Confession: I've never NaNo'd. I'm not a very quick writer. Now, I'm not slow, really--I'm not the tortoise here. I'm just not a hare, either. I guess maybe I'm a camel. Or some other animal that makes decent but not terribly sprint-y time. (Hint: the WIP involves camels. Hence why "camel" comes to mind here.)
Which is why NaNoWarmUp sounded like a brilliant idea to me. Instead of 50K words in a month, you aim for 25K. That, to me, is a hefty but attainable goal. (Especially with the baby underfoot.) It works out to about 800 words a day--that's my usual steaming through at a good pace writing.
It also helps that I have a project that needs, nearly exactly, another 20-30K or so words. If all goes well, I'll finish this puppy up, accomplish the NaNoWarmUp goal, and meet some new friends all in the same process. Love it when you can multitask!
If this sounds like fun to you, pop on over to nanowarmup.blogspot.com and read up on the idea, or follow #NaNoWarmUp on Twitter. There's still time to join--the challenge begins Oct. 1.
And I'm ready!
Friday, September 13, 2013
Genre: YA Dystopian
By: Marie Lu
What's it about? Picking up where the first book in the series left off, Day and June are now working together toward fomenting rebellion...at least, at first they're on the same page.
Why did I pick it? I really enjoyed Lu's Legend, especially how it was told in alternating viewpoints. I wanted to see what happened next--could this unlikely duo really make a difference in the bleak world Lu had created? Also, I wanted to pick something at the library, and they had this in.
Who will like it? The alternating viewpoints are unique, and the storyline crisp though in many ways typical of a dystopian (typical in a "fits the type" way, not "boring" way). Dysttopia and soft sci-fi fans will probably enjoy this, and the rich relationships in the book make it appealing to less diehard genre fans.
Judging a book by its cover: Can you for this book? It certainly carries the flavor of the first book, but I admit--it's a little static and vague in terms of capturing the tone, storyline, and active characters of the book.