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A Book By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

Today’s prompt is to talk about a book that I could read over and over again. I can tell you right now, this is going to be a short post.

My favorite book is 1984 by George Orwell. It’s a classic and I just love his take on where society was headed. And with some hindsight, where it is today; being constantly watched and monitored. I absolutely love this book and I could probably read it over and over and over again and never tire of it. It’s what really got me interested in science fiction stories and more specifically, Dystopian futures.

Another book I love and could probably read over and over again (and am reading for the second time), is Genesis by Bernard Beckett. This has a bit of a utopian/dystopian feel and is very futuristic. It also makes you truly think about humanity and it’s relation to itself as well as technology.

I highly recommend both.
So that wasn’t too short.

What’s your favorite book? A book you could read over and over again and never tire of it.

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A Writer’s Day: Part 9

A Writer’s Day. A Writer’s blog. A Writer’s life. That’s truly what I’m living. That’s honestly what this is. Although I may not have written much today, or written in my novel, I did hit a big milestone for me. And that’s hitting 30k in my novel.

Now I know I mentioned this before but this is a big deal to me. This is my first draft ever, and the most words I’ve ever written for a story period. I’m also more or less on schedule for where I wanted to be. I’m half way to my goal, which is 60k before NaNo and I still have 56 days. And just now in the shower I realized that the last chapter I wrote, was exactly where I outlined it to be a few weeks ago. I did this without even trying or consulting the outline. So I feel quite good about this story.

I’ve been quietly brainstorming ideas about my NaNo novel itself too. I was thinking I wanted to do a dystopian/utopian future story that had some light Greek Myth elements. But recently while thinking up some points, it seems to be going more towards the Greek Myth, and less towards future, dystopian, Sci-fi/Speculative Fiction. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I suppose I’ll just have to plan and write more of it.

I also downloaded and took the free tutorial for Scrivener today. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. There’s a lot to know, and I’m still using Yarny for all my blog posts, and word for my original novel. So we shall see.

I suppose that’s all I really have for now.

What writing programs do you use? What do you think about a Sci-Fi novel with Greek Myth Elements?

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A Writer’s Day: Part 5

Today started yesterday actually. Yup, another wonderful all nighter. This lovely one is pushing 40 hours again. I didn’t even choose to stay up all night last night. I just lost track of time. The next thing I knew I was looking up from my computer and the sun was up.

Today was pretty eventful though as far as writing, which worries as for tomorrow. If trends follow the way they have been, I’ll be getting no writing work done which scares me…

As soon as I realized it was day time I decided I needed to get out of the house. And so I got a shower, packed up my writing things and headed out to Panera, a cafe. The morning was lovely there. No many people, Katrina and I were able to find a nice quiet corner, and I felt inspired to write something, which I did.

Between last night and today, I’ve written two prompts, three blog posts, a beginning to a dystopian story, and worked in my novel. In an hour I was able to write 1K words sitting at Panera, and the hour that followed I was able to fill my Dystopian story with another 1K words. I felt very good about today writing wise.

All day though I’ve felt off. Not tired but tired. Wore out and my body telling me it’s tired, but not actually wanting to sleep. Plus a headache and feeling like I might get sick probably doesn’t help that. Hopefully tomorrow will be more of a normal day, I just hope I don’t end up staying up all night tomorrow night like I have been.

That’s about it for today’s post. I’m going to try and go take a power nap and see if that help’s. If it doesn’t I may just grab some coffee and force myself another day until sleep takes it hold whether I embrace it or not.

I’m still very proud of myself for how much was written in the past two days. Also oddly proud of myself for pulling two long all nighters almost back to back. I couldn’t even do that when I was younger.

Well, like I said. That’s about it for today. Time to try and sleep and then on to more writing!

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A Writer’s Day: Part 4

Ah, what a day. It started off relatively normal, waking up to two kittens in my face. It progressed at the same standard. Feed the rascals, headed into the garage for my morning coffee/smoke/email/twitter relaxing time. And then I got a call.

I was to go on a date with my ex and best friend, Katrina. She called to tell me that she was actually going to the beach with her mother in the morning. So we would have to postpone our movie to a later time that day. That was great news to hear, it meant I had much more writing time I could fit in before having to get ready. Or did it.

I spent most of the rest of the day sitting in my garage staring at my computer. I looked at every google search result I could find on Dystopian and Utopian ideas/novels/themes (For my NaNo this year.) I also caught up on twitter and email. And that’s about it. I didn’t write much today at all. I couldn’t. No matter what I did there was no inspiration or motivation. And no creativity.

All I had done was work out in the yard again and then go to pick up Katrina. After a brief argument, our date turned out quite lovely and we enjoyed a good movie. Once she left I sat back down at my laptop and drew yet another blank. There was still nothing. I was good and stuck.

I did accomplish a few things today and last night. I wrote in my story and was able to just barely reach my daily word count goal. I did a prompt, worked on some writing exercises and finished it off with some brainstorming for NaNoWriMo. Today’s writing I added a measly 172 to my story, came up with a dozen different Dystopian/Utopian novel ides I could use, and am writing this post.

So all in all not a totally wasted day (when it comes to writing, not a wasted day at all in reference to the other things.) And now writing this I feel inspired again to write something else. Possibly work on my novel or start a new project.I was thinking about possibly starting a short dystopian story before NaNo to get the feel of the genre.

That’s all for what happened today!

Any thoughts, comments, or concerns would be appreciated.

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Dystopia or Utopia?

What are you more interested in: Dystopia or Utopia?

What’s the absolute best world you could imagine? And the worst?

What are your most favorite things in the world? And your least?

If given the chance, what would you center your world around? And what would you choose to take out altogether?

Getting ideas and reference for a story I’m working on.

EDIT: These questions are meant to be answer, preferably in the comments. Thanks! 😀

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