Friday, November 30, 2012

フェイル Fail.

Welp. I didn't make it to 50,000 words. Only got to around, uh, 16,0000.  Don't judge. 17 credits of schoolwork + 1667 words a day just didn't mesh well. Though, if I hadn't gotten stuck on this one part, I could have probably made it. I just don't know how to proceed and I need to take a break and really think about it. Also, I have trouble sticking to one project for an extended amount of time. I like to jump back and forth between my novels because I get bored or stuck. Does anyone else have this problem?

I'll definitely return to writing my NANO novel because I really like the character's voice and the darker tone (plus all the wonderful violence), but it won't be until after I polish my first novel. It's killing me that I don't have anything to submit to agents. I just want to start emailing people! Gah! Overall, I'm a bit disappointed I just gave up, but I'm happy to be revising my other novels. I missed them terribly. 

How did you guys fare? Did you make it? 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Loathsome Novels

We've all read them. Books that make us gnash our teeth. Books we want to shred and burn--but we don't because, as book lovers, we know it's a sin. Books we wish we could unread, words we curse ourselves for wasting hours plowing through, authors we want to eviscerate (or maybe that's just me...). Not one person out there has a book they didn't find disagreeable. And these are mine.

Call of the Wild by Jack London 

Half St. Bernard, half sheepdog, Buck is stolen away from his comfortable life as a pet in California and sold to dog traders. He soon finds himself aboard a ship, on its way to Northern Canada. Surrounded by cruelty, Buck's natural instincts and behavior begin to emerge as he works as a mail carrying sled dog, scavenging for food, protecting himself against other dogs and sleeping out in the cold snow.

Sold to a group of American gold hunters who are inexperienced living in the wilderness, the dogs are treated badly and as misfortune besets them, Buck is saved by John Thornton. Indebted to his new master, Buck remains by Thornton's side, saving him from drowning and protecting him with fierce loyalty throughout their time together. However, Buck can not deny the strong lure of the wilderness around him.

Exciting and action-packed, THE CALL OF THE WILD explores the timeless relationship between man and dog, and the inevitable draw of primitive instincts that pull Buck away from civilization and humanity towards the lawless and harsh wilderness. 

I don't remember much about this story. I had to read it for class in like sixth grade. But I remember how cruelly the dogs were treated and, at the time, it pissed me off. However, if I read it again now, I probably wouldn't be so bothered by it. Yay desensitization!

The Silent Cry by Kenzaburo Oe 

The Silent Cry traces the uneasy relationship between two brothers who return to their ancestral home, a village in densely forested western Japan. While one brother tries to sort out the after-effects of a friend's suicide and the birth of a retarded son, the other embarks on a quixotic mission to incite an uprising among the local youth. Oe's description of this brother's messianic struggle to save a disintegrating local culture and economy from the depredations of a Korean wheeler-dealer called "The Emperor of the Supermarkets" is as chillingly pertinent today as it was when first published in 1967. Powerful and daring, The Silent Cry is a thoroughly compelling classic of world literature.

It was soo boring and confusing. Half the time, I didn't even know what was going on. Oe's style is complex and he's kind of, oh, abstract? I don't even know what to call it. His style just doesn't work for me. I like books that are straightforward and clear. His doesn't really fall under that category. There were some weird things going on in the book too that made me uncomfortable. Hippies, drugs, and sex and all that other crap. Bleh.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

And So It Begins...

Yes, the dreaded/highly anticipated NaNoWriMo is here! I've actually decided to take it seriously this year. The one time I attempted it before, I don't think I even made it to 3,000 words. But this year I'm gonna do it. I WILL MAKE IT TO 50,000. ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ

I hope.

Curse homework.

Anyway, it took me a while to choose which project I wanted to work on. One is a New Age novel that deals with religion and the anti-christ and all that junk. The other is a gritty Young Adult action story with lots of violence, drinking, and swearing. Naturally, I picked the latter. It's going to be 1st person present tense. It'll be a nice change from the project I've been working on, which is 3rd person past. I've actually been working on this story off and on since high school, but I've decided to start from scratch with it. It should be fun, since the tone's a lot darker than what I'm used to writing.

My goal with this story is to self-publish it as soon as possible. And then I'd like to take whatever I make on it, if anything, and put it towards studying in Japan for a semester.

So if you don't see anymore blog posts throughout November, now you know why.

Anyone else participating in NaNoWriMo?