Wolf Cry

Beautiful People: July Edition

It’s time for Beautiful People again, and this month it’s a lazy, Summery theme. I’ll be doing Gwen again, since Caelan and Red are usually too busy killing things to have holidays. (this is Gwen before the book begins)

Gwen full body

I finally have a larger picture of Gwen. This is her questing outfit, that she wears for the majority of book one.

1. What’s their favourite ice cream flavour?

They don’t really have ice-cream in her world, but if they did, her favourite would probably be raspberry.
2. Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where are they going? What are they wearing? Who will they be with?

The closest thing to a night out would be if there was a ball or something, in which case she’d be wearing an elaborate ball gown, probably blue. She’d most likely be going with her friend Connor (who was previously called Bran)

something I imagine Gwen might wear on such an occasion

3. Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there. Do they wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all? Are they in socks that are ratty and full of holes? What do they consider comfortable and what do they consider agony?

Indoors and on formal occasions, she usually wears custom made Felician dancing shoes, since they’re very comfortable. If she’s training or outdoors she’s more likely to wear boots, as they’re far more durable. (the average Felician will go through about a dozen pairs of dancing shoes a year)
4. Do they have any birthmark or scars? Where are they and how did they get them?

She has a few small nondescript birthmarks in various places, but none really worth mentioning individually.
5. What kind of music do they listen to? Does it change depending on their mood or is it always consistent? (Feel free to share samples!)

She doesn’t really ever listen to music just for the sake of it. She used to enjoy her mother’s singing though.
6. Do they have any musical talent? Play an instrument? How’s their singing voice?

No she doesn’t have any musical talent whatsoever. Her singing voice is terrible XD
7. What kind of book would you catch them reading?

Recently you can often find her reading pretty much anything about magic and fairies, though the different accounts vary so greatly she’s almost given up on the subject. For fun she likes to read old folktales and legends (of which almost any could be true, considering the world she lives in)
8. How would they spend their summers (or their holidays)?

She always spends the summer in Felicia with her twelve cousins (all of them girls), which generally involves a lot of girlishness and ridiculous amounts of festivals.
9. It’s Saturday at noon. What is your character doing? Give details. Ex. If they’re eating breakfast, what’s on the menu? Are they hiking, shopping, lazing around?

She’s likely training with Connor. If he’s busy or the weather is especially bad, you can usually find her in the library, reading.
10. Is there anything your character wants to be free of?

Calanthe. (if you don’t remember who Calanthe is, I wrote a little bit about her here)

Lastly, I have a couple of things to announce.

First, Wolf Cry has a new cover:

it's still not quite how I want it, but I like it better than the old one.

it’s still not quite how I want it, but I like it better than the old one.

I decided to go for a more minimalistic view, because the old cover was a bit of a mess.

Secondly my Blogoversary Giveaway ends on Monday morning (20th July – GMT), so if you haven’t entered yet, now is the time to do so.

So that’s that. Did you do Beautiful People this month? If you did, I’d love to see your post! 😀

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A Month in Review: June 2015

A Month in Review - June 2015

Wow, it’s July already? I only posted twice! And I had so many plans… Well, let’s see what did happen in June.

Blogging aside, I actually got a lot done this month. I got a bunch of commissions done, and crocheted another two ponies, though they both lack eyes and cutiemarks. I finally have photos of Rarity, but the photos of Sokka and Katara came out really badly so I’ll have to re take them. Here’s the best of my art this month:

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I… Still haven’t written much on Wolf Cry. I haven’t completely ignored it though, I did spend a fair bit of time developing back story and whatever. Also I had a bunch of new characters I had to work out. Which is probably procrastination, but at least it’s productive procrastination, right? Right?

We didn’t really do all that much in June that I can remember. (maybe I should start writing things down so I can remember more) So, onto the lists.

Things I watched:

First I watched Over the Garden Wall, a quirky, slightly creepy mini series reminiscent of Gravity Falls and Alice in Wonderland. Definitely worth a watch.

Several people I know were fan-girling over Steven Universe, so I decided to give it a try. It takes forever to get to the plot, but it’s still a very interesting, generally lighthearted TV show, though it can get a little dark (by children’s TV standards) from time to time.

Then I discovered Studio Ghibli’s films, and they were lovely. The first one I watched was Arrietty, which was a very sweet adaption of The Borrowers, and probably my favourite adaption of it I’ve seen so far (I’ve seen at least four altogether)

Shortly afterwards I saw Spirited Away, which was a little strange, yet beautiful at the same time.

Last I saw My Neighbor Totoro, which didn’t have much of a plot but made up for it with realistic characters and large doses of adorableness (wow… That’s actually a word?).

