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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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Beautiful People: Adelle

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Unfortunately, I won’t be able to do Adelle’s Interview this month. I was ill and a bunch of stuff happened so I didn’t have enough time to sort it out. However, I will be doing Beautiful People for the first time this year! The questions are really interesting. Anyway, here we go:

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Adelle is one of the main cast of my webcomic-in-planning.

1. How often do they smile? Would they smile at a stranger?

Adelle smiles a lot. She’s more often smiling than not. She would absolutely smile at a stranger if she felt like it. Perhaps not if said stranger happened to scare her, but that’s pretty unusual.

2. What is the cruelest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?

That her mother was never coming back for her. She retreated into herself for days and didn’t talk to anyone. Everyone’s been sensitive about the topic ever since.

3. What is the kindest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?

That her mother would be proud of her, from someone that would actually mean something from. She didn’t really seem to have much of a reaction to it, but she was truly happy for the rest of that day.

4. What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?

Her mother singing to her (man we’ve been talking about her mother a lot this post). For some reason it’s the only really clear memory of her mother she has, so she holds onto it closely.

5. What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?

I don’t know about benefit, but I think she’d really enjoy Howl’s Moving Castle and it’s sequels.

6. Have they ever been seriously injured? How severely? How did they react?

She’s had a fair few minor injuries but nothing very serious.

7. Do they like and get along with their neighbours?

She doesn’t have neighbours exactly, but she gets along well with pretty much every one in the Dove Organization (most of them live in the same building so they’re kind of neighbours).

8. On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being easy and 10 being difficult) how easy are they to get along with?

About a 7 usually, I think. She’s very cheerful and friendly, though it is to the point some people might (and do) find it annoying

9. If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?

Wherever her mother is (she keeps popping up, doesn’t she?). In a more general way, she’d love to visit Shinzhou some time.

10. Who was the last person they held hands with?

She holds hands with a lot of people. Likely the last person will have been Jackson though.

aesthetic Adelle

An aesthetic thing I made for Adelle

Well, that was fun. Hopefully I’ll be able to do Adelle’s interview next month. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoyed this.

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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: October 2015

A Month in Review - Oct. 2015

I didn’t really blog at all in October. I had been planning on a couple of posts but I ended up being too busy. So what have I been doing this month? Well let’s see.

We went down to Surrey for Halloween like we usually do. I ended up spending most of that time reading manga for various reasons. During the drive down we discovered that Studio Ghibli films are fantastic for spending long car journeys.

There’s also been college, though only a few hours a week. Not much to report on that front. What’s really been keeping me busy is art and getting ready for NaNoWriMo.

So art wise, this month there’s been a thing on Tumblr called OC October, where you draw one of your OCs every day in October and post them online, which I’ve been doing. You can find all my posts here. I came third place in a fan art contest held by Looji on DeviantArt, and as a prize she drew Gwen for me:

My favourite artist on DeviantArt drew one of my OCs! I think I almost died fangirling 😀

Speaking of Looji, she’s founded a group where people can make ocs for her world, Gelea, so I made a character for that and it was a lot of fun.

I also made a height chart for some of my characters from one of my projects (not a book exactly – I’m not sure what I’ll do with it. I’d love to turn it into a webcomic some time but I’ve got a lot of work to do before I’m ready for something that big) As usual, here’s the best of my art this month:

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Writing wise, I’ve been preparing for NaNoWriMo, which didn’t go as well as I had hoped, but I feel much more prepared than last year.

Things I Watched

First we continued the Marvel movie spree with The Amazing Spider-Man, which was really good. I haven’t seen the original trilogy, so I have no idea how it compares to those movies XD Then at the end of the month we watched the sequel, which was also good, though I feel like there was slightly too much going on at the end. (only one more movie to go before I’m completely ready for Civil War!)

Then, while we were down in Surrey we watched Jurassic World. Again, I haven’t seen the original trilogy, and I feel like there were a few ‘nerd moments’ as my dad calls them that I missed out on because of that. Nevertheless, it was pretty good.

Anime wise, I managed to watch no less than five different anime this month, as well as the new episodes of Fairy Tail and RWBY and a bit more Naruto. First I watched my first contemporary anime since OHSHC, Toradora!, and it was fantastic and adorable. I’ll definitely be re-watching it several times.

Then I watched Noragami, and wow. That was probably the best anime I have seen so far. It was darker than I thought it would be, and it can be fairly bloody at times, but it was truly fantastic. I actually watched it twice, once by myself and again with my sister, who also loved it. Also that finale. I think I watched it like three times altogether XD The sequel series started this month and it’s been fantastic too so far (maybe even better than the first season).

