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21 November 2008 @ 03:22 pm
I'm trying to research werewolves and ghosts for a story, but I'm having no such luck with Google.  Anyone know of good websites or books?  
26 August 2008 @ 03:59 am
Among my many writing projects is a plotless fanfiction that is quite literally plotless - I have no idea where the hell I'm going with it but I'm going to do it for the fun of it.  I haven't written enough pages because I suck at writing by hand and because my laptop is STILL in the shop (Best Buy is going down). This is a draft of the first chapter. Please crit/comment the hell out of it.

WHAT IF...Tony Stark's Audi wasn't really an Audi? -- you know what, this linking business isn't working.

---> http://shirozora.livejournal.com/45932.html <---
Mood/State: tiredtired
21 August 2008 @ 02:24 pm
Hey everybody!

I was linked here from a post on an anti-Twilight community I recently joined. I am brand-spanking new to Live Journal (and still don't really know how to use it). But I'm liking it, I think. The people so far have been bitingly funny and smart.

Anyway, everyone seems to be sharing how much experience they have writing. I'm not published. (I'm still a teenager ... but that's NO EXCUSE!) I'm just lazy, to be brutally honest. And I have ADHD, so it gets really hard for me to finish up a certain project. For example, right now I have thirteen different stories I am working on, in all types of genres and mediums.

But I am an award-winning writer. *beams* Last year, I got into the first place group for the NCTE Writing Award (it's like a national contest for selected English students from all over the country, and there's no one winner, just however many kids who get the highest-ranking score) and I also got a Gold Key and Silver Award for my non-fiction writing portfolio and a dramatic script I submitted to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Like some other people here have said, I was partly inspired to start seriously writing (even though I've written for fun since I was eight) because of crap books like Twilight. Oh. My. God. It's upsetting and yet inspiring that absolutely talentless people can become bestselling millionaires practically overnight. I'm aware that it's in large part (roughly 99.99999%) due to luck and that Stephenie Meyer might as well have won the lottery, but for the past five years I've been trying to become a pop star, so you can see that odds and common sense don't affect me much.
15 August 2008 @ 02:43 am
Okay, I've recently reheard a song sung by Josh Groban called "Home to Stay". It evoked memories of me sitting on the high school bus listening to this song on my walkman, and making up a short romantic story loosely based on the song. And now it's beggin me to me written. Anyone ever had that happen?

(P.S. If anyone's ever heard that song, what effects did it have on you?)
Location: Mineral Town
Mood/State: artisticartistic
Music/Inspiration: Home to Stay~Josh Groban
11 August 2008 @ 07:27 pm
I've been writing novels for almost a decade. I've always been a writer, despite my mum's pleas for me to be anything but. She'd much rather I just settled into a career as a private psychologist than pursue writing. Or a librarian. She'd be happy with that--anything but a writer and/or FBI agent.

I'm a college sophmore with an addiction to mystery/suspense/thriller. My all-time favorite author is Lisa Gardner. I have mulitple copies of all of her books and I re-read them frequently. I'm also a fan of Ted Dekker (he really knows how to interlace multiple stories and characters), James Patterson, Tess Gerritsen, Tami Hoag, Mary Higgins Clark, Allison Brennan, Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, Iris Johansen, Alex Kava, Kathy Reichs, and Erica Spindler. It's very rare that I meet a book I don't like (unless it's the Twilight saga). I was a library page and I have a severe addiction to books. I don't often read "classics" or literary fiction. I have and I tend to be disappointed or bored.

My latest project is a series of thrillers tentatively called the Carter series. They revolve around Katherine Carter, who is a 17 y/o orphan when she first appears in Coldest Degree. Kat is tough on the outside, sarcastic most of the time, and she knows how to wield a gun with lethal accuracy. On the inside, she's a traumatized soul who found her parents dead at age 12, survived abuse at the hands of her brother-in-law, and came face-to-face with a psychopath bent on destroying her. She also suffers from multiple personality disorder (MPD or DID as it was recently renamed), a fact that I didn't know until last November when I was working on what would've been the third novel for NaNoWriMo. 

Kat's ambition is to be an FBI agent, but her past keeps her working on the wrong side of the law. Her world is one full of criminals ranging from con artists to assassins like her father.

I recently finished the first draft of the third book, Breaking Point. I'm working on revising Coldest Degree, Fatal Target, and Breaking Point now as I prepare for redoing Kill Zone, which was my NaNo from last year.

I'm not much of an outliner. My intial drafts of CD weren't outlined, however FT was written completely on a rigid outline until it got another secondary plotline in the last act. BREAK went off a very simple idea, which is the tagline: Face your fears. BREAK revolves around Kat's only fear, water, and her inability to swim while her finace has to face his own fear--his mother. My characters like to mess things up as they go along, especially when it comes to endings. It's very exicting to write a novel for me--it's like reading one--because I have no concrete idea about what's going to happen next. I know a lot about my characters, well all of them except for Jackson. He's the secretive one.

Everything something changes in a novel, I blame him. As my friends like to say, "it's always Jackson's fault." And it is. Without Jackson and his past, Kat wouldn't have half as many adventures as she does and she'd be in a lot less trouble.

