What’s Up Wednesday/Ready Set Write #1

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Good Morning! I hope you’re all have a not so “stuck in the mud” humpday As a part of Ready. Set. Write. I’m participating in my first of many What’s Up Wednesday posts where I tell you what’s going on in my life ๐Ÿ™‚

What I’m Reading

Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)
It’s a great Adult Fantasy novel by the fabulous Fantasy author Richelle Mead. It’s just the break from YA I needed. ย It’s reminding me how much I like Adult novels for what they do that YA doesn’t. This doesn’t apply as much since YA is becoming quite the crossover category, but I love the depth of this world, how Mead can feel comfortable to plunge us right into the world with no explanations whatsover…yes YA does that but not as well because YA readers aren’t that patient for the most part. Like seriously, I know almost nothing and I love it. Here’s the blurb:
In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the militaryโ€™s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Check back for my review sometime this weekend!

What I’m Writing

My WIP — that I’m going to finish rewriting as a part of Ready. Set. Write. — BLOOD OF ISIS, a YA Contemporary Fantasy. The first draft ended at about 47,000 words with 58,000 in the latest. I suspect this draft will be longer as I know it’s going to include more things.

What changes have I made?

Well… while Aziza is still 17 & finds out she’s the descendant of the Egyptian Goddess Isis, the entire story now take splace over the course of four days…yikes! Also it’s all set in Egypt whereas before, Part One was at their boarding school in Boston and Part Two was in Egypt. ย I did this because I got some great advice that I needed to take out the convenient”ness” of everyone ending up in Cairo so now they’re participating in a pre-college, two-week summer program they’ve all been invited to attend ๐Ÿ™‚


Getting killed isnโ€™t likely for the first day of a pre-college summer program. But thatโ€™s exactly what almost happens to seventeen-year-old Aziza Harper when she receives a mysterious jewel, from an old woman in Cairo, and is attacked by a classmate who sprouts a lionโ€™s head and turns into the ruthless Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet.

To make matters worse, her grandma disappears and Aziza is dragged from the trashed apartment by teenagers claiming to be descendants of Egyptian deities. They are the Peacekeepers, members of the Order of Maโ€™at โ€” an ancient society charged with keeping the balance between the mortal world and the world of the gods. To her dismay, Aziza is the one theyโ€™ve been waiting for, the heir of Isis, the one to whom the Blood of Isis, an ancient jewel holding Isisโ€™ blood โ€” with the power to give and take away life โ€” will appear. The descendant fated to defeat the power-hungry god Seth thus restoring peace to the cosmos by ending a centuries old war between the agents of chaos and those of the light.

Now Aziza her newfound companions have until her eighteen birthday โ€” four days away โ€” to find the Eye of Horus and Eye of Ra. Two amulets that when combined with Isisโ€™ blood will have the power to lock away Sethโ€™s body and soul, forever. But to succeed, defeating Seth is not all Aziza must do; she must learn to trust in herself and her companions to find the real source of the chaos, the one who try to destroy them all.

Also donโ€™t forget to read the newly updated first chapter!

What Else I’ve Been Up To

Let’s see…I’m at my college all summer because I’m one of two students who are in charge of planning the first-year orientation, so that’s a bit exciting. However that means 1. This is my first summer away from home for the entirety (so it’s a little odd because although I attend a college far from home usually the summer is my time to reunite with the fam) 2. unlike inlast summer where I had a lot of free time and could write for at least half of the time I was at work now, during the week, I can only write when I get back to my dorm (a single…finally!!!) which means I end up staying up late to write since I just can’t stop thinking about my WIP! Luckily I have the weekends.

But yeah, it’s nice being alone but it’s kind of weird, especially after people leave my room/quiet down in the dorm and it’s just the sound of me, typing or talking to myself as I try to work through a scene.

It looks like I might get my tattoo this month (more details to follow). I’ve been thinking about it for a while, a Sankofa bird which means a lot to me and my family, on my inner wrist.

I’ve also been reading a lot, I have tons of books to read & review, and I need to get caught up on Game of Thrones, I’m on season 3, Episode 3 or 4 (…at least I’m on the most recent season).

I’m getting ready to start my summer health plan, it’s really important for me to stay/get in shape and eat healthy especially since I’m planning on a career as a writer, which although what I love to do isn’t necessarily a career that comes with a full retirement/pension/health care package. Also staying healthy is directly important now as a writer since the healthier and happier I am the more attention I can devote to my writing & reading ๐Ÿ™‚

What Inspires Me Right Now

This quote:

It’s literally my writing and possible my life motto. As I promised myself in January, 2013 is the year of me, as such I have to not be afraid to fail. Failure is the true path to success. Rewriting this story has taught me so much. It’s taught me to not be afraid to start something one way then change it to another, better way. I really think writing has made me into a ย more adventurous, happier, and complete person.

This guy:

Yep, that’s my daddy. He’s one of the strongest, most amazing people I know. He, even if he was afraid, has never shown that fear to his children, and even at forty-something continues to follow and accomplish his dreams. You know, people really don’t follow their dreams, and me being a daddy’s girl and all I think if he hadn’t followed his I’m not sure if I’d be doing what I’m doing now. But he always has pushed me to do what I want to do and not force myself to follow a conventional path. Anyway…more on his awesomeness for my Father’s Day post, since I’m away from him and all.

