Adventures in Writing: Part 2

Hello, hello! Wow, it has been a really long time. I am so bad at keeping a blog updated, but I am back and determined to do this!

Alright, since the last time I wrote, A LOT has happened. I queried a few agents over the summer, but nothing came of it. About a month after I sent the letters, I started really considering self-publishing. So, it did not bother me to receive a couple rejections. I’ve been working a lot more in the indie community this year, and I really just felt like it was the right choice for me. And I still do.

As my first book, The Nihryst means a lot to me, and I like the idea of being totally in control of how it is put out into the world. With the guidance of some amazing friends, I am officially self-publishing my books!

Since deciding this, I have edited and revised the entire book twice, hired an editor, and have a custom cover in the works! The manuscript was sent to the editor a week ago, and I should be hearing from the cover artist any day now with her sketches and design ideas. I am so so excited!

A lot still has to happen before publishing, though. I need to set up an account on Amazon, add the book to Goodreads, create teasers once I get the cover, schedule the cover reveal and release, and there are more things I want to do for promotion, such as put together a blog tour and attempt to do some sort of release event (yep, I’m going all out because I’m that extra) and maybe some signings. Who knew writing was the easy part? I need a personal assistant for all this… Think one of my sister’s will do it in exchange for me already paying for Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix? Unlikely.

~More about my book~

Tangled/Robin Hood retelling with pirates!

The Nihryst is the first in a YA/NA fantasy trilogy about two royal siblings fighting the clock to save their kingdom from their own father. Princess Adalina sets sail with a group, whom she quickly realizes is pirates, to search for lost immortal warriors from her childhood fairy tales. Meanwhile, Prince Shane stumbles across an underground rebellion and tries to help them stop a plague spreading throughout their streets.

I do not have dates yet, but I am aiming for the whole trilogy to release in 2020, with the first book coming out in March!

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Adventures in Writing: Part 1

As of January 31, 2019, I have officially finished the first draft of my first full-length novel! Hence this series. I thought it would be neat to not only document my journey but share what I learn along the way. I’ll also share sneak peaks of my work and things that have inspired me along the way.

It all started with a dream. I know, cliché, but it’s completely true. I have always had the most random, usually-weird dreams. Back in mid-October, 2018, I woke up from a dream of pirates and cursed fae. It was somewhere between A Court of Thorns and Roses and Pirates of the Caribbean. The fae were stranded on an island and I was traveling with pirates to find and save them. I told you–super random. I woke up, wrote down the names and details I could remember in my phone, then fell back asleep.

I got up and went about my day, forgetting about the dream until much later. By the time I remembered, a lot of the dream was fuzzy, but the key details were still there with one particular name sticking out: Nihryst. This was the name of the fae, though I also referred to them as the Night Court in my dream because the ACOTAR obsession is so real, my friends.

With the help of the barely-comprehensible notes in my phone, I began writing. I started and I couldn’t stop. I wrote 31,000 words in a week. There was an excitement I had when writing this story that I’d never felt before. The story felt more original and creative than my others, and I was proud to have come up with such an idea.

And I’m still proud! It has grown so much since I began. There are now two POVs and a whole subplot that didn’t exist during those first two months of writing. I had this vague plot for the main character, but once I started focusing on another, the story deepened and really took off. The original story is still very much there as the focus, but with the other characters and stories added, the whole thing is rounded out more.

I really love my story, and I hope others will, too. I was advised to “step away” from it for a while after finishing the first draft, but I’m eager to jump back in. It’s been about a week and a half and I already want to start editing.

There is a long road ahead of me, but I’m hopeful and excited. Never in a million years did I think I’d be here. I plan on writing about my experiences, dilemmas, and accomplishments here along the way. Maybe we’ll learn a few things together!

Without further ado, a working synopsis of The Nihryst:

Throughout her life, Princess Adalina grew up hearing stories about the legendary group of immortal warriors, called the Nihryst, who were cursed and abandoned by her ancestors on an unknown island over a century earlier. As an adult, Ada overhears a plot that threatens her kingdom and their treaties with allying countries. After hiring a crew of sailors, she sets off in search of the Nihryst with hopes that they might be able to help save her people and that she can keep her childhood vow to break their curse. The sailors don’t know Ada is the princess or what exactly she’s looking for, and she doesn’t know that they are actually pirates. Together, they fight against their secrets and each other as time quickly dwindles, threatening everyone she loves.

About Me

Hello! I’m Caitlin–reader, writer, Hufflepuff, and cookie enthusiast! I have loved reading my entire life, however, writing is a completely different story.

I am a full-time online student, attending Southern New Hampshire University in pursuit of my BA in Forensic Psychology, with minors in English Language and Literature and Criminal Justice. I’m also active within the school’s online community, where I am a Peer Leader, the Vice President of the Book Club, and the Secretary of the Psychology Club. I just applied to be a Peer Tutor, too. I like to keep busy obviously!

In the fall of 2015, I decided I wanted to write my own fiction book so that I could put everything I wanted in it. Until that point in my life, all I had ever written were papers for school–which I hated. I also kept a poorly-written, boring blog that basically served as a journal.

On a whim, I joined a writing group in December 2016. I began writing nonfiction articles and quickly worked my way up to being a team editor. When a fellow editor decided to create her own writing community, I quickly jumped on board and joined Coffee House Writers (CHW) in June 2017, leaving the other group. I am now a Chief Operations Officer, an Assistant Editor, the Advertising Supervisor, and a Writer for CHW. Through CHW, I typically write nonfiction, but in my free time I write fiction.

I am currently working on a variety of YA/NA fiction stories. I have started and stopped at least half a dozen stories in the last three years. In November 2017, I participated in my first NaNoWriMo and wrote a short story that goes with that original series I first started with. It was my first completed story, though it still needs a lot of editing.

In October 2018, I began writing a completely new story based on a dream (I have the most random dreams). Within the first week I wrote 31,000 words. I had never felt such excitement about writing. As of January 31, 2019, the first draft of my first full-length novel is complete. Thus, this blog was created to write about that journey, share my experiences, and keep people updated.

If I’m not working on any of this, I’m probably reading. I’ve always loved reading, but in the last couple years it has turned into an obsession. I love books so much that I started Functionally Fictional. I put together a small team to review books; I also write other book blog posts and promote books.

Functionally Fictional takes up most of my spare time, but I can also be found frequently binge-watching Doctor Who, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, or re-watching Harry Potter for the 700th time. I’m also a concert addict, I love to paint, and I love blaring and singing along to musical soundtracks when I have the house to myself.

I am excited to start this “Adventures in Writing” series. As someone who had little knowledge about writing and the publishing world until recently, I’m learning as I go. It is my hope that sharing my journey will help another writer, or at least inspire them to keep trying!

Happy Writing!