Sunday, March 30, 2014

On Leaving and Being Replaced

Yes, it's going to be one of those posts, but bear with me here.

My parish priest, who's been with us for twelve years, has asked the bishop if he can be reassigned. He leaves in June.

At the youth group I go to, the guy in charge is stepping down, because he thinks it's time for a change (at least the guy who's going to take over next year is one of  my FAVORITE teachers).

The grandma and two aunts of some of the kids I babysit is considering having a house in the west and a house here in Michigan to be by the grand-kids. I've babysat this family for three or four years.

One of my friends is in college, another one got accepted recently, and the two others are talking about it. So am I, but my mom isn't too keen on the idea of me going a year early.

Of course, I'm glad about part of all these things. Maybe my priest will get an easier parish for retirement-age man. The guy in charge of the youth group is now going to work at the same place where he met his wife. The mom of the kids I babysit will get to have her family nearby. And college is cool. Enough said.

But yeah, I'm over here like
Sad Baby

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Way I Write

Because I know how much you're dying to know my system (or maybe you're just curious. Or maybe you've never thought about it at all), here's what I do, including pictures! I've used my camera more often in the last two days than I have in the last two years.

Running Through the Stars

1. My desk
Yes, I have a feather pen. :) Inside that bucket are little jars of ink for it too. Also on my desk are some of my pens, my handy-dandy notebook, my note cards with plot points in them (in the strawberry recipe card box), my reading light (it can be surprisingly dark at my desk), and my water bottle.

2. My 3-ring binder
It also has things in it about Hesi Survives and The Princes of Ventweno, but I'm only going to show pictures of the part for A Kingdom of Isolation.

3. Inside ze binder
          A. Plot
I blurred and colored parts of it so there won't be spoilers. :) Underneath the clear binder divider that I wrote on is Jill Williamson's Scene Plotting Chart for One Point of View. So awesome.

          B. Characters
               I have three Character Charts (also by Jill Williamson), one for Ares, one for Natalie, and one for Gianna. I tried to take pictures of them, but they came out horribly, so I can't put them here.

          C. Ideas for when I revise A Kingdom of Isolation in my purple notebook
               Again, I tried to take a picture, but it didn't work. :P

So there you have what works for me :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bookish Bucket List Link-Up

Over at  The Broke and the Bookish, they're having a link-up for our bookish bucket lists. Without further ado, here we go!

  1. Be Published. You probably already knew I wanted that. xD It probably won't happen this year, or maybe the one after, but some day, it will.
  2. Go to a book signing (hopefully with Stephanie Morrill at it). I've never been to one.
  3. Have a personal library. A huge one.
  4. One of the other bloggers who linked up for this (The Random Transliterator) said something about translating a book, which sounds so awesome. Some translated the first Harry Potter book into Latin. Seriously, look it up on Barnes and Noble. And I own The Hobbit in Latin.
  5. Have publishing companies give me books for free to review them. Yes, they do that.
  6. Go to a writing conference. It's a great way to pitch to publishing companies and literary agents.
  7. Earn enough money by my books so that I won't need another job. All I need to do is a) write a TON, or b) get a book on the New York Times Bestseller List or something. I'll probably do A.
  8. As Blue Sky Bookshelf said, learn how to work with computer code to make things like blog buttons. I have one, but it. Won't. Work. On. The. Sidebar.
  9. Maybe become a literary agent myself. That would be awesome.
  10. Have ten things on by Bookish Bucket List. Done.

Monday, March 24, 2014

My Blog Button...

...will not load the text on the sidebar that's supposed to go beneath it. :P
  Running Through the Stars

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Review for Princess of the Midnight Ball

Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess #1)Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn… Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.

Captivating from start to finish, Jessica Day George’s take on the Grimms’ tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses demonstrates yet again her mastery at spinning something entirely fresh out of a story you thought you knew.

I've never read a retelling of a fairy tale before, but I can tell this was well done.

The world building is phenomenal. It's set an a Norwegian country, called Westfalin. Other countries are Spania, and another is Roma (which is where the evil bishop is from, by the way).

