Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A Chance at Death: Part 2



Settle down, children. It's storytime with Nicki in which I give you part two of my short story A Chance at Death.



Why would I believe you?” I ask again, my voice much quieter this time.
Because I spoke the truth,” he says at last. His voice is soft as ever. A mere whisper.
Perhaps the reason I trusted him was because I didn’t think a monster could be so soft spoken.
I grit my teeth. “Do you truly expect me to believe that? Truly? After everything that happened? After you betrayed me? And you want me to believe that you had not planned to all along.”
I hadn’t,” he says softly. “But… I couldn’t let you go through with it. I couldn’t let you sacrifice yourself-”
Don’t pretend that you did this for me!” I cry surging to my feet.
I was born to die so that others could live. That was the destiny of my path. It had always been set out clearly before me even on the darkest of nights.
I may not have wanted it, but I had accepted it.
Now I had to accept the fact that it was gone. My destiny was gone. I am now no better than those with the soulless eyes. The ones who don’t have a destiny but are forced to wander through life, destroying everything.
Because how could anything good come from a person who has no true purpose?
You’re right,” he says quietly. “I lied. I did not do it for you. I did it for myself. I am a selfish worthless creature, but I couldn’t lose you. So I saved your life.”
I pause in my steps, taking in his profile, praying for something, anything to show that he is lying. It would be so much easier to deal with the person who betrayed me for his wicked plans to succeed, than the person who betrayed himself for the girl to live. The person who let innocent people die at a great personal cost. It would be so much easier for me to believe that Hade is truly the person he seems and not the person I’ve come to believe he is.
But the truth of the matter is in the time that we have worked together to end the carnage before it could begin, ever since he came to my cottage and asked me to help him find a way to save my people from his people, we had become something more than simply companions. Than simply partners.
I’d hated him at first, when he barged into my quiet life like a harbinger of my death. He had claimed that his people, the Tibernans, were moving to war against my own peace loving people. His father the king had been assassinated and my people were blamed for it. He hadn’t realized until it was too late that it was his own power hungry counselors who had killed his father and blamed my people in the hopes of going to war. They wanted to ravish our lands and to steal our glowgems from under our earth. By the time he realized this though, he had already declared war and ordered his army to muster.
When he tried to rescind the orders, the counselors claimed that he had gone insane because of the grief. Everyone already knew that he had been born with a tempestuous type of magic. The headaches were because he tried to keep it in, tried to keep the magic from consuming everything in our world, including him. It was the perfect excuse to get him off the throne just long enough for conquest.
War was coming and he couldn’t stop his own people. So he came to me, his enemy, to help him find a way to stop the bloodshed.
I was considered the guardian of my people. A girl with rare magic that flowed through her veins. Magic that could be spread by blood. Mostly I healed people by giving them a drop of my blood, but I had always known what my destiny was.
When I was born, a mage with magic that could see into the future, saw my fate. I was to save everyone, but only by destroying myself.
It was obvious what that meant. I was to bleed out and thus completely release my magic on the world. I could save them, but only if I died.
And so I was my people’s protector because they knew as long as I lived, I could save them. And that was why the Prince of Tibernan had sought me out.
Naturally, I hadn’t wanted to die. I had considered him my villain for forcing my hand. For being the person behind my ultimate demise.
But he was fighting just as hard to save my people as I was. And as we spent more time together, traveling as I tried to find some way to save my people without having to die. I started to fall for him.
I think the moment that happened was when I heard his laugh for the first time. The thrill I had felt knowing that I was the one to make him laugh was unlike anything that I had ever felt before.
I had fought to ignore my rising feelings, constantly reminding myself of who he was, of who I was supposed to be. I was the sacrifice and he was the person who made it so that I had to be such. But it was no good.
I saw that there was good in him.
I hadn’t been ready to die until I met him. Until I realized that dying would save this kind but lost boy from becoming a monster.
When the time came that the Tibernans moved against my people, I had been ready. I had gripped that knife in my hand and I had buried it into my stomach. I’d closed my eyes and prayed for my spirit to be quickly carried to the underworld. Then I’d bled. But apparently somewhere along the line he had decided that my sacrifice wasn’t worth it. And so he had healed me instead.
And that’s what the problem is. I believe him when he says that he saved me because he couldn’t lose me. He didn’t do it because I was a fool and trusted the wrong person. He did it because we were both fools and we had trusted ourselves to do the right thing even when it was hard. And somehow that made it worse.
To be Continued...

