Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Snip! Snip!

Oh, snap! It's snippet time!

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For anyone who can't guess, this post is nothing more than bits and pieces from a WIP. Today's subject is The Kingdom of Fire and Ice. Let's get this party started!

The spotted cat meowed in response, and Aurelia shook her head. “No, you’re wrong. It must have been when we were getting those herbs.”
I frowned. Who was this Aravis she kept bringing up? And why did she seem to only speak to her?
Aurelia took the tankard from me. From her shoulder, the cat leaned forward and sniffed it. Then it mewed loudly, as if in triumph.
“Fine!” Aurelia snapped. “I lost it when I tried to reach the time of King Jakob VII. Must you be right about everything?”
The cat only purred.
She sighed. “Of course, you must, Aravis. You’re a cat.”
The cat was named Aravis. As I realized that, my frustration cleared. The tankard did belong to Aurelia, and Aravis was the cat. Now only one mystery remained. Would Ciara pay me?

The tavern keeper’s mouth dropped. “The thoroughbred stallion given to you by Lord Huntinburg? That Ross?”
“Yes, that Ross.”
“Do you still have his papers?”
“In my pack.”
I frowned slightly to myself. How had Aleksander gotten such a fine horse? I remembered he’d said Ross was a reward for loyal service, but what service was worth such a valuable horse?
Meanwhile, the tavern keeper kept talking. “Then forget the gold. Ross will get you the boat.”
“Good. Let’s go then,” Aleksander said, standing up.
“Why go anywhere?” the older man asked and pointed across the room. “The owner of the boat you want is right over there.”
I followed his hand to a middle-aged woman sitting in the corner. She clutched a tankard as if it was the only thing keeping her alive.
“Go talk to her,” the tavern keeper said, collecting our empty cups. “Just be careful. She doesn’t need any more grief.”
As he walked back to the bar, I glanced at Aleksander. “Are we going?”
“Yeah,” he said, nodding. “But listen to what he said about being careful.”

Behind me, I heard an order. “Archers, load.”
My panic turned to fear, and I pushed myself harder. They had archers! Father would have ordered them to retrieve me at all costs. I had to get away.
Through our pounding feet, I heard the hiss of flying arrows. A moment later, they were all around us. I felt one whiz by my ear but kept running. In the snow ahead of me, another arrow buried itself. I dodged it, still running.
Besides me, Aleksander dodged his own arrow. Suddenly, no more fell, and for a second, I thought we were free. But I was wrong; the arrows were only the beginning. Armor clanged rapidly. A glance behind told me it was foot soldiers. Swords drawn, they chased us.
“I see them!”
“They’re gaining!”
“Just keep running! We have to make it to the Kingdom!”

And that's it!

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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