Monday, October 31, 2016

Wrap It Up~October

   Ok...OCTOBER IS OVER NOVEMBER IS HERE I JUST DID THIS I JUST DID THIS LAST YEAR WHAT IN THE WORLD WHY IS IT NOVEMBER ALREADY?
   How's that for an intro? xD



   OK I HAS LIFE STUFF TO TALK ABOUT NOW! WE DID LOTS OF EXCITING THINGSSS!


   Ok, first up, Youth Camping Trip.
  

Freezing cold nights, amazing meals, and a lot of just chilling with friends. Between one of my friends doing card tricks and making fun of how short I am, another friend getting "swaddled" in my fuzzy blanket, another friend getting me to take his picture fabulously, I had an amazing time! Plus   we had church in the pavilion, and bro brought his guitar so we could sing, so that was incredible.   


Also my fabulous aunt got me a Harry Potter house shirt! (Yes it's backwards, but it says Gryffindor.) And then when I went to get shoes at the same store, I found they had an entire DISPLAY OF             HARRY POTTER SHIRTS YOU KNOW HOW TEMPTING DAT IS? *sobs*                                 
                                                     

           
BUT LOOK! I went to a masquerade ball with a lot of friends! I actually made my own mask, as seen below! We had a ton of fun. And I daaaanced with was amazing! Like danced so now I can write         about it! Research, right? xD So this was a major peopling event, and I did it! I did a thing!                

   Next up our church picnic! I cooooked a pie! Or baked it...It was chocolate mousse and chocolate shavings, and I won third! I also ate three pieces...*coughs* Pre NaNo stress...But anywho, it was fun
making it and blasting music through the kitchen while my mom tried to shout instructions at me.
  Next up our church picnic! I cooooked a pie! Or baked it...It was chocolate mousse and chocolate shavings, and I won third! I also ate three pieces...*coughs* Pre NaNo stress...But anywho, it was fun making it and blasting music through the kitchen while my mom tried to shout instructions at me.

   We also hung out and played in the bouncy house like the children at hearts we are. Jumping over the slide, dragging each other off of the slide, taking pictures on the slide, the slide was epic! Also planning YouTube videos out on the sidewalk. *nods* Dats when we took this.


   Top books I read this month: I read...two that I can remember off of the top of my head. The Golden Braid  and A Torch Against the Night. The Golden Braid was really annoying, to be honest. I don't like Melanie Dickerson at all, I think. The fact that all of her girls are gorgeous and everyone loves them...that just drives me insane. AND ATAtN WAS FABULOUS! The language wasn't cool, and I was unhappy with two people who slept with each other, but other than that...*dies* HELENE HAD A POV SHE HAD A POV! I was soooo excited!



Prepping for NaNo...and by prepping I mean doing absolutely nothing but gathering random inspiration and writing it down and looking like a dingbat at social events. *nods* So yes. That. NaNo is coming and I shall be writing a book! Another one! Equaling my eight draft alone and thirteenth with someone else.                                                                                                         
I was actually super inspired to edit Superheroes, so as soon as I finish NaNo, I'll start second drafting that. Editing is fun for the first few chapters...*coughs loudly* and then the fun magically  gets chucked out of a window. How does this happen.                                                                       
Also I may or may not have frozen at editing Iris...*coughs again and hides face* I really need to work on that one and post the next part. Editing is so haaaaard though! *moans to you about editing.  
That's pretty much it, and despite my attempts, some of the paragraphing is weird in this post, so I sincerely apologize. *bows ninja like*                                                                                              
Rachael Steele                                                                                                                                   
Are you doing NaNo? How do you prep for NaNo? What was the most exciting thing you did this October?                                                                                                                                       





Friday, October 21, 2016

The Soundtrack Behind Red King

   I am a horrible narwhal. Shame me. I am so underprepared for NaNo that I only just now thought of doing my October posts on my story...*headdesks* SO YOU GUYS GET THREE OUT OF FOUR POSTS ABOUT RED KING!

    So the first group of songs I have for you are the songs for Catus.

*bows* I have conveniently made a series of playlists for the story so you can listen to them.