Don't miss next week when you get the third and final part.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Chance at Death: Part 1




So this week I'm doing something different. Instead of my usual rambling blog posts, I'm going to share a story that I wrote for an anthology themed in death. The story was not accepted so Faith suggested that I post it on my blog. I'm dividing this story into a three part series. Considering that I'm starting to write some flash fiction for Havok there may be longer series like this in the near future.

But now, without further ado, A Chance at Death- I hope you enjoy!


I’m not dead. And that surprises me.
Because I should be.
A groan slips unbidden from my lips as I struggle to lift my eyelids. It is as if they have already been weighed down by the coins that would have bought my passage into the underworld. Finally I manage a small crack and peer through it at the hazy world beyond. Perhaps there is something wrong with my eyes because everything is dark. But as I blink several times I realize that the problem isn’t with my eyes. Everything is dark.
A few more blinks and I finally recognize where I am. The Starlight Caverns. Named because of the hundreds of precious glowgems that dot the ceiling and wall providing a dim light.
It had been our hideout for the past several days as we waited for the army to arrive.
The question is, what am I doing here now instead of floating down the River of Tears to my soul’s final resting place?
I sit up, fighting a grimace at the sharp stab of pain in my abdomen, but when I rub my hand across my midsection, I find no bandages. I don’t feel the dip of an open wound or even the familiar bump of a puckering scar. Just a phantom pain. A reminder that I had once been wounded. My body and my magic berating me, telling me that even if I am healed this time that I must be more careful.
Other than that, there is no evidence of what should have been a fatal wound. Someone healed me completely.
My eyes move around the small interior chamber of the cavern, seeking answers of how I lived
I freeze when my eyes land on him. The villain, the boy, the something more.
What is he doing here?
I don’t know why I bother asking the question, obviously his presence here is directly tied to the reason that I am here as well.
H-Hade?” I gasp out, my voice slicing against my dry throat.
He grimaces and I wonder if the pounding in his head is worse today. I regret having talked. Then I remember that I’m supposed to be dead. I have bigger problems at the moment. “What have you done?”
The last thing I remember was the biting pain in my abdomen as I stabbed myself. I remember collapsing on my back and staring up at the sun one last time, wondering if there will be a sky in the Underworld. Then the pain stopped and I had closed my eyes.
I was dying, and yet here I am.
He glances away, unwilling to meet my gaze and I know that my suspicions were correct. He is solely responsible for the reason that I am still alive. I should have known better than to trust the villain of my story. Instead, I was fooled. When he came and begged me to help stop the destruction that was coming- that he was bringing- I believed him.
What sort of fool am I?
And worse yet, so many people had died for my foolishness.
You didn’t mean any of it did you?” I ask, I can’t muster up the strength to feel angry, just hollow. My eyelids droop low. I am so, so tired I just want to lie down. Coming back from death is exhausting. But more than that, the despair is worse. All my life has lead up to one moment. Just one moment. Now that moment is gone and yet here I still am.
All because I had trusted a villain with sad eyes and an urgent plea. I curl my fingers into a fist.
Now the anger comes.
You didn’t really want my help. You only wanted to get close enough to me to figure out a way to stop me. How could I believe you?” I cry, I don’t care how it hurts his head even as he recoils into the wall opposite me. I slam the palm of my hand against the slab of rock that I had woken up lying on.
My magic races down my arm trying to heal any damage I might have done to the delicate bones. I ignore it and the guilt at the familiar rush of light and warmth in my veins. I had tried to betray my magic. And yet here it still is, my ever constant companion, unaware that the wound that had nearly killed me was caused by my own hands. I had stabbed myself in an attempt to bleed my magic out for the rest of the world to feast upon it.
It would have risen to my last request. Wipe out the army of Tibernans attacking. Save the village.
But with me still alive, the village was never saved.

To be continued...

