Tag: writing

Inspire Me

 

So, Hannah at Ink Blots and Coffee Stains didn’t really tag me for this, but she did say anyone who wanted to could do it (thank you for that :)), so I am.

Here are the rules:
1. Copy these totally amazing and spectacular rules onto your post
2. Smile and twirl in a circle and look at your favorite inspiring thing and take deep breaths as you prepare for my amazingness
3. Thank your gorgeous, lovely tagger
4. Tag five other bloggers (or more. or less. or none. just whatever you want.)
5. Have fun and be honest and answer all the questions (and feel free to add some of your own!)

And now for the questions!

#1: What is one of the most inspiring things to you?

Hmm. This is a tough one, actually. Would it be weird to say “dreaming”? Because I get some awesome story ideas from my dreams. Reading is also a good one. But mostly dreaming.

 

#2: Where do you look for inspiration?

Pinterest. Their prompts and character inspiration pins almost always get me writing.

#3: When and where does inspiration tend to hit you?
Anywhere it’s inconvenient. In bed, in the car, anywhere I can’t write anything down.
#4: What’s the first thing you do when inspiration strikes?

First I marvel at this amazing idea (which is usually not as amazing as it seems), and then I scurry to find something to write it on. Unless I’m somewhere I can’t, in which case I repeat it over and over and over in my head until I get to a point where I can write it down. And usually one idea spawns another and I write all of it down.

 
#5: What’s the most inspiring book/song/website/etc., you’ve found?

Any soundtrack music is good. Or anything instrumental at all. There are so many books that I’ve found inspiring that I couldn’t possibly pick just one.

#6: What’s one piece of advice you would give to people struggling for inspiration? 
Read. Reading always helps.
(I have no idea why the text decided to get bigger in some places. O-o)
And I’ll tag:
I was so close to actually coming up with five people… *sighs* Well, anyone who’s listening to music can also do this, or just whoever wants to do it. And those tagged are not required to do it, as always. :)
Have fun!
The Book-Room Challenge

The Book-Room Challenge

So several of my friends from the Christian Teens Together! thread on the NaNoWriMo website have done a challenge called the Book-Room Challenge in which they describe three of their books as rooms, and I’ve just been nominated by Leila of Inspiring Ink’lings. Thanks, Leila!

Rules:

  1. Describe three of your books as rooms. They can be finished or unfinished, but they must be your own.
  2. Write one of your favorite books to read as a room.
  3. Tag five other people. (This one’s going to be tricky for me.)

The Lowlines

You open a dark walnut door and step into a dimly lit room. Daggers and swords lay on a low oak table that is surrounded by three mismatched chairs, one tipped, one with a broken leg, and only one standing completely upright. There is one window in the very back of the room, but curtains cover it, the rod broken and crooked, and a thick layer of dust blankets the glass.

The floor is cracked hardwood that creaks and groans with every step, and the walls are covered with torn wallpaper that someone tried to hide with black paint. On the right wall is a bulletin board covered with faded, torn papers and photos, and on the left is a gun rack, which is now abandoned save for one pistol.

You dodge a piece of falling plaster and glance up at the crumbling ceiling and step over to the window, glancing out. The only things you can see are dead grass, a twisted oak tree, and a plank swing, one rope snapped to leave the swing dangling awkwardly.

 

The Half-Elves

Stepping through a pine door, you’re immediately refreshed by the bright sunshine streaming through the windows and the potted plants placed in the corners of the room. The whole place smells of the forest, like walking through a Christmas tree lot. The fir wood table in the middle of the room is adorned with a white lace tablecloth and topped with a pair of gold candle holders, each with a simple white candle inside it.

A bow rests against one of the five fir wood chairs, strung, but without its quiver. There are no other weapons in sight.

There’s a window on each wall, and each has white lace curtains tied back to let in the most sunlight possible. Out each window you can see vibrant green grass, trees, woodland animals, and bright birds that can be heard singing all the time.

 

The Wisdom Keepers

This room is most likely the fanciest in the house. White marble floors, elegant white paneled walls, and gold candelabras gracing the walls. A long table sits in the very center of the room, covered in a white silk tablecloth and decorated with silver candle holders every few seats, the white candles inside already lit.

The table is set with china plates, golden goblets, and pure silverware. A feast is set along the center of the table, containing any food you can think of. Turkey, pheasant, pies, cakes, potatoes, carrots, apples, just to name very few.

The right wall is open to a balcony, allowing the room to flood with light, also aided by three golden chandeliers hanging over the table. On the other three walls, elegantly woven tapestries hang, lending their rich, vibrant colors to the otherwise neutrally colored room.

 

There are so many books I love to read, but Dreamtreaders is the one that I always list as my favorite. Whether it really is my absolute favorite or not is impossible to tell.

Dreamtreaders

When you walk in, you’re first bombarded by the mess. Books, blankets, papers, and all sorts of things are strewn everywhere. But you can make out the desk against the left wall, the bed against the right, and you can see the sliding glass door in the back wall that leads out onto a tiny balcony. The walls of the room are black, decorated with swirls of dark color. Behind the bed is painted a navy blue clock tower with a dark gold face, and against the desk is propped a midnight blue surfboard.

