Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The "Of Rising Authors" Tag :: Vol. 3 and... 4?

Oh dear, here we go again...!


Place-holder until I get inspired to make a picture xP 


Rules:
  • No tagging back. (When was this added??)
  • Tag four people.
  • Thank the person who tagged you. 

Thank ye very muchly Ral and Jessica! (Double-tag posts are indeed a thing xD)


Ral's Questions:

1. What Genre of books is your favourite (To read or to write)?

(To read and write) Modern-Fantasy, lots of action and high stakes probably. 


2. What would happen if your MC Loses?

Bad things, man... Bad things. Maybe not straight away-- but my villain would continue to go crazy with power (not the magical kind, the dictator-ish kind) and start exploiting it.... Until one day she slipped up and ended up getting arrested by the police who finally came to their senses.

(But you know, not until after a loooong reign of terror.)


3. What would happen if a secondary character becomes the MC? 

*almost falls out of chair* ARE YOU KIDDING ME. How--?! What--?!

*ahem* Sorry, allow me to explain... The amount of irony in this question is quite amusing considering I'm actually going to attempt this for G.A... Wish me luck :P 


4. How do you get your ideas? 

By spending a lot of time zoning out and thinking. Some other ways would be talking to specific friends and family about it and bouncing ideas back and forth. It's fun. *wise nod*

Either that or just sitting on my bed and staring at the roof works almost just as well.


5. What do you like to do to your characters? (That's NOT Torturing them. I literally have asked this before and TWO PEOPLE have said they torture their characters.)

Tortur-- oh... uhm. *crickets chirp*

This is awkward.


6. What would happen if your villain had a change of heart?

Weeeeell... um, spoilers! *throws down a confetti bomb and disappears in a cloud of confetti*


7. Would you rather: Never write again OR Write for the rest of eternity. Never stopping. (I know, I'm evil >:D)

Oh man, um.... This one is actually super hard 'cos the writing for the rest of eternity implies that I can't draw ever again... o-o But on the other hand, I really like writing and making up stories for characters and not being able to write again would suck.

OH-- Waitaminute... I think I've found a loophole... I won't write, I'll just dictate :D 


8. (If you do Indigo's challenge, you don't have to answer from here on :D) What's your favourite style to write in? (First-person, third-person, etc)

HA. This is pretty much the one thing I am 100% confused about, all the time. I love both, really. They both have way too many pros and cons for me to make a proper decision. (or maybe I just overthink it far too much). This is also why my snippets (for the same WIP) so often vary from third-person to first-person. 


9. Any Tips for writing? If so, please share.

Just. Keep. Writing. 

I know you've all probably heard this one, a thousand times, but it's true. Who cares if it's bad? The only way you'll get good at something is if you keep doing it.

Oh yeah, and reading. Make sure you read lots. *wise nod*


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

-Everything- 

Writing is hard for me. It will always be hard for me... But that's fine-- I still love it anyway. *shrug*

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Okie dokie and now for Jessica's Questions!


1. What do you struggle most in your writing with?

I think it'd have to be the actual writing part itself... Sitting down and not getting distracted by anything else.. specifically drawing. (Weirdly enough, Pinterest hasn't been so distracting lately...I dunno how.)


2. What inspired you to write your WIP?

Oooh tricky. I dunno, I think I was listening to a sermon in church when a particular sentence came along and hit me over the head with inspiration. Annnnd then, in the car ride home, I talked to my Dad and older brother about it and basically we came up with so many scene and concept ideas that I just had to write it. The story itself has changed a lot over time. 


3. What is the theme of your WIP?

I think it's 'Forgiveness'.... Both my MCs, Brinley and Asher, have things they regret doing (or not doing) and the guilt just kinda follows them around everywhere.... annnnd I should stop talking before I spoil the whole story.


4. Which do you enjoy more; planning out your character development or your world?

Planning out the character deveploment, definitely. Creating the world is fun too, but not as much ;P 


5. Do you have a set genre that you write to?

I don't think so... I've kinda been hopping from fantasy to modern-day-superhero (does that count as a genre?) lately.


6. What would be your most dreaded genre to have to write?

Science Fiction. Definitely. 

More so the type of Science Fiction where planets and space travel are involved. I can't really bring myself to read it, let alone write in that genre. It tends to be so full of lengthy descriptions and science-y (wow, really Sarah?) terms that I lose interest almost immediately. 

(SciFi movies are super cool though.)


7. Do you have a favourite character?

Mhm... I dunno. Depends if you're asking about my favourite character of all time or one of my original characters?

For the former question: It'd have to be either Leo Valdez or Hearthstone. (I don't do complete favourites :P that's much to hard)


8. If so, why are they your favourite? (If not, why don’t you have a favourite?)

Aw, come on.... It was hard enough trying to think up a favourite xD

I don't really know how to explain why they are my favourites... They just are. *shrug*

Oh wait maybe it's because they both have tragic backstories.


9. Are you a nice writer or an evil one?

Evil...ish. I think. Considering one of my characters has to deal with PTSD... I'll let you decide :P

(What is the definition of a 'nice' writer anyway? Someone who gives their character ice-cream every few scenes or so? I dunno.) 


10. If you could insert yourself into any part of your WIP in the place of your MC, what would it be and why?

Ooh. I dunno... I probably wouldn't? 'Cos bad stuff happens... and my characters kinda need the calmer moments to relax. I would feel pretty guilty if I did that... unless it was a bad moment. In which case I would be too busy freaking out.

