I’m taking a break

So, as you can probably tell by the title, I’m going on hiatus.

Hiatus (hahy-ey-tuh s): 1.

a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.
Before you panic!
This is not permanent. I love blogging and have enough inspiration for three months of posts. I would actually like to blog MORE. But I don’t have time.
It’s really hard for me to do this, because I enjoy blogging so much, but with school and everything it’s hard to make time for a blog post every week AND continue writing. (Not to mention I’m deep-cleaning my room, which is incredibly time-consuming. #yay)
The real reason I’m taking a temporary break is to edit my Snow White retelling for the Rooglewood Press contest. I’d like to devote the rest of September and maybe even some of October to fixing my baby.
This doesn’t mean I’m not going to post at all, it just means I probably won’t post as regularly until October! Actually you’ll probably get a post next week, because there’s one almost written that I was going to do today but got tired of. *cackles*
I’ll probably still be somewhat active on Goodreads, and I’ll definitely respond to all comments. (:
Thank you all for supporting me, reading my blog, and bearing with me as I take a short break! 
love,
zane
 P.S. I’m shamefully behind on commenting on all your lovely blogs – I’ll try to get caught up soon. (:

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!

The Interrogation Tag

Hello everyone! Recently, Olivia at Important Nothings and I came up with questions to ask Emma at Real and Official Matters. She turned it into a tag, which is why I’m doing it now! Thanks for the tag, Olivia!

Get to Know Me

What are 3-5 little-known facts about yourself?
  • Even though I love people and sometimes seem outgoing, I don’t like crowds or talking to more than a couple of people at once.
  • I have broken every bone in my left arm and my right femur. Also, I’m pretty sure I broke my toe (right foot, next to my pinky toe), because it doesn’t bend anymore. Lovely, right?
  • I read more middle grade fiction than YA and adult fiction. That probably explains why I don’t feel/act like I’m fifteen (sometimes I act older, mostly I act younger), like reading picture books, and am still hoping to get mutant powers and join the X-Men. (What? Okay, fine, I’m kidding… but you have to admit, it would be kind of amazing.)
  • I love listening to the Beach Boys and Elvis. Also a lot of random music from the 1950s and 60s. I’m actually listening to an Elvis song right now.
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

I’d have to say either England or Germany, but there are so many places I think would be fascinating to visit. Those are just the first two off the top of my head.

What are your favorite and least favorite foods?

Well, obviously I love pretty much anything with chocolate. Even though I do have a sweet tooth, I also really like savory foods. Pretty much anything my mom makes is awesome.

I just really like food in general. And eating it.

Foods I don’t like…

  • Cabbage. Gross.
  • Plain milk as a drink. Also coffee and coke.
  • Sauerkraut. Bleh.
What are some of your hobbies?

Writing has gone a step beyond a hobby for me, so… I guess that doesn’t count. Some of my other hobbies are blogging, reading, bullet journaling (and regular journaling), playing piano, and occasionally crocheting, although I don’t do that as much as I used to. One of my favorite things to do with a group of people is English Country Dancing.

Tea or coffee?

Ugh, neither. Coffee is absolutely disgusting, and tea is mediocre. Mint tea is okay. I’ve honestly never really loved any drink except water.

Bookish Questions

Do you like movies or books better?

Books, certainly, but I enjoy movies too. (And since this is my blog and I can, I’ll just go ahead and dump a movie recommendation on you. If you haven’t watched Beyond the Mask, go watch it. Now. Seriously, one of the best Christian movies I’ve seen in a long time. Maybe ever. <333333)

There was one book/movie set where I liked the movie a lot better, but that’s a ramble for another day.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I’ll read most genres, but my favorites have always been historical fiction and speculative fiction. I’ve been reading more contemporary lately, though.

What are some of your favorite books?

