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Tag Thursday

What is today? Today is a Thursday >_> and apparently the day that I decide to get back into my blogging. I’ve feeling great! I’m going to do an update blog after I finish this, but I wanted to get back into this exactly how they’re supposed to be going… so, Tag Thursday it is! I grabbed this tag from Jenna Moreci’s vlog! Enjoy, because here we go!


What kind of writer are you?

I am taking this to mean what genre do I write in? I dabble here and there, though you’ll mostly find me in the young adult area. However, amongst that I’ve done horror, paranormal romance, and high fantasy. I also wrote most of a lesbian sci-fi romance for NaNoWriMo this last year… I pretty much go wherever my muse takes me; it’s my favorite thing, exploring avenues that I haven’t been down yet… because you never know what surprises you’re going to find!

When did you start writing and what made you want to try it?

Shoot, I’ve written for a long time. I’ve always, always loved to read, and even before I was physically putting them down… I was writing entire novels in my head to put myself to sleep, finishing up books the way that I wanted them to end. I wrote my first novel in 6th grade though. I guess what made me want to try it was just the knowledge that there were so many worlds out there that only I could make. I also really, really wanted to make other people happy, the way that books made me happy.

What inspires your stories?

There is no one thing that inspires my stories. Sometimes I just have a dream, and realize that it needs to be a novel. Sometimes, it’s a writing prompt that I see. Sometimes, I go to my husband and I say: I want to write a novel about zombies. Tell me something that would make this interesting… and then he gives me a twist to it, and it turns into a novel. My creativity more than anything else inspires me, and the world around me.

What themes do you explore in your writing?

No particular theme. I feel like those are kind of something that you discover as you’re plotting your story out, isn’t it? I’m not the kind of person who is centric to one theme and one theme only as a driving force. I’m everywhere.

Are you a plotter, pantser, or plantser?

I would consider myself a plantser. I plot, but I don’t plot so heavily that I don’t have wiggle room. I try to leave myself space for discovery while having a clear route from beginning to end – if I just so happen to deviate and see something along the way? Well, all the better, yes?

Where are you in your writing journey?

I… am… in a weird place. I have two novels that I really feel like I could seek publication with if I ever got them properly polished up. I have an amazing support system in my husband and family, and I’m pretty happy with the social media presence that I am very slowly garnering. I don’t know… I’m just on the teetering edge of really going for it, I guess. But being pregnant and wanting to really show my kiddo that you can go for your dreams may be the push that I need.

Have you entered any writing contests, and have you won or lost any?

Uh? Yeah, I’ve entered a few in my lifetime? I’ve won the few that I entered, but it hasn’t been too many? I’m really weirdly private about my writing… which I should get over, since I wanna get published.

Who are your writing heroes?

L.J. Smith and J.K. Rowling. – L.J. because she’s the one who really got me into the genre that I started writing in. Rowling because she was turned down so many times, and look at her now. Honestly, everyone who strives for and acheives their dreams inspire me.

Have you been to a writing conference?

Nope. I should change that.

What are your top three tips for newbie writers?

Ohhh, top three tips, huh? Well, lesse.

  1. Keep writing – that’s the hardest part. It isn’t always going to be good, and it certainly isn’t always going to be easy… but the best thing that you can do is keep writing, whenever you can, because it’s going to make you better, and it’s going to help you to grow as a writer.
  2. Don’t be afraid to take constructive criticism – I’m saying this to every form of artist, from writer to musician to someone who draws. You have to be able to take constructive criticism (not people being a dick, never take that). But when people tell you how you can improve, you need to listen. Never become complacent. Do not stop striving to better yourself. The moment that you think you’re the best you can be is the moment that you will never improve again. The only person you are in competition with is yourself, but you should always try to be a better artist than you were yesterday, and most often than not, constructive criticism and always trying to learn is the way to do that.
  3. Give yourself a break, but only in moderation – Sometimes, things aren’t going to work out the way you think. Sometimes, your book isn’t going to get accepted. Sometimes >_> you get pregnant and are so sick/distracted you can’t write for over two months. It’s okay to give yourself a break, but do it in moderation. Don’t let a necessary break turn into excuses. You know yourself, push yourself as hard as you can without breaking.

And there we have it! That is the Author’s Life For Me Tag! I challenge you all to complete it and link back to me, so I can see your answers!

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

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Hey, everyone! It’s Tag Thursday, and I’m trying to get back into the habit of properly doing my blogging! So, I found a writing tag over on this blog! Make sure to check it out! Anyway, onward to actually answering the questions!


1. Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?

I like to have something that is easy to eat, like chips, or sunflower seeds, or something like that. Sometimes when I’m having a writing binge, I’ll have a ton of candy, or actually  get my dinner/lunch while I’m writing. I usually have a ton of coffee while I’m writing, but I’ve had to cut out on that since I got pregnant. *eyes wordcount* I wonder if that’s why my amount of words that I usually write has gone done? Hm, questions… questions indeed.

