Check out this TeenFic on bullying, friendship, and the ups and downs of growing up.
For years I’ve always had ups and downs, sometimes I had won other times I’ve lost. I am Tiger Lee Kennedy the girl who always tries but doesn’t always succeed.
I am just a girl with hopes and dreams. You may have seen me walking around town listening to music from my iPod and wearing a big smile on my face but do you know what is going on in a person’s life?
That is until I meet Mat Salomon the albino boy who loves eating apples, Daisy Gardener who loves going in her rollerblades everyday,their friend Augustine Blackmore who’s always talkative from the group and Edgar Kittymore who is the golden boy from the group. For the first time, I realised I might not lose all hope.
This is a story of a girl who lost nearly everything and if it weren’t for those three, she wouldn’t have survived from all those troubles and experiences if she never faced them. Especially when they were the ones who saw her on her own and nearly saved her from almost chocking her food.
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27 days and 25,000 words later, I have completed Camp NaNoWriMo April 2017. My first ever NaNo camp!
25k words is manageable. I normally write about 15k words per month, so this was me sitting down a few more sessions and repeating that. It meant Rune Mage has a few more chapters under its belt so if I ever get struck with another bout of long shifts, I can still update. It also meant it gave me more time to go back to unpublished chapters and add more fodder when I get inspired.
Current word count is 138,454 and I’m hitting the climax of the story soon. Check it out here!
During my previous browses of Creepypasta for horror short stories, I came across a few stories told in first person where their descent into madness or revelation of something more sinister is subtle and the idea of a brainwashed religious extremist came into my mind.
I had planned for the story to be a one-sided conversation from the religious leader so the reader can also become the brainwashed, but it wasn’t long enough and rambled. I wanted to capture the essence of ideas being drilled in, but it became repetitive.
Jess suggested I involve actions and gestures that hint at the darker tone of the leader, as well as showing time had passed between sessions as the main character falls deeper down the rabbit hole.
I’m pleased with the result, but, boy, it was difficult to write.
On the 26th November, I completed 50,000 words of NaNoWriMo. I finished it! With much encouragement, tears, sleepless nights, and dogged determination, I pushed my word count bar past its finishing point.
Things I’ve come across (and maybe learned) in the past month:
To avoid sitting in front of the desk and your mind blanking, always be thinking of the next scene when on the go. Whether it’s showering, cooking, driving (if safety is achieved!), on the toilet, etc., always think about what’s happening next. That way, you hit the ground running when you sit down to write.
Because of the above, there is always time to write no matter how crazy your schedule. Whether it’s during a work break, toilet break, commuting (if you’re not driving), if during hands-occupied periods you’re thinking of what happens next, when you do have hands you can start writing right away.
The NaNoWriMo Facebook group is very friendly and helpful. The people there are always chirpy and encouraging and they come from all sorts of backgrounds, so there are lots of ideas to bounce off and funny stories.
Real life camaraderie is great fun. I found out through pure coincidence that one of my work colleagues also write and is doing NaNoWriMo (looking at you, Jenny) and it’s great fun when over lunch or driving home with her we can chat about writing and NaNoing.
The last (and first) time I did NaNoWriMo, I was a medical student and spent much of my clinic sessions (which involve me sitting inconspicuously in the corner trying not to fall asleep) writing in my notebook. I had time. My work days were mostly 9-5 or 8-6, no nights, no weekends.
This time, I did two sets of 7 shifts in a row, which were both 3-4 day shifts flipping immediately into 3-4 night shifts (totalling 80-ish hours each), and some long days interspersed with office hours in-between. Quite a few of the days I left work late as people became unwell. It was really hard. Granted, I have no children or pets so I didn’t need to look after anyone but myself out of work hours and I didn’t have long commutes from work. I didn’t need to do much tidying or cleaning. It could have been harder.
Still chuffed about my progress. Rock on NaNo2017!
I entered Fantasy Community‘s last Halloween challenge with probably a minute to spare… I think. They said 11:59pm but no time zone, so I gave it a try. Halloween is when the veil between ours and theirs get thin, and our hero us intent to bring thr scariest story back to his neighbourhood. Check out “The Night the Boundaries Fall” here.
I completed the short story some 31000 feet (quite fitting for a 31st October story!) above Wuhan, China, as I flew back to the UK from Hong Kong. I also started my NaNo around that high in the air. No better way to kickstart it all! All the while, someone’s child is screaming and crying during my 15 hour flight.For those of you who are Facebook friends with me (feel free to add me! I don’t bite) may know I came to the unhelpful realisation I may have bitten off more than I can chew for November’s workload, namely:
– Two sets of 7 day shifts, amounting to roughly 80 hours each week, each with either 3 day shifts followed by 4 night shifts or vice versa, plus normal shifts when I’m not having post-night shift breaks.
– A medical research project involving 50 patients for which I have to collate and analyse data
– Ruined Childhood judging and prize-giving
– Blog updates
– March City updates
– and NaNo itself
So, yeah, I dug a hole for myself. I’ll still try hard for NaNo, even if it will take a backseat to work!
I read “The Paper Magician”, the trilogy, about a month and a half back. I’m not usually a steampunk or Victorian fiction fan, but I do love fantasy and magic and I bought the eBook when the first in the series was free. My memories of the books’ events are a bit hazy now we’re six weeks or so on from when I finished it, but I loved the series. It was time and money well spent (I bought the subsequent two in the series) and I chased the story, page after page, sequel after sequel.
It centres on a girl called Ceony, who graduates at the top of her magic school, only to become an unwilling apprentice in the art of paper magic due to lack of interest in the area from general magicians. Her tutor is a quirky but talented magician named Emery Thane. Her training doesn’t go as expected — just like any good story! — and we are catapulted into an exciting adventure when Emery’s ex-girlfriend (literally) rips his heart out.