November 2016 Wrap-up

Hey y’all! This is the usual thing where I list all my posts from the month and then give you the list of upcoming stuff for December, but before I get into that, I WON NaNoWriMo!!!!!!!!!!! Actually I technically won it on the 28th and scheduled this, so I should get bonus points! But 50K wasn’t enough to tell my story so I’m gonna keep writing through December…

What I posted:
🔲The Playlist Shuffle Tag
🔲The Harry Potter Writing Cup
🔲Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (spoiler free)
🔲The Fall Activities Book Tag
🔲Beautiful Books 2016: Novel Update
🔲Happy NaNoWriMo!!! (tips, tricks, panicking, and what to expect from me)

Upcoming for December:
🔲I’m gonna attempt to do Blogmas, which means I post each day for the first 25 days of December, but I’ll probably epically fail in my attempt…
🔲The Harry Potter Writing Cup is officially happening in January, and I’ll post the schedule of chats and such as soon as it’s finalized.
🔲I’m participating in Short Story Society, (go here if you want more info), so I’ll probably be posting some of my writing on here!
🔲I have Christmas break in the middle of the month, which means I CAN READ AND Write TO MY HEART’S DESIRE!!!!! Sorry to scream at you, but you just have no idea what school has been like for me this year… But reading means you get book reviews!!!
🔲I have some writing posts planned, but there are a lot of them, and I’m not gonna list them all out because I’m typing on my iPad and I’m kinda sick of it…

Did any of you whin NaNoWriMo? Are you going to be writing or editing this month? Do you have suggestions for stuff you want me to post this month? Let’s chat in comments!

Beautiful Books 2016: Novel Update!

Hey… I have a NaNoWriMo update for all you lovely followers of mine… And it’s not going to be a good one… 

This is the second stage of Beautiful Books 2016, and it is hosted by the amazing Cait @ Paper Fury! You guys should just click that link and go read all the other posts in the beautiful Books 2016 link-up because I’m sure the majority of the NaNoWriMo community will have better news to report than I do… But here goes nothing! I shall answer these ten questions since I already did stage 1, and then I shall go curl up in bed and try to sleep because I have to get up insanely early tomorrow so I can get school work done since I have an insanely busy week that requires me to get up insanely early every morning, and I will most likely end up dreaming about how I could be writing instead of doing psychology and algebra and history and medical terminology and chemistry. That was possibly the worst run on sentence I have EVER written, so I’m just gonna answer those questions now! 

 

  1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going? 

Ummm… Insert screaming and crying emoji here! Basically, this post still applies… I am drowning in school work, I have tech training Tuesday, and I’ll be in the car/hospital waiting rooms for most of Wednesday and Thursday and won’t be home until reeeeeeeally late Thursday night. And for my novel? I have ONE day’s worth of writing! I told you this wasn’t gonna be good! But the good news is that all that time in the car will give me at least fourteen hours of writing time! It might not be legible, but I WILL catch up! Maybe… I don’t care if I lose Nano, but I am NOT going to lose it this badly… 

 

  1. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)? 

Oh good! I can answer this! Here’s my first paragraph: 

Looking up from the pages of his sketchbook, Nico Deverow let his icy blue gaze slide over Adam and Pennryn Rachadon with a practiced indifference. He was pretty sure he’d just been asked to serve as Adam’s “guide and mentor as he got to know the wonderful school,” but he couldn’t really be sure because of the fuzziness in his head. Adam’s colors were strange, shimmering around him like a silvery mist and then fading into the air like a chameleon would fade into it’s environment. It wasn’t normal, and Nico didn’t like it. He saw enough abnormal things that nobody should ever have to see on an hourly basis; he didn’t need abnormal people on top of it. And his Aunt and Uncle would have a fit if they found out he was “guiding and mentoring” a Rachadon. It might taint their precious reputation, and the idea of that made Nico sick and ecstatic at the same time. 

 

  1. Who’s your current favorite character in your novel? 

I LOVE Nico’s character! His POV is really dark, but it’s SO fun to write! 

