Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May Favorites 2016

I'm so happy that it's basically summer. As much as I long for snow, and love the cold, grey weather of winter and early spring, I am quite happy that the sun has returned, bringing with it all the warmth that one might expect. I must admit that I laid out in the sun reading quite a bit. It was wonderful.

Quick Review: I watched Captain America: Civil War on opening night and basically died. I am writing this from my grave. It was so good! I went dress shopping for the first time in my life, and it was actually really fun. I finished my 9th journal and started my 10th this month. I got to see close friends that I haven't been able to see in a while. That was really nice. I went to the stables and saw some horsies!! We went on a hike and had to go straight uphill for a mile. My sister turned 17, and forgot until two days before. I went ziplining. I finally read Winter after waiting for what felt like a million years. I also had my emotions destroyed by Morning Star, which brings me to the first of this month's favorites.

Book
   
To be honest, I read so many good books. I had such a hard time narrowing down my favorites this month. I read 6 five star books! That's the most I have read in awhile. Most of these books are series finales, and they were AMAZING. I was really sad to finish The Unwanteds for good, because I've been following that series for about five years.

Music
This has just been a great month for entertainment! I've heard a lot of great music.
But out of all the music, Smoke + Mirrors has been the best. The entire album is simply lovely! I have been listening to it non-stop.
Character
I don't know if I'm allowed to pick my characters, but I have before, so I'll do it again. #rebel 


This is my darling Tyler. He is a goofball. As I've been formatting/editing, I've really pinpointed his character, and he is just so fun!
"Dancing is just like sword-fighting, just less stabbing, so it's clearly not as fun." 

Drink
A chocolate coconut milkshake. It's sugar-free and pretty healthy as milkshakes go, but it tastes just as good as the real thing. I found a recipe that told me to add spinach to the milkshake. Clearly I threw that recipe into the fire. 

But thankfully, this milkshake had no kale or any other abominations. 

Food
I have been devouring soup like it is air. It is basically food tea, and you all know how I love tea. The best so far has been a ginger carrot soup that I thought sounded kind of suspicious, but it's actually the best thing since Maggie Stiefvater decided to bless the world with her writing prowess. #skillz. 

TV Show 


How have I not seen this until now? I knew that it was a good TV show from what I've seen on Pinterest, heard from friends, and read on writing blogs. It is basically the best cartoon TV show I have ever seen.
 

I've still only seen the first season, but I plan to watch the rest very quickly. One of my favorite moments, so far, has been the fan warriors. Like, they were the best. 


This entire show is simply stunning. The art is flawless, the storyline is strong, and the characters have insane depth for a "kid's" show. 
Movie


I will be putting all the spoilers in white text so you have to highlight them if you would like to see them, because I am all about sparing the souls of poor un-spoiler-ed darlings. 
I have been dying to see this movie ever since it was announced and the trailer came out. I knew that it would destroy me, and I knew that it would be amazing. I also knew I would probably have to wait to see it until it came out on DVD, and I had learned of all the major plot points. I was given the chance to see it by some amazing friends, and see it I did. It didn't make me cry, though there were some moments where I almost did, but it more often than not made me terribly and deeply sad. I mean, my babies were fighting! How could I not be sad?

Some moments that killed me:
- "But he's my friend." "So was I." 
(highlight) - Cap almost killing Tony. 
(highlight) - Bucky hearing the words that would change him back to a mindless soldier and being helpless.
(highlight) - Wanda controlling Vision. 
(highlight) - Bucky going back under, but this time, it being his choice.
Some moments that were perfect:
(highlight) - The Sharon and Cap kiss. Is it weird that I totally ship them? I guess that was the point.
- "Can you move your seat up?" "No." 
- "Bird costume."
- Vision's awkward flirting.
- Clint acting like Wanda's father. Bless his heart.
- All of Spiderman

This month was really awesome, and a lot happened, but it still went by pretty fast. Summer is here, guys! When did that happen? Bah, I'm getting old. 

Toodlepip

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Versatile Blog Award

Guess what? I wasn't tagged for this.


I suppose you all are used to that by now. I thought this blog award thingie looked interesting, and Naomi certainly made it look fun. Now I'm going to list seven random facts about myself, since I suppose that's what I'm supposed to do. 

#1. I am the most basic person you will ever meet.
Seriously. I have never been a complex person, and I don't think I ever will be. My interests include reading, writing, reading, piano, and reading.


#2. I am fiercely competitive. 
I don't know why I am so competitive. I turn everything into a competition. Maybe it's because I'm the youngest in my family or maybe it's because I just like winning, not to mention, being stubborn makes my will to win all the greater. 

#3. I love the sensation of falling.
I'm actually afraid of heights (sort of), but I love the feeling of falling. You know the Tower of Terror in Disneyland? That's my favorite ride. I also love rollercoasters so much. I've always found it weird since I am a generally timid person. 

#4. I want to travel the world. 
All my life I've had a fierce desire to travel the world and see everything I can, and when I say the world, I mean it. I think that this world has such beauty and wonder that is just waiting for me out there.

#5. I am allergic to spinach and lettuce. 
This one is more random. It was every kid's dream to be allergic to lettuce and spinach, but I actually miss it. Lettuce is so good, and so is spinach, but luckily, if the spinach is cooked, it doesn't bother me. That's really weird. 

#6. I dyed my hair. 
I've dyed my hair red (which I was in love with), and then I died 1/3 of my hair blue. I am absolutely in love with it. I've always considered myself the kind of person that wouldn't ever dye their hair, but I guess not. :)

#7. I actually like having glasses.
Usually, when people have glasses, they don't like them, but I really do like having glasses. I feel like without them, my face would be really blank. Plus, I think they fit my personality. 

Toodlepip

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Beautiful People: May 2016

Guess what, peeps? My characters are back! You can't get rid of them. They're like loveable cockroaches. I feel like I've been blogging about only writerly things, but whatever. I am the blogging queen, and you can't tell me what to do, peasant (just kidding, you all are wonderful!). 
I decided to write about Lua: The Pastel Princess, the Pink-Haired Pixie. She is a darling, and I love her to bits, but she has such a tragic life. 
Lua:
That's her, but she has pink hair. 
How often do they smile? Would they smile at a stranger?

Yes. Lua would smile at everyone because she is a precious cupcake. She gives all of her happiness to others and keeps none of it for herself. 
What is the cruelest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
She's been told that she should never have happened, she was an accident, and that her mother doesn't love her. I just want to give her a hug! Her reaction was to not say anything, to internalize it. She doesn't want to make anyone as unhappy as the world has made her. She is very concerned about being kind to all. 
Lua:

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

She has been told that she is an amazing person, and her reaction was to politely accept the compliment but internally disbelieve it. She doesn't think very much of herself, and she believes that she deserves every unkind word that she has ever heard. 

What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
The memory of her mother being happy, and the memory of her family before everything changed. It's so powerful because it's one of the only memories of her father that she has. 

What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?
I think that Lua would benefit from reading the Raven Cycle. She could easily relate to all of the characters in some way, and I think she would be fascinated by the Welsh mythology
Pastel Princess <3:

Have they ever been seriously injured? How severely? How did they react?
Emotionally harmed, or physically? If emotionally: For most of her life, those she loves has left her. and those who stayed have been unreliable and cruel. If physically: The most severe injury has been when she was taken to the hospital for breaking her arm after she "tripped" down the stairs. She also harms herself. 
Do they like and get along with their neighbours?
She pretends to like her neighbors, but she doesn't have a whole lot of interaction with them, so she doesn't really know if she likes them or not. She tries to appear happy to everyone which can make it seem like she gets along with everyone.
On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being easy and 10 being difficult) how easy are they to get along with?
She is the sweetest darling; if there was the slightest sign of disagreement or discomfort, she would fix it quickly. Everyone loves her (who really knows her), but barely anyone  knows her. She is quiet and tends to blend in despite her loud and bright wardrobe choices. 
If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?
Anywhere that wasn't her house. I say "her house" because she refuses to believe that it's her home. Her only refuge is the library and her room. 
Lua:

Who was the last person they held hands with?
Probably a nurse in the hospital. 
That was both fun and quite sad. I'm terribly sorry for Lua, though I am glad that she finds friends that "save" her. She really is a darling who deserves so much more. 
And this has been:
Lua Edition 
Toodlepip

Friday, May 20, 2016

In Which I Rant About My Latest Novel

Warning: This post contains major writer adoration and fangirling. Writer may spontaneously combust from excitement.

