Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Liebster Award

So my friend Addyson M. Huneke nominated me for the Liebster Award. Let's give her a big round of applause, y'all! (BTW, Addy, does this mean I can now call my blog "award winning"?)
   Here's how it works:
  1. I thank the person who nominated me. Thanks, Addyson!
  2.  Answer the eleven questions she gave me.
  3.  Share eleven facts about me
  4.  Nominate eleven other people.
  5.  Give those people eleven questions to answer.
This should be fun, so let's get started! On to the questions!

1. What's your favorite breed of dog?
    Mutt. That's what I grew up with.

2. What, in your opinion, is the worst movie ever?
    I don't know. The later Barbie movies are horrible. One of those, maybe?

3. Did you see Infinity War? If so, what did you think (especially of the ending)? If not, what outdated piece of technology are you sad is now obsolete?
    No, I did not see it; I'm behind on Marvel movies. As for outdated tech, I personally miss the Nintendo 64 game station.

 4. Who is your favorite president?
    George Washington.

5. If you found a magic lamp, what would your three wishes be?
    1.) Talk to Tolkien about plot development, 2.) Talk to C.S. Lewis about world building, and 3.) Heal all my family's hurts.

6. Did you see The Last Jedi? If so, did you love it, hate it, or somewhere in between? If you didn't, how and why have you escaped for this long?
    Yes, I saw it. I ADORE it!

7. What upcoming movie are you most excited about?
   I saw a trailer for a movie called The Little Mermaid that Disney isn't doing and that has William Mosley (who played Peter in the Narnia movies) in it. It looked really good.

8. What is your favorite childhood memory?
    My mom writing a story as I dictated it. Sweet and simple, but the beginning of so much. I was six or so.

9. What is your biggest pet peeve?
    Hands down, shopping carts that get left in parking lots! It's not that hard, y'all. Just put in the corral. Leaving them out is dangerous!

10. Most favorite and least favorite things about growing up?
    Most favorite ~ more independence. Least favorite ~ more responsibility.

11. On a scale of one to becoming an isolated hermit, how disgusted are you with your generation?
    About four or five. I don't like most of them, but I don't really hate them either.

Now eleven facts.

1. I have three WIPs right now.
2. My original inspiration for Inkling Adventures isn't usable because what I wanted to do was basically make a Percy Jackson type series for Middle Earth.
3. My favorite Super heroes are Batman, Wonder Woman, the original Nick Fury, and Wolverine.
4. My favorite Narnia book is The Horse and His Boy, but my favorite Narnia character is Reepicheep.
5. I love Dairy Queen's Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard.
6. My favorite LOTR quote is "That there's some good in the world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for!"
7. If I had a theme song, I would want it to be "Pure Imagination", preferably Josh Groban's cover of it.
8.  I wear Dutch braids more than any other braid.
9. I've kept a prayer journal since I was thirteen years old.
10. I can insult one in Tolkien's Elvish but can't compliment them in it.
11. I stink at poetry ninety-seven percent of the time and can only write it when I'm truly inspired. Even then, it's usually pretty bad.

Nominate eleven people.
   But. . . . I don't know eleven bloggers. So how about this? I nominate all bloggers who read this post, even if they've done the Liebster Award recently.

Eleven questions:
  1. Who is your favorite Tolkien elf?
  2. What is your least favorite song?
  3. If you awarded "Worst Book of the Year", what book would you choose?
  4. If you had to be one age forever, what age would you want to be?
  5. Your worst hair nightmare is....?
  6.  Do you listen to Broadway?
  7. Do you have a favorite Star Wars quote? If so, what is it?
  8.  What author would you recommend?
  9. Do you consider prophecies to be cliche? Explain your reasoning.
  10. What do you look for in books and movies?
  11. What is your opinion on the Liebster Award?
And that's a wrap!


P.S. I lie. I think this post needs a meme.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Let it Begin!

Today starts the short hair series. So whoop whoop! But first we're going to review some older posts that work on short hair. Here goes.

The Waterfall Twist
I love the easiness of this style. Be sure to try it out.

The Waterfall Braid
This one is so versatile. With jeans or dress, it is perfect.

Easy Front French Braid
So quick. I seriously should wear this more.

And that's about it.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Five World Building Tips

So I think world-building is critical for a book. Mess it up, and the book loses creditably. Which means we writers have to get it right. So how do we do that?
   Well... I'm no expert, but I think a few rules of thumb might help. Let's go!

  1. Give your world a history. Even if your world is just a town, a past makes it feel real.
  2. Make it part of a bigger world. Foreigners, maps of continents... They all help make seem part of a larger existence.
  3. Fill it with details of nature and weather. They're a part of our life, so make them part of your characters' life.
  4. Give it a literature and culture past. Books, philosophy, myths, or legends give a sense of time and development to your story's present.
  5. Have fun with it. Enjoying it is the best way to do it. And chances are, you'll do more that way too.
That's it,

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Kingdom of Fire and Ice

So today Let me tell you about The Kingdom of Fire and Ice, my WIP that might come out later this year. (No, I don't have a date or anything.)

He who wishes to to reach the Kingdom of the Fire and Ice will find his way blocked. But if he were brave enough to cross Terra’s tears alone, he would be closer than most. He would lack only one thing more: to face alone Terra’s teeth. Then he would reach the land with no home, the Kingdom of Fire and Ice.

Sew, It's a Quest (an excellent nook, btw). Ciara and Aleksander are strangers, on a crazy adventure. (Okay, I'll stop with the references.) It starts as just a job for him, but to her, it's everything. But then they realize they both have stakes in this, and they can't do it alone.
Aleksander lost his sister years ago, but now he has a second chance. But Bridgit hates him more than anything.
Ciara has only one hope for freedom: retrieve the Stones of Fire and Ice and take them to her father.
Can they do it? 

Yes, I know that's vague and horrible, but trying to explaining is like...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018


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Before You,
I knew only darkness.
It was like ink,
so thick I was drowning in it
and so black I couldn't see anything else.
I breathed it in,
and with each breath,
I died a little more.
Before You,
I only knew Death and his shadow.

His land
was lonely and horrible,
but You found your way there.
You traveled
from Your Kingdom of Life
simply to find

When You did,
You willingly paid the price
Death demanded
to free me.
It cost You everything.
But You wanted me
to know light.
So You paid it.

Now You lead me
on the path
back to Your Kingdom.
You are all around me,
so bright I cannot see You
and so light I feel You in the air.
I breathe You in,
and with each breath,
I come back to life
a little more.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Character/Book Pictures

I feel horrible about my last post. Be honest. y'all. Was it a cop-out? 'Cause that's what it felt like to me.
   So I want to do better this week, but I really don't want to take the time to actually write something. (And I want to write for a living.😕) Yeah, I'm crappy some days. So let's do this because then I can feel like this post might be useful.
    I love having pictures for my characters and locations in my books. So I keep a supply in my google photos and drive. Here's some of my favorites.

Fairy princess?

What broke your heart?

A Wizard's tower, perhaps?

Warring friends?

Beauty's beast?

Seen a ghost?
Been a ghost?

Desert raider?

Hope y'all enjoy these and that they inspire you somehow in your own writing.