Snow Day Procrastination (jadelmwrites.blog)

Today, after a whole lot of work last month (and a good pay docket yesterday), and an unexpected (but very welcomed snow day), I decided to treat myself to a premium account here on WordPress!

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I worked a hell of a lot of over time in February – hardly got anything actually done creative wise; so, I thought I should treat myself to a very early birthday present! (I turn 24 at the end of this month).

I’m really hoping this will motivate me to write even more blog posts for you guys, and to schedule myself a lot better!

I’m gonna work on getting more content out to you each week, and really working on collaborating with other great bloggers here too! (If anyone wants to guest post here or vice versa, just hit me up and we’ll sort something out!)

Now, this whole snow-day long procrastination must stop, and I have to go back to editing my WIP, stop looking out the window at the snow and try not to delve in to the world of themes I now have access too (because that will just make my brain hurt and make me want to give up on anything else creative for the day)!

I also have a lovely fantasy manuscript that I get to delve in to beta-reading tonight, and I’m so excited!

And a whole giant bar of Dairy Milk chocolate that I have to finish!

So, until next time guys,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

P.S. I’m sure to have a blog post full of snowified photos showing up here soon, because the Beast from the East, and storm Emma have combined and brought one hell of a drift to South Wales, and it’s still coming!

FOB, Beta-Reading and Camp NaNo Prep (February Wrap-up & March Goals)

So, we’re on that cusp guys. The cusp between the Winter (which by the looks of it doesn’t want to leave) and the Spring (I have already heard the baby birds in a roost above my window), and, it’s also, already the beginning of the third month of the year!

Like, how did that even happen? This year is going far too quickly for my liking! But, I guess it should just make you all that more determined to get your goals done early, right?

Speakinf of goals! Before I looked at my goal list from the start of February, I felt like half of the goals I set myself didn’t get done! But, to my surprise, I only had six, and to be honest, I haven’t done all that terrible!

  1. Continue trucking on with the re-write of Tales of Monsters – Check!
  2. Keep reading – Well, a little
  3. Keep up with the double blog posts (and bujo) – Well done me!
  4. Buy Far Cry 5 and play it – Haha
  5. Participate in three insta challenges this month – One and a half!
  6. Start DIY Double Decker Hamster Home – Nope…

The writings been going okay. It went really slow at the beginning, but then I found some sort of spurt and went back in to old-time rereading editing, rather than rewriting it! I’m not in the right mindset, and most of it makes sense. It still needs a few things added here and there, but, it’s good.

So, yeah, I’m slowly getting through to the last chapters now – there’s a couple that need to change (almost completely, after I’ve already re-written them) but, if they are changed, it gives book two a better chance at going the way it’s going, but, we’ll just see how all that pans out in the end.

And, that reading thing?

Well, other than reading Until You Are Mine by D.M.Davis, and some short stories from Grimm Brothers Book of Fairytales, I haven’t read much else ither than blog and instagram posts!

I must have read myself out in January or something! Poor Crooked Kingdoms been sat there on my bedside DVD locker, gathering dust for a whole month… It happened with Six Of Crows as well though, it was just so easy to put down and not pick up for the longest of times, but I’d still give it a 4.5*! I liked the characters, and the whole concept, I think it just lacked in the hype somewhere!

What has been good though, is other than the Grimm Brothers Book of Fairytales which I couldn’t let go for £4.95 at the charity shop, and a Tyrion Lannister quote book that I got for a pound in a clearance sale, (plus two 99p ebooks) I haven’t bought tons of books this month!

My TBR has not grown, at all! And I’m quite pleased with myself!

I kept up with my double blog posts and my bullet journal, which is the one thing I’m most surprised at! I really thought that bujoing would turn in to a one trick kinf of pony -it usually does – but nope, managed to keep it going, so, go me!

I also kept up with some instagram challenges, particularly the #HayleySoonChallenge, and I did half of the #CharactersInLove challenge! I’ve also posted a few #FaveLineFebs on my current WIP and added one of those story highlights to keep them all together – Now, that was fun!

And, let’s just say, it’s pretty obvious that no one game savvy (or at least a FarCry lover) reads these posts because I didn’t realise that it didn’t come out until the 28th March…

And that great idea of the DIY Hamster cage was also put on hold! I lost one of my hamsters early in the month and I think it really set the tone for the days to come! I wasn’t expecting it and it really threw me off!

You kind of forget how much of an impact they have on you, even when they are only a few inches long, you know?

Personally, not much happened this month, but I did receive my beta-reader package

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from Andrew Henley for his book Hayley Soon, which actually comes out today, and is available on amazon kindle for 99p! You can also get the paperback (The cover is gorgeous! Photos just don’t do the colors on it justice) on his website and on amazon!

