ravenela: (Felicity - tea otter)
Well, it's been a minute. A mixture of snow, a bout of strep throat, and some pure laziness have kept me away. Yes, I'm still rewatching Highlander, but it might be next week before we can continue with the journey.

Okay...things that are happening:

*I'm thinking about sending WHITE SPIRIT out to small publishers to see what happens. Any suggestions of good ones? Or ones to avoid?

*In the meantime, I'm working on the second draft of DON'T FEED THE TROLLS. This version feels a lot better.

*Things are still rolling along around here. I've cleaned out the bedroom and am planning to clean out the office at the end of this month. Let the spring cleaning frenzy continue!

So, how are things with you?
ravenela: (Jennifer/Duke - iloveimpala67)
Good morning! How are you?

A quick update on the state of me...

*Still querying WHITE SPIRIT and learning with each new letter. I've also pulled out DON'T FEED THE TROLLS (formerly MAYBERRY WITH MONSTERS) and am preparing to start draft two. So many plot holes, but I think I have some ideas to fill them.

*Having a lot of fun rewatching Highlander. A new post will be along as soon as I have some free time.

*Found a new laptop I like. It's an ASUS and it's affordable. My poor desktop is getting older so it is time for something new.

What have y'all been up to?
ravenela: (Write - created by mercurybard)
Happy spring, everybody! It's been a while since the last update so I thought I'd let you know I'm alive.

-The first draft of Mayberry with Monsters (no titled Don't Feed the Trolls) is finished. I'm letting it chill for a while before I revise it.

-I'm starting in on the next draft of White Spirit. This one is going a lot better. At this point, I don't feel frustrated. Always a good sign.

-Query letters will go out this summer. All they can do is tell me no. I'm hoping they want to tell me yes.

-In non-writing news, I saw the newest Captain America. No spoilers: The Winter Soldier needs the love of a good woman. And I volunteer for that position. Also, Black Widow was awesome.

So, what's new with you?
ravenela: (Duke silver eyes - upoffmyknees)
Please accept my apology. I still have January posts to make. I don't know what happened. I've been writing and reading, and I suppose I forgot to post. I have no excuse to give.

Anyway, here's what I've been up to:

1) Passed 20,000 words on Mayberry with Monsters, which now has a real title of Don't Feed the Trolls. I'm still not in love with that title, but I'm keeping it. This world is a blast to write in. Dani still hasn't found her voice yet, but we're working on it. Having the outline has been a big help. It's kept me on track, and I haven't hit a wall yet.

2) Still miss Sleepy Hollow and Haven. Happy that they're coming back, though. Right now, I'm keeping up with Arrow, Grimm, Agents of SHIELD, The Voice, and I just picked up Star-Crossed. Yes, it's cheesy. Yes, it's for teenagers. Do I care? No. It's wonderful, and I have no regrets!

3) Work has been crazy busy. Everybody wants to come to the library. They also gave me more responsibilities, which makes me ecstatic. No librarian job yet, but I keep trying.

4) Hubby is still the best husband in the world! He such a wonderful man!

All in all, things are good right now. Will try to finish out the January meme and keep up with the blogging.

How was last month for you?
ravenela: (Write - created by mercurybard)
Happy Sunday! It's still cold and there's no snow, but other than that, it's a good day.

I've been failing on all the fannish things. I still owe people drabbles. I still have January posts to make. I'll catch up...I promise.

However, Mayberry with Monsters (which will get a real title, I promise) is going well. As a rough draft, it's still terrible, but the story is moving along. I've been sticking to writing four pages a day, and it's working. Thank you, Mercedes Lackey!

Dani's voice is stilted, but I'm learning more about her as I go. Her friends haven't had much to do, and she's only talked to Jared once. More to come, though, as the story unfolds.

At least I'm accomplishing something, right?
ravenela: (Abbie and Ichabod - Naushika)
Happy December! And we're back to our regular schedule. But it is the month of Christmas so that makes me happy.

How about another Blog Posting Day!

8 Post a song that makes you want to write. (Or gets you in the mood to read All Of The Fanfic.)

I'll post links to youtube videos when I get home, probably tomorrow. Until then, I'll just list.

