Littlewolf & The Update Part II

I’ve had a little unplanned break, so here’s a wee update:

The first draft of Littlewolf was completed a few weeks ago and I immediately began the editing process. But I realised that there was still a lot more that I could add to the story. So I began a sort of ‘re-write’, from beginning to end, adding and editing as I go. But as I started, I began to feel that I was completely burnt out. And I had to stop for what has turned into two weeks!

My energy levels are usually topsy-turvy and I can never predict how I’m going to feeling day to day. But the last few weeks have been terrible and I just haven’t been able to get any work done at all. It’s all very frustrating.

I’ll probably take the remainder of this week off and begin afresh on Monday! It has put my plans a little behind schedule, but I have to try and accept it. I’ve been so organised lately, that I’m just constantly frustrated at myself for being tired. Sounds crazy really.

But the second draft of Littlewolf is underway! And I’m very excited about the additions I have in mind. A lot of TLC is going into this story and I’m going to take my time with the second draft. I’m just happy to finally have the first draft complete, after 2 years of putting it off.

So I apologise for the lack of update, but everything will be back to normal next week! I have allowed myself two weeks of R&R and procrastination, so now it’s time for the productivity to continue!

See you all in the New Year, I hope you have a merry one. x

 

 

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Update – Littlewolf & The Editing

It has been too long since I updated everyone on Littlewolf, but I have been quite busy (and a little unwell), so here is the update, finally.

The writing frenzy for Littlewolf is over and now the editing has begun. I always find editing difficult, as I can never decide the best way to do it. I am behind schedule (already) as I planned to begin editing on the 23rd, but decided I would take a day off after the 2 weeks of writing and then I was away this weekend in Liverpool. It’s a bit of a blur. On a side note, for those that love Christmas decorations, I suggest you check out Liverpool, it is beautiful!

Paper edits have started and I’ve just finished Chapter 4. I’ve decided to paper edit all the chapters first and then do it all on the computer over a course of 4-5 days. I’m taking my time with editing and so far, it seems that there’s a lot I’m not happy with.

I’m going to enjoy the process as much as I can and try my hardest to make Littlewolf the best it can possibly be. Continuity is important to me and I’ve found a lot of gaps in it, aahh! I apologise for the roughness of this blog post, but I’m feeling a wee bit stressed with everything that needs to be done.

I was going to give you all a snippet of Chapter 4 and introduce the new character that joins the adventure, but as it needs heavy editing, I’ve decided to hold off for now and I will include it in the next blog post.

On top of this, as I re-edit Chapters 1-3, I will re-upload them onto Inkshares.

Thank you all for your continued support during for this project!

Chapters 1-3 of Littlewolf and The Broken Veil are available on Inkshares here:https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

 

Update – Littlewolf & The Names

This post was supposed to be out on Saturday, but after two weeks of nearly none stop writing, I needed the little break that Sunday offered me. But 9 Chapters, approximately 45,000 words has been completed and I have 5,000 words to go and then the editing begins this Wednesday.

It’s very exciting to be so close to finishing Littlewolf, as I have been taking my time with it for over 2 years. I thought I’d never finish it. My ability to procrastinate often overshadows my need to write and so my progress with anything is usually very slow. But I started writing down word goals for every writing day and I didn’t think it would help me fend off the procrastination demon. But it really did! Never have I ever written 6 days a week, for 2 weeks solid. And that may not sound like a lot to some people, but for me, Princess Procrastination, it is a whole butt tonne.

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Since the last update, I finished Chapters 8 and 9 and this is when things really start to kick off. Our group of heroes reach the Volcano and their most dangerous task stands before them. I’m not going to reveal too much because major spoilers! But I will say it’s intense and emotional.

Below I thought I would reveal a little information about the names of the characters, as they are so unusual. I didn’t just pick any old name; a lot of thought went into the main characters and their names are a big part of who they are.

The names of characters are always important to the story. We follow the characters from the beginning to the end of their journey and we grow attached to them. If we forget the plot of a book or a film, we’ll always remember the main character names.

But I’ve found the names for Littlewolf a little more difficult than usual. It’s set in a time where native tribes are still strong, so I couldn’t have names like Bob or Diane. I have, however used names that describe the character.

A character that is introduced in Chapter 4 is called Hania, which means Spirit Warrior. And while he isn’t exactly a spirit, knowing the meaning of his name, will make sense to you when you meet him.

I found all of my character names (apart from Littlewolf herself) from google searches of Native names, both American and Canadian. Although I find Canadian names much more difficult to find, which is why I changed to American.

Jaawaso is spelled phonetically and is actually spelled Gizhaawaso. I did this for ease of reading, but if her character had have played a small part, I probably would have left it with its original spelling. Her name simply means ‘protects her young’ and Ogimaa means ‘chief’ or ‘king’.

Some names may change before I finish writing Littlewolf, but for the most part I am happy with my characters, their names and what they stand for.

Littlewolf and The Broken Veil Chapters 1-3 are available to read here:

https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

 

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A Sequel that’s not a let down? How To Train Your Dragon 2

Sequels; they are often an unnecessary follow up to films that have smashed the box office. While some franchises pull the plug after the second installment, others insist to milk it for everything they can. How To Train Your Dragon 2 breaks the tradition of mediocre sequels and remains exciting for audiences of all ages.

The characters we know and love have grown a little older but their personalities are still the same. They all continue to have their own little quirks and with the addition of dragons living on Berk, the cute Island and it’s residents have become even more charming.

If you thought the first film was amazing and if it left you wishing you owned your very own toothless; but you were still left thinking there weren’t quite enough dragons, then this sequel will not leave you disappointed. New dragons, new locations and interesting new characters truly add to this magical world.

While the film may not be perfect; I thought Hiccup’s reaction to his mother being alive was a little relaxed, he was a lot calmer than I would have thought possible for someone who thought his mother died twenty years ago, it is certainly not far from the mark. The animation is breathtaking, the soundtrack is dramatic and the story will keep your eyes on the screen until the very end; and then you’ll wish for more.

The new additions to this franchise fit into the world perfectly, even the villain had a place and he posed a real threat to the world. And while we learn that there is always a nice way to control a dragon army, you’re still left wondering if our power hungry villain, Drago could have ever changed for the better.

I certainly don’t think this sequel was unnecessary, just like the first film it left me wishing Berk was an actual place and that dragons were real. I personally cannot wait for the third installment; if Dreamworks devote the same amount of passion into the third as they have with the first two, it will undoubtedly be another amazing piece of art.

The Idea Of Beauty

What makes someone beautiful?

Is it the way they look, the way they carry themselves? Or is it confidence?

The media would have us believe that beauty is one body shape, fake breasts and faces so perfect, you’d think they were carved from the smoothest stone. But is that beauty? It’s certainly not natural beauty.

Natural beauty is any size, any shape. I’m sure, as you’re reading this right now, there is something you dislike about yourself. There are a lot of things I dislike about myself and because of my past torment with bullies and what media portray as “Beautiful”, I am self conscious and I believe that I have to wear makeup to feel even the tiniest bit pretty. I’m sure we’ve all been there. Continue reading