Tuesday, March 28, 2017

...snippets for the purpose of intriguing you...

Hello humans! (Unless you're *ehem* in fact, not a human... oh my goodness... I'm an alien-racist... *akward silence in which y'all realize Allie has lost her mind and that she is slowly fading into oblivion*

  SO GUYS HOW'S IT GOING??? IT'S BEEN FOREVER RIGHT? RIGHT. (Don't you daaaaarrrrrrre sass me, child-like robot/disgustingly-colorful unicorn! It has, in fact, been a forever-amount of time since I answered a comment or posted... or said anything. At all. Like. At. All.) Anyway. To buisiness, dudes. I've got... wait for it... SNIPPETS. Because I'm that awesome. Yeah. No, don't bow. Please. Well, if you insist!

  Now. Without me wasting more of your precious time (which, btdubs, you'll never get back and you'll be sitting on your death bed eighty years from now saying, "why did that weird blogger bean write so much and waste my time which I will never get back because I'm dying and... three... two... one. Dead. Death death death death!) WELL. This has been *dramatic pause* creepy-death moments with Allie. You're welcome.

  What was I saying? Oh, yeah. Without me wasting more of your precious time (which we've now confirmed IS ACTUALLY QUITE PRECIOUS), I will get on with my messily-worded snippets that [we can both agree] are just blah. Blah blah blah blah BLLLLLAAAHHHHH. But forgive the blah-ness. And the gah-ness. And the ack-ness. And the other poofy-fuzzleberries and chipmunk-rodent-pineapple-eeeek. Yeah dudes, those are real words. And if you don't like them... I don't care if you don't like them because I know you do, in fact, LOOOOVVVVEEE them, because I came up with them and they are absolutely perfect and hilarious and everything I do is actually actually ACTUALLY perfection at it's more perfect and purest and more amazingly best state of awesomeness and you shall all just be standing on the top of my castle watching me be awesome and bringing me my grapes and my chicken salad and just serving me because I'm oh-so awesome and I am just so far beyond amazing while you chickens from the pineapple-region of tickle-bop just stand there like "WHAT THE HECK SHE'S PURE GENIUS."

MUAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH



  Okay. Seriously. I needed to get that out. AND GUESS WHAT?! (Yeah guys accidental and spontaneous caps are bae. Totally bae. Not elephant crud-nuggets... just bae. Bae. So cool, guys. So cool.) I'M DONE BEING COMPLETELY MAD AND TOTALLY WEIRD. I'm only 1/2 cookoo now. YIPPPPPEEEEEE. Stop it, child. I was born special. Special. Special. I love that word. SHUT UP ALLIE AND JUST GIVE THEM THE STUPID SNIPPETS BECAUSE THEY DESERVE TO GET AWAY FROM YOU!!!! Wow. Guys, that's harsh. But nevertheless (love that word-combining duo, too!), practically-factually-anti.dreams-sadness-Allie is right. Very right. (Somewhat wrong, but whatever.) I should just give y'all the stupid snippets. OPEN YOUR MOUTH KIDS!!! SNIPPET TIME!



  A digital pad was sitting, undisturbed, on the surface of her desk. The screen was undamaged and free of fingerprints and scratches. She reached her index finger out, cautiously, to touch the raven-black screen. As her fingertips made contact, pale blue rays shot around what seemed to be a 3D screen; symbols, words, everything. All jumbled onto the irregular touchable, yet not material, surface. Out of the silence, arose a long, deafening sound. starting up in her mind. Then a voice. A voice that no one else seemed to be able to hear. The familiar voice called out like a whisper in the wind of chaos. Thoughts. Confusing words, just soaring through what sounded like an old, broken radio. Lie. 



