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Tag Thursday

Hello everyone! It’s time for another Tag Thursday, and I’ve been tagged by the lovely WriterCentralBlogs for a lovely book tag! You know what I’m going to do though – I’m going to turn this inward and turn it into another writing tag. I have to say that I love getting tagged by you guys, because it gives me a chance to read about you and to learn more about all of you!

Let me include some information and the description of the tag below:


I’m not necessarily certain who made up this tag, but you might be able to find that information somewhere on booktube.

This tag is called the Birthstone tag, and basically I have to name a book or character that fits into each of the twelve categories.  The categories, in turn, correlate with birthstones, which of course are correlated with the months of the year. — So, for me, I’m going to name books or characters from my own, personal writing in order to answer these questions! Onward and upward then, let’s get on with the tag!

January (GARNET):
Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies – Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of.


All right. So, since I’m going to try to turn this reading tag into yet another writing tag… let’s go with my characters again! I would have to say out of everyone that I’ve written the most evil character that I’ve created has no actual name. He is The Darkness – he is the first shadow that covered the Earth, before God came along and ruined it all with light and birds and man. He is the twin dark flame to God’s light… and he didn’t really appreciate it when his brother came along and started putting things on his nice, shadowy planet. I have a 7 book series about angels and demons, and he’s actually one of the big players within it, though you don’t realize it until the very end.

I have a short story that I wrote for him a long time ago for college, if anyone is interested in reading about him. He is who corrupted Lucifer. He is the Darkness, and he’s badder than Satan himself.

February (AMETHYST):
Purple is associated with royalty – Name a book with regal qualities… You can base this off of characters or choose the King of all books.

Out of all of my books, I would have to say that RipTide has the most regal/royal properties. We’re actually dealing with a Prince of one of the domains of the ocean (Yeah, yeah, he’s a mermaid.) And the woman that he falls in love with and wants to marry. There’s actually going to be a lot more political involvement than I meant to have in the series… so, I would say out of everything, it’s certainly that one that takes the cake.

Uh, fish flake?

Washed out – Name a ‘wishy washy’ character, a character who is not strong or a follower.


Hmm…. this is actually pretty hard to figure out in my own writing… but… I would have to say that Sadie could fit the bill. She’s a character in my Fallout Fanfics – I made her up as an original one. She’s sister to my character Jack (I’m sure you’ve all heard about him if you’ve read my blog at all.) The thing is, for everything that her strong, charming, brave, fierce, deadly brother is… she just isn’t. She’s afraid of her own shadow, and she really hadn’t come into herself yet.

If she has the option to run away from the people that she’s following, she will. If keeping herself safe means hiding in the corner and listening to people screaming… she’s hate it, but she’ll do it. Right now, she’s so frightened of the world because of her early life experiences that she’s not had the chance to be strong, and she sure as hell isn’t going to trust anyone enough to follow them.

April (DIAMOND):
A diamond in the rough – Name a book that you loved but is not well known.


Uhm… okay, for this it’s kind of weird, since I’m talking about my own writing. But my first ever book was called Magic Island – I hand wrote it in the 6th grade. It’s in two composition notebooks that I have hidden away from the world… and there aren’t very many people out there who have read it, who’ve heard of it, who know anything about it.

I probably will intend to keep it that way. Because, you know, I was in sixth grade.

Said to balance energy – Name two characters who balance each other well.


Hmmm… I’ll need to think about this, because I tend to write my characters to balance and compliment one another fairly well, no matter where I go. It makes for a better reading experience. If I had to pick anyone, though, I’d say Nevaeh and Kerwyn from my novel Cerulean Darkness. She’s basically an Empress of Light and Good and everything that is love and happiness and (I’m not calling her a hippy, but xD). And he’s this man who was scorned and cast out, and turned to the darkness to get the power that he was never given.

(Dances around actual plot stuff for the sake of not spoiling everything for those who might want to read this.)

The thing is though, when they come together, they make something great. He’s fire and she’s soothing ice… but somehow, when they’re next to each other, the light the whole world up.

June (PEARL):
Associated with loyalty – Name a character who is loyal to the end.

