Camp Update: How’s it going, Kate?

Hi, reader-peeps.

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Yeah, this isn’t HTTYD, but it’s relevant.

Time for a Camp NaNoWriMo update!

Well, this is starting like many of my other NaNo events.

I write for a few days and then realize “This ain’t working”.

I think a lot of different things can contribute to the “This ain’t working”. Sometimes it’s me just being stuck early on. Sometimes I don’t know what I’m doing (yes, I used to be an extreme discovery writer. yes, this is very annoying.). Sometimes, it’s a problem with the story. The story is boring, too complex, it’s somehow in a genre i don’t like, it’s plot driven instead of character driven, etc, etc, etc.

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This time, I think there are a lot of things contributing to “this ain’t working”. Very little of it is the story’s fault.

  1. This is an old story. This was my first NaNoWriMo story, in fact. And this is a story that I can’t let go of. Or rather, it’s characters I can’t let go of. But I think I’m putting too much pressure on myself in writing it. Because I want to get it right. I want it to be a good story.
  2. I’m scared. This was also the first story that ever got a real critique on it. I remember some of that critique. It’s not something I want to relive. I’m scared this story is just as messy as it was at first or that it will be. That it will scream that I haven’t learned as a writer.
  3. On the one hand, I have my mom loving this story to death, like I do, and wanting me to write it. On the other, I have my CP, who I have been lowkey hiding exactly what I’m writing because I feel slightly ashamed/embarrassed that I keep coming back to it instead of finding something new.
  4. This story may be too emotional for me right now. I’m tired. A couple different things are really stressing me out right now. I feel like I am being pursued by a bear, exit stage left, and can’t catch my breath. I’m not sure I want to write this level of emotions right now.
  5. I’m lazy. I see that this story might be hard so I get scared and back off. (Okay, not really. I hope. I’m worried that I actually am doing this.)

A lot of this boils down to “I care too much about what other people think”. And that’s a problem I’m not sure how to fix.

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I’m sick of setting stories aside. But this has been part of my normal writing process for years. If I’m not feeling the story, I put it down.

But I wonder just how much of my concern for what other people think has leaked into my writing process. I write every day because I don’t want to look lazy. I see word counts go up, up, up at a rate of 10k a day and I look down at my own word count of 200. I see those people who write 10k do other things besides write and they are happy. I write 200 and feel like it took all day and feel like I am complaining too much or am asking for too much help.

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When did writing become a “I have to do this” vs. “I want to do this”? When did I stop writing for the joy of writing and start writing to “have written”? When did my world become so fast paced around me and I felt the need to keep up and my stories aren’t keeping up?

Why do I care so much about story structure? I used to be a die-hard pantser and now I freak out if I don’t know what to do next. Like at all.

I don’t know. It’s entirely possible that I’m just freaking out because it’s a good week to do that.

 

I’ll be fine.

This story is not being thrown out. As I said, I can’t let go of it. But it might go on hold for a while longer. Or I might come back today/tomorrow/in a week/a month when things are calmer. Or I may work on it in bursts for the next five years, one scene at a time.

My CP suggested writing short stories for a while. I think I’m going to do that. Use up some plot bunnies. Finish some stories. Not feel like I’m failing someone. I want to get back to a point where writing stories is for fun and I’m not worried what other people think (well, not too worried). I want to write something crazy and weird and not care that it’s crazy and weird.

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Hopefully your Camp or even just your writing is going better than mine. How is it going, btw? Let me know in the comments!

Kate out.

 

How to Write Your Dragon Kid

Hello, reader-peeps!

Who knows what happens in April?

Camp NaNoWriMo!

And I am 100% insane for thinking I’m going to write a whole book in a month.

Oh well.

I’m really excited about this book. It’s actually an overhaul of a story very near and dear to me.

I’m not saying a thing about it, though. You know me. I keep my mouth shut about WIPs.

But if I actually get it written in a month, it won’t be long before you hear about it.

Now, as I’ve tried to make it a bit of a tradition for NaNo Events, I like to pick a movie character to channel during my writing (mostly just to use the gifs for posts). I’ve done Elsa and Jack Sparrow. This April, I’ve chosen…

Hiccup.

Not so coincidentally, How to Train Your Dragon is a very apt book/movie for me writing this particular book. Though maybe How to Write Your Dragon Kid would be more accurate.

Haha it shouldn't make me laugh but it's hilarious.

No, I didn’t say anything. 😉

Kate out.

10 Truths and 2 Lies

Hey, reader peeps!

