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Liebster Award!

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I was nominated for the Liebster Award a couple weeks back by Desiree B, I’ve been really busy and haven’t had time to do it until now. I’m going to start by doing the first part, answering the questions, and then I’ll write my own and find nominees.

The rules as I understand them are simple. I write 11 random facts about my self, then answer 11 questions my nominator, Desiree B, wrote, I then nominate 11 people who have around 200-ish followers and write them 11 questions to answer. Being busy I haven’t gotten to the second part yet, but thought I’d at least do the first half 😉

 

 

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I love dark clouds, stormy weather, and the rain.

2. My favorite seasons are the transition seasons, Spring and Autumn.

3. I’ve been known to walk in the woods with swords.

4. My favorite flavor of ice cream is chocolate orange, made locally where I live.

5. I love being existential at times, especially while star gazing.

6. My favorite comic book is X-Men.

7. I love Japanese anime.

8. My car’s name is Little Blackie after the horse from True Grit.

9. Live entertainment (music, plays, performers) are one of life’s great pleasures.

10. My favorite Playstations games are Final Fantasy, but my Nintendo 64 game will always be Zelda and the Ocarina of Time.

11. I’m sitting at the kitchen counter procrastinating making dinner.

 

Answers to Desiree B‘s Questions

1. What’s your biggest goal for the month?

Surviving and having written as much as I can.

2. What milestone are you hoping to accomplish in the next five years? 

I would like to have self-published a couple of books within the next five years.

3. What’s the biggest milestone that you’ve accomplished thus far? 

Writing a book and getting it past the first draft stage into the second, that and my blackbelt in TKD 😉

4. When you started your blog, what was your first expectations for it? Has it changed?

I don’t know if I really had an expectation. I thought it would be fun to litter a blog page with whatever I want and I still do. What really surprises me is that anyone reads it 😀

5. Aside from writing, what other activity captures your interest?

I somehow feel that reading is a given. I think the martial arts would be my second great love. It’s very empowering and satisfying when I beat up the guys 😉

6. Where is your favorite place to read or write.

Those are two very different places. I love to read at home, usually sprawled on a couch or my bed. When it comes to writing I love to write in coffee shops. Getting out really helps me focus and it’s nice to not completely be alone while I write. I can also people watch if I’m having trouble writing anything down.

7. Who is your favorite author?

Why such hard questions? Growing up it was Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Most recently I’ve been extremely enamored with Neil Gaiman’s books, but there are so many wonderful books and authors out there.

8. What keeps you going when things get rough?

Stubbornness and a masochistic desire to torture myself lol. I guess I don’t really give myself the option, at least when it comes to writing. I know it’s what I want to do. But it does get hard and I usually get through with a lot of prayer and ranting to good friends.

9. If you could give one life tip, what would it be?

Try to understand people and don’t overreact. So many of life’s arguments are simply miscommunication between two people trying to make themselves understood.

10. What genre interests you the most and why?

I’ve become very interested in steampunk. I love the style and the mashup of old and new. It’s fun to see old ideas and technology turned on its head and made fresh.

11. Out of all your favorite books, which character do you wish you could be? (Oh, and you can’t use your book) 

That’s a really hard question!…Maybe Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s “Song of the Lioness” series. I thought it was really cool when I was a kid to have a girl who wanted to be a knight. She was pretty B.A. too.

~~Lady of the Pen~~

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Superheroes

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I was sitting in the movie theater watching “Captain America: Winter Soldier” (for the second time) and started thinking about why we have superhero stories and why we need them. The reality is we’ve always had stories about heroes who are larger than life and preform super human feats. 

In mythology we have heroes such as Hercules, Achilles, Ulysses, and countless others who preformed heroic deeds, fought evil and inspired us. In early America there are folk heroes: John Henry, Davy Crocket, and Paul Bunyan. And now we have superheroes, which are only the newest manifestation of our desire to have beings beyond us fighting for us and teaching us important lessons about right and wrong, good and evil. 

Superheroes inspire us to be better by raising the bar beyond what we are humanly capable of. They are an ideal. They allow us to explore ideas of right and wrong on a grand level. They help us in our struggle with the big questions of morality. Despite their superhuman status, they are still human, they make mistakes and fail. But they teach us to stand back up, to keep fighting, to do what’s right. We have an innate human desire to have heroes and this appears in all storytelling, it’s just not always as pronounces as in tales of superheroes. 

Superheroes are an important part of our culture, because they are glimpses into who we want to be.

~~Lady of the Pen~~ 

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Two Worlds

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Life can be challenging for writers and artists because we live in two worlds. We live in reality where we work our 9 to 5 jobs, we do chores, we run errands and spend time with family and friends, we live like most everyone else. But for the creatively minded we live in a second world as well, one that often seems to conflict with reality, we live in our heads, we live with our dreams and our imagination. We want to spend our days creating new masterpieces, but most of us can’t do that. Instead we spend a majority of our time doing the things that need to get done. We must settle for doing the things we want to do in our sparse free time, a time that we divide between: errands, chores and spending time with the important people in our lives, and sometimes by the time we have free time all we want to do is sleep. It’s hard to live in two worlds at once.

