A Tiny Update and Not So Tiny Excerpt (BEASTS: Chapter One)

I’m facing an interesting dilemma.

I feel good. I feel great.  I’m no longer alone. I’m living in a wonderful home with a loving family. Everything’s fantastic!

And I’m hardly getting any writing done because of it.

I’ve read it before how comfort can be deadly. I’m seeing first hand how that can be true. I’m also realizing just how much visualizing and fantasying your dream coming true is also dangerous.

Because feeling like I already have everything I wanted means I don’t feel any urge to do anything to get it, because in my head I already have it. Tricky, eh?

That said, I’m not giving in without a fight. I may have missed a week of blog posts, but I finally finished the first draft of the first chapter of my YA novel, BEASTS, which I’ve been working on since early February.

Needless to say, this is a cause for celebration.

So since today is Monday and that means Excerpt day, in order to make up for my unannounced absence, here is the entire chapter in all its flawed glory.

Who knows how much it’ll change when I finally send it off to agents (hopefully within a decade), but I’m not going to touch it again until the rest of the book is written.

Meanwhile, I’m going to contemplate about the actual benefits of suffering.

At least some amount of suffering. I finished reading War of Art by Steven Pressfield, which was amazing and related to what I’m talking about  so there’s a post in me on what I’ve learned from that book as well.

Until then…

Here is Chapter One of my YA Fantasy novel: BEASTS.

 

Warning: The following is over 3k words long. So take a bathroom break, get your mug of hot coffee and a cookie, sit back, relax and enjoy.

 

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Friday Update

 

Let’s see if I can keep up a weekly thing where I post an update of everything I’m working on every Friday!

Things I’ve been doing this week so far…

 

  •      I’m working on Lesson 3 of Long Ridge Writers Group’s Novel Course.  I’m working on plotting and creating a plot summary for my novel project, which is in this case my shapeshifter YA (BEASTS). Deadline to email it off to my instructor is January 27.
  •           I’m in love with the people at CrimsonDaggers.com and watch both Dan Warren and Dave Rapoza’s Livestreams religiously. Their Livestreams sites allow you to watch them draw as they commentate. There’s also a chat beside the stream, where other artists comment or ask questions. Basically, it’s a free art study group and they have several competitions up including a biweekly art challenge called BLOODSPORTS. The current BLOODSPORTS Challenge is to create the art for an action figure toy box (they even invented and provided the fictional toy line label and template for the toy box itself). The deadline is also January 27. It’ll be my first finished digital illustration, so while I’m sure I won’t win the live crit by Dan and Dave (given to the top three), it’ll be interesting what I come up with.
  •           I applied to Remilon, who hire freelance content writers to write their educational articles, and they accepted me. They pay $8 an hour (rather than by piece), so that’s promising since it’ll be $0.75 more than I make currently.  I’m looking forward to completing the training and see how this turns out.   It’ll also be the first paid writing gig I’ve gotten in my life so woo-hoo!
  •           With the success of my family visit to Atlanta (amazing people!), it’s more likely than ever that I’ll be moving there soon. My goal is to move by at the latest, the end of the year and the soonest, next month when my brother turns 18. No rush, but I am very excited.
  •           Supernatural tonight! Not really psyched about this particular episode, but after reading some very, VERY juicy spoilers, I can’t freaking wait for future episodes!
  •           Also regarding Livestream, I discovered one for script writing, hosted by Jacob Burgos called Jacob’s Script Wolves. Since I originally got into writing novels with the intention of using it to eventually write great scripts, I will definitely be checking this out and begin testing the script-writing waters.

 

That’s pretty much it.

So what is everyone else up to?

2012: Year of Awakening

 

A new year.  A new beginning.

Allow me my dramatics. I love them.

This has long since been coming. It was delayed since it took some time before I really understood what I wanted to change about my blog. I knew I wanted it to be better. I wanted to give my readers higher quality content. But how? What to write about?

Interesting, despite that being my main desire, I didn’t focus at all on writing. I already in my head knew what to do in regards to that. Just write more consciously. But my brain got in my way.

Instead, I found myself focusing more on the superficial aspect of the blog. The way it looks. How do I make it look perfect and professional without paying too much or anything at all? This stumped me. And so the hiatus lengthened.

Finally, I decided that the New Year was the deadline. I will write again, post again, ready or not, in the beginning of January.

So here I am.

Luckily, right after Christmas, I’ve begun a remarkable inner transformation.

Um…without getting too weird and abstract, let me just say I stopped thinking so much.

One of the things that occurred to me is that the look of the blog doesn’t really matter at all. True, it helps if the site didn’t make people cringe and look away the moment it opens, but once it looks appealing enough for the reader to put their attention on the words, that’s all that matters.

After that, it’s all about the quality writing, the story.

I believe this is true about publication as well as Donald Maass would teach, but that’s for another post.

Regardless of whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, everything I write here is a story. For instance, this post is the story of my return to blogging.

My new and improved themes of this blog are:

 

My Love for Stories

 

My Adventures in Writing, Drawing, Spirituality and Productivity

 

The Things I have Learned

 

(Notice from today onward, I will only place posts in these three categories and perhaps clean out the other categories one of these days.)

 

Hopefully by sharing stories regarding these themes, I will offer some sort of benefit for others and for myself.

I call these “new and improved” themes, but honestly I don’t think I had any theme before and that is why I felt so unsatisfied. I felt like I was all over the place and even if there was a connection, a focus between them all, I didn’t see it or wasn’t aware of it.

Now I am.

I hope the transformation of myself and this blog will prove enlightening or at least entertaining.

I will follow the old schedule of 3 posts a day unless something happens that prevents me to do so.

But I have a feeling I won’t be having that problem of not posting consistency anymore.

I’m excitedly looking forward to this New Year.

Have you also recently started or restarted a project, habit or something else for this year?

Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear about it.

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