Saturday, July 27, 2013

Actually Finishing Something In July Part 4

And once again, here it is at the very end of the week and I'm just now posting my answers to the tag.  *headdesk*

Week Four Questions:
How goes progress?
Not too bad, not too good.  I've made the usual and needed amount of progress on Betrayal, but haven't been able to catch up on The Land Beyond the Sunset.  ):  Life has just kept me too busy.

Snippet-time! Share a snip or two from your weekly writing.
The Land Beyond the Sunset: (Featuring a new character that just appeared several days ago.)
Then he had an idea.  A bowl of orange grapes sat directly in front of him.  Cautiously, Jothadon picked one up and glanced up and down the table.  Everyone was absorbed in eating and in various quiet conversations.  He brought his hand up a few inches above his plate and carefully threw the grape at his older brother.

It missed.

And hit Aunt Verrisa squarely on the chest.

Irati shifted her stance, "A year after Konrad's disappearance he could finally think of himself."

"He came to stay with Estebe," Sendoa explained.  "He spent eight months with us.  He recovered his spirits, but the scars of that betrayal remain."

"They always do," I said quietly.

Do you have a Pinterest inspiration board, or other collection of images, that inspire your story? If so, share one or two of them with us.
This is the Pinterest storyboard for the whole Quara series:

How would the main character of your story react if he or she were introduced to you?
The Land Beyond the Sunset:
Timotheus would be very charming.  Ariana would be very courteous and correct in her manners.

Introduce us to one or two of the secondary characters in your story.
The Land Beyond the Sunset
Aunt Verrisa is the sister of the Royal Family's father (the former High King).  She is a widow now and has no children.  She has always been of the opinion that when the former High King and High Queen died she should have been made guardian of the 14 children.  She always addresses the children by all four of their names.  (Each child has one first name and three middle names.  It can be quite confusing.)

If one of your characters (you choose who) were allowed to choose a super-power, which power would he or she most desire?
The Land Beyond the Sunset:
Timotheus: he would be able to fly.

We're nearing the end of this summer challenge! Is the completion of your goal in sight?
For Betrayal, yes. 

Unfortunately, I'm not going to reach my goal on The Land Beyond the Sunset, but I have accomplished a lot of development and outlining on it that should make the rest of the story even easier to write.

Miss Melody Muffin

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Actually Finishing Something July 2013 Part 3

Here is the third set of questions for the Actually Finishing Something July challenge.  To find out more about the challenge or to join in, go to Katie's blog: Whisperings of the Pen.

1. Were you able to meet (or exceed!) your goal this week?  (Note: these questions are not for this past week, but the week before- July 7-13.  There will be another tag tomorrow for last week's writing.)
For Betrayal I'm still on track.  But, I fell behind again on The Land Beyond the Sunset.  ):  So, I'll have to increase my word count even more this week.

2. Where did you get the bulk of your writing accomplished? In the quiet of your room, outside on the patio, on the bus?
In the quiet of my bedroom, and in the kitchen, again, waiting for food to cook.

3. Share a couple of your favorite snippets!
The Land Beyond the Sunset:
"Who are they?" Elsheba asked.
"They are Navy men," Davardi replied, "Do you see their uniforms?"
"The grown-up man is an admiral," Benjamorn said, "You can tell by the stripes on his sleeve."
"Which admiral?" Hadalsa questioned.
The boys shrugged, "I don't know," Davardi admitted.

"At last, something good," Ted said, pleased.  He turned to descend to ground level.
I grabbed his arm, "How do we know they're on our side?  You say they are family.  It was family that betrayed us in the first place!  How do we know they aren't on the side of the girls and have chosen this way to infiltrate the fortress?"

4. Have you introduced a new character into your story? Tell us about his/her personality.
The Land Beyond the Sunset:
No new characters in this book, but some new characters that will appear in the later books.

No new characters, but I fleshed out the character of Pokko, Rosalie's second husband.

5. List the favorite foods of your main characters.
I'm only going to use a few of my main characters, because otherwise this post would take forever.

