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Sarah’s House June 2014

3 Jun

So, in case you were not aware, the EEB crew doesn’t get to meet up very often. In fact, Sarah and Brooke have never even met Brenna in person. Which of course means Sarah imagines her being a taller than she actually is. We usually make up for this by Skyping each other frequently, phone calls, and even using snail mail. (Sarah literally obsesses over mail. It is one of her favorite things.) When we do meet up for the day, though, there is always a lot of excitement.

Yesterday was no different as Brooke and Sarah met up for the first time since Sarah’s 16th birthday in January. After a day filled with discussing previous writings, the odd art of creating villains, and laughing at the Fourth Wall, we pulled out the nerf swords and did some dueling. Now, we are obviously no trained swordsmen and likely broke ever rule of conduct and form in the history of the world, but it was still a lot of fun to pretend and imagine our own characters as we dueled.

We finally rounded out the day with a trip to Fox’s Pizza, a small, very Southern pizza joint near Sarah’s house which makes some killer pizza and also has one of those Coke machines that lets you choose from pretty much every soda ever invented. Those things are awesome. And granted there were no tears as the Norris’ left to go home, there was quite a lot of hugging and shoulder punching and drawn-out fare-welling to make up for it.

Sarah will be posting some of the duel videos to YouTube later today, so keep an eye out! If you didn’t know, EEB now has it’s own YouTube channel, EEB Writing.

Let the duels begin!

EEB: Sarah’s Video Introduction

21 May

 

EEB welcomes you to our blog and to the King’s Road!

Right in the Feelz

20 May

And then, out of the sobs of the fangirls and the screaming of your fourth grade English teacher, came a noun that would soon overcome the world of the “interwebz” as our dearest Brenna calls the semi-volatile, habitually quirky, occasionally dark-and-twisted, always fluff-loving, tear-bending community that makes up the Internet. Feelz. The act of being pounded in the soul by emotion. Give or take a few heart-wrenching death-scenes, spontaneous moments of singing and dancing to those songs that just lift you up, and a few pages of stirring dialogue in which all the character development manifests and you’re only able to pump your fist while doing that awkward book hold so the pages don’t change and grin like an idiot.

So what are some of the biggest and best Feelz moments we’ve experienced as Fandoms? Well, I won’t give you specifics, but here is a list of my top ten favorite “types” of Feelz:

1o. I Ship It. I do not always ship characters, but when I do, they become OTPs. OTPs are dangerous. Some of my favorites are Vrell Sparrow and Achan Cham from the Blood of Kings series by Jill Williamson, Kale and Bardon in the Dragon Keeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul, and the unforgettable pair in The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf  by Gerald Morris. What’s great about being an author is your OTPs are always cannon. Always. It’s wonderful. Some of my favorites from my own writings and things are Mark and Lee from the Heir Returning trilogy and also Marya and Louin from the Heir Returning trilogy. Justin and Evangeline from WildQuests get the honorable mention because they were probably Brooke’s and mine first pairing. Ever. Pstttttt. I’ll even let you in on a secret. Back in the day, Brooke was literally obsessed with Justin Beiber and she totally based our Justin off him. Fortunately, he became his own character throughout the series, but yep, that’s all I have to say about that.

9. Fiery Balls of Innocent Awesomeness. Little, super-cute, super-insightful kids in books are just great. Like, they can say all the things and be all cheery and not-emotionally-disturbed and joyous and all the fluffy happy things without it being cheap. I love it! I can’t think of any right off the top of my head from any books I’ve read, albeit I am sure I’ve read several rather good ones, but the one that I am writing a lot of write now is Louin from the Heir Returning trilogy. He won’t show up until book two, but in our role-play on Figment he is quite active and is the source of many feelings. Many feelings.

8. Super-Awesome-Not-Cliche-at-All Romantic Dialogue. Yup. I totally condone this. This makes me really really really happy on the inside because I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT HER BUTT OR HIS EYES! TELL ME ABOUT THE CONTENT OF HER CHARACTER AND HIS CHIVALROUS NATURE! Lord! Have! Mercy! Seriously, people. We aren’t that unoriginal are we? One author that did an absolutely phenomenal job with this is Lisa Bergren, particularly in her River of Time series. Really couldn’t get enough of Luca’s casual quips. Well done, ma’am. My faith in human capacity for good romance is restored. Lee and Mark in my own series are very much about this sort of relationship. I had nothing to do with that… obviously. What? Stop judging! I can have a romance with swords and chivalry if I want!