 A silhouette against the morning light shining through the barred windows shook her. “Rise ‘n’ shine.”
  “Hell; day one.” A boy snickered from beneath her top bunk bed.
  “He said it, newbie.”
  Jave rolled her eyes, climbing down from the bunk. “Shut up. You know my name.”
  “Listen, Jave. You’re still a newbie. And you’ll be one till the next few kids come.” More mystery. The questions building inside her just built up, like a toppling tower of sand. Grain. By grain. By grain. Questions. Curiousity. Fear. Feelings.
  “Just, stop already with all the mystery! I don’t want to be the one who doesn’t know anything! I was ripped from my life, and stuck in an insane asylum with you! Isn’t that bad enough!? Not knowing who’s on my side, and who wants to kill me--”
  “I’d sure like to kill you right about now--” Will grunted, as Ben shoved him away from her.
  “Don’t you touch her, Will.”
“And on top of that--” Jave added.
  “Listen.” his soft and kind voice made Jave want to hear him out. “I know you’ve got questions. But if we told you everything, the game would change.”
  “What’s up with the mystery, though?!”
  Ben kindly put his arm around her, moving her closer so anyone listening outside the conspiracy couldn’t hear him. “All any of us can say now is that it’s all going to change-- soon. And it’s important that we all stay quiet… these final weeks are critical. And trust me when I say that you don’t want us to get caught.”
  “What is this?!”
  “It’ll make sense soon. But until then, Jave, you’ve gotta trust us. Despite Will. Hold the questions in. Just for awhile.” Jave nodded.


At that, the alarm began ringing, the red lights again began flashing, draining out the natural lighting. Coating all in a red tint.
  “Shoot, Ben! I told you she was trouble! They heard us!” Will began for the door, looking through the window in the door. Nervously waiting for guards to come charging down the hall for them.
  “Wait, wait,” Ben’s consistently-calm expression. He quickly made his way over to Will, setting his hand on his shoulder. Ben looked out the door, scanning the halls. “They’re not coming here.”
  “What?” Cory said, joining Will and Ben by the door. “What’re they doing, then?” Ben didn’t say anything.


Yep. I knew it. I'm in love, peeps. I'm in love-- with cliffhangers. But, not OTHER PEOPLE'S cliffhangers. That's wrong. And mean. And cruel. And honestly. Inhamane. But mine are great! I love to watch y'all suffer like pineapples. Yep. Real stuff, guys. It's real.

  https://open.spotify.com/track/0lDsHE5uSVeLy63gl0enkq <<< click that. It'll make you happy if you like Audio Adreneline. I do. It's some pretty great stuff. It's wicked. Not LITERALLY wicked, it just sounds cool. I don't listen to, ehem, "wicked devil-music". Honest. I swear. No? Fine.



I showed you a few snippets that were totally perfect... and I babbled... and I showed you "MOVE!" By Audio Adreneline. Which made you dance on the dinner table and eat chicken ice-cream. It's crazy, guys. Really. Oh, and you enjoyed a small portion of my (not MINE like I created them just mine like I've had them saved in my blog memory since... before my computer broke. ) (NO STILL NO FIX TO THAT PROBLEM GUYS! But, this iPad and keyboard will work. For now.) snippets. Of my snippets. YOU SAW SOME OF MY GIFS NOT MY SNIPPETS GAH MY WORDS ARE CONFUZZLED RIGHT NOW! Goodness. I'm terrible. You saw my gifs, you enjoyed. I think. Maybe. They were fun and odd and akward and interesting. Okay, I'm done. Bye, frens!


OKAY WOW. THAT WAS SOMETHING YEAH?! Pretty much, I babbled on before I made your souls content with my snippets, I gave you snippets, I babbled on AFTER I gave you snippets, I gave you gifs in the mean time to content your anger, I babbled about gifs and how I called them snippets, I confused you, and... I said goodbye before I left when I wasn't really leaving because I still had to say this--

(also, did you notice that I took down my most recent post? About characters and the relatable/likeable stuff? Yeah? Pissed? Don't worry! It'll be back after editing! The post, not my book. Just the post, dearie.)

What'd you think of my snippets?! I babbled on, ah? Ah. Tell me about the gifs! Is there really much to say there? No. No there is not. If you have any questions, talk to me in the comments!!! If you just wanna chat, TALK TO ME IN THE COMMENTS!!! PLEASE! I miss your, er, words?! Yeah. TALK, PEOPLE!




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Beautiful Books: A Past Edition

  Hey guys! Yep, a new post on The Depth of my Faith! Nope, no new computer cord. And no, I didn't buy a computer.
  I'm thinking that I'll have to go through at most half of NaNo without a computer. But! I got a good temporary solution.



  I grabbed the iPad, hooked up my wireless keyboard, downloaded a few of my favorite writing songs, and made a spot for myself at my desk. I downloaded the Google Docs app to the iPad, and started writing! Now, most of what I can NORMALLY do, like graphics and snippets, have been chopped down to the core of essential elements. Because I'm on the iPad, I have no access to my old files like pictures or anything, so I won't be making graphics for these posts, (besides the ones I already had made and uploaded to the blog's archive) and I can't take segment pictures of my story (snippets)!! *cries* So... I'm happy that I got a FEW snippets ready in a post BEFORE the computer died. (They're in the March Recap post, and that'll be up in days. So don't worry!) As I mentioned, supplies are VERY limited. So, this post will have to do.



