Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Blog Warming - It started with a fangirl

Uh oh. Here she goes again with the blog. But I justify it with, "Three time's the charm." Hah! Look how nicely that fits. What I'd have liked to do would be to transfer the few posts from my Wordpress and Live Journal here so they could all be even.

Unfortunately, I'm despicably lazy. In fact, to reach the mighty paradise of Microsoft Word so I can snuggle into my MSWord futon and get some writing done, I must wage an epic battle against the forces of evil and my long time nemesis, Laziness. Oh yes. It is an epic battle indeed.

So my BlogSpot will start with its own welcoming post and introduction.

The book cover of my life
Hello! I'm Brenna, and most of the bland information can be found in the side bar About Me section. The end. :)

Okay, I can do better than that. Well, I'm a college undergrad in my junior year of a theatre education major. Why do I not do something more theatre related like everyone else in my major? Because I'm an introvert cramming herself in the extroverts' universe. I love performing and watching plays, but I'm no good in the social scene, and GOD do I hate auditioning! I'm not a hermit or anything. Just quiet, which clashes with the theatre world. Still love it, though.

I consciously began writing when I was about thirteen. It all started with a Harry Potter obsession, and my yearning to be part of that world. I wrote a fanfiction with an OC named Amelia Nayclear, a pureblood who hated the blood ties and stiff society and blah blah blah. And she was a cousin of my all time favorite character Sirius Black. Yes, I'm a nerd! I've accepted it. Then I wrote about Amelia's and Harry's daughter Renee and her adventures in Hogwarts. While posting that on, the founder of a Harry Potter RPG noticed and invited me to join her new game. It was so much fun! The world ignored the canon characters and let the players have free reign with their own characters in this American wizardry school. I met some great new people all over the world, and I had a blast!

Summer lovin'!
My original fiction writing began one fateful summer in 2005 I believe, when I picked up a book with a neat cover in the library. One might say the book snagged me. It was called, So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane. I read it, I paused, I screamed, I babbled, I screamed more, I fell in love, and I read the rest of the books available that summer. I think it was up to the seventh, Wizard's Holiday. That was when I knew I just had to write something as mind blowing and spectacular and magical as what Diane Duane created.

The Agents of Alcarion: Academy was born. You'll easily notice the similarities between the novels because I began writing in a copy cat phase. Character names didn't get copied (despite how close Nita and Ita are), it was the magic system that got slight tweaks and the setting that jumped over the Hudson, and the plot that is clearly the one night stand love child of the books I adore. I remember my first draft of Academy. It was BAAAAAD! But you have to start somewhere, right? I began with emulating my literary heroine, and I grew from there with reviews from Fictionpress friends over the course of a year or so when I joined the Review Game.

Sweet, sweet adverbs...too sweet!
In just that short time, I got a hardcore wake up call, and my writing got a serious kick in the pants. I learned about adverb twinkies, showing and not telling, and the dreaded said-bookisms. I learned about passive and active voice. I found my own style of writing that seems to be developing and drastically changing every week! That means a lot of rewrites for my WIP. But it's worth it because I've come such a long way with something I love so much. I feel like I've blossomed from a totally suckish fangirl to a less suckish aspiring writer. And it feels really good.

After my great disappointment with the Harry Potter series, (Please don't beat me up. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, right?) I can't be completely resentful to it or J.K.Rowling. In the end, she kind of got me started. She led me to the diving board, and Diane Duane encouraged me to jump. So thank you to both of them, to all of the people who have read my writing and gave feedback from the origins to my current style, and to anyone and everyone in the future who will help push me to achieve my dreams whether he or she knows it or not--that's you, bloggers of the world who don't know me from the other hundred of followers, and that's you, authors who don't know I exist at all as I stalk your stories both online and on paper.

I break for cake!
Thank you for letting me get to where I am now! Go grab yourselves some cookies and cake!

Brenna in a mutant nutshell, folks. Now it's back to the MSWord futon because I've made a huge breakthrough in my WIP the other day, and I'm still running on the adrenalin. I wrote a huge chunk of this story a while back, and I rewrote what I had gotten to, fixing the writing and incorporating a much better plot. Now I'm past the part where I had the old writing as a crutch, and I'm only facing blank MSWord documents from here on out. It's all brand new! Excitement!


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