Monday, October 29, 2012

Three more days!

Yep.  Just three more days until NaNoWriMo. I am soooo excited, and kind of nervous too.  I just thought I would do a quick blog post to say how I have prepared for November.

1.  Outline, outline, outline!

I have stayed up for over two hours every night just attempting to brutally outline and nail down every big plot turn in my story.  A lot of it will probably change as my story unfolds when I actually write it.  But it always helps to think of uncliche plot twists just to keep myself on track.

Speaking of uncliche, I am SO excited about my villain in this book!  Sicreet was pathetically cliche.  (I was joking around with my dad that all I needed to do was give him a hunchbacked minion and a black cat to stroke while telling his evil plan and I would be good!)  But my new villain, Valin, is, in my opinion, really good.  He's a twenty-something guy who has had to do a lot of shady stuff to get to the top of Pull.  Sicreet and he were enemies and he could not have been more pleased when Sicreet was killed.  He's a lot smarter than Sicreet, and he is also more realistic.  He has a real side, an almost-good side.  And he is not as cruel, at least in the normal sense of the word, as Sicreet was.  Valin is much better at toying with emotions and motives than physical pain.

He's something of a foil to Hail.  Hail is basically on the run and can't tell who he is because of all the terrible things he did in his past, while everybody loves Valin because of his seemingly perfect record.


2.  Read over what I last wrote.

Meaning Ember Flame. It is so painful.  So many typos and junk.  Oh well.  I do this to get back into the writing style of the past book, which was dialogue driven and short, basic descriptions.  It was also written in 3rd person alternating.  "Midnight Warrior" is much deeper and thoughtful than Ember Flame, with a lot more intrigue, thriller, and mystery thrown in the mix.  It was also written in 1st person alternating.  Sooo...I'm making my brain revert back to the "Ember Flame" style of writing.  Lots of dialogue and lots of fights and a fairly basic plot.

3.  Get my characters under control.  Meaning, just do quick, horrifically written "short stories" which is really just sticking all my characters in a setting and telling them to have at it.  I do this just to make sure I have their voice right.  I really don't need Ember to start acting like Aralyn or Valin to start acting like Narcul, so I really have to get out of Midnight Warrior mode and into Ember Flame mode.  It's kinda tough.

Ember:  Tough for you maybe.  I'm havin fun.
Me:  I'm sure you are.
Hail: *smirk*
Snow:  Being placed in a dark cave with a bunch of people I've never met and who seem rather shady.  What could be more fun than that?
Ember:  Well, in your absolutely professional opinion, probably killing my brother would be more to your liking.
Snow:  *huffs*  I thought we had moved past...
Hail:  ...You murdering Coal? *chuckles dryly*
Snow:  *tosses hair*  Really you two!  *storms off*
Flake:  You did forgive her you know Ember...
Ember: *shrugs*  What, do you want me not to be angry about his death?  How would you feel if two people you trusted totally wacked out and...
Hail: *winces*
Rime:  Hey!  Back off, Ember!  What happened to all that gross mushy stuff between you two!?
Ember: Shut!
Rime:  You shut!
Snow:  You all need to shut!
Hail:  *at Snow* You shut!
Klina:  You know that makes zero sense...
Dray: What happened to the "up?"
Ember: It's stupid.
Rime: Unneeded.
Hail: It's a waste of breath.  Kinda like talking to you.
Klina:  *under her breath*  Leverage are sooo petty.

*cough*  Well, um, as you can see I have them completely under control!  There is no possible way they are going to surprise me in my story! way.  *to characters*  HOW DID YOU GET HERE???

Ember: *proudly*  I broke into you room and hacked your computer.  Duh.
Hail:  A little piece of ice told us where you lived...
Ember:  Where did you find ice in Lothlorien???
Hail:  *funny look*  We aren't in Lothlorien, genius.
Ember: But Kaycee said she lived in Lothlorien, idiot!
Hail: *facepalm*

Umm...forget that.  *Grabs characters, throws them in dungeon, locks the door, runs off and feeds the key to a rabid raccoon*

So, yeah!  That is what I am up to right now!  THREE MORE DAYS!  SOOO EXCITED!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

*Insert happy face*

Hello everyone!  Yes it has been awhile, but I have some updates.  First off...

I got the "Very Inspiring Blogger Award!"  Yay!  :)

Here are The Rules...

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Place the award on your site
  3. Share 7 random things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 blogs. Let them know they’ve been nominated and how to accept the award.
So, thank you Ruth for nominating me!  You are da best!  :)

7 random things...hmm...