 

  1. What do you love about your novel so far? 

You mean what do i love about the 1670 words of my novel? Everything! Ok, so, the words themselves aren’t that great, but I love the world, and the people, and the tone, and the theme, and just every aspect of the story! what’s not to love about a messed up society of royal mist born and a couple of kids rebelling against that society to become shamans?! 

 

  1. Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes? 

Not that I know of, but I haven’t actually read it that closely… I do know that my screenreader can’t say any of my character names correctly, and it’s about to drive me up the wall. Also it keeps insisting that all the names are misspelled, and that is slightly concerning because autocorrect tends to step in without my knowledge and turn things into other things that just really do not belong in my story! 

 

  1. What is your favorite to write-beginning, middle, or end-and why? 

I think that’s a tie between beginning and end! I can write an awesome start and an epic ending, but the middle sometimes makes me want to crawl in a hole and read somebody else’s already published book.

 

  1. What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day to you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space! 

I don’t typically eat anything whilst i’m writing. I can’t stand crumbs on my notebooks, and refreshable braille displays plus food equals BAD day! Basically, a braille display consists of a bunch of tiny pinholes for the dots to pop up and show me what’s on my computer screen, and when stuff gets in those holes, I get some weird words! And then I end up sending the thing back to the company to be cleaned and explaining how chocolate got in there… And that’s not fun! Snacks are distracting anyway, so I save those for writing breaks, or procrastination time! I do listen to music while i write though! I make a playlist of songs that go along with the theme of my story, and also an instrumental playlist that fits the tone of the writing for when I really need to focus. Nature sounds are awesome too! I write best either late at night or WAY early in the morning when my family is reasonably quiet. I’m the only one crazy enough to get up at 5 AM, so that works out grate! And I don’t have a pic of my writing space, but I write at my big corner desk so I can spread all my index cards and notebooks out without worrying about my dog laying on them like he does when they’re on the floor. 

 

  1. How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad, or do you work alone, (like, ahem, batman)? 

I do NOT show anybody the first draft of my work. I don’t mind sharing the synopsis, or little snippets of my writing, but nobody is going to see the whole thing before i edit it! 

 

  1. What keeps you writing even when it’s hard? 

J. K. Rolling did it; I can do it too! Maggie stiefvater did it; I can do it too! Kami Garcia did it; I can do it too! People are expecting me to finish this thing, and I AM GOING to finish it!!! I may lose NaNo this year, but I AM NOT going to lose without a fight!!! 

 

  1. What are your top three pieces of writing advice? 

Just write; don’t think. Your first draft is going to consist mostly of characters slogging through mud and getting nowhere, but sooner or later one of them might find a diamond. 

If you don’t know what to write next, think about the last scene you wrote. Can your character react to it in some way? Does it require further action from one of your characters? What was the purpose of it? Where is it leading you in the future? Don’t think about whether it’s necessary or not, just figure out where it is leading you to go next, then go there. 

If you don’t wanna write, suck it up buttercup and write anyway!!! It’s never going to get written if you don’t write it, so you might as well write it now rather than later. If you need an incentive, tell an obnoxious friend or family member that you are going to write insert word goal here in a designated amount of time, and ask them to bug you incessantly until you reach that goal. Trust me… You WILL hit that goal if you pick an obnoxious enough person because you’ll desperately be trying to avoid a text/tweet/phone call from THEM! 

 

 

That’s it for now! Be sure to go check out all the other Beautiful Books posts, and let me know how your writing is going in the comments! Hopefully it’s going much better than mine! 

Happy NaNoWriMo!!! (Tips, Tricks, Panicking, and What to Expect From Me)

Hey readers, writers, and Wrimos! It’s November 1st, aka the first day of the month long insanity known as National Novel Writing Month! Fun fact: NaNoWriMo began in 1999, which is the year I was born, and my birthday is November 18th, which means NaNoWriMo is just 18 days older than me! Look at me do math! I really hope that was right… 😂
So… Since it’s NaNoWriMo, and school has me going slightly insane already, I’m gonna have to rearrange my blogging schedule, (or lack there of), until all this calms down a bit. I’m also helping out with some assistive tech training this month, and I’m going to be traveling for doctor appointments in the near future, so here’s how this is gonna go down.

