Adelle does #PimpMyBio for #PitchWars

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Ahoy! This is my first time entering Pitch Wars, so I figured, why not do all the things?! You can find me on Twitter and Instagram as @Adelle_Yeung. (I’m also doing #PWSummerSplash on Instagram!) So, here we go. Allow me to Pimp My Bio!

I write young adult fantasy, and for this year’s Pitch Wars, I’ll enter a YA historical urban fantasy currently called “The House with Two Faces.”

It takes place in San Francisco in the winter of 1920. Women all over the country had just gained the right to vote, booze was outlawed, and skirts were a-shortenin’.

Here’s my ~Novel Aesthetics~, including a mockup cover that I made for Wattpad in the hopes of attracting beta readers.

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Comp Titles: Diviners and Iron Cast

In my MS

  • Interracial heterosexual couple
  • Interracial lesbian couple
  • Ace dude
  • Cute little old man
  • Historical feminism
  • Stage magic
  • Black magic
  • Witches
  • Curses
  • Murder
  • Gin
  • Twists!

I also made a “dream cast” for funsies. Normally I don’t do this, but I was looking for reference pictures for drawing and went a little overboard, heehee.

HTF Cast

What I Do

When I’m not daydreaming up new stories, I voice act, draw, sew, and play video games. While I don’t play video games as often anymore, my favorite genre is still JRPGs such as Final Fantasy. Chrono Trigger is probably my all-time favorite video game, as it’s what inspired me to write in the first place. (In fact, the main character of my self-published YA fantasy trilogy The Cycle of the Six Moons is a teenage gamer!) I’ve also come to be a pretty big fan of The Legend of Zelda series. In recent years, I’ve come to enjoy action-adventure games such as Uncharted, Bioshock, and Dishonored. (Wait, are those considered action-adventure…?)

It was through my love of video games that I discovered voice acting. Video games back in the day *old man voice* didn’t have voice acting, so I came up with the characters’ voices in my head. Then one day, I got a mic and game footage and put my voice to the video! Woo! (You can get a taste of some of my “voice acting” through the Cycle of the Six Moons voice-acted book teasers I’ve created here.)

I also draw and sew, but those are more fun hobby-kinda things than things I’d consider a money maker. They make me happy, but I don’t think they’re thaaat good to sell, yunno? 😅

Speaking of money, I’m a clerical sub for the school district. I don’t think I can suffer through a permanent full time job, so I love the flexibility of the hours as a substitute. Working with the schools means 1) SOMETIMES I GET TO WORK IN THE LIBRARY!!! 2) I get to find out what kids are reading! 3) I even get a foot in the door for mentoring a creative writing class!

My Writing Process

I spend a lot of time daydreaming. I write extensive outlines, including a chapter-by-chapter synopsis, character biographies, a glossary of terms and places… It’s not until I feel like I’m bloated with so much information that I’ll burst that I finally pen the first word.

Well, “pen.” I used to write by hand until I started collecting way too many (but super cool and pretty!) spiral-bound notebooks. I had to have a certain standard when it came to my novel-writing notebooks. Spiral-bound, thick enough pages that the page beneath wouldn’t be embossed, college ruled…yeeeah.

I usually prepare for a session of writing by making some tea 🍵 Gotta have my tea!

I write almost everything digitally now. ‘Cause, you know, physical space is finite.

As a Mentee

I consider feedback carefully. I think nonstop about an issue, so I’ll usually have a plan of attack by the next day. Since I have such a flexible work schedule, I work through revisions pretty quickly. Although I take writing seriously, I like to have fun during the process. I’m not married to my words, and I always appreciate any kind of improvement. I’m also incredibly grateful 😘 I’ll probably be so thankful for your help that I’ll constantly give you shoutouts and gush about you all over social media, like I do with my artist friend, Brandon (who’s open for commissions btw 😂)

What I’d Like in a Mentor

Someone supportive yet fierce. Someone who’d gush over the story but also say, “This part needs work, and I think this might help.” Someone knowledgeable in the market and the genre. Someone who’ll go to a cat cafe with me and chat over tea and fur babies 😘

Random Facts

Ravenclaw FTW!

I’m heteroromantic asexual.

I’m allergic to dogs, penicillin (but I’ll eat bleu cheese 😂), and nuts. Funny story about the nuts, actually…

I’m pescatarian. Can’t live without sushi 😱 OR CHEESE, DUDE. OMG.

