There isn’t anything special about today or this week or even this month, but I wanted to celebrate my writing, this blog, and most importantly all of you who have supported me in my writing!
I have been blogging for about a year and a half now, and this blog has had over 100,000 views during that time! You guys have posted about 1,500 comments while I posted 125 times (as for my posting, I am not sure if that is a lot or not very much.)
And I would have stopped long ago with out you guys. Every person who has read a post, comment, submitted an Open Pen critique, or encouraged me to keep blogging in others ways have been a huge blessing to me. Blogging is difficult and not as fun as creative writing, but you guys made it worth it for me.
So I wanted to thank all the people who support this blog– especially those wonderful people who comment on almost every post and those who comment on multiple Open Pen Critiques (which is huge since it often takes me a couple weeks to post my critique.) I want to give a special “thank you” to Proverbs31Teen, Sami P., Readloveexpress22, Writefury, Aberdeentps, Olorin, and Raychel Rose who have helped me in various ways, whether helping me start blogging, commenting consistently, encouraging me, or pointing out all the flaws in my posts. I hate typing out that list of people because I know that I have forgotten many of you, so please forgive me– I will add on to that list.
So, for all my wonderful readers and followers, I wanted to do my first giveaway. I tried to set up a fancy giveaway form– I really did try– but I failed. So we are going to have to do this another way. Just comment on this post, and I will enter you in a random drawing for a free book!
The prize is your choice of book from the list below (I made a list of some of favorite books that are both enjoyable and inspire good writing):
The giveaway will end July 31st, and I will post the winner on this page and contact them on August 1st. Please be aware that if you win, I will ask for your address, when I contact you about winning, so I can send your prize. I know this is risky on the internet, but I don’t know of any other way to send you a book. If you are not comfortable with this, then please do not enter.
Giveaway Winner (August 14): ToniLS (Go Teen Writers)
This July, I am doing another round of edits on my first novel, Out of the Curse, with Camp NaNoWriMo. I think this is my 10th edit on this novel, but my novel sure needs it. As a teenager, my writing improves exponentially and my drafts from even a year ago can be really poor. Anyways, by the end of this month, I will have my novel as polished as possible for me in this moment, and I will need a couple of Beta Readers at the beginning of August.
I am looking for other writers and readers who are willing to do any critiques: from plot and character critiques to line and copy editing.
Here is some information about my novel, and you can decide if it sounds like something you would be interested in reading.
Title: Child of the Curse
Genre: Christian High Fantasy
Target Audience: Upper Young Adult
Logline and Pitch: A teenage soldier just wants to become an elite assassin—only her commander wants her dead. Mutated dragon soldiers are not supposed to feel sympathy.
Back Cover Summary: Mar Zaehav fights to become an elite assassin—only she is a teen soldier fighting on the wrong side. As a Livyahak, an elf mutated with dragon wings, Mar was born to fight for Nakavar who seeks to take the throne from the elven King of Evcadeh. Nakavar cursed the Livyahaks, preventing them from feeling sympathy or seeing color. But Mar escaped Nakavar’s curse, and for this, she must die. Escape and freedom are her only hope, or is her life worth something more?
Mature Content: My novel has quite a bit of violence in it– including a couple torture scenes and a occasionally graphic descriptions of wounds. However, there is no sexual content or swearing in it.
Sample First Chapter: A Cursed Race
Please e-mail me or comment below if you would be interested in beta reading my novel in August. I would really appreciate the help!
Finally, I thought I would put out a survey for this blog. I would love to hear your feedback about my blog and how I can improve it.
So, to everyone reading this post, thank you. I hope you have a wonderful week!