Saturday, February 25, 2012

I created my eBook cover today!

So, I decided to work on my eBook cover today and this is what I came up with. I had so many other titles I wanted to use but it seems there is nothing new under the sun. Literally everything, even some really obscure names such as Orla Shire were all taken. I like Forest Bay though because the setting is in a fictional area of Northern California similar to Big Sur, with the beach and lots of trees. A majority of this story takes place in fall so I think this photo I took works and I wanted to give it a vintage eerie feel. Having the cover now makes it feel more tangible!  xoxo  Shawneen Nicole

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Novel Update and a few Secrets Revealed!

I am long overdue for an update on my challenge 40 days to 40,000 words: My first novel.  It is day 24 and I am at 12,000 words so I am moving at half speed.  The tone of this novel is turning out to be somewhere between a Nancy Drew Mystery novel and a John Grisham Novel, switching the courtroom to the classroom, and I love that.  These are two of my favorites! (not that I claim to be as good of a writer!)
My mini goal is to be up to at least 20,000 words total by March 1 and that would put me back on track for 40,000 words in 40 days.  

Some other tidbits about this novel: 

1. The main characters are the middle names of me and my sister.  The teacher Nicolette goes by Nicole (my middle name) and her student is Danielle (my sister’s middle name) and goes by Dani.

2. The main character of the teacher is loosely based on me and includes some of my real life experiences and interactions with people during my career.  Good and bad.  I don’t know why it took me this long to realize writing is a great way to take power over the “villains” in my life.

3.  I will be writing about conspiracy theories that I am interested in or are of my own invention…it’s going to get wild; I have a vivid imagination so I’ve been told!

4.  There is a lot of talk and detailed description of food and meals the characters enjoy, so you may want to eat before you read this novel or have some tasty snacks on hand…I will be sharing the recipes from the novel in some form (most of them are my own creations.)

5.  This is one in a series of teacher/student high school murder mystery conspiracy fiction novels I will be writing.  I also have a darker paranormal supernatural betrayal/revenge fiction novel I am working on writing.  It is a Trilogy and will take a bit longer to finish (6 mo, a year maybe for book one?) as it is deeply wrought with raw emotion and pain linked to my past and present.  Even though it is dark and emotional, the characters hold on to their fragmented hope.  They are very unique yet relatable and the storyline is completely original yet timeless. Back to my current Mystery Series which is more suspense/action and deals which the characters relationships it does have some violence and sadness but is more lighthearted and triumphant, with some humor and romance.

6.  I FINALLY KNOW WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP!!  Writing really suits my health and physical limitations right now, and it suits my personality.  I have been paid to write before but that was technical writing so I can’t say that it was enjoyable other than I got to work from home part time for a year.  My mind has always been bursting with ideas like a nonstop filmstrip that I can’t turn off.  Finally channeling that into something concrete is exhilarating.  I hope people enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it!

xoxo Shawneen Nicole

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

40 days to 40,000 words...My First Novel!

So my mind is finally in the right place, and this does not mean that there is not complete chaos about me and I am still suffering the same and sometimes more pain and illness than usual.  However, there is just that moment for a writer when the dam has finally filled up and the flood gates open and all the ideas just come together and start to flow.
I have read other authors such as Jordin Rubin's Makers Diet and his 40 days to cleaner eating and lifestyle based on Jesus' forty days of fasting, as well as Pastor Rick Warren's 40 days of Purpose.  Forty is a significant number so I thought I would challenge myself to 40 days to 40,000 words!  This is the minimum number of words you need for a work of fiction to be considered a novel, thus completing my first  young adult high school conspiracy/murder mystery .  Although, I think I will feel more like Moses wandering in the desert for forty years or Noah on the ark while it rained for forty days and forty nights!
My novel itself is not spiritual by any means, just entertaining, my journey however is, which I may share at some point.  I have already been designing the characters and have the plot mapped out, and I have a head start of 1,296 words.  I am very excited about this novel and I can't wait to share it!  I am hoping to self publish on for $2.99 a copy within the next two months.