30.12.10

What the Heck?

Current Mood: eh, not with it. I had 14 shots today. :/
Currently Listening to: "The Story of Us" by Taylor Swift
So, apparently in Google Chrome, my little snowman header does not work? Great, another thing broken....
But that isn't the point of this post.
I've got 7K words in Snatched left. 
I'm so happy. 
I'll probably do a big post about it Sunday, when I'm supposed to finish the book!

love, lala

Heat Wave - Book Review

Cover ImageThe title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.



Page Count: 196
First Thoughts: Castle! Ever since I got hooked to the show at the end of the second season, I've been dying to get my hands on it. And I finally bought it when I got my nookColor.
Setting: New York City, just like the show. New York City just kind of fascinates me, (it's the setting of The Assassin Saga). Because I watch the show, I could picture the city pretty well.
Characters: The chacters were totally taken from the show. My mind automatically assumed characters in the book with characters in the show. Nikki Heat was inspired by Kate Beccket, and her sidekick, Rook, was insipred by Castle. I felt like the characters in the book could have used more individualism.
Writing Style: The style was pretty sympistic, but it was packed with action, so it seemed to go pretty fast.
Cover: I felt like the cover was thrown together quickly, I think they could have done a better job....
Plot: The plot was certainly like an episode of Castle. A murder scene, investigation, flirting between Rook and action, putting the peices together, gun shoot-outs. It was really easy to picture it like an episode.
Dislikes: It seemed too close to the show, I mean, yeah it was written by a ghostwriter, but could we not have some individualality?
Final Thoughts: Definetly worth a shot if you like mystery or you're a fan of Castle.

Up Next:


Vampire Acadmey

This has been a review by Lala!

27.12.10

Merry Christmas...?

Current Mood: WRITING!
Currently Listening to: "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight" by Toby Keith

Maybe this is a bit late, but Merry Christmas!!
I'll tell y'all about my great Christmas story when I come back from vacation.
I pinky promise!

love, lala

22.12.10

Snatched Extra

Current Mood: two days of starting and finishing 3000 word chapters? Heck YES!
Currently Listening to: "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum


So, since I've been doing so much writing, I decided I'm going to share with you a flashback scene from Snatched, because I'm nice that way. 
So, just as a brief introduction:
Zoey: the main character, the girl who gets kidnapped. She's the Junior class vice president.
Zack: her main love interest, things have been getting intense between them, sooner or later, it's going to be more than just flirting.
Max: Zoey's three year-old half brother. 
So here's the scene:



“Zack, what are you doing?” I asked.
            I was up against the door, with no where to go.
            He didn’t answer, but instead, he just leaned in closer. If he kept leaning in, he was going to end up kissing me.
            The idea wasn’t without appeal, but I wasn’t quite sure I was ready for that. Things had been going really fast in the past two weeks, and I wasn’t sure how to react to it.
            “Zoey….” he whispered.
            “Zack, please…” I stuck my hands between us, trying to slow him down, but he just grabbed them and held my hands.
             “Zack….” I whispered in a panic. I was so not ready for this….
            The next thing I knew, Zack was on top of me, and I was on the floor.
            I looked up to see Max standing behind the door, wide open. “Uh oh,” he said. “Mommy!” he called.
            “Get off of me,” I pushed. I tried to wiggle my way out from under him.
            He rolled over. “That wasn’t how I was planning that to go,” he said.
            My mom came running in. “What happened?”
            “I opened the door and Zack and Zoey fell in. It wasn’t my fault,” Max protested.
            Zack stood up. “Are you okay?” he asked as he offered a hand.
            I waved the hand off. “Yeah, I think so.” I winced. “Never leaning against a door, again.”
            “What happened?” my mom asked.
            “It’s a long story.”
            “I’m sorry, Mrs. Barns, this is all my fault. I probably ought to leave anyways.” Zack picked his keys up off the floor. “Bye, Zoey,” he said.
            After the door was closed for a moment, my mother looked at me. “What happened?” 
            “I think he just tried to….to kiss me.”
            “Eww!” Max called. “Zoey got kissed!”
            “He didn’t actually kiss me. You interrupted that,” I snapped.
            “Zoey, he’s only three, he doesn’t know any better.”
            “I’m going upstairs.” I grabbed my purse from the mess on the floor and walked upstairs.
            I turned the light on my bedroom and collapsed into the bed.
            “That just happened.”
            I didn’t know whether to consider Max a blessing or a burden. True, he’d saved me from being kissed, but he’d saved me from being kissed. I was seventeen years old and I’d never been kissed.
            I mean, it was bound to happen sooner or later.
            I didn’t know if I wanted it to be sooner or later.
Hope you guys enjoy it! Let me know what you think!

love, lala

21.12.10

The Reasons.....

