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13 October 2015 @ 01:49 pm

Yeah, I've been meaning to put one of these up. Finally getting around to it. I have some non-locked entries, but most are locked (and guarded by Mal!), and I'll probably keep them all locked from here out. So request to be added, if you like. :)
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
17 August 2010 @ 02:01 pm
OMG, I just typed this all up and then bumped a button to go to a different page and LOST IT! I have to redo it, and I might cry... :( This is what I get for forgetting to reinstall the best Firefox add-on ever: Lazarus.

Why? Why are all the series I'm reading releasing new books at the same time?? This is worse than all the big video games coming out at the same time in the fall. Looks like I'm going to be busy (and yes, I'm too lazy to crop the white borders out of the cover images :P):

Aug. 24

Mockingjay, The Hunger Games, Book 3, by Suzanne Collins. I'm so glad this is coming out a week before the rest, because I'd read it first anyway. SOOOO excited for this final book!

Aug. 31

Clockwork Angel, The Infernal Devices, Book 1, by Cassandra Clare. So excited for the prequel to her The Mortal Instruments trilogy (which she recently announced is now going to be a six-book series! EEEEH!)

Chosen, Anna Strong Chronicles, Book 6, by Jeanne Stein. I looove these books. Anna's so bad-ass!

Sept. 1

Spy Glass, Glass trilogy, Book 3, by Maria V. Snyder. I can't wait for her new book. Such a great series, though if you haven't read them, start with her Study trilogy; the Glass books are a spin-off.

Then I get a little break (kind of; a month, and who says I'm going to be finished with the ones from above by then!).

Oct. 5

Behemoth, Leviathan, Book 2, by Scott Westerfeld.

Oct. 26

Ghost Town, Morganville Vampires, Book 9, by Rachel Caine.

And, of course, the super-grandaddy of them all, on Dec. 7

Last Sacrifice, Vampire Academy, Book 6, by Richelle Mead. ZOMG!!

Can you believe I had to redo this entire post? Seriously... :P
Current Mood: excitedexcited
27 May 2010 @ 04:19 pm
Was playing Final Fantasy XIII and this made me giggle:

strigoi ffxiii

Somehow, I don't think this is how Richelle Mead pictures them. :P

For some reason it looks fuzzy on the page. If you click the image, it clarifies.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
25 March 2010 @ 01:55 pm
So I recently finished "Fire" by Kristin Cashore, and I wanted to sing its praises.

Cashore is a fairly new author. Her first book, "Graceling," came out a few years ago, and I really, really liked it. It's a fantasy world, with horses and sword-fighting, and all that fun stuff, and there are people called Gracelings. These Gracelings have eyes of different colors and a special power (a Grace). The power can be anything, from the mundane (great weaving skills) to the spectacular (the main character, Katsa, has the uncanny ability to fight people and kill them). The problem is these Gracelings tend to be used by regular people to advance their own purposes.

I won't say more, 'cause I don't want to spoil, but it's a hell of a ride, and I highly recommend it.

This brings me to Fire, which is called "A companion to 'Graceling.'" Fire is actually the name of the main character. The story takes place like, I don't know, 40 years before the events of Graceling, and in a kingdom on the other side of these horribly wicked mountains. The kingdoms don't know about each other, and there are no Gracelings in this other kingdom. Instead, there are "monsters," which are normal animals but with super-strength and bright, rainbow colors. These monsters have the ability to mesmerize normal people just by looking at them. And of course the carnivorous monsters use that to their advantage, meaning most people are scared of monsters.

Fire is a human monster, and it's a curse to her because people just go bonkers at the sight of her. They can't help themselves, especially if they're weak-minded. Fire can actually enter their minds and read their thoughts or tell them what to do, but she doesn't like doing it because her father, also a monster human, was just a monster in general, using and abusing people, killing, etc. She doesn't want to be like her father, but of course because of her father, people hate her and are scared of her. Also, the other monsters want to eat her. lol.

Anyway, "Fire" was a little slow to start for me, but once it got going, I couldn't put it down. It's its own, separate story from "Graceling," totally different, but it also tells the story of how one of the characters from "Graceling" came to be (as a background to the story's main plot; don't want to spoil, so I'm not saying more). And that's just cool. 

I love Cashore's writing. She's concise and descriptive enough to be beautiful without being overly flowery. Her characters are fantastic. Fire is flawed, and she does some dumb things, but ultimately you feel for her, and you want her to come out on top. While the last quarter of the book seems kind of anticlimactic (she ends the main plot, but continues for quite a long while in a bit of an epilogue), I was so happy to have read it.

If you haven't read either of her books, do it, and in the right order (Graceling, then Fire), though you don't have to do it in that order. I can't wait for more from her.

