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Sheepadoodles and Combining Characters

Have you ever heard of a sheepadoodle? It’s a cross between an Old English sheepdog and a poodle. They look like this:

Despite my love of dogs, I have never heard of this dog hybrid before Rachel mentioned that the new family she’s going to be babysitting is going to get a sheepadoodle puppy. It’s a cross that I never would have thought of.

In a wayward way, it kind of reminded me of the more recent revelation I had with one of my WIPs. There’s a character that I had planned but, after scribbling down a very rough outline, realized that I probably had no use for her. Her bigger role was combined with another character’s to give him a bit more to do and to make the plot a little more difficult for the rest of the cast of main characters.

When writing, usually you would just write down everything you know about the story, make the document or notebook pages a word vomit of the story you want to tell. In later drafts, cutting out or combining characters is something that comes from editing.

In one way, I feel as if I’m a step ahead upon realizing this character is not needed, at least not for the bigger role I had originally planned for her. On the other hand, it is a little sad to already get rid of a character that I feel I haven’t known for too long.

We’ll see what happens with the rest of the first draft.

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Posted by on August 30, 2018 in Home

 

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To Read List: April 2015

I’ve been slacking on reading lately. I have an overflowing bookshelf that constantly has new books being added to it because, hey, you can’t go to Barnes and Noble about three or four times a month without buying a new book or two, right?

On that note, I thought I would share the next few books that I’m planning to read. This way I will be publicly shamed on the Internet if I don’t read.

magicians

My current read-in-progress is The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I had gotten interested in the series since I didn’t know what to do with myself after my love affair with Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus had ended. Grossman’s books had been on Morgenstern’s recommended book list on her site and it had to do with magicians and magic, so I figured I would give it a shot. I’m perhaps about a third of the way into the book now and, unfortunately, it hasn’t captured my attention as much as I would have liked. However, it is part of a trilogy and I’m barely halfway through it, so perhaps it will pick up enough for me to want to continue the series.

boynextdoor

There are times when I binge-watch a movie or series, usually as background noise during writing projects or for pup-sitting, and a few months ago, the movies happened to be “The Princess Diaries” one and two starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. The movies were based off of a book series by Meg Cabot and I thought I would check out her other works. The Boy Next Door was one of the first that I had pulled off the shelf and I thought I would give it a go. Also, there’s a dog on the cover. It will definitely be a good break between all of my fantasy to-read novels!

readyplayerone

Ernest Cline’s first novel Ready Player One promises to thrust the reader into a world that hosts an ugly reality and an amazing virtual reality. I actually first heard about this book from somewhere here on WordPress (and I apologize to that particular blogger for not remembering his/her name!) and considering that I’m dabbling in a few of my own works that play off of video game worlds, this sounded right up my alley. The fantasy and sci-fi setting of Ready Player One definitely intrigue me!

So, what are you reading this month? Has anyone read any of my month’s picks that want to share spoiler-free reviews, praises, or critiques?

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Home

 

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Hello 2015!

Dude, how long has WordPress looked like this? It all changed since my last post in November. O.o

Anyways, happy new year everyone! For this year, I have a few resolutions that I’m going to do to ensure that 2015 is amazing.

I’m going to eat healthier and exercise a bit more. Anyone who knows me knows how large my sweet tooth is. Seriously, chocolate is the most amazing invention ever, and my family routinely gets bug-eyed when they see how many spoonfuls of sugar I add to my coffee or tea. I’m going to cut down a bit on the sweets and eat a bit more fruits and veggies.

(On that note, does anyone know how to eat avocados? Seems like a very silly question, but I love avocado sushi rolls, so I thought I’d try to buy just straight avocados, but no one else in my family has ever eaten the stuff.)

For exercising, I’m going to take more walks with the pups, my own little spitfire of a dog Chip and my uncle’s beagle puppy, Cookie, that I sit for a few times a week, as well as do some push-ups and sit-ups just to help tone my body. I’m a good weight and shape for my size and height, but it could be better, if only for my health.

There’s also some big changes I need to make for my writing. I’m going to be more active here while trying to model my habits after my sister Rachel’s blog. For instance, I’m mimicking with permission her Short Story Sunday feature. Having that kind of goal will make me write more, giving me more practice and ideas for novel-length stories.

Happy new year, everyone, and keep writing! 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2015 in Home

 

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A Mouse and a Leap of Faith

“Everybody needs a leap of faith… When are you taking yours?” – Nickelback’s “What Are You Waiting For?”

I must have been a dog in my past life.  A feisty little dachshund, to be exact, if one was to ask my coworkers.  Years ago when I had applied for and gotten the position to work at a dog day care and hotel, no one from my family and circle of friends had been surprised.  With my love of animals, it was a natural choice.

It had been a shock when, about four years later, I had announced that I was quitting.

I still loved the dog day care, and I hadn’t grown sick of it at all.  It was the first job that I had never dreaded to wake up and go to, and I had seriously considered making a career out of my position in that company.  Yet, I had other dreams that had been collecting dust in the back of my heart and it was about time that I took a leap of faith to make them come true.

Writing had always been a passion of mine.  My room was littered with notebooks, pens, and how-to books on crafting rich tales.  My Internet personas boasted of half-finished fanfictions from video games and movies, and of stories that were always works-in-progress.  There was no reason why I could not turn those works-in-progress into full-fledged novels.

