Character Conversations // Abner

Character Conversations

Hello guys! Sorry for the late interview, I was gone all day yesterday, so I’m giving you one today instead! I hope you like him! ^_^

Adam Ferrara

Me: Hi Abner!

Abner: Good to see you. *shakes hand*

M: So, I know you’re a cop, like Robert. Do you know each other well?

A: You bet. When I was moved from home in Brooklyn to Fallcoast, I met him the first day. Poor guy couldn’t catch a break. His whole day was going messy, so I invited him and his wife over for dinner. Then we were friends.

M: You said you lived in Brooklyn before. Brooklyn as in, New York?

A: Yeah. I’d served there since I was 20 years old, then when I was 34 I was asked to come down to Minnesota.

M: Do you like it here?

A: Your summers are brutal, lemme tell ya. Up to your ears with mosquitoes. Surprised you haven’t all died from malaria.

M: *internally dies laughing* We’re kinda famous for our mosquitoes. So since you’re friends with Robert, when did he tell you about his special talent?

A: That was only a few days after we invited him to dinner. I know what you’re talkin’ about. *grins* How he does stuff with your limbs and body. It’s funny that’d he’d become a cop then, eh?

M: Yeah. He’s really struggling with it…*mumbles* And things are only going to get worse…

A: Whispering is rude you know.

M: I know. So are you a Super then?

A: Nah. Kinda glad about it too. Supers here have nothing but trouble. Pity them, I do. *purses lips*

M: So what’s the most interesting case you ever had to work on, as a cop?

A: That’d have to be the time back in Brooklyn when there was a massive outbreak of Supers. A sudden huge influx of superhumans, you can imagine how the cops were reacting. I was just young and inexperienced at the time. I had no idea what the heck was going on. *laughs* That’s when things started getting more tense between citizens and Supers.

M: Did you have to confront any Supers?

A: Yeah, there were a few creeps I had to deal with. Sure woulda helped if Robert’d been there. *grins* Yeah, there was one kid with some kind of matter control, had to take him out. There was another time where there was a drunk Super destroying the side of a building. That was fun…

M: Didn’t that outbreak end up with the police killing thousands of Supers? I’m not saying that it was bad, it was obviously done for safety reasons, but now that that’s over, the aftermath…Do you think Supers are being treated fairly?

A: Goodness, no! The three big powers here in Fallcoast couldn’t care less about Supers. They want them gone, dead. Too afraid to deal with’em the right way. And with all the stupid staged hero/villain fights they show on TV…It’s plain ridiculous. As if the people feel any better knowing there’s a ‘hero’ out there to help them.

M: I feel you. It’s a good thing there’s people like Lena and Jake, huh?

A: *smiles* You know Lena and Jake. They’re good kids. Can’t help worrying about’em though. Vigilantes have a dangerous job, you know?

M: I know too well. So, a few last questions for you; what is your favorite food?

A: Gotta be thin crust pizza. With the works. Nothing better.

M: Do you have a family?

A: Just me and my wife. So far. *winks*

M: Do you like being a cop?

A: There’s nothing I love better. But when things aren’t fair. *wags finger* Nuh-uh. That’s not cool. Police are all about fairness, giving everyone a shot at redemption. Not all this ‘kill-on-sight’ business.

M: Well, thank you, Abner, for this time.

A: Sure thing, sweets.

Do you like him? He’s a great guy, I LOVE writing about him. What do you think? Let me know below!

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A Bit of Encouragement // I Punch 9 Writerly Doubts in the Face

As a writer, I’ve had ups and downs, highs and lows. And sometimes those lows…they feel like you never want to write again and that you’re writing is so worthless you’d rather crumple it up and burn it with fire rather than try to fix it.

But I’m here today to tell you to keep going. Doubts happen to all of us, but we can defeat them. Here are some that I’ve struggled with, and then the solution that I’ve reached.

This story is so terrible. Nobody will want to read it. Why should I even bother?

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Why should you even bother. Hm. How about because it’s a great story and it needs to be told? Too cheesy? Okay. How about there will be at least two people out there who will love your story to pieces. You, and your biggest fan. Still not convinced? How about because writing is fun and you don’t do it for other people, you do it because you need to write and get this story out of you. People will like your story. It’s inevitable. And if they don’t, at least you can be proud that you actually wrote something. That’s a huge accomplishment!

