Update and Catch Up

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Hey everyone, as you can tell my 2 blogs a week goal isn’t going so well, so I’m going to be playing catch up. My blog post “Create Chapters, They Said. It’ll Be Fun. They Said” and this post will count for the 2 posts for the first week of October. Additionally I will be trying my hardest to write 5 more to make up for the month of September. 

Between the 7th and 14th of October I will be making a post a day to catch up for September and stay updated on the October posts. After the 14th (if I don’t miss a day) hopefully I will be returning to my 2 posts per week. 

Moving onto the update. I am close to finishing my outline. It will hopefully only take a few days of concentrated work to finish it. With my work schedule I am hoping by the end of October I will have the outline done and I can start the actually writing. 

As for my goals. I have a doctors appointment made so there will be one things crossed off my list soon. 

Forgive any grammatical errors or typos. I’ve been doing today’s posts on my phone. 

Thanks for reading, 

– Lalia LaRose 

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Autumn Quarterly Goals

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Hey everyone, so this quarter is going to be a bit different. I’ve decided to try something knew when it comes to my list of goals. I’m going to make a list of 10 main goals I want to achieve 100%. Then I will also have a bonus list of 5 side goals that won’t be a main focus, but can still get done.

Main Goals:

  1. Get a check up!
  2. Write 2 blogs a week.
  3. Make a budget.
  4. Follow the budget.
  5. Finish in-depth LQoT outline.
  6. Start rewrite.
  7. Improve marketing. (ask for help if need be)
  8. Do at least 1 productive thing a day.
  9. Allow time for fun.
  10. Above all else, self-care.

Bonus Goals:

  1. Keep making art.
  2. Pay off my credit.
  3. Read at least 2 books.
  4. Try to make bed everyday.
  5. Enjoy the holidays.

This time around I have added in more general life goals that I want to carry through not only this quarter but for life. Number 5 on my bonus list is not an easy goal, no matter how it seems. Since losing my sister in April my family and I are going through a lot of first’s without her. This will be our first Thanksgiving without her.

Sorry for the delay and thank you for reading,

Lalia LaRose

Summer Quarterly Goals REVIEW

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It’s been almost two weeks since September started and so it’s about time I get this done. I will be counting half marks for some of these since I did get a least half of the goal completed.

  1. Make a schedule. Completed, but fell apart after my grandma’s death. .5
  2. Go for check up. Failed. 0
  3. Read some books. I’ve start a couple of books, but haven’t finished them. 0
  4. Write some poetry. Failed. 0
  5. Finish second draft of novel. Sort of completed. 
  6. Prepare and post excerpt from novel. Completed. 1
  7. Make basic outline for future novels. Did not get to it. 0
  8. Write three blogs per week. Started strong then fell apart. .5
  9. Do some art. Completed! 1
  10. Research how to improve marketing. Completed. 1
  11. Improve marketing. Completed, for the most part. Just need consistency. .5
  12. Prep for LQoT rewrite. Half way. .5
  13. Budget for summer. Failed. 0
  14. Don’t over stress. Completed. 1
  15. Have some fun. Completed. 1

So here are the results: 7/15

I did not accomplish half or more than half the goals. I was just shy of halfway. It is what it is and I just need to try harder this next quarter.

Thanks for reading,

– Lalia LaRose

Ferx

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The capital of Ferx is located in the mountains of Bormons and is known to be a mighty fortress that towers over the peak of the mountain that it is built on. Here is the story of its creation:

The fortress of Ferx was built with the aide of dragons. The first Lord of Bormons, Hareld Ferx, demanded a permanent abode, unlike the nomads of Bormons. He offered jewels and gold to those who would help him build his great home, but the nomadic people of Bormons did not rely on riches to live.

Enticed by the reward, three dragons came to Lord Hareld. Among them was the Iron Dragon. Hareld made a pact with the dragons and shortly after construction began. To build the great fortress he envisioned Lord Hareld would need to use the strongest steel.

The dragons used their own scales and infused them with steel that they created with dragon fire, thus Dragon Steel was created. Dragon Steel made walls so strong and so high that they towered over mountain peaks. It took Lord Herald and the dragons six years to complete the fortress of Ferx.

When the dragons demanded their payment the Lord of Bormons retreated into his fortress and refused to pay. The enraged dragons surrounded Ferx and bathed the fortress in dragon fire. The fortress forged by the dragons withstood the attack and the Lord was unharmed. One of the three dragons flew home and vowed never to help a human again.

The two dragons that remained scared away any who approached the great fortress. The Iron Dragon was known to eat many who wandered too close to Ferx. One day a beautiful woman approached the fortress and begged for them to let her pass, for the woman was with child and needed shelter. To the Iron Dragon’s disapproval, his young companion let the woman pass, but only if she swore to deliver Lord Ferx to them.

Agreeing to the terms, the woman was permitted entrance into the fortress. The two dragons waited many nights for the woman to keep her promise. Until one day the dragons heard a terrible cry and a babe was thrown from the fortress. The young dragon caught the infant and hid it from the Iron Dragon.

