Monday, 24 September 2012

Brief Update

The internet is suddenly working again. Though I don't know how long it will last and I know that it can't be for long because it is taking ages to load anything and I keep getting a warning sign saying that this post can't be saved...
So in my brief moment of internet connection, I am updating you:
I have written chapter five and six. These chapters may seem frivolous but they are important in understand my main character. You will not understand what I mean as you haven't read them (and, no...I will not give out huge spoilers...I have a paranoid fear of someone stealing my idea...) but it is significant enough for me to post on here. Maybe it is purely for my own benefit to help me understand them...who knows?

Once seven is complete, I'll edit 8, 9 and 10 and will have four chapters complete all at once! A record! My record so far is two: chapters 5 and 6.

Chapter seven is no more or no less important as 5 and 6. It is currently planned in detail (in note form) and will be written out fully tomorrow.

I've also been creating loads of characters and their personalities.

I hope to give more charismatic posts in the future so I'll have to apologise for this rather plain and direct one! My internet is doing very badly and I don't know when it will be back up again.

I'd like to say hi to all those people I usually reach on the internet!

I feel like I'm in a major black-out! We lost the water earlier today as well! 
I had to go on the wettest dog walk ever today! 10 minutes into the hour long walk, I was so wet I didn't mind walking straight through huge puddles anymore!
When I got back, I sat on the floor by the fire in the living room creating characters and editing chapters.What a nice way to spend a wet day! It was lovely :)

I have to go now. My internet looks like it's about to crash. At the bottom of my screen are bars of signal like there would be on a mobile. When they are white, I have internet connection. Usually all five are white. About 2 minutes ago there were two. Now there is one.
I'll publish this before the internet crashes again!
M. x

Internet Lockdown

This blog is temporarily out of use due to abysmal internet connection. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Super Speedy New Era

We've reached a new era in our writing!
My older brother, C, has been down for the weekend and has helped Ben and I set up a dropbox account which means that, via the internet, we can ;always share our files on the novel!
Isn't that cool! I think it is...
So when ever Ben or I make an edit of anything or add anything to the folder we share on dropbox, we both see it (a little bubble comes up on our computers saying what has been changed).
This means that we can work on seperate bits when ever we like instead of having to write it together or having to negotiate who should write what.
So when ever either of us have some sort of inspiration to write something, we can write what ever we like without fear that the other is writing the same bit.
Okay so that's not entirely true. We may both have some odd inspiration to do the same thing just a bit differently, so in that case, we'd have to edit them together but hey-ho, you get the picture.
From now on, everything is so much easier and hopefully that means things we be done far quicker.
It means that I don't have to manually email any updates I make for him to print out or read - he'll have every little detail I ever make!
Brill, huh! I think it is...
We have just finished writing chapter five which will soon be ready for others to edit :D
We then need to do chapter six and seven and huge section will finally be completed!
I have already written (okay so they're very rough) chapter 8 and 9...and I know exactly what happens in chapter 10...basically, everything takes a turn and changes.
We'll soon be moving onto a different section of the novel entirely!
And with the help of dropbox, that may get here even sooner :D
M. x
P.S. type dropbox into google if you're interested. It's a place to safely share files and to back up any files in your documents. x

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Learning To Live In The Wild

My character/s in the novel will be living wild for some time here and there throughout the plot.
That means, they need to know how.
That means I need to know how.
So I'm learning.
Yesterday, I used my spy/thief magic and I managed to sneak into my brother's room and steal some of his "How To Live In The Wild" books.
I then shut my bedroom door and quickly looked through which pages I'd need.
For about 2 and 1/2 hours last night I sat at the photocopier - which kept breaking - and now I have about 100 pages of information.
I can now write my own notes on the pages and I can learn how to live wild without anyone knowing!
If my family saw me doing this, they'd think I was going mad!
I do like camping - and they know that - but I've never been one for the wilderness!
Until now...reading up on and learning how to make knots and create shelters from nothing really makes me want to try it for myself! So today, I ransacked the house for rope and I've started to learn for myself.
I think, to make the lessons on how to survive in the wild believable in my book, I've got to understand them as well.
By the end of the next few chapters, I'll be as good as Bear Grills!
I've been making sketches on how the knowledge I've gained could be used.
It's as if, everything I learn, my characters learn. So if I decide to skip out a page because I really cannot be bothered to learn it (seeing as I'll most likely never be in that situation), I feel guilty because I'm stopping my character from learning it herself.
Is that weird?
Anywho, I need to get back to my wildlife studies.
M. x

Monday, 10 September 2012

My Double

On BBC Breakfast yesterday morning, there was a news item about a girl called Abigail Gibbs.
She's 18, about to go to university, has written a fantasy novel, adores JK Rowling, is a huge Harry Potter fan, prefers to write at night...
Ding Ding Ding!
She is my double!
Okay, so she's my double...just a bit in the future (hopefully!)

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Technical Disaster

This evening I edited and officially finished Chapter Four.
It was all ready to edit so I printed off the pages and handed them to Mum to read through.
Yeah, my editing schedule has been cut down a little now that my Step Mum and Dad are so busy.
Little Bro has just started in a new school so he's a bit tied down too!
So Mum's reading away and she finds a section that obviously isn't finished.
But it should be.
For some reason - I find out - my computer hasn't saved anything I wrote!
It didn't even save the edits I made a few days ago!
After about 1/2 an hour of swearing at the computer, thumping it and screaming till my throat hurt, I decided it was not a matter to cry over and I calmed myself down and tried to remember what I'd written.
It's not as good as it was but I can't do anything about that. I have what I have and I can't do any better than that.
I'm still getting a little bit angry but with this whole growing up thing, I seem to be better a bit better at controlling my raging anger.
A little bit.
I tend to explode, cry a little then calm myself - with a few tiny explosions here and there.
I like to watch something after I've fixed what ever went wrong just to calm me and get my mind out of anger zone.
I watched Burn Notice, a really good action series about a spy who gets burned.
Watch it. It's funny, clever and really good entertainment when you're feeling a little pissed at the world.
M. x