And you guys be like...


Okay, before we start, let me just say that this is a WAY old Beautiful Books. Nothin' new. And because it's nearly impossible for me to go track down the Beautiful Books post these questions came from, I won't. Yes, yes, I'm leaving you graphic-less, snippet-less, AND link-less.... maybe even quality-less... But.... I GAVE YOU GIFS SO BE HAPPY. Now... INTO THE QUESTIONS! 



What came first: characters or plot idea? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

  Plot idea, definitely. I had no idea what my characters would be like, besides I small hint with how they should work with the plot.
Do you have a title and/or a “back-cover-blurb”? 

  I've got various nicknames... Facility 52, The Running, etc. But since it has no 'official name' yet, I'm just sticking with Creation x. And do you mean a synopsis??? If so, then yes, sort of. 
"Everything is shattering and it's my mistake."

Jave Revvlyn is placed in a isolated facility among the next generation of the resistance in 25th century tyrannical-America. Things are happening that no one told her were possible. People, places, questions. It was all happening. She had a choice; pretend like nothing ever happened and all is well, and go home safe... or die. 
But among them there's a plan; An escape strategy to run far away and join the Resistance. But there's a cost. She can never go back. Leaving everyone she's ever known and loved; abandoning the society she's learned  to obey; and fighting for a better day. She's told that nothing will ever be the same. The rules are changing, and the game's got to be turned around. But she has to pick a side. And the answer is more blurred than ever.
What wordcount are you aiming for when your novel is finished?

  6o,ooo at least... hopefully more, but you know, work. XD
Sum up your novel in 3 sentences.

  Ummmm.... okay!? 
Jave doesn't want it to change. She's helping the people who do. This is the game They like to play on her. 
ACK IT SUCKS. But whatever.

Sum up your characters in one word each.

  Jave, passive. Holden, true. Cory, trust. Ben, awesome. Will, hardened. Lily, confused. Lisa, heart. Becky, hurt. 
  I think I got them all!!!
Which character are you most excited to write? Tell us about them! 

  Oh, probably Cory. Cory is one of the Imports. He's... sarcastic, original, sweet, courageous (risking his own life way too much, without really knowing it. XD) and just all around the best ESTP ever, in my opinion. I think I'll enjoy writing him, because he adds a stupidly fun touch (at least, that's what I'm going for.) And he's one of the only extra eras in the group, and I find writing them just as fun as being around them. 

What about your villain? Who is he, what is his goal?
So... Protech is the villain. He's not completely evil... he just has plans for development. And his idea of development might not be the cleanest and/or safest way to go about bringing everything back to it's original. He's really just a guy with a dream. (Doubtless of whether or not that "dream" is for the good of the country, or for his own wealth. His goal is to successfully complete his idea of a "Better Country". And anyone who gets in his way is a dead man.

What is your protagonist’s goal? And what stands in the way?

  Jave's goal is to take down those who are bringing about the tyrannically-portrayed "changes". And... her and those responsible for the rebelution want to shape a new country with it's own Omnijust constitution.

What inciting incident begins your protagonist’s journey?

  The kid napping. 'Nough said.
Where is your novel set?

  28th century America. It's been deprived of most inhabitants, due to the 'bug'. Those who are left are trying to bring about a 'solution'. Two groups, two ideas, one nation. Let's go. XD 
What are three big scenes in your novel that change the game completely?

  Um, isn't that technically a spoiler?! Well, whatever. I'm just going to skip this one. I CAN'T TELL Y'ALL THE PLOT TWISTS NOW CAN I. 
What is the most dynamic relationship your character has? Who else do they come in contact with or become close to during the story?

  Hmmm... well, there's the thing between Jave and Holden. Then there's the something between Jave and Will... and of course, the whatchamacallit between Jave and Ben... And then there's an odd bond between Becky and Jave... and of course the sister thing between Jave and Lily. And... yeah. But I think most of those fade away during the mid-section of the first book. XD 
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

  She cherishes her relationships more... she's stronger, smarter, less trusting. And... more deep? Yeah.  
Do you have an ending in mind, or do you plan to see what happens? 