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*realizes I've finished all the questions* Waitaminute. I'm... I'm DONE? *quickly searches under chairs and rugs for anymore questions that might be hiding* ...Huh, I guess so.

Okay! So I don't think I'll tag anyone specific this time... I'll just leave it open. If you, dear reader, haven't by some miracle done this tag already (or if you want to do it again)-- I hereby tag you. :D


Here are ze Questions...

1. Do you prefer writing in your pajamas, or everyday clothes? (Or dressed up in a costume?)
2. If you absolutely had to rewrite a well-known book and put zombies in it, which one would you pick? (Bonus points if you write a small snippet (with zombies) for that book :D) 
3. Which do you prefer: First person, or third person?
4. If you had to choose only one hobby (any of them) to have perfected for the rest of your life, what would it be? (You can still have other hobbies, but you won't have mastered them)
5.  If you could live in a book of your choice, which one would it be? (Please also explain why?)
6. What book do you love so much that you often wish you had come up with the idea?
7. So.. *leans back in a comfy chair with a cup of tea* How's your WIP coming along? 
8. Write a small scene in which your MC encounters a talking squirrel (who is also an assassin with a secret weapon). (Please? :D) 
9. Have you ever written a scene that made you cry? 
10. How many times have you made your character cry in their story? (Or made them want to cry?) 


Now go forth! (...And let me know if you did it!)

-Sarah

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Random Lil' Thing

Here's a random little thing I started working on 'cos I wanted to draw Ember... and then it just kept growing, and growing... and so on. So here you go! *throws mini-confusing-comic/snippet of one of my WIPs at you and runs away*














"How very observant of you Mr [Officer] Lucas. Can we get back on topic?" - Ember.

(A little bit of Context: Ember can manipulate light and sometimes does it without realizing (or she just likes to mess around with it when bored) ...She kinda hates having to explain it, and even more so when people she doesn't like interrupt her to point it out.... And so yeah, I'll stop rambling now :P)

So yep, that happened. I had fun drawing this random scene and I think the facial expressions turned out okay... Not sure if this scene will make it into the actual story though ;P

Anywho! I shall go and finish writing a post for a certain tag... Bye!

-Sarah

Friday, September 1, 2017

The "Of Rising Authors" Tag :: Vol. 2

Waitaminute! How'd we get back here again?? Good golly gosh, how long has it been since I've done this tag... *goes to check*

WOAH-- *almost falls out of chair* Okay.... Turns out it was July last year.

Anyway, thanks Ralraymee and MiddleEarthMusician! You're both awesome!


Krita hasn't been working lately, so I had to improvise.


(I assume the rules haven't changed at all, so I shall just put them here...)


Rules

Thank the random who tagged you. 

Do the post.

Answer the questions.

Tag other randoms

Give 'em another 10 questions


Well... Here we go again. (Imma do Ral's questions first...)


1. What's a strange thing you do while writing?

I still tend to chew on my headphone's cable whenever I'm writing (providing I also happen to be listening to music).... To be honest, I'm surprised it's still alive.


2. Any funny writing stories? if so, please share.

Well... I'm not sure if it counts as 'funny' but there was this one time I took my laptop to Bunnings. Just so that I could keep on writing my story while Dad did the shopping. (For anyone who doesn't know my dad... He loves Bunnings. We may have even spent approximitely four to six hours in there at some point while he contemplated buying a new drill.)

(Might be funny to you guys though... At this point I just suffer ;D)


3.  What's one of the worst things you've written? Please share

*spends half an hour trying to choose because there's just so much material to go with*

Okie dokie, found something cringeworthy! BRACE YOURSELVES PEEPS. (Also note that this snippet is from yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaars ago... Possibly from when I was 6-7 years old? I don't know.)


One day Kate was sitting under a tree reading her bible when her friends came over,
“Kate?” asked her friend “Yes Lulu?” asked Kate “How are you feeling?” she asked “Hmm, ok I guess” She replied looking up from her bible.
“Oh! Hi Becky and Lulu!” 
“Yes we’ve here a while now.” said Becky as  she  folded her arms “Oh. That’s  Fine,” answered  Kate. 
“Kate isn’t being herself you know” whispered Lulu to Becky.  “Kate do you remember we are going to-“began Becky “sure do” Kate said. 


*ahem* ...I'll spare you the rest. (For those who are really curious: If I remember correctly, they later go swimming in the lake on Kate's family property... Kate almost drowns, 'cos they were silly enough to take a rowboat too away from the shoreline without life jackets and yeah-- basically I was an angsty child back then.)

Funnily enough, it was found in a folder named 'The ancient ones that shall not be mentioned'. Gee, I wonder why... ;P


4.  If you could meet /any/ one of your OC's which one would you meet and why? (Double question :P)

AHHHH-- NO. How dare you make me choose just one of my dear children D: *hugs them all*

But..... I suppose if I absolutely had to answer this question. I'd probably go with Brinley 'cos I've "known" her much longer than all my other OCs. (That's not a weird thing to say-- nope, not at all..)


5. What's one of the best things you've written? Please share.

Oh. um. *realizes this was much easier to do with the 'worse things you've written' question* 

Oh stuff it-- This is the closest thing I can think of... *throws snippet at ya because I'm terrible at being vague and using a description intstead*


“Brinley— Stop! Come back!” 

