Saturday, July 30, 2016

Wrap It Up~June

  
  
   Bluuuuh, this month...we were pretty chill except for CAMP NANOWRIMO IN WHICH WE ALMOST DIED! BUT SIERRA AND I WERE TRIUMPHANT! DLUSDUDSISOISD:OI!

                              

   So to start things off, we've been doing a lot of ministry with our youth group, and bro, Logan, and I have been deeply involved in Modern Warfare again, sometimes it's three of us, sometimes just two, but either way, I'm getting some awesome battle skills.
  
                                            Classic peace signs...xD Are those the faces
                                            of three master players? Nope, that's the face
                                            of a writer going through withdraw of my
                                            story...
  
   NaNo was totally awesome, let me just say! My victory picture from the day we finished was of me making cookies, but when we actually finished, I was crying and hugging my mom and telling Sierra that I was crying and hugging my mom.
   I have never connected that well with any other book! I love the characters so much! I love the plot so much! I love the playlist so much! I love the Pinterest board so much! I love everything and OLIUSDEJHILSDKLJSJ<JLK!
   This is a pretty boring month...again....SORRY! And I didn't even like get obsessed with a series, so I can't even like fangirl and stuff. I did read though! I've started thinking maybe I should talk about how reading and writing went this month for me. Since this is a book and writing blog...
   I've become obsessed with this song! It's so pretty and amazing!

    Listen to this song and fangirl to me because Tyler's voice+Ukulele+Heaven and angel harps.
                                                                                                            
   I actually read a lot this month. xD I went to the library book sale, so that helped. THERE WERE SO MANY PRETTY YA BOOKS WITH PRETTY COVERS THAT I WANTED TO BUY BC PRETTINESS!
   This book...I'm trying to make it through, but...I can't! When they started trying to resurrect people...and there's this wizard tournament, so it feels like they're trying to be Harry Potter and NO ONE CAN BE HARRY POTTER!
   I got this one and!...and...it's the second book. Oh dear, I have to go buy another book...*sniffles* #sorrynotsorry
   I got it from the library and actually liked it, all except for the Insta-love, that was really dumb.
  
   And now I realize that I has no pictures of the Thief Lord and the Deathly Hallows...I apologize peoples, but here's their cover!


   SHE WROTE THIS BEFORE INKHEART AND *FLAILS* IT'S AMAZING! If I could give you the spoiler without giving the people who don't want it a spoiler, than I would...but I was unhappy with one character when we found out the truth about them, and no it wasn't anything bad, just kind of...bleh.


   This isn't my picture, but this is exactly how my book looks, it came without the dust jacket. *shoves the source at you*
  
  
   I also won a perfect copy of Allegiant at my library! It's sho pretty and the top of my shelf is fuuuuull! That means I have to move to the next shelf, which...my bookshelf is complicated. The top shelf is my favorites, next one is kind of like, "Meh" books, the next one is empty, and the last one holds my Nancy Drew's and old mysteries, which I may be selling off soon. 
   I don't have as many books as I should, I bought eBooks for forever because #broke and #theyrecheapersodontjudge.
  
   You pretty much read about my writing in the last post, but I has a surprise! I'm going to post one of my shorter (21k) stories on Wattpad! Yay! It's really cool, actually. Most of the time I hate first drafts, but this one was awesome! Check my WIP page for Iris.

   That's it guys, thank you so much for reading!
   Rachael
   Would me posting a Wattpad story be boring or no? Do you guys read Wattpad? What books have you read lately? Did you read any of the ones I mentioned?

Friday, July 29, 2016

How Did My Camp Go?

   We did itttt! Oh my gosh, we just finished the best book in the whole worlddddd! *HUGGLES ALL DA CHARRIES* The fabulous Sierra and I did itttt!

   I was sooo emotionally involved with this book! The last three days were legit spent sobbing and crying, it was soooo sad! We would just cry and cry over these characters!
   Ok, here I will attempt to give you the basics of how my day went.

5:40 am: Wake up and flop about writing because I love it but I hate it and the feeeeeeeeeels!

