Monday, June 28, 2010

Almost Done!

I am almost done with my rough draft. I may finish tonight, and if not, then tomorrow for sure.

It's been an interesting experience, writing everything all out for the first time. This is my fourth attempt at this particular novel, and my first success. Actually, it's my first complete rough draft of any of my novels. I, like many others, get excited in the beginning but fall apart halfway through a project. The end seems forever away, and the reason I was excited in the first place eludes me.

But now, the end is a mere conversation away from the end. The climactic battle is over--I referred to it as the 'Final Boss', and anyone who has ever played a video game knows exactly what I'm talking about. It's not pretty. The writing is terrible, horrible, no-good, and very bad. But that doesn't mean it isn't worth it, because now I have something to work with. I have something to mold and tear to shreds and use to create a real, solid story.

The plot and characters have transformed since I first played the game where Tsira, Octras, Shenra, and Jake were born. I was in the fifth grade. And now I'm all grown-up, and my characters have grown, too. I still remember how they started, how the story has changed. And I lost some characters and some interesting scenes, but I think I can finally say I know how this story needs to be.

Well, good luck in all of your goals. I'll be in revising mode soon.

-Tsira

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Summer Reading

The wind picked up and thunder gurgled another warning. Octras was ahead of the others now, his weight making him slide farther than the others with every step. It didn’t help now that the air was stirring. Wind beat against the mercenary’s back, forcing him forward, bidding him to do nature’s will. He took a few steps and squinted, fighting his tangled bangs and the air for control of his sight. It howled as it tore past him and suddenly died.

Well, I've been reading a few interesting books. I still need to read the book Valerie gave me; Jaron read it a while ago while I was working on another book, and I somehow forgot about it. Of course, I feel bad, knowing that Valerie loved it, and even wrote me a personal note that stuck in the first page.

But I did read The Last Dragonlord by Joanne Bertin, which was interesting and character-driven. I think high fantasy often relies too heavily on the plot for its story, but this was... subtle. Much of the story happened slowly, naturally, while the characters followed logical courses of action. It was an entertaining read and I felt like I wrote better while I was reading it.

I'm also reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman now. I was shocked at the amount of needless swearing at the beginning, but I do love his writing, and the main character, Shadow, is intriguing and full of mystery. The concept is brilliant, and Gaiman's storytelling is powerful. I do need to warn some of my friends, though, the book is very adult.

Anyway, work is over for the summer, and I have lots of wedding planning to do.

-Tsira