It is Thursday, and I am in a state of suspended panic which will soon transform into incoherent panic. (Definition of “suspended panic”: a state in which a human should– by all rights– be panicking but has disconnected himself from the terrifying reality of their situation.) I probably have mentioned “suspended panic” on this blog before, but I will say it again. And this probably won’t be the last time that I talk about it either.
With college applications due in addition to school, I am quite overwhelmed. But I am moving forwards. Yay.
In short, I have been focused on school and applying to colleges and not working on my novels. However, I am waiting on a response from a publisher. So maybe I will have good news soon (but probably not!) I also am about to write a few college essays, so I might post a few here in a couple weeks.
Anyways, I have been nominated for three tags and an award (that I am aware of), and I am finally getting to them. However, I can only get to two today, and unfortunately, I will not be doing them in chronological order. Since I am so busy, I will be doing to two simplest today. Sorry, friends!
First, I have the Dragons Loyalty Award from my friend, Raychel Rose. By the way, Raychel just got published!!! Hopefully, I will have her on the blog soon, but in the meantime, you should definitely checked out her story here. While I can’t testify to the other three stories in the anthology, I can tell you that Raychel’s is amazing. Her writing is beautiful, and her story telling was masterful! Next week, I hope to make a post all about her story, so stay tuned!
Here are the rules of the award:
- Announce your win with a post, and link to whomever presented your award.
- Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
- Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
- Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post.
- Display the award certificate on your website.
So here are seven interesting(ish) things about myself:
- I have always had really long hair– as in almost-three-feet long. Yesterday, I cut most of my hair off (because it is more practical this way.) Yes, I have provided pictures.
- I can turn my feet out so that they go past 180 degrees. Apparently, it has to do with being a breaststroker. Ugh, I should probably include a picture of this, too. Please don’t mind the bad quality. I was too lazy to grab the camera, so I used my webcam. It is a little bit creepy.
- Even though I have only really written fantasy, I love science fiction and historical fiction
- I get to vote in the next election…. I GET TO VOTE! I will decide your future…. muhahaha!
- I am taking my third year of Biblical Hebrew which is accredited through the same university that ALBERT EINSTEIN graduated from
- My Hebrew courses teach almost all the verb forms using the verb “he killed” (qatal). I get a lot of entertainment and pleasure out of this. I killed. He killed. And they killed him. I caused her to be killed. (Yes, in Hebrew, the last sentence is a single word.) I am offically a psychopath. 😉
- When I was in kindergarten and first grade, my role model was Tom Sawyer. If Tom did something, then I tried to do it. I will leave this statement here. You can imagine the chaos and regrettable circumstances that ensued.
Now another tag that I received was the Authorly Bucket List tag by Gemma Fitz. This one looks really fun (along with Writefury’s tag for me– unfortunately, hers required a bit more effort, and I don’t have that much to give right now. I hope you don’t mind waiting another week, Writefury!)
It is really simple. I list three to seven writing related things that I am really bad at. Then I have to list three to seven writing related things that I want to try. Here we go!
My Writing’s Five Fatal Flaws
- World building. I love Tolkien, and I will never live up to the example he set. In all honesty, though, I struggle with world building in general– I really need to develop my worlds more, and it is not natural for me.
- Writing girly characters. I am a tomboy and an INTJ. I have trouble even comprehending how some feminine women think. I simply don’t feel some of the same things (such as the desire to do hair or put on make-up.) This makes writing complex, interesting, feminine characters hard for me (I am so sorry, Zeroah!)
- Writing accents. My good friend and editor, Zane, can testify to this. One of my favorite characters, Baehur, speaks with an accent. Apparently, how I wrote Baehur’s accent sounded like a mix between Swedish and a Texas accent (at least, I think that was how Zane and my mother both described it.) I have no idea what I am doing.
- Descriptions. All my favorite authors have very eloquent, descriptive styles. However, descriptions do not come naturally to me. I have to go back and write them in during editing.
- Poetry. I really wish that I could write poetry– the meter and condensing of thoughts are so impressive. However, I can’t. I tried to write a poetic prophecy in my fantasy novel, and the best I could get was “this is much better [than your original version], but if you know someone who could write a poem for you, it might be a good idea.” I completely agree with my friend who said that, by the way 😉
My Writing Bucket List:
- Write a Sci-fi novel. I already have the premise and some supporting science. I even have a cast set up for it. I love a good sci-fi, and once I finish my fantasy series, I hope to write one of my own.
- Write an extensive essay/research paper discussing the many of the social ramifications of macro-evolution. I have a passion for truth and debating. This is one of my favorite topics.
- Write a novel will an epic cast. I am using “epic” in the technical sense here: a very large, diverse, and complex cast. I want to write a novel with a cast the size of Les Mis or The Lord of the Rings. I won’t say the size of the Silmarillion– that would be way beyond my skills, but I would love to write a giant cast.
- Write about a fictional rebelution. Ever since I read Les Miserables, I would love to write about a group of young people who start a revolution. Will mine be successful? I don’t know yet, but at least, I will have my characters plan it out a bit more. Maybe, I can combine this with my Sci-fi idea.
- Write a novel in third person. I really don’t like books written in first person. I don’t like writing in first person. Why am I writing all my novels in first person??? I don’t know, but now I have to be consistent about my point of view for my whole fantasy series. So after this, I am going to write in third person! I can’t wait.
God bless, and I hope you have a great rest of the week!