Strange Dates and Face Tattoos

November 9, 2015 miscellaneous 12

I’m supposed to write 5.000 words today, so I thought what better way to accomplish that than to …write a blog post that does absolutely nothing for my word count. If you’re new here, don’t worry; this is normal behavior. Well, for me.



I’ve always wanted to participate in the Beautiful People link up, but I wasn’t actually writing much, so there wasn’t much of a point. I am doing NaNo this year though, so MY TIME HAS COME.

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

Errr… both? It’s kind of too early to tell. I had very little expectations to begin with and the few things that I do have semi-worked out in my mind won’t be an issue until later in the book.

2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

Dammit, you’re gonna make me share snippets? That’s not fair. Fine, here you go.

It was going to be great. No, it was going to be phenomenal. It was going to be the best date she had ever been on, and there was nowhere she would rather be at the moment. – a delusional character


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

I always thought I was a pantser! I was so sure of it I almost tattooed it onto my face, but then I saw Hangover and realized it would be a stupid idea. Because the face tattoo in that movie is so much better and clearly I should get that instead BOOYA. I’d say I’m sorry, but that joke totally would have worked on one of the funny TV shows I’ve been watching. Okay fine, maybe not. It’s a special brand of humor, not a lot of people get it. Mainly, I’m the only person who finds it funny, but let’s not digress. It turns out that maybe the reason I get stuck and abandon projects so often is that I don’t plan them out and then have no idea what to write. It’s just… plotting is hard for me. I can’t think of anything good in advance, I have to be in the story first. I’m going to need to find a middle ground here!


4. What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal?

I conquer a small country and do a quick victory lap around the moon. If it’s a significant goal, I replace the moon with Saturn, but otherwise it’s the same procedure. Also, the victory lap takes place in a carriage drawn by pegasi. That breathe fire. It’s a very specific ritual.

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

Whenever I watch the end credits of movies I think to myself Hey! This would be FANTASTIC if I ever need to come up with names for a story. Then, when I do need names for a story, I Google baby names. Sometimes I Google British surnames or old Nordic names or something along those lines, but generally I just do what 95% of writers do.

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

Well, so far I’ve only written beginnings when it comes to books, so I’ll let you know. With other stories I’m probably the most enthusiastic at the beginning, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the other parts. If I get past the THIS IS CRAP AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS SO MUCH MORE SHINY phase, I’ll probably enjoy the middle and the end too. Mainly I enjoy the parts that make me grin while I’m writing them.



7. Who’s your current favorite character in your novel?

Next you’re going to ask me to choose between my children! You want to know which of my children I like better? My daughter. Sorry, I don’t actually have children, but I can’t resist a good quote. (It’s from the movie Wimbledon, but it’s heavily paraphrased, because I’m too lazy to look it up.) I suppose I’d have to say my protagonist, Alex, because I’ve spent most time with her, and she’s quite cool. I like all of them though!

8. 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?!)

Anything from how people who witnessed a shooting are treated afterwards to Boba Fett. Google is my first step, and then I go from there. I’ll do more researching when I edit, but at the moment I’m just focusing on getting the words down. Oh, if someone else happens to have the misfortune of being close by while I’m writing, I’ll pester them for answers too.

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

It’s very important to me to know that other people are writing too and to have some sort of community I can fall back on, which is why NaNo is such a great thing. It really helps me to stay motivated. It’s helpful to meet up with friends face to face when they’re also working on a writing project, because then I’ll actually have to do something. Talking things through with someone definitely helps with plot, but I probably write the most when I’m alone. So the answer is a bit of both, but I definitely need some sort of writing community!

10. 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!

ALL OF THEM. Sorry, I stopped reading at snack. I don’t always listen to music while writing, but when I do it can’t be something that distracts me too much. If I know the lyrics by heart, I’ll probably sing along, so that’s a no go. I write best in the evening/at night, because either a) I’ve been procrastinating all day, and I need to catch up or b) I’ve been busy all day, and I need to catch up. It’s not just that though – there’s something special about that certain time of the night when everything is quiet and there are no distractions, so you can focus on what you’re doing. As to the last part of the question… I’m not going to show you a picture of my bed, you creeps.



