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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cavestone: Chapter 11 Report

Hello everyone. I have finished the 11th chapter...I actually completed it a few days ago, but I need to finish writing my report before I could post it. There have been several days where I have sat back and though "well, what am I going to write now?" and couldn't think of anything. And I simply didn't have the liberty to take a week or two off. When I finally finished chapter 10, I had a mega inspiration that really doesn't change anything until book 2 of the behind time series. For the majority of the time, I wrote 500+ words a day, and then did nothing for 2 day and continued like that. If I pressured myself, I could have gotten the 11th chapter done in 3 weeks instead of 1 month and three weeks. I don't think chapter 12 will be done by Nov. 1st, but I'm fine with finishing chapter 12 in Dec. and the editing Aardwolf and Cavestone at the same time. Now, I'll get back to actually talking about my 11th chapter. I think C11 will need a lot of editing because I was short on time, and quickly finished it up, also because I wanted to take a few weeks of break after I finished writing C10, but I didn't so I wrote at a really slow pace for a while, then I was able to pick up the pace and complete the 11th chapter. I already said that I had a lot of mini writers block, but I'm going to say it again...I had A LOT of mini writers block!
I feel like the death of my villain was a bit abrupt, but like I said early, it can be fixed in editing.
Sorry, about this post being super short, but chapter 11 was basically a lot of twists and there isn't much else to say. I'm in freak out mode, though because NaNo is tomorrow!!! 7.5 hours...I just freaked myself out.
-Ruth

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Random Updates...

I won a award for my blog...It's nothing official, but I see it as a way one of my blog reader has thanked me for my work I've done on my blog. To get my award, I have to do several things that I honestly don't want to do...so I guess I don't get my award? Anyway...
One of them is to nominate 15 blogs as winner for this same prize well and let them know about it. I'm just going to nominate some blogs.


These are my top 3 favorite teenage writer blogs, but I think only one of them reads my blog back.


I also like "Go Teen Writer"
There are other writers blogs and authors blogs I read, but you can check out my blog list if you want more blogs.
I am almost finished with my novel and I shall finish writing the chapter 11 report, then post it. I have 7 more days to write my novel, but chapter 12 is short, so I think I can do this. And since I'm getting into the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I made a brand new cover for Aardwolf. This is the type of thing that I've always wanted, but I recently figured out how to make a cover like this. And I'm very proud of it.
And now, a mini chapter 11 update, until I finish the real one. I have had a lot of moments of mini writers block, or detours. Yeah, it wasn't like I thought it would be. I was wondering when my villain would die...how he would die. I had a few pictures in my mind of what I wanted to happen, but then I shocked myself by adding a twist that I didn't see coming, and I also had a twist that I had planned from almost the beginning. I had a lot of fun with this chapter, though, even though I took some breaks and wrote down a bunch of trash until I found something worth keeping.
crumpled paper
And now, for some NaNo updates. I already showed my new cover, and I've been planning my story, but I am so nervous about NaNoWriMo. (And excited too). I'm a perfectionist and I wondering what I will feel like if I don't meet my goal. What if I don't write 50,500 words on Aardwolf? But then again, as a young child my biggest dream was to write a novel. As a kid who had just discovered how to write, I used my new skills to write books. To this day, I have never finished a novel. In a little over a month, a hope to have completed to 1st draft of 2 novels, and make the younger version of myself proud (And the current version too). I'm finally at the point where I can see the end of my novel. I can feel it, And I know I will reach it.
There have been times in Cavestone where I've felt like quitting, but I kept on going because I have to complete a novel sometime if I want to be an author. And now, I'm at the point that I can't give up. I only have to write a few thousand words, and then I can say that I have written a novel, and who doesn't want to say that?

-Ruth

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Fall!

Fall-Blog-Button 1
Because fall mean NaNoWriMo. I hope ya'll don't mind me posting a lot about NaNoWriMo, because I'm exciting about it (just encase you haven't realized it yet.) So I've been planning my novel and things have been crazy for various reasons. One of them is NaNoWriMo. I'm nervous and excited all at the same time. And since I know how crazy November is gonna be, I'm lightening the load by planning.

I'm always at work. Always mapping out my story. Because I'm awesome like that. One thing that totally helps planning is being able to see things and through NaNoWriMo, I got a picture of my favorite character in Aardwolf, possibly all time favorite. Akce Endoner. I think that getting a drawing of her helps me out so much because I'm a visual person.
Also, on an awesomeness note, someone left a supper awesome comment on Writing Quotes Here's what it said:

As a web site owner I think the material here is really magnificent. I appreciate it for your time. You must maintain it and keep it up forever! Excellent work.

