Hi guys! This week, I’ve decided to take on Kenzie’s newest tag, the Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag! I love the name so much 😂 I’m really excited to get into these questions, so let the GIF-filled fun begin! But first:
Rules and Regulations:
thank the blogger who tagged you, and leave a link back to their blog
leave a link back to the creator of the tag >> (I mean, technically this bit is optional, but I’d really appreciate a link back, especially if you enjoyed the tag!) [I’ll kill to birds with one stone by thanking you Kenzie, for this awesome tag!]
answer the questions honestly, and include at least one (1) gif of a pelican >> it’s in the rules, folks. you have to do it.
tag 3+ friends to do the tag on their own blogs! >> and make sure to give them cookies. because that’s always fun.
What is your favorite genre of fiction to write?
Without a doubt, it is definitely fantasy. But not the epic kind. I’ve found that I enjoy urban fantasy and magical realism more than the orcs and goblins type of fantasy. There’s something about reality and fantasy mixing that makes so many amazing, crazy, extraordinary things seem possible. And the AESTHETICS THO.
What genre would you NEVER get caught writing? . . .EVER.
This is really hard, because I don’t ever like to rule out the possibility of writing something. I’m honestly open to nearly every single genre! But…okay, you’ll probably never catch me writing a horror. I don’t think I could do it. I’m down with adding some scary to my stories, but a full-on horror novel?
What fictional genre feels most like home to you?
This is a hard one! I’ll probably say fantasy again, just because it’s what I’m most familiar with writing and it is very special to me. But if we were talking about reading, I probably would’ve said historical fiction. It’s so cozy and comforting! I’ve always wanted to write a historical fiction novel, but the facts and dates and just general knowledge about a specific time period I would need is insanely daunting to me 😳
If you could transform your real life into any genre of your choosing, which would it be?
A magical realism life would be pretty cool. Just some soft little magic vibes. It’d be nice. Or something heavier like the Raven Cycle books would be interesting. Kinda scary, but way cool ✨👻
What genre does your real life most resemble at the moment?
Right now, it’s kind of feeling like a coming-of-age story. A lot has been changing for me in my life and my family, and sometimes it feels like too much to handle. It’s a time of growing and facing new challenges head on, and I never feel as cool as the main character 😅
What’s a genre you’re interested in writing, even though you’ve never written it before?
I would LOVE to someday write a steampunk story. I have a vague idea of one in the back of my head, but I’m afraid if I let it percolate too much I’ll have to actually write the thing 😂 You don’t see a lot of steampunk books on the market, which is sad because steampunk is SO COOL. I’d love to contribute something neat to the genre.
What genre is your most recent plot bunny, and where did it come from?
Um…kind of hard to explain, honestly 😂 This happens a lot, where I come up with ideas that don’t really fit nicely into one, two, or sometimes even three genres. But I’ll try. My most recent idea is kind of a mix of science fiction, fantasy, and thriller where a reality-warper is asked to assist the military against fighting a chaotic force of nature that wants to consume the earth. But things aren’t as they seem, and our reality-warper friend realizes something much darker is actually going on. Yes, I know that’s vague but I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s been on my mind for weeks now and I STILL can’t properly explain it 😂
How many genres have you written thus far in your writing journey?
Genres that I’ve actually written in, like as in WIPs or finished pieces…have actually really only been urban fantasy. My Ink Press trilogy I’m working on publishing (hopefully sometime soon!) is an urban fantasy story. Last year I started writing the first book in my superhero trilogy Cause and Effect, but only about 30 pages of a first draft are done.
As for ideas and concepts I’m working on…oh boy. There are a lot 😂 Fantasy, science fiction, and superhero are the main culprits, which more sub-genres than I care to admit 🙈
This tag was so fun! Thanks again to Kenzie for creating it and for tagging everyone who wants to participate! Now tell me about what genres you typically write or want to write in. I’d love to hear about what you’re working on right now!
AGH SO REALM MAKERS HAPPENED. AND IT WAS AMAZING. I honestly don’t even know where to begin. I don’t know if the wonder that happened in those three days could be summed up in a post.
But I guess I’ll try. XD
Thursday I went to the pre-conference about writing series by Robert Liparulo which was SO interesting. I learned about the different types of series, the pros and cons of writing a series, how to plan a series, and how to market a series. It was all so informative and it really helped me, since I’m planning on publishing my first books as a trilogy! I also got to meet with some friends who also went to the pre-conference for lunch, which was SO FABULOUS.
