Sunday, July 9, 2017

Blog Hiatus


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In April, after I abandoned my Camp NaNoWriMo Project, I started a new story. I plotted, brainstormed and wrote the first three chapters.

In May, I started seriously writing. My story didn't have a title at this point and a few characters needed fleshing out, but I wrote.

In June, the pages flew past. By the sixteenth, I had 21 of 32 Chapters typed.

And then, two days before the end of June, I finished. I typed the end and sat back in my chair with a feeling of disbelief.
I was finished.


I worked on my story every night after everyone else had gone to bed. I'd start at ten and work until I got that nights goal down. That could be anywhere from 11 PM to 1 AM.

The only nights I didn't work on it was when I was too exhausted to do anything more then throw myself into bed.

As you can imagine, late night typing and staring at a computer screen an be bad on your eyes. And the constant typing was making my wrists ache during the day.

I spent all my free time during the day working on this story too.

I haven't been outside much, I have done almost nothing "fun" or "memorable" so far this summer.

And I need a break before I start the next draft, so that I can look at it from a fresh angle.

But while I  would take time off from this story,  I'd probably fall back into the same pattern and spend July working on my next story....

Or spend it on the computer.

But this needs to stop.

I need to get out into the world, stopping living in front of the computer and go do something with the remaining month of summer.

So:

I am not working on this story. No editing, no rewriting, nothing. If I get a sudden wonderful idea, I'll jot it down on a sticky note and leaving it for August.

I won't be working on my next project either. I might do some mild plotting and planning for it, but nothing more. Besides, I can just plot a couple minutes every once in a while. But I won't let it take over my life.

I also won't be blogging.

In fact, I won't be on the computer much at all.

I'll check my email in the evening or maybe every other day, but I won't be spending all my time on Gmail and blogger and social media.

And how long will this break last?

Well, my writing break (typing wise) ended as soon as I typed "the end."
And believe me, I'm still fighting myself to make myself leave it alone.

The entire month of July is my writing break, and I'll start the second draft of on the first of August.

Blogging on the other hand...
My blogging hiatus will last a month as well, but since it is already the 9th, I won't be posting again until the 8th of August.

See you then and have a awesome summer,


M.K. 



P.S.

I was going to tell you the name of my story, since I only JUST named it, but that would take all the fun out of it. So I tell you what.
I'll give you the initials and you see if you can guess it.
Comment what you think the title is below and I'll answer you when I get back and tell you what the title is.

The initials are....


I.A.D.




Oh, the last time I was actually on blogger was the 5th, when I wrote and scheduled July's Beautiful People. This post was written long before that. I'm already long, long gone. 

URL Change!


Oh, and heads up people.

I will be changing my URL at some point.

Why?

Because I changed the name (long long ago when dragons ruled the earth) and I never changed the URL to match and now it is annoying me.

But when I change the URL, it will mess with any bookmarks and who knows what.

So you might have to find it again (or something.)


Actually, as far as I know, it could change all the old post links too, and make any links to my blog (in your posts) disconnect.



My blog is kind of growing and I'd rather doing sooner then later.

The new URL will be Sarcasticscribblings.blogspot.com

I'll probably change it sometime towards the end of July, (Unless somebody has taken the URL in that sort time window. Which would be rude.)

-MK

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Beautiful People: July

So last week, I asked you which character you wanted to hear more about: Kerra, Elvin, Ivy or Grant, and I promised that the next Beautiful People would be about the winner.

Well, Elvin won but in a plot twist, this months Beautiful People will be about your actual favorite person. The one that wasn't on the poll.

That's right.

It's about me.


Please don't leave. It wasn't my fault!
The two authors of this link up (Cait and Sky) decided that this months theme will be about authors.

Don't worry. The very next BP will be about Elvin. Cross my heart and hope to...well, maybe I shouldn't say that.

The Questions: 

1. How do you decide which project to work on? 
Long Answer: They are all flying around my brain beating it with sticks. Some of them are incomplete, some of them have been around so long that they are old and weak. And some of them have been drinking energy drinks and lifting.
Short Answer: Which ever one is beating on my brain the hardest

2. How long does it usually take you to finish a project? 
I just finished the First Draft of my Sleeping Beauty rewrite. That took two months and a half. (Including plotting.) But I only got 3 chapters in out of 32 in those two weeks.

