Looking for a CP

 

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A quick update and an announcement! 

Another month has come and pass. I wouldn’t say it’s been busy but definitely interesting. Thing 1 and Thing 2 are out for summer and already they are at each others throats and are wanting me to play referee. Not that I don’t enjoy them home. I def have some much needed summer activities coming up, but the first week is always an adjustment period.

The New York trip with the husband is also coming up next week and aside for the packing and the planning I’ve met my goal of going through my Manuscript two (Three? Four?) more times before June and can now honestly say that I have no idea what else is wrong with this thing and am need of another set of eyes.

So, that leads me to my hunt for Critique Partners. Someone, or someones, that would be willing to read my paranormal/fantasy ms Stop the Raven and nit pick at it.

Cause it’s in sore need of some nitpicking.

So, if your interested and/or are looking for a CP as well I’m more than willing to swap MS let me know in the comments or message me on Twitter. Which ever you prefer.

Until next time.

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Voice of YA Tag

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 Come join me for a wrtier’s favorite past time.

Meaningless Procrastination!

Nah, this was actually fun to do!

That being said, I wasn’t tagged. Read this on Tanner Childs blog, Inspiring Writers, and decided to go for it since he tagged who ever read his.  So, thank you Tanner!

RULES:

1. Thank the person who tagged you
2. Link to the original creator
3. Answer the ten questions
4. Tag at LEAST two other YA writers/bloggers
 

Rule two, here’s the original link, https://www.caitlinlambert.com/single-post/2017/04/22/The-Voices-of-YA-Tag

Now:
ABOUT THE WRITERS:

What draws you to YA?

YA has such a variety of options inside of it. Under the that one genre you have science fiction, fantasy, drama, paranormal, etc. etc. Not to mention those that read and write YA are such a welcoming bunch. Really can’t go wrong within this group.

Describe your writing process. Do you like outlines and structure, or seeing where the story takes you?

Used to be a pantser. That person that just started writing with no thought of where the story was going or what the characters were going to do. After a while, and many disappointing endings, I realized that maybe I should try an outline or two.  Still enjoy just sitting down and letting the characters guide me but I at least have something to look at when I’m stuck with no clue where to go.

How long have you been writing? Where are you in your journey?

I’ve been writing off and on since high school. For the longest time I thought of writing as nothing more than a hobby. Something to do when I got a handful of free time and nothing else to focus on. Now I’m going through the first round of revisions on my story Stop The Raven and hoping to publish it at some point in the future.

What do you need to write? Coffee? Music?

Both? I can’t write without some form of caffeine in front of me and sometimes when I’m writing that first draft a bit of music doesn’t hurt to set the mood.

If you could offer one piece of advice to another writer (OTHER THAN “don’t give up”), what would it be?

Don’t go this alone. Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary career. Make friends. Connect with people. I know I wouldn’t have made it this far without those fellow writers that I’ve met during this journey and I’m hoping to meet so many more wonderful people.

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

What book still has you reeling from its plot twist? (*no spoilers please*)

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike. I mean really. There better be a sequel to explain that ending.

What books are you most anticipating for this year?

Alice by J.M Sullivan. I love the Wonderland Stories and any retelling of it.

In your opinion, which YA book/series has the most unique premise?

Thirst by Christopher Pike. The main characters thoughts are long winded and sometimes pushing through pages and pages of feelings and description gets a bit tedious and is the main reason I never finished reading the series. I will give Pike the due that his story of avoiding love and failing despite knowing how much it hurts in the end is different and sometimes worth pushing through all those thoughts.

What is your all-time favorite quote from YA lit (I know, I’m cruel)? 

I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s just the As. Just don’t ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me. – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Honestly this one wasn’t that hard. This is my all time favorite quote of any book I’ve read. I have it memorized!

What book do you most hope will have a movie adaption?

I have to pick one? There’s so many wonderful books out there deserve a big screen adaption and others that you just know would be ruined other wise. I guess if I had to pick one it would the The Night Angel Trilogy. That’s a thrill ride all should see.
Fourth and final rule. Tag two people.
I don’t know that many people that would blog this so I’m doing the cop out of whomever wants to take the torch. Be my guest. Have fun!

End of the Month Review

Let’s see what was awesome about this month.

Well at the very beginning I got to head to Fan Expo with my husband. It was his idea for an awesome 30th birthday present for himself and it didn’t disappoint. It was three days of just being a nerd hanging out with more nerds.
What can be better than that?
While there got some awesome photos of cosplayers that did amazing jobs.

