Month: April 2014

Why Do I Write?

What a question. I’m sure most writers eventually ask themselves this very question. So now for myself, and those few who might care, I’ll try to answer it also.

I find that most people who write have always wanted to write. Their stories tend to begin in their childhood, shortly after they learned how to read. They were avid readers. They picked up a crayon and began scribbling gibberish in their favorite sky blue. They wrote! Their stories, no matter how silly or bad, had beginnings, middles, and ends. Then they grew older, but never really ‘grew up’ and so they became writers. Real and true writers. I wish that I could say that I was one of those people, but sadly that is not the truth.

In fact, my beginning in writing isn’t really a beginning. It’s more a mess of tangled wire. It’s all just a collection of random facts all which led me to believe that I should be a writer. Then, when I actually began writing, and I mean really writing, I found that I enjoyed it. In fact, I loved it. It’s now a part of who I am and I find that to be brilliant. That’s not to say that I find my writing brilliant, I just find that there is a certain peace with knowing little bits about who I am as a person. It’s exhilarating really. And I love that I write. I love that I love to write.

But where did it all start? I honestly have no idea.

Sometimes I think it might have been the overabundance of Disney movies that I was exposed to as a child. But no, I don’t think that’s really it. If anything, I think Disney movies might be to blame for my dab in cheesy romantic poetry when I was younger. Geez, did I write some awful stuff. True love and all that nonsense. Haha, really though, the less said about that the better…

Sometimes I think it was because of my brothers. I used to watch them play video games, before I really ever played games myself. I wasn’t that into it at first. That kind of all changed when a game called Final Fantasy IX came out (It’s one of my favorite games of all time and I’m listening to the soundtrack of this game as I write this and it’s awesome.) I used to just watch my brothers play. Really good use of my time this was. Well, this game ended up having a story and I remember being enchanted. The story was beautifully unraveling as they played and I freaking loved it. Then I began playing and I loved it even more. I’ve told you all that I was a geek before, right?

Sometimes, I blame J.K. Rowling for HARRY POTTER AND THE ENTIRE GENERATION THAT WAS INFLUENCED TO WRITE. I’m not going to sit here and try to deny it. Her books were brilliant and I know they’re a part of the reason why I write.

Sometimes, I think it was my life during my years at college. I don’t mean to say that it was time at my university itself. It wasn’t like I was close to my English professors and they influenced me to be a writer. No, it was not like that at all. I’m actually quite certain that all my teachers, going back to high school and elementary, are still quite surprised that I’ve decided to pursue a career in writing. I never really received bad marks in class, but I didn’t exactly show interest in doing such a thing. Anyways. I say my life in college, because I learned a lot about myself. I started really thinking for the first time in my life. Combine this thinking with my overactive imagination and there’s a perfect combination for writing.

But what does this all mean? Why do I write? Do I need to write? I’ve heard this numerous times. Writers claim that they need to write. NEED, they say! I don’t know if I need to write. I certainly want to. I really, really want to write. Not in the I’m a selfish bastard, this is what I WANT and all of you can go burn in the fiery pits of Mordor if you think can stop me from writing!!

No. What I mean is that of all the things in the world that I could do, this is the one that I want to do most .

And I think that’s my point. Haha, I’m a bloody poet. I do what I want! That’s why I write. It’s because I want to. I like getting up in the morning and thinking about what I’m going to write. I enjoy creating worlds and characters. I love to think about situations, problems, and rules that exist only in my mind. I want to put it on paper and show it to the world. Maybe I’ll be remembered for it. Maybe my words will disappear quickly. But it doesn’t really matter, because I’m doing what I want to do.

And to me, that is beautiful.

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A Book Haul – April 2014

So I’ve recently decided to start doing some book hauls. As they say, “Everybody’s doing it.” So because of peer pressure and wanting to be cool, I’ve decided to start telling the world about books that I purchase and what not.

So if you’re into that kind of thing, please continue reading.