Oh, and don't be upset if it takes you more or less time to get your novels underway. We're doing this for fun. remember? Write at your own pace.

3. Do you have any routines to put you in a writing mood? 
Step One: Sit in chair
Step Two: Say to yourself "You are not moving until you get two chapters typed."
Step Three: Type

But I also like to type when it is raining or after the sun goes down.

4. What time of day do you write best. 
Between 10 pm and 1 am.

Its dark out and the house is quiet.

5. Are there any authors you think have a similar style to? 
I sure hope not. That is something I wouldn't want to inflict on anyone.

6. Why did you start writing and why do you keep writing? 
I started when I was eightish, so I don't really remember. Sorry. No tragic superhero backstory.
I keep writing because I love it. (Also see 1.)

7. What's the hardest thing you've ever written? 
There is no one project, but I hate writing the mush of the story. Writing romance = bleh.

8. Is there a project that you want to tackle someday, but you don't feel ready for yet? 
There is this Romeo and Juliet rewrite, but I feel like I need a lot of time to prep for it and I've already decided on the next couple books I'm going to work on. I'll do it somewhere along the line.
Basically, I need to read the original to rewrite it. and I kind of hate the original.

9. Writing Goals for 2017 and how are they going? 
1. Write First Draft of novel (IAD)
2. Second Draft of same novel
3. NaNoWriMo
4. Start the Third Draft


Well, Camp NaNoWriMo didn't work out (I will be doing NaNoWriMo this November. Probably)
Everything is going along according to plan.

10. Describe your writing progress in 3 words (or a gif) 
Focused. Determined, (slightly) pathetic.



-M.K.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fireworks

Happy Fourth of July!

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I was going to do a post about #Freedom and #Merica, but considering that my largest international viewer is the UK, I figured that would be in bad taste. So I composed this cute little list of random firework facts. You can use them in your novels or just read them, laugh and move on with your life. Either way...enjoy!



  • Fireworks echo, gunshots do not
  • Fireworks and animals do not mix. Horses will spook or run. (They aren't too fond of loud noises.) Dogs will bark or cower. Etc.
  • Fireworks used to have just three ingredients: Saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal.
  • In 1830, the Italians first put color in fireworks.
  • Americans have been celebrating their independence with fireworks since 1777 at least. Because we like things that go boom, apparently.
  • In fact, in 1731, Officials in Rhode Island outlawed the use of fireworks for mischievous ends.
  • And fireworks are illegal (for private citizens) in some U.S. States, so you should check that before putting it in a book.
  • Also, if you need a good way to start a prairie fire, (which still happen in the Midwestern United States) just have  some idiot shoot off a firework over a dry field of grass. (Basically all of Kansas)
  • According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, (yes. That is a real thing) American's purchased 163,6 million pounds of fireworks last year. And that's not counting firework displays, which used an additional 23.1 MILLION pounds.
  • Queen Elizabeth (the first) of England invented the title "Fire Master of England," for who ever built  the best fireworks. 




So now you know.

Please excuse me know. I have to go take my pet bald eagle, Patriot, out for exercise before I go to the BBQ and Tea Dumping Ceremony.

-MK



Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Challenge? I Accept

Oh look!
A TAG!

BBC made a list of 100 Classic books that they say most people have never read more then six of.

Well, BBC...
Challenge Accepted!

