February Noticeboard

February 28, 2009

Phew. End of the first month for this blog. It’s been quite busy, but sadly, for all the wrong reasons. This month I was only able to write seven and a half pages for my main WIP (featuring Lily Gunn). I’m afraid I was just very busy with school (two assignments, and lots and lots of  homework), and other commitments (youth group, after school activities). However, I mentioned in a previous blog, I am very pleased to see hits to the blog. Yay!

Lily Gunn:
Current Chapter in First Draft (Typed) Stage:
3/42 + finishing Ch. 2
Current Chapter in Edit Stage: None
Pages this Month: 7.5
Pages Overall: 12.5

Daniel Fox:
Current Story in Rough Draft Stage:
None
Current Story in Edit Stage: None

I didn’t work on a Daniel Fox short story this month. I’m letting the first one sit for a while before editing (and coming up with a new name), and I’m still thinking up a plan for the new one.

Now for the goals. I forgot to add some at the beginning of the month, so here are some for March:

  • Try to write at least 3 pages a week – maybe that will be easier to keep…
  • Complete homework on night it’s set, to give me more time to write
  • Get people to read my blog (one of my NY Resolutions)
  • Start either a new DF short story, or a police mystery

Well, hopefully, I can keep my goals.

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler

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12 Views

February 21, 2009

I’m really surprised. I’ve just been on WordPress to see my statistics of how pageviews the blog has had, and I’m surprised. I was expecting two, maybe three tops, but, on the 8th of February, there were 12 views. 12! And on the 18th, there were 11! Just today, there were three! WOW! I cannot believe it!

However, I’m wondering how many (if any) of the views were accidents (i.e. Reader clicked by accident). So, when you read, please leave a comment, even if it’s just “Hello ”. I ‘d appreciate it if you could let me know if you read the blog regularly. And if you’re a fellow writer, leave me a URL, and I’ll add you to a blogroll on the sidebar.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by.

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler


Book Blog

February 16, 2009

The Book  Blog for the month of Feburary is about the book, Retribution.

Written by Jilliane Hoffman, an ex-lawyer, Retribution is a legal thriller novel centered on CJ Townsend. It was written in 2004.

In the first of three parts, Chloe Larson, a pretty law student is raped and left for dead by a man in a clown mask.
In the second and third parts, 12 years later, Chloe, who changed her name to CJ Townsend, is making a case against Cupid, a serial rapist murderer who rapes young blondes, carves out their heart, and leaves dead.
When Cupid is caught with another victim, CJ makes her case. However, she soon realizes that Cupid, or, William Bantling, is infact her rapist from 12 years ago.
Police find more and more evidence against Bantling, but Bantling and his lawyer manage to make excuses for every piece of evidence.
Unfortunately, CJ soon uncovers that the police stop, which caught Cupid, was illegal, and could destroy the case against him. She makes up a lie.
Soon, she discovers that Bantling was seeing her therapist – Dr. Greg Chambers. Then, just when it seems that Bantling will go free; the police find the hearts. Bantling is found guilty and sentenced to death.
Just when it seems like the end, a shock twist occurs.
CJ is celebrating with her therapist – Dr. Chambers, when he tells her that someone was working with Bantling. Then, she blacks out.
When she awakes, Chambers, who is revealed to be the second murderer, has tied her up. When he goes to torture her, she manages to stab him with a scalpel. He dies, and CJ escapes, and calls police.

This was an amazing book, with suspense and action right up to the last page. It has been described as a masterpiece, and I absolutely agree with the person who wrote that.
9/10!

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler


Google Translate

February 10, 2009

Last night, I came across a Google program that I believe to be a nifty writers tool, especially when your stories contain different languages. Google Translate. It’s simple to use – type in word/sentence/paragraph, choose language to convert to, and click translate.

Demonstration of Google Translate

Demonstration of Google Translate

The only problem with Google Translate is that it translates languages that use different characters than us to those characters rather than converting to normal characters (A, B, C). For example, if translating to Japanese, it translates using Japanese characters.

The Problem with Google Translate

But, I’m still looking at it. You can check it out at http://translate.google.com/

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler


What is a Writer?

February 8, 2009

Am I a writer? Every now and again, I wonder this. Accompanying that question is “What is a writer?” Well, I decided to find out.

WordWeb defines a writer as “A person who is able to write and has written something.” Novel wise, I see that as meaning anyone whom has written a book.

Next, I tried Dictionary.Com. They had the same as WordWeb: “a person who writes or is able to write”. They also had a definition, which read: “a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., esp. as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist”.

I tried Wikipedia next, just to see what definition they had there. First sentence was: “A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, as well as those who have written in many different forms”.

In conclusion, I’ve decided that a writer is someone who has written a piece of creative writing, but what was an author?

WordWeb said that an author was anyone who “Writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)”.
Dictionary.Com defined author as “a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist”.

So, after reading those definitions, I’ve decided that, yes, I am a writer.

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler


Noticeboard

February 2, 2009

Just a blog to let you know where I’m at in my WIP’s (Work In Progress) and my goals.

Lily Gunn:
Current Chapter in First Draft (Typed) Stage: Prologue/42
Current Chapter in Edit Stage: None

Daniel Fox:
Current Story in Rough Draft Stage:
The World is my Battleground
Current Story in Edit Stage: None

This year, I made several New Year Resolutions.

  • Stick with story plan – don’t keep changing it
  • Write at least four pages of writing on any WIP each week
  • Get people reading my blog

Hopefully, I can keep them. Fingers crossed.

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler


Once Upon A Time

February 1, 2009

Once upon a time, there was a young, unknown writer, who created his first blog…

Welcome to my blog.

I’m Little Scribbler, a young aspiring writer, who is working on writing an adventure novel called “Poseidon’s Trident”, which I started writing on January 28. I’m also writing a few short stories some featuring MI7 agent, Daniel Fox, with a few more series in the planning stage. You can find out all about my novel and short stories, plus myself, in this website.

In this blog, there will be several Recurring Blogs, which will occur regularly. Here is a short description of them:

  • Noticeboard: This will appear at the end of every month, and will show my writing statistics (how much I have written etc.) and monthly goals.
  • Book Blog: Will appear towards the middle of the month and will feature a book. This blog will tell all about the novel, and give a rating of what I think about it.
  • Chapter Summery: This blog will appear whenever I have something to share (i.e. when a chapter has been typed up). It will share information of that chapter, including a passage of the chapter, trivia and more.

Also in this blog, I also hope to help aspiring writers, by providing information, and passing on both templates of documents and writing events I stumble upon, so stay tuned.

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler