Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Struggles of Writing

One of my goals in life is to be a novelist. You might ask what I've written. well to tell the truth not much. My only completed book was 12 pages and was written when i was nine. i rewrote it when i was 11 but it disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Well my proudest work is L&C, which as far as an outline is complete. I know what is going to happen from beginning to end but writing it out is another thing. My mind always shifts from idea to idea and trying to make it stay on one for more then a second has...been quite difficult.

My sister often likes to make jokes about this and has told me on more then one occasion to stuff all my ideas into one book and call it inconsistency. I must say for a while this daunted me. But i love coming up with ideas that it didn't last for long. B''H i usually get right back up and keep working. I try to keep this up no matter how many writers blocks i come across, (and believe me it happens often) so hopefully you'll be walking through the bookstores and see my latest work. I really hope you do. ^_^

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Books: If you read, you might as well read something good

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved reading. Before i read i looked at pictures and imagined stories for them. I loved being read to and i was thrilled when i finally learned enough reading skills to start chapter books.

But as I got older I found out that good books became harder and harder to find. Especially mysteries. I love mysteries but apparently every other 16 year old doesn't. But i must say the ones i did find, were well worth reading.

My favorites have been Kiki Strike: In the shadow city and its wonderful sequel the empress’s tomb. Kiki Strike is the story of six girls with unusual talents suppressed by there monotone lives until they discover a secret city under New York City.

It's well written, realistic enough too maybe happen, and lots of fun. I couldn't put it down, which was bad because I have a lot of things to do during the day.

The other one I liked came as a surprise to me was Skullduggery Pleasant a book about a walking talking wise cracking skeleton detective. Although it scared me (It was a horror book for kids but I am VERY, very easily scared) it was soo well written and the characters so unbelievably witty I couldn't help but finish it.

I look forward to its sequel, and to catch up with the girls of Kiki Strike when its next book comes out. So if you like good books, with somewhat predictable plots that are not ruined because they have such great characters definitely check these books out.

If you like straight up fantasy check out Diana Wynne Jones first chrestomanci book: Charmed life. This one i mention because even though the others are very good as well this one stands on its own as one of the best.

It's about a powerful sorcerer and a young witches attempt to impress him no matter if she gets her seemingly untalented brother into life threatening situations. This book has characters that make your react to them and several unexpected plot twists. Her other good works include Howls moving castle which was turned into a beautiful animated film.

If you like a little romance about dragons and princess's in weird situations try the Frog princess series by E.D. Baker.

Story behind the story fan, you might like the looking glass wars which is a take on Alice in wonderland. Although it seems a little too ridiculously serious for an Alice book it still has entertaining moments. As far as straight up mysteries...still looking, but if I find any I'll let you know. Unless you find one first. In that case, let me know ^_^