However, the characters leave something to be desired. I felt no connection to them at all. Who did the narrating, by the way? It was Galen most of the time, but occasionally Rose would do a chapter--or a paragraph.
Minion What?
I don't know what to think about Princess of the Midnight Ball's portrayal of the Catholic Church.
On one hand, Bishop Schelker is awesome. On the other hand, Bishop Angier (and his assistant) is a lair and a jerk. He put Westfalin under an interdict, which I had never heard of before. Excommunication, I knew. But an interdict? Thankfully, the book explained it. An interdict is when the Church says that no sacraments can be done for a certain period of time. Has one ever been ordered in history? Probably not.

Will I read the other books in the series? Most likely.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Review for SIXTEEN

SixteenSixteen by Emily Rachelle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nicole "Nikki" Johnson has never gotten along with her mother, so when she meets a great new guy, it's no surprise that Matt's age is all her mom sees. Just because he's twenty-four and she's sixteen doesn't mean he's a creeper! Thankfully, Nikki's dad allows Nikki and Matt to be together and see how things work out. Their relationship is fantastic and Nikki is on cloud nine... 

Until the Fourth of July picnic, when things go too far. Now a very changed Nikki has to make choices that will affect her every relationship - with Matt, her parents, her best friend, and most importantly, God.

I'm so excited for Sixteen to come out in book form! :D I'll definitely buy it.
Currently it's only on E-Readers.

The love story is believable, even though starts quickly. Nikki does not care one little bit if Matt's several years older than her. I mean, it's not like he's 60. He's 24.
I'm impresses how clean Sixteen is, considering it deals with teen pregnancy. If one of the middle schoolers I know wanted to read this, it would be totally appropriate. Sixteen shows that teen pregnancy is wrong, but after Nikki's pregnant, what can she do? The way she and her friend, Christy, handle the situation is very well done.

I wish the characters were more relatable to people other than teen moms. I would have loved to see more of Nikki's and Matt's characters.

Also, I remember three of my mom's pregnancies, and I'm pretty sure a pregnant woman can eat the same things she always has (expect alcohol). Sixteen often mentions that Nikki has to be careful about what she eats, but considering she's only sixteen, she should't have to worry about dietary things while pregnant.

Favorite quote? Christy says, "In the end, after all the evidence from Christians and all the doubts from others, you just have to decide if you believe God or not." Christy's got it right.

I don't know when Sixteen comes into print, but I sure can't wait until it does. :)

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Why Blogs Are Necessary for Authors

I once read an article that said blogs are overused and authors shouldn't use them. I beg to differ.

I'm reading this AMAZING book right now, so of course I looked up the author. She has a blog,'s not that good. It has a weird, unappealing background, and she hasn't updated it in a month. In the FAQ section, she says that she doesn't reply to fan mail for months.

Whyyyyyyyyyyyy? I want to talk to her! Her book is wonderfully written! She says she has to pick one: writing a book or replying to a fan.

Again, I beg to differ.

You can write AND publish a book and still have cool social media and interaction with fans. Stephanie Morrill and Jill Williamson are published authors, and they both work to keep Go Teen Writers up and running. I wish Stephanie Morrill would update her blog more often, but at least Go Teen Writers always has something going on (like a contest. :O I entered! I can't wait for the results).
It's a dancing potato!!!! I can die happy.... (GIF)
Please enjoy this dancing potato GIF while I go wait for the contest results.
I'm not saying every author should have a blog just for teen writers, because that would get very old, very quickly. The least an author could do, however, is to keep up a presence on social media, so their fans don't feel abandoned. I know it takes a while to update everything, but trust me, it's worth it. I'd probably buy your latest book simply because you blogged about it.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

My Fire Elsa

I've learned how to make Fire Elsa!

I made an Elsa!

Little Elsa :)

Here's another :)

Yes, I made Anna melt. ;)


It's not fire, but it's still cool. ;)

Too bad the others are fuzzy :P