Many of my friends are avid listeners to music. Some of the authors I know practically swear by writing with music in the background. I used to, but nowadays I tend to get distracted. (I can still do it, but I need to have been writing for a while and by then I forget I wanted to turn the music on. *sigh* So nowadays I write in silence.) Still, I have several powerful weaknesses when it comes to music and I thought it could be a fun topic to discuss. ^_^ Though these are weaknesses, they aren’t necessarily things I actively seek out. These are some of the things that can (and will and have) halted me dead in my tracks within a couple of seconds and derailed my thoughts completely.
When it comes to Tesla Effect there are, roughly, two groups of people to divide between: long-term Tex fans who’ve been waiting for a sequel to a cliffhanger for the past 16 years or so (and you thought fans of G.R.R.M. had it bad) and new gamers who have never heard of the franchise before. I am, admittedly, in the former camp. (And if you want to know why I have a Kickstarter account…) This matters because it means I’m less likely to be seeing its flaws, and I’m sure they exist.
It’s actually part of why I’m talking about this game so relatively long after it got published. My first playthrough was made up of complete and utter squee and incoherence of finally having a new Tex game again. My second and third playthrough were “Okay, let’s check out some of these other paths” and then my last playthrough (still haven’t covered all endings) would hopefully give me enough play-time to hush my squee enough to be at least a little objective. I’ll let you be the judge of how well I’ve managed, but next up is some of the squee. Get more of it out of my system. Nicely below the cut because this way I don’t accidentally cause headaches or eyebleed with my overuse of all the caps ever.
Just a couple of links for you today, some are crowdfunding projects and some are not. Enjoy! ^_^
Learn about Vivandières and Cantinières: also known as “women who were an official government-sanctioned part of the French army for centuries, who saw combat and who were emphatically not prostitutes tagging along”. This is a very very basic gist of what the site is about.
The Sustainable Economy: Co-ops and Other People-Friendly Businesses: This is mostly about a sustainable law center. (I really love the idea of a writers’ co-op, by the by.)
Horses of the Moon, a Kickstarter for a series of novellas by Judith Tarr.
thebonesofferalletters on DW is currently hosting a prompt call with the theme: LGBTQA themes and/or creators and creations.
The Redeemer Chronicles, a Kickstarter for a novel (series) by CE Murphy.
SUNY-ESF have managed to develop a blight-resistant version of the American chestnut tree. They’re fundraising to help restore the tree to its native range.
Angela Korra’ti is having a promotional sale of Faerie Blood which runs until December 1st.
Lastly, meet Zeus, a blind owl.
Wherein Eiryn learns about things such as syllables, Arèn reminds us all he is not cut out for this parenting thing, and Eiryn figures out something she can do for Radèn’s birthday! There’s a tad more sulking going on.
A Promise Broken is a WIP serial fantasy novel that updates every Monday for free. You can read more about the project here. For every €20 in donations, an additional Wednesday post will be unlocked.
A Promise Broken
Lynn E. O’Connacht
I have three words for you this week. Just three: Dragon Age Inquisition.
All right, that’s not everything. Other highlights of the week include: insomnia, central heating breaking, more hours at work and mostly it’s been one thing after the other all week long. Except for DAI which, um, may have seen me lose track of time under the guise of “Just one more quest” turning into “Oh, just one more area”. Oops. And, of course, it means the writing suffers. Tremendously and dramatically.
I am okay with that, for the most part. I’m not trying to write a whole novel in a month, after all, just to get properly started and a decent way into at least one project. I’m on chapter 4 of this one and so far all chapters have clocked in around 2,500 words. We’ll see if that lasts, but it means I’ve got around 10K on this story. I got stuck on a particular scene there, which is part of why I let myself get distracted. Something about the characters was feeling off. I’m still not entirely sure what’s bothering me despite letting the story percolate for a while.
It doesn’t feel like a situation where the major events of (some of) the scenes are wrong, just that the emotional shift of them and some of the motivations resulting from there aren’t quite where they should be. Yet.
