Saturday, November 2, 2013
#NaNoWriMo is finally upon us, and I could not be happier since the novel I have been trying to get out is finally going to be finished by December 1st when it ends. I was going to do it last year, but things got in the way and I forgot why I did not do it. Now however I am going to participate in it no excuses, and so far I am at 1,403 words. Many more to come before I go to bed, and I have school and I work part time so the biggest challenge will be finding the time to pound out on the keyboard with tv shows in the background since I cannot do it in silence.
I will get more time when the tests are done my last one is November 7th. And I have gotten through the first chapter editing my novella Being a Vampire in Retail Sucks. It is about a vampire going undercover in a supernatural store to solve the mystery of the disappearances of three women who are a part of the Moon Wolf clan, and Scarlet owes them since they are one of the two packs that rescued her from an evil necromancer. I hope to have it done in a month or two hopefully. See I have been busy, and my birthday was last month too. Day 1 of NaNo got off to a rough start since I had some car issues, and I had to get a new car. But today it is better since I am catching up on the day I fell behind. I wanted to start writing daily which is why I am doing it in the first place. I want to be a full time writer eventually, and writing daily needs to be a part of my daily life.
What about you? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Why?
Until next time,
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This November I plan on participating in National Novel Writing Month. It is a challenge to see if I can write a rough draft of 50,000 words by the end of the month. I will have more time to write on holidays, and Mondays with one test at the beginning, and most of them are in December after November 7th. I will use a schedule to keep track of the words, and outline beforehand to know where I will be going. It is time for me to finish the novel Retribution is mine, and since I am rewriting the first 8 chapters I will have to start over again. I had 8 chapters finished, but with this new twist I want to rewrite it all from scratch keeping the outline, and changing it. I am not going to have two different points of view, and I might just put it on my blog for free. It would be better to go with just Scarlet’s point of view because I don’t have a clue on how to balance both. It will be in first person, and there will be a few twists thrown in, and it will be hard since this hits closer to home then I want.
I hope I can help people who have been burned by first loves, and show them that through the pain of losing their first love they will find someone cuter, more compatible, and in my case someone who will treat them good. It will touch on the subject of breaking away from an abusive relationship, and even show bad guys always get what is coming to them. It will show what real love is versus the love we experience when we are younger. I had no idea what true love was like until I met my fiancée. It was better than I imagined, and I know this guy will stay with me no matter what, and he won’t give up on me when times are tough which is what I am going to show in the novel. I have procrastinated long enough, and now it is time to finish it once and for all. Plus, writing is my therapy, and if I don’t write this out I will never be able to get over it.
I will be keeping track of my progress, and blogging more frequently to show people how it is going, and for people to check in too.
Anyone doing National Novel Writing month too? Have you started an outline yet? Know what you are going to work on?
Until next time,
Friday, October 18, 2013
I keep all my old notebooks, and I used to have a diary with several pages in them. I threw them out because of the bad memories, and in a way I wish I still had them. Keeping the old notebooks around remind me of how far I have gone, and I graduated John Tyler. When I was in John Tyler I wanted it to be over with, and go to VCU. I really did not like going to John Tyler in a way I loved the friends I made though, and I don’t regret that but I hated not being able to get into my dream school. I had horrible grades in high school because I let other things get in the way. Seeing the old notebooks remind me of my goals too. I have the electronics like a good PC finally, and an IPad I use every day. I have the keyboard and stylus too. I use them for writing down, and I have been using my smartphone to take notes since I dropped my IPod on the ground. All the entries remind me that I have a vivid story world, and a ton of characters that could get their chance. I have more stories to tell, and I come up with stories without meaning to. It reminds me why I am writing the stories, and why I should never stop. I will never stop, and it reminds me why I should still redo the novel I put away, and let the world see it. I am going to be participating in NanoWriMo using the Scarlet story. I have to rewrite it from scratch since I have a better way of telling the story which is why I am axing the plot from Soul Snatcher, and putting it in the Scarlet novel instead. I know I can write it in a month, and that is why I am tackling it this time. In the mean time I will write character sheets for the charcters, and write an extensive outline for it.
What about you do you keep your old entries?
Until next time,
Sunday, October 13, 2013
I am not going to be able to make the October 31st publishing date because of all the work ahead of me. I should not have nailed a date at all until I know I am going to make it because I still have more editing to do. I am going to print the novella out, write down the beta reader feedback, and completely rewrite it. I am going to do it with Revenge against the Ex, and the Killer Contract Agency too. Readers deserve to know more about the Agency, and how the Luxor realm works. I have improved my writing more, and way more if I have more of an idea on how to make it better. I am getting slammed with midterms too, and it is part of the reason why I am not going to make it. VCU is harder than I expected, but at least I will have more time to work on my writing.
Until next time,
Monday, October 7, 2013
**I use Grammarly's plagiarism checker because saying my own words is better than saying someone else’s. No one can say my words better then I can.****
Characters are essential for writing fiction in making a story sing, and to bring a plot to life. Characters can make or break a book, and the best ones stay with a reader long after you put down the book. I have read a lot of books that stayed with me even long after I stopped reading because I connected with them. How should I know about it? Simple I am a reader and I was reading way before I started writing seriously. I devoured books when I was in high school, and even in middle school. Television shows help as well as reading books, and even movies can be essential in learning character development.
When I was in the fifth grade I loved The Mummy and The Mummy Returns because it was about ancient Egypt, and I loved the characters of Rick O’Connel who is portrayed by Brendan Fraser since he is an adventurous, gun toting treasure seeker. I loved Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) character since she is a librarian who wanted to go to Hamunaptra to discover a book. I loved the humor in it too, and Rick is a funny guy. I loved the second one since it showed a side of Rick I have never seen.
