CAMP NANO | WEEK ONE | APRIL ’18

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Camp NaNo begins! I’m actually fairly prepared this year with my game plan. I don’t entirely expect to have Seek’s third draft finished by April, but my goal is being tracked in hours. Originally, I was shooting for 50 hours total, but as things popped up, my goal is 30 hours. I read Seek’s second draft before Camp, making major revision notes and plot changes, as well as making notes of beta reader comments/suggestions. Busy, busy, and ready! Week one, here we go!

 

DAY ONE | 3 HOURS | 2,608 WORDS

THE CHAOS BEGINS. MUAHAHA. Ahem. I roughly did 3 hours today and my word count wasn’t terrible but I’ve had bigger first days. Looking at my outline, I’m fairly certain I’ll be rewriting this whole novel instead of just small revisions and edits. I’m very excited, however!

My characters be like…

 

DAY TWO | 4 HOURS | 4,604 WORDS

I didn’t know I wrote that much… I actually thought today went super slow and unsuccessful. Wow. I guess I wasn’t paying any attention.

Also our friend Sam got me DOUGHNUTS (THANKS GIRL!) so I celebrated my writing progress tonight. 😛

DAY THREE | 2 HOURS | 3,600 WORDS

I think it was 2 hours worth. Anyway. I had a math test today don’t judge me my math brain cells are fried.  I’m really enjoying seeing the progress Seek has made! Rewriting isn’t too bad.

Also, had two new story ideas so hahaha HELP ME. 

Me, writing Seek but getting bothered by new ideas…

 

DAY FOUR | 4 HOURS | 2,611 WORDS

Slow going today but I wrote and that counts, folks. 😛 My writing buddy ate my note I gave him though.

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DAY FIVE | 1 HOUR | 1,590 WORDS

I babysat Rey and Laney most of the day while Mom and Tory went to a doctor appointment. I also did school, of course… So, while writing didn’t get far, I did get to chat with my dad about Seek’s future plans and feel pretty relieved and excited now. 😛

 

DAY SIX | 1 HOUR | 1,093 WORDS

More babysitting but today it was just Laney. Also, Kody asked her what she wanted to be when she grows up. She wants to be a cow.

I also stayed up kinda late talking with Tory about JUMP: Kody read some while I was napping with Laney and said (kind of jokingly, ha) “You’re demented and need to make a movie with Stephen King and the bros who make Stranger Things.”

I told him I’d prefer Ted Dekker over Stephen King and make it a deal. 😛 Tory and I also tossed ideas around for movie casting if my books ever became movies. We didn’t come up with many solid ideas, haha, but it was fun!

 

DAY SEVEN | 40 MINUTES | 700 WORDS

OK, every word counts… super busy today. Not much to report because I have a goldfish brain at the moment. So. That makes the first week of Camp!

Total Hours: 15 hours 40 minutes

Total Word Count: 16,806

Amount Of Pizza Consumed: Lost track

Music Listened to: Seek’s Revision Playlist + Peponi by the PianoGuys + etc

 

God bless y’all!

-Angela

 

How is Camp going for you?! I wanna hear about your project!

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I PRINTED JUMP!

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I am very excited to say that the second draft of my novel JUMP was successfully printed! I’m pretty happy with how the copies turned out – they have some faults but I was expecting those and just wanted it printed. And IT SMELLS SO GOOD, Y’ALL. SO. SO. GOOD.

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I like the cover pretty well – the black and white vibe works for the story. It’s actually a photo I took of the North Carolina mountains and JUMP takes place in NC. So…

I got two copies, one for myself to pet and look at, the second for my family to read. I hope they like it.

JUMP also takes place during summer so I did try to pretend it was at least sprint outside… but nope. Too windy. Tennessee weather, y’all. Good grief.

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As you can see, the title on the spine is a smidge off from the center but I knew it wouldn’t align correctly after a few tries. I’m fine with it though. Formatting wise, things turned out fine except for the chapters didn’t always begin on new pages like I’d formatted it to go, but that’s not too bad. If you haven’t printed out your amazing stories/books… go print them! ASAP! And don’t forget coupons – Lulu’s cheap but coupons are always awesome. ;D

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Some of you may know how difficult it was for me to print this novel – I tried Createspace but then switched back to Lulu. I had lots of problems which confused me because I printed Seek with no problems… but it took days of issues and I finally began to break down. Mom sat me down, prayed, and BAM! I figured out the issues and solved them. A huge thanks to all of the lovely folks who gave me tips and stuff, also.