The Land Beyond the Sunset:
Timotheus: he loves all food, but if he had to pick a favorite, anything with peanut butter in it.
Sarai: anything with lemon in it.
Abijalla: pork.

Rosalie: chocolate.  :)
Iniga: apples.

6. Introduce us to the antagonist in your story. Does he/she prefer crunchy or creamy peanut butter?
The Land Beyond the Sunset:
Captain Shrike:
The epitome of a pirate.  He is tricky and the sometime leader of the Third Pirate Fleet.  He likes just plain peanuts, not peanut butter.

Smart, a good planner and manager.  Likes creamy peanut butter.

Quiet but extremely stubborn.  Prefers no peanut butter at all.

Airhead, not good at planning, determined to have her own way at any cost.  Likes creamy peanut butter, especially mixed with frosting.

Bullheaded, impulsive, hot-tempered.  Loves crunchy peanut butter.

And there is the end of week three's questions!  I hope your writing is going well for the rest of you!!

Miss Melody Muffin

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Actually Finishing Something July 2013 Part 2

The second set of questions for Actually Finishing Something July, hosted by Katie at her blog Whisperings of the Pen.

1. How time flies! Did you reach your weekly goal?
For Betrayal, yes.  For Quara, not quite.

2. Is this challenge pushing and encouraging you to write more often?
Yes.  Now if only my schedule would cooperate.  *glares at Life*

3. Did you accomplish most of your writing in the morning, afternoon, evening, or at random intervals during your busy day (i.e. waiting for your neighbors to go inside so you can jump on the trampoline without disturbing them)?
Random intervals.  I did a fair amount of my writing while I was waiting for food to cook.  (I'm on cooking duty in our house right now.)

4. Any particular musical tracks inspiring your prose?
The Land Beyond the Sunset- not particularly, though I have been listening to a lot of Owl City.
Betrayal- Josh Groban's song You Are Loved, which a dear friend sent me.

5. Share a snippet (or two) of your writing!
The Land Beyond the Sunset:
Jothadon was making tiny paper birds out of scraps of paper from his desk and trying to hit Elsheba with one.  Instead it hit Debarri.  She looked around, guessing instantly who had thrown it.  She frowned at him and he stuck his tongue out at her.

Footsteps sounded in the hall.  "It's Martolph," Davardi hissed.  The boys bent over their papers, looking like busy students.

A slim young man stepped forward.  He was tall and had shaggy black hair that was pulled back.  He appeared to be one of the leaders of the band.  He kept his hands in the air but met my eyes with his.
"We understand.  Were any of us to be betrayed as you have been, we would be just as wary."

The outer door was of reinforced steel.  Ted pushed it open a few feet; just enough for him to step out.  I was right behind him, pistols trained on the newcomers.

6. Share your three favorite bits of dialogue.

"You can put your hands down now," she said, a touch of amusement in her voice.     

"Ben," Davardi whispered.
Benjamorn looked up, "What?" he whispered in reply.
"Are you done with your page?"
"No.  It is dead boring."
"I'm not done either.  It's stupid.  Pages of letters and numbers all the time.  Martolph says it is pre-algebra, whatever that is.  Do you really think we need to learn pre-algebra to be proper princes?"
The Land Beyond the Sunset

Ariana waved her hand toward her younger siblings, "Do you remember my siblings, Admiral?"
"I do, your majesty.  The princes and princesses have grown much since I last saw them.  And the kings and queens are just as lovely and handsome as ever."
Davardi saw Rickfred make a face and tried not to laugh.  He knew how much Rickfred hated being called handsome.
The Land Beyond the Sunset

7. How are you going to move forward in this challenge? Are you changing your word-count goal, or other such battle plans this week?
Just keep pushing.  I do have to write more than 2,500 words on The Land Beyond the Sunset this week to stay on track.

Miss Melody Muffin

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Actually Finishing Something July 2013

Oh my, this post is very late.  I was going to post it last week, but we had some internet issues.  Aaanyway....