RULES:
1. Be Honest
2. Put an asterisk (*) next to the ones you've read and a addition sign (+) next to the ones you've started.
3. Tag as many people as the books you've read (*Weak laugh*)

THE BOOKS



  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen *
  2. Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  4. Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima
  5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. The Story of the Eye- George Batallie
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
  9. Adrift on the Nile
  10. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens *
  11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott*
  12. Tess of the D'Uvervilles by Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller 
  14. Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco
  15. Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino 
  16. The Master of Go by Yasunare Kawabata
  17. Woman in the Dunes by Abe Kobo
  18. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  19. The Feast of the Goat by Marin Vargas Llosa
  20. Middlemarch by George Elliot 
  21. Gogol's Wife Tomasso Landolfi
  22. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
  24. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  25. Fredydurke by Gombrowicz 
  26. Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse
  27. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of wrath by Jogn Steinbeck
  29. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll *
  30. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame *
  31. Anna Kerenina by Leo Tolstoy
  32. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair 
  33. Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain **
  34. Emma by Jane Austen  *
  35.  Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe * (bleh) 
  36. Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty
  37. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  38. Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki
  39. Cosmicomic by Italo Calvino 
  40. The Joke by Milan Kundera 
  41. Animal Farm by George Orwell *
  42. Labyrinths by Gorge Luis Borges 
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
  44. A Prayer for Own Meaney by John Irving
  45. Under My Skin by Dories Lessing
  46. Anne of Green Gables- L.M. Montgomery *
  47. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  48. Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
  49. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  50. Absalom Absalom by William Failkner
  51. Beloved by Toni Morrison 
  52. The Flounder by Gunther Grass
  53. The Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  54. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen *
  55. My name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
  56. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
  57. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens *
  58. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  59. The Idiot by Fodor Dostoevesky 
  60. Love In The Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
  61. Of Men and Mice by John Steinbeck 
  62. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  63. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  64. Death on the Installment Plan by Celine
  65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
  66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
  67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
  68. Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo
  69.  Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville *
  71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens *
  72.  Dracula - Bram Stoker
  73. The Metamorphosis - Kafka
  74. Epitaph of a Small Winner - Machado De Assis
  75. Ulysses - James Joyce
  76. The Inferno - Dante
  77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
  78. Germinal - Emile Zola
  79. The Light House - Virginia Woolf
  80. Disgrace - John Maxwell Coetzee
  81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens *
  82. Zorba the Greek - Nikos Kazantzakis
  83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
  84. The Box Man - Abe Kobo
  85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
  86.  A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
  87. The Stranger - Camus
  88. Acquainted with the Night - Heinrich Boll
  89.  Don't Call It Night - Amos Oz
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
  91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery *
  93. Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pychon
  94. Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
  96. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  97.  The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
  98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare *
  99. Faust - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  100. Metamorphosis- Ovid


Books I've Read: 18

I tag:

1.  Lia @ Singer Writer
2. Grey @ Writing is Life
3. Catherine @ Rebelling Muse,  
5. Florid Sword @ The Writer's Song 
6. Cait @ Paper Fury 


Ok, so I didn't get to 18 people. 
(Now if you multiply these people by 3, then...) 



-Mary Kate-


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Character Questions Answered! (And A Surprise)




If these characters went to a modern day coffee shop, what would they get? 

Ivy would get something with cinnamon. Maybe the drink that my coffee shop has, with cinnamon, toasted marshmallow and caramel? Then she would go sit in some sunbeam and ask Grant random questions.

It wouldn't matter what kind of coffee Grant got, as long as it was actually coffee, HOT coffee and in the biggest cup size there is. He would patiently follow Ivy to where ever she chose it sit and answer her questions.

Kerra would get a simple caramel latte, take it to a corner and watch people over the top of it.

Elvin, as much as he pretends he is a total macho man, he would totally get a fru-fru white chocolate latte. But he would probably try and mutter his order to the barista so Kerra can't hear.

Because she would probably tease him to no end about it and because he had a mild crush on her.


What Type of Ice Cream Would They Get? 
In a modern ice cream shop or just ever? I think it is possible for people in their world to have ice cream, just not in as many flavors as we have now...

Grant would get coffee flavored, of course. If they didn't have that he would probably get vanilla or some mostly plain ice cream

Ivy would try something adventurous like Bubblegum or whatever looks weirdest.

Elvin would get white chocolate or a turtle mix.

Kerra would get something citrus-y or something fruity. If not, then she would just let Ivy or Elvin pick one for her.

In which case, Ivy would pick something like mint chocolate chip and Elvin would probably get her whatever he was having.