After that, there was an opening welcome and keynote given by the RM faculty and Brent Weeks, which was hilarious and also very encouraging!
Friday was a whole whirlwind of sessions and electives and I loved ALL OF IT. I learned about writing my Christian worldview organically into my writing (Morgan Busse did this class and it was my absolute FAVORITE CLASS of the entire conference, she did SUCH a great job), I learned about writing fairytale retellings with C.J. Redwine (which gave me waaaay too many plot bunnies, if I’m being honest XD), and had a great time in Wayne Thomas Batson’s continuing sessions about balancing life and writing. It really convicted me and made me realize I need to be better about juggling everything.
I also got to hang out with some AWESOME friends! Seeing all of my friends from last year, and also some new faces was THE BEST. I wish I could’ve devoted all of my time to talking and hanging out with all of them, but I had to settle with sitting together during sessions and eating meals together. It was so magical, seeing everyone again. I LOVE YOU GUYS. <333
And then, of course, there was the big Awards Dinner, which is ALWAYS a blast! I must have taken a hundred (blurry, of course) pictures of everybody in their costumes. This was probably my favorite part of the entire conference, honestly. I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time, and when I got back to my hotel, my cheeks hurt.
For this year’s dinner, I decided to dress as a favorite cartoon character of mine…Dipper Pines from Gravity Falls! I was sure hardly anyone would know who I was (and I did get mistaken for a Camp Half Blood resident more than a few times XD), but I was pleasantly surprised by how many people came up to me and complimented me on my choice! I even had one of the waiters bringing food to the tables come up to me and ask me where Mabel was. XD
from top to bottom // Mary as Steampunk Ariel | Tracey as Tris Prior | Christine as Kuzco | Josiah as Phoenix Wright | Savannah as Peggy Carter (though that photo does NOT do her gorgeous outfit justice)
Saturday was the big day. At least for me. XD I decided I wanted to pitch my novel Imprint to Linda Howard at Tyndale publishing this year and my appointment actually went really well! I did flounder a bit, struggling with what to say and feeling all of my nerves strain any sense from brain right out my ears…XD But Mrs. Howard was very nice and understanding, and after talking with here, I would really LOVE to work with her. She was so kind and told me all about Tyndale’s publishing process and she even asked for more chapters of my novel! I WAS ECSTATIC TO SAY THE LEAST.
Before said pitch took place, however, I was a ball of jittery nerves. I could barely eat anything and when I had to leave mid-class (Jill Williamson’s worldbuilding session, which I was a bit bummed to miss 😦 to get to my appointment, I thought I was going to pass out from my body shooting so much adrenaline into my veins. I could barely hold my pencil and when the time came I had to take several deep breaths to keep my heart from pounding out of my chest. I wasn’t hardly as nervous as my body would have me believe I was. But my body does betray me, often times during stressful situations. XD As it turned out, I had nothing to worry about and it went very well.
After another amazing session (Ronie Kendig’s class about capturing your reader’s attention, which was absolutely fascinating), and a wonderful closing keynote by Brent Weeks, I went out to Panera with my buds one last time. It was such a great time and I ALREADY MISS ALL OF YOU SO MUUUUUCH. Then we all went to the book festival together and I had to say my goodbyes. It was so SAD. Thank goodness for the internet, so we can all keep in touch!
That last day of Realm Makers was one of the best days of 2019 for me. It was such an incredible time and Sunday morning, it felt like reality just came crashing back down on me. It felt so weird, that it was just…over. But I’ll never forget it. ^_^
Vacation wasn’t entirely over for me just yet though. Me and my family got to go a bit farther down Missouri to Branson, where we got to visit the College of the Ozarks (a college I’ve been considering attending, and now after visiting, I am SO AMAZED by and interested in) and stay at the Keeter Center, which is a hotel run by the students of the college! It was incredibly nice and I’ve never stayed in such a nice hotel. I really felt like a country hick, amazed by everything in the room. XD
After staying there for a few days (going to Silver Dollar City and the Butterfly Palace), we topped off our final day in Branson by going to see Samson live at the Sights and Sound Theater! IT WAS SO AMAZING GUYS. I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT HOW AWESOME IT WAS. You should seriously consider going to a production there. The tickets aren’t the cheapest, but IT IS WORTH IT.
