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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Writers Camp [ Day Seven ] Love/Family





Day Seven: Love/Family

I'm like, three days behind. I'm sorry guys. You all know you can post before me, right? Okay.


Today we're going to cover the importance of love. In all forms. Love at its simplest, love at its greatest.

We're going to cover books with the love that exists between families and friendships. Mention some things you'd like to see in these stories, and which stories you would personally like to see in books today.

I am going to update this post when I'm finished, but please feel free to start yours. I feel so bad. Things go insane, and now I'm very behind.  8-( Apologies all around! I'll need to play catch-up.

I am so sorry. This post is shorter than my other ones. My computer shut down and I lost a whole post, and I was sad. I tried my best though. 8-D Today we're going to cover books with the love that exists between families and friendships. Mention some things you'd like to see in these stories, and which stories you would find very rare.

The Ascendants Trilogy: Jennifer Neilson

The Runaway King

For me, The Ascendants Trilogy is one of those books that catch your interest almost instantly, and you're hooked until you finish. It has great character development. I really liked how a bunch of different friendships evolved throughout the series, constantly growing, changing, and getting better.

Franz and Japhet

Franz and Japhet are precious human beings and must be protected at all costs!!!!

Brothers-in-Arms 

Raven's Gate Series: Anthony Horwitz

This series does have a lot of good friendships, and there are some twins that are introduced in book three that I kind of really love. However, it can be incredibly dark, grim, and bleak. It has a very apocalyptic feel, something that has made me struggle with reading them. I have yet to finish the last book. It's just so sad. I have a couple sisters who have read it, and they all say the ending is good, but very sad. And I know why it's sad and I just can't. 

However, the writing is good and the story is good, even if it is serious and war-like. 

Inkworld: Cornelia Funke

Farid and Dustfinger. Black Prince. Mo. These books!!!! I love these books so much!!! 8-D

BBC Merlin

Merlin and Arthur encompass what it means to be best friends. I love that they make fun of each other all time, but they know if necessary. they would die to keep the other safe. It makes me feel warm and happy inside. This friendship is perfect. (I also ignore everything the writers say on this subject, as well as most of the cast. They're annoying.)

Gallager Girls: Ally Carter


Yas!! A Girl's school for the gifted... especially those gifted in the art of secrecy. These books are basically about a spy/special agent school for girls. They're excellent. And they have lots of female friendship. This makes me very happy, because those are very, very rare.

The Penderwicks: Jean Birdsall

I cannot say enough good about these books. They family is perfect. The relationship between the sisters is perfect. The fact that they adopt friends into their family is perfect. Their Daddy is perfect. Everything about this series is perfect. Just read them.

The Ascendants Trilogy: Jennifer Neilson

Oh, lala! Yaaaaaaas! The friendships in this book are golden! There is so much development and change that occurs. I love them. 

The Lord of the Rings: J.R.R. Tolkien

We all know Tolkien is King of friendship stories. "I CAN CARRY YOU." *dies of feels*

What do I think we need in books today? First, more sister stories. Good sister stories, sister stories about two girls who will protect each other, tease each other, die for each other. Second, more brother stories. More friendships. I want friendship where the boys meet when they're little, grow up together, and love each other with all they have. I want friendship where they meet later in life but still grow close and dependent on each other. I want friendship where one person will tear apart time for another. I want friendships where everything falls apart and the only thing left is each other. I want friendships where friends hold hands as everything freaking implodes on itself. I want friendships with love and laughter, friendships with hugs, friendships with shared morning coffee, emotional connections, dinners together, funny car rides, insane deals and sacrifices, long walks, friends having each other for a flat mate... I just want friendships that defy everything society says and prove that you can love someone without it being romantic. 

That's all. 

What are some friendships you all like?


*swings around cape and leaps off stage*



Bella

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Writer's Camp [ Day Six ] Break Out of the Mold!





I've been working on this too long and it will probably be very ranty. I apologize in advance.

Day Six: Break Out of The Mold:

Have you noticed that a vast majority of books now days seem to have that certain mold? Now is time to break out of that!  Believe it or not, a lot of people want fresh ideas, despite what you see on the shelves. So today I'm going to write a list of common cliches and mistakes in books today. After you read through my list, I want all of you to blog about authors/books that you see as unique. Books that Stand Out. You can talk about what you think makes them different, or keep the post super simple. Either way. 8-D

Writers I that I think Stand Out:

Jean Birdsall, 
Anthony Horowitz
Katrina DeLallo (She isn't published yet, but she should be.)
Jack Lewis Baillot
Diana Wynn Jones
Brian Jaques
J.R.R. Tolkin
Cornelia Funke
Martin Levitte
Megan Whalen
David Blake. (I've just started his books, but so far they're really good!)

Each of these writers have their own style and voice. Each of these writers have interesting, layered characters, both in protagonists and antagonists. Each of these writers bring something different to their story, even if its an age-old plot. Each of these writers dare to go one step farther, think bigger, open doors wider. They're creative, clever, thoughtful, imaginative and enthralling. They break a lot of molds and they aren't afraid to stray from the recipe of "Proper Social Books."  

Common Cliches/Mistakes (You can totally make your own list, but that's not required. I'm mostly doing this to show you the mold and how to break it. But whichever you decide, please share this list, or the link to this list, on your blog!)

