Hi guys! I have a spooky story for Jenelle’s contest! I think it will properly send a little shiver down your spine…It will probably be the scariest story you’ll ever read, so…be prepared…*ominous music begins to play*
The trees spindly fingers snapped in the wind, an eerie tune that whispered in the back of one’s head, inescapable.
It prickled across Grace‘s skin, making her shudder. Her heart thumped viciously. She stood quietly, fearfully on the porch, nervously twiddling with her apron strings, watching as a man kneeled in the cemetery, his cloak fluttering in the gale, his pale skin illuminated by the moon’s glow.
The wind fluttered crisply through her fair hair, blowing it into her face, obscuring her vision. She felt a hand on her shoulder and whipped around to see George.
“George,” she said, quivering. George said nothing, but gripped her harder. She imagined his knuckles to be white as snow.
They both watched as the man stood abruptly and slowly ambled away. They promptly lost sight of him.
“Why did you bring us here, George?” Grace cried indignantly. “Why couldn’t we have picked a better home? Somewhere far away from any cemetery or mysterious man?”
George sighed shakily. Though it was dark, Grace saw the fear in his eyes. “You know why, dear one.”
Annie and Alice slowly crept out from their hiding place beside a potted plant that had been long dead. “Mother? Father?” Annie whispered. “What is the matter? Are we in danger?”
The wind picked up, whistling angrily, clouding the world in a dark, confusing blur. It swept through the gravestones, singing its eerie song under the moonlight.
“Get in the house immediately,” George snapped, his fingers like ice.
The ladies shivered and whimpered as they hoisted their skirts up and hustled inside.
George followed closely behind them, and then locked the door behind him when they were all safely inside. The night was growing darker and the moon seemed to focus on the graveyard, giving it a ghostly spotlight. The wind howled, begging to enter the house, rattling the half-shattered windows.
A sudden, ferocious clabber at the door pierced through the irritated wind.
Annie and Alice screamed, and Grace snatched their wrists and dragged them away from the door, holding them tightly. Her face was pale as death.
George seized his pistol from a small drawer in a rickety old nightstand, cocked it carefully, quietly, and slowly made his way to the door.
“I don’t like this place,” Alice cried, her voice shaking with sobs. Grace hugged her daughters firmly.
The door burst open, filling the house with the cold, angry wind. The man from the graveyard stood in the entrance, furiously rubbing his hands across his arms, shaking violently from the cold.
George roared and pointed his gun at the man’s heart.
The man’s head shot up, and his screech overwhelmed the drone of the wind.
The Taylors vanished without a single sound.
The wind continued to pound against the windows, filling the house with a haunting symphony.
The graveyard looked distant and watery, like a dream.
Brian unsteadily took his cellphone out of his pocket and dialed his friends’ number.
“Come and pick me up.” His voice was barely above a whisper. “Now.”
“What? What’s wrong, I thought you were visiting your grandpa’s grave?”
“I saw…I saw…”
The world faded to black.
“…Hello? Brian? You still there…?
Quite spooky, right? O.O On a lighter note, what’s your favorite Halloween candy? Let me know down below!
It’s going to be a little different from my previous novel writing attempts though, since I’m going to be rewriting my novel that I wrote waaaaay back in 2014, my very first month-long writing experience (I was inspired by Mirriam way back when, so I did it for JuNoWriMo, rather than NaNoWriMo).
You might know about this novel, I’ve been calling it Imprint forever, but currently, I’ve titled it Rewritten, which I think is quite fitting. XD I’ll probably keep referring to it as Imprint, because I can’t help myself, but on my NaNo page, it says Rewritten.
I’ve been slowly working on this book for nearly FIVE YEARS now, and…well, I’m putting my fist down. This will be THE FINAL REVISION. THE REVISION TO END ALL REVISIONS. Maybe not, but I am going to be done with this book after the month of November (I mean, I’ll probably still do SOME editing, but nothing huge).
I’M SO EXCITED GUYS. *does a little happy dance*
You may have seen Christine’s new linkup on her blog, or from other bloggers, and since I think it looks like the coolest thing since Liv’s linkup, I’m going to give it a shot!
Basically, it’s a three part challenge October through December, this first part being an ‘introductory’ type of deal, where one can acquaint others to their novels through a series of ten questions.
Let’s jump in!
• What first sparked the idea for this novel?
I’ve always loved fairytale retellings, they were my main source of inspiration for my stories when I was younger. I liked the idea of a girl being able to travel into books, fairytales specifically, and what would happen if she messed up the story.
That was when I was ten, and though the story has morphed incredibly since then, I’ve still kept the idea, though very loosely.
• Share a blurb!
Since a young age, Paige Turner has been able to read herself into books. She never thought it would get her into trouble. One day while she’s at the bookstore, a cloak-wearing man tries to slit her wrists. Things only grow worse after that. Soon Paige and her friend Markus are caught in the middle of deadly feud between a vengeful wizard and a mysterious man. If they want to make it out alive, they’re going to have to have to use more than their booksmarts…
• Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?
Half of the time it’s in a contemporary world, much like in real life. The other half takes place in my own little fantasy world, Nore.
I think my favorite part about Nore is that there are so many opportunities to spin things on their head it’s modeled after book genres, with realms like Contemporalis, Fanastasia, Mythologia, and such. To us, it appears to be the world of books, but to the inhabitants there, it’s just everyday life. Every realm is unique, and playing with different literary tropes found in different genres to give the realms their customs and culture is so, so fun. 😀
• Tell us about your protagonist.
Paige is a bookworm all the way. She loves reading in all genres, but fantasy and science fiction in particular. So…I mean, I kind of love her just for that? XD
She’s a tad reserved, quiet, but can be feisty if she’s really worked up. I’ve classified her as an ISFJ, if that means anything to you. She likes things just so, and she can get really anxious about things that don’t really need worrying about. She’s very empathetic and compassionate, which can (often, actually XD) get her into trouble, especially when it comes to the villains she has to deal with. She also has a major crush on the other main character Markus. They’re a cute couple, in my opinion, which doesn’t really count for anything, but… XD
• Who (or what) is the antagonist?
