Monthly Archives: November 2012

Three bits of book news

Gonna launch straight into this one:

* Cold Days, The Dresden Files #14, is out today!

I love the Dresden Files so very much, and I tell you now, being in town today is going to seriously harm my chances of EVER being able to resist buying this book. It’s been 11 months since my last Harry Dresden fix, and I’m not sure what to do with myself!

I think I might prefer this alternative cover, though.

* Secondly, I finished “Leviathan Wakes” last night, after really enjoying it. OK, it was a bit odd in parts, but I’m looking forward to book two, which is out now, and book three is out soon too.

Now, after my post the other day, I simply have to pick a new book to read from my pile. AND FAST!

* And finally, I won NaNo. WOOP! I have officially written 50,000 words of a novel. True, I haven’t validated it yet, so the Office of Letters and Light doesn’t necessarily agree with me – but I refuse to do that until I’ve hit 56,000. (Or 60,000, depending on how you look at it.)

So, today seems to me like a victory for books, unless you’re from the future and my novel is the harbinger of doom to the art of novel writing.* Let’s hope not.

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More Dresden art!

Crossovers with supernatural? Yes!

* If you are from the future, get off the internet, and stop procrastinating!

Writers Don’t Cry has it bang on the money (NaNo Update, sort of.)

Three weeks in, and Susan J Morris of the excellent Writer’s Don’t Cry – seriously, I’ve been going through all of her back catalogue, and she really knows what she’s talking about – has said the most important thing about keeping writing that I think I’ve ever heard.

Keep reading books while you write.

More importantly, she says “read these books.”

Now, I’m barely going to talk about her list of books, other than the fact that she’s put “The Name Of The Wind”  on there makes me want to read all the others. Instead I want to say that this is the advice that I was worried that no-one would ever give, because when I started NaNo I thought that the opposite would be true.

Twilight commands you to read.

For an anecdote, let me say this – about a week ago, I had a bout with writer’s block. OK, it was incredibly short lived, and was killed easily. But for the whole few weeks of NaNoWriMo before that, I had been neck deep in Patrick Rothfuss’ “The Wise Man’s Fear”. And suddenly it ended. In a fit of “no goddamned genre savvy at all”, I decided to take a few days before starting the next book on my list – James S. A. Corey’s “Leviathan Wakes”, my first bit of sci-fi in ages.

BIG. FUCKING. MISTAKE. For the next day or so, suddenly ideas were falling from between my fingers, and suddenly this whole writing lark seemed impossible.

With nothing to fill my time with, and writing hurting my brain, I was forced back into reading (not that I took much forcing). And the writing thing went away.

OK, it wasn’t a one hundred percent difference – I still had to work at it, like always – but there was a difference, and it was marked.

So if you’re writing, and if my experience is anything like transferrable, then don’t do what some people have been doing and stop reading. Attack your book pile with more fervour than ever.

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I realised halfway through this article that it had become a pep talk for WriMos, and for any other writers out there. My experience is limited, but if it helps, it helps. And you should be reading anyway.

I’ve had so much ponies the last few days.

Side notes on idiots

Taking a break from writing for NaNo to write this. I’ve just been checking out Pharyngula (hat tip goes here) and THIS. IS. AMAZING!

I literally couldn’t get more than a minute in without collapsing inwards into a tiny puddle of happy scorn. To quote, here is the line that did it. At 47 seconds, Eric Hovind says this:

“IF YOU DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING, THEN YOU CAN’T KNOW ANYTHING TO BE ABSOLUTELY TRUE.”

Ignoring the fact he’s arguing with a 6th grader*, that is mental. Though a part of me wants to argue with it seriously – division of cognitive labour, talented idiots, “if God hasn’t told you, Eric, the whole truth about all of the universe then you, Eric, must be full of shit”, whatever – I’m going to ignore that little bit of me, and just say this:

You, Eric, are an idiot.

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Now back to the actual writing, which is going pretty well. Only a week to go!

* I don’t know how old that is, but it can’t be that old, judging by his voice.

NaNoUpdate!

Well, I’m free to write a post today, as I am already over today’s target. Yay!

That in itself should tell you exactly how well I feel I’m doing, but just to make it clear; I’ve managed to make targets every day except for yesterday, which I made up the difference for today. Awesome.

I won’t bother boring you with anything about the book itself, but the writing process has been just amazing. The people on the same journey as me have been awesome and fun and motivating, and the system for NaNoWriMo is, I think, damn near perfect. The right level of terror and encouragement.

In short, if any of you have a novel you want to write, but can’t motivate yourself, think about doing NaNoWriMo next year. And throw yourself into the social side!

Anyway, enough soapboxing, I need to get back to writing, so I can be WAY AHEAD as soon as possible!

Instead, I’ll just treat you to one of the videos we watched today, and used as Pippa’s leaving theme!

Halo 4 is, weirdly enough, leading the way in gender equality

It’s not often that I get to comment on gaming and feminism in a good way. [Unless Anita Serkeesian has said something again.]

It’s not often I that get to say nice things about the Halo games. [Unless it’s about the expanded universe, which apparently rocks.]

But here it is: barely a week before the release of Halo 4, Kiki Wolfkill and Bonnie Ross have announced a lifetime ban feature for sexism on XBox Live.

Way to come down on the awesome side of the debate, guys! Though I have to admit, this is the most optimistic quote I’ve ever seen:

“I’d like to think most of our Xbox Live players don’t support this kind of behaviour.”

I’m not going to touch that with a barge pole, for fear of unseating someone else’s faith in humanity in general, and gamers in specific.

Watch and read these links to know more, I have to sleep.

News: Halo 4 creators introduce lifetime ban for sexism

Interview: Halo 4 devs speak out against sexism

Hat tip to Borderhouse for this one.

NaNoWriMo is here!

It’s begun, and I’ve officially won day one, even after a sloppy start. So; yay to me. To celebrate, here is what we watched at today’s Write-In: