~Beautiful Books: 2017 writing goals~

I am a rebellious teenager and I’m writing this Beautiful Books post for FEBRUARY when the prompts were actually for JANUARY. But to my credit I am WRITING this post in January, it just won’t go live until February, because #WIPjoy is fulling up my blog at the moment XD

ANYWHO. On a whim I decided to do this. I have a Beautiful People idea stewing in my back pocket, so there IS A LEGIT REASON I don’t make an effort to do them every month… but I decided to do this one. Randomly. I really don’t know why.

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  • What were your writing achievements last year?

In 2016 I wrote approximately half of Dementophobia. I stopped writing it because I got a job and it took me so long to get back to it that I lost my groove. I also wrote a short story that ended up being 10k titled Don’t Jump In Puddles You Can’t See The Bottom Of. You can read it on Wattpad. And I participated in NaNoWriMo and finished my book Mark of the Rose on December 15th. (In a coffee shop, btw. Very aesthetic. It was great.)

  • What’s on your writerly “to-do list” for 2017?

I’m currently editing Mark of the Rose for betaing and eventually to publish on Wattpad. I have a sequel to Puddles lurking in the back of my mind, and I’d like to redo Dement again. Broken Wing has attacked me (partially because of #WIPjoy) so that might get some attention this year too.

  • Tell us about your top-priority writing projects for this year!

My top-est//only priority is to get Mark of the Rose to decency.

  • How do you hope to improve as a writer? Where do you see yourself at the end of 2017?

I’d like to figure out how editing and I can get along and work together. I’d also like to have the self control needed to keep myself from doing NaNo, since it never ends well XD

  • Describe your general editing process.

Agony.

  • On a scale of 1-10, how do you think this draft turned out?

Mmm… considering it was a NaNo draft, I’ll give it a 4. I’m rewriting it more than actually editing, and I have much higher hopes for this. I write A LOT under pressure//deadlines, but I don’t write quality and I’ve found that’s not acceptable to me anymore.

  • What aspect of your draft needs the most work?

All of it.

  • What do you like the most about your draft?

Rose’s character arc. It’s rough and sketchy, but it came out well, I think. I just need to touch it up and fill it out so it makes sense to readers.

  • What are your plans for this novel once you finish editing? More edits? Finding beta readers? Querying? Self-publishing? Hiding it in a dark hole forever?

Weeeeeeell, this actually brings me to a thing. I decided something last month (January) when I started editing Mark of the Rose and I guess this is the right time to speak out about it.

I realized I don’t want to be a published author.

Not traditionally. (As in, books-on-the-shelf-and-on-amazon, ‘traditionally’ or self or indie published.)

It was kind of a for-granted dream that I would eventually publish my work, but when I started editing, and I realized that this is a serious step toward SOMETHING, I kind of freaked out. (Very small freak out. Kind of a dazed freaked out.) It felt so real, so serious, so DEFINITIVE. I’m DOING SOMETHING WITH MY BOOKS OTHER THAN SLAPPING OUT FIRST DRAFTS. And it made me think about this new road I was looking toward, this road that might lead to publishing. And I realized I didn’t want that. I’ve always ALWAYS said I just want people to read and love my books. I don’t care if I’m never paid a penny.

So why should I go through the hassle and frustration and time of getting published if I really DON’T CARE whether I’m published or not?

I took a step back from publishing and thought of how else and how easier I could get my books in front of people, and I found it staring me in the face.

Wattpad.

I already have Puddles and half of Dement up there.

It’s easy and free.

And it gets my books and stories in front of people for them to read and love.

That’s all I want.

So I’m not going to pursue ‘real’ publishing. I’ll write and edit and polish my books to decency, and publish them on Wattpad. Hopefully I’ll develop a readership on there, but if not, that’s okay. That’s not even really the point.

The point is I want to write. Whatever happens after that doesn’t matter.

  • What’s your top piece of advice for those just finished writing a first draft?