5:45 am: Alarm goes off and I get up, go to the bathroom, perhaps venture to the coffee maker if Dad left early, then sit down. Read blogs, check email, flit to Pinterest and Instagram if I dare.

6:15 am: Sierra gets up, we perhaps discuss the strategy for the day. Open doc, begin typing. Perhaps if we're in a funny mood, we'll write a funny line.

7:45 am: My mom tells me to get off, I beg for fifteen more minutes and promise that I'll take a no writing break the next week. She agrees and I scamper to refill my coffee because #empty

8:00 am: I take a break, maybe twenty minutes, then I'll skip over to the computer again. Definitely listen to our ETACT playlist.



   11:30 am: By this time we both have to go for lunch, so I mope around for a while eating various

   12:00 pm: Now we both get on and proceed to write even more because we love this stooooory!

   3:00 pm: Now my mom officially kicks me off and we sob, but leave, having written usually around 4k.


   And that's how I write! Here are some of my favorite snippets!

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   Thank you for reading!
   Rachael

   How's camp going for you? What's your story about? Which of the snippets was your favorite? (Feel free to drop one of your own. xD)
*this post was inspired by Cait's

Friday, July 22, 2016

Twiney Path Blog Tour

   Ok, so I signed up to review Twineypath here on my blog, but instead of just a review, I want to talk about WRITING SUPERHEROES!
   Yaaaaaaaaas!
  You guys might be wondering, "Wait, didn't she just rope someone into this while she was off getting 'super writing ninja training' (aka a conference)?" And the answer is....YEEEES! I did rope my fabulous writing buddy Sierra into is, so go read hers too.
   The fact is, she wrote like a superehero book that's 782917 times better than mine, and so that's why I asked her. But let's be real, if she had talked about everything there was to know about writing superheroes, she would probably still be writing, because THERE'S A LOT, LET ME TELL YOU!
   I'm here with sorta a part 2, buuuuuut, um, yeah, let's go with that.
  

   Ok, so first off, I want to talk about using the powers. If your character just got powers, chances are they're going to forget them...a lot. But when they remember, they're all like, "Oh yeeeeah, I got super human vision!" Make sure you don't forget that they have them and 76% of the way through suddenly remember, "I'm writing about a superhero...riiiiight."
                                                        
   The superpowers need to be well described, especially in the beginning. If your readers are like, "What?" then it's not a good story. One advantage movies have is they can show it, but we have to describe it and do a really good job with it.

   The fight scenes need to be done tastefully, especially when you use powers. The hero can't rely soley on his powers to help him. Hand to hand combat is super helpful.



   Ok, on to the actual review. This was a really fun book! It was light, but interesting. The plot was fun and the characters! I loooooved Blaze, he was so epic. Maddie was super sweet and you just wanted to hug her. Denver was a really interesting character, but Ezra threw me off for a moment. I would read it and be like, "Who's Ezra?" Then remember that she's Denver's girlfriend and go "Ohhhhh", but since that names typically a boy name, it just threw me off.
   I give this book a five stars!
   Thank you so much for reading!
   Rachael

   *I received this book free from the author in return for my honest review. Haha, this is fine print.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Bookish Booklover Tag

   *hides because Hannah tagged me for this a month ago and I'm just now doing it* Yeah...but I'm here now!

  

Rules

Use the Banner

Answer the Questions

Use Lots of Book Covers *smiles*


   What book are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Artemis Fowl, by Eion Colfer and The Thief Lord



The last book you finished

Ooh, um, maybe...The Book Thief? Or The Titan's Curse 

Favorite book you read this year

I loooooved Defy! Like, what even?


What Genre have you read most this year?

Probably Fantasy, it's sooo awesome!

 What genre do you want to read more of?

Ooh, uhhhh let me change this a bit, remove genre, and you have What do you want to read more of? That would have to be other writers books, like beta-reading.

How many books have you read this year and what's your goal?

I have read 52/100 books. YAY!

What's the last book you bought?

I went to our libraries used booksale and IT WAS AWESOME! I mostly chilled in the YA section, may I just say, they had some of the COOLEST titles and crap books. "YA is like 98% crap and 2% treasure." That was me. But I got four books there, The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, Zenith by Julia Bertanga, The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima, and The Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling. (I'm collecting the HP series)



What book are you saving up to buy next?

