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Object and Objective PREVIEW!

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Greetings, all! It seems my plans to post Object and Objective, my 31-part sci-fi novella, are finally solidifying! I’ve been planning to post it on the Tapas platform for a while, and now that they’ve announced a new Writer’s Camp starting next month, I’m going to take the opportunity to jump right in.

Cool beans.

That being said, it’s time for a preview! I’ve effectively removed all previous posts containing the original OaO content from my other websites, so moving forward, it will be starting over, brand-new, with never-before-seen content. I thought it’d be a good starting point to share an excerpt from Chapter 1: “Unopened.”

Happy reading, and keep an eye out for update posts in July!

 

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Excerpt:

Evie peered around the dark room. The holovid was off—a rare enough sight in the evening with all the video games Abel and Wes liked to play. All the lights were off, too, and when she squinted through the dark, she could see Mom wasn’t sleeping in her usual spot on the couch.

Now that she thought about it, there was a distinct and strange smell in the air, too… a heavy, almost sickening odor laced with old smoke. She’d never smelled it before. A started at the top of her skull and scuttled all the way down her spine. The pressing feeling that something had happened clung to the entire room.

There was whisper from stairwell. “Evie?”

“H-hello?” Evie asked.

“Evie!”

It was Wes’s voice. He darted out of the shadows and grabbed her by the arms. He jerked her away from the coffee table.

“Ow! Stop that, what are you doing?”

“Shh!” Wes hissed. “Is Abel with you?”

“No… What’s the matter?”

Wes was shivering, and when he hugged her to his chest, she could feel his heart pounding. He didn’t answer her question—instead, he tugged her back to the stairwell and shepherded her upstairs. Evie fell silent. Mom had always made it clear that they lived in a dangerous part of the city, and that if her older brothers ever told her to do something during an emergency, she should do it. Under normal circumstances, she would put up an indignant fight and shove back, but by the strength of Wes’s grip and his frantic breathing, she knew something was wrong.

Wes shoved Evie into his and Abel’s bedroom and shut the door behind them—quietly. Evie stumbled over something in the dark, but knew the room well enough to fall on the bed. She bounced, then whirled to look at Wes.

“What’s going on?” Evie whispered.

“Shh,” Wes said again.

He strode over to the bed, climbing onto it with her and clutching her against him. They settled against the pillows. Wes pulled out his phone. Evie watched him unlock it and start texting Abel.

SHE’S BACK. COME HOME, Wes texted.

The only previous part of the conversation Evie could see was from Abel. It said, CHECKED HER TREE HOUSE… NOT THERE

Wes clicked his phone off and dropped it in his lap. He hugged Evie again.

“Where’s Mom?” Evie whispered.

“As soon as Abel gets back, we have to leave,” Wes said. “I threw some of your stuff in a backpack. You’ll have to carry it.”

“Why? What happened?”

Wes sucked in a shaky breath.

 

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That’s it for now! The actual “what happened” will come with the official updates in July. Thanks for reading, and be sure to follow me on Tapas by clicking here!

Image credit to myself (Azedarach.deviantart.com).
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Yes, I’m doing things + Story updates!

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Hello, all!

Firstly, the reason I’ve been inactive for so long is because I officially stopped writing/editing for The Odyssey, which is a pretty good thing for me right now because life is nuts, and only looking to get nuts…er… (that isn’t a word. Don’t quote me).

Secondly, I’m working on so many things! I’ve been writing and editing the snot out of two major novel projects and a short story, all with the intention to pitch and publish. But since we’ve hit the halfway point of 2018, I figured I should return to building up my blog so I can (HOPEFULLY) build a reader base? Somehow?

*nervous laughter*

Either way, I am going to fulfill my promise to bring you Object and Objective, which you can check out by clicking the tab above ^ in my blog’s header. It is a futuristic sci-fi thriller novella, birthed from a 31-day writing prompt challenge, and I love it dearly. At  this point, it is a matter of deciding on a platform (still leaning toward Tapastic, but not 100% sure). I’m currently working out a couple kinks in the storyline which bug me, but for the most part, it’s just about ready. That being said, you can expect updates in the relatively near future!

On that note: Object and Objective is already a complete story, so once I start posting updates, they will be consistent until the thing is posted in full. Just to let you know. 😀

Anyway, that’s all I wanted to say! I’m still fighting with my schedule and all the other projects currently on my plate, but I don’t want to forget about you, readers, and also sharing my story like I said I would. Must. Stay. Actively. Posting!

Thank you for reading!

