Sunday, November 30, 2014

How's the Writing Going?: Beautiful Books #2




Well, I started this and I haven't given up yet. It's almost over now. Just a few hours until NaNoWriMo is all over. I won't stop writing. Determination is my friend. This event was created by Cait at Notebook Sisters and Sky at Further Up and Further In. If you wanna know more about Beautiful Books then just click either of their links.

  1. Be honest: how is your writing going?

    Well, being honest... I've fallen a lot a little behind. I'm pretty confident I'm not going to be winning NaNoWriMo this year. But I'll still finish the story eventually.

  2. What’s your first sentence/paragraph?

    Disappearances are common in every country; all over the world, there is at least one person who hasn’t made it back home. There’s usually some kind of explanation for what happened, runaway, kidnapping, or murder, but there’s almost never an explanation for why. There is a darkness in the world. It grabs hold of some, keeping a tight grip on those with a weakness for such evil. Relentless with its grasp, darkness is well known to be a jealous lover; forever keeping hold of those it’s ensnared. These people, those who have dealt with the dark, come in many different variations. There are those who have had an accidental taste, altering their lives in ways they’ve never wished for, and then there are those who revel in the evil they possess.
     
  3. Do you have a book cover, and/or pictures that reflect your book?

    Sadly no. I'm going to rectify this mistake soon though. Tonight, maybe, if I find the time.

  4. Do you have pictures of each of your characters? If not, describe them for us! (Be as descriptive as you can.)

    Viper- Medium height, long curly, dark brown hair, full lips, prominent green eyes, flat nose, heart-shaped face, mocha colored skin, a lean body w/ curves, and a constellation of scars and tattoos all over her body.
    Huon- Tall and muscular build, short, curly auburn hair, deep-set stormy grey eyes, scars on his arms and left shoulder, square jaw, full lips, straight nose, unshaven stubble, olive skin tone.
    Federyc- Tall and muscular, dark auburn hair, brown eyes, scars down his torso and along the side of his neck and cheek, olive colored skin.
    Dannya- Wavy auburn hair, hooded blue eyes, straight nose, wide lips, tall and delicate frame, golden skin tone.
    Brien- Slightly hunched over framed, long salt & pepper hair (mostly white), light brown almond shaped eyes, thin lips, crooked nose, pale slightly wrinkled skin.
    [There are more but I don't want to list them all...]

  5. What scene are you most excited to write?

    I'm excited to write a lot of scenes. I don't think there's any I'm more excited about than the others. I have love for it all.

  6. Share a snippet or a scene that you really enjoyed writing.

          “Did you know it’s actually considered rude to do work while food is on the table?”
    Huon looked up from his papers, sat back, and smirked. Then he rolled up the ones he was looking at and pushed them all away. “My apologies, I wouldn’t want you to think of me in such a way.”
           “Don’t worry. I already do.”
    This comment made him laugh and then shake his head, “I must be making a poor example of myself.”
    “I think it’s your princely status. That loses you a few points automatically.”
    “Is that true? Huh… interesting. Most women say my... ‘princely status’, as you call it, is a desirable trait.”
    “That’s because they’re insane.”

  7. Now that you're writing, have any of the plot details, or the process itself, turned out different from what you planned or imagined?

    Oh yeah, there's two whole chapters I wasn't expecting to have in there, but they definitely make the story more interesting.

  8. Is there a character or aspect of your plot that's difficult to write?

    The connection of the "famous" Legend with Maeryn as a whole has been a fairly challenging aspect to write. There are a lot of subtle details that need to be worked out still.

  9. What’s your favorite aspect of this novel so far? Favorite character?

    I really like Maeryn and Huon's flirtatious banter with one another. It's witty and sarcastic, I think it's really great, but of course I have a bias opinion on the matter.

  10. Have you drawn off of any life experiences or people you know to create your novel and your characters?

    Not really, no. I just threw a bunch of things that I liked in there and came out with something beautiful. Like a rainbow. Or Outer Space.