I’m not as well read as I’d like to be and that’s partly been on a self-induced prevention to read. As I write, I find myself… I guess ‘influenced’ would be the right word. This kind of influence is great, but while I’m trying to create a whole new world in my mind , it is a bit distracting. This was especially true for my first book. There were certain rules and aspects that could be changed easily enough before it was published. Now that it’s been published those rules are set in stone for the most part. So this type of ‘influence’ no longer has much hold over me and thus I have given myself the freedom to read as I choose again.

I know this might seem silly to some of you out there, but I don’t know. That’s just the way it’s been for me. This is all a learning process for me too. All writers are different I suppose.

Anyways. Books. Yes, I have some.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (Hercule Poirot #10) by Agath Christie

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So I’ve been wanting to get into reading Mystery for a long time. I’m not real sure why I haven’t before now, but who better to start with than the Queen of Mystery herself. Murder on the Orient Express is supposedly one of her best, so I thought there was no going wrong here. I’ve already started it and it’s going pretty well. I’m liking it and it’s progressively getting better. The buildup is brilliant and I’m glad I finally decided to check it out. I’m thinking I’ll be getting into a lot more mystery after this one.

STORMDANCER (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff

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So if you know anything about me, you might know that I’m in love with most things that have anything to do with Japanese Culture. Samurai, ninja, katanas, anime, manga, sushi, those are the main ones, but really I’m just in love with it all. The language (I wish I could speak it, but it is beyond me for the moment) the history. Just all so awesome.

So when I learned Stormdancer is a fantasy story based in a alternate Japanese setting, I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this. It sounds awesome and I hope it lives up to the anticipation.

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman

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I’ve been wanting to read something by Neil Gaiman for a long time. I honestly have very little clue as to what this book is about, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about Neil Gaiman and this seemed like a good place to start. I’m pretty certain that he wrote an episode of Doctor Who that I really liked so there’s that. I suppose that is what gave me the nudge to finally get a book by him. So here’s to hoping it’s excellent.

THE RITHMATIST by Brandon Sanderson

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Brandon Sanderson is another author whose work I’ve heard a lot about. I’ve been meaning to read the Mistborn Trilogy, but when it came to choosing a novel by him, I suddenly went ahead with The Rithmatist instead. I’ve no idea why… Well either way, it sounds pretty interesting. Math and magic and adventure. I’m excited about this one too.

So that’s it for April. I know it’s only four books, but who knows. I might end up getting some more. Probably will. The Heroes of Olympus Series is most likely going to be next….

Anyways. If you read any of these or haven’t but want to please let me know. I’d love to hear what you think about them. No spoilers though. My older brother once spoiled the end of Harry Potter #6 for me. You know the part…… I’ve never entirely forgiven him for it either…

RECENT READS – MARCH 2014

So March was a pretty bad reading month for me. It wasn’t on purpose, but with all the Doctor Who watching and what not, I didn’t give much time to reading.

That being said, I did read one book.

Guardians Inc.: The Cypher – 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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So this Young Adult novel is a bit fantasy and a bit science fiction, blending the two together quite nicely. There are plenty of interesting ideas that are mixed into the story it definitely has a Percy Jackson kind of feel. The main character Thomas is enjoyable to follow and his adventure is  full of mystery. It also helps that he isn’t to shy or whiny about the things that are happening to him which I like a lot. The book also includes an array of interesting side characters, who I hope will all be better explored in the following novels in this series. I’d have to say my favorite part of this novel though is how everything isn’t looking black and white. This is most evident with what happens with Thomas’s grandfather.

All that beings said, this book isn’t overly memorable. I don’t know if it’s because of the writing or just the story itself, but it ended up flying by with out really leaving much impact. I think I’ll definitely check out the rest of the series.

 

That is all for my March reading. I’m definitely planning to get some more done for April. I’ve even bought a few new books which I’ve been meaning to get for a while. I think I’ll do some sort of small blog book haul for my next post. Yeah. Probably.

Is that a thing? It’s probably a thing.