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Interview with Adelle (Blue Team)

Adelle Character Ref

As promised, it’s time for another character interview! This time I’ll be interviewing Adelle, a major character in my webcomic-in-planning, Blue Team. You can find her bio here. Let’s get started.

Me: *turns to Adelle* you ready?

Adelle: *sits excitedly in a chair, swinging her legs back and forth* Yep!

Me: Right, first we have a bunch of questions from Coretta, a character belonging to MeghanStoryweaver: What’s your favourite food?

Adelle: Cake. Just any kind of cake in general. Preferably with cream or chocolate though. Or both.

Me: Okay. Also from Coretta: Why are you so cute?

Adelle: That’s a secret *winks*

Me: Last two questions from Coretta: Do you have a pet? Is it fluffy?

Adelle: *beaming* Yes I do! I have a big white cat I got for my birthday one time. Her name is Sapphire, I’ve had her since she was a kitten. I’m pretty sure she’s magic. And yes, she is fluffy! She’s just the fluffiest cute adorable kitty cat you will ever have seen in your life and-

Me: *clears throat*

Adelle: *grins* sorry. But she is.

Me: Of course she is. Right, next we have a couple of questions from anderhander on Ravelry: First, is it hard being shortest on the team?

Adelle: Not particularly. Getting stuff from high shelves or whatever is easy with telekinesis, and being small also means I get free piggyback rides if I’m tired or want to see over crowds. There’s sometimes teasing and dumb nicknames of course, but everyone gets that so it’s all good.

Me: Nice to know. Anderhander’s other question: Are you also the youngest member of the team?

Adelle: Yep. I’m just over seven months younger than Elliot, who’s second youngest. A lot of people seem to expect me to be younger than that for some reason.

Me: Right, next we have a bunch of questions from Picklesthehamster. First: Who do you like the most on your team?

Adelle: *rests her chin on her hand, thinking* I think Jackson’s probably the nicest. He’s really thoughtful and always listens to what I have to say. He’s pretty quiet though. Not to mention the whole suppressed emotions thing. Elliot’s a lot of fun, but he can be kinda mean sometimes. Not to me so much, but still. He’s really fun to hang out with though, we get along great.

Me: Second, who annoys you the most on your team?

Adelle: Maybe Johanna? I think she finds me kind of annoying, which is annoying. Like I said, Elliot can be pretty mean sometimes so that’s sometimes annoying too.

Me: Interesting. Next question: Why do you have blue hair?

Adelle: *puts on a serious face* I sold my soul to a witch so she’d turn it blue. *giggles* Just kidding. It’s natural! Bright or ‘unnatural’ hair colours are pretty normal for Fey-Bloods. I’m pretty sure my mother had blue hair, so that would be why mine is too.

Me: Last question from Picklesthehamster: How do you like to spend your free time? And GoAgainstTheFlow wants to know what your favourite pastime is.

Adelle: I spend most of my free time just hanging out with the others. I play with Sapphire a lot, and make sure she stays fluffy and nice looking. Not that she needs much help. Elliot’s my favourite person to hang out with though. We do all kinds of fun stuff. My favourite is probably when we binge-watch TV shows.

Me: A couple more questions from GoAgainstTheFlow: What is your favourite memory?

Adelle: *answers immediately* My mother singing. It’s one of the only clear memories I have of her so I think about it a lot. She has a very nice voice.

Me: Last question: Who is most important to you?

Adelle: *thinks for a while* I suppose my mother. It’s very important to me that I find her someday. Out of people who are around now, though… Maybe Cass? She’s been almost like a second mother for a while now. She’s been kinda… sad, I guess, since Aidan died though. Dove is pretty important to me to, since she’s pretty much the only tie I have to my mother now, besides maybe Sapphire. *trails off into thought*

Me: Well, that’s all the questions we have for today. Thank you for answering them.

Adelle: *sits up and smiles* no problem.

Me: Thanks to everyone who left questions! I hope you enjoyed the interview. Who do you think I should interview next? Thank you for reading!