There are a few different villainous persons in this story, which is revealed more in the next books. The main antagonist is an evil wizard named Zedidiah.
He has crippling OCD, to the point where he’s willing to (and does) murder his own brother to be on the throne, since he thinks his brother ‘wasn’t doing a good enough job ruling the realm’. He’s a vengeful control freak who has very little feelings toward anyone (at least that’s what he tells himself. He has a… very, very sad but interesting backstory).
• What excites you the most about this novel?
I would have to say the characters honestly. I’ve fallen so deeply in love with them and their snark and sarcasm and painful pasts and I could just hug all of them (including the villains) to bits and pieces. ^_^
• Is this going to be a series? Standalone? Something else?
This will be a trilogy. Hopefully. That’s what I’m shooting for and what I’ve always imagined it would be since the very beginning. We’ll see!
• Are you plotting? Pantsing? Plansting?
I will be plotting. I have my shiny outline all finished and just waiting to be implemented. It’s actually a mess of a thing and I’m SO SCARED about what on earth is going to happen during November. But I think I’ll be okay. Kind of. For the most part. Maybe. Pray for me, guys. XDDD
• Name a few things that makes this story unique.
Ooh, I like this question! It really makes you think what will make your story stand out to editors and agents. My novel, in a way, is magical realism, since a good portion of the story takes place in our world, and that’s not something you see very often.
It bends lots of genres, especially once you get into the second and third books. Though…I’ve heard editors don’t particularly like that, unless it’s done crazy well… It makes it harder to market or something like that… O-O But it does make it unique!
• Share a fun “extra” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).
That’s all, guys! This is such a great idea, Christine, thank you for coming up with it! 😀 Are you guys doing NaNo this year? What’s your novel going to be about? (And if you want to be one of my writing buddies, just look me up, Madeline J. Rose and add me! I think I’ve friended a lot of you already, but if I haven’t, send me your link, please!)
You know, when I was younger, I never would’ve thought that I would have thought I would get to where I am now. I was just content to write my little stories, without a care in the world. And now here I am, posting those little stories on my blog, making fun of how ridiculous they are.
In a sense, it’s kind of cruel. Sorry little me. XD
But anyways, let’s get right into this one. I wrote this weird little thing in ‘play’ form, for some reason. So the stuff in parentheses are the actions. Why? I don’t know.
Because I told you so!” (snaps fingers and Magali sits down immediatley)*
*Wow, so spoopy. Woah.
“What’d you do?”
“I put an obedience spell on you.”
“When will it go away?”
“When I want it to.”
(Magali sits motionless in the dark tower)*
*Can I just say, I am so confused right now. Who’s talking? Who is this other person? Someone’s name is Magali, but who is it?
“I see you were out playing with the village kids,”*
*How old is this guy? Who says ‘village’? And if you’re old enough to say ‘village’, then wouldn’t you say ‘children’ instead of ‘kids’? -_-
“yes they’re very nice, and….”
“you are not to play with them!”
“because I said so.” (Magali sadly looks out the window)*
*I feel like I need to clarify, that dialogue doesn’t go with the action next to it, it should be on a separate line, but…I wrote it like that for some, confusing reason? What even, little me?
7 years later……*
*That’s a lot of little periods. Wowza.
(Magali is hanging out with friends when suddenly)*
*Suddenly…what? Is that supposed to be like a stupid narrator cut to the action?
“Ha! yeah! Magali you’re so funny!”*
*Who says that?
(crash of lightening)*
*A lightbulb illuminates the area! XD
“What are you doing here?!”
“Zedidiah?! what do you want?!”*
*I think these are supposed to be the friends speaking, but at this point, I just really don’t know anymore.
(Other kids run away screaming leaving Magali all alone)*
“What was that for!?”
*What the heck, he’s so blunt. ‘Magali.’ ‘Come.’ ‘Because I said so.’ Like, what’s your problem, dude? XD
(back in the tower)*
*Classy scene cut.
“Magali, I would like to share a secret with you, but first, meet Nells and Xab.”*
*Seriously, what kind of names are those?? Nells? Xab? Did I think I was cool?
(Magali waves nervously) “hi.”
(Xab looks at Magali carefully)
“She will do.”*
“You will become one of us.”
“Yes, I’ve been waiting for this day to come.”
“No! I’m not like you guys, I don’t want to be evil.”
*Yes, I wrote ‘gasp’. Yep.
“And I’m leaving.”
(Magali jumps out of the tower)*
*Um BAD IDEA. DO YOU KNOW HOW TALL A TOWER IS?!
“You will regret greatly for choosing this, Magali!”*
“uh, should we go get her?”
“No, I’ve got a better Idea,” (Smiles evilly)*
*Oh gosh, we’re going there? -_-
(Magali hurts her self jumping from the tower, but still runs away)*
*YEAH YOU NITWIT.
“I’ve gotta hide.”
(runs into a thicket of trees)
(stops to rest) (and think,)
Well. That was…interesting. XD Well, PP posts are back! (At least while I have embarrassing writing in stock, which I do.) Let me know if you think this could be a successful screenplay in the comments!
Wow. Look at me, I’m so on top of things, aren’t I? Posting every two weeks, giving you guys quality content. Go me.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, I WENT TO REALM MAKERS. AND IT WAS CRAZY. AND AWESOME. AND I WANT TO GO AGAIN NEXT YEAR.
