Cover

Boom.

I have no other words for this.

Okay, that’s not true, I have LOTS of other words for this. Like, “This” and “is” and “amazing”. Or maybe, “I” “finally” “have” “a” “visual” “of” “how” “nine” “months” “of” “writing” “is” “going” “to” “pay” “off”, and “My” “daddy” “is” “awesome!” (He helped me put it together 😉 )

Anyway… It’s not your traditional cover design, obviously. We had some trouble making the camera close enough that you could read the title, while far enough away that you could tell what you were looking at, but I’m pretty satisfied with the end result.

We’re still working on the spine and back of the cover. They’re mostly done, but we still have to adjust copyright info and buy an ISBN number. I’ll probably post a full picture a little closer to the publication date.

Now, here are a few updates that do not concern the cover. 🙂

You may have noticed (If you’re viewing this on a computer, or have scrolled past all my posts on your phone) that I now have a cool little bar which records my progress on Honey Butter. It’s nice, because now you don’t have to pick through my spontaneous blog posts to find out how long it is until you can buy it.

Except that the bar hasn’t moved in a while…

I’ve read my book over about a million times, so it’s getting hard to find things to change. Sorry. But don’t worry, this is where the advantage of supportive parents comes in. I’ll be back on track soon. 😉

Oh, and I also have a social media widget (in the same place as the progress bar) that will take you to my profiles. So far I’m on Instagram and Pinterest, and we should be sorting out Facebook soon, too. If you want to go give those accounts a follow, I would definitely appreciate it.

Anyway. That’s all for now!

Keep Writing!

  • Millie

 

Face to Screen

Yay! You can finally see me! Face to face! Kind of. It’s more like face-to-screen, I guess. Whatever. Now you know what I look like!

 

But like my book club’s motto says; ‘back to the book!’

I have finished all plot changes. Period. Not, ‘I have finished all plot changes for this draft’, I have finished all plot changes FOR GOOD. Which is kind of an insane thought.

I’m not done yet, but man, I’m getting so close! Up next is wording. Making sure the flow of the story is good, and that each individual sentence makes sense: the final changes to anything and everything in the book.

My insides are full of butterflies as I write this. Honey Butter will be published in only two and a half months and I’m on the last leg of the journey!

Stay posted! Major updates will be coming soon!

Keep Writing!

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April Showers

As I write this, the April showers are coming down. Hard. And I hope they really do bring May flowers, because some of the roads and fields nearby have flooded. It’s very cozy though, and good reading weather. I’m currently working on ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by Lemony Snicket.

My family has celebrated a few more birthdays, the trees’ leaves are a wonderfully bright green, and the forest is coming alive around my house. I also now have fifty complete poems, which is halfway to my goal. And I cooked up two new story ideas to write after I finish Honey Butter, but I’m trying not to get ahead of myself.

All in all, I’ve had a very refreshing break from my book, and am now ready to go on to the next stage: evaluating the feedback I recently received from my Beta Readers. (Who are awesome by the way. 😉

This can be a bit complicated, because several people have completely opposite opinions. At the same time, there are easy things about it. Like small things the Beta Readers found confusing or distracting, that can easily be changed. It’s interesting, because often a Beta Reader will point out things that didn’t even cross my mind, which is really helpful.

After I evaluate the suggestions, of course, I have to follow through with them. Hopefully this won’t take too long. After that I’ll improve the flow and wording, do a thorough proof-read, and then… Publication! (Something I hardly dare to think about.)

Another update is that my Daddy and I have been designing the cover for my book, and some of the formatting. I’m really excited about this, because it makes everything I’ve been working towards finally feel like a reality! When we finish the cover, I’ll post it on here, so stay tuned!

Keep Writing!

  • Millie

Waterfall

Hey everyone! Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? A whole month for celebrating poetry? What an awesome idea!

Anyway, since it’s April first, I thought I would share with you another one of my poems. This one is called Waterfall. I got the idea from when I went hiking with my best friend. There was a waterfall on the trail and we climbed up the rocks behind it, it was one of those moments I just had to write about. So as soon as I had the chance, I did!

Rush and rumble

Crash and tumble

Racing down to the sea,

Crystal droplets thunder down in dangerous majesty.

Behind the rippling curtain I stand.

Just in the clearest spray.

As white water is thrown over the rocks,

Threatening to wash me away.

Strands trickle like ribbons along wall,

Onto my hands and feet.

The storm of diamonds continues to fall,

Where air and water meet.

During the month of April, I would encourage you to try writing some poetry yourself. You can find inspiration for poetry anywhere, you just have to look closely. Remember, I doesn’t have to rhyme if that’s not your thing. If you do want it to rhyme however, there’s this cool website I found called RhymeZone. It’s awesome for helping you find the right word, or a new word that makes you look at something in a way you never have before. You should check it out!

Keep Writing, and Happy Poetry Month!

  • Millie

P.S. This is not an April Fools Joke.

 

 

Or is it?

 

 

Okay, it’s not.

 

 

But it might be…

Beta Testing

Wow. Once again, my dear readers, I have miscalculated my writing speed. Do you remember that I said I would probably finish the third draft early or mid april? Scratch that! The third draft is done! Woo hoo! The light at the end of the tunnel is so close I can almost taste it! And it tastes like mangos and pomegranates (My two favorite fruits )!

I still have a ways to go, but I’m definitely closer. And now I think my brain needs a break from this story for a little while, because I’ve read it about five million times. So I’m taking April off from writing my book. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t be making progress on it. Pretty soon I’m going to start working with my Dad to design the cover, and… Here’s the next step in my master plan. Beta readers.