Current Mood:eh, I think I'm sick
Currently Listening to: "Stuck Like Glue" by Sugarland


There's a logical explanation as to why I haven't updated in a week!
I've been writing. My fingers are getting a serious workout. I've written at least 7K this week, if not more...
And it's only Tuesday. 
So, I'll be back this week with another update, I promise!

love, lala

15.12.10

The Great Revelation

Current Mood: itchy nose, I had to get allergy tested today.
Currently Listening to: "Last Night Again" by Steel Magnolia

So, I have good

Great

news!! I figured out how I can finish Snatched by the end of the year!
*dances*
If I write 2,642 words every day of Christmas break, I can finish my book by the time I get back to school, and then I can totally focus on finals...
*DANCES SOME MORE*

love, lala

14.12.10

The Great Gatsby - Book Review

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitgerald
I tried, but I couldn't find an official pitch.
Pages: 180
First Thoughts: I was mostly happy, because it was short, and it's the last book I have to read for my AP English class before the end of the class.
Settings: In the Midwest, I think. It takes place in the "Jazz Age" (the roaring 20s') and after WWI, when the economy was booming and people were becoming rich left and right.
Characters: Gatsby was very mysterious, which was a good character trait, and Fitzgerald wasn't afraid to show Gatsby's flaws. Gatsby was stuck in the past. Daisy, the main love interest, bugged me. She was easily pushed around and always listened to what the men told her to do. There wasn't much that you learned about Nick, the narrator, but I liked the point of view.
Writing Style: It was short and nice, but sometimes, Fitzgerald tried to make the sentences long and flow, and it didn't really work.
Cover:  The cover didn't do much for me. I had no idea why the cover was the way it was, but I never really pay attention to covers.
Plot: The plot was confusing, it was mainly a love story between two people that couldn't be with each other, but the way Fitzgerald lays it out, it's choppy, and some parts make little sense.
Dislikes: Fitzgerald's way of showing things. He tried to make nice, long elegant sentences, but it just made things a mess. He had a strange way of developing characters too.
Final Thoughts: Did I really finish it? I'm not really done with this book, I still have to annotate it, probably during Christmas break.

Up Next:


Cover of "The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Tr...

This has been a review by Lala!

6.12.10

My Problem

Current Mood: Monday's over with.
Currently Listening to:  "Just By Being You (Halo and Wings)" by Steel Magnolia

I have this problem.
I can't write.
I never have time anymore, in fact, I probably shouldn't be wasting time to write this post, but I need help.
I've got 12,000 words done of Snatched. I told myself I'd finish it by the end of the year. That isn't going to happen.
I don't have time. I'm in two AP classes, and two other classes.
I have a weird school schedule called an "accelerate block" which means I have four classes and I go to those four classes everyday until January when I have finals, and the next week, I go to four new classes until the end of the year!
Ideally, you're supposed to have 2 core (History, English, science, and math) classes a semester and two electives to balance it all out.
I hdon't have electives. It sucks a lot.
I have no time at all anymore.
So, how am I supposed to crank out 38,000 words in 4 weeks?
Remember, I have school this week, and next, and that's it.
I don't think I can, but if you have a suggestion, please, please, please! Let me know.
Because, if I can't finish this soon, it may not be ready to go up on January 28th....

love, lala

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4.12.10

The Assassin Contest

Current Mood: tired
Currently Listening to: "The One in the Middle" by Sarah Johns


So, I redid the pages. All of my books are now on one page, and there's an about me page! Success! 
The main point of this post is the contest.
Here's a reminder:



One person will get to read the whole entire "The Assassin" book and ask me as many questions as she or he can think of, and I'll give away spoilers, if you want me to! 


There are four ways of entering:


1.) Comment on this post.
2.) Follow this blog.
3.) Follow me on Twitter @tennisketter
4.) Tweet about The Assassin Saga
If you do any of these, please post a comment on this post so I can keep track of how many people and entries I have.
I'll be sure to tell you when I have an end date for this contest!



love, lala

1.12.10

It came!

Current Mood: happy, happy, HAPPY!
Currently Listening to: "Smoke a Little Smoke" by Eric Church





OH MY GOSH


IT CAME!
My Harper Collins' review came, and I loved it! I am so happy right now!

So, I figured I should share it with you.....

You’ve devised a thrilling premise here—the dual lives that Cassie leads, the intrigue of her past, the excitement and daring involved in her profession as a teenage assassin (not to mention that she’s a female assassin!)—all of these elements grab the reader immediately. I think Cassie’s spunky personality and bravado are truly appealing—she is a relatable heroine that the reader will root for, especially considering her checkered past, the misfortune of her parents, her calling to become an assassin as her father was before her, and a destiny that could not be denied. That she is a seemingly everyday teen with boy troubles, mean girl confrontations, cafeteria showdowns, history projects and homework adds to the allure of her secret life. You’ve set this up beautifully and the juxtaposition between Cassie-by-day and her nighttime missions makes for great reading.
The prologue is chilling and a wonderful set-up as you thrust the reader into the action right away, and we witness the gruesome murder of Cassie’s mother by her father. Cassie’s mother’s premonition that her baby is destined to outshine her father in her abilities is one that is haunting. What will become of this poor abandoned child? Flash forward to an outwardly normal high school life, and we learn how Cassie has come to reconcile the person she was meant to be. Her skill in killing, the signature knife through the heart, the suspicions and fame surrounding the identity of The Assassin—all of this allows for action-packed and alluring scenes. Where I would like to see more development is in Cassie’s understanding of her role as assassin—how did she first learn that this was her calling? Was she trained somehow or did it come to her naturally? She has such tremendous confidence in her skills that I think it would help for the reader to better understand how Cassie first learned of and grappled with her fate. It can’t be easy to find out that you were meant to be a killer. Also, in her murder scenes she appears to have no remorse—I understand that each of these intended victims are wrongdoers in some capacity or another, and that she must be professional and detached in order to execute her assassination, but she seems almost too cavalier and relaxed. Also, there seems to be a Robin Hood aspect with respect to her targets—this is interesting, especially in opposition to her evil father and his cruel and unusual work as an assassin. I think this could definitely be developed and fleshed out further.
The romance with Seth Edwards delivers palpable chemistry and sexy banter—the way in which she rejects him in spite of herself allows us to see the vulnerable side of Cassie and helps to round out your heroine. I think you could do further work on Seth—why is it that he’s so intent on charming Cassie? His motives, beyond a basic crush, seem unclear. What is the source of Seth’s feelings, and why is he drawn to Cassie in such an intense way?
I’m eager to see where Cassie’s hunt for Joe will lead her and how the showdown with her criminal father will play out—all these details allow for a climactic denouement and a captivating conclusion. Bravo for crafting a terrific plot and delivering a gripping story arc!

