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I love to feel inspired, and I would love to inspire you!

Check out these posts for writing prompts, unique names, and much more!

{What’s In a Name?} Lysander

I fell in love with this name when I was introduced to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream many years ago and I haven’t ever quite been able to get it out of my head.  I have yet to find the perfect character for the name, but I would love to–and when I do, I won’t hesitate to use the name!

In case I’ve not mentioned this before, my favorite letter to be able to stick into a name is y.  Why this is, I can’t tell you, but it’s been true for quite some time.
This name has an ly in it, which is another favorite of mine!

Favorite letters?  Favorite combinations of letters?  *shakes head*  You know you’re a writer when….

– Lysander –

Origin:  Greek

Meaning:  Liberator

 

What do you think of the name?  🙂

I would like to take a moment here to remind you of the read-a-thon that’s going to start in two days!!  All you have to do is read….  Click the link for more information!

~*~RaeAnne

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Writing Prompt ~ The Sound Of . . .

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Write about your favorite season in term of sounds.

I love to read descriptions of the seasons–because they can evoke so many emotions.  Memories.
It’s so easy to do that in terms of sights or smell, but sounds?  How similar are the sounds of the seasons?  What’s something unique to a season?

My favorite season is autumn and the sound of it is one of my favorite parts.  The crunchy leaves…it rains quite a bit here during those months, too, and that’s another thing I’m ridiculously fond of.  (See my “pluviophile” post!)

Nature is full of sounds no matter the time of year!  What’s your favorite season and what does it sound like to you?

~*~RaeAnne

{What’s In a Name?} Bree

~ Bree ~

Origin: Irish

Meaning:  Strength or exalted one

Irish names fascinate me, and this lovely girl’s name is no exception!  I’m not usually a fan of names that are so short, but I like the sound of this one.

My favorite use of the name in literature is the name of a place in The Lord of the Rings, and the only other reference listed here that I’m familiar with is the name of a horse in C.S. Lewis’ The Horse and His Boy (another lovely book!).

As much as I enjoy Brie cheese, I wouldn’t dare change the spelling–that would just be cruel.

 

~*~RaeAnne

Writing Prompt ~ Create a character who . . .

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Characters are, quite obviously, something very near and dear to my heart.
Villains are always an amazingly fun thing to experiment with.

Perhaps my favorite kind of baddie is the sort that isn’t, really, bad.  Or, rather, their badness has stemmed from something that is, at its core, good–it’s just been taken to such an extreme that it is no longer good.
A prime example of this is Javert in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables; really, he just wants justice.  It is this hatred of forgiveness that is his demise….  But I feel that it makes for such an interesting character–a baddie that you can identify with more than others, perhaps. 

Do you have a favorite villain?  Who is it and why?

~*~RaeAnne

NaNoWriMo Survival Kit–Are You Ready?

Everybody is different, something that the people over at the NaNoWriMo site understand!  Something that I like about that is that they realize people write differently.  There are the Pantsers, and the Planners.  The former, Pantsers, fly by the seat of their pants–which explains the funny name.  And the Planners…are just that!

Are you a Pantser, or a Planner?
Funnily enough, I’m a Pantser.  At least, in regards to NaNoWriMo I am.  I take it seriously, but perhaps not as seriously as I would other projects, so I’m not sitting there mapping out every detail for months.
Personally, then, all I have right now are a handful of ideas.  I know what I’m going to write about, and a few vague ideas about plot points here and there, but that’s all.  I find that planning things out scene by scene is overwhelming and limiting–this is true in my “regular” writing as well.  It’s stifling, and my poor muse is confined to a small room instead of the vast outdoors.  There’s nothing wrong with the people who plan for months and months, but that’s just not how I approach NaNoWriMo!
It might also help that I really only ever see myself doing something like fan-fiction for NaNoWriMo; that’s what I did last year, and what I’ll do this year.  It helps, then, I think, as I have my characters sorta figured out, and a bit of a plot to mess around with as I see fit–or one that I come up with entirely!  The setting could change, too…the possibilities with fan-fiction are endless (just click around the Internet!), but it also provides a bit of structure, so that’s nice.