  I don't have anything specific in mind at ALL. I plan to see where it takes me. Like a car ride. Let's see where the story takes me!
What are your hopes and dreams for your book? What impressions are you hoping this novel will leave on your readers and yourself? (This is your mission statement, one you can look back on when the road gets tough.)
  I want to come out of this knowing that I made myself proud. I want to be a young author, with a great, amazing, novel. I want to walk into a store and see this thing sitting on the shelf. I want to leave the reader confused in a good way, and slightly freaked out. I want them to be able to imagine, "What If this was REAL?!" And that's what I'm dreaming about. 



  And... Yeah. That's it! Yes, this post has been in the making for about a week. And I'm sure sure sure sure SURE glad that I got a tiny bit of it done before the computer died. That helped, believe it or not. XD Anyway... I'll insert the Chat image now... so we can get to talking. And JUST BECAUSE I WON'T BE ON HERE AS MUCH DOESN'T MEAN I DON'T READ YOUR COMMENTS CAUSE I DO.

Have you ever participated in Beautiful Books before? Can we both agree that I do WAYYYY too many of these?! Yes. Yes we can. Let's talk gifs, tell me in the comments if you think they were stupid or okay or absolutely hilarious. Okay? Okay. And... do you think my novel's... odd?  Or... can I get Intriguing??? Maybe? Let me know in the comments!!!!



Sunday, March 19, 2017

NaNo + Broken Computers

  April's coming so close, and I've been dreading writing during the summer. Er, sunny days in spring. XD The weather has been absolutely perfect, and I just hate the idea of sitting around; writing during these beautiful days.

  Well, the funny thing is, I'm not sure if I'll even have the chance... because my computer broke! Actually, my charger broke. So I have to buy a new charger... and the odds of me doing so before April begins are slim.

  So, basically, that means that I have a high chance of NOT starting writing on time. But there is a chance that I'm buying my own computer. The other one, (with the broken charger) is my mom's old computer.



  Also, I'm writing on our family's iPad... so, no graphic today! XD I just thought I'd say that I'm in fact not dead, and that I might miss half of nano. Wish me luck on the computer situation, and if you'd please leave me any encouragment about my novel, gimme!!!!

Bye for now!! I'll post when I get the computer thing figured out!

What an odd situation, yeah? Have you ever found yourself days away from nano, computerless??? If so, you probably feel my pain. Wish me luck!




Saturday, March 11, 2017

{ beautiful people } Holden's Edition + I'm Tagging You For MMC

*DISCLAIMER: I'm aware that I've done far too many Beautiful People/Books this month, but because NaNoWriMo is next month, I really need to focus on develpoment. So... this is an apology for insistantly and consistantly shoving and stuffing Beautiful books/people down your lovely throats.
Sincerely, 
The Compiler

  Last beautiful people, I focussed on Jave's character. This week, I'd like to go deeper into Holden's personality and characteristics. 

  Beautiful People is basically an interview with your characters, which helps the writer to dig deeper into that character and, in turn, write to the fullest extent of that character's quality; and hosted by the lovely Cait and Sky

  Before I post the questions and answers, I just want to say thank you to Sarah and Josie for letting me join their cabin in Camp NaNoWriMo. I'm excited to be able to speak more with y'all, and be apart of this amazing group. So, thank you. 

P.S. I won't be speaking from his POV this time, just because I can.

Disclaimer #2: Yes, yes I did use an old BP from like August. So what?! Don't attack me! Please! No torches or pitchforkers welcome!!!

1. What first inspired this character? Is there a person/actor you based them off?

  I based Holden off my good friend. Sweet, but doesn't take junk from other people. 

2. Describe their daily routine.


  Get up, get dressed, school at The Acedemy, tutoring with Jave, stalk Jave home until she punches him, go home, do schoolwork, eat dinner, help with the chores, then go to work... stay at work for about two hours, go home, finish school work, go to bed.

3. If they joined your local high school, what clique would they fit into?


  Holden's popular by accident... infamous is a better word, though. He likes to stay to the sidelines, but probably ends up in the jock category... jock/loner.

4. Write a list of things they merely tolerate. Ex: certain people, foods, circumstances in their lives…


1. Pretty much anyone who has a chance of ever loving them
2. Injustice (that's all he knew)
3. change
4. war
5. not having everyone he loves, love him back

5. How do they react in awkward silences?

  "Okay, y'all are making me sad... Pizza, anyone?!" #perfectlyaccurate

6. Can they swim? If so, how did they learn?


  Yeah, okay. Holden can swim. He's part of the swimming team in The Academy. The instructors taught him by pushing him in... and if he drowns... he drowns. Slightly barbaric... Of course, these are high-schoolers... and the pool is only six feet deep.

