Why I Disappeared + My New Writing Project

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So you may have noticed that I disappeared from the blogosphere.

I mean, it was just a slight disappearance that took up, yeah, about the whole month of April. Eek.

And I know what you’re all wondering: Why did you leave us with no warning? We’ve all been suffering without your fabulous blog posts! Don’t leave us anymore!!

Or something of the sort.

Well, there wasn’t a huge reason why I disappeared…mainly just a culmination of lots of little things that led to me not posting and only commenting on a few blog posts throughout the month.

Here’s some of the reasons:

  • I totally failed Camp NaNo. I don’t know how this affected me, but about the time I stopped writing in my novel, I stopped checking my blog as much. I stopped writing because I got to a point where I didn’t know how to write anything I liked (which I’m still struggling with, a bit).
  • The post I was working on was taking a long time to put together. Like, it was taking longer than my Dares posts do! It’ll still be coming to you, at some point, but I’m only about halfway through it at the moment. (For a sneak peek, it’s about positivity!)
  • Life was busy. Between school nearing the end of the year, choir festival, composing a choral song, reading lots of books, and procrastinating a lot, there just wasn’t any time. (Okay, I had some time. But not a lot.)
  • And…yep. I’m sorry for leaving you without your favorite blog.

But I’m back now, and hopefully for quite a while as well!



And now for more exciting things… I’m working on a new writing project!

Well, “new” might not be the correct terminology. I actually started this project two years ago, during April Camp NaNoWriMo, so it’s actually quite old. But I haven’t worked on it for a very long time, so right now I want to finish it! (Remember, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to finish writing three novels.)

It’s called The Blade (or, at least, that’s what it’s called for now), and despite there being a lot of fighting and war and stuff like that, it’s really about the internal struggles of a girl named Riven, trying to figure out who she is.

It also involves:

  • A sword-fighting teacher who doubles as an counselor
  • A boy with a crooked smile and great letter-writing skills
  • A sash
  • A loyal horse (or two)
  • A desert-y setting with canyons and red rocks
  • A mysterious man in black (yep, like Princess Bride)
  • A magic-less fantasy
  • A war
  • And a lot of heartbreak

And I know you’re dying for an excerpt now, so I tried to find something non-spoiler-y but still something I loved. So here’s this:

“Sometimes Malik sings to me when I can’t fall asleep,” said James, leaning up against the rock.

I stared. This Malik was sounding stranger and stranger. What sort of man would sing a little boy a lullaby to help him sleep? Well, perhaps the same kind who would take a whiplash for him. The kind of man who would love…so why would he be with the Bleeding Sun? “He sings to you?”

James nodded.

“What does he sing?”

“I can’t really remember all of it,” he said softly, a faint blush of embarrassment rising to his cheeks. Perhaps he didn’t want to have me intrude on this memory. Or maybe he just didn’t like singing.

“What’s the song about?”

James drew his finger through the red sand for a few moments before answering. “It’s about falling asleep and dreaming of a castle, and a princess.”



talk to me!

Did you miss me terribly? (Actually, don’t answer that, I know you did.) Did you write any awesome posts that I didn’t read/comment on & should? What was the best/worst part of April for you? How did Camp NaNo go for you? You must tell me everything I missed! And what do you think of my new project? Are you excited to learn more about it?

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16 thoughts on “Why I Disappeared + My New Writing Project

  1. May @ Forever and Everly May 6, 2017 / 7:00 PM

    OF COURSE I MISSED YOU TERRIBLY. And I totally wrote awesome posts that you must go read right now. I mean. Come on. How dare you. XD Best part of April: I WON CAMP NANO! Plus some more. Worst part of April: I procrastinaaaaaaateeeeed SOOO MUUCH.

    Omg your new project sounds so amazing! THAT EXCERPT IS SOOOO GOOOD LANA DEAR. And haha “magicless fantasy” — is that fantasy at all these days??? XD Just kidding! I’m excited to see where your project will go! (And of course you will share more snippets.)

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    • Lana May 6, 2017 / 10:23 PM

      OH GOOD. I MEAN, I’M SORRY. 😛 Oh I shall look at your blog and read your awesome posts! I think I read a few of them and just didn’t comment.

      YAYYYY GOOD JOB FOR WINNING CAMP NANO! *high fives and throws confetti* Oh my goodness, I feel the same way on the procrastination! I read so many books this month because I didn’t want to have to be in real life and actually do things. Which was a problem for productivity. 😛

      Thank you! 😀 Hehe, well, it’s basically just set in another world, so maybe it isn’t much of fantasy. 😛 I’m excited about it as well! (And hopefully I shall share more, if there is anything else worthy!)