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It is soo cool to have both of my novels side by side. =D Soon, my newest novella, The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon will be beside them! Yay! And I realized: to date, at sixteen years, I have completed two novellas and two novels. Granted, the first novella – first thing I ever finished, actually – I wrote is deleted (because I was twelve and didn’t grasp the concept of saving things, haha). I praise God for the things He’s taught me through writing and how much I’ve grown already. How exciting to be able to learn more, share my writing, and continue to glorify God! 

God bless y’all – and stayed tuned on my Youtube channel because I’ll be doing a bookshelf tour soon! Be sure to subscribe. 🙂

-Ang

 

What do you think of JUMP’s cover?

Have you printed one of your books? The answer needs to be yes – lol –  and if so I wanna see! =D

 

WRITING UPDATES | MARCH ’18

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It’s been too long since I’ve done a writing update! And quite a bit has been crackalackin’ – in life and my writing! For life, all has been quite well. For writing? Good! Or… maybe not so good for my characters…

But let’s not spoil anything! On to the updates, lovelies. But first, two exciting announcements:  I have a Goodreads author profile! How exciting is that?! 😀 If you haven’t followed me already, it’d be epic if ya did! We can fly dragons together, eat ice cream in the mountains, and tell stories till dawn. 😉 Angela R. Watts on Goodreads. Which means… You can now add Seek to your Goodreads shelf! AHH! Seek isn’t published and isn’t open to be purchased yet, but until then, feel free to add it to your TBR shelf and share it with friends! And to y’all who have added it and rated it already – thank you so much! *hugs and confetti*

Now, for the writing updates!

 

FINISHED THE SECOND DRAFT OF JUMP!

WHOOHOO! And whew. The second draft stands at over 94,000 words. My goal was to have it finished by the 31st of March and I finished it on the 8th, sitting down and pounding out the ending (well, not literally – my laptop would break :P) before karate class. I typed ‘the end’ and headed out the door feeling very grateful! Every step – fin life and writing – is a gift from God! JUMP has editing, revising, and all that to be done but I am very excited this draft is complete.

 

ORDERED COPIES OF JUMP

After days of trying to figure out how to get things ready… I tried to print it with Createspace but didn’t want to mess anything up with the ISBN number so all that work was for naught. I used Lulu again and ran into multiple problems. My writer friends were all helpful but still, nothing worked. I had a small breakdown, my mom prayed with me, and then I switched the standard copy to a traditional. It worked! So I have two lil’ beauties on their way (I’ll do a post for y’all when they come!) – one for me and one for my family to read… and later, alphas/betas…

STARTED READING/REVISING SEEK

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I’ve started reading through Seek and making my own notes/revisions. First, there’s kind of a long story with how Seek’s editing/revising/beta readers process has gone. And it’s stressed me out a lot. Basically, the Google Doc fritzed on me while some readers were finishing (I had to copy/past the rest of the novel for them in separate docs). Yes, it’s saved and I lost nothing – but I couldn’t edit the doc with all of my beta’s comments/etc. Still can’t. I tried everything, for weeks.

 So now, instead of being able to edit and respond to each comment, I have to write down notes of the comments and such, adding/editing them one by one on a separate doc. It’s not as easy as it was before but I’ll work it out! I’m very grateful for all the feedback, encouragement, and criticism Seek received. *giant hug and cookie for my betas*

 

READYING SEEK FOR CAMP NANO

I’m doing Camp NaNo this April!

… or, more like: I’ve got this with God’s guidance and grace! My project will be revising and editing Seek. It’d be great if I could finish the novel by the end of Camp, but it not, it’ll be fine. The goal is as much as I can do and the best I can. I’ll probably set my goal by hours though I don’t have a solid goal set yet.

