in which i post when i'm not supposed to with a special announcement i had absolutely no idea i would be making (and also BEAUTIFUL BOOK LINK-UP WHAT)

6:00 AM

HAIIIIIIII!

I am dying to make this announcement to you guys, because I AM FLAILING LIKE A HELPLESS JELLYFISH PULLED FROM THE OCEAN and I don't even know anymore like WAT IS LIFE. WHAT IS WRITING. HOW WURDZ.

Ehem. So yeah. You know how I've been saying that I'm going to write The King's Vow, the sequel to The Thief's Conspiracy, my current WIP, for NaNoWriMo?

Haha. HAAAA. Ahaaaa. Ehem.

Yeah. No.

It came to me on a walk with my little brother. The inklings that I was a little more interested in this one idea than I really should be, given future plans. And then, in the shower, it came to me. (because let's face it guys -- all the best revelations come in the shower.)

I am not ready to write The Kings' Vow

Part of me is curled up in gross sobbing because I've been wanting to write this for SO LONG. (Well, it hasn't been THAT long but still.) And then part of me is kind of amused with myself. I've been planning to write this book for November's nano for ALMOST A YEAR and then, the month before, I realize I'm not quite ready. How does that ... work? Like, WAHT? o.O

There are a lot of reasons to why I finally came to this decision, but I'll give you the short version.

My WIP has been quite a rebellious child lately. The plot is being very stubborn, mainly because SO STINKIN' MUCH HAPPENS in SO STINKIN' LITTLE TIME (the book actually takes place in 16 days) and I am just really confusing myself and drowning in the chaos of conspiracies and plots and murders and assassinations and spies and ALL THIS CRAZY STUFF LIKE WHAT IS GOING ON I AM SO LOST.

SO. There's a lot of stuff I still need to figure out for book one. And with book one being in ... well, the state it's in, I can't write the sequel now. If I do, it will probably end up being thrown out the window on some dark night and then completely rewritten which WOULD NOT BE FUN CAUSE I HATE REWRITING. UGH.

Anyway, I'll wrap up this rambling rant now. *is done*

Just kidding. Ha. Ha.

I MUST ANNOUNCE NOW WHAT BOOK I AM WRITING. mwahahahhahaa. If you've been to my What I'm Writing page, you'll know what I'm talking about. And if you go check it out now, you'll see I've made a few updates. *grins mischievously*

For NaNoWriMo, 2016, I am writing .......

*drum roll*

*is making this way too dramatic*

*doesn't actually care oops*

picture not mine, source here


*cue the endless screaming and flailing*

YES I AM WRITING MY MIDDLE GRADE STANDALONE NOVEL THAT I'VE BEEN PLANNING FOR ... OVER A YEAR? *just made a lot of strange sounds becuase I JUST REALIZED THAT I'VE ACTUALLY HAD THIS IDEA FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS AND I THOUGHT OF IT BEFORE I THOUGHT OF MY WIP'S IDEA*

O.O

EHEM. I am very calm what are you talking about.

So yeah, I'M WRITING THIS! And to celebrate, I am going to participate in my first ever Beautiful Books Link Up!!! Hosted by Cait at Paper Fury and Sky at Further up and Further In!

I will keep it relatively brief, since I've already rambled quite enough. XP


The Glorious Questions

1. What inspired the idea for your novel and how long have you had it? Oops. Kind of answered part two of this question above. But I got the idea when I was tucking my little brother (he would have been four at the time) into bed and I asked him if he wanted me to give him a dream, since my grandmother used to do that for me when I was little and scared to go to sleep on my own. He actually said no, and I was really surprised. And I started going into detail about the fascinating lands he could travel to if I gave him a dream, and then I kind of went into a fascinating land myself because I thought HEY WHAT A COOL BOOK IDEA. Thus, The Dream Walkers was born.

2. Describe what your novel is about! Mwahahaha. I actually have a blurb! It took some work, since this story is going to be in omniscient POV (which basically means head-hopping made okay) I don't really have a main character? I kind of had six. Then I kind of had five. And now I think I've found the main character (cause there has to be one, right?) but I'm not sure ...

Anyway. I did it and I will likely write a post about writing blurbs for ensemble cast books because THAT WAS A NEW CHALLENGE.

Here it issssss!

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There is a place beyond reality. An island far away where everything is possible and anything can happen.

Every night, Chloe goes around to each of her foster siblings and gives them a dream. When sleep falls, their spirits rush off to the magical land of Dream World. In Dream World, the children are free to do whatever they want whenever they wish. Jake can run around and be as reckless as he wants. Maggie can chase after him on a valiant steed summoned from the dust. Agatha can go on magical adventures with her pet wombat. Wolf can hide up in the clouds and watch it all from a safe distance. And Chloe can walk on the water and dance with the stars and talk to the moon–her only friend.

When Maggie and Jake get into another fight and a dare goes a little too far, Chloe must venture with her siblings deeper into the Dream World than ever before to save their brother. The deeper they go, the more real things become and their journey grows more treacherous than any of them could have imagined.


But how do you know what’s real in a land made of dreams? 

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I'll note -- if you haven't written a blurb yet, I highly recommend doing so. I only wrote this up a few days ago and I've already used it quite a bit. Even though it will probably change in future drafts, it's still incredibly valuable to have and definitely worth the effort!

3. What is your book's aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like! I MADE A COLLAGE. HAVE A COLLAGE.



And a few words are just like SO MUCH ETHEREAL-NESS BECAUSE LIKE WOW. Most of the book happens in a land made of dreams, so basically anything can happen and you get cool things like dancing on the stars and climbing the moon and walking on water and floating on/snuggling with clouds and all that super weird but cool stuff. Basically every world builder addict's dream.


4. Introduce us to each of your characters! 

So I have quite a few characters, but not very many at the same time? Like, all my characters are very important and there are very few minor characters (at least, so far). So I'll just show you the MAIN main characters. The cast that runs the show. The foster children.

I have five. (I actually originally had six, but one of them was just not fitting into the plot and he had to go and I'm really confused about him like why was he even there in the first place if he was going to just run off and leave me like that but OH WELL.)


1. Chloe

Chloe is my adorable cinnamon roll muffin cake who is quite a loner. She's the essence of me as a child which might surprise a lot of people because I've never appeared to be a loner. Somehow, though, I've felt very alone for as long as I can remember and am only recently getting over that and trying to grow past that and find the truth.

ANYWAY. Here's a picture.

Chloe, age 11



2. Jake 

Jake is my little naughty meanie boy. He's rough and gruff and makes fun of everyone and is downright rude like, why you acting like that you naughty little thing?

Let's say he learns some stuff in Dream World to whip him into shape XP

Jake, age 9


3. Maggie

MAGGIEEEEEE I LOVE HER SO MUCH. She's Jake's twin sister and actually basically my little sister? She's a tomboy and she's got a strong will and she yells way too much and stomps around and wears her red hair in two long braids that she likes to hit people with and she's just very headstrong but also very soft and emotional inside and SHE JUST STEALS MY HEART AHDKJFASLDHKJFH. *hugs little child*

Maggie, age 9



4. Wolf

Wolf is my frightened little scaredy cat baby. He is afraid of everything and knows it and is just so ashamed of everything and who he is and just AHHH POOR BABY. And this is something I feel very passionately about and I have a feeling will become a theme -- that just because you're afraid of something doesn't mean you're not, or can't be, brave. And that's something he has to learn and just AJSKDFLKJSDFHALKSDJF.

Wolf, age 8



5. Agatha

Agatha is my adorable little six year old angel who actually has quite a temper but is usually very sweet and just so adorable and very inquisitive and big eyed and I just love her so much. She's not afraid to ask questions, or speak her mind.

Agatha, age 6


5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?) I have a folder on my computer filled with files of book ideas. This is where I begin. Last Thursday, I created a new folder and that's when I know the book is officially a WIP. Because when I create that folder, I can fill it with separate, more detailed documents filled with specific notes on certain things. As you probably guessed, I also make a map (I've had one for this for about a year) and write a blurb (or at least try. This project was being finicky.)

Last year, I went and stocked up on nano bribery candy, but sadly I am broke so that is not an option. *weeps* I'll just settle for lots of coffee.

6. What are the things you are most looking forward to about this novel? THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS AHHH. I think one of the biggest things is that it's a standalone, which means ONLY ONE BOOK TO WORRY ABOUT AND THE PLOT WILL HOPEFULLY BE SO MUCH MORE MANAGEABLE AND I AM SO EXCITED FOR IT. Also ... the world. Enough said. I just cannot wait. *aggressively loves magical, impossible things*

7. List three things about your novel's setting. *swallows hard* Only ... three? Well ... Nano is all about doing the impossible, so I guess we've gotta start sometime XP

    1: DREEEEEEEEAMS. THE WORLD IS MADE OF DREAMS AHJDSKFLHAKJSDHFLEUH. LIKE, TECHNICALLY THE WHOLE BOOK HAPPENS IN A DREAM WHICH JUST HAS MY WORLD-BUILDER HEART FLAILING WILDLY AND HAPPILY IN THE EPIC MAGICAL GLORY OF IT.

    2: I'm still not sure what the boundaries/rules are? Because I know there have to be SOME. So far I only have one solid rule which applies for the Second Level (which I will explain for Thing Three) and that is, "Gravity is a choice." *mad cackling* Ehem.

    3: Since this is Dream World, I needed to figure out how they can go deeper into the world, and why the one kid goes into a coma in the first place, getting trapped in Dream World, so I decided there were layers. There are three layers (four if you want to be technical, but only three are super important here). The First Layer is called The Shallows and it is basically a blank slate of gray and white. When children arrive, that's when things appear. The land is molded and customized to fit the childrens' imaginations. Most children never go deeper than this. They're not supposed to. But, of course, my cast does *evil grin* The Second Layer is where most of the story happens. It's where the one kid goes at the beginning, and it's where all the adventures happen, because this level is a little more real than they first thought. There are certain things that have to happen in order for you to come here, because when you make it to this level, you become a ... *wait for it* Dream Walker. MWAHAHAHAHA. Ehem. The Third Layer is The Deep. No one has ever come back from The Deep, and no one is quite sure what is down there. *mysterious smile*


8. What is your character's goal and who (or what) stands in the way? This question could be taken several ways, but I'll address the main plot side of this. My cast of adorable little children are all trying to save their brother, who did not wake up the morning after the little "dare-gone-wrong" incident. He's trapped in the Dream World. And my charries have to go save him. (of course, a whole new set of problems arise when they finally get to him, but that would be spoilery so I'll hush up now.) *zips lips and smiles innocently*


9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel? All my characters go through a journey. They each start out this story with a lie that they believe, and they all learn by the end of it the truth (or at least the beginnings of it, since the truth is not always that easy) and are changed for the better.

10. What are the book's themes? What do you want the reader to feel when it's over? I try not to plan my themes, but ever since I realized what a thematic writer I am (I didn't realize this until ... a few months ago. #oops) I have noticed the themes that appear in my stories more and more. And there are a good deal of themes I've already spotted. I'm trying not to pay too much attention to them, or even write them out, because I want the story to come as it is meant to be. But I know that belonging and family are going to be two big parts of it. I want readers to know that they have a place in this world, that they are here for a reason, and that they belong, even if they may not feel that way.

*whistles* wow that was fun! And ... very long. *did not actually keep it relatively brief #oops* I AM SO IMPRESSED IF YOU MADE IT THROUGH THIS WHOLE THING LIKE WOW. *gives coffee and hot cocoa*

This is already getting so long, so I'm going to give just one more very brief note.

Plans ... don't always work out. So don't hold onto your plans too tightly. I was so determined, so set on writing The King's Vow. Even as I was plotting and illustrating and drawing maps and fleshing out characters for DW, somehow I was still convinced that I was going to write TKV. But that wasn't how it worked out at all, and I know I'm not going to regret this decision.

As a good friend told me, you have no bonds, no restraints! You are free to write what you want, when you want. So do it. <3

How about you? Have any of your plans been turned on their head? DO BEAUTIFUL BOOKS IT IS FUN. How did you come up with your book idea, and what do you look forward to most in writing it? 

*none of the pictures are mine, and all were found on Pinterest
<3

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22 comments

  1. This sounds awesomeee! And I've decided to pants the original novel for NaNo, so that means I get to deal with dreams toooo! My girl manipulates dreams though, so basically just plays out this movie in their head. I considered changing the genre, but I liked fantasy...

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    1. Ahhh YAY FOR PANTSING!! You are soooo brave O.o That's so cool that you're writing about dreams too! They've always really fascinated me and I've had lots of book ideas relating to them, but this has been my favorite of all of them and the only one I've set off to write so far XP GO FANTASY DREAM BOOK THAT SOUNDS SO AMAZING AHKDJSFALHKSJDFH. I'm not sure what genera mine is in? It's a middle grade fantasy, I guess, but it's in our world. Like, the characters live in America (I think lol) so ...? I guess it's just not the usual fantasy, but it is a fantasy ... *shrugs because I DONT EVEN KNOW* I can't wait to see you ROCK THIS NANO!!! *fist bump*

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  2. HANNAH HANNAH HANNAH THIS JUST SOUNDS SO COOL. o.o Beautiful Books is awesome.

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    1. THANK YOUUUUUU! I'm very excited :D IKR BEAUTIFUL BOOKS IS SO WONDERFUL. I'm really enjoying reading about other bloggers' books, plus it was fun to do myself :D

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  3. Wooooowwww...your book idea sounds SO AWESOME! I love it, I wanna read it and you haven't even started writing it yet.XD
    AND CAN I SAY HOW AWESOME YOUR BLURB IS??? The last line....AH-MAY-ZING. XD
    -Emma-

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    1. AWWWW THANK YOUUUUU! <3 I am quite happy with it, now that it's polished *beams* It is sooo nice to have a blurb handy. *whispers* you should totally wriiiite one!

