Friday, December 10, 2010
Seriously, the first thing that came to my mind was to take notes on it. Who knows when I might have to include a scene like that in one of my many writings? In reality, though, I'd probably stay out of it. Maybe get an adult to break it up. I'm not really one to rush in to situations like that.
Writing, to me, is a sanctuary. It's a thing I do to get away from everything else. Sure, I do it to amuse myself when I'm bored, or to get rid of the thoughts that my overactive imagination conjures up, but really, the reason I originally started to write was to avoid life. With writing, I can create my own worlds, and then put myself into a character's shoes as they do stuff in that world.
I started writing seriously when I was twelve. That year was probably the worst year in my life, which doesn't say much, since I've only lived through almost seventeen years. I was going through so much, though.
Since then, whenever I've struggled with anything, I've turned to writing. It relieves my stress. Last year after NaNoWriMo, I had a serious case of Writer's Block, which lasted almost two months. It was horrible. I was so stressed out until I finally got through it.
It's no wonder, then, that I've been writing so much lately, what with everything going on. It feels good just to be able to retreat into my own mind and become a different person for a while.
People have wondered why I'm rarely angry or upset. Writing's why. It calms me down and cheers me up. Everyone needs an outlet for their frustrations. Mine is writing. And it works.
I didn't really find it surprising that I tested high for Avoidant Personality Disorder on Ginanne's personality disorder test. I avoid the real world. How much more can you avoid than that?
Friday, December 3, 2010
You know, this is quite hard. I like most animals. What would be the point of erasing one from the face of the Earth? I've grown to appreciate them even more since putting myself in Elliza's mindset with animals. There aren't any animals on the moon, after all.
Hmm...I guess, the moose. Why? No idea, but I'm sure the Earth would survive without moose wandering around all over the place.
You would think that after NaNoWriMo, and writing 83,000 recorded words in one month, that I'd be sick of writing. Not so. December first, I received two new fanfict ideas from the muses that wander my mind. December second, I started writing both of those ideas. The last three days since November ended, I've continued writing Imminent Pandemonium, and my work-in-progress fanfic that I haven't posted up yet.
That's why I decided to accept the challenge of writing 600,000 words in one year. If I'm able to write that much, I may as well keep myself busy, right?
Plus, it'll keep me motivated when Writer's Block decides to strike. And it will. Eventually.
Right now, though, I'm just trying to concentrate on finishing my novel. There's probably only a few thousand words left, which is good, except that I'm not that great at endings. Sure, they turn out alright, but I always have trouble trying to write them. I think it has something to do with stopping with the characters.
It may sound weird, but when I create a character, especially a main character, I really connect to them and don't like to see them go. Really, if I had my way, I'd just use the same characters over and over and over again, just in different settings. Too bad that really wouldn't work that well. I think my readers would get annoyed.
Although, now that I think on it....isn't that what a fanfiction is? I'm just using the same characters again and again...but then again, I don't put Harry on the moon, and then take him to a magical forest, and then put him in a fairy tale....that might be a little weird.
On to a different topic. Driving. Ooh, what fun. No, really, though. Driving in snow has been interesting so far. I've had one experience where I slid, at a stop light and the car was crooked. Luckily, there was no one around, because it was late enough at night.
My first time driving into town, I didn't realized just how tense I was until I wasn't driving anymore and I could feel my arms aching.
But altogether, I do enjoy driving in the snow. It's quite the adventure compared to the repetitive boring driving that was happening before the snow fell.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
You see, I knew the way mostly to Ginanne's house, but I got lost at the very end. I ended up wandering Ginanne's neighborhood for about ten minutes, searching for her street, before Lydia remembered we had the GPS. Lydia turned it on and led me to Ginanne's street. Still, it took us three tries to find her house on her street, because we didn't recognize it with the Halloween decorations.
We picked up Ginanne and Jordan, and I drove us to the Associated Industries building, where the party was being held.
The party itself was fun. We started by folding origami "plot bunnies". The ML said to be careful not to make too many, or they might multiply, and it's definitely a problem when you have way too many plot bunnies, because they start creating plot holes. :)
Next, we ate. Well, I stuffed myself. It was a potluck with a ton of great food.
