Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I Live!

Well, I'm back.

Not that I really went anywhere. But I have been guest-hosting Random Fridays at Awkwordly Emma for the past few weeks, which is why I haven't been doing those here. That's done now, and your regularly scheduled Random Fridays posts will hopefully resume on the first Friday in April. So will Top Ten Tuesdays (for which my only excuse is that I couldn't think of anything to say for the last several topics).

And you know what else is coming up in April? Camp NaNoWriMo. Which, yes, I am doing. I'm hoping to rewrite my novel from November, since it has plot holes big enough for Smaug to fly through. I'm also hoping to actually do some planning before I start writing this time. Why? A large part of it is that I need to figure out what's going to happen in this novel and what's going to happen in the one after it, which was part of why my first try didn't turn out so well. Also, I'll have main characters in at least three different places, which means at least three main plot threads. I can't keep it all balanced in my head. (Of course, I still need to make this outline, but it's going to happen. Trust me.)

I'm also lowering my wordcount goal to 30K rather than the usual 50K. While I'm guessing this novel will be a bit longer than that, I will still have other things I need to get done. This blog, for example. And school. And the ACT test (eep!). And whatever we end up doing at Easter, because no matter what we decide, I probably won't be able to get 1,667 words in that day. So, 30K seemed like a much easier goal to reach.  

In other news, I recently (as in, this morning) finished watching the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and it was pretty awesome! I do wish that Peter Jackson had just left out the whole Azog plotline and instead left in some of the cut scenes, particularly certain White Council scenes that foreshadow events in The Desolation of Smaug. There were also a few scenes- namely one or two of the dwarves in Rivendell- that I was very glad were left out. They were . . . painful. But otherwise, it was good. And I still have lots of bonus materials to watch, probably over the summer. Yay!

What about you? Are you doing Camp NaNo? Have you seen the extended edition of An Unexpected Journey? What have you been up to lately?

Thanks for reading!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)         


  1. Yes, No, Stuff.



    Yes, I'm doing Camp NaNo. And I'm also rewriting my November Novel. It got deleted... Sadly.
    I haven't seen the extended version. And I haven't seen tDoS yet. :( Yeah... But I want to.
    I've been doing the normal things... School, Guitar. Oh, and I started a new project in the garage. I'm (finally) making a guitar.

    So that's me. :)

    1. Haha, it's fine.
      That stinks about your November novel. :( Sorry.
      I hope you can see tDoS and the extended version sometime soon!
      And cool. How hard is the guitar-making?

    2. I have a hard copy of my NaNo, so I may be able to type it out. As a side note, did you get any of the UGer's in your cabin?
      Yeah. Some of our friends have already seen it twice. O.O I'm looking forwards to it!
      Hmm. Depends what type of guitar you make. An acoustic ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acoustic_guitar ) would be quite hard to make, for there's all sorts of bracing and and bending the sides and getting the bridge in the right place. An electric ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_guitar ) would be easier, but it's still a lot of work. The type i'm making is a cigar-box.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cigar_box_guitar) But, as no one in our family or extended family smokes, I needed to make a box. After finishing this one, I'd like to make an electric.
      *Looks up* Hmm. Longest comment I've ever done. :)

    3. Well, that's good. And I got Katrina in my cabin, but no one else. You?
      Wow. I've only seen either of them once.
      Ah, I see. It sounds interesting, and I hope the guitar-making goes well!

    4. I didn't have anyone I knew, so I opted out.
      Yup. Yesterday I rounded the neck. It awaits to be sanded.


    It was great! I haven't yet had a chance to explore all of the bonus content, but I intend to soon. The extra material in the film was fantastic. :D

    Good luck on writing your book! I hope it goes well with you.


      If you get to it before me, you'll have to let me know what sort of stuff is in there. I'm curious to know.

      Thank you very much!

  3. Yes, I've seen the extended edition. I wasn't very impressed with most of it (the dwarves were awkward and the goblin song almost ruined the entire movie for me), but the part with Bilbo talking to Elrond was delightful! :D

    1. I forgot about the goblin song. That was terrible. D: But yes, I did like Bilbo and Elrond!


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