November 20, 2017

Inktober 2017: A Recap

Inktober 2017: A Recap

I'd never heard of Inktober until October 1 (the day it starts). Someone I follow on Instagram said they were doing it, so I looked it up. I was quite interested by what my research revealed, so I did something crazy. I decided to join at the last minute.

If you don't know, Inktober is a month long challenge to draw one picture in ink every day. You're allowed to make a pencil sketch to help you, but the finished drawing has to be in ink. Then you take a picture and post it on social media with #inktober.

When it finished, I managed to do 28 days. My goal was at least twenty, so only missing three days was pretty good. I thought it would be fun to do a post showing all the art I created for it so those who don't follow me on Instagram could have a look. It was fun and really stretched my creative limits. My favorite ones I did were my zentangles and Disney characters. Enjoy.


A line from Taylor Swift's "Starlight" that I illustrated.


Ursula. This is the first of the Disney characters I drew without using any pencil sketching first. Straight pen to paper. It was scary, but an awesome challenge. Also, isn't she scary?


The Superman symbol.


Hana, the main character from The Girl with the Sword.


The moon from the George Melies film A Trip to Moon.


A mandala, because they're fun to draw.


Anduril, Aragorn's sword.


The BFG and Sophie. Not great, but I enjoyed drawing it.


Ariel, the second drawn straight pen to paper.


Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King.


A zentangle of a shattered heart. One of my favorites that I did.


Run! Nine and Rose doing what they do best. Running around and saving the world.


Aragorn, the mysterious Ranger of the north.


A ballerina musical snowglobe, inspired by Lindsey Stirling's Shatter Me video (one of my favorites of hers).


Mickey Mouse! He's 89 this year. Can you believe he'll be ninety next year?


Raining jewels. Just because I wanted to do something abstract.


Zentangle pumpkin. Isn't he cute?


Loki, god of mischief. As I've said before, one of my favorite Marvel characters.


Vanellope von Schweetz, also drawn with straight pen.


Another mandala.


A quote from the Lord of the Rings in Hobbit script.


Martin the Warrior, one of the big heroes from the Redwall series.


Delicious hot chocolate in a cute mug.


One of my favorite verses from Psalms. I love the way it came out.


Wreck-It Ralph. He's got the weirdest shaped head. One of those things you notice when drawing something.


A violin, in honor of seeing a Lindsey Stirling violin and outfit at the American History Museum. I was so flipped to see it, I can't even put it in words.


Winnie the Pooh, my favorite bear. I've loved him since I was small.


And lastly, a clockwork droid mask from Doctor Who. Specifically, the Girl in the Fireplace. Isn't it creepy?

Let's talk! Have you ever done inktober? What do you enjoy drawing? Do any of these catch your eye? Tell me in the comments.

November 16, 2017

NaNoWriMo Update #2

NaNoWriMo Update #2

Wow, can we be already halfway through the month, and halfway through NaNoWriMo? It feels like it just started. Anyway, let's talk about things have been for the last week.

Current Wordcount

29,482 words (before writing today)

How It's Going

It's still going good. I've had some days in the past week where I haven't wanted to write all those words, but I've pushed through and gotten them written anyway. Then I have the occasional day like yesterday where I'm at a part that's flowing beautifully.

My novel's been going almost suspiciously well. I haven't hit any major roadblocks or set backs, except for one scene I started over after a few paragraphs. It makes me wonder if that's good or bad? Is something going to stop me in my tracks in a few days? I guess we'll see.

We'll also see how next week goes. There's Thanksgiving, and my family is going several places, so it's going to be busy. However, I am ahead in my wordcount goals, so if I have to write a little less, I can.

Other Thoughts

• I'm still working through Marvel soundtracks. I've done all the Avengers and Captain Americas, now I'm onto Thor.

• Fight scenes (the arguing kind, not the combat kind) are difficult to write. I just did one and don't like how it came out, but that can be saved for editing.

• My sister and I have decided to make Sundays our word sprint days, because we have less time to write, and the competition makes it go faster.

• I'm binge reading the whole Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series (because I just got book three) and I just started Stranger Things. We'll see how far I get in that, since I'm not a big fan of scary stuff.

Some GIFs


Me writing a plot twist. Bwahaha!


Me when it's time to start writing some days. . .


vs when I'm done.

Let's talk! How's your writing been this week? Do you like word sprints? Tell me in the comments.

