Adelle does #PimpMyBio for #PitchWars

DDpkW5NVoAASsOE

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.

Novel Aesthetics.png

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 😀

 

 

Advertisements

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!

nanowrimo-2016-graph

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.

cast1

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…

cort-theater

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!! 😀

Why “You’re Beautiful” Almost Didn’t Make it into The Last Winter Moon

my-goddess

In The Last Winter MoonJayse pulls Michelle — disgruntled from injustice — onto the back of a korelian cat, and they race up the steps of the Arriscylean palace.  He pulls her off and tells her, “You’re beautiful when you’re scared.”  She laughs, and Jayse says, “You’re even more beautiful when you smile.”

This almost didn’t make it into the final book, for reasons similar to changing a line of Dastin’s in An Eclipsing Autumn, which was something like, “Smile for me,” which I thought was so unforgivable that I just had to change it.  (Telling women to smile is a whole ‘nother problem, though.)

I took special care in crafting Michelle and Jayse’s relationship.  When I brought up having second thoughts about this line (“You’re beautiful”) to my friends this past summer, one of them asked me how close Michelle and Jayse’s relationship is to my ideal relationship.  I said that it was pretty close, at least for a sixteen-year-old girl, like Michelle is by the end of her journey.  It was what I would have wanted when I was sixteen.  A life of adventure, danger, and maybe just a little bit of romance, and when it really comes down to it, saving the world is the most important thing, and romance won’t get in the way.

Michelle and Jayse’s relationship is supportive, playful, innocent, and sweet, but never really sexual.  Heck, I was pretty prudish when I was sixteen (same as you see in Michelle’s disgust toward Dreana’s seduction).  I wanted to write a relationship that I would have wanted when I was her age.  I didn’t want to have to force sex into their relationship to make it more realistic, or whatever, because Michelle and Jayse know the stakes of their duties.  They know they can’t just make out all day, forgetting the horrors of the world, because they just want to lie next to each other and stare into each other’s eyes.

When it really comes down to it, I suppose it’s a sort of message to young readers.  Not all romantic relationships have to be physical and sexual.  Don’t give up your duties and ambitions for someone else who’s going to change you and make you forget them.  I wanted to send a nice, healthy message with their relationship, instead of romanticizing something unhealthy and abusive.

Sure, there is physical attraction in their relationship.  You see it all over Michelle’s thoughts when she first meets Jayse.  She even blurts out “Oh my God, you are so hot” the first time they speak.  (I don’t really count this toward any kind of profession of love, because he doesn’t even know what it means :’D And her “you’re hot”s to Gediyon don’t count.)

A few times, Jayse says stuff like, “I didn’t see Goddess Saei, but I don’t need to,” and looks at Michelle, “I suppose the wait was worth it” and “I think you beat me in that competition” (in regards to a silly game they were playing to see who’d show up to dinner the prettiest) and at the end of The Starriest Summer, says, “You look magnificent.”  BUT, he hadn’t said outright that he thinks she’s pretty.

I did this on purpose because I didn’t want their relationship to be based on physical attraction.  He finds her cheerfulness and optimism sweet and adorable.  Once she finds out more and starts to break under the pressure, he’s right there to keep her on her feet. He falls in love with her when they find out how much they have in common with their unwanted responsibilities, and they work together to support each other.

Same with Michelle.  Sure, she’s immediately smitten by him from his looks, but she’s more interested in a friendship with him, and it’s not until after she loses the Prince Imposter that she realizes she might have romantic feelings for Jayse, too.  As her adventure goes on, she also comments less on his looks, and even manages not to freak out and not get a nosebleed when he’s shirtless in An Eclipsing Autumn.  (Also, him being bloody and having nearly died might also have something to do with it…)

And then there’s this scene in The Last Winter Moon.

Hot Spring

She’s just whatever when he’s lying in the hot spring, cleaning himself off, and then when he jumps up to kiss her, she’s like, “Oh… oh this is happening. OH GOD I DON’T THINK I CAN HANDLE.”

Anyway, the point is, I didn’t know if I wanted to keep the line “you’re beautiful” in the final version of the book.  However, my friend said, “It’s already been established that their attraction toward each other isn’t based solely on looks, so saying ‘you’re beautiful’ is just a nice assurance that he thinks so.”

I had thought of changing the line to, “You’re adorable when you’re scared,” but after my friend told me that, I was convinced it wasn’t as impactful.

