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    What Does My Desk Look Like? (Life Update + A Mini Desk Tour)

    taps microphone Is this thing still on?

    Yes, okay, it’s been almost two months, I think, since I last posted to this blog. The hiatus was unintentional, I swear. Spring just sprung right out of my hands. But! I have excuses!

    GOOD NEWS:

    In the middle of March, I received an acceptance letter from UCLA (!!!) — a school I never in a million lifetimes thought I would actually get into. So, in my defense, April was spent in a flurry of researching the school, flying from Florida to Los Angeles to visit the campus (spoiler alert: it was gorgeous), signing forms, making deposits, being generally overwhelmed by the whole experience. But, moral of the study: I’M GOING TO UCLA NEXT FALL!

    I’ll be an English major (hopefully a departmental honors so I can do a Creative Writing thesis — and I’m going to try to get the Creative Writing Emphasis as well, though I hear it’s hard to get into the workshop classes), and maybe pursue a Film and Television studies minor. (Or a history minor. Or history of science minor. Or a — Listen, there are so many classes I want to take, I might be better off not minoring at all and just exploring with my extra credit hours. That’s going to be a decision for future!Christina to make.)

    OKAY-ISH NEWS:

    I also participated in the NYC Midnight short story competition this year! My story in Round 1 made first place in my heat — I’d never participated in a contest or received actual feedback on my writing before, so I was thrilled and full of confidence. Then, my Round 2 story got sixth place, lol, and didn’t even make it to the final round of the competition. Oops.

    The feedback from the judges on my second story was a little aggravating, too. Two of them were extremely complimentary. One even called my story a “great feat of lyrical prose,” which couldn’t have made me happier. The other judge, however, said my story was full of “compound run on sentences” and must’ve slashed major points off for grammar. That’s something, isn’t it? For one judge to applaud your “lyrical prose” and the other one to say your story was a mess of run on sentences?

    Not that I’m going to keep fixating on it or anything. cough

    ~What Does My Desk Look Like?~

    ANYWAY. The main event: I didn’t want to just leave you guys with a dry update about my boring life, so I have a mini picspam for you! I love seeing other writers’ set ups, where they work, what little items they have on their desks, the beautiful books they fill their shelves with … basically, I spend way too much time scrolling through Instagram pictures of other people’s bedrooms, an act which sounds so much worse put down in print.

    Full disclosure, I usually spend most of my writing time either bundled up in bed or outside on the porch, but these pictures of my desk are too pretty not to share.

    Desk with apple computer and gallery wall of artwork

    Why, yes, I do have way too many Funko Pops. The three-tiered magnet board has a post-it note outline of one of the books I’m writing!

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    Beautiful People Couple’s Edition!

    This month’s Beautiful People, a link-up for writers hosted by Cait @ PaperFury and Sky @ Further Up and Further is all about couples. 

    Full disclosure: I meant to post this yesterday, Valentine’s Day. Wouldn’t that have been perfect? A romance-themed post for the most romantic day of the year? Well. I was too busy eating my weight in chocolate and heart-shaped pizza to even think of making this post. BUT, it is still February, I still have pink paper hearts hanging all over my house, so it is still as good a time as any to answer questions about my favorite couple in my WIP!

    First, we have Ol.

    Brown hair, beard, square jaw, perpetually growling, usually caked in a layer of grime, great lover and drawer of maps, depthless fount of information, has little to no patience, gets things done.

    And then Simon.

    Artist, working as an elementary school art teacher, messy black hair, glasses, cinnamon roll, sweet as candy, bitingly sarcastic, self-sacrificing, needs to learn to stand up for himself, kind as can be.

    Now, onto the questions!

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    My 2017 Writing Goals

     It’s 2017, and, I have to tell you, I’m very happy about that fact. See, 2016 was about as flaming a pile of dog feces for me as it was for most everyone else. I had many memorably terrible days, lost two family pets to old age, had periods of depression that stalled my writing progress immensely, and basically just felt like a failure for most of that calendar year. So. I was pretty happy to be slamming the gas pedal on December 31st and watch 2016 diminishing in the rearview mirror.