I live smack between San Francisco and Sacramento, and I actually muuuch prefer Sacramento 😅 The drive is so much less stressful. I can’t go to SF without friends 😥

I love pulling readers into a false sense of security, SO THEN I CAN MESS WITH THEIR EMOTIONS! AHAHAHA!!! 😈


Thanks for reading! ❤️ Best of luck, everyone!

Now, here’s a teaser from The House with Two Faces 😀

 

 

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Mapping a Fantasy World

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My next big fantasy, “Blood Princess” (working title) will require a full world map 😉 So, decided to make one from scratch.

Now, I’m no geologist, but I know just a taaad about continental drift.

I started with an oval of the world, drew some fault lines, and then had some land mass bleed out onto the earth. Things begin to drift, collide, create mountains and continents, leaving islands in their wake…

I know I wanted a big “main” continent, so there it is smack in the middle, while the smaller continents are there on the sides. I’m not sure if I gave the world enough water, though :\

Taking the poles and equator into equation, I painted in some deserts, icy wastelands, forests, mountains, and it’s good to go!

Suuure, I could have just painted any old land mass and gone with that, but I thought doing it in a somewhat more scientific way would be more fun 😀

Eventually, I’ll fill out a fair portion with land marks and cities, but for now…hey, it’s a map of the world!

Here’s a gif of the process 🙂

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Of course, you can do this in a much more low-tech, kid-friendly way with some construction paper, scissors, and glue 😀 Use some blue paper as the sea, cut about 1/3 the size out of green paper, cut a jagged outline for pangaea, cut that up, and rearrange over the sea for your own world map!

WIP “Blood Princess” Character Concepts

I asked my amazeballs artist buddy Brandon Lacey (who designed The Cycle of the Six Moons cover art, check ’em out here!) to come up with some character concept for an upcoming high fantasy “Blood Princess” (working title).

Here are two main characters, Khalida and Lake (with Astra).

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Check it out on DeviantArt here! http://fav.me/dbe133z

Khalida is, well, a princess. A chubby–albeit beautiful–princess. Lake is her mentor who has an animal familiar named Astra. In the exercise below, I wrote her as a “falcon,” but I’m open to changes since, again, this is all very early concept. Brandon drew her with some beautiful plumage, which I am aaabsoooluuutely fine with.

commission___fireworks_dance_by_blue_paint_sea-dajj0hvGiven Brandon’s previous work with Shantae fan art, belly dancer types, and full-figured women, I thought it’d be a fun idea to get him involved in the creative process for a story still very early in conceptualization. (I’m querying agents for The House with Two Faces, so I’m just keepin’ busy in this very long and slow process.) Plus, Brandon’s just really fun to work with. (Check out my other posts on working with Brandon for The Starriest Summer, An Eclipsing Autumn, and The Last Winter Moon!

I think Khalida’s design was easiest for both of us to come to an agreement. The fiery colors just work for her.

Lake’s colors took some playing with, but I like the result here 😀

As a writing exercise centered around the word “hot,” I wrote this fun piece that, in some way, will probably end up in the final story.

     Steaming, jasmine foam trickled down the sides of Lake’s body onto the hot stone slab beneath him.  He nearly inhaled a mouthful of bubbles when the attendant splashed cool water over his back.  The shock rejuvenated him with all the energy he needed for the nighttime festivities ahead.  Lake’s pulse quickened as he mentally rehearsed his performance with Astra.  His golden falcon shimmered beneath the bathhouse’s geometric dome ceiling, and her amber eyes blinked lazily as she watched the cloud of soap disappear from her master’s head.

     Fully rinsed, Lake ran his fingers over his exfoliated arms.  His skin was reddened from all the scrubbing, but it was smoother than he could ever recall.  However, the delights were his only, as soon enough, his ceremonial robes would cover every inch of his body.

     “Let us dry off in here,” he called to Astra.  She swooped down from the ceiling and into the hot chamber next door.

     Once he left the washroom, the water on Lake’s body began to evaporate.  He threw on his sheer under robes, which immediately stuck to his skin.  As he smoothed out the wrinkles and fastened his belt, Astra rose to the ceiling to gulp cooler air.  Lake would have to hurry back to his quarters before the heat overcame him and he would want to take another bath.

     Thinking of the crimson robes hanging in his wardrobe, Lake waved to his falcon.  “Come, Astra.”

     A high voice gasp came from above.  “Lake, it is you!”

     Already startled from a girl’s voice, Lake slipped on the tile when he saw stubby, tan fingers folded through the holes of the geometric ceiling.  A pair of large, emerald eyes peered back at him.

     “Your Highness!” Lake sputtered.

     This time, heat of embarrassment washed over him.  He covered himself as modestly as he could, scrambling back to the washroom and out of the princess’s sight.  Astra remained by the ceiling of the hot chamber, munching on a newt that Khalida had slipped her.  Khalida’s giggles echoed into the room, and the bemused attendant watched Lake with a dripping bucket in hand.

     “Your Highness!” Lake spat, more sternly this time.  “Do you realize how improper this is?!  To climb the men’s bathhouse!  To see me in such a state!”

     A giggle rang in each of Khalida’s words.  “What are you going to do?  Tell my mother?”

     Lake’s voice deepened gravely.  “How much did you see?”

     “Oh, Lake, I told you, the only birthday gift I wanted from you was to see your face.  I knew you were handsome!  Come out so I can see you again.”

     Lake could feel his whole head swelling with blood.  Anyone could see through his sheer robes, but the princess was so naïve that maybe the only thing she cared about seeing was his face.

     The attendant inched closer to him, wearing an expression that said, “Is that Princess Khalida?”  Lake nodded to him.

     “A very happy birthday to you, Your Highness,” Lake called to her.  “Now, please, would you allow me some privacy so you may see me again fully clothed?  And please take caution in climbing down the roof.”

     Khalida giggled.  “Certainly!  Thank you, Lake!  I’ll see you later.”

     The men stood in silence as Khalida blew a kiss at Astra.  They heard rustling in the trees overhead as Khalida jumped off the roof and climbed out of sight.

     Lake exhaled all the air in his lungs and slouched forward.  The under robes adhered so closely to his drenched body that bubbles formed beneath the cloth.  Lake started to peel the robes off and told the attendant, “I need another rinse.”

You can find Brandon on DeviantArt as blue-paint-sea. He’s currently open for commissions and is an absolute delight to work with. Give him a holler!

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The Epic World of Starrs by Adelle Yeung

Our Epic Worlds

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Fifteen-year-old Michelle saves the world on a daily basis…with her trusty video game controller, of course! Naturally, she jumps at the chance to play an experimental virtual reality game.

The beautiful fantasy world of Starrs? Check. The power to mold matter? Check. No reset button? Wait, she didn’t sign up for this!

Turns out Starrs is really real, and to make matters worse, Michelle’s interference awakens the Cycle of the Six Moons, a series of devastating trials that will devour the universe.

Fighting the apocalypse was way easier when danger stayed on the other side of the screen, but Michelle finds a secret weapon in her new-found powers. She uses them to rescue the crown prince of a powerful magic kingdom from their sworn enemies, a technologically-advanced cult that strives to eradicate magical blood.

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Seeking Beta Readers – The House with Two Faces

The House with Two Faces is nearing its final edits before I send it off to agents, BUT I’d like some feedback and more polish 😉 So hello beta readers!

I’ve narrated and uploaded videos of me narrating the first three chapters, which I hope is enough to entice readers and literary agents into reading more.  Check ’em out below and let me know if you’d like to read ’em!

(I’ve actually already received and implemented feedback, so the samples I’ll send out won’t be exactly the same as what’s below.)

Read Chapter One on Wattpad

Read Chapter Two on Wattpad

Read Chapter Three on Wattpad

Voting for Mockup Covers

Throughout February, I created mockup covers for my next book, The House with Two Faces (which I guess I should abbreviate to HTF, like I did with CSM).  For the first few days, I kept adding and changing things, then added and changed more covers.

Here’s what the first poll looked like:

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1, 3, and 4 got the most votes.  A lot of people chose #1, I suppose because of its adherence to the title and its simple vector style which is similar to The Cycle of the Six Moons covers.  But I wanted to make sure that this book has nothing to do with CSM, so I wanted to stray away from that.

I still liked #2, though, mostly because of how it has to do with “magic!” and those who actually read the synopsis made good points about the second cover.

So then, instead of narrowing down the results, I offered a bunch of alternatives.

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In the end, it came down to 3 and 4.

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So I offered even more alternatives by making #1 look more art deco with the corner pieces and the font, and I liked the red I added to her face, so I added that to #2.

BUT IT WAS STILL MISSING THE MAGICAL ASPECT.  So then I did THIS

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And I really liked #3 because of magic and 20s buuuut still, the votes were super close between #1 and #2.

I gathered 357 votes total.

That put #1 at 44%, #2 at 38%, and #3 at 18%.

#1 was preferred by high school and middle school students, as well as girls.

#2 was preferred by people my age and older, as well as boys.

So, in the end, I guess we’re going with this one.

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Which is actually my least favorite cover ’cause I just don’t prefer photographic images of faces on covers 😅

Anyway, this isn’t a “final mockup” cover.  It’s just what I’m going to use when I post the first three chapters on Wattpad so I can get beta readers 🙂

 

Local Writers Tell All

lFrom the YA Panel “Local Writers Tell All” at the Suisun City Library on January 21.

Meet local authors Adelle Yeung (The Cycle of Six Moons), Jess Flower (RedBird), and book blogger Jesalin Belk (Blogging Everything Beautiful) to talk about books, writing, and following your dream of becoming a writer. They will share their insights about how to write for young adults, and their experiences with self-publishing books and blogs.

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NaNoWriMo in December!

I couldn’t do NaNoWriMo last month because I was busy trying to promote The Last Winter Moon, so I decided to do it this month with a brand new  standalone book, (WIP title) The House with Two Faces!

I actually started on November 28 (the day before Final Fantasy XV came out) and wrote for a total of 34 days, as of today, the last day of 2016.  And I’m probably going to be a bit more editing later today, but the word count for today is over 1,667 so I’m content with that 🙂

I reached 50,000 words on day 20, and finished the first draft of the book on day 23, for an average of 2,691 words for the first draft.

On the days of editing, I averaged 1,897 words per day.

The lowest word count I wrote for the month was 517 on day 24, right after I finished the first draft.

The most I wrote was yesterday at 7,127 words.  (I’m not even sure how I did it.)

Now for a cool graph!

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And other nerdy statistics.  Yay nerdiness!

Day Date Expected Actual
1 28-Nov-16 1667 4729
2 29-Nov-16 3334 6605
3 30-Nov-16 5001 8569
4 1-Dec-16 6668 9805
5 2-Dec-16 8335 13702
6 3-Dec-16 10002 15812
7 4-Dec-16 11669 16490
8 5-Dec-16 13336 19035
9 6-Dec-16 15003 20895
10 7-Dec-16 16670 22023
11 8-Dec-16 18337 24354
12 9-Dec-16 20004 26603
13 10-Dec-16 21671 30589
14 11-Dec-16 23338 34888
15 12-Dec-16 25005 38899
16 13-Dec-16 26672 41009
17 14-Dec-16 28339 43553
18 15-Dec-16 30006 45865
19 16-Dec-16 31673 48813
20 17-Dec-16 33340 51823
21 18-Dec-16 35007 54945
22 19-Dec-16 36674 59013
23 20-Dec-16 38341 61895
24 21-Dec-16 40008 62412
25 22-Dec-16 41675 64117
26 23-Dec-16 43342 66192
27 24-Dec-16 45009 67331
28 25-Dec-16 46676 69259
29 26-Dec-16 48343 70027
30 27-Dec-16 50000 71600
31 28-Dec-16 50000 72646
32 29-Dec-16 50000 73487
33 30-Dec-16 50000 80614
34 31-Dec-16 50000 82765

I also “drew” some things for research.  Here’s the character concept art I sketched a few weeks ago.  Thinking of making Paula curvier though.  Her figure is too boyish.

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And I made a diagram of the theater/house 🙂 It’s not quite to scale, though.  The doors got bigger toward the end.  Heh heh…

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I also did the NERDIEST THING and create the house in the Sims 2 (I got the whole thing free on Origin!).  I couldn’t furnish it right, but hey, the structure is there 😀 (Tip: It’s easier to make a house in the Sims if you have a layout on hand instead of just drawing walls hoping for the best.)

That’s it for now 😀 Back to more editing, I guess >_<

Have a great new year, everyone!! 😀