I'm rambling now, so I'll shut up.
10 August 2008 @ 03:57 pm
The Olympics in Beijing got me hyper, so I thought I'll get the ball rolling with a few questions regarding writing.

What inspires you to write? Do you walk out of a movie theater all fired up and ready to pound at the keys on the keyboard to bits? Do you ride the train and stare out the window, making up worlds while watching trees, buildings, and the occasional bale of hay fly by? Do you have an insanely vivid dream and feel that it warrants its own story? (when mine involves a cruise ship, half of my old high school, Transformers, and the Kraken, I know I need help)

What about music? Do you listen to music or do you prefer to work in silence? Or perhaps you like to sit and watch life happening while typing out a scene a la Starbucks or Coffee Bean. What kind of music do you like to listen to and why?

Do you illustrate your own stories? Do you doodle out your characters and/or the world they live in?

What kind of stories do you write? Why do you like to write within those genres (genres because no story can be just one genre without a hint of another)? What do you want to see more of in your preferred genres, aka what kind of adventure stories, supernatural stories, detective stories, and/or romances do you want to read versus what you're seeing in the bookshelves at your local bookstore? Have you ever felt compelled to write a specific story just because you can't find it online or in print? (the gods only know how much I suffer at FF.net)

Well, I hope that gets the ball rolling.
Music/Inspiration: South Koreans eating up the archery competition
10 August 2008 @ 04:44 am
Hi. I'm Nii.

I came here via twilight_sucks.

I read a lot and am a mean beta.

My writing is stuck in a rut so deep it makes me cringe every time I think about it... I've been trying to extract myself for over a year. We'll see what happens.

I'll probably lurk and stuff

That's all.
10 August 2008 @ 01:31 am
Hi, I'm Lady Tolwen and I live in the Pocahontas State in the USA (kudos to whoever actually figures that one out.)

I've written a few horrible fanfiction in the past, until I realized that I waas decent at poking fun of the Mary Sues in the various fandoms. I think the first fanfiction I ever wrote was for Disney's Tarzan when I was eleven years old, even drew pictures!!! xD Then I started one for Disney's Dinosaur, but never finished it. And then I found Gundam Wing. You can see my original fanfic over there on fanfiction.net, I'm Lady_Tolwen over there too.

Recently I had an idea of an Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfiction, but that has somehow morphed into an original fiction, but I'm still working out the details. Well, that's it for now.

Oh, and I happen to work in a bookstore. I read a lot, and have been called a walking encyclopedia.
Location: living room
Mood/State: accomplishedaccomplished
09 August 2008 @ 08:34 pm
I've joined plenty of communities but never bothered to introduce myself properly with an official post, preferring instead to slip my presence into other people's posts with my comments. So this is a first for me *oh I feel so proud*.

Hi, my online usernames are Shirozora and Cybertron Log/Cybertron_Log, and sometimes The Colonel. In case you get confused, I'm a young woman currently attending the University of California, San Diego. I'm a sophomore, whoop-de-freaking-do.

I can't remember a time when I wasn't a storyteller. I say "storyteller" because I was telling stories before I knew how to write - I drew pictures of snakes and memorized stories about them. I still do that...with racehorses. I've been writing original and fan material since I learned how to write and read in kindergarten, but right now my dream career as a novelist is under threat for three reasons: 1) I can't survive off of novels unless I write a bestseller, ha ha; 2) I have insane artistic tendencies that can and will overshadow my writing; and 3) I write better fan material than original, and am currently dreaming of joining a comic book company like Marvel and IDW Publishing (I don't like DC Comics) as either a writer or cover artist.

Since my laptop's HDD crashed (and I'm under threat of losing, among other things, 23.1GB of music and all my story documents) I haven't been able to write properly but I will say that I have fanfiction up on Transformers, specifically one taking place in the 2007 live action Michael Bay-directed movie universe. Just check out my main homepage and scroll. I'm also scheming to write an Iron Man/Marvel Movies x Bay's Transformers crossover PWP fanfiction, where absolutely nothing of import happens and Stark's beauty sleep gets constantly interrupted by Samuel L. Jackson's Colonel Nick Fury of SHIELD. In due time I'll move stuff to my LiveJournal, which is in serious disuse (although you should see my Facebook; I went on it for the first time this summer yesterday and only to declare myself a fan of a veteran racehorse, Evening Attire).

I'm a pretty tough critic (I like to think so). I also enjoy reading/writing in the action/adventure + fantasy/sci-fi genres, with dashes of humor, romance, drama, and suspense. In short, a typical Hollywood blockbuster like...Transformers. Or The Dark Knight. Ooh, and Iron Man. Totally.

I should shut up now. But I can't wait to talk about writing and really bad (and good) books! Also, the Twilight series suck. Long live The Lord of the Rings!
Music/Inspiration: Summer Olympics 2008
10 August 2008 @ 02:24 pm
Hi there! I'm Catherine, aka disdainful_soul.

I've never been very good with these intro things, and no matter how many times I write them I feel silly every time. :D

I'm a 21 year old student of classical studies from New Zealand. I'm currently writing my first novel, Blood Bound, about a girl whose brother is a vampire and whose family runs an inn for vampires (you can find out more at my writing blog).

So yeah. That's sort of it. :) Glad to be here!
Location: New Zealand
Music/Inspiration: Doctor Who on telly