Monday, March 30, 2009

Spring Writing Madness

Did y'all have a good spring break? I know I did (mostly...yesterday my puppy Bronnie decided to go for a roam and I haven't seen her yet). Busy week...stormchasing, spring shopping (gag!), hanging out with Justin, his family, and my family, last soccer games of the season (*sniff*), start up of track practice (all of us siblings are running and I'm coaching high jump) and baseball practice...whew! It doesn't slow down. I have my "little" brother Josh's 18th birthday, then my "little" sister Hannah's 14th, then Josh's high school graduation, throw in track meets here and there, sprinkle an orchestra performance or two in for good measure, and Justin's college graduation. All in the next 2 months! Ack!
LOL...last night and today, I watched episodes of the first season of the old Get Smart TV show...heeheehee! "And lovin' it!" as Agent 66 Maxwell Smart would say! They're kind of stupid, but funny (the first time through). Plus its fun to see what Professor Parker can make into a gun or phone...I mean seriously, a rubber ducky gun?!? :0D
RANDOM ALERT: The Jayhawks didn't make it to the Final Four. *crinkle nose*. :0) Actually I just like the Jayhawks cause my dad likes KU.
Funny story about that...the other day when we were shopping, Justin, Mom and I saw a t-shirt hanging in a shop window that said "The good...Jayhawks. The bad...K-state. The ugly...Mizzou." Then there was one with Mizzou as good, Nebraska as bad, and KU as ugly. Of course we all got good laughs out of those. Justin got an even harder laugh out of a Mizzou shirt that proclaimed, "Sorry, Jayhawks...crying is NOT a sport." We're not big enough college team fans to take offense. :0)
Anyway! Enough of random stories. Enter (drum roll) the REAL post.
In my first post I mentioned my WIP...or actually my 3 WIP (works-in-progress). The Second Crown, Roliwyn, and NightSword. I'll discuss those so you guys get a closer idea of what I'm working on.
I've been working on The Second Crown for close to 5 years...yes, 5 years this October I believe. It's my first full length fantasy novel. More than likely I'll split it into two books to offer to publishers, simply because it's over 150,000 words long, and you can't edit out a third of the story like that. The two parts would (tentatively....a publisher could probably come up with better titles than these) The Second Crown I: The Quest and The Second Crown II: The Winning of Lerem. I'm on edit number 5. The first edit was my own edit, then my mom went through it, then my friends Josiah H and Monica T went through parts of it, and now I'm going through it again working on stronger characters, beats, narrative, etc. I haven't been editing much lately because my writing time has been limited, making me want to work on my creative part of writing (which is Roliwyn and NightSword).
And a little teaser to make you want to read it: The Second Crown is about a girl who holds the secret to preventing war in her country.
I'll let you know when it's published. :0)
Roliwyn is the sequel/prequel to The Second Crown. Technically, its a prequel. But the prologue and epilogue are sequels to TSC. Trust me, it works. ;0). I'm currently 60,000 words into the book and hope to have it completed (not edited) at just over 90,000 sometime soon. Come June I'll have seriously been working on it for a year. It spawned as an idea about one of the country's heroes mentioned in TSC, Jakon Roliwyn. In their language, "roliwyn" means "hammerhand; a name given to a knight of great renown who is ranked among the best in arms and chivalry". Jakon Roliwyn is a king who's throne is usurped by an assassin. That's the main plotline, anyway. There are...let me count...three other subplots intertwined. I'd say for my second novel it's pretty complex. Sometimes it makes me want to tear my hair out, but for now I'm satisfied because I know exactly what's happening within the next two or three chapters. And I have this really cool escape scene plotted for two of my characters, which I'm super excited about! If I pull it off right, the escape scene might even eclipse my favorite chess-playing scene from the beginning of the book, where foreshadowing finally clicked with me. I'm pretty excited about the direction this book is going...and now I need to finish this blog post quickly so I can go write!!
My third book is currently titled NightSword, and I don't know if that title will stick or not. Possibly as I write the book I'll come up with a different title, but I tend to need a good title right off. Right now, I'm character plotting for the book. I have a series of things I write up about my characters; their looks, their Inner Values, they way they act, why the act the way they act, etc etc. The storyline isn't fully fleshed out, but it will come, I tend to be a SOTP (seat of the pants) writer so I don't do a ton of beforehand plotting. I will tell you this; NightSword is about an elf who used to be an asassin/sorcerer but is now a good guy.
So there you go, my writing! Hope you enjoyed hearing about it...and I also hope that it made you curious enough to want to hear more and buy the books! (a little shameless self-promotion...hey, isn't that wht we authors do?!?!?) :0)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

