Beautiful Books: From Stranger Worlds

Beautiful Books: From Stranger Worlds


Last year, I did this tag with Won’t Feel a Thingand it was pretty cool, so I figured, why not do it again?

For those of you who don’t know, Beautiful Books is a tag hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In.  It’s a NaNoWriMo-themed variation on their normal monthly tag, Beautiful People. Instead of asking questions of your character, Beautiful Books gives you a list of questions to answer about your NaNoWriMo story, or just any WIP. Make sure to click the graphic to read some other participating blogs.

Without any further intro (because I have a tendency to ramble in these…), here’s stuff about my novel, From Stranger Worlds!



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Whoo, this question has a long answer. There wasn’t any one thing that gave me the idea for FSW, it was more like a collection of events, so I’ll just go with the first one (that way you won’t be reading this through next week).

I and my siblings were watching one of the old superman movies, where the Kryptonian general, Zod, came in and wreaked havoc, then went to the President of the United States, walked right in, and gave his terms (which, incidentally, were “I’m in charge, na-nanny-boo-boo!”). That was then when I thought, “What if aliens came and quietly approached an Earth world leader to negotiate land for them to settle?” Then I got to thinking what kind of terms there would be if the leader agreed.

The story has changed a lot since then, but that was where the first idea came from.

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I just happen to have an official (if a little rough) teaser for you.


Sylvester Lee met an alien when he was twelve years old.

The problem was, no one believed him, and the only other witness had a strange lapse of memory.

It’s been nine years since that day, and Sylvester is now an investigative reporter with one goal in mind: the aliens are living among us, and he intends to prove it.

This presents quite a problem for Leslie Hughes, his cheerful, but dreadfully nervous intern. Because what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Leslie is the alien that he met in the alley that night. Half alien, half human, all secrets, she’s monitering Sylvester to prevent him from revealing the aliens’ presence.

And she’ll do just about anything to keep her people safe.

Things are going along smoothly until they encounter Chareh, a young alien living among the humans, the girl who holds the secret that will make both worlds violently collide.

From Stranger Worlds will take you on a thrilling tour through the world of 50’s America—but it may not be the world you know.


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An ambitious reporter who is nineteen, cheerful, and also half alien.

 


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Another, even more ambitious reporter, who is twenty-two, and is convinced that the aliens are here—and he intends to prove it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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A small, relatively weak fifteen-year-old alien who has been studied by humans for two years. She carries a deadly secret, but no one else knows she’s the one who has it.

 

 

 


 

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Well, with my last novel (Until the Stars Fall), I basically brainstormed and wrote out, on paper in a binder, what was going to happen, “and then this person would do this, and this would happen, ect.,” and for the one before that (Won’t Feel a Thing), I did basically the same thing, more erratically, on a smaller scale, and on the computer. But I really don’t know how to prepare for From Stranger Worlds. The story has a very different feel than my previous novels. I’m kind of winging it.

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I dunno, I’m looking forward to a lot… This is a hard choice. I can only say one thing I’m looking forward to?

Well, I have to say I’m looking forward to the setting the most. I grew up on 50’s stories, from Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar and The Adventures of Superman, to Singin’ in the Rain, to The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, and The Patty Duke Show.

The 50’s has to be the golden age of stories (and they’re clean!), and I’ve had a partiality to the decade for a while.

Also, I really like designing other cultures and cities, and combining the 50’s with the alien people that I’ve constructed is just really fun. 😀

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I’m just going to go with random things. xD Because I can.

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Welcome to the underwater city Tehsischi! It’s a place little known by humans, but in the story, it’s hidden off the coast of Northern California, far beneath the Ocean. The huge sub-sea structure houses nearly the entire Kehrib (alien) population on Earth, and is a thriving metropolis that’s been there for generations, seen by very few humans.

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It’s a bit like a cat, and a bit like a weasel. The Kehrib brought them here to Earth, and somehow a few got out into New Hastings, the coastal human city. So while they’re cute, and the household pet of many Kehrib families, they’ve also become a great pest.

