7777 Writing Tag

7777 tag

I actually just finished my first draft of Black Moon Academy a few weeks ago, and got it printed out on Monday to start editing in depth.  *celebration*  Soo, this tag was a fun tag to do.  Thank you R.M. Archer for tagging me. 🙂

Quick Summary: School for villains.  MC, Scarlet, is going to the school for her mom, but isn’t much of a villain.  Then the hero school and the villain school start clashing, and war is imminent.  Also *swords* *magic* *cloaks* *carrots*

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look at this glorious mess (it’s a big mess, but it’s mine)

Le Rules:

  1. Open WIP to the seventh page
  2. Scroll past the seventh line
  3. Copy the next seven paragraphs…. and paste them on your blog for THE WORLD to read
  4. Tag seven people!

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Popular Books That I Did Not Like (Rant)

This was a fun post to write.

I’m a picky reader.  It’s very rare that I will love a book with all my heart and soul.  Most books I read are just “eh.”  And that’s okay, everyone has a few books that are just eh to them.  The trouble is when a book that is just eh to you, is glorious, amazing, fireworks-popping-out of the page, the emperor-comes-to-visit-you-himself-wonderful to the rest of the reading world.

No one understands, and they think you’re insane for not liking the greatest literary masterpiece since Beowulf.

It’s tough.

So, I’m going to rant about all the popular books that I did not like, in the hopes that someone else will be like me, or in the event that this is just hilarious to you that someone could hate these books.  (Nobody kill me.)

Also, I’ve tried to keep it spoiler free.  They may be *minor* spoilers, but nothing that would ruin the book.

Onward.

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Writing Prompts

Back again with the writing prompts.  (I’ll never stop. There may not be any for a while, but eventually, they’ll come back when you least expect it.)

On my quest to come up with good story prompts, I ran across this story generator.  You just plug in numbers, nouns, adjectives, and names like MadLibs, and press “Write me a short story,” and poof, and there you have a story.  The link: plot-generator.org.uk/story/

There’s also this random story generator, where it fills the blanks with random words.  I highly recommend it for comedic purposes.

It can yield wonderful works of literary genius like this:

“Tommy gazed with the affection of 8708 callous blue badgers. He said, in hushed tones, “I love you and I want some more Facebook friends.”

Flora looked back, even more sneezy and still fingering the warped kettle. “Tommy, let’s get married,” she replied.

They looked at each other with stable feelings, like two dry, disgusted donkeys jumping at a very articulate dinner party, which had classical music playing in the background and two considerate uncles walking to the beat.”

I really couldn’t make that up, even if I tried.

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How To Create Unique Fantasy Creatures

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If mythological creatures are creatures of myth and imagination, then why do we still see dragon after dragon?  I’m guilty of it too.  Fantasy has a lot of the same thing repeated throughout, and it’s easy to keep repeating it in our own works.  Hence, we have a lot of unicorns, pegusi, and dragons.

But why do we keep writing the same things?  For one, it’s effortless.  It takes less brainwork to insert a dragon than it does to add a snarflump.  No one’s ever heard of a snarflump before, and you’re on new, uncharted territory.  People might not like it.

But fantasy writers should try to push themselves out of the habit of using the same creatures over and over again.

And, hey, you’re a writer.  You literally create worlds and characters and plots out of thin air.  How hard can creating a new thing be? Continue reading

My Latest Project (Black Moon Academy)

This title is going to become irrelevant in a few months but oh well.

I’ve been doing a thing call the One Year Adventure Novel–which I reviewed here a little while ago.  I didn’t talk about the story I’m using for it though.  I like reading other people’s story ideas.

BLACK MOON ACADEMY- ACADEMY FOR THE VILLAINOUSLY INCLINED

Sometimes the villain doesn’t want to be the villain.  In a world where students can go to schools to become heroes and villains, Scarlet finds herself destined to be a villain, like her mother and generations before her.  Only, Scarlet isn’t a villain.  Sometimes, the greatest motivator isn’t greed, lost love or power thirst.  Sometimes, the greatest motivator is the freedom to be good.  But war between the schools is imminent, and Scarlet has to make her choice between family and fate, and a school where she’s never belonged. Continue reading

One Year Adventure Novel Review

*cue peaceful Hawaiian beach scene and gentle music* introductions are hard.   writing a book is also hard.  introducing the new write your own novel in only one school year.  the one year adventure novel may be for you if you have trouble plotting and finishing a book.  consult your parent or guardian before using one year adventure novel.  side effects include: procrastination, writer’s insanity, and hearing your character talk to you.  try one year adventure novel today, and live a happy wordsmith’s life. *show happy writer, writing, before the scene fades*

Hello, I have yet again failed an intro.

Anyways.  One Year Adventure Novel, if you hadn’t figured it out from the intro and the title.  

I’m about 8 chapters into a 12 chapter novel.  I might post an update when I finish, but I doubt anything will drastically change.  It was time for a review.

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Allegiance Blog Tour!

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I have the pleasure to take a part in the blog tour for Disowned, book one in the Allegiance series by Sarah Addison-Fox today!

I’ve been in a reading slump lately, and wasn’t expecting too much from the book, to be honest.  I started reading this book, and read. all. night.  Seriously, I was up way past midnight reading this. 

So I’m super excited to give you my review of the book 😀

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Quirky Character Quirks

It snowed here.  It only snows a few times here, and the snow isn’t that great typically.  But we got a several inches, and I went out for a while.

Small thoughts:

  • snow covered trees change the whole landscape
  • fog on snow is really pretty (not if you’re skiing, then it’s terrifying)
  • my dog could be a model for a hallmark Christmas card.  he likes to sit and stare up at the falling snow.
  • that crunch when you step on dry snow
  • it’s so quiet outdoors (unless you’re one of those people who like to scream to break the silence)

While I was outside, I was thinking about characters.  I half expected to find a lamp post in the middle of my woods, but that sadly didn’t happen.  I wondered if I’d be able survive if I did find Narnia, considering that a lot of the food there (turkish delight for example) would not be good.  On one hand, the evil White Witch wouldn’t bother me because I don’t eat sweets, but on the other, could I survive? Continue reading

Animals + Fantasy

I thought this day would never come.  I actually posted an art post.  *cue applause*  I had the wonderful idea to combine fantasy elements like wings and horns to normal animals.  I started this last year, with the cat/dragon, and then never continued.  

Then a few days ago, I did all at once.  This is, by far, the longest amount of time I have spent working on a post. 

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