That's all for this week! Tune in next week for the second part. What did you all think of this? Would you like me to publish more short stories on my blog in the future?

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Dreamworld Duology Book Reviews

I'm totally not doing this because I forgot to write any other post *shifty eyes* or because I forgot to do this last month when I actually read these books *coughs uncontrollably*

Obviously I am doing this because I am consciously aware of the fact that I hardly ever post reviews on this blog and am making an effort to change that. *nods* Yes that is definitely what it is*

*A note for the reader: that is not at all what it was


But anyway this week I will be sharing two reviews for a couple of books that I read last month. They are young adult fantasy romance having to do with dream worlds so if you like any of those things I recommend them to you.

Book 1: All That We See of Seem
Rating: 4 stars


Review:

So... I gotta say this wasn't what I was expecting at all. I will fully admit that I was expecting adventure with a dash of romance, but what I found was romance with a dash of adventure.

A very interesting thing about this story was that it almost seemed like two stories. One about Reeve awake and one about her asleep. It was somewhat jarring, but still really interesting. The description was great, a little over the top in some areas, but it really brought both these world's to life.

Reeve as a heroine was annoying. She was desperately naive and borderline stupid. Honestly I couldn't stand her, over emotional ninny. Her grudge against her poor brother was stupid, she never thought that there would ever be any consequences for her actions, and she ignored the glaring facts that were right before her eyes. So many times reading this book I was shaking my head at her. However the other characters more than made up for her faults.

There is a love triangle of sorts, and honestly it is really confusing because I liked both the guys and that doesn't happen for me. When love triangles are involved,because I am an aggressive shipper, I pick my favorite and hate the other forever. But with this book I couldn't pick a favorite.

Bran was a sweetheart, and I loved him. Though there were some cases where I was wondering what the heckers he was thinking. He wasn't as dumb as Reeve, but he did get pretty close. I probably ship him and Reeve more not because of anything against Arden but simply because he's the one I think she is going to end up with.

Arden stole my heart. I probably should not have liked him so much because he is a scoundrel, but let me say, I appreciated his cool head and his ability to be emotionless. Quite refreshing compared to the emotions of Reece and Bran. Also he made me laugh quite often. I wish I could ship him with Reeve but I don't like to set myself up for disappointment.

Her guards were the best characters, not going to lie. They had my heart from the start.

Content:

Somewhat more than I had been expecting. There is some language which was surprising since I thought this was a Christian publisher? But then, I may have been wrong. There are also innuendos. There isn't too much violence but the violence there is, is described very acutely.

Not the story I was expecting but still an entertaining one. I looked forward to seeing what happens next.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.




Boot 2 A Dream Within a Dream
Rating: 4 stars

Review:

I'm just going to start off by making googly eyes at that cover.

This book broke me. Not because of anything too offensively horrible to the characters. But the romance broke me. Not because it was an absolutely awful romance, or a tragic one. But because it had two romances, each equally good. And it was a love triangle. And my shipper mind didn't know what to do.

I think I'm team Bran???? I mean, he is really sweet and loyal. I still shook my head at many things he did, but he's still lovable even if he is aggravating.

But also, Arden. How he always calls her "wife" and "love" and is willing to become a better person for her. The person who took his heart off of a shelf only to get it dented. I'm crying for him.

Reeve is a somewhat better person in this book than she was in the last, but it was still painful waiting for her to come to realizations that I'd already come to in book one.

I loved the concept of the hidden world and how that all worked out, that was really interesting. The ending was somewhat anticlimactic, though. And while most of the description was really quite beautiful, there were parts were it seemed completely unnecessary and other parts where it was just weird. Get rid of all the flowery language and I think this book would be only a hundred pages. A hundred and fifty at most.

Content:
Some mild language, including one instance of a word that I wouldn't count as "mild" language. Innuendos and overly described violence.

All the same, a good conclusion to an extremely different series.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.




Completely unrelated to the books but as I was downloading A Dream Within a Dream's cover it was labeled under it's initials ADWAD and for a second I thought that I was putting on the wrong cover because AWDAD is A Winter Dark and Deadly and I almost thought that I was putting that cover up instead. So then I thought why not include it in this post so at least it will be pretty to look at because I failed to add any aesthetics to this blog post.