This story is a mess. I’ll never be able to fix it.

Okay, so maybe you’ve stumbled upon a massive plot hole or 5, or maybe you’re story is so incoherent that it’s barely readable. Fear not, writers! There is this magical thing, that all writers use when they happen upon these tragedies. It’s called…revision. First drafts aren’t perfect, they’re to get the story down on paper. Second drafts aren’t that great either. Neither are third, fourth, maybe even fifth drafts. That’s why we revise. And edit. Have others read your writing, get feedback, have someone work out the kinks with you. You will fix it, don’t worry. It may seem messy now, but it’ll shine, one day.

I’m not a real writer.

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Well… that’s stupid. Of course you are! You write, don’t you? That’s all a writer is. Someone who writes. So if you write absolutely anything, be it short stories, or novels, or grocery lists, you’re a real, genuine writer.

I’m so horrible at (dialogue, imagery, setting, etc). I’ll never get good at it.

This sounds incredibly like a cliché, but practice, practice, practice makes perfect. You’ll never get good at said thing with the attitude that you’ll never get good at it. Try finding writing exercises for the particular thing you’re struggling with. Then do them until, bit by bit, you find that maybe that conversation between your main character and villain wasn’t so bad. That maybe you’re kinda proud of that one paragraph where you described that creepy castle. Don’t give up. You will get good at it.

The internet is too distracting, so I end up never writing.

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Just turn it off. Haha, just kidding, that’s never worked for me. Instead, what I do, is I use it as a reward system. I write x amount of words, I get to watch a Studio C sketch. I write for x amount of time, I get to surf on Pinterest or Goodreads for 5 or 10 minutes. That’s the system that works best for me, but…I’m still trying to figure this one out, guys… XD

I’ll never be able to write like (insert favorite author).

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You’re right. You won’t. Because you can’t. Nobody can write like you. And that’s an amazing thing! Just think; no author can come up with the same amazing characters as you. No author can come up with that thrilling plot twist you created. No one can author can transport you into your story as you do. Because you’re not writing as them. You’re writing as you.

I don’t write everyday, so I’m failing as a writer.

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Don’t you realize? Every time you’re thinking about your story. Every time you have an imaginary conversation with one of your characters. Every time you’re in the shower and you concoct a perfect plot twist. Every time you read a book. You’re writing. You’re being inspired and letting things percolate in your mind and thinking things through. Just because you’re not getting words down on paper doesn’t mean you’re not working.

Nobody will ever be as invested in my story as I am.

Ahem. Have you ever heard of a fangirl?

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I’m never going to finish this novel…

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If you really, truly, love it, you will. It won’t let you leave it unfinished. And if it’s such a chore to finish and write it, maybe it’s not for you. If you’re not loving your novel/writing 100%,(True, it can feel like a love-hate relationship sometimes, but…you know what I mean), it won’t matter how much time you invest in it, it won’t ever seem finished.  Which is totally okay! Begin a new project. Something you really, really love. Something you want to invest your time in. Because if you love it, chances are, other people will too.

Well, there’s my two cents. Do you struggle with any of these? What are some other doubts that I didn’t include? How do you deal with them? Let me know down in the comments below!

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Character Conversations // Robert

Character Conversations

Hello guys! Welcome to this week’s character conversation! Today, I have a very sweet character with me. He’s a police officer with a secret…

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Me: Hi Robert!

Robert: Hi! I’ll try to answer your questions to the best of my abilities. *smiles*

M: Sounds good! Okay, first, I’m told that you’re a police officer. What’s that like?

R: …I do love protecting the people of Fallcoast. But I feel sometimes the other officers aren’t always the nicest.

M: What do you mean?

R: They’re…very prejudiced against Supers. And, well, Supers are illegal. So that doesn’t help. I know they’re just trying to protect the city from things they don’t understand, but…

M: Don’t they realize they’re making more trouble in the process? Crime rates have hit the roof and Fallcoast isn’t as safe as it used to be. *squints eyes* Are you one of those Super-haters?

