Though it feels as though we've skipped autumn, and jumped straight to winter down here in Australia, it's spring in the Northern He...

Though it feels as though we've skipped autumn, and jumped straight to winter down here in Australia, it's spring in the Northern Hemisphere! (I assume, at least. Some say it's still cold?) Anyway, the lovely Victoria tagged me to participate in this spring writing challenge, which was originally created by Deborah!

Here are the rules:
1) Link back to the person who tagged you. 
2) Share the picture.
3) Answer the questions or even pick and choose which ones you answer. 
4) Tag 3 other writers and inform them that you tagged them (via comment/message/email or hey, even carrier-pigeon or smoke signal; I’m not picky).

1. Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)

Over the rest of the year I'd like to, at least...

Finish Draft Four of 'Golden Revenge': I am so excited for this draft! I've been mulling over beta feedback in recent months, and though I loved the story I told in the earlier drafts, I have some ideas I'd like to try. At present I'd like to say I have a good story, but I want to make it the absolute best it can be. The heart of GR will stay the same; I'm working on refining character arcs, motivations, and some of the content.

Complete First Draft of 'Silver Storm': I have a love-hate relationship with the sequel. There are elements I adore about it, and characters I love, but there are the usual sequel doubts and the plot is slower than I would have liked. But, I just have to remind myself that we have editing for a reason!

Develop Plot for 'Ashes Ever Shifting': Having Character-Chatted with these characters for approaching close to a year now, I feel I have a good grasp on the characters and world-building. Before first drafting (probably this November) I would like to strengthen my plot!

Develop 'Bronze Mirror' and Other Story Ideas: There are a few ideas floating around in my mind, such as a potential third book for the GR series, involving a re-telling of Icarus. Other ideas include a girl who loses her shadow, and a group of highschoolers being kidnapped to another world. So I'm letting them simmer, and will jot down any new revelations that come throughout that process.

2. Which Stage Are You At? Expound!

a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)

Oh gosh, all of them, but for different stories!

3. Treasure From the Back of the Closet (Share one to three snippets you love!)

Damla knew the rain before she knew her mother.
A clear, dry blue sky poised in the window, shoving its sticky tongue of heat all over her skin. If she hummed, or sang, she might be able to call drops of water out of the ground, tether them in the sky with her notes, and then let them shower the earth. The soft pitter patter of rain on the roof would unbundle the thick knot of nerves in her throat.
But singing in front of the prison warden would not go well.

A fire shuddered through his muscles as the messenger led him out of the slinking gang headquarters, into the streets of Benjast. In this cut of the city, the ocean foamed against the docks, tossing up white slobber onto the wooden tongues of ships swimming through the black and blue waves.
Salt, from when the river roared too high, and the ocean rose to the moons’ yanking, crunched under Zeki’s worn boots. Wind slapped skin. Slaves hauled boxes on and off towering merchant ships, sweating, panting. Their overseers fixed falcon gazes on their ragged forms, fingers never far from their whip.
Zeki kept his head high, gaze never drifting their way for long. Being Trestlin was as much about being the whip, as it was the walk. Shoulders back, head high, footfalls loud and confident. Enslave the weak, empower the strong.

3.5. Bonus: Do Some Actual Spring Cleaning of Your Writer Self! (and share a picture!)

I'd like to say I'm fairly organised with my writing space, and I've recently sorted my documents, so I just took a picture. I do have Scrivener, but since I write on multiple devices, I stick with Google Docs! 

I tag...
And anyone else who would like to do this tag/challenge!

What are your current writing goals? What stage are you at in your writing? If you're feeling brave, share a snippet with me!
Have a wondeful day, and best wishes with your writing! <3

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  1. I love your writing, it's so beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much, that's so sweet of you to say so! <3

  2. Wow, what a wonderful tag, Melissa! Thanks for tagging me!

    1. It's a great tag, isn't it? You're welcome; can't wait to see your answers! :D

  3. THOSE SNIPPETS. <3 <3 <3

    It sounds like you have awesome plans for current and upcoming stories!! I can't wait for Silver Storm and... *gasp* a possible third book??? Ooooooohhhh!!! :D :D :D

    Thanks for tagging me, Melissa!

    1. AHHH YOU LIKE? <3 <3 <3

      Thank you! <3 Hehe, yeah, I have the basic grasp of an idea, but I'm still waiting to see how the story comes together in my mind before I get serious about it. :)

      You're so welcome! :)

  4. Yay you did the tag! I've heard you can get an app for Scrivener on mobile but I've yet to try it. XD Happy writing!

    1. I did, thanks so much for tagging me! :) Oh really? That's really interesting, thanks for letting me know! xD Same to you!