We're Not Crazy, I Promise! (storm chase post)

Monday morning Justin, Sarah, Jacob, and I headed out from my house at about 10:30 am. Justin had been watching the weather models for a couple of days and Sunday night had decided (in a very giddy, jumpy manner) that it would be a good day to go storm chasing in Oklahoma. He picked Ponca City as our starting point (about 4 1/2 hours away).
We started the drive with some of Justin's "traditional" storm chase songs.
Heather's view of the songs: The guy couldn't sing (not Justin, the guy on the CD) and his band couldn't play. But they were funny to listen to. And funny to see Justin get hyper about all the weather stuff in the songs.
Justin's view: In my defense sure the guy can't sing, he's a meteorologist. And no, the band can't play, you have to focus on the words, they're great! I've never heard such poetic works of inspirational music, words such as supercell, tornado, skywarn...wonderful music!
When we got to Ponca City we joined up with some of Justin's colleagues from Mizzou and followed them around.

Justin doing his "nerd" thing with the HAM radio (his words, not mine!)

3:30; Getting near the storm

4:30; wall cloud forming

4:30; along I-35, near OK/KS border. The clouds in the top center of the picture were rotating. This is where a tornado would form. This storm actually produced a weak tornado, we were just in the wrong spot (stuck in traffic).

Jacob in front of the second storm we chased

Justin and me!


Arkansas City, KS.

In between the 2nd and 3rd storm chases.

7:00; the 3rd storm, which kept building like crazy.

8:00; we decided to head home. It was getting dark and we couldn't get around the 3rd storm. Justin decided to wait for about fifteen minutes to see if the storm over the interstate would clear so we wouldn't go straight through the middle of the storm (otherwise known as core-punching). Well, we ended up core-punching anyway! :0) At that point everything kind of started going...wrong. Besides core-punching, the a/c in Justin's Jeep (which has 235K miles on it) messed up, so the windshield was fogging up. Made it slightly difficult to see (I was glad I wasn't driving). We got out of the storm about Tulsa.
11:30; home! We traveled about 760 miles that day (Justin was hoping we'd get up over 1000). I think I'm now addicted to storm chasing. (Justin: "My job has been done.") So I'm definitely looking forward to more!

Monday, March 23, 2009


Hello y'all!
Well, my goal is to post once a week, preferably Monday. That said, I'm now going to break it...sorry! :0) I'm going storm-chasing down to Oklahoma with Justin and his siblings Sarah and Jacob. Justin was hyped up last night as he looked over all this data confirming it would be a "good" storm. It's my first time to ever be deliberately chasing a storm, so we'll see how it goes!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Welcome to Magical Ink!

Hello y'all!
Glad you stopped by and are reading my site. As my profile notes, I'm a wanna-be-published Christian fantasy author. I'm currently working on three books: The Second Crown (which may be split into 2) is in the stages of a (hopefully) final edit; Roliwyn, the prequel/sequel to The Second Crown (I'll explain the prequel/sequel thing later) is the book that I'm actually writing now; and NightSword, a standalone which is in the middle stages of plotting.
I've been writing seriously every since I was 12 and am just now discovering, unfortunately, how difficult it is to get into the publishing process. But, I recently attended the Jerry B. Jenkin's Writing for the Soul Conference in Colorado Springs, CO, where I made some contacts and am hoping something good comes out of that in a year or so!
I enjoy writing so much...I once read that "most authors enjoy having written..." but I'm one of the ones who enjoys writing, the entire aspect of it. Well, maybe not so much the editing part... :0)
My hope is that this blog will keep y'all posted on what's going on my writing life. My goal within the next two years is to land a book contract. It would've been this year, but amazing things have happened in my life since last November. My family has a pretty cool farm (and house we finished building), so I'm busy with that, plus as I mentioned in my profile, I'm being courted by an amazing guy. His name is Justin, and you can read our courtship story at, my family's blog. I will probably talk about courtship some on this blog, just to warn you!! :0) Justin's amazing, he's finishing up his last semester of college to become a meteorologist. Yes, I know, creative mind and science mind...opposites definitely attracted in this case!
Anyway, that's all for now. If you're interested in writing, be sure to check out the links on the side under the "Writing Sites" label. They're really good. I hope to see you back!


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