I had such an amazing time, meeting all of you guys (and wishing some of you guys were there ;( ), taking a notebook full of notes in all the classes, book buying, dressing up for banquet night, the Nerf war that may or may not have happened. 😉
In short, it was such an amazing experience, and since I can’t accurately sum everything up, I’m going to throw some of these other bloggers posts in your face. Jenelle, Tracey, and Christine have some lovely recaps you should go read right now (you’ll find a couple pictures of me, if you look hard enough. 😉 )
So, as a writer, this was a totally worthwhile experience for me. I would go again in a heartbeat. But…there were some things that I wish I had done, and some things I wish I hadn’t done. So, if you’re planning on going some time in the future, or you just want some of my advice for next year, I’m going to list some pro tips that will help you be the best Realmie you can be. 😀
Tip 1 // Take as many pictures as humanly possible!
This is one of those things were I can see my quietness really makes itself known. I’m not the type of person to just walk up to somebody and say ‘Hey, mind if I take a picture with you?’ No, no, no, no, no, that is not me. If you come up to me and ask for a picture, I will gladly pose and smile. But it’s just not in my nature to ask.
But I wish I had. I so wish I had.
Because now I have no pictures of the event (except for the ones Christine sent me, THANK YOU SO MUCH ❤ ). It’s all mostly memories for me. And that’s totally fine. If you don’t care about the pictures, no big deal. But I know for me, pictures help keep events alive in my mind. And I do have the memory of a goldfish, so…
Also, part of the reason I didn’t take any pictures is because I didn’t have a nice camera. I had my phone with me, but any pictures I attempted to take on it were always blurry and/or grainy. So I gave up on that. I do have a little digital camera, but it’s not the easiest to use. And I also forgot it. So.
In conclusion: get yourself a good camera, and don’t be afraid to snap a ton of photos! You’ll be so glad you did.
Tip 2 // Consider if you want take notes on paper or on your laptop/device!
This kind of depends on how good at note taking you are. I know I kind of wished I have used my laptop (even though it’s big and bulky and weighs a half a ton XD ). Instead, I had a notebook with me. Which definitely worked just fine, I filled it up with a ton of great notes and it felt really great just carrying my little notebook and pencil to each class.
But I’m not the fastest note taker. There was a lot of stuff that I missed because I couldn’t write fast enough. (Most of the people giving classes were willing to send their slides out, though, so that was nice. 🙂 ) Typing is just much easier and more convenient for me.
But it’s also a pain to lug around a gargantuan laptop. In my case, I probably won’t end up carrying my computer around, but if you have a tiny, easily portable device, I would highly suggest using that, if you’re more into typing than pencil and paper.
Tip 3 // Bring business cards!
I so wish I had made some and brought them! Every time someone handed me there business card I would have to accept it and then…awkwardly not give them anything in return because I had nothing. XD
After I got home, I started designing some on Vistaprint, had them finished within a day, and then ordered a pack of a hundred. They’re super cute and I’m really excited about them. ^_^
So if you want to be professional and you have the money, it’s a great way to promote yourself and your business (editing, writing, blogging, etc).
Tip 4 // Book appointments!
I don’t know if they do this every year, but lemme tell ya, I definitely regret not meeting with an agent or editor or even a mentor.
The nice thing about it is that they have people you can talk to for each stage of writing you’re in. All polished up and looking to pitch? Go with an agent. Feeling pretty confident, but still feel like your manuscript could use a little more work before it’s ready? Try an editor. Still in the writing stage and just looking for general guidance and encouragement? Book a mentor.
I probably would’ve booked a mentor, if I hadn’t gotten around to it too late (go me. XD) I know a lot of my fellow bloggers had meetings with agents and editors and they said it was invaluable, talking with a professional.
So I am definitely booking sooner rather than later, if I go next year. It sounds like it was worth it.
Tip 5 // Don’t be afraid to take breaks when you need to!
This is probably the most important tip, in my opinion. Don’t tire yourself out, trying to do everything. It’s okay to step back and take a breather. Head to your room for a little nap. Do a little exploring on your own during break periods. Grab a snack and just sit and relax.
I came with my family, and we stayed on site most of the time. It was so nice being able to just head to my room if it was too much noise and people. I could hang with my family, watch a little TV, eat some of the food we brought. It worked out really well.
So if it’s getting to be too much, and you need to catch your breath, don’t feel bad about it. If the majority of us there are introverted, we’ll understand. (I don’t know if that was true, but nearly all the bloggers I knew who were there are introverted, so I’m just making up data. XD)
Well, those are my tips for you future Realmies. I hope you heed my advice and come to Realm Makers next year! It was such a blast meeting you guys and for those of you who couldn’t make it I HOPE YOU CAN COME NEXT YEAR. Although, I don’t even know if I can go next year… Well, fingers crossed, I guess.
Have you ever been to Realm Makers before? If so, what are some of your favorite memories? I’d love to swap experiences with you! And if you haven’t been to Realm Makers, are you planning to go next year? ‘CAUSE YOU NEED TO. SERIOUSLY. Maybe you’ll see me there next year… 😉
Hey friends! So, I’m kind of scrambling to get stuff done for Realm Makers, so I haven’t been focusing too much on blogging.
BUT. I do have a little tag thingy for you. (Thanks for the tag, C.B. 😉 ) I’m technically not even putting any effort into this post, because, well, all I’m doing is copying and pasting into the text box, but ANYWAY. Here we go.
Open your WIP to the seventh page
Scroll past the seventh line
Copy the next seven paragraphs and paste them on your blog for THE WORLD to read
Tag seven people
“Because of your rash decision of condemning me to life as a prisoner in my own home, I sentence you to prison in the world of Rorrim.”
Drilidric licked his lips, feeling dizzy. His head felt drained of any sense and his eyes continued to water. The pain in his arm throbbed uncomfortably.
“Should you choose to renounce this act of yours, I will let you go, under the condition that you never come into my presence again. What do you choose?”
Drilidric blinked up at Zedidiah. It took a moment to find his voice, but once he did, it was hoarse and cynical. “I will not renounce my command. Not today, not ever.”
