Writer’s Group Meet #4 @TheYAPage

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The best day of every month!

I haven’t had much time to write recently and to top it all off, I’ve been stuck at a single roadblock in my story. That was until Friday afternoon! Friday afternoon I somehow managed to fully outline my novel #REALISE, and on Saturday morning while I waited fifteen minutes for the train, I finalised my first chapter!

This is super exciting for me as I’ve been struggling so hard to perfect the plot of this novel and make it relevant to the YA audience I have directed it towards. It is my goal to make this my first finished manuscript and I just want it to be awesome!

The Writer’s Meet

We all met up at Mr Tulk on Swanston St in the city and had a hearty brunch and a wonderful chat about all the bookish things!

We let each other know about the books we are all reading and our feelings about them, as well as our current writing projects and how they’re coming along.

After we ate, we got to writing and I can now finally confirm that my word count is at 16,500 words! This is perfect and right where I want to be at 10 chapters in.

The Crew!

Photo courtesy of @TheYAPage on Instagram

There was a smaller group than usual this month, and it turned out to just be a girls brunch! I had so much fun and as I am going to these meetups I am becoming more comfortable writing with other people around me. Sitting in silence with friends is always a challenge, but when you are all writing and have the opportunity to workshop and discuss your work, it is truly something to be treasured.

As always I am so grateful for these events and I cannot wait to share my first chapter on the Facebook group and be open to feedback that may come my way.

#REALISE has turned into a partially own voices contemporary romantic-ish novel that is still being developed and currently will end at chapter 23 (if all goes to plan).

Comment below if you’re writing anything, or if you have a group that you write and workshop with.

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Four Dead Queens Melbourne Book Launch!

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Not Just Another Melbourne Book Launch!

On Thursday (the 28th of March), Astrid Scholte’s first novel, Four Dead Queens, was officially launched at Readings Bookstore in Carlton. The event was hosted by the amazing Amie Kaufman.

A Queen addressing the crowd at the coronation of a fellow Queen (above)

The Interview

As an experienced book event host, Amie has a unique way in which she conducts interviews. She will do all the introductions, and tell the audience to think of questions to ask the author she’s interviewing. Then she does a round of normal questioning, a round of quick-fire questions, and finally allows the audience to ask their questions.

Astrid was asked to sum up the novel in a few words. She went off on a little tangent about the book which could be summed up in a few simple words:

A Slytherin dragging a Hufflepuff on an adventure to solve a murder.

In all, the book, as the title states is about four queens who each govern a single quadrant that have different values and ways of living. Almost like the factions in The Hunger Games novels. The queens die off one by one suddenly, and our main character, a common thief, takes it upon herself to try and solve their murders.

Based on the synopsis, one of the questions asked by the audience was:

“If you were the Queen of a fifth quadrant – which wouldn’t really be a quadrant them – what would that quadrant be themed?”

Of course, the Disney nerd in Astrid answered that her quadrant – which we determined was not called a quadrant – would be Disney Themed.

Two Queens in conversation (above)

Amie asked all the important questions. For instance, we found out what Hogwarts houses each main character is in.

Astrid sorted each of the four queens on the spot and to everyone’s shock, there was not a Gryffindor in sight! From memory, there are two Hufflepuffs, a Ravenclaw and a Slytherin. The queens were identified by the beautiful hand-painted Funko Pop characters on the shelf behind Astrid, which she created herself!

Captured in motion: Astrid telling her loyal readers that Tangled is the best Disney movie of all time (above)

The Competition

After the interview and all the thank yous, including a special announcement from Astrid. Her boyfriend proposed to her! She was hiding the engagement ring on the wrong finger because even her family didn’t know. She switched it over when she announced it and it was the funniest, cutest announcement ever.

I was blissfully ignorant of the competition that was to take place and I just assumed everyone came dressed like queens in crowns to support the launch of her book. There were six people who went up on stage to participate in the best-dressed competition, one of which was Astrid’s young niece. Everyone clapped for the winner and her niece won, like the little queen she is!

You can see this footage in my upcoming Four Dead Queens vlog!

The Signing

I had my copy of Four Dead Queens signed by Astrid, and I was able to sign her own copy of the book! Such a cute idea! She said she got the idea from a Sarah J. Mass book signing, where Sarah has her readers sign a copy of the book.

