Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lillian Update

So, I didn't give a Lillian update on this blog last week, but I did work on Lillian; and I'm quite pleased to say the word count has reached 20,164. Two weeks ago it was 9,849. Isn't it happifying when word counts double like that?

Maison Garfield Dollhouse. This would have been my dream dollhouse when I was little!!!:

I'm still loving this story! I don't think Lillian herself is...that's what makes it so fun. In the past two weeks I've pushed her into fairy-infested woods, a town of dollhouses, and the company of rather irksome characters. She thinks they're irksome, anyway; I just think they're fun.

So tell me! How are your stories coming? Do you delight in making your characters squirm? What are some interesting settings you've written about recently?

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  1. Good job! Man, I wish that I had written that many words in the last two weeks!! Yes, I can tell that you love this story! :)
    Ha, funny thing. So today, I well... *blush shamefully* I hit the most severe case of writers block that I have ever experienced! Literally, I felt like I was running into a concrete wall every time that I even tried to think of my story. It got so bad that I was seriously (and I mean seriously) considering trashing my entire story and erasing it forever because it was causing me such infuriating headaches. It was truly shameful! :( Anyway, I think that I am getting over it, though, because I wrote 966 words tonight in that story.
    Oh, yes, indeed! I love to make my characters squirm. My favorite thing though is to make them mad or angry, especially at one another! It is so much to write arguments and have your characters tear each other apart with their words! It is so dramatic! Unfortunately, I am still stuck in the castle in my story right now. However, come to think of it, I did get to venture into a dark and eerie military fortress full of elite soldiers in my last chapter. That was fun! :P
    Sorry, I am bored... I didn't mean to fill up your comment section with my prattling and ranting. Anyway, I love Lillian! And I can't wait to read and discover more about her story!! Keep up the good work! :)

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    1. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that, Anna! Writer's block is no fun. :( Don't you dare scrap your story! At least...don't erase it forever. I want to read it! :) And 966 words is great! I hope you keep getting over that writer's block.

      Ooh! Conflict through dialogue! The very best kind! Oh, but I hardly ever have the heart to tear friendships to pieces.... A military fortress! That does sound fun....

      Oh, goodness, don't you worry about prattling and ranting - that's what the comments are here for! I'm so glad you like Lillian - and provide a place for writers to share their stories. :)

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  2. Oh, I can't wait to read more of Lillian! Lucy, I do hope you haven't been causing the poor dear TOO much irritation.... Although, I'm one to talk. I just wrote three scenes - all in different stories - and all character torture. :) Let's see, I gave Blakely he scolding of a lifetime and probably broke his heart, Percy and Mina are lost again (oops!), and Owain seems like he might have some interfering sprites to deal with on his way as well his previous troubles. ;) Oh dear! I take far too much pleasure in making characters squirm. :P

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    1. Oh, Isi! I haven't even met Blakely but already I don't want to see his heart broken! Poor Percy and Mina. As for Owain...as I recall, I can imagine interfering sprites doing him some good or at least making me laugh, so I can't say I feel overmuch pity for him. :) I can't wait to read these!!

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    2. Hehehehe... Sprites might do him at least a bit of good, but he definitely won't like it. :) The threesome might, though. I'm still not so sure about Feo. Yes, well, it's a good thing you don't know Blakely yet (PS, if you don't want to be weirded out and get your ear talked off, don't ever ask Maria about Blakely!).

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  3. Awesome! So how different is it from the original version? Yay! You kept the dollhouses! :D Over 20k! That is awesome!
    My writing's finally actually going well! I had to get rid of the original story for Terra though... :( But I like this new story (I kept Terra because I liked her so much) much better. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't like it though...it's sci-fi. :)

    annadeubell.blogspot.com/

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    1. It's pretty different, but...not so different. (I know, that's vague.) :) The main difference is that instead of having to fly for hours to get to Fantasy Land, there's a fairyland in Lillian's backyard (think Epic). So she goes back and forth between worlds without there being a big setting break in the book. I think it's better that way. And...there's more conflict in this version because of the rival fairy/turvy groups ("rival" isn't really a good word; it's more like a cultural civil war than a rivalry), and because Lillian doesn't want to admit she's not a mouse. And yes! I put Dorothy's dollhouses back in! They were thrown out in the last draft...*sniff*

      Oh, you got rid of that story? :( Ah well. I'm sure it was necessary. And I can't wait to hear about/read this new story! Hush your mouth, of course I'll like it, whether or not it's sci-fi. :)

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    2. Ooh! This sounds even better than the original one! I must get around to reading it...after I catch up on Isi's story. :D
      Yup. It had to go. I thought I'd actually have to combine it with my Peter Pan story, but it turns out I was able to come up with a much better story. And I like it even more. The hardest part was just telling myself to let go of the idea I liked.

      annadeubell.blogspot.com/

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    3. Haha! Oh dear. No, don't read it...it'll make me feel ever so guilty if you read Lillian before I read Dreaming Reality. :P

      Yeah, that's the writing process for you. So hard to let go, so wonderful to make new discoveries and find a story that works... I can't wait to hear more about this!

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  4. Looks as if the Lillian story is coming along nicely!
    As for me, I know that making characters squirm can really make things interesting and advance the story...but at the same time I find it kind of awkward. I feel as if I have to do a lot of apologizing.

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    1. Making them squirm can be so hard, can't it? Especially in a more serious story. "Chase your character up a tree and throw rocks at them," they say - but isn't that slightly cruel? These are real people we're talking about, after all! (...at least they feel real to the authors. Don't tell the authors otherwise.) ;)

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