Guess who is alive!

First and foremost, I am a hypocrite. Why? Because I said I would have all these posts ready for the summer season since I don’t have school and my schedule opens up, so I’ll have more time to write and read things and so on.

Well, seeing that my last post also happens to be around the same time classes ended, it’s clear I didn’t stick to my word of keeping the blog up for the summer. I mean, it is August, and I’m posting now…so…maybe it still counts.

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I feel you Brit. I feel you.

 

But I will try to keep up with things for the school year (PS, I graduate this year!!). I find the academic year to be…motivating when it comes to needing to be productive (which also means I have no idea what to do with myself in terms of productivity when I’m no longer a student). Yay for a post-grad life!

But here’s a quick update as to what I’ve been doing since my last post, for those who wonder. Let me warn you, it isn’t very exciting. Compared to what other people do for the summer that is…

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SCC:Wilters Revisions Complete

The title of the post pretty much speaks for itself 🙂

On April 28, 2016 at 9:50 am (just as my morning class was about to start) I finished the first rounds of revision for SCC:Wilters!

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But seriously guys. I tried so hard not to freak out while the Prof. was calling attendance. 

Now, this doesn’t mean the manuscript is set to head on out to the agent/editor just yet. It just means the book is ready for line edits, which is different from revisions.

Here’s a quick rundown of my writing process (not that different from others):

  1. Brief outlining, which often includes a lot of crying and several notebooks being filled with unnecessary information that readers will never know about, but I totally need to know.
  2. Write shit and ignore the fact there are plot holes everywhere!
  3. Cry and delete everything I’ve written.
  4. Start from scratch.
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 at least four times.
  6. Find something you really like and finish the manuscript.
  7. Pretend to let it sit for a little while before revisions, but really you jump into revisions right away.
  8. Revisions
    • CUT THAT SHIT OUT
    • MOVE THAT SHIT OVER THERE
    • KILL IT ALL
    • THAT CHARACTER HAS TO GO
    • THIS CHAPTER MAKES NO SENSE
    • THAT CHARACTER HAS BLUE EYES NOT GREEN
    • Solve (not fix, because fixing is not solving) any plot holes
    • Make sure things are consistent
    • Add details, remove details, move details
    • Correct any grammar or punctuation mistakes that make your inner grammar-nazi cry
  9. Repeat step 7
  10. Line edits to make sentences sound better, fix misspellings, grammar, punctuation and make it seem like you actually care about this project
  11. Final read through
  12. CRY A LOT
  13. Send it!

 

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I find myself asking this question more and more often.

 

This is why you try not to ask your writer friends how they’re writing is going, because most likely, they’re stuck at Step 5 in an infinite Sisyphean cycle. Step 5 and Step 12.

It’s terrible for people who have no patience for anything. Which is partially me because I already got proof copies printed even before I did my line edits. I have the proof copies for my beta-readers to read through to see if it makes sense, what areas need to be redone or make no sense, and to give me a general idea of what is working and what isn’t. That way, when I do start line edits, I have those in mind. Then I can go back another time for revision session 2, and then finish this up.

May 18 is the magical date guys. May 18. I will likely be really dead by then, so please start sending in your RSVPs for my funeral.

Anyway, here’s the cover I’ve decided on for this version. As mentioned, I like to make mock-up covers for any version of my manuscript.

 

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Stock image provided by MariaAmanda on DeviantArt; Photography by Jan Holte Teller; Edits by me

NOTE: Copies with this cover will NOT be sold. The covers are for nonprofit purposes, simply to put a face to the project. This will not likely be the cover for the final project either (unless my agent decides yeah, why not, and then pay the stock artist for the rights to use it).

 

Avandeash!

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Johene Pauline

 

[SP] Help Spread the Word! (If you’d like)

Lots of fun things to update you guys on regarding the SCC:Wilters project.