She then asked me, if Michelle and Jayse have the ideal relationship, then what about Gediyon and Dreana?  And I said, “Oh, they’re adults, they can do whatever the hell they want.”

Also, what’s with Michelle glowing and having white hair and reaching down toward Jayse in the picture at the beginning of the post?  1) Read The Last Winter Moon 😉 2) The scene doesn’t actually happen.  It was just an image in my head that I wanted to illustrate 😀

Guest Post – Don’t Let Romance Hijack the Plot

dawn-sunset-couple-love

Head on over to A New Look on Books for a guest post that I wrote about romancing hijacking the plot!

Here’s an excerpt!

Suddenly, our strong heroine devolves into a blubbering mess. Mutant girl falls for her captor, the princess becomes infatuated with her enemy prince, the genius has the hots for a fellow hacker. She’ll do anything to be with Pretty Boy, even forget her main goal, because Pretty Boy becomes her main goal. She’ll even make out with him amidst gunfire on a battlefield.

Go here for the full post!

Guest Post – Voice Over and Writing

nbtm_tourbanner_thecycleofthesixmoons

Another stop for The Cycle of the Six Moons “Name Before the Masses” tour byGoddess Fish Promotions!  I’ve written a guest post over at The Reading Addict.  The topic is how one of my hobbies has enriched my writing.

Here’s an excerpt:

I read paChrono-Trogger-Crono-Diesssages out loud dramatically to myself to make sure that the words convey the emotion I want.

I also grew up with JRPGs.  Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI-IX, Earthbound…  This was before voice acting was common in video games, and I often wondered what the characters would sound like with voices.  In senior year of high school, I finally had the basic technology to give voices to the characters.

Check out the full post here!

Guest Post – Why Video Game Music Is the Best Music to Listen to While Writing

nbtm_tourbanner_thecycleofthesixmoons

Today is another stop for The Cycle of the Six Moons “Name Before the Masses” tour by Goddess Fish Promotions!  I’ve written a guest post over at Sharing Links and Wisdom.  If you can’t tell by the appropriately named title, it’s about why  video game music is the best music to listen to while writing.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m a gamer.  I have been since elementary school.  One important element of video games that I found helped immerse me into a fantasy world was its music.  It’s designed to set the tone, help you concentrate on the task at hand, exemplifies the written dialogue of the characters you encounter, or even makes your heart race during boss battles.

Since I was about ten years old, I’ve used video game music to help set the scene.  Unlike pop songs or ballads, there are no lyrics to distract you, listener and fellow writer, from the words that you want to write.  Here are examples of the kind of music I listen to and the scenes they fit.

Setting up the hometown of your hero before adventure calls him forth?  Try the Outside Island theme from Wind Waker!

Feel the joy and innocence of everyday life?  Feel the peaceful breeze of the ocean?

Check out the full post here!

Guest Post – Storytelling and Food

nbtm_tourbanner_thecycleofthesixmoons

Today begins the first stop of The Cycle of the Six Moons “Name Before the Masses” tour by Goddess Fish Promotions!  I’ve written a guest post over at Long and Short Reviews YA.  If you can’t tell by the appropriately named title, it’s about the importance of food in storytelling.

I even made a nifty pie chart about the usage of the five senses!

 

Senses Pie Chart color
Data from The Encyclopedia of Educational Technology

Be sure to check out the rest of the post here!

There’s also a giveaway for a gift card, so…yeah, if that’s any extra incentive…

 

Why I’m Scared of Completing The Cycle of the Six Moons

Barely a month has passed since the release of the second book in the Cycle of the Six Moons trilogy, An Eclipsing Autumn, and already I’ve jumped into the first of many edits for The Last Winter Moon.

Since April began, I put off opening the document containing book three for eleven whole days.  I’m halfway through it as I write this post, and oh my gosh I can’t wait to share it with everyone, but I wanted to take a moment to think about why I’m so terrified of completing it.

Continue reading

Outline vs. Actual Book

I’m an outliner. I daydream up a story while I’m lying in bed, unable to sleep ’cause I can’t shut off my thoughts, and when I know that the thoughts in my head are definitely what I want to write, I write ’em down and make an outline. Then I get on to the actual story writing!

I thought it’d be a fun idea to go through my outline of The Starriest Summer and see what deviates from the actual book 😀 I only took screenshots of a few parts.

Continue reading