Hope you like it, guys!

love, lala

26.11.10

Lala's Book Adventures!

Current Mood: tired, and my nose itches, but I am home!
Currently Listening to: "Walk Away" by Kelly Clarkson
Ahha! I survived another trip to Austin. And, as it was my birthday last week, I've gotten a lot of book, including Decision Points. Here's s the books I've gotten in the past week:

The Heritic's Daughter - Recommended by my APUSH teacher
The Maze Runner - Recommended by Evie
The White Queen - I love this author!
The Red Queen - The second in the series
Wicked Appetite - By my favorite author
Troublemaker - I did a review on this a while back, this summer, I think?
Part two of Troublemaker - IT CAME OUT!

I've read about half of these, and I'm not going to get to finish them all before school Monday, so they'll have to wait until next semester. -_-
Book reviews are coming back, by Evie's request!

love, lala


22.11.10

A Sneak Preivew

Current Mood: Angry at inkpop, but that's another post, at another time
Currently Listening to: "Show Me the Way to Your Heart" by Sara Evans


Sneak Preview time!
Due to inkpop issues, I may not be a part of the sight on January 28th, and if that's the case, I will not be able to post Snatched up. So, I've decided to give y'all a special preview of it.
It's the first chapter, and it's very rough, because I haven't edited it. But I'd love to hear what everyone has to say about it. 
So, if you want to read the first chapter of Snatched you should totally click on the link. :)







love, lala

21.11.10

NaNoWriMo, why must you be in November?

Current Mood: happy, I don't have to go to school this week :)
Currently Listening to: "5 4 3 2 Run" by SHeDAISY

So.....
I think I won't waste time stating the obvious, but I finally get to read a book of my choosing, which is the first time since *counts on fingers*
August. Before school started.
I think.

I'm reading Decision Points by George Bush. Well, I haven't started it yet, but I'm still super excited. I live in Texas, and Texas is Bush country. He was the governor of Texas before he became president, so everyone here likes him because he was a good governor.
Needless to say, I'm really excited to be able to start this, and I'll have to read it all in a week, because when I get back after Thanksgiving break, I have to read The Great Gatsby, which is being made into a movie with Leonardo di Caprio, which probably means I will not be seeing it. I am not a big fan of him.
On top of that, I've decided to quit NaNo. I'm still writing Snatched, but I just didn't have the time to finish it in November. I'm only at 13K, and there's no way I'll be able to catch up now. I want to finish it before the end of the year so I can edit during January so Snatched is ready when I post it on inkpop on *January 28th,* which is my inkpop anniversary.
And then after that, I may start typing up my romance novel, which will be a trilogy. I'm handwriting it first, so if I finish, I'll start working on it, but if not, I'll pick back up on Secrets Revealed, and begin plotting Tried, Snatched's sequel. If you think hard enough, you'll figure out why it's called Tried. 
I'll keep you updated with my writing decisions and everything else!

love, lala

16.11.10

"Megara, My Friends Call Me Meg, at Least They Would if I had Any Friends"

Current Mood: Tomorrow's my birthday?!?!?
Currently Listening to: "Put You in a Song" by Keith Urban

Meg:
Everyone knows this girl, at if you don't, you've obviously been living under a rock for the past 14 years, and that is not my problem.


She's the tough girl on the outside, but the girl who's sweet on the inside. 

^^That is my favorite song. 




EVER




^^That looks really painful for him. 

I guess, in a way, Cassie Dreandry is a lot like Meg here. They're both tough with the smart ass comments, but on the inside, both girls are afraid to fall in love. Cassie goes through this in book three, in case you were wondering. 
Meg and Cassie have had their hearts broken, and both of them don't want it to happen again.
But can you blame them?
^^One of the adorable pictures ever....
And Meg and Cassie aren't the only ones afraid of falling in love. It happens all the time, fiction and reality.
We're just too afraid to admit it.
Basically, I love this movie, and Meg, because she's just amazing....
And I felt like she deserved a blog post. :D

love, lala

15.11.10

inkpopper of the Week: tennisketter « Inkpop Blog

inkpopper of the Week: tennisketter « Inkpop Blog

“I’m sixteen going on seventeen, until Wednesday (the 17th), then I’ll be seventeen going on eighteen! I’m a junior at my school, I live in Texas where the weather is the most bipolar thing on the face of the earth, I’m in two AP classes, and I walk my dog every night, well, almost every night.”

And when she’s not walking her dog, or digging her way out of the pile of homework her AP classes require, Laura (akatennisketter) is doing what she can to leave a mark on the literary world via her series about Cassie Dreandry.