Oh well, that is all I've got for today. What do you guys think about me doing more book review blog posts? Do you even like book review posts? What do you think about these books? Comment below!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Farewell April

Not that I forgot, but yeah I totally forgot to write this post XD Phew, April was a whirlwind, but also it seemed to last forever and now I am convinced that I am living in some form of tear in the time space continuum where time is both fast and slow.

Life

Other than being completely boring, I haven't done much. Let's see, I worked. A lot. Allergies have been kicking my bum, but hey, who needs to smell out of both nostrils anyway? I'm still on my kinda-sorta internet break as in I'm not going to be on it overly often because I've got writing to get done.

I've not really done much else.

Ugh, this is depressing, why did I ever think it would be a good idea to update on my life? I have no life!

Reading

In April I read three books. I am now nine books behind on my Goodread Reading Challenge, things aren't looking super great over here.

A Dream Within a Dream by Kristina Mahr
4 stars
Dream world//Love triangle//Sequel
All That We See or Seem by Kristina Mahr
4 stars
Dream World//Love Triangle//Dark Magic
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
4.5 stars
Little Mermaid//Pirates//Bloody
 Screen Time

Honestly I feel like I'm missing a movie or two. Sheesh, I have to keep better tabs on these instead of trusting my Goldfish brain.

Mirror, Mirror

Believe it or not, this was this fairy tale lover's first time watching this movie. It was hilarious, I really liked it. Not a movie you take very seriously though. Kudos to having Armie Hammer play the prince, definitely my favorite part.

Aquaman

I went into this movie with low expectations. I didn't really like how they portrayed Aquaman in Justice League so I didn't think I would like having a whole movie dedicated to him. This movie exceeded all of my expectations. It was epic, the water special affects were so cool, I really enjoyed the movie's mythology. The characters were the best part. Aquaman is I think the first super hero movie I've seen where both the guy and the girl have super powers (Guardians of the Galaxy came the closest, but neither Peter or Gamora technically have super powers) and watching them as a dynamic team was the best.

I know that it has language, but I watched it through Clearplay so I don't know how much or how bad.

Captain Marvel
I came into this movie with low expectations and it still managed to disappoint me. Blech, probably the worst movie I've seen this year. Worst movie I've seen in a really long time.


Men in Black 3

I saw the first MIB a while ago, then we skipped the second, and this was my first time watching the third. I actually really liked it. It was hilarious and the special affects were far more enhanced from the first one. Also it had a timey wimey twist and y'all know that I love me some of those.

There was quite a bit of language. I don't know quite what because we watched it through Clearplay, but it muted a lot of stuff.

Doctor Who Season 2

I ONLY HAVE THREE EPISODES LEFT BEFORE THIS SEASON ENDS AND I DIE. And that is all I have to say about that *cries forever*

Victoria Season 3

Finally started watching this again. I don't know how many of you know this, but I have a very great weakness when it comes to Period Dramas. I watch them too much honestly. The last episode that we watched had killed off a beloved character from season one quite cruelly so I'm not sure what exactly I should say about my enjoyment of this series.

Victoria's sister is a nutcase and wins the award for most hated character in this particular season.


Writing

For those of you who haven't kept up with my rambling posts, this month was Camp NaNo. I wrote 45,000 words in A Matter of Curiosity. Which hopefully means that I'm halfway through the book. I'm hoping to finish writing it in May. I'm super proud of this achievement because I've been in a bit of a writing rut and hopefully this pulled me out of it.

I didn't work on any other projects that wasn't Amar related this month. Instead I took this break to think about which of my stories I'm actually going to work on. I am going to allow myself to write two that are not already related to the series that I've written, and one has already been decided and I have a pretty good idea for what I'll work on for the second. To everyone I have told that I am going to work on a specific story, I'm sorry, I've probably put it down. It just didn't work out. I'll announce at least one of the projects very soon.

That's all for now. Hopefully you had a productive month. Have you seen Captain Marvel yet? If so what did you think of it? Where are you at in your Goodreads Reading Challenge? Comment below!


