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Oh, is it that time again? I think so! It’s time for another Blog Challenge! I wanted to switch this one up a bit again… so, instead of me giving you a writing prompt, I want you to make a list. Write down the last five things that you can remember dreaming about. After you’ve done that, use at least three elements from those dreams to make a short story! Doing this, you’re going to kind of delve into your own mind to write a story and practice what a lot of writers do to create new worlds!

(For those of you who will say: I can’t remember my dreams. I don’t dream. I don’t want to do this. Blah. Fine. https://wordcounter.net/random-word-generator Pick five words here and carry on as instructed.)

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

So, let’s get to it, shall we?

Author Amanda McCormick

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Here we are, guys! I asked everyone to do an introduction of themselves for the first step of this blog challenge, and now we’re going to get into the actual juicy bits of it! For starts, we’re going to open with a writing prompt.

Writing prompts are very important, in my opinion. They help you to expand your writing capabilities, and they help you to put yourself into a situation that you might not have put yourself in otherwise. Some of my best novel ideas came from a writing prompt that took on a life of its own!


So, for our first prompt:

Write a story including the following three elements: A stolen ring, fear of spiders, and a sinister stranger.


And there we have it! There is our first prompt. When you’re done, make sure to link back to my blog so I can round them all up and post them when I post my own response! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Author Amanda McCormick

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New beginnings are always tough, but I’m more than experienced in starting over. I’ve done it a thousand times before, with a thousand different faces.

I guess that sounds a bit… well, odd, does it? Don’t worry, I’ll explain myself. If you want to understand, though, you have to abandon all of your conceptions of what is real and what is not. You have to give up on your silly, human notions of what is possible and what isn’t.

I am not a possibility — I am an inevitability.  I am what your life will eventually come to, whether you will it or not; I am that long sleep and an earthen embrace.

I am death.

Of course, your very conception of what I am is skewed. I am not a creature who roams in a robe with a scythe. I am not a singular entity. There are thousands of my kind, and we all reap the souls of the humans around us. We are unseen, but sometimes felt — you equate us to ghosts when the memory of your loved ones resonate within us. You equate our presence to the chill that spills down your spine, and to the shimmering shine that you call ‘orbs’ within your photos.

It isn’t just a ghostly presence, however, that you can attribute me to. Humans have trouble understanding when someone that they know had a sudden change of personality — humans blame it on an imbalance of hormones, on shock, on trauma. Sometimes, it is these things… but…

Sometimes, it is one of my kind.

New beginnings are always tough, but I’m more than experienced in starting over… because I’ve lived a thousand lives. When a human succumbs to death, I sometimes choose to slip into their skin, to assume their life. Their soul flees and flits, I absorb it into my being… and I become who they are — who they were.

Sometimes, I enjoy living life just as much as you do. I want to feel; I want to experience. When a young girl has suddenly become sexually promiscuous without cause, perhaps I am to blame. When a rich man tosses aside his fortune to travel the world and live life to the fullest? That’s me, too.

And when a seemingly innocuous and innocent individual suddenly goes on a murderous rampage.

Well, sometimes I like to cause a hassle to my brothers and sisters.

Guilty as charged.

Just a writing prompt I did for my discord server! I’d love to see what you guys could come up with for this though!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Deciding a project is always hard to do… and I’m having that issue right now. I’m doing my commissions, and I’m working on getting a very good rhythm going with those. I’m pleased on that front… but I’m still torn about which project I want to select as the novel that I really focus down on and polish until it shines.

And that’s just the thing — sometimes it isn’t always an easy decision. And sometimes you need to get some outside advice. I’m going to finish rewriting one into first person, and I’m going to add the last few chapters onto the other… and then I’m going to give the manuscripts to some very well trusted people to ask them which one they think has the most potential. It’s honestly so important to have people that you can trust, and people who you can go to for an opinion. It’s not me going for a critique, or for editing. It’s not even me going for constructive criticism (which is so important, trust me), it’s me trusting a small group of people who I know can read the book without me having to edit it and tell me, “Hey, this idea is better.”

You need to surround yourself with people who understand your needs, and who understand your desires. Look for a writing group, make some writer friends ❤ You won’t regret it!

So, that’s my bit of advice for the day ❤ I hope it helps, and I’d love to hear your thoughts! If there’s a subject you want me to touch on for the next blog, leave it in the comments or email me!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Writing Prompt

Hey all! Here we are, jumping back into an attempted proper blogging schedule. With that comes writing prompts, delivered to you fresh off of the… wherever I find them. In this case, it’s a huge list that my husband found for me! Without any delay, here is our writing prompt for the week!