You just received a gold star for your inkpop project The Assassin and are awaiting your review from the HarperCollins editors. What is going through your mind right now? How does it feel to have made such an impact on inkpop?

Laura: Nervous. It took me a while to get up there, but I’m excited to finally have succeeded. I’m anxious to see what my editor thinks I need to work on and what I’ve got going right, and I’m most certainly excited for it. I totally think it’s crazy that a story about a teenage killer can get a gold star, but crazy things happen every day, and I’m thankful for that.

The three projects you have on inkpop – The Assassin, Revenge of the Rossetts, and Secrets Revealed – all center around character Cassie Dreandry. What is it about Cassie that makes you want to continue her story as opposed to moving on to something new – a new character, etc.?

Laura: Cassie was my first character, and I hand write all of my books first. When I finished the first one in eighth-grade, I didn’t know what else to do, so I wrote another one about her. Her story has evolved so much in my mind that I’ve still got seven more books to write about her. It’ll be really hard when I finally write the ending to that last book because Cassie and I have been through a lot in the past few years, and I think that’s why I keep writing about her.

What makes your writing unique? What sets it apart from other inkpop projects and books that have already been published?

Laura: I don’t think most people would come up with the idea of a teenage assassin, then again, I’m not most people. I think what sets it apart is how Cassie’s two worlds are so totally different and then all of the sudden these worlds are forced to co-exist. The hiccup scene at Lorriane Benson’s house is a really good example of that. I mean, have you ever thought about what happens when assassins get the hiccups while on a mission?

All three of your inkpop projects fall under the general fiction/adventure/mystery genre…would you say this is your favorite category to write? Would you ever contemplate writing within a different genre?

Laura: Mystery is my favorite genre for sure. I love the suspense but hate it at the same time. And right now, I’m actually hand writing a romance book, so it’ll be interesting to see how that turns out without a mystery to be solved!

What is your favorite place for thinking and why?

Laura: When I walk my dog. For twenty minutes a day I have nothing but my dog, my iPod and my walk to worry about. Last year I wrote the last book in The Assassin Sagaand all of my major plot points, I came up for them while walking my dog. I get to let my mind just run free while I walk her.

If you had the chance to star as a character in any book what book would it be and why?

Laura: Um, I’d have to say Em Watts from the Airhead series by Meg Cabot. I read those books having chills down my back, it was an amazing story and I love Em’s thoughts and the way she handles things.

If you could have a dinner party with five of your favorite authors who would they be and why?

Laura: Janet Evanovich, she has humor and mystery in all her books and I’m always laughing out loud at the crazy schemes she creates; Meg Cabot because she writes really good, lighthearted stories that make great books for when you’re in a bad mood; Philippa Gregory because she writes amazing historical fiction; Rhys Bowen, because she’s also great at historical fiction; and Richard Castle, because who doesn’t like Castle?

Do you hope to make writing a career; or do you have other aspirations?

Laura: I’d love to be writing as a career, but I’ve grown up in a home where I’ve learned to have a back up plan. I really want to do something in the law field when I get older. I’d be a lawyer, but law school has no appeal to me.

What do you think makes good writing?

Laura: Knowing your plot and characters is a really good start, and being able to know what works within your writing style. Basically, I think knowing your own writing style is the best way to know good writing. You have to know what works and doesn’t work.

Who is your favorite character(s) in any of your work and why?

Laura: Probably Cassie because I’ve known her the longest and I know her the best. Cassie is a lot like me, so I can relate to a lot of the stuff I put her through.

What’s on your fall/winter reading list?

Laura: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (both for English AP); Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen; The Red Queen by Philipa Gregory; Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich. I read a lot of adult books, and AP books.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Laura: I’ve got a new book going up in late January, so be sure to look for that! It’s called Snatched.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite ice cream topping? Chocolate chips. :)
What’s on your iPod? SHeDAISY, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, LeAnn Rimes.
Hidden talent? Good dog walker?
Favorite cartoon character? Kim Possible!
Favorite vacation spot? Grand Canyon.




Hope you guys like it!

love, lala

12.11.10

The Assassin Contest

Current Mood:Friday!
Currently Listening to: "Tennessee" by Sugarland

So, it's the big day! Contest time!
Starting on December 1st, there'll be a post where you can comment to enter the contest.
Prize: One person will get to read the ending of The Assassin and will get to ask me anything about the book or the series, and I'll include spoilers if the winner wants them.
Date: December 1st until I decide to close it. It'll be probably at the end of the month.
Why: To celebrate the new The Assassin Saga blog. The winner will be posted in the first post on the blog..
To Enter: Become a Fan of The Assassin Saga on Facebook.
Follow Lala Land.
Tweet about either Lala Land or The Assassin Saga, but you must include "@tennisketter" so I know that you actually tweeted about it.
Comment on the blog post.
For any one of these you do, please post a comment to let me know because it will be so much easier for me to keep up the entries when they are all at one place.
Any questions?

love, lala

10.11.10

Birthday Blues

Current Mood: The week is halfway over!
Currently Listening to: Well, nothing.

I've got the birthday blues.
No, today is not my birthday, I've still got a week until I turn 17. On the 17th.
Yeah, it is cheezy, but it's true. The truth is, I'm not quite sure I want my birthday to happen.
I've never had good birthdays, last year, half of the people closest to me forgot my birthday! I mean, yeah, it is my cousin's birthday too....

