Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday Thoughts: On Hearing Voices, Books to Movies, and NaNoWriMo

On Hearing Voices

I was surprised this morning when I pulled up to the daycare to drop my son off and he tells me he wants me to turn the voices back on. No, my two year old isn’t going crazy, he was referring to the audiobook we were listening to. Apparently, he was really enjoying listening to the story. I don’t know how much he was understanding, but he was clearly enjoying the rythmn of the voices and the storytelling. We are currently listening to Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero and apparently he wants to keep listening. He really didn’t want to get out of the car!

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)

Books to Movies

I am usually not a Non-Fiction reader, but a couple of years ago when our library was looking for someone to lead the library book discussion groups on the discussion of the book Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, I was shocked to find myself eagerly raising my hand. On a road trip from Eastern Indiana to Western Iowa, a trip that lasted 10+ hours I immerced myself in this book. Again, I am not a big non-fiction fan, but I absolutely loved this book. Here is where I will admit that I am weird.

The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

Unlike my patrons who come in wanting to read the book because of the serial killer, reportedly America’s first serial killer, H. H. Holmes, I found that the building of the White City for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair is what attracted me the most. I wanted to skip the H. H. Holmes chapters and read more about the Fair, the inventions and the discoveries they made there. I couldn’t skip half of the book, however, because I was ultimately leading the book discussion. Larson’s chapters alternate between H. H. Holmes, and the World Fair, and they compliment each other very well. As you see the building of the fair, you also see the building of the house of horrors H. H. Holmes sought to create.

This week while reading book news and updates I found out that there are plans in the works to turn this book into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. I only hope they include the building of the World’s Fair in the movie, and not focus entirely on H. H. Holmes.

You can read the full article here if you like: http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/leonardo-dicaprio-to-star-as-h-h-holmes-in-the-devil-in-the-white-city-adaptation_b15657?c=rss

NaNoWriMo

The first week of November is already upon us and that means that it is time for NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month for those who aren’t familiar with the term. All over the blogosphere you can read about participants attempts to meet this one month 50,000 word quota, and the anti NaNoWriMo crowd who say it isn’t worth it.

Here is where I weigh in. Some people need motivation to do something and if NaNoWriMo is their inspiration for writing this month, I say go for it! I did the math and discovered that in order to complete NaNoWriMo you have to write 1667 words per day or roughly three pages single spaced. It crossed my mind to try, but ultimately I have too much going on right now to write 1667 words a day, and besides, everything I tried to write was sounding startlingly like books I have read lately. Fiction writer I am not! My point in this little spiel is this, if it sounds like something you want to do, go for it. If you are not a writer, and know it like me, don’t worry about it.

As for all the people who say all you will write for NaNoWriMo is junk, I say this…we all have to start somewhere.

Word Count: 623 Keep in mind this isn’t fiction! :)

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  1. I so enjoy a audio book. I tend to listen to classics. It makes it easier to understand

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