9266824First, remember how I mentioned I like doing mock-up book covers? Yeah? Well I like making a mock-up cover for every new draft I have of my manuscript, something that suits the story a little more. I really liked the last cover I was working with, but the title changed (I added an -s) and, like the dummy I am, forgot to save the .xcf file of the cover (I used GIMP). So I can’t just make the few adjustments to get that darn -s in. I literally have to make the whole cover from scratch, which is a pain in the ass because I did this (like) a year ago? I can’t even remember how I did a few things. I used faestock’s stock on DeviantArt. Her stock is phenomenal, so if you ever do any mock-up covers as well, go check her stuff out–very versatile. Also make sure to look at her stock rules as well. It’s pretty lax and easy to follow 🙂

I have a new manuscript so a new mock-up cover was probably going to happen anyway. Here it is! Well, a background version. I’m still working on trying to orient it for my proof copies (not for sale). I also like keeping physical prints of each manuscript for record keeping 😉 They all suck. But here the new mock up!

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[SP] Going Up Against the Pros

[SCC] Update: Revising Chapter 31…but might end up scrapping 5 chapters and rewriting them all together. But I am caught up with applying my revision comments to my digital copies (I revise longhand), so not is all lost!

Anyway, I’ve kind of been slacking on posts lately, which isn’t a surprise seeing finals are rolling around (classes end in 2 weeks! May 2 to be more specific). I’ve got a final story to make for my creative writing non-fiction class, another paper for my Ethnic lit class, a reflexive paper for this class, an exam for my food & health class, and then a group project for my other DCIM class (which let me tell you, is the most frustrating experience I’ve ever had with a group project–no lie). I’m swamped with school work, and the fact I’m really trying to finish major revisions for SCC:Wilters by the end of this month so I can do copy edits in May and have the manuscript out by early June just makes me even more stressed out. But it’s okay! All will be okay once finals are done. I got this, we got this, we’re going to be okay.

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Dear Kendrik, your song has been my anthem for everything lately.

To the point of this post: how does my blog compare to other blogs I try to aspire to.

Some weeks back I wrote this post for class where I explore a blog. I picked a blog I really want to aspire towards in terms of aesthetics and content. I’ve found an aesthetic that I like and feel suits me, so I’m happy with that. I have my blog broken down to make it easy for my audience to navigate whether they’re on my blog for my writing (fiction, non-fiction, writing advice) or for my talk on books (which isn’t many just yet). I looked at a handful of book and writing blogs to get a sense of what my stuff should look like and what content my posts should include (like what should a book review cover and what are my rating guidelines). I try to implement the little things I learn from a mixture of bloggers into my own posts as I try to figure out what I like and don’t like. By following a handful of blogs in the book community, I’ve come to learn about the different tags and Top 5 list posts blogs make in order to keep up with consistent posting, which I may take part in once my schedule opens up and I start reading more.

So far my blog is still within the starting phases of where I would like it to be. I want to write more posts on books I read (I haven’t posted a review even though I’ve read four books since my last book review) and write more formal posts on my writing process and different aspects of being a writer. I just really need to make time in my schedule to get to it. And it’s not that blogging has suddenly become a chore, I’m absolutely immersed in it once I start a draft, but  just have to sit down and get started.

It’s kind of like how I write in general. I’ll procrastinate by wandering the house, texting friends (what friends, Jo? Stop lying to people), surf social media, eat, watch something on Netflix, AND THEN settle to write. So technically, blogging has fallen into my usual writing process as I would write for anything else. Good or bad thing, I haven’t figured that out just yet.

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Accurate gif because I am lost and I am dead. Ps. Warm Bodies the book is phenomenal. The movie was eh.

What I’m really proud of though is my intermingling of writing and reading. Initially this was going to strictly be a writing blog, but then I saw book blogs and I just had to do book blogging too…because, you know, BOOKS ❤ But I find that I can’t do either or without the other. The two things have been such an integral part of my life that writing and books are literally all I talk about in real life (book lion for life!). It’s kind of really boring and gross unless you’re into that 😉 Anyway, so my blog oscillate between the two topics. I post on book topics and writing topics alike, often times posts will include something on both or reference one or the other. It happens all the time I noticed. But that is what may kind of make my blog stand out a little. Granted, I’m not the only writing/book blog out there that does this magical intermingling, but I’m not getting to be one of them!

But yeah.

Writing and reading…and drawing. I draw too but I don’t really have much to talk about in terms of drawing because drawing just makes me more frustrated than anything else in the world. But I’ll leave you with these pictures because it’s writing related. Some concept art/character designs for SCC:Wilters

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The brotp that doesn’t even know it’s a brotp yet.

