The “What’s Your WIP?” Blog Tag!

Hey warriors! Welcome or welcome back to Words! Today I get to tell you more about my WIP, thanks to Sara at Sparkle Girl! Thanks so much Sara! (And y’all, go check out her blog! It’s amazing!) This will be a long post but I hope you enjoy it. Let’s dive in! (Also… this post looks much better on the actual site, https://kaleykriesel.wordpress.com.)

Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you & link to their blog. (Thanks again, Sara!)
  • Link back to the creator, Katja @ Little Blossoms for Jesus, & add the tag graphic.
  • List the rules.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Feel free to add snippets!
  • Tag as many or as few people as you wish & let them know they’re tagged.
  • Add a clean copy of the questions at the end of your post for the tagged.

Tag

Note: This tag is long so I tried to keep my answers short but full of information. This book contains some minor trigger warnings but nothing is explicitly mentioned here.

Has your WIP a working title? If so, tell us! If not, have you any idea of what it might be?

My main WIP is titled “What Matters Most.” I’ll be talking about it (and its sequel) for the tag today. The sequel’s title is currently No Matter What but I’m not sure it really fits the story yet.

Have you a synopsis for your WIP? If so, give it to us! If not, can you give us a blurb on what your WIP is about?

Here’s the blurb for the first book:

Trixie Alcaraz doesn’t understand people. Sometimes people care, and sometimes they don’t. Like her parents, who don’t care for each other and left her with her older sister, and like her sister, who seems so caught up in building a future she hardly sees Trixie. So when it seems that the popular kids at her new school are caring, Trixie happily jumps into their midst… only to find out that she still feels alone.

Clover Montgomery is hard on herself. Even as her blog grows in followers, she can’t help but wish that she knew how to speak to people offline the way her best friend Amelia does, and when people say mean things, she’s prone to believe them. When she encounters bullies, she begins to inwardly tear herself apart.

Amelia Standish feels forgotten. As the middle child and only girl in her family, she wonders if she’ll ever be as popular as her best friend, Clover, or the new girl, Trixie. When she sets her mind to get noticed, it hardly seems to matter who’s doing the noticing; as long as they’re popular, she wants them to see her. When popular boy Wyatt begins to pay attention, she’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep it that way.

A little bit of chance and their hidden desires blaze into a fire of friendship when the girls meet. But as each is confronted with the question of who they are and what they believe in, things start to fall apart. Is friendship worth preserving if it exposes your brokenness? And how do you save what already seems gone?

I won’t reveal anything about the second book’s plot simply because it isn’t written yet and would spoil the first.

Have you a working/mock cover for your WIP? If so, show us! If not, have you an idea in mind?

One is in the works for What Matters Most! It’s going to be a watercolor painting of some key things from the book with some fairy light. My sister will be painting it, once I get a picture of the objects to her. Which… hadn’t quite yet happened. But I’m also brainstorming a similar but different one for the sequel.

How did you get the idea for this story?

I’d wanted to do a story about friendship with three plots that meld into a fourth for a while, but I wasn’t sure how. Then I signed up for my first NaNoWriMo and I decided “Ok, if I’m going to write this, I’ve got to figure it out now.” So I brainstormed some things that affect teen girls today and decided to write a school story as realistically as I could. I didn’t want to load it with stereotypes and mean girls without purpose. But writing a school story realistically when I’m homeschooled is a real challenge. Hopefully I can pull it off. The second book really just came because I couldn’t leave my characters after I finished What Matters Most.

How long do you think it will be? Is it longer or shorter than you thought it would be?

The first is around 50k right now and that’s after the first round of edits. It’s shorter than I wanted it, which is kind of disappointing but I do know some things that I might be able to successfully bring out more to enhance the plot. If they work, I’m expecting it to at least reach 53k. The second might be longer but it will probably be around the same size.

Who’s your favourite character so far?

I want to say all of them but I really have to say Noah Hamilton. He’s in both books, in the first as a side character and in the second as a main character. He. Is. A. MOOD. He looks stoic and unhappy, is extremely intimidating on the outside, and doesn’t speak much. But when he does speak… he’s a total marshmallow on the inside. He just hides it away and sometimes pretends he isn’t. He’s blunt and to the point but not one to hurt with his words without a reason. He’s fiercely loyal and protective as well as gentle and caring. I am obsessed with him…. He has flaws, but man is he the best. Is it bad that I have a crush on a character I created?

What’s your favourite memory related to this WiP?

