Tuesday, February 21, 2012

First Campaign Challenge.

I am contestant #121 in the first Campaign Challenge by Rachael Harrie's. http://rachaelharrie.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/first-campaigner-challenge-of-my-fourth.html Let me know what you think.

Shadows crept across the wall although the only source of light was steady. Shadows tended to do that in the mansion. They remained mostly in the corners but overstepped their bounds into the light.
Joshua searched beneath the covers on the child’s bed looking for any clues about her disappearance. Sometime during the night, the young Clara had been taken from the safe confines of her bedroom, leaving the mother distraught.
He was no detective but he felt that any attempt to find the girl would only be for show. So he looked everywhere in the room which was comprised of little, a bed and a dresser with little commodities on top. The room was void of clues.
The bulb above dimmed to an orange glow, letting the shadows overtake the room. It was then that he noticed another glow on the floor; several dull lights barely visible were that of footsteps that went beneath the bed.  
Pulling it away from the wall, the footsteps stopped at the base where he noticed the soft glow on the wall. What he had first thought was the fading of paint earlier was the impression of a man with a girl draped in his arms.  The kidnapper walked through walls.

Monday, February 20, 2012

44 Questions about myself. Now You Know Me Inside And Out

Things got busy for me for a little while so I wasn’t able to respond to everything I was tagged in right away but here I am with some time. The first set of questions I was tagged in was Jennifer Fischetto.

1. What is the one thing you wish you knew how to do but don't?
Computer Graphic design.

2. If you could instantly know a foreign language (one you don't already know), which would it be?
Arabic, I don’t know why.

3. What is your first birthday memory?
Over at my Grandma’s when I was real young. I cut my own piece for the first time.

4. If you could go back to age 21 (assuming you're legal, lol), knowing what you know now, would you?
I’ll answer this in another three years.

5. If you went to your prom, was it everything you hoped? And if you didn't, do you regret it?
I am homeschooled and have never gone to prom and never really desire to. Big parties aren’t really my thing.

6. Would you rather: perfect health, complete wealth, or never aging?
I would have to go with complete wealth.

7. What is your favorite TV show from childhood?
I have always loved Sponge Bob.

8. Which is the best book you've read in the past year?
Oamen Grounds written by my brother. It hasn’t been published yet.

9. Which is your favorite book of all time?
Taken, by Dean Koontz.

10. Which kitchen appliance could you not live without (not including the basics, fridge, stove, and sink)?
It would have to be between a microwave or dishwasher… no, it would definitely be the coffee pot.

11. If you had to choose, would you rather use an outhouse or have no electricity, forever?
I love camping but I must have electricity at home.

The second is from Jacob Adams.

1.What is one author you can’t refuse?
Dean Koontz

2.Do you listen to music while writing or prefer silence?
Must have music at all cost.

3.To you, what is the hardest thing about writing?
Making yourself sit down and do it.
4.What is something that happened in your childhood that influenced your writing today?

My love to create stories and my mom’s first published novel. The Winds of the Molornu.

5.Movie night: comedy, Sci-fi, Romance, or Horror?
I’m always interested in a good Sci-fi flic.

6.What is your biggest pet peeve?
Conservatives who don’t realize they hold to liberal roots.

7.Favorite season?
I like spring but Fall is nice as well. Things slow down in fall.

8.What was the first book you simply could not put down?

Jurassic Park was really good.

9.If you could time travel (without the ability to influence the past), what time period?

The civil war time, so I could see what all really went down then.

10.Would you live on the moon or Mars if ever given a chance? Why or Why not?
If possible I’ll stay here on earth but between the two, I must pick the moon. It has a nice ambience and I have wondered what earth looks like from there.

11.What is the biggest thing that scares you?
Not knowing how you’re supposed to do something that has a deadline.

Here are the questions from Misha Gericke.

1.Do you believe in fate?
I believe in a sovereign God (Jesus Christ) who has the past present and future written out.

2. How the heck do you write and have a life?
Maybe I don’t have one. I work a job, do school, sleep and write when on my day off.

3. If you were in a written story, which character trope would you most likely have followed?
Aragorn in Lord of the Rings.
4. Sweet or Savory?

5. What's your big dream?
Publish all my story ideas.
6. Fondest memory?
This is a hard one. Maybe when my brother and I played as the alien race known as the shadows.

7. What's your biggest wish? (world peace does not count)
More time in the day.

8. Would you rather have an exciting life and be alone or find the great love of your life and live a relatively normal one?
I like to write about people with exciting lives but I would be content  to have the latter.

9. Have you ever done something, only to realize a half a second later that you made a mistake?
Plenty of times. I work part time at a radio station and once have ejected a certain program out of the play list because I thought there was not enough time for it but found there was plenty. I had some angry callers.

10. Did you try to go back and fix it, or did you follow through?
I didn’t realize how to fix it until there was no time.

11. Do you edit while writing or after the draft is done?
A little bit of both. I can’t stand red and green squiggly lines across my draft.

Here are my answers to Vicki Orians.