I would, Lorelai. I would.

What’s your current project? What about writing it has been the most fun so far? Would you date pie? Sorry they’re already taken.

12 Responses to “Strange Dates and Face Tattoos”

    • Vlora

      Vlora

      You have to choose your commitments carefully! I feel pie would be worth it. :D Thanks, I feel like there’s a Gilmore Girls gif for everything.

      It’s urban fantasy. The plot is yet to be determined haha. Basically someone gets shot and kidnapped, someone else gets involved and there are a lot of pop culture references. And then there’s some more death and fairy tales.

      Thanks!
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  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Yesss DARKNESS AND QUIET. <3 It is beautiful and blissful. Although I actually write better in the morning?! I'm like this weird morning bird and everyone in my house hates me banging around upstairs at 6am, but pfft. I live to torment. :') That's how wonderful I am.
    AND OMG YOU ARE SO FUNNY. So idek if you're humour is weird or not or I am weird too. I THINK YOU’RE HILARIOUS AND THAT IS ALL.
    Ahem.
    *tries to stop thinking about eating and dating pie*
    So. I loved your snippet. And also your reward system is fabulous. And surnames are FABULOUS for names! I DO THAT TOO. I also do specifically gender neutral names. It amuses me. I come shouting over to my sister my list of characters and she’s just like “I seriously can’t tell what genders they are.” HAHA. SCORE. My deviousness knows no bounds.
    ANYWAY!! I loved reading this!! :D And thanks for joining in the link up!
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      Well, I stay up so late I sort of write in the early hours of the morning as well, so I guess same diff? It’s just a peaceful time!

      THANK YOU STOP MAKING ME BLUSH OKAY KEEP GOING. I haven’t been using the surnames for names so much (although now I really want to! I especially love surnames for first names and first names for surnames just to add some extra confusion haha), but I love gender neutral names too! My main character is called Alex. I really like Sam too, but SOMEONE recently said it’s being overused. :D
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  2. Gemma Fitz

    Lol, your writing process is hilarious, and I love your sense of humour. This was so much fun to read! Good luck with NaNo!

  3. Victoria Grace Howell

    Haha. Pie is indeed really good. What kind of pie do you like the best? How’s your progress in NaNo. I’m really excited about my current project. I’m 33K in woo hoo! I also prefer listening to music without lyrics while writing too for the same reason. XD

    I found you through Beautiful Books and I did the link up too this month. ^ ^ http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2015/11/beautiful-booksthe-writing-process.html
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      WHY DO YOU ASK SUCH HARD QUESTIONS. Possibly hot apple pie with ice cream, because why not. I like most kinds when they’re well done though! I’m at ~20k now, and I need to catch up a bit today, so I’m hoping to make some more progress this weekend. I got a little stuck, but then I found it helps to jump around instead of writing chronologically, so now I’m doing that. :) Congrats to you, you’ve written loads!
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  4. Abi Pearson

    I loved reading about your project. :) I’m writing a coming of age story right now, and it’s been hard going. lol I’ve never written something like this before! But I like my character so that helps. His name is Milo and he is the best part of writing this story.
    And honestly, it would depend on the type of pie. ;)

  5. Auggie

    I felt the same way initially. I thought I was a Pantser! But I never really got anwyhere with that. This time around I actually utilized an outlining resource that helped me get all of my ideas together into a cohesive whole.

    Now instead of trying to decide what’s going on in the moment and force my scene forward with no direction, I have a scene goal. I’m totally allowed to change it (and have several times) if what I’ve outlined doesn’t feel right in the moment. I think what I learned this go-round is that outlining isn’t set in stone. It’s just kind of a wibbly wobbly sneak peak into your own mind and it’s completely changeable.

    That’s my own experience, anyway!

    Great first line! Would definitely keep reading, because it most certainly sounds like that date is going to be a disaster!

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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      Oh cool, what outlining resource did you use? It sounds like you found a process that works for you, which is awesome! Oh yes, that date was a complete disaster and then some haha!
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