NaNoWriMo Bargaining 101

November 1st — I will defeat NaNo this year and I’ll do it by the 20th!

November 6th — I will defeat NaNo this year by the 30th!

November 10th — I can still catch up this weekend. No problem!

November 15th — Well, the whole experiment was about writing consistently, so even if I don’t win, it’s a success.

November 20th — Screw it, where’s the hard cider / egg nog / whiskey?

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Would You Like To Guest Post? And Other Miscellanea

Okay, first off, I know it’s incredibly short notice. But. I’ll be out of town the week of May 24th and am interested in hearing from anyone who’d like to guest post on WFF that week, or possibly early the following week.  Readers, writers of the published or unpublished variety, or anyone vaguely interesting would be welcome. Topics should relate to books in some way, but I’m open to exotic variations. If you’re interested, email me at kiara AT waitingforfairies DOT com, and we’ll talk. We’ll work in some extreme pimp-age for your own website/Twitter feed/other (non-pr0n) site while we’re at it. And I’m open to returning the favor at a later date.

If I can manage to get some rest from all the overtime at Ye Olde Daye Jobbe and from family obligations, I’ll have reviews for you from:

  • Devon Monk’s MAGIC ON THE STORM [link]
  • Leanna Renee Hieber’s THE DARKLY LUMINOUS FIGHT FOR PERSEPHONE PARKER [link]
  • And I still need to say a bit about Jim Butcher’s CHANGES (I think I’m still recovering from that one! Brutal!) [link]
  • As well as the fact that I’ve just received my copy of Peter V Brett’s DESERT SPEAR [link]

So I hope you’re all looking forward to that. I know I’m looking forward to having all that stuff written and the work gone from over my head. Ha!

The short story I promised my writing partner, which is now over a month late, I think (It was an arbitrary deadline, but a deadline nonetheless.), still continues, although slowly. But I’ll take any progress rather than none at all, at this point. I’ve promised myself 15 minutes a day on it. If, at the end of those minutes, I want to quit working, then I can. I usually don’t want to, but must, because I’m typically scribbling furiously in a tiny notebook during a coffee break at work.

Ah, well. A writer does what a writer must. Right?

About Beginnings

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

May your heart be happy and your soul find what it needs. May your wallet be heavy and your shoulders light. Laugh often and love with joy.

No resolutions on my part. Just a determination that I will stop waiting for my fairy godmother to come along and make my dreams come true.

I want a polished draft of a novel by the end of this year.

What do you want out of 2010? Let me know in the comments; let’s make it happen.

Banned and Challenged Books by Title

Courtesy of The Forbidden Library.I’ve marked off the ones I’ve read. It’s more than I thought. I challenge all my readers to read at least one book from this list in 2009. Post in the comments which one you choose!

  1. 1984 , George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , Mark Twain
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , Lewis Caroll
  4. Analects , Confucious
  5. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl , Anne Frank
  6. Arabian Nights or 1,001 Nights , Anonymous
  7. Beloved , Toni Morrison
  8. The Bible
  9. Brave New World , Aldous Huxley
  10. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee , Dee Brown
  11. The Call of the Wild , Jack London
  12. Canterbury Tales , Geoffrey Chaucer
  13. Catcher in the Rye , JD Salinger
  14. The Celluloid Closet , Vito Russo
  15. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory , Roald Dahl
  16. Clan of the Cave Bear , Jean Auel
  17. The Color Purple , Alice Walker
  18. The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm , Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
  19. Dialogue Concerning The Two Chief World Systems , Galilei Galileo
  20. Different Seasons , Stephen King
  21. A Doll’s House , Henrik Ibsen
  22. Don Quixote , Saavedra Miguel de Cervantes
  23. Earth Science
  24. The Egypt Game , Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  25. Fahrenheit 451 , Ray Bradbury
  26. The Figure in the Shadows , John Bellairs
  27. Gone With the Wind , Margaret Mitchell
  28. Grapes of Wrath , John Steinbeck
  29. The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher , M.C. Escher
  30. Grendel , John C Gardner
  31. Gulliver’s Travels , Jonathan Swift
  32. Hamlet , William Shakespeare
  33. The Happy Prince & Other Stories , Oscar Wilde
  34. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings , Maya Angelou
  35. It , Stephen King
  36. James and the Giant Peach , Roald Dahl
  37. King Lear, William Shakespeare
  38. The Koran
  39. Le Morte D’Arthur , Sir Thomas Malory
  40. The Life and Times of Renoir , Janice Anderson
  41. A Light in the Attic , Shel Silverstein
  42. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe , C.S. Lewis
  43. Little House in the Big Woods , Laura Ingalls Wilder
  44. Little House on the Prairie , Laura Ingalls Wilder
  45. The Lorax , Dr. Seuss
  46. The Lords of Discipline , Pat Conroy
  47. The Martian Chronicles , Ray Bradbury
  48. My Friend Flicka , Mary O’Hara
  49. The Odyssey , Homer
  50. On the Origin of the Species , Charles Darwin
  51. Paradise Lost , John Milton
  52. Raisin in the Sun , Lorraine Hansberry
  53. The Rolling Stone , Jim Miller
  54. The Satanic Verses , Salman Rushdie
  55. Slaughterhousep–Five , Kurt Vonnegut
  56. Song of Solomon , Toni Morrison
  57. The Stand , Stephen King
  58. The Talmud
  59. To Kill a Mockingbird , Harper Lee
  60. Tom Jones , Henry Fielding
  61. Twelfth Night , William Shakespeare
  62. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
  63. Vasilissa the Beautiful: Russian Fairy Tales
  64. Welcome to the Monkey House , Kurt Vonnegut
  65. Where the Sidewalk Ends , Shel Silverstein
  66. Where’s Waldo? , Martin Hanford
  67. The Witches of Worm , Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  68. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
  69. Zen Buddhism: Selected Writings , D.T. Suzuki