I kept walking. There was nothing else for me to do. I failed, I had messed up… I had just ruined the lives of the young woman’s family in one fell swoop and it was taking every ounce of self-control I had to not just fall apart right then and there. I wasn’t going to stop.

I heard Asher’s steps echoing my own and a few seconds later, he reached out to grab my arm. “Brinley, please just wait...”

I couldn’t help but flinch back at his touch, moving out of his reach as much as I could without stumbling onto the road. No— no, it’s okay, there’s no vision-- it’s okay. I grabbed onto the nearest pole to steady myself. My eyes started to burn and I took in a shaky breath. Just keep breathing.

One look at his expression and any strength I had left unraveled almost instantly. Covering one hand over my mouth, I let out a choked sob. 

It wasn’t meant to happen this way—

I felt pathetic and so self-centered. Not crying for the loss of the dead woman who had, moments before now, life— but because I had been such an idiot. I tried to take in a few breaths to calm down, but only succeeded in pushing myself further into the great sob-lake of stupidness. 

How did I ever think I could do this?!

“Hey, calm down.” Asher’s abnormally gentle tone tore me out of my thoughts and back into the present. “There was nothing else you could’ve done.”

No- he’s just lying to make you feel better. 

I shook my head, unable to speak. Heck, even if I could of- I didn’t want to talk. There was absolutely nothing to say.


Annnnnnd back to the happy cotton-candy land of clouds now. Yay!


6. Who's your favourite Author?(And yes; you can say yourself if it's true XD)

Haha, well.. I am currently my worst critic so I think it's safe to say it's not me. xP

Hmmm.... T'would probably have to be the authors Jackie French and Michael Morpurgo.... Just going by the fact that I used to borrow and read as many of their books I could find, 'cos they were so entertaining. (In the sense that the majority had realistic characters, high stakes and intriguing plots... They weren't always funny-entertaining.)  Rick Riordan is also on my list of favourite authors. (I can never have just one favourite xP)


7. If you couldn't write for a WHOLE DAY *Gasp* What would you do?

I'd probably draw.


*marvels to self at how easily I answered that question*


8. If you were a knight in shining armour, which of your characters would play the roles? (eg; Dragon, Damsel in distress, Horse, ect) and how do you think it'd play out? (Double double question :P)

HMM. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

So I have this fairly new character called Althea and I think she'd have to be the damsel in distress (either her or Brinley.. but somehow I don't think that the whole 'damsel in distress' archetype suits Brinley very well. So Althea it is.) 

Valencia would be the dragon. Not an evil dragon mind you... just one who wants to be left alone for once and gets quite irritated when people start poking her with sticks.

Wait... 'Horse'?? Er.. I dunno if this means a 'pet' or a noble steed'' or... I dunno, a character that's a loyal friend/ally...? Uhm, going with the last one-- I think I'd go with my lightning mage, Isaac. 

Ember would be the exasperated fairy godmother who sometimes helps out on the quest. (Not on the list, but I just couldn't help it xD)

As for how it would play out...  It would most certainly be interesting...

Moving on!


9. How do you think your story would go if the roles were reversed? (Eg; Villain was MC, Minion was sidekick and so on)

Holy moly, that would make for an interesting story.. *leans back in the chair, thinking about it.* 

...Let's not go there.


10. (Phew, last one) If you could pick a character from ANY book series (Can be yours if you wish), Which one would be your best friend? (Have fun with that xD)

Ack, I dunno.... Actually wait-- *smacks forehead* Yes I do. xD

Leo Valdez from Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus series, of course. He's hilarious.


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And now for MiddleEarthMusician's questions!


1.    How do you go about writing an emotional scene? (I seriously need help with this.)

Er... Well, I'm not exactly sure if I should be recommending this or not... But personally I just listen to very emotional music (works best if music also comes with sad lyrics)... and basically make myself really sad. 


2.    What is your WIP’s theme song?

Theme song... *spends ages trying to figure out if I should choose one with words or not*



"Nightsky" by Tracey Chattaway.

Anyway, I know I already shared this one with you guys in my other post... But I couldn't help but add it here as well. It just works so darn well *hugs music*.



3.    What is one character in a book you’ve read that you just absolutely hate?

OKAY! *brings out massive list* ...oh wait, you meant one of them..? *crickets chirp* *discreetly throws list over shoulder and into the fiery lava of Mount Doom* *explosion sound*

Summer Spidell from 'Winne the Horse Gentler' series would have to be on the top of my least-liked character list... She was a total jerk and was never given a redemption arc (which is fair enough 'cos some people just don't change-- but personally, it would've been nice to have some closure...)


4.    How old is your MC?

She's sixteen... One year older than I was when I made her up... Which is really weird 'cos now I'm older than her!


5.    What is their dream job?

Hmm... To be a hermit.

Nah, just kidding. My incredibly old notes tell me that I had planned for her to work towards becoming a detective... but apparently past-future-me decided to scribble it out 'cos I decided it wouldn't really suit her.

So after much thinking, researching and talking to Jane about it, I finally came to the conclusion that Brinley would go to university and study criminological psychology... And later on become a psychologist so she could keep helping people. ^-^


6.    When is the ideal time of day for you to write?

Around 7:30 PM to.... my complete annoyance: some time that's late at night.

