The amazing time management trick for YA time travel novelists who don’t have enough time!

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So for those of you playing at home, you’ll know that this blog goes with my YA time travel 1980’s novel that I’m trying to get finished. But I’ve spent way too much time playing on my blog and not enough time playing on my novel. I’m also really busy. OK, everyone says they are busy, but I really am busy! I was about to go on a total rant about how busy I am, but I’ll spare you. I’ll just say I have a pretty full life and writing my novel, as much as I love it, is not the only thing I live for.

I’ve been really trying to kick my own butt though, because I’m so close to it being ‘finished’ (i.e. in a state that one could read it and maybe point out some plot holes, inconsistencies and boring bits)! So I’ve developed an awesome new (OK, probably loads of people do this) time management trick.

I call it; The amazing time management trick for YA time travel novelists who don’t have enough time! 

It basically creates time. Hello.

So you start on day 1 and you use your phone or whatever you time stuff on and you type in 30 mins (or whatever amount of time you think is the MOST time you could possibly spend writing that day). Then the next day guess what? You type in 31 mins. And then 32 mins on the next day, do you get it? It’s not rocket science.

And the best bit is that because you only add one minute on a day, it’s like you don’t even notice it! It’s like magical made-up time! 

You’ll be writing all day in no time and still be able to go to work! :-O

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The Neverending Story – Where are they now?!

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I was watching the Neverending Story (again) last night and I got to thinking – what the hell happened to those kids? None of them look familiar and no one has ever really talked about any of them for years so I thought I’d do a little research Time Traveller’s Scrunchie style…

OK, remember this  kid?

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That’s Bastian. He’s the kid who sits in the school’s attic for the whole movie, reading books and eating apples. He is so me when I read a book.

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And I have nothing clever to say about this unicorn gif, I just had to put it in. So anyway, here he is now…

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Barret Oliver looks like he never left the attic and probably doesn’t get a lot of requests for autographs I reckon. Barret quit acting in the late 80’s and became a Scientologist, a printer and a photographer specialising in 19th century film processes, whatever that is. He’s also had a book published called ‘A History of the Woodburytype’ which is available on Amazon for all you die hard fans.

How about this kid?!

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Wasn’t she just the cutest little cherub of a childlike empress?! Don’t cry empress, Bastian will give you a name even if you can’t work out what the hell it is.

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Tami Stronach also quit acting and went on to become a professional dancer. Oh you can totally see her in a pair of ballet shoes! She’s still dancing and you can find out all about her pretty awesome dance career here.

But what about ATREYU?! He’s the one we really wanna know about! The warrior who went on the quest to end all quests to stop the nothing only to have his horse Artax die in the Swamps of Sadness. :’-(

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Well he’s alive and well and living in LA, building Choppers and tattooing people for a living. OMG I totes wanna get ATREYU to do my tattoo!!!! :-O

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Cool bananas! But don’t fret guys, after like thirty years he’s back taking acting classes! He recently appeared in a couple of B-grade movies including a thing called Sushi Girl so we might be seeing more of him soon!

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Whooop! You can also friend him on Facebook here!

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Another awesome YA time travel novel writing soundtrack track that’s been getting me through some boring editing today.

Stay with it until the guitar solo at 2:05, it’s totally worth it!

Clockwork Angel

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I just darn well LOVE Cassandra Clare. I’ve read all the Mortal Instruments books (OMG CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE COMES OUT TOMORROW!!!!) and I just loved ’em!

I wasn’t totally sure about committing to the Infernal Devices books. I mean it’s THREE loooong books and I have soooo many books to read! Can I really justify the time it’s going to take to read them all (because you know you’re not gonna read just one) when I have a full time job, I’m trying to write a novel, keep this blog going and also I need to eat?

But all I can say is WOWZERS! Because I freaking loved this book. This might be a little controversial, but I may have even loved it more than the Mortal Instruments – sorry Jace.  Reading this book was kind of depressing. It was like – “I am never going to be able to write something this good”. But it was also like…

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In no particular order, here’s 10 things I loved about Clockwork Angel.

1. That Tessa has no idea what she is or what the hell is going on. I mean, don’t we all feel like that? Especially in our teen years? Even without the Shadowhunters.

2. Will. You can’t help but find him appealing even though he’s such a lad.

3. Jem. Sorry Will, but this is one of the few stories I’ve read where I’ve had a book crush on the *other* guy. Jem is just such a nice kid, and not in a boring way. He is a really interesting character, but he’s just so nice! Team Jem! Naaaw!

