Giving, Sacrifice, and the Ministry — Thursday Devotional

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The Ministry of Giving

In today’s post, I talk about giving, sacrifice, your ministry, and how those things relate. I hope this post lifts you up if you’re going through a rough time, and I hope it inspires you to start a ministry if you haven’t already!

The Day I Realized the Joy of Giving

 

One day, close to the summer of 2013, I looked through an American Girl catalog and saw the perfect doll for my friend. She had wanted an AG doll ever since I’d showed her the first catalog I’d gotten back in 2012, so I decided to start saving right away.

In December of the same year, I gave my friend her doll. That was one of the best days of my life, and ever since then giving has been one of my main hobbies. I don’t always get to give people big gifts like an AG doll, but when I do, it’s the best thing ever to see their happy face when they open the gift I’ve given them. Acts 20:35 has proven to be true several times.

 

“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” 

 

A Bible Lesson In Action

In February, on the Sunday before my church’s camp meeting, I heard a Sunday school lesson from Bro. Terry Kendrick (great-uncle to my all-time favorite musicians. 😉 ) talking about giving. In my Bible I wrote some inspirational sentences based on his lesson.

 

Look for ways to help people. Be a vessel completely emptied out for God, and He’ll never let your barrel run out. 

 

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Basically what that means is, keep giving every time the Lord lays it on your heart, and He’ll always reward you with more than you gave.

 

Proverbs 3:28 KJV — “Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.” 

 

Remember the widow woman who fed Elijah in 1 Kings 17? She gave Elijah the only food that she had, and because of that God always made sure she never went hungry.

 

10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. 11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. 12 And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. 13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. 14 For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. 15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. 16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.” 

 

I also got a quote from Bro. Terry Kendrick that illustrated basically the same point.

 

“If we want God to open His treasury, we must first open ours. And if we refuse to open ours, He’ll refuse to open His.” 

 

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The more stingy you are, the more stingy God is. So if you don’t give now, what’re you gonna do when you need help?

 

Luke 16:9 KJV — “And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon [money] of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.” 

 

Malachi 3:10 KJV — “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” 

 

Giving is helping people. If you don’t help other people in need, will they help you when you’re in need? Probably not.

 

On the subject of helping people…

 

“The ministry is about people. It always has been, it always will be.”      –Unknown Preacher

 

During your ministry, whatever it is, remember that quote. Especially when the road gets rough. Because people will badmouth you and take advantage of you, but when you peel away the extra layers and look at the core, it’s always about people. No matter how people treat you, your ministry is aimed at them.

This is where the sacrifice comes in.

If you aren’t willing to make sacrifices for other people, your ministry will fail. Why? Because all of us have a spiritual altar, Saved or lost, and our altar demands sacrifice. Some sacrifice for their own personal life, and some sacrifice for their ministry. Some make costly sacrifices, some make less costly sacrifices, and some just make small purges. Us Christians should be sacrificing for our ministry, and we shouldn’t be making small purges, because those don’t really count as sacrifices.

God wants you to put in your very best. He wants you to use everything you have (not just talents) to draw people to Him. So don’t make a sacrifice that costs you nothing. That’s not sacrifice. Sacrifice hurts. Do it anyway, for Him, and not in the flesh.

 

Don’t Be Afraid to Give

If God lays it on your heart to give more than you think you can afford, do it anyway. Why? First of all, because He said so. Secondly, He would never tell you to do something you couldn’t do. God promises to take care of us, so just trust Him and do it.

 

Philippians 4:19 KJV —  “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

 

That’s all I have for today! 😊  I hope you enjoyed, and if you did, drop me a comment, and follow me while you’re at it! I post every Thursday and Saturday.

 

Until next time,
–K

Writing Update + Snippets + Blog Revamp

It’s Been Too Long (And I’m Too Lazy) To Count The Weeks

Hi! It’s me again, back with another writing update! During my unspoken hiatus (more like toward the end of it), I did a lot of writing. It was mostly trying to figure out Raven and Tobias and changing the atomic structure of the stories (okay, it wasn’t that bad, but I still changed a lot on both), but you still deserve an update. Because it’s been over a month. 🙈

So, since there wasn’t much actual writing going on, I’ll be comparing the old version to the new version of each novel (without spoiling, of course). Here we go!

 

La Comparaison (That’s French for The Comparison) 

 

The Raven and the Sparrow

 

Difference #1: Background

Version 1: Raven, Sparrow, and their parents are not Christians and not religious.

Version 2: Raven and Sparrow grew up in church.

 

Difference #2: Sibling Rivalry

Version 1: Raven and Sparrow have been fighting since they were three years old for no real reason.

Version 2: Raven and Sparrow have only been fighting for four years, and Raven started the whole thing to look cool in front of his friends.

 

Difference #3: Raven’s Lie

Version 1: Raven’s Lie is that everything can and will stay the same (wow I’m glad I solved that problem XD)

Version 2: Raven’s Lie is that rebellion is cool.

 

Difference #4: Charity

Version 1: The ship cruise is a non-religious charity for troubled youth.

Version 2: The ship cruise belongs to a Christian organization that owns both a boys and a girls home for troubled youth.

 

I think that’s all for this one. These changes have definitely made the story infinitely better. But I’ve been thinking about the title, and I don’t really think it fits the book. If you have any suggestions for a better title, let me know in the comments.

 

Lost Memories

 

Difference #1: Occupations

Version 1: Tobias, Tiger, and Gideon either are or will become pirates.

Version 2: Tobias, Madison (A.K.A. Tiger), Gideon, and Mason are captured by pirates and made slaves to them.

 

Difference #2: Team Members

Version 1: The main protagonist is Tobias, and the supporting characters are Tiger (who is somewhere around 10) and Gideon (who is an adult but I didn’t ever figure out his actual age).

Version 2: The main protagonist is Tobias, and the supporting characters are Madison (A.K.A. Tiger, 18), Gideon (still no precise age yet but still adult), and Mason (21).

 

Difference #3: Tobias’s Lie

Version 1: Tobias’s Lie is… Um… Spoilery, and also not that great. Partly because it’s spoilery.

Version 2: Tobias’s Lie is the most important thing in life is happiness and comfort because God doesn’t exist so life has no real meaning.

 

Difference #4: Madison’s (Tiger’s) Lie

Version 1: Tiger’s Lie is nonexistent.

Version 2: Madison’s Lie is when someone wrongs you, you may rightfully take revenge on the transgressor.

 

Difference #5: Tobias’s First Action in His Dream

Version 1: When Tobias wakes up, he’s laying in some undecided place on land. He meets an elderly woman and talks with her.

