Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday Words: 18 Things

Good morning! Every Wednesday, I will use Random.org to pick a page of the book I'm reading and a line or two and post it. I was still reading Talulla Rising last Wednesday, but I finished it (that book was AWESOOOOME!), so I'm about to start a book that's been in my Goodreads for 2 years (blush), 18 Things. Here is the blurb:

Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.

Then, Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible for his death.

When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled “18 Things”: eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.

But there’s more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.

There’s only one thing she knows for certain: her choices won’t just affect her future, but all eternity.


And a big thank you to Jamie Ayres for sending me a copy!

Now, there are 246 pages to 18 Things, and I'm reading it on a Kindle with percentages...So let's see what happens. lol

Random.org has given me Page 198, which is 80.4% into the story.

And there are 17 lines on the 80% area where I stopped, so...Random.org gave me line 17!

"If I would've known your parents weren't home, I would've invited Mom and Dad in to take some pictures for us."

And now I'll force myself not to read everything around it just yet!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Express Yourself Weekly: Movie Me


Happy Tuesday!

Welcome back to Express Yourself, a meme created by Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests, where they ask their followers questions to get to know us better!

This week, they ask us who we would want to play us in a movie.

Has an actress even been born yet to play me?! Oh, wait, yes, I can think of some. lol

I think (God, I'm going to butcher her name. Let me Google this.) Quvenzhané Wallis could do a great version of my 50% subdued 50% manic person. She seems like a feisty thing.

I might even like to see Amandla Sternberg (what's with these names lol) challenge herself to do it. The two movies where I've seen her, she's been a quiet, reserved soul. It would be nice to see her break out into all that is me.

And if ever there's a jump in time, I think Angela Bassett could play me very well. lol

What about you all?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Last Character Sketch: Avalegna, the Werebeast

Full Name Avalegna (ah-va-LEN-ya)
Nickname: Lenne
  1. Age:16
  2. Gender: female
  3. Date of Birth: Year 1904, unknown
  4. Hair color/style: course, blonde, waist length hair
  5. Eye color: amber
  6. Accent (if any): werebeast
  7. Height: 5'0
  8. Weight: 91 lbs
  9. Tattoos: none
  10. Piercings: none
  11. Scars: various cuts from head to toe
Personality Overview:
  1. Fears: not hearing where she is
  2. Childhood: very hyper and talkative.
  3. Adolescence: the same.
Favorites
  1.  Books or Favorite music artists: n/a
  2. Authors: n/a
  3. What are some of their pet peeves? she doesn't like when people yell.
  4. What sort of gifts do they like? she likes new clothes and hair things
  5. What is their favorite time of day? nighttime when the nocturnal animals are awake.
  6. Where do they like to spend their time? she loves hanging in high places.
  7. Favorite food? Favorite drink? Hot drinks, soft drinks, or alcohol? fish, berry juice. She likes hot drinks.
  8. Favorite animal? Harpy
  9. Do they have any pets? Do they want any? no.
  10. What relaxes them? feeling others around
  11. Do they have any bad habits? she picks at her scratches.
  12. What are some things that they don’t like? (least favorite food/drink, weather/season, etc). soapy water, tough meats.
Resources and abilities:

  1. Where did they learn their abilities? Avalegna's adaptive abilities are innate. She learns other abilities by drinking the blood of animals.
  2. Where does your character live? Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? Avalegna lived in the secluded mountains of Bydlum Isle, where her ancestors were imprisoned. She sends Harpy after intruders, if any.
  3. What are some of your character’s more notable merits and flaws (including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc.)? How did they develop? How has this helped or hindered them in the past? Avalegna is free-spirited but can focus and learn very quickly. She is blind, which makes it hard for her to measure depth perception at times, which is why she is so marked up.
  4. Do they speak more than one language? She initially only speaks Werebeast, but learns Treesprite Sign Language and later the Common Language.
Relationships and history:
  1. What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? Avalegna's race was very close and valued the elders. She loved her grandfather and parents dearly.
  2. What were they like as a child? What was their favorite toy? Favorite game? Playmates? Avalegna hasn't changed much from childhood. She was very hyperactive and loved to swim and dive into the cave lake, scaring the fish.
  3. What did they want to be when they grew up? Avalegna never thought of that.
  4. Describe their best and worst memories from childhood. Best memory: When she learned how to use sonar, so she could go wherever she wanted in the caves. Worst memory: falling from a cliff before she learned sonar.
  5. Do they, or have they in the past, had a mentor? What was their relationship with this person, and how has it changed since then? No.
  6. What sort of education have they had? Do they want more? she knows geography and folktales, but she loves to learn more.
  7. Who is their closest friend, and why? What do they like to do with this person? Harpy is her closest friend. When her family was killed, Harpy raised her like her own child. They like to hunt together.

More Character Sketches: Andyrsn, of Viveno Island

Full Name J.G.-Lt. Andyrsn, of Viveno Island
Nickname: n/a
  1. Age: 22
  2. Gender: male
  3. Date of Birth: Year 1898, 9th Month, 4th Day
  4. Hair color/style: dark brown, curly, bushy; held back with headbands
  5. Eye color: dark brown
  6. Accent (if any): none
  7. Height: 5'11-1/2
  8. Weight: 182 lbs
  9. Tattoos: none
  10. Piercings: none
  11. Scars: none
Personality Overview:
  1. Fears: getting close to others, losing loved ones
  2. Childhood: he was a hyper child but didn't have many playmates.
  3. Adolescence: mellowed out while training for The Watch, quiet but observant.
Favorites
  1.  Books or Favorite music artists: local band The Islanders.
  2. Authors: Conner, the Hulktroll; Ariane, of South Xelinger
  3. What are some of their pet peeves? he doesn't like negative thinkers.
  4. What sort of gifts do they like? new daggers, card decks.
  5. What is their favorite time of day? late afternoon, best time to surf.
  6. Where do they like to spend their time? Andyrsn loves the beach.
  7. Favorite food? Favorite drink? Hot drinks, soft drinks, or alcohol? Baobab, Ocean Water soft drink.
  8. Favorite animal? the dolphin
  9. Do they have any pets? Do they want any? no pets. He wouldn't mind having a dog.
  10. What relaxes them? jogging or swimming
  11. Do they have any bad habits? he can be a little mischievous.
  12. What are some things that they don’t like? (least favorite food/drink, weather/season, etc). he hates bland food, rainy weather.
Resources and abilities:

  1. Where did they learn their abilities? Training for the Watch.
  2. Where does your character live? Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? Andyrsn lives on Viveno Island, a small tropical island town off the coast of the Life Continent. He was born and raised there.
  3. What are some of your character’s more notable merits and flaws (including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc.)? How did they develop? How has this helped or hindered them in the past? Andyrsn keeps a calm head through every situation, but he can be a little sarcastic which annoys less calmer people. He played by himself often, so he thought out loud often. Both traits help to allow him to provide reasonable solutions to problems.
  4. Do they speak more than one language? no.
Relationships and history:
  1. What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? Andyrsn's mother died just after he was born. His father and two older brothers raised him until his father was sent away for The Watch. The family is highly respected on the island because of their father's high watchman status, Commanding Watchman. When his brother's wife died in childbirth, he helped care for his twin nieces. He loves his family deeply, and they love him, especially his nieces. They're a humble family despite their status in the town.
  2. What were they like as a child? What was their favorite toy? Favorite game? Playmates? Andyrsn was a small kid who wasn't paid much attention in school, so he played a lot of card games and played with his friend Donovan when he had the chance.
  3. What did they want to be when they grew up? Andyrsn wanted to be a surfer, but when his father died, he vowed to become a watchman.
  4. Describe their best and worst memories from childhood. Best memory: When he and Donovan filled Brodie's knapsack with frogs. It didn't scare her, but she had a hard time catching them when they all jumped out. Worst memory: when they received notice of his father's death.
  5. Do they, or have they in the past, had a mentor? What was their relationship with this person, and how has it changed since then? Andyrsn relied on his Lt. Watchman's guidance while training.
  6. What sort of education have they had? Do they want more? He had general education until he joined the Watch, then combat and geography.
  7. Who is their closest friend, and why? What do they like to do with this person? Andyrsn's closest friend is Brodie's brother Donovan, with whom he went to General School until they both branched off into their different fields. He stayed over their house often, and they loved playing pranks on Brodie.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Freeday: First 250

Halloo!

This is my first week as a 30-year-old. I feel no different. lol Maybe it will kick in 6 months from now.

Last week on a whim, I entered The Crystal Bearer into Miss Snark's First Victim's July Secret Agent Contest. It only involves the first 250 of your manuscript. It had been in my head to incorporate Ghuli's watchmen more in the first 250, and I even thought about starting with them instead of Ghuli. Commentors have liked the fun glimpse of Ghuli so far, but they've confirmed my thoughts and want to see more of the watchmen to know who they are, so I have actually added them into the first 250. I don't know how popular scene cuts are in the first 250, but maybe it's effective?

Here is the old 250:

If things went how Ghuli desired, she would swing through the air in the next few minutes. Otherwise, she would have to explain to her watchmen why breaking her arms and legs was a good use of her time. She sat on a high, steady, blue willow tree branch deep in the forest, tying a cluster of its switches together as the sun heated her skin.

She only had a few minutes left before Cyan found her, so she clutched the ridged bark as she stood, then pressed her long, brown feet down against the branch. She stretched her arms out in front of her, the tied switches dangling just an inch below. Ghuli held her breath, stepped down onto them with her right foot, closed her eyes, and stepped with her left. She fell through the air for two seconds before the switches jerked tight beneath her feet, eliciting screams and laughter from her as she moved through the veil of blue switches. She swung upwards until she stared up at the wraps bound around her feet, the hem of her un-dyed woolen skirt sucked against her shins. Then, she fell back through the same switches, grasping her makeshift swing as it scooped her up in the other direction. Her black curls shielded her eyes and mouth as her body lay suspended in the air for another long second before she swung forward again.

After minutes of swinging, she locked eyes with her First Lieutenant Watchman as she fell forward.
The new 250:

If things went how Ghuli desired, she would swing through the air in the next few minutes. Otherwise, she would have to explain to her watchmen why breaking her arms and legs was a good use of her time. She sat on a high, steady, blue willow tree branch deep in the forest, tying a cluster of its switches together, glancing down at the ground every now and then.

Cyan would find her soon, so she clutched the bark as she stood. Though the ground seemed even farther below her now, she stretched her arms out in front of her, the makeshift swing dangling at her toes. Ghuli stepped onto the swing with one foot, closed her eyes, and stepped with the other. Her breath caught as she fell through the air.

#

“I don’t hear her anymore,” Cyan murmured. He stood at the opening of the Forest of Weeping Willows, staring down the black sand path of the Eastern Road.

His Second Lieutenant, Laris, joined him. “She may have wandered a little.”

“She was supposed to stay on the road,” Cyan said, aggravation creeping into his voice.

“You know the Princess, my brother.”

Cyan huffed and walked into the forest, leaving the road for the western trees. He did know Ghuli all too well. With the Island Continent so far west, Ghuli liked to sit among the trees as the setting sun warmed the forest. He probably would have enjoyed the sunset himself, if Ghuli had obeyed him for once.