L e a k | flash fiction

Ho, wayfarers! It’s September. I can’t even believe that it’s not June anymore and it’s September already… Everything is going so quickly.

So, if you couldn’t tell by the title…

 

I’m finally going to do it.

 

I’m posting my writing online.

 

*hides*

 

Yeah… I don’t really do the whole sharing-my-writing-with-other-people thing? I’ve gotten better about it, but this is a serious stretch for me to even be willing to post this.

 

You’re welcome. ; )

 

So, the story behind this is: I’ve been in a bit of a writing slump all month. BUT, when we were watching a cartoon movie one night, there was this monster getting killed (bear with me, the next line might not be for the faint of heart), and there was a blood-like substance going everywhere. (It was greeny-blue, not red.) And this one line popped into my head.

You’re leaking.

OKAY gross part over. Sorry. I get inspired by weird things, okay?

Update: somehow I forgot to mention that my two dear friends, Emma and Olivia, read this for me before publishing to catch any glaring flaws. Thanks, y’all! <33

So, here’s the story! It’s flash fiction, which means a short story under 1,000 words. I also posted it on Wattpad, if you’re into that kind of thing. 🙂

(I’d really love to know what you think of this, so please leave a comment below! I’ll just go… and hide underneath my covers while you do that, mmkay?)

(and here are the mood boards/collages I made, a.k.a all the images that wouldn’t fit into the cover.)

Now presenting… Leak.

 

 

 

“You’re leaking,” said a voice floating somewhere above me.
I groaned and my eyes flickered open, slowly bringing the world into focus. The face of a girl was about two inches away from mine, peering inquisitively at me.
“Did you hear me?” she said, louder this time. “You’re leaking!”
“I heard you.” I tried to keep the agony out of my voice. My head felt like it was exploding and the rest of me felt a million times worse.
I felt my side, and my hand came away sticky with blood. Ugh. I had gotten myself into a mess, hadn’t I?
“What model are you?” she said, her voice cheerful. “Because you look younger than me but I think we might be able to use the same parts, and I have spares.”
Oh, brother. All I wanted was somewhere to hide out for a while until I could walk without passing out, and the shack looked so abandoned… But now it seemed like I had wandered into the home of a lunatic. Way to go, Ephraim.
The black spots were finally clearing from my eyes now. “What on earth are you talking about?” I rubbed my head. “You know what? I’m probably delusional. This whole thing is just a dream.”
The girl was squinting at me. “Wait – what are you?”
“Mighty good question. Sometimes I’m not sure myself.” I tried to pull myself into a sitting position. “Look, I’m sorry about crashing here… I couldn’t make it any farther.”
She ignored me and instead knelt beside me, prodding at my stomach. Her hands were cold as ice.
“Hey – hey, lay off!”
“You’re squishy,” said the girl, looking at me with wonder.
“You’re not?” I said sarcastically.
“Oh.” Then again, louder. “Oh! That explains it. I’ve never seen anyone with red oil before, but I didn’t want to be rude, you know?”
“Um. What are you?”
“The question,” she said, circling me, “is what are you. Believe it or not, I have never seen a human before. You’re quite fascinating! I’ve read all about you but quite honestly I thought you all were extinct.”
“Um,” I said again. My head pounded. “You’re an old service droid, aren’t you?”
“Correct! B-2537 at your service. I know it’s a mouthful but my friends call me Bee…” Her voice trailed off and she smiled sort of unhappily. “At least, that’s what they would call me if I had friends.”
A twinge of pity rose in me that I suppressed. I had no time for pity. “Well, um, Bee… I think I’m probably about to pass out again, so… I’m really sorry for bleeding all over your rug and… can you call a medic please?”
“Oh. Oh.” Bee leaped up. “I am so, so sorry, I don’t have any experience with humans and I didn’t think…”
“Of course you didn’t,” I grumbled as the world began going black. “You’re… just a… droid.”
Night engulfed me and I fell into a dark, nightmare-filled sleep.