For my current original story, MAYBERRY WITH MONSTERS:

No Light, No Light - Florence + the Machine
Sinister Kid - Black Keys
Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars
Again - Flyleaf
Cornflake Girl - Tori Amos

For my previous story, WHITE SPIRIT:

Haunted - Poe
Amazed - Poe
Questions - System of a Down
Dead Souls - Nine Inch Nails
Living Dead Girl - Rob Zombie

I haven't written fic in a while, but I have a couple of songs that remind me of current fandoms:

ET - Katy Perry (Thor)
Devil's Backbone - The Civil Wars (Haven)
The Last Dance - Within Temptation (Sleepy Hollow)

Yay, music!

The Questions )
ravenela: (Duke silver eyes - upoffmyknees)
"...I've fallen in love with a man on the run."

A little Civil Wars for your Tuesday afternoon. It's a lyric from "Devil's Backbone," which is the song that currently reminds me of Duke Crocker. (Speaking of, I have a whole playlist. I need to share it at some point.)

So, what is making me happy this week?

*I figured out what was bothering me in MAYBERRY WITH MONSTERS. I originally had an infodump at the beginning where Dani's mom explained the whole witchy thing to her, and it just wasn't right. I've now redone it where Dani is only getting bits of info as she goes along.

*TV is really making me happy. Loved last Friday's episode of Haven, last Monday's Sleepy Hollow, and I squeed all through the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who.

*Possible full time job openings are coming down the pipeline next month. Wish me luck!

*Thanksgiving is this Thursday here in the USA. We're hosting this year, and I'm excited about having everyone over. Plus, I can continue my tradition of watching the parade. It's not Thanksgiving without it. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

What's making you happy this week?
ravenela: (Jennifer/Duke - iloveimpala67)
Yesterday's post was kind of a downer so today, I'm posting about what's making me happy.

*Duke Crocker. I continue to squee over this character, and I can't seem to stop. I've got pics all over my Pinterest. I keep reblogging anything that has to do with him on Tumblr. Tonight, Hubby is queuing up season four of Haven so we will be all caught up. Feel free to squee with me in the comments. (Please, please squee with me. Everybody else looks at me like I've grown a second head.)

*My current original fic, MAYBERRY WITH MONSTERS. It's about a sixteen-year old witch who has to protect her family and her town from scary, tall, evil, beautiful trolls. It's YA, and I'm having a lot of fun writing it.

*Sleepy Hollow. It has a time-traveling snarky Ichabod Crane. An awesome cop named Abbie Mills. And a headless horseman with a machine gun. What is there not to like? (I really need to search out some fic when I get a chance.)

*Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! I'm trying to keep my spirit under wraps until Thanksgiving is over. But Christmas is coming!

What's making you happy today?
ravenela: (Duke bw - iloveimpala67)
How about I post something that's not meme or TV-related? Although, Duke and Ichabod will sneak in there somehow, and wouldn't that be a weird crossover? Anyway...

Still writing, but I haven't made any strides to query anything yet. *Makes a face* I'm disappointed in myself.

I set aside WHITE SPIRIT to work on MAYBERRY WITH MONSTERS. Maybe this'll refresh me, and I can finish that edit.

I'm also really behind on all of my shows, except for Sleepy Hollow and Agents of SHIELD. There will be catching up this December. Lots of catching up.

All right, back to the writing drawing board.
ravenela: (Damon - created by supernaturalhel)
A schedule. I need to set a schedule.

Anyway...

Let's talk about The Originals... )

In happier news, I've got a basic plot for my YA. The bad guys have motivation and names. This time around, I'm going to try an outline before I write. It'll probably look more like a beat sheet instead of the traditional outline. But I hope it'll give me an idea of where I'm going so I won't have tons of scenes I don't need. Yay!

Got any TV show rants and squees you'd like to share?
ravenela: (McKenna/Tristan - original story)
Good morning! I'm wearing both my librarian and writer hats today. I have another book to squee about, and some writing updates to impart.

Let's start with the Squeeworthy Book. I've been thinking of ways to change up the format of this feature to make it more interesting so I'm going to try some new things in the coming weeks. Something's bound to stick, right?

Anyway, this week's Squeeworthy Book is another series, Medusa Girls by Tera Lynn Childs.



