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Random Fridays: Fun Facts About Me

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Hosted by Awkwordly Emma

So apparently this week I just have to share a bunch of random facts about myself, so this should be fun. 😀

1. I’ve been to at least 15 different countries, most of them in Europe.

2. I’ve moved house twice, first from Copenhagen in Denmark to Surrey, England when I was two, and then from Surrey to Cumbria a little less than a year ago.

3. My dad read me the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy before we watched the films, and I still find them easier to listen to than read.

4. I’m much better at drawing women than men, and I have no idea why.

5. I actually hate using the term Pegasister for a female My Little Pony fan, which has led to me feeling really confused as to what the heck I should call myself.

6. I’m really bad at choosing favourite episodes/scenes of anything, so don’t ask.

7. I find it easier to concentrate on something if I’m multitasking, so I frequently watch cartoons or listen to music and do art/school work at the same time.

8. I’m super sensitive to blood, but strangely I had almost no problems with that one scene in Spirited Away when that character (who shall go unnamed because of spoilers) bleeds all over the place.

9. I prefer going out to buy books to buying them online, but I rarely do because it’s more expensive.

10. I’m kind of obsessed with details, which is part of the reason I love drawing fan art so much.

So that’s 10 random fun facts about me. Did you join in Random Fridays this week? If so I’d love to see your post! 😀

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Random Fridays: Let’s Talk About Writing

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This week we’re talking about writing! Yay! So I’m going to talk about my current WIP, Wolf Cry. This is the cover I created for it with my okayish photoshop skills (I don’t actually have photoshop. I use GIMP instead cause it’s free and I don’t really have money to spend on graphics programs):

photos found on assorted stock photo sites.

photos found on various stock photo sites.

Wolf Cry is the first book in a planned series of at least 3 books which I’m currently calling the Blueblood Chronicles. It’s set in a world that’s basically what happened when I took the world of fairy tales and turned it into high fantasy. (which was really fun to do, by the way) As a result there are multiple fairy tale retellings sharing a universe. It’s hard to explain without going off on a long ramble (I’m pretty bad at concisely explaining what goes on in my head), but hopefully you get what I mean. Apologies if this post is a bit of a mess.

Anyway, onto talking about the actual book. Wolf Cry is primarily based around the fairytale Snow White, but with a few elements from Red Riding Hood and some others thrown in. The basic jist of the story is that Gwendolyn (Snow White) and some other people go on a quest to find a giant talking wolf that may or may not exist for a variety of reasons. They’re also trying to prevent fairies from being wiped out, and a load of other things are going on as well.

The Characters

Her hair should really be black, but otherwise it’s almost perfect.

First of all we have my lovely protagonist, Gwen. She’s the Snow White figure of the book. (There is a separate character who’s literally called Snow White, but she’s actually from a different fairy tale altogether.) She was actually quite bland before I started writing, but as soon as I actually got going, she turned out to be a very interesting person.

I don’t really have a picture for Caelan, so here’s his raven instead.

Then there’s Caelan, who’s kind of my replacement for the huntsman, although he has a considerably larger part in the series. He’s messed up his life pretty bad (which wasn’t entirely his fault), but he is trying to be helpful. He’s also proving a bit more difficult to write than I expected.

Next there’s the third party member, a beast hunter called Red, who joined for the money and stayed for the cause. I already talked a bit about Red in this post earlier this month. She also serves as someone to slap some sense into the others when things get too emotional. I’m really looking forwards to writing her.

Lastly we have the main antagonist of the series (I have plans for at least two others, but Calanthe is the most obvious and the most important one). She’s the evil Queen of the story, and one of the people who wants to kill fairies. For some reason I really enjoy writing from her point of view, even if she’ll probably only get a few paragraphs to herself. She’s just so deliciously villainous.

Now the actual writing part

I have 3,775 words down so far, and it’s been really fun writing. Most interesting thing so far was when I was about 8 pages in, and Gwen mentioned something I hadn’t planned, and all of a sudden I had an allegory on my hands, an origin story for my story world, and a logical role for the Great Wolf (the giant talking wolf I mentioned). So that changed a fair bit, and also loads of things I’d been planning on made sense. I’ve never really had something happen spontaneously like that in my previous writing, so that was cool.

The part I enjoyed writing most so far was a tiny bit less than ten lines long when I got to write from Calanthe’s point of view. Is it weird that I love writing my antagonist this much?

So that’s it for now. There’ll be more about Wolf Cry and it’s sequels later on. In the mean time, I have a pinterest board dedicated to it, if you feel like checking that out. If you want to participate in Random Fridays, just click on the picture right at the top of this post and it should take you to where all the info can be found.

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Random Fridays: Wintery Book Covers

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Hosted by Awkwordly Emma

This Friday’s theme is Wintery Book covers, so I’ll be sharing my favourite book covers reminiscent of Winter. As usual clicking on the cover image will take you to the corresponding Goodreads page. Without further ado:

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Random Fridays: Best Films of 2014

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Hosted by Awkwordly Emma

I watched hardly any new films this year, so this post is going to be pretty short. But anyway, here we go:

How to Train Your Dragon 2 I’m really into animated films, by the way. And this one was just, wow. First off, I find that animated sequels almost never live up to the original, but this one definitely did. The ending was a little rushed, but still, this film is just awesome. Also gonna throw in a good word for the soundtrack. Seriously, it’s amazing. Anyway, moving on…

The Lego Movie We got this in Hungary while on holiday just for the sake of it. (no we didn’t watch it in Hungarian. It had language options.) We all laughed insane amounts and managed to watch it about five times in a couple of weeks.

And now a couple of films that I haven’t been able to watch yet, but plan to soon.

Big Hero 6 Although this is already out in the US, we Brits aren’t getting it till the absolute last day of January. 😦 But like I said, I’m really into animated films so I hope to see this as soon as it’s possible.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies This one’s out, but I haven’t seen it yet. Given how Part 2 turned out, I’m not expecting it to be much like the book at all, but I think it’ll still be worth the watch.

So that’s it. I said I didn’t watch many new films this year. If you want to take part in Random Fridays you can check it out by clicking on the first picture.

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Random Fridays: Books that Disappointed

So, this is a day late, but there we go. Random Fridays is hosted by Awkwordly Emma, if you would like to join in you can find info on how to take part by clicking on the image above. This week’s topic is about books I found disappointing. So here we go, in no particular order:

1. The Children of Hurin by J R R Tolkien. This is kind of a bittersweet book for me. I actually adored reading this book. The language flows beautifully and I was interested the whole way through. The reason I list it as being disappointing is… well, it’s very depressing. Without spoiling, a lot of things go wrong. Very wrong. So yeah. But I’d still recommend it to Tolkien fans.

2. The Fairytale Detectives by Michael Buckley. First I should explain that I’m a massive fairy tale fan. I’m also obsessed with details. When I found out about this book I went ‘woohoo fairy tales! Infinite awesome!’ But… I’m probably overly detail obsessed, but so many of the fairytale ‘facts’ were incorrect. Apparently the later books are better in that respect, but they don’t have them at the library so I don’t know if I can be bothered really. The writing itself was pretty good, so if you’re not as obsessed as I am over minor details I’d recommend it.

3. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant. A friend of mine was raving about this book a while ago, so I read it. I have to say it was absolutely terrifying (for me anyway), which was good seeing as it was supposed to be. But it wasn’t anything I’m likely to re read. Also there was one scene with like twenty f-bombs which was rather unnecessary and not very pleasant. But it was okay as a book.

So… That’s it that I can think of. Only three books, which I guess is a good thing. Umm… I think that’s it. Be back on Tuesday. 🙂

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