30.6.10

Just Perfect

Finally, I've got a title for the first Bree Wells book. Here's the one line pitch and the full pitch! So excited.

Just Perfect

 In this family everything is just perfect, and the consequences are deadly if it isn't. 
Bree Wells has the perfect American family. Her step-dad, Jimmy, is the President, and her mom is the fancy socialite that got him there. With her two step-brothers, Jimmy tries to paint the symbol of the all-American family, except for the fact that she wants nothing to do with it. When she discovers just how Jimmy won the elections, she’s out to figure out who could ever believe such an idiot. Along the way she meets Jason, who’s mom happens to be getting cozy with Jimmy, she asks for his help in exposing the President’s dirty lies. But with every choice comes a consequence, and Jimmy doesn’t plan to let Bree go public with his story. She must choose to live in silence to make the world happy, or follow her instinct and bring down a man and his government.
I'm totally pumped. Today, I was editing and I was talking about how Michael Brandon, Cassie's teenybopper, best friend, was perfectly fine with her not being a fan of his music, and it hit my like a rock in the head!
So, after I switched everything over, the poll broke. Again. But based on all the polls, and what people told me, here are the results, tallied up, of what book I write next::

29.6.10

The Return of the Sunflower

It's back and better than before! What do you guys think? If' you've been following me long enough, you might remember the sunflowers I had a while back:




Well, either way, they redid the design, and I'm loving it. It's so nice and happy and springish/summery, which is a total contrast to the last twenty four hours. Hard to think that yesterday at this time, I was on my back porch watching a freaking FUNNEL CLOUD spin over my neighbor's yard. How crazy is that? Okay, yes, I know I live in Texas, which is indeed a part of Tornado Alley, but it's totally different when you see one spinning three yards over! I have video but my camera is being a butt, maybe tomorrow.
I've got four chapters edited! So happy! I sent it off to two of my writing buddies and they're both going to give me feedback on what I've edited so far. Both of these girls are inkpopers and they've both had top pick books, and they're two of my dearest writing buddies, so I really look forward to what they have to say! Even if it's bad news. Top Five, HERE I COME!
But, I'd planned to do this edit in the morning, write in the afternoon thing, not working so far. And I'm leaving again this weekend and next. My goal is to have all the edits done and up on inkpop by next Friday.
AH I'M SO EXCITED!



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27.6.10

Sunday Songs

Whew! Today has been a busy day. I sing choir at my church, but we're on break for summer, so my friend and I went to a church north of where I live. One of our old Music Ministry directors works there now and we got to sing soprano with his choir. It was so much fun! We got to sing songs we actually knew, and there was this cute little baby I got to hold. Totally adorable, until she spit up on my arm. That wasn't so adorable.
But, anyways, what do you think of the new layout? I like it, it's kinda dark, which is totally different from the orange and purple I had last time.
But, I've gotten two chapters edited, and I like where this is going. You can read the edits by clicking here. Also, I got rid of the excerpt page, because I have them uploaded now. I'm so excited. Editing is going so much better than I ever imagined.
Yay! More votes! Right now, both books are tied neck and neck for the next book I write. So read the pitches and vote for which one you think will be best. And I've got another book idea rolling around in my head, so maybe some day this week, I'll write a pitch and add it up. It's a vampire book, but you never know...
Thanks for all the comments I've gotten in the past few posts, I love hearing from you guys.

25.6.10

I'm Back

PhotobucketWow. I'm back. I've spent more hours in the car this week than ever before. It was insane. There was so much that happened this week. I've been in three different time zones, and my body never adjusted to not being on Texas time. I stayed in Flagstaff for two days where on the mountain that was the backdrop to the town had snow on one side, and a wild fire burning on the other:
Photobucket I went to Sadona, Arizona, where I saw the only McDonald's arch in the country that's not yellow. (It's against building code there.)
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I saw the beuatiful Grand Canyon. This is my favorite picture that I took. It was so pretty, and I'm really sad that all I have is a crappy camera phone to take pictures with, because if I had a better one, my pictures would be BA. I also went to the Petrified Forest, and the Meteor Crater. I took 466 pictures in four days, and I still had 17,956 pictures left. But by far, this picture had to be my absolute favorite:

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Oh, and I'm going to update the site again soon with some more goodies, including a new excerpt for The Assassin and I might add one for Revenge of the Rossetts & Bree's Story. Don't forget to vote for which book you want me to write next... (I've only got two votes. How sad!)
I hope you all had a wonderful week, I know I did.
Good night my lovlies!



