On our first date, we found a fountain in the middle of New York City.
How lucky we were.
Tossed our coins in, made wishes. I wished for happiness.
Something even more wonderful happened.
We two individuals became us. Together.
Partners. Outliers. Player One and Player Two.
That was almost ten years ago.
We have shared laughter and tears and smiles.
Forged adventures in the mundane.
Made love in thunderstorms.
A comfortable kind of affection, like soft clouds to land on.
All from two characters in a story crossing paths at the right place, right time.
How lucky we are.
With Valentine’s day coming up, I wanted to write about love. Call me a hopeless romantic, or a sap, either one. Inspired by my wonderful boyfriend, Michael and our relationship. He has know idea I’m doing this (Surprise honey!). We will be spending the weekend ordering takeout and having a movie night at home. Sounds perfect to me.
How are you spending Valentine’s Day? Lemme know in the comments. I’m genuinely curious, what with a pandemic and all.
“Please… Tell me what you see.” The expectant mother pleaded.
Hesitant, the seer conceded and placed his hands carefully on her swollen stomach.
Visions overtook his sight. He saw a mewling newborn, clutched to her mother’s chest. He saw a little girl wearing a flower crown in springtime. He saw a valiant knight of the realm, charging into battle. He saw a final breath, with someone holding a hand.
Tears welled in his eyes. Her fingertips caressed his cheek.
“Love, what is it? Is the baby…?”
He pressed a grateful kiss onto her globe of a belly. “Oh, she’s marvelous.”
I’ll be honest, writer bees. In recent months, baby fever has taken over my life. My boyfriend and I are expecting a nephew any day now. We are excitedly waiting for his arrival. This short story was inspired by this upcoming delivery. Sorry in advance if the next post or two is baby themed.
This week, the Lady Jabberwocky blog reached 300 followers!
I’ll be honest, I try not to be a numbers and stats person. But my boyfriend tells me to celebrate even the smallest accomplishments. And today, I am celebrating.
Thank you guys so much for all the love and support, it truly does mean the world to me. Lady Jabberwocky is a labor of love. Every like and comment makes it all worth it.
To commemorate, I’d like to announce a new series (or two) coming to the blog. Based on a recent Twitter poll, I’ll be sharing my writing goals the first week of each month. Then, at the end of the month, I’ll do a recap post, to see if I achieved my goals. It’ll help keep me accountable and on track while sharing my writer journey with you guys.
Also, I may start a mystery series soon, updating with new chapters monthly. If you haven’t read it, check it out, I need honest opinions.
Seriously though, thank you all so much for all the support. It’s you lovely followers that keep Lady Jabberwocky going.
I can’t believe we’re halfway through November already. Progress has been made. Small progress, but progress nonetheless. Better than week one, at least.
At the start of the week, I has some trouble gaining traction. My project is on one giant GoogleDoc, and it’s getting difficult to manage. I finally understand why people use story writing/plot outlining software. So, I decided to write on separate blank doc, and It helped me get past writer’s block and focus on the scenes that don’t have a definite placement in the main story yet.
As of now, I’m closing in on 10,000 words, which I will hopefully reach by the end of this weekend. That would bring up my total to 30,000. Honestly, I’m trying not to worry about word counts. I’ve written everyday this week, (gold star for Lady Jabberwocky), working on my WIP. I’ve been rewriting existing scenes for a better flow. I’ve also been creating new scenes to slow down the pace and shine a spotlight on characters and their relationships. Slowly but surely, I’ve been writing.
And lemme tell you guys, I want to edit SO BAD. I’m sticking to the writing, but man, everything needs edits. I’m still holding out until December to do revisions. Let’s see how that works out. This weekend, my boyfriend and I have a wedding Saturday and a DnD game Sunday. All fun things I’m looking forward to. But I’ll still find some time to write, fingers crossed. Maybe I’ll do some word sprints too.
How’s your NaNoWriMo project going? How are you guys holding up? Also, do you have any suggestions for story writing or outlining software? Leave a comment, I love to hear from you writer bees!
Things have still been bumpy on my end. Monday morning, I woke up sick as a dog. Took me out of commission for 3 days. It sounds like an excuse, and it probably is. Still battling my usual writing demons. I’m trying to push through my fear of writing trash. This entire month may be garbage, and maybe that’s alright. I haven’t edited anything, even though I desperately want to.
