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kai_stclaire
02 April 2012 @ 09:45 pm
I can't believe I keep neglecting my poor livejournal! I'm sorry guys. I don't know where my mind has been lately.


Anyways, I began querying my YA Sci-Fi novel yesterday! It came to 102 thousand words.


So far I've received 1 rejection. I wish I knew what it was like to receive a request, but sadly, I have no clue what it's like.


I will try and get myself to post more frequently (if I remember).

Again, sorry!
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kai_stclaire
13 March 2012 @ 09:39 pm
Hey everyone! I created a poll on my blogspot to see if I could get enough votes to tell me that people would want to read the first chapter of my science fiction romance. I don't want to post it unless people truly want to read it and give their honest opinion on it, so that's why I'm having a poll on it.

If you'd like to cast a vote, go to my blogspot, or make a comment on this post. If I get enough people wanting to take a peek at my writing, I'll post the first chapter, or maybe 250 words because the first chapter is kinda long, on here and my blogspot.

Anways, what are your thoughts, opinions?
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kai_stclaire
13 March 2012 @ 09:05 pm
So I'm failing miserably at keeping up with two blogspots. I really love livejournal because this is where all my good friends are, but it's such a pain to copy posts over because livejournal likes to mess with the copied versions. It makes everything so funky and weird. Well, while I try to figure things out, you can visit my blogspot and post on there with your livejournal accounts, which is a wonderful thing. So if you'd like to read some posts, I'd suggest going over to my blogspot, and I can still read your guy's blogs when I get the chance.


Sorry everyone. I wish I had better news. I hate how confusing/hectic this is.
 
 
kai_stclaire
05 March 2012 @ 10:01 pm
So I'm doubling up this week to catch up with my blogspot.
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Getting Published

It seems as if getting published is getting harder and harder as the years go on, and more and more people are turning to self-publishing. The bad thing is is that those self-published books aren't living up to their potentials. Authors are just throwing books out right and left because they want to be published and make money, which is bad, very very bad. Us readers want well-developed, well-edited novels, agreed?

But not all self-published books are a bunch of crap. Take Amanda Hocking for example. She wrote book after book, trying to get traditionally published, but everyone turned her down. Now why did she get turned down? Well, agents and publishers are getting pickier and pickier these days. They don't take on books that are amazing. They take on books that are going to sell. See how it all works? Not books that people want to see. Books that are like other books already published. Now isn't that a bunch of crap? But...As soon as Amanda Hocking got big self-publishing, publishers rushed to get a contract made with her so they could make money off of her good old work. Tricky bastards we have here.


On the other hand, traditionally published authors are getting sick of publishers and the low pay, so most of them are turning towards self-publishing. And I would too, considering only being paid a dollar per book sale. Yes, seriously, a dollar per book sale. Now if you self-pubbed, you'd make a few dollars per sale, maybe 3-4 depending on the list price.

Debut authors are having an even rougher time. You can't get an agent because they are only taking on a limited number of debut authors. You can't find a publisher because they only want well-known already published authors. So then debut authors take on self-publishing. This is just as tough because you're starting from nowhere all by yourself. You have to shovel your own work out into the world with no promise of anyone even seeing or buying your book. BUT, you get total control over your book. You can design the cover. You can make the inside look all pretty. You can even set the price at whatever you want. Awesome, right? Sounds like it, but it's also very hard to make any money what-so-ever, but it's not like most author's goal are to be millionaires, right? Eh, I'm not too sure about that one. Some shovel books out there just for the money, but others, like me, care about their readers, not the money.


All of this stuff above is what makes me so lost/confused about the road I want to take to publish my book, but I know I want total control over my novel. I'm just afraid that nobody will know it's out there.


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Conformity...


In this day and age, every young teenage girl wants to be popular and pretty. Everyday I see girls like this in high school, gossiping about everyone and being gossiped about. They worry too much about how everyone views them and not enough about how they view themselves. They worry about how their hair looks, their makeup, and their clothes. These girls don't care if their feet hurt at the end of the day because they wore high heels. (Yes, girls at my high school wear high heels. Why? I don't know.) And at the end of the day, nobody gave a damn what they wore, and they don't even realize it. I mean heck, I can't even remember what I wore the other day, let alone yesterday.


And then there's clothes...Girls wear clothes to show off and look oh-so-pretty. Well, what ever happened to looking classy, not like a whore? They wear yoga pants to show off their butt. They wear super low cut shirts. They pile on the makeup. Some even get plastic surgery to fix what everyone makes fun of them about. (Plastic surgery?! Now that's taking it too far, but I do know someone who got plastic surgery when they were 14. I'm not kidding you, and it was only because the boys made fun of her face.)


