Saturday, April 30, 2016

What Writers Do For Their Stories: Research

Hey, it's Saturday, which means a longer blog and I've decided to start a series of blogs called What Writers Do For Their Stories. I'm not sure how long the series will be, but there may be a week or two that I write a blog about something else. So, without further to do, let's start the first instalment: Reasearch.

Research can show itself in so many ways. If you write Crime Thriller's, it may be that you're watching documentaries on Serial Killers and Police Academy Training before binge watching your favorite crime shows or reading about famous cases. If you write Science Fiction, you probably binge watch Doctor Who, Star Wars, Stargate, or Star Trek and research about proton blasters, lightsabers, and other such things. If you're a Fantasy Writer, you may be watching Disney, The Princess Bride, or maybe something like The Huntsman and reading the Grimm Brothers original tales. If you're like me, you may be doing all of the above, while reading books by authors like Sherrilyn Kenyon, Laurell K. Hamilton, Frewin Jones, Erin Hunter, J.R. Tolkein and even George R. R. Martin (the last one isn't true. I haven't read his books... yet).

My stories can't easily be categorized and I will loathe when someone finally does try to do it, but that means my research is all over the board. I could be looking up theories about an Electro Pulse gun one minute and famous serial killer cases the next. It really depends on the day and which story/character I happen to be working with, but nevertheless every writer does research. It's essential to writing a good story because you don't want a critic coming along and shooting down your book because you didn't properly research.

This week I've done some detailed and extensive research and pulled a few four a.m. nights of writing after research. I watched a few college courses via youtube, spent hours pouring over websites on scanner codes, etc. Research is one of the key things Writers Do For Their Stories.

That's all for Today. Hope you enjoyed it and will stay tuned for next week's installment. As Always, go be Awesome.

-Jennifer Williams

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Quotes at Random

Hello again Everyone, it's Saturday and today I have absolutely nothing prepared. (faked shock) So, I'm just going to talk about some things that have come to mind lately and maybe give a few quotes from my books or from my own mind that I haven't stuck in a book yet. As I type this I'm working on books One, Seven, Eight, and Nine of Kalista's series, which is very long by itself. I'm not sure she'll ever stop talking at this point, so most of these quotes will be from her books. Anyhow, here's a small glimpse inside my mind.

First a few quotes from me:

"There is a lack of decent people in the world, respect is something that is only spelled, and common sense is no longer common."

"I've learned that you can hide a lot of hurt, pain, and emotions behind one fake smile and the sad thing about that most everyone will believe that smile."

"Why do people think that they have to be in a relationship to be happy? You shouldn't need anyone else to be happy."

"Life is about the little moments when the world is quiet and I can lay on his (my husbands) chest, listening to his heartbeat as I fall asleep."

Quotes From Kalista:

“What's going on? Someone talk to me,” (from Book 8, Dealing with the Kidnapping)

“Don't be worried about me Shawna, I can take care of myself and Beryx is here to handle any heavy lifting. He's my bodyguard and my good friend,” (Book 6, A New Life)

"The short version is that we never made it,” (Book 6)

"Don't presume that you know everything about me because I am your daughter. There are things that I will never tell you and I don't regret it. You treat people like pawns as soon as they start to get close and it pushes them away. I'm going to show you how that feels..." (Book 6)

That's all I've got for now. I'll get a better more informative blog in the works for next Saturday (hopefully). With that, I'll leave you to think, process, and, as always, Go be Awesome.

Jennifer Williams


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Character Introduction: Julian A. Maxwell

**Disclaimer** the introduction is done in a question and answer style with a short biography at the end and a quote from the character that appears in one of the books. The question and answer portion is done in the characters perspective. That being said, let's begin.

