Oct 20, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014

It's been a while since my last post. I wish I had a decent excuse, but I've been around. Here and there and on Tumblr mostly. I'm sorry if anyone was wondering where this blog had gone. Today I'm reviving this old blog with my official NaNo Post. I've yet to win NaNoWriMo, but I love coming up with new ideas. The excitement of it is too alluring for me to sit out. This year I'm writing a middle grade contemporary called THE WASTELANDS.

Here's the synopsis:

What if a lonely twelve-year-old girl became the ruler of her own kingdom?

Twelve-year-old Elliot Jones loves history and RPG. When her parents are at work she spends her time on the message boards or reading up about regency life. However, her parents are away a lot and she does get lonely. Tragedy strikes at home when her best friend, her grandmother, suddenly passes away. Now, Elliot feels like she has no one to talk to who isn’t in a history book or on the Web. The kids in her neighborhood think she’s too different to hang out with. They call her all sorts of names. So Elliot takes refuge in her favorite place in the world, the woods behind her house. In the woods, she pretends to be the ruler of a great kingdom called The Wastelands. There she is loved by all. One day, while exploring, she comes across an old abandoned tree house—her own castle. In an attempt to make friends, she shows it to her next door neighbor, who tells his neighbor, who tells his neighbor. There’s only one rule to playing in the tree house, in The Wastelands, Elliot calls the shots. But as her social circle expands, and her kingdom grows, Elliot realizes that ruling isn’t as simple as her history books. And her crown has gotten too small for her head. 

I'm excited you guys. I hope I can have my WiP finished by the end of the month, so I can get started on this. The RPG element was inspired by Supernatural, Larp and the Real Girl. The title is a nod to my favorite anime, Howl's Moving Castle. I'll probably change it once I think of a better one.

Are you doing NaNo? What are you writing?

Jan 15, 2014

DARK PARADISE by Angie Sandro Cover Reveal

Hello everyone! Today I'm honored to take part in Angie Sandro's cover reveal blog hop. This is the first cover reveal I've done here and hopefully not the last. Angie and I have been visiting each other's blogs for a while now, so of course I jumped at the chance to be a part of her reveal. Woot!

Angie Sandro
July 1, 2014
Grand Central Publishing/ Forever Yours


Mala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of “witch women,” she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She’s haunted by visions of the dead girl, demanding justice and vengeance.

Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he starts to wonder if all the rumors about the LaCroix family are true. Yet after Mala uses her connection to the spirit world to identify his sister’s killer, he starts to form his own bond to her . . . a very physical one. As they move closer to each other and closer to the truth, Mala and Landry must risk everything—their families, their love, and even their lives.






VoilĂ ! Congratulations again, Angie!

Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen.

Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father's family in Louisiana inspired this story.

Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador.

Angie is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Jan 6, 2014

Something Shared

It's always a struggle to come up with decent posts come Monday morning. Lately I've been filling my Pinterest boards with quotes, poems, and lines from books. I figure they're good enough to share here too. This one by Jeanette Winterson reminds me that all we need is a bit of courage. 

If you want something badly, go ahead and take it. Go ahead and create it. To find a boat is easy, but will you be brave enough to sail?

Jan 2, 2014

Write to the Moon

The night before last I read parts 3 and 4 of Susan Dennard's series: How I Plan A Book. I had these posts saved in Pocket for weeks now and I'm so glad I finally read them.

Magical cookies? Screenplays? I'd never been so entertained by one writer's method in my life. I think anyone who mentions cookies will forever have my undivided attention. If you haven't read these posts yet, magical cookies are what makes you want to write that particular story. She says every scene should be a magical cookie scene. As they say, if you're bored then your readers will be too.

I've now passed the 10k mark in my MG fantasy, WE ARE SHINING. The current chapter opens with my main characters at a flower shop. The original purpose of this scene was to introduce another character who dislikes one of my main characters. The tension would have been great if only I hadn't wimped out. I convinced myself to save the tension for a later scene, which one should never do. One should never save the goodies for later when their readers are hungry now. As I read through that scene, my anxiety grew. I couldn't wait for it to end. I couldn't wait to move on to the good stuff.

Of course readers might not be as patient. My entire book should be one big magical cookie, funfetti preferably. So rewrite I shall. Hopefully the story will be better for it. One of my 2014  resolutions is to write every day. At least 500 words. I tend to back-pedal a lot while I write. The magical cookie analogy will help a ton. If I can't think of one reason why I want to write a scene then I won't. Easy-peasy!

I did come up with three reasons why I want to write this book:

  • I loved making wishes as a child, especially on stars. 
  • I love the sweet, innocence of childhood.
  • I love the idea of having a friend like Axel (the star).

The good thing is -- and I can tell by how warm and fuzzy I  feel -- I will love this story to the end.

"To the moon and back, remember?"

I truly hope your 2014 is off to a wonderful, writerly start.

Photo credit: Merelize 

Dec 11, 2013

Quick Thoughts on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I began reading The Book Thief sometime in October. I sped through the first few hundred pages and petered out when I couldn't muster up the enthusiasm to deal with anything that had to to with words. After two months, I've finally finished. My eyes are probably a bit swollen and the tears, though dry, are still on my cheeks. I have a confession: I hate crying over books. I feel so silly when I do.

At one point, while I read the last few chapters, I asked, "Why are you doing this to me?" I will miss these characters. It sucks that they only exist in this book. I had to remind myself that Liesel Meminger isn't a real person. She felt so real. They felt so real. I hope I'll get to see the movie soon.

"She tore a page from the book and ripped it in half. 
Then a chapter. 
Soon, there was nothing but scraps of words littered between her legs and all around her. The words. Why did they have to exist? Without them, there wouldn't be any of this. Without words, the Fuhrer was nothing. There would be no limping prisoners, no need for consolation or wordly tricks to make us feel better.
What good were the words?"