  1. I’m going to post weekly NaNo tips, (and updates on my progress assuming I get 5 minutes free.) Your NaNo tip for today is… Get WAY ahead on your word count while you’re still super excited about your idea! Trust me… You WILL be sick of your characters and story by the beginning of the third week in, and you will decide that the perfect fix to your plot problem is to drop a giant bolder on all your characters, watch them die in agony, and give them a beautiful funeral as a perfect happy ending to your story. Okay… Maybe that was a BIG exageration, but you get the picture, right??? Yes? Good!
  2. I’ve got some scheduled posts, but they’re kinda scattered randomly throughout the month because… Why would I bauther to put them in a set pattern? So expect some book reviews for books that I read like… six months ago or so.
  3. I’ll probably be doing lots of frantic word sprints, so come join me on Twitter please! I’ll either do my own or join @NaNoWordSprints, but come say hey either way @Cheyenne_writes!
  4. What posts I do write will most likely be written in the car, on my iPad, going through mountains for those doctor appointments I mentioned, so I’m sorry in advance for my typos and horrible grammar. It’ll drive me crazy when I reread things, and then I’ll end up updating everything.
  5. Wait for it… Wait for it… I HIT FIFTY FOLLOWERS!!!!!!! If you follow me on Twitter, you know I was hoping to make that by my birthday, and it actually happened! You guys are amazing, and thank you for reading all my rambling! I know you’re actually reading it because a lot of you like and comment. I like likes and comments! A lot! If you’re a Twitter friend, you also know that I had a writerly surprise planned, and that’s still gonna happen… Just not this month… It’ll probably be December because there is NO way I can keep it up this month, but school will let up a lot in December, so that should work out. Hint, hint: It’s Harry Potter related, and it involves people writing together. I would like to collaborate with a couple of bloggers for this, so drop me a line if you’re interested. Either DM me on Twitter or email me from my contact page. My only requirement is that you write and you blog!

Ok so that post was extremely rambling, but hopefully it was sort of coherent, and I will now sign off and return next week with a NaNo tip! Let me know in the comments how your first day of NaNo went! I’ve hit 1500, and I’m planning to make it to 1670 as soon as I publish this! Message me if you’d like more info on my project, and… I don’t actually know how to end this. Please don’t unfollow me because of this post, and remember to be bookish and stay writerly!
From Cheyenne 🙂

The NaNoWriMo Tag

Hey writers and WriMos! I found the NaNoWriMo Tag through Natalia Leigh’s youTube channel, and she tagged everybody, so I thought I’d do my own! Here is Natalia’s tag video…

And here are my answers…

  1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo, and how many times have you won NaNoWriMo?
    I did the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program in November of 2015, and I hit my goal of 35000 words. I also did CampNaNo in April and July of 2016, and I hit both goals of 10000 words! So… Technically this is my fourth NaNo event, but my first real attempt at 50K.

  2. Are you a pantser or a plotter?
    I totally pantsed my first NaNoWriMo, and that story is now a project that we do not speak of anymore… Since then, I’ve become a hardcore plotter. Just check out this post about my outlining process if you’re not convinced.

  3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted during NaNoWriMo?
    That novel that we don’t speak of anymore was called “Circle Of Whispers.” It was a great idea, but the plot totally died around chapter ten, and since I didn’t outline at all, it was a giant mess that I just didn’t even want to attempt to fix and make readable by the end of NaNo. Maybe I’ll pick it back up one day, but for now it can just stay in that folder of stuff that I never look at on my desktop…

  4. Give us a one sentence summary of what you’re working on this NaNoWriMo.
    A group of teens reject their royal blood and magical heritage in order to follow the path of the shaman.

  5. What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
    I read this quote somewhere, and somebody famous said it I think, but I cannot for the life of me remember who. Basically it said to write the story you would most want to read. I think this is really important because if you write the thing that you really, really, really, want to read, then somebody else is probably going to want to read it too. If you write something you don’t really want to read, then you’re not going to enjoy writing it, and therefore you won’t put your whole self into it. If you don’t put your whole self into it, then it probably isn’t going to be worth reading. Or at least it won’t be as good as something you were really excited to write.

