Actually Finishing Something in July: Week One


I’m very excited to join in with Actually Finishing Something in July from Whisperings of the Pen! I enjoyed following other bloggers’ progress last year; if you have writing goal to accomplish this summer, you should join in too! Here are week one’s questions:

1) What is your writing goal?

I’m hoping to get at least 10,000 more words written for my story A Ticket to Yonder. Also, I want to finish outlining my entry for the Five Enchanted Roses contest and work on outlining another story I have.

2) Give us a short synopsis of your project.

A Ticket to Yonder is about a young boy named Jamie who is seeking to buy a train ticket to the magical land of Yonder. However, he doesn’t have enough money to buy the ticket, so he decides to earn it by earning a gold star–which can be accomplished by doing many kind, noble, and heroic deeds. He must team up with a weight-conscious walrus, a snobby princess, and melancholy balloon along with many other strange characters to achieve his goal.

I won’t say much about my Five Enchanted Roses entry…lets just say it continues the story of a certain someone who didn’t get a happy ending in Broken Glass. ^__^

As for my last project, it’s currently title-less, which I hope to remedy soon. It’s set after apocalyptic-like events have ravaged Earth; My main character Valentine survived the apocalypse, but many of his friends did not. Just when he is about to think that his life has no purpose, he meets a dying mailman whose last wish is that someone would finish delivering his mail. Valentine promises to do so. I really like this story; it’s poignant and sweet, which is unusual for other stories with the same setting. This story also incorporates some elements from the Shakespeare play Two Gentlemen of Verona; I’m planning on reading the play (I got to see a performance of it a couple months ago) in hopes of finding a title.

3) How long have you been working on this project?

I’ve been pushing Ticket to Yonder to the back-burner for a couple years; though I love the idea and how ridiculous this story is, I’ve wanted to spend time on my “serious stories.” But at the encouragement of my sister, who loves Ticket to Yonder, I’m striving to finish the first draft this summer.

I had some ideas brewing for a sequel to Broken Glass, and then I found out that the next fairytale writing contest was Beauty and the Beast and so voila!

Valentine’s story was born during my vacation three weeks back or so, after a couple of brainstorming sessions with my sister Sophia (you know a story idea is good when your sister likes it).

4) How often do you intend to write in order to reach your goal by August 1st?

Hopefully I can get a little writing done every day for A Ticket to Yonder. If I’m having a terrible writing day I might work on outlining the other projects.

5) Introduce us to three of your favorite characters in this project.

I love the Melancholy Balloon from A Ticket to Yonder. He’s so over-the-top philosophical, and though I’ve only written one scene with him in it, he’s lots of fun to write. He’s a red balloon studying language and philosophy at a university; the tragic death of his older brother left Mel feeling confused and depressed with the world. Now he questions everything.

With Corroded Thorns, I’d say my favorite character is Darcy. I enjoyed writing him in Broken Glass and I’m looking forward to continuing his story.

Finally, I love Valentine from my last, untitled project. He’s a quiet, kind-hearted guy whose lost pretty much all the people he cares about. He’s got red hair, an old bicycle, and a cat who managed to survive the apocalypse.

6) Go to page 16 (or 6, 26, or 66) of your writing project. Share your favorite line or snippet on the page.

They began to handcuff Jamie and the Walrus. “You are under arrest for an egregious misuse of grammar,” one man declared.
“What?” Jamie and the Walrus exclaimed. For good measure, one green-uniformed man had thrown the Walrus to the ground to handcuff his flippers. However, handcuffs are not made for flippers (they are called ‘handcuffs’, not ‘flippercuffs’ after all) so the man finally gave up, huffing, “Oh bother!” several times.
“You said ‘I wish my Gran was here.’ It should be ‘were here,’” the man in charge replied angrily. “You are old enough to know better, young man! How dare you insult the ears of the people around you with such uncouth use of language!”
“And just who exactly are you?” The Walrus asked, picking himself up off the floor.
“The Grammar Nazis,” one of them replied. He gave a blow of his whistle and the train halted suddenly. Two of the green uniformed men hauled the door of the train car open and dragged the Walrus and Jamie out.

–A Ticket to Yonder

7) Tea or coffee?

Coffee in the morning with breakfast, tea in the afternoon. Though during the summer I often don’t have tea in the afternoon due to the heat.