Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Camp NaNoWriMo & NaPoWriMo Winner!


That's how many words are in the final, validated version of my Camp NaNoWriMo novel, Comorbidity. It needs a metric TON of polishing and editing, but the first draft is written and finished and I'm happier with it than I was with Epilogue (from NaNoWriMo in November).

I also completed NaPoWriMo by writing one poem every day for the entire month of April. I posted them at Grammar Amateur if you're interested. (Some of them aren't half-bad.)

Tonight, I'm going to see Opeth at the NorVa. Let's pretend it's my gift to myself for succeeding at these two literary feats.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Catching Fire Trailer

In case anyone's curious about what I think of the trailer to the movie for one of my all-time favorite books...

Let me preface this by saying that I know (and love) that books and film are two entirely different types of media, faced with their own challenges, benefits, and drawbacks, which influence the story being told. And I celebrate that the "same" story told in a book and a movie is never the same; in fact, they are two different stories that happen to be extremely similar, and I think it's great.

First drawback to the trailer, which I know was probably a spoilers-avoiding choice, is that my favorite thing about the second book is nowhere in it: the arena. Fair enough. You don't want people to know about that yet; I get it.

The second problem: half the trailer was spent beating us over the head with something that is just implied in the book. (That the card drawn for the Quarter Quell could have been planned all along by President Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee, but everyone thinks - or is supposed to think - that it was written 75 years prior, and this is completely coincidence.) This is something I fully expected to be treated the same way as in the book. Katniss would have a sneaking suspicion that this was done to punish her, we get a line or two from President Snow that indicates that this is the case, and we move on.

Snow's lines at the end ("they all think they're invincible") do a good job of setting up what will either be vague trailers showing us kind of what happens, or at least the big awesome secret of the movie.

The scene where the Peacekeepers have to drag Katniss away in District 11 looks EXACTLY the way I pictured it, so that's nice, I guess.

I'm hoping they aren't doing too much with Prim before the third movie. Just a little explanation (since we didn't hear Katniss say over and over in the first that her mom and sister are the healers in the family, I guess it needs to be explained now, to make the third make a little more sense).

So that's what I think. I look forward to re-reading this as new trailers - and, eventually, the movie - come out.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

"You're Awesome"

Yep, a student told me, "You're awesome," today. And this was after I explained in excruciating detail how to write his own citations (as opposed to using EasyBib or the citation tool in Word).

Someone remind me of this the next time I get frustrated by a student who just isn't getting something simple...

Friday, April 5, 2013


April is NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month, when you write one poem a day all month) and it's also the first session of Camp NaNoWriMo (like regular NaNoWriMo, but in April). Of course I'm participating in both; don't be ridiculous.

So far, so good, too... I've written my poem a day, and I'm over 11,000 words (which is way ahead of schedule) in my novel, which is going way better than my NaNoWriMo novel, Epilogue (because this time, I have an outline, a timeline, and Scrivener).

I'm posting my poems on Grammar Amateur, if you want to check them out. Some are not great, some are closer to good, but mostly, it's just fun.