April Camp NaNo Week 3

on Monday, April 24, 2017

    Camp NaNoWriMo has just 7 days left and things are getting crazy! This past week hasn't been the most productive of my life, but I encountered a lot of issues (as most people do) with reality. Here's how it went-

April Camp NaNo Week 2

on Monday, April 17, 2017

    Week 2 of Camp NaNoWriMo is over! I didn't get as much done as I did during the first week, but I still made a bunch of progress!

    Here's how it went-

April Camp NaNo Week 1

on Monday, April 10, 2017
    This past week has been AMAZING. Just check out my word count on the side bar!

    The reason I've made such great progress is because I'm editing, not writing fresh stuff. It's a lot easier when I've got all my notes organized right here on my computer and I can pull up my previous draft next to my current draft. Here's how it went-

Blog World Tour- Krystal-Ann Melbourne

on Monday, April 3, 2017
    Yay! It's time for another guest as part of the World Blog Tour! This week we get to meet Krystal-Ann Melbourne!

Krystal-Ann Melbourne is an author and artist living in Montreal with her two fat cats. Since neither writing nor painting pays the rent, she also works full time as a Video Game Playtester (best day job ever) for a game which she’s not allowed to tell anyone about.

Her other interests include teaching herself piano, violin, knitting, cooking, baking, making candles, and gardening. She’d really like to get into creating art from sandblasting old windows, and is always working to improve her French.

April Camp NaNoWriMo 2017

on Friday, March 31, 2017
    Tomorrow is April 1st. And for me, it's the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo! Whoo hoo! 

    Last year I did July CampNaNoWriMo, but since this July is going to be a bit busier than last year, I'm not sure if I'll get to do anything come July. So this year, I'm cramming in as much writing as I can before our new package arrives.
    I'm at a great point in my writing this time for CampNaNo. Last year I was in the middle of the first draft of A Fairy's Tale. This time, I've just finished working through my notes on the second draft of Powerful. I've set myself a low goal of 20,000 words with the hopes of getting much more done. Because I'm working on the third draft, it should be a lot easier to edit what I've already got.
    Keep an eye on the word count bar on the side! I'm starting at 0 again. I'm expecting this next draft to be somewhere in between the word counts of the first two drafts (which were 103,000 and 90,000 words). I cut out a bit too much for the second draft, so now there are bits that need to be added back in. And now that I've had a handful of friends read through and provide feedback on the story as a whole, I know where there are plot points missing. I've got at least three scenes that need to be written from scratch, and I've got at least three scenes that need to be completely reworked and rewritten. The rest is basic editing and rewording, most of which I've done already in notes on the side of Scrivener.
    I've got a cabin set up with a bunch of my friends, and I'm all ready to go! What are your goals for the month of April?

Beauty and the Beast Review

on Monday, March 27, 2017
    I have always loved the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast. I mean, what bookworm didn't want to be Belle? I mean, THAT LIBRARY. It's no question what inspired the two story library inside Floures Academy in Powerful. SO MANY BOOKS. 

    Anyway, I never had any problems with the plot of the original animated movie. Sure, there could've been more backstory for EVERYTHING, but isn't that how most stories go? We want to leave a few questions unanswered. And the plot could've been a lot worse, like Disney's animated versions of Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, etc.
    Now the new movie is out, and it's breathtaking. The things they can do with computer generated graphics is truly astounding. But...that doesn't make the writing to be any less important. When Disney first put out Snow White, it was for the animation, which was truly groundbreaking technology at the time. Disney was known for its animation, not its story telling. And that's why Disney did so many already well-known stories at first.
    Since then, Disney's told some major, groundbreaking stories. And that's why I was disappointed with the live-action Beauty and the Beast.

Why So Successful- The Avengers

on Friday, March 24, 2017
    With 14 movies released, 9 in progress, 2 ABC shows (with 1 more on the roster), and 4 Netflix shows (with 2 more coming soon), the Marvel Cinematic Universe falls nothing short of success. I mean, one minor character was so popular after his death that the fans rioted until creators decided to revive him and give him his own tv show. But there's so many elements to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that it makes it too complicated to analyze what exactly makes it so successful. To simplify things for the sake of this blog post, I'm going to stick to the first phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the movies that conclude with the Avengers.

    It all started in 2008 with the release of Iron Man. By 2012, 5 more movies had been released. That's right 6 movies in 4 years. Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk (which I don't totally count because they changed the actor and it gets confusing), Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America (if you know anything about me, you know he's my favorite), and The Avengers. So how, in such a short period of time, did the Avengers become so successful?