kippurbird: (What goes on in Kippur's head)
I still do exist.

I've just been sort of busy. I've been making Wampas for the past three days. It turns out I can make one in a day if I have nothing really better to do. As I don't really have anything better to do, I've been making one a day. Currently the cat is sitting on top of the fabric for my latest Wampa. I figure this means that I could make a wampa in a couple of days. Build up a small inventory and sell them on like Etsy or something like that.


I found a 'sporking' of the Hunger Games. It's been interesting reading. I just finished the first book a couple of days ago and there were things that bothered me, though I mostly enjoyed it, nebulous things that didn't feel right and the sporking pointed them out and confirmed others that I thought were off. It's sort of like Eragon in that regard. And I was curious to see what it was like to come off on the 'I like this book how dare someone make fun of it' side of things. Surprisingly, I wasn't at all that furious. The author of them makes good points and in a reasonable manner. I'd be interested in later in bringing up something that is quite true, the idea of exceptions for the protagonist characters. Which honestly does show up a lot.

On another reading front, I've been reading the Three Musketeers. It's amazing how many events happened in the recent movie, so far, happened in the book. You wouldn't think they would have happened in the book because they're so... ridiculous and contrived. My mom thinks that if Dumas had been born today he would have been a script writer. One thing in the movie that struck me was the similarity of the Duke of Buckingham (Played by Orlando Bloom) and Aramis (Played by Luke Evans) in how they looked. It irked me a bit because I had trouble telling them a part (Bad facial recognition aside). But I just read a part in the book where Aramis was mistaken for the Duke. Porthos says that Aramis is of the same height and shape of the Duke.

Then there was the bit about how D'Artagnan runs into the three musketeers and challenges them all to a duel one right after each other. I thought that was just to expiate the three of them meeting D'Artagnan, but it turns out that actually happens in the book.

No mention of Air Ships yet though. :( (Kidding)

And now I have the urge to listen to Simon and Garfunkel. Don't have any of his music. Life is sad.
kippurbird: (Sylar stole Spock's brain.)
Two things:

One: My arm is still really hurting obnoxiously. I don't like wearing the brace because it makes it hurt even more.

Two: I came to the realization today, in those early morning fuzzy hours, that my series staring Alec was basically "the Codex Alera meets Twilight, but with gay men and time travel".

Yeah. That was depressing to figure out.

Oh! One more thing!

I am probably going to make a separate community for when I go over Inheritance. It just feels cleaner and that way people don't have to go and read through my dull drum life to get to the interesting bits.
kippurbird: (Deadpool little yellow boxes)
I am cautiously optimistic. I have a new cord (again) and it appears to be functioning (again). I am not going to plug it into the wall back at my place that doesn't have the surge protector in it. Hopefully this will take.

I have a lot of catching up to do! Writing wise. I managed to clean up a short piece that I want to send out. Need to check out the other stuff I have. And do all the preparing stuff I meant to do in the beginning of January now. See what stories I have done, finish up DGR - sooo close to the climax I can taste it - and rewrite/draft Oracle Blinded. Make it nice and polish like. I've got a chunk handwritten which needs to be typed in.

As for Sporkings. I would like to do "I am Number Four" however it appears to be very popular and the libraries are all out. I do, however, have the first book of Maximum Ride which I hear is just as bad, so I may do that instead.

What else.

Well, in the continuing world of my mother, she cut the tip of her thumb off today. She was at Chabad helping out - I was not there - when she sliced the tip of her thumb off. Of course, not wanting my dad and brother to miss out on the Shabbos meal that they came for, she didn't say anything about it, just kept her thumb with napkins on it.

The big problem is that she's on blood thinners so the bleeding wasn't going to stop anytime soon. When my father realized what a silly thing she was, he took her to the ER. Her thumb is now thoroughly wrapped in bandages and looks like what you see in the cartoons after it's gotten dinged really good.
kippurbird: (What goes on in Kippur's head)
My brain is so weird sometimes.

I woke up this morning with an essay idea. How the death of Morgan in Turn Coat signals a shift of focus in the Dresden Files.

Some people get fan fiction ideas, I get fan essay ideas.


Wrist is tentatively feeling better. I'm going to try and get some note type things done and work on the cat in the goblin market story.

In regards to the twitter/facebook thing. I think I'm going to get a twitter and not the Facebook because, well, Facebook scares me. But twitter is kinda fun. I shall call it twitter sporkings and twitter while I spork. Though I don't know how entertaining "MUST KILL" would be.

