Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween is For Book Jack-o-Lanterns!!

Two years ago, I made a Hunger Games themed jack-o-lantern, and it turned out cool.
(Last year, I was in the Philippines, and they don't do Halloween. Also, pumpkins in constant 30 degree weather? Gross).
This year, I carved a pumpkin based on The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It's a beautiful book, with a really cool cover. (Actually there are multiple cool covers).
I carved the circus, and just like The Hunger Games there is a symbolism behind the circus being lit from behind my flame (I will not tell you why, you must read the book to find that out!)
I really enjoyed The Night Circus. The way it's written it doesn't get super in to the characters' heads so I found it hard to get into at first. However, once I got into it the distance from the characters created an awesome effect. It's a book about a magical circus, what more could you want? Actually it's interesting because it is a lot more than that. Erin Morgenstern has created this entire world and culture around this circus. Anyway, I definitely encourage you to check it out if you haven't.
And my mom made a jack-o-lantern based on Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, which is a silly picture book series by Mo Willems that I (and many others) love:

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What's Up Wednesday (On the Wrong Day... Again)

I thought I'd take some time today to do a What's Up Wednesday post.... on Tuesday. (I know, I already did that once). But I like the format of the What's Up Wednesday posts, so yeah, I take it and use and twist it for my needs! And my needs at this point are updating you on things like...

What I'm reading

The Lord of the Rings! I tried reading the epic trilogy way back in middle school, but I couldn't get through the Two Towers. Just recently over the course of a few weeks my brother and I finished watching all of the LOTR movies, after my brother had read the book this summer. He had some interesting thoughts after the last one that were based on the books, so I asked him if he would recommend them and he said yes. This is probably one of the only times he's recommended me a book, so that's what I'm doing. So far I'm enjoying it, even if some parts seem unnecessary to me (like all the stuff with the weird Tom Bombadil cult at the beginning?)

What I'm writing

Heheh. Nothing... right now. I kind of want to pick up an old draft I wrote last year in November and rework it. I like the concept, which is about two lonely kids, one who is so lonely that she lives inside an imaginary world in her head.

What else I'm up to

Other than school and work, I've been slowly compiling a mental list in my head for November goals. I'm not doing NaNo because, to be quite honest, it terrifies me. (One of the years I will conquer my fear, I promise). But this video inspired me to get back on top of goal-making, which is one of my favourite activities.

So far, I'm thinking:
  • Blog every day in November
  • Stop wasting time on Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, etc
  • Eating healthier
  • Revising

Obviously I haven't fleshed them out completely yet, but I'm definitely thinking seriously of trying to blog every day.

What inspires me right now

Literary Disco! It's a really cool and actually quite hilarious podcast that I listen to on the bus ride home some days. It's just three friends, chatting and discussing books. It's so funny sometimes that I have to stifle my laughter on the bus by pretending to cough or yawn or something. But yeah, you can check that out at

Also on the last episode they recommended this band, Typhoon, and I am really enjoying their music.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Talking About New Adult as a New Adult

First of all, for those who don't know, New Adult is a fairly new genre that is centred around those of college/university age (so I guess 20s?). Basically, it's what you would read after YA. I don't know a lot about it, but I've read quite a few discussions... and quite a lot of discussions about how it's not really a "thing" yet, etc. It's obviously not as widespread or well known as YA at this point, and there are lots of arguments against its necessity (from a few things I've seen anyway).

A few years ago, that is what I thought: New Adult? Irrelevant.

Buut... things change. Like, you get a couple years older and suddenly you aren't in high school anymore and you're almost 20 and life is a lot different than it used to be.

At this point, I have to admit that being a "new" adult is a lot different than being a young adult. You have different things to deal with than a high school student, and you think differently (hopefully more maturely) than a high school student would.

And, where else would I go but back on the topic of diversity in fiction? I mentioned before that I believe that diversity in fiction is about representing EVERYONE's experiences, regardless of how rare their experience is in the context of society.