7. Here, Take a Piece of My Soul. You know what I’m talking about. Those moments when it’s like a lecture, but you’re finding yourself nodding along with the speaker and the monologue is just perfect and awesome and you’re just like “YEAH! I’M GONNA GO SLAY LIFE NO!” Yup. Probably the best two examples of this I have ever come across are in The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien and the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielson. Seriously, Sam and Sage had me in stitches (and crying tears of liquid pride) more than once. Of my own characters, Del Avior from Out of Darkness does this the most often, and she is followed closely behind by our steadfast Pastor Rajii from the Heir Returning trilogy (and eventually the Heir Rising trilogy).

6. We See Your Darkness And Raise You One Fellowship. All those awesome gangs of awesomeness. Call them what you will: bands, brotherhoods, gatherings, friends, supah ninjas… They are just the coolest. Too many to list here… because literally all good books have them. All good books. That’s just a rule. For awesomeness. There has to be a gang. And if there is a gang, there are all the brotherhood feelz. And they are some of the best.

5. Soldier Relationships. I don’t really have to go into this one very deeply. It’s just… there’s this sort of connection between people who have been through absolutely terrible things together. And those bonds mean Feelz. In literature, one of my favorites is the gang from Blaze of Glory by Jeff Struecker. From my own books, Leyrl and Itzal in the Heir Returning trilogy. There are other connections between them, but one of their first and most apparent ones is that of their shared experience in war.

4. From the Master to the ApprenticeTorch passings kill me. Literally. All of those words and bonds and things and good lord… I just can’t handle it. I just… I don’t even know if I can do examples… because, well I might not be able to finish the list. Del and Eira. There. From Out of Darkness and the Evading the Emperor role-play on Figment. I.. there literally aren’t words. In literature, Halt and Will from The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. There are many that I could mention… but honestly, just thinking about them… I can feel the feelz. (See what I did there?)

3. Partners in Crime (Not Romance). This one really needs no explanation. When two people pair up, not romantically, and just decide to take on the world together as bro and bro, sis and bro, or sis and sis, it’s just awesome. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson from Sherlock Holmes by Author Conan Doyle, Soren and Gylfie from The Guardians of Ga’Hoole by Kathryn Lasky, and the threesome from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling even though it wasn’t totally unromantic made up of Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and Ron Weasley.

2. Those Meaningful Last Words. Ack. Ack. I can’t handle the really really really really really sweet, perfect death scenes. Like, they literally kill me on the inside. Every single one. Even if it just kind of happens… But then you’ve got those ones (and you know the ones), where the author (I am sure of this because I have done this myself) is grinning and crying like a maniac while writing the scene. And there are words. And feelings. All the feelings. And no one can handle it. No one! Don’t lie to yourself. Some of the best ones I’ve come across in published books are in The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien because saying “My brother, my king” as you’re dying… I just… I can’t even. Sherlock Holmes by Author Conan Doyle. No explanation needed here.

1. That Moment of Magical Alignment In Which Everything Is Literally Heartwrenchingly Perfect. It’s that last twenty pages of a thriller when everything falls into place and you’re somewhere in between gasping, sobbing, snorting, and screaming. It’s that moment when the protagonist stands up and accepts their responsibility, when the chaotic neutral character is redeemed, and the dialogue has such power it’s like a drum in your heart. Literally my favorite “feel” of all time. Some of the best examples of this are in This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti, Urchin and the Rage Tide by Margaret Mcallister, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis. From my own writing, I have to say this moment hasn’t quite happened yet. I’ve plotted and planned out the ends to both of the novels I’m working on, Kingsblade and I Will Not Be Moved, but I haven’t quite gotten there yet. Don’t worry, though, because there will be all the feelz in those endings. Especially in the conclusion of the Heir Returning Trilogy. Kingsblade is the first book in that series.

Then there’s that one that really can’t be ranked because well… it’s Jesusfeelz. Don’t even try to explain them. No, stop. You just can’t. Literally it is impossible without doing this: asl;dkfja;lseianval;sdkfj;asldkvna;ldsifuga;lri;sdlkga;lsdkjga;lsdkfja;lskdfja and aas;dlkfja;lekfm;leinv;ldknva;lskdjfa;lien;ldkva;slkdfjasdfasdfasfioa;nr;lkgjaf;lgkjl;rin;blknadslkncd and al;dskfjalievnl;dkng;lafjglskdfjgljkdsfghlksdjfghsldkfjghsdklfsdcjasdnvao. They are wonderful. It’s like Jesusbumps, but… more.

And there you are. Now, if you’ll excuse me I have a few death scenes to write and a few conclusions to finish. Mwahahahahahahaha… ha. ha. ha. ha.

Ha.

#RIGHTINTHEFEELZ

So why were we given emotions again?

To have Feelz of course, silly willy!

