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If I Fall (You Better Catch Me or I'll Punch You)

10:39 PM

To me, whenever I like a book so much that I want to curl up in a ball and hug it forever, it's because of the characters. The characters breathe life into the words. And when I get a story idea, it usually starts with a character. I am having so much fun writing for two characters in a co-written book-- If I Fall. It's really helped me mature with writing distinctive voices.


And so I give you (dun, dun, dun) snippets from this current WIP... and some cool pictures from pinterest as well.

© 2013 All characters and story snippets are the works of me and my co-writer. Do not copy without express permission or without crediting the original authors. 

Caster
Skylar                  

The reason why Caster is blank is because my co-writer is being extremely picky about what person to agree on (If I Fall is sort of a fanfic of one of her original novels so...I have to defer to her. unfortunately). I'm not sure about Skylar but it's pretty accurate for now.

           
 

(Caster's POV) 
She snorts. "I do not need your help."

Um, yes, Yes, you do. I know because I'm fabulous. 



(Skylar's POV)
"Do you have no experience with human emotions?" He asks. 

I snort. 

He looks at me. "Oh. Right. Of course you don't. I forgot who your friends are." You don't know my friends. 



(Caster)
My stomach growls.

"Shut up," I grumble at it. I walk.




(Skylar)
I knock and wait for Mom to come rushing to the door, smudged with grease and dust. 

Apparently she's an inventor. 

Understandably, I hesitate when the door flings wide open and an almost-red apple is thrust into my face. 



(Caster)
Sometimes I wish I was a star. I could leave this place. See my mom and dad again. 



(Skylar)
I remember to hold my arm behind my back and push him with every punch my left arm delivers. This time he doesn't just block. He actually punches back and lands a few hits. I smile. 

"That's more like it," I say softly. 


Skylar and Caster are not a couple. Just wanted to clear that up.

                                                       I hope you enjoyed these excerpts!
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Once a Writer, Always a Writer

9:19 PM

I'm in the middle of a lovely, delicious vacation. I haven't done anything useful. Well, except for cleaning my room.

I just wanted to do a short little post before I head back to my headphones and word document.

I'm going to, at last, talk about writing. *gasp* I've always written. I think I started making handwritten "books" (meaning seven pages long with awful hand drawn covers) when I was seven or so. I can't remember exactly. But back then I finished most of my little stories and I took great pride in stapling them together and coloring in the pictures with marker (which I, to this day, still get all over my hands if I use them).

Exhibit A- sorry for the neck-craning position...not sorry enough to fiddle around with it though ;) 


Then there has been a long period of time where I haven't really finished any books at all. I just get an idea or a character and write about ten pages or so and leave off. It's not very encouraging...but my younger sister finally forced me to co-write a story with her. And I'm glad she did (but she would have never been able to without me agreeing). It's given me a goal to work towards, expectations other than my own to fulfill, and it's given me the ability to say "Yeah, I've written a forty page manuscript. Why? Haven't you?" *huge smirk*

I think that's one of the most important rules of writing that exists. It doesn't matter if your writing is perfect (it's not. or at least mine's not), just keep on writing. You might not want to write one day, the computer keyboard might look disgusting, but you just plop those headphones on, crank up the music, and pound away.

Push yourself.

It's worth it.

A few good things I need to write are 1) a writing partner {or annoying little sister}, 2) good music, and 3) a computer. I cannot write anything without a computer. I mean, I can, but it's painfully slow, I run out of ideas, and my hand cramps up. Yeah.

One time I had to write an in-class essay and beside freaking out over the time limit, I had blue all on the side of my hand (from the blue lines on the lined paper) and my hands were crippled. It was hideous.

On to the glorious parts of writing! Wait, you mean there are? Sorry, I'm being negative. Bad self. There are amazing parts. You get to create worlds, characters, and ideas of your own. You get to look at the page count of your document and grin. You get to make covers (seriously. it's amazing) You get to celebrate with chocolate. You get to agonize over the perfect title.

All in all, I'm a writer at heart even though I tried to quit.

                                                             Write on brave souls,
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Sherlock Holmes + Laughing

3:36 PM

It's cold and dreary and rainy today. Which means the only thing I can do is stay inside on my computer (although I do that on sunny days as well).

This is random, but I have only read one Sherlock Holmes mystery. I tried to read a whole book of them a while ago, but I lost interest and had to return it to the library. Never to try again. It's the thought that counts.

