Friday, March 17, 2017

Red King Has Returned

   So for NaNoWriMo 2016, I wrote a book called Red King*. That month Cait did something called Beautiful Books, basically Beautiful People for books, and I did it. You can read that here if you so desire.
   I'm going to steal the questions for this month's project, Red King Draft 2.**

   *I am so sorry for the overload of information and posts about my books. This is the last, I swear, at least for awhile.

   **I'm using these instead of the ones I did for Wanderlust so you can compare. ^-^


   1. what inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

   Like I said in my past post, I read the Lunar Chronicles and wanted to do a fairy tale retelling, but in this post, you get the enthralling other side.
   Emmy's side.


   So Emmy's story came about because I wanted to do a desert story. I think know the original draft was a totally rip off of An Ember in the Ashes, but still. ^-^ Then at the OYAN conference I pitched my idea about "an illegal telepath" to Stephanie Morrill! AND SHE SAID IT SOUNDED COOL GUYS WOO HOO.

   And then one night after an intense day of peopling, I told Hannah and Sierra that I hated all my projects.
   Except two.
   Red King, the failed fairy tale retelling, and Fire and Gold, the desert story.
   So obviously the next step is to combine them.

   2. Describe what your novel is about!

   I think my fabulous synopsis which took 203828 drafts to write sums it up, and if it doesn't, I'll write draft 203829.
  
   At one time, Dreamers were free to manipulate the minds of others. To serve as healers, to read people as judges, and to give people good dreams.
And then that all changed.

Emmy simply wants to live without fear of the law demanding the death of all Dreamers. Catus simply wants to sleep at night without nightmares. Neither can accomplish it without the other in a twisted way.

Amidst the Dreamer danger within the palace, a growing threat, a rumor, really lurks beyond. Inside, however, Catus's insanity constantly haunts him, and now Emmy. Moving past that itself is impossible, even more so now that she's considered a traitor by her own kind.

  
   What doth thou think???

   3. What is your book's aesthetics? Use words or photos or whatever you like!


  

   4. Introduce us to each of your characters!

   First up we have Emmy. She's sixteen, never happy, and a Dreamer. A Dreamer is someone who can manipulate someone's mind, and they're also illegal and killed as soon as they're discovered. She thinks she's the last one, and that's why her parents went to such links to disconnect themselves from her. Emmy has an adopted brother Val who's a year younger.
   Here's a picture of her.



   Then we have Catus. Catus is insane. Catus speaks to imaginary people, voices in his head, and he can't get rid of nightmares. He has a tendency to stab people when he's upset, or when he's frustrated. He also does it by accident out of habit. Catus treats people like crap. Catus is married to Leela and has a son named Marcus.
   Here is a picture of him as well.


   5. How do you prefer to write?

   I definitely have an outline, but I research, plot, character sheet, I do a lot. Word wars, sprints, and crawls are extremely helpful. Also coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

   6. What are you most looking forwards to about this novel?

   DREAMERS. DREAMERS ARE FABULOUS AND PRECIOUS AND SCARY AND *FLAPS HANDS* I CAN'T DESCRIBE THEM. I SWEAR I'LL PUT A SNIPPET UP WITH THEM WHEN I WRITE IT.

   7. List three things about your novels settings

   It's very dark.
   It's very sandy.
   It's very occupied.

   8. What's your character's goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

   Emmy's goal is to live safe and take care of Val. Catus's is to stop having nightmares. The fact that she's a Dreamer stands in the way of hers, and the fact that his father killed all the Dreamers ;) stands in the way of Catus's.

   And I shall be skipping the last two...*coughs* Thank you for reading!
   Rachael

   What are you writing for Camp/during April? Did you read the first post I did on Red King in November? Does it sound better/worse/no different?R

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mess of Broken People

   The other day my sister and I were outside cleaning up wood pieces from our wood pile. It was right after I had the idea for Wanderlust, and so of course I was telling her about it. Right about the time I was squealing to her about Lillian the adorable two year old of Caden and Ayla, she stops me.
   "They've only been married for a year though..."
   I paused, then nodded and proceeded to tell her that Lillian was the reason they'd gotten married as soon as Ayla had turned eighteen. My sister was shocked.
   "You have to make her younger."
   I told her no.
   "They have to become Christians."
   I told her no again.
   "Well one of them has to be a Christian, one in the story."
   Still, I shook my head.
   "One of the people they meet on the way?"
   About that time, I gave a speech.
   A speech about broken people.


