OK, it’s not quite a jungle, but it is the closest I have been to one!
Welcome to all my new followers, Twitter and Blog alike!
I’m Louise. Gamer, TV and Film lover, Historian, Artist, and, most importantly, Writer.
In the interest of connecting with new people, I’ve put together a few questions, and answered them myself below.
I would be interested to hear your answers to the questions in the comments, or in a blog post of your own similar to this one 🙂 Feel free to comment with a link if you do make a blog post! I’d love to find out more about you all!
1) What are you doing after NaNoWriMo 2016?
I am writing another 50000 words in December. Insane, right? Despite it being the holiday season, it’s going well so far. I am currently sitting at 42000 words this month. I will worry about the quality later, during editing. At the moment, I just want to get the story down.
How about everyone else? Are you taking a break to relax over the holidays? Editing? Writing more?
2) What is your current WIP?
Dragonspire. A fantasy adventure set in an original world with five kingdoms.
We begin our story in one of these kingdoms, which is on the brink of civil war.
Add magic, dragons, kings and heirs, and a group of characters with their own agendas and back stories to the mix, and you get a tale of adventure, self discovery, friendship, and betrayal.
I first had the idea for Dragonspire in 2010, when I was on a train travelling to university.
As I gazed out of the window, an image of a young man, sat alone on the edge of a mountain, formed in my mind. He gazed in wonder at the kingdom that existed below him, and wondered what life was like outside of his small, isolated village.
I’m a small town girl, living in a lonely world, so I can relate.
(More on my crazy music references later!)
The image of that young man would not leave me alone, so I scribbled down a few notes. The man became a man bound to a dragon, and I was disappointed when my train pulled into the station.
The idea ended up in a pile with other fleeting ideas. I didn’t pick it up again until NaNoWriMo 2016, where I wrote nearly 62000 words, and defined my story.
It has become a project close to my heart. My father was killed in a car crash when I was in my second year of university. He was 53. My main character also lost his father in a sudden and tragic way. It changed him, and defined the man that he would become. A man who would be exiled from his home.
As he explores the world that he has been thrust into, my main character learns a great deal about himself. He begins to find peace with the tragedy in his past, and he learns that an attack that he witnessed on his village was part of something far greater. Something that could affect the course of the civil war.
3) What do you love most about writing?
It’s a toss up between researching, and writing dialogue.
I really enjoy details. My current fantasy world is similar to a medieval world. When my character went to light a candle, I researched how he would do this. There were no lighters in the middle ages, after all, and I didn’t want to simply write, ‘he lit the candle.’ I wanted to be able to describe how he did it, in detail.
I’m the same with fight scenes. In order to write a scene where someone breaks away from a hold, I need to understand how it’s done. I spend a lot of time watching instructional videos on Youtube!
I also love writing dialogue. There is something about that connection between people that intrigues me more than any action scene does. You might have noticed that, in my blog posts covering Flash and Arrow, I focus more on the connections between the characters and their meaningful conversations than anything else. This is why.
4) What else do you love? (That is not mentioned in an about page)
Music. Musicals. I have a weakness for Wicked, and I think that Kerrigan-Lowdermilk kick ass. New musicals? I’m there. The In-Between? I love the concept soundtrack, and I hope that it gets produced one day.
I think that the Glee cover tracks are glorious, especially the ones which feature Grant Gustin! (Mostly because he is the Flash now!) Smooth criminal is my favourite, just because of the drama of the performance.
I also love to sing, although generally when no one is around to listen. I’m not bad, just not confident yet 🙂
I find lyrics inspirational. I bounce between being incredibly distracted by music, to finding that it drives and inspires the piece that I am writing. Hence the references to song lyrics earlier in this post!
5) What is one thing that might surprise me about you?
I can’t remember the last time that I finished reading a book. I spend more time consuming television shows, and selectively reading fan fiction from my fandoms.
Because I love TV and film so much, I blog about my favourite shows. At the moment, I am addicted to the Flash, and Arrow. In the past, I loved Sherlock, but I found season 3 less enjoyable. I hope that season 4 is worth the wait.
If anyone has a recommendation for a must read book, or a great TV show, I would love to hear it. I already intend to read ‘The Alchemist,’ in 2017, as I have heard good things about it.
How would you answer these questions?
I’m also interested to hear about your favourite TV shows, films, anime, books, and any other fun and interesting facts!
Let me know in the comments 🙂