Story Idea Writing Tag

Hi everyone!

I haven’t done a tag in a while, so I searched WordPress and found this one. As usual, I tag anyone who wishes to answer the questions. 😊

Found on Janet Barry’s blog, A Writer’s Thoughts.


CURRENT STORY:

What is your current story idea that you’re working on right now?

I’m still working on Alter Reach. I’ll share my teaser blurb, so you can get an idea of what it is about:

In A journey to recover their lost memories, twins, Marci and Alyson, must return to a world they were forced to forget, and fight a battle they didn’t know was coming.

SPARK OF INSPIRATION:

Do your ideas begin with characters, plot, world building, or something else entirely?

Alter Reach began with world building. I had a crazy dream about a magical world that could only be accessed through a tunnel system underneath a silo on an abandoned farm. That was the foundation, and that part hasn’t changed.

BRAINSTORM:

How do you puzzle piece your story elements together? Do you start with the ending and make your way to the beginning or vice versa?

I started at the beginning of Alter Reach, because of the dream I’ve had. It’s taken me quite a while to come up with an ending that I’m satisfied with.

KEEP OR TOSS:

How do you know when you want to keep or dump a story idea?

I’m not the greatest multi-tasker when it comes to writing. I keep a journal of other ideas as they come, but I don’t throw them out. I just save them all, and work on the one that calls to me.

ORIGINAL IDEA:

How much of your original idea for your story is actually used once everything is finished?

For Alter Reach, the foundation has been the same through the entire writing process. However, the rest has changed over and over.

HIDE OR SHARE:

Do you share your book ideas with friends or keep them a secret?

I share with certain people. I’m not the most outgoing, so if I don’t feel comfortable, I don’t bring it up.

DREAM:

Have any of your book ideas originated with a dream/nightmare?

Yup. It’s where a lot of my ideas spark from. I often have vivid dreams and nightmares. If I can remember it, I write it down…even if it’s just a fragment.

DOPPLEGANGER:

Have you ever had an idea for a story but then see a similar premise in a book/tv-show/movie?

Alter Reach is semi-similar to many different things in the fantasy world, but it is unique enough that I don’t think anyone is going to say that I reminds them of one thing in particular.

BIG SCREEN INSPIRATION:

Have any of your favorite movies/tv shows sparked ideas for scenes in your book?

Absolutely. I draw inspiration from all sorts of places.

NOSTALGIA:

What’s the oldest/first story idea you remember coming up with/writing down?

I’ve shared it in my Early Writing posts. It’s called The Mouse and the Bear. I wrote short stories all the time. I’ve loved writing since I was able to write.


My husband had Monday off, so we are spending the long weekend together. I have my second opinion, Rheumatologist appointment on Monday. I’m trying to stay positive while also keep my expectations low. Not sure what we will do this weekend, but sometimes that’s more fun.

What are your plans for the weekend?

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The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci *Release Blitz*

Hi everyone!

It’s officially release day of The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci! My hardback should be arriving in the mail soon, and I can’t wait to re-read it.

Synopsis:

Tobias Kaya doesn’t care about The Savior. He doesn’t care that She’s the Ruler of the realm or that She purified the land, and he certainly doesn’t care that She’s of age to be married. But when competing for Her hand proves to be his last chance to save his family, he’s forced to make The Savior his priority.

Now Tobias is thrown into the Sovereign’s Tournament with nineteen other men, and each of them is fighting–and killing–for the chance to rule at The Savior’s side. Instantly his world is plagued with violence, treachery, and manipulation, revealing the hidden ugliness of his proud realm. And when his circumstances seem especially dire, he stumbles into an unexpected romance, one that opens him up to unimaginable dangers and darkness.

*This book contains graphic violence, adult language and sexual situations.*


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Work In Progress Tag

Hi everyone!

I’m still in pain. My last doctor appointment didn’t yield much of a result, although at least they tried something instead of just sending me home with nothing. I have two appointments this coming week, two the first week of May, and one the second week of May. I’m also waiting on another specialist to let me know if they think my issue is something they can help with. I have to call again Monday to see where they are at with that. Ugh. This is very frustrating, so thanks for being patient with my lack of updating and reading of your blog posts.

I’m doing a tag today all about my WIP, Alter Reach! Enjoy.


What is the working title of your book?

Alter Reach

Where did the idea for your book come from?

I had a really crazy dream that I was jumping through different “portals” to other worlds. That’s where Alter Reach started, but it has changed into a completely different story and barely has anything to do with the dream anymore.

What genre is your work in progress?

