Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What's Up Wednesday!


What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk in the hopes of bringing writers together on our crazy journeys. If you're interested in finding out more about this blog hop and/or joining us you can read more about it here!



WHAT I'M READING: I FINALLY FINISHED GAME OF THRONES!! This is such a huge accomplishment; it took me forever. Now I am reading Moonfall by Vanessa Morton, which I snagged off of Netgalley. And soon I'll start the long journey through A Clash of Kings. I also read The Murder Complex like I said I probably would. Good week for reading :)

WHAT I'M WRITING: I'm really getting into the fun parts of The Homecoming Court. I'm working through the Opening Ceremony now and soon, SOON the first event! I'm so excited!

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW: Reading! The more I read the more I want to write, and I have been reading quite a lot. 

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO: Working, mainly. Exciting life I know. I'm also currently trying to win a couple of free tickets to Cedar Point, haha. That would spice up my summer a bit! And I just bought the entire Avatar: The Last Airbender DVD set, after a friend of mine commented on my post featuring it and told me it was on sale, so that should keep me busy for a few days at least.

How are all of you lovely people doing?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ready. Set. Write! (Week 3)

Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing blog hop that posts every Monday. If you're interested in joining us you can find out more here!



Sorry I'm late! I had to wait til I got home to get the favorite line from my manuscript, and then I had a headache so I just passed out. Oops.

How I Did On Last Week's Goals
I am certain I exceeded my word count goal, but outlining turned into just writing by hand and I haven't transferred the last chapter from my journal to the computer, so I don't have an exact count. I did complete Matt's bio and outlining has been fabulous!

My Goals for this Week
  • Add 4,000 words to The Homecoming Court (getting close to my 10,000 word month goal!)
  • Keep writing ahead/outlining by hand

A Favorite Line From My Story
Super rough, obviously, but...

"Her face softened again. He recognized the pity in her eyes. It was the same look his aunt had given him before shipping him off to the Military Academy, so he knew what was coming next."


The Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week
Getting myself to actually type up the draft. Outlining turned into really rough drafting, so then I add/change things when I go to type it up, but I just wanted to keep moving forward by hand. Hence why the last chapter hasn't been typed up yet!


Something I Love About My WIP
How well I know my characters. I'm still learning, but I can tell that the time I took to work out their basic backgrounds is making the writing come more naturally.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What's Up Wednesday!

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk in the hopes of bringing writers together on our crazy journeys. If you're interested in finding out more about this blog hop and/or joining us you can read more about it here!


WHAT I'M READING: Someday I will tell you that I have finished Game of Thrones...but it is not this day. I just keep finding other things to read! I think I'm probably going to buy Lindsay Cummings' The Murder Complex that just released last week for my Nook. Seems everyone is talking about it so my interest has been piqued. 

WHAT I'M WRITING: Outlined chapter 5 of The Homecoming Court yesterday and I hope to outline chapters 6 and 7 today. I'm getting really excited because I'm getting to the fun part! And I'm really loving this outlining thing, because my outlines tend to be just really rough drafts. I end up including dialogue and some description. It becomes more like a script and it is going to be really easy for me to type up the actual chapters later this week.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW: When I was reading up on The Murder Complex I saw it was a debut novel and whenever I find debut novels I like to look up the author. Turns out Lindsay is 22 years old (I believe her twitter said she's about to turn 23). She is just under 2 years older than me and she has all this hype around her first book and I just think that is so cool! It has inspired me to push forward with my writing in hopes of maybe the same thing happening for me in a year or two!



WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO: I saw How To Train Your Dragon 2 last Friday and it is SO beautiful. If you haven't seen it you really need to. Right now. I'm also finally mostly recovered from my post Game of Thrones hangover (you can find my reaction to the finale here). And one of my best friends is moving back to the west side today so I'm super excited to have her back for the rest of the summer!

In other news. Its storming here. I'm pretty sure Allendale is about to be washed off the map. But the black cloud of death appears to have moved on for now. *crosses fingers*

That's it for me. How have you guys been this week?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 2)

Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing blog hop that posts every Monday. If you're interested in joining us you can find out more here!


How I Did On Last Week's Goals:
I added just over 3,000 words to The Homecoming Court, meaning I successfully met my word count goal! I also have a pretty good idea of what the first event in the competition is going to be, though I'm still hammering out all the gritty details. I did finish Erin's character bio but I did not make it to Matt's; but that's okay because he wasn't in either of the chapters I worked on this week.

Goals for this Week: 
  • Add at least 3,000 words to The Homecoming Court & shoot for closer to 4,000 if I can
  • Write Matt's character Bio
  • Start outlining ahead of where I'm writing so I don't have to outline after every chapter
A Phrase That Sums Up What I Wrote:
Bad first impressions and a new dilemma from an old tragedy.

Biggest Writing Challenge I Faced This Week:
About half way through the week I suddenly wanted to do 1,000 things, so it was hard to get myself to sit down and write for longer than 20 minutes at a time.

Something I Love About My WIP:
I am just really in love with the basic premise; its like the love child of normal homecoming and the Tri Wizard Tournament from Harry Potter. I'm really excited to get to start writing scenes from the actual competition itself.