BUT IT WAS MY FREAKING BIRTHDAY FIRST!!!


Sorry, as you can probably tell, I've got a tiny bit of hostility towards the day of my birth.
Just a little. I swear.

But not only last year, when I turned 14, I was in a car accident. You read that right. A car accident.
No one was seriously hurt or anything, but really, a car accident!
Sometimes I feel like God is just laughing on my birthday at me. I really do.

Once again, I apologize. I just needed to vent out because no one seems to understand why I don't like my birthday.

Oh, and sometime this week, I'll have a big announcement about The Assassin Saga. Be sure to look for that, either tomorrow or Friday, I still have to verify a few things, but it'll coincide with the debut of The Assassin Saga blog!

love, lala

9.11.10

Two Days in a Row?

Current Mood: tired, still stupid time change
Currently Listening to: "Bring on the Rain" by Jo Dee Messina

Aren't you proud of me? Two days in a row!
Oh, and on Monday, all you people on inkpop, you need to keep your eye open! There's gonna be a surprise!

love, lala

8.11.10

NaNo Mania!

Current Mood: tired, silly time change
Currently Listening to: "Repent" by SHeDAISY

Well, I have 6K done of Snatched.
I should have another 6K done, but I don't. I have this little thing called AP US History.
I hate it.
And it's a 27 week class.
But, I've also decided that Snatched is going to have a sequel, and it will be titled Tried. I've already got a cover in mind, and probably sometime in January or December, I'll have a cover and pitch. When you see the cover, it'll be totally obvious as to why it's called Tried. Trust me, it will be.
But, I'll have more info on Snatched as more becomes available.

love, lala

2.11.10

The Assassin Saga- Blog?


Current Mood: gloomy, matches the sky. 
Currently Listening to: "Haunted (Acoustic)" by Taylor Swift
First things first:

Click on the picture to see it! It's a star!

SUPPORT THIS BLOG
On to other things. My friend, Lindsey, has a blog for her series. She proposed that I start a blog for The Assassin Saga. There'd be posts about it, and more info on the books. You can click on her button to get more information about what this blog would be like.
So, my question.
Would you be interested in it? Would you follow, would you read the posts and comment?
Let me know!

love, Lala

30.10.10

Cover Mania!

Current Mood: happy, feeling much better (I was sick this week)
Currently Listening to: "Stand Up" by Sugarland
Two new covers for you!

Made by the wonderful Deena!

Snatched- my Nano project!

Truth is, I didn't make either of these covers, but I'm hopefully gonna make a cover for Snatched, and I'll post it on here if I do.

love, Lala


25.10.10

NaNo Change!

Current Mood: It's only Monday?
Currently Listening to: "Dear John" by Taylor Swift
Just wanted to let you guys know that my NaNoWriMo project has changed from Just Perfect to Snatched.
More details coming soon!

love, lala

22.10.10

The Name Game

Current Mood: I be two on inkpop :D
Currently Listening to: "Tonight" by Sugarland
Earlier this week I realized I had a problem.
Almost of all of my MCs have names that end in the "ee" sound.
Don't believe me?

  • Cassie Dreandry
  • Bree Wells
  • Zoey Lauder
  • Elly Ellis
Four names, four "ee" endings. How weird is that? Okay, maybe not so much. Part of making a great MC is making the name work. Cassie went through at least a dozen last names before I finally came up with "Dreandry." And the queen bee at her school, Lorraine, was Karrie, that's not a mean girl name!!
But, half of the time as I develop plots in my mind, everyone is just "He" or "she." I hate naming people.
I change names a lot. And I neglect naming people.
So, what makes your character's name? What are the general rules for picking a name? How do you know that you've just found that name that works?
Let me know! Hopefully I'll change everything this afternoon, but who knows.

love, lala

15.10.10

Some Changes Coming Soon

Current Mood: Like I said before, it's Friday!
Currently Listening to: "Down is Where I'm Going" by Miranda Lambert

So, because I've been neglecting the site for a while because I've got midterms next week and I'm behind on editing, but I'll be caught up tonight, and all this other crazy stuff, I'm going to redesign it again.
But, this will be a total redesign.

  • I'll be redoing the pages 
  • I'll be trying to write better posts on writing 
  • I'll be doing freebies for those people who want to design their blog (yeah, with my stuff?)
  • And I'll try to get some guests bloggers.
  • I'll be adding more info about the books and making new covers 
  • basically redoing all of Lala Land.

It'll be amazing!
I hope....
If there's anything you'd like to see when I change it all, let me know! Please! I love hearing from you guys!

love, lala

P.S. 
Here's a sneak peek of the kit I'll be using.

I Am SO Sorry

Current Mood:

FRIDAY! Enough Said


Currently Listening to: nothing, I'm at school
I am so sorry I haven't updated y'all in almost a week.
Expect a new post tonight or tomorrow.

love, lala

9.10.10

A Special Preview

Current Mood: exhausted.
Currently Listening to: "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)
So, because I'm already behind on editing, and I'm tired of it for the day, I decided to give you guys a special treat.
It's not much, but I like the way it's going so far.

