Thursday, June 29, 2017

The "Four Fictional Characters" tag



The "Four Fictional Characters" tag

(From Olivia at "Meanwhile in Rivendell")

Rules:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. List four fictional characters (use pictures if you want! They can be from movies or books) and, if you like, describe what they're like and why you believe they relate to you
3. Tag a few other blog people! Three, or four, or even twenty. :) Share the fun! Be sure to let them know you've tagged them!

Okay, so here we go: 

 Number 1. Jo March

I've always been told that I'm a lot like Jo. For one, people (mainly my brothers) have commented on how 'tomboyish' I can be at times, and I find it easy to get along with (most) of my brothers' friends. I'm the second oldest as well, in my family, along with being a writer who wants to do something that people won't forget after I'm dead. There are just several personality similarities that are hard to describe but are definitely present. 

Also, I have a LOT of hair! If you've seen this version of "Little Women," that scene where Mrs. March is braiding Jo's hair is basically me. I actually did have it cut short once, but not to help anybody in a war. Just to get it cut. I also hate socializing much, and would much rather hide in a side room with one other like-minded person than mingle with lots of people. 

Number 2. Peregrin Took



I couldn't pick just one picture! :) So, yes, I feel that I can relate to Pippin. I know exactly that feeling after he drops the skeleton/bucket/other stuff down the well.  When you drop a milk carton in the checkout aisle of the grocery store and it explodes--there is a brief moment of silence as if everyone is thinking, "what just happened?" and then some laugh, some groan and roll their eyes, and you just stand there in shock feeling like the most foolish person to ever live, still not totally sure how that had happened. 

Both Pippin and I tend to blurt things out before we think about it or really even realize what we're saying, which leads to saying really, really dumb things at the worst possible times. We also both love food. Food is the best! I haven't ever stolen any vegetables from Farmer Maggot, but I do scour the backyard for black raspberries in the summer and grow some vegetables in my grandpa's garden. I always eat far too much dessert, which always reminds me of the "Lembas" sketch in LOTR! I don't know if this is really a "Pippin" thing to do, but I can be rather slow to get jokes or puns. Also, SOME PEOPLE think I talk like him! I DON'T! Not really. I am not Scottish (well, maybe a very small bit of Scotch-Irish blood on my father's side), and so it makes no sense that I would have a Scottish accent.  

Number 3. Henrietta Willis (from the book series "100 Cupboards")
As of yet there is no movie, but I'm hoping there will be soon!


Probably most of you have no idea who Henrietta Willis is. That's okay, it's what I'm here for! She is the cousin of the main character in 100 Cupboards, who helps him--well, I'll let you read the book to figure that out. I feel like Henrietta and I are kindred spirits. We both have two sisters (though in different orders of age) and again, lots of curly brown hair. And when we find a secret door, we immediately want to explore it. Hey, let's open it up and see what's inside! Probably something magic or at least really old or cool!

Henrietta and I both care about other people, but have an aversion to showing much of that love for our family/friends in public. When something bad happens to others, it hurts us more than we would like to let on about, and we both hate crying. Crying is the stupidest thing ever. We both enjoy adventure, or at least the idea of it. We like to be strong and able to take care of ourselves and others but not be feminists. 

Number 4. Emmet Brickowski

Emmet (from "The Lego Movie") is amazing! I think he and I share a lot of characteristics. For one, "I never have any ideas." Also, "Just tell me exactly what to do and how to do it." Pretty much the story of my life. We are both reluctant to step up into a leadership position unless absolutely necessary, and can be very silly and ignorant at times. We are both creatures of habit, with a routine that must be followed every day. (Usually.) And we are both rather silly, somewhat carefree people. I just feel that whenever I watch that movie I can relate most to Emmet,  not Batman or anyone else more popular (arguably). And plus, his workout routine is pretty much all I can do. "One!...Two!...Three!..." :D

Thank you for the lovely tag Olivia! That was such fun! Now to be boldly extroverted and tag  other people! ;)

Evangeline ❋Lois KimmelRachelGray Marie



Monday, June 19, 2017

The Very First Post: Exciting News!

Well, this is my Very First Post. Ever. In the history of anything. Due to this fact, you'll have to forgive me if I'm extremely too verbose and rambly. I tend to be like that on paper, though in person I'm not--I can think of things to say much more easily when I'm sitting at my own leisure.

Anyhoo, if you read the "About the Author" page, you'll know that I like very much to write, and this Very First Post is to celebrate the Very First Time that I can truly, finally say that one of my books is finished! After six-ish years of writing, editing, and re-re-re-re-re-editing (ahem, those of you who write should understand), I've finally self-published the first installment in my trilogy!

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What should have happened above my neighborhood when I finally clicked on "Approve Proof"
It was a very exciting moment, as you can imagine. The book is officially available for purchase. Woo-hoo! (I bought twelve copies already...I had had that money set aside for six months just so I could buy my own books!) Here are a couple of links if you would care to see how official it is. One is for Amazon and one is for Createspace (the Amazon self-publishing company that I used).
The Beginning of the War--Createspace.com
The Beginning of the War--Amazon.com
The Beginning of the War--Barnes and Noble (I just added this after seeing that my book is available on Barnes and Noble!) 
I am also planning to make it available as a Kindle e-book sometime in the future. Not sure when, but I probably will eventually.

Why did it take me such a long time to finish my book, you ask? Well...let's put it this way: I started when I was about 11 and thus, the first draft was VERY childish. So, my father read the whole thing aloud a couple years later (about) and I edited some more. And then some friends critiqued it and I edited more. And more and more and more and more and more and more and....you get the idea. It took a long time. THEN when I was almost done, the spacing on the pages was messed up. THEN when I was almost done, I had to add another chapter. THEN when I was almost done I couldn't get Drop Caps (which is that fancy thing when the first letter of a chapter is big) to work in Microsoft Word. Does anyone else hate Microsoft Word? It's a complicated, mixed feeling I have about it. But I finally, after a long, arduous trial and deep pondering how to fix the problem ahem, when I tried NOT indenting the paragraph at the beginning of the chapter, the Drop Caps worked!
Literally me when I got Drop Caps to work
Now, I could go on and on for a long time, but I believe this post should be ended with the announcement of this Very Exciting News. In the event that you want to know more about what is planned in my writing, check out the "Writing" page (just in case you COULDN'T figure that out on your own). If you care to give my book a read, please do! And if you read it or have any questions, please ask me! Now, it's debatable whether I will be able to satisfy you with a perfect answer, but I shall try my best.

I know this is a short post. But what else is there to be said? More news is to follow (even if you don't want it), and I hope that this blog thing (I seriously have no idea what I'm doing) works out okay.