Archive for October, 2014

Am I writing a completely serious horror novel about the zombie apocalypse…

Yes.

Yes, I am.

Why? Because honestly… writing such a serious, intense novel is going to kill me if I don’t have some joy. So xD Every time I make my word count, I get to listen to Carl Poppa do his thang!

It’s about the little things.

Keep reading and writing.

-Carl Poppa

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So! I do apologize that I haven’t been blogging quite as much lately. First of all… shame on me, but I’m a horrible person who has found the joys of World of Warcraft. I’ve been playing it incessantly for a week…

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But second, and most important… I’ve been planning, plotting and preparing for NaNoWriMo! It’s only a few days away now, and I know that quite a few of us writers are literally chomping at the bit to get going with it. I personally look at it as a chance for publishing, a chance to finish something great… and I am even more excited about it this year than I was last year! I don’t know if it’s because I won last year, or because I already have a preestablished writing group and I know what I’m in for… whatever it is, I’m so antsy and anxious for it that I can hardly wait!

And so… I am warning you now – I plan on writing a blog for every day of NaNoWriMo! I am also planning on doing vlogs throughout. I want to keep myself and you guys up to date, keep myself accountable, and I would love to get some discussion started while I’m at it!

So! How many of you are ready for NaNo?

(If you’d like to join my authors group, hit me up on Skype – my name there is ego.dominustuus ! I would love to talk to any of you!)

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

Ah, so… November is literally just around the corner. I can hear it calling to me xD And I can hear the way that my poor husband will start cursing the month – it eats his wife, after all. Still, the NaNoWriMo website was finally relaunched! You can now put up what novel you’re going to be working on… and I am left with a bit of a question…

What do I work on?

I am between two novels in my decision.

One would be the Sequel to the novel that I wrote last year: Cerulean Darkness. This novel is called Obsidian Light. The series is a duology, so I would have that project completely finished (as far as writing… as far as editing? hahaha…) They’re Fantasy/Young Adult novels. I think that it would be great to get an entire series finished, and it would certainly feel like a wonderful accomplishment. Even though I haven’t worked on the book in a year, the characters are still very fresh to me.

On the other hand, there is a part of me that wants to wait until I have completely finished my edited on Cerulean Darkness first. After all, what will happen if I dive into Obsidian Light, and find that there is something, some scene, some character, some portion of the prior novel that I have changed to the point that the entire plot line needs to go in a different direction? I really do not think that this will happen… but I know that sometimes in editing, there are surprises that we do not foresee.

And so… there is my second option. It is a Zombie Apocalypse novel with a twist that I am hoping will make it more original and unique than every other zombie thing that seems to be out there right now. I’ve never done anything like this before, so I know that it would be a fun project to tackle. I am afraid with this, however, I will throw myself out of the Cerulean Series vibe.

So, the real question is… do I go ahead and write Obsidian Light? Do I carry on with my as of yet unnamed Zombie story? Do I rush like a madman to finish the edits on Cerulean Darkness so that my issues with Obsidian Light won’t be so present… or do I work on my plot and plan for Zombie Story?

Hm.

NaNo opens up so many possibilities, and it makes me feel so very creative. I’m never going to be upset over the fact that I have too many ideas!

What do you guys think? Are you facing a similar situation? What are you going to work on for your NaNo project? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

Destined for Doon
Destined for Doon by Carey Corp

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, it took me a while to get around to this review, but I’m glad that I finally did. Once again, the Doon series didn’t disappoint!

In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake in choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she’s received her Calling—proof she and Duncan are each other’s one true love—and it’s pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen and Kenna’s best friend, Veronica, needs her to return, Kenna doesn’t have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after. – From the Amazon Page.

This story picks up where the last Doon novel left off, with Kenna living out her dream of the stage and spotlight… until Duncan comes and tells her that her best friend needs her back in Doon. Whether it’s because she missed her hunky Scot, or because she missed Vee, we are all left guessing. However, she following him back, only to find that Doon is being attacked by a strange limbus, something that threatens to destroy the beautiful world of Doon and all of the citizens who live there – including Kenna, Vee, Duncan and Jamie!

To keep this a spoiler free review, I won’t go any further into plot details… but I will certainly say that this book follows along the same kind of path as the other. The only complaint that I really have is the fact that, if the characters were to communicate and let their emotions out with each other more, then perhaps some of the issues would have been resolved much sooner? Still, isn’t that the way of life in general? I do have to say that I adore watching the love story between our four main characters continue to evolve and grow.