All the feelz.

Ha.

 

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Because These Are Literally Two of the Best Pieces of Advice Ever

15 Mar

All the academic advice I ever give summed up in one picture (click for the bigger picture):

All the dating advice I ever give summed up in one picture:

Some Things… Some Things Are Just Undeniably Authorish

26 Nov

We, as authors, often lament our most grievous position as ostracized and misunderstood members of societies. Here are some examples of things that only another author would understand.

Only other authors understand when you…

…are out from school or work for three days mourning about the death of your character that your evil side induced… sorry, Steve.

…are on the edge while you’re reading your own climactic battle and flip to the back just to make sure your favorite character lives even though you know exactly what comes next.

…sit on the phone for hours with your best-friend/co-author talking about how to kill that really annoying bad guy you made who is to ingenious for a simple slaughtering because you’ve built into his character that he’s too smart to fall for those nice, simple traps.

…dream about the death of your character and have to get up and write the next chapter of your current novel just to assure yourself they aren’t going to die.

…scream wildly in the middle of class when you realize what your favorite author “did there” and immediately make a mental note to do the same thing.

…put references to everyday life/inside jokes between yourself and your co-author or editor that you know your readers won’t understand, but you will.

…find yourself replying to “put that in your book,” by saying “I was already planning on it anyway.”

…Spend unprecedented amounts of time starting at your computer screen with a whole bunch of other authors swapping and editing (of all the evil things in the world).

…Realize that your best friend is a fictional character in a book you wrote.

…experience strange pangs of depression when something bad happens to one of your characters.

…feel ill when you haven’t written in more than 24 hours.

…take out your bad day on an unsuspecting protagonist who was getting a little to happy for your tastes.

…avoid the question about what you do in your free-time because if you tell people you wrote a full-length novel over the summer they tend to give you a blank, scared look of sympathy and pity when you had the best summer ever gallivanting across who knows where with your imaginary character and the rest of your amazing band.

…complain about when authors leave you hanging on a cliff and then turn around and do the same thing.

…openly criticize other authors’ published books like you have millions of copies of your dusty manuscript circulating throughout America.

…scour professional authors’ books for typos to reaffirm that the big guys do make mistakes sometimes too.

…find yourself saying “I can write something better than that” when you pick up the 16th werewolf v. vampire book you’ve seen in the new section of the bookstore “how unoriginal.”

…start to subconsciously avoid red pens in general.

…argue with your characters about how you are going to write the next chapter but still claim you don’t need to see a psychiatrist about those voices in your head because they are your characters, for crying out loud.

…pick up random books read the first page and say, “they published this? My book was at least this good.”

…begin to realize that no matter how nicely the editor puts it – when they reject you, they aren’t really wanting to be nice about it.

…want to pick up the book and find out what happens to your characters next but haven’t even written that part yet.

…tend to slip into character even when you aren’t meaning to in everyday conversation.

…always seem to have one character that you base off of yourself, and for some odd reason never really seems to do anything wrong.

…resist any editorial help that may be offered from outside sources – you thought it sounded better your way, anyway.

…can quote the first 4 chapters of your book from memory including dialogue, accents, and facial expressions.

…can’t explain your book to anyone because it has so many plot twists and characters that only seems to make sense in your mind.

…constantly makes threats to turn your little brother or sister into a squirrel in your next book if they don’t stop pestering you.

…can quote the first chapter of your first book perfectly with expression from memory because you’ve edited it so many times.

…writing style changes with every different book you read.

…assume that whoever you’re role playing with, they chose the same gender character that they really are.

…are like “The internet’s out? No probs! You’ve got half a dozen novels you needed to finish anyway.”

Yep, you are an author: don’t deny it – you’ve got lots of wild, crazy company. But I’ll let you in on a bit of a secret – the best people are.

ANOTHER ONE? Sarah, please consider the possible ramifications of this–

15 Aug

decision!” wailed the high-pitched voice of my conscience. “You must be insane! This is the fourth project you’ve talked about and… HMMRGHHHPHHHH.”

There! Now I can think. You guessed it, I have yet another novel idea that I am going to work on. Check it out!

And I Will Never Be the Same

Current cover for Sarah’s new WIP, And I Will Never Be the Same

“”What if I challenged you to make every day matter? What if I told you you had… missed the opportunity to change someone’s life? How much would you change?” Two worlds, separated by the very fabric of the universe, become merged through a keen mind and a love for imagination. First-person. Third-person. An author. An agent. Could there, perhaps, be a connection between the two? Or is one doomed to live in the recesses of the imagination forever? The line between reality and fiction, once a gaping chasm, begins to blur.”