I want Defy by Tricia Mingerink. I read the ARC, but I WANT THE BOOOOK.

How many books did you check out last at the library?

I got two, Titan's Curse and Artemis Fowl.

What's a book you can't wait to read?

Ohhhh, haha, why did you open up that can of worms?
Deliver by Tricia Mingerink


A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes


THESE BOOKS I CAN'T EVEN!

What's a series you recommend to everyone?

Haha, yet another can of worms. BLADES OF ACKTAR AND THE OUT OF TIMES SERIES AND THE HARRY POTTER SERIES AND  YES!!!!

Who's an author you hope writes more?

Nadine Brandes, Jaye L. Knight, Tricia Mingerink, Sierra Blasko, J. K. Rowling. Nadine Brandes is working on another book, and I'll definitely buy it! Jaye L. Knight is in the middle of her third series, the best so far even though the last wasn't my favorite. Tricia Mingerink has ONLY ONE MORE BOOOOOOK TO GO! Sierra Blasko is my awesome writing partner and she's written a short story in a book. J. K. Rowling...nuff said.

A few books your heart adores

Please see the books I have mentioned with all caps. :D

What series coming conclusion makes you sad?

Out of Time Trilogy and Blades of Acktar! Harry Potter was sad too.

What books do you have on your wishlist?

Here we go...


Yeah, found out Zenith from above
was a second book...


Well that's it, I guess. Thank you so much for reading! I tag Shelby Genco, Hannah R. (not the same one who tagged me. :D), and Sierra B.

Rachael (this whole thing aligned weird)

Friday, July 8, 2016

Camp NaNoWriMo 2016

   This is a peptalk, yes. I will be totally filling you up with French frie hope so that you can finish your goal. Here we go...*takes deep breath then flops from the strain of writing an intro*
                                                           

   So the first Camp NaNo I ever did was a goal of 10k words. Now I do like 76k in less than a month, but let me tell you...it's haaaard! And I'm like definitely not a Cait, I can't just like blurt 5831458 words a day, I have to like be in the mood or I draaaag. *sobs* CAMP NANO IS HARD Y'ALL! ANYONE WHO GOES, "CAMP IS EEEASY," DRAG THEM OFF AND BEHEAD THEM! (Ok, please don't actually behead them.)
   But on the first day, I'm over here like, "Woohoo! Four thousand words in one day!" And then by the last day, I'm over here like
   Yeah, it's bad. But hey! I'm alive! (*whispers* Or am I, I could be a typing zombie because I wrote for so long and my fingers froze up... I'll leave you with that.)) On the last day, I'm over here like, "Go go go! Ten thousand words, pump them out Rachael!"  
   Also, during NaNo, I am a wingless zoo pet to be spectacled by my family members, so I literally sit at the desktop and like type until my fingers freeze up yet again and I have to thaw them with coffee or my coffee supply runs out and I have to stop to make a PowerPoint presentation in order to convince my mom that I need more coffee.

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   Camp is a struggle. It is! This year my friend and I are writing a book together, and I'm alphaing two books, so yahhh. (k, so one book I am alphaing, and I just volunteered for another one yesterday, so it hasn't started yet.) But yeah, it's a lot of work, but it's cool!
   This is pretty much my thoughts on Camp, so bear with me. If you're doing NaNo or have done it, then this could be interesting, but if you're a casual writer, then you can just like zombie through this, or read it, and then do a NaNo or Camp!
   Ok, so pretty much what Camp even is is an online website where you set a goal to write, in my writing partner and I's case, 50k. Then you join a cabin, I'd advise joining one with people who you know, because a random one is creepy... Just let me know if you need one and I can suggest it. :) You only do cabins for Camp, not in November.
   I can't stress this enough, but one of the most important things in November are buddies. If I didn't have my buddies, I probably wouldn't be able to finish my book. I have a group hangouts that I created with fellow writers, and we just encourage each other, it's amazing.
   Small goals work for some people, like one thousand words at a time, but I prefer to just write until my fingers freeze (again) and my coffee levels are dangerously low. Pounding out the words is awesome and afterwords I can collapse with Netflix and feel accomplished. (Yes, I purposely spelled afterwards "afterwords" because it's AFTER WORDS!)
   Words sprints, wars, and such are AMAZING! This is where buddies come in, I prefer sprints because I know how many words I need and how many, but then there's this: The Most Dangerous Writing App. Click on the link, set how long you want to write for, then click start. If you stop for too long, five seconds maybe, it erases alllll that you just wrote, it's AMAZING!