So. I am back with another post on writing. Surprise surprise. I'm here to say OHMYGOSHSOMEBODYSTOPME. 

I need to edit 6 books, and I need to write 16. Easy enough, right (Wrong. Does anyone know the number of a good insane asylum?)? Well then yesterday, I decided to heed the advice of one of those super-duper inspirational quotes that leave me thinking, "That's such a good idea, I should do that!" I would usually forget the quote and go on with my life. Today is not that day. I followed the advice of said quote. It was something like, "Write the book you want to read." Everyone's heard that quote, even the weird hermit who lives in my cupboard has heard that quote, but little old me was like, "Wooooah. That's such a good quote, and such a good idea."

I opened a page on Scrivener (my saving grace), and began to jot down ideas of things that I wanted to see in a book i.e. bookstore, murder, London, Ireland. Those kinds of things. Before I knew it, I put together a plot and main character. There are writers that have a hard time coming up with ideas. They don't have 15 (now 16) books to write, so they get to spend all their time on one thing and make it into a sparkling unicorn of a book. Why can't I be one of those writers? 

Don't get me wrong, I love all my novels and novel ideas with all my heart. They are all so amazing and wonderful, and I love them to pieces, not to mention the latest one. It has pirates, dragons, magical murder, and all sorts of other fun stuff, all in Modern-Day London. When I finally get around to writing it, it's going to be completely and utterly awesome. 

I mean, Sophie begins to see these strange things, and she finds out there is a whole world out there that she never knew about. How fun is that?

I am loving acquiring ideas and characters for Strange Sights (working title). - Pinterest
There are Gondola Pirates. Friendly/murderous pirates in Venice whose ship is a Gondola. *deep breath* That's two of some of my favorite things ever: the beauty of Venice and the awesomeness of pirates. *throws confetti* 

Despite all my complaining, I am very happy that I have all these ideas. They're all so varied and vastly different in their own special little ways. All of them need to be written, and I get to do it! 



What is something that you would want to see in a book? Have you followed a quote's advice before?

Toodlepip 

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Liebster Award - May 2016

I was tagged for the Liebster Award twice, so this post will probably be longer than usual. I love being tagged (I'm pretty sure that's the millionth time I've said that, but whatevs)! Thank you so much to Ivy Miranda and Hamlette! Bless your beautiful hearts. 
This is my third time doing the Liebster Award, and I still think that Liebster sounds German. 

Update: I just googled it, and it is German. It means sweetheart or darling. I knew Liebling was German for sweetheart, but so is Liebster, I guess.


Rules:
1. Answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you
2. Nominate other bloggers (up to 11) and give them 11 questions to answer.

1.) What famous person in history do you want to meet?
So many!!! Mainly C.S. Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien, Amelia Earhart, Freya Stark, and Amy Carmichael. 
There are truly so many inspirational people that I could learn from, and I know that I'm missing people that I've wanted to meet.

2.) If you could live in any of your favorite fandom worlds, where would it be?
I would be living in a really awesome summer camp called CAMP HALF BLOOD. I would probably die right away, or I would adapt quickly, but I would just like to live there please. Or in Narnia. I would love to live in Narnia amongst the world that teems with beauty and life and magic.

3.) Were you popular growing up? 


I was an awkward little butterfly... I rarely talked to anyone. 

4.) Which book have you read the most?
Probably The Lightning Thief. That book is wonderful, and it was the beginning of a great adventure. I have also read Dragonspell a million times because DANG that is a great fantasy book. 