No really-- The later it is at night, the more inspired I am to write.. which is kinda annoying 'cos sleep is supposed to be really healthy and stuff... *glares at clock*


7.    If you were stuck in your WIP for one hour, what would you want to accomplish before you left?

*Brings out a different list* I'm super glad you asked :D

1) Give Brinley a hug. (Well, duh)

2) Slap Asher for being an idiot. (Maybe... I haven't really decided whether he will do the thing (spoilers) that decides whether or not he shall get slapped.)

3) Eat banana fritters.

4) Basically have a nice conversation with all my characters.

5) And then, assuming I still have enough time... -absolutely nothing-. I'd just chill there. Maybe go for a walk down the street or the park or something.


8.    What is your favorite battle scene in a book?

Oooh this is hard. Um... I dunno xD (I couldn't really think of one off the top of my head, so I guess I don't really have a favourite? *hums thoughtfully*)


9.    If you were cast as a character in a movie adaptation of your book, who would you want to play?

Eh, I dunno...?

I'm not particularly sure if I would even want to be in the movie xD ...I probably wouldn't do a good job acting as Brinley, or anyone else important.

Actually, what I would like to do (if by some miracle G.A was actually turned into a movie, of course) would be a "Stan Lee"....(Basically a cameo).

That'd be fun :P 


10. (Last one) Are any of your characters based off of people you know?

Hmm... Not really?

*squints at characters* At least I don't think so.. There may be a few side characters... 

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So anyway, I think I'll tag Jessica @ Inspiration (Here's another tag for yoooooou :D) and Jasmine @ Where My Wild Heart Grows ....annnnd also anyone else who wishes to do it or hasn't done it already ^-^ (all these tag-backs are getting too confusing to keep up with xD)


Oh boy, I have to think up questions now, don't I...? Darnit.

1. When was the last time you worked on your WIP?
2. Do you have a comic-relief sort-of character in your story?
3. Do you have a favourite place to write?
4. What's the first book that made you cry?
5. How many WIPs do you currently have?
6.What was your hardest scene to write?
7. Do you have a specific ambience that you like to listen to for your WIP? (Like an aesthetic/collage almost... but only sounds ;D)
8. Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you see the colour green.
9. Does your MC have a sidekick/best bud and/or pet? If no pet, do they want one? If no sidekick, do they need one? xD
10. (LAST QUESTION, YAAYY.) How old were you when you first started writing?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

DIY Craziness :: Book Roses

So I found this cool tutorial on Pinterest and surprised myself by actually wanting to try it... I'm not a really crafty person (yes, I consider 'arty' and 'crafty' two different things. One requires glue (or tape) most of the time, whilst the other does not) so this was a really weird thing for me to do. Especially since all I had for the instructions were images... without words... I mean, sure, they were easy-ish to understand... But personally, I would've liked a bit more reasurance I was doing the thing right (or had some measurements for the petals at least). 

And so, after making just one paper rose, I naturally consider myself an expert (pfft no.) and have decided to make a blog post so others can also make them :D

'Cos it's fun y'know?

Note: I started writing this blogpost near the end of July.. so the word goal thing was still relevant then xD 


What you will need to create Awesomeness.



These items.
 Or, to be more specific:

Old Books that a friend got for you from the book fair. (Merci encore :D) (To everyone: Don't worry, she was quite aware I was going to tear them up for crafty reasons.)

Wire.... Stuff. - Prefferably the stronger stuff but I dunno. I think it's metal.

Scissors - To you know... cut things. 

Masking tape - To finish stuff... not sure if it's mandatory but I'm adding it anyway. *chucks over shoulder into the materials pile*

Stanley knife - To cut the pages out of the book. (Do not, under any circumstances rip the pages you need out of the book... It does not end well. *ahem* Not that I would know anything about that...)

ARGH- AND ALSO A HOT GLUE GUN... My evil nemesis; my main foe; the idea of putting peanut butter on a pepperoni pizza; the main... er, other bad things... (Okay, I've fallen off the creativity train for names now).  After ages and aaaaages of giving it the silent treatment, I was forced to come back and ask for its assistance. Long story short, it grudgingly agreed, and the paper crafting of the roses soon began.


The... uh... Whats-it-called... The Method! Yah, that's it.


Find your wire. Take a long piece of said wire... Fold it over in half and then twist it around eachother until it more or less resembles this:


Nice. Put that aside for now. (You don't want to accidentally poke some in the eye with it now do you?) 

Once done that, go and rip er, cut those pages out of the old book you have (using the stanley knife, of course). 

....and then basically cut them into little 'petals' (using the scissors). I've figured that specific size doesn't really matter, providing you have a range of small to large petals.

So take five pieces of your paper and cut them up at the same time.

Boom! There's one pile of petals all done for you. Moving on to the next size until basically you have this:

*Edit* I had to redo the pile on the far right 'cos it wasn't wide enough. Just so ya know.

Next, you'll need to take those petals.




And neatly curl/fold the edges in like so:




Eh.... close enough.

And whatever you do.... do not mix them up.


...Darnit.

So after you've sorted out all the sizes, feel free to bring out the weapon of doom.


And also don't forget about it after plugging it in.... like I did...

Next, go ahead and take one of the smaller petals and do this:


-whilst trying to keep glue away from hands if at all possible.

Okay! So taking a quick break from the "tutorial" I would like to point out that isn't a good idea to almost drop the camera in the midst of taking a picture.


"AHH- NO" -Me.

...Just so you know.

So anyways, go ahead and wrap the petal around the wire stem.


Don't burn your fingers.

Don't worry if it's messy. (*whispers* no one else will knooooooow.)

Anywho, if you're quite happy with it so far, go ahead and add more petals 'n stuff. (Prefferably without the stuff.)




Once you've glued the petal on, take the top edge and gently curl outwards until it looks petal-ish.

Don't worry too much if the paper rips or doesn't look as good as you want it too. It happens. Keep going anyway, it'll look better when you're done. (if it still doesn't look good in your opinion, keep trying. You'll get there eventually).


Ow ow *grabs camera* ow ow ow.

HELP I'M STUCK.

Kidding, kidding.... I'm fine.

*ahem*



So just keep layering the petals in a rose-ish fashion. If you don't know what a rose looks like... well.. That's what the internet is for ;P (Or you know... Going outside might help.)

If you run out of one specific smaller petal, go ahead and move on to the next size up. Whatever you do, don't get distracted.


-Half an hour later-


Look, I made a weird slug thing out of hot glue!


nom nom nom.

...It's eating the scrap paper in case you were wondering. 


SORRY-- Back to the thing now.

So now, providing you've used up all your petals (or as many as you ended up actually using) and it looks muchly like a rose...

I'd say you're done!


Most recent one on the left, first one on the right.
(Warning: Don't keep them near an open flame.)

Now go and revel in that amazing feeling of self-accomplishment and take plenty of photos.


-Sarah

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Art Dump! Woot.

So... Just like my 'September art dump' from last year, this is basically just a collection of sketches and sometimes coloured drawings that I did in the previous months... (a.k.a mostly my favourite ones.) It's kinda also like a small note to future me. (*waves to future me-- probably one day reading through this*)


(P.S A reply letter to 'Younger Self' from 2016: Yeah, I've been practicing the left eye... Still not getting it perfect (see below-- oh wait) but I've been much better at it lately *nodnod*. As for hands...? Haha...ha...ha *dies* I'll get back to you on that... Or, you know... not.)


(P.P.S- A letter to 'Older Self': HIYA-- MAKE SURE YOU PRACTICE HANDS AND WORK ON POSES. PLEASE.)

A completely random portait of a completely random, unknown character, of whom I do not know their name... with a flower in her hair.

Big sister.... Little sister
Having the characters drawn with crossed arms ('cos I have mostly figured it out now) is probably my instant-go-to way for whenever I attempt to draw the lower half of a character's body... Just so I can avoid drawing hands. (I have a problem.) (also, you may see the crossed-arms thing pop up in my drawings a whole heap.)




My lil’ super-powered, secret agent Ember.




*Gasp* I DREW HANDS?! 

*further gasp* OH WAIT, WHAT AM I SAYING-- DON'T LOOK AT THE HANDS. *ahem* Just ignooooooore the hands.


I did this one a while ago (t'was my test drawing from when I first bought my new drawing tablet) and I think I did okay... 'cos all of a sudden I could BLEND COLOURS AND PEN PRESSURE WAS A THING. *happy sigh*
A Ginger Ninja :D

Probably got in trouble for something or other.

A quick rough sketch I did of a younger [and genuinely happier] Valencia, yet another one of my OCs xP (I have way too many to keep track of, agh..). 




Brinley :D

I started with a DTS (draw the squad) but lost my motivation for it about halfway through and decided to just draw Brinley by herself ;P

(It was this one, if ye were curious)

(Not my drawing, I just found it on Pinterest)

“Stay away from her.”

I don’t know who these kids are yet… but I love ‘em.

I just randomly drew them and thought:

'Awh. Das cute... I should give them actual personalities and names... And friends... And a villain.... and their own story... and allll the feels."


*glances at schedule and sighs* One day I'll get around to it.


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BUT ANYWAYS-- That's my art from the last couple o' months and stuff!

-Sarah

Thursday, July 27, 2017

#WIPjoy :: Guardian Angel


-Insert excellent, calm blogpost intro- in which deep questions and life observations are made.-

SO ANYWAY.

This #WIPjoy blogpost, thing, I think started over at Katie Grace's blog (A Writer's Faith)... before then having been around on twitter... It's basically a whole bunch prompts and questions encouraging writers to talk about their WIPs. (But you may have already guessed that 'cos your smart.)

Anyway! My lovely friend Jane also did a blog post for #WIPjoy, and basically I thought it looked like a really fun thing to do, so here we are :D

I highly recommend reading both of their posts *nodnod*. ('Cos they explain it muchly better, and their WIPs are AWESOME. GO DO IT.)

(I shall also put all the questions at the end of the post ^-^)

Describe yourself and your WIP.


Well, I'm a ninja of randomness for starters. Jumping through all the virtual windows and disappearing in clouds of confetti is pretty much my speciality, and my main weapon of choice will always be a sword. I also have quite the habit of drifting off into Lala Land (no, not the movie 'Lala Land', I mean the magical fairy place 'Lala Land') and happily just chillin' there until something -or someone- demands my attention. I also have a 'slight' addiction to Pinterest. 

My WIP... Uhm, well... I am absolutely terrible at describing my stories so uh, yeah-- just bear with me, okay? xP 

Basically it's about a girl who -after a terrible disaster (oh noes)- gains the ability to see how and when people die before it actually happens. And then due to running around and trying to help as many people as she can, she unintentionally starts annoying a group of assassins who are just trying to do their job. Annnnnnnnd they really don't like her for it. 

*cringes* Okay, let's move on... ;P


Your MC's aesthetic in 7 phrases.




:: The soft glow of city lights ::

:: Raindrops against the window ::

:: Random acts of kindness :: 

:: Constantly brushing her hair out of her eyes :: 

:: Coffee-induced insomnia :: 

:: Silhouettes ::


WOULD YOU RATHER: Get trapped in your story for a week, or have your antagonist enter your own life for a day?


Assuming the phrase 'enter your own life' means having the antagonist wandering around where you just can't ignore them, and also considering my antagonist is the leader of mah scary assassin group... I think I'd prefer being stuck in my own story for a week.

Probably wouldn't be too terrible and on the plus side- I'd get to have some interesting conversations with Brinley. That would be nice.

Describe your MC's personality with a GIF.


JUST ONE?! Oh dear...

Probably this one:



The minute she thinks she's sorted out one problem, BOOM. There's another one :D


What's something you're still figuring out about this WIP?


~Everything~

Well okay, more specifically, I'm still trying to figure out the best way for me to write it... First Person past tense, or third person past tense?

...I don't know?? (They both have too many pros and cons, agh.)


Choose an ideal reading spot, food, drink and music to go with your book.

Hmm, okie dokie.

So an Ideal Reading Spot would probably be in your room, under the blankets with a bunch of fairy lights draped above you from the roof or something. A blanket fort with pillows would also work quite well (don't forget the fairy lights though *nodnod*).

Food.. Probably homemade banana fritters. (Yum.)

Drink.. A mocha latte... also yum. (Or hot chocolate, if you prefer.)

Music..  "Nightsky" by Tracey Chattaway.


OR ALTERNATIVELY--

"Angel By The Wings" by Sia.



Sorry, I tried to just choose one but my brain said no... They're both super cool and remind me of 'G.A' far too much ^-^


Share a thought that keeps you going as a writer.


'If I don't write it... Who will?' 

^ And that's pretty much it ;P (Well... I have many other thoughts relating to this prompt, but this one is what it basically boils down to each time ^-^)


WOULD YOU RATHER: Never publish this WIP, or watch it be adapted it into a horrible movie?


*screams because this is an excellent question as well as a horribly mean one*

I'd never publish it. Buuuuuuut on the other hand-- *tries to think up a good compromise/loop hole and fails* Egh, actually, no. I'd still never want to see it turned into a horrible adaption...

HEAVEN FORBID IF THEY PUT A LOVE TRIANGLE IN THERE SOMEHOW. *gags*

*Edit*

YA KNOW WHAT- Stuff it... If I spent all my time and energy creating this story and trying to make it great, I think I would very much want to publish it. (Or attempt to anyway. *coughs*). If the movie adaption ends up being terrible in relation to the book, I'd just ignore it... Give it the silent treatment or something ;P


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Okay, so here are all the questions!



NOW GO FORTH AND DO A BLOG POST :D

(Note: If ye don't want to do a full-on blogpost, then feel free to answer in the comments ;P)

-Sarah

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Wisteria Writer's Tag

Eek-- Here we are again with another tag folks :D 

Good golly gosh, it's been a while since I've done one of these things.. Not sure if I remember how to do it O-O

Eh-- I'll figure it out I guess. On to the post!


Thank you so very much Jane for tagging me! This looks like so much fun :D


Rules

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the ten questions asked.

3. Add ten (writing or book related) questions of your own.

4. Nominate people.




1) What inspired the idea for your current WIP (work in progress), and how long have you had the idea?

Oooooh boy. I don't really know? I do remember that when I had the idea, I was sitting in church at some point in March, listening away to the sermon when suddenly; WHAM. Story Character idea appeared outta nowhere and has stuck with me ever since :D (And yeah, it was for 'Guardian Angel' if anyone was wondering :P)

As for how long I've had it... Er, since somepoint in March, 2016. That's what my ancient notebook says, anyway...


2) What are you most looking forward to about this WIP?

Ruining my MC, Brinley's life :D

....

Hehe okay not really... In all seriousness, it'd probably be actually finishing the first draft. That'd be nice.

I just want it to be doooooooooone already :P


3) Have you ever dreamed about your characters?

Sadly no.. Well, at least not that I can remember. I've dreamt up story ideas though... Those ones are really weird.


4) How do you go about naming your characters?

I pretty much just pull up as many name lists I can find... and go through them until I find a name that fits the character perfectly... 'course this doesn't always work so once I at least narrow down the results, I look up each name's meaning. If it means something completely pointless and boring, I chuck it out and move on to the next one. (Unless I actually really like the name-- in that case I'll put it to the side and go back to it later.)


5) Do you plan out your theme?

Eh, not in great detail, no... I usually have a vague idea that I'm pretty sure is what I'm going for... but not really a full-on plan.


6) Do you discover the MBTI thing of your characters? (if so, what are the types of your WIP protagonists?)

I tried to :D

Okay so-- I know Brinley is apperantly an ISFJ... But I'm not quite sure, because I had another thing say she was a INFJ... So.. I dunno?  xD

Ember, however, I'm pretty darn sure is an INFJ.

I'm not really sure what MBTI type Asher and Lewis (I suspect he might be an ISTP) are.


