Recap and future things//many words about The WIP//Camp NaNo happenings

*logs onto blog* WAIT WHAT. No, this can’t be right. I haven’t blogged since February? Where, eh, where did all of my posts from the last 4 months go? >.> They should be here somewhere?

Heh. Okay. So, life’s been crazy. You all know how it is. It doesn’t help that I’m 18 now, and graduated, so you know, #adulting. (It’s painful) I swear I haven’t been neglecting the Blog Baby, it’s just I’ve been so busy, I haven’t been graced with the time to sit down and be faithful with it. But that changes, starting now. I hope to have a blog post at least every other week, starting this month. I KNOW THE WAIT MUST HAVE BEEN AGONIZING, REALLY. BUT IT’S ALL BETTER NOW, FEAR NOT. ^_^

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Anyway. Onto actual blog things. To start off, I thought I’d give a brief recap and what’s been going on with me (if you even care a little. If not, keep scrollingggg, no hurt feelings here!).

~I GRADUATED. Yes, yes, I know! Much excitement! It was quite glorious and awfully grand. My reception was book-themed. It was so pleasing to this book-dragon’s heart. There was so much vintage-ness (vintagity? vintagial?) and many Tolkien and Lewis quotes and even some from Mary Weber*. High school is over, adulting ahead. Let the Hunger Games begin.

*If you do not know who Mary Weber is, you obviously have not spent 10 minutes with me or seen any of my tweets…(you must fix this)

~I’M GOING TO COLLEGE. I literally got my acceptance letter/schedule this week, so this is fairly recent news. But still, YAY. I will be studying psychology with a minor (for now) in photo journalism, with plans to be a clinical counselor for children. Yes, I love every little munchkin I’ve ever met and want to keep them all. (Nope. You know what, that’s too creepy. Let’s disregard that entire last sentence, yeah? Okay, good.) It’s destined that I work with them and help them out anyway I can!

~I’M GOING TO REALM MAKERS. Yes, that’s right, I’M GOING TO BE WITH MY PEOPLE. *screech of a thousand pterodactyls* I’ll be hitting the road (or taking flight, not sure yet) in 3 weeks to my very first writers’ conference. AND I WILL SEE SOME OF MY FRIENDS, TOO. INCLUDING NADINE BRANDES. REMEMBER HER??? I have no chill about any of this. (If you don’t know what Realm Makers is, you can find out here!)

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Well, I suppose that’s all the really important things to recap on. Life’s been crazy, full of writing and adventures with friends, and learning day by day how Big and Gracious and Loving my Jesus is. But now…now we must talk about writerly things.

Oh yes. Here. We. Go.

For several, several months now I’ve been working on a story called These the Restorers. It’s YA epic fantasy, all those good titles, but this story. This story means something to me. For you writers out there, you know when you write stories, and they’re all good and fun, but then you write that one. That one story that sticks with you, demands your undivided attention, opens up worlds of potential, and ultimately matures you as a writer? The story of your heart?

That’s the story I’m writing about. (And obsessively making a pinterest board for)

I won’t bug with you with all my flailing over how much I completely adore this story (yes, writers, it’s okay to be obsessed and in love with your own work…it’s your brain child, after all), but I will give you a brief summary.

*cracks knuckles* Let’s do this.

Kaelan Gavern has lived in the Graylands all her life, stripped of any real humanity. The wars dividing her world and the Tones, the entities that create color and keep them in harmony, has left her bitter, without peace. When she’s forced to leave her home, she and her brother Arec, who can’t ever seem to find a downside to anything, meet a mysterious woman who tells them that the wars can be stopped and the Tones can be restored to the way they once were–the way they should be.

And it’s entirely up to Kaelan. Now, the fate of the Tones, her people in the Graylands, and the warring kingdoms are balanced on her shoulders.

*collapses for a year* THAT WAS SO STRESSFUL. I’ve never publically shared what this story is about, so I just need you to love it, okay? I need everyone to be nice and precious humans and only tell me how amazing it sounds. I’M NOT READY FOR ANYTHING ELSE. (Don’t judge it by the blurb, seriously they’re my kryptonite and I loathe them with a passion, they suck and I suck at writing them. The story isn’t half bad, I swear.)

