{ Preparing for Camp NaNo \\ An Ancient Beautiful Books }

Thursday, March 23, 2017

In preparation for Camp NaNoWriMo, I am going to be doing this "ancient" Beautiful Books that Allie found. For camp, earlier, I was going to work more on my Fairy-Tale-Retelling, The Rose's Shadow, but...I've been working on it so much I'm just like, "Nah, I'll do something else!"

Some of you may have read my other Beautiful Books post telling about my Dystopian novel, but I’ve trashed that idea. I realized (with the help of a good friend) that Dystopian isn’t really my style. I think I’m more of a Fantasy kinda gal, don’t you? Yeah, well, I have scrapped my old idea and was pretty much back at square one for my Camp NaNo project a day ago. I had to go die in a hole because Camp is close and I had no idea what I was doing start all over again with prepping.

The first thing I did after that was to find names. I like to either use my baby name book (yes, I did buy one) or use my brain and come up with brilliant name ideas from weird words go onto Nameberry and watch as people search for names. Seriously, guys, it’s so cool. They have this list that pops up at the top of the page and you can watch as people from around the world search for names on the site. It’s seriously so cool. I use it all the time.

That’s pretty much all I’ve done so far. I’m hoping that this post will write my outline and my characters for me help me to understand what I am doing better.

How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

I have had the idea for… *counts on fingers* Forty-eight hours. Yep, forty-eight hours. Yes, you DID read those words correctly. FORTY-EIGHT HOURS.

I came up with the idea when I was looking at meanings of names. I found one that meant fire and one that meant light and I was like “OOHHHH I SHOULD DO A NOVEL ABOUT ELEMENTS. WOULDN’T THAT BE SO COOL??!!!”

So, I am building a world where most people have the ability to bend and/or create an element. It’s seriously gonna be so cool, guys. I’m really excited.

Why are you excited to write this novel?

Uhh… *cough cough* Ya might want to check the above answer?? Cause I’m pretty sure that legit explains the reason for my excitement. *squeals*

What is your novel about, and what is the title?

As of now, there is no title. I just can't think of any good ones yet. And...you asked me what it is about. DON'T YOU KNOW THAT THAT FREAKS WRITER OUT?! I think I'll just give you guys the little synopsis I wrote. *cringes*

It is believed that the six elements keep the world stable and in balance, but no one knows what will really happen if one is destroyed.   

A mysterious note is delivered to the council claiming that a recent councillor who was declared dead is actually alive, and has joined a team of creators on a mission to destroy the element of fire.  

Six students are recruited to form an elite team of creators and benders to stop the people behind the mysterious note and rescue the fire bender  from the other side - if he’s alive.

Sum up your characters in one paragraph each (feel free to add pictures!).

{ Nadalia is a very independent teen. She is a fire bender with a little spark in her soul and speed in her step that keeps her going day-by-day despite the challenges she faces that come along with having the element of fire within her. }

{ Terran is Anemone's older brother. He is an earth bender with a passion for wildlife and plants and he’s always getting Anemone out of trouble and dares that he can’t do. He’s fun and playful but can be very serious at times. }

{ Anemone (he’d prefer to be called Ane) is the quirky younger brother of Terran. He is a wind bender and is known for getting himself involved in dares that he can't do and paying the solid price for it. Ane is always making puns and is very optimistic. }

{ Brooke is a quiet but determined girl who lives with her mother and father in a very large mansion. The only time she ever sees her dad is glimpses of him when he gets home from work - after midnight - and when he leaves for work in the morning - before five o'clock. Brooke is a water bender and a very good swimmer. }

{ Flint is very smart and a strong metal bender. He can run very fast and doesn’t like to show his feelings very much. Flint lives with his mom in a small town that is part of the MB Region. }

{ Eileen is very rebellious and brave. She won't be told what to do or when to do it (like, ever). She is a perky light bender with a mind of her own and she loves to show off her brightness. Flint likes her, and Eileen likes him back, she just won't show it at all. }

Which character(s) do you think will be your favorite to write?

I think that I will have a lot of fun with Nadalia, Brooke, and Ane. I’m honestly really excited to write all of them, though.

What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?

Nadalia is a fire bender, and fire sometimes means a temper. She wants to get that under control and keep it under control. The whole team wants to defeat the people trying to destroy the element of fire, especially Nadalia since fire is her element.

Where is your novel set?

