Whoops | #CampNanowrimo ’17

Posted 19 April, 2017 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Kat's Writing, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

CAMP NANOWRIMO ’17

UPDATE TWO

 

Oh crap. It’s been a lot longer than a week since my last update, hasn’t it? *shakes head* Sorry.
Anyway, how’s Camp Nanowrimo 17 going? Well….um…..
I started a new idea. *cringes* Don’t hate me. I can’t help myself! It’s a problem. But in any case, I actually somewhat outlined this new idea so I have Act 1 and Act 2 all laid out ready to write up – I’ve written chapter 1 already and it’s going good. I have…hmmm….2000 words? Yeah. About that.
I want to talk about the story but I also don’t want to spoil OR jinx it. Haha. 
Just know that I kind of describe it as Supernatural meets Buffy. LOL okay. 
Until next time –

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HA HA WHAT AM I DOING? | #CampNaNoWriMo 2017

Posted 4 April, 2017 by katheryn13 in Fun, Kat's Writing / 0 Comments

April 4th 2017
Remember my last blog about me writing fantasy? LOLOLOLOLOL.

So I’m not now. I mean, the idea has been put aside. Maybe one day I’ll write a fantasy, but right now I’m sticking to something I can handle. And an idea that is a bit more shaped out, if that makes sense. 
Typically I decided on a new idea for camp nano on the first day. Great timing! It’s a YA version of the Adult contemporary I was writing, about a book club. Though hopefully it’s less depressing. 
So far I’m on chapter 3, and I’m enjoying it, though it’s really hard for me to get into the headspace/voice of a teen because I wasn’t a typical teen. In fact, I think I’ve probably said this before, but I’m more of a teen NOW at 30, than I was in my actual teens? If that’s a thing, make me mayor!

So yeah, it’s hard.
I don’t know the real lingo, or what even kinds of thoughts/emotions go through teens heads, because let’s just say when I was a teen all I cared about was tv, cinema and just getting by. Boys weren’t even a thing (still aren’t…), make up wasn’t even on my mind, and school was a thing that I wanted out of the way ASAP. I understand about bullying and such, since that happened to me, but beyond that… yeah. So instead of going off PERSONAL experiences this time, I’m just making shit up and well, THAT I can do. 😀

I was at 3300 words, but after I cut out a bit because it didn’t fit just yet (I didn’t delete, I just put it to one side) I’m now at 3498 words because I wrote a load to replace it. Weird. I thought it’d be less. I’m trying to kill off the inner-editor I have telling me to write properly. I’m TRYING to write write write and not worry about if it’s shit. Seriously, do you have ANY IDEA HOW DIFFICULT THAT IS? Sigh.

If I manage to do updates more often, perhaps it’ll make me write more? A GIRL CAN DREAM! At the same time I’m also editing my magic story, so that’s still going strong. I did lose quite a lot of words, however, in one of the edits. *CRIES*. But I’m still at 50k. *WINNING!* haha.
See you all next week with another update. WISH ME LUCK! WOOOOOT!
If you’re taking part in Camp Nano this month, let me know. 🙂 
xxKatxx

 

p.s. annoying that the best gifs are of male actors >_< lol
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Name Game | Writing Fantasy + GIFS

Posted 24 March, 2017 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Fantasy, Kat's Writing, Updates / 1 Comment

Yeah, so my last post was a  little…intense. I know. I’m sorry.
So I want to write fantasy. HOW? How does one even DO that? I mean, so many writer’s manage it, but how do I? That is what I’m asking!

I have an idea, a slight one, and not at all fully formed, but it’s there, poking its head around the corner like an over-excited child at Christmas. I’ve even drawn a somewhat ugly looking map…only because I kind of had to. And let me tell you…one of the islands looks SO wrong. *giggles*
Yesterday I struggled to think up a new idea that didn’t sound like parodies of other books I’ve read, but suddenly in the middle of the night, something sprang to life, the first lines appeared in my head. I refused to get up and write them down ,so alas I forgot them, BUT the kind of…feel? of the story didn’t leave me. So here I am, telling you about what I’m thinking of doing. I’m obviously not going to tell you the PLOT or whatever, because well…I haven’t got one. YET. I like that word, you know. ‘Yet’ is such hopeful sound.

Ironically that’s what I’ve called one of the islands. ‘Hope’. LOL (imagine calling an island LOL though…wouldn’t that be LAUGH OUT LOUD worthy?) Anyway. So far I have a main character – Marissa Emblem. She’s 17 and she’s feisty. But disorientated because she’s found herself on the deck of a ship with a crowd of men around her, all waiting to see what’ll happen next. I’m interested to see how she got there. I mean, seriously…my brain is like “HOW???” 
Then we have a friend – and he’s not really a love interest (yet?) because in my mind he’s a few years younger, though very very polite, and helpful, but not at all her type. Haha. 
I was originally going to have it in real places, like Scotland or something, but then I realised I can’t be bothered to stare at google maps until my eyes bleed, so I figured why not make up a world? Or something close to? How hard can it be?