Well, representing the experience of college/university age people is a part of that in my opinion. Why not represent those people (by this point, my) experience as a new adult? Why not have something they can relate to on a deeper level?

Do you know that feeling when you read something that was written by someone who is from the exact same place you are, and you just feel this warmth and familiarity when they're talking about the same stores and music and weather and places that you know and see everyday?

That's the feeling I want to get when I read a book, and I think it's a feeling that everyone should have the right to experience.

Just some thoughts. What are yours? On the new New Adult genre? On diversity?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Questions I Want to Ask You

Eryn tagged me in a blog award thing, and asked me some questions, which I shall now proceed to answer. Then I will ask some of my own questions, and tag more people! Fun! (Sneaky Eryn, getting me to write blog posts...)
1. Are you an early bird, or a night owl? Which would you prefer to be and why?
I force myself to be an early bird because I like getting things done early, but at heart I think I'm a night owl.

2. What's your favorite kind of story? Adventure, romance, etc. 
When I think of all my favourite books and authors, the one thing that dominates is amazingly well developed characters. I LOOOVE complicated, well written characters. Melina Marchetta is amazing at writing good characters. (You knew I was going to say that, didn't you). I was thinking about my favourite female characters the other day, and they are probably Katniss and Taylor from Jellicoe Road. So, basically, I love stories with really good characters.


3. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? (Could be an imaginary place.)
CANADA. I love Canada. I don't care if I'm biased, it's the best country ever.

4. What is the first sentence of your current work in progress?

Crappy little handheld camera: check. (*Note: this is the WIP I want to work on, but have not actually gotten past the thought process step of revision yet. Sigh.)

5. What is your ideal writing setting? Like, time of day, location, beverages to sip during.

I find it really easy to write late at night after I've been really inspired by some artistic content which could be anything from a moving movie to a really motivational tumblr post. However, it's really limiting to have specifications for a writing time so I try not to do that. (Obviously this works so well for me as I have written SO MANY WORDS in the past two months. *sarcasm*).

6. If you could stay any age forever, what age would you chose?

Ten. When I turned ten, everyone told me it was the "golden age" and I didn't believe them but it really was. It really was.

7. What are your favorite historical figures?
I don't know, but you can bet whoever it is will be Canadian. ;) Maybe Lester B. Pearson? I don't know much about him yet though. Oh, I do think what FDR did for the U.S. was pretty cool.

8. What is the thing you think about most when you are writing a story?

"COME ON, FIVE MORE WORDS. YOU CAN DO IT!" Also, I love writing intense emotional scenes even if I still am not very good at them.

9. What is your favorite animated movie?

The Incredibles. When (cynical) adults love it, you know it's good.

10. Coffee or tea?
Depends on the circumstances, but I enjoy both. (Is that allowed?)

OK! Now my questions for you.

1. What in your opinion do you think YA (or fiction in general) needs more of?
2. What is something you would absolutely love to see a book about? (Be specific if possible!)
3. How many non-American authors can you name? (List them!)
4. How many non-American YA authors can you name? (List them!)
5. What are books that have made you sob and/or cry out loud?
6. What is your favourite book from childhood?
7. What do you like to do that has absolutely nothing to do with reading, writing, or anything of the like?
8. What does diversity mean to you?
9. How would you describe your style of clothing?
10. What is your goal in life? (It could be at the moment or overall).

I know some of these will produce lengthier answers... but I'm really curious to hear your answers! Also, if I don't tag you, please answer anyway and leave a link in the comments or tweet it at me (@asherlockwrites). I want to hear everyone's answers!!!

And people I'm tagging:
1. @AuthorMadison
2. @yahongc
3. @crazyredpen
4. @laura_the_wise
5. @Matt_Dodwell
6. @EmilyCasselman

Go forth and write! Can't wait to hear your answers. :)

(Oh, P.S. the rules of the tag are answer the questions, ask 10 of your own, tag 10 people).

(Actually, these are the rules:

  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 10 questions that are given to you by the nominator
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
  • Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blogs and notifying them).)
    (I tagged more than 10 people because I tagged EVERYONE. Hehe.)


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