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Ushering in the New Year

I haven't been writing on here for a while. Life got in the way and I got completely distracted and I also had a bit of writers block when it came to the blog. 
But with the new year comes new resolutions and new inspiration. Starting with the blog. I've changed it all up and given it a different name and everything. 
Why the new name? I've wanted to change it for a while and I thought it was about time to flip everything around. And also from here on out the blog will be about more than just writing. I want to cover TV shows, movies, and life while also sharing my passion for reading and writing. 
I also have a brand new planner from Christmas that I am dying to use from my book writing to college work to blog posts. I'm super excited for the new year and can't wait to get going on the blog.  I've decided to post every Wednesday so I hope you'll come back for more. 
For now though I want to kick off the new blog with a post about my new resolutions list style: 

Nanowrimo!

Let the mad dash to 50,000 words begin!

This is my first year doing nano so at the moment I don't have any special tips and tricks to get through the month of November but I will posting how I'm doing and my progress and all I've learned as I go through the writing month of November.  Happy writing! And Happy Halloween!

Wattpad!

So, I know I said I would have a blog series, but I've recently become sort of busy and also I'm having some story difficulties.

On the spur of the moment a few months ago I added a few chapters of my book Truest on Wattpad, but then there were a lot of stressful events going on and I promptly forgot to add anymore. To be honest, I didn't have the nerve, but today I decided to take the plunge.

(Cover by my talented mom)

I added chapters four and five on Wattpad for you to read! Here's a blurb of my book:

Jack is in hiding. To his friends he is known as a thief and works for a crooked boss but when he meets Kari everything changes. He knows that she is the only one that can stop Shado, the man that has taken over Seasons and is destroying everything. It's up to him and Kari to save his home.

Kari is a normal girl... if you consider living in a group home with a bunch of broken kids normal. She's always wondered about her parents, about magic, and about why sh…

No Post Yesterday: Pumpkin Fun Today

Hey everyone! So, next week will be about revision but I totally forgot that this weekend I was going to my grandma's so I forgot a post for yesterday.

But, I want to share the awesome time we had at the pumpkin farm. It was a real blast. :) 
There was a pumpkin Noah's Ark. 

And a beautiful Children's Garden.  Plus Peacocks! 
Overall, it was a great day spent with great people. :) Can't wait to get my revision post up next week! 
Have a great weekend everyone!

Writing the First Draft: Pantster Style

Today I am starting a blog series about my process from the first draft to the last draft. I've been going through this process for the last few months and so its all very fresh in my mind.
Step 1: The Spark of an Idea That moment of perfection when you come up with the most brilliant idea of all time and you are just so hyped about the whole thing. I start a pinterest board, spend hours pinning to the board, still having no clue of the plot, and coming up with character names and settings.

  Step 2: THE BEGINNING At the beginning I manage to stay focused and rush through the first few chapters like a madwoman, my fingers flying, my heart pounding, and characters having a blast. There's the inciting incident, my character starts to get into a few small problems, I get to introduce my other lovely secondary characters. My most favorite part of the beginning is usually when I get to introduce the love interest and if I'm lucky I get to write a scene with the protagonist a…

A Discorded Kitsune: Includes Excerpt of Chapter Two!

Due to the fact that I've been at a funeral for the past... three days I believe? this post is a bit late but that's OK! Because I'm writing it right now and because I kinda... am writing it the day its going to be posted its going to be a bit about my book Discord. Next week, will be a more scheduled post. Anywho, I'd like to share a little bit about Discord though I don't exactly have a very good synopsis for it yet. (Pictures from Pinterest. Not mine. Collage for Discord)
To start I want to share a little about where Discord is at in the writing process. I have a beta reader or two reading it right now and giving me feedback which is amazingly helpful and its on Draft Five. I am very excited about Draft Five since the last four drafts have been crazy busy and tedious and long a little exhausting but so worth it.

Here's a few facts on kitsunes and nogistunes and white wolves that I found very interesting and helpful in the process of writing this story:

The w…

The Descendants-A Confession...(Plus Blog Update)

Yo everyone! Sorry I've been so slow and absent! But I'm here now.
So, to start this post off I'd like to say this I am following through on my TV show review thingy but I'm also going to be changing up the blog a little. The truth is I'm a bit embarrassed to say this but I've kind of run out of ideas to write about well... writing. Plus I'm in a different stage of life than when I first started this blog. I actually got up at 6:30 this morning and was in my World Civilization class by 8 and now I am sort of cranky and tired but I think I'll survive.

I'm getting off topic. Anyways, when I first started this blog my life was writing and now things are a little different. Writing is still one of my deepest passions and I write every day and am revising like a crazy person on Discord while dabbling in the fractured fairytale genre. But now I also have college classes, a college group at church that I attend every Sunday. There are books and TV shows,…

Characters! Five Sidekicks that Kick Butt

Yesterday I talked about Sidekicks or supporting characters and now today I'm going to share my top five favorite supporting characters. So, here they are:

Dex from Keeper of the Lost Cities:

Dex is a great supporting character. He's there for Sophie from the very beginning (besides Fitz) and I feel like Dex was Sophie's first real friend that made her comfortable in the elven world that she is whisked away to. He's quirky and funny and super smart. Unlike the other characters I would categorize him as a bit of a nerd/geek but a spunky nerd/geek who's loyal and kind and fun. He's always there for Sophie when she needs to talk or just needs a hug.