Hope you enjoyed.

love,

Zane

Beautiful People #27 | August Edition

Hello, all you lovely people! Guess what time it is.

It’s time for Beautiful People again! *cheers* I am once more participating in the link-up hosted by Cait at Paperfury and Sky at Further Up and Further In. Hopefully it will help me break out of the writer’s block I’ve been having this month… writer’s block combined with “do-I-really-have-time-to-write-this-story-and-is-it-even-worth-my-time” block. YES, THAT IS A THING. (That I just made up. Shhh.)

I will be doing this with one of my favorite characters (shhh don’t tell my other children) Katie Aline. She’s one of the main characters in my current novel and you can read more about her here. Here’s a brief bio:

Katie Aline is fourteen years old and goes to the local high school that I haven’t named yet. She’s smallish for her age and has long, golden-brown hair, brown eyes, and a prosthetic leg. Even though she’s very extroverted and loves people, she’s somewhat shunned by her classmates because of her leg and her standoffishness. She has a secret that I can’t tell you and lives with her foster parents Jon and Chryse.

Let’s jump into the questions!

Horrendous stories I wrote as a child + what I learned from them

 

Hello lovely people! Today I’m doing a tag created by Abbiee. I saw it on her blog around a month ago and knew I had to do it. And then I was tagged by Amanda at SKG Fun (an amazing blog),  so here I am. Thanks, Amanda!

Now, before I begin, let’s note that I didn’t finish every one of these stories, because I was a scatterbrained young writer who abandoned things she got bored with in favor of new, shiny, glorious ideas.

HAHAHA WHO AM I KIDDING. I still am that scatterbrained young writer.

I also don’t actually have real titles for most of these. The files were usually just named after the main characters. (Who had… really weird names. I kind of had a thing for them.)

All of them are fantasy, because I didn’t write anything but fantasy with the occasional splash of historical fiction for three or four years. No joke. Only recently I’ve started branching out into different genres.

One last note: I have so many files on my computer with these abandoned stories (I counted once a long time ago and the story-count was over 80) and they are all horrendous. Some more so than others. BUT SADLY there is only so much room in a blog post and nobody wants to listen to me ramble all the live-long day.

So, here are (just a few of) my cringey, dreadful stories that I wrote forever-and-ever ago. Hoorah.

Hope you enjoy.

I told you I had a thing for weird names.

So, I wrote this three or four years ago when I was obsessed with fairy tales. Like seriously obsessed. I read through most of all the different “colored” fairy books – The Red Fairy Book, Blue, Violet, etc. And I decided I wanted to write my own fairy tale, which is how this oddity came into existence.

It’s one of the few I actually finished, and it’s… remarkably short. 268 words long. I can hardly even write a scene that short now.

  • So there’s this girl named Raziela (shocking, I know), and she lives in a cottage. With her dog, Jock, that her fairy godmother gave her when she was a baby.
  • I don’t know how old she is exactly but I’m pretty sure she’s around ten.
  • Apparently there are no such things as parents.
  • And she’s walking in the woods –
  • and she runs into her godmother. Who just happens to be a –
  • YOU GUESSED IT. Fairy. Obviously! This is a fairy tale!
  • clichés everywhere help
  • Her fairy godmother (whose name is… Adenine. I WARNED YOU.) gives her a piece of paper and I’m not even going to tell you what she tells Razzy to do with it because it’s weird and would take too long to say.
  • So Razzy does the thing with the paper and pours it over her dog’s head and he turns into a boy. And then her godmother Addy appears and guess what? The boy is her long lost twin brother!
  • Yaaaay.
  • His name is… wait for it.
  • RAZIEL.
  • HA.
  • They hug and live happily ever after the end…
  • Except when their house got attacked by ogres.
  • THAT IS LITERALLY, WORD-FOR-WORD WHAT I WROTE.
  • Somebody help.

