Monday, July 28, 2014

Get to Know Your Characters Challenge


Get to know your characters challenge protagonist
 
 


I participated in this, Get to know your characters challenge over at Red Lettering by a good friend of mine. It was really fun, and I encourage you to go and read the other entries that were submitted. Thanks for holding this, Athelas :)
 
 
I decided to go with this prompt: Write  about your protagonist from when he or she was between three and ten. Write something short that represents how their life was that point.
 
Alynn's life was simply, and was filled with fun memories with her sister, Enna. Later in my novel, I mention that the two sisters used to collect Anami, and see who could find the most in a short amount of time. I based that small conversation in my story with this short prompt story.
 
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When my main characters were an old eight and a young seven.
 
          “Ready?” Enna cast a sidelong look at her older sister, Alynn. Both had a determined look on their face, their hands poised towards the ground.
          Alynn gave a slight nod, a smile appearing on her face, “Go!”
          After Alynn gave the call, both girls immediately started to dig into the ground with great vigor, looking as a dog might dig for a bone.
          Huffed breathing sounded into the silence as both girls dug near the forest. Birds chirped in the trees, and the afternoon sun beat down on them, their dresses sticking to their backs with moisture.
          “I found one!” Alynn called out, holding up a small stone, about the size of her finger. They were racing to dig Anami, a tiny, glowing rock that was found under the earth.
          Enna frowned, her lips pursing in determination. Frustrated, she gave up on the spot she was digging in and moved towards the forest, starting to dig a new hole. A few minutes passed, and she still hadn’t found one. Again, she switched to a different spot in the earth.
          Not a second later, Alynn raised another stone in a triumphant gesture, “Another one!” She looked at Enna, who was on her third hole, while as she, was still on her first. Alynn sighed, “Enna, you need to do it more patiently.”
          Enna wrinkled her nose, “No. You’re just getting lucky.” 
          Alynn looked doubtfully at her sister, “I don’t think so. I’ve won the last three times. It’s not luck.”
          Enna stuck out her tongue.
          Alynn looked upon Enna in horror, “Mom!” She called, looking towards their house, “Enna stuck out her tongue at me.”
          Their mom came out, her hair in a disheveled bun, her apron spattered with ingredients of all sorts, and her hands placed on her hips, “Enna?”
           Enna glared at Alynn, and then turned her gaze towards their mom, “Sorry.”
          “You apologize to your sister, not me,” Their Mom directed. After Enna had done so, and actually seemed sincere, she nodded with approval, “Now can I go inside? Or are you two going to fight some more?”
          The sisters mumbled together, “You can go inside.”
          Their mom smiled, “Thank you.”
          The girls stared at each other, both feeling embarrassed and a bit angry at each other.
          “Come on,” Alynn finally said, “Let’s finish up this race before dinner is ready.”
          That pulled a grin out of Enna, and they set back to work. Occasionally the shout of, “I got one,” rang out, but otherwise they didn’t say much, both intent on their work.
          Soon, the sun began to fall out of the sky, and their mom came out of their house, calling their names.
          Enna grinned after answering their mom, scooping up her collection of Anami and averting them from Alynn’s curious eyes.
          “How many did you get?” Alynn asked, covering her own findings up.
          “You say first.” Enna demanded. A smug grin was planted on her face. I think I’m going to win this time.
          Alynn opened her palms, scattering the rocks on the ground for Enna to see with her own eyes, “I got seven.”
          Enna’s smug face fell, “How did you get that many?”
          Alynn ignored the question, “How many did you get?”
          Sighing, Enna opened her dirty palm, “Four.”
          Trying to hide her proud smile, Alynn just nodded, “Let’s go wash up for supper. We will count our totals later.
 After supper.
           Alynn’s pink tongue stuck out between her lips, her gaze set and focused. Both girls sat in their shared room, quiet numbers coming from each of them.
          “77…78…79…70…71…”
          “…Wait,” Enna stopped counting, her face reflecting her puzzled mind, “Where was I?”
          Alynn continued to point a finger at each Anami, reciting the designated number after.
          “Alynn.” Enna poked her sister.
          “What?” Alynn glanced up for a brief moment before turning back to her counting.
          “I don’t remember where I was.” Enna’s bottom lip stuck out in a discouraged gesture.
          Alynn sighed, “How am I supposed to know what number you’re on? I’ll help you after I finish with mine.” She started to count, but paused. “Enna,” she clasped her face in her hands, “You made me lose count.”
          “Sorry.” Enna waved this comment aside, “I have to start over too.
 A little while later after several recounts…
           “Done.” Enna exclaimed, sitting against their bedroom wall with a satisfied sigh. She waited until Alynn finished.
          “I’m done too…” Alynn trailed off, “But I have,” She stopped, tapping each finger, “I have fourteen less than last time.”
          Enna’s eyes flickered to her pile. She fiddled with her fingers, “How many do you have now?”
          “I have 193.” Alynn announced, “How many do you have now?”
          “46.” Enna answered, hoping that Alynn wouldn’t accuse her of ‘taking’ her Anami.
          Alynn shook her head, “I just don’t get it. I keep losing them, though I don’t take them anywhere outside of this room.” She shrugged, pushing the problem aside.
          Their mom’s voice floated up the stairs, “Time for bed girls!”
          With a flurry of movement, the girls quickly dressed into their nightgowns, and finished their routine for the night, crawling into their beds.
          Their parents came up, praying with them, and tucking them in. A kiss was given to each forehead, a loving gesture to say,
          “Goodnight.”
         
 


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Story Snippet - Faith - Part Five

Story Snippet time for Katie!

This post is late, but, hey! I still got it published on Sunday :) I hope you enjoy, and below are the links to the previous snippets:

  - Part One
  - Part Two
  - Part Three
  - Part Four
 
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       “What?” Alynn gasped, turning it around in her hand, feeling the smooth texture across her fingers. Red, puffy eyes stared at Enna, waiting for an explanation.
       “The story,” Enna snapped her fingers, “The one Mom and Dad used to tell to us all the time.”
       Alynn shook her head slowly, “I don’t think that story is real.”
       “No,” Enna argued, “They told it to us so often. It was almost as if they were trying to embed it in our minds—trying to tell us something. What if it was real? This stone…”
       Alynn glanced doubtfully at the rock in her hand, “It is ridiculous, Enna. The Kingdoms wouldn’t obey a person who had a couple of rocks. They are just an object, and can’t force someone to serve the ruler who is in possession of them.”
       Enna was not convinced, “Dad said to guard the stone with our lives. This is something of great importance.”
       Alynn fell quiet. Could it really be one of the stones? But, why would their parents never mention anything of this? If it wasn’t a stone, what was it? She blew out a breath, “I don’t know what this is.  But, I agree with you. It is something important.”
       Enna looked somewhat satisfied with herself, but then changed the subject, “Alynn…” Her voice grew shaky and serious, “How are we going to find Mom and Dad?”
       Alynn shrugged, pursing her lips tightly together. Her voice came out in a whisper, trying to hide her quavering voice that threatened tears, “I don’t know if we will.”
       “No.” Enna said firmly, “We have to find them; they’d do the same for us.”
       Rubbing her eyes, Alynn looked desperately at Enna, “How will even know where to start? How will we know where they are taking them? How will we sleep; how will we survive?”
       Enna fiddled with the grass by her feet, tugging strands up and throwing them to the side, “I don’t know.”
       “The raiders are from Driscoll.” Alynn said.
       Enna glanced up in surprise, “How did you find that out?”
       “Their badges bear the mark of their Kingdom,” Alynn explained, biting her lip nervously, “I’m assuming there is where they’d be taken.”
       Nodding, Enna replied, “That makes sense.”
       “For the food…” Alynn stopped, deep in thought. “We could search our village and take what is left over,” Her eyes filled with tears again, “I don’t know if I can go back there without having a meltdown.”
       Enna stayed silent, and then answered, “I could go by myself.”
       “No,” Alynn said, “I need to be with you.”
       Enna sighed, “Just because you’re older, doesn’t mean you have to take care of me like a mother.”
       “It feels like I have to.” Alynn’s face scrunched up, “Too much has happened in one day.”

       Enna put her hand on top of her sister’s, “Don’t worry. Tomorrow we’ll go into the village and gather supplies. One step at a time, Alynn. We’ll go on from there.”

Sorry that it is kind of short again... It just seemed like a good stopping point. Don't be shy to comment below :) Thanks for reading!

Byeeeee!
- Katie

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Updates... On Everything


Hello! *waves to readers*

There's a lot that has been happening lately, so I'm going to bunch all the news into one post.


