Saturday, August 10, 2013

So you wrote a novel...or three

The Glass Butterfly is my current project. It's going good. I have been a bit stuck at certain parts but I'm finding turning everything off and turning on music helps big time. The Glass Butterfly is a YA urban fantasy with supernatural themes. There is adventure, friendship, mystery and a bit of romance. And lots of creepy characters, wings included.

Fairy tales and faeries have been a huge part of my life since I was young. They have inspired me throughout my life. Some how managing to keep me interested, even now. But as I've learn life isn't always happy-happy all the time. So this fairytale has a dark side. Murder, teen girls kidnapped, bullying, mental illness all haunt this story. I love beautifully horrifying things. Ugly can be pretty in the eyes of someone with an open -mind. I love oddities (The show too!) and want to  really add some ugly-pretty to this novel.

The main character is someone who will grow and evolve into a strong woman with a power mind and a strong heart. When the story starts she has one friend, the rest of the school either ignores her or makes fun of her for being strange, even through she can't figure out what is so strange about her. As certain things happen she finds herself needing to take control of her life. With her two allies and dear friends, Thorn, the tattoo parlor's expert in piercing and a strange boy with eyes that seem to glow like flames, she hurries to uncover her forgotten past before someone comes back to hunt her down.

My goal is about 80,000 words in less I wind adding more to the end while I end which I'm guessing like my other novel will turn up around 100,000 words. Which I'm perfectly fine with. I want to finish writing this novel by fall. After this up-coming con I'm taking a few months off of sewing to focus all my attention on this novel and finding a stable job. In October there is a writing convention that I will be attending with my fiance. I really cannot wait to go to it. They have lots of panels for writers.

Once I finish writing I plan on editing, letting my fiance read over it, edit again and start sending out query letters. I want it to be polished before sending it out. I want this novel to be something I can be proud of. Something different from all the other fairy novels out there. I'm putting my heart into it. I really hope it goes well.

In November for National Novel Writing Month I will either be writing my other novel, UnNatural.  I do have some out-lining to do to it before I start re-writing it. If I am not comfortable writing it then I may just write my other YA novel, Crisis Mode Major. Which will be my first non-fantasy novel. It'll be more serious, more emotional than anything I have ever written.

So I better go write I only have one hour before I need to start working on my cosplay. So thank you for viewing! I'll be updating more often after the convention at the end of the month.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

My inspiration- Marina and the Diamonds

Music drives me. If helps me stay focused and get into the scene, the mood and creates an emotion. A while back I fell heads over hills with Marina and the Diamonds again. Her music is truly one of a kind and it appears to be the only music that is really inspiring me for the novel I'm currently writing. There is something magical about Marina. Her voice is very calming and interesting. I'll admit I have listened to her songs non-stop since I started writing this novel again. I can't go by a day without listening to her songs while writing.

It's important while writing to feel emotion. Like one of my favorite quotes go "No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader." - George Moore. If you can't get the emotion across you're novel will fall flat. No one wants to read something in which they can't connect to. You'll get bored. So that's how music can help.

Here are some of Marina's lyrics that really help inspire me and fit well for the novel.

"These people are weird in here
And they're giving me the fear
Just because you know my name
Doesn't mean you know my game

I look myself in the face
And whisper "I'm in the wrong place"
Is there more to lose than gain
If I go on my own again? (On my own again)"  


There's a fork in the road
I'll do as I am told
And I don't know, don't know, don't know, don't know
Who-oo-oo-oo-ooo I want to be.

-Mowgli's Road

Running with my roots pulled up
Caught me cold so they could cut
What there was left of love

I'm rootless


Lies, don't wanna know, don't wanna know oh
I can't let you go, can't let you go oh
I just want it to be perfect
To believe it's all been worth the fight
Lies, don't wanna know, don't wanna know oh


I've lived a lot of different lives
Been different people many times
I live my life in bitterness
And fill my heart with emptiness

Don't wanna live in fear and loathing
I wanna feel like I am floating
Instead of constantly exploding
In fear and loathing

-Fear and Loathing 

Those are some of my favorite songs to listen to while writing. They have such a deep meaning and rich emotion it's hard not to listen to them over and over again. Fear and Loathing really hits home when I write. The main character in my novel is lonely, out of place and wants to stop being in consent fear that no one will ever accept her. 

You can find out more about this band by clicking the link below.