4. Henry. Because everyone loves a red-headed crazy inventor.

5.Steam punk! I’ve never been like that into steam punk, but this was pretty cool. Clockwork stuff. Awesome.

6. Victorian London. Perfect. Any day.

7. Jessamine. OMG I want to smack her. But I also want her to take me shopping.

8. Murderous parasols.

9. Magnus Bane. Meow!

10. Charlotte. I love that a chic is running the institute. Girl power.

Get your hands on a copy if you haven’t read it yet.

FIVE STARS!!

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Young Adult

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This was a super-cute movie. OK, not so much super-cute, mostly it was kind of depressing and I kept watching it wondering if this would be my life if I hadn’t met my awesome boyfriend, because a lot of it was kind of too scarily close for comfort. But that’s what I love about these art-housey type films. Some of them are kind of pretentious, but this one was just really real. A little slow moving at times, but hey, so is life, and it’s not like you have anything better to do. Except for maybe writing your own novel, but after seeing this movie your own novel may not seem so important after all… (aaaw!)

Mavis is a young adult author, ah, kind of, she’s actually a ‘ghost writer’, which if you ask Kate William (who wrote the Sweet Valley High books) is kind of the same thing. Basically the premise is – Mavis forgot to grow up. She was so caught up in writing for teens and living like a teenager herself that she gets to 37 and she’s still getting wasted and acting like a child.

Let’s get one thing straight y’all (y’all? Man, I’ve so been watching too much Nashville) I do not judge about how you want to live your life. If you want to go out partying throughout middle age and not get married and not have kids and just do you then power to you! But Mavis doesn’t seem real happy about her choices and so she ends up going back to her crappy little hometown, convinced she’s meant to be with her ex-flame who’s wife just popped one out and who also just happens to be… Esme?! Needless to say – chaos ensues!

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I really liked this movie. It was quirky, sad and awkward, but it was also witty and it had a soft edge. It’s about letting the past go, and growing up, if you want to.

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Architectural Afterlife

Johnny Joo. What an awesome name. I’ve been trying to think of a writer alias last name for ages. Johnny Joo (pronounced Yo) is the best name ever. But what’s even cooler than his name is his photography.

I’m totally in love with his photos of abandoned places. I’ve been trawling through them for days and being a writer I feel like each one is a short story, a YA novel or an entire series! I’ve got to admit the hospital ones really freak me out, but below I’ve added a bunch that I thought were particularly awesome. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did and make sure to check out this guy’s work!

 

I love the abandoned school pics. Introducing my next series of YA novels – Dystopia High.

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It’s the end of the world as we know it, but you still have to go to PE/Gym class. Nooooooooo!!!

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Did anyone ever see that really bad TV movie Terror in the Mall?

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The abandoned bowling alley is one of my faves. What happened here? Why didn’t you even take your awesome retro ashtrays?!

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And you forgot your shoes. I love that there is a pair still on the counter.

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This diner. I mean, don’t you even put the plates away after your last shift?

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And this is probably my favourite of all. The school that’s always closed, because every day is a snow day.

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Sixteen Candles

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Yesterday was 30 years since Sixteen Candles was released. What a freaking awesome movie! If you’ve never seen it your life is not complete.

I thought I’d celebrate by posting an excerpt from chapter 3. How very exciting!!

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“Nope, I look exactly the same as I have since summer. Utterly forgettable,” said Molly Ringwald as Magz stuffed a spring roll in her mouth.

“Chinese is so good,” said Jack loading his fork with sweet and sour pork and swinging his legs up onto the coffee table.

“How’s the pork?” Magz asked through a mouth full of spring roll.

“Awesome,” said Jack. “Thanks for dinner.”

“Thank the parentals. Thank Mastercard.”

“Priceless.” Jack slurped on his Pepsi.

“You know, my parents forgot my birthday one year,” said Magz as Molly Ringwald stood downstairs waiting for someone to say Happy Birthday.

“Shut up,” said Jack taking a spring roll off her plate.

“I was twelve. That night they came home at nearly midnight with a cake and presents, pretended they hadn’t forgotten. Like it was all just a joke and it was meant to be a surprise, but it was so obvious. I sat here all night watching the Back to the Future trilogy. Alone. On my birthday. Doc Brown was just about to turn up with the steam train.”

“You were just a kid,” said Jack shaking his head. “But still, there are worse ways to spend a birthday.”

“Oh, I’ve definitely had worse birthdays.”

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