Rin is 4’11” with long brown hair and blue eyes. Rin is tailored after the author who comes from a family of seven; five children and two parents. Rin is the middle child of the family and the one who seems to be invisible most of the time to everyone. Her escape is Devil’s Lake and loves to share its quiet and beauty with just about everyone she can. She works at the Chateau on the North Shore in the snack bar with co-worker Kip.
Rin prefers to be away from home as much as she possibly can otherwise she stays in her room. So, hiking at the lake and working tend to keep her busy during the summer. Rin feels invisible to her family throughout the book, but finds near the end that perhaps she had been missed.
There’s a little bit about Rin. There is more about her family in the book than is provided here but that is just to keep you guessing. Growing up, I found it difficult to even want to be home most of the time especially early mornings and weekends. As a teenager, that was easier said than done to just escape. I didn’t really work at the lake growing up but rather worked in the restaurant business. Kip, the co-worker was tailored after another classmate of mine who I have not spoken of in years! I hope to see him one of these times at a class reunion.
One more key character hint to give and she is the main character of the book and everything you read in the book is seen through her eyes. Saved for last because I know this character VERY well.
I also wanted to share with you that I finished the book by my deadline of June 30, 2019. I currently have a few people reading it to provide opinion on it before I send it off to my editor at the then of July 2019. The crazy part was that I was reading through the manuscript and came to the last paragraph on the last page and all I could think was that “it’s done” and it was the weirdest feeling in the world. I have waited forever for this book to be finished and now it is. Excitement and nervous takes over at that point. Excited to be done and nervous to send to editor for review.
I love this book and its characters, and I hope you will too. The story derives from actual history of Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin – not to be confused with the one in North Dakota. The path to publishing it will probably be long and stressful, but I am looking forward to seeing it out there for everyone to enjoy. Especially my high school friends that are in the book.
Keep checking back for more updates on the progress of this book and its adventure to being published!
Nicola is 5’4” tall with long blond hair and blue eyes. The other girls call her antsy pants because she seems to continually bounce off the walls. Nicola’s mom passed away when she was young, and her dad has been raising her as best he can with a job that requires him to travel. She also has a stepmom not too much older than she is, Tiffany. They do not get along very well and then there is Tyler who is just a toddler. Nicola’s life is simple, with working at the chateau and having cooks and maids to help at home she can do what she likes most of the time. She fits in well with Hannah, Lena and Rin.
Nicola is one of the only characters who does not come out of the author’s friends list. She just showed up one day and said, “here I am” and has been with the rest of the girls on their adventure at Devil’s Lake. The author fell in love with her personality and how well she fit with the others, so she let her stay.
There’s Nicola in a nutshell. Nicola doesn’t change too much throughout the book except for her antsy pants persona calms some and she becomes quieter and more thoughtful. Nicola is the one friend you want to have to keep everything simple and light.
Hannah is 5’4” tall with long shoulder length brown hair. Her eyes are green and her favorite look is rolling those green eyes especially when Lena is being so matter-of-factly. Hannah is tailored after another high school friend of the author. They met in ninth grade during band. They both were in the clarinet section with an awesome band teacher who even let them have a Wipe Out (if you know the song – sorry not sorry that you just danced to it) day. The author has some pretty cool pics of this day.
Hannah is the only child of a factory worker and a teacher. Her house is large and has many rooms with two staircases. One in the front and one that leads to the kitchen. Hannah has her own car and the trunk is usually filled with all the swimming gear the girls need when they go out to the lake. Hannah doesn’t grow throughout the book as much as Lena does but she comes to realize that she doesn’t have that bad of a home life compared to her friends.
There’s a little bit about Hannah. And as you read more about Hannah in the book, you will see from her friends personal life, that hers isn’t too shabby. This friend and I have kept in touch over the years and were quite close once upon a time. I moved from our hometown and state and have been out of the loop. Since we all know that life gets in the way of things, this friend has always stood as strong to others while secretly falling apart. Her best accomplishment is having her three children and her friends close by to lean on.
So, after my epiphany of keeping this blog more about writing and me, I did some research about what a new and unpublished author could possibly blog about. One of the websites I found suggested providing character sketches and since I gave a hint yesterday that three of the four characters are based on friends I went to high school with, I will give some details on one of them.
