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2500 Twitter Followers Giveaway!

  • Posted on August 11, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Ways to enter:

  1. Following on Twitter
  2. Following on Youtube!
  3. Subscribing to my blog!

Rules:

You can only win once! Be nice, and don’t complain if you don’t win, please.

Contest will last until I hit 2600, or two days, whichever comes first!

 

Blogger Tag: Writing Habits

  • Posted on August 11, 2017 at 2:22 pm

My lovely friend Briana Herr has tagged me in her Writing Habits Blogger Tag. This means that I’m forced to reveal to the world the things that make me tick! Things like what faces I make while writing and what coffee I drink! How scandalous!

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Where do you go write and what does it look like?

Most often I write in my room. I have a basement room with walls painted lavender, and my bed is right next to my desk. I have a large TV with a Roku that plays wonderful music, either from Pandora or from Youtube. I sit at my desk, in my rickety rolly-chair that needs to have blankets piled on it for it to be comfortable, and I write. This is the only way I am productive.

Sometimes I write in my bed, which is very comfortable, but I rarely get many words out because I tend to fall asleep.

Snacks or drinks?

Both. I prefer soda to be honest with you. Pepsi if I can afford it, if not Sam’s Cola. I love munching on salted roasted peanuts while writing, or chips. Sometimes I get chips and salsa for while I’m writing. Other times I’ll make a bowl of ramen or some leftovers. Basically, it depends on how hungry I am.

Do you like to write with noise or in total silence?

This depends on my ADD brain. Because of my ADD, I have sensitivity to stimulae. This means that too much of anything becomes distracting. This means that if I have music going, I get distracted. However, on the flipside, if I sit in silence, I become anxious. So I have to find that sweet spot between the two.

I’d love to say that there are rules like “no lyrics” or “drums only” that works for me, but nothing ever works the same two days in a row. So I don’t really have any kind of preference, I just want to find balance.

Paper or computer?

Computer, all the way. I can’t sit still long enough to write on paper anymore.

what do you do before you start to write?

I put the kids to sleep, and then gather up soda, my computer, and anything else I’ve left upstairs. Then I take it all downstairs and sit in my uncomfy chair. After that, I whine a bit to my friend Briana, and after that, I get to writing. Often I manage somewhere between 200-2000 words.

What time of day do you like to write?

I like to write in the late evening. I can’t do early mornings because I have to care for the children as soon as they get up, and I can’t write during the day because there’s too much to do.

what distracts you from writing?

  1. Anxiety
  2. Depression
  3. Video games
  4. Reading
  5. Work
  6. Serial works like this one.
  7. This Discord Channel

anything to help set the mood?

Recently, one of my WIPs has had a theme-song chosen for it. I call the WIP Devil’s Desire, and the theme song is “Hide and Seek”. It sets everything off in a wonderful tone, and I love it.

are you a plotter or pantser?

A little of both. I tend to start with a small outline, and then free-write until I get lost. Then I re-outline, and then I free-write again. I’m a mess when it comes to writing habits.

Any other weird habits?

I jiggle my leg almost constantly. Not only that but I click pens. Oh! And I also tend to write while on voice chat with the Discord Group I mentioned earlier. It helps to know that they’re there.

 

And that’s all! I’ve done what was asked of me, and now it is time to tag others. Muahahahaha!

I tag Tiara Kikyo Giles, Nico H., Caroline Quill Alex Hurwitz. Check out all of their lovely stuff, because each and every one of them is AMAZING. Thank you for your time, and consider yourself tagged as well!

IWSG – 08/02/17

  • Posted on August 2, 2017 at 6:50 pm

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

This months question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

To answer this, I think I’m going to split it up into three different sections. My pet peeves are very different, depending on whether I’m reading, writing, or editing. Pet peeves in general are very different, depending on who it is that’s doing the writing, what it is I’m editing, and where I am when I’m reading.

My general pet peeves when I’m reading are:

  • When I can’t get comfy
  • When the author misspells something
  • When something the author says contradicts something I know
  • When there’s a plothole
  • When the book focuses on a character I hate

Pet Peeves for when I’m writing:

  • When a sentence feels wrong but looks right
  • When a scene won’t close itself
  • Writing love scenes

Pet Peeves for editing:

  • Adding description
  • Editing specific POVs

I don’t have as many POVs for Editing, but that’s only because I’m only JUST experiencing the hell that is editing. So please, don’t think I don’t have any others. I just haven’t discovered them yet.

Twitter Chats

  • Posted on July 21, 2017 at 9:17 pm

So recently, I’ve been getting more into Twitter, and that means learning about Twitter Chats. For those, like myself, who are still new to them, I’ll try to explain as simply as I can.

You pick a hashtag, do a hashtag search for that hashtag, and then keep refreshing the search over and over, and people will reply using this hashtag. You can reply to those in the hashtag as well by tweeting while using the hashtag.

