I’m Back! ~A Report~

Hello everyone! Remember how I said I was going to write up posts for last week and have them set to post while I was on vacation? Ha. That didn’t happen, obviously…but I’m here now and ready to give you an update on how things have been going for me, writing-wise.

So last week I went on a cruise through the Caribbean which was amazing! The ocean was so beautiful–look how pretty the water is:


While on said cruise, I didn’t exactly do much writing. Did I finish my weekly writing goal? Ha again. Nope. But I did have a whole lot of new ideas for both my writing and for my blog while I was gone.

Firstly, a long time ago I told you about some plot bunnies I had, and one of them was a Little Mermaid fracture where she traded in her beauty instead of her voice to become human and walk on land? Well, that plot bunny came back with a vengeance. And so…what else could I do, especially since I was next to the ocean? I did a little bit of work on the plot bunny, including some character sketches of my MC (who still doesn’t have a name).


Isn’t she just so beautiful?

Here’s another quick sketch of her looking off towards land:

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Her tail looks really weird in that one…I wasn’t sure how to draw it, but hey, it looks better than my first attempt at drawing a mermaid (which I will not be showing you).

And then I did a little bit of worldbuilding because that’s my favorite, and I decided that the race of mermen were not peaceful, and actually warred against themselves a lot. The greatest of warriors are raised up higher than all the others, and the MC is pretty darn good at fighting. So there’s this picture too:

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I’ll admit I didn’t exactly convey the seriousness and gravity of that merman dying in the corner…because really I just wanted an excuse to use pretty colors and draw the ocean. So it’s a happy picture of the MC killing someone. Yay.

Anyhow, that’s mainly the extent of my work on that plot bunny. Aside from that, some other things I thought about while on vacation:

For one thing, blindness. One of my uncles (who I’d never really met before) on the cruise was blind, and it really got me thinking about the little things that a blind person would have to think about. (It was especially interesting since in my first draft of Enhanced, Meryn was blind, and though she’s not now, she might become blind sometime in the series.)

My uncle sat next to my family at dinner, and one of the first interesting things that I noticed was that my aunt told him what each person had ordered for dinner. As I thought more about it I realized how frustrating it would be not to see something as simple as that. Having sight I never really took note of that, but it helped me realize how much I love to see details and little things like that. So it gave me a bit of a greater perspective on that, though I still can’t comprehend how hard it would be.

This also spurred on the idea of doing another “In My Characters’ Shoes” thingy (I did one a little while ago on Leaving Home), but this time on blindness. I’d wear a blindfold for one day or something…the one thing is I’m not sure how my family would react to that. I think they might laugh at me…but the insight is worth it, right?

I also want to do a Characters’ Shoes thingy on princess-y things or something, like embroidery, since you always hear in books about how hard it is to embroider/how much they don’t like it. (Actually, I have embroidered before, but it’s been a really long time and I’d like to try again.) I’m not sure what other princess-y things that I should do for it though…if you have any suggestions please tell me so I can do lots of fun princess stuff.

Oh, and I want one about swordfighting and other medieval stuff. (I thought it might be fun to try to clean something with whatever kind of soap they used in medieval times and see how hard it was.)

As far as other insights, spending time in the ocean was cool. I got to go swimming snorkeling and pet stingrays and go parasailing, all of which were awesome. The water is so pretty and so blue. In the shallower parts it’s aqua and turquoise and semi-green, and when you get farther out it’s this deep, rich blue. It’s just beautiful.

And under the water is even more beautiful. There’s all these fish, and this pretty green grass growing from the ocean floor, and by the coral reefs there are gorgeous plants and tons of fish in different sizes and colors. It really is a whole new world down there.

I don’t know if there’s anything else other than that that I wanted to talk about… Basically I didn’t do a whole lot on the writing I was supposed to be doing, but I did get a lot of inspiration and ideas and it was just awesome.

Hopefully next post I’ll actually have something other than random updates for you (as fun as these are). And maybe I’ll actually do some of those blog tags I need to finish…*nervous laughter*

How was your week? Have you ever been to the ocean? I thought it was amazing and I definitely recommend it (although saltwater in your eyes is not a fun experience, so don’t do that). Did you find any of my insights insightful to you? Ooh, do you have any ideas for what I should do for an “In My Characters’ Shoes” post (be it ideas for the princess one or a totally different one)? How is your writing going? Do you have any new ideas? Tell me all about it!

16 thoughts on “I’m Back! ~A Report~

  1. Kellyn Roth June 20, 2016 / 7:46 PM

    I’ve been to the ocean! I went swimming in the Gulf of Mexico once. It was sooooo amazing! I’d never actually gone swimming in warm water that was outside (we live on the west coast … enough said 😉 ) and that was awesome. But … yeah, we go to the icy-cold beach every year. We live about 3 hours away from it, give or take a few miles. 🙂

    Anyway, that sounds like an interesting book! You should totally write it. I’ve always ignored plot bunnies partially inspired by going places. Like, that one I got about the logging community that I really wanted to write after driving up and down the coast last year (I could get into a major rant about how logging shouldn’t have been stopped and how there are definitely forests left for the owls and they just wanted to save the stupid trees, which are just … trees, but … I won’t because no one agrees with me. XD ) Anyway … moving on.