5.) Is there a movie or book that seems to describe you or your life?
Pirates of the Caribbean.
Because I am clearly the daughter of a rich governor in the mid-1700s who meets a pirate and becomes a pirate queen.
Clearly.
There are many books/movies that I wish could describe my life, but in all reality, I can't think of a single movie that is quite like my life/me. I am unique, okay? 

6.) Could you survive a week without any kind of technology?
Pshh, totally. I know that teenagers are supposed to be completely reliant on technology to keep them occupied, but I am quite content to write with a paper and pen, play piano, read, bake, and play games with my family. 

7.) What words annoy or aggravate you?
I don't really have a word that annoys me, but I do have a phrase. "I know just how you feel." 
It's like, I am a unique person who experiences everything different from the next person. You do not know how I am feeling. 

8.) Your favorite quote?
SO MANY
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Some of my favorites are: "We are but a moment in this world." "And above all, look at the world with glittering eyes." 


C.S Lewis:
There are so many quotes that have inspired me to keep writing, stop crying, grin and bear it, and so much more. 

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9.) Do you like myths and legends? If so what kinds? (eg. Greek, Scandinavian, African)
I'm pretty basic, and I've grown up on German fairytales i.e. Grimm's Fairytales. 

10.) Would rather get lost in the mall or at the library?
.:
What do you think?
Clearly, I have no use for shoes or purses or other frivolous accessories. I would much rather become lost between the shelves--and pages--of stories. 

11.) Are you easily influenced by popular culture or do you discover things on your own?
If there is enough hubbub over a certain song or book or movie, I will look into it, but I will usually ignore it for as long as I can. My taste in entertainment is quite varied, so I usually like quite a lot of things. 

Hamlette's Questions

1.  Are there any movies you like better than the books they were based on? The Princess Bride. It's a good book, but I always found it too frivolous, and I wasn't able to really engage in the book as much as I was able to connect to the movie. 
2.  Have you ever liked a remake better than the original film? A Little Princess. I have seen quite a few, shall we say, less than sub-par remakes of The Little Princess, and the 1995 was always my favorite. I watched it more times than I could count. It was such a sweet movie, and I liked to pretend that I was just like Sarah. 
3.  What movie do you enjoy introducing other people to? Mighty Joe Young. That movie is a gem. I have probably annoyed many by my constant praises of that movie, but oh well. Watch it!!
4.  Do you identify strongly with any movie characters? Little Woman. I know it's also a book, and I relate strongly to Jo in both movie and book. 
5.  Do you have any favorite film score composers? Yeeees. I love Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and Harry Gregson-Willams. They all have such unique styles. 
6.  What's the oldest movie you've ever watched? I believe that the oldest movie I've seen was a silent film that I had mistaken for Disney. I watched it some years ago, and now I see that I was foolish in believing that it was Disney. It's from 1905.
7.  What's the newest movie you've watched? 
I came home a few nights ago around 2:30 am after seeing Captain America: Civil War It was wonderful, and I wish that I could talk to everyone about it, but unfortunately, few have seen it yet. I will wait.
8.  Do you have any favorite movie-watching snacks? Popcorn, ice cream, and all sorts of other unhealthy treats. 
9.  Whose movie recommendations do you tend to trust? My family's. Then again, I live with them, so I we all usually end up watching the same movie. I trust my friends' recommendations, and I mostly watch the movies they recommend. 
10.  What was the last movie you watched? Captain Amarica: Civil War. And it was epic and wonderful.
11.  What's the next movie you plan to watch?
Emma. I just got it from the library, and I am looking forward to it. 

My questions are: 
1. Would you rather live forever, or die tomorrow?
2. Best compliment you've ever received? 
3. How would you describe yourself?
4. If you could stay at any age, what age would you stay at?
5. Do you believe in soulmates? 
6. What is the saddest book you have ever read?
7. What is the fluffiest, happy-sunshine-and-rainbows book you have ever read?
8. Were you ever afraid of the dark?
9. What is your biggest fear?
10. If you could go back and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
11. What are two things about yourself that you would never change?

