Exciting News + Writing Updates

Hey guys, I’ve been absent again, but I’m back and the reason for my two week absence will be partially explained as I give you guys some exciting life and writing updates.

First things first, let’s get the most exciting news out of the way.

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I was chosen to become an intern with Kingdom Pen!

This is so overwhelming and awesome for me. Kingdom Pen literally changed my life when I was a wee little fifteen year old, lonely and convinced there was no one as weird as me in the entire world. I found KP and I found a little family of people who were passionate about good storytelling and about God. I made firm friends who I still love and admire to this day. And I hope that by being an intern for six months, I’ll be able to give back, even if it’s only in a small way.

Anyway, you can see my super professional bio over on this page and hopefully I’ll being having a few articles/short stories coming out in the next few months. 😀

So with that out of the way, let me chat to you a bit about my current writing projects.

I haven’t really done any writing in the last year or so, mainly because of time. I got my first job a little over a year ago, and that, along with studying, working my dogs, seeing friends who I hadn’t seen in ages (university makes maintaining friendships hard, but I’m glad to be seeing them regularly again! It’s been the best) and general life, I hardly had any time for writing. However, I’ve finished studying (yes! Freedom!), I’ve got a pattern/schedule for seeing my best friends, and I lost my job two months ago. Which means I’ve got time.

Of course, I’ve been applying for new jobs left, right and centre, but so far, nothing has worked out. It’s not a good climate for job seeking at the moment, but thankfully I still have my family to live with, I’ve got family friends who I’ve been delivering groceries for twice a week, which provides a little bit of money, and I’ve got household chores to do. So if God decides now isn’t the time for me to get another job, I’m cool with that.

Which leads me to…I’m writing again!

And I’m working on The Stars Fill Infinity again. I hadn’t done any work on TSFI since receiving beta feedback on Draft 3, which honestly knocked me for a six. I’d thought I’d done a really good job tightening up the plot and fleshing out the characters, but the feedback made me realise that I’d taken the story further from my original desires for it, instead of clarifying the messages and stances I had in the beginning.

So I’ve decided to go back to basics. I know what I want to say, I know the criticisms that popped up in patterns over hundreds of pages of feedback from all three drafts. And I’m going to start Draft 4 pretty much from scratch.

Hey guys, I’ve been absent again, but I’m back and the reason for my two week absence will be partially explained as I give you guys some exciting life and writing updates.

First things first, let’s get the most exciting news out of the way.

*Drumroll please*

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….

I was chosen to become an intern with Kingdom Pen!

This is so overwhelming and awesome for me. Kingdom Pen literally changed my life when I was a wee little fifteen year old, lonely and convinced there was no one as weird as me in the entire world. I found KP and I found a little family of people who were passionate about good storytelling and about God. I made firm friends who I still love and admire to this day. And I hope that by being an intern for six months, I’ll be able to give back, even if it’s only in a small way.

Anyway, you can see my super professional bio over on this page and hopefully I’ll being having a few articles/short stories coming out in the next few months. 😀

So with that out of the way, let me chat to you a bit about my current writing projects.

I haven’t really done any writing in the last year or so, mainly because of time. I got my first job a little over a year ago, and that, along with studying, working my dogs, seeing friends who I hadn’t seen in ages (university makes maintaining friendships hard, but I’m glad to be seeing them regularly again! It’s been the best) and general life, I hardly had any time for writing. However, I’ve finished studying (yes! Freedom!), I’ve got a pattern/schedule for seeing my best friends, and I lost my job two months ago. Which means I’ve got time.

Of course, I’ve been applying for new jobs left, right and centre, but so far, nothing has worked out. It’s not a good climate for job seeking at the moment, but thankfully I still have my family to live with, I’ve got family friends who I’ve been delivering groceries for twice a week, which provides a little bit of money, and I’ve got household chores to do. So if God decides now isn’t the time for me to get another job, I’m cool with that.

Which leads me to…I’m writing again!

And I’m working on The Stars Fill Infinity again. I hadn’t done any work on TSFI since receiving beta feedback on Draft 3, which honestly knocked me for a six. I’d thought I’d done a really good job tightening up the plot and fleshing out the characters, but the feedback made me realise that I’d taken the story further from my original desires for it, instead of clarifying the messages and stances I had in the beginning.

So I’ve decided to go back to basics. I know what I want to say, I know the criticisms that popped up in patterns over hundreds of pages of feedback from all three drafts. And I’m going to start Draft 4 pretty much from scratch.

