June 2014 - further up and further in

Friday, June 6, 2014

Beautiful People: Fiona

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Beautiful People: Fiona

x x x x x 

just wish you could've seen me 
when it used to come so easy
i like to say it's easy to stay
but it's not for me, 
'cause I'm barely here at all.
x x x x x

It's my character Fiona's birthday today, which pleasantly coincides with the release of Beautiful People, so I decided to focus on her this month. I know it's weird to focus so much on my character's birthday, but hey. We're writers. Who ever said we were sane? Plus, I'm just really excited. Like I said, Fiona's my favorite.
x x x x x

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Beautiful People - June Edition

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Beautiful People - June Edition
It's that time again, folks! (Finally, am I right?) BP is BAAACK.

If you haven't heard of it, Beautiful People is a meme I started with Georgie Penn a couple years ago. It's put up monthly and is designed to help you get to know your characters. Two summers ago, it went on hiatus due to busyness and life circumstances. But now Cait from Notebook Sisters, and I, are bringing it back! (Find out more about the relaunch here.)

The way this works is, every month we post a list of ten questions for you to answer about your characters. If you'd like to participate, simply choose the lucky character of your choice, answer the questions about them, and post it up on your blog. (If you'd like to use them as a private resource, that's acceptable as well, but the primary design of this is a link-up.) The linky is down below for you to sign. And it makes it extra lovely if you go around and meet other participants of the meme by commenting!

Here are the blog buttons:

And without further ado... here are this month's questions! Extra special thanks to Arende and Emily for their questions! (Questions #4 and #5 were borrowed from Charahub.com.)

1) What is their full name and is there a story behind why they got it? 
2) How old are they, and when were they born? 
3) Describe their physical appearance. (Bonus questions: 1. What is their race/nationality/ethnicity? 2. Do you have a picture of them? If so, include it!) 
4) Describe your character's personality first in one word, and then elaborate with a few sentences. 
5) What theme song(s) fit their personality and story arc? 
6) Which one of the seven deadly sins describes your character? 
7) If they were an element (fire, water, earth, air), which one would they be? 
8) What is their favorite word? 
9) Who’s one person they really miss? (It could be someone who’s passed away, or someone they’re not close to anymore, or someone who’s moved away.)
10) What sights, sounds, and smells remind them of that person?

Now go forth, and answer! I'm so excited to read all of your answers! Have fun, and don't forget to sign the linky!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

finishing Because We Can + happy birthday, Fiona!

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finishing Because We Can + happy birthday, Fiona!
There once was a book called Because I'm Irish. This book is my book, and I love it dearly. Here's the thing: it's kind of my baby. I have a ton of novels, but there hasn't really been one that has stuck around and nagged at me as much as this one has. It's also the first one with an actual sequel. An actual sequel that's finished.

Yes, that's right. Because I'm Irish got a sequel, as you might remember from last year's camp. It was called Because We Can. And I continued writing it, somehow, by all miracles of miracles. (I have so many abandoned stories it's not even funny.) And I somehow managed to keep writing long enough to where I actually finished it. At 12:08 Mountain Standard Time on June 3rd, I finished Because We Can.

Here's the other thing: like Because I'm Irish, I have another baby... the main character of Because I'm Irish, Fiona Bartulli. Like her book, few characters have gotten under my skin and STAYED like Fiona has. And it's kind of funny, because June 6th is her birthday. She'd probably be 20 if we're going by the canon timeline, but time is relative anyway. In real time, it's been about two and a half years since I created her. (I started Because I'm Irish in December of 2011.)

She started out as basically a self-insertion character--which means she was practically based off of me. Until she started to get her own voice. And likes. And feelings. In actuality now, we're different and yet the same in a whole bunch of ways. (Our personality types are only off by one letter.)

If you had asked me back on December 20th of 2011 if I thought that this little story I was working on would a.) become a trilogy, and b.) mean so much to me now, I don't think I would've believed you. But seriously, guys, this is one of my favorite stories. The characters are written into my brain and heart and soul now, and I don't know if I'll ever be able to get them out. I'll be writing and editing and thinking about them for a very long time. Maybe, just maybe, even the rest of my life.

So here's to you, Fiona Rose Bartulli and Because I'm Irish and Damian and Keith and all you Irish dudes and the tour bus and Irish cliffs and violin strings. You mean so much to me. Thank you for all you've done in my mind and my heart for the past 2 and a half years. Here's to many more.


started: july 12, 2013
finished: 12:08, june 3, 2014
finished wordcount: 74,864
finished pagecount: 187, single spaced

{the first book's stats}

started: december 20, 2011 
finished: july 7, 2012 
finished wordcount: 59,442 
page count: 238, double-spaced

{the third book's stats}

started: june 3, 2014 
finished: to be determined!


"It’s only been a month since Fiona Bartulli got shot in the shoulder, and she’s still not over it. The ghosts of her past  follow her wherever she goes, especially because they’ve got the wrong man behind bars. She and her closest friends search for the evidence to set things right, while fearing the reappearance of the real murderer who has gone off the grid. Even though she’s been told there’s nothing to fear, she’s still running—from the man who wants to kill her, and from herself. On her search for the truth, Fiona breaks down, and she wonders if anything in her life will ever feel sane again." (Spoiler alert: It won't. Not until the end of the third book, anyway.)

{now what?}

I assumed that I'd need a break from these characters after finishing Because We Can. However, after going through post-book-finishing depression, and unsuccessfully trying to start another novel, I finally caved in and just started writing about this crew again. I am now working on the third installment of the Because I'm Irish series. Title pending. Suggestions welcome. The super secret detailed formula for titling these things is "Because + Pronoun + Verb or Noun." Yup. Creepily (but not too creepily, you feel me?) stalk my progress on this book by visiting www.mywriteclub.com, which is a fantastic writing motivator. Aaand that's all, folks!

Monday, June 2, 2014

tonight, we are young

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tonight, we are young
so if by the time, the bar closes, and you feel like falling down
i'll carry you home

i've gotten some new clothing as of yesterday. don't let these pictures fool you. while i did buy some girly tops, i went to the mens section and raided their graphic tees. included in this stash is an iron man t-shirt, one that says "trust me, i'm a superhero", and a t-shirt that says "BAZINGA!" (from the big bang theory.)

but i also bought this t-shirt, which makes me feel marvelous. i know some people aren't a huge fan of stripes, but i beg to differ. i love them. it's all in how the clothes make you feel, anyway. 

two people, one being my sister, told me i looked "sailor-ish." i am surprisingly okay with that.