I hope you enjoyed this post! The lighting wasn’t great in the store, but I did my best with the photos. Keep your eyes peeled for my Four Dead Queens vlog, coming soon!

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Have you picked up your copy of FOUR DEAD QUEENS yet? xxx

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Underdog Book Launch! The Most Down To Earth Book Event <3

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The Most Down-To-Earth Book Event Ever!

On Friday the 15th of March I attended the book launch for Underdog, a #LoveOzYA anthology of short stories based on what it is like to be an Australian. The novel is named after the new publishing company of the same name, started by the book’s editor Tobias Madden.

The event was held at Dymocks books on Collins St. in Melbourne’s CBD. It is the biggest Dymocks – and probably the biggest book store – in the city and maybe even the state!

Warning: Photos may be blurry because I was shaking a lot more that day and I was taking photos on my phone.

What is Underdog?

Edited by Tobias Madden (@tobias_madden), Underdog is a celebration of the once humble hashtag, turned global phenomenon #LoveOzYa! The anthology is a collection of diverse short stories of our wonderful nation’s ever-changing diverse and beautifully inclusive culture. The stories are sometimes political, very queer and overall, a giant love letter to Australia.

You can read more about the novel on the Underdog website!

The Launch!

Sarah from @TheYARoom lead the interview for the launch, with Shaun on camera and Bianca on social media duty. Sarah asked questions to each of the seven authors and did an amazing job with name pronunciation for that is always the hardest part, as all booktubers and bookaholics alike will understand.

My favourite part was when Tobias spoke about how Underdog started. How it exploded from a dream and just a sh*t ton about of effort and determination. He has people who have stuck by him throughout the whole journey and… well please watch the video 🙂

Melbourne Authors:

Photo from: Jes’ Instagram: @ageekwithahat

(left to right) Michael Earp, Jes Layton, Tobias Madden, KM Stamer-Squair, Cassi Dorian, Sophie L. Macdonald.

All Other Authors: Sofia Casanova, Stacy Malacari, Felicity Martin, Kaneana may, Sarah Taviani, Vivian Wei.

Favourite Part!

Jes Layton is known as @ageekwithahat on all social media and is someone who I have interacted with at many bookish events and is just wonderful to talk to. She was having her own copy of underdog signed by people who asked for her signature. I think this is the coolest thing ever!

The whole event was just so humbling. It was plainly obvious that these authors couldn’t even believe it themselves that they could now see their writing on shelves, let alone in the biggest Dymocks in the city! Everyone was just so down to earth and genuinely excited and awestruck that everyone had come out to see them and celebrate their little stories in such a big way!

I’m so proud of every single one of them and all the other authors who I haven’t had the chance to meet, and to Tobias who made everything from a single crazy thought. Amazing!

Look Out For My Author Interview with Jes Layton on my blog!

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NANO Accepting Defeat and Final Words.

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NaNoWriMo is over!

For me usually, this post will be arriving a little late to my blog. I am currently on my last day in Mumbai on a Social Impact Project of which it is currently Saturday afternoon. We will be heading off on an 8hr train ride tonight; destination: PAL.

In my earlier blog posts – NaNoWriMo Bi-Weekly Update and NaNoWriMo Preparation – I gave you information on my current WIP titled Realise. Realise was initially a Wattpad ‘poem’ book that has 26 chapters and a good base foundation for a full novel.

Realise tells the story of a girl named Jaz who loves a boy, Ed. It also tells the story of Jaz and Josh but through Jaz’s hurtful eyes. My aim is to write a story in which the reader sympathises with the background characters while not liking the main one. I aim to write this in a way in which it is enjoyable to read but also spark deep emotion in the reader.

Writing Progress for the Month of November (NaNo Month)

So… I failed NaNoWriMo. There will be no excuses or explanations in this post, just cold hard facts about my current WIP and how I plan to proceed in the future with it.

I use a website called Pacemaker to track my writing progress. It’s clean and effective to use and tells you the percentage you’ve written in your novel. As per 30th November, I wrote only 14% of my novel. A shameful amount which I intend to improve over the coming months.

Shown above is also a daily word count tracker of the period of time you’ve set (or as per current date).