   People are sinners. I believe that we are inherently sinful, sinful even at conception, though a lot of people disagree. And there are so many people out there who're not saved, and are sinners. That's why I'm choosing to make Wanderlust a book with no Christian characters, mostly for this reason: I'm not going to add in a Christian character just because I'm a Christian.
   Some of my books like Red King I would consider Christian because God is prevalent in the book and theme. Wanderlust is not a Christian book because none of the characters are Christians. The theme however is God honoring.
   My theme for Wanderlust is that family isn't just blood.
   I've been around adopted kids and foster kids through my childhood. One of my best friend's family did foster care. I've seen some people adopt their foster kids even, but one day I thought of something.
   What about the ones who don't feel as if they belong in a family?
   That's what Ayla and Caden want: for the foster kids to feel like siblings, and even the ones outside such as Truman. Truman is twenty one, living on his own at college, and only related to them because they adopted his half sister. They all consider him a sibling though.

   The point is everyone has flaws.
   They do.
   Especially these characters.

   Caden and Ayla had their daughter before they got married. How did they fix this? They did. They did the right thing and got married. What I'm hoping to show through them is that both Christians and non-Christians mess up, and that's because they're human. Caden and Ayla will never become Christians, because the reality is so many people don't.

   Zai's mother was addicted to drugs, and he has scars on his back from where she hit him. That scarred him, but instead of letting it twist him, he instead found someone who'd been through a similar situation with her brother and loved her. Helena.
   Christians can love, and non-Christians can love as well. However, only Christians can love as Christ did. Non-Christians can mimic that, but not replicate it.

   Kanyon was a shoplifter until he was picked up by the authorities and taken to the system. Although he was released into the care of a couple, he still has tendencies to steal. Most of the time he resists, but not always.

   Although Truman and Saige have no legal or hugely moral flaws other than their sin nature, they both have different fathers, neither of which were married to their mother. Because of that, they weren't parented well, and Truman grew up without a father figure, a role model.

   This whole post is a small, mini rant. One of the biggest things I hate in the Christian media right now is shaming sin. Yes, sin should be a shameful thing, but especially with things such as teen moms and such, people tend to hate on them relentlessly when we should be loving them as Christ loved us.

   Rachael

    What are your views on the subject? Talk to me and let me know!
  

Friday, March 3, 2017

Camp NaNoWriMo Prep Week #1


  Ok, so April is Camp NaNoWriMo! WOO HOO GUYS THIS IS EXCITING! And for November, Cait did a NaNoWriMo Beautiful Books thing, and that kind of inspired this one. Each week this month, I'm going to talk about a different element of my NaNoWriMo novel, and if you read this and want to do it, steal the idea! It's not a tag persay, but still. I borrowed a few from her because she's a genius.


  Ok, so first up is the story idea. Here are the questions I'll be answering, feel free to change it up or add and subtract.

  1. What is the genre/setting/world like?
  2.What is the plot about?
  3. Who are the main character?
  4. Who are the supporting cast
  5. What are you most excited about in this story?
  6.Tell us about some of the food involved (because there has to be food)!
  7. Tell us about your OTP/Friendship in the story!
  8. What the theme or point to the story?
  9. Post some pictures from your storyboard!
  10. Do you have a cover for your book, or a main picture?


  What is the genre/setting/world like?

  This used to be a contemporary, but then it kind of turned into a slightly futuristic novel. The setting is in Italy, from the cities to the country side! This is something I'm going to have to research a lot in the...*coughs* month I have left. But here's the place I know they'll be going!