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A segment (albeit a small one) of Kehrib are very superstitious, and to ward against demons and other nasty things that humans carry around, they wear charms made of bronze, clipped to bracelets and belts.

And, yes. She has multicolored hair. Their hair shows their emotions, and she’s got quite a wealth of them at this moment (you can click the picture for more information).

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In a way, Lesley and Sylvester are in direct opposition. Sylvester wants to prove what he saw all those years ago, and Lesley wants her people to be safe. To do that, she has to keep the secret from being revealed.

Now, Chareh… Well, she’s got a secret that will blast both those goals out of the water and present a much more pressing problem.

What she wants is to not have to bear the secret any more. She wants to not be under constant pressure. And she wants to be strong.

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Well, now, that would be a spoiler, wouldn’t it?

… Actually, I don’t know. I’m less prepared for this NaNo than I have been in a long time.

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Themes. Heh. Yeah…

So, I usually don’t figure out the theme until about halfway through the first draft. Sooo… I don’t know. I think it’ll have something to do with identity.

(Note: Last Beautiful books, I made a guess at the theme, and it did come out pretty strongly, so I guess from now on, I should just trust my guesses. 😛 What I guess is usually what a main character is working through.)

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Beautiful Books: Won’t Feel a Thing

Beautiful Books: Won’t Feel a Thing

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Hello!

Yes, NaNoWriMo is coming. We all know it, and, frankly, most of us aren’t sure whether to be excitedly waiting November 1st, or dreading it.

But, yes, as I pretty much always do, I am participating this year, with my most recent novel, Won’t Feel a Thing.

So! To get y’all acquainted with my novel (and because it looked cool) I’m participating (as you can see by the header) in Beautiful Books, a link-up which is a spin-off of Beautiful People, hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In. I don’t have answers for all of the questions, but I’ve answered what I can. xP

I encourage you to check out the other bloggers who are participating: just click the image above ^ and it’ll take you to a blog post with all of them listed.

Without further ado, the post!


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Interesting story here. I was actually inspired to write this story in a way that’s odd for me… I dreamed it.

Now, of course, it wasn’t exactly the same as the book (it included zombies?), but it’s where it all started.

The dream fascinated me, and when I mentioned it to my sister Athelas (three cheers for her, eh?), she said, “write it.”

After a lot of thinking, and then a ton of colorful markers and brainstorming… Harper Scott had her own story. Boom.

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Erm… Probably… I dunno, actually… A couple of months or so. I didn’t keep track of the day I had the dream.

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Oooorrrr you could read this handy-dandy blurb/teaser that I have!

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Harper’s job as the doctors’ cyborg assistant is fairly simple.

Deliver and retrieve packages (probably illegal), oversee shipments (definitely illegal), and on the latest mission, escort Dr. Mitchel to his contact (no doubt here).

The simpleness, however, seems to have fled. All systems were supposed to be functioning correctly, but when Harper’s mission goes dangerously wrong… something breaks.

She’s not sure what it is, but these flashes of strange memories can’t be programmed.

As segments of a past life she didn’t know she had unfold in her mind, she becomes wary of the doctors… And they aren’t the only threat. Someone, some group, is out there—and they want her dead.

And the very worst part is this unusual phenomena called “emotions.”

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Neat, huh? I’m not sure I’m happy with it… It’s the best teaser ever. *nods*

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I’m only going to do the two main-est main characters, ’cause I don’t have pictures for anyone else. xP

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Harper is probably a nineteen year old girl. She may, however, be a machine.

In fact, she’s not sure what she is, because Dr. Mitchel gets weird and nervous every time she brings it up, and the splitting headaches, flashes of memory, and gut-twisting emotions are only raising more questions. 

She could be a girl, could be a rebel, or could be a machine designed for illegal activities— but one thing’s for sure: she’s hunted.

Axton Vischer is a twenty year old high-city boy proud to think of himself as a rebel. A rebel rising steadily in the ranks of the resistance.

But in a chance meeting, Axton discovers something his enemies (and perhaps his so-called comrades) don’t want him to know.

