Let’s Talk About The Tweenage Novels I Wrote, from ages 10-13

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If you’ve been writing for any length of time… especially if you’ve been writing since you were a pre-teen and had different interests and tastes back then… you probably have some skeletons in your closet.

Novel-skeletons, that is.

Novels that were rightfully (or wrongfully) abandoned.

Novels that you cringe to think about.

Novels that are still seeking their vengeance on you at this very moment.

So… let’s talk about that. We’ll start with the earliest of early abandoned novels (legit ones, anyway. Not the lady bug living on an island that eats waffles kind of abandoned.)

 

SARAH CONNER: (2010-2013)

My earliest one actually was abandoned in 2010, but got re-written! In NaNo of 2013! And I actually still like it! So much so that I included it on my writings page. I call it “Escape” now. (Such a classy, original title, I know.)

It’s basically about a slave girl who gets sold from her family, moved to work in the big house, and is taught to read by the plantation owner’s daughter. It’s a leetle cliche, but I tried to throw some twists in there. I won’t spoil them for you. 😉

(also, J.R. Black was an old pen name of mine. Black=Sirius Black of coursE)

Escape a return to freedom

The year is 1835, and Sarah Connor has just been sold away from her family.
Thrown into an entire different plantation from one she had been the last seven years of her life at, she has trouble adjusting to her new workload. Never before had Sarah seen this far into the grime of Slavery. But from the Big House, an unusual escape presents itself to her.

 

LILA: (2011)

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The next oldest story I can think of is one I wrote about a girl who lost her sister in a

tornado in… but *gasp* she shows up many years later as the neighbor girl who’s adopted but she doesn’t *really* recognize her and the girl *gasp* lost her memory and neither!Of!Them!know!

(can we take a moment to appreciate my “mad” 12 year old cover making skills?! 😉 I think I made this on picnik if any of you remember that website lol. It was the original picmonkey. )

 

Ellie of Court Street: (2011?)

This was going to be a sad rip-off of Anne of Green Gables… but modernized… and taking place in the house were I lived… and filled with cliche bullies. It was bad, guys. I wrote the first chapter, I think.

 

Forest of Werewolves: (2011)

Ah, my first legit novel. *Sigh*

I was so proud when I finished this thing… I even took a picture of myself and my laptop when I killed off my first bad guy (who wasn’t actually dead and I planned for him to return in the fourth book. Just sayin.)

It took place in a magic boarding school called Kanidora. (Basically Hogwarts/Charlie Bone/Camp Half Blood esc) The kids had “talents,” like making plants grow or turning into animals. The idea developed between an online friend and I, and we both started writing our own versions. Eventually she dropped the idea… so I took it as my own.

dont mind if i do lol

Of course it got some major world renovations. It was written double POV style through Zelda and Laneia’s eyes, two 11ish year old girls. (Spoiler, they’re long lost twin sisters.) They both attend this magic school and just happen to be room mates.

But since Laneia is away from home, she doesn’t take her monthly “don’t turn into a werewolf” potions her mean Aunt gives her (Laneia thinks her mean because she is and also because she doesn’t know she’s a werewolf and the potions protect her) and the evil Arena professor (who is the leader of a werewolf gang that meets in the forest outside the school) BITES HER and turns her into a wolf (again.) And I’m talking, like, the cool kind of werewolf that looks like a wolf. Not a mutant human. (That’s not till book two.)

Zelda invites Laneia home for the winter holidays so she can avoid her mean aunt. BUT then she discovers they’re twins because of course Zelda’s mom recognized her. Annnddd why did they get separated in the first place?

Because Laneia was a werewolf. A long long time ago when Zelda and Laneia were two, the evil Arena professor bit Laneia (kinda sorta by accident? I mean, he broke into their house but it was sorta by accident.)

So the mom sent Laneia away to her sister in order to protect Zelda. Obiviously. #motherslove

Then they have to work out their differences, and go back to school where they defeat the werewolf uprising (lead by the evil Arena teacher) using friends, Zelda’s animal shifting talents, and Laneia’s werewolf abilities.

Thrilling, right?

 

THE FOURTH MAIDEN: (2012) Book two of the Forest of Werewolves series. XD

In this book, I dive further into the magical world of Zelda and Laneia. I try to explain where they get their talents from. They befriend one of the four maidens who helped make the talents like 400 years ago but she got turned into a tree and somehow awoke?? and then came to the school as a student. (Long story)

So L and Z leave school and go to save the maidens (who are still alive but are dying because the evil arena dude stole their life force wand thing before he “died”) and also to fix Laneia’s lycanthropy, which is on the frits and now she’s a mutant every night or something??

I never finished this 2012 NaNo endeavor, even though I reached my wordcount goal and “won.” I wish I had because frankly, I love Zelda and Laneia to death and I wanted to finish this part of their story. I’m half tempted to go finish it now, to do Z and L justice…

Sure my writing was cruddy and the story ideas were… well, interesting, but those girls were rich characters in my head.

I love them so much so that I’m thinking about genderbending them and putting them into a new dystopian novel I might write for NaNo this fall…. We’ll see. I’m really excited about the possibility of genderbending their personalities (talents and werewolfness obviously not included XD) and telling another story with “them” in it.

 

That’s pretty much it for dead stories. After I rewrote that slave girl novel in 2013, I wrote the first draft of Sparrow Singing in 2014, then known as “The Sparrow Who Couldn’t Sing,” (comment if you remember those days, ha >.<) and then the two years after that have been spent writing the next two books in the Sparrow series. Truth Remaining in 2015, and finally Ember Burning in 2016.