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Why? feat. the Hubble Ultra Deep Field

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This is a picture of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, the absolute deepest region of space humanity has ever been able to see. It contains approximately 10,000 galaxies. According to Google, there are about 100 thousand million stars per galaxy (at least, that’s their estimation of the Milky Way). Assuming all galaxies are around that size, that’s around  1,000,000,000,000 stars in this photograph alone. Each one hosts a solar system with an unknown number of planets, each with an unknown number of moons.

And this is only a minuscule piece of our universe.

A few months ago, I read a collection of articles from various sources about how science fiction is no longer the ‘big thing.’ It’s not the budding, breakout concept it once was. Mars doesn’t have Martians. Humanity hasn’t colonized other planets. Voyager I and II sent us back incredible images… decades ago. The latest object in space is a car, and it’s going to sit on another planet for a long time before anything else gets to it.

How is the idea of exploring the universe relevant anymore? With science breaking boundaries daily and hurtling our species into more fantastic concepts-turned-realities every time we turn around, who would find a science fiction story interesting?

Why engage at all?

*clears throat*

First, consider a couple of humanity’s natural qualities. A) We’re explorers. We’ve documented as much of the planet was we could reach and then hurled stuff out of orbit just to see what’s out there. B) We’re creators. We built our civilizations from the ground up, all the way down to the culture-specific slang graffiti-ed on a wall . Mash those two things together, and what do you get?

Well, mostly, a whole lot of fiction. Everything from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Marvel’s Black Panther is an example of how absolutely, massively, insanely imaginative humans are. We can look into our heads and create something new out of absolutely nothing. Just the other day, I was eating my lunch outside and I thought “I should write a poem about freakishly warm weather in February.” It was a natural, creative thought.

Also: communicating the finished product to others is utterly unique to humanity.

So really, the question is: how could science fiction not be relevant? With science breaking boundaries daily, how are we not still asking questions about what’s out there? Why shouldn’t we write about the possibilities?

Scroll back up and take another look at the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. Each one of those stars is too far away for any of us, in this lifetime, to ever reach. With the infinity our universe presents, I can’t see any other option but to imagine. We have uncountable stars to feed us inspiration. Write about anything you can imagine that’s up there, and then imagine more, and write that, too.

And now that I’ve effectively given myself until the last second before I have to start work, I should probably go. Hopefully this random, existential ramble has been inspirational to you.

Now go write!

 

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4 Odd But Effective Characterization Methods

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Despite what you might think, there are more ways to characterize your OC’s than just throwing them into the first draft.

There are some really cool/fun/wacky ways, too!

Click here (or on the image) to read 4 odd but effective alternative ways to develop your characters. There are some great resources in there, as well as some ideas that will hopefully get your mind rolling toward even odder, even more effective methods. Let me know in the comments below!

…and then go write!

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How Should I Balance Writing With Everything Else?

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For the busy person.

For the insanely busy person.

For the person who is so busy, they need to do that thing from Doctor Strange where he astral-projects himself at night so he can keep reading while his body sleeps.

Also, for the moderately-busy person.

Our schedules are packed, but we also want to write. What are some tips to balancing both?

Click here (or on the image) for a couple pointers that helped me, a high school student-turned-college student-turned-working adult who has never stopped writing. I’ve learned some things along the way that can help you, the insanely busy person, orchestrate a life with more writing and less wishing you could write.

And after you’ve re-evaluated your schedule… go write!

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Free Writing Contests + Tips!

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Writing contests are one of the easiest ways for you to get recognition. 

Seriously.

Here’s a reminder to do some writing-contest shopping, especially for the free ones. If you have been wanting to step up your writing game this year, there’s no reason to keep wasting time. There are tons of free writing events happening every day. You can check out some of them here:

FREE WRITING EVENTS Calendar by Mica Scotti Kole

*shoutout to Mica Scotti Kole for being generally awesome. I also highly recommend following their Twitter*

This calendar has proven extremely helpful and fun over the past few months since I discovered it. Even though contests can feel like a gambling game, it’s still worth putting in the effort to submit because you’re actively creating new content and/or working to improve your abilities. And then you get to submit a fun project!

If you want some Contest-Writing Tips, check out my article from a little while back about just that (or click the image below):

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Well, there you go. You’ve got no excuses. Grapple with that idea you’ve had in the back of your head for a while, and wrangle it onto the page… and then submit it to a contest!

Go write!

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The Most Interesting Character You’ll Ever Write

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The antihero.

The most

interesting

character

you will ever write.

Click here (or on the on the image) to read about why the antihero is my favorite type to read and write about—featuring some amazing fictional examples!

…and after you’re done reading, go write!