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A SONG FOR NaNoWriMo

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AuthorTube Newbie Tag!

And we’re back again with another AuthorTube video! Finally going to conquer the AuthorTube Newbie Tag in celebration of my new space.

As always, YOU’RE ALL TAGGED! You get a tag, and YOU GET A TAG! EVERYBODY GETS A TAG!!! Oh, and make sure to tag me back so I can see your video creations!

Bookish Content, books

3 Reasons Why You Should Read Les Misérables

Yay! I finally have a new BookTube video! It’s been a while, but I’ve finally settled into my new place, and I’ve been wanting to talk about this book for ages.

See, a lot of people ask why I call myself Mizzie. It’s all to do with a little booky wook from the 1860’s by a French dude called Victor.

 

Let’s talk Les Mis! Have you read it? Are you a fan of the musical? Do you ship E+R? Let me know in the comments!

Writing

30 Questions & Answers About My Novel

In honour of submitting my novel to Pitch Wars for the very first time, here’s a Tag about my book-baby! Congratulations to everyone else who submitted, and good luck! In the meantime, here’s:

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Lovingly stolen from You Write Fiction.

#1 Introduce your WIP…
My manuscript is a science fiction novel called The Andromeda Man! It’s about a woman who starts getting messages from a man who might not exist, but reminds her of one in her strange, dream-like premonitions.

#2 Why does your protagonist pull at your heartstrings?
Sarah is troubled, mean, a cheater… but she knows who she is, and she knows she can do better. Just not right now.

#3 How do you get to know your characters?
Day-dreaming, mostly. I find showers to be magic for novelling!

#4 Share a line about your premise!
IN A WORLD where social media is used to divide us instead of keep us together, how do you make your private life count?

#5 How easy is this WIP to write?
HAHAHAHA. Easy! You’re so funny. It’s been several years of plotting, re-plotting, re-working… you know the drill.

#6 Which character is hardest to write?
The main character, if I’m honest. She goes dark from the beginning, and is difficult to redeem. But she’ll find her way, if only she had the time…

#7 Tell us about you and your work!
I’ve been a writer my whole life, from short stories to fan fiction to plays and now, to novels. The Andromeda Man is my first (decent) novel, and the first I’ve taken seriously as an original work. I’m so excited to go on this journey with my book-baby!

#8 Who is your protagonist’s best friend?
Technically it’s Ellie, one her talented co-workers, but Sarah’s never been the greatest with “friends”.

#9 How did the main characters meet?
Sarah and Bill met when she was assigned to tutor him in “Strobing”, a fancy new form of texting.

#10 Anyone suffering from a broken heart?
Does “all of them” count as an answer?

#11 Share a line about love or hatred…

“But I remember…” she searched hard for the words, “I remember I do love you. I’ve always loved you, even if I can’t remember the days, or nights, or any other time spent that I wasn’t sure is still in your future.”

#12 What was your protagonist’s past like?
Bad. Real bad. Not that she’d ever talk about it.

#13 What’s a message about relationships in your book?
Relationships rely on communication. Take that away, and what’s the point?

#14 Which characters get along worst?
Oh geez, you’re not making this easy, are you tag? In a way, the main couple gets along the worst. Sarah and her fiance Bill get along like oil an water, always rubbing off on each other (pun intended), but never quite blending.

#15 At its best, my WIP’s dialogue is…
Absolutely scorching.

#16 I love how I describe things when…
Things fall apart. A lot falls apart in this novel…

#17 I love how I depict characters because…
I let them be terrible. Not everybody needs a redemption arc.

#18 Share an example of your best prose!

Two dumb kids in dumb outfits getting married. Of course the officiant had seen it before, but had she ever seen a love like theirs? A love untouched by time or history, a love only alive inside their hearts? That’s real, Sarah thought as she and Cito shared their first kiss as husband and wife. Love is the space between lust and freedom. Love is not patient or kind, it’s crude and carefree. Vicious and loyal. Unexpectedly sensual. Ride or die before it’s earned. Love is Cito and Sarah in prom costumes getting married in a un-air-conditioned room at the bottom of a skyscraper. Love is all I have.

#19 I love my world/setting because…
I’m a Torontonian setting my novel in a futuristic Toronto. I love a future that’s not quite polished. In 2048, the skyline is a little higher, but no prettier. Artificial intelligence never grew to surpass human service. Social media is more refined and more limiting than ever before. It’s a little dystopian, but it’s real. It’s a future I can foresee.

#20 The relationship I root most for is…
Honestly? Ellie and Sarah. They should be the best of friends, but it can never work as long as they don’t open up.

#21 I’m most impatient to hear reader reactions to…
The first big twist, the big love story. What happens when Sarah remembers the future?

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From the protagonist’s (Sarah’s) point of view…

#22 Describe yourself in five words:
Adaptable, thin, quick, unhinged, obsessed.

#23 One thing you’d change in your past?
Are you joking?

#24 Favorite ways to relax?
A warm bath. Or a cold bath. Just a long bath.

#25 A line you were proud to say:

“Don’t.”

#26 Tell us about where you live:
I live my fiance’s apartment. We bought it together, but… it’s his. Not mine.

#27 Do you sympathize with (or relate to) the antagonist?
I… I think I am the antagonist? I don’t know, maybe that sounds too egotistical.

#28 What are you self-conscious about?
On the outside: my freckles. On the inside: my vicious loneliness.

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Back to the author (a.k.a. me)…

#29 How long do you expect to be working on this WIP?
It’s actually finished! We’re moving from #amwriting to #amquerying , and I think it’s finally ready to go!

#30 What do you hope touches readers the most in the story?
The main character’s journey to redemption is the reason I started this novel in the first place. Whether she finds it or not is another story, and where she seeks it may or may not be right, but at least she’s on her way to starting.

 

Thanks for reading! I know how hard it is to find decent tags, so I tag everyone who clicked on this post! Happy writing! 🙂