Name: Julian A. Maxwell
Pronunciation: Jew-Lee-in
Nicknames: Jules, Lee,
Race: Human
Job: I'm currently in School, but I plan to be a Marshal like my dad.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Skin Tone: tan-ish
Scars and Tattoos: *shifts uncomfortably* Do I have to answer that?
Parents: Eli and Karen maxwell
Siblings: Ella
Significant Other: I am currently single
Children: Not yet
Best Friend: Kalista Tragedy,
Worst Enemy: My mother, because she tries to crush my dreams.
Favorite Pastime: Training with Kalista and going taking Criminal Justice courses in college behind my mom's back
Pet Peeve: When she finds out about said class and tries to ground me or tells Kalista not to hang out with me.
Powers: I'm human it explains itself.

Julian is a human whose father was a U.S. Marshal, who worked with the Los Angeles Police Department. Eli was killed in the line of duty after the Raid of a possible Preternatural Gang's warehouse went wrong. Julian wants to follow in his father's footsteps, but his mother is determined to stop him at any cost even if that means convincing his best friend to step out of his life. He, on the other hand, is bound, determined, and stubborn. He's witty, sarcastic, and can debate with the best of them. The only one better than he is at those six things is Kalista.

"We've been friends since grade school, do you think I'd give that up because you stopped answering my calls? You've been my friend and sometimes my only true one since we met. Do you think I could give that up? I know that you're acting on the stupid curse that someone put on you, but I don't care,"

"Pardon my french, but you look like shit."

"Well hot damn, Kali! How longs it been? Five years?"

"Colin, this is the girl I'm always talking about."

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Life happenings: Hobby Weekend

I'm going to do something different today. I'm going to brag about my relaxing (and yet tiring) last two weeks. Here's just a peek into my life.

The last two weekends (from Wednesday to Saturday) I've gotten to spend time with a wonderful group of ladies at the Quirky Hobbies Retreat at Bethany Camp in Sinclairville, NY. It was such a great, inspirational, industrious, and amazing time. 

I made sixteen scrapbook cards, twelve door pulls (for a project I'm doing), altered a shirt, made a "Trip Around the World" Quilt top, though I still have to baste and quilt it (but the top is half the battle), along with a pillowcase to match, and I edited a few chapters (yay!). Overall, it was a very productive eight days. 

I'm thankful for all the ladies that were there and the joyful, positive attitudes of all that were there. I can't say enough about it. The staff at Bethany Camp was amazing as well and I can't thank them enough for putting up with us crazy crafters. It was an amazing God-filled two weeks and I cannot wait for October when I get to do it all over again.

So there's a sneak peek of my life and my accomplishments. Now it's your turn, go be productive and awesome. 

-Jennifer Williams 

P.s. I will be posting a Character introduction on Wednesday and a picture of my quilt top for your enjoyment.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Apology: Life Threw Me A Curve Ball

First things first, I need to apologise for not blogging like I said I was going to in March. Life swept me up and away. First, I had a very obnoxious cold that is still hanging on for dear life. Let me stop you before you say, "But why haven't you gone to the Doctor?" because I did. I went and they gave me a medication I have taken before, but, this time, things didn't go smoothly.

I took one dose of said medication that night and broke out in hives . I immediately called my mom and she brought over some liquid Benadryl. I took a dose and Five minutes later we were on our way to the emergency room because nothing had changed. When we arrived I was promptly told I was going into anaphylactic shock and it was a good thing we came when we did. My heart rate was 155/105 and oxygen was 80% when we first arrived. Mere hours later, after some intravenous Benadryl and a liquid steroid, I was able to come home.

I was sent home with a prescription for the upper respiratory infection and three more doses of steroid to take over the next few days so that the anaphylaxis didn't flair back up. It's been two weeks now and I'm feeling like my normal self again. Yay!

I'm hoping to return to the usual longer blogs on Saturdays and a character Biography every other Wednesday. Again, I am so sorry for the absence and I hope to be back on track starting Today. Thank you for your understanding, and as always, Go be Awesome.

-Jennifer Williams