Tuesday, February 28, 2017
In other news, I posted a new helpful tip regarding the editing process in which I broke down the complicated realm of the fifth writing step. Check it out! I recently/originally posted this as a new post, but it seemed to make more sense in the helpful pages list.
So there you have it. Let me know what you think of the new design in the comments below.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Ellipses are meant to represent something has been left out, or is being left out in a conversation, often used in cases to show someone's voice has trailed off. In the case of 4 ellipses this is a sign someone's voice has trailed off at the end of a sentence. Still, however, I am inaccurately writing in ellipses where there should be an em-dash, like this taken from Arms From The Sea: "Close your eyes.... Go on now, close your eyes". Once I discovered not to use ellipses like this, I went for the hyphen: "Close your eyes- go on now, close your eyes". The accurate version should have been "Close your eyes— Go on now, close your eyes" (Shapero, 34).
Saturday, February 18, 2017
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Sooooo what to write, what to write?
I don't know.
I think I'll just work out some writing blockage problems on here and get out my frustrations.
Or perhaps I should just move on?
Though going back might be a pain.
I should probably just push through and get it done...but ugh all the exciting stuff is just about to happen and I have to get the story there but in order to have it be appreciated when it arrives I need to not rush into such high action...well, actions.
Here's what I've got so far in Chapter 2- there won't be any spoilers since I'm not going to post this in the CK-CT blog (aside from a recap like was originally done before).
Kat's just gotten home to her well, home. She's been greeted by her foster siblings. They're a wild bunch. Her three elder foster sisters care for each other, but also fight a lot. We learn how they all met and formed their house of orphans. Kat has shown them the apple and is trying to figure out how to duplicate it. Do I want to go into details how she goes about this? I'm debating....
Do I want to show how the foster fam makes dinner for fifteen people wyth dehydrated food? I don't quite know what to show here- I want it to be a typical day for them in their cabin for the next two chapters so we get a sense of what these people mean to each other, and most importantly what they mean for Kat.
While prepping dinner the girls shoulde have a conversation about Magibes and the prejudices against them. Some other foster kids all between the ages of 10-13 will join in the conversation to offer up their own questions, ideas and opinions regarding the situation between R's and M's.
That's one section down. What else coulde/shoulde I cover? Oh man, I'm at a loss now.
Ooh, chores! That's a new one considering there is no working dishwasher, hot water, working washing machine, or working dryer. Everything has been jerry-rigged by the kids to keep things running and working. Also it's winter and the days are turning to night much quicker, and wythout artilect (the Earythian-wide usage of artificial electricity as we will soon find out) they have to be inventive and creative. Right, that also means no heat. Gotta keep that in mind. They will have running water- that woen't be an issue.
The girls should be going into the town of Hawkfire to give an idea of what this kingdom looks like as the only one that has been covered is the city of Dovetail, Aircrest, not even in their own territory.
Now, there are two things I'm debating between, or perhaps combine: To portray the Hawkfire kingdom as failing AND/OR Kat can't go into the main towns.
If I were to write Hawkfire as failing: as mentioned Redwing Mountain is mostly abandoned by now. Their crops are dying, people are starving and migrating North to the other kingdoms, and lifegobs are starting to circle overhead more and more. How is this happening? Why? And why haveyn't Kat and her foster family left?
If I were to write about how Kat can't go into main towns: The only reason I assume Hawkfire is dying is because Kat went all the way into Aircrest. Unless she cannot show her face in Hawkfire because she was outed as a Magibe there. Either way, there has to be a reason she went there....
Hmmm.... this will be figured out later. There's too much to figure out right now.
Topics I want to tackle for sure in the coming Chapter 2:
-Racism against Magibes
-Poverty v. Class in the kingdoms (mainly Hawkfire for now)
-Clash of the kingdoms
-The Great Separation War
-Survival of the foster family
Well that's a good list to get me started I believe.
Just doen't expect to see a Chapter 2 recap up for some while.
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Monday, February 13, 2017
I'll also be adding here in the next few minutes some other new (and relevant) information such as maps, background info on the continents of Earythia, and so forth. I believe this has added to the depth of my 1st chapter. But tell me what you think and what works (or even what doesyn't work) for you.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Last night I finally posted a chapter 2 plot summary (so as not to post the entire chapter), followed by the entire chapter 3. The second addition is the prologue. I realized without this up much of the story would not make sense. You can now find it here: "Prologue: The Letter That Changed It All", or on the blog as usual.
As a result of doing this, I was able to narrow down what I want to do with chapter 4; I am slowing down, taking time to introduce the foster family a bit more, until of course they have to enter Unity, the members of which I will also try to bring in slower as the foster family gets pulled away inch by inch from the story.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
I'll submit my 3rd chapter of the book on my "Changing Kathryn" blog, followed by some ideas that I'm considering pursing, and perhaps I might get some feedback on how YOU might follow up the chapter? Because I am at a total loss. I would really just like to get something written on the page. I'm done rewriting and rewriting with no success. It's turning out too chaotic for even ME to handle. My poor readers, you will be so overwhelmed I'm sure if you had to read it how it was!
It would also be nice to take a moment to allow some time for character absorption; you know, getting to know who these people are emotionally, mentally, physically.... And what about the planet that they live on? There's some other information too I would like to bring out, but not all in one fell swoop. That's dangerously close to overcrowding.
Remember: Sincere input is always appreciated!
Saturday, February 4, 2017
So why am I announcing this?
Because sometimes (for me) it is easier to follow through with something like this when I have made my commitment public as it makes me feel more like I have to uphold my own promise to myself.
And there you have it.
Wish me luck!
I jumped too far ahead too soon. I didyn't let the chain of events unfold as naturally as I wanted them to, and I didyn't allow the drama of a situation settle in. I just kept pushing on ahead adding more stuff to the story overwhelming it, and even my own self. That's never a good sign, by the way. If you have overwhelmed yourself as the writer, your poor readers are are going to have hell keeping up.
I have gone back to fix this now, but I'm going back from chapter 9 all the way down to chapter 4 where the dramatic sitch first showed itself. It shouldyn't take too long to resolve the problem, seeing as I am almost done completing the problem wyth Ch4. Now I just have to make sure the story carries on wyth as little plot holes as possible.
In other news, it's 3:33! Make a wish!
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
I'm exhausted as I write this do sorry in advance for a y spelling errors, especially seeing as I'm typing this out on my phone, whose keyboard has. Send known to be a little less than reliable.
I'm currently Stu k on getting through a chapter and it's been bugging me for quite some time know. But as I'm going to take some old advice of mine and push on to the end result I was t to achieve. I'll go back and add the filler stuff in later. It worked last time so lets hope I can usr the same trick twice....
Also: happy February 1st, everyone!!!