Saturday, January 19, 2019

INTRODUCING MY NEW WIP // aesthetics, playlist, & the rising author tag

As you may notice, I've changed my font. I was getting pretty annoyed with Lato, the font I've been using for post text, so I finally caved and switched to my ALL-TIME FAVORITE AND MOST RELIABLE FONT OF EVER, Crimson Text.

Here's what I mean by reliable: Some time after I started my complete rewrite of Dusted Red with Georgia font (I'd used Crimson Text before but was testing a change of scenery), I got into a bit of writing rut. Then I switched back to Crimson Text, and the words started flowing again.

I get tired of Times New Roman. I get tired of Georgia. But very rarely do I get tired of Crimson Text.

I love Crimson Text because, apparently, it loves me.

Now that we're done with the irrelevant intro, it's time to introduce my new WIP: the sequel to Dusted Red.

*screams long and loud*

With the start of 2019 comes the start of a new adventure - new characters, new aesthetics, new playlist, new feels, new WORDS. Since I was a pantser for Dusted Red and developed the plot and characters as I went, it's a different feeling to know my characters so well beforehand this time. To know what's going to happen next.

It's also an AWESOME feeling.

As mentioned in a recent post, I made several unsuccessful attempts at plotting this before settling on a method that worked, a method that produced a storyline that excites me. Even if it's an incomplete storyline. *glares at currently nonexistent climax/ending I've been unable to figure out for the life of me* (<< Yes, I realize it's dangerous to go into a story without knowing the climax, seeing as the climax is what you build toward from the very beginning, but I can be a hybrid, can't I??)

About 8,000 words of this new WIP have been written, so there isn't much story yet, but today I'm here to share some WIP aesthetics, some songs that I'm always playing while I write it, and a writer-ly tag to top it all off!

You may find this strange, but I'm not going to share a blurb or anything about the new characters introduced in this book (not even names... especially not names), mainly because sharing anything about ANY of that would ruin a little surprise at the end of Dusted Red that I would rather keep a surprise. I don't know if Dusted Red will ever be published, but I'm hoping to possibly be ready for alpha readers by 2020 (POSSIBLY. NOTHING IS SET IN STONE). And I don't know, I guess with this particular story I just feel more comfortable keeping practically everything hidden for the time being.

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Now, I do have a couple writer acquaintances who know QUITE a bit about the sequel, or at least a few of the details. And they're probably reading this. You know who you are, Privileged Ones, and you have hereby been sworn to secrecy. Lips = zipped. ;)

What I do want to share is the WIP banner + working title. Emphasis on working, haha.

I'm keeping this title right now because it's aesthetic and holds to the color scheme. Dusted Red and Blue Like Sapphires. Oh, believe me, I'm 100% certain there's a better title lurking SOMEWHERE in my mind, but ehhhhh I'll sniff it out later. Blue Like Sapphires for now. XD

Also, I'm not totally sure yet about the WIP banner. (In case you didn't know, a WIP banner is like a mock cover, but not a mock cover. Because making mock covers intimidates me, whereas making a horizontal "banner" with the Blog Banner template in Canva feels much safer and more familiar. Does that make sense? Probably not. :P) The image fits with at least one significant scene in the book and with the "blue" in the title, but... hmmmm. *strokes chin* If I find an even better image and redo the banner, I'll be sure to share.

Now for the collage!

Disclaimer: Pics are taken from Pinterest. All credit goes to their original creators.

You don't want to know how long it took me to tweak this collage to my satisfaction. Or maybe, if you've made collages before, you feel my pain lol. It's super fun, but that doesn't make it any less of a challenge. XD


future signs // fleurie

"Like creatures coming out of hiding for the first time,
'Til the stars fade, we are wildly alive"

lost boy // ruth b.

"Neverland is home to lost boys like me,
And lost boys like me are free

say something // jasmine thompson

"I am feeling so small,
It was over my head; I know nothing at all"

my blood // twenty one pilots

"Surrounded and up against the wall
I'll shred 'em all, and go with you

Aaaaaaand the entire Finding Nemo movie soundtrack. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is the soundtrack for Dusted Red, but Finding Nemo is where it's at with Blue Like Sapphires. XD

Hold Her by For King and Country, All We Have Is Love by Sabrina Carpenter, Ride by Twenty One Pilots, Bittersweet by Matthew Parker, and Plant Life by Owl City are a few other songs. They fit so well and in so many different ways that it hurts. <3


I was tagged for The Rising Author Tag by MK literally a year ago. January 2018. Yeah, I'm a LITTLE late. But better later than never, or so they say. Even though I've taken this long to do it, I've been reallllly wanting to! It's an epic tag. And this post seemed as good a time as any to tackle the questions, so HERE WE GO.

1. What is the weirdest thing someone has ever said to you about your writing?

Oh geez. Stuck at the first question. That doesn't bode well for the rest of them...

I can't find anything in my brain. It must be mush. Either that, or my writing just isn't weird enough.