Oh, same book. Same damn book. Atreyu from Cerulean Darkness. He might have had a moment or two while Nevaeh was gone where his loyalty got depressed and went and sat in a corner, but when it comes down to it, and when he’s with her, his blood sings for only her – he is her guardian, her protector, and he’d lay down his life a thousand times if it meant keeping the blonde hairs on her head from getting damaged. He’s very, very loyal.

July (RUBY):
Blood red – Name a book that made your blood boil, one that made you angry.


Hmmmmmmmmmmm. OH! I have an answer for this.

So, I decided to write a novel called Limbo for my NaNoWriMo year before last. I get about 35,000-40,000 words into it…

And I realize that I hate it.

I hate everything about it. I hate how it’s reading, I hate how my characters are sounding, I hate how there’s too many people involved and it seems like I’m just jumping point of view so rapidly and so chaotically that I don’t even want to read my own novel anymore.

35,000 words into my NaNo Novel… and I realize that something had to be done.

35,000 words into my NaNo Novel, and with a fury unlike anything that I’ve ever felt before, I started to rewrite it.

I changed it from third to first person POV, and I turned into a monster when it came to getting those words out. I rewrote, and I rewrote, and I rewrote… and I won NaNo with the first person POV version of it. The thing is, I never finished the book, and I got so irritated at having to rewrite (and I am so much more pleased with how it reads, and I know I made the right decision) that I had to step away from it.

I really do intend to finish it, and soon… because I love zombie novels, and I love romance novels, and it needs to be finished. But yeah. I’d say that was pretty furious.

August (PERIDOT):
Pale green (it pales in comparison to other gems) – Name a supporting character who you like better than the main character.

Well, that’s not fair. I write my main characters to love them. xD If I had to go with anyone for this particular instance though, I’d say that… well, in my RipTide novel (yeah, the mermaids), there is this character.

He might be a mantis shrimp, okay?

He might be a rainbow mantis shrimp, and most damn beautiful mermaid under the sea.

He might be my favorite character out of the series, even though he’s only in the novel for a few chapters.

He might get his own spin off book because I loved him so much.


So there’s that.


September (SAPPHIRE):
Blue like the ocean which is calming – Name a book that had a calming affect on you.


I think that one of the most calming novels for me to write was actually RipTide. My mother passed away on the second day of NaNoWriMo last year, and it was really hard for me. I kind of threw myself into my writing – I threw myself into the story, and just the sensation of getting lost to putting words on paper.

And it was a really calming, cathartic experience. It was something that really helped me through the emotions that probably would have completely engulfed me otherwise. So, I’m really grateful that I had my writing (and my writing group. And my amazing husband <3) to help me get through those times. It just goes to show me though that writing is truly my passion, and it’s my escape from so many things. It’s what makes my  heart happy.

October (OPAL):
Iridescent – Name an iridescent book, this can be a book with a beautiful cover (Shiny? Lots of colour?) or you can base it off of a character (Quirky? Colourful?).


Guys… I really hate to keep using RipTide, but I actually won a contest and got a professional cover made for it for freesies. So. Uhm.


Ta daaaaa! Conversely, the other cover that I would have picked was my cover for Limbo, which I made for myself out of free, stock images.


November (TOPAZ):
Associated with resilience – Name a book with a character who rises to the top in a time of adversity.

Hmm… I have a novel called Red, which is a retelling of the story Little Red Riding Hood. I honestly can’t go into it much, because it would completely and utterly spoil the plot of it, but in the end, she rises above a situation that honestly should have taken her completely out of the running – and she does it with grace, with intelligence, and with some kick-ass epicness that makes my little Lynn one of my favorite characters.

December (BLUE ZIRCON):
Associated with friendship – Name a book with a friendship you want to be a part of.


Hmm… I’m currently writing a novel called Insert Epic Title Here – which is basically a ton of D&D references and tropes and satire in general. And I damn well wouldn’t mind to have some of the friends that my characters have in there; an epic fighting party, a necromancer named Frank.

An arm giant.

You know, those kind of friends. ❤


Wow! So, that was a pretty long tag – it got me most of my words that I need for the day! I’m not going to tag anyone specific, because I love seeing it when all of you do these tags! So, please! Get to it! If you can’t do it in relation to your own writing, go ahead and turn it back into a book tag and relate it to book characters. Honestly though, I love seeing it when you guys turn inward and answer these kinds of questions about your own characters.

