Still Alive! + Recaps and Updates
I have returned! It is I, Jen of Midgard, and I am burdened with with glorious purpose.
Okay, I couldn’t resist my references. XD I also didn’t realize my hiatus would last over a month. Heh. I have quite a lot to catch you all up on, and how is the year almost half over, (O.o wut?? how??) so let’s get crackin’!
First things first, how did I do on April Camp? Well, a full month of KDWC was so wonderful! I made so many new friends and got to know other friends better. ❤ For the writing part of Camp, I had to change my goal of 50,000 to 30,000 half-way through because it just wasn’t happening. I’m a little sad I didn’t make the 50,000 but I am excited to say not only did I reach 30,000 but I even surpassed it a smidge! My total being 33,206! I wrote 10 more chapters into Roses, Thorns, and Curses, uncovered that a certain character had a sibling (possibly more than one) brought in a wood nymph (she technically came in back in January but, eh, details) and a Fae-folk who have powers apparently inspired by the Lunar Chronicles Glamor. *shrugs and grins*
Snippet time! (Please note, these are unedited pieces written under a caffeine driven and sleep-deprived state. XD) I’m also reaching the spot of my story where it’s hard to find snippets to share without feeling like each one is a giant spoiler. o.o
Zel turned her gaze away. A single tear slipped down her cheek before she straightened and looked him in the eye. “You’re right. I have to stay. But you are going to get my brother out of here or I will… I will never forgive you.” Her lips trembled despite her trying to be strong. “Now get going, Sorren doesn’t have much time. The plan is still the same, the Corridors, but I won’t be there.” She let her tears fall. “You have to promise me you will make him leave. Promise me you will make my brother leave.”
Ergamund gently wiped her tears away, her hair now flowed freely down her back. He kissed her forehead. “I promise,” he murmured against her skin. “You should go before someone sees.”
“Oh, it’s too late for that.”
“Alright, young lady, you’re to do exactly as I say and not go around enslaving everyone you see, understand.” It wasn’t a question.
She crossed her arms over her motley covered chest and huffed. “Fine, but can’t I just have one new pet? Just until we leave the city?”
“No. And you’re going to have to change into something less conspicuous.”
The girl rolled her eyes and muttered something about a tree being completely inconspicuous. She continued muttering as her form shifted from a girl in a motley outfit, to a young woman in hunting garb, complete with bow and arrows and knives situated about her person. She planted a hand on her cocked hip and used her other hand to gesture at her body. “Better, Nymph?”
“Your attitude still leaves something to be desired.”
She grinned. “Well, can’t be pleasin’ everyone, now can I?”
She made a noise between a laugh and a sob. “I know you. You’re my sister. I know you. Why don’t I remember you?”
“You know who you are, no matter how much you try to deny it. You’ve always known, Maelle.” He shrugged. “It’s my curse to see others for what they are, and yet who I am has always been hidden from me, denied to me. Everyone is running from who they are, not knowing what a gift it is to know who you are. Knowledge is power, Maelle, to deny that knowledge is to deny its power. And you were never one to run from a fight.”
Sorren didn’t really expect an answer, especially since he wouldn’t have understood it, but nonetheless, Feyden gave him one by stopping up so short, Sorren’s forehead smacked right into the back of Feyden’s head.
My total draft is almost 70,000 words now… and I have no clue if the end is in sight or I have another 40,000-ish to go. I have an idea of where I want the story to end, but now I’m not sure. And most of my stories turn into behemoth-sized novels ranging between 75,000 to 120,000 words… I’m not sure I’ll know the end until The End smacks me upside the head. XD But, oh, I’m loving delving into this story AND I am getting delicious ideas for book 2 that will eventually lead me back to More Than a Dream! *happy dance* It would be so wonderful if I can finish RTC and its sequel in time to return to MTD by November. ^_^
I did a new thing! There’s a challenge going on right now called Spring 100 where you have to walk 100 miles during the duration of spring. And I’m at 153 as of writing this. 😀 I did finish, but want to see how many miles I can get before it ends. My original goal was to do a double Spring 100 and go for 200 miles, but with less than 2 weeks to go, I decided my time could be better spent doing all the other things I’m about to update y’all on instead of walking 2+ hours a day.
And I have really wonderful news. For the longest time I’ve been wanting to join a Writing Program/Course but everything I looked at was either waaaay out of my measly price-range or didn’t seem to be a good fit for me… until I came across The Young Writer’s Workshop or YWW (also known as YDubs). The more I looked into it, the more I talked with friends who were in it, the more I realized it was the one for me. Not only does this program have a giant library of lessons on all parts of the writing journey (publishing, lack of motivation, how to write a book proposal, and so, so much more) and a score of interviews with and lessons by published writers, agents, publishers (K.M Weiland, Jaye L. Knight, Andrew Peterson, Bryan Davis(?), etc…) but they also have a community where you can talk with your instructors, ask them questions, talk with other students, give and get feedback, and there’s just so much… I’m really rambling now and just gushing, but this program is so amazing. I am so blessed to be part of it and it truly is a gift from God that I was able to join.
I’ve also joined Go Teen Writer’s 100 for 100 Challenge! And so far, I’ve written over 2,000 words and haven’t missed a day. It’s really helping me stay consistent with my writing and I’m excited to see if I can stick with it for all 100 days. *grins*
Speaking of writing… CAMP STARTS IN 2 WEEKS!!! *screams with joy and apprehension* Can you believe it’s almost July? Where has the year gone??? It seemed like the year that shall not be mentioned lasted forrrevva, and yet this year is just whooshing. *shrugs* Aaanywaay, I am SUPER excited for Camp, especially The King’s Daughters Writing Camp that I attended for April. So, if you’re a girl and a writer and reading this blog post I would LOVE to see you at KDWC!!! We already have 50+ girls/young women/adult women attending, but would love, love, love to have more come join the fun! KDWC is pretty much exactly like NaNo, except it’s run on Slack (which is pretty much like Discord or Google Chats). There’s no time requirement and you can set your own goal. If you can’t tell already, I would be so ecstatic and thrilled and just soooo excited if any of my dear online friends would come be a writing buddy with me on there. ^_^ We have so much fun and have girls ranging in age from preteen to 30+, so age isn’t a problem! …I think I’m beginning to sound like a salesman, so I’ll stop here. XD but seriously, I would be over the moon happy if you told me you were joining. ^_^
And wowza! This post is long!! O_O I thiiink I’ll wrap it up now before I burn your eyeballs with all this text, my word. XD I am so excited to be back blogging! I’ve missed all of you so much!! *group hug* ^_^