After eating, we all worked on a collage, showing a glimpse of each of our novels. It was interesting trying to search for pictures that might represent my novel in magazines.
Then, we went back to Ginanne's house, and Lydia and I went on our way. Unfortunately, I made a wrong turn and ended up somewhere that I had no idea where I was. Suddenly, I found myself at a stop light at a familiar road. Division. "That'll take me home," I said.
It was a one-way street.
It wasn't until I saw the sign saying, "Welcome to Oregon" that I knew we were going the wrong way on Division. (Okay, okay, I'm exaggerating...does Division even take you to Oregon?)
I turned off and spent about twenty minutes wandering around, trying to find a way to cross Division and get to it's counterpart, heading the opposite way. At one point, I made a U-turn in a parking lot while a cop watched on. I was hoping at the time that he wouldn't stop me and question what the flip I was doing, but looking back, he probably could have given us directions.
Finally, we found a way to cross Division and turned left onto Ruby. We followed that back in the direction home was.
It was crazy how far into Spokane we had managed to get as I started to see familiar landmarks.
Then, we were on the Newport highway, heading home in the RIGHT direction. It was foggy out, and very secluded, and in the times that you could see the sky, it was very cloudy and the moon was full, or very close to being full. The setting kind of reminded me of a horror story. O_O
We did arrive home in safety, though, and nothing too dramatic happened.
So, I got lost driving a route that I've drive quite a few times, and isn't all that hard, really. Now, imagine what'll happen when I drive to Colville for a Stake Dance. I could end up in Canada. Lydia says she doesn't mind though. She wants to see a polar bear. XD
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I took on two dares today, for my novel, one including a zombie apocalypse (you must be wondering, 'on the moon?' but trust me, this actually works) and another including a space whale.
Oh, and I'm sure you noticed the banner I made for it. ^^^^^^^^^
The first NaNo get-together is next Saturday, and I'm pretty excited at actually being able to go to this one.
I don't have much to talk about, other than NaNo. The blog will be updated with a new page tracking my progress and a widget or two for my word count soon.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The scariest, though, was probably when, on the way home from Seminary, mom got really sick and ended up having to go to the hospital to get a tumor removed. That scared me a lot.
On a lighter topic, I got my Driver's License yesterday. Finally! Although it'll only really change with driving to Seminary and Mutual, there's just something to having your Driver's License...independence maybe?
Today for the October NaNo Prep Challenge on writing.com, I was supposed to draw a setting that was part of my novel. I chose to make a map of the city that is on the moon. I made it on Excel, and I think it turned out pretty well, although I couldn't manage to fit in quite as many house as I would have liked to. All well, I guess the Moon civilization is restricted to only 452 families.....
So, I think I'm going to change The Brotherhood II's title to either The Uprising or The Innocents' Revenge. I asked for title ideas from my fans, and then put all the suggestions to a vote, and those two are the only two that have been voted through so far. I do like them both, though.
So with school, things have changed a bit since the start of the year. First of all, I'm finding myself, wait for it....almost ENJOYING history! That's a far cry from where I've always been, hating the lessons and just trying to get them done.
My second favorite class is French, actually. I don't like the speaking part of it, so much, but I like learning the new words every week and being able to form sentences. I'm thinking of, way later on - possibly next year, when I'm in French II, trying to write a story in French. Maybe even translate one of my existing stories into French.
Digital Video Production is my next favorite. Of course, it's super slow, like all the rest of the tech class I've taken. I don't like it as much as the other two tech classes, though. It's not something I'd consider for a career.
Next is Journalism. The actual classes and lessons are super boring, but the Yearbook ClassConnects make up for it.
Then comes literature. The last two units have been boring, but the next one is about mythology, so hopefully it'll get better.
Lastly, is Music Appreciation. It's all about jazz, and you'd think that it was interesting and stuff, but the lessons are actually very dull. Plus, for the tests, you have to go through and memorize all these names and dates of jazz performers and what type of jazz they created. There must be around fifty types of jazz.
It's funny, really, that the classes I was looking forwards to most, ended up being my least favorite, and the ones I was kind of dreading ended up being my favorite. That's very strange, for me. Things don't usually happen like that.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
So, if you ever come across someone with the name Alena Marie Faison, it just might be me in disguise.
