Littlewolf & The Update Part II

I’ve had a little unplanned break, so here’s a wee update:

The first draft of Littlewolf was completed a few weeks ago and I immediately began the editing process. But I realised that there was still a lot more that I could add to the story. So I began a sort of ‘re-write’, from beginning to end, adding and editing as I go. But as I started, I began to feel that I was completely burnt out. And I had to stop for what has turned into two weeks!

My energy levels are usually topsy-turvy and I can never predict how I’m going to feeling day to day. But the last few weeks have been terrible and I just haven’t been able to get any work done at all. It’s all very frustrating.

I’ll probably take the remainder of this week off and begin afresh on Monday! It has put my plans a little behind schedule, but I have to try and accept it. I’ve been so organised lately, that I’m just constantly frustrated at myself for being tired. Sounds crazy really.

But the second draft of Littlewolf is underway! And I’m very excited about the additions I have in mind. A lot of TLC is going into this story and I’m going to take my time with the second draft. I’m just happy to finally have the first draft complete, after 2 years of putting it off.

So I apologise for the lack of update, but everything will be back to normal next week! I have allowed myself two weeks of R&R and procrastination, so now it’s time for the productivity to continue!

See you all in the New Year, I hope you have a merry one. x

 

 

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Update – Littlewolf & The Editing

It has been too long since I updated everyone on Littlewolf, but I have been quite busy (and a little unwell), so here is the update, finally.

The writing frenzy for Littlewolf is over and now the editing has begun. I always find editing difficult, as I can never decide the best way to do it. I am behind schedule (already) as I planned to begin editing on the 23rd, but decided I would take a day off after the 2 weeks of writing and then I was away this weekend in Liverpool. It’s a bit of a blur. On a side note, for those that love Christmas decorations, I suggest you check out Liverpool, it is beautiful!

Paper edits have started and I’ve just finished Chapter 4. I’ve decided to paper edit all the chapters first and then do it all on the computer over a course of 4-5 days. I’m taking my time with editing and so far, it seems that there’s a lot I’m not happy with.

I’m going to enjoy the process as much as I can and try my hardest to make Littlewolf the best it can possibly be. Continuity is important to me and I’ve found a lot of gaps in it, aahh! I apologise for the roughness of this blog post, but I’m feeling a wee bit stressed with everything that needs to be done.

I was going to give you all a snippet of Chapter 4 and introduce the new character that joins the adventure, but as it needs heavy editing, I’ve decided to hold off for now and I will include it in the next blog post.

On top of this, as I re-edit Chapters 1-3, I will re-upload them onto Inkshares.

Thank you all for your continued support during for this project!

Chapters 1-3 of Littlewolf and The Broken Veil are available on Inkshares here:https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

 

The Gauna Have Returned!

Recently we welcomed the wonderful Knights of Sidonia back onto Netflix. If you’re not familiar this fantastic show is an anime, based in space…with robots. Need I say more? No, but I will…

The residents of Sidonia may be the last human colony in the universe and their survival is constantly challenged by the ruthless Gauna. The humans were nearly wiped out by the ugly pink alien life form and now in Season 2 they seem to be bigger and more ruthless than ever.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that we are thrown into the action from the word Go! Some interesting twists are…twisted, in the first episode and you will find yourself immediately saying “What the heck?” when the credits roll for the first time. I find myself asking that question when the credits roll after every episodes, there’s just so much going on!

Relationships continue to blossom and some characters take turns we don’t quite expect. I’ll admit, that I’ve been scratching my head asking “Is she or isn’t she?” because the character development just catches you completely off guard…and I like that, it makes a nice change, it keeps you interested and very confused.

The animation style does take some time getting used to as it isn’t like the usual anime styles, but it is stunning and I love it. Obviously it is best to watch the anime in Japanese, but it is available in an English dub if you’d rather not do any multi-tasking (it’s hard work, I understand).

