Okay, you guys. I’m doing a scary thing here…
I am going to share with you a blurb for Painting Away the Darkness – the sequel to True Colors (which you haven’t read yet and you don’t even know what happens). Hopefully you won’t care about the spoilers, but if you would rather be surprised later in life when you read the books – then don’t read this blurb. XD
Painting Away the Darkness
“There used to be four of us… Now I’m alone.”
It’s been a year since Astrid, Connor, Sawyer, and Alina set out into The Wild to destroy The Dark Warrior – only to discover too late he was Connor himself.
Since then Astrid has been living alone; too ashamed of her failure to keep Connor in the light to return to Shano and face Zachariah. She decided to settle down in The Wild for the rest of her days, but when she receives a message of utmost urgency from Alina and Sawyer, she doesn’t hesitate to return to the aid of her friends.
Meanwhile, Connor has a thirst for vengeance and is ready to return to Shano in search of an old relic – The Eagle’s Flame – which will give him the remaining power he needs to destroy the old town he once called home and everyone in it – especially Astrid.
Connor is coming. Everyone is busy trying to think of a way to kill The Dark Warrior, but Astrid doesn’t believe he is all that dark and is determined to guide him back to the light.
Will Astrid be able to save Connor before the others kill him – or worse – before he kills them?
So there you go! This is my absolute favorite book/story I have ever written – it pulls at my heart and in the words of Katie Grace – it is my little baby novel. I love it so much and I really hope you all will, too!
Tell me; does Painting Away the Darkness sound interesting to you? Does it sound like something you would buy in a bookstore?
Hi everyone! Today I thought I would share some photos with you of some raindrops on leaves and weeds and stuff that I took after it had rained. This was my first time taking photos like these and I had a lot of fun with it! I couldn’t help but think of Allison the entire time I was taking these pics… XD
I think this might be my favorite one! The drops look so chubby in a way, don’t they? XD
I hope you enjoyed the pictures! 😀
Has it been raining where you live?
Heeeyyyyhooooo everyone! I don’t know what kind of a word that is, but it sounded fun, so let’s go with it. XD
I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post – like what?! O_O Don’t worry. That’s changing starting now. I have a bunch of posts planned for this blog that’ll be coming weekly!
I thought that today it would be fun to give ya’ll an update on my writing life, so that’s what I have in store for you today 😉
Anyway, so far (in the one day I’ve done it) I’ve found editing to be hard and it makes me feel like I’m doing school. That’s not a good thing. XD So now I know that editing is gonna take me
an eternity a while to get through…
Concerning my NaNo novel….
I’ve decided to shelve it for now. Emma helped me to realize that at this stage in our life writing should be fun – not a job. I was not having fun with this book and there’s not really anything about it that makes me excited. So it’s saved on my computer…. Maybe someday I’ll work on it again or maybe I’ll use something from it in another book – I don’t really know. But I’m just gonna let it sit for a while 😉
Heh heh…. Yeah, I’m brainstorming for a new book right now and I’m actually pretty excited about it! I want to put a lot of work into this one – give it history, create back stories for the characters, etc. It’s gonna be kinda like Narnia in the way of a character representing Jesus and there being Christian elements in it, but it’s not going to be so in your face that it’s majorly noticeable, but – well, like Narnia! It’s all there, but you have to look for it
Also it’s probably gonna be a dystopian.
So that’s what I’ve got going on in my writing life at the moment; what’s going on in yours? Writing a new book? Editing? In a slump? Let me know in the comments below and we can encourage one another – or rant about writing together, whichever you prefer. 😉
Would any of you like to see more Character Studies with Connor? 😀
*happy sigh as I hear Lord of the Rings Music playing*
Did you all know that yesterday, December 19th – marked 15 years since The Fellowship of the Ring, the beginning of an incredible journey that would enchant so many people and fill ever so many hearts, first released in the theaters?
I can not even believe that movie is 15 years old… You know that means that I wasn’t even 3 years old yet? I wish I had been born earlier so that I could have experienced the excitement of this incredible movie first hand. So that I could have seen all the merchandise and hoarded figurines and collectibles galore.
For years I wasn’t able to see The Lord of the Rings movies, but I grew up in a household that was obsessed with it, so I heard about it all the time.
