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Thinking Thursdays: Plotter or Pantser?

Hi everybody!

This week on Thinking Thursdays we are tackling the question: Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Simple answer is:

Yes.

Long answer:

I’m a both.

Majority of the time when it comes to writing I will be a pantser. I find my mind flows better when I’m not restricted by a set of restraints plotting puts on my style. I like the surprises I have when I write without plans because the story may end in a completely different way than what I believed it would be when I was working at the beginning.

With that said, since I am writing a series I have been doing some plotting. Not a lot of plotting but enough to hinder my voice… just enough that the story stays on track.

Once I have completed a book and it’s released I read through, taking notes of the important pieces that I foreshadowed to make sure I don’t miss revealing them in a later book. I also do a brief breakdown of what each character in the next book is going to do, what their plan/ goals are, and how they are going to reach them. It is then I start typing.

Something you all have to understand is I never look at a book as just one book. When I’m writing I look at a book like it is one episode in a season… or maybe better a season in a series. When I’m writing Children of Sirphan my brain is already thinking of what is happening in book 5 or 6. When I’m figuring out a chapter in book 3, my brain is thinking of ways to solve an issue in book 4. I write my stories with a large array of knowledge stuffed in my tiny brain that directs me to writing what ends up in the books I have and will be publishing.

People would say, “Well, Deanna, isn’t that plotting?”

To them I say, not really because when I come across an issue that I didn’t think about while writing my current book that one change could change the entire story my brain had pre-made for me to write. That means my brain sets fire to everything it has come up with, destroying my mind castle to its foundation before picking up the stones to start building everything again. I don’t have a set plan written down, or chapters jotted out. My notes are filled with character interactions but in all sense of the word I have no idea what they are going to do.

I have an end goal in mind – meaning I know how the series will end and various footpaths on how they could get there but I don’t have any set plans on which paths they are going to take.

The best way I can describe my writing approach is that I’m a DM (Dungeon Master) and my characters are my players. I have given them a world, their equipment, their skills but it is their personalities/ actions that drive the game. I could have planned them to take the left path but instead they chose the right leading to a completely different event but working towards the set end.

Does that make sense or have I lost all of you with that analogy?

Anyways the point I’m trying to make is that I’m not a traditional plotter type writer but at the same time I’m not a pantser either. I have ideas and plans on where I want my characters to go but sometimes they change the direction of the game. It keeps me interested in my writing and in turn continues to prove to me how much I love to write. I never know what my characters have planned and that’s fine with me.

Now for today’s questions:
Are you a plotter, pantser, or a little of both? Did you understand my D&D analogy? What is your favourite drink to have on a cold winter day? (Mine’s chai tea).
Until next time remember to stay safe, get creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

Introducing Liora of Morza

As many of you know I posted a Character Build for Liora last week. It was around this time I came across a young artist named Masha while I was exploring DeviantArt for world building inspiration. It just so happened Masha was open for commissions and after exploring her amazing work I decided I’d take the chance and see what she could do for me.

I sent her the Character Build for Liora, gave her some other details to add and a week later she came back with the most amazing image I could have ever imagined.

May I introduce to you, Liora of Morza:

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Isn’t she amazing! She is just as I pictured she’d be… and there is so much detail – like the scar on her neck or the pattern of the earring and the latches to the book. Oh, man I have to stop or I will go on and one about this picture…

Anywho, I wanted to share this with you all as I thought some of you would love to see her. In the future I hope to work with Masha again for concepts for all my other characters but I need to start selling paid books before I can do that.😄

If you want to check out Masha’s other art pieces, (and I suggest you do because she is incredibly talented), CLICK HERE.

Until next time stay safe, be creative, and as always – Toodles! ^.^

 

Ginger BBQ Crock Pot Ribs (SUPER SIMPLE)

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Do you like ribs? Do you like simple cooking? Well that’s awesome – so do I! That’s why I’m going to share with you my super simple Crock Pot Ginger BBQ Ribs. ^.^

Prep time: 10 mins                        Cook time: 6-8 hrs                When to Make:  ALL THE TIME!

Ingredients:

Two racks of ribs

1 can of Ginger ale

BBQ Sauce

Equipment needed:

Knife

Measuring Cup (1 cup  1/2 cup)

Crock Pot

Instructions:

Cut your ribs in to manageable sizes. I chose to cut them leaving four bones attached, but
it is your choice.

You will add the ribs to the crock pot. Pour 1 can of ginger ale into the crock-pot. If you IMG_20160108_074106have a 2 L bottle of ginger ale just use the measuring cup and measure 1 & 1/2 cups.

Take the BBQ sauce and add 1 & 1/2 cup (or to desired amount) to the crock pot. Make sure the ribs are covered.

Put lid on, set to low heat for 6-8 hrs.

These should be hard to pick up out of the crock pot, as they will be so tender the bone will fall out.

And there you have it – Ginger BBQ Crock Pot Ribs.🙂

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Dialogue Prompt: Words Are Powerful Things

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When the door closed, he peered up at her with his arms crossed. Something told her he was going to lecture her. His brows twitched, as did his bushy mustache under his crinkled long nose. Those hazel eyes faded with age and poor vision stared at her. She wondered what she had possibly done to rile the old sage so.

“Foe has told me he talked to you about watching what you say,” Caldor began. Liora felt the pit of her stomach sink at hearing those words. “I want you to be careful. Words are powerful things, and can hurt people worse than any weapon.”