I’m not sure but I think I might have showed this to my family. Proudly, I’m sure. NOOOOO.

Don’t name your protagonist and her long-lost brother Raziela and Raziel. Just no.

Fairy godmothers that fix everything are cliché. DON’T USE THEM.

The absolute best way to end your story is by having ogres attack the protagonists’ home. (Kidding… kidding.)

 

I’m not even going to put the last part of the title because it’s just too embarrassing and why did I do that anyway.

Another of my pitiful fairy tale attempts. I honestly can’t remember if this one came before or after Razzy.

I wrote one version of this first, and it was absolutely dreadful. And then a month or two later I decided I still really liked the story and rewrote it. It actually turned out pretty funny.

FIRST VERSION

  • Elwyn is a goose girl who’s engaged to her sweetheart Harlan (who’s a shepherd). (I kind of had a thing for goose girls. Don’t ask why. I know nothing about geese.)
  • There are no paragraph breaks, just breaks for every scene.
  • A random prince of randomness (his name is Wilmet) happens to drive by her and stops because she’s so beautiful. (YAY CLICHÉ!) Then he asks her to marry him. (YAY INSTALOVE!)
  • She says no because she’s betrothed.
  • I used the word betrothed and lover a lot.
  • #help
  • Wilmet obviously kidnaps her and carries her off to his dungeon because she won’t marry him and asks her every single day to please marry him and she says no every time because she still loves Harlan.
  • Ellie gets romantically pale because she isn’t getting enough food and is wasting away.
  • Harlan brings her a letter, slips it through the window, and runs away.
  • It’s from her grandmother (who is a fairy! Surprise!)
  • I’m just kind of going to skim over this part because it’s more cringey than the rest, but the gist of it is that a dwarf named Kael comes out of nowhere, teleports her to her long-lost parent’s kingdom, and reveals to her that her parents are king and queen of a random country of randomness that was taken over by the Evil Uncle™. Apparently just today the Royal Parents defeated the Evil Uncle and therefore the Royal Grandmother sent for Elwyn.
  • Huzzah.
  • Elwyn is reunited with her parents. Waterworks ensue.
  • She marries Harlan and they have eleven children. YAY. HAPPY ENDING.

Elwyn basically did nothing the entire story.

Then I rewrote it so that it was sliiiightly more interesting and actually a little funny.

Some of the additions included:

  • GLORIOUS PARAGRAPH BREAKS
  • a sarcastic Elwyn.
  • also a slightly snarky Kael
  • not as many uses of the words betrothed and lover wooo
  • a mean goose named Hilda
  • a Queen who faints at everything
  • Elwyn’s wedding preparations being a disaster
  • lots of scenes ending with “Mother fainted” or “at least Mother didn’t faint.”
  • Elwyn getting her geese as a wedding present
  • mother fainted. the end

 

Don’t do the instalove thing. Please. Or the she’s-so-beautiful-everyone-falls-in-love-with-her thing. Blech.

Let your protagonist actually do something, and not just be transported around by magical elves and dwarfs and godmothers.

Don’t try to write romance at age eleven.

Well, it had a few names, but no real name. It was a really strange fantasy story that I’m not even sure where I was going with it because I ended it at a little over 6,000 words. It featured a widely varied cast of characters and focused on three main characters.

Some bits and bobs about the horror:

