Flowers, Part 3

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Well, ladies and gents, it’s time for part three of my fantastical short story, Flowers. Are you excited? No? Well … I am. *pouts* I can’t believe you don’t like my book …

Oh, you were just teasing? *wipes brow* Whew. I was worried for a minute that you all secretly hating me and were pity-following me.

Have you ever pity-followed someone? I haven’t. I follow the people whose posts I want to read. What kind of sick human being are you!?

Okay, back on subject. You can read Parts 1 and 2 here. If you haven’t, head over and do so!

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January 2017 Spotlight: Yet Another Peek into the Workings of At Her Fingertips

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Another spotlight is upon us, and today I’m going to veer into uncharted waters with a discussion about The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Book 3: At Her Fingertips.

What? you say. You’ve posted thousands of excerpts and quotes and made us read through post upon post about every stage of your outlining and writing process!

I know, I know! But I’ve been focusing on other projects throughout December and January, so it’s time to return to the book which critics (well, my friend Bay Ray) are calling “Kellyn Roth’s best work yet.” (though probably with more spelling errors and exclamation points, knowing Bay …)

Though I guess there technically aren’t any uncharted waters here.

Well. Let’s see if I can’t give you some new information without spoilers.

For At Her Fingertips, anyway; there will probably be spoilers for The Dressmaker’s Secret. After all, we’re talking the third book in the series and it would be almost impossible not to … so yep.

Beware of TDS spoilers! Even though there are spoilers for TDS in almost every post now. What can I say? You need to read it! 😉

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Flowers, Parts One and Two

The moment you’ve all been waiting for, my darlings, is at hand! That’s right! Parts One and Two of Flowers, my short story sequel to The Lady of the Vineyard, is coming to you … right here … right now!

Okay, so maybe none of you actually want to read this story. Whatever. Comment and say you liked it anyway!


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 Judy Kee was sitting at the top of the stairs, watching the door attentively. She wasn’t allowed to go outside and potentially muss up her clothes, as Granny was sure she would (despite her love for her granddaughter, she didn’t think her perfect), but Judy was quite ready to jump up at any second, her ears perked, alert for the slightest sound of her father’s car.

She ran her hand through her strawberry-blonde hair, bumping the blue ribbon to the side. She had managed to keep her dress relatively unwrinkled, though, and her shoes weren’t scuffed, so Granny’s campaign for a nice-looking little girl was succeeding at least partially.

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NaNoWriMo 2016, Update #5

Guess what?

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That’s right! I currently have 53,462 words. However, I made my goal (50,000) on the 25th. How many more words do I expect to get before November’s up? Well, at most I expect to reach 60,000 … but even that would be a stretch.

I think I have that much material story-wise … but I might not finish At Her Fingertips this month. I might write ‘The End’ sometime in the first week of December. But, in my opinion, that’s a worse-case scenario. 😉

 

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Update #2

The first five times (yes, five!) times I wrote the title, I wrote ‘NaNoWriMo 2016 Updated #2.’ Consider yourself updated. *sports reference* *confirmation of points received*

Yep. My fingers type with no regard to my brain sometimes …

Back to our regularly scheduled programming, my word count has now reached 28o46 words. Some days I write more, some days I write less, but that’s approximately 2000 every day.

Since I only wanted to write 1700 a day, I’m a little ahead, which is fantastic, as in past years I struggled to get out enough to make 40000 in a month, while at this rate, I could get 60000, assuming I had that much content (which I don’t, really). But the end of the month is gonna be busy, so it’s good that I’m somewhat ahead.

If you want to know more than that about words and days, find it out here, at my stats on the adult NaNoWriMo.

Because I’m kind of in a hurry, that’s all for today, guys. Yeah, it was lame, but … okay, I have no excuse … comment?! 😉

Quote-of-the-Update

“Oh, Alice, don’t say that!” Cassie said, shaking off her somewhat dark mood and smiling mischievously. “After all, she’s intimate with the Ashfields. We mustn’t talk badly about anyone who’s intimate with the Ashfields.”

“No, we mustn’t,” Alice said playfully. “Why, the sky would likely fall!”

“The Thames would flood!”

“The earth would quake!”

“The dogs would howl!”

