Archive | December 2014

And Now It’s Done… And Now It’s Started (alternative title: I write)

I’ve seen a lot of 2014 in review: celebrities, events, news, and of course personal looks at the past year. Well, for me 2014 has been an interesting year. And I would say it’s been a good year. I still feel like I’m not a proper writer, probably because the distance between here and successfully publishing (in any sort) can prove to be fatal to my career, so like a mother sending her child to school for the first time, I am hesitant to put my ‘career’ out there to weather the wind of society. However, the difference between this year’s end, and last year’s, is that I am definitely saying I’m a writer. I’m trying my very best (usually unsuccessfully) to ignore whatever shyness and uncertainty there is that’s kept me from going forward in this career, and it feels good. True, I’ve not published anything- but I’m getting there- but simply knowing that I’ve picked something to do feels just about as good (okay, I’m sure actually publishing would be even better, but still…)

So there’s been this decision, and I think that makes this last year quite important! And then there’s this blog, Felicity Prose (or Feli Pro as I’ve occasionally called it in my head). To be noticed you have to do things- I think that’s been the case in just about any situation- and I wasn’t sure what to do about my love of writing, which was part of the reason why I could never call writing my career, because I simply didn’t see how someone could manage to put a novel on a publisher’s desk and they’d miraculously decide it was wonderful. When I found out a few months ago that you have to do things, usually write a blog, that at least helped me understand what direction I was supposed to go in. And, having started a blog and written several posts – and more importantly I have people actually following it! – I feel that I’ve accomplished something. I feel that my writing might eventually go somewhere. And that gives me hope for the new year.

I don’t know what 2015 will bring, and I know it’s better not to plan ahead for something you don’t have any control over, only to plan for what you want and need instead of pretending you know what will happen in the next day. Basically: I’ve decided to write, but I cannot possibly say that one of my novels will be published and unbelievably popular.

So, keeping in my mind that I have no control over what happens in the big picture, I’ll try to give a little account of what I’ll be doing. Here on Felicity Prose, I don’t really know what will happen. There are backstories and ‘interviews’ one can give your characters, which I never do (it’s a part of my process) but it’s quite possible I will get into that. In several of my stories there are whole sections that I had to include in the draft because they helped develop the characters, but made the story messy. Now I may be able to include it as background information that doesn’t necessarily have to actually exist. And the ‘interviews’ are supposed to help one figure out your character by asking them random questions, and I may as well include them here.

As for what I am planning for writing in 2015, again I’m not really sure. I was concentrating so much on my Civil War story that it will take a month or so to come up with enough to write a story, but there’s something coming. So far it doesn’t really make sense- I love it that way! So far, it’s a little more fantasy, possibly medieval, involving a magical necklace and a situation where some characters have to wait to see if something was successful and a group of outlaws who live in the woods.

Now many of these things are inspired by things that I wouldn’t mind doing. That’s basically how my love of writing started- by simply creating situations or things you want to do or, as in the case of it being set (possibly) in the medieval time, there’s the problem that I’ve never written a medieval story.

Now you know the basis of my new idea, which I will probably write for one of the Camp NaNo’s, but it will most likely sound completely different when I’m actually writing it and when I get to the point where it’s done, it will be so changed I will probably be able to use the original idea somewhere else.

This is what I have planned so far, but it is by no means the only thing. I need to edit several stories, which will take a great deal of concentration. (don’t I sound so professional)

So I am ready for the new year (yeah right) . I am ready to find out where I am going and what will happen. Life is always an adventure, and I am interested to see where this new path is going to go.

I hope 2014 was a good year for all of you. And more importantly, I pray 2015 will be a good year for you.

And I guess that’s it for me. I won’t be able to get on tomorrow, so this will be it – the last post of 2014. And that is not a great accomplishment, nor anything worth taking note of. But the fact that I am here doing this – not something I would have expected in the least- is amazing. I have been bless in this strange year. it might only be a hopefulness that’s based on wishing, but I think 2015 will be an even better year, and I hope to get a lot done in my life, Lord willing.

I only have one final, admittedly dramatic thing to say: I am a writer.

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A Little Bit of Relevancy

I’m a writer and what I write about (properly write, not just blog posts) is generally not relevant. Hopefully some of what I write will not be so irrelevant that it’s useless, but basically: it’s fiction. I like fiction. But that’s beside the point. This post will be relevant to something that’s happening right now, and it’s just possible I won’t publish this- it depends on if I like it by the time I’m done.

Anyway, about the relevancy of it: I like to stay away from subjects that are current; politics and outrageous celebrities and such things, because it can get messy. It is amazing how unsettled and shifting our world can be and such topics are always changing so I like to stick to things that are less likely to change. But this subject, as it so happens, has an interesting connection to one of my stories and I thought I may as well talk about it: the movie The Interview and the Sony hack.

Most likely you know all about it: the movie’s subject matter, how Sony was hacked, threats were made against theaters that showed the movie, Sony decided against its release and then, basically the movie’s been released. Of course there are all sorts of questions raised: was Sony right in withdrawing it? Were they right to let it be released in the end? And there are lots of problems behind both those questions.

And here’s what I think: basically, I respect Sony for their original decision to not release the movie, but I think it is right that it should be released, simply in defiance of the threats against the theaters. I should probably start by repeating something someone else said in regard to Sony being called cowards and that is: “You wouldn’t think they were cowards if something did happen…”

That leads to the reason why I respect Sony for their decision, and how this whole thing makes any connection to my Civil War trilogy, in a surprising way. In my trilogy, one of the points I make is: If you know something bad is going to happen, something that will put someone in danger, you have the right- even duty- to try to stop it. And that is what Sony did.

If they hadn’t done anything I at least would have disliked them a little for putting a lot of people at risk, simply for entertainment and profit, and that would especially be the case if something had happened. But they decided to try to stop something bad from happening, something which they had control over, so I have to respect them for that.

However, there’s the simple fact that no one should be able to say what someone says or does or thinks to anyone, not when it’s life threatening. It’s that simple, so I think it’s a good thing the movie was released after all, simply on those grounds.

And then there’s another interesting question for me: would I have gone to see The Interview? Because it’s just not my type of movie. There was never any possibility of my seeing it, but if there had been any possibility- would I go see it, even with the danger involved? I don’t know the answer because it won’t happen, but I think I would’ve gone to see it, for the reasons I’ve already stated.

And that’s that.

The Final and Christmas

Well, I actually got the final part of The Melancholy up, though of course the whole thing can be read at Wattpad. It’s not quite Christmas yet- at least here. (very sorry it’s late!!) I hope everyone enjoys it!

So, tomorrow’s Christmas and I doubt I’ll get a chance to get here tomorrow. I pray everyone has a great Christmas and a blessed day tomorrow. I hope that however you celebrate it, you will enjoy it and the day would be a memorable and good.

My Dad is out of a job at the moment and, of course, we were all hoping that there would be something by now. It’s easy to imagine that, without some steady, continuous provision of money, something like Christmas will be bleak and unpleasant.

And my Mum just brought out a great handful of gifts. We have far more than I would ever have expected right now. But I don’t particularly care that there are gifts under the Christmas tree, but that’s not what Christmas is about. I’m just grateful for what we have, I am learning that Christmas does not depend on money.

I’m starting to understand what Charles Dickens meant in the Christmas Carol when Scrooge says something along the lines of: “The spirit of Christmas will strive within me all the year long…” The spirit of Christmas is, of course, one of love and thankfulness and joy- and so much more than I can explain without getting so excited I get carried away and it doesn’t make sense anymore. But I can say, with a prayer that I can keep to it, that I will try to let the spirit of Christmas strive within me all the year long.

And I thank all the men and women who are working to keep us safe, abroad in other lands or patrolling the streets. God bless you.

I cannot finish without adding one more thing. My thoughts and prayers are with the people who have lost someone. It must be hard, especially if you celebrate Christmas. And I especially want to remember the people who have lost someone or experienced some trouble at Christmastime. I pray tomorrow will be a peaceful and good day for you. I don’t really know what you’re going  through, or what your personal difficulties are, but I pray you will have courage and strength and peace to work through it.

Finally, as Tiny Tim observed: God bless us, everyone

Finished and- well….

I’m done with that story! It’s not my first Christmas story. My first is slightly horrible.

And somehow I’m not quite satisfied. I figured out how I wanted the story to end, and yet it didn’t really get there. So in a way, I apologize for it’s abruptness. Due to the limited amount of words, I had to say what I wanted to say without subtly, and I am glad for the challenge. But a part of my annoyance may simply be that I’m over-thinking it.

Anyway- this isn’t a very good way of advertising my short story! I can say, with certainty, that I’m glad I wrote it. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline enough so that I think I have to go on with it. So, I will continue in this world and hopefully write another short story next Christmas. I don’t like to make such plans so far in advance, but in this case I think it’s good to set myself that challenge. I also think it will help understand this story.

So, I’m finished with my story. I’ve basically wrapped it all up and I really look forward to hearing what everyone thinks of it.

Here is a link to the complete story on Wattpad:

http://www.wattpad.com/story/29068805-the-melancholy

I must admit, it’s quite thrilling to see one of my finished products online, looking official and very book-like- and with the ‘1 Reads‘ shown, even if that was me looking at it. It’s a very promising and encouraging way to end this year- and I look forward to seeing what happens next year!

‘The Melancholy’ Cover

I should probably just work on writing the story and get it all uploaded, because this post is technically useless. But I thought I should probably show the cover I’ve decided on for my Christmas short story.

Hopefully uploading the cover here will help me make sure I get this done. I am hoping to be able to definitely finish the story tomorrow and then put it up online.

I’d love to hear what everyone thinks of the cover, of course. I don’t think it’s the most ideal, I think I could improve on it, but I’m also trying not to spend too much time on the cover, when the story is the important thing. (which is why there are cover designers!)

The picture is one I took a few days ago. It was raining one day, and I was hoping to take pictures then, because I wanted something that would imply it’s Christmastime- but it’s a bit off, a little sad, not the typical, white Christmas. I didn’t get good pictures then, because I went out too late. However, the frost next day was quite spectacular due to the rain. I got pictures of frosty tumbleweed, frosty bushes and then our frosty car. This picture is from our frosty car and I thought it gave a good implication of it being winter, and therefore possibly Christmas, but very hard and cold.

I had trouble with the title and credits, mostly because they wouldn’t show up, so I hope everyone can read the title easily.

Anyway, having done that and tested the picture posting (which I’ve wondered about) I’d better get back to writing…

Part 2 of The Melancholy

Well, I’ve published the second part of my story The Melancholy onto the page Online Reading. I put it at the top for convenience. By the way, believe it or not, today was the first time I took a look at my blog (crazy week) and saw that the Online Reading page was not visible in the front. I’ll go on looking around and try to figure out why it’s not there, but until then just search for it. Sorry for the inconvenience!

As for my story, I still haven’t finished yet. As soon as I do, and as soon as I have a good picture for the cover, I’ll upload it onto Wattpad, as was recommended to me by someone quite brilliant. That will- hopefully- be in a few days, but I’ll still put the last part up here next Wednesday so no one has to read silly blog posts on Christmas.

New Page for Reading

I thought it would be easier for people to read the story I’m going to publish separate from my other posts, especially if they want to read it altogether, so I’ve put it on a new page entitled (very unimaginatively) Online Reading, because hopefully I’ll be able to publish other short stories. Hopefully this will not be problematic for anyone, if so then please tell me!

Also, I don’t think I can put actual posts on these separate pages, so I may take the story off after a while, so you might have a limited time to read it!