    I like the princess one! I’ve done some embroidery, and I didn’t think it was al that hard. Boring, but not hard. *shrugs*

    Anyway … my dad was on vacation last week, so … yeah. I don’t like Dad being on vacation. It throws me off my rhythm. XD

    This is getting to be a long comment, but you asked so many tempting questions … I’m gonna go on.

    So … a little writing done, no new plot ideas (except my mom bumped me out of my writer’s block … she’s got to stop doing that; I’ve already dedicated a book to her!) and … that’s about it. 😀

    I’m seriously going to post now. Sorry for Spamming you. 😉


    • Lana June 26, 2016 / 10:22 AM

      Ooh, fun! Yes, the water was very warm when we went, so that was nice. 🙂 That’s fun that you leave near a beach (even though it’s icy cold).

      Thanks! And a logging community? Well, I’ve never read a book about that before… And the trees, you know, do give us the oxygen we breathe, but I do understand your point.

      That’s true. I actually like embroidery…which may be because my mom likes sewing so I inherited that from her a bit? But it can get a little tedious at times.

      Aw, yeah, that’s not fun. I like my dad to be home too. And yay that you got out of your writer’s block! *realizes I need to respond to Lady of the Vineyard stuff* *will try to do that tomorrow*

      Haha, I like long comments so it’s just fine!

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      • Kellyn Roth June 26, 2016 / 1:52 PM

        Actually, a good percentage of the oxygen we breathe comes from fungi (or so I’ve heard), but … yeah, that’s a good point.

        I just don’t have a lot of patience, I guess. 😉


      • Lana June 27, 2016 / 3:59 PM

        Really? That’s cool; I didn’t know that! I should plant some fungi…actually, nope, I hate mushrooms.

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      • Kellyn Roth June 27, 2016 / 4:01 PM

        Same. XD


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    • Lana June 26, 2016 / 10:16 AM

      Oh yeah, I forgot to talk about that, huh? I also wrote one horribly-written scene and spent like half an hour choosing a name for a character. 😉 Veryyy exciting.

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      • Lana June 27, 2016 / 4:02 PM


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  3. Coralie Skies June 20, 2016 / 9:47 PM

    I like to do a bit of book-balancing. You put a book on your head and prance about trying to keep it on your head. You end up doing weird postures and contorting your face to get the perfect balance, but it’s lots of fun! 🙂
    By the way, I’m kinda scared of ships…I went once on a cruise to Norway, which went perfectly, and I really enjoyed everything. But I watch the Titanic after and I totally freaked out and vowed I’d never go on a ship again….I suppose it’s just me XD!

    I also never get to write anything the plot bunnies offer me…they do a bit of dancing about in my head but I find it hard to plan something that popped up randomly.


    • Lana June 26, 2016 / 10:13 AM

      Ooh, that’s a good one! I’ll have to do that along with my embroidery. Thanks!

      Haha, I’ve never seen Titanic so it wasn’t a problem for me. But Norway! That sounds awesome! How was that?

      Well, I hardly ever finish anything the plot bunnies shove at me…but that doesn’t stop me from trying to write it anyway… 😛


  4. Fin Pym June 21, 2016 / 11:03 AM

    My week is going great, actually. So far. I did a ton of worldbuilding last night/this morning which has so far resulted in like seven pages of stuff about structuring of a certain group and education and jobs. It was fun. I still need to get to actual plotting.

    YES I HAVE BEEN TO THE OCEAN! I have lived with a nearby coast all my life (although not in the same places) and I have no idea what life would be like in a land-locked region. No thank you.

    I liked how you shared your experience with your blind uncle, that was really interesting for me. I originally had a blind character in the writing project that I’m working on right now (I LOVE HIM SO MUCH) but plots changed, and he just didn’t belong, so I’m still kinda sad about that.

    I’d be really interested to see another post in your characters’ shoes! They’re cool. But I unfortunately have no ideas for them so far. This comment is already too long XD I will stop here.


    • Lana June 26, 2016 / 10:11 AM

      Yay I love worldbuilding! That sounds so awesome and I’m glad it’s going well! 🙂

      Ooh, that’s so fun! I’ve always lived in a land-locked region so the ocean was especially exciting and fun.

      Yes, that was one of the most interesting parts for me. And aww, that’s sad. It’s hard to put away a character that doesn’t quite fit but is awesome. (‘Course, I usually just put them in as side characters anyway…)

      Alrighty, hehe. If you have any ideas later I’d love to hear them. 🙂

      Haha, there’s no such thing as a too long comment!


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