Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jordan Sharp

What I'm Reading: The Light-Bearer's Daughter - O.R. Melling
What I'm Listening to: Time Is Up - LEDApple

Jordan Sharp is the only female character in The Kingdom's Champion (I should really come up with a more interesting title) whose head we get inside. The rest of the five POVs are from males. Jordan is tough, not afraid to speak her mind, and, of course, she's pretty and in shape--even though she eats like a football player. She has a lot of confidence in herself--sometimes too much. Her favorite thing to do is swim in her pool, but she also plays other sports like hockey and softball. Her favorite saying: "Get off my nutsack."

Since it's hard to market a novel these days without romantic elements in it, there is a love triangle in the story. Two handsome boys--one a prince, the other a hero prophesied to save the country--are constantly vying for her attention. I just hope it doesn't turn into a Team ___ against Team ___ thing.

Jordan's a bit rough around the edges, but I think it makes her a strong, likable female character.

Her top twenty songs in no particular order:

Next up is Mark!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Kevin Foley

What I'm Reading: Road of the Patriarch by R.A. Salvatore
What I'm Listening To: Still Counting - Volbeat

I'd like to introduce one of the three main characters in my YA novel The Kingdom's Champion. Because Kevin is the Champion, thus the "chosen one," he gets more attention than the others (to Mark's irritation). Kevin is a sixteen-year-old from a suburb of Minneapolis and his family is lower middle-class. He prefers to spend most of his time hanging out with his friends, working on his dad's '70 G.T.O, and, unfortunately, drinking and ignoring homework. He's got a bit of an attitude, doesn't like to be ordered around, and doesn't want to be the Champion. He's the only one of the three who can do magic. My biggest concern with Kevin is that people find him too unlikable at the beginning of the story. Honestly, he's a bit whiny. Despite all of his faults though, he's brave, strong, and is willing to do anything to protect his friends. I think he's just one of those characters who has to grow on you.

I know this is silly, but I've created a playlist for each of my main characters. I have a top fifty list on my iPod, but on here I'm only going to post his top twenty songs, which are in no particular order. (Yeah, I know I'm a huge geek. What of it?) Super inappropriate songs are labeled with an asterisk. Don't say I didn't warn you. 

Kevin mostly listens to music when he's working in the garage on the car or when he's driving his friends around. I usually listen to the playlist when I'm writing scenes from his point of view. It helps to get into his mindset, and its easier for me to get his voice right.

Yonde kudasatte arigatoo gozaimashita! Thank you for reading! Next, I'll post Jordan's bio.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

First Post O(≧▽≦)O

What I'm Reading -- Road of the Patriarch by R.A. Salvatore 
What I'm Listening To -- My little brother munching on Cheerios (O.o) and the British comedy Good Neighbors (The one where Tom throws out his back). 

I've finally freaking finished (yay alliteration) the first draft of the story I've been working on since I was fourteen (about eight years now). It's a third person, multi-POV, past tense, YA fantasy novel. I've been working on the story off and on over the years, but it never seemed to get anywhere. I constantly rewrote what I already had. Thanks to I was able to finish my work. I forced myself to submit a chapter a week for review and, finally, 38 chapters plus a prologue and an epilogue later, I was finished. Thanks to all the helpful feedback I received, I've become, at least I hope, a better writer, though my grammar is still a bit iffy. But that's for my editor to worry about, right? (^▽^) I would strongly recommend the site to anyone who wants feedback on their writing but is too embarrassed to show anyone their work in person (like me). 

My description of the novel is a work-in-progress because, my God, it's freaking hard condensing a novel into only one interesting paragraph. Right now it's titled The Kingdom's Champion. I can't say I'm very good at titling things. :B Anyway, here it is: 

Kevin Foley, a bad-tempered teen from Minnesota, and his two friends Jordan, his feisty tomboy crush, and Mark, a gamer/fantasy geek, end up one day sinking to the bottom of the Mississippi in Kevin's car. After waking up in a forest and being captured by centaurs, the three learn they're no longer in Minnesota, no longer on earth. They're in the country of Garthna--a place where magic and mythical creatures are part of people's everyday lives. It is also a place threatened by war. To the east, the Kingdom of Rorek stirs, unhappy with its prosperous neighbor. In order for his friends and him to return home, Kevin must fulfill a prophecy and become Garthna's Champion, its reluctant hero. 

Right now I'm in the revising stage. I'm going to do one more draft of it before I leave it alone for a few weeks to get some distance. Then it's another round of revision and it'll be ready for submission. Or, at least, as close to ready as I can get it. 

Well this is my first post. I hopefully will get the hang of this blogging thing eventually. I'm not used to writing nonfiction unless it's a ten page research paper. I'd like to write on here regularly with excerpts of my story and perhaps drawings/paintings based on it (if my boyfriend will stop being a jerkface and make them for me!). Thanks for reading!