R: Me? No, no, not at all. But don’t tell my boss I said that.

M: You’re referring to Gavin, right?

R: Yeah…He’s not the…friendliest guy I’ve met.

M: *mutters* So he should be a blast to interview…So what makes you so sympathetic toward Supers?

R: *eyes dart nervously around* Well, um…I am because…I am one.

M: *le gasp* A Super cop?! That sounds awesome! What’s your power?

R: *looks slightly relieved* Oh, I can manipulate the human body. Stop someone from moving, force someone to move…I’m still learning, honestly.

M: So you’re in to anatomy, then?

R: *laughs* Yes, actually. But not just that. Physiology is really important too, in understanding how the body works.

M: Have you ever delved into the brain?

R: No, no, that’s not my area. I’d rather not mess with something so important and…confusing.

M: Wise choice. So, we both know being a cop is a dangerous job. But how does your family feel about it?

R: Sharon, my wife, has told me before that she worries about me every day…But she hasn’t stopped me. *smiles sadly* Especially in Fallcoast, I feel like being a cop is more dangerous than being a cop in, say, Albany, where my friend Abner used to work. It’s hard, knowing you have a wife and little girl at home, and then there’s the possibility of never seeing them again.

M: You have a little girl? *adorable!*

R: Yes, Abigail. She’s my little Shortcake. *grins*

M: Just out of curiosity…do you think Abigail will be a Super?

R: …I don’t know. I’ve thought about it before. I hope she isn’t. That she can live a normal life, like any kid should.

M: You feel bad for Lena and Jake?

R: *sighs* Yes. As a dad, knowing that they’re out there, risking their lives for people who don’t even care for them…It’s hard. *stares at lap*

M: Don’t worry. Things will improve. That’s a promise from me. *wink* But we’re getting close to the end of this interview. So, for a few last questions…What’s your favorite food?

R: Hmm…I think it would have to be a homemade, pepperoni, deep-dish pizza. Abner makes them the best.

M: I love deep-dish! What’s the hardest part about your job?

R: Ooh, tough one…I’d say having to arrest Supers. That’s really, really hard. It’s not like we actively seek them out, but when we see them…we have to detain them. If anyone ever found out about me…*shudders*

M: Okay, last question: do you know anything about the Miss Coel?

R: …She seems nice enough…I’ve never met her personally…

M: Well…Be glad you haven’t! Thank you, Robert, for this interview. It was a pleasure.

R: No, thank you. This was fun. *smiles*

He’s nice, right? I love writing him…Especially because he has to deal with a lot of conflictions and it gets really interesting… XD Let me know what you think of him down below!

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The Perfectionist with a Billion Story Ideas // 4 Survival Tips

The Perfectionist with a Billion Story Ideas

You may or may not know this about me, but I’m a huge perfectionist. I hate it when things aren’t just so. It’s both a blessing and a curse, in a way. I’d say I’m a very good judge of quality, but with my own things…I’m my worst critic.

Which brings me to this post. It is entirely possible that I will have at least a billion story ideas in my lifetime. (No joke, guys. XD ) And I’m just so excited about all of them, and they’re all just begging to be written and I want to just write them ALL. O_O

But…I don’t.

Because I’m also a procrastinator. (Ah, the INFJ, the paradox.)

So far, I’ve written approximately three novels. It took me a while, but I did. But while I was writing them, I was constantly thinking about the other ideas in my head. And I became overwhelmed. How was I ever going to make all of these ideas into books? There isn’t enough time in the day, especially being a procrastinator! I tried to calm myself by telling myself that I could write all of them, if I tried really hard and stuck to it.

But that wasn’t the problem, I realized.

I could maybe write all of them, but would they be perfect, just the way I pictured them in my head? Could my vision be accurately portrayed on paper?

And then I became overwhelmed again.

So, since I feel like this is a huge problem I have, I set out to fix it. And this is what I came up with.

1. You have to be a little…crazy.

I mean…you’re a writer. That’s basically like slapping a huge sticker on your forehead that says ‘I’m a psycho’, am I right? XD Okay, so maybe not that bad. But every genius is always at least a little bit…cuckoo. 😛

2. Do what you want WHILE you want to do it.

This was a super huge problem that I didn’t realize until too late.

