• Mechanics,  Writing World

    My Writing Process Blog Hop!

    Historical Fiction writer Ruth Hull ChatlienĀ and the awesome Tonja Drecker both tagged me in the Writing Process Blog Hop! 1) What am I working on? A Dark YA Fantasy set in near future Bar Harbor, Maine. Or maybe it’s Paranormal…yeah, it doesn’t matter. 2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? Because my work has me, that’s why. Lol! Basically, I call myself a hybrid writer. I like to take something normal and wax it paranormal. You know, throw a little blonde girl into a ring with the spawn of a union between the Lochness Monster and Frankenstein. Then I sit back and watch what kind of…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Fun,  Mechanics,  Writing Journey

    Conceited Moments ^_^

    Okay so, while I was hanging upside down juggling stories in my head, I decided to do other things. I entertained the crap out of myself with a book I want to talk about next week, and I did a LOT of singing. Like, nearly 4 hours one night. I was scared I bruised my vocals cords. (I did not, fyi, but they were worn out for a couple of days.) So my singing voice is inconsistent. Irregardless, I love recording myself and listening back to it so I can critique myself and improve or just listen to myself because sometimes it’s sounds pretty good. I don’t sing a whole…

  • Facts of Life,  Mechanics,  Writing Journey

    It’s Elemental

    Let’s talk some shop, eh? A couple of times in the last year, I’ve found myself in the situation where I’m working on something and realize I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing (in the un-fun sense). Now before I ramble on, I am a big fan of branching outside your element once and a while to try new things and dip your toes in a different stream, so to speak. And I think it’s totally okay to write in a genre you don’t read much in. Though I can’t say the same for a genre you don’t like, but that’s a different ramble. Being in your element doesn’t…

  • Characters,  Closet Mad Scientist,  Mechanics

    The Science of Interesting Characters

    Or why I interview my characters as part of the planning process. One day I was trying to figure out what made some of my characters more interesting than others. To help me figure out how the character’s ticked, I embarked on a snowball experiment. It’s not as fancy as it sounds. I literally threw snowballs at some of my characters. Here’s what transpired… Reagan: Started a full-fledged snowball war, complete with side-splitting laughter on both sides. Adria: Laughed at the notion that anyone would have the guts to throw a snowball at her. Felix: Laughed when it hit him, assuming it was some child who threw it at him.…