Zedidiah’s mouth turned down in a furious scowl. “So be it,” he hissed through gritted teeth. Raising his staff, he furiously smashed the mirrors to bits. Glass shards flew through the air, scattering across the floor.
And Drilidric watched with a weak smile. The destruction was almost beautiful, all of the shards glittering with their reflections.
Zedidiah stopped amid the wreckage, standing before Drilidric. “I am disappointed in you,” he said.
I have absolutely no idea who has done this challenge and who hasn’t, so I am going to leave it open to whoever would like to do it. Drop me a comment below and tell me what you think of this snippet!
Hello guys! If you haven’t heard about it yet, I suppose I’ll have to be the bearer of bad news. Beautiful People, the monthly link-up hosted by Cait and Sky has unfortunately come to end. *cue sadness*
But! Fear not! Liv K. Fisher has come up with a new bi-monthly link-up to cure our blues! It’s called The Language of Worlds and I am SO EXCITED to just jump right into these questions! Let’s go!
Introduce your character and his/her story!
I’m going to be focusing on a new character/story that has recently been taking up most of my brainpower:
Dietrich Glimar (Trich)
Trich was born without any abilities, so he has trained himself in martial arts and has an arsenal of weapons he’s mastered, including a very special deck of cards he uses as throwing stars. People call him The Magician, because he also has a few magic tricks up his sleeve (and he finds it ironic because he can’t use real magic).
What does he/she look for in a friend? Consciously or subconsciously?
I would definitely say loyalty. He feels like he’s been betrayed by all his past friends, so he’s really afraid to try to connect with anyone now. If there was someone who he could easily trust and feel comfortable around, that would be so good for him.
If he/she could study any foreign language, what would it be?
Ooh, he would probably enjoy ancient Greek. Much of his world (Nore) is inspired by Greek mythology, especially the capital, Ora, where he went to school.
Which person from the Bible would he/she be besties with? Why?
I would say either Timothy (from the NT) or Elijah (from the OT). I feel like he could easily relate to Timothy, since both of them struggle with doubts and anxiety. But he would also get along with Elijah because they both have sarcastic senses of humor. 😀
If he/she were to visit you for a week, what would you do together?
I…don’t know. I feel like we could just talk together for hours. XD Maybe we would just head into town and wander around and chill and stop at coffee shops. I think I would mostly be trying to not freak out because it’s MY CHARACTER STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO ME TALKING TO ME LIKE WOW. XD
What is his/her ideal future?
I think he would like to find a companion, raise a family. He would like to be accepted into the Emperor’s Guard again (yeah, he got kicked out), and maybe start talking to his old friends again. But he feels like his future is very bleak and that there couldn’t be a good outcome, even if he tried to make it happen. (He also suffers from depression, so…)
If he/she were to spend a weekend alone, what sort of pastimes would he/she pursue?
Trich is alone most of the time anyway, and he usually spends it visiting different towns and seeing if he could find work there. He sometimes stays with his parents, but he doesn’t like visiting them and they don’t like seeing him. He’ll practice his weapons and learn new moves and tricks often too.
If you could send your character a care package, what would be in it?
Ooh, that’s a good question! I would include:
A few packets of hot chocolate (the kind that comes with little marshmallows already mixed in)
A nice deck of cards (Get it? Cards? Magician? I’m so hilarious.)
Some fuzzy socks
A box of granola (no raisins 😛 )
Some Twix bars
And a music box that plays Fur Elise 🙂
Is there a song that describes your characters journey?
I don’t know if there’s a certain song that describes his journey, but there is a song I like to think works well as his ‘theme song’. 😀 When I first heard, I was like ‘Oh yeah, that is totally Trich. If he was real, he would love this song.’
What is your character’s place in the story (hero, antihero, villain, sidekick, etc.)?
I think Trich’s place in this story would be somewhere between hero and antihero. People see him as an antihero, even though his actions are for a just cause. It takes a while before people see him for who he really is.
That was so much fun! Thanks again to Liv for creating this new link-up! What do you think about Trich? He’s been in the back of my head for years, but only just recently have I fleshed him out a bit. Let me know down below!
Hello peoples! Well, just so you all know, I’m getting properly terrified about going to Realm Makers. HOW CAN IT BE SO SOON ALREADY?! AAAGGGHHH. O_O
Ahem. Anyway, today, I have a tag for you guys! I saw that Kate had invented this tag and then when Kenzie tagged me, I knew I had to give it a whirl.
Here I go, revealing all of my deepest, darkest secrets to you guys. Be prepared.
Who was the first character you ever wrote?
Hmm. That’s a tough one! My first stories always included me as the main character, as lame as that is. XD
So my first original character would have to be a villain named, wait for it…
Yep. That’s his name. I’m so creative guys, didn’t you know? And was he ever a villain, that Villan. He had the evil laugh down to a science, he was always trying to kidnap the main character (a.k.a. ME), had lots of evil weapons, and was always trying to take over the world. Classic.
What was the first story you ever finished?
That depends on what you mean by ‘story’. Like, a novel, or just a story? I have quite a few horrifying short stories from my youth. I will spare you guys and refrain from sharing them in their entirety, but I will share a snippet with you. This was for a school writing assignment my mom gave me:
“Class,” Mr. Williams declared, knocking Piper out of her thoughts, “We will be having someone to sub as principal while Mr. Porter is on vacation.”
No one said a word.
“His name is Mr. Jamison, and I hope you will be on your best behavior for him,” he concluded, “and don’t forget your reading assignment needs to be finished Friday!”
Piper ran to her locker and fiddled with the lock, scowling. She was still getting used to her new life at Hamelin High. I hate being the new girl…No one will talk to me…
First of all, a substitute principal? Is that a thing? Also, the not so subtle Pied Piper references are just so intriguing. And it’s honestly just a boring writing style. 😛
What was the first piece of writing advice you ever heard? Or what was the first bit of advice you used and it actually worked?
