Staycation

So last week I went on a “staycation” and watched SGDQ2017 (Summer Games Done Quick)–the speedrunning marathon for charity. It’s a bunch of people who play video games really fast while other people donate. So much fun to watch. While watching I completed my latest crochet blanket.

It’s so pretty in real life. I’ve got to learn how to take model shots so you can get a full representative of it.

Anyways, I received edits back from my publisher this week, but because I put myself on vacation, I haven’t looked at them yet. Monday, I’ll get back to work. I’m nervous; it’s never easy to look at what others think of your work, but I have to believe that it’s going to make the story better. Hopefully, by Friday, I’ll be able to tell you all how it went.

In addition, I plan to upload more about the characters from this book and a little about the world–no spoilers, though . . . obviously.

Hope you’ll join me for the ride.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Book Cover Reveal

Well, it’s that time. Time for book cover reveals!

This is the cover for the 6th story in the Silver Foxes series: Celebrity Dish. Here it comes!

© 2017 M.R. Anglin. Cover Font © 2017 Corel Corp. and its Licensors

It may look different from the others because I did the art myself this time. Think it’s rather nice.

Book is coming April 7, 2017!

BTW: Still working on the graphic novel version of Vol. 1. I’ve inked up to page 9. Two more pages to ink and I’m off to toning. After that, I’ll start uploading it while I work on the second chapter.

Love ya!

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Book Binding

Making a BOOOK–from scratch! 

 

Got into bookbinding lately—that’s the process of making a book from scratch. It’s a pretty natural progression, I guess . . . me, being a writer and all.

I love it because it’s not an expensive hobby, and you can get great results without being an expert. Decorative paper is less than $1 a sheet (much less if you get them on sale or with a coupon), the interior can be made from any type of paper, and cardboard at Walmart is also less than $1. That, and some thread, a larger needle, a thumbtack (an awl is the proper tool), something to help make your folds crisp (I use a metal ruler), glue, and an exacto knife (or if you can cut a straight line, scissors) are really all you need to get started.

It takes about 1-2 hours for me to finish, but most of that time is taken up with waiting for the glue to dry. I’ve made two—one for my niece and one for my nephew—as well as a third for my sister. I made mistakes, but now I think I’m pretty good at it. And since my niece and nephew haven’t destroyed theirs yet I think that they’ll last a while.

I’ve just finished working on my fourth book. This one is a watercolor notebook I’m making as a present for a friend. Here it is below.

Not bad, huh? Not perfect, but . . . I get better and better every time.

Last night, I realized I need to keep a notebook with me to jot down blog ideas–so hopefully I’ll post regularly from now on.  I’ll probably get to it after Christmas.

And maybe next time I’ll post progress pics. But first I need a good camera.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Books Based on Movies

Piggy-backing off of last week’s topic, I’d like to know what you all think about movies that are based off of books.

I’ve noticed this trend for several years . . . perhaps even decades. There’s a book series that’s popular so they decide to make a movie off of it. Some examples that come to mind are The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The City of Ember, The Tale of Despereaux, The Golden Compass and most recently The Hunger Games, which will be coming out soon. Some books are even released with a movie adaptation already in progress.

Now, I understand why people make these movies and why people watch them. After all, there is nothing like seeing your favorite characters running around on the big screen. It’s fun (and sometimes disappointing) to see how other people interpret what you’ve read in your mind. (I, for one, can’t wait for The Hobbit).

But I also wonder, does this mean that the movie industry is losing their creative edge? Are they relying too much on book writers to come up with the next big thing instead of coming out with something original? More and more we see less original movies and more movies based on books or remakes of old movies or shows. Or perhaps, I’m being silly and am overlooking all the good, original movies. Perhaps I’m blowing it all out of proportion.

So what do you think?

Do you like this trend of turning books into movies? Why or why not? Is this trend putting undo pressure on writers to make a book that will translate visually, or do you (as a writer) welcome the challenge? Do you even see it as a challenge or an opportunity? Is Hollywood becoming less creative? What is a book-based movie that you loved or can’t wait to see?

To be clear, I’m sort of neutral about it. The trend bothers me a bit because I feel as if everything is being recycled, and that saddens me. I want to see the new and original. But I also like the trend because I get to see characters that I love in motion, and it gives me hope that my characters can be up on the screen someday too. So I guess it’s a love/dislike thing.

Favorite Books

My first college writing instructor drilled the following into my head: to become a good writer, you must become a good reader.

And he wasn’t the only one. I remember another professor later in my college years who did not excuse his students for not reading because they didn’t have money for books. “You have the library,” he would say.

I’ve held that guideline to my heart over the years. Though I’m not a prolific reader, I really enjoy reading. So why is reading so important to a writer? Well, books can give you good ideas, can expand your vocabulary, and can teach you something new. In addition, they can also tell you what’s going on in the marketplace–what publishers are looking for.

But perhaps most interesting for a writer is that they can teach you how to write. For instance if, after reading a good novel, you sit and dissect what you liked about it you are actually training yourself to recognize what’s good in your writing.

Conversely, if you read a horrible novel and pick apart what you hated, you are training yourself to recognize flaws in your writing.

So not only does reading entertain and stimulate your imagination, it can also be an active part of writing. (Is there any wonder why I love books?)

That said, I want to know what is your favorite book? Is it an all-time favorite or a recent read? What did you like about it? You can also put down a book you disliked.

Here’s some of my favs:

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster . . . an all time favorite. I love his play on words. He uses grammar, math, and language to weave a wacky world that I love.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien . . . I just think this book is one you can read over and over again without getting tired of it.

The Last Dragon by De Mari . . . Such a simple, sweet story that turns into a love story at the end.

Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy . . . a slow, boring start, but it gets sooo good at the end.

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis . . . a boy and a talking horse. What could be better?

There are more, but I’ll stop here.