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“What’s Your WIP?” Blog Tag

Hello hello and welcome to August! Today I’m doing the “What’s Your WIP?” Blog Tag that I saw my friend Kaley do! WIP stands for Work-in-Progress, which is what writers refer to as the main project they are working on.

Presently, I’m at the Ydubs Conference (hear more about that from me in a week or so!), and so I’m quite busy and probably won’t be responding much for a few days. Now, let’s carry on!

Rules:

– Thank the person who tagged you and link to their blog (thanks, Kaley!)

-Link back to the creator, Katja @ Little Blossoms for Jesus, & add the tag graphic.

-List the rules.

-Answer the questions.

-Feel free to add snippets.

-Tag as many or as few people as you wish & let them know they’re tagged.

-Add a clean copy of the questions at the end of your post for the tagged.

*ahem* I present to you. . .

The Questions

1. Has your WIP a working title?

*cough* No, not actually. I’ve had some ideas, like Search for Peace, A Blaze Worth Quenching, Pyromaniac’s Dream, Finding Peace, Seeking Peace, but I don’t like any of them. I’ll keep working on it, I guess.

2. Have you a synopsis for your WIP? If so, give it to us! If not, can you give us a blurb on what your WIP is about?

Yeah I actually don’t have a professional synopsis yet either. I will explain a bit of what it’s about, though.

There’s a 15-year-old boy named Pax living in the desert with his family (mother, uncle, and little sister Talia). They’re foreign to the northern deserts, but they moved there for two reasons:

Pax’s mama, her husband, has a rare condition: an addiction to blood. His son, Pax, has a different addiction: one to fire; he’s a pyromaniac. Eventually, the father’s condition forced his kids (Pax eight, Talia newborn) wife, and  her brother to flee for safety from him.

As for Pax’s pyromania, it earned him a permanent scar across his whole left side. With the northern deserts’ wilting heat and glorious glaring sun, Pax’s uncle and mama thought it could keep his emotionally-stimulated addiction at bay—if not extinguish [wordplay intended] it.

But with the appearance of a strange stalker, the army, and a large accident (the result of a pyromaniac session of Pax), the four are forced to move again.

After much travel, they find a lovely town. They begin to settle in, getting comfortable, making friends, finding jobs. But is everything really going to stay slow? Is it peaceful within Pax’s own mind? What happens when he runs straight into the thick of  inevitable religious and life questions? I’m glad you asked! 😉 I guess you’ll have to wait to find out.

3. Have you a working/mock cover for your WIP? If so, show us! If not, have you an idea in mind?

Not yet. I have several projects I’ve been working on, but again, I don’t like any of them. Some themes I’ve been working with are: desert, sun, fire, fleeing.

4. How did you get the idea for this story?

It sprung up from the thematic questions of peace. Where is it found? What does it mean? Is it acquirable? Also, I think the idea of Pax just popped into my head. I first called him Jarvis, but the sound and meaning of Pax is so much better.

For more, refer to #12!

5. How long do you think it will be? Is it longer or shorter than you thought it would be?

I’m planning for it to be a novella, maybe 30K words, but you know me. It’ll probably end up 60K or something. 😅

6. Who’s your favourite character so far?

Oh, that’s a good question. Maybe Talia, Pax’s 6-7 year old sister. Or Maia, one of the friends Pax makes at the aforementioned small town. Conley (another friend like Maia) is up there, and Pax is great too.

I’d tell you why, but I really haven’t gotten far, and without much being written in stone/on Docs, I can’t exactly word my thoughts just yet.

7. What’s your favorite memory related to this WIP?

I don’t have one.

8. Any special person(s) who helped create it?

Um, not really. Some characters are loosely based on friends and family, but I haven’t shared it with anyone just yet.

9. What’s your favorite scene so far (if you can tell about it without spoilers!)?

I can’t. 😎

10. Can you give us a snippet?

Sure, why not.

I shivered as one of the last fresh breezes of the morning slipped through my clothing and pricked at my skin. Like with every day, soon the goosebumps on my limbs would be replaced with beads of sweat. This was weeks from the day I reached fifteen, and my work had been carrying on for some time.

Up ahead from the path I was meandering down lay a small lake, surrounded by bushes and plants. A few trees dotted the little oasis, and behind it spread several yards of farm, some, empty fields to be hoed, and others, crops to be sparingly watered and picked. Farther still were the herds of animals we watched.

Several men and women were already there, nursing the plants, working the fields, and tending to the animals.

11. Is the story still what you thought it would be or has it thrown you a couple curveballs?

It’s generally what I’d thought it’d be, but to keep it that way, I have to overcome the few curveballs that are shooting at me 90 mph that want to mess things up.

