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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Romeo & Juliet Syndrome

I started and finished a detailed outline for a short story this afternoon. I should be working on actually writing it right now but I'm chatting away and playing on the internet instead!

It's about a serious and deeply in love couple who stumble upon tragedy and never quite recover from it. The work-in-progress title of this one is "Romeo & Juliet" but hopefully the right one comes to me by time the first draft is done. Eventually I want to beef it up and expand it into a full length novel and I don't think that will be hard at all. As I was writing the outline the ideas and sequences were coming to me so easily and I actually had to hold back to keep it a short story. I'm calling this strategy the 'ultimate outline' but we'll see how it goes.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Shorties

I worked a bit on Prophecy last night and came up with some new ideas along the way. There is going to be some serious re-writing done to my baby but I'm going to be open to what needs to be done. I just need to get through it and see where it all comes out.

In order to get some more finished stories under my belt I was thinking about writing some shorts. I mean why not, right? I worked on a really neat idea which I got from a great game of Balderdash one night, and I'm thinking about picking that one up again. My mom came up with it and it was really eerie and unique. The turn was for a movie title. I can't remember which.

Speaking of movies I just watched Misery with my husband and I'm just slightly wigged out. I think the worst part of all of it for me was that the Annie character was a baby murderer. BABIES. It makes me want to go run and squeeze my babies so tight even at just the thought. Damn you, Stephen King, for having such a compelling and psychotic mind! =P

Friday, July 23, 2010

A lil of This...

For inspiration I treated myself to a great new spiral notebook from Barnes and Noble today. I NEED to stop going into that store before rent is due, darn it. (But I hope it works!)

I'm still really excited to get my autographed book in the mail, I hope it's soon! I was really tempted to buy The Bodyguard today but I think I'm going to buy it autographed from Lorie O'Clare instead.

When Mike gets home I'm going to take myself on a run, hopefully while I'm there I can clear my head and get to thinking about my Angel. I've missed him lately... I wrote out an outline the other day for Prophecy and it hit me that I really don't have much further to go! I have to go back and add more to the beginning of course but the end is actually in sight and that feels so encouraging. If I hardly had any words or pages under my belt at this point I don't know how great I would feel. If I can just get through this first draft I will be free to start gutting it.

Now... Must go make my ass write!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Rose by Any Other Name

The other day I spent the majority of my free time building a Mac website for my writing, under a pen name a friend helped me come up with and now I'm wondering if a pen name is even what I want to do. I like the idea of being able to sit back without worry of personal recognition, security and I just think it'd be an added appeal to being published -- not quite sure why. But anyway, I really like this blog that I've started for myself and since I've been posting my work under this my real name already I don't know what kind of conflict it will cause me or not.

Basically, I don't know if I should continue on with my real name or start this game over with a new one. I swear my obnoxious indecisiveness will be the end of me!


In other news... I printed off the entire draft of my Prophecy piece and ran out of ink in the process. Six pages are in lavender as a result. I've been going through and editing it but thanks to my inability to focus lately I've only been getting a couple paragraphs done at a time, so it's slow going. There are a few other new ideas I've been working on too but I'm not rushing into writing anything yet, I want to get detailed outlines done before I jump into anything again! And I know I said I was giving Prophecy a rest but I have actually been thinking about what is going to happen next and I'm looking forward to writing it... :-) Soon I will have the entire first book outlined and I can't wait to be at that point! I'm exciting to have a FULL draft IN MY HANDS and ready to be totally gutted. Then, turned into a manuscript and sent off, but not before my 2nd and 3rd books have been outlined! I have such high hopes for myself, I WILL make it happen.

And on that note, goodnight everyone =)

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Word Over

So I hit a fork in my literary road earlier and the directions were as follows:

  1. Continue down the path I've thus far paved for myself; working on my trilogy that may or may not be too involved and difficult for me as a writer right now...
  2. Accept my need for growth before undertaking a story of that multitude and starting with an idea that is just plain easier. Simple. Close to home.
My ideas up to now have been amazing and I've really enjoyed working with them but I think what I should focus on right now is simply being able to WRITE. I've been doing research on writing, publishing, etc etc and the obvious consensus is that the writer gets better by WRITING. (I mean of course, right?)

