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I have a new story up on my Wattpad. It’s called Nightmares and Red Palms.
I’m considering publishing it just so some of you all can get physical copies of it, but it is possible that I may just add it as a bonus in the back of my next publication. Who knows.
Nightmares and Red Palms is a historical fiction one-act play. It takes place in the invasion of Sicily, Italy in 1943. It’s complete, but the ending might change depending on what you all think. I added at the end of the story, exclusively for Wattpad readers, a little behind the scenes blog. It tells about some easter eggs and unknown histories about the characters and stuff. It also tells how I might change the ending… I don’t want to post it here because many of my WordPress followers haven’t read it yet. I’m not one to spoil stories, especially my own.
It’s been chosen to submit to a scholastic competition for my school, so I have until November 19th to make any changes. Please go read it before then and let me know if you think I should edit the ending or not!
Warning: People have cried over it. Prepare yourself.
Anyway, I just wanted to update you all! Thank you so much for reading and if you aren’t following me on Wattpad, it’s free and really easy. There, you get exclusive access to several stories and things you won’t get on here.
Actually, since I mentioned that, I have a new series coming up. I’m going to be posting regular short stories and maybe even poetry to my Wattpad. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’ll post them here on my blog, too. I’ll update you when it get’s closer to starting that!
I just posted two more videos on my youtube channel! I’ve meant to keep blogging with them as they are posted, but I’ve missed a few (you can still find them on my youtube channel, Crocketagne).
Here are the next two videos!
Thanks for watching:) xoxo, Kelli.
Hey, everyone! Thank you so much for watching!
The song is Human by Ellie Goulding I upload new videos every weekend on my YouTube channel, Crocketagne!
In this video, I use 18×24 watercolor paper, watercolor paint, Prismacolor pencils, white gouache, Faber Castell PITT artist pen, Uniball Signo white gel pen, rubbing alcohol, and salt.
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I started a YouTube channel! Below is my first video and I will be posting a new video every week. This painting was created with acrylic paint on a canvas board. The song that plays in the background is Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men.
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My eyes are pretty much better so I’m psyched to write. It’s been like an itch that I can’t scratch…
Sorry about the combo of days here, by the way. With all of the Black Friday sales, I traded out my old computer for a new one that works! Get this: it loads Microsoft Word without a ten-minute pause. It’s crazy… It even has a headphone jack that works and turns on every time you press power.
See what I did there? This is something I’m noticing a lot in the book that I’m reading right now. The author tells me a lot of things without actually saying it, or showing it. Instead, they give an implied comparison to let me figure out the information.
For example, from above you can tell that my old computer didn’t have a working headphone jack, didn’t boot up every time I tried to turn it on, and had a ten-minute wait for Word to load. I never actually said any of this, but used these details in my description of how my new computer is/is not like. The details stand out as well. If I were typically describing a new computer, I might say it’s fast or sleek or has interesting new features. Instead, I said that it turned on… it makes the reader think a little and put together the story.
My challenge for you is to find a comparison in your story. Something that has changed or changes the life of the character in some way. Use this method to describe it and see how it enhances your story, setting the description apart from the flow of how you usually describe things. It will bring variety.
Thanks for reading and don’t stop writing!
Sorry that we are still having trouble with the internet in my neighborhood, but here I am.
Just so you know… I quit this year’s NaNoWriMo about a week ago but I’ve been putting off mentioning it. I’m not giving up on the story or anything. In fact, I’m going to be writing it next month I think. I’ve been having some eye strain problems (can’t focus on words, bad headaches, etc) and my doctor literally said to stay away from screens and limit my reading time. LIMIT MY READING TIME. HOW AM I STILL ALIVE.
Anyway, I’ll still be on here every day to write about writing and check in with you all, but I’m not putting myself on a 50k word timer anymore. I’m just writing as much as I can without messing with my eyes and all of that.
Getting back to today’s post… We are halfway through NaNoWriMo! AHHH!
Time for more reflecting. My challenge for you is to look back over what you’ve got and still make sure you are going in the right direction. Maybe you want to add in a scene or two to what you’ve already written in order to pave a better path to where you want the story to go. Maybe you want to make a few notes on what you want to change and go back to it later (don’t stop the roll you are on now!). Find three good things that you’ve noticed and three bad things, then use that information to write better going forward.
Good luck! As always, thanks for reading and don’t stop writing:)
Sorry I didn’t post yesterday! Something happened last night with my neighborhood and everybody’s internet went out… But it’s back! So I’m going to give you what I wrote yesterday, okay?
I suppose, though, that you still need a challenge for day 11. How about this: Today I went to a book store and made a list of all of the books I want to read(At least the ones I got to in the 3 hours I was there). But I didn’t buy any of them, so when I got home I wasn’t tempted to read instead of write. It helped me, though, to see all of those books on shelves and get super excited about them. To see how each one was written and cared for by the writer first, before all of that editing and publishing and stuff. It made me want to write more, and it gave me a lot of ideas of how I can twist my story.
My challenge for you is to do the same thing. Don’t look at the books you own; you’ve seen them too much already to really appreciate them in this way. Go to a book store. Go to a library. Go somewhere where there are books galore and read the blurbs. Flip through them. Read the first few pages. And then if you decide it’s a book you want to read, write down the title on a list. And next to it, write the author’s full name, not just the last name or an initial. So you know that there is a person behind that book and that name who was just excited about the story you are holding as you are. More so, that they wrote it all down.
Anyway, I think this is worth doing. Give it a try. Here’s the post from yesterday: Day 10
Today marks the one third mark on our way through NaNoWriMo! Congrats to all of you who are on schedule or ahead. And to those who are behind, like me, get to work!
I think this is a good point in the word dump of your first draft to stop and reflect. My challenge for you is to look over what you’ve done so far and decide if you are on the right track. See where you can take the story from where you are. Make some notes of what you might plan to change about it in the future if you decide to go in another direction and don’t want to backtrack just yet. In the first book I wrote, I changed the whole premise of the story halfway through and went back to rewrite and edit the beginning a month later.
I know I’ve got a lot of reflecting to do… and writing. I’m pretty behind. I don’t even want to look at the word count until I think I’ve gotten some progress. Sometimes you’ve got to just let the words write themselves for a while before you try to measure them… Or maybe I’m just scared to see how far back I am…
Happy Veteran’s day! Good luck, and as always: Thank you for reading and don’t stop writing!