I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone (basically future readers, because this story hopefully will be published someday), but just know…much death abounds within these pages.

What, you were expecting more? Sure, there’s more, maybe even some good parts, but mostly just violence and blood and death. That’s how I roll. #sorrynotsorry

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So, now that you know a little bit about TTR, let’s talk Camp NaNo! I’ll be doing it this month! Eeeeeeeee. I’m in a cabin with (among others) Lena, Wendy, and Aimee, some of my very favorite writer peeps (or peeps in general), and I have no chill. So much flailing and writing and fun is going to go down. I can’t wait!

But here’s the kicker.

I’m bringing TTR to Realm Makers with me (yes, so stressful. I’m giving this to people to read…people who aren’t me), and there’s nowhere near an end in sight for this sucker. And remember I just said RM is in 3 weeks…? YEAH. SO MUCH ANXIETY OVER THIS. So, for Camp NaNo, I’ll be writing 60k words for TTR, hopefully ending the story with time to mildly revise the really awful parts before RM. I need so much prayer, guys, it’s not even funny.

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Anyway. That’s all I have. But I need to know! What’s been up with all of you lately? I’ve missed seeing your beautiful humanly faces (here on the blog, that is)! What have you been reading/writing lately? WILL I SEE YOU AT REALM MAKERS? (Don’t be surprised if you here me howling if you say yes) Are you doing Camp NaNo? What’s your goal? Tell me all the things, friends! I’ve missed you! 🙂

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51 thoughts on “Recap and future things//many words about The WIP//Camp NaNo happenings

  1. Rosalie Valentine says:

    Dude! Congrats on returning to the blog!! Blog droughts happen; you’re forgiven. *hands over some peanut butter*

    That blurb was /swanky/, especially considering blurbs make some (read: basically all) writers want to crawl in a hole and die. So congrats on that too. 😉 🙂

    You will love Realm Makers! It’s spectacular!! *weeps for I cannot go*

    Tally ho. 🙂

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    • Zac Tyson says:

      Ahh, thank you! 😀 *how did you know peanut butter is my absolute favorite* *devours all of it*
      That’s nice to hear! It’s definitely not the final blurb, considering I’m only on the first draft and all, and who knows how much will change… 😛 Thanks!
      Ohhhhh, how I wish you could be there! The one year I do go… 😦 But there’s always next year. I can’t wait!

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  2. Lena Karynn Tesla says:

    The blurb is AMAAAAAZING!!!!! So professional sounding, and everything!!! ^_^ I wish I could go to Realm Makers….. Maybe next year!! There had better be billions of tweets and a few blog posts about it!!!!! 😉 Good luck bro, and yes, I’m sending you ALL THE PRAYERS!!!
    (And you mentioned me! Yay! ^_^ )

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  3. Jonathan Trout says:

    YOU’RE BACK HUZZAH. *throws dragon-shaped confetti everywhere because why not*
    (random outburst you can ignore that anyways moving on)
    Dude. Your blurb is actually sooo good jsyk. 🙂 Those things are h.a.r.d. XD I’m not going to Realm Makers this year (because money is a thing unfortunately XD), but maybe next year. 🙂

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    • Zac Tyson says:

      I AM. *poses triumphantly*
      Well, thank you! That’s always nice to hear. 😀 (Yessssss they are)
      Oh, you’ve been to RM! Epic! Hope to see you next year. 😉

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  4. Clare Farrelly says:

    REALM MAKERS! I wish all the epic writing conferences were not all in America, oh well. I hope you have fun, and meet a heap of amazing people. Your blurb sounds cool! I have written about 3 for my current story but they are all so bad and I have changed the story so much that none of them even work anymore.

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  5. Amanda Beguerie says:

    ZAC! YOU ARE BACK! (And I’m now tempted to use the word ‘quack’ because it rhymes, but I won’t, because it sounds awkward. XD)

    Whoa. Awesome blurb! That sounds like a fantastic story! 😀 *sends aaalll the prayers*

    I totally want to go to Realm Makers next year. Money is a thing for me as well, and I’m already going away at the end of the summer for a CollegePlus convention conference thing…
    BUT I HOPE I CAN GO IN THE FUTURE.

