Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Only a few updates and some news

Alright people! You know the drill! Before we begin, I shall read an excerpt from the Book of Log! Let us all bow our heads in prayer as we given worship to the Log!

Excerpt of the log number 124: when using the log to escape a fire jutsu, it is konoha custom to write an apology letter to the log, and depending on rank of jutsu escaped from depicts how many words are needed. c-rank, two thousand, B-rank, one thousand five hundred, a-rank, one thousand. only S-rank and higher or excused from the writing of the letter. even then, it is still reccommended.
 Praise be to the Log!

And now that we have finished praising the Log, let's move on to the next order of business.

To start things off, I have just received notification from my editor last night. He is finished editing chapters 1-14. My novel is only 17 chapters, meaning he only has 3 left to go before finishing. I am hopeful that he'll be done by this weekend.

In other news, I have updated my American Kitsune page with the completed book cover for my story. If you are interested in seeing it, please feel free to take a look and let me know what you think.

Also, I am still trying to figure out what I should talk about in the Writing Tips second. I am unsure what would interest you guys right now. Would you like me to talk about Grammar and the English language? Specific help on writing a story/fanfiction? Or would you like me to continue talking about genres? And is there a specific genre you would like to ask? Please do not hesitate to drop me a line and let me know what you want. As I said before, this blog is here for you.

I have no more updates today, so let us end this post with a trope!

  1. a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., esp. in a literary, artistic, or musical work.
  2. a distinctive and recurring form, shape, figure, etc., in a design, as in a painting or on wallpaper.
  3. a dominant idea or feature. 

Technically, the word "motif" can mean a variety of different things. In trope land, however, a motif is best described by the first definition above; it's something symbolic that keeps turning up in order to reinforce the main theme of the work. Usually, this is a physical item, although a motif may show itself in other ways — such as through dialogue. It may even be a double motif: a pattern on somebody's sofa, an emblem on the heroine's shirt or a bumper sticker on the hero's car.
Sometimes it can be difficult to establish what is a motif, and what isn't. Their defining characteristics are that they appear more than once and they must be significant in some way. A sea shell on its own is not a motif. However, if a painting of a seascape turns up ten minutes later, followed by a tank full of tropical fish, then that sea shell probably is a motif - the objects that show up afterwards reinforce the theme of "the sea."
Broadly speaking, motifs are employed in three different ways:
  • A single object, or a collection of extremely similar objects, that appear(s) many times throughout the course of the play/film/book. Tends to place a lot of importance on the item itself, possibly at the expense of whatever they are supposed to represent. Example: The titular Glass Menagerie, in particular the glass unicorn.
  • A collection of related objects or symbols that appear over and over again. Generally the most popular option, as it marks the motifs as significant, but puts the emphasis firmly on the theme. Example: the various vehicles that appear in the Revolutionary Girl Utena movie.
  • An assortment of objects that don't seem to be related, but on closer inspection have an underlying resemblance that serve the theme. For example, a black cat, spilled salt and an umbrella left open indoors all point to the theme of bad luck. The audience may have to spend some time looking for the connection.

In literature, television or film, it's quite rare, although not impossible, for a motif to be a theme in itself. It's possible that the dead roses the hero and his girlfriend keep coming across are just a reflection on their lack of gardening skills if gardening is a theme of the story. It's more likely, however, that the dead roses signify that their romantic relationship is in trouble.
Motifs are a favourite subject for English essays, and they've been responsible for many an epileptic tree - sinceanything can be a motif if you squint hard enough (and can find some way of relating it to other objects).
Compare Central Theme (the idea behind the story), Shapes and Symbols Tropes.