After all that craziness, we drove home. And now I’m back and just now getting over the exhaustion. XD It’s going to be tough going back to work and the drudgery of ‘normal’ life, but I think I might surprise myself. It’s always a good feeling getting home from an adventure. 🙂
That was my experience at Realm Makers, very, very briefly summed up. I could go on and on about what went on that past weekend, but we would be here for ages. XD I miss all you Realmies dearly! I hope we get to see each other again soon! And those of you who didn’t attend this year…I WISH YOU COULD’VE BEEN THERE. It really was a magical time!
Hello friends, and welcome! If you’ve read the title you can probably guess what this post is going to be about already…
This ol’ blog has been around for a grand three years. It’s seen some changes, both good and bad, but it has come through.
I, as a blogger, have changed quite a bit myself. I’m almost nineteen years old now, and it’s hard to believe I started blogging when I was a wee fifteen-year-old. It seems so long ago…XD
Shall we take a gander at an old post of mine? This one dates back to April 4th, 2016, my very first blogiversary.
[Titled Short & Snappy Blogiversary]
Well, it’s been officially one year since I started Short & Snappy. Can you believe it?
It’s been a crazy year. I’ve posted so much, and yet it feels like so little. XD I’ve had a great experience, reading all of your comments, discovering new blogs, and making new friends. It’s been great fun. ^_^
And so, to celebrate, I’m thinking about adding a new segment called Character Conversations, where I’ll (try) to post an interview of my characters every Saturday! What do you guys think?
Thank you guys for making my first year blogging a great one! ❤
Quite painful, to say the least. Did I attempt to put any sort of effort into this post? I’d like to say I’ve grown as a writer since then…XD
This blog has seen a lot of traffic during its lifetime. Over 3,000 of you guys have visited my little corner of the internet, over 170 of you have made the descison to follow my adventures, and nearly 2,000 comments have been dropped on a total of 225 posts. Gosh, that’s a lot of people. I’m truly touched by all of your generosity.
And now, for that special announcement! If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’ll know that I’ve been considering creating a movie review blog. Well, I’m glad to say that this has become a reality!
This is a website with dozens of ambience and music tracks with tons of different places and moods. It’s especially helpful when you want to really place yourself into the atmosphere of whatever you’re writing. I tend to use the Fantasy section most often, but they sections with really awesome Sci-Fi and Historical tracks too!
You’ve probably heard of this one. It’s my favorite thesaurus/dictionary to use, with a really friendly interface and a forgiving search bar. You can search ‘give someone the creeps’ and it will come up with results. It also has a translator and a rhyming dictionary, which is all kinds of handy.
If you ever want hundreds of different names (not just fantasy, as the name implies), give this a look. It comes with more classic name generators, with names from different countries and time periods, while also having made-up names for different mythical creatures, place name generators, pop culture name generators, object name generators, and even description generators. I highly recommend if name-giving is not your specialty. And also if it is, too, because it’s just super fun to explore. 🙂
Sorry for this shorter post, I have something fun planned for next week, so be on the watch for that! Are there any websites you recommend for writers? I’d love to hear them!
Well guys, we made it. Another year has passed, gone like a blink, like 2017 was just last week.
But then again, 2018 has felt like the longest year of my life. So much happened, and I’m still trying to process what being an adult feels like…
Time is weird, amiright?
Anyway, I wanted to highlight some of the great things that happened this year, as well as some tentative goals for 2019. Oh, and stick around for a fun announcement! 😀
My 2018 Goals //
My loose plans are to work on outlining a TON. I don’t think these ideas can stay in my head for much longer. I need to write them all out so my brain isn’t so strung up on details. XD
Welp. Didn’t…quite get to that…I did some outlining, but it wasn’t with a new project, I was fixing an old one. Guess I’m still strung up on the details.
I have no plans to do JuNo or NaNo, but I’m not against it. I’ll have to see how open my schedule is at the time and decided from there.
Whoot-whoot, I did NaNo!! And it was INSANE.
And as a last goal, I really want to try and not put too much pressure on myself. I’ve found that I am VERY hard on myself and I don’t know when to stop. So if I need to take a hiatus, then I will. If I need to rework my blog schedule, then I will.
And that’s not just for blogging. Reading, writing, and life too.
Hmm…well…kinda majorly failed this one. I’m still incredibly hard on myself. But maybe I’m getting better. I can’t really say, myself, honestly. I think I did take several hiatuses this year, and I reworked my blog schedule to a post every two weeks for a bit there…So…I guess I kind of achieved this goal? XD
So I half completed my loose goals last year, half not really, but I think I did fairly well. But enough of that, let’s get into the details (that I’m apparently strung up on XD)!