    Sounds like you’ve been so busy. That’s great! (Minus the Adulting struggles of course.) And you want to be a clinical counselor for children – THAT. IS. AWESOME. 😀

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    • Zac Tyson says:

      I AM BACK SO YOU CAN QUACK UNTIL YOUR QUACKS GIVE OUT.
      Thank you! 🙂 That thrills me to hear. *the prayers are so appreciated, you have no idea*
      I really hope you can come to Realm Makers next year! That’d be great. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOUR FACE OMG. You have fun at your college convention, though!
      YESSS SO BUSY. And ahhhh, I can’t wait! Kids are my very faveeeeeeeee. ❤

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      • Amanda Beguerie says:

        I WILL QUACK. THANK YOU FOR THAT LICENSE TO DO SO.

        Me tooooo! I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOUR FACE AS WELL. HAHA. Sometimes being 3-D (or, as they say, “in the flesh,” is just a smidgeon cooler than a profile pic. But whatever, internet is cool too. XD) Thanks!

        Kids are amaaaaazing! ❤ I can't wait to have my own lil' sweeties someday.

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      • Zac Tyson says:

        Very true! I’ll take what I can get for now, but if I have the chance to actually meet any of my bookish friends, I’M SURE AS HECK GOING TO DO SO.
        Yesssssss! I can’t wait to be a dad. *heart-eye emoji* Now, just to get college out of the way…oh, yeah and get married.

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      • Amanda Beguerie says:

        SAME HERE. This is why Skype/FaceTime/Google Hangouts/Texting/etc. is amazing. Because plane tickets are expennnnnsiiiive.

        Agh, yes! (Wait. I want to be a mom/wife, and not a dad/husband. JUST TO CLARIFY.) And I have to wait even longer, ‘cuz I’m sixteen and pretty sure I’m not getting married anytime soon. XD WHATEVER. I can wait. I think.

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      • Zac Tyson says:

        Yesssss, I love all those things! 😀 AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO TELL ME, ACK.
        (oh, yes, I figured. xD ) Don’t worry, you still have plenty of time! Enjoy not having to adult while you can. </3

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      • Amanda Beguerie says:

        Yes, time! That is a double-edged sword. Because on one hand I’m totally ready to hop into my career as an editor and on another hand I just really want to go back to the days of playdates and lollipops.
        Anyway, I should probably stop clogging up your comment section with all these comments. XD

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  6. Gabriela says:

    GREAT POST, ZAC! THAT BLURB WAS TOTALLY WELL DONE. I HAVEN’T REALLY GOTTEN ANY SORT OF GOOD ONE FOR MINE YET. *hides forever*

    60,000 words before Realm Makers??? That’s a lot! YOU CAN DO IT THOUGH! *gives a battle cry worthy of Middle Earth* I wish I was going to Realm Makers…but the price…especially for a flight all the way from Puerto Rico. 😛 Hopefully someday. *crosses fingers*

    Camp NaNoWriMo is going well for me. Lots and lots and lots of word wars. XD I have a goal for 50k, but I hope to get 60k.

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    • Zac Tyson says:

      ACK THANK YOUUUU. DON’T WORRY YOU’LL GET YOURS DOWN I KNOW IT.
      Yesssss, pray for meeee. >_ I NEED A LITTLE OF MIDDLE-EARTH’S EPIC IN ME RIGHT ABOUT NOW.
      The price is a handful (literally, I give away a handful or two or eight for this conference). And I didn’t know you’re from Puerto Rico! That’s awesome! 😀
      I hope you reach your goal, too, and go above and beyond! Good luck!

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      • Gabriela says:

        Thanks! I’ll need to do a blurb at some point.

        I’ll be praying! Don’t stress too much and do many word wars (they always help me to write faster).

        Well, I’m technically not from Puerto Rico, I only moved here last August. Before then I lived in Massachusetts and there I met Amanda B. and we became great friends! I’m a military kid so I move around every few years. It is sad at times, but exciting!