  6. What is your biggest inspiration for figuring out what to write?
    I do not know… Each writing idea comes from something different, and none of them come from one set thing. My brain is a complex and confusing place, and it can take bits of inspiration from twelve different things, mix it all together, and come up with a brilliant, (or completely insane), story idea before i even know what’s happened. I usually pick a project based on how excited I am about it, because the story I’m most excited for is usually the one i have planned out the most, and therefore it’ll be easier to follow through.

  7. Read us the first sentence from one of your books.
    Here’s the current first sentence of my current project…
    His gaze is icy, cruel, and calculating as it sweeps over me, and I know exactly what he’s thinking: shaman boy.

  8. What do you plan to do with your manuscript after NaNoWriMo?
    I plan to edit this thing and publish it! I don’t know if publication will be soon, or if I’ll wait a few years, but it is going to be published one day. I’m thinking I might actually write the entire series so I can edit it all together though, because it needs to be really tightly woven together for it to work the way I want.

  9. Are you nervous for NaNo? Are you prepared?
    I am super nervous because I don’t know how this will work with my crazy school schedule, but I’m definitely more prepared this year than I have been in the past. The only thing I have to do to my outline is put it in order and get my Scrivener project all ready to go, and I think I can hopefully get that done this weekend.

  10. There is not a tenth question, and it is driving me batty, SO… What advice do you have for NaNo Newbies?
    Don’t stress over the word count thing. This is to challenge yourself and have fun, NOT to make you scream, cry, and pull your hair out because you can’t write 50000 words in a month on top of everything else you’re already doing. Don’t lose too much sleep, don’t neglect other priorities or things you really want to do. Just sit down, write as much as you can, and have fun in the process! Check out the forums, talk to other WriMos, make new writing friends, and give it the best shot you’ve got! If you win, awesome!!! If you don’t, it’s really no loss except you’ll have to tell your family and friends that you failed at your crazy attempt and hear them say “I told you so,” a billion times over… But that’s what headphones and a notebook are for! Block them out, (because their input doesn’t matter when it comes to your precious writing failure), and keep writing after NaNo is over. There are no NaNo police that say you can’t finish a project you started for NaNo in December. Of course, we all wanna hit that word count for bragging rights if nothing else, but the point is to have fun no matter what!

I Tag:

I can’t actually remember who is and isn’t doing NaNo, so if you’re a blogger doing NaNo and you read this post, then you are tagged!!! remember to leave a link in the comments so I can see your awesome answers!

How I Outline: (Yes, I Am A Crazy Person)

Guys! NaNoWriMo is happening in ONE WEEK! So… I am now writing a post about how I outline instead of finishing my outline… Yes, it’s counterproductive. Just go with it! This is the first time I’ve actually attempted to outline an entire novel. I used to be a hardcore pantser for the simple fact that having to outline analytical essays for school ruined me on the idea of outlining my own writing. And then the first year of NaNowriMo happened… I sat down on November 1st, typed out 35000 words, (a winning number since I did the YWP), and found out that my story had NO plot when I attempted to read back over it. That is now a project that we do not speak of, and it resides in the “stuff I don’t need now” folder on my desktop. If you’ve read this post, you know that this year’s NaNo project is majorly complicated and has a few different narrating characters, and after attempting to write a coherent synopsis, I decided that there was no way around it… I was gonna have to outline. I watched a ton of youtube videos about how different people outline, and I made my process based off of about ten different videos. It’s worked so far, (except for the small fact that I only have a week to put scenes in order and keep up with school work), so I thought I’d share it! *Note: My process for the book is very complex, requires lots of thought, has a few possibly redundant steps, and is going to make me look like the crazy person I am!

