NaNoWriMo Again!

I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again. The last time I tried was in 2017 and I’m afraid I didn’t get very far. However, now that I’m out of college, I should have more time to actually finish my novel in a month! I’ve also learned that planning things in advance is vital if you want to get things done quickly, so I’m spending October planning for NaNoWriMo. That’s why I haven’t been as active on this blog lately. There’s simply not enough time to do everything.

That being said, I plan to be much more active come December. In the meantime, I hope everyone enjoys their fall!

20 Weird Things I’ve Googled For Stories I’ve Written/Am Writing

I am a writer. And if you’re also a writer, I’m sure you know and understand the trials I’ve gone through while researching things for the stories I write. And if you’re not a writer, then you might not understand what I mean.

See, when writing stories sometimes a bit of research is needed. Your research could be about anything (depending on what kind of story you are writing). Sometimes this research is painfully average. Like, checking the spelling of a certain word or making sure you are using a word correctly. Other times your research devolves into the strange and weird.

So with that prefix, here is a list of some of the strange things I’ve Googled (taken straight from my search history itself!):

  1. How to serve divorce papers in Maine
  2. Handing someone divorce papers Maine
  3. Preppy names/WASP names
  4. Misbehaving medieval monks
  5. Diapers in medieval times
  6. Do protestants have statues of Jesus
  7. Protestant Palm Sunday
  8. Forthwind name
  9. Glasgow smile recovery time
  10. Leaving the priesthood
  11. Board games psychiatric patients
  12. Lock in lake
  13. Viking human sacrifice
  14. Monks priests middle ages
  15. Old English interjections
  16. Werewolf knight
  17. Strange last names
  18. “Husband” in Latin
  19. Giving kid to monastery medieval
  20. Demonic creatures

 

These results are for several different stories, but as you can probably tell, there are a few recurring themes.

My Art: Myke, A Dungeons and Dragons NPC

My DM’s birthday was back in August, so I drew her her favorite NPC: a tabaxi merchant named Myke. And again, I drew in an art nouveau style.

For Myke I went with a different color scheme than I did with Persephone. Myke is a merchant with a tendency to eat candles, so I focused on warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows as well as a few metallic colors. The warm colors represent Myke’s love of candles as well as his firey personality. Meanwhile, the metallic colors represent his status as a traveling merchant. (So, coins/money.)

I’ve also never actually drawn a furry before, so I did my best!

 

D&D Myke

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

Room by Emma Donoghue is a fantastic book. It’s about a woman who was kidnapped and has been held as a prisoner in a shed for seven years. The story is narrated by her five-year-old son, Jack. I will let you figure out the horrific implications of this.

While Room’s subject matter is extremely difficult, it is both easier to swallow and all the more horrifying purely because Jack doesn’t quite understand what’s going on at times. That being said, when the reader thinks about what Jack is saying, we know exactly what is happening/what has happened. This adds to the horror of the text.

Room is full of suspense and it certainly was one of those rare books that I had difficulty putting down. While reading it, I was on the edge of my seat (both literally and figuratively). If you’re looking for a thriller/horror story, this is the book for you.

Overall, Room was a fantastic book and you should read it.

Book Review: The Clan of The Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

Honestly, I’m kind of sick of The Clan of The Cave Bear, so this will be a really short review. But I read it and have feelings about it, so here we are.

This was an okay book. It took me over a month to read and usually, it only takes me a week to finish a book. The Clan of The Cave Bear had an interesting plot, but my God, was the writing dry. The book is basically about this Cro-Magnon girl who is adopted by a Neanderthal clan.

The main character, Ayla, was a total Mary Sue (and I don’t mind Mary Sues! Especially in romances! But The Clan of The Cave Bear is not a romance and Ayla’s Sue-ness was excessive). She really should have been thrown out of the clan sooner for literally violating every single one of their cultural taboos. However, for really dumb reasons, Ayla is allowed to stay.

Also, there is one character Broud, who absolutely hates Ayla. We know this because literally every fifteen pages, when the narration skips to Broud’s point of view, he spends paragraphs thinking about how much he really hates Ayla. It’s annoying.

After spending a month on this book, this is literally all the energy I have to spend on writing a book review on it.

Don’t bother reading The Clan of The Cave Bear. 

Musings: A Full Time Job

Wow! After a whole month of updating every day, in August I’ve been a touch lazy with my blog. This is partially to do with the fact I have written a good chunk of content in July and partially because I scored a full time job! Having a full time job means less time to write. That being said, my plans for September include being more active on this blog. (Not as active as in July, but more active anyway.) I’m planning to do one post a week in September. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick to that plan!

The Fourth List of 30 Flowers and The Strange Things They Symbolize

In three previous posts, I’ve listed thirty flowers and the strange things they symbolized. As previously stated, there is an abundance of flowers (as well as strange meanings!), so I’ve created one more list!

My first list covered flowers whose names started with As until Cs. The second list covered C through H. My third list covered H to M. This list will include flowers from M to P.

As always, I used Kate Greenway’s 1884 book The Language of Flowers as my reference guide.

 

1. Michaelmas Daisy

Afterthought.

 

2. Mignionette

Your Qualities Surpass Your Charms.

 

3. Milfoil

War.

 

4. Milkvetch

Your Presence Softens My Pains.

 

5. Milkwort

Hermitage.

 

6. Mistletoe

I Surmount Difficulties.

 

7. Mock Orange

Counterfeit.

 

8. Mosses

Ennui.

 

9. Mourning Bride

Unfortunate Attachment. I Have Lost All.

 

10. Mouse-Eared Chickweed

Ingenious Simplicity.

 

11. Mulberry Tree, Black

I Shall Not Survive You.

 

12. Mushroom

Suspicion.

 

13. Nettle, Burning

Slander.

 

14. Night-Blooming Cereus

Transient Beauty.

 

15. Oats

The Witching Soul Of Music.

 

16. Oleander

Beware.

 

17. Orange Blossoms

Your Purity Equals Your Loveliness.

 

18. Orange Flowers

Chastity. Bridal Festivities.

 

19. Pasque Flower

You Have No Claims.

 

20. Passion Flower

Religious Superstition.

 

21. Pea, Everlasting

An Appointed Meeting. Lasting Pleasure.

 

22. Peach

Your Qualities, Like Your Charms, Are Unequalled.

 

23. Peach Blossom

I Am Your Captive.

 

24. Pennyroyal

Flee Away.

 

25. Peony

Shame. Bashfulness.

 

26. Persimmon

Bury Me Amid Nature’s Beauties.

 

27. Pine-Apple

You Are Perfect.

 

28. Pine, Spruce

Hope In Adversity.

 

29. Poppy, Scarlet

Fantastic Extravagance.

 

30. Poppy, White

Sleep. My Bane. My Antidote.