On August 16th, one of the most amazing things happened. I finished my fifth draft for my novel! You had no idea how elated I am to finally say I've reached the end, just hitting 80k. The people who are the gladdest about reaching the end of my novel after myself would probably be my family, appalled to find their daughter spending only an hour on her laptop for over a month and who missed out watching the first ten days of the Rio Olympic Games, the one thing she has been obsessing over for the past four months.
This novel project has been in the works for over five years, which is even longer than this blog! A majority of the plot holes that ten-year-old old me overlooked have been filled, my characters actually have a personality (the bantering between them, my friends, is GLORIOUS) and the blend of various East and Western cultures is amazing, like a good coffee roast blend which many of you coffee lovers (how do you handle it) apparently enjoy. It's been such a long journey, that I even managed to throw a snippet from one of the future novels a long time ago. And, despite this being used as a procrastination method while writing, I created a Pinterest story board.
"Future novels?" Well, yes. This is a series, with five installments overall. That is partially the reason over my major stress about the first novel-- so many aspects need to be introduced within the first book or else certain events will look like deus ex machina occurred when in actuality, the fundamental basis of it hasn't been properly explained or a character's personality may appear uneven for the actions they take.
I'm terrible at providing blurbs. My brain is still fried from the last several chapters and the idea of school starting, and since I cannot locate the somewhat not-bad written blurb I have written two weeks ago, I'll try my best to sum it up: it's a fantasy adventure series involving four children, elemental manipulation, shadows (in more than one way), and the overall concept of balance. The first two books may potentially in the ground between Middle Grade and Young Adult, but everything else after that will most likely be YA.
Now, for the introduction of my four main characters! There aren't any photos which depict how they appear in the first novel (they're all twelve-year-olds, in the beginning), but at the bottom of each of their photos is a link redirecting to how they look like at the end of the fifth novel (in the 16-18 range).
older Jack || The unconscious redhead is important.
Jack, an ISFJ, is the leader of the group, manipulating the elemental gift of fire, and the protagonist for the first novel. He's the most athletic out of the four, but not necessarily the healthiest. He can be super neurotic, at times, to the point where I had to research and write up a thorough twelve-step itinerary of how to put out a fire alongside disguising a fire has taken place from the five sense (this was really calming to write about), several steps of said itinerary taking place in the first three pages of the novel. He can also be a bit of an hothead and can be sensitive if one treads on the wrong path, but those are the only bad sides of him. He's super loyal, practical, and supportive to those he encounters, and this is why many can depend on him in about everything... except cooking.
older Christina || Her natural curly red hair is the best.
Christina is the INFP of the group-- she usually spends her time doing yoga, painting, and spraying tie-dyed water onto frogs, all of these done outside, of course. Water is her native element. She currently lives with "Auntie Linda," her grandmother who "tries" to groom her into a proper young lady as her parents and older siblings having job constraints limiting their interaction and care for her. Examples of "grooming" would be getting a Brazilian straightening treatment, or putting hot sauce in nail polish to not bite her nails off. She is super shy, and, upon being prompted to speak in a nerve-wracking situation, stutters in the height of her nervousness. Christina is often accepting of others, but is insecure of her own self, and that, mixed in with harsh words often aimed at her, she secretly can hone a jealous streak kept under wraps.
older Sam || He recites poetry better than pi.
Sam is the dichotomous persona of Christina in nearly every way possible, including his MBTI type, categorized as an ESTJ. He is often viewed as a pompous man thinking highly of himself due to his great intelligence he constantly has to remind people of. Physics and the anatomy of poetry rhythms are his strong suits. A vernacular lexicon is stored within his mindset, and he wishes to mitigate the situation in his favor by "educating" his obtuse opposing side. Just as his Earthen elemental power suggests, he can be quite stubborn. It is his stubbornness and insensitivity to the emotions of others which ticks most off. However, he does have a kinder, understanding side of him which occasionally does make an appearance, but it is ephemeral and reserved only for those he trusts.
older Daniella || The two things she cannot do-- she inherited that from me.
