Friday, December 19, 2014

Beautiful Books #3- Oddball the First

Hello everyone! 
So I did not do NaNoWriMo. I realized that some people were under the impression that I did. I apologize about that. I just like doing the Beautiful Books link up. (If you want to do a NaNo over the summer, let me know, I'm seriously considering doing it.)
So today I'm going join the Beautiful Books link up hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. They are awesome like that. 
Let's talk about Oddball the First?
By of way, the trilogy titles are currently being referred to as:
Oddball the First
Oddball the Sequel
Oddball at Last
  It's not genius. But at least it's something.
1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best) how well do you think this book turned out?
It turned out as a either a -4.09 or +72.6.
I just can't decide.

2. Have you ever rewritten or editing one of your books before? If so, what do you do to prepare yourself? If not, what’s your plan?
Um, yes and no. I've never edited when I was supposed to. My game plan so far is, when I start, I'm going read the whole thing through. 
Yeah. And then I'll see what things need to be saved for the others books. What parts just needs to be chopped out and left for dead. And then what needs to be added. 
(I am not a game plan kind of person.)

3. What’s your final wordcount? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book?
I don't know. Some of it is still in handwritten form and other portions are on various computer documents. 
Right now, I'm working on putting it all in one chronological document. But it's huge. Way bigger than a nice little 50,000 words. I like to throw every possible idea out there. The good, the bad, the insane. That way when I slim it down later all I need is already on the paper. And I didn't forget anything.
I think.

oh, first draft, why are you a necessary evil?

4. What’s are you most proud of? Plot, characters, or pacing?
The characters. Alwayses the characters. ;)
I love the Oddball crew. They're probably the only set of characters that can 100% make my day, everyday.

5. What’s your favourite bit of prose or line from this novel?
I've probably posted this before. But it is the answer to this question.
She closed her eyes and let the chaos of the crowd envelop her. Wrap around her like a hug. A hug of smallness. Of being invisible. Of being alone and yet part of something bigger than oneself. That hug of loneliness. Sometimes she struggled under it. 

          But on days like these. Especially in the noise and company of the crowd, she embraced it back. After all it was the only friend she had.

6. What aspect of your book needs the most work?
The all of it!
Okay, okay. Well, the length is kind of- lengthy. The plot is kind of- wandering. The everything is- a bit much. 
 Pirates of the Caribbean

  (Is it bad that I find many Pirates of the Caribbean gifs/quotes relative to writing?)
7. What aspect of your book is your favourite?
Didn't we already talk about this?
Well, I adore the characters.

And the kingdoms. The dragons too. But there's a lot of side characters also. Like Smelt. Oo, I love Smelt. 
And Ratchett. I think, I'll have to bring Ratchett back sometime, because he's amazing. Don't tell him I said that. His head's big enough as it is. 

8. How are your characters? Well-rounded, or do they still need to be fleshed-out?
I think they're well-rounded. But what do I know? I just write the stuff.

9. If you had to do it over again, what would you change about the whole process?
I would write it all on one Word document, and write chronologically as much as possible.
Also I would try to write more consistently, so I'd finish in less time.

10. Did anything happen in your book that completely surprised you? Have any scenes or characters turned out differently to what you planned? Good or bad?
Yes, there was this character that came around. He wouldn't go away, so I said, "Fine. I can use you." So I did. And he got what he wanted, just not in the way he wanted.
And there were a few unforeseen scenes. But I'm kind of a pantser anyways, so it always-
Just happens!
(It's not always good things that happen, but, eh, what do you want on short notice?)

11. What was the theme and message? Do you think it came across? If not, is there anything you could do to bring it out more?
I think the theme changed a few times during the writing. There was a theme about letting go of the past, I think. And then there was something about friendship, maybe. . . I don't know. I'm just realizing now that I'm looking back on it. Friendship wasn't necessarily supposed to be an overarching theme, but it happened. Then there was prejudice and that's supposed to carry throughout the whole series. 
Eh, we'll see what comes of it.

12. Do you like writing with a deadline (like NaNoWriMo) or do you prefer to write-as-it-comes?
I probably need a deadline.
But I loath deadlines.