And… my siblings, because as the oldest (of five!), it’s really important to me for me to build on my father’s teachings and show them that you really can do what you want to do with your life now instead of waiting until your old and gray and eighty…like does that make any sense??? Not to tell them that if you wait you’re going to fail, that’s false, but more to encourage them to ignore their fears (false evidence appearing real as my dad says) and go for their dreams!

What have you been up to lately?

Whimsically Yours,


–Don’t forget to wear pink!

18 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday/Ready Set Write #1

  1. Your WiP sounds amazing, Patrice! I envy people who have the type of creativity necessary to write fantasy — I definitely do not. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, keep us posted on your tattoo endeavors. I really want another one, but my husband hates them. I might just get the one I want anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Katy! Haha, I envy people who can write contemporary, I can never stay in this world…my mind is always wondering ๐Ÿ™‚ Will do as to the tattoo, we’ll see if I end up with it! And I get that, my parents don’t like them either ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I am such a huge fan of Richelle Mead – I love her adult books more than I love her YA books. BUT I’m afraid of starting that one, because I read some horrible reviews about it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Let me know what you think!
    Dude! My 1st ms ever featured a college girl who went back in time, to Ancient Egypt, and she was a reincarnation of Ma’at!! lol I always say I need to rewrite it cause I love that story sooooo much.
    Love that quote!

    • Me too, she is such a talented author and her talent really comes out in her Adult novels. I’ll be posting a review in a couple days but I say go for it…I have a feeling the reviews might say it’s bad because she literally tells you nothing. It’s like a puzzle, information is revealed only when necessary/absolutely the right moment therefore readers, especially readers of her YA (since that’s what has garnered her a lot of interest) reading Gameboard of the Gods probably don’t like it because it’s different. I, however, love it.

      I think you should definitely go back to it, who knows…mine and yours could become companion novels (there’s a girl in one of mine descended from Ma’at but they’re all in High School still). I’d love to beta read it for you if/when you do go back to it because I love mythology & there isn’t enough of it out there ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I love your inspirational section! So sweet of you to include your family, and that quote about failing better is great. Definitely a good perspective to keep, especially when the going gets tough.

    I love that your WIP has so much Egyptian mythology in it. I’m a huge mythology geek (though Greek is my area of knowledge), so it’s always exciting to hear stories that riff off myth, folklore, and fairy tales. Good luck with your revisions, and thank you so much for your encouraging words about ‘Luck’! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! I love my family ๐Ÿ™‚

      Interestingly enough I probably know more Greek mythology (aka tons more…uber nerd here). Egyptian mythology can be so hard especially since there’s not as much, it’s not as popular, gods crossover more, however it’s for exactly that reason I love it and the challenge of creating a world wrapped around it. Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. LOVE the story blurb! So excited for you and your goals in Ready. Set. WRITE! And love this: “Failure is the true path to success.” AGREED!

    • Haha, I’m glad you loved the blurb…it took a lot of hair pulling to get it where it is (& I’m sure it still needs some trimming. Glad to be a part of it & have inspired you ๐Ÿ™‚ Best of luck with your goals & thanks for stopping by!!!!

  5. Glad you’re joining R.S.W! That adult novel sounds amazing and your MS sounds really cool as well! Can’t wait to see what everyone accomplishes this summer. :0)

    • Thanks for stopping by & I’m glad you like my MS! I’m in love with Gameboard of the Gods, I already highly recommend it…every detail is so well thought out. I agree, it’s going to be really nice to see everyone’s accomplishments ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!!!

  6. My mom’s name is Patrice. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your WIP sounds fascinating, and your Ready. Set. WRITE! goal of finishing it up is great. I’m hoping to finish revisions on my WIP while drafting another. It’s too bad you’ll be away from family all summer, but what you’re doing sounds really interesting! And just think how awesome all of those quiet evenings will be for your writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Really? that’s so cool, it’s not often I hear of other Patrices! Thanks I’m glad you like it, I can’t wait until it’s done…thankfully R. S. W. seems like the push I need to finish it! I think you definitely can complete your goals, I’d like to also begin drafting another novel, at the very least as a mental break from my current WIP.

      As for the alone time, I’m getting used to it and it is nice having time and space to myself to write ๐Ÿ™‚

      Good luck on your writing goals!

  7. Oooh, I remember your book from WriteOnCon last year! Good luck with your drafting process!

    Your Dad looks awesome! HE CAN FLY! :O

    I like to switch off YA every now and then. Change is good!

    • Wow. so glad to hear you remember BOI! Glad to know I’m not a lonely YA traitor lol & yeah he’s pretty much superman. Thanks for the well wishes and good luck to you with your writing as well!

  8. So happy to hear you’re hard at work on BLOOD OF ISIS! I remember it from writoncon and it sounds like you’ve made some fantastic changes already. I’m also taking my first steps to working on my writoncon ms again during Ready. Set. WRITE! so I’m glad to have the company. Best of luck to you!

    • Hi!! So glad you stopped by ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m super excited to finally finish my newest draft, I really think it’s going to make the book so much better. So glad to hear you’re working on your write on con ms too, it’s often hard to go back to an old ms but I’m definitely seeing it paying off. Glad we’re in the same boat & best of luck to you as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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