I don’t remember anything specific, but my first encounter with advice was when I read Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine. It really inspired me and helped me as a budding writer. I think it also helped me become a touch more refined and serious about my writing.
Who was your first villain?
See the answer to the first question. XD My first villain that I was actually proud of (or, I should say, am still proud of to this day, because one is always proud of their work in the present), would have to be an anti-hero named Hypnesia. He could hypnotize people (no duh), and he was very crazy, which I thought added such a layer of depth to him.
Since then, he’s become a very prominent character in my stories. You might recognize the name Drilidric. He was heavily inspired by Hypnesia. In fact, he even goes by that name in Dangerous Minds, funnily enough.
What was the first storyworld you ever built?
That would be Paramythi. It’s the first place I drew a map of, and I remember just having so much fun thinking of the names for places and drawing the rivers and forests. It’s actually still a place in my Imprint trilogy. It’s the county where the capital of the country is. 🙂
What did your first attempt at worldbuilding or mapmaking look like?
Well, let me just show you a picture!
When was your first crush-on-your-own-character? I know it happened, don’t lie to me.
Well… That’s a bit of a revealing question, wouldn’t you say?
Alright, alright, my first character crush was with Jake from Dangerous Minds. He was the first guy character with depth that I had ever crafted. And, well, he was my age, and… it was bound to happen. I still kinda crush on him, even now. 🙂
What was the first character death you ever had to write and how did you handle it?
Um. Would you guys believe me if I said I haven’t killed off a character yet? I mean, I haven’t written their death, like on paper or keyboard? I mean, there have been plenty dramatic, heart-wrenching deaths in my head, but I haven’t had to deal with the stress and anguish of writing them down yet.
When did you first decide that your book needed a full-blown series?
It kind of just decided itself, honestly. I liked the idea of writing a trilogy, and so I just decided my story would be a trilogy. (Okay, I confess; in all honesty, I wanted to make my readers suffer by having to wait for the next book to come out. No joke. I am that evil.)
When was the first time you stepped out of your comfort zone to write a new genre?
I haven’t gotten there quite yet! I have a sci-fi idea that I want to get around to writing, and Dangerous Minds is kind of out of my comfort zone, with it being kind of contemporary (but, superheroes, and powers, and evil villains. How contemporary is that really?)
So mostly all of my writing has been in my safe zone: fantasy. I feel like if I tried to branch out, it would just end up as a horrible mess. So for now, I’m sticking with the stuff I know.
What was it like using a prompt for the first time?
I’ve only used prompts a very few times. I like the idea of using word and picture prompts, but they never seem to work for me. I can never just stick to the prompt! I always veer off from the theme of it, (which I get is the point, it’s supposed to be inspiring, but it’s very frustrating to me. XD)
Here is one of my attempts at prompt writing. The prompt was ‘write a paragraph with every first letter of each sentence beginning with the words from ‘sentence”.
Since you’ve gone, things have changed. Everyone is an enemy. No one smiles anymore. The streets are in ruins and people shout and run about in madness. Even the dogs have turned, scratching and biting their owners. Never has this town felt darker, more sinister. Come back, please. Even if you’re unwanted.
Opening line: share your first, your favorite, and your most recent.
Oh boy, let’s see…
First // The wizard sat wearily, leaning heavily over his staff, sweating running profusely down his forehead. His hands trembled as they gripped the staff tight, his knuckles white. His eyes were shut in deep focus.
~ from the first draft of Imprint
Favorite // The place reeked of rotting cheese. The meatballs were scattered across the cheap, red carpet. And all that was left behind of the crook was a slimy note that read —
Meet me at the Bistro tomorrow night and we will settle this.
–You know who I am
~ from a silly short story about a garlic ninja (it just makes me smile every time I read it. 😀 )
Recent // “‘Too late’.” An amused puff of air escaped Drilidric’s nostrils. “Too late indeed! You’re an idiot to think that, Zedidiah Alendayl!”
His voice rose. He shook his head. Here he was, talking to himself again.
~ from Rewrite
What was your first ending like?
Ended on a horribly spotty and confusing cliffhanger. It was basically doom is upon us , but we don’t really know why doom is upon us… and then I smacked a big ‘The End’ label on it. So dumb. -_-
What was the first ship you ever wrote and, be honest, did you make them a ship name?
My first couple was Markus and Paige from Imprint, but I never really shipped them, because, they’re like fifteen, and it just seemed weird to me. My first official ship was Celthic and Maggie, also from Imprint. He’s really dark and sarcastic, and she’s like a ball of energy and light, and they’re so darn cute and squishable together. <333
I sadly haven’t given them a ship name. Nothing really rolls off the tongue… Celgie? Celmag? Magcel? Melthic? See what I mean? XD
What year was your first NaNo?
I believe it was 2015 and I attempted to write Rewrite. It ended very poorly and left me feeling very discouraged. So I put it on the back burner for a long, long time, instead working on improving Imprint. Just recently, I’ve started looking at it again, and I’m starting to love it all over again. ^_^
Which novel is memorable for being the first one you ever gave up on?
Ooh, hmm… I haven’t given up on any novels I’ve started (though I’ve felt like giving up many times). Short stories, however, are a different story (pun intended). I could give you a list of their titles, and then maybe you could see why I gave up on them:
Who Boy What Fairytale?
Leap, Hide, Flip, Fly
Creepy Hotel: Surfer Queen
Awkward World: Trying to Get Home
Learning From Miss Magic Tricks
The Mermaid Trio Saves the Day
and also, this, which was legit my title for a story,
Quadruplets: I Didn’t Mean To Do It!, Fashion Designer Secret, Weird Houses, Queen That Wanted Me Poisoned, All With Secret Super Powers
These were…not my proudest writing days.
When did you first share your work with someone else and how did they react?