Some of my favorites are Monster by Imagine Dragons, Mansion by NF, Goner and Heathens by Twenty One Pilots, Can You Hear Me by Flurie, AHH SO MANY GOOD ONES Unsteady by X Ambassadors. AHHH THESE SONGS GUYS AHHHH I'll choose...two and go over why they're Catus' songs.

   Mansion: NF
My mind is a home I'm trapped in
And it's lonely inside this mansion


DHSDIOWEKSNJKDS OK First up Catus is insane. Traumatic events have driven him to the edge and his mind is basically a bowl of mixed pasta noodles and most of them are moldy. *nods* So he feels like his mind is this huge mansion with so many rooms of hurt and pain he wants to shut them all and burn them.

   Wish I could take a match and burn this whole room to the ground
   Matter of fact I think Ima burn this room right now


   I've actually planned this whole scene out, well, many scenes, but...Ok, if you've seen the BBC Sherlock, you know how he wanders his mind palace? That's how this is pretty much, and when Emmy starts getting into his head, she's just running around this mansion and he's like trying to keep her out of these rooms but she's running from her own scary things that are also in there because she is so she's like trying to get in a room and block it out.


   Heathens: Twenty One Pilots
   All my friends are heathens, take it slow
   Wait for them to ask you who you know
   Please don't make any sudden moves
   You don't know the half of the abuse


   ACK! THIS FIRST LINE IS JUST...OAIWIYSIEHLHLSD

   You're lovin' on the psychopath sitting next to you
   You're lovin' on the murderer sitting next to you
   You'll think, how'd I get here, sitting next to you?
   But after all I've said, please don't forget


   Ok, so when I first heard this song, I thought it was "You'll never know the psychopath sitting next to you" BUT IT STILL FITS! He and Leela are this unsuspecting pair of psychopaths and crazy people, you have to already know that. *bawls*

   We don't deal with outsiders very well
   They say newcomers have a certain smell
   Yeah, I trust issues, not to mention
   They say they can smell your intentions


   THIS ONE GUYS! Catus literally trusts no one but Leela and his son, like no one. AND HIS TRUST ISSUES ARE SO DEEP HE WILL LITERALLY AVOID HUMANS CEPTING HIS FAMILY FOR DAYYYYYS!!!

  

   Ok so the next group of songs is the songs for Leetus, one of my three OTPs.


ACKACKACK OK THEEESE SONGSSS! Little Do You Know by Alex and Sierra, Wherever You Will Go by Andi & Alex and Chance Pena (this is a recording from The Voice and JUST LISTEN TO ITTT), Inside Out by the Chainsmokers and Charlee, Can You Hold Me by NF and Britt Nicole, Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men, Falling by the Civil Wars.
   OK HOW DO I CHOOOOOOOSE! *moans and makes floppy narwhale noises*
  
   Can You Hold Me: NF and Britt Nicole
   HAHA I lied here's the song and lyrics, it would take so long to go through it...and I know it was probably talking to God not a person, but this is how Catus and Leela are. *nods*




   Little Talks:
I don't like walking around this old and empty house
So hold my hand, I'll walk with you my dear


   I like this line because it's Leela talking to Catus and she's talking about his mind. The thing I explained above with the mansion, that's this. When he's having a nightmare, she'll help him through it, but when he goes into this state of basically madness, she's legitimately scared.

   Don't listen to a word I say
   The screams all sound the same

   This is pretty self explanatory, with the nightmares and all...

   Last song: Falling
Haven't you seen me sleepwalking 'cause I've been holding your hand
Haven't you noticed me drifting
Oh
Let me tell you I am


   Ahhhhhhh ok thissssss songgg...JUST LIKE AHHHH ITS SO AMAZING AND LEETUS AND I'M JUST GOING TO PASTE SOME LYRICS HERE:

Tell me it's nothing
Try to convince me that I'm not drowning
Oh
Let me tell you I am
Please
Please tell me you know
I've got to let you go
I can't help falling out of love with you

   AHHHHHHHHHHH!!! *FLOPS AND ROLLS OVER DEAD*

  
   Last group of songs are for Emmy.
   Fire N' Gold by Bea Miller, Through Heavens Eyes from the Prince of Egypt, A Quiet Darkness by Houses, Thief and Dream by Imagine Dragons, Oh Lord by NF.


