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Creativity New Year’s Resolutions

Hello again! I haven’t posted since December 1st, but I wasn’t sure I was going to post at all these days, so once a month is good. right?

Without further ado, here they are…

Writing

  1. Finish of FOF trilogy
  2. Participate in at least one Camp NaNo editing Talented
  3. Do more writing camps, challenges, contests, and similar

 

Art

  1. Do at least one cover/other design every two weeks
  2. Plan a graphic novel
  3. Draw weekly

 

That was a short post… Oh well. Thanks for reading, and please like, comment, and follow my blog! It shows me you enjoyed this post and my entire blog, and makes me so happy! I reached 20 followers a few days ago, so let’s not stop there!!!

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Congratulations! You Won!

Congrats! You just won NaNoWriMo!

 

It’s December 1st, and you, a wrimo, are exhausted and either so happy you’re about to or have already jumped out of your chair, screaming and practically exploding from joy or trying to not burst into tears.

Ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. But don’t worry, no matter what you word count, you won. What, you say? Let me clarify. You won because you wrote {insert # of words writter}! That’s no easy task! How many people have written that many words simply because they wanted to, and how many of those did it in a month? Sure, if you head to the forums you can find plenty. But who cares? Seriously, what percent of the world does that?

You want to do anything but write more. You think if you ignore your book for a while, you can ignore the sick feeling of something unfinished, something you gave up on because you thought you failed. But the only way you can fail and loose NaNo is by not writing anything, or leaving your novel unfinished after November. Even if you only wrote 5k of a 100k goal (are you insane? 100k?), you win if you finish your story. A story unfinished is as bad as a story unwritten.

So find your pencil. Pull out your plot notes. Yes, it’s December, but what does it matter?

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NaNoWriMo Thoughts

It’s that time again!

NANOWRIMO!!! YAY!!!

This is going to be a very short post because I need to write. Anyway, though, I made a Pacemaker plan. If you don’t know what that is, check out this post from last summer- Camp NaNoWriMo- Day 3: Pacemaker

My plan for NaNo

Now, something random…. Why do all the NaNo vets have stories that are like, my first year, I tried NaNo, fell way behind, in the last week was so determined I wrote like 5K every day and made my goal. PEOPLE I FAILED MY FIRST YEAR. It was sad. But on the last two days I wrote like 5K combined and back then 400 words per day was about my average.

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Happy Halloween!

Yep, I’m back! For a short period of time. This is going to be a super long post, because there are several things I want to talk about but they all kind of relate to Halloween. (kind of…)

Update:

I haven’t posted in so long, and basically ignored all the blogs I followed, so here’s what I’ve been doing:

I’ve been scratching a lot, and I’ve joined some collabs. However, since NaNo has been approaching I’ve been ignoring scratch and spent my time planning. If you don’t know what scratch is, IT’S THE AWESOMEST THING EVER!!! (tied with NaNo)

As I just said, I’ve been planning for NaNo. I’ll be writing Talented, a book about a 13 year old girl named Bridget with an aptitude for running. But in her world, showing your true talents is dangerous. If they talent screeners find it, you’re sent to a school where you train your talent and aren’t allowed to do anything else for the rest of your life. And oh, there’s the fact that you will never be allowed to contact your family and friends again. Her brother, Makaio is already stuck at the school, but he’s found a way to hack into their system to email Bridget and their family. Bridget knows she must find a way to save her brother and herself before he gets caught for emailing them and it’s too late.

Finally, soccer season just ended about 2 weeks ago. I’m really sad it’s over, but this was a great season for me and my team. I had a ton of fun and won some games! However, basketball season starts Tuesday, or at least practices. Games start in December. I haven’t mentioned basketball her before, I think, because it’s not my best sport. However, soccer season was coming to a close I realized, just like soccer, I can’t live without it! Soccer has always meant so much to me, but I’ve found another sport I like, surprisingly.

That is pretty much it. But I haven’t heard from you. Leave a comment to tell me what you’ve been doing since I’ve been gone!

Halloween Tags/Contests/Random Stuff

It’s almost Halloween, and I’ve been gone till now and don’t know what’s going on in the blogging writers world. So, if you or someone you know has started a tag or contest or anything else that you/they would like me to participate in, leave a comment! I’d love to do one or two!

My Halloween Contest

Earlier today I was looking at Halloween makeup, and I had an idea: Host a Halloween contest! I’ve seen a ton of awesome makeup and costumes online, but I want to see what you can do! You know you have awesome Halloween look. Share it! Fill out the form below to join, and post your pic on your blog or social media account. Please give me a direct link, as in one that shows only your image and nothing else. You can use Post Image or similar websites to get a direct link. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for both makeup and costume. All will be shown here with a link back to your blog and the social media account where it was posted. The actual image will be in the post. The winner will receive a prize, which is now undetermined. If you’d like to donate a prize for 2nd or 3rd place winners, comment and include a link to your prize if possible.

 

Thanks so much for staying with me even after I left! Please like this, and follow! Even though I won’t be posting much, it really encourages me to keep coming back when I have time!

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Leaving (temporarily!)

Now that school has started and NaNoWriMo is approaching, I’m sad to say I’m going to leave WordPress for a while.

  • Reason 1: I’ve met so many cool people, read so many awesome posts, found so much inspiration… The list goes on and on. But since school has started a few weeks ago, the evil villain time just hasn’t granted me a chance to write posts that often.
  • Reason 2: Also, I want to focus on writing for a while. Yes, friends and fellow bloggers on WP have given me so much inspiration, but that inspiration has sat in Notes for a while, and I need to write it while I still remember my ideas. Sometimes, WP has encouraged me to keep writing, but more often it’s just distracted me.
  • Reason 3: I’ve found some new interests, and I’m continuing old ones. It’s soccer season again. I’ve been cooking a lot lately, and I’m enjoying it. It’s been an awesome experience writing here, but there are things irl that are more that have been popping up lately.
  • Reason 4: When I started Katrina Creative, it was because I have a million ideas for a blog bouncing around in my head, and I just had to write them. But I’ve written all them and more, and now I don’t have many ideas that need written or even ideas that I might write.
  • Reason 5: Life has called me to other places. I’ve changed this summer, just like you. (Don’t try to say you haven’t!) I loved blogging when I started, but now there are other things I like that I didn’t then that I’m doing more often now.

I’ll still check it every now and then, maybe make an occasional post, but I know I won’t be anywhere near as active as I normally was until next summer or at least until soccer season ends, because that is keeping me busy. If you enjoy this blog, though, I’d love it if you could follow. It’s more than just a click of a button and some extra emails in your inbox, it’s something that shows you really enjoy what I write and want to read more! It’s what keeps my writing posts, when time permits. Thank you for sticking with me in those few months!

You’re all so awesome!

-Kat 😉

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Author Interview with Kellyn Roth

Hello! On YWP NaNoWriMo, Kellyn asked some bloggers if they’d like to do a blog tour to up the hype for TLOTV. Normally I don’t do stuff like that, but it’s hard to publish a book if you’re not an adult and don’t have a lot of money. So, without further ado, let’s start the interview! (Hey, that rhymed!)


 

What inspired you to write The Lady of the Vineyard?

I’ve written several blog posts about this (here and here), but, briefly, The Dressmaker’s Secret inspired The Lady of the Vineyard. TLOTV’s plot is very similar to that of a much earlier outline of TDS’s.

The two books are actually somewhat similar – both are about a child’s need for a complete family – but TDS is the story of finding something hidden while TLOTV is the story of discovering something in plain sight.

Tell us about the main characters of this book.
Well, first there’s Judy, a serious six-year-old accustomed to doing things for herself. She’s actually based of one of my nieces in many ways. Then there’s Adele, Judy’s mother, self-centered and determined not to realize that her life choices are self-destructive. Last but not least, good old Troy, Judy’s father. If you can read TLOTV and not fall in love with Troy, well … who are you!?

When did you start writing?
It depends on what you call ‘writing.’ I’ve been writing poetry since I was about three (I’m not even kidding), although back then it was my mom and sisters who were doing the writing for me. 🙂 Anyway, I started writing actual stories when I was nine.

How did you get into writing?
When I was eleven, I came up with an idea for a novel that I thought was simply fantastic! It was a story about two herds of wild horses, the stallions of which battled for a valley in Nevada. I thought this was a fantastic story, worthy of being published, and I knew then that I wanted to be an author. Well … that story was pretty awful, I realize now, but it was what got me thinking I could finish a novel.

How long did it take you to write TLOTV?
Hmm. I know I finished it on or around the 1st of July, but I don’t remember when I started it. Maybe late April? I couldn’t tell you for sure, but I think it took over two months. Because I’m a slow writer. 😛 And it probably would have taken longer if it weren’t for the fact that I had it pretty thoroughly outlined by then.

What do you like most about writing?
To be honest, it’s cool to escape to a world of your own making and hide for a while. I enjoy that a lot. It’s just good to get away from the world sometimes, especially if you’re introverted me. Besides, writing helps ease the voices in my head. 😉

Who are your roll models, writing wise?
Maud Hart Lovelace, Gene Stratton Porter, Jane Austen, and Charlotte Bronte for historical fiction; for my brief expeditions into the world of steampunk and fantasy, Jules Verne, Shannon Hale, and C.S. Lewis. 🙂

Are you a planner or pantser?
I’m a planner (I definitely know where I’m going when I start writing a novel), but I have some pantser tendencies, too. Like sudden changes of plot mid-writing. However, when the plot changes, I have to go through my book and carefully change it so it all lines up before I can keep on writing. *facepalm* THAT’S WHY IT TAKES ME SO LONG TO WRITE!!!

How do you conquer writers block?
I listen to music, play with my dog, watch a movie, read a book … just do something else until the muse returns. Or stress about it … which happens more often. Quite honestly, it’s never works, but … I can’t help it!

What would the first thing your main character(s) say to you be if you met?
Judy would probably be matter-of-fact and quiet. If she knew I was her author, she’s want to know every detail about what’s in store for her. Adele would ignore me (I’m not cool enough for her) and if we were forced to speak, she’d talk about … herself, probably. Let me know how wonderful she is. Troy, I think, would be the most interesting conversationalist. He’d probably choose a topic he thinks we’d both be interested in (and likely be right about it!) and we’d chat for hours. And I’d fall more in love with him. ❤

If TLOTV was made into a movie, who would you want to play the main character(s)?
Oh, gosh. Um … Adele is Keira Knightley. I don’t know about Judy. Some child actress … maybe just my niece! Although I admit I don’t know about M**** being a good actor. For Troy … huh. I’m gonna say ‘Simon Woods,’ just because he’s the only person I can think of at the moment. But that’s not who I really want to act Troy. 🙂

What audience would you think like TLOTV best?
Upper middle grade through young adults who love historical fiction. I think some adults might like it, too. 🙂

What is your favorite quote for each major character in TLOTV?
Troy: Living without you is almost as hard as living with you. Almost.
Adele: ‘Being in love’ is temporary at best
Judy: Don’t put on your sad-face.

How many books have you written? Where can we buy/read them?
Besides The Lady of the Vineyard (https://www.amazon.com/Lady-Vineyard-Kellyn-Roth/dp/1534685510/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8), there’s The Dressmaker’s Secret, a historical fiction novel set during the Victorian era. You can find it on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Dressmakers-Secret-Chronicles-Al…), Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28576266-the-dressm…), Barnes&Nobles (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dressmakers-secret-…), and the Createspace e-store (https://www.createspace.com/5922503).


 

Say hello!

Author blog:https://kellynroth.wordpress.com/
Book blog:https://reveriesreviews.wordpress.com/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kellyn-Roth/e/B01B0W0O7U?ref_=pe_…
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/KellynRoth
YWP NaNoWriMo:http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/user/1256258
Adult NaNoWriMo:http://nanowrimo.org/participants/kellyn-roth#
Google+:https://plus.google.com/u/0/100598179246085811693/posts

 


Thank you for reading! If you enjoy this blog, though, I’d love it if you could follow. It’s more than just a click of a button and some extra emails in your inbox, it’s something that shows you really enjoy what I write and want to read more! It’s what keeps my writing posts, when time permits. Please also like and comment, because I love hearing your thoughts!

Thank you for sticking with me in those few months!

-Kat 😉

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Not Really Even a Post…

Writing and school has kept me busy. I really don’t have time to write a post, but it’s check-in day, so I just wanted to let everyone know I’m alive and absolutely probably maybe totally won’t reach my editing goal but I’m going to keep going with it even if I won’t make it. And hey, during NaNo last year I wrote three thousand words in one day when I was pressured to do it or not reach my goal. I actually didn’t reach my goal, but I had three thousand words, sooooo….. Who cares?

🙂 🙂 🙂