July’s Final #WriteMotivation Post…a few days late

Happy Monday, Aledan Merfolk! I haven’t been online as much as usual lately, and I’m afraid that’s going to continue for a while. In fact, I have some bad news: there will be no PonyFest this year. My dad will be in the hospital for his bone marrow transplant during the normal PonyFest time, and I just know I won’t be able to get everything ready during that time. Maybe I’ll do it a little later in the year, but definitely not around my birthday like normal.

I do plan to be querying during that time, and I’m debating PitchWars this week. I think I’ll join, but if I don’t get picked by a mentor I won’t be disappointed like I was with NAMELESS. I think StO is ready. I’m not 100% sure StO is ready, so it’d be nice to have another set of eyes on it, but I know it’s at least close. If I’m not chosen by a mentor, I’ll start querying.

Last time I posted, I was still working on the synopsis and query, and trying to decide what to work on next. I finished the synopsis and query (I still need a couple CPs to finish looking at them, but they were both on vacation last week), and I decided to focus my efforts on researching the new shiny project. It’s going to take a LOT of research. I have some good starting points, though, and a rough idea of the plot, and some excellent backstory for my still-nameless MC.

And if you remember the last update, I posted a photo of the “ladies” Mad Maxina and Imperator Furiosa. One of my writing buddies, Rebekah Loper (who also raises backyard chickens), mentioned that Maxina looked like a rooster, not a hen, and what do you know: she’s right. Mad Maxina is actually Mad Max! He began crowing that weekend, which isn’t great because our neighbors won’t appreciate that. If we wake up before he starts crowing and open the coop he stays quiet, so that’s how we’re dealing with the crowing for now. If he keeps it up, it might be time to make some coq-au-vin (joking! I wouldn’t be able to eat Max).

Fearless Fury staring at the camera, while Max hangs back.
Fearless Fury staring at the camera, while Max hangs back.

I’m going to go ahead and say that until further notice there won’t be a Science Tuesday post, but I DO have a guest poster on Friday! KT Hanna will be here to talk about the world-building for her new book, CHAMELEON. Definitely stop by on Friday for that – there’s a Rafflecopter giveaway!

Have a wonderful week, Aledans!

Custom of the Week: Groot and Rocket

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had a custom of the week, but I saw today’s customs and just adored them. Well, I adored Groot :) I wasn’t a big fan of Guardians of the Galaxy as a whole (*gasp* I know!), but I was a huge fan of Groot. How could you not be? I also thought it was clever the way the customizer made the two of them (yes, even Rocket is a pony – a McD’s pony!)

Groot and Rocket, by Amy Kukta
Groot and Rocket, by Amy Kukta

I love the detail on the wood, and Rocket’s tiny jumpsuit! You can see close-ups and a couple production photos by clicking on the picture.

If you have a pony that you would like featured as a Custom of the Week, please email me: rebeccaenzor@gmail.com

What To Do Next? (a #WriteMotivation Update)

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! I’ve had a bit of time to recover from the end of Draft Four, and I’ve already heard back from a couple of friends that they loved it (the CPs have been curiously quiet…). I’ve been spending the week working on the synopsis and query, and although the synopsis is still very rough and makes the entire book sound stupid, the query is getting itself into shape.

I’ve also been reading a couple CP projects, and reading SABRIEL by Garth Nix. It took me a while to really get into it, but once I got to Touchstone, I’ve been devouring it. I’ll finish it today – probably at lunch. Then I have to decide what to read next.

And what to work on next. I really miss Fie Eoin, and I know fixing NAMELESS wouldn’t be too difficult, but I’ve already gone through a year of rejections on Nameless. Assuming StO goes anywhere, I don’t want the answer to the question “what are you working on next?” to be “something you already rejected.” And I don’t want to work on StO2 in case StO never sells. So I’m left with the option of fixing another already-written book (Phooka Tales, probably, since that would be in line with the paranormal fantasy thing going on in StO), or working on something completely new. I do have a “something completely new” rolling around in my brain, but so far there’s not much story, and the MC doesn’t even have a name yet. So we’ll see. I’m still quite fond of the monsters in PT, but this new story has enfields (a fox/hawk hybrid), and a mute MC, which would be a fun challenge to write since I rely so heavily on dialogue.

In super exciting awesome news: they found a bone marrow donor for my dad, so I’ll be flying home next month to see him when he goes into the hospital for the procedure. Expect my online presence (and especially the blog), to be sporadic for the next couple of months.

This weekend I have two awesome custom ponies for you, so be sure to come back on Sunday to see that. And until next time, I’ll leave you with a photo of my ladies, who are growing fast and almost ready to start laying eggs!

Mad Maxina and Imperator Furiosa, the chickens.
Mad Maxina and Imperator Furiosa, the chickens.

Draft Four is Finished! (a #WriteMotivation Update)

Happy Tuesday, Aledan Merfolk! I’ve had a whirlwind couple of weeks working on Speak the Ocean, and I’m happy to say that I finished Draft Four at lunch! Draft Four was by far the most difficult, because it included looking for all those little problem words I overuse while writing. Guess what my biggest problem word is? Look. Mostly in the context of “[character] looks [emotion]”, which I had to ruthlessly delete and show instead. And despite the extra description, I still managed to delete a ton of extra words. Plus, you know, it reads smoother now.

It took me three days to find and fix all the instances of “look”. There were 384 of them in a 366 page book. I’m also quite pleased that I got to use “ogle” in place of one of those looks. What a fun word.

So now StO is off with the final round of CP’s, and I have a couple weeks to breathe. I have to write the synopsis and query, of course, and I have a couple of CP projects to critique, but I think it’s high time I headed back to the mountains to work on Fie Eoin. I miss home <3

Problem Words (and a sneak peek at page one)
Problem Words (and a sneak peek at page one)

Custom of the Week: Alice in Wonderland

Happy Monday, Aledan Merfolk! I hope you had an excellent holiday weekend. The fireworks terrified the dogs as always, but the chickens didn’t seem to mind the noise. They ran around the whole weekend like tiny Mad Hatters at their own personal, insane tea party. Which is why this week’s custom pony is inspired by Alice in Wonderland!

Alice in Wonderland, by Ponyseeker128
Alice in Wonderland, by Ponyseeker128

The details on the clock-eye are amazing. Definitely click through the picture to see the close-up of the eye.

If you have a pony that you would like featured as a Custom of the Week, please email me: rebeccaenzor@gmail.com

Wait…What? It’s JULY? (and a #WriteMotivation Update)

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! And happy July, since I obviously missed all of June (but can you blame me, when I have new chickens taking up all my extra time?). June was a WriteMotivation month, and my goal was to finish StO. I did not finish StO, although I’m very close! I’ve been using the “find” feature in Word to look for my problem words and fix them, and boy is my list of problem words LOOOONG. Wanna see it?

I’m – done

Shrug – done

Sigh – done

Crossing arms – done

Nods – doing today

Begins – doing today

Slowly

Look

Stare

Frown

Laugh

Smile

I’m not looking forward to changing the frowning and smiling – those two words are going to take forever. But when I’m finished, I should hopefully have a draft that shows rather than tells, and is punched up with emotion. Then it’s off to a couple more CPs for stray commas and to make sure I didn’t destroy it with edits. I’m hoping to have it polished in time for Pitch Wars *crosses fingers*

And then, of course, it’s time to write the synopsis/query. I’m one of those weirdos that doesn’t hate synopsis writing – it’s very analytical and my science brain understands it. They query on the other hand…yikes. It’s a good thing I have some stellar CPs <3

So the next week is devoted to fixing those problem words…and getting a new chicken or two ;) That’s right, expect Immortan Josephine (and possibly a Nux) to join Mad Maxina and Imperator Furiosa in the coop! Also expect my blog to come back to life this month – I have a month’s worth of Science Tuesdays to post, and a couple Custom Ponies lined up for you! Have a great holiday weekend, Aledans :)

Custom of the Week: Mad Max, Fury Road Ponies

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! If you’ve seen my post Becka’s Big Adventure, I’m sure you know by now that I’m a huge fan of the new Mad Max movie (I named my new chickens Mad Maxina and Imperator Furiosa, and when we get the third, she’ll be Immortan Josephine), so when several people sent me links to today’s ponies, I fell in love!

Mad Max: Fury Road Ponies, by EatToast
Mad Max: Fury Road Ponies, by EatToast
Imperator Furiosa, by EatToast
Imperator Furiosa, by EatToast
Max Rockatansky, by EatToast
Max Rockatansky, by EatToast

You can see close-ups of Nux and Joe by clicking on the group photo above (there’s also some awesome Dr Who artwork on EatToast’s DA page).

If you have a pony that you would like featured as a Custom of the Week, please email me: rebeccaenzor@gmail.com