All About My Editing

The final part of the Beautiful Books meme is available and it makes sense I do the last one since I did the first too. So here we go: all about the monster called Editing. [Part 1 || Part 2]



1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best), how well do you think this book turned out?

If we’re talking word count: that was a 10–my best ever in terms of 50k in 18 days. New record for me! If we’re talking plot–mmmeh, a 5. If we’re talking characters–I’m actually pleased with how my characters ended up, so let’s say an 8. Overall scale I will give a 6.9 because even though I was surprised with it, overall it is a normal first draft: very sloppy, very first draft-y.

2. Have you ever rewritten or edited one of your books before? If so, what do you do to prepare yourself? If not, what’s your plan?

I have but I hated doing it; so I’ve never gotten very far. When I edit this book, I plan to bring a theme out, fix plot holes, and then write a proper epilogue.

3. What’s your final word count? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book? 

60,043 is my word count! 60k words, 129 pages, 13 chapters! Overall it needs A LOT of trimming though. XD


4. What are you most proud of? Plot, characters, or pacing?

The characters. I didn’t expect to get as much resolution for myself and my characters as I did. Ultimately, that was what I wanted out the entire experience, so I’m very pleased that that’s how it worked out.

5. What’s your favorite bit of prose or line from this novel?

Too hard. Impossible. How dare you. 😉 Instead, my favorite part of the book is actually the climax that I craved to write the entire month. I first wrote a rough skeleton of my protagonist and villain meeting and it all going down and then I went back a couple days later and expanded on it by exploring their thoughts and emotions for each other inbetween the action. I was really really happy with the final results!

6. What aspect of your book needs the most work?

The writing. Outside of several key scenes which I wrote with great flourish–the rest of it is very bad, lol. Also the pacing needs to be fixed because the majority of the book–about 9 of the 13 chapters takes place over a span of three days and two nights. So…molasses slow.


lol Adventure Time. But yes it’s unacceptable.

7. What aspect of your book is your favourite?

Again…the characters. These guys are practically my children and after leaving their story hanging for four years, it felt good to re-meet them and write about them again. Surprisingly, it was like discovering an old favorite outfit and after putting it on finding it still fits, even it was a little dated. The resolution I was able to write for these characters felt incredibly pleasing and it remains my favorite part. 🙂

8. How are your characters? Well-rounded, or do they still need to be fleshed out?

The main characters are pretty well-rounded I would say. I need to flesh out many of the side characters though–there are so many of them. My villain Kyle is probably my most bland character but he serves his purpose for a book that no one shall ever read. 😀

9. If you had to do it over again, what would you change about the whole process?

Nothing. This was the best NaNoWriMo I’ve ever had so I must have done a few things right this time to get the results of a complete first draft so quickly. I need to replicate this work more, even it makes for messy beginnings.


10. Did anything happen in the book that completely surprised you? Have any scenes or characters turned out differently to what you planned? Good or bad?

The one thing that didn’t go as I expected was the book’s pacing–the original span of time I wanted my book to cover was several years. This dropped to two or three weeks as I got serious about the story but when I wrote it, the story took place in a span of a week’s time, and most of that within three days! *harrumph* Not at all planned.

11. What was the theme and message? Do you think they came across? If not, is there anything you could do to bring them out more?

Lol let me think…I suppose “live life while you have it” is a theme in the story, though it wasn’t intentional. A message would be “stop running” or “face your fears”. My characters spend most of the book running from both zombs and the main villain. They eventually have to face things they’d been running from since the last book too. 🙂

12. Do you like writing with a deadline (like NaNoWriMo) or do you prefer to write-as-it-comes?

I like either just so long as it doesn’t make me a plotter. Deadline writing can work for me although it can be absolutely useless if I feel spent or used up because then I will generate nothing. *sigh* I sound like such a mess of a person.


13. Comparative title time! What published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (Ex: Inkheart meets X-Men.)

Oh gosh. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Final Problem meets AMC’s The Walking Dead (OF COURSE.) I tried to think of a movie to hit all three but I honestly couldn’t think of one.