Adelle: *waves* Bye!

aesthetic Adelle

Beautiful People: Adelle

Interview with Marianne (Blue Team)

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Interview with Marianne (Blue Team)

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Well, it’s time for the first character interview! I’ve never done something like this before so this’ll be interesting. Today I’ll be interviewing Marianne, the protagonist of my webcomic-in-planning, Blue Team. Thanks to everyone who left questions! Now, on to the questions.

Me: First we have a lot of questions from GoAgainstTheFlow on Ravelry. We’ll start with the easy ones. Question one: Do you like animals?

Marianne: *sits perfectly straight and still in her chair* Yes, generally speaking. My favourites are swans and snowbirds.

(note: Snowbirds are like phoenixes, but with ice instead of fire)

Me: Right. Second question: Can you speak more than one language?

Marianne: Yes. Other than Universal, I can speak fluent Svelmal and a little Shinzhou. I can also read Old Cardonian, and speak a little bit.

Me: Next question: Do you get along with other people?

Marianne: I try, but I don’t think I’m very good at it. I don’t generally seem to make positive first impressions no matter what I try.

Me: Question four: What do you like to do when you’re alone?

Marianne: If I don’t have any work to do, I mostly read or listen to music. Sometimes I practice my ice magic but I don’t really enjoy it.

Me: The next two questions go together so I’ll ask them at once: What gets you really angry, and what calms you down?

Marianne: *frowns and looks away for a while* I suppose when people push sensitive subjects. *pauses and starts again* There are a lot of things that irritate me but you’d have to push it pretty far to get me to snap. Just closing my eyes and ignoring everything is usually the easiest way for me to calm down.

Me: Right, last question from GoAgainstTheFlow: What’s your least favourite chore/responsibility?

Marianne: Training with my ice magic. It used to be fun but now it just makes me feel… bad. Still, it’s a necessary evil so I just train hard and try to get it over with quickly.

Me: Alright. Next we have three questions from charismac6 on Ravelry. First question: Do you like anyone?

Marianne: …I assume you mean romantically. In which case, no. Otherwise, I like most of the people at Dove more or less. They’re very nice for the most part.

Me: Question two: What’s your sister’s ability? (you know, if she has one)

Marianne: *stiffens* She doesn’t have an ability. Next question please.

Me: Alright. Last question from charisma: What are you most skilled at?

Marianne: *relaxes slightly* According to Cassandra and the others, it’s leadership. I don’t really agree though. I’m quite good at ice-skating though, if that counts.

Me: Right. Last we have several questions from Picklesthehamster on Ravelry. First question: Who do you find most hard to handle on your team?

Marianne: Johanna and I fight a lot, but she’s actually surprisingly cooperative during assignments and training. Elliot’s actually the hardest to handle. He doesn’t seem to understand the reason for rules, or if he does, he doesn’t think they apply to him. He’s also so good at arguing his point I can’t get him to follow them.

Me: Interesting. Second question: Do you like Music?

Marianne: I can’t play, but I do like to listen to it. I like calming classical music the most.

Me: Next question: Why do you wear blue all the time even before you were put on blue team?

Marianne: I don’t always wear blue; I wear quite a lot of white too. But anyway, it’s partly because I like the colour, but it’s also practically a family tradition. A little like how the Raikami clan wears a lot of black, but less official.

Me: Interesting. I hadn’t really thought about it before. Next question: Why are you the family heir, not your sister?

Marianne: *stiffens again, and looks away* Because I’m magically gifted and she’s not. It’s… traditional. How many questions are there left?

Me: Just one. What scares you the most?

Marianne: *still looking away* Letting people down, and not living up to their expectations.

Me: Well that was surprisingly candid. Anyway, that’s all the questions we have this time. I hope you all enjoyed that. Let me know if it’s something you’d be interested in seeing more of. Next month we’ll hopefully be interviewing Adelle. Thank you again for all the questions, and thank you for reading!

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Questions for Marianne!