If an idea I have is truly fanfreakingtastic but I'm not able to write every day to get the story on paper then it's just not doing me any good, nor I it. There are a million ideas and stories I'm going to be expected to write some day and I need to be able to enjoy it and be at a writing level mentally and literarily where I CAN.

Sooo, having said all that crap, I am putting my trilogy on hold... I will still write when I get my bursts of inspiration for it but I'm going to put my sweat and blood into something else. I have a vague idea of what I'll do but I'm not totally sure yet. They say to "write what you know" so I think I'll write some kind of Teen Drama. (No, I know I'm not a teen but I was one. For many years.) While I feel that this is a step in the right direction I can't help but feel sadness for just tossing aside my Angel, even though I know it's not the end!
Wish me luck, folks!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Autographed copy from Gena Showalter!

I WON!

During the chat tonight with Gena Showalter, Lorie O'Clare and Cherry Adair there were a series of trivia questions and I actually got one! I am receiving an autographed copy of one of Gena's novels! And you know what, I can't even remember which one but I don't even care! I am so thrilled I was screaming when they told me I got it lol. I got a bit star struck chatting with them ALL, each of them I was able to speak to one-on-one. A very awesome and fun experience. I hope some day people are lining up to chat with me about my work, too!

Hooray me! Thanks to everyone involved, I am truly thankful! I can't wait to get my copy and share about it with everyone here =)

(Gena's blog post from earlier about the schedule chat is here.)

Trilogy Outline

Last night I made true progress with the writing process and I'm SO very happy about it!

I finished the skeletal draft of the Prophecy itself and in turn created the base for a trilogy. I had originally set out to write a set of three books but later changed my mind and replaced the idea with just one long book. I am definitely decided on three again and it's going to be so exciting to see them unfold! Each book is going to focus on the next step in the Prophecy and I have the general picture down so now it's just a matter of working out all the plot-holes and snags.



Just for fun I wanted to share a nifty new tool I picked up last week. When I get random ideas for plot twists or character development or whatnot I write it in this handy little idex card booklet thing. It's been great to me so far and it's a cute little idea so I thought I'd share!

Here's a couple cell phone pics in case anyone wants to pick this up. I got it from Office Depot but I could not find it on the website. It was inexpensive and truly beneficial! I think it's also a "green" item, composed partially of recycled materials. I *think.*




Saturday, July 10, 2010

Excerpt # 2 - "Remnants"


This scene is following Dallan through his emotions when the trio head back to the home of "Dallan and Maya Cruz" after it's been destroyed. And I'm having formatting issues so forgive me if things look weird on here.


Reaching the ruins of their house was not without hard feelings. They got out of the car and the two women maneuvered their way under the yellow caution tape and up to the front door that was hanging on by a thread. Dallan stood next to his driver's side door and could only bring himself to stare. He recognized, - no, remembered, - his half-a-quarter-acre front lawn, which he'd seeded last summer, and the hand-laid brick walkway leading up to the porch. He followed it, every step a stabbing pain in his heart. Although he knew it to be true he just couldn't swallow being able to remember what never really was. He made it as far as the swinging bench on the porch which had inexplicably been the only thing untouched by the blast. He sat down as he'd done many times before, only this time realizing it was actually his first. Using his senses to really take in the experience he felt the weathered piece of pine under his fingertips, running them along the length of the armrest. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath, letting the mixed smell of sulfur and burnt wood fill his nose. He wondered to whom this house belonged nine weeks ago, and who sat in this bench before him today. It would have given him a peaceful and content feeling to be sitting there just a day ago; if he didn't have to now live with the knowledge that he as a person didn't exist and he'd done something terrible to deserve it. The sound of footsteps was getting louder and disrupted his wallowing. He looked up to see Elina looking caringly down toward him.

