Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Waterfall Braid Bun + the 1st Mini-talk

So Summer's here, and it is HOT! Long hair is a pain, and all we want is to get it off our necks. Enter my newest hairstyle tutorial.

Buns are easy, but they can become bland. Adding a braid is an easy way to spice things up. A waterfall adds an extra dimension because of its unique look.

The Waterfall Braid Bun

  1. Brush hair and make a deep side part on the left.
  2. Waterfall braid around the head to the other side. (Directions in my Waterfall Braid Tutorial link below if you need them.)
  3. Ponytail all your hair loosely. The hair should be loose, not the ponytail holder.
  4. Twist your hair loosely into a loop and pull the ends through.
  5. Tuck the ends under the loop and pin securely.
Other Posts in this Series:


And now for a new addition to my blog. Mini-talks! I define mini-talks as sub-posts about a different aspect of a topic.

Today's mini-talk is about avoiding dry hair in the Summer heat through a natural means.

Coconut oil is renown for its benefits. Its hair benefits are easy to get too. Just follow these simple steps before/during your shower for moisturized - none oily! - hair.
  1. Brush hair thoroughly.
  2. Scoop out about a finger full of solid coconut oil and rub through from roots down.
  3. Repeat Step 2 focusing on ends of hair.
  4. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
  5. Then wash out.
  6. Continue with regular shower routine.
That's it. It adds maybe four, five minutes to shower time (that is including prep!) and adds many, many benefits. I do this about once a month, and I always notice a difference. So go beat dry hair.

Whew! Long post! RhoXie out!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


With no escape.
With no future.
With only my lies.
With no one to care.
With only darkness.
With no life.
With only death.
With all my sin.
With no freedom.
With no hope.

With an escape.
With a way out.
With maybe a future.
With a truth.
With someone nearby.
With a friend to hear.
With one chance to live.
With a ray.
With no freedom.
But trapped,
With a hope.

With His blood.
With a future.
With the truth.
With a Friend.
With His light.
With His life.
With His love.
With true freedom.
With His hope.
With Jesus forever.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Two random puppy pictures?
Why not?


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Waterfall Twist ~ The Waterfall Series Pt. 2

So last month's post was a little complicated, I know. But thankfully I'm prepared for y'all's frustration with a simpler version.

Isn't it stunning? And did I mention simple?

I love it because it take maybe two minutes, but looks like you spent forever! (Which if you curl your hair like above, you will.) My advice is relax and experiment with the size of your pieces. It looks great all ways.

The Waterfall Twist

  1. Brush hair and make slight side part.
  2. On the right side, pick up a decent size piece and divide it in half.
  3. Wrap the halves around each other once. (Twist them clockwise and wrap counterclockwise for the second picture's look.)
  4. Pick up a piece of free hair and drop it over the top half but under the bottom half.
  5. Repeat Step 3.
  6. Repeat Steps 4&5 until you reach the back of your head.
  7. Secure with bobby pins.
  8. Repeat Steps 2-6 on the other side.
  9. Secure ends together with bobby pins or an elastic.
All done. Happy Hairstyling!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Characters' Arcs ~ Pt. 2 of the Write it Right Series

   My previous post in this series dealt with who your characters were and are. This post is about who they will be. How a character changes is called their arc, and there are three basic kinds.


Positive Arcs: Think Boromir in The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers

From the worst member of the fellowship
to our first heartfelt lost
Y'all have to admit, that's a powerful arc. These arcs are great for protagonists, but try to avoid cliches.

Negative Arcs: Think Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars.

From innocent boy to
cold killer

Still a powerful arc, but in the opposite way. These aren't as natural to to write as their positive counterparts, but very interesting!

Flat Arcs: Think Sam in Lord of the Rings.

The sum of Sam

Steadfast and courageous, but he doesn't change much. Instead, his role is helping "Mr. Frodo" change. These are easy to default to (writer's confession: I had till recently in one character), but harder to make work.

Your character's arc will probably come from the questions "What do they fear?" and "What do they want most?". Most characters only get one arcs, but it is possible for more than that. This adds interest to both the character and the book.
   For instance, Priss in my WIP Inkling Adventures has a double arc, mainly because I originally wrote it as two books. Her first arc is positive, but her second is negative. The negative one.... I'm still working out some kinks.
   Your character arcs are important, but you don't have to consciously choose them. I tend to write the first draft and just see what happens. Then I improve on whatever happened naturally. But that's just what works for me.
   For you, it may be something incredibly different. Is it? If so, I'd love to hear about it!


P.S. I know my advice isn't much. Check this site for much better advice. K. M. Weiland has a whole book on arcs.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1 Cor. 13:4-8 ~ The Way of Love

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
  Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away, as for tongues; they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.[...]

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Waterfall Braid ~ The Waterfall Braid Series Pt. 1

The Waterfall braid is stunning. It's as simple as that, and it's the perfect way to start my newest hairstyle series!

Y'all know the best part about it though? It's just a French braid with an extra step. How neat is that?

The Waterfall Braid

  1. Brush hair and make a deep part.
  2. Pick up a medium to large section at the front of the hair-heavy side.
  3. Divide the sections into three equal pieces.
  4. Cross the top piece over the middle. This gives you new top and middle pieces.
  5. Cross the bottom piece over the new middle piece. This gives you new bottom and middle pieces.
  6. Divide the new bottom piece in half. Drop the front half. You now have a smaller bottom piece.
  7. Add some loose hair to the top piece and then cross the now bigger top piece over the middle piece. This gives you new middle and top pieces.
  8. Add some loose hair to the smaller bottom piece and then cross the now bigger bottom piece over the middle piece. This gives you new bottom and middle pieces.
  9. Repeat steps 6-8 until you reach the other side of the head. Then stop adding hair.
  10. Finish with a regular braid by repeating steps 4&5 down the length, OR ponytail at the top.
And you're done! How easy was that? Well... if that was hard for you, just leave me a comment. I'm always willing to help.

Happy Hairstyling!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Writing Questions ~ The Write it Right Series Pt. One

Hooray! The writing series! Y'all, I'm so excited it's ridiculous. Seriously I am. Just look...

That's how excited I am. I could seriously do that. Now, let's get started with the most important part of a story - the characters!
   There are numerous character-helps out there. My friend Morgan interview her characters, and Gail Carson Levine's book, Writing Magic (see more here) has a wonderful questionnaire. Different methods work different for different characters from different authors. But in my (small) experience, you must know some things about your character.
  1. What does he/she fear? I don't just mean, are they afraid of spiders? What do they fear emotionally, mentally, or physically? What is it that haunts them?
  2. What do they want most? This is your character's motive, their driving force. Arguably the most important information, you must know it. What they want also often connects to what they fear.
  3. Why? Your most valuable question, why is the key to knowing your character. Why is that their fear? Why do they want that?
  4. How does all this effect him/her? If they want to fly, what will they for the ability? How far will they go? How does that desire change them?
This is just a start. There's way more to learn about your characters. Just see what I mean.

If you know these things, you're well on your way to understanding your character. But that's just my opinion. If yours is different, tell me. I want to know.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Backward and Forward

Please tell me it isn't too late for a wrap up post of 2016. Please, please, please! It isn't? Oh wonderful. Let's begin.


2016 was a productive year blog-wise. (Is that even a word?) I posted over forty times, did my first series, and learned about blogging. Now, what were the three most popular posts this year? Let's see....

Part of my LotR/Hobbit Hairstyle Series, this post was such fun. I always enjoy a chance to fan-girl. So the post was easy to do, and it continues to get a lot of hits.

Espionage Blog Tour

I loved this book! Vannie and Kyle are so amazing, but I feel sorry for Kyle because of his dad. Wonder why? Read the interview with Sir Roland in the post.

My first post in 2016, and it's one of the most popular! How great is that? Plus the post has a great question for the new year.


I only have a few plans for 2017:
  1. Do a series on writing. The idea is to help myself helping y'all. Hopefully it'll work out, and I won't botch it.
  2. Do three braid series. Series seem to work well for my blog, and braid series are easy for me. The plan is a waterfall braid series, a basic braid series, and a Disney series.
  3. Do at least fifty posts. If I post regularly, it should be easy-ish. Wish me luck since there are fifty-two weeks in a year, and I've missed three of them.
  4. Do my best to publish Inkling Adventures. This more dream than then plan really, but I have to try. The dream release date is mid-September. More later.
Happy Belated New Year's,