A week and a half ago, school started up again. I have some fun classes this semester, but American Literature and U.S. History are two of the most boring classes ever. French is also being difficult, although I think with a little effort I could get the hang of it.
I haven't really even started Journalism (JrnlYrbk), Digital Video Production (DVP), or Music Appreciation. I'm only a few lessons in on all of them, but the JrnlYrbk ClassConnects I've been going to are pretty fun. It helps that I like the teacher, Ms. May, although I also her her in DVP, so it gets kind of annoying having her twice as often as the rest of my teachers.
I spent the weekend down the hill at the neighbor's house, helping with their garage sale. I came home Saturday evening with about twenty books, most of which were mysteries. None of them were authors I am familiar with, but I can always try something new, right? Maybe with all these mystery books I'll actually be able to writing a semi-good mystery story. The garage sale itself was rather boring, just sitting around most of the time.
I finished The Brotherhood, and posted the last chapter up this morning. That leaves room for me to work on my other fanfic that I've been working on ages, Everlasting Heartache. However, since NaNoWriMo is coming up in a month and a half (wow, that's quicker than I realized!), I probably won't start posting chapters of that online until after November.
I've got an idea of what I want my NaNoWriMo novel to be about his year, but I'm not sure if the plot line will carry me past 50,000 words. It will be a stretch, but I might make it.
If all else fails, it's not like I haven't won it before or anything. Nobody will be impressed if I win it a second time, it's only the first time that really counts to impress people, unless you can say, 'Oh, I've won it ten times in a row!' then someone might be impressed.
Another thing that I have to start thinking about is the sequel to The Brotherhood. I ended the fanfic in such a place that I had to promise a sequel or else people would be super mad at me. I only really have scattered ideas of what it might be about though. All the main things that needed to happen have already happened, and if I write anything it'll just be fluff and nonsensical crap. There won't really be a plot unless I add a whole other major twist into it, which is a possibility, but would mean that I have to come up with a good one that hasn't already been used a bajillion times, and I don't have that long, since it really should be put up within a month's time, or people will forget that I will be writing a sequel.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
After dinner, a fire was built and marshmallows were roasted while we sat around talking. I brought out my deck of cards and Cati, Lydia, and I played some card games.
Soon after night fell, another family showed up and all the dads went to help set up their camp. The daughters stayed around the campfire and played a game where you tell a story a sentence at a time with each person adding to it. It started out with a girl named Elinor who lived in a castle and had a pony but ended up being about a Zombie/Vampire/Unicorn/Pony horse who was killed by its Zombie owner. After scaring each other a few more times, and a few jokes being told, we went to bed.
The next morning, I got up and sat around while waiting for breakfast. The neighbor's dog, Sox, came over for a visit a few times.
After breakfast, marshmallows were roasted again and some of the girls went swimming while I just stayed by the fire.
After the hikers got back, everyone started to pack up and leave. Several girls went swimming and Cassie came back with a leech on her back. It was promptly removed.
Before we left, Cati started burning our plastic cups into creative shapes. All the girls who were still there got one as a souvenir.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
The kingdom of Bariwon in at a crossroads. Ever since Eliana was born, she had been primed to become the kingdom's leader. But she is not to rule Bariwon alone. A contest of sorts, called the Shaginoc, is to be held when Eliana turns twenty one. The victor gains the right to marry Eliana and become king of Bariwon. Rumor has it that the favorite to win the Shaginoc is Daimh, son of malevolent Govenor Abrecan. However, Eliana has fallen in love with her personal guardian, Rinan. She is torn between renouncing her title to be with the man she loves or marrying to keep the kingdom out of the hands of those who rule it unjustly. A plan is hatched to keep her in power while allowing her to marry Rinan, but little does she know the impact this deception will have on everyone in Bariwon for years to come.
I read this book on the long road trip to a family reunion, and all along the way, I was giving a commentary of what was going on in the book. My sister delights in asking me every few minutes, "Have they died yet?" whenever I'm reading a book, and this time I could answer truthfully every time she asked, "Yes, someone has, actually." It made her day, I'm sure.
I am a big fan of unique names, so seeing so many of them in this book excited me. Not only were the names unique, however, but the characters themselves all had unique and well defined personalities. You could easily fall in love with the characters, even several of the evil ones, which made it even more devastating when several characters were unexpectedly killed off.