I know it’s been a while. Life happened. Not quite a curve ball or a lemon, but something big and drastic enough that I’m trying to figure out where and how writing and blogging and other things fit in.

I saw a cool idea for a post on Nadine Brandes’ blog. She did a post where she listed 10 truths and 2 lies about herself and the readers are supposed to guess which things are the lies.

And since I have gotten new followers and have some old ones who probably don’t know everything… I’m going to do the same.

So, guess away! I’ll post the answers next week.

  1. I want a black cat.
  2. I don’t like honey.
  3. If I could pick a super power, I would choose flying.
  4.  I don’t like Twenty-One Pilots.
  5. One of my dream jobs is writing for Disney.
  6. I love the Throne of Glass series.
  7. I want to dye my hair blue.
  8. I am learning German.
  9. I have written a rap.
  10. I have never been stung by a bee, wasp, hornet, etc.

Let me know your guesses in the comments!

Kate out.

An Emoji Story

I have honestly no idea how to introduce this.

All you need to know is that I found the “Change Emoji” feature in Messenger and Liam and I had fun with it.

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You set the emoji to 🐇.
Liam
🤙
Kate
Plot bunnies.
Liam set the emoji to 🚀.
Liam
Kate
No, we can’t do the rocket. Lily and I have the rocket.
Liam
Liam set the emoji to 👽.
Liam
The rockets found an alien!
Kate
Ahhhh!
Liam
It only took eight of them!
You set the emoji to 🍕.
Kate
The alien likes pizza.
Liam set the emoji to 😓.
Liam
But it gives the alien a fever.
It turns yellow.
It’s the yellow fever.
You set the emoji to 💊.
Kate
Alien takes medicine.
You set the emoji to 💀.
Kate
It doesn’t work.
You set the emoji to 👾.
Kate
I don’t know what this emoji is. A different alien?
A purple spider?
Liam
A purple spider comes to help, his foreclaws washed and ready for medical use!
Kate
Perfect.
Liam set the emoji to 👀.
Liam
He looks for the cause…
Liam set the emoji to 💩.
Liam
It’s smiling back at him!
Liam set the emoji to 😳.
Liam
Kate
(Oh I thought maybe that was the spider’s comment…)
Liam
How embarrassing, says the fevered alien.
Liam set the emoji to 😱.
Liam
Liam
The purple spider is shocked into changing color. It isn’t a spider after all, but an impostor octopus!
Imposctopus!
Kate
GASP.
You set the emoji to 😱.
Kate
You set the emoji to 🚓.
Kate
Liam
The alien has been trusting his health to an imposctopus? Impossctible!
The authorities arrive…
Liam set the emoji to 💩.
Liam
We can’t help with that! They say.
Liam set the emoji to 🔥.
Liam
The smell of burning rubber follows as they leave.
You set the emoji to 👽.
Kate
The alien begins to realize that this might be the end…
Liam set the emoji to 🍻.
Liam
He has one last glass of his favorite drink…
Cream soda
Okay, he indulges and has two. Lower belly fat be darned.
Liam set the emoji to 💖.
Liam
What’s this?
His heart beating stronger?
Liam set the emoji to 💪.
Liam
His arms feeling big again?
Liam set the emoji to 🎶.
Liam
His voice restored to the dulcet tones he enjoyed in the Alien State Boys Choir that won seven galactic competitions in a row?
(He wasn’t in the choir when they won, but still.)
Liam set the emoji to 😁.
Liam
He could be on the road to recovery, though he is but yellow!
Liam set the emoji to 🐫.
Liam
A camel walked into his hospital room.
Behold! Said the camel. I have two humps but I used to have three.
Kate
(Good because what about the impostopus?)
(Is this the three humped camel joke?)
Liam
The third was this imposctopus you see before you practicing illegal medicine!
His license is long expired, and it was issued in New Jersey anyway, so it was never worth much.
Liam set the emoji to 🔫.
Liam
It’s time to put an end to this imposctopus!
You set the emoji to 🙊.
Liam
(Says the camel)
Kate
Liam
Oh no! Scream onlookers.
Liam set the emoji to 👀.
Liam
The bullet is fired!
You set the emoji to 😰.
Kate
You set the emoji to 💔.
Kate
Liam
Everyone watches, unable to turn away, as the mother camel attempts to slay her imposctopus son!
Liam set the emoji to 💀.
Liam
It hits the newly cured alien instead.
The alien dies instantly.
You set the emoji to 🙈.
Liam set the emoji to 💃.
Liam
The imposctopus went on to have a fulfilling career in the radio city rockettes.
You set the emoji to 👽.
Kate
The alien is mourned.
Liam
You set the emoji to 😱.
Kate
Liam
The Alien State Boys Choir is brought in to sing at their alum’s funeral.
Kate
(no he wasn’t in the choir)
(now i’m just confused)
You set the emoji to 👸.
Kate
The Queen is there.
Liam
(The aliens say “Boys” but actually mean ungendered creatures with high yet non-feminine voices.)
(The alien was in the choir, but not at the time they won, and not in years.)
Kate
(Oh.)
Liam set the emoji to 👶.
Liam
The royal baby is there.
Onlookers say he is large than life.
You set the emoji to 👰.
Kate
“Do you sing at weddings?”
Liam set the emoji to 👽.
Liam
“Only when uninvited.”
You set the emoji to 👾.
Kate
“THE IMPOSTOPUS IS BACK!”
Liam
No, for that is not the imposctopus!
That is the true purple spider the imposctopus was posing as!
“We apologize for this breach of security.”
“The imposctopus will die for his heresy.”
“As will you for witnessing it.”
Liam set the emoji to 💀.
Liam
Liam set the emoji to 😡.
Liam
A red sun rises.
You set the emoji to 😳.
Kate
Liam
Blood has been spilled this night.
An event reminder was set.
The event reminder was named to Blood has been spilled.
Event reminder, Blood has been spilled at 11:07 PM.
Liam
Alas.
You set the emoji to ⛪.
Kate
There’s not a graveyard emoji. This is the church with the funerals.
Most of the aliens were of this denomination, I think.
Liam
But while they mourn, they do not know how their loved ones died.
It’s safe to say.
Liam set the emoji to 👀.
Liam
Kate
Liam
Let the reader see.
Liam set the emoji to 👂.
Liam
Let the hearer hear.
Liam set the emoji to 👃.
Liam
And let the sniffer, smell.
For only one lives who yet knows the tale.
Only one lives who can tell those who follow after.
Only one, whose smell is like no other.
Liam set the emoji to 💩.
Liam
The chocolate pudding.
Kate
The End?
Liam set the emoji to 👍.
Liam
You set the emoji to 👏.
Kate
Liam
And the same to you.
Kate
thank you.
Liam
I hope you’re saving this.
Make it your next blog post!
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Yeah, we’re nuts. But we enjoyed it, even if you don’t.