Katie over at Whisperings of the Pen is hosting the Actually Finishing Something July challenge again.  Yay!!  This challenge is a great motivator.  Go HERE to find out more about it and join in.

The first week's questions:
1. What is your writing goal?
I have two actually.  To write 2,500 words a week on The Land Beyond the Sunset, the first book in my Quara series; and to reach the halfway point on Betrayal, a short story I started recently.

2. Give us a short synopsis of your project.  What makes it unique?
The Land Beyond the Sunset:
In the beautiful, mysterious world beyond the sunset lies the land of Quara.  Ruling one of the largest countries in the land are 14 siblings.  Their parents' deaths 6 years earlier forced them to ascend the throne while still children.  Being a king or queen of Esidaraq is a very busy job.  Especially when, in the space of ten days, there are: two birthday celebrations, one half-birthday celebration, a knighting ceremony and a visit from an admiral- who brings news about pirates.  In addition to all that hustle-bustle, refugees from another kingdom arrive and news of a possible war comes.  Can the young monarchs cope with it all?

Iniga Navarro is tired of running.  Betrayed by those closest to her, she and the few remaining members of her family hole up in an old mountain fortress.  But, is it strong enough to resist their enemies?  And will she be able to set aside her distrust to accept help from an unexpected source?

3. How long have you been working on this project?
I've been working on The Land Beyond the Sunset for a couple years.  However, I just started rewriting it, for the third time, because it just wasn't coming together the way I had been writing it.  It is coming along swimmingly now.

Betrayal just came to me about three or four weeks ago.  I was in a weird, somewhat bad mood and I worked it out by writing this.  I was only going to write a vignette of a few hundred words... and it had other ideas.

4. How often do you intend to write in order to reach your goal by August first?
At least six days a week.

5. Introduce us to three of your favorite characters in this project.
The Land Beyond the Sunset:
Admiral Taye Wolokai
He just entered the story two weeks ago.  He is a veteran seaman and one of the most experienced admirals in the Daraqian navy.  The Princes and Princesses of Esidaraq say he has some of the best pirate tales ever.  The Royal Family is very glad to have him in command of the Third Fleet.

Math and science tutor for the Royal Family and others in the Palace.  He has trained scores of children in math and science and he is very hard to fool.  Just ask Davardi and Benjamorn.

Governess/nanny to Princess Elsheba.  The poor woman has a hard time of it, chasing the young princess all over the castle and getting her out of one scrape after another.  Ariana doesn't know what she would do without her.

Ted Beltor
An old friend of Iniga's father.  A widower with one young son.  He heard of Iniga's family's plight and came to find them and stand with them, against whatever is ahead for them.

Aresti Lozoya
An friend of Iniga's cousins.  He is practically part of the family.  When Iniga meets him, she is a bit puzzled at his gentle understanding of her bitterness.  Despite that understanding, she is not ready to trust him. 

Rosalie Navarro
Iniga's mother.  Calm in the face of all the chaos, she retains a steadfast faith in God and a compassion for their enemies that Iniga just doesn't understand some days.

6. Go to page 16 (or 6, 26 or 66!) of your writing project.  Share your favorite line or snippet on the page.
The Land Beyond the Sunset:  (page 6)
"We could play King of Quara," Debarri said.
"Freeze Tag!" Elsheba yelled, "Let's play Freeze Tag!"
"Yes, let's!" the other children agreed.
"With our Cats," Debarri added.

Betrayal:  (page 6)
"See you in the morning," I nodded to Ted, having done a swift once-over of the landscape.
"Same to you," he stepped closer and dropped his voice so only I would hear, "Take it easy on yourself.  I'll be praying for you."
I gave him a half smile.  "Thanks, Ted.  Make sure you eat heartily and get some sleep."
He snapped a salute and winked at me.

7. Tea or coffee?
Tea.  I have occasionally had coffee when I needed the caffeine boost and there was no tea, but I don't like it.  Cappuchino on the other hand, I do like.

I am looking forward to participating in this challenge again!!!

Miss Melody Muffin