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Clayton_n
02-15-2011, 06:08 PM
I've published 13 books on Amazon and am working on about a hundred others right now. most in my "Gods and Monsters" and "Mystery Girl" Series right now. And of course there's "How to be an Anime Character" which is my best seller. And even an autobiography of a mythical character called "Yes Virginia, There is a Bogeyman".

Have any of you written a book? Are you planning to? What's it going to be about?

Fabala
02-16-2011, 08:55 PM
Interesting. I have written a great deal over the years and while I'd love to be published (outside of literary magazines, that is) one day, my penchant for writing short stories over novel-length holds me back. I've considered trying out self-publishing in the past, so I'm curious to know how you're finding it. Are people picking up your books? Have you received much feedback?

Clayton_n
02-18-2011, 07:00 PM
Then do a Short Story collection. I have one of those called Magical Moments

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1442126728/ref=sib_dp_pt#reader-link

Product Description
This book collects together stories about brief moments when something magical touches the world. In The Glass Mountain a king is sueing his daughter's fairy godmother because he finds her new spouse lacking in certain areas. In Sleeping Evil a girl has an encounter with monsters deep in a dark cave. Dragon Hunting tells the story of what really happens when a dragon invades a kingdom. Durring The War an alien commander sent to wipe out life on Earth finds himself trapped in a war between creatures he never knew existed. In a modern retelling of a classic Chinese fairytale a young boy in college finds love with two different women, neither of which is what she appears to be. This collection contains a dozen stories. Some funny. Some serious. Ghost, vampires, fairies and elves, demons and dragons. Even Santa makes an appearance.


And from How to be an Anime CHaracter here's a bit on the Seven Anime Sins


God has rules. Anyone writing and drawing an anime probably thinks they are god. As such there are seven sins in anime that will get you killed and possibly sent to Hell. Don’t worry though, you can commit the actual seven sins and flip off Saint Peter himself and still get into Heaven in an anime. These are more along the lines of stupid stuff you should have known better than to do.

Repetitive Behavior
You’ve been dunking the same kid in the toilet since second grade. You and your friends always just sit around the classroom and talk about the same stuff. Nothing happens. Nothing changes.

What happens to me if I do this? Simple. Property damage. Loss of life. Or seriously bad luck. Something is going to come crashing into your little world whether you like it or not.

What can I do about it? Like when you’re being targeted by an assassin it’s best to vary your schedule. Go on a trip. Explore a cave or haunted house. Anything to break up the monotony. Otherwise it’ll come looking for you.


Being Ugly
Life isn’t fair even in anime. We aren’t talking about turning into some hideous monstrosity, or thinking that you’re too plain because you have brown hair and glasses. Have you ever seen Superman?
No, we’re talking about you having a flat broken nose, a forehead that practically covers your eyes (not a unibrow. Having one eyebrow works for some people), having bad teeth, zits, and eyeballs that are different sizes. Guess what? You’re not even qualified to be a head bad guy. You are either a friend or sidekick at best. It’s unfair we know, but the top guys are all incredibly good looking.

What happens to me if I do this? Let’s see. You’ll be beaten up (especially by girls), considered a pervert by every hot girl you meet, and mostly spend your days alone reading books on what it would be like if you were an anime character.

What can I do about it? Repent and thou shalt be spared! Understand that you are an ugly S.O.B. and do something about it. Claiming that you are pretty when everyone else says you aren’t or that beauty is on the inside will get you nowhere. Get plastic surgery, mutate yourself, make a deal with Satan… whatever it takes to make you into either someone gorgeous or a hideous slime-dripping mutant. Either way it’s better than just being plain old ugly and your chances of getting a date will improve.


Being Too Cute (Kawaii)
That’s right. If you’re too adorable people won’t like you much either. You’re sweet, charming, and kind to everyone! You’re tiny. You do everything you’re supposed to and even help out in the local soup kitchen. People are cruel. Otherwise the writer wouldn’t be feeding your neighbors to monsters or making it so that the main character has eight girlfriends that he never gets lucky with. The sooner you learn this the better.

What happens to me if I do this? For starters you could be regulated to cooking everyone’s meal for life to keep you out of the way, but most likely you’ll be kidnapped. Everyone likes you. That makes you the perfect bargaining chip.

What can I do about it? You’ll probably grow out of it by the time you hit fifteen. If you don’t then you can try making yourself less cute. Secretly sabotage anyone who likes the guy/girl you like. Play pranks. Hang out with the “wrong crowd” at school. If you’re a boy you can be a pervert. If you are a girl you can develop and explosively violent temper and a penchant for hitting perverted boys with hammers. Or just go for it. You’re too cute for the bad guy to be allowed to hurt you anyway.




Having Children
The star of a major anime cannot have kids. They cramp your style, take up all that money you need for mecha parts and sword polish, and they get into all those family secrets you’ve been trying to keep.

What happens if I do this? The kid either unleashes the horrible evil you’ve been trying to contain and becomes the hero or villain while you have to go off to work to pay for the property damage or they get kidnapped or engaged (sometimes to the same person/thing) and you have to deal with it. You have to train them or their kids, sacrifice your life to save theirs, or maybe they will turn on you and kill you. As an anime character you could conceivably live forever… unless you have kids.


What can I do about it? You could try to kill the kid. But if you are a good guy that usually isn’t an answer unless they are possessed by some unspeakable evil, which you probably can’t kill anyway. I suggest either abandoning your family or adopting the kid out. You can’t take the time to care for it/them like you should, so drop the little brats off at your nearest relative, your spouse, or orphanage and never talk to them again. That way, even if they think you are dead, you’ll get to show up again later and help them out in some cool way. In the meantime you get a good fifteen to twenty years where you don’t have to think twice about them while you are off having adventures. Besides, do you know how much it sucks sticking around a house where every hot member of the opposite sex wants your kid and not you?




Ignoring Advice
This is when you get told to train in martial arts for no reason, keep watch over a specific object and not ask questions, or just plain “Don’t go in there.” Whether it’s an old man, an ancient prophecy, or a creepy kid with glowing eyes, if someone asks you to do something do not just write them off. Give it some serious thought. However this is a minor sin and there’s not much point in listening to the advice anyway. You see if you do follow other people’s advice eventually you get a bit repetitive and we all know what happens then.

What happens if I do this? The mystical object or creature you were supposed to guard may fall into the enemy’s hands resulting in countless deaths. It is best just to guard the thing and use it as villain bait than to have to get it back later. The bad guy needs it to do any real damage anyway. It is also easier to fight the unnamable evil if you already have your fighting moves down when it shows up. If you follow the advice someone else enters the tomb and unlocks the door that should have remained shut and you’ll get to say, “Wasn’t me!”

What can I do about it? Once you’ve ignored the advice, when something bad happens you can try to make up for it. Get whatever escaped back in the hole or on your side. Take up the family business and fight the monsters. Have a kid. Then when he is fifteen it’ll be his problem and you can get a job in a nice safe office building or demon-proof Shinto shrine somewhere far away and leave them with grandpa to train.


Being a Loner
You can’t make it on your own. If you are a bad guy you need faceless minions and trusted lieutenants to send after the good guy before they fight you. If you are a good guy you need someone to drag your unconscious body out of the line of fire when you lose your second or third fight. The more people or things you have on your side the longer you live. I’m not saying that you have to hang out with them or even be polite. You just need some help.

What happens if I do this? At worst you die. Painfully and quickly and mostly for being a total know it all jerk. At best you end up the butt of every joke when you show up and the edges of roofs collapse below you or you fall into a hole that you’re sure wasn’t there before.

What can I do about it? Keep an eye out for groups of good looking kids or one person about your age who happen to hang out in the same area those new superheroes with the exact same features have been sighted in (you know, those punks who have been “getting in your way” when you are trying to save the world? If these kids wore those tiny masks you could almost swear they were the same people.) Strike up a conversation. Offer them five bucks to pay for lunch. Or when you see those completely unrelated superheroes with the same builds and hair color in the costumes fighting monsters, wait until one gets in over their head and save them.
The best part? The hottest female character will be yours. The worst part? She’s probably not even your type, but now you’re stuck with her.

animegirl2365
03-26-2011, 09:32 PM
I haven't really wrote an actual book but i have the story i wrote that i want to make into a book in the future.(when I get some money lol) Its called Galaxy Guardians I'd appreciate it if you checked it out http://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/1761831-Galaxy-Guardians

Thenu
04-08-2011, 07:19 PM
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Comes out next month. I'm excited for it, being my first "real" book that I got edited and everything. But you have 13 books out? that is quite a lot, publish isn't cheap and it takes like 3-4 months usually. Oh, if you wanna read what the back of the book says ill copy and paste it below.


When a man wakes up inside a cage that is being carried through
an underground city, he has no idea where he is or what has
happened to him. As Von, a victim of amnesia, is taken to a jail
cell to await his fate amongst elves, humans, dwarfs, gnomes, and
halflings, he is told he is a member of the Royal Guard of Genisus.
It is not long before he is transported to the palace where he
meets an impatient king who eventually returns him to his jail
cell while deciding his destiny.

As Von’s memory slowly returns, he discovers that he is the only
one who can protect Drylor—a world that abandoned him—
from its greatest evil, his own brother. Through his journey to the
truth, Von meets an unlikely group of friends who are willing
to sacrifice everything to help him stop his brother Scarlet
from annihilating the only world they have ever known.

As Von’s past becomes clear and reveals his future, he soon
realizes the only way he can end his brother’s heartless
massacres is to find him and kill him.

Books Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Drylor-The-First-Artifact/147346375329521)

Gizoku
04-13-2011, 08:36 PM
I'm currently in the process of writing one actually but I've never really thought about publishing it due to its mediocrity.

~*Red*~
04-13-2011, 09:05 PM
I'm currently writing a book about the experiences of a fictional U.S. Marine as he fights his way from Guadalcanal, to Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian and finally to Okinawa.

Marifana joshu-sha
04-22-2011, 02:21 PM
I'm writing one with all my Eighth grade Horror fantasies they will be split into volumes. Five stories each (Don't worry there won't be pussy cannibal Fairies like in Twilight), One about a Canadian student who travels all the way to Florida to go to college and starts dating her English Professor, and One about a Muslim girl who gives up her faith to Allah

36gamer
05-21-2011, 07:59 PM
I have been , for a few years now, been working on a novel off and on that I eventually plan on publishing when i get around to completing it.

It is titled "Just Larry". It is basically about a 22 year old man that still lives with his mother. One day when he discovers a mysterious amulet in the woods he blacks out and is eventually captured by a secret organization claiming to be on his side and "the good guys" while another secret organization claims that the other is lying. They then start fighting over this guy because the amulet he has has bonded with him and is the key to victory in some unknown battle. It is supposed to be mystery and suspense with a little comedy

Blue Footed Booby
05-21-2011, 09:49 PM
I write short sketches and comedy bits of a group of friends back home. I read constantly and have always wanted to write a novel, but I'm not much into fantasy and such. I'm a huge fan of black humor and sarcasm (Vonnegut, Huxley) and have always felt I should wait til I'm more worldly and have my Anthropology degree before I start on a novel.

eternal_elk
05-22-2011, 06:10 AM
Whew... that was a lot to read and a lot of fun as well! I'm currently working on a fantasy book titled The Aria of Angels... I won't say much but basically it follows three separate heroes in their different journeys to unite a kingdom broken by civil war and fight the bigger problem; the mysterious but evil race that killed off every single Dwarf from the face of the planet roughly 6,000yrs ago. ^_^

Xangsong
06-01-2011, 07:43 PM
Well what I have been working on I havent quite decided if I am writing it as a book or as a script; I may try both.

My most prominent issue is that I am a perfectionist, so I take a long time to finish - that is, if I actually do finish - any one particular story I am working on.

I doubt anything I come up with would be worth publishing material, but the story I am working on is - as briefly as I can - like this:

There are 4 worlds, 3 of which humans (technically, the story takes place in a world other than our own, but for the sake of simplicity, I am calling them human) call the Afterlives: a Heaven, a Hell, and the Nether. As Deathmask (the equivalent to the Grim Reaper, or Shinigami, he is the overseer of the Nether - an entirely grey world, and the birthplace of all reapers) would say himself, 'Here there may be no happiness, but there is also no pain.

When they die:
Humans who live honest, good lives (predictably) go to the Heaven afterlife.
Humans who live sinful, bad lives (obviously) go to the Hell afterlife.
Humans who lived a balanced life, or those that died tragically (usually by suicide), go to the Nether afterlife.

Reapers, the collectors of souls, collect souls on behalf of Death (Deathmask). They are chosen amongst those souls who died tragically.

Much more briefly, and more casually...
This guy dies, gets turned into a reaper, and some crazy shiz happens. Oh, and he likes bunnies. A lot. The seven deadly sins - in the flesh - make an appearance. And there may be a faint nudge at some romance. We'll see.

Masakisu
06-16-2011, 11:15 AM
Currently I'm in the planning stages of a novel entitled Suicide Game, which is effectively about a high stakes game with a heavy focus on Russian roulette - I'm attempting to make it focus primarily on psychological warfare.

Cross Avantgarde
06-16-2011, 12:02 PM
First, I’m truly impressed by what I’ve read in this thread. Not only are these ideas diverse, but they’re interesting. Further, some of you have published? That’s amazing, and even self-publishing shows ambition and belief in one’s works. I wonder—does that make it even more difficult than traditional publishing, after a publisher takes the work, that is? Like Fabala, I do have questions about this as the only thing I almost had published was an article on Immanuel Kant in a journal of Philosophy. Oh well, maybe next time?

At any rate, the only serious work that I’ve taken on outside of nonfictional works on philosophy is the series Counterweight, a work of historical fiction based on the French and Indian War (known as part of the Seven Years’ War in Europe). I’ve posted the first chapter of the first book in the Fan Fiction/Prose subforum. To date, that’s my only serious endeavor at writing fiction.

bug
06-27-2011, 04:34 AM
I'm working on a novel right now. Actually, in two months I started three stories and dumped two of them. The writing I'm working on right now on the other hand is going great. So far I haven't had to force myself to wright, it's all been coming out smoothly. Right now, I'm holding back my urge to wright cause I need to decide on some rather critical things. To many times have I not thought through an idea and had to scratch several pages worth of content.

Because I don't have much more than the beginning figured out, I won't bother posting a synopsis. However, this novel is based on a little fairy tail like work that I had created not to long ago. It was actually for another story, but that didn't work out. I was kinda depressed at that time just cause I really loved the fairy tail and I had created several more works expanding on it. But I guess it all worked out in the end. Oh, if I ever copy the fairy tail onto my computer, I'll post it here.

Ezza Obsuna
07-05-2011, 01:46 AM
i think people who can right books are amazing. i've tried writing a book once but sadly, i got bored of my own subject so i stopped. i'd rather read.

brolyx74
07-05-2011, 09:59 AM
I've attempted writing novels, but I never have the conviction to finish more than a few chapters. The furthest I've ever gotten in a book of my own is about 75 pages.

Instead, I like to stick to short story writing. I have a couple horror ones right now that I'm going to try to publish, but I might wait until I have about 20, that way I an publish them all as an anthology.

blueangel06661
07-05-2011, 10:26 AM
I was working on a short story/book a few years ago. But I lost it due to my computer needing to be reformatted.

It was about this girl who was crazy obsessed with this theme park that had been closed down a few years after she was born. Her father worked there operating the monorail system and since then he and his other fellow monorail co-workers have been missing. If any of the families tried to figure out what happened with their loved one's they'd be stalked by these suspicious people so the girl who's name is kira did all her work in her attic even with her moms disapproval. She had a best friend named Lenne [pronounced leenae] and showed her collection of gathered data about the park to her for the first time. At first she thought it was crazy but then they started piecing things together and caught onto something. In a rush to find out more information the secrete group caught onto the girls tracks. While kira was used to them Lenne did not like the unwanted attention. And that's pretty much all the overview I can give of it without spoiling the rest ^__^; Just in case I finish it one day.

Epitath95
07-21-2011, 09:29 PM
I'm writing about a girl who witnesses her boyfriend getting bit by a werewolf and his changes.

th_afuro_samurai8
07-21-2011, 09:50 PM
cool! I just decided on writing paranormal books...

HamsterGod
08-19-2011, 07:03 AM
I've been writing a book about a wizard...And another for an alien prince. I also plan on writing books about a guinnea pig god and... something like a fairy doctor-poet-viking. My ideas probably suck, but I like writing.

RohanDarkling
10-21-2011, 06:21 AM
I have an extensive world that I am creating as the setting for a series I am writing that I hope to one day be published. The series mainly focuses on necromancers and revolves around a number of philosophical ideas and dilemmas. Stories to tell are aplenty, I am finding that creating a stable environment for the stories to take place is the most challenging aspect of the whole enterprise. I've found myself going into absurd depth in some areas, however I feel that once I have a sound environment I may weave any tale I wish at will with confidence.

SwiftKill GunToting
11-27-2011, 02:15 PM
Well, internet-wise I've made a lot of fanfics but I'm getting published in the kids/teens section of the first Womanthology comic. I think I signed for the next few too.

For what I'm planning, more fanfics.......and turning my original story into a comic series one day. :D

Lollipox
12-19-2011, 12:23 PM
I've written a lot of short stories and really enjoy them (normally horror/supernatural type). I also think that the 65 word stories are really fun.

Last year was the first time I participated in NanoWriMo (www.nanowrimo.org (http://www.nanowrimo.org)) which is a novel writing competition to complete a 50,000word novel in the month of November. I ended with only 27,000 words, but for me it was a major feat. It was about a girl who became possessed by a demon trapped in a book (The book Mister B Gone was my inspiration). Unfortunately I haven't touched it since then... My main character is thought to be dead...

This year I participated in Nanowrimo again. My story was about an alien invasion; I got to 35000 words and I'm trying to keep on working on it until it's finished. This idea actually came from a dream I had. The story starts 24hours after the invasion starts.

vrarsenal
12-27-2011, 05:11 PM
I have thought about doing this when I was young.
I did about the first 15 pages and then stopped.
I want to do one soon.

Rylingo
01-25-2012, 01:38 PM
I started writing a book called "Cursed Trinity". Really struggled since I seem to struggle with the "Michael Bay" disease. I kept letting the comic relief characters drain all tension out of the storyline.

Xanfiore
01-27-2012, 09:31 AM
I'm working on a short story. A fantasy-like I guess.
Currently working on it but since I've made many short stories, I didn't seem to finish it. Over 4 short stories I've made so far but none of them really has an ending. ^^;
So I was hoping to finish the one I'm working on now and is entitled ' Grave Spirits '. Odd name I know but it's the only name that pops out from my mind since I've started it

Leviticus88
02-27-2012, 11:56 AM
Try Galaxies at War! Science fiction book! You can message me for a link! Live through a soldier's torture by his government and experimentation! Also live through the fight to survive as he tries to escape the planet he's trapped on!

CrimsonMoon
03-28-2012, 01:18 AM
I've written several stories, and I have some fiction stories published in Fiction Press. But I've never published any books. Though I have written some stories, most of the stories that I wrote are incomplete, simply because I'm too lazy to finish them. I don't have the motivation to write books, and I don't have the time either.

hatoko_hinata
05-30-2012, 07:54 AM
I've never actually published books, though I do hope to do so one day. I've been writing original stories for years, both short ones and novel-length stories. But I was never fully satisfied with any of them and never considered them finished. The first one I ever wrote was actually a legend of the moon and how it came to be. Most of my stories are fantasy-adventure types. But a number of them are romance.

Yukisakurakissu
08-03-2012, 12:48 AM
I'm currently writing a story called "A Sip of Sakura" which is more of an erotic type novel and then I have another story which I don't have a title for, but I've been working on character development so far.

Sadrith
08-03-2012, 01:35 PM
Little bit by bit I've been working on my Noir book but it takes time. I would one day like to see it completed but I'm not in a rush.

Kuraya554
08-03-2012, 02:43 PM
I'm in the middle of two books (The Forbidden, Seven), one manga (Kuraya), one collab (Perpendicular), with one other novel planned. However, I have no idea how to get anything published. Especially the manga, since it reads right to left and I live in America.

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Currently I'm in the planning stages of a novel entitled Suicide Game, which is effectively about a high stakes game with a heavy focus on Russian roulette - I'm attempting to make it focus primarily on psychological warfare.

That sounds really interesting! I'll be looking out for it. I love psychological warfare themes. Smart people rock!

threewolves
08-03-2012, 03:22 PM
Thanks for this Clayton, I have 2 books I have been working on off and on over the past year or so, and was curious about Amazon. I think I might have to actually take a look at them, and get my butt in gear and finish them.

