I’ve been thinking a lot recently about words, and not in the “I’m editing a book ” sense but words that bring me joy to hear.
My favourite word is Phenylalanine (Pronounced Fen E La La Neen), it’s an amino acid. I can’t remember which one, but it’s just such a fun word to say out loud.
Also, ever since someone said these are the most romantic sounding words; Cellar Door.
It’ll take a mo to appreciate it, but once you think about it it’s kind of a beautiful thing. It just rolls off the tongue, and invokes such vivid imagery. It’s one of those innocuous ones that you don’t tend to think about until someone points it out.
The last one is Cardigan, but only after hearing a Portuguese woman repeat it with such delight, she rolled the r and gave it such a joyful lilt it sounded much more exciting, I’d previously thought of it as a rather stuffy word, but now I can’t hear it any other way, and it always makes me smile.
Which words bring you joy?
This is a comment I left on the blog of the hilarious ‘Becky Says Things‘- go check her out!
I hate the moments in the middle of the night, you’re trying to get to sleep and you have the BEST idea EVER, you get excited about it, and think tomorrow you’re going to be so damned productive.
Then the morning arrives, you wake up absolutely shattered, because you spent the night plotting, and when you finally come round you either don’t remember what that brilliant idea was, or it’s too late to implement it anyway, or and this is the absolute worst, someone gets there before you.
Yeah, brains suck.
Spring has officially sprung!
I can tell not because the daffs are starting to explode, but because I actually managed to get out for a run, which I have been threatening to do all winter.
In the past week I have been out for two runs and a walk, and I can tell I’ve been eating too much cake because it was really hard.
I mean cake is good, but I need to lay off, and not just because my clothes are starting to shrink (I think I have some sort of fairy infestation sewing my clothes tighter).
But I like baking, and when I have friends over I like to bake for them, and so there will continue to be more cake, and so I must either give up cake, keep on the running, or find that dratted fairy.
But sometimes there must be cake, so I will have to keep up the running. The things we do for baked goods eh?
I wasn’t going to blog for a while, but today I needed too, just for the sheer heck of writing. My WIP isn’t going to be finished for some time and it’s all editing, I love the story, but sometimes it’s just nice to write for the sake of seeing new words.
So, whilst I’m here I might as well tell you my PLAN. I PLAN to stop creating art for the time being, in order to practice some more. I have a load of ideas, but I want to refine my skills before I take them any further.
I also plan to finish my fantasy WIP this year, it won’t be published, not until at least two of the three main books are written. (That’s three central books, and seven books in total that will precede and come after the main three)
Why not just start from the beginning you may ask, well, there is a reason for that, not a very good one I’ll admit, but I’ve only recently formed the idea for the others, and the first of the main three is nearly written, so I don’t see any reason to drop it to start from the beginning.
So that’s my PLAN, loosely anyway, I’ve set myself goals, and a to do list and everything.
Wish me luck, and see you on the other side!
I’ve been reading around recently, trying out new authors, new genres, seeing what fits. Part of my “emptying the kindle” strategy.
I used to be of a mind where when you got a book, no matter how bad it was, you don’t give up. Now though, there are some that test that strength. It’s gotten to the point where there are books that are good, but written so badly I have to give up. It seems to be a more and more common experience, and so I’ve had to say no to continuing with a lot of books.
I’m starting to fall back and read books I ‘know’ are good, rather than seeking out new ones.
There have been one or two that I would happily recommend this year, Dust by Arthur Slade, and Luther. M. Siler does a good sci fi/ fantasy series are just two that immediately come to mind.
But I’ve found myself reading old classics, currently it’s the Three Muskateers, which I have about three hours of reading left, it’s a seven hour book. I liked the book for the first three and a half hours worth of reading, but now I’m starting to dislike the Muskateers as characters and it’s becoming harder to finish because of it.
So to help me through this tough period I’ve started to reread The Witches by Terry Pratchett. I’d quite like to work through The Witches series, but they aren’t new reads to me either.
I seem to be becoming more reluctant to seek out new books because, although there seem to be many new books, I rarely seem to find one that grabs me.
Anyone else have this issue?
It appears that whilst last week was an editing week, this week has been an arty week.
Here are my offerings. The one above was inspired the fact that my other half and I managed to go through 2 boxes of cookies in about 3 days. I have no regrets.
The sloth one was inspired by a friend of mine, who says that her favourite animal is a sloth, partly in admiration of how much it can sleep. This little guy was drawn in pen and ink, scanned in, and coloured in photoshop.
These two came about after I came across those facebook posts that throw out obscure words that no-one hardly uses. I thought I’d bring it back with these two designs.
This week I sank my teeth back into editing, as much as I like the process, tightening up sentences, killing off unnecessary words, seeing my story come to life, there are times when Aaaaaaarrrrrghh!
My Aaargh moments are usually about plant life. In my WIP there are woods nestled at the foot of a mountain range, I dislike conifers, so I’ve tried to steer away from them, but in so doing I’ve made life harder for myself. I would have given up on the idea of avoiding conifers if my MC didn’t need to hide so much. Conifers generally make the soil acidic and there’s very little growth underneath them.
I had to do a lot of research about the types of trees and shrubs that would survive in mountainous area. I also needed to find trees that would provide cover to hide in. All of this is a bit headache inducing, so I didn’t edit as much as I had planned, but it’s more info to add to the world building guide, so there is that.
Luckily I have friends on the webs who have been kind enough to throw information my way.
Thank you internet friends!
I’m scaring myself this week with being organised. I finally got fed up with having scraps of information scattered around in word docs, and so I decided to amalgamate them into an… *drum roll* excel spreadsheet!
That’s right, all my character descriptions, time lines, sayings, history, and general world building will now be in one single excel spreadsheet, spread over several pages. Not a medium you’d perhaps thought of using for world building, but it seems to be working.
It means I don’t have to have umpteen word docs open that I have to scroll through, it means I can easily search for the info I’m looking for, easily reacquaint myself with my story after the long breaks, which seem to accompany my writing. I can use hyperlinks and colour coding, I know right? The utter excitement.
However, once I have the spreadsheet set up I can make it blank and save it out for other projects.
The story I’m using it for is a trilogy with two spin off stories, and putting this sheet together has given me an idea of how to write the sequels I’ve had in mind. So it’s already been worth the time to construct it.
It’s also helping me stick it all together so that the world won’t be inconsistent.
What world building methods do you use?