Of the time I spent away from here, I have never forgotten about the two blogs I need to work on being active. Posts I’ve thought I’ve posted, I never did. They’re sitting in my drafts!
A new life – June 2014
In the past year, I’ve gotten married. When I wasn’t working, I devoted my time to planning, execution, and League of Legends, with Elder Scrolls Online on the side. Inspired by my husband’s sister’s friend (who planned and did everything for her wedding within three months), I thought I could do the same. I also believe, if I can do it myself, then I will, and if I can’t carry my weight alone, how can I help others who find themselves in the same situation? What I could do, I did myself, but it isn’t a one-person job. My wedding planner did the all the talking, my mother-in-law drove me places, and A. R. Flynn kept me from losing my mind. Thanks, guys. Thanks, bruv.
Good Reads and book giveaways – December 2014
ARF, as I call her, introduced me to the glorious book giveaways from GoodReads, which spawned a flood of books labelled ‘to-read’ on my page. On December 14th, I was joyful when I had won an advanced reading copy: Ian Hamilton’s The King of Shanghai (Ava Lee, # 7) – Hamilton’s latest book. I haven’t read it yet, but I will soon, after I finish my library books.
Writing discovery – January 2015
Excited to join this GoodRead‘s Read-A-Thon on January 24, 2015, I failed to commit to my pledge – before it began. There was a house my husband and I wanted to see as soon as possible, but it landed on the same time as the four hours the read-a-thon began. Regardless, the book I chose was Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger, and even if I did read it from noon to four in the after noon, I would’ve never finished it because of the language Carriger used when writing. It’s not at all difficult to comprehend, but it certainly slowed me down when it was written as if it were a novel from the Victorian era (modified for the modern audience).
This idea conflicted with something I’ve learned from a class I took in university. My professor taught that people from the future learn about the way we speak from the media we’d leave behind, such as common slang, and insults. The conflict makes me think about the way I should write the world ARF and I are working on.
When a real character walks into your life?
In the eight or nine years that Rauden was born as an idea, I never thought about writing a blerb on the physical copy of him walking around in our world. Even though initially, he was inspired by my husband’s best friend, it blows my mind to find that a few years later, they’ve became friends with another guy who has the same amount of silliness, same haircut and texture, same favourite colour, and personality of pushing his friends’ buttons, as Rau does. It’s kind of awesome, but it worries me, am I just squishing Rau to fit into this guy’s mold? Am I just fangirling, trying to make that childhood daydream of meeting fictional characters real?