14. How do you celebrate a finished novel?!

I go “Whoo, that was hard,” have wild day dreams of being a best-selling novelist complete with interviews over the book and movie adaption announcements, decide I’m tired of all my music, look up more on YouTube… and bunny trails, ect (I’m an ENFP who needs self-taming.)

15. When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?

This is how I feel about people possibly reading this book:

lol The Office. However, if the book was up to snuff, and just to play this game: I would hope they would walk away having had some thrills, finding they had cared more than they meant to, and that they can stop running away from their fears too.

I really liked doing this book meme: hopefully the creators will host it again next NaNoWriMo!




In The Thick Of It || NaNoWriMo


So, it’s day 13 of NaNoWriMo, which means I’m nearly two weeks in! I haven’t written anything for today, but it’s Thursday, which is my relaxing day, so I’ll have plenty of time to fit in some words! My word count is currently at 33,310–so I’ve had a lot to say!!

Today’s post is going to be answering the next part of Beautiful Books’ meme–relish this; I’ve never talked so much about this personal fictional story and characters before! 🙂 (If you missed my answers for the first part of the tag, click here.)


1. Be honest: how is your writing going?

Overall, it’s been going good–actually, better than expected! I’ve had a few slow days, but mostly I’ve been able to write about 2k per day! Last Sunday I made a record for myself at 5,000 words in 24 hours! I’ve also not veered off track from my plot or had any surprising new characters join the story, which is very different. 😛

2. What’s your first sentence/paragraph?

The fire cracked, shooting sparks into the cold forest night air, like bits of ancient magic, dancing rhythmically with the snap of the night wind.

Baxter lay on his side, awake, watching nature’s hypnotic performance, even though he needed to be sleeping. He felt stiff from the uphill running and, even now, blood still bit at his tongue. The smell of rotted guts clung to his jeans, much to his disgust. It ruined the scent of dying leaves and burning wood, which reminded him of late night camping as a kid.

Tightening his grip on the baseball bat that lay beside him, he shivered as the wind lashed at him through his hood. Squeezing his eyes tightly, he wished away tomorrow. One day like today was enough for him—crushing zomb heads was better left for video games and fictional heroes…

This is my prologue, when we glimpse where the main character ends up before jumping back to the very beginning. It’s a cliche beginning and lot more beautifully written than most of my book. 😛

3. Do you have a book cover, and/or pictures that reflect your book?

Here you go; the forests they retreat to when the Carmichael farm is overrun; blood (self-explanatory); fire, a symbol the gang clings to; the world might burn but they won’t.


4. Do you have pictures of each of your characters? If not, describe them for us! (Be as descriptive as you can.)

Actually, I did make a cast, although I could not bring myself to use real people/celebrities–I just think that’s weird. So…I went anime. The dramatic style works a lot better with my story, I think. It also feels less lame. XD I have nearly cast the whole book, but these below are the more central characters. 🙂

I flipped out when I found many of these pictures; they come incredibly close to how I’ve pictured these guys in my head since I was about 14 (comparison of age–I’m now 20.)


top row, left to right: Duke, Zak, Norton–semi-main protagonists.

bottom row, left to right: Kyle, Anthony, Jenny–villain and secondary protagonists.

bottom: Baxter–main protagonist.

5. What scene are you most excited to write?

The climatic ending between Baxter and Kyle, when they meet again for the first time in four years. It’s going to be epic! I can’t wait to write that scene because s**t’s going to go down.

6. Share a snippet or a scene that you really enjoyed writing.

Okay–here’s the speech that willed the group of friends to keep going after their first friend dies. (Warning of violence here, in case of younger readers: but seriously…this is a zombie novel, what do you think you’ll be reading. :P)

The front door was wide open; a breeze wafted in, cooling their grieving faces. The strong scent of grass and rot was overwhelming. They heard a moaning, a groaning, out on the porch. Some thuds on the steps. There was a dead corpse right out of their sight.

Baxter suddenly stood from where he’d been sitting beside Norton. Snatching up a large knife, he strode out the door. They heard a slice, followed by a thud. He returned to the doorway; in his hand was the zomb’s head, swinging from its hair, its glazed eyes still rolling and jaw snapping. Everyone stood aghast and shocked; waiting for an explanation of the sudden, wild behavior.

