Film Review: Logan

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I’m a big fan of X-men and Marvel. I love super powers. Heck, one of my novels was basically inspired by X-men crossed into power rangers. So when Logan came out, I was very excited.

“Logan” takes the story on quite a different tone to the previous ones: no mass extermination, no victims of feat and discrimination, and actually almost zero supernatural powers save Logan’s regeneration and the ailing Xavier’s seizure-related psychic attacks until the kids came in at the very end. The CGI and imaginative ways the superpowers are used are some of the winning aspects of the series so on that aspect, I’m quite disappointed.

Contains spoilers, duh.

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Indie Spotlight: Someday I’ll be Redeemed

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Indie author promotion! “Someday I’ll be Redeemed” by Kelly Blanchard

Magic and war, deceit and mystery — check out this medieval fantasy sci-fi where kingdoms clash and love blossoms in an intricately-woven tale of a wronged man rising to the challenge.

Everyone thinks him to be dead–or guilty. Without a word or sighting of Prince Lorrek of Cuskelom these last ten years, all believe the rumors of his crimes, which he is said to have committed, are true. However, when he finally returns to clear his name, Lorrek realizes the only way to find redemption is to become the very man they think him to be in this time when advanced technology challenges ancient magic to war.

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Wattys2017: Vote and Support!

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Wattys2017 is upon us! The annual Wattpad contest where Wattpadders compete for renown and recognition, for the most-read books and most-beloved stories, for the title of the best of the best!

And guess what? Both March City and Rune Mage are entered! Want to support them?

Here’s what you can do, between now and 1st August:

1) Vote on the stories
2) Add them to your reading lists
3) Tell your friends to do the same!

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Win 10 Bestselling YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books!

My good friend Maaja Wentz is hosting a draw for 10 bestsellers on her website! Check it out here!

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I have to say I have only read one and a half of them. Cassandra Clare’s work I really don’t care about, but I have heard The Gender Game is one of the hottest Dystopian Sci-fis since The Hunger Games, and I have read The Paper Magician and loved it. Yes, the research is a tad dodgy and the first book is slow in terms of the main character being the centre of action and story progression, but there are some heartwarming characters, quirky lines, and a great magic system — the last of which makes this Fantasy a must-read. Check out my review of The Paper Magician here.

 

 

 

Completing March City

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28 November 2016 marks the upload of the last chapter of March City: The Land of the Gifted, my first attempt at NaNoWriMo back in 2014. This story took almost two years to complete simply because of the long hiatus I took not long after the 50k, so that, along with Seeker: Demon Killers, are quite special accomplishments for me. I pulled through. I completed those works.

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NaNoWriMo Plotting


I had three plot bunnies for potential NaNo. One was a March City sequel, one was a new sci-fi story, and the other a new fantasy. Sadly the March City sequel wouldn’t work for NaNo as the timescale doesn’t quite cater to me finishing the current March City, but it’s something I’ll look into developing as a future next project.

I was banking on the sci-fi, but as with a lot of my plot bunnies, they generally thrive to a certain point before I either lose interest or run out of ideas, or both. I think that sci-fi definitely has potential, but I can’t seem to plan enough for it to be confident I can do the whole 50k (whilst working potentially up to 70-80 hr weeks including night shifts). I’m no pantser and with the aforementioned busy job, I can’t afford to not plot properly. When November 1st rolls round, I need to hit the ground running and just write, with as little thinking as I can afford.

So that leaves the fantasy. I’m a fantasy writer at heart anyway so it didn’t matter terribly to me which one I were to do for NaNo. I’m sure all three bunnies will thrive at some point.

I didn’t plan on writing this fantasy bunny at all. When thinking about what to write in the march city sequel, I started watching Fullmetal Alchemist brotherhood again. It was inspiration for bits of The Windcaster (mainly the snow storm bit in Gwent — inspired by the winter in Fort Briggs) and because its such an amazing mind-blowing story, it sent my mind reeling again.

Currently the working title is The Rune Mage. It follows the story of eighteen-year-old Seiren, who graduated at the top of her class at King’s Academic of Magic, but her motivation is not to do well or for fame. When she was twelve, a rogue from the neighbouring country broke into her house and killed her father and twin sister, Madeleine. An accidental illicit spell Seiren fired in revenge killed her mother and she desperately tied her sisters soul to an amulet. She lives in hopes of bringing her back to life and her chance lies at the top of the state mage ladder.

I’m squashing as many details as I can get before I start. I’m also drafting the backstory to each character in hopes it’ll help me get to know them more and make their interactions realistic. Most of the stories won’t make the actual story but it will definitely help!

How is everyone feeling and what are you planning for NaNo?

Coming next week, blurb and cover reveal!

(BTW I’m KatrinHollister on NaNoWriMo — add me!)

March City Resumes

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So as I’m making serious progress in continuing my NaNoWriMo 2014 project to completion, I’ve started posting March City again on Wattpad. It’s strange delving back into Ari’s world again. Everything is so familiar and I even remember the depression and lack of motivation coming back, which was why I didn’t want to start posting straight away in case I go back on hiatus from lack of inspiration. I remind myself that I’m better now and I got through that dark period in one piece and began to enjoy writing it again.

After leaving it for two years I’ve also had time to mature a bit more as a writer and give the whole story more thought. I don’t want to go along the stream of young main character rebels against government a la Divergent, The Hunger Games, Maze Runner etc. It seems too cliche and impractical. Who listens to teenagers (don’t take this the wrong way. I literally mean adults often don’t take teenagers seriously with regards to worldly topics) and what can a teenager do that adults can’t?

Unless the world is made of teens, I guess.

Darnit, I’m putting myself into that same cliche.