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100 books in 1 year. A challenge.

Published August 4, 2013 by claire2903

Well after reading a posr on the infamous facebook from one of my favourite authors, Pat Rothfuss, I decided I need to read more!
I got 6 of 100 of the best fantasy book.
Shameful I know. Needless to say I have read substantionaly more than 6 fantasy books, it just appears ive have been reading the wrong ones!
So as apart of the 100 things to do to become a better writer list (I will find links to the 100 books and 100 things to do and post in comments or edit the post and drop them in at the bottom)
I have decided to read 100 per year. I am also coupling this with read all the books on a certain list, roughly over 100 books. The link to this list is on the 100 things to do list.

It is advised that challenging someone to a small competition with it, and this has not only sparked the love of stories inside me but the gambler, competitive need to win and excited learner.

So I have challenged the one person who could read more books, possibly, than me in a year. My mother.

We started on the first of August this year and will finish on first of August next year.

I have started with
Feast for Crows – G R R Martin.
I know I should have read this by now but I havent, so a good choice I think.

Mother has started with
Oath of Fealty – Elizabeth Moon. Good set of books and part of the Paksennarion books.

This evening I have finished Feast for Crows and I have started
Tigana – Guy G Kay.

We have to read roughly 2 books a week, so wish us luck 🙂

I will update as often as I can on this challenge. Probably with the names of books read this month in this posts comments then a re cap and musing near the beginning of each month 🙂

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Training, tension and tears.

Published July 30, 2013 by claire2903

It’s been eight days since my last post and oh my what an eight days!

There’s been several trips to the vets with various animals,

Milo (st Bernard) went to meet the vet an have a sniff, then back again to be weighed (nearly 15 st!!) and injections (booo)

Sadie (puppy weimaraner) to be checked out then back again for her jabs 😦

And Shadow and Shade the kittens to be checked. Good job we went with these two as Shadow is apparently a boy, after I was told by the person I bought them from they were both girls. Good job I picked a unisex name huh?

The summer holidays are now upon us also, so I have an 8 yr old and a 2.5 yr old at home, so my house is quite literally a zoo 🙂

I’ve also been gardening, with the help of my younger brother. He’s not half bad at gardening, but he doesnt want to do it as a living go figure 🙂

So my garden is now a lot neater, and I can actually think about getting fairy lights to wrap around the trees and hang on the privet (nasty horrible green stuff!)
I have a strong dislike for privet, but unfortunately I can’t pull it down…. Yet!

But none of this has stopped me from working on my books though, in fact my books are my escape from the madness that surrounds me!

I’ve been working on place names and the map of my little world. This isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Firstly i had to decide on a collective name for everywhere sort of like a country name or continent name.

Then I drew out a map, looks more like a pissed spider fell in the ink pot and wobbled across the page but hey, I understand it!. This helped me work out how many names I would need.

Thirdly I have, had to work out from the continent name to the country names to the regions, counties, boroughs to towns and villages. And the seas, lakes, forests and mountains.

I must admit this is still being worked on, but at least I had an idea of what goes where and that it needs a name. I think this is important for me, in my story writing as it helps to keep a degree of consistency in the story.

It also helps with building back stories for characters, especially once I’ve put some thought in to what regions look and sound like, I can then describe characters that come from there better.

I’ve also been thinking about the type of characters I want, as in elves and pirates. I’ve always loved these types of characters dearly.

Plus I’m wondering can you write a serious type of story that has some all together unserious parts in it?
I’m think you can, if you take the lord of the rings and the hobbit for example. There are some very serious bits in that (the wraiths, Mordor, Frodo’s capture and Sam’s heroic rescue of him) and some very comical bits too (Bert, Bill and Tom deciding how to cook the dwarfs and Mr Baggins)

Tolkien made this work beautifully, but I haven’t seen it much else where, I admit I may not be reading the right books but still.

I wondering if you can get the comical, and slightly sarcastic humor of a Disc world books to mesh well with the seriousness of the Paksennarion books or Song of Ice and Fire books?