“We,” Baxter declared with a tone of authority, “Are not going to be beaten by this.” He extended the head towards his old friends as he spoke. “We are going to win. We are going to survive. We are not going to just whither away because of some military chemical backfire.” He drove the knife into the eye socket for emphasis, the zomb head freezing in second death. Baxter hurled it back outside, not even flinching as blood spewed across his face.

Turning purposefully back around, he declared, “Together, we will beat these odds. We will not lose to what’s already gone!”

7. Now that you’re writing, have any of the plot details, or the process itself, turned out different from what you planned or imagined?

Not really, at least not yet. This story has been pretty straightforward and besides fleshing out a few small details, it’s been going better than expected!

8. Is there a character or aspect of your plot that’s difficult to write?

The only big problem I’m having is that my characters have turned out too smart, so the only way I can kill any of them off is if they have a wave of stupidity or the odds become 100 to 1. I really need to sort that out…

Zak || #TransformationTuesday anyone?

9. What’s your favorite aspect of this novel so far? Favorite character?

My favorite character to write this past week has been Zak–I took Rachel Roy’s suggestion of sending a character to madness and chose the most solid character to pick apart. Zak’s always been the most collected, sensible, and reliable of the guys but I’ve been able to slowly unravel him in a way that does not conflict with his core characteristics. It’s been engaging to say the least! Above is a before and after, you could say.

Currently, my favorite aspect of the novel is the relationships between all the characters; it has been fun to write about them again–it’s been a long time!

10. Have you drawn off of any life experiences or people you know to create your novel and characters?

I’m relieved to say I’ve never needed to survive a zombie apocalypse–although I just manage to survive the Sunday evenings when The Walking Dead is on TV…so does that count? 🙂

11. Do you have a playlist or certain song for your novel and/or characters?

I made a 13 song playlist on YouTube to post for you guys. It’s a collection of singing and instrumental pieces which I’ve written most of my book to.  The highlights include Warriors (clearly the theme song,) The Regulator (heard it on TWD, still love it today,) and well, I just love all the music on this playlist, okay…

12. Let’s have some fun for a moment: imagine you are somehow transported into your book’s world. Which character are you most likely to be found hanging out with?

Oh, with the gang leader Baxter, all the way. I think we’d sit on the corral fence of the Carmichael farm and talk about tough stuff–or if it was after the farm was destroyed, around a camp fire on the mountainside. He’s gone through a lot of heartache, and so have I, so I think we’d discover some encouragement and understanding from each other. ❤

13. How do you keep yourself motivated to finish your daily word count? (Pinterest? Internet breaks? Chocolate?) 

I tell myself, “You’re going to look like an idiot if you make all this fuss and don’t finish…better get some writing done.” Honestly, that’s been my biggest motivator. Also realizing that I can surprise myself by how much I can write when I focus on the story. (I sound too grown up omg.)

14. What’s your favorite writing quote or piece of writing advice?


15. How does this book make you feel so far? Are you laughing? Crying? Frustrated?

It makes me feel thrilled. I’m excited to be writing for myself alone, instead of staring at my words and thinking, “What if I want to publish this someday?!?!?!” It also makes me thoughtful, as characters have to keep dying–but at the same time I’m exhilarated by it because I’m probably taking out my “parents getting a divorce” stress out on them and am probably turning into a psycho?!? (has an identity crisis for a moment…)

Okay, so yeah, this book is leaving me heaving, bloody, and thrilled. Thus is the life of a writer.