I know this list is really long. You don't have to read the whole thing. I just thought it might be helpful. :-)

1.) The Brooding males with a dazzling smile, muscly arms, and a mysterious attitude.

Boy characters don't always have to be brooding, mysterious, and strong. Write boys who are funny! Write boys who like books! Write boys who are clever! Write boys who are gentle, boys who are loyal, boys that get scared. Write boys that love an awful, awful lot. Write boys that aren't just bags of sarcastic comments and rough, moody smiles. It's really annoying.

Some Good Male Characters: (IMO) Michael Scofield, Prison Break. Lincoln Burrows, Prison Break. Hale, Heist Society. Dustfinger, Inkheart. Eugenides, The Queen's Thief. Jeffrey Tifton, The Penderwicks, Franz Kappel, Brothers in Arms. Arthur Pendragon, BBC Merlin. Merlin, BBC Merlin. Christopher Chant, The Lives of Christopher Chant.

I know guys can be soft-hearted and gentle. I know a couple guys who are very, very sweet and kind. So don't think some of your guy characters can't have those traits. Rule One is, Guys are Human and have as many different personalities as girls. However, you ought to keep in mind that men aren't typically emotional, expressing sorts. From my experience, boys like to be tough and strong. They don't like admitting how they they're wrong, and they don't like getting emotional. They tend to say things how it is. They want to fix the problem. They don't often share feelings or personal issues. They're more likely to seek advice from a sister/wife/female friend, than to seek advice from their 'brother' - though sometimes they will open up about certain things if they've had a really rough time. They express love through actions more than words. They're can be shy or uncomfortable around girls, especially if they're interested in them. This can change depending on the character, but in general this is true for most guys. They're weird. I would recommend talking to boys if you feel like you want advice on how to write for them. Also, watch how boys interact with each other, especially with their friends.

Basically how guys interact.


I know it can be hard to write male characters. If possible, try to base at least traits of your boy characters on boys/men you actually know. This helps a lot.

I found a really great link on How to Write from a Boy's POV on another blog. I found it helpful (and relieving) because it means I have the right idea about how guys think and feel. 8-D

http://inkandquills.com/2015/02/25/how-to-write-from-a-guys-pov/


2.) YOUNG TEENAGE GIRL WITH A BIG DESTINY, WHO MUST SAVE THE WORLD!

Please. Stop. Enough. I'm so done with the special eighteen year old girl who is destined for greatness and has to save the world. It's okay to have special characters with special destinies. I don't mind books like that because they can make good stories. Just do it right. Make the destiny something besides "You are the last of this and that thing!" or "You are the only one who can stop said person!" If you can create a character that is unique and fresh, these plots might seem new, even exciting, but otherwise this recipe for Hero is old and annoying.

I'm not saying plots like this can't be done. But make it your own.

3.) YOUNG TEENAGE BOY WITH A BIG DESTINY, WHO MUST SAVE THE WORLD!

Again. Stop. Do something more interesting. If you're going to go for a Must Stop World Domination story, play around with it and make it your own.

4.) Zombies/ghosts/the undead.

What exactly is wrong with living, breathing people???

5.) Young teenage boy with anger management issues. (And he may really like his childhood friend.)

Again. Not every stupid male protagonist has to fit into the same stupid mold. Stray from the recipe for Male Protagonist. Make your protagonist have other issues. Make him have something besides anger. Do something else with the poor guy! He isn't just an empty vessel capable of one trait!

6.)  Young teenage girl who fights and has a whole lot of sass. (Sometimes said girl is also in a love triangle.)

GUUUUUUUUUYS. Contrary to popular belief, a whole lot of young girls don't freaking fight and punch stuff. Make a girl who is protective and funny. Write girls who are bossy. Write girls who are sweet. Write girls that want to ride horses and pick flowers. Write girls who want families. Write girls who are happy to be girls and don't want to be macho and masculine. Write girls that like being feminine.


"I'm no good at statues and stories; I try."
Girls tend to be more emotional and empathetic. We think things through a lot more, in fact a lot of times we over-think. We're more tactful, and we tend to talk things out. We tend to have a lot of intimate moments, and we like sharing our feelings, concerns or worries. Usually we don't even want a ton of advice, just someone to listen to us and be there as morale support. Again, this can change depending on the character, but girls tend to be more giving, open, and expressive. We also tend to be more gentle, romantic, and sensitive. We're less likely to speak our minds, but in our heads we've corrected you big time.

If you want a warrior girl, go ahead and make one but give her other traits besides sass and the "I am Everything" syndrome. That drives me insane.

Good Girl characters. (IMO) Charmain, House of Many Ways. Eddis, The Queen's Thief.  Juliette Silverton, Grimm. Keturah, Keturah and Lord Death, Sophie, Howl's Moving Castle. Peggy Carter Agent Carter.  Clara Johnson, The Light in the Piazza - (musical)


7.) The Sympathetic Villain.  

Not every villain should be an insane, annoying vessel of rage. Villains have a story of their own, and you should give them depth while keeping them villains. A popular theme in writing today is to make the villain sympathetic and lovable. While I don't mind sympathetic villains, you shouldn't make your villains into the "Tragic Victim," because it's frustrating. Villains are people who do very bad things and have a lot of bad raging inside them. They aren't meant to be tragically heroic.

Good Villains. (IMO.) Loki Layfison, The MCU. The Master not Missy, Doctor Who. Azula, Avatar, The Last Airbender. Paul Kellerman, Prison Break. Capricorn, Inkheart. Opheus, Inkdeath, The General, Prison Break. The Old Ones, The Raven Gate series. Wilson Fisk, Daredevil. Julian Verres, The Masterful Monk.


You should have feared me more!


*note: there is a difference between villain and antagonist. Remember that your antagonist isn't necessarily a bad guy. He can simply be a man in a hard situation, doing bad things. Villains are legitimately bad people who have done bad so long that bad is almost all that's left in him.

8.) Feminism. Feminism everywhere.

Feminism is supposed to mean that men and women have equal rights and opportunity. That is great. I don't think woman she be thought of as less than men, anymore than blacks should be thought less than whites or vise-versa. I get irritated, however, when feminism becomes Woman can be like Men!, instead of Women are Humans too! Almost every girl character in society today is a sassy, snarky woman who is full of herself, some sort of spy/assassin/fighter, and doesn't need a man. I think Feminists are getting out of hand. I love girls. I am a girl! Yay, girls are important, and amazing!! Go girls! But I think the tables are flipping and now it's like Girls are more important than Guys, girls are better than guys, girls deserve more respect than guys, girls can totally wipe guys out! I'm annoyed with girls wanting to prove they are just as tough as guys and basically, trying to be guys. It's really frustrating. It's not bad to be emotional, fellow females. It's not bad to be different than men. It's not bad that we have different characteristics. Stop trying to be so tough and aggressive. And stop making girls who want to be feminine, and kind, who want families, who want to garden, or read books, or spend the day cooking - stop making them seem silly and shallow. They aren't. Not everyone wants to be a violent fighter. And you know what? You can know how to defend yourself and still like cooking, dancing, knitting, reading, being open and friendly.... you don't have to push all female tendencies out to be able to take care of yourself.  

9.) SACRIFICING CHARACTER FOR PLOT.

Oh my gosh. This is the biggest trend in our modern world. Authors just love those plot twists, and who cares if said person acts completely out of character? Now we have more drama!

Please stop. If you need to force your character out of character for your epic drama, it isn't worth it.

Stay true to your characters. Feel free to push them and give them stakes, but don't make them do things that aren't true to the person they are. (For example, Nick Burkhart randomly having a fling with Adalind. No. Sean doing what he did to Meisner. No. Ronan Lynch. No. He wasn't. He wouldn't. That wasn't him. Steve Rogers in the Comics, with the whole HYDRA thing. No. It wouldn't happen! Stop!) You can gradually push a character to doing something drastic he doesn't usually do, but don't don't randomly have him act out of character. You also have to be careful with how far you push them. For example, what Dean Winchester did in S10 of Supernatural was too much. They pushed him too far. He was no longer Dean. He was out of character, even with the whole Mark thing.*

The point of no return.


*I DON'T WATCH SPN ANYMORE, I HATE IT, AND THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY!

10.) Using lots of adjectives and adverbs. Oh, and freaking CAP LOCKS. 

I understand that you need to describe some things, but it is very annoying when a character can't just say something. It's all, "She snapped" or "He grumbled," or "She said tightly," or "He said hotly," and it's very frustrating. Use the simple yet effective technique. Don't overdo your descriptions. Don't let adverbs and adjectives drag your writing down.

11.) The use of too many commas, dashes, ellipsis, or inflections. (Italics, bold, underlined, etc.)

This goes along with #10. Used sparingly, dashes, ellipsis and such like can be very effective, but they're like salt. Use too many and you taint the whole dish.

I'm not trying to hate on Harry Potter. They're not bad books.
But do you see all the adjectives and the ellipses? And this is only one page!


12.) Modern story telling, especially in Fantasies. If your book is in another world/fantasy setting, please, please don't use modern storytelling! Please use a style that's more old-fashion. Particularly if your world is  in a medieval time frame. 

I understand that there are different styles in writing, but fantasy books typically shouldn't have things like "Shut up," or "Oh my gosh!" or "Holy crap, that's hot!" Those sorts of phrases belong in 21st Century Earth, not a fantasy world. Usually if it is fantasy, you should have a more old-fashion feel. Even medieval. There can be some exceptions to this. I bet some writers could have modern-ish language in their fantasy and get away with it. I'm sure Diana Wynn Jones could've made it work. But as a rule of thumb, you really shouldn't go there. It's too easy to make it sound modern and fake, throwing your audience out of the story.

13.) I'm straight...! No wait, I'm not.

I'm aware this is a dangerous thing to say, but I'm a little tired of the IN YOUR FACE Queer people in books. This is a personal preference. I wouldn't mind so much if they started out like that, but when they turn queer on me, quite out of the blue, its very vexing.

14.) Lack of brother stories, friendships, sisters, and family in general.

I repeat an early rant: not everything is a romance! I like love stories, but seriously. You don't have to make everything romantic. Books are sorely lacking in friendship and family stories. This needs to be fixed.


Skye should have stayed with Jane, not deserted her in her hour of need. No good leader would. Would Caesar have gone off looking for golf balls when his soldiers were at their breaking point? No.
       And neither would he let a wounded soldier be carried off the field alone. - The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

15.) Post-Apocalyptic World! 

I know this idea is fun to explore, but I wish there weren't so many authors exploring it. 8-/ The best thing about Dystopian is that you can use it to reveal a future we might have if things go badly. When handled right, a Dystopian story can send some pretty good messages. Like, The Giver showing that losing sorrow means losing joy too, and that all life is important, and we shouldn't give up our individuality.

