15 Nov 2015

[Writing] NaNoWriMo

The title of this post could also have been The reason why I haven't been posting. Sorry about that, guys.
That's right, you guys, I'm attempting NaNoWriMo for the first time ever. I wasn't going to do it at first, but after seeing so many people decide to do it, I started getting pumped to write, and began outlining a story I have had stuck in my head for a very long time. When I finally finished writing that outline I decided that maybe I could do it. It certainly wouldn't hurt to try.
But as NaNoWriMo itself wasn't challenge enough for me, I had to spice it up by starting on day 13.
I'm crazy, I know.
Day 13 was the day I finished my not very detailed outline. I started out with a three-thousand word outline, and am now powering through my story with over eleven-thousand words written. Don't judge me, I started writing three days ago, guys.
I'm not really sure how this will go, but I'm hopeful.
There's not much I can tell you about the story I'm writing, other than it's fantasy and it will probably have to be separated in more than one book.

You can find my NaNoWriMo profile here.

Are you attempting NaNoWriMo as well? How is it going for you?
Also, if you have any advice as to how you manage writing with everything else in your life, I'd be most grateful. I'm very stressed out right now, trying to write as much as I can, but there isn't always time.

2 Nov 2015

[Review] Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) - Marissa Meyer

Author: Marissa Meyer
Original Title: Scarlet
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Finished Date: August 15th, 2015
Pages: 452
Read in: English

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. 
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
Source: GoodReads

For starters, the one thing that really surprised me in this book is that we continue following Cinder's adventures, as well as Scarlet's. I thought that each book would be centred on a different character, meaning that this one would revolve around Scarlet, and that maybe we'd only hear about Cinder through other characters' POVs.
I was very glad that was not the case. Even though I felt that this book was overall weaker than the previous one - especially because of the part the romance played in it, but I'll explain that in detail in the spoilery section -, it was still a wonderful story full of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat.
I ended up liking Scarlet as a character very much - maybe even more than I like Cinder. And of course there's the awesome addition of Carswell Thorne. I mean, Captain Carswell Thorne. With many of the characters from Cinder out of the picture, I was afraid this book would end up being dry or that I just wouldn't have enough time to get attached to another set of characters. But I did.
I honestly don't really know what to expect from the next two volumes. I thought I knew where this one was going and I really had no clue, so I think I'll just wait to be blown away.
If you haven't yet read the first book in the series, Cinder, go check that out. You won't regret it.
The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.