I have seen this prompt a few times, and I really do love it! I would love to see your reply as well! I’ll try to have mine up some time over the weekend! If you end up doing the prompt, just link back to my blog! When I post my response, I’ll feature yours as well! Let’s all get creative, guys!

Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey! It’s Day 5 of Camp NaNo, and I’m actually keeping on a decent enough track that I feel good about what I’m doing. I hit a stride writing for a day and got some fics finished up/some things posted on my A03 (which I haven’t done in months!) I’m only at 2,000 words… but since I have a 5,000 word goal, I’m pretty pleased with it. I plan on being at 3,000 minimum before the day is out, so we will see how all of that goes!

I’d love to hear how all of you are doing as well! What are your goals? How far are you into them?

My favorite thing about Camp is the fact that those goals are adjustable! I was talking about it to a friend earlier, and it just got brought up again today. Even if you start the month out with a 50k goal, you can end up lowering that to 10k, if you realize that you bit off more than you could chew. Camp isn’t about banging out that novel as fast as you can without taking a breath to notice your mistakes (AKA: NaNo in November, which is all about the novel xD). It’s about getting some writing done, getting your stride, and completing a goal… and more than anything, it’s about enjoying the community that NaNo provides, in this particular case via your cabin and cabin mates. My Discord Writing Channel has a great environment for writing and community. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without them. I’ve made some amazing friends through it, and I know that my writing has improved because of them.

Writing is a cumulative experience – we are always growing and changing. People come in and out of our lives, and they influence how we write, what we do, what we strive for ❤ So I think that it’s a good thing to surround yourself with people who have a common and equal goal of writing, of creating, if you can! That’s what makes Camp so damn awesome… because there are thousands of other people who are working towards the same thing that you are… and that thing is creation! 

Anyway, there’s my little pep talk for the day! I really would love to hear how you guys are doing so far in Camp. I’m going to try to get a few words banged out this morning as well! I had a sip of my husbands coffee before he left for work, and I felt my inspiration flicker its head >_> I really do think that there is a direct correlation between the flavor of coffee and my muse.

She must be a coffee whore. It’s just too bad that she has to wait a little while longer before I can properly start her engines like I used to! Ah well! Off to writing I go, and you guys should do the same!

Until next time, guys! Let me know about your Camp NaNo plans!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey, everyone! It looks like it is nearly that time again, doesn’t it? Camp NaNoWriMo is quickly approaching us all, and I find myself in a little bit of a quandary. I’m not completely certain if I want to participate.

In April, my husband and I are going to be moving; that of itself provides a challenge when ti comes to finding time to be creative. I have to add to that the fact that I am pregnant, oddly hormonal, and easily tired. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to find the time or energy to really complete a big project for Camp.

However, I’ve made the decision to go ahead and push forward. I sat my project amount for 15,000 words. I think I can manage that. I’m not working on a new project – I’m working on rewrites for a novel that I want to get properly edited. I think that I can do it, even with everything going on.

Regardless of if I can, I want to try. And that’s what is so important here; I’m trying to take the advice that I gave out so often to all of you – I have time to do it. It may not feel like it, but somewhere along the way, I can manage 500 words a day. I know I can. I know my limits, and I know how long that takes me to crank out. So, I’m going to push forward, even though I’m afraid for the first time that I might fail… and now that I’ve made that decision, I’m all the happier for it.

I guess this blog is here to encourage all of you who are teetering on the edge of doing Camp NaNo or not. Go ahead, go for it! The worst that will happen is you won’t hit your goal, but you know what? You’ll end up getting more words than you started out with. The only way that you can really fail is if you never try at all. So, push forward, strive for your best… and know that in this scary writing process that is attempting to better yourself, you are never alone.

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

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Life and Writing

Hey, everyone! So, the day for that explanation that I’ve been talking about has finally come. I was waiting for a particular day, a particular date… and it’s here now, so I’m ready to share. I’m gonna take a small break from writing talk (though not really, cause it has a huge impact on my writing) and talk to you about what’s been going on with me. A warning: if you don’t want to hear about pregnancy/troubles with it/emotions surrounding it, just skip this post and suffice it to say the first trimester of being pregnant is what has put a hold on my writing.

