Stick a Fork in Me…

… I’m done.

(Or if you’re a vegetarian… Eat me! I’m done!)

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Yep, that’s right. DONE!!! I’m done with my first draft of my Beauty and the Beast retelling!!! I finished last night and it ended up clocking in at about 100k!! (It was actually probably a couple thousands words below that cause it turns out that there was some stuff that I took out that got added to the compile list, but because I have this insane desire/obsessive need to have my manuscript be 100k and not a word under, I didn’t take it back out! I know, it’s weird.) It’s good timing too because I’m taking a summer class that starts next Monday. It’s Abnormal Psychology and part of me is afraid that I’ll forget to go to class on Monday. This happens a lot to me and I’ll actually get stress dreams where I either sleep in late and miss class or just forget about it. It’s actually kind of funny once I wake up. Anyways, anyone take Abnormal? Everyone I’ve talked to says they liked it and said it wasn’t that bad, so I’m looking forward to it a lot actually considering there are a lot of interesting topics. Oh, boy, I digress….

But I’m done and I’m super excited! The draft is basic complete crap if you think about it; there are so many things to fix and so much not-good stuff, but I’m still happy. I already know that I’m going to really work the beginning and the end in revisions and smooth/streamline stuff in the middle. And I know that something I’m going to have to look for when I go back, is to make sure that my main character doesn’t annoy me cause I kind of got the feeling that when I was writing, she was kind of dramatic and a back and forth a lot and I’ve definitely read books where I’m annoyed cause the character keeps making decisions that go against themselves and all that–so definitely something to watch for. But we’ll see how I feel about her once I read through it, which probably won’t be for a few months because I’m going to go back to my manuscript that I finished in March and I’m going to start revising there. It’ll be weird to go back and I’m pretty scared of revisions. It’s just kind of overwhelming to think about all the stuff I have to fix and I’m like how?? Tell me?? But I think (hope) it’ll work itself out when I’m actually going through the process! 🙂

Now that I’m done, I think I might take a week or two off and just binge watch/read the crap out of anything! I’ve been hearing about a lot of great tv shows, so I’m definitely going to watch those (If you have recommendations, TELL ME! :)). I’m thinking about watching Daredevil? Or maybe The 100? I’m having a hard time choosing.

I will also be binge reading a bunch of stuff (again, if you have recommendations! :)). I still have a lot of stuff from the library I haven’t gotten to, so those will probably be the first things to go to! I’m reading Shutter by Courtney Alameda right now, but I think after I’m going to be reading Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. I got that at the library ages ago and still haven’t gotten around to it.

All righty, I’m going to go laze around all day now! 😉 And since I promised, I’ll post Part 2 of my LDStorymakers Recap later today (so you’ll definitely get sick o’ me)!

Bye! :)))

Queen ADD

Merhhh…

As the title suggests, today I’ve been Queen ADD. I seriously cannot focus today! I’ve been sitting at my computer for hours and hours, adding a word here and there, but basically I’ve been staring aimlessly or checking Twitter every couple of seconds, but mainly looking up funny gifs and laughing at them maniacally.

So as another method of procrastination, I thought I’d post on my blog about my unfocusedness… But the thing is… I AM SO CLOSE TO BEING DONE WITH THIS DRAFT! Like sooooo close! Like ~3k close! So even though writing is so not working today, I keep sitting here, typing at the speed of a snail, hoping that lightning or inspiration (I’ll take either) will strike and I will suddenly write like the wind! So far, it hasn’t happened, and it’s looking super unlikely, too… Which too bad cause yesterday was AWESOME!

I’m also starting to think Wednesday’s are cursed because the same insane inability to concentrate hit me last week. CURSE YOU WEDNESDAYS! I really hope this is a temporary thing, cause I need my Wednesdays! I don’t know what’s going on.

But I guess I’m just going keep on pounding out the words cause… I really want to finish! And I feel sort of obligated to my story, too.

Either way, I hope things pick up tomorrow. But if I can’t finish today (which is growing more likely with each passing moment), I will DEFINITELY finish tomorrow!

Side note: I’m also going to the dentist tomorrow morning. I got like four reminders for it, so clearly they want me to show. I actually don’t mind the dentist that much, probably because they tell me I have such beautiful teeth and it strokes my ego… Hahah, okay….

Well, I’m off! Back to staring at my word doc….

Bye!

Update: May!

Hi everyone!

Yay! It’s a new month! I can’t believe it’s already May! The year has gone unbelievably fast! And, aah! It’s going to be summer soon, which I am super excited for!

Anyway, here’s what been going on!

What I’m Writing:

I am in the midst of drafting my new WIP (My Beauty and the Beast retelling!) I am about 36K in right now. I’m a little worried at this point because my beginning is suuuuper long! I always seem to have a hard to with beginnings–they always seem to be so slow and take forever! I don’t know what it is! But, fortunately, I have finally gotten to the point where things are getting exciting! I kind of worry that my book’s going to end up being really, really long–especially since it’s taken 36K to even get to this point. Or maybe it just means my beginning is waaay too long… But I guess that’s what editing is for, right?

What I’m Reading:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

OMG GUYS THIS BOOK IS SO SO GOOD! Obviously, I love, love, love Sarah J. Maas. I have no words for how amazing she is! A Court of Thorns and Roses is already one of my absolute favorite books! There are just too many good things to say about it! To say I love the characters and that the plotting was wonderful is such an understatement.

One thing I love about it is that though you can definitely see where the fairytales (Beauty and the Beast, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and Tamlin) come into play, the story is original enough that it’s exciting and fresh. Also–I saw none of it coming! Because I knew they were based on fairytales, I had guesses as to where the story might go and I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was wrong!

And… Through some weird witchery that is the amazingness of Sarah J. Maas, I somehow ended up buying two copies–TWO COPIES!! I don’t even know what happened! But I regret none of it! Plus, look at that cover! It’s absolutely gorgeous!! How can you resist?

Anyways, if you haven’t read it, READ IT! So good!

An Ember in the Ashes

Again! Another great fantasy book! This book had a lot of hype around it, so I was a bit wary… But luckily, it lived up to the hype! It was one of those books I just could not put down! I had so much fun reading it and I feel like the story was pretty original!

I am desperately hoping for a sequel! I had the lucky honor of meeting Sabaa Tahir when she came to my local bookstore (she is incredibly nice and so adorable!), and she did mention that a sequel was in the works, but her publisher was waiting to see how well Ember would do before signing for another book! That said, seeing as Ember hit the NYT Bestsellers list at #2, I’m really hoping that sequel will pan out because–ah!–that ending!!

My Current Music Obsession:

I feel bad for only posting Taylor Swift music (I swear I do listen to other music), but what can I say, she’s the queen! I don’t always listen to music when I write (it really depends on how I’m feeling), but for the past couple of days I’ve been listening to Out of the Woods on repeat. I really love this song! So intense and so powerful, it’s haunting! My absolute favorite part has to be the bridge!

Remember when we hit the brakes too soon/Twenty stitches in a hospital room

When you started crying, baby I did too/When the sun came up I was looking you

Remember when you couldn’t take the heat, I walked out and said I’m setting you free

But the monsters turned out to be just trees/When the sun came up you were looking at me

It is totally part of my playlist for this new WIP and it is the song that I think epitomizes my story the most.

Anyways, well here it is!

What I’m Watching:

Yup! You guessed it! Still stuck in a Friends rut! I’m watching season nine right now and I can’t believe how funny it still is after watching it like a bajillion times! I’ve also been watching the episodes with the DVD commentary with David Crane, Kevin Bright, and Marta Kauffman and it is absolutely amazing! Though sitcom writing is completely different than novel writing, I love watching them! I’ll actually devote an entire post to this topic one day, so more to come!

Well, I guess that’s pretty much it for now! It’s gonna be a busy couple of weeks for me! I’m going to the LDS Storymakers Conference this Friday and Saturday, so I’ve been trying to write desperately since I probably won’t get much done. I’ve never gone to a writer’s conference before though, so I am excited/nervous for it! I’m hoping to learn a lot and hopefully meet some cool people as well!

And then after that, I’m leaving for Mexico next Wednesday with my family, so again, trying desperately to keep up with my writing because I probably won’t be getting much done during vacation!

Okay, now that’s really it for now!!

Thanks for reading! I’ll see ya guys later!

Random Rambling

Hello!

Hope everyone’s having a good Thursday!

Today was one of those days where I seriously did not feel like writing. I procrastinated for a while by looking at Twitter and checking my messages on Facebook and watching tv… You get the idea. But I got it done! I really did consider just stopping, but I’m glad I powered through and met my word count goal for today (which happened to be 1,552!)

My self-imposed deadline/goal on finishing this draft is the end of June and I would really, really love to meet it! I love making goals and I love that it gives me an endpoint and something to shoot for. I remember the first draft of my very first manuscript took me about five months! That was way too long in my opinion, especially considering I didn’t work full-time or go to school during most of those months. Anyways, when I started my next manuscript, OUT OF THE WOODS, I set out a goal to be more productive. I wanted to push myself and challenge myself to write more and to write faster and really not just laze around all day like I’d sorta been doing. I wanted to be PRODUCTIVE. I wanted to spend my time actually doing stuff and getting stuff done!

And I want to carry that goal out for all my projects! Now that I know I can do it, I don’t have any excuses! I know that when I set my mind to it, I can meet my word count goals no matter if I have to work, or I’m tired, or I’m not “feeling” it. Sometimes that means spending all day staring at the computer, typing in a couple words every few minutes and some days I’m able to surpass my word count goal (which feels awesome by the way!)

So that’s what I’m trying to do for this newest project of mine, right now! I knew I didn’t really feel like writing today and I could have stopped, but I’m really glad that I didn’t 😀

Tomorrow, my goal is going to be to get 2K words! I should be able to do it (if procrastinating doesn’t get in the way), seeing as I don’t have work or any other obligations! I might not “feel” like writing tomorrow either, but I’m going to try really hard to get it done! So, woooo hoooo!!! Awesome Friday plans!

Well, guess that’s enough of my rambling for tonight!

Nighty night! :))