7. What is one major event that helped shape who they are?


  Oooh... being at The Facility changed him... But *spoilers* after they kept sending him out, he began to morph... #heturnedbitter

8. What things do they value most in life?


  Jave and his sister. People take presidency over obects. But he hates his terrible aunt. Boooooo, Aunt X!!! Booo!!!

9. Do they believe in giving other people second chances? Do they have any trust issues?


  That really depends at what point you jump into the story. In the beginning, second chances are like handouts with Holden. He trusted anyone and everyone... But that changed soon enough. Mostly due to Jave. He finally broke.

10. Your character is having a rough day…what things do they do to make them happy again? Is there anyone they talk/interact with to get in a better mood?


  At the beginning, the answer would be Jave. But he kind of grew tired of it all... and soon enough, only Becky or Cory could really make him feel better. But of course, things changed more and more... and emotions got entwined, and trust was gained back with *certain people*. And just going on a walk with someone and talking helped a lot.
  
*****

...And that about wraps up this Beautiful People. If all goes as planned, I'll have a Beautiful People going into either Lily's or Cory's character up on The Depth Of My Faith Saturday evening or Sunday Evening. And then, Lord willing, I will have a Beautiful Books up on... Tuesday? Tuesday night, maybe. Perhapse even as early as Monday. 

  And before you go! I have a proposal for all my lovelies. 
  MMC needs at least three more competetors this round. If you havn't already entered, (I know you havn't unless your Oliva or Anika... Mwahahah) please do! I'm tagging Kellyn and Maddie and Micaiah for this MCC. I hope you all can do it! 

  Even if you didnt get tagged, you can still head over to the MMC post and enter a writing peice! Just remember that it has to be between 150 and 300 words long, and you should use the prompts! 

What do you think about Holden? Tell me about your characters! Have you ever participated in Beautiful People or Monday's Minute Challenge? You should! Go do it! What personality (if you had to guess) is Holden? Talk to me in the comments! I love hearing from y'all!!!





Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tying Up Lose Ends Before NaNo + Beautiful Books


 With Camp NaNoWriMo just around the corner, those of you (and myself, of course) who are beginning a new project still have a lot of preparing to do.



  But the most important box to check off seems to be this; the goal. What is the golden goal of my manuscript? Half of my brain believes that I skipped over that step in a lazy-spell... but the other half convinces me that there is a goal, I just have to try and remember it.
  Then there's the protagonist's goal. I've become more familiar with that one. I just have to develop it a bit more. It's getting there, though.
  And deep down inside (if we're going to get all feeling and mushy,) I know that I still have a to make a binder for my writing to take down notes like the ones I'm writing here... but with life, everything just gets tossed up in a tornado. Schedules for reading, schedules for posting, DO-NOT lists like no sugar and no dairy and no nothing, then there's keeping up on journals, keeping up on homework, and of course cleaning... there's always lots of that, and then there's the actual writing-related stuff, which of course is another little breeze added on to the swirling windstorm. But somehow, I'll manage to live, I'm sure.

  One thing at a time, right?

Starting with the novel itself.

  And as I said a moment ago, the GOALS are my biggest problems right now. So, amazingly, I found an old beautiful books from October of 2015 that had some questions which perfectly fit into this category of distress of mine.


How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
  I had originally written a short story (never published on my blog) about this girl named Cade, who was living with her aunt and uncle and cousin in a futuristic America, post-apocalyptic society. Rather, dystopia. I never wrote more than an introduction to the depressed lifestyle. But I had plans for rebellion, and lots of guns. I was working on this little niché of mine around... December? I'm not exactly sure... I'd have you ask Esther, who's been helping me immensely. 
  Well, soon after this short story (my very first dab into the world of anything dystopia) was written, I discarded it and decided that it was garbage. Thhennnn, I found this writing prompt on Pinterest, which sparked something inside of me to write. I pitched the idea to my evil minion, E, and she liked it! Finally, around January about, we began plotting Facility 52. 