Those are just a few.
My husband got to meet some of his favorite voice actors in anime and video games. One of them being the awesome Malie Flanagan that voice acts Naruto.

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Honestly, I wasn’t really a fan until we got to see a panel featuring her and a few other woman voice actors. All of them great. I’m just horrible with names. My apologizes.
I, myself, got to meet with the guys from Boondock Saints. Sean Patrick, Norman Reedus and David Della . All three of them are just as amazing in real life as they are on screen and that’s not just the fan girl talking.

Sadly, wasn’t able to get a selfie with Norman. Oh well, all three really are sweet guys though.

 

Moving on from the beginning of April, things sort of slowed down. Went back to work and continued working on the revisions for Stop the Raven. Haven’t gotten as far as I wished due to my son and I getting sick about middle of the month.
Did start dividing the scenes into chapters and adding bits, removing others. It’s all coming along nicely.

A few thing that I have learned during this process.

-There really is no rushing this.
Just when I think I’ve got a good groove going and I’m moving along nicely something comes up and next thing I know I’m staring at some scene that doesn’t make a lick of sense to me and wrecking my brain trying to figure out how to fix it.
Sometimes that means completely rewriting said scene until it fits perfectly. And giving myself one hell of a headache in the process. Other times it’s just adding or removing a sentence or two. Nothing to strenuous.

-Trying to fix it all at once is not going to happen.
Not even going to lie. I’ve tried reading through the story and pick it apart all at once. Saying it’ll be fine. I’ll read through all the mistakes and fix them right up and all will be good.
Nope.
Sorry.
Not gonna happen.
It’s gonna take multiple read throughs with multiple things being focused on one at a time. First the big parts. The rewrites. Ensuring that point A leads up to and matches up to point B and some where in there C and D blend in with A and B along with all the little details.
You know like making sure Jane’s eyes are blue at the beginning of the book and not red at the end. Unless she’s possessed somewhere between that time, then yeah red, black, some purple haze. Whatever sort of demonized look that you decide to give her. It’s all good just as long as it matches.
Then comes the dialogue and the grammar. All in separate read throughs and all at their own pace.
Though to be honest, the grammar part I’m finding to be the easiest and the most difficult all mixed in at once.

-The characters are still going to reveal themselves.
Yes, you heard me. The characters are still talking . Some scenes are working out well enough and I’m finding them nodding along like they’re watching some weird movie of what happened. Others, villains mostly, are still revealing themselves. I’m reading through and finding that some of the interactions with my protagonists aren’t matching up. And that’s okay. It’s only the second draft. Those things are going to happen and there’s no real guarantee that these guys are going to be the same guys that are going to be revealed in the final draft.
Most of them yes.
Not all though.
And that’s okay too.
Doesn’t seem to matter how many character sheets I went through in the outline phase and the number of random stories I put these guys through before writing the actual first draft, these guys are still going to talk to me. Which is good. I think I would kind of crazy without these voices in my head.
Either way. Things are moving on well enough in the writing process .If I could stop procrastinating long enough to actually finish any of this that would be wonderful. (Glares at the Outlast 2 Let’s Play Videos) Yes, I’m lookin at you.
May’s coming up though and aside from school coming to an end there’s not much going on this month. That I’m aware of. Having two boys in the house tends to make the day to day a bit more interesting.

It’s a vast world of the unknown….kind of like writing.

Books, Books, More Books

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It’s the killer book haul. Get it? Yeah?
Great!

Hehehe…

 Keep collecting more and more books. More than I’m capable of reading at one time. No matter. At least I can never complain about being bored. There’s more books that I want as well. Caraval and Winter Song being at the top of my list. Along with another Game of Thrones that come out in the spring. Yeah. 

Lots and lots of books. At least i have a hobby and my husband know’s what to get me. Or at least have an idea. 

Got Minion #2 home from school with a slight cold. So filming is out of the question for the day but that’s fine. I still got a house to clean and editing to do. Gotta stay busy some how and things are pretty slow at the moment. 

2069

The candle light casts shadows across the walls. The old bomb shelter covered in dusts and rusts. They hadn’t been here in years. The last time when they were nothing more than a couple of punks looking for a quick buck.

Now.

