I feel in the mood to talk about one of my books…It’s one of my cousin stories; Bottled Up Mystery is it’s name right now, or, as it started off as, The Cousins and the Mystery of the Pirates’ Treasure. Yeah. Long title. It was Kayla’s original idea. She, in other words, signed the copyright over to me and I’ve been playing around with it. So far, it’s been a lot of fun to write.
A side note; though its our names in the story, our four’s characteristics have been twisted or jazzed up by yours truly. So don’t think you’re reading things that my real cousins (or even myself or Kayla) would actually say or act like. We might, but maybe not..
Oh, and I crossed off some of the old questions that I’ve already answered or don’t need to be answered for this type of book.
1. What’s your word count? 15422 words total right now. No chapters.
2. How long until you finish? Rough draft, done or edited versions…be my guest! It’s a rough draft; not yet finished (I’m not yet sure on the ending myself).
3. If you have finished, how long did it take you?
4. Do you have an outline? No I didn’t use an outline. Not really. I pretty much read the snippits Kayla had written and re-wrote it to be three times as long, Jamie-Style. *Grin*
5. Do you have a plot? This seems like a rather odd question. lol. Yes, it has a plot. It actually has more of a spine then some of my other stories.
6. How many words do you typically write a day? 7. What was your greatest word count in one day? 8. What was your least impressive word count in one day? 9. What inspired you to write?
10. Does your novel have a theme song? Lol! If it does, it would be some sort of sea song or pirate swagger type theme. Lol
11. Assign each of your major characters a theme song. Major characters would be the extraggerated and book version of myself, Kayla, Ben and Bethany. I don’t know what kind of theme song we would take though.
12. Which character is most like you? Lol, the one called ‘Jamie’. Except, this ‘Jamie’ version is a much more sarcastic, no-nonsense sorta girl. The Jamie you all know is the one narrating the story; everything is written in a humorous sort of way. *grin*
13. Which character would you most likely be friends with? Lol, I’m friends with them in real life!
14. Do you have a Gary-Stu or Mary Sue character? Well, now that I know what that means…not really. At least, I don’t think so.
15. Who is your favorite character in your novel? Bethany! She’s the one I know I can always use to bring a good laugh into the story!
16. Have your characters ever done something completely unexpected? Not really. All four of us do exactly what you would expect; the newer version of us, anyway.
17. Have you based any of your novel directly on personal experiences? Yes, this story especially. The whole intro of how our families always go to Carlsbad California is based after real life. While we only went there with them once, the fact that we do normally go to California in Febrauary, is real.
18. Do you believe in plot bunnies ? Now that I know what this one means too….I think you can always have plot bunnies.
19. Is there magic in your novel? No.
20. Are any holidays celebrated in your novel? Uh…not in this one.
21. Does anyone die? LOL, nope, not yet, anyway! We almost died from laughter in the story, but, that’s expected.
22. How many cups of coffee/tea have you consumed during your writing experience? 23. What is the latest you have stayed up writing?
24. What is the best line? Lol…If I can find some that don’t need a paragraph introduction….
“Border patrol,” Ben muttered. “They probably suspect we have a million Mexican Illegals hiding under our seats with us.”~Sitting outside California boarder.
“Guys! There’s been a robbery! Someone’s stolen my swimsuit!” ~Jamie, at hotel rooms.
“People these days.” Bethany mumbled rather loudly. “Big on security, always snooping through a person’s hand bag. Can’t a person go somewhere without having to have a police inspection?” ~ sitting through boarder patrol.
25. What is the worst line? I don’t know…
26. Have you dreamed about your novel or its characters? Not this particular book.
27. Does your novel rely heavily on allegory?
28. Summarize your novel in under fifteen words. Forget fifteen words. This will have to suffice…it’s comes right off the top of my head, too. ‘The discovery of a pirate bottle during their beach vacation gives the Cousins some excitement as they attempt to keep the bottle from shady dealers and dark characters while attempting to return it to it’s latest owner.”
29. Do you love all your characters? Yes. What is there not to love?
30. Have you done something sadistic or cruel to your characters specifically to increase your word count?
31. What was the last thing your main character ate? Uh…well, for any other character group, it would have been dinner, but you just don’t know with the Cousins. They could have eaten anything at any point of time . . . .