Ooh… that would probably be the day I wrote 6k and met my NaNo goal. But there’s so many memories of laughing and stressing and pouring everything on this book I don’t exactly have an answer. I don’t yet have much for the sequel, but the first chapter is currently one of my favorite things I’ve written.

Any special person(s) who helped create it?

Oh gosh… I’m going to make you all wait for the acknowledgments page whenever it publishes simply because I have so many people who have helped me and pushed me forward. I’m so insanely lucky.

What’s your favourite scene so far (if you can tell about it without spoilers!)?

I think the least spoiler-y favorite is the scene where Noah and Clover really meet the first time. She’s so scared of him even though he’s just helped her with something. He proves in that moment that there’s a sweet side hiding underneath all the intimidating layers. Clover also surprises herself in this scene, but I think explaining that would spoil. And, as mentioned for the sequel, my favorite scene has to be the first scene in chapter 1. But I won’t spoil…

Can you give us a snippet?

… or maybe I will spoil from the sequel, just a little.

Here’s an edited portion of that scene without major spoilers from Noah’s perspective. Trigger warnings: blood, mention of death.

“I force myself to pack my old guitar into its guitar case slowly, telling myself it isn’t that big of a deal. Guys and girls hang out all the time, and when they’re our age, it normally gets forgotten in about four weeks. I’m dreaming too big. Picking up the case with my right hand, I adjust my hat with my left before walking out the door, through the hall, and into the living room. Nodding at my dad, who’s sitting in the old armchair, I open the front door. “See you, Dad.”

“Love you, Noah,” he says, his deep voice tired. He coughs softly and then falls silent. His eyes are sleepily trying to close, even though his glasses are still on and his book lies open in his lap.

“You too, Dad,” I tell him, not really feeling like smiling now. He over did it at the store stocking shelves again. I can see it in his face, in the way his arms limply sink into the threadbare armrests, in the way he’s just sort of melted into the chair. Frowning, I walk outside and shut the door behind me. Her house is pretty far away, so I start walking quickly, not wanting to be late. The sun that felt so right just a little bit ago feels overly optimistic. A girl shouldn’t be liking me if my dad can’t have my mom because of stupid people. A girl shouldn’t like me if my dad can’t have his leg, an actual part of him. And even more than just a girl, … a beautiful, super smart girl like [her] should definitely never like me. Kicking every crack in the sidewalk in our neighborhood, I ask the cement silently how come I get to have such a good life when my dad can hardly do his job without feeling exhausted. Then I reach The Concrete Block and I force my eyes up and away quickly. I can’t look. I force myself to breathe like I’m fine, but I didn’t mean to see it.

The Concrete Block is a reminder of all I lost, all the stupidity of this world, all the reasons I don’t deserve this. The Concrete Block has splotches of red where nobody bothered to clean the blood and where it’s stained forever. The Concrete Block is where the screams and sounds came from, the ones I heard all that way away and that haunted me for so long since even though I didn’t know the girl. The Concrete Block is where I first really knew what my mom might have suffered when she died. And if I look, I might break. So I don’t look and keep walking, wishing I hadn’t agreed to hang out tonight.

Sorry for any tears caused lol.

Is the story still what you thought it would be or has it thrown you a couple curveballs?

I definitely didn’t see anything from the sequel coming, nor several things from the first book… I couldn’t even begin to list the curveballs if I wanted to.

Is there a Bible verse, poem, hymn, picture, or quote that helped shape this story?

For WMM I think Abbie Emmons’s cover for 100 Days of Sunlight inspired me most, although I know the quote “When people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them,” from Maria Popova sums up the theme of the book fairly well.

When and where have you done most of the writing so far?

Mostly sitting on the floor…. For some reason I work best there. To be specific, I wrote WMM sitting on the floor of the library we have in a corner upstairs. I did most of it in the evenings of last November for NaNoWriMo

Where do you get inspiration for this story?

I remind myself of all the girls out there who keep getting told to ignore what certain people say but still don’t know what they’re worth. I remind myself of all the people reading books that don’t relate to their real lives and wonder “when will I find a book that I can really believe can happen and find help for my situation from?” Those are the biggest ways I’ve been inspired, but not the only ways.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Actually this book has totally changed that. I was a total pantser and now I will never again write a book without plotting it first.

Do you have a little ritual before you start writing?

Not really. I look over the outline and whatever I’ve last written and just dive in.

Are you thinking of publishing this story?

Yes! Both should be out by 2025 at latest, but WMM will be out (hopefully!) next year.

What things have you learned while writing this story?