Life Stuff //
Now that I’m looking back, all of these things happened in the summer. Huh. I had kind of a crazy summer…
• I made it through my very first Summer Reading Program as a library aide! It was…utter insanity. Kids, books, paper, they were everywhere. And even though it’s a part-time job, I was still exhausted. I worked almost every day, aside from Thursdays and Sundays (and every other Saturday).
It was intense and I may have desperately wished to quit on a few occasions, but in all, it wasn’t bad! I stayed busy, came home tired, but fulfilled, and really savored the time I had to myself.
• I went to a week-long Bible camp as a cabin counselor in June. It was the longest I had been away from home, by myself, essentially. My dad and brother were there with me, but we were apart for most of the time. The first few days were awful. I wanted to cry quite a few times. And I don’t cry. Hardly ever.
But as the week progressed, things got better. I got to hang out a bit with an old friend, and I met lots of new people. I’m glad I did it, but if I ever go back, I would ask to be a worker, helping cook in the kitchens or cleaning. I’d feel much more comfortable that way. 🙂
• And last but definitely not least, I attended Realm Makers for the first time!!! It was so amazingly fun, and I really hope to go again this year! I so enjoyed meeting my blogging buddies! It was so nice connecting with you in person, and just talking to other writers! It was lovely and I highly recommend attending if at all available.
• Also, I turned 18. That’s. Kind of scary. I’m an adult now, guys. I got my braces off, I have a job, a car…I’m so close to reaching peak adulthood! XD
Writer’s Desk //
Nothing really significant happened on the writing scene this year, but…
I WON NANOWRIMO FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!
I’ll link to my experience post so you can see the insanity I went through the month of November. It was so much fun, and the novel I was writing was actually a rewrite of Imprint, a book I’ve been working on for SO. DARN. LONG. I think I’ve gotten it to how I like it, so, after I let some close friends give it a run-through…I may consider sending it to some beta-readers. Sometime this year. Hopefully soon. So. Keep an eye out for that.
I spent a lot of time perfecting Imprint this year, but I still somehow I managed to come up with two new ideas (one about two prince brothers who rule the kingdoms of light and darkness, and the other about an alternate dimension involving cartoons, magic, and mischief (note: EXTREMELY EXCITED ABOUT THESE), and worked on some character profiling for my superhero trilogy I want to get started on.
Book Nook //
Another exciting thing… I won my reading challenge for the first time, since I joined Goodreads!!!
I only gave myself 20 books, but I’m still kind of happy with my accomplishment! 😀 I suppose this is a year of firsts for me, huh…?
Some highlights of this year //
Renegades by Marissa Meyer // SO. EPIC. I love so much superheroes, so this was a fantastic read!
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard // So many twists and turns, plus amazing characters and a neat setting!
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews // I always thought the first book Cait would publish would be an epic fantasy, but instead she came up with this genius contemporary Beethoven retelling that I love to bits and pieces.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater // I can’t recommend this, since there’s quite a bit of content, but SERIOUSLY. THIS WAS AMAZING. I immediately read the second book, and I’m itching to read the third book!
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab // Dark, twisty fantasy with alternate dimensions and magic and THE CHARACTERS. THE CHARACTERS ARE EPIC.
Movie Theater* //
I saw a lot of movies this year, but here are a few I really had an opinion about //
Black Panther // I loved this movie, but I could be biased. It’s a Marvel movie. I’m going to love any of the MCU movies. That’s just how it works.
Avengers: Infinity War // WAIT. NEVER MIND. I CHANGE MY MIND. MARVEL YOU HAVE BETRAYED ME. *quiet sobbing*
Incredibles 2 // This was really fun! The action sequences were soooo gorgeously animated, and the humor was delightful! I didn’t quite like it as much as the original, the villain in particular I didn’t enjoy, but…the original just really can’t be topped, in my opinion.