Remember in my last post when I said I might start doing character interviews? Well, it’s time for the first one! This time we’ll be interviewing Marianne, the protagonist of Blue Team, the webcomic I’m planning. Here’s a bit about her (and a little bit about the rest of the main cast):

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Marianne is a magically gifted seventeen-year old Fey-Blood with the ability to manipulate ice. She lives in the futuristic forest city of Unity, where fairies, humans, and everyone in between can live together in peace. Due to her ability she’s the heir to the ancient and wealthy Svenson family, despite having an older sister, Sonja. Because of this she feels an enormous amount of pressure to exceed everyone’s expectations, and as a result has become overly formal and reserved, with few friends.

In an attempt to loosen her up, her father gets her to join the Dove Organization, a new branch of law enforcement devoted to protecting Unity from magical crimes. To her dismay she becomes leader of Blue Team, made up of several… unusual… teenagers: Jackson, a powerful empath who seems even more reserved than herself; Johanna, a reckless thrill seeker with enhanced reflexes; Elliot, a genius with absolutely no regard for rules or regulations; and Adelle, a mysterious and decidedly childish telekinetic.

Leave your questions in the comments below, and she’ll answer them hopefully on Saturday the 23rd of April!

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NaNoWriMo: End of Week Two and Beautiful Books

Yesterday was the mid-way point for NaNoWriMo, and I’m finally officially on schedule to finish on time! I have just over 25,000 words down, with the same amount to go. Today I’ll be joining in on round two of Beautiful Books, with my NaNo novel Wolf Cry! Which for those of you who don’t know, is basically about the world of fairy tales translated into one huge, coherent, high fantasy setting, centering on a very loose Snow White retelling.

1. Is the book turning out how you thought it would be, or is it defying your expectations?

A mixture. Mostly it’s been turning out as I planned, but a few things have changed. Two characters who I hadn’t planned at all decided to turn up and were actually fantastic. One, a fairy called Felicity, has ended up as one of my favourite characters and she wasn’t supposed to be in it at all! She’s also decided to stick in other elements as well (she had to go give Gwen a super secret magic bag thing, as fairies do, and not even I know what’s in it 😛 ) So that was fun.

2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

At the moment my first sentence is:

Gwendolyn Conmaraigh adjusted her gilded blue mask and triple checked to make sure her dagger was easy to reach but didn’t poke out too obviously from the folds of her skirt.

I’m pretty happy with it, though the rest of the opening chapter is a bit of a mess. (openings are hard. more on that later)

3. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out?

Oh definitely a plotter. If I don’t have a clear plan everything becomes a mess. Also I’m a perfectionist and I’d probably make a plan for everything even if I didn’t need it. However occasionally things I didn’t plan turn up (see above), and then I’ll just roll with it though I might need to stop for a little while to fiddle with anything in the plot that might have changed as a result.

4. What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal?

Anime. So much anime. I’ve taken to watching Naruto: Shippuden (which I started last week after finally finishing Naruto) in between chunks of writing and it’s been fantastic. Much better motivation than food, which was one of the things I used to do. Sometimes I’ll check internet things during breaks as well.

5. What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names?

Ah, names. I generally put a lot of thought into names. It’s fun thinking about why someone would have the name they have. I’m also big on names that mean something relevant to the character, especially for the fairies. I also have a fragmented conlang (fake language basically) which I use for naming some things. (specifically Cardonian things and people)

6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?

Middle. Beginnings are an absolute nightmare. It’s really hard to set everything up that needs to be set up without seeming awkward or forgetting important things. I haven’t actually written a proper ending for anything for a while, and obviously I haven’t written the end for this book yet, so I don’t really have much to say about that.

Middles are fun though. They’re where all the fun things happen.

7. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?

But… I like all of them… Maybe Felicity. She’s been a lot of fun, despite – or perhaps because of – her turning up out of nowhere and having to make her up as I go along.

8. What kind of things have you researched for this project, and how do you go about researching? (What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched?!)

Ah, I’ve researched all kinds of things. How I research varies depending on what I’m researching. Some of the stranger things I’ve been researching is werewolves and wolf-like monsters from various cultures (which wasn’t very fruitful sadly), and weasels (which turned out to be unnecessary in the end).

9. Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself?