She leaned her body against the doorframe, possibly not the best idea considering, though it held her weight. He gave her a weak smile and she returned it with a bright, beautiful one.

"You okay?" she tried.

"I will be." He said, not wanting to bring her down but still unwilling to lie.

"This must feel like torture to you. I wish there was something I could be doing to help." She fiddled with the lowest button on her shirt clearly anxious.

He deepened his gaze with her, hoping to reach her soul with his words so that once and for all she wouldn’t feel sorry for him. He didn’t deserve it from her.

"This isn't your responsibility, Elina, but know that I appreciate the sentiment. You should also know that any torment I feel about my nonexistent past is overshadowed by the misery of bringing you into this."

There wasn't any time for her to reply. Breaking the stare between them Maya burst outside.

"Okay folks, we're done here." She said, toting with her two decently sizable bags. "Let’s hurry and stop at Elina's so we can get back on the road. We'll also need gas before too long." She was full of haste and didn't even stop walking as she spoke. Dallan wanted to take one last look at the heap of what "used to" be his but he couldn’t bring himself to look back.

ELINA FOLLOWED DALLAN AND MAYA BACK TO THE CAR. Soon she would have to say goodbye to her cozy apartment that she'd only inhabited a few months, perhaps forever. She did her best to push the thought of never returning to her life out of her head and she couldn’t help but feel selfish in comparison to how Dallan was feeling. At least she didn’t have to go through the trauma of learning something so drastic and horrific about herself.

Hoping it would give her the necessary distraction she rolled down her window and closed her eyes into the breeze. She was momentarily reminded of the dream she had back at the motel. The sweet wind caressed her face just as the cloud mist had not six hours ago, and before she could fight it she had fallen asleep and been placed right back into where her dream had left off.



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Milestone - I broke 10,000 words!

More than that, I broke 11,000! I have felt so proud of myself for getting all of this writing done, for days it was all consuming and I couldn't be bothered with anything else! (My poor kids and hubby, hehe.)

I took a break and read a really great romance novel (see previous post) and I was worried that it would overpower my brain and distract me but it's actually made me feel more capable of everything, more confident too. I haven't actually tried to sit down and write since I finished it yesterday but I have high hopes for it though! We'll find out. =)

GENA SHOWALTER - New favorite author

I was at Barnes and Noble the other day, strolled through the romance section and started looking. Normally how I pick one out is just check out the covers, grab one and read the back, if it sounds like something I'd like I grab it. Well I saw a whole section on a shelf full of these books that are from a series called the Lords of the Underworld, and one in particular caught my attention... "The Darkest Passion." I got this one and not "The Darkest Lie," or a different one, because of the fallen angel character! It reminded me of working on my own novel and just snatched it right up, eager to read.

I adored the wit and the writing style, which at first seemed to be, unorthodox, though I learned it to just be personal. It was easier to relate and really easy to read through, I just ate the thing up! Needless to say, I fell in love with her hero. Aeron, is AMAZING. I read the entire thing overnight and the two hours of sleep I got was WELL worth it.

Well I started Googling today and looking through her other novels and came across her Blogspot! How exciting! She's promoting her new book, "The Bodyguard" and I'm adding to it! (The contest has nothing to do it with it, truly! ;) *That one is for you, Gena!*)

Purchase the book "The Bodyguard" here.

And visit Gena here.

Oh and wish me luck in winning that autographed copy! ;-)


Also, there's a fun little Lords of the Underworld quiz I took and... I TOTALLY GOT AERON!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Excerpt # 1 - Dream Sequence

Here is the first excerpt, it's a dream sequence my sub-main character has just after the plot takes off. The three of them have found refuge for the night at a motel down the highway, and Elina has a dream. This is when she finds out she is having prophetic dreams and learns what Dallan's real name is; his Angel name. (It's been taken out, sorry that is a huge deal!) It also marks the official start of their intimate relationship. (And yes, the formatting is on purpose.)