What ever happened to good morals? What ever happened to girls covering their chests? Are girls really that desperate these days to succeed and get a boyfriend? But then again, they get boyfriends for all the wrong reasons. A boy won't end up liking them because of their personality, but because they have a nice bod. Girls my age and younger will never realize this. Quite frankly, I'd rather have a guy stare at my face than my chest, but that's just my opinion.


And it's not even just girls that go along with the crowd, although they are much more susceptible to it. Everyone at school wants to be popular, so they go to parties and drink till they can't remember anything. What's the point of not remembering your teenage years? And they don't drink just to drink. They drink to get drunk. I mean heck, go sniff some glue while you're at it. Go get alcohol poisoning too, but they don't care. It's all to impress everyone else. In other countries, they drink from a young age. Over there they learn to sip their wine, not chug it. And over here, we complain about the drinking age. Well, you going out and getting drunk plus getting busted by the cops doesn't help. They'll never lift that law now matter how much they complain. But they go on out and drink anyways, knowing they could get busted at any moment, and if you're 18, your going to jail, bub.


Too bad nobody cares. Just like the beginning of the opening of Family Guy says:
Lois: It seems today
That all you see
Is violence in movies and sex on TV
Peter: But where are those good old fashioned values
Entire Family: On which we used to rely?
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kai_stclaire
03 March 2012 @ 09:04 pm
I've been keep up with my blogspot quite well these past two weeks, and I realized how much I've been neglecting livejournal when all my good friends are on here. So I'm going to start bringing over my posts to here, but I might double up for the next to weeks or I could just set the posts back on the date. Either way I hope you guys will like my new schedule, which will give you guys a good enough reason to come back and visit my blog.

Here's the new schedule:

Rant Monday
Vegetarian Tuesday
Random Wednesday
Let's Talk Books Thursday
Short Story Friday

Yes, I'm a vegetarian. Shocking, right?

Anyways, I hope you guys will enjoy the new schedule I have!
 
 
 
kai_stclaire
17 February 2012 @ 01:20 pm
The more and more I use blogspot, the more and more I dislike livejournal. Blogspot has given me much more control over my blog and it's easier to use. Livejournal is just confusing me half to death 24/7.

So, if you're looking forward to reading anything, please visit my blogspot because it's much more organized and I post more often there. http://kaistclaire.blogspot.com/

Sorry about this, guys. I hate having two blogs, so I'm going to try and work things out.
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kai_stclaire
09 February 2012 @ 10:53 pm
This is my first short story, and it actually ties in with my novel. All feedback is welcome. Enjoy!



My mother finished washing out the dye in my hair, coating the sink with a golden blonde paste, but something seemed odd about the color. It had a slight silver tint, but I couldn’t figure out why as my mother took out her hair drier, spinning the chair around so I couldn’t see into the mirror. Warm air hit my face as she turned the hair drier on, and I closed my eyes, letting it warm my face up. When she finally turned it off, I opened my eyes to see her take out a purple brush. As she began brushing through my hair, something felt entirely wrong. It was as if my hair was tangled everywhere. My mother tried to get the knots out, but she only made it worse.
    I reached up to touch my hair and covered a gasp with my hand. My hair felt like a thin layer of rust coated it. I turned around in horror to look into the mirror. A silver paste sat upon my hair, reminding me of a liquid metal. Yanking the brush out of my mother’s hand, I ran out of the bathroom, tears streaming down my face. “I’m so sorry, honey. We can fix it, I promise,” my mother called after me, but I didn’t believe her. I dashed to my room as fast as I could, but as I reached the living room, my three brothers blocked the hallway leading to it. I skidded to stop, as they smirked at me and began laughing. With my hairbrush in my hand, I realized why.
    The oldest of my brothers, Hunter, stalked forward, zipping up his black fleece jacket. I took a step backward, glancing back at the front door, but as I dashed for it, he grabbed me. “Look at her,” he said to my other brothers, “She looks like she rubbed her hair against dad’s rusty car.” All of my brothers laughed at me, and I struggled to break free of Hunter’s grasp. He threw me backwards into my other brother, Matt, who was just as short as me, but much bigger and stronger than me. Matt pushed me back towards Hunter, and then I went back and forth between the three, unable to break loose.
    “Mom should really take you to the car wash,” Matt said as he shoved my back as hard as he could, sending me to the ground. My knees hit the tan carpet first, then my hands. My knee burned with extreme pain, and the skin peeking out of my jeans turned bright red. I sucked in the tears that begged to fall down my face, but I couldn’t let my brothers get to me.
    When I finally caught my own breath, I glared back at Matt, looking at his matted appearance. His hair was tangled on a daily basis, and mud always coated his jeans and boots. A large hole sat on the shoulder of his white shirt, and underneath, his skin looked filthy. And they thought I looked bad. “Maybe Mom should hose you off in the back yard like Spike.” Spike wagged his tail on the couch to my left when he heard his name.
    Matt clenched his fists, his knuckles turning white, “What did you just say?” He stepped forward, and I had to tilt my head backwards to look at him. “It’s not my fault you look so rusty.”
    I grabbed a handful of hair in my hand, unsure of what to say. A tear slid down my cheek, and I bit my lip, wishing he would just disappear. He glared down at me, his dark brown eyes staring into my soul. Finally, I found the words to say, “Being rusty suits me.”
    Matt was taken aback. He rolled his eyes and headed for the front door, my other brothers following after them. I couldn’t believe it had work, but ever since that day, they’ve called me Rusty. But I could care less because I’ve grown to love it.
 