Uhhh, depends on what you mean by ‘with others’ I’ve never physically written with other people, but I do find word wars and having internet people to talk with about writing helpful. I don’t share my work with people I know in real life, though I’ll occasionally share things with people on the internet.

10. What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!

I don’t really eat while I’m writing. I used to, but I don’t now. I don’t write very well in the early morning, so I’ll more often write into the night than get up early to write. I do listen to music though. I have a playlist of music I love specifically for writing:

I also posted more about the music I like to listen to while writing last week, and you can find that post here. I write in my room, on my laptop, which is on a little desk under a triangular window (we often refer to it as ‘a Bill Cipher window’ – we have several on our top floor.) I don’t have any photos and my camera is too much of a pain for me to bother with taking any.

So, there we have it! I hope you all enjoyed that.

If you’re doing NaNo, how’s it going for you? Did you do Beautiful Books this month, and if so I’d love to see your post!

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NaNoWriMo: End of Week One and Writing Music

Well, the first week of NaNoWriMo is over! My current word count is 10,737 words, so I have 39,263 words left. It’s been going much better than last year, but I still have a long way to go! I’ve done my first ever word crawl this year. (a Legend Of Korra themed one, which you can find here) You can find my NaNoWriMo profile here if you’re interested. But the main thing I’m posting about today is Writing Music. You may remember I did a post about this back in January. I listen to almost any kind of music, preferably without lyrics since they distract me, while I’m writing, and here are some of my favourites (this is going to be relatively brief because I don’t have a ton of time):

Taylor Davis

Taylor Davis is a violinist, a little like Lindsey Stirling in my last post, though she does have a different style. Her music is epic, and I especially like her anime covers.

Marvel Soundtracks

Pretty much every Marvel movie I’ve seen has had a fantastic soundtrack, and they’re really great for writing. (so epic and inspirational) Some of my favourites are the soundtracks for The Winter Soldier, Thor The Dark World and X-Men First Class.

Anime Music

Anime often have seriously epic soundtracks, and the battle soundtracks are usually great for writing. Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online have some especially good soundtracks, and there’s one piece from Noragami I can’t get enough of for some reason. Probably because of the memories of epicness that come with it (see above – it’s the piece that plays during the final battle and that scene was amazing)

RWBY Score

I guess this kind of goes in the Anime section, but some people would argue it’s not technically an anime, and besides it’s so awesome I wanted to give it it’s own section. RWBY’s soundtrack is as good as it’s fight scenes (read: crazy awesome), and again it’s really great to write to. (just to warn you, there are some minor spoilers for volume two in the video above if you watch it. Just listening to it is fine though)

Honorable Mentions:

Avatar the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra; Pirates of the Caribbean; the Narnia soundtracks; and the Sherlock Holmes movie soundtracks.

I’ve taken the time to compile a playlist of all my favourite pieces from the above mentioned soundtracks and many more for NaNoWriMo, which you can find here. I also have a playlist of the full versions of many of my favourite soundtracks here.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, how has it been going for you? Is any of your favourite writing music here? Any music you think I should try?

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A Month in Review: July 2015

A Month in Review July 2015

Hey look I actually managed to post more than twice this month! Quite a lot happened in July.

The Summer Holidays started about half way into the month. Two of my younger siblings have gone camping this week, and my oldest brother is backpacking across Europe up to Russia (I think it was Russia. No one actually bothered to explain to me, but I heard someone mention Russia).

In the world of art, I’ve been working on my MLP NextGen, and an AU idea I had. I learnt how to do clean lineart in GIMP. Yesterday I got Paint Tool SAI on my laptop, and it is wonderful. I’m still working out how to use it.

Kilala97 on DeviantArt started a thing called Next Gen High School, which is a sort of roleplay/art sharing group thing for My Little Pony Next Generation fan artists, and I met a whole bunch of artists through that.

The best of my art this month, in approximate order of creation:

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You can find the rest of my art on my DeviantArt account.

Writing wise, I’ve decided to scrap the little bit of writing I have now and re work the plot and develop the world and characters a bit more.

