Category: Books


Five Days Of Research

This new book idea I had… HAS TAKEN OVER! Just kidding. Kind of.

I honestly have been writing down research notes for the past five days. Intermixed with running errands and keeping my DVR clear, any other spare time, I’ve been researching mythical creatures for my book. Seriously. My bed, where I work, is covered in notebooks, pens, markers, my pencil case, a Harry Potter book, which I was using as a refrence to something. I am well aware that the information on any magical creatures in Harry Potter book is basic at best, if not made up completely, but having a well based knowledge on these creatures, fictional or not, or the factual based history will help me figure out how I want my characters to act.

I think what I find most interesting about the fact that I am writing a new book, is that for the first time… I don’ t have any clear cut characters. I mean the main character is developing on it’s own, slowly, but I don’t know anything about them. It’s strange, because this is new for me. My main character has always made themselves clear from the very beginning, and I had a very good idea of how they were going to look, but this one, no. I think really, all I know is that it’s a she, and that she has something to do with the Dead. Very unusual for me. But I’m excited.

I’m so into this research and the things I’m learning. It’s FASCINATING. facinating. facsinating. Fascinating… I had it right the first time, go figure. Like today, I’ve so far researched, kappas (which is what I looked at Harry Potter for to see what JKR had them be versus what I had read in my research), centaurs, kraken, hydras and sirens. And that’s just today.  I really haven’t gotten as much done as I’d like, but that’s because life is interspersed with my time for researching.

I have to look after my mom, take her to doctor’s appointments, cook dinner for her (and me), keep on my TV shows, since I usually watch them only off my DVR, I have to keep that thing clear, because they build up fast. Plus I sleep odd hours. And then I have my doctor’s appointments as well, and all the other errands that Ihave to do for the day, not to mention keepig the apartment clean. Although I don’t actually keep my DVR as clear as I should… Anyway, I digress.

But what I was trying to say is that I’d like to have more research done already, since because when I go back to work I’m not going to have as much time to do any of this as I would really like, because I have to do everything mentioned above,  PLUS work. So that’s going to be interesting. I’m pretty good at juggling it all, it just interferes with my writing time.

Like I was saying before I got so off topic, I’m really into my research. Some of it I had already come across in other things I had once done for school, but now I’m actually writing it down and taking in what I am learning. It’s all so very interesting and I’m hoping to find out even more very interesting tidbits of information that I didn’t know before. Overall, I’ve researched wraiths, banshees, Echidna, pheonix’s, harpy’s, fairies, ghouls, genies, furies, gnomes, trolls, unicorns, wendigos, centaurs, hydras, krakens, kappas, sirens and I started to research on dragons, but I’m trying to hold out on the big ones like dragons, vampires, werewolves, and elves, you know because I could spend alot of time on those. Plus… werewolves kind of creep me out. I don’t like the way they look, I don’t like the way the sound when they howl, and the idea of ever actually meeting one… FREAKS ME OUT. I don’t belive in werewolves, but if they were real, and I met one… I’d be in so much trouble. I hate Halloween for the only reason taht I hear those damn howls. Hate them, the howls I mean.

Anyway, that’s my update, that I am still researching and have been for five days. If I stop getting distracted by the TV and facebook I bet I could get alot more done though…

– Jessi

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My Books Have No Titles

My goal is to update this blog everyday, or at least every few days. And sometimes there will be more than one blog a day, but that’s just how it is.

I was just looking at my books… well in my head anyway, and I realized that only ONE has an actual title… and I’m not even sure that I like that title for it. But I go through this with my fanfictions too. But I wanted to know if that was normal. And not that I really expect an answer for my question, but I guess, sometimes you just dont’ know what to call it until it’s done. Sometimes I think I have a title for it, and then by the end, it’s totally changed.

But what I wanted to write about today was… well of course one of my unnamed books, that I’ve aptly named “My Life” until I do figure out the name. On my computer it has a name like “The Zoey McGuire Book” because as of right now I think the main character’s name is Zoey. I keep changing it. I changed it again just recently to Ella, but I’m not sure I like it. I think I’m going to change it back to Zoey. Actually yes, for now, I’m changing it back to Zoey. I know at one point her name was Samantha, and it was also something different before that, but I really can’t remember that one. I’m sure it’s in the backlogs of my computer… or notebook papers somewhere.