  1. Make a Dropbox folder for your project. I put it in Dropbox because it syncs like magic across my laptop, iPad, and phone, which means I can work on it discreetly at family functions if necessary! For now, the folder is just going to contain some notes in normal Word docs, but it’ll eventually contain my Scrivener project so I can still work in Scrivener on my IOS devices! If you didn’t already know, Scrivener got an IOS app, and it is possibly the best thing I’ve ever put on my iPad.
  2. Make a file called “Word Barf.” That IS the exact name of this document. Sound disgusting? It is. I pretty much just write down every single detail about my characters, the world, the setting, the plot, who has a blood fude with who and why, which royal families are allies and which will kill each other on sight, why this character is terrified of spiders, why another character never tells lies, a secret being kept from someone about a certain thing for what reason, and you get the picture… It is NOT a pretty file, and the next step is going to make you want to scream because it involves THAT file!
  3. Go through the “Word Barf” file and pick out every major plot event that could possibly actually happen in the story and isn’t just an insane thought that occurred at 4 AM! Yeah… That was fun… I should’ve probably just written down plot events in a different file as soon as I wrote them in the “Word Barf,” but that would’ve disrupted my brainstorm! They don’t have to be in order at this point, but just get all those good plot events separated out from the crazy!
  4. Look through the plot points and figure out where big wholes are. Then fill said big whole with other plot points. Note: This may be easier to do in the next step, but I didn’t think the first time.
  5. Write all those lovely plot points on index cards!!! Or… You could just print that file out and cut them up. 😉
  6. This is where the fun really begins! Start moving all those cards around until you get them in the perfect order! “But, Cheyenne,” you say, “I thought you loved Scrivener! Couldn’t you just do that in Scrivener?!” NO! Scrivener’s great for writing, but try dragging 107 scenes, (yes, I actually have that many), around on virtual index cards! It doesn’t work… Unless you’re reeeeeally good at remembering where stuff was when the screen scrolls down…
  7. Put the organized plot points on some sort of mostly permanent structure… I started out on a giant cork board, but it wasn’t big enough, so now they’re all taped to a trifold poster-board… Trust me… You’re gonna want to do this step because they WILL get shuffled around if you don’t, and then you will be very angry! Also, keep the cat/dog out of the room until you’ve got them stuck to something!
  8. Type all those plot points up in a new file, just in case something happens to the cards, or you just wanna work when you don’t have them. like at that family function I mentioned earlier!
  9. Put those typed plot points in your novel notebook, if you have such a notebook. This is one of those things that I said might be redundant since you have them typed already, but I’m the kind of person who has to have everything in a notebook even though it is stored digitally because I don’t like flipping between multiple files or programs.
  10. I told you I’m crazy! Put all of those plot points in Scrivener!!! I do all of my writing in Scrivener because I like to write by scene, and it is really handy to have the plot point for each scene nicely written in the notes section for each file so I know exactly what i’m going to write next. See! There is a method to my madness!!! You also need to put your character/setting/government info from the “Word Barf” in a Word doc, your notebook, and the character and research sections in Scrivener! Maybe those first two steps are redundant to some, but I gotta have a hard copy before it goes into Scrivener. My brain just won’t operate the other way! I was going to make the character and setting thing the next number, but then I wouldn’t have anything to go after it, and I also cannot stand to stop on an uneven number!!!

And There You Have It!

That is my outlining process simplified! NOT Feel free to adapt this process to suit you, and youTube “novel planning” if you think i’m completely crazy and that process makes you want to run far, far away from this blog… Please don’t run from me! I’m mostly harmless! I’d love to know how you outline in the comments, and feel free to link me to your blog if you’ve done a similar post. Also, are you ready for NaNo! Still planning? Have no idea what you’re even writing about? Let’s chat in comments! From Cheyenne 🙂

Beautiful Books 2016: Introduce your novel

This tag was created by Cait @ Paper fury, and I believe i missed the deadline for the link-up due to school happenings, but I decided to go on and do it to give you guys a better glimpse of my NaNoWriMo project.