2. When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?

It depends, honestly. I have a huge variety of times that I like to write. I used to write a ton at night, but again… the whole being pregnant thing has changed up my schedule. Now, I tend to start writing around 8pm every night. I don’t know why, exactly. But it’s getting to be a habit – if I haven’t gotten my words out by then, I’ll tackle them, because I know that I don’t want to be waiting until I’m tired to do it.

3. Where do you write?

I either write at my desktop, or recently at my laptop in the living room. I have a little writing corner where I have my laptop/all in one/keyboard, etc all set up. It’s my second writing home, for when I’m not feeling like getting off of the couch.

4. How often do you write a new novel?

At least once a year, since I started doing NaNoWriMo. Now, if you were to ask me how often I start a new novel, that would be a completely different answer. I start new novels constantly, plot them, get excited about them. I’m actually hoping to complete 2 novels this year… but we’ll see how that is going to go. Everything is kind of up in the air right now, depending on how I handle this whole being a Mama thing.

5. Do you listen to music while you write?

I do! I actually listen to my Spotify a lot (Oh, look a link here!!) At least, I think it’s a link. I have different playlists for different moods, but I tend to listen to my Fallout writing playlist a ton while I’m writing.

That could be because I’m writing Fallout a ton of the time when I’m writing. Who knows xD

6. What do you write on? Laptop or paper?

I’ll plot occasionally in a notebook, but for the most part all of my writing and plotting (and everything in between) happens on my laptop or desktop. I used to handwrite (my first novel that I wrote was handwritten), but I have a lot of wrist issues, so I can write by hand for about 5 minutes before everything starts to hurt and go numb. It’s really put a damper on the whole “plotting by hand” thing that I had going on.

But, honestly, with Scrivener and how organized it is now, I really just love writing on the laptop/desktop anyway. If not there, I’m generally on googledocs, cause I can access that even when I’m on my phone, so if I’m out and I needed to take notes, there they are.

7. Is there a special ritual before/after you write?

Uh… I don’t really have a ritual. If I’m writing creativly, I do like to get my music on to block out all of the other sound. Other than that, I just write. I guess I could say that writing on mywriteclub has become a ritual for me, because it gives me those fancy little stars so I can keep track of how much I’ve written. As to a ritual after, I do get up and record how much I’ve written. I need to know, after all. But all and all, I don’t really have something that I have to do before or after – generally inspiration just takes me, and I follow whatever whim it leads me along.

8. What do you do to get in the mood to write?

Sometimes I have a dream. Sometimes I am in the middle of writing a story of a novel. Reviews to fanfics that I’m writing always get me in the mood to write, because it’s amazing to see that people are enjoying what I write.

But… in truth… a lot of the time when I write I’m not in the mood to write. I am of the firm belief that sometimes you have to start, even when you aren’t feeling it. I find that after I get those first 500 words out, the writing is flowing, whether I was in the mood or not. It’s all about getting yourself going, even if you don’t feel like it. At least, that’s how it is for me.

9. What is always near the place you write?

A drink? Generally. I have water, or gingerale right now. Other than that… pens, paper, my calendar to see how much I’ve written. My laptop, if I’m in the living room. I don’t know o-o

10. Do you have a reward system for your word count?

It’s kind of just rewarding for me to get my 1,000 words every day. I will reward myself afterward sometimes, like, “If you finish your words, you can go take a nap.” or “you can have a tiny drink of that soda”… but usually, I just do it. It’s such a habit now that I just do it.

11. Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?

Hmm… I don’t know. I mean, usually I’ll sit down and just get at it. If I don’t know what I’m going to write, I’ll just start with a random scene – I let whatever is in my mind at that very moment form the first words, and then I make it work from there. My writing process is a very strange thing, full of ups and downs.

I do have to say, if I don’t feel like I can be creative, one of the most helpful things that I’ve come across is to practice stream of thought. Basically, I open a document and just write whatever I’m thinking and feeling. It really helps to get the words flowing, and then I can usually get down to the creative writing fairly easily after that!


So, there we go! Tag Thursday! If you end up doing this, link back to me so I can know!!! I’d love to read your thoughts and answers!

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

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Tag Thursday

Hey guys, it’s December, so I figured I could go ahead and do this. I’m going to try to adjust it to match my book characters instead of being a book tag as usual. I found this on the Goodreads forums, actually! Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we?


“You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” – Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love to hate.

Hmm… out of all of my villians, I think that the one that I love hating is probably Lucifer. >_> Oh, yeah, I mean Lucifer, as in the Morningstar, as in Fallen angel. He’s included in two different series that I’m writing, and even though it’s two different series, he’s actually the same character. He’s so charming, and eloquent, and dangerous… and you have to love to hate him, because he’s everything tempting, and everything that you want him to be… but you know that he’s never going to be any good for you. He’s really fun to write, and I think that’s why I love to hate him so much – trying to make sure that I write a character that’s truly tempting while remembering that he’s evil is just so delightful.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree this year?