   Fire N' Gold: Bea Miller
   Baby, we were born with
   Fire and gold in our eyes, eyes
   With fire and gold in our eyes, eyes
   Got lightning in a bottle
   Hands on the throttle
   Even in the dust we shine
   With fire and gold in our eyes


   This song is Emmy's song because she truly believes she has a spark and fire and she can help people, but everyone, Catus included, tells her she was a mistake because she's a Dreamer.

   Dream: Imagine Dragons
   We all are living in a dream,
   But life ain’t what it seems
   Oh everything’s a mess
   And all these sorrows I have seen
   They lead me to believe
   That everything’s a mess


   This is suuuch Emmy's song because of the whole dream thing, and how reality seems unstable and how it's so bad and ASJDSLUISDIUWE!


   *coughs because she only has two songs...*
   Anywho, I hope this will give you some insight to the characters, and follow me on Spotify for the playlists for these guys! Also, I shall reply to your comments on Monday, as I will be gone this weekend.
   Rachael

   Have you heard of any of these songs? Did you listen to any just now? What kind of music do you NaNo too?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Beautiful Books

   So before NaNo, I'm going to participate in Beautiful Books, hosted by Paperfury and Further Up Further In. This will be ten questions that I will answer about my story Red King. *takes deep breath* Kay, let's begin.


   1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea? Well, I read the Lunar Chronical series, and that partially inspired me to do a fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Ridinghood, and Snow White. After a lot lot lot of changes, I cut out all the...fairy tale stuff...*headdesks* So now it's just about Catus. But then, as I said in this post, I combined Red King with Fire N' Gold and included Emmy. I've had the idea for a monthish, maybe a little over?

   2. Describe what your novel is about! So it's about Catus, who had a horrible childhood where he ended up running away from his dad, the King of Shaelin, until he turned eighteen. He has horrible nightmares at night, it's pretty bad. But he married this girl (adorable sad story) who also has nightmares, so he thinks, "Man, I should find a Dreamer (someone who manipulates dreams). Too bad Dad made Dreamer's illegal and they're all hunted. Nope, I'm finding one."
   Switch to Emmy. She'd just a Dreamer who lives on the streets with her brother. When her brother gets sick, she takes a job manipulating a rich woman's dream, but SURPRISE trap, and she gets carted off to the palace to manipulates Catus and Leela's dreams.
    3. What is your book's aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like! I love these things, they're on the board.




   4. Introduce us to each of your characters!
   So we have Catus and Emmy, the POV charries, then Leela, Catus' wife, and Bella, a prisoner at the palace.

      



   Catus is this really...evil king. He's the villain, and I loooove writing from the point of view of the villains, so *grins* Anywho, he's almost two personalities. He has the Catus Leela and Marcus (his son) knows, and then the one Emmy knows, the psycho wacko evil Catus. He's in his early twenties.
  
   Emmy is super quiet, but when people make her mad, she can be this snappish turtle. She has an adopted brother named Val, and she manipulates dreams.

   Leela is the sweetest little bubble! She was locked in Catus' dad's dungeon at four and spent thirteen years there. Catus' dad dies, Catus comes and hears her having like these nightmares one night and she's like crying hysterically and there are a few guards and so he follows them and just falls in love with this insane girl because he's insane too. He helps her, they marry, have Marcus, end of the first part and skip ahead to a yearish later.




   5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?) I outline, research, drink coffee, squeal to friends, and usually flop. It's a very effective method. xD Meaning I start out motivated, slip out of it, then rush the last week to finish and usually end up dying. BUT THIS WILL BE WORSE BECAUSE I AM PANTSING THIS NANO AHHH!

   6. What are you most looking forward to about this novel? THE CHARACTERS! AND THE DREAMS! THE DREAMSCAPES ARE GOING TO BE FABULOUS AND AMAZING!!!

   7. List 2 things about your novel's settings! Dark and depressing. Evil. Does that count? The whole kingdom's pretty much a dark depressing evil spot...
  
   8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way? She wants to be a normal person and just live with her bro, but she's a Dreamer, so she's pretty much dead already...

   9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel? I know, I know, I have to think this through...

