#SATurdate: Witch, Writer Madness, Fairyland, & Rooftops

5 Mar

This is covering two weeks of life, since last week was all about those Website Wonders, which means it’s a tad longer than usual, but I hope you enjoy all the craziness.

What I’m Writing:

12795183_991891044191410_185453795754929210_oI’ll tell you what. When a character reveals a plot twist you didn’t have planned AT ALL 40,000 words in, it changes things. Like, REALLY changes thing. Sticky Notes must have been made by the writing gods. I’m going to be honest. I’m going writer crazy. I’m working on Take Me Yesterday, but I’m also fine-tuning a novel I’ll refer to as “D.” I’m on D’s fourth draft…and I’m about to try to tackle it a fifth time. My main issue is the beginning—how to tackle that first chapter so it’s both exciting and showcases what readers will see throughout the novel—especially since most of the novel takes place in an entirely different universe/dimension than the first chapter. It’s much harder than it sounds, but I think I’ve FINALLY figured out a missing piece, and I’ve been obsessing over it ever since. That being said, there’s one more book. (I don’t normally write numerous things at once, but I am right now.) This is a completely new novel, too. It’s more or less to help me clear my head by working on something unrelated to publishing. (Not that it doesn’t have future potential, but sometimes a fresh project is a nice step away from the pressure of deadlines.) So there you have it. I’m writing three novels right now. I’m 40,000 words in Take Me Yesterday, playing around with the first 10,000 words of D, and outlining a new one. (So far, I’ve even written the first chapter). Here’s to the unknown! If you’re wondering what D is about, here’s your first clue.

What I’m Publishing:

I received my reviewer packet for Bad Bloods! That means book bloggers should get ready! Reviewers will be chosen soon. Also, I picked out sections for future teasers this week…and falling really far behind on my keywords. But I think I’ll be sharing prequel stories leading up to the release of Bad Bloods via Wattpad, probably starting in April.

One week’s #1lineWed preview theme was nicknames, and here was the favorited tweet.

That being said, this isn’t necessarily a “sneak peek” of Bad Bloods. This is actually a direct quote from an origin story. I wrote about 13 origin stories to get my characters figured out and outlined the other 13. (Bad Bloods has 24 characters in the two flocks of bad bloods alone.) This quote happens between Adam and Daniel during Violet’s origin story. Daniel is a protagonist in Bad Bloods, and Adam is, more or less, his sidekick. (Adam actually rejoices in this term.) Perhaps I’ll share these origin stories before the release date. I might be sending one out in a newsletter. We will see. 😉

Another week’s #1lineWed theme was “need.”

This is a direct quote from Bad Bloods, but that’s all I’ll say about that. 😉

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What I’m Reading:

smI read and finished Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, V. 11 and V. 12 by Naoko Takeuchi. You all know I’m a Sailor Moon junkie through and through, but you can read my full reviews here and here. These volumes conclude the manga. 

I also finished The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland on a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. You can read my review by clicking here. It’s a great read! It’s honest, it’s fantastical, it’s flowery, and it’s fun.

I also read How To Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish Without a Trace by Frank M. Ahearn (which is exactly how it sounds) and Liar by Rob Roberge, a memoir about addiction and mental health. How To Disappear is hilarious and informative, while Liar is heavy but interesting. I’ve done TERRIBLY at writing book reviews, but I promise to get back on that shortly…but after I obsess over my new Variety Puzzles magazine.

What I’m Listening To:

The sound of my rolling chair in my office as I roll back and forth between my desk and Sticky Notes and my table…and sometimes my bar. 😉

What I’m Watching:

MV5BMTY4MTU2NjMyNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzUwMDk4NzE@._V1_UY1200_CR90,0,630,1200_AL_I went to the theatre to see The Witch! It takes traditional tales of pilgrims and their relationship with religion, the woods, and folklore, and puts it to the test. To me, it was about the descent of madness and sin, and although I’m not generally into overly intense religious messages, Witch wasn’t too bad. I was SERIOUSLY impressed by Harvey Scrimshaw’s monologue scene. He blew me away. That being said, this movie is most definitely a film. It’s not a horror story or a simple paranormal date night movie to see for fun. It’s an actual story, so expect that rather than The Conjuring. Annnddd, because I heard a lot of people complaining about this, it is in Old English, which can make it hard to understand sometimes. I didn’t have an issue, but I also studied Old English extensively in college. Whether or not that was why, I don’t know, but check it out if you want a twisted story of madness.

I also binge-watched Sword Art Online, because it makes me cry, and I started Fate/Night because the lovely Kathy Lynn Cross suggested it. Check out her novels! She is awesome. And, of course, I watched the Oscars. Way to go, Leo! (But I have to say, I was most happy that Ex Machina and Alicia won an award.)

What I’m Baking, Making, and Drinking:

I did made an awesome Skinny Mexican Casserole and venison chili. For dessert, I baked a bunch of dark chocolate chip cookies. (I tend to do this also.) I also bought a bento box, so…NOM.

What I’m Wearing:

12794413_993634640683717_8444677203559547088_nChillin’ socks, featuring penguins.

What I’m Wanting:

The Winner’s Kiss and Lady Midnight! We’re so close! I also cannot wait to read The Hate U Give by Angela Thomas.