Daniella is the youngest of the four, being an Air elemental bender. Since she undergoes one of the bigger transformations, her initial personality type is difficult to pinpoint. She is the complete opposite of what her element stands for-- she is free flowing only for most of the wrong reasons, she will be the one to initiate a fight, and her stubbornness and pride won't allow her to admit she is wrong. The two most important things: she is inflexible and cannot whistle. She makes sure to not let her forget that. Her interests revolves around her social life, but she also enjoys talking to the librarians looking after her when her parents are on business trips, who dote the other. Daniella is adopted.
From left to right: Owl || Reginald || ??? || Narro || Dawn
Above are the supporting characters under eighteen! Just a note about the character portraits: they're not entirely accurate, as there are certain specific details that are absent in several, but they're close enough, especially when it comes to physical appearance age. The middle pictured character makes a cameo and doesn't reveal a name, but she is important and her first appearance and what she does makes a huge impact later. One of the characters doesn't look their age, at all. I dare you all to guess who this person is! If you do chose the character correctly, you will either be rewarded ten points towards your house cup or a virtual share over breakfast foods. They're all important people who I may be brainstorming painful ways for their death, at the moment. I can't include the adults, as finding adult photos on Pinterest is such a gruesome task.
Other things you should probably know about my novel:
// The original idea all originates down to a dream I had as a child, a sleeping dream, and out of all of my dreams, that's the most memorable one: swimming with huge fishes, suffocating under the heaviness of lava air, ball room dances with those dressed in the 1700s-- all of these were only merely landscapes compared to what I remember from this. I just remember waking up, thinking, "Wow." My mind slowly wandered away from the thought of the dream, as it was one of those things you just can't talk about or its novelty just wears off. Later, I was greeted with a slap with four characters that had ties to this world my brain dreamed of and I just knew then, this was something worth looking into, something worth uncovering.
// Relationships? Yes! But how do you know whether I'm referring to platonic or romantic? Personally, I view the series to start in the group between MG and YA, until around the third book, where it has the potential of morphing into full YA. My original plans for the novel had little to do with romance, anyways. It still does not. That doesn't mean there won't be any. If there is, it will be brief, but the journey getting to the endgame will be painful. There won't be a love triangle... quadrilateral... concave polygon thingy applicable between all four. My brain would murder me trying to get everything straight.
// This somewhat involves the topic at the top: I finally understand why authors tend to break so many people's hearts, because besides the top point above, there is also the topic of character deaths. This is not something which will be shied away from. A lot of characters will die-- I've told my brother how many, and he pretty much exclaimed out, "That's too much. You'll only have this many people by the end!" Much character development comes from certain deaths, how the characters each value life which passes, what sacrifice entails, and what balance ultimately means. I have a huge Ziploc bag of unopened paper towels that remain unused-- if you need a box of tissues, ask me for some, and if you think you need more, I can teach you how to make a paper tissue box holder next to your bedside. Afterwards, you can bedazzle or pour glitter all over.
A somewhat bit of a surprise for you: it's taken me such a long time to decide how I will post this, but I've created a Google Docs document with four collective snippets from the novel for you to read-- two serious, and the other two focusing more on the interaction between two of the characters. There are many parts of the story I could have chosen parts from, but these are some that reveal only little of the plot. When you have friends who love to playfully banter with you, it gets into your system.
My plans as for right now, in regards to the novel? I'm letting my novel rest for about an entire month, or maybe past my birthday, in late September, before embarking on the editing stage. I'm kind of worried I'm printing out nearly 150 sheets of paper. There are two friends who I've been meaning to work on separate collaboratives lately: one is a sci-fi fantasy hybrid, while the other is a contemporary novel. I should be contacting them over the month. I'll probably also be focusing reading my annual reading competition books. There's also a chance I'll be looking for beta readers for the future, writing a monthly post series about my WIPs, and creating, possibly, a little blogging writing circle where we end up challenging one another to write a new piece every month with a different theme and form. Sounds fun, right? If you're interested in either and we get enough people for the second, comment below!
If you have any last minute comments, leave them down below! As for now, well, I'm just going to sign out of the post and maybe drop the pen, just signifying my rest on the novel, pun not intended.
Okay, so technically I half of my novel on paper and the other half on my phone while finally typing it within the laptop copy, but to say, "Drop the LAPTOP! Boom swiss twizzle sizzle," it's not entirely... convetional.
...Drop the pen. Boom.