Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Know the Novel - A Linkup Part 2

Hello everyone.  It's me.  And I'm back for the second part of Christine's little linkup, which is sooooo fun!!
 
 
 
How’s the writing going?

Writing is going well.  I've only had three bad (as in, painful) writing days, one with my right wrist, then my IT band, than a really bad left wrist episode that made me call typing quits as soon as I reached my word count.

I'm still well on my way to reach my goal of 100K in one month.  But then, Thanksgiving looms.  And a day out with Sarah and Evan.

What’s been the most fun aspect about writing this novel so far?

Getting back into the story world after editing the other books for so long.  I'm getting to introduce characters I wrote in the third book.  And just really build things up for the epic ending that is Words of Peace.

Has your novel surprised you in any way?

Yes!  They always do, actually, since I slightly wing my drafts.  I recently had this one scene that will probably get cut out, but it was unplanned, and just lots of fun to write.

What do you think of your characters at this point? Who’s your favorite to write about?

I love my MC, Marywyn.  She's really great to write, especially after struggling through a few harder female MCs.  So I'm glad that she's easy to write.  But Ii do enjoy writing Duren as well, though because he doesn't talk, it can be a bit of a challenge to write out his gestures and stares.  Wisdom is fun, too.  And Mask.  Okay, I just like writing all my characters...

If you were transported into your novel and became any one of the characters, which one do you think you’d be? Would you take any different actions than they have?

I would probably be Wisdom, I think.  Though I'm not as much at ease with strangers as she is.  And she always seems to have the right thing to say, while I don't.  But I do love getting to know people, like she does, and we both enjoy reading and the like. 

Honestly, though, I would probably have gone against Rayn's command and galloped to Ristor with Marywyn, though.  But Wisdom didn't want to disobey rules, so she remained in Raybir.

Give us the first sentence or paragraph and then 2 (or 3!) more favorite snippets!

Ohhh.....fun....get ready for some horrible NaNo drafts....

First Paragraph: If you open the history books to the reign of King Ryden, and look at the records, you will see where I was sworn in as a Crown Warrior.  What you will not find, is, a month and a half later, where I was removed from my position.
 
Excerpts

“Raya?”
She held up a hand, a finger shaking.  “Back up, let’s get out of here.”
“What is it?”
“Water snake.”
 My hand dropped to my pocket just as a large head burst from the water.  I had seen snakes before, many, many times, but never ones this huge.  The eyes were as big as my hand, the mouth large and gaping, the teeth green from years spent in the water.  Raya grabbed the closest rock, chucking it towards the snake, but missed by a few inches.  The slimy beast turned towards her, slowly drifting forward.  I pulled the tiger knives from my pocket, planting my feet so as not to slip on the rocks.  The familiar grating sound carried across the water as I rubbed the blades together, and the snake turned away from Raya, looking towards me.  Then, suddenly, Mithrin was there, erupting from the waves right underneath the snake, a knife shining cold and deadly in his hand.  He thrust upwards, spilling blood into the ocean.  The snake struggled, rising higher out of the water before sinking under the waves.  It’s tail struck the rocks, and I lost my balance, dropping the knives as I fell onto the rocks.  Pain jabbed my shoulder and I watched one of my knives slip beneath the water, falling down…down…into darkness.
 
~~*~~

I leaned out the window, breathing in crisp, salty air.  Below me, the sea crashed against the rocks of the castle.  Birds flew so close to the window, I could probably touch one if I held out my hand.  Jaran leaned out beside me, a smile growing across his face.  “The sea!”
“Don’t get too far out,” Tan stood in a corner, leaning on his unstrung bow.  “I’ve heard stories of sea creatures pulling people out of the castle and into the water and drowning them.”
Jaran and I both took a quick step back, and Tan laughed.  “Just stories.”
“But stories usually are started with a grain of truth,” Jaran rubbed the back of his neck.  “Let’s not risk it, eh, Marywyn?”
“So what do we do now?” Tan looked to Kiren.  “Is there a plan?”
“Do whatever it takes to not get ourselves killed.  Should be easy enough, except we made the mistake to bring Jaran with us.”
“First chance you get, throw him to the sea creatures!” Raya laughed.  “Marywyn, push him out the window!”
Jaran skittered away and threw himself onto a couch just as Mithrin reentered the room.  Everyone stood, making polite movements and exclamations, while Jaran thudded to the floor with a screech in a tangle of blankets and pillows.

~~*~~

“I’ll make you a deal.  I’ll tend to your wounds, and in return, I won’t ask you what you’re doing here.”
Mask set the mug down and stared at me for quite a long time.
“And I won’t ask why you wear that ridiculous handkerchief.  Consider that as a gift.”
“Why?”
“You’re hurt.”
“You know that I’ve been following you.”
“Yes, and you’re hurt.  I cared for Ristorians after the war, just like I would help any of my own people.
 I’m a healer.  We see someone in pain, and we have to help them, whoever they are, wherever they are from.”
The Innkeeper set down the things I’d asked for.  I gestured to them, my fingers hovering over the bowl of steamy water.  “Deal?”
Mask tugged the handkerchief up higher over his nose.
 
Have you come across any problem areas?

Sort of yeah, but that's because I knew I was changing my synopsis and I didn't care.  So now I have to deal with the consequences.

What’s been your biggest victory with writing this novel at this point?

Pushing myself.  I personally find 50K a very attainable goal.  So it's been really nice to challenge myself to reach 100K and actually have to work to get there.

Be honest, have you killed any characters off yet?

Well, a couple random enemy warriors have been killed.  Another character has gotten attacked a number of times.  And I know of two fixed deaths that have yet to happen (just haven't gotten that far in the draft yet).  But no, no main characters have died.  Yet.

Take us on a tour of a what a normal writing day for this particular novel has looked like. Where do you write? What time of day? Alone or with others? Is a lot of coffee (or some other drink) consumed? Do you light candles? Play music? Get distracted by social media (*cough, cough*)? Tell all!

So...a normal writing day?

Get up.  Read the Bible.  Write for 5 minutes (no music, just a very brief sprint).
 
Get dressed.  Feed the animals.  Eat breakfast while browsing social media.
 
Go to work.  Work...eat lunch and check social media...work some more.
 
Go home.  Play an instrument.  Eat supper.  Feed the animals.  Take a shower.  Check social media one last time.
 
Write for an hour and a half (this is my main writing time; usually I just play soundtracks, with a handy box of cheese-its and a cup of water nearby, and sometimes I have a cat or two in the room).
 
Watch ten minutes of something (like a Studio C video or two) as a reward for reaching my daily word goal.  Set alarm and go to sleep.
 
Repeat.  Saturdays are similar (except I do other stuff instead of work) and I take Sundays off completely from writing.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Shared WIP Tag, Part Three

And wow, three weeks into NaNo already!  Wow, time flies.  I'm still on track, which is good, and loving (almost) every minute spent on Words of Song.

 
Introduce the main antagonist of your book!

Queen Moreno would probably be the main antagonist, though there are numerous other enemies throughout this book.  Mask and Landin, for examples.  Or the entire Rochen kingdom.  Or the tigers.
 
But I digress.
 
Queen Moreno is, well, a queen.  She rules over Raybir with her husband, but she technically doesn't have much military power.  The Queen is the one who sees over the people of the land, while her husband is more concerned with the army.  They share the responsibility of commerce.

She spends most of the book plotting revenge against the kingdom of Ristor for attacking her castle and stealing away her daughter.  She may not realize that Ristor might not actually have stolen her daughter, and her own kingdom would loose if a war actually broke out.  Or maybe she just doesn’t care…
 
What do you (the writer) have in common with the antagonist?  What do you not have in common?

