amanda_sheree: Parker from Leverage (Parker)
Sunday, August 28th, 2011 07:11 pm
For a long time, I've meant to make a Sticky post for this journal; I'm finally getting around to it.

I categorize my entries here into several broad topics. I'll go over the main ones.

Category one: "Prompts" and "Flash Fictions." Almost always, I set these entries to Public. They typically contain short, original fiction; I aim for 250 words in the flash fictions, although sometimes I go significantly over (I don't very often go under). I usually set the same word count range for prompts, as well. The prompts can come from multiple sources: flash fiction memes, personal prompts (I have some in mind), and prompts from friends or elsewhere on the Internet.

Category two: "Writing." These posts involve my personal writing projects, especially my novel-length and novella-length ones. When I talk about word count or very general pieces of information (like, "This one [story] is coming along slowly," "This one wants to be a dystopia," "X character is becoming so bold," and such), I set these entries to Public. Whenever I give specifics or go in-depth, the entries will be set to Access List Only.

Category three: "Characters and World-building." As I develop my worlds and characters, I may post about them in Access List Only entries and sometimes Private. These posts can include character surveys, physical descriptions, personalities, habits, speech patterns, etc., etc., etc.

Category four: "Life Stuff." These are the entries in which I talk about personal things, whether about the weather, my latest outings, my friends and family, or what-have-you. Depending on content matter, these posts may be either Public or Access List Only.

Category five: "Reading." I will discuss current novels, autobiographies, etc. that I am reading at the time or that I have just finished reading. I may make recommendations. If I ever post spoilers, they will be preceded by a warning that is followed by a cut. These will probably be Public.

Category six: "Entertainment." I will discuss entertainment outside of reading, such as movies and television, in this category. These will probably be Public.

Aaand, that's a basic rundown.
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Saturday, June 6th, 2015 10:42 pm
I've been spending a lot of time with family and friends lately: walks, park trips with my dog, movie theater showings, birthday celebrations, restaurants, mall outings, a picnic, a baseball game with fireworks, TV shows, and--of course--great conversation. Today, I saw Ex Machina and then went out to eat at a sushi place (I ordered teriyaki chicken because I'm a chicken {pun unintended} when it comes to seafood).

Since I finished the newest draft of Inevitable Dusk on May 9th, I'm going to start the editing on June 9th. I hope to get it out to my first proofreader and editor before the end of August.

While distancing myself from Inevitable Dusk, I've been working on my first chick-lit, Unquenchable. I'm forcing myself not to go back and rewrite and edit and nitpick because otherwise I'd never get a full first draft.
amanda_sheree: (pumpkins)
Saturday, May 9th, 2015 11:00 pm
Yesterday, I finished my new draft of Inevitable Dusk. I'd say that about 85% of it is totally rewritten. I have tons of editing to do and plot holes, etc. to fix, but the first step is done!

So, I'm going to set aside the draft for a couple weeks (which will take self-restraint) before tackling editing to get a little distance from it. Maybe even for a month.

For now, I'll probably resume work on Unquenchable, which is the first book in my chick-lit series. It's a more lighthearted story than Inevitable Dusk. I'll also try to do some more substantial plotting for the sequel to Inevitable Dusk, tentatively to be called Through a Mirror Dimly.
amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Default)
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 10:41 pm
Well, I had about a month of very little writing. I'm getting back into the swing of things; over 2,000 words tonight, bringing me up to past 70,000 words for Inevitable Dusk. I'd say I have about 20k to go. I'm hoping to keep it below 100k.

So, far NaNo, I'm first doing Inevitable Dusk, and if I finish this draft before the end of the month, I'll move onto another of my projects. Day 1, I wrote over 1,800 words, but on days 2 and 3 I didn't write much at all.

More flash fiction will hopefully be on the way soon. I need to continue with Ladies Bingo, and finally answer an awesome prompt from someone that I asked for for Halloween last year.

I hope my fellow NaNoers are getting all the caffeine they need. I had a large pumpkin spice latte, because yum.
amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Default)
Monday, October 6th, 2014 12:29 am
The following is my second completed prompt for Ladies Bingo.


Early Morning

Fog rolled off the hills and over the land in the gray daylight. A servant helped me into a wicker chair out on the balcony, then leaned my crutches against the wall. He dismissed himself with a nod of his head. Penna, my companion, perched beside me on the frosted glass table. Light flickered in her blood-orange eyes; dew lingered on her feathers from her early-morning flight. She was a Matagot—an animal spirit—and took the form of an eagle owl. She had chosen my family as hers centuries ago.

There was a breeze, and I shivered, pulling my white shawl tighter about me. A thin, rectangular box wrapped in pink paper rested in my lap. I had stuck a blue bow on top of it. Penna pretended not to be interested, but I caught her glances at the package. I giggled. “Not being very covert, are you, Penna?”
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Friday, September 26th, 2014 04:55 pm
My good friend Ash has a short story up on Amazon. It's free today, and it's a dark fantasy about a selkie. Link:

Take a look!
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Monday, September 22nd, 2014 04:51 pm
The following is my first completed prompt for Ladies Bingo.


Five Things

These are the five things my mother taught me.

1. Be efficient.

It was a cool spring morning. I was six years old. We were at Safira Lake, lying on our stomachs, propped up on our elbows on a cotton sheet in the sun. I fished my school workbook and pencil out of my tattered pink knapsack. Mother kissed the crown of my head and sat up to put my hair into a fishtail braid while I worked. There was a sudden cry, like that of a gull, and my head snapped up. A large fish eagle swooped over the lake and grasped a thrashing trout in its talons. I gasped. Mother said, “Flor, my flower, you must always be like an eagle. Efficient.”

2. Be ambitious.

I came home from school sobbing. I was ten years old. Mother asked what had happened. After some hesitation, I handed her the quarterly report from my teacher, Mrs. Magda. Mrs. Magda had written, “Dear Ms. Campos, Flor is a quiet, meek student lacking high aspirations. She chose the topic ‘endangered fauna’ for the final report of the quarter, which is far beneath her. I am giving her one week to redact this sorry attempt. Yours, Mrs. Magda.”

I hoped Mother would sympathize with me. Instead, without a glance at it, she crumpled up my research paper and tossed it in the trash. She gave me a little smile, though, and said, “You will write a debate, not a little research paper. You will make compelling, well thought-out arguments. It will be lengthy, but no bull-shitting.”

I stomped my foot. “That sounds hard!”

“It’s meant to be, my flower. If you are to succeed in this world, you must be ambitious.”

I remembered that day at the lake, when I was six. “Like an eagle?”

“I have learned five things from eagles, and ambition is one of them.”

3. Be graceful.

In preparation for my eleventh birthday party, Mother enrolled me in “Nela’s Finishing and Charm School for Young Ladies.” When Mother told me of this, I crossed my arms and said the school was stupid. She laughed, which infuriated me.

“Flor, you are becoming a lady. You must learn how to be one. Look at the current state of your manners and etiquette! You cannot be a tomboy forever. You will learn fun things as well, like ballroom dancing. You have to dance with Grandpapa on your birthday, and you will be lovely. You will be graceful.”

Trying to change the subject, I retorted, “Instead of dancing with Father, since he left you. Did you ever go to charm school?”

Quicker than I could blink, Mother slapped my face. “Don’t you dare cry,” she said. “You’re a big girl.” She added, “Gracefulness is one of our mottos, is it not?”

“What you learned from birds,” I said.

“Eagles especially. You remember the five qualities, yes? Recite them for me. And maybe not now, maybe not in a year, but one day you will thank me for Miss Nela’s Charm School.”

4. Be leery.

When I was thirteen, I had my first period. I saw the blood on my underpants and burst into tears. After an hour, I had gathered up the courage to tell Mother about it. She took me in her arms and tucked my hair behind my ears. “Oh, little flower, it is nothing to be scared about. Just be leery.” She kissed my nose.

I brushed my tears away and said, “What do you mean?”

“You are blossoming into a beautiful young woman. Many men would like to take advantage of you. You must be wary. But not paranoid. Just remember all I have taught you over the years; do not go off with strangers. Carry your dagger. And now, you must be cautious with even the boys your age. You will tempted, just as I was. Do not lose your integrity as I did.”

5. Be eager.

I was fourteen. I did not know it would be my last year with Mother. She had told me she was sick; she did not tell me how sick. Soon, her hair started falling out. Her limbs grew thin and weak. She needed to be pushed in a wheelchair and seldom left her bed. She was only thirty years old.

Often, I kept her company. I lay side-by-side with her in her bed. I painted her fingernails and toenails, styled her wigs, read aloud her favorite stories. I accompanied her to her doctor appointments.

When the doctor hospitalized her, I stayed with her, sleeping on the small, dilapidated couch in her room. So many machines were hooked up to her; so many needles poked her. One IV kept her hydrated, since she had trouble keeping down liquids on her own. She ate rarely; the doctors murmured she had little time left.

I refused to believe she would die. Finally, one day, she said, “My little flower, I won’t be here much longer. Shh; just listen.” She squeezed my hands in hers. “I know you’ll be okay. I raised you well. And one day, hopefully after you have lived a full life, we’ll be together again. Follow our Five Points. You have already mastered the fifth, my Flor. Recite them to me.”

My voice shook as I said, “Efficiency. Ambition. Gracefulness. Leeriness. Eagerness.”

Mother nodded. “Your eagerness shows in all you do, and you feel so deeply. You are always able to help; to love. You’re my greatest blessing.” She yawned, then, and just before she fell asleep, she muttered, “Be an E.A.G.L.E.”
amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Default)
Thursday, September 18th, 2014 04:32 am
I've begun my first entry for Ladies Bingo. I have chosen "Early Morning." I hope to have it up soon. It may be finished tomorrow or even later today--this draft, at least--but I want to run it by some beta-readers first.
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Sunday, September 7th, 2014 09:47 pm
I just got home after a weekend with my family for a wedding that kind of doubled as a family reunion. I had a wonderful time. Congratulations to my cousin Jack and my now-cousin Kristine! They're a beautiful couple.