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   So basically if you're having trouble with writing, just remember, YOU CAN DO IT! I've done it twice, and working on my third, and trust me, if I can do it, you can too. I hope this provided some insight or something or whatever, honestly it's just a rambling.
   If you're doing NaNo this month, YOU CAN DO IT!
   Rachael

   Are you doing Camp? What's your word goal and how are you doing? If you aren't have you considered it or heard about it?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cover Reveal: A Time to Rise

   *screams forever* You guys, I had the amazing privalidge to see this when I met Miss Nadine a few weeks ago, I was freaking out. And trust me, I freaked out equally a few hours ago when I saw it again.
   I could be supppper mean and wait until the end to reveal the cover...but I'm not, so here it is:



   *screams forever...again?* Thissssss cover! AHDODSJDJOSH!!! Wuuuuut??? *goes off to bribe the cover artist to make me covers for all my books*
   Seriously, I will be using him if I publish and it all fits, and if I have money, and if-
   Ok, you get it. But still! Here's some other info on the series and book:

 The Author Information: Check out her...6455

Website

   Allllso, the most important one..Add A TIME TO RISE ON GOODREADS!
   This post is kind of short, I gueeeess. Sowy!
   Rachael

   What do you think of the cover? Have you read the books? Who's your favorite character?




Friday, July 1, 2016

My Experience With Beta-Reading

   I've beta-read a lot, I now have a page for it with the links to the person's blogs and the name of the projects. I am currently on my fifth project, so needless to say, I've experienced several different projects. Today, I won't be naming names or anything, but I'll have a section on each project.


   1. Use Google Docs


   I was able to do this with two of them, but one I did via PDF and two on Word. It's hard, let me say. Commenting on Word is hard for me, but Google docs is easy, so now I just use Docs. It's a whole lot easier to do than writing about each little things because I can just point it out.

   2. If it's during a busy month...skip it.


   One of the ones I did was amazing, but I almost didn't finish it in time because it was during Camp NaNoWriMo, and it was hard. :( Yeah, so if it's going to be a long or busy month, then don't offer to do it, you don't want to have to go back on your word and be unable to finish.

   3. Don't have two projects.


   This can get hard and you don't have a lot of time to do other things. I would definitely choose one, but this is all up to you! Some people can handle the endless amount of stress and annoyance. *flops*

   I've also learned things that have not been satisfying and I will definitely apply to mine.

                     Beta readers are helping YOU!
   Beta-readers are doing you an amazingly huge favor, you are doing almost nothing for them.
   One project I am currently beta-reading, I actually had to search through the blog to find the form, it was 'hidden' in one of the posts under a tag.
   Um, no. You should be doing whatever you can to make it easier, not harder.  And also, cutting people...nope. Not all of your beta-readers will be able to finish it, so take all beta-readers.
  
             Edit for at least three months after writing draft before sending if off!
   I edited for one month after writing it and then sent it off...like a dingbat. By the time I got all of the answers in, I was already planning to re-write, because it was just too soon! Wait before sending it off, pleeeease!

           Have a alpha reader!
   These guys are AMAZING! They'll tell you what to change before the big herd does. Eeeeeveryone should have one, and...*coughs* I'm one. *shoves link to credentials at you* But anyways, check around! Abi does them too, ask one of us, or if you have one, use them!

   I hoped this helped you, feel free to ask any questions in the comments, or just message me!

   Rachael
  
   Have you ever beta-read or had your book beta-read? Anything you would add? Do you need your book beta-read? (I can answer questions)