Oy.  This is deep and kinda personal.  Moreno is an Eldest, like me.  That’s a lot of responsibility, a lot to live up to.  And you start to think and act like everything will go well with you, because the oldest sibling always has everything all together, and seems to get what they want.  Then when it doesn’t, you’ve got nothing left but to take matters into your own hands…
 
Difference is, I won’t kill people or do other nasty things to get what I want.
 
What does your antagonist do when he/she is mad?  Do they have a soft spot?
 
Moreno attempts to keep her anger in, but it eventually comes out, yeah.  She'll scream and demand and pitch an adult fit when things just aren't going how to expected.

Her soft spot?  Er...I dunno.  She loves her family and those she calls her friends.  She likes to take care of “her own” folk.  And she enjoys sweets and going out to parties and all that fun stuff.  She is proud of her job of caring for the people of the kingdom.
 
Who is your antagonist’s worst enemy?  What is their greatest fear?
 
Her worst enemy?  Probably Caven Blackburn, except she killed him.  So maybe it would be Redenah Windborne, the only other person who knows her secret.  Or maybe our little village girl, Marywyn, who somehow manages to evade Moreno’s every attempt to stop her...and that’s when Moreno starts to be afraid, afraid that her past, her goals, everything she has tried to hide, would come to the light, which is her greatest fear.
 
What is your antagonist’s weapon of choice?
 
She usually just sends out her Crown Warrior, Landin, to do her dirty work.  He’s a great swordsman, and she personally has no skills with a weapon.  She also has another warrior, Ameren, that she’s convinced to spy around for her.  She also tries to sweet talk her way around people.

How would your antagonist surprise your reader?
 
Spoilers!!  I mean, she could pull out a skateboard and do some super cool, tricks on the castle wall and that would surprise everyone, but I really don’t think that’s going to happen…
 
What is one thing your villain would never do?
 
Give up.  She refuses to give in and loose.  She'll either win or go down fighting.
 
What lie does your antagonist believe about the MC?
 
She thinks that Marywyn isn't that dangerous, that she doesn't really need to watch out for her or worry about a single girl messing up her great plans.
Mwahaha, I got news for her.
 
What is your favorite thing about your antagonist?
 
To be honest, I really don’t like her.  She’s proud, somewhat rude, and not afraid to lie every time she opens her mouth.  She wants to kill many characters that I really love.  Moreno and I would not get along, not at all.
 
If your antagonist was your MC, what would your book look like?

We, as readers, would spend a whole lot of time sitting in the castle, wondering how in the world did Marywyn and her friends escape from so many dangers yet again, and also plotting revenge for all the wrongs suffered in the past.  The book would be a lot more boring, though maybe less confusing, since we would understand Moreno's motives and what her whole plan is.
 
Don't forget to check out the other blogs!!

Jem
Gray
Sarah
Nicole
Keturah
Brooklyne
Melissa
Ceci
Lisa
Julia

Friday, November 09, 2018

Shared WIP Tag, Part Two

Welcome, everyone, to part two of the Shared WIP Tag!!  Hope everyone is having a good NaNo and is enjoying their novels!

 
 
Introduce your MC a little and tell us something quirky about them.
 
Marywyn is a village girl, around twenty-something, and she loves gardening.  I wouldn't really call her a quirky person, though she likes playing little jokes now and then, and she really enjoys helping the village healer as he tends to people. 
 
What does your MC value the most?
 
Her family and friends, but especially her siblings, Dominin and Saran.  Then she slowly starts to realize that she may be putting them before God, and that she should be trusting in and prizing Him above all.
 
What is your MC’s wildest dream?  What is their greatest fear?
 
Marywyn stills dreams of rescuing her brother, but as time goes on, it becomes more and more likely that he was killed.  And so she begins to realize that she might never see him again – her greatest fear.
 
What is your MC’s favorite food?  Can they cook?
 
Marywyn loves berries, or really, anything fresh from her garden.  She’s not the best chef around, but she does know how to cook and can make some good meals, though being a villager, she’s used to simple fare and probably couldn't make something super extravagant.
 