  1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
    Uhhh… I hate telling people where i get my inspiration because I usually either don’t know, or it comes from a conglomeration of things that really seem like they shouldn’t go together and definitely shouldn’t form a coherent story idea! BUT… here it goes. The name of my current project is Wishes, which you guys have seen me talk about a lot on this blog, but i’m thinking of giving it a title switch to Unseeable. I’ve had the idea floating around in my head, and I honestly have no idea what originally sparked it. I think Harry Potter probably had an influence, and then it majorly morphed away from that, and the song Demons by Imagine dragons played a big part, and also some personal life events that I am not going to get into… It’s complicated, ok! Explaining this is like trying to explain how my brain works… It’s WAY easier said than done…
  2. Describe what your novel is about.
    Here’s my one sentence summary that is subject to change: A group of children struggle to find themselves in a world that rejects their true nature, and eventually reject their royal blood and magical heritage to follow the way of the ancient power.
    And… Here’s the longer synopsis that I posted to nanowrimo.org:

This world is not made for them, or perhaps they are not made for this world. They have never been anything but “abnormal,” because they are the only ones with their eyes open enough to see the truth. They cannot blend in with all the royals, because their natures will not allow them to play their twisted games of power. They are shamans,, able to see through all the lies woven by the mist-born court. Their just children, really, each born with a gift, (or a curse), as some might call it. But they are strong, and they are wise, and they will fight for truth!
Nico Deverow can see the unseen, and yet he cannot see the one thing that might make it all worth it: his parents who died when he was only three. There is darkness inside him, and he can no longer numb it enough to keep from shattering. Adam has a light inside him, a star in stark contrast to his sisters cruel beauty. He only wants to heal, but perhaps he cannot heal one who does not wish to be healed. Ela is fire and ice together, constantly fighting a battle within her own heart. Diana just wants to be the golden girl-the perfect princess, the Bishop heir, at council gatherings and the innocently pure shaman at Adam’s side. Each of them has a purpose, because nothing is ever done without purpose, even in the Royal Court.

  1. What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or pictures or whatever you like!
    My book is dark… Very dark… I don’t usually write stuff this dark, but it’s coming out that way, and I kinda love it! People throw daggers, and there are some mental health factors, and yeah… But it all comes out ok!
  2. Introduce us to each of your characters.
    I have a LOT of characters! It’s got three, possibly four, narrating characters, and then there’s a whole royal court of side characters! But I’ll introduce you to my favorites…
    Nico Devero: The story begins here, or more accurately, it begins ten years in the past when he lost his parents. Nico doesn’t know where he belongs in the world. He can’t seem to open up to anyone, and he has secrets that nobody can ever know about his family. He can see people’s aura’s, read their emotions through touch, and see everything that has ever happened in a place by reading the energetic signature left by tragic events. He has scars on his wrists, and scars on his heart, and the only way to live with everything he knows is to numb it, to fade it all out with a magical drug that has yet to be named.
    Adam: Adam is a healer, and he can also sense emotions through touch. He’s a drifter, passed from caretaker to caretaker after his father died and he was left in the care of the shaman circuit. His dream is to be like his father, a healer and a peacekeeper, but eventually he starts to wonder if some people are beyond help or healing.
    Diana Bishop: Diana is the middle child of Susanie and Robert Bishop. She and her brother, Randy, are destined to take the royal seat for their bloodline as soon as they are of age. She works hard to maintain a good reputation, but that’s hard to do when her twin sister, Ela, is involved. Diana struggles to find where she belongs. She has a connection to Adam, and she desperately wants to be his golden girl. But she can’t be his golden girl and keep her royal ties.
    Daniela bishop: Ela is Diana’s twin, younger by seven minutes. She’s got storm magic, healing abilities, and the occasional empathic tendency. She hates the royals, and therefore her own heritage. Somehow she falls in with the cheerleaders and the partiers, and discovers ways of losing herself. She constantly fights with her sister, struggles with her own identity, and longs for a way to contain the power swirling inside her.
    Raquel and Damon Blackthorn: Raquel and Damon are Aunt and Uncle to the Bishop siblings. They still hold places in the royal council, but they’ve given up most of their blood rights in order to open a school for “troubled” children. these are the children who cannot seem to mold their powers to meet the royal academic standards–the shaman born. They will be the link that brings everyone together, and sets the story in motion.
  3. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc?)
    This story is the first that I’ve ever outlined, and I don’t think I would be able to write it without having done that. It’s super complicated, as you can probably tell by my characters, and there’s a dual timeline thing going on in some places. I got majorly confused trying to figure out how all these awesome characters were going to meet, and then the outline came to be! It makes sense now, so I’ve made the possibly insane decision to do it for NaNo… I have done quite a lot of research as well because I have NO experience with some of the psychological issues being explored! I’m dealing with ADHD, dyslexia, OCD, and self-harm, and I have none of those… If you could help me out with that, I would really appreciate it… You can shoot me an email if you don’t wanna comment publicly. 🙂 I’ve also got a new notebook, a chocolate stash, and plenty of coffee! Thankfully no howling has occurred yet! It’s still a possibility though…
  4. What are you most looking forward to about your novel?
    My characters!!! I LOVE my characters!!! Especially Nico’s point of view!
  5. List three things about your novel’s setting.
    My story takes place in the modern world, with today’s geographical layout. I don’t think I’m going to have any normal humans, just mist born and shamans. And… Ummm… The Gateway Arch may or may not be turned into a magical power source/council gathering place???
  6. What’s your character’s goal, and who or what stands in the way?
    Uhhh! Which character?! I guess they all want to find a peaceful balance between the shamans and the royal council, and the royals are opposing them. Also there are going to be several betrayals by people who my main characters think are on their side, and I purposefully did not describe those traitors because spoilers!
  7. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
    We’re just gonna call Nico my protagonist… By the end of the book, he’s found some people he can trust, and he’s well on his way to becoming a shaman.
  8. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
    As I’ve mentioned, my story is pretty dark. But it has a theme of strength, trust, and courage throughout it. At the end, I want readers to be happy about where my characters ended their journey, but be left wanting something more because I hope to turn this into a series.