This story is set in a real life town in Rhode Island… which is crazy because I have never been there, but there was something appealing about setting it in a town that’s so small because the STATE is so small. So I’ve been using google earth to find real places that are there to use in my book. In a way I do believe this book is my baby, but also, so is that other book I’ve been doing so .

The main character Zoey is supposed to be based off me, but as I write the first chapter… over and over and over and over and over and over… (seriously, I’ve rewritten this chapter over 30 times now), she’s not like me as much as I thought she would, be but I guess that’s the point. She’s only based off me. The best friend she has, now she’s like my old best friend to a “T”. But that’s what this book is about at first, the way my friendship was with Julie, and how it fell apart. However, I have to figure that one out, because part of the reason that Julie and mine’s friendship fell apart was because my dad died. And I have no plans for Zoey’s dad to die. The character that is based of Julie’s name is Lindsay… I think. It could change you know. At first her name was Shellyanne, and then it was Christina, and now it’s Lindsay, who knows what it could change to?

Interestingly enough, the minor characters, such as my brother Josh’s character’s has only changed once and I have no intention of changing that  again. His best friend has never changed, and two of my ex boyfriend’s characters names have never changed either. I guess it’s all about finding the name that fits the character just right.

It’s a never ending process it seems. But I’ll get there. You’ll see.

– Jessi

I realized that when I spoke yesterday about Internet being the best friend of a writer, that’s incorrect. Yes, it is vital to the process.

But the other thing that is quite essential is the notebook, the pen, and possibly the laptop or computer, depending on the writer. I simply coudln’t write without any of these things.

Sometimes I have to have that pen and paper to write, other’s I can’t write without my keyboard in front of me. It’s strange. But no matter what, I love to write. And I write best in the middle of the night. I don’t know why, but I do. And I have to have music when I write.

So what may be my best friend’s as a writer, wouldn’t necessarily be someone elses. My best friend’s when writing are my computer, my music, and my pen. Because I put any idea down in notebooks and on post-its, so that I don’t lose it, even if it’s years old, I do find them eventually. I may not use them all the time, but I do find them. Except when my sister finds my post its on the floor and mistakenly throws them away, which, thanks Amy. Thanks for that.

But if any of these things were to fail me and were were to have a falling out… okay. Enough joking. Internet really does help a writer though, but I’ve already posted about that one. I do not need to really go into just how it helps.

Usually I would update you on one of my books. Or my life, but other than some best friend drama (her boyfriend just broke up with her through a text) I have nothing new for you guys. So this is where I will leave you, because the best friend drama needs to stay outta my blog until it passes.

I’ll talk to you next time.

– Jessi

WRITING – BOOK – MYTHICAL

I hate that saying “If It’s On The Internet It Has To Be True.”
What kind of idiot believes that? A moron, that’s who.

But having said that, I am not an idiot (about the interent anyway) nor a moron. I know that when researching anything, and that if you decide to use the internet, you have to be careful of what you read on here. So when I decided to write this book, I had to do some research, and by that I mean I still have alot more to do.

To do a story that is based on the migration of mythical creatures that don’t exist… it’s alot. I mean, clearly Vampires, Werewolves, Chimeras, Dragons, Unicorns, Elves, and many many others, they don’t exist, like REAL ones. The kind from legends and stories, but people who just practice it and belive they are one. I don’t know if I want witches to be in my story, if I do, I want Wizards and Warlocks, but I want them all to be seperate, but you know.. mingled together, if that makes sense.

I’m kind on a toss up between having humans interact in this secret mythical world, like obviously they go and interact with humans in their world, but for humans to discover thier world… SCANDAL. But I’m thinking of having a human forced to because they become a cross of being human and mythical.. which is such a contraditction. But whatever.

I said this was a work in progress.

 

I’ve been researching things like the chimeara, and people like Medusa… although that was more because of my favotire TV show, “Grey’s Anatomy” and that Merideth has the nickname of “Medusa” on there. Anyway. I stumbled upon a werewolf page…. It freaked me out. Not because the idea of werewolves creep me out, but because the picture at the top… it creeped me out. But I definately am going to be taking some liberites with some of these attributes and legends. Like these are the things that mortals believe, and then this is what it really is.