Monday, April 29, 2019

The Language of Worlds Linkup: Alicia


In which I realize that April is almost over and I have yet to do this Linkup hosted by the wonderful Liv  So I guess you guys get two blog posts this week, lucky you.

Since this month was Camp NaNo, I decided to talk about my heroine from my project I've been working on this month, A Matter of Curiosity. Her name is Alicia Hareton and you are about to learn a whole lot more about her.

1. What's your character's favorite song?

Um, I don't think I gave Alicia a specific song that she enjoys? I know that she would appreciate her theme Just Like Fire. In the first version of A Matter of Curiosity she did hear this song which she really liked. I eventually removed the song because it has literally nothing to do with the story. But it was this:


 “For the queen a dress I’ll sew
Hey dilly-dally-oh- ho- ho
For a maid, a dress I’ll mend
Hey dilly-dally all things do end
I’ll kiss me a handsome prince
Hey dilly-dally I’ve been imprisoned since
For revenge the king I’ll kill
Hey dilly dally- who needs a king still?
I’ll take that crown only for me

Hey dilly-dally-he-he-he...

2. What makes their soul thrive?

Amar, the unknown, exploration.

And she'll get mad at me if I don't mention him, but Dante too.

3. Describe their typical outfit.

That's an easy one because for several years, Alicia only ever wore the same outfit.


"I pull on the first dress that I come across. I think it’s my sixth favorite, but I don’t have time to check for sure. It’s sometimes hard to tell my dresses apart since they all look exactly the same. I know it doesn’t offer much variety. But when I find something that I like, I don’t see a reason to change it. And I like my light blue dresses that comes down to just past my knees, with short sleeves and a bodice."


She's branched out in book two, but she still really likes blue dresses. Right now, she's running around in a blue sundress and flats.



4. What do they look like? (Share a picture, if you want!)

Alicia has curly blonde hair and stormy blue eyes. This is a picture of what I typically imagine her looking like



5. Who cares most about them?

This is a bit of a harder question to answer because Alicia is dearly loved. Her stepfather adores her, her mother would sacrifice herself for her. Actually, I'm pretty sure that Hector, Dante, and Olivia would all gladly lay down their lives for Alicia. She just has a charming affect on people. And I'm pretty sure that they would all fight for eternity to try to see which one loves her more so we'll just leave it at those five.

6. Have they been called names beyond their own? (i.e. nicknames, insults, etc.)

In this book, Alicia is more likely to call people the nicknames, but I suppose a few characters will address her differently than her name. Primarily, her stepfather who will only call her Alicia if he's extremely angry or stressed. Generally he calls her sugar plum, sweetheart, and every other pet name under the sun. Her mother will call her pet names as well, including dear or goosie. Generally the servants on her grounds will call her miss.

Olivia calls her cuz or Licia. Dante has addressed her as Signorina, and sometimes calls her his Imaginary Friend.

She's also been called mental, mad, and crazy by a wide assortment of characters. And in A Matter of Curiosity she is called King.



7. What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?

Hmm... Even though, she acts like a Hufflepuff, I'm actually going to say that Alicia is Ravenclaw. Because she would much rather be right than nice.

So, I didn't know her MBTI personality off of the top of my head, but apparently Alicia is an INTP. So now you know, and so do I.

8. Is there a psalm they identify with? What is it?

I can't think of one off of the top of my head, and I would look it up, but I really ought to get back to writing so I'm just going to go with Psalm 24. Because it kind of fits what with her obsession with different worlds and her inherent innocence.

9. How do they handle defeat?

Not well, not well at all. For the most part, Alicia won't even admit defeat. She'll keep going at whatever problem she has until either it is finally overcome or she is dead. If the decision is taken out of her hands though, well she will mope for months, constantly thinking of herself as a failure. Because it isn't so much victory to her, but more finding a way to avoid defeat. And if she is defeated anyway then she has failed her entire mission.

10. Without spoilers, how are they the hero of this story? (Even if they're the villain!)

Alicia is the hero of the story because she is the one who drives all of the other characters forward. She's the one who sets out on the difficult tasks in these books without a second thought. She's the only one mad enough to look at these tasks and actually think them possible. And she's determined to defeat the villain and have a happy ending no matter the cost. So that's what makes her the hero.