TheGuyWalking
08-09-2012, 04:08 AM
Well I have one book currently in production since last December I want to say. I'm only on Chapter 6 sadly but it's posted on Wattpad for the most part (unedited).

I currently have 4 books that I have the plot written out for and characters but want to wait on until my first book is finished

and I have at the moment 8 new book ideas that have been written out really roughly. I add like a new one each day but then usual scrap it because it's not good enough for me personally.

PinkGalaxies
09-09-2012, 12:29 PM
I've been writing on a story based off a comic I worked on for 6-7 years. The story is about overcoming the evil within (very short summary). I don't know if I'd ever consider publishing it.

marvel_phoenix
09-09-2012, 06:13 PM
I'm in the middle of two books (The Forbidden, Seven), one manga (Kuraya), one collab (Perpendicular), with one other novel planned. However, I have no idea how to get anything published. Especially the manga, since it reads right to left and I live in America.

You can try sending a query letter to Dark Horse Comics. They've published English printings of a few manga series in the past. (Gunsmith Cats, Hellsing, I think...)

As for my goals, I'm currently working on a science fiction short story with an anime inspired novella (original idea) currently on the back burner. The short story I'm going to send to magezines while I self-publish the novella. :)

Karirie
09-12-2012, 10:57 PM
I'm currently writing my first book called "The Secret Flower". I use to write short stories for my little cousins a couple of years ago, so I decided on writing a book for them. I'm still working on what genre it is (probably mystery and fantasy) and on the plot. I think i'll finish in like 2 years xD

Alice Lost
10-08-2012, 11:04 AM
Cools!!! A topic on writing stories!!! I have been working on stories for years but I never had a publisher.
My latest is an Anime style story about a girl who gets kidnapped after she was attacked and gets turned into a soldier working for the opposing government. I also have a friend of mine who wants to turn it into an Anime-style picture book. It's too long for me to retype on this computer but maybe someday, I can post it.

Yugami
10-17-2012, 11:20 AM
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It was about this girl who was crazy obsessed with this theme park that had been closed down a few years after she was born. Her father worked there operating the monorail system and since then he and his other fellow monorail co-workers have been missing. If any of the families tried to figure out what happened with their loved one's they'd be stalked by these suspicious people so the girl who's name is kira did all her work in her attic even with her moms disapproval. She had a best friend named Lenne [pronounced leenae] and showed her collection of gathered data about the park to her for the first time. At first she thought it was crazy but then they started piecing things together

At any rate, the only serious work that Iíve taken on outside of nonfictional works on philosophy is the series Counterweight, a work of historical fiction based on the French and Indian War (known as part of the Seven Yearsí War in Europe). Iíve posted the first chapter of the first book in the Fan Fiction/Prose subforum. To date, thatís my only serious endeavor at writing fiction.

seoulhime31
10-20-2012, 12:38 PM
Well, I'm just starting out slow online haha! I have three stories currently in draft mode on my Quotev account and they're all set in modern day Korea. The summaries aren't all that great but I've tried.

I Love You
Being the leader isn’t always the easiest thing ever, and neither is being surrounded by boys who won’t get off of her. Her heart only exists solely for one person but who exactly is that? Gi-Kwang Kim, the former Junvenile Delinquent who changed for good or Jung-Yoon Lee, a socially awkward outcast? As So-hee does her best to survive through High School, she finds out some secrets that make her life change forever.

Seoul Beats
Gi-kwang, former Juvenile Delinquent, and Jung-yoon, socially awkward outcast, don't go well together- considering their titles. As a new student, Jung-yoon stays away in the secluded areas, and Gi-kwang tries him out. Will Gi-kwang win Jung-yoon's heart or will the pathway lead to heartbreak?

Scattered Flowers and Lies
Doing her best to survive through the pillars of her own High school, Yoon-Ji Lee has had a tough time throughout her Freshman to Junior years of Seoul Arts High School. When she strives to become a singer, everyone knocks her down and a very arrogant girl, Chaeyul, tries to take her spotlight. What will it take to stand up to Chaeyul and knock down her status without becoming the girl she doesn't want to become? How will all of this accommodate with her fitting in?