Last night, I watched Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. I had watched it recently but I forgot how much dry humor it had. I laughed a lot!


Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law do an awesome job, as do the rest of the cast. 

I'm going to be using gifs a lot more often now. They describe things so much more adequately then words. For example, I can demonstrate that I reacted this way to most of the humor on A Game of Shadows...



I know. 

I don't know why I don't have a concussion. 

Also, I will post (eventually) about making those scarves. I just haven't taken all the demonstration photos yet. The lighting's really bad in my room right now and I'm too lazy to get up and make it better. So. The post will come...just not today. 

I'm in a delicious winter break so excuse me if I take the first couple days to just do nothing. I might be able to come up with amazing philosophical discussions at a later date. 

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Hello You Beautiful People

2:59 PM

I guess you could say that this is just an update post on what's going on in my life. Ahem. Not much. I have read loads more books than I did for a while (mainly because my college class is already out for the semester!). And I got accepted into two colleges. Woop woop!


Haha, yeah, I'm pretty psyched about it. 

I got a book idea yesterday out of the blue (yeah, i know. I was shocked too). But I'm already working on two projects so I told myself that I would not start any new books until I finish the ones I'm working on. To further force myself to leave that idea alone, I printed out the idea and summary, etc. and folded it up. I will be doing that to all the story ideas I get from this point on. And when I want a project to work on or inspiration, I will unfold one. 


This unfolds into a paper box. But basically it's a way that I can save the idea without having to look at it and without thinking about it (haha who am I kidding). 

I have a pretty big TBR pile (metaphorically... they're e-versions though), which is awesome. 


Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould


Glass Houses by Rachel Caine


The Damascus Way by Davis Bunn & Janette Oke
(I'm actually right in the middle of reading this one. I used to be crazy about this type of book...after borrowing a couple similar titles...not so much.)


Parallel by Lauren Miller

I re-watched Prince Caspian (Narnia movies) today and it was still awesome. Susan's armor is so kick-butt! And the story was also good :P At the end of the movie it started to play a song that my sister has been listening to all the time recently and my jaw literally dropped. I was like I KNOW THAT SONG. And she very calmly and sarcastically said, "Where do you think I found it?" 

Hmph. 

That's sisters for you. 

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Out of the Box (Regona City: The Creed)

9:23 PM


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Presenting (drumroll please): OUT OF THE BOX aka the new thing where I spotlight completed Wattpad books. Yay!


Regona City: The Creed by Voif1d (otherwise known as Angelika Gabriele on facebook. It could be a pen name as well, I'm not sure.)

Book Stats:
  • 94 pages
  • 53, 738 reads
  • 2,455 votes
  • 469 comments


No one seemed to want the shy blonde who was always lost in her own world. Abandoned by her parents as an infant, Sahara grew up in a home for trouble teens not even foster parents wanted to take care of. However, things change when she mysteriously finds herself transported to a world not her own.

Now, with the help of a mysterious bad boy, who is addicted to strawberry milk, Sahara sets out on a journey to find a way to go back home. Yet, to do so, she will have to rise to the top of the pyramid in a city where hover boarding is the way of life. As more and more crazy characters join her journey, Sahara is immersed in a dangerous world which only abides by one law: The Creed.


Okay, I must confess voif1d is one of my favorite authors on Wattpad. 

The cast of characters in Regona City is one of my favorites as well. I just love all of them! I laughed so hard when reading it and and couldn't stop reading until it was finished (it's way too short). 

First of all, Sahara is quiet, shy, overwhelmed by people in general and...that's almost exactly like me. I am Sahara, Sahara is me. We are one. And you know the quality that some leaders have? Where they aren't kick-butt or fit or hardened, but people follow them because they know that person genuinely cares about them and trusts them? That's Sahara all the way. And I think it's neat because almost every heroine is kick butt in some way and...well, Sahara isn't. 

The first rule of all of Regona City is--don't trust anyone. 

But Sahara somehow gets a rag-tag hover board team together. They all (or almost all) adore her because she trusts them right off (Terrel, the bad boy who's addicted to strawberry milk, calls it 'naive') and they return that with really strong loyalty and it's just awesome. 

Also, I have to mention again, I have never laughed as hard at any book as I did at this one. It's just full of awkwardness, craziness, and sarcasm. *le sigh* 

The link to the book is here.


                                                         Have fun reading,
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Book Review (Crescent)

5:46 PM

Warning: This post includes many emotional GIFs.


