NaNoWriMo 2017: In-Progress Playlist and Snippets

For starters, sorry for no posts last week. I’d expected to get a few up but clearly, that didn’t happen.

Anyway, NaNoWriMo is over in around three days. I’m both happy and sad. Happy because I can go back to my standard 500 words a day without fear of falling behind and because it means I can bust it with Lady Gwen (and by the way, I’m hoping to reveal the cover here pretty soon). But I’m sad because I’ll probably be slowing down with this project to work on Lady Gwen. Writers have problems.

If you missed my previous NaNo posts, here they are:
NaNoWriMo 2017: My Novel’s Characters, Part One

NaNoWriMo 2017: My Novel’s Characters, Part 2

For today, I’ll be sharing the playlist I’ve created, which I’m still adding to periodically. It’s a mix of film scores, French songs, and English songs (and after two straight years of mostly French music, finding English music that I know the words to is much harder than I thought). Here’s the playlist if you’d like to give it a listen.

Now for some snippets! I’ve never shared snippets of my writing before, so this is kinda scary, especially with it being from a rough draft. But without further adieu….

She looks like she might laugh before she finally answers. “You want to draw me?”

“If you don’t want me to, that’s fine, just tell me. But I’ve been thinking you’d be an interesting drawing since, well, the day I met you.” It’s honest. I have wanted to draw her since that day in the gallery, when I lingered for what was probably too long on her portrait.

Silence fills the room as he looks at me, his expression going from shock to fear to regret.

“Amira…” he whispers, coming close to me.

“Don’t apologize. It’s my fault as much as it’s yours.”

I offer him the slender silver handle of a throwing knife. “Would you care to try?” I ask.

He shakes his head. “Not today.”

“You don’t know how.” For why else would he refuse?

He smirks. “Of course I know how, Amira Uverennost. Perhaps I just do not wish to show you my skill.”

So what do you think? Let me know in the comments! Have you shared any snippets of your writing? I’d love to read them!

-Clara

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NaNoWriMo 2017: My Novel’s Characters, Part 2

Is it really the third week of NaNoWriMo already? Yeah, it is. I’m at over 8,000 of my 20,000 word goal, and I’m having a complete blast writing this novel so far.

Last week I introduced to you Princess Amira, and this week I’d like to introduce you to Prince Nikolai, my other narrator.

Nikolai Uverrenost is the Crown Prince of Dratvia, a country modeled after Russia. He’s eighteen years old and is skilled with a sword, but his true talent is drawing. He can be a little standoff-ish at times but still pays respect where respect is due. He has a good relationship with both of his parents, although he is closer to his mother than his father. He’s betrothed to the Princess of Aria. Since he turned sixteen, he’s had the same nightmare every night and only wishes it would stop.

Aesthetics:

nikolai aesthetic

 

Nikolai will narrate the second half of the novel.

Next week, I’m hoping to share with you all a playlist for what’s temporarily called The Nikolai Project.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? 

-Clara

NaNoWriMo 2017: My Novel’s Characters, Part One

NaNoWriMo is in full swing, so I’m going to be talking about my project repeatedly throughout the month. I’d like to begin by devoting a couple posts to introducing my main characters.

Let’s begin with Princess Amira.

Amira is from Aria, a country modeled after Arabia. She’s seventeen years old and has a knack for throwing knives. She hates the way her culture regards women and doesn’t have a good relationship with either of her parents. She’s betrothed to the Prince of Dratvia. Since the day she turned sixteen, she’s had the same nightmare every night and has no idea why, only wishes that it would stop.

Aesthetics (this is my first time ever doing this; tell me what you think!):

Amira Aesthetic
Images via Pinterest/Google

Amira is the narrator for part one of the novel (which is still untitled; I’ve never had a harder time naming something in my life). Part two will be told from the point of view of Prince Nikolai, who I’ll introduce next.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? What do you think of my aesthetic for Amira? 

Thanks for reading!

-Clara

Thor: Ragnarok: Movie Review (Spoilers)

I got into Marvel just in the past year and a half or so, despite thinking I’d hate superhero movies, but once I saw the first Thor film I fell in love. Hard. Thor will, forever and always, be my favorite superhero.

So, naturally, I’ve been completely ecstatic about Thor: Ragnarok. I saw it Thursday night and was, for the most part, not disappointed.

This movie is just plain fun. It’s one to watch over and over just because it’s so incredibly fun to watch. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a film so much. And it’s hilarious! Thor, as usual, had his own charming humor, but we also had multiple other characters who added to the hilarity. Loki was back, and he makes everything better. There were multiple references to previous Marvel films (my favorite being the moment in the Hulk/Thor fight when Thor is bashed and Loki goes “That’s how it feels!” I laughed so hard I almost thought I’d cry). The Doctor Strange cameo added a little more humor, because Strange is so serious you can’t help but laugh.

I loved that we got a talking Hulk this time around- it was marvelous. Hulk was one of the funniest parts of the movie and seeing Thor befriend our favorite big green monster was amazing.

And Valkyrie was awesome. She may just be one of my new favorite female characters in the MCU.

If you want something fun and entertaining, you’ve got to go see this. It’s worth the price of admission just for that.

As much as I loved it, there were a few things I didn’t like very much. This section will contain spoilers, possibly major ones.

Let’s start with the one I’ve had a problem with since I saw the first pictures for this movie: Thor’s hair.

Ahem, what was wrong with that beautiful blond hair? It was gorgeous, ok? So I do have an issue with that. Kinda funny story: during the scene when Thor’s hair was cut and he was being all like, “Please don’t cut my hair!”, I was sitting in the seat trying not to scream “Please don’t cut his hair!”. Yeah. That was fun.

And then… He lost an eye. Not that Thor isn’t handsome anymore. He is still my favorite superhero because personality is more important than hair or eyes. I just wish they’d left his physical appearance alone. It’s honestly tempting to write a formal letter of complaint to the dear people in charge of this. But I think I should play some young pretty witch girl in Infinity War and I can restore his hair and eye, and then he can fall in love with me and marry me. And my best friend can come along and marry Loki (although I kinda think he and Valkyrie might be a thing?).

Aside from all that, I wish there had been a little more emotion to this one. One of the reasons I love the first two Thor movies is because it had a love story. Sure, Jane isn’t my favorite love interest in the world, but romance makes everything better. At least for me. But if you want a movie that won’t make you cry… Ragnarok is fabulous.

End of spoilers.

I’d rate this movie 4.25/5 stars. It was seriously fun to watch and is well worth the price of admission, but there were a couple things I had issues with (notably the loss of that blond hair).

Have you seen Thor: Ragnarok? What did you think? If you haven’t, do you want to see it?

-Clara