Category: Writing

Article: Femnista [Jan/Feb 2014]

Posted 1 February, 2014 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

Happy 1st of February! I hope everyone had a lovely January 🙂 Well, a new month comes with a new issue of Femnista–yay! This issue features everything Disney-related 🙂

For this issue, I wrote the article “Realising a Dream” which focuses on the movie Tangled, which was based off the fairy tale on Rapunzel. I actually saw the movie for the first time sometime last year and never wrote a review on the movie (but I did feature it in my recent List of Happy Things) but suffice to say I absolutely loved it. It’s fun, it’s gorgeous, it’s hilarious and it’s sweet. Flynn Ryder is hot. (wait, that last sentence is a valid one!) I love the message it contained about following our dreams and especially the message about having new dreams afterwards; sometimes we need that reminder of how important dreams are 🙂

(Not my gif, as always. Isn’t Rapunzel adorable here?)

Anyway, there are ton of great Disney movies featured in this issue, be sure to check it out! 😀 Also, if you are a writer or a blogger who loves books/movies/television shows/history/art/etc., Femnista is looking for new writers! For more information on upcoming issues and how to apply, please visit Charity’s Place to get in touch. Looking forward to reading your articles there!

Writing: Projects & Updates for 2014

Posted 4 January, 2014 by Lianne in Writing / 4 Comments

So, here we are, a brand new year and everything’s shiny…guess it’s also time for me to do an update on what’s going on with my writing, lol.

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For starters, I actually meant to post an entry about NaNoWriMo back in November but just never got around to it. As some of you know, I had participated as a NaNo rebel, editing this project that I’ve been working on since around April/May of last year (I spoke about it at some length over here). I finished the draft but it’s still nowhere near readable and a lot of the details are still all over the place so I’m still continuing along on that.

So yes, this screencap to the right was actually made today =P I am locked down in front of my laptop and am working on editing the second act of this project. I had edited the first draft a few weeks ago at the start of my Christmas break but it’s taken me a while to start properly editing the second act because I didn’t quite have the timeline/progression of events down correctly (what scene should go first, how does this affect later scenes, etc.). Spent most of yesterday at my notebook and just getting the sequencing down (at least for the first half of the act) and now it’s just a matter of hopping from one scene to the next and keeping the flow and the characters going. I’m not even going to hazard a guess when I’ll have draft done; I guess the important thing at this moment is that I’m writing and I’m moving forward 🙂

Oh, and because this came up the last time I was talking about this project: this project I’m working on is a fantasy novel and is (as far as I know) a standalone =P

Not my gif and sure, I’m nowhere near done, but I consider each day working on this project a celebration of achievement =P

Meanwhile, I also started writing something else. I’m not entirely sure where it’s going or what exactly is it shaping up to be but it has caught my complete attention and I’m writing and seeing where the story is taking me. It’s still at its earliest stages of the story (I suppose you could categorise it as urban fantasy)–I’ve only written maybe three scenes tops–but we’ll see where this goes and if it concludes itself. In the meantime, that notebook is going to filled with sticky notes about plot points that will go in that story, lol.

So yes, right now I have those two projects going on. I’m hoping to go back and work on my Displacement draft from 2011 sometime later this year but we’ll see (I used to be so good at juggling several writing projects, not sure what happened here) 🙂

So, fellow aspiring writers/bloggers! Are any of you working on any projects this year (starting/editing/completing)? Any goals for 2014 writing-wise?

Article: Femnista [Oct 2013]

Posted 31 October, 2013 by Lianne in Writing / 2 Comments

Happy Hallowe’en! I’m a little late in posting this (had a midterm today–it seems this midterm season just is not ending xP) but Femnista has released a speculative issue in celebration of the day 😉

For this issue, I wrote on the awesome new show Orphan Black that aired last spring. As some of you know, I am a big fan of the show, having posted my thoughts of the episodes as they aired and speculations about what’s to come. It was an interesting challenge to write this article just because it’s really a show to watch and experience for yourself–the revelations and the questions that pop up as we go along are just mindblowing. I didn’t want to spoil you (if you’ve never heard of it and are planning on watching it at some point)! 😉

Be sure to stick around my blog in the coming days as I will talk about the show a bit more as part of Sci-Fi Month, which starts tomorrow (November 1st)!

Anyway, this is another fantastic issue of Femnista, I hope you enjoy this issue!

Article: Femnista [Sept/Oct 2013]

Posted 1 October, 2013 by Lianne in Writing / 1 Comment

Happy 1st of October! With the start of the month comes the latest issue of Femnista!

This issue’s focus is on literary villains, which is eerie and fitting given that Hallowe’en is at the end of the month =) It took a while but I decided to write on Mansfield Park‘s Mrs. Norris (commentary). That woman is hands down my least favourite character in all of Jane Austen’s novels (okay, tied with Sense and Sensibility‘s Lucy Steele (commentary) as she made poor Fanny’s life a living hell and was just annoying and nosy all throughout. Even after re-reading the novel I couldn’t quite understand or empathize with her, even just a wee bit.

Anyway, this is a fantastic issue with lots of great villainous characters featured from start to finish. Hope you enjoy this issue, and be sure to stay tuned to the end of the month for a special edition of Femnista!

Writing: Checking In On the Current Project

Posted 18 August, 2013 by Lianne in Writing / 2 Comments

So, it is now August and we are well beyond halfway through the calendar year. I should check in on where I’m at writing-wise but looking at it now and where I am, it’s pretty clear that I have not followed it at all xP I have not touched my NaNoWriMo 2012 writing project “Displacement” (though I did print it out and I may have edited a page way back when) and the untitled WIP I was referring to in that entry has not been worked on since (doesn’t help that I never gave the project a working title, just so that I can keep track of everything) though I do have some preliminary notes down.

However! I do have a first draft for another project I started working on a few months ago =)

I probably started it around…gosh, maybe around April? May? and sort of grew from there into my present plot outline. Because I didn’t participate in Camp NaNoWriMo this year, I decided to give myself a deadline of the end of July to complete something resembling the first draft. There’s a lot of gaps in the story right now because I just wanted to get the bare bones of the plot down on paper so that I can hammer out the details during my edits (because it seems as I go along that details shift, which annoys me to no end. Plus, with Scrivener, I can not work on different scenes out of order, which I don’t think is helping matters, really xP). Plus, I’m horrible at writing action sequences so I need time to work my way into writing those sequences.

While I had been studying for my exams I’ve been writing notes on the side, details on certain plot points, themes, characterisations and other things I need to put together. I briefly looked over a few writing manuals for a little guidance on how to go about certain things but otherwise it’s really just me sitting down and organising my thoughts.

I’ve also been putting together a playlist of music I listen to while writing my draft, get into the mood of things, what the atmosphere of the story is like and a sense of the world I’m exploring here (did I mention the project is a fantasy genre novel?). Like a soundtrack, which was a lot of fun. Might post a taste of that on 8tracks one of these days =)

Suffice to say I’m looking forward to the coming weeks editing this novel! This is the first time I’m actually moving ahead to the second draft for any of my writing projects so it feels like a victory in a way =)

Draft 2, whoo-hoo! (Okay, I was also having a bit of fun with Scrivener the other night, learned a few things last night while playing with the program and preparing where my revisions will go (because I’m old school and am editing my draft by hand =P))