Poll!

Apr. 26th, 2010 09:47 am
kippurbird: (Hamster on Keyboard)
Quick poll on expanding my internet horizons and presence.

Because I am weak and follow popular opinions.


[Poll #1556512]
kippurbird: (What goes on in Kippur's head)
I thiiiiink I'm going to get a wordpress page/site thing with the paid domain name and put up the sporkings there instead of the wikispace site. It looks more professional there. Also, I'd have more control on what it looked like.
kippurbird: (Writer at work)
Goal for this week. Yes, I know, I have until Saturday to finish this and it's a bit late. Finish rewrite of the kidnapping story.

Also, I've decided to rename Return Again to the Blinded Oracle. That at least has something to do with the story.

----

On a random whim, I Googled 'Eragon sporkings'.

Someone quoted me - a lot - on their twitter. How weird is that?

Plus I'm listed on a lot of people's link pages.

How weird is that?
kippurbird: (Spork of doom)
Bored Kippur is Unable to access Google.docs where the current Eragon chapter lays in wait. SO Bored Kippur offers a Mini-Spork.

From Amazon.com

Legacy

In an award-winning YA fantasy debut, 16-year-old novelist Cayla Kluver brings a magical touch to an unrelentingly suspenseful coming-of-age tale. Duty-bound to wed her father’s choice in successor to the throne, Princess Alera of Hytanica believes that she is being forced into the worst of all possible fates—a marriage to the arrogant and hot-tempered suitor, Steldor. When a mysterious boy from enemy Cokyri appears bearing secrets and an entirely different view of what's appropriate behavior for a young lady, Alera learns that her private desires threaten to destroy the kingdom. When Narian’s shocking past comes to light, Alera finds herself in a shadowy world of palace intrigue and ancient blood feuds, facing an uncertain future with dwindling options—and must learn to decide between right and wrong all alone. Marked by witty, rapid-fire dialogue and dramatic complexity that belie the writer’s age, Legacy brings a fresh, new sensibility to age-old questions of duty and inheritance and to a young heroine’s quest to find her true voice.


Ah! We have an arranged marriage! And a Mysterious Boy who offers Another Way of doing things. Sadly, I don't actually have the book so I can't say if it is that she can do/marry who she wants to do than what her father wants her to do. Too bad, that's what I would guess it was. Also who is this "Narian" with a shocking past? Is he the Mysterious Boy or someone else? Why does she have to learn "to decide between right and wrong" by herself? Isn't that something we learn how to do with the help of people around us? I mean if people in books actually talked to other people a lot of things might actually get done instead of causing havoc and misunderstandings. (Robert Jordan, I'm looking at you there!)

For once I'd like to see a story that starts out after the princess has married the guy she was arranged to marry and what happens then.

... go away bunny. SHOO.

SHOOOOO...

Damnitall.

prologue )
kippurbird: (Fat Baby!)
So, I created a Message board for my sporking-site.

Ganders, comments and suggestions would be most welcome.



Bred my two autumns.

Adopt one today!
kippurbird: (Canon gone)
I was reading [livejournal.com profile] lccorp2 look at Todd McCaffery's (Yes I know it says that Anne was on there) Dragon Harper and I remembered with great pain, Todd's Dragon's Blood. The one with the great plague which killed off a lot of people (as opposed to this book where there's a great plague that kills off a lot of people). It was so cringe inducing and making me want to throw things. Sharp things.

So, I think, after Brisingr, I'll do that one.
kippurbird: (What goes on in Kippur's head)
Two things:

First apparently a lot of you seem to be doing your own sporkings of books so I'd like to offer you a place on my wikispaces sporking site. Eragon Sporkings

If you're interested drop me a line and I'll set you up a page to work on.


Second.

There appears to be a zombie invasion.

Again.

Haven't noticed anything different out here, but it's Los Angeles.
kippurbird: (Fantasy writers)
I think I found the next victim to kill my liver with, and my brain and well whatever coherent functions I have left.

I present to you, Twilight.

This is from Amazon's editorial reviews:

For your consideration )
kippurbird: (Duck of doom)
Novels apparently I have to write that take place in Alec's world. Which needs a better name than that.

Untitled novel about the king of Lancoon, Phelps.