Puck from The Sisters Grimm:

The Sisters Grimm series and I go way back. I can't even remember when I started reading the series but I know that I loved and still do love it. One of the most important supporting characters that is in every book from the beginning is Puck -- king of all criminals and pranksters a…

Blog Update: TV Show Reviews (AKA Rants from a Fangirl)

Late this August I will be starting three college classes and I have a feeling that I will have a hard time keeping up with the blog while keeping up with my classes and so starting late this August I will be going back to writing once a week instead of twice.
And since I am a TV addict I will be doing reviews on TV shows every week that include (but are not limited to):

Arrow
The Flash
Dark Matter
Atlantis
Teen Wolf
The 100
Switched at Birth
Heartland
Once Upon a Time
(and) Scorpion

I haven't decided if I'll do a review for one episode or a review for the whole season or whole series. I guess that'll be a surprise! Anyways, I hope you will join me on the next stage of this blog because I think it'll be really fun! (And of course there will be more writing posts scattered here and there whenever I can get it in).

P.S. I'm hoping that Discord (my paranormal baby) will be all shiny and ready for publication around September and November so make sure to sta…

Characters! Sidekicks!

This week I'll be talking about sidekicks that come in all shapes and sizes and personalities. I think that some of the most well known sidekicks are the ones that star in Disney princess movies. There's Pascal from Tangled, Flounder from The Little Mermaid, Raja from Aladdin (and Abu) and let's not forget the latest two sidekicks to show up in a princess movie, Olaf the snowman, and Sven the reindeer.
But what makes such a great sidekick? The fact that they have their own unique personality. A sidekick is supposed to be there to support the protagonist during her hardest and happiest moments and the only way for that character to stand out and be there for main character is to be different and special in her/his unique way. They also have to have their own goal and motivation because at the end of the day their the heroes of their own stories, not just a supporting character for someone else's life.

What I want to get into though isn't the perfect formula for a …

Sick Day plus An Update on Discord!

So, if you haven't noticed I didn't do a post yesterday and the reason is because a cold is passing through my family right now. If you have more than one sibling you know what I mean. Once one gets a cold its only a matter of time before everyone gets sick. So, I am taking a sick day since I'm still trying to feel better but don't worry! There will be a post next week! I promise! And it will be about sidekicks. :b

Before, I leave though I have an update for you all: I finished my first draft of Discord and am starting the revising which means that I will be trapped in the cave of revision and editing for awhile. I'll be sure to keep you all posted on how that's going. :):)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Characters! My Favorite Five "Nice" Male Characters!

Yesterday, I talked about Dark, Dangerous, and Brooding Male Characters and now today I will be share my top five favorite male characters so here they are:

Wolf from Scarlet:

Sure Wolf may be one of those dark, dangerous, and brooding sort but when you read about him he doesn't seem like that type. He's quiet and sensitive and curious and beyond sweet to Scarlet. So, why is he such a nice guy? Because of the fact that he's one of the few male characters that are shy and don't talk much and because of how polite he can be. He's probably my ultimate favorite bookish dude and I have the biggest fictional crush on him.

Keefe from Keeper of the Lost Cities:

Keefe is the cool kid that everyone wants to be friends with middle school and that all the girls have crushes on. He's adorably immature and funny and cute. What makes him such a nice guy? Well the fact that he sticks by Sophie no matter what and is always there to cheer her up with a joke. He's willing…

Characters! The Dark, Dangerous, and Brooding Male Character

Sorry this is so late! I was at my grandparents all weekend and thought I would have time to put this up on Thursday... Guess I was wrong. So! Here it is now!

This is the second weak of my A Month of Characters. You can check out my post on Characters! Independent Female Characters from last week. This week I'm going to ramble a little bit on The Dark, Dangerous, and Brooding Male Character that is usually the love interest for the feisty heroine.
Now to be honest I do fall in love the bad boy in any story...
Something about them is so alluring which is probably why the female character falls for them too at some point. But that doesn't excuse the huge cliché that they've become. Sure some of the dark, dangerous, and brooding male characters can have nice traits like being sensitive or kind like Edward but they still all follow pretty much the same formula.

To prove that I did my homework by checking out my library of books on my shelf and Kindle and what I came up wit…

Characters! 5 Female Characters I Love!

Yesterday (Thursday) I talked about Independent and Strong Female Characters and now today I am going to share with you my favorite female characters that I think are awesome!

Bella Swan from Twilight:
I'm sure that by now everyone knows who Bella Swan is. Either from the book or the horrible movie that ruined the book. Either way the original Bella Swan is someone I relate to greatly. She's awkward, clumsy, and agonized over decisions. Like me she also has a small obsession with vampires... All of those things to me is what makes her completely awesome! Not the fact that she fell in love with a vampire but the fact that she's quirky and that she survived so much vampire drama and devastations that was thrown at her. Some people may say she's weak because she's the damsel in distress, always having Edward or Jacob save her but honestly I wouldn't mind having a few amazing looking vampires and werewolves come to my rescue. 
Scarlet from Scarlet:  I can't …