from nearly the beginning, but I very much enjoyed the book. I want to get Mockingjay tomorrow now. In the meantime, maybe the third Dark Tower book in King's series will keep me occupied.