Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Ouch. Ouch ouch ouch etc

I'm getting very good at writing left-handed.

For some reason I haven't quite given up the idea of doing NaNoWriMo this year because November is a ways off still and maybe my hand will be working again by then. It's only been like a month an a half of pain, this belief is totally not misplaced.

Anyhow, just on the off-chance my hand works, I've started plotting a Medwin story of all things, just in case. Medwin stories should be easy to write, and it'll be a I-read-Sherlock-Holmes-at-the-beginning-of-the-year book as well, so I'm hoping to have a bit of fun with it.

Thinking of Medwin, I've worked my way through 7 books of the series putting proper chapter headings in and stuff. Just going through the actually unnamed book 7, thinking it's funny Or'wenn is in it but as Orwenn and he's not a changeling because one of them is the villain of book 2 and he's a lovely elf thing so I've made him one of those instead. Those two really do get around. They'd also be starring in the continuation of my Christmas story if I can make myself write it.

I'm going to New Mexico soon, and I'll have to amuse myself on the flight. I imagine writing laboriously left-handed for eight hours will be good practice. It won't be during NaNo obviously, but maybe I can get back into writing Book 5 which I wandered off from, or maybe I can get some mystery-writin' practice in and do book 6's redraft, since I'll be going out to America. Sitting on a plane with nothing to do will be a great way to focus my mind and force me to draft it, and once I'm out there I can soak up the 'Merica vibe and hopefully write the country properly.

Last time I went to America it was BAM Faces in the Mist, so maybe something entirely new will come of it :D

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Will the real Robin Hood please stand up..?

Somehow ended up reading a book about Robin Hood to while away my hours of "ouch ouch ouch" that accompany a wrist attack. It's quite an interesting book: a manically historical look at who Robin Hood might have been. Basically the opposite of the way I work which is to look at a thing and go "ooh I wonder how magic this could be?" (see above: everything I've ever written). Normally I get on with History books fine because they carry on stating facts and finding things amusing but this one is so determined to jump up and down on anything fun that there's no room for me to wonder about stuff.

However I suppose this approach is necessary for a character who is fundamentally non-magic except for being really good at shooting arrows, and poor Hawkeye in the Avengers didn't get a sniff of origin story or background except for "he shoots good" so I suppose that's an example of people not really thinking it's magic so much as like a basic skill. Legolas excepted, although in LotR Tolkien does make it clear ALL the elves are that good, and it's just Legolas happened to be the elf who drew the short straw to possibly risk mussing up his hair while escorting this quest. (LotR from Legolas's long-suffering POV would be hilarious if done right). Anywho, historians can't be expected to go around saying "oh yeah this miraculous stuff probably happened because it's in a story everyone's told a hundred times!" and Robin Hood is by far the least bad offender. I'm looking at your, King Arthur. You have a freaking wizard following you about, you do not get to pretend you're a historical character thankyouverymuch.

Yes I have been stuck at home with not much to do for weeks, can you tell? :P

I think this was going to be more of an intelligent discussion but it got away from me a bit while I sat and mentally wrote Legolas's take on LotR for a few minutes and it was very hard to swing my thoughts back around.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Up in a cloud of smoke...

Went my computer. Apparently all this time off work I'm suddenly had when my hand became completely non-functioning from stress (starting a couple of weeks ago but I have NOT been in the mood for typing very much!) means that running my computer all day for the first time basically since I got all the upgrades like the new graphics card has burnt out the power supply. It went in probably a flash and definitely a bang and as I sat there staring at my newly-dark computer screen I just thought, "Wow, I am glad I keep everything on Dropbox where I don't have to freak out that I didn't update it..."

So yeah, I have a new laptop now because as much as I love the old ones they are just not good/reliable enough to work on day to day for a long while. Also I've kind of been wanting a new laptop for ages. So here she is! She's called Tanya and she's very pretty but odd as well since she runs Windows 8 which I have minimal experience with. Also she initially all orange with desktop etc but I remembered that laptops aren't too great at displaying reds so now all my themes and stuff are green. I like green. *nods*

Like I said I haven't been writing much because I've been avoiding over-doing things with my wrist. I have been doing some read-throughs of book three and of all things it's book 6 in my head when I'm quietly musing on something. It's been two and a half years since I hammered out the NaNoWriMo draft and I know it's pretty bad... my brain keeps picking over it because even without re-reading it the flaws are so basic and obvious that merely remembering that the story exists is enough to remind me of them. And since they're a problem that needs solving I will keep harping on it...

We'll see what happens :)