The Curious Evolution of Jennifer K. Oliver
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jenniferkoliver: (Wolves | Wolfwomen)
Still on something of a hiatus (which I don't think I mentioned before), hence I've not been so commenty lately. Everything is OK, I'm just getting on with a lot of offline things right now, while snatching a little time to work on the novel in between. I do hope everyone on my f-list is doing well!

I've watched a few videos of Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay and I have to say, it's looking incredible. I know I often bang on about Skyrim, but there are echoes of it in the DA:I world-building—in the scenery, the way the trails are set out, and the more open-world feel of the game. Not that I'm going to spend all my time comparing the two; they're very different games with very different goals. It sounds like DA:I is still going to focus greatly on character relationships, and interactions will impact the course of the game in fundamental ways. More thoughts about Dragon Age Inquisition here, with links to gameplay videos )

And just in case you haven't seen the trailer yet, check it out: Dragon Age: Inquisition HD Teaser Trailer. (My god, but doesn't it look gorgeous?) Now all I have to do is be patient until autumn 2014. Riiiight.

You know, every time I think EXO can't get any derpier, they go and derp all over the internet. This video is... well. Some of the members were given a punishment for failing a game. The punishment? They have to spell out their names using the movement of their butts. No, I'm not kidding, Buttwriting is a thing now, and apparently Xiumin is the king and lord of all. (Chen's flailing commentary in the background nearly made me rupture something.) I just. I just can't. 13/08/2013 Sukira EXO Punishment (Subtitled).

Also, I realise I haven't mentioned that I'm going to New York at Christmastime. Aaaah! Will post more about that soon.

Badman, by B.A.P.
31st-Aug-2013 01:19 pm - Synopsis, query, pitch. And Growl!
jenniferkoliver: (EXO-M | Tao)
I've been working on my synopsis, query letter and pitch, because I want to be a prepared bunny. Probably the most difficult one for me is the synopsis - and I think it boils down to the length, which might be related to my struggle with writing flash fiction. I love drabbles and micro-fiction. Give me 100 words or less, and I'm already formulating ideas. But give me between 100 - 1000 words, and I go blank. I've tried and tried and tried to write decent flash fiction over the years, and I still get the urge to flail my arms and throw sticks at my computer. For me, short stories are harder than novels, and flash fiction is definitely harder than short stories.

I haven't had the opportunity to pitch face-to-face yet, but I'm reasonably happy with the shape of my pitches (I currently have one single line, blink-of-an-eye pitch, and one slightly longer two paragraph pitch) and even though the notion is utterly terrifying when you stop and think about it, a part of me is drawn to the challenge. I'd probably have to be careful not to ask, "So, how was it for you?" straight afterwards, because that would be weird. Very, very weird.

The glorious EXO have been repackaged, just two months after the release of their first full album. Two months! Why so soon, SM? Oh, that's right, because you need more money like now. OK, but it's EXO, so I can kind of forgive. Mostly, I wanted to link to one of the new singles on the repackaged version of XOXO: Growl. This is one of my favourites yet, and the video is stunning (to be fair, it doesn't take much for their vids to be stunning...). There's also a dance only version here. As you can see, the 'rehearsal' version is almost as polished as the official. EXO are so shiny.

Comets & Violins, by Kidneythieves.
jenniferkoliver: (The Walking Dead | Daryl)
I'm so pleased [livejournal.com profile] aigooism is playing Final Fantasy XIII. It means I get to bombard her with my knowledge of the game. Ahh!

Tuesday night was the Jaine Fenn and Suzanne McLeod author event at Storyslingers. We were extremely lucky to have them, and both Jaine and Suzanne were excellent guests and friendly, fun and encouraging authors. They each read out short fiction and answered a load of questions from us eager n00bs. I also got my copies of Principles of Angels and The Sweet Scent of Blood signed. I hope they'll come back to us in the future and do another talk, maybe even a workshop.

In more k-poppy news, I'm now annoyed at EXO. I had this amazing dark atmosphere going in my YA novel, but then EXO went and released their new album and ruined everything with their upbeat pop-heaven straight from outer space goodness. Grr. Yeah, I'm really angry about this. Really. I am trying to get back into the Victorian era groove, but Wolf is making it difficult.

Get Lucky, by Daughter (Daft Punk cover). [livejournal.com profile] momebie linked this on Tumblr the other day. It is superb.
jenniferkoliver: (EXO | OT12)
Just got my eager little hands on EXO's new album, XOXO. There are two versions: hugs (Chinese) and kisses (Korean). I just. I can't even. I'm so happy I could burst. ♥ ♥ ♥ So far my favourite track is Black Pearl, which was previewed way back when EXO first released their teasers in 2011/2012. I'm also loving Wolf and My Lady. Those guys can sing (and dance, and do all kinds of other amazing things), but I think they've grown even better, stronger vocally. Guys, I'M SO HAPPY. I'm seriously having to contain my squee here.

[livejournal.com profile] momebie recently posted the Mosaic Meme and I am pilfering it because it is excellent.

Rules:
a) Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b) Using ONLY the first page, pick an image.
c) Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Mosaic Maker. (Change to 3 rows / 3 columns.)
d) Save the image and post it!

The Questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favourite food?
3. What is your favourite colour?
4. Favourite band?
5. Dream vacation?
6. Favourite hobby?
7. What you want to be when you grow up?
8. What do you love?
9. One word to describe you.


I get all numb. When she sings it's over. Such a strange numb, and it brings my knees to the earth )

Female Sexuality in YA Fiction - at Stacked. The post also links to a handful of other posts on the subject, and is well worth a read.

Minerva, by Deftones.
jenniferkoliver: (Wolves | Wolfwomen)
In November I passed my [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout challenge of 150,000 words during 2012, so December is really just extra as far as my target is concerned. Hooray! I'm glad I didn't choose 200k, though—there were a couple of months where I got very little new writing done. I may go for 200k next year, if I'm feeling frisky at sign up time.

I've also been micro-ficcing again, and I have a short ghost story up at 50-Word Stories: "The Thinning".

Speaking of short-short fiction, there's this cool website TypeTrigger that offers an instant form of flash fiction. Using the text box at the top of the page and the trigger word or phrase, you type up to 300 words of a story or poem, and hit publish. You can also search through the triggers to find things to read. This is such an awesome idea! I wish there was a speculative fiction version.

And I really want to write a blog post about EXO, that Korean/Chinese boyband I (very briefly) mentioned a couple of months ago. Remember I said I was trying to resist them? Yeah. I failed. :/ But it's going to take me a while to put it all together. Still, expect that at some point (you could consider this a warning, perhaps…)

One Way or Another, by Blondie.
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