Friday, 29 April 2016

WANDERING THE PAGES ANNOUNCMENT


I am sooo excited to announce Wandering The Pages!! It is a group blog that my co-bloggers and blogging BFF's, Claire @BlankSlaters Reads and Em @Piplup's Shadowy Bookshelf. We have been working on this for months and after many Skype calls and a lot of Twittter DM's we are finally ready to launch.

This idea started when Claire posted on Twitter, if there was anyone who wanted to try out having a group blog and I instantly grasped at the opportunity. I will be posting on the new blog every Friday but the launch post for the blog that was written by all three of us will be posted next Sunday, May 1st.

On the blog we will also be posting a post a month that is written by all three of us. These posts will usually be posted at the end of each month. These posts can range from Discussions to Book Reviews to Tags. For the first month we are doing "The Ultimate Book Tag" and I really enjoyed writing it and discussing each others answers.

The posts on this blog won't vary. Which means that I will still try to be posting one post a week. And although you don't have to I would really like if you checked out 
WanderingThe Pages. I hope you too are excited for this new phase in my blogging life!

You can check out the social media links for Wandering The Pages here:





Wednesday, 20 April 2016

WEEK 7 - THE GREAT SOOZ READALONG (TRUTHWITCH QUESTIONS PART 1)





















These are the discussion questions for Chapters 1-20 of Truthwitch for THE GREAT SOOZ READALONG.


1. Who is your favorite Character so far and why?

2. Susan specifically said she tried not to write any characters as obvious villains. Do you think of anyone as a villain?

3. What is your favorite witchery so far and what do you think of the magic system?

4. What do you think of Safiya so far? Do you agree with the decisions she made?

5. Any Theories? If yes what are they?

Blogs Participating for this Discussion:

Saturday, 16 April 2016

CAMP NANOWRIMO UPDATE 2


This week was awesome. Although I didn't write for 3-4 days on Friday I wrote a lot. Now I estimate that the finished first draft of this WIP(By the way it is currently called 'For Those Who Came Before...') will be between 18000-20000 words which is double what I had estimated it to be in the beginning. I will probably not finish it by the time Camp NaNo ends but I do wish to finish it by, my birthday, 18th May. I think that I will be publishing this long short story on my Wattpad account in summer. And because I like whatever I put out into the world to be the best I can do I will be looking for some beta readers and maybe one or two beta readers that will also look at my grammar. I will post another post about recruiting beta-readers in the future but if you want to be notified of that specific post fill out the form HERE. I will also be trying to make a cover but I will probably fail and ask my friend to do one for me because I am not that good at using photo editing software.

I have not yet written a synopsis as it is the bane of my writing life to write one but I have come up with a tag line kind of thing. Which is:



This week I have written very important scenes which show the societal values and what the society accepts. Also I wrote a lot of important scenes showing how much more people care of what other people think. Most of this week's writing is about the society and how the society thinks. I also tried really hard to contrast this with the way the main characters are thinking although they were raised in this society. 

Now is the time for me to show you the excerpt which is the opening scene at the moment although I think I will add something else before it in the end. Please share with your friends and tell me what you think of it. Enjoy:

“Magic. It is a complicated subject as it is everything and nothing. It is and it is not. No one has ever yet found its extent and no one has ever even seen it. We talk about it, we teach it, we write it and we use it, yet all we see are its magnificent effects. Nothing else, but what it leaves behind. Yet we don’t even see its trail, so we don’t even see all of its effects. Who knows, maybe just like man-made inventions, it is harming more than helping. Just two examples of things mankind has created and used in the past that turned out to have an un-beneficial effect are fossil fuels and Artificial Intelligence. Both backfired a thousand times over their beneficial aspect and almost killed all of mankind. The fossil fuel problem was solved by changing planets, the AI by changing planets and exploding our previous planet but unlike those two examples, magic is unknown. We might be able to leave whatever mess we create while using it, or heal the damages before further damage can be done but what if this time we can’t.”, she took a deep breath and then continued, 