“The Hate U Give tells the story of 16-year-old Starr, who navigates between the poverty-stricken slum she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. Her life is up-ended when she is an eyewitness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer. As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.” – Publisher’s Weekly

What I’m Dreaming Of:

So I created a potion to take down aliens? But they looked like people, and they were after my entire family, so I was hiding…in my own house. (My dreams don’t make sense.) This is when an alien general found me. His name was Steve and he wore a suit. I laughed at him and told him that he’d never get credit for catching me, because his leader wanted to catch me, and I was right. When Steve took me outside, everyone pretended not to see, so Steve freaked out, thinking that the leader would kill him just so he could take all of the credit. So, naturally, Steve joined my side to help me escape right as his alien leader pulls up in a GIANT red pickup. (Don’t ask. I’m not sure why either.) We run around the house packing (because I guess we have the time to do this), and at one point, Steve starts drinking all of my aunt’s whiskey, and I yell at him that it isn’t his, to which he points out that my aunt would probably not care under such circumstances. But I still argue, because it’s her favorite limited-edition MAPLE whiskey. (Gross.) And he shrugs and drinks it anyway. I give up, finish packing, and right as his red-pickup-truck-driving leader bursts in, we make a run for the woods and escape…whiskey in hand. And still arguing about him drinking it.

What Else Is Going On:

12802846_991310444249470_6291603099732911419_nWe had REALLY nice weather, so I practically lived on my roof for a few days. (I’m a rooftop writer…which terrifies my neighbors.) It was particularly funny this time around, because they haven’t seen me up on the roof since fall, and the grandson visiting my neighbor started screaming about cats being on the roof. (Because I take my cats up there with me.) Of course the grandfather was like, “That’s impossible—” ::turns around:: “Oh, it’s you again.”

Me ::waves enthusiastically:: “Hi, Jeff.” Don’t worry. Just me being strange.

I also learned a lot watching your lesson on how to kill termites.

~SAT

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14 Responses to “#SATurdate: Witch, Writer Madness, Fairyland, & Rooftops”

  1. adeleulnais March 5, 2016 at 2:01 am #

    i`m so happy to see someone else who loves Sailor Moon.

    • Shannon A Thompson March 5, 2016 at 2:28 am #

      LOVE?! I’m OBSESSED. ❤ I would've named my black cat Luna if he were a girl, but alas, he was a boy, and Tuxedo Mask seemed lengthy, so I went with Bogart (after Humphrey Bogart, my favorite actor).
      ~SAT

  2. Charles Yallowitz March 5, 2016 at 6:41 am #

    So with you on that plot twist. Been dealing with those on a daily basis in the new book. Keep having to go back and rewrite stuff to make the addition work. I’d say it’s all part of the fun, but this is getting excessive. I keep hearing about Sword Art Online, which I originally thought was a video game or something like Deviantart. The friend who kept mentioning it in passing finally told me it was a show, but he didn’t get around to explaining the plot. Such an odd title.

    Something about the rooftop writer made me chuckle. I was a rooftop reader when I was younger, but my dad didn’t like it. So he got rid of the bathroom window I kept climbing out of and put in this privacy glass stuff.

    • Shannon A Thompson March 5, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

      Sword Art Online is a show about a virtual reality video game forcing everyone to stay in the video game and fight to the ACTUAL death. Like, if you die in the video game, you die in real life, and until someone beats the game, everyone is stuck. It’s an awesome show. 🙂 I’ve done the rooftop thing since I was a kid too. My father also didn’t like that much, but I think he had a hard time stopping me, so he just gave up. In regards to writing, it’s actually sort of funny. Normally I go back and write things to make it work, and I did do that in the case for a minute, but like you said, it keeps coming, so I’m just continuing to finish the book like I already rewrote the beginning, so I know EVERYTHING before I go back and rewrite the beginning. I’ve never tried this method before, so we will see. So far, it’s been pretty exciting!
      ~SAT

      • Charles Yallowitz March 5, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

        That sounds a little like .hack, but the person being trapped was a glitch. I’d be scared of a game like that because I always need extra lives, continues, and save points. Curious to hear how that method works. I’m thinking of taking notes on the changes for when I do an editing run. That way I don’t move along, come to the change, and realize I have to go back again. The spontaneous changes don’t always stick in my head after the fact.

      • Shannon A Thompson March 5, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

        Yeah, it is supposed to be scary. They didn’t go into the game thinking that. The creator “surprises” them with it, because he thinks games have gotten to easy. It’s really twisted, but great show.
        ~SAT

      • Charles Yallowitz March 5, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

        Is it one of those shows with shock deaths? Like the ‘nobody is safe’ stories? I’ve noticed a lot of those recently.

      • Shannon A Thompson March 5, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

        Yeah. I’d say so. I mean, anyone can die, but all the deaths have a meaning. There’s still a great storyline.
        ~SAT

  3. ravenandbeez March 6, 2016 at 1:06 am #

    Damn I still have to watch season 2 of Sword Art Online but I’m stuck watching Durarara x2

    • Shannon A Thompson March 6, 2016 at 1:22 am #

      I’ve never seen Durarara x2! I’ll have to check it out.
      ~SAT

      • ravenandbeez March 6, 2016 at 1:26 am #

        You’ll love it. It’s a very complex mystery. Very similar to Baccano.

  4. moonstonemaiden March 6, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    Those Bad Bloods covers are GORGEOUS!!! 😀

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