When I had just finished my very first outline for Imprint, I gave it to my mom, for her to read. I’m sure it was absolutely rubbish, but she was very supportive of it, and for that I’m extremely thankful that she didn’t crush a little girls’ dream of becoming a writer someday. Thanks Mom. 😉
Well, that’s the tag guys! What are some writing firsts for you guys? Let me know…
Wait. I promised you fellows something, didn’t I? Can’t believe I would forget such a thing. It’s been a long time coming, and I’m sure you’ve been eagerly waiting…
TO SEE MY FACE.
Just kidding, this is my face. Much to your disappointment I’m sure, I am not a puppy that can type and read.
Get acquainted with it, for some of you will be seeing it this July at Realm Makers! I would hate for the awkwardness of not recognizing a good blogging buddy. Plus, it’s about time, wouldn’cha? If I’m going to be a professional writer, I should have a professional picture, right? 😉
I…guess you could comment about my face. But that’s kind of awkward, so how about we talk about Realm Makers instead? Are you going? Have you been before? TALK TO ME I’M NERVOUS. Also, do you have any fun vacations planned for this summer?
Hello friends! What do you think of the new design? Pretty snazzy? No? Let me know what you think in the comments!
So, I was floundering about for a post idea, when I saw this super fun post by Mary. I found that the original post had been thought up by Savannah and it just looked like SO MUCH AWESOME, so I decided to steal it.
And now I’m presenting it to you today. ^_^
The Rules //
• Link back to the person who created the tag (done!)
• Thank the person who tagged you (um…ehehe, well, thank you Mary, for bringing this tag to my attention? Even though I technically wasn’t tagged? Well, actually, I was tagged, because she tagged anyone wearing socks, so. Yeah. XD)
• share the tag graphic (see above!)
• tag eleven bloggers (oof…I’ll try!)
Vital Stats and Appearance
(pen)Name // Madeline J. Rose 😉
Nicknames // Most everyone IRL calls Maddie. I’ve also been called Madison, Madge, Mathie, Margaret, Mad-Dog, Miss Maddie, and a horde of other names that my brother calls me, which I will not list here for the sake of time. XD
Birthday // July 28th, 2000
Hair Color and Length // Light-ish brown and a little bit past my shoulders
Eye Color // Brown
Braces/piercings/tattoos // No piercings or tattoos, but I do have braces. I get them off at the end of May though! 😀
Righty or Lefty // Righty
Ethnicity // A mish-mash of Norwegian, Irish, English, and probably a few others thrown in there. All European. 🙂
First Novel Written // That would be Imprint, when I was about 14. I cringe just thinking about it…XD That first draft…*shudders* XD
First Novel Completed // That would also be Imprint! So far, it’s the only completed novel of mine…But I’m hoping to remedy that!
Award for Writing // Gosh…I don’t know if I’ve ever won an award for writing… I’ve entered quite a few contests, but I never got an award.
First publication // I won a MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators)short story contest, and it was published in the monthly newsletter. Does that count?
Conference // Last year, I went to a local writer’s conference in the cities, and it was a really great experience! I wrote a post about theme, using the info I learned from Wayne Thomas Batson’s class.
Query/Pitch // Not yet… 😉 I did have Shannon Hale read a few pages of my prologue from Imprint, which was SO FREAKY AND OH MY GOSH. I’ve since edited the prologue, and looking back is a wee bit embarrassing. I can’t believe I let her read that… XD
Novel (that you wrote) // That’s like asking to choose your favorite way potatoes are cooked. It’s DARN NEAR IMPOSSIBLE. O_O I love them all for different reasons! Though, I am really fond of Give or Take Your Time. The main character (Dril) will always have a special place in my heart.
Genre // FANTASY. All kinds of it! From urban fantasy and magical realism to epic, high fantasy, I love it all. <333
Author // Oh dear. Do I have to pick? Can I list like my top three? Okay, thanks.
Anne Elisabeth Stengl
There’s about a dozen more, but these are definitely high on the list.
Writing Music // Wow…I…I listen to so much different music, I could never, ever choose my favorites. Just, listen to my Spotify story playlists, then you’ll know.
Time to Write // I would say in the afternoon. I feel most relaxed and inspired then.
Writing Snack/Drink // I don’t really eat or drink while I write, it’s too much of a distraction, but once in a while, I’ll take a cup of hot chocolate or some cold raspberry tea with me.
Movie // Seriously Savannah, THESE QUESTIONS. Well, I am a huge MCU fan, so…any and all of the Marvel movies. 🙂
Writing Memory // Ooh, this is an interesting questions! I think mine would have to be when I was still really young, like 9, and I had this beat-up notebook with my list of ideas all written up nicely. And I would take that notebook and a pencil out to my backyard and sit on our play set swing and just swing and think about stories for hours. Good times. ❤
Childhood Book // Princess Academy was my absolute favorite book when I was younger. Still is, actually. When I learned she had written more books, well, I was ecstatic, to say the least.
Reading // Right now, I’m reading Cold Summer by Gwen Cole. It’s about a boy with PTSD and a sad girl and it’s so adorable basically. ^_^
Writing // This post! 😀 But for a real answer, I can’t say that I’ve been working at something specific. I’ve been looking through old writing, deciding if I should start rewriting it, or do something new.
Listening to // Right this very second, I’m listening to Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra from Indiana Jones. 😀
Watching // I just recently watched The Phantom Menace for the first time! I know, sad right? I actually really enjoyed it! Jar Jar Binks is slightly (*ahem*VERY VERY*ahem*) annoying, but other than that, I really liked it! Qui-Gon Jin though. </3
Learning // That no matter what the weather outside is, you can still be joyful. (For a little context, last Saturday, we had a blizzard rip through our area. It was cold and snowy and icy and just all-around unpleasant. IT’S SPRING FOLKS. NOT WINTER. Very depressing. -_-
Want to Be Published // Abso-positively! I don’t know how far away and lofty that goal is, but it’s still my goal! 🙂
Indie or Traditional // I would prefer traditional (seeing my book in the bookstore has always been my dream!), but I wouldn’t be against indie publishing.