  • A farm boy (Colin) and his mother (Ilka) lose their home.
  • An orphan boy named Trouble and his best friend, a girl called Spark (yeah, she had flaming red hair and an impish personality. ohhh the clichés) live in an orphanage together.
  • A whole hierarchy in the orphanage. It actually was kind of awesome. Diplomatic missions and rival schools and stuff. Yeah.
  • A bunch of really bad characters descriptions
  • And the accents ohhhhh the accents
  • someone send help please
  • A princess named Cypress whose father wishes she was a boy. And guess what. She thinks it would be a good idea to disguise herself as a boy and run away. Obviously she has a perfectly trim boy-like figure. (Yeah THAT’S really realistic)
  • That was such a bad idea.
  • Just no.
  • Colin makes friends with Trouble, whose mother brought him to take refuge in the orphanage.
  • Then Trouble’s mother comes back and reveals that he’s a sort of mutant (I AM NOT EVEN GOING INTO THIS UGH.). Help.
  • And obviously they know it’s her because they look into her eyes
  • Spark and Colin are in the same room as Trouble so they insist on going wherever his mother is taking him
  • because they’re such good friends wooo
  • like Colin has known them for one day
  • and they go off into the woods to this weird mutant camp
  • why are they even going with this woman
  • #strangerdanger
  • and all of the sudden Trouble’s this awesome tracker and stuff
  • because it’s in his blood apparently
  • Cypress (remember her?) is going after the mutant people because she wants to make her daddy proud
  • and then it ends with Spark wanting lunch. No joke.
  • I obviously didn’t finish this one.

Please don’t write accents that you don’t know a thing about.

And don’t send your characters off with strange people for no good reason.

I really like writing orphan characters.

So! Hope you enjoyed that. I didn’t get to do half of all the ones I wanted to do, because the post was getting long. I might make a part two, if y’all would be interested in reading it! : ) Hope you have a wonderful week!

Andora’s Folly Blog Tour! // Q+A vlog

 

I am thrilled to be participating in Abigayle Claire’s blog tour for her latest release, Andora’s Folly! I had the pleasure of beta reading for her, which was an amazing experience.

I was able to ask Abigayle a few questions, which she answered in a vlog that you can view below. But first, a few details about the book!

SYNOPSIS

A Pandora’s Box retelling

Andora is a beautiful young woman with insatiable curiosity. Raised in splendor, she is spoiled by her privileged life. When a love letter is slid under her door, her life takes a drastically unromantic turn. Nothing makes sense—her arranged marriage, the gifts her parents bestow on her wedding day, or her new husband’s temperament.

As Andora begins to unravel the mysteries around her, she ignites a chain of events that have the power to sabotage her entire village forever. Only her new-found wisdom as a desperate peasant’s wife can save her from her folly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Abigayle has been a writer ever since her mother taught her how to hold a pencil. However, she devoted more time to reading words with her green eyes than writing them with her left hand. Inspired by a crazy dream at the age of seventeen, she set off on a journey to self-publish her first novel, Martin Hospitality. Since then, Abigayle has devoted herself to sharing what she has learned through the mediums of freelance editing, and her blog theleft-handedytpist.blogspot.com … when period drama films are not calling more loudly. None of her successes would be possible without the support of her Savior, large family, and online community.

Sound interesting? Click here for the Amazon link so you can check it out! (It’s less than three dollars for Kindle, guys. :D) Also, here is the Goodreads link if Goodreads is your thing.

And here is the lovely vlog! I almost squealed when I saw it. I’ve chatted with Abigayle in various ways, but it’s fun to see her talk – it puts a voice behind the profile picture. 🙂

That was my surprise! So, what do you think? Are you interested in Andora’s Folly? Did you like the vlog? (Also, sorry for the wonky featured image. I couldn’t fix it. :P)

I won camp nano: one last update + things to come

As you all can probably tell from the title, I WON CAMP NANOWRIMO!!!!! *screams*

We are the champions, my friends…

I won’t be doing a day-by-day update because 1), I don’t feel like it, and 2), I don’t feel like it. So I’ll just give you my lovely stats…

I managed to stay on track and meet my goal almost every day, finishing with a total of 16,057. 57 words more than my goal, yay! ; )

Sadly, I’m… not… done. Because of my extreme ramblingness (yes, I just made that word up), I didn’t exactly finish.

But I’m close! I’m so, so close to being done with my (positively dreadful) first draft. Just a few more scenes and I’ll be…

Editing. That’s what I’ll be doing.