Regardless, I can’t wait to see what you come up with. If you do end up doing the tag, make sure to link back to me so that I’ll know and I can give it a looksie. Also, make sure to check out the blog of the person who originally tagged me ❤ it’s always fun when we do what we can to help one another out and get each other views!

So, until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
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Weekly Writing Update

So, do you remember how I was really afraid last week that I wasn’t going to do very well for my word count for the month? I was kind of in despair, kind of thinking that I was doing a poor job. Well, after this week… I feel like there’s a distinct possibility that I could still break at least 90k this month if I really put forth the effort (and don’t find myself completely lost to the Nuka World DLC that comes out tonight for Fallout.)

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So, there we go, and boom baby. Do you see that 10k day :3 Do you see the subsequent 4 and 6k days? I’m pretty damn pleased with myself, to be quite honest. I didn’t think that I was going to break 60k this month… I honestly was worried about doing well at all… and it was that worry that really sent me propelling forward. It’s just proof to the fact that you can honestly do anything, if you set your mind to it.

If you see that you’re falling behind on something… worrying about it and letting yourself get defeated isn’t the answer. Instead, redouble your efforts, and do the best you can. That’s all that you can ask of yourself… and quite often, you’ll find that doing so gets you more than you ever realized you could achieve.

Heh. Honestly though, you just need to do it. Push forward, give it your all. Give it 100%, and then find that random reserve that you didn’t know that you had and give it that, too. You can accomplish such amazing things, if you simply set your mind to it. You can accomplish anything that you try hard enough to attain.

So, just do it, guys. ❤ I believe in you. Believe in yourself!

Until next time, you guys. Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!

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Weekly Writing Update

Hey everyone! I’m getting this weeks writing prompt up bright and early (and I’m not scheduling it this time, since that seemed to be a fiasco last time I tried it.) Anyway, this weeks prompt is actually a picture that my friend Kayla sent me. If she has a source for it, I’ll grab it from her. But it looked like something fun! As you guys have seen, I’ve been writing fanfics as my responses part of the time for these writing prompts.

Anyway – I thought that it would be fun if we could do something that would have us all delving into our fandoms. Even if we don’t write fanfics usually, we still have fandoms. And it’s those that we’re going to draw on today. So ❤ For today’s prompt, please follow the instructions on the photo below (if someone else knows the source to this, give it to me, please. I want to link back to them, because this is amazing.)



So, there we are. It’s going to be taking the young you and the you today and putting them together in something that could be truly amazing. I’m honestly extremely excited to see what everyone comes up with.

Just remember, if you do the prompt make sure to link back to me – I want to be able to link your writing on my blog, so that everyone can enjoy it. Other than that, just have fun, write something amazing… and I can’t wait until Saturday to see what happens!

So, until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
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Writing Prompt Response

Hey everyone! I’m trying to get this out before I end up going off for the day – I have a few things to do, and I wanted to make sure that I had the proper time to finish my writing prompt! The thing with this is, I usually wait until Saturday to write it, because it gives me something that is a specific goal on Saturday.

My problem this week is that I didn’t even think about what I was going to do, or what I was going to write. So… I’m going into this a little blind, but I’m sure that it will somehow work itself out. It usually always does.

Blood of my Blood

There was blood spattered across the walls. This was the last place I thought I’d see her. The black pitch color that my sister had dyed her hair was starting to grow out – the crimson color of her locks was showing through.

It was the same color as mine.

I’d never known about Sadie when I left the settlement, or I would have brought her with me – I didn’t have any love lost for my parents, but she was innocent. She was just a child… and she was a child with our looks, with our charm.

The only problem was, my little sister didn’t have my confidence to back everything else up.

I’d heard about her when I went back to the settlement that I came from – little Sadie, who had refused to follow in my footsteps and bring prosperity to the town.

Little Sadie, who had run off at a tender age, because she was afraid of what people might do to her, how they might use her.

Little Sadie, who had joined the raiders, because she didn’t understand that when I’d left… I had a position and respect within the Gunners – and the Gunners were organized and militant.

The raiders were savages, and my sister had apparently learned that the hard way.

I heard about her next from an old lover – Pickman, who told me of a beautiful young raider with crimson locks, who he’d spared because she had my full lips and bone structure.