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    2. You're welcome! I have for one of my books, and I tried for my NaNo one, but it was not coming along. Maybe now I could try again since I know what my story is about now.XD
      -Emma-

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    3. Ahhhh yis dooooo it. What is your username on Nano? I MUST FRIEND YOU <3

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  4. Oh my gosh, Hannah, this book sounds amazing! The blurb is so professional and intriguing and THE AESTHETIC COLLAGES those are gorgeous! Can't wait for you to write this! I'm so excited for you!

    I actually don't know what I want to do for Nano. I've had a few ideas, but none of them appeal to me. The plots just seem too boring.

    EITHER WAY OH MY GOSH THIS IS SO COOL THE AESTHETICS ARE GORGEOUS AND JUST HHHHHH I'm so excited.

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    1. Ahhhw thank youuuuu! :D As for what you're going to write, could you try combining ideas/concepts? Sometimes the best ideas start out fairly simple. <3

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    2. Thank you so much for this! I actually ended up taking a walk and talking to my friend and I came up with an idea! I hope you don't mind, I just posted something about it (the post subject and such was inspired by this one which is why I was saying "hope you don't mind") and I'm very confident that it'll turn out well.

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    3. I'm so glad! As long as you don't, like, steal my book idea XP My goal is to inspire all the lovely writer beans <3 And I checked out your post so MAKE SURE TO READ MY COMMENT CAUSE I DIDN'T WRITE THESE QUESTIONS. It's a link-up, which means one blogger (in this case, Cait and Skye) starts it and gives the questions and button and stuff, and a bunch of other writers join in! I linked back to them in the post, before the questions, so be sure to check them out!

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  5. HANNAH NO DON'T GIVE ME ANOTHER PRECIOUS WOLF TO LOVE AND PROTECT AND ADORE
    jk give them all to me i love this so much

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    1. Eeeeeehehehehe he is muh babyyyyy *hugs child close* *whispers* he also has a stutter and I JUST LOVE HIM AHHH. I can't wait to write with him!

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  6. OH MY WORD *flails* *tosses candy* YOU'RE WRITING 'THE DREAM WALKERS'! I've seriously wanted you to do that forever (well, since you put it on your Writing page XD). It just sounds so GOOD!

    And, just sayin', I could stare at those collages FOREVER. They are so beautiful. You are a stellar collage-maker *nodnod*.

    AND YOUR BLURB IS THE BEST. Seriously, if I read that blurb on the back of a library book, I would pick it up. And then I would check it out and take it home. AND THEN I WOULD LOVE IT FOREVER.

    ANYWAYS. I love this post to bits and WE ARE GOING TO ROCK NANOWRIMO *fistbump*.

    ~ Savannah
    scattered-scribblings.blogspot.com

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    1. Awwwww this made me grin :D Thank you so much! I didn't realize how ready I was to write it until I was using GTW's brainstorming sheets and was answering all the thought-provoking questions without even blinking and I was just like, DUDE. MY BRAIN HAS BEEN BUSY. O.o I'm so glad you likeyyyy! *flails happily* YES, YES WE ARE. IT'S GOING TO BE EVERY WRITER'S ... *wait for it* /DREAM/. hehe. ehe.

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  7. OH THIS SOUNDS ADORABLE AND ALSO AMAZING.😍 Good luck with it!! It nearly sounds Peter-Panish?!? Which is like the best and your cast is so cute, although I admit Wolf is already my favourite. WHAT A LITTLE SQUISH. I LOVE HIM. And I think it's really great of you to switch projects and go with your inspiration instead of what you planned! I'm hopeless at that.😂 I'm trying to tell myself I'm writing this book I've planned out since, like July...but my head is trying to write it's own pirate story hhahah. ahem. We'll see which half wins.😂

    Thanks for joining in the linkup! I LOVED READING THIS.

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    1. Awww thank you! Yes, I'm realizing that it's rather Peter-Pan-esque though I had no plans of that going in XP But now I'm like, ohkayyyyy this is sort of Peter Pan-y so I might as well make the most of it. And now I have a kick butt explorer girl and pirates and maybe a queen with a glass hand? Not sure XP

      WOLF IS MY FAVORITE TOO AHHH I LOVE HIM. I hope you've figure out which story to write! That is such a tough decision. Thank you for reading! <3

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  8. AHHHHHHH this is so cool and amazing and when can I read it??? Like seriously. I need to read it. Now.
    Last year I changed my NaNoWriMo plan too rather last minute. I literally woke up the first day of November and decided to ditch all my plans for one novel and decided to write another unplanned one. I must be insane. XD
    Love this post!

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    1. Aw you're so sweet!! <3 Oh that is so stressful AHHH. But very amusing XP Did you still win? Thank you for reading!

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  9. This looks and sounds so cool,love the ethereal look and the cast of super adorable characters!

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    1. Thank you!!! It's very concept-arty and makes my heart happy :D

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