Things I read

books read in June

I’m finally back to about my usual amount of books read. There are too many for me to talk about all of them, so I’ll just mention some of the highlights.

It’s hard to choose a favourite book out of these since all but one got four stars. The Heroes of Olympus books were good. I don’t think I liked them quite as much as the first series, but they’re still a lot of fun.

Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight were awesome, although there was a little too much violence in the latter for my taste (still, they are about an assassin, so what can you expect?) I’ll definitely be reading the third book.

The Gates of Zion, which is about the fighting in Palestine just after World War 2 (I know there’s a name for it but I can’t remember), made me feel some righteous fury (though it didn’t cause me to shoot starbolts from my hands – and whoever gets that reference is automatically amazing). Religious War is one of the most awful things in the world in my eyes (seriously, killing people because they disagree with you? What is wrong with humanity?). I feel it did a fairly good job of showing that there were sickeningly good people and awful people on both sides (though since it’s from the Jew’s point of view we don’t get to see all that many ordinary Muslims)

She Is Not Invisible was a bit of a let down. It wasn’t really what I expected and the ending was rather annoying.

On the Blog

I did the Bookshelf Tag, where I basically posted a bunch of photos of my books. (that’s pretty much everything I did this month blog wise)

Elsewhere on the Internet

WarpOut released a beautiful animation called Lullaby for a Princess, which they were apparently working on for over two and a half years (this was actually released at the absolute end of May, but whatever)

(I’d just like to clarify that this is a My Little Pony Fan Work, but it’s absolutely gorgeous and worth watching even if you’re not familiar with the show  – I’m also interested to see what non fans think of it)

Speaking of MLP, the 100th episode aired and it was full of awesome, including Doctor Who references and Derpy’s first speaking role since the Last Roundup fiasco.

Uhhh… I really want to put something non pony related here but I can’t think of anything 😛 Oh, Pixar’s Inside Out came out, but we won’t get it in the UK till the 24th of July. I think another Jurassic Park film came out, but I wasn’t really paying attention.

As for blogs:

Stori Tori talked about Lessons from Anime: My Neighbor Totoro

Deborah @ Road of a Writer did a whole bunch of tags

Aimee @ To The Barricade! listed 5 ‘Nice Guy’ Characters with Personality

and Annika @ Writer and Proud suggested 9 1/2 Ways to Get to Know Your Characters

Things to Look Forwards to In July

Camp NaNo starts today! I don’t think I’ll join in, but we’ll see.

Summer Holidays start on the 16th (I think)! Woo!

As I mentioned, Inside Out comes to the UK on the 24th.

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Beautiful People and Fiction Friday: Gwen

So today I’m linking up with both Beautiful People (which I did last month as well), and Fiction Friday, which I just discovered today. Both involve a character of mine answering questions, and the character I’ve chosen to use is Gwen, the protagonist of my current WIP, Wolf Cry. Here she is, in a new picture drawn by me:

This was just a quick thing for me to get used to drawing her hair. There’ll be a full body pic eventually.

First up we have the questions from Beautiful People, which is hosted by Cait @ PaperFury and Skye @ Further Up and Further In. This week’s questions really helped me to think more deeply about who Gwen is (turns out she’s a very different person from who I thought she was when I started writing :P) Anyway, on to the questions! I was going to answer these myself, but being the unruly protagonist she is, Gwen insisted on answering them herself. So she might raise more questions than she answers. (why do you always have to be so vague Gwen?)

1. Do they get nightmares? If so, why or what of?

Hmm, I don’t really get nightmares. At least, none that I remember. Fear is for the daytime.
2. What is their biggest guilty pleasure/secret shame?

Well, I suppose I’m ashamed that no one’s really seen me as who I really am. Except Bran, of course. I mean, I know I have good reasons and everything, but sometimes I wish I could just be myself for once.
3. Are they easily persuaded or do they need more proof?

Oh, I usually need proof. After all, when everyone’s just looking out for themselves, it’s hard to tell when someone’s being genuine and when they’re just manipulating you. Of course, being able to see people’s thoughts makes it rather easier to get proof.
4. Do they suffer from any phobias? Does it affect their life in a big way?

I do have a rather irrational fear of birds. I think I have it mostly under control, but I still get nervous around anything with feathers. Which makes for more than a few awkward situations…

I still find it mildly amusing that Gwen is so scared of birds, since they’re such an integral part of her culture.

5. What do they consider their “Achilles heel”?

Oh, definitely my lack of experience. That is, in doing ‘normal’ things. People keep sighing over how much they wish they could live the ‘simple life’ but let me tell you it is exhausting. Having to ask how everything works makes it even harder.
6. How do they handle a crisis?