    The first couple weeks of January have been rough, though, as my mom and I were both clobbered by a sinus infection/congested cough that would not release us from its sticky, snotty, feverish grip. So, here it is January 12, and I’m only just now starting to feel like a Productive Human Being again (who still occasionally coughs up quarter-sized gobs of mucus. Disgusting, but the constant and sudden expulsion of bodily fluids has become so normalized in this household that I’m utterly desensitized to the grossness.) Since I’m now ready to Get My Life Together (also known as being ready to Make Great Plans I May Never Take Any Strides to Actually Accomplish), I’m participating in PaperFury’s Beautiful Books: 2017 Writing Goals link up. Because I really, really do intend to make 2017 a year full of words.

    Onto the questions.

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    Quick and Messy Writing Tip: Let Your Characters Disagree

    Say your characters are standing before the moss-draped opening of a dark, gloomy cave, and they’re deciding whether or not to go in.

    You know they need to, because there’s a glimmering, all-powerful gem in that cave they need to find (as well as a nine-legged creature with slobbery fangs and poison barbs guarding it.) The question is, how do they get into the cave?

    Character A saying, “Let’s go in” and Characters B and C nodding and saying, “Sure, that sounds good” might get them through the door, but it doesn’t lend much by way of excitement — or character development.

    Agreeing, in fiction, isn’t nearly as exciting as disagreeing.

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    Blog, For Writers, WIP Wednesday

    Using Weather to Set the Tone in your Writing (WIP Wednesday)

    It’s time once again for Work In Progress Wednesday, the weekly link-up where we talk about our stories! This week’s theme is: Some Weather We’re Having! 

    What’s the weather like in your fictional world? Show us snippets of your best sunsets, your most temperamental thunderstorms; mood boards of your constellations or cloudy skies!

    I definitely use weather to set the mood and tone for my story. There are so many ways you can use a stormy sky or sunny day or sudden influx of toaster-oven-sized-hail in a scene.

    Weather can be used to reflect a character’s current mood.

    Use weather as a mirror. Weather can reflect a character’s mood, whether they’re grumpy, or scattered, or raging, or indecisive. Think of how many movies set their final scenes in a gushing rainstorm or blackest night that, once the villain has been defeated, recedes so the sun can shine down once again. (Literally, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Harry’s defeat of Voldemort in Deathly Hallows all come to mind.)

    Or, weather can be used as a tool, to warn the reader about what’s coming next.

    Something unique I’m trying to do with my MS is that, if it’s raining during a scene, you can’t trust the conclusion the character’s coming to. Someone is lying, or they’re operating under a falsehood, or their perceptions of what’s going on are just not quite right.

    The ominous rolling of thunder clouds in the distance can alert a reader that something terrible lurks on their horizon.

    Weather can also provide extra details to flesh out a scene.

    Stormy skies don’t always have to be symbolic or reflective of your character’s tumultuous inner state; sometimes, your characters just need to have some squelching socks they need to deal with.

    Think about how many scenes in Harry Potter are accompanied by rainy, drippy conditions on the Hogwarts grounds. Harry tracking mud through the castle. His robes sodden. That Quidditch game where it rained so badly he couldn’t see through his glasses. Weather brings Hogwarts to life, and the little ways in which the pouring rain or gusting windstorms affect the characters are details that make the story tactile and vibrant.

    Anyway, them’s my thoughts on using weather. Let’s get to the snippets!

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    Danger in my WIP #WIPWednesday

    This week’s WIP Wednesday theme is about danger in your WIP. Here’s the official prompt:

    Show us a character in danger. (Doesn’t have to be physical danger, maybe they’re in danger of revealing a secret, or falling in love, or flunking a big test because they were out all night being a werewolf, howling at the moon!)

    So, in my fantasy WIP, The Other Side, my characters a stressful amount of time in life-or-death threatening situations. Here’s a few snippets from one of them, a Nightmare attack (a savage thunderstorm that plays with reality to torture whoever it happens to fall on) taking place in a treetop city:

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