For those who don’t know, Beta Readers are people who will read my book and tell me what they think I should change, what they like, and their reactions to different parts of the story. Beta  Readers are the step to take when, besides wording and fixing spelling and grammar, you don’t have any other ideas on how to improve your book.

I’ve been doing my research on this and am working on a list of questions and a list of possible Beta Readers. I’ll use the Beta Reader feedback to write my fourth draft. Depending on the feed back I get (and what I choose to use) the fourth draft might take a long time or a short time. I still have four months before August however, so I think I can still make my goal date.

Well, wish me luck! I will be posting more updates soon, so keep an eye out. Subscribe to get notified.

Keep Writing!

  • Millie

One Thousand Word Puzzle

I’ve been working on the third draft for a little while, and I have to admit, it feels very different from just writing. More like trying to put together a puzzle of words, except that some puzzle pieces you throw away, and create new ones out of thin air. It’s enjoyable, as all of the writing process is, but it has its difficulties.

Big decisions that I’ve been putting off because “it’s just the first/second draft” have to be dealt with, and I also have to work on the flow of the story quite a bit. I will admit however, that while this part of my writing is hard, it takes less time to do.

After I finish the third draft, I’m planning on reading it aloud to my siblings to see what they think. I’m really looking forward to that,  as some of them have asked about a million times if they can read it yet.

Speaking of finishing, I will most likely complete my third draft by early or mid April. I have yet to formulate a plan of what to do after that, although I do have a few ideas… (And yes, I am going to remain mysterious about those ideas. For now.)

A quick note: I might not be posting quite as much for a while, although I will try to at least once a month. Know however, that I am working hard on my book, and that I will post more once I am closer to getting it published.

Keep Writing!

  • Millie

Second Drafts and Spring Dreams

I just recently finished my second draft (woo!) so now it’s onto the next stage of my writing.

Draft three. (Dun, dun, DUUUUN!)

I still feel like my book needs a lot of work. However, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to use more of the second draft in the third draft than I used the first draft in the second draft.  Because I used almost nothing of my original work between drafts one and two.

First though, I need to spend some time away from my writing, which, as you might know from reading my previous posts, is not an easy task for me. It won’t be quite as long a break as I did for the first draft. Probably only a week or two this time. Meanwhile, I’ll be working on my poetry  and this website and start the third draft come March.

On another note, I’m looking forward to spring. We got next to no snow this past winter, and it’s just been cold, so I would be glad for some warmer weather and green leaves on the trees. Before too much longer my family will start our gardening as well.

Something else that starts in March for my family is our Birthday Cycle. There are seven people in my family, and each month between March and September has one of our birthdays in it. Which is fun because each of us gets to have our own birthday month. Mine is August, which is also when I’m planning to publish my book. Oh! There’s so much to look forward to in life!

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Patience

One of my poems I thought I’d share. I write quite a bit of poetry actually, it helps me get my creativity flowing. I read somewhere that “A poem a day keeps writers block away.” And I find it very true for me.

I hope you enjoy!

 

Patience is a pretty maid,

Though she sits there quite alone,

Her features are peaceful radiance,

Both hair and eyes wind blown.

 

Hardly noticed by the passersby,

Despite her sweetest smile,

They must rush rush rush, they haven’t time,

To stop and talk a while.

 

And though she calms the nervous soul,

And her presence is pleasant and kind,

Most are simply too worried and distressed,

To pay her any mind.

 

Keep Writing!

  • Millie

Book Recommendations

Hello there!

Looking for something to read? Well, I have few recommendations for you! These following books are some of my favorites. I hope you enjoy!

Spilling Ink – By Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter (Nonfiction)
Summary: After receiving letters from fans asking for writing advice, accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined together to create this guidebook for young writers. The authors mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice, develop characters and plot, make revisions, and overcome writer’s block. Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump-start their own projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work.

A Little Princess – By Francis  Hodgson Burnett
Summary: Sara Crewe, falls upon hard times at an English boarding school when her father suddenly dies. Left penniless and at the mercy of a vindictive headmistress, Sara manages — despite a multitude of adversities — to maintain her optimistic outlook and usual goodness, qualities that do not go unnoticed by a mysterious benefactor who eventually transforms her life.

The Mysterious Benedict Society – By Trenton Lee Stewart
Summery: “Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?”
When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
As our heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to turn to each other for support. But with their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?
Welcome to the Mysterious Benedict Society.

The Penderwicks – By Jeanne Birdsall
Summary: Meet the Penderwicks, four different sisters with one special bond. There’s responsible, practical Rosalind; stubborn, feisty Skye; dreamy, artistic Jane; and shy little sister Batty, who won’t go anywhere without her butterfly wings.
When the girls and their doting father head off for their summer holiday, they’re in for a surprise.  Instead of the tumbledown cottage they expected, they find themselves on a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon the girls are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the most wonderful discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.
The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will—won’t they? One thing’s for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.

Flora and Ulysses – By Kate DiCamillo
Summary: It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences.
The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry—and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.

Keep Writing!

  • Millie

 

Official Synopsis

Hello everyone!
I am happy to announce that I have recently finished the official synopsis for Honey Butter and am ready to share it with you! So, without farther ado… Lights! Keyboard! Action!

“It’s a wonderful thought that everyday has something to celebrate.”

Jamie Jonson is a seven-year-old girl with an annoying older sister, a short attention span, and an odd hobby of collecting paint sample cards.

Laren Lark is an almost thirteen-year-old girl with a love of books, a talent for poetry, and a past full of road school adventures.

This Book is a whimsical story about what happened to them one fateful summer, with a pound of friendship, a gallon of family, and a ton of everyday joy.

I cannot wait to share the full book with you! So don’t forget to subscribe for further updates!

Keep Writing!
– Millie