Ah, hello there.
Yes, yes, it has been quite a while. Nearly three months, I do believe. On the plus side, instead of blogging, I have been working on Book 2, so I get brownie points, right? (Actually, no, brownies make me sick, so can I have something more like popcorn points? I really like popcorn. And dark chocolate. But that also makes me sick. Just in case you wanted to know.)
Much has happened since last post. Much of nothing, really. But I shall make my little much of nothing terribly fascinating.
Firstly, I began an extraordinarily marvelous new journey called Transferring Colleges. This basically means I get to be faced with the wonderful experience called “Being A Freshman” all over again. Clean slate. New people. New teachers. Et cetera. (Fun fact, I accidentally typed an extra letter in “et cetera,” and my computer changed it into “et cereal.” Et cereal. I believe this should become a thing, yes?) Some people may find this to be a terrifying, horrible, tiring thing to go through, not once, but twice (I transferred to my last college in the spring semester). I, however, seem to adapt well to change. As long as I have Rocky (my laptop – he is, in fact, named after THE Rocky), my pillow, some sticky notes, and a variety of pens and pencils. Oh, and clothes, I guess. Those come in handy occasionally. That’s basically all I need, and I’m quite dandy.
So, as stated earlier, I’ve begun this new journey at a new college (if you were wondering, Faulkner University), and I’ve even made some new friends, which is quite an accomplishment for me. *pats self on back* With that said, I have been spending most of my time out of class in my room… Typing…
Before I go into WHAT I have been typing (hee hee, you thought I was going to let you know some Book 2 secrets? Not so fast!!), I shall inform you that I have been going through one of those “questioning my purpose in this world” moments in my life. What am I supposed to do with my life after I get out of college in, say, ten years? (Just kidding, parents!! I won’t stay THAT long…) My major is Psychology right now, but I don’t think I will continue in it. Don’t get me wrong, the subject fascinates me, but that’s about the extent of it. I’m fascinated by the way other people act and think. (Probably because I then like to use the knowledge to flesh out my characters.) But I don’t think I would be a fantastic counselor or anything of that sort. I’m afraid I would be unable to hold back my sarcasm, and I’m afraid I could wind up in some awkward situation if someone didn’t quite get my sarcasm. Some people have asked why I don’t just write for a living. I try to hold back my laughter (and sarcasm) and simply say that I don’t want something I do as a hobby to become a chore for me, as I’m sure it would if I were forced to do it for a living. While that is true, writing also currently doesn’t bring in enough money TO make a living. So unless I want to live in a tree house and eat wild game and berries (not to say that wouldn’t be FANTABULOUSLY AWESOME, but as of now I don’t know of a tree that would make a comfortable enough home), writing probably won’t be enough to live off of. So as of now, I still have no idea what I want to do with my life. BUT, I will continue writing, whatever I do. Because writing makes me happy and I enjoy being happy. (Friendly animals also make me happy, so maybe I’ll leave society and enter the wilderness, domesticating various animals and making them my family. I particularly like bats. They are sooooo adorable. And they can fly. BONUS!)
As for bookly things, I’ve had a couple events since I last blogged! I had a book signing at Little Professor Book Center and the Dothan Main Library. (Thanks to everyone who came out to visit!) I will also be having a book signing at the Vestavia Public Library on Sunday, October 26th, and I would LOVE for you to come! Click here for more information!
I will take a quick intermission from bookly things (don’t worry, I will have Book 2 news to share in a little bit) to tell you about my delightful weekend. My friend and I drove up (over?) to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to visit our mutual friend and have an awesome weekend together. We ate waaaaay too much candy (and pizza), watched the Book 4 premier of The Legend of Korra (if you’re not watching this, then, um, why?), watched waaaay too much Korean drama (I’m looking at you, SK), went to bed waaaaay too late, and then woke up waaaay too late. THEN this afternoon we went to the theater to watch The Maze Runner! I was very proud of myself as I walked into the theater because it has been a few years since I’ve seen a book-turned-movie in which I actually read the book. But I spent the last two weeks pushing through that thing, and I finished it. (You can see my thoughts on the book here!) Then I saw the movie, and for the first time in a while (I had forgotten what it was like), I was watching a movie and pointing out E.V.E.R.Y. detail that was incorrect. Haha. Overall, the movie was very great (my friends, neither of which had read the book, loved it), and I was glad to have seen it. I will definitely be watching (and reading) the sequel!
Now. Onto MY book. Book 2. If you noticed that little progress box I have on the side of my blog, it says I’ve passed 110,000 words on Book 2. WOW. I mean, I know I’ve already written a whole book, but just looking at that word count takes me for a loop. Sometimes when I look at my book, I still can’t believe I WROTE that. I wrote a book. Weird.
Anywho, I’ve written quite a few words lately, and unfortunately, this book has proven to be more difficult to write than its predecessor. I know exactly what NEEDS to be written – I have it all planned out – but the execution can sometimes be a struggle. This book delves deeper into both characters, and both are headed to dark places in their lives. More blood is shed in this book than the last, and that in itself has been hard for me. (These are my children, remember?) A few days ago I had to kill off a character. On the character’s birthday. (No, that was not intentional… I actually realized it the day after I had written the scene.) That was the first time since I started writing that I actually killed off one of the named characters, and it was HARD. I hadn’t realized how hard it was going to be until I actually had to do it. I was very thankful I was in my room while writing that scene, because I actually started crying a little. It was just not a good day for me (or this character, obviously). But through the death, other characters were able to grow, and I’m so thankful for that. I’m so proud to see my characters grow and change and learn from their experiences, and I just want to give them all great big hugs and rustle their hair and tell them how much I love them.
My current estimate is that I have six more chapters plus the epilogue to write. It can take me anywhere from twenty minutes to three weeks to write a single chapter, based on its complexity and emotional turmoil (hey, I’m human; sometimes I just gotta take a break from my own savagery). My deadline is December 8th (my birthday!). That said, I hope to finish sooner than that! And then you guys can experience all the emotional turmoil I have put myself through. Yay!!
I hope you all have a delightful night and a wonderful October!
Farewell to all,
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” -Romans 12:11-13