Short synopsis is short, I know! I shall be elaborating upon it later on when I have a better idea of exactly what it’s going to look like as far as length, target audience and finish date. The title? And I Will Never Be the Same. Shifting gears from more traditional novels (i.e. Sarah is procrastinating on Kingsblade), And I Will Never Be the Same will be a project I will work on over the course of the school year.

Currently, it is going to be my own life story for a year. One post every single day (about 1,000 words) and then a subsequent chapter about a “glorified” version of myself that I pretend actually exists and her journeys. Some things I am really wanting to do with it is shine some light on the connection between author and character by talking about the work as it is being written. I won’t give away too many details because of spoilers, but I think it will turn out interesting… hopefully, anyway. Otherwise, it might just sit and collect virtual dust on my computer hard drive.

You can check out the first two chapters here. Figment will become the dumping ground for said novel-ish endeavors.

The coming school year is going to be a long one. But, it’s the King’s Road, and He does not lead his followers astray!

No Knight Is Ordinary

26 Jul
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Sarah’s driveway in rural GA

It is a night like any other.

If you are in Georgia, this means it is hot, humid and there might be a breeze blowing. If you are lucky, of course. Pollen isn’t as thick as it was in Spring, though it still has a firm grip on the air. The leaves are full and the forests are thick. But, it was on a night like any other that most remarkable things happen. Maybe not in Georgia. Okay, mostly not in the sweet ol’ southern state of Georgia. Remarkable things do happen though. Things like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars happen. People like C. S. Lewis, Donita K. Paul, and Wayne Thomas Batson are born.It also happens that a very small, insignificant thing called E. E. B. happened on a night like any other. No, the world doesn’t know about it. (not yet anyway. I’m working on nefarious plots… don’t tell Brooke!) In fact, almost no one knows about it… except for you. And one or two people on Figment.

Which probably means you want an explanation.

Well, you see, my life began…

I’m kidding! We’re not going back that far. Actually, the idea of “Elizabeth E. Brookes” formed when an 8 and 9 year-old decided they wanted to write books. For a living. At 8 and 9. Granted, you don’t need to make a living when you’re 8 or 9 (Thank you parents. Now. As in — right now. You’d be more than mostly dead without them.), but said 8 and 9 year-old were determined.

They sat outside in the little ol’ school house and wrote their first story The Kids at Crystal Cove together. In a few days. It was a magical book with only a paragraph to a page and size 18 font… the not-so-eight-and-nine-year-olds might possibly be ashamed of said work. Now. Then, it was a masterpiece.

We only stole ideas from about 20 books… among them Little House on the Prairie (FYI — I can never spell “prairie” right…)  and The Chronicles of Narnia. We don’t talk about that book much anymore save in hushed whispers so that no one else can hear. (You mustn’t tell anyone else I told you about it, okay? Brooke might strangle me.)

But that wasn’t the end.

Silly parents, writing isn’t a phase.

So, about a thousand 3 hour phone conversations, 20 outlines and 11+ manuscripts later… well, I’d say Elizabeth E. Brookes was pretty unified.

What is EEB?

Well, it’s me (the insane, mentally-unstable kid of the group). And Brooke. (Brooke’s the genius of the operations, by the way.) Brenna. And Christ.

Yeah, you read this whole post just to find out we’re Christian. Strongly Christian, actually. No! Don’t run away! Not until I’ve finished!

Yes, EEB is a “group” of three teenage (now high school aged) girls who love God more than anything else. Who are determined to become published. And who became what the little 8 and 9 year-old wanted them to be — authors. Although we have massively busy schedules and a number of insane endeavors, we have all continued to write.

A lot.

As in, psychological issues will develop when we don’t write. Exciting stuff, really.

It’s an interesting, not-so-average, adventure. With our characters talking our ears off, you can expect that sanity is not among our collective traits. But we do know that this is a passion. And as we continue to write, read, and love our Savior, Jesus Christ, we hope that you’ll learn to love it as well.

It’s a long road ahead of us. But it’s the King’s Road. And He does not lead His servants astray.

 

You are welcome to explore our blog and the King’s Road!

 

If you’re not sure where to go next, here are some great places to start!

  • Check out our About Page to find out more about who and what EEB is and stands for!
  • Each of us have what Sarah decided to call a “desk” where we keep you informed on what we’re doing. Desks are a place where you can ask us as individuals any questions you may have, and also a place where you can preview some of our latest work!
  • The Archives are a place where you can find all of our posts sorted into neat categories that have to do with the subject matter discusses. The archives also serve as a place where you can see the most recent posts and scan through them quickly.

 

We’re so glad you’re here and can’t wait to start getting to know you!