Realise currently has 6,513 words and 53 pages as most of the pages are chapters that have been planned out prior to writing the novel. Unlike The Inversion, I had a full story plan for this novel with annotations and snippets of dialogue from the previous Wattpad version.

My plan from here is to keep writing this novel and hopefully finish it in the coming months and have the first draft edited by June/ July 2019. Don’t hold me to it, but that is my short-term goal to hopefully kickstart my writing career.

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NaNoWriMo Bi-Weekly Update! (30/10 – 10/11)

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How’s It Going Wrimos?!

October 30 2018:

  • I have a brilliantly laid out plan, very detailed, riding off of an idea of something I wrote a few years ago. I talked about it in this post about my NaNoWriMo Preparation which I created the other week describing the source of my idea for my WIP.
  • A plan has also been created for how many words I am to write each day… I have haven’t stuck to [any of] those goals.

My Week 1 of NaNoWriMo:

  • I now have 5,881 words on the document!!!! Here’s a summary of my progress:
    • Day 1 – 2,927
    • Day 2 – 3,187
    • Day 3 – 3,237
    • Day 4 – 3,569
    • Day 5 – 4,251
    • Day 6 – 5,308
    • Day 7 – 5,881
    • Day 8 – 0
    • Day 9 – 0
    • Day 10 (today) – 0
  • I am proud of what I have written in the past 10 days! Even though I haven’t written for 3 days…
  • You really should follow the Pinterest Board for my WIP.

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Character Aesthetics!

Here are some fun aesthetics for the main trio of characters in my novel titled Realise.

Jaz – the main character of whose point of view the story is told from.

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Josh – the lovesick fool.

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Ed – the oblivious male who is dragged into the middle of a messy friendship breakup, all because he befriended a girl.

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Goals + My Progress!

My current daily progress looks like the following:

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As you can see, the plan is designed so that I write less towards the start and more at the very end to reach the goal. I’ve never written 4,000 words in a single day, but I am willing to try it – or just write more than my low daily goals to catch up early.

Keep an eye out for future updates which will be posted every Saturday for the month of November!

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How have your first 10 days of NaNoWriMo been??

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For those of you not doing NaNo, how has November been treating you?

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Screening and Review!

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MOVIE NIGHT!

Ever since the announcement of this movie, I’ve been super excited to see this fluffy, cute feel-good contemporary book to movie adaptation! I personally haven’t read the books but I wanted to go into the movie not really having any expectations for the characters or the outcome of the movie.

3:00pm – Tracy and I leave for the City.

The day started off fun. Tracy (I’ve mentioned her many times, no need for introductions), and I left for the city after making ourselves look pretty as heck with make-up, and you bet we took tonnes of photos of each other! On Tracy’s request, we went straight to MPalza – a Korean beauty store – and fell for all the cute and practical beauty items, buying more goods to hide in my bathroom.

We met up with Caite in the city and decided to get some food before heading off to the venue. The crazy bipolar Melbourne weather not on our side for today, the icy winds mixed with the pouring rain did nothing to dampen our mood tho; even as we reached the bay.

6:00pm

We were early to the venue and spent some time looking at the view and taking some lovely photos. I vlogged a fair amount of this part as we were quite confused as to 1. where the entrance was, and 2. why the doors opened at 6:20; meaning we had to wait outside in the cold. Though no sooner had we began complaining, more people started showing up and the conversation and laughter warmed us until the doors opened.

6:20pm

The venue was set up so nicely! The girls from The YA Room had set out cupcakes and little tubs of decorations for them like pearls and sprinkles of all shapes and colours. They had popcorn and beautiful signs and EVERYTHING was pink I was in heaven! They really captured the aesthetic of the novel.

 

THE MOVIE!

Like I said above, I went into this movie unsure of what to expect. In complete honesty, I went into this only knowing that it is a fluffy lovey contemporary with an American Asian lead; and I got so so so much more fluff and love than what I was expecting. All the awkward moments didn’t even give me second-hand awkward feels either which I loved because that means I wasn’t holding my breath and I was purely enjoying the film.

I don’t want to spoil anything from the novel or the movie, but I think it’s safe to say that the family dynamics between the sisters was my favourite part, second to all the fluffy and controversial romance that was occurring not only in Laura Jean’s own bubble but outside it too.