Okay, so I’m going to change this – instead of what book do I most hope to see under my Christmas tree, it’s going to be what book would I most love to see finished and printed out, so I could place it under my tree. And for that, I’ve actually been debating this a bit. It’s why I haven’t gone so far as to really dive into a new book yet. I’m not digging my NaNo novel, so I’m actually setting that aside. I’m either going to finish my second draft of Cerulean Darkness, or finish my first draft of Limbo. So either my high fantasy novel, or my Zombie novel. I’m debating between these two, which means that it certainly won’t be done before Christmas, but alas… new years goals, I suppose?

“Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer” – Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Well, I feel like a lot of my characters do this? I want them to grow as people, after all… but I think the one that does this the most is Rose from my Limbo series; she begins the story really doubting herself, and wondering why she even managed to survive the zombie apocalypse as far as she has… and she grows and develops through the story to be a strong individual who can fight and really make a difference. The transformation of a character is a really interesting thing to write, and it’s fun to make sure you pace it correctly.

“Santa Clause is Coming to Town” – a) Which character do you think is at the top of the naughty list and b) which character do you think is at the top of the nice list?

Ohhh… heh, okay. So, at the top of my naughty list is actually my character Salem from my Fallout fanfiction series. He’s a raider, so he’s basically the kind of person who takes what he wants, how he wants, when he wants. He doesn’t really give a damn about it, either. He’s so fun to write.

As to the nice list, I’ll stick to my realm of Fallout and say that my character Quinn is on the nice list. He does some things that are horrible, but he always does it for a reason. And about 99.9% of the time, he’s being a very, very good boy. He’s mischevious as shit, but he also does everything that he can to save everyone that he can. That’s my baby Quinn though xD

“Frosty the Snowman” – Which book just melts your heart? 

Hmmm… I think that if any of my books got me emotional, it would be Cerulean Darkness that got me the most emotional. I have some big things happening there, and big things happening in the sequel, and it just makes me feel so emotional for my characters. I love to make my babies suffer, but damn xD That rollercoaster gets to me.

“Feliz Navidad” – Pick a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

My novel Riptide predominately takes place in the ocean. It’s about mermaids. So… that’s certainly a country that isn’t my own, and I have to say that it’s a really fun thing to write and navigate. That one needs a lot more research though, and I’m not upset about it. It’s going to make it so much more fun to write.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Which Christmas book do you use to spread the Christmas joy.

You know, I couldn’t answer this, even if I was writing about books instead of my books. I haven’t read a Christmas book. I am going to try to write a Christmas Short story for the blog though, so maybe that’s what I’ll go with. Story TBD – Christmas Story for the blog xD

“Sleigh Ride” – Which character would you choose to spend the holidays with?

Uhm, if I could pick any of my characters to spend the holiday with… I’d probably pick Lex from my Limbo series. He’s kind of pretty awesome, and I feel like we could get into pretty much any shenanigans that we wanted to? I can’t talk to much about it, lest I spoil the fun… but he’d be a pretty damn fun fella to spend time with.


“Baby It’s Cold Outside” – which book, that you didn’t like, would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

Uggh, I don’t really want to sacrifice any of my books? At the moment though, I’d get rid of The Melding – it’s my NaNo novel that I just did. I’m just super not feeling it, and I feel like if I’m going to end up doing something with it, I’d have to completely rewrite it anyway? So burn the pages, I don’t care. I like a bonfire anyway.

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” – Which book do you think everyone should read?
This just seems self-absorbed to twist into my own writing. I guess if I wanted anyone to read one of my books out of all of them, it would probably be Cerulean Darkness. I think that’s the book that I’m most proud of, and the one that I’m probably going to end up pursuing publishing with first. Either that or Limbo. One of the two.
I don’t know x.x

Anyway, that’s it for this tag. I hope that you guys enjoyed it, and I’d love to see if you do it yourself! Just tag me if you do!

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

Twitter | Patreon | NaNo Page | Tumblr | Blog Masterpost | My Writing Group
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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. >_<

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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.

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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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Tag Thursday

I found this tag on my friend Kayla Dore’s blog, and due to my addiction to Pokemon Go, I knew that it was the proper tag for this Thursday! So, let us begin, shall we?

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Hmmm, I don’t know that there is a book that really started my love for reading. The thing is, I can remember being in Kindergarten and quickly graduating from the little flip books they give you there. I can remember being allowed into the chapter book section before most of the other kids in my class. I can remember falling in love with Island of the Blue Dolphins when reading for my first book report, and confusing most of the other people in my class, because I was speaking so passionately about a book that the wouldn’t have picked up.

I think that there was never any particular book that got me started with my love for reading. Maybe it was my mother’s love for reading that really got me started? She always had shelves and shelves of books, and she’d always be going to the library. We’d always participate in the local summer reading program (if you read a certain amount of books over the summer, you got certificates! I always read for all of the free ice cream.) Whether it was her encouragement and love, or something that was just ingrained in me… I can’t pick out a particular book, because I’ve been reading and loving books for as long as I can remember.