13. Comparative title time! What published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (Ex: Inkheart meets X-Men, etc.)
Um, it's kind of like, like
I would say The Hobbit. It's not high fantasy. But it has that one adventure after another feel to it. But The Hobbit is big, and Oddball is not that big and glorious. It's not Tolkien worthy.
I'm really drawing a blank here, people.
It's very humorous. But it can then get very dark near the latter half. And the characters- Oh, they are monstrously uncooperative, but they are the best all the same.

14. How do you celebrate a finished novel?!
With peanut butter, loud music, books, and, yeah that's about it.

15. When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?
Oh, this question. You're asking me to go on forever, aren't you?
I want them to get that feeling of, "I cannot wipe this stupid grin off my face," because the book was so good. I want them to feel like the characters are their personal best friends because they were just so real. And I really hope it makes them smile for weeks on end and that they ramble unintelligibly about it to all the people they see in the world. Because that is what I always feel like after reading the most amazing book in the world. 
And- and- I'll stop there.

- The Book Thief, Markus Zusak This book-- This book is amazing It's narrated by death, and it's just so beautiful.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Tag of Randomness

             Do people even use that word anymore? Random? It was popular when I was in high school. But maybe the world has moved on in lingo.

Anyhow, Carly @ Books and Etc. did this ginormous post of tags. Thank you, Carly, for tagging me (and not making me answer all the questions ;) ).

Three facts of me:

1. I teach a kids clogging class (clogging is similar to tap dancing, but not), in which I almost always quote The Lego Movie, Despicable Me, or Megamind at least once. The joys of teaching kids. ;)

2. Um, I use parentheses (quiet often).

3. When I'm in a bad mood I think about what Patrick Jane says about being happy.


And I always laugh.

The questions I choose to answer:

1. The thinnest book on your shelf?

Mostly Monster. It came from a Cherrios box. But I'm partial to the illustrations and it's kind of cute.

2. The thickest?

Probably the wonderful The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Or a dictionary. Books on words tend to come in large sizes.

3. Favorite classic book?

Pride and Prejudice, or- or- Does The Princess Bride count?


Then The Princess Bride.

 The princess bride

4. Who is your ultimate all-time favorite character?

What kind of a narrow-minded question is that? Oh, who should I choose? 

Okay, um, I'm going to with Cinder because I read her book recently and it was fantastic.


5. What fandoms are you a part of?


If you were here from the start try to put this on some of your divergent posts. #truedivergentfan

Really? I have to smile too? Society asks to much of me.

I think I will actually tag people. Anyone who wants to do this and these people:

This is kind of an Unofficial Tag, so just do this:

Write Three Facts About You, then:

Answer the following questions:

1. What is your favorite book quote?

2. Your favorite superhero?

3. Cookies or pie?

4. Any weird, funny, or touching movie-going stories?

5. What is the price of bananas?

6. What song are you currently obsessed with and why?

And you can link back to me if you want. Yeah, that's how these tag things go, right? If anyone else wants to do it, feel free! Or you can answer the questions in the comments. Love to hear what you have to say!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Famous People Tag

Skye Hoffert at Ink Castles tagged me for the Famous People Tag.

1. Who's your favorite singer/group?
*rubs hands together* We may not get past the first question.



 I could go on and on about Switchfoot. But I'll just resolve to do a whole post later.

Joel and Luke Smallbone

for King & Country! They recently released their second album. Best songs are To the Dreamers and It's Not Over Yet.


 This is Skillet. I need to do a post for each of these bands. A cursory glance is not enough.

Anthem Lights in Marvel attire!

Anthem Lights in Avenger attire. Who I am currently listening to:

I've never heard the original band who sings this song. I just like Anthem Lights.

2. If your favorite male actor was in the same room with you right now, what would you do?
Um, I'm ashamed to say that I would probably remain hidden in the corner like a good, little introvert.

3. Is there a famous person you used to love but now you've changed your mind?

I don't think so. . . to be honest, I don't even follow famous people very often. If someone mentions something about an actor/actress who I admire, I'll probably look further into it out of curiosity. Or if they have a movie coming out soon. Otherwise, I know very little about famous people.

4. Name a famous person you like whose name starts with V.
Does Veronica Roth count?

Me and my friends have decided to go to the midnight premier and we took the faction quiz in the back of the book and we are going to dress like our "faction"!!!!!

 She will dress up like her characters. Isn't that awesome?! And, my friends, she is brave. For writing the only ending that could've happened. She is so brave.