Things I Watched

Well, I’ve done another of the things from my list of things I want to do before I’m 18, watch anime! I think we (my three oldest siblings and I) actually started Naruto last month, but we didn’t really get into it till this month. Man that anime is so long! There’s no less than 220 episodes, followed by a sequel series with 421 episodes and counting. Somehow I get the feeling we’re never going to catch up to this one.

Several friends of mine recommended Fairy Tail as a good starting place for fantasy anime, and I finally got round to watching it. It seemed kind of random at first, but it ended up giving me a lot of feelings. I’m about 103 episodes in (there’s a bit more than 300 episodes to this one, I think, which isn’t as long as Naruto but still pretty flipping long), so no spoilers please! 🙂 I’ve been watching this one in Japanese with subs because I can.

My sister found out about Ouran High School Host Club from a friend, and practically forced me to watch it with her. It sounded incredibly stupid the way she explained it, but it turned out to be pretty good. It’s also much shorter than the other two, at just 26 episodes altogether.

I found out about RWBY (pronounced ruby), an american made indie anime, from a blog post (which shall be linked to below), and it was awesome. I’m not quite sure if/when the third volume comes out (volume two made it seem like there was going to be a third volume, but I haven’t heard anything announced about a release date).

I’ve only seen about seven episodes of Star vs. the Forces of Evil, but what I have seen was delightfully ridiculous. There doesn’t really seem to be a coherent story line thus far, but seven episodes isn’t always long enough to tell.

Things I Read

books read in July

I read less books than I’d hoped this month, mostly because I kept forgetting to order books in from the library.

I ‘ve wanted to read The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet for a while, so when it was free for a few days I had to get it. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure this is the first YA contemporary I’ve read. (Wait… She is Not Invisible was YA, wasn’t it? Although… the writing felt pretty Middle Grade, so maybe not?) Anyway. it was very sweet (pun not intended) and enjoyable. I especially loved the writing bits.

I bought Snow Like Ashes knowing practically nothing about it other than it was high fantasy and every one I know who read it thought it was amazing. And sure enough, it was amazing. Kind of hard to put my thoughts on it into a few sentences.

I’m moving into the end of both the Percy Jackson books/Heroes of Olympus and Gallagher Girls. I remember when I read I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You for the first time and thought the books would be a series of light, fluffy, mostly unrelated stories. I was wrong. Also, the dedication in The House of Hades was hilarious.

I also started reading a web comic called Stand Still, Stay Silent, and it’s unique, Scandinavian (!), somewhat horrific, and over all amazing.

On the Blog

Look, I posted six times this month (the sixth being to announce the winner of the giveaway)! Much better than the usual two or three.

The weirdest search term used to find this blog was:

images of shelf in room to keep teddy and books

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

San Diego Comic Con happened, and it was a glorious week for fandoms everywhere. (No I did not go because a) it’s too expensive and b) flight tickets to San Diego from England are also too expensive) My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic got a new song reveal and a teaser for the season finale. Unfortunately it also went on a mid-season hiatus till September, when the next Equestria Girls movie comes out.

Steven Universe got an extended theme song thing. Later in the month we got Steven Bomb 3 (which is a week with a new episode every day) and it gave me so many feelings.

Gravity Falls started up again with an episode containing so much backstory the fandom probably exploded. (I don’t keep up with the Gravity Falls fandom so I don’t know for sure)

I’m sure the other fandoms did stuff that week too but I wasn’t paying attention so I don’t know what they did.

Ant Man came out, which I haven’t seen yet. Apparently it’s very funny. (this is from the one person I know who’s seen it)

Inside Out was also released in the UK, which I haven’t seen either. According to my one friend who saw it the other day, it’s amazing.

On Other Blogs:

Next Month

I’m going down to Surrey next week, and at the end of the month one of my friends from down South is coming up for a visit 😀

More Gravity Falls coming up on the 3rd, and more Steven Universe on the 6th.

I’m pretty sure my brother comes back from Europe next month.

Phew! That took a long time to write. What did you do in July? Have anything fun planned for August? Have you read/watched any of the things I did this month?

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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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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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