 

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So, I’m actually not super huge on classics? I suppose if William Faulkner is classic now, As I Lay Dying was an extremely good book. My English teacher in 9th grade recommended it to me when he noticed how much I loved to read, and gave me a copy. I couldn’t put it down.

I do also love The Divine Comedy – it’s gorgeous literature.

Frankenstein was always fairly enjoyable. So, I guess I do like some of the classics after all!

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Hmmmm…. I’ve never let myself lose interest in a book (or a zubat!) because it was everywhere. If anything, seeing so many people talk about something (because they will often times form such contrasting opinions) really makes me want to delve into the novel. I want to be a published author someday – it’s my dream job. So… of course, I’m going to want to see what in the world is making everyone talk, because I have full and complete intentions of repeating the process.

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I feel like a lot of YA books actually have overlapping themes. I’m not going to call out out specifically… but let me paint you a picture – our leading lady is living a normal life, and some bad boy comes along and shows her that not only is she not normal, but she’s amazing. 

Oh, and he’s in love with her.

Am I saying this is a bad trope? Not really. I’ve used it myself. People enjoy that formula. There’s a reason that it’s stuck around so long. It’s fun to read, we like to see women come into their power and (more and more often now) actually be the ones to kick the most ass.

And, personally, who doesn’t love a sexy bad boy?

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Sooooo. I read the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series… but I haven’t tackled the rest of it. That first one was really long, and so full of details. I enjoyed reading it, but it is really a commitment to buckle down and say that I’m going to read all of those through. Usually, I don’t let the size of a book intimidate me, but those books, and the massive amount of important detail that is enclosed within them?

Well, I can’t rightly help myself x.x. Call me intimidated.

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Tell me a book that hasn’t kept me up at night. Honestly, when I get myself engrossed in something to read, I can’t put it down until I’m done. If the story is done well, I want to live in that world, and I hate it when I’m ripped away for something as paltry as sleep.

Daylight, what are you doing here? Go away.

Honestly though, I think the book that did this to me most recently was actually The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon. It’s a FnaF book, and it was absolutely engrossing.

 

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My OTP… when I was young, it would have been Jenny and Julian from The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith. I’ve since grown enough to know that it would have never worked xD So, my new bookish OTP is probably…

Morpheus and Alyssa from the Splintered series by A.G. Howard. Call me a sucker for a man in a tophat, but I couldn’t fathom her wanting to be with anyone else. Honestly though, I could list you dozens of OTPs.

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Any of the L.J. Smith books. I can read those in a few hours, tops… and I never get tired of doing so. Maybe it’s just my childhood calling and wanting to forever remain a part of my heart, but whatever it is? I’m so digging it.

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Harry Potter! Every time something new comes out about it, I get pretty damn excited. It was such a big part of my life for so long, of course I am always, always wanting more.

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The FNAF book that I mentioned above. I’m a big fan of the lore of the games, and I didn’t go into it expecting much. I knew that it was going to have some grammar errors – I’d read the reviews before picking it up. But, it was still really good and well written… and the almost amateur way that it was written actually made it all the better for me.

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I feel like The Maze Runner books by James Dashner  have been way overhyped due to the movie success and whatnot, but I can’t wait to read them! <— I am actually going to steal Kayla’s answer right here. I haven’t read those books yet – they’ve been so over hyped by the media… and yet I’m still pretty excited to delve into them once I get a copy.

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Hmmm… do they have collectors editions of the Harry Potter novels? I don’t know though, I’m not huge on things that I have to keep super duper protected. I like to touch my books, and look at them, and knowing me? I’d spill red koolaid (I don’t even drink red koolaid O_O) all over them.

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I don’t have a debut novel that I’m super excited for at the moment… though, oh, I’m a liar! I am actually reading a draft of Kayla Dore’s novel, and I am so stoked and hyped for it. It’s really, really good. That counts, right?

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Laurell K. Hamilton. I can’t help myself. Whenever new books come out by her, I end up snatching them up. I’m greedy, and I love it.

 

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… I was going to say that I didn’t have something, but it’s because I’ve been waiting for literally so long that I think of it as a myth. Strange Fate by L.J. Smith. I’ve been waiting for years, and years, and YEARS for this to come out. Someday, we’re going to be graced with the last Nightworld book. Someday, she’s going to wrap up that huge series.

Someday, we’ll know what happens. But today (and tomorrow, and the day after that -_-) is not that day.


 

So, there we go guys! Wow, I really loved this particular tag Thursday! (It also made me crave some more Pokemon, so I’m going to have to look into that!) Honestly though, I challenge each and every person on this blog who loves to read! Do it, tag me in it, let me know that you did it! ❤ I really want to see what your answers are! I think that seeing someone’s taste in books can really tell you a lot about a person!

Until next time guys, keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!