Lena is five-foot-four with short brown hair and brown eyes. Lena is portrayed after a high school classmate of the author. Lena was quite studious and serious most of high school. Someone, who we thought seemed to resemble Cinderella at home having to do all the chores and watch after her two younger sisters. Lena is responsible and makes sure we are safe on our hikes. She keeps a first aid kit in her backpack along with the other essentials like binoculars and water bottles. Lena grows some throughout the book and learns to stand up for herself and learns just how much she truly does mean to her parents.
There's a little tidbit on Lena. And as you read more about Lena in the book, you see why Cinderella is who we always felt she portrayed. This friend and I have not talked in many years and I have known her since the second grade. But when deciding who the characters would be for this book, she was high on the list. Not truly sure why because I personally always found her not only studious and serious, but judgmental as well. Whether she is like that today or not, I could not honestly tell you. I do know she is married with two beautiful daughters and lives in Minnesota.
From Here on Out
I am going to write about me in my blog and a few details or mentions of my book that I am diligently editing and finishing up. My deadline to finish it is June 30, 2019, crazy right?
Book Hint of the Day
In Devils Lake, there are four teen girls who work at the lake and love the lake. Three of these girls are tailored after me and two of my high school friends. If you know me, when you read it, you will know which one character is me. If you don’t know me, you can guess and maybe I will tell you if you are right.
Its summer - everywhere in the U.S. now and for some of us it is hot and for some it is rainy and cold. I live in Idaho, the part that is considered the "high desert". Here we get the dry heat which is very different than a Wisconsin summer where there is humidity. The dry heat is still stifling when it gets close to 100 degrees out, but my husband and I love it here.
We visit WI about once a year and usually during different times. This past year we were there for Thanksgiving and this year it will be late July into August. We drive from Idaho to WI mostly because it truly is cheaper than flying, but the main reason we drive is because we take our dog Sarge with us (see pic below).
About Me Page
I have asked my oldest son to review my 'About Sue York' page to revamp it some. It just doesn't seem to flow very well. He said he would work on it and send to me. So, if you read it and go 'um, what did I just read?' Never fear, because it will be changed for the better.
Until next time, have a great week!
I stumbled upon this website probably on Facebook which is where I usually find unique websites. My favorite part of the website is the About page. Cynthia is the owner, author and designer of the TellMe Insight Cards. On her About page, she shares what she wants us to know about her and her business. I love it! Its raw, free and open. Her passion for what she does is clear on this page and just makes owning a set of her cards even more of a treasure.
I personally have not started to utilize these TellMe Insight Cards mostly from laziness, but they are written in my planner as a goal to reach towards daily. I am not a very good journaler and hoping these cards will help me in not only keeping a regular journal but to dig deep and write out what I do not or have not shared with anyone.
If you have not visited or heard of Cynthia and her TellMe Insight Cards, visit her website today.
Empath and HSP
I have begun to understand that I am a highly sensitive person (HSP). My new job has taken me down this journey of learning more about being an HSP and I fit well into the category almost to the point of being a full empath. This job of mine provides me space to be alone from many people and negative energy. I have an office of my own and am usually left to do my work.
One of my bosses has more than enough energy to fill up a small closet. He can come into my office and I immediately can’t wait for him to leave because his energy is too much for me to handle. Please do not mistaken that for not liking my boss. I mean we all like our bosses about as much as an employee can like their boss. J
As a writer, I believe that being HSP or an empath helps with how well I can write. I can focus on my characters and the storyline without distraction or losing my feel for the story. Writers have to love their stories to know they are writing a good one.
My current WIP is planned to be finished and heading to the editor by the end of the month. I am super excited about this because it has been a long time coming but if I hadn’t started making changes to myself at the start of the year, I would not have been able to set this goal.
Rachel Hollis is a motivational speaker who I first started to see on Facebook from my daughters post last fall. I kept checking it out as the year came to an end before I really got into it. I purchased her non-fiction book ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’ and read through it, started taking her life coaching classes in January and later added the business coaching classes. Her second non-fiction book came out and I had pre-ordered that. I have not read it completely through but am working on that. Goals.
Rachel takes you through different aspects of you as a person allowing you to realize certain things about yourself with her life coaching classes. I have learned so much about my self from these classes that it will be sad when they are over come the end of the year.
If you haven’t heard of Rachel Hollis, you might want to check out her website and get on board with her infectious positivity.
