End of March

so, finished my new fanfic — edited and all. 13,638 words. Need to find a title and do a summary…which is the hardest part for me. Seriously, I hate it so much. 

And then on to the next projects which are:

October will be interesting :D

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from picasso’s blue period

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finding titles for stories is harder than writing them.

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Surrealism by Louis Lander-Deacon

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januarysykes: Hello, dear. Do you happen to know any good young adult books that don't focus on love? Just people doing their everyday normal things, and there are no love triangles or stuff like that. Thanks <3 xoxo M.

I don’t really like love triangles, to be honest, so I generally try to avoid those.

Most YA I have read are fantasy/scifi/dystopian/etc. so really it’s not ‘everyday normal things’. I don’t read much YA contemporary, so I don’t have much to recommend in that vein…I’m sure there are some, I’ve seen some around, I think.

I remember reading A Map of the Known World. There’s a love story in it, but it mostly focuses on the main character coming to terms with the death of her brother, her grief and relationship with her parents and finding herself through art. I liked it. 
Oh! Check out Jaclyn Moriarty — especially The Year of Secret Assignments, there’s love, but it’s much more about friendship, and it’s all epistolary. I loved it. and The Spellbook of Listen Taylor as well. 

And Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta was amazing and heartbreaking. I also really liked Pirates! by Celia Rees, it’s historical though, not contemporary.
Another amazing YA historical: The Book Thief. Prepare to be shattered. 

Like I said, others are YA genre. Don’t know if you’re interested in those.
I’m sure I forget some though. 

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Anonymous: i remember you wanted to read "looking for alaska", how did it go? i tried to like it, i really did, but it just seemed a bit primitive to me. sarra manning has a lot of realistic (in my opinion anyway) love stories. i have a feeling you'd like "you don't have to say you love me". she's so nice and i just really wanted to share this world she had opened for me

I…haven’t read it yet. haha. I’m really behind on any kind of reading, to be honest.

Yes, it seems to me people either really love John Green, or it just doesn’t work for them at all. We’ll see.

I had never heard of Sarra Manning, so thank you for mentioning her to me. I’ll look her up :D 

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ideas for NaNoWriMo

  • Possibly a story involving The Mermaid (from my Inner Landscape). Or the daughter of a Selkie. No plot.

Bet it’s easy to figure out what’s problematic for me when writing a story…

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Jökulsárlón, Iceland

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Have you read any love stories IN an incestuous kind of way?

Only Francesca Lia Block’s Wasteland
Also, I think one was strongly hinted at in Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana.

I want to read The Secret History eventually, and I think there is one in it. There’s also this controversial Japanese novel (or was it a manga?) — I’ve forgotten the name of it — which is a love story between a brother and sister. They made a movie out of it.

There’s Jamie and Cersei Lannister in A Song of Ice and Fire, but I’ve only seen the TV show, I haven’t read the books.

Oh, and the Arthurian legends. Though, it’s not really a love story.
Also, Oedipus — but then again, not really a love story.

There’s a nice list here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incest_in_popular_culture 

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Anonymous: Can you recommend an unusual love story?

I’m not sure what you mean by unusual —

I can recommend The Lost Garden, by Helen Humphreys. It’s full of love stories: with a city, with an idea, with a garden, with a soldier. The book itself is basically a love letter to Virginia Wolfe.

I can recommend We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, which has a love story between two sisters (NOT in an incestuous kind of way — god, get your mind out of the gutter)

I can recommend Ocean Sea by Alessandro Baricco, which has lots of love stories: with the ocean, with a haven’t-met-yet woman, with a past lover, with a new lover.

I can recommend Angela Carter’s short stories, especially the ones on the The Bloody Chamber collection, which are brutal and violent and wild and sexual and more often than not, doomed (what can I say, they’re based on fairytales)

You will have to be more precise if you want more — besides, aren’t most stories love stories? 

ETA: one of my follower mentioned How I Lived Now, by Meg Rosoff. I liked it and I do think the love story is unusual, so I can recommend that as well.

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How does Cathrynne Valente write so well? HOW? I would really like to know. Her words just kill me. 

In other news:

I am currently editing a fanfic — while eating chocolate. I have three writing projects for October. I want to do NaNoWriMo in November, if I can figure out what to write about (am toying with 2-3 ideas).

Things are…okay. I guess. 

It’s almost October and she and I are besties. I’ve missed her. I’m only sorry I have to hang out with November before finally reuniting with December. Though perhaps, November will be less of a pain in my ass this time around. I wouldn’t count on it though. 

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Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch

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(by Rowena Waack)

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