Harper Scott is alive, after all this time.

He doesn’t know how, and he doesn’t want to imagine why, but he’s determined to track down his former team leader, with or without help.

And if she’s a prisoner, he’ll risk his life to have her safe, as she once did for him.

But if she’s turned traitor… He’ll kill her himself.

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Okey-dokey. Y’all get to see my “Plantster” method. (And look—NaNo got a Planster badge: thumb)

Okay. So when I get an idea, generally, I’ll let it sit. Usually for a couple of months (Ahem… until a NaNo… Because who writes any other month?).

If I let it sit in my brain for long enough (usually after scribbling down the bare bones), I’ll generally come up with something that makes me want to write it, which is the most important thing here, really.

Then when I decide to write it (do you have any idea how many teeeeny ideas I have that never go anywhere?), I’ll open up a document (recently a notebook, actually…) and write down everything that I know.

By this time I usually have a couple scene ideas, usually a beginning, and barely any plot. So after I write down backstory (why is that so much easier than plot?), I’ll write down, in note-style, the beginning (“She’ll do ‘this’, and when ‘this’ happens,  he’ll do ‘this’.)

And before I know it, I’ve “outlined” the beginning of my novel. I usually run out of the planned portion the first week of NaNo, though. xP

And, of course, Pinterest. Really. I’ve spent more time on Pinterest in the past month than I have in the past three months before that.

And then I wind up pantsing most of the novel, and occasionally re-brainstorming like I did before I started it.

So. Yes. I have no plot. But I have a beginning!

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The same thing that made me want to write it in the first place.

The most interesting past about the dream that I had was the fact that, in the dream, while filling Harper’s position of emotionless cyborg, I thought differently. It fascinated me, which is why the dream stuck with me for so long and mutated into a novel concept.

I’m really excited to write that. Yeah, it’s a weird thing to look forward to, but… It works!

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bullet  Back alleys

Ah, the city. Glowing bright on the outside, with a whole network underground.

bullet  Cyborgs

bullet  Space

Actually, space travel is not a huge part of the story, since it takes place largely on one planet, but it is a part of the setting. There is a great deal of interplanetary trade that goes on through the city Krey.

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Really? Really? You think I would tell you that even if I knew? 😛

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I… Still haven’t been able to figure out how to intentionally work themes into a story? Loyalty might end up being one, though.

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So! Readers! What do you think? Is this book worth being written? (I hope so…)

Speaking of writing, NaNoWriMo is in TWO HOURS! Are you ready? (Me: Nooooo!)

Infinity Dream Award/Tag

Infinity Dream Award/Tag

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Shalom, haverim! I was tagged by The Art of Writing for Him’s Rachael (or RayRay as I call her) to do the Infinity Dream Award/Tag.

Yes, I know, I’ve done a lot of tags recently, but people won’t stop tagging me! (Just joking… I like doing tags, and I haven’t figured out any other kind of post to write. Any ideas?)

Anyways, I’ll do a quick summary of the rules, and then get on to the tag.


Rules

1. Thank the blogger who tagged you (Toda, Rayray!).
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself. I plan to make these quite random, so be prepared.
3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
4. Tag up to 11 bloggers (Ha. ‘Cause I know that many bloggers) and give them 11 new questions to answer.