I remember seeing Narnia for the first time and totally dying and loving it. I used to say that there was no way Lord of the Rings could be better than that and let me tell you – I got a lot of disapproving looks from my family whenever I said that. In fact, my brother, Jordan used to say – “You better like Lord of the Rings more!”
On December 23rd, 2012 I watched The Fellowship of the Ring for the very first time. Within the first two minutes I was completely hooked. I was taken into Middle-Earth – a world full of mystical creatures, evil sorcerers, and characters with such depth that they felt like friends, and still do to this day.
Ever since that night The Lord of the Rings has held first place in my list of favorite movies. It is a work of art that needs to be seen. A story that needs to be heard. An adventure that needs to be traveled.
There are no words to describe just how amazing it really is and believe me, if you have never seen it or read the books – you are in for a surprise. It’s nothing at all like what you think it is and it will leave you drained and dead.
No matter how many times I watch these movies I still cry. I still laugh. I still feel everything. Though I can never watch it again as I watched it the first time, it will always be special and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
I truly feel like each member of the Fellowship are friends of mine. I’ve never felt that way about characters in a movie before. The only others that hold close second are Han Solo and Chewbacca. That’s it.
Because of this close connection I feel to them, I feel that way about the actors behind them. Watching the bonus features and seeing how hard it was on the last day of shooting of The Return of the King for Peter Jackson to say that the scene was good and how Elijah Wood walked up to him crying and embraced him absolutely breaks my heart. They were all a huge family for so many years and this was the end. They had to say their last goodbyes. <3
My favorite movie out of the three is without a doubt Return of the King. It gave me every single emotion you can possibly have. I cried so hard. It’s so beautiful, so epic, so amazing, and so heartbreaking all at the same time. Did you know that Return of the King did a clean sweep at the Academy Awards? It won every single award. What more proof do you need of its amazingness than that? 😉
To those of you who haven’t watched any of the movies yet, when you do, make sure you don’t turn it off right when the credits start rolling. You have to listen to the credits songs. They’re all amazing and are so much more effective when you hear them immediately when the movie ends.
And after you watch them, drop me a comment! I’d love discuss my all time favorite movies with you
Thank you, J.R.R. Tolkien for writing the most amazing story I have ever heard.
And thank you, Peter Jackson, for bringing this story to life in such an amazingly beautiful way. You did an incredible job.
Do you like LOTR? Did it change your life?
AAAGHH!! You guys!! I WON NANOWRIMO!!!! :O
I can’t believe I did this. This is the most I’ve ever written in a month and you know what’s even more amazing? Is that I’m not even DONE with this book yet!! For me, that’s pretty exciting since I’m new to the whole “writing longer books” thing. XD SO I’M REALLY EXCITED!!! 😀
*SQUEAL* I DID IT!! *said in a squealish voice* XD
Okay, I’m actually super into my story right now, so I’m gonna keep on writing. Maybe for the rest of the day. Cause I’m finally excited and enjoying this book, so yeah. LET’S DO THIS! XD
To those who won NaNo – CONGRATULATIONS!!!! *high fives* You did a pretty amazing thing, you know that?? 😀
To those who aren’t done yet – don’t worry. You CAN do this. And even if you don’t meet your goal, it’s all good because you still wrote a lot and you did as much as you were able, which is awesome!
Alright, I’m off to write with Cookie if she’s going to still… I think she is… *thoughtful grin*
P.S. I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE I WON!!! XD
Hi everyone! *waves*
I am currently stranded in the car with my mom cause our car was overheating and now we are waiting for my dad to get here and look into things. Yippee. XD
Anyway, I thought I’d talk to you all about how my first week of NaNoWriMo went.
I set my alarm for like – 7:45’ish so I could get started writing right away….
That didn’t work out as I had planned. My morning routines got in the way of that. *glares at Facebook and WordPress Reader* So I didn’t get started writing until after 10. *shrugs*
The weather was just perfect for writing! I was so excited!
I’m pretty sure I ended my word count on a little over 2,000 words that day. Pretty good
Ugh. This day wasn’t good. I couldn’t seem to find the motivation to write and was just really blah. I didn’t start writing till like 9:30PM and only got in about 200 words. Bleh.
This was a writing day for me, but um, I only got in about 2,000 words…. Not good. I was insanely distracted.
