Thursday, July 28, 2011

20K and a snippet of the book!

Wow. I have been so busy lately. I don't know if my life has ever been this busy in my entire life. I always said, "Man, I wish that I could be busy, and have stuff to do instead of being bored." Now I say, "Man, I wish that I could be bored, and not have anything to do!" I guess that grass isn't always greener on the other side, eh? Good lesson to learn. 

Despite the fact that I'm busy with work, running around doing different things (voice lessons for me, and some instrument lessons for my sister), Kylie and I are still somehow finding the chance to write with each other. Not as much as usual, for sure. But we are trying to keep a good pace, and write as much as possible. 

Speaking of writing - we've hit our 20K words in Will and Elle. The story is actually going better than either of us originally expected. We're still working on the first summer of the story and we weren't thinking that it would be any longer than 15K, so this is pretty amazing to us. 

I'm gonna share a snippet of our story with you right now. I think you need to realize the relationship that Will and Elle have, as best friends. 
Let me give you a few facts about these two:

  1. They're best friends and have been for almost 14 years. (They are 18).
  2. They're headed to different colleges in the fall. 
  3. Will's brother, and Elle's sister are dating. 

    “Hey Will, look, it’s you!” I point to the cage in front of us. We’ve been at the zoo for the last couple of hours - taking our graduation “trip”. The two of us decided to skip-out on the beach trip that the rest of our class was taking. Maybe it was because we didn’t prefer the fact that most of them went for things that weren’t completely, um, moral. Like drinking and such. And worse things, but good Christian girls don’t speak such things. Or even think them.
    Well, maybe we think them, but we don’t think them out loud. And we don’t ever think about doing them. Ever.
    “What do you mean it’s me?” Will looks at me skeptically.
    “Monkeys.” I point to them. “Maybe they’d accept you to be a part of their monkey habitat.”
    “Oh, very funny.” He looks across the path at the donkey. “And that’s you...”
    I glare at him. “You’ve gotta me kidding me.” I put a hand on my hip and strike a pose. “I am the cutest best friend you’ve ever had.”
    “Sadly you’re the only best friend I’ve ever had.” He puts an arm around my shoulder loosely.
    “And whose fault is that?” I pull away. “I wasn’t the one that came up to you and said, ‘hey,you wanna be friends?’. Cause I would’ve never done that.”

    “Hey! But you’re glad that I did, aren’t you?”
    “That’s kind of not fair.” He sighs.
    “I was kidding. Sort of.”
    “Sort of?”
    “You know I love you and stuff, Will.”
    “Yeah, well, the feeling’s mutual.”
    Saying ‘I love you and stuff’ is our way of letting each other know that we still do love each other. We just didn’t want to make it awkward, so we added ‘and stuff’ to the end. To this day I still do not know what ‘stuff’ means. I’d kind of be interested to find out someday.
    “Who wants to go to the giraffe exhibit?” Will asks.
    I nod enthusiastically and jump up and down like a little kid. “Me, me! Pick me!”
    He looks at me blandly and scans the area around us. “Anyone else?”
    “Just me, Will! Look at me! I want to go to the giraffes!”
    “Okay, okay. I’ll take you to the giraffes.”

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Will and Elle

Right after we finished Much Love, Morgan, we started writing Will and Elle's story. Their book has been in the works for a couple of years now. We've had their characters sitting on the back burner for a while, but as we've gotten to know them better, they've become amazing characters. 

We tried writing their story one time before, but nothing truly came out of it, so this time we tried a little harder on their plot and came up with a better one. :P 

We have been writing this story since the 14th. Today we hit 16K. We knew that this story would go fast because we know our characters so well, but I really didn't realize it would go THIS fast. We haven't really had much trouble coming up with plot ideas as we are writing, which is really a new thing for us. Usually we get stuck and aren't sure what to write, but this story is an exception. We've been writing like crazy, as you can probably tell.

If you don't know much about Will and Elle, check out more about them HERE and HERE


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

In Which Much Love, Morgan is Finished

Well, I was going to post about how we reached 80,000 words on Much Love, Morgan.

Well, after a huge writing frenzy, I have an announcement to make.

Much Love, Morgan is... finished!

The past few days, we've been writing like crazy so that we could finish MLM and move on to another writing project, the story of Will & Elle. And our writing paid off. Much Love, Morgan was finished in 87 days and has a final word count of 83,127.

I'll end with the last words from our book. It's a blog entry by Morgan.