Version 2: When Tobias wakes up, he’s on a ship. Mason finds him and accuses him of being a stowaway.

 

And that’s all the significant differences I can think of. I’m really hyped for this story especially, I can’t wait until I start (I’m starting it in NaNo)!

 

And Now for the Snippets!! (You’re Not Allowed to Skip These)

 

Tobias believes (mostly unconsciously) that  the most important thing in life is happiness and comfort because God doesn’t exist so life has no real meaning. When he’s faced with a trial or a storm in his life he doesn’t take it well and begins to complain to himself in his head. Why is this happening to me? What did I do to deserve this? How can people be so stupid? If a god exists, why would it put people through things like this? Those are the things that tend to go through his mind during a difficult time.

 

Raven believes that rebellion is cool. He’s been taught all his life that this is wrong, but awhile ago he started getting involved with some rebel kids who laughed at him because he was afraid to get drunk or whatever dumb thing they wanted him to do. So to prove he wasn’t “old-fashioned and lame” anymore, he began to force himself to hate Sparrow and be a jerk to her. Eventually she was a jerk back, and now it’s developed into this huge pointless war.

 

Madison believes (very adamantly) that when someone wrongs you, you may rightfully take revenge on the transgressor. She does not easily forgive and she has serious anger issues.

 

BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

[Don’t ask.]

 

Body type / Build: Sorry, what?

Facial description: How am I supposed to do this?

Prominent features or distinguishing marks: SERIOUSLY.       WHY U MAKE DIS SO HAWD.

[**cough, cough** cry for help **cough, cough**]

 

Favorite phrases: …

Character Profiles for Lost Memories (I Don’t Have Them for The Raven and the Sparrow, Sorry)

 

Full Name: Tobias (HE’S SO CUTE)
Age: 14
Occupation: Slave owned by a pirate captain (****** *** ***** WAAAT SPOILERS)
Situation: His family has fallen apart, and he’s trapped away from the part he has left
Motivation: Desperately wants to see his family put back together again
Full Name: Madison Teresa Hawkins (A.K.A. Tiger)
Age: 18
Occupation: Uhh, most of the book she’s also a slave
Situation: Her mother and one of her siblings are believed to be dead, and on top of that the Cannon Fire, her father’s ship as well as her home, has been stolen by pirates and she and her family are now slaves to them
Motivation: Wants revenge on her uncle for killing her mom and brother
Full Name: Mason David Hawkins
Age: 21
Occupation: Slave for most of the book
Situation: His younger brother, who was his best friend, was killed in a pillaging of his village, and pirates have stolen his father’s ship and taken them for slaves. The slavery wouldn’t bother him to such a degree if they’d let his sister go.
Motivation: Wants his family to be free and happy and his uncle brought to justice (not taken revenge on, brought to justice).

And Finally…

Some of you may have noticed that my blog has changed yet again. I changed it because the last theme, although I liked it, wasn’t working well. I wanted to have a header picture of a notebook like I do now, but I couldn’t set it on the previous theme, and besides that there were other things that annoyed me about it. So here we are with this theme, my final choice (hopefully)!

The theme wasn’t the only thing I changed, though. I’ve been updating my pages lately (namely, my About Me page, my Next Projects page, and my Current Projects page), and I added a few widgets to my sidebar and footer.

The first widget has been there for awhile, but it’s a little “Hello” blurb. The second one has been there since the beginning; that’s my pages. The third is a reminder not to steal any of my ideas, the fourth is a little announcement thingy that’ll get updated quite a bit, and finally there’s a search bar. And at the bottom there’s a thing for the most recent comments. (It says Look Who”s Talking in the title because for some reason the apostrophe wouldn’t work.)

 

Anyhow, that’s all I have for today! My next post isn’t predictable, but I will definitely post on Tuesday, so stay tuned!

–K

 

Oh, and P.S.

I recently made a sad decision. I had to shelve The Wolf and the Moon. If you forgot why or didn’t see the post, all is explained here.

Hi, I’m Back Early With A New Idea(s)!

Well, Hello There! I’m Back Again!

So, I got this new idea for a novel and I can’t help but share, so I’m giving you a random post about it! XD I don’t know when I will begin this project, of course, but I hope it will be relatively soon because I really want to write it.

 

How My Idea Found Its Way to Me

So, on the night of August the 18th at 23:04 o’clock, I was having trouble sleeping, as usual. My random thoughts drifted to a Studio C video (something about intervention and the Lord of the Rings wizard guy… Is his name Gandalf?). In that video, the wizard guy (I’m gonna say his name is Gandalf) said something about if we only have sunshine in our life, eventually we’ll only have a desert. Then that somehow lead to this long speech thing being composed in my head:

 

“Let’s say a drought hits your area. No rain for a long, long time. You’d pray for rain, right? And if a nice and huge lightning storm came, you’d be rejoicing, right? 

“Compare this to spiritual life. All we want is sunshine and comfort and hope the storm never comes. In your spiritual life, you want this drought to happen. But if you have nothing but sunshine, eventually there’s no life in your world. It becomes a desert. And you may not realize that everything around you is dying because you’re happy and nothing bad is happening. Of course, you and your loved ones are healthy, financially sound, and life is going great, but in all this sunshine and happiness, you’re losing sight of God. You think of Him less and less. And that might be why I’m going through a storm right now.”

(That was copied straight fro my notebook word-for-word, so of course it’s a little rough and needs revising. And side note: this is supposed to be spoken/written/cantdecide by a fictional character, not me, but this probably will be me someday XD) 

 

And that lead to this idea. I mean, I think. I could’ve had the idea in my head before I thought about that inspirational speech or whatever, but that doesn’t matter right now.

 

So Here’s My Idea

 

Perfect Peace 

Cristella is facing a hard trial. Both of her parents were severely injured in a car accident, and likely won’t survive. She’s distraught, and God doesn’t seem to be anywhere near no matter how hard she prays. When her parents die, she begins to question God. What did she do to deserve this? If this is a trial of faith, is God really all-knowing?

 

What the (s) Is All About

I’ve expanded on this idea a bit today upon listening to the Best Of Sappheiros mix with rain sounds in the background, and I don’t really know what to do with these new ideas. Basically I’m not sure if these new ideas will make a whole new novel, and if it won’t whether or not it will make sense when put in with this other story.