 

19.6.10

Vampires

Yes, today I'm talking about those bloodsucking peeps that got a major revival with the release of Twilight and it's sequels. Vampires have been around forever, right? Well, on inkpop, there's tons of stories about Vampires, and tons of arguments about them on the forum. There's stories about Vampire love, and vampire hunting. Either way, most people who are die heart Twilight fans all agree. Vampires are about to become a thing of the past.
But, here's the thing, I kinda want to write a vampire book. It wouldn't be lovely dovey stuff, because I can't write that at all. I was thinking about it the other night, and I think I might just write a vampire book. I was thinking more along the lines where vampires were almost like ghosts. It's something I'd have to toy with. But I wanna know, what's your opinion about vampires? Like 'em? Hate 'em? And why? What swayed you one way or the other? If I'm gonna write this sucker, which if I do, it'll probably be one of those books that stays in the closet FOREVER, but if I do, I wanna know how people view vampires.

16.6.10

Promotion

Today is a biggie for me on Lala Land. I'm talking about promotion. It's what gets your story noticed and out there. It's what makes people follow you on Blogger. But how do you guys promote?
On inkpop, there's swapping, which is where you read a part of someone's work and they do the same for you. It's basically the only way to ensure that your book goes up in ranks. My goal is to get into the Top Five on inkpop for the month of August. That involves a lot of promoting, not just on inkpop, but other places too. For instance; if more people follow my blog, then they'll become exposed to the Saga, and possibly become interested and read it. It's all a matter of balance. How do you balance it? What are the tips and tricks you have to making people want to know about you and your work? I love hearing from you guys as you all have different ways and opinions on how to get it done.
Oh, on another note:

SIX DAYS UNTIL SIZZLING SIXTEEN 



Also, I want to tell you about the group blog I'm blogging on. It's for a group called Write Here, and you can see the blog here. I'm really excited to be a part of it, and I'd love if you guys check it out and maybe join the group (the link is under the "Sites You Need To Know About" section). 
Also, rehearsal last night: OMGEEZERS boring! For the three hour rehearsal, I spent two listening to everyone learn the opening song, which I guess I don't sing, since my group was never called up to learn it. And then I spent the other hour on the balcony watching the blocking of everyone else. And I get to do it all over again tonight. 
But first, man, I can't believe I'm still going, I'm baby-sitting this afternoon. :)

15.6.10

Um....

For some strange reason, the poll on the right is broken, and I don't know why! So, leave in your comment which you think I should write next:

  • The Assassin Three
  • Bree's Story

I Don't Believe This!

The one time I have an excuse to use a sarcastic title for a blog post, and I can't even come up with one! (And that my dear lovlies, is not sarcasm).
But sarcasm is indeed the topic of this post, along with a few other things.
You see, this all began yesterday when I was talking to a fellow inkie, isn't that catchy?, about sarcasm in writing.  I think it's ironic how all my friends can never tell if I'm using sarcasm when I text or I'm talking to them online. I'll make a sarcastic mark, and they'll always reply "are you being sarcastic?" Yes, I was being sarcastic. They're my friends, they should know whether or not I'm being sarcastic!! And all these people that I've never met, especially in my book, one of the first comparisons they make between Cassie, my MC, and me is both of us have a hard streak of sarcasm! These people have never met me and they know me better than my friends! So, I can't help but wonder what the heck is the problem here? So, what do you think is the secret to decoding sarcasm in writing? I wanna know, I really do, because I can't seem to come up with a logical answer.
That my friends, ended up being a lot shorter than I planned.. DX
Well, to other news: TONIGHT IS THE FIRST REHEARSAL! We're doing the musical version of the Tom Hanks movie, Big.  I'm the VP of promotion, and that's all I know. And I sing a song about black coffee, I looked it up on Wikipedia.

