Monday, January 31, 2011

OxKrisTeeAuhOx: Imma about to go all Kung FU PANDA on ALEX PETTYFE...


OxKrisTeeAuhOx: Imma about to go all Kung FU PANDA on ALEX PETTYFE...: "Hmmmmmm glad I caught ya'lls attention. :D Ya heard me, and if Alex by any SLIGHT chance you see this, watch it boy. *squints the wat..."

Sunday, January 30, 2011


  • Finish I Am Number Four and begin City of Glass.
  • Finish God's Battalions and begin Evidence for Christianity.
  • Finish reading some stories on inkpop and write a few reviews and get ready to interview some of my writer friends :)
  • Organize this's about to get more use than ever!!
  • Figure out Twitter.
  • Come up with more things to write on my faith blog.
  • Give The Shadow a quick proofread.
  • Figure out a way to get more followers on my blog...Twitter might help...
  • Sort out books that are coming to Peru with me.
  • Select a nice journal, to take on my challenge I came up with to read the Bible more and take notes as I go. It can't be my faith blog because my journal entries are likely to be weird and hard to understand. It has to be a journal.
  • Take some pictures of random things because I feel like it.
  • Work on commenting on friends' blogs!
  • Do chores.
  • And more.
This'll be fun.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

INKPOP MUST-READS - Forsaken Angel

I've only read the first chapter so far but it's incredibly well-written and the characters are very awesome! This project is worth the read :) I'll blog more about it when I finish reading!

Forsaken Angel

by untouchable_124
Book: Adventure, Mystery, Romance, Humor

Two people. Two secrets. One fate.

Since 1945, Germany has been desolate and abandoned, due to extreme radioactivity from the nuclear bombing that ended the war in Europe. The country has been isolated for decades, until the scientists who have been studying the environment announce that the radioactive levels are low.

When Dodgeville High student, Mary Blair, ends up joining others on the study program to Germany, a twist of fate permanently entwines her life with that of Will Gold, a sarcastic, mysterious boy with a secret he isn't willing to share. At first, it seems as if their situation is just a fluke, but it soon becomes apparent that that's not the case. The stakes are raised and their existence becomes the ultimate race for survival, but winning might be impossible.

After all...Will Gold isn't the only one with a secret.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I started a faith-related blog!

It was a somewhat daunting task for me at first. I mean, I can barely write about myself, so how much can I say about faith? And yet, once I actually sat down to write my first blog post, I found I couldn't stop. I had so much to say, I have so much to say, and it's more interesting to write about my beliefs than it is to ramble on here about myself--especially while I can't write. I made it a separate blog, so here is the link. I'll also link to it on my sidebar. I'm going to have fun with this, and while there's the risk of saying the wrong thing, I don't really care. I'm not afraid. I feel like I'm not only using my writing for my own enjoyment, but now I'm also helping spread the Word. You can follow the other blog if you're interested, but if you're not, I totally understand--no worries.

I'm reading Wicked Lovely, and thoroughly enjoying it.
I have two chapters left to edit for Autumn of Secrets, and then I'm hurrying to proofread The Shadow before I put it up.

See? That's about all I can say about myself. :P I really need to get another hobby I can ramble maybe try art again. Maybe some other time.

Hope you're having a good day! :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I haven’t written a thing since November.

Yup, that’s right. It’s the longest I’ve ever gone without writing something. It’s because of the Carpal Tunnel syndrome, and my hands are killing me, driving me absolutely nuts. I can read…I can jot ideas into my journal…but I can’t look forward to finishing Fall of the Falcon in a week, like I might have been able to do at around this time last year.

Remember when I used to say that being unable to write is like having breathing complications, and how I hoped I would never have to go through such thing? Well, ha ha, I’m going through it now. :-( I used to be the Queen of Speed when it came to writing (a title given to me by Cherise that I enjoyed very much.) Now, when I finally get back to writing, I will no longer be able to write 100k in a month. Overusing my hands was a great mistake, and I urge you not to do the same. Not if you want to keep writing, and avoid teetering on the edge of insanity. If you’re writing 100k per month and getting caught up in it, I strongly advise you to slow down and think about what this will do to you in the future…I wish I had done that, and I wish someone had warned me. I’d heard of Carpal Tunnel syndrome before, but never paid much attention to it. I was the confident speed-typer, nothing could stop me—not even an injury that comes with overuse of your hands!! Well…now I can’t write much at all. So I was brought back down to earth, and have realized that I really ought to have taken better care of myself. Please don’t be as careless as I was, even if you love writing—especially if you love writing, because then you’ll get those ‘breathing complications.’