Stop. STOP. Noooo… not this question! If you don’t like long book lists, you might want to skip this part. They’re in no order, of course, and obviously I must ramble about each one…

  • A Little Princess. Man, I loved this story the first time I read it… and the second… and the third… This may have been what sparked my soft spot for orphans and poor children. <3
  • The Giver. *sobs*
  • The Chronicles of Narnia. These books really shaped my writing. I will always love this series.
  • The Little House series. I read the first book at age four or five, and it really sparked my love of reading. These books will always have a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf.
  • The Lunar Chronicles.
  • Pretty much anything by L.M. Montgomery. Her writing style is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever read. Also, read her short stories. They’re amazing.
  • Pride and Prejudice. Enough said.
  • Dreamlander. The world building in this one was amazing.
  • Little Women. A classic.
  • The Princess Bride. There were some not-so-great parts in here, so I would recommend skipping the prologue and the epilogue. Ugh. But the story though.
  • The Trixie Belden series. This series just feels like nostalgic, 1950s, old-fashioned summer. <333

And that’s not even all of them. Sigh.

A fictional character (or maybe three) that you’d like to be friends with?

This is cruel and unusual punishment. ONLY three? Hahaha I don’t follow rules anyway.

Well… here they are. With some accompanying rambling.

  • Pat from Pat of Silver Bush. I don’t like change, and neither does Pat. I related to her a lot, and think we’d be good friends. 🙂 This one’s due for a reread…
  • Both Dan + Jim, from the Trixie Belden series. I just wanted to hug both of them when they were first introduced. Poor darlings. And plus, being a part of the Bobwhites? Win.
  • Rachel from Dancing Shoes. I just loved her and related to her a lot, okay? I need to reread this book. I loved it so much.
  • Shasta, from the Horse and His Boy. He had such a hard time and I just loved him so much and… yeah. (also SPOILER his name is SHASTA not COR. Shasta is so. much. nicer. and he will forever be Shasta in my mind. End of spoiler.)
  • Arietty from the Borrowers. If anyone needed a friend, it was her. Poor girl.
  • Laura Ingalls from the Little House series. Because she sort of fictionalized her life. Therefore this counts, right? Right??? Anyway, she is an absolute dear and I would have loved to have her as a friend.
  • Widge from the Shakespeare Stealer + Nat from Give Me Liberty because they are both alone in the world and one is an orphan and another is practically one and… yeah. Okay. (YES ZANE WE CAN ALL TELL YOU HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR ORPHANS AND UNFORTUNATE KIDS. YOU DON’T NEED TO GO ON ABOUT IT.)

To prove above point, six of the above nine characters are orphans. There. (And yes. Nine characters instead of three. I’m hopeless.)

Prettiest book cover that you own?

I don’t know why, but this one is really pretty and even though I didn’t love the book I might keep it anyway…

And this one I just think is cute? The entire story is actually really cute.

And I don’t own a physical copy of this book (yet!) but it’s just SO PRETTY. (It’s available for preorder here.)

Update: somehow I forgot to add these two gorgeous books. They’re recently acquired, so… I just… didn’t remember. :\

Writing Questions

What is your favorite writing snack?

Um, obviously chocolate. But I’ll just grab whatever food’s on the kitchen table and kind of mindlessly devour it while I’m puzzling through plot problems.

When did you start writing?

Technically, I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil, but I never took it seriously until around age 10-12. I’ve been writing ever since.

Why do you write?

Because I CAN.

Ha.

Okay, fine, here’s the serious answer.

Writing is like breathing to me. I love it, even though sometimes it’s hard when the words just won’t write. I can’t imagine not writing.

Got it?

Good.

Moving on.

What is your favorite genre to write?

I write in a wide variety of genres. For a while I was obsessed with fantasy and it was literally the only thing I wrote (I’m not exaggerating here), but I’ve since branched out to other genres such as contemporary, historical, and different types of speculative. I still love fantasy, though. (:

I won’t be tagging anyone, but as usual, please feel free to take this tag for your blog! The questions are lots of fun to answer. You can even say I tagged you. ; )

Did you like this tag? If you could be friends with a fictional character, who would you choose? What are your favorite books? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. <33

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