7) Have you a favourite genre to write in? (or do you like switching it up randomly)

Ooh. Definitely medieval fantasy. It's the very first genre I ever started writing in and honestly, it feels like coming home whenever I get back to it. I'm pretty much in love with the whole knights, castles, dragons and magic thing. It's pretty cool

These days it's more a weird, smush up between SciFi-Fantasy-Modern-Something-I-dunno, that I've been writing in and been getting ideas for lately.


8) What is a big inspiration for you in writing? (a person, book, quote, scenery, ect.)

Basically any book that has brilliantly realistic characters; A great, well-paced plotline and amazing stakes (as well as villain). Everytime I read one of those stories... It's like my motivation and aspiration to become a better writer is increased sevenfold. 


9) Are you competitive in your word counts, or more chill and relaxed?

I am probably the most chill and relaxed person there is when it comes to word counts... While it does make me happy to get a whole lot of words down in one sitting, I don't much care for the competitiveness side.


10) Do you like sharing small snippets of your work? (*hint hint* :P)

Uhhh... Kinda? xD

Depends if I'm fond of said snippet or not, but anyway, here you go! *throws snippet at ya*

(Le Snippet is from WIP 'Guardian Angel')

Brinley staggered back into the apartment and closed the door behind her quietly. Leaning back against the wall, she shrugged the backpack off her shoulders and allowed it to fall to the floor, moving it to the side and out of the way with her foot. She took in a deep breath, not mentally ready to move away from the nice, solid door, she forced herself to do so anyway. 

She had only just made it halfway to her bedroom when a sharp, disapproving voice from the room behind made her freeze in her tracks. 

“Brinley Ann Taylor, where on earth have you been!?” 

...Mrs Auguste.

Crap. Brinley grimaced, throwing a quick, panicked glance towards the clock. It was now 10:26 PM. Five hours after she had originally said she’d be back. She gripped the banister tighter in fear, her mind completely devoid of any reasonable, or otherwise, excuses.

There was a slight pause in which Brinley imagined Mrs Auguste shaking her head in disappointment. “--I really hope you have a good explanation for this.”

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Okay! Up to the question-making and tagging-other-people part now... 

Here are the questions:

1. Tell me a bit about your current story? :D (Who are the characters, what sort of struggles do they face-- anything really!)
2. Do you prefer to write by hand, or just type it up onto the computer?
3. Do you keep a journal for all of your ideas?
4. When do you find is the best time of day for you to write?
5. Do you have a favourite word? (Perhaps a word that you think sounds pretty cool to say, or an interesting word with a cool meaning, for example.)
6. Do you prefer Castles and Dragons or Spaceships and Aliens? (Or- alternatively; Spaceships and Dragons?)  
7. What do you do when you fall into a reading slump?
8. First-person or third-person point of view when writing?
9. QUICK-- Your character accidentally bumps into your story's most evil villain- WHAT DO THEY DO?!
10. (Okay, last question now, don't worry :D) How do your characters get along with eachother? (Eg, do they hate eachother or...?)

And now I shall tag the most lovely Ralraymee @ The Art of Life and my kinda-sweet-kinda-crazy younger sister, Jasmine @ Where My Wild Heart Grows


Annnd also anyone else who stumbles across this post and wants to do it! Consider yourself now tagged ;P


Anyway, that's all for now! *waves and teleports away*


***EDIT*** 



So. I got tagged for this again... And because I am far too lazy to draw up another picture for the post (or write another introduction) I shall answer the questions on here!

So thanks Jasmine :D (you monster, you.)

Note: Because nearly all of these questions are character-related... I'll be using the MC of my work-in-progress 'Guardian Angel', Brinley Taylor... She has the power to see the possibilities of someone's death via a vision sort of thing... and basically can prevent it if she chose. So yeah... I thought I should probably mention that or something 'cos I don't really talk about it on my blog very much. (Unless specifically asked to, that is.)


1. What was the closest time ever your character came to perishing?

Oh dear... Probably the time Brinley was in a really bad car accident. But instead of dying like she technically should have, she got powers! Yay!

(also, that's kinda like the very begining of the story... so don't worry about spoilers.)


2. Was your character close to his/her parents or were they very distant?

I honestly haven't decided... I know Brinley is at least close to one of them. It's just a matter of deciding if it's the one who is still alive, or the one who died.


3. When was the last time your character felt scared? Like they couldn't do anything- helpless!

This isn't the latest thing but... The very first time Brinley had one of her vision things of the possibility of someone dying... She was petrified.

That counts, right?

4. What would your character do if they lost the ones they loved/cared for?

o-o

That's like... the whole story dude... It's basically why she runs around helping people... So that their families wouldn't have to go through the same pain and grief she had to...


5. What are your stories stakes at this moment?

People will die if she (Brinley) doesn't intervene.


6.  Your Character's friends are all jumping off a dragon. Would your character do it too?

Ember: Are you crazy? No. *Grabs Lewis' arm so he couldn't either 'cos this question implies that he would*

Brinley: Uh... No. Just no. *starts backing away slowly*

Valen: ...Maybe.

Isaac: And land on the back of yet another dragon? Sure, I'm in.

(phew. I have too many main characters... and this was only a few of them.)


7. The villain has won. What become's of your character(s)?

Oooh. I dunno. My villain would probably try to convince Brinley to join her... or at least destroy her spirit enough so that she'd (Brinley) never try to save another person again. (my villain isn't a murderer. Other people do that for her.)


8. What does your character want? Instead, what does he/she actually NEED?

She needs a hug.


