The Writerly Habit

This blog is about my struggles to get into the habit of writing regularly.

NaNo Day 2 - Rowling Back in the News

So day two went ok. I got 1,666 words, which is just barely my required word count. It was a little difficult today. I didn't have a lot of time to just sit and work on it. Nice thing is, I got it done while I was at work hehe. I bet I could put in a little more tonight but I'm tired and just don't feel like it. So the total word count is now 3,727. I think that's like 13% of the way there.

In other new, J.K. Rowling is once again making headlines. She has written and illustrated a children's book entitled "The Tales of Beedle the Bard." Yes, the book referenced in deathly hollows. A bejeweled (semi-precious stones) leather bound edition will be auctioned off by Sotheby's on December 12th with a starting bid of $62,000. The proceeds of the auction will be going to a children's charity. Otherwise, the book will not be for sale. Only seven copies were produced and all but the one were given as gifts. I must say, it's good to see a celebrity use their powers for good and not evil. Interest parties can view the auction here. You can also view the full article plus interview with the J.K. Rowling here. Of course, if you can afford $62,000 for a childrens book, I'd really like to finish college. Hint hint, nudge nudge, wink wink.

NaNo Day 1

Ok, so I cranked out 2,061 words tonight. Doesn't sound like much but it's almost three full pages. Phew. When I sat down tonight to start writing I realized I had no idea what I wanted to write about. I wanted to write a Christian novel but had no idea what that really meant. I'm going with a sort of autobiographical account of my struggles with religion. I don't know if it will carry me to the finish line. I might have to change directions midstream.

Rowling blocks Potter Lexicon

The Harry Potter Lexicon website editor Steve Vander Ark has been sued by J.K. Rowling to prevent publication of the “Harry Potter Lexicon,” a book based on the site content. The part I found amazing was that Steve Vander Ark couldn’t believe that Rowling was trying to block the book. Mind you, I’ve seen speculative fiction books regarding upcoming Potter novels, but those fuel the fire and actually help Rowling sell more books. Rowling also contends that a lot of content was taken directly from the books with little commentary. You can’t just rip apart someone’s books and make your own encyclopedia. It’s not your intellectual property. Rowling is planning on publishing her own Potter encyclopedia and I agree, if this book comes out first it would hurt sales of her book. Who would need two Potter encyclopedias? Honestly folks. If this happened to me, I would have sued too. Rowling has first rights (and really all rights) to write her Middle-Earth. Mr. Ark is simply trying to capitalize on the Potter phenomenon. If he wants to make money off of a book, he should write his own.

Ok, that was kind of scathing. I admit it. Put yourself in her shoes and tell me you wouldn’t defend your intellectual property like it was a newborn child.

J.K. Rowling