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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 10

A Writer’s Day: Part 10 or, How I Learned About Genre Change.

Today I learned that you can’t be so focused on the one plot, or theme, or genre even, that you think you have and will make your story. Things change. They change while you’re writing, or for me, they change before you’ve even written anything.

I started off my NaNoWriMo idea thinking I was going to do some sort of dystopian or utopian futuristic novel. Well somehow through some writing, brainstorming, and plot ideas, it turned into something completely different. It turned into a still utopian story, but fantasy with some Greek mythology inspiration.

It totally changed the whole story and everything I had thought I was going to do up till that point. So I’m left now to pretty much scrap all my other ideas and run with this. I’m still terribly nervous and worried that I won’t do well with it, or that it’ll all just suck. I have a lot of self doubt about this one. Fantasy isn’t really what I normally write, I do Sci-Fi. That’s mostly it.

So, now I’ve got a little less than two months to plot, and plan, and world build, and pre write my butt off until we get to NaNo. Like I said, I’m nervous, but if everything works out the way it’s all jumbled in my head, it’ll be really fun. And I’ll be very excited!

Oh, and a side note, I may stop writing A Writer’s Day every day. Thoughts? Do I have any daily readers?

What are your plans for NaNoWriMo? Do you have any ideas yet, or do you just go into it with nothing and free write your way through?

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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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