As a Pantser, my survival kit is probably a bit smaller than that of a Planner might be.  I don’t have a myriad of notebooks to keep track of, maps that I’ve sketched, any of those things….  But here’s a few things that I think will help me get through NaNo this year:

My wonderful writing program, Scrivener:
Up until NaNoWriMo last year, I mostly wrote things on paper.  Obviously that would prove difficult for writing 50,000 words, so I had to change that up.  And I’m glad I did.  My problem with writing things by hand was that it took too long; my thoughts would get ahead of what my hand could scrawl across the page–and that’s with writing in shorthand!
Sure, any ol’ program will work just fine, but I’m excited to use Scrivener this year!
And if you’re the type who attacks NaNoWriMo with a paper and pen (or pencil), then…more power to ya!  I can just imagine the hand cramps….

Chocolate!!  (Or some other snack….):
Snacks are important, of course!  I prefer chocolate to anything else, and have a stash in my desk just for the purpose of eating while I’m writing!
Over the course of the month, I’m sure I’ll eat many different things as I write…but chocolate is just so wonderful!
It provides a slight distraction (especially if you have something like Skittles with different flavors to it!), and something else to focus on for a moment or two, but sometimes that’s helpful.  Plus, if you’re eating chocolate, there’s some caffeine in there!  XD

Good music:
Your taste will differ from mine, and probably on the type of scene you’re writing!  I mentioned some of my favorite artists/albums to listen to while writing in a previous post.  What do you find helpful when you’re writing–or can you not have any noise at all?

Moral support:
NaNoWriMo is not easy.  The very act of writing isn’t easy–it’s simple, sure, but that’s not the same thing!  Though I don’t talk much about what I’m writing, that doesn’t mean that I don’t need a few people to encourage me while I write!
My family and friends are wonderful at this…and the NaNo community is awfully nice, too!

A designated writing space (and time?):
I need minimal distractions.  I’m not the type of gal who will go to a coffee shop with my laptop and write to my heart’s content; partially because I don’t drink coffee, and just because that doesn’t appeal to me!  I might do it for a change of pace, but that has yet to happen….
The room I choose to write in is my bedroom, but that’s as specific as I get with it.  Maybe I’ll sit on my bed, or at my desk…it just depends!
Also, I usually choose to write late at night, when most everyone else is sleeping; the distractions are kept to a minimum, then.  And I just like to write at night!

Tea (or coffee, if that’s more your thing):
Always!  Tea is good for everything, but I see myself drinking an awful many pots of the wonderful stuff over the month of November.  (This won’t be a big change for me!)  I like to drink tea as I write…for no particular reason!  🙂  The same reason that I snack while I write, perhaps?  It’s calming, if nothing else.

Something to reward yourself with once you’ve reached your goal:
Whatever your goal is, you deserve to reward yourself once you’ve reached it!  This will provide a little bit more motivation, too, though the feeling of having reached a goal is a reward in itself!
Splurge a bit!  You’ve accomplished something incredibly difficult and taxing!  Throw yourself a little party and celebrate!

What will help you with NaNoWriMo this year?  Are you a Pantser or a Planner?
Good luck, to anyone attempting NaNo this year!  You’ll do splendidly!

I would love to know how you’re doing with your novel!
Follow my Instagram and Twitter accounts, and be my buddy over at the NaNoWriMo site!  I’ll gladly follow you back!

I’ll be sharing updates here daily, as well as on my social media sites–and the NaNoWriMo one!

You can do this!  And so can I!  XD

~*~RaeAnne

{What’s in a Name?} Oliver

This name is a splendid one, I think!  🙂  A cute little name that I can’t help but think would perfectly fit a good-natured, if mischievous, child….  The female counterpart, Olivia, is also lovely.

– Oliver –

Origin:  Latin

Meaning:  Olive tree

It’s been popular in England for some time, but is gaining popularity here in the US–which makes me happy, because I’m fond of it!

Notable (in fiction books) Olivers include the main character in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and Oliver Wood in the Harry Potter series.

~*~RaeAnne

4 of the Best Albums to Listen to While Writing

4bestalbums…in my opinion, at least.

Background music is a very important thing for me when I’m writing; I don’t know that it necessarily influences my writing, but it does keep the rest of the real world at bay, allowing me to better immerse myself in the one I’ve created.  I do try to match the music I’m listening to to the type of scene I’m writing, or the genre, but that’s not always the case.
I plan on another list devoted to good Pandora stations to turn on while writing!  🙂

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here’s my list!  Let me know what you like to listen to while you write and if this inspired you to check out any of these albums!  There are links provided here, too, that will take you to Youtube videos!