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A reference sheet so I remember what characters look like because I don’t remember who has gold eyes versus who has green or blue. I’m terrible.

Avandeash!

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Johene Pauline

Find out more about the SCC: Wilters Project: sccwilters.weebly.com

Read some sample chapters: sccwilterschapters.weebly.com

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[CWNF] Giraffes in September Rain

My Tatay’s (grandpa in Tagalog) birthday was recent (April 8th), so I decided to write this creative non-fiction piece as a tribute to him. I plan on submitting this for my creative writing class, but figured since I haven’t posted any stories in a while, I’ll post this draft here as well.

Notice this is a DRAFT, a first draft at that, which I haven’t looked at since writing it on the 8th. Once I get the chance to revise it, I’ll post the updated version under my Writing page.

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Please ignore my belly button :3

Word Count: 2,873

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy!

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[DCIM] Pink Beard Option Please

Fanart, what a wonderful time to be alive when Fanart is alive and well and plenty. It’s beautiful to be part of a fandom, whether it be book, movie, television show, artist or other, and find a plethora of Fanart online. Sites like Tumblr and DeviantArt make it easy for fans to gain access to FanArt and share FanArt as well. It was on Tumblr I found artists like Burdge & Viria, both Tumblr famous for their contributions to fandoms such as Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and a variety of animes (bless their souls) that inspired me to jump in with my own contribution. They (and many others) make drawings that follow canon and/or are part of AUs (alternate universes). They also make scenes that take place in the canon universe but fill in plots that were never explored or expanded on.

Fanart is more about taking characters that already exist and creating art with them. It’s not necessarily about creating yourself in the universe of that character, like this week’s assignment post. That’s more along the line of creating an OC (original character) that will then take part of that universe. But at the same time, maybe OC-art is still Fanart, considering OC-driven stories taking place in existing universes still falls under fanfiction.

Either ways, here are my “contributions” to The Peanut Movie and the remake of Powerpuff Girls (and thank heavens in the original art style) using their official Peanutize & Powerpuff Yourself games.

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As you can see, both games have very different art styles, one more CGI and the other tradition 2-D. They offer a handful of options for each of their customizable settings (eyes, hair, clothes, items, backgrounds), appealing to a somewhat wide range of audiences from men and women, kids and adults. Both are fun, but I did have some issues with the Peanut Movie game.

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[BT/WT] Why I don’t Read while I Revise

[SCC] Update: Currently revising Chapter 24. Now onward to the post!

Writers.

We’ve got to read often, read as much as possible, and read a wide variety as well. Some of us will spend hours reading, finishing a book in a day or two, maybe longer depending on reading speed and the length of the book. Others will read in bursts through the day–minutes before a class, on a train/bus commute, while in line, waiting for an appointment, while the kids are asleep. Some will read while they do other things–while running on a treadmill, in the shower or during a bath, as they cook (I just prop my book open on the spice rack). Either ways, we have to get some reading time in almost everyday.

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Especially if I have my headphones on. Just…please don’t interrupt the movie inside my head. Please…unless you’ve read the book and would like to discuss something, then we’ll be best friends, even if we don’t agree on things.

I’m the latter types of reader (oh, there are so many more types, I just listed 3). Especially during the academic year when I’m kind of forced to prioritize my readings for classes (also I’m an English major with a creative writing concentration), I don’t get the luxury to sit down for a few hours to read every night. I don’t think any person in college does to be honest. Academics will shove itself in your face no matter what major you are.

Anyway! I do have a lot of time between classes or while I wait for things to happen. If I don’t decide to get ahead with readings for class, I’ll read an e-book on my phone or listen to an audiobook, or whatever book I happen to have stashed in my backpack.

During the summer, I’m the first reader mentioned. I get home from work, change into pajamas, grab a book, snacks, and drink, and head over to my reading chair beside the window and read for a few hours. That is the life I would love to have…even if I become a hobo. Give me books and I’m okay living in a box…or beneath the bridge…or in the park.

Now, when I write, I keep my academic reading pattern (read in small bursts). A little less because I have to make room to write in these bursts moments as well, but I do get some reading done.

On the other hand, when I revise my writing all books stay shut (unless I have to read for class) until I’m done revising. And why do I not read while I revise?

It’s rooted in the power of influence.

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