BA’s 2013 End of Year Countdown

I mentioned in my last update I was still trying to see if I could include an end-of-year question post for BA as an extended part of the Posting Challenge.

At first I thought it might be too much with everything that’s been going on, but then I had an idea. Why not have it as a countdown to 2014? You can do all these in one post, or you can do what I’m going to do. I’m going to do one for each day leading up to the New Year.

I’ve included a little explanation for all of them. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need a little nudge before my brain decides to wake up. Take them as they are or leave them and interpret the topics in your own way. This goes too for how you set the post up. Make it yours. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and Bookish with a new list subject every Tuesday.

This week’s top ten is Top Ten Settings In Books, the ones you loved reading about or ones you think would be perfect in a book.

I haven’t done a Top Ten since March! So I thought it was about time I did and this is a good one. I don’t know about settings that would be great in a book, but I can think of plenty of settings that already are.

  1. Hogwarts: School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – Of course that’s on the top of the list, Hogwarts is awesome! There’s so much detail to that building, there’s character and atmosphere from the building alone without adding the people, and so much happens there. Mind you, if Hogwarts was real, I don’t know if I’d visit it. I think it’s something to be appreciated from afar, what with all the deadly creatures, the unpleasant forest, and the lack of security (I know it’s meant to be high security, but come on, how many times does Harry almost die there? Is that really a safe place for kids? Is it?).
  2. The Magic Academy in Skin Hunger – Sure it’s a creepy place, but I love it for that reason. It’s described so well, the atmosphere leaps off the page, and that’s a main reason for me to like a setting. Of course that doesn’t mean I want to visit it, just like Hogwarts, but I can enjoy a setting without wanting to visit it. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Bought and Unread

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and Bookish with a new list subject every Tuesday. Follow the link or banner to take part (if it’s up yet, check back later if it isn’t because I’m on Oz time)

This week’s top ten is Books I Just HAD to Buy…But Are Still Sitting on My Bookshelf (You know you have those..:P )

This list was so long that it was hard to cut it down to just ten! I’m so bad at this, it’s the whole reason I started the Off The Shelf! Challenge. I don’t have any real explanations as to why apart from the usual ‘got distracted by other books’ thing so I thought I’d present this list visually instead. Continue reading

Writing On Wednesday: Love To Write

The first post of my new meme!

Writing on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created right here at Bookish Ardour and is for everyone to participate in. All you have to do is link back to this post and leave a link to yours in the comments. Simple!

Every Wednesday I will post a new question for writers to answer on their own blogs or to answer in the comments. You can be aspiring, you can be published, or you can just write as a hobby, it doesn’t matter.

This Weeks Question: What Do You Love To Write?

Next Week’s Question: Are there any writing tips shared by someone else, or given by someone (including other writers or in books) that you  have found to be helpful? Have you adopted any of them into your writing habits?

To submit a question please email bookishardour@gmail.com with WriWe in the subject title.

To answer my own question – I’m a fiction writer and I’m a disturbed girl, meaning I love writing disturbing subjects thanks to my disturbed imagination. I can’t help it really, I see the shadows under the bed and I automatically imagine the monster that lurks there and what he’d look like and what his background is and how he will kill everyone in the house. Point out a clown and I will automatically think of a horror back story or on the other hand something far more mental. I love to write about the mental aspect of loss, danger, fear, and internal struggles, especially mental disturbance of some sort, that may or may not lead to some sort of enlightenment, even if that enlightenment is a type of death.

I also love to write atmospheric descriptions and bring forth either ghastly images or something that is going to make someone cry (I don’t want them to cry, but I do love moving images). All these are usually in short stories or snippets, but I have been writing novels as well.

And I especially love writing Haiku even though I rarely write it. Maybe that’s why I love it so much.

Book Beginnings On Friday: sWitch

Here’s a meme I thought I’d take part in as something different from Top Ten Tuesday and Booking Through Thursday. It’s hosted over at A Few More Pages so if you want to join in pop over there and link up. If you are joining in don’t forget to leave me a link as well so I can visit.

How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence.

I only started reading sWitch by Scott Norton today, and the first two lines are;

Barbara Ducharme coughed her eyes full of stars as she dumped another tray of smoking cookies into the garbage bin. The charred contents safely deposited, she shut the lid and threw the tray into the sink.