Anything Mannheim Steamroller…but specifically the Fresh Aire albums:
Learn more about Mannheim Steamroller by reading my blog post linked to above!
I have recently fallen in love with the Fresh Aire albums; they’re my go-to albums for when I need background music for anything.  It’s about the time of year where I could turn on their Halloween album, too, which is always a lovely thing!
I will confess that I’ve not listened to all of the Fresh Aire albums (there are eight of them), but there’s no real reason behind that.
Some of my favorite tracks from those albums are the Interlude tracks (ten in total); a handful of which feature elements of nature such as rain, a thing that I find very inspiring and relaxing.  Interlude I might be my favorite, but it’s so difficult to choose!
A few others are Amber, Mere Image, The Cricket, and Velvet Tear.
The sounds of the individual tracks can take a bit of a turn from one to the next, but the first four Fresh Aire albums are each inspired by one of the four seasons.  Some songs are much more upbeat than others and I adore them all for their individuality and unconventional “instruments”.

The Lord of the Rings Soundtracks:
Need I say any more?
I prefer the ones from the LOTR trilogy to The Hobbit (grr) trilogy.  The range of emotion in these songs (it is a soundtrack, after all) is wonderful and keeps things from getting boring.
These soundtracks are all completely beautiful and I don’t think they’ll ever get old!
Not only are the original recordings fantastic, there are some amazing covers out there!  I’m quite the fan of Peter Hollen’s Into The West cover, for example.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Beethoven’s Last Night:
This is the only album on this list featuring lyrics.
We all know that Beethoven went a little bit crazy, but TSO took that concept and turned it into an album!
Obviously a very intense subject and, as a result, the tracks of this album are the same way–some more than others.
One of my favorites is Misery!

Yanni’s In My Time:
If New Age-y piano songs are in any way your thing, I’d suggest checking out this album!
I used to listen to it to fall asleep to when I was little; at least a decade later, I’ve been known to listen to it every now and then when I’m writing.  Usually only if I don’t want anything specific on but still need the noise.
All of these songs have a similar vibe, and I enjoy all of them.  The one standing out to me at the moment is Until The Last Moment.

~*~RaeAnne

{What’s In a Name?} Amethyst

The origin and meaning of this name are both rather obvious, but that’s okay!  🙂

I’m not quite sure how it came about, but I’ve found myself intrigued by this name recently!  Amethysts (the birthstone for February) as the gem they are are also quite beautiful.

I like the name so much that I rather recently gave it to a fairy in a RP!  I was so creative (:P) and did things like giving her hair that’s really dark…but will seem purple-ish in the right light.  XD
It’s held up, too; so it’s not just good in theory…in this instance, at least!

~*~RaeAnne

{What’s in a Name?} Aurora

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is…quite possibly my favorite Disney movie!  (Prince Philip doesn’t just show up and get the girl!  He kills a dragon for her!  Plus “Once Upon a Dream” is a splendid song.)

The movie’s main character goes by more than one name, but I prefer this one!

~ Aurora ~

Origin:  Latin

Meaning:  Dawn

(The meaning, I believe, can be attributed to a Roman goddess of sunrise and her tears that wound up as dew on earth.)

The name can also be a reference to the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) but it will always remind me of Sleeping Beauty first!

Amusingly enough, if it wasn’t quite so difficult to say, this might have been my name!  😀

~*~RaeAnne

{What’s in a Name?} Maximilian

 

Welcome to a new category of posts!  Names can be unique and wonderful and I want to highlight some of those here.  Beginning with…

Maximilian.  

Yes, it sounds pompous and way too fancy…but I rather adore this name!  (The kids that I babysit and I have a bit of a running joke with it; they’re not fond of it!  😀 )

– Maximilian –

Origin:  Latin

Meaning:  Greatest

(‘Cause, ya know, it didn’t sound all full of itself to begin with!)

I have read two books that feature Maximilians.  The first that I read was about Maximilian Morrel in The Count of Monte Cristo; he isn’t a main character, but his story seems to take up quite a few pages, if I remember right.  He is in love with a young woman named Valentine (I see what you did there, Dumas); theirs’ is basically a Romeo and Juliet type of story–but with a happier ending!  🙂

And then there’s Maximilian de Winter, from Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.  He is a much more important character than Monsieur Morrel.  He is a forty-two year old widower who meets and (not soon after) marries the main character of the book (whose name we never learn).  I thought that Alfred Hitchcock’s representation of him in the movie was perfect; like he saw my mental picture as I read!  Maxim to his friends, and Max only to the mysterious Rebecca, he is very debonair, if a bit prone to temper tantrums.

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