2. What is the worst thing you ever wrote?

Prooooobably the romance story I tried to write one time. I must have been twelve or thirteen, so as you can imagine, that went REAL well. (I mean, if I tried to write a full-on romance like that now, it would still be terrible.)

I haven't burned that unfinished story yet, but I need to. 

3. What is the most awkward scene you've ever written?

It was a scene in Dusted Red draft 1. It involved Peter Pan, the MC Delmy, my lost boy figures, and a kiss.

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via Tenor

I'm going to die from embarrassment just thinking about it. YIKES.

Thank goodness I had the sense to scrap it later.

4. One a scale from 1 to 10, how often do you end up writing more than 3 chapters of the stories you start?

I'd say 9, at least. Good to know I'm usually committed enough to get past chapter 3. :P

5. What is the hardest thing for you to write?

Romance. (It's a lot of fun, though. *evil laugh*)
Fight scenes. (I always feel so uneducated when I try to write these. I don't physically fight people irl, so my experience is zilch. XD)
Climaxes. (They're a challenge. Especially when I can't even figure out what in Neverland they ARE.)

6. When you look back at your early writing pieces, what's one thing you can see you've improved in?

Everything, really. From humor to romance to overall style, I see much, much improvement.

7. How do you name characters?

Honestly, most of the time I just sit there and let names pop into my head of their own free will, running through them until I settle on one I like. I've also taken names directly from the fairy tales I retell, and I've done focused searches on Google a few times - like "German boy names."

8. If you had to pick one genre to write in forever, what would it be?




(Yes, I had to scream it three times. To ensure perfect clarity.)

9. Which of your characters do you feel most guilty about?

Oh my goodness, I couldn't possibly choose. I torture all of my characters in various ways, with few exceptions.

Me trying to warn my charries right before I ruin their lives:
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via Giphy

10. Which of your characters deserves everything you've given them?

Peter Pan, maybe? He's amazing, so I gave him an island.

But then again, it wasn't exactly a gift. The island didn't come without a cost.


And with that happy thought, we end this tag. Thank you for tuning in to Cryptic Remarks With Lila. :)

I'll see you next week.

The Lord's Truly,

So, now you've all been introduced to my newborn novel. <3 Comment below about any new projects you've started, writing or otherwise! And I unofficially tag all of you for The Rising Author Tag. ;D Let us rise together on the wings of fairy dust and fly away to Neverland, where dreams are born and time is never planned...


  1. That title is epic!!!

    And I love the aesthetic. SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW

    1. Thanks, Ivie!!! I like having an aesthetic title to work with, even if I don't think it'll be the final title. :D


  2. *screaming into the blue void* LILAAA!!!! I live the title and the aesthetic and songs and EVERYTHING. *zips lips and throws away the key* Suffice it to say I can't wait.

    Love this post!! *continues screaming into the void*

    1. I should really not use mobile devices to comment. Watch me as a /live/ the title and everything else. 🤦‍♀️

    2. 🤣 oh my gosh. "Watch me as I /live/ the title..."

      Best. Typo. Ever. <3

    3. *goes to blue and do some sapphiring* 😂

    4. AKDLFJFJGISDJTLK!!! (Keyboard-smashing is the best way to sum up my excitement at your excitement. :D :D :D) I can't wait for you to read it tooooooo. *screeches into the blue void with you*

      I agree with Ivie that that's a pretty awesome typo lol! (Oh, and don't worry about little typos like that - my mind auto-corrects them pretty much instantly. XD)

  3. Love the aesthetic!

    Your new WIP sounds awesome!! Best of luck writing. <3

    1. Thanks, Kara!!


      Actually, make that TRIPLE THANK YOU.

      Just... thanks so much, Kara! <3

  4. I LOVE the title and the aesthetics for this book, it sounds amazingggg!!!

    1. I'm so glad you like them, Gray!! THANK YOUUUUUUU. <333

  5. Oh, secrets are probably best, I'm learning. I always thought I was accidentally too closed mouth about most of my WIPs online, but now that I want to enter some contests, I've learned that I've been a /little/ to sharing with some of my stuff. Meaning I have to go and remove most of the references to those stories. Thankfully, there aren't many ;D

    You aesthetics are wonderful, as always! I think I like your title . . . maybe you could drop the blue and find a verb like Dusted and do something like "Painted Sapphires" though I don't like Painted either ;P or just stick with what you have - it's nice!