I’ve also been pondering how people would react to changes from the normal, like friendly trolls that are semi intelligent, or stupid elves, pretty orcs etc etc, basically turning everything people know and believe about fantasy characters 180 and doing the opposite or ‘unexpected’.

Would it make for an interesting riveting read? or just annoy and bore?

How many words is enough?

Published July 18, 2013 by claire2903

I was reading this blog

http://authorsalcove.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/the-start-of-something/

And thought 1700 words over 2 chapters, and 75,000 words seams not enough. So I did some research into this.

The information given to me is that an Epic book would have 120,000 words and 300 pages as standard, this equals 400 words per page.

I then looked at some of favourite books to see how they measure up.

The Name of The Wind – Patrick Rothfuss has 255,000 words, 662 pages and 92 chapters. This comes in at 2772 words per chapter and 386 words per page.

The Wise Mans Fear – Patrick Rothfuss has 380,000 words, 1000 pages and 153 chapters. This comes in at 2484 words per chapters and 380 words per page.

The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien has 95,674 words, 274 pages and 19 chapters. This comes in at 5036 words per chapter and 350 words per page.

The Lord of the Rings – J R R Tolkien (as a total) has 525,405 words, 1347 pages, 66 chapters and three books. This comes in at 175,135 words per book, 7961 words per chapter and 391 per page.

So it would seem my initial thought of 75,000 words is not enough would be wrong. This has forced me to re think just how many words is enough, and further more how many is too many?

Or does it not matter?

What do you think?

That didn’t go to plan

Published July 17, 2013 by claire2903

Well today was meant to be filled with seeing my friends new born baby, ferrying kids to and from various school / nursery type places, doing insanity work outs (yes I am quite, quite mad) and maybe some general house work and writing.

But noooo. The big yellow canary outside my house has decided to throw a fit.

In short my car won’t start 😦 Its being male and awkward. I can say that as I’m a woman and he is being a pain. (girl power and all that) The lovely man from the breakdown people said

He ‘thinks’ that the immobiliser has gone faulty. Brill. So the car is now sat there all forlorn waiting for me to either get an auto electrition  out or the other half to fix it.

Thing is I live in the hills and countryside and everything is a million miles away ( yes a million, that is exactly how far EVERYTHING is away from me )

I’ve already complained to Milo pup but he has no interest as he doesn’t use the car nor need to use it, and so looked at me with a slight head tilt as if I’d gone mad telling him about it. Then turned tail and went outside.

I think he’s more interested in having a doggy pop ( home made ice pops for dogs. They have bits of minced meat and stew mixed with water. I’m sure their very nice if your a dog )

So that leaves me with some free time, to moan to you all. Type up some more of my first book ( A Talented Man, first in a series of 3 books, I think ) and maybe get some more ideas down on paper.

I had a great evening last night writing, I’ve managed another 3 pages each of chapters 2 & 3. One lot containing a fight scene, which apparently isn’t too girly! Go me!

So anyway question for today I think, how many twists in 1 book is too many?

Well that’s handy to know!

Published July 16, 2013 by claire2903

I’ve just been reading a post from word press member lightningdroplets ( http://lightningdroplets.wordpress.com/ )

And they recommend this list of 100 ways to become a better writer.

http://thecopybot.com/2011/05/100-ways-writer/

It’s brilliant! I do or have done a fair few of the things on the list, but I’m going to work my way through all of them.

First on my list, beg and plead with Patrick Rothfuss to mentor me, then catch some hell 🙂

Welcome

Published July 16, 2013 by claire2903

Welcome to my blog.

This first entry will be short and sweet!

I’m writing this blog to help get my writing juices flowing, I’m attempting to write not 1, not 2, but 3 books to begin with.

I will also regale you with tales from my jam making and family life (why not eh?).

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, ever since my mother first read me the hobbit.

I want to entertain and delight people with my writing the way all my favourite authors do for me.

And whats more I apparently have a talent for this too! Lucky me 🙂

So I hope I get a few followers to help along the way, there may well be questions asked from me, pieces of story shared and general opinions sought.

So come along with me and we’ll have an adventure!