Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lack of Inspiration or Too Much?

So after reading such a wonderful novel (as was Throne of Glass) I was inspired to dive into my own writing yesterday but found that I couldn’t write a word whether it be new or to edit something that I have on the back burner. Today is the same and I’m sure that tomorrow will follow this pattern. This has always been my stumbling block. I have so many ideas. Too many ideas really and not enough will power to write them. I have a couple half-finished YA novels that I would REALLY like to get back to, but the problem is that I don’t know which one to start on. Add to that the fact that I have SO many new ideas and I feel lost in s sea of inspiration. I don’t know what I’m going to do.

While I think about what to do, I just don’t write and with each day that passes without me writing I feel more and more guilty. Last year I wrote SO much. 12 original stories, one of them being 50k and 27 stories of fan fiction, one of which was over 100k. This year, I’m reading a lot more. I’ve already read as many books this year as I did last year, but I do feel like I’m going stir crazy or something. The voices of my characters whisper in my head and while I want to sit down and write I find that I just can’t.

*facepalm* So what do I do when this happens? I read some more and then feel inspired to write my own stuff, and then the cycle starts all over again. So to those of you who do read my blog I ask this of you; what do you do when you find that you have too much inspiration that you can’t focus on one thing at a time, or too little inspiration that you find that you can’t write at all.

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Throne of Glass

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison. 

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival–and a desperate quest to root out the source of evil before it destroys her world.

Words cannot express how utterly amazed I am at this novel. I was one of those fictionpress readers who had the utter privilege of reading Sarah’s first draft of what was then known as “Queen of Glass” and even back then I knew that the story was breathtaking. Celaena Sardothien is by far and away one of the best characters that I have ever encountered in literary fiction and her story is just so jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring and breathtakingly wonderful that I read the novel in practically one sitting.

Reading the novel was like coming home to an old friend. Conversations and characters that had been half-rememebred were brought back to life with startling clarity. Chaol and Dorian become allies to Celaena, as does the foreign princess Nehemia. Other characters pop so wonderfully like Philippa the servant who is tasked to wait on Celaena while she is in the palace. And oh, her reasons for being in the palace. Plucked from the salt mines of Endovier, Celaena must fight against other would be “champions” to earn her freedom.

The novel is full of twists and turns and even though I had speculations on what was going on, I was still throughly amazed and awed at the end. The world that Sarah has created is rich and deep and leaves so much yet to be discovered. I am eagerly anticipating the second book in this series.

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The Assassin and the Empire

It is the fourth novella and it details the last days of Celaena Sardothien before she is sent to the Salt Mines of Endovier. I found this e-novella so hard breaking. Based on the first draft of the then called “Queen of Glass” on fictionpress, I knew what things were going to have to happen to our beloved heroine but I found myself biting back the tears as I read it. Sarah encompasses the heartbreak of Celaena so brilliantly and yet at the end there is a sense of hope that propels our heroine into the future and the novel that is to come…

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From CreateSpace with Love

So last year, I got a free proof copy for my 2010 National Novel Writing Month Novel “Stealing Heart” and this year I got FIVE free copies of my 2011 National Novel Writing Moth Novel “Circle of Light” which came on Monday! ^_^ The books look gorgeous, though the back cover blurb leaves something to be desired. When I was writing it out I realized that while I know what my book is about, it was super hard to break that down into something that would seem interesting. *sigh* Oh well. No biggie I guess considering that this is just for me and me alone, though it has it’s own ISBN number and could be sold on CreateSpace & Amazon if I was so inclined. Which I am, but I’m not at the same time. I really, REALLY want to be published the ‘normal’ way but I am really proud of this novel and I think that after a couple more revisions (mainly looking at grammar issues which I always skim past) I think that I could maybe possibly have something… but then again I could not. Either way, I have my novel in print once again and I’m super stoked about it. ^_^

The back cover, the acknowledgements and the the table of contents.

 

 

A couple pages from the beginning half of the book.

 

 

 

 

 

So, yeah. That’s my book. It’s not perfect, it’s not published, but it’s mine. All mine. ^_^

 

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