Also, on inkpop, The Assassin is now number 40, which is good, because my goal is to get into the top five in August. You see, the book needs some editing, which will happen next week on my roadtrip, and that gives me July to make the changes on the computer and upload it to inkpop, and then get people to read the new edits. I've got a mile long list in my head of things to change next week. But it'll have to wait until next week, because right now I'm reading The Jungle. It's rather long and boring, and way over too discriptive, and I've only got 285 some pages left to go. DX And I'm going to finish it by Saturday night so I don't have to read it on the trip! Oh, update on inkpop, I'm 41 now. D:
Song of the day: "Outside My Window" by Sarah Buxton. It's a fun summery song, and I love driving around town blaring it through the speakers. Enjoy!

14.6.10

Two times in a day??

Actually, the earlier one about my favorite book was one that I started yesterday, so I don't think that ought to count. But, yesterday I went book shopping! I'm an AP English student *gag* and I have to do summer reading projects *double gag*. Since I'm going on a roadtrip next week, I'll need lots to do, including:







  • edit The Assassin
  • And read all these books:




Favorite book

First off, anyone notice the changes that Blogger made when they finally introduced Blogger in Draft to everyone?

MY STINKIN HTML WON'T WORK!!

This is a rather big deal for me, since I always write in HTML, and code and link things in it. It's a lot quicker than having to link everything else from the toolbar. But that's not what this post is about. 
This post happens to be for the Bloggers United group on Inkwell. Here's the prompt:
We're doing our favorite books. One, and if you can't make up your mind, maximum three. So, we start today, as soon as you read this. We write a brief summary of what the book is about and then, why we love it, when we first read it, how we came to find it, what reactions the story provokes in us when we read it, etc.
 My favorite book: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich.
The truth is, I like all the books in the series. But, I can only do the first one. So, here I go:
One for the Money tells the story of recently laid off Stephanie Plum. In a desperate move, she blackmails her cousin, Vinnie, to give her a job picking up skips for his bail bonds company, better known as being a bounty hunter. The first case she gets is for Joe Morelli, a cop accused of murder. Morelli has often tricked Stephanie in the past, such as taking her virginity when she was sixteen. While she searches for Morelli, she gets caught up on Stark Street, one of the bad places in town, where she meets Lula and Jackie, the girls working the corner, and Benito Ramirez, the heavyweight boxer who has a record of being the last person with quite a few missing women.
This book is hilarious. I remember when my mom first read the book when I was like ten, she'd always be laughing, and I'd ask her what was so funny. The book is an adult book, with cussing, and not so child-approrpiate things, so she'd always child proof the story when she'd tell me, so I didn't find it all that funny, but I was still curious. And whenever I'd ask to read them, she'd always say "when you're older." Well, last summer, I finally convinced her that I was old enough, I'd been reading adult books for a while.

11.6.10

It totally feels like a Saturday...

That's what happens in summer.
Just a quick update because I have to leave in a few minutes, I'm gonna start watching Phantom of the Opera tonight, but I won't get very far. Darn nine o'clock bed time. AHH! Two minutes. Well, not much has happened since yesterday, I spent all day at church doing inventory DX. But, I want to tell you about a new group blog I'm a part of. I'm a part of a group called
Write Here. I'll add the link tomorrow.

10.6.10

SUCESS!

FINALLY! I passed everything! (except for my Latin final, but we'll let that slide.) I'm officially not a underclassman anymore! So happy for summer to be out. But look at my list for this summer:

  • Edit The Assassin
  • Finish Revenge of the Rossetts
  • Learn all my stuff for the musical Big
  • Summer reading project DX
  • Start either The Assassin Three or Bree's story See more info below
  • More coming soon!
So, on the releated note of starting a book, I wanna know, which book do you think I should write first? Here's the pitch for each: Bree's Story
Bree Wells has the perfect American family. Her step-dad, Jimmy, is the President, and her mom is the fancy socialite that got him there. With her two step-brothers, Jimmy tries to paint the symbol of the all-American family, except for the fact that she wants nothing to do with it. When she discovers just how Jimmy won the elections, she’s out to figure out who could ever believe such an idiot. Along the way she meets Jason, who’s mom happens to be getting cozy with Jimmy, she asks for his help in exposing the President’s dirty lies. But with every choice comes a consequence, and Jimmy doesn’t plan to let Bree go public with his story. She must choose to live in silence to make the world happy, or follow her instinct and bring down a man and his government.
The Assassin Three <---- Needs a new title. :(
It all began with those strange letters Cassie got in the mail. But these aren't death threats, there letters written by her mother before she died, and these letters suggest hat Cassie's dad just might be out there and just might not be Brent Rossett. The letters prompt Cassie to take a DNA test, but that's the last thing on her mind. Her lying, cheating ex-boyfriend, Alex, has gotten involved with a British guy and they're planning to take down the two governments and take the Assassin down for revenge. Cassie is running across the ocean more than she's staying in one place, trying to stop these two from causing a catastrophe, and is way too busy to pay attention to Connor, the guy she stumbles into while trying to save the world, her family, and her sanity.
So, I'm adding a poll, and I want to know which one you think sounds like a better read. Please, please, please vote!