November 13, 2017

My Favorite Bookstagram Pictures

My Favorite Bookstagram Pictures

I enjoy taking pictures for bookstagram. I'm slowly getting better, and figuring out my style. If you don't follow me on Instagram, you've probably missed out on the ones I've posted there. Today I'm going to share some of my favorite pictures I've taken for you to enjoy. (And if you want to see more of them, and the other random stuff I post, you can follow me. There's a link in the sidebar.)


The Adventures of Hugo Cabret is a book filled with pictures and words. If you like this one, you should try Wonderstruck, another book by this author.


Doesn't this book just speak flowers and romance to you?


I got this beautiful boxed set of the Hunger Games from my uncle. They're great.


My sister and I love Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, so we decided to do a peculiar photo shoot with it. This first one I call invisible girl.


This is the floating girl. These pictures took some editing, but it was super fun.


And here's a wight reading the book. Why, except to learn all the peculiar's secrets?


This was a picture I took for a contest, trying to win Marissa Meyer's newest book. It includes some of my favorite YA books.


When you realize you're reading three blue books, you obviously must take a picture. This was first attempt at doing a picture with open pages.


I love this book. It's a romance that's perfectly clean and it talks about Jane Austen a lot. I totally recommend you read it.

Let's talk! Do you like taking book pictures? Which of these is your favorite? Tell me in the comments.

November 11, 2017

Beautiful Books 2017: How's the Writing Going?


It's time for the next Beautiful Books, a link-up hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In. *throws confetti* Let's skip the introduction and just get to the questions, shall we?

1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?

Mental state: Good. This is a fun novel to write, being about Wonderland, so I'm having fun with it. When I get to book three, however, that might be a different story. *cue tears and evil laughter*

Novel: Going well. I'll reach 20K today. Like every year, I'm already panicking that I won't have enough story to reach even 50K, but like every year I'll probably do it just fine.

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

Here's my first line-

"The Mad Hatter and I walked across the National Mall hand in hand."

If you want more, you'll have to wait until the book comes out. Or I need beta readers or something.

3. Who’s your current favorite character in your novel?

Celia probably is. She's so spunky and unwilling to admit defeat. And she's almost the opposite of me, so she's interesting to write.

But after her, I think my favorite character in this novel is Nobody. He's a tracker and a spy and I can't tell you much more than that without spoilers. He's pretty complex for a secondary character.

4.What do you love about your novel so far?

• Getting to write some chapters from the bad guys point of view. I've rarely done this before, and it's disturbing how fun it is.

• Writing a super confident (perhaps overly confident) character. My characters all have a tendency to be insecure at the beginning and have to learn to believe in themselves as they go, but Celia is learning a lesson of balance instead.

5. Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?

To be honest, I make a lot of typos and mistakes, but the best one I remember right now was this one (it's only part of the sentence because I can't remember the rest)-

". . . and they were tired of writing."

It was supposed to be waiting, but my fingers made it come out all wrong. It was funny though.

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

It's hard for me to pick a favorite part to write. I like various aspects of all of them. The excitement of setting up the beginning. The twists and turns in the middle. The fun of writing the climax at the end. So I'd probably say I don't have a favorite part.

7. 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 write best in the mornings while I still have a lot of motivation and energy. Most days I try to get my writing done by lunch. I also write best when I have music. It helps me concentrate. I don't exactly have a writing space, I just normally sit on my bedroom floor, so I won't show you a picture of that.

8. How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?

I'm fairly private about my writing everywhere except this blog. The person that always knows the most about my novels is my sister because we discuss writing all the time. It's perfectly normal for us to talk about plot points or mention what part of the story structure a movie is at.

9. What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?

Stubbornness and a desire to tell the story I'm trying to write. If I give up, no one will ever read it and I will never have the chance to share it.

10. What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?

1. You don't need a degree or anything to be a writer. If you write, you're a writer.

2. Use Pinterest for inspiration. Once I accidentally typed in mages instead of mazes and came up with tons of cool stuff I could use for a story.

3. Take breaks. They keep you from burning out.

Let's talk! Do you have a secondary character you love in your novel? What's some writing advice you'd like to share? Tell me in the comments.

November 9, 2017

NaNoWriMo Update #1

NaNoWriMo Update #1

It's been a little over a week since NaNoWriMo started, so it's time for my first update. How much have I written? How am I feeling about it? Have I gone crazy yet? Read on to learn the answers to all these questions.

And also, don't get discouraged by where ever anyone else is in their word count. We all write at our own pace and all our lives are different. Even if it's one of those people who wrote all 50K in three days, just remember they probably didn't do anything else those three days. Just thought I'd put that out there.

Current Word Count

15,846 words (before writing today)

How It's Been Going

I feel like writing is going smoothly this year. My daily goal is 1,850 words because I'm trying to reach 55K, and I've been hitting that every day. Sometimes I'm even getting 2,000 words.