Another writing day and got in another 2,000 words. I’ve realized that’s my average daily word count XD
And then there’s today….
I haven’t written yet and probably won’t get a chance to till tonight. My total word count is over 6,000 words right now, which I feel is pretty good. I’ve gone through some depression and simply not wanting to write moments, but yeah, I think I’m doing pretty good so far…. I think….
Anyways, how are you guys doing? Are you surviving this? Or are you falling through a dark hole that you can’t climb out of? Let’s support each other!! 😀
*screams head off*
NaNo is in just a FEW DAYS!!! ZE PRECIOUS NANO!!! OH, COME TO ME, MY SWEET!!!
Speaking of sweet…. it is a well known fact that writers around the world depend upon chocolate to get them through the torturous writing days that seem to eat you alive.
Last year I had no chocolate. No yumminess of any kind. Perhaps that is why I failed. Because I had nothing to keep me going through the day.
I will not allow that to happen this year. So you know what I did? I got me some “extravagant gifts of deliciousness.”
And of course….
I’ve read that people usually reward themselves with a bit of chocolate after meeting their goal, so chocolate will be my rewarding treat.
Do you have any snacks or drinks to get you through this time of peril (admit it, thousands of characters are going to be killed off during November and you will most likely be one of the murderers. Poor guys.)?
As each day passes I grow more and more excited for Nano and also a teensy bit worried that I’m being crazy and will not meet my word count goal… o_o
*glances at plot board* *sees list of characters* *becomes confused* Christine is a main character?? Huh. Okay. XD
On a side note, I’ve come to the conclusion that research is hard and I don’t know why I ever had the desire to do it.
Good luck to those participating in NaNoWriMo! *waves*
I saw Loren from Let’s Be Lost make a post like this and I thought it looked super fun and interesting to do!
1. Where do you see yourself job-wise?
Hmm… Right now I’m working in childcare at church (SO FUN), but I don’t think I’ll still be doing that in 10 years… Maybe working at the Disney Store or Carters? The Disney Store would be super fun because everyone there is super nice and fun, you get to hear Disney songs all day, and talk to little chubs like they’re princesses and whatnot. And Carters is just a really nice store and a very comfortable environment, so that would be great
2. Do you see yourself married?
YES, PLEASE!! I certainly want to be married by the time I’m 27! I’d like to be married before then, really! I think the latest I’d like to be married by is 24. XD Okay – I just need to say that it feels so weird to realize I’m going to be 27 in 10 years. That’s almost 30!!! :O
3. Do you see yourself having kids?
I’m hoping that I’d be married for about 3 years, so yes, I’d see myself having at least one kid.
4. What kind of house would you live in?
Um…. I’ll probably be in an apartment. I think it’d be more practical for that time in life
5. Where do you see yourself blog-wise?
I’ll definitely be blogging still! Maybe not as much, but I’ll still blog, for sure 😀
6. Do you see yourself having pets?
I don’t know, really. At least not at that time, but probably later in life for one of my future kids or something. I’d really like to have a dog
7. Do you see yourself having a car?
Absolutely. I’ll need to drive to Disneyland, my parent’s house, to stores – all that stuff. BUT DISNEYLAND IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE – STAR WARS LAND!!! *dies* (of course, I had to mention Star Wars somewhere in this post, right? XD )
Well… It’ll be super interesting to see if any of these turn out to be true in 10 years! It’s so crazy how you could so see a plan for your life before your eyes, but then – whoopsie! God has something else in mind. If I’m not even married by that time – I know several of those things won’t be happening. XD
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Do ya’ll realize how close NaNoWriMo is? Huh? Huh?
NO, DON’T TELL ME HOW MANY MORE DAYS. I COULDN’T HANDLE IT!!! *wails*
Okay. But seriously. NaNoWriMo is just around the corner (*whimpers*) and I’m beginning to feel like I am doomed.
Alright, yes, I admit, I’ve been feeling this way for a long time. BUT NOW IT’S REALLY KICKING IN!!!
Let’s take a look at what I’ve done so far in preparation for this dreaded -yet, anticipated – writing challenge:
1. I have gone through depression, being brain dead, and feeling completely uninspired.
“YEAH, I’M SO PREPARED!!!” She said sarcastically… XD
2. Inspiration has struck – Plotting accomplished!
3. Characters have been created – Character Worksheets complete!
Ugh. This took foreeeeevvveeerrr…. And I still need to think of last names which is super hard!! *cries*
4. Typed up extra little facts and tidbits on the computer – WAIT IS THAT A PLOT HOLE?!?!
I have a few plot holes that I need to work on…. And I really don’t want to… And I need to do research, too and – well – that brings me to my 5th step….
Mmmmm hmmmm…. Lots and lots of procrastination…. *smiles innocently*
Now for the final step….
6. Self doubt.
*stares blankly at screen* *whimpers* *sobs*
HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WRITE 25,000 WORDS DURING THE BUSIEST MONTH OF THE YEAR?!?!
I have my dad’s birthday, my brother moving, a craft fair that I really need to prepare for, Thanksgiving, the craft fair itself, and I’m gonna be redoing my room!
Last year, I didn’t even reach 6,000 words, guys. There’s just – there’s just no way.
BUT I HAVE TO DO IT! SOMEHOW!
So here’s what I’m going to do.
I’m going to start preparing for the craft fair now.
I’m going to create a plot board for the book that I can refer to.
I’m going to create a well-balanced schedule to make sure I have enough time to write and do the other things I need to do throughout the day.
And I’m going to hang on to hope and try to believe in myself. NaNoWriMo feels impossible to me, but I want to do it. I want to make this work.
So tell me, are you doing NaNoWriMo? Are you going through doubts? What will you do to make sure you meet your goal?
I’m probably going to host some Word Wars on here during November… do you think I should?
Best of luck, my writing friends. We can pull through this together!! 😀
I was going through my drafts today and thought I should post another Character Study! These are so fun
Character Studies is done by Morgan. So basically what you do, is you copy and paste the questions from her blog and then have your character answer them. My main character, Connor, in the book I’m writing will be answering the questions below
1 – The world ended (literally or figuratively, your choice). It was your fault. If it had been an accident, what happened? If it had been intentional, what happened, and why did you do it?
If it was an accident – I probably punched the hero out of anger unintentionally just as they were about to save the world from destruction, causing them to fail. If it was intentional…. Well….. I’d probably be getting my revenge.
2 – What is something that would ruin a friendship for you? Something completely and utterly inexcusable, even if your closest friend did it.
Like I’ve said before – lying and tricking me. Also picking on my height.
3 – Somebody wants you to do something you don’t like. What’s the best way for them to get you to do it? (Bribe, blackmail, etc.)
By telling me how I’m the only one who can do this, that I need to be a hero if I want a chance at losing my anger.
4 – Somebody is getting on your nerves and you really want them to go away but they don’t seem to get the hint. What do you do?
If they don’t stop whatever it is they’re doing that’s irritating me by seeing my signs of suffering, I flat out tell them to stop before I punch them in the face.
5 – What is, in your opinion, the worst thing you’ve ever done? What would you have done differently?
Left a certain someone to die. I don’t think I would have done anything differently.
6 – Somebody you used to trust betrayed you in a big way, and then begs for you to forgive them. Do you and why or why not? If not, is there something they could do to get you to change your mind?
No, I wouldn’t forgive them and I don’t think there would be anything they could do to change my mind…. (he actually just lied, and no, I will not tell you what it is.)
7 – What’s your opinion on lying? In what situations would you lie? When do you feel it’s important to tell the truth, No matter how painful it might be?
Lying is fine for me to do and I lie about my personal feelings and tell the truth about others. I hate it when people lie to me, though.
8 – You’re confident that you can do something great. What could someone do/say to destroy that confidence? Would you let them know their comment hurt you?
They would probably say something like – I’m not capable of doing something like that because I have such a bad temper and I’m never going to change. No, I’d never show my true feelings to them, but I’d definitely yell at them, telling them they’re wrong.
9 – What’s your opinion on loyalty?
I don’t know. I don’t have much experience with that.
BONUS: Do you like the rain?
Yes, but only if it’s storming.
I’m realizing how much I miss Connor right now… And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I can’t wait to edit my book! XD
Do you enjoy these studies? Why or why not?
P.S. WHO’S EXCITED FOR NANOWRIMO?! :O