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For some reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about Betrayal today.  Remember that story idea I posted about a loooong time ago?  Well, it’s been on my mind lately, and I’m wondering if I should go back to writing it, after I’m done Project Remembrance (and I don’t just mean the first draft – I mean every draft until it’s as polished as I can possibly make it), because it’s the story + characters that tug the most on my heart, even after all this time.  The whole thing is so very personal and special and real to me, maybe because my inspiration came from a long, complicated, intensely emotional dream. (Honestly, I was crying when I woke up.)  Themes of loyalty and betrayal have always resonated with me, whether in books or movies or TV shows, and that’s mainly what Betrayal is about, so like I said, it’s special.

And that’s about it.  I don’t even really know why I wrote this rather pointless post – I guess I just wanted to talk about some things to my self, and since I don’t have a diary, this is the next best thing.  Anyway, my next post (if I stop procrastinating and just GET IT DONE) should be about PR and it’s different characters, settings, etc.

Eva

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in betrayal series, random, writing

 

a writing tag

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.

I snagged this questionnaire off one of my favorite blogs, because I didn’t have a post idea and I hadn’t posted for a while, and this thingy looked like fun. (Yes, I just said ‘thingy’.  I’m tired right now.)  If you want to sneak away with it too, be my guest.  Right now, I’m feeling too meh to really care if you answer these questions or print out the list and eat it or whatever.

1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?  Well, I’m not sure when exactly I started writing my little, plagiarized stories (I could look it up if I had enough energy to go down to my room and find the writing diary I kept in The Early Days) but it was probably sometime around my thirteenth birthday.  Those were the days.  I didn’t know anything about characterization or plot or dialogue, so I just scribbled down tales, blissfully happy in my supposed genius.  Now writing is much more work (but I still enjoy it).  I probably officially considered myself a writer when I won NaNoWriMo for the first time, in 2013.  Or when I finished my first novel (which was either in 2012 or 2013).  Either way, I definitely consider myself a writer now.

2. How/why did you start writing?  Jane Austen.  I started writing because I adored Jane Austen’s books and I wanted to replicate them.  I’ve branched out now, and I don’t write Regency romances anymore, but Jane Austen’s novels were what got me started on the path in the first place, and I’ll always be immensely grateful to her for that.  As for the ‘how’ of the question…I sharpened my pencil, got down a notebook that I’d bought from the dollar store, and wrote until my hand cramped up.  I felt very satisfied when I stopped and saw how much I’d already written.

3. What’s your favourite part of writing?  Hmmm.  This is hard.  I like getting ideas.  I like the rush of thoughts and bits of inspiration that pour in whenever I get a brand-new idea.  I whip out my little black moleskine notebook and write everything down just as fast as it comes to me, and even though I usually end up using less than half of whatever I write, it’s still a great feeling.  Very writer-ish.  I also enjoy being able to use the writing skills that I’ve honed somewhat for writing fan-fiction.  A friend of mine recently said that the writing in a certain fan-fic of mine was ‘a cut above the average fan-fiction’, which made me very happy. (Not to be proud, or anything…)

4. What’s your biggest writing struggle?  Dialogue.  I recently realized that most dialogue (for original works and fan-fiction both) tends to be more than a little patchy, and it’s very frustrating at times.  I want my characters to sound like real people, not book characters.

5. Do you write best at night or day?  Most (if not all) of my writing is done in the morning, and I haven’t really tried much writing at night, so I’d have to say I write best during the day.  I usually get an hour in the morning to write, and if it’s a good day, I can churn out as much as 2,000 words. (Usually less when I’m writing fan-fiction, because I like the quality to be excellent, even for a first draft.  With my original work, I take a more relaxed view of things, mainly because I won’t have an angry fandom on me if I don’t get it perfect right away.)