Kate out.

Perfect Date, Round Two– Hunter Jackson

Hi, reader-peeps!

A few Twitter friends and I came up with the idea to do a few Valentine’s Day posts with our characters. Keep an eye out for another post in a few days!

I’m doing another Perfect Date post. This time, I’m doing a character from LASER, an old project.

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I actually have a picture this time.

Name: 

Hunter Xavier Jackson.

Hunter: Did you have to put my middle name in that?

You’re the one who wanted to do this.

Hunter: Point. Just… don’t make this worse.

How does he look? Eyes, hair, any tattoos or scars. What’s his style?

Hunter is 5’11”, with dark hair and his eyes are blue, but so dark that they look black. He has a bunch of scars, but they are small and mostly insignificant scratches from animal claws.

His style is casual, but he has been known to rock a leather jacket every now and then.

Hunter: And I look good in it!

What kind of music? What kind of food?

Hunter: These days, I like Twenty-One Pilots. I don’t listen to much else.

As for food, his favorite is cheeseburgers, hold the onions. But he’ll eat anything.

Hunter: Except onions.

What’s his family like?

Hunter: Do I have to answer this question?

Hunter’s family is… broken. His older sister is dead. His parents are divorced. His dad is an extreme activist.

Hunter: My grandma is okay, though. She’s nice.

Why he would be a great date?

Hunter wants his girl to have a good time. He’s also willing to protect her at all costs.

Hunter: *cough* Not that there would be a need for protection on a date…

Right.

Things he values:

Loyalty. Hunter is loyal to the very core. No cheating here. He’ll start an apocalypse for you.

Hunter: Katie, do you think apocalypse is the right word to use here…?

What he would do for a first date?

Hunter would take you out to dinner. And then he’d take you stargazing.

Hunter: There’s are mountains where I live and we would go to the top of one and drink hot chocolate and just watch the stars for hours.

Looking for long term relationship or just a quick date?

Hunter looks for long term.

We’ve had our pros, what are the cons?

