Friday, March 23, 2018

Spring Cleaning Writer Tag Challenge

My sweet friend Shantelle Mary  tagged me for this, and I was quite pleased at the thought. Thank you, dear! <3 

The Rules:

  • Link back to the person who tagged you
  • Share the picture
  • Answer the questions (naturally…) or even pick and choose which ones you answer
  • Tag 3 other writers and inform them that you tagged them (via comment/message/email or hey, even carrier-pigeon or smoke signal; I’m not picky)

1. Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)

I'm actually going to skip the first question, if you will forgive me. *cough* 
 Because I really don't have any writing goals. lol
I'm really to busy to set a certain goal, so I write whenever I have the time, or whenever the 'genius burns' as Jo would say. 

2. Which Stage Are You At? Expound!

a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet … just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)

Hmm...... I'd definitely say E. 
 I am not a very organized writer. AT ALL. 
I plan the story, at the same time as writing, but then I also go back and edit what I last wrote, plus I have the 'blueprints' for the second book which I keep scribbling, even when I tell myself I have to finish book number one FIRST! 
 So.... yeah. No wonder I get overwhelmed. *chuckle* 
But that's the way I roll, I guess. 

3. Treasure From the Back of the Closet (Share one to three snippets you love!)

  I wrote this once when I was feeling starry-eyed and 'dreamy', and although I never wrote it with the intentions of it being used in one of my novels, I do have an idea which book it could be used in. 

This from my novel, (I may change the title?) I Know Who Holds Tomorrow, and this is from a very sad part in the character's life, if you can't tell. 
 But don't get too down! It all turns out, all right in the end. *wink* 
I wanted to show just how much the loved ones of service men go through, waiting and praying for their loved ones to come home. 
 And they don't always do. 

 Okay, guys, I promise this novel isn't all gloom and doom.  
But maybe the hurt and sadness in my characters flows so much easier?

3.5. Bonus: Do Some Actual Spring Cleaning of Your Writer Self! (and share a picture!)

I just got my writing desk, so  it would pretty pointless to do some actual cleaning. lol

yes, I stole this from Daminika. So sorry

This is where I draw, write and sew. 
 My aunt and uncle gave me this desk recently, and it has made things so much neater in my room. 
No more pencils and blending sticks just floating around. 
 Not to mention the piles of scrap material. (it's hiding inside, plus the sewing machine)



Well, that was fun! 
 I hope you enjoyed, even if I made my book sound sad, drear, and full of sorrow. *ahem* 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

February// Life Update

Honestly, I haven't too much to say about last month's activities.
 We've been trying to recover from the crazy days of Felicity's wedding, but they don't seem to have slowed down much.
my beautiful sister before she became a wife

I just love this picture <3

 I've been working again *hooray!* so my days have been filled up.
At least they were pretty filled up until the snows came and we were snowed in for a week, but even then I kept pretty busy.
 I turned 20 on the 12th, so I am officially out of the teenage category. So sad.
But I had an enjoyable birthday, going out with my parents and relaxing, and a bit earlier in the week, I went out to coffee with my friends, and a visiting cousin from NH, which was a lot of fun. *wide smile*
 So far I have been surviving this adult things pretty good.
And now for a not-so-large photo dump:

Liberty got a new dog

hanging at the aunts, because it's what we do

view from work

I dug out some of my old paintings

Ok, guys, this movie is awful. 
Heart-breaking. Intense
I loved and hated it at the same time *wink* 

walked to Arrowhead and the library from Marissa and Marita's
I love small towns

This view.... <3 
It's changed some since I was little, and yet, always the same
The view from my Grandpa's porch

Felicity sent me a card in the mail

And the twins sent their birthday wishes! <3 

Birthday dinner at Black Angus

working on my latest project

AAAAAND it snowed

making the most of the snow. 
homemade watermelon snow cone

Finished Ricky and he has joined the rest of my friends
on my rather full wall

Gregory Peck is the drawing I've been the most pleased with. 
Don looks pretty good, too ;P

We ventured out in the snow

sisters can be so rude

she doesn't appreciate my wit at all

Kirsten ate ice cream without us. 
Honesty is what makes real friendships *laughs*

I hope you had a wonderful February!


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Writer's Block

I have been working on this one novel for about...... four years?
 Maybe even longer. Who really keeps track.
It's changed considerably since the beginning, and it keeps changing still.

It's about a young rural girl, growing up in a fictional small town in the Western mountains, during the last few years of the Great Depression.
 Or... at least, it's STARTS during the Great Depression.
But the story carries on until the last days of the second World War.
 The characters are still developing, changing, and growing as I go, and it can be difficult at times.
For example.
 The male character, Alec, was always dark, brown-eyed, and spoke with a gentle Texas drawl.
In looks he always reminded me of someone like Gregory Peck (younger version, of course) , but a bit "gangly" like Jimmy Stewart.

