Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Book Update

Just a quick update on the book. Last night I got my first official critique on inkpop, which was a pleasant surprise seeing as that I haven't updated it yet. I still can't figure out the new inkpop so I am letting it slide for now. So as far as Figment goes, my book is doing very well. Yesterday it was featured on the homepage as a Handpicked Fig. These are the current stats on my book.

Hearts: 10
Comments: 5
Reactions: 1 -Wow.
Reviews: 0

It seems to be getting more attention on figment.com than inkpop so thats where it will be from now on. Oh and I also wrote another piece for a contest called Fireflies. So when I get all the results back I will post them here. So if anyone has some free time stop by my figment and start reading. Thanks so much for your time!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Writing Contests Galore!!

I really got away from writing the last few weeks. But I did eventually get settled back in by submitting work into two different writing contests. One was a fable writing contest for which I submitted a piece called The Sanswan Flower. That was written up in a day, I have made a few slight changes with it, but I am going with my gut feeling on this one. The contest ends tomorrow on Figment.com I will post up a new page tonight with links to all my new updated projects.

There was also a poetry contest that I entered the same day. I found a really old poem I had written that had originally written as song lyrics and revised them into a 10-line rhyming poem about a woman who was grieving over her husbands death. I wont know for a while on that one, the results will be mailed to me. Once I find out how I did on them, I will post it here.

The new inkpop came up, and now I have no idea how to use it. I get so lost, its not even funny. The new site is totally different. I figured out how to post a new project, but I dont know how to add my separate chapters. For some reason it starts over after Chapter 6, and I cant seem to find where to delete the repeated chapters. I dont know, its just confusing, so I added it to figment.com, so it was still published and out there. I also did new covers for it, and the Sanswan Flower.

I have also been working on another poll on Tagged and Facebook. So far I have gotten maybe 12 responses which is not that great. The last question I posted was: Answer this age-old question in the most creative way possible-What came first the chicken or the egg? I had a lot of creative and funny answers. The winners were Alexander Mydnight, Tj White, and Jayson Curtis.

This time the questions was: What is the craziest, funniest thing that has ever happened to you. I was hoping that this would spark a lot of the not-so-creative people into telling some of their crazy stories. So far I havent received anything laugh out loud-able. Well other than my best friends account of running around the classroom screaming "I'm Superwoman!!", but you know, I could actually see her doing that. Anyway, if anyone would like to share a funny story, drop a comment down below, and I will add the new links to my work in the pages. Goodnight all!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Book Is Finally Up!!

Well, its a beautiful day here in Nebraska. Unfortunately, I will not be writing today. I have a family reunion to go to, which as a typical teenager, is not my most favorite thing to do. I will be gone from about 11:00 to about 5 or 6 tonight. But for any of you blog stalkers that are interested. My book is finally up!!Here is the link to my book, if you would like to read it.

http://www.inkpop.com/projects/109207/life-without-me/

Current Book Stats
Rank--1544
Watch Lists- 4
Pick Lists--10  (was up to 12 last night)
Words--14,514
Chapters--5  (currently working on 6)

I am so, so excited about it. This is my first book to ever submit to inkpop, and I would really appreciate all the support and publicity I can get. This book means everything to me, it is my baby. So any inkpoppers flipping through blogs, go read my book and tell me what you think, please. I appreciate it so much!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Writing Roadblocks and My Latest Cover

Hey guys, it has been a few days since I last posted, so here is an update on the book. The last count on words was 6,039. I'm closing in on the big  10,000, however there are a few roadblocks in the way.

Roadblock #1: Over the weekend we had company, so we had to clean and I got busy with things and the book writing came to a halt. I haven't written much for a couple of days. Blame it on my wicked older brother Matt. He just loves to torture me. According to him I should be building bridges or rebuilding car engines or something "worthwhile". My family knows to some extent that I write, but they don't know the half of it. When they ask what I want to go into my immediate response is "Journalism and Advertising". While, Journalism is doable and I really like Advertising, I really love just writing like there's no tomorrow.

Roadblock #2: Yesterday my mother told me to do the dishes. So, like the obedient child that I am (yeah right) I went out and started doing them. Well, that didn't last too long. I was putting a glass glass in the dish drainer, and it slipped out of my hand and shattered in the sink, slicing my finger in the process. Mom, came running in, and my finger was dripping blood everywhere. At first, I didn't feel a thing, and that too, didn't last long. The cut isn't too deep, but it made it hard to type for a while. It's better today and I don't really feel it, well except for when I go to use it. Then I remember pretty quick that it's there. It is usually followed by a "Ow, Son of a --"

Roadblock #3: Inkpop will not let me post my book on the site. I cannot seem to get past step one of the Submission process. I have tried with different pieces of my work, and poems that are already on the site, but nothing works.  All it does is reload the page and all of my stuff is gone. So, if anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it. I have tried cleaning up my computer to make it run faster, but I think something is wrong with the actual inkpop website. All I know is that it is really frustrating me.

Roadblock # 4: I've just been busy in general. While most kids this time of year are out at sports camps, going to the pool and at roller coaster parks, I'm sitting here in my room typing away. I'm not exactly your typical, ordinary, run-of-the-mill type of girl, but I need to get out once in a while. Now that some of the rainier weather is behind us, there's no reason not to get out in the afternoons and have some fun. But, honestly, I really don't have much to do. I need a dog, so I have an excuse to get out every once in a while, because sometimes writing for hours on end fries your brain.

Well, the one thing I have gotten done is the cover for the book. I may do a new one sometime, it depends how well it fits on inkpop. So, tell me all what you think.