12. Is there a Bible verse, poem, hymn, or quote that has helped shape this story?

Yes! Actually, the whole story is based on a verse in the Bible.

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68, NIV, emphasis mine.

I forgot where I first saw this verse, but it hit me hard. As for context, it occurred shortly after Jesus fed a whole lot of people/the 5,000. He was proclaiming Himself as the Bread of Life, and it was a hard message for a lot of his disciples. Many left Him. When they did, he turned to the Twelve and asked if they would leave. Simon Peter responded with the above. Find the whole section in John 6:60-71.

It’d take a while for me to explain the verse (I had thought about making a post on it), but essentially, it’s saying that Jesus is worth it. “Truly truly,” more worth it than any earthly pleasure, glory, or wealth.

Another huge inspiration for this WIP is the song You Got It by Trip Lee. It’s one of my all time favorite songs, and heavily based on John 6:68, I believe. Give it a listen!

13. When and where have you done the most of the writing so far?

At my cousin’s house, my own, and whenever. I have bad writing habits which I need to work on.

14. Where do you get inspiration for this story?

Refer to question 12.

15. Are you a plotter or a planster?

Plantster! I usually start with a light outline, then let it guide me but I end up going wherever I feel is best.

16. Do you have a little ritual you do before writing?

*cough* No. As in #13, I need to build writing habits.

17. Are you thinking of publishing this story?

Nope. I thought about it, but I’ve temporarily decided against that. I’m just not ready yet—time, knowledge, and skill-wise.

18. What things have you learned while writing this story?

That summer can be mean. It hardly allows me time to write. XD

But actually, I’m learning how to create fantasy cultures using the geographic knowledge I already have, more tips and tricks of map-making, and what makes characters interesting, compelling, and relatable! Those are a few things.


I’m not going to tag anyone—I’ll just leave it open—so feel free to do this yourself!

Here are the questions:

  • Has your WIP a working title? If so, tell us! If not, have you any idea of what it might be?
  • Have you a synopsis for your WIP? If so, give it to us! If not, can you give us a blurb on what your WIP is about?
  • Have you a working/mock cover for your WIP? If so, show us! If not, have you an idea in mind?
  • How did you get the idea for this story?
  • How long do you think it will be? Is it longer or shorter than you thought it would be?
  • Who’s your favourite character so far?
  • What’s your favourite memory related to this WiP?
  • Any special person(s) who helped create it?
  • What’s your favourite scene so far (if you can tell about it without spoilers!)?
  • Can you give us a snippet?
  • Is the story still what you thought it would be or has it thrown you a couple curveballs?
  • Is there a Bible verse, poem, hymn, picture, or quote that helped shape this story?
  • When and where have you done most of the writing so far?
  • Where do you get inspiration for this story?
  • Are you a plotter or a pantser?
  • Do you have a little ritual before you start writing?
  • Are you thinking of publishing this story?
  • What things have you learned while writing this story?

We have now come to the ending. I hope you’ve enjoyed this and also found my WIP idea interesting! Sorry for being so late! See you next week.

Tags & Awards

The Liebster Award! (2 Times)

(NOTE: With finals and all, my posting and writing schedules have been a bit whack. Because of that, this Random post is on the second-to-last Monday of May, and the Christianity post should be next week. 🙂 )

Back in January, I was tagged by both Tasha Van Kesteren and Alicia Marantette for the Liebster Award! (For those who don’t know—it’s not an actual award, more like a tag; I’m actually not sure why it’s called an award.) Thank you both!

Funny thing. . . both posts were published on the same day, and if you know Tasha and Alicia, you know that they’re quite good friends too. . . hm. . . I believe there were other victims that were tagged by the two. *rubs chin curiously* I wonder if they were in cahoots just to make us answer more questions. You never know. . . . . . just kidding.

But what does this mean for you? Well, it may mean a longer read, so I’ll try to be super brief with each answer! If you know me, that’ll be difficult, but I’ve gotta try anyway.

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger[s] who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 [22] questions given to you.
  • Nominate 11 [4] other bloggers.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions [fine].
  • Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post.

Tasha’s Questions

1. Are you a mom’s kid or a dad’s kid?

That honestly all depends on what you mean by that. If you mean which of my parents is my favorite, then I’d say neither. I love them both equally, and overall I don’t prefer one over the other.

If you mean which I like more, ‘indoor activities’ or ‘outdoor activities,’ again I’d have to say neither. I spend lots of time indoors writing, reading, drawing… I also love being outdoors! Running, soccer, biking, frisbee, etc.

2. What is your favourite book?

My favorite (hehe, the great ‘u’ dispute continues) book. . . I don’t think I have a favorite standalone. Though Maniac Magee is one of my favorites. My favorite series is the Wingfeather Saga, by Andrew Peterson.

