Need Some Luck?

30 10 2010

Okay, folk, 30th October finally comes! Only one more day for NaNoWriMo to begin!

By this point of time, if you participate this year, have you prepared your story outline? Have you known what you want to write? Have you fallen in love to your characters? Have you decided their personalities and behaviours? But, more importantly for this post, have you prepared your lucky charm?

Lucky charm isn’t always effective. In fact, it never succeeds, except perhaps a few rare occasions that still come from your own effort. Nevertheless, lucky charm still gives you something you can’t find in yourself: confidence. Confidence that comes from a simple, childish mind, as you might say, as believing in something unreal. Yet, don’t forget that sometimes, children can be more confident than the adults, simply because they have their so-called “lucky charm”. Simple mind doesn’t worry too much; they just believe in something without asking any of those nagging question: How can I know it effective? What if they lie to me when selling this thing? Why did I buy it in the first place? Children don’t ask that kind of questions when their parents bring them outside; they just believe.

So, folk, lucky charm is just needed to make you feel good. You don’t have to believe in it, as long as your heart is comfortable with it, everything will be okay. You might have a lucky pen, not because it brings luck, but simply because you’re comfortable holding it. Or lucky jacket; not because it held any charm, but just because it’s warm and makes you look cool. These can be considered “lucky”.

So, what lucky possession do you have in you? A lucky cloth? Lucky necklace? Lucky ring? Lucky earphone? Lucky toilet paper? Lucky eye? Lucky hair? Lucky eyebrow? Lucky neck? Lucky head? Lucky body? Lucky me? Anything is good. Just make sure you feel comfortable with them—including your lucky you. 🙂

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Handwriting for NaNoWriMo

27 10 2010

Okay, guys. It has been the last week of October. NaNoWriMo 2010 is just around the corner.

If you guys participate in this year’s NaNo, have you prepared what you’re going to write? Have you outlined everything or you’ll just write the first thing that will come into your mind? Well, if you can do the latter, then good for you. I honestly can’t, and I’m amazed some people really can do that. You’re awesome! 🙂

For this year’s NaNo, I have decided to use handwriting. And I suppose I must be nuts: I even rarely handwrite anything lately, ever since I gain a 24/7 access to personal laptop, and yet I’m planning to handwrite everything. Yay, I’m doomed! 🙂

On the other hand, when I handwrote everything, it feels like the story can flow more naturally, nearly as if I don’t even have to think about it. Personally, I think it’s because of two things. First, handwriting indeed is more natural for us. We learn handwriting ever since we’re so small, even before we learn to use computer’s keyboard (well, I just say this in general, though). And even though there’s no significant difference between them, what’s more natural to us is usually easier to do, just as we’re more accustomed to our mother language among the others (except if we spend more time using these “other” languages).

Secondly, well, handwriting is slower than typing. Not much, but just approximately 25% slower for me. And because of this extra time, too, we will get an extra time to think what the story will go on, how the characters will behave, and which scenario will be the best for it—all that sort of things. So, by the time we’re about to write the next sentence, we don’t have to wait anymore; the words have been there!

But that’s just a brief about handwriting for NaNo. If you’ll use typewriter or computer, that’s cool—your choice suits you the most. More importantly… NaNoWriMo is coming to town! 🙂

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What if God Went Online?

23 10 2010

I like this video. 🙂

I hope you don’t misinterpret this video as a blasphemy. In my opinion, this video just voices a hope of having God all the time, even in the internet. Is wishing a sin?

Online world is a very rough place. People from different places seek for money, sinful desire and such inappropriate information. It’s good if people just go online in order to have an entertainment. But if they sin in order to get that entertainment… well, that’s when the problem happens.

That’s why, in a rough world like this, isn’t it better to have God to help you?

But again, just as this song suggests, God is “just trying to take away some stress.” Many of us remember Him just when we have a trouble. We pray for our own good, for our need and for our want. We pray for Him to take away our stress. And “we” aren’t just a few people, but thousands and thousands of people all over the world. Personally, I feel sorry for God; He has worked so hard from the very first day this world is born. And He doesn’t get any holiday. If it’s me, I would have been screaming and sent to mental hospital for life.

But do we ever pray for God, even just for once? Pray for His safety, for His happiness and for His sake? Well, I don’t know how about you guys, but I don’t.

…That’s sad, really, to be Him. Praise for Your sake, God. 😦

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Classical Fairy Tales from Brothers Grimm

19 10 2010

Who doesn’t love fairytales when small? 🙂

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Grimm’s Fairytales. Well, what can I say?

Brothers Grimm have been very famous for gathering plenty of fairytales and collecting them in this little book. It includes one of the most famous versions of those tales, including Cinderella, Golden Goose and Little Red Riding Hood.

I might need to mention, though, that this version might be a little different from what you know. Snow White, for example, is quite different here, in comparison to Disney’s version. In Brother Grimm’s version, Snow White is told to be having a dearest sister named Red Rose, who is in fact much more energetic in behaviour. They both are the protagonists in that story, and together they help a prince in a disguise of a bear (you’ll be surprised with how many people who immediately judge Red Rose as an evil sister when I mention it).

Oh, well, what the heck. After all, fairytales always have a set of different versions. 🙂

Anyway, if you’re looking for bedtime stories for your children tonight, you can download it for free in KoboBooks. Enjoy yourself with classical tales from Brothers Grimm! Have fun!

