I'd be lying if I wasn't a little relieved at having a lot of free time this summer to babysit and do a few odd jobs for money as opposed to doing a 9-5 unpaid internship, but I'm also a little bummed none of the literary agencies or publishing companies I applied to wanted to take a chance and hire a college freshman.
To hopefully avoid the same fate next year, I'm taking the time to note what I will do differently next time (this is a preliminary, growing list):
You have been warned.
Continue at your own risk.
You may recall me writing a blog post on "Evil" Characters and now I will add another to the collection of TV-inspired character tips. I'll start with Penny Dreadful since I'm positively obsessed with the show. I mean, it combines Eva Green, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Dracula by Bram Stoker, and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, places them in Victorian London, and has them all interact together.
The first season of the show had beautiful character portraits that had the tagline: "there is some thing within us all." The whole concept of the show, apart from its literary roots, is that humans are as monstrous, if not more so, than the monsters we all know from books, plays, movies, and TV. And, as you watch the show, you'll very quickly learn that while there are some "villains" and maybe one or two "heroes," almost everyone is an anti-hero with enough sins to paint the walls of Sir Malcolm Murray's London home with blood—something like this actually happens in Season 2.
For the sake of efficiency, though, I'll only be talking about the 5 characters shown above: Vanessa Ives played by Eva Green (center), Ethan Chandler played by Josh Hartnett (front right), Sir Malcolm Murray played by Timothy Dalton (front left)—who are all original characters (although Sir Malcolm is tied to Mina from Dracula)—Victor Frankenstein played by Harry Treadaway (back right), and Dorian Gray played by Reeve Carney (back left). The last two are obviously from books, and are in fact, the titular characters of their respective novels.
First and foremost, what I really love about this book is that it immediately immerses you in the world. Even the epigraphs before each chapter are from an essay (or maybe book) titled Man's Quest for Destruction: A Case for the Prime Initiative by Doctor T.M. Omori, the creator of the Prime Initiative.
I will admit, I read this book rather slowly. It took me almost a whole week to read the first half, not because it was uninteresting, but just because my life has been recently crazy. Truly, it was a page-turner, But, due to an unexpected change in plans, I was able to finally plow through the final 50% of the novel. It ended way too soon. I can't wait to read the next book in the I Am Sleepless series.
Guest Post: Top 10 SciFi Movie Robots/Androids
I asked Jadah to list her 10 favorite robots/androids from SciFi movies, and here is her list:
I downloaded Scrivener back in 2013, after I won my second year of NaNoWriMo. I thought it was an amazing tool that would multiply my writing productivity and cut out the distractions. I am very good at learning new programs and this was no exception. At first, I was completely in love with the new system. I think I still am, in a way, because I keep it on my computer even though deleting it would definitely free up a lot of space on myhard drive.
I had finished drafting Tears of an Angel (originally the sequel to The Belgrave Daughter and second book of The Belgrave Legacy back when it was going to be a trilogy) and was revising the first "book" all in Microsoft Word in a specially formatted file for a CreateSpace paperback and was unwilling to transfer all my writing into the new software. But I did put the partial beginning I had to my Cinderella retelling Shattered Glass (then called Glowing Embers) into Scrivener's novel template and began fiddling around. But I didn't really like the layout, and the organizing system didn't compensate for me.
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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