Despite what seems almost like an insurmountable amount of work, I’m really excited to be back with my beloved characters again. Chessy is sort of like my long lost sister, and I adore Sapphire and Quillon and all the rest of them. I’ve missed them a lot. I also realised the other day, while I was reading through my old drafts that I’m now older than all of my main characters, excepting Justice. That’s slightly terrifying, since they all used to be older than me :/

I’m also doing some tentative work on Southern Cross. Southern Cross was my NaNo novel last year, however I didn’t get it finished since my nan died very unexpectedly and life was crazy for a few months. I ended up scrapping that draft as well, but I’m now sort of getting ready to write it again, maybe to revisit it as my NaNo novel this year.

Southern Cross has proved a little elusive to me and I’ve had a hard time pinning down what I really want it to be about, but over the last few weeks I’ve been able to decide what I want my general theme to hinge on. It’s the story of Australia’s participation in World War 1, but focused on the struggles of women during the war. So often I see them overlooked, used only as love interests, or completely absent and I want to give them a voice. It requires a lot of research yet though, so I won’t be doing any actual writing anytime.

Anyhow, I think that pretty much sums up everything I wanted to say! What about YOU? Do you have any exciting news to share? Open

Despite what seems almost like an insurmountable amount of work, I’m really excited to be back with my beloved characters again. Chessy is sort of like my long lost sister, and I adore Sapphire and Quillon and all the rest of them. I’ve missed them a lot. I also realised the other day, while I was reading through my old drafts that I’m now older than all of my main characters, excepting Justice. That’s slightly terrifying, since they all used to be older than me :/

I’m also doing some tentative work on Southern Cross. Southern Cross was my NaNo novel last year, however I didn’t get it finished since my nan died very unexpectedly and life was crazy for a few months. I ended up scrapping that draft as well, but I’m now sort of getting ready to write it again, maybe to revisit it as my NaNo novel this year.

Southern Cross has proved a little elusive to me and I’ve had a hard time pinning down what I really want it to be about, but over the last few weeks I’ve been able to decide what I want my general theme to hinge on. It’s the story of Australia’s participation in World War 1, but focused on the struggles of women during the war. So often I see them overlooked, used only as love interests, or completely absent and I want to give them a voice. It requires a lot of research yet though, so I won’t be doing any actual writing anytime.

Anyhow, I think that pretty much sums up everything I wanted to say! What about YOU? Do you have any exciting news to share? Have you been doing much writing lately?

10 Non-Romantic Relationships I Love Writing

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Occasionally, one of my characters becomes a teenager and gets a little headstrong. When this happens, usually the first thing they do with their newfound freedom is to fall in love. This is very rarely planned, because my skills at romance are lacking. Like, Chessy just went ahead like the rebellious child she is and fell in love with Justice. And Sapphire was meant to fall for Chandler, but ended up with Quillon? I don’t know how these things happen in my novels anymore than I know how they happen in real life.

However, I don’t particularly love writing romance, and I don’t particularly like reading it. I find them less easy to write than other sorts of relationships, so the whole point of this post is not to talk about romantic relationships. Today, I’m going to highlight the ten non-romantic relationships that I love writing! Let’s have a look.

Best Friends

This is one of my favourites! For me, the most important people in my life, after my family, are my three best friends. I don’t know why, but strong, real best friends are really rare. I love writing them, though surprisingly I haven’t actually done it all that much. I absolutely loved writing Chessy and Rain’s relationship in TSFI, and I love reading Rosemary Sutcliff’s bff pairs in The Eagle of the Ninth and The Silver Branch, as well as Frodo and Sam, and Merry and Pippin, and all the other epic friendships from LOTR. Continue reading “10 Non-Romantic Relationships I Love Writing”

Heroes of Legend Character Tag

Here’s my second last character tag. Pretty certain I wasn’t tagged officially for this, but it looks fun and I have no conscience, so I’m stealing it. 😛

For something a little different, I’m only using characters that are not main characters. So basically, if a character has a POV in either the Infinity series or Wattle Fires, they aren’t allowed to be the answer to these questions. So here goes, let’s learn a little about my secondary characters.

1.Is most likely to be turned into a frog (and then thrown against the wall for extra obnoxiousness)?

Most likely to be turned into a frog for obnoxiousness? Kendall is coming straight to mind 😛 He’s probably the most obnoxious character I’ve ever created, though he has a soft, cute heart beneath 😀

2. Could probably persuade a man–sent to kill them on pain of death– not to kill them, through charisma or charm alone (or manipulation, whichever way you take it)?

Heirani. She’s clever and has an array of sharp objects at her disposal as well. Combined with her quirky charm and power of persuasion, I’m sure she could stop anyone from killing her.

3. Is that kind of person who waves around a weapon (or other sharp pointy object) everywhere they go, regardless of their skill in handling it (which is to say, probably quite doubtful)?