I had laid out all of my ideas, written them in a list, nice and orderly, and showed it to my parents. And I don’t know why, I don’t know how this made sense in my head, but this was my game plan.

“I’m going to write them in this order.”

Yeah…no. That was a big mistake. At the time, I had wanted to write my superhero trilogy, The D. But that’s not what I wrote. I started the Imprint trilogy. (Don’t get me wrong, Imprint totally awesome, it’s my first child, and I will forever love it to pieces.) But it wasn’t what I wanted to write at the time.

And that made things reeeeally hard.

Yeah, so I wouldn’t recommend doing that. Write what you want, when you want. Don’t make a list and think in your head that this is the order I’m writing it in, and I have to do that. That’s stupid and the opposite of what you should do.

3. Accept that your novel(s) will never, ever be perfect.

I’m still trying to accept this. It will never, ever, ever be perfect.

But I want it to be. So, so badly.

I think of it like this: books are like geodes. Geodes may look super clean and polished and maybe even kinda pretty on the outside. But it’s when you break them, when they become flawed, that they are truly beautiful.

Book are the same way. You can polish your manuscript a million times, but there will always be something you can change. And that’s okay. That’s what readers want. Imperfections are what makes a book unique and enjoyable. Nobody wants a boring, polished book. They want the stuff inside, the stuff that really matters.

Okay, whoa, that totally just got really deep. XD

4. Don’t be afraid to take a break.

This is important to remember as a writer. When things seem super overwhelming and it feels like your just falling behind, can’t keep up, feeling like you’ll never make it, step away.

Read a book. Listen to music. Take a walk. Bake something yummy. Aside from writing, I really love music and playing the piano. So when I’m feeling tense, I step away and just play music for a bit. It could be a few hours, a few days, even a few weeks. I’ve had it where I stopped writing for nearly a year. And it was okay. I came back feeling refreshed and excited at all the prospects ahead of me.

So take a break, fellow perfectionist writer with a billion ideas. You deserve it. 😉

So there’s my two cents. Tell me if you struggle with this same thing or if I’m the only one down in the comments below. And always remember: Better billions of ideas rather than none! 😛

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Character Conversations // Randy

Character Conversations

Whew, it’s been so long, and with all the Silmarillion festivities, I knew it wouldn’t work to post last Saturday. But I’m back! And I’m very pleased to introduce one of my favorite geniuses to you guys! XD

Dr. Scar

Me: Hello, Dr. Berke.

Randy: Evening, Madam.

M: I’m glad you could make it for an interview. I’m very eager to talk with you.

R: Before we begin, may I clear something up?

M: …Sure?

R: I am a tad…scatterbrained. If I interrupt you, or appear to be not listening, it is not because you aren’t interesting. It is merely my own fault.

M: …Well, that’s…that’s good to know…Thanks for-

R: I’m sure you’re wondering about the scar.

M: …?

M: Yes. I was going to ask about that. Aren’t you known as-

R: Dr. Scar? Yes, people think it’s hilarious. Insensitive, all of them.

M: Yes, so insensitive. I wouldn’t call you that. I like the name Randy. But to stay on track, how’d it happen?

R: I was at work, when suddenly people began running, fleeing something horrible. I never did figure out what it was, but I have the scar to prove it happened.

M: That sounds awful! *sadness*

R: Later, when I had semi-recovered from my wound, I vowed to get my revenge on that monster that destroyed me. *laughs derisively* Well, now I’m just a bitter old man with no wife or daughter.

M: I’m…so sorry. That’s horrible. What happened to your family? Or is that too-

R: Gloria died to lung cancer. Jovie ran away from me, afraid of what I’d become. I’m sure she’s safe, wherever she is now…

M: *bites tongue to keep from crying* This is a heavy topic. Let’s move away. Tell me about your life here in Fallcoast.

R: It’s a nice, quiet life. Lonely, but when that happens, I go out and I feel better. Doing the most menial things can make everything so much better.

M: Strange how that works, huh? You don’t have trouble with the police, do you?

