Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Liebster Award!

Woo!! Elizabeth nominated me for the Liebster blog award!

Thank and link back to the person who nominated you
List 11 facts about yourself
Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you
Nominate 9 bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers (you can’t nominate the blogger who nominated you)
Ask them 11 questions
Let them know about the nomination

  1. My middle name is Grace.
  2. I like dresses more than skirts. With skirts, you have to worry about finding a blouse that's modest, fits, and matches the skirt. With a dress, you don't have to worry as much about all that.
  3. I. Love. Pizza.
  4. My favorite colors are purple, green, white, and black.
  5. I've just finished the fifth Harry Potter book. It granted very few happy feelings to me. Tis quite dark.
  6. The writing work I'm most likely to pursue to publication is A Kingdom of Isolation, a Christian YA novella.
  7. Eleven facts about myself takes a long time to write.
  8. I love helping people. I know I don't look empathetic, but I'm really very happy when people come to me for help. I'm not happy that they're having problems, of course, but I'm honored when they want to talk to me about them. I'd love to be a therapist.
  9. The fictional character I'm most like is Ellie Sweet, from The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet and The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet, by Stephanie Morrill.
  10. I love curly hair. This year, nearly everyone in my school's play has to have curly hair. After the hair do-ers are done with them, they offer to curl the back stagers's and make-up-ers's hair, if that sentence makes any sense to you.
  11. I have finished my eleven facts.
Now for the eleven facts that Elizabeth asked me:
  1. Would you rather be floating in a river of chocolate or falling down a syrup waterfall? (You can eat as much as you want!) The chocolate one, definitely.
  2.  If you have watched the Hobbit movies, who's your favorite character? Gandalf. He rocks. xD
  3. How many siblings do you have? I'm one of seven.
  4. Do you have a favorite number? Uh, not really. Three is pretty cool though.
  5. What is your favorite TV show? The BBC Sherlock!
  6. Who do you think is the cutest cartoon character ever? Uh...I don't really watch cartoons.
  7. Do you find yourself picking up trash that has fallen out of your younger siblings escapades on a regular basis? I do sometimes.
  8. What letter of the alphabet would you use to sum up your whole character? What?! Well, I guess J describes me. I have no idea.
  9. Would you rather be so stupid you can't add 1+1, so ugly you scare Frankenstein, or so lazy you can't pick up your spoon to eat your favorite cereal? Hm. This is a tough one. I'd rather be ugly I guess.
  10. Would you rather be a pot of oatmeal, a utterly destroyed banana, or a severely burnt muffin? An utterly destroyed banana, because you could still make banana bread out of me.
  11. Do you usually find banana peels, apple cores, a army man who has been mutilated by a BB gun, a hideous rubber cheese (hideous rubber mice are included), or ugly jewelry on your bed? (I have seriously found a rubber cheese under my pillow at least 6 times. I guess the Tooth Fairy is mad at me, lol) Um, no, I've never found those on my bed. xD
And there you have it!

I nominate:
  1. Moriah Peters
  2. Magdalena
  3. Sarah and Ellie
  4. Hannah Hensley
  5. Emile Rachelle. I don't know if you're interested in blogging about something other than books and writing, but if you are, here ya go. ;)
  6. Mercy Ray
  7. Regina P.
  8. Rhian de Questa
  9. Iris Hanlin
And here's your questions:
  1. If you were a demigod from the Percy Jackson series, who would you be the child of and why (If you haven't read it, just Google a quiz. There are tons)?
  2. Would you rather date Khan from Star Trek: Into Darkness or Voldemort, from Harry Potter (BWAHAHA good luck with this one)?
  3. What's your favorite Shakespeare play?
  4. What fictional character do you most relate to?
  5. Which do you prefer, skirts or dresses?
  6. What's your favorite motivational song?
  7. Do you prefer a Kindle or a book?
  8. Do you think #7 is a big deal?
  9. Would you rather turn into a turtle for a month or a panda?
  10. Do you prefer C. S. Lewis or J. R. R. Tolkien?
  11. Do you prefer drawing or writing?
And there you have it. :)

Friday, April 25, 2014


  • I won Camp NaNo today! I didn't finish my novel, but at least I've met my goal.
  • SOON I CAN READ TO DARKNESS HID!!!!!! As you might have been able to notice, I'm super excited for it. Now that I'm nearly done with To Cilyon's End, I can read fantasy soon.
  • At Every Stinkin' Page, there's going to be a novel critique giveaway if the blog gets three more followers. Please pop over there and help them out!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How In Love With Your Story Are You?