They said she wasn’t human. They were wrong.
A seemingly endless war against the insurgent Crowhoppers keeps the people of Moontown fighting when they’d rather be mining valuable Helium-3. Crater Trueblood’s valiant efforts against the genetically-manipulated beings weighs heavily on his mind. What is he really fighting for?

In the midst of a deadly battle, Crater captures an enemy Crowhopper. But this one he refuses to kill. “It” is genetically more human than not and its gender seems to be female. She calls herself Crescent.
Crater takes her to Moontown as a prisoner of war, but treats her kindly. However, at the hands of Moontown residents Crescent experiences prejudice and even cruelty.

Soon Crescent is imprisoned for a murder she didn’t commit. Crater comes to her aid, and the two become fugitives, escaping into the vast expanse of hostile terrain called “the big suck.” For Crater, it turns out the cause most worth fighting for may be right by his side.


Okay, first of all, Maria (the Colonel's granddaughter and Crater's love interest) was such a brat--spoiled, arrogant, and pushy-- that I wanted to do this to her the whole time. 


Crater, the main character, did a lot of positive maturing in the three years between the first and second book. He seemed like a really nice guy for the most part. Except for the thing where he ALWAYS GIVES IN TO MARIA. And they're talking about how much they love each other again (they "fell in love" in the first book called Crater) at which point I am like


Because NO. 

That is not okay. 

And while Crater is a nice guy (he's probably my favorite human character in the book), he has a tendency to treat non-humans like objects without feelings. SPOILER. Crescent is a crowhopper, she is a genetically mutated human or something, and she is attracted to Crater. She really likes him as much as she can with her messed-up emotions (her battle cry is "Life is Death! Death is Life!") but Crater's like, "Nah, that's not possible." And his gillie, which as far as I can tell from the bad descriptions is a blob of goop (I'm imagining a gray Flubber) that's very smart, has helped him out of so many situations and he is still terse and commanding to it. Even though he really cares about it. 


The dialogue and actions of all of the characters (especially the dialogue) was really elementary and immature. It was also very repetitive. Like every time someone told Crater that gillies were illegal he said "It knows that." There's a scene where Maria says that and they grin at each other and I'm here screaming and pulling my hair out because THAT IS NOT EVEN FUNNY. You've said that a million times! I know that it knows that, okay??

And the whole book reads like a bad joke. I mean, I'm not trying to be mean but I'm really frustrated with it right now and I'm grinning wryly at myself for how frustrated I am. I am still confused as to what the book is. Is it a comedy or fantasy? I don't know. I get the feeling that it was supposed to be funny. But this is how I reacted to most of the dialogue....


or


or


Now I remember why I put Crater as one of the most-disappointing-books-of-the-year. 

But there were good parts in the book. I was surprised by the ingenuity the author showed by some of the characters and technology. For example, there was a race of human mutants (genetically altered humans who don't even look too human-like anymore) who displayed emotions opposite of what humans do. If they smiled, it meant they were frowning and felt unhappy. If they cried, it meant that they were really happy. It was a really fresh and unique idea!

Also I loved the gillie. I don't know why, I just did

I guess I could have liked it more, but the humor and the characters just weren't my style. You might totally like it. I know one person put the book before this one (Crater) as one of their top five books of the year. And I've seen some put my favorite book of the year as one of their most disappointing. Hehe, each to their own. 

Ultimately though, these are my feelings:


My rating: 2 out of 5 stars {it was okay}

Now I will go comfort myself with chocolate,
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Book and Writing Insanity Linkup

12:24 PM

Just a quick note before I start my first ever linkup (eek!): my blog set up has changed, as you already know, and some of the stuff like my profile, the followers + following widget, and subscription have "disappeared". Well, they haven't. If you look to the right of this page you will see what looks like the edge of some dark gray tabs sticking a millimeter out of the side of the page. If you pass over them with your pointer, they will expand and reveal those pesky things. Sorry about that, it's so annoying.

On to the linkup! Cait and Mime from Notebook Sisters are hosting a linkup for writers and readers. And the questions look really fun. I will only be doing the questions for readers... (my collection of book beginnings is pathetic).