So today, and tomorrow, and every other day that the Lord gives me, I am going to thank him. Every day is just a miracle that the Lord gives us. It’s a day that we are supposed to live to it’s fullest.Go spend some time with your kids, or sisters, or brothers, or aunts, or uncles, or parents, or whoever is special to you.
Because you never know when it’s your last day. Or theirs.

“Be a best friend, tell the truth, overuse I love you, love Jesus, go to church, do your best, don’t outsmart your common sense. Never let your praying knees get lazy, and love like crazy.

That last part especially sounds like a pretty good idea to me.

Much Love,


Thursday, July 7, 2011


Well readers, we've hit our 70K mark. And again, like Kylie said in the last post - it seems like we only write a blog post when we hit a special mark in our story.

Well, sorry about that - but lately we've been writing like crazy and it just tends to happen that way! There are so many others books waiting in the wings to be written, so we are writing our others quickly than anticipated. I guess it's a good motivation for us! 

Much Love, Morgan keeps taking interesting turns that neither of us really thought would happen. We had a plot, but it wasn't completely detailed and we didn't know everything that would happen. That way, we could decide when we wanted something cool to happen, without having to fear about ruining the whole plot.

Crazy thing is, we're at 70K, and we still have a lot more plot left. We know that our goal is 80K for this story, so we're sure it's going to be longer than Becoming Bekah. We'll see just how long it gets. I'm sure as we edit this one, we'll make lots of changes to the beginning, as Much Love, Morgan is not as strong at the beginning as it has gotten more toward the middle and end of the story. We'll have to wait and see how far we get in it, and decide from there. 

Becoming Bekah IS being edited at this time, though is somewhat slow in the process. We are trying to keep up our writing and our editing, which is not an easy task when both Kylie and I have busy schedules. 

At any rate, we're doing our best and we should, hopefully, have a proof copy of Becoming Bekah in the next month. Um, I hope. 

Oh! And don't forget to go to our facebook page and "like" us if you haven't already yet! Maybe write on our wall to let us know if you follow our blog so we don't look and your name and say "mmm..wonder who THIS is?" ;) 


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

"Like" Us

Go to Kylie's and my new Facebook "Like" page and be sure to click LIKE! 

We would love to hear from you on our page, and maybe suggest us to your friends!

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Newest Template

So, here's the thing. Our old template was nice, but after a while, Ash and I both started hating it. So much so that we didn't like to visit our blog to read our own posts, or even write new entries. 

I think that our template was partly to blame for us not coming by and posting as much as we did. So, I redesigned it.

And it looks pretty awesome if I do say so myself. Although, Ash hasn't seen the completed thing yet, so she could always disagree with me... 

Writing is going well. We haven't written in a couple days due to hectic schedules. But, I really love our story and want to keep writing it.

Much Love, Morgan doesn't have as much of a theme as Becoming Bekah did. BB is about forgiveness and learning to love. And MLM? Well... I don't really know. I'll have to be thinking and praying about that.

Also, I'm thinking about doing some editing. However, thinking is different than doing. Right?


So I'm going to go DO some editing. Right now. Right here. Before I get distracted agai--Hey look, a squirrel! ;)


Friday, July 1, 2011

Editing and Such

So today as Kylie and I were having a nice chat on the phone, we talked about writing. Big shocker, eh? We were talking about our finished novel, Becoming Bekah.
We decided that we should probably start the editing process for it as it is finished and it would be nice to have the editing, well, done. 
There's only one little teensy - um, big - problem. Neither of us LIKE to edit stories. Sure, we love to write them...but neither of us are big..editors. It's not that we actually MIND reading over our stories and seeing what's wrong with them - it's the fact that we actually have to find mistakes as we read. I have trouble with that.
I can be reading through the book, and get lost in the story, and forget that I was supposed to be editing. Um, I'm sorry? ;) 
But as we were talking...we decided that we would really like to each have a proof-copy of our book. Meaning that we'd have an actual book - with an actual cover we created - with our story inside. How cool would that be?
Really cool.
So we realized that we need to edit our story. So over the next couple of weeks - or months, depending on how much depth we go into - Kylie and I are going to be going over our book and editing it.
This should be a bundle of fun. :P 
But it will be amazing when she and I can actually hold our story in our hands. I can't wait! 
Anyways readers, we are still going to be writing Much Love, Morgan, as well, but I'm not sure what will get more priority at this point. 
Like Kylie said in the last post, we have the series that never ends - that just goes on and on my friends - and we have so much writing to do. So editing may just be done on the side, while we continue to write the stories as well.
As of right now, we haven't really decided.
But as I said above...writing to us is better than editing, so it may just win out. 
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