An awesome hop started by Viklit!
1. I went to see Mt. St. Helens with my family last Saturday. This was my second visit and their first. The last time I saw it, it was less than a half dozen years after the explosion in 1980 and the area was covered in ash and flattened trees. Now, it's teeming with life. (I know this might just mean I'm old, but I'm excited to see life abundant. I was 8 going on 9 during the first explosion in 1980 and in my hometown a few hours away, we had ash on the ground.)
My pic from the visitor center - the volcano has partially "re-grown" itself in the center with lava up-thrusts through the 80s and again in 2004.
2. We went to see the Maze Runner last weekend too - although it took some stealth mode parent action since my teens wanted to be "cool" and hang out only with their friends. We dropped them off early, came back as the theater darkened, fumbled our way to our seats and enjoyed the show. Don't tell my kids I liked the movie better than the book. (that's a rarity, but true in this case)
3. Read and reviewed Milo James Fowler's novella, Girl of Great Price, and I recommend it. If you like heroic hard-boiled detective stories mixed with scifi, read this book.
4. I went live with Ashes Bun on Monday. I'm enjoying my crazy micro-fiction experiment so far. :)
Every Friday, I plan to offer a short story or group of stories for free for kindle readers or kindle app readers. This week, my flash fiction story, "Seedlings" is re-pubbed for kindle and free.
Dunnie has a secret: a power inside him that's gone wrong in the past. When it's time to introduce himself to a new teacher, what will he say? And, will his classmates ever accept the truth?
Prep for NaNoWriMo, part 1:
On Fridays this month, I will set out four things I do to prepare for NaNoWriMo in the hopes that this will help my fellow authors.
1. Character profiles can vary in length from a half page to a file folder of twenty pages. They can include pictures or images, music, and knowledge about the minutiae of a character's life. However, they can also become a distraction, so I try to stick with the basics and do one for my MC, one for each supporting character, and one for the antagonist.
My super basic character profile categories (bold means that these are necessities to know):
Name: Meaning of name?:
Strengths of character:
Her/His greatest hope/dream/heart’s desire:
Is this character a doer or a watcher? Will she/he actively engage in the story and try to make things happen? Or will things happen to her/him and drag her/him into the adventure?
Next Friday: Loglines
Do you use character profiles for your writing projects? And, what are you celebrating this week?