This would probably be Dae Quillon. She doesn’t actually have any weapons in the story, but she definitely would be quite dangerous if someone gave her one. 😛

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4. Can endure the most pain with a stoic, completely neutral face (maybe s/he’s dancing)?

Jonas. Sweet Jonas is so self-sacrificial that he would endure all sorts of pain without letting on that he’s hurting–both physical and emotional.

However, the mention of dancing also brings to mind Neva Marnee. She has chronic pain, and though she isn’t free of moments of frustration, she definitely bears the majority of it alone.

5. Is most likely to pull off a Hua Mulan and face a trial as one of the opposite gender if need arises?

Neva again comes to mind. But I won’t tell you why.

6. Would be quickest to obey a talking cat when it demands them to buy it a pair of boots?

Zac Stoner. He’s a bit of a conman, so I can see him trying to pull the wool over the talking cat’s eyes. He’d play an elaborate trick on it, but knowing Puss in Boots, it would probably end up catching him hook, line and sinker.


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7. Is willing to do anything– absolutely anything– in order to rescue someone s/he loves (includes killing innocent foxes and asking the moon for help)?

Can I mention Zac again? I think so. Yes, he would do absolutely anything to save someone he loved.

8. Seems to stubbornly not die no matter what you put them through (if you haven’t tried the Big Bad Wolf, now’s the time)?

Leilani (High-Praise). She never seems to die, no matter what terrible thing I put her through.

9. Is the terrifyingly malicious, extra-megalomaniacal, wildly unpredictable Queen of Hearts/Bluebeard villain (the kind that makes you want to run and hide)?

I don’t really have any characters like this. Most of my villains aren’t really villains…they’re more just…antagonists. Probably the closest thing I have is Theresa Caelan. She’s terrifying, if not wildly unpredictable.

10. Is the terrifyingly placid, blood-freezingly calm, monotone-voiced villain that is Every Fairytale Villain in History Incarnate (the kind that makes you want to run and hide)?

Maria Caderousse. While Theresa is passionate and mad, Caderousse is so calm she’s also terrifying. Yes, she fits this almost exactly.

Thanks to whoever it was who created this tag! What about you guys? Which one of your characters would listen to a talking cat? Who is your most terrifying villain? Which character would be turned into a frog?

Voted Most Likely Tag

Good morning! Today we’re up to our third character tag and this is one that I’ve seen floating around the internet for some time. Someone might have tagged me for it, I don’t know 😛

Before we start, I’ll just let you know that this is a scheduled post, and that I’m away for the next few days, so I’ll be a bit slow getting back to your lovely comments.

Here we go!

Most likely to be a poet

Definitely Quillon. In fact, if he isn’t writing poetry already, I have no idea what he is doing with his life.

 

Most likely to dance in the rain

Sapphire probably. She’s a romantic sort who likes rain and dancing.

 

Most Likely to look good in a kilt

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Dae Quillon. She was probably a highland dancer in her younger days, and kilts are just as Irish as they are Scottish (look Irish kilts up, I really like them), and she’s definitely Irish. 😛 She probably looks outstanding.

 

Most likely to get punched in the face

Sean Darcy. It happens a few times.

 

Most likely to drop everything and become a sheep herder

Courageous. He hates everything to do with being king and if someone was to offer him a position as a shepherd, he definitely wouldn’t object.

 

Most likely to be found in a library

Neva is well known for her love of reading, though the libraries in her time and place are mostly full of propaganda literature.

 

Most likely to sleep through an earthquake

Kendall. He could even sleep through a revolution if drunk enough. 😉

 

Most likely to steal from other people’s plates

Kai. If you’ve got a baby brother of the smaller variety, you’ll know this is true.

 

Most likely to cheat on a test

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Obviously Zac Stoner. 😛

 

Most likely to say “oops” after setting fire to something

Is this a trick question? Justice is definitely the most likely to set something on fire, but he’s not going to say “oops” after doing so.

 

Most likely to open an orphanage

Jean Verde. He’s already running an unofficial orphanage anyway.

 

Most likely to run off with the circus

Dae Quillon runs off to join a theatre, so that’s pretty much the same thing

 

Most likely to survive the Zombie Apocalypse

Yilla, since she has good survival skills.

Or maybe Quillon, since I could never bear to kill him.

 

Most likely to fake their own death

Zac is most likely…but Justice is the one who actually has. *spoilers*

 

Most likely to die and haunt their friends

If we mean a literal ghost…eh, probably Kendall.

 

I’m not going to tag anyone for this one, but if you’d like to do it, feel free to take it and claim I tagged you 😀

 Have you done the Voted Most Likely Tag? Which of your characters is mostly likely to become a ghost? Which character is most likely to open an orphanage?