 

This is the snippet I came up with:

 

I sit under the roof of my fort, staring out into the rain. I wish for home more now than ever, because I’m fairly certain it’s Christmas. A tear slides down my cheek. It’s Christmas, and I have no one. Not even a random stranger. This is worse than that time I ran away and had Christmas on the streets with some homeless guy, I think to myself, laying down on my bench. I miss the snow, and the decorations, and the singing, and my friends, everyone giving to everyone else…
The sad thoughts only bring more tears, so I try to focus on the positive.
I at least have food. 
I’m still alive. 
But I’m completely alone. Will anyone ever find me? 
So much for positivity.
Come on, Cristella. You used to be the ultimate optimist, and now look at you. What happened to perfect peace? I’m sure this is only a trial that will soon pass. 
Hmm… 
I still have the Reason to celebrate. God is still right here next to me, whether I realize it or not. 
I smile, remembering the terrible car accident that killed both my parents. That was possibly the darkest moment of my life, but God brought me through it, and taught me an important lesson, too. No matter what happens, I should trust Him, because He is all-knowing and all-powerful.
I stand up and lean against the railing, letting the rain soak my hair and clothes. “God, you’re so good to me,” I whisper, tears filling my eyes. But this time they’re tears of joy. “This might not be the ideal situation, but You’re still here, and I know You’ll always take care of me, no matter what.” I smile up at the sky, a verse from Job coming to mind. Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. “I think I might have found my life verse, too.” 
So in this part of the story, Cristella is stranded on an island, and that’s pretty much what I’ve got. I don’t know what to do with it right now, but I’ll figure it out eventually. XD
That’s my idea. It’ll be on my Next Projects page if you want to know more, and let me know what you think!
Until next time,
–K

I’VE RETURNED FROM THE HOOOOOOOOOLE

YESSSS. I’M ALIVE. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

 

I really am sorry I haven’t posted in over a month now. I know these are pathetic excuses, but I’ve been a writing slump this summer, so I’ve gotten pretty much ZILCH done in writing, I’ve been working on taming the horrifying and messy beast we call my bedroom, we started school kinda early and we’re trying to adjust to a new curriculum, and we have family coming from Iowa next week so now I’m like AAAHHH because my room is still a nightmare.

 

And I’ve been watching lots of YouTube videos in my free time instead of writing, so yeah, that’s where the instant gratification monkey comes in. :/ (I love Wait But Why’s tag line. “New post every sometimes.” XD XD)

 

Now, because I can’t just leave you with this short post, I’m going to tell you in a (hopefully) less confusing way what’s been going on.

 

  1. Beating myself up about being a terrible person because I keep sleeping late, I’m extremely disorganized, and I can’t keep an even balance between fun things, my must-do responsibilities, and other work that I’ve volunteered to do myself
  2. Farting around on YouTube
  3. Confusing myself about what to do with The Wolf and the Moon (plus other ideas that all have one thing in common)

 

You probably want to know about that third point, so here you go:

 

Why I’m Creating Controversy About A Few Of My Ideas In The Scary Place Called My Mind And Considering Making A Very Sad Decision Wow This Is A Long Heading

 

Exodus 22:18 — Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

 

Witch — a woman thought to have magic powers, especially evil ones, popularly depicted as wearing a black cloak and pointed hat and flying on a broomstick. Synonyms: sorceress, enchantress, necromancer, etc. 

 

Sorceress — a female sorcerer; a witch. (Sorcerer: a person who claims or is believed to have magic powers; a wizard.)

 

Enchantress — a woman who uses magic or sorcery, especially to put someone or something under a spell.

 

Necromancer — a person who practices necromancy; a wizard or magician. (Necromancy: the supposed practice of communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future.)

 

Magic — the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces.

 

Definitions from Google Dictionary 

 

So, you can tell that magic and things related to it are demonic. For this reason, I have decided not to write about anything magical, paranormal, or alien (yes, aliens aren’t normally magical, but I have my own reasons to believe they’re demons. Read Genesis 6 KJV). Some things, like superhero stories or the Lance family story (it had elemental powered people in it) can easily be modified so their powers are the result of technology, or just take out the supernatural entirely (except things having to do with God, of course). But… The Wolf and the Moon? What do I do with that?

 

True, I could modify it like with superhero ones. That’s easy for Zev. Some sort of ring that uses technology to turn him into a wolf and give him fighting powers or something. But Luna’s doesn’t work that way. What technological powers could I give her that would have anything at all to do with the moon?

 

I could take out the superpowers altogether and just make it a Christian action/romance, but then how would I keep the title The Wolf and the Moon? I really, really don’t want to shelve it, but I also don’t think it’s a good idea to be writing about magic. Is there a way to make it work, I have no idea. Once I come to a conclusion I’ll update you.

 

Anyway…

 

With that out of the way, I’ll be putting another post out on Thursday and then hopefully one at least every three days after that until I figure out my schedules. See you then!

 

–K

Huh. I guess sports aren’t so bad, after all. (Except football. That’s still BOOO-RANG!)

I KNOW, I KNOW, IT’S BEEN OVER A MONTH. I’M SORRY. I’VE BEEN TOO LAZY TO DO ANYTHING LATELY.

 

Yep, I’ve done NOTHING on my novels.

 

So anyway, on to what I’ve been doing lately. 🙂 

 

Also, there’s a secret button somewhere in this page (psst–there’s actually several). Can you find it (them)? 🙂

 

 

Getting Out of the House and Physically Exerting Myself.

 

Yep! That’s right, folks! I decided to get my fat, lazy butt out of my chair and go play some sports with the fam!

 

What I just said there might have given you the vibe that these last few weeks have been terrible, especially if you’re one of my friends who knows I hate sports, but it was actually great! Kept getting really sore afterward, though.

 

Basically, it all started in June, when we took a trip to Texas. My grandfather had taken the time to clean out the catcher’s cage before we got there, hoping there’d be a baseball game played. But all week, no one played, and it made him sad. So, to cheer him up, Mom told us all to get our shoes on, ’cause we were gonna play some baseball! I was kinda like…

 

Yay… 

 

So excited… 

 

I HATE THIS DAY. 

 

But then the game started. At first, it was kinda confusing ’cause no one explained the rules beforehand, we were just learning as we went. But when we got it all down, BOY IT WAS FUN. I wanted to play forever. By the time we were done, I was a New York Yankees fan, and I was like, “When we get home, we’re buying bats, gloves, and baseballs, heading out to the park, and playing some BASEBALL!”

 

Yeah, that hasn’t happened yet, but at the end of June and the beginning of July, we were back in Florida, and getting even more exercise:

 

  • At the beach
  • Snorkeling
  • Can’t remember what else
  • And playing tennis (which is honestly WAY more tiring than it looks. I couldn’t even hit the ball right after about an hour because my arm hurt so much. And my back. And my legs).