As an example, say I’m watching #litparty (not a real tag, that I know of), if I wanted to reply to DavidMore who said “Who all is working on their WIP? #litparty”, I would click tweet on the same page as the search, and it would automatically generate the hashtag for me. So I could then reply “Me, me, ooooh me! #LitParty” with ease.

A good gentleman named Devin provided me with a list of chats for the week, and so I’m including it in this list. Please keep in mind when you find this that these tags could go bunk or their hosts could drop them at any time. Meaning that the second I put this down, it is probably inaccurate.

Here’s the list:

 

  • Sundays:

    #WritersPatch @ 11 AM Eastern / 10 AM Central / 8 AM Pacific

    #JustAddTea @ 12 PM Eastern / 11 AM Central / 9 AM Pacific

    #HappyWritingChat @ 1 PM Eastern / 12 PM Central / 10 AM Pacific

    #SundayYA @ 1 PM Eastern / 12 PM Central / 10 AM Pacific

    #StoryCrafter @ 3 PM Eastern / 2 PM Central / 12 PM Pacific

    #HauntedHour @ 5 PM Eastern / 4 PM Central / 2 PM Pacific

    #RWChat @ 7 PM Eastern / 6 PM Central / 4 PM Pacific

    #SciFiChat @ 8 PM Eastern / 7 PM Central / 5 PM Pacific

    #ScriptChat @ 8 PM Eastern / 7 PM Central / 5 PM Pacific (Non-Holidays)

  • Mondays:

    #GEAQA @ 2:30 PM Eastern / 1:30 PM Central / 11:30 AM Pacific

    #LitChat @ 4 PM Eastern / 3 PM Central / 1 PM Pacific (Random Weeks)

    #MagicMon @ 7 PM Eastern / 6 PM Central / 4 PM Pacific

    #WattPad4 @ 8 PM Eastern / 7 PM Central / 5 PM Pacific

  • Tuesdays:

    #ContentWritingChat @ 11 AM Eastern / 10 AM Central / 8 AM Pacific

    #UKTeenChat @ 3 PM Eastern / 2 PM Central / 12 PM Pacific

    #WriteForum @ 3 PM Eastern / 2 PM Central / 12 PM Pacific

    #DarkLitDish @ 8 PM Eastern / 7 PM Central / 5 PM Pacific (Third Week Of The Month)

    #LitDish @ 8 PM Eastern / 7 PM Central / 5 PM Pacific (Alternating Weeks)

    #TipsyChat @ 8:30 PM Eastern / 7:30 PM Central / 5:30 PM Pacific

    #KidLitChat @ 9 PM Eastern / 8 PM Central / 6 PM Pacific

    #WriteStuff @ 9 PM Eastern / 8 PM Central / 6 PM Pacific

    #Chance2Connect @ 10 PM Eastern / 9 PM Central / 7 PM Pacific (Second Week Of The Month)

  • Wednesdays:

    #TheAuthorHour @ 3 PM Eastern / 2 PM Central / 12 PM Pacific

    #UKMGChat @ 3 PM Eastern / 2 PM Central / 12 PM Pacific

    #WritingChat @ 3 PM Eastern / 2 PM Central / 12 PM Pacific

    #LitChat @ 4 PM Eastern / 3 PM Central / 1 PM Pacific (Random Weeks)

    #PoetteerChat @ 7 PM Eastern / 6 PM Central / 4 PM Pacific

    #CreateLounge @ 8 PM Eastern / 7 PM Central / 5 PM Pacific

    #WritersLifeChat @ 8 PM Eastern / 7 PM Central / 5 PM Pacific

    #BookMarketingChat @ 9 PM Eastern / 8 PM Central / 6 PM Pacific

    #CreatureChat @ 9 PM Eastern / 8 PM Central / 6 PM Pacific

    #HauntedHour @ 9 PM Eastern / 8 PM Central / 6 PM Pacific

    #StorySocial @ 9 PM Eastern / 8 PM Central / 6 PM Pacific

  • Thursdays:

    #StoryDam @ 8 PM Eastern / 7 PM Central / 5 PM Pacific

    #10MinNovelists @ 9 PM Eastern / 8 PM Central / 6 PM Pacific

    #MGLitChat @ 9 PM Eastern / 8 PM Central / 6 PM Pacific

  • Fridays:

    #BoWriChat @ 9 PM Eastern / 8 PM Central / 6 PM Pacific (Alternating Weeks)

IWSG – 07/04/17

  • Posted on July 4, 2017 at 10:27 pm

 Today’s IWSG post kind of snuck up on me. Normally, I have them planned out in advance, and only just post them the day of the post. But this time, I had a very full day and did not even think to post anything. So now I’m writing this at ten pm in a hotel room, surrounded by people trying to go to sleep. Included in that list is the person sharing a bed with me, who happens to be a three year old little girl. Poor thing sleeps like a drunken octopus at a frat party. Hands everywhere. Feet in faces. It’s tragic.