I’ve written about 3,000 words~ this week. Which I know is awful, don’t remind me. It’s a slow start. Cross your fingers that I can crank out more words this weekend, after some serious cuddle time with the boyfriend, of course.
Currently, I’m busy playing catch up. I’m not out of the running yet, folks. Hoping for more progress week two.
Again, thanks for all the kind words and support.
How is NaNoWriMo project going? Let me know in the comments!
I’m not going to lie, this week was a long week for me. Currently, I am deep in the trenches of a 6,000 word article. Both my boyfriend and I are feeling under the weather. And I’ve been stressed out about being sick while swamped with work.
But then, I woke up to the notification of 200 followers! You guys, that’s amazing! Thank you all so much for your support. I truly appreciate every like, view and comment I receive. Every ounce of time and energy I pour into this humble blog is for you lovely folks.
I hope you guys will continue to follow me on my adventures as a freelance writer and my upcoming NaNoWriMo journey.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much, Writer Bees.
(Psst. Should I do something to celebrate? Leave your ideas in the comments.)
It has been a rough week for me. Job hunting is difficult. Rejection is disheartening. I’m working on staying positive and strong, and learning how to keep my head above water in tough times. Shout out to my amazing boyfriend for keeping me afloat when I was drowning. I don’t know where I’d be without his unwavering love and support.
On the plus side, I think my main character for my WIP finally has a new name. For those of you who have been following my journey as a fiction writer, you’ll know that I’ve been wanting to change the name of my main character, after 5 years. Since this is a small milestone for me, and a brighter point in my week, I thought I’d share with you guys.
Drumroll please, writer bees! My detective’s new name is…
Graham Ward Barnaby or Private Detective G.W. Barnaby
This may not seem like a big deal to most of you, but to me, this is a well needed change. Personally, I put a lot of thought into character names. They have to look and sound like a given name found in the real world (in the right time period). Now, his name is still subject to change but for now, I think this name suits him well (both as a full name and as initials). I’m happy with the next chapter in my beloved character’s evolution. And who knows? You might see Detective Barnaby is another project of mine. Wink wink.
Thank you guys for always being so sweet and supportive of this little ol’ blog. It means more to me than words can express. You writer bugs keep me going, and keep me writing.
What do you think of his new name? Have you ever made a major change to your main character? Talk to me in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!
For the past couple month, my boyfriend and I have been obsessing over Critical Role. It a web show with nerdy voice actors playing Dungeons and Dragons. We were inspired to start our own game of DnD with some friends. And for the record, I’m the only lady in the group. So, I gotta represent the lady nerds out there in this hoard of men. But I am so excited to play. It’s been on my bucket list for quite some time.
Since we’ve never played before, we’re running through a short, test run campaign first. When the real campaign begins, I have a character ready, with a backstory and everything. Bear in mind, I’m still ironing out final details. I wanted to share my Dungeons and Dragons character with you guys.
Meet Poet, my Tiefling Rogue.
Tieflings are a demon-like race in Dungeons and Dragons. Derived from human bloodlines, an infernal heritage has altered their features. So, she has a little devilish charm to her. Poet has lavender skin and curling horns, similar to a ram. Her eyes are nickel silver. A thin tail, measuring around 4 to 5 feet. Dark hair tied into double buns. Sharp fangs. Also, she’s resistant to fire, being a hellish creature and all. Normally, Tieflings get a bad rep in fantasy society, but Poet may just surprise you.
Their names often derive from infernal language. Some, however, choose “virtue” names. Names like Hope, Glory, Sorrow, or Chant would be considered virtue names. Her father was a writer and scholar, so the name Poet fits her upbringing. Also, her nickname could be Poe, like Edgar Allan Poe. Felt like the perfect name for her.
Want to see a Lady Doodle of Poet? Head over to the Patreon!
As cool as a Bard belting musical numbers would be, I couldn’t resist a sneaky rogue. To lurk in the shadows and toe the line between right and wrong, how enticing does that sound?
As a writer, Poet’s backstory was important to me. Yes, she comes with her own baggage. She was raised by her human father and her Tiefling mother. In a town that despises demonic inbreeds, their family was ostracized from society. Despite his relationship with Tieflings, her father was a notable author and historian. Living in a secluded home (either a snowy log cabin or a lighthouse), Poet was inspired to follow her father’s footsteps and become a Sage like him.
