November has been a rather slow month, because NaNoWriMo. And also school. (But on the bright side, I saw no ghosts.) (WHAT? *shakes head* Basically all horror stories are set on dreary November evenings. November is super creepy.) Across the world, there were also a lot of saddening events — I know I didn’t post about them in full, but I send my thoughts to all those caught up in violence. ❤
1. NaNoWriMo I didn’t achieve my original goal of 30k, because I was away for the entire final weekend. (For a Girlguide training camp! I was lucky to get into an international trip for next summer, and it was super lovely to meet all the other girls going. I had some awesome fandom conversations, hehe.) My writing was positively awful, but I love that NaNo forces me to write… Otherwise it genuinely doesn’t yet done. And the plot bunnies have given me a ton of new and exciting ideas, hehe.
2. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell Dude?? This was AMAZING? I feel like such an inferior writer right now.
The writing was honestly so beautiful. Every time I got into a story, it finished, though… Yeah. The middle story was the only one I found quite difficult to get through, actually. (Also: I see what you did there with the Eva cameo in Black Swan Green, David Mitchell. HOW DARE YOU. *cries* Dammit, why did I have to get so attached to the perennially annoying composer?)
3. Winter I READ IT AND I CAN’T BELIEVE THE LUNAR CHRONICLES ARE OVER WOW. *sobs* It’s so weird… Please, allow me my moment of reflection on the life-changing moment I picked up Cinder from the school book fair. (Just kidding. It’s cool.) I think I actually enjoyed it more than Cress! Maybe Scarlet, too. Hmm. It could have dragged a bit less, though. I’m also not sure why there are no queer people in the future. *shrugs* The book in itself was good, but it was kind of weird how there weren’t even any LGBTQ+ side characters. (I think I’ve come to expect quite a lot from diversity. But all the couples and true-love-as-a-teenager-ing got rather repetitive.
4. Musicals *manic laughter* OH MY GOODNESS I haVE FALLEN SO FAR INTO THIS HOLE. I’ve had the Hamilton soundtrack on repeat for the last month, and now I can tell you far more than you probably ever wanted to know about the founding fathers.
And also I listened to Rent. I started watching a version of it with Renee Elise Goldberry (aka Angelica Schuyler) like?? During summer??? But I just listened from the beginning. I attempted Into the Woods but I had no idea what was happening. More updates to follow, but I’ll probably have collapsed with all the impromptu singing by then.
I’m sorryyyy I haven’t been reading many blogs this month! But I’ll try and get round to it now, I swear. I also am slightly running out of time to write this post hence that lack of literally anything to make it look pretty but AAH I PASSED MY THEORY EXAM, yay! 🙂 I was kinda worried about it, so that was super nice to hear.
Also! I’m joining up with the Story Mash Up, which is an awesome collaborative Harry Potter fic-writing thing hosted by Joan @ Fiddler Blue, Trisha @ The Bookgasm and Michelle & The Writing Hufflepuff. Also participating is Ash @ Teabears & Co. and Veenith @ The Lousy Design. We’re each going to be writing a short piece from our character’s perspectives… And I’m first up, eek! I’m really excited to be connected with all these other lovely bloggers, though, and you should totally go follow everyone else.
Here’s the intro… *drumrolls*
The wizarding world has been quiet since the day Harry Potter defeated the evil wizard named Voldemort. For seventeen years, the magical community continues to live in harmony and secrecy among the Muggles. The students, fresh from their summer vacations, are returning to school with nothing but excitement for the coming year in their minds. Truly, nothing could shake this era of peace ever again…or so they believe.
AND HERE. My character form!
dammit I spent the last 20 minutes looking for a stock photo and this one is still not quite right eh
• BASIC INFORMATION
o Name: Indira Marshall
o Age: 15
o Blood Status: Pureblood
o Occupation: Student
(if a student) Hogwarts House: Slytherin
Year Level: 4
• (if Year 3 & above) Extra classes2: Care of Magical Creatures, Divination.
o Wand: Spruce, dragon heartstring, 8 inches.
o Pets: A family tawny owl.
• APPEARANCE (a description, a picture, or both) Dark brown hair, shoulder-length and bluntly cut, with brown eyes. What she lacks in height, she makes up in manic speed and energy.
o Hobbies: Quidditch is pretty much her main passion. A lot of other activities get pushed aside for that. She does enjoy Herbology more than she’d like to admit, though.
o Likes: Quidditch. Food. Puns, bad jokes, and good pranks. Winning.
o Dislikes: Anything she thinks is wasting her time. Cauliflower. People who always follow rules to the letter; people with naïve and idealistic expectations of the world.
o Strengths (skills, personality, talents): Indira is highly competitive, and will work tirelessly to achieve her goals. This applies to smaller tasks too. She’s outgoing and on generally good terms with her fellow pupils.
o Weaknesses (skills, personality, talents): As a result of her competitive nature, other things can be pushed aside to achieve her goals. She doesn’t deal well with defeat. Though can strike up a conversation with ease, she habitually lies and will rarely discuss anything of importance (especially in reference to her own feelings). She doesn’t excel in or enjoy more theory-based subjects. She chose Divination more based on amusement factor than as a serious subject.
o Strongest / Favourite Subjects: Potions, Herbology.
o Weakest / Least Favourite Subjects: History of Magic, Astronomy. She finds both useless. Transfiguration can also be somewhat emotionally stressful.
o Quidditch player (Yes / No): Yes
if yes, which position: Chaser
• BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CHARACTER (including family history)
Indira has one sister, presently age 10. As far as she knows, Indira’s family did not actively participate in the Second Wizarding War, but she suspects they were somewhat sympathetic towards Voldemort. She was bitten as a very young child by a werewolf that had escaped death during the war; obviously, her parents were not pleased with this, but there was nothing they could do. They discreetly obtained Wolfsbane for her when she was younger, but at Hogwarts she is required to take it to continue at the school so they provide it for her. She tries to hide it and reduce its interference as much as possible; she hasn’t told any other pupils, though it’s possible they suspect the cause of her monthly absences. She had always been very enthusiastic about Quidditch, and that was the main thing she was excited for in Hogwarts. During her school years, she’s kept up that ambition and played for the Slytherin team in Years 2 & 3.
*wipes sweat off brow* Look out for the first instalment, which I@ll be posting on the 13th!