Fantasy/Adventure/Romance

Choose the actors for your movie rendition.

This question is so hard because, I did look at different people’s faces while I learned what each character looked like, but it’s hard to narrow it down. Marci, the lead, sort of resembles Nina Dobrev and of course, Alyson is her twin.

One sentence synopsis of your book.

In a journey to discover their lost memories, Marci and Alyson must return to a world they were forced to forget and fight a battle they didn’t know was coming.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self-published.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A year. Ugh.

Who or what inspired you to write the book?

I’ve always loved writing. I looked forward to essay assignments in school, and always wanted to write books. It just tool me a while to get going.

What else about your book might peak the reader’s interest?

It has a bit of a mystery, which I personally think is unpredictable. It also has a very healthy romance, which I think is something that is lacking in many books. It’s has funny moments, loveable characters, and I can’t wait to share it with you!


That’s all I have for you today. I tag anyone who wants to participate.

I could use all the thoughts and prayers as we try to figure out this pain. In good news, so far, doctors are sure it’s not life-threatening, so that is a plus. But it really hurts, and I’m ready for some relief.

If you do the tag, let me know. I’d love to read about your WIP.

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April Goals

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday. I can’t believe tomorrow is Easter, and the first day of April. This year is already flying by.

In the beginning of March, I posted my goals for the month. Today, I would like to discuss how well I did, and set new goals for April. Here we go.


March Goals Wrap Up

1. Get more sleep.

I did really well with this one until my abdominal pain started acting up. Hopefully, I can get back on track.

2. Review a few of the books I’ve read over the last two months.

I made some progress on this, but my TBR pile grows every day.

3. Alter Reach: more self-edits, and start recruiting beta readers.

I made progress with Alter Reach – this will be an ongoing goal.

4. Try one new recipe a week.

Nope. Failed. Oh well.

5. Write a blog post every other day.

I pretty much did this. There were a couple missed days, but I made them up, and am happy to call this goal accomplished.


I think I did pretty well with my March Goals and am looking forward to April being even more productive.


April Goals

1. Make more progress on Alter Reach.

Like I said, this will be ongoing until the book is released.

2. Read from the Bible, nightly.

I’m trying to be more involved with our Church, but before I can do that, I need to study the source a bit more.

3. Work out at least 30 minutes a day.

I need to get my beach body ready. 😂

4. Read and review more books.

I’d love to put another dent in my TBR in April.

5. Update Twitter more often.

I feel like I’ve been neglecting Twitter, which is bad because it has been a pretty useful tool.


What are some of your goals for April? Let me know!

Have a fantastic Saturday!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi everyone!

Happy Friday. Late post for me, but I wasn’t feeling great today, and I still wanted to get this post up.

I was tagged by Jay, over at This Is My Truth Now. Thanks, Jay!

Definitely check out his blog, it’s amazing!


WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Questions for me:

1. You have the power of re-animation to bring back anyone from the dead. Who would you bring back?

My mom.

2. What is your dream vacation location?

Israel – I’m not sure if we will ever have the money or the ability to go, but I would love to go with our church some day.

3. Aside from reading, what are some of your passions?

Writing.

4. What is your favorite genre?

Fantasy/Adventure and Sci-fi.

5. Have you ever thought about writing a book?

Yup 😉

6. What are 5 ways to win your heart?

Chocolate
Chocolate
Chocolate
Chocolate
and did I mention, chocolate?

7. What are 5 of your pet peeves?

Hubby’s alarm going off 14 (or more) times in the morning 😉
Being late
My curly hair, when it doesn’t cooperate
Fake friends
Bullying

8. If you could trade lives with anyone for one day, who would it be, and why?

Amy Lee from Evanescence – because I would love to be able to sing like her.

9. Where would you go if you were invisible?

All sorts of places. That’s the one super power I’d love to have.

10. Are you currently binge watching anything? If so, What?

Hulu just added 3 more Survivor seasons, so I’m currently binge watching through those.

11. Why did you start blogging?

My blog is part of my author platform, but it’s grown into so much more than just promoting Alter Reach, and I love it.

My Nominees:

Invisible-No-More
The Cozy Pages
Moonshine’s Corner
E. Michael Helms
the orang-utan librarian
ReadRantRock&Roll
The Past Due Review
Elleguyence
Diary of a Bookfiend
A-scribe to Describe
Caleb Raves

***Not sure if you’ve been tagged or want to participate, so no pressure. I’m just happy to link to your blogs. 😊

Questions for my nominees:

1. What is one thing you would like to accomplish this year?

2. City or Small Town life?

3. Twitter or Facebook?

4. What book are you currently reading? (If anything)

5. What show are you currently watching? (If any thing)

6. If you were a character in a Star Wars movie, who would you be?

7. In a horror movie, would you be the first one down or the last one standing?

8. Is there a popular book out that you don’t like?

9. Top 5 favorite songs.

10. What is your dream job?

11. If you could have unlimited time or unlimited money, which would you choose and why?


Thanks again for the nomination, Jay!