1) Most of the things in this draft don’t even make sense, 2) I didn’t do my research and therefore will have to do it during editing, 3) I was writing from one first person POV, but probably need at least one other POV in there, and 4) my main character doesn’t have a name yet.

Editing is going to be so. much. fun.

Yaaaay!

I really don’t dislike editing as much as it may seem. I actually rather enjoy chopping my precious baby into pieces.

And now for the promised

THINGS TO COME

I have lots of grand and glorious things planned for August. I might even have some snippets/short story things for you! Keep your eyes open on Saturday for something special.  (:

Also, I’ve been working like crazy on my new blog design! I finally found a theme I liked, and I’m working on designing headers/buttons/favicons/etc. It’s currently in live preview only, but I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s up!

This month, I’m planning on tying up the loose ends of my Snow White retelling and then shoving it (viciously) in a drawer and forgetting about it. I’ll probably work on editing in September (grrr HOW CAN IT BE AUGUST ALREADY!) and take the month of August off to work on some other things, including my dearly beloved Project Supernova! Eeeep I’m so excited to get back to that one.

So. Yeah. That’s my updatey sort of thing.

So, how was your July? Did you do Camp Nano? If so, how did it go for you? I’d love to hear from you!

camp nano update // week three + an announcement

Week Three of Camp Nano (and July) is over! Can y’all believe it?

It’s crazy to me that July is almost over and we’ll be starting school again. I am not completely enthusiastic about that… I mean, summer! I’m not ready for it to be over. But when I see the new school books I can’t help but be a little bit excited.

Anyhow, I’m here to bring you this week’s writing update, not to ramble on and on about summer.

Saturday, July 15: This was kind of a crazy day because we had a birthday party and I had a blog post due… which didn’t get published until Sunday because I couldn’t get a picture for the featured image and because #reasons. I ended up writing 530 words.

Sunday, July 16: 687 words written. Yet another crazy writing day because we had church for the first half of the day, and a church meeting in the evening. Of course, I also had to get my blog post published and my words written. Ahem… I absolutely was not trying to write during the church meeting…

Monday, July 17: We were at my grandmother’s house all day, and somehow I managed to get 601 words.

Tuesday, July 18: We had friends over, so we cleaned all morning. It was really fun to see Olivia again – she lives so far away! Also, my good friend Emma was over, who I see multiple times a week (usually). 😀 I managed 634 words.

Wednesday, July 19: Oh… haha. This was an interesting day. I was going to try to write 1k words, but… heh. The best laid schemes of mice and men. So, my mom and I went and helped clean someone’s house in the morning. Then, I really wanted to get a blog post up, so I wrote the whole thing and got it published – but by that time it was time to leave to see a baseball game with our youth group. So I wrote 607 words in the car. Not exactly 1k, but I’ll take it…

Thursday, July 20: I thought we had nothing to do Thursday, so since my 1k attempt on Wednesday failed, I was going to try again. (My highest word count in a day has been around 800.) Something unexpected came up, and we were gone until around two in the afternoon. Then, right after that, our friends invited us out on their boat, which was really fun. We were out until almost ten, got home around ten thirty, and then we all had to get showers. I did get 484 words in the car.

Friday, July 21: 503 words. I procrastinated all day and finally made myself write.

So, yeah. Kind of a crazy week.

The Announcement

Guys… I’ve been blogging for seven months exactly. I started out with only a few people I knew following my blog, and now I have 16 subscribers, ten of which I don’t know in real life.

That’s crazy!

Thank you all so much for commenting and following. Every time someone comments or subscribes it means a lot to me! [Translate: I have a squealing fit.]

And by the way, internet friends are totally real things. <33

Lots of love to all of you awesome people!

 

Beautiful People #26

Hello, folks! It’s time yet again for Beautiful People, and *gasps* it’s not about my characters.

It’s about me.