1. Vacation!

Every year, Anna and I go up north with the whole family to a small resort on a lake. There were 25 of us this year. We had boatloads of fun tubing, jets-skiing, playing games, chatting, eating, swimming, midnight swims, having long nights around the campfire, finishing, and creating wonderful memories.



Our annual, "Everyone jump off the dock together!" I think we got 15 up on there :)



We fish. A lot. We caught 103 fish between us five younger cousins.


The lake is just gorgeous up there. Especially at night, when the sun is setting in the picture above. 

2. Camp NaNoWriMo

Katie: I have completed my goal! I hit 31,000 words in the month of July, which is 6,000 more words than my goal was :) I'm officially a Camp NaNoWriMo winner, which is super exciting :D

3. KATIE FINISHED HER NOVEL, FAITH!

Yup. You read that correctly. *dances around* I, Katie, as of Friday, July 25th, have finished Faith with a total of 73,809 words. This is the first novel that I've finished, and is a huge accomplishment. It took me 193 days, and few weeks break, it will be time to start editing! I am so excited about this; a huge thank you to those who have been encouraging me throughout his journey!

4. Blogger Button

We're trying to figure out a blogger button for our blog, but just can't quite decide on the design. We need your help! Below are two possible buttons. Decide which one you like the best, and vote for your favorite by using the poll in the upper right hand corner of our blog!

#1


#2
 
 
 

 
 
*Just Added* #3
After getting a comment with their helpful input, I decided to make another one. I am really happy with this one. For those of you who already voted, don't worry! You can change your vote if you like this new one better.
 

 
 
 
Go vote! *gently pushes reader towards the poll* If you have any suggestions, improvements, ideas, or anything else we could do, please comment! Thank you so much for taking the time to read our blog, it means a lot to us :) 
 
Phew! That was a long list of updates, but I think I've covered everything. I hope you have an absolutely fantastic week! 
 
Byeeee!
- Katie and Anna

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Actually Finishing Something in July - Week 4


 

 
It's never too late to join the challenge! Go to: http://katie-writingblog.blogspot.com to see other people's posts and previous questions.
 
 
Week Four Questions


How goes progress?
Progress goes well! :D I'm at 22,780 so far, and am hoping to get lots of writing done today with the Go Teen Writers Word Wars.

Snippet-time! Share a snippet or two from your weekly writing.

      “Oops,” Enna winced, picking them up and putting a key in the lock, twisting and turning it, “It’s not moving.”
       Finis smirked, “It must not be the right key then, try another.”
      Enna glared at him, her voice coated with sarcasm, “Oh, really? I didn’t notice. Thanks.”
      “Anytime,” Finis offered, and then peered down the hallway, shouts echoing throughout the dungeon, “Can you hurry? Please?”
      Enna pursed her lips, lowering her eyebrows in concentration, “I’m working on it.”

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That's the only snippet I found that begged me to share with ya'll. Otherwise nothing else popped out to my interest.


Do you have a Pinterest inspiration board, or other collection of images, that inspires your story? If so, share a couple of them with us.

This is what I picture Enna to be like:



Enna. Her smile rarely disappears from her face
 
And here is what I think my other main character, Alynn, looks like:
 
This kinda seems like Alynn, solemn, yet has a shy encouraging smile to share
How would the main character of your story react if he or she were introduced to you?

Alynn would act kindly. I don't think we're that much different besides the age, and I'm more extroverted and she's more introverted. It would take a little while to crack her open, but after that I think we would have a fine time together.
Introduce us to one or two of the secondary characters in your story. 

Ruvyn: He was apprenticed to a doctor for most of his life and is now quite experienced in that profession. He is more of a serious person, and the oldest of the group that I have together. He's strong, humble, smart, and occasionally his sense of humor peeks through.
Looks: He's 20 years old, short brown hair, tall, with a strong build.

If your main character were allowed to choose a super-power, which power would he or she most desire? 

To be able to stop evil so she could have everyone she loves close to her. What superpower she would pick to accomplish that... You'll have to ask her yourself.

We're nearing the end of this summer challenge! Is the completion of your goal in sight?

Yes! I actually could see myself finishing my goal of 25,000 today or tomorrow. I do think I'll end up writing a few extra words (Which ranges from a couple hundred to a couple thousand) but I really can't say at this point.
 