I loved the Halloween Town movies all the way through the third one because Kimberly Brown played Marnie Cromwell who discovers she is a witch, and then they save the townspeople from Kalibar the evil mayor. I love her character and she develops through the movies. I loved Halloweentown High the most because it shows the creatures blending in with the normal world, and it was a pretty good story especially with the added danger of the Knights.
I loved Dark Shadows because of the character of Barnabus Collins played by Johnny Depp. Watching it brought tears to my eyes since he got turned into a vampire by an evil witch who wanted him to love her. I loved the romance between Barnabus and Victoria. It was a good movie, and it made me wonder what happened to them.
The characters readers connect with will make you wonder what happened to them even after you stopped reading, or watching the movie. It makes readers see them as real people instead of fictional characters because of their flaws, hopes, and dreams. I love movies, and books that make me wonder what happened to them even after I stopped watching and reading.
Warm Bodies is a good example of that, and I loved R (Nicholas Hoult) and Julie(Teresa Palmer). I loved R’s inner dialogue, and the fact that he thinks about more than just eating brains. I loved how Julie is sweet, and that she can take care of herself. I loved the movie, and I do plan on reading the book. I want to know what happens next to R and Julie after they changed the zombies, and killed the Bonies. I loved their romance, and the fact that R does not want to hurt people. He only eats brains to feel human.
Characters have quirks and a past that can take a reader on a journey, and makes you think about them even after they stopped telling their story. They are as essential as a plot too. That is what I hope to achieve with my writing too, and craft characters to make people think about them even when they put down the book, and stop watching the movie.
I hope you enjoyed the post.
Until next time,
Monday, September 30, 2013
I took a vacation this weekend since it was my four year anniversary with Jason. And boy did I need it since school and work stressed me out. I love North Carolina with the pretty ocean as a background when I am eating. I love it there, and best of all no Jellyfish to sting me!
The first thing I notice once I get to North Carolina is the advertisements, and the banners which are hilarious! I even got a hoodie from Dirty Dicks:
I even ate there, and boy was it good it was on the first day there. I even took pictures of it.
Fried Gator Tail
New England Clam Chowder
White Chocolate Pound cake Daquiri
Triple Delight Platter
We even ate at The Rundown which is a favorite to go to when I am in North Carolina, and we stayed at The Outer Banks in. This is what I had at The Rundown.
Outer Banks Sunrise
I had a fun time there, and I even went back to the Aquarium there.
But the best part of my vacation came when I climbed up this lighthouse:
Because Jason asked me to marry him after climbing all the way up to the top.
I love my ring, and that is my vacation.
In other news I have been going to classes at VCU, and it is more work then I imagined, but I do plan on getting the Retail novella done. I have all my feedback, and I don't have a set date yet since there is still more work to be done. I might start making Video blogs to document the process.
Until next time,
Thursday, September 26, 2013
*I did receive and ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
I am going to do something new with my blog, and I am going to have #WriterReviewWednsday as a way of paying homage to my favorite indie and traditionally published authors. I will be posting it to Goodreads, Amazon, and this blog as well as my #ReviewsforWriters blog.
The first one is going to be on Ionshaker Desparate by Felix Timothy.
Here is my review:5 out of 5
I enjoyed the book especially since it was a believable thriller that made me want to read more and more to find out what happens next. I loved the fact that it was in multiple viewpoints, and you can see the overall events unfold in the story. There are car chases, and people getting framed left and right all because of a program the FBI invented.
The many twists thrown in were pretty clever, and the dialogue was realistic and funny between the detective and his partner. I loved the manhunt going on since the guy the detectives were hunting is really smart in evading the FBI. As you get more involved in the world you start to see the bigger picture, and why the characters do the things they do.
I had fun reading the novel because of the intricate character relationships involved, and it made me want to read thrillers more too since this is the first thriller I have read all the way through. I loved the cliffhanger at the end, and I look forward to seeing more of Felix Timothy’s work. I cannot wait for the next book.
And it is free today from Amazon:
Here is the description, and the link:
Trey's wife, his wife's shrink and his attorney are shot dead. His ex-girlfriend narrowly escapes death, gets admitted in ICU in critical condition, but mysteriously disappears from the hospital just a few hours after being admitted. The four of them are connected to Trey.
Brett (the lead FBI detective) pursues Trey (now the sole murder suspect), finds himself framed for two new other murders, becomes a wanted man and starts running like Trey, after learning that its not Trey but Al Fakir (an Al Qaeda splinter group) that is killing anyone with the knowledge that Al Fakir has stolen Ionshaker (a cutting edge universal nuclear management device).
Al Fakir's intention with Ionshaker are not very clear but it is obvious that the country that possesses Ionshaker possesses all world nuclear power on its finger tips because the device can control any nuke on earth. It is suspected that either Iran, Germany, China, Russia or Pakistan could be behind Ionshaker's disappearance and in the event that Ionshaker actually leaves American soil, then the U.S automatically loses its dominance, security and stability. Worse still, if Al Fakir's imagination is to detonate American nukes, then their best imagination will be Americas worst nightmare.
In response, the President sanctions a covert mission led by the only two people that can stop Al Fakir: Trey (an ex CIA) and Brett (now ex FBI) to repossess Ionshaker from Al Fakir before the device leaves the country. Before things get better, they will first get worse as people will die, scandals will be exposed, and America will be desperate. The mission is called Ionshaker Desperate.
Link to book: http://www.amazon.com/Ionshaker-Desperate-nuclear-terrorism-ebook/dp/B00FF4I7K6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1380209466&sr=1-1&keywords=Felix+Timothy
I hope you enjoy it!
Until next time,
Ps. I just got back from vacation, and I will do a post on it because I have pictures to show you.