All in all this is a fantastic, entertaining anime that everyone can enjoy, even if you’ve never watched an anime before. This (in my opinion) is a great introductory show to the weird and wonderful world of anime and I have no doubt that after you’ve watched these 2 seasons, you’ll be asking me what anime to watch next.

There’s aliens, talking bears, robots, space…what more could you want?! Go watch it!

(P.S. Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while, I shall enlighten you all when I have more time and freedom to.)

3 Titles I Can’t Wait For

2014 was a brilliant year for the silver screen, but does this year show any promises of beating it? After hours of searching through thousands of titles that are due to be released this year, I didn’t really find anything that grabbed and excited me. I did however pick out three titles that I will definitely be seeing in the cinema when they come out.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron

I am, without a doubt a huge Marvel fan and I absolutely adore the films they seem to be pumping out at a rapid rate. Guardians of the Galaxy was simply breath taking last year and I always enjoy Avengers Assemble. The trailers all look incredible and I cannot put into words how excited I am to see the gang back together. The action will undoubtedly be bursting at the seams and with a generous sprinkling of humour, I have no doubt that Age of Ultron will be a fantastic edition to a franchise that shows no signs of stopping. Next month the Avengers will be back and by the looks of it, they’ll be back with quite a few bangs.

Jurassic World

When I was a little girl, Jurassic park both amazed and scared me. I thought the dinosaurs were realistic and I’m sure they gave me a nightmare or two. But I always went back to it, it’s a classic and I still love it today. A lot of people may be sick of Jurassic Park, as you can find it on television quite often, but I am ecstatic for this new release. The trailer doesn’t show us much more than teasers of the dinosaurs and what the park is to humans; but when you hear a scientist utter the words “Genetically modified” you know something is going to hit the fan. I cannot see this film soon enough and thankfully, with a release set for June, I don’t have to wait too long.

Fantastic Four

The original Fantastic Four films were…unique. I enjoyed them at the time, but there was something about them that didn’t do it for me, something was missing. Maybe it was just a bit too cheesy. They were films that you would watch once, forget about and then turn your nose up if someone suggested it. So I am extremely excited to see the reboot, to fail on this film would be a disaster for Marvel. The trailer for this film looks impressive and so my fingers are firmly crossed for a beautiful, comedic action adventure that Marvel fans can love over and over again.

The reason I only have 3 titles on this list, is because honestly they are the only three that stood out and interested me. I don’t know if Hollywood are having a hard time coming up with new ideas, but come on…Pride and Prejudice and Zombies seriously?! I hope this title is a joke because that would be an embarrassment and an insult to classic literature.

I am intrigued by Chappie (which is out now), Pan and of course I am open minded about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but unfortunately I am not overly excited yet, maybe that will change when future trailers have been released. I will definitely be seeing Minions but not in the cinema and as for Furious 7, well I stopped watching those after 4…or was it 5? No, it must have been 4, there’s no way I’d sit through a 5th!

 

Let me know what films you’re excited for over the coming months and if you think any of my choices are worth seeing at the cinema.

Adventure Time: The Secret Of The Nameless Kingdom

Oh My Glob, a new Adventure Time game! Join Jake and Finn in a brand new top-down adventure game with plenty of puzzles to solve. I, like many other hardcore Adventure Time fans was excited for this new game. It looked hilarious and I was personally very excited to go on my own adventure with my favourite cartoon dog and human.

This game is easy to get to grips with, although there isn’t really any tutorial for the controls. When I run into a monster I can’t help myself but shout “Oh my Glob!!” and run away in terror, because for some reason defending yourself just seems to be a bit too difficult.

Jake takes the form of a shield at the beginning of the game and he’s the only defense you have to reflect attacks, however getting the angle just right is tricky and I found myself dying quite a lot because the controls are just a little too sensitive.

Having said that, the humour Jake brings to the game is brilliant and quite frankly needed. They break the fourth wall quite a lot and it can be amusing. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot more I can say about this game that is good.