 

Wow. That  ended up being a long post. I didn’t realize how much of FoW I actually still remembered O_O Makes me want to go re-read it, even though its actual crap and I would cringe at my grammar and writing skills the whole time.

Oh well. It lives forever fondly in my memories and without it? I wouldn’t be where I am today writing wise.

Moral of the post? Don’t hate on your old writing too badly. It’s what got you to where you are today.

So tell me:

What are some of the novel skeletons in your closet? Anything that you actually still love but will never do anything with? (Like  my Forest of Werewolves… lol XP) Let me know in the comments!

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Where I Went and What I’m Thinking

*crashes into your blog post feed* HEy. Remember me? Jeneca. Yep. I haven’t been blogging hardly at all lately.

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I thought I’d give a quick snapshot/over view of what the hey I’ve been doing in the month of August, and why I haven’t been blogging. (tbh it’s because I’m a leetle lazy) 

  1. Washingtonnnn+Maryland+Charlottesville,VA

This is the bulk of why I’ve been so silent over here. August 3rd through August 13th, we were gone traveling. And now that I’m back I can tell you/ show some preety pictures. 

We camped in Maryland in the mountains and it was gorgeous! Toads! Mushrooms! Trees! Rocks! (basically all my loves.)

I MEAN LOOK AT THAT. Those mushrooms. They’re precious. And that toad. And those trees. The mosquitos weren’t that bad there, either which is incredible. Sure, it rained a lot, but rain is cool too.

(Even if the only thing protecting your from a torrential shower is a basically a tarp. lol.)

We also went into Washington DC, rode the metro, walked (a lot) saw the Washington Monument  (is it bad that one of the first things I thought about after seeing it was spiderman??) + museums. 

We also got to see the Vietnam memorial, which was pretty humbling and so cool to see in person.

Then we drove down to Charlottesville, VA to see Monticello. We ended up stayin in an airbnb outside the city and went to Monticello the next day… while the riot was going on. That was unexpected. We drove through the city on our way home that night and man. It was eerily empty, police everywhere, an emergency help space set up…

But Monticello was INCREDIBLE. Getting to tour Thomas Jefferson’s house (and see his grave site) was super cool. That dude is intriguing in many different ways.

 

2. Decompressing from Washington 

After I got back from camping n such, I had to decompress and spend a few days feeling depressed.

It felt so good to travel and have friends to talk to… even if there were stressful moments. Coming home and back to life and stress and family… good and bad, good and bad.

3. College Strugglessss

But now that it’s September, I’m at the brink of another semester. I’ve been facing more college struggles.

I’m sure in the past I’ve mentioned that I do dual credit classes at college(s) whilst in High School. This year is my last (It’s my senior! year!) so I’m trying to soak up these cheap credit hours. I’m doing more Spanish (yay!) and I somehow got into a 4 1/2 night drawing class that’s once a week. So that should be interesting.

If you have the opportunity to do dual credit classes while you’re in highschool, do it. It allows you to get college credit (and high school credit at the same time!) for majorly discounted costs, like $50 a credit hour.

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I’m at this point though, that I’ll be graduating with about fifteen credits to my name. Which is great, woo-hoo, but now? I’m a transfer student. Which means less scholarship money if I go to a different college.

Which was how I intended to go to college.

I don’t want to be crushed under the weight of student loans, so scholarships were going to be my saving grace wherever I ended up going.

I still need to talk to my counselor at one of the college(s) and find out if there’s any loopholes…  but the past week or two has me been thinking about “Majors? Which school? Mergh -.-” even though I knoooow people change their majors when they get into college. They discover new passions. God opens doors. But there’s just some… deciding factors between schools.

A. Super pricey tiny scholarship school with my desired major?

Or B. Incredible cheap tons of scholarships school with not necessarily my desired major.

 

(Sorry that was a rant. Cookies for you if you didn’t just skim it like I might have.)

But I know I have to let that go.

I know that no matter what, God is in control and my life is in his hands. He holds the plans. We’ll see what doors open and close and… yeah. 🙂 This “being a transfer student” could totally end up making me stay where I am and realized “oh hey I needed to be here the whole time!!” 

WHO KNOWs.

 

4. I’m other places beyond my blog, too.

If you ever find yourself sitting around thinking, “Oh, man, I wish Jeneca would post a blog post!” (cut me some slack on my humor skills, I haven’t blogged in a month) I have good news for you!

I! Am! Other! Places! On! The! Internet!

I have my ever faithful twitter page, @jenecawrites and I also have my art instagram page @jenecadraws, which I’ve been *trying* to build up recently.

I wanna be an Illustrator as well as a novel-writing-author, my dudes. Like, do book covers and stuff? The cool ones that are like actual pieces of art and not stock images?! WOULDN’T THAT BE COOL?! Best of both worlds.

But I keep doodling little pictures instead of spending an hour to three hours on piece LIKE I SHOULD BE DOING LOL.

But yes. I’m other places on the inter-webs. I’ve also been considering starting a Youtube channel this winter/next semester. It would be a writing/life/art channel. Let me know if that sounds cool. I used to make videos a loooong time ago (in another era, in another genre of life) and I really liked the whole video editing thing.

It would be good to get back into it. ^.^

Have you been on any trips recently? What are your thoughts going into this semester?