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Amazon UK
Andrew’s Website

March’s goals include the following:

  1. Finish and send Tales of Monsters to Beta-Readers
  2. Finish up Beta-Reading Survey
  3. Do a little prep for Camp NaNoWriMo
  4. Read some books from the TBR
  5. Go and see Fall Out Boy!
  6. Do a little prep for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo

That’s not too much of a hard way to go, now is it? Nice short little goal list for a very long month! The last week of which will be filled with adult stuff, and my 24th birthday on that last day of the month too!

The first one is already very much planned, the beta reader list has been created (still gaps if anyone else wants to take the plunge). The survey I’m hoping to send out with it might be more like a letter than a survey at the rate it’s going. I have so many worries with it, and I’m hoping, that, if anything, giving Tales to beta-readers will give me some sort of clarity, or closure??

I think I’ve just got to a point where I need help with it, I need a different pair (or pairs) of eyes on it! I’m sure I’ll have a whole blog post about the process when it comes to it! The nerves are already getting at me…

This month, I’m also going to see Fall Out Boy on their Mania tour, and I am so excited! I’ve wanted to see them for years, but shy of not having anyone to go with in the past, when my friend phoned me up and said she and two others were getting tickets, how could I say no?

This album has also really helped me with my current WIP as well, in terms of themes to come in the later books, so I’m sure hearing it in the flesh will bring up whole emotions in itself (I know I’m already gonna cry a little anyway).

And, prepping for camp nano starts as well! In April, I’m hoping to go back to The Diary of a Child Zombie Killer and get the second draft of that at least started, but considering it is only about 50k odd words, I think I might be able to do it in the month! – It’s more getting the layout sorted than actually adding or taking away anything. There’s a new concept that I have to add in, but, because the book feels that much more personal than anything I’ve written before, it won’t take me long to write and add them in!

I’m honestly hoping to get that out to beta-readers a lot quicker than Tales, especially because it’s just so much easier to read and get my head around than Tales is! No prophecies to worry about, or any foreshadowing needed here! (And if I can let Tales be read, I’ve already jumped over that hurdle; and jumping backwards is a lot worse than jumping forwards).

Al, my main guy in Diaries will also be getting his own post on Sunday, but, it’s most likely just going to be a one part wonder sort of thing! I have a load of books that I’ve written (or started) writing reviews for, so I’m hoping to get some of those written up and posted!

I also have a couple of instagram challenges that I’m gonna try and keep up with this month too! There’s no point in adding it to my goals list, the last week of March is gonna be busy as hell for me, and I can just see myself missing out a few days!

What have you guys got planned for the month ahead? I’d love to know!

Until the weekend though,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

Heller’s Catch-22 Got 22 Rejections

Another guest post from me over at WelcometoRealiti’s blog for his month of 22 themed posts! Make sure to go over and say Hi and follow the man whilst your there!

And Agatha Christie got 500 – so whats your lame excuse for giving up after one?
If you’re a writer, or anything for that matter; in life, you’re going to be rejected, and today, I’m going to tell you about some of the best-selling authors who didn’t give up at that first hurdle on the track…

via Heller’s Catch 22 got 22 rejections —

#MyCharactersAreReal Tag Part 4: The End Of A Child Zombie Killer?

So, this is the last part of the #MyCharactersAreReal tag, and most probably, gonna be the last post about Melanie for at least a month or so! I’m still toying with the idea of doing another four posts, all with the questions from this challenge going to Albert – the forty-odd year old guy who finds Mel’s diary – but I haven’t decided on it yet!

Anyway, if you haven’t seen the other three parts yet. Here are the links to them: Part One, Part Two & Part Three.

And, here is a synopsis for the Nanowrimo project this whole tag is based on!

Set in a zombie apocalyptic Britain, a forty-year old guy called Al, finds a diary of the twelve-year-old Melanie. Inside, it documents the beginning of the apocalypse and the world she experiences. He doesn’t want it to ever finish; but he can see the un-penned, blank pages at the end. Did she decide she didn’t need it? Did she lose it? Or did she die…

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Nervous Habits or Ticks?

Although, not mentioned in the diary, because it’s not really something that Melanie notices, because it’s something she sort of does unintentionally, is bob her knee when she’s nervous!

Do They Immediately Say Whats on Their Mind or Put Their Thoughts Through a Filter?

She thinks before she speaks. She’s a well-mannered kid most of the time, and she knows how much words can hurt you. This doesn’t mean that in tense moments, she won’t say things that could potentially hurt people, but, in every day life, she thinks about the words.

