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It's been so long...I'll do better now.

Posted by BlackRose , 17 October 2012 · 92 views

I haven't written or even visited AQC in a long time. My blog over at Blogger is equally unloved. But I've been busy being sandwiched between school and hammering out a cohesive piece. Most of my attention has been directed towards living the journey that is writing and completing my second book. The first, a vampire novel, is a hot mess of despair and is currently on the shelf. I'll dig it out one of these days. I love the story. The execution left a lot to be desired.

Writing that first book taught me something. A major something. Writing and completing an entire work is the best way to improve your skills. Frankly, outside of a few self-help books on world building and the wisdom of other writers, it is the best source for improvement I have gotten.

Where my first book took me three years to write and its still a hot mess. THE LYCAN HUNTER took me ten months. That is including setbacks, several cases of writer's block and sheer laziness. Now I sit on the precipice of the next adventure: waiting for the results from a few of my beta readers (hopefully I can find some more) and beginning the process of querying.

The second part of that adventure worries me to no end. That alone will take me a little while to gain my footing. I am lucky that I have a few published authors that teach at my college. One has offered to critique my query letter. So I'm excited and nervous about that. He makes me nervous because of his sheer awesomeness, but I'll take critique where I can get it.

Since Im in the habit of writing series, I'm also beginning work on another book. Not from the series Im beta-ing at the moment, but its from the same world, so...yeah. I didnt mention earlier, but I like to make my life hard. Entire worlds/concepts appear to me and they demand to be written. Currently Im up to six different "worlds", but four of those belong to the same "universe". Sigh...

Well I'm off again. This time to write a paper to class and study for a test. Then its back to writing!


**Shhh** It's naughty naughty time.

Posted by BlackRose , 10 November 2011 · 126 views

So it seems that no matter how far I want to traipse away from romance it comes sneaking back into whatever WIP I'm working on.

Case in point my NaNo project. It's a fantasy about dragons and I think its an awesome concept with a new world created just for them. Well, they created it. I just have the pleasure of being forced to write 7 books about a character from each region. Why? Because they give me no choice. I try not to complain because instead of having a writer's flood, I could have writer's block.

Now to my romance issue. I really would like to keep this as a fantasy series. Romance can be a part, but it shouldn't be a major part of it. At the stage I'm at now, it isn't but from the road map that my MC is drawing for me, it comes into play later. She gets a happily ever after and everything. I would really like to write a book where sometimes they end up miserable, but noooo.

And the sex isn't glossed over like a Breaking Dawn (Stephanie Meyers) version of sex. No this is just minced words and details short of being porn in words, but you still get a very vivid picture of what is what.

I have tried to tell her that this will not do for the type of story that I am trying to write. She told me to suck it and type. So I typed because a dragon roaring at you in the middle of the night tends to wake the baby and my two year old needs her rest. And I need my break. Besides they have sharp teeth and she likes to use hers.

So I'm stuck writing a story that will eventually fall into the category of fantasy romance (is there even a such thing?), but I want to write something that is a different genre than my main WIP series which is a paranormal romance. Oh the trauma. Not really, but what can I say? I'm a tad bit disillusioned by the idea that my book isn't what I want it to be. Instead a fictional dragon gets to determine what happens when and where.

Kill me now.

Well I must go. Her shrill voice is calling and I must answer before she gives me a migraine.


NaNo...Oh no!

Posted by BlackRose , 10 November 2011 · 60 views

Okay, so NaNo is on day ten and I am officially on day three of my writing. With less than 3k word count. 50k here I come...not. My problem isn't the story per say. It isn't even that I'm lacking material, or that my plot sucks. No, my issue is one of research.
You see, my story is in a galaxy far far away. No that line doesn't not appear anywhere near my WIP, but it is the truth. I created a galaxy, a solar system, with each planet having a name and all that jazz. I then took my planet that my story takes place on and created the look and feel of each region. Each region has its own climate of course and that had to be defined. All in all it's a lot of ground work that has to be done, which is why with 20 days left I'm on track to finish this WIP May 26, 2012. It's so awe inspiring that it's making my head hurt.
Another caveat to my awe inspiring awesomeness is that I have another WIP that I have in the process of yet another rewrite. I got stuck mentally and am taking a mental break from that one, but no matter what I do, that story keeps coming at me and demanding I put down words that will make it suck on a monumental level. So I am in the middle of a mental fight with a storyline that will not leave me alone and a story that requires so much work just to be able to write it without any major inconsistencies.
Anyway, my NaNo WIP is a project that has been on my back burner. I came up with a neat idea, sketched out a rough draft of were the story would go and then tripped and fell into another series (7 books). For NaNo I'm doing book one and anyone who is writing a series knows that book one of a series requires the most work because all the rules of your world start there.
I guess I could have not been stupid and write some fluff, but hey I'm too awesome for that. *insert eyeroll please.*
You can see I'm very nonsensical can't you? Well I'm tired and it's past my bedtime. I have class tomorrow and a test to prepare for on Tuesday. Biology, which bores me to tears. Yet I have the audacity to write a fantasy that requires a lot of biology and another project on my back burner is a sci-fi. I guess I should just mention that I dislike science as a principle. In general it makes sense, but some applications and the heavy stuff with all its rules and requirements can excuse itself from my life. Again, I have the audacity to want to write a sci-fi trilogy at some point. *shrugs* Can't say I don't make my life interesting.
Well let me excuse myself from troubling you with my random words and thoughts that follow no real pattern. *side note* I promise my book follows a set pattern. I do what the writer in me tells me to do. She says write this and I do. She's a very bossy one, that one. Do it this way at this date and time. It's very confining for my random spirit.
Anyway, for the last time, Night Night. Don't let Writer's Block bite!

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