I must sharpen pencil.
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!!!
The Raven and the Sparrow.
What about it?
I’VE DONE WAY TOO MUCH ON IT AND NOT ENOUGH ON PIRATEY.
Okay. Calm down.
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 ** ********** **** *** *** ** *** *****.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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…
What role does he play?
Uhh… Good question. I don’t really know.
He massacred an entire city.
Wow you’re morbid.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
Because it doesn’t quite sound like a name someone trying to be menacing would come up with.
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.
And it still sounds like Hawkins. Coincidence?
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?
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*
Anyways, go give somebody a hug. Bye!
Until next time (which is like, two seconds from now, because I HAVE SOMETHING I. MUST. SHARE.),