I. LOVE. COLLEGE.
I have been here for more than two months now. Even though my home is twenty minutes away, I chose to live on campus. It is the best decision I have made in a very long time. Life is so great here. I love it.
I'm double majoring in English-Creative Writing and Anthropology-Archaeology. I'm planning to use those degrees to be an archaeologist, write novels and screenplays on the side, write for science journals, and maybe even be a museum curator someday! Fun stuff. My original plan was to major in English-Creative Writing and minor or major in Business or Communications so that I could be a web marketer. But then I came to the sudden realization that the thought of driving myself to a business office in nice clothes to sit in front of a computer screen and NOT be writing a novel was utterly and completely repulsive to me. Blech. Sooo... I have always been fascinated by archaeology. I adore science, but I dislike math. I love that archaeology includes both field and lab work. I love the traveling aspect of archaeology. I love that archaeology is both unpredictable and methodical. I just love it. My archaeology class this semester has been one of the best classes I have ever taken. All that to say, I am incredibly excited about this.
I just finished reading Brandon Sanderson's Shadows of Self. It is AMAZING! I will say, it is totally okay to read The Alloy of Law before reading the Mistborn trilogy, but you definitely need to have read The Mistborn Trilogy to understand a lot of the aspects of Shadows of Self. And you should either read The Stormlight Archives before or directly after Shadows of Self. And... it might be good to read Warbreaker and Elantris as well. The Cosmere is finally coming together!!! *fangirl squeal*
Okay, I'm done fangirling. Back to the semi-intelligible blog post...
As soon as I finish this blog post, I'm going to begin reading Wuthering Heights. I hear there's a lot of controversy surrounding whether this book is a romance or not, and something about a chap named Heathcliff, and then discussions on whether it counts as a feminist book like Jane Eyre. Well, I completely and utterly ADORE Jane Eyre, I love debates and controversy, and I don't like romances, but the fact that the 'romance' of this book is debated already proves that it uses a different plot from the billions of identical and boring novels that plague many a shelf of Barnes and Noble. I hope I like it.
Hail Frost is coming along depressingly slowly. But I do find time to work on it occasionally.
I considered working on it during NaNoWriMo, but Hail Frost needs more focused writing than the frenzied nonsense that happens during NaNo. Said frenzied nonsense is excellent for rough drafts, but is hardly appropriate for a third draft.
However, I am doing NaNoWriMo.
And I really didn't want to.
I really did not want to write this novel. Whenever the characters tried to perk up and speak, I would just snap, "No, go to your room!" and dash over to my favorite babies of Hail and Ember. Whenever the setting tried to creep into my mind, I would grab the nearest textbook (my geology textbook, more often than not) and try to drown out the creativity with endless lists of mafic plutonic igneous rocks. Whenever the plot started intriguing me, I would try to refute it by listing all of the reasons writing this story would be an incredibly stupid idea.
Sigh. Here, just.... have a synopsis. Ugh. Stupid, stubborn, brilliant little story.
Skull White: Three fairy tale retellings set upon the treacherous seas
An enslaved pirate plots revenge against the sirens of the sea. A headstrong know-it-all tears the oceans apart to save her family. And at the midst of it all, a little mermaid searches for her past.
David has plotted revenge against the Fee for his entire childhood. Upon his 21st birthday, he is finally given the chance to destroy the one who destroyed his future. His mission seems simple: lure a notorious pirate into a trap by kidnapping his daughters, steal an enchanted mirror, and then kill the Black Fee. But when David meets the sickly yet serene Chastity, he is thrust into a mystery and magic that treads far deeper than his past. Perhaps revenge is not what he has spent his life waiting for.
Growing up the daughter of a prostitute, sister of a witch, and friend of the cursed, Ginger learned early not to care too deeply. But when her family disappears, she forces her way into the netherworld of the Fee to save them with only the mysterious pirate Lupe as a guide. Will she prevail against the supernatural forces that want her dead? Or will the bloodlust of the Fee swallow her whole?
The White Fee is different. She has no feeling, no purpose, and no memories. She is ostracized by the others, left to wander the ocean alone. But when she rescues a skeletal captain from death, the Fee suddenly take a far more acute interest in her, attempting to quell the sudden coursing of emotion, ambition, and hope in the heart of White. For under the sea, grace can never be a part of the world.
...I'm actually really excited, even if I am still grumpy about it.
Why am I grumpy? Well, I really did NOT want to revisit the Esprit world again. That story is done, wrapped up, over and I didn't want to touch it anymore. Not out of lack of love, mind you, just because I wanted to move on. And yet... though it might have been over for Pepin and Cecilia and maybe even me, there were so many other characters that apparently had stories to be told. David, Ginger, Chastity, Lupe, and even the Black Fee are a great lot, and I can't wait to write their stories.
Oh, and Pepin and Cecilia? I KNOW Pepin makes an appearance, because duh, but I'm not sure if Cecilia will show up or not. I guess we'll see.
Can you guess what the three fairy tales are going to be? :)
Anyway... if anyone else is participating in NaNoWriMo, I would LOVE to do it with you. I'm on the adult site (because apparently I outgrew the YOUNG writers program... when the heck did that happen???) and my username is KayceeB (yep... I'm that boring). Add me as a buddy and I'll add you back!