My Writing Ritual – NaNoWriMo 2017

And so it begins…  Week one of the greatest writing challenge of all year…  Drum roll please for the famous, the excellent, the maddenly over-hyped NANOWRIMO!  Just kidding I’m as excited as anyone. 😛

Why Do I Write?

I’m a strong believer in honestly, even in fiction.

Hi! I’m Hope Pennington and last year I published my first young adult fantasy novel about a teenage boy getting thrown into a cleche fairytale. I’ve been writing scifi and fantasy fiction ever since I was nine and reading it even before then. Teething on book like The Lord of The Rings and Narnia, nothing I read after that ever really satisfied me. All the new ya fantasies seemed so cleche, cheesy and dishonest.

Even in a world with spaceships and dragons if you create two dimensional characters with no soul and no voice of their own, in my opinion, you’re being dishonest to the truth of humanity, besides the point that it just makes them pretty boring.

It’s shocking to me the amount of New York Times bestselling YA fantasy novels that are filled with flat characters and cleche plot twists. The beauty of reading and writing to me is that you get to live in someone else’s skin, experience new thing, understand other people a little better.

If every young adult novel is filled with the same two hot teenagers aren’t we missing the whole point?

Eventually I decided if I can’t find any good new books to read I’ll just have to write some. I wrote a couple other fantasy novels before I wrote fairytale and there was this thing I couldn’t put my finger on that I needed to put into all of them. I wanted my characters to feel. I wanted them to break. I wanted them to experience things and react the way they really would. I wanted it feel new, uncomfortable, like you were meeting someone new.

My number one writing rule is that after I create my characters whatever they do I have to record. I can’t just make them do this or that if it’s not honest to who they are as a character and if a character hasn’t come alive with his or her own personality I can’t use them in a story.

The one way any book I read becomes a favorite is if there’s that moment of connection to the main character where you see him or her in all their flawed, vulnerability and I see a part of me. I’d kill to read more books like that but meanwhile I’ll keep writing them because if I’m honest my characters are some of my best friends and I love spending time with all of them.

Moving to Austin!

I’ve taken off into the world and things came together so perfectly that my hopes are finally rising.  This is gonna be a good chapter of my life.  I welcome this holiday season with open arms.

Life Update

There are a lot of exciting changes happening right now!  Books are almost release ready, I’m moving across the state, buying a car, just so many things I’ve been dreaming about for forever!

My New Favorite Glasses

A few weeks ago I went on a little shopping spree, as you do, and didn’t have a ton of money to spend on myself but I wanted to get myself something special.  It’s really rewarding when you don’t have a lot of money to just celebrate your super saving resolve by getting little treats now and then.

My Mom asked me what I might want to buy for this little treat-myself day and I suddenly remembered these glasses I have been looking for FOR-EVER.

If you now me you might know that I’m obsessed with aesthetic, especially Instagram aesthetic and Tumblr aesthetic.

Yes.  I’m one of those people.  I’m sorry.

But be that as it might, every cute, nerdy, intelligent looking, make-up-freckled girl on Instagram has these round over-sized glasses.  You’ve seen the Snapchat filter, you know what I’m talking about:  Round, over-sized, adorable superfluous metal rimmed glasses.

As much as I pride myself in being a snobbish hipster who isn’t swayed by trends I was swayed by this one and I couldn’t seem to find them anywhere.

This, I decided, was the thing to buy, if we could find it.  I think it’s been around for awhile now, so I was sure someone would have it.   Just in case I didn’t find my darlings I bought “Be More Chill” at Barns and Noble on the way over.  I didn’t want the day to be a total botch and if you’re not aware every self respecting bookworm/theater nerd has read that so I figured being the aspiring bookstagramer that I am it was a must.

By the end of the day my Mom and I had peeked into pretty much every store in the mall only to find the trends I didn’t get and/or price tags that made me consider only shopping resale for the rest of my life, but at the end of the mall was the ever faithful Forever 21 and lo and behold there they were.  There were only two pair left, but there they sat as proud as an over-filtered Instagram photo the round, metal rimmed glasses and I do believe I squealed like a kid in a candy store.

Long story short I bought them and they looked on point, it fulfilled all my Instagram look-alike model dreams so I did a quick online search to discover they’re only getting more popular.  Your chances of finding these aesthetic beauties seems better than ever, and while the hipster part of me grumbles that if it’s that popular it’s not cool anymore, another side of me is secretly glad that there may be a lot more metal rimmed glasses in my future.

Here’s to being superficial every now and then treating yourself to something that makes you feel smart and savy.

Until next time hero, stay epic.

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