I received a nice review from Adriel over at Sapphire Book Reviews! I hope you are able to take the time to check it out!
I received a nice review from Adriel over at Sapphire Book Reviews! I hope you are able to take the time to check it out!
Just posting a quick update on what’s going on! Right now, I am working on the sequel to Shifting Fate. I am about 70k words in! I would say I am more than half-way done! Yay!
Also, I have had the privilege of being asked to guest blog on Cookie’s Book Club today. I hope you head over there to check out my post! 🙂
Alright, so I finally went and did it. I spent the past week or so re-reading my book and finally decided to self-publish. I read about self-publishing on Amazon for e-book purposes. I think it’s really neat how you can self publish for the Kindle, or Kindle apps, on their website!
So, if you have any mobile device with a Kindle application (generally gotten from your application store), you can read my book on it! You can even read it on your computer (you just have to download the Kindle reader).
Please check it out. Click HERE to see it listed on Amazon!
Here’s some info! I originally wrote this during NaNoWriMo a few years back…
Times in the mystic realm of Lizon are changing. The Great War remains a distant past for many, but for others, the bleak past is all too clear. When the royal family of Alii is targeted, the kingdom’s only Princess begins a quest to set things right. In a world completely controlled by fate, Brynn of Alii must fight against the Shifters, bent on altering the predestined future, to save the world she knows and secure destiny.
Well, I did post a bit ago that I wanted to make use of CreateSpace’s yearly prize for those that finish National Novel Writing Month. I do have until July 1st, but it wasn’t something that I wanted to put off. I wanted to work on the novel and actually have a book form copy of my own. Just to have it, whether or not there were ever more copies made in the future, would be something magical to me.
So, I went about editing my book. I finished the first round, going through the entire 90,000+ word saga. I tried to do at least a chapter each time I sat down with it, usually late at night, and I was able to get through all 13 chapters plus prologue and epilogue.
Though, now I want to reread it again, to make sure that these edits sound alright in the overall scheme.
Is a writer ever satisfied? Do we ever have a finished piece that we can breathe a sigh of relief about? I think these pieces of writing are very rare…
So, round one is over. I have another month to take advantage of the offer and I plan on using it, for at least round 2. I still have classes for two more weeks, so it is something I am doing in my *spare* time. As I was reading back though, I found myself, at times, proud of what I had accomplished.
Wow, I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since I updated this. Things have certainly been hectic and I really did want to keep up with this regularly. Since NaNo ended, everything sort of blew up in flames around me. The end of school came and went and I did great in all of my classes, it was actually one of my best semesters, but everything else seemed to just want to spiral out of my control. I don’t use this much for that type of blogging (complaining), but I figured it was worth the mention.
Anyway, my dog, Molly, decided to get into wrapped presents my mom had in her room and basically ate nearly a pound of chocolate. And they make chocolate with this chemical that is poisonous to dogs. So, there was a trip to the vet, who recommended taking her to a vet hospital…which cost a lot of money. She’s alright now, doing pretty well actually for eating all that chocolate/plastic, but apparently she now has a heart murmur. It could be from the chemical, as she didn’t have it last year when she went for a check up, or it could be the beginning of heart disease. Hopefully, it is not the latter.
On top of all that, my mom had [bunion] surgery last week and is being an uber pain. My grandmother fell a couple of weeks ago and broke her pelvis and back. And I’ve been having chest pains/trouble breathing, but it is most likely related to stress – I have insane anxiety – and I decided to go back on my stupid anxiety medication that I haven’t taken in a year and that makes me A) tired, B) really really effing tired, and C) I can’t focus for the life of me when I take it.
I don’t talk about the anxiety a lot and putting it on here is sort of like broadcasting it to the world, but lots of people have stress and anxiety disorders, so yeah. Plus, writers are always damaged some way or another 😛
So taking the anxiety meds puts me in a woozy, mellow state. It’s weird, it’s like coasting through life…pretty much probably high, I would say, even though I have never been high before. But, I don’t like it and I definitely don’t like taking them. I like to deal with stress on my own, but when it starts preventing me from sleeping at night, I have to take extraordinary precautions. The downside is, that I am trying to edit my book. I want to get things done by February for that Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest. I want to enter, even to try. I’ll regret it if I don’t. But, the meds make me unable to focus, so editing has become a slow, painful process. Right now, I feel clearheaded enough to even type this post and start working on it, but it’s been 24+ hours since I last took anything.
Anyway, that’s my life story for everyone to see. I’ve completely gone in and revamped the Prologue. It’s the same, just better wording and sentences and whatnot. More description. I’m satisfied for the moment with what I have there, though I know that the editing process is long, gruelling, and a pain. I already know that even if I ever got published, I would always find something to add/change/delete.