What do you (the writer) have in common with the MC?  What do you not have in common?
 
Well, Marywyn and I both love to sing, though she’s better at it than I.  And I know how to play instruments, while she doesn’t.  I love to read and can’t keep a plant alive to save my life, and she struggles to read and is a pretty dedicated gardener.  I love horses and she tolerates them only because they’re faster than walking on her own two feet.
 
What lie does your mc believe about himself/the world?
 
Marywyn believes that since she’s just a simple village girl, who can barely hold her own with a weapon, that she is quite useless and has no part to play in history.  She can’t understand why important things keep falling upon her to do when there could be others possibly more suited to doing them.
 
Who is their best friend and why?
 
Wisdom Ravencroft, probably.  Though Wisdom is everyone’s best friend, to be honest.  But I think she has a sweet spot for Marywyn.
 
What song best describes them in this book?
 
 
The violin, the slightly creepy tone, but also a bit adventurous, motivating...
 
What is their personality type?
 
Crap, I hate these… I got ISFJ when I took the test for her, but I dunno...kind of, I guess?  I really don't go through the types much, to be honest.  So I'm not sure how accurate it is.
 
Why should your readers care about this person?
 
Because Marywyn is like a lot of us...she dreams of going on adventures and being a hero, but when she actually does get to go galloping off with a sword, she realizes that it's dangerous.  Not to mention sleeping on the ground is hard, and spending all day in the saddle is painful, and speaking to royalty can make your knees knock together, and tell you what, just stay home because it's a lot safer and less strenuous.
 
Don't forget to check out the other blogs!!!

Gray
Ceci
Sarah
Nicole
Keturah
Ariel
Brooklyne
Lisa
Melissa
Jem
Julia

Friday, November 02, 2018

Shared WIP Tag, Part One


Hello everyone!!  It's back!!!  Welcome to the first round of the Shared Wip Tag, the WIP Special, Julian's Tag Thingy...this poor thing gets lots of names and no one can really decide what to call it, myself included.

But this round is super extra special because it's NaNoWriMo themed!!!

Okay, not necessarily themed, but it's about our NaNo novels, and it's also going on during NaNo, so we can post while we're racing for that 50K and not have to sweat much about creating posts.
 
 
 Introduce the story
 
Betrayal and Bravery: Words of Song
 


 
Marywyn the villager has received an honorable title – Protector of the Princess.  The only problem is, the Princess has just disappeared.  Eager to prove that her friends have not judged poorly in voting to promote her, Marywyn leaves Raybir on a quest to rescue Connaven, but only runs headlong into more danger and betrayal.  And this time there are no mistakes.  The enemy is on the hunt, and they know exactly who they are looking for: a red-haired girl with a powerful singing voice.

As the danger only grows, Marywyn begins to doubt: was she the right person to do all this?  Surely there are many others who can be the hero, others who are more brave.  Can Marywyn rescue her friends and save Raybir, or will she leave at the first opportunity to return to the safety of her garden and flowers?
 
Where did you get the idea for your story? What came to you first: your theme, character, premise, setting, etc?
 
Well, the original idea for the Betrayal and Bravery Trilogy came to me sometime in 2014. I was reading up on new plotting techniques and wanted a new story to write while trying them out. I read some old fairy tales, thinking I might do a re-telling, and one caught my eye. I took that idea, shoved in a few old RPG characters, added some ideas from a few dreams I’d written down, and started plotting.

I started out with three books in mind and planned them all out, but while writing the first one, I realized there was so much more to the story. So what originally was the second and third book is now combined to make Words of Song, and the third book, Words of Peace continues the story on even further.
 
Basically I guess the premise kind of came first? It was supposed to be about being brave, like the fairy tale, though it’s greatly changed since then, and there’s really nothing else from the tale now.
 
What have you done to get experience for your story? What did you put into the book because it’s something you know about?

