5:00 PM

Books Read in 2010 - October

Slow reading month but that's because I finally finished editing one of my novels, made two costumes and a bunch of jewelry. Next month will probably be slow as well due to Nano, but that's OK! I did a count and I'm up to 161 books read this year! Maybe I can still make it to 200 by year end! We shall see.

A Clash of Kings – George R.R. Martin
A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin
Alpha – Rachel Vincent
Beautiful Darkness – Kimi Garcia & Margaret Stohl
The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan
Behemoth – Scott Westerfeld

6:20 PM

Help me name them!

November 1st is fast approaching! I have my Nano idea vaguely down. I'm going a whole new direction. After some thinking, I decided I wasn't ready to work on last year's sequel. I don't want to force that so I was relieved when another idea came to me on the verge of dreamland the other night.

This year I'll be writing a YA (possible MG depending on how...kid friendly I can keep it) novel I'm tentatively calling The Power of the Stars.

Short Nano synopsis: 

Eight campers and two councilors get lost while exploring caves at Jenny Jump National park.  They find themselves in a land called Tenma, where it's been prophesied that they have powers based on their zodiac signs and those powers will be used to save or break the land.

Ten characters are a lot, but I think I'm going to break it up by chapters, so we can get everyone's point of view. I have which signs/powers I'm going to use and what sex I want the characters to be but I only have three names picked out.  That's where you guys come in. While I can certainly ponder it some more and come up with names I like, I think it would be more fun to get input from others.  Then if it ever gets published you can say "HEY! I named that character!"  If your friends are in disbelief, you can point them to this blog.

Here's the information on the characters, including the three I have already named. Wren and Noah are the councilors so they will be 16 and 17 years old. The others will range in age from 9 or 10 to 14 or 15:

Name Sign Power Sex
Kevin Aries climb anything m

Taurus super human strength f
Wren Leo master of cats (fire sign sun ) f

Gemini twin mind reading m

Gemini twin mind reading f
Noah Virgo temp. hypnosis based on beauty/voice m

Sagittarius archer f

Aquarius water manipulation m

Pisces breath underwater f

Scorpio master with whip/poisons m

You can leave suggestions here in comments or on FB or Twitter. Please just state the sign and the name so I know what name goes with who. I'll post final selections here before the 1st. Thanks! I'm excited to see what you guys come up with!

11:05 AM

Nanowrimo 2010

So...It's almost November 1st. Almost time for that frantic 30 day writing expedition. I'm excited for it, yet I have no clue what I'm writing about this year! I was thinking perhaps to start the Red Dust sequel, but I'm not sure I'm feeling it yet. I'm hoping after a re-read of book 1, I'll be pumped to continue the story. I do miss my characters and want to see what's been going on with them.

Luckily, I've got some time off at the end of this month, so I'm planning to use that time to prepare and go into Nano with my head in a good place and a story on the tip of my tongue!

It looks like there will be a good group for write-ins this year, which always helps me. I'm hoping to find some good people for a crit group after Nano is over as well. We'll have to see if we mesh well.

Stay tuned for Nano updates!

2:07 PM

Books Read in 2010 - September

*Sigh* I'm such a slacker. I know, but better late than never? I have a good excuse! I've been editing editing editing! I'm almost done with the first pass at The Other Side. I'll make another post on that soon. Here's the book list for September!

Clockwork Angel
– Cassandra Clare
The Iron King – Julie Kagawa (re-read)
The Iron Daughter – Julie Kagawa
Return to Paradise – Simone Elkeles
Paranormalcy – Kiersten White
Winter Passage – Julie Kagawa
My Blood Approves – Amanda Hocking
Fate – Amanda Hocking
Flutter – Amanda Hocking
Wisdom – Amanda Hocking
Switched – Amanda Hockign
The DUFF – Kody Keplinger
Immortal – Gillian Shields
A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin