Write Now

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I wrote a post on Wednesday or Tuesday.

I don’t remember because all the days are just running together.

Basically it was an angsty letter, mostly targeted to people or person who know me in real life.

Because of that, I deleted it, and yeah. It’s history. But if you read it, thank you for reading it, and I want to address one thing I mentioned in the post.

My writing.

I don’t usually talk about my writing on here, because I hate being that person who’s like, “So, I’m writing this book and maybe someday you’ll read it, maybe someday you won’t.”

that person is aka younger Amie.

But I thought that it might help my inspiration and excitement to just talk about this topic, and go through what my brain is thinking. So, I started this year with the idea that this might be the year I actually roll up my sleeves and get into the publishing world.

I had a phone calls with different people, and everyone seemed to agree. I had a good story, it seemed as if my writing was pretty good. I mean, sure, I had a lot of rewrites, but that’s okay.

Around February/March, people started piling more critique on my writing. I was telling too much, my characters aren’t sympathetic, my character was too perfect, the dialogue was unrealistic . . .

And I think it was just too much food for my inner critic.

In any world, you need to learn to take critique and shift through it, understand it, acknowledge it, and move on. But instead of doing that, I’ve just kinda let it take over my mind. Every time I sat down to write, I dwelt on it.

Oops, that paragraph told too much. That character is so stupid, no one will relate to him. Man, she’s way too perfect, gotta fix that. That was the cheesiest piece of dialogue. 

And so I would write one paragraph, delete it. Write another paragraph, delete it. Write a third, and give up. So each of my projects have been doubted, hated, disliked, and I’ve started to wonder if I should even write.

Obviously I’m just a disgrace to the name of writing.

That’s not true. No one is a disgrace to the name of the art they pursue. Because every artist begins as a beginner, and the more hours you put into it, the better you will become. So please. Never be discouraged about your art. There’ll always be people better than you, and people worse than you. Your job is to try and get as accomplished as you can.

And that, my dear, will be a life long pursuit.

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So what am I writing? I’m glad you asked.

I’m rewriting a novel I’ve been working on since July or August of 2019. It’s a Contemporary Beauty and the Beast retelling, set in sunny California. This book has become my baby. I have so many snippets of before, after, and just silly things that I’ve written about these characters.

Literally everything. I have snippets about them eating chocolate pudding, to a novella I “accidentally” wrote about them having children. XD

My alphas have been the most amazing people in the world when it comes to this project. I was so excited to write it, and now I’m trying to find that excitement again. If you’re interested, you can take a peak at the Pinterest board right here.

I’m writing a short poetry pamphlet at the moment. It’ll hopefully have 15 poems in it, and it’s name will be the strikingly unique name of Fifteen. Because I’m so original. 😂

I’m also writing a stress-relieving project that has no planning whatever, and I’m only doing it to get back into the habit of writing what I think, and to practice the craft. It’s nameless, but it’s about motocross and a musician. I personally think it’s adorable, but that’s just me. XD The main character, Courtney, is just so funny. And the color theme of it is green.

don’t ask me why. but knowing the color theme helps me get into the mood. XD

And lastly I’m outlining/plotting a dystopian novel that has been rethought out a million times because I keep getting more and more critique on it, and I’m trying to make it the best version of itself that I can, which is making me extremely confused about the message of the book, the characters, and the story altogether.

*flops*

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But I’m still really excited about that, and TWO other things!

*throws confetti*

First of all, one of my favorite authors, Sarah Grace Grzy, launched her second book today! I’ve already read it and oh my heart, GO BUY IT IMMEDIATELY. You will never regret it.

(I’m going to be coming out with a review on it soon, so hang tight. 😉 )

Besides, the cover is so beautiful, and Sarah is a master writer, so stop trying to decide if you should or shouldn’t. You should. You really should.

Secondly, I was honored to be a guest on a podcast! I was able to talk about what helps me during my struggles, and how it’s okay to not be okay. (basically everything I say on this blog. XD) As I’ve already said, I was really struggling this past week, and just hearing myself say things I know helped me so much, so I would encourage you all to go listen to that podcast HERE and follow the Precious and Redeemed podcast!

Do you guys like posts like these? Do you want more writing updates/advice/I don’t know what, just something on the theme of writing?

Have an awesome Saturday, and enjoy this May weather.

~~Amie~~

 

Interview with Angela

WELCOME.
Today I have an amazing treat for all of you. One of the most amazing weirdos on the planet has agreed to join me in the Crazy A studio today, and do a interview. Isn’t it superb when things like that happen?
The best fact is that SHE’S STARTING A BLOG. *cue fanfare and screaming* Since she’s so cool, you all should go follow her.
After you read the interview, of course. XD So let’s get on with it, and see what Angela says. 😀
1. I know it’s hard to say what your favorite book is, so I’ll be generous. What are your top five favorite books?

Why thank you for your generosity. It’s much appreciated. Kisses from Katie, by Katie Davis; Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen; Mark of Athena from Rick Rhiordan’s Hero’s of Olympus series; IQ, by Roland Smith; and any book from John Flanagan’s series Ranger’s Apprentice

2. When you feel the need to write but you don’t have a book you’re currently working on or a good idea for one, what do you do?


I usually write a flash fiction, or poetry, or just type away whatever comes to mind on a blank piece of virtual paper

3. Do you have any tips on good writing habits? (i.e., writing regularly)

My best tip would just be- Write.
Every.
Single.
Day.
Even if you can only get a couple words on paper, write. For me, this sometimes means waking up earlier than the rest of my family so I can get some writing in before everyone gets up and about.
Setting aside a specific time for writing is definitely key. 

4. Some books suck us in and drown out the real world; other books (even though they might be interesting) don’t seem to do that quite as effectively. How do you “pull” your readers in? 


I like to write stories that keep the reader guessing and in suspsence. I like crafting relatable characters who will draw in the reader. Writing cliffhangers is my especial favourite. It makes the reader want to know “What happens next”.

5. Is there a writer whose style you find yourself frequently trying to emulate?


I jump around a lot actually. There isn’t a specific writer, or writers, who I often find myself “emulating”

6. Any advice for people who are interested in NaNo but don’t have the courage to commit? What advice would you give to first time campers? (if you’ve done NaNo. XD)


I just say- GO FOR IT. It’s totally worth your time. It really helped me with consistency, and it’s what caused me to finish my first ever novel.
My advice would be to not let NaNo suck you in. It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of trying to get 50K in a month, but it’s not worth it if you end up breaking relationships in “real” life.

7. What do you do when you’re bored with a book? 


It depends. If it’s a classic, there’s usually a movie of it. So if I’ve read over half the book, I don’t mind watching the movie to keep me going.
Otherwise I just push on. I have a thing about finishing things I start, so I’ll usually just force myself to finish it.

8.What subjects are you taking this year, and which one is your favorite?


State history, English Grammar & Comp II, Chemistry, Trig & Algebra 3, Photography, Psychology, and foreign languages.
I’m really enjoying Psychology. It’s from a Christian perspective, and I love the way the teacher is teaching it.
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Angela Dawne is a homeschooled dreamer, thinker and writer who often finds herself lost in the labyrinth of her mind.

She blogs at https://adawne.home.blog/

Honestly, I can’t get over how awesome her picture is. XD I really need to take lessons from Angela. XD
BUT! If you go over to her blog, comment, “AMIE SAYS YOU’RE AMAZING.” Let’s get a lot of comment on Angela’s blog, so we can spam her. XD (She loves spam, in case you were wondering. Everyone does.)
And comment down below if you did that.
~~Amie~~

If You Want to Know how to Write Fainting

Hello, folks!

Today I’m going to be talking about a subject that has been a HUGE annoyance to me.  You may not know this about me, but I love studying anything to do with the human body.  I have seriously thought about going into the medical field, and nothing makes me happier than talking about the latest staff infection in my family, or discussing vaccines.

So, I am here to help all you people who want to know how to write fainting correctly.  What grounds do I have to write on this?

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Disclaimer: I have never fainted. (Thank the Lord!)

BUT!  I am allergic to seafood.  Which means, if I eat it, my throat closes up and I die, if it weren’t for medicine.  (Which, ironically comes in vaccine form.). So I have been super close to fainting quite a few times.

Number Uno. 

Fainting is not an “oops, here I go!” experience.

Dudes, it’s painful.  At least, from my experience.  Once, at a hospital, someone walked by me who had eaten fish, causing me to almost faint.  I lost all vision, but it took awhile for that to happen.  I knew something was wrong.  It wasn’t like, “Wow, I’m fainting,” or “What just happened?”

Maybe some people do faint that way, but when I was so close to fainting, I knew it.  I felt the headache coming on, and then I saw the black spots, and felt the world spinning.  I would have collapsed if it weren’t for a bench that I was able to walk to.

Number dos

You are not immediately better once you wake up from a fainting spell.

Once my mother dumped water down my throat and revived me, I was not a-okay.  Y’all, I felt like a truck had just run over me and left me as roadkill without actually killing me.

Let’s look at it this way.  Your body has just had to have an emergency restart.  You don’t just faint because you’re okay, and your body thought it would be cool to just faint.  No, your body is fainting because something is seriously wrong!  Maybe its lack of oxygen, and if that’s the problem, your body is fainting because once you faint, your breathing will automatically go back to normal.  (Unless, of course, your throat has closed.). Or in my case, as an allergic reaction.

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Number Tres 

Fainting is not a cool experience.

Guys, once I revived, I was covered in sweat.  Like I said before, your body is panicking! It’s not like, “Hey dude! I just fainted and it was so cool.” *laughs hysterically* YOU DO NOT WANT TO FAINT.

(Can I be any clearer?)

Fainting is not something that you want to do, or that you chose to do.  Once you faint, it’s not something you want to do again.  Fainting is no fun!

Number Cuatro

Fainting can be prevented. 

Wait, what? Yes, I often see black spots, or feel faint.  If you sit down, it often passes.  Like I didn’t full-out pass out on my adventure at the hospital.  I did collapse, lose vision and hearing for I don’t know how long, but I didn’t faint.

Fainting is something that happens rarer than you think, and if you faint, you need to go to the doctor immediately, if possible.  Fainting isn’t something to take lightly, like I said before, it means something is SERIOUSLY wrong with your body.  Our bodies don’t just shut off randomly.  God designed them to keep going even with a lot of pain.

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What are some common causes of fainting?

Fainting is when there isn’t enough blood going to the brain.  Since the blood isn’t going to the brain, neither is oxygen.

Common causes are stress, fear, pain, hunger, and the use of alcohol and drugs.

WAIT!  You just said that fainting means that something is seriously wrong with your body.  How then can fear and stress cause you to faint?

When you’re extremely scared, a rush of adrenaline goes through your body.  which increases how much blood goes through your body.  If adrenaline is quickly reduced, your blood will quickly leave your brain, and may cause a fainting fit.  The same thing goes for stress.

I’m obviously not a doctor, so if you want more in-depth information about fainting and how the body works, I would encourage you to ask your doctor, or someone who has gone to medical school.

I hope you’ve had as much fun reading this as I have writing it.  Remember, just keep writing!

~~Amie~~

 

~~A Rough Spot~~

Guys, I was totally creatively dry on Tuesday (not to mention sleep deprived) and so I decided today I would do WHATEVER I wanted on my blog, even if that meant rambling about my life and my writing, because I’m hoping that helps me get creative again.

I’ve been stressing about my writing, the deadlines I’ve set for myself and others have set for me, not to mention the fact that I want to work on school more, because I’m inspired to actually finish high school someday.  (For a bit I might have wanted to stay in high school forever.)   I usually start stressing when I can’t sleep, and that keeps me from sleeping, which keeps me from having energy, which keeps me from life, which makes me stress even more, which makes me sleep even less, and then the circle keeps going around and around.

But you know what?

I’ve got some awesome friends who are there to help me out.

And I’ve got a supportive family, who love me, and want what’s best for me.

So I’m going to ramble today, and I’m going to talk about what I’m writing, and how I feel about life.

Oh, and before we get into that, adding chocolate milk to your coffee doesn’t make a mocha…Sadly. 😦

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I’ve been writing a Dystopian novel, which I’ve called my secret project.  At the moment I’ve gotten so far!  But I made a deadline to be done today.  And I haven’t…Yet.  And so that’s kinda brought me down, along with missing my scheduled blog post on Tuesday.  The idea of letting myself down on blogging just kinda crushed me on Tuesday, and so on Wednesday I tried to push it out of my mind.  I’m not a big fan for dwelling on failure.

I kinda just laid around in my room, wrote a paragraph before deleting it, and mentally berating myself for being so exhausted, and then I would stress out that I would skip Saturday, and so the post was never written on Tuesday.  I would say I’m sorry, but I’m really not.

The weather around here has been beautiful, and that has also has almost depressed me, which is odd.  The beautiful weather has made walking and exercising more enjoyable, but I’ve also just been…I dunno.  In a rough spot.  (And I never got the snow I wanted this winter. 😦 )

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But guess what?  In rough spots of life, God lets His light shine through.  I’ve been so encouraged by reading my Bible, and talking with friends and my mom.  They’ve been amazing.

I also had to write an article about hope by the twentieth of this month for a magazine.  And I had no idea what to write.  But my awesome friend helped me out, and an article on hope for the lonely was born.  It was hard to write, but it was so rewarding.  Writing is often easy for me, so to actually have to work, and work hard on something has been strange, but good.  Good for me, in the way yucky tasting medicine is good for you.

I have been sleeping a bit better, which is a relief.   I’ve also been working on my art, and I finished a really hard portrait painting for a friend.  I think another reason it’s been hard to write is because I’ve been beating myself up about it.  I went over the deadline I made for myself, and it also didn’t turn out like I wanted it to.

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But you know what? It’s okay.  It’s one of the best portrait paintings I’ve done so far, and so I’m okay with it.  I’m okay with not being perfect, and you know what?  That’s something we all have to accept.  We’re all growing and learning, every day it’s a new day.  At least I tried, and I’m proud of that.

I’ve been working on the magazine I edit, and figuring out my next steps in my life, not that they’re that important, but we all have to decide every month if we like the way we went last week, and each day we’re working towards a goal.  I guess I’m just evaluating my goals.

But I’m excited about blogging again, and I have an awesome post for Tuesday, and some exciting news coming up, so you guys hang in tight.  Amie’s not down yet.  She just was a bit discouraged.

Now…I have an email to write for all my Newsies, and I have a book to write.  I’m full of ideas, and ready to get going.

Like always, I am…

Crazy…

Nope, that wasn’t right.  I mean,

~~Amie~~

 

Who Are They?

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So, I’ve only done flash fiction once, and I decided to do it again.  I’ve chosen a prompt off of Pinterest, and I’m going to show it to you in a second.  First up, I’m going to lay myself some rules.  Number one, which will be the hardest for me…(Just playing) End on a cliff hanger.  Number two, No killing characters.  And number three?  Have fun. 😉


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“How did we get into this mess again?” Aaron asked.  Kate’s hand gripped his mouth, and it tasted like grime and mud.

“Shh, they’ll find us,” she hissed, crouching lower into the pine tree.  Aaron looked towards Naomi, who was sullen watching the people who were slowly scanning the field.  Beside him sat Luke, who was leaning out just a bit too far.  “We need to stay low for a while,” Kate finally broke the silence, as the people in the field walked past their tree.

“I wanna go back,” Naomi said in her sullen tone.

“We can’t,” Kate said, sitting on her ankles.  “If we did, we’d be in more trouble than you’d believe.”

“I still don’t know how I got into this mess,” Aaron reminded.  Kate gave him an amused laugh.

“You’re my boyfriend.  You’re stuck in whatever mess I’m stuck in.”

“Poor boy,” Naomi said softly.  “You had a choice in this matter.”

“Did I?” Aaron asked, shaking his head.  Luke sat up and rubbed his beanie.

“Yeah, you did.  We’re doomed to be Kate’s siblings, but you chose to be Kate’s boyfriend. Now we’re running away from them…Again.”

“I’m still not sure who they are,” Aaron commented in frustration.  He looked at Kate as she stood up and grabbed her backpack.  “And I might be better able to help if I knew.”

“Okay, here’s the rundown,” Naomi stood up and looked at him as she crossed her arms.  “We lived with our grandmother our whole lives, since our parents got divorced when I was three months old.  They didn’t want us, so our maternal grandmother adopted us.  When Kate was my age, she was stupider than she is now, and so she ran with the wrong crowd, and almost ended up in a trade that isn’t admirable.  They’re still trying to get her.”

“But who is they!?” Aaron asked, looking from one face to the next.  His eyes rested on Kate’s, and they held a fear that chilled him to the bone.

“They are the people who lead the trade,” Kate said in a cold tone.  “And I’m not going to do what they want me to do.”

“Why not go to the authorities?” Aaron asked.

“Why not indeed?” Luke scoffed.  “We’ve been, but we don’t have any proof.  These men are too good at their job…Too good at avoiding justice.”

“So our only choice is to avoid them,” Naomi added, as she stood up.  “They haven’t been that close in a long time.”

“What if they actually get you?” Aaron asked, a dark look on his face.  The siblings didn’t respond verbally, they simply pulled back their jackets to reveal .22s.  Aaron’s eyes grew wide, and he looked from face to face.  “Do you know how to use them?”  Again, the siblings said nothing, only nodded their heads.  “How have I dated you for six months and not known a thing about this?!”

“We’re secretive,” was Luke’s only answer.

“It’s better that way,” Naomi shrugged.  “And we weren’t sure if they were still chasing us.”

“So you’re just going to keep running your whole life, Kate?”

Kate’s eyes held a weary look in them as she looked at Aaron.  “I don’t know.  Maybe someday I’ll get married, and then they’ll not want me.  But until that day, I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do, and I’ve got to keep myself and my siblings safe.”

Aaron looked from tall, clownish Luke, to small, sullen, but determined Naomi, to Kate.  His girlfriend.

“I’m not going to make you come with us, Aaron.  If you want to return to your normal life, you’re more than welcome to.  We’re moving on, though.”

“To where?”

“Well, where do you want to go?” Kate asked Luke.

“Michigan!  Let’s get a house near the Great Lakes,” Luke asked, his face lighting up.

“No, let’s go to Florida.  I don’t like cold winters,” Naomi groaned.

“Florida’s too expensive,” Kate cut her short.  “Let’s go to Kansas.  There’s no one there, and we can have a fresh start.  Aaron, you’re welcome to come with us if you want.  I’m sorry to have to do this, but…” Kate trailed off, and shrugged, but that didn’t hide the pain in her eyes.  The pain of having to leave what they knew quickly, and without warning.

“Does your grandmother know where you are?” Aaron asked gently.

“No, and I can’t tell her.  I don’t want to have them come to her house,” Kate said quietly.  “Someday we’ll go back, but until then…” Kate let out a sigh, and threw back her head.  “Are you coming with us, or not?”

Aaron thought slowly.  “What about my college degree?  What about my family?”

“Is that a no?  We don’t have all day,” Kate shook her head, impatience laced in her tone.

“Kate, I’ll find you in Kansas, just as soon as I’m done with school.  I’ll marry you, and protect you,” Aaron said.  “So for now, this is a good bye.”  He leaned down to kiss her, but Kate slapped him hard across the cheek instead.

“I don’t give ex-boyfriends kisses,” she said chillingly.  “C’mon, Naomi and Luke.  Goodbye, Aaron.”

Kate and her siblings started off, walking over the fields with all their personal belongings on their backs.  Aaron watched them, holding a hand over his stinging cheek. He would find them, Kate would just have to wait and see.


I hope you enjoyed that!  It was kinda fun to write…Though now I feel bad for Aaron and Kate…And what about Luke and Naomi?  Why does Kate drag them along with her?  There seems to be more to this story than meets the eye…

Do you enjoy flash fiction?

~~Amie~~

Snowball Rabbit Blog Tour~Day 2~

Hullo, guys!  Welcome back to another day of a blog tour!  Today I (Amie) am in charge again, so you’ll just have to put up with me.  Before we get into the juicy meat of this post, let’s go over what you need to know.

Posting today…

February 19

Amie @https://crazya.blog — The process and ideas behind the book.

Faith Blum @http://faithblum.com/blog — Book Spotlight

Jana @www.reviewsfromthestacks.wordpress.com — Book spotlight

Laura Danner @http://flowersinmybasket.blogspot.com — All of the options  

 

Book snippet and where you can buy it…

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You can buy Snowball and the Missing Apple HERE.  (This might be my favorite illustration in the whole book. ❤ )

WAIT!  Before we move on, I (not Snowball.  *glances in his direction*) am having a giveaway.  What am I giving away?

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  • A copy of Snowball and the Missing Apple
  • A stuffed white rabbit.  (I’m sorry I couldn’t giveaway a real one.)
  • Two sheets of stickers-one puffy fruits-one silly succulents.

GUYS.  The succulent stickers ARE THE CUTEST.  I want to keep them!  So, go enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*rubs hands together* Now for the fun part.  Oh, wait! Also, I’m doing a LIVE YouTube Q&A on Saturday.  I’ll announce the time tomorrow, but you don’t want to forget it, and you also want to ask those questions on MY blog for giveaway points. 😉

So…Now for the process.  It started out with getting Snowball.  Snowball was just a ball of fluff, and I loved him to pieces.  When he was about, oh, five months old, I decided that if I were ever to make a children’s picture book, it would be about him.

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Baby Snowball. ❤

Well, that summer, a contest for a picture book came up, and the genre was mystery.  My mom had all sorts of ideas, but I said I was going to do one about Snowball and an apple.

The process started with me working pretty much every morning on an illustration.  I would sit next to Snowball, and turn on my music.  (Lawson Bates or the Bontragers, anyone?)

I started the illustrations, and then I ditched them and tried them again.  This time, I drew 18 of the illustrations, and sent them in for the contest.  Unfortunately, I did not win the contest, and so I thought I was done with it.  Fast forward to December.

A friend had been publishing short stories and stuff like crazy, and so I caught the publishing fever, and began thinking.  The Snowball book popped up in my mind, and so I decided to look into it.  I changed the original 18 illustrations to 34, and other than that, I just published the book.

So, now to the schedule…

February 18

 

Amie @https://crazya.blog — Snowball day!

Anna @https://anniewritessite.wordpress.com — Book review

Mya @https://lifefrombehindacamera.com — Book review

Sam @https://thehappilyeverafterdolls.wordpress.com — Interview with Amie and Snowball

 

February 19 (You’re here)

Amie @https://crazya.blog — The process and ideas behind the book.

Faith Blum @http://faithblum.com/blog — Book Spotlight

Jana @www.reviewsfromthestacks.wordpress.com — Book spotlight

Laura Danner @http://flowersinmybasket.blogspot.com — All of the options  

 

February 20

Amie @https://crazya.blog — The enemy steals the blog

Merie Shen @https://imperialscribis.wordpress.com/ — Interview with Snowball

Hannah @https://thestripedplaid.wordpress.com — Book review

 

February 21

Amie @https://crazya.blog — Amie talks about her future ideas with Snowball.

Starling @https://starling7.wordpress.com — Interview with Amie and Snowball

 

February 22

Amie @https://crazya.blog — a look at the real animals behind the book.

Parker Hankins @https://parkerahankins.wixsite.com/pencilsandpianos/blog — Book review and Snowball interview

Rosy Marr @https://rosyswritings.wordpress.com/ — Interview with Amie

Liz @www.homewithhummingbirds.com — Book spotlight, review, and interview with Snowball

Mary AKA Maria @https://memary145.wordpress.com/ — Interview with Snowball

Abby Guenot @https://photosbyabbyrose.wordpress.com — Book review

Holly @https://hollyciampi.wixsite.com/holly — Interview with Amie

 

February 23

Wrap up post @https://crazya.blog — Answering your questions on a LIVE youtube video!

Stay put for tomorrow, where the enemy steals the blog.  Thank you to all the people who posted today!

~~Amie~~

People You Admire (+more)

Well, now.  Isn’t it wonderful to be back in the studio of Crazy A with nothing to talk about, except what I decide to talk about.  *smacks myself on my forehead* Ugh, I forgot about taking that picture for the contest.  Well, I’ll do that.  Wait, I’m publishing this Saturday…So perhaps future Amie will delete this intro.  That is probably for the best.

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AH HMM.  Welcome, one and all, to the spectacular post where Amie tries to be a writer and fails succeeds.  For the last week Amie has been procrastinating writing very diligently on her work in progress, and has been very happy with her growing word count.

Okay, and now I’m going to be me.  Just plain Amie, and ramble and try not to be professional, because at times we all need to unwind and ramp and rave, and so that’s what I’m doing.  (I only do this after I’ve been taken from my natural habitat for the day.  In other words, my house.)

How many of you writers just hit this dry spot after NaNo?  Only me?  Oh.  Well, I thought it was a pretty normal thing to have problems with.  Anyway, since it’s normal for me, I’m just going to bore everyone to death by talking about it.  Really, the only thing that helps me become inspired after the creativity lapse I get after NaNo is a week of sleep and a few friends.  (Not to mention other creative outlets.  Like, music and art, anyone?)

So, I feel sorry for you if you don’t have any writer friends.  Wow, I’m really rambling.  Maybe I should stop talking about writing.  I always feel like a writer/author should let their writing talk for themselves.  And then you have Kellyn Roth, and I just read her blog to read about her writing adventures, because, guys.  That’s what I wish my writing life looks like.

I had an idea for this post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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So, in life we all admire people.  Kellyn Roth is the person I totally admire when it comes to writing.  I often look at her posts, and her books, and I’m like, “Man, why can’t I be so put together?”  I compare myself to her (and it’s no fault of Kellyn.  Guys, Kellyn is amazing, and she’s awesome.  Like, really.) and then I begin to feel really bad because, um.  I just named my novel…After finishing it in September, and editing it and letting people read it.  She always has her novels named, AND COVERS MADE FOR THEM before she really starts writing them.  Guys, only one of my books has a cover done.

So?  I curl up in my bed with my chocolate and coffee, and wish I was a better writer.  (These feelings really help for melodramatic scenes I have to write, but otherwise…Hehehe.)  And then I don’t write for a few days because I look at my book, and I keep hearing my mind say that I’m a complete failure.

Now, before I get any farther, I must tell y’all.  This isn’t Kellyn’s fault.  It’s mine.  It’s my fault that I feel bad about my writing, or my art, or my music because I compare them to other people.  And it doesn’t help I’m one of the most competitive people I know.

Growing up, my mom would always tell me, “It’s not a competition, Amie.”

Smart Alec me would say, “I know, but it’s a competition to me.”  That’s (Sadly) my mindset.  And so?  I get discouraged.  But if you’re the same as I am in this area, I want to tell you something.

Just because you don’t (fill in the blank) like the person you admire, doesn’t mean you’re a failure, or that you’re doing things wrong.  My writing works for me.  I know in my head (well, half of it) that Kellyn’s way of writing would never work for independent Amie.  In fact, it would drive me crazy.  God has made each of us very unique, with unique ways to (fill in the blank).

And so?  I’m going to tell you to be the best self you can be, and find the way that works for you.  Don’t compare yourself to others, because you aren’t supposed to be like others. You’re supposed to be the unique you. ❤

(Okay, future Amie here)

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Rambling again, I shall say that the picture for the contest came off without a hitch, thanks to my very obliging father, and the wonderful morning sunlight.  Now, I must tell you what has happened to me.  It has to do with the library.

*coughs* The library and I have a strong relationship.  I love it, truly I do, but then…Oh boy.  It drives me insane as well.  Please, please tell me the sense in having NO Sherlock Holmes books in all my state.  WHY?  And then, I requested Les Miserable to read, and like usual, I picked the oldest copy they had, because usually that’s the best.  It came today, and WHAT?! It was in French.  I’ve been learning French online, but NO WAY am I good enough to read a whole book in French.  Like, what?  Why would an American library have no copies of Sir Arthur Canon Doyles books, but have a French copy of Les Miserable that was published in 1930?  *shakes head* And that ’tis life.

The other day I was at work, and at my work there’s this long, winding hallway where you can’t see beyond the corner.  I was walking down it and when I turned a corner, I was face to face with a person that said, “Hello!” rather loudly.  I didn’t have time to prepare myself for a hello.  Because, seriously, there’s this whole mental process in order to produce a courageous hello.  Instead, I let out a mousy speak that somehow sounded a little like “hi.”  Yeah…The person just looked at me. 😞

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Okay, and since this is future me, I had initiative from writing my own post, and I actually made myself another cover for one of my books.  But I’m not showing it to y’all, because I’ll probably change my mind and redo it.

And now for the Amie Quote of the Year pole.  I’m so behind with this, because I just am.  (I actually keep forgetting about it, but not today, guys!)

(Oh and if you’re reading this in WordPress Reader, you’ll need to go to my actual blog for the pole.)

Even more future Amie *reads post, chuckles, hits publish* 

And this is what my posts usually look like if I don’t edit them.  Hope y’all enjoyed it. 😉

~~Amie~~

Writer’s Necessities

*leans back to take a cool sip of coffee* *Chokes on said cup of coffee*

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It is I, Amie again, and I am here to give you a rundown of a writer’s necessities.  It’s a very serious subject I’m about to write on, so please be considerate of this.  I thank you kindly.

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#1 A Pen

A pen is a very tricky object.  Some are dead, others flow, while some scratch, and others give the most uncomfortable blisters ever.  If you’re serious about being a writer, you must be serious about your companion, a pen.  Your pen will treat you well, if you treat it well.  Some people prefer pencils, but they disappear a bit faster from the universe.  You need a trusty sidekick that is compatible with…

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#2 A notebook

Life would be extremely dull without a place to put your thoughts.  If you’re anything like me, you um…Well, forget everything you think of in a short amount of time.  Or perhaps that is only my problem.  And so, as a writer, you need to remember what you’re supposed to be writing, and not move on to the next project.  Keep your mind focused on the project at hand instead of interviewing the potential projects for the future.

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#3 A beverage

Maybe I’m the only person that finds having something to drink keeps me from getting up a million times and never actually writing?  If I know I won’t die of thirst in the middle of a chapter, I’m comfortable.  We can start the action, and ignore the fact that you just remembered you have a mile high pile of dishes to clean.

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#4 Books, books, and more BOOKS.

Um, more than half of the work going into the novel is research and inspiration, so a writer obviously needs books, books, and more BOOKS.  Just as a musician needs to be acquainted with all forms of music, an author needs to be grounded in all types of genres and writing styles.  The beginning of writing is reading.  (Actually 95% of writing is reading.)

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#5 Blankets

You get cold sitting right next to the air vent, or just doing nothing in the middle of winter (or perhaps summer?) is very bone chilling, and so, you need your blankets.  I have about three different trusty blankets.  A winter blanket (that I have wrapped around me now, LOL.) a fall/summer blanket, and my summer blanket.  Blankets are very very needful.

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#6 Out of this world imaginations.

Okay, so not every writer has this, but some of the best do.  And according to everyone that knows me, so do I.  It’s very helpful to be able to imagine a whole new world in five minutes.  (No, don’t tell me that I left a lot of loop holes.  Pantsers don’t like being told that.)  It’s very helpful to come up with unique ways to murder someone, or unique ways to drive a car.

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#7 Food

Food is very important to most writers, though I find food distracting.  Most writers have their special food (CHOCOLATE, anyone?  I honestly prefer lettuce) that helps the creativity.  Find your special food and…Um, have it boost creativity.

#8 Places to people watch

People watching is one of my favorite sports as long as I can sit in a corner.  I like to make up descriptions and write small sketches with people I see.  It can be very entertaining, and I’m hoping it actually improves writing skills…(Though I’m not sure if it improves my people skills.)

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#9 Music

Writing inspiration music is the perfect thing for setting the tone for a scene you’re about to write.  I used to be too distracted by the music to actually write, but I’ve learned how to multitask. 😂  Find the music for your story, and enjoy it!  For my WIP, I’ve been listening to a lot of 40s music.

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#10 Computer

You probably need a computer (or typewriter) to write your story.  After you have everything else, that is. 😉

And that, my friend, are some of the needed things for being a writer.  I hope you enjoyed this post, and stay tuned for Cam’s next post.  (She’s been working rather hard on it.)

~~Amie~~

Interview with Characters

Hello!  Today I have Parker’s characters from his book series joining me in the Crazy A studio.  They very kindly agreed to travel on the Imagination transport, and now they’re here at Crazy A.

The Bryder’s are very interesting children, and I’m so happy to have them here.  Before I let them speak, I have to tell you to go check out Parker’s blog, and his interview with my characters from my book.

Now, help me welcome Jared, Jennifer, Jesse, and Joy Bryder.

Thank you, Jared, Jennifer, Jesse, and Joy, for joining me on Crazy A today.  Would you each introduce yourselves?
 
Sure! I’m Jared Bryder. *extends hand* I’m nineteen.
I’m Joy and I’m nine! *she smiles brightly*
My na–*Jennifer is interrupted.
I’m fourteen-year-old Jesse!
*Jennifer smiles at Jesse* I’m Jennifer. Oh, and I’m sixteen.
As siblings, do you often argue during the adventure?
 
Jared: Well, I think we’re usually too caught up in it to argue.
*Jennifer nods* True!
I argue with the bad guys! *Jesse pipes up*
*Joy frowns* Won’t that get you killed, Jesse?
Jesse: Nope!
Joy: It won’t?
Jesse: No!
Joy: Oh! I’ve never been taught that.
 
Who is the most adventuresome?
 
*everyone says Jesse in unison*
Me! *Jesse beams*
*Joy frowns* But I like adventure. More than Jennifer, at least.
Jared: Yes, but Jesse likes it the most.
Joy: Okay.
Are you all equally close, or do you each have a “closest” sibling?
 
*Jared furrows brows in thought*
*Jesse grins* I’m closest to Jared.
*Jennifer nods* Yeah, that’s true. I’ll say I’m closest to Jared and Joy. Though, Jesse is
awesome!
*Jared also nods* Yeah, Jennifer’s right. And Jesse is very close to me.
*Joy looks up at her brother* But, Jared, you take me out for ice cream sometimes. Doesn’t that make us close?
*Jared smiled* Well, I guess.
Jared, is it hard being the oldest, and seeing your younger siblings in danger?
 
I would say yes and no. Yes, I don’t like to see them going through things like this. I don’t think any brother in his right mind does. But at the same time, it’s a blessing and encouragement to see my siblings living out their faith.
Jennifer, do you tend to be a leader or a follower?
 
Jennifer: Hmm. I guess it depends. If it’s children, I tend to be a leader. But with other people my age or older, I let them lead. It’s just easiest.
Jesse: I thought it was easier to lead.
Jennifer: I don’t think so.
Jesse: Well, kids wouldn’t go on very many adventures if I didn’t lead them.
Jennifer: Jesse, maybe you just like adventure too much.
*Joy nods* I agree.
*Jesse sighs* I doubt it.
Jesse, what is the dumbest thing you’ve done?
 
What? This is my question? Why couldn’t it have been given to someone else?
*Jared grins* Because you’re the best one for it.
*Jesse shakes his head* Oh, well. Um…maybe when I jumped from a moving car and got knocked out. Wait, Jared, did you just call me dumb?
Jared: No, but you may have done some of the dumbest things out of all of us.
Jesse: But remember when Jennifer–
*Jennifer raises her hand to stop him* I think it’s time we move on.
Jesse: You just don’t want me to tell.
Jennifer: I want us to move on.
*Jesse shakes head*
Joy, what is it like being the youngest during these missions?
 
*Looks down in thought* It’s a little good and bad. Since I’m little, they might leave me alone. But sometimes the bad guys try to use me so the others will obey the bad guys. I don’t like that.
What are each of y’alls favorite colors?
 
Jared: I like lime green.
*Jennifer is silent*
*Jesse frowns* Jennifer, what’s your favorite color?
Jennifer: I was waiting on you.
*Jesse raises an eyebrow* Why?
Jennifer: Because you interrupted me last group question.
Oh! *Jesse blushes* Anyway, I like royal blue.
*Jennifer smiles* Everyone tells me it’s obvious what color I like. Pink!
Joy: I like wild violet!
Do you prefer hills, plains, or mountains?
 