A particular scene in this book is taken straight from one of my own experiences – when Marywyn has to ride a highly energetic horse.  Many of Marywyn’s reactions are copied from my own when I had to ride a particularly hyper horse on our farm. And so is the way we both brew braver as we realized we could do this.
 
Other parts of my life have slipped into the pages, though mostly in the third book. I expect more will happen to Song, but since it’s been a few years since I’ve touched it, it still has a lot of my early writing mistakes in it.
 
What made you decide to write this particular book for NaNoWriMo?
 
I actually thought I was going to opt out of NaNo this year. I currently am completely focused on my trilogy, and all three books are already written. I really didn’t feel like putting my editing aside to write something new. But then, during September, as I was starting the edits of Song, I realized that it was a hopeless cause and needed to be completely rewritten. So I decided what better time than to do so for NaNo?
 
Do you research before, after, or during your first draft writing process? Have you done any research for this particular book? How do you usually research?
 
Honestly, I do very little research before I start drafting. Because I do minimal prep, I usually don’t know where the story will take me. If I feel the need to look something up during drafting, I’ll do it, but otherwise I wait until the draft is finished. For Song, I think the only thing (recently) I’ve done is made a Pinterest board for some reference pictures. Since I’ve been in this storyworld for years, I kinda know most things about it by now.
 
Do you plot or plan your book in any way before you start writing? What methods do you usually use and what did you do this time?
 
I kind of already explained how Song came to be. For this time around, not only have I written the book before this one, but I’ve already done one draft of Song and also written this book after it. So I know where the story is and where it needs to go. All I’ve done is filled in the gap in between.
 
I usually prep a first draft with just a synopsis. Basically a running commentary of what everyone does just to keep me on track, though I pretty much know exactly where it’s all going to go.
 
Do you hand write or type your first draft?

Type, for sure. You think I’m gonna write 100,00 words by hand? No way. My carpel tunnel would render me useless for the next three years.  Listen. If I have to alternate hands multiple times while taking notes during a 40 minute sermon, I ain’t gonna make it through a month.
 
Do you have a brainstorming buddy and if you do, who was it this time and how did they help?

Normally Sarah Rodecker and Evan Diasimah are my brainstorming buddies. Sarah, however, hasn’t read Song or Peace, and is currently focused on helping me with Gold at the moment. Evan knows a little more about the entire trilogy, but usually just because our conversations go like this:

Me: “...and so that’s why I’m not sure if Marywyn should go back to Ristor. What do you say?”
 Evan: *looks up from drawing, mutters something, adjusts the volume of earphones*
 Me: “Thanks! I guess she should go. I’m glad you’re here to help!"

How did you come up with your characters’ names?
 
So I work as an office manger. And I’m frequently working with people in other countries (Australia, Finland, Germany, you name it). When I come across interesting names, I save them in a note. When I character comes without a name, I just go through the list.
 
But sometimes characters just come straight in with their names. Wisdom, Connaven, and Duren, for example. I don’t know why, but sometimes they just show up with a nametag.
 
Do you know what your story's theme is? If you do, how did you find it, and if you don't, how do you plan to find it?

The theme for the entire trilogy is essentially being brave and trusting in God when things seem dangerous and dark. Bravery in the face of betrayal.

Don't forget to check out everyone else's posts!!!  I'll link to them as they're available.

Keturah
Nicole
Ceci
Lisa
Gray
Julia
Jem
Melissa
Brooklyne
Ariel
Sarah

 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Know the Novel - A Linkup

Apparently I haven't prepared enough posts about my NaNo novel yet...next month you'll be spammed with info all about Words of Song.  So just consider this post as a sneak-peak of sorts for the upcoming Shared WIP Tag.

Christine is hosting this little linkup, and frankly, I think it's pretty fun!  The first set of questions is fairly introductory.  :)




What first sparked the idea for this novel?