Phelps is a young king who was put on the throne after his older brother dies, a year after his father dies and his older sister refuses to take the throne. Having no experience with being a king and having a court that's constantly trying to control him and/or get him off the throne he decides to plan a war of distraction by saying that Lancoon needs to reclaim its former glory by taking over the neighboring kingdoms. He manages to find a general to turn his not so great army into a force to be reckoned with from the other side of the great Lancoon Rift. But the General appears to be interested in taking control of the Kingdom as much as anyone else. Also a bit of romance with a street musician

Takes place when Alec is fifteen or sixteen.


Untitled Marlina Novel.

Deals with the bearer of the dragon sword before Alec and how she came to the point that she is in the Call of the Champion.


Untitled maybe Trilogy tentatively titled: First of the Champions.

Because the first five champions have demanded a telling of their lives, these books will deal with the beginnings of the Wizarding and Witching races, the great war between the invaders beyond the rift and the creation of the five weapons of the champions. I imagine there will be a lot of death and bloody mayhem in this one. Always a good one.


Also in ... other news. I have found myself a new book to kill. It is called the Fifth Sorceresses.

This is from Amazon's review:

Amazon.com
Launched with much fanfare, The Fifth Sorceress unfortunately does not live up to the hype. Instead, Robert Newcomb's debut novel sadly fulfills the stereotype of big fantasy epics as wordy and loosely plotted, with thin characterization. Newcomb does have an interesting, apparently novel approach to magic talent--it is genetically determined. Unfortunately, the talent resides in "pure blood," making magicians qualitatively different from other humans, and giving the book an unhappy subtext. Also, the wizards (male) are good, while the sorceresses (nearly all the female characters) are evil. One hopes the sequel will address this imbalance.

The wicked Sisters of the Coven were exiled and apparently killed centuries before Prince Tristan was born. The son of a peaceful age, the magically talented prince doesn't want to be a wizard. He also doesn't want to become the King of Eutracia--but his coronation is only hours away. Then the sorceresses' specially bred army invades the palace. In the resulting massacre, Tristan, his twin sister, and the Lead Wizard are taken prisoner. Crossing the mysterious Sea of Whispers, Tristan finds himself in an unknown land--a land long since conquered by the Coven, and more dangerous and cruel than he ever could have imagined. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


This is from the front flap:

Prince Tristan is a reluctant monarch to be. Though born with the "endowed" blood that will give him the power to master magic, and destined by tradition to succeed his father as ruler, he is a rebel soul. And when he discovers the ancient, hidden caves where strange red waters flow -possessed of their own mysterious magic - only makes him year all the more to escape his future of duty... and succumb to the stirrings of enchantment within him."

But more than tradition compels Tristan to ascend the throne. The very existence of Eutcracia depends upon it. For after these long centuries of peace dreadful omens have begun to appear, heralding something to unspeakable to ponder. And if indeed the old evil has returned, hungry to wreak vengeance, Tristan's role in the an ages-old prophecy must be fulfilled or the cost to his kingdom and his people will be beyond imagination.


Let's see here.

Reluctant monarch to be? Check.
Special magical powers? Check.
Age old prophecy that can only be full-filled by said reluctant hero? Check.
Unspeakable evil returning? Check.
Armageddon if he doesn't do it? Check.

Wow. Lookit all those cliches and we're not even in the book yet. Now if you're saying, "But Kippur! You haven't even read the book yet!" Never fear for Amazon provided examples of the text.

"He knew that the fact it would accurately find its mark had been a foregone conclusion" The King to be is throwing knives -second page of the book mind you.

"Perhaps he woud take a simple evening's meal tonight in the kitchen with the staff, as he was so fond of doing these days. Somehow those people always seemed so much more real to him" King to be not wanting to have dinner with the family.

"He had foolishly begun in the military training yards, in full view of the Royal Guard. He had realized immediately that this was a mistake, as he watched so many of his early throws bounce harmlessly off their target. So, to avoid embarrassment, he had taken his practice to the woods. That had been seven years ago ... No one had seen him throw a dirk since that day he left the courtyard, and know one (that's the actual text there) knew the expert that he had become."

Because we ALL hit the targets accurately on the first time we try and throw knives at it and not have them bounce off. And god forbid he actually get some training by people who know how to do it instead of going out into the woods and fucking it up himself. Yup.

Wow. I don't even have the book yet and I'm being evil and snarky.

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