Books in Series: SWEET VENOM, SWEET SHADOWS, SWEET LEGACY

Plot: Grace, Gretchen, and Greer each grew up in different households. When the three come together, they learn they are identical triplets and have the power to send mythological monsters back to their own realm. They are also the Key Generation, three young women prophesied to open the door between our world and the world of the monsters. It's Charmed meets Greek mythology.

Favorite Character: Grace, definitely. She is the sister who grows the most throughout the trilogy. She's smart and she learns to kick butt.

Why is it squeeworthy? This whole series is so much fun. You have three sisters learning who they are and about their magical powers. And they're fighting monsters along the way. Did I mention that it reminds me of Charmed? Each girl has an individual power in addition to the powers all three share. It's magic, it's mayhem, and it's wonderful.

Okay, and now for my #writemotivation update.

I haven't accomplished anything this past week, but to be fair, I had a houseguest.

1) Plot out MWM

I wrote down some more notes about my witches and my trolls, but a coherent plot still eludes me. I'll continue to dig.

2) Write query for WS

I have less than 100 pages to go on this draft, and I'm worried it won't reach 80,000 words. If I can get it as close as possible, I can write the query.

3) Send out first round of queries

See above.

4) Write first chapter of MWM

Still need to plot and outline before I begin.

How are your writing projects coming? Got any squeeworthy books to recommend?
ravenela: (Rosalee/Monroe)
September is here! And it's time to freshen up my writing.

I'm almost done with this draft of WHITE SPIRIT. The end is so close. While I finish it up, I want to devote some time to my new story.

Well, it's not completely new. It's more like a revamp.

In spring 2012, I wrote a very rough draft of a YA story about witches and trolls in my hometown. The working title is MAYBERRY WITH MONSTERS (I grew up in the same area Andy Griffith did so that's where the title came from). Sadly, there were a lot of things happening but no plotline could be found. It was all over the place.

So, this fall, I'm revamping the idea. I'm changing up my troll and witch mythology. I've cut several characters. And I'm going to give it a real plot.

And that's where this month's #Writemotivation goals come in.

1) Plot out MWM

At this point, I'm trying to find all the troll mythology I can get my hands on. I found a book of Swedish folktales and legends, and I've scoured the internet. Do you know of any other books or websites where I can find information?

2) Write query for WS

Will do, as soon as I finish this draft.

3) Send out first round of queries

Will do as soon as I finish this draft.

4) Write first chapter of MWM

Will do as soon as I get my plot and outline in order.

For WS, I wrote by the seat of my pants. That meant a lot of revising. I hope with MWM, I can do a lot of the work up front, and maybe revision hell won't be so hellish.

How are your writing projects coming?
ravenela: (Write - created by mercurybard)
The rumors of my death have been exaggerated. I'm still around, just nose deep in edits on WHITE SPIRIT. *Sings: "This is the book that never ends...never ends...never ends." Of course, I'm probably the only one who reads my blog, but I felt I should pop up anyway.

WS is moving very slowly. The edits are making it a better book, but I wonder if I'll ever be satisfied. I probably worry too much about this book, you know? But Tristan, McKenna, and the gang have been in my head for a good while now; I want to make them shine.

But this is the last edit for this round. After this, I'm going to start querying for an agent and see what happens.

In the meantime, my YA idea, MAYBERRY WITH MONSTERS, is kicking around in my head. Dani, Jared, and their group really want their time in the spotlight. I actually wrote a rough draft for this idea once, but it had no plot. So, I'm ripping apart the original idea and starting from scratch. So far, I love my version of witches and trolls. (No, these are not your typical lumbering, giant, stupid, ugly trolls. Think Alexander Skarsgard.)

So, that's what I've been doing. What have you guys been up to?
ravenela: (Felicity - tea otter)
Pictures! I need pictures. I can't write without pictures, and sadly, I can't draw. So Pinterest is the next best thing.

White Spirit has a board as does Mayberry with Monsters. It's kind of nice to have all my visuals in one place.

Description is my weak point, especially if the place or person exists only in my head. So having a visual helps with that. And plus it's fun to look at pretty, pretty pictures.

Who has a Pinterest besides me? Because I need more boards to follow.

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