Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hello to 2009!!

So its the 31st, New Years Eve. i plan in a few hours to be with my friends, in a nightclub/pub/house party having some craic!! Last years new years eve was actually very good, which was a pleasant surprise as usual this night is horrendous and i hate it. I shall try not to hate it tonight. Happy face Happy Face.....anyhooo i won't whinge on about NY eve or my very lack of success when it comes to resolutions. This year i have 4 very important resolutions......

1. Lose weight - become a uk size 12/10 - thorugh healthier eating and gym (oh i know i can hear breidget jones giggling too at that one)
2. finish the first draft of the NoName Novel.
3. Stop cursing (this is going to be sooooooooo hard)
4. Finish the soul sucking course and get a back breaking heart wrecking job.

I'd be happy to get half of four done....i don't like work as a rule.

So, although these are only 4 resolutions they are pretty big ones. The first one has been on the resolution list for quite some number of NY eves so i must tackle it!!!
the second one i really hope i'll succeed in and plan to! third - well mostly for my mother and i suppose i do talk like a tramp. and the fourth - again one for the family.

so yeah NY eve,
I'll report in tomorrow probably with any scandal from tonight....if my hangover permits it lol

toodles

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Welcome Zaera!! (eh i think)

Considering the amount of time i place don searching for pics for Azael i decided i should do the same for Zaera (she is the MC after all - duh emily)

I found it quite difficult to see anything that spoke Zaera to me, weirdly although she is the MC of the NoName Novel and it is in her point of view - i am still only getting a feel for her.

Azael however i feel as a character i know better - his motives, intentions and motivations are that bit clearer. If i really think about it - Zaera is unclear because i haven't figured out what is her motivation yet. She has the visions and is the catalyst etc. but the whys of her actions i still need to figure out...ugh.....

anyhoo here is a VERY brief background that i have so far.

Brief Bio: Zaera, is single daughter to the local doctor of a very small village. She was born blind and has never seen in her whole life. Her mother died when she was 8 and her father grew even more protective of her and obsessive about coming dangers. three days before there is warning of an attack on her village, she has a vision for the first time. She dismisses it as a dream (althoug being blind she has never had a visual dream) and ignores the warning. a day later her father places her in the rabbit hole (shelter he built) as there is a warning of raids on the border. Although there is no danger to the village he makes her stay there when he goes to help the army on the borders.
She remains there for the next two days, then the village is attacked. she meets Azael for the first time and he leaves her to die. She is racked with guilt for her own ignorance of the visions. She is found by a troop of sympathetic smugglers who take her in.
i'm hoping for some serious character growth revolving around her dependency which is due to her disability, reliance on her father (and others) and her fear of being alone (after almost dying of thirst in the bunker - thanks to azael).

I'm hoping once i figure out her motivation of following the visions (apart from the conseuqences of not!) she'll become more clearer in my mind.

anyhoo, i didn't find something that really clicked - image wise yet, but here are some of the contenders and i think you can get the general gist of what i'm looking for......


This picture is beautiful and i think its very close to Zaera in looks and in facial expression (that far away look in her eyes)












This is another (although the hair colour etc. isn't right) which is very Zaera, concerned worry but gentle look is very her as well.








This image (left) is a general good picture for Zaera - Brown eyes, brown hair and has a general delicate/gentle aura about her.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Xmas Everybody!!

Well first off : MERRY CHRISTMAS

I hope everyone had a good one, i would have post this yesterday but we had lots of visitors etc. and i was trying to figure out how to work my new nano (16gb - yay!!).

Anyhoo, i posted a list of what i wanted to get done during this week - my week is almost coming to a close and of course i haven't gotten everything on that list finished or ahem .....started.

Now,

Prologue: i did get the reworked prologue done and sent it off to my various beta's, so far feedback has been good - small wording issues etc, need to be sorted but overall people seem to like it. After i've done edited the prologue i'm going to put it away for a while and forget about it till i'm finished the first draft. If i let myself look at it more than once - i WILL freak myself out and change it more......changes can wait till 1st draft at this point.

Chapter 1: ok i definitely underestimated how much work needed to go into this. Now i had 700 words for this already but upon rereading it i scraped the whole thing, only using it as an outline for some of the events. Now currently i'm at 1,375 words with the new chapter and i'm hoping to get 5,000 words for it (although trying not to count words). i'm happier with this rework, but i know the bit of writing i did this morning isn't up to scratch. I kept writing and i'll probably re-edit it later - like i did with the original prologue
I'm hoping that i won't lose the intensity of it with the presence of descriptions etc. my original RD (rough draft) of chapter 1 was very sparse on any sort of setting or description (like my prologue) but still was called 'intense'.