Hey, hey, calm down. Don’t run screaming into the sunset yet. This wasn’t my idea. It was *ahem* these people (Cait and Sky, I’m looking at you). So don’t get mad at me, okay? Okay.

Now that we’re not so furious about not being able to see into my characters’ lives (you have calmed down, right?… Right??), let’s look at the questions.

How do you decide which project to work on?

Hahaha. I don’t. An idea pops into my head and nags me until I write it down. So, my projects generally decide to work on me.

I usually work on something until 1) a new, shiny idea starts nagging me, or 2) the story thing just isn’t working. Recently, though, I’ve really been trying to focus and actually finish.

I’m currently working on a MG novel, a Snow White retelling, and a couple of pieces of flash fiction.

How long does it usually take you to finish a project?

Honestly, I haven’t finished that many projects. I mean, I’ve written some short stories and some flash fiction and one short MG thing (novel? novella?? It doesn’t matter, no one’s ever seeing it), but I never really kept track of how long it took to write them.

Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?

Ehh, usually not. Sometimes I’ll listen to music. But, for the most part, I just need to make myself sit down and write.

What time of day do you write best?

Anytime after breakfast. Usually after lunch.

 

Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?

Not really. When I first started writing, I basically copied the style of whatever series I was obsessed with at the moment. It was mostly C.S. Lewis-ish fantasy and positively dreadful fairy tales in the style of the Brothers Grimm (hahaha I tried).

Now, I can’t think of anyone I’m similar to. I mean, I’m sure there’s someone, but it’s the middle of Nano. My brain is shot. Sorry.

Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?

I can’t remember the exact reason I started writing, but I think it was probably because, from a very young age, I was immersed in stories. I loved them.

So, yeah.

The short answer is, I keep writing because I love it.

I don’t know what the long answer is.

😉

What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?

The Snow White retelling I’m writing right now. Just getting from one point to another is… just… *headdesk*

I don’t know if that’s the hardest thing I’ve ever written, but it’s been a stinker.

Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?

I’d have to say no. I haven’t had any big, scary ideas lately, and I started tackling a pretty major project a few months back.

What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?

I didn’t… actually… make writing goals. O.o I know. I’m positively dreadful.

But my current writing goals for the year are:

Win Camp Nano and finish my Snow White project.

Enter the Rooglewood Press contest.

Work on Project Supernova.

Aaand… that’s it.

Describe your writing process in three words or a gif!

Painful.

Exhilarating.

Insane.

Are you doing Beautiful People this month? If you are, be sure to leave your link in the comments!

Can any of you relate to my writing process?

 

<3, Zane

camp nano update // week two

I’m back, with another Nano update! Sorry this was a day late, but the weekend was busy. This week was fairly good for writing, and I upped my goal (again) to 16,000 words.

My current word count is 6,786 words and according to the Nanowrimo website I’m right on track to finish by the end of July. Here’s my daily word counts.

Saturday, July 8: 571 words.

Sunday, July 9: 519 words.

Monday, July 10: 838 words!!! The most words I’ve written in one day so far! 😀

Tuesday, July 11: 540 words. Went a bit over my word count goal, but it was harder to write because it was Cow Day at Chik-Fil-A. If you don’t know what this is, it’s where you dress up like a cow and get free food – hurrah! We went for breakfast and dinner, so I did a lot of writing in the car.

Wednesday, July 12: 501 words. Barely made my word count. Went to our grandmother’s house in the morning and had a movie night with our youth group in the evening.

Thursday, July 13: 286 words. Ugh. My lowest day, partially because I was procrastinating and partially because we had a library program and then spent the evening with friends playing whiffle ball. 

Friday, July 14: 718 words. Baaarely.

Although most of the week writing was easy, these past few days I’ve been in a bit of a slump. I hit the midpoint and… it’s not pretty, let me tell you. Seriously. Nobody is seeing this first draft. *headdesk* I just can’t figure out how to get from one point to another!