I can. That’s what I’ve learned. I can write characters I don’t share much experience with. I can write every day for a month. I can write 50k. I can plot. I can write something that can make a difference. I can.


I hope you learned something new and enjoyed this post! I’m going to leave this open to anyone who has yet to share their amazing book with the world. Here are the questions:

  • Has your WIP a working title? If so, tell us! If not, have you any idea of what it might be?
  • Have you a synopsis for your WIP? If so, give it to us! If not, can you give us a blurb on what your WIP is about?
  • Have you a working/mock cover for your WIP? If so, show us! If not, have you an idea in mind?
  • How did you get the idea for this story?
  • How long do you think it will be? Is it longer or shorter than you thought it would be?
  • Who’s your favourite character so far?
  • What’s your favourite memory related to this WiP?
  • Any special person(s) who helped create it?
  • What’s your favourite scene so far (if you can tell about it without spoilers!)?
  • Can you give us a snippet?
  • Is the story still what you thought it would be or has it thrown you a couple curveballs?
  • Is there a Bible verse, poem, hymn, picture, or quote that helped shape this story?
  • When and where have you done most of the writing so far?
  • Where do you get inspiration for this story?
  • Are you a plotter or a pantser?
  • Do you have a little ritual before you start writing?
  • Are you thinking of publishing this story?
  • What things have you learned while writing this story?

Is there anything that surprised you in the post? Anything you’re excited for in my book? Whats your book about? Let me know in the comments!

A Few Tags….

Hello, warriors! How is everyone doing? It’s extremely hot here, meaning I feel drowsy and lazy most of the day. What’s summer like for you right now? So about today’s post…

Most of you probably realize that this blog was only just born a month or so ago. But that hasn’t stopped a few blogger friends from tagging me already… which means I have three for you today! First up is…


The Liebester Award.

Thank you, Daniel!

Rules:

• Thank the blogger[s] who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (See above)

• Answer the 11 questions given to you.

• Nominate 11 other bloggers.

• Ask your nominees 11 questions.

• Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post.

Questions

1. Where do you find the most inspiration for writing?

I’m most inspired as I sleep, really! So many ideas have come from dreams…. Dreams are really story generators based on everything you’ve done and thought about that day, so they’re customized to me and ready to be butchered into a reasonable book when I wake up. Is that strange?

2. What is at the top of your bucket list?

Hit 100 followers and self publish a book! I’m going to do those soon, hopefully… *looks slyly at my readers* Joking! No pressure.

3. Who or what introduced you to the bloggiverse/bloggisphere/blogging world?

I actually had to create my first blog for school. It was confusing and I had no followers nor did I care for followers, but somehow I ended up here, an author with a successful blog (maybe you wouldn’t call this successful yet, but if even half of my audience wants to read my writing, I have over 25 people who can be affected by my words. For me, that’s a success).

4. Pens, pencils, or mechanical pencils?

Pencils! I would have said mechanical pencils a little bit ago, but there really is nothing like a good old fashioned pencil writing on good old fashioned paper….

5. Would you rather have one majorly famous book published, or several minorly famous books published? (Disclaimer: you’d have the same overall fame and income with either one.)

You know, I’d rather have several minorly famous ones for the same reason I feel successful now. If more of my experiences and more of my effort could touch people, then I’d rather pour out more for just as much spread out then get it cheap. If that seems crazy, it’s because I’m not really in it for money or fake though those would be kind of nice.

6. Hardcover, paperback, or e-book?

Depends. Old books? Hardcover. They’re beautiful! New books? Any form I can read!

7. Is this question true or false? (*confusion*)

It’s a genuine question basically asking if the question exists, so I would say true. Nice, Daniel. XD

8. What is one activity that completely exhausts you?

In all honesty, watching YouTube does. And I do it to relax and regain energy, which is ridiculous…. I don’t make sense. XD

9. What is one activity that makes you feel super energized?

Reading always inspires and motivates me. If you want me to do something, subtly plant a book on the topic on my book cart and I’ll most likely do it soon. BUT I’m also stubborn so my poor mother can hand me a book and my brain refuses to engage for some reason… I do not understand my brain, but it’s ok.

10. What would you say to your favorite author or artist? (Be careful not to idolize them!)

I would ask Gary D. Schmidt what his best character building tips are and if he would do a full interview with me because really, I have so many questions!

11. If you didn’t have these questions to answer, what would you be doing instead?

Answering the next tag or weeding… I much prefer questions to weeds. XD

Nominees:

No pressure to do this!

