Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Fire and Brimstone

Well, not so much brimstone. Although there was fire. Apparently I just burned someone to death. I didn't even know I had that sort of writing in me. But, there you go. I'm a scary biatch! Characters beware!
I am finally picking up on my New-Year's resolution-y thing I wrote on a sticky note about a week after New Years. I titled it "My Writing Plan" and on it are the following dot points:
  • Finish five chapters before I go back to university.
  • Try to write every second/day.
  • See if I can crack 5,000 words in a day.
So far I have been pretty terrible at sticking to it, but I think today has been a small success. I put on some good music, opened up Soulless and got my lazy butt going. Amazingly, I managed to procure about 3,000 words and finished a chapter. With burning. Lots of burning. And drunkeness. And character development. Woo!

I have also discovered something rather interesting. Since I began writing assorted novels and short stories, I have gotten much better at typing. I haven't done a test to determine exactly what my word per minute count is, but I'm guessing it is much higher than it ever would have been had I not written said novels and delectable short stories. I have even begun to be able to touch type slightly. I can look away at my auxiliary screen and continue typing. It still needs a bit of practice though. My Ws become Es and my Us are generally Is lol. And my grammar has gotten a lot better. I now know how to properly add dialogue, and even know where and when to use whom! So, here's some potentially useless advice: if you want to learn to type better and faster and more grammatically correct, consider writing a novel. It'll also give you something to boast about. "Hey, what hobbies do you have?" "Well, I'm a writer. I've actually finished a novel." "Wow, really?"

In other news, I finished my Tardis project! Here's a picture of its transformation from pretty average to absolutely sexy.

Feeling: Kinda hungry. I haven't had an dinner yet. It's getting pretty late.
Wearing: Comfy blue shorts that are slowly becoming more and more worn in places. Also a grey tee with a pink tie printed on it that I got from a thrift store.
Eating: Not sure what I'll have for dinner. Probably sausages on bread. And maybe some garlic bread. My brother just started working at a pizza shop. He gets free pizza and pizza accessories all the time. It's wonderful...
Listening to: Drive By - Train

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Well. This is quite atrocious. I have not posted in quite a while. 
I'll admit I have been quite distracted of late. The holidays began and all I really felt like doing was rewatching some of my favourite television shows. I finished of both Fringe and Castle in a matter of weeks, the former airing its very last episode last week. I was very sad, but happy to see the ending of such a great story. It was both a good ending and bad - bittersweet you might say.
I have also been busy with some arty projects. I sewed myself up the cutest little Slenderman plushie with the new sewing machine I got for a very early birthday present. This is him here:

Snuggly death...

I've also created a tiny plush version of the turtle character named Kameo from the very awesome anime Gun X Sword. He can be hung as a necklace just like in the show. My current project is sitting outside drying nicely. I got a small Tardis DVD shelf thing with doors for Christmas. Unfortunately a lot of details on it were incorrect. My inner Doctor Who fan was screaming "Fix it! Fix it!" So I am in the process of repainting, adding recessed panels, new windows, a working, flashing light and redoing the signs. It is looking absolutely smexy so far.

But, the real reason I have hardly posted is because I have not been doing any work on Soulless. Bad Raechel. Very bad. *Smack on the wrist* But tonight, the stars have aligned and I have produced approximately a thousand words, which is from both edits and new material.
I noticed some strange things while researching a bit about herbs, gems and other things with supposed magical properties for a section of the novel I wrote a fair while ago. I was trying to find some materials with cleansing properties. I've already learnt that salt is used as a magical barrier in many different practices - mainly just from watching Supernatural and Teen Wolf. Eventually I settled on the salt and the herbs sage and silver birch, but it was quite amusing going through the lists of other herbs and their supposed properties on several different occult websites. I surmised that if I added up every different explanation of each herb's powers from each site, every different herb would have all the properties of every other one and as such, turn each herb into miracle one-cure-alls. It just made me shake my head at the people who might think that these things might actually be true. Even though I have this opinion, I find myself shopping rather regularly at healing crystal shops. I find myself explaining to the owners that I'm only in there because I love and collect rocks XD

Wearing: New PJs. These ones are peachy-orange, purple and polka dotted. So comfy ^_^
Eating: Nothing. It's currently one in the morning. Although I had some of my Mum's incredible beef stew for dinner. So good...
Feeling: Kind of sleepy. Also quite proud of myself for getting back into this novel.
Listening to: Run to Paradise - The Choirboys.