Why are you excited to write this novel?
  It's a genre that I've never written in. And for once I'm writing something that I can say, "Hey, Dad! Can you alpha read this super cool first draft of my novel?!" I can even ask my guy friends without being like, "Yeahhhh, there may or may not be a character completely based off of you who falls in love with a character completely based off me." *cough cough* Okay, maybe that DIDN'T change... but still. I'm excited to make my dad and masculine friends interested in what I write, and excited to writing in something sooo... cool.

What is your novel about, and what is the title?
  *facepalm* I hate that question! One cannot simply say what their masterpiece in about. 
In as simple a fashion as possible, I will try explaining. It's about this girl named Jave. And she's caught in the middle of a tyrannical-yet-dystopian society. There's a lot of weird things that happen. Pretty much, she has to help bring the tyrannical leaders down, but she's quite neglectant. The end. 

Sum up your characters in one word each. (Feel free to add pictures!)

~ Jave is an IN/STJ/P. She really just wants everything to go back to the way it was. She wants it all to be as it was. She doesn't even hardly know where she stands on the issue. Losing the people she loves will either shut her down, or turn her on. It can be messy, sometimes. She's neutrally quiet and loud, introverted and extraverted. She's typically to herself.

~  Holden is an ENFP. He's funny and witty on the surface, but there's a battle going on if you look deeper. He wants only to please Have, and have her perhaps love him in return; as much as he does her.


~ Lily is Jave's twin sister. Though they're twins, they couldn't be more different. Lily's an ISFP. For some things, her and Jave share the same views. They want everything to be the way it was. Together. All of them. While Lily is rather passive on the outer core, she's burning underneath.


~ Ben's the enthusiast. INFJ. He doesn't think everything will be perfect, but he'd like to make the best of the current situation. Him and Will always seem to be at odds.

~  Cory's sort of Ben's right hand. He's the ESTP. He plays a smaller roll than Ben, but I think he'll be crucial. He's the sarcastic touch. And yes, his character plays a critical roll, in lightening everyone but Will's spirits. He just pisses Will off.

~ Will's sort of the sideguy. He's an ISTJ, even though Facility 52 changed him. He's all for rebellion, along with Holden. Justice needs to be served.

~ Lisa's an ENFJ. She's the biggest extravert in the group. Everyone can't help but like her. She's definitly a side character, but she brightens up the oddities. Let's just say, her and Ben get along quite well. Hint hint.

~ Becky's the sweetest ever. She'll make you feel good, change your mind, and smile gracefully. She's a game changer. Although, if she has her heart set on someone, she can be a jealous one. You can break her heart like a twig. She's an IN/SFP. She's not fond of Lisa...

Which character(s) do you think will be your favourite to write? Tell us about them! 
  I'm pretty sure Cory will be my favorite. I'm really good at writing small bits of sarcasm. And besides, I just get along really well with any ESTP, so I kind of feel like I already know the guy. I have a hunch that Jave will be tricky to write, since she's a bit of... a peacemaker. I don't know.

What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?
  Honestly, Jave just wants things to be the way they were once before. But everyone else says that there won't and can't be peace. She's forced to see the truth of mutany.

Where is your novel set? (Show us pictures if you have them!)
  It's set in 25th century America. Post-apocoliptic, dystopian society. 

What is the most important relationship your character has?
  Holden and Jave's relationship, due to an odd sequence of events, gives elements of the book meaning, and drives parts of the plot. But I'd have to say that Jave's relationship with her sister is the most important, due to the connections and emotion, and the way that her sister is a perfect tool for trouble. Mwahahah!

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
  She's less trusting, obviously, and less emotional. But she's learned to love and cherish her friends and *those who are more than friends*. She's more of a warrior by the end, more assertive, rather than sincere and passive.

What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
  Betrayal, secrecy, running. I want the reader to feel attatched and on edge.

BONUS! *say WHAT now?!* Tell us your 3 best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month.
  Plot. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!! Develop. Don't say, "development is a maybe." It's NOT a maybe. It's 100% necessary! Push. No matter what your inner editor is saying, DON'T EDIT! You shall never get more than three pages written. Plot. Develop. Push. LET'S DO THIS!

What lose ends do you have to tie up still? Tell me about your characters! What do you think of mine? Camp NaNo or not? Tell me all the stuff in the comments!





Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Breaking Down Your Novel · 13 Tasks

    Camp NaNoWriMo is drawing nearer and nearer, brave sword-wielders and dragon-slayers! Have you sharpened your blades and polished your skills?! 



