The Road Behind

Life

Is a walk

Down the road

Of destiny

It moves on

Ceaseless

Failing to rest

Until one day

We are no more

Until the day

Death takes its toll

There

at the threshold

We stop a while

And look back

At the road behind

Knowing there’s no return

We muse upon a question

Somewhere down the line…

Did we forget to live?

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Cheers to Writing!

BLOG POST IN A NUTSHELL: Introduction to Camp NaNoWriMo — rambling about how cool this is — further rambling about my July writing project — some cheap promotion of my “book cover” talents (such as they are) — and a not-so-subtle call to join me.

Me badge!

ME BADGE!

The July camp is almost here. Cabins will be assigned from tomorrow, and we will have about ten days of time to plot, outline, or simply muse about the story that we shall later flesh out throughout the month of July. Exciting time to be a writer, is it not?

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

First for those who’ve got no clue what I’m talking about, let me clear up that I’m, of course, talking about Camp National Novel Writing Month (Camp NaNoWriMo) — the famous sibling of, an even more famous, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) that happens in November.

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo celebrates the month of November as the writing month (that’s right, Movember is not the only thing that’s cool about this month). During this, writers all over the world take on the mammoth of a challenge of writing 50,000 words or more. The name says Novel, but you could write anything else — poetry, fan fiction, movie scripts, translations of your favorite books! The only thing that matters is you WRITE DOWN THOSE WORDS!

Come to think of it, the name could have just as easily been “International Whatever Writing Month”. But the obvious problem with this name would be it’s uncool acronym, “InWhaWriMo”. Meh. NaNoWriMo kinda’ gets to you.

Coming back to Camp NaNoWriMo.

Camp NaNo is a bit different than the November NaNo in regard that the former happens every April and July. Also, there’s no minimum 50,000 word challenge. You get to set your own goal. You also get to be in a cabin with a fixed set of previously known or unknown writers.

That easy?” you ask.

“I can set 5000 words target and write “whatever” and win and get me some exciting prizes!”

Yeah, not.

I mean, you could of course “win”, but there won’t be any real prizes. Except for the prize that you will find — wait for it — inside you. See how I went all Zen in there?

But it’s true. The prize that you do really win is, most of all, a feeling of camaraderie. It feels good to know that there are writers all over writing alongside you, albeit virtually. And there’s also this big motivation to push on, to bleed on the paper (or on your word processor), and to complete the project you’ve started. I’ve heard there are writers who would kill for those things. Although, that’d be stupid. To kill, I mean. Not to… well, you get the idea.

See, the gist of it is that the event celebrates WRITING (no matter what age, profession, ability, or genre) and as a writer it shouldn’t hurt much to give it a try. Unless you go haunting for publishers heads-on from December itself.

My Project

Word Count Target: 30k to 50k

Series: Lightdrifter Chronicles (Because I just know I can’t stop after one book on this)

Title: The Boy of Light OR Long Live the Drowned (The first title is based on the protagonist. The second around major plot)

Behold the cover!
Cover based around a Major Event in the book!

Cover 1 (based around a major event in the book)

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Cover 2 (based around the setting)

Meh. Novice work. I know. I’m trying. And these need not be perfect. It’s only for the motivation to pull me through the project.

So…

After all this preparation, and after failing to meet my word-count goal for the last four Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m set for yet another failure. Or not. Who’s to say? I won’t find that out without trying.

So I won’t stop. I will participate, again and again. And again.

Will you?

 

 

Of Life

Calm down!
Breathe a little
Reach out to the darkness
Revel in the sweet delirium
Of uncertainty

Knowing is end!
Unknowing keeps whole
Stay hungry, stay aground
Revel in the sweet bliss
Of ignorance

Celebrate achievements
Forget it and move on
Satisfaction is ever the sin
Revel in your fair share
Of greatness

Forget not who you were
Once you’ve become
Who you want to be
Rejoice in the pleasures
Of humility

Inspired by our great thinkers…

LIEBSTER AWARD: Me, nominated? No way!

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So. Liebster Award.

Here’s what I know about it so far. Besides that it is awesome. And I got nominated!

Liebster Award is given by bloggers to other bloggers by the means of simple nomination. There’s no real Golden Globe as promised by some. It’s basically a thing that celebrates growing bloggers — an encouragement, if you will. It works kinda like a chain letter — only it’s less annoying. And… Liebster is a German word, apparently,  rather than a peculiar sea creature (thanks, Wording Well).

DISCLAIMER : As a nominee, there are few rules that is expected of you to follow. As per one of the the rules, I have nominated 10 other bloggers whom I feel deserves the award. The blogs that I have chosen had content that I found really interesting, and it is something that I’d would like to return to, time and again. If by nominating you and involving you in this chain nominating-awarding thing, you feel intruded upon, I apologize in advance.

The rules:

1.  Thank the person who nominated me and link to their blog.

2. Answer 10 questions asked by my nominator.

3. Nominate and link 10 other bloggers (with about less than 200 followers).

4. Notify all the bloggers I’ve nominated.

5. Create 10 new questions for my nominees to answer.

STEP 1: THANK YOU, MY NOMINATOR!

A big thanks to C.S. Wilde for nominating me. Without you, I would have never come across few of the beautiful blogs that I have further nominated below.

STEP 2: THE TEN-ACIOUS QUESTIONS ASKED UPON ME

1) Game of Thrones: Yay or Nay?

Super-duper YAY, all day long! Why should it be anything else? Politics, plotting, murder, battles, magic, fantasy, DRAGONS!, Erotica… all merged into one! Sign me up, now!

2) Batman or Superman?

