~Pilcrow9 made this for me! [link] one of my oldest (and most awesome) friends on dA. This guy - Kaddy - is a character from a story I began but muddled very early. And then my writing skills improved. Heck, they seem get better constantly.
I keep wanting to go back to it, but Faltering Stairs is just more productive because it aligns with my manuscript. Someday...
Anyways. Break went well. My classes start up on Tuesday, and while I didn't get everything done, I made a good dent:
- I'm up to Chapter Twenty of Faltering Stairs, and got five chapters of the manuscript written. Unfortunately, it all needs to be typed.
I cleaned my room and got things running smoother for the Hunger Games movie.
I'm about done with the tutorial things I want to post, aside from tweaking and being self-conscious about if I sound dumb in them.
Ponies. But no Slender Man-related things all break.
Everyone loved their painstakingly-made Christmas presents. And Fella.
Who needs sleep anyway?
Caught up pretty well with group stuff.
My surprise seems like it will definitely happen. And about time; I've been considering it for a few years. Now it's just a matter of time and tact.
I tried reading about five books recommended. I only made it through one I found while cleaning out my room. So here's a little book review on the one I didn't end up throwing out the door.
Being by Kevin Brooks starts out with an average teen named Robert going in to have an ulcer checked out. You know, the tube-shoved-down-your-throat thing. Fun stuff. Nothing gets too exciting or strange until he wakes and overhears his doctor and others talking about what the camera had shown. Then he gets his stomach sliced open and prodded at, where the doctor finds mechanical pieces inside of him.
At this point, Robert flees from the hospital and goes on the run from one of the spectators, whom I can only describe as similar to a man in black. Robert takes the insane liberty of cutting himself open and watching the camera feed, only to come to no conclusions either. He gets away several times, and after nearly six months of peace, the man in black appears again. Then Robert kills everyone and leaves. The end.
Kids, never, ever do that with your stories.
This was a great book almost. Robert was intriguing, his girlfriend was absolutely amazing in every scene she was in, and the escapes were pretty well-done, if a bit unbelievable. I enjoyed the entire read-through, up until the last few paragraphs, where I dreadfully realized between spaces that it wouldn't end well.
Then when I read the last sentence, I threw the book across the room and proceeded to yell "porqueeeee?!" while flipping tables.
See, I don't mind not getting answers. We don't always need answers, and sometimes a story works much better without answering some questions. I would personally love to know who exactly set off the bombs at the end of Mockingjay, or the exact way that the piggies and other races develop in Speaker for the Dead, but that's okay. They aren't central points to the story. In fact, not giving an answer makes Mockingjay a little more on edge at the end, since we know what general side launched the bombs in the first place.
The thing is, Being isn't part of a series, and what Robert had inside of him is the reason people would be reading the book in the first place. Not only is it one of the two questions in the book - it's the freaking hook! The closest we get is "you're not human, Robert," from the man in black. Robert would be a submarine transformer with that answer.
So, while the book was greatly enjoyable otherwise. I really can't say I was impressed by the end. As some of my watchers are fantastic writers, I advise you to never, ever think that leading your audience on a goose chase is fun. A Series of Unfortunate Events was the first to do that to me, and it's never become funny or interesting. At least with SoUE, problems were solved. VFD was just a huuuuuge factor.
What I don't understand is why authors think this sort of thing works. If I ever meet one who does this, I'm going to grill them until I can see a link to good books and a lack of important answers. So in regards to that, are there any "habits" or things authors do in their stories that drives you up a wall?
I hope everyone is doing well! Have a great day, and be awesome(like me)!
`thorns is hosting a Complaint Challenge , the second phase ending on January 31st. Phase two consists of taking a complaint from the first round, and actively working on that complaint. All may join!
`GrimFace242 is holding the second part of his You Be the Judge Contest
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Feel free to check out any of the groups! We're open to new members!
Day 25 - a song that makes you laugh Stuck Like Glue Stuck Like Glue
This is for all my hick watchers out there. One of two good country songs(although not a true country song) and the video is hilarious!
Day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral Brighter Than the Sun
Day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding Once in a Lifetime
Day 22 - a song that you listen to when you're sad Into Yesterday
Day 21 - a song that you listen to when you're happy I'm Alive!
Day 20 - How important you think education is.
I'm a full-blown Slytherin I don't think education could get much more important. The best key to success is through education, since going Walt-Disney-style isn't for everyone. Doesn't mean I wouldn't love to climb to success in such a way, but I don't yet have what would be necessary to do that.
In other news to education, I think it's ridiculous that tuition keeps going up and classes everywhere are being cut when the government wants the younger generations to do well and have good lives. Liars are usual, bloody politicians!