“If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” - Toni Morrison

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Writing Inspiration 1

I think I shall write a selection for one of my stories with one of these writing types each day. Who wants me to post them? :)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Good Place for Writing

I use this awesome site called 750 Words. Not only does it make sure that I write every day, it also gives me some neat information about what I write. I thought as part of a promo (no, I wasn't asked to - it's my own idea), and partly for fun, I would post on some of my information.

Friday, January 10, 2014

My 2014 (Sort Of) Writing Plans

I got the idea to do this from Cait, one of the Notebook Sisters. (Check out their blog. It's awesome.) First, why do I call this a "sort of" list? Because I'm one of those people who have lots of ideas floating around in their head, but due to excessive amounts of school, the urge to watch Doctor Who and pin pictures on Pinterest, and procrastinate in other words, I never really physically write anything down. It's one of those things that I've been working with myself to improve for a long time. Frankly, I blame high school. It's then when I stopped having time to write, so I stopped writing altogether, and then I didn't want to write anymore.

But let me commence without further off-topic descriptions.

Important Note: All these titles are working titles. Some are very...let's say, off the chart. Because I am terrible at thinking up titles...or character names...or anything in that category.

This is a novel idea that I've had cooking in my brain for about three years now. I've written down some of it....revised some of it...and thought about it, mainly, but it's one of my oldest book ideas and, therefore, the dearest one to me. But I'm terrible at spending too much time in the introduction instead of the description.

Marianne Roberts turned to fandoms and celebrity crushes after her aunt and uncle passed away. But when the collector Mr. Hertz finds a dangerous stone in her uncle's treasures that she had planned to sell, her life is turned upside down. Marianne finds that her world is very different from what she thought it was - there are elves living in the forest that starts in the park a few blocks from her house (Seriously! I know it sounds too fantastic to be true.), for example. Marianne is sent on a quest along with a few other friends, a wise old priest, and a man who turns out to be a villain (a kind of Boromir...but he doesn't repent) to return the stone to a king that she never knew existed. All the while, she struggles with her self-doubt and the guilt of a past life.

Rhona Ranling has lived on the outskirts of a village for her whole life - or so she thinks. She discovers that she is the niece of the king (she was living away from court to be protected) - and now she must leave her foster mother and all she ever knew. Rhona, who always thought herself better than others, is delighted with her destiny. However, she finds that the court is a dangerous place, and the king himself has no idea what is going on.

To Kill a President (NEWEST)
The Family ________ is regarded as the most villainous family on planet Earth. Father, mother, and children are all excellent at theft, breaking in, murder, you name it. But by some marvellous chance, they are now stuck in the Government Prison. However, not even the family itself knows that one of the adopted children, Lona Weatherspeed (commonly known as the Unnamed Fear) actually needed to get into the Green House. She is one of the undercover group ________, which has been keeping tabs on the President and his villainous deeds for a long time. Once having escaped her prison cell, she teams up with Prison Guard Perdo (also undercover secret agent) to kill the President - maybe.

ACABECA (Yes, the title is a monstrosity.)

Victoria is disappointed when she finds out her crush in college is planning to become a priest (honestly, as a Catholic, I can tell you that it is a girl's worst fear realized...it's also a bit of an inside joke among Catholics). However, when David needs her help, he tells her that it's all a cover story. In fact, he's not even human. Victoria's friendship with David takes her on her own undercover mission and to a planet where old people unknowingly go on a train cruise to death and an old lover of David's plans to kill him.

Not A Beast
Maude hasn't led the greatest life ever sine her mother remarried after an anullment. However, when her real father dies, Maude's own mother doesn't seem to care for her anymore, only for her multiple brothers. Maude finally decides to run away, but either outside world is a replica of fairy tales or else she's going crazy. For instance, when one of her little brothers follows her, the "nice lady" who lets them stay over for the night and has cupboards full of candy wants to eat them. After being saved by a scraggly man who grumbles that saving a girl from a wolf is enough for one day, Maude meets a selfish prince who lives in an enchanted castle and doesn't mind coping with an evil witch.