Not my normal day for posting, but April is drawing to a close and I had just realized that I hadn't actually done this post yet. I hope you all enjoyed reading a little bit more about Alicia! Writers, who is the main character in the book you're working on? Readers, who is the main character in the book you're currently reading? Comment below!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Camp NaNo- Week 3



I guess since I don't have any other post planned I'll talk about week three of Camp NaNo? I've managed to write 5k words since last week. Not a ton more, but for some reason my job likes me to work? Who would have thought that.

So... I'm not going to write 90k words this month. Big surprise there right? But, the story is coming along, even if it is excruciatingly slowly. Probably some of the reason that I am not getting as much written is because I legitimately have no idea what to write. I am really just winging it here. My brain has been working double time just trying to figure out what the next chapter will be about. One of the problems with pantsing I suppose.

Anyway, I said last week that I would share about Marius and the Red Queen. My kinda sorta villains. And before you ask, no I'm not going to share about Fillias, my other kinda sorta bad guy. Sorry, but spoilers XD

Marius: The King

I'll start with Marius. He's an extremely interesting character because in My Time in Amar he isn't actually classified as one of my bad guys. Sure, Chelsea, Easton, Clint, and Bobby all hate his guts. But in the long term of the plot, he's actually a good guy because he is against the biggest bad guy. In Return to Amar however, Marius is the big bad guy in the story. Sure my characters have to deal with faeries and the likes, but Marius is the one they are spending the story trying to defeat. And that is really weird for me that he can be the big bad guy in one story and my character's ally in another. But also it's an interesting dynamic.

Even though he is such a prominent figure in both of my Amar series, I legitimately have no aesthetics about him? I mean, why exactly would I? Marius is an extraordinarily plain looking character with gray streaked brown hair and shapeless brown monk robes. The truly interesting part about him is his mind.

This guy is clever and crafty, and yes, insane. Probably some of his insanity has to do with his own sort of self-imposed exile. He hasn't been a member of society for more than six hundred and fifty years. That's right, he's also immortal. Something that happened to him in his past that destroyed his faith in humanity. Well, that is unless he can step in an intervene in their favors. Because he doesn't hate the people of Amar, quite the contrary, he thinks himself their protector. He just knows that he is better than them.

The Red Queen


So... there isn't a lot about the Red Queen that I can say. I can neither confirm or deny that she is Jane, so don't even bother asking. I will say that the Red Queen is in fact a character that you know, or at least you will know by this point in the series. But I'm not gonna say who because that's a pretty big spoiler.

Poor lass, she's a victim of her circumstances, and I'm afraid that she is probably going insane. She does some questionable things. Whatever it takes for her to win. Whatever it takes, you got that?

So... that's really all I've got for now, and since I'm already doing this last minute on Wednesday morning I'm going to wrap this up simply with a friendly reminder about the Amar fan art contest that is still going on.



The rules are:

  • The pictures must be of either characters or scenes of any of my Amar books I've written. That would include: A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses; A Certain Sort of Madness; as well as A Time of Trepidation, Pirates, and Lost Princesses when it is finally republished. (no vulgar content is allowed; because that is obviously not in my books)
  • No payments required, submit as many pictures as you would like to boost your chances at winning.
  • Email your pictures to me at nicky(dot)chapelway(at)gmail(dot)com
  • The subject of your email should be "Amar Drawing Contest"
  • Submissions end on August 8th, 2019

And there are prizes, my friends. Three of them.
First place will win signed copies of the first three of the My Time in Amar books. A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses; A Time of Trepidation, Pirates, and Lost Princesses; and be one of the first to receive a copy of A Season of Subterfuge, Courtiers, and War Councils when it releasesThe will also have a character named and created off of them in A Season of Subterfuge, Courtiers, and War Councils.
On top of these two things, they will win a print of a picture where I drew of ALL OF my main teenage characters from both my Amar series (that I have up to this point, anyway).









The winner will also receive a paper copy of the official map of Amar:


Second Place will win signed copies of both A Certain Sort of Madness and A Week of Werewolves, Faeires, and Fancy Dresses as well as their choice of either the map or a copy of the character drawing.
Third Place will win their choice of a signed copy of either A Certain Sort of Madness or A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses as well as their choice of either the map or a copy of the character drawing.

