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amanda_sheree
21 August 2012 @ 02:43 pm
Welcome to my journal! Below are some of the main categories for my entries.

To read about my life in general, here are the entries with "life stuff".

For writing memes I've done, click here.

For my flash fiction, click here.

For "thirty days of writing," click here.

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amanda_sheree
27 January 2017 @ 12:57 am
I know I fell off the face of LJ for a long time again. A brief update:

*I'm still chipping away at college courses. The next semester starts soon.

*I'm on another draft of Inevitable Dusk and hope to send it to my first editor by March 1st. The tentative publish date is September 21st.

*In-between editing Inevitable Dusk, I'm working on a new draft of Tsirris. I started this story a decade ago; it's time to finish it. There will be a prequel and a sequel, and this book will still be the first in the series because I believe it's the best introduction to the characters and their world.

*Inevitable Dusk will have a sequel, tentatively called Through A Mirror Dimly. I don't recall if I've talked about that here yet. It will be a new adventure for Acio and Quill, and will focus on something important that is touched on in the first book.

*I've started a WordPress blog. Its new schedule will be Webcomic Wednesdays (where I link to and briefly discuss the many webcomics I follow, one at a time), Anything Thursdays (miscellaneous topics like writing and life stuff), and Flash Fiction Fridays. I have an idea brewing for today's flash fiction and will try to have it up by midnight my time. Anyway, my blog can be found here: https://pumpkinberryblog.wordpress.com/

Note: Oh, I have a tag for TAMD. I must have mentioned it before, then.
 
 
amanda_sheree
06 June 2015 @ 10:41 pm
I've been spending a lot of time with family and friends lately: walks, park trips with my dog, movie theater showings, birthday celebrations, restaurants, mall outings, a picnic, a baseball game with fireworks, TV shows, and--of course--great conversation. Today, I saw Ex Machina and then went out to eat at a sushi place (I ordered teriyaki chicken because I'm a chicken {pun unintended} when it comes to seafood).

Since I finished the newest draft of Inevitable Dusk on May 9th, I'm going to start the editing on June 9th. I hope to get it out to my first proofreader and editor before the end of August.

While distancing myself from Inevitable Dusk, I've been working on my first chick-lit, Unquenchable. I'm forcing myself not to go back and rewrite and edit and nitpick because otherwise I'd never get a full first draft.
 
 
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amanda_sheree
09 May 2015 @ 11:06 pm
Yesterday, I finished my new draft of Inevitable Dusk. I'd say that about 85% of it is totally rewritten. I have tons of editing to do and plot holes, etc. to fix, but the first step is done!

So, I'm going to set aside the draft for a couple weeks (which will take self-restraint) before tackling editing to get a little distance from it. Maybe even for a month.

For now, I'll probably resume work on Unquenchable, which is the first book in my chick-lit series. It's a more lighthearted story than Inevitable Dusk. I'll also try to do some more substantial plotting for the sequel to Inevitable Dusk, tentatively to be called Through a Mirror Dimly.
 
 
amanda_sheree
04 November 2014 @ 10:41 pm
Well, I had about a month of very little writing. I'm getting back into the swing of things; over 2,000 words tonight, bringing me up to past 70,000 words for Inevitable Dusk. I'd say I have about 20k to go. I'm hoping to keep it below 100k.

So, far NaNo, I'm first doing Inevitable Dusk, and if I finish this draft before the end of the month, I'll move onto another of my projects. Day 1, I wrote over 1,800 words, but on days 2 and 3 I didn't write much at all.

More flash fiction will hopefully be on the way soon. I need to continue with Ladies Bingo, and finally answer an awesome prompt from someone that I asked for for Halloween last year.

I hope my fellow NaNoers are getting all the caffeine they need. I had a large pumpkin spice latte, because yum.
 
 
 
amanda_sheree
06 October 2014 @ 12:27 am
The following is my second completed prompt for Ladies Bingo.

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Early Morning


Fog rolled off the hills and over the land in the gray daylight. A servant helped me into a wicker chair out on the balcony, then leaned my crutches against the wall. He dismissed himself with a nod of his head. Penna, my companion, perched beside me on the frosted glass table. Light flickered in her blood-orange eyes; dew lingered on her feathers from her early-morning flight. She was a Matagot—an animal spirit—and took the form of an eagle owl. She had chosen my family as hers centuries ago.

There was a breeze, and I shivered, pulling my white shawl tighter about me. A thin, rectangular box wrapped in pink paper rested in my lap. I had stuck a blue bow on top of it. Penna pretended not to be interested, but I caught her glances at the package. I giggled. “Not being very covert, are you, Penna?”
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amanda_sheree
26 September 2014 @ 04:54 pm
My good friend Ash has a short story up on Amazon. It's free today, and it's a dark fantasy about a selkie. Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTMG3S4

Take a look!
 
 
amanda_sheree
22 September 2014 @ 05:08 pm
The following is my first completed prompt for Ladies Bingo.

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Five Things


These are the five things my mother taught me.