The plot was always twisting and turning, making certain events very unexpected. I often cried out in protest or surprise while reading it, because of something that had happened with no previous foreshadowing to lead up to the event. There was also a certain level of predictability, but not too much. I certainly wanted to keep reading to see what might happen next.
The first line of the book, "The sun's playing hide and seek," ties the whole story together in a way so that all the characters introduced halfway through the book, and the periods and time that the story skips all make sense and fit right into the plot of the story.
One thing that distracted me while reading the book, was all the little mistakes. A word misused or a grammar mistake here or there. Still, these mistakes weren't so noticeable as to completely draw you out of the story. I just took note and kept reading.
This novel's mix of fantasy and romance drew me in and kept me in and I can't wait for the next book to come out.
J. Lloyd Morgan's site is
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
"At least the Pale Prophet will serve me some useful purpose."
"What about the girl?" someone asked.
"The girl?" said Jacob. "What about her?"
The stones vibrated. Footsteps were leaving the tower. My uncle's shrieks faded as Jacob, the priests, and the prison guards, carried him away. I was alone. My head was floating. Floating like a helium balloon. I was lying on my back now, just rocking back and forth. Just rocking back and forth. My energy was slipping away...slipping away. The dark light of death was settling over me...settling around me...settling in.
I heard trumpets.
That was an interesting passage to share. Someone dying. Great.
Last week, I started Driver's Ed. It is a pain, let me tell you. I am learning a few new things, mostly random facts, but most of the class is just repetitive and boring. Plus, it's annoying having to drive into town every day for four plus hours.
On the other hand, last weekend I attended a Multi-Stake Youth Conference. The first day, 1,600 LDS youth ages 14-18 gathered together in Spokane. We started out playing some games while people were arriving. My favorite was Human Statues in which a group of ten or so people tried to make a human statue of a monument. I had Double Decker Bus, Old Faithful, and Statue of Liberty, among others.
Once everyone arrived, we went outside to the big grassy field and played Simon Says before splitting into smaller groups and playing some other games. We then ate dinner, consisting of tacos, and then prepared for the dance. There were two dances, one was a DJ and the other was a live band. There were also some Minute to Win it games going on.
The next day, we listened to a couple soldiers and a Gold Star mother speak, mostly about soldiers who lose their lives fighting for our country. Afterward, we made Christmas and Thanksgiving cards to put in care packages.
For lunch, they made hamburgers for us all. I was at the back of the line, so had to wait forty-five minutes in the hot sun. After lunch, we gathered again to listen to several more speakers and sing some songs. We then went home and celebrated Lydia's birthday. She turned fifteen.
In other news, I remade my website. The link is now http://agstewart.webs.com.
And a last bit of advice - at Baskin Robbins, don't eat the watermelon flavored ice cream with the chocolate seeds. It's really not that great.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
It the past week, I've worked more on the shorter obscure stories that have been sitting in dusty files on my computer, than I have in the past year. It's pretty great. Not to mention that I'm working on Involuntary Notions again, and The Brotherhood. My fanfic fans are thrilled, let me tell you.
The Brotherhood, my main fanfic at the moment, is coming to a close. I only have about four or five chapters left. It should be finished before the end of the month. The problem is, The Brotherhood was my first multi-chapter fanfic ever posted on the internet. I started it over two years ago, finished it, then rewrote it to make it four times as long. Now, it's finishing up again and I don't want to leave my story behind. I might just have to write a sequel, although I have no idea what it would be about. It's almost sad.
If I can get so attached to characters that aren't really mine, what'll happen once my novel is published and I am done with the characters I actually created? Now I know why people create series, because they love their characters so much......
On a slightly different note, Lydia keeps telling me to write a story where the world explodes in a billion different pieces and everyone dies. I keep amusing myself by imagining my novel ending that way, but its not going to happen. Still, I might end a fanfic that way, and annoy all my fans.
I like annoying my fans. Today's chapter of my fanfic, and the next two chapters I have written but not posted, all end in major cliffhangers. Yes, my fans are going to kill me. I may just have to go into hiding...at least on the internet.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This is kind of a problem, you know, because I'm sixteen right now..........