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      • May @ Forever and Everly May 7, 2017 / 6:43 AM

        Oh, no, Lana, you don’t have to read and comment on them! Quit being such a sweetheart. XD THANK YOU! And omg right??? Let’s just IGNORE SLEEP and stay up reading all night (cough cough LAST NIGHT). And agh — *fangirls over your awesome story and your awesome snippet*

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      • Lana May 9, 2017 / 4:14 PM

        I think you’re the sweetheart, May. I mean, you’re the one who comments on all of my posts. 😛

        YASSSS. (I mean, I have done that sometimes…heh heh.)

        Aww, thankee! 🙂

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  2. katie May 6, 2017 / 7:09 PM

    LANAAAAA YOURE BACK!!!! dont feel bad, I failed camp nano horribly. Its just not the same as nano. Ooooooh I love the new writing project!! (Especially the man in black I love tpb lol 😂)

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    • Lana May 6, 2017 / 10:24 PM

      HELLOOOOOO KATEEEE! 😀 Oh good, at least someone else failed along with me, haha. 😛 And thanks! (I know, Princess Bride is awesome! 😀 )

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  3. Kellyn Roth May 6, 2017 / 9:01 PM

    Did you miss me terribly?: *bangs Lana over the head with a frying pan* (who know, right?) HOW DARE YOU LEAVE ME!?!?! I need you blog posts! YOU MUST BLOG FOR ME! Who else’s blog posts do I actually read? (mmkay, I’m following like 100 … somewhere around there … and yeah … but that doesn’t mean I still don’t miss yours!)

    Did you write any awesome posts that I didn’t read/comment on & should?: I don’t know. I think you actually commented on a couple of my posts … so nope. And if not HEAD OVER THERE AND DO IT! 😉

    What was the best/worst part of April for you?: the best was it actually existing. The worst is that it’s over and I just … I just want more April. I have waaay too much stuff to do!

    How did Camp NaNo go for you?: fairly well. Much better than I intended it to go. I got 26K. On the other hand, my secret goal was 30K … but I dropped it mid-month because I just didn’t want to write.

    And what do you think of my new project? Are you excited to learn more about it?: I am! It sounds cool. *thumbs up* *is reminded once again that I haven’t finished Enhanced* *facepalm* It’s on my list now, though, so I can’t go wrong … 😉

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    • Lana May 6, 2017 / 10:28 PM

      No no no we are not starting another #backtotangled chain! DON’T MAKE TANGLED REFERENCES, KELL. Hehe. 😛

      I’M SORRY. I KNOW YOU DEPEND ON MY GLORIOUS POSTS TO SURVIVE. I SHALL TRY TO GIVE MORE TO MY ADORING FANS IN THE FUTURE. 😛

      I think I did comment on a few of yours…probably not all of them though. 😛

      Oh yay, I’m glad you had a wonderful April! And good job with Camp! 26k is still awesome! 😀

      Hehe, thanks! 😉 And yup, once it’s on Kell’s list, it’s bound to get done…at some point. 😛 Just kidding, I know you’ll get around to it.

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      • Kellyn Roth May 7, 2017 / 11:37 AM

        OKAY I’LL STOP!
        YES BECAUSE YOU MUSTN’T LET THE FANS SUUUUFFFFFEEEERRR.
        Yeah, I post way too much for a normal human being to comment on all of them. I just got back to my regular schedule, too, so even more so. I actually kinda wish I posted less … but I don’t know.
        Yeah … that’s actually pretty true. It’ll get done EVENTUALLY …

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      • Lana May 9, 2017 / 4:10 PM

        THANK YOU
        I KNOWWWWW

        Hehe, but I do love reading your posts, even when I don’t comment on them. 🙂 You do what you want though.

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  4. April McLauren May 7, 2017 / 1:44 PM

    i cant believe u left MY month…
    AND OF COURSE I MISSED YOU *hugs*
    i hope you are less busy!!
    AND YAYAY MORE BOOKS TO DEVOUR

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    • Lana May 9, 2017 / 4:09 PM

      I’m sorry…I didn’t even think about that! *hugs back* I think I am less busy now! School is gradually ending, so hopefully homework will start slowing down.

      YAYY MORE BOOKS!

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  5. zanedjones May 16, 2017 / 6:39 PM

    I must say, WHO IS THIS MALIK FELLOW AND I THINK I LIKE HIM ALREADY. 🙂

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    • Lana May 22, 2017 / 3:02 PM

      SOMEONE MYSTERIOUS AND AWESOME AND YOU ARE QUITE RIGHT IN LIKING HIM. 😀

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