1. Be efficient.

It was a cool spring morning. I was six years old. We were at Safira Lake, lying on our stomachs, propped up on our elbows on a cotton sheet in the sun. I fished my school workbook and pencil out of my tattered pink knapsack. Mother kissed the crown of my head and sat up to put my hair into a fishtail braid while I worked. There was a sudden cry, like that of a gull, and my head snapped up. A large fish eagle swooped over the lake and grasped a thrashing trout in its talons. I gasped. Mother said, “Flor, my flower, you must always be like an eagle. Efficient.”

2. Be ambitious.

I came home from school sobbing. I was ten years old. Mother asked what had happened. After some hesitation, I handed her the quarterly report from my teacher, Mrs. Magda. Mrs. Magda had written, “Dear Ms. Campos, Flor is a quiet, meek student lacking high aspirations. She chose the topic ‘endangered fauna’ for the final report of the quarter, which is far beneath her. I am giving her one week to redact this sorry attempt. Yours, Mrs. Magda.”

I hoped Mother would sympathize with me. Instead, without a glance at it, she crumpled up my research paper and tossed it in the trash. She gave me a little smile, though, and said, “You will write a debate, not a little research paper. You will make compelling, well thought-out arguments. It will be lengthy, but no bull-shitting.”

I stomped my foot. “That sounds hard!”

“It’s meant to be, my flower. If you are to succeed in this world, you must be ambitious.”

I remembered that day at the lake, when I was six. “Like an eagle?”

“I have learned five things from eagles, and ambition is one of them.”

3. Be graceful.

In preparation for my eleventh birthday party, Mother enrolled me in “Nela’s Finishing and Charm School for Young Ladies.” When Mother told me of this, I crossed my arms and said the school was stupid. She laughed, which infuriated me.

“Flor, you are becoming a lady. You must learn how to be one. Look at the current state of your manners and etiquette! You cannot be a tomboy forever. You will learn fun things as well, like ballroom dancing. You have to dance with Grandpapa on your birthday, and you will be lovely. You will be graceful.”

Trying to change the subject, I retorted, “Instead of dancing with Father, since he left you. Did you ever go to charm school?”

Quicker than I could blink, Mother slapped my face. “Don’t you dare cry,” she said. “You’re a big girl.” She added, “Gracefulness is one of our mottos, is it not?”

“What you learned from birds,” I said.

“Eagles especially. You remember the five qualities, yes? Recite them for me. And maybe not now, maybe not in a year, but one day you will thank me for Miss Nela’s Charm School.”

4. Be leery.

When I was thirteen, I had my first period. I saw the blood on my underpants and burst into tears. After an hour, I had gathered up the courage to tell Mother about it. She took me in her arms and tucked my hair behind my ears. “Oh, little flower, it is nothing to be scared about. Just be leery.” She kissed my nose.

I brushed my tears away and said, “What do you mean?”

“You are blossoming into a beautiful young woman. Many men would like to take advantage of you. You must be wary. But not paranoid. Just remember all I have taught you over the years; do not go off with strangers. Carry your dagger. And now, you must be cautious with even the boys your age. You will tempted, just as I was. Do not lose your integrity as I did.”

5. Be eager.

I was fourteen. I did not know it would be my last year with Mother. She had told me she was sick; she did not tell me how sick. Soon, her hair started falling out. Her limbs grew thin and weak. She needed to be pushed in a wheelchair and seldom left her bed. She was only thirty years old.

Often, I kept her company. I lay side-by-side with her in her bed. I painted her fingernails and toenails, styled her wigs, read aloud her favorite stories. I accompanied her to her doctor appointments.

When the doctor hospitalized her, I stayed with her, sleeping on the small, dilapidated couch in her room. So many machines were hooked up to her; so many needles poked her. One IV kept her hydrated, since she had trouble keeping down liquids on her own. She ate rarely; the doctors murmured she had little time left.

I refused to believe she would die. Finally, one day, she said, “My little flower, I won’t be here much longer. Shh; just listen.” She squeezed my hands in hers. “I know you’ll be okay. I raised you well. And one day, hopefully after you have lived a full life, we’ll be together again. Follow our Five Points. You have already mastered the fifth, my Flor. Recite them to me.”

My voice shook as I said, “Efficiency. Ambition. Gracefulness. Leeriness. Eagerness.”

Mother nodded. “Your eagerness shows in all you do, and you feel so deeply. You are always able to help; to love. You’re my greatest blessing.” She yawned, then, and just before she fell asleep, she muttered, “Be an E.A.G.L.E.”
 
 
amanda_sheree
18 September 2014 @ 04:35 am
I've begun my first entry for Ladies Bingo. I have chosen "Early Morning." I hope to have it up soon. It may be finished tomorrow or even later today--this draft, at least--but I want to run it by some beta-readers first.
 
 
amanda_sheree
07 September 2014 @ 09:54 pm
I just got home after a weekend with my family for a wedding that kind of doubled as a family reunion. I had a wonderful time. Congratulations to my cousin Jack and my now-cousin Kristine! They're a beautiful couple.

I have stories; I want to make a longer blog post and relate some of them. For tonight, I'm just focusing on kicking back a bit and then getting to writing.