Thursday, June 1, 2017

Dear Will and Stefan...

  
If you’ve been reading my blog since September, you know about Nazi Book. We have titles for the two books now, but in my mind we’ll always call it NB, or Nazi Book. Anywho, the two main male characters are Stefan and Will. Just in case you’re new or rusty, I’ll describe them in one sentence.
  Will: a freakin adorable human who loves Liza to death as a sister and will do anything to keep her safe and is an Ally.
  Stefan: a freakin hawt human who also loves Liza to death but not in the sisterly way and unfortunately has been brainwashed as a Nazi.

  I hope that that cleared it all up for you, and this post shall be spoiler free. ^-^ I’ll be writing a letter to both of them as of book one. I'll also include pictures. ^-^



  Dear Will,
  First of all, never stop being adorable. Both inwardly and out. Your caring heart is what makes people love you, and if you ever stop, or give up, you’ll lose what makes you special. The way you care for others more than yourself makes people love you, and that’s a good thing. <3
  Second of all, never stop fighting. I know it will get hard sometimes. People will hurt you. People will turn on you. People will try to stop you. People will try to tell you that you’re wrong. Weak. Can’t do it. Don’t have the skills. Prove. Them. Wrong. Keep going, even if there’s a wall. Inspire of the people who will harm you, there will be people who help you and love you.
  Third of all, never ever ever think that because you don’t throw a punch, you’re weak. Anyone who tells you that only wants to feel more powerful. Giving someone love or hope is just as powerful as a bullet.
  Fourth, don’t let people hurt you. Don’t stand by and let them hurt you, that will hurt other people more. You are precious to many many people, and the last thing they want is to see you hurt.
  Fifth, don’t ever think you’re worthless. You’re worth more than half the people on the planet. Your worth is not in what you have, it’s in what you give, and how you measure it. God measures your worth, not man.
  Sixth, and finally, never stop hoping. Hope will help you in so many ways, you and everyone around you. If you give up hope, then they will, then there’s none left.
  I lied. Number seven is this: never stop being Will.

  Rachael Steele, author of your “adopted” sister







  Dear Stefan,
  I’m going to begin with something simple: never change your middle name. You may hate it, but I think it’s adorable.
  Second, never stop fighting. People are going to chuck objects at you in an attempt to slow you down, but all you have to do is side step. It’s as easy as that.
  Leading into my second point, don’t let people tell you what to do. If your heart is telling you to do something, go somewhere, tell someone something, then do it. Men are going to tell you that you have to do something, think something, act a certain way. If everything in you is telling you to walk left, then walk left ignore the right. But also look at who’s on the right. If your closest friends are saying something, listen to them. There's a reason they’re your closest.
  Third, your childhood level doesn’t define you. You’ve figured it out by now, but keep that mindset.
  Fourth, don’t stop giving of yourself so that other people will be happy. That’s what made someone look twice at you, and that’s what makes everyone else stare. That’s unusual, but it shouldn’t be.
  Fifth, don’t kill yourself to help others. You’re important too, and if you have to think about yourself once in awhile, don’t think that’s bad.
  Sixth, don’t stop loving people. No matter what other people say, love is not a weakness. It’s a strength. When people say it’s the strongest force on the planet, they’re not lying.  
  Seven: never stop being Stefan.
  



  Rachael Steele, author of your favorite human


   And here they are but I thought I'd throw Liza in there because you need to see her too. xD


 Rachael 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Deliver by Tricia Mingerink

   Wayyy back in some month of last year I think, I reviewed Dare and Deny. You can read that here. Today, I'm going to be reviewing the very last book! Or...my explanation of what the heck even happened to me and this book.



   This book was a hype for me, mostly because of Martyn! I shall now use this gif I found that amused and described me.



   But Martyn is the most...sassy. Through the books he seems professional yet still hear wrenching, but IN HIS HEAD Y'ALL HE'S SASSING EVERYONE SO. FREAKIN. MUCH. LIKE WHEN I'M READING IT I'LL JUST START DEMONICALLY LAUGHING BECAUSE HE ROASTED THE BUTT HE'S CURRENTLY SPEAKING TO SO. BAD.

   The only problem with the book was two girls. Renna and Kayleigh. Renna has always been a character I've disliked, and Kayleigh wasn't my favorite either. They were pretty grating, so I ended up putting it aside as a DNF.

   I reviewed the book on Goodreads, had a conversation with the amazing, fabulous, and sweet author Tricia Mingerink, and I'll be picking it back up within a week! So this is a partial review, I guess. :P

   I'll be attending my first ever Facebook party tomorrow! GO JOIN IT YOU GUYS IM SO EXCITED. Here's the glorious link.

   So I hope you'll read the book, because despite my dislikes, it really is a fabulous book! And watch for two more posts on this series! One will be on why I thought the books were good, and one on why I thought my favorite characters were good!