The sound of feet running across the ground fading. They must think I’m dead. Why else would they dump me here, in a ditch, in the middle of the forest? There is no other reason. They think I’m dead. They think it’ll be days before anyone finds me, and by then, I’ll certainly be dead.
It’s cold, I can feel the snow seeping through my blue jeans. I’m losing the feeling in my toes, and now it’s slowly beginning to creep up into my feet. I’m numb; I can only feel the pain on the inside, not the pain on the outside.
Even the moon can’t fight through the dark tree tops of this place. It’s completely dark; I can’t tell the difference between my hand and the snow it lays on top of. I can’t feel my hand either.
My wet hair is plastered all over my face and I’m starting to shiver. The only hope I have is that the sun will be rising soon. When I was in the car, I caught the sight of the clock on the dashboard that read “5:30.” Surely someone or something will me soon. Or can find the strength to go find help?
Part of me wants to go, but the other part just wants to lay here and freeze to death.
But I know I can’t.
That man deserves better, people need to know why he died and why I’m here, on the brink of death.
People have to know. I don’t think I’ll be able to stay sane if I don’t tell someone.
People will want to know. If I can get up and find help.
I’m scared, I’ll admit that, these past three weeks have been the most horrifying time of my life. But, I will let people know what has happened.
I just have to make sure I don’t freeze to death.
I will survive.


So, let me know what you think!

love, lala

8.10.10

A Heartfelt Thing

Current Mood: annoyed
Currently Listening to: "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler

Well, inkpop, I'm getting extremely fed up with you.
I'm back down to four, in fact, Sunday night, I almost fell to six.
So....
If I fall out of the top five....
I am taking The Assassin down.
Why, you may ask?
It's too much. I've spent more nights crying myself to sleep because of all the stress of keeping it up there.
If I fall out, I'll be a shoo-in for November.
But I can't handle the stress for another month and a half.
So, yeah. That's it.

love, lala

3.10.10

I fell.

Current Mood: sad
Currently Listening to: "Defying Gravity: Live from SoundStage" by Idina Menzel
I am no longer three on inkpop.
I am four. I am very sad.
I am editing, that makes me even sadder.
Tomorrow is Monday. That's the saddest of all.
If I finish this chapter and part of chapter four of editing in the next hour (yeah right) I'll post the teaser of "Snatched" up.

love, lala

2.10.10

Mommy Look! I'm on the front page!

Current Mood: happy
Currently Listening to: "Little White Church" by Little Big Town

Success!

For all you naysayers, AHHAH! I'm on the inkpop homepage.
Don't believe me?

Click on the picture for a bigger version.

AAHHA!

Now, let's just hope I can stay up there the whole month.

love, lala

29.9.10

Blog Designers!

Current Mood: so much homework
Currently Listening to: "Draggin the River" by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert

Okay, I know a couple of you who follow are blog designers, so I've got a few questions.
I'm looking into making a blog design site, but I'm wondering, would it be easier to join one if they wanted me to?
What's the best way to build up customer base? Keep in mind that I'd have to do this all free, so since this wouldn't be for commercial gain, would I be able to use scrabbooking kits as long as credit was given?
I'd really appriciate it if you guys have answers to this, or know of anyone who wants to add a team member...

love, lala

26.9.10

Authophrenia

Current Mood: What happened to the weekend?
Currently Listening to: "Maintain the Pain" by Miranda Lambert

Picture by Evie


I have a problem. I suffer from Authorphrenia. That's when your characters talk to you (most people would call it schizophrenia, but I like Authorphrenia better.
Want to know why?
In the past couple weeks as I've started editing The Assassin Cassie has stopped talking to me. It's making me nervous. I hope she just left on a vacation.
Instead, I've got Bree Wells (from Just Perfect) and two other girls, Elly and Zoey talking to me as well!
I didn't sign up for that when I joined to become a writer. -_-
Zoey came first and so after Just Perfect, I'll be writing Snatched:
Snatched:
17 years. Zoey Lauder had a good life for seventeen years. She never had to worry about anything. She’s the girl everyone wants to be friends with, her parents adore her, and her boyfriend is crazy about her. Life seems almost perfect.
One week. That’s how long it’s been since Zoey stumbled into a store and saw an attempted murder take place. She knew the man who almost died, but she’s never seen the two men who were trying to kill him. She has no idea why they would try to kill the man, but after they try again and succeed, she has a feeling she might be next.
20 days and 20 nights. Zoey Lauder has been missing that long. One minute she's in plain sight; the next, vanished. No one can think of a motive, and no one knows where Zoey has gone to. It’s not like her to just leave and never call. As time goes on, her family and friends are becoming horrified. There’s no way she could have survived, but as long as there’s no body, there’s hope. But will hope be enough for Zoey’s family when the truth becomes exposed?

 I'm really excited to get to tell Zoey's story, and I can't wait to write it. It probably won't be until like February or March before I get to write it, but it'll be exciting!
I'll have Elly's pitch sometime soon.
Let me know what you think of Zoey's story. :D


love, lala

23.9.10

Release Date!

Current Mood: stayed home sick, but I feel so much better
Currently Listening to: "Summer's Not Hot" by Selena Gomez & the Scene
Well, I was sick today, so I redesigned the blog, again. There's a new button too!
Anyways, the main point of this post is to let you know that:

Just Perfect

has a release date. It will be released onto inkpop on December 15th. That gives me about a month to write most of it and edit at least 10K after The Assassin gets it's star at the end of October. I don't even care if Halloween is a school night, I'm staying up to see it change!