Only a few nights later the gates of Ferx opened. The woman pushed Lord Herald to the dragons. The young dragon left the Lord and took the mother, with her baby. They flew away leaving the lord at the mercy of the Iron Dragon. The dragon told Herald, “Give me all your riches and I will spare your life.” The shaking lord agreed and in the time of two nights he emptied his fortress of all his treasure. He presented his fortune to the Iron Dragon.

“I will take that which was promised to me ten years ago,” Said the Iron Dragon, “And pay you back with the same treachery you’ve shown me.”

The dragon’s jaws opened with a roar, before he ate Lord Hareld whole. The deceitful Lord met the fiery acid of the dragon’s stomach and melted into nothing. The Iron Dragon took his riches and retreated home, leaving Ferx empty.

Thank you for reading,

Lalia LaRose

Welcome to Terrivea

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Welcome to Terrivea a country made up of five lands: Bormons, Sylvespa, Lamaust, Avortium, and Medirus.

Astar is the capital of Terrivea. The royal palace and the portal both reside here.

Bormons is known for being a mountainous region with nomadic people. The capital of Bormons is the fortress of Ferx.

Sylvespa is a heavily forested region where the villages are secluded. Aurbor is the capital of Sylvespa.

Lamaust is known for the swamps that cover over half the land, along with the stand-offish Tree People. The capital of the wetlands is Demros.

Avortium resides in the Great Desert of Nalia, where the Brotherhood of Solani is the hand of justice. Sabucas is the urban centre of this arid land.

Medirus is the centre of the country and is blanketed by fields. Castilla is the capital and is the heart of the military.

This is Terrivea the main setting for my book The Last Queen of Terrivea. I plan to upload posts with more details about the lands and capitals of Terrivea, along with the people who live there.

Thank you for reading,

– Lalia LaRose 

Book Update (including a life update)

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Hey guys and girls, thought I should give you an update on how The Last Queen of Terrivea is coming alone. Still on the second draft, which entails writing in large chunks of story to fill in the plot points that I have added. The next step is to rearrange my current manuscript to reflect the changes I made to the plot. Once I’ve rearranged, filled in blanks, and make a list of my common mistakes to avoid, I will be moving onto the next step.

The rewrite. Probably going to be one the most daunting tasks thus far. Let me be clear, I’m not rewriting my manuscript because it’s unfixable or horrible. I am rewriting my manuscript because I know that I can make it even better that way. In the same amount of time that it would take to fix everything up (including all my boring/mediocre prose), I could rewrite it. The rewrite will also help teach myself how to avoid some of my most common mistakes while writing. Two birds one stone.

After the rewrite I plan to look through the novel, again, and find anything I missed, should add, or should change with the plot further. At this point I hope that there are only minimal plot changes and that my characters are on point. Then I can look at some smaller aspects that might need tweaking, like scenes and prose that need some life. Dialogue and descriptions will probably be on that list as well.

From there it’s redrafting and editing until the manuscript sings.

Now, for the life update.

I’ve been laid off of my day job. Due to budget cuts and union bumps, I will no longer hold my position at the end of June. It’s unfortunate, but life goes on. I will be looking for new positions and in the meanwhile I will be on the casual list. If I cannot find a new position I can remain on the casual list and focus on my novel in the meantime.

Thanks for reading,

-Lalia LaRose

The Last Queen of Terrivea (sneak peek)

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Please keep in mind I am still working on my second draft, so this sneak peek is a glimpse into the rough first draft of my novel. 

“I should get ready to return home,” Ophelia smiled at Saxon, “I had a wonderful evening, thank you.”

“I’ll walk you to where you need to go,” he offered.

“Okay,” Lia nodded.

They walked to Sarah’s room and stopped to ask a maid to tell Sarah that she was getting ready to leave. When they arrived at Sarah’s door, Saxon lifted Ophelia’s hand and gave it a soft kiss.

“Have a safe journey home,” he smiled, “I hope to see you again soon.”

“Same to you,” she felt her cheeks heat up.

He tucked a loose lock of hair behind her ear, before she turned and entered her cousin’s bedroom. She went to the changing screen and stuffed her clothes into her large purse. She had just closed her bag, when she heard a loud thud. She turned and walked to the door with her purse in a tight grasp. She opened it to see that Saxon had a man pinned against the wall with a hunting knife against the man’s throat.

“What are you doing?” Ophelia’s body stiffened.

Saxon looked at her with a steely glare, but as soon as their eyes met his gaze softened, “Don’t-”

“Father!”

Ophelia looked passed Saxon and the man to see Sarah standing in the hallway. Lia then looked at the man and realized that he was the King, her uncle. However, he didn’t look shocked or scared. He held a cold stare at Saxon, before he turned his blue eyes towards Ophelia. His eyes narrowed on her, which caused a cold shiver to climb up her spine. He looked back at Saxon.

“So you’re here to assassinate me boy?”

“That’s right,” Saxon sneered.

I hoped you enjoyed! Sorry for being late for Monday’s post, but here it is! 

Thanks for reading,

-Lalia LaRose