I know many of you don't use planners on a daily or monthly basis. Perhaps just a calendar on the wall by the refrigerator that holds all of the necessary details of you and your family's life. I am a planner user and I have mentioned before that I use the Passion Planner.
Why? I use a paper planner because it is relaxing to sit down on Sunday afternoon and plan out the week. I think about what I may make for dinner with the groceries bought on Friday evening or Saturday morning, I plan out any time I need for editing or writing, I include my gratitude journaling. That is just in the weekly section of the planner. The monthly calendar I actually use stickers for each bill and write next to that bill when its paid. I can put those stickers right on the due dates. I include birthdays, anniversaries, and vacations.
I tried bullet journaling for a bit when I was still in college a few years ago and that took too much time to draw out each month and day and all the other collections that avid bullet journal users - use. If you can make a bullet journal work for you - great!
I have a board of pins for planners and it includes any kind of planning, organization, and even how to be more productive. I like the ideas and once in a while I try to implement one or two into my planner.
Ideas are a great resource for eveyday life. Not to be negative, but the only frustrating part about some of these pins is that the authors of those blogs are usually stay at home moms and not those that work the 9-5 out of the home jobs. I believe that stay at home moms work hard all day everyday, but sometimes those of that have to leave home for work need posts that reach us and understand us.
So not only on my blog will I talk about writing, I will try to include posts that reach those of us moms and wives that venture out of the house to work that dreadful 9-5 or for those of us who are empty nesters or even retired. We all want to be retired before we are tired. ;)
Those of you who use wall calendars, keep it up. Those of you who use paper planners like me - keep it up as well. Life gets crazy and we all need to know where we are and where we are headed to next!
I apologize for being MIA for too many days. Friday, June 7, I had my gallbladder removed. If anyone tells you that having gallbladder surgery is a fast recovery, they are crazy. You also need help at home which I have been fortunate to have my husband home with me over the weekend and at my beckon call the past two days. I tried going to work yesterday and got too wore out for a whopping hour and a half. The pain meds don’t allow you to drive or work because you get quite drowsy. Today I took the day off to try to get through the day without the pain meds so I can go to work the rest of the week. I am the only one trained at my 9 to 5 to do my work. I am also fortunate to have bosses that understand and allow me to stay home.
I recently read an article on Pinterest about writing your novel on paper. I did that with my first WIP and by the time I was done (or so I thought) my hand was so tired I chose to not do all my writing by hand ever again. I do agree that at some point it is good because writing by hand on actual lined paper keeps you from editing or being your worst critic as you go along. You can write freely.
My plan is to implement some form of my writing from handwritten to laptop and adding in the writing binder to keep my notes organized. Remember to write how you write. If a laptop is more comfortable for you then do that. Many writers use Scrivener and I have yet to figure it out but am working on it with my next WIP. Getting my notes in Scrivener may help me be organized to perhaps write the story I want to tell within Scrivener.
There is not right or wrong way to get your story out – just write!
Does a writer really need to be organized when writing a novel? Some would say yes. I can honestly say I have not been super organized with my materials. I have kept my manuscript on an 8GB flash drive that I carry with me everywhere. It has pictures, research, and other notes needed. I have also emailed my self helpful websites or websites that would aid in research.
Some writers have a binder to keep all their writing organized. I did not do this with my first WIP, but I may try it for the next one. I have started to gather details on what should be included in a writing binder and here is a great blog that will help get you started. Alyse Bailey created this blog post to help writers keep organized from research to editing. She provides a detail step by step process on how to set up the binder. I intend to try this and will let you know how it goes.
Who has a writing schedule? If you work a 9-5 job, then you probably need one or have set times aside to write. I have never utilized a writing schedule before, but I have fallen into the habit of writing every chance I get from after my 9-5 job to Sunday’s. I don’t write on Saturdays as that is the day my husband and I do our shopping and just be together. Sunday is laundry and cleaning day (mornings) then I write in the afternoon. Robyn Roste gives a great description on her blog to set up and create a writing schedule in three easy steps. Check it out!
I do not have good writing habits . . . yet! But I am working on it as I continue to edit my current WIP and look forward to writing my second. K.M. Weiland provides some habits of successful writers that perhaps we could all benefit from. She has also authored some books that help in getting your novel off the ground from outlining to character creating.
Let’s work on these ways of organization and see how some of them can fit into our daily lives as writers. We all have different lives from children still at home to empty nesters. I am sure we all can use some of these suggestions.
Happy writing! 😊