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Remember way back when I said I was considering changes to my blog?

I took it all the way.

I’ve grown up a lot. I mean, I guess that’s normal, but I’ve especially felt a lot of change this past year. So, I decided to create a completely new blog to start from scratch, one where I’m actually serious and prioritized; where I work hard at building friendships and being responsible. For the past few months, I’ve been creating Starlight and Sunshine.

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Click on the image to read my first post! I’d love it if you checked out my new blog, and subscribe if you’d like. I’m super excited for all the posts I have planned, and I hope you’ll all enjoy them just as much. Josie on the Go should close down a little after Thanksgiving, so this site will no longer be available (cue the dramatic, theatre-esque gasps).

I’d like to give a final thanks to everyone who has given me support over the years. You all mean so much to me.

Signing out for the last time,

~Josie

Life Updates // Unannounced Hiatus, Future Plans, and More

Hi.

I haven’t posted since May 14.

I’ve promised a lot of things, and not followed through on them. I say that I’ll do something and I won’t.  I don’t read and comment on your posts as often — don’t get me wrong, I still love them just as much as I always have.  I’ve been mainly absent.

So, I owe an explanation.

A lot of things have been happening. I’m in what I call a creative drought, for one that I can share. I haven’t written anything with passion in a really long time. There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes, and my creativity is drained. I still love writing — I just don’t love my writing.  Same goes for acting, reading, photography, music…

A lot of things.

There’s been a lot of stress going on too, so in order to lift some of that, I subconsciously cut off a lot of things that I’ve been doing online. Last week I went to summer camp, where you’re not allowed to have technology, and I realized how freeing it was.

Online privileges became a chore to me instead of something fun to do in my spare time. So, I’m going to completely renovate my blog. I’m ready to start over.

Hopefully, I’ll be more interactive and I’ll post more and everything that I hope to be doing.

The future will hold many things. Things are going to change.

But that’s good.

Beautiful People #24 ~ Parents ft. Plot Bunnies + Editing

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So, a few months ago, I discovered the joy of having multiple characters from multiple novels. (You can see the weirdness here. I must say, it was fun to write.) Anyway, here’s one of the more… interesting topics in YA: parents!

Ft. Kamri Taylor and Collin Jones, who I chose because they have the most interesting situations in the story dealing with parents. Ignore the fact that I’ve used Kamri many times but I’ve never used Collin

1. Overall, how good is their relationship with their parents?

Collin: My mom and I have a good relationship, I guess. From what I can remember, my dad and I did too.

Kamri: I haven’t met them; at least, not since I was little and couldn’t remember much.

Collin: What about Kait?

Kamri: She’s my sister, not my parent.

Collin: But she’s your guardian.

Kamri: Fine, Kait and I have an okay relationship. Happy now?

Collin: Yes.

2. Do they know both their biological parents? If not, how do they cope with this loss/absence and how has it affected their life?

Kamri: See? You could have waited for this question!

Collin: We didn’t know they were going to ask that. Anyway, I don’t know my biological parents. I was adopted when I was a baby. I guess it affects my life. I mean, it feels like I’m not a part of the family sometimes. Before I came, it was Mom, Dad, and Mason, and it probably would have been the perfect family.

Kamri: Long story short: My parents had a hard time with custody over me, but I was sent to boarding school for three years after the divorce. I spent the summers in foster care. When I finished school, my adult-aged sister, Kait, won my custody. I dunno how it affects my life. It’s just… my life.

3. How did their parents meet?

Collin: Um… they were in the same college class or something.

Kamri: Kait won’t tell me anything about them.

Collin: Shouldn’t Josie answer, then?

Kamri: Who?

4. How would they feel if they were told: “you’re turning out like your parent(s)”?

Collin: Very, very awkward.

Kamri: Confused.

5. What were your character’s parents doing when they were your character’s age?

Kamri: Legally, they’d have to be in school.

Collin: What she said.

6. Is there something they adamantly disagree on?

Collin: I mean, there’s the whole not-feeling-like-part-of-the-family thing, but we never talk about that.

Kamri: Kait and I don’t talk much, but when we do we don’t really disagree on things.

7. What did the parent(s) find hardest about raising your character?

Kamri: Probably trying to raise someone who’s only ten years younger than you.

Collin: Trying to make me be social?

8. What’s their most vivid memory with their parental figure(s)?

Collin: Sheesh, why are these so hard? Um… back when we had the family camping trip.

Kamri: The last I saw of my mother.

Collin: I think you’re supposed to go in detail.

Kamri: I don’t wanna go in detail. You didn’t.

Collin: Yes I — never mind.

9. What was your character like as a baby/toddler?

Kamri: I’ve been told I was very stubborn.

Collin: I’ve been told I was quiet. No one could get me to talk, ever. See, I do go in detail!

Kamri: Uh-huh. Sure…

10. Why and how did the parents choose your character’s name?

Collin: Well, I already had a name when I was adopted, so I have no clue.

Kamri: Well, there were the twins, Kyle and Kait, and then they had to have another “K” name, so Kamryn it was. Who’s going into detail now?

Collin: Not you.


Ta-da! Do you like doing Beautiful People? Do you like character interviews so much you don’t mind I’ve done two in like, the same week? No? Do you even write?!!??! ‘

Ahem. That’s my weary traveler brain.

Okay so I promised plot bunnies and editing so HERE THEY ARE. SORRY MAY.

Plot Bunnies: I got a plot bunny from a street name (XD) but now I have a story for May Twilley and Aubri Evergreen that will be written in the next year.

Editing: Okay so “Death by editing” is in my notes?? Let’s just say draft two is taking a number on me. But I’m excited about the edits I have planned for Draft Three and Four. BUT DRAFT TWO. X_X

Character Interview With Loyalty

Hello, everyone! Today, I have the joy of “interviewing” Ari and Hinoki from Madi’s novel Loyalty. She interviewed my characters, Kamri and Erin, on her blog, so be sure to check that out!

Here’s her excerpt and synopsis, in case you were wondering what Loyalty is about (hint: it’s awesome).

My heart sank. What? I was grateful to be able to live, but swear loyalty to no one but the government? What about my loyalty to Sensei Kira? And the dead serious oath I had taken?

I had to face the toughest decision of my entire life. With whom would my allegiance reside? Would I die loyal to Sensei Kira, who saved me from the streets as a mere orphan girl and offered me a chance at a better life? Or live under the rule of the advisors who had done nothing but offer rewards for my dead-or-alive capture?

“What will it be, Xiang-Su?” Masatoshi demanded. “Take a mere oath and live, or die a criminal?”

My eyes swept from Hinoki to Masatoshi. I had to make a decision, and I had to make it fast. Who would I be loyal to?

—–

Ari Xiang-Su, an intensively trained ninja living during the time of the Tokugawa shogunate in Japan, has to make some life-or-death decisions regarding her allegiance. It doesn’t help that her arch nemesis, a samurai warrior by the name of Hinoki Ajinomoto, continually surprises her with his questioning actions all the while she undertakes the most potentially fatal missions of her life. When allegations are made and trust is lost, Ari must once again prove her loyalty not to a single human being, but to her very faith.


What is the story behind your name?

Ari: Typically a male name, my name means “lion” “brave” and “eagle” across different languages.

Hinoki: My name is actually the one of a tree here in Japan. I’m sure that’s supposed to mean I’m reliable and stable, like a tree…?

How would you describe each other?

Ari: Oh my. Annoying — but faithful, fearless, honorable, kind…

Hinoki: Brave, strong, cunning, and loyal.

Do you keep any secrets from the other people in your life?

Ari: Yes — that’s definitely part of my job.

Hinoki: That depends on the secret and the person whom I might entrust with it. I have some untold secrets, yes.

What kind of education have you had?

Ari: I was tutored until orphaned. Then I received the basics from my academy with more focus on assassination and ninjutsu.

Hinoki: I was also tutored until orphaned. After coming to my academy, I received very high-quality education along with bushido (samurai qualities and morals).

Do you have any living relatives? What is/was your relationship with them like?

Ari: I do; one long-lost older brother. Though I’ve only known him for a month or so now, we are pretty casual albeit slightly hard on each other. And we both disagree strongly about murder…

Hinoki: No; but before my mother passed away, I had a close relationship with her. She was a very courageous woman who instilled lasting morals in me. And before my little brother died, I was protective of him. I hope I was a good big brother and role model to him as well, though I was only eight when he passed.

How do other people see you vs. how you see yourself?

Ari: Other people mistakenly see me as a notorious assassin, but since I don’t actually do any assassinating, I suppose I see myself as a notorious warrior — though I’m not a very good one.

Hinoki: I’m sure other people see me just as I am; a samurai. And I see myself as someone who wants to do what is right according to a higher standard. I

If you were given one wish to be granted, what would it be?

Hinoki: I’d wish that “I will not marry” was never in the Warrior Code.

Ari: Probably that I could have children.


You can check out Madi’s post here! I’m bad at closing out posts, especially collab ones… I hope you enjoyed this post!

Do you like collabing? What do you think about character interviews?


Camp NaNoWriMo Recap #2 + Snippets

Hello, everyone! This is super late, but basically a recap of my last two weeks of Camp, plus snippets. I know —  another writing post when I promised more diversity :0 but bear with me because I think recaps are fun to read. You also get like four snippets.

Note: this is my crazy NaNo brain that wrote these, so… I did format it differently, though, so it should be somewhat easier to read. This is not meant to brag, it’s just for fun. I didn’t make a featured image (it’s not like it would be on bloglovin anyway).