But my IWSG is about fear today. Because I find that this new manuscript I’ve just started (Oh did I mention I finished a manuscript? Because I did. I’m so proud of that.) has me so afraid of it that it’s hard to even write what happens next. Every time I sit down to write it, something changes, and my original outline becomes nothing more than a guideline. This is terrifying to me.

Not only that, but whenever I sit down to write it, my anxiety kicks up, and I start thinking that maybe I’m not good enough to write it. That maybe I’m just trying to figure out a way to kill time, and this isn’t the right story to be told. I sit down, and I think “I can’t do this.”

But I do. I pound out words every day. Not a lot of words. I’m certainly winning no speed prize for this manuscript. But I am writing every day, thanks to the Camp NaNoWriMo July and thanks to my amazing mentor, Chris Votey, who keeps me going. So here’s my advice to anyone plagued by fear when writing their manuscript:

Be afraid. But don’t let that fear define your creation.

Now, PSA over, let’s talk about a few things.

One! Chris just revealed the cover of his new book and it is FABULOUS! Go take a look at it here!

Two! I’m going to be detailing the editing process as I go through and edit Knight of Kuryle, so keep an eye out for that.

And Three! I have some tentative covers of my own to reveal! The self-made covers for Knight of Kuryle and my current WIP, A Deeper Love, are below. Please tell me what you think, and any way that I can improve them! Thank you in advance, and have a great fourth of july!

Panic Attacks and Manuscripts

  • Posted on June 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm

So I have finished the manuscript for Knight of Kuryle. The first draft is entirely done. I’ll be running through several more drafts, of which I’ll explain in a moment, but for now, I am done with it until the 15th of July. Four weeks is a long time to wait, for someone used to working non-stop on their novel. Four weeks is a long time to wait for anything.

I’ve been experiencing an emotional upheaval during this time. It’s only been three days and I’m having more panic attacks than ever before. Just a few minutes ago, I had the largest one yet, where I couldn’t breathe. Luckily, my friend and roommate knows a calm-down method for panic attacks, and was able to help me get it under control. I still feel vulnerable and weak aftewards, however.

Some friends I’ve talked to about it say that it’s possible that there are a lot of feelings tied into the manuscript, and my finishing it has created a void where the manuscript used to be, which is causing the emotional upheaval. I think it’s something simpler. I’m scared.

You see, I’ve done the easy part. I’ve done the part I know how to do. I’ve written the first draft, and completed an entire story. I’ve done that before, and now, I’m in new territory. Now I have to edit. Now I have to polish. Now, I have to tear my beauty apart.

My writing mentor, Chris Votey, has listed a set of steps for my next drafts of the manuscript. They are as follows:

  1. First draft of manuscript
  2. Content edit
  3. Grammarly edit
  4. Ginger edit
  5. Word doc spell checker
  6. Content edit again
  7. Language edit – Looking for overused words and adverbs
  8. ReRead
  9. Chris goes through it
  10. Repeat.

I’m glad he gave me this process so that I could record it. No book I know goes into such detail as to give you exact instructions, so I thought I’d write it down. It’s useful to know what other authors are doing when it comes to editing and writing.

On top of all of this, I am reading and researching for my next project. A regency era romance I’ve named “A Deeper Love”.  Look forward to snippets and deleted scenes in the future! I’m currently reading On Writing Romance by Leigh Michaels in order to figure out how to write this romance properly! As someone who has had little luck in romance herself, this is especially important. ALWAYS RESEARCH NEW GENRES.

Lost Journal and more Bad Poetry

  • Posted on June 17, 2017 at 5:47 am

I have somehow managed to lose my journal. I’m actually really upset about this, although I’m sure I sound calm over the internet. My journal is something deeply precious to me, and something I really don’t want to lose. So I’m going to go on a hunt to find it later today. If you’ve ever lost a journal, please, comment below on how it made you feel!

Loss

Strange how something so vital can dissapear in a second

How quickly one can lose something that means the world to you

Strange indeed how one can lose something and keep checking

As if you might find it again, the more you do.

I can’t imagine losing something that I can never find again

I can’t imagine losing something like a friend

I can’t imagine losing something I would miss so dearly

that it bites my skin from the inside, hurting me so clearly

Oh but I know loss

I know it the way we all do

instinctively.

Children

  • Posted on June 14, 2017 at 6:11 am

This poem is rough, more so than the other I posted here, but I thought I’d put it up anyway, since someone asked me to.

Children

are fearlessly themselves

are carelessly reckless

are religiously kind

are suspiciously playful

are tirelessly beautiful.