I’ve finished six books and never done anything with any of them until Mark of the Rose, so I’m not really experienced in what to do ‘after the first draft’. The only thing I can really think is: enjoy it. Bask in the moment. When I finish first drafts, I laugh and giggle and squeal for like half an hour. So enjoy it. Don’t pressure yourself to edit or rewrite or start the next book. Enjoy every step of the way. Publishing is great, but if you’re in this to write, then enjoy the writing. And the finishing.

~Your Picklicus

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~Introducing InCoWriMo~

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Apparently I have a thing for monthly challenges. I come off #WIPjoy and swing straight into February with a new challenge, on top of moving (for real this time).

ANYWAY. InCoWriMo stands for International Correspondence Writing Month. The idea is to write and deliver one letter, card, post card, or note, every day in the month of February. Official website, more information, and stuffs here: https://incowrimo-2017.org/

This is my first year attempting it and I am SO EXCITED because yo. Getting mail is the best okay. Like real mail. Not bills or ads or junk. My personal, fun, handwritten, colorful, mail.

I already write to several of my friends regularly and randomly send notes and things to other people I know, so having an official month to do all of that TIMES TEN BILLION is my dream come true.

NOW. Due to moving and such I’m going to do it a leetle different than intended. Technically you’re supposed to write and deliver//post a letter every day. I am not going to do that. Or even technically write a letter every day. My goal for February is to write and send 28 letters TOTAL by the end of the month. Some days I might write four letters and mail none. Some times I might mail a whole stack and not write any. But the general concept is still there: Get in the habit of personally handwriting letters and notes to people I love.

HERE’S THE FUN PART: I gotta come up with 28 people to write to, yo. (Okay, not technically. I can write to the same person multiple times. BUT ANYWAY). I want to write to YOU GUYS. My dear followers. You mean so much to me. Every one of you, even you 400+ people who don’t comment. SERIOUSLY THAT NUMBER ON MY SIDEBAR MEANS A LOT TO ME. SO. If you would like me to write to you, shoot me an email at godsdaugterforever@gmail.com telling me your address and I will send you something. I can’t send letters everywhere around the globe because #broke but if you live in the United States or Canada, I will mail you a card or note. Who knows, maybe we’ll become great pen pals.

(Secret thing of doom: once I have money I actually want to get a post office box so I can publicly post a mailing address for me here on the blog so you can write to me any time. But alas, that cannot happen yet. BUT SOON.)

Won’t you join me for a fabulous month of letter writing? Go to incowrimo-2017.org and sign up!

~Your Pickle of Doom

~JANUARY RECAP~

YO. PEOPLE. A RECAP. HERE ON THE BLOG. ARE THINGS RETURNING TO NORMAL????

Ha, there is no such thing as normal here. BUT THIS IS A MONTHLY RECAP. We haven’t have a monthly recap since like… September. I think. Maybe August.

BUT FOR THE RECORD: At the end of September I was in California for my niece’s birthday. At the end of October I was at my best friend’s wedding. The end of November involved NaNo and Thanksgiving and sickness. And the end of December involved Christmas and sickness and not writing.

I have dearly missed writing up these monthly recaps though and I am SO HAPPY TO BE BACK. I planned this monthly recap since the beginning of January to make SURE it happened.

ANYWAY. NO MORE CHATTER. ONWARDS.

mylifeheader  This month has been rather crazy, but not nearly as crazy as I expected. We haven’t moved yet, like we thought. We ran into some problems with both houses, but THIS MORNING we finally pinned down the moving date: February 20th! I’ve been lowkey packing and finishing up bits and pieces of business; house cleaning clients, the church library, and other activities.

My sister-in-law AND my best friend are pregnant! My sister-in-law also declared war on me because I built a castle in Minecraft and she’s jealous.

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Once a week I come to a coffee shop in town and either work on Mark of the Rose or write #WIPjoy posts. I’m going to miss this place when we move.

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I got my hair cut! I rather hate it; it’s too short; but I wanted to trim it one more time before the move so it would be easy to deal with. While taking selfies of it, this piece of gold happened:

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I also maybe spent all my credit at the used bookstore to get a Princess Bride coloring book.