 

So… That’s what I’ve been doing lately. 🙂

 

I’ve also been looking at custom American Girl stuff and MISSING MY FRIEND WHO’S IN THE COAST GUARD NOW. WAAAAAA!!! 

 

Anyway…

 

I’ve been thinking about having a specific weekly schedule for this blog. One topic for each day. Right now I’ve got this:

 

  • Silencio Sunday (meaning I don’t post Sunday)
  • Music Monday (Monday is also when I have music lessons, so I’m already thinking about music. XD)
  • Randomness Tuesday (Sorry, but Thoughtless Tuesday didn’t sound good to me.)
  • Writing Wednesday (Yep, moving recaps to Wednesday. 🙂 )
  • (nothing for Thursday) (Yeah, sorry)
  • Friday Dolliday (Sorry for the STUPID pun, but hey, it sounds good)
  • Story Saturday (When I post writing tips or, if you’re lucky, a story)

 

🙂

 

That’s all I’ve got. Yeah, I know this has nothing to do with writing or stories. I’m sorry.

 

OH YEAH! I almost forgot!! I CAME UP WITH A TITLE FOR MY PIRATE STORY!!!!! ARRG, ME MATEYS, I SO EXCITED!!!!

 

The title

 

Is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wait

 

For

 

It

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squibbletonsmithly.

 

No, I’m kidding. It’s actually…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hehe, gotcha!

 

It’s Lost Memories. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Okay, now I’m done. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squibbletonsmithly.

–K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week Two of Writing My Novels — Weekly Writing Recap

OH WOW THAT WAS CLOSE.

 

I literally just finished my chapter outline for my pirate story Saturday. I almost didn’t get it completed. Just in the nick of time! Whew!

 

Anyway.

 

Most of the work I got done this week was from Friday and Saturday.

 

Make that all of the work I got done this week.

 

But that was mostly because I was on vacation from June 6th until Friday, and half of Friday was driving home. The other half was chapter outlining. So I guess I can give myself a little grace.

 

But only a little.

 

So… On with the recap.

 

What Do I Even Call This

 

Days Eight Through Fourteen

Done: 10

Song:

Craziest Note:

Progress Rating: Look at me, I’m a snail! ~ UGGHHHH I’M CRAWLING ~ Senior tour ~ Taking the lead in the foot race ~ Driving down the freeway ~ POLICE CHASE!!!!!!!

 

Day Fifteen, June 16, 2018

Done: 20

Song: 10 hour track of He’s a Pirate by Hans Zimmer

Craziest Note: Then, Captain Dread yells, “Get back to the ship, ye landlubber!” 

Progress Rating: Look at me, I’m a snail! ~ UGGHHHH I’M CRAWLING ~ Senior tour ~ Taking the lead in the foot race ~ Driving down the freeway ~ POLICE CHASE!!!!!!!

 

Overall

How I Did: Pretty badly, in terms of workdays, but that last day was pretty good.

Why: Not enough work put into it (except for the last day).

How I Can Improve Myself: Remember to work more days.

General Review: Uhh… On a scale of one to ten, my overall rating would probably be, like, a three, because I did pretty much NOTHING the entire week. So… Yeah…

 

The Raven and the Sparrow

 

Days Eight Through Thirteen

Done: 7

Song:

Craziest Note:

Progress Rating: Look at me, I’m a snail! ~ UGGHHHH I’M CRAWLING ~ Senior tour ~ Taking the lead in the foot race ~ Driving down the freeway ~ POLICE CHASE!!!!!!!

 

Day Fourteen, June 15, 2018

Done: 11

Song: Orion by Zhao Shen

Craziest Note: I actually don’t really know which chapters are which from day fourteen, so… I don’t have a crazy note. 🙂 Sorry, guys.

Progress Rating: Look at me, I’m a snail! ~ UGGHHHH I’M CRAWLING ~ Senior tour ~ Taking the lead in the foot race ~ Driving down the freeway ~ POLICE CHASE!!!!!!!

 

Day Fifteen, June 16, 2018

Done: 21

Song:  Orion by Zhao Shen

Craziest Note: [HALLELUJAH MY CANKER SORE IS GONE PRAISE THE LORD] (As you can probably tell, that note was completely random and isn’t actually, you know, part of the story. XD) 

Progress Rating: Look at me, I’m a snail! ~ UGGHHHH I’M CRAWLING ~ Senior tour ~ Taking the lead in the foot race ~ Driving down the freeway ~ POLICE CHASE!!!!!!!

 

Overall

How I Did: As far as work days go, pretty badly, but I did quite a workload the last two days.

Why: Failure to remember to sit down and work.

How I Can Improve Myself: Remember to work more often.

General Review: This… Was probably worse than last week, to be honest… The first five days, I did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, the sixth day was okay, and the last day… Ehh, I guess it was pretty good. Next week shouldn’t be too hard, because I’m just doing a little research. 🙂 There probably won’t be a recap post for that, though.

 

Well, that wraps it up for today’s post! Hope you enjoyed, even though there wasn’t a whole lot to cover.

 

Until next time,

–K

I’m Really Confused So I’m Just Gonna Count This As The First Week Of Writing My Novels — Weekly Writing Recap

A little note: This was supposed to get published on Saturday, but I didn’t get it done in time, and I forgot to finish it on Sunday and Monday, so… If I say “today” anywhere in this post, I mean Saturday. 

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WOAH, SLOW DOWN.

 

Everything is messed up, disorganized, and jumbled right now, so I don’t actually know how long I’ve been writing these novels.

 

Well. Except for What Do I Even Call This.

 

And I have no idea what I’m doing. :/

 

So anyway… I’ll just count this the first week for the sake of non-confusingness and give you an update! 🙂

 

Oh yeah, and I don’t know if you noticed, but I have a Next Projects Page! I made it… Mostly for me… So I know where I’m going after I complete my current goal. 🙂

 

But also because I couldn’t wait to share with you my next awesome ideas. 😀

 

So anyway, on to the update!

 

What Do I Even Call This

 

Day One, June 2, 2018

Chapters Outlined (Sort Of): 7

Song: I don’t know what you expected other than my ten hour track of He’s a Pirate.

Craziest Note: The runaway walks the plank after they stab him in a non-lethal place to make him bleed. AND THEY CHEER (except for Tiger).

 

Day Two, June 3, 2018

Chapters Outlined (Sort Of): I

Song: Did

Craziest Note: Nothing.

 

Yep. This week was pretty slow. ‘Cause you know, vacation. :/

 

Day Three, June 4, 2018

Chapters Outlined (Sort Of):

Song:

Craziest Note:

 

Days Four Through Six

Nothing. Nothing at all.