Batman. Superman’s cool too. But Batman… is, well, BATMAN. His every action, so much as even narrowing of eyes (of what can be seen, at least), is intriguing and exciting.

3) What celebrity irritates you the most? If you answer anything other than the Kardashians, do let us know why.

Interesting. The question immediately puts the Kardashians in the picture and that automatically makes it impossible to imagine anyone else more irritating. Maybe, Kanye? After that song with the Lady Kardashian?

4)What’s your favorite book?

Ah! What indeed? Was it the Chronicles of Narnia that teleported me to a magical realm and made my childhood fantasies come true? Or was it the timeless Lord of the Rings, that opened a world of possibilities in the fantasy and introduced me to world of friendship, bravery, courage, and ORCS!? Maybe it was Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat that showed me that books could make you laugh just as well as movies? How do you make a choice between such great books!?

I’m sorry. I’m gonna cheat on this one. Can’t choose.

5) Favorite movie?

Easiest thing would be to list out the first three that pops to mind:

1. The Lord of the Rings. Because it’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS!

2. The Dark Knight

3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. (I still don’t know why I loved that movie. Maybe I zone-out a lot.)

6) What’s the best TV series of all time?

Again, Imma gonna take help of my dear ally… the LIST!

1. FRIENDS

2. GAME OF THRONES

3. PRISON BREAK (only season 1)

7) What fictional character do you hate the most?

Joeffry from A Song of Ice and Fire. (Aw, I just snapped my jaw, clenching it too tight.)

8) If you could be anyone or anything in this world, who/what would you be?

Ummm…. okay… let’s see… Tony Stark, maybe? Yeah, that would be fun. But, if I can choose only a real person, it has to be  Stephen King. I just love that guy.

9) Aliens: fact or myth?

Aliens as in little green men from mars? Yeah, myth, for me. Though I’m completely open to the idea of other several highly intelligent life form (besides us) in the universe.

10) Would you survive for three days inside Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory?

Excessive cocoa intake would kill me on the morrow of the second day. That’s certain.

STEP 3: AND MY NOMINEES ARE…

1. Through Poetry

2. Niquita Sookdeo at 21stcenturyhobbit

3. Here is Neverland

5. Random Ramblings of Celeena Cree

6. One Name A Day

7. Melissa at Writing About Writing

8. The Accent of Secret Stories

9. Ashley Gardana

10. Tirza Duncan at The Ink Caster

Good luck, everyone. I hope you find time to go through the aforementioned rules! 

STEP 3: NOTIFY ALL THE BLOGGERS I’VE NOMINATED

Checked.

STEP 3: ME TURN!!!!! Huhuhuhahaha–kahakk!… ah…ahem!

10 questions for my nominees. (If you would.)

1. What is your favorite genre for reading? How often do you read beyond your genre?

2. Who is your all time favorite antagonist (any genre)? Any particular trait that intrigued you?

3. Intake of coffee, tea, or some form of alcohol increases creativity. Agree or disagree?

4. Which Lord of the Ring character are you? Or if you’re not into fantasy… who is your favorite book protagonist so far?

5. Can you go more than two days without writing (or reading, if you are a non-writer) anything creative?

6. Who is your favorite author? Any particular trait that you like?

7. Any story or character that you wish you’d have written?

8. If Justice League were to face off Avengers… who would have upper hand?

9. Do you feel more passionate when writing with a pen/cil & paper than electronically into the computer?

10. How do you balance blogging with your work (or with other forms of writing or school)?

So that’s that…

I enjoyed this. I also feel very lucky to have stumbled upon some beautiful blogs while searching for my nominees. Thank you all for inspiring.

To blogging!

Book Review: A Feast for Crows (ASOIAF #4)

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is no real review. Because the story is not yet done. I’m just jotting down the feeling that came after I read the last word of the fourth book.

A Feast for Crows is also a feast for the readers. Though the hunger goes unsatisfied as the book follows only the events of King’s Landing. You can tell that this is just a bridge… a setup for A Dance With Dragons, which, hopefully, looks to be the real feast.

That, however, doesn’t mean that this volume fails to delight the reader. It is beautifully written, as always, and some of the chapters really leave you biting your nails. Yes, there are no Red Weddings, Tyrion’s trail scenes, and the likes, but mayhaps GRRM never intended them to be. We are rightly impatient over the story of our favorite characters Tyrion, Daenerys, and Snow, but we must accept “A Feast…” for what it is — a well deserved pause in the saga and a build up to the moment when the winter finally comes!

Can’t wait to gobble up A Dance with Dragons!

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Book Review: A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)

A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

I am yet to figure out how I came to love a story told in the third person omniscient this much! There is something about Le Guin’s style that binds you to her tale. You want to hear what she’s going to tell. She took me back to the days when I used to sit before my grandfather and hear him tell the legends of mighty Gods and Kings. Except, of course, my grandfather never spoke English.

The protagonist of AWoE is Ged (aka Sparrowhawk), a young boy with great potential. However, he is also your everyday adolescent so he possesses all the mighty traits of one — pride, vanity, overconfidence, temper, ambition. Le Guin makes Ged seem so realistic that you can’t help but identify with him. The fact that the author is spiritually inclined is also pretty clear from the subtle messages she leaves behind through Ged’s actions, mistakes, and regrets.

Okay. Now the story, itself, is not that great for me. A reckless wizard loosens an other-worldly shadow upon Earthsea and then strives to right his wrongs. Yeah, okay. But the manner in which the tale unfolds, the development of the character and the world, and the magic system alone deserves awe. I wouldn’t rate them similarly, but reading AWoE gave me a feeling that was pretty close to what I had as I read one of the Narnia books.

Loved the book and maybe I will read the rest in the series too.

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