Monthly Archives: February 2014

News of the Good Variety

Hey all!

If you can’t tell by the title, I FOUND MY MANUSCRIPT!

Halle-frigging-lujah.

Thanks to all who liked my previous post and all my others, or followed it, or whatnot. I seriously appreciate it.

On a more technical level, I plan to have a good deal of free time not this weekend, but next weekend. When that time comes, I’m going to edit my story and give it to my friend to read/edit. When she finishes, I’ll edit again, then give it to one of my teachers to edit/critique. I’ll edit a final time before researching publishing houses, which I’m doing now.

It’s a long, slippery slope, and navigating as a teenager through these slopes with your parents’ less-than-enthusiastic cries isn’t always easy, but I seriously rely on you guys. I appreciate every like or follow I get, but I have to admit, comments are blogger gold. It doesn’t have to be long. Just a quick, “I really like your blog!” “I’m glad you found your story!” or even a simple, “NEAT!”  (That one will likely be most appreciated by myself due to my fascination obsession with “Welcome to Night Vale”)

But don’t feel like you need to comment. I’d hate to feel like I’m forcing you to comment. Because that would make me feel evil. And I hope I’m not evil.

Quick recommendation alert!

What with school and life, I’m surprised I can do this with any regularity, but I recommend the book The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson.

THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

… so, yeah!

I’m not sure how much I can recommend the latter half of the book, seeing as how I’m only about halfway through it at present, but from what I have read, it seems like a very good book.

My favorite part? The main character, Sage. I love his personality, though he does act a little bit younger than he’s supposed to be. Though that could just be his personality. What else is his personality?

Blunt, snarky, and, hilarious. He likes very few people, and very few people like him. It’s just fantastic the way Mrs. Nielson wrote this. I literally cannot get over it.

So instead of getting my fangirl cooties all over you, I invite you to try it out for yourself. It is one of those rare boks that sucks you in from the moment you sit down to read it, so I hope you’ll enjoy it.

P.s., there are two other books in the series: The Runaway King, and The Shadow Throne. If those titles are anything like this book, I highly suggest them!

Life.

Everyone, I am so sorry that this has not been high on my priority list, but my story has been on a relative standstill, and I don’t think you guys follow/read a writer’s blog to find out what they had for breakfast (Raisin Bran, in case anyone cares ;D).

But something has happened.

Now, if you’ve read my “About Me” page, you might remember that time where I lost one of my printed out stories? Yeah, well… bad luck comes in pairs. The worst part? I was going to have all day today to type it up, since I had finished editing it.

Well, that’s not going to work.

I’m still holding onto the belief that it’s still at my school, and I’ll find it tomorrow morning (If there is a snow day…..). But if that doesn’t pan out, I will have to re-print it out, re-correct it, and sew it to my body. And yes, the last step is entirely necessary.

*sigh* well, after I figured out that I didn’t have my story, I panicked, but now I’m pretty calm. I’m going to catch up on Fanfiction, because writing is my passion, and fanfiction is another form of that beast…

I’ll update you tomorrow if I find the manuscript or not.

Until then, please pray/wish/make teddy bear sacrifices for me (Please don’t do the last one. It was a joke. And a shameless steal form Rick Riordan)

 

Quick Recommendation!

To everyone in the Chicagoland area: Do yourself a favor and go see the play “The Rose and the Rime” at the Chicago House Theatre. Heck, go see all of their shows. But Rose and the Rime is really great.

Long story short, a little girl tries to save her town from an evil witch. It’s a strange mash-up of Chronicles of Narnia, Frozen, and something a little different. But it’s not for everyone.

It’s a comedy with some really dark elements. My friend brought her eight year old sister, and she was scared through about a third of the show. Nothing that a little assurance couldn’t cure, but still, be warned.

Also, it doesn’t end happy. Not that it’s not satisfying. On the contrary, I loved the ending. But, not happy.

If neither of those things bother you, you will at least not think of this play as a waste of time, even if you generally don’t like plays because they’re not as realistic as movies. (which is an acceptable point of view. At times, I’m that way.)

But, yeah. See it if you can. If you can’t, I’m sorry. Instead, find a theater that’s performing 39 Steps. It’s seriously hilarious, if you are the kind of person who likes parody. Because this is a parody in the extreme, and if it’s well done, it’s WELL DONE.

So, this time, Until next time!