I have stories; I want to make a longer blog post and relate some of them. For tonight, I'm just focusing on kicking back a bit and then getting to writing.
amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Default)
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 12:21 pm
I received my card for Ladies Bingo! For information, the journal for the contest is [community profile] ladiesbingo. The object is to write about relationships between or among women. Check it out!

That Moment (incident / chapter / episode) in detail Vengeance Death, War, Pestilience and Famine Silence Last Times / Farewells
Another year older: Birthdays Reunions Spells and Geases Dystopias Awkwardness
Betrayal Horribly Misunderstood Villain Wild Card Fluff Relaxation
The Early Hours before Dawn Isolation / Loneliness Early Morning Partnership Five Things
Documentation Northern / Southern Lights Tragedy It will be a Terrible Scandal A Chase
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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 01:59 am
Just a quick post to say I hit 60,000 words tonight.

In reading news, I bought The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan as well as The Brothers Grimm Volume II, 110 Grimmer Fairy Tales. The latter is for autumn/ Halloween season. Also on my autumn lineup are Frankenstein Mary Shelley (I'm due for a re-read) and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

I will also be posting flash fiction, and may link to a blog I want to renew.
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Saturday, August 9th, 2014 03:39 am
I've hit the 50,000 word mark for the new draft of Inevitable Dusk. Whoo! It might be close to the original count of 80,000, even though most of the material is new or greatly altered. And then there's the sequel. I think 75k-80k is a good length to shoot for, for both of Acio's books. Then I can move onto Sammy's story.

So, I think I can finish Inevitable Dusk by the end of the year. I'd like to finish Tsirris by the end of next year, along with Unquenchable (a book I haven't discussed here yet).

It's almost four in the morning so I should try to sleep.
amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Default)
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 02:56 am
Oh, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy tonight with some friends. I had no idea what to expect and I knew nothing about it, but I found it really fun and enjoyable. Rocket was great, and I loved the soundtrack. Also, Chris Pratt was adorable.
amanda_sheree: Parker from Leverage (Parker)
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 02:49 am
More plot points are clicking together! I'm so glad I'm rewriting this thing. It's a really different book.

About my flash fiction:
I received a prompt last autumn with a Halloween theme. It's a long time coming, but I hope to post it soon (maybe I'll wait until autumn? Since it would be more appropriate). And I'm going to start the 100 Themes Challenge I linked to. So far, one friend gave me number 87 to do, which is "Gunshot."

Animal Crossing: New Leaf:
Screen shots and dream town link soon!
amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Default)
Monday, July 28th, 2014 12:44 am
I'm doing the 100-days-of-writing challenge (writing every day, even if it's like five words sometimes). I just finished day seven, and I've been writing over 500 words a day. I'm now about 43.7k into this draft. It's going to need a lot of polishing.

In other news, I've been having so much fun with QR codes on Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I plan to share my dream town link soon!
amanda_sheree: Parker from Leverage (Parker)
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 07:35 pm
The link is here.

My rewrite of Inevitable Dusk is at about 37,000 words now, and I'm thinking this draft might end up around 90,000 (the original was 80,000). Over the past few years, I've learned a lot and grown a bit, and I think the story is much better for it.

Hopefully, I'll post some flash fiction by Saturday!
amanda_sheree: autumn candy (autumn candy)
Thursday, July 10th, 2014 03:57 am
One of my great friends is sharing her novel Out of Darkness on Wattpad. It's one chapter a week. The link is here. It's a young adult dystopia with brilliant storytelling.
amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Annie and me)
Thursday, July 10th, 2014 02:18 am
I'm sorry I disappeared for such a long time! I hope to catch up with everyone and to update at least weekly!

I'm working on the (hopefully last) rewrite of Inevitable Dusk and I'd say I'm at least one-third through it. I've trashed so many plotlines and chapters and replaced them with new ones that are large improvements. I have a better feel for everything this time around; it's going to be a very different book when all is said and done.

Also, flash fiction! I have a list of one hundred prompts, and I plan to start them this week (probably out of order). I'd link to the source or even copy-paste the prompts, but I'm having trouble finding the list right now.
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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 06:47 pm
A quick update. My flash fiction for autumn will be on its way soon. I'm struggling with some bleh health issues but I'm okay.
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Saturday, September 21st, 2013 11:48 pm
Yay for the first day of autumn! I've been busy with school and a few illnesses (hooray for salmonella). On my last entry, I received a prompt, and I have an idea for it swimming in my mind amongst related stories. Once this coming week is over, I should have more time and willpower to work on my fiction.

I've been sleeping plenty, but I'm so tired.

amanda_sheree: (jack-o-lantern)
Thursday, August 29th, 2013 10:29 pm
I finished one of the latch hook kits I bought. I've started the next one, and I hope to do a custom Jack and Sally one after. One of my cats adores the jack-o-lantern rug and has claimed it as his new bed.

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