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Tag Thursday

So, I found a pretty fun tag for this Thursday – it’s pretty much answering questions based on your current WIP. I picked the one that I worked on most for Camp NaNo, When Flowers Fall. Think Faeries and Djinn, mixed with Beauty and the Beast, mixed with Epic War. Yeah. I may actually redo this particular tag every time I switch WIPs, just so I can always have answers for them. Anyway, I grabbed the tag from Coffee and Calligraphy, where everyone was graciously tagged!


1. A crazy hacker’s gone into your computer, and has deleted all of your music, except for one song off of your writing playlist. Which song is it?

O_O First of all, how in the hell did you get onto my Spotify to delete all of my music. Secondly, you are a monster. I’ve accumulated my preferences in music over the years and I can’t believe you’d do that to me. Third… hm. I suppose if I had to pick a song, probably War of Hearts by Ruelle? I’m developing my playlist for When Flowers Fall right now, so it’s not that difficult.

2. Your protagonist and antagonist have been paired up by friends to go out to lunch together. Where do they go?

>_> Okay. Which protagonist? Because it’s either Djinn or Liam. And either of them going anywhere to lunch with the Fae King just seems like it would result in an untimely death. I don’t want my babies to die, please?

3. You’re crossing a bridge when the troll living under it stops you. He demands to read a chapter from your novel, and won’t let you cross otherwise. Which chapter do you give him?

I haven’t gotten that far in it, but I’d rather give him a chapter that I have planned out for later, where Liam discovers his true identity! It’s going to be pretty wrenching, as far as I’m concerned, especially since he’s going to discover the truth about some lies directly after.

4. Your friends have invited you out to a party. Surprise! All of your characters are there. Who do you choose to hang out with?

Djinn. Djinn. Djinnnnn. He’s beautiful and gorgeous and a goddamn djinn, so he’s gonna be getting into all kind of trouble. And besides that, by proxy, Liam is going to be right there with him. I get them both. Kekek.

5. Crap. You left your car keys in your house, and you’ve (somehow) locked yourself out. Which of your characters picks the lock for you?

>_> I could send Djinn in through his magic. Knowing my luck, he’d try to trick me into it as a wish though.

6. The zombie apocalypse is happening right now. (It sucks.) Everyone is fleeing the planet, and moving to Mars. ONE of your characters can go with you. Who do you choose?

… I don’t want to answer this. Uncool. I would want to bring Liam over Djinn, because he’s actually much nicer. But since he probably wouldn’t go without him… boop-a-doop, I guess us three would stay and fight the apocalypse instead. It’d probably be more fun, anyway.

7. You’ve been given the opportunity to travel to one place (town, building, landmark, country) in your book. Where do you go?

Ohhh, I want to go to the In-Between, where the Fae and Djinn world meets. It’s beautiful and peaceful and lovely. I’m so excited to write about it, and I’m really excited for the scenes that will play out there.

8. You meet your main character and start a conversation with them. Problem is, you’ve only got six words or less to do so. What do you say?

“Don’t be such a jerk, Djinn.” >_> Does that work?

9. Crazy acid rain is falling from the sky. Which of your characters would you use as an umbrella?

The Fae King. Because he’s a dickbag, and if he dissolved in acid, everything would be easier for everyone. Of course, I wouldn’t have conflict then, so that might go poorly for me as a writer.

10. You’re out at a restaurant with your main character, and the time has come to order dessert. What do you order for them?

Probably some fancy wine and something with meat. Djinn is such a meat eater, after all. If I was with Liam, he’d honestly be pretty stoked about anything on the menu? Hell, I’d take him to a diner and we could just have fries and shakes.


And there it is! I hope that you enjoyed reading my answers, and I am actually really excited to see the answers of the people who do this tag. I love getting to know your book characters, even if it’s really obscurely. I’m sure that some of my answers didn’t make sense, but getting to write it out was fun.

Tag me if you end up doing it ❤ I’d love to have a link back to you!

Until then, keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!

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Tag Thursday

I found this tag over on Crazy for YA‘s blog, and I decided that it would be a fun one to do! So, without further delay, the Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag!


Greed~ What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?

I think that my most inexpensive book would probably be… well… okay, there was this bookstore that went out of business, and they put all of their books out on the sidewalk in boxes for free. >_> Suffice to say, I have an entire bottom shelf of books that were my favorite price of Free99.

As far as my most expensive book, I’d say probably… hmmm… any of my hardbacks, honestly? I don’t have any special, limited edition books of any sort, so it’s just the price of a hardback in general.

Wrath~ What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Hmmm… probably Cassandra Claire? I really, really want to like her books, a lot. I do like the concept of her books, but I can’t get into the whole love story arc that’s going on in the Mortal Instruments series. I’ve heard that I should just go read the Clockwork books first. I might try to do that. She’s a lovely writer, she really is… but I hate books where the love story is so contrived and keeps having issues like that. It’s a peeve.