 
 
 
*Side Note* Anna and I are currently on vacation, so while we're going to try to keep our posts on a timely basis this week, I can't promise anything. Hopefully I'll post some pictures in the next couple of days.
 
- Katie

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Story Snippet- The King's Daughter Part 5

Hello everyone, I'm going to cut to the chase and say that I'm on vacation, so there will not be that many posts this next week.  Here is part five of my story.
Here is: Part One
             Part Two
             Part Three
             Part Four

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Cierra’s eyes grew wide, “It’s beautiful, is this what he was talking about?”
She nodded, “One of many gateways into the realm of Verilia.”
“What do I do?” Cierra asked.
“Well, first you need to know what you’re getting into.”
Cierra was confused, “Aren’t I just going to another world to find my father?”
“Of course, but it’ll be a long journey to find him.  You’ll get some supplies on your journey after you enter through the gateway.” Cindy explained as if she was a trained expert.  “Your father told me exactly what to tell you.  I think you’ll be happy with what you’ll find.  There are different kinds of trees and animals.  But be careful, Verilia is a dangerous place.”
Cierra spoke sarcastically, “What? Are there monsters prowling about?”
Her mother replied, “In a way.  They’re not what you’d expect for monsters.”
She gave her an odd look. 
“Giant wolves, bandits, dragons, trolls, and goblins.  That sort of stuff, if you want you can start looking through your book while I go check on your siblings in the pool.  I think I just heard Merrily scream.”
Cierra gave her a slow nod and opened her book again, this time going to the guide section.  She was right, there are Forest wolves that are two times bigger than our grey wolves.  Trolls, goblins, dragons, they’re all here.  Except it says dragons are non-hostile creatures.  “Interesting,” Cierra finally spoke aloud.
“What?” Cindy asked.
“It says here that dragons are non-hostile creatures except when they are being threatened.”
“Huh, I guess I was wrong then.” Her mom turned and walked out the door to go check on the kids.
“Is this ‘realm’ supposed to be a secret?” Cierra asked when her mother came back.
“Yes, I’ll just tell the rest of the family you went off to work at a summer camp or something.” She looked up into her daughter’s eyes.  “Please be careful with both choosing friends and safety.  I don’t know what I’d do if you never came back.”
Cierra hugged her mother.  “I promise I’ll be careful.  What do I do with this necklace now?”
“Turn to the last page,” she instructed.
Cierra did as she was told and turned to the last page, which was thicker than all the rest.  “It’s a lock!” Cierra looked up at her mother.
Cindy smiled, “Put the necklace in and turn it.”
Cierra plopped the necklace into the shaped lock.  It fit perfectly.  “I can’t believe it.”  As she turned it the room started spinning around her, she felt nauseated and she fell over.  
Darkness swept over her as she heard her mother say good-bye.

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This is one of my favorite scenes I made.  And I would greatly appreciate it if you could leave a comment and tell me what you think.  If you can, please check out our other posts in the blog archives.
Thanks for sticking around this long,
-Anna

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday Writings (Senses-Smell)-Anna

Hey everyone, every Wednesday for the past month or two, I have done a series on using senses in describing sentences.  Today is the finale, since I will be finishing it with the sense of smell.  Today's example is based off of what I did today, which was bake some cookies.

So, without further ado,  here is the last and final post for this series.  I will give an example and then build on to it using adjectives.

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-Mandy smelled the cookies in the kitchen.

What kind of cookies were they? Were they fresh out of the oven? Were they warm?

-Mandy smelled the warm chocolate chip cookies which evoked a memory of her grandmother's cookies she used to love.

Thanks everyone for sticking around all this time.  If you want to see anything specific for next weeks post, please leave it in the comments below.  And tell me how you felt about this certain post.
Until the next time,
           Anna

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Actually Finishing Something in July - Week Three

 
 
 
 
Week Three Questions


Were you able to meet your goal this week?

Oh yes, by a lot. I'm supposed to be at 12,000... But I've made it to 18,300 and counting. (That is, today)

Where did you get the bulk of your writing accomplished? In the quiet of your room, outside on the patio, on the bus?

In my room, I hardly ever do my writing anywhere else.

Share a couple of your favorite snippets!

 
 
Finis looked towards the ground, “You’re going to regret this decision.”
The General smirked, “And you’re going to regret yours."

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“Don’t miss,” Ruvyn warned as she pointed the bow behind her, finding her target.
Alynn's eyes flickered to his, confidence portraying in them, “Have I ever before?”
 
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I have a couple other favorite snippets of mine... But unfortunately I can't share them because of spoilers, just in case you've been keeping up with my story snippets.
 
 
Have you introduced a new character into your story? Tell us about his or her personality. 
 
I actually haven't introduced a new character, at least not recently.

List the favorite foods of your main characters.
 
*sigh* I suppose this is one of these things I should just know about my character... But I don't. One of my main characters, Enna, will eat practically anything, but she especially likes sweets.

Introduce us to the antagonist in your story and tell us about one of his or her quirks.
 
I actually have two different antagonists... Though this one below is the main one in Faith. In Faith's sequel I plan to have my two antagonists connect more.

Me: Today I welcome: My antagonist.
Antagonist: *scowls, stares at the readers suspiciously*
Me: *nervous expression* How are you today?
Antagonist: *raises chin* Who are... you?
Me: *weak smile* I'm, ah, Katie. I wanted to introduce you to some of my readers.
Antagonist: *narrows eyes* Don't waste my time, girl. Guards, see off with her. I have more important things to do with my time.

Yeah... He's not the most personable fellow. His main drive for power is because of jealousy. You'll get to know more of his backstory once I finish my story and get it for ya'll to read.


That's all for week three! My, how the weeks are going by fast. I want to give a huge thanks to Katie at Whisperings of the Pen for hosting this fun challenge! Remember, it's not too late to join in if you want.

- Katie

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sunday Story Snippet - Faith - 4

*happy dance*

It's time for me to post the next continuing part of Faith. If you are new and haven't read the previous snippets, you can find them right below this sentence. :)

Faith: Part One
Faith: Part Two
Faith: Part Three

It's a little shorter than usual this time, but I hope it will provide enjoyment for you anyway.


 

 
 
“Alynn? Wake up. Alynn!”
A far away voice protruded into Alynn’s mind, slowly awakening her immobile body. She squinted, seeing blurry images between two slits in her eyes. Someone was sitting above her: Enna.
Rough pieces of bark dug into her back, and most of the sky was covered by overhanging branches. Alynn furrowed her brow, confused, but then understanding sunk in. Her head pounded like execution drums, a massive headache overtaking her mind along with waves of emotion.
“Alynn!” Enna’s voice cracked, throwing her arms around Alynn’s neck.
Biting her lip, Alynn leaned her head against the tree, tears springing out of her eyes, “That hurts.” She croaked closing her eyes tightly.
"I’m sorry,” Enna covered her mouth, “Is your head okay?”
Alynn pursed her lips, clutching her head with her hands, shaking it slightly.
“I’m going to take that as a no,” Enna answered her own question, her eyes flitting across the forest.
 
“The raiders…”
             “Most of them are gone,” Enna licked her lips, her own eyes tearing up.
             “Mom and Dad?” Alynn asked, despite already knowing the answer.
             “I’m sorry, Alynn, but…” Enna scooted beside her sister, holding her hand in her own, “We’re going to find them.”
              Alynn couldn’t remember when she had heard Enna’s voice so sad and grief-stricken, “How… How long was I out for? The dragon, how did you get away?”
             “You’ve been out for a couple hours. I was so scared that you would never wake,” Enna’s face scrunched up, her voice cracking, “I didn’t know if I would lose you too. The dragon’s tail hit your head. I picked you up by the arms and started dragging you away. The boy on the dragon… Alynn, it’s like he paused. I think he let me get away. Then they just flew off. He saved our lives,” Enna hugged her knees to her chest, “Now I’ve just been sitting here for these last couple of hours, trying to wake you up.”
              There was silence, and then sobs from Alynn. She bent down, wanting to cradle her head and cover her tears at the same time. Her body shook, burning with heat.
              Enna whimpered, and then joined Alynn, helping her lean against her shoulder.
              “What are we to do, Enna?” Alynn cried, “Without Mom and Dad…”
              Wiping her face on the sleeve of her dress, Enna grabbed the burlap sack that their dad had handed to them, “I think you might want to see this, Alynn.”
              Stifling her cries for a few short minutes, Alynn peered over Enna’s shoulder and into the bag.
              Laying in the bag was a small, round stone, about the size of Alynn’s hand. The stone itself was dark, though it had cracks in it, pouring out a yellow light. Alynn stared, transfixed by this spellbinding object. Apprehensively, she reached in her hand, grabbed the stone and cupping it carefully. It was unusually light but something about it made it seem as if it carried a share of the world’s burdens.
             "What?” Alynn gasped, turning it around in her hand, feeling the smooth texture across her fingers. Red, puffy eyes stared at Enna, waiting for an explanation.


That's it! Sorry I had to cut you off so soon, it just worked out that way. Thank you so much for reading our blog, it makes our day whenever a kind comment comes our way. Tell me what you think!

- Katie

Camp NaNoWriMo Updates

Time for our weekly update! Once again, click on the pictures if you have trouble seeing them.

 
Anna's Progress:

 
 
Katie's Progress:
 
 

Our Cabin's Progress:


 
It's story snippet day tomorrow!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Sweet Treats Interview with Laura

Today we have our first interview with no other person than my sister, Laura. She just recently started a blog titled, "Laura's Sweet Treats," on which she posts mouth-watering desserts and all sorts of other treats.

Hello, Laura! I'm so glad to be able to interview you about your blog today. To start off, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I'm a young girl with a passion of baking. I'm also writing a Sci-Fi novel and I am in a year round competitive gymnastics program.

It sounds like you have some awesome activities going on right now. When did your love of baking begin?

It's hard to remember, maybe around age eight. I've always hung around in the kitchen with my dad or mom when something was cooking.

What's your favorite thing to cook or bake?

My favorite thing is something I haven't shared on my blog yet. (I'm saving it for a special occasion:) It's a chocolate cake with white chocolate and red raspberry sauces. Otherwise a big batch of cookies is always good!

Yum, it sound delicious! Have you had any baking disasters? If so, please tell!

There was one time when I was around nine that I had a friend over who also liked to bake. We decided to make chocolate chip cookies. We used the recipe on the back of an opened chocolate chip bag. When the recipe came to putting in the flour, I put in the written amount, which seemed rather small. We finished the recipe and put it in the oven. When my dad took the cookies out of the oven, this is what they looked like:

It turns out that the recipe called for 2 1/4 cups of flour, but the bag of chocolate chips was so perfectly ripped apart so that the 2 was cut off. We only put in 1/4 of a cup. It was a funny disaster I'll never forget.






*laughs* That's awesome, though it probably wasn't at the time. What appeals to you most about baking?

I love seeing how mixing up the ingredients can turn it into something delicious.

To go off the last question, what do you not like about baking?

Cleaning the mess up when I'm done. It always seems like a tornado hit my workstation.

You mentioned that you're writing, what's your novel about?

It's about a girl who goes on a mission on different planet.

A Sci-Fi novel? That's great! Thanks for being willing to participate in this interview. I'm excited to see the new recipes you'll be posting next!

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Go and take a look at Laura's blog over at Laura's Sweet Treats. It'll make her day for you to comment, or even follow by email!

Until next time...
- Katie

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday Writings (Senses-Hearing)-Anna

Hello, like every wednesday I'm going to take a simple sentence and use different adjectives to describe what's happening.  This week I'm doing the sense of hearing, I will give an example of a 'boring' sentence and then I will add some helpful adjectives.

Here's the example-

Joseph heard a small bird.

What kind of bird was it? Did sound nice or annoying? When did he hear it?

Joseph heard a small bluebird sing it's beautiful song in the early morning.

Thanks for keeping up with our posts.  And please comment and tell me what you thought,  leave a suggestion for next weeks post.

-Anna :)






Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Actually Finishing Something in July - Week Two

Here's the blog who is hosting this challenge: http://katie-writingblog.blogspot.com/


Week Two Questions

1) Were you able to reach your weekly goal?

Yes! I was supposed to be at 5,646, but I am at 9,000. So far writing is going super well :)  

2) Is this challenge encouraging you to write more often?

Not specifically this challenge, more so Camp NaNoWriMo. I'm really liking the questions this challenge asks though, they are very fun to answer :)

3) At what time of the day did you accomplish most of your writing? 

Night. Definitely night.

4) Which musical tracks do you listen to most while writing? 