Child of the Light: Chapter 17

Old Word Friday: Senticous

Hello World Out There World!

All right, so this week is on OWF we aren’t going to be focusing on a forgotten word. This week I thought I would share with you a old word from my favourites list that I’ve used in regular conversation, and in turn have heard this word spoken by others familiar with it. So, with that said this week’s word is senticous, which is an adjective (a describing word) that was created around the 1650’s. The word senticous means ‘prickly or thorny’.

How do you pronounce senticous?

SENT – EI – CUS

Examples of using senticous in a sentence:

There is an senticous rose bush behind my house.

Or…

The old man across the street is known to be senticous.

Or…

I went to the grocery store and decided I wanted to buy a senticous pear.

Should we use this word more frequently?

Yes, I love this word. How it sounds and what it means come together in perfect unity. I have used this word while I’m gardening, or when I wish to insult someone for having a senticous personality. It is a fancy words… but for whatever reason it makes me feel good whenever I speak it. I want it to be used more frequently just so more people will know what I’m saying. ^.^

UPDATE: Release Date, Official Site & Special Offer

Hello Everyone,

I am hopefully going to post a monthly update from now on. I aim to release these updates the first of every month to let you know about upcoming posts, information pertaining to the Prophecy Six Series, changes in the schedule, and you know… some special offers that you may be interested in, (like at the bottom of this post…)

So, let’s get started:

Upcoming Posts!

As some of you have noticed I have started posting some recipes and my photography on this blog. My goal is to turn Prophecy Six Blog into a place where I can share all my hobbies with you such as my cooking, photography, and DIY projects along with keeping it as a hub for my sharing my writing.

With work and managing several sites online I found it was time to accumulate everything into one ‘mega’ blog in hopes that some of you are interested in what I have to post.

Another series I’m hoping to bring back is Prompts, which I aim to put out every Monday.

The Schedule I have planned is:

MondayWriting, Dialogue, or Character Prompts

Tuesday – Photography, recipe, or DIY

Wednesday – Prophecy Six Focused (Character build, themes, images, book bits).

ThursdayThinking Thursdays

FridayOld Word Friday

Saturday + Sunday – Recovery Days or Special Announcement Days

And yes, before you say it, I know I’m crazy… but that’s part of being a writer.

Prophecy Six Series Announcement:

Today marks only 20 days until book two – Children of Sirphan – is released. I’m so excited I’m just jumping with glee.

As the book is being released I have made some major changes to the Official Book site. Such as:

Updated the About Author’s Page, Layout of the Website, Organization of the site, and Character’s of the Series Pages.

What I have recently added to the site are new location information, information pertaining to the Gods, what the series is about, a contact page, and a subscription page.

Why should you subscribe?
Because the first 50 subscribers it a free e-book version of the second book! I will go into detail about this closer to the release date but you can go to the site now, sign up and you would have reserved a free copy of Children of Sirphan. Subscribers also get updated once month about special events and offers before those who aren’t subscribed, meaning you’re more likely to get the offers before they run out. I’d sign up if I wasn’t the moderator.😄

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Anyways, I think I’m done for now. I will be posting another update on December 10th, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Until next time stay safe, get creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

 

 

Thinking Thursdays: What’s my goal?

Hi ya’ll!

When it comes to writing we usually have a goal in mind. We want to be signed on with a big publishing company, we want to self-publish, we what to speak at conferences, or we want to build a supportive online community. Whatever your goal is the main point is you have a goal.

At the start of this journey I had no idea where I was going to end up but I did have a set of goals I wanted to reach. I wanted to grow my followers on my blog, I wanted to self-publish my first book in under a year, and I wanted to sell at least 100 copies of my first book. With the help of all of you I was able to reach these goals and in turn exceed them.

Now, as I approach the release date of Children of Sirphan (Dec 20th, 2016) I am reviewing the goals I set.

  1. Finish my second book
  2. Sell 200 copies
  3. Grow my followers on my blog more
  4. Take on a new challenge
  5. Create a professional author’s site

Well, I have finished book 2 and it awaits to be published and at the moment I can’t sell any of my books because they have not been released. I have also been growing my followers – where I’m almost at 700 which is fracking amazing – thank you, everyone!!

As for the challenge I have one idea up my sleeve. One is trying to get my YouTube channel up and running but it is figuring out what I want to talk about that’s the problem. I’m open to any suggestions if you have any. Type them in the comments down below!

I was able to create a author site though, and I have to say I’m quite proud of it. My favourite part is the header randomizes each time you reload a page. It’s the small details that really get me. You’re welcome to check it out if you wish, the link is right HERE.

It looks like I’ll have to make more goals for 2017… but right now I just need to focus on getting everything ready for Christmas.

Now, I pass the questions onto you. What are your goals for the New Year? Did you reach the goals you set for this year? Tell me in the comment section down below.

Until next time stay safe, be creative and as always toodles!

Character Build: Cáel

Hello everybody!

This week on Character Build I’m focusing on the best friend to the main character and Prince of the North – Cáel. As many in the north have ginger hair and light complexion it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Cáel follows suit. With his curly ginger locks, pale skin covered in freckles, and strong bone structure similar to his father it is clear Cáel’s a Northerner. Here’s the build I made for reference. Enjoy! ^.^

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Ember Leaves (Haiku)

Ember leaves reaching.

Stretching up towards the sky.

Wanting more than ground.

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Photograph taken by: Deanna Wiltshire

Location: Celebration Forest, London, Ontario

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