R: Sometimes. I try to keep my past quiet, but things can happen. I never thought emotions had such a powerful effect on people. Killing them essentially kills the person with them.

M: …Wait, what? Killing…emotions?

R: Yes, that’s usually how I get in trouble. But I usually escape. But I only ever stay in jail for a few days at a time, depending on the crime.

M: What does killing emotions mean? *subconsciously backs away*

R: It’s quite self-explanatory, wouldn’t you say? It all happened with this jewel I found…The day Gloria was brought in for a check-up…

M: *sighs* Can’t you focus? Do you kill emotions all the time? What does it feel like?

R: It makes people like robots. I take away people feelings. It’s useful for getting what you want, but it’s not a good feeling you get when you’re doing. Lots of Supers say they get a rush of joy when they use their abilities. I don’t.

M: …That sounds dangerous.

R: Well, like I said, it’s often how I get into trouble.

M: Quick question: do you know Jake? Kauffman?

R: Yes, he’s nice. Very smart, though his parents aren’t kind to him. Wouldn’t make sense if you had a family you would treat them with all the love you could ever muster?

M: So you must know Lena, then?

R: Yes, she’s Jake’s girlfriend. She seems nice, personable, not that I’ve ever spoken to-

M: *snickers* Jake’s girlfriend? *laughs* Don’t say anything to Jake about that. But we’re nearing the end of this interview, so I have a few more questions for you. What is your favorite food?

R: Hmm…I haven’t had a good, homey meal in such a long time. I do enjoy a good steak and potatoes.

M: Are you…actually a doctor?

R: Not a doctor in the traditional sense. I’m a scientist doctor. I work with chemicals, various poisons, and genetics.

M: …Those things…*shakes head* Never mind. I don’t even want to know.

R: Why not?

M: Last question: do you plan on living like this…forever?

R: *frowns* I hadn’t planned it, but it seems it was planned for me.

M: Things will work out. I promise. *winks* Thank you for the interview.

R: Surely. *nods*

So…maybe he’s a bit strange…But I LOVE him, guys! I’d describe him as a sweet, slightly crazed, tough guy. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

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Strangest Browser Searches Tag // (Created by Me!)

Hey guys! So…as you may have guess from the post title…

I MADE A TAG! *confetti* *cake* *balloons*

It’s nothing that took a lot of thought, but the idea is quite a fun one to explore. 😀

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Here’s the rules:

  • Get access to your browser history, and then look through it
  • Pick at least 5 of your strangest searches you’ve had to look up as a writer
  • List them below with a short explanation as to why exactly you had to look it up
  • Tag 2-5 other bloggers

And now, on to the tag!

 can ptsd lead to schizophrenia

My poor li’l characters. One in particular under went some pretty heavy stuff when he was younger, and now that he’s older…well, he’s a bit cuckoo. The short answer to this question is yes, it can.

estj’s worst fear

One of my villains is an ESTJ, and I’m trying to find out a little more about him, to make him seem more human. Because I’m one of those authors. ESTJ’s, I read, are very afraid of incompetence, submission, and manipulation.

ocd worst fears

I really didn’t have to look this up, since I have OCD, but again…my villain is a little OCD, and so I had to do my research, you know.

how to defeat a villain

Nothing useful came up for this. Apparently not many people have trouble defeating their villains.

what are tiny eyeglasses called

Why did I look this up? Because I thought they had a special name. What even. I must’ve been thinking of a monocle…

most loyal mbti type

There was a lot of mixed feelings on this subject, but what I came up with, (and what I had originally assumed), is that usually, the ESFJ is the most loyal of the types.

awesome comebacks

Look them up some time. It’s great fun.

dangerous liquids

Millions and millions of articles popped up. And so, being overwhelmed by all the danger, I closed the internet, and made up my own instead. XD

do teachers get mad at you if you pass a pen to a classmate

I knew I probably wouldn’t get an exact answer for this, since it’s such an obscure, ridiculous question, but it was worth a try.

strict schools in ny

There are too many schools in NY for me to pick out the one I need. So I made up a school. Perks of being a writer. You get to make stuff up.

were there payphones in 1960s

Yes. Yes there were.

things a stalker would say

This kinda seems like something a stalker would look up…kinda. Everything I saw wasn’t particularly very helpful to me, but I’d say I’m at least more conscientious and aware about it now, for future situations.

things to put on a necklace

Why. You can put ANYTHING on a necklace. Why did I look this up.

reasons you get suspended from school

There are very, very many reasons, but mostly acts that involve violence or violation of school rules.

