For the past four months, my life has been one hectic whirlwind with little down time. Between college application preparation, staying on top of homework, and doing PR work for Melissa A. Petreshock, I've had no time to write Tears of an Angel (which needs a 3rd overhaul). Because of this, the sequel to The Belgrave Daughter will be pushed back to Spring 2015. The good news is I already have the final outline, and can salvage a majority of scenes from the second and third drafts. I plan to write a lot this summer and next Winter and Spring Breaks. If I'm lucky, I'll already be writing the third book during my Senior Initiative (May 2015).
Fire of Stars and Dragons is here! *fangirl flail* It's finally here! And I happen to have control of the Dragon Blog on release day. No pressure. To celebrate, I'm doing a FOSAD Coke or Pepsi game, and a guest post on why Caitriona Hayden is a kick-ass heroine and great female role model. Both will be posted on Melissa's blog, and below.
FOSAD Coke or Pepsi
And there you have it! Hope you had fun reading my answers.
**my answers are red**
Eternal Love or Immortal Romance
Past or Future
Personal Assistant or Lawyer
Vampire or Demigod
Oliver or Corrin
Blue Oyster Cult or Pink Floyd
Fae or Elf (not even a question in FOSAD)
Waltz or Tango
Claaron or Jai (I love both!)
Pendragon or Graywyne (read more)
Dine In or Dine Out
Bastille or Imagine Dragons (full FOSAD playlist)
Fire or Lightning
Taylor Kitsch or James McAvoy
Dragons or Stars
I am an avid reader. I can finish a book in 3 hours, maybe a little less if it's fantastic (like Fire of Stars and Dragons). And while I love all the teen and NA books I've read (romance and otherwise), I always feel like the industry has yet to offer a great, strong female role model (aside from Hermione Granger, who ROCKS).
I loved The Hunger Games, but Katniss Everdeen avoided anything "girly" like it was the plague. THG made it seem like if Katniss really liked the clothes Cinna designed, she wouldn't be as formidable as she is when armed with her bow and arrow. This isn't true. Being in touch with one's femininity doesn't necessarily negate her strength.
Another example, Tris Prior from Divergent. Yes, she's an ordinary girl, but with the help of her dark, mysterious, and handsome male trainer, Four, she quickly rises to become a powerful player in her dystopian world. But without him, she'd probably have ended up dead. I'm not saying she isn't strong, but the way the story is framed, she needs a man to unlock her full potential.
Caitriona Hayden: Kick-Ass Heroine and Female Role Model
Bliss Edwards from the ever-popular Losing It by Cora Carmack is awkward and shyâmore so when in the presence of her hot teacher/love interest, Garrick. I'm not saying everyone needs to have everything figured out by college, but like Tris, Bliss seems dependent on her mentor/love interest.
Abby from Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire knows Travis is a bad influence but continues to pursue a relationship with him. It's more than a simple attraction to the "bad boy" persona. It's an active decision and sets a bad precedent (though I still found it an entertaining read).
In FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS
Caitriona Hayden is different. She tells readers to take what they know about female heroines and shove it in a corner. Cait redefines strong female heroine by being truly independent (not looking to a man to tell her how to be, besides explain her destiny).
You will learn within the first chapter that Cait is not your usual docile female protagonist. She knows what she wants and has a plan to achieve it. But unlike other female characters, she doesn't go to the extreme of being super masculine or asexual (because honestly where would that leave this steamy romance?).
Cait doesn't cower in the presence of the 3 powerful, supernatural men courting her. When something or someone displeases her, she makes it known. She is educated, classy, assertive, and takes her life in her own hands. It's because of these qualities that Ms. Hayden is a worthy literary female role model. She's by no means without some personal flaws, but her proactive attitude sets a great example.
And that is why I love Cait and FOSAD!
~Witch Writer Zara
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About the Book
I spent 2 hours this morning zooming through this book. After waiting so long for the conclusion to the Sweet series, I was worried it wouldn't stand up to the hype. But it did, and more! There was definitely excitement and sexy romance on practically every page of this non-stop adrenaline rush.
Okay, let's start with the big question: do Anna and Kai finally get together? WELL... you have to read the book. I know that was mean. Okay, so while I can't really give anything away because I HATE reading reviews with spoilers, so I refuse to write reviews with spoilers in them.
I can’t say I really started thinking about writing seriously until I was starting Sixth Form and sixteen years old. I’d completely NaNoWriMo the November before, but I’d used it more as a way to stave of my distraction in class than as a tool for crafting a manuscript. Yet, a manuscript I had. I’d written ‘novels’ before (and failed to get published) but I’d never had such a wordcount so high (the first result of 60,000, which later turned into the novel’s 80,000, was a total beyond my imagination at that point) or a plot so complex (that’s what one gets for a fascination with time-travel…).