    And yeah, I can' do aesthetics. Way too hard for me haha

    1. Oooh, thanks for that tidbit of information. Very good to know. Ever since one YouTuber I watch said something about not saying ANYTHING about any of his writing projects on his channel for fear of someone stealing it, I've had the same worry swimming around like a smol annoying fish in the back of my mind. Not something I think I need to seriously worry about lol, but I've been learning too that it's actually better not to spill a whole lot about WIPs that I'm serious about maybe trying to publish sometime. ;P

      Thanks so much!! And I've actually tried to think of a title that follows the pattern of Dusted Red, but the best I could come up with was Sprinkled Blue, and I don't like that lol. I'll have to think about that more for sure, though! :D

      They ARE pretty hard... XD

  6. Love the aesthetic of it! It's going to be amazing!

    1. Thanks so much, Skye!! Writing it has certainly been an amazing experience so far! :D

  7. This all sounds AMAZING and I'm going to scream because I NEEDS THESE BOOOOOOKS


      I can't wait for you to read them sometime maybe. <333

  8. Lucky for me I always knew I would be horrible at writing romances so I never did 😝

    1. Anyway the title is quite nice and I noticed it matches the first book! I must listen to some of those songs!!

    2. If only I'd had the same knowledge about ME and writing romances. XD XD

      Thanks, Lisa!! <3 YES, DO LISTEN. THEY'RE AMAZING.

  9. New WIPs are always exciting! Good luck on your writing journey!

  10. OH MY GOSH I KNOW JUST WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT FONTS. Switching font size or type has helped me get out of a writing rut so many times. My go-to is Goudy Bookletter 1911.

    Fight scenes are also hard for me to write! I generally struggle with the pacing--describing everything action-by-action takes so long, the sense of urgency and adrenaline battle should elicit is totally lost. It's something I need to work on for sure.

    Great post!! I always love reading about others' WIPs :) it definitely gives me the kick in the butt I need to go work on my own.

    Eleanor | On the Other Side of Reality

    1. YES YES YES. *high-five* Switching fonts or font size is usually my Plan A for getting out of writing ruts. XD And ooh, I've never heard of that font - I'll look it up!

      Fight scenes. They're awesome to read but the worst to write, at least for me lol. EXACTLY. *nods at everything you said about fight scenes*

      Thanks, Eleanor! I love reading about others' WIPs too, for the same reason. :D It's SUCH a motivator.

      Thanks for commenting! <3

  11. LILA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVEN THOUGH I KNOW NOTHING I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have loved reading about Dusted Red, and this is so exciting!! (Blue is the best color ever) One of your songs is Lost Boy!!! AH!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited I can't even make sense.


      (I love blue too. <3)


      Eh, no worries. You make sense to me. We'll be nonsensical together haha. XD


    Now I'm super intrigued because I'm kinda getting a mermaid feel from this... Is this going to be a Little Mermaid Retelling???

    As for new stories I've started working on, you know that I have one, I wouldn't be me if I didn't have a new story now would I be? I've actually just started working on A Matter of Curiosity which is a second book too (I figured since I was already working on AWDAD and Time of Trepidation what was another sequel?), even though technically both Time of Trepidation and Season of Subterfuge have to come before it. But since I know what needs to happen in both of those books it's not enough of a reason for me to not write it right now XD. Even though I haven't gotten very far I do know it is going to be CRAZY!!!


      I can neither confirm nor deny that. #secrets XD

      Lol, of course you'd have a new project in the works! ;D I CAN'T WAIT FOR A MATTER OF CURIOSITY.

      That's so logic there. *nods* XD


  13. I LOVE the sequel title! So cool!!!! I kinda like that it's not identical to Dusted Red, but referencing a color helps keep them together.

    1. Thanks, Julian!! I like that aspect of it too! Not following a rigid pattern but still similar. :D

  14. I love the Crimson Red font! It's formal enough and easy to read, but not stiff (like Times New Roman). I don't even know if that makes sense. XD
    Your new WIP sounds AMAZING! Love the aesthetics.

    1. Crimson Text is my FAVE. *high-five* And I love your description of it! *nods* XD

      Thanks, Kathryn!!!

  15. I know I'm new here, but the whole aesthetic is stunning! I love it so much! I agree with Keturah about maybe changing the title a little, but seriously, I totally understand how hard it is to think up a title. I have had two books that I've worked seriously on, and I've changed each of their titles at least two or three times.
    Emily |

    1. Thank you so much, Emily! Yeah, it's a working title for sure. ;P And YES, titles are sooooo hard sometimes. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL.

      Thanks for commenting! Your blog is amazing! :D

  16. Hey girl! Those WIPs look lovely!! I'm excited to hear more and (maybe even?!) read them in the future! And that font is just. perfect. *all the feels* Do you use it for covers/graphics or do you also choose to write in it as well?

    Keep up the good writing for Jesus! ♥

    1. Hi, Hosanna! Thank you so much!! EEEEEEEP, well, I'm hoping to be open to outside readers sometime in the hopefully-not-TOO-far-off future, but idk. The Lord knows. :))

      Yesssss, I love the font too! *drools* I'm using Allura and Lato for blog graphics and WIP banners and stuff like that right now, but I reallllly like Crimson Text for both writing stories/novels and now blog posts too! :D

      Thank you!! <333

  17. Hey girl! Letting you know that you've been tagged for the Book Meltdown Tag:

    1. Ooooh, thanks, Lilian! I'll check it out! :D


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