6. What does your writing space look like? (Feel free to show us pictures!)  Eh.  I don’t really have a writing space, per se.  I just write at the kitchen desk, which is usually very messy and doesn’t have any personal touches from me.  If/when I get my own laptop, I’ll probably make my desk into a writing space, and if I do, I’ll share pictures on this blog.  I have it all worked out in my head, actually.  All that’s needed is a laptop.

7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft?  Depends.  I don’t really have a set writing goal, time-wise.  I tend to mosey along, writing bursts of words every day and letting the draft be as long or as short as the story dictates.  I’ve been working on Project Remembrance for five months and it’s nowhere near being finished.  On the other hand, I wrote three complete first drafts (the Vengeance Is Mine trilogy) in just two or three months, I believe.  I’m not pushing to get things done in a set amount of time.

8. How many projects do you work on at once?  Again, it depends.  Right now, I’m working on PR, a piece of Combat! fan-fiction, mulling through ideas for a potential To Kill A Mockingbird fan-fiction, and thinking about writing a bit of a story centered around this picture.  Usually, I write one thing, while ideas for several others are going around in my head.  Things are never dull up in my brain, that’s for sure.

9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between?  Bittersweet, so I guess that’s somewhere in between.

10. List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey.  Well, as I mentioned above, Jane Austen got me ‘into’ writing, but Jack Cavanaugh’s books sort of continued my writing.  I was absolutely blown away by how he wove plot and characters and dialogue together into a (usually) historical tapestry, and I think that’s why my first book was set in medieval times (sort of).  My favorite book of his is set in Medieval England, anyway.  There’ve been a bunch of other authors who’ve wowed me, but listing them would take forever.  Suzanne Collins, Markus Zusak, Charles Dickens, Shannon Hale, Laura Hillenbrand, Ted Bell…

11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?  I let people read my writing sometimes, mainly if it’s a short story or fan-fiction (and most of the people who end up reading my work are beta-readers), but my full length novels are languishing in a dusty file because they need huge revisions and I’d be embarrassed to show them to anyone.  I’m quite proud of PR, though, and I generally let Jane and Ashley read whatever they want of my stuff.

12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?  Um…I haven’t really thought too much about it, actually.  All of the usual things seem so cliched – getting a book published, becoming a best-selling author, making a living out of writing books, etc, etc.  I guess my dream would be to publish Project Remembrance someday.  And be able to send fan-fiction off to beta-readers without cringing and hoping they won’t find it too horrible.

13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?  Read.  That’s about the only thing I do these days, besides writing. (Oh, and eating.  Can’t forget that.)

14. Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet?  Um…I’m not sure.  I don’t thiiiink so.

15. Which story has your heart and won’t let go?  I’m very partial to all my Combat! fan-fiction, of course, and as for ‘original’ stories, it would have to be Betrayal, which I haven’t visited in a long time, but is still very much in my thoughts.  It’s very personal to me, for several reasons, and I AM going to return to it one of these days.  Pinkie-promise.

Eva

 

news

I have a huge amount of writing news to cram into this one post.  And all of it is big.  Really big.

  • I FINISHED LOCUST EATEN YEARS
  • I WROTE OUT A PERFECT OUTLINE FOR BOOK 3 – NO GREATER LOVE
  • I WON MY LIBRARY’S SHORT STORY CONTEST
  • I WROTE THE MOST ADORABLE SCENE IN BETRAYAL THIS MORNING

