What I’m Working on Wednesday (July 16th)

Hello, all, and welcome back to What I’m  Working on Wednesday. This is just a weekly thing I do to talk about what projects I’ve been working on recently. And sometimes, I put out a sample of whatever I’m writing. 🙂

Right now, Camp NaNoWriMo is going on. For those who don’t know, Camp NaNoWriMo is a less high pressure version of NaNoWriMo. Instead of the standard challenge of 50,000 words, you get to pick your own goal. If you meet that goal (minimum of 10,000 words) then you’re deemed a winner, and you get lots of cool writer goodies as well as the thrill of personal achievement. Since I really want to finish up my novel, URBAN LEGENDS, before the end of the summer, I decided to continue working on that in favor of starting fresh. So much of what I’ve been working on this week falls under that category.

This is my first year doing Camp NaNoWriMo. In fact, I had no idea such a thing even existed until I saw a fellow blogger’s post about it. I do, however, participate in the traditional November National Novel Writing Month. Last November was my third time going for the 50,000 words in a month. I barely made it, with 30 words over the goal. *Wipes sweat off brow*. I also completed the 50,000 words my second year. The first time I participated was the only time I failed to make the goal, and that just made me more determined to do it the next time around. I also found friends who did NaNoWriMo as well, and having their support and vigilance was a huge help.

I like the Camp version because you can set your own goal, and you have cabin mates who are there to act as a support group. It’s less of a high intensity rush than a leisurely way to motivate yourself to get stuff done. It doesn’t have the thrill of the November version, though. There’s just something so sacred about the month of November. It feels like an important time, and it’s also more of a challenge, since I have a lot less time. This might sound like another reason to like Camp NaNo, but then, I like challenges.

In any case, it’s about halfway through the month, and I’m on track to meet my goal of 10,000 words. I know it’s a small goal, but that’s because I’m almost done with URBAN LEGENDS, and I don’t think there are more than 10,000-15,000 words that need to go into it. Plus, while I finish up the parts that need to be finished, I’m editing…which means every now and then I’m subtracting a thousand words. Probably not the best tactic to get NaNo done, but then, I did say I like a challenge.

What about you? Do you participate in National Novel Writing Month? Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, how’s your progress going? Let me know in the comments! 

 

What I’m Working on Wednesday (July 9th)

Hi! For those of you who don’t know, What I’m Working on Wednesday is just a weekly recap of what I’ve been writing. This week I’ve been ‘busy’ with such things as insane amounts of Netflixing, lazing by the pool, and also keeping up with some visa stuff that I need to spend next year in England. So I haven’t been writing all that much, but I’ve snuck in at least a few pages.

What I’m Working On: 

Writing: 

-I’m still busy at work on my classic fairy tale retelling for the short story submissions of last week. I’ve definitely narrowed my story down to Rumpelstiltskin. In the story, Rumpel is the commander of a league of fledgling magicians who have been waiting for the Golden Prophecy to come to fruition. The prophecy states that one day, an evil witch of stunning beauty, and with the power to spin gold from ordinary objects, will give birth to a demon that will consume the entire Kingdom. Rumpel and his men have found the witch, but the powers that protect her leave no way for a physical attack. Fortunately, the witch is fond of games…

-Still working on URBAN LEGENDS. I don’t know about anyone else, but the hardest part for me is the middle of the books. I often skip a couple of scenes and then go back to them later, and that’s what Im doing right now. It’s kind of cool to have spent so long in the future chapters of the book, only to come back to the parts where my main character and her surroundings were so different. I know that I wrote the book, but it’s like I discover some new things about her every time I sit down to write.

Sample: 

“They say she spins straw into gold, sir.”

“They say she seduced the king without saying a word, sir.”

“And they say she’s a fine piece of work.”

I turn towards Edward and scowl. It’s completely like him to focus on the physical features of the girl before all else. He’s the youngest of the soldiers on my watch, as well as the least structured. His mind wanders in a way that makes me doubt his capabilities on the field. It would be just like him to end up falling under the spell of the girl. I know he’s the youngest of my men, but does he have to accentuate it by being the most immature?

“Hair as radiant as the gold she spins. And eyes with the intensity of a mermaid’s scales. So we know how to identify her,” he modifies, hastily. “Sir.”