And it’s way past bedtime and I still haven’t finished my daily word count. *runs off frantically*

I decided not to do a tag with this post, but hopefully there will be lots of tags and fun things for the rest of July! I may try to post twice a week, but don’t hold me to it.

I’ve been making small changes on the blog. What do you think of them? I’ve also been thinking about purchasing a theme. Do any of you WordPress users have any advice?

How is Nano going, for those of you who are doing it? And don’t you dare say “It’s going.” 😀

 

<3 <3 <3

Zane

 

 

The #VoicesOfYA Tag

Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a wonderful week. I was tagged by Lisa at Inkwell for the Voices of YA Tag (thanks Lisa!), which was created by Caitlin Lambert. You can find her original post here.

~RULES~

  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Link to the original creator

  • Answer the ten questions

  • Tag at LEAST two other YA writers/bloggers

  • Share with the hashtag #VoicesofYA

Which I won’t be following all of because I am a #rebel. I’m using a hashtag… that counts, right? Right???

Anyway, here are the questions!

 

What draws you to YA?

In all honesty, I’ve only recently discovered YA. There are some things I like about middle grade (MG) a lot better, but I’ve really been enjoying YA lately since there are more characters my age and I can somewhat relate to them. I think I still prefer writing MG fiction, though. (And I’m not absolutely sure what is considered YA – I looked at a list on Goodreads and some of my childhood favorites were on there. So…)

 

Describe your writing process. Do you like outlines and structure, or seeing where the story takes you?

Answer 1: I don’t like excessive outlining. Answer 2: I like having a plan. So I guess I’d call myself a mix between the two… a plantser?? ;D I usually have a pretty well-written-out idea of where I’m going with my story, but I don’t have a Very Specific Outline™ that has every single scene written out. I like some surprises.

 

How long have you been writing? Where are you in your journey?

Well, I’ve been writing since somewhere between age ten and twelve. And as for the second question, not as far along as I’d like to be. 😉

 

What do you need to write? Coffee? Music?

I absolutely must have a piece of paper and/or pen. That’s pretty much it. Although I prefer writing on my Kindle and Bluetooth keyboard. And I do like some music on occasion.

Also, it helps if my brain is working properly.

 

If you could offer one piece of advice to another writer (OTHER THAN “don’t give up”), what would it be?

The one thing I would tell any young writer (or any writer at all, really) is READ, READ, READ, READ. Seriously! If you read a lot, you’ll have an inner sense of what works in a story and what doesn’t. It even improves your spelling. No joke.

 

What book still has you reeling from its plot twist? (*no spoilers please*)

Umm. Well. I usually don’t reel from plot twists because I *cough cough* usually predict them… So honestly, I can’t remember the last book that shocked me with a plot twist. Sorry!

 

What books are you most anticipating for this year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a bit of a rant about this one. I read the first four books in the series around three years ago, and stopped because I didn’t have the last book and it wouldn’t be coming out for a year and it ended in the most horrible place ever… Anyway. Suffice to say, I wasn’t happy.  Then I kind of forgot about the series and figured I’d keep an eye out for it at the library.

Finally I found a copy of the fifth book at a library. I read it. Enjoyed it. THEN I REALIZED THAT OH NO, #5 WAS NOT THE LAST BOOK IN THE SERIES. #6 WAS. AND #6 WOULD NOT BE OUT UNTIL THE END OF THIS YEAR. ALSO THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH PAGES FOR IT TO BE PROPERLY RESOLVED. Help.

Can we all just acknowledge what a horrible, horrible place Ms. Wood left off at??? Anyone? Anyone?

I know this is more of a MG novel, but I’m still looking forward to it. RANT OVER. Apologies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one, obviously, since I recently read Ms. Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and enjoyed them very much. AND IT HAS SUPERHEROES. *dies* I want to love this one so bad.

 

In your opinion, which YA book/series has the most unique premise?