What Does it Take to Tick Them Off?

Liars really tick her off, only because she see’s no real need for it. White lies, fair enough, but not the sort of lies that can hurt you, that could end up killing someone if you said them enough. The world she lives in needs trust now than anything else, and it’s hard to come by, even in the early months.

In Most Situations if Your Character Passive, Aggressive or Defensive?

To begin with, she’s very passive, she doesn’t like to fight. She’d much rather run away, but as time goes on, she becomes defensive, but, if she didn’t, she’d end up dead. Simple as that.

On a Scale of One to Ten, How Patient is Your Character?

Probably an eight out of ten. She’s not easily rused, and she can accept that people aren’t perfect at it the first time. I think kids have a lot more tolerance than grown ups, which mean they have a better advantage at accepting people as they are, and therefor, living longer.

In What Ways Could Your Character Grow as a Person?

Melanie could probably benefit at being able to read people better, but, I’m sure she’s on the right track.

What Does Your Character Learn by The End of The Story?

If you look long enough, you can make yourself believe that the monsters are your friends….

Or, maybe I have no idea yet. Or maybe she dies, and gets eaten by zombies. Or she turns in to one. Who knows?

I do!


Anyway, that was the end of this! It’s been a bit different, using an instagram tag as a blog post, but it’s been nice to sort of delve back in to Mel’s journey and look at some things I perhaps hadn’t considered before!

By the end of this post now, I think I’ve decided that I will continue the tag over for Albert, considering he is the other main character and need’s just as much development as Mel does! So, if you’re feeling it, look out for it next Sunday! Whether it’ll be a whole post with all the questions, or split out over two parts – or four, I’m not sure yet, but, it’ll happen! I’ll need it for when camp nano comes back around in April!

Also this following week, I have my second guest post over at WelcometoRealiti’s blog publishing itself on Tuesday I believe, and my monthly wrap-up on Wednesday!

I can’t believe February is already over. Like, how the heck did that even happen?

Anyway, until then,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade

22 Three-Word Prompts!

This here is a post I guess wrote on the wonderful Welcome to Realiti’s blog for his month long posts of all things 22!

And, keeping in line with my own february theme (which I’ve deemed my own character development month), I give you 22 three-word prompts that you can use to see what your characters would do or say if the words were ever said too them, or by them!

Whether you are a poet or a story-teller – or both, here are 22 ‘Three Word Prompts’ to get your brain working!
And with each one of these, you could delve into the world of horror and madness, or, make something light and fluffy and beautiful (You just have to use your imagination a little!) Let’s just get on with the list and let your imagination flow!

Read the rest via 22 three-word prompts – Guest post by Jade Maiden

Breaking the Gladiator by Nicola Rose

Boasting captivating characters, scenery, and a story line to match, Breaking the Gladiator: An Alpha Attraction novella by debut indie author Nicola Rose was released today on kindle, and, considering this steamy, hot mess is only 99p, you have to have a good excuse not to buy it!

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Cassian
I’m trained to kill… for the amusement of others.
Slave. Fighter. Beast.
Emotions are a weakness, so I have none; except anger and hate. All the good ones were beaten and starved out of me long ago. I barely even feel pain anymore.
But when she touches me? Feelings thrash to the surface, and in my world those are dangerous. She’s poison, feeding off my rage for her own sick pleasures. I hate her. She keeps finding cracks and opening them up, squeezing herself inside my chest.
She’s going to get me killed.

Livia
I’m Domina of the Atticus ludus, where we train gladiators to compete for victory.
Wealthy. Attractive. Powerful husband.
It appears I have it all… and I wish I could make myself feel that way. But I’m numb. Too broken to even care. The only time I feel alive is when I’m with my husband’s champion gladiator. My slave. In the arena, and the bedroom.
It’s disgusting for a woman of my rank to sleep with a man like him. He’s a dirty, worthless animal. His touch should feel repulsive. His gaze upon me should make my skin crawl.
But he’s mine. And I want more.

“Dirty, Senseless, Dangerous, Sinful and Mouth-Watering”

I had the honor of reading the arc of this book in January, in exchange for an honest review, and, it was honestly my first five star read of 2018, and left me all satisfied and full (if not wanting more of Cassian that is!)

With only 20,000 words, Nicola’s characters were so well-developed that you feel as if you’ve already known them for a life time, and with a style of writing that flows off the tongue and immerses you in this wonderful and fantastical roman world; Nicola has done a beautiful job at introducing us in to the worlds she’s made to create!

I, for one, cannot wait for her debut novel later this year if this one is anything to go by!