Now, for those who do wanna hear ❤


Just a little bit into November, I had this epiphany – this realization, if you will. I… hadn’t had my period for over a month. I bought a test on the day of my very first write in ever, took it… and spent the entire write in wanting to go home, because it came up positive.

I’m 27, married, I have a wonderful supporting husband and a lovely circle of family and friends. Being pregnant isn’t a bad thing – it’s actually a beautiful, joyous, amazing thing. Josh and I were both really excited, and so we called the doctors and got my dating appointment set up; basically, that’s where they give you an ultrasound to see how far along you are.

At least, that’s what I thought was happening?

I didn’t expect to really see anything. I was maybe six weeks. I wasn’t even sure if I was that, because my period is abnormal. I couldn’t see my normal doctor because she was out of town for a few weeks. I honestly should have taken that as a sign and waited, but they wanted me to come in as soon as possible, so I did.

And I got my scan.

And the doctor couldn’t see anything but the little sac where the baby eventually grows. She smiled, she said it was either I’d gotten my period date wrong (I hadn’t, but the fact that I wasn’t always normal didn’t seem to register to her?) or there was something wrong and it wasn’t a viable pregnancy. She signed me up for some blood tests and sent me on my way without any type of comfort, or anything like that. “I’ve seen it go both ways, so…”

That was it.

I was a little shocked, to say the least… but I took a deep breath and went home. I did something that I haven’t done in a loonnnnnngggg time. I prayed.

Let’s backtrack a little – I’m not really a religious person. I believe that there’s something out there, but I am a firm believer that people are way too good at screwing up for me to let a person define it for me. My childhood experiences with religion (in a very southern kinda Kentucky) had kinda soured me on it… so it wasn’t something that I was really into. I’m of the mind that there is something, but people aren’t capable of understanding it. Through this experience I’ve learned that you can have faith without it being the definition of an organized religion – I can still have my values and beliefs that we can’t understand the actuality of a higher power… but I can still believe in it, and that’s pretty amazing for me. And honestly, it made all of the difference in this situation.

Okay, anyway, I prayed. And I got just… the most peaceful feeling. It was weird, but I felt better about it. So, I went to my blood tests, and I had taken two of them and was on the way to my third when my doctor sent me an email.

I think that this is probably a miscarriage. Your numbers aren’t exactly where they should be.” She basically told me that it was her professional opinion that my baby was dead, but to go ahead and take my third test.

I’d done it by then, and I was so damn devastated. I ignored that feeling of peace – shame on me – and I cried.

I cried a lot, until my husband came home… and he told me that I couldn’t do that. That I had to think positive. That I had to be positive. And almost like everything was aligning, I get another email.

Your numbers still aren’t where I want them to be, but they have raised. Come in for another scan and we’ll see what’s happening.”

I was so elated. She basically removed the death sentence that she’d put on my little baby and gave me hope… and that was when I realized something. Prayer and positive thought are really powerful things. They really make a difference, and that feeling of peace that I felt initially was something that I should have trusted. Faith is something that I hadn’t felt in a long time, but I felt it then.

So, we went back to the doctor, and I had positive thoughts. I flooded myself with positive thoughts. And I prayed, and I said “You show her, baby, you show her the strongest little heartbeat that she’s ever seen. You prove her wrong.”

We went to the doctor… and… there it was. A strong heartbeat. My baby. It was there, and it was healthy and perfect… and she looked up at me and said, “Oh, wow. I can tell you congratulations now.” She was glad that she was wrong, but she wasn’t sorry that she’d been so harsh. I kind of had to take a step back and realize that sometimes it is really all about having the right doctor.

So… she completely removed that death sentence, and the entire month of November that was basically uncertain Hell for me suddenly got better. And I kept up with those positive thoughts and that prayer, because I realized how important it is. I realized that miracles really can happen, and that things that seem hopeless can be okay. I know there are other people who are in the position that I was in, and I want them especially to know that things can be okay, and that giving up hope is the last thing you should do. Just hold on, stay strong, and keep your positive thoughts and prayer going into the Universe ❤

I went to my next scan (with my actual doctor)… and things were perfect again. Little tiny flailing limbs that would someday be arms and legs. Strong heartbeat. Perfect baby.

I gave another huge splash of prayer and positive thought, and moved on to the last scan that I had on the 5th. And it was life changing.

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My kiddo had gone from a little bean to a little person. It had developed arms and legs and eyes and years and a nose… it had a perfect little profile, and I have to say that I’ve never felt more in love. I’d crossed that really unpredictable time – the first trimester – and I’d made it to the second, when things get less scary for losing the baby.