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Annnnnnnnd I maybe started teaching myself how to write the Lord of the Rings font >.>

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bookshelfheader  I’ve been in a TERRIBLE reading slump since last fall. IT’S SO HORRIBLE, GUYS. I just can’t get into any book I pick up. I LIKE them and I KNOW they’re good but… I’m just not consumed with the story. Still, that aside, this is my current library stack (SINCE ALL MY BOOKS ARE PACKED I HAD TO GO OFF MY LIBRARY BAN):

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Stalking Jack the Ripper is quite interesting. It’s really awesome, honestly, but since I’m in this terrible slump, I’m not in love with it.

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OMO HUMANS. GUESS WHAT.

I’ve actually been posting on Instagram semi regularly.

BUT ALSO GUESS WHAT.

I still don’t know how to embed Instagram pictures into blog posts.

So just… follow this link… to my Instagram… https://www.instagram.com/lisa_pickle/

twitterheader  My Twitter is actually fairly active with various tweets of me being a dumb interspersed with informative Bullet Journal links.

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Yo. Guys.

I started rewriting//editing Mark of the Rose AND I FINALLY HAVE ONE CHAPTER DONE.

Yes, it’s taken me an entire month to rewrite one chapter.

I actually only write once a week when I go to that coffee shop I mentioned earlier.

And at one point I thought I had lost the entire Scrivener project for MOTR because my laptop refused to turn on and I had to do some work on it AND I KIND OF FREAKED OUT BECAUSE I COULDN’T FIND THE CHAPTER OR ANYTHING AT ALL and then I dug around a little bit and found it and everything was okay.

I know it’s downright terrible how slowly I’m writing this, but since we’re in the middle of moving and junk I’m giving myself a bit of a break.

BUT. IMPORTANT QUESTION OF DOOM: I’m torn between putting Mark of the Rose on Wattpad during this draft. It’s fairly decent, even if I do have to go over it again in a third draft. But I LIVE for reader feedback and if I schedule a new chapter like every two weeks or once a month, it WILL make me write it a bit faster. SO WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS??? (basically i need you to tell me ‘YES I WANT IT NOW LISA’ so i will put it on wattpad and actually write it BUT you are free to say whatever you want about it.)

(but please just tell me to do it.)

blogishheader WELL. THIS MONTH HAS BEEN RATHER #WIPjoy-ISH.

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OKAY ANYWAY: Yes, #WIPjoy has been a thing this month BUT I also squeezed in TWO leetle bitty extra things:

Mega Bullet Journal Post of Doom

New Bullet Journal Video

I SUCCEEDED in writing those two promised posts even in the thick of #WIPjoy! SOMEONE GIVE ME DONUTS OR SOMETHING.

The Mega Bullet Journal Post of Doom is a grand collection of links and information about how to start a Bullet Journal of your own! And the Bullet Journal Video is a flip through of my old BuJo, and then a walk through of my new 2017 BuJo. Go check them out!

I do want to take a moment to say that I had a BLAST with #WIPjoy this month! Featuring Broken Wing was a SPLENDID idea. I’m so revived for this story and have a wonderful new grip on things. Thank you to everyone who followed and commented! Every comment means so much to me, you have no idea <3

bulletjournal  dun dun DUN. You asked, I delivered! Here is a new, bright, shiny section to the recap posts, completely dedicated to all things Bullet Journal! I DO apologize for it being quite skimpy this month. I recapped most of my Bullet Journal news in the video mentioned earlier BUT I PROMISE I will work on this section next month and try to get some content exclusive to the recap post.

youtube  And dun dun DUN THE SECOND. WE HAVE A YOUTUBE SECTION TOO. I’m going to grow Youtube as a platform this year and hopefully have one video out a month. I have a list of video ideas and I’M SO EXCITED. (also awkward. oh my word i’m so awkward and weird in my videos. but i guess you love my awkward weirdness because you follow this blog.)