Day Eight

DWC: 2350

I was a bit drained from the past week, and I was also in the state capital most of the day with my friend Amy. (Amy! I don’t think any of you will remember her but here is a post from my cringy days and here is our just as cringy video. You know, from back when I was actually like twelve? I look way different now XD)

Day Nine

DWC: 1812

This was my worst day because I was busy most of the day. However, I did write some very fun scenes that day. EVERYTHING IS ABOUT TO CRASH AND BURN. My apologies to Kamri, Mason, Erin, Kaelin, and Trey. Collin and Clara are in the clear for now. Good job, guys.

Day Ten

DWC: 2887

Mondays and school and math, yay! School can be a big distraction to writing (and a very reasonable one), but I did get some words in and that’s good.

Day Eleven

DWC: 3000

I hit 60k! I can’t believe my novels are so close to getting finished, it seems surreal that the ideas were just in my head (one for a month, the other for over a year) and now they’re real and on paper!

Day Twelve

DWC: 2451

My goal is to finish before winning begins now! *gasp*

Day Thirteen

DWC: 2072

Nothing much today. Characters fighting, evil winning, same old, same old.

Day Fourteen

DWC: 3585

My word count is getting back up there! Tomorrow is “sprint day”, so I think I may get really close to finishing Fantasy Gossip! AHHHH I’m almost to the climaxes WHAT EVEN.

 Day Fifteen

DWC: 6893

I hit the 75% mark today! I can’t believe how close the first drafts are to being finished– and I think I’m actually going to edit and let people read them. I’ve only let one person read one of my books entirely (my mom has read a few chapters of my first book, and one of my friends the first two of a book that I discarded, and my other friend who is probably reading this has read all of my first book).

I just realized that one of the characters in my first books has the same name and personality as one of my friends, who I didn’t meet until long after that character was created. O_O

Day Sixteen

DWC: 5004

Never mind the difference in word processing programs. I pretty much just hit the climax for Fantasy Gossip, and the one for Halfway to Fourteen is coming really soon. Maybe I can actually finish one tomorrow! Or the day after. We don’t have school tomorrow, so I can spend a bunch of time on writing.

Day Seventeen

DWC: 5611

Woah, I’m so close to finishing my novels! (I say that a lot XD) This is insane. Not much to report today.

Day Eighteen

DWC: 5442

Well, Fantasy Gossip decided to stick around a bit longer, and Halfway to Fourteen is closing a lot shorter. I thought they were going to end up being too long, but they may end up being a bit short (right now, they’re at ~45k each). If I can do 9k tomorrow, then I’ll win before winning begins! The problem is, when I did the 10k days before, the words kinda just fit together. The words kinda stopped flowing recently.

Day Nineteen

DWC: 3697

I didn’t get as many words as I wanted to because I was busy most of the day — I want to sprint a 10k+ day to finish before winning. I did end up planning the last few scenes of both novels, so it should run a bit smoother tomorrow. Also, apparently my word program is like 2000 words off. Oh well. 

Day Twenty

DWC: “8470”/5527

Total Word Count: “103, 224″/100,281

First, allow me to explain that these “” are what my processor, Open Office, says, and the other ones are what the validator says (sadly, the validator seems to be right, but more on that later).

I FINISHED.

I completed Halfway to Fourteen and Fantasy Gossip, both approximately a little over 50k words. My word processor was a little behind, so I had to make up for it today.

Either way, I think choosing to write two novels at the same time was the best decision I ever made. Typically, I wrote 500 words for one novel, then switched, and so on and so forth. This kinda punched writer’s block in the face, so I was able to take full advantage of my writing speed.

Now for some (rough draft) snippets, whether you want them or not! I’m surprised I got any readable parts, but yeah. Here they are: first three from Fantasy Gossip, and the second three from Halfway to Fourteen.

“I took a huge risk getting these, so be very careful with them–”

Trey drops his.

“Whoops. Won’t happen again,” he says as he drops it again. “Okay, for real this time.”

“It is so weird there,” Ava says. “They’re teaching– normal classes.”
I shudder. “Normal classes? You mean like… Teleportation, right?”
“No, like math, and English, and – it’s so scary!”

Why do I keep getting caught up in teams of two girls and one boy? It’s like, really annoying. Emphasis on the boy part.

“Books are crazy and unrealistic,” I say. “They give you huge expectations about life and then you grow up and realize that it’s wrong!”

Mason sighs. “Kamri, what is into you lately?”

“Reality, Mason!”

“Can we get this over with?” I ask.

“I thought you wanted to do this,” Isaiah says.

I try to think of an answer quickly. What did Erin and Mason tell them? “I… do! It’s just I’m very, very busy and have places to be that definitely aren’t metro stations and alleyways.”

“Okay, then, don’t let me stop you?”

“You know, I always felt that there was something cool about you guys,” I say.
Collin puts his hands up in the air in mock offense. “Woah. Hold up. You didn’t think we were cool before? All our work was for nothing?”
“Pretty much.”


I hope you enjoyed this post, as long as it is! (Also, I wrote my first post on The Young and Dreaming! You can check it out here.)

How is Camp NaNoWriMo going for you guys? FILL THE COMMENTS WITH YOUR UPDATES. I MUST KNOW.