Love TRUMPs Hate

Over the last few days’ tensions have been running high throughout the World. We have all been watching Washington D.C with bated breath for a long time now (it feels like decades, I mean really, am I the only one that got sick of all the Presidential race coverage?). But on the 20th, it happened…Donald Trump became President of the United States and the entire World seemed to split into two. The next four years (come on, stop saying eight, don’t assume…we all know what that does) are going to be extremely interesting for all of us. Yes, America, not just you guys.

Donald Trump will affect us all and what that affect will be, no one really knows yet. I’m no expert in politics, in fact, I hate the subject, however I have seen how this man has already had an impact on people’s lives. Protests, riots, violence, a lot even before he was elected! It amazed and sickened me how one man can turn so many people against each other.

I’m a firm believer that everyone has a right to their own opinion and that everyone’s opinion should be respected, even if you disagree with it. I often say, “you’re an allowed an opinion, just don’t be a little s**thead about it.” And people usually follow that rule, because people are decent (most of the time). But now, it seems that if you support Trump, you’re the spawn of Satan himself.

I will say that I’m not a supporter of Trump, but then I’m not a supporter of Clinton either. I thought that the choices America had were just bloody awful and you’d probably do better with a dead guy, or a dog…but hey, you had to pick someone, right?

And because you had to pick someone (because if you didn’t vote and could…well, you know), you really can’t be angry if someone voted differently, because their opinions are different to yours and that is okay. There are a lot of us that do not like Trump, but we must accept that he is the President and the only thing we can do is wait and see what happens. We can be sceptical, but we shouldn’t be taking our anger out on each other and instead be making positives out of the negatives.

We must remember to love and respect each other, despite our opinions. If you think he is disrespectful and heartless, then do not act in the same way. Arguing, fighting and hating each other will not make this situation any easier. Voice your opinion in respectful ways and allow others to voice there’s without turning into a s**thead. Your voice will get further when you make valid points and not argue in childish ways.

We should all show Trump…that love and respect trumps hate! By loving and respecting each other. (After all, being a good and kind person is a lot easier and much more rewarding than being a s**thead.)

via Daily Prompt: Devastation

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My Writing Journal

Every writer has a journal or note book that they use to write their ideas and their schedules in. I know because I watched a lot of YouTube videos in November, of people showing off their NaNoWriMo journals and I was amazed at how much work they had put into them. Some people must have spent days, if not weeks putting together their journal that would last them one, maybe two months. And I thought it was all a bit overkill. But everyone does things differently, so, here’s my journal!

It’s one book, with beautiful thick paper, a magnetic closure and a pocket in the back for loose papers. Notes for any and all ideas go into this book. Everything fiction is kept together, I used to have one notebook for every idea/project, but it really didn’t work out. All the ideas, notes, chapter plans, writing and editing schedules go into this book. It does mean that notes are split up, but to make things easier, everything is highlighted and book marked different colours. So, for example, all the pink bookmarks are for Littlewolf. I can find the notes on Littlewolf easily and once I’ve finished, the marks will be removed and new ones will be used for a new project! It may all appear a bit messy, but it definitely works for me. I love having everything in one place.

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Blog Journal

So, that’s my fiction journal, but I also started to use an old (unused) notebook I recently found, for blogs! I write the dates that blogs are supposed to go out and what the topic is. It’s very messy inside, but it helps to keep me on track. There’s a section for personal blogs, a section for book blogs and the back section is for brain storming ideas! I decorated it with some Tetris stickers I received in a Loot Crate years ago, to liven it up and I really like it.

I think I can keep track of two books, plus a separate diary! They all have their own pens, and are kept together on the desk, so I can’t possibly lose them…right?

I love to see what other people use for their journals/planners/whatever, it’s amazing how we all prefer different types of books to keep our thoughts in. I had thought of getting a traveller’s journal, but I just love beautiful notebooks like the one I currently have.

Paperchase is my heaven. Notebooks are a slight addiction. And schedules are a life saver.

 

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2016 is Dead – My Goals for 2017

2016 is over. Thank God! For the last few years I’ve thought, “Am I the only one that’s had a terrible year?” I think I can safely say, that I am definitely NOT the only one. 2016 was a complete and utter shit storm for a lot of us and I pray that 2017 does not turn into 2016 Mark II.

In an attempt to make 2017 a better year for me, I’ve made a small list of what I’m going to try and do before Sunday 31st December 2017.

First, I want to completely finish Littlewolf and be happy with what I’ve created. I already have people telling me they love it, but I need to make it better and I’ve already started work on that. I’ve roughly estimated that I’ll finish the second draft and the editing by the end of March 2017. Every hour I spend on Littlewolf is not going to be wasted and I intend on that showing in my work. This is my biggest goal for this year and I am determined for it to happen. I love Littlewolf and the world I’ve created and I want to share it with everyone.

Second, I want to get my health under control. At the moment, my B12 and Vitamin D deficiencies are slowing me down and making me sick, a lot. With depression, anxiety and back problems thrown on top, most of my days are a struggle. Some days are better than others, but I look forward to the day where I can wash without aids and make food without help. I used to be independent and I want to be that again.

Third, I want to do what I love. This is more of an addition to my first goal, as what I love, is writing. But I want to write more after Littlewolf, I have so many ideas that I want to turn into stories. I want to be able to write for a living and share my stories with the world. I have never loved any job that I’ve had, apart from this one.

Fourth, I think everyone has this goal, but I thought I’d include it anyway. Spend more time with those I love. My family and friends, where ever they are in the World. I want to spend more time with them and make memories. This goal isn’t just a 2017 goal, it’s a goal for life.

For the moment, I think that’s it, or at least they’re the most important to me. I’m not saying things like “New year, new me,” That never works out for anybody and I don’t need to change who I am to make these goals a reality, I just need to change how I do some things. I never make goals to eat healthier, because that never works out either. I just can’t stand salad.

But I think having goals for the year, will help make the year what you want it to be. So, do you have any goals? Or did you have goals in 2016 that you fulfilled?

I hope everyone reading this has a fantastic 2017, for whatever reason!

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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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Update – Littlewolf & A Magical World

Another writing week is well under way! Chapter 7 was completed on Tuesday afternoon and I wrote the first half of Chapter 8 today. I find that some days are certainly easier than others and yesterday wasn’t a good day in general for me, for reasons that I won’t go into now. But today was so much easier. Listening to Radio 1 while I write probably isn’t the best way to get work done, but I just can’t work in silence and sometimes epic soundtracks don’t inspire me, but maybe tomorrow I’ll try something new and smash even more words onto the screen.

Thank you to everyone who has read Littlewolf so far and thank you to those who have shared posts about this book on social media. To know that others are supporting this project means an awful lot to me. So, thank you and thank you again.

For those that have read Littlewolf, even a little, knows that magic is a big part of her world. The entire realm in which she lives was created by magic and of course she knows that the beasts she lives with aren’t natural.

Fairies, griffins, gnomes and fairies are all a part of her everyday life. Her father’s best friend is a griffin and her best friend is a gnome who is always covered in flowers. Magic used to keep them all safe from harm until the humans ripped that safety from them and forced them into a never-ending war.

Littlewolf always knew she was different, but it isn’t until she visits a very special wolf on top of the Wakan mountain, that she realises just how different she is. She is told that someone will teach her how to harness her magic, so that she may save her family and friends.

Nothing, not even her skill with a bow and arrow, will be as crucial as mastering the wild and unpredictable magical power that courses through her veins.

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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