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Generosity for Christmas

14 10 2010

Another book you might like! 🙂

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Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol. Well, what can I say? It’s one of the best choices for Christmas reading! Beginning with another chilly day of Christmas, we’ll be introduced to Ebenezer Scrooge, a rich man with great loathe towards Christmas. In the first pages, we will examine how Scrooge treats all the others so badly, pays his own employee with minimum wage, and even drives away all relatives around him.

But as cliché says, nothing bad will go unpunished. All along the story, Scrooge will have to understand the true meaning behind generosity and togetherness, especially in the middle of Christmas like this. And to help him with this little quest, Scrooge will be accompanied by three ghosts of Christmas, who will bring him to different places and times to see how the world really is.

…And now, guys, Christmas is coming. Hurry up and find this book for a nice reading in Christmas Eve! You can download this book for free in KoboBooks. Remember: the important thing in Christmas is togetherness!

Have fun, guys! 🙂

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Original Alice in Wonderland

10 10 2010

Okay, who doesn’t know Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland?

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Well, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard that name very often lately, especially with the newest movie that has been made based on this story. It’s also an important story in the literature, which has influenced the creation of metaphor “Mad as a hatter”, which is quite often used to describe lunatics by this time (for reference, please check our beloved Wikipedia here).

Well, by this point onwards, I bet you notice I don’t sleep in all of my subjects! 🙂

Okay, back to the post. Anyway, even though all of these movies are made based on the original story itself, there’s still a difference between the original and the absorbed one. Not a big difference, of course, and I don’t say that the new ones aren’t good. In fact, I do love it; however, it’s not a big problem to read the original, is it? 🙂

You can download the original here, and by the time you read it, I believe you can see the classical feeling inside! This is the difference I was talking about: not about the story difference, but rather the feeling inside. The new stories, after all, are more modern the original, and this will result in style difference between two of them. C’mon! Why don’t you try to check it? 🙂

Have fun, guys!

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yWriter for NaNo!

7 10 2010

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a new program I’ve just found: yWriter5.

 

Now, following my previous post about NaNoWriMo 2010, if you’ll be joining the fun too, perhaps you should start thinking about what program you should use this year. Yes, I know it can be a good idea to stick with Microsoft Word, especially if you’ve already used to it, but it doesn’t hurt to try something different. And indeed, yWriter has a completely different system of writing that you’d have to experiment before NaNo began.

The beauty of this program is only one thing: It’s thousands times more organized than Word. If, for example, in Word you have to write everything directly in one window, and when you notice that this scene does not stick with the others, you’d have to search the parts you think would be more suitable and then cut + paste it again. And then, just as you try to read it again, you notice they just doesn’t work at all, and you then have to rewrite all over again until you get the result you want.

Well, I’d just say to you that it’s exasperatingly exhausting.

I’m sure, by the first time you open yWriter, you would start thinking, “Hey, wait a minute! Is this a word-processor or what? Why does it look like Excel and Access?” Believe me, that’s the first thing that comes into my mind, before I start practising with it.

Now, the first thing you must understand about this program, is that yWriter sticks with scenes. Yes, scenes. When Microsoft Word sticks with writing, this one sticks with scenes and chapters.

What does it mean? Well, in short, before you start writing the contents, you have to decide which scenes go first, and after that it’s followed with which scenes, and which scenes, and like that until you finish the story. And after you make a draft of what kind of scenes you want to happen in the story, you can start writing the contents, following the cue cards you have had before: your own scenes.

Of course, considering in NaNo you really shouldn’t edit anything, yWriter can be a good choice if you want to move one scene to another. It’s very simple; you just have to drag it up and bottom, depending on where you’d like it to be placed. And after you put it, you don’t have to write it again to make it fit with the story—nooo, you can always do that later. First, stick with what you’ve made for your cue cards, and follow them until your target has been gained.

And another best part of yWriter is this: you CANNOT see what you’ve written in the previous scene. At the first glance, it might be considered a fatal disadvantage, but if you rethink it again, by not being able to see what you’ve written before, your internal editor is dead. He/she doesn’t remember what garbage you’ve written before, where you’ve made mistakes, and which scenes need to be improved. It can be very useful if you think you’re not so easy to be motivated.

Lastly now, think about what you’ll do after NaNo. Since you’ll barely edit in November, mistakes and errors and garbage cannot be avoided, and if you’re using the usual word processing program… well, you continue what I want to say. It can be very difficult, except if you’re taking advantage of the easy scene-changing system in yWriter like I’ve mentioned before. remember: better to make your scenes friends, than enemies.

Okay, folks, so here is the summary of the advantage in yWriter:

1. Easy to make the story scene by scene. You can always prepare the draft before NaNo starts, so if you love to arrange things, yWriter is the best choice for you.

2. Easy to move scenes you think is wrongly put. It saves time—really.

3. You can’t see what you’ve written before—your internal editor is therefore died.

4. Consider editing months later! If you want to make it all easy, yWriter can be a fun choice!

5. …And have I mentioned it’s free? 🙂

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You can download yWriter here. I’d suggest you better practice with it a bit, or else you’ll get stuck with the system usage this November. You won’t want to get stuck by then…. 😦

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