   Rachael Steele
 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Camp Update

   I've participated in two NaNoWriMo's, and two Camp NaNoWriMo's, and I've won every time. Met my goal before the last day. Had fun during it, even.
   This month I failed NaNoWriMo.
    Now before I go on, I'd like to go ahead and say that I don't believe you can fail a NaNo event. You can fall short of your goal, but you can't fail. I didn't "fail" per say, I just discovered something.



   I was going strong in the beginning. Started out just like everyone else. But then I realized something.
   I hated my book.
   After reading through a few blog posts, and emailing the fabulous Nadine Brandes for help, I decided to put it aside for a while. Work on something else.
   So for this short post, I'd just like to say that if you're participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month, you've already won. You did the thing. You may have won already like a few insane people have done, you may be ahead in your word count, or you may be behind. No matter where you are, you're a Camp Winner.
   *at this point Rachael realizes she's sounding like a millennial who thinks that everyone's a winner*
   Also, update, I HAVE FOUND A TV SHOW TO BINGE ON. After The Man in the High Castle fail, I found a new one. It's one I've been eyeing for awhile, but I'm not an alien fan.



   I WILL MARRY BEN YOU GUYS. He's sweet, considerate, selfless, and EPIC.



   Ok, seriously, that's all.

   Rachael

   How is Camp going for you guys? Are you behind or ahead? Do you have any funny Camp stories/conversations? ALSO IF YOU HAVE A SNIPPET YOU WANT TO SHARE SHARE IT.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Camp NaNoWriMo Week #1

  Let's just pretend that I didn't disappear the last two weeks...and that this post isn't a day late. So setting that aside, I AM ALIVE HI HELLO I HAVE SURVIVED.
  I documented what happened the first week, day by day. AND I HAVE DREAMER SNIPPETS AS I SAID I WOULD. So without further ado, here is my first week of NaNoWriMo.

  Day 1: The First

  Mission: write lots of words

  Mission status: FAIL

  In my defense, I woke up and immediately went to a church workday. That was fun, however, and the workday included these things.
  •   awkwardly standing around until I saw a job
  •   grabbing a rake and raking pine needles
  •   consulting on how high to put swings so tall people can use them (I'm five ten and one of the three teenagers there taller than five six).
  •   watching a man fix the swings and offering stupid comments to make myself laugh
  •   being dragged away by a friend to help garden
  •   realizing my shirt under my sweat shirt was too small #oops
  •   lots of digging
  •   discussing minute phones with fren as he we pulled a wheel barrel of clay across the property
  •   weeding with said fren and complaining about stickers
  •   playing on a swing set and jungle gym because that's what we do

  So it looks like I was productive, but when I got home I really didn't do anything...I got maybe 1.5k written, so that's that.

  Day 2: The Second

  Mission: write some words

  Mission status: success in lowercase

  I wrote some words frens.

  Day 3: The Third

  Mission: write words with four cousins in the house

  Mission status: SUCCESS WOO HOO LOOK AT ME GO

  Emma and I sat at the table and did school/listened to music/drank lattes. I learned how to make something that looks kind of fancy, so that's cool. I got fresh air. I wrote some. I survived. Praise me.

  Day 4: The Fourth

  Mission: SURVIVE AGAINST THE ODDS

  Mission status: SUCCESS

  I was successful today too, and I got words done. However, we have a dilemma. I worked the next day.
 

  Only two or three hours though, so that was good. I survived that too and somehow made it home to write. By this time, though, Wanderlust had struck.
  Meaning MY CHARACTERS WERE SPEAKING.
  Y'all, if you remember when I talked about Wanderlust, one of the POV characters is named Helena. And I thought that her backstory was just an abusive brother, but...As I plan her out, I have found that it goes much deeper than that. And I've been squishing her for three days.

  Day 5: Why am I writing out the numbers when I said Day 5?

  Mission: Survive work

  Mission status: SUCCESS

  I pumped out some great words, guys. Some. And all for Wanderlust. Someone help me please. Also Helena is adorable, and I cheated and wrote a scene with Sierra as a guy. The sad thing is he was innocently flirting, but she didn't recognize it as anything other than being nice, because to her flirting was always much more out-there. He was adorable. I have my backup ship if Zai tragically vanishes. #ididn'tdoit
 
  Here's a smol snippet.

  Day 6: you get it by now

  Mission: survive volunteering in early morning+school+work

  Mission status: FAIL

  I FAILED SO HARD.

  Day 7: imma stop now

  Mission: write 3k

  Mission status: still going I'll alert you next week

  I worked awhile today, came home and studied for a history test, and then took it. I then went on to FaceTime my cousin and we cleaned our rooms. His looks great. Mine sucks.

 Also have some snippets.

   Catus:



   Emmy:


Emmy:


   VAL:




  So here is what has happened. I'm sorry for my ranting.
  Rachael.

  Has anything crazy happened to you? Are you surviving? SPEAK BEANS!

 

 



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!