Today and tomorrow I’m going to try and concentrate on Chapter One. I rewrote the entire first part, where I introduce the main character, Brynn. I hated that beginning with a passion. The more I read the book, the more I skipped over that part, so I knew it had to be changed, it was just a matter of changing it into what. I had to wait for the idea to come and it did and I am definitely happier with it now! 🙂 Now, just for the rest of the chapter…
I wanted to document the editing process for myself, as well as just to have something to update my blog about. I wanted people to know that once NaNo was over, I didn’t set the book aside and go, “Okay, I’m done now. It can collect dust.” I want to keep working on it and make it something that I enjoy reading and that other people will too, whether or not it’s just my friends and family or people who enjoy burning books. This world, my world, is so completely developed in my head that not a day goes by where I don’t think about it, the characters, the history, and the future.
Plus, it keeps me sane 😉
Anyway, to recap, the Prologue is done for the moment. Chapter One is in progress. I need deadlines! haha. Maybe I’ll look at the calendar and make a schedule to have certain chapters done by, so that I can have someone else read over it and give me some feedback as well. We’ll see.
And, to anyone reading this, Happy Holidays! Mine already started, I celebrate the fun Chanukah, but I know tonight is Christmas Eve, so I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. Enjoy yourselves!
Fun Fact: Brynn’s name was originally Bella. I came up with it in my junior year of high school, so about 2004, early 2005, and then after I recently read the Twilight Series, I had to go back and change her name.
Man, rereading my old stuff versus my new stuff is very weird. It’s like…there was this big dramatic change in my writing in 4 years that makes me a little dumbfounded. In high school, I wrote the first “book” in this world, a novella I refer to as the prequel to the series I hope to continue. I’m trying to edit and reread the book I wrote for NaNo, but I have so many ideas that it’s hard to contain them while I try not to start writing the next one. It’s an amazing feeling, to be able to want to write as much as I do. It makes me feel almost complete.
In any case, I was rereading some of the stories on the side, because other people were, and I realized how much I’ve grown as a writer in the short time that’s passed between them. In high school I didn’t know what it took to write a novel. A real novel, with a deep story and plot. I haven’t gone back and read that prequel in a long time, but I know that the world I created in high school is still firmly etched into my mind. I’m so glad I went back to this book and decided to rewrite it. I don’t know what made me to do it, but I am grateful nonetheless.
I like to think that text-based roleplaying has made me a better writer, but I’m not sure how much it has contirbuted. Largely, I praise Hogwarts IRT for my writing jumping up the scale. There, I wrote with people that are amazing at what they do. Reading their posts is like reading poetry; something that is hardly the norm for roleplaying boards. I joined them in late 2005, after I had already begun college. College didn’t help me one bit outside of a creative, non-fiction class I took. My writing improved through writing with others and honing my own creative output.
The bad thing about RPG’s is the mindset you have to write in. You are constantly writing from the perspective of a certain character. The way you write is different than how you would write a story. My novel is largely told from the main character’s perspective, though it is in third person, I think I found a way to make it work. Anyway, it’s funny, because I always would have to switch from “writing mode” to “RPG mode” to get my head straight. With my lack of current RPG’s, I don’t really have to do that anymore. (I stick around at IRT, but I don’t have much time to post).
In any case, it’s still very interesting to see how you grow over time. In a few years, I will probably look back on my writing now and say the very same thing. Which is a good thing, because I am not completely satisfied by myself 😉 I am my own worst critic.
Other than that, I’ve begun editing. It’s more of a read through than an edit though. I am always the kind of person that needs another pair of eyes to give me an honest critique. So, after I do this read through I’ll find some and see what happens.
Good luck to those of you that still have to finish NaNo and those that have finished and are stuck editing like me, or finishing their books entirely!
Wow, I really didn’t think I would so soon. I wrote about 7,000 words today, much more than I thought I would. I actually thought I would have a hard time finishing and while I am pretty bad with endings and I think it might be a little cheesy, I at least got it done! I can always rework it, but it ended, and it yeah, I’m doooneeeeeeee! haha, wow. It’s sad, but I have sequel ideas. I guess I should write them down.
In any case, I’m excited to be done. The final word count for the entire thing is around 98,000 words. I know that’s a lot and some stuff will have to be cut out in rewrite, but for now, I’m happy about it. I wrote it how I wanted it to go and flow and it flowed quite nicely. I think. We’ll see while I edit, and I plan to keep updating my blog to see how the editing process goes. It’s been fun posting through the writing process. I know I began writing before Nano started (about mid-October), but seeing as I finshed a little early, it only took me little over a month to write it. I think it’s kind of sad, but I’m happy I have that kind of motivation.
Done done done. I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself now. Edit, I guess, if I can stand it.
Good luck to everyone still doing NaNo! ❤
I just want to thank everyone that helped me out and pushed me to keep going. There was a time in the middle there I thought I was going to give up. But, I kept going and my friends helped me to do it. My music too… Good friends and good music get you a long way.
My favorite quote so far:
“Can you explain to him more clearly that if you touch him he will die?” Cyrus asked impatiently. “Or do we have to demonstrate?”
© Alexis Leno 2008