Now, to tag some people…

Abbey @ Regarding Reading and Writing

Deborah @ The Road of a Writer

Tracey @ Adventure Awaits

and Savannah @ Scattered Scribblings

Don’t feel pressured to do this tag, I just thought it was a really fun idea. 😉

That’s the tag!! It’s kind of ridiculous, now that I see all the stuff I look up. XD But hey, if you want to learn, become I writer, I say. You’ll have to look up the strangest things… ^_^

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JuNoWriMo // What Happened?! {An Update}

JuNoWriMo2017

Well, JuNo is good and over and…wow. It was a lot of fun!! I may not have reached 50,000 words, but I did reach over half!

Crown of Thorns // 16,057 words

Pickpocket // 1,100 words

Wanted for Time // 2,426 words

Breakthrough // 4,870 words

Blogging (including this post, since it was prewritten) //  5,968 words

GRAND TOTAL // 36,227 words!

And, since I didn’t really share any of my writings with you last month, here are some choice picks for you! They aren’t actual prose (except for Breakthrough), but rather bullet point outlines (since that’s the format that works best for me).

  • Merrick looked at Jerrick. “Brother, you look unwell.”
  • I know that, Merri. I was trying to be quiet about it.
  • “See,” the queen said. “Merrick noticed too.”
  • “I’m fine,” Jerrick insisted. But of course, no one listened.
  • “No you’re not,” the queen said. “Jerrick Eddi Afernell, come over this moment.”
  • Jerrick grudgingly went to see his mother.
  • She was shocked and appalled at how horrible he looked. She examined him with a vengeance.
  • Don’t look at my arms.
  • “Show me your arms.”
  • “JERRICK! What is this?! You’re all burnt up!”

 ~ From Crown of Thorns

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Jake gave Jasper a weak smile. They were sitting at a table alone in the cafeteria, the meal of the day on their plates. “I’m supposed to meet someone at lunch, but I don’t know who gave it to me and I’m pretty sure someone wants to hurt me.”

“So don’t let them,” Jasper said simply. “Give’em what for.”

Jake gave an incredulous look. “Really? That’s a good idea. Scare the bully. Then everybody will really hate me.”

“Nobody hates you.” Jasper picked at his slice of meatloaf. “Just some people.”

“You should write a motivational book,” Jake said laughing. “‘Not everyone hates you, only some people.’ Really encouraging, Jas.”

Jasper grinned. “I’ve always had a way with words.”

~ From Breakthrough

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  • Rayven whirled around to look up at Jerrick in the window. “You heard that? Did I wake you?”
  • “No. I woke up myself. What are you doing out here? Don’t you know it’s dangerous outside at night?”
  • Rayven turned back around. “I know. But I’ve always loved night time. It’s so quiet and peaceful.
  • I wish.
  • “Do you love night time?”
  •  Jerrick said nothing for a moment. “I wished I did sometimes. But I fear it was never good for me.”

~ From Crown of Thorns

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◘ “Don’t you know wands are illegal here, Dril?” It was a small town, so everyone knew everyone else.

◘ Dril may have had a faint tendril of knowledge that wands were illegal for use. And Wivern had been labeled the town’s kook…

◘ “But why would Old Mage Wivern give it to me then?” he protested.

◘ Charle chuckled. “Wivern is old and stuck in his ways. He can’t remember things like that.”

◘ Dril found that this offended him. Wivern was his very good friend, and he wouldn’t have Charle insulting him so.

◘ “I hardly think it fair then. He didn’t know.”

◘ “But you did, Drilidric.”

◘ Dril stuttered for a response, but found none. He hung his head and handed Charle the wand.

~ From Wanted for Time

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“Look,” Charlie said, crossing his arms. “If you think I’m here to beat you up or something, you’re wrong. I really need to talk to you.”

