Here it is (with one or two added or subtracted...).
1. Vancouver Sun books by various authors. (I have three and a half of them read... The Jungle Book, The Secret Garden, half of Frankenstien, and book #25 which is Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories which I had to read for literature!)
2. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien. (Still working on this one.... I'm more than half way through! The end is nigh!)
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
4. Emma by Jane Austin.
5. Books by Charles Dickens.
6. Books by Jules Verne.
7. Books by H.G. Wells.
8. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson.
9. Re-read Watership Down by Richard (?) Adams.
11. Re-read The Alliance by same author.
13. Leviathan by Scott Westerfield.
14. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.
15. Re-read Robin Hood by Howard Pyle.
16. A biography on J.R.R. Tolkien. (I'm one step closer.... I now own a biography about Tolkien. I just have to find time to read it.)
17. More of the Bible. (I have certainly read more of the Bible since the last time I posted this list! But I don't think it counts, yet.)
19. Books by C.S. Lewis.
20. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
After I finish the books I'm currently reading, I am going to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (should be easy, it's less than 100 pages long!) and hopefully start Jane Eyre. However I'm not sure if Jane Eyre will ever get read because Moby Dick is threatening me from literature class.... It's 130+ chapters long! I'm not sure if I'm excited, upset, or just plain nervous. I have never read anything that long before.
NaNoWriMo. AKA National Novel Writing Month. AKA November. AKA 7 days, 5 hours, 42 minutes, and 8 seconds from now.... 7.... 6.... 5....
NaNoWriMo is where you try to write a 50,000 words novel in a month (although you can adjust your word count if you want).
(Hey, I resemble the guy on the left with the colorful hat).
Last year NaNoWriMo completely burned me out. I had my 50,000 words but my novel still wasn't finished by the end of November....
Actually, my novel still isn't finished. I've done the first two edits and now I'm waiting for my editor (COUGH COUGH MOM! COUGH COUGH!) to look over it and find any mistakes.
I am still undecided whether to do NaNoWriMo this year or not.... I know, I only have 7 days, 5 hours, 18 minutes, and 50 seconds.... But I just can't decide! Just in case, I'm getting my plot and my characters all ready to go. This year's novel will be an espionage story and that's all I'm saying about it right now. Other than the plot has been spinning around in my head all summer.
Outlining. There are many different preferences when it comes to outlining. Some like to have bullet points, some have detailed summaries of every chapter, some go without outlines. My personal preference is a paragraph for each scene in the story. Not particularly detailed... Just a brief summary of what happens in the scene.
Scene 1: Han Solo and Princess Leia are in a room in the Cloud City. Chewbacca comes in with parts of C3PO and says he found him in a junk pile. Talk about it. Lando comes in, asks if he can fix Threepio. They say no. Lando invites them to dinner. They leave.
Scene 2: Arrive at the dining room, find Darth Vader.
Scene 3: etc. etc....
In my outline, I have the first two scenes outlined and the third in the back of my brain. I need to look at some of my notes before proceeding any further.
Something different that I will do this year - if I do undertake NaNoWriMo - is the dares. On the NaNoWriMo Youth Writers Program website they have a dare machine. You can click it and it will give you a dare which you have to (if you want to) incorporate into your story. Last year I wasn't able to do any dares because they wouldn't fit with my 17th century theme. This year, though, my novel will be set in 2022 and the dares will be perfectly acceptable!
So I have a big decision before me....
Live long and prosper!