A Certain Scientific Railgun was the first anime I discovered myself, rather than have a friend or my sister suggest it. It’s actually a spin off series of another anime, A Certain Magical Index, which I haven’t seen because I can only find it in terrible quality, but you don’t need to have seen the original to enjoy this one. (there are a fair amount of references to the original though, as well as having some of the same characters) It’s a fun, creative and interesting science fantasy with, which I’d recommend. (if you do watch it, skip episode two. It’s pretty much completely pointless and considerably more inappropriate than anything else in the series)

Sword Art Online was another one my sister recommended. It’s really good, though I liked the first half a lot more than the second half.

Lastly I watched Your Lie in April, and it was wonderful. It’s about music, but also about living life to the fullest and how the way you live your life can effect the lives of others. It also gave me all the emotions, which I always love. You probably want to have some tissues handy if you watch it.

Things I Read

books red Oct. 2015

This month I only read one new book, Champion. To be honest I didn’t like it nearly as much as the first two books in the seires. I think it was an interesting and original way to end the series, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea.

I am, however, re reading the entire Lunar Chronicles series in preparation for Winter coming out next month. I’ve read the first three (chronologically speaking) and it’s just Cress to go.

I also started reading the Fairy Tail Manga because I can. The anime sticks very closely to the manga so there isn’t much difference plot wise, but it’s really interesting to get the same story in a different medium. I’ve also been reading the Fruits Basket manga because the anime only has the first half or so.

Nothing happened on the blog this month, though I’ve apparently had visitors from Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei so that’s interesting, and apparently the search term ‘anime girl books’ frequently leads to my blog.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

There’s been more My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and we’ve had some exciting stuff going on, including the Cutie Mark Crusaders finally getting their cutie marks after four and a half seasons of crusading, and the official reveal that Shining Armor and Cadence will in fact be having a baby.

Steven Univese had some more Peridot episodes, then went on hiatus with the rest of Cartoon Network for the rest of the year.

In Gravity Falls we just had the literal apocalypse, and it looks like the show might be coming to an end soon.

RWBY began Volume Three, and despite people’s concerns, it hasn’t dropped in quality and in fact has even risen in quality in some respects (most noticeably the animation).

Other Internet Stuff:

Next Month

NaNoWriMo begins! I will be participating so there won’t be much blog activity, though I do plan to do another writing music post like I did last year, and I have an award I need to do.

Cartoon Network might be on hiatus, but My Little Pony, Gravity Falls and RWBY still have new episodes to look forwards to.

So that’s what I’ve been doing all this time I disappeared from my blog. Did you do anything fun in October, and did you have a good Halloween if you celebrate it? Are you planning on participating in NaNoWriMo this year, and/or do you have anything else planned? Any books, movies or shows you think I should try? I hope you all have a great November! 😀

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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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A Month In Review: May 2015

A Month in Review May 2015

This is rather late because I needed to find the cable for my camera so I could upload photos. Sadly I still haven’t found it, but this is late as it is so I’ll have to go ahead without the photos. Anyway, this month I’m going to switch things around a bit and put the stuff I did first, followed by the lists, rather than the other way round. I’ll also have a little bit about interesting posts elsewhere on the internet. Let’s see how this goes.

First of all, I turned seventeen on the twelfth, which I posted about earlier. Then we ended up doing my birthday outing no less than three times since the first two went really badly. (taking a long walk on a rocky English beache on a cold, windy, wet day was a terrible idea) Eventually I ended up going and buying books, which was fun. Although it turns out Cumbria’s book store stock is as pitiful as it’s library’s. I did manage to get my hands on The Princess Bride and Heist Society, neither of which I had read.

Last week we had half term (a week long holiday in the middle of a school term, for those of you who don’t know), and it was mostly pretty boring. Wow, so far this post’s been pretty depressing. Let’s move on to the good parts.

My bedroom is pretty much completely done! I just need a desk and a little more decoration. My sister has decided to decorate her entire bedroom with Rapunzel-style art, which was one of the things I wanted to show you but can’t. I also can’t show you the shelves I now have in my room. *sigh* oh well.

I finally managed to stop procrastinating crocheting wise, and actually finished Rarity! I also managed to make dolls of Sokka and Katara. Again, no photos because I can’t upload them. Now I’m working on Rainbow Dash.

I can, however, show you the rest of this month’s artwork (well, most of this month’s artwork)

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I haven’t written any further on Wolf Cry, since I realized I didn’t really like the plot I had and now I’m re-plotting pretty much the whole thing. Also a bunch of characters turned up and demanded to be worked into the series. Oh, and I got an idea for a sequel to the series involving Sleeping Beauty 😛 Depending on how quickly I write, I might end up writing that for NaNo rather than Raven Call (book 2)

Now onto the lists:

Things I Watched

  

We finally finished the first season of Once Upon a Time, and it was amazing. One of the best TV shows I’ve seen in my life. What was with that ending though? You can’t end a season like that! Well, maybe you can, but it’s still annoying. We’re still debating whether or not to watch season two though. Apparently it’s a fifteen, so my brother probably won’t be able to watch it whether we do or not.