All in all, it’s been a great past few days for me.  LEY ended up being about 25K words less than I Will Repay, but I can live with that.  I’ll probably be mercilessly chopping both books down before I deem them ready to be ‘hard edited’.  My plan for editing the trilogy is this: I’ll cut down all the un-needed scenes/points of view, get everything down to a manageable level, and then start fixing plot holes and strengthening characters.  All the stuff I delete will be dumped in a ‘delete file’, in case I need to use it again (a little trick I learned from one of the numerous writing books I’ve read).  Now, I’d already written a plot outline for NGL (because I didn’t want to get to book 3 and be completely stuck), but I wasn’t happy with it.  One character’s death, in particular, seemed really contrived and just…dumb (it was Aaron, btw).  Also, I didn’t think I had enough material to do a third book, so I’d just be filling in the word count with fluff.  Then Something Happened.  I was washing dishes (which, according to Agatha Christie is the best place to get writing inspiration), when I realized I’d been doing everything wrong.  See, I have a main character for each of the three books, even though the whole thing is really about Nathan’s journey.  Aaron was the main character for book 3.  Not anymore.  Dylan got quite a lot of ‘screen time’ to book 2, and I’ve realized he needs his own book.  So he’s the new main character.  Aaron will still be a big subplot (particularly his unrequited love for Lily), but everything is working out so much better now that Dylan is the focus.  There’s still a death, but it has meaning now.  And a real purpose.

I entered Blood & Rubies into my library’s March Break short story contest.  I hate writing short stories (mostly because the few I’ve written besides this one are terrible), and there were so many limitations to what I had to write (it had to be a mystery, it had to start with ‘The old woman turned and smiled…’, it could be only two pages long, and the font had to be 12 pt. or bigger).  But there was something about the whole thing that captured my interest, so I brainstormed with my sister and decided to try it.  I wrote it, sent it off to beta-readers, revised it, proofread, took it to the library, waited for two weeks and THEN I WON.  I was going to post it on this blog, but my mom already did it on hers, so I’ll just direct you there (it’s at the bottom of the post).

Last thing…the adorable scene in Betrayal.  I wrote out the plot thingy for book 3 of VIM, and I’m not going to start it for a bit, but I still had to write.  So I pulled up the document that I’m writing random scenes from Betrayal in and started writing.  I meant for the scene to be Samuel (the hero) telling Alexia (the heroine) all about his brother, Matt, who had died a long time ago.  And he did that (a bit), but then this ridiculously cute/melt-worthy thing happened that I totally didn’t plan.  I hadn’t meant for their relationship to go so far so soon, but it did.  And I’m perfectly fine with it.

“Matt showed me the textures and colours of music. How to completely immerse yourself in the tune and just play whatever comes to mind. As for painting, he taught me to look beyond the outward appearance of the subject and capture the spirit.”

His face glows as he relives those memories.

I feel as though I’m intruding on something personal and private.

But there is one question I have to ask.

“That-” I begin.

He looks at me, the spell broken.

“Yes?”

“That day you sketched me. Did you, you know, look beyond me?”

He holds out a sheet of paper, face down. “You never saw the sketch, did you?” he asks, extending the paper even more.

A flush of red comes up my face, remembering the day I snuck into his studio, hoping to get a peek at it, frustrated that he wasn’t showing it to me. But Annie had discovered me, and I’d left without once getting a look at the sketch lying face down on his messy desk.

I accept the paper, hesitating just a moment before turning it over.

What if he hasn’t captured me?

It’s not a vain question.

If he has, I’ll know that for a brief moment, there was a small something.

If he hasn’t-

I turn it over and gasp, covering my hand with my mouth.

Tears come to my eyes.

“You-how could you do this?”

The sketch shows him and me, dancing on a rainy summer day.

I’m laughing, he’s grinning.

And in that one moment, us is perfect.

It’s only a sketch, but I feel like I’m living that moment.

“We-we never danced in the rain,” I say, my voice shaky. “We never danced.”

“I know,” he says, laying a warm hand on mine. “But I imagined it.” His voice cracks ever so slightly. “Oh, Alexia, I’ve imagined it so many times. Do you think I gave the moment justice? If you don’t, I’ll burn it and make a new one.”

“It’s perfect,” I say. “It’s beautiful.”

“Do you-?” He clears his throat. “Do you want to make it a reality?”

ASODFJWOEIRJOASDJFAOSIJGDFASDMCASDTOIJWER.

THE END.