3. What is your dream pet?

A moose. Seriously, if I could own a moose that would be amazing. I’d have to live in rural land and colder climates, though, and I prefer neither. . . so I suppose a dream it will remain. My second choice would be a wolf!

4. What are your 2022 goals?

I have plenty. Learn to drive, get decent at guitar, run a marathon. . . I list more in this post here (though that’s outdated). Here is another post of mine with some more goals.

5. Why do you blog?

Several reasons. 1. A starting platform for my career as an author. 2. To share my thoughts on topics that interest me. 3. To provide readers with sound advice I’ve found helpful, mainly in areas of Christianity, writing, and young adult life.

There are more reasons, I’m sure, but those are the ones off the top of my head.

6. Favourite music genre?

Christian rap and hip hop, for sure! I do enjoy some good Contemporary Christian Music and Christian rock and pop as well!

7. Favourite book genre?

To write in, or read in? No matter. It remains the same in both: Christian fantasy and contemporary.

8. Hawaiian pizza, yes or no?

I don’t prefer Hawaiian pizza, but I don’t hate it either. If it’s the only style available, I’ll gladly eat it.

9. Favourite memory?

I don’t think I have one. . .

I’ll think about it.

I don’t know. Maybe playing with my cousins in some park, or something?? I’m not sure.

10. Are you introverted or extroverted?

Neither. I’m an ambivert. I have signs of both extrovert and introvert.

11. Do you like traveling? Why or why not?

Ah, I love traveling! Seeing the world, experiencing new great environments, and learning more about the world, culture, and geography.

Alicia’s Questions

1. What is your favorite and/or least favorite part of your blog?

That’s a tough one. I mean, I really love the graphics and design I’ve made for my blog. I don’t love how I get so long and ranty with my posts. It’s something I’ve been working on—being concise and clear.

2. What would be a book you’d recommend to anyone for any age?

(You mean besides the Bible?)

I don’t know. . . probably the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

3. What do you dream your future job would look like?

My dream job would be to be an author and work with my church’s non-profit community center, with the youth. So lots of running, writing, reading, teaching, and relationship-building (mentoring).

4. Do you play sports? What’s your favorite sport to play?

Well, officially I ‘play’ running. My favorite sport to play is probably either ga-ga ball, soccer, or dodgeball, though.

5. What’s something you are passionate about (just anything)?

Chicago deep-dish pizza. It is AMAZING. (Lou Malnati’s is the best, and Giordano’s is a close second).

6. Who’s your favorite author?

I don’t actually have one. Well, except for the Author of Life. He’s my favorite. His works are just… incredible; beautiful; deep and complex. I hope to really love Him wholeheartedly.

7. What’s your top hobby/project right now?

Writing, reading, running, and playing with my four-year-old sister. I know it’s four, but I don’t have one.

8. How do you celebrate Christmas?

Well, that’s maybe an inappropriate question right now. But one thing is that my cousins in Chicago sleepover from Eve to Day.

9. What kind of movie watcher are you more? (Hiding under the blankets, enjoying all the ups and downs, or just sitting there being like “why am I here?” 😂 etc)

Several of my siblings and I are very ‘interactive’ with the movie, me in particular, so I engage vividly, making comments, jokes, expressions, all that.

10. Why are you a blogger/writer/whatever-you-classify-yourself-as?

What’d you say?? That’s quite a question. Check my About and Home pages for kind of why I blog and write, and for why I blog, scroll up to Tasha’s question #5.

11. What kind of music do you listen to the most?

Scroll up to Tasha’s question #6 for the answer to that one!

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That was quite long, wasn’t it! I do believe almost every blogger I follow has done this before, but I’ll tag four people just in case…

Annabelle Batie @ Pen & Ink

Lissie @ Lissie’s Ramblings

Lilly @ Lilly Bug’s Not-So-Secret Diary

Kaley @ Words (congrats on the launch, Kaley!)

Here are my questions. I hope no one else gives you more. 😅

1. Where do you find the most inspiration for writing?

2. What is at the top of your bucket list?

3. Who or what introduced you to the bloggiverse/bloggisphere/blogging world?

4. Pens, pencils, or mechanical pencils?

5. Would you rather have one majorly famous book published, or several minorly famous books published? (Disclaimer: you’d have the same overall fame and income with either one.)

6. Hardcover, paperback, or e-book?

7. Is this question true or false? (*confusion*)

8. What is one activity that completely exhausts you?

9. What is one activity that makes you feel super energized?

10. What would you say to your favorite author or artist? (Be careful not to idolize them!)

11. If you didn’t have these questions to answer, what would you be doing instead?

I hope they stimulate your brain and are fun to answer!

To all my readers: thank you very much for reading all the way through! 😅 You may be more perseverant than I.

With God’s help,

~Daniel Amador