Top 100 Favorite Movies|40-31



40. Warm Bodies | 2013 | PG-13

This was my first zombie film, in fact my first real introduction to zombies and it’s funny that I even wanted to try something like it in the first place. However, I fell in love and haven’t looked back. Zombie movies are at their best when the plot is focused on the characters and not the gore factor, and movies like Warm Bodies are a testament to that. Our main character R is more than just a flesh eating corpse; he remembers the the world as it was before the infection hit and wishes he could feel again, sleep again, be alive again. The zombie apocalypse version of Romeo and Juliet is the neatest the thing, in my opinion, and the interesting plot and dear characters made the movie an instant favorite in my book. hp5final 39. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix | 2007 | PG-13

I really liked this movie. Everything just got so serious. Hardly anybody believes Harry Potter that Voldemort is back and when the Defense Against The Dark Arts sends Hogwarts a nasty teacher who won’t let any of the students learn to defend themselves, Harry begins to secretly training “Dumbledore’s Army”. Watching the Harry Potter series, this is probably the first movie where I got really invested in the thrills, characters and plot. I appreciated the growing darkness of the HP world too, with Voldemort presence, and delving into Snape’s background in connection to Harry’s parents. Harry also continued to cement himself as my favorite character as he found things that were definitely worth fighting for.
tumblr_lr27ov4jk71qal4szo1_500 38. The Sound of Music | 1965 | G

I didn’t get to watch a huge variety of movies growing up but thankfully I got to grow up with The Sound of Music.  So, I’ve been in love with Maria and the Von Trap family for as long as I can remember. It’s a wonderful musical, especially because music is a part of the plot itself. The characters actually know when their singing and I like this a lot because then it doesn’t even feel like a musical; it just feels like a long movie with music as conflicting plot piece between characters. I personally appreicate this approach when it comes to musicals.  With unforgettable songs, fantastic characters, engaging moments and a more somber ending, the film is definitely one of my favorites from my childhood. (The film is truly at it’s best with the glasses of nostalgia.)The-Hunger-Games-IMAX-poster1 37. The Hunger Games | 2012 | PG-13

I have a respect for this movie–for the franchise on a whole, in fact and I hate the fact that most people water it down to a simple love story in which you pick Team Peeta or Team Gale. The story is so much more than that. It’s about a girl who had to grow up, who cared enough about her family that she was willing to die for them. Who accidentally became the symbol of a rebellion against a wicked government. Although it wasn’t until Catching Fire that I became a sold-out fan of the franchise, I still really liked The Hunger Games. The soundtrack is fitting, the acting is great because Jennifer Lawrence is always good and the plot is not cheesy at all. Katniss is an easy hero to stand behind and support and that’s what I like about her and this movie.InceptionPoster3WBHD 36. Inception | 2010 | PG-13

This is one of those special movies that don’t come along enough; they happen and blow our minds with their inventive creativity, dimensional characters and extremely unique premises. I adore nearly everything in this movie. The actors are fantastic, especially Leonardo Dicapiro. The music is awesome because it’s Hans Zimmer and it’s very fitting. And the plot–planting information within someone’s mind–is brilliant. There is not too much I could say about Inception that hastn’t been said already except that it’s a masterpiece and a must see for anyone who considers themselves someone who likes movies. Walt-Disney-Screencaps-One-Hundred-and-One-Dalmatians-Title-Card-walt-disney-characters-32132663-4314-3162 35. 101 Dalmatians | 1961 | G

The moment I rewatched the opening credits of One Hundred and One Dalmatians, I knew this would be one of my lasting favorite Disney movies forever. The film is kinda whacky when it comes to animation style, slightly off beat from other Disney films and very, very funny. The music is unique and and bouncy like a puppy, easily one of my favorite soundtracks ever. Pongo, Perdita, Roger, Anita, Nanny and the puppies are the warmest little family ever-I absolutely love Roger and Anita’s relationship, they’re a tragically underrated Disney couple. Jasper and Horace are hysterical henchmen and easily one of the best parts. Cruella De Ville is one of the most intense yet hysterical villains to ever grace a screen. In my opinion this is a wonderfully unique Disney film and a classic that should live on with the best of the bunch. tumblr_lubi5fLKD81qfklxzo1_500 34. A Christmas Story | 1983 | PG