Sometimes we do feel invisible and like our own problems are in our own personal bubble. I related to Laura Jean on that part and how she didn’t realise how important she is until all her secrets were released. She was known and seen by many more people than she thought. She was more important to many others that she thought, and I believe that that is an important point to take away from the movie; that there are people who see you and know you, and sometimes it means taking risks to know this.


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I’d love to hear your thought on the TATBILB movie, and if you haven’t seen it before, comment your thoughts on what you expect to see in the movie xx

Is there any chance you’d love to see a Korean beauty haul either here or on my YouTube channel?

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Melbourne Bloggers Brunch w/ Author Lili Wilkinson

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I have never felt more like a proper blogger until I received that invitation to the most exclusive bloggers only event. Sitting with other known bloggers, YouTubers and bookaholics I had the strong feeling of: “This is where I belong”.

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Photo credit @writtenwordworlds (Sarah)

In anticipation for Lili Wilkinson’s new book After The Lights Go Out, the lovely ladies from The YA Room hosted the most amazing brunch for Melbourne bloggers and YouTubers. Pictured above are all the beautiful people who attended, minus Tracy, who took the photo and Lily who was holding the book. You might recognise some of these lovely faces from their YouTube channels, blogs, or other bookish events!

After we ate, Sarah and Alex asked Lili a few questions regarding her new novel After The Lights Go Out, and we discussed what would be more preferable: a deadly virus or zombie apocalypse?

Lili told us that ATLGO is inspired by extreme survivalists, and a sexist apocalyptic novel she had read (which was obviously written by a man). She wanted to challenge that notion of men being the ones to survive in an apocalypse and wrote this book to show how a small town, mainly populated by women can band together to survive a disastrous world event.

She did admit that there was some bending of the rules of physics in this novel, though nothing too crazy and in her research, for the novel, she learnt many things, like how to build a radio from things around your house and a crystal.

IF YOU LIKE AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT!

Lili recommended us the following apocalyptic books that are similar to ATLGO: Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills, Parable of The Sower by Octavia E. Butler + This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers.

LILI WILKINSON’S OTHER BOOKS:

OH SHEIT! Looking up Lili Wilkinson’s books on Goodreads, I found out that she edited the book titled Joan of Arc: The Story of Jehanne Darc and I didn’t even know! I wish I’d spoken to her about it so I could tell her how it changed my life when I was only 15 and showed me that women are strong and powerful, and can do anything they want to do if only they believe.

Pictured below are some of the wonderful books that Lili has written over the years:

MANY THANKS TO THE YA ROOM GIRLS!

Below is the stunning invitation I was sent from The YA Room. It’s beautiful like all of their graphics they make and I needed to include it somewhere in this post.

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Who are your favourite book bloggers/ booktubers?? Tag them in the comments below, shout them out and show them some love xx

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LIFEL1K3 BOOK LAUNCH & I Have 10,000 Words on my Book!

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You’ve all seen the title, so let’s begin with what you all came here for.

LIFEL1K3 BOOK LAUNCH!

LifeL1K3 by Jay Kristoff officially launched in Melbourne last night and it was amazing!

To celebrate the official Lifel1k3, Jay blessed us with AI facts from Google and Facebook, while MC Amie tried to reassure us that we are all safe, and won’t end us in the same situation as the characters in LifeL1k3 – and yes I’ll continue to spell LifeL1k3 like that.

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Obsidio Book Launch Melbourne!

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Last night I went to The State Library of Victoria to attend the book launch for Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman’s new book Obsidio, the third book in the Illuminae files trilogy!

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I dragged my friend Tatiana, and my Dad along to the event that was MC’d by the wonderful girls of TheYARoom Melbourne Book Club – Sarah and Alex (pictured above). Also if you follow @trufflebooks on Instagram, you’ll notice Tracy’s purple hair as she is seated a couple rows in front of me  Continue reading “Obsidio Book Launch Melbourne!”

Tin Heart Book Launch!!!

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Last night I attended the book launch for Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza. The event was located at Dymocks in Melbourne’s City, and hosted by Allen & Unwin and Inside a Dog – who are responsible for The Inky Awards of which the longlists have already been released.

It was such an amazing night! There was lots of laughter, chatter, and socialisation especially on my part.

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