5. What's one of your favorite red-carpet dresses?
After a peruse of pinterest, I've decided I don't like red-carpet dresses.

This, on the other hand. I would actually wear a dress if I had this. They wouldn't let me in a red carpet event with it, but ah-well.

if Peril ever wore a dress, just add all her weaponry Dress / High Low Dress / Low High Dress / by MIRIMIRIFASHION, $99.00

6. Who's your favorite Royal person?

Prince Kai. ;)

My bad. Emperor Kai.

7. Who's your favorite child actor/actress?

The original Parent Trap. let's get together, yah yah yah! LOVED this movie when we were younger.

Does Haley Mills count? I always loved the way she talks. By the way, this is the best part in The Parent Trap (and there are a lot of good parts).

8. Is there an actor/actress whose private life you like?

Uh, I try not to follow their private lives. Because it's, you know, private.

9. Do you think that actors/actresses have improved over the last 100 years?

I'm going with the common answer of yes and no.

10. What's the weirdest famous person name?

Markus Zusak. Seriously, there's little difference between his first and last name. I do kind of like his name though.

Even though it makes me think of Marcus, from Divergent. . .

11. Do you think you look like a famous persons? If so who?

I've been told I look like Meridith.

If ye had the chance ta change yer fate... Wouldje?

I considered that an exaggeration. (I've never seen Brave, actually.)

12. Share your favorite famous person quote.

Quote from ~Tom Hiddleston~. This is very profound. Our plans don't always work out, because God's plan is even better.
13. Who's your favorite dancer?
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. ;)

 Remember, everything Fred Astaire did...Ginger Rogers did backwards and in heels!


Pinspiring Quotes women power :D

14. Who is your favorite actress, why, and when did you decide?
I haven't a clue.

15. Have you ever met/seen/ been close to a famous person?

 Um, do clogging instructors count? Like, giants in the clogging sphere? (Or so I considered them. . .)

Oh! Oh, wait. Stephen James writes these amazing thrillers. He spoke at a writer's conference I went to. A few of my writing friends and I eeped up to him. (Eep is totally a word. Definition: to walk up shyly and with a sense of inferiority. Okay, I made it up. . .) And the bravest among us asked him what kind of college degree we should seek if we planned to write novels (this guy has a masters degree in Creative Writing).

He kind of sighed and said whatever you go to college for don't go for writing, or English. All that time he had spent working on essays and other school stuff, he wished he could've used it for working on his novels and growing in the writing craft. If you're going to go to college. Go for something else that you're interested in. You know, so you can work a regular job and write.

Advice from Stephen James, people. Thank you for visiting my blog. ;)

Thanks Skye for the tag. This was a lot of fun.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

'Bout This Blogger

  So one of the blogs that I follow recently moved from Blogger to Word Press and has changed their (her) name.

           Perhaps you've heard of her.

           The Notebook Sisters have now become Paper Fury! (which is the most amazing blog name I've heard in all my life). You should really go check it out. Cait does book reviews, book fangirl posts (you know those are the best), interviews, discussions (also pretty good), and she writes (the best side of everything). Read the blog. Love the blog. Follow the blog. (you might as well as, she's going to take over the world)

           Moving onward. She's having a book giveaway. And a blogger tag. So here goes:

1. Why did you start blogging?

A year ago, on my birthday. I had meant to start with the new year, but it got put off until February. I was pretty much just as awkward, gawky, and without direction as I am now.

2. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?

I am really bad at titles. None of my WIPs have legit titles. I never title my essays until the last minute, and usually its something bland. So a blog title was one of the biggest hold ups in creating my blog. It was a little too trivial a thing to be hold up the whole process so. . .

 [insert title here] 
A Journey to the Finished Line.

3. How many designs have you been through since you started blogging? (Pictures! We demand pictures!)

Two, sort of. The first design didn't last long. I had a few friends from other blogs look at it and the colors were a little too dark. It was purple, green, and gray. Kind of weird, yes?

The second design is, well, this one.

4. Have you ever switched blog platforms? What made you move? If you haven’t ever changed…why?

No, I've considered it a lot. But I really don't have a lot of time for that. College is hard to keep up with. And I'd rather be writing. ;)

5. How long does it take you to write a post? What’s your postly process like?


Process? What's that? 

 Sometimes I can sit down and have a post done in an hour. But if it has pictures, it will take much longer. Sometimes I have an undeveloped idea that I start and come back to. I can have posts sitting on back file for days. . . months (like a Dauntless post I planned, maybe I'll just have an all out Divergent post. It's what the world truly needs.).

6. Have you ever been super nervous about a post? Why?! What was it?
I used to always be nervous about it when I first started. But then I realized something: I'm just going to write what I want to write. If someone doesn't like it, then that's okay. Not everyone is going to have the same opinions about something. If they don't like me, they can leave a comment, which I would sincerely take into consideration if applicable, or they could not follow me, not read my posts.

 I wouldn't die. They would be fine. Time wouldn't stop.

 So all's well in the world. 

Maybe that sounds a little harsh. But I just had to accept the fact that not everybody was going to like me or agree with me and there's nothing wrong with that.

Let your life be the proof

7. Do you have a blogging schedule?

I know they are different, but in my mind "process" and "schedule" are practically synonyms. They both equal organization. So I try not to make any big goals. But I have these sort of guidelines, you see.

I try to post at least once a week.

8. Do you tell people In-Real-Life about your blog? Their reactions?

Never! I probably should. But I'm kind of insecure about my writing. I can't be in the same room with someone reading my writing. And if they're reading it aloud? I want to bolt for the nearest exit.

 The people I see face to face, I've realized, have many misconceptions about me. Most of them probably don't even know I write. I found out recently that most of those who do know I write have the notion that I write historical romance? Like Jane Austen stuff? (Not that I have anything against historical romance, in fact, Jane Austen is awesome; its just far from my writing strengths). 

I think if they read any of this, they'd probably give me this weird stare every time I walked by. And afterward any conversation would go like so:

ambiguous them; *stares*
me: Uh, hi.
ambiguous them: *continues staring*
me: How are you today?
ambiguous them: Who are you?


9. Top ten blogs you read/comment on the most! Go! Go!

 (most of these bloggers are also writers and I love their snippets and characters, even if I don't comment, their posts are worth the read)

There's a lot of others whom I've recently started following and reading too. But for now, I'm going to pretend that six equals ten.

10. If you could change/improve things about your blog, what would they be?

Eh, probably the design, maybe the title. 

I actually have a back up of tag post to do. . . and now I'm really considering that Dauntless/Divergent post. All the pictures are from pinterest, excluding the one of me.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Life + Humans Should Be Nocturnal

           So I was gone all week. At the National Clogging Convention. I say "national" and I live in the US, but one of the Canadian provinces had the most people attend, also there were Aussies. An Aussie instructor too, he was really good.

        That's what I love about clogging. During the fun dances, someone cues routines that most people know. So you have people from all around the world, in the same room, all dancing in unison. It's pretty cool.

           I spent most of my time in advanced level workshops. I try to learn the first section of the dance. Then I'd crash in the back and watch, thinking, "That is so awesome, I wish I could do that."

           Also there was a meeting a work today. Which I was unfortunately late for, um, again. I hate being late. But I dislike being early too. Because then I'm like:

Sherlock Oh everyone say hello to everyone! how wonderful!

           "When can I home? Oh, look! A corner in which I can practice being invisible."

         But that's not why I was late. The meeting was 6:30 in the morning. Really, why are meetings always in the morning? I don't get it. The whole world starts in the morning and insists that everybody else comply with it. Work starts in the morning. School. Meetings.

        Why can't people be nocturnal? I think the night owls should unite and petition this to all of humankind.

           Also, I was kind of on pinterest when I was in class. . . Class hadn't officially started, you see. The instructor had announcements that I already knew about. So I was making the most of my time, uh. . . on pinterest. And this is what I came across:

So I'm in class right now...

           I got busted by pinerest. Rather by the Avengers through pinerest (those guys get around). It's rather pathetic. But I'm with Loki. I do what I want. Heh. But I do what to get good grades. So I got to studying. . .

            Most importantly and lastly (you know, to emphasize the procrastinating habits of writers), I have been figure the kinks in Oddball the Sequel. I'm almost done and ready to start the first draft.

         Again, every problem I seem to have all boils down to what some character or other wants. It seems if you can figure out what the characters want, you've got a story. It's all so simple. . . but not. No, not really.

Writer- except we figure out what, uh, fictional people want....

           So I've been spending my free time asking all the Oddball cast, "What do you want?"