He didn’t tell me what he’d done while she’d stayed with him, and it was probably better that way. I didn’t know my sister, but I was already protective of her – I knew what depravity Pickman enjoyed; I’d helped him to acquire some of those tastes.

I left him at his gallery, and continued my search.

After a few tender nights spent with a group of raiders, I managed to extract the information that she’d left their group, and they hoped she was dead. She’d been a sweet piece of meat that they’d all enjoyed their time with – their callous words were their last. I don’t know where I left their tongues…

And then, there was talk of a young woman, trying to make her way through the Commonwealth with a sniper rifle and stealth armor. She was beautiful, but she was afraid. She was deadly, but her insecurity kept her from being as deadly as she could be.

And when all else failed, she’d pull out a blade and carve her way out of a bad situation.

My little sister – sweet little Sadie. And I thought I’d found her at last.

But when I did, it wasn’t what I expected.

There was blood on the walls, and she was curled up in the corner. It was a raider den, and her clothing was half torn off of her, her armor barely covering her skin. There were streaks of crimson all along her body, and her raider paint was half smeared from her face.

Her lip was split, her nose was bloody…

And I wasn’t sure if she was breathing.

I rushed forward silently, wary of what was going on around us – there were raider parts everywhere, as though some kind of explosion had happened. There was no sound, no moaning… just the slow drip of blood that let me know that whatever she’d done, she’d done a damn good job of it.

I didn’t know if she was seeking vengeance, or if they’d simply caught her again.

I didn’t know if she was alive, curled in the corner with tear stains streaked through the pitch and blood that covered her pretty face.

It was only when I stepped forward, close enough that I could finally see her small chest rising and falling that I let out a sigh of relief.

My little sister was alive, and she was curled around a goddamn fatman that had clearly devastated the room around her and nearly taken her life.

I knelt on the ground and studied her carefully – she was everything that I’d heard about. Beneath the paint, beneath the blood and the bruises, she was a more delicate version of myself – all full lips and a gorgeous face.

She was my sister – she was the only family that I had. And regardless of if she wanted it or not, I was going to take care of her from this moment onward.


So, there we go. It’s a little more of my Fallout characters. You’ve heard about Jack. His little half-sister Sadie is my other character. She’s a raider, and it’s been a lot of fun to develop her back story as I’ve been playing here. I’ll probably write a lot more about these two; I actually plan on giving Jack his own novel (outside of the Fallout world), which means that Sadie will be featured in it as well.

I’m not going to write much more on this, because I want to go ahead and get the blog posted. ❤ I hope you enjoyed the writing prompt, and remember! If you ever respond to the prompts, just link back to me, and I’ll feature you on my blog, just like I’m about to do now!

Other Responses:

Kayla Dore | Prowling Thunder

So, until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
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early morning ff

Welcome to the next segment of Early Morning Flash Fiction. I wanted to go ahead and get this up early, because I’m going to have a busy day. I’m still, of course, going to do my writing prompt response as usual. But that may come later in the day. ❤ I wanted to post something up to hold you guys over until then!

At the moment, I’m  still playing a “Random Title Generator” type of flash fiction… and my rule is to keep the stories below 250 words. As a side note, I would love to see what you would come up with, if you were to use these same titles. Feel free to use my flash fiction titles! Just link back to me❤ We can link one another! For now, here’s my first piece of flash fiction!


I was born for the sea – she was the only lover that I’d ever known, and the only Mistress that I bade to when she called. I was born for the ocean, and the waves.

I was born for a life where everything that I had, I took with blade and powder.

My mother had died during childbirth on the hull of a great ship, while a storm raged on around her head; my father had taken me in and raised me as the son he wanted, instead of the daughter he’d been given.

I am Pirateborn, and before my tale is over, I will slay my father.

I will be Captain of the Black Dread.

There we go. I’m really enjoying this random title generator that I do. It’s a way to force myself to make up a scenario – even if it’s a small one – based on something entirely not my idea. It’s really fun to see what you can come up with when you’re forced into a set of parameters.

So, until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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early morning ff

Welcome to the next segment of Early Morning Flash Fiction. I’m still not sure how often these are going to happen, but I felt like putting another one up today!

At the moment, I’m  still playing a “Random Title Generator” type of flash fiction… and my rule is to keep the stories below 250 words. As a side note, I would love to see what you would come up with, if you were to use these same titles. Feel free to use my flash fiction titles! Just link back to me❤ We can link one another! For now, here’s my first piece of flash fiction!