I'm thinking of scrapping most of the details there and combine the Beauty-and-the-Beast element with an idea about several teenagers who are transported to a fairy-tale world after being killed in a train accident. One of the characters of this story would be an Ariel-like girl who is tired of waiting for her Prince Charming, but the only girls living in the same place are stereotypes of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White...and she's going bonkers with these other girls.

Which of these ideas do you like best? Send an email to alyiannabaggins@gmail.com if you would like to get updates on her stories and story excerpts!

Chocolate on the Job

It's another month! So guess what that means - Chatterbox time! If you don't know what that is, check this post out. ;)

Anyway, I just got this idea for a new sci-fi/spy-type novel this afternoon. I wrote a scene for it today, and when I saw that the Chatterbox post was out, I thought, why not do it on this new idea? For this writing tidbit, I was to write on something dealing with food. Enjoy, and please let me know what you think. :) :)

This could be Lona.
"Mmm...chocolates," Lona opened a shiny gold box on the President's desk and picked a heart-shaped chocolate up.

"Hey, you know that might be poisoned, right?" Perdo cautioned her.

"Yeah, yeah...who heard of the President eating poisoned chocolates? Why would he want to do that to himself?" she came back on him with her usual quick remark.

"Umm...someone who wants to kill the President?" Perdo rolled his eyes.

"Yeah, except no one wants to kill the President, except for us. And he's out cold." Lona put a hand to his wrist to feel the chubby man's pulse. "He should be asleep for five more minutes."

"Change of subject?" Perdo prompted her.

"Whatever." She held the chocolate up high, tilted her head back dramatically, and slowly opened her mouth.

Maybe Perdo...I'm not
sure yet how I want
him to look. Also, I
made his name up out
of the blue. I have a
feeling I'm going to
change it.
"Don't!" Perdo rushed to her side to move her hand away.

Too late. The chocolate was in and Lorna was chewing away with a mock delighted expression on her face. She swallowed, turned to the box, and popped three more chocolates into her mouth, slyly averting Perdo's grab at her hand.

"This is really good, Perdo. You should try one," she told him with her mouth full. She opened her mouth to let him see liquid chocolate with chunks of nut.

"That's kind of gross, you know?"

"Err, excuse me? This is a soldier talking here!" Lona poked a chocolate-y finger into Perdo's forehead. "You're not supposed to flinch at dead bodies and blood."

"Yeah, but...whatever," Perdo sighed. He knew he could never get the upper hand with this girl.

"Try a chocolate." Lorna held out the box with a gracious hand.

"Shouldn't we...be doing what we're here for?"

"Stop stalling." Lona blew out her breath and put the box down, turning back to him with a chocolate in between her thumb and forefinger of each hand. "Open wide," she commanded as she held a square chocolate up to his mouth.

Perdo grunted his disapproval, but 'opened wide'.

The chocolate was good. In fact, one of the best things he had eaten in a long time. He couldn't remember the last time he had eaten chocolate - was it for the celebration when he was ten? Not that it had been much of a celebration - just a better dinner, and the trainers were a little less rough on him that day. A soldier doesn't get a break, even on his birthday.

"Hello....? Earth to Perdo," Lona's voice broke through his thoughts.

Perdo blinked. "Oh, sorry."

"So...?" She had her hands on her hips with an expectant look on her face.

"It's good," he admitted.

"Good! Good is good. Now let's get to work," Lona grabbed another three chocolates, popped them in her mouth, and then walked over to the first file cabinet to the right of the desk.

Perdo took the one to the left of the desk...after taking two chocolates when Lona wasn't looking. But from the way he heard her chuckling to herself, he knew that she was perfectly aware of what was going behind her back.

Who doesn't love chocolate?

What do you think of these two new characters? Why do you think they want to kill the President? And do you think that chocolate is so important that two undercover agents would stop to eat it on their job?