11 Facts About: Yours Truly

  1. I don’t like donuts. *gasp* No, really, they’re gross. My family thinks I’m insane, and I have yet to meet another person who doesn’t like donuts, but. Yes. True, that. Bagels, however, are epic.
  2. My real name isn’t Faith. Nope. Well, it sort of is. Faith is my middle name, which I go by all over the internet, but it’s actually not what I go by in-person.
  3. I have emerald-green eyes.
  4. Ha. No. They’re brown.
  5. My parents chose names for me before they knew if I was male or female. So if I was a guy, I’d have been named Carl.
  6. I’m exactly middle in my family. Five older siblings, five younger siblings. Two older brothers, two younger brothers. Three older sisters, three younger sisters. Crazy, huh?
  7. I use old-time radio drama slang, like “skip it,” and “slightly pixilated.” I kinda have a thing for radio dramas.
  8. My favorite food is spaghetti. Made by me, from scratch (or canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and a couple other things), preferably.
  9. My favorite word is defenestrate (the act of throwing someone or something out of a window).
  10. In my family, all the girls were assigned a bug at birth, and the boys were assigned a reptile. In order: Dragonfly, lizard, ladybug (or ladybird… sounds nicer), turtle, butterfly, honey bee, frog, ant, alligator, cricket, firefly. I’m the bee… And… Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike stinging insects. Yeah. xP But at least there’s honey!
  11. I get motion sick super-easily. As in… Almost every time we drive. More so when it’s hot than when it’s cold. So (happiness) it’s becoming frequent again. xP

Questions with Answers

 

1. What writing program do you use?

I use LibreOffice. Microsoft Word is so much better, but Libre is free, and my computer doesn’t have Word… So.

2. Do you listen to music as you write?

Sometimes. I can do it both ways. Music is very helpful, especially during NaNoWriMo, but sometimes I just need silence.

3. How many novels have you finished?

Eh. Well… A lot… *coughOnlyOnecough* I almost finished another one. Got to the climax, and then realized that I had worked myself into an unsolvable situation. So, yeah. I’ve kind of been scarred for life. (Hah.)

4. Favorite writing drink?

Coffee is good. Ooooh, especially with vanilla ice cream in it.

I also reeeeaaaalllyyy like drinking carbonated orange juice. It’s awesome. We just pour carbonated water on top of orange juice concentrate. It’s really good.
5. Do you have a writing buddy?

Technically, no. We haven’t named ourselves writing buddies. But. My sister Athelas (she’s two years older than me and a stunning writer) is kind of my writing buddy. We rave about our stories to each other, discuss books, brainstorm, and during NaNo, word war. So, yeah, I do.

6. Name your top three blogs.

Well, only have one blog. xP But my three favorite blogs would have to be…

A Writer’s Faith

Katie is a super-awesome writer friend who has an amazing talent for writing, blogging, and being the most friendly, authentic person out there. She posts frequently, with blogging, writing, and editing advice, life updates, interviews, and a bunch more. Some blog posts sit in my email for months waiting for me to get around to reading them, but I always read Katie’s posts as soon as I get them. Her personality is refreshing, and her advice sound.

Red Lettering

Athelas started this blog a while ago, and it’s lovely. She doesn’t post very often any more, but there are plenty of in-depth articles on writing, editing, stories, and characters already on there. There are also lots of writing prompts, and occasional writing challenges. Leas has loads of experience writing, and has an amazing style, sound plots, and fascinating characters. (She also has a Red Lettering Pinterest Account, which has loads of clean, inspiring images.)

She also happens to be my sister, but that, in and of itself, is not enough to make me say nice things about her (just ask her! xP).

I couldn’t figure out how to get her blog button up here…

The Art of Writing for Him

I originally met (over the internet) RayRay because of a book series, and from the very beginning, I learned how good she is at fangirling. That impression has stayed with me.

She posts a couple times a week, with short writings, life updates, snarky posts, writing advice, and awesome GIFs. She is a Nano-er, fangirl, and has an excellent taste in books. While not strictly a writing blog, information on writing (and writing itself) is present on this randomness blog. (Hey, that’s what I have! Randomness bloggers unite! *fist pump*)
7. Do you ever stay up late writing?

Oooh, yes. Late nights are my favorite time to write.

8. What is your favorite book you’ve written?

Hrm… Well… My favorite of my stories isn’t written yet… I’m still brainstorming it. I’ll have a summary up in my “Works-In-Progress” page soon.

9. Have you ever met an author?

Sadly, no. But if I could pick one author to meet, it’d be Nadine Brandes, the author of the Out of Time series.

10. Coffee or tea?

Um, is this seriously a question? Coffee, of course! Though, only if it has sugar and half-and-half. Since black coffee is gross.