Ant-Man and the Wasp // Loved it. So much. Scott and Hope’s relationship is so adorable, and I thought the villain was really interesting, more like an anti-hero than anything else.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation // These are older, but I just recently got into them and WOW I’m a fan! I really need to see Fallout…
Star Wars prequels // These were…interesting, I’ll say. I disliked the first one, (except for Qui-gon, he’s legit), the second one was better, but then…I could barely watch the third one. The dialogue was just too cringe for me…At least with the originals you’re expecting the cheesiness…
Wreck-It Ralph 2 // I…wasn’t a fan of this one. It…didn’t work as a sequel for me. It seemed to go backwards in character growth, and it almost totally disregarded the events of the original. It was one of my least favorites of last year. That ending…man…
Christopher Robin // This was so innocently adorable. It was such a nice, fresh change from what people have been putting into theaters lately. Watch it to be filled with sweet nostalgia.
Aquaman // I technically watched this one this year, but since it came out last year, I’m counting it. Oh gosh…it was not for me. I thought the story was bland, I didn’t connect with any of the characters, and most of the action scenes were underwater, making them blurry and hard to understand.
Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse // AAAAHHHHH JUST WATCH IT OKAY. MY FAVORITE OF 2018!!!! *cries over beautiful animation*
*Okay, small aside, but is it just me or does it seem like all Hollywood puts out is sequels, reboots, and book adaptations? Is it just me?
Goals for 2019 (oh my word, just typing ‘2019’ scares me…) //
• Try to do one, big thing that’s outside of my comfort zone.
I feel like I miss out on so much in life, just because I’m scared to do it. I’d love to be able to just dive right outside my comfort zone. Even if it’s something simple. Like going somewhere I’ve never been, or taking some college classes, or even getting another job somewhere. I don’t know what to do just yet, but I’m going to try to be brave in the coming year.
• Send Imprint to some beta-readers and then…possibly…start querying for an agent?
This kind of terrifies me, but I think I’ve worked hard on my novel, and I want to get it out there. I want my writing to inspire and entertain others, like it does to me.
• Read 30 books.
If I can do 20, I can do 30, so help me.
Alright, remember what I said about making some kind of announcement? Well, here it is…
• I’m going to attempt to start a movie review blog.
That’s right. Another blog. Movies have always been special to me, and I have a lot of opinions about them. So I decided, why not start reviewing them?
This idea is still pretty new, but I’ve always had it in the back of my head that I’d like to start another blog. I would probably have to work out yet another new schedule so I don’t die trying to churn out so many posts a weeks, but I think it could be worth it!
It’s called… Reel Thoughts | Honest Opinions on the Latest in Entertainment
I’d like to include some game and music reviews as well as movies, but nothing is for sure yet. I’d also like to get this brainchild of mine up by Short & Snappy‘s anniversary, which is sometime in March (Hello past me, nope, it’s April). We’ll see how that works out. But keep a look out!
How was your 2018? Do you have any amazing goals for 2019? Share your thoughts with me down below!
I can’t believe it’s already 2019…It sounds so…futuristic. XD
The past few weeks have been pretty busy for me, with Christmas and New Years and trying to get back into the normal way of life. I’m planning on posting a 2018 year review, along with some goals I have for this year sometime this month, so you can watch out for that. 🙂
Anyways, I’m back with a pitiful bit of prose just for you! This little scribbling is what partially inspired my superhero trilogy that I’ve had in the back of my head for years. It’s really clunky, really cheesy, and I hope you laugh.
Two men came in.
I knew those two baddies, so I hid behind a table.*
*Stellar opening, 10/10.
Jake, the boss, went up to the water park*, while Jasper, the asisstant, stood guard at the bottom.
I decided to have some fun. I walked up to where Jasper was guarding (which was Manager Hofsteads office)* and said, “Hiya, Jasper!”
*Okay, but, like, what exactly is he guarding? The entrance to this manager’s office? Or…the water park that is apparently on top of it? Couldn’t he be used in a more useful way? -_-
Jasper whipped his head at me* and stuttered, “M-M-Melody,”
*”Right in the head, he just smacked me with his face.” XD
I held back a giggle. “I didn’t know you had a job as asisstant manager!”
“Then why are you standing in front of Mr. Hofsteads door?”
“What are you doing Jasper?”
“Jake,” he said slowly.
“I didn’t know he was out of jail,”
*I’m…really, really unsure what is supposed to be so funny about this exchange. What……was I……..thinking………..with…..all……..of………these………..ellipsis…….?
“What was that?”*
*Is this supposed to be a sarcastic remark? Or did she actually hear something and we just don’t get to know that?
Jasper stopped talking, and let me through.