 

Day Seven, June 8, 2018

Chapters Outlined (Sort Of): 3

Song: The same one I’ve been listening to the entire time of writing this novel. He’s a Pirate by Hans Zimmer.

Craziest Note: Now Tobias is even more confused, if that’s even possible. JUST GIVE ME SOME ANSWERS, PEOPLE!!! 

 

Today

I’ve done nothing on this one today. I mostly just focused on The Raven and the Sparrow.

 

Overall

How I Did: Not so good.

Why: Not enough work was put into it.

How I Can Improve Myself: Remember to get on my laptop and work more often.

General Review: Slow progress, but the few days I did work I had a pretty nice “zone,” if you know what I mean. Next week, I’m going to work harder. OH BOY I’M GETTING CLOSE TO MY DEADLINE I NEED TO GET TO WORK!

 

The Raven and the Sparrow

 

Day One, June 2, 2018

Chapters Outlined (Sort Of):

Song:

Craziest Note:

 

Day Two, June 3, 2018

Chapters Outlined (Sort Of): 5

Song: Orion by Zhao Shen

Craziest Note: Five days after meeting CB, Raven finally says to his three new friends that there’s no doubt about it–Jesse is a freak and it needs to be brought to Captain’s attention. Jacob says NO WAY ARE WE TELLING CAPTAIN JESSE’S CRAZY WHO KNOWS WHAT HE’LL DO.

 

Day Three, June 4, 2018

Chapters Outlined (Sort Of):

Song:

Craziest Note:

 

Days Four Through Seven

Nothing. Zip zilch nada.

 

Today

Chapters Outlined (Sort Of): 2

Song: Orion by Zhao Shen

Craziest Note: Jacob says, BUT HE’S A FREAK, and they say, EXACTLY.

 

Overall

How I Did: Pretty badly, in terms of workdays.

Why: Not enough work put into it.

How I Can Improve Myself: Remember to work more days.

General Review: Again, slow progress, but when I did work I had a nice flow of inspiration. Work harder next week. Oh, and I’m so evil, this book is going to be sad.

 

Very, very sad.

 

>:)

 

Well, anyway, that’s it for today’s weekly recap! I’m going to try to be doing these every Saturday, and hopefully I’ll have more to report next week. I probably won’t, considering most of the two weeks I had to complete this goal of a rough outline is taken up by mostly vacation.

 

Help.

 

But the week after that, I will, I promise. You can count on it. 🙂

 

Until next time,

–K

Best Music Sources — Music Sites/Channels I Use A LOT

While doing some dishes for Mom, the idea for this post randomly came to me, and I thought it might be helpful. So here you go. 🙂

 

I don’t know about any of you guys, but I listen to music while I write. I pretty much don’t write unless I have music (unless I’m writing in my notebook. But I want a CD player in my bedroom for this very reason. XD). And I don’t really like to keep my favorite music to myself, so…

 

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…

 

 

The Best Music Sites/Channels I Use A LOT

 

Not in any particular order, since I’m terrible at choosing favorites. 🙂

 

 

#1: HDSounDI

 

hdsoundi.com is basically just a promotional site for composers/musicians. I’ve really only ever listened to their emotionals and epics, but from what I’ve heard from it, it’s a really awesome source of music. I especially love HDSounDI because they have an auto-replay thingy so you can listen to their songs on a loop. I don’t know if anyone else listens to the same song over and over and over (and over and over)…

 

But it’s useful for me. 😉

 

And also, they have a YouTube channel. 🙂

 

A song worth hearing on this site

 

 

#2: BrunuhVille

 

BrunuhVille is a composer, and I actually found him off of HDSounDI. HE’S SERIOUSLY AMAZING AND WRITES THE BEST MUSIC I LOVE IT. He also has a YouTube channel. Go buy his music, he deserves it.

 

WAAAAAA I WANT HIS CDS SO BAAAAAAADDDD

 

A song worth hearing on this channel (guess which one it is? XD)  

 

 

#3: SoundCloud

 

SoundCloud is kinda like HDSounDI but I don’t think they have a YouTube channel. SoundCloud is a promotional site for composers and musicians, and there’s A LOT of music on there. You can make playlists if you have an account, and when you listen to a song, once that song is over, it keeps playing more that are like it or in the same genre. Actually, I’m listening to music on it right now! XD

 

A song worth hearing on this site

 

#4: The Piano Guys

 

The Piano Guys are AMAZING!! They have all the popular worldly songs (don’t worry, they have Christian songs, too. ;)) played in the most beautiful classical way. There are songs by The Piano Guys that I’m not too fond the original versions of, but I love their versions. They have a YouTube channel, as well. 🙂

 

A song worth hearing from this channel 🙂 (Oh, and can’t forget THIS ONE.)

 

 

#5: Andy McKee

 

Andy McKee is…

 

AWESOME.

 

I. LOVE. ANDY. MCKEE.

 

He does American Fingerpicking, I think, on his guitar. AND IT’S AWESOME. GO OVER TO HIS SITE. GOOOOOO. THE LINK IS IN BOLD, UP DUR. ^

 

A song worth hearing from this site (except it’s on someone else’s YouTube channel because the site was being annoying) (I SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS SONG AAHHH XD XD XD) 

 

 

And of course, the most generic and obvious one…

 

#6: The Handy Little Search Bar on YouTube, So You Can Look For 10 Hour Tracks. 🙂

 

I really, really love listening to 10 hour tracks of movie themes while I write. Especially because this song is so appropriate for one of my current WIPs (I mean… It did inspire it, after all. XD). If there’s a movie that you love that’s in the same genre as your WIP and the theme fits the mood, then search up a 10 hour track and start writing! 🙂

 

A song worth hearing from this–Wait… Psych! There’s no link here because THERE’S ALREADY ONE UP DUR. ^ 🙂 

 

 

So, that completes my selection of well-used music sources. 🙂 Yeah, they all have some pretty large selections, but bookmark all the sites and subscribe to all the channels, anyway, ’cause you can never have too much music! I can’t have enough music. XD

 

See ya around!

–K

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA THIS IS AMAZING YOU GUYS

GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I JUST GOT THIS AMAZING IDEA AND I. MUST. SHARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I’m just too impatient! I want to write it now, but I’m already writing two so I don’t need a third one– GAHHHH!!!!

 

*Hyperventilates*

 

What I’m saying is, to steam off some of my impatience, I must share this with you. IT’S THE ONLY WAY. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I’M GOING NUTS

 

First of all, I want to thank my inspiror. (That’s clearly not a word.) Remember my post about the amazing musician who writes the epicness of songs of the musicalness? (It was forever ago so you probably don’t.) Well, the musician, BrunuhVille, composed THE MOST EPIC SONG EVER IN THE UNIVERSALS, and it inspired this amazing story and he deserves to be acknowledged. So thank you, BrunuhVille, for the amazingness incarnate of this idea. SERIOUSLY THANK YOU IS AN UNDER-EXAGGERATION LIKE HOW DO I SAY THIS. *Takes deep breath*

 

Okay… I need to calm down before I hyperventilate again.

 

*Calms*

 

Okay.

 

Here

Is

The

Awesome

Brain

Explosion

Hazard

A.K.A.

ABEH.

 

The Wolf and the Moon

 

A war has started between the Darks and the Lights in the Winter Region, and both want Luna, a powerful half-Dark half-Light Elemental, on their side. So when Luna takes the Light side, the Darks chase her down. She’s on the run.

Meanwhile, Lyall, a Warrior Wolf Wild, watches the action from his small village in the Winter Region. He’s beginning to fall in love with Luna, and he wants to keep her safe. King Bardalph insists on keeping the Wilds separate from the Elementals, but Lyall goes to find her, anyway, having no idea what he’s getting himself into.

 

I am so excited about this idea guys.

 

How do I know?

 

  1. I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO THE INSPIRATIONAL SONG
  2. I literally not only already made that front cover, but a back cover, and… (Are you ready?) … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … A spine. I’m weird, I know, and I am not ashamed in the slightest.
  3. I was writing snippets for the ACTUAL STORY directly after I wrote a synopsis of what happens and how and when the idea was inspired. And every time I listen to the song I think up at least one new one.
  4. I’m already collecting a very detailed list of facts about the story.
  5. It is taking EVERYTHING IN MY POWER to not start Talking to Myselfing about it yet.
  6. I’m calling it an ABEH already.
  7. The idea hasn’t even been in my head for five days and it’s already quite well developed. Comparatively.
  8. I’m not writing down facts and feeling like they’re being forcibly squeezed out of my head like last time.
  9. I’m not writing down facts that I re-read and re-read, thinking, “You know… This is actually kinda dumb,” like last time.
  10. I’m not getting stuck on a confusing storyline filled with plot holes like last time.
  11. I haven’t gotten less and less excited about it for each day that passes until I finally delete all the documents and throw away all the papers about it. Like last time.
  12. I have a string of all capital A’s running through my head when I think about it.
  13. I look back on last time thinking, “Hi peasant. You’ve been replaced. >:)”

 

You’re probably wondering what “last time” is.

 

Well…

 

The first time I heard this song on HDSounDI, I immediately fell in love. So I listened to it.

 

Over.

 

And over.

 

 

And over.

 

 

 

And over.

 

And, of course, epic scenes ran through my head. Surprise, surprise.

 

Then, inspiration struck. Surprise, surprise.

 

I liked this new idea I had. I looked at baby name sites for once in my miserable writing life (before I thought they were stupid), and I wrote down a whole bunch of names to choose from for Lyall and Luna (originally, Lyall’s name was Zev, but I don’t remember what Luna’s was) and slowly began to pull together a story.

 

Eventually, I lost interest.

 

I don’t remember a whole lot about it now because it’s been neglected and I deleted/threw away everything I had about it, but I do know that I thought it was stupid and confusing and random and didn’t really have a point to it. And all of those things were true.

 

So I gave up on it.

 

But now…

 

I was listening to an EPIC song called The Wolf and the Moon, and epic scenes were running through my head when my inspiration to write a story inspired by the song was revived–BUT THIS TIME IT’S INFINITELY BETTER AAAAAAAAAAAAAA 

 

(There’s that string of A’s again)

 

IT’S BEAUTIFUL.

 

XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!! XD XD XD XD XD XD *Psychotic screeching* 

 

(I LITERALLY CANNOT WAIT TO WRITE THIS)

 

I’m ecstatic.

 

Luna is a half-Light, half-Dark Elemental who, instead of having one Element or the other, has both Elements merged together to create the Moon Element.

 

Lyall is a Wolf Wild with Warrior powers who watches all this from a distance, and is beginning to fall in love with her.

 

King Bardalph says that the Wilds have no business getting involved with the Elementals.

 

Lyall goes by himself to look for Luna 

 

Elementals have Elemental powers, obviously. The Elements are: Fire, Water, Nature, Earth, Air, Ice, Metal, Lightning, Dark, and Light.

 

Wilds are humans with the ability to turn into a certain animal. The animals are: Wolf, Fox, Lion, Tiger, Coyote, Eagle, Raven, and Cheetah.

 

There are four different regions, and in each one the season is always the same. They are: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. This book is set in the Winter region.

 

I’m pulling together facts that make sense.

 

The point is, this is my new WIP (as soon as I publish my current ones, anyway), and I’m not changing my mind. Seriously, when I read what I have on it, and when I look at the covers (and spine) I made, and even right now, I just want to bust out laughing with excitement. I try not to, but a huge smile spreads across my face and I can’t help it. I might not be able to go for very long without a good Talking to Myself session XD

 

Don’t ask for spoilers, ’cause you ain’t getting any. 🙂

 

OH YEAH!

 

I wrote some snippets for the story!

 

I almost forgot! XD I’m so dumb.

 

You didn’t think I was done with the snippets, did you? >:)

 

If you did, too bad.

 

I turned into a wolf and ran as fast as I could through the snow. Once I reached them, I bit down on the Dark’s arm and dragged him to the ground. Then, I changed back into a human, drew my sword, and was about to cut his throat when he cried out, “Mercy! Mercy!” 

I held my sword out in front of me. “Fine then, coward. Run back to mommy.” So he did. 

When I was sure he wouldn’t come back around and stab me in the back, I turned to Luna just in time to see her fall. I quickly sheathed my sword and caught her, carefully laying her back in the powdery snow. 

“Luna… Don’t die on me Luna…” I begged softly. She smiled and closed her eyes. “No!” I wouldn’t let her die, not on my watch. I changed into a wolf and let out a long distress howl. Medics!

A short time later, my howl was answered by Bleddyn. I’m coming, Lyall!

Hurry!

Finally, Bleddyn appeared at the top of the hill. He changed into a human just as I did. 

“Lyall! What’s wrong?” He asked, raising his voice to be heard over the howling blizzard.

“It’s Luna! Quickly!” I shouted back. 

“King Bardalph won’t be happy if we take her back to the village,” Bleddyn warned. 

“I know. That’s why we’re taking her to my camp once you hurry up and heal her as much as you can,” I replied impatiently. 

“Alright, alright!” He used his Healing Wolf powers until it wouldn’t work anymore, then I picked her up, and we started toward my camp. 

 

“RUN BACK TO MOMMY.” XD XD XD

 

I looked out the tent’s window to see Lyall practicing his Warrior Wolf powers. The first thing I noticed was he was holding the sword wrong. I moved to sit in the tent’s doorway. 

“So is that way more effective or something?” I asked after a long silence. 

He stopped and looked at me. “I’m left-handed.” 

“Left-handed?” I stood. “I didn’t know that was possible.” 

He smiled and shrugged. “Guess I’m proof that it is.” 

I smiled. “You must be really talented.” 

“I guess. People say I’m good at writing.” 

“Really? I’ll have to read some of your work, then.” 

He shrugged again. “Maybe.” 

For a moment, there was only the faint sound of the Water Wall off in the distance. Then, he took a deep breath. 

“Luna… I have to tell you something,” he said, looking me in the eye. 

“Yes?” 

He sheathed his sword and took a step toward me. 

“I think I’m falling in love with you.” 

My jaw dropped. “Oh…” I hadn’t even realized. I thought he was only a friend. How could I have been so oblivious? 

“Correction,” he smiled, “I know I’m falling in love with you.” 

“I’ve never been one for love, but… I think I’m jumping in after you.” 

We stood there in the woods, gazing into each other’s eyes. His wild but caring yellow eyes made me forget the strange heat that made me sweat, the solid dirt ground beneath me, the buzzing of insects, the bright greenery and flower bushes. The whole world seemed to disappear, until there was only Lyall and I. 

 

AWWWWWWEEEEEEEE. XD

 

There’s one more, but I don’t feel like copying any more stuff from my notebook. It’s too painstaking. And those snippets (especially the last one) are not exactly the same as in my notebook. I decided to improvise a little. 🙂

 

Welp, that’s it! XD Aren’t you glad?

 

Until next time,

–K

 

P.S. Eventually, my site may have a Coming Soon message when you look it up. This is because we’re switching to SiteGround because, I won’t sugarcoat it, BLUEHOST IS TERRIBLE. So, yeah…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, what even was that?

A Very Randomized Post About My Writing. I Guess. Oh Yeah, And The Update On What Do I Even Call This.

I must sharpen pencil. 

?? Okay?? 

 

Okay, I don’t really have any idea about what’s going into this post… Aside from complaining, updates on my other novel, and the ALL-IMPORTANT SNIPPET SHOVING. HEHEHE.

 

While I was doing the dishes, I listened to He’s a Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean, so now I’m in the mood to write some snippets for my pirate WIP. Names subject to change. 

 

Honestly… I think while I’m trying to get to sleep, ideas are having a party in my head. SERIOUSLY?? YOU HAVE TO DO THIS NOW?? COME ON!!! ANY OTHER TIME, PLEASE!!!

 

So… 

The Raven and the Sparrow

What about it? 

I’VE DONE WAY TOO MUCH ON IT AND NOT ENOUGH ON PIRATEY.

Okay. Calm down. 

NO. 

You have to focus to work. 

Yeah, I know. 

 

Awhile ago (at night, obvi), I was trying to fall asleep. Random things were running through my head. Then, at 23:17, I got another random idea. And I had to get up and write it down, otherwise I’d forget it by morning. GRRRRRRRRRRR.

 

When I stepped out onto the dock, an old man nearly ran into me. 

I was about to say, “Sorry sir,” when I recognized the face. 

Pastor David?” I said disbelievingly. 

The pastor smiled. “Hello there, sonny. Strange we should meet again. I saw them pirates take you, and I was afraid you’d been killed.” 

“No sir. They’ve enslaved me,” I replied. 

He nodded. “Good to see you’re alright. Have you thought at all about what I said that day?” 

I knew what he meant. 

“Yes sir. I’ve given it much thought, actually. I’d like to know more.” 

 

That snippet was from awhile ago. Closer to the time the idea was inspired. But it is doing better! I’ve stopped procrastinating on it, and I’ve actually almost run out of stuff to Talk To Myself about. XD Looks like I need to listen to He’s a Pirate a LOT more, hoping for some inspiration. 😀 Good thing I love that song…

 

THIS KID NEEDS A NAME AND I CAN’T DECIDE BETWEEN TALLYN AND TIIR. And that’s only his modern name. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have him take on an older name for when he goes to his dream because he has a strange fear of being suspected he doesn’t belong, plus he needs a pirate name still. WHY. 

 

I need a definite goal for when I’m going to finish my first drafts for The Raven and the Sparrow and What Do I Even Call This. Hmm. Oh yeah, and I need a Summer writing goal. Umm… How about… The last two weeks of June, I do a little bit of research. Then, in July, my goal will be… 10,000 words each by the end of the month. Yeah. 😀

 

What is Tallyn’s Lie? 

Ohhh, you’ve got me cornered. 

Kinda my job. 🙂 Think about the story. What– 

THE LIE IS THAT ** ********** **** *** *** ** *** *****. 

Wow… Okay.

 

What am I gonna do after my first draft? Cut the crap, that’s what. I’m gonna do a macro edit, but first a little more research. I MIGHT get to do NaNo, but I don’t know… *Checks calendar* … Okay, I think I can do it. I have a month to research, a month to macro edit, and a month to do some Talking To Myselfing if I want to change anything. Which I probably will, seeing that this is the first draft and everything, it’ll most likely suck. XD

 

I went up to the top deck to find Tiger chipping away at a log with her saber. She was pretty strong, evidently. She was whacking off some pretty large chunks. 

“What are you doing?” I asked. 

She didn’t stop swinging. “Completely destroying this log.” 

“Why?” 

She stabbed the tip of the blade into the wood and let go. The sword didn’t fall. “It’s satisfying. Especially when I imagine the log is the wretched skullface that killed my brother.” 

Wretched skullface? That was my sister’s insult. I laughed. 

Her dark eyes shot a piercing glare. “It’s not funny,” she growled. 

“Oh, no, I’m sorry. I wasn’t laughing at the part about your brother. It was the skullface insult,” I said. 

Wait. 

No, Autumn had never used “skullface” as an insult. 

Why did I think my sister said that? 

Tiger smiled and shook her head. “I really don’t know what to make of you.” 