It made me fell really good about myself. And guess what? I haven't finish my OYAN novel, or even my chapter 11. That makes me feel really bad about myself. I live in such a sad life. I can't even live up to my own goals. But I have done an insane amount of planning for Aardwolf, so I'm sure that makes up for everything. And my new goal for chapter 11? I'm trying for the 17th of October. If I don't meet that goal, then I'll just be really upset with myself. And if I don't finish my novel by November 1st, then I'll just be really mad. And planning has given me an eye opener to how long Aardwolf will be. First of all, I have realized It'll be like I'm writing 4 novels and gluing them together.
At least for the first quarter, then It'll be more like 2. I have decided that I will have 4-5 view points. And all of this is going to be from 1st person. It's going to be a super fun November! (Even though the thought of writing 50,000 words in 30 days is still overwhelming.)
-Ruth

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Writers Exam

Who's ready for NaNoWriMo? This is going to be my first year doing NaNoWriMo, but to me it sounds like a test. I'll be pushing myself to the limits because I set my goal at 50,500 words. I can't imagine writing the length of Cavestone (Which has taken me over a year) in 30 days. But I'm sure you all want to know what I'm writing about! My story is called Aardwolf. Here's a short synopsis that I wrote for my story:

The Aardwolf has always been considered a god to the people of Occelir and when Akce disrespects the Aardwolf, her parents send her away to the Klah islands with a group of trader. Years later, the traders bring news of war, Akce discovers something that will change her life forever.
Ahlon was captured by his uncle and held against his will at a castle in Ahnnid, he play the role of a respectful son, but he knows he doesn’t belong. Ahlon has to choose between two options that both lead to disaster.
Dann is the son of a valiant knight and a princess from Kvaux. They both tried to protect Dann from something that was inevitable, and they saw it coming. They tried to stop it, his mother when as far as to giving up her life for him. Dann goes on a life changes adventure and uncover who he really is and what his parents tried to stop.
These three teenagers all live in Occelir, though miles apart and they get a glimpse of what they could be in ways no one expected and everyone tried to stop.


I like it. I like it's pretty cool. I also have a NaNoWriMo cover shop! You can get to it here:
http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/node/1233124
Just in case you need a super amazing cover for NaNoWriMo.
I've also sent in 1 million request for characters at different shops within the past 2 weeks and no one has given me a character yet! :(
Anyway, I think that NaNoWriMo sounds like a test because your pushing yourself to your limits and cramming words into a novel. I'm going into it with the mindset of a test. Who know what insanity will come out of me during this test...I don't do well with tests. Which is why it's kinda stupid to think of this as a test...looking back on things, maybe I should have done a better job of renaming it, but seriously, NaNoWriMo is long. Yeap. I'm calling it a test.
I guess it's time to start pushing my limits. I have 3 days left to finish a not even half way done chapter 11. I'll be getting no sleep. But I do have an excuse for my lousy turnout with C11. I've been six for the past eight days, since Sept. 29. And my word log that I fill out each and every day has looked liked this over they past few days: "None." "Cavestone: 86" "None." "Cavestone: 53". Things have been slow. And my plan was to do a ton of writing/planning for Aardwolf over my fall break, which I spent in bed.
This picture has small PLANNED relevance to the post, but of course when you find something this awesome it got to be weaved into your post somehow. Yes, so Darth Vadar thinks it's disturbing that this is my first NNWM test.
er test in progress osha sign
I really like images, if you can't tell, they make me fell way more awesome. I'm a visual person. 
But NNWM is going to be hard for me i chose a word count goal that is tough, but achievable it's gonna be rough, but if I go full speed, I'll be ok. My favorite me quote ever:

Dad: "Let's do a sanity check"
Me: "I don't think I'm sane."

That is by far the most awesome quote I have for myself. By my standards.
I'm also concerned about school and wondering where it will come in during this race against time. But you guys don't care about that.
You want to hear about my novel, I'm sure. But there's not much to tell you. I can't give you a scene from Cavestone because the showdown is a lot of Loral discovering herself and deciding what is true and what is false. So you don't get a scene
I'm going to go and work on Novel planning and novel writing because both of those must be done by Nov. 1st. And just because it rocks:
-Ruth A.