Mr. Hofstead was in there, and I decided not to worry him.* His office is like a door into a room and then another door in the back that leads up to the water slide. So his office under the Water Slide.
*Another thing: what is there to worry about? So far, these two dudes, bad guys, whatever, have done absolutely nothing to indicate that they might be doing something nefarious. Melody is just assuming that because they’re bad guys…they’re going to, I don’t know what, blow up the building? Rob from…the waterpark? I really just don’t know.
I tried to walkd Stealthly* to the door but he was walking out. I was thinking that Jake must have used the ladder on the side of the office.*
*Grammar, little me. Grammar.
*…why is there a ladder?
“Melody, can I help you?”
“um, going up this way?”
Mr. Hofstead looked reprimending, but he said “Alright.”*
*Did I think I sounded smart? And also, really dude? You’re going to just let this kid…use your office to…get to the top of the…waterpark…? I’m done. I can’t figure this out.
I raced up to the rood* to listen in on what Jake might be saying.I had flipped on my side and was using the little hole at the top to listen.* I heard Mayor Galvin, Wait and his daughter!*
*I’m assuming this is supposed to be ‘roof’, but with the way this story is going, it really could be anything.
*..little hole…? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!
*Feels like I should acknowledge this development, but just really doesn’t care at this point.
I gt off the roof and sneaked in. Jake must have seen me sneaking under the second floor, because he stepped on my hand, which threw him a little off balance.*
*That…that wouldn’t throw you off balance. That would just hurt your hand really bad.
I ran up to the second floor, the highest spot in the park.*
*What even is this place? What’s the layout? Where are we??
“I have got to get a new asisstant.” Jake said grabbing his knife. “Oh, well, you’re too late anyway!”
I saw the Mayor and his daughter, hanging on to the ledge of the slide, but Jake was in my way.
“Let them go!” I said.
“Never!” he said, cutting the rope.
I had to stop him. “Wait!” I shouted. Jake stopped. “What if I took there place?”*
*… … … what?
Jake looked at me, “You would do that?”
“Of course I would! If it would save there* life,”
*PLEASE JUST USE THE PROPER WORD PLEEEASE.
Jake thought, then said “It would be funner, but I have to do them in for other purposes.”*
*Can Jake talk like a normal human being? Answer: no.
I took a deep breath. Here goes.*
The rope snapped. I leaped to grab it, but then Jake grabbed me. He wasn’t strong enough, so I managed to grab the rope, But then we were dangling by a hand. My hand.*
*…I’m so confused. What happened here? I have no idea what happened here.
Jake came closer and said “Wonderful! I’ll finish you all off!” and then he stepped on my hand.*
*See, it DOES hurt.
I had to think fast. Then I remembered a trick I had learned. It’s called the Switcheroo.* I mustered up all the strength I had, grabbed Jake’s foot, and swung the Mayor and his daughter up to safety.
*For some reason this reminds of something a cowboy would say. Not exactly the feeling I wanted to invoke here, I’m pretty sure.
Now I was dangling with Jake hanging on for dear life. I pulled myself up and pulled up Jake too.
Jake was to flabbergasted to speak but the Mayor thanked me and decreed that Jake and Jasper go back to jail.*
*JASPER HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS. WHAT ARE YO U DOING.
The Mayor left happily with his daughter. As I handcuffed Jake, he didn’t struggle.* As I walked him down and handcuffed Jasper, strangly, he smiled.*
*And just like that, folks, he’s given up. Why? …We don’t really know!
*Strangly…he wants to strangle you. Is that what that means?
I brought them outside and called the police. Before they got hauled away, Jake quietly said “Thank you.” and then he was gone.
I felt a little twinge in my heart. I didn’t know what to do.
Okay. Yup. That was. Wow. Okay. If you read this entire mess, you deserve a cookie. ^_^ It doesn’t really make sense, but…I was really proud of it when I first wrote it so…that counts for something, right? Let me know if you enjoyed this ridiculousness down below!
Hello guys! It’s been a good while since NaNo, and I’ve enjoyed my guilt-free solace of reading books and watching movies so far. Plus, CHRISTMAS IS COMING. How is it upon us ALREADY?!
Anyway, today’s post is a writer’s link-up created by Christine, and I…unfortunately, missed out on the second part of this challenge. I had taken a little hiatus during the month of November, and so I didn’t get the chance to answer the fabulous questions about the writing process.
But! I’m here now! And I can’t wait to answer these questions!
Firstly, how did writing this novel go all around?