Well, Words of Song is the second book in my trilogy.  Originally the material covered in Song was supposed to be split into two books (the second and third of the series), but while I was brainstorming, I found that there was a lot more to the story, and so put all the original plots into the second book.

It basically continues Marywyn's story from the first book, Words of Gold.

Share a blurb!

Marywyn the villager has received an honorable title – Protector of the Princess.  The only problem is, the Princess has just disappeared.  Eager to prove that her friends have not judged poorly in voting to promote her, Marywyn leaves Raybir on a quest to rescue Connaven, but only runs headlong into more danger and betrayal.  And this time there are no mistakes.  The enemy is on the hunt, and they know exactly who they are looking for: a red-haired girl with a powerful singing voice.
 
As the danger only grows, Marywyn begins to doubt: was she the right person to do all this?  Surely there are many others who can be the hero, others who are more brave.  Can Marywyn rescue her friends and save Raybir, or will she leave at the first opportunity to return to the safety of her garden and flowers?

Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?

The story takes place in the land of Arromëre.  It starts in the little rural kingdom of Raybir, but over the course of the book, Marywyn does a great deal of travelling, and once of the places she visits is the rival kingdom of Ristor.

I love getting to explore new places with Marywyn - she travels through dark, creepy forests, fights tigers, and gets to see ships for the first time.  I also love how, no matter where she travels, she finds fellow believers and is welcomed into their homes simply because they all worship the same God, and so see each other as family.

Tell us about your protagonist.

Marywyn is a nobody, who probably shouldn't be the protector of the princess - there are far better warriors who would love to have such an honor.  She wonders what God has in mind for her, and is determined to do her best, even if it means doing things she's scared of, to keep Princess Connaven safe.  But the enemy isn't after Connaven...they're after Marywyn.

Who (or what) is the antagonist?

Queen Moreno seems intent on getting revenge against Ristor for attacking them, even though her army would just be massacred.  Ristor is only too eager for another war.  There are Rochen marching across the mountains.  Not to mention the stranger in the city is still trailing Marywyn, waiting for something...

What excites you the most about this novel?

Heh heh.  Middle books/movies are always my least favorite.  But this book, however, does have lots of things I love: adventure, music, lots of poetry, mysterious people in the shadows, wild horses, chase scenes, danger, sword fights, torture, revenge...wait...now I'm just quoting The Princess Bride.

Is this going to be a series? Standalone? Something else?

The second book in the Betrayal and Bravery Trilogy.

Are you plotting? Pantsing? Plansting?

Well, kind of.  I wrote the first draft of Song a couple years ago for the 2015 NaNoWriMo.  Since then, I edited the first book and then wrote the third book for NaNo last year.

I could probably "wing" this draft, and get away with it, since I know where the story starts and ends, and who all the characters are.  But I'm still writing my usual synopsis, so I at least have some guidelines.

Name a few things that makes this story unique.

I hate this question.  Like...um...there's no magic in this fantasy novel?  No dragons?  Elves??  Yet it somehow is fairly exciting (I hope)?

How about "Julian Daventry is the one writing this, so while it might seem like an typical Christian fantasty novel, it has elements that are different.  Because nothing is new under the sun, but we can put different spins on things to make them unique."

Share a fun “extra” of the story.

Just a little cover I made via Canva...nothing too spectacular, but hey - it does the job!


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Stars and Soul Cover Reveal

So, super exciting news - Rosalie Valentine is publishing a collection of short stories titled Stars and Soul!  And today we're revealing the cover (which is super cool and amazing!!
 
 
I mean, let's be honest, that is just absolutely beautiful!  And my favorite color scheme, too.  :)
 
So what is it about?  Check out the blurb:
 
A scheming imperial family.
A bedraggled starship captain.
A runaway artificial intelligence.
A dying general.

Four small stories of stars and soul.
 
The book is being released on November 20th, and you can preorder it!!  (The kindle version, anyway.)  There will be print copies available as well, which is good, because I want one on my shelf...
 