Children

can learn

can grow

can show

can tell

can sell

us a perfect world.

Children

are precious

refresh us

enmesh us

in a world of their own making

in a world just for them.

Children

oh, how I love them

these little demons

these beautiful heathens

they are perfect.

Poetry and Reading

  • Posted on June 12, 2017 at 5:20 am

So I’ve been reading a lot more lately, trying to keep myself educated and in tune with how writing works. It’s not as nice as I thought, reading is a lot of work. It’s not the escape it used to be. I think this is because I used to use it to escape my feelings about the way my life was going as a child, and I don’t think I can do that anymore. Being an adult sucks.

Anyway, the book I just started, Write Therapy by Christina Christou, mentioned that writing poetry can be kind of cathartic. Now, my history with poetry is short and awful. I wrote one poem when I was a teenager, about fourteen, and my mother, trying to help me, critiqued it so much that I never wanted to write another one again. So I didn’t.  Now that isn’t to say I haven’t written another poem since because there are always assignments that tell you to write a poem. And I’ve tried my hand at songwriting, which is like putting a poem to music. But I never LABELED it poetry, never connected it to what I’m feeling.

Today, I did. And I’d like to share the results with you. It doesn’t have a name, just the date, so please enjoy my awful poetry.

06/12/17

I’m trying something new

Something swollen,

Something I have stolen

From a book written for you

Telling me to write a poem

Telling me to write my feelingsStone to heart

stone to part

my spirit from the dark blue

depression is lonely

depression is only

in my mind and I will woo

my heart into knowing,

my soul into growing.

I will write myself into

someone sane,

someone famed.

Someone free of the mildew

of the heart and

of the mind and

I am free and safe.

WIP Tag – Knight of Kuryle

  • Posted on June 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

 

Welcome to the Work In Progress Tag! I was tagged by the adoring and adorable Briana Herr, who was kind enough to inform our whole discord server about the tag! For this tag, I’m going to focus on my mostly complete WIP, rather than the ones I keep starting to avoid Writer’s Block. XD

Without further ado!

1) What is your working title?

“A Knight of Kuryle”, which is supposed to refer to the main character Dirk’s position once he has accepted his fate.

 

2) where did the idea come from?

I had a dream, a long, long time ago, about a sorcerer and a swordsman. The sorcerer was the enemy of the swordsman, but when the swordsman ran him through, he collapsed into the swordsman’s arms and breathed out, “You never could protect me, could you?”

I fell in love with the dynamic, and with the pair, and so that’s how Dirk and Yumil/Kier were born.

 

3) what Genre would your book fall into?

I like to think Epic fantasy, since it follows more than one character’s journey through a fantasy world. But it’s probably just straight fantasy. XD

 

4) what actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?

I really don’t think about actors for my characters, if only because it’d be very difficult to choose them, and because by the time I choose them, they don’t look the way I need them to for the character. Plus, I don’t think there’s a man alive pretty enough to match my mental image of Yumil/Kier

 

5) what is the one sentence synopsis for your WIP?

For the first novel: When his village is destroyed by an unknown mage, Dirk goes looking for justice, and finds something so unexpected that it throws his worldview out of place.

For the series: An ancient grudge sets into motion the necessary components to end the world, or bring it back into balance, and it’s up to one family to choose which.

 

6) Will you self-publish or be represented by an agency?

I’m planning to self-publish, although I wouldn’t say no to an agency if they wanted to represent me.

 

7) how long did it take you to write your first draft?

About a month. I was doing nanowrimo and had nothing else to do but write, so I literally ended up writing 250k words and finished it. Then I had to cut it down into smaller books, and I still haven’t finished the first draft of the smaller book. XD

 

8) what other books would you compare this story too?

Probably a combination of the Inheritance Cycle, Dragon Blood by Patricia Briggs, and Lord of the Rings. Sort of. Very, very loosely.

 

9) who or what inspired you to write this book?

When I first wrote the first draft, I was inspired by my then boyfriend, Wesley Pruett. As I went on to editing and eventually breaking up the story into smaller books, however, I found that my inspiration and help came from my mentor, Chris Votey. He’s been invaluable for helping me through all the crags and crannies of writing, and I wouldn’t have made it this far without him.

 

10) what else about your book that might pique readers interest?

Well, the main characters are almost all tumblr-worthy. Dirk is an asexual black man, and Yumil is a genderfluid homosexual. Their adoptive son, Jorgan, later in life goes on to be the savior of the world. So there’s that. XD

 

There you have it, my WIP, which I haven’t touched in several months. This blogpost, however, has rekindled my love for it, and I think I’ll be starting editing again. So thanks so much for sticking around and reading this! Post your information down below, and I’ll tag you in it, so that you can gush about your WIP too!

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