Gluttony~ What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith. I will read about Julian over and over and over and over and over again, and I’ll never get tired of him. I mean… uhm, the books. I’ll never get tired of the books, right?

Sloth~ What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Now, it’s not lazy so much as the fact that they’re enormous books… but I haven’t started on the second Game of Thrones book just yet. There are just so many of them ;-; and they’re so huge. And I just… just… yeah. Okay. I’m lazy.

Pride~ What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

Hmmmm… anything by Faulkner? I really enjoyed As I Lay Dying… but honestly, I don’t talk about books to sound like an intellectual reader. I’m a rabid and voracious reader of all things, both YA and Adult, so… who cares if I sound smart?

 Lust~ What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?

Hrmmmm… I honestly like bad boys? I’m not gonna lie. I love those tall, dark, and broody characters. That’s the reason that I loved Julian from the Forbidden Game so much (though I wouldn’t call him dark.) Still. I also have a thing for people with blue/green eyes. I’m a sucker for it, what can I say?

Envy~ What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

Uhmm….. er… Hmmm…. *Throws Amazon Wish List and runs away* No, uh, anything on there? Honestly though, most of the time if I want a book, I buy it? Especially now that I have an e-reader, and I have this beautiful one-click instant gratification. We can’t always afford books for me, but if something that I really want comes out, we can usually save up for it.


So, that’s all for Tag Thursday! I hope that you enjoyed it, and if you end up doing the tag, link back to me! I’d love to see your answers!

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!~

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Low and behold, I have finally managed to get caught up to that magical 14,000 words. I wanted to be able to take the 24th off from worrying about NaNo (if I needed to), and now I’m going to be able to. Of course, I should get a little more ahead, in case there are other unforeseen things in my future, but for now, I’m going to celebrate.


When Flowers Fall – 3128
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 500
Cerulean Darkness – 6522
Misc Short Stories – 836
Untitled – 1670

July Camp Total: 14172/30000


So, as you can see, I crawled up over 14,000 words. I worked on Cerulean Darkness and finished my edits for chapter five. I also worked a bit on the Untitled story, which is pretty awesome. I had a good writing day. I also managed to get to 500,000 words for the year! I’m half way to my 1 million in a year goal, and I’m really excited about it. I just have to keep on keeping on, and get as many words as I can!

For those of you who are starting to get tired, don’t quit! We are so close to being half way through NaNo, and even though you may feel tired now, it’s going to be so rewarding when you cross that finish line and find yourself with so many new words! ❤ You’ve got this, just keep moving forward!

Sorry if this is a little short. It’s very hot, and I’m pretty tired. I’m thinking I deserve a cool drink and some reading time for hitting all of my goals today! If you’re looking for more to read, check out my Tag Thursday blog, and my announcement about Going Back To Hogwarts!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

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Tag Thursday

I found this tag on Stefgonzaga‘s blog. ❤ I hope that there’s no mind that I took it, but I’ve noticed that most people who post these tags seem to think that sharing is caring! So, onward with Tag Thursday for The Writer Tag! 

1. What type of writing do you do?

I can’t really say that I do one type of writing or another. Honestly, if it piques my interest, I tend to get on it. I write fantasy, and horror, and paranormal romance, regular romance – I’m starting on a sci-fi. I do parody and humor… and fanfiction. So much fanfiction. I’ve just recently gotten into the fanfic scene again, and I have to say that I love it.

2. What genres or topics do you write about?

See above question – I guess I got a little excited in answering, so I went ahead and did that.

3. How long have you been writing?

Since I was like 10 or so? A little before, a little after. I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember though. I have very clear memories of going to bed and telling myself stories that I made up until I went to sleep for as long back as I can remember.

4. Are you published?

Er, I was published once in a little poetry book when I was in first grade? What, that doesn’t count? Well, boo to you, too. Honestly though, I’ve never actually tried to get published. Some might call me a chicken, and I might cluck to that tune.

5. What was the first story you ever wrote?

The first story that I ever wrote… hrm. As I said, I spent as much of my childhood as I can remember telling myself stories – but the first novel I ever wrote was a fantasy novel about a girl who was thrown overboard on a boat, and washed up on an island full of fantasy creatures… and then she had to fight a witch to break a curse, and there was a complicated love triangle and political issues between the creatures. >_> I was in 6th grade.

6. Why do you write?

God, I write because I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t. I stopped writing for a while within the last year, and it was really having an influence on my mood. I was extra depressed, anxious, just really unhappy in general. I have a lot of depression and anxiety issues, and writing really helps me to work through it.

Honestly though, it’s more than that. I remember being a kid, and books were my escape when I was upset. I want to be able to provide that for someone else – an escape, somewhere that they can be happy for just a little while.

7. How do you find time to write?

At the moment, I have the luck of being a stay at home wife. Honestly though, we have an extremely busy life – I just do. If you’re really passionate about something, you find time. When you’re cooking, when you’re taking a bath, when you have 10 minutes before bed. I just write whenever I can. I have to write, or I go completely crazy, so I guess it’s good that I can find time, right?

