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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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 🙂

 

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!! 😀