Anyhoo point is i was hoping to have both prologue and chapter 1 done for New Years. I may get that done if i extend the NaNoWriWeek by a few days (up to new years).

I'm still deciding on this though, as i have exams and assignments due soon which i haven't started. although i would LOVE to forget everything from now till .....ever...... i have to remember the soul sucking course!!

Ugh.....

I may have to wait till the end of January when till NaNoWriFortnight (2 weeks off after exams with noooo deadlines in sight) to finish chapter 1 properly. Originally i was hoping to get two chapters done in the fortnight (chapter 2, 3) but now i'd say i'll be lucky to have a RD of chapter 2 done.

Not that it matters, the way things are in the publishing world, i'd say i'll have till 2011 to just sit on this novel - hopefully then the Big Publishers backlists will be gone and they'll be new work....


I hope!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My Picture of Azael

Ok, so i bought this sketch book years ago - cause it was purple and pretty and i thought i'll write in it at some point.

anyhoo after looking everywhere for Azael and finding a combo of pictures to work off of, i decided that i'd buy some cheap pencils and give this drawing thing a go.

now i've never done art or anything like that, i'm a doodler at most...

anyway, this is how i imagined Azael to look in my head......

The Fairytale Of Coldplay!!

Oh My Sweet Lord, I went to the new O2 last night to see Coldplay.

IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST GIGS EVER!!!

Now, the stadium itself is so confusing and is *gasp* all seated which is a bit .... much.....but seriously this one of the best gigs (meeting muse and the previous coldplay among them)

I have to say, coldplat are brilliant live, they really get the crowd going and the atmosphere last night was amazing. Chris couldn't believe us all singing along. 15,000 irish people going nuts in an enclosed space.

The highlight of the night for me though was when Coldplay did cover of the 'fairytale of newyork' - it really feels like xmas now!!

I do have most of the gig on my camera, but genius that i am i havent figured out how to download them off the camera, so here are ones i found that people have put up since last night.

The Coldplay version.



The Original Version of Fairytale of NY - Pogues and Late Kirsty MacColl





Enjoy

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 19, 2008

FREEDOM - Mel Gibson Style


So, I am FREE............................well at least till my head gets chopped off....no wait sorry that was braveheart.

I'm free until about stephen's day, then back for exams due the 9 th and the 20th....oh joy, the new year looks so

*insert sarcasm right here*

bright and happy!

anyhoo, i'm not going to be all whingey about it (really? me?) i must be delirous from the tiredness.

So, tomorrow my own lil version of NaNoWriMo begins which i have christened NaNoWriWeek. I'm all geared up to go and hopefully *fingers crossed* the synapses will be firing, the mojo will be mo..jo...ing?!?! and i'll get some progress made in this week.

My basic Goals and Plans are :

  • Sort out my stupid prologue - making it readable and most importantly 'understandable'
  • Finish my first chapter - adding more description and depth.
  • Edit like no one has edited before on this prologue and chapter
  • Email it to mon amies over at WD
  • Upon recieving the critique - i may/may not post it on the crapometer (I never learn) and see how people feel so far.
While the last two points are going on - i hope to have clearer idea WTF i'm at. YaY.

So stay tuned.....for whingey with a difference.....it will be about WRITING. YAY!!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

New Avatar & Banner!!


A HUGE THANK YOU to Pianist_18 from the WD for these fabulous banners and avatar!!

















Wow i'm starting to feel like i'm an actually writer with all this stuff!! yay!!

*sigh* now back to work - these reports and essays ain't gona write themselves. Ugh.......

Saturday, December 13, 2008

This time next week!

I know its a horrible thing to wish part of your life away but God i wish it was this time next week!! I have sooooo much to do its not even funny. Handed in my research proposal, now i 'just' have a 2000 word report for monday, a report on tuesday, 2 x presentations thurday and a 3,000 word essay on friday. F***!!

I don't know how i'm going to get this all done. I'm blogging for God's sake. I'm in denial mode which i always do so well!!

So yeah, i wish it was this time next week and instead of grumbling about the above, i'm actually writing my story. thankfully with all the stress, my mind wanders back to it and i have a decent outline for prologue, chap 1 and 2. after that well who knows..........

wish i did hahaha

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Azael's First Picture!!


