Halloween + Florence and the Machine

First of all, Halloween. Halloween was okay. I went as a mad scientist, while one of my siblings went as a "Mildly Irritated" scientist. We managed to get some laughs out of that. Unfortunately, a lot of the houses seem to have brought the same set of candy. It was an assortment of chocolate products like Reeses and Hersey. However, I prefer some more variety. I actually asked for one person to put the Junior Mints into my bag. But at least I'm set for a few days. I just wish that people at least put a little more thought into their candy bowls and mix-and-match products. For example, my mom took a mixed bag, and then mixed it up more with Reeses and sour products. Not the best, but it's better.

Guess what album came out tonight? Ceremonials! It's Florence and the Machine's second album. I preordered the deluxe edition, and now it's downloaded onto my iPod Shuffle. From listening to the first five to seven songs, I expect lots of good singles and music videos from it. I might even do some reviews of some of the songs, just to get those blogging juices rolling.

Now, excuse me while I listen to "If Only For a Night", a suitable song for Halloween that will certainly become a single somewhere down the line.

Next time: NaNoWriMo project revealed!

Manifestation Files: 2nd Draft Done

Only a few minutes ago, I finished typing the last words of Draft 2. It's finally done. I had been writing the draft since the middle of August, but now it's time to store that manila folder, take a long-deserved break, and consider my NaNoWriMo project.

Chapter Sixty was simple. It was mostly a two-sided conversation between the two protagonist, with them tying up loose ends, exploring unanswered questions, and revealing a shocking secret that is rarely touched upon in a book that middle schoolers will hopefully get to read. Oh, and it's supposed to be heartwarming, but I'm far from that stage.

Here what I got done in October:

Forum Repost: I Am My Greatest Critic

Okay, before I can put in an effort to talk about my novel (finished the climax. Three more chapters to go), I will repost what I put on another forum yesterday, slightly revised, of course.

Take it away, past me...

Today was presentation day. The artist's work payed off, with some solid colors. Unfortunately, the writer only rewritten down the facts I compiled for the presenter. He was bad at free-style.
So I decided to take the writer's role, write a three paragraph speech emulating parts of fiction fiction, and handed it to him. However, since this is a comedy of errors, the pencil I used was too soft and he couldn't read it clearly.

It was presenting time. We were last, of course. When it was our turn, we all gathered around a office-shelf podium in front of a panel of students sitting in desks behind name tags of historical people. The presenter stood behind it, read the first sentence of my speech—and wringed it.

He crashed. Like me, improvising an speech on the spot gets lost from the brain to the month.
Since continuing on like that would be painful, my History teacher interfered and asked me to read my own speech. Now I was Fact-checker, Writer, and Presenter. Even though I thought it would knock off points on the teamwork score, the alternate was worst.

I stood behind the podium and let it flow out naturally. And it unfolded like a movie, with a loud applause, us "winning", and the teacher joking about wanting to frame it.
I was the biggest critic of the speech. For these reasons:

  • It was a rough draft. Ask Hemingway.
  • I channeled the "inspirational" type of speech, as opposed to a "proposal" (the second-best side had a proposal type). Although this worked for my writing voice, it came out a little cheesy. (like "are we going to let them?! Stand up for your right!", but more formal).
  • The first paragraph has some unsupported morals that made our side seem ungrateful. Reasoning should have been weaved in.
  • The second paragraph could have been split up between the two points in it.
  • I neglected some points while focusing on a handful.
  • It didn't explain what happened if the plan that the presentation offers fails.

Although I still going to get an A, this puts me at a strange perspective—and it makes me feel a bit guilty.
Next stop: Website on Abigail Adams. How will I apply my writing skills in this project?

Now, you probably know what I think about my graphic novel script for Communication Arts.

Things I'll Have to Blog About Soon

Sorry for not posting for a few weeks! I got caught up on my writing so much that I couldn't muster the effort to make a blog entry. But due to a windfall of time, I'll (hopefully) take this opportunity to get this blog rolling again.

Now, these are things that I may or may not get to blog about in the recent future (that means no promises):

  • Writer's Workshop
  • Manifestation Files Progress (it's doing great).
  • FIRST KILL by Heather Brewer
  • TV Tropes Writing Contest (I'm a judge)
  • How I Manage my Writing Time
  • Outlining and Me
  • GRACELING and some about FIRE
  • Visit to Hannibal, Missouri
  • Common Reactions from Other People
Meanwhile, you have to be satisfied with this link. I can't believe it'll be a whole year before the graphic novel of EIGHT GRADE BLEEDS will come out. Vlad's character design is surprisely...interesting. I'm going to try pre-ordering it.

Now, on to more important stuff, like my writing, judging a writing contest, that graphic novel script for class...