Sad News

I haven’t updated this in a while with very good reasons…

1. Everyone knows that we switched from Verizon to Comcast, correct? Well, the internet still refuses to work. It’s getting pretty annoying. I can’t use my laptop at all. I can’t use it to work on my websites, I can’t use it to update this, and I can’t use it for school. My dad is bringing my laptop to a guy to completely clean it out because it had a virus on it a year or so ago. All the other laptops work (sometimes), so we’re wondering if my laptop still has some bits of the virus on it and that’s why it refuses to work. So I’m going to be out of a laptop for a little while…well, I already have been out of a laptop.

I’m using the school computer right now so–I hate to say this–it’s a good thing that I go to school five days a week. I need to get absolutely everything done at school. It’s such a pain, though. The only thing I can use my own laptop for it for writing on Word. Which brings me to the worst part of this post as well as the other reason as to why I haven’t updated in so long…

2. My flash drive broke. My sister tried to fix it and the computer guy my dad knows tried to fix it. It’s completely dead. The guy said he could fix it, but the software would cost 800 dollars. He said he could ship it to Brazil so it would be cheaper, but…I said no. That’s too much. My uncle is going to try to fix it, but I really have my doubts that it will work. We’ll have to see, but I’m pretty sure it’s gone.

It really upset and discouraged me. All of my novels were on there. I didn’t have any other back-ups to the novels because my computer had gotten the virus. Along with school work, Sunday school stuff, and website stuff, this is everything I lost:

  • Hunter — I printed it out to edit it, so worse comes to worst, I’ll just have to type it up again.
  • Hunted — The sequel to Hunter…I was half way through it and now it’s gone.
  • Diary of a Lover — I printed this out to edit it, too, so again I can just type it up again.
  • Saving Each Other — My 2012 NaNo that I finished last December…100% gone. I had no back-ups and none of it was printed out…I have to start from scratch all over again.
  • The Blank Page — It wasn’t finished, but as you all know, I have been working hard on this one a lot. Now I have to start completely over again.
  • Asking Bobby & Ashley’s Day at the Aquarium — Both of these are printed out, so they’re safe.
  • Fast Friends — Didn’t get too far in this one, but at least it was better than nothing…now it is nothing.
  • Echo — I was almost done with this one…gone.
  • Last Friday — I wrote this in a notebook and I had one more chapter left. Typing it up took me a really long time and now I’m going to have to do it again…at least it’s not completely gone.
  • The Others — My very first NaNo and the only one I every won. I never finished the novel, but I only had one or two more chapters left…another one gone.
  • Far Away — A love story I started, re-started, and re-started again…I got pretty far with it and now that’s gone, too.
  • Diary of a Killer — Didn’t get too far, but I really liked where it was going.
  • A Job to get Done — I loved this one. I was over 50 pages into it…gone.
  • Pyro — The origin story of my muse…the one and only character who speaks to me while I write. He popped into my head long before I even decided to make him a character in a story. I have no idea where he came from, but now I have to write his story all over again.
  • The Battle of Cooper’s Place — A script I wrote for Script Frenzy…it was my first one and I won. It sucked, but now it’s gone.
  • Halfway to Heaven — Another script I wrote. I loved this script. I was going to turn it into a novel, too…now I have to re-write that whole thing.
  • Four Fathers — A TV show I based off of a Ninja Turtles FanFiction I wrote. It was coming along pretty well.
  • All of my FanFiction stories…which was somewhere in the 100s, so I can’t even list them all to you.

And there you have it. 18 stories lost…there were more, but they were only a page or so in so they weren’t really important because they were small prompts and such.

I cried. I’ll admit that. I was thinking of everything that I lost, all that time and imagination I spent on those stories…and they’re all gone. I have to say that it was a real eye-opener for me, though. That saying is really true…”you never know what you have until it’s gone.”

So I decided that not only am I going to keep up with writing more, I’m going to focus more on finishing everything that I start. Looking at that list, I had a ton of ideas and characters roaming around in my head. So I think it’s time to jot down small ideas instead of switching completely over to a new novel. I have a new novel in the works at the moment and since I’m in the mood to write it, I think I’m going to start off with that one. I still have a lot of planning to do for it, but that’s alright. In the meantime, I can start editing some novels…well, just Hunter and Diary of a Lover since those are the only novels I have left at the moment.