8. When and where are the best times to write?

When I first wake up during the weekdays (at like 7AM) and no one is in the house, wherever I want to write.

Throughout the afternoon, when things are calm and quiet, on my desktop downstairs.
After everyone goes to sleep, in my bedroom on my laptop.

9. Favorite food/drinks while writing?

Mmmm, candy, candy, candy. Recently, pizza rolls. I like to drink coffee when I write, though I’ve been on a bit of a Cranberry kick lately. It’s delicious, and I love juice. Honestly, anything that doesn’t take up my hands too much? I’m so down for it.

10. Your writing playlist?

Spotify. Everything on Spotify. I have such an eclectic taste in music that I can’t really specify one thing or another; honestly, I have everything from Mozart to Viking Metal.

11. What do family/friends/loved ones think of you writing?

I’m lucky enough to have an extremely supportive husband/best friend who seems to think that I can really go places with my writing. He always encourages me and tries to push me forward. Other than him, I have a nice circle of friends who also write, and they’re a real inspiration when it comes to making sure that you keep on keeping on. I’m really fortunate to have a lot of support from my husband and my friends ❤

12. Parts of writing you enjoy the most?

The storytelling – unveiling a new world, and getting surprised by your own characters. I love creating. I love writing something that brings me to tears, because I’m feeling what my characters are feeling. I think that it’s a truly magical thing when you can turn a blank page into something all new.

13. Parts of writing you find challenging?

Editing. I really, really have a huge issue with editing. Apparently, I’m incapable of cutting the length of a manuscript down? I’ve been editing my novel Cerulean Darkness, and I’ve added at least 1000 extra words to each chapter that I work on. :\ I thought I was supposed to kill my story, not make it grow.

14. What do you use to write with and on?

Scrivener. Googledocs. I can’t handwrite anymore, even though I really enjoy it, because my wrists are so bad. But honestly, anything that I can jot things down on, whether it’s those two programs mentioned above, or notepad if I’m not on my laptop or desktop. I’ll take notes anywhere – even on paper if I have to. Honestly, you have to be prepared for inspiration to strike, no matter where you are. I think that’s one of the big advantages of writers today, is that a lot of us have smart phones. We always have a little notepad in our pocket, basically.

15. How do you overcome writer’s block?

I… don’t believe in writer’s block. Unpopular opinion panda, I know. I believe that we can not want to write… but we don’t want to do a lot of things. Do it anyway – don’t give yourself an excuse. Even if it feels like pulling teeth at first, you’ll get into the flow of writing if you make yourself. I don’t know – I understand a lack of inspiration on a project, I really do. But if it’s something that you take seriously, and something that you want to do for a living, you can’t not do it just because you don’t feel like it.

16. How do you motivate yourself to write?

I am motivated to write by the fact that it makes me so happy, and the fact that I really do want to get better. I try to write 1000 words every single day, because I know that it’s only through practice that you can grow. Other than that, kudos on my fanfics? Feedback from my friends?

17. Authors who inspire you as a writer?

L.J. Smith, J.K. Rowling. Laurell K Hamilton. Honestly, so many different authors inspire me, because they can spin words into magic.

18. Books that inspire you as a writer?

The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith – it was a novel that I read in sixth grade that was so good, I immediately reread it. Having an author move so many emotions through me really inspired me to try to get better, so that I could do the same. It’s still my #1 favorite book, even though I’m 26 now.

19. Best advice you’ve gotten as a writer?

I think that some of the best advice that I’ve gotten as a writer is to just keep writing. When you don’t feel like writing? Write. When you feel like you can’t go on anymore? Write. When you’re feeling depressed? Write. When you’re happy? Write. Any situation can call for writing – keep on keeping on, and keep on practicing. Because the moment that you think you’re the best you can be, the moment that you feel like you’re that good, is the moment that you close yourself off forever to learning and growing as a creative person. I never want to stop growing.

20. Writing goals this year?

I want to finish editing Cerulean Darkness and start on my Sci-Fi novel. I should also probably finish my Arm Giant story at some point, before my friend Andy kills me for leaving him hanging. But the two above mentioned projects are my main goals.


 

Oh, that was a long tag! But it was pretty fun to do! I’m just going through any and all writing/reading tags that I can find, so you’ll see a lot of them here. If you have any on your blog that you want me to link back to, or any suggestions, let me know. Other than that, I am tagging everyone who writes – I know that some of these questions will end up overlapping from other tags that we do, but the more that you discover about yourself, the more that you can grow! Make sure to tag back to me, because I’d love to see your answers!

Until then! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Tag Thursday

So, last week we did reading habits. I thought that it would be fun to do some writing habits for this weeks tag! This way, we can get to know one another on a writing level a little better. I looked around and found a few tags for this (mostly done through youtube), but I didn’t find anything that hit all of the points that I wanted. So… I decided to just go ahead and make up my own. I’m sure that I’ve borrowed some from all of those tags, but they’re honestly just pretty general writing questions. So, let’s begin!