  NaNoWriMo means putting all you have [mentally, possibly physically] into a month of none-stop writing; Torturing yourself until the deadline is on your doorstep. But there is so much more that should come before actually writing. More than just plotting, more than just developing a character or two, and leaving be the not-so main characters. [I would point out a million mistakes with why that one is a terribly idea, but I will get sidetracked and won't get anywhere with this post.

  No.
Strategic plans are absolutely necessary. To me, at least. Writing is the easy part. Getting a perfect, original, flowing plot and characters should a must to any writer ever.

  So here's what I think.

  Here's what I'll we going off of.

  A thorough chart explaining when I need to do what, and what I need to do when. 
And if I/you it follow exactly, my/your novel (first draft to final draft, thoroughly developed) will be completed in a year. 

So here we go.

  It came up in my inbox, a little 'present' from pinterest. (THANK YOU GUYS YOUR AWESOME!) 
thank our dudes at The Novel Factory for this one!

  

  This is side-notes from yours truly -
  Pinterest is like a boyfriend that-- no. Pinterest is BETTER than a boyfriend. They know EXACTLY what you want, and instead of cheesily coming over with a box of cheap chocolates that taste like tar like boyfriends do (totally being sarcastic, but...) they deliver it RIGHT TO YOUR INBOX!!!!!!!
  - This has been *dramatic pause* side-notes from yours truly -

  I guess now that you have the chart, you don't really need me talking (er, typing?) any more... so... I'm pretty much a useless human being with no purpose in life but amusing those I love. Gonna go loath now. 

  P.S. 
  I'll have the litte image thingy up on the sidebar for those who might wanna come back to the original post. Or you can go to the Ramble-Worthy section on my sidebar and search for the 'Breaking Down Your Novel' label. Just a thought!


How are you prepping for NaNo this summer? TELL ME, PLEASE! April or July NaNo? Who's cabin are you in? Social Security number? Birthday, last name, and address? (Totally kidding, btw. Probably not a good idea to give out what cabin you'll be in. LOL) What do you think of the chart? As usual, ALL THE STUFF IN THE COMMENTS!





Monday, March 6, 2017

{ beautiful people } Jave's Edition

In which Spring brings fourth another Beautiful People Character Interview.

  Yes, the dreary and wet month of February has come to and end, and March blossoms; presenting another splendid Beautiful People character interview.




Poetic, aren't I?

  Anyway, on a less dramatic note, it's March. Which means that next month is April. And when the slightly psycho due to the LAST NaNoWriMo writer hears 'April', two things come to mind. A) They should be seeing less hail falling from the bitter skies, and b) Camp NaNoWriMo begins! 
  To prepare for the frightening event, Writer's across the globe (I assume) are preparing by plotting, developing their characters, rethinking details, and hiding in holes under the ground. Hopefully, I will accomplish 3/4 of those things before April hits. (Seriously. April is coming too fast to have ANY leftover time to hide in my spare hobbit hole.)

  There are quite a few things left undone, especially considering I wasn't even planning on competing in Camp NaNo this year. I was going to take my precious time consuming large amounts of everything except coffee because the coffee shops stop selling their peppermint mochas around January and if Peppermint isn't the most crucial element of survival to them, I'd rather not support such ignorant, tiny-minded peasants/fools!



*the picture that defines the typical writing process/day for me*

  Now, TIME'S A RUNNIN' OUT BEFORE APRIL! SO GET CRACKIN'! 

As I said, I'm participating in the Beautiful People meme hosted by Cait and Sky. Basically, I'll be answering questions from my character's point of view (POV) and doing my best to express his/her inner-something.
  For March's edition, I'll be interviewing Jave. Who's name may or may not be corrected to 'have' by my friend/enemy the most loved and dreaded Auto correct. She's the main character in my 2017 WIP. [For those of you who don't know what a WIP is, it stands for Work-in-Progress. Basically, it's the current project your working on. For prime example, Facility 52 is my "WIP". Get it? Got it? Going to get pizza? Good!] Jave's an introvert, intuitive, border-line feeler/thinker, judger [INF/TJ].

Carrying on.

What’s their favourite book/movie/play/etc.?


  We're not allowed to own our own books. They don't want us possessing anything that might strike 'ideas' into our heads. Say, rebellion.

Is there anything they regret doing?


  Like, actions? Letting Holden leave. Or not going with him. 


If they were sick or wounded, who would take care of them and how?