32. Describe your main character in three words. 33. What would your antagonist dress up as for Halloween?
34. Does anyone in your story go to a place of worship? Not in the book. They’re all on vacation.
35. How many romantic relationships take place in your novel? Lol, none.
36. Are there any explosions in your novel? Not unless you count us all yelling at each other over several yards of beach and sand.
37. Is there an apocalypse in your novel? 38. Does your novel take place in a post-apocalyptic world? 39. Are there zombies, vampires or werewolves in your novel? 40. Are there witches, wizards or mythological creatures/figures in your novel? 41. Is anyone reincarnated?
42. Is anyone physically ailed? Nope…
43. Is anyone mentally ill? Uh…us Cousins sometimes act like we’ve had to much sun…
44. Does anyone have swine flu? No…
45. Who has pets in your novel and what are they? We do have pets, but you normally don’t take pets with you on vacation.
46. Are there angels, demons, or any religious references/figures in your novel? 47. How about political figures? 48. Is there incessant drinking?
49. Are there board games? If so, which ones? Yes, there are games mentioned; Uno, Pit, and Go Fish.
50. Are there any dream sequences? Nope.
51. Is there humor? *Falls over dead* How come you always ask when I always say “YES!” ?!?!?
52. Is there tragedy? Only if you consider spilling bike pads or get prickers all over you a tragedy…
53. Does anyone have a temper tantrum? LOL, nearly all of us have grown tantrums….
54. How many characters end up single at the end of your novel? I’m not quite sure what that means….
55. Is anyone in your novel adopted? Nope.
56. Does anyone in your novel wear glasses? That would be me, but it might not really be mentioned.
57. Has your novel provided insight about your life? Well, it’s my life with my cousins and family really jazzed up…
58. Your personality? It’s completely my personality.
59. Has your novel inspired anyone? Kayla’s the only one to have read it. It wasn’t written to inspire anyone. It was written to give anyone stiches in their sides from laughing too hard.
60. How many people have asked to read your novel? 61. Have you drawn any of your characters? 62. Has anyone drawn your characters for you
63. Does anyone vomit in your novels? Noooo
64. Does anyone bleed in your novel? Uh…..I don’t think so. We might have gotten scratched and scraped along the way.
65. Do any of your characters watch TV? It was mentioned that in a previous trip, while Kayla and Bethany were sick they sat and watched the Foodnetwork…
66. What size shoe does your main character wear? 67. Do any of the characters in your novel use a computer?
68. How would you react if your novel was erased entirely? Uh, I would be very sad.
69. Did you cry at killing off any of your characters? 70. Did you cheer when killing off one of your characters?
71. What advice would you give to a fellow writer. Well…Don’t make your characters perfect because perfect is boring and will only make people jealous (it has for me, anyway). Give your characters flaws. Or, make them do things that are natural in every house. Every house always has occasional bickering, for instances (come on, admit it!) So, keep your characters human. They’re much more interesting that way. *grin*
72. Describe your ending in three words. I haven’t ended it yet. But, it will no doubt end happily, rambunctiously and heroically.
73. Are there any love triangles, squares, hexagons, etc.?
74. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the least stressful, 10 being the most) how does your stress pan out. There have been very, very few books that I’ve written where I felt any stress. I always wrote for pure enjoyment; never cared much of what happened; what every flowed off my fingers onto the keys was just fine.
75. Was it worth it? Yes, it’s always been worth it. Every new word written is one more word towards making myself a better writer for God. And that’s wonderful. Because, as they say, “Practice makes Perfect”. I’ll never be the perfect writer; but maybe I’ll be ‘almost’.
I also decided to treat you with a part of my story. Twill give you a chance to taste my writings style.
We pick up at the beach; the four of us are going to get our bikes to ride; the car we see is the same suspicious car we had seen behind us at the boarder line and at our hotel; there that should keep things cleared up. This is one of my more humorous sections; so don’t expect anything too dramatic…
The Four went up through tall grasses back to the parking lot.