But now I think about it, I have a ton of novels that are started in notebooks…I should really go through my notebooks, huh?

Anyway, let this be a lesson learned for all of you! I have no idea how my flash drive broke, but I had two (well, now one). I should have put everything on both. I’ll keep that in mind for next time. So I’ll try to writing again as soon as possible, but I kind of need to wait until I get my laptop back. I think my dad is going to call Comcast, too…even though everyone else’s work, they still go on the fritz sometimes. Hopefully this will be the end.

Ready for Camp?

Two Days to Go…

 

So I realized that Camp NaNo is two days away. Have I figured out what I am going to do? Yes. Have I really planned it at all? No. You see, I thought of this superhero idea. It’s about a group of superheroes that get together and form an alliance like the X-Men, the Justice League, The Avengers (that movie came out not too long ago, if you have not seen it, go see it!)…of course, I have not figured out how the superheroes are going to meet, why they form the alliance, what they call themselves, where they live, etc. It’s a mess. So I decided to do little “prequels.”

Let me explain this before I go any further…we’ll take my FanFiction for example. I thought of this idea years ago, but still have never done it. Everyone knows the Ninja Turtles, yes? Everyone knows there are four turtles: Leo, Donny, Mikey, and Raph. I had four one-shots in mind (a one-shot is basically a short story…no chapters, for those of you who don’t know). The first one, Mikey does something in Donny’s lab, creates a huge monster, and has to get rid of it. The other three one-shots will be along the same thing. Each one of them will accidentally create some sort of creature (I’m not sure how, yet) and have to get rid of it. Then I am going to do a fifth one, which will be a chapter story, and it will be about all four of the creatures coming back out and destroying everything then they have to defeat them all over again. So they’re not really sequels or anything, but you do need to read the chapter story last. Other than that, it doesn’t really matter what order you read them in. This is how I’m going to do this series. I’ll write a story based on someone’s background, the next story will be about another character, and so on. Then the last one will be their beginning with one another. Does everyone get what I’m talking about?

I decided that this group is going to have five characters in it. I thought of three of the characters already. I know a lot of basics with one of the characters, so that is who I am going to write about first. The story is called, Cybertra. Awkward name, yes? Well, she is a technopath. My sister helped me come up with her name because I had Cybertron stuck in my head for some strange reason and I didn’t like it. My sister said, “Why not? You should use it.” I said, “It sounds like a boy.” Then she said Cybertra. I thought it still sounded kind of weird, but we decided that the main character will be deemed Cybertron, but then claim it to be a boy’s name and she’ll change it to Cybertra herself.

So the story is all about her life, how she got started, when she found out she had powers, etc. Now if you love superheroes and things like that just as bad as me, you may be saying, “How are you going to write something like this as a novel? Wouldn’t this be better as a comic book?” I thought that to myself, as well. Except I cannot draw worth crap. I don’t know if this will ever get published or not. I don’t know if it will even come out good because it’s kind of difficult describing battle scenes and such in a novel. However, if it actually does come out decent and people can actually tell what is going on and do enjoy it, maybe I will try to get it published. However, if not, maybe I will hire an illustrator and we could do a comic book together. I would love to have my own comic book out. My sister and I had the idea to do a web comic together a while ago, but that’s another story for another day.

Anyway, it may be a book, it may be a comic, or it may just stay in my flash drive. However, this is going to be my Camp NaNo and whatever happens with it, I’ll be proud of it…even if it is crap.

Now you’re probably thinking, “What about the other four characters?” Well, once I finish Cybertra, if it comes out decent, I will move onto writing about the next character…maybe that will be for the August Camp NaNo. I’m not sure yet, but I still have two months to worry about that. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with this one.

My biggest concern is that even though I know the basic gist of everything that is going to happen, I have two days to outline this story and to get all the characters together. The summer session of school started yesterday, so I kind of have my hands tied with homework right now. The electrician is coming tomorrow, so I am going to have no power in the house all day. Which forces me to write in a notebook and outline and such, but I’m going to feel so out of place…or I’ll just go to a friend’s house in which case I won’t be able to work on anything at all. We’ll have to wait and see and hope that I have the first half of the story outlined by June 1st.

Is everyone else ready?