Wildest goal // Become a best-selling author, be able to make a living off of writing alone, and have an awesome fanbase!! (Seriously though, I would LOVE a fanbase. I cansee it now, ‘the Madeline fandom’… Hey, I can dream, right? XD)
Hi guys! Okay, so I was literally so confused as to what to do for this week’s post. Do I do an Easter-themed post? April Fools-themed? Pitiful Prose? You can see my problem. So, I finally decided on an unusually long Pitiful Prose. Let’s get cringing! 😀
I am a servant to the Queen of the west. And I am in the back-yard trying to round up the dragons with the other servants, but one of the servants, Mutton*, is just trying to hurt them.
*Yep, that’s legit his name. Why? I don’t know.
I try to explain to him, but suddenly, the dragons all start to fly to the south. Several* of the men try to catch them, but they Keep flying. The tell us they are going after them, so now us girls are left to ponder what the dragons are running away for.
*Okay, this has nothing to do with the story, but I just thought I’d share: For the longest time, I thought the word ‘several’ meant seven. Like ‘once’ means one, and ‘twice’ means two. Yeah. Please tell me I’m not alone. XD
I go to the Kitchen to help Mason, who is usually working there.* “Haven’t you heard? The dragons have all gone missing.”*
*Why is there a male scullery maid/person?
*How could word have gotten around that fast? That was LITERALLY LIKE FIVE MINUTES AGO.
I wanted to say that they had just flown to the south, perhaps for the winter. But I am not of rank to correct another of the servants.* I am looked upon as strange and not normal, so I don’t get quite any respect.
*Well, that’s just sad. How lowly can you get? Apparently this lowly.
So I just said, “Wow, what intrigue.”
“I know quite mysterious, hm?”
As I wiped the table down, I got an Idea.* “Mason, doesn’t Glinda*, the good witch, live to the east of us?”
*That’s idea with a capital I, Idea™
*This may or may not have been when I was obsessed with The Wizard of Oz.
“Why, yes, but why?”
“Well, suppose she knows something about dragons that could help?” I wouldn’t have been worried about them, but I recently heard that gold is buried somewhere in the south, and I fear someone is trying to use our dragons.*
*So the dragons can like sniff out the gold or something? Huh…that’s kinda cool, actually. *applauds younger self*
“Thats not a bad Idea™ for once in your life. I’ll call the Queen and the princess.”
In our kingdom, there is only a Queen who rules. And of course her 12 daughters.* The King died many years ago.
*Wait, so is this a Twelve Dancing Princesses kind of retelling or what? Or is it a Wizard of Oz retelling? MAKE UP YOUR MIND STORY.
I crept to the throne room to see if Mason would give me any credit for my Idea™. He didn’t.* “Your Highness, I propose an Idea™ to help the dragons.”
“And what is that?”
“We shall ask Glinda, the good witch to help us.”
“That is an excellant Idea.”
Just then, Grace, the youngest princess, popped into the room. She had obviously been eavesdropping. “Oh! Mother may I go? Pretty please?”
“of course dear, whatever you want, but you must remember, you are but 12*. And visiting the east Kingdom is quite dangerous for your age. You must have one of the servants with you.”
*For real? This is a good Idea™? You’re going to have a 12 year old negotiate with a witch? Super duper.
Mason made a heroic pose.*
*Just when I thought I couldn’t like Mason any less.
Before I was spotted for eavesdropping, I pretended I was cleaning the walls.* Grace scanned the room and then, she pointed at me.
*’Cause apparently they did that? Cleaning walls? Really?
Mason laughed and the Queen looked shocked, “You want…her?”*
*You know, honestly, I would much rather have this hitherto fore unnamed girl guide Grace rather than Mason. He seems like the oblivious type.
“But dear, why don’t you pick one of those strong men to help you?”
Grace shook her head, “No, I want her.”
The Queen looked loathe*, but she agreed finally. “You may take the horses.”
*How does one look ‘loathe’? Isn’t that a verb?
And so we were off.
I really wanted to know why she had wanted me so bad.* I dared to ask. “Your Highness,”
*I really want to know why the queen is letting her 12 year old be a dignitary to a foreign kingdom ruled by a witch. But we don’t always get we want, okay?
“Just Grace.”* She said and smiled.
*Ooh, how cute!!! *thick sarcasm*
“OK, Grace… why did you want me so badly?” I clenched my jaw shut tight, waiting for the answer.
“Oh, I’ve seen you in the yard, practicing your sword fighting*, and…” she paused a moment, “…I just wanted to get to know you.”*
*Wait WAHT? This little servant girl can wield a sword but is too timid to speak up against having a 12 year old sojourn to a dangerous foreign kingdom?
*And we couldn’t have done that back at the palace where it’s safe?
My mouth went dry.* “That’s, very, nice, of you…” I felt a wall that was once around me collapsing.* I felt used and dried up.* What she knew? What if she wanted to use me?
*Definitely not how I would have reacted, but sure, whatever.
*What are trying to hide, like? What??
*FOR REAL? How does Grace wanting to be your friend make you feel used? Are you kidding me right now?
We rode in silence the rest of the way. When at the edge of the Kingdom of The east, I realized how beautiful a kingdom could really be. When there, I parted from Grace and went to explore.*
*Aaaaaand you’re just going to walk away from the 12 year old. Smart move.
I soon found some little baby animals and cuddled with them.* Then the baby lamb started biting and chewing at my sleeves. I tried to run away, but he kept following me. He sort of guided me through the busy streets and lead me straight to Glinda herself.*
*Because that’s a good way to spend your time.
*Just FYI, I really dislike the ‘animal-friend-guides-you-to-just-the-right-person/place-you-needed-be. Ick.