Cinder is a science fiction retelling of Cinderella. Dreamlander explores the concept “What if our dreams are real?” Both pretty unique! 🙂

Although I’m pretty sure Dreamlander isn’t a young adult novel, I thought it deserved to be included here anyway.

 

What is your all-time favorite quote from YA lit (I know, I’m cruel)?

Honestly, I don’t really keep track of quotes from books. *blushes* But the one quote that has stuck with me the longest is this.

Courage, dear heart.

It’s from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis, and I really love it.

What book do you most hope will have a movie adaptation?

Probably the Lunar Chronicles, although I’m sure there are dozens of others that I would love to see made into movies. Although whoever made it would probably blow it and leave out parts. Obviously there would have to be at least four movies in the series. 😛

 

And I tag… nobody, because I’m a rule-breaker. If you’re reading this and want to do it, consider yourself tagged. You can even say that I tagged you. 😉

 

Did you enjoy reading this tag? What do you think about my answers? What’s your favorite quote from a fictional book?

camp nano update // week one

Hello all! Today I’m bring you an update on my Camp Nano progress. It’s been interesting so far, and I was lucky enough to be invited to a great cabin. I actually am making progress on my Snow White retelling, so that’s good.

I’m still sworn to secrecy by my ultra-secret writing organization (if I told you I’d have to lock you up) not sharing details about my retelling yet, so this may or may not be a dull post.

My writing goal for the month is currently 14,000 words, although I keep changing it. Compulsively. It’s weird. I’ll probably change it to 15,000 after I finish writing this post.

I haven’t been getting up early since I’ve been recovering from sickness, so I keep getting a late start and not writing until late afternoon or evening. 😛 That definitely is going to change.

So! Here’s a day-by-day update on my writing progress for my Snow White retelling.

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Saturday, July 1

First day of Nano, therefore I was understandably excited. 330 words and a whole lot of new ideas.

Sunday, July 2

Second day! 399 words. My word count just kind of kept gradually increasing all week.

Monday, July 3

465 words. I’m pretty sure I upped my word-count-goal from 10,000 to 12,000 somewhere between Monday and Wednesday… But I can’t remember the day. Go figure.

Tuesday, July 4

I managed 531 words, even though it was the Fourth of July.

Wednesday, July 5

651 words. At this point, I haven’t even gotten to the first paragraph on my outline yet. Someone send help and chocolate.

Thursday, July 6

532 words. Upped word-count-goal to 14,000 and the Nano website is still telling me I’m going to finish early. *insert happy dance* Annnnd… no. I still haven’t gotten past the first paragraph yet. WORKING ON IT.

Friday, July 7

Finally getting some action. Wrote 451 words, barely meeting my goal. But we WERE gone a good deal of the day swimming, so I think 451 words is a perfectly reasonable amount. *nods*

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Today I haven’t had a whole lot of time to write. (Except for in the car – with siblings playing ukuleles loudly and waving at random people. The answer to this is play Elvis and Beach Boys music through headphones and turn it up really loud.)

It’s eight o’ clock, I still haven’t met my word count goal, and instead of going directly to my writing when we got home I worked on this blog post. (It was mostly written, I just had to take a picture.) I’ll probably work on it as soon as I publish this post.

Well, that’s my update. I’ll (probably) be back with another update next week, maybe paired with a tag. I don’t know, I just feel like this wasn’t a very interesting post. (Also kind of [really] short.) Also, there will probably be lots of writing updates, tags, and a Beautiful People meme in the very near future. I keep seeing these awesome tags and I must do them allllll.

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What did you think of this post? Was it interesting? Would you like to read a tag along with it next time? Do you even want another writing update? Tell me everrrrrythiiiiing in the comments.

Also, do you want me to stop asking questions? Tooooooo bad.

Do you like chocolate?

How about candy? Do you like candy or chocolate better?

I’ve been making graphics for my blog featured image thing. What do y’all think?
Okay, I’m stopping now. Farewell!