I nominate Olivia@Meanwhile in Rivendell
Chloe@Rustling Thoughts
and Mary@Sunshine and Scribblings. 
I am quite glad to have answered these questions. Thank you again, Ivy and Hamlette! This was quite enjoyable. 
Toodlepip

Thursday, May 12, 2016

In Which I Rant About All My Writing Thoughts

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single writer in possession of a good idea must be in want of a novel.

Right?

Nope.

Instead, I'm stuck editing one book while all the ideas I've pushed on the back burner tumble forward. I have novels of every kind just waiting to be written, but I promised myself that I would edit at least two books before I wrote another. I have to at least get a second draft for people to read. 

Recently, I've also been thinking about when my novel gets to the beta reader stage, and to put it plainly...I'm terrified. 


My novel has so far to go with me not knowing exactly how to get it there. I've barely scratched the surface of editing, and I'm scared/excited to see how much I'm really going to have to change. Right now I'm at the rewriting stage. Almost every scene is having to be shifted and re-written. That's easy enough, I can figure that out no problem, but what I'm really nervous about is when I come across something that I'm going to have to cut or a character that has to go. 

17 novel ideas + tons of inspiration - time = Madness

Scrivener has been a life-saver in the editing process and the organization of novel ideas. Usually, I jot down my ideas on scraps of paper in a notebook that can get lost easily and are never as completed or coherent.

But with Scrivener, everything is in its place, and I feel like I can wait on these ideas without the inspiration slipping away. 

 With more and more to do for my novel, my days are getting more and more jumbled as I'm trying to fit everything in, but it's important for me to not get stressed as I can so easily do. When I get stressed, I shut down and then nothing gets done which makes me more stressed. 

I couldn't be happier with how things are going. My writing has improved drastically, and I feel confident that my novel, with a lot of work, can possibly be good.

Toodlepip

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Raven Boys: My Thoughts

You know that moment when you're starting a book, and you can just tell this book is going to be really good?

You know that moment when you're reading a book, and you have to close your eyes and just try to soak up how amazing it is?

You know that moment when you're pretty much ready to sell all of your earthly possessions to get the next book in the series?

I do.

I've recently had the pleasure of reading the first book in The Raven Cycle. I went into this book thinking that it would be a supernatural romance that I would end up getting tired of and throwing out the window. That is not the case at all. It is basically about a legend, a group of friends, and a family of psychics that are precious. I am dead. I need help. Adam is a precious thing that must be protected at all cost. First of all, Adam. WHERE CAN I BUY ONE?!* Second of all, Blue. You adorable, awkward, eccentric darling. Can we best friends? I would like to point out how wonderful this story was. It was a supernatural (not really) mystery. The supernatural aspect was very different, and it involved Welsh kings and mythology.**
All the characters felt very real, but at the same time, they were...extraordinary. They had the life that "ordinary" people could only dream of, yet they dreamed of an "ordinary" life. I loved how funny it was, and the banter was smooth and natural.

* It has come to my attention that buying fictional characters is unrealistic (as they are not real). My plan is to create a machine that will create them out of nothing. I am still looking for sponsors

** Which I was so happy to read because these days, who writes about Welsh kings? Hint: About ten people. And I want to be friends with all ten of them. 

Though, Adam? Steve Rogers would be disappointed in you.


Overall, this was a wonderful, suspenseful, creepy, and adorable story that I can't wait to finish. Book 2 can't come fast enough. Hurry up, library!!

Is there a book that you're adoring? Have you read the Raven Cycle? 

Toodlepip

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Novels I Am Dying To Write

For the past couple months, I've been editing, but does that mean all the ideas and novels on the back burner stopped trying to be written?

No. No they have not.

I'm trying to edit a whimsical, epic quest in a fantasy world, but I'm getting inspired by a group of misfit teenagers who want to travel the US. Not helpful.