This year I'm typing it on my laptop, instead of writing it out by hand then typing it up, like I have in previous years, so that's saved a lot of time. I've been able to get my writing done by lunch most days. I'm feeling pretty good about it, at least this week.

The first day of NaNo was especially interesting as I had to go with my dad to DC pretty early in the morning. I still got my writing done, but it wasn't the most ideal situation. I did feel quite professional, though, writing in the car with my frappe.

Other Thoughts

I'm not going to say a lot here this week, since Saturday I'll be doing Beautiful Books, but here's a few things about my writing.

• I've been listening through the Marvel soundtracks. It's interesting hearing how they work in themes from movie to movie but manage to keep them fresh. Also, Bucky's theme from Captain America: The Winter Soldier is creepy. It has scream sounds in it.

• I've created a character I really love in my novel and now I'm sad he doesn't have more page time. Maybe in book three.

• I finished my map of Wonderland. It looks really good, if I do say so myself.

A Few GIFs

Because why not?


Me waving goodbye to the real world when NaNoWriMo begins.


How I think I look while writing. . .


But this is probably more accurate.

Let's talk! How's NaNoWriMo (or whatever you're writing) going for you? Do you have a favorite Marvel soundtrack? Tell me in the comments.

November 6, 2017

Character Breakdown: Loki from Marvel

Character Breakdown: Loki from Marvel

Thor: Ragnarok came out Friday and I'm super excited. It looks great and I can't wait to watch it (even though that won't be until it comes out on DVD). In celebration of that, I'm doing a character breakdown of my first villain- Loki. He's my all time favorite Marvel villain because he's so complex, and sarcastic. Also, he's Marvel's only villain in multiple movies. (Thanos doesn't count because all he does is sit.) So, let's get to it. Mild spoilers for the first two Thors and Avengers ahead.

Personality


• Witty. Loki is known for his silver tongue. He always has some sort of witty or sarcastic comeback. He's got some of the best lines to quote.

• Stylish. Not many people could pull off the headdress he does, yet he wears it well. Throughout all the movies, he's always put together and wearing his signature colors green and gold.

• Jealous and angry. Loki's got a lot of both of these pent up in him. He's been jealous of his brother since they were both kids and Thor got all the attention. He's also full of anger at everyone due to the ways he's been mislead or he thinks he's been slighted.

• Calm. And yet, despite all that anger, he manages to remain cool and calm on the outside, most of the time. Believe me, you know when he's lost his temper. Not a lot of people could keep such a calm countenance, so that's impressive.

Virtues


• Smart. You can't outsmart Loki. (Okay, you can, but whatever.) Loki is quite clever. He always has a plan and a backup plan, and probably a backup backup plan. Most of them involving death and destruction.

• Loves his mother. There weren't a lot of virtues for Loki, seeing as he's a villain, so I included this one that I find touching. Despite everything, Loki still loves his mother, and when she dies, he is distraught. She's his only family member he still loves.

Flaws


• Insecure. Loki is the king of insecure. He constantly seeks attention and power to try and justify what he's done and what's happened to him. He has amazing daddy issues too. You only need to watch the first Thor movie to see how insecure he is inside.

• Trickster. Since Loki is the trickster god, he's always got a trick up his sleeve. Whether it's using magic or having a secret weapon, he isn't caught unaware.

Skills


• Magic skills. Loki was taught magic from his mother, and he's good at it. He can multiply himself, shapeshift, blast things, and more. I think that's one reason he loved his mother so much, because she took time to teach him something that Thor never learned.

• Smooth talker. In the first movie, Loki is referred to as having a silver tongue. I don't think there's been a truer description of him. Loki is not only witty, but he can talk himself out of almost anything. He's always ready with a compliment or quick reply.

• Good fighter. Loki is also a fighter with a very graceful style. He can use his weapons and magic as he fights, making him a formidable opponent.

What Makes Him Interesting


• His relationship with Thor. Thor and Loki are brothers, but they certainly don't act like it. Thor doesn't want to give up on Loki and Loki just wants to kill Thor. And yet, Loki still sides with his brother after all these years. I'm interested in seeing how their relationship continues to evolve in the latest Thor movie.

• His willingness to do anything. Loki will basically do anything to get what he wants. Kill family members, destroy New York City, kill innocent people, or blast buildings. Loki wants power, whether that's ruling Asgard or Earth. And he is completely ruthless in trying to gain that.

Let's talk! What do you like about Loki? Who's your favorite Marvel villain? Tell me in the comments.