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  1. ~you've optimistically stocked your fridge with healthy foods that you will eventually throw away when they expire. ~you're sneaking your laptop to work ~you finally get that great idea that will solve your plot problem, but only while you're driving, or about to fall asleep, or at the Thanksgiving table, or somewhere else where you can't write it down immediately but SURELY you'll remember, right? ~you're tempted to switch to paper plates and plastic cutlery to avoid wasting time on dishes. ~at the beginning of the month you can't get started without a cup of coffee. At the end of the month you can't get started without a glass of wine.
  2. Same. Mostly the POV goes back and forth between the twelve-year-old MC and one of the giant trolls trying to help her, but occasionally I throw in a flashback or something to add context to the villain who has been around for hundreds of years before either of the POV characters were even born.
  3. From the first day of Chapter One to the words "The End," how many days go by from your character's perspective? Is it an epic journey that takes weeks/months (like The Hobbit), or a chronicling of a lifetime that takes place over decades, or even centuries (like Mists of Avalon)? Personally, my novel only takes place over the course of 2 days, although there are a couple of scenes that are flashbacks to help add context for the antagonist's patterns and motives.
  4. *were quick to shed long-held beliefs For world-building purposes, I'm assuming this is supposed to be happening in a slightly more magical version of our world. But the "ideals of old" makes it sound like Europe had everything figured out somewhere in the past but lost their way, leading to the World Wars. But I'm not sure what point in history the Allies are looking back to as a guide. What are the "ideals of old?" Cool, classic quest for an awesomely powerful artifact that help the world. I'm in. **don't need "surely" I don't think it sounds corny. Coming of age stories are popular for a reason. The plot sounds solid. I would like more character info, however, to get me really excited. Who will help Alexis along the way? What kind of shenanigans will they get into? Is the journey going to be epic, horrifying, emotional, hilarious?
  5. Oh whoops, and here's mine! I still need title help. For now I'm calling it The Boston Banshee, but meh.
  6. Well I got Seren Paige = "Enrage Pies," "Agree Penis," or "Regains Pee" and now I'm laughing so much I can't continue. Because I am a professional. Clearly.
  7. My MC is the youngest character. She's 12. Her mother is 35 and overwhelmed. The two troll her help MC are in their early 30s. Their mother is a 68-year-old badass. The villain is a ghost that died in her 50s back in the 1500s. So she's either in her 50s or she's over 500 years old. Either. Both. There is one winged demigod that is tens of thousands of years old. He mostly keeps to himself. Most of the other characters average in their 30s and 40s.
  8. And for Tyrannohotep's Summary! I've probably told you this before on discord but I love the original time/place setting of your novel and I think you're so well-researched you can't help but do it justice. Sounds awesome. I'd like to know if there are any specific Mycenae she wants revenge against, or if she just wants to level an entire army with godlike savagery? Is there an evil king/warlord, or a bloodthirsty officer who led the specific company that took out her home? I would resist against "The Mycenaeans" being the enemy in general, because the solution might come across as one type of genocide being solved with another. Gaaaah Master of the Tease! Can't wait to read more. :-)
  9. Saving her brother is a GREAT goal to propel the story and give it a sense of urgency. Now not only does she have to learn to control her magic, but she has to learn FAST, because she is saving someone she loves. Like Tyrannohotep I'm a little confused as to how her magic and her brother's illness are connected. Harrow just became the most interesting person in the novel to me. I love the trope of disgraced/defeated warrior turning ally/wingman/guardian. I suspect I am not alone on this. At first I thought of him as a potential romantic interest for Alana, but am I correct in assuming that 1) he is much older, and 2) there isn't going to be a romantic subplot? (It doesn't need one, I just like Harrow and I want him to have a win, lol.) Also please don't do the thing where he gets his big hero moment by sacrificing himself to protect Alana? That's obviously up to you, but I'm used to being introduced to older "protective-role" characters and thinking automatically, "Oh this guy is a meat shield. He's going to teach the hero to fight just in time to die heroically." And then that's exactly what happens. I could use some clarification on Aysel's goals and how the plan is serving them. She stole a prince from her enemies, and instead of killing him to be sure he never claimed his place of power, she raised him to be a spy. Now she wants to stop Alana from getting to Marzanna, either because she wants Alana's power, or Alana's going to do something in Marzanna that will threaten Aysel's power in some way? And out of all her minions, she sends the one guy who, if he successfully puts the pieces together, could actually dethrone her. She should have some good reasons behind all of these decisions, because on the surface it really seems like she is shooting herself in the foot. Overall, the plot sounds very compelling, and I would love her read about these three different personalities struggling together on a trek through a dangerous, magical land. Alana and Harrow sound badass and sympathetic at the same time (great combo). I need a little more information on the villain, though, because she doesn't make much sense to me yet, and reading a small tidbit of her end goals or master plan would help me realize what the stakes actually are to this novel besides Alana's brother's illness.