I'll just move on to other stuff.
My novel word count is behind. I'm supposed to be at 16667 words today but I'm only at 15366. It's because I didn't have the time to catch up from the day when I only wrote 91 words. I'll catch up eventually, I'm sure. Maybe tomorrow, since I don't have exams or anything.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
How about, my wish is to get a book published and I would write 50 words, 1,000 times to get it. Oh wait, I've already done that, and I'm working on it again........And, for that matter, I've helped fold 1,000 cranes as well, for Ginanne's wedding.
I included the Spanish speaking zombie cat in my writing today. It appeared in a dream sequence. I think writing dream sequences are a lot of fun to write, because you get to lead the readers on, making them think it is really happening then all of a sudden, some weird twist happens and everyone is like 'what?' and then they find out it's just a dream that the characters wakes up screaming from it. Yes, dreams are fun to write.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
If I had a million dollars to spend, I would buy:
Monday, June 7, 2010
My answer: No, I don't think I owe anyone an apology.
It has officially been a week since I started writing both my novel and these daily blog posts and things are still going strong for both of them. However, this is where the trouble always starts. The second week is the hardest of them all.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
My answer to that is simple. She found air.
Yeah, I'm not in a creative mood right now. I wrote four pages of a short story earlier, plus the daily word count for my novel, so I'm creative-ited (Yes, I know. It's not a word, but as a writer, I claim some allowances about making up words.) out and can't come up with anything better.
What? You're not happy with that answer? Fine, fine, I'll come up with a better answer. Let's see....in the large wooden box, she found the souls of a bunch of other girls who were randomly wandering through the woods and found the box. And then what happened? Well, her soul was sucked into the box as well and poor Helen was never seen again. Yep.
Oh, and about the title......well, today at Damien's birthday party, one of the people was talking with me and telling me how I should make a story about a Spanish speaking zombie cat, so I'm now writing it into my novel. That should be interesting to fit in.
My weirdness is probably overwhelming you at the moment......so I think I'm going to go to bed now...........
Friday, June 4, 2010
The first thing I thought of when I heard the question was laughter. Dad is always making us laugh.
Today it took forever to write the recommended word count for the story. I hit a hard spot and I don't think it's written very well at all. It's mostly all filler that'll have to be rewritten after the month is over.
Today's post is going to be small, I guess. There's not much to say.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Freedom is being able to act, think, write, or say things without restriction. Freedom allows people to make choices. Too much freedom sometimes leads to a lack of freedom. Not enough freedom leads to rebellion. You sometimes have to work or fight for freedom. Freedom can, in some cases, be a pain to deal with. The opposite of freedom is school.....just kidding.....kind of.
And now to exercise my freedoms......
I just barely got my writing done today because mom insisted I go into town with her and then Lydia had to go to mutual an hour early for a presidency meeting. I wrote the last 500 words sitting at The Ram drinking a cookies and cream milkshake. Funny how I almost wrote more there than I did at home....I think it was the ice cream. I'll have to remember that when/if I get writer's block later on.
I made a cool cover type thing for my last novel, Involuntary Notions yesterday evening. I think it fits well.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I don't really have a favorite poem, mostly because I'm really into poetry. I do like 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost, though. And also 'I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud' by William Wordsworth.
I stayed up late last night finishing Inkheart. Of course, I've read it many times, but I do enjoy reading books over and over again, especially ones that I can relate to, like Inkheart. Imagine if this world was just a book and people could be read in and out of it.
The last ASB meeting of the year was this morning, and I probably won't be in it next year, because I'll probably be going to the Omak district rather than the Monroe district of WAVA. There's so much fun stuff planned for next year though. They're planning a writing club, and having published authors come in and share experiences and such. But it's only for people in the Monroe district. Oh, and they're going to try and put on prom next year. That should be interesting to see them pull off.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Today's prompt is: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
The answer to that is easy. I've always wanted to be a writer.
The novel I'm going to attempt in June is a Sci-Fi, a genre I have never tried before, so it should be exciting. I've added a new page to this blog that tracks my progress. You can access it at the toolbar at the top of the page. Make sure to yell at me if I get too far behind, okay?
