Friday, September 14, 2012

Unexpectedly Nerdy

So, among my general, not really out of the ordinary pastimes, I have found myself doing some incredibly nerdy things. Normally my hobbies are just reading, writing, occasionally playing a sandbox or tycoon style video game and watching movies or television shows. Last night, I found myself making a paper craft model of a unit from the extremely popular and insanely difficult pro-league game, Star Craft II. I have not played the thing myself, but have watched quite a bit over my boyfriend's shoulder. He is very into the game. I am also now the owner of a D20 dice. D20s are a core component of table top RPG games. Admittedly it's shiny purple (one of the main things that drew me to it in the first place) and I was given it as a gift, but I still own a D20. I have also been watching a lot of anime lately. I am a member of the uni's anime club, but have been going more for the company than the anime - until just of late. I found myself watching all of Ao No Exorcist (Blue Exorcist) and I am quite interested in other titles like Sankarea, Another, Tiger and Bunny, Maria Nikki (Future Diary) and Gun X Sword. I even went and watched Spirited Away.
Overall, I think I am enjoying being extra nerdy.

The 'Immortal' so far
My shiny D20

There hasn't been much progression on the Soulless front. It's pretty much where it was since the last post I did about it. I really have to get an itch, a real fire under my butt, to write anything nowadays. It's not a good habit to get into. At least I'm still blogging. I find it sometimes loosens the stopper on the bottle of creative juice that resides somewhere inside me.

Also on the subject of novels, I have been thinking a lot about my first novel, Sparks, since I have moved onto Soulless. I have concluded that it is, unfortunetly, a rather bad book. The whole plot (a teenager recieving awesome superpowers) is a complete cliche. The main character is a shallow as a new pothole. The villain is also incredibly cliched and pathetic. But how I wish I could make it better. I really do. But I dread doing it. I really don't want to go back and edit that damned thing again. I have been working on that stupid manuscript for six years, a little under a third of my whole lifespan, and I don't know how many times I've rewritten it. It realy upsets me that I've spent so long and so much effort on it, and all I've produced is that. A very disheartening revelation...

Feeling: Down.

Eating: Pop rock studded chocolate.

Wearing: The daggiest things I own.

Listening to: The construction vehicles down the road reversing.

1 comment:

  1. Raechel, I have some advice for you, if you would like it...

    You said that you spent six years on your novel, Sparks. I know for a fact that I always will look back on my earlier work and think "What the hell was I on? How could i have written something like THAT??". I hate to be the optimist, but having worked on a certain story for that long, its value would have come in that you are now a better writer. The more you write and edit, the better you become at it. If I were you, I would look at that story and think of it as practice. Now you forget it (this might be hard) and you move on to Soulless.

    But all of this is easier said than done...


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