So, that’s where I am at. The last three months have been a roller coaster, and one that I couldn’t have gotten through without finding a little faith again, without a lot of positive thoughts, and without the best support system that a girl could ask for.

I’m probably going to post one a week with an update on this – how pregnancy is changing my writing, how things are going… because I think that a lot of writers are also Moms, and I know I’d be interested in reading it.

But that’s my little update, and my reasoning behind why things have been so crazy. Thank you so much to the people who were supportive during this time, and thank you so much to all of you for being patient while I wasn’t around ❤

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

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Writing Prompt

Hey, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done this, but it’s good to be getting back into the groove of things! I am changing the day that I post my writing prompt to Monday, because it just flows better. I’ll be experimenting with my schedule on and off for January to figure out exactly how I want to settle into it! Anyway, I won’t waste a ton of time chit chatting, let’s get straight into the prompt, shall we?

You’re writing one day, when suddenly you find yourself pulled into your own story. What happens?

I thought this would be pretty fun – it’s also a way to talk about what you’re currently writing without having to spoil too much of the plot! I thought that it would be an interesting prompt to start the new year out with, if for no other reason than to get you interested in your current writing project again.

I will be posting my response on Saturday! On Sunday, I will do a second blog to link all of the responses that people do, so that we can make sure to share the fun around! If you end up doing this writing prompt, just make sure to link back to me so that I know, that way I can get you linked up and shared out properly on my blog! If you’re doing it on something other than wordpress, just comment a link to it on this blog, and I’ll make sure to still link back and share, regardless of the venue!

I’m really glad to be back to blogging properly, and I have to say that I have missed you guys, especially getting to see your responses to my writing prompts! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

 

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

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Hey everyone! So, the New Year is going to be ringing in here at California very soon! I’ve been talking to a few of my friends about Resolutions, and I’ve been seeing a lot of people posting their opinions on them via facebook and other social media… and actually putting them into a negative light. I figured that a good way to get my blog on would be to go ahead and talk about resolutions and how I handle them.

In truth, I think that they’re fantastic, if you approach them realistically. People who swear up and down that they’re going to go to the gym every day, twice a day when they’ve never gone to the gym in their entire life >_> Hmmm… see, that’s jumping the gun a bit. I think that making the resolution to exercise at least twice a week is more plausible. For me, I always set two goals, because it makes things easier.

I’ve talked about this before, but this just seems like the perfect opportunity to talk about it again – I have a few goals for myself, and I’m pretty happy with them. I’ll lay my goals out!

Goals Number One: Write 1,000 words a day, every day for 2017. (A note that this may be adjusted up or down accordingly, depending on how things play out over the first of the year.)  Write at least 500 words in creative writing every day. – Stretch Goal: Write 1 million words in a year.

Goal Number Two: Read at least 1 book every month in 2017 and get a review up! – Stretch Goal: Read a book a week for 2017.

Goal Number Three: Finish the first Draft of Limbo, and pick between Limbo and Cerulean Darkness to finally edit for a second draft. – Stretch Goal: Finish both second drafts.

Goal Number Four: Blog Every Day. – No Stretch Goal, but go easy on yourself on the days that you can’t. Try to get out a minimum of at least 3 a week, as long as things are going all right. 

 

So, as you can see, I handle my goals a little differently than a lot of people that I know. I put two levels to my goals – a minimum… something that I know I can handle. It’s still pushing myself to do something new and something that I might not otherwise do, but it’s not so stressful as going all out on something that would be super taxing and easy to fail. The stretch goal is in place so I will push myself. I shouldn’t be taking it easy. I should be trying to better myself.

I look at it this way – if you’re gonna to try to go to the gym… give yourself two levels of it,or a midpoint goal. Say: I’m going to exercise twice a week, even if it’s just a walk. Midpoint to: I want to go to the Gym twice a week and work out for an hour. And your stretch goal can be going to the gym every day. You might not make that stretch goal, but working towards it, I bet you’ll at least hit that minimum goal you set for yourself. Don’t think of Resolutions for the new year as something that you have to do, and the end all to everything. Think of it as something you can do to better yourself, and something that you can accomplish.

And most importantly, don’t beat yourself up over it. You can make the year amazing just by staying positive and having a good attitude!

So, I’ll see you in the New Year, readers! I’d love to hear about your Resolutions and goals!

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

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