Tuesday, October 29, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013 - Almost time!

As the leaves change color and the crisp Autumn air creeps in, we find ourselves on the brink of yet another NaNoWriMo adventure. Last year I managed to reach the goal of 50,000 words in a month; it was a challenge with school and family, but I did it. This semester I am not taking any English classes, so I'm hoping the lack of having to write papers will benefit my daily word count.

Of course the decision to participate in NaNoWriMo is always an easy one to make, the real dilemma is deciding what to write about. It is not a lack of ideas, but rather too many ideas that span a great variety of subjects. Last year I broke away from my usual genre of Historical Fiction to write a Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic novel, but I am returning to my usual genre this year. After much deliberation I have finally decided upon my subject! My new WIP will be about the life of Mary Shelley.

Are you planning on participating in NaNoWriMo this year?
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

History Today! Mummified Head May Not Belong to King Henry IV

From DiscoveryNews.com:
"A mummified head identified as that of the French king Henry IV three years ago may not belong to the monarch after all."
Read the full article here: Mummified Head May Not Belong to King Henry IV

Thursday, May 2, 2013

History Today: Jamestown Colonists Resorted to Cannibalism

From NationalGeographic.com
"Archaeologists have discovered the first physical evidence of cannibalism by desperate English colonists driven by hunger during the Starving Time of 1609-1610 at Jamestown, Virginia."
Read the full article here: Jamestown Colonists Resorted to Cannibalism

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

History Today: "Hell's Gate" Found in Turkey

From Discovery.com:
"A “gate to hell” has emerged from ruins in southwestern Turkey, Italian archaeologists have announced. 
Known as Pluto's Gate -- Ploutonion in Greek, Plutonium in Latin -- the cave was celebrated as the portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology and tradition."
Read the rest here:
Pluto's (Hell's) Gate Uncovered in Turkey

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Richard III Among Us Once More

For those of you who know my fascination with Richard III, I'm sure you can imagine how excited I was yesterday to read that the bones found during The Greyfriars Dig were indeed those of Richard III. As if that wasn't exciting enough, now the Richard III society has unveiled the reconstructed face of this medieval king!

I have to admit, I never pictured Richard III as having such a youthful countenance; I've always imagined a more weary face mixed with a premature tiredness, but that doesn't make me any less excited about this reconstruction. Although the stories and mysteries surrounding this monarch will most likely forever be in question, at least we now have a tangible element on which to attach our theories.

To learn more about The Greyfriars Dig visit:

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stephen King - On Writing... Quotes That Inspire

I read Stephen King's On Writing A Memoir of the Craft the other day, and I just thought I would share some of the intriguing passages that will remain with me as I continue my WIP.

"When you write a story, you're telling yourself the story... when you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story."
-Stephen King - On writing  P. 57 

"Stopping a piece of work just because it's hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position."
-Stephen King - On writing  P.  77 

"You need the room, you need the door, and you need the determination to shut the door."
-Stephen King - On writing  P. 157

"Description should start in the writer's imagination, but finish in the reader's."
-Stephen King - On writing  P. 174  

"Is the story coherent? And if it is, what will turn coherence into a song?"
-Stephen King - On writing  P. 214 

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is just starting out on their writing journey, or to anyone looking for some fresh motivation pertaining to their outlook on writing.