 

My Questions

So, I couldn’t think of eleven new questions, so I went back and traced the path of this tag (waaaaay back) and picked some of my favorite questions that I saw, with a few of my own thrown in.

  1. Do you collect anything?
  2. If you could smell one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. What superpower would you most like to possess?
  4. What’s the strangest thing someone has said to you?
  5. Do you remember your dreams often? Do you have a favorite dream you wish you could experience again?
  6. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? If so, describe them. If not, describe your favorite game.
  7. Given the choice between leaving your family behind in order to move to a fictional world (you choose which one) or staying where you lived for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
  8. Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla (ice cream, pudding, cake, coffee, whatever)?
  9. Would you rather write with a pencil or pen?
  10. What’s your favorite word?
  11. What’s one activity you’d really like to do, but haven’t?

 

So, as usual, I’m going to break the rules and not tag eleven people. xP First of all, because I don’t know that many bloggers. Second of all, because they might not want to do the tag… So! If you follow my blog, you’re tagged! Just… quietly, so you can choose whether or not you want to. xD

 


Did you learn anything new about me? Have any ideas for future posts? What’s your favorite writing drink?

The Get to Know Me Challenge

The Get to Know Me Challenge

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——Shalom, readers! Today I’m participating in The Get to Know Me Tag! (Though I’m calling it a challenge. *nod* Because it sounds cool.) Many thanks to Rachael (or Rayray, as I call her) for tagging me. 🙂


 

Vital Stats

Name: Weeeell, I don’t do real names over the internet, but Faith really is my middle name, and the name which I go by all over the internet… And I tend to think of myself as Faith quite often, so I count it as my name. 😛

Nicknames: Uh… None? Faith’s a pretty short name. And I actually don’t have any nicknames in person, which, come to think of it, is slightly odd, since I have a pretty long name…

Well. There was one time with a sort-of nickname which was really a joke, but if someone called me that, they had better be prepared for the full force of my eyebrows (very scary, you know).

Place of Birth: Texas. xP We don’t live there any more, though.

Star sign: Eh… Nope. Not something I support. Although, maybe this is mine: *


 

Firsts

Best friend: My first best friend… Hmmm… Well, I don’t really pick favorite friends.

Award: Hmph. Well, there was one time I won first place at the county fair for a picture frame that I painted… A long time ago… And there was only one other thing in the section it was competing in…

Sport: I’ve never really done sports. Can’t swim. Can’t run. Can’t ride dragons… Pretty much sums it up.

Real holiday: Does my zero-eth birthday count? If not, then Thanksgiving was my first holiday, even though I don’t remember it. The first holiday I remember would have to be my birthday. I think my seventh? Yeah. I have a horrible memory.

Concert: I’ve actually never been to a concert. There was one time that a group of Southern Gospel singers came to the church we were going to at the time, but I don’t even remember the name of their band, sooooo… I don’t think it counts.


 

Favorites

Film: Uuuuuh… I don’t know. I don’t like a lot of movies, honestly. There aren’t many clean movies with a good plot and characters… I like Princess and the Pea (the animated retelling from 2002). It has largely impacted my view of romances since I was little.

TV Show: I don’t really have a favorite TV show either.

Color: Orange, of course! Aren’t you looking at my blog theme right now?

Song: Martyr’s Song, by Todd Agnew. My favorite song frequently changes, though.

Books: Yay! You can do more than one favorite! I’d say A Time to Die and A Time to Speak, by Nadine Brandes, and then… Firefight, by Brandon Sanderson. It’s the second book in The Reckoners Series, which starts with Steelheart.


Currently

Feeling: Slightly amused. And a tad bit hungry. *smells pizza*

Single or taken: Single, as far as marriage goes, but taken (by someone I like to call… Well, GOD.)

Eating: Nothing, but soon I’ll be eating pizza. *grin*

Watching: These words. Right here. The ones I’m typing.

Wearing: A purple shirt with gold butterflies and a jean skirt. I’m also barefoot (yay!).