Eva

P.S. They do make it a reality.  But this post is long enough.

 

an update on DOOM and other things

No.  I’ve not died.  I’ve just been very absent lately, for a number of reasons.  I got sick, I was at my grandparents house for a week (and not really able to write at all), and, frankly, I’ve been slacking off about writing.  That might sound ridiculous, especially since we’re now into March and DOOM has been going on for eight days.  I’ve been home for a couple of those days, and I have been writing.  For three reasons – I want to win DOOM, I want to get book two of Vengeance Is Mine into the hands of my beta-readers, and I’m a writer.  But I’m only a writer if I write, so….yeah.  I have to write.  I have 53.5K words in Locust Eaten Years and it’s coming along quite well, even though my writing’s terrible at the moment.

Lily and her mom have reunited, so my inner squee is going off.  Buuuut at pretty much the exact same time, it’s gotten depressing because the capture of the Existents is going to start any time which means A Certain Character Who Is One Of My Favorites will die soon.  So that’s sad.  I’m actually kind of pleased that I’ve kept the death count down (some authors I know of/am friends with kill huge amounts of characters).  All in all, I think only five characters, or so, will die through the three books (I don’t think I could handle more) and only one of them is really major.  Moving on before I give away spoilers…

I don’t usually work on more than one project than once, but for DOOM I am.  Locust Eaten Years, Betrayal, and a new project called (for now) Marshfield Court.  That one calls for a little explanation.  I was riding home on public transit with my grandmother and one of the stops that was called out was ‘Marshfield Court’.  I thought that was an odd name for a street, and then my brain instantly gave me a story idea where all the bus passengers are thrown into a type of time vortex and go back to medieval times where they have to work together to defeat an evil king who lives in a palace called Marshfield Court.  Thrown in some mother/daughter reconciliation and a heartbreaking love triangle, and we’re all set.  I’m working off that premise, and I have the prologue written so far.  Along with several important scenes in Betrayal.

What have you been working on?

Eva

 

the betrayal series

betrayalseries

Here’s the promised post on my newest writing project – the Betrayal Series.  Actually, I’m not sure what to put into this post, because I’m still gathering inspiration and I haven’t even got a solid plot yet and things are changing all the time…and on and on it goes.  But several people on Pinterest/friends have expressed interest in learning more about this project, hence this post.  Forgive me if it’s random and disjointed, but I’m still sick, so it’s hard to get my thoughts across properly.  Anyway, I’d better start with how this whole thing started – how I got the idea in the first place, that is (I always like including that information, because so few of my many ideas actually turn into something full-blown like this).

It started with a dream.  Now, I don’t take dreams to mean anything (at best they make for entertaining table talk the next morning) but they are surprisingly good writing inspiration sources.  Two of the three big projects I’ve worked on have been inspired by dreams.  In a nutshell, my dream was (this’ll give a basis for the plot so far) that I was sent by the government to infiltrate a Christian family (sort of an almost-dystopian situation), but I ended up becoming really attached to the family and falling in love with their oldest son (figures).  I was discovered right before the raid happened, the family/church dragged me along with them to their hiding place so that I wouldn’t betray anyone else.  There was complete emotional devastation all around…The End.  And then I woke up and I was kind of depressed for the rest of the morning (I think having such a vivid dream was partly because I was sleeping over at my aunt’s house, so it was an unfamiliar environment).

Then I got to thinking that, “Hey!  This would actually make a good book!” so I started filling in the plot cracks.  I didn’t want there to be any sequels, because I’m doing a trilogy right now and I just wanted to do a stand-alone next, but then sequel ideas started coming in, so what could I do?  That’s right.  Nothing.  And since I’ve been reading The Book Thief lately….It’s just a small story really, about, among other things:

  • A girl
  • Some friends
  • An artist
  • Some fanatical secret agents
  • A train-station
  • And quite a lot of betrayal

Eva

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2014 in betrayal series, writing