Something that I did really love about this novel was the simple fact that Vee didn’t magically turn into the perfect queen overnight. I feel like so many fairytales simply skip over the fact that being a Queen isn’t simply wearing a crown. There is responsibility, getting the people of your kingdom to accept you… and the authors of this book did such an amazing job in expressing that – I was really impressed, and it gave the book a realness that most fantasy novels seem to be lacking.

All and all, it had the same charm and wit as the last book; a million references to pop culture that made me smile, realistic situations, frustrating characters who refuse to tell one another how they feel! I love the Doon series, and I can’t wait for the next novel to come out… because… spoiler alert (just like the last novel!), the ending is going to get you, grip you, and leave you begging for the next book!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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“I would dream sometimes, though I did not admit it to myself. I would look across the Dead Lands and see the glimmer of the Cerulean City in the sky like some star. I would wonder what you were doing, how you were doing… and I would see in my mind the way things would have been if I had simply come into the birthright that was bestowed upon me. I wondered what it would be like to be at your side, watching you grow, protecting you.” A bitter laugh escaped him, “I imagined you as some beautiful thing, porcelain and cerulean.

An excerpt from Cerulean Darkness. 

All right! So, as I said earlier, I needed to take a small break from writing. A lot of it was because of some things going on in my personal life… and another huge part of it was the fact that my husband is currently on a 2 week break himself. It was nice to take some time to just spend with him. A lot of the time, I think that we as writers get completely caught up in the fact that we have to write EVERY DAY. Even I get caught up in that – I think I’ve even posted it before. However… I want to just say that I think it’s actually really important to take the time to spend with your loved ones, with the people that you care about. I’ve still been getting out 1-2000 words a day during this vacation, but I haven’t been on my blog, really promoting myself on social media, or working on book reviews. That’s going to start back up on Monday, and I’m really excited to get back to it! But yes… take the time out of your life to make sure that you don’t miss your special moments – except for in November. Nothing but writing exists in November xD

Other than that, I wanted to talk about my new work space (photographed above!) I came to a realization. There were two very important things missing from my workspace. The first was something that I have been noticing over the last few months. Even though I have my dedicated work space, even though I had a laptop to write from, even though I had a desk and my own corner… I would always creep downstairs to write on my gaming laptop when the house was quiet. I don’t know if it’s because I grew up writing my first novel on a desktop… or simply because I like the feel of a computer screen and keyboard. Whatever it is, I wasn’t writing half as well on my laptop in my work space, because I always wanted to wait until 2am to write on my desktop.

That needed to change!

I had a desktop ordered about a week ago, along with a really pretty mechanical keyboard that glows blue (the simple joys in life!), and I have to say… even during my vacation when I’m not writing as much? I’ve really, really noticed a difference. I really feel more professional, more happy, and more comfortable writing. I think the lesson from this is not “YOU HAVE TO HAVE A DESKTOP!” What the lesson is… is that you have to follow what makes you happiest! If you want to write on a laptop, you get yourself a work laptop. If you want to write on pen and paper, stock up! And if you want to write on a desktop computer… don’t let anyone make you feel like you have to write on any of the above mentioned. You do what makes you feel the most comfortable, what makes you feel the most productive… whether it’s buying a desktop specifically for writing… or jotting notes on your forearm during work to type down later!

The second thing that I was missing was less significant… but just as important. It kind of ties in to my prep – I got myself a printer! I really, really wanted one. I think that it’s amazing to be able to print out your words, to see them physically in front of you. I also have some inspirational things, commonly used words and alternatives, emotional wheels, writer cheat sheet and the like hung up around my desk. Not only do I get to print out my writing, but I get to print out inspiration. It’s amazing!

And last but not least… prep. Oh, yes. Game of Thrones will tell you that Winter is Coming.

Writers will tell you something else, something just as scary (and exciting!)… NaNoWriMo is coming! I’ve told you all about NaNoWriMo countless times… but as October winds down and November draws near… I’m starting to really feel the anxious excitement for it! I can’t wait! I’m trying to decide exactly what I want to work on. For me, prep for NaNo is a lot of notebooks, a lot of pens, at least 3 outlines on Scrivener… and making sure that My Writer Group is prepared! (If you would like to join that and you have Skype, just comment, by the way! I’d love to have you all!). I’ve been talking to all of my friends, getting to talk to some long-lost-friends… and honestly, I’m so excited for it that I can hardly stand myself. So, I will definitely have more on that – perhaps even a vlog about  my preparation and Scrivener setup for it? Who knows! I can’t wait.

Gyah… it’s so good to be blogging again! I will have something new up on Monday!

So, how do you guys feel about the topics brought up? What do you prefer to use as a writing tool? Do you take vacations from your work… and are you just as excited for NaNo as I am? Let me know! Comment below!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick