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SPIKE updates - nov2013

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 12, 2013, 12:33 AM

Yesh, it's about time I gave you guys an update on the progress of my novel, "SPIKE".

I've gotten a lot of notes and comments asking when the book will be finished, how far I've come in the writing process, or how many chapters there are so far, and so forth... And I love getting questions like that, because that means people are interested in my work, many of which say they even love my work, and.. just wow, I mean, I'm completely honest when I say that it means a whole lot to me. And I'm serious when I say that without the support from you guys (you all know who you are <3 ), I would never have bothered continuing the SPIKE story. I would probably just have posted chapter 0, deleted it, and stuffed it all in a drawer and possibly even given up on the whole story-teller dream. Feedback is very important to me, which sounds very selfish, I know, but I used to be incredibly insecure of myself and everything I did. I had this dream of becoming a cartoonist to have my stories told, and be read by people, and hopefully one person would love it. But seriously, if it hadn't been from all the support from you guys, I really don't think I would've been so determined to tell that story as I am now.
So thank you guys. Thanks to every single one of you! :glomp:

About the novel:
I've done some changes, like how I mentioned earlier that I'll be giving Sam his own chapters alongside Spike's chapters. So that's settled, I'm not changing that back. So as far as writing goes, I've written more chapters about Sam. I've also made many notes and done some changes to the mid part of the story, with what Spike and Ray are up to, inspired by an idea JuliePig gave me a good while ago. It's a little brutal, but I figure it needs to be, for some important character developement to happen, sort of.. :B
But one other thing I've changed about the story, was something I realized needed to happen when I told you guys about the SPIKE story taking place in the 80's, and everyone was like "really?? I'd no idea!" :XD:   I realized the story was sort of timeless, and it needed to have a proper timeline, so the final change I've done is letting the story take place in the late 90's.. ish... somewhere in the 90's, I haven't settled on a specific year yet.. But they start out rather young, right? Spike and Sam, I mean. And they age throughout the novel, and I don't want it to end in our current year, and I don't want it to happen at some point where most of my readers are too young to relate to it, so I figured the mid 90's might be a good place to start.. Which means that yes, there might be cellphones involved, which I was hoping to avoid but am starting to see the necesarrity of, but at the same time, cellphones didn't really get hyper-popular and a necessity until later, so if someone has a cellphone in the SPIKE story, they won't be addicted to it, you know? :p So, yes, some digital stuff will be there, but they won't interrupt with the story. There won't be a lot of focus on them. Because, hey, if both Spike and Sam had cellphones, and Spike ran off, then of course Sam could just call him or text him and be all "hey, where you at, bro? D: " and things might have been solved easily. Or Sam could use Spike's GPS location and come get him, right? Boring! XD
So I don't want the digital equipment to be too advanced for it do be a disadvantage for the story. Right? ^^;

so, yeah... babbling, sorry. But I've written a bit more, not much because I've been rather drained of inspiration, which shows in my lack of deviations lately, but it's slowly getting back :)
And I've spoken to a friend/colleague about the issue of finding time to write, and other things. She's a published author, and she told me she "forces" herself to write one hour each day. She uses a stop-watch, shuts down the Wi-Fi, sits alone in a room in front of her computer, and prepares to write. With no disturbances, no internet, all she can really do is just write something, or else she'd just be sitting there doing nothing for an hour. I thought that was a brilliant idea, so I'm gonna try doing the same, adding one writing hour permanently every single day. Hopefully it'll help me write more :)
She also told me about this Norwegian lady, who wrote a fantasy book in English, sent it to an agent abroad who helped her get it published in English, and then it was a big hit, got translated to several languages and it's recently been translated back to Norwegian...! So there is hope! :dummy:
Because, I gotta admit, I lost hope of ever getting my book published abroad, because I feel my English writing skills are too poor... Therefore, I started writing SPIKE all over again in Norwegian. Which, I'll admit, was easier..! But the story felt.... different. The characters felt a littel different. But it helped writing it in Norwegian, because the story got sort of elongated, or... let me put it this way, I was able to say what I wanted to say in a much better way, and sometimes long English sentences could be said with a few Norwegian words, and sometimes what I was trying to explain in English with a few words would get a whole paragraph in Norwegian and even sound better..! So currently, I'm switching between English and Norwegian when I write chapters... :P
But hey, I know both languages, so why not make two versions of SPIKE? One in Norwegian and one in English, which should sort of double my chance of getting published, I guess? ^^; I dunno, but it would be fun to write it in both languages, or finish it in one language and translate it to the other afterwards.

Can you tell I'm motivated to finish this novel? :D

I'm very determined to finish SPIKE and try getting it published, but how long it will take is beyond me... I really have no idea. And I don't want to rush it, still, at the same time I really want to complete it as fast as possible, so I can get on with the editing.

So... I'm sorry that I can't give you a date for when it's done, but I'll keep you guys updated :)

Thank you all so much for the support!
And if you read this giant wall of text, have a cookie! :cookie:


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KanzenCM Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
im soe xcited bout this!
devanleo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
I will always be a fan xD
XeroSolace Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
I read this journal to see if there are any other details about the novel that I may have missed. When I got finished with the journal and saw the "cookie" comment, I freaked out a little. I was just about to eat the first cookie out of a new bag of oreos... I feel accomplished in life now!
Mondmaster Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Yaay, i cant wait to read the whole book(its just so great,ot to be honest its the first and i think only story/novel/book thingy i will ever read without school or other people forcing me to it).Anyway im mostly exited what happens with sam and spike,maybe its just becouse from what i have read i can identify myself with sam and want him to be happy with spike,so i hope they may get together?-i dunno but i know this will be a great story. ^w^
Katrla Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Norwegian and English? Think I would buy both of them c:

I hope it will be published soon. Almost can't wait! Actually, when I think about it. That's maybe part of all the interest. I mean since we can't finish and read the end of SPIKE, we have to buy it. Not saying it's a bad thing though! I would love to buy it (and a dozen for my friends lol)
BallisticNick Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't wait to read it! Especially to finally see all the other characters in-story.
ChaosCalix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I talked to my girlfriend about this story, and I can say that when you do eventually get it published (and I damn well insist you will. There's no room for doubt! :3 ), you have two more guaranteed buyers.

Best of luck ^^
dcspot Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
I read page 0 after my friend told me about after i shared a cute picture not knowing it was Sam and Spike, not even know that there was a story about them in the first place, the second i started reading i was hooked, it didnt have the brightest of beginnings but i knew from the picture that things got better so i marched on, needless to say this is the greatest dam thing i read yet! and I am suuuuper excited to read more!!! I hope that someday I would be able to finish it, but during the meanwhile, ill be pulling my hair out wondering where the hell spike is and how they find him. thank you so much for making such a good novel!!! :D
dcspot Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
i should add that i started page 0 last night...
dawnstorm14 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you get it finished soon and wish you much luck with getting it published. ^^ Theres so many people counting on that happening! :D It's an amazing story and I can't wait to read the rest. :3 
tokiratokia Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student General Artist
write on!!!!!!!
14142000 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
Im too poor to buy a book, does this mean ill never be able to read it?
twinkeypop21 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really really love Spike, but i don't know Norwegian!!!!
JC-Yuna Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg i just finished reading this novel... or what you have of it. D:
i just want to read it all!!!! it is SOOOOOO good! :squee:
 i am DEFINITELY going to buy this when you finish <3 and tell all of my friends so they can read it too! :'D
 lol i had read 2 chapters last night and showed 2 of my friends at school today. they will most likely read it too XD
MsFlamingDareDevil Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I tried the no internet thing for an hour. Well I sat in my room with Pandora on my phone but it was across the room, and now I have a super good first few pages for a story I'd love to continue! Thanks for sharing! c:
Roker-Flower Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah! Free Cookie! :eating: I can't wait!
JaiRT Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whooo! Can't wait to see some more stuff from you. Let us know when you find a publisher okay? : D Rooting for you!
nightshadeniki Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student General Artist
*noms the cookie*
Glad to hear that you're getting so motivated about it! I can't wait to read it all in full =3
Beckoned413 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome Oomi!! Good luck with the writing an hour everyday that's a great idea! I really hope you get your book published (in both languages) because you have worked so hard and as a fan I can tell you that we appreciate your work so much!!!
13th-ZodiaK Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for the update!! I'm really excited :D
My sister does the same, forcing herself to write an hour each day. She also competes with her writer friends, to see who can write more in fifteen minutes :)
xxMikukittyxx Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just know your novel will get published, its fantastic! I hope it will be available in English, hell, if I have to I'll learn Norwegian.
Coji Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Well I'll definitely buy your novel the day it comes out.  I practically devoured the sample chapters back when I found them.

I had always assumed, for some reason, that the novel takes place in the 90's.  Maybe that's because I was born in the 80's but I grew up in the 90's so I was relating it to myself in a way? Not sure
luxord2654 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013   Digital Artist
I read your novel last month and since then I've felt that I seriously need to thank you. For awhile I was stuck in a moderate depression where I wasn't able to feel much anything anymore since I graduated high school. Not happy or sad, just a plain BLEAGH feeling where I couldn't feel excited or motivated to do much of anything since I was so disconnected with the world, and everything around me had started to become so redundant and plain. But once I came across your novel I was able to feel myself and get back in touch with my emotions again. I realized that what was making me feel so emotionally numb was a lack of connection with myself and with everyone else around me, and your writing helped me connect and empathize with your characters in a way that I just wasn't able to do as easily otherwise. Even though they may not even be real, I love them. There's so much that I can seriously relate to in your story. I'm gay myself and coming out the way Sam did gave me a small panic attack after my Mormon mother gave me a hug just to let me know everything was okay. I felt completely out of place in middle school and was bullied like Spike was (not for my sexuality at the time) and that made me feel just as isolated from everyone as he was in school, and it's part of why I'm still so introverted today. (And maybe still even a little shy. Most of what I am writing here I could never be able to say in person because it feels so out of my character to do so.) And I just love Saunders and everything he does for Sam. That and most of my friends are kinda hippie-ish like him too and we both have similar personalities. We even look similar to each other! I used to wear a small goatee and my hair is about as long as his is and we dress almost the same. 
Reading your book helped me feel again, and once I started getting emotional, my emotions led me back to all of my previous experiences in life and made me remember why I am who I am and it helped me connect and better know myself as a person. I don't know if you'll ever come across this long-ass comment here with all the attention you get on your page, but I just want you to know that I can't thank you enough for this, and I can't wait until your book finally get's published. <3 <3
(And of course like everyone else here I seriously wish I could reach into my computer screen right now and just hug all of your characters. xD *except for Charles of course... he's kind of a psycho bitch... lol*)
Hous22 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
It seems like even with cell phones, the story wouldn't change that much because Spike probably wouldn't have one. Why would his uncle bother buying him one?
DEUSEXMACHlNA Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it sounds really great! I'm looking forward to the completion vwv
Alcatrazin Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013

We're all looking forward to it!


P.s. You said cell phones might be a art of the story, and I have just one question:

Since Charles is a child abuser... would he give Spike a cell phone, or would he get one another way, like a gift from Sam?

LynxWay Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Zarrah04 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Good luck, we will be waiting. <3
ShisukeNearingKonoha Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If a publisher doesn't really like your book, or thinks its too "graphic", you can always show them your DeviantArt page to show the mountain of support for Spike! :D
SamLeDerpMuffin Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the cookie and the updates! I hope you get it translated in english! You actually write extremely well, the worst thing I ever have to say is that sometimes your dialogue is a little extravagant for the teenage characters. Good luck with your writing! I know first hand how difficult writing a book is. 
SirNait Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Thanks for the cookie ^^ but specially the updates. :D
There are just two books i'm waiting like crazy. One of them is yours ^^
So, so so so so so so... I really hope you can send books to Mexico, 'cos i want the hard cover version !!
If you are reading this, just one question. Will your book have some of the illustrations you do? I know books don't have them, but i think yours are amazing. 
VillainiaEcks Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou so much for the update! And, take as long as you need with the novel - Because, I don't think I'm the only one who agrees that quality is much better than quantity. Those first 15 chapters were (I'm being completely honest here) one of the best I've ever read. It's awesome just thinking that what you've shown us is just the tip of the iceberg. Let me just say this, once this novel gets published I am TOTALLY buying a copy! :D 
RichTheWolf257 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting. Very interesting.
rin--desu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist
I'm super super eager for more updates, very glad you're motivated to do this and I'm glad we could give you that push! <33 Please don't ever give up, this novel is lovely as are you!! ovo