What this boils down to:

As Writers, we need to try creating ideas outside the box. There's so much that society thinks we should include in our stories that our creativity is being suffocated. It is my humble opinion that almost every bookworm today has hit a terrible Readers funk because writers have an inability, or perhaps just a fear, of creating anything different.

Try Different Plots.

Everyone loves the Villain Taking Over the World/End of the World as We Know It plots, but when those plots are all you get, it is a little exhausting. There is nothing wrong with war stories, kings trying to conquer other countries, battles, expanding empires; these are all things that happen in our real world and so they are very relatable and realistic. But this shouldn't be the only plot left in story telling and if you go for that plot, make it yours!  Also, try to experiment with villains! Give them back stories, wants, needs, fears, weak spots! Make them human. They don't have to be good. They don't even have to be sympathetic. They can be downright creepy and twisted. Just make sure they are given as much thought as your heroes. There are some exceptions. Demons, dark spirits, and monsters don't need to be so complicated as a human villain, but there should still be enough to them that they aren't just sacks of evil. Take the Black Riders in The Lord of the Rings, for example. Their back story made them even creepier, and there was a sort of horrific pity to what happened to them. Or Capricorn, in Inkheart. He was super evil, but he was human and that made his wickedness worse. There is nothing more evil or horrifying than a corrupted human soul. Make sure to remember that.

Play around with your heroes! You shouldn't make them perfect, but neither do you have to make them obnoxious. Give them depth and interest, give them faults and struggles, and make them human. I have found an appalling lack of truly Good Characters in books. Characters that have morality, decency, a big heart and a lot of love, they don't seem to be very popular. Everyone likes the villains. You can have good men who have depth. Steve Rogers has a lot of depth. Merlin, from BBC Merlin has a lot of depth, and there is a definite struggle that you see in him quite often. Natasha Romanoff, Aragon son of Arathorn,  Tony Stark, John Watson, Juliette Silverton, Eugenides, Eddis, Sophie Hatter, the Black Prince... these are all characters who have very good hearts and try to do the right thing. Are some of them giant brats? Yes! Are some of them bossy, nosy, snarky? Yes! Are some of them flawed and broken? Yes! but they are all good. They are all the good guys. Don't be afraid to write characters who are really good. There seems to be a strange beliefs circulating through society, that if you are good you are flat and boring. That doesn't have to be the case. Good characters can even be more in depth than evil ones! It's harder to be good than to be evil. It's harder to do what's right  than to do what's easy. I really, really want good, kind, strong characters with big, warm hearts and emotional, moral strength. It makes me sad that these characters are thrown to the wayside so often, and I would be very happy to find more writers taking on the challenge of Good characters who have layers and flaws, but are still good.

Eugenides.

Remember to write characters first. This goes for males as well as females. Write people first. Everyone has hopes, dreams, needs, wants, problems, anxieties, inner and outer conflict. Everyone has feelings, even if they don't express them the same way as we do. Write people first. Worry about technicality later.

That's all.

God Bless!

*swings around cape and leaps off stage*



Bella

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Writers Camp [ Day Five ] Bring Out the Books!



Day Five: Bring Out the books!

Today, everyone will share certain Authors/book/series that are their personal favorites, and explain why they like them, how they were inspired by them, and how others might be inspired. (if a movie/tv show inspired you, you are allowed to mention it. Just make sure to mention some books too!)

Tolkien:

Tolkien Quote

J.R.R. Tolkien was a very big part of my life. Even when I was little my big sisters were always talking about him, about Lord of the Rings, about the characters he brought to life with his pen. I first read The Hobbit when I was about eleven. Tiny and I read it together. I cried at the end. Thorin and Bilbo, and their stupid friendship! *sigh* A couple years later I read the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy and fell in love with the way Tolkien shone hope into the darkest times and made your life a little easier to bear - because, hey, maybe your situation sucked but at least you didn't have to carry the Ring to Mordor before an Evil All-Powerful Lord took over the earth and made every living thing his slave! Tolkien inspired me a lot. He still does. I want to touch others with my writing the way he was able to touch me with his. He showed good and evil in a strong, certain way, and he showed how anyone can be corrupted, but in the same way anyone can rise again and be great. That is something not many people in today's society do anymore. (Or when they try they sort of mess it up.) 

Diana Wynn Jones:

Chrestomanci.


OH. MY. HEAVENS. We need more writers like Diana Wynn Jones! We need writers to follow in her footsteps, to make stories full of adventure and comedy, love and friendship, happiness and hopelessness... and best of all, character development!!! She did such a great job blending humor and tension, such a great job writing ridiculous, funny, wildly entertaining stories and making them believable, emotional and memorable. If I can be half the writer she is, I would consider myself victorious in my talents. She's clever and creative, and her characters are wonderfully, perfectly, human. I read her books when I need motivation. She makes me want to write. She makes me want to bring my characters to life. 

The Queen's Thief: (Series) - Megan Whalen

"I can steal anything."

*Drumroll* BOW DOWN BEFORE THE QUEEN OF CHARACTER PERCEPTION!  BOW DOWN!

