Unwritten Melody Blog Tour

Hello  lovelies!

Today I’m excited to share in this blog tour and tell you all about a lovely new book. ❤

 

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Does breaking free require breaking the rules?

Cassie Gilbert lives every day in the shadows of her deceased mom’s rebellion. But now that she’s seventeen, she finds herself longing to break away from her grandmother’s suffocating rules, experience what it’s like to be a regular teenager, and fulfill her songwriting dreams.

James Russo, former American Spotlight contestant, escapes to small town Willow Creek, SC hoping to flee from his tarnished past. When a school project pairs him with the shy principal’s granddaughter, he’s determined to get to know this Emily-Dickinson-obsessed and typewriter-using girl. His plan? Convince Cassie to co-write songs for his demo album.

As Cassie gets to know James over “project meetings” (more like opportunities to match her lyrics with his melodies), she becomes intrigued by his sense of adventure and contagious passion for music. But soon, his past becomes exposed. Cassie’s left to wonder—did she make the same mistake Mom did by falling for the bad boy?

Then, Grandma’s control pushes her over the edge. Cassie must choose between remaining in the chains of yesterday, or delving into her own freedom by completing the melody her mom left behind.

 

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© “Unwritten Melody” Excerpt – Written by Tessa Emily Hall – Published by Clean Reads

 

“Why are you staring at the keyboard like that?”

“Like what?” James’s question lurches me back into the present moment, out of the thoughts that had me buried as he played our song for the second time.

A broad smile expands across his face. He rests an elbow on the keyboard and tilts his head. “Like it’s a cheeseburger and you’ve gone days without food. Like it’s a positive magnet and you’re the negative. Like—”

I laugh. “Alright, I get it.” My smile fades, though, because how could he tell? When James brought the song to a close, I couldn’t tear my gaze away from the keys. It’s mesmerizing, how the dance of his fingers can breathe life into a melody.

“Let me guess—you wanna play?”

I plop my head against the back of the leather chair and fight the so-called magnetic attraction. “I can’t.”

He shifts on the bench and turns toward me. “What do you mean, you can’t?”

“Just another one of Grandma’s absurd rules.” I tell James about the white baby grand piano at our house—how he was the first to play actual music on it since Mom passed. How, for my entire life, the piano has served as a constant reminder that my dreams were not within reach. “Any time I’ve asked permission to take piano lessons, Grandma’s refused.”

But I’ve always wondered what would happen if I could play. If I were allowed, would I pour my emotions, longings, and thoughts into music, just like Mom did? Would I be a natural, if I learned how to play?

I often wondered if Mom’s legacy could, somehow—through the mysterious power of music—live on through me. And if the melody she’d begun on the music sheet could find its completion through me.

“Come on.” James scoots to the edge of the bench and pats the space beside him. “Let me at least teach you the chorus to The Other Side of the Road. It’s simple.”

That magnetic attraction he referred to? It’s doubled in size. And for the first time, someone—a famous musician—is offering to teach me a chorus on the piano.

My feet plant themselves onto the ground, but it takes an extra dose of effort to stand. Not because I don’t want to, but because Grandma’s voice booms in the back of my mind, all the times she’s forbidden me from going near our piano.

The floorboards squeak as I shuffle across the worn rug then lower myself onto the bench next to James. I’m not sure what’s more terrifying—sitting so close to James Russo, or finally being taught to play piano.

But my hands stay glued to my lap. It’s as though the keys are alcohol, and if I take a sip, I’ll become drunk on its melody; my fingertips will be stained with the music notes, and I’ll come home reeking with its fragrance.

James’s azure eyes stare down at me, inches from my face. “Follow my lead.” His fingers curl around my hands, and with the gentlest touch, he places them on the keys. His left arm wraps behind my back, over my shoulder, until his hand is clasped on top of mine.

My heart flutters at our closeness, at the way his presence is a warm shield from the brisk air in this music room. I inhale a deep breath, almost intoxicated from his overpowering cologne and the fresh-out-of-the-wash scent of his sweater. And during the brief moment of him aligning my fingers along the keys, nerves mount, causing my chest to constrict. Who knows how many rules of Grandma’s I’m breaking right now?

But when he places his fingers onto mine causing me to strike the first note, a soothing peace washes over me and calms my nerves. I feel myself relax as he guides me through the brief chorus.

