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Inspiration–the Strange, Creepy and Weird

Published November 26, 2011 by caitlinnicoll

ManiacalHysteriaArt

ManiacalHysteriaArt

Msdudettes

Msdudettes

madamethenadier

PinkParasol

flordelys

pingvin66666

00aki

00Aki

taisteng

taisteng

Pau-Norontaus

writersbl0ck

 

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2012 Science Fiction Reading Challenge

Published November 24, 2011 by caitlinnicoll

the science fiction reading challenge will run from January 1st, 2012 – December 31st, 2012. Sign up begins today and lasts until February 1st, 2012.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1. Sign up with the link below. If you don’t have a blog, you can link your Goodreads  account.

2. Grab the image on the left for your site.

3. Choose your level.

4. Leave a comment letting me know what level you’ve chosen.

Challenge Levels:

Hacker: 5 books

Android: 10 books

Alien cyborg: 15 books

Bladerunner: 30 books

Torchwood: 50 books

Captain of the Starfleet: 75 books

Jedi Master: 100 books

Timelord: 130+ books

More info: the books you choose can be in any sub-genre of science fiction (dystopian and steampunk included), and can be adult, YA, or MG. Comics and graphic novels also count.

Bonus if the book is by a 2012 debut author.

If you need suggestions, click here.

Related Reading Challenges:

Bonnie from Bookish Ardour has a fantastic Dystopian and Steampunk challenge. Click on the images below to go to her site for more details. I did both this year, but will probably only do the dystopian challenge next year.

I’m again going to go for the Bladerunner challenge; 30 books.

What level are you going for? Do you have any great sci-fi suggestions?

2012 Fantasy Challenge

Published November 23, 2011 by caitlinnicoll

It has come to my attention recently that there are roughly eleventy billion fantasy books out there that I have not read. To combat this, I’ve decided to create a reading challenge, because I always do better when I hold myself accountable. So, who wants to join me?

the fantasy reading challenge will run from January 1st, 2012 – December 31st, 2012. Sign up begins today and lasts until February 1st, 2012.

If science fiction is more to your tastes, I will also be doing a sci-fi challenge. Details will be posted tomorrow.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1. Sign up with the link below. If you don’t have a blog, you can link your Goodreads  account.

2. Grab the image on the left for your site.

3. Choose your level.

4. Leave a comment letting me know what level you’ve chosen.

Challenge Levels:

Hobbit: 5 books

Elf: 10 books

Vampire Slayer: 15 books

Wizard: 30 books

Brothers Grimm: 50 books

Dragonrider: 75 books

Curse Breaker: 100 books

Titan: 130+ books

More info: the books you choose can be in any sub-genre of fantasy, and can be adult, YA, or MG. Comics and graphic novels also count.

If you need suggestions, click here.

Alternate Challenges:

1. Read only high/epic fantasy

2. Read only urban fantasy

3. Read only historical fantasy

4. If you normally read adult, read only YA/ MG; or vice versa

5. Include at least 5 debut authors

6. Read only books based of myths/legends/ fairytales

I’m going to try for the Brother’s Grimm level; 50 books. I might shoot for Dragonrider.

What level are you going for? Do you have any great fantasy suggestions?

Insipration– Landscapes

Published November 21, 2011 by caitlinnicoll

It’s the 21st, which means we are in the last stretch of NaNoWriMo (also, Thanksgiving is this week. Eep!). Some of you are already winners. *throws confetti* For the rest of us struggling to get our word counts up (and for the winners too), here is some inspiration in the form of pictures.

All pictures are taken from Deviantart, with links to the respective owners pages.

r3novatio

r3novatio

Alyn

Karil

Alexkcl

Alexkcl

Alexkcl

Djoel

mutrus

A Lesson in Euphemisms

Published November 16, 2011 by caitlinnicoll

So, it’s been a few days. I’ve been busy NaNo-ing and editing, and you know, procrastinating.

I have a new look. I’m not sure how I like. We’ll see how it goes.

So, to save all our time (since I’m sure you’d rather be upping your word count too), here is a video, illustrating example of how to use euphemisms from some of the greatest minds in the 20th century.

 

Also, if you’re feeling week 2 blues, and your wip is starting to give you massive headaches, and look like a bunch of random gibberish, here is an inspiring song to remind you that it could be worse. MUCH worse.

 

 

You’re welcome. Now, get back to work!

And We Have A Winner!

Published November 10, 2011 by caitlinnicoll

According to the Magical Random Gods, Claudie is the winner! 

Claudie, if you want to e-mail me at cnicoll85 [at] hotmail [dot] com with your sketch choices and your character descriptions, I will get started on them.* Also, be as specific as possible.

 

Also, I promised bookmarks to two people, and those winners are:

Tricia and Margo!

Send me your addresses and I’ll send those out right away.

 

That is all. Now back to my Japanese dramas.

*This will not get in the way of me catching up to you. Or you, Tricia. You either Sierra.