Hopefully I'll have a book cover this weekend...



love, lala

20.9.10

In a Round About Way

Current Mood: Happy!
Currently Listening to: "If I Had Your Name" by Martina McBride
Today I'm gonna write an actual writing post, (along with unrelated writing things) and about character development. *gasp*
In part of my editing process, I'm adding more description and more detail to Melania and Brent's crazy-messed-up-because-he's-criminally-insane-relationship. In the, let's see, *counts on fingers* seven times I've rewritten this book, Brent has always been purely evil. There was no other side to him. He was like a fairytale villain. One side, just purely evil. But, that has to change. People aren't like that in everyday life. At least one time in a person's life, they were good. After almost four years of Brent being purely evil, I can't tell you how hard it is to give him another dimension. But, when it comes to adding more to him, how do I do it? Do I make him regret all of the people he's killed and all the ones who survived, like Cassie and Melania.
Part of the underlining them of The Assassin is that even the bad guys have a good side to them. Take Cassie, for instance, she's a good kid in school (most of the time), she loves her dad, her friends, and almost falls for Seth Edwards *ick*.
Cassie has two total opposite sides, that's always been easy for me. Cassie has always been part teenage girl, part professional. I mean, come on, she is the Assassin.
But her life isn't all about killing, in fact, as the series continues, she kills less and less. Brent's evilness has that much impact on her. She finally sees what other people see when they think "bad guy."
So, how do I give Brent another, softer, kinder side when even the Assassin fears him and his sick minds?
We'll have to see... And yes, I've got ideas...


On to other things:

Castle comes back on tonight!!! *dies*

I've only seen one episode in the show and I loved it. I can't wait to see the new one tonight. More coming some time this week on everything Castle related.






17.9.10

Editing Blues

Current Mood: IT'S FRIDAY!! Need I say more?
Currently Listening to: "I Wish I Were the Rain" by SHeDAISY
Good day to all my lovlies!
So, what has Laura been doing all week?
   Well, Laura has been doing algebra homework *eww*, returning reads, and editing her book, which is taking a very long time.
That's my week. Plus an astronomy test that I almost failed. -_-
So, I've edited the prologue and split chapter one into two separate sections. It's an exhausting process...
Oh, has anyone heard about this little thing in the gulf?

Has anyone?
And it's about to rain here, but not because of Karl. He better not come, I'm still having allergies from Hermine...
Editing is such a boring process, or so they say. But I'm actually having fun with it...
That's right. Fun.
I'm writing like crazy, when I can....
I'll give you more updates when new edits get posted.

14.9.10

News, news, news!

Current Mood: eh, better than I've been in the past day.
Currently Listening to: "A Little Bit Stronger" by Sara Evans
I need to change those colors, don't ya think? ^^
But anyways, just some updates...

  • I got my junior pictures yesterday. I think they turned out really good, but my hair is way dark in the picture.
  • I've edited the prologue and half of chapter one in The Assassin.
  • The Assassin is currently ten on inkpop, and could be nine by the end of the night.
  • Evie J on inkpop told me that I am going to get into the top five this month. :O It was more of a "if you don't, I'll kill you" kind of thing.
  • I got an 85 on my algebra test!
  • Oh, and I think I'm getting sick.
  • And, I made a new cover for The Assassin, which just got another pick :D
  • Just checked, The Assassin is nine!


11.9.10

Prologue is Edited!

Current Mood: eh, allergies are getting me down
Currently Listening to: "Things I Should've Said" Club Mis by Chelsea Fields


The prologue is edited! Thanks so much to Evie J @ Peace, Love, and Books for helping me edit this sucker.
Here's a bit of the new prologue.


            She closed her eyes and stood there. She knew tonight would be the night that he’d come for her. For a year and a half he’d slapped, screamed and abused her into telling him what he wanted. He had even locked her in a house, away from the world, hoping to get “it”.
            But she didn’t know what “it” was. Whenever she’d ask him what “it” was; he’d say that she knew.
            She had tried to tell herself she was brave, but she couldn’t. It was all an act, Please, Lord, please forgive him for what he is going to do, she prayed, but she wasn’t going to be the one forgiving him for all the things he had done to her.           
Pulling the apple out of the fridge, she walked to the counter and began to cut it. She placed the knife back down on the counter and turned to wash her hands. She was waiting, anxious for it all to be over, no matter if she survived or not.  She just hoped her baby would be okay. But hope meant nothing. Her baby would be okay, she could see these things. She knew that her baby would be destined for great things, depending on what one would call “great things.”
            The slamming car door made her jump, and she listened for the sounds of his footsteps approaching the front door.  He jiggled the door, but the lock held. Angry, he began to bang on it, each bang making her heart beat faster and faster.
“Sarah, come answer the goddamn door.”
            “No!” Sarah cried. She wasn’t going to let him in. That would be like letting the devil in. She could not welcome the devil into her house. “Please, don’t let him have a key, Lord,” she whispered. She knew that he wasn’t going to let her live much longer.
            She wanted to live. She was going to put up a fight, even if she knew it wasn’t worth it.  
“It’s not here,” she said. “I don’t know what you think I have, but I don’t have it, and if I did, I most certainly would not give it to you.”
            She could feel his gaze on her. “Very funny, Sarah, but I don’t have time for this,” he said.
            “You’re going to kill me, aren’t you?” Sarah knew better than to ask the question, but it was too late.
            “I won’t if you tell me where it is.”
            “For the last time, I don’t know where “it” is. Goddamn you! Having the nerve to lock me up in a house expecting me to give you whatever it is you want! Well, I won’t deal with it anymore! Get out of my house!” She swung the knife at him, trying to get him to back off.
            He took a step back then stared at her in amusement. “Well, calm down, it’s all okay, if you don’t know where it is, I guess there’s only one thing to do then.” He grinned.
If you want to read the rest of the prologue, click here. Let me know what you think of it!!
I'm off!