The Bones of Joseph

There are bones in my basement, hidden under a layer of dirt. Sometimes, when I’m down there too much and I kick up too much dust, I can see their yellowed splinters peaking out, and I have to cover them again.

They are the bones of Joseph, the first man that I ever loved. They are the bones of a sinner – the first man who ever broke my heart.

They’re broken bones, splintered by time. Splintered by a blade.

They are the bones of the first and only man that I ever loved.

They are the bones of the first and only person I’ve ever killed.

There we go, guys! I really enjoy this early morning flash fiction, cause it gives me a way to wake up my brain and get some things going! So, until next time!

So, until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Tag Thursday

Today’s Tag comes from Jenna Moreci’s channel, and I think she lists who originally made it! I really like doing these writer tags, because they make me look at myself, make me look at my habits… and even the things that hinder those habits. I’ve already answered some of these, I know… but I don’t mind that my tags overlap!

#1 What do you eat or drink while writing?

I actually really like to drink coffee while I’m writing. Though, I’ve begun to realize that if I get food while I write, or if I have something other than coffee while I write… I forget about it if I really get into my story. I’ll have these huge thousand+ bursts of writing, and then realize that I let my lunch get cold.

Candy though. Candy is always accessible. Candy never gets cold. Candy is my friend o-o

#2 What do you listen to while writing?

I listen to Spotify. I’ve gotten to where I’m making a lot of different playlists – I’m actually thinking of going through and making scene specific playlists. So, happy playlist, sad playlist, action scene, sex scene, etc. I think it would be good.

As far as the type of music, I honestly am so eclectic. I go from Mozart to Ozzy Osbourne in about 3 seconds flat. I listen to whatever will set the mood properly, and you never know what that’s going to be.

#3 What is your biggest distraction while you’re writing?

Mmm… youtube. The people around me. My dogs are also a huge distraction. Basically anything that can pull me out of my mojo area. And God help me if I start scrolling on tumblr when I should be writing, because I get sucked into it something fierce. Honestly, though, when I’m in the ‘mood to get distracted’, anything can distract the Hell out of me. I’ve accidentally watched 4 hours of youtube when I was supposed to be writing.

#4 What is the worst thing that has happened to you while writing?

Oh, I’ve lost huge chunks of my writing before. Like thousands of words. It’s the worst feeling in the world – your gut clenches, your brain reels, and you find yourself silently cursing that you ever chose to be a writer in the first place. And then, of course, you put on your big kid undies and you re-write it. And often times, I find that the re-written version is even better. I lost the first huge chunk of one of my books once – we’re talking like 15k+ words… and when I rewrote it, I had the fierce intensity of someone who had a point to prove to my damn computer.

Suffice to say, the second draft was better.

#5 What is the best thing that has ever happened to you while writing?

Hmmm… probably just the positive feedback that I’ve gotten? Whether it’s fanfics, RP, or my books… any time that I can hear that I’ve made someone happy with my writing really elates me. A huge reason that I want to be a writer is because of how much reading influenced me as a kid – I could escape from shitty situations with a book. I could be somewhere else, and I could be happy. And to hear that I can do that for other people? Well, it’s about the best feeling that a person can get.

#6 Who do you communicate with while you’re writing?

Uhm, my writing group, mostly. I have it on Discord (I’ll link in my signature if you want to join), and we’re actually talking quite often. More specifically, I do have a few close friends who I talk to a lot while I’m writing. (Kayla Dore gets harassed by me frequently xD). I also talk to my friend Glo and Michelle a lot – we have little write ins. My writing group ends up having big group crawls and sprints during NaNo. It’s really enjoyable, and I actually like writing more when I feel like I’m writing with people instead of by myself.

#7 What is your secret to success and your biggest writing flaw?

I don’t necessarily have a secret to success. I just keep pushing forward, keep practicing, and keep myself open to the fact that I am always going to learn. I really have the opinion that the moment that you are content, that you become complacent with where you are as a writer… it’s the moment that you stop yourself from ever growing. I’m never going to think that I’m a good enough writer, because I always know that I can push myself forward and learn more.

