NaNoWriMo 2014 – I’m in!

I’ve been wanting to participate in NaNoWriMo for a couple of years now, but I haven’t had a second to spare. I know a lot of people say that, and the usual response is, “You have to MAKE time!”, but sometimes there truly isn’t any time to make. I’ve felt happy for the people who participated, enjoyed watching their journeys and hearing how exciting and stressful (the good kind) it is, but I also kept feeling that tug of “when am I going to get to do this?” So this year, I finally put aside everything else, turned down some opportunities, and am participating! YAY!

Baking tests have been done. I'm now ready to write.

Baking tests have been done. I’m now ready to write.

I’m all set with a novel idea (pun intended) and I can’t wait to get started. I’ve already begun making some notes in a gorgeous, inspirational notebook I’m sure you’ll see on Twitter soon. I’ve started a Pinterest board that has inspirations and historically accurate bits and bobs from the Victorian era I’ll need. I’ll reveal the official title of the book in the next couple of days as well as a working cover (if that’s not a real thing, it will be now). Scrivener is set up with some character information and scene ideas ready and waiting. Research books have been acquired. An entire writing getaway weekend has been planned. I’m really into this.

In case you’re a fellow NaNoWriMo-ist, connect with me and let’s be writing buddies! My name on there is simply Christie Stratos, no unusual screen name, no weird spacing. I’m looking forward to meeting some new writing peeps.

I’ll be blogging about my experience as well as regularly tweeting (@ChristieStratos), so keep in touch there too.

**If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, check it out here and join in the fun!**

Time: Movie Symbolism Explained

I recently watched the Korean movie “Time”, an exploration of the plastic surgery craze in Korea and the damage superficiality does to people and relationships. The movie was excellent and really got across the loneliness and unhappiness an obsession with looks can cause. I recommend this movie as both a drama and a tragedy.

Check out my analysis of the symbolism here: https://christiestratos.com/literature-in-action/time/

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Did you spot other symbolism in it?