The gameplay is slow, the map is too vague to know where you’re really going and the puzzles are just a bit too confusing. It’s as if you need to do everything in a particular order and you won’t be able to complete the big missions unless you’ve done A, B and C first. That would be fine, if the game made it clear as to what you’re meant to do, but it doesn’t.

Most games introduce you to the controls, the menus and the plot before you get into the nitty gritty part; but this game just drops you right into the fray and expects you to know what you’re supposed to do. There is a shop mechanic, which seems like a good idea but everything is just too expensive. While collecting “All the rubles!” isn’t hard, it is tedious and wastes an awful lot of time.

All in all I would play this game for thirty minutes at a time but no more. It isn’t a game you can get lost in and I personally can’t handle more than half an hour at a time. If I were to score it out of 10, it would get a generous 5. There are some good parts to this game, but for the most part it falls flat.

My Three Golden Tricks

Getting into a steady writing flow is hard, especially when you’re faced with a blank document. I often find that I’m sitting in front of my computer for up to an hour before I finally begin to type the words that are locked up inside. While an hour is a long time to be sitting, stewing over what you’re trying to say, it is sometimes necessary.

Finding inspiration can be just as difficult as writing the words, but I have been able to find a couple of tricks to help the words flow effortlessly. While these tricks work for me, I am interested to hear of what other writers do to get their fingers dancing on the keyboard.

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My Top 5 of 2014

2014 has been a fantastic year for Hollywood; adventures have come to an end and new ones have only just begun, there is no doubt that 2015 is under a lot of pressure to beat the previous year. If you were unable to see many films last year, don’t worry because here are my top 5 2014 films that everyone must see.

 

  1. The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. If you are a lover of Middle Earth, this film is obviously a must see as it marks the end to Peter Jackson’s 14 year run in Tolkien’s World. This film does not let the franchise down in any way. The action is non stop, with the familiar humour from old and new characters and side stories help to make the film one big bag of emotions. If you’ve not entered Middle Earth yet, what are you waiting for? Adventure, drama and lovable characters await. When you start watching, you won’t want it to end. 8/10

 

  1. How To Train Your Dragon 2. It’s very rare for a sequel to be just as good, if not better, than the first film, but this is a diamond in the rough. This installment gives you everything, more dragons, an adventure away from Berk and some difficult times. Hiccup is all grown up and I have to say, I wish this World was real. How To Train Your Dragon is fun for the entire family, with charming humour, enjoyable characters and a beautiful soundtrack. I cannot wait for the third film, if it’s anything like the first two, we will have a rare hat trick from Hollywood. 9/10

 

  1. Guardians of The Galaxy. Another action packed, humorous film from Marvel. This film will not let down hardcore fans. It’s different from every other Marvel film and it does a very good job of being unique, which is difficult for a film of this type, as there’s so much competition. The Guardians don’t have to worry because this film is so different nothing can compare. There aren’t many space adventure films like this and none have a Groot. Need I say more? 9/10

 

  1. Dawn of The Planet of The Apes. Another sequel that does a phenomenal job of not disappointing fans. This film, along with the first, are simply amazing; they do an excellent job of reviving the franchise and I just want to see more. Andy Serkis is a genius and it’s simply amazing to see these apes come to life on the screen. The Planet of The Apes takes you on an incredible journey and it’s definitely something you have to see to appreciate. 10/10

 

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel. A quirky film that is wonderfully made. Fantastic acting from Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori, the characters are charming and witty with huge personalities. This film is a definite must see; It grabs your attention from the start and doesn’t let go until the credits begin to roll. Grand Budapest doesn’t try to be anything it’s not, it’s different and proud to be. 10/10

 

Honorable mentions go to X-Men: Days of Future Past, Birdman, Interstellar and The Lego Movie. I recommend you see all these films and more; 2015 looks promising with the eagerly anticipated Star Wars The Force Awakens due in December, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and many more. Get yourself to the cinema this year, because I very much doubt any of these films will disappoint.