Jesse sits on the lowest cot, wiping at the sweat on his brow as he flicks a gaze over at the girl across from them. She’s holding the last gun in between her hands, swinging it back and forth as Will fiddles through a cabinet in the back of the space. Looking for food though Jesse doubts there’s anything edible left in this place.
There might be a small protein pack that they could split. Something that would only cut into that edge that they were all feeling moment.

Instead of a wrapper, something is cracked open. Jesse looks up to see Will fidgeting with an antique radio. Something they messed with in their younger days when there wasn’t much else to do. After a few quick twists and a thump some hundred year old rock song came on ‘SUMMER OF ’69” Jesse believed it was call. He couldn’t be sure. The old disc was stuck inside the CD player, something they jammed to as boys when it really was the summer of 69, or close to.

Near fifteen years of have passed since those days when they would drink all night, wrapping themselves up in some young woman’s arms. Never caring where the next job was coming from as long as they had a place to crash and a few beers to guzzle down at the end of the day. Those were the days.

Cailin’s toe starts tapping, the gun swinging back and forth to the beat of the song as Will places the radio down to rummage through the cabinet some more. scoffing at the song that played.

“You remember that year?” Cailin asks, looking at him through some thick lashes. “2069?”

Jesse nods. “Vaguely. I think we were around here.”

“I was ten. Mama took me to the cities for the first time and they shot off some fireworks.” A smile spreads across her face as she looks back to the ground and whispers. “Best days of my life.”

Jesse looks to Will, the man’s meets his gaze and they nod. Sharing the same memories of huddling down in this same bunker. Candles lighting up the space with Clint in the corner, bellowing out the lyrics at the top of his lungs as Jesse sat on his bunk and Will held his girl, Jai.”

He wondered briefly what happened to her. If she was even still around .Maybe her and her sister, Jien are up there ready to turn them in to keep the peace of the town. He couldn’t blame them. Couldn’t blame any of the towns folk. Things are hard these days . If the wolves aren’t literally after your ass it’s the thugs like Stranson threatening them left and right.

Kill that man had been the stupidest thing they’ve down in a while. Now, with Stranson on hot on their hills and a whole towns people pissed at them for one thing or another. This bunker wasn’t the best place to hide out. They needed Guns, ammo, fucking food.

Once again Jesse runs a hand through his hair as he curses Clint for taking off with their truck.  What the hell were they going to do down here?

Fucking rot, that’s what.

“We can’t. We can’t give up.” Cailin grabs his arm, shaking as her fingers nails dig into his skin.

“What do you suggest then?”

Cailin looks to Will. “You’re not going to like it.”

Jesse shrugs, waving around them. “Don’t like this shit much, either.”

Crippling Self Doubt

 

I’m scared to touch it. I really am. Like it’s sitting on my desk staring at me. Practically screaming for me to read it.

I know at some point I’m going to have to. That I’m going to have to look at it and read it and maybe scratch somethings out and scribble in more things, but right now, in my head it’s perfect. It’s the perfect little thing that I don’t want to touch cause I’m terrified that it’s going to be a lot worse than I already know it is and I’m only going to make it even worse.

It’s that crippling self doubt that we all are plagued with. That shadow of a doubt that tells me I can’t do this. It’s a stupid endeavor and I need to back off.
I need to ignore that voice. Let it go and not worry about it because no matter how bad it is, I know, that I can make it better. With a little elbow grease I can make this better.

So, here I go.

Things to remember while editing your work

  1. Yes, its necessary.

  2. Copy-editing is the worse

  3. Take breaks or the mind will melt

  4. Find fellow writers to help ease the editing process

  5. Never give up. Never Surrender.

That’s is all

At the beginning…

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So, I did this thing. It’s not an amazing thing. Relatively small in the grand scheme of things. Ideas formed, characters were birthed and scenes played out. Ink staining paper until it grew big enough to be called a story. Something tangible and touchable that can be held and read and loved.

I wrote a book.

Well, a first draft anyways.  Still for some that’s a pretty big deal.  Now comes the fun part. The edits and re-edits and then sending the manuscript out for commentary and another round of edits, or two, or three.  Seems to be a never ending cycle.

And don’t get me started on doing this again with another story. Not that I wouldn’t. I totally would. Just looking forward to one story at a time and in the mean time.  I’m creating this blog as a diary of sorts. A way to keep tabs on where I’ve been and what I’ve done. Welcoming you all to follow along and hopefully one day I can looks back and say I did it.

I wrote a book