Thoughts on the quote? Are you reaching your NaNoWriMo goal? Or are you enjoying watching everyone else try to produce ridiculous amounts of words every day, eating popcorn, and laughing quietly to yourself?

~Kellyn Roth

September Character Studies: Celebrations

L.pngYou may not have noticed, but I was too busy to do last month’s character study, so I’m doing it today. 🙂

There are ten questions here. You can also find them on Morgan Dusky’s amazing blog, Studies in Character. Remember to check them out and perhaps do them yourself!

The theme this month is ‘celebrations & parties’ (as you can see by Morgan’s amazing new graphic).

I’m interviewing Alice Knight as an eighteen-year-old from At Her Fingertips. As I’m working on developing her (and her fellow main-ish characters) this week, filling out these questions was really great (and a lot of fun!).

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Feeling vs. Thinking in Writing

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I know, I know! A Step-by-Step Guide to Publishing with Createspace for Intelligent People (Part 2) was supposed to be posted today. But … too lazy and too enthused about this new idea (which, disclaimer, I got from the book Writing With Power by Peter Elbow. I’ve only read the first chapter, but I’m smart enough to draw a whole blog post from it. *nods*)!

Today we’re going to be talking about feeling and thinking in writing.

Both of these are extremely important. By forgetting one or the other we either write something full of craziness or full of stiffness. By combining them, the novel never gets written.

The only way is to do first one, then the other, then a balance (that sounds confusing since I just said you can’t combine them, but bear with me!), then publish. I’ll explain more on each of these steps (or, rather, each of these drafts). I made up the system, but the general idea comes from Peter Elbow’s book.

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On Sprinters, Elections, and NaNo

First, I just want to say I’m amazed by the amount of support I got when publishing The Lady of the Vineyard. Thank you all a million times! I hope I’ll be there for you in the same way if you ever publish (or when you do again).

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Okay now … let’s do ’em in random order.

Elections:

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As you may have noticed, there’s a new page on Reveries. This is the page for Round #2 of Blogger Election Day. I urge you to go to that page immediately and vote! More details will be on the page itself. (Yes, I did just link to it three times!)

Now, for this round, I’m only allowed to give ten reasons why you should elect me as president. As before, you’ll never to go to the Blogger Election Day Page and comment the number that you like … like this: “I like 9/10 of the reasons!”

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The Lady of the Vineyard Blog Tour, Day 5

We’ve finally come to the last day of the blog tour! After this, we’ll be getting back to the normal schedule.

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Today’s Posts:

An author and character interview (and bonus book spotlight!) by Morgan Dusky (Studies in Character). It’s always so much fun to do anything with Morgan and her characters, and this was no exception! I also finally got some of the Adele-and-Troy-squabbling out of my head, which is good, because I need to move on to other characters, sadly. 😉

Also, Morgan’s birthday was last Saturday, on release day; I totally forgot to mention that in my post! Oh, well.

A book spotlight by Willowy Whisper (http://willowywhisper.com/). Tastefully done! 🙂

A review by J.C. Buchanan (Beyond the Amethyst). I love seeing reviews of my novels … it gives me a happy feeling inside … and this was no exception!

An author interview by Kate Willis (Once Upon an Ordinary). This one was fun! Kate is always pretty awesome. Which, oddly enough, reminds me that I need to write a review of Austenland. XD

An author and character interview with Allie Taylor (The Depth of My Faith). It hasn’t come out yet (because it’s also a bonus!), but I’ll try to add the link in later if I can. Also, my ‘aspiring author interview’ can be found here. Allie did it with me a little while back. 🙂

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The Lady of the Vineyard Blog Tour, Day 4

Wow … I can’t believe we’re already at day 4! Only one day to go! Well, I’ve got some sad news. This is our smallest day due to some problems people (including me!) had that made us have to do some re-scheduling! Oh, well. I deserve it for totally forgetting about 9/11.

Everyone: *posting pictures saying ‘Don’t Forget’*

Me: Don’t forget what?

Such a great American …

Anyway … time for Day 4!

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Today’s Posts:

A review and author interview by Angela R. Watts (The Peculiar Messenger) YES!!! AWESOME REVIEW! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS TRYING TO SAY!!!

A character interview by Daisy Ferrell (Happy Days with Anonymous A). I love this one! Adele can be so much fun when she wants, and Zeph’s additions are great!

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