As Ben and Jamie labored to get the back doors unlocked, Kayla and Bethany standing by watching them, Kayla noticed something peculiar.
“Look, it’s that mini-van!” She pointed.
Bethany turned around. “Hey, yeah! Wha’d they do, follow us or something?!” Then, taking what she had just said as if it was fact, she added, “They must be spies!”
“Impossible. But look, they brought their boat with them. But, why didn’t they drive it down to the water?” Kayla asked.
“Beats me. Maybe they’re hiding out in the grass back there spying on us.” Bethany declared. And then, as though taking that statement as fact, she gasped. “I’m deeply insulted! I’m going to go chase them away!”
“No, no! Come get your bike.” Jamie called.
Kayla, remembering that Ben and Jamie were in ignorance, turned and generously informed them, “Guys, those mini-van people followed us here.” She said matter-of-factly.
Ben at last got the door unlocked and it swung open. “What mini-van people?” He asked.
“Remember?” Bethany asked. “The folks behind us. Miss Aubrun and Mr. Muscle. The ones we saw at our hotel. They followed us here!” She snapped.
Jamie sighed and rolled her eyes. “No, they didn’t. They left about three hours before we did.”
“Well, then, why are they here at our beach?” Bethany seemed determined to discover the horrible logic behind these mini-van people.
Ben looked at Jamie and shook his head, as though he thought Behtany was hopeless.
Jamie sighed again. “It’s not our beach, Bethany. And neither is the hotel. They’re probably here boating.” She reached inside and pulled Bethany’s bike out.
“Correction,” Kayla said firmly. “Their boat is sitting there collecting dust doing nothing.”
Jamie looked exasperated beyond measurements. “You guys!” She exclaimed, giving the bike a bounce on the ground. “What’s your problem? Can’t they go boating at their own pace?”
Kayla and Bethany, seeing that they were being rather silly, grasped for straws.
“Well, they’re taking up a lot of parking spaces.” Bethany insisted at last.
Ben laughed as he lifted out Kayla’s bike. “Would you like to go give them a parking ticket, Bethany?”
“Yeah,” Bethany grinned. “I’ll leave ‘em a note asking why they’re following us.”
“No, you have other things to do, like, taking you’re bike.” Jamie declared, rolling it into her hands. “Get yer helmets—let’s go.”
Well, it turned out they couldn’t just go off so easily. Ben couldn’t seem to get his bike out without spilling the bag of pads and helmets all over the asphalt, which the girls all had to pick up. Then Bethany rolled her bike right through a sticker bush and came out covered in burs. Kayla and Jamie had to help her pick them all off.
They had almost gotten back when someone remembered that they hadn’t locked the van doors, and they all had to go back to do that. Kayla muttered something about why people couldn’t think of these things when it was more convenient.
While they waited on Ben as he fumbled with the keys, the girls discovered they were all standing on a fire ants’ nest. Screaming and screeching as if witnessing a murder, they raced alongside their bikes back to the ocean to wash them off. They left Ben by himself to pick up all the pads they had spilled while on their dash to water.
The Parents were quite alarmed when their three daughters came shrieking down the path from the parking lot frantically pushing their bikes. The three raced up to them, dropped their bikes with a clatter, and splashed into the water jumping about while squealing.
The Moms, quite baffled, jumped up and ran towards them yelling to know what happened.
The Dads jumped up and ran up the way the girls had come yelling for Ben.
Ben came into view, casually pushing his bike down the path with his arms full of pads, looking as if he had never had a more boring day in his life.
“What happened?” Uncle David S called.
Ben shrugged. “Don’t know. They just started screaming and raced off on me. I didn’t even get an explanation.”
Well, it took maybe ten minutes before anyone got the girls to say what had made them run off looking demon-possessed.
The girls, once they got their wind back and were completely recovered from their experience, were more than ready to go riding (and, of course, then they had several reasons to put on water shoes). Ben, who, after discovering that the girls had only been attack by ants and that it hadn’t been something he had done, was quite glad to take the girls for a ride.
Pretty depressing story, huh? Bet ya didn’t even smile once. LOL. That’s just a sample…Maybe I’ll post more next time. Gotta run.