If you want to answer the questions, I nominate you too!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Jessica’s Early Writing (4)

Hi everyone!

It’s been a long week. I’m so glad today is Friday! Today, I have a short, but fun, early writing post! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. 😊


Here’s the entire diagram I made about my pets (as we’ve learned, I enjoyed writing about them)

And here are a couple up close shots for easier reading. I’ll translate (lol) underneath the pictures.

Intro: Hi my name is Jessica and I’m going to tell you about my animals.

What kind of animals?: I have 2 cats, 1 dog, and 2 fish?

What there names are? (What are their names?): One cat’s name is Perdy (Purdy) another cats name is Katdy (Katie). My dogs name is Thunder and my fishs names are Oreo and Jake.

Funny things: One thing that is funny my cat Katdy (Katie) chases my dog Thunder. My cat Katdy always chases Perdy (Purdy) and my fish swim upside down. (They really did swim upside down sometimes.)

Tie up sentens (sentence): If you have animals like me I hope they aren’t as goofy as mine are.


That’s all I have for you today. I havent been on WordPress much this week, so I’ll be spending some time catching up on blogs I’ve missed.

I hope you have a great weekend.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Tomb Raider

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Hubby and I saw the new Tomb Raider movie last night and I wanted to get my review up as soon as possible.

*This will be a spoiler free review*


Tomb Raider
Release Date: 3/16/2018
Run Time: 118 mins
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Roar Uthaug
Writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas

Synopsis (taken from IMDB):
Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.

Review:

Side note: I’m not a huge video game player, but I do play a few on occasion (Skyrim and Dragon Age are the top 2). When I was young, my Dad would play the original Tomb Raider games on the play station and I would watch. We printed out all the walk throughs for the games and put them in a binder. When we would get stuck on a puzzle, we would eventually give in and I would look up how to get through. I never really played the older games on my own, but when the two new games came, I had to. And I loved them. The story is great, and I was excited to see the movie.

The movie definitely borrows from the game. Actually, one of the coolest aspects of the movie is how much it felt like a Tomb Raider game. Quick, action-packed sequences with seconds to make life or death decisions. However, the story is pretty different from the game, which threw me off. Many of the characters make appearances but their motives (and even names) have been changed. I needed to remind myself throughout the movie that I needed to treat this as a separate entity from the game (as I would when comparing a book-to-movie adapataion to the original source). Once I did that, I was able to enjoy the movie much more.

I think Alicia Vikander plays a perfect Lara Croft. She has the look and the charm that makes Lara, Lara and I don’t have anything negative to say. Vikander delivers a solid performance, and is able to keep you on the edge of your seat and then make you laugh to break tension.

I also really enjoyed Walton Goggins as Mathias. While a different character in the movie versus the book, he really delivers a tense performance. From the minute you meet him, you know he isn’t a good guy, and Goggins was able to really bring that almost invincible, bad guy feeling to the character. He was not going to be an easy villainto defeat.

The special effects are really awesome in this movie. They leave your adrenaline racing as Lara Croft runs, jumps and ducks her way through countless dangers. The action sequences never feel boring or cookie cutter, and I was on the edge of my seat more than once.

I think the first half of the film dragged a bit. I know this was an origin story, and we needed time to understand and get to know Lara Croft, but it felt like there was a little too much time spent on her ‘normal’ life. Once the action started, it was a lot more fun.

Wrap-Up:

This was a pretty good movie. It was entertaining, tense, and action-packed. The first half of the movie being a bit slow, lowered the rating for me. But once the movie picked up, I had a great time watching. If you’ve played the game, you definitely need to leave your expectations at the door. It’s a great movie Lara Croft origin story, and you need to look at it completely separate from the story of the game.

Rating:

3.8/5 ☆


Have you played the games? Have you seen the movie? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

If you’re celebrating today, please have a wonderful and safe time! ☘

We will be headed to my in-laws for some cornbeef and cabbage. Enjoy your day! 😊

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Hunger Games

Hi everyone!

Happy Thursday. I’m so ready for it to be Friday, haha. I watched The Hunger Games for the 17373730 time (haha) on Tuesday and wanted to review it. I also plan to re-read the books, but I have other reading to catch up on first.