“I see you’ve meet Scout.”* she said scratching the lambs head.
*This woman can’t even speak properly and she’s running a kingdom?
“Your Highness,” I curtsied low. “Have you talked to Her Highness, Princess Grace?”*
*”Because I’ve been wandering around sniffing roses and completely ignoring the reason we came here in the first place.”
“Yes, I did, and I understand Grace is to young to know anything about such things.”*
*But I mean really, did anyone think Grace had a scrap of knowledge about the missing dragons? Was the queen expecting her daughter to come back with answers? Because if she was…then I have nothing to say.
My cheeks flared a bright red.* “Please forgive her Your Highness, she merely wanted some fun.”
*I’m going to pretend that’s second hand embarrassment.
She just smiled. “Perhaps you could carry the message?”*
*And you think the queen is going to listen to you? Based on your position, nobody is going to believe or listen to you.
“Of course Your Highness.”
“Well, I know a man who rules the Northern Kingdom. He has a few tricks up his sleeve may have taken your dragons for his benefit. His name is Oz.”*
*Again with the Wizard of Oz obsession.
I’d heard of him before, always trying to rule all of Nore.*
*Aayy, look at that! I don’t know if I’ve every mentioned this on the blog, but this is where I got the name for my fantasy world in Imprint. Fun fact for you.
“If your Queen of the west could reason with him, you may get your dragons back.”
“Allow me to interpose*, but the dragons flew south, and Oz lives in the North.”
*I think it would sound better if you said “Permit me to interpolate.” No?
“You are very right. But he has ways of imposing and using.* Do you think you can bring this message to the Queen of the West?”
*What does that even mean? ‘Imposing and using’? Hypnosis? Mind control?
“Most certainly, Your Highness.”
“Child, what is your name?”*
No one had ever asked me that before. “My name is Zophie.”*
*That is…not what I picturing you as. More of a Memily. Or maybe Jarah. Or maybe even Yzabella. What do you guys think?
“What a lovely name.” and she smiled at me. Oh, how I wished I could stay forever!* But I had to give a message. I said good-bye, found Grace*, and went home.
*Wow. That…escalated quickly.
*Yeah, how long did that take you, stupid? -_-
When we got there, I found the Queen in her library.
And there we have an example of when we realized this story was not even remotely good enough to continue, so we ended it quite abruptly. And wowza, that was a really long post. If you made it to the end…I applaud you. And give you a giant chocolate bunny. XD I hope you guys have a wonderful Easter, and, oh I don’t know, maybe pull a prank or two? 😉
Hello guys! Recently, Deborah came up with this genius writing challenge which I was so generously tagged for! It’s not too long, so let’s get right into it!
Here are the rules:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you (done!)
2. Share the picture (done!)
3. Answer the questions (naturally…) or even pick and choose which ones you answer (see below! 🙂 )
3.5. Tag 3 other writers and inform them that you tagged them (via comment/message/email or hey, even carrier-pigeon or smoke signal; I’m not picky) (will do!)
1. Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)
Alright, let us see. As you may remember from my 2017 recap, I didn’t really give myself very specific goals. I told myself that I wasn’t going to pressure myself so much, since I feel like this year is really going to be a busy time. But here are my goals (roughly):
Outlining my novels A TON.
Possibly do either JuNo or NaNo, but probably not both
Not being afraid to take hiatuses and rework blogging schedule
As for how I’m doing on those goals, I’d say I’ve got a pretty good start. I’ve started planning posts ahead of time again, and I believe I’ve taken at least one minor hiatus since the beginning of the year.
I’m considering NaNo to be more of an option, rather than JuNo, since my June is going to be CRAZY. If I do NaNo, I will definitely try to make time for it and really work hard at it.
And outlining…well, I’ve been looking over some old unfinished outlines, and I’m having a hard time choosing where to start. But once I figure which ones to continue with, I’m going to try to hammer out three this year.
2. Which Stage Are You At? Expound!
a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story) b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing) c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing) d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story) e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)
Choice E. is currently what I’m at. With one of my novels, I’m looking at some major editing, but with most others, I’m still in the blueprints stage. I’d like to say some of them are moving past the blueprints and I’m looking into remodeling them, but I’m not quite there yet. 😛
3. Treasure From the Back of the Closet (Share one to three snippets you love!)
Aww, I love this! *scours manuscripts for something suitable* Here you go, these are all from Imprint, (the only decently edited manuscript I have. XD)
“Write residence, Markus speaking,” he said around a mouthful of spaghetti.
“What are you eating?” It was Paige.
“It’s this thing called food.”
He grinned, practically hearing Paige’s eyes rolling.
“What are you doing here?” Paige hissed through clenched teeth. “You’ve taken to stalking people now?” Secretly, she was a bit relieved to have Markus here with her. She was still shaking from what had happened outside the window.
“Stalking is such a strong word…”
“How’d you get in?” She got up and rushed toward him.
“I scooted up the side of the tower like a caterpillar.”
Paige frowned. “Markus. Really.”
“Paige, I’m literally standing by a secret trap door.”
Zedidiah swept over to a mirror in the corner. It was held in a beautiful frame, fashioned from wood, and carved with images of creatures Paige had never seen before. He gingerly pressed his hand onto the glass and she could see a faint red glow under his palm. A figure appeared in the glass.
It was Drilidric. “What now?” he huffed, crossing his arms.
“Since this will be the last time you see any of your friends, I thought to include you in the sharing of my plan.”
“Oh,” Drilidric said, staring through the mirror. “How nice of you to think me. I wouldn’t want to miss this for Nore. Let me just go get some popcorn—”
“Stop talking,” Zedidiah snapped, annoyed.
3.5. Bonus: Do Some Actual Spring Cleaning of Your Writer Self! (and share a picture!)
Here’s a picture of my work space! On my computer screen is one of the outlines I’m reading through and tweaking a bit.