Monday, 24 November 2008

TBR Pile

Ok, my list is not as ridiculously long as Jen's (sorry Jen *g*) but long enough, considering that there are only 12 months in a year and I only get 2 to 3 books down per month at the moment.

Here it is:

An Experiment in Treason - Bruce Alexander
Beedle the Bard - JK Rowling
Blind Justice - Bruce Alexander
Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer
Brisingr - Christopher Paolini
Cost of Freedom - Carol A. Spradling
Death of a Colonial - Bruce Alexander
Der Geschmack von Apfelkernen - Katharina Hagena
Be Careful What You Wish For - Alexandra Potter
Eldest - Christopher Paolini
Emma - Jane Austen
Eragon - Christopher Paolini
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan S. Foer
Illiad - Homer
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
Monsters and the Critics - JRR Tolkien
Murder in Grub Street - Bruce Alexander
Myth and Magic. The Art of John Howe - John Howe
Person or Persons Unknown - Bruce Alexander
Persuasion - Jane Austen
Pillar of the Sky - Cecilia Holland
Ptolemy's Gate - Jonathan Stroud
Romeo&Juliet - Shakespeare
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Smuggler´s Moon - Bruce Alexander
Smuggler's Bride - Darlene Marshall
The Amulet of Samarkand - Jonathan Stroud
The Art of the Lord of the Rings - Gary Russell
The Blade itself - Joe Abercrombie
The Color of Death - Bruce Alexander
The First Time - Joy Fielding
The Golem's Eye - Jonathan Stroud
The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook - Alan Lee
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
The name of the wind - Patrick Rothfuss
The Price of Murder - Bruce Alexander
The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
Watery Grave - Bruce Alexander

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Characters Pics

Jen brought up the question how our characters might look like / who should play them in a movie:

I found some I could definitively live with:

ELLA (Amy Adams)

ANNA (Lisa Ray)


BEN (Matthias Schweighöfer)

SALKIN (Jasen Ackles)

Punishment - the scene

If you want to read the scene, go here.

It's rather too long to post it here on the blog.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Progress Report

1. Write my punishment till Friday - CHECK! Ha! :)

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Mission: Accountability - 17 November 08

I want to

1. Write my punishment till Friday

2. Write a scene where Anna is flying home

The Punishment

Here it is:

Your assignment is as follows:

Write a short scene, using any of your MC's and incorporating the following items:

Rubber duckie (you’re the one)
Walkie talkie
Tire iron
Dialogue tag: He/she growled
Line of Dialogue: “Oh, no you dit’int!”

You must use ALL of them. :) Have fun!

As you can imagine I was completely horrified when I read this ;) Now I will humbly take on the task inflicted upon me, cheered on by the others in malicious glee :)

Monday, 17 November 2008

If you are writing Science Fiction, as I am, you may find this interesting:

75 words every Sci-Fi fan should know

Mission: Accountability Report

OK, so I completely forgot to post my goals for last week.

But it doesn't matter, as I didn't do anything (for detailed *g* info see here)

And now I'm rather afraid what my punishment will be, not least because I know what creative minds will think up the punishment.

And, Jen had to go and make this comment

But Nina...Nina...Nina.... *rubs her hands together*

Oh man, must think of a really good punishment for you. (g)

What do you think, am I doomed? :)

Monday, 10 November 2008

Mission: Accountability Report

1. developing the characters - check
2. developing/outlining the relationship between Anna and Salkin - check
3. reading a Science Fiction book, to get into the mood a bit more - check

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Why you should be buying books

The first reason you can find here.

The second here. Yai Carol!

I've already bought Carol's book (about 10 seconds ago *g*) and I'll be on a book shopping spree on Saturday (although I have to admit that I don't know how the situation is in Germany. But buying books can NEVER be wrong :) )

Monday, 3 November 2008

Mission: Accountability - 3 November 08

Goal for this week:

- developing the characters (thinking a bit about their backgrounds and such, as it will be needed and important for some scenes)
- developing/outlining the relationship between Anna and Salkin
- reading a Science Fiction book, to get into the mood a bit more

Mission: Accountability Report

1. Rewrite the crash scene - check
2. Finish reading book - read two others
3. Finish layouting - check

Looks like a good week and I don't have to fear punishment :)

Sunday, 2 November 2008


I wanted to rework the crash scene this week, because it somehow didn't feel right to me.

I felt it needed more "action", things exploding, panic etc. This is a crash scene after all.

But now that I have read it several times and worked in a few adjustments, I don't feel the need for action anymore. This scene has been kind of quiet, Salkin is listening to what happens on the space ship, without being able to help Anna. Sure, he hears what is going on in the background, but being so far away and hearing Anna staying calm so far, gives him time to contemplate what he'd feel and do, were the roles reversed. And I think it should stay quiet.
He is in a kind of shock, not able to believe that this is really happening, that his superior sacrifices his best friend and colleagues.

Right now I feel this is the way to go. But maybe others will think differently. Maybe I'll post the scene over at Mission: Accountability and see what the others have to say...

Progress Report

I haven't yet worked on the scene. But I knew that I wouldn't throughout the week, so that is OK. I still have today.

I'm almost finished with the tidied up layout.

I haven't read the book I wanted to, but instead I have read two others in two days (The Next Thing On My List and Eclipse). That still counts I think.