As for my biggest flaw? Mmm… I’m actually really, really hard on myself? Like, when I post fanfics, I can’t read them to edit… or I won’t post them. I started editing my novel, and I decided that I couldn’t just edit it. I had to toss the entire thing and redo it. I can’t stand to look at my own work – I’m so critical that I tear myself apart.

#8 What is your inspiration? What makes you productive?

I don’t know about inspiration. I’ve always wanted to write – I’ve seen what happens to me when I don’t; I get moody, and depressed, and I’m honestly really unhappy. My husband inspires me, though. He always tells me how good I am, how proud he is of me, and how I’m doing something amazing. The world inspires me, and how short life is – you have one chance to do something really amazing, one chance to do something that will leave an imprint of you on this world forever… so why not try for it? Why not strive to do the best that you can, and if nothing else… you made yourself happy.

As to what makes me productive? Determination? A good schedule. Great friends to encourage me and keep me accountable.

#9 What is one thing that you do or that other writers do that is super annoying?

Errrr… the thing that I find most annoying in writers is when they start getting competitive? I don’t mean healthy competition, either. I mean like, “I’m going to compare myself to you and your writing in every way that I can, and it’s going to make things very awkward between us.” Writing is an art, a glorious, amazing, wonderful art that everyone does uniquely and individually. Comparing and trying to act like you’re better than a person is just so…

Blagh. I could write an entire blog post about this.

I might write an entire blog post about this.

Yeah. Expect to see a rant post at some point soon.

#10 Are you willing to share something you’ve written?

Uugh. Uhm. Sure. >_<


She’s suddenly so warm and so close, and I find that my mind goes completely blank. I’ve never felt anything like this before – it’s a warm blush that spreads from my lips and tingles down to my hips. Delicia’s playing with my hair for a moment, and her gaze is sweeping along my body… and I feel hot where her eyes go, so hot that it’s hard to breathe.

So hot that it’s hard to think about all of the reasons that I am being careful and courteous around her.

I can’t think of anything of the sort when she raises on tiptoe, leaning into me. Her hand is in my chest, and I’m sure she can feel the thundering of my heart when she lowers her lids and gives me a smokey gray look, her lips upturning as though they’re searching for mine… searching for the perfect press of mouth to mouth that will seal whatever is happening between us, even if she doesn’t realize it.

I can’t help myself when I move – there’s water clinging to her lashes, and her full lips are too tempting for me to refrain; there’s a moment of me cursing myself, because I clearly am a mungo who can’t help himself… but then I shift the half inch that separates us…

And I’m thinking of nothing but the sensation of her soft lips against my own.


Have a tiny part of my RP. *Dies of embarrassment and flees*

So, there we go! That was my tag for this Thursday, and I certainly hope that you all enjoyed it! If you did, and you want to participate in it, I’d really love to see your replies! Tag me in it so that I’ll know to go check it!

So, until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Currently Wednesday

I found a blog post over on Katyupperman’s blog, and I found that it was something that I really wanted to do! It’s a thing called Currently – it informs people of what you’re currently up to… and I thought that it would be a fun little update to do on Wednesdays!

I apologize for the fact that I didn’t have a blog up yesterday. Things have been a little crazy, and I was talking to new roomies. So. Anyway. Onward to the Currently post!


This new mod that I found for my Fallout 4 game. It pretty much lets me put my characters into a copious amount of poses. Since a lot of my writing is actually about those characters (to the point that some of them are going to get unrelated books, because I feel like they deserve it – lies, they demand it) it’s really inspiring. Whenever I can find something that inspires the Hell out of me, I cling to it. I love it. I keep it forever.


The second draft of my friend Kayla Dore’s novel. It’s very, very, very good. I let my tablet die, so I had a few days of lull while I brought myself to charging it, but I’m back at it now.❤ It’s delightful. <— This is still my answer. Shame on me for taking a whole week to finish this.


I actually haven’t been watching television this week. I’ve been writing until I was tired, and then sleeping… or just sleeping in general. If I have anything on the TV, it’s like… Mythbusters, or a Documentary. Sometimes, I get into this mood where they’re nothing that I really want to watch, and nothing that really seems to satisfy me.

It happens when I’m being super write-y.

