Saturday, October 20, 2018

Review of Strange The Dreamer

Ok in lieu of me receiving Muse of Nightmares for my birthday, I have decided to review Strange the Dreamer (which I loved).
Yup, that's the Australian cover -_-

So what's it all about (how have you not heard of it uneducated peasant)?

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.(retrieved from Goodreads)
- the prose
- the plot (I was mcfreaking sleepy as I read this and the plot just kept me hooked)
- the characters (Sarai just needs a good hug. And to sleep. Minya it's ok you tried stop blaming yourself)
- and just. all the dreamers around there. 
- it has such rich world building, an engaging story line, a unique backstory and ugh i'm dead.
- please revive
- it killed me
- lazlo. he just. wants to help people? and freaking thyon nero can not understand that? like shush gold boy.
- i love your name lazlo can we share?
- he just. reads so much??? like relatable lmao
- oh and weep. just like the best setting for such a book.
- but then sarai. This dreamer girl who doesn't get to dream because she's busy checking other people's dreams out.
- it's got magic and gods and monsters (does minya count as a monster?)
- minya is a terrifying adult that looks like a child and she captures ghosts just because she can. she's mcfreaking murderous and I'm a little scared of her (just a little).
Ok only thing that wasn't really my pot of tea (what the hell nora) was the insta love between lazlo and sarai but I don't really think it detracted that much from it. But it's this book, can you really blame me?

Can you guess my rating?

★★★★
Image result for boom baby kuzco gif
look Laini did really well, she deserves a Kuzco gif (yeah I love The Emperor's New Groove. It's only kind of a problem)

So tell me! Have you read Strange the Dreamer?
If not, why? Did you love it or not?
How was the second one (or have you not laid your paws on it yet)?
No spoilers in the comments though!
(if you see something in my post that might be classified as
a spoiler tell me in a contact form)
Thanks for readng!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Mashup of The Century! Know The Novel Pt. 1 + TLoW

*SCREAMS*

ARGHHH THERE ARE NEW LINKUPS I MUST TRY. After all this time of seeing others participate, I can too *flails happily* Well, here they are
It's beautiful *wipes tears*
LOOK AT ITTTT

I'm going to do Christine's questions first!

1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?
I have shared this part before but here goes. One of my friends was in desperate need of a story idea so I gave her a gem that I thought was quite good. She misunderstood me and relayed what she had thought that I said back to me and she explained that she had an idea now. I snatched the misunderstood idea up immediately and cackled wildly as I realised that she had missed out and felt sorry for her, having missed such a gem. Thus, my current idea was born.

2. Share a blurb!
Don't laugh. I'm doing enough of that for the two of us.
Lyda Obi never expected to be eating dinner when the heroes’ magic failed them. But here she is, her beautiful magic replaced with a deadly curse, her father now dead, and she’s a fugitive for busting Ryde Okoro, a boy from the wrong side of the war, out of the hero headquarters.
Ryde Okoro, a young boy with no expectations for life, has suddenly found himself without his curse and suddenly, with a new power that stems from his fears. When he gets caught snooping around the superhero headquarters to figure a way to infiltrate it, he’s thrown in a jail cell, where he’s meant to rot.
Even though they never liked each other from the start, Lyda and Ryde find themselves depending on each other for their one common goal – to escape their revolting country alive.

This novel is about the trying times of war and the reluctant trust that can grow in such tense conditions.
DO YOU LIKE IT

3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favourite aspects about the setting?
This story takes place in a dystopian, future America. I want to change the name of America though, because why not? I love the rebel camps and the sleek superhero headquarters the most. It's going to be so much fun describing the slums compared to the skyscrapers.

4. Tell us about your protagonist.
Lyda never wanted to be a hero, which is quite weird as a superhero. All Lyda ever wanted to do was follow the rules and stay quiet, thinking that that's always a better path than standing up for what you believe in. Nah she's not going to get her way. She's Nigerian (because diversity right? Plus I'm Nigerian so) and she's plus-sized. Her father's absentminded and her mother's abusive, but she left them when Lyda was 7. She is currently 17.

5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?
There are three antagonists in this story. Lyda's cursed clock, running out three weeks after the book opens, the rebels and the superheroes. Yes, Lyda and Ryde (mad props for creative names :P) managed to annoy both sides.

6. What excites you the most about this novel?
Writing the argumentative Ryde. He's just this snarky fluff ball who clearly needs a hug and rope around his croc snout?

7. Is this going to be a series? Standalone? Something else?
Hopefully a stand-alone? I don't know just yet.

8. Are you plotting? Pantsing? Plansting?
I'm currently outlining and I'm having SO. MUCH. FUN.

9. Name a few things that makes this story unique.
PSEUDO SPOILER ALERT: Lyda and Ryde don't get together because platonic friendship between boys and girls is very rare in YA fiction apparently.

10. Share a fun “extra” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).

I decided to share a quote instead because this is exactly the kind of character arc that's going to occur for one of my characters.
OK LIV'S QUESTIONS NOW
Ok I saw question number 6 and Ryde can not not answer these.
  1. What does your character fear the most? Being unclean/touching people. There's a very good reason for this.
  2. How would they handle it if they were to face their fear?
    Ok so he does face his fears and he has to touch someone and he hyperventilates a little but you know, nothing a good days rest can't handle.
  3. Do they want to get married? Why or why not?
    Ryde wants to get married. He remembers the days his father and mother were still affectionate with each other and cherishes them even though he was tossed out of the house even though he hasn't seen them in a while.
  4. What is their love language (i.e. words of affirmation, physical touch, gifts, quality time, acts of service)?
    Appreciation. If you appreciate him and spend real quality time with him, you may as well buy the cake and the rings. He's a Soft Boi.
  5. On a scale from 1 (messy) to 5 (organised), how do they rate?
    Very, very organised. A five.
  6. How do they feel about debates/disagreements?
    Ryde spends most of his time trying to pick holes in everything Lyda says so yes. He loves debating with others.
  7. What do they bring to a battle (figurative or literal)?
    A picture of his dog.
  8. What's their favourite thing to eat for breakfast?
    Tomato soup. Yes, I know, it's not a breakfast food but try telling him that.
  9. How do they treat themselves after a long day?
    A warm bath. With bubbles. With massaging jets.
What do you most want readers to glean from this story?
That you have to stand up to get what you believe in. The truth may hurt but there's nothing more worthy to fight for.
Chat with me! What's your WIP about? Are you participating in these link ups?
If you are, send a link in the comments!
I'll check it out!

edit: previously I wrote the f word instead of fun and that was embarrassing but I've fixed it now. Edit your work kids!

Monday, October 8, 2018

How I Outline ft. Snippets of My Story

Ahem. Hey! Today I'm talking about
(c'mon, you must have read the title already)

So in time for NaNoWriMo, I discovered that I really like outlining and that it would probably be a good idea if I were to do it for this story (and all that jazz). And so I began. This is basically an outline of how I outline (I'm sorry) and at the end I'll share some snippets that came to me wherever that I just had to write down.

No 1. The Idea

So of course, before you write a story, you have to have an idea (and if you don't can you please tell me how you do this??? like I do not produce ideas all that often *growls*). This was basically what my idea was:
Yeah I know. Not that original. Chill.
So this idea will sometimes pop out fully blurbified, other times it won't. Like this one (it actually came to me because a friend had misunderstood an idea I gave her and I decided to use it for myself). I'll flesh it out, add more characters than needed and start working on some problems and a satisfyingly ruthless, heart-wrenching conclusion.

No 2. This Fleshing-out Thing I Mentioned

I then proceed to do something a little like this:
If you recognise the wording of the first prompt then mad props to you. It's Cait @paperfury's prompter questions
So then I flesh out some of the story and at this point I've got some personality details worked out. I also make sure that they are gonna hate each other at the start because love is a foreign emotion to me because why not, right?

No 3. I do a little something called Working On My Characters

Ignore my unprofessionalism
So this is where I develop the characters, give them a little bit of a Tragic BackstoryTM

 No 4. I write a situation in which I examine how these characters will deal with my bullying interesting situations

Here I'm going to cheat and share a snippet that was supposed to come at the end ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  But hey, what can you do?
This is a scene where they are in a restaurant (really Nora, we couldn't tell at all) and Ryde ends up hyperventilating because he is a soft boi and the waiter's a mean butt.

No 5. I write my query letter, my 'official' blurb, my pitch and I make an board and a bunch of words summing up the story (because nothing says I procastinate like making boards)

*throws it at their heads*
'Nuff said
Superheroes, snarky boyo, dirty camps, sad, desperate children of civilians, tears streaking down dirty faces, mummy issues, ruined stamp collection, superkid who has her dreams ruined, boy dead inside. 
That's my thing (look at that professionality)

No 6. I use these questions on the goteenwriters website to fully flesh out every chapter (because I can't use three act structures to save my life)

Yes I'm aware the questions are there twice my astute reader. It was on purpose.
OK WE'RE DONE NOW. 
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No I didn't forget about the snippets I was just wondering about your dedication to them (because your interest is piqued right? please say yes)
Look! Friends!
My cold dead heart says this won't be the only murder to occur
Hey I hope you enjoyed that!
Leave a comment down below 
about how you outline 
(and if you don't, tell me how you
keep your thoughts organised???).
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? 
And do you like my book so far?
See you next post!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Intro Post ft. Me

Not my picture
So, some quick things about me.
- I am an INTJ (if you're into that Myers Briggs personality thing)
- I am a teen
- I am a girl
- I am a Daughter of the King
- I really like meeting new people
- I prefer sour and savoury over sweet and would take pizza over cake anyday 
- Nora Sanders is not my real name, it's a pen name
- I really enjoy being sarcastic, so if you catch me doing that I'm sorry not sorry 😜
- That emoji is terrifying
- Send help
- I love reading and writing
- And I am going to be participating in NaNoWriMo which I will link.
- So yeah
- I am also v cool if you can believe that
- I love most fiction
- I live in Australia
- I have a mum, dad in the army, brother and two sisters. I prefer to call my siblings pets however.
- I have a bunch of fish, and after many mishaps, we now have a very pregnant guppy who has already given birth to 17-21 fish (they move too quickly to count)
- Only like, one of these fish look pretty where is the fairness in that huh?? 😞