Saturday, July 31, 2010

JulNoWriMo Final Update

This is my final update on JulNoWriMo. I stopped counting words after reaching 50k, but I wrote probably closer to 60k overall. The majority of it was blind rewriting of Three Dark Roses, which is STILL unfinished and in need of work. But I also wrote a few short stories and random musings as well, which might show up here in the future. But anything written in WriMo starts out at draft zero and needs a lot of work. Hopefully I will be able to do NaNoWriMo this fall as well, with my idea Olympus Rising.
How'd everyone else do?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cast of Characters by Max Lucado

I have read and enjoyed other books by Max Lucado before, and Cast of Characters: Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God is no exception. It takes characters as famous as Paul and as unknown as Abigail and fleshs out what their stories might have been. It really helped me see Biblical characters as PEOPLE, and identify more with them.
One of the most of the identifible chapters focused on Mary, Martha and Lazarus. It said that Marys tend to have "one foot in heaven and the other on a cloud." I feel like that a lot. It's hard for me to come down to earth and listen.
I recieved a free copy of this book through Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze program in exchange for posting a blog review.

Curse of the Spider King

"When Kim Lee jumped from the window to escape her knife-weilding parents, she thought it was her only escape..."
In Curse of the Spider King, authors Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper join pens to craft a tale of elves and spiders. Eight hundred years ago, minions of the Spider King overran the capital of Breinfall and captured the seven offspring of the Elven Lords. But the Drifends fear the curse of the elves too much to kill the lords' offspring, so they instead abandon the children on Earth. But as the seven children reach their thirteenth year, Elf Sentials attempt to bring the children home to Allyra.
The book was very vivid and suspenseful, like a movie, with realistic characters, but it was hard to keep the seven children straight at first, especially because they were scattered across the Western Hemisphere. A few of the characters had dialects as well, which was slightly hard to read.
The authors also did a good job of keeping the characters realistic. At one point, the girls were discussing the boys' appearance while the guys were trading notes on injuries.
Four out of five stars

Saturday, July 24, 2010

JulNoWriMo Updates #15-23

And I am on vacation, so that is as much as you'll get from me presently.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

JulNoWriMo Updates #14-15

Well, I have reached a milestone.
HURRAH! This is a new record for me. In my first NaNo, I got to 38k by the 18th, so this is really good for me.

UPDATE: Total for the day is 41, 104

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

JulNoWriMo Updates #12-13

I am at 33k and climbing. And now, to reply to your comments:
Thanks Chrystal. Who are you on JulNo? I am Nenya_s Wings. I found your blog through K.M Wieland--Wordplay--and think its good. I was homeschooled until high school, but still consider myself homeschooled.
Gwen, I will have access to a computer, but probably not much. It's supposed to be a vacation, after all.
And Evergreena, thanks for the encouragement. Hey, how about updating the blog sometime?

Monday, July 12, 2010

JulNoWriMo Update #11b

30K plus one.
Well, now I should be able to relax a bit more about vacation. That should help me out some.
Also, Gwen and Maggie, I accidently delated your comments. If you want to repost them, I'd appreciate it.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

JulNoWriMo Updates #9-11

I have not worked on today's section at all, but I am at:
25,601 as the total.
Unfortunately, we leave for vacation near the end of this week, so my wordcout will not be updated for a long time. That is, assuming I do write more on vacation.
And Gwendolyn, way to go. What's yours about?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

JulNoWriMo Update 8

Despite other activities today, I wrote 1.5k, bringing my total to

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

JulNoWriMo Updates #4-7

July 4th--family activities
July 5th--more family activities
July 6th--work
July 7th--(different) work.

Total for the first week:


How are you doing?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

JulNoWriMo Update 3b

Well, I'm done for the day. Between Write or Die and handwriting, I'm up to 10k plus 269. Not bad at all. Is anyone else here participating.
And here is my link for my Createspace novel pics

JulNoWriMo Update 3

Currently, I am at 9,068 words. My goal is to be at 10k by the end of the day, because I have a vacation coming. Granted, I threw in about a k or so of unrelated stuff and am working on a rewrite of my NaNo story, but I feel happy right now.
Plus, I got my Createspace novel in. YEAH! I have MY stories in an offical looking book. Coolness

Friday, July 2, 2010

JulNoWriMo Update #2

Well, as of 6:36 pm local time, my word count is 5, 118. Before you say I'm showing off, I'm just trying to build up a cushion because I'm going on vacation this month.
But, oh, how I love WriMo! I have an excuse to write every spare minute, and my plot bunnies are caffinated and sugar-high!
If anyone joins me, I'm Nenya_s Wings at JulNoWriMo.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

JulNo Update 1

Well, here's my first JulNoWriMo update:
as of 3:17 pm local time, I have
2k written
Three more characters added (but they're mythical, so they don't entirely count)
and a few (Jul)Noisms from pen going faster than mind, ie...
"...a young man who had never set foot on dry, solid earth and was rather tired of eating fish."
Further updates will come.