  The world is pretty much like ours, just a little futuristic to fit the plot. It'd be around 2044 or something. I have to work this out still, but it's not too too long.

  What is the plot about?

  Here's a bunch of aesthetic words.

  Italy//foster/adopted kids//young married couple//silent artist couple//guitar player destined to a single pringle//climby adorable eleven year old fluffy haired girl//older brother who wants custody but needs to finish college//Venice//German shepherd named Dopple//smol human
  Also pictures.
 
  Featuring...

  Married half #1

  Married half #2
  Artist couple half #1
 
  Artist couple half #2
  Single Pringle
  Fluffy haired one
  College boi (which I have been informed means gay...so for this story it shall be used as another word for boy)
 
  Smol human
  Dopple

  Who is the main character?

    I have two! First up is Araya, or married half #2. She's nineteen, fluent in Italian, and the "mother", or oldest sister, either one. She's married to Caden, and for specific reasons they got married as soon as she turned eighteen. She loves traveling and doing stuff, contrast to Caden who wants to just take pictures of her. She also loves small children and water.


  Next is Helena. She's artist couple half #2, and quiet. She and Zai, arist couple half #1, are dating, and pretty much the most silent couple in history. Neither of them talk a lot, but she does the talking for both of them when needed. She sketches things out, contrast to Zai who either color pencil's it or watercolors it.


  Who are the supporting cast?


  We haaave

  Caden: a photographer who hates dogs and can't stand Dopple but Ayla insisted that Saige have a protector.

  Saige: fluffy haired tree and wall and step climber who adores Zai and has Dopple and can't pack one backpack to save her life. Also enjoy hot cocoa.

  Zai: silent artist that loves color, music, and Helena (of course) and hates smol children, also pushes Saige away.

  Single Pringle McKanyon AKA Kanyon: the guitarist who adores Saige and doesn't like his adopted brother Zai all that much and hates their music because it contains electric beats.

  College Boi AKA Truman: I'm so sorry I just love those two names. Ok Cole wants custody of Saige, but he has to finish college first, but he travels for school.

  Smol human AKA Lillian: the daughter of Caden and Ayla.
 

  What are you most excited about in this story?

  Right at this moment? The relationship between Saige and Truman! LOOK AT THEM THEIR PRECIOUS! But also the food.

 

     Tell us about some of the food involved!

  Still researching, but probably spaghetti and legit Italian pizza. Olives, pesto, toast, etc.

  Tell us about your OTP/Friendship in the story!

  I have two OTPs in this story. Zelena is Zai+Helena, and Ayden is Ayla+Caden.
 
  Ayden is married, and they have Lillian. They're the perfect couple because Ayla loves doing things and Caden can take her picture while doing said things. They love eating together and doing things together. The only problem is she's lenient and he's not.


  Zelena is too precious for this world. Both were in abusive families, and when they ran away, they got together. Most of the time he just holds her and they just sit and be in the moment, but they also draw each other drawing each other sometimes.


  What is the theme or point to this story?

  I hope to show that family doesn't mean blood, that they're not always related, and even those with horrible backgrounds can be happy.


  Post some pictures from your storyboard!




  Do you have a cover for your book, or a main picture?

 


     Thank you so much for reading! Feel free to steal, and post pictures if you do! (if pictures are your thing. ;) )
 
  Rachael

  Tell me about your plot! And main character! And genre! AND FLAIL PEOPLES FLAIL!

 
 

Friday, February 24, 2017

About My WWII Novel


  A year ago I would have shuddered at the thought of this word. It was a nightmare, a trap, a pit of information. I'd never fall into it, never ever ever. I'd stick to fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, an occasional adventure...

  What is this word, you might wonder?
  Historical.
  Think of all the facts, the mistakes I could make, the *gasp* research I'd have to do! I couldn't ever write a historical. I wasn't a history major, what did I know?
  That isn't the point. *pets smaller Rachael*
  So today I'm going to tell you about my book that I'm writing with Sierra and Hannah! WOO HOOOOO.
 