I guess that could be taken as the start to any sort of book, which is something I really like about the beginning because if you don’t really know about the book it could head in any direction. For me though, I’ve read the synopsis and a couple of reviews on it, and I have a small idea of where it is headed which makes me want to read it more just out of curiosity to see what happens with this woman. Of course my twisted, far fetched imagination can make so much out of that, and its possible directions, that it’s not funny.

For fun I’m including the book trailer for it. Have a read of the two lines, then watch the trailer, read the two lines again and see if your opinion on what the story might be changes. Does it?

Top Ten Tuesday: Criminals, Villains and Degenerates.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and Bookish with a new list subject every Tuesday. The banner will take you to the current one so you can participate!

This weeks top ten is Top Ten Criminals, Villains, and Degenerates.

At the risk of making me sound disturbed, I love degenerates in my books! I love reading them and I also love creating them for my own stories so I’m liking this topic so without further ado, we’ll see how many of these come from Anne Rice and Stephen King novels. Oh and before I forget there are some spoiler ones if you don’t want to read any (#3 – Contagious by Scott Sigler,

  1. Akasha from The Queen of The Damned by Anne Rice – Is that an obvious one? She is the first one that popped into my head. Oh well her and the guy from Servant of The Bones, but I can’t remember his name. In her quest for world domination she is completely bonkers.
  2. Cherubael from the Eisenhorn trilogy by Dan Abnett – I know he is a demon of sorts, but talk about a nasty persistent bastard. I really enjoyed the characters in that trilogy, including Cherubael and how he was described.
  3. Chelsea from Contagious by Scott Sigler – This one is a bit of a spoiler unfortunately, but how could this be a top ten without listing a psychotic child? Granted the child had help becoming psychotic, but still ended up being one hell of a crazy character.
  4. Victor Frankenstein from Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein – I realise this is probably not a character considered to be a criminal or villain, but I think he is a degenerate. How could someone not be when they rob graves for body parts in order to put them all together to form another body? If that is not depraved then I do not know what is.
  5. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – I recently read this one and I have to say Heathcliff is a piece of work. A tormented tormentor who needs help and is such a great character because of it.
  6. Drake Merwin from Gone by Michael Grant – I know this is a young adult series, but there’s a lot of little psychos in there and I think they’re well written. It makes it worse because of their ages as well, they’re young teens and I think Drake is one of the best. He is driven by fear and something very dark inside.
  7. Lasher from The Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice – Supernatural crazy bastard bent on having his own way and will do all sorts of disturbing things to get it. Then again I don’t know if they are disturbing things, maybe they just come across as such because it’s disturbing who is doing it.
  8. Morgan of Orris and Morgan Sloat in The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub – They’re the same, but different. One being the alternative ‘twinner’ from another dimension or parallel world. I think maybe they’re the worst kind, greedy and willing to do evil things because of it.
  9. The Dark Man or Randall Flagg in The Stand by Stephen King – He should be higher on my list being the devil incarnate and all, but this list is in no particular order really. As I said, devil incarnate, those are the only words you need really.
  10. The person who put him there (sorry I have forgotten the name and it has been ages since I read it) from Imp by Andrew Neiderman – It would probably be expected for me to actually name Imp, but the real degenerate in this story is the person who made him that way and locked him up. I really need to read that book again…

I honestly thought there would be more Stephen King ones! It’s my list and it still surprised me. So what would yours be?

BTT: Foreign

Booking Through Thursday is hosted at the BTT blog. Click on the banner to join in this week’s BTT and let us know if you’re participating!

Name a book (or books) from a country other than your own that you love. Or aren’t there any?

Well seeing as I’m in Australia and the literature world is flooded with American fiction it’s pretty safe to say there’s plenty. I won’t include American fiction though because then the list would be as long as my arm and leg combined!

I enjoyed the following ones from Europe and Asia

  • Story of O by Pauline Reage – France
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – Britain
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Britain
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu – China
  • Wild Swans by Jung Chang – China
  • Geisha of Gion by Mineko Iwasaki  – Japan
  • Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Ireland
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy – Ireland
  • Kallocain by Karin Boye – Sweden

No other ones come to mind at the moment even though I know there are more. I definitely have quite a few foreign authors on my shelves, but I haven’t read any of them yet.

What are yours? Link me up if you participate so I can check out your books.