Here we go... *wipes sweat off forehead*

Questions for Bookworms
1. What was your overall favorite book this year? (Yes. Pick one.)
Well that is extremely impossible. Hm. Gosh, this is really difficult. I'm going to say City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (or Captivate by Carrie Jones. or Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. or Divergent by Veronica Roth...yeah, okay. sorry, it's just SO HARD. I told you it was difficult -_-)
It was the humor. I loved the humor in it :)


2. Favorite debut(s)? (Author must have been first published in 2013)
Reboot by Amy Tintera. Sadly, I am way behind on new books and I only just borrowed and read Reboot recently. It was awesome. The concept? Fascinating. How much humanity does someone/something have to have in order to be considered human? 


3. Which books did you reread this year?
To be honest, I don't really re-read books a lot. Just because I usually remember them pretty well for a long time after (don't test me on character names though. I'm awful at them). But I think I re-read Heist Society by Ally Carter and An Ocean Apart, A World Away by Lensey Namioka. 
                               
                                  

4. Favorite cover(s) this year!
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and Indelible by Dawn Metcalf (I wanted to put Tiger's Curse and Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck on here so bad, but they weren't published this year. Boohoo. I bought Tiger's Curse almost for its cover alone. It was that gorgeous). Psst, I haven't read either of these books yet, but Indelible is on hold at my library and both of these books are on my TBR list...            
 
                                       

5. Worst cover(s)?
Okay, this isn't a book that was published this year (in fact, I think it was published in the 90s) but it has a very bad cover. Just no. 

Do you see what I mean?

6. What self-published books did you read this year?
The Emperor's Blade by Lindsay Buroker and Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp. Both are amazing!
                          
                                  

7. Which book(s) gave you a massive hangover?
Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth definitely left me with massive hangovers. For me, this includes staring vacantly into space for long periods of time. It seems to get me strange looks from my family members. I have no idea why ;)
                       
                                     
  
8. Best standalone you read?
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (sorry for having lots of older books, but I really don't read newer books as soon as they're published because I don't review, I live in a small town with a small library, and I'm not wealthy).


9. Biggest book(s) you've read this year?
Probably City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. It's a whopping 541 pages. Kaboom!


10. Book(s) you followed the hype for and then loved!
Cinder and Scarlett by Marissa Meyer which totally deserve the hype. Am I the only one who thinks the second book is better than the first though?
                                    
                                           

11. Most disappointing book(s) you've read this year?
Crater by Homer Hickam. I was really psyched about being able to borrow it in e-book version because of the neat cover and unique premise (Miners on the moon? I'll take that book, thank you). But the writer's style of writing didn't really click with me, he used a lot of description clumped up in big chunks. Roadside Assistance by Amy Clipston. I was expecting the story to not be cliche because the girl MC is really great at fixing cars, but that wasn't even a major part of the story and she spent the greater part of the book mooning over her handsome neighbor. I mean, really??
                                       
                                            

12. Favourite leading-female character?
There is no way I can answer this. You trap me with unanswerable questions. 

Okay, fine. 

Zara from Captivate (by Carrie Jones). She's not necessarily the best at fighting but she's got a kick-butt attitude and best sarcasticness I have ever seen (yes, that is a word). And she's half pixie. 


13. Favourite leading-male character?
Probably Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series.

14. Best romance(s)?
Scarlet and Wolf from Scarlet (by Marissa Meyer).  

15. What book(s) hit the DNF list? (Did not finish.)
None. I usually finish every book I start. I'm awesome like that.

16. What book(s) did you read out of your comfort zone?
Probably The Mortal Instruments books. It gets into all kinds of stuff about demons, warlocks, and werewolves. Not spiritual type but physical type (for the demons). Sorry, I just realized that I'm mentioning these books a lot. 

I don't have the best memory when it comes to titles and stuff. 

Anyways, it was definitely new for me. 

17. Which author did you read the most from?
Cassandra Clare (she is amazing, and she has three series all based in the Shadowhunter world)

Again. See? I told you. 

18. Top 5 books you'd recommend from all the books you've read this year?
Reboot by Amy Tintera, Across the Universe by Beth Revis (although because of the messed up society there are a few very raw and uncensored scenes between men and women. the participants are not even secondary characters and you can skip past them, but I would rate this as a PG-13 book at least...probably older. just a warning), Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza, Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck, and Captivate by Carrie Jones. 
              
                  
 
                                     

19. How many books did you read this year all up?
I'm pretty sure I read over fifty, but unfortunately I didn't count. I'm going to next year though.

20. What's a book you're hugely excited for coming out in 2014?
Cress by Marissa Meyer!!! Which I already spazzed out over and fangirled over in one big messy post. :)

LOOK AT THAT COVER.


I am finished. 

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