I always get a severe bout of apathy toward my writing right before the climax comes. I've written and written and written, and the BANG moment should be happening any moment now. I know what's coming; I have an outline. And yet I lose touch with my story, and every word is draining.

How can I fall back in love with my story?

  • Take a break
Yes, I'd love to have a finished rough draft to work on right away. But sometimes you just have to stop writing and rest away from your story. I took a break from my Christian teen novella, A Kingdom of Isolation, but now I'm itching to get back to it. As soon as Camp NaNo is done, I'll take a break from To Cilyon's End, whether or not I've finished it. Then I'll hop over to A Kingdom of Isolation and resume writing that.

  • Remember why you began in the first place.
I want to be published. Guess what? I can only be published if I've written a novel.

  • Go over your characters' traits.
If your characters seem dull, try using Jill Williamson's character brainstorming sheet to liven them up. Give them traits you empathize with.

Trust me, it's worth it. As Amanda Patterson said, "Writers write". That's all it takes to be a writer. And if you're reading this post, you probably want to be one. So keep trudging forward with your novel and write!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Harry Potter: Satanic? (Also, Lots of GIFS)

A few years ago, I saw in a newsletter that there was going to be a talk on why Harry Potter is considered Satanic, while Tolkien's works are not. I didn't go to the talk, but I wish I had.

Yesterday, this happened to me:

I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It was way easier to convince my mom to let me than I had thought it would, considering she had never let me before. I simply said that I was old enough to know that magic isn't real. Ta-da!
Good Job
Isn't that all that needs to be said? (Clearly not, considering I'm writing a blog post about it.) Why does Harry Potter get such a bad rap? There are tons of books that deal with magic. What is it about Harry Potter that upsets people?

I don't know, that's why I'm asking you. xD
But seriously. If you know why, please inform me in the comments. I'm so confused.

I'm sure some people shouldn't read Harry Potter for various reasons. I know the next books get really dark and nearly everyone dies. But there's always going to be people who shouldn't read something. Why is it that Harry Potter gets slammed for it? Yes, it deals with magic, but so does nearly every book in my library's children section.
Oh Of Course

Why I Don't Bash TWILIGHT

Running Through the Stars

All the time, people complain against Twilight, a series about vampires by Stephanie Meyer. I've seen memes on Pinterest showing a person (or a thing, like Larry the Cucumber and a rubber duck) saying, "Still a better love story than Twilight". And I used to joke about them and then hit "Pin it".

As you can probably guess by the title of this post, I don't do that anymore. Why?

I've never read Twilight.

I'll bet most of the people who bash Twilight have never read it. All they know is that it's about vampires and a love triangle. Thus, it must be bad.

And I'm not saying it isn't. Maybe it's one of the worst books ever written. Maybe it's one of the best. I don't know, because I've never read it. I know some people who have, and they didn't like it. But as for myself, I just don't know.

I'd hate it if someone bashed my book without having ever read it. As an author, I feel really bad for Stephanie Meyer. I know she's not going to read this, but I want to apologize to her anyway.

Stephanie Meyer, I'm sorry.

Every author spends hours (some of which are pure bliss, others are agony) working on their book. It almost becomes their child. Can you imagine the joy Stephanie must have felt when a movie maker wanted to turn her books into a movie? That must have been amazing!

Thus, I don't bash Twilight. Even if I had read it, I still wouldn't bash it. Even if I hated it, making fun of it would do nothing. It's not like Stephanie Meyer can change it.

Stephanie Meyer, I'm sorry.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Little by Little

Don't you wish you could pound out a novel in a few weeks? I've heard of a guy who wrote his 50,000 word NaNo novel in one day. I want to do that.

But, guess what, that is waaaaaay out of my league right now.

Then again, what is my league? What am I capable of? With my first Camp NaNo novel, I averaged at about 340 words a day. My goal for the month was only 11,500, and I didn't make it.

Later, for the youth NaNo program, I averaged 300-400 words a day. And for this year's April Camp NaNo, sometimes do 900+ words a day. As you can tell, that's a lot for me. In the July Camp NaNo, I hope to go for 1200+ WAD.

My point is, even if you start out small, it's better to write a little bit every day than it is to write nothing. Push yourself: you'll just keep getting better.

There will always be someone who write more words than you and somehow manages for them to be better quality as well. So? You're writing more than someone else is, and that person is writing more than another person.

Plus, it really doesn't matter.