So that’s 29 out of 69. 40 more books yet to read. My goal is to read Paradise Lost this year. How many have you read?

10 Things I’d Rather Be Doing

Instead of writing. Inspired by David B Coe of Magical Words.

  1. Reading Lilith Saintcrow’s Dante Valentine novel- volume 4. Which hasn’t arrived from Amazon yet. Damn.
  2. Playing Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (Nintendo DS) – My system tells me I’m about 60% done with the game.
  3. Watching NCIS or House, MD on DVD. Must… resist… buying… new seasons….
  4. Adding things to my Amazon.com wishlist
  5. Having cookies n’ cream ice cream. Mmm.
  6. Checking the next DVD in my Netflix queue
  7. Catching up on LICD (A webcomic. Only for the sarcastic.)
  8. Writing inane blog posts of random top 10 lists
  9. Creating a database of character stats for the cast of Inferno. (What can I say? I’m a technophile.)
  10. Driving home from Dragon*Con. Instead, we missed it this year. Very sad.

Also awesome and related to #10 – Friend of mine, director of the Wheel of Time track at Dragon*Con and chair of JordanCon, Jennifer Liang, has an article on Cracked.com. Go read it. It’s funny.

10 Things I'd Rather Be Doing

Instead of writing. Inspired by David B Coe of Magical Words.

  1. Reading Lilith Saintcrow’s Dante Valentine novel- volume 4. Which hasn’t arrived from Amazon yet. Damn.
  2. Playing Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (Nintendo DS) – My system tells me I’m about 60% done with the game.
  3. Watching NCIS or House, MD on DVD. Must… resist… buying… new seasons….
  4. Adding things to my Amazon.com wishlist
  5. Having cookies n’ cream ice cream. Mmm.
  6. Checking the next DVD in my Netflix queue
  7. Catching up on LICD (A webcomic. Only for the sarcastic.)
  8. Writing inane blog posts of random top 10 lists
  9. Creating a database of character stats for the cast of Inferno. (What can I say? I’m a technophile.)
  10. Driving home from Dragon*Con. Instead, we missed it this year. Very sad.

Also awesome and related to #10 – Friend of mine, director of the Wheel of Time track at Dragon*Con and chair of JordanCon, Jennifer Liang, has an article on Cracked.com. Go read it. It’s funny.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Want to get to know me? Here are a few of my favorites.

Favorite author(s)?

Kim Harrison, Faith Hunter, Anne Bishop, James Clemens, Jim Butcher, and childhood favorite David Eddings

Favorite food?

Longhorn’s 8oz. Renegade sirloin, well done, with Texas cheese fries and the deep fried cheesecake for dessert. Mmmmm.

Favorite color?

Purple, black, crimson

Best time of day?

Mid- to- Late morning. I’m useless until I’ve had my caffeine, but if I wait too long to work I let myself get distracted.

Favorite season?

Fall. I’d say spring, but I have terrible allergies.

Most unusual hobby?

American Tribal bellydance

Want to know more? Leave a comment with your questions.