Monday, June 24, 2013

The following concern Emily Bronte's book Wuthering Heights. I've taken the excerpts from various reviews. You can find the full reviews at this address:

Reviewer: Anonymous
Publication: Paterson's Magazine (USA)
Date: March 1848

We rise from the perusal of Wuthering Heights as if we had come fresh from a pest-house. Read Jane Eyre is our advice, but burn Wuthering Heights...


Reviewer: James Lorimer Publication: North British Review Date: about 1847

Here all the faults of Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Brontë) are magnified a thousand fold, and the only consolation which we have in reflecting upon it is that it will never be generally read.

Again, ouch.

Here are what other people said.

Reviewer: Unknown
Publication: Unknown
Date: about 1847

This is a work of great ability, and contains many chapters, to the production of which talent of no common order has contributed...

Reviewer: Anonymous
Publication: New Monthly Magazine
Date: January 1848

Wuthering Heights, by Ellis Bell, is a terrific story, associated with an equally fearful and repulsive spot...

Just because people don't like it, doesn't mean your story isn't good. Write because you love to do it. One person's opinion is just that.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hey, everybody.

Have any of you writers ever had a character that frustrated you?

Well, Amber drives me crazy. I can't do anything with her. Whenever I try to write her, she whines and complains about her problems. Amber is probably the most grouchy character I have ever written, and, honestly, she's a pain in the neck.

If anyone has advice on what to do with characters like that, please, tell me. Amber's in my head and won't go, and yet she won't let me do anything with her really.

Not only that, I'm stuck on what to do with her. I don't want to give up on her story. But I need to make some changes to her. Not sure all what that's going to entail.

But I think I'm going to start a new story. Right now, I'm plotting out a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. We'll see how that goes. My main character doesn't seem to be as grumpy as Amber, I think I like her... we'll see how this goes.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Hi, Everyone

Hi, everybody.

I haven't updated since December.

And I haven't got an excuse.

Hopefully, you'll find this video funny enough to forgive me.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

It's December

So... it's December. I guess we all know what that means. It's Christmas time. Merry Christmas.

 (Isn't this little guy CUTE???)

Isn't this such a nice song?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

On Ideas

It's funny. A week or so ago, I was rather short on ideas for stories. I was stuck on my story about Amber and co.

Well, I'm not either of those things any longer.

Amber's story, I'm afraid, I'm still stuck on. I'm stuck at chapter four. I know what needs to happen... but I'm not sure how Amber's going to go about doing it. That and I'm working out some of the things about Amber's special ability.

However, I'm no longer short on ideas.

I currently have several ideas for a story rolling around in my head. Some of them have been around for a while, others just lately arrived.

One is for an Alex Rider/Gallagher Girls type story. Something like that. Don't have much in the way of a plot for the idea yet.

And then there's a fairytale retelling idea. This one's been around for ages, even starting writing it once, but never finished. This time, I have a better idea for it.

There are a few more, but I'm just letting them sit in my brain for a while.

As for Amber, I'm currently working through a few things, as I said. However, I have what I think is a pretty good idea for the chapter afterwards. Right now, Amber and her friends are looking for someone. Unfortunately, they don't know where she is, and have no real way of finding out. So, yeah, trying to figure out how they'd go about finding her. When they do find her, however, I have a few fun plans in mind.

Amber: Fun for you, anyhow.
Nicki T.: When did you enter this blog post? I don't recall inviting you to come along.
Amber: I'm in your head, remember?
Nicki T.: Yeah, you've made that reasonably clear over the last year or so. And you won't leave, either.
Amber: If I leave, you'll forget about me. And I've seen what happens to characters you forget about.
Nicki T.: I don't forget about them. They leave.
(Amber walks to the door and starts yelling for several of Nicki T.'s old characters. No response. Blaze walks in.)
Blaze: Selenda stopped by today with Aidenn. She said she might stop in for dinner with us sometime, if that's okay with you, Nicki.
Nicki T.:  Yeah, it's fine.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nicki T.: Here are some pictures of animals in costumes for Halloween. I thought some of you might like these.
Amber: And you felt like you needed post.
Nicki T.: That too.

I really do need to post more often.

Jack o' Latern

Kittie in a Rice Krispie (I think)

Trick or Treater


Seal Pup

Dog in a thing from Star Wars that I don't know the name of due to the fact I've only seen one Star Wars movie and know really nothing about the others