“Magic as we all have seen, is unpredictable. We think we have finally found its laws and extents and it just changes. Just like any other living creature, it seems to evolve. It evolves in different ways. The first evolution we have seen is ‘Monster Village’, when an entire village of people turned into creatures from books because wild magic had fused with our books. We didn’t even know at that time that magic could fuse with our creations and yet it did. That was a temporary and small scale event, unlike ‘Magic Fuses’. That caused just over two billion deaths and almost detonated our precious planet because we didn’t know that magic could combust under those circumstances. I want to end this with one mind boggling question that has kept many people up at night and made many others go crazy. Is magic worth the risk?”, she paused again and then turned around, moving around some of the things on her chaotic desk, that looked more like a garbage pile than a desk for such a prestigious person such as herself. 

She turned around and looked at all of us, still sitting in our seats, amazed by her short yet powerful speech. “Get out. We’re done for the day.”, stunned that the lecture was so short we all began to make our way off our seats and into the streets of our wonderful City, Intellectus.


Check out my Cabin-Mates' Stories:
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Saturday, 9 April 2016

CAMP NANOWRIMO AND UPDATE



First I want to apologize for my inconsistent posting but I got sick for a few weeks and I literally couldn't do anything but sleep, wake up, take my medicine and sleep again and then I went back to school from the Easter holidays and we got bombarded with HW and projects with a short deadline.

Now I am okay and I am currently doing Camp NaNoWriMo(My goal is 10K. Not for the full novel just part of it.) with a lovely group of people and since I was sick and everything and I couldn't do a thing, I didn't have the necessary basis for the story I was going to write because it was going to be quite a big world with a lot of plot lines and main characters so I needed some basic planning that I didn't finish thus on the day Camp NaNoWriMo started I had no idea what to write so I thought, "What do I love most?" and of course the answer was, "Magic" so I started writing an entire novel starting with the word MAGIC which actually is turning out to be a great idea because the story is evolving really quickly and that one word has become an entire idea. For this story I am not planning ahead in my mind at all. Instead I just know where I left off and whenever I go back to writing, I begin word vomiting my ideas into the story. 

This has also been a great motivator because my own mind wants to know what is going to happen next so whenever I get super intrigued during the day about thinking about what is going to happen next, I just write. 

My current story is quite difficult to explain but I am going to try my best to explain the very basics of the world this story is based on. 

Far in the future the effects of human pollution on Earth drives the human race out of Earth and into a new habitable planet that they had found. On this new planet they finally make almost perfect Artificial Intelligence and soon afterwards the Artificial Intelligence tries to kill the human population and take over and thus a few tens of thousands of people leave the planet and remotely detonate bombs all over the planet killing any human and/or robot. They travel through space to a planet they were thinking of colonizing one day and they start living on it. Not long after though they discover that the mighty imagination of the humans was actually real because on this planet some of them could wield magic. The novel is set far in the future of this event and now humans use magic in their everyday life and they have colonized the entire planet but magic like all other things is un-controllable and evolves. This has made some people fear using magic because of incidents that have happened were magic didn't act according to the Laws of Magic that were studied by a team of highly powerful and intelligent magicians.

So I hope that tells you something about the world. Sorry I cannot tell you anything about the plot so far because I have no idea what the plot is since I am doing everything in extreme pantster mode. So far I feel great about this story and shitty about my writing because the parts that I have re-read are really bad but I think I can re-write them in a much better way once I finish a first draft. So far in terms of word goal I am doing great. At the time I am writing this which is April 8th,2016 I am at 3249 words which is 583 words more than the amount I needed for today. 

If you are doing Camp NaNoWriMo make sure to leave a comment and tell me how much your goal is and how you are doing so far and if you are posting your stories on Wattpad or any other writing platform for writers just leave it in the comments below and I will add you to the list below. Crystal has asked on her twitter for people to give her feedback on her excerpts, so please do so if you can. 

These are some of the stories written by my Camp NaNoWriMo Cabin-Mates: