Pottermore.com Opens…

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Written by: on Sunday, April 15th, 2012

I’ve read all the Harry Potter books and have seen all the movies. So naturally I was curious as to what Pottermore.com would be like. I missed out on the whole “sign up early and be one of the early beta testers”. I found out that the site opened earlier today (or technically yesterday) and signed up, waited a long time for the e-mail to arrive, and finally logged in.

Everything seems to be divided into chapters, which would explain why the site suggested reading the book along with the site. I didn’t dig out my book though.. I was most eager to know what house I’d be sorted into. J.K. Rowling emphasizes to answer truthfully.

I loved the wand I ended up with. Dragon core. Love it. Couldn’t have asked for anything else.

Then came to the sorting hat. I answered everything truthfully and somehow… I was sorted into Slytherin. Slytherin was the last house I could have ever expected. I was rooting for Gryffindor or Ravenclaw but suspected I’d be shuffled into the Hufflepuff house. To be sorted into Slytherin came way out of left field. I was so stunned. How did my answers translate to me being a bad guy? Okay, okay, after the initial reaction, I read the message to Slytherin’s house and my jaw literally dropped to the floor when I found out what famous wizard had been sorted into that house (I won’t spoil it in case others get sorted into that house). Reading the house message seemed to indicate that maybe Draco Malfoy was a bad egg and the whole house isn’t like that. Maybe Slytherin isn’t so bad at all afterall. After finding out who was sorted into Slytherin, I can live with the sorting hat’s decision.

Maybe I should dig up the books and re-read them again.

Wattpad?

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Written by: on Friday, March 9th, 2012

Anyone ever used Wattpad?

A couple friends recommended that I use it to post stories since I didn’t seem to really like the idea of going the self-publishing route. I looked around the site to see what it was like and even hit Google to see what other people thought of it. So far it seems that there’s really no list to climb (A friend shared her experiences about Authonomy and I am far from interested in the whole “rate mine and I’ll rate yours!” scenario.).

After hedging around the idea since I registered back on the 27th, I finally caved in and decided to post the first three chapters to my story. I think if this goes well, I might post the whole shebang and maybe I can get advice/feedback on how to improve the story. I see it so well in my head but I really want to know if it’s going to get lost in someone else’s head.

It can be found here: Caspar and the Lunar Magic

Mysterious story remains a mystery…

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Written by: on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

I know that when you recall something from your childhood, chances are that it has morphed into something else by the time you’re an adult. I can only imagine this is because you recall it quite a few times over the years that something always gets changed every single time you remember it.

When I was in preschool, I remember the teacher would often pull out the projector and we’d hear some pretty boring stories. One story always stayed with me but no one else has ever heard of it.

I remember images of this man that lived on top of this very steep hill. I remember scenes of him always coming down or up this hill. Somewhere down the hill, a crack formed. This crack kept getting bigger and one day the man fell inside the crack. It turns out that there had been a giant sleeping inside this steep hill. A giant troll? I don’t know. I don’t even know how the story ends (I am tempted to say that he ran out and filled the crack so that the giant couldn’t be disturbed).

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Or is this just a result of a story that’s been skewed over the years until I’m left with this silly tidbit?

Year of Dragon & ABNA

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Written by: on Monday, January 23rd, 2012

January 23, 2012 is when Year of Water Dragon starts! Supposed to be a good year for creativity.

Speaking of creativity, I saw on NaNoWriMo’s front page that they gave a shout-out to Amazon’s 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. I dropped by for a look and decided to submit. It appears all you need is your pitch, excerpt, and manuscript.

I decided to submit my story from 2010. I already know I won’t make it beyond the ‘pitch’ round. For 10,000 possible entries in two categories and only 2,000 will go on to round two? Phew. Reading the rules, it appears I won’t have a clue until the first round ends on February 21st.

I did a lot of reading through the forums and it appears that last year was quite a disaster, something about a war that broke out between the Vine reviewers and the ABNA participants.  I was also curious when a few said that activity on the forums this year seems slower than previous years. Ah, well… It was quite a learning experience to see how ABNA fared over the previous years and what I’m getting myself into – even though I’m pretty much approaching this with the attitude of returning the entry form to a 100 million dollar sweepstakes. You never hear back from those things so why fuss? hehe.

I did struggle briefly wondering if I should go with General Fiction or Young Adult Fiction. I never did really think about my story being YA but after finding out that if the main character is under eighteen, it seems it should be filed under YA. I wasn’t sure but decided to go ahead with it as YA.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple

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Written by: on Friday, January 20th, 2012

Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple

This simple thing does not make the best picture. The theme of “simple” reminds me of when the lights go out and the only thing that’ll work is a candle – or whatever handy gadgets you have that are charged but let’s not muddy it up.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

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Written by: on Friday, January 13th, 2012

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

The first thought I had was of Gypsy lounging in the sun.

Happy New Year!

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Written by: on Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Wishing everyone a happy new year! May this year bring you many good things!

And to add more to this post, I haven’t done any resolutions for this year… yet.
1. I have plans of participating in Camp NaNoWriMo for June and August. I’m also doing NaNoWriMo in November. I, however, am not going to participate in Milwordy. Eesh. One million words in a year? No thanks! hehe.
2. I’m really excited about the 1940 census that’s supposed to come out this spring. It’d be nice to see where ancestors were at this period in time.
3. Hopefully this year is a good year. 2011 was altogether a bad year in many ways.

What will you try to do everyday next year?

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Written by: on Saturday, December 24th, 2011

The Daily Post asks: What will you try to do everyday next year?

That’s a tough question. I guess the ultimate answer is: breathe.

I’d love to toss out answers such as “Oh, I’ll write 500 words every day.” or “read at least two chapters from a book every day.” and so on. If I get bored of something, it’s very difficult to force myself to do it.

Though! Last year, I remember hearing about people trying to do a ‘photo’ blog where they post a new image every day. I’m not sure if I could do that because it’d be nearly impossible to go anywhere interesting to get an interesting picture on a daily basis. It is a thought though. I don’t know.

On a side note, the picture is of a Club Nintendo reward for Gold members. A 2012 Nintendo Calendar. A good friend reached Platinum status on Club Nintendo and was extremely disappointed to discover that the reward was a collection of 25 Super Mario themed pins (a bit of a change from last year’s nifty statue that Platinum members got). He mailed them to me (they arrived yesterday) and phew… bulky packaging for 25 tiny pins.

M&M’s tube toppers

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Written by: on Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Looks like it’s that time of year again when you’re supposed to be full of cheer and generosity…

I pulled down this sad looking ‘Charlie Brown’ tree from the attic along with the many M&M’s tube toppers that I’ve been collecting over the years. It started with the family tradition of having M&M’s tubes in our stockings. The toppers would go on the tree after. Rinse and repeat. I realized how many there were that I decided to start looking for more toppers and managed to get enough for this little tree. A friend started sending me hers as well which was very kind of her! 🙂

I will admit that a tiny side of me is extremely ecstatic that M&M’s has finally gone back to the ornaments design for tube toppers this year. The train topper theme lasted for way too long (You can see some on the table there. I couldn’t fit all the train toppers on there.) and last year’s odd little plastic ball thingie? water-less snow globe possibly? was a huge disappointment. I only managed to get my hands on Red but Yellow was nowhere at all.

I am actually thinking of taking a picture of each design to show what I have and try to do a search for ornaments I am missing.

NaNoWriMo 2011 comes to an end.

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Written by: on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

So it’s the final day of November and NaNoWriMo 2011 comes to an end. I crossed the finish line today with 50,452 words. This story worked my last nerve. It was like trying to drag an inconsolable child that often threw temper tantrums or tried to run away, forcing me to chase it down. The story has a beginning and a middle. I never reached the end. I thought the scene that was supposed to end the story ended up feeling like it didn’t end the story whatsoever. I found myself wondering, “What kind of an ending is that? You have loose ends and people will want to know where it goes from there – if they’re still interested at this point.”

I don’t see myself coming back to this story. I don’t know. There’s so much that has to be torn up and rewritten as it is and I still don’t know how to end it.

It turns out that CreateSpace changed their offer. Instead of getting a free proof copy of your book like last year, they changed it so that you must pay for your proof, must approve the book, and then you can order five free copies of your book. You can keep it private so that no one knows about it but it still counts as being published, apparently. Taking that extra step to be published is not something I want to do so I won’t be pursuing that route. I was thinking that if they offered a free proof copy again, I would fix up my sequel I wrote during Camp NaNoWriMo and have a copy of that for fun. Oh well.

Congratulations to all those that crossed the finish line!