1.  I have been homeschooled my entire life.  Yep. Never stepped foot or hand or head inside a school.  (Okay, that's a lie.  I DID take the PSAT *insert shudder* at a school.)  (Oh yeah, the shudder was about the PSAT, NOT the school, which was a very nice and pleasant looking place.)

2.  I am interested in becoming a screenwriter and/or movie director along with author.  My siblings and I did some filming to make a YouTube book preview for Ember Flame.  (Which is NOT done by any means...)  It was a lot of fun!  We filmed it on my grandparents farm and there were TONS of awesome, woody places to film!  My brother was the camera dude, my sister played Ember (There is a funny story to that....) and my other sister carried the boots.  (Funny story with that too...)  I arrange the props and bossed my siblings into what to do.  I LOVED it!  Not sure about them, but I had a great time!  So yeah, movie directing would be EPIC!

3.  I have two crazy little dachshunds named Derby and Charlie.  Derby is all crazy and hyper, while Charlie is very slow and contemplative.  I wuv them so much!  

4.  I'm an avid shooter.  Pistol, shot gun, rifle, I love it all!  I also LOVE archery.  My favorite is pistol, but I also love skeet shooting (shot gun).  I hope to get into some trap shooting soon.  I've only shot rifle like, twice, and I did pretty terrible, but I'd love to try again.  

5.  Fall is my FAVORITE time of year.  I'm not really sure about my next favorite season, probably summer.  But the colors of fall are gorgeous!  The sky is such a bright, vivid, happy blue while the leaves are all dancing scarlets and golds and orange!  I love the feel of walking out on our stone patio with all the bright leaves stirring about my boots in the wind.  It feels like Rivendell!  

6.  My favorite Avenger is Iron Man, and my second favorite CHARACTER in the Avengers is Loki.  Don't judge me. 

7.  I have been a Christian since I was seven, I did not start growing in my faith until I was thirteen.  And in the past year, God has done some pretty incredible things in my life.  I wish I could detail them all, but suffice it to say that Matthew 6: 25-36 is an incredible part of the Bible.  

Well, there are the seven random what...  *scrolls up*

*scrolls down*  

FIFTEEN???  I'm not sure I even read fifteen blogs!  But let's see how many I can do...  Jenelle Schmidt-Fantasy Writer  Ruth Achiv's Bible Blog. (Ha!  Yes it is perfectly legal for me to do this! >:)  )

I don't really feel comfortable nominating people I don't know...but I do read more blogs than this that are truly inspiring also!  But for now...these two will work!  Maybe I'll add more later.  

Perhaps in another blog post I will talk more about NaNo preparations.  Seven more days!!!!  

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Hail Frost...The Synopsis!

Yep.  Thanks to all your awesome comments in the last post and in my email, I have finally made a synopsis!  This is my first one, so it is prone to change by the time I fully outline and write my novel, but I thought y'all would like to see it.  :)

"Five of the Leverage have been reunited.  The sixth is still missing, and is apparently in the clutches of the Pull with no leads to find him or her.  Striving to trust Elethor, to Leverage split into groups to attempt to hunt down this final Leverage.

Snow and Flake venture deep into the Northern Barbaric which reeks of dark magic and an ancient race that has a strange connection to the Leverage.

Ember has, naturally, opted to follow her own course.  She returns to the ruins of Grel with her sister Klina, to try and solve a mystery in her past inspired by an odd bracelet.  There she meets an old acquaintance who has uncanny knowledge of everything she has been doing, including the history of a certain Hail Frost.

Hail and his brother Rime have returned to Heesen to try and get information about the last Leverage from Hail's former master, Marin.  When they arrive, they find the place swarming with cheering crowds, ecstatic people, and an abolished slave trade.  Determined to discover the meaning behind this, Hail forces an "interview" with Marin to discover the newest deception of the Pull, a plan far more risky and deadly than anything Sicreet ever concocted.  Hail receives all the information he needs to defeat this plan, but to do so would be to reveal everything about his past.  And that is the equivalent to suicide for Hail.

Ghost dragon mysteries, hidden paths, the last zombie in Holdinus, and the comeback of the Pull force Hail to question his darkest thoughts.  In the end, he will have to choose between deception and life, or truth and death.  As he strives to erase his past and change his future, his choice will affect the fate of all Holdinus."

Any tips?  Any more ideas?  I have not begun in depth outlining yet, so there is still time to suggest!  :)

I'll stop comment begging.  I promise.  I will.  (facepalm)