A huge thank you to Claire C. Greenstreet for this first picture and dare i say first 'fan art' of Azael. YAY!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Azael: I think i have him now

So ok, I have so much work to do it is not funny, so what do i do? i start google anime characters to get an image of my MC in my head.........................ugh...................yes i AM that stupid.

So here is a little information about azael - he is a half human half (haven't come up with species name). He has a human complexion with Black marks on his face. White hair and very bright blue eyes. He's not 'handsome' in the traditional sense, but he;s not grotesque either. His father was (lets call them species for now) and his mother human.

In my mind species are sort of shadow like humanoid creatures of the night (lol - think nightcrawler from xmen) - unlike Azael purebred species are completely black all over (like demon sykes from charmed black) with white hair and very bright red eyes.

EDIT: Found a picture of my 'species' (disclaimer - not mine)



Azael gets his 'human' complexion and blue eyes from his mother. He is weaker than the average species cause he's half human but acts and considers himself more species than man.

Species mate for life (like swans), generally pacifist to outsiders or others troubles - mind their own business is their mantra. They are part of the world (and are known by humans) but are rarely seen as they like to keep themselves separate. Humans don't have great love for them though due to them being viewed as 'demons'.

So I have searched (and please if anyone can photo shop or find a more suitable image of Azael to use as a model - PLEASE let me know. I don't know much of the anime universe to be able to find something. I only just discovered DMC for pics - disclaimer: don't own the below pics.)

So Azael is a combo of :


This image is more about how i imagine azael's face to be both in colour and shape (including ears) - also probably more black around the eyes.


This is what i believe Azael's physique will be like overall except more animalistic in post. I don't see him as 'strong looking' but deceptively wiry.


The overall Image of him - except again needs to be less 'strong' looking from a human POV.

So what do you think? BTW for those who read the excerpt of my 1st chapter - Azael is the 'it' in the cellar

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Editing Business ala SeraPhyn

So at the chronicles of Emily Cross we have a sort of love for the good Sera Phyn, aspiring author of 'Fallen', admin/mod of the twilight lexicon, and overall decent human being.

You may have noticed in the link sections of both here and my website (shameless plug) i have linked to both her blog (another shameless plug) and her website (yup, no shame).

Sera Phyn was nice enough to plug this blog and my website on both her blog and website (see this is where the decent human being part comes in) so i felt it only right to return the favour.

Granted, this blog hardly has a large audience, but i want to spread the love and news.

Sera Phyn is offering an editing and novel consultation service on her website for authors. She specialises in fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, young adult, and science fiction.

Here is the link to her editing website on her lovely website (i'm a plugger as well as a blogger - what can i say):

Sera Phyn Editing services

It's December.............why i'm not in the xmas mood.

it's the 7th of December, and instead of prancing about the place in my santa suit, listening to david bowie singing drummer boy (lurv that song), I am sitting in my bed, laptop on lap (killing any chances of little emily crosses being born in the future) 'sorting' through all my research for my research proposal. Of course, i'm also blogging, as you do when you have a gazzillion deadlines and no time.

aw well. I wouldn't be me if i didn't procrastinate.

Although the course is killing all my writing time - i'm looking forward to doing research (if it remains as is). Many of you (basically the 2 people who read this blog) may not know that my undergrad degree is in psychology. So i have made my research proposal as psyche as possible mwahahahahahahahaha,....................i'll probably fail as a result. anyhooo, i think this is why i'm not bleeding tears over the idea of doing the thesis for the course.

Now in regards to the essays and presentations i have due and haven't even started -well i won't be surprised if i'm bald by the end of term.

I don't know about yeh, but i have not been able to get xmassy at all this year. Combination of post grad course and family stuff me thinks.

well, apart from bitching about the lack of xmas cheer in my life, i have made up a lil timetable (Noooooooo!!) for when university is on hiatus

So, from 20th - 26th December -

1.i'm going to finish chapter 1 (with proper tenses and you know that descriptive setting stuff we all love),

2. make my prologue less 'dense' and basically less crap.

3. when its suitable re-edited within an inch of its life I plan to email it to some of the beta's on the WD critique system and to others i hope will look at it (*cough*JB*cough*Pianist_18*cough*)

Then back to the world of studying stuff for the course.

then i have 2 weeks from 25th Jan - 8th Feb.

YES!!!!! Not a deadline in sight.

So i hope to have 1st draft of chapter 2 & 3 done in those two weeks (thats a lot of writing but this will be my nanowrifortnight. hehehe. Yay!!

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