  Ok, first up, Liza! (I have pictures...^-^)

  She's sixteen years old, and she's a spy in Germany! Very complicated story behind her being the one to go, one involving her dad's death, but she did go. She's posing as the daughter of an SS officer, one who's supposedly been going to school in America. Her job is super simple, she's supposed to A) not die, and B) gather what information she can about the SS and Nazi's.
  One small problem...
  She meets a guy. Two to be exact, Stefan who's a huuuge Nazi supporter, loves the HY, etc, and Will, someone who puts up with her because they're friends now.
  So with the first draft, this was the biggest problem. According to the emotions our characters were giving us, Will liked Liza, Liza liked Stefan, and Stefan liked his puppy. This was not going to work out, according to my brother. Somewhere a line had to connect.
  Stefan and Liza ended up connecting.
  *confetti*
  They didn't, though. I mean, sure, they were cute, but their best scenes were the ones where they weren't allies? That didn't seem right to me.
  Draft two came around and PANIC ATTACK PEOPLES. WE PLOTTED THEIR CHARACTER AND SIERRA SAID "I'm not forcing them together if they don't mesh". I had to agree, forcing is never good.
  But my OTP...
  They got 1000% cuter. They did. THEY DID. THEY'RE SO CUTE. HERE HAVE A SNIPPET.

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  Three things about this, a) her talent is legit tripping over flat ground. she has so much talent with this. b) Sierra informed me that while she was kidding, he wasn't, and c) shh yes I know this was a whole page.
  Now let us all go put flowers at Sierra's grave, for I have killed her for saying b).
  Also here's a picture of Stefan, enjoy.

  
  Shhh, yes this is from a group picture, but it’s my favorite that I’ve ever seen of him. *sniffs* If you squint it clears up. ^-^
  Ok, next up, Will! Willll, Will is so precious. He has eye trouble and wears glasses and loves food. He's an orphan, a fourth Jew (but he's hiding this as long as he can), and he is pretty in awe of the fact that since Liza is an SS officer's daughter, she gets coffee. Unfortunately, Hannah ahs informed me there is no changing the fact that he likes Liza, and that's pretty depressing.
  Here's a picture of him and his puppy he's adorable.

  My favorite part of this book is Stefan and Liza's relationship, I'll admit this. The thing is she was in this bombing where she was in a basement and the pipes busted, so the room flooded. Ever since then she's hated the dark, open spaces, and water. She legit tunes everything out to focus on one thing when she gets scared.
  Stefan's attachment to her can be told through these heartbreaking messages sent by Sierra. Go thank her.


  At first they were tottttally crushing on each other. To her he was solid, someone she trusted, and hawt. To him, she was interesting, unique, and set apart.
  And now they keep each other together. *wipes tear* She can hold his hand and not trail her fingers along a building trying to find something solid to focus on. *wipes many tears and tries to pretend like I'm not crying*
  So this is my WWII novel! Visit the other human's blogs, and Hannah just did a post on the book!

  Thank you for reading!
  Rachael

  Have you ever written a historical before? Which historical time period is your favorite? What genre do you stick with?


Friday, February 17, 2017

Painting a Canvas



   Everyone has something special about them...
   Honestly I can point you to so many blog posts that tell you this in words much more eloquent and entertaining then mine. Everyone else posts on this topic, and don't get me wrong! This subject is sooo important! I just don't think I'd be able to tell you what you need to know when so many other's can.
   Because that's not what's special about me.
   My gift is not eloquence, guys. It's really not. If you've been reading my blog for a bit, you know I tend to be more fangirlish and crazy, not inspirational. Hannah's inspirational, Katie's inspirational, but that's not my colors.
   That's not what I can add to the canvas.
    (Some people may know where I'm going with this.)

       So my colors, my specialty, is moods. That's what I would say. I can match a playlist to moods, and then write in that mood. Today, I'm going to give you some songs for some moods! But this is for Project Canvas, which I am totally inadequate at explaining, so head over to the website!