Would You Sacrifice Yourself For That Special Someone? 

Well, Kerra DID and that turned out just great. Honestly, yes. Yes she would. But she thinks that she wouldn't ever do something that stupid and weak again.

Elvin is the kind of person who would dive in and try and save a random strangers. Not with his life maybe...but he would gladly sacrifice himself to save his friends.

Grant might not dive in and save a random stranger at any cost, but he would stop at nothing to protect his friends.

Ivy wonders uncertainly if she will be brave enough if the time comes, but if it ever happened, she would sacrifice herself without a second thought.

What Is The Worst Moment in Your Life: 

Kerra: the day she...*cough*  I mean, the first chapter. That or Chapter 25...Which is worse? Feeling like everyone abandoned you and forgot about you (aka emotional pain) or physical pain.

Elvin:
Probably the 26th Chapter

Grant: Yep. Chapter 26 was pretty bad, but 27 was worse. Did you see how Elvin was tearing himself up?

Ivy:
Yep. 27. Seeing everyone around you, the people older then you who you look up to and feel safe around. When they are panicked and terrified out of their wits and feel like they can do nothing? Yeah, that stinks.

( You'll never know*evil laugh* )


Oh and the surprise?


....



I FINISHED MY FIRST DRAFT!




To celebrate that fact that I finished my First Draft, I'm going to celebrate with some spoiler free facts about my story.


Is that something you would enjoy reading? 

(I sure hope so, because that's what you're getting)



  1. There are 32 Chapters
  2. I wrote the bulk of the story in May and June. I did minor plotting and wrote the first three chapters in April. Then Chapters 4-14 were written in May and Chapters 15- 32 were written in June.
  3. And yes, this is the reason I abounded my Camp NaNoWriMo Project in Mid-April.
  4. I just kind of plotted as I went and it didn't even have a name until June 13 when I was telling my friend about it and the idea  appeared.
  5. My prime writing time was between 10 pm and 1:30 am. I usually started ten minutes or so before 11 pm and finished around 12:45 am.
  6. This is the first of my novels to ever make it to the end of the First Draft. And it is my second story to ever make it to this stage (the first one was a short story that I wrote for my creative writing class, so that doesn't really count.
  7. In the original, the guy she first met was going to be the love interest. But then I got annoyed with that trend and sent her a grumpy friend, Grant, instead.
  8. Kerra means Dusky in Irish.
  9. My go to writing drinks were coffee, tea, and Khaos flavored monster drinks.
  10. I would randomly message my bestie and say something like "OOH. Ch. 27 will make you CRY!"

    or just "4 CH. TO GO!"

    Because she is awesome and supportive.
  11. And my sisters also encouraged me to write more.

    Usually in the form of drooping over me whining for me to "write more" or throwing pencils at me yelling "IF HE DIES, YOU DIE." and "THEY WILL BE TOGETHER OR YOU WILL DIE IN YOUR SLEEP!" 

Thanks sisters.

-Mary Kate


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Favorite Books From The First Half of 2017

This post was inspired from the blog prompt link up, Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish!

The year is half over. And what good books have I read?

 Well, I'm about to tell you, so sit down, get out your note books and get ready.



10. Sylvester or The Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer

9. Throne of Fire, Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

8. Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer

7.  Heartless by Marissa Meyer

6. The Fill In Boyfriend by Kasie West

5. Cress, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

4. Cinder, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

3. Scarlet, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

2.  Winter, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

1. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West


What new books have you found this year?

MK

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Character Review: Elvin Glen


And the final character in my character review is Elvin Glen!

Enjoy!






Daily Scott Eastwood:

Talent or skill they are proud of:

Hogwarts house?

Hufflepuff

3 things that would make them loose their temper?

1. Kerra being stupid/reckless/annoying
2. I actually have no idea. He doesn't get mad a lot...
3. That one spot in Ch. 18...Kind of mad, kind of not


Favorite thing to drink?

Water? Milk? Ale? IDK

How do they like their coffee: 

Cream and sugar. A lot of sugar.


Any article of clothing that would be considered a trade mark?

Leather vest? A smile?

