Monthly Archives: August 2012

YA High Fantasy

Hello world (well, mostly those who read young adult or high fantasy). My sister and I are working on a young adult/high fantasy series. We’ve been working on it for over a year…. (you did not read that wrong). It’s difficult because we have to agree on every small detail which is not small feat. We don’t just have the fact we are sisters working against us, but artists too and if you have ever seen on of those team challenges on Project Runway, you know artists don’t play well together. Luckily, my sister and I do play well, but that does not mean we disagree. Last night we were arguing over what the basic style of some of the lands were…. Not kidding.

Anyways, I was curious if young adult fans would read something considered high fantasy (well, I suppose by virtue of being a young adult novel (thus highly character focused) maybe it’s just middle fantasy… I’ll get experts chose after it’s published). I am also curious if high fantasy readers will see the typical YA cover and not read it despite the fact we’ve spent hours over maps and culture. 

It seems I keep asking this question, this “would read blank if I wrote it?” Is that good or bad I wonder. Good because my stories are not about vampires falling for werewolves or bad because no one has written that because no one will read that…. I suppose we will find out soon enough! 




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First Day of Classes

A little off-topic but more of a notice. My first class is today so I may be posting less. I’m sure I’ll still have time to write at least once a week (so no one panic lol). Anyways, I always feel better when I write stuff out so here it is. I’m a bit nervous. I’m not nervous about the class or the teacher or even having a new class or teacher but finding things. I am horrid with directions. I am attending a HUGE campus. My previous campus was small as was my high school. I’m just terrified I won’t find parking or my class in time. I am sure everything will be find but it’s about 10 minutes before I leave (and I am leaving an hour-and-a-half early) so I cannot think of anything to do than get nervous. Public speaking doesn’t phase me; being late for class, a re-occuring nightmare. Oh well… I suppose I’ll update later, if not here on Twitter I guess. I guess I just have to take a deep breath and trust God. 



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Favorite Quotes:

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives only once.” – George R. R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons

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August 17, 2012 · 4:05 pm

So I Have A Problem: Anyone Up for a 30 Book Series?

30 is a random number. I could honestly write endlessly about my monster hunters. I have always been fascinated with the idea of hunters. This may or may not have begun with the TV show Supernatural. Even if it did, I can remember seeing commericals for season 1 air after Smallville and reading the episode descriptions in USA Today and thinking, “This is like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys except they fight monsters!” I remember looking the show up and reading the two main characters, Sam and Dean Winchester, were trained by an ex-marine to be these warriors. I was fascinated. Now I have read/seen tons of hunter or hunter-like characters and have seen similiar ideas in all of them. Things like what it means to be human, the differences between the hunters and the monsters, what to do with the nice monsters, what happens if you fall in love with the monster, etc… There’s so many interesting ethincal issuses you can explore on top of supernatural melodrama like Jace may have demon blood not angel blood in him to normal melodrama such as Xander and Anya are both nervous about getting married.

I have my own set of hunters and it’s not like I love them any more or less than any other character I’ve written about it’s I don’t think I could leave the world I created. I could write tons of stories about tons of different hunters in order to explore all the ideas I have. Or, I could write many stories about the same group. I decided to go with the latter. I just hope people will like the idea. Because I have so much time to build up relationships, I don’t have a single kissing scene in the first book. After reading complaint after complaint about “insta-love” I figured that would be okay. I’m not sure if the general public are upset about “insta-love” or just hard-core readers who post reviews on Goodreads. Series are popular with YA today but how long can the series get before people start complaining? Would anyone hate it if there was a series with a long story arc that didn’t play a huge role in every book? Obviously, this wouldn’t be a TV show so I would not get too “monster of the week” and every book would have hints and pieces of a larger arc but I am wondering if that is satisfying enough. Would people be made if they picked up book two and figured out only two or more new things and no one has still kissed or would it make things more rewarding when the answers came and the couples finally did kiss? 


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Finished Editing

I had every intention of writing a post yesterday but I didn’t. I will refrain from any form of self-punishment because I managed to finish the Arthurian Legend story! Well, I have the rough draft done. So far I have two beta readers (who will be getting the story shortly). After they are through with it, I will make changes based on their suggestions and then edit the story again. If I cannot find anymore beta readers, I’ll cross my fingers and hope two was enough to catch everything, and then think about sending it out. I have finished two novels before, one will never see the ligth of day. The other I love dearly but I want to write about, oh, 30 something books about those characters, so it would be nicer to try and get something more normal published first. This Arthurian Legend story will be three books at the most and I feel is more typical of YA without being the same as others. Guess what guys, no the boy/girl she saw in her dreams, no insta-love, no vampires, and no Mary Sue/Gary Stu characters (in my head, I hope it translated to paper but that’s what beta readers are for!). It’s long (over 60,000) but not too long for YA. Just wish me luck with this one, I think it may see the shelves someday. 

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Joss Whedon Back to Television!

Joss Whedon Back to Television!

So, this post may be a tad late but I can still celebrate despite the fact it’s old news right?
Take a close look at those trends…
JOSS WHEDON! I promise I won’t fangirl over too much but… it’s Joss Whedon. The man is a genius.
Yesterday it was announced he was going to write and direct Avengers 2. Basically, it was announced that Avengers 2 will be just as magnificant as the first movie. While that’s exciting and great, I was even more excited about another announcement. Joss Whedon is coming back to TV! He’s hasn’t run a TV show since Dollhouse. The show is about Marvel superheros not in the movies but it takes place in the same universe.
I cannot wait to see the cast. I’m not big on commic books so I won’t geek out over the heros they chose but the actors is another story.
I mean come on, imagine this: Felicia Day and Fran Kranz playing a couple. I’m not sure I could handle that and I know I couldn’t handle it when Whedon eventually killed one of them off. I would make a wish list for the show but it would only consist of actors. I think Summer Galu would fit perfectly with this show. Also, I really hope he uses Alexis Denisof. I am throughly convinced Denisof could play any role Joss gave him. In the dream world, Nathan Fillion would be back too but he’s on Castle right now.

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August 8, 2012 · 5:29 pm

Why I Haven’t Edited Today: Tori’s List of Lame Excuses

I am currently editing a story that deals with Arthurian Legend. It gets progressivly longer which sort of defeats the purpose of editing but I digress. I have never been more excited about this story than the last couple of days. As the title of this post indicates, I have not made the progress I originally envisoned. The should not come as a surprise to me as authors are famous for getting distracted by the Internet and I am no exception. This post is here to try and justify why I have been unproductive.

1. Rick Yancey: I am blaming my editing woes on one of my favorite authors. It took me to about page 5-ish of his novel The Monstrumologist to realize I was in love. Well, recently I learned he wrote another series that sounded interesting, the Alfred Kropp series. Well, I started that book yesterday and I’m on page 170.

2. Shopping: I mean, come on. It was the weekend. My whole family went out. I think this explains itself.

3. The Ocean: Same deal as above. My family was going to the ocean. And I, like the dutiful writer I am said, “No, I’m not going to the beach, I’m going to sit in front of my computer and edit this story I’ve read three times already.” Yeah…that didn’t happen.

4. TV/Movies/Sports: Falling Skies was new last night. I figured, whatever, it’s just one hour. When I watch a TV show, I watch every episode. Even Smallville. That’s right, I’ve seen every episode of Smallville, all 10 seasons. Anyways, later that night, my sister and I wanted to watch a horror movie. Dawn of the Dead got pulled from the bag. It was actually pretty good and *spoilers* Kevin Zegers was in it and he lived till the end Yea! *end spoilers* Tonight Teen Wolf is on. And think, this is summer TV. Just wait until the fall when like 6 shows come back. Also, I’m a die-hard NASCAR fan. There was a race on yesterday and I cannot express how perfect it went. I may do an entire off-topic post about it later. Let’s just say I bleed Jeff Gordon’s colors and he won!

5. Another Story: I know, I know. Red Flag! Red Flag! This girl can’t work on one story at a time! She’ll never get anything published! Not true! My sister, who is also a writer (follow her at (see what I did there? see what a great sister I am?), and I are working on a story together. I highly do not advise you ever try to write a story with someone you live with. Though, when we’re talking with the 7 different directors who want to turn out story into a movie, we’ll laugh at all the little squabbles we had over extremely important things like whether Isis is 16 or 17 (I’m not kidding). Anyways, right now we are making real progress and we haven’t fought about something in a few days so that may be a new record!

So, am I forgiven for not editing as much as I should have yet?

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