I sigh. The most immature, but also the most adaptable. He could bullshit his way out of anything. I once witnessed a woman apologize to him after he left her.

“Fine. Anything else?”

My men are silent, all eight of them.

“That’s all? That’s all you scavengers came up with? I gave you a whole week, and all you can tell me is that she’s a pretty woman?”

“And she spins gold, sir!” Thomas peeps up, nervously.

“Thank you, Thomas. It’s nice to know she fits the bounds of the prophecy. Of course she spins gold.” I shake my head and stalk away, calling out, “Eight more hours. Give me something. Anything. Go. And if you can’t find anything, then don’t come back. Disgrace and banishment will be a light punishment compared to what I’ll have in store.”

Thanks for reading! I hope you liked it! Are you working on anything at the moment? If so, tell me about it in the comments! I love hearing from you!

What I’m Working on Wednesday (July 2nd)

Hi! So, so far my blog has been focused almost completely on books that I’ve read, am reading, or am planning on reading. This includes book reviews, quotes, battles of the books, books to movies, and so on. Which is great, since I love reading, and always have (hence the name). But recently, it occurred to me that I also wanted to add one of my other great passions to the site. Namely, writing. So I’m going to do some trial runs of What I’m Working on Wednesday for the next couple of weeks, where I give a brief little spiel on what I’m working on in the write-o-sphere. If I, or you guys, decide it’s lame, then I’ll stop, but for now, it’s a nice way of combining both writing and reading, I think.

What I’m Working On: This week, I’m working on quite a lot of things, actually.

Planning/Writing 

1. A subversive fairy tale retelling to submit to the Book Smugglers, who have opened a call for submissions. I’m in the initial planning stages of this one, and am thinking of retelling Rumpelstiltskin or the Little Match Girl. I’m having some trouble choosing between the two, because I have two ideas that I really want to try out, and either would work well. However, I think I’m leaning toward Rumpelstiltskin. I’ve started what would be the introduction to the story, and have shared it at the bottom of this post.

Writing

1. I’m in the midst (about 200 pages in) of a YA fantasy book set in an ambiguous time period, but with many aspects modeled after the 1700s. The book is about a girl named Anna, who has had the ability to steal memories from a young age. She is hired to steal some select memories from the heir to the throne, Prince Jaxon. Always one step away from exposure–and thus, death–Anna must confront how far she’s willing to go to protect herself and her future, especially when she finds that memories aren’t the only thing Mas wants to steal from Jaxon.

I’ve been working all across the board on this one, bouncing from scene to scene. Right now, I’m writing the scene where Anna first enters Jaxon’s mind, hunting for memories that don’t seem to exist…

Writing/Editing 

1. I’m nearly finished with a YA science-fiction that I’ve been working on for a while, taking long hiatuses before returning. I’ve given my novel the practice title of URBAN LEGENDS, although I’m still playing with different ones. At its core it’s science-fiction, but it reads more like an action fantasy. I won’t give much more away about it…yet, because I really love this book, and I want to finish it before I start talking about it, as to not jinx it. Most of the book is finished, but now I’m going back and filling in the parts that need filling in, and editing everywhere. I just erased the entire first two chapters, because I felt it started out too slow, and so now I’m remodeling. I get pretty neurotic about first chapters, because I know they are one of the most important parts of a book, and I want it to be perfect.

Writing Sample 

<Taken from the intro of my Rumpelstiltskin retelling>

One word.

Three Guesses.

What seems like a child’s game, but is so much more. They say that power is an illusion. That you are only as powerful as people think you to be. I, however, know this to be a lie. Don’t be surprised. Most things are. People didn’t think her powerful at all, but the truth was hidden somewhere inside those delicate, lily white hands, in that tentative smile at odds with the tears that glittered like precious stones in her eyes. This land is a fair one, but already things are changing. Trouble is brewing. Of her, and inside her. That baby will be the life or death of this kingdom. It’s up to me to make sure it’s the former.

Game on.

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So those are the projects that I’m currently working on, and the sample from my fairy tale retelling. What do you think? 🙂 

Do any of you like to write as well as read? If so, what are you working on? Let me know in the comments!