Listening To

Still Spotify. I’m going to always just answer this one by the last song that was playing on there, I suppose. Hungry Like The Wolf, a cover by The Hidden Citizens. They do like… epic movie trailer versions of a bunch of songs, and they’re epic. I’d seriously recommend you going and looking it it, because it’s completely worth giving a listen to.

Thinking About

How many words I can crank out today. I really am in a writer mood. I’m over 4k for the day already, and I want to get at least 5k. There’s a part of me that’s tempted to do another 10k day today (it was the initial plan), but I had a really bad migraine earlier so I didn’t wake up early like I meant to. Because of that, I might have to cut that desired word count short. But still… I’m just wondering how many words I can get – I want to try to finish this chapter of my story, and get some of When Flowers Fall rewritten. I have to get that completely translated into first person, male perspective before I decide if it’s going to be my NaNo project.




NaNoWriMo! November is so close, it’s so very close… and I absolutely adore that entire month. It’s really wonderful to feel that rush of creativity that just completely fills the air. My Discord group is growing, so I think we’re going to have a great batch of people to participate this year! I’m excited.


That I had my own writing room. I keep having to either be on my computer late into the night when no one is awake, or on my laptop up in my bedroom. I want to have somewhere that I can retreat, somewhere that can be my little writing cave.

I know that it will happen eventually, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting it right now, now does it? Honestly though, a good set of earphones and some nice music can take care of most of those issues, and it is nice to always be in the same room with my epic husband ❤ So.

Making Me Happy


Coffee is always making me happy. Writing is actually making me extremely happy. I had a 10k day two days ago, and it just reminded me of how much I love to write… how much I love the rush and feeling when I finish something and my entire body just feels accomplished, and like I did something amazing. I’m loving my RPs that I have going, because they’re really inspiring me, and making me want to write even more. 

There are times when I randomly have these realizations and epiphanies that writing is something that makes me happy, and content, and it makes me feel complete. I really do feel like it’s what I’m supposed to do… and those days when my mind just sings that? Yeah, that makes me pretty damn happy.

So, that’s all for this weeks Currently! I really am sorry about the lack of post yesterday – things might be a little bit crazy, but I try to never miss more than one day. I might write another blog this afternoon in an attempt to make up for it, if only because I feel like I’m behind for some reason o-o

So, until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Weekly Writing Update

Hey everyone! I’m still pretty groggy this morning (I didn’t really sleep last night), but I wanted to go ahead and roll out my weekly writing update for this last week. I’m disappointed in my progress (even though I’ve had some good days), so I’m trying to make today as big of a writing day as possible. I’m already very close to 2k for the day, and it’s only 8:43 AM. So, we’ll see how it goes. But this post isn’t for today… it’s for last week, so let’s delve into it.


So, as you can see… I’m still doing okay on my wordcount. I even had a 4k day yesterday, which was fairly nice. But I’ve also had too many under 2k days for my own good, and I’m simply not where I want to be. I really wanted to end out this month with close to 100k words. I’m not sure that I’m going to be able to get there, but I’m going to get as close as possible.

Still, part of my major issue with not being able to write that much is slowly fading away – California heat is a bitch. But we’ve had cool days now… and I’m hoping that they’re slowly coming around to stay. A lot of what I’ve been writing has been blogs, rp, and a little fanfic work.

I’m actually hoping to get a new chapter up for my Fanfic, and then work a lot on changing When Flowers Fall over to first person/male perspective. So, we’ll see how far I can get on that – I suppose I’ll be able to tell you about it in my next weekly update!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
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Writing Prompt

Hey guys! This is going to be a bit of a shorter post, because I have a busy day today! I’m actually writing this at 1:30 am and putting it up for schedules, because I want to make sure that you guys get the writing prompt nice and early tomorrow… (nyx this, because it randomly decided that it didn’t wanna schedule.)  …for those of you who like to post it on the day that I do!

So, without too much delay, here we go!

“There was blood spattered across the walls. This was the last place I thought I’d see her.”

Write a prompt from the following sentence. Or a derivative of the sentence, if you’d like to change the her to a him!

So, there we go. This could go either way, again. I like having prompts that could either be horror, or sad, or you could somehow manage to turn that into something completely happy (which I’d be interested in seeing!)

So, if you do a response, make sure to tag back to me. I will feature you in my blog when I do my response, so that everyone can see what a lovely writer you are!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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