Since writing and ideas have been consuming my life recently, I thought I'd post about them, because they are my babies that I love with all of my heart.

We Are - Pinterest 
My latest novel, and my most...unusual yet. I deal in the stories of fantasy and sci-fi and secret spies, not teenagers finding out about life. So when I got the idea to write about these characters, I was surprised to say the least. I actually barely have a plot, I just know that the people I created are in desperate need of a story, because they are some of my best work yet.
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This is all that is left. Lua was stolen from us by the most permanent of kidnappers, Logan itches to leave, and I still can't bear to look at the world, but together, we are different. We are more. We are. 

Butterfly Wings - Pinterest
I don't really know why this one came to mind when I thought of novels I'm dying to write, but it did. It's really just a sweet little thing that might end up being a novella.

 :
"We are but a moment in this world, Josaphine, don't waste a single second."


Undercover (I can't think of a proper title)- Pinterest 
Ahh, I want to write this story so badly. It has secret agents, undercover bodyguards, chandeliers, and lookalikes. Espionage, murder, and books. It's about a girl thrust into a world of secrets that she didn't even know existed, and I can't wait to write it.
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“Everything sparkles under a chandelier. People are uglier in daylight, don’t be fooled.”

If only I could edit faster. 
Toodlepip

Sunday, May 1, 2016

April Favorites 2016

Once again, the month has flown by. 

Quick Life Update: It was a crazy month weather-wise. Where I live, during Spring, it is very rainy, but this month felt like summer! It was crazy warm, and I even wore shorts. In April! I was an extra in a film some friends were doing, and I met quite a lot of new people. I initiated conversations, and felt a lot less awkward in general. I dyed part of my hair blue, and I am still completely excited about it. I fought off an alien virus* and got caught up on some shows I haven't seen in a while. I did the Infinity Dreams Tag, and finally watched Green Gables Fables**. I completed Camp NaNo, and more importantly, I finished editing (the first draft) my novel! I'll probably write a post on that soon, because let's be honest, that's like...the highlight of my month. I almost got bitten by a rattlesnake and ran out of water in the desert.***

* Also known as Strep Throat. It was awful, but I survived with the help of tea, books, and lots of journaling. 
** That Youtube series killed me. I am dead.
*** This is not a dramatization. I literally ran out of water on a five mile hike in the desert. And saw five rattlesnakes, one of which I walked within a foot of. And another which was rattling in the bushes, but we couldn't see it. 

Book

This book, man. It was awesome. I actually do have a review/my thoughts post coming soon, so I won't go too in depth here. This book has a very unique feel, and the relationships and bromances are quite strong.
Music
I don't know how I haven't heard of Echosmith before, but this month, I discovered their music. I have been listening to them non-stop.
Character
In the Raven Boys, Blue Sargent is the main-ish character. She is a treasure. Her sense of humor and wit is very quick, but also quite real. She is extraordinary among the extraordinary, quite literally. Blue is the type of character that I would want to write about. 

Drink
I know that this technically isn't a drink, but it goes in drinks, so it's close enough. This was imperative in helping me overcome my mild case of strep throat. I drink tea like crazy, but I dislike taking vitamins, so putting this in my tea was perfect. 

Food
My family has been on a huge healthy craze that started with my mother. I've almost completely gone off of gluten (not by choice), and I rarely have processed sugar (*hides the apple fritter*). Because we have been all healthy, I haven't had Chinese food in what feels like A MILLION YEARS. My mother made a healthy version of Chow Mein, and it tasted just like the real thing! That is definately my favorite food this month.
TV Show

I've already seen the Ninth Season, but I rewatched it, because who doesn't like having their heart ripped out and stomped on? I cry every time I watch the last couple of episodes. Doctor Who has only been getting better, and I think that Season 9 is one of my favorites. 

Movie

This movie is hilarious. I was dying of laughter the entire time. I never was able to really like the first one because it seemed too crude, but surprisingly, the sequel is significantly better. There was never a moment or scene that wasn't comedic, and now I have some of my favorite movie quotes.  

Toodlepip