Anyway, that's all for now I've got some catching up to do. What do you guys think of Marius, is he a bad guy or just misunderstood? Should I have included more aesthetics? How are you doing on your NaNo projects? Comment below!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Camp NaNo Update: Week 2



Spoiler alert: I SURVIVED. Unfortunately, my orderly writing system did not. Big surprise there (not really). Since when have I ever been orderly? And for my writing at the moment... it's pretty much a hurricane of colorful snakes. (if that didn't make sense to anyone, well then I think I described it accurately)

Or maybe I should describe it as a car that has been caught up in the grasps of a fiery tornado (never mind why I am suddenly obsessed with storms). It crashed and burned. Crashed and burned, I say. I went about five days without even really writing anything at all. Got lost in memes (I am implementing serious time constraints on Pinterest). Got tired from work. Procrastinated from doing everything. It wasn't pretty. At first I told myself that I needed a little break, and I probably did. But then that little break turned into a massive act of procrastination.

But whatever. All is good. I'm back on track now and going to be way more strict with myself.

I've already written 30k words in the first half of the month when normally that's the amount of words I get done in a WHOLE month. So maybe I won't make it to the 90k, but I'm still going to make this a fight to remember.

Maybe A Matter of Curiosity won't even be 90k words? And I will be perfectly happy with however long it ends up being, even if that means that I don't finish my Camp goals. Of course, I always reach this point in my books where I think they'll be super short and then they end up being way longer than I anticipated, so who knows what will happen. I certainly don't.

Anyway, this week I thought that I would share a little more about my Camp NaNo project because I realize that some of you haven't read A Certain Sort of Madness yet and so probably have no idea what is going on. So, allow me to share a little bit about the cast of A Matter of Curiosity. So you guys can know who these people I'm always talking about are.

Alicia: The King



Alicia has maybe a little too much power, both due to her magical abilities and her friend's loyalty. But no worries, she means well. Sometimes she just gets... carried away.

Quote: I’m not sick! It happened. There were dragons and faeries, but it was still real."

ThemeJust Like Fire

Olivia: The Queen



Alicia's sassy cousin, Olivia has a good head on her shoulders. Assuming she can keep it on her shoulders, that is.

Quote: I’m not entirely sure what is going on anymore. All I know is that it isn’t good.

Theme: Land of Confusion

Dante: The Rook



Dante Carlos Alessandro III, The Huntsman, Imaginary Friend- the man of many names. The jack of a thousand trades. The trump card that will very likely turn on you if you try to use him.

Quote: Even in my dreams, Dante is still the sassiest person I know.

Theme: A Million Dreams

Eugene: The Bishop



An illusionist and pickpocket with more secrets than he has tricks up his sleeve. And he has quite a few tricks. Would give his life for his monkey.

Quote: Chandler does like glory. If I don’t go, he’s liable to go without me. And you are the only friends I have so why not? If we die at least we die together.”

Theme: The Greatest Show

Hector: The Knight



Loyal and steadfast to a fault, Hector will do anything for those he loves. Even kill for them.

Quote: Hector’s eyes flash murderously. “If I ever see that son of a snake again-”

Theme: Come Alive

Jane: The Pawn



Jane is the quiet member that never seems to fit right in. But don't let that fool you, she's just as brave as the rest. And she is no one's fool.

Quote: That was a rubbish explanation,” Jane says. “I still have no idea what is going on.”

Theme: Tightrope


And there you have it, my main characters in this series. Some of you are probably wondering about the chess names. Well... you know, it's all fun and games over here. Even when everyone is getting hurt, apparently. Maybe next week I'll share more about Marius and the Red Queen and the setting...

So what do you guys think of this post? I sort of realized that I had no post planned yesterday and just winged it. Hopefully you found it enjoyable.

Have you read A Certain Sort of Madness? If so, who is your favorite character (and since I'm sinking so many of them, ship)? And if you haven't, who do you think would be your favorite character? Are you doing Camp NaNo? If so, how are you doing with your goals? Let's talk!