Indeed, I didn’t get my first proper Critique Partner until the site Teens Can Write, Too! held a CP match-up service – and, as with every writer at my stage of their career, I was suddenly aware of the fact that my writing needed work. A lot.
I guess that’s the moment I thought “yeah, I’m serious enough about this writing thing to take critique and edit what I didn’t want to before”. But, by that point, my academic workload and my creative workload needed a bit of juggling if I was to pass my first year of Sixth Form to start applying to university.
Yet, somehow that year, I still got a short story published in a charity ebook. I couldn’t keep my mind from straying towards plots and my own internal progression.
As is probably obvious from the title of this post, I did pass that first year, and I did get into university. Whilst I should have known, from the previous abrupt absences of online writer friends in the years above me, that university takes up more time than one realises (even with less contact hours), I didn’t anticipate how much I’d be battling the urge to write and the duty to my studies.
In school, one has ‘independent study’, but ultimately, learning is a case of noting down everything a teacher says and being able to accurately memorise it for an exam; in uni, all study is ‘independent’. Technically, the lectures I go to are optional and only my tutorials are compulsory – for which I have essays to write. However, this means that some of what I have to learn for my exams next month is research from journals I have to find myself.
The biggest difference, I’d say, is how time saps away. I had homework at school, but somehow, every evening I could complete it with time to edit a bit more of my novel or to scribble out a few lines of new works-in-progress. Nowadays, I write as if I myself live in a temporal vortex!
The truth is that the way I write now is almost counter-logical. I may wake later and have two-hour clubs after dinner, but I give my evenings almost solely to writing now, unless I have an assignment due in (even then, I would hope to have made progression on it during the day). In general, as we mature from the schedule of being ‘teens’ to being ‘young adults’ (or should that be ‘New Adults’?), we alter our circadian rhythm, our innate bodyclock, to a pattern that should allow us to make the most of the day.
I have always written better in the evening, but before I moved into halls, I had limited time (yes, until I was eighteen, I had a designated bedtime…except, of course, we didn’t call it that!), but now I’m surrounded by people who stay up until the wee hours of the morning. In true human nature style, I adapt. And my writing adapts with me.
Yet – and this may be because I’ve concentrated on editing for far too long – my writing progress is definitely less than when I was writing whilst at school.
Who can say from where this change comes? Perhaps it’s something to do with the freedom of my own schedule and the fact I no longer have to get up at stupid times in the morning to attend classes. I have one theory that I’m getting lazy! Perhaps, though, it’s because I have more on my mind: not only do my characters call to me in the middle of lecturers, but ideas of theoretical research call to me when I’m surrounded 24/7 by people who are also studying and discussing their subjects.
In my very last year of school education, I took three subjects and, though I attempted readingaround the subject, I took them superficially. For instance, I loved my Latin classes, but in the end, I knew that translating into Latin wore me down so much I strayed away from doing more than necessary. On the other hand, the two subjects I’m taking for my degree are dear to me. Whilst I may not enjoy the precision of crafting a lab report, I revel in knowing how the perceptual system works or being able to say “left inferior temporal gyrus” and knowing (give or take an inch) to where in the brain I’m referring.
As such, it’s not time that’s running out for me in terms of how my writing schedule and pressures have changed in my first year of uni, but, rather, the mental capacity that changes with the additions of uni. The working memory system can hold a maximum of 7 stimuli information pieces at once – this means that no matter how well one can juggle one’s activities, one can never truly juggle one’s thoughts.
So, Teen Tuesday readers, life changes are inevitable. I’m not going to be cliché and say that with birdsong in the background. Whilst we can’t deny that the writing progress is going to change after we move to a new ‘level’ of life – and nor can we change it – we can automatically adapt. And it’s worth spending some time thinking about that.
Alexandrina Brant is an eighteen-year-old Englishwoman about to start the final term of her first year at Reading University, studying a BA in Psychology and Philosophy. Aseclectic as her reading/writing tastes are, she gravitates towards witty mysteries and clever romances, and, whilst always twirling her parasol about Victorian manners (a la Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes), she’s recently developed an interest-that-won’t-go-away in all things Steampunk. She’s currently querying an NA Fantasy Romance about love, loss and temporal paradoxes.
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Life on Earth is predicted to end on 15 July 2015. But the oncoming megatons of rock and ice break up shortly before impact. Now humanity must live in a world most believed would not exist. Across the planet, people are haunted by the future they did not fear, and even those who did not embrace death must face the consequences of others' decisions.
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This was a fun, light story. The whole premise of the story is pretty amusing to begin with, as is Jason's reaction to Lady Olivia before and after he realizes she's the wife he's trying to divorce to pursue her. I couldn't even write that last sentence without smiling.
Lady Olivia's wit is entertaining, and her cutting remarks are always well merited by Jason, although I don't exactly blame his mistakes (he was drunk out of his mind when they were married, after all).
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