These two books remind me a lot of Maria V. Snyder's two series (the "Study" books and the "Glass" books), both in writing style, tone and plot. I read the hell out of Snyder's books last summer, and I highly recommend them. She has a new book coming out in a few weeks, and I CANNOT WAIT! :)

To sum up: Read both of Kristin Cashore's books, AND read all of Maria V. Snyder's.
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
28 November 2009 @ 11:03 pm
So I'm thinking, if people are interested, I may occasionally do LJ entries about grammar rules and how I remember them. Because I have to remember so many of them, every day, and I certainly don't remember them in the way they taught me in English class (hell if I know what half the parts of speech are called). I just know what sounds right. :P So I thought maybe that would be helpful to give tips, if people are interested. I could take questions too! :)

LOL. Yes, I know this is incredibly dorky, but grammar is one of those things I'm good at, and I'd like to help people who may have great story ideas but are a little iffy on the execution (of course, word would have to be spread about it because there are like, what, five people reading this now? lol).

Anyway, let me know what you think.
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: geekygeeky
12 July 2009 @ 02:42 pm
So I felt the need to write a new entry, just because I haven't in a long time. The problem is I don't have much to talk about, and not really anyone to read it either. But I would really like to get more involved with the LJ community, and my life is pretty boring. So... I guess I'll just talk about my current project.

The last time I tried writing a murder-mystery, I was in high school. It was... well, not good. This time I've vowed to make one that's decent and unpredictable. I don't know how well I'm succeeding at that, but I'm certainly trying. I believe Falling will be a decent read. I hope.

But it really is hard. As a reader, I know that just the slightest wrong word can set the reader on the track that you don't want them on. I have to be very, very careful to not tip my hand before I want to.

And then there's the problem of balance. While I don't want to put anything out there that will make eagle-eyed readers suspect the real killer, I also don't want to leave it so devoid of clues that there's no chance they'll guess it. That's really not fair. (This is what I did in my first murder-mystery -- my method of preventing the killer from being guessed was by not having him in the story until the end. I was such a cheater!) So I've been trying really hard to drop in subtle sort-of hints that won't tip off the reader but later they'll go back and say, "Oh, it was obvious!"

Or so I hope. :-P

The other problem isn't the murder-mystery part; it's the static location parts. When the entire story takes place in just one or two spots, it's hard to keep the story moving. I feel at times like things are just slogging along without a change of scenery. May be something I have to go back and rework after the story's done.

So yeah, it's been a lot of work, and I have a whole new respect for authors who can tightly and effectively wrap up a suspenseful murder-mystery without cheating. I only hope when I'm done with Falling, the reader comes away surprised and satisfied and not angry and grumbly. We'll find out, I guess. I'm three chapters from the end!

That is all.
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: MGMT
04 January 2009 @ 08:59 pm
Once again, I have nothing to say and have not made use of this journal. My life just isn't very interesting. I really just use this to manage subscriptions. :-P Anyway, for anyone interested in me, I point you to my Fiction Press profile, a site which gets much of my attention thanks to my interest in writing. http://www.fictionpress.com/~thedarkscribe
Current Mood: boredbored
26 October 2006 @ 10:00 pm
So I had a few voicemails this week from Dale something-or-other at KFOR 1240 radio. Apparently, he wants me to talk to him about video games and stuff on his show!

First thought: Wow! That's awesome!

Second thought: Oh my God, I'm going to throw up.

I can't talk. Go ahead, laugh, those who know I talk nonstop. I can talk just fine when it comes to people I know and normal conversations, but when it comes to big-pressure situations, such as, say, doing a radio interview, I blank. I just know I'm going to sit there and go, "Duhhhh."

But I'm not going to say no. This is too awesome an opportunity to pass up, and I know they can do things to make me not sound like a complete moron. I don't know any details yet, because so far we've just played phone tag, but I'll let you all know when I know something.

So that leaves the question: Am I a freaking local celebrity?! 'Cause that would be *awesome*. :-D
Current Mood: excitedexcited
22 September 2006 @ 08:02 pm
Is it just me or does it seem like the year is flying? I can't believe it's almost October. Though I'm glad because that's my favorite month. Yay for cooler weather, leaves and Halloween!

I know I haven't posted in a long time. Honestly, I just haven't felt like it. But rest assured, I'm fine. Everything is going great. Everything involving the divorce has been taken care of, and I've almost finished everything involving my stupid dog slipping out of his collar. I went to court last week, pleaded no contest to "Dog running at large" and paid the city $94. I could go on about how ridiculous the whole thing is, but that would just get me worked up again. Anyway, I now have Sammy enrolled in obedience class, and that will get him taken off the city's "potentially dangerous dog" list. Again, I could talk about how stupid *that* is, but I don't want to kill anyone. We're already short-handed at work. ;-)

Anyway, I'm just letting anyone who cares know I'm still alive. Pretty soon I'll start drowning in video games and the stress of reviewing two new systems, but for now, He-Who-Shall-No-Longer-Be-Named is out of my life, everything is cool, and I'm happy.
Current Mood: contentcontent
04 August 2006 @ 04:55 pm
Finally got around to finding the black pants that were part of my motivation for losing weight... Not only do they fit again, but they're actually a little loose! Whoo hoo!
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished