26.11.13

an update (plus doctor who/divergent/catching fire)


-37,880 words overall (this will not be the same in five minutes).
-1,965 words written today (this will not be the same in five minutes).
-Tea. TEA.
-I kind of gave up on Dawnyelle, and now I'm working on a part of book four of my Three Worlds stuff. GUYS I'M STILL ON BOOK ONE. Ugh.
-I watched the 50th of Doctor Who. Oh, OH. Ouch. My feels have been broken, yet again.
-I watched it with my friend. We squealed and fangirled and screamed and octopus-armed (it's...it's an inside joke...) more than we should've. I'm pretty sure two of her younger brothers are scarred for life.
-I need to go write.
-OH AND I READ DIVERGENT. I should've waited until December, though...It killed my word count. Oh well. It was worth it. :)
-And then there's Catching Fire. I haven't seen it yet. Actually, for a couple days, I didn't care too much that I hadn't seen it because I was so obsessed with Divergent. But now? GAH. SOON.
-I really, REALLY need to write.
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Bekah Joan

23.11.13

NaNoWriMo Interview #2: Ashley Tahg

Hey, guys! I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Ashley Tahg. (A wonderful girl, to be sure. You all should go check out her blog.) So, read on and enjoy!
What music do you listen to when you write?
It really depends on what exactly, for example, last NaNo I listened to a lot of Blackmore's Night, since it fit my novel at the time.  This NaNo, I'll be listening to the PoTC soundtrack, as well as rag tag mixture of other movie soundtracks.  I do have AWOLNATION's Sail in my list as well. 

What food/drinks do you eat/drink while writing?
Chocolate, skittles and Tea, preferably Earl Grey or Irish Breakfast.  But, I might add a bit of Jasmine to the mix since a balanced diet is a recommended thing. ;) 

Which movies/TV shows do you watch when you need to take a break?

I really don't know! I'll probably abstain from movie/tv watching as much as possible, since I can easily become uninspired/inspiredforotherthings when watching those, but I see myself doing quite a lot of book reading when I need to take a chill, and around the 16th, I'll be seeing Thor in theaters, so there's that.

How do you conquer Writer’s Block?

My philosophy, when stuck by the block, is that I've been pressuring myself too hard, be it over a plot hole I hadn't foreseen, or getting to that word count goal, and that I need to take a step back and relax. Granted, during NaNo, there will be a lot of pressure, but when I feel my head beginning to ache, I'll probably take the day off.  I'd rather tack the remaining words on to the next day and take the time to listen to music outside of my novel playlist and maybe go make some cupcakes, or even work on one of my non-nano novels.  I'm really just laid back on how I deal with it.

Do you write caffeinated or un-caffeinated?

Oh no caffeine for me.  It gives me a sugar rush that results in more dancing than writing, and a skull splitting headache in the end.  In the end, it does me more harm than good.  I'm really good at pulling all-nighters without it anyway, so, I'll just go decaffeinated.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Ready for a list?
Mirriam Neal (I beta read her novels and oh world, you are in for a treat after she publishes more of her novels!) 
Robin McKinley (she has really inspired my walk as a writer) 
John Flanagan (His skill at writing wit and smart talk remains to be something I seek to learn)
Amanda Sun (she still has a bit of becoming to do, but she really knows how to spin an entertaining story that keeps you reading)
and Chautona Havig (This lady knows how to pump out those novels! And she has a finger in so many genres, and has a real knack for writing books that never fail to cheer me up when I'm blue. When I'm sick, I delve into her books) 

What’s your novel about (either NaNo Novel, current piece, past novel, etc.)?

I'll talk about my NaNo novel, since all my other books are too numbered to speak about in one post and not monopolize your time. 
If I were to sum it up in a dreadfully short sentence, I could say, "Freed slave joins pirate crew to extract revenge for family's death", and while that suffices, it has a far too business like feel to it, wouldn't you agree? 
In Sails of Blood, Ababou, the FMC, is captured by slavers with her brother and sister when she is only 18, and is forced to one by one watch her family die before her eyes while she is left alone, chained in a hold.  
She is eventually saved by a tall, curly haired gentleman pirate (modeled after Tom Hiddleston in his appearance in Return to Cranford) who lets her stay on his ship until she can format a plan for what she wants to do.  She decides to stay on and use him and the crew of the Belladonna to get revenge on the slavers who ruined her life and her family. 
But she doesn't see quite how expensive the road of revenge is, and her new companions will slowly pay the price.

If you could give just one writing tip for NaNoWriMo, what would it be?

Don't freak out.
I know, it feels like a big undertaking, but in reality, if you keep your head on your shoulder, and take it in stride, you can totally do it.  People will be telling you how stressful and intense it is, but just keep calm and reach that wordcount and you will be perfectly fine. Maybe a little sleep deprived, and you may feel a bit anti-social, but you can do this thing. 
And then, if I may, a second tip, is find someone to talk to throughout the month.  Never devalue how life saving a fellow nanoer can be, someone to ask about your word count, and keep you excited. 

What’s your favorite part about NaNoWriMo?
The connection with other writers.  Its like, this big huge family reunion, and it brings writers together in so many marvelous ways.  Romance writers are word warring with Sci-fi writers, and you meet all these new people.  I know, its funny that an event known for making hermits out of writers, that I would say the socialization is the best thing, but it really is.
Last year, an internet friend of mine added me to a group she created for NaNo, and we've remained a tight knit group (not without our scuffles, granted. Don't get me started on the time we all got mad at each other over the American vs. British guys debate.  It was intense) and we've encouraged each other all through 2012 and 2013, and I'm just so very grateful for my writing group.  I've no idea how I could have made it through without them.

Where do you get your inspiration from, or do you just write without it? Both?

Music, music videos and Pinterest.
All it takes is a pin, and boom, story idea. and I've made so many blooming novels from kpop music videos. It's crazy.  I'm almost to the point where I can't watch kpop music videos without being fully prepared to have a new novel. 
And then, there have been so many times I've heard a song that has applied to my current novels, and I find ways to include all the new ideas it gives me in, even if the ideas are as minute as a sweater color, or as large as a new character. 

Have you done NaNoWriMo (including camp) in previous years? If yes, how many times have you done it/won?

I've never done camp, since summer is always just a really busy month for me, but I have done NaNoWriMo.  Last year (2012) was actually my first go at it, so I'm fairly a newbie, but I'm already a hardcore NaNohead, and I really just can't see why I would ever skip this event.
I won last year, reaching 50,002 words before realizing I had won, and then I stopped and haven't written anything in that novel since.

What’s your favorite writing website/blog?

I really love Go Teen Writers, it has been a lifesaver twice over.   I also kinda have a mini obsession with Imagine your OTP, since it's given me so many cute and fluffy scenes for my own characters. You just have to be very very careful, since it has some pretty dirty things, as some people enjoy writing dirty slash fiction.

Do you have an author who you look up to? If so, whom?
Robin McKinley. Oh my word that woman writes gold and magic. If I could only write half as beautifully and perfect as she, I would be content. 

Where can you be found on the NaNoWriMo website (if you don’t have an account, that’s fine)?

I can be found right here, thank you for asking. ;)  I'm totally open for buddy requests, just drop a hint on who you are (or, more than a hint would be nice. I'm not the best at decoding vague references) and I'll add you back!

Where can you be found otherwise?
I can be found at my blog, Cheery-O!, and I have a Pinterest.  I'm also writing a role play novel with a couple writing friends, and while it is in severe need of a new chapter (I'm working on ratting on the girl responsible for that) might as well share a link to The Incantevole Tales as well.

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Awesome! Thanks so much for doing this, Ashley! It was fun.
Happy writing!
Bekah Joan

17.11.13

an excerpt [2]

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[From the NaNo novel. Enjoy.]
. . . .
Dawnyelle
   When the doorbell rang, Dawnyelle was already asleep. Her parents weren’t—she could hear them talking.
   Before her mom knocked on her door, Dawn drifted off to sleep again. She refused to get up until her mom turned on the light. Dawn screamed into her pillow.
   “Sweetheart, it’s Austin. He said he really needs to talk to you.”
   “Boys are stupid,” she grumbled, but she still got out of bed. “Where’s my sweatshirt?”
   “On the floor.”
   “How did it get there?”
   “I don’t know, Dawn. Just put it on.”
   Sighing, she did so. I hope he’s okay. Not to be selfish or anything, but I’d rather not be up all night trying to help the idiot through his girl problems. And not that he’s an idiot all the time, but WHO comes ding-donging around houses at…what time is it…MIDNIGHT? Geez. Idiots do, that’s who. Ha! I rhymed! Ugh. Shut up, Dawnyelle…
   She’d managed to half-wake herself up by the time she made it to the stairs. She stumbled down to the first floor, trying to slap the sleep out of her mind and put a half-pleasant look on her face.
   When she got downstairs, she glanced at Austin by the front door. “Kitchen,” she growled, trudging in what she hoped was the right direction.
   Turning on the light, she shut her eyes and groaned. Why?
   Even though it hurt, she opened her eyes and put some water on for tea. “Do you want anything to drink?” She attempted to make her voice even and kind.
   “No. I’m fine.”
   “Well, I’m having tea.”
   “That stuff is gross.”
   “Tea helps to calm me down.”
   “Why do you need to have some? Bad dream?”
   “No, I just have a feeling you’re going to tell me something absolutely dreadful, and then I’ll definitely need it.”

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Bekah Joan

14.11.13

NaNoWriMo Inspirational Quote #2

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"If you want to change the world,
pick up the pen and write."

-Martin Luther
Bekah Joan

12.11.13

a rather quick update

{via} How I was feeling.

I'm behind.
I have a little more than 15,000 words instead of 20,000. Oh, well. It's only a little less than halfway through the month, right? I still have time to catch up!
And I will. I hope.
I was blocked for a couple days. Surprisingly, my characters are mostly sticking with the original plot (that's a first, I think). But before the next major thing in my plot can happen, a whole bunch of other stuff has to happen, and I didn't really know what that stuff was. I'm not sure if I still do.
But I'm getting there. I got unblocked, and then I got blocked in the middle of the scene. So I did my prompt from the calendar for the eleventh today. I added a quiet gymnast with mismatched knee socks, crazy sweaters and owl necklaces, and bright red hair (like Ariel's).
Yeah, that definitely got the scene going somewhere.
ANYWAY. I'm supposed to be writing. So, bye.

Bekah Joan

8.11.13

NaNoWriMo Interview #1: Rose C.


Hey, guys! Meet Rose. She's an absolutely wonderful writer. (Go check her out. Her stories are pretty darn awesome.)
Rose's interview will be the first one in a series of NaNoWriMo interviews that I'm doing. Hang on for the ride—personally, I think I've recruited some talented writers with a lot of good knowledge to share.

What music do you listen to when you write?
I don't usually listen to music as I write. It tends to distract my frazzled mind. :}

What food/drinks do you eat/drink while writing?
Frankly, I eat or drink anything I can find. O.o But since I usually do all my writing in my room and there's a "no food in your rooms" policy here... Water. Water is the way to go. ;}

Which movies/TV shows do you watch when you need to take a break?
Anything, really. From Disney's Jessie to AMC's The Walking Dead.

How do you conquer Writer’s Block?
I use many "conquering" techniques. I either: a) push on, b) take a big-ish writing break, or c) give up on that story [for now] and go to work on a different one.

Do you write caffeinated or un-caffeinated?
Un-caffeinated. I would use caffeine, if I could, but there aren't really any sources around here--so basically, the coffee is off-limits. :-/

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Andrew Fukuda, John Green...and those are just a few. ;)

What’s your novel about (either NaNo Novel, current piece, past novel, etc.)?
My current "Writing In Process" is about a teenage girl name Katherine, who was in a car accident with her parents. Kat not only loses both her parents, but suffers from memory loss, and has a mind-boggling, romance-filled journey on her way to recovery...

If you could give just one writing tip for NaNoWriMo, what would it be?
Don't give upThe writing is [probably] going to be hard, and you're going to struggle, but it will all be worth it in the end.

What’s your favorite part about NaNoWriMo?
I would say seeing the finished product is the best part. In the end, all your struggles are worth it because you'll have a BOOK on your hands! :)

Where do you get your inspiration from, or do you just write without it? Both?
I get my inspiration from lots of things. Real life, blogs, social media sights, quotes, photos... There always seems to be that one thing that catches my eye and makes me really think, yah know? And thinking almost always leads to writing, with me. ;)

Have you done NaNoWriMo (including camp) in previous years? If yes, how many times have you done it/won?
I have. I did a camp NaNoWriMo in -- I think -- July or August, of this year. So I've only done it once, but I am looking forward to doing it this year, in November.

What’s your favorite writing website/blog?
think. eat. write. read. <-- THAT is my favorite blog. :} Mackenzie has a lovely writing style and her posts are just flawless. But there's also Go Teen Writers, which is an amazing writers help blog that has saved me multiple times.

Do you have an author who you look up to? If so, whom?
I look up to many authors, but I think the one that sticks out the most is Veronica Roth. Her book/s have really inspired me, especially since she started writing her first book--Divergent--in college, which makes me think; though I've started writing at a young-ish age--which is both an advantage and a disadvantage--I still might have a shot at writing something people might think is worth reading...

Where can you be found on the NaNoWriMo website (if you don’t have an account, that’s fine)?
On NaNoWriMo.org my user name is radioactive_rose, so you can find me there. :)

Where can you be found otherwise?
I can be found at the blog, Truly. Madly. Deeply., on pinterestwattpadweheartittumblr, or you can email me at rosecolflesh@gmail.com!

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Thanks so much for doing this, Rose! I enjoyed getting to interview you!
Happy writing!
Bekah Joan

5.11.13

NaNoWriMo Inspirational Quote #1

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"It’s none of their business
that you have to learn to write.
Let them think you were born that way."

- Ernest Hemingway
Bekah Joan
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