Writing Update

I’ve finished my draft just under my goal of 200pg! The last few pages, though, were poorly written, almost summarized versions of what I wanted to happen. And I’ve realized I still have an issue with characters goals.

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The Short Story

short-story2-10af47pI’m back everyone!

I have to apologize for not posting anything in such a long time. It’s been a combination of a hectic schedule and not having much to say to you all. But I’m back, with a new posting schedule to get back into the groove of things.

Anyway, what I want to talk you to all about, or more specifically what I want to ask, is what qualifies a short story? In my previous writing class, I worked on what I felt was a short story (30 pages of pure fantasy goodness~), allowing my other works to rest just a little longer. When the time came to critique my story, I was both extremely nervous and excited to hear what my classmates had to say. But my biggest worry, above all else, was if my story felt like a short story. Continue reading

What’s Up Wednesday

WUWWreath2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

Still reading story for my classes, while still trying to set some time aside for personal reading. That isn’t working too well, but luckily, I like most of what I have to read for my classes.

The one story I want to share with you all is Joyce Carol Oates “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” It’s creepy, a good creepy, and I love the way the tension seems to rise so clearly and easily within the story. I’d read it again, because I know this is one of those things where I’ll find something different and knew each time I go through it.  If anyone has read it already, let me know what you thought of it!

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What’s Up Wednesday

WUWWreath2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

Just finished reading a few stories for my writing workshop: Anton Chekhov’s “The Lady and The Toy Dog”, and Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat”.

The first story is about a Russian man and woman, and their affair. No spoilers, since you find that out in the first paragraph. And the second one is about four men and their experiences after being shipwrecked, floating along the sea to the shore.

I’ll talk more about Chekhov’s story because, even though the MC is selfish and disrespectful towards women, he was a very interesting character. I loved reading his thoughts and way of justifying his actions, and even though generally nothing really changed in the end, I was satisfied with the ending.

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What’s Up Wednesday

wuwPLANEBORDER2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

*Spoiler Alert*

So, I’m slowly trying to finish Reign of Blood, because it started off really good, but has slowly become a little …eeh…

This is mostly because of  the moment when the MC meets a one of the large groups of vampires, she instantly falls in love with one of the leaders, and him with her (because she’s his soul mate and they sort of imprint). For me, it came out of nowhere, and really bugged me because she suddenly became a lot more reliant on him, but he hasn’t given her a reason to be that way, other than the fact that he’s handsome and their ‘meant to be together’. Continue reading

What’s Up Wednesday

wuwPLANEBORDER2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

Just getting into a novel called Reign of Blood, by Alexia Purdy. I figured I needed to read more apocalyptic/ war stories since that’s sort of what I’m trying to write now. And I think it’s helping. But mostly, I’m enjoying the journey with the characters.

So far, it’s about a girl, who lives in a world taken over by zombie-like vampires (and I say zombie-like because these vampires began with some kind of sickness, maybe airborne? and I instantly think zombie). Along with her mother and her younger brother, MC lives in a rural area, simply trying to survive, until her they are abducted. Can’t wait to see how my expectations will be twisted with this story~
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Drabble: Two-Character Mashup #2

Bench  I really liked exploring my character’s personalities in different ways, so I wanted to try this again. Maybe this will become a regular thing. (If you want to read the last one I wrote, click here)

So here’s the word for this drabble, and the two characters I chose.  

Characters: Aiden + Darius + worship

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Darius leaned against the railing of the deck, staring at Aiden who couldn’t seem to keep his eyes from a certain girl. Torn between obnoxious laughter and ruthless taunting, he settled on taunting, because that’s the kind of guy he was.

“Are you serious?”

“Huh?” Aiden flipped around so quick, he nearly pulled the railing with him. “What did you say?”

“You’re staring.”

Aiden frowned, but there was a clear blush spreading across his tan cheeks. “No. I wasn’t-”

“You were, and it’s pathetic, in case you were wondering. Why don’t you just tell her?” Then in after thought, Darius added, “Wait, she doesn’t know you like her by now? Tell me she’s not that stupid.”

“She’s not stupid!” Aiden said. “Just confused.”

“Yeah, because it’s so difficult to choose a guy.” Darius couldn’t believe this was actually happening, in real life and not in movies, but he wouldn’t complain. It made for good entertainment. And as long as it wasn’t him, he could watch the love triangle-thing all day. Almost.

Darius watched Aiden watch Lillian, as she talked with Makaya and Ember about whatever it was that they usually talked about. Probably something boring and complicated, like their feelings. It always led to him having to so someone’s problem, which meant getting up and doing things.

“It’s like she’s some sacred temple you worship.”

“I do not!”

“You don’t what?” Lillian leaned in closer, a hand framing the back of her ear. “Wanna share with the rest of us?”

 

 

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Okay, so I have to admit, I wasn’t sure how to get worship in there… and then didn’t know how to end it, so stopped midstream. Darius and Aiden are actually from two different WIP’s of mine so it was weird having them interact, but I figured, once they when through the journey of their story, they could probably be decent friends. Maybe.

Let me know what you all think~

 

 

What’s Up Wednesday

wuwPLANEBORDER2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

Fanfictions. I mean, really really good fanfictions. Well thought out , detailed and in character fanfictions. It’s like an addiction, and I can’t seem to quit, until I run out of updates….
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The Importance Of a Good Theme

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If you couldn’t already tell by the few excerpts of my WIP that I’ve posted,  I write mostly fantasy. And sometimes, when I read fantasy, they tell really good stories with complex characters and a back story that pulls me in and hold on tight, even after the very last page. But there aren’t many out there that speak to something greater than itself.

I think this goes for all genres, too. The best sci-fi is known for examining our world through another, different themes such as identity, or gender issues, or even familial connections. I love those stories, because they speak to something greater than just those characters in the story. They talk about our world. Continue reading

What’s Up Wednesday

wuwPLANEBORDER2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

Re reading a few books on my shelf, mainly the Goddess Summoning series. Great series, and if you haven’t read it, you should.

I still haven’t found anything new that has really urged me to read it immediately, but I know things will change soon. Even without reading novels, I can’t resist reading fanfictions, so maybe I’m just in a fanfic mood for now? We’ll see…
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