• Excerpt,  Fun,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault,  Writing Journey

    First Lines & Opening Sentences: Anniversary Edition

    You’re in for a treat today! In celebration of the month I finished my first ever novel project – 21 years ago – I’m embarrassing the crap out of myself by pulling out the opening sentences of some old projects and displaying them for your enjoyment, because we all need a good laugh sometimes. 😀 Note: Unless otherwise stated, the stories have a contemporary/modern-day or near-future setting. If the story is finished, I’ll put the date, otherwise it’ll just be marked as abandoned. 😅 Untitled First Novel (romance?) – circa 1997 “Beep! Beep! Beep!” I turned off my alarm clock and opened my eyes. I looked around my room. Analysis…

  • Excerpt,  Writing World

    A Cup of Excerpt Tea

    Excerpt day!! ^_^ I don’t post excerpts too often, but I’m really excited about what I’m working on and want to share. Little background information: “Winter’s Siren” – is a dark magical realism retelling told in two point-of-views. This scene is from Devi’s. She’s been sheltered to the extreme. The setting is in the middle of nowhere Colorado, near-future modern day, in the middle of winter. They’re in a very isolated opera house nestled in the mountains, several miles from civilization. In the story, each opera they put on is sponsored by a benefactor. Little information about this particular scene: Andrew is working there as the groundskeeper. Devi has recently…

  • Excerpt,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    #WIPMarathon Report #9 (October)

    Alright! I was totally prepared for check-in time this month! Too bad I didn’t do anything this month! (I’m not bitter.) Last report wordcount + chapter count: Whisper = Full Outline 100% Done, 6865 words, Chapter 3 Phantom Silence = Baby Outline 100% Done, 16,375 words, Chapter 10 Between Ashes and Ice = Work-in-progress Outline in Shambles, 11,972 words, Chapter 3 The Raven = Full Outline 100% Complete! Monthly Total:  10,112 words, 4 chapters, and 3 outlines done. ^_^ Current report WC + CC: The Raven = 2004 words, Chapter 1 I did read over the opening to one of my other stories and make some minor changes, but outside of this and…

  • Excerpt,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    #WIPMarathon Report #8 (September)

    Wow, this month went by super fast. Like, how is it check-in time already?!! Last report wordcount + chapter count: Whisper = Baby Outline Done, 6801 words, Chapter 3 Phantom Silence = 10 Chapters into the Outline, 11,013 words, Chapter 7 Between Ashes and Ice = 5 Chapters into the Outline, 7286 words, Chapter 2 Current report WC + CC: Whisper = New & Improved Full-Grown Outline 100% Done, 6865 words, Chapter 3, 64 new words courtesy of a new opening paragraph! Phantom Silence = Baby Outline 100% Done, 16,375 words, Chapter 10 Between Ashes and Ice = Current Miniature Outline in Shambles, 11,972 words into the draft, Chapter 3 The Raven…

  • Excerpt,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    #WIPMarathon Report #7 (August)

    Is it just me or is August one of the longest months of the year? Last report wordcount + chapter count: I had finished my edits and revisions for “Discord” and started doing some planning and note taking for “Whisper.” Current report WC + CC: Finished my Baby Outline for “Whisper” (though the ending is a hideous mess right now) and got some words down: 6801 words, Chapter 3 ^_^ Also, doubling up for the first time ever! 10 chapters through the outline and 11,013 words, Chapter 7 for Phantom Silence (yep, the one I said wasn’t ready at the end of last month was literally ready a week later!) Also,…