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Weekly Pieces: May 22nd

I saw my first production of Don Giovanni yesterday! I’m a little conflicted. The music and singing were amazing. The film noir setting worked really well. But they changed the ending. I understand why because the dramatic dragging into Hell doesn’t really work with film noir but the way it went down seemed a little anticlimactic. 

My editing continues. I’ve found another piece I might keep. But I could have been tired from all the red marking I was doing previously. I choose to be optimistic. 

Thank you for reading! Have a great week.

Weekly Pieces: May 8th

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Last week I met a particular human, we spoke for three hours, and now I have a crush on him.

Dang it.

It was inevitable because he is both cute and nice.

Plus he loves to read.

I didn’t have a chance. I just didn’t.

But other than that…

I’ve started my Egypt research because a main character in another story is quite fascinated by Egyptian religion.

I’ve also been editing my 2nd draft. A lot of rewriting needs to be done. Writing the 3rd draft is going to be beastly.

My Easter candy is running out though. I have to make it last as long as possible. (It might last the week but most likely it will not.)

Thank you for reading, have a great week!

Weekly Pieces: May Plans!

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May is kind of a special month…

I’ll be doing multiple posts about Tanith Lee because she’s my favorite author and May is the anniversary of her death and writing posts about her books makes me feel better. She wrote over 90 novels and 200 short stories. I’ve read a significant chunk of them at this point but luckily I haven’t read them all. And some of her less recent work is being republished which is very helpful.

My Retro Reread for May is The Gods Are Thirsty by Tanith Lee. One of my top ten historical fiction books of all time, it is set during the French Revolution.

I’ll be editing my second draft and working on other projects I’ve thought of.

It is also the two year anniversary of my blog!

Thank you for joining me so far!

Weekly Pieces: April 17th

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I’m almost done with Anna Karenina!

I finished the first act of my second draft and have discovered that their is a major plot problem which has made me question a key concept. And I got rid of two supporting characters that were redundant. Yet I still love my two leads and a supporting character got upgraded because I’ve been really relating to her side of things in this draft.

Did you have a Happy Easter? If you don’t celebrate Easter, did you take advantage of the candy sale today?!

Weekly Pieces: April 10th

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I started Anna Karenina last week…

I’m finally, actually reading this chunker. I am not loving it but I will get through it.

I am continuing with my novel.

I also have another project in the works. I had a Lord of the Rings dream so I re-watched the three movies and that is where this idea has sprung from, I’m pretty sure. Don’t know where it is going. I am already rooting for my two main characters to get together. But they may take a while to get to that romantic place. Anyway, we’ll see what happens.

Are you reading big books right now? Are you trying to write one? Let me know!

Weekly Pieces: March 27th

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April begins this week!

CampNaNoWriMo officially begins. I’m ready but I am so not ready.

I also confess that I am a Spring Break Slacker. I have been to Mexico once in my life and it wasn’t during spring break. Most of my breaks were spent reading and writing, doing homework… And my senior year at a new high school… they actually shortened spring break to a few days instead of the whole week. Riots ensued so the next year they didn’t dare do that again. Our choir was excused for the whole week though because spring break is when they traditionally did their big trip. So I went to San Francisco for the first time that year.

I have two more books to finish before April and they are chunky: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Black Powder War by Naomi Novik. So we’ll see. I may not sleep that much this week. But who needs sleep, really?

Any fun Spring Break plans? Let me know in the comments below!

Weekly Pieces: March 20th

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Technically today is the first day of spring.

And it honestly looks that way outside my window. But I’m waiting for the last big snowstorm of the year to come sweeping through to say, “Bwa ha ha!” in a maniacal, villainous way.

I finally got up the nerve to watch the other two new episodes of Sherlock. That first episode was too much for me for a while. Anyway, I watched the other two episodes and they were pretty scary too but I loved them as well. So basically I was traumatized by The Vampire Diaries and then Sherlock. So I felt completely justified buying a few more journals that I don’t need (but they are super pretty). I probably could have resisted but I didn’t want to.

I also did buy the vivid purple lipstick and did a horrible job putting it on my face. That’s okay though. Much hilarity ensued at work and patrons were more disposed to be pleasant in pity.

Lots of reading thoughts: the 3rd round of Tome Topple was announced for April 7th through the 20th. I encourage you to watch Sam’s (Thoughts on Tomes) video if you are interested. It will be during CampNaNoWriMo but this reading challenge isn’t about how many books you can read; it is about reading books that are over 500 pages. I do have a pile of books I want to finish before April but according to my casual calculations, I need to finish a book a day to succeed. I’m fast but I’m not sure I’m that fast. Now that I’ve said that it feels like I just gave myself a challenge… Challenge accepted!

What are you up to today? Did anything fun over the weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

Weekly Pieces: March 13th

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*giggle*snort* This meme gets me every year.

My poor brother, he had a hard time until all the clocks were changed. But I was able to set my new watch really easily. That was nice.

I am also traumatized by the ending of The Vampire Diaries. I won’t go into detail but I started crying about ten minutes in, even though I was determined not to.

And it’s Monday the 13th again! Basically work might be an interesting challenge today. Don’t worry, I love my job and wouldn’t trade it for the world but people can be a bit scary on Mondays and it being Monday the 13th… they might be extra scary. And it was a full moon last night and Daylight Saving Time probably messed up everyone’s sleep schedules…

Maybe I should call in sick…

Nah, there are people who are actually sick right now. Flu going around, I think.

I’m also tempted to buy blue lipstick, black lipstick, and emerald green lipstick. They are just such unusual colors and so pretty but the fact is… lipstick is not really my friend. It takes me forever to put it on, especially the darker colors. And I always do the three-layered look: lip liner, lipstick, then lip gloss. Do I have to do it that way? No, but I am a “go big or go home” kinda person with lipstick. Also, I have a hard time matching lip liners… The drama… So lip gloss is a better friend. (But sometimes those darker colors are really hard to get even…)

Writing news: I’m reading books on characterization and emotion. They are giving me a lot of useful advice and my characters are benefiting from the information.

How are you doing? Make-up stories? Doing anything fun for St. Patrick’s?

Weekly Pieces: March 6th

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I redid my hair! It makes me so happy to have the colors be vibrant again.

I’m also working on my characters for my novel. I want to get to know them better, give them depth, give them an emotional arc. All that fun stuff.

My next step, I think is to work on scenes, one by one. But I may have to wait until April and CampNaNoWriMo. Character development really shouldn’t be rushed.

How was your weekend? Do anything fun?

Leave your thoughts and feelings in the comments below.

Weekly Pieces: February 27th

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It is almost the end of February! It feels a little crazy.

So March plans…?

I’ll be switching writing gears. I’ll be working on my novel for the year. This second draft has been a real pain but that is what second drafts are for? Painful decisions and more research and massive restructuring but I do want to hang on to the fun. I still really like my main characters.

I’m pretty sure I want to do The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern as my Retro Reread for March.

I’ll also be making my dramatic return to social media.

What else…?

The Vampire Diaries is ending in March… That’s pretty crazy too. I’m still watching the seventh season (And it is slow going because I miss Nina Dobrev!) on Netflix and I will probably wait until the whole last season is available before I watch it.

Will you be wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day?

Thoughts and feelings? Let me know in the comments below.