I know from personal experience that you will walk away from this film either loving it or hating it. But oh my gosh, do I love it! This is easily my favorite Christmas movie, hands down. It’s one of those comedies that never get old because of it’s fantastic dialogue and comedic timing.The plot is so simple-a boy wanting with all his might to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas–but the insight we get on your typical American family around Christmas time is dimensional and priceless. Despite the setting being in the early 1940s, the film rings true for even today because parents and children alike haven’t changed that much. As kids we all fantasize ourselves as heroes and have to deal with one or two bullies and adults today still insist that we will shoot our eyes out if one ever touched a BB gun rifle. Ralphie dreams, he wishes, he schemes, he’s both naive yet not pure innocence; it’s easy for us to cheer for him because he is us. And to me, that is what makes this Christmas comedy so beautiful.Aliens-1986-Poster 33. Aliens | 1986 | R

The first movie Alien gave us great sci-fi horror and excellent introduction a fantastic sci-fi heroine. In the sequel Aliens, we get to continue to follow our heroine Ripley as she must face these demons again. This is credited to being one of the best sequels ever made, and I would agree. Although I like Alien and Aliens about the same, I’ve set Aliens higher because I hate bad sequels and this franchise already has two other known flops, so I highly appreciate this movie. Ripley is one of my top favorite female movie heroines now; she’s smart and strong– in this film, her motherly side is also brought out when she rescues a little girl. Speaking of the little girl Newt; she’s one of the most likable, believable little actresses from the movies ever. I have so much good to say about this film and not enough space too; it’s action, it’s character motivation, it’s harsh, it’s scary, it’s smart and steady; it’s Aliens.
screenshot-med-01 32. Monsters Inc | 2001 | G

Of all of Pixar’s quite broad range of movie settings, I remember being the most impressed with Monster Inc. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the monster setting and the whole creative idea of Scarer’s collecting children’s screams for fuel. Little Boo’s appearance in the monster world makes for a great plot line of “put that thing back where it came from” with plenty of great suspense. However, my favorite part of the whole movie is the relationships that are between Sulley, Boo, and Mike. Oh yes, Mike, who can forget Mike; he’s easily one of the most hysterical characters created for animation–ever! You will see several more animated films on this list but Pixar films end here at number 32. It feels appropriate for this to be my highest placed Pixar; after all, I literally fall asleep every night with a stuffed version of Sully.scream_xlg 31. Scream | 1996 | R

How do I talk about Scream? It’s easily the best horror film I’ve ever seen. Most shocking and surprising opening to any movie ever. Great cast of believable, mostly likable characters. Creates the beginning of a wonderful heroine. Suspense is unbelievable. You will be guessing whodunit the entire time. It also happens to be a spoof on the horror genre and it’s done so well that you could barely tell! It has one of the best twist endings ever. Bad guy “Ghostface” will scare you EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. You will not be able to walk through your house at night without a light ever again and it’s absolutely awesome. What else do you want me to say about it? It deserves it’s cult following, it has several decent sequels (which is more than some movies can say) and delivers on the suspense and mystery big time! Two thumbs up for Scream allll the way.


I’m refraining from, “wow, January flew by already?!”

My January was pretty much Pandora, horror movies, Post Christmas shopping, Skyping and a brilliant sci-fi story idea that refused to cooperate with me in time to enter in Booktrack’s New Years contest.


I learned that it was okay not to push myself on making a story work if it just wasn’t the meant to be written at that moment. I’ve filed “Extraction” away and will to let it boil in my mind for a little while longer. However, in other good news in regards to writing, Booktrack sent me an email that began, “touching base with you because your work on Booktrack stands out as some of the best on the platform.  To show our appreciation for our star authors we’re going to be creating author profile pages, and we’d love to include one for you.” !!!! I got to send in a short bio for my page! So, while I couldn’t get my story to cooperate with me, I was thrilled to be approached because of my past work that includes both writing and music/sound effect editing. 😀 That was just a big wow moment for me!


I got to Skype with my friend Rebecca twice during the last week of January; it was the first time we’d attempted it and it was very exciting to speak face to face. I especially liked it because it’s been ages since I’ve had a proper conversation with someone my age eye to eye. She’s a very sweet person with the prettiest southern accent and we have so many things in common! I finally got to talk to another girl who likes The Walking Dead and all sorts of other fandoms as well. She showed me an icicle from outside, too, which was really neat! I’m looking forward to Skyping more with her (and, of course, our mutual friend James!) throughout the next year!