What two characters would you like to see battle each other?
Oh this is a good question. I could come up with lots of ideas but off the top of my head I would say Brike against Isaac Kierken.
   Who is your greatest inspiration?
When it comes to writing, it is my mom who has published two of her books.
  If you could change places with any book character, who would it be and why?
I’ll pick one of my own, Mortagragh. He’s quite stealthy and I’ve always wanted to be stealthy although my life hasn’t really called for it.
Sum up your current Wip in one sentence.
An invading enemy that does not realize there being manipulated to serve another person’s agenda.
Are you a plot-driven writer or a character-driven writer?
Definitely a plot-driven writer; however I like to try and come up with unique characters.
What is your biggest fear?
I think I answered this above in another set of questions.
When you walk into a book store, where do you go first?
Sci-fi and fantasy.
Cats or dogs?
  You’ve just been placed in the witness protection program. What’s your alias?
The name that has been pressing on my mind lately is Robert Knarles. However, if such a thing happened, I couldn’t use that alias now can I.
Would you rather live in outer space or under the sea? Why?
The sea; it is almost as much as a mystery to me as space.
  If you had to lose one of your senses, which one would you choose to live without?
This is a hard one. I think I would reluctantly give up smell. I love smells but I don’t think I could live without sight and hearing or the others.  

Monday, February 13, 2012

Origins, Where My Love of Story Telling Began

I signed up for the origins blogfest and wish to share with everyone where my passion for writing came from. 

I have never been a writer throughout my entire life but just in the past few years I really grew to love it. It actually started when I got my own laptop one Christmas that I forced myself to sit down and try to write a novel. It started well but then I got discouraged and I wasn't happy with how it was going. So I put it aside and hoped one day I could return to it with better ideas. 

It was an important story for me to try and finish because elements of it had been created since childhood. I might not have been a writer at that time but I certainly liked to make up stories. My brother and I, who are twins, developed these stories together and played them like one would play cowboys and indians, or a child pretending to be his favorite superhero. 

We came up with all sorts of aliens, our favorite being the Shadows, an alien being that could disappear in any present shadow. Of course we had the bad government agency called the Alien Hunters who believed all alien presences on earth were bad. But besides the Alien Hunters, the Shadow's great nemesis were the Red Shadows, an alien that cast a red shadow. Another common nemesis were the Gizon which was changed to Geria. We had several more alien groups out there known as, Playgeans, Phantoms, Pydrean, and Moon aliens, they were once shadows that died and now live on the moon. 

As we grew older, we both developed a liking to writing and thought we would write stories based on our past adventures we made up. This is why it was an important story I hoped to write one day and something I didn’t want to give up on.
That spring I got back into writing but started a new story that wound up being my first finished novel that only needs editing and finally publishing.

Coming to finish the fantasy, it was what really knocked me into the love of writing and now I’m overwhelmed with story ideas. The first novel I attempted  I’ve now returned to and am excited about all the new ideas I have for it and directions I want to take it.
As a child I loved to develop stories of fantasies and science fiction and now I hope to entertain others with my writing. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

What Is the Way to Ask About the Uglie?

Yes, I do know how to spell and the word Uglie (the title of my blog) has nothing to do with the word ugly. What is it then, or maybe the correct question should be who is it? No probably the first is right. Uglie is the name of one of my creations in my first complete novel that only awaits to be edited before publishing; so it's not so complete. It is the villain in my story and an Uglie is a mystical creature but this particular one never has his name revealed, not even to me. I wonder if they have names.

However, I get excited about this tale and decided to share a little bit of what it is about. This is my synopsis:

Jainick a young man who lives with his family in the poverty stricken village of Jorn struggles with the rest of his siblings to put supper on the table each day.  With the sudden devastation and pillaging of Jorn by the feared race of zombies,  Jainick is captured and carried away. But taking his chance for freedom, he finds himself embarking on a journey against wizards, vampires, and a mystical creature called the Uglie. A journey to salvage five keys which, in the wrong hands, will bring the end of their world and bring into existence another. 

Further details:

First of all I must say more on the zombies. They aren't the typical kind, since typically zombies don't pillage, devastate for sure, but pillaging not usually. This kind is more intelligent and are able to carry and operate machinery of mass destruction. I imagine them to look something between an Orc and the typical zombie we're all used to. However, out of respect for the original zombie, I have made a place for them too in my fantasy adventure.

To the main character now, Jainick, who escapes the hands of the zombie captors, eventually meets allies to accompany him on his journey. The first being Mortagragh, either a vampire or elf; they are indistinguishable. Mortagraph claims the latter, but there are skeptics. The second ally is the Great Glen Fockner, an agent for the empire and dread to zombies. However, in this adventure he is going to be facing off against deadly foes much more dangerous than that of zombies.

I think that's all I should say about it and  refrain from telling the story here and now. I hope to publish it soon and under the title Uglie. I think that is my final decision.       

Fourth Platform Building Campaign

I'm participating in the fourth platform building campaign. As a writer I hope to learn some tips on networking and publicizing my books, which have not actually been published yet but is in the process of editing. I want to be ready when they are.The Fourth Platform Building Campaign