I'm in the States right now and I would willingly pay for an overseas shipping for this when all is said and done, I really was captivated by the chapters you put on here (though a little heartbroken with Spike and Sam's split xD)!!
jinkers Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student General Artist
That was a delicious cookie :)
And I am definitely buying that book when you publish it :)
platonicCRUSH Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yaay i get a cookie!! and i hope it gets be in both languages. i am a huge fan of this story. keep a-writin'!!
RabbityRoo Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love ya! You rock! We're here, waiting for it! 
FallRockPumpkins Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish you luck and support for your story. I'm glad that you are motivated to write the book. :)
RedFoxen Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
You'll always receive support from me! I cant wait to read SPIKE :)

SuperAnimeGuy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
cookie! :D
aleiz Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Good luck to finish it's going to be so awesome it also helps me a little in my life too I can't wait until its finished YESH i gets a cookie too 
drawn-on-wings Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh man, yeah i know how having no motivation feels. I just recently gave up on a story idea I've had for over a year now. i figured i was too young to write, and if I did want to continue writing, I'd have to learn the basics and everything. But they always teach the same crap in school so... But your story actually has a nice flow to it! I can see the potential in it, and DON'T RUSH that'd just make it worse. And don't pressure yourself too much, y'know? You have to have fun with it :)
jujuface2000 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Agh, ever since I read the chapters of SPIKE that you have posted I have been so excited! I'm really glad you're motivated as well! Unlike some people who are stressed and feel like giving up most of the time..Please keep up the good work! :la:
Icewingmoontigress Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I cannot wait!

P.S.- Please continue with whatever works, but I don't speak Norwegian!
dalatorabvon21 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
WOOO! Just please PLEASE promise you'll make it in English T___T I can't read Norwegian, no matter how badly I wish I could...
FlyWire2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
And me here sitting wondering how I will be able to get it here to Chile :)
mika9294 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish you the best of luck, I enjoyed reading spike and hope to see it published one day :), do not worry about your English writing skills they are better than a lot of people I know (this is coming from England)
Cocoaprints Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you're still continuing on with it and some methods you are changing to continue with it. :)

I have one suggestion (should you choose to hear it) regarding writing.
I don't think having two different versions of Spike per language is good because you will find fans on opposites of the spectrum for which they prefer and the purpose and deep meaning of your writing will be lost anyways.

I suggest write in the language you feel most comfortable in. Some chapters may be in Norwegian, others in English. When the final product is ready to go out, translate those bits into a proper language. Say chapter 20 is in Norwegian and chapter 22 is in English, translate chapter 20 into English, and chapter 22 into Norwegian. From there, it can be translated into multiple languages :D May be harder work, but at least the thoughts are down all the same.

Tusan takk (or is it just tak?)
twistedndistorted Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
I saw your story some time ago after seeing your art but I never got to read it. After this journal I got pretty curious so I started reading it. I got hooked from chapter 0 and I am half way through the chapters you have in here. Needless to say,…, cant wait until is finished (please publish it on English or both, I cant read Norwegian).

Changing topic I think you could solve the cellphone problem by saying that Spike never got a cellphone or that he forgot it or that he simply doesnt like to use it because of reasons (maybe the fear of being tracked, followed or forced to answer a call from his uncle when he is not in the house?)
RNDave Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You truly are doing something beautiful and we would all like to read it soon.
Take your time, don't hurry your inspiration and amaze us when you're ready :)
Waiting for news, best regards :hug:.

P.S.: Good to hear that Sam has his own chapters too: he's the character in which I see myself the most :)
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