Post Christmas shopping is one of the best parts of January, in my opinion; I bought some candles, Bath and Body Works products, which I’ve not had in ages, some new shirts, movies, which include the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, and accessories for my iPod. I feel set up for the new year and I’m now strongly buckling down to spend a lot less for the next six months until my 20th birthday. (I’M GOING TO BE 20 IN JULY GUYS IT FEELS SURREAL.)

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A big part of my January was my dive into the horror genre. It was a careful dive, I assure you, one where I went for the highly recommended films, the ones with a bit more depth than just a regular slasher film and packed a punch when it came to plot twists. Unpredictable plot twist that make sense are some of my favorite things when it comes to films and the horror genre is actually full of fantastic writing and plotting; the good ones are just as artistic and masterful–sometimes even more so–then a regular movie because of the emotions that needs to be properly communicated from screen to audience without being cheesy or forced. My respect for the genre, when it’s done right, is a lot bigger than it was a year ago. I’ve made it through the three Scream movies (first was the best and the third one was better than the second) and then got wowed by Shutter Island and Identity. I’m looking forward to watching more highly recommend horror films in the near future (and hopefully writing another one myself.)

Some of my plans for February will be studying for my driver’s permit again, re-begin trotting the neighborhood again after my Christmas break, watch some more scary movies and eat lots of chocolate. My sister and I also figured out how to iMessage each other so I’m sure there will be a lot of that this month too. 😛


Movies of Interest

I have another round of Movies of Interest for today! Again, any specific questions about the films I am completely open to answering if you have them. (I cannot always recommend the movies I highlight.)


The Lone Ranger. The Lone Ranger was an enjoyable film, which I saw New Year’s Eve. While it was more about how The Lone Ranger became the masked rider, it gave a decent back story to the character. Johnny Depp was fantastic as always in the role of Tonto, who had some back story too, which was neat. The action and cinematography was well done and there was several humorous moments. I liked hearing the theme song during the climax of the movie. As a fan of the old show, I enjoyed this movie a lot, although I think it proves to be on the less memorable side.


Murder by Death. After being so pleased by Clue, I decided I had to watch more mansion murder mysteries, so I found this satire from 1976. The movie plays and makes fun of the whole murder mystery genre; you really can’t take any of the film seriously. The five detectives are based after such famous detectives like Sam Spade, Hercule Poirot, Charlie Chan and Miss Marple. Being a big fan of Charlie Chan and Hercule Poirot, the satirical versions of them in the film were hysterical to me. However, unless you are familiar with at least a couple of the characters in this film, you will not find it as amusing. The movie’s plot was interesting enough with some fun plot twists and jesting, but no slapstick humor that Clue has, so in that area they differ. The end really surprised me and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride it provided, even though it is not for everyone.


Upside Down. This was a unexpected gem. I’m talking visually stunning, guys! WOW! This could be called a science fiction-romance and I thoroughly enjoyed it, although it’s plot isn’t the strongest. If you can except the gravity theory and not try to make it logical in your head, you should be able to fully sink into this fascinating and original world. The plot follows the love story of two people who are separated by the prejudice of two different worlds… and gravity. I was so surprised by how enraptured I was by the film, it’s so visually gorgeous and one of the sweetest romances I’ve seen in a while. Recommended to all science fiction/fantasy/romance-loving gals.


The Cabin In The Woods. I’m going to admit that I had the end spoiled for me online, long before I thought of watching this movie. But I decided to watch the film for three reasons; since writing my own horror story, I’ve become more interested in watching highly praised horror movies, such as this one; it has Chris Hemsworth in it; and then I found out Joss Whedon, the genius behind The Avengers, was behind the movie. Even though I knew the ending, I still got an awed feeling as the film began to wrap things up and it all pulled together at the end. It was quite horrific, especially at the end, not just the amount of blood but what it all came down to being all about. I was really impressed and it made the hour and half of sitting at my computer worth it. (This film is rated R for good reasons.) The heart of this one is that Joss Whedon rarely disappoints. It was certainly a fantastic horror/thriller/mystery experience that I can’t really recommend in good conscious to most of you. 😛