9.6.10

Writing element: Forshadowing

First off, sorry for the lack of updates, I'm in the middle of finals and I had my hard one today that I needed to study for. And I'm still sure I failed. But, the good news is :

NO MORE LATIN!!! EVER!

I could cry because I'm so happy.
But....That's not the point of this post. The point of this post is forshadowing. So, let me tell you, I love forshadowing, I just wrote like 1,000 words worth of forshadowing. Here's the part I wrote, and okay, it's only 365 words, but still. In the beginning, Cassie is talking to her ex-best friend, Mia, whom she caught cheating with her ex-boyfriend, Alex.

I stopped at my locker and turned around to walk into Mia.
“Cassie, oh my gosh, when will you get over it? I’m sorry,” she pleaded with me. “If you would just listen to me and let me explain-”
“I don’t care. I’m over it; I don’t need to listen to this.” I pushed her out of the way and started to walk off.
“Well,” she said to the hallway. “There’s something I know you’d die to know. There’s something that I know about you Cassie Dreandry.”
I froze. She didn’t. She couldn’t.
“Yes, Cassie. I know about you, and there’s something you should know about me.”
I didn’t want to listen to it, so I started walking away, but my mind was already racking up ideas with what she could possibly know, and what I needed to know about her.

5.6.10

Chatter, Chatter, Chatter

Dialogue. It's one of the most important elements to the story. I like to make my dialogue as close to everyday talk as possible. The teenagers in my book all talk like teenagers. But yesterday, I got a rather long critique and at the end it mentioned this:

Your grammar does suit teenagers in the real world, but the thing about books is that everything is more formal, even when teens talk.
This kinda made me mad. Oh, see? I used "kinda" instead of "kind of" I'm a teenager, that's how we talk. I don't see why it should be so formal! I don't know about agents and publishers, but as a teenager, one of the things that really bugs me, and I'm going to pick on Twiligh because I was skimming through it earlier, is the fact that they don't talk like teenagers! Okay, I know that Edward is like a hundred years old, but Bella and Jacob certainly don't. It bugged me how formal Bella thought. She doesn't think like a teenager. And no one talks like a teen! So my question is what type of dialogue do you perfer? Formal and stiff, or realistic and loose?

3.6.10

Oh geez! Not again!

I haven't updated in like four days! Gosh, I'm so bad at this! The worst thing is, every day I try to blog, but I always get short on time, but tonight I will! I promise on the life of me!
First off, four and a half days left of school! Next week, my school district will be the only school in the whole state of Texas to have school. Thanks guys, we know how much you love us. :P
Also, geez, where to even begin. Oh, no Wicked pictures. My phone has a crappy camera and we were too far away, I was gonna take a picture of the map because it's so much prettier than the one in the book. *sigh* Oh well.
Also, I've started reading a new book series. It's from a British author named Rhys Bowman, the Royal Spyness series. It's about a minor royal during the interwar years in Britain, and she's an ameutur detective. I started with the second book and I'm on the third. The fourth one comes out this fall!
Also, I'm adding a book wishlist page, not tonight, but it'll have books that I've read, the book I'm reading, books I plan to read, and books I can't wait until they come out to read! So, look for that sometime this weekend!
Also, The Assassin is 59 on inkpop! So happy, I zoomed through the 60s in, like, two days! So happy.
Summer, why can't you come, please?
No song of the day, I don't want to go look for one!

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