manifesta: (Writer)
manifesta ([personal profile] manifesta) wrote2009-09-08 12:52 am

our time is short, this is our fate

I finished reading The Drowning City this morning while hunkered down against the rain. It's a refreshing new spin on the fantasy genre, one that I appreciate. I hadn't expected some aspects of the ending, and I definitely became attached to some of the characters, particularly Xinai. My only wish is that Adam had had a little more presence; for a bodyguard, he didn't do much bodyguarding.

I just finished writing two relatively head-hurting scenes in Black Widow's Walk. They're transitionary scenes, and so their main purpose (among others) was to get the story from point A to point B. Thus led to me pacing around my room trying to think up ways to make them more interesting to read and less boring to write. I finished chapter two and started chapter three in the head of a secondary character with malicious intentions. Oddly, her head's fun to be in. I'm not sure what that says about me. I also found a historical tidbit that fits in very nicely with what I imagined when I dreamt up a book based on the title Black Widow's Walk. (The title came first, the story came after.)

On Wednesday I'm going to be moving into my new apartment! College doesn't start back up again until later this month, but I'm returning early to attend a week and a half of training workshops related to survivor advocacy and violence prevention. It's a yearly thing to brush up on old knowledge, and I'll get to bond with the new team members.

My cable will hopefully be set up by Thursday night. Unfortunately, the summer's pretty much over, and it's going to get busy from here on out. I'll update as often as I can!

Black Widow's Walk

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[identity profile] lazy-iris.livejournal.com 2009-09-08 01:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Haha, being in malicious characters' heads is one of my favorite things :-P It's so different from anything I would normally think or do, it's kind of like an opportunity to explore evil or something :-P

Good luck with moving, and have fun at your workshops! I would leave a longer comment but I have to go to class :'(

[identity profile] theinkymuse.livejournal.com 2009-09-08 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
I completely understand where you're coming from. The crazy villains are...well, insanely fun to write about. :D

[identity profile] sjmaas.livejournal.com 2009-09-08 11:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Writing about villains/malicious characters is SO much fun. One of the supporting characters in QUEEN OF GLASS is this nasty/wicked, ambitious courtier/lady with an opium addiction, and I LOVED writing her sections. Sometimes, writing about your heroine's struggles with morality gets exhausting, and it's just wonderful to throw that to the wind when you write about your evil characters. >:-)

Good luck with the move! I hope you have fun (or as much of it as you can) with the training workshops!!