A fun part of writing during these month long novel writing things is all the challenges you receive of random things to put in your novel. I haven't been given very many yet, so suggestions of random things to put in my novel are very welcome.
Mr. Mouws will be included in my novel, in some way or another.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
At the Chewelah Church, we met with five other girls and Sister Romero. I rode with Sis. Romero, her brother-in-law, his eight year old son, Chase, and two other girls up to where we would be staying. Near Inchelium, we crossed a ferry, which was interesting. Then we drove to a camping spot near Barnaby Island.
Sister Johnson met us there and showed us the way to where we would be camping. We had to hike, carrying all of our things, 3/4 of a mile across the sandbar and onto the island.
(A picture of the long hike to the island. Usually, the sandbar is covered in water, and the island would actually look like an island. For now, though, you can hike to it.) -->
Once on the island, we met with the four girls who had come earlier, along with Sis. Johnson's eight year old daughter, Zarahemla (or Zarah for short).
I helped build the fire while some other girls built the latrine far away from camp.
We did a few wood runs, and found roasting sticks, and then sat down for dinner, which was hot dogs, potato salad, grapes, and potato chips.
(The view from camp was beautiful.)-->
After dinner, we gathered around the camp fire to have a devotional of sorts. We decided who would get which level. I got the level 2 girls, along with Kaitlyn and Kati.Next, Sister Johnson showed us three types of plants: Yarrow, Mullein, and Lupine, and then Sister Romero told some stories.
<--(Hanging around the camp fire)
Afterward, we made smores and Kaitlyn decided to try and make some herbal tea from the Mullein leaves, which made her tired.
Sister Johnson showed us all how to make ash cakes and we all made some.
Her mix was flour, a little bit or corn meal, ground flaxseed, salt, and baking soda. We mixed that powder with some water and then placed them directly on the hot coals to cook. They tasted surprisingly good, considering that they were cooked in ash. It's too bad we didn't have cinnamon and sugar though, that would've tasted great. At the same time, Sis. Romero's brother-in-law brought up some fish he had caught with Zara and Chase and cooked them over the fire.
<--(The fish cooking)
After that, mostly everyone headed off to bed, except the leaders and four of us girls. We talked for a while, and I didn't head back to my tent until probably around 11:30 PM.
I didn't sleep very well, waking up every so often. I eventually got up at around 7:00 and we had a small breakfast of granola, yogurt, oranges, and, of course, smores.
After breakfast, a few of us gathered flowers that we were going to press and then make bookmarks out of for our girls.
There were a lot of extras.
Soon after, we packed up camp before sitting down around the fire again.
Sis. Mckinney taught us how to tie a couple kinds of knots, and then we gathered our stuff and left the campsite.
The 3/4 of a mile hike back was worse than the hike there, since we were all tired when we started.
We crossed the ferry again, and headed home.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Today, we fit most of the Stott Grandchildren sixteen years and younger, plus two aunts and an uncle all on two teeter-totters. It was very exciting. There were a lot of pictures taken and I’m sure they will be plastered all over facebook.
Since it is super late right now, this is all this post is and I’m going to bed.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Mom called Aunt Dorothy and she cut both mine and Lydia's hair before we came back to the hotel and got ready. At 4:00, we met everyone at the church and took pictures with Grandma and Grandpa. We ate dinner, which was soup and sandwiches, and then I read while we waited for the actual reception to start.
At the reception, Grandma and Grandpa cut the cake, and then each family did a small presentation type thing. There were musical numbers, a poem, a dancing lesson, slideshows, and even a magic trick. Our family prepared a geocache in Grandma and Grandpa's honor. After the presentations, all the guests left, leaving the family for a dance. However, we left to hide the cache near Grandma's house and now I'm back in the hotel room, writing this blog.
That's it for today.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
As to keep with the theme, I am going to say that I really look up to my grandparents, one reason of why is that they managed to keep their marriage going for fifty years, unlike so many relationships happening today.
Now, I need to finish packing and working on my talk for Sunday.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Other than the dentist appointment, not much has happened today. I didn't even write anything. What a boring day.......
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I'm already stressing out about my talk on Sunday, and then my YCL leader decides to choose me to write a short skit for us YCL's to put on to introduce the theme at Camp Kick Off. Yeah, great. One more thing to worry about, not that I can say no. It's an obligation.
Also, I've been feeling nauseous lately, but never enough to actually consider myself sick. I can't stand to eat anything that's greasy or very flavored, so I've been sticking mostly to Yogurt and fruit for now.
Mom and Dad want to go geocaching this evening, but I'm thinking I'm going to stay home instead and attempt to write, or else read.
Maybe tomorrow will be better.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Daily posts are getting hard, without making them repetitive, and it's only the third day!
Let's see. I added another chapter of The Brotherhood today. Yeah...
Hmm, what else? I had yogurt for breakfast this morning. Strawberry banana. It was pink.
You know that flower pen I was talking about yesterday? Yeah, it's in my hair now, holding up a bun.
It's really windy outside right now. I hope it doesn't get too much worse so we can still go geocaching tonight, or at least so the power doesn't go out. That would stink because then I couldn't write.
Yeah, so that's about all I have to say, really.
I'm thinking about just making this the world's lamest blog post and ending it right here. It's long enough, right?
Oh, and enjoy the light pictures, okay?
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Anyway, on with the post. In church today, I was asked to give a talk on the Importance of Education on May 23rd in Sacrament meeting. That means I have two talks in one month. Seriously, that's kind of annoying.
The lesson in Young Women's today was on journalism, and I decided to try to set a goal to start writing in a journal at least twice a week. It'll be another thing added to this whole blogging thing, except that blogging and keeping a journal are mostly different things. Oh, and we got special flower pens that we're supposed to use to write in our journals, so how could I pass up using that pen?
On another note, last night I finally started working on my Haley Potter fanfic. Yes, I know what you're thinking, 'another writing project?' but I've been working on this one for a couple years now and it still isn't going anywhere at all, yet I have it all planned out. Now, it's near the top of my list, just under The Brotherhood. Sadly, it even beats Involuntary Notion.
Anyway, I guess I'm done for today.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I guess that's it for today.
Friday, March 12, 2010
In the world of Rasann, two girls live. Ember is a girl who discovers she can see magic and change the appearance of things at will. Kayla is a musician who is given the Sapphire Flute and told not to play it. Both girls are sent on quests and both face danger sent from the villain of the tale, C’Tan.
The chapters weave between the two girls’ paths, including an occasional scene from C’Tan’s point of view.
The prologue starts the book off with a bang and sets the book in motion, making you not want to put it down the entire time. Throughout the book there are twists and turns that make the plot intriguing and unexpected things continue all the way to the very end.
I could easily imagine the characters and the places that they went. Between the love-struck Kayla and the slightly crazy C’Tan, the emotions were strong and you could almost feel them as you read.
Karen Hoover has started a great series and I can’t wait for the rest of them to come out. The first book has landed itself on my favorite’s list and I’m sure the other six books will too.
Monday, March 8, 2010
I started another story, this one, hopefully, will last a bit longer than my last idea. I have big plans for this one though, so it'll probably last. It isn't my usual rambling writing that I do, it's more structured. But then again, I wrote Involuntary Notions without any plans whatsoever and managed to finish it in a month, so who knows what'll happen.
Speaking of Involuntary Notions, the editing process has slowed down for that. I've gotten writer' block for it. Of course, I could just skip to a different part of the story, but then I'd have to be careful not to change too much, in case I change something when I stay working on earlier parts again. Knowing my luck, I'd end up completely messing up the whole story...I've done it before.
I was wondering, earlier today, whether anyone has ever won every single game of Freecell. I mean, there's like 1000000 different games. I'm sure it's possible, but I wonder how long it would take, and if anyone had done it. It might be something to look into.
On another note, the adapter for my laptop isn't working anymore. Lydia has graciously let me borrow hers whenever my battery needs to be recharged, but it is getting annoying having to recharge my laptop every two hours. Mom was supposed to order a new one online, but I don't know if she ever did.
I guess that's enough rambling for now.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Anyway, I only have the three right now, but I'll get more one of these days.
Involuntary Notions is coming along well. I finally got past the spelling and grammar part of the editing. Now I'm on the fun part where I get to actually do some writing again. I'm rewriting scenes and such, plus adding a whole part that will hopefully add a whole bunch of words. I'm hoping to have it finished soon but it isn't going very fast since I"m writing The Brotherhood at the same time.
At the moment though, The Brotherhood is kind of at a slow point because I've got writer's block again. I might take a break from it and work on the shorter story that Lydia wanted me to write based off of one of her dreams. It shouldn't take too long and should hopefully get rid of my writer's block.
I joined the Student Council and I'm officially the secretary. It's a good role for me, I think. I can mostly just sit back and just take notes and not have to speak in front of the group. Of course, to be able to get the position in the first place, I had to give a presentation about why I should get the position and speak in front of the whole group. Really, it wasn't so bad though. It's a whole different thing speaking in front of people when you're actually hiding behind computer screen.
Monday, January 25, 2010
I'm working on a new story. It is told in first person, through diary posts. It could probably be interesting, but I don't know how long it'll last. I'm kind of at a down point as far as everything to do with writing goes. I can't seem to write anything good at the moment.
It snowed today. It was melted within a few hours though.
My next post will probably be on my birthday, or soon afterward, which should hold more excitement.
~ Major Bookworm ~
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
You know that story I was writing for the BYU contest thing? Well, my computer closed down for an automatic update one night, and when I opened it up again, the story was completely gone. I know I had saved and opened that story several times before this happened, so I know that it wasn't just because I didn't save it. Anyway, it was going to be too long anyway. Even if I start it all over again, it won't be ready for me to submit for the contest, so I guess I'm just not going to enter.
Now, since I am not really working on anything, besides The Brotherhood, my fanfiction, I am working on a project that has nothing to do with writing. In fact, it is origami. I am making a fancy origami swan. It isn't just a simple swan, it is very complex and time consuming. Here's the link to a video showing how to make it.
I took my Vocabulary Final today. I got 100% on it, which is good, since I probably won't do that well on the grammar test. It counter balances it.
I was working on editing my novel yesterday but I've been making mental changes and getting ideas for changes to it for a couple weeks and it is going to take some serious work to make all those changes happen. I'm deleting a whole character and adding another one, plus making a minor character a major one. I'm turning one of the bad guys into a good guy and making the bad guy even worse. I'm going to be rewriting pretty much everything except the very beginning and the very end but keeping the main plot mostly the same. No worries, though, I'm keeping the original, just in case I totally mess it up and decide to change it back or something.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Anyway, on to other things, I just had to marvel about that for a moment.
So, the dream I had on Saturday night was most peculiar. It was only about a five minute scene, with nothing else going on. It started out with me on a floating boat, kind of like an ark. It was hovering about three feet off of a wintry landscape. A woman, dressed like an Indian chief was talking about the history of the land and passing out colorful feathers. In the dream, I was bored, so I tuned her out and looked around.
At the rear of the boat, an old man with a short white beard and a balding head, was cackling excitedly, holding up a blow torch which was spouting out flames. In the dream, it seemed like I knew this was a regular occurance, so it didn't even register how unusual that is.
Looking around further, I found that I was surrounded by a group of kids ranging from the age of 2 - 10, all looking bored at the Indian woman's talking as well.
I faintly recognized that Lydia was sitting beside me, looking bored as well, and then I woke up.
It was a really crazy dream and it sprung from out of nowhere. I haven't even read anything even somewhat similar to something that could have brought that up. It did inspire a story, like most of the dreams I remember, which are usually the very strange ones. I'm writing a condensed version of the story for the BYU writing contest, and once both stories are done I'll decide which one I like better and send it in. I'm also going to make a longer, more detailed version of the story, though. It's going to be an end of the world type thing, I already have the outline all planned out, and I can't wait to start.
Meanwhile, I am getting my braces off in like two and a half days, I'm pretty excited for that as well, although, it is going to be weird not having braces after a year and a half.
Anyway, this is long enough,
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tell me one thing that all of these countries have in common. Can't think of anything? I'll tell you. In every one of these countries is at least one person who has read one of my fanfictions that I've written. No joke. There are counties here I've never even heard of!
You know, somehow, if I get a book published, I don't think it'll be this far spread. That my fanfictions have spread this far is insane in itself. Who knew? 70 different countries in a year and a half.
Anyway, I just found this interesting, so I thought I'd share it. :)