If anyone ever tells you J.K. Rowling is master of character perception and development, she's not, I would just like to say that no, Megan Whalen is the master above all masters. That women writes characters that you start out hating or at least violently disliking, and then she turns the tables and you see them, all of them, and suddenly you don't hate them anymore. You care about them. You are invested in their story, in their well-being. Even with her protagonists she is master of development and perception. You read all about a character for two whole books and you know him and love him; and then you see this other side of him, and it's so cool! It was a part of him all along, really, but in that third book you actually see all of it, and it's absolutely brilliant! It makes you love him more! You also want to slap him  or shake him, but you know. Isn't that always the way? Also, the protagonist in the fourth book. Talk about development! That boy grows so much!

I can honestly say that The Queen's Thief is one of my favorite series ever. Every few months I get this itch to re-read it, and I have to restrain myself because the longer I can wait the better it is when I read it again. And I don't want to kill it's intrigue by reading it too often in a year. That would be sad. I haven't read anything else by Megan Whalen, so I don't know how her other stuff is. But I know that regardless of she writes about, she is extremely talented and capable of brilliant things. And her Queen's Thief books are the bomb diggity. They deserve all the awards.

Keturah and Lord Death - Martine Leavitt
“The soul, it longs for its mate as mas as the body. Sad it is that the body be greedier
than the soul. But if you be happy all your days, as I was with your grandfather,
 subdue the body and marry the soul. Look for the heart-and-soul love.”

Keturah and Lord Death. This book... oh my gosh. It is the kind of book which you finish and you're overwhelmed with warmth. I sat in silence for a long time, hugging it, and feeling ridiculously achy, full of bittersweet emotions. It is amazing and beautiful, and there are so many lines that just sweep your soul up and make you think. The writing is incredible, the characters are in-depth, flawed, and beautiful, and the whole story is an absolute masterpiece. I really love Keturah. She is a strong female, in ways that you hardly ever see female characters in society today.


Jean Birdsall -  (The Penderwicks)



A Professor and a lot of girls.


Jean Birdsall is one of the very, very few writers who has managed to write about a big family with a bunch of sisters, and do it well. She writes the challenges of being part of a big family well, and she shows how a family crisis shouldn't mean the end of the family itself. (Like.. the only time I was a little skeptical was in book four when there was some money problems. Coming from a big family I kind of know how money works, and with both parents working well-paying jobs, and some of the girls helping out, I really don't think money would have been that big of a problem...otherwise, that book was great! AND SAD! But really great!) Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty are all unique and different, but you can definitely see their similarities, and the way they play off each other is absolute perfection. Jean Birdsall writers sisters who are goofy, and fun, and silly, sisters who bicker, who tease and make fun, sisters that take care of each other, sisters that love each other.  Sometimes they get themselves into trouble because they are crazy, adorable dopes, but they always try to do the right thing and be honest. They're good girls with an incredible Daddy, and a really sweet aunt, and they tend to adopt people into their family. I love them.

"Tell me how Mommy gave me my name."

Rosalind is the oldest Penderwick, the sensible one with a motherly attitude, who can be quite the firecracker when needed. Skye is the middle Penderwick, brazen and full of integrity, clever, and fierce. Jane is the third child, passionate, energetic, full of imagination, and an aspiring writer. Batty is the youngest Penderwick, imaginative, shy, curious and basically the sweetest sweetheart you will ever meet. The four of them together are pretty much perfect. Of course, I also have to mention their adorable adopted brother Jeffrey, and they're equally adorable adopted sister Mercedes, They're adopted brothers from next door, they're adopted Uncles, and they're adopted Mommy and adopted little brother... (They adopt about as many people as we do. lol.) In fact, there is too much I want to mention about these amazing books. Now I feel like doing a Penderwick Readathon! *aggressively fangirls*

Birdsall shows in a realistic light, how sisters relate to each other, how sisters act with each other, and how sisters can be best friends, even if they don't always get along. I really love that Skye and Jane are close even though they seem so different. I really love that the sisters acted like sisters. I loved that they were friends with their Daddy, but they also respected him and treated him like their father. I loved that Mr. Penderwick was sweet and gentle and protective. I really loved that the family was honest, decent and goodhearted. Basically they are everything society needs to remember about what it means to be a family. I highly recommend these books. They're incredible. Simple, yet emotional, humorous and heartwarming. Sometimes surprisingly sad; and other times incredibly sweet. They make you laugh, cry, and feel better about life in general. seriously. Read them.

What are some of your favorite writers/books? Who do you draw inspiration from? Tell me all the things!




*swings around cape and leaps off stage*





Bella

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Writers Camp [ Day Four ] Plot&Bunnies Reveal!






Plot Bunny (1)

Your Protagonist has just lost his/her sight. He/she wakes up alone, isolated. He/she can hear voices a little way off. His/her hand's are bound and there are strange bandages surrounding his/her head. Where is he/she? Why is he/she there? Where is he/she supposed to be? What now?

I Present A Beginning Chapter! (This actually relates to a book I'm working on about sisters. I'm really excited because I haven't been able to do too much with it yet, but this gave me a sort of jumping board. I kind of know where to go with it now.)

      She woke up in a room that smelled like winter. She could feel her hands pinned together in front of her by some sort of heavy chain, cold and sharp against her tender skin. She tried to sit up and instantly felt a surging, rabid pain flood her head. Quickly, she lay back down. She now noticed that her ankles were shackled too and her feet seemed to be bare. They were simply so numb she hadn't noticed until now that there was nothing guarding them from the chill. Far below her feet she could hear a distant murmur of voices. So she wasn't wholly alone, then. But why was it so cold? Where was she? 
     As these questions entered her frightfully muddled head, she took in two things at once. First, that she could feel nothing upon her eyes, yet she had open them and seen nothing. The second, was that her mind was as dark as the world around her, offering no answers to her present predicament. It couldn't even bring her name to the surface. She struggled not to panic. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Her breath was thin and coarse, and whether for that, or for the fact that she was finally starting to sense feeling under the numb pricks encasing her skin, she became aware of a strange pain in her chest. It seemed to spread for her back, through her ribs and into her legs, rough and sore. It made breathing difficult. Carefully, carefully, she drug herself forward, feeling her way with her fingers. The ground beneath her was terribly cold, almost wet. It reminded her of something. Ah yes. Ice. She jerked to a stop, the length of her chains apparently coming to an end. So she turned and tried the other way. 
   At last she felt a wall against her fingertips, just as cool as the floor beneath her. She leaned up against it and waited, listening. 
    She had just drifted off again, when she heard something like a metal gate being lifted seemingly only a few feet away. She kept still, wondering what on earth was going to happen next. There was the soft pad of leather shoes against ice and then, hands on her face. This made her start so violently that the hands fell away. She kicked out with her feet. 
 "Stay back," She rasped. Her voice was strange, she noticed. The accent was deep. rough. How strange the experiencing that you were hearing yourself for the first time. 
   "Now, now, none of that," said the voice. It was a man's voice, high and silly. "I was just trying to make sure of a pulse, is all. Most people die in here after the first night. Especially the likes of you." She heard some more shuffling, then he was back. "I've brought you something to drink," he said. "It's hot, so don't burn your pretty little tongue. We'll be needing it later." She felt a flask get placed in her hands, but they were so numb and stiff she had difficult feeling the heat from the liquid inside.  She took one careful sip, then another. The liquid was warm and strong, the taste odd, but not bad. She quickly finished off the flask.  "There you are," said the man. "That's a good girl." She heard to sound of water splashing, his voice, "I'm going to see to your eyes now," and the touch of a towel against her face. The towel was warm and there seemed to be more than just water on it. Suddenly she was very, very aware that her eyes were injured. She flinched back, but a hand came behind her neck to stop her movements. The man was quick,and not cruel, but the ointment on the towel was burning, and with every touch he seemed to reveal more cuts and bruises. What had happened to her? She couldn't say. In a few minutes the procedure was done. There was some more shuffling. "I'm putting a bandage about your eyes," he said. "Don't hit me." She felt the material on her skin. It seemed to have some of the same ointment on it that the towel had. It burned, but not unbearably, and she kept quiet. She was too tired to make noise anyway. The man drew back. "See if you can get some rest there, dear. If you make it to this evening we'll see what her Ladyship has planned for you."
    She heard leather on ice, the sound of a gate, then silence again. She leaned against the wall, breathing shallowly. Her eyes hurt. Her head hurt, hurt with emptiness. Her lids closed on muddled, strange tears.
  "Renetta?" Another hushed voice filmed the room, this time from behind. It seemed to be coming from the wall itself. Inquisitive, she turned to face the wall and answered back, in the same tone, "Hello? Is someone there?"
   ""Oh, Renetta! Yes, Yes! I'm here. My cell is just opposite yours. What luck." The man's voice dropped with anxious relief. "It is you, isn't it? I'd recognize your voice anywhere. Its so good to hear you! I was sick when I heard they brought you here. I'm so sorry. You never should have been caught. I don't know what went wrong" 
    Renetta. Renetta. Renetta who? "Do... Do you know me?" She asked. 
There was a pause. "Aree, it's me. Purcello."  
   "I'm sorry," she whispered. "I, I can't remember. You know me? I'm... Renetta?" 
   "You don't remember?"
   "No. I'm sorry. Do we know each other?
   "You don't remember," Purcello repeated, soft and tight. "Yes, I know you. We're friends, you and I. You promised me to stay behind at camp. I thought you'd be safe there." He paused. "What do you remember?"
  "Nothing." Renetta. Her mind rolled the named around like the sea does a stone. Renetta. Unfortunately, the sea could not tell this stone anything about itself. 
    "Dear lord." Purcello whispered. "That man. He said your eyes - can you see?"
    "No. I think they've been wounded."
    "Oh no, Renetta. I am so sorry." 
"There was a long moment of silence. "How are you fairing?"
      "I'm alright." Renetta answered.  And she was. She was surprisingly calm and collected. Her main concern at the moment was to get as much information from this man as she could. "How do you know me?"
   "We fought together." He sounded very quiet. "You were looking for your sister." 
   "My sister?" Renetta's heart fluttered in bewilderment. "I have a sister....?" 
   "You certainly do; and we found her. Listen, Renetta - " Before Purcello could finish Renetta heard metal scrapping and rising, and a confused scuffle as her informant scrambled away from the wall. She heard the same high voice that had been in her cell only a few minutes early. Purcello raised his voice, perhaps for her benefit. "No! I'm not going anywhere with you!" 
  "That's what you say!" the voice shot back. She heard something that sounded like a sharp thwuck. A heavy dragging noise. The gate lowering again. A Silence, so much grimmer than the silence before. 
    Purcello had been taken. She was alone again. She was a prisoner; and her gut told her she was in terrible danger.
 

Writing Prompt (6) Did you think the blankets could hide you from me? Well, I suppose that's what all children think.

This prompt turned into a poem. *shrug* A sort of creepy poem.

Monster, Monster under the bed, creaking, creaking,
Smelling of dread
No one tells you the truth about Monsters
That they can hide anywhere, in closets, in cupboards
No one tells you how much they can do
That they're full of anger, that they're actually real.
All the grown ups smile and humor you,
Checking the closets, 'There's Nothing There'
The floor boards are empty. You're safe and sound
You've nothing to fear. 
It's funny that no one knows, 
Monsters can hid in the ceiling and walls. 
They can slip in the dark, become one with the shadows.
No one can see them, nobody knows
They actually exist; Your fears are true.
Well, perhaps I speak too harshly when I say Nobody Knows.
Children are clever. Children can see.
Children hear the crawling, children aren't deceived.
Lights go out, drapes are shut. 
Shivering child, all bundled up. 
Wrapped in your blankets, how funny you are!
Did you think the blankets could hide you from me?
Well, I suppose... that's what all children think.


There's my finished bunny/prompt! I can't wait to see all of yours. This is fun!



*swings around cape and leaps of stage*



Bella   



Monday, August 15, 2016

Writers Camp [ Day Three ] The Writers Tag




DAY THREE: THE WRITERS TAG

1.) How long have you been writing? 

I've been writing for a long time now. Even when I was little I always told stories to my little sisters, and would write short stories in notebooks. I've had story ideas for as long as I can remember, but I think I successfully completed my first book at about seven. However, I didn't actively become a writer until about four years ago.

2.) Why do you write?

Well, because stories bound about in my head until I can't stand it anymore and need to put them on paper?

I write for lots of reasons, the biggest is that story telling is a way of expressing myself and connecting to others. It also is a good way to send a message to the to other people, even if the message is subtle. You can touch others, inspire them, help them.

3.) What are your favorite type of books to write?

I really like writing fantasy. I like Adventures/Quests, and I really like writing about friendships and family. There isn't enough of that in society today. I want to attempt a romance, but since I've never been in love, I'm not sure how to do that. 8-)

4.) How many books have you successfully completed as of now?

I have successfully completed a grand total of two books. The others I am still working on.   (I may or may not have had half-a-dozen books deleted from my computer two years ago. Demoralizing.)

5.) What are three things you hate about writing?

Writers Block. Writing the In-Between moments. The Why-Am-I-Even-A-Writer Quandary. When you want to write, and you have your pen and your notebook (or laptop or whatever) and Writing is like, No.

That was four things. Oops.

6.) What are three things you love about writing?

World-building!!! It is so much fun fitting your world together, like connecting pieces of a puzzle!!! 8-) Also, character arks. Those things are difficult, but very, very rewarding. Oh, and that amazing moment when you get feels from your own writing and you just need to sit back a moment and breathe, and smile (or cry) because you really can write, like, wow.

7.) What story are you working on Right Now?

I am working on a Detective series, a brother story which concerns five swords, and a sort of dystopian-ish/fantasy story. I don't know how to describe what it is. BUT IT HAS TRISS AND RYAN AND IT'S A BROTHER AND SISTER AND THEY ARE COOL.

8.) When is your favorite time to write?

I like writing any time, but I like writing in the evening/night best. If I can lay out on the grass in the sun, I really like doing it in the afternoon too.

9.) Do you write short stories, children's books, novels? 

I guess I write novels, fantasy novels mostly.

10.) Do you draw inspiration/is your writing style influenced from any particular author?

My writing is influenced by Megan Whalen, my sister Kat, Diana Wynn Jones, and Tolkien. I tend to draw a lot of inspiration from them, and I've adopted aspects of their style into mine. I think this is mostly because like fantasies with a higher aspect to them, rather than just modern writing mixed with magic. This means I'm more slanted toward Medieval-like writing. I hate modernistic books that are supposed to be fantasy/other-worldly, but their characters say things like "Gosh" or "Crap," or just use modern language/phrases in general. They're written out like the story is taking place on earth in the twentieth century. No. Don't do it.

11.) Do you write trilogies/series?

Trilogies are my favorite things to write! I feel like just one book is never enough for my whole story ark. I get a bit over-zealous, Write ALL the character arks! Explore ALL the plot twists! Use ALL the ideas!

12.) Have you experienced Writer's Block?

Ah, Yes, I have indeed. I'm experiencing it right now. It is quite dreadful.

13.) What was the fastest you ever wrote a book? 

I wrote a full book in thirty days. It was NaNo. 8-) I never did that again.

14.) Do you hope to be published one day?

That would be wonderful!!! I definitely hope to be published one day!

15.) What are some things you hope to share through your books?

A few thing I'd like to share through my books are the importance of Faith, Family, and Friendship. I want to show that whatever happens you should never give up the fight, and no matter how bad things get, there is always hope. I want to show good VS evil in a realistic light, and I want to show that even if someone is broken, there is always time for a second chance. I want to show you are never too damaged to come back. Even if someone is a real, malicious villain, there is almost always a scrap of humanity left in them somewhere. (Unless that person is Alexander Pierce. People like him have no Humanity left in them at all.)

Okay, Writers! Write!!! 


