Beautiful People #7

(Series by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In)

Since Dandy comes out this week, I'm going to slow down on the series. I'm going to switch to once every other week instead of every week, and switch to upcoming characters or just whoever I feel like at the time, ha ha.

1. What is their secret desire?

Dandy - to feel safe again.

Toru - to wake up and find that everything that happened was just a dream.

2. What is the best and brightest moment they experience during the story?

Dandy - waking up with her lover and being completely comfortable in her own skin for a few minutes.

Toru - finally letting go of his past and moving forward.

3. What are the emotional places your characters are afraid to go to?

Dandy - literally anywhere emotional - but in particular, about her past; even more specifically, about her family.

Toru - admitting that he doesn't really want revenge anymore.

4. Is there a place/city/room where they will never go? Why?

Dandy - no only because …

Digital Storytelling: The Importance of Context and Understanding What Your Story is Really Saying

Today I watched Hannah Gadsby’s hour comedy special “Nanette” on Netflix and it was so heartfelt, and a lot of the act spoke to me. One of the things she spoke on was the current romanticism of mental illness, and as someone that has ADHD, anxiety, and depression, this related to me a lot. She also spoke on her experience on coming out as a lesbian, and one phrase really spoke out to me: “You learn from the part of the story you focus on. I need to tell my story properly”. What she was discussing, was coming from a conservative Christian area in Tasmania, where she says “70% of the people who raised me, loved me, who I trusted -  believed that homosexuality was a sin, that homosexuals were heinous sub-human pedophiles” and how this affected her view of her self-worth. She goes on to speak about how she turned her coming out story into a comedy routine - as many young gay comedians do - and how it caused her to compartmentalize and minimize the pain she’d felt, instead of dealing with …

Digital Storytelling: Preparing for Video #2

So I think for my next video I’m going to create an abridged video for my first book, Allaha of the Mountain. I like doing in person skits, but I also have low access to resources (money). So, rather than try to create something that looks like it was professionally produced, I plan to embrace my low budget madness and - even though my book isn’t a comedy - making the skits more humorous than serious. This way, I want to draw more interest to the story while still entertaining an audience with a shorter, less accurate version.

It’s kind of ironic, to me, to make an abridged version of the story because the abridged version would consist of a series of interconnected skits that skip through time. The reason I find this ironic is that the rough draft for Allaha of the Mountain started as a series of “episodic” chapters that focused on what became the climax of each chapter, but lacking the character development and time spent in between each high points. Now, creating an abridged video,…

Beautiful People #6 - Lovers in Love

(Series by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In)

These questions were originally posted in February of 2015, so they are Valentine's themed. While Dandy is not a romance book, the main characters each have a romance, so maybe skip this one if you want to experience the growth of their romances through the story?

1. How long have they been a couple?

Toru & Gurujhal - Two years at the beginning of the book, about two and a half by the end.

Dandy & Azuka - They meet for the first time in the second chapter (Kazu the Hand), and are more or less together through the end of the story, so about ten months.

2. How did they first meet?

Toru & Gurujhal - Through Dandy. When Toru first started working with her in a bounty hunting capacity, Toru met Gur when they went to get information from him for a job.

Dandy & Azuka - At a noblewoman's coming of age party during a bounty hunting job.

3. What were their first thoughts of each other? (Love at first sight or…

Digital Storytelling M1 Story: My Book is Not YA

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So, I want to talk about something that keeps coming up and why it’s very frustrating. My book is not a Young Adult book. (Add in a YA book on the side.) Look, I have nothing against YA novels. (Add another YA book.) In fact, there are a lot (add another book) of YA books (add another book) that I greatly enjoy. (Add all of the YA books I own.) YA is a great genre that helps its target age group deal with the problems unique to the point in their lives they’re going through, and when it comes to diverse YA, it’s even more important in showing young adults that they aren’t alone in their more specialized experiences. There are a lot of very talented, very hard working creators that are making brilliant YA fiction that inspires confidence and positive change in young adults. (Take out all the YA books) I am not one of them.

Now that we’ve established that YA is great, let’s talk about some of the comments I keep seeing on my work. I’m not …

Beautiful People #5 - Let's Talk About Me, Apparently

(Series by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In)

1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?

I have been writing - as I like to joke about - since kindergarten, but I didn't realize I wanted to be a writer until late middle school. Like, I have a notebook of a story I wrote in 4th grade and more in-between, but before middle school - where I started entering competitions - that I realized I wanted to actually be a writer.

2. How/why did you start writing?

I just always have - as I was talking about in the previous question. I just... do.

3. What’s your favorite part of writing?

Dialogue. I like to think I'm pretty good at it, and it's the most fun for me to write. Sometimes I need to reel the characters back, though.

4. What’s your biggest writing struggle?

Keeping track of my large ensemble cast - sometimes I will have to write a list and basically check to make sure I haven't forgotten anyone. Especially…

Allaha of the Mountain June Freebie!!

That's right! For the month of June, you can get my first book, Allaha of the Mountain, absolutely FREE when you order it from my Square Store
This sale is in celebration of its sequel, Dandy, coming out this month! Ebooks only, get it while you can!