My amazing mom :) has been taking care of me, and she knows a good hand doctor in Peru that we’re going to see when we visit down there this year. Hopefully he can speed up the treatment. When I finally feel better, I’ll stop abusing of my writing ability and no longer write for quantity—only quality. This might mean becoming the slowest writer in the world, but I honestly don’t care, as long as I can write.
Meanwhile, I’ve been reading a lot on inkpop, and catching up on my theology. I’ve probably got a hundred books on history and the Bible and the Church that I have put ‘in line’ for reading for years;  expect me to be very well-educated when I’m finally ‘back in the business…’ Already God is showing me other things He wants me to use my writing for, so sometimes I wonder if He purposefully put my fiction writing to a halt, if only temporarily. I might have mistakenly made writing more important than Him. **shifty eyes** I’ve found myself encountering Him in so many new ways since I’ve started reading about these things, and I can’t wait to carry out some of these projects He’s told me about.

I’m still on inkpop, trying to promote Autumn of Secrets. It’s teetering between spots 23 and 26, and I can’t seem to secure a rank right now. I still have to edit the last six chapters, and I’m doing a great job procrastinating. But also,  having hand pains is a good excuse for not editing. **grins** I’ll be putting up four chapters of The Shadow on Valentine’s Day, so that it can make the top 5 and I’ll build a following for it; this will look very good in query letters. I’ve realized, though, that it needs a round or two of proofreading before it goes up. Good thing there’s still some ways to go before Valentine’s Day.

I’m still planning the end of Fall of the Falcon, and coming up with a sequel to Autumn of Secrets. I love index cards and outlines, and thank goodness I can still write by hand and it doesn’t bother me that much. I’ve been keeping a diary and writing in it daily. I’m still reading Pure by Rebecca St. James and doing the daily exercises. I’ve been reading the theological works of Scott Hahn, including Hail, Holy Queen and The Lamb’s Supper. I take notes as I read, so I go slowly. Tonight I’ll take a picture of my theology bookshelf and you’ll see my reading list. :D I have like, half the religion section from Barnes and Noble. Looks like it’s finally time to read them!!

I also have a few YA books to read. I’m especially excited to read I Am Number Four, but first I need to finish Incarceron…it’s taking forever because I’m slow with fiction lately…

Please follow me on Goodreads! Scroll all the way down to see my virtual bookshelf, and add me as a friend. :)

Other things I can think of that you may or may not care about:
-I love the Mortal Instruments books, even though some people don’t. I’m on the second book so far and am enjoying it greatly.
-I got a nice cover for my nook (Barnes and Noble eBook reader) and a booklight.
-I make my own sticky notes because I hate writing in my theology books to take notes on a certain page.
-I’m becoming obsessed with Sugarland. One of my new favorite bands. Also, listen to Natalie Walker. Gorgeous stuff.

That’s about it for now! I just felt like updating tonight. :) Until next time (whenever that is)--

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!!

On Valentine's Day, I will put up the first 10k (and only 10k) of The Shadow. (10k out of 104k isn't really giving much away. *grins* So I'm not that worried.) I did a ton of debating before making this decision (weeks worth of debating, and I asked tons of people for advice,) but realized that having it make the top 5 will be beneficial for this book. I'm looking forward to that, and trying to get a lot of promotion done before it's out.
Meanwhile, I'm almost done rewriting Autumn of Secrets for probably the last time...I might proofread it, but the plot is staying as it is. I'll be writing the sequel slowly since my hands have been bothering me a lot lately, and I'll be putting it up chapter by chapter, so there'll be an update list for it. I'm making it so it can be a stand-alone, that way it won't be too confusing for new readers.
I've finally finished typing up what I handwrote of Fall of the Falcon, and I've reached a block as far as inspiration goes. I've been writing down significant scenes on index cards as I come up with them. Once no more scenes come to me, I'll arrange them and fill in the blanks with smaller scenes.
I've been struggling with hand pains that might be Carpal Tunnel syndrome. It's got me more depressed than I've ever been before, because I can't write. I can read, and edit a little, but I just can't write like I used to. That's why I'll be taking my time with the sequel to Autumn of Secrets, and I'm not that crazy about finishing Fall of the Falcon in a week (like I might have been able to do last year at around this time.) I'm praying really hard that it gets better, because I'm not going to stop writing. There's just no way.
Remember how I adored Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare? (Maybe's probably the old blog that I had my fangirlish post up on.) Well, I finally started reading City of Bones and am more of a fangirl than ever. I totally want to be a Shadowhunter. I think I'll be devouring this series fast.
For Christmas I got a nook, a Barnes and Noble eBook reader. There's some books on there for free, and others that you can get for an incredibly low price. The time I can't spend writing I have been using to read (not to mention all the reading I do on inkpop for swaps.) Seeing as I have internet access and can get to inkpop on it as well, I love my nook; I think it's gonna be my sidekick.
I hope you're having a good new year so far! I sure am. :)

Trailer for The Wishing Well

(The trailer still has the title Autumn of Secrets, but that's the only thing that changed--the plot is the same!)

Thanks to Nickname for making this trailer!