This novel is set in Nethor, the name of the world, pretty much. Nethor is made up out of six continents, six hundred and twenty-three islands, and six seas. There is one region on each continent - there are the Fire, Water, Earth, Wind, Metal, and Light Regions. The beginning of the story is the capital of the Fire Region, which is where the Grand Fire Council is located. The team goes all over the Fire Region in the whole book, and some scenes are located in the team members’ hometowns in the other Regions.

How do your protagonists change by the end of the novel?

Nadalia definitely knows a lot more about herself than ever before. She is a bit more confident in herself and the team, and she has a bit more of a control on her element.
Eileen is more determined to spread her light to the world than ever.
Terran has developed some feelings for Nadalia that her can't quite explain and is more protective than before.
Ane is still...well, he's Anemone. He is definitely more aware of the danger they are in, but he's still cracking jokes 24/7.
Flint has come out of his shell more. He's more of the "strong and quiet" type, but he is better at the end.

Brooke is less quiet as well. She’s warmed up to the idea of the team being her friends, and she likes Nadalia better (fire and water don’t go very well together).

What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?

I want my readers to feel like they want to read the next book, I want them to feel shocked (hehe) and...hmph. I think I just want them to love it a lot (but, doesn't every writer?) :)
Are you doing Camp NaNo? What are you working on right now? Who do you think is your favorite character in my story?? Any book name ideas? (I am so stumped right now, guys, like, HOW CAN I NOT BE ABLE TO COME UP WITH A NAME????) Let's talk in the comments!

{ Monday's Minute Challenge \\ forgotten }

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tessa Emily Hall @ Christ is Write is hosting this AWESOME writing contest thingy called "Monday's Minute Challenge".

I always thought it would be fun to write something about an imaginary friend since I've seen lots of other people do it before. So, here is my MMC entry. *lights dim*

{ forgotten }

Harley bounded up the stairs and ran to me, wrapping me in a warm hug. I smiled. She had been in preschool for what had seemed like all day and had surely missed me much. She took her doll and we sat on her bed.
   "Miss Dolly would like a nap, Missy," Harley giggled, wrapping her baby doll in a cloth blanket.
   Suddenly, the door swung open and Mom walked in the room. "Time to go visit granny," Mom said, taking Harley's things and dumping them in her wooden box of dolls.
     "Can Missy come?" Harley asked
   "Of course," Mom smiled. She picked Harley up and carried her downstairs with me trailing behind.

Harley bounded in the room, and I held out my arms, expecting the hug we usually exchanged after school. But, someone else bounded into the room after her. Harley and her friend sat down on Harley's bed and started chatting.
   "Harley! Hey, Harley," I said, waving my arms in front of her face.
   "Not now Missy," Harley frowned, pushing me away.
   I sat down in the corner of the room and watched their conversation. Tears started slipping down my cheeks - Harley had been bringing other friends home more often and rejecting my company even more so after she'd turned ten. What was happening to her? I didn't know, but it was hurting me.


It was Harley's sixteenth birthday. She was having a party downstairs, but I wasn't attending.
    It had happened about a week earlier - the first signs that I was fading away. It had been happening faster and faster over the days. Today, I was almost completely transparent.
    I watched as the last of my body faded away. All was left was my head. I buried my head in my invisible knees and waited for it to happen - waited for me to fully fade and be blown away with the wind. Harley didn't need me anymore.
     Happy memories of our times together filled my mind - I had done my work. I had helped Harley through the years like a good Imaginary Friend.
    Then, I closed my eyes peacefully and smiled before I was forgotten forever and became only one of the happy memories in Harley's mind.


I hope you liked the story! It was kinda choppy and needed a bunch of work - maybe I'll come back to it later and edit it some more. 😀
Did you like the story? Have you ever had an imaginary friend? Does MMC look cool?

{ Project Canvas \\ Check it Out! }

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I just signed up for a super cool, super awesome, super EVERYTHING project called {Project Canvas}.

Olivia Rogers and Caroline Meek (two amazing girls) came up with a super amazing idea. They said, "why not get a whole bunch of writers together to write different articles for one huge book?"

I just gotta say, guys - that's the most brilliant idea I've ever heard of in my lifetime. You can check out the website here (or above - whatever). If you are a writer who likes to share information and ideas, this is definitely the organization for you.

I signed up, along with many other amazing writers, and cannot wait to see the book published and sent out to the world. I am really excited for this, guys. :)
Isn't Project Canvas such a great idea? I think it's super cool. Are you going to be participating in Project Canvas? Have you ever read a book with advice from different writers all of the world?
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