9. Say your character has a pet, what would it be?

A dog... Brinley needs a dog.

Because, a) Dog can protect her while she's out, late at night, saving people.

and b) Brinley just needs a friend she can tell everything too... someone who won't judge or pity her and so on.


10. You character needs something done imminently, but they are trapped in a cave. Wait, there is someone on the other side who can help your character! What would your character say to them? 

*yelled through some hole or something leading to the outside* "HEY- TELL THAT PERSON NOT TO GO BACK HOME! TELL-- TELL THEM THAT SHE KNOWS. OR SOMETHING. DON'T BE CREEPY ABOUT IT THOUGH."

Random Person: "Waht."

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Okie done now :D

*** SECOND EDIT *** 


OKAY SO APPERANTLY I'M NOT DONE...  O-O

Thanks Ral :D


1. Do you draw your characters? *Hint Hint*

I do indeed! *squints at the "hint hint" thing suspiciously* What are you trying to get me to do...?


2. Is there some strange thing you do to help you write? If so, what?

I mostly stuff my face with chocolate.

Okay, not really... I don't really think I do anything crazy strange thing to help me write.


3. Is there a time you've been interrupted while reading/writing and gotten so bored of reading the same thing over and over again? If so, what book?

Hmm, I don't think that's really happened to me...


4. Does your main villain have any special 'connections' with the main character? (Eg; Epsilon, Star Wars, ect)

Nope ^-^ ...Other than the fact they've both gone through terrible loss and stuff.


5. Is there a time you've never seen a plot twist coming and it surprised the living daylights out of you?

Ack-- I'm sure I have once! I just can't remember what book it was for. >-<


6. 3 worst books you've EVER read. 

Ooh boy. I dunno? Any terrible books I read, I just erase from my mind... And besides, how does one define a terrible book? Dull characters? Weak plot? ....yeah probably. But that's not my point ;P

Er... The only ones I can really think of are currently all fanfiction stories... but personally I'm not sure if they count, and it'd be rather mean of me to list them here so I won't.


7. 3 BEST Books you've read.

NOW THIS I CAN ANSWER :D (I assume this means fictional books)

In no particular order:

The Hobbit

Percy Jackson // Heroes Of Olympus

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.

(Yes, I know I just listed two book series but I couldn't help it... Also, I'm not sure if I'd call some of these the "best" books I've ever read, but they are most certainly the ones I enjoyed reading the most and would even go to bed early just so I'd have more time to go on an adventure with the characters.)


8. Your character and their friends have to go on a looonnnnggg journey. Monsters attack. What does the main character do?

Okay so...! Brinley has friends. *nods thoughtfully*

Okay, Asher would probably be most of the fighting (if at all possible. What kind of monsters are we talking here? ...Meh, he'd have a gun anyway.)

Riley would be trying to drag Brinley to safety.

Brinley, meanwhile would also be trying to drag Asher to safety becuase she really doesn't want anyone to die.

So basically, they'd choose to make a tactical retreat or something. (What? Being modern kids from the city, they're not really cut out for battling magical monsters and that sort of thing xD)


9. One of your favourite things you've ever written

Uh.... Probably something I wrote a long, long time ago, lemme see if I can find it... *wanders off to dig through old story files*

Ooh-- found something! It's heaps old. But I still like it.

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Well, this is just perfect. Of course we just had to go meet this strange ‘Baron’ that we had never heard of. Not even bothering to think; ‘Hey! Maybe this could be trap or something!’ Noo... We just had to go in there. Charlotte thought to herself grimly as she tried to loosen the ropes that bound her and Vala to the heavy barrel. After a few more useless tries, she gave up for the time being and rested her head back against the barrel. She closed her eyes so she could try and think of a plan to get out of this mess. She came up with a few ideas-- but they soon crumbled when she realized that they could be in the middle of nowhere for all she knew. Sure, she may be able to get them out of the cabin and on the deck... providing she could find her bow, but what then? She was definitely no expert sailor and she had a feeling Vala wasn’t either.

Speaking of Vala...
Charlotte peeked over her shoulder and seeing that Vala’s hand had been tied close to her own hand, she began to poke it gently. There was no response.

“Vala..?” She whispered in another attempt to get her attention. She was a bit taken-aback by the rather grumpy sounding ‘what?’ in reply but she shrugged it off due to the fact that she would also be grumpy if she had been the one knocked unconscious and then woken up on a boat, tied to a barrel of stinking fish.

Oh wait a minute.

“Doing okay?” Charlotte asked, doing her best to sound cheerful for Vala’s sake. But not too cheerful of course… That would be weird.

***

It's my favourite in the sense that it makes me chuckle each time I read it... So yes. Anyway.


10. (Last one, phew *sighs with relief*) Your character has the opportunity to kill the super-ultra-evil-villain BUT. He's She's unconscious, he she doesn't have a weapon, he's she's severely wounded, someone else beat him her up. Would your main character spare him her (for now), or straight up kill him her?

Brinley would spare the villain, definitely. She is smol and would never want to kill anyone.


Bonus question!!! (Only Slisby has to Answer)

...wait what?

Did you like the Plan me and Jas made in order to get you to do a post before August? XD

Er, yes... kinda.... I guess? xD (Technically didn't work since I'm writing this all up in the same post >:D mawhahaha)

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*flops on the nearest couch*

Okie... I'm done now.