Apparently, I am still utterly awful at this whole linkspamming thing. So, today, I’m offering you a grand total of 10 links. This is by no means the entire list, but I figured I’d spread them out a bit.
- Book Pages through the Eyes of a Synesthete (Or, how one synesthete sees books.)
- Airline Employs Dog to Help Return Lost Items to Passengers at Amsterdam Airport
- How to Survive Your Next Monday as Told by Owls
- These Long Exposure Pictures Of Fireflies Reveals Just How Beautiful They Actually Are
- Sheep Herding Demonstration with Border Collies
- 25 Baby Animal Pics
- Diversity: Australian Women Writers Challenge (lots of posts on diversity in Australian fiction; lots of books mentioned too)
- The Prince who Never Laughed by Amy Rae Durreson (Actually, go poke around the Queer Romance Month website as a whole. So many good posts.)
- Honeybees love coffee too: an infographic
- Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen envisioning what the girls of Disney might look like in real life.
November, what with being a NaNoWriMo rebel has been pretty non-existent on the reading front, but I did read a few things. I crowed about catching up to M.C.A. Hogarth’s backlog at the beginning of the month, but, truthfully, that was a teeny, tiny, sort-of lie. Because M.C.A. Hogarth also published children’s books under the name of Maggie Hogarth and… Well, I hadn’t read all those books yet. (All one of them.) This month, because I had a sad, I finally allowed myself to a) get this book, b) read it. Because Hogarth’s work can be wonderfully soothing and I wanted a story that I could snuggle down with and that wouldn’t take forever to read like, um, pretty much everything else on my TBR pile.
So off to read Vinny the Armadillo Makes a Friend I was. I won’t give you a detailed plot summary since that’s pretty much inherent in the title. It’s a story about an armadillo named Vinny who wants to make a friend. A good friend, mind. Because sometimes, for some reason, people don’t make good friends. This is also your one and only warning that if you’re concerned about spoilers beyond the descriptive title you should turn back now and refrain from clicking through to the text below the cut.
Over on Dreamwidth (and probably LJ), there’s a talk meme going around for the month of December. The idea behind the original meme is that you write a post for every day of December discussing… Well, whatever people ask you about. (This is, of course, provided that you get enough topics to cover the entire month.)
I’m not going to be able to write a post every day in December, but I’d be happy to take topic suggestions all the same and I’ll get to them when I get to them. ^_^ (Unless, of course, you ask about something I don’t want to or can’t talk about.) Hopefully we’ll get some lovely conversations going! I’ve actually got a writing meme I got tagged for still lying about somewhere that I’ve been saving up for the new year or so as well, so that’ll probably show up in January/February too. But I’d love some more topics to discuss. ^_^
So… Anything in particular you’d like me to talk about? ^_^ I don’t bite, I promise.
Last month, I interviewed friend and fellow writer/blogger Cheryl Mahoney about her newest book, The Storyteller and Her Sisters. This month Cheryl is interviewing me about my latest release, Tales of the Little Engine. You can read the interview here at Tales of the Marvelous. A little later today Cheryl will also have a review up about Tales. Once it’s live (in a few hours or so), it can be found here. (*bites nails*)
I hope you’ll enjoy both the interview and the review! And please do check out Cheryl’s own works if fairytale retellings are of interest to you. Hers are lovely. ^_^
Several months ago, I promised a friend to read Earthrise and the other books in the Her Instruments trilogy by M.C.A. Hogarth asap. Life and things happened and it got postponed. Just a tad. Just until late September and throughout October. I actually finished Rose Point and Laisrathera in two days flat, just to give you an idea of how engaging the books were. And because they’re really two halves with Earthrise a very long interlude and introduction and I read them both so close together, I’m throwing the two into a single book talk point. My brain. It can tell where one book ends and another begins, but it really isn’t happy to do so.
This post then will contain spoilers for the entire trilogy (sort of) since I’ll be going for the general-impressions no-order-whatsoever approach that means nothing is split up into neat sections. You have been warned. All spoilers lie below the shiny shiny cut.