 

Oh, and… I have some news. I’m not doing beta or alpha readers for the first draft. You probably don’t care. But I do have a reason. It’s so I can write something horribly bad and let myself get away with it, because the first draft is the vomit draft. I need to be able to assure myself that “Hey, this is the first draft, don’t worry about it; no one’s going to see it, anyway,” and not come back with an “Oh, you know that’s not true.” (Yes, I argue with myself sometimes. It’s part of being crazy.) Sorry to the one single person who actually wanted to beta or alpha. 🙂

 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME I LOVE IT WHY AM I SO OBSESSED NOW. Oh my gosh the word yes suddenly became very creepy to me and I don’t know why. 

You’re just tired. 

Maybe. 

 

Okay, time for a snippet spree because I don’t have anything else. >:)

 

How terribly sad. You’re breaking my heart now. 

Aww, poor you.

Yes. 

OH MY GOODNESS. 

Sorry, forgot. 🙂 

 

Wait, is the final battle called the climax? 

Umm… I don’t know. If climax and final battle are not the same thing, I meant final battle. 🙂 

 

Wow. I don’t even know what a climax is. XD

 

Ohh, who’s the supporting character? 

Ahh, yess. Tiger. 😉

 

What’s her Lie? 

The one person fit to avenge the murders of her brother and father is her and only her. 

Hmm. And the truth? 

It should be taken to court, not left to a little kid, and we’re talking justice, not revenge. 

Ahh. Why does she fight the Truth so hard? 

Because she’s angry. It was her family who was killed, therefore she is the sole rightful avenger. 

I see. Boy does she need to vent. 😀 

 

And on the subject of the daddy… 

Yes? 

What role does he play? 

Uhh… Good question. I don’t really know. 

 

He massacred an entire city.

Wow you’re morbid. 

Yes. 

 

His mental health is terrible.

 

Tallyn is… (drum roll) ***** *** ******* ***** 

Ooh, juicy! SPOILERY, TOO. 

 

You didn’t really think I would give out the spoilers, did you? >:)

 

YASS I GOT SOMEWHERE 

 

I SERIOUSLY NEED TO GET TO WORK ON PIRATEY. 

Ok… 

YES. ASK SOMETHING. 

What’s the main conflict? 

UHH… Good question. 

 

I NEED TITLES LIKE NOWWW. I have a few ideas, but they just don’t ring as well as I’d like. AGGirl and I have got  The Sleeping Pirate, (which is kinda meh), The Pirate Dream (Which is also kinda meh), Pirate Dreams (also kinda meh), Living a Dream (Still kinda meh), and Escaping a Dream (and still kinda meh). AGHH THE IDEA CRISIS IS SO PAINFUL HELP MEEE!!!! 

 

I just got a cool idea. The captain’s name is Captain Flint Hawking. HAHA! I am not yet defeated!

 

Ahoy, matey. 

 

Ask me some questions, me.

Um… What’s Tallyn’s pirate name?

I was thinking Saber Blade.

That’s kinda cool, I guess.

Yeah, I’m not too fond of it, either. I know next to nothing about pirates.

They were murdering thieves in ships.

WELL, DUH. 

 

I don’t even know when the pirates existed! 

Look it up.

Fine. Be back in a sec. … … … “The era of piracy in the Caribbean began in the 1500s and phased out in the 1830s after the navies of the nations of Western Europe and North America with colonies in the Caribbean began combating pirates. The period during which pirates were most successful was from the 1660s to 1730s.” From Wikipedia, Piracy in the Carribean.

Okay. What year do you want it to take place in?

One sec. … … … GAHH, it didn’t say! How about… 1683?

Okay. Now, look up popular names in 1680 and pick one.

Okay. … … … Bennet. No. Gideon. Yeah. Gideon.

 

It’s been a little too long since we talked about WIPthatneedsatitle.

Yeah.

And in looking up where pirates got their names, I found a pirate name for Tallyn.

Oh yeah? What’s that?

Tobias Taylor Hawkins.

Hey, that works!

Yep. Most pirates didn’t use their nicknames every day, so to make it more realistic, I changed Tallyn’s old-timey name to Tobias. 

 

Oooh, juicy. >:)

Yep. Juicy. Not as shocking as…

As what?

I might leave you in suspense of this one.

WHAT?! You can’t do that! I’m your mind, dippy head! I’m the one helping you come up with this story!

Well…

TELL. ME. THE. SHOCKER. 

 

What’s the captain’s name? Does he use a nickname? 

Yes. The captain is a very stuck-up man. He thinks he’s so menacing. So feared. So great.

Just tell me his name, dippy head.

Oh, it’s, like, Flint something. I can’t remember right now. Be right back … … … … Captain Flint Hawking. 

 

Maybe I should change that.

Why?

Because it doesn’t quite sound like a name someone trying to be menacing would come up with.

That’s true.

So maybe… Dread Hawking?

Yeah! Dread Hawking! Sounds menacing, but it also sounds dumb because it sounds like someone who’s just trying to be menacing.

Yep. 🙂 

And it still sounds like Hawkins. Coincidence?

Yes.

 

Aww, it was a coincidence. *Pouts* But I like to overthink things! 🙁

 

So, how does Tallyn decide his name is Tobias while he lives in this dream he cannot escape?

Hmm. Snippet time. 🙂

“What’s your name, young man?” The woman asked.

My real name will sound out of place here, I worried. What should I tell her?

I just blurted out the first name I thought of. “Tobias. Tobias Taylor Hawkins.”

 

We’re using a lot of >:)’s in this conversation.

Yeah, I know. Forget the >:)’s and focus on the task at hand. Dippy head. 

If I’m a dippy head, so are you. 

If I’m a dippy head, so are you!

I didn’t say you were a dippy head!

You’ve called me a dippy head at least twice. I just returned the favor. Now SHUT UP AND FOCUS. 

 

So, how does he go into a coma?

Field trip + explosion = coma.

What kind of field trip?

Ooh, not a field trip, a gas station visit! And the gas station BLOWS UP IN HIS FACE.

Wow. How violent. 

Yes, I know, but it kind of has to be. ‘Cause you know, coma induction. 

 

SHHUSH! Someone might be listening, dippy head! 

 

Hmm. How many is that?

 

*Counts*

 

Hmm…

 

Okay, we’re done. 🙂

 

I just saved your life. Be thankful.

 

Also, I had some trouble logging in to my website for DAYS, so that’s why this post didn’t get out earlier. Closer to the end of this trouble, it was SOOOO PAINFUL BECAUSE I WANTED TO SHARE SOMETHING AND COULDN’T. AaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA–

 

*Suddenly cuts with a BEEP*

 

Ahem.

 

Anyways, go give somebody a hug. Bye!

 

Until next time (which is like, two seconds from now, because I HAVE SOMETHING I. MUST. SHARE.),

–K