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Catatonic || Beautiful People

Okay, so some of you were curious about my current WIP – Catatonic – which is now finished and currently in a crazy heap of editing between bites of cake and chocolate. (Hey, writing is hard, you need something to motivate yourself. )


The ‘butcher your darlings’ phase has now commenced.

I’m still mildly proud that I made it to the editing stage! Huzzah!

For those of you who don’t know what Catatonic is, here’s a small run-through. (I’ll pretend that you want to know for now.)  It’s based on two teenagers who decide that while they’re staying in London, they come together and leave 13 envelopes.

Indie and Jared. A real life city wide treasure hunt. 13 envelopes.

Except they’re the ones who are leaving the notes till someone finds the first. Someone who might find it, someone who needs those envelopes.

It’s about cities and life, music and violins (I adore violins), and the fact that friendship is just as important – if even more, than falling in love. And city wide treasure hunts. Someday, I’ll do it in real life, but until then it stays within the clasps of my WIP.

Jared kicked a pebble on the pavement with unreasonable force. Thank god for well-timed loose pebbles that have the ability to save lives from death by awkwardness.

I’ve lived in London before, so the whole “Wild-London-goose-chase” bit shouldn’t be the hard part.

They wrote out the first note, the note that would eventually lead them to the Eye. They ordered coffee (“Black like my soul,”) and worked out how many pound coins each capsule of the Eyes would weigh (1,052,631 ).

Envelope the First

If you are reading this,

it means that either you were insane enough to follow us up on this wild-brained goosechase, or you (surprisingly) trusted us. In any case, you’re here. Congrats. We’re not sure what you’ll gain from this, and we’re not promising anything either.
But you’re here in London, and if you’re here you might as well just enjoy that trip anyway. And because you’re here, you’re not in your sane mind, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go on with this. Make some memories.


And now onto Beautiful People, where I link up with Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In to talk about friendship in our WIPs. 

1. How long have they known each other, and how close are they?

I’ve written about people being friends their whole lives, but I want explore how a friendship blossoms and winds and grows. Indie and Jared had been friends for a year before Indie started growing obsessed with getting into music school and the violin sort of made them drift apart. Jared had a record deal – where his album, Catatonic, comes in. Life happened.

2. What’s their earliest memory of being best friends?

They’re super close, and it started with glaring at each other on the way out of the music rooms everyday. (Super charming.) Until, one day Jared said something along the lines of “You play the violin freakishly well.”

To which she rolled her eyes and said something along the lines of;

Nonethless, they started talking.

3. Do they fight? How long do they typically fight for?

That’s the thing about them. They don’t fight. If they have a problem, they end up trying to pretend like the problem doesn’t exist. Or the other doesn’t exist. No in-between. So one of them needs to get over their pride and march the other onto a squishy bean bag and actually talk about their problems. (That’s me. Always the therapist.

4. Are their personalities similar or do they compliment each other?

Indie’s a ball of angst. And deadpan snark. She prefers to stay rooted.

Jared’s a ball of adventurous volatility.

I wouldn’t say similar, but it works. And music duct-tapes them together. Thank god for music. And duct-tape. They compliment each other, in the strangest of ways, and running across London leaving their papery mark (literally) brings them to realize that.

5. Who is the leader of their friendship (if anyone)?


6. Do have any secrets from each other?

They do. But it doesn’t stay that way. They could be talking about something completely mundane, but they would be able to read through the lines and endless subtext and realize what was wrong.

7. How well do they know each other’s quirks and habits?

See above.

8. What kind of things do they like to do together?

If you count the whole temporary London wanderlust, there’s that.

But usually they exchange comebacks and banter. As much as they start to become visibly less clammed up squids, they talk. Tease, talk, laugh. And play together, of course. Indie on her violin, Jared on the guitar or the cello.

To which Indie will remind him that they’re seventeen.

“You do realize as much as per popular belief coffee may be considered the patron drink of the Mexican gods, and sleep deprived college drinks, it brings me reasonable pain and anguish to inform you that you cannot, in fact, live on coffee. Get something to eat too.”

Indie glared at him. “Speak for yourself,” she said, as she ordered espresso from a waitress. “Oh, and by the way, it’s chocolatle. Chocolatle was considered to be the drink of the Mexican gods.”

9. Describe each character’s fashion style.  How are their styles different/similar?

Except Indie has red streaks in her hair too. Just think Sadie Kane’s fashion sense as it may be, and you have Indie xD

Jared wears a black leather jacket everywhere, as a standing joke between them in his attempt to look punk when they both know better.

do you like books about friendship as much as you may like shipping? and ooh, what do you think about Catatonic? if you write; are you editing like me? or is your novel still baking?


34 thoughts on “Catatonic || Beautiful People

  1. That sounds really interesting! If you need any specialist violin specific input for any reason, let me know 😛
    I really like these kinds of post, I definitely need to start doing them for my own WIP. (I’d ask you if I could borrow these questions, but my MC is still being referred to as *name* and that would get a bit confusing in a post haha)


      • I think we’re following each other on twitter, feel free to message me whenever haha. I’ve played it for 11 years now so I know a couple of things about it 😛
        I might do it this weekend, after I’ve done an intro to my WIP and finally decide on a name for my main character haha…


  2. ….A city-wide treasure hunt with music (I know they’re supposed to be friends but they sound adorable and the slightest part of me ships them because omg.)


  3. I LOVE THIS IDEA. I have sooo badly wanted to read a book where the emphasis is on friendship and not so much romantic love. Because that’s where I am in real life, and I feel like that’s the case for a lot of other people too, you know? Your characters sound phenomenal, and let me just say CONGRATS on making it to the editing stage! What an amazing accomplishment. ❤ I just recently started a draft and I'm not quite sure if I want to keep up with it… There's always just so much going on, gah.

    I really enjoyed hearing about your novel and seeing the answers to the questions. I hope the editing process goes well! 😀

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life


    • I’m pretty much the same :’P My only true love = my bookshelf and a bunch of characters who don’t exist.

      Ohmygod, thankyou! I’m terrified of editing (butchering my darlings here we come) but honestly, so far it’s been great :’) KEEP AT THE DRAFT. Because, in the end it’s a draft, and if it’s not-so great? There’s always room to edit, right?

      Yay, I’m glad you enjoyed it 😀


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  5. I love the premise Nirvana and Catatonic sounds absolutely brilliant! I’m such a big fan of tense friendships (or relationships), and adventure type books where characters follow clues, off on a treasure hunt, or in this case, 13 notes. They both sounds like fabulous and well throughout and relatable characters. Thanks for sharing Nirvana, looking forward to hearing more about it ❤


  6. Thanks for sharing this! I am not a writer but I love to hear about other poeple’s WIPs 🙂
    To answer your question, yes, I do like to read about friendships in general. On the other hand, I cannot deny that friends-to-lovers is my favorite kind of romance and I like to read about it better than about “just” friendship.


    • Friends to lovers is definitely more interesting, and I prefer it to the whole insta love thing, which never really worked out for me, so I’d say the same heuheu.


  7. London and violin, just a few of my favorite things. I must read this I love everything about it. I can already tell it will be fantastic. Do you play violin? I just took my Grade 1 violin exam and it was terrifying.
    I have never followed a blog so fast. 😀


    • Ahhhh, thankyouu! I would definitely LOVE to, so alas! Nope. I do play the guitar, but as soon as school gets less crazy, I’ll beg my mom to get me a violin. Ooh, that sounds great, how did you do? 😀

      And I never followed back a blog that fast ;3


  8. I am actually the latest tortoise ever for commenting but: I FLAIL AAAH FRIENDSHIP & MUSIC & SNARK & LONDON. (Hush. I have a London thing. I’m allowed to have a thing for London even as a Londoner, right? Is that narcissistic? *looks around*)
    I’m loving the snippets too – dialogue eek yes. ❤ Big congrats on finishing your draft!


    • I HAVE A LONDON THING TOO. WE CAN HAVE LONDON THINGS TOGETHER. (Yes, of course you are XD I lived in London for almost three years and I miss it so much now…maybe it’s why it made its way into my WIP 😉 T’is a fab city. )

      The dialogue was definitely fun to write, and thenks ;3

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  9. Your story sounds really interesting! I enjoyed learning about these two characters and their friendship. Mine is still coming together (the story overall, at least), though I feel like I’ve gotten to know my characters quite well already 🙂


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