Weapon of choice?

Sword. It had a lighter make then Grant's. Kind of a mixture between fairy blades and a long sword.

Have they ever been seriously injured? How did they react?

He has never been seriously injured.

5 Quirks:
1. Says things to deliberately annoy Kerra
2. Or make her happy when she's dragging
3. Smiles and cracks joke a lot
4.  He has a fairy bred horse. (Which will only let fairies, or in Elvin's case the owner, ride it) So he offers rides on his horse, so he can watch people get kicked off
5. Likes pie


Are they easy to get along with?

He's easy to get along with, but he once threw an annoying kid in a river

Look at characters feet. What are they wearing?

Nondescript leather boots

Do they get nightmares?

No more then the usual person.

Do they have a temper?

No

Favorite food?

He doesn't have a favorite.


Just kidding. He likes anything sweet and sugary.


Favorite chocolate type?

White chocolate

Night Owl or Morning Person?

Morning Person

Do they say everything that pops into their head or do they leave things unsaid?

He can say what needs to be said, but he doesn't blurt things out.

One person they miss?

Well, I can tell you who it's going to be....

But I won't.

Wouldn't want to spoil it for you.


That wouldn't be very nice would it?



Oh! If you have any questions that you would like to ask about the characters, comment them below or email them to me. (You can find my email in the About Me page)
If they are not too spoilery, I will answer them in a post next Thursday.
( I will be answering this questions for ALL the characters.)


And to wrap this up, check out the poll on the side
Who was your favorite character? Who do you want to know more about?
Whoever has the most votes will be the subject of the July Beautiful People character questionnaire!

-Mary Kate




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sunshine Blogger Award

I went from nothing but tags, to never doing tags.

I was tagged by Catherine at The Rebelling Muse all the way back at the beginning of the month and I am sorry that I never got around to posting this...whoops.

If anyone wants to do this tag, help yourself.

How did you come up with your blog name? 
Well, for those of you who don't know, this blog was originally called "Hen Scratch and Scribblings." (I don't really know why.) It was quickly changed to Sarcastic Scribblings. I don't really have an interesting story for HOW this name came to me.

What is your favorite WIP? (Work In Progress) 
I'm only working on one book right now, so that one. I have some other story ideas, but most of them are still in the beginning plotting stages, while this one is the one I've been giving all my attention to. (I only have 9 chapters left in the First Draft!)

Favorite hair color on a guy? 
IDK, bay? Overo?

Motto or favorite phrase? 
"Chin up princess, or the crown slips." is the first thing that comes to mind, but I don't really have "a favorite."

It's sunny outside. What would you be doing? 
It's Ohio. Its never sunny. It's just rain. IF it were sunny, I'd be sleeping in a sunbeam on the floor working away at my First Draft like a dedicated person.

If you had to pick one time period to travel to, which would it be? 
The future. 

Lets say you could pick any car to drive around forever. What would it be? (make, model, year)
I would probably get some sort of small car. In black, or dark grey. Possibly red. With a bit of the secret agent vibe. Or a British made car, so the steering wheel would be on the opposite side and I could scare people. 

What is your favorite vacation ever?
Vacation? What is this vacation of which you speak?

Do you get as red as a lobster or really tanned in the sun? 
I don't get red, but I still burn. (how is that fair?)

Favorite team sport? 
Horseback riding. (Hey, just because me teammate is a 1,000 lb animal who doesn't speak my language and is a drama queen.)

My favorite sport to watch it Basketball, since I watch it every spring with him. Other then that, I don't really care about most the typical sports (baseball, football, soccer, etc)


What would you pack if you were going on a picnic?  

I would bring a bow and a knife, hunt down a rabbit in the woods....

Coffee.

Also coffee.

And cucumber sandwiches to eat with coffee.

Non squishable fruit


If you want to do this tag, please help yourself!


Well, there you have it. My long overdue tag.

Or is it long overdue? What is the longest you've ever put off a tag?