Jared: Hills.
*Jennifer allows Jesse to go first*
Jesse: I think plains ’cause that’s more cowboyish.
Joy: I thought hills and mountains were too!
Jesse: I don’t think so.
Joy: Well, we know cowboys here in Tennessee.
Jesse: Oh.
*Joy smiles* Anyways, I like hills.
*Jennifer nods* I like mountains. They’re just so scenic.
Jared, what is your greatest fear?
 
Hmm. I don’t fear too much, but probably my biggest fear would be that my family would be killed or detained forever on one of these adventures. That would just be horrible.
Jennifer, what was your greatest accomplishment?
 
Jennifer: Hmm, this is a hard question. Maybe learning to play Maple Leaf Rag. It was so hard, and I couldn’t get in the time easy. Plus, I don’t like playing rags or classical too much.
Jesse: I remember when you were trying to play that. It was so out of time.
*Jared gives Jesse a reproving look*
Jesse, what was your most embarrassing moment?
 
Why do I get these questions?
*Jared grins* Because they’re the best for you.
*Jesse punches him good-naturedly* Hmm. Maybe when I was at Evan’s wedding and I tripped going down the aisle with Karen. It was horrible!
*Jared, Jennnifer, and Joy burst into laughter*
*Jesse shakes head*
Joy, what do you consider your biggest blessing?
 
The Lord helping me through our latest adventure. Though, I’m scared we might enter another because Jared has been investigating some mysterious stuff with the detective.
What are y’alls favorite kinds of music?
 
Jared: I really like hymns done with family harmony. It sounds really good when families sing with all the parts.
*Jennifer waits on Jesse*
Jesse: Bluegrass and country!
Jennifer: I like the older hymns. There’s something about them that causes you to meditate.
*Joy shrugs* I really don’t know.
*Jesse leans forward* Just say bluegrass and country.
Joy: Bluegrass and country.
Do you prefer to write on paper or type?
 
Jared: Type!
*Jennifer is silent*
Jesse: Um…paper? I don’t write hardly.
Joy: Writing is fun! Especially if you write stories. I like paper right now.
Jennifer: Stationary which is paper. I write people letters and love fancy cards and stuff.
What is one of your talents that most people don’t know about?
 
Jared: I don’t know about me.
Jennifer: Jared, you’re an excellent solo singer.
*Jared looks skeptical* What? How do you know?
Jennifer: I hear you sing to yourself sometimes.
Jared: Oh.
Jesse: I’m a professional tree climber.
Joy: I can draw. Dad is good and he’s taught me some.
Jennifer: I really don’t have much talent.
Jared: You tend to have wise advice and you play piano, which people do know about.
Jennifer: I give wise advice? And I can’t play piano. Valerie Taylor plays way better than me.
*Jared nods* Of course, you have wise advice. Joy told me about what you told her when you two were on a walk through the apple orchard!
Jennifer: Thanks!
Joy: Who’s Valerie Taylor?
Jared: That girl down there in South Carolina.
Jesse: She’s not a girl. She’s eighteen now.
Joy: Oh!
Pepperoni, cheese, or combo pizza?
 
Jared: Pepperoni!
*Jennifer allows Jesse to go first*
Jesse: Combo!
Jennifer: Pepperoni.
Joy: Cheese
Jesse: That’s really boring, Joy.
Joy: I know. But it’s the best!
Jesse: No, it isn’t.
Joy: Yes, it is.
Jared: Let’s keep going.
What do y’all think of yodeling?
 
Jared: I hate it!
*Jennifer waits on Jesse*
Jesse: It can be done right and sound good.
Jennifer: I think it’s unique. I don’t like it, but it takes skill which is cool.
Joy: I love it!
Amie: I am ashamed of you, Jared.  It’s a talent that’s lovely.
And finally, what are y’alls favorite books?
 
Jared: Hmm. Probably Crossroads by Paul Willis. It’s got a lot of action which I like and it’s fast-paced.
*Jennifer waits for Jesse*
Jesse: I don’t really like books.
Joy: I like the Baker Family Adventures series.
*Jennifer looks up dreamily* The Star Under the City by Maggie Joy. It was so awesome! And Lenz was an amazing character! I could talk about him all day And then the Baker Family adventures series by C. R. Hedgcock.
Jesse: Jennifer, it sounds like you think Lenz is real.
*Jennifer blushes* He is to me.
Jesse: So I guess we know what kind of husband you want.
Jennifer: I never said I’d marry him.
Joy: You kind of said that the other day.
*Jennifer looks horrified* What?!
*Jared chuckles* Let’s get this over with.
 
Amie: Don’t worry, Jennifer, he’s real to me, too. 😉
Thanks for joining me on Crazy A!  
 
Jared: It was a lot of fun!
*Jennifer smiles brightly* Thanks for having us!
Jesse: I’d do it again. But on one condition: You don’t ask me crazy questions.
Jared: Jesse, would do it again no matter what.
Jesse: No, I wouldn’t. And, please don’t let anyone know some of these questions.
Jared: Jesse, this is on Amie’s blog. People are going to read it.
Jesse: Oh no!
*Joy’s tone is loud and cheerful* Well, bye. Thanks! I really had fun.
Jennifer: And if you visited just to hear about us, please subscribe to this crazy amazing blog. It’s my favorite!
Amie: Aw, thanks, Jennifer, and Jesse, sorry.  You’re doomed.  Thanks guys for reading this, and go check out Parker’s interview.
~~Amie~~