The bed is dark walnut wood, with blankets of an almost black green, and a well is carved into the footboard. The desk is the same wood, with a ragged old doll sitting on the far corner.

The air in the room smells musty, and the light filtering in through the door is dim and almost green-tinted. A storm is coming.

 

Nominees

Most of these will probably be repeats since I have no idea who to nominate. No one is required to do the challenge.

Grace at My Corner of Grace

Halfblood Cheetah at I’m Only Human

Mandy at Jumping In the Puddles

Rubix at The Sea Calls Us Home

Janie at Catmooslane

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo

Howdy! Today we’ll be talking about NaNoWriMo. Can you believe it’s in less than a month?

I’ll be writing a fantasy (big surprise there) called The Lowlines. Here’s the synopsis.

 

Rhiannon Anson is the leader of the Lowlines, an organization of criminals-turned-vigilantes fighting to keep the worlds of the Acallarus star system safe.

But when the Lowlines are forced to disband, Rhiannon and her friend Ore Salenda are the only members still attempting to sustain justice in Acallarus. Then they run into Leo Redthorn, a thief with a mysterious past, who offers to help them reconnect the Lowlines.

But can Leo be trusted? And with so much opposition, will they be able to find the Lowliners and recreate the organization or will they die in the attempt?

 

Also, if you are planning to do NaNoWriMo, I highly recommend signing up on the official site. It’s a great place to meet other writers, and it’s harder to slack off with people encouraging you to keep writing. One of my favorite forums on there is Christian Teens Together! If you do decide to join that forum, however, beware the fact that it will be hard to keep up with us. We post almost constantly. But it’s still a great thread if you can keep up!

I’d love to see you there!

Writers Like Us Interview 4: Marci

Writers Like Us Interview 4: Marci

Welcome to the fourth and final installment in the Writers Like Us series! Our last interviewee is Marci.

 

Alpine Writer: What author or authors do you think most influenced your writing?

Marci: I wouldn’t necessarily say my writing was influenced by any person in particular. I just write. :)

 

A: What genre do you write?

M: Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Bildungsroman…anything I can put magic in.

 

A: Do you tend to stick to one genre or do you like to write lots of different things?

M: I write whatever I really feel like writing. ;D

 

A: Do you tend to write the same kind of things as what you read?

M: I read most things, so yes? No? Maybe?

 

A: What is your most recent work-in-progress?

M: Two things– the rewrite of my NaNoWriMo novel– The Day the Sky Wept– and a story involving an angel/valkyrie/grim-reaper-type creature.

 

A: What are some of your favorite books?

M: Good Omens [Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett], A Whole Nother Story [Dr. Cuthbert Soup], Famous Last Words [Katie Alender], Bliss [Kathryn Littlewood], The Curse of the Blue Tattoo [L.A. Meyer (?)] etc…

 

Cool!

Thank you for reading the Writers Like Us series! I hope you enjoyed it. :)

Writers Like Us Interview 3: Matt

Writers Like Us Interview 3: Matt

Welcome to the third installment of Writers Like Us. Today I’ll be interviewing Matt.

 

Alpine Writer: What author or authors do you think most influenced your writing?

Matt: I’d have to say Timothy Zahn and Robert Jordan have been my biggest influences, Jordan more for description, worldbuilding and and intrigue, and Zahn more for things like dialogue and twists. My other favourite author is Brandon Sanderson, and although I can’t think of any specific ways he’s influenced my writing style, I’m sure he has. I’ve also found a lot of the materials on his website to be inspirational, rather than influential, which puts him up there too.

 

A: What genre do you usually write?

M: I normally write fantasy, but I’ve been working on some young adult superhero-y stuff lately. One of my favourite things about writing is figuring out how the magic systems work, so I always try to include something magic in the story.

 

A: Do you tend to stick to one genre or do you like to write lots of different things?

M: I go all over the place, with my novels mostly being fantasy but occasionally whatever a superhero story is, and with my short stories all over the place, from horror to comedy to just weird. I have a mystery novel planned, but haven’t started writing it, so I’m not sure if that counts.

 

A: Do you tend to write the same kind of things as what you read?

M: Yes. I started writing because I kept saying, “I’d like to see a book that does this,” and one day I just decided to do it. My writing is for me, not for anyone else, because I’m writing for love of what I’m doing. I think that’s the most important part of it.

 

A: What is your most recent work-in-progress?

M: I’m currently working on two novels. The first is the beginning of a young adult series called Incendiary, about a couple of bored high school students who get superpowers and decide to see if they can take over the world. That one’s really fun to write, because it’s centered around the villains making their plans and trying to keep everything hidden. The second novel I’m working on doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s a fantasy novel in which the villains think they’ve found the fulfillment of a doomsday prophecy, along with a half dozen other major events that I don’t have the space to get into, and I probably couldn’t describe briefly.

 

A: What are some of your favorite books?

M: Well this is going to be a long answer. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan is amazing, and I’ll devour anything Timothy Zahn’s ever written, with The Icarus Hunt, the Blackcollar and Conquerors series, and Spinneret probably being his best works. Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series, like most of his other stuff, is great. I recently read Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, and thought it was really good, although that’s a polarising one. I could keep going, but if I do I’m never going to stop, so I’ll just leave off with that.

 

Awesome!

Tune in next week for the fourth and final installment!