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  7. H.M. Wilson says:

    YAAAYYYYY!!! BLOG POST. *is happy forever* (I told you I was trying to comment on this. Now I have completed my mission. :P)

    I told you that your blubs don’t suck. And look at all the people who agree with meeeee!!! *smug look* I TOLD YOU, SIR. DON’T ARGUE WITH ME. *snaps in a Z formation*

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    • Zac Tyson says:

      (YASSS I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOUR COMMENT)
      I didn’t write a “blub,” Hannah. I wrote a “blurb”??? And I still don’t like it? People are being nice and all and I do appreciate it very much, but it still sucks to me.
      *oh look at that, I’m arguing with you anyways* 😉

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      • H.M. Wilson says:

        (MWHAHAHA, YESSSS)
        Ohmyheavens… I NEED GLASSES, ZACHARY. Don’t make fun of me. It’s seriously painful to not be able to see what I am writing & argue with you properly!
        *sigh* I’d be concerned if you didn’t argue with me, so it’s all good. XD

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  8. Lisa Canfield says:

    Two things:
    1) I honestly love that you’re studying to be a psychologist and want to help children so much. Because of my experiences, it just means a lot to me that you’re going into that field for that reason.

    2) WENDY AND AIMEE ARE IN YOUR CABIN. I AM SLIGHTLY JEALOUS. HOW DID YOU EVEN FINAGLE THAT?

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    • Zac Tyson says:

      1) AWW LISA THANK YOU. I love when you speak about your childhood, it speaks so much to me. It’s exactly the kind of thing I long to help kids with. SO YES, I’VE SAID IT A LOT BUT YOU ARE SUCH A SPECIAL PICKLE.
      2) I’M JUST THAT AMAZING OBVI? Wendy and Aimee are darling people and I just got lucky, tbh. 😛

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  9. julzwrites says:

    Your book summary sounds absolutely wonderful. I’m a writer of YA High Fantasy and a lover of all things death, blood, and intense epicness, so your novel sounds right up my ally. I’m also a Christian and have always wanted to connect with more Christian writers, especially of speculative fiction. I hope you’re having an absolutely amazing time with Camp NaNo and hitting all your goals. Wishing you nothing but the best, and congrats on graduating! God bless!

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    • Zac Tyson says:

      YESSSS THEN I AM SO GLAD YOU FOUND YOUR WAY TO MY CORNER OF THE WEB. ^_^ Thank you! (I hope you’ll read it and love it somedayyyyy)
      And I definitely know what you mean. I covet my Christian writer friends. Thanks again, and you tooooo (if you’re doing NaNo. If not just ignore this part of the message. xD)

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      • julzwrites says:

        I definitely hope I get to read and love your book one day as well! If you’re ever in need of critique partners in the future, keep me in mind! 😀
        I’m not doing Camp NaNo this month, but I’ve been neck deep in editing my last WIP and brainstorming/outlining for the next. Extremely tiring 😩

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  10. hannah rodriguez says:

    Zac is back!!!!!!!
    Oh my goodness realm makers ah!!!!!so excited. And photo journalism sounds really cool. I was looking into that but now I’m really leaning towards screenwriting so…..

    But glad that you’re blogging again!!!!!

    ||hannah
    Furiouseverafters.blogspot.com

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    • hannah rodriguez says:

      OH and I’m bringing my novel to RM as well. I’m stressing over it soooooo much. Like I never thought I could be so *runs around deciding whether to cry or dance because I have a completed book that I might be pitching*

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    • Zac Tyson says:

      I AM YAY.
      Me too! It’s going to be sooo epic. 😀 Yeah, I still haven’t made up my mind? It sounds like fun though! (OOH SCREENWRITING WOULD BE EPIC WHOA)
      Thank you! I’m glad to be back! 🙂

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  11. Emma says:

    Congrats for graduating high school! 😀
    Oh, wow! Your book blurb is so good! Your story sounds really interesting! 🙂 I’m not great with book blurbs either, I just made my first one a few days ago, and it was WAY harder than I had expected!
    Off topic, but- I just found your blog, and it’s really good! Great job with it! 😀
    -Emma-

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  12. Jaclynn says:

    Hi! I just found your blog and it seems really neat! 🙂
    Congratulations on graduating and entering the adult life! That’s a huge accomplishment! *claps*
    Your book sounds really interesting! I hope you share more information on it soon! 😀 (And I know what you mean about book blurbs. I wrote my first one recently and it was SO hard to write *groans*)
    ~Jaclynn~

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