Says she. 
Coming up with names for places is like…well difficult. Even with place names generator websites, which by the way come up with names ALREADY EXISTING! I just think “what sounds weird?” 

Anyway, I feel like this could be the start of a brand new series of blog posts. No, not really. I’m getting ahead of myself as usual. I just wanted to update you all. I mean, this shit takes TIME, ya know? I might be over it in a week, or I might be 10k in and loving it. Time will tell. I only have 3 pages so far.
Sigh. Hope you’re all well. I’m feeling grand. Sort of. Hehe.
-Kat
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Chill Out | personal

Posted 23 March, 2017 by katheryn13 in Updates / 0 Comments

There are things that have been taking WAY too much space in my head. Worries, just…frustrating things. 
I swear as I’ve gotten older, especially with social networking, I’ve become needier? Desperate almost. I hate it. I hate how social media has changed me. I mean, you’d think by now I’d be used to being lonely, to not having the life I want? But I’m not. 
So you know what? I need to put back up those walls. Try and distance myself from social media for a bit. Concentrate on my blog, my videos, my writing, my reading. Just…do the things I enjoy.
Stop worrying, stop being so pathetic, stop sounding so needy about subscribers. It’s pissing me off about as much as, i’m sure, it’s annoying you guys. 
I sound like a whiny child. I need to take a deep breath, close my eyes, calm down, and say to myself:
Don’t worry about who is or isn’t subscribed to you. If people don’t want to talk to you, that’s their loss. The more I think about how alone I am inside and outside, the more it messes with my mind. It makes me paranoid, it makes me even more self-conscious, competitive, and ultimately makes me SO FUCKING UNHAPPY!
But you know what I’ve really come to acknowledge?
Friendship shouldn’t be this hard!
There are people I thought I was their friend, but god forbid I get a decent response out of them when I make contact.
Anyway, from now on I’m going to TRY and chill OUT. 
 I’m 30 now, and I’m done. I’m so fucking done. I’m always going to care more about people than they do me, and as far as I’m concerned, I’ve tried. If people can’t appreciate me, appreciate my loyalty, my kindness (well, unless you piss me off) then good riddance!
Ugh. I’m taking a break from twitter (as best as I can). 
It’s not good for my mental health, and I realise that sounds cliche, but it’s true. Before social media, I dealt. I just dealt. But now I see how many followers I have and why? I see how little subs I have on youtube and how much work I do, or don’t do, and it MESSES WITH MY MIND. 
My blog is basically the one place I can be honest. I don’t even talk to people about this stuff because it sounds so whiny. 
So here’s to a new me.
lolololol
-Kat
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Review: 4.5 stars to Forever Geek (Geek Girl #6) by Holly Smale

Posted 16 March, 2017 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Middle Grade, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

My name is Harriet Manners and I’ll be a geek forever…

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

Modelling isn’t a sure-fire route to popularity. Neither is making endless lists. The people you love don’t expect you to transform into someone else. Statistically, you are more likely to not meet your Australian ex-boyfriend in Australia than bump into him there.

So on the trip of a lifetime Down Under Harriet’s to-do lists are gone and it’s Nat’s time to shine! Yet with nearly-not-quite-boyfriend Jasper back home, Harriet’s completely unprepared to see supermodel ex Nick. Is the fashion world about to turn ugly for GEEK GIRL?

It’s time for Harriet to face the future. Time to work out where her heart lies. To learn how to let go…

Review:
Forever Geek was a somewhat perfect ending to the series. However the ending killed me.
In this episode of Harriet Manners Goes Wild (lol!) Harriet is off to good ole Australia with her best friend Natalie and her grandmother Bunty. All on the pretence that she will be getting some new cool modelling jobs Wilbur has set up for her. Unfortunately things go slightly off kilter and Harriet starts taking matters into her own hands.
Never a good thing.
Sometimes, Harriet, you just need to listen when they say be patient! Oh my God. She ditches all her plans and that’s not a thing you want with this girl. Nuh-uh.
I kind of missed Team JRNTH but they still popped up in odd ways like phone calls and texts. The whole mystery about whether Harriet might bump into her ex boyfriend Nick was one that I truly kinda hoped wouldn’t happen as I rather like Jasper.
Harriet’s escapades were hilarious as usual, and some were rather cringe-worthy like ‘oh my God what are you doing?’ You know? It was a bit extreme even for her at times.
There were parts near the end that had me in literal tears and I’ll never forgive it for that. Why couldn’t we go the whole book without tears? Fml. Anyway, I’m really sad this series is over but am super excited about what Holly has next to publish. I know it’ll be great!
There were so many highs and lows throughout this series and I got to join Harriet on so many adventures. I don’t regret it for a second, however the second hand embarrassment could have been dialled down a bit. Haha.
I’ll miss all the characters, and the fun times. I’ll miss the modelling shoots and the crazy fashion. I’ll even miss Yuki Oto. I spelt that right, right?
I give this a 4.5 stars purely because of a certain thing that happens that I won’t mention. While it isn’t a bad thing, or a good thing, it just… Could have done without.
Good bye Harriet.

 

-Kat
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