  11. Do you have a playlist or certain song for your novel and/or characters?

    Umm...


  12. Let’s have some fun for a moment: imagine you are somehow transported into your book’s world. Which character are you most likely to be found hanging out with?

    I'd really like to hang out with either Maeryn or Huon or maybe even Brien would be nice. He's a cool dude. Lol

  13. How do you keep yourself motivated to finish your daily wordcount? (Pinterest? Internet breaks? Chocolate?)

    Um.. I don't know. I just do it. I tell myself to write. I think about all the exciting things that are coming in my writing and I urge myself to move forward. (I'm going to see if Pinterest helps though. I hope it does.)

  14. What your favourite writing quote or piece of writing advice?

    I don't know if this is exactly a "writing" quote but I like it, "Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art." that's by Neil Gaiman. And there's also another quote by him I really love: "Because, if one is writing novels today, concentrating on the beauty of the prose is right up there with concentrating on your semi-colons, for wasted effort."

  15. How does this book make you feel so far? Are you laughing? Crying? Frustrated?

    I think it's safe to say I'm a mixture of frustration and contentment. Right now I'm simply trying to keep hold of my sanity with all these wild ideas rumbling around in my head.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #15

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Uninvited
Cat Winters

Expected Publication: August 11th 2015

Synopsis:
From the award-winning author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds comes a stunning new novel—a masterfully crafted story of love, loss, and second chances. Set during the fear and panic of the Great Influenza of 1918, The Uninvited is part gothic ghost-story, part psychological thriller, perfect for those who loved The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield or The Vanishing by Wendy Webb.

Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.

But Ivy’s life-long gift—or curse—remains. For she sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother’s chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy’s older brother Billy in the Great War.

Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her ‘uninvited guests’ begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but Ivy has no inkling of the other-worldly revelations about to unfold.

The Uninvited is an atmospheric, haunting, and utterly compelling novel.

This sounds like a really haunting and interesting tale. I really love books based on historical times. They are really fascinating to read. Plus I love going to different time periods, that's always fun. 
  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #14

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Orphan Queen
Jodi Meadows
Expected Publication: March 10th 2015


Synopsis:
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

Queens, spies, secrets, threats, love!! It all sounds so fun and magical (kinda) and just all around awesome. This story sounds like something I could really get into. And if you know anything about me... you know I love kings, queens, kingdoms, and mysteries so I'm pretty much sold already. Lol

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #13

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Return
Jennifer L. Armentrout

Expected Publication: February 17th 2015

Synopsis:
The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.

Is it bad that I want to read this when I haven't even read the Covenant series yet? I feel like it probably is. I'm so bad. I can't help it though when the synopsis sounds so good!! Maybe this will give me more incentive to pick up the Covenant books. We'll see.
  

Saturday, November 8, 2014

October Monthly Recap!

Well, October ended up being busier than I was expecting it to be, and November isn't going to be any less. I might add a few non book related things into this post. Maybe make things a bit more interesting.

 

Read:

  

Reviews:

(This is just as sad, or sadder, than last months. I'll pull my crap together soon. Promise.)

  

Currently Reading:

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (Yes. Still. This is a huge book. Cut me some slack. Lol) 

 

Shows I'm Watching:
(Cause why not)

 November TBR:
(NaNo's not gonna give me much time for reading but...)
 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #12

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


A Court of Thorns and Roses
Sarah J. Maas

Expected Publication: May 5th 2015
Goodreads | Book Depository | BAM!

Synopsis:
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristen Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!



I'm going to admit something very shameful right now people. I still have yet to read one of Sarah J. Maas' books. I KNOW! How could I, right? Trust me, I'm ashamed of it too. But as soon as I'm able that's going to be rectified!! And this will be one of the books that I will read. Of course, I'll probably read something else of hers before I even get this book, but still. I want it. What do you think of this pick? Sound like something you'd be interested in too?