Guys... I just watched Captain America and now Alec can only look like Steve Rogers! UGH
 I picture a scene with Alec, and he smiles at his wife..... no, no, no, not Steve. Think Gregory Peck. tsk tsk.

See? Much too blond. Blue eyes. 
What can you do? *throws hands up*

Also, Katie is supposed to only sixteen years of age when she is married. 
 But she keeps ending up sounding so old and wise, like a mature woman who's seen everything there is to see. 
 I try, and I try, to make her seem young, youthful, and innocent, but she always comes across as an ancient soul.  *groans*

AAAAAAND she has so many siblings, that are IMPORTANT to the story, BUT I can't figure out how to give them more depth in the beginning. 
 I mean, they basically just sit around.
How do you make background character come to life?

It can be frustrating, when the Hayes and Tucker families are so real to me, so close, like old friends, but I can't get them down on paper right. 

So, if you haven't guessed by now, I am suffering dreadfully from Writer's Block. 

All I do lately is re-read my old work and:

seriously, me most of the time

I could start ALL OVER, I suppose. 
 But I have tried that once, and I still hit a stone wall. 
 "Oh, this is going great. BOOM." 

So the world is going to have to wait for Katherine and Alec to come out and capture their hearts. They don't seem in the mood for captivating anybody. 

Just letting out some steam ya'll. 

Am I right?



Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Liebster Award// Tag

My blog has been pretty dull lately. 
 I do apologize, ya'll, but like I always say 'It's a crazy life'.
And I really have had deep thoughts and writings that I would have liked to post, but I never have the time or energy. 
 Also, it's been snowing like CRAZY here, so my office is so cold, (no, we haven't any heaters) that I haven't welcomed the thought of sitting down to blog very often.
 Hence the absence of my usual charm and wit. *That was a joke. cough* 
That being said, I've been tagged for this post, so... something new, guys! *confetti* 
 Thank you, Natasha for tagging me! :)                                                                 

Thank the person who nominated you

Answer the 11 questions they gave you

Name 11 facts about yourself

Nominate 11 bloggers to do this tag, and let them know

Give them 11 questions to answer

1. What's a song you like to listen to when you're in a melancholy mood?
Hm.... well, I have a lot of those. 
 But to name a few, Someone Else's Star by Bryan White, A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman, and My Everything by Owl City

2. What is the best movie you've watched so far this year?
 The Finest Hours and maybe Chronicles of Narnia *hides from people who don't like those movies. Don't judge me, please* 

3. Morning or night person?
Heh. Definitely a night person as of now. 
 I hate having to get out of bed. 

4. Favorite insect?
Um. I'm not one for insects. 
 But I guess if butterflies count, those are pretty. 
 5. What is one of your dreams?
Besides the typical, obvious answer... *marriage* 
 I'd like to spend a whole month in a foreign place, just to see what it is like. 

6. How many cousins do you have? {yes, I copied this question ;P}
Uh..... Daminika was figuring this out the other day, but I don't remember. *quickly asks her* SIXTY-FIVE
 7. Favorite type of shoes?
I love simple heels. Pumps. Heeled sandals, even though I hate my toes. Otherwise, barefoot, for the most part. 
 Except I love my beautiful cowboy boots that I wear to do chores. <3 #westernlife

8. Five singers you love?
 Oh, that's hard. 
Josh Turner, Dean Martin, Doris Day, Crystal Gayle and Chris Ledoux

9. What did you do right before writing this blog post?
 Morning Bible

10. What is your favorite type of meat?
Beef. Always, beef. 

11. If you could do anything for a day, what would you do?
 Climb a mountain and stay up there all day, painting. 



11 Facts About Me

  1. I dance a lot
  2. I hate too much heat. And despise humidity. 
  3. I love dressing up and doing my makeup
  4. But I also love working outside, getting dirty
  5. Secretly, I've always wanted to be a dancer
  6. Whenever I take this test, I am either an INFP and an INFJ. I am a complex person? 
  7. I have been trying to go Gluten Free, and I hate it
  8. I've always been fascinated by historical makeup, hair and clothing
  9. I am easily infatuated 
  10. I speak very clumsily. 
  11. I am 5'2 and an 1/4 inch. 
And now! To find eleven people to tag, *gulp* 

I did it! Some of you may be already tagged. Sorry *wink* 
Now, my questions for you: 

  1. What is one thing you wish you could have done in the past?
  2. Favorite drink?
  3. What is your nightly ritual/ what do you do to unwind before bed?
  4. Do you workout?
  5. Have you ever been to an ancient historic site?
  6. Name five movies you love
  7. What song do you listen to when you're in a good mood?
  8. Your favorite classic novel?
  9. Your favorite classic movie?
  10. What is one daily chore you don't enjoy?
  11. Who is your favorite fictional hero? (as in a male)
I hope you enjoyed!