Aside from writing, I’m working on designing bookmarks, stickers and the like. Here are a few things I’ve done. It’s not a whole lot… but I’m working on it.
It’s been awhile since my last post, but I’ve been diligently researching and jotting down my ideas since then. Granted, I’m only 8 chapters in and behind on the goals I set for myself, I’m doing the best one can do. Life likes to do this thing where it interrupts the things you enjoy most.
I’m currently working on some of the other characters in my story, which is way more fun than I had anticipated. I’ve decided that some of these characters are going to be half and half when it comes to their family lineage. Sort of like myself, because I’m half Spanish (From Spain) and half American (more like Caucasian). I thought it would not only make the characters more interesting in terms of what makes them who they are, but it’ll be fun to describe what they look like.
So far, I’m two character descriptions in, which includes their full name and what their parents are and how tall they are. Along with a small description with how they look. This will help me as I venture into chapter 8 and since I’m a forgetful person, it’ll help in future chapters.
I’m also hoping that with meeting these people, the main character develops more as she grows within the story.
That is about as much as I have right now, but I’m pretty proud of myself. It’s the small steps that lead to bigger and better things, like finishing my tale by the end of this year. Fingers crossed.
It has been quite a while since I last updated my blog. A little over two years, I think.
I started this blog for my journey into becoming an author and it’s been quite a rocky road. At one point, I stopped writing because life had become so hectic and part of it was me being lazy. It happens. Well, I’m back at it. I managed to start over and have re-written the first five chapters of my manuscript. My story. It’s taking a lot longer than I had anticipated, but I’m pushing through and setting goals for myself. My current goal is to have fifteen chapters completed before the end of the summer and to hopefully have thirty done by the end of the year. One of my other goals is to query an agent by 2016 once I get my manuscript completed and edited. My fingers are crossed and I’ve got my vomit bucket for when the struggle gets too real.
On top of that I’ve bought myself more notebooks to put in all my ideas. Sometimes I get a little ahead of myself and start jotting down plans for the next book or another story that I don’t want to lose. It’s all right to have ideas for other books and such, but I must stay focused on my current tale. I want to share my characters and whatever comes from my mind with the world.
I’ve also been doodling my ideas and thoughts on how I’d like my characters to look like, plus coming up with my own maps. I know that sometimes you want to follow some of the research you look into for your books, but it’s also good to add a little of your imagination. I do that a lot.
Some really great advice. Check it out!
In recent months I’ve been lucky enough to get in touch with two writers who have given me the opportunity to join a small critique group with them. I plan to make regular posts about our meetings, and so will include links to their information once I’ve actually gathered it. Promise. For now I’d like to share some of the advice I got from our first meeting.
What I find particularly satisfying about their input is that a lot of it is channeled straight from their editors and agents. There’s something exhilarating about it; like I can imagine the information is coming from my very own agent. It’s good fantasy fuel. Of course, the advice I’m sharing was aimed at my writing style in particular, so it may not be helpful for everyone, but take what you need and keep the rest on file.
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When my friend get published, I’ll be doing this for her.
By Chuck Sambuchino
My Writer’s Digest coworker, Brian A. Klems, recently geared up for the release of his first book — a humorous guide for fathers called OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A DAD’S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO RAISING DAUGHTERS (Adams Media). On top of that, my coworker Robert Brewer (editor of Writer’s Market) recently got a publishing deal for a book of his poetry.
So I find myself as a cheerleader for my writing buddies — trying to do what I can to help as their 2013 release dates approach. I help in two ways: 1) I use my own experience of writing & publishing books to share advice on what they can expect and plan for; and 2) I simply do whatever little things I can that help in any way.
This last part brings up an important point: Anyone can support an author’s…
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The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
When I was much younger, I was introduced to a movie called The Last Unicorn. It was one of the most beautiful movies I had ever seen, enjoying the art style and the catchy tunes. Little did I know that it was based off a book by Peter S. Beagle. I had never read the book until my sophomore year of high school and I must say, the movie did it justice.
The story starts off with two huntsmen in the forest seeking game, but with no luck. The oldest of the two states that animals who live in a unicorn’s forest gain a little magic of their own. They end up speaking of unicorns, the younger hunter skeptical. The older huntsmen leaves with saying that she is the last of her kind and to stay in her forest where she will be safe. This revelation disturbs the Unicorn, and though she initially dismisses it, eventually doubt and worry drive her to leave her forest.
The reader is then taken on the journey with the unicorn, where she encounters many adventures on her quest for knowledge. Along the way she encounters a butterfly who speaks in riddles and sings tales, soon learning of the Red Bull and what might have happened to the other unicorns. Compelled by the butterfly, the unicorn then seeks out the Red Bull along with a magician and a maiden, unknowing of what’s to come. During the journey, they come across the Red Bull, a living skull, a prince and a miserable, cruel king. Oh and there’s a talking cat, who like the butterfly, speaks in riddles.
One of the things I adored most about the story were the characters. I adored the curiosity within the unicorn, what made her so brave and beautiful, her bravery was inspiring. Although minor characters, I loved Captain Cully, boldest of the bold and his band of freemen. They are outlaws, but what’s a story without some of those? Let us also not forget, Schmendrick, if not for him the adventure would not have continued the way it did (I won’t say what for fear of spoilers).
The Last Unicorn, like the Princess Bride, had just about everything. It had adventure, magic, outlaws, fighting and love. If you enjoy all these things in a book, I think this one is just for you. It’s fantasy novel and my number one favorite of all.
Peter S. Beagle, your book gets 5/5 stars because no matter what, I can always get lost in the journey of The Last Unicorn.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The world of Divergent is set in a dystopian Chicago, where society is divided into five sections or factions, as it is called in the book. Each faction values a particular human trait. The factions are Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). One day each year, all sixteen-year-olds must take an aptitude test to let them know which faction they are best suited for. After, there is a ceremony in which they must choose to either stay in the faction they were raised in or transfer to another faction.
The story introduces the readers to sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior. Beatrice was born and raised in Abnegation. The way Roth describes the story through Beatrice’s eyes was one of the reasons I became so engrossed in the story. Beatrice is conflicted about and after the aptitude test, unsure where her destiny lies. I was immediately able to connect with the character and even relate in her fears of not being able to share the thoughts running through her mind.
Veronica Roth had me flipping each page faster than I could read the words. Each scene had me sitting at the edge of my seat, only wanting more. I was drawn into the world of Divergent, getting to know more about Beatrice, her friends and what could possibly lie ahead. After she chooses her faction, you see Beatrice’s personality soar, showing sides of her that would not have appeared had she stayed in Abnegation and why her old faction did not suit her. There is also the romantic connection between Beatrice and her instructor, Four who is only eighteen years old and quite intimidating. Also, handsome. I have especially enjoyed the scenes where there connection grows and I can only hope it will blossom along the way.
There was so much more to this story then watching Beatrice transfer to another faction and fighting her way to the top in an attempt to become on of the ten initiates. There’s the mystery playing about with the Erudite faction and the secret behind who Four really is. I don’t want to spoil the story for future readers; you just have to check it out!
I already re-read Divergent, including skimming over my favorite scenes. Once I was done with the book, I quickly jumped into the sequel!
All in all, it was a great read. I highly recommend it!
5/5 stars for Veronica Roth’s Divergent
Note: I just found out there’s going to be a movie. I can only hope that it stays true to the book and that it is most excellent!!