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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gumballs

My most recent writing prompt from a friend was to write about a gumball's journey to find his long lost brother. I think I did pretty well making a short story out of that.

In other news, the awesome person I gave a copy of my story to has been doing his reading and giving feedback and I've repaid him by reading a short story of his and editing it. It was pretty cool. I enjoyed it and I'm liking the arrangement.

I love editing, guys.

Peace out.
- Bon xx

Monday, December 12, 2011

An Idea of How Much I've Written

If you don't feel like reading much, just pay attention to the stuff in bold. 

I keep everything I write these days... and save multiple copies of it in different places. Three different places. One copy on my laptop, one copy on my every-day-use memory stick, and one copy on an emergency memory stick which I tend to forget to update.

Having said that, I'm a bit of a neat-freak, and when you have THAT MANY Word Documents in one big folder, things tend to get a bit hectic. I solve this problem by dividing my writing folder up into more manageable sub-folders:

  • Evergreen, where I currently keep all of the files related to the two novels I've written/I'm writing, Evergreen: A Fallen Star and Evergreen: Thorn of the Heart. This includes the full manuscript, synopsis and cover letter to the first novel, the original story-lines, chapter planners, fragment and ideas and chapters written out in separate documents, both the first drafts and the final drafts. The two stories themselves have their own personal folders, respectively titled, within the Evergreen folder. There are about 76 Word Documents in this folder, and counting.

  • Short Stories, where, obviously, I keep a record of all the the short stories I've written. Directly inside this folder, there is another folder titled The Garden Swing and Other Stories, which I one day hope to call my first collection of published short stories. This folder holds 21 documents containing short stories I've written; MOST, of which are complete.

  • Songs and Poems, is one which I don't touch so often anymore, especially not the Songs side of it. There are 103 poems (including 13 Haiku), 101 songs, and one other document containing random lines that I might incorporate into another song or poem at some point. So this folder has a grand total of 205 documents! 


  • Last of all, Summer Projects, which contains 15 documents worth of story-lines, some of which might have hope of one day becoming novels, and another 9 folders containing documents of briefly-started or partially-written novels, (including Demolition Lovers, which I mentioned in my first blog-post). There are 52 documents floating around in there! 
Of course there's a bit more, but nothing worth mentioning here. I'm just telling you the important stuff here. All of the above would suggest that there are 354 Word Documents on my laptop that range from being somewhat mildly important to of extreme importance... and this suggestion would be correct. The number will continue to rise over time, I'm sure. :)

So there's a little more insight into my stuff! Like it? You better!

Peace out,
- Bon xx

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Introduction to The Author

So I figured I'd start a blog to keep people updated with my writing. I guess I better say a bit about myself for those who don't know me so well. 

The Basics:
The name is Bon, I live in Australia and I'm about to start my last year of high-school. After I finish high-school, I hope to go to university, get some sort of BA degree and work as an editor. I hope to work for a fiction publisher or maybe even as someone aspiring writers send their manuscripts to for proofreading before it goes to a publisher. 

My Writing:
I've been into writing for a few years and I want to get published. I write constantly; short stories, flash fiction, poetry and novels. I have finished one novel which I've sent in to Penguin in the hopes of getting published, but I haven't heard back yet. In the meantime, I have started a new novel (a sequel to the first) and hope to get it published after the first one. 

My First Novel:
The first draft was 23 chapters long and a little over 80,000 words. 
Before I sent it in for consideration at Penguin, I edited it up to 37 chapters, and just short of 78,000 words. I won't give any huge spoilers, but in short, it is about three kids saving the world and set in an alternate universe which is largely influenced by our world's Asian cultures, particularly Japanese/Chinese. 
Title: Evergreen: A Fallen Star
Genre: Fantasy/Family. 
Target Audience: Teenagers and Young Adults.
Status: Complete, Not Published. 

My Second Novel - The Sequel:
This is currently in-progress. I have the first draft of the first 5 and a half chapters written and several more chapters plan. I know what I want to happen in the story, but planning and writing are still BOTH underway. The sequel, in short, is about three kids - the same three from the first novel - saving each other. Actually, it's much more complicated than that, but I can't explain it sufficiently without spoiling the first novel. 
Title: Evergreen: Thorns of the Heart
Genre: Fantasy/Family
Target Audience: Teenagers and Young Adults
Status: In Progress. 

Another Novel: 
This one has nothing to do with either of the other two I've mentioned. It's something I've started and been working on every now and then. I have the first 3 chapters written and an incomplete, rough outline of the rest of the plot which I will finish and divide into chapters when I'm not focusing on the other novels. At the moment, it is named after and inspired by the song 'Demolition Lovers' by My Chemical Romance, and I've had many ideas for it because of the band and some of their other songs. At the moment, it's about some troubled teenagers finding their place in the world with help from each other. 
Title: Demolition Lovers
Genre: Action/Romance
Target Audience: Teenagers and Young Adults
Status: In Progress. 

Other Writing:
As I said earlier, I do a lot of short stories, flash fiction and poetry. This is mostly for fun and to keep myself writing when I'm not concentrating on a novel. For the most part, I'll direct all this myself, but recently I've been encouraging friends and peers to give me writing prompts, topics and requests. Anything that I particularly like is kept and once I've published a novel or two, I hope to also publish a collection of short stories or poems. I also have ideas, outlines and plans for a few other novels that I hope to write and publish at some point. 

So that's what this blog is going to be about, just in a nutshell. Me and my writing. I'll just randomly tell you about new ideas, my progress, and let you know if I get anything published. 

Peace out.
- Bon xx

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