As we said earlier, Hunter is very loyal. But it’s loyalty to a fault.

Hunter: That’s in the past.

True.

also, he’s a werewolf

Hunter: MOVING ON.

flowers , chocolate, or promises he doesn’t intend to keep?

Flowers and chocolate and whatever else will make his girl happy.

Hunter: Absolutely!

 

And that’s Hunter! And if Hunter or Cloud isn’t right for you, check out the Perfect Dates Kate, Wendy, Olivia, and Jameson advertised!

And feel free to take this tag and do it yourself! Just use the banner and leave a link to your post in the comments!

~Kate out!

Perfect Date Tag– Matthew Cloud

Hi, reader-peeps!

I have a special post today.

A few Twitter friends and I came up with the idea to do a few Valentine’s Day posts with our characters. Keep an eye out for another post in a few days!

Today I’m doing a Perfect Date post, advertising why this character would be such a good date. This character is from my WIP, Dragon Races.

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Tag:

Name: 

Matthew Cole Cloud. He goes by Cloud or occasionally Matt or Matthew.

How does he look? Eyes, hair, any tattoos or scars. What’s his style?

Cloud is 23 and he’s 6’1″.  He has messy blond hair, blue eyes, and he has a couple of burn scars because he is a dragon racer. His style is casual– jeans, baseball shirt, sneakers, though he would dress up a little for a date.

What kind of music? What kind of food?

Cloud likes just about any kind of music, but he is secretly a huge fan of musicals. His favorite is Hamilton.

Cloud doesn’t have a favorite food. He’ll eat about anything.

What’s his family like?

Cloud’s family is… dead. His mom died when he was little. His dad remarried and then he died later. And then Cloud’s step-mom was bad. It was a Cinderella-story, really, without the fairy godmother.

Why he would be a great date?

Despite the fact that Cloud is a bit egotistic at times, he is really sweet and would want to make sure his date was always happy.

Things he values:

Time. He doesn’t want to waste a minute of his life and wants to live to the fullest. He also values honesty.

What he would do for a first date?

Going out for a coffee or lunch is his idea of a good first date. It’s a safe, no pressure thing that doesn’t even have to be called a date.

Looking for long term relationship or just a quick date?

Cloud wants long term relationship, but doesn’t want to commit until he knows his date well. He doesn’t want to make the same mistake his dad did when he married Cloud’s step-mom but hardly knew her.

We’ve had our pros, what are the cons?

Cloud milks his Cinderella backstory for all the fame he can. He is constantly in media, including tabloids. If you date him, you’d be in the media, too.

Flowers , chocolate, or promises he doesn’t intend to keep?

Flowers to start. Chocolate would come later in the relationship. And promises wouldn’t be made at all– Cloud knows that promises can’t always be kept, but he wants to do everything he can to be truthful and honorable.

I have no photo of Cloud, but I have a cute song and if Cloud could write songs, he’d write a similar one.

And that’s Cloud. What do you think? Good date? If you want to do this tag, please do! Use the banner and comment with a link to your post!

~Kate out

 

Liking Stuff for Kids

Hi, reader-peeps.

As most of you know, I am an adult (if you didn’t know that, Hi! I’m Katie and I’m 25).

As most of you also know, I have many younger siblings (if you didn’t know that, I have 7 younger siblings, 6 girls and 1 boy).

I think having so many younger siblings is part of what has kept me loving things made for kids. Not the entire reason, but definitely part of it.

I don’t think I would play Minecraft, love Disney movies, or watch as many children’s tv shows.

I would probably still keep reading picture books and middle grade, though.

I said a long time ago that there were only a handful of tv shows I would still watch when I moved out and didn’t have siblings that watched them. These shows are Arthur (because it came out when I was little and remains mostly still good) and My Little Pony (because I’m a Pegasister). There was one  or two other shows but they don’t come on anymore.

Where am I going with all this?

  1. It is perfectly okay to love stuff made for kids, even as an adult. Kids are just the target audience.
  2. If you write for children, it’s actually kind of important to read and watch stuff written for children.
  3. I really just wrote all this so I could say THERE’S A TRAILER FOR THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE I’M SOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!

 

Kate out.

Updates on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Hello, reader-peeps.

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We’re off to see the wizard!

I’ve been doing a lot recently. And I thought that it might make a good blog post to tell you some of the things I am doing. (None of these are New Year’s Resolutions, even though they sound like it.)

I’m watching how many carbohydrates I consume a day.