 
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kai_stclaire
05 February 2012 @ 10:17 am
It seems as if I've been neglecting my livejoural. I've been busy with school lately, and I feel bad for neglecting all of you whom have read my posts. So to make it up to you, I'm going to start posting short stories every once in a while so you can have a look at my writing.

And with my novel. This is a big hectic mess. I'm sort of leaning towards self-publishing now because I've done the pros and cons, and overall, self-publishing seems like a much better choice. My reasons exactly? Well, I would get total control over my own novel, which is something I'd love to have. I would get to decide how the inside text and cover would look like. I may not get foreign editions, but I would be selling my own work.

But it's kind of a scary thought at the same time because I always wanted to get an agent and know whether my work was truly good enough. So I'm going to post short stories and see whether you guys think my writing is up to par and whether you would want to read a story written by me.

If I do go the self-publishing route, I won't be publishing it until the summer, and to me, it's not about the money, so I don't care if I only get a few fans. I just want fans, and I want control over how my book will look and when my other novels will be done too.
 
 
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kai_stclaire
06 January 2012 @ 08:24 pm
Finally...It's been a year since I started my young adult paranormal romance! This baby is going through draft after draft of major editing. When I finished the first draft, I ended up with 40k words. I was not happy about that at all. Now after, possibly, the 7th or 8th draft taking place, it's 90k words! (so far, so good)

And I always thought I understood the show not tell, but thanks to my beta reader, she's made me realize that I tell WAY too much. If any of you are confused with it, I may be able to help you. I'll give you an example. Instead of saying that the girl was flirting with the hot guy(which is telling, of course), you could describe how she was flirting such as: She pushed his shoulder gently, her cheeks rushing with warmth. She muffled a giggle with the palm of her hand as he smiled at her.

Yea, may not be the best sentence in the world, but it gets the point across. Now that I'm showing instead of telling, my novel is seeming to come alive off the page.

Also, when writing, I've learned that it's so important to incorporate the five sense into your novel. When my beta reader read through my first chapter, she couldn't even tell if the narrator was a boy or girl. That was a huge no, no for me. If someone couldn't even imagine what my character looked like, then how on Earth were they supposed to imagine the rest of the novel? Good thing my beta reader told me, or I'd be getting slammed with rejections by every agent possible.

And my goal for sending it out this month has been changed. This novel has much more editing than I ever expected, and I want it to be as perfect as possible. Hopefully, I can finish it by the end of this month, though.

So again, thanks to my beta reader (you know who you are), and for anyone else reading this, keep writing!


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kai_stclaire
03 January 2012 @ 09:30 pm

For some of you who are new to my blog, I'll give you an idea of who I am, and why you should follow me.

Well, I'm a seventeen-year-old girl who uses writing as a way to get through high school (or should I say hell?). It's a hobby I picked up my sophomore year, and I'm now a junior. I mostly write about the paranormal with added in romance. My favorite genre is paranormal romance, and my favorite series is the Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare. I've written two books so far, a science fiction romance and an urban fantasy. Check my other links to find more out about them. Also, I'm torn between whether I want to self-publish or traditionally publish. And no, it's not about the money. It's about the control over my book, the thing I created. I just don't want to hand over all my rights for my own creation to some greedy publisher who quite frankly doesn't give a rat's ass about it's people, only the money.

Other things you should know about me:
I'm a vegetarian.
I love to bake.
I'm going into dental hygiene for college.
My favorite TV shows are Supernatural, South Park, and Family Guy.
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