⁃ I feel obliged to tag Jenna Terese although I shall not force her. Here you are, your majesty. XD (She’s the Liebester queen, if you didn’t know.)

⁃ Rayna

⁃ Shanessa

⁃ Anna

⁃ Liz

⁃ Miriam

⁃ The Froggie Queen (the other Anna)

⁃ Annabelle

⁃ Jehosheba

⁃ Maggie

⁃ D

My Questions

I insist that, if you were tagged, you don’t read them until you answer them. XD

1. How would you describe your blog in twenty words or less?

2. Why did you start a blog?

3. What is the first thing that comes to mind when I ask what you want to do with your life?

4. What is one strange or curious thing you do regularly?

5. Look up from the screen. What’s the very first thing you see and what do you think of when you look at it?

6. What book has taught you the most?

7. If you are writing a book, what is it about? If you aren’t, what topic would you cover if you did?

8. When did you start your blog?

9. What is your biggest blogging tip?

10. What colors are you wearing right now?

11. What is one thing you haven’t told your followers simply because you haven’t had a reasonable place or time to do so?

You are welcome for that nonsense. XD


The I’ll Get Round To It Later Tag

Rules:

• Link back to the original post at Quote, Unquote so the the creator can read your answers.

• Link back to the post of the person who tagged you and thank them (Thank you, Maggie!)

• You may use the included graphic anywhere in your post but don’t have to.

• Fill all 7 categories: (a classic book you have been meaning to read forever but haven’t yet, a book on your shelf you haven’t read yet, a book that you got recently but haven’t read, a book that you’ve had forever but haven’t read, a book that a friend recommended that you haven’t read, a book that you are procrastinating on, and the next book on your TBR (to be read))

• You can either leave this tag open so anyone can do it or tag up to 7 people.

Questions

A classic book you have been meaning to read forever but haven’t yet.

I keep wanting to read Frankenstein and A Tale of Two Cities but it just hasn’t happened yet for either one…

A book on your shelf you haven’t read yet.

*winces* That fits most of them… let’s go with How To Win Friends and Influence People, which I got from my grandpa for my 15th birthday.

A book that you got recently but haven’t read.

Our library recently had a book sale and we got a full set of Harry Potter books… and some other books but since I simply can’t remember their names, I’ll have to go with them. I need to finish the series.

A book that you’ve had forever but haven’t read.

We have an at home library full of books, which is why this is hard for me. (And no it’s not a huge grand expensive room with shelves it’s five shelves in the classroom/study composed of Goodwill finds primarily) I would say I’ve had the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books forever but I never get past a certain point so I haven’t read most of them.

A book that a friend recommended that you haven’t read.

If we count my sister as a friend, that’s too many. Outside of that I really can’t think! I’ll settle with The Lord of the Rings and The Hunger Games since I haven’t read either and they’re always recommended.

A book that you are procrastinating on.

All of them? *feels guilty* Look, I have a long to-do list…. Uh… I’ve been putting off finishing Peter Pan for a bit now, so we’ll choose that one.

The next book on your TBR (to be read)

*coughs* Peter Pan. *coughs*

Nominees:

⁃ Hattush

⁃ Pearl

⁃ Issabelle

⁃ Daniel (you’re welcome)

⁃ Rosy Marr

⁃ Grace

⁃ Jehosheba (I know it’s the second tag but it fits you… sorry!)

And finally:


The Haiku Tag

Rules:

• Tag Eva @album of amazing.

• Mention the person who tags you (Thank you, Rayna!)

• Add the rules to your post.

• Pick 2 topics to write 2 Haikus.

• Tag at least 5 people.

• HAVE FUN! 💙💙

Topics:

1. Dogs.

2. Fire.

3. Sea.

4. Nature.

5. Music.

(Really fast question: why dogs? Like I don’t mind but it seems a little bit random XD)

Music

Words, but not just words;

A flow from deep within me,

A pulse, not just verse

Nature

God created much:

Wonderful shades of bright green,

Splashed with vibrant hues.

No idea if those were any good, but there we are!

Nominees:

⁃ D

⁃ Shanessa

⁃ Anyone here currently wearing bright red

⁃ Anyone here who loves hiking

⁃ Anyone here with more than one pet dog

Do those count as single nominations? No, I don’t believe so. Am I satisfied? Yes.


Well, that was rather long, but I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Feel free to do any of these tags if you’d like. I don’t mind tagging a few extra people without actually tagging them. XD Did you learn anything about me? Do you have any of the same books on your TBR as I do? Let me know in the comments!