Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I also got lots of good presents for our modest Christmases, and a few that Kalin and I got for ourselves! Let's see if I can list them:
Kalin and I Presents! [we bought together]
New Printer/Scanner [now I can truly update!!]
Carpet for our hallway [now it's not as cold!]
Kalin got me:
The Acts of King Arthur and His Knights by John Steinbeck [I had been coveting this book at the used bookstore for months]
Brightly Burning by Mercedes Lackey [one of my favorites in hardback!]
Mama/Granma got me:
Lots of nice clothes [for work and such]
The Jim Henson Collection [Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, and MirrorMask, which I took back because I have them already and got IronMan and TombRaider 2 Cradle of Life, go Lara Croft!]
The Sweeney Todd Soundtrack [I'm getting the movie off Amazon!]
First seven books in The Edge Chronicles! [Kalin's Dad/Stepmom!]
Amazon Giftcard 25$
Barnes and Noble Giftcard 25$ [got City of Falling Angels yesterday!]
Applebees giftcard [that we're saving for Valentines!]
A nice pretty glass bowl to fill with peanut m&ms
the promise of an afghan
other various and sundry items I can't remember now
And I know it's not about the gifts, and I did have a lot of fun being with all of my family, but I am verrrrrrrrrry thankful to have some alone time now to play with all of my presents, and a lot of the stuff I got for Christmas was stuff I needed [the clothes/scanner] or it was nice someone remembered that I liked it [books/movies] and I hope everyone else out there had a wonderful Christmas and has a fabulous New Years!
As far as this past year goes, all I'm going to say is that it has been a year of change and that it's now time to "Keep moving forward." More art, more theatre, more writing, and more love for everyone: that's my goal for this next year!"
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
|You Belong in Amsterdam|
Whether you want to be a squatter graffiti artist or a great novelist, Amsterdam has all that you want in Europe (in one small city).
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I have two answers to that question. First as a human being on this earth, I think the full moon affects some people more than others. For example I have horrible insomnia in the several days leading up to the full moon, and during and my dreams are twice as vivid as normal. Do I think it affects everyone that way? No, the fact that my brother and sister sleep through everything short of a bomb leads me to suspect that no, they don't have the same reactions to a full moon as I do. I think, not to sound too new age-y, that the moon affects those more in tune with earth and it's rhythms as a whole. I have a very strict sleep pattern that is very much dictated by light, the suns processes. I can go to sleep whenever, but as soon as my brain sense light outside, it says time to wake up! To me that explains why full moons keep me awake. So I suppose just as people are affected by the earth and her cycles in different ways so too are they affected by the moon in different ways. [Sorry that was sort of long and round about way to say that.]
The second answer to that question, or perhaps its more like pondering, is as a writer. I think as far as literature and myth go the moon represents the mystical unknown. It is that celestial body hanging in the night sky, that for the longest time no one knew what it was! And I think sometimes that it is that very aspect of the unknown that affects people when they see it. Even today we can see the moon, and we know we have the technology to get to the moon, but that does not mean that me, Lainey Elise Welsch, will ever get to set foot on the moon. That inspires awe in me, at this unsolvable mystery, that I see waxing and waning every month. The moon has always represented mystery, and I think it should stay that way.
In my own writings my goddess of the moon Menai is represented as dark, mysterious and representative of all that is not seen, and by that I mean that which is intangible and cannot be verified by mortal senses. I like it because it is a juxtaposition to Solaren, her sister who is the sun. That which illuminates and makes things seen and known. I tried to take the idea of people being affected by the moon and making it much more literal. Menai is a meddlesome goddess who may or may not be linked to the God of War...I haven't decided yet wether or not to actually put her in Children of Destiny or save it for the mythology but she might make an intriguing companion for Ramis, and a very interesting opponent to Raoul [God of Wisdom]
Well, this has rambled on quite long enough! I think I will actually go write now, I'm on a roll with CoD...if my wrist would just stop hurting!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
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Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I live in Barre, Vermont which calls itself the "Granite Capital of the World." Outside our town are enormous quarries, so when I speak in local schools every child has a mental picture of a . "You know how hard it is to get granite out of the quarry," I say. "You have to carefully score the rock and put the explosive in to make the great granite block break loose from the face of the stone. Then you have to attach the block to the chains so that the cranes can lift it slowly out of the hole a nd put it on the waiting truck. That’s the first draft. It’s hard, dangerous work, and when you’ve finished, all you’ve really got is a block of stone. But now you have something now to work on. Now you can take your block down to the shed to carve and polish it and turn it into something of beauty. That’s revision."
But first you’ve got to get that block of granite out of the earth, friends. You won’t have anything to make beautiful until you do that. Now go back to work. That means you too, Katherine.
Friday, November 7, 2008
You've started a long journey. Congratulations on your resolution and ambition! And the first thing you need to remember is that a long journey can't be treated like a sprint. Take your time.
The second thing you need to remember is that if you want to finish this journey you've begun, you have to keep going. One of the hardest things to do with a novel is to stop writing it for a while, do something else, fulfill this engagement or that commitment or whatever, and pick it up exactly where you left it and carry on as if nothing had happened. You will have changed; the story will have drifted off course, like a sh ip when the engines stop and there's no anchor to keep it in place; when you get back on board, you have to warm the engines up, start the great bulk of the ship moving through the water again, work out your position, check the compass bearing, steer carefully to bring it back on track ... all that energy wasted on doing something that wouldn't have been necessary at all if you'd just kept going!