Depends on the crisis. I’m told I’m surprisingly calm and collected in awkward situations and such, but when it’s my fault I have an unfortunate tendency to break down in tears. I do generally pull myself together and fix it eventually though.
7. Do they have a temper?

Oh no. I can’t even fake a bad temper, and I can fake most personality traits.
8. What are their core values and/or religious beliefs?

Family is extremely important to me. Which I suppose is ironic since most of my living relatives live in another realm. I also try to honour tradition, but with Cardon and Felicia (my father’s and mother’s home countries, respectively) having such conflicting values, it’s sometimes hard to decide just which traditions to keep. *sighs*
9. What things do they value most in life?

Please refer to my previous answer. True friends are important as well. It’s a pity they’ve been hard to come by until recently.
10. What is one major event that helped shape who they are?

I suppose my parents dying was a rather major event, since if they were still alive I wouldn’t have to keep up this ridiculous multiple-personality charade. Oh! I didn’t mean to sound like their deaths didn’t matter to me. I just find… it’s easier to cope with things if I just talk about them that way.

Lastly we have the question from Fiction Friday, hosted by Ashana Lian – A Fantasy Writer’s Blog

Who does your main character respect or admire the most?

Sir Kieran, my fencing teacher. He’s just so supportive and isn’t condescending at all. He’s also seen me the closest to my true self, besides Bran.

So, that’s a bit about Gwen. Have you ever had a character who insists on taking the story into their own hands? Also, if you joined in on Beautiful People or Fiction Friday, I’d love to see your posts.

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Procrastination and Ten Things I Want to Do Before I’m 18

17th birthday post

It was my seventeenth birthday on Tuesday (yay!) and there was cake but no marshmallows. I also got a graphics tablet and it is fantastic. I was going to post this on my actual  birthday, but procrastination happened (I keep procrastinating for no reason. Probably ought to stop doing that). Anyway, to celebrate (in a way) I thought I’d make a list of things I want to do before I’m eighteen. Some are things that I actually have specific plans for, some are just things I’d like to do. So without further ado:

1/2. Stop Procrastinating Procrastination is bad. It prevents you from doing things. But I just can’t stop for some reason. Maybe I’m addicted. Sometimes I even procrastinate things I want to do. If I’m going to get anything done I really have to stop procrastinating. Let’s start now by stopping writing about procrastination and getting on with the list.

1. Finish the First Drafts for Wolf Cry and it’s Sequels I really want to get these written down because a) they’re going to be super fun to write, b) when I’ve got the first drafts down, I can start editing! I know a lot of writers hate editing, but I actually love it. In fact I actually have to forcibly stop myself from editing while I write. Those aren’t the only reasons I want to finish the first drafts before this time next year, but they’re the easiest reasons to put down in words.

2. Go to Art College This is something I’m actually going to do this year rather than something I hope to do. The only question is where to go, since there are several options in the area.

3. Own at least One Item of Fandom Related Clothing/Jewelry I don’t generally buy fandom related stuff. I have several plushies and such I’ve made myself, but I really would like to own something I can wear. I’m considering spending some of my birthday money on this part.

4. Have a Movie Marathon I didn’t have a complete Lord of the Rings – Hobbit marathon for my birthday, but I would still like to have some kind of movie marathon before my next birthday.

5. Learn Japanese because a) I’ve been enthralled by Japan for years, and b) I’d love to learn a new language. I tried learning French once, but it was incredibly boring. No idea how I’ll learn Japanese, but I hope to somehow.

6. Watch an Anime While we’re on the subject of Japan, I’ve been wanting to watch some ‘real’ anime for some time now but it’s proving difficult to find something I know I’ll enjoy. I briefly tried an anime a few months ago but it got splatty all of a sudden and I’m super squeamish when it comes to gore. If anyone knows of a good anime which doesn’t have excessive amounts of blood or inappropriate content, please let me know.

7.  Visit Beatrix Potter’s House Since we moved, the Beatrix Potter museum (which used to be her house!) is only an hour’s drive or so away. Apparently it’s great, and I’d love to visit it some time. I don’t know why we haven’t yet 😛

8. Climb Mount Skiddaw another nearby attraction is Mount Skiddaw, the fourth highest mountain in England (I can see it from my bedroom window!). I’d love to climb it, but I don’t know if I’ll survive XD

9. See an Otter Apparently there are otters living by a stream nearby, but I haven’t seen one yet. Hopefully I will eventually.

10. Buy Books I don’t often buy books, but what with the library’s pathetic collection of books and Winter coming out, I think this year is going to have considerably more book buying than usual.

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Random Fridays: Let’s Talk About Writing

Hosted by Awkwordly Emma

Hosted by Awkwordly Emma

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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