It’s going to be awesome when I get done with the book. Of course, I do need an actual plot before I write anything. Like… a main character. And what their conflict is. I think I already know the main character is going to be a girl. I just don’t know what she’s going to be. I’m highly intrugued though about making one of the main characters this half serpent, half… woman type thing…

And mermaids are totally going to be in the story too, I know that. I think I’m going to have guard thingys for like the big baddie. Who I don’t even know who that is yet. I told you this story is in the devloping stages.

Until Later – Jessi

I have currently in progress, before my latest idea hit me, six stories, now it’s seven. And none of them are really written beyond an idea.

But ever since Harry Potter ended with the last movie last year, I’ve had this want to write my own story, my own story where I create the world. And movies like Avatar, a whole world created from someone’s mind… incredible. Or you know, in books like “Wicked” which I know, isn’t completely made up, it is based off things that could be real, but it’s the fact that there are Quadlings, obviously made up, they dont’ exist anywhere in this world. Or that there could be witches, anyone can do it. It’s amazing to me. And then you know there are other books too, Harry Potter obviously, I mean she made up some of the coolest things for that world. And in Twilight, she took the idea of vampires and twisted it. Yes, some people think it’s stupid that vampires sparkle… but that’s the thing about writing. Take legends, things that people have assumed to be true and take your own liberties.

I want to do that. I want to create a world like that. And I wanted to do it with someone you don’t really see that often, so I thought… Fairies.

So I have this idea for a book on Fairies. Not like Tinkerbell – that will never get beyond a kids cartoon. Besides, my idea isn’t anything like that. Although… they still have never told us how Tinkerbell meets up with Peter Pan… Anyway.

But as I wrote this book, I realized that as much as I love this idea… I would love to do a book where it features all mythical creatures crossing, and trying to hide all of that from the human world. But that’s all I’ll say there. I don’t like to put my ideas out there until after I’ve developed them… and even then I won’t.

But like I said, I have seven books now. Well, six I guess. One is just a sentance that I have never developed a plot for. The rest have some kind of plot.

FAIRY BOOK – About fairies. What else? Really only one of them has an acutal name. I have notes and developed plot for this one. It may possibly be two books, I’m thinking. I came up with idea for this story when I had the urge to create my own world, but with characters or creatures that weren’t so overdone like Vampires and Werewolves.
JULIANNE AND TRISTAN – At this point her name is Julianne, but sometimes I think about changing it. This one, this story, I orginally developed from the movie LEGEND, but since it’s become alot more complicated. So when I write about this one and update eventually, it’s under Legends, because the book is about two people who come from a legendary race that isn’t supposed to exist anymore.
MYTHICAL CREATURES BOOK – This one, I decided to write because I wanted to write a book where creatures from the past, plus possibly ones I make up cross paths, and everything. Humans may be involved, they may not. This idea is just getting off the ground.
TEEN SCENE – This one, I actually wrote out a long time ago on my old computer… and then forgot to save, so I’m trying to reconstuct it from memory. Kind of, some of the things I had on papers, so the characters are the same and even the premise behind the story, but things have changed. I can remember most of it. But sometimes I think my old story Mystic Jewels gets confused in it. That story needed alot of help. As does this one sometimes. But that’s why I’ve never even thought about trying to even begin to get this one published. I also once had a story called Teenage Troubles.
TWINS – This is just this little scene I started. I have no idea where it came from. It’s just sitting there, like one day I just wanted to start writing a story so I did. Truthfully, I’m not sure if this will ever get off my computer.
MY LIFE STORY – This one. This one is a difficult one. It’s kind of about my life. But not exactly. The characters are BASED off people in my life and even some of the events. But the main character (me) she has both her parents, and is an only child. I have a sister. And there are scenes that never happened. Not to mention the fact that she never moved, I moved to three different states. My best friend in teh story, that acutally happened to me in real life, what’s going to happen to her, just not exactly in the same story that mine did. You’ll see. I’ll keep you updated.

Any other updates on my stories and I’ll be sure to keep you updated. Also, if I were to write about EVERY fanfiction I have… this blog would be much much longer.