Favorite of the Month
Tie between Station Eleven and Jane Eyre. These are definitely books that I see myself coming back to! Also after reading Charlotte and Emily, I’m super curious about Anne’s writing… She’s not as well regarded but I kind of want to read from all three sisters now.
Wow, I managed to post consistently throughout the whole month. Who thought that could happen?
Remember when I said I wanted to go easy on myself? Well, like a day after that I decided to do CampNaNo…. I did start by giving myself a goal of only 15k words for the month… I met that on the fifth day. I raised it to 20k and forgot to change it after I met that one too. The second act of my WIP just clicked, what can I say? On the last few days I decided to try and shoot for the 50k… and proceeded not to write. I ended up with 46781 words so I won’t complain.
So now onto what I wrote… The first few day I actually didn’t write the fourth installment for my “trash” series. I needed a bit of a break, so I actually started writing the backstory for one of the characters in my next (or next to next?) project. I had already done it for another character and ended up with 3k words, so I was expecting more or less the same. I ended up with 9k of just backstory…. yeah so these books are going to be huge.
Speaking of huge books… Part 4 of my trash saga is turning out huge. I am a few chapters from the end of act 2 and have 84k words already. And I had to add two chapters! I never ever ever do that because I’m such a planner and have very detailed outlines before I write the first word. But as I was writing, I realised I was neglecting a very important thread for chapters at time, so I had to improvise chapters… they kind of limp as they are, maybe a bit too focused on characters and foreshadowing with barely any action… I don’t know how I am going to fix that or if I’ll leave them as they are as a sort of “breather” sections.
The other thing is that this book is like the bleakest I’ve written. Like after foolishly introducing too many characters, I kill half the cast at the end of act 2. Part 3 is more graphic and violent, but wow there is so much death and despair and it’s only going to get worse.
If I keep writing at this pace, I will finish my book and by consequence the whole series this month (I probably won’t because of finals). It’s been eighteen months of my life in this series. I never thought that I would seriously stick with this and get as far as I’ve gotten. It’s so surreal and wonderful and bittersweet.
Lord Huron’s Strange Trails — I tried listening to this earlier this year when I stumbled upon Meet Me in the Woods, but the only song that clicked with me was Love Like Ghosts. Why? I didn’t listen it in order. This month after a friend got obsessed with “The Night We Met” I decided to give it another try and wow does it change when you listen in order…
Geidi Primes (album) by Grimes for Haunting of Hill House
Carrie & Lowell (album) by Sufjan Stevens for The Sky Is Everywhere
Takk… (album) by Sigur Ros for Station Eleven
Halfaxa (album) by Grimes for Jane Eyre
Currents (album) by Tame Impala for Days of Blood & Starlight
Andvari by Sigur Ros for the backstory of that character from my future project
The Yawning Grave by Lord Huron because things are getting dark
Let It Happen by Tame Impala for an action section
The Electric by Mt. Wolf for a certain dynamic and forgiveness
Total Eclipse of the Heart cover by Sleeping at Last for the darkest love story I’ve written