  
   








   Steal all da songs guys! Steal dem all! Also feel free to follow me on Spotify...<3
Rachael

   What are your colors? (aka what's your stronghold?) What music do you listen to? How do you get into the moods?

Friday, February 3, 2017

How I Edit

   Ok, so normally I would post a wrap up for January, but...
   I didn't do anything in January.
   Not. One. Thing.
   So insteaaad, here's a post on how I'm editing my book Red King (which I just started the second draft of! Woo Hoo!) (Also on an unrelated note, I'm writing the intro on the desktop and I keep double tapping the space bar to put a period...#hazardsofswitchingfromaniPadtoadesktop.)
  
 
  1. Print the book
  So I printed out Red King, and I was happy with it! It was wayyy bigger than expected, but it included the comments people put in there, so that made me happy. ^-^ There’s room for sticky notes, and the print’s nice and big, so all in all I love it. I had two copies printed, one for my cousins, and one for me.
  

 
  (You get pictures in my native editing grounds...my room. ^-^)

 
  2. Go through and make sticky notes.
  Most of these notes are serious, such as “re-write this, cut this, CUT ALL THIS CRAP”, and some of them were more motivational such as this one.

 
  

 
  3. Create an outline
  I did do this, but you don’t get pictures of it. ^-^ Spoilerrrrs. Anyways, I go chapter by chapter, and since a lot of the book has to do with insanity on both main characters part, I put a note at the bottom of the chapter outline that tells me how much and what kind of insanity to put in there.

 
  4. Get alpha readers
  I asked my writing group, and a few people who are in another writing group, if they wanted to alpha my book, and I have nine alpha’s now! Still looking around for one or two more, but these guys are amazing. They catch so many things, and they’re so encouraging. Sometimes they’ll say something like “you’re a writing master” and I just like fall off the earth. It makes me so happpppy, and I know I’m definitely no writing master, but it encourages me to think I’m doing well.

 
  5. Edit the thing.
  For this one, I’ll just hand you a snippet because I’m lazy fabulous like that.

 
  


 
  Thank you so much for reading! <3

 
  Rachael

 
  How do you edit? How has editing been going for you? (Or writing if you’re writing right now). Tell me your secrets on how you do alpha-beta readers...

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Balance

   *sneaks in and shushes everyone* Waaat, I missed the first three posts of the year? Me?
   Ok, yes, I know.
   So a little after Thanksgiving, I bought an iPad Air and a keyboard to write with. I love it! It's super portable and easy to use, plus I can get apps like Magic Piano...#noshame. Only one problem...
   It's not ideal for blogging.
   I have to the it up on a Google Doc and paste the doc onto my blog from the desktop. It's more work, gut honestly I have no excuses. Blogging is work, and I'm now determined to do it.
   Another things been bother me, poking/stabbing me, stressing me.
   Life.
   Specifically school. Can I get an amen from the crowd?
   School is a lot, and right now I haven't been feeling my best due to weather, health, I'm not sure, but I feel sick a lot, my head's foggy/hurting/blank, my vision is blurry and out of focus, I sleep a lot, and I'm almost never hungry. it might just be the down weather, but I'm not sure.
   Another huge problem I have right now is energy. I feel like a drugged seal 99.9999% of the time, and it drives me insane. I literally want to lie down on my bed, listen to music, and stare at the wall forever. I hate this a lot and I'm not happy that I have no energy.
   An even bigger problem I have is my attitude. Everything is grating on my nerves right now, and that makes my attitue go downhill fast. That's WRONG. I need to be loving to my siblings, respectful to my parents, and considerate of others.
   Needless to say, 2017 hasn't started off like I wanted. January ha seen probably one of the worst months I can remember. Right now I'm just trying to keep my self from crying my way through life and school.
   It's hard.
   Finding balance between writing, school, and life is hard. I attempted at a bullet journal, but on the third day I felt sick and ditched it. On the first week of January I was straight up depressed.
   I'm just trying to balance it all and keep order.
   Rachael

   How has January gone for you so far? What's been your biggest hardship? How has the weather been, gloomy, sunny, snowy, tell meeee...