 

Future

Want Children: Sometimes… Sometimes I don’t. 😛 I guess we’ll see, won’t we?

Want to be married: “Sometimes… Sometimes I don’t. 😛 I guess we’ll see, won’t we?” — FaithSong [See post “The Get to Know Me Challenge.”]

Careers in mind: I honestly have no idea. At the moment, writing and drawing are pretty much the only things I’m passable at, so perhaps I’ll turn one of those into a career, but I would probably have to work on the side (unless I become super-famous and make lots of money selling my works).

Where you want to live: Heaven. *nod* Enough said.


Do You Believe In

GOD: Is this seriously a question? Yes. Absolutely, without a doubt.

Miracles: *points to the previous answer*

Love at first sight:  Nope.

Ghosts: Not really.

Aliens: … I am not ruling out that possibility.

Soul Mates: The dictionary says a soul mate is “a person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner.” So, by that definition, yeah, sure I do. But I don’t think there’s one specific person in the whole world that each person should marry, nor do I think that there is one person that each person can marry and have it just “work.” I think it’ll take work from both people.

Not that I have any experience in this matter, though. 😛

Heaven: Um, yes. Definitely.

Hell: Well, without it, Jesus’ death would have been pointless. Absolutely I believe in heaven and hell both.

Kissing on the first Date: Eh, no. Not ’til you’re married.

Yourself: *pinches arm* I think I’m real, yeah. *nod* Pretty sure, anyways.


 

Well, I’m not going to tag anyone, so that no one feels obligated to post it, but if you want to do this tag, feel free! *waves* Tally ho, mellon!


 

Did you find out anything about me that you didn’t know? Just curious. Tell me in the comments!

 

Behind the Scenes Writing Tag

Behind the Scenes Writing Tag

Shalom, readers! I’ve been tagged in the Behind The Scenes Writing Tag. Thanks goes to Katie at A Writer’s Faith for the tag.
Behind The Scenes Writing Tag (Original Tag by www.raychelrose.com)

Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?

I think a better question is, “Is there a snack I don’t like to eat while writing?” 😛 Okay, no. So, I like cookies. (Who doesn’t?) I like fresh fruit, too, but we don’t get that very often. And coffee is a must-have… which I often don’t have, but… Ah, well. xP

When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?

I usually write in the afternoons and night, and I’ve found I write better late at night.

Where do you write?

At the island, in the little girl’s room while sitting with them, at the desk in the bedroom, at the table… 😛

How often do you write a new novel?

That’s a bit of a complicated question. I’ve only actually finished one novel. 😛 Right now I’m working on prompts and short stories, just to get into the habit of writing every day.

Do you listen to music while you write?

Sometimes. Not always, but oftentimes I do.

What do you write on? Laptop or paper?

Laptop and typewriter. I sometimes jot things down with just writing, but I don’t write large things on paper.

Is there a special ritual you have before or after you write?

Er… No? 😛

What do you do to get into the mood to write?

Writing music. Sometimes Story Character Chatting… But most of the time I just sit down and write.

What is always near the place you write?

Me! xD Other than that, your guess is as good as mine. I  like to have a cup of something… Water if nothing else can be arranged, because I get dehydrated. 😛

Do you have a reward system for your word count?

No… I should, though. Hm.

Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?

*deep breath* Not really…

Well, maybe that I have recently been writing on the typewriter quite a bit.

Questions:

  • Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?
  • When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?
  • Where do you write?
  • How often do you write a new novel?
  • Do you listen to music while you write?
  • What do you write on? Laptop or paper?
  • Is there a special ritual you have before or after you write?
  • What do you do to get into the mood to write?
  • What is always near the place you write?
  • Do you have a reward system for your word count?
  • Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?

Okay, I tag Rachel at So Cute and Fluffy, and… I can’t think of anyone else who wants to be tagged. 😛 Ah, well. You can join in if you want, even if I didn’t tag you. All you do is thank the person who tagged you and link back to their blog, answer the questions, and tag as many people as you want!

Shanah tovah, by the way. xD