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NaNoWriMo Book Tag 📚

I am not participating in NaNo this year, but the awesome madamewriter did this book tag on her blog and I couldn’t pass it up. You know the drill. Grab your coffee and let’s do this!

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1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?

Five times. I’ll admit that the very first time I participated, I was not prepared, but did it anyway and found the experience to be overall enjoyable and I told my friends and colleagues about it later on. 

2. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?

I can’t actually remember. Let me think for a bit…

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…nope, still nothing. Someone must’ve informed me about it, but that memory eludes me now.

3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?

Beyond Beautiful. Back then, I remember thinking that romance stories were garbage and I decided to write my own after being inspired by an Aerosmith song of the same title. It turned out to be interracial and it dealt with issues such as accepting God and learning to accept that the past shapes one’s present/future. Maybe one day, I’ll dig up the story and post it on here… although now, I’ll call it rubbish.

  

4. Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.

I’m not participating this year, but I am working on various writing projects at the moment including Crazy Rich French Twins which is a wealthy parody about a pair of mirror-identical French twins that breaks stereotypes (hopefully!).

5. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

I’m not one to take writing advice. I just like writing and I have learned to love it even on difficult days. However, I’ll share a favorite writing quote of mine:

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Writing is a way to talk without being interrupted.

6. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?

Yes, twice. The first time I had taken a year off I had no inspiration to participate and the second time, which is this year, is because I don’t have the energy to do so. 

7. What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?

I always say that inspiration is all around us! I’m inspired by nature, by news headlines, by the books I read, everything and anything!

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8. Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.

Ridiculously rich people enrolled their privileged children at Paris High, a place for snobs to mingle with other snobs. 

So begins the first sentence of the first episode of Crazy Rich French Twins.

9. Why do you love writing?

I write because I want to read something that hasn’t been in print before. I write for the sheer fun of it and for the pleasure. I write because I express myself better with a pen in my hand. I write to get better. I write to explore my own universe. I write because it’s therapeutic and I empty my mind when I do. I write to inspire and to invoke thoughts. I write because I am in love with words.

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To those of you participating in NaNo this year, all the best with your projects! 😄

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Crazy Rich French Twins: an introduction

From today, twins are going to reign for the month of November! 😉

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#TwinsGalore 

At the beginning of the month, I said that I wouldn’t be participating in NaNoWriMo because I don’t have the energy to do so this time around. I also shared the title of the serial I would’ve liked to work on: Crazy Rich French Twins. I’m yet to start working on it, but I’ve jotted down some ideas which I’ll most likely share during the month of November.

THE INCEPTION

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It happened one evening. While scouring Amazon for titles to add to my TBR (sometime earlier this year), an idea took shape: take the first four titles of books I come across and write my own short story based off it. I used to do this with song and movie titles. I came across a book titled ‘Crazy Rich Asians’. I’ve never heard about the book before although it came out in 2014, but I liked the sound of it and wrote this title down. I was going to write a short story for my own crazy rich French twins and voila! A parody was born.

I’ll admit though, that I have no interest in reading ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ at this point.

THE TWINS

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I have mentioned them several times over the past few years in short stories during various stages of their lives, featured an episode of CRFT for Short Story Sunday and did a writing tag for the story. I’ve had them around ever since I started writing. 

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This story centers around the twins’ lycée years. They look something like this…

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Beautiful art via Prince Canary. They’re top class! I wish to have my characters drawn like this someday.

…but with wavy auburn hair and standing at 5’11”. Ray and Marcus are mirror identical twins, geniuses, and super wealthy, but they sure don’t act like it. 😉I’ll admit, though, I’m not too sure of the direction I’m going with this so it’ll be cool to experiment.

THE LOCATION

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Base on the title, you weren’t expecting Russia, China or even Trinidad, right? To be fair, I may use various locations as I continue to write the serial, but for now, I want to focus on France. It’ll also give me a chance to brush up on my French. I’ll also be sharing some snippets here and there from the serial and debunking twin myths along the way. 

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Seems like yesterday was just January…

I hope you’re using time wisely!

Just yesterday, it seemed like it was the beginning of the year and I was contemplating my next move with life, work, and this blog. Now, we’re in novembre and whoa! The year is closing to make way for another new one be it God’s willing.  

Regardless of the time getting away, I look at each month as a new beginning. 

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Challenge for novembre/NaNoWriMo

Despite having a story to work on, I won’t be participating in NaNoWriMo this time around. I don’t have the energy or passion for writing as I once had. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy writing (from time to time) whether it’s short stories or blog posts, but I don’t really have that dose of special inspiration anymore. However, I’ll be sharing snippets of the story I wanted to work on for NaNo.

I’ll probably share how I came up with the title, introduce the identical duo, and tackle some twin stereotypes. I’ll also like to do the One Word At A Time Challenge syncing it with CRFT, but I’m not so sure at the moment. If you see too many twins in your reader during this month, don’t be alarmed. 😉

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And all the best to all who are participating in NaNoWriMo this year. 😄

Blessed novembre to all and keep walking with Jesus. 

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November reflection

November 2016 Journal Prompts - Gratitude and Joy. New prompts released the beginning of each month >> Eight Pepperberries blog

I had forgotten all about this reflective post that I said I was going to do at the end of November!

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1. Everyone currently in my life right now including you wonderful bloggers.

2. Eating with the family.

3. I can’t recall the last silly thing I did for I was caught up trying to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge last month.

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4. I don’t celebrate the holidays… not one of them.

5. See Q4.

6. Pray, seeking my Father’s advice.

7. Objects don’t bring me joy.

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8. I am grateful for the writing talent that God has given me, the ability to speed read and to design.

9. By being the example. Teaching starts at home and parents should teach their children about gratitude by showing them how to appreciate something/someone.

10. Thank you, God, for the blessings. Every night we still pray though… taken from Dobre Brothers’ No Fakes.

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Dynamic December!

I honestly love this GIF because it made me laugh out loud today and I needed it. I came up with a few short stories on the spot about why Mr. Cruise is looking at the toilet sign in despair, but the GIF is taken from when TC made an appearance on The Late Night Show with James Corden. I think Corden lacks in the humor department so I don’t watch the show, but for some reason, this episode was recommended to me and I watched it and laughed my head off. It was a pretty good skit, but no, I still won’t be wasting my time watching his show.

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Anyway, doesn’t matter, because it’s December! 

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Can you believe this? It’s already December! The time is just getting shorter and shorter day by day. I mean, where did November go?

December Plans!

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Fresh from participating in NaNoWriMo, I am looking forward to catching up on some posts I drafted for this month and by the looks of it, we have much to talk about. I am looking forward to updating some categories (Yes, This Is Our World, English English! and Pretty Cool Fact especially) and I have something in store for Thankful Thursday which would involve the blogs that I follow. 

This month (if I stay on track), we’ll talk about stuff like:

^ Languages

^ Book Covers (might get push back to January, to be honest)

^ Blogging (this one is a maybe although I have many topics in drafts!)

^ Editing

^ Family

See, the blog is so random and I have so many ideas, that sometimes, I don’t know where to start.

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Over on Pinterest, I’ve pinned over 50 challenge ideas for the blog in the last few months, but I’ve decided on this one:

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Whoa, I better slow my roll there for this month looks like it’s going to be packed!

Blessed December to everyone, thank God that you have breath, and remember to…

June plans! – La Petit Muse:

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NaNoWriMo final check-in

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After many sleepless nights – no caffeine needed – I finally completed NaNoWriMo with 50,045 words after banging out 9000 words last evening. It could’ve been more, but I am satisfied with reaching the required goal of 50,000 words. I’ll try to catch up on reading, commenting, and following of blogs this weekend God’s willing preferably on Sunday after getting some much-needed sleep. I also have to reply back to some emails, but that might have to wait until Monday. 

The Phobia Challenge would be back next week Friday be it God’s willing. I think we’re on the letter ‘H’ now. I may have a few posts scheduled, but I am not sure as yet, but I hope to get back into the habit of blogging soon.

Also, congrats to all the NaNo participants out there! You did it whether you accomplished 50,000 words plus or not. The most important thing is that you started a story and even if it’s halfway completed, you have something to look forward to when you get the time to write. Isn’t that exciting? 🙂

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Thank you, wonderful people, for all the encouragement and well wishes. You’ve been with me since day one and I am utmost grateful for it. Thank you for coming on this journey with me. ❤

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Now, I am going to take off my jacket and toss it somewhere in the corner…

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…unwind a little bit…

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…and then collapse into a deep sleep.

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I know. I know. You have probably seen this sleeping photo like a hundred times this week, but this is the mood that I’m going to be in for a while. 

Good evening and blessed weekend everyone.

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NaNoWriMo check-in: Memes that describe my current feelings about my novel.

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I am still trying to bang out words to reach my goal by the 28th, but I stop to have a little bit of fun. I love GIFs so consider yourself warned with this post.

When I started writing from nothing on November 01st, I was excited and pumped and shouting “LET’S DO THIS!”

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When I didn’t write for a day, I tried making it up the next day: I must write 3000 words today.

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Yet, I was sometimes distracted:

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Social media is not a huge distraction for me, but I like logging into Pinterest for I create character boards there sometimes.

And I found this…

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My main male character is going through a rough time after losing someone important, but he is obliviously charming.

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Did I mention that he is a professor?

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And there is this one character who is like…

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I am having fun writing this story, although when I reread a few chapters, I rolled my eyes; but this is where I am grateful that something call editing exists!

Although the story is currently titled Dangerous Obsession, it is not a romance. It’s kind of angsty. I’ve never really done angst before and I try to stay away from it, but it couldn’t escape this time.

When you think there’s a cute moment, well, hmm, don’t hold your breath.

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I was happy when I passed 27,000 words!

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So I am trooping on…

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NaNo participants, we’re almost there! Keep writing.

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