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Nicola’s favourite things to write about include vampires, fantasy and romance that isn’t always sweet!

Living in the UK with her husband and two boys, when she’s not reading or writing, she can be found walking in the country-side, faffing around on photo-shop and playing board games!

You can also find her obsessing over vampires and bad boys!

You can buy Breaking the Gladiator here
Follow her on instagram @nicolaroseauthor
Visit her website here
Her Goodreads here

Her debut novel Taste the Dark: Elwood Legacy Book 1 is due out on the 30th April!
Pre-order that here!

#MyCharactersAreReal Tag Part 3: The Child Zombie Killers Diary

Every day, I get even more excited about going back to this story!

Check out Part One & Part Two

And, as always, here’s a synopsis so you know what I’m talking about:

Set in a zombie apocalyptic Britain, a forty-year old guy called Al, finds a diary of the twelve-year-old Melanie. Inside, it documents the beginning of the apocalypse and the world she experiences. He doesn’t want it to ever finish; but he can see the un-penned, blank pages at the end. Did she decide she didn’t need it? Did she lose it? Or did she die…

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What Would be on Your Main Characters Bucket List?

Melanie has always wanted to travel, but not, like continuously. She wants to travel for a little bit, experience some of the wonders of the world; and then settle down somewhere that isn’t her home town, get married, have kids and adopt a load of dogs!

She also wants to be a zoo keeper!

What are Your Characters Emotional Strengths and Weaknesses?

Strengths

Melanie has already experience a lot of loss and grief in her young life, so she’s more emotionally prepared for the losses she’s going to experience!

Her father left them when she was six, she lost her grandparents when she was eight,(one after the other) and more recently, her mum miscarried their baby brother eight months in to her pregnancy.

They also lost Bilbo the dog quite recently as well, which, in turn, gave them Tigs the cat!

Weakness’

To begin with, Melanie does have a tendency to depend on others a bit too much. As much as she likes to be seen as a grown-up, she also likes to be looked after and cared for – which can mean she can turn a bit lax on what’s really happening around her.

But, she’s twelve, you can’t really blame her for wanting to be looked after, can you?

What are you Characters Physical Strengths and Weaknesses?

Strengths

Mel and her step-dad used to go on run’s together. She’s good at sprinting, and being able to keep herself at a steady pace! (Which is great when you have to run away from zombies – or other people)

Weakness’

Mel isn’t very strong, or very tall, which can be a little inconvenient when your trying to climb or pull yourself up on to something.

What Does Your Character do When They’re Upset?

Mel likes to write when she’s upset, or when she’s feeling anything at all, really!

Special Skills and/or Weapon of Choice?

Honestly, Mel just uses anything to hand! Shovels, iron crow bars and frying pans are some of her preferred defenses, but it just depends on where she is and how many there are!

The worst thing about being a kid in a British zombie apocalypse is that guns are completely impossible to get a hold off.

What is Your Character’s Greatest Fear?

Melanie’s greatest fear, above losing Tigs the cat, is ending up all alone.

If it wasn’t for Tigs lying on her sleeping bag at night, when their in between groups, Melanie would have lost all hope and got far too careless. Tigs may only be a cat, but she’s the only thing Melanie has left, and her only (semi) constant companion.

Significant Objects or Symbols for Your Character?

Melanie’s Diary!

Her diary is the one thing she has where she can vent, and moan, and ramble, and just write about the day she’s had, the people she’s met, the people she’s killed, the zombies she’s dodged, and the antics that she get’s up to! It’s something that helps to keep her sane, to help her remember who she is and what she’s going through.

She also loves the idea of documenting the zombie apocalypse, and, although, the facts are warped by a twelve-year-old brain, it details all the little happenings of the people that wouldn’t be recorded in the history books!

The diary is also the most important piece, as it connects both Melanie and Albert! It becomes a staple part of both of them! For Mel, it’s an escape, and for Albert, it’s hope.

Next Sunday, the last part of this tag will be posted! It’s been so fun and exciting to get myself back in to this novel! I’m hoping that I’ll have a spurt of motivation to finish off the beta-draft of Tales of Monsters before March comes around, but, we’ll just have to wait and see about that!

Whatever happens though, I’m hoping that both Tales of Monsters is beta reader ready, and DOACZK is at least a finished second draft by the time November comes back around, because, the ideas of what to write for NaNoWriMo are already swirling inside of my head, and I can’t wait!

On Wednesday (21st), I’m guest blogging over at Welcome to Realiti’s, so make sure to check that out! (Or just check him out anyway!)

Until next time though,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

Check out Part Four