*This will be a spoiler free review*


Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Director: Gary Ross
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 142 min
Movie

adaptation of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis:
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

Review:

I always try to go into book to movie adaptations with an open mind. I try to remind myself that a book has a lot more time and space for detail, and a movie will inevitably cut things or change things to make it work. It’s hard to go in with a super open mind when a movie is made from one of your favorite books. Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed.

I LOVED The Hunger Games trilogy. I flew through the books faster than any other book I’ve ever read. I might even be as bold to say it’s my favorite trilogy. So, naturally, when I heard it was being made into a movie, I was nervous and excited.

Jennifer Lawrence made a perfect Katniss, from looks to mannerisms, she nailed this part. Josh Hutcherson is fantastic as Peeta too. He brings that innocence that book Peeta has to life, and the chemistry between him and Jennifer Lawrence is on point. I’m thoroughly impressed with the entire cast, and believed each person played their role perfectly.

The writers did a great job translating this story to the screen. I think they did a great job getting the needed information in while keeping the pace of the movie going well. There were points that dragged a bit, but overall, the movie kept me drawn in and interested the entire time.

One critique I had the first time I watched this movie, was the “blood bath” scene at the cornucopia in the beginning of the games. I’m aware this is a violent story, and this scene in particular was very intense in the book. I don’t think it needed to be super bloody, but the way it was shot felt a little underwhelming. I’m not even sure how to describe why this scene didn’t really work for me, but every time I’ve watched the movie, I’ve felt the same.

Wrap-Up:

I can honestly say, this is one of the best book to movie adaptations I have ever seen. It is so close to the book, only making minor changes to make sure the movie is well paced.

Rating:

4/5☆


What did you think of The Hunger Games movie? Let me know in the comments.

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The Intimidating TBR Tag

Hi everyone!

Happy weekend. It’s been a crazy week, but hubby and I took Monday off, so I’m excited to have a three day weekend.

I haven’t done a tag in a while, and thought this would be fun. I found this one here. As usual, if you’d like to do the tag, go for it! Let me know so I can read your answers. 😊


1. A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t finished.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. I’m about half way through, but I recently agreed to read and review a couple of books, so I put this one on the back burner so I could focus. I have one more to read and review, and then I’ll be back to this one.

2. A book you just haven’t had the time to read for.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I’m so mad I haven’t finished this one. I loved the first two, and I can’t wait to find out the end, but I just haven’t had time.

3. A book you haven’t read because it’s a sequel.

I will choose Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo for this one. I’m definitely getting there. I need to write my Six of Crows review.

4. A book you haven’t read because it’s brand new.

I’m going to say Origin by Dan Brown. It’s the newest book on my shelf, so I’m going with it.

5. A book by and author you read previously but didn’t really like.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I’m not really a fan of Divergent, so I’m not sure how much time I really want to dedicate to the other books.

6. A book on your TBR pile that you’re just not in the mood to read.

I guess for this I will go with Gone by Michael Grant. I bought it at a used bookstore, and now I’m just not that excited to read it. I’ll probably read it someday.

7. A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t read because it’s enormous.

I’m really disappointed to say Gemina by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. However, I’ve been listening to the audio book to and from work, and on lunch break, so I’m making time. It’s so good, but it’s also big. Haha.

8. A book on your TBR you bought because of the cover.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I really didn’t need to read the blurb, I just wanted the pretty cover. Haha.

9. The book on your TBR you find the most intimidating.

Creation Basics & Beyond by Various authors at ICR. This one is a science book, and while I’m not really great at science, I really want to dig into it. It’s just intimidating. I’ve read a bit of it, but it takes time for my brain to process in the info.


That’s all I have for you today. What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoy your weekend!

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Not Alone – A Poem

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday. Late post for me, but it’s been a busy weekend. I hope yours has been relaxing!

The poems I’ve shared with you so far were written over the years. I haven’t written anything new in a very long time. Part of my new year’s resolution was to write more poetry. I’ll admit, I’m really rusty, but I’m pretty happy with what I’m sharing today. Enjoy this NEW poem 😊


Not Alone

I stood at the end of the bridge,
until the heat of the flame licked my face.
I watched as the memories turned white,
crumbling to ashes as they blew away.

As the light perforated the darkness,
mercy called me from the edge of my rope.
I’m tired, but I’m alive with eyes wide open,
breathe in deep, the truth, I’m not alone.


Let me know what you think in the comments.

I hope you enjoy your the rest of your weekend and Monday doesn’t come too quickly. 😁

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