Writer Habits

-Writing Habit Tag 

Where do you like to write:

Oh, I have actually answered this before in a blog, but my actual preferences waver, depending on what the situation is like at the time. Ideally, I would have my desktop set up in my bedroom or office, so that I could always write on it in peace. But, that’s never going to happen. So I am a hybrid – when I can (and when I can concentrate), I like to write on my desktop. When I can’t concentrate, I retreat to some form of a laptop.

What program do you like to write with:

So, I actually have multiple things that I use now. Primarily, when I am writing a novel I always use Scrivener. I couldn’t recommend a better program for that. When I’m not doing novel work, or I’m doing something that I want easy access to, I use GoogleDocs. I never really use Microsoft Word anymore, though that used to be my main writing program.

  What is your current writing project:

I posed this question like I don’t have more than one. So, currently, I am working on four projects. When Flowers Fall is a novel that delves into the supernatural/faerie world, and will have epic fight scenes and war. My Untitled Serial Killer novel is going to be from the perspective of a serial killer… and that’s about as far as I’ve gotten with that. Second Realm actually spurred from a Writing Prompt Response, and it’s just happening. My main thing that I’m working on is Cerulean Darkness, which is an epic fantasy novel that I finished for NaNoWriMo 3 years ago, and I’m finally doing edits and rewrites. (We will ignore the fact that i have about 15 other WIPs.)

   Have you ever finished a novel? If so, when and what was it about?

I have finished 10 novels in my lifetime, and they range from fantasy, to horror, to supernatural/paranormal romance. The novel that I finished most recently is set in a post-apocalyptic world, and it has mermaids. Yeah. xD

What was the last project you completed:

Hmmm… I guess the last project that I technically finished would be Danse With Me – a really long fanfiction that I didn’t mean to even start… but somehow a one shot grew into 70,000 words, and I realized exactly how much I loved Fallout 4.

   Do you snack when you write:

I do. I have candy, or an energy drink, or some chips, or anything that I can get my hands on. However, when I get really intent on what I’m writing, I forget everything around me. But, the good thing is, the snacks are there for when I come back down to Earth. I think my favorite thing is to just have a bag of candy in my desk drawer that I can delve into when I feel like I did a particularly good paragraph.

When is your favorite time to write:

Mmmm, this is tricky. My favorite time to write is when it’s quiet. So, when people are at work, or deep into the night. I do love writing at night, because the whole world is quiet, and it’s just me and my words, and the world that I’m trying to create. There’s something almost magical about it. However, I also really enjoy lazily writing in the morning when I first get up, while sipping a cup of coffee to bring my muse to life. I guess… my favorite time to write is whenever I have the opportunity to – but I vote for late at night, because it’s my favorite out of everything.

What music do you listen to when you write:

Oh, so, this has evolved greatly over the years. The first novel that I wrote was in two composition notebooks, and written at school… so I didn’t write that to any music. But, after that (when I started writing on a computer), I listened to a ton of Ozzy Osbourne while I was writing. I evolved slowly from CD’s to making playlists on youtube… and recently, I have discovered the beauty of Spotify. Now, I just make writing lists that are appropriate to what I’m writing – in example, for Cerulean Darkness (the fantasy novel), I have a lot of instrumental, and then some various love songs/epic songs. My musical tastes are so eclectic that I will listen to anything that pertains to the novel, no matter what musical genre is is, as long as it inspires me.

In a side note: Ozzy is still on every playlist I have.

How long have you been writing, and what inspired you – basically, why do you keep this habit of writing up:

I don’t know what first inspired me. I wrote a story for my teacher in school (I was 10 or 11? – hint, I am 26 now. You do the math), and everyone told me how lovely it was, how colorful the words were… I was very young, and I looked at the story and thought, “But this is an essay. Imagine if I could do it with a book!” I’ve always loved to read, so I was always telling stories to myself. I just decided that it was time to put pen to paper and try my hand at the whole practice of it. I’ve honestly never looked back – I’ve gone through a million things of “What I wanna be when I grow up”, and I’ve have different jobs, and different schooling… but the thing that I want to be, and the thing that I am is a writer. It’s what makes me happy, what makes me passionate.

What inspires me now is the thought of my book being on a shelf, my book being something that a kid like who I was then picks up… and gets lost in. When you’re reading a good book, you forget everything that’s hurting you, that’s troubling you… and you’re in that world. I want to create a world that people can get lost in – I want to help people and inspire them in the way that I know I am best at… with my writing.

Who will you tag?

I am tagging everyone who comes to my blog, everyone who is a writer! Do the tag and link back to me! I would love to see what your writing habits are!

That’s all for this edition of Tag Thursday! If you have any suggestions for what next Thursday’s tag should be, if you have one you’ve written, if you have one that you want to write and see me do, just let me know in a comment or link!

Until then, guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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