Five Things about Deus Ex.

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As I’m a massive fan of the Deus Ex series, I pre-ordered Mankind Divided the minute Amazon had it available last year. I’ve anxiously awaited the release date ever since. I’ve anxiously awaited its release date ever since.

It did not disappoint when it arrived last week.

So, here’s a few things I adored about it:

  1. Jensen. Still hot, grumpy, and amazing.
  2. The graphics were stunning.
  3. Less squirrelly controls.
  4. I thought the story as we got it so far (DLC pending, of course), was better than Human Revolution.
  5. Better weapons and augmentation handling, though I suppose this could be considered part of #3.

If I graded things, I’d gave it a 4.5 out of 5.

 

 

Five Things about Winning.

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A few lessons I’ve learned about winning from watching the Olympics this past two weeks:

  1. If you cannot lose with grace, you shouldn’t win either.  Exhibit A: Hope Solo.
  2. All the world roots for an underdog.
  3. Winners require determination, but a bit of luck is usually in the mix.
  4. If you fall down, pick yourself up. If someone falls in front of you, help them up as well. (See #5 for why).
  5. Winning isn’t always about achieving first place or receiving a medal.

Have you enjoyed the Olympics?

Five Musical Things for Monday

This Monday, I thought I’d share five songs I’ve been listening to while writing this past week:

  1. LEJ – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLmDvvfYpCE
  2. Adele – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk4BbF7B29w
  3. Cimorelli – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpZ82oU_UQc
  4. 7th Ave – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp28RylttZ0
  5. Kodaline – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtf7hC17IBM

What are you listening to this week?

Five Things about the Olympics

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The Olympics have rolled around once again. I have to admit to a bit of an obsession with them–more the winter than summer games. When I was little, maybe four or five, I would drag my blanket in front of the telly and try to mimic the tumbling of the Olympic gymnasts, without much success. It’s a miracle I didn’t knock anything over.

In celebration of the Rio Olympics, here are a few things I’ve loved so far:

  1. The lighting of the flame. I didn’t think anything could come close to the unique petal design from London 2012. The Brazilians came pretty damn close with their stunning art installation.  It was beautiful.
  2. Beach volleyball. Hot men, shorts, sun; I think this one is fairly self-explanatory.
  3. Rugby Sevens, see above.
  4. US Women’s football (soccer). The US women’s team is rather spectacular; it’s almost criminal how their pay doesn’t adequately represent how amazing they are as compared to the men’s team which didn’t even qualify.
  5. The overly emotional ads on the telly. Is it just me? I swear every Olympics, the advertisements make me all weepy.

Are you watching the Rio Olympics? What’s your favourite event so far?

 

 

The Most Difficult Character I’ve Written.

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I thought I’d share five things about the most difficult character I’ve ever written—Looe, Cornwall.

Okay.

It’s a village, not a person, but in After the Scrum, it felt like one. It’s not easy as it seems to bring a place to life.  So here we go:

  1. Colourful villagers. It takes villagers to raise a village. That’s not right, but it does take interesting individuals to make a place stand out.
  2. Plausibility. If my readers can’t believe a town exists the way I write it, they won’t buy into the story.
  3. Making it likeable. I wanted people to not only believe Looe existed, but want to visit.
  4. Research. Self-explanatory, right?
  5. Bringing it to life without turning it into a caricature of itself. I wanted readers to laugh with the people of Looe in After the Scrum, but not necessarily at them.

Do you think a place can be as critical to a story as the characters themselves?

 

Five Things I Can’t Live Without.

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I thought I’d share a few things I can’t live without in while writing.

  1. Random Name Generator + a baby name book.
  2. Pinterest and my corkboard that rests over my desk.
  3. My Book Bible (see photo).  It contains all my notes about characters, places, etc.  I occasionally keep them in Scrivener as well, but as that’s only useful when I’m at my desk.  I find having a notebook version of it to carry with me is most useful.
  4. Spotify.  I have playlists for each of my stories.
  5. A thumbdrive, for back ups.  It’s ALWAYS a good idea to have a manuscript saved in at least two places for security purposes.

What can’t you live without?

Five Things I Love about WIPs.

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I thought I’d share a few things I love about having works-in-progress, even if I end up working on more than one.

  1. Potential.  The first stages of writing a novel for me are always full of so much potential.  I’m a panster so I never quite know where the story is going to go initially.
  2. Exotic locations to research.  Well, Cornwall might not be that exotic, but it’s beautiful.  And in the Wanderer, Graham is visiting several unique places around the world as a travel writer.
  3. Absurd humor, my favourite kind.
  4. Food.
  5. Staring at hot men for inspiration—I mean research, research.

For my fellow authors, what do you love about WIPs?