Maybe it was something about Mikayla. Charlie and she were dating and just last week, Jake had told Principal Mars that Mikayla had left a nasty note in his locker. She hadn’t been too happy about that.

“About what?” Jake said quietly.

“I…” Charlie faltered, as if afraid. “I need to ask for a favor.”

Jake stared at Charlie. He must’ve misheard. “What?”

Charlie kicked at the ground. “A favor. I need your help.”

My help?” Jake was incredulous. This strong, stocky football jock needed his help? He found that hard to believe.

“Yeah…” He looked up, fear in his eyes. “You’re the only one who can help.”

~ From Breakthrough

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  • “That does not sound like a gift,” Rayven said quietly. “It rather sounds like a curse.”
  • Jerrick looked at Rayven. “It feels like a curse,” he said sighing.
  • “But you did save my life.” She smiled.
  • Jerrick felt elation rise in his chest. But he immediately shoved it back down. This was not meant to be. Rayven would marry Merrick, not him.
  • If Merrick was still alive.
  • “My court will decide if it is a Gift or Katara,” Leonardo said. “We will have a trial in the morning.”
  • Jerrick froze. “Trial? Can’t I go free?”
  •  “You may be out of the dungeons, prince Jerrick,” the king said. “But you are still my prisoner.”

~ From Crown of Thorns

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◘ Dril reached out and grabbed the chain. It was an interesting key, a very unusual looking one. It was rather flat and much wider at the top. And the teeth were sharp and jagged.

◘ “I wonder where it goes to,” Dril mused. “It’s not a key I’ve ever seen before.”

◘ Zed glanced around to be sure no one was listening. “My father thinks it’s from…the World.”

◘ Dril froze, the key dangling from the chain. “Really?” he said in fascination. He couldn’t believe it. He’d heard about people traveling to the World through portals, but he had thought them only fables.

◘ “Yes,” Zed said excitedly. “I just found it lying on the road on the way here, actually. It was too interesting to pass up.”

◘ Dril studied the key again. And he decided he should like to have it.

~ From Wanted for Time

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○ Breathing a sigh of relief, Sydney listened as her captors shuffled into the alley, only to find it empty.

○ The leader yelled angrily, and for a moment, Sydney contemplated giving a cheeky wave down at him. But she thought better of it. It wouldn’t do for them to know she was up here.

○ So instead, she wandered the rooftops of London, feeling like a chimney sweep. So giddy was she that she started dancing to the music in her head.

○ Which in hindsight may not have been the best thing to do, because the men saw her immediately, and acted accordingly.

~ From Pickpocket

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So…there you are. Some semi-okay, probably horrible snippets. XD I had a lot of fun outlining this JuNo, and I can’t wait for you to read all the fun stuff I’ve written for the blog! Have a nice July, friends!

until-next-time-1P.S. No Character Conversation post on the 1st. I have so many other posts going up around that time! They will return on the 8th. ^_^

Pitiful Prose // The Lamp

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Hey guys! This month’s installment of Pitiful Prose is here! I wrote this when I was trying to come up with an Aladdin retelling (I was obsessed with Aladdin at the time…Can’t really say I’ve changed. XD ) I hope you enjoy this silliness! 😀

It was quiet. I was alone by the Well by the edge of our property.

I had wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle. Mother and Father had planned a big celebratory dinner for the King, and I, naturally hating confinement, ran out into the hot desert night.

I decided to head into town, see what goods the merchants passing through the Kingdom of Alyssia had brought with them to sell.

I figured if I was almost sixteen and just going to the market for a bit, it didn’t matter.

I took a sip of water from the well and started off. It took a bit to get to the city, so I was determining whether or not to ride there. I decided to walk.

Hoping I wouldn’t be noticed by the coming and going guests, I slipped onto the old road to town. Once there I smelled the wonderful food and saw all the beautiful jewels.

But then I noticed a man walking away stealthly with something in his hands.

This caught my Curiosity and so I slowly and quietly followed the man.

The man had a look to him that I didn’t like, which only made me all the more curious. He was going quite fast and I was soon almost ready to give up for muscle strain and heat, but I held on just a little longer.