“It’s only two chords.” James’s voice sounds deeper than usual, his breath tickling my cheek. “But it’s the same for the entire chorus.”

I don’t even know what he means by that. All I know is I’ve tasted this indulgence, and there’s no way I can resist the magnetic pull from this moment forward.

 

 

Giveaway

unwritten-melody-quote7-2Enter for your chance to win the Unwritten Melody Prize Pack! Two winners will be selected and announced on Tessa’s blog the final day of tour (Friday, December 9th) and will be notified via email.

 

 

 

 

This prize pack includes…

  • E-copy of Unwritten Melody
  • Signed paperback copy of Purple Moon
  • Unwritten Melody mug, filled with goodies
  • Unwritten Melody swag, including a bookmark, pen, and poster
  • Starbucks mocha flavored instant coffee
  • Free Unwritten Melody: Page-By-Page Secrets PDF
  • Handmade journal
  • Typewritten thank you note

 

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About Tessa

 tessa-emily-hall_headshot1-2Tessa Emily Hall writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show others they’re not alone—and because she remembers the teen life like it was yesterday (or a few years ago). The debut novel she wrote at 16-years-old, PURPLE MOON (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) was a Selah 2014 Finalist. Her second novel, UNWRITTEN MELODY, releases with Clean Reads November 2016. She’s the Founder of PursueMagazine.net, a magazine that inspires teens to embrace their calling. Tessa also enjoys helping writers achieve their dreams through her internship at Hartline Literary Agency.

 

When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, Tessa can be found making healthy homemade lattes, speaking to teens, decorating her insulin pump, and acting in Christian films. She writes in a small town nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Southeastern coast. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website.

 

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Blog Tour Schedule

 

Don’t miss the next blog tour stop! Be sure to visit the following blogs on its designated tour date. You can also email tessaemilyhall (at) gmail (dot) com and request to receive the Blog Tour Packet. At the end of the tour, Tessa will send you the downloadable PDF that will contain all of the content from each blog tour stop.

 

Tues., November 1 – Christ is Write

Wed., November 2 – Adriana Gabrielle Writes

Thurs., November 3 – The Depth of My Faith

Fri., November 4 – Sarah Ruut

Mon., November 7 – God is Love

Tues., November 8 – The Bibliophile Angel

Wed., November 9 – Emily Rachelle Writes

Thurs, November 10 – Word Changers For His Glory

Fri., November 11 – Christian Teen Book Reviews

Mon., November 14 – Phyllis Still

Tues., November 15 – In The Bookcase

Wed., November 16 – Girl Meets Publishing World

Thurs., November 17 – Anna Schaeffer

Fri., November 18 – Ramblings of a Writer

Mon., November 21 – Naomi and Books

Tues., November 22 – Reading is My Superpower

Wed., November 23 – Zerina Blossom’s Books

Thurs., November 24 – Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud

Fri., November 25 – Labor Not in Vain

Mon., November 28 – Barbara Bruitt

Tues., November 29 – Katy Kauffman

Wed., November 30 – Jen Pheobus

Thurs., December 1 – Northern Belle Meg

Fri., December 2 – 2Me From Him

Mon., December 5 – Nicole Quigley

Tues., December 6 – The Destiny of One

Wed., December 7 – Catherine Castle

Thurs., December 8 – Rachelle Rea Cobb

Fri., December 9 – Leslie L. Mckee

Its 2016! -Beautiful People Link-up

Its 2016 and I’m back! (Maybe to as much as my calendar says I will be because Final and Diploma Exams and Life. :/ )

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So I already missed not putting up a book review because I didn’t actually have one written yet…so this will be replacing it….and I know its not Monday either. BUT OH WELL. Doesn’t matter. As long as I am here and posting. I’ve lately been extremely discourage with anything relating to my novel writing lately so this year I’m really just gonna focus on only 3 projects as opposed to messing around with all ideas at once. I’ve also been deciding what stories I even find worth keeping BUT in light of that I’m gonna be joining The Beautiful Books Link-Up talking about writing goals for the new year!

 

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What were your writing achievements last year?

Oh my…well I had lots of achievements last year that didn’t happen. If I sat here and listed them all we would be here a while…

 
Tell us about your top priority writing project for this year?

My top priority project this year is going to be a new novel I started the other night. I’ve had the idea floating around my head for month now but I really just started to develop it a few days ago as a last attempt to see if I will be writing novels anymore. So I’m kinda taking it very slowly and carefully because I’m at a hard point in my life right now with writing and other things so I’m trying not to get frustrated with everything. I’m really sticking to it for a friend and I’m giving writing (novels not blogging) another try.

But with that said, let me tell you about my writing project. I do not have much at all but I have a tiny couple sentence description summarizing the characters, a collage of the character shipping cuteness, and a Pinterest board. So its a start.

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Isn’t this collage to cute?! I’m in love with my characters of this story, ok? Ok now character summary thing:

The story of a quiet girl screaming in a void known as an ignorant, careless family and she just wants to be heard…and her screaming in silence is heard by the most unlikeliest of people; a tattooed, piercing covered pet store employee who is searching for someone to love the real him. The one hiding beneath the tattoos and piercings.

 

as I said, not much about the plot in that little description thing, but its a start! 😛 But this will be the project (out of three) that will probably have most of my attention this year.

 

 

List 5 areas you’d like to work the hardest to improve this year.

  1. Work on my editing. I’m not the best at editing so I really need to improve on that this year as one of my novels I’m gonna be focusing on edits this year
  2. Describing characters. I cannot describe characters very well and its frustrating cause I have a perfect image in my head and I want to tell people what these characters look like but then it comes across as tell-y so…
  3. Work on showing things in my writing as opposed to telling them. Over this last year and a bit I’ve improved a little but It still needs some work.

I can’t really think of anything else so I’m only listing three…but oh well!

 
Are you participating in any writing challenges?

I don’t think so. Right now I don’t need any challenges I just need to learn to love writing again and re-learn that its ok for things not to be perfect and messy. I feel writing challenges will add a pressure I don’t need.

 
What’s your critique partner/beta reader situation like and do you have plans to expand this year?

Its this whole big dramatic deal that I don’t really feel like discussing….but lets just say finding a beta reader who will actually stick around and help me out is EXTREMELY difficult and frustrating.

 
Do you have plans to read any writer-related books this year? Or are there specific books you want to read for research?

None I can think of off the top of my head, but some may very well come up.

 
Pick one character you want to get to know better, and how are you going to achieve this?

ALL OF THEM! How I’m gonna do that, I don’t know yet…. Any suggestions.

 
Do you plan to edit or query, and what’s your plan of attack?

I’m taking a break from querying my novel this year. I really just need to read it over again and decide if its worth it to keep burying or not. As for editing, I have my novel Aimlessly Wandering that I’m finishing edits/re-writes of the ending on so I need to finish that. My plan of attack is to try and work on it without crying cause its a mess LOL probably consume lotsa chocolate and get fat too.

 
Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” What are the books that you want to see more of, and what “holes” do you think need filling in the literary world?

I honestly have no idea…. Can you tell I have no idea what I’m doing anymore?

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What do you hope to have achieved by the end of 2016?

The goal I hope to achieve is NOT quitting writing and getting at least 40k in my new novel. Other than that I got nothing. Keeping it small this year.

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A Post In Which I Discuss Books and the Stupid Time Hog that Is Grade 12

Hello Readers!

I apologize for the lack of posts lately. High School is a time hog and even more so because this is the last year of school for me. (Got a semester and a half people, then I am freeeee!)

But today I figured I would give you an update on how NaNoWriMo is going for me by joining in on Paperfury’s Beautiful Books Tag. This might get amusing for y’all cause everything is falling apart here…but lets do this anyways. XD

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Is the book turning out how you thought it would be, or is it defying your expectations?

You guys, my novel isn’t even turning out. I’ve written 36 words (No. Not 36K just 36..) on the novel I’m supposed to be writing for this thing…I mean I’ve written 3k words on my WIP Aimlessly Wandering I had before…but that’s besides the point.

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Is there anyone skilled in writing Fantasy novels who can give me a hand here??? 😛

What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

Well….It kinda doesn’t exist…. >.> But let me share on of the first scenes I wrote in my other novel for NaNoWriMo instead cause why the heck not?

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Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out?

I used to be a hardcore plotter but now I’m kinda a plantser. Except for with my novel I’m supposed to be writing. It refused to cooperate with my usual ways of plotting my novel so I am completely going all pantser here…and we can all see how thats going…

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What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal?

Getting fat, of course. (a.k.a eating junk food and thinking for a brief second about how I should probably work out and work this all off…but that thought doesn’t last long.)

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What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names?

I honestly don’t know. I often time just find a name or one comes to me and if it sticks, then I use it XD

What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?

The Middle/End cause throughout the novel you just get to build to story and know the characters more….and also cause beginnings hate me so I love anything that isn’t the beginning of a novel.

Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?

Well I knew before writing the Fantasy novel I was supposed to be writing for NaNo (I’m writing Aimlessly Wandering instead 😛 ) was Caspia. Once I actually get the story written you all will see why XD

But from Aimlessly Wandering, its definitely my character Claire. I love her.

What kind of things have you researched for this project, and how do you go about researching? (What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched?!)

For both projects, I honestly haven’t researched much…Soooooo.

Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself?

I can do either 😛 Cause I LOVE word wars and going to the NaNoWriMo write ins and such. and I love to share my work. Usually right near the beginning its only with a couple people but still, I love to share my writing. Though there is always part of me that panics that someone will steal it…even if I’m just sending my novel to my best friend to read haha.

What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!

Honestly my writing habits just consist of trying to write and listening to my novel playlists…other than that everything just varies…Sometimes I eat/drink stuff, sometimes I write in my room, sometimes outside on the porch or in really weird spots in my house…the last time I was at my friends house, I climbed on to the roof with my laptop and wrote so…

So that’s my little quick post thing. I hope to be getting on top of some blogging here and re-arranging how often I post and when to fit with my school work and all that stuff…but I promise I’ll be getting on top of this soon, you guys.

Until Next Time,

Adriana Gabrielle

The Ultimate NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

Hello Readers!

So Last November and the last Camp NaNo I participated in I made these little Survival Kit posts and I was going to just share them again (as I am participating in NaNoWriMo in November and even if I wasn’t a lot of people are…) but I decided, why not combine both and change some stuff around and add tons more gifs therefore making an ultimate survival kit post? I don’t see why I shouldn’t, so lets do this!

I will also warn you. This post contains MANY gifs of Lily Singh a.k.a iiSuperwomanii and I am not apologizing for it at all. (Also, if you don’t know who that is, go to Youtube and find out.)

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When it comes to NaNoWriMo, there are lots of things you are going to need to succeed and a fair amount of prep that needs to happen if you want things to go better-ish than normal.

So, I was gonna say that the first thing you should do is have a basic idea what you are gonna do, but lets be honest and say all plans we have usually go down the drain with an event like this. Which means the first step is:

1.) Actually prepare yourself for all plans to be destroyed and get used to making up new ones on the go.

2.) All your social interaction is cancelled. It’s just you and your computer now…No one else. You and your computer. And food.

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NaNoWriMo is your life now you guys.

3.) Prepare for this feeling all through November:

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BUT THAT FEELING IS OK! EMBRACE IT PEOPLE!!!

4.) Take Breaks

Being distracted and taking a break is a completely different thing. There is a lot of writing to be done daily, and because of that you should be careful not to get burnt out and take breaks. Just do it in intervals. Like write for twenty minutes then take a break for 5 to 10 minutes. (or whatever you want to do.) Though something to watch out with is this:

4.5) Don’t Use Writers Block as an Excuse to Take a Break.

If you keep using writers block or a slow scene as an excuse to take a break then you aren’t gonna get very far. (Harsh reality of it.)

Writing is hard, things get slow or a little difficult but thats where you have to fight through it. (Worst case if that scene is a huge mess, you can go back and fix it later.) If you’re stuck, have a book of writers prompts or play a song that gets you inspired to write that story or whatever. Just keep going and push through it. Don’t take a break just because it gets hard. The only time it is acceptable to take a long break is when it comes to eating and making food. If you don’t eat you will die….and you can’t write while doing NaNoWriMo! Food is important!!! Which brings me to point 5.

5.) Food and Caffeine are key in NaNoWriMo success.

Food and some sort of caffeinated drink is important. Thats what will keep you going because SLEEP IS OUT OF THE QUESTION HERE. Something that works really well is if I’m wanting food…(food is my favourite okay?) so I bribe myself with a snack or another cup of tea or something of the sort….Its funny how when you’re hungry you write a lot faster if food is the reward… But either way, you get my point. Reward yourself and set little goals for yourself and you will find that that novel will get done!

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NOW with all that mental prep out of the way it’s time to get more into the actual things you are gonna need to write your novel and get it done.

6.) Obviously the Essentials

A laptop  or maybe paper and a pen or something…..but no matter what you use to write your novels there is something you need to know. Until your writing for the day is done you QUIT the internet. No internet otherwise you will be very distracted.

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7.) Plot/Outlines or whatever the heck you need.

This step may take more prep for others depending on whether you are a plotter, plantser or pantser.

8.) Music or Writing Podcasts

I often make playlists for my novels and I also listen to K.M Weiland’s  Helping Writers Become Authors Podcast. Seriously the best thing to ever exist you guys.

9.) Fangirl/Fanboy and just have fun writing your characters and your story!

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10.) Ignore Haters

A lot of people think NaNoWriMo is a bad idea (silly Non-Writers, thinking they know better) but just push them aside and say:

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and keep writing! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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So that’s my post! I probably missed a lot of things so if I did feel free to comment and tell me what I missed XD But either way, I hope you enjoyed it!

Until Next Time!

Adriana G.

Watch Me Write || Write All The Things!!

Hello Readers!

So, I know how I said I’m gonna do one post every other week for this post series and that is still the plan but I wanted to just do that reminder cause I’ve done 3 posts 3 weeks in a row cause I threw in that bonus post while I was gone at camp. (Which I was gonna get around to some journalling posts and such which I might still do. I’m trying to decide….Or maybe I will just focus on highlights or funnier things that happened or how my sister sucks at directing me (with the help of a map) or something. We will see what I can get around to doing. Anyways. Enough Rambling.

On with the post!!

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Okay so I mentioned in my Plot Bunnies post (where I basically just went on and on about bunnies) how I often sort through the plot bunnies in my head for a while and rarely do any writing. This next step includes writing down ALL the  things.
This next part in the writing/plotting process is where my notebook gets the most love and attention that it will ever get. Ranging from a few days to a few weeks I am carrying my notebook anywhere drawing strange doodles, writing character ideas, plot, setting… Pretty much anything I can come up with.

My advice to you is make sure you have ample pages (or even a notebook solely for that novel) and just write down any idea (big or small) because its better to have some not so great ideas written down or something that could come in handy instead of thinking you won’t need that idea and not writing it down…. Trust me I have made the mistake of not writing things down SO many times. Just write every little detail you come up with even if you don’t use it later its a good idea to have it written down.

Also, a fun little thing I like to do when I’m in this stage is decorate my notebook based on the book. Whether that means creating a collage on the front, drawing on the cover in permanent marker, going all ‘Wreck This Journal’ on it, or making a mock front and back cover, go all out. It’s seriously a lot of fun and a cool way to take your mind off plotting (to give yourself a break) but still focusing on your story.

The reason I take the time to decorate this notebook is to also give my brain a break from direct plotting and cause its fun is that this notebook is gonna be my constant companion for a few months to a few years. I not only plot and draw and doodle in this book but I also will put newspaper clippings or articles inside but I will also outline my novel into the notebook. So seriously go all out.

Decorate your notebook, plot, outline, compile playlists, research and don’t forget:

...Even if you don't use all the things you write.

…Even if you don’t use all the things you write.

Hope you enjoyed the post? What do you do during the plotting stages of your novel? Do you have any specific techniques? I would love to hear from you lovely people!

Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle

Missed  the first two posts in this series? You can find them here:

Watch me Write || Caging the Bunnies

Watch Me Write || Behind The Scenes Writing Tag

Watch Me Write || Behind the Scenes Writing Tag

Hello Readers!

So at this point in time I’ve technically just left camp to head home but as I promised I would be posting while I was gone…and technically I’m still gone. So here is a post that I’m kinda throwing in on my ‘Watch Me Write’ series 😀

I was tagged by Rachel @ Stained Glass Windows

Behind the Scenes

Rules:
Answer the questions and tag people. (I TAG EVERYONE SO GO! HAVE FUN WITH THIS!)

 

Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?

I try not snack (Usually that fails and I pig out on food but whatever…) Often I will just drink countless cups of tea instead of eating a snack….cause if I do have a snack while writing its usually something unhealthy like chips. Oops.
When do you normally write?

I haven’t written in about 2-3 weeks cause I’ve been 1.) Not waking up early to do so (I write better in the early mornings) and 2.) Cause school is a butt and I can’t do anything besides it…

 

Where do you write?

On the living room couch or my bed. Depending how tired i am. If I’m really tired I don’t stay in bed and write or otherwise I fall asleep.

 

How often do you write a new novel?

I come up with a new story idea once or twice a month. Usually I start it right away or I spend a few weeks plotting and outlining it in as much detail as I can so I can come back to it once I finish a novel then know exactly where I was with it. I write only two novels at a time and usually I finish around 2-3 a year. (First drafts mind you. And those are sad little things)

 

Do you listen to music while you write?

Yep. I listen to music 24/7 so…..

 

What do you write on? laptop or paper?

I write on my laptop but if I hit a dead end I move to paper where I’m not distracted by a screen and write from where I left off (then move it to my computer once I’m on a roll again)

 

Is there a special ritual you have before/after you write?

I make a cup of tea, then I turn on my Spotify playlist for the novel (if I have one haha) and then just get to writing.

 

What do you do to get into the mood to write?

Turn on my music haha. Thats about it.

 

What is always near the place you write?

A charger for my laptop, my notebook filled with outlines and plots for most my novels and my headphones.

 

Do you have a reward system for your word count?

Nope. Sometimes I go buy chocolate but its a very spur of the moment thing. Oh! I wrote 100 words? Okay time for some chocolate. XD

 

Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?

IIIIIIIII don’t think so. I don’t do anything special at all when it comes to writing techniques and such.

 

 

So! Thats the post! If you’ve read this, you are tagged. So run with it! Be free!

If you want to read my first post in the ‘Watch Me Write’ Series I just rambled about bunnies over HERE.

 

Until Next Time!

Adriana G.

Watch Me Write || Caging the Plot Bunnies

Hello Readers!

Soooooooo here it is! The first post in the ‘Watch Me Write’ post series I’m doing!

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So today I’m gonna talk/ramble about caging your plot bunnies… aka How to take a small idea and turn it into a novel idea.

Now really this process isn’t always that difficult but sometimes you have those few plot bunnies that just seem to exist to drive you crazy…and thats where its time to wrangle the little things up and put them in their place…Which is where things can get difficult because sometimes the plot bunnies are easy to gather up and put where they belong and they don’t really put up a fuss.  Just like the little guy below.

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BUT its there ones that make things difficult: He seems all adorable but then- BAM! He’s gone and you have to chase after it.

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Okay…so I will stop referencing actual bunnies and try and make sense of what my brain is trying to explain in GIFs of adorable bunny rabbits. (Can you guys tell I just needed an excuse to use these adorable gifs in a post?)

 

Okay so. Developing plot bunnies/ideas into a full novel idea can (for me) take anywhere between a few days to a few weeks depending on the difficulty I might be having with the basic plot. I don’t know if it’s like this for anyone else, but I have a little (it’s bigger on the inside) bank of sorts inside my head there where any plot ideas I do not use get stored and eventually when I get an incomplete idea I go and piece a bunch of the ideas in that ‘idea bank’ until I have a decent plot. At this point in the plotting stages I don’t really care about cliches to start (unless its really bad and just drives me crazy and is distracting me from the early stages of plotting.) as a little later on I use a certain technique (can’t tell you what it is yet 😉 ) to get rid of cliches. Basically at the beginning stages of writing, I’m surrounded (here I go again) by a million and one plot bunnies and I’m trying to sort them into two cages. The ‘Not your turn I don’t need you yet’ cage and the ‘Okay little bunnies, I need you’ cage. BUT as there are many kinds of plot bunnies (and not a lot of them make catching them easy) it can sometimes take a while….Especially if you are me and don’t know exactly what you are looking for when on the hunt for the right plot bunnies.

 

 

Okay! So. As I said this post was definitely 2 things: 1.) An excuse for me to use GIFs of Bunnies and 2.) More of an intro post to the series. I PROMISE I will go more in depth with things next writing post but this was definitely a more ‘Adriana was being weird and wanted to write a post about bunnies for no real reason’ kind of thing. Feel free to comment as I will reply cause I love to talk, ok?

Spotlight Saturday #9

Hello Readers!

So….lets all time travel back to yesterday, okay?  Cause I forgot my spotlight saturday post! (I’m trying to catch up on homework this weekend and that just adds to the usual weekend insanity 😛 )

*Jumps in the TARDIS* *Time travels back to yesterday.*

Life of a Random

So, first off, tell us a bit about you!

Hi, my name’s Selena, or Skylar Finn as most of my followers know me. 😀 Right now I’m a college student (just finished my first year *victory dance*) so even though I love (or hate depending on moods. Mood swings, I get them) what I’m trying to learn—Graphic Design—it doesn’t give me as much time to blog as I would like.

Chocolate gives me life. Seriously, it’s the only way I survived midterms and finals. I’m also kinda short. But…short people are the best so… 😉 I’ve loved reading ever since I was a first-grader and my favorites are usually some kind of fantasy or dystopian. I also have a unhealthy healthy obsession with K-pop. There are a short list of people I can legitimately freak out with about K-pop so if you’re into it let me know. Seriously.

 

 

What is the title of your blog? Where did you get the idea for the name? Any specific meaning behind it?

The title of my blog is “Life of a Random.” The funny thing about my blog name is that I came up with it because I’m awful at coming up with names (you should see my social media accounts. It’s not pretty.). Basically, my blog is just random bits and pieces of my life so I named it that. When I first started blogging, Life of a Random wasn’t about books. Even though it is now, I’m glad that its name gives me the freedom to branch out into any direction I want to. Cause it’s all my life. *grins* My fabulous life.

 

 

What gave you the idea to start blogging? Was it sort of just ‘Hey, I should write a blog!’ or did someone suggest the idea? 

It was more of “Hey, I should write a blog!” because I guess I wanted to tell people my thoughts without knowing them or them knowing me. The fact that I have people who care about what I write even though they don’t know me and have nothing to base anything on except my online presence is awesomesauce. They’re my baes.

 

 

What can or will people find on your blog upon arriving? Do you have a target audience in mind?

Right now…. *looks at feet* you’ll probably find loads of K-pop stuff and GIFs. Which accurately describes my life actually. Now that I’m off school for the summer though, you’ll be seeing a lot more book-related things like—reviews, discussions, etc. with the occasional sprinkle of personal life spot-lighting.

I’ve never really tried to reach a target audience but I guess with the things I’m interested in, my audience would be teens and young adults. Mostly readers.

 

 

Is there any social media sites where people can follow you and still get notifications about your posts or something? (Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook etc.)

Only my Twitter has regular updates right now. I have a big to-do list 😉

Twitter: https://twitter.com/randomofalife

And of course, you can get updates if you follow me with Blogger or Bloglovin’.

Blog: http://randomofalife.blogspot.com/

Bloglovin’: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/life-a-random-11970189

 

 

And last, but not least. Feel free to give me a link (or links) of a couple of your favourite posts on your blog 🙂

 Hmm, well for a look into my personal life these are great:

Dear April and Back to College! (Room Tour)

And I loved writing these reviews:

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Announcing The ‘Watch Me Write’ Post Series

Hello readers!

Okay….So I kind of lied a bit and said today’s post was a writing post BUT this post is basically an introduction to a series of (so far) 8 posts which I will be posting every other week and I am SUPER excited for this!

 

So, let me explain a little bit about how this post series is gonna go 😀

The Watch Me Write series I’m doing will consist of posts on how I go about all the different steps from taking a novel through the planning stages all the way to editing the final draft.  There will also be a few times where I might have a friend do a guest post on some approaches to writing in certain genres as I will mainly be focusing on writing novels overall and/or the Contemporary genre as that is what I am more used to.

I’m SUPER excited to launch the first post in two weeks (on the Wednesday) and I can’t wait for you all to see the post(s) and I hope you enjoy the whole post series I got going.

 

Does this sound like something you would be interested in? Are there any steps in the planning/outlining/writing/editing stages you want me to dig deeper into? Let me know and I’ll be sure to focus on that more in that specific post…or add that topic if I haven’t already!

 

 

Until Next Time,

Adriana G.

Beautiful People- July Edition|| In Which I Introduce You To Sleeping Beauty

Hello Readers!

Sorry for disappearing! I was going to put up a post on Friday night…and wordpress didn’t work… then I tried on Saturday and it still didn’t work! But, now it’s Monday, AND WORDPRESS WORKS! Yay!

So, I’m kicking things off with posts this month. (Finally got the weekend off school and work to set up fun tag posts and such but then WordPress was being a bum…)

Alright! So for this tag, I’m doing the July edition of The Beautiful People Link-Up hosted by Sky and Cait (links on the link up image) and today, I figured it was about time to introduce you to Sleeping Beauty…or MY Sleeping Beauty.

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I’m writing a YA CONTEMPORARY (yes, I said Contemporary) Sleeping Beauty Retelling for the Rooglewood Press’s Five Magic Spindles Contest and I’m pretty excited for it! So, with that said time to introduce you to my main character, Aster Young. So, it’s time to interview her!

 

Aster

Me: So, Aster, what’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

Aster: Really? That’s the first question you ask? Here I thought this was going to be harder

Me: Just answer the question.

Aster: Fine then. Well…I really like this birthday cake frozen yogurt. That’s usually what I get over other kinda of Ice Cream.

Of course you would like the Birthday Cake frozen yogurt. For you lovely readers, you should know that Aster is kinda obssesed with cake.

I’m sorry, is there a problem with that?

No. No problem at all. So, you’re getting ready for a night out. Where are you going?

I don’t really go anywhere…

Why not?

You know this already!

But my readers don’t. 

*SIGH* I don’t go anywhere for…reasons.

Really?

Whaaaat? I answered the question!

Fine. But pretend you were going out for the night. Somewhere fun. Where would you go?

To the movies or something I guess.

Would you go with someone?

I would probably go with Daddy. Mom isn’t really into movies…Daddy and I call her a grumpy old lady for it…even though Daddy is older than Mom by five years.

Right. Okay. *looks down at list with questions* Moving on to talking about shoes…

Shoes?

As a girl, I know I love shoes so you must as well…right?

Uh, not right.

Well too bad. Do you often wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all?

If I could walk around barefoot I would…but I can’t. So I ususally go with Flip-Flops. Next best thing to cake.

 

Flip-Flops and Cake…Interesting. What shoes do you consider comfortable? What shoes do you consider agonizing to wear?

High heels are definitely agonizing to wear…and due to my-uh…Condition-

*interrupts* If you keep saying ‘condition’ I’m going to make you explain…

*Rolls eyes* Fine. Whatever. Anyways. Due to it, I don’t really wear heels just to avoid any mishaps. I consider Flip-Flops really comfortable.

Okay. So, we’ve established. Flip-Flops are your thing. Moving on. Do you have any birthmark or scars? Where are they and how did you get them?

I have a long scar underneath my eye from a tumble down a large set of cement stairs at a local park. Other than that no other scars or birthmarks.

Wait, what? I did not know that

Really? Hmm. Guess it doesn’t matter much then.

Actually it does! *scribbles down notes* What kind of music do you like to listen to, Aster? Does it change depending on your mood or is it always consistent?

I usually just listen to some Indie or Folk music…nothing that gets me too pumped up. Cause that would cause problems.

Why would it cause problems, Aster?

*glares at me* I don’t wanna say.

Too bad. You tell them, or I do.

*sighs in frustration* The reason I go with calmer music, don’t go out much and avoid high heels is because I have Narcolepsy. *turns and glares at me* Happy now?

Yes, quite. So, Aster. Do you play an instrument?

Nope…I mean I used to ‘play’ piano but that failed. I joined choir for a while, which I loved…but I sadly couldn’t really preform anymore. I plan to join again some day…

What kinds of book do you like to read?

I…don’t really read all that much. It will take me so long to finish a book so I don’t even try anymore.

That makes sense. So, how do you spend your summers?

My summers usually consist of many visits from my cousin, Gum…and my trying to leave the house as much as possible without my parents worrying I’m gonna fall asleep and die from it…
Riiiiight. They’re just worried for you, is all.

So?

Nevermind…Moving on. It’s Saturday at noon. What are you doing? 

Most of the time I’m just sitting around. Depends when I’ve ‘woke up’ from what I wish I could call a normal nights sleep.
Okay, Last question….

Finally!

Heyyy. Admit it. You enjoyed this and my company.

Not really.

*huffs* Fine. So, is there anything you want to be free of?

Really? Isn’t that obvious?

Don’t be snippy. Answer. The. Question.

I want to be free of Narcolepsy and not have to rely on pills to function somewhat normally…

 

So! That’s Aster for you. An absolute angel for her parents but a brat for me. Figures. Anyways! Hope you liked it! If you have any questions for Aster yourself, then feel free to ask them in the comments and I can answer them for Aster or make her answer them or something….

 

Anyways… Until Next Time.

Adriana Gabrielle