Monday, March 24, 2008

Summer Pleasure Reads:

This Summer, I plan on reading through Eragon, Eldest, Inkheart, Inkspell, and in late summer starting the Harry Potter series over.

Brisingr comes out in September, and I think Inkdeath arrives in October. No more Harry Potter (she better not!) but the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ( I cannot WAIT to see that one! The book was amazing...and I always liked Severus Snape.) film comes out this fall. So I have a big Summer some modern fantasy authors and hopefully some Dostoevsky and I plan on reading through the Odyssey this summer....maybe even with my brother!

Plus, I plan on having the first draft of my book finished by August 23 this year, and having a second draft by October 30, the date of my main character's birthday. We'll try again to have th book mostly completed by Christmas.
Anna

14 comments:

Brian said...

Anna-
Great book list. I haven't decided on my summer books yet, but when I do, I'll post it back here. By the way, if you can, I'd love to read a synopsis of your book. You can send it to brian tillinger at cs.com. Just turn that into an address. Just in case you're not sure, HBP comes out on November 21, 2008.
-Brian

Anna said...

November! That's a long time! Here's my idea so far for a synopsis. The plan for the time-being is for one of three-four main characters to be forced back to a city called Boros, which is the North Ranger Capitol. The Rangers are grouping, and each Ranger is required to 'check in' and join forces. My character, Dwalyn, unwillingly goes but finds that one of her best friends is The Head Ranger there. She is later assigned to guarding borders ( a boring task, right? ) so in search of some excitement, Dwalyn decides to spy on some Euros Rangers (Rangers from the East) on the Eastern border. She ends up being caught by one of them, but instead of turning her in, he lets her go. She starts meeting with him regularly. Meanwhile, the Southern Rangers (which are the bad guys) are planning attacks on all the other Ranger Groups. That's why the Rangers are grouping. Dwalyn is later captured by Euros when she is caught on their borders, and then somehow captured by Notos (which is South) only to be released in the last battle of the book, in which her best friend and most loyal companion dies.

That's only one of the plot lines, which isn't complete, but that's a summary for you. Thanks for being so interested! That could change any time though. I change my mind a lot, which is probably why I don't ever get it finished.

Anna said...

Oh yeah, BTW, I hope I explained that well.

Brian said...

Awesome storyline! I can't wait to read more about it. Keep my updated on how your story is going. Once you think it's ready, you should try going to a publisher. I bet you'd have a good chance at Shadow Mountain. You could ask Scott for support there. I know that is in a long time though. Good Luck!
-Brian

Anna said...

I'm glad you like the story line! That's for Dwalyn Kitt. I can't decide on a name for the story...it'll probably be The Kitt Chronicles are something, because it's about four siblings and all of their problems in a world called Amira.....or something like that. I might start posting updates on my blog more regular now. We'll so how writing goes over the next month or so. I'll hit writing hard in the summer, because school slows down A LOT.

Brian said...

I know what you mean about school taking up a lot of time. I'm trying to write a story, but I have so much schoolwork that I have barely gotten started. I'll try though. I can't wait to read more about your story.
-Brian

Anna said...

I'm glad to hear it! I'm really getting excited about writing the book, and about all the different plot lines. It makes it easier if you can take a break from one story,and the two Kitt brothers are easier to write than the twins.

Brian said...

Thanks for all of this cool info on your story! When it does get into stores, I'll be ready to buy it.

The somewhat skinny, lanky hurt said...

That does look like a good reading list. Is there a specific Dostoevsky book that you are planning on reading? He is one of my favorite authors. Have you read him before?

Anna said...

No I haven't read him before. I would like to read all of them, eventually. Is there a specific one that is best to start out with?

Ben said...

Most Dostoevsky novels are pretty long, but if you are willing to devote a large chunk of reading time to it, I would recommend, "The Brothers Karamazov". It really is a great story, and gives a great view of Dostoevsky's religious and philosophical views as well. I think his portrayal of the different elements of Russian culture is another beautiful element of this book.

A shorter Dostoevsky story is, "Notes From the Underground." I really like this book as well, but it's a little more unusual story. I found that reading that after I had learned a little about Dostoevsky's beliefs and what ideas he was responding to probably increased my enjoyment of the book.

Anna said...

Thanks! I've heard good things about both of those....and those were probably nearer the top of my list.

John L. said...

Hey! Great some more classical readers!

Anna said...

Absolutely! I'm excited about getting into Dosteyevsky.....or Fydo....I can't remember how to spell his name. :)