For the most part, I think it went really well. It had its crazy up and down moments, but I’d call it a successful NaNo. And it’s my FIRST TIME WINNING. So yeah. Still pretty stoked about that. 🙂
Did it turn out like you expected or completely different? And how do you feel about the outcome?
It mostly went according to plan. I had my outline all typed up and ready to go, and the first half went really great!
But then, as the month ambled on, new ideas started springing up out of nowhere. And by the time I reached the ending, there were choppy, cut-up bits of story, text pasted in random spots, trying to piece the story together, and my main character had basically gone insane. (Okay, not really, but she took the strangest turn, let me tell you.)
I don’t regret it too much. I got the general ideas down, and now they just need to be rewritten and polished so it all goes smoothly. And I probably need to cut…a lot of stuff in the climax. But other than that, I’m very happy with how it turned out!
What aspect of the story did you love writing about the most? (Characters, plot, setting, prose, etc.)
Characters for sure. I always love my characters the most. They’re what motivate me to keep going. Plus over the years and years of writing about them, I feel like I’ve come to know them so well. They feel like old friends. I know exactly how they’ll react to things, what they love. It’s a good relationship. (I sound like I’m crazy…XD)
How about your least favorite part?
…I hate to say the plot…but I’ve gotta say, it was probably the plot. My project was to rewrite Imprint, which I’ve been working on for years. I was proud of my outline, and I was really excited about it…until I started finding little plot holes.
Those put little ruts in the whole process, which was kind of frustrating. I wish I could spot those little suckers easier, and before I take the leap into writing the story for the whole month. But I kept track of them, and I’ll just have to go back and fix them, along with some rewriting and editing, hopefully in January.
What do you feel like needs the most work?
Well, I kind of just answered that in the question above. XD But rewrites and edits aside, I really think what this novel needs…is a voice.
I’ve always had a hard time with finding my ‘writing voice’, and I still don’t know exactly what that is. I’d like to say I’ve gotten better with practice, but when I read over my work, I notice how devoid of personality the prose tends to be. It’s almost robotic.
I could really use an editor…
How do you feel about your characters now that the novel is done? Who’s your favorite? Least favorite? Anyone surprise you? Give us all the details!
Oh man, such a hard question. XD Of course I love them all, even the villains. My favorite character is probably one of my main characters, Markus. He’s hilarious, and tends to goof off, but also really caring and unafraid to have an optimistic attitude.
I don’t think I could choose a least favorite, honestly. I love all my characters too much! I will say, Zyke, a side character, has been a bit of a challenge for me. It’s not like I don’t like him, I love him… It’s more like I can’t figure him out. He just won’t let me into his head. I’ve been trying to find his motives and stand on things for a long time, but he remains a mystery to me. 😛
A character that really surprised me was actually my villain, Zedidiah. He’s so much more than your typical villain. He’s human. He cares about things. He just wants what’s best for people. Sure, he’s out to rule the world, and he’ll stop at nothing to get to the seat of power, but it’s only because he doesn’t want to see people suffer. (…Even though…he’s the one making them suffer…)
What’s your next plan of action with this novel?
Let it settle for a bit longer, then rewrite, edit, do whatever needs doing to get it polished, and then…let my family read through it, consider their edits, revise, and send it to some beta-readers. And then after that…maybe considering pitching? idontknowimscared. :S
If you could have your greatest dream realized for this novel, what would it be?
I want to share this story with the world. I write what I want to read, and if I love this story, then I know at least one other person will too. And if it ends up in bookstores, has a sizable fan-base, and people absolutely love it and want more…that’d be great too. XD
Share a snippet of one of your most favorite scenes!
*wades through trash to find something suitable*
Here’s a conversation between my two favorite reaper boys. It’s nothing much, but it’s really a testament to their relationship.
“You’re an actual idiot.” Celthic slammed his dagger down on the tile. It left a jagged mark, right where Paige and the boy had been.
“Me?” Zyke shouted indignantly. “It was your idea to try to snag them here!”
“What a load.” Celthic whipped around to glare furiously at his friend. Though right now, he would’ve rather referred to Zyke as colleague. Or maybe associate. Definitely not friend, by any means. “This was your idea that I agreed to. I never said it was good.” He crossed his arms. “This is why I don’t let you lead.”
“Well aren’t you just the king of clever,” Zyke said scornfully. “You think you’re so amazing, Celthic. I’m surprised you even fit through that door with your head being so big.”
Celthic scooped up his dagger and held it dangerously close to Zyke’s neck. “Look, I’m done arguing. Either we do this together, or we don’t do it at all. And that’s not going to cut it.” He nimbly slid his blade into his scabbard. “So stop being mouthy and let’s get this stupid thing over with.”
Zyke whipped out his scythe, leaning gently on it and examining his nails. “You’re something, Cel,” he muttered.
Celthic ignored the statement. He ignored a lot of things. Life was easier that way. “We’ve given ourselves up. They know what we look like now. From now on, we work discreetly. In, out, done.” He wind-milled his arms, opening a gaping violet portal. “We’re splitting up. Let’s go.”
They’re two huge dorks, in case you were wondering. And I love them.
Did you glean any new writing and/or life lessons from writing this novel?
Never think that your work is stupid. Even if it is. XD Because if you don’t have confidence in your own work, why would anyone else? Own your novel, and don’t worry about it being perfect, because we all know that’s not possible. In fact, imperfections are sometimes what makes a novel great.
And also, don’t slack off on the last week of NaNo and in a fit of panic, barely make the 50,000 mark on November 30th, 11:45 PM. Really wouldn’t suggest that. Not a smart choice.
There you go! A little glimpse into my newly rewritten Imprint! Thank you again for this awesome link-up, Christine! Tell me about your NaNo experience in the comments! And also MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Look out for a special little post on Christmas Eve! 😉
I log off and race to the door. as usual, Lia is here first. “hey Madel! Whats so Important?”
“I’ll wait till the other are here.” I say.*
*Ooh, who is the other? Are they the bad guy?? :O
Its just after dinner so everyone has to ‘wash up’ and clean themselves.*
*Wouldn’t you do that…before dinner? I’m so confused. -_-
There you go, my first chat log! I don’t think I’ve ever written one since then…probably because even I thought it was cheesy and…pretty much pointless, plot-wise. Like, what even is happening in this scene? This whole thing could’ve taken less than a paragraph if I cut out all the ridiculous filler. XD
Does this look like a realistic text exchange to you? Or like an automated robot trying to be hip wrote it? Let me know in the comments!
Hello guys! Wow…it feels like ages since I last wrote a blog post…or even interacted with the outside world…XD But I’m back, and currently swimming in tons of other blogger’s posts that I need to catch up on.
Don’t let anyone tell you NaNo doesn’t take over your whole life. They are liars.
But anyway, I am SO STINKING EXCITED to announce that…
I DID IT!! I REACHED 50K WORDS!!!
That really doesn’t seem like much, when I see other writers hitting word-counts up into the 100ks…Seriously, you guys are speed demons. XD
BUT. This will mark my first ever year of actually winning NaNo! I’ve been doing WriMos since the year 2015 (or 2014? My memory is foggy…), and I have NOT ONCE completed the challenge. I’ve come SO. SO. CLOSE. But those last 10,000 words were always out of my reach.
BUT NOT THIS YEAR!
I’m definitely going to be setting my mess of a novel aside for the month of December and focusing on some more casual writing (like blogging 😉 ) for the rest of the year.
It was such a crazy time, let me tell you.
I started off pretty strong, staying far ahead of the daily word goals for the first couple weeks. But then it’s like a massive wave of nothingness flooded through the rest of the month. I was 10,000 words behind schedule, at one point. That was a terrible feeling.
I stayed fairly low, wordcount-wise, through the Thanksgiving weekend and fretted that I wouldn’t be able to make it.
But those last few days…oh my gracious. I was pounding out as many words as possible, not quite caring if they even made sense or not. I just had to get these words on the page.
And so, at no later than 11:45 on November 30th, I hit 50k.
And then I immediately went to bed, my brain half-dead with exhaustion, half-hyped-up on the fact that I had won.
So…yeah. That was my experience. And now I have this dandy little badge to prove that I did it.
Isn’t it just BEAUTIFUL??
I would share some snippets, buuuut…I haven’t dared to look through my manuscript just yet. XD I’ll probably do an aesthetic post with some of them sometime in the middle of December, but for now, I’m glad to just let it rest.
Sorry if this is kind of a shorter post, I’m still kind of reeling from last month’s insanity. XD CONGRATULATIONS to all you writers who completed NaNo!! Tell me a bit about your experience down below! I’d love to hear I’m not the only one who kind of went a bit crazy… 😛