*swings around cape and leaps off stage*


Bella

Friday, August 12, 2016

Writers Camp [ Day Two ] Bunnies & Prompts


[ PARTICIPANTS ]

Me!!! (You're on my Blog. 8-D) Fantasy/Mystery/slight Historical Fiction.
Hannah (Miles in the Rain.) Realistic Fantasy/Steampunk.
Haley (My Life is a Musical.) Fantasy/Contemporary/Romance/Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Historical Fiction.
Angelique (That which They Defend) Fantasy/Dystopian/Historical Fiction/Fiction
Ellie (On the Other side of Reality.) Fantasy/Paranormal
Christine Eyre (Overflowing Mind and Pen.) Fantasy/Other Sub-genres.
Miss Evie (Letter From Avonlea) Historical Fiction
Ivy (Revealed In Time) Historical Fiction/Fantasy
And welcoming: Lady Emily (The Life and Times of Emily C.) Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Steampunk/Victorian-Drama




Day Two: Plot Bunnies and Writing Prompts. You must use at least one of these Bunnies/Prompts to kick off a story, or to help you expand one you're already writing. You may use more than one. You may do more than one story.


Six Plot Bunnies:

Your Protagonist has just lost his/her sight. He/she wakes up alone, isolated. He/she can hear voices a little way off. His/her hand's are bound and there are strange bandages surrounding his/her head. Where is he/she? Why is he/she there? Where is he/she supposed to be? What now?

Your Protagonist's brother is imprisoned and scheduled to die at the end of the week for murdering a person/creature.  You are determined to set him free, no matter what it takes.

A small town harbors a dangerous secret which everyone knows but no one speaks about. The secret must never be discovered. Your protagonist, an outsider, is stranded in this very town during a blizzard. And the secret has never been more vulnerable to prying eyes.

The dust caught dancing in the sun rays isn't dust at all. The dust only encases something much, much different.

You're an assassin sent after a Top Priority target. The penalty for not completing this mission is unthinkable. There is only one problem. Your target is the sister you never met.

There is a house at the top of the street that all the neighborhood children are afraid of. Then, one of them disappears into it and doesn't come back out.


Six Writing Prompts:

Take one of these. Start a new chapter. A new book. A short story. Introduce a new character. Build your world. Build your story. You can also write a scene that is completely unrelated to any of your other books. Even the "Chapter" doesn't have to be within books you're already working on. You can write any scene, chapter, story, or plot idea you want. Just use one of these following Prompts to do it. You can even use them to build a story you already have in progress. These are here to get you writing. To get your creativity flowing again. Choose wisely. 8-)

"Dying is easy. Coming back will be hard. Are you sure you have the skill for this?"

"You're her/his friend? S(he's) a monster, an abomination! S(he) can't care for anything - or anyone."

Start three different sentences with the color blue. See what happens.

"If you think the woods were confusing, wait till we get to the path."

Introduce a new character at the end of your latest chapter. Have him raise the stakes of your story.

"Did you think the blankets would protect you from me? Well, I suppose that's what all children think."

I am taking Plot Bunny (1) and Writing Prompt (6). I might take more later, but that's all for now. 8-)

Write away Writers! Write Awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

Write, write, write!



*swings around cape and leaps off stage*


Bella

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Writers Camp. [ Day One ] Introducing...!




This is the first day of Writers Camp!

And the Participants are:

Me!!! (You're on my Blog. 8-D) Fantasy/Mystery/slight Historical Fiction.
Hannah (Miles in the Rain.) Realistic Fantasy/Steampunk.
Hayley (My Life is a Musical.) Fantasy/Contemporary/Romance/Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Historical Fiction.
Angelique (That which They Defend) Fantasy/Dystopian/Historical Fiction/Fiction
Ellie (On the Other side of Reality.) Fantasy/Paranormal
Christine Eyre (Overflowing Mind and Pen.) Fantasy/Other Sub-genres.
Miss Evie (Letter From Avonlea) Historical Fiction
Ivy (Revealed In Time) Historical Fiction
Lady Emily (The Life and Times of Emily C.) Fantasy

I had just enough people to make this fly. Whew. If anyone else joins in the weeks that follow, I will welcome them in a future post and add their name to the list. 

I write a lot of fantasy. That is my biggest genre. I would describe myself as a Fantasy writer first and foremost, with a little touch of other stuff that I touch on now and then. I'm not quite High-Fantasy, I think I'm more Middle/Traditional fantasy. I try to keep a medieval kind of feel to my writing, I guess. Fantasy is very freeing because you can build your own world with it's own laws, and not have to worry about facts VS fiction. I am most comfortable in Fantasy and I have the most fun with it. I love the idea of magic, mythical creatures and far-off places, so fantasy is obviously the nitch for me. In fact almost every story I have takes place with some sort of Fantastical background. I just recently started a detective series, which is why I added Mystery into the mix. I am very new at the whole "Mystery" thing. Slight historical fiction... Yeah. I have yet to write anything set in the past, though I do have several ideas. I even have an idea for a Musical which is set in the Great Depression, and I have some songs for it. I guess this means I also dabble in script-writing and lyrics? I didn't know if I should put this as a genre since I only have one or two Musicals in the back of my mind that I am sort of working on. 8-/ 

There you have it! I am really, really excited about this camp!!!! I can't wait to start breaking out the Plot Bunnies and all that good foo-fora. 

Peace Out Y'all!


*swings around cape and leaps off stage*




Bella

Pile of good things

Pile of good things