-Mary Kate

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Character Review: Grant

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Grant is Ivy's mentor and the person who Kerra first meets in the story. And sorry, he doesn't have a last name right now, since when I was naming people I gave him and this other person the same last name...So I need to flip back through my notes, find Grant, Last Name, Option #2 and see what it is.


Talent or skill they are proud of: 
Sword fighting skill, his dedication over the years to ....well, I can't tell you to what.

Hogwarts house?
Gryffindor

3 things that would make them loose their temper?
1. Kerra
2. People who have no respect for authority (also Kerra)
3. Reckless people (Kerra? You guessed it)

Favorite thing to drink?
Coffee.

How do they like their coffee? 
Cream, sugar and the biggest mug you can find. Repeat until there is no coffee.

Any article of clothing that would be considered a trade mark?
Scruffy boots, long sword.

Weapon of choice?
Long Sword. (It will probably have a dramatic name in the second draft, but nothing now.)

Have they ever been seriously injured? How did they react?
I wouldn't say seriously injured, but he's had his fair share of nicks, bumps and bruises. He handles it pretty well. Resigned and a little annoyed if he has to stay off his feet, but he'd still keep Ivy busy with her training.

5 Quirks:
1. When they get into camp, Grant starts a fire and starts cooking and Ivy sets up the tents.
2. Is annoyed when Kerra calls the High Commander by his first name (Protocol, Kerra. Protocol.)
3. Likes coffee
4. *resigned sigh*
5. Snores

Are they easy to get along with?
I'd say yes. (Unless they have no respect for authority.)

Look at characters feet. What are they wearing?
Scruffy leather boots. A bit worn, but they work.

Do they get nightmares?
No.

Do they have a temper?
*laughing* I guess you could say that.

Favorite food?
Toasted buttery garlic bread.

Favorite chocolate type?
Dark chocolate.

Night Owl or Morning Person?
Morning Person. 


Do they say everything that pops into their head or do they leave things unsaid?
If he's really mad, it all comes out. But other then that, he can keep his mouth shut.

One person they miss?
His teammate because since he (or possibly she, I haven't decided) is out of work waiting for a broken leg to heal. Because of that, Grant has to help Kerra with this mission.


Mary Kate

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Guest Post by Indie Author Gray!

Today we have a guest post by Gray! I'll let her introduce herself, but if you want to know more about her or read more by her (and you do) check out her blog, Writing is Life. (Because it's cool)



Hello! I am Gray Marie Cox and I am a self-published author, better known as an indie author. And today I am here to talk about self-publishing.
I chose to self-publish because of three things,

1. I am only a teen

2. Since I'm a teen, I'm pretty broke…

3. It was more convenient.

At first even self-publishing seemed far, far away and I thought I would never publish anything.  But then after farther research I decided at the age of eleven that I would self-publish my novella into an e-book using Amazon. So I did that, and my family and friends bought it, I got eight reviews, and I basically thought I was the hottest thing, ever… Until I turned fourteen, re-read my novella, and did a face palm. After that I decided to self-publish using Lulu.com, since it also published paperbacks. And as a non-tech savvy girl going onto a self-publishing website I was super intimidated. Luckily, there were video tutorials that showed you how! Unfortunately, I didn't (and still don't), have the best memory, so I ended forgetting most of that video and I had to guess on a bunch of things… there were tears. But an hour later I finished and got an email basically saying my books were in the process of being printed. And that, was officially one of the best moments of my life.
About a week later, our car was pulling up to our gate and it was pouring rain, and then my heart literally stopped beating for a second, because I saw a box sitting out there soaked through. And yes, those were my books. Lulu didn't even put a plastic bag over my box, so it was soaked through. Fortunately, when I cut it opened and was getting ready to cry over my ruined soggy books, I realized that they put a plastic bag over the books inside the box, not outside. My books weren't even cold. And that was officially one of the best moments of my life.
I guess what you can take for my experience is that publishing is not all sunshine and roses, but it's not that, that hard. I only spent fifty dollars publishing, but publishing was free, it was the ordering of the copies that cost money, and I ordered around twenty, soo...yeah!

I would encourage anyone to self-publish, because it's a really great experience, and you get the trill of holding your own book, and that's pretty awesome.