One day, Poet found her father slaughtered in their family home. The whole place was ransacked. Her mother was missing. A group of angry villagers appeared, to take her in to custody. She escaped the mob, barely. Now, she is on the run from the law, for a crime she did not commit. Luckily, Poet has found some companions to travel and adventure with.
I haven’t rolled stats yet for this character. But I do have an idea on the order of skills, from least to greatest.
Intelligence (Plan to be an Arcane Trickster)
Charisma (Persuasive as Fudge.)
Wisdom (Lowest. May Change.)
Poet’s gonna have awesome slight of hand tricks and be super stealthy. And be extra persuasive and perception. Also, her strong interest in history and arcana make her one magically curious cat.
Help Name My Half-Elf Rogue
Right now, we just started a short campaign, with test characters, just to get our feet wet. For an easy start, I chose a Half-Elf rogue, whose pretty similar to Poet in terms of skills. Although, this one likes to steal antiques and hunt for ghosts In her spare time. I wanted to try out these rogue shoes for a bit. And I’m already loving it. It’s nice to be able to hide and shoot goblins with a bow and arrow. While we are still waiting to set up a second game, I still need to come up with a name for my little Half-Elf ghostbuster thief.
If you have any ideas for names, or any DnD advice for a couple of beginners, leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you guys.
Happy Holidays everyone! Hope you spent it with good food and good company.
My Christmas was lovely. Lots of pasta and roast pork and rice. These are the days I’m happy to be Italian-Puerto Rican. I’m grateful for every present I received. Some sweaters and sock, a Barnes and Noble gift card (that I am eager to spend), some cozy boots too. Also, my amazing boyfriend bought me a new laptop, which I’m using right now!
He’s a wonderful guy. We’ve been together a long time. And he’s read all of my short stories throughout my college days (the poor guy). Since I met him, he’s always been so supportive about my writing. So, this year, I was sentimental with the gifts I gave him this year. I printed out my first draft, the first 20,000 words of my novel, for him. He’s used to my work being 2-4,000 words long, this draft was a big leap. Usually, I dislike people reading my unfinished work. But to me, this felt like a milestone. And I wanted to share that with someone. Who better than my better half?
I know I still have a long way to go. That there’s so much work left to be done. But that’s okay. My goal has always been to write and publish a great story, to have it sit on a shelf in a bookstore. Slowly, but surely, right? And who knows? If my novel ever does get published, we’ll always have this first draft as a reminder of humble beginnings.
I printed a copy for myself, to reflect and make notes. I think it will be easier to edit and adjust with a physical copy. It’s also a nice feeling to have something I can hold in my hands. Side note; I will probably do an WIP tag very soon.
Once again, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. What presents did you get? And who would you share your first draft with? Let me know in the comments below.
This is becoming a miserable attempt at NaNoWriMo.
Frankly, I’m feeling disappointed. In myself and letting you guys down.
Life and work got too busy and I wanted to find the time last week, and I just couldn’t.
Unfortunate events really knocked me down.
Not going to make excuses, I dropped the ball this year.
If this blog is about the ups and downs of me being a writer, guess this is one of those downs. Maybe NaNoWriMo isn’t for me? Ugh, I hate saying that.
Sorry all the NaNo hype didn’t live up to expectations. Life is tough sometimes, huh?
And when things get tough, I’m lucky to have someone to lean on.
In a moment of defeat, my better half gave me some encouraging words, while buying me Chinese takeout.
“The whole point of this month was to get you to write.”
He’s a keeper, isn’t he? When I’m a mess, my boyfriend always manages to put things into perspective and sets thing straight. He had a point though, the real goal of NaNoWriMo was to get the ball rolling on the novel I was nervously procrastinating to write. I’m thankful for that push of motivation that NaNo gave me.
So, all hope is not lost. There’s always time to keep writing, right?
I’m reworking my goals here, something more manageable. Finding the time for both my freelance writing and fiction writing will be a challenge, but it’s a challenge worth taking. I may not make the deadline, but I will keep writing. And that’s whats important.
Guess we’ll see how November ends for me. Good luck to all the writers thriving in NaNoWriMo. Go on without me!