Camp Nanowrimo is tomorrow!

Oh.  My.  Gosh!

CAMP NANOWRIMO STARTS TOMORROW!!!

For those who don’t know what that is, it’s a writing contest, the goal of which is to write the first draft of a book.  In the case of Nanowirmo (November), it is strictly a novel/novella writing contest in which the word goal is 50, 000 words.  In the case of Camp Nanowrimo, it is a book/story writing contest in which writers can set their own word goals.  My personal word goal is the typical 50, 000 words

For those who haven’t signed up yet, here’s a link: http://campnanowrimo.org/

I have just been assigned my cabin – I am with 12 other lovely writers, and some of them are . . . chatty!  I think this will be a very encouraging bunch.

For those who are thinking of signing up, here’s a list of things you need:

1) Writing material (computer, pencil, pen, paper, keyboard, crayons, post-it notes, notebooks, spray paint . . . whatever medium you prefer).

2) Coffee.  If you haven’t started drinking it yet, you will.

3) A smile and a positive attitude.

4)  It helps to have encouraging friends.  You can find those @Nanowrimo on Twitter, in the forums, and, of course, by messaging me.  Youtubers give a lot of encouragement as well.  I find Katytastic’s, Little Book Owl’s and Christine Horner’s videos particularly helpful.

5) Story ideas.  Don’t worry, these will come to you.  I find it best to have an outline, but some have “pantsed” Nanowrimo and won.

See you all soon!

Aleksandra

Another story and troubles in YouTube land

Hello!

Sorry for not having been around for so long!!!  Its been hectic around here!  My summer job is very sporadic and my inspiration is running a bit low at this point . . .

I do, however, have a tonne of news to share:
1) I scripted two YouTube videos for my vlog, which should be premiering June 1 if all goes well.

2) I’ve decided that the novel I will enter into July’s Camp Nanowrimo will be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast instead of Sleeping Beauty because it’s one I’ve wanted to write for a long time and which even has an ending in my head.  The premise: Belle comes from a family of monster hunters . . .

3) I’ve finished reading Awoken.  Bottom line is: I love it, now go read it.  However, I have not yet had the opportunity to give it a proper Good Reads review.  I’m currently reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, but I only read a chapter of that per month, so once I’m done the June chapter I will move on to either Story of a Soul by Saint Therese of Lisieux or Scarlet by Merissa Meyer, depending on whether or not I am up to reading something more serious and spiritual or if I will just need a light read to relax me.

4) I’ve written a bit of a short story about Snow White.  This story is a parody: I intend to write a serious Snow White retelling one day.

5) Regarding my troubles in YouTube land – I’ve scripted two videos and am working on a third but have as of yet had no time to record them!  Ah!!!  What’s a girl to do!!

Speechless?

That’s right, folks (if there are any folks out there reading this), I don’t have ideas for a blog post today so I’m blogging for the sake of blogging about not knowing what to blog about.

So, here’s some ideas of what I could be blogging about:

1) astrophysics – I don’t know much about it but I sure love to watch SciShowSpace (yes, I did just shamelessly plug one of the vlogbrothers’ latest channels).  Also, black holes, quasars and other such phenomenon are awesome

2) the economy of Luxembourg – all I can say on this subject is that they are an EU member country

3) the eating habits of the cricetinae (hamster) – strange

4) the effect of climate change on the Arctic – I’m sure it’s dire

5) trends in recent New York Times bestseller lists – let me guess?  Teen paranormal romance?

Speaking of YA books that feature the paranormal, it’s time to give you another spoiler from my own book, which is not a romance, but is a young adult book that does feature the paranormal on account of being a fantasy novel.

Your spoiler for today: the fantasy world it takes place in, the Land of Legends and Ancient Songs, is influenced by Middle Earth, Narnia, and Disneyland.  The book itself is full of references to literature, folk music, and pop culture, including Skyrim.  “The Rocky Road to Dublin” is one of Andrzej’s favourite songs to play on guitar, and he has a whole tavern dancing to it.  Don’t know “The Rocky Road to Dublin”?  SHAME ON YOU!!!!  Enlighten yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxBKgOyMzSc

Your speechless,

Aleksandra

PS. I was wrong about 5) – it seems that MYSTERIES are all the rage this week: http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/overview.html!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE WHO WON CAMP NANOWRIMO 2014!!!