Sometimes it feels as though our dreams are being weighed down by a giant millestone called Reality. Unfortunately reality isn’t going to go away. The only thing we can do is make our dreams strong enough that they can bear the weight. It’s not easy, it’s hard work, but it’s the price we pay for living in two worlds.

~~Lady of the Pen~~

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War of the E-book vs the Printed Book?

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What’s your opinion of e-books? We all have one. Some people love them because it’s convenient, others are purely traditional, some people don’t really care and will read either, and others consider e-books to be a horrible sacrilege which will herald the downfall of books.

For me I have a strong attachment to physical books. I love being able to flip through the pages, put it on my shelf and remember the adventure I experienced between its covers each time I look at it. Not to mention there’s a very particular book smell that I simply adore; it’s the smell of a book that’s been around, it’s passed from hand to hand and shared the company of many other great books and as a result has gained a rich scent like a fine vintage wine…

I think I’m beginning to get off topic. The point is I love physical books and nothing can ever replace that love. But having said that, digital books do have their place in the world. They’re small and compact and I can buy books and receive them instantly, it’s very convenient. E-books are also giving Indie authors more options to work with. I for one keep an eye open for promising looking free and 99 cent e-books, even if I’ve never heard of the author before. It’s a good way for new authors to establish themselves.

I know some people feel threatened by e-books. They’re afraid traditional books will disappears. But from what I’ve seen most people who read e-book still read physical books as well. I doubt the physical book is going anywhere soon. But even if it does I recently read something that Stephen King said that put it all into prospective…”The book is not the important part, the book is the delivery system. The important part is the story and the talent.” I think sometime we get too caught up in the medium, the truth of the matter is that what we really love are stories. We might have a preference of what form that story comes in, but in the end it’s about the story, not the packaging.

~~Lady of the Pen~~

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The Emperor’s Soul

 

 

I recently got a bundle of e-book for $12 and Brandon Sanderson’s novella, “The Emperor’s Soul” was among them. I highly recommend this short fantasy book. The writing is beautiful and rich, the characters are fascinating, and did I mention the magic system is brilliant?

The story’s about a woman named Shai who is a Forger, a person who rewrites an objects history in order to transform it. The story starts with her being in prison awaiting execution, having been caught trying to replace the Moon Scepter with a forgery. But then she is offered a unique challenge that might save her life; to succeed she will have to create her masterpiece.

The story is wonderful and it is written with a unique understanding of its characters. I believe it is the finest piece of writing I’ve read from Brandon Sanderson thus far–I admittedly haven’t read that many, but it is excellent.

~~Lady of the Pen~~

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Bookshelves

 

I totally need a new bookshelf! Mine is overflowing. The shelves are two rows deep and I’m starting to stack book on top and around the shelves. The other day I went to the thrift store in search of a small bookshelf I could put in the corner, but instead I came home with more books…

 

I’m pretty sure this counts as an addiction, the only problem is I don’t want to be cured. 

But that means I get to try out this ideaI of using crates to create a bookshelf. It’s easy and it looks super cool! I think I should be able to find some at Michaels and then stain them to look pretty 😀

I’ll post pictures when I make my own.

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~~Lady of the Pen~~

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We’re All Mad Here

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I have completed a 2nd draft of my novel, ‘Train to Everywhere,’ that I am relatively happy with and very nearly lost what little sanity I had left in the process. In the last week or two I’ve gone from 3 to 4 hour writing sessions to 5-6 hour sessions, I’ve been writing/editing on all my days off and much of my free time. I’ve never become so engrosses in a writing project, at the end I would say I was probably obsessed. Not that this is the end, it is merely the 2nd draft, but I intend on taking a little break and try not to panic while my beta readers go over my story. I really do need a break too. Over the last few days I’ve been talking to myself far more than usual, to the point of having argument with myself. I’ve been drinking too much coffee and I’m pretty sure my language has been going down hill, something that only happens when I’m really really worked up. The other day I had so much energy and so many voices running through my head I had to sprint up and down the hall and stairs to get myself under control. Despite the intensity of the last few days, I’ve never been so excited or terrified of a project I’m working on, all of which I take as good signs. This is the first 2nd draft of a novel I’ve produced and the first time I’ve really gotten into editing. I now realize that the first draft is only a warm up, I truly got into my story and my characters when I went back and revisited them, questioned them, asked them about their motivation, rethought my settings and added more detail. I think my reservations about editing are falling away, it’s a rather wondrous process.

I must say I’m scared stiff to let others read this story and once again I take this as a good sign, I usually don’t worry about things being perfect, I’m normally quite happy to let others read my stories even in their raw forms. But this story has been different, I’ve been more secretive about it and didn’t let anyone read draft one. I believe this means that I delved deeper into this story, taken a few more risks and put more heart and soul into it.

This has been a very eye opening experience. I now intend to rest, visit a few friends I’ve been neglecting and catch up on my reading. Because once the feedback is in it will be time for round 3!

~~Lady of the Pen~~

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