Quick Excerpt From My Novel In Progress!

Possibly the only true thing Nico Deverow’s aunt Zelda had ever said to him was that “You’re only as good as the secrets you keep and the lies you tell.” Nico himself had a lot of secrets, and as a result he’d gotten quite good at lying to anyone who mattered. His secrets were not the good kind of secrets, or the kind of secrets that would gain his royal bloodline any power. They tasted like poison, burned like acid, and cut deeper than the knives he always carried, and he was afraid of them.

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.

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.

Snippet Sunday #7

It’s Snippet Sunday!!! This is the last post you’ll see about Wishes for a while because crazy brain overthrew sane brain, and now I’m starting a new NaNoWriMo project! don’t worry! I’m not abandoning it because I’m too attached to the characters, but it’s just too complicated for me to successfully turn it into a NaNo project without getting totally sick of it and dropping it in the recycle bin forever. I don’t want that to happen, so I really want to take my time with it. Sooooo… You’ll be seeing snippets from my new project until NaNo is over!

Here’s how to participate in Snippet Sunday if you don’t already know:

•Share a snippet of your writing,(a sentence, a paragraph, or however much you want to share with the world.) •Link back to the creator of Snippet Sunday. Have fun, be bookish, and stay writerly!

My Snippet:

There were a lot of things Nico Deverow wished he could unknow.

Snippet Sunday #6

It’s Snippet Sunday time!!! Y’all probably know this by now, but here’s how to participate: 

■Share a snippet of your writing-a sentence, a paragraph, a bit of dialogue, or whatever! 

■Link your post to Samantha’s blog, where Snippet Sunday began. 

■Have fun, be bookish, stay writerly, and drop me a link to your post in the comments if you want. 

 

Today’s snippet comes from a random index card pulled from the folder containing the extremely disorganized outline of my WIP, Wishes. Let’s see what it is! 

 

The Snippet: 

“Believe nothing that you see and a fourth of what you hear. No one’s going to tell you the truth; you have to find it out for yourself.” 

-Archer Cross to Nico Deverow 

 

Snippet Sunday #5

Hey writerly people! I’m writing a Snippet Sunday post while it’s still technically Sunday! I have 30 minutes… I got this! 

 

How To Participate in Snippet Sunday: 

  • Share a snippet of your writing-a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter, or however much you want. 
  • Link your post back to Samantha’s blog, where snippet Sunday began. 
  • Have fun, be bookish, stay writerly, and don’t lose any sleep! 

 

For some context, my snippet is again from my fantasy novel in progress that is currently under the working title of “Wishes,” consists mostly of scribbled scenes on index cards, and will hopefully be my NaNoWriMo project in November if my school schedule allows time for it. I just grabbed a random card, and I haven’t looked at it yet because my room was freezing and I jumped in bed with it and my laptop, so this might be interesting to say the least… 

 

Here It Goes! 

“There’s no shame here,” Ela said softly, gently tilting his chin up to meet her gaze 

“Yes there is,” 

“No.” She carefully brushed her sleeves back and held her arms in the light, revealing several faint scars. 

 

Ok… That wasn’t too bad, but you’re probably confused! That bit of conversation took place between Nico and Ela. Nico is an empath, meaning that he can pick up on the residual energy of a place. He can see all the tragic events that have happened, and any spirits that are still lingering around the area. He tends to take on a lot of emotions from others and the energy around him, and he really hasn’t had a great life. SO… I’m letting my inner psych nerd show with his character, and attempting to address the issue of self-harming with a fantasy approach. Nico cuts to release all that held in energy, and Ela just revealed to him that she used to burn herself for roughly the same reasons. The details are a little sketchy at this point, but I kinda want them to end up together at the end of the first book in this series I’m writing. Ok… I reeeeeally want them to end up together, but I am terrible when it comes to writing romance! I know it has to happen at some point though, so we’ll see how it goes… That scene card had a bunch of question marks on it after that dialogue, so I’ve got some work cut out for me! And now I am going to sleep, so tell me what you thought of that in the comments below! 

From Cheyenne 😪 

Snippet Sunday #4

May I present you with a long overdue Snippet Sunday post! If you’ve forgotten what Snippet Sunday is in my absence… 

Here’s How to Participate: 

■Share a snippet of your writing. It can be a sentence, a chapter, or however much you want. 

■Link your post to Samantha’s blog, where Snippet Sunday first began. 

■Have fun, be bookish, and stay writerly!

 

For some context, my snippet comes from my ongoing work in progress, Wishes, that I’ve been sharing from. In this scene, Nico Deverow and Diana Bishop are fighting because Nico won’t let Diana read his tarot cards. 

 

The Snippet 

The glare he shot her could’ve frozen lava. Adam could see that her words had stung, and that he was hurting from them, but she saw exactly what Nico wanted her to see: an angry challenge and a bad boy smile. 

Snippet Sunday #3

It’s Snippet Sunday time! That means it’s time to share my writing with the world—or at least the piece of the world who has discovered my little corner of the internet… 

 

How to Participate in Snippet Sunday 

•Share a snippet of your writing. It can be a chapter, a paragraph, a sentence, or however much you want to share. 

•Link your post to Samantha’s blog, where Snippet Sunday first began. 

•Drop a link to your post in the comments so I can see your writing. 

•Have fun, be bookish, and stay writerly!!! 

 

For some context, this snippet is from the same work in progress that I’ve been sharing things from by the working title of “Wishes.” It’s a bit of dialogue that passes between Nico Deverow, (my MC), and his mentor, Archer Cross. 

 

The Snippet 

 

“Sometimes curses are brought about by our own minds. Sometimes things aren’t what our thoughts make them out to be,” she says calmly, still studying him with her cool gray eyes, “If you claim something to be a curse, then it will be a burden on you until you decide otherwise, but know this… The powers above, whatever you believe them to be, don’t give anyone something they can’t move through or learn from. And sometimes, the strongest warriors are given some of the hardest challenges because the powers that be know they will only come out stronger in the end. That’s something your mother told me once. I haven’t forgotten it; don’t you ever forget it either.”