Suddenly, the man stopped, me being quite thankful. I had no Idea where I was but we were in some sort of ruin with rocks scattered about. No one was around.

I was beginning to feel scared, but I just had to know what that man was doing. I hid behind some rocks. I soon saw what the man had had in his hand.

It was a beautiful lamp.

I couldn’t see quite what it looked like but I knew it was a lamp because then the man picked it up and started rubbing it.

A magic lamp!

I’d heard about them, but I had thought they were just fairy-tales. I sat hidden, watching in awe.

Well. That was interesting. I was pretty proud of it at the time. What do you think? Does it have story potential? XD Let me know in the comments down below!

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JuNoWriMo Update // Week 3

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Hahahahaha look at that I’m late AGAIN. -_- Anyways, I just have a short update for you today.

Outlines – 23,825 total words

Yeah, not very impressive, but I’m having fun! That’s all that matters, right? And writing outlines is nice because I don’t have to feel guilty doing my research instead of actually writing. Because 90% of an outline is facts and straight-forwardness. So…yeah.

  • Outline with most amount of words – Crown of Thorns: 16,057

  • Outline with least amount of words – Pickpocket: 1,100

Blogging – 4,320 total words

Blogging has been FUUUUUUN. I’ve nearly got July covered post-wise, and I’m starting to spill into August. So get excited for some fun posts! 😉

Yeah, so that’s the gist. Told you it was short. 😉 I may not win this JuNoWriMo, but it’s been a blast so far! How are you and your writing doing? Well, I hope. Let me know down below!

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Adventures at the Writer’s Workshop // +Writing Update

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I got the wonderful opportunity to go to a Young Writer’s Workshop in Minneapolis this week, and I thought I would share with you my great experience! (That’s also my reason for posting late this week. I’ll give a little update, but I’m tired, guys…It was a busy week. 😉 )

It was no Realm Makers, but it was still a lot of fun! I now have a notebook chockfull of helpful notes, and I plan on turning a lot of them into posts with tips about writing, for you lovely bloggers. 🙂

Another highlight, was that I got a one-on-one critique with…guess who? Shannon Hale! She was so sweet, and I was so grateful that I got the time with her. She read the first three pages of my prologue from Imprint and she told me I was a skilled writer. Yeah, I was happy for most of the day. ^_^ (Of course, I wasn’t picked to have the editors look over my work, but hey. I’m not mad.)

Other fun things were listening to Wayne Thomas Batson talk in a class about themes in your novel, which was super enlightening and helpful because I’m horrible at working those into my books. XD

I was also in Sabaa Tahir’s writing sessions and I learned a lot about story structure, worldbuilding, and how to get your book published, (hint, you need an agent.)

And lastly, I was in a wonderful critique group with four other writers and we wrote notes on each others writings and it was extremely insightful and I feel I got a lot out of it.

Anyway, that was my experience in a nutshell. But since you’re all probably dying to know…

Crown of Thorns – 16,053 words

Yeah…I fell behind quite a bit. You wouldn’t think a workshop on writing would distract you so much from…writing. But it did. And now I have to deal with the consequences. XD

Pickpocket – …

How about we don’t speak of this. I don’t really know where I was planning on taking this, so I’m only at like…1,000 words? Maybe more? I don’t know, it’s fallen a bit to the wayside. But I’m okay with that, because I’m having a lot of fun with the other outlines, and that’s really all I wanted to do. To have fun. 😉

Wanted for Time – 2,426 words

Still painful to write, but I’m loving it all the same. Drilidric is my little precious but I just…*dons evil authoress crown* It must be done.

Breakthrough – 3,459 words

This one’s made a wee bit more process. It’s been fun, these backstories, but also kind of sad and…painful. XD Whatever, it all works out in the end. I just have to keep reminding myself. 😛

All other projects have yet to be started. Still. But it’s cool. I gave myself permission to work on them, but that doesn’t mean I will. I probably will eventually, but this week is not that week.

Yeah, so that was a little smidgen of an update. Are any of you going to any writer-related events this summer? (*cough*Realm Makers?*cough*) I hope you’re all having a lovely June thus far! ^_^

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