  10. Thanks JediKnightMuse, Sheepie-Pie, and the three people who actually downloaded my story, two of whom I suspect are also Jedi and Sheepie. ;-)
  11. My birthday is February 7th. Hi fellow Aquarius! Amethysts, am I right?!?
  12. I posted this elsewhere, it's based on the Snowflake Method: Name 1-Sentence Summary of the novel from that character's POV. Motivation: Abstract, what drives them Goal: Concrete, what they want in the story So a villain's motivation could be "Fear," and their goal could be to silence or kill someone who witnessed them commit a crime and is going to go to the authorities. Or an explorer's motivation could be "Adventure" and their goal could be to find a new route to pass from one continent to another. Conflict: What's stopping them from reaching their goal. Epiphany: How they change from the beginning of the story to the end. 1-Paragraph Summary of the novel from this character's POV, usually about five or six sentences that include most of the above information.
  13. One of the most helpful steps when I'm planning during the Snowflake Method is to identify the following for most of my characters: 1-Sentence Summary of the novel from that character's POV. Motivation: Abstract, what drives them Goal: Concrete, what they want in the story So a villain's motivation could be "Fear," and their goal could be to silence or kill someone who witnessed them commit a crime and is going to go to the authorities. Or an explorer's motivation could be "Adventure" and their goal could be to find a new route to pass from one continent to another. Conflict: What's stopping them from reaching their goal. Epiphany: How they change from the beginning of the story to the end. 1-Paragraph Summary of the novel from this character's POV, usually about five or six sentences that include most of the above information. I also like the character development chapter in Ready, Set, Novel by the NaNoWriMo gang. The basic page lists things like Age, Race/Ethnicity, Educational Background, Hobbies/Interests, Political/Religious Beliefs, Disposition and Personality. The "Juicy Details" pages include: Weaknesses/Faults Pet Peeves Fears Guilty Pleasures Prized Possessions Bad Habits Proudest Accomplishments Secret Talents Then there are pages of writing exercises where you write scenes or dialog in different scenarios that might not make it into your novel, but will help you establish voice. Write a flashback scene where your character is in kindergarten. Write about the last thing your character was doing before your novel begins. Write about the worst thing that ever happened to your villain. Flash forward twenty years into the future with a scene that involves at least three of your characters. Lock a few of your characters in a broken elevator. Write a scene where the protagonist and antagonist get drunk together. ;) Write a scene describing the way your main character's parents met, etc etc... Oh and yes, I made a pinterest page for my characters as well, although it's not as organized as JKM's, I plan to add to it this week while I'm planning. https://www.pinterest.com/jessicadavin1/denizens-of-boston-after-dark/
  14. That's The Barking Ghost! That's the one I was talking about that got me in trouble with a babysitting job as a kid. http://goosebumps.wikia.com/wiki/The_Barking_Ghost
  15. This thread doesn't exclusively have to be about horror, as long as it's books you like that fit that spooky, Halloween aesthetic. Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark totally counts! I used to have a huge Goosebumps stash when I was a kid. Often the cover art of the books was scarier than the contents, lol. I mean, The Barking Ghost was just about a couple of kids who switch bodies with two wild dogs, but the cover art was so scary that the mother of a kid I babysat for got angry with me for having it in my bag, because her daughter saw it and couldn't sleep that night because she thought that dog was in her room.
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