 

STARTED WRITING THE THIEF, THE DAMSEL, AND THE DRAGON

What’s that, you ask? The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon (might change the name, not sure) is a novella/short story about… well, what the title says. Ha. Here’s a quick synopsis I just slapped together:

Fall Springs is a small, quiet town in Tennessee where the people all know each other and crime is nonexistent. The perfect scene for a witty, goal motivated thief to swoop in and never get caught. The thief’s target is the mayor but in order to snag his ticket of getting close enough to accomplish his plan, he must invite a small town girl to a party. He doesn’t mean to get so close or care so much about what the girl thinks – that’s not his style – but he can’t seem to help it. 

Lucy Levitt is a hard worker with no time to waste on pointless dating – but she did ask God that if He willed her a soulmate, He’d have to drop the man in her path, didn’t she? And isn’t that exactly what happened with Edward Prosner, the rich new man in town? The first date is one thing but what happened after was nothing she ever expected. In God’s hands, it might’ve even been better.

So, yes, quick blurb – not fantastic, ha – and I’ll change plenty later but that’s the main idea. 😛 What do you think of it? Does it sound interesting? The goal for this is to finish it by the end of the month – I have two weeks left! Since I had time left over after JUMP was finished, I woke up early one morning and decided ‘I’m gonna write a short story’. I needed a new idea first because I have short story ideas that I’m saving for Camp NaNo in July… so I brainstormed some with my mom… and God gave me this crazy little idea. So far, so good. I’m enjoying it! Short stories/novellas (I don’t know how long this will be when finished so…) are tricky for me so this is meant to be a challenge. 😀 If I could just be good at calculating the length… *sigh*

 

MADE NOTES ON SHORT STORIES FOR JULY

The beginning of 2018, I made writing goals for myself. One of those being to work on writing short stories and such – packing a punch in less pages. It can be a wall for me but I plan on working on it.

Psh… if I could write more than one thing down at once… wow.

I’ve already written down a few of my short story ideas in my notebook and I’ll keep up with any/all ideas that way. I’ll be tackling a few short stories/etc in July for Camp. I’m very excited to share them with y’all! The goal is to have a small story for free when I make my future author newsletter and then have a few smaller stories to sell. I’ve also considered publishing a book of poems, so I’ll be working on those, as well.

 

GLORIFYING GOD!

That’s the most important thing, folks! I cannot let myself overthink, stress, or fear anything – I’ve gotta trust God and pray to glorify HIM. With all of my writing and everything I do. Nothing matters without Jesus. Without Him, I wouldn’t have any of these ideas!

God gives me joy – nothing else. So through the hard times – like when I can’t figure out a doc, haha – I’ve gotta pray and focus on God through the storm. Things aren’t supposed to be perfect. We’ve gotta trust God in everything, do our best, and know that everything is a gift.

God bless, y’all!

-Angela Watts

 

What do you think of all this?! Thoughts on Seek? Jump? The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon? I wanna hear ALL your thoughts!

What are YOU writing?

Introducing My Novel JUMP

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Hello y’all! I have a surprise post! But before we get started, I have exciting news: I have a Goodreads author account! Whoohoo! Currently, I have my novel Seek on there so you can add it to your shelves! I’ll be doing occasional updates as I edit Seek for publishing. 🙂 I’d really appreciate if you follow me on GR so we can share the craziness together. Now, on to the post…

I shall be formally introducing Jump, my WIP novel! Is this novel new? No. Should I have had this post up before NaNoWriMo in 2017? Heh, probably. I wrote the first draft for Jump in Camp NaNo July in 2017 and then began draft two in November for NaNo -which I won at 60,000+ words! However, Jump isn’t finished. Nope. It almost is, and I’m assuming it may end up at about 80-90k… we shall see!

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  What is your novel about? 

The town was silent. Too silent. Old and weary.

Helengold needed Yahweh.

The demons ran rampant. Murders and crimes are hidden in the shadows and shoved under the rug as the townsfolk remained strangely silent. ‘Odd’ sightings stirred a few folks but such people are silenced…

  What could a few kids do to stop the madness that shows itself from the shadows – quite literally? Nothing. The question is: what can God do? And that answer is everything.

