Monday, August 29, 2011

A Proof Copy... Almost

Ashley and I are planning to get a proof copy of Will and Elle when we're done with it. However, I was getting a little impatient. So, I printed out some of Will and Elle - the prologue to be exact, and I'm really loving the way it looks.

You may have seen this picture on our Facebook page already, but if not, here it is.

Please excuse the bad quality of the photos - I took them with my webcam. :P

Also, you get cool points if you can read anything this says.

Then again, you get cool points regardless, because you're our readers. Thanks for sticking with us for so long. ;)


P.S. - Will and Elle currently has about 75k. :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Milestone hit yet again. Will and Elle is plugging along pretty quickly. 
70K didn't really take that long, but we haven't been writing as much since both of us started school this past week and aren't able to be on the computer as much.
Mom says she wants me to keep up with my writing, but I'm not supposed to be on the computer before I'm finished with my school for the day, so it's a little hard for me to wait until I'm finished before getting on! 

Anyways, we hit 70K. And that's awesome.
Most of our other stories have ended around 70-80K. 
This story, we're shooting for 100K, but seeing as we still have a lot of plot to go - so we might even get farther than that.

As our readers, you all will be the first to know.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

It's Like NaNoWriMo All Over Again - 50 & 60k

Oh boy. Where do I begin?

As Ashley told you, we hit 40k two days ago. We also hit 50k that day. And yesterday we hit 60k.

I'm not sure exactly what happened, but I do know one thing: We are crazy. And our writing tends to end up the same way.

The grand total of words we wrote yesterday? 12,869.

I'm having flashbacks to the time I wrote about 25k in 4 or 5 days last NaNoWriMo. Also, it reminds me of the time Ashley and I wrote a novel in 51 days. We've been writing Will and Elle for a little over a month now, since July 14th. At the rate we're going, it'll probably be done soon.

Ashley and I still aren't sure exactly what made us write so much. All I can say is... thanks, Jesus. He helped out with a little inspiration, methinks. ;)

Overall, I think Ashley and I are both crazy. You probably can agree with us on that... right? :P

Also, this is unrelated to writing, but I wanted to let you know that Ashley put up a post on one of our other blogs, Beautiful in Christ. It really inspired and encouraged me. :) You can read it here.

Current WC: 64,469


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Quick Update

So I have a couple of things to write about today. :) I don't even really know where to start. It's kind-of hard to figure out WHAT to post about when there is so much.

First, Sky and I have made our blog a domain. Only problem is that I spelled the name wrong when I was typing it up, so I accidentally called it AshleySkyBooks. But oh well, at least it's on the blog and is a domain now. We'll figure out how to change it next year when we have to renew it. LOL 

Secondly...we have officially hit another landmark in our writing. We hit 40K! Yahoo! This is usually about the halfway point in our writing process, but we're going to try to reach 100,000 words with this story because there's so much to say. We'll have to see what we can come up with. :) 

Third...I don't know if you guys read our facebook page or not, but yesterday evening, Sky and I had a really great night of writing. We usually write a short part here and there, at least lately. We wrote, but we never really WROTE.
Last night, we wrote 6,888 words together. That took us up to a total word count of 45K. We're extremely happy with ourselves for that. We're hoping for something equally as amazing tonight! :)

Also, we have a few more things to write about within the next few days, so be sure to check back. Sky should be posting about some other exciting things we're working on, as well. 


Monday, August 15, 2011

Finding Your Voice

This post is going to be a bit different from the usual Ashen Sky posts. It's something I've been thinking about recently, and I thought I'd share.

A couple of days ago, I was asked by someone in the authoring community if I'd "found my voice" yet. My first thought was that, "Of course I've found my voice! I'm using it to speak to you right now!" Thankfully, though, I figured out what she meant. Or at least I thought I did.

I told her that my voice is first person, present tense, or third person, past tense. After some further thought, though, I don't think that's the only thing that determines your writer's voice. To me, a writer's voice is what makes your work different from everyone else's. Everyone has a different voice - both when they talk, and when they write.  It comes out in not only the way they write - their grammar, dialogue, etc. - but also their characters and the specific story they choose to tell.

I'm still finding my voice, but my writer's voice is very valuable to me. It's what makes my work unique and set apart. I want to make my voice as strong as it can be.

As of right now, I think I'm in the "puberty" stage of being a writer. (Bear with me here.) My voice is constantly changing, as are my thoughts, my ideas, my opinions. I'm developing as an author, and as a person. I'm being fine-tuned as I'm molded more and more into the person God wants me to be. And overall, I want God's voice to flow through my writing, no matter what I write about or what kind of an author I end up becoming.

So, now I'm curious. I know a lot of writers read this blog, and I want to hear your thoughts on this. Have you found your voice yet?


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Just a quick post...

....letting you all know that we have some new, exciting things to blog about in the next week or so. We've got so many things to tell you! 

We'll be sure to post ASAP about this stuff, just wanted to let you know that we ARE alive and well! Working on a lot of different things!


Friday, August 5, 2011

Will and Elle - 30,000

Will and Elle is still going strong, and today we hit 30k. :) At this point, Will and Elle are about to leave for college. Ashley and I are really proud of ourselves for writing a fair amount before hitting the major plot point. ;) LOL. Normally we end up writing a short beginning and then jumping right in to the story, but as for Will and Elle, we needed some time to develop their characters together before developing their characters apart. :)

Now Ash and I are gearing up for a weekend without writing. Ashley's going to spend the weekend at a friend's house, and I have a family reunion. We had a writing frenzy this afternoon, which was really good, and I'm glad we got some time to write together before we leave. :) Will and Elle is turning out to be one of my favorite books we've ever written, and I think that Ashley will agree! ;)

The other day, we added it up, and we've had about 48 total characters in our time of writing together - and that's not even counting all of them. Most of them are couples that we probably won't ever write about, but had good ideas behind them nonetheless. We have so many more novels planned, it's not even funny. Look out, writing world! :D

Next time we post, we'll probably have hit 40k. See you then! ;)

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