9.9.10

Well....

Current Mood: happy
Currently Listening to:"A Year Without Rain" by Selena Gomez and the Scene
Well, The Assassin is 11 on inkpop! It's awesome. On the all time chart, I have to pass two books before I can be ten, but I think I can get it this weekend! I'm really starting to think I can get into the top five this month! Oh, and on that note, I finally started editing again last night...
And that means Secrets Revealed is postponed until the end of the month when I get my star. I'll keep you updated!

7.9.10

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Current Mood: eh, none 
Currently Listening to: "Love on You" by Kate & Kacey

Reasons why I will not be writing:




Tropical storm Hermine....
Here's a few pictures I took of the storm, I missed the big down pour during algebra 2.

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The road is SO wet!
That green thing is my dog's toy. She likes to give herself whiplash with it.
You can see the reflection of the trees :O
The sky looks like it's sunny!
Yeah, that's what it's looked like all day. Except for algebra.... It looked a lot worse then.
Well, that's all I've got to say today...
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6.9.10

TA-DA

Current Mood: happy
Currently Listening to: "Things I Should've Said" by Chelsea Field
Be jealous! I've got a brand new design, and I like it. I made it with design elements from:

Anyways, I'm still at 14, but someone said they were going to pick it like ten minutes ago, and I have a feeling this is the one to break to 13 still at 14...
But, I still have no update on my neighbor, Lawn Boy. When I do, I'll be sure to let you know.
Oh, yeah, did I mention that Tropical Storm Hermine is going to hit sometime tomorrow? That'll be so much fun. *eye roll*
More coming soon.
Until next time...

5.9.10

The Day Just Keeps Getting Weirder.

Current Mood: Shocked, happy, tired, all that jazz.
Currently Listening to: "Life Goes On" by LeAnn Rimes


Yeah, I changed it again, but I don't know how much I like it. I'll be tweaking it soon.
Okay, let's get this out of the way.
My next door neighbor got arrested this morning, and I don't know why.
Anyways, what the heck happened?
A week ago, I was 29, struggling to keep my book alive. And then everyone got bumped up because it was the end of the month and I was 24. Two books were taken out and I was 22. And then Friday night I made it to 16 with like twenty picks in an HOUR.
I'm at 15 right now. All my inkpop friends think I'll be in the top five this month. Oh, actually, I just checked. I'm 14!!
Okay, I got stuff to do. Bye!

30.8.10

Oh no!

Current Mood: MAD
Currently Listening to: NOT IMPORTANT
OH NO!
The Assassin fell! After being at 28 for three weeks! I'm so mad right now, I can't  even....

AGH!!!

This isn't happening!!!
But it is.

29.8.10

Oregon Trail

Current Mood: tired
Currently Listening to: "Our Song" by Taylor Swift.
Writing is a little bit like the game Oregon Trail. Come one, who remembers it? And no, remembering it does not make you old.
But writing is like Oregon Trail. Both are a journey. Sometimes you lose characters that you weren't planning to lose. Sometimes the plot takes an unexpected twist, goes down a different road, or get to your destination in a way you never thought possible.

But why is that? Is it because too often as writers we let our story tell us what happens instead of the opposite way? I think that having our story take over is something that all writers have at least once in their writing career. It happened to me, the first time I wrote Secrets Revealed. 
Cassie found her true love in this book, whether I realized it or not. And he was just supposed to be a character that appeared once. But as I wrote some more (remember, I hand write everything first, I'm working on the seventh book now.) I realized that this guy kept popping up, and despite ruining all my plans, I liked him.
Why is that?
Maybe it's just a thing that happens to writers, but I know that it sure can surprise you.
So, what are your "Oregon Trail" story?

27.8.10

OMG!! AP English, you suck!

Current Mood: exhausted
Currently Listening to: "Little White Church" by Little Big Town
Okay, don't blame me, blame AP English and algebra 2.
More details coming tomorrow on my crazy first week as an upperclassman and why I hate Henry Flemming.
I promise.
Tomorrow morning.
Off to go watch Investigation Discovery.

21.8.10

Chapter Two is Done!

Current Mood: Happy!

Currently Listening to: "Sometimes You Leave" by Carrie Underwood.


I'm happy to announce that I've finished chapter two, and Secrets Revealed might go public tonight if I can get another 2,000 words done between now and bedtime. I think I can do it. I'll be sure to let you know if it goes public!

20.8.10

What the heck happened?!?!

Dude, there's these white spots on the bottom and top of the page! They weren't there before! AHHH! WHY?!?!

EDIT: The third column is coming back!

School & Changes

Yes, I changed it again, but I won't get to for a long time. I've got a hard first semester. And, I actually made it this time! I'll post credits later.

18.8.10

Chapter One is Done!

I'm happy to announce that I've finished Chapter one of Secrets Revealed. Except you can't see it because I need 6000 more words to make it public on inkpop! By Sunday it'll be public. I promise!

16.8.10

Click on the page Links!

I dare you! Because...
GUESS WHAT I FIXED!






It works now! Took a while, but I figured it out :D

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