I actually watched The Battle of the Five Armies in April, but I forgot to include it in my wrap up post. Sadly I found it pretty mediocre. I didn’t connect with any of the characters and some of the action was rather unrealistic. And that bit on the ice was so cliche! D:<

Lastly, I watched Star Trek Into Darkness with my dad just because we felt like it. It was pretty flipping awesome, though I’m still slightly confused about a couple of things. Maybe it’s just because I was tired.

Things I Read

MLP Comics

Books read in MayI actually managed to read a fair bit this month. Not quite as much as I would have liked, but it’s an improvement on the last three months.

I discovered the My Little Pony Comics early on in May, and they are awesome. Some have a fair amount of plot holes or are badly explained, but for the most part they’re pretty good. They’re also stuffed with references to just about everything, which is cool. A few I’ve noticed are references to Doctor Who, Marvel, The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Disney. My favourite comic(s) so far has been the Nightmare Rarity arc.

Book wise, I managed to get The New Recruit for free on kindle, and it’s pretty good and quite cleverly done.

I got Fairest (Lunar Chronicles 0.5) for my birthday. It’s quite different from the other books in the series, since it’s entirely from Levanna’s point of view. As a result it gets rather dark at times, but not too much so. I would highly recommend reading it after Cress, as it explains a fair amount of things mentioned in the other books. The first few chapters from Winter, included in the back, were a nice way to keep myself alive till November.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about SplinteredIt was a good book, but it wasn’t really my sort of thing. I might not bother with the rest of the trilogy.

The Princess Bride is a book I’ve heard quoted and referenced so many times I thought I’d better read it, and it was a very fun read.

I bought Heist Society on a whim really. I’ve read a couple of Ally Carter’s books before, and this one sounded like fun. It was as good as I expected (if not better), and I have no regrets in buying it.

Blog Stuff

My Most Popular Posts in May

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Fictional Siblings

Beautiful People and Fiction Friday: Gwen

My Favourite Posts On Other Blogs

Cait @ Paper Fury celebrated her 4th Blogversary

Annika @ Writer and Proud posted about the difference between villains and antagonists

Dreaming Hobbit gave 4 reasons to write fan fiction

Ashlee Willis revealed the cover for A Wish made of Glass

and Stori Tori talked about Writing Lessons from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Things to look Forwards to in June

The 100th episode of My Little Pony airs next Saturday, and it looks like it’s going to be awesome.

Go Teen Writers is planning a Summer Challenge that starts on the 8th

I can’t really think of anything else happening in June.

What did you do in May? Do you have anything fun planned for June?

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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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Writing Music

Since I haven’t posted anything for a while, I thought I’d write a bit about the kind of music I like to listen to while I’m writing. I don’t know about you, but I find listening to music usually makes it so much easier to write. Mostly I use movie soundtracks from animated films, but I also listen to other things. Anyway, here are some of my favorite things to listen to when I’m writing:

How To Train Your Dragon 1 & 2

Like I said in my last post, the soundtracks for these are absolutely amazing. I have both of these on CD and they get listened to over and over again. I find them especially helpful for when I want to get a lot of writing done, since they somehow make me write faster (usually). Once I listened to the soundtrack for the first one about three times in a row (I wasn’t writing the whole time. I do have other things to do with my time) without getting bored of it. Now I should move on or I’ll just fill the whole post rambling about how good these are.

Kung Fu Panda 2

This was the first soundtrack I bought for use when writing. I don’t listen to it as much as I used to, but I still find it helpful now and then for action scenes.

BrunuhVille

I discovered this guys music via some writerly internet friends of mine who like his music, and I must say I agree with them. He has loads of fantasy music which is great for writing, well, fantasy.

Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey’s music is fantastic. Her music videos are amazing as well, which can be a bit of a problem when I’m trying to write 😛 But if I can keep my eyes away for long enough her music does wonders for my writing speed. (sometime I’ll have to buy some of her CDs so I don’t get distracted XD) I particularly like her various video game covers, especially Halo. Which leads us to:

Halo 4

I was watching one of my brothers playing Halo 4 a while ago and all of a sudden ideas for my latest book idea (a super-hero-ish fantasy thing) came flying into my head. A quick search later and the soundtrack became what I generally listen to when working on that book. Not exactly the best for Dark of War though.

Frozen

This is the first movie soundtrack I bought, back before I got seriously into writing. I don’t use it very often for writing, but I’ll listen to it sometimes when I want something lighthearted or emotional. Not the songs though – then I just end up singing along and it all gets rather pointless.

So that’s the music I use. What music do you like to listen to when you’re writing? Anything you think I should try?

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