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An Epic Cover and purplemousetwee(ts)

Hello!

Big news today!  Purplemouse now has a twitter page (@purplemousetwee – which should have been @purplemousetweets but they didn’t give me the last “ts” – too many letters :P)  You can follow me there and keep track of my story progress and writing news!

Today I’m previewing the cover of my story – An Epic Story.  The cover is purposefully not quite epic.  Here you go:

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This image was made with MS Paint.  The little stick figure is, of course, our hero Roland Delacroix.  The inspiration behind this: I imagined how Roland himself would draw his adventures.  The sword is misleading: “He is the tenth worst swordsman alive” (Gieralt 100) (it feels SO good to cite myself in MLA, especially with the number “100” beside my name)!  But he does not get discouraged!

Furthermore, I like the contradiction of the title – An Epic Story – with a less-than-epic cover.

I realize that this cover, especially the text, will need quite a bit of modification.  I’m also considering adding the other characters into the background, also as stick figures.

Hope you guys like it!

Your artistic,

Aleksandra

I won Nanowrimo!

Hey guys!

My name is Aleksandra and I wrote 50 000 words in a month!  On that note, I’m so happy to be off to an epic beginning with the purplemouseblog, a blog named after a character my mom invented and dedicated to my writing and indie “publishing company” (I have put that term between quotation marks because, as of now, “purple mouse publishing” refers to my self-published books).

This, however, puts me in an awkward position, because I must introduce both myself and the story in one blog entry, and we all know that no one has the patience to read through all that . . .  To make the introduction considerably shorter than 50 000 words, I’ll focus on the literary side of myself for today and expand on it in the days to come.  So without further ado:

5 Facts about Aleks and Books

1) My favourite book is Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.  It inspired me to write and to be a teacher

2) I have an English Major and a Masters in French literature.  I am currently doing a PhD in the latter

3) I am currently reading Drame d’Amour a Anecho by Felix Couchoro for school and Cinder by Marissa Meyer for fun

4) I have been writing since third grade, but I’ve only completed a novel once.  It was called U.W.I. United with Infinity: Dancing with Change (it has a wibbly wobbly timey wimey plot)

5) My Master’s memoire (short thesis) was on Discours sur le bonheur by Emilie du Chatelet

 

Facts about my Nanowrimo story

1) It’s called An Epic Story

2) It’s a fantasy adventure that mostly takes place in another dimension called The Land of Legends and Ancient songs, which can be best described as Middle Earth-meets-Narnia-meets-Disneyland

3) It is my first time writing from the point of view of a boy (NOTE: my studies center around women’s literature written by lesser known female authors who I attempt to bring into the main stream, and, although I have read and thoroughly enjoyed many books from the point of view of men, I find it easiest to relate to female heroes.  Making the hero believable and realistic was therefore, quite a challenge for me).  This boy is high school student Roland Delacroix, a self-proclaimed “stereotypical nerd” and “looser” with hidden depths.  The story, while written in third person, is mostly focalized through him.

4) Although Roland, a “physical world” human is the “chosen one” and the hero, this story has a large ensemble cast of main characters who embark on a quest to slay the Last Dragon.  These characters being Aleks and Andrzej, two Interdimensional (basically “human TARDIS”) siblings who act as the transport, Captain Jolly Roger (a “land of legends human”) who is the intoxicated one, Toto the rottweiler (the muscle), Valdin Bearhide the dwarf (the blacksmith and weapon’s expert), Wawawa the naiad (the “athletic one,” although I haven’t completely developed the character yet).

5) The story will probably end up being in three books, not because it is truly an epic enough story to merit three books, but because I tend to be long winded

 

It would seem that for the next few months this site will describe my editing and . . . erm . . . publishing process . . .  I have a topic to keep me going!  Stay tuned for my misadventures in publishing!

 

Your verbose,

Aleksandra