What’s Up Wednesday

wuwPLANEBORDER2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

*Spoiler Alert*

So, I’m slowly trying to finish Reign of Blood, because it started off really good, but has slowly become a little …eeh…

This is mostly because of  the moment when the MC meets a one of the large groups of vampires, she instantly falls in love with one of the leaders, and him with her (because she’s his soul mate and they sort of imprint). For me, it came out of nowhere, and really bugged me because she suddenly became a lot more reliant on him, but he hasn’t given her a reason to be that way, other than the fact that he’s handsome and their ‘meant to be together’. Continue reading

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What’s Up Wednesday

wuwPLANEBORDER2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

Just getting into a novel called Reign of Blood, by Alexia Purdy. I figured I needed to read more apocalyptic/ war stories since that’s sort of what I’m trying to write now. And I think it’s helping. But mostly, I’m enjoying the journey with the characters.

So far, it’s about a girl, who lives in a world taken over by zombie-like vampires (and I say zombie-like because these vampires began with some kind of sickness, maybe airborne? and I instantly think zombie). Along with her mother and her younger brother, MC lives in a rural area, simply trying to survive, until her they are abducted. Can’t wait to see how my expectations will be twisted with this story~
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Link Roundup!

Just wanted to share a few of my favorite posts from other bloggers this week. Check them out!

Various Stages of Writer’s Block by Shannon Thompson

8 Steps All Writers Follow When They Edit  by Jacqui Murray

Writing Active Settings Part 1 by Mary Buckham via Jami Gold’s blog

Writing Past The Honeymoon Phase by Jodie Llewellyn

After the Battles: How to Avoid Overlooking Character Reactions by S.J. Aisling

 

And if you have any links of your own to share, feel free to do so~

Drabble: Two-Character Mashup #2

Bench  I really liked exploring my character’s personalities in different ways, so I wanted to try this again. Maybe this will become a regular thing. (If you want to read the last one I wrote, click here)

So here’s the word for this drabble, and the two characters I chose.  

Characters: Aiden + Darius + worship

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Darius leaned against the railing of the deck, staring at Aiden who couldn’t seem to keep his eyes from a certain girl. Torn between obnoxious laughter and ruthless taunting, he settled on taunting, because that’s the kind of guy he was.

“Are you serious?”

“Huh?” Aiden flipped around so quick, he nearly pulled the railing with him. “What did you say?”

“You’re staring.”

Aiden frowned, but there was a clear blush spreading across his tan cheeks. “No. I wasn’t-”

“You were, and it’s pathetic, in case you were wondering. Why don’t you just tell her?” Then in after thought, Darius added, “Wait, she doesn’t know you like her by now? Tell me she’s not that stupid.”

“She’s not stupid!” Aiden said. “Just confused.”

“Yeah, because it’s so difficult to choose a guy.” Darius couldn’t believe this was actually happening, in real life and not in movies, but he wouldn’t complain. It made for good entertainment. And as long as it wasn’t him, he could watch the love triangle-thing all day. Almost.

Darius watched Aiden watch Lillian, as she talked with Makaya and Ember about whatever it was that they usually talked about. Probably something boring and complicated, like their feelings. It always led to him having to so someone’s problem, which meant getting up and doing things.

“It’s like she’s some sacred temple you worship.”

“I do not!”

“You don’t what?” Lillian leaned in closer, a hand framing the back of her ear. “Wanna share with the rest of us?”

 

 

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Okay, so I have to admit, I wasn’t sure how to get worship in there… and then didn’t know how to end it, so stopped midstream. Darius and Aiden are actually from two different WIP’s of mine so it was weird having them interact, but I figured, once they when through the journey of their story, they could probably be decent friends. Maybe.

Let me know what you all think~

 

 

Confession: When I read, I skim most descriptions…

When I read...

When I read… xD

I have to be honest. When I read, I tend to skim around the descriptions and focus on dialogue and characters. I like reading about the relationships between characters, and following the plot, so if the descriptions are relevent to that, I try to take my time. But if not, I glaze over it to get to what I feel is the ‘good stuff’.

Which is why, when I write my own stories (including my current WIP), my descriptions are lacking. Severely. I have to work extra hard to make the setting pop, the descriptions personal to the characters, even though I know what the characters look like, where they are, and how they’re interacting with their surroundings. The images in my head are blurry at best, and they don’t always translate well onto paper for me. Continue reading

What’s Up Wednesday

wuwPLANEBORDER2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

Fanfictions. I mean, really really good fanfictions. Well thought out , detailed and in character fanfictions. It’s like an addiction, and I can’t seem to quit, until I run out of updates….
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The Importance Of a Good Theme

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If you couldn’t already tell by the few excerpts of my WIP that I’ve posted,  I write mostly fantasy. And sometimes, when I read fantasy, they tell really good stories with complex characters and a back story that pulls me in and hold on tight, even after the very last page. But there aren’t many out there that speak to something greater than itself.

I think this goes for all genres, too. The best sci-fi is known for examining our world through another, different themes such as identity, or gender issues, or even familial connections. I love those stories, because they speak to something greater than just those characters in the story. They talk about our world. Continue reading

What’s Up Wednesday

wuwPLANEBORDER2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

Re reading a few books on my shelf, mainly the Goddess Summoning series. Great series, and if you haven’t read it, you should.

I still haven’t found anything new that has really urged me to read it immediately, but I know things will change soon. Even without reading novels, I can’t resist reading fanfictions, so maybe I’m just in a fanfic mood for now? We’ll see…
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So…The Liebster Award?

liebster4For those of you who don’t know what this is, the Liebster Award is an award for new bloggers, a sort of welcoming and recognition for us.  And I was nominated for it, by the lovely Paradise on Paper Blog! Thank you guys!

They’ve asked me several questions about myself, and here are my answers:

1) What made you decide to start a blog?
Several things. First, I wanted to start building a platform for myself and my writing. I also really wanted to connect with other writers, get motivated and stay accountable for my writing, and just… get out there, I guess.

2) What is the biggest challenge you have being a blogger?
Posting regularly, definitely. For now, I try to keep it to at least once a week, and sometimes I can get two in a week. But as I’ve said before about myself, I go through spurts of inspiration, and long periods of i-don’t-know-what-to-do-or-write-so-i’ll-play-video-games-instead moments. XD

3) Aside from your blog, have you ever been published on another website or in print?
Nope

4) What are three words to describe your writing style?                                                                       This is a really hard question… I had to ask my friend to describe it for me, since I really don’t know…  She said minimalist, internally-focused,and  introverted. I’ll go with that.

5) Who is your favourite author and why?
Another hard one. I don’t really have one favorite. But since I have to choose… i guess Richelle Mead is pretty high up there on my list of favorites.

6) What quote or saying sums up how you view life?
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

7) What superpower would you like to have, and what would you do with it?
In life? I just saw a trailer for a new movie about a woman named Lucy who can use more than the normal 10% of her brain power.  Not sure how it’ll play out in the movie, but the trailers alone make me want that power. So that one. Definitely.

And what would I do with it? Learn every language,  fly (if possible), take over the world, become queen. You know, the usual~ hehe

8)What is your favorite setting to put characters in?
A forest. Doesn’t matter if it’s medieval or modern, but for some reason I love forests. There’s something about all the potential it has in a story, where it can be romantic or depressing, dangerous or safe, happy or sad. Somehow, my characters will always end up in a forest… I never really plan it

9) What is your advice for young people?
‘Young people’ sounds weird, especially considering I’m young myself… Anyway, my advice is to not give up on your dreams. If it’s something you really want, do it. Yes, it’ll take hard work. Yes, it will probably be a long process. And no, you can’t take any shortcuts. Do it anyway. Not just because you want to, but because you can’t not do it. Because you can’t see your self doing anything else. Because it makes you happy. Really and truly happy.

10) Do you prefer writing in notebooks or on computers?
Depends on what I’m writing. I write most if not all my poems on notebooks, but my stories on the computer. Don’t know why.

11) How do you keep a balance between your writing and your other commitments?
There is such a thing?? I hadn’t realized….

 

And now, for 11 random facts about me:

  1. I constantly fall in love with fictional people. Games, books, shows, all of it.
  2. Until I reached 12 or 13, I hated drinking water.
  3. I loooooooooove pizza.
  4. My favorite color is pink~
  5. I hate cafeterias. Probably half irrational fear, half complete hatred of them.
  6. I’m a scorpio! Woot!
  7. I used my first computer when I was 1-2 years old.
  8. And knew how to take them apart and put them back together around 5-7. Don’t ask me to do it now, though. I’ve almost completely forgotten all of it.
  9. I love to do origami.
  10. I’m obsessed with languages.
  11. My niece was born on my birthday~ I call her my favorite gift/ twin because we’re just alike. ^^

And now, I’m going to nominate a few other blogs that I feel truly deserve this award:

http://coffeewriterepeat.wordpress.com/

http://thewoegman.wordpress.com/

http://theresolutionthebook.wordpress.com/

http://winterbayne.wordpress.com/

http://aleciawrites.com/

For all of you that I’ve nominated, here are the 11 questions you’ll have to answer, if you choose to accept this:

  1.  Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
  3. Which genre do you like to read the most? Why?
  4. Which genre do you dislike the most? Why?
  5. How would you describe yourself in three words or less?
  6. Which genre do you write in and why?
  7. What was your dream job as a child?
  8. What fictional character would you most like to meet and why?
  9. If writing wasn’t an option, what other career path/hobby would you have chosen?
  10. Where is your favorite place to write? At home? Outside?
  11. Do you prefer writing by hand or on your computer?

And here are the official rules~
The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

Waiting For Perfection

103301385173046409_l1KzX8o9_fFor as long as I can remember, I’ve done this exact thing. It’s probably the number one reason I haven’t been able to finish anything I’ve written thus far. I write kinda-sorta first drafts, and while I’m writing, I show it off to trusted readers. Then I edit earlier scenes and chapters over and over so that they read well, so that they’re as perfect as I can get them at this stage, even though I’m not completely sure of the ending, or even the beginning(sometimes). Continue reading