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.

Focus {April} + The Goodbye Movie

So, yet another Camp NaNoWriMo post! Mostly, anyway. Allie created a link up for all the camping writers out there, and it was so fun to fill out!

We’re halfway through NaNoWriMo. How’s your novel going?

Pretty good! I am so close to finishing Fantasy Gossip and Halfway to Fourteen. It’s so surreal that they were just ideas in my head and now they’re out on paper.

Where are you struggling the most in your writing?

I think accidentally added in a lot of plot irrelevant scenes (whoops. #sorrynotsorry), and sometimes there are parts where it drags on a lot. Quick tip I learned: if you find that your writing is boring you, that part is probably unnecessary, and it’s going to be even more boring for the reader.

Where are you doing the best in your writing?

Character! I love my characters so much, I’m having so much fun taking them on their journeys.

Music helps. So, what are your writerly idyllic tunes?

guitar pick:

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Here’s my Halfway to Fourteen playlist, and here’s my Fantasy Gossip playlist. The Halfway to Fourteen playlist has a fun, vibrant feel to reflect the plot, and the Fantasy Gossip playlist has a mellow, whimsical feel which matches the characters and the plot.

Where are you in your word count goal? And how do you do with word sprints?

I’m eight days ahead, and I’m hoping to get to 100k before winning begins, which actually looks possible right now. Word sprints are great, but they have to be small. I can’t sit down and sprint a thousand words once, but I can sprint a hundred words ten times.

What encourages you to keep writing?

My cabin mates, my will to write, my will to succeed, and my love for my stories.

PUSH! How much will you try to write one of these days to burst forward in your word count?

If I get to where I want today, I’m going to write about 7k tomorrow, though it might end up to be more like 10k+.

What’s your strategy for focusing?

The key to writing is to stop thinking about writing and start thinking about what's happening in the story.:

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As I said above, work small. Write ten words. Coming up with an idea for ten words isn’t hard, and you’ll likely stop in the middle of a sentence. Then, you finish the sentence. By then, you have an idea for the paragraph, then an idea for the page, and so on.

What is your favorite element of your novel?

SPIES! Just kidding. My aesthetics are “Live while you’re young” and “Nothing is impossible”.

What is your plan after your first draft?

I hope to edit the second drafts on a road trip where I’ll have lots of free time, then third/fourth draft in July, and I’ll possibly have betas (!). I have a top secret plan for Fantasy Gossip, but I don’t have a clue about Halfway to Fourteen.

So, on the other hand, Madi made a stop motion movie! It’s really amazing and you must watch it! In fact, here it is:

How’s Camp NaNoWriMo going for you all? How do you feel about link ups? Do you like stop motions (hint: yes!)? Should I do more diverse posts, or do you like reading my writing related posts more?

Writing Prompt #9

Happy Camp! How are your projects going? I ask as I type this post up March 23. I have a fun writing prompt for you! If your project is writing short stories, your novel needs a twist, or you’re not doing NaNo and need something to do while everyone else is gone from the blogging world, this is for you! (Shout out to my marathoning cabin mates!)

So, now, I have some challenges for you!

Challenge #1: Write three short stories, one with the prompt as the start of the story, one with the prompt as the middle, and one with the prompt as/near the ending.

Challenge #2: All three of these events happened at an epic slumber party. 

Challenge #3: For all of you writing novels, list the three worst things that a main/side character could do within the next couple chapters. Tweak the first character’s dialogue in the prompt to replace the bombs, tweeting, and secrets with those events so you can make every. single. one. of them happen.

After that, comment and tell me how it goes! You have no idea how much I love reading your stories. (Hopefully this all made sense.)