Sunday, May 31, 2009

Today, I met John Green LML ( [i]lovemylife)


Wow, I want to say so much about this weekend, but said weekend has made me unbelievably tired. Partly because I had some weird 24 hour cold on friday/saturday that has almost disappeared, leaving no side effects (appart from exhastion). But it's gone so I can assume it's not Swine Flu :P

So perhaps I'll just dot point for now, and elaborate in a post later this week. Sorry for sucking.

- Yesterday (Saturday), I met up with Rohan, Chris, Leuke, and Rob plus some other lovely people to just hang out around Melbourne. It was a good day

- Today, I met John Green.

- The above people, plus Mitto all came along, and we went to two events and both were just, surreal

- John spoke, was amazing to listen to, and to see him be there in front of us... just wow.

- The first time we went up to get our books signed, and after he talked to Chris (whom he gave two shout outs during the event), John looked up and said, "Oh, Liv! I didn't see you when you were sitting there. How are you?"

....OMG!!!! best moment of my life. I mean, he's one of my favourite authors. Just AHHH!!!

- Spent some more time with the guys, and my friend Emily who came along, saw Frezned (if you don't know who he is then youtube him, his videos are amazing. I just can't be bothered to type out another link :P)

- Came home rather happy.

This weekend was something I desperately needed (read: actual fun). I've been so immersed in school for the past two weeks that basically, I just wanted to sleep all weekend before dragging myself back to school. But it was worth it, so unbelieveable worth it.

In other news, as some have asked about my results in things for school, I thought I'd tell you I received an A+ for the previously mentioned Drama Ensembles , which I am SOOO glad because I worked hard on that bitch-of-a-project. And I've been going really well in everything else too. A french SAC which I thought I failed turned out to be the complete opposite, but only because the whole class failed, and so instead of being marked out of 20, it was scaled to be marked out of ten. My 7.5 out of 20 became a 7 out of 10, so I got a B. I LOVE THE BELL CURVE!

Ah that feels strange, talking about marks on this. I just feel like it should be left alone, I don't think I will again.

I also finished typing another two chapters of Silver Sky, which I haven't posted yet because the second needs editing. These chapters when written consequtively are probably two of my favourite chapters, and I really think you guys will like them (at least I hope so.) I' considering waiting until I type up the next chapter, though, then posting all three, because otherwise what happens may not have the impact I would like.

If this doesn't make sense, I apologise. I'll see if I can write something more coherent later this week.

Hmmm, longer than I intended. Ah well.


C said...

PLEASE edit and rework your next novel before you publish it.


Liv said...

What I have up there is only my first draft - it's not a finalised work. I started adding it during National Novel Writing Month, and then just continued handwriting it in France, believe me it's not finished.

jasonmcgillan said...

@"C"-...gee maybe I've got the wrong impression but... harsh much?? At least she's gone to the effort of writing a novel, which is an amazing achievement in itself for a person of her age, regardless of quality.

PLEASE edit and rephrase your next piece of criticism so you don't continue to come across as an arrogant douche.


Richard said...

I too think you have been a little harsh 'C'.

Congratulations on your A+ Liv

C said...

I am just bringing some balance to the discussion. There seems to be nothing but praise on this and the novel's blogs, when by any objective standard the 'novel' is not good at all. Just because the author is inexperienced doesn't mean there shouldn't be some honest feedback.

This plot seems to have been developed as it was written, leading to a lack of direction; bland, blatantly unplanned non-sequiturs; irrelevant asides; underdeveloped pseudo-philosophical rambling; an impulsive stream-of-consciousness tone and a language command redolent of 1990's voice-recognition software.

Now she has a plot outline, perhaps the author should go 'back to the drawing board' to work out exactly what she wants to say with this amateur literature.

No good book can be written in a month. NaNoWriMo is a really bad idea. Perhaps National Short Story Writing Month would be better.

Liv said...

The idea of Nanowrimo is to have a go at writing a novel. There's no pre-requisit telling us all to write a good novel. I'm 17! Obviously I wouldn't try to get published, but I have to start somewhere and work forward.

You need to remember that this is a FIRST DRAFT. John Green spoke about how he cut almost 90% of his original drafts. Generally people spend months re-developing and constructing their plots, and tweaking their language until their work reseambles something appropriate. I plan to go back and re-write a lot of this.

You are very perceptive though, yes, I did develope the plot as I wrote. It in fact changed mid-way because I had some life-experience that altered my perspective on a couple of things.

I mean, I have no idea how to write a novel. But I want to learn how, and this is how I'm doing it.

C said...

A great response! Good luck to you.