Thursday, June 12, 2014

Current Writing Projects

These are my writing projects that I am currently working on.

1) Novel (I'm really excited for this story, because it's based on a short story that I wrote in the 8th grade--about four years ago.)

  • Original Title: "Waiting for You," planning on changing the title.
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Setting: The story begins during the 1950s, but the majority of the story is a flashback to the 1940s, during WWII, in Hampton & Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Plot: Charlotte Randall is suffering from lung cancer and tonight could be her last night. Her younger brother, Stephen, is with her during this hard time and he encourages her to tell him a story, just like she used to when he was little. She remembers that there is one story about her life that she had never told Stephen: her love story. She tells the story of how she went to Charleston, South Carolina to get a job after the Great Depression. When she receives an offer to work as a housekeeper at the home of Pastor McGrath and his wife, little does she know that she would meet a WWII soldier that would change her life forever.
  • Perspective: Charlotte Randall, Stephen Randall
  • Characters: Charlotte Randall, Stephen Randall, Walter McGrath, Pastor McGrath, Mrs. McGrath

2) Script for an on-stage play production

  • Original Title(s): Pride & Prejudice, Mr. Darcy's Confessions (you probably know where I'm going with this...)
  • Genre: Classic Fiction
  • Setting: Early 19th century England
  • Plot: Darcy tells the story of how he met his wife Elizabeth Bennet to his sister Georgiana when they are settled at Pemberley. 
  • Perspective: Fitzwilliam Darcy & Elizabeth Bennet
  • Characters: Fitzwilliam Darcy, George Wickham, Georgiana Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Bennet, Mr. Collins, Lydia Bennet, Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Bennet, Charlotte Lucas

These are the basic pieces of information for both writing projects, and I fully intend to give more information on both of them soon.

What do you think so far? Please feel free to leave a comment or send a suggestion, question, or comment in the contact form. :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Welcome to Victorious Notebook!

Welcome to the blog!

I'm Hayley, the author of this new website. It is a "spinoff," if you will, of my first blog Victorious Heroine. While VH is a great website for me to express my opinions on certain topics, share some of my day-to-day life experiences, and give updates about my spiritual walk, I also wanted a blog that gives me the freedom to be more of a "book nerd." 

I'm incredibly interested in writing and reading literature (as well as modern books) and I'd like Victorious Notebook to be a place where I can:
  • Write book reviews (and perhaps art and film reviews)
  • Share updates on my own writing projects (I have several ideas for essays, short stories, plays, and even a couple of novels that I would love for you to see.)
  • Post excerpts from said writing projects
  • Welcome others to give constructive criticism on my writing (Yes, I want constructive criticism from anyone who is willing to give it. I think that developing writing style takes personal practice, but it can also be helped with others' opinions.)
This blog may also include many more things, but for now, that is my vision for what I want Victorious Notebook to be. 

Within the next few days/weeks, I hope to have already posted some book reviews and a couple of excerpts from my writing projects. Pretty soon, I'd like to make specific goals for myself so that I can further progress in the projects and continue to read great books.

What I'd like your role to be, reader, is to give constructive criticism, comments, suggestions, or even questions to ANYTHING that is posted on this blog. You can write a comment about one of my book reviews, saying what you thought about the book. You can give a suggestion on the plot, setting, or character development on any one of my writing projects that I share. You can even give suggestions on how I can improve my writing in general. I am completely open to all suggestions and criticism. (Of course, I do welcome the criticism when it is kind and appropriate.)

You've probably already noticed that I have a contact form on the right side of this page. That is for when you have a suggestion, comment, or question that you would rather send directly to me instead of commenting on a post. If you would like to keep up with what I am reading, I have a Goodreads widget (titled "2014 Reading Challenge") on the side of this post as well, which shows how many books I have read this year.

If you are interested in seeing other posts that are unrelated to my reading and writing projects, check out my other blog, Victorious Heroine. The link is at the top of the page. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, and stay tuned for more posts in the near future!