My epiphany happened while vacationing with my younger sister in the most magical place on earth, Disneyworld.  With how busy the dog hotel was, especially during the times of year when schools were out and families were on vacation, that Disneyworld trip had been the first vacation I had taken in over a year.  It was at the end of August, a blazing time in Florida, and my sister and I sought out the indoor attractions and shops while collecting autographs from the face characters.

One such attraction that struck both my sister and me with inspiration was a certain gallery exhibit in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park, Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream.  We goggled at the artifacts that detailed Walt Disney’s life and how he created a monumental company that has always touched the lives of so many people.  It rekindled the spark of our dreams with writing. After all, Walt Disney was able to follow his dreams with just a mouse.  Why couldn’t we do the same with just a pen?

My sister and I have had many frank discussions regarding our dreams with writing ever since seeing that exhibit.  She has over a half a dozen first (and sometimes second and third) drafts of novels while balancing her full-time job along with school.  I have had only two completed first draft manuscripts.  Even though my work schedule had always been more sporadic than hers, she at least had the focus to complete her stories.  I still had the attention span of my past-life dachshund when faced with a squirrel.

I made a decision before the end of that Disney vacation.  With no debts to my name, I had a decent savings account that could allow me to take a few months off and work on my writing dreams.  A mere month after returning from that vacation, I left my job at the dog day care and hotel with bittersweet feelings.

Dogs are pack animals and most thrived with socialization and being around familiar faces.  I felt as if I had left my pack to try to establish my own, and I wasn’t sure about all the rules of the wild.  However, I had taken my leap of faith and, though it may take me a while to learn how to fly, I will soar.

I may have been a dog in a past life but, with my stories, I believe I have many lives ahead of me. I wasn’t going to keep them waiting any longer.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2014 in Home

 

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New Blog

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Easter this year. My April has been very busy with work and… Yeah, basically just work. I love my job, but our staff is kind of dwindling due to other associates having school, moving, etc. Those of us who are managers are trying to pick up the slack, haha!

I also wanted to do a little shameless self-advertising. I have a new blog that I am dedicating to dogs and stories about them titled Wagging Tales. I literally just put up the first post before coming here to advertise it.

I will still attempt to update this blog, especially in regards to writing. However, if you like dogs or animals in general, you may enjoy Wagging Tales.

Happy writing everyone!

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2014 in Home

 

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Stroke of Midnight

So, late last year, I found and followed a lovely blog called The Daily Post. On this blog, there is an available ebook for download that’s a collection of 365 writing prompts, one for every day of 2014. In order to write a bit more, I thought I would give it a shot.

January 1st: Where were you last night when 2013 turned into 2014? Is that where you wanted to be?

Well. Last night, I did the overnight at work, haha! When the stroke of midnight hit for the new year, I was busy cleaning doggie day camp playrooms, washing dishes, and making breakfast for the dogs and cats that boarded with us for the night. I love my job, honestly, and I don’t mind doing an overnight shift here or there, but I will say that being at work wasn’t exactly the place where I thought I would be to ring in the new year. I wouldn’t have had any other plans other than probably hanging out with my family, of course, but I bet there are not too many people who think that they would be at work to ring in a new year.

I hope everyone else had a lovely new year!

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2014 in Home

 

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Writing Magic

Doyle: “This magic may sound useful to you now, but will you be able to live with it for the rest of your life?”

Current Camp NaNo Word Count: 3259/25000

It’s Camp NaNoWriMo time! Three days ago, to be exact, but it’s never too late to join in if you wish to. As with my previous (and failed) attempt at Camp, my word goal is 25,000. I’m actually a day ahead right now with my goal, and I am determined to win this month! No, seriously. It’s on my To-Do List.

The quote at the top of the page comes from today’s session and is from my novel tentatively titled “Bloodwork.” (It’s actually it’s third tentative title. First it was “Dual Swords” then “Dark Alchemy.”) This story’s first draft, I want to say, is coming close to being done and I am wicked excited about it. It will be my first actually completed novel! There’s tons of editing and changes I want to do, considering all the random notes I collect about the story when not actively writing it, but even the idea of editing it is exciting because of all the changes I want to add and delete.

What Doyle is saying, though, actually reminds me of a person’s choice need to become a writer. It’s absolute magic to be able to express oneself with words, to craft a story, an adventure, an entire world, through a book. Take me away through a forest, through the clouds, through a cave filled with glittering crystals and the imaginative creatures who feed on them. Make me fall in love with a hero or a rogue, make me feel sympathy for the villain and the minions. Writing is an addictive magic, an addiction I’m not willing to break.

However, can I live with it for the rest of my life? Am I brave enough to wade through the waters of rejection in order to surf on that one perfect wave of acceptance? Am I tough enough to endure editors and publishers? Do I want to be that brave, that tough? Or will I be content to work my day job, a job that I love to pieces, and just writing on the side?

I allowed myself to pause and mull over what I want in the future. I want dogs, that much I’m sure. My own apartment, maybe even a small house so said dogs have a decent yard to play in. I want a room dedicated to my computer, my books (read and, hey, maybe even written), a place for me to relax and work undisturbed. I wouldn’t mind being part-time at my day job, not at all, but I do not want to be there forever. I want bigger things for my future.

I am a writer, and I want need to live as one for the rest of my life.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Home

 

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