So that’s the rough synopsis… thingie.

Basically, Jump is about a town which is old and quiet, not much happens, but then crimes begin to occur and odd sightings are witnessed… but people are silenced and things are covered up. The book follows a few teenagers as they slowly uncover what’s going on – and then they try to back off. But then something happens, and they have to keep going and find answers… no matter where it takes them. 

What inspired the idea for your novel?

A dream God gave me, back before July of 2017. I wrote the first draft in Camp NaNo in July… and the story has grown and shaped since. A lot. Like they usually do.

What is your book’s aesthetic?

baseball bats. late nights and 3 am. stormy skies. open fields of grass bathing in summer sun. deep rivers. busy fair grounds and cotton candy and loud rides. cars parked on the side of the road. bruised knuckles. coffee. dirty jeans. graffiti. shadows. cold dark tunnels. pizza places.

 

Interesting things about this novel?

When I began draft two, I decided to write this novel from 3rd person POV entirely. In the first draft, it was from first person with a POV switch going between four characters. I decided it may be interesting and neater to do 3rd person. This is the first novel I’ll have finished in 3rd person – and it was fun! 

Jump has many themes. The power of prayer is a big one. Another is the supernatural. As a Christian, I’m fascinated by what Yahweh’s Word says about the supernatural – angels, demons, portals, etc.

The Bible says: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12

God says that! So, with Jump, I wanted to branch out and show that spiritual battle in a real sense… Whether we can or cannot see the battle in the heavens: it is very real. 

This novel has been a journey and will continue to be – but it is an amazing gift and I thank the Lord for giving me this story! I pray one day, it will touch others as He wills it.

God bless!

-Angela Watts

What do you think of Jump? Does it sound interesting?

NaNoWriMo 2017 | Week Four

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Drum roll, please! NaNo is OVER. Actually, it’s been over for eight days – but as soon as NaNo ended, I was thrust back into busy life and just now managed to finish this post. So, without farther ado, here is my last week of NaNo!

Day Twenty Two: 3,350

I WON NANO! Jump reached 50,000 words – and no, I didn’t have to stay up to 12 AM to reach the goal. 😛 I celebrated with my family, some Oreo mud pie, and I’m now back at writing. This novel isn’t finished yet! God is SO amazing!

Also, my Mamaw and Papaw Jim came up today! They’re staying for Thanksgiving, but also will stay with us while Mom and Dad go to Maryville.

 

Day Twenty Three: 227

THANKSGIVING! WHOOT! I ate a ton (big surprise, ha) and hung out with my family. Also took a nap (and naps are always better with music + earphones, y’all…). We went shopping also, which was fun and not quite as crazy as last year…

 

Day Twenty Four: 1,348

Along with writing, this month I’ve also been helping my Mom and Tory do their business. They did a party today and it was awesome. =D If you want to check out the jewelry they’re selling, here’s their FB link.

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We also went Black Friday shopping again, which went well… as the above photo says (Mom and I took the kiddos out to the car… those check out lines are long…), we had a blast.

 

Day Twenty Five: 435

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Didn’t write much today but I’m not worried about that… I am a bit nervous because my parents are leaving for about a week for the Sunshine Clinic… and I’ve never been away from them for such a long period of time. Actually, I’ve really never been away from them… and yep. It’s a bit nerve racking but I’m praying through it, haha. I have total faith God will heal them while they’re at Dr. Sunshine’s!

On a less anxious note – check out my nieces Rey and Laney… I think they have crushes. ;D Hey, it is hard to resist a guy in uniform, right?!

 

Day Twenty Six: 3,500

I wrote 3,500 words and it was a surprisingly long haul. Heh. As in, the days I wrote 5k went faster than this 3.5k… but, I’m not complaining! The words are out. 😉

And yes, first day without my parents… And we’re all still alive. o-0

 

Day Twenty Seven: 2,100

My grandparents, siblings, nieces, and I went shopping! Whoohoo! So, if y’all wanna know how NaNo’s going… Tory and I are on a face chat with Mom and I’m bouncing up and down… Mom, jokingly: “Are you on drugs?” Me: “I’m on caffeine.”