So check out the link and then join the party to wait until November...
 
 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Fairytale Riot Blog Tour

So Keturah emailed me a while back, telling me about how she'd recently gotten published and would I like to be part of the Book Tour.

And I was like "...yeah!!!!  Can I interview you?"

So, without further ado...



How did you hear about the book?  That's something that I always wonder, like...I've never heard of this and you're suddenly going to be a part of it?  That's awesome!

My friend, Lauren likes to send me emails with tons of links for different places looking for submissions of different sorts. When I have time I'll look over the submissions and see if I have anything that might fit what they are looking for. As I've written dozens of short stories, I always have something I can submit to many of the places  Lauren emails to me. I've receive tons of rejection letters, but it's been an overall fun, learning process.

What made you decide to do two entries (or did you enter more that we don't know about)?  Were you surprised that both made it in?

I actually entered three stories! I just had three fairy tales I thought might fit their criteria, that were available to be used (the one that's published in Mythic Orbits I could have possibly used if it wasn't already being used elsewhere). Last day of April 2018, Months after I submitted, I received the email from Agorist Writers an hour after I found out my dad had just been in a serious car accident. The letter started out with them saying they were sorry that they couldn't use "Blessed Disasters" in their upcoming anthology, BUT they would love to use my next two stories. I just had to do a bit of rewriting. Which I happily did.
I felt a little guilty being so excited about the stories being accepted, because I still didn't know how my dad was doing, except that he wasn't doing very well.
I was staying with my friend, and I think she thought I was a bit strange. I took the news of my dad being crushed in his truck calmly. I read the email from the publishers and literally jumped up, and broke into a huge smile. "It's good to see you have some natural emotions," my friend told me.
I promise I am human. I just don't worry like most people do. Yet, I love joy.

I haven't read the book yet, though I did get offered a review copy (just have no timeeee!).  Can you tell me about your stories and the inspiration behind them?

Wow, the inspiration behind one of them is really personal. I'll save that for last ;p
I don't remember how the Piper's Last Song exactly started in my head. I know I had been reading a lot of history about the Waldensians. And I didn't like the Pied Piper story very much—but realized I could combine the two stories. So I wrote a rough draft of a short story and put in my files. Years later I went through my folder and saw it, and though, "This is a great idea I need to rework." So I did. I think I was probably seventeen when I did the rewrites? Anyways, it was a long time ago. I also have a notebook full of poetry, so I added all of that into the story. The only poem I wrote especially for Piper's Last Song is the very last poem. The first poem in the book was a silly thing I'd written when I was fourteen or so. I so loved that poem and was excited to be able to use it in that story.
I originally called this story The Last Song, but then I saw that Nicolas Sparks had a romance novel by that name. So I changed my title, a little grudgingly at first.
Prince Perfect I wrote spring of 2017. I had just been through a rough breakup, and I couldn't do anything. I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, and most of all I couldn't write. Laughter, of course, was a dead memory. It was a horrible time for me. But in that darkness a satire story came into my mind. Something to make fun of how I had been dumped, something that would lesson the darkness I felt inside. I laughed at my idea. And I wrote the story, laughing the entire time.
This story started my healing, returned me to my pen, and showed me I could laugh at my heartache.

Is there anything you wish you could go back and change, now that you’ve had time to sit back and think about your entries?  Do you ever go back and read your “finished” work and find yourself wanting to make corrections?

Not really. I'm weird like that. I don't really like worrying about anything. And, besides, if I spent all of my time reworking old stories I'd never have time to write all the new ideas spinning around inside. My main concern is that my message in Prince Perfect won't come out clear. It's not about feminism. It's not saying all men are evil. It's showing that some men are such self-conceited idiots that can't see a good thing when they do, and that it's never right to hurt anyone. This same message could be said toward all the women who show no sign of loyalty, and dump guys easily, too.

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I mean, seriously, doesn't this cover look cool?