So what if someone write more, writes better, than you or I? We're all writers (or at least, if you're reading this post, you probably are). And you're doing better than everyone who never started.

And here's some more motivation to work hard:

Written? Kitten!
I just wanted to share this with everyone: it's called "written? kitten!" and for every 100 words you write, you get a picture of a kitten. It's awesome. I will definitely try this.
For every 100 words you write, you get a picture of a cat. ;)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


The New Recruit (The Mission League, #1)The New Recruit by Jill Williamson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Now this, THIS, is a five star book.

Seriously. I love everything about it.

The characters are awesome. I nearly cried over Spencer at one point.

And I hope Kimball and Arianna are going to be in the next books a lot. They're so funny.

The plot is fast paced and exciting. It's like an action movie, but the characters have more depth.

The writing? As another reviewer said, Jill Williamson is a master at dialogue. It was sometimes hilarious, other times tense, but altogether brilliant.

And I know this is going to sound lame and unbelievable, but I cannot find a single thing about this book that I don't like. I guess you could tell every once in a while that it was written by a Protestant, but I'm not going to book-bash simply because someone said they know they're going to go to Heaven because they were saved a while back. Maybe Arianna got a bit too preachy sometimes, but whatever. I love this book to pieces.

Also, I'd like to point out the wonderful quality of the book itself. I could rub my fingers on the page and feel the way the ink stood. And it shined beautifully in the light. Just sayin'.

Will I buy the other books in the series? Yeah baby. You bet I will.

I own By Darkness Hid, but I'm currently in the rough draft of my own fantasy novel, so I'm holding out on it. But I sure am excited for more from Jill Williamson. :)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Yet Again, I've Changed My Mind

Yes xD To Cilyon's End, formerly known as Hesi Survives, is going to have some massive changes.
Believe it or not, some of my plans actually go through. Just rarely. Very rarely.
I don't want to give it all away here, but instead of having Rolia be the rich, cliche girl she is, I'm going to make her a poor troublemaker.

Instead of having Hesi be the poor troublemaker, he'll be the rich dude who lives in Cilyon.

So basically, it's a gender swap. And it's going to be intense.
Ha ha...ha.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Happy Anniversary, Blog!

Yes-siree-Bob, it's Running Through the Stars' first birthday!
RDJ Birthday
In my first post, I was working on The Keys of Quenola for Camp NaNo. I lost, but it has potential. If I spiff it around a little, it could even be a novella to accompany Hesi Survives, which is this year's Camp NaNo project.

So, how about a leetle up-date on everything.

I, Julia, am going to read a "modern" fantasy book. YES!!! Besides classics, Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis, I've read none. I tried once, and it was so horrible I assumed all modern fantasy books were that way. However, tommow By Darkness Hid will arrives. So will The New Recruit (Can you tell I'm excited for Jill Williamson?). Which one should I read first?!

I entered Stephanie Morrill and Jill Williamson's 1000 word contest a few weeks ago at Go Teen Writers. While I didn't go on to the final round, I got some positive critiques for the first bit of A Kingdom of Isolation. Thank you, Stephanie and Jill!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Beginning of Hesi Survives

It's April Fools Day, I had a stomach virus last night, and the beginning of Camp NaNo. This is going to be a long day.

And guess what? Now that it's Camp NaNo time, I'm rethinking everything. :P I've decided that Hesi Survives will be narrated between Hesi and Rolia, instead of just Hesi. In that case, I'm going to need a new title, because Hesi has to share. So, yeah. Expect a poll on the sidebar soon. Y'all can help me decide :)
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I hide behind a rock that’s taller than me and wait. After what seems like hours, the virans creep out of their den. They’re smaller than foxes, but look kind of similar. Foxes, though, don’t make liro--a sweet, syrup like honey--for their young. Or for me.
After the virans finally leave to hunt, I crouch down and stuck my hand into their den. Baby virans shout out in protest, and one bites me.
“Ow ow ow,” I mutter, immediately taking my hand out. Two tiny teeth marks drip blood, but I  reachback into the den anyway and this time grabbed the liro. After shoving the dripping mess into my leather pouch, I hurry away before the adult virans came back. One time I stayed too long, and they had attacked me till I could hardly stand.

I smile to myself  as I rush back to my post. As one of the city’s secondary cadets, I’m supposed to be guarding the gragons, Fafom’s main food source for the winter. But taking a quick break to get liro for Sammi can’t hurt, right? She loves to find it waiting for her when she replaces my post.