I’m aiming to eat no more than 100 carbs a day. There are health reasons for this, but the main goal is to lose some weight which will help with the other things. Eating less carbs means eating less bread and sugar, mostly. Breakfast time is difficult. Cold cereal is almost completely out. Forget bagels, unless they are mini-bagels or only a half. So breakfast has been mostly eggs with something that doesn’t have many carbs. The only other problem I’ve had with this diet is that I’m hungry a lot. Hopefully that will subside over time. In the mean time, cheese and peanut butter are my friends.

I’m exercising.

This goes with the last point. We have an elliptical and I have been doing 15 minutes on it a day (except today, oops). It’s been… exerting? Which is the point. But since all I have to do is turn on music and start walking, it’s not that bad.

I’m blogging!

See? See I am blogging! 😛

I’m driving!

And I’m getting much better. Hopefully before too long, I will have a license and a job!

I’m reading!

I just finished Save the Cat by Blake Snyder and it is the best book on writing technique that I’ve read (and the only one I’ve read all the way through). I’m currently reading Stephen King’s On Writing, which is have writing book and half memoir. It’s been good so far. I’m also reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I watched the movie in December when I spent a week in Bloomington with Lily J. I enjoyed it so I thought I might enjoy the book as well. Though, I have to wonder as I read it, was this book conceived because of a love for the original Pride and Prejudice or was it hatred for it? Was it a matter of “I can write better than this junk!” or “This is awesome! I wonder what it’d be like with zombies…”? Or was it a dare? A punishment?

If I ever meet the author, I’m asking him.

One thing I’m not doing is writing.

At least for today.

The story I was working on didn’t work out. I don’t have any other plot bunnies begging for my attention.

I seem to go through a lot of plot bunnies before finding the ones that work. Sometimes, this is okay with me because I have another plot bunny that seems better and I immediately go into that one. But this time, there are no plot bunnies.

I think I need to refill my creative bank. So I’m reading. And watching Netflix. And listening to music. I’m exposing myself to stories.

And I’m praying. I know I would not be an author if God had not given me the desire to be one. He has given me plot bunnies since I was little and didn’t even know what plot bunnies were. So, I’m going to pray and trust that God will give me inspiration when He sees fit and not a moment before. I can’t waste time and brain energy worrying that I will never have another good idea again.

Tell me what you’re up to. Have you read or watched P&P&Z? Know any good egg recipes? What do you do when your plot bunny farm becomes dangerously quiet? Let me know in the comments below!

Kate out.

Captain’s Log; Stardate: 1-1-2017

Happy New Year!

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I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions.

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It makes me a bit anxious to plan a whole year ahead. The future can be intimidating sometimes. I prefer taking life one day at a time.

That being said, I like to have things to look forward to and stuff I want to do. For example, I would like to go to Chapter One Con again and this time, all my bestest friends are planning to come to, two of which I’ve never met before outside of the internet because they live so far away.

So, here’s a list of things I would like to do this year. This is just a general list of stuff/goals I’m really looking forward to, no pressure on me and no scary “what ifs” in my head.

  1. I want to write. I want to finish this current novel (which is brand new and I have a really good feeling about this one). This goal is kind of a given. I’m not going to quit writing any time soon.
  2. I want to get my driver’s license. I want to learn how to drive safely and get all the hours I need and then drive me and other people places.
  3. I want a job. I want to put in applications at the various libraries within commuting distance and pray one of them hires me. If I can’t get a library job, I’ll do something else, but I would ultimately love to work at a library.
  4. I want to become more excited about God and the Bible and church. I used to be excited about all this. I want to go back to excitement like that and let that excitement grow.
  5. I want to pray more.
  6. I want to blog more. I realize that I let go of blogging a bit this past year and somehow I now have three blogs I contribute to, two of which I am admin? This blog is still my favorite and I need to be blogging more here. The one I am not admin of (YAvengers) only requires one or two posts a month from me and my Bible Blog could be the same. But I need to be blogging at least once or twice a week here. And I need to get back to replying to comments (I am so sorry, reader-peeps).
  7. I want to read 30 books. That is my official goodreads goal so thirty books I shall read. I “officially” read 32 in 2016.
  8. I want to query. I think I say this every year? As I said earlier, I have a really good feeling about the novel I’m working on now. Or I may edit and query Magic Teacups. Or I may write a short story and query that. Who knows?

This is not an exhaustive list, but it’s a start and I think it’s plenty to work with for now.

What are your want-to-dos for 2017? Happy 2017 to you all!

Kate out.