Why I Write: Writing Is My Therapy!

Sometimes only paper will listen to you
Hey awesome writing people! I’ve seen the #WhyIWrite floating around the NaNoWriMo circles all day on Twitter, so I thought I’d give it a go! Warning! You should probably expect lots of rambling!

writing to me is magic, power, freedom, and peace. It gives me the power to create new worlds, new people, new wars, new victories… I can cause heartbreak, sorrow, fear, love, heath, happiness, tears, or smiles with only a few sentences. I can weave stories together with only twenty-six letters and a keyboard. I can teach, guide, and sympathize with many people across the globe through the power of the written word.
With every word I write, I discover something new about myself. In some ways, every bit of my writing holds a piece of myself in it, though I may not realize that it reflects me until I reach the very end. At the end of a rough school week in which nobody adapts things into braille the way it should be done, or technology fails me, or people are just generally being stupid, I get to pick up my notebook and write all of that away. Characters may die, wars may be started between royal families, or best friends may fight, but it’s soothing because it holds my thoughts between the lines.
Writing is strength, and weakness, and fear, and courage, and peace, and power, and truth, and lies. I don’t write for fame, or fortune, or even recognition. I write because I want to tell a good story, to lose myself in the act of creation, to find something about myself that I didn’t know before. I write because words are powerful, and i love that I can preserve that power in some small form. I write because I love the feeling I get when I weave a lie of magic and mystery that holds even the tiniest bit of truth that will help someone know they are not alone in a situation. Maybe a book about “mentally ill” shamans sounds like the complete opposite of real life, but maybe someone who has the same condition will see themself in my characters and know that they, too, can be strong.
It is my goal, and my dream, to be published one day, and my hopes to have a best seller or two. If I don’t become J. K. Rolling famous, I will be fine with that. If I can get just one book into the hands of someone who will love it, I will have fulfilled my mission as a writer. All of that, is why I write.