But once you've established a daily rhythm of work, you'll find it energising and sustaining in itself. Even when it's not going well. This is a strange thing, but I've noticed it many times: a bad day's work is a lot better than no day's work at all. At least if you've written 500 words, or 1000 words, or whatever you discover is your most comfortable daily rate of production, the words are there to work on later. And when you do visit them in a month's time, or whenever it i s, you often find that they're not so bad after all.
The question authors get asked more than any other is "Where do you get your ideas from?" And we all find a way of answering which we hope isn't arrogant or discouraging. What I usually say is "I don't know where they come from, but I know where they come to: they come to my desk, and if I'm not there, they go away again." That's just another way of emphasising the importance of regular work.
You know which page of a novel is the most difficult to write? It's page 70. The first page is easy: it's exciting, it's new, a whole world lies in front of you. The last page is easy: you've got there at last, you know what's going to happen, all you have to do is find a resonant closing sentence. But page 70 is where the misery strikes. All the initial excitement has drained away; you've begun to see all the hideous problems you've set yourself; you are horribly aware of the minute size of your own talent compared to the colossal proportions of the task you've undertaken. That's when you'll want to give up. When I hit page 70 with my very first novel, I thought: I'm never going to finish this. I'll never make it. But then stubbornness set in, and I thought: well, if I reach page 100, that'll be something. If I get there, I reckon I can make it to the end, wherever that is. And 100 is only 30 pages away, and if I write 3 pages every day, I can get there in ten days ... why don't I just try to do that? So I did. It was a terrible novel, but I finished it.
The last thing I'd say to anyo ne who wants to write a novel is not actually a piece of advice, but a question. It's this: are you a reader? Every novelist I know—every novelist I've ever heard of—is, or was, a passionate reader. I don't doubt that someone with determination and energy, but who didn't read for pleasure, who only read for information, could actually write a whole novel if they set their mind to
it and followed a few rules and guidelines; but would it be worth reading? Would it give any pleasure beyond a mechanically c alculated sort? I doubt it. Novels that last and please readers are written because the novelist is intoxicated by the delight and the endlessly renewable joy that comes from engaging with imaginary characters—with story; and that engagement always begins with reading; and if it catches you, it never lets go. Write a novel if you want to win a competition, or impress your friends, or possibly make some money—do so by all means. But if you're not a lover of stories, a passionate and devoted reader, don't expect your novel to please many readers.
On the other hand, if you do love reading, if you cannot imagine going on a journey without a book in your pocket or your bag, if you fret and fidget and become uncomfortable if you're kept away from your reading for too long, if your worst nightmare is to be marooned on a desert island without a book—then take heart: there are plenty of us like you. And if you tell a story that really engages you, we are all potential readers.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This is re-posted from my livejournal...just wanted to share!
According to Wikipedia:
"An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, althoughdiary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. Recently, electronic "documents", such as blogs and e-mails have also come into use. The word epistolary comes from the Latin word epistola, meaning a letter.
The epistolary form can add greater realism and verisimilitude to a story, chiefly because it mimics the workings of real life. It is thus able to demonstrate differing points of view without recourse to the device of an omniscient narrator."Heather and I talked a few weeks ago about writing tTHoHRatAP into a novel of sorts, and that conversation wound its way around several other topics and came back on the subject of blogging. Heather said I should turn tTHoHRatAP into an online blog told from the point of view of Spencer through a Captain's Log...
Well I pondered on this...and pondered....drove back and forth to and from Atlanta while still pondering and finally came up with the idea that tTHoHRatAP could work as a novel-AND a blog, in the form of an epistolary novel. I already have the seeds of that with the play through Henry's journal, and Heather said Spencer should have her ships log, Aicilla should have bizarre book lists and letters to siblings, and other characters could talk through letters. I've gotten very excited, and if I didn't already have the novel I was going to write for NanoWrimo I'd write this one!
Here's how it would break down....
Henry: writes about happenings on the ship from his point of view
Spencer: writes about happenings on the ship from HER point of view [aka Henry is exaggerating] as well as accounts of what really happened between her and Fioni
Aicilla: writes about things in a neutral voice as well as giving hints of backstory, she also has humorous lists, grocery lists, book lists, and letters to siblings
Jax/Mishi/Smith/Gizmo: random lists/letters
Illira: memos, and journal entries after she meets Henry [he gets her interested in that. She begins journaling/letter writing while Fioni has captured her...] She also writes about her and Vin's conversations
Fioni/Morgenstern: letters back and forth
Vin: perhaps a few letters at Illira's encouragement
The bulk of the story will be told by Spencer and Henry's journals with the other stuff supplementing. I think it also might be fun to throw in faux newspaper articles and whatnot to make it more interesting...We'll have to see if I survive NanoWrimo with my sanity intact first...or at least partially intact...it could be fun to write while semi-sane....enough of that!
That's all for now...I'll post NanoWrimo results as they come and or I get brain block/procrastination...my hands are very very cold.....
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
1. Strange Walker [my Creature of the Week idea from conceptart.org. I missed the deadline for posting, but I'm still proud of the picture. Still needs a few tweaks but I want to get it up here!]
2. Batch of Halloween Bookmarks! [They're soooo cute!]
3. Other finished bookmarks!
4. A few new sketch pages, Yes, I've actually been sketching!!
More to this effect later today! WOOT...I need coffee....