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20 April 2009 @ 09:36 pm
Story: Origin
Chapter: 1; Jury Duty
Summary: Everything boiled down to a single choice: the man who had given me life or the man who had given my life meaning. And that choice was everything–had been everything–since the beginning.

Chapter One

Previous Chapters: 0

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Mood: busy
Music: Dashboard Confessional - This Bitter Pill
25 March 2009 @ 07:37 pm
As you may already be aware, Trick's sequel, Origin, was released on St. Patrick's day.

Story: Origin
Chapter: Prologue
Summary: Everything boiled down to a single choice: the man who had given me life or the man who had given my life meaning.  And that choice was everything–had been everything–since the beginning. 


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Mood: cheerful
Music: Oingo Boingo - Weird Science
28 February 2009 @ 12:21 pm
Trick has been nominated for the Fiction Press Supernatural Stories Award for best plot.
Thank you, Emma Gammon! Check out the awards here!


Mood: hopeful
Music: Sailor Moon - Profile of Love
21 February 2009 @ 06:33 pm
So, yeah, I'm a writer. But I do other stuff too.

Check it.
Mood: accomplished
Music: Koji Kondo - Gerudo Valley
12 February 2009 @ 09:15 pm
So, obviously, I watched the Dog Show the other day, and the inspiration for Trick's animal form has changed. These sort of entries are almost exclusive to my revision committee, but I'm going to indulge all of you too. Aren't I sweet? /narcissism. Trick is not so much wolf, but rather, Irish Wolfhound. With a hint of Scottish Deerhound (but who's keeping score, amirite?)

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Mood: giddy
Music: Man Man - Banana Ghost
08 February 2009 @ 01:00 pm
What you need before you start writing a novel:
  1. A grasp on the English language, in addition to knowledge of proper usage in both punctuation and sentence structure. Writing something poorly will only hinder the way you can relate your ideas to your audience. The thesaurus is your friend so long as you and the dictionary are still on good terms. (For the love of god, don't overdo it. And for the love of god, make sure you know the meaning of the words your using.)
  2. An idea. A lot of people would put this first, but I disagree. Having an idea but not knowing how to express it properly makes for bad writing. Also, make sure it's a good idea that you really like because you'll really hate it before you're done. Make sure your idea is intriguing enough to gain interest in your target audience. If it’s the same stuff they’ve been reading in already published books, they’ll call you a copycat or worse—they won’t read it at all. And nobody wants that.
  3. A place to post said work. Fictionpress, livejournal, school, friends, etc. You need an audience.
  4. Commitment. Writing a novel sounds like fun at first. But, sooner or later, you will run out of steam and the very thought of writing will send you running in the opposite direction. You will, and I mean you WILL hate your novel before you finish it. Hopefully, if the before principles are applied, you will have some enthusiastic readers who will review, and that'll make it all worthwhile.
  5. Research. Don't go writing about something you don't know anything about. Someone out there will know what you don't, and will laugh at you for getting it wrong.

Some other things to keep in mind:
  • Online translators lie. Trust me.
  • Credible sources are the way to go. When I was writing Trick, I often went to the most uncredible, most unbelievable sites about vampires, you know, the ones where they claim to be real vampires, and warped their “this is how you can spot a vampire” ideas for my own selfish purpose. If you follow my example, just keep in mind that everything you see should be taken with a grain of salt.
  • Your story won’t be famous right away, nor will it probably have a lot of readers. It takes a while before word of mouth gets it circulating and gets people reading. It took Trick three years to become what it is now.
  • Some people will hate your work. It happens. Don’t take it personally.
  • Some people will really hate your work. It happens. Don’t let it go to your head.
  • Some people will love your work. It happens. Don’t take it personally.
  • Some people will really love your work. It happens. Don’t let it go to your head.
  • Keep writing, no matter what. In the words of Stephen King:
“...Stopping a piece of work just because its hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.”

If you can do all of these things, then I think you'll have some success at writing something worthwhile.
But how? How will I undertake the task of writing a novel? Stay tuned, readers. Skylar Alexander will tell you over her next few posts. ;)
Mood: busy
Music: akanishi jin - LOVEJUICE
21 January 2009 @ 06:51 pm
Have you ever googled yourself?  I haven't done it in years, and I was really bored in webpage the other day and thought "why not?"  I'll share a secret with you: I have a very creepy stalker named Michael at my high school, and with my careful sleuthing and deducting skills, I've discovered he's learned quite a lot through googling me.  So, being the curious cat I so happen to be, I googled myself.  And guess what I found?

Yeah.  I have merchansaise.  Only not really.
I think I will petition this person to again sell this item so I can wear it.  And be really, really narrcistic.
And If I petition them to do this, I think all you die-hards out there should buy one too.  :D
So, have you googled yourself?  What did you find when you did?  If you haven't, do it and respond! 
Let me hear what you have to say! :D

Mood: accomplished
Music: The Cure - Wrong Number
21 January 2009 @ 05:37 pm

Twhylight: A Critical Examination

Click to read...Collapse ) This is my literary opinion regarding Twilight.  As many of you know, I am not a fan by any stretch of the imagination, and I get tired of explaining why.  This is my final say on it, and is the persuasive essay I turned in my advanced composition class.  I got 29/30 for it, missing one point for conventions.  I always miss the one point. XP

Mood: dead
Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom of the Opera
Story: The Super Happy Adventures of Captain Crayon
Summary:  Join Marmaduke Clementine, colorful teen superhero, as she balances crime fighting, mystery sleuthing, and passing grade 10 whilst wielding the most spectacular box of crayons ever to exist. Toss in romance, rivalry and medieval monsters? Simply mauvelous!


A really bizzare superhero story I've been tossing around for months now. 
Hope you all dig it. 
Mood: creative
Music: Scott Matthew - Is It Real? (Cowboy Bebop soundtrack)
12 January 2009 @ 11:12 pm
I just wanted to let everybody know (although nobody reads this) that Trick II (ie: Trick the Sequel) has been named:


Like? Dislike? Teaser teaser, makes you wonder 'bout its contents, hm?
Thank you to my dearest Niek/Chrissy, valued member of my revision committee.

Things are going real well, by the way. The prologue is complete, and chapter one is halfway done. I'll forewarn you, my fans: Trick!revised will blow you right out of the water. It's already a thousand times better than Trick!draft could have dreamed to be, and its only a chapter and a half done.
Mood: sick
Music: YUI - Happy Birthday To You You