Guardians of Ashith Cover Reveal!!

Hola, Reader!

Today I am presenting Guardians of Ashith’s first official front–and back–covers! Also, I added a new website banner–did you see it at the top of the page when you clicked in? If not, look up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are the front and back covers to Guardians of Ashith!! Abby Guthrie, a friend of mine, drew the image for the front cover, and I made the rest with a lovely program/website called Canva.

What do you think? Is there anything you think I should change with either cover? (More information on the back, perhaps? Should I change the synopsis? I didn’t include my publishing logo. Would you like to see it?) Let me know in the comments below!!

-Anne

Poetry and An Update

A poem by me and a blog update!

Hola, Reader! It’s been awhile!

As you know, I post rather irregularly. I struggle to find a good posting frequency that works with my busy schedule. So now I will be trying to post at least once, if not twice a month. Every week (or every other week), I will be posting a poem–either of my own or by someone else. Then, once a month, I will post an update on my writing/reading. Sound like a good plan? Let me know what you think below!

Books

Unripened words on the tree of the mind
When ripe they're split open and eaten
Some are rotten and thrown away
Others are juicy and full of meat.

For what are words but the fruit of imaginations?
What are words except the whispers of the wind?
What are words, the forces that drive all emotions?
What are words, the ideas that flip the world upside down?

No man can live on bread alone
But on the very words of God;
Words have power though they're unseen
Words can't be explained by science.

In order to grow words
A mustard seed must be first planted
And watered and loved so that it grows
Into the solid tree that develops fruit.

It can't be abandoned or it will die
It oughtn't be left a seed forever
It needs firm roots and a solid soul for soil
Then it will grow into the tree
Where birds will nest in its branches.

If it doesn't grow no birds will come
There'll be no shade under its branches
Ideas won't blossom and prompts won't roost
Within its nonexistent branches.

These ideas make the world
And change it for ever
Don't waste the fruit of this seed
Or it will take down other seeds.

Words have the power to burn the trees
They have the strength to fly the bees
Whispers untold will fold the world
And exclamations shake it.

-Anne B. Caitlin

This poem came out in a kind of song form, rather than just a poem. I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what you think of it in the comments below!

Let me know if you have any suggestions for posts and/or post frequency! What did you think of the poem? Did you see any ways I could improve it? Comment below!

-Anne

Wattpad

Hola, Reader!

In this post I am announcing that, after much convincing from other writers, I now have a Wattpad account.

To be honest, I had never heard of Wattpad until about a year ago. And it sounded kind of like a cheap-o writing website often with strange people and poorly written stories on it.

And while it is kind of all those things, it is a (free) platform to publish your writing and get more views on. And there are some jewels you can find in Wattpad! It just takes some searching and mining to find them, most often. Just like with book stores, except Wattpad is mostly for WIPs instead of finished stories.

While I was (and still am) a little cautious about being on Wattpad–because of the strange and frequently rude variety of people on there–I decided I would test it out. I will wait and see if that was a bad decision.

Anyway, here‘s my account! You can check out some of my poems and WIPs I have going on while working on Guardians of Ashith. And you’ll also get some hints and drafts of stories I have to come!

If the link doesn’t work for you, please let me know. You might have to have a Wattpad account in order to view it. But if it’s causing you problems, comment below and I’ll try to fix it! Thank you!

Well, I hope you’re having a great week! I have more posts on the way, so keep an eye on your inbox! ๐Ÿ™‚

-Anne

P.S. If you’re a fellow writer and you have a Wattpad account, please share it in the comment section below! I’d love to check out your WIPs! ๐Ÿ™‚

Full Intro to Guardians of Ashith

Above picture is a piece of the front cover of Guardians of Ashith. Artwork done by Abby Guthrie.

Dear Reader,

Hola! Since I haven’t done it yet, I wanted to give you a full introduction to Guardians of Ashith.

Synopsis:

In a quiet clearing in a forest, in a land far, far away, there lived three friends. They were Kinkley the hedgehog, Bwonk the squirrel, and Melaine the cardinal. These three friends would never have believed that danger could ever come to the sunny glades of their forest in Ashith. Nor would they have believed you if you told them that they would become friends with a fox, save their island from a danger beyond their comprehension, and meet and speak to the lovely goddess Aerith herself.

But when they hear of the danger their beloved forest is in, will they help defend their forest home? They’re simply three young friends, who are still in school. What can they do?

Continue reading “Full Intro to Guardians of Ashith”

NaNoWriMo

Dear Reader,

An update and announcement– I am currently participating in NaNoWriMo, and my novel is Final Cross!

It was doubtful at first whether I would be doing NaNoWriMo this year. I had one whole week in November that I knew I wouldn’t be able to write in, and I was barely keeping up with my homework as it was. But, after some encouragement from my writer friends, I finally joined NaNoWriMo officially.

And here is my profile!

As I said, I am writing Final Cross for NaNoWriMo this year. I started it in June 2012, and just got back to working on it. Since I started NNWM so suddenly, though, I didn’t get much planning or outlining done for the book; so I am just “pantser-ing” right now. Next year, I hope to get a lot more planning done, since I will actually plan on doing NNWM in November! It’ll be a big help, especially since many of my book ideas aren’t fully completed yet. It’ll be a lot of fun.

The first week of NaNoWriMo, I struggled to get my homework done; I was procrastinating like crazy. But this week I am working harder at keeping a schedule, so I’ve been getting more done. Hopefully I’ll have more time to write now! You should see my word count soar.

In case you were wondering about Final Cross, here is a short synopsis:

Xavior Hevings has just arrived at a Christmas Party where Santa Claus appears. He doesnโ€™t believe in Santa anymore, and is more interested in the food. But his parents take his little sister, Asheara, to see Santa.

How could he know, that in only an hour he would be running through the murky streets carrying Asheara? How could he possibly know then, that his parents were going to be captured by the S.M.?

He soon meets a group that calls itself โ€œThe Seekersโ€, a group that is trying to undermine the S.M.โ€™s plans. He joins them, and they use his information to find and conquer the local S.M. bases. But are they telling him the truth? Is their version of who the S.M. are really the right one?

How can he find out which way is truth? Will he get his parents back? Wait to find out.

This is barely the first draft of the book, so some of the names might change. But the storyline should stay the same! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll let you know how NaNoWriMo goes for me, and give you periodical updates. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week! And to the Wrimos out there– Keep on writing! We can do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

-Anne