My thank you replies! the conference is over now and it went great! I got leads for both my writing AND my illustrating, so that’s pretty amazing :) I have a lot of work to do before Threadcaster gets picked up, but its valuable work and I’m ready to do it.
As thanks to all those who drew me encouragement art, I drew trades. Only
symbioticquixotictectonics gave me a ref to her OC so I drew hers yesterday. The rest of them I drew today just for fun. They’re really sloppy, but it’s the thought that counts!
What's your best advice to people who aspire to be authors but have the attention spans of small goldfish and can't concentrate on one story for long enough to finish writing it?
My best advice is to become a fangirl of your own work. Pick a favorite character, come up with some crack ships, draw fanart and write fanfic, compile huge photosets, make it a pintrest page, blend a themed tea, enter the character into a roleplay, share your story with your best friend, look up some story prompts and post the drabbles online… Your characters and story will only improve with the imagining, and the things you create will help build your internet platform.
There’s definitely a passion an author has for their work, but it’s the passion the fan has that keeps us entertained, and the engagement is what will bring you back to writing. When you love something, others will feel it come through, so love your work with all your heart in every way you know how!
“Ghosts” is my next writing project when I’m done with Threadcaster. It’s in what you’d consider “preproduction” at the moment – I know the characters and story beats but no real outline just yet. if you see Victoria, Lancaster, Rainey, Abby and Michael or any variety of dead people, those are from Ghosts. It’s about a haunted house, specifically the child ghost Victoria, and all the lives and deaths that exist within. Vicky and Lancaster are the leads, they are both dead. They met in the afterlife and took to each other as two of the more intelligent haunts in the house. Others like Victoria’s father and Lancaster’s wife also haunt the place but they do little more than exist… unlike the other two who converse, resepect, and really grow to cherish each other.
Rule 2: Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked and come up with 11 new ones
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Rule 4: Actually tell them you tagged them.
1. Tell me about your Imaginary Friend(s)
I never had an imaginary friend as a child… i had a little sister to appropriately torment. As for now a days, I’ve the unusual trait of roleplaying my favorite characters (original or otherwise) when I’m by myself… so my imaginary friends are in my head, responding to every day situations with sarcasm and their own specific life experiences.
2. Who would win - The Matterhorn, or the Great Barrier Reef?
The Great Barrier Reef has sharks. Sharks win.
3. Do you remember the first chapter book you read on your own?
It was likely a Boxcar Children book. I think it was the Library… but I can’t be sure. I liked it though, and I collected a hundred after that.
4. In only two sentences, pitch me an idea for a TV show that’s fresh and inventive!
A sentient flame is born when a psychic perishes in a housefire. This extremely specific ghost must find a way to release himself from his prison while constantly burning fuel before it vanishes in a puff of smoke.
5. What’s your middle name? (mine’s Danger)
6. What movie - or part of a movie - did you HATE as a kid?
I hated The Secret Garden. The scene where the mother abandons the child in the garden sent me behind he couch where I cried for an hour. I refused to ever watch it again.
7. Do you have any strange little rituals or quirks that you’ve never mentioned to anyone cause you’re barely aware of them yourself? (for instance, I mentally say “hi,” every time I pass a manhole, just so whatever sewer-dwelling mole-men my city might happen to have will know I care)
If I pay a video game long enough I have the embarrassing habit of picking up character movements, like repetitive arm gestures or pivoting in pace before I walk. (I also do barbie hands)
8. Ever hosted an event somewhere other than your house?
I’ve hosted at houses I’ve been sitting at, and I’ve assisted in hosting events for my church and local writers guild at various locations around the city… I wasn’t the one calling to make the reservations though… reservations suck. I’ve also “hosted” everybody-meet-at-kaldis-for-coffee-and-conversation parties… if by that you mean it was my idea because Kaldis…
9. You and a crack team of literary characters must travel through time repairing paradoxes until you’ve paid off your student loan ($12 an hour to start, but the pay goes up incrementally every year). Which five characters did you recruit?
symbioticquixotictectonics said: Zephyr is my favorite. That’s one of my more common screen names/game character names. And that character design is spectacular, I love that face. Clever, too. Zephyr is a wind and Aiden means “little fiery one.” I see what you did there.
Oh yeah, everyone’s punned out like that, even the peripherals. When Cat and co get to Fire Town everyone there has a name with fire meaning: Aiden, Ildri, Edana, Nina, Tyson… all except Kory who I named after my childhood best friend. Even Cat’s not immune. I named her after Cat’s Cradle.
symbioticquixotictectonics said: That’a a thing to be proud of. Kids are still reading HP. And if they’re not, they are reading things about magic and/or inspired by Rowling’s style. Trust me, I used to sell books ~~~. raptorix said: I think it’s okay to maybe not have any interest or connection with most YA novels right now. Might mean that your novel(s) might stand out more. ;) Don’t forget that there are still some classic YA novels that kids still read, even older than HP ~~~ Threadcaster was dismissed by an agent today because /I/ wasn’t ‘well enough read in my published genre. It struck me pretty deep - like I’d betrayed my closest friend through negligence. I enjoy YA because of the adventure and the innocence (although it’s getting racier every day), I don’t enjoy YA because I like teenagers. Some would tell me this means I need to write a different book, but I wrote the book I wanted to write… I wrote a book that would make an awesome cartoon! It’s not my fault it fits the age range. :(