I've been listening to Audiomachine lately. They have some really epic soundtracks (Which is always awesome) that you can find on youtube. There are videos that have all of their songs put together. It's like 3 hours or something crazy like that.

5) Share a descriptive snippet or two of your writing.

*laughs* I don't do description as much as I should, so it was hard for me to come up with a passage to share. It'll do:

Almer plopped down on the ground, discouraged. He sat there with his bottom lip stuck out, and bright pink spots in his chubby cheeks. His eyebrows were slanted in, arms crossed, and his whole demeanor demanding sympathy.

6) Share three dialogue-based snippets from your week one writing.

- “Should I start running for my life or start saving yours?”

- “I’m a very likeable guy; how could someone not be friends with me? Now, will you let me through?”

- With great care, Beti  bent over her doll and gave it a small kiss on the forehead, “Shh!” She instructed, putting the doll back in the washtub, “She’s sleeping.”

 

7) How are you going to move forward in this challenge? Are you changing your word-count goal or other plans? 

So far it has been going well for me. I'm going to keep my goal as it is: 25,000. Seeing how much writing I have gotten done these last few days, I think I'll do more than my goal, but I don't plan on changing it.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Story Snippet- The King's Daughter Part 4

Hey, as you can see by the title.  I have found a book name for now, I don't know if I'm going to keep it or not.  If you haven't read the ones before click here-
Here's- Part one
            Part two
            Part three
And here's what you've all been waiting for.  This is part 4 of my story-

“Cierra!” She heard her mother shout from her bedroom.
“Yes?” She replied, as she walked into the room where her mother was going through boxes.
“I have something I’ve been waiting to show you.”
Cierra looked confused, “What is it?”
“Here,” Cindy handed her a book with something hanging out of it.
She started to open it but her mother stopped her.
“Just wait, I need to tell you something’s first.” Her mother sighed.
Cierra walked over to the couch, her father was at work and her siblings were splashing in the pool and playing ‘Marco Polo’.
“First off, Kevin is your step father.” Cindy let it out like she’d been holding it back like a caged animal.
“What?!” Cierra exclaimed.
“Let me explain first before you ask any questions.”
Cierra nodded as her mom continued.
“Your ‘real’ father didn’t want to leave us, he had to.  He’s the king of another country.”
Cierra’s face went from astonished to completely confused.
“He lives in another world and I have one of the only ways to get there.  Before you call me crazy, take a look at the first page of that book of yours.”
Cierra opened the book and read aloud:
To my beloved daughter Cierra,
I love you, and I have always loved you.  I’m sorry I had to leave but I had my duties in my world.  You probably are questioning your mother right now, and I don’t blame you.  I put together this book for you; it’s a guide for the world I live in today.  If you accept, I would love to have you come and visit us.  Your mother and I made a deal so that you’d see this on your eighteenth birthday, or at least sometime around there.  Cierra had to stop because she was starting to laugh.
“What’s so funny?” Cindy questioned.
“It’s sounds like he knew you’d give it to me late.”  Cierra giggled.
“Oh goodness.”
She stopped laughing.  “I’ll continue,” She started to read again.
I didn’t leave just the book; there is a necklace I gifted to you.  That is your ‘portal’ into my world.  It’s one of four gateways and counting.  I have people watching for your appearance, they will help you on your journey through the lands of Verilia.  Isn’t it a pretty name? I can’t wait to see you.
Yours truly,
  Davion.
“Davion and Cindy, hmm, its kind of got a roll to it don’t you think?”
Her mother chuckled, “that’s what I thought when I first met him.”
“Does Kevin know about all this?”
“You can still call him your father, and no, all he knows is that you’re his step daughter.”  Cindy looked into her daughter’s eyes. “Now, here’s the real question.  Do you want to go on this journey?”
Cierra contemplated all she just read.  “Yes, I’d love to see my real father, who I haven’t seen for eighteen years.  I still can’t believe this.  Are you sure you’re not just sending me on a wild goose chase?”
Cindy nodded and reached into the box she was looking through earlier.  “I promise.  And promise me you won’t tell anyone who you are and where you came from.” She handed her a necklace in the shape of a key.
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I'm sorry I had to cut you off :)  
I'd love to hear from you, so please comment below on what you think.  As a writer I want you guys to connect with my characters, so if you have any advice please let me know :)
Thank you.
                    -Anna