OBLIGATORY SUBSCRIPTION PLEADING: I promise I won’t be one of those horribly annoying youtubers who always beg for subscriptions but I DO WANT TO SAY: I am NOT going to be posting here on my blog when I upload a video to youtube! I’ll include links to my monthly videos in these recap posts, and possibly other relevant posts, but otherwise THERE WON’T BE ANYTHING HERE ON THE BLOG. So please subscribe to my channel so you won’t miss anything.

otherthingsheader  HEY YO I’m going to start including a section promoting other humans and bloggers and such. There are LOADS of wonderful posts and people and blogs out there and I want to shove them in your face share them with you because I am a nice.

My dear friend Mirriam Neal has redone her blog and is posting some WONDERFUL content about writing and life.

A Thought About Opinions

Ten Tips for Budding Bloggers

Aimee Meester also wrote some wonderful posts this month:

Darkness Isn’t Cool

A Foolproof Guide to Being as Busy as Me

(and this is the part of the show when I realize how many blogs I don’t follow or read and so awkwardly stand here looking at my script which is actually just a blank piece of paper because I make everything up as I go along anyway.)

AHAH. Yes. I remembered someone I wanted to mention (downside of making everything up as I go along).

A shoutout to Madeline J. Rose, my new regular commenter! Go check out her wonderful blog. And her About Me page. Seriously, she and I could be twins.

YOU’RE AWESOME MADELINE.

(also did you guys notice how many times I used the word ‘wonderful’ in my ‘wonderful things’ section)

(i’m so fabulous)

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SO. I BELIEVE THAT IS ALL. I’m probably forgetting 90 hundred things but this post is rather long already (over 1300 words omo) SO MAYBE I SHOULD BE QUIET NOW.

I hope you had a lovely January and I hope you have a lovely February and KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED (actually don’t that sounds painful) FOR A SHINY NEW EXCITING POST TOMORROW.

*runs away before I think of anything else to talk about*

~Your Pickle

 

~#WIPjoy Day 30(FINAL DAY): What do you hope touches readers most in this story?~

Believe it or not, the messages and themes in this book are one of the main reasons I write it. Some books I write for the characters or the story, or it’s burning inside of me, or it’s just one of my stories one no one else can write, and so I write it.

But Broken Wing is a little different. Yes, I love the story, yes, I love the characters. But this book represents something much bigger than just a story.

It’s about survival. It’s about dealing with what life throws at you. It’s about accepting things outside of your control, even if they affect you or drastically change your life. It’s about friendship, sticking together, learning to trust and love through the hurt and the pain.

It’s a novel of hope. Hope for tomorrow, for the future. Hope that things will be okay. They might not be better. They might not ever be ‘fixed’. But they’ll be okay. You’ll get through it. You’ll survive. You can live your life, and have a life, even if your life has fallen apart around your ears.

That’s what I want to stick with my readers.

(Tomorrow’s prompt is to recap what the story is about, which I’m going to skip, so today is #WIPjoy’s final day on the blog! But keep an eye out for another, non-#WIPjoy related post tomorrow!)

~#WIPjoy Day 29: How long do you expect to be working on this WIP?~

Well, Broken Wing is already about three years old. If I remember right (which I probably don’t) it was first born sometime in 2014. I wrote an almost complete first draft that had no pre-planned plot at all. I was just running with the ideas as they came to me. At least 50% of the original draft has been changed by now. The only thing that’s stuck is the general basis of a scientific facility placing wings on unwilling subjects.

Then I rewrote it for NaNo of 2015 and finished that draft. Shortly after that a huge twist came to me that rendered the whole ending of that draft irrelevant. It’s been simmering since then, slowing building and developing into what it is now. The second book because a concrete concept and I gathered some new characters.

I’m hoping to rewrite it again this year. It really feels like it’s ready for some serious attention. I think it’s finally developed to it’s near final stage and I can write a new first draft without having to majorly overhaul it again. It’s a serious book, and really personal to me, and I want to make sure I imbue it with the themes and messages it’s meant to spread. It’s definitely not a book to be rushed.

As for the entire story, I’m not sure how long I’ll be working on it. But for the first book, I can easily see it polished to decency and published on Wattpad by the end of this year.

 Tomorrow(FINAL DAY): What do you hope touches readers most about this story?