Why do you write?
Hopefully that wasn’t too terribly rambling and made some kind of sense… I can’t imagine ever reaching a time where i’m not writing, but the reason why I love it is so abstract that it was quite difficult to put into words. I’d love to know why you write in the comments, and drop me a link if you do your own post like this! also, don’t forget to share your thoughts on Twitter with #WhyIWrite! My Twitter handle is @Cheyenne_writes if you wanna tag me… 😉
Happy reading, writing, and rambling to all you fellow writers! I will maybe have a review of The Raven King up tomorrow??? Maybe??? Assuming I don’t drown in numbers from doing Algebra and Chemistry all day! But now I’m gonna go sleep so I might actually finish that stuff and have time to post…
From Cheyenne 🙂

Snippet Sunday #9

To participate in Snippet Sunday:
■Share a snippet of your writing with the world-a sentence, a paragraph, whatever…
■Link to Samantha’s blog.
■Have fun, be bookish, and stay writerly!

Here is another Snippet from Wishes.

The Snippet:

On one side of the world, a boy drifted quietly to sleep in a pool of scarlet blood. On the other side of the world, two blind twins wonder whether their new life would be better or worse. And somewhere in between, two sisters cried themselves to sleep for two different reasons.

Starting NaNoWriMo2016!

Hey y’all! I have officially created my profile for NaNoWriMo2016! I did decide to go with Wishes for my project because a big chunk of the outline fell into place, and now I just really wanna write these awesome characters! Like it fell into place enough for me to write an official synopsis to post to the NaNoWriMo site, and that usually doesn’t happen till long after I’ve started writing! I think it’s a pretty darn good synopsis myself, but it could just be because I wrote it when I had a horrible sinus infection, was running fever, and couldn’t stop coughing… I don’t know… Y’all can read it and tell me if it’s completely horrible! Actually, come to think of it, this post is being written really late because said sinus infection is preventing me from sleeping, so it may be insane too… No more fever, but this cough is miserable, and I have become a mouth breather… Antibiotics are magical stuff though because earlier today I wasn’t quite convinced I didn’t have the Flu! Anyway, with my rant about being sick aside, here is the synopsis I’ll be working with for NaNoWriMo2016! Feel free to check out my profile too, and add me as a writing buddy! Also, if you’re a NanoNewbie, I’d love to mentor you along this crazy journey!

The Synopsis For Wishes:

This world is not made for them, or perhaps they are not made for this world. They have never been anything but “abnormal,” because they are the only ones with their eyes open enough to see the truth. They cannot blend in with all the royals, because their natures will not allow them to play their twisted games of power. They are shamans, mist born, able to see through all the lies. Their just children, really, each born with a gift, (or a curse), as some might call it. But they are strong, and they are wise, and they will fight for truth!
Nico Deverow can see the unseen, and yet he cannot see the one thing that might make it all worth it: his parents who died when he was only three. There is darkness inside him, and he can no longer numb it enough to keep from shattering. Adam has a light inside him, a star in stark contrast to his sisters cruel beauty. He only wants to heal, but perhaps he cannot heal one who does not wish to be healed. Ela is fire and ice together, constantly fighting a battle within her own heart. Diana just wants to be the golden girl-the perfect princess, the Bishop heir, at council gatherings and the innocently pure shaman at Adam’s side. Each of them has a purpose, because nothing is ever done without purpose, even in the Royal Court.

Are You Doing NaNo?

Tell me about your Projects for NaNoWriMo2016 in the comments! I’d love to know what you’re working on! And also, I could really use some plotting and outlining advice because i have awesome characters but am really struggling with the ending of this plot… And I’m signing off now because I reeeeeeeally need to sleep at least a little bit tonight since I have to correct my Algebra test tomorrow…

Snippet Sunday #8

Once Upon A Time Handwritten I It’s Snippet Sunday time again! To participate… ■Share a snippet of your writing-a sentence, a paragraph, whatever… ■Link your post back to Samantha’s blog, where Snippet Sunday began. ■Have fun, be bookish, and stay writerly!

Ok so I said in my last Snippet Sunday that I wouldn’t be doing Wishes for NaNoWriMo this November, but a giant chunk of the outline fell perfectly into place, so now I’m torn! Writerly wisdom is needed!!! but for now… Here is another snippet from Wishes.

The Snippet:

Nico Deverow had the kinds of secrets that two people could keep only if one of them were dead. And even then it probably wouldn’t stay secret because someone like himself would probably happen upon the spirit of the dead person who knew the secret and convince them to spill everything.