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Hordes of demons made their way up the stairwell to the rooftop where I stood powerless to defend myself. I stared at the roof door waiting for it to burst open and panicked, sure that I was soon to meet my Maker when something appeared. Swooping down from the Heavens to my rescue, it was him. It was as if he had picked up on some kind of divine beacon that I was in trouble and knew exactly where I needed him. I bound into his strong embrace and rejoiced in the fact that he came for me and I was safe. His massive outreaching wings seemed to tell those demons to back off and they hissed and hurdled around wildly before they ebbed back to where they came from. By time I realized I had no reason to be scared anymore we were in the air miles above the chaos of what almost was my death. Into silver clouds we soared and I could feel the delicate mist kiss my skin as we went. We went on for miles, over mountain ranges and great bodies of water and Mother Nature left me speechless.

After a while the Grand Canyon came into view and we slowly started to descend. Even from this high up the view tingled my senses. We came in for a landing and my legs gave way out from under me, causing me to hit the red dirt with a hard THUD. It was a little embarrassing I knew it didn’t matter after what just happened.

“That was such a natural high!” He reached out to help me to my feet and I caught a smile on his face. His perfect face. Our hands touching was magic and his skin felt like warm milk and honey – smooth and comforting. I stood up still very weakly, kept held of his hand and looked up into his eyes. They were a turquoise blue so incredible I could see the Heavens behind them.

“Are you alright?” He stared back into mine.

“Remarkably.” I songed, still swimming in his eyes. “How did you know where I was? How is it you knew to save me?” I didn’t even care what a stupid question that was at this point.

“I felt you. Your pulse beats fervently inside me, I will always know where to find you if you need me.”

I could hardly stand hearing his words for fear of ever losing them. I didn’t want to spend another second of life without my wondrous yet mysterious hero and didn’t know what to do or say to make him stay, and I had a feeling he would resist.

“Who are you?” I held on tighter to him praying to never let go.

“I’m ___________.”

His name was as beautiful and special as he was. He leaned down as I stood up in order to meet him for a kiss. Our lips touched for only a second before I was violently pulled from him, plunging helplessly into the chasm below. I jerked in the air falling for what felt like hours with no world or __________ in sight when finally I appeared on my feet standing on a red cobblestone road. On either side were twisted barren trees that grew as high as my eyes could see. There appeared to be no sky or end to the trees at all and the road looked like it went on forever. I was shaking and grew increasingly scared and vulnerable when I started seeing a dark figure coming towards me on the road. As it got closer I saw at least a dozen massive black horses pulling a monstrous black carriage stampeding its way right for me. I dove off to the side of the road and hit…


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Oh and just FYI, the beginning was an actual dream I had. Inspiration doesn't come better than when on the wings of a dream! ;-)




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For Starters

I've had a writing journal before and deleted it but I decided to give it another go. I don't really have any input for this first post, I never know what to say, but I'm here and I'm going to work on my journey!

Right now I have one main project I am working on so unless otherwise stated, that is what I will be posting. Here is a brief explanation for a basic understanding of my story:

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Dallan is a Fallen Angel and a key player in a Prophecy the Devil is trying to fulfill in his favor. His memory was erased and he was sent to Earth to live in a false persona and is "married" to Maya whom turns out is a Demon and her true nature is unknown to him. In the beginning he befriends a woman named Elina who later he develops a closer relationship with. They don't know she also shares involvement with the Prophecy and has prophetic dreams. They are on the run and have to figure out exactly what the Prophecy entails so they can succeed in changing it.

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And THIS is why I haven't done this before now, I hate writing any kind of synopsis and suck greatly at it. Hopefully I have given enough for you to at least not be ENTIRELY confused when reading my segments but it's hard to explain an involved story like this, there are so many twists and subplots going on.


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