 

Day Twenty Eight: 400

AND MORE SHOPPING – in a bigger city! Which was a LOT of fun (I got Christmas presents! I mean, I know what they are… wrapped ’em myself… but I still got presents. =D ) and we all had a blast. Also ate yummy Panda Express (thanks, Papaw!).

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Day Twenty Nine: 2,400

Where has the month gone… because wow. JUMP has been amazing so far and I just… my babies. These characters. The things they show me and make happen and I’m just like: I wasn’t planning this but IT WORKS.

I love this story. It’s occasionally *cough* a lot *cough* frustrating, oft times confusing, but always worth it. Does anyone else have those moments where gosh, these characters are real… and they’re hilarious and heartbreaking… because I love those moments.

 

Day Thirty: 1,400

Alas, the adventure has come to an end. With a loud BANG, I announce… NaNo is over. Finished. Completed. Whew.

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OK, OK, I am being totally over-dramatic because for my first NaNo, I am very grateful to God because I don’t quite feel like Frodo at the moment, haha! I feel more like this… though I can’t dance quite this well, ha.

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I completed NaNo by winning on the 22nd at 50,000 words and finishing the month at 62k! JUMP is not over, however. Like I’ve said, the first draft neared 100k, and while a lot of things have changed in draft two, I think it’ll be just as long – if not longer… I’m really not sure. Ah.

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Snippets

 

 Rene’ groaned again, feeling something tight around her arm. She jumped in fear, but Sam’s grip tightened. “Gah!”
 “It’s me, Rene’!” Sam whispered quickly. Rene’ didn’t pull away, fear in her chest, eyes wide – but she saw nothing.

 “Isaac?! Isaac!” she gasped wildly, swinging her hands around to find him. Derek grunted as he moved, trying to follow the voices – but he hit a body. Isaac lurched upright and swung at Derek.

 “Isaac!” Derek groaned in pain as Isaac punched him in the gut. Isaac grasped Derek’s arm sloppily in dismay.

 “Where are we?” he asked sharply.

 “No one freak out. Do not freak!” Sam ordered firmly, over the heavy breathing and words. Everyone freaked anyway. “Guys!” Sam shouted. Everyone shut up.

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They fell silent, wrestling with their fears, each step careful and precise. Rene’ almost tripped once, but Sam and Isaac both grabbed her up. She whispered a sorry, but they kept going.

  Kept going where, though? They didn’t know. But it didn’t matter so much as to where they were going, did it? Maybe they were pushed by fear of staying in the dark forever – but as long as they moved…. They’d be fine. Right? They had to get out. And to do that they had to walk.

  Or crawl. Whatever worked.

  It was then they found the path came to an end. A stone wall came before them and Derek groaned, their flashlights scanning.

 “Wait.” Rene’ whispered. “Look…”
 Tunnels.

 

 

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I’m dead, I’m dead, I’m dead I’m dead I’m dead. Oh, God, I don’t wanna be dead! Derek’s eyes shot open but only darkness surrounded him. Heaviness. His head pounded quickly and his heart ran wild. He could scarcely seem to breathe, and his body felt numb. Empty.
He was surrounded by thick nothingness. Nothing… he was dead. He had to be.
And then suddenly a throb of pain swarmed through his body, like his mind had finally made the connection. He gasped and writhed. This isn’t being dead – this hurts! Being dead doesn’t hurt!
If Derek wasn’t dead, that meant… “Isaac?!” he groaned, but his voice came out all slurred and broken.
A soft moan came through the darkness.

 

 

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Scripture Of The Week

Don’t be afraid; just believe. – Mark 5:36

 

This November was a crazy month for me – and I wrote over 60,000 words during it. It was an amazing journey to participate in NaNo! God showed me a lot and moved my heart in more than one way. I am very blessed to have a Lord who loves me, a family who loves me (and they all put up with my crazy writing endeavors… ahem…), and the wonderful friends who also rocked me on this month (word wars are epic, y’all. I got over 800 words in 10 minutes once o-0). God bless you all!

God bless you all, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

– Angela

ARE YOU EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS?!

Did you like my snippets?

How did your NaNo go? I wanna know ALLL ABOUT IT!