Monthly Archives: October 2014

NaNoWriMo!

I have officially decided to take part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)! If you don’t know what that is, or you do and you desperately want to sign up now, check it out here.

The idea of NaNoWriMo is to write 2,000 words a day for a month. At the end of November you have a roughly novel sized chunk of words. Many use to it finally write that novel they’ve been dreaming about, and some use it to get back into the habit of writing every day. I’m doing both.

If you’ve been around my blog a while you may remember my short story The Forbidden Road. It’s about a girl leaving her destroyed village behind and venturing down a road that she has always been told is dangerous and forbidden. She has no where else to go.

The story has changed a lot since then. The name has changed a half dozen times, and our protagonist Annie now has a companion on her journey, Sarah. (note to self: come up with better name for Sarah) I’ve had a couple of writer moments mulling over this particular story. My first, and biggest, my first ever in fact, was when I realized that the character I wanted to be one of the love interests simply could not be. That character would not do it, no matter what I wanted. I love those moments. I love it when the characters take control.

And so here I sit, hoping and praying that my characters have enough life in them to take control for 2,000 words a day for a whole 25 days. I don’t expect 25,000 of the words I write in the upcoming book to make it into any form of a final draft that may come about. But I know that I have to get the wrong words out before the right ones will be able to make it down my arm and onto the paper.

So NaNoWriMo it is. Anyone with me?

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A new chapter (we picked a name!)

So in the last month boyfriend and I have brought our hope of being a real photography team to life. Saturday we shot our first session and today we posted all about it.
It’s kind of a new chapter for me, since I’ve always expressed my creativity through words. Looking through a camera lens is like a whole new world.
If you’re interested in what we are up to you can check us out in the link above, or on Facebook, and if you are in Georgia you should consider us for your next portraits, family pictures, or other memories you want captured!

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Novels and paper cranes

9457895673_76beefb3b6_zMaking 1,000 paper cranes is like writing a novel. Or perhaps I can only say that embarking on writing a novel feels like embarking on making 1,000 paper cranes, because I’ve never written a novel, but I have made 1,000 paper cranes.

I made them out of sticky notes and napkins, candy wrappers and notebook paper, newspaper and party streamers, anything I could fold. Because, you see, when I was in tenth grade one of my dearest friends fell ill. I had heard the story about the little Japanese girl who had cancer because of the atomic bombs. She made 1,000 paper cranes and it earned her a wish. I think she dies at the end of the story, but I was ignoring that part when I decided that I would make 1,000 paper cranes, earn that wish, and then give the cranes and the wish to my ill friend.

In the end she didn’t really appreciate it. She didn’t remember the story, and she’d never folded a crane, so she didn’t get how 1,000 of them was a lot of work, but I digress,

Folding 1,000 of them felt the way starting on a novel feels. Crazy,

It feels like it will take forever, and people will laugh at you when you explain yourself, and you might laugh at yourself, but you want to anyway.

And even though my friend wasn’t that excited about my cranes I still now say I’ve folded 1,000 paper cranes. That’s a lot of cranes, and it makes me weirdly proud.

So I guess it’s time to start that novel.

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Today is the last day to WIN A FREE PHOTO SESSION!

Hey guys! This is the last post urging you to give me name ideas for my and Boyfriend’s photography business, I promise. But today is the last day, so I’m giving it one last go.
We want ALL of your ideas, so if you have one, send it our way. Here are the guidelines: IMG_4063.PNG

Need some inspiration? 5 hints!
1. Try playing with words to do with photography: aperture, shoot, photo, lens, screen, develop, focus, depth of field
2. Play with our names (Bobby Dominy and Shannon Adams). Can you combine or twist them to sound interesting or like something else?
3. How about words to do with creativity? Sketch, paint, make, show, create, story telling
4. Look at the pictures below, shot by Bobby and me, and see if they spark your creativity.
5. Try a combination of the above ideas! Or check out my post from yesterday with fun facts about us.

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Contest ends tomorrow!! Win a photo shoot!

Hey guys! Boyfriend and I are starting a photography business, and we are having a giveaway to help us name it!

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Any name is a good suggestion (we want ALL the ideas), but here’s a hint: we are seeming to like names that play off our names and things about us. To help, here is a list of fun facts about us!
1. My name is Shannon Adams, His name is Bobby Dominy
2. My nicknames are Shannonigen, Shanny-Ann, and Barbara, his is Bobinator
3. We’ve been dating for years (like… 6)
4. We go to UGA
5. I like books, he likes politics
6. I like owls, he likes Mustangs (the cars)
7. We are dog people
8. I (obviously) like to write. He reads and occasionally writes as well.
9. We really have a thing for Harry Potter
10. We are super lovey dovey- we gross ourselves out sometimes.

There ya go! Got an idea? Send it to shannonigen@yahoo.com

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“Afterworlds” by Scott Westerfeld blew me away

So, if you are unfamiliar with Scott Westerfeld I must request that you pause, open another window, order all of his books, and then return to this blog post. Your life is now better. You’re welcome.

If you ARE familiar (good for you) you may be aware that he recently released a new novel called Afterworlds.
I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t know it was out. I walked into my favorite local book shop (Avid) and was browsing aimlessly as I am apt to do when I saw it. Boyfriend was unphased by my excitement because he. doesn’t. understand.
But I had no choice. Sad little undergraduate student budget be damned. I had to have it.
And then I started reading, and it was totally worth it (even if ramen is going to be on the menu for a few days ;)).
Not only is it a good, well-written story… I expected that from my old friend Scott Westerfeld. I love his work. I know that. So that wasn’t the surprise. It wasn’t the best part.
The best part was that it made me want to write.
It’s been a while since I was truly motivated to write. Since, walking down the street, I started spouting scene ideas ( thoroughly confusing Boyfriend). It is glorious. So thanks, Scott Westerfeld. Thank you very much.

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Photo shoot giveaway!

Hey everybody! The boyfriend and I are starting a photog bizz, and we can’t come up with a name to save our skins. So we are having a giveaway! We know you’re more creative than we are, so have at it!

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