  Holden. Automatically. He's kind of needy, and tries to do stuff to make me feel better and/or like him more. Normally he fails, but the attempt is sweet, I guess. 

Is there an object they can’t bear to part with and why?


  Not really. I mean, things aren't really my #1 cares. I'm losing EVERYTHING. Does a doll or some sort of memorabilia make the top of my can't-live-without list? No. Just- no.

What are 5 ways to win their heart (or friendship)?


1. Keep me from getting killed
2. Tell me it'll all be over soon
3. show sensitivity
4. Never forget me
5. (as selfish as this may be) Never love anyone else as you love me. I'm your one and only, kapeesh!?

Describe a typical outfit for them from top to bottom.


  At school: black skirt that drops to your knees, white blouse, black flats, 
  At home: Jeans, white t-shirt or tank top, light-weight hoody jacket, feminine combat boots.

What’s their favorite type of weather?


  Overcast with a warm breeze. Yes, it's a thing.

What’s the worst fight they’ve ever been in?


  Mental or physical? I mean, I can protect myself just fine, unless the dude's like 200 pounds and has stone-like abs and cheek bones. The worst fights are always mental, since I'm more physically prepared for hand-to-hand combat. The worst was probably accepting the fact that nothing will ever go back to the way it was.

What names or nicknames have they been called throughout their life?


  No nicknames. Just Jave. Short, simple, cool.

What makes their heart feel alive?


  Taking a break from the stress. Being with someone I've loved forever. Listening to Holden lie and tell me it'll all end okay. Even if I know it's not true, it's calming.

That's it! The little insight into Jave's heart (which she claims is a brain) and her brain (which she uses like a heart.) I'm hoping to participate in more character insights like this before NaNo, just so I can get a better feel of the story and characters.


Are you participating in Beautiful People? If you've got plans, e.g. writing the best novel ever, you should consider trying it! (Don't forget to check out Cait's site.) What writing project are you currently working on? Camp NaNo or not? Talk to me in the comments! I love hearing from you guys!



Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Heir Of Unnamed Short Stories

Happy weekend!

  I walked away from my last MMC entry quite proud. In a way it reminded me of summer and my summer writing playlists. So, good memories are a plus. 
  Anyway... I was so very content with it, I decided to compile a short story to continue the last one.

  Note: Due to my having a most insufferable can't-title-things-syndrome, I can't name Short Stories... or anything for that matter. So please excuse me calling this story "Creation X".  (Seriously, no one take that! Totally using it in my novel.)

  I used one prompt that I randomly found on pinterest. That's about the only one I used. 

*DISCLAIMER: I honestly wouldn't consider this one a short story, since it's more of a mid-way point. That segment that stands between the interesting plot-setter, and the interesting approach-to-climax. So, it's kind of a 'fill-in-the-blanks' thing.  Actually, it's more like the jelly in a donut. I dub this story, "Jellied".

*****
The room's dark atmosphere was of great contrast to the beams of light that slipped from the skylight. Lydie moved out from under the bed, and crawled up to her knees. She slowly began to shift from the floor to her feet, scanning the unfamiliar room. A thousand questions echoed through her mind. Countless emotions soared through her body.
  The light from the skylight hit an old wooden chair that sat propped in the middle of the room. As Lydie moved closer, she saw an envelope. This is [almost] everything I couldn't tell you.
Discomfort and confusion ran rampant through her. She was hesitant to open it. Suddenly, her fear evolved into curiosity. The burst of interest in the envelope exploded, and she reached quickly for it. She carefully tore it open. Inside there was a paper, with only a few sentences. It began, You will forget about me. But it's okay, I'm used to it. Lydie looked around; nervous. She took a seat on the chair, and hurried to continue reading. I'm sorry I had to leave you alone like this. But it was necessary. Lydie continued, her confusion seemed to be at it's peek. They found out too much. We mustn't discuss names and places, but you must know that everything that happened here was necessary, and for that I have great sorrow. I'll love you forever, and I'll miss you. It ended 'Yours, Teresa'. The bottom  of the paper was folded over, but there was still more black ink words she could see. The words were slightly smudged, and the ink was fresh. She unfolded it, and found a p.s. 'hide or burn this letter'. This shot anxiety throughout Lydie's body. She folded the letter up, and stuffed it in her pocket and looked for an exit from the mysterious room. 

***** 

What did you think of the jelly short story? Do you suffer from can't-title-things-syndrome? Talk to me in the comments!