Sunday, March 25, 2012

Writer + Christian= Completely and Totally Insane

So, I finally told God several weeks ago that I really wanted to do His Will in absolutely everything.  This was a hard, hard decision for me because I was terrified he would send me to Africa or something.  Long story short, I discovered that when we want to do God's Will we really want to do it!  It doesn't matter what it is.  Anyway that's not the point.  This is:

I think today He hit me with His first project for me.

I think He wants me to write a modern story about two girls fighting with Truth versus Post-Modernism. Both girls will be homeschooled (there's no way I can write about highschool realistically.  Besides, there are way too many of those.).
I have three POV ideas for this:
  • It'll be from the POV of the girl on Truth's side trying to help her friend. (probably first person)
  • It'll be from the POV of the girl on Modernism's side trying to persuade her friend otherwise. (This would be third person because I think this girl will get in an accident and perhaps be converted right before she dies or something...)
  • I could do it from both POV's and rotate. (Not sure if this would be first person or third.)
So, there are the options.  Both girls will be going through a lot of internal struggle. I'm asking opinions on which one would be best.  Leave me a comment with yours.  Pweeeaaassseeee?

I don't read/write a lot of realistic stuff.  I don't read/write a lot of modern-day stuff.  Which is why I think He sent it.  It's not something I would come up with by myself.

~Charlotte Grace, the Mind Traveler

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Beautiful People: March 2012

Once again we have Beautiful people. ~grins~
This is a special version, evidently, because BP has been hosting for one year.  We have five extra questions for a relationship between two people.  I'm going to ponder which two while I answer the regular questions with Sheol (my villain, his name will be changing soon; it doesn't quite fit him), Niyet, and Jalem.  I really need to know them better. :P

1. Do they believe in anything that most people think is impossible?
Sheol: No.
Niyet: Hmm, not really.
Jalem: The legends of the elves living in the mountains has always intrigued me, but I don't that I actually believe in them.  Could be possible.

2. Are they strong, or the "damsel/knight in distress" sort?
Sheol: Oh, I wonder.  ~vicious glare~
Niyet: Strong.
Jalem: I'm leaning more toward knight in distress.  Don't quote that.
3. Do they have a special place? (e.g. a corner in his/her bedroom, under a tree...)

Sheol: I have a hideout in an old well, if that counts.
Niyet: No, never have needed one.
Jalem: The orchard in the castle.
4. What occupation do they have, or plan on having?

Sheol: Well, seeing as I'm dead...I *did* plan on being king.  ~mutters~
Niyet: I'm a mix between a soldier and an adviser at the moment.  ~frowns~  If that makes any sense.
Jalem: Same as Niyet I suppose...
5. Describe their current place of residence.

Sheol: ~glares~
Niyet: The castle, which is located in Sem.  It's large of course, mostly made out of marble.  I have my own room, but it's small.
Jalem: Again, same as Niyet.
6. Explain their last crisis. How had they changed when they came out of it?

Sheol: I've died. Ha.
Niyet: Probably waiting in the forest hoping that Sheol hadn't done something with everyone else.  They kind of took off without me, you know.  I don't know that I changed much.  Maybe more respect for Alistair.  ~shrugs~
Jalem: We didn't have much of a choice.  It was that or let the king die.   Anyway, definitely helping Alistair stop Sheol.  I'm not quite as quiet anymore, I suppose.
7. If they could drive any kind of car they wanted, what would it be?

~All three blink in confusion~
8. How do they deal with change?

Sheol: I adapt quickly.
Niyet: I don't like it, but I put up with it.
Jalem: Er...I hate it.  I try to avoid it.
9. If they had to amputate one body part, which one would they choose?

Sheol: Left arm.  I can't use a sword with that one.
Niyet: I...don't know.  Can it just be a finger?
Jalem: Funny you should ask that...
10. What would their favorite be at the local coffee shop?

Me: ~shoves other three aside~  I'll handle this one.  For Sheol straight black coffee, Niyet would probably go for a smoothie over coffee, and Jalem would definitely be a mocha.

And here are the extra 5.  We'll do Dyani and Jalem:

1. How did they meet?
When Alistair invited Dyani to go on the quest with them.
2. How do these two deal with conflict?
There's a lot of yelling and running away on Dyani's part, and a lot of exasperation and confusion on Jalem's.
3. Do they have a special song, phrase, item, or place?
I suppose the orchard.
4. What kind of things do they like to do together?
~grimaces~  They don't exactly like each other for most of the book.
5. Describe their relationship as a whole in 3 words or less.
Almost all conflict.

 Don't forget to check out the creators of BP here and here.

~Charlotte Grace, the Mind Traveler

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dyani: The Quest for Zuriel COMPLETED

I did it.
I finished my very first OYAN novel, and I'm ecstatic about it.

Dyani: The Quest for Zuriel first draft:
Begun January 19, 2012
Finished: March 13, 2012
Total Word Count: 23,284

There's a big plot hole in it, it's kind of short(er than my first NaNoNovel), and the climax kind of sucks, but those things will be fixed.
Because this is the first novel I'm really planning on editing and rewriting, which I have never really done before.  That is how purely excited I am.  That's how much I love the characters.
Six people are lucky enough to get to the read the horribleness of the evil first draft.  I've given them the choice whether or not they'll actually help me rewrite.
But, I won't start editing right away.  No, I'll let it sit through Script Frenzy before I start attacking it.  But before April I plan on working on a novel I said I'd critique, working more on Semmre, and maybe reading into all hours of the night rather than writing.
As a special treat, here is an excerpt.  I don't know why I'm letting you read this unedited crud, but I am.  Enjoy.

I began taking dresses out of the wardrobe and tearing them to pieces out of spite for the Madam.  She wasn’t going to force me to be a lady, reduced to nothing but a pompous, unimportant woman used to having everything handed to her on a plate.
A sleeve came off of a blue, silk dress with a satisfying riiiip.
Prince Alistair and his men had already left.
A red ribbon tore away from the golden cloth in a merciless state of being.
Maybe she could stand wearing fancy clothes and sipping tea all day, but not I.  Maybe she enjoyed having no purpose, but never could I.
Silver buttons popped of the torso of a particularly fancy piece of clothing.  There was knock at the door.
“What!?” I yelled.
“It’s Sabrine.  Do you need anything?”  She entered my room and her mouth fell open.
“Dyani, what are you doing!?”
“Getting revenge,” I snarled.

~Charlotte Grace, the Mind Traveler

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Script Frenzy

Script Frenzy is the sister of NaNoWriMo, except rather than a 50,000-word novel, you're trying to write a 100-page script.  In April.
Doesn't matter what type of script, TV, stage play, comic book, whatever strikes your fancy.
I'm doing the same think I pulled with NaNo, participating in the adult as well as the YWP.  I'm still mulling plot ideas over in my head, but I know it will be a stage play, and I know the title is, "Daniel and the Lion King."
And yes, it will be a mash up of the Bible story, Daniel and the Lion's Den, and the Disney movie, "The Lion King."
This could be interesting.

~Charlotte Grace, the Mind Traveler