   10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over? Probably that no one's an "accident", because that's one of the things Catus tells Emmy over and over, that because she's a Dreamer, she's a "mistake".  How do I want them to feel...Ok, I can't tell you this because spoilers...



   Thank you so much for reading! I hope this wasn't just me flopping about how much I don't know. xD

   Rachael
   <What are you doing for NaNoWriMo? Are you plotting it or pantsing it? What's your fuel for writing?>

Friday, October 7, 2016

When the Downs Come

   Everyone's hit a writing slump, and if you haven't yet, you will. It's not a discouragement, it's the truth. No one feels like their a good writer all of the time, and if you do, TELL ME YOUR SECRET! I've been in a slump for a few days, so I thought I'd write this post.


  
   So I had peopled all day on Saturday, and I came home and talked to Sierra and Hannah for a minute, and I looked at my stories, including the one for NaNo, and...I hated them. I didn't just think they were boring, I hated them. The only one I didn't hate was the one I was doing for OYAN.
   These stories were boring. The characters were boring. No one would ever want to read them. Why couldn't I write stories like the ones Hannah, Sierra, and I write? Our characters interact so well, why can't mine?
   I ended up telling them I was going to trash all of them. Of course they reacted as any amazing writing buddies would:

   Sierra: RACHAEL NO DON'T TRASH THE STORIES
   Hannah: PUT THEM ON A SHELF DON'T TRASH THEM
   Sierra: NOOO
   Hannah: NOOOOO
   Sierra: IT'S TEN O'CLOCK AND YOU'VE PEOPLE TODAY, DON'T MAKE DESCITIONS!"

   Somehow they convinced me not to trash the stories that night, and the morning!!!!

   I was sick.
   So I stayed home from church, listened to a sermon and worship music, and plotted. I mixed two stories, Fire N' Gold and Red King together, which worked out beautifully because Catus from Red King has horrible nightmares and is insane, and Emmy from Fire N' Gold manipulates dreams and then her own mess up and she starts going crazy too.
   I was able to love a few of them and not trash them, but tragically, some are gone. Hazard, Renegade, all of the Flicker sequels. *sniffs* But the good news is, I have what I'm going to do for NaNo now.
   It was going to be the second book in my Superheroes series (don't ask why the first, third, and fourth are written...), but then I decided to do my other two.
   I am here to tell you something:
   You are a good writer.
   We might not always feel like it, but that's normal. Thank goodness my fabulous friends kept me from trashing my stories, because I would have regretted that deeply.
   We're all going to feel like a bad writer sometimes, I was just unlucky in feeling that way right before NaNo. There are many posts I could point you to if you still feel like this, but one I loved was Hannah's post.
   Thank you so much for reading!

   Rachael
   Do you ever get the downs? How do you deal with them? What's your favorite post about downs?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Wrap it Up~September

  (PIC)
So it's the last day of September, and I know this is on a Saturday, but I forgot wanted to space the posts out since I did one for A Time to Rise. xD So without further ado, here's the wrap up!


   Life was school, basically. *nods* And writing. But mostly school. I did...*is sitting here wondering what I did...* Ok so clearly I either need coffee or a life.
   OH I GOT IT I GOT IT! Our fabulous cousins came down to visit us, and we had an amazing time downtown! We ate great pizza, and fought over who was taller. *coughs bc Josh is* *scowls*

   Inspiration was reaped from that...and I'm so sorry, but that's all I have for the life area. I was boring. I know.

   So...I read All the Light We Cannot See...for a reason which I will discuss below... But I LOVED IT OH MY GOSH!!! READ MY REVIEW HERE (a pitiful excuse for a review, I know) AND READ DA BOOOOOK!
   I also read A TIME TO RISE OH MY GOSH I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! THIS HAS A REVIEW I'M PROUD OF, BUT JUST GO READ MY POST! IT WAS FABULOUS!
   I have a ton of books to read, but I didn't actually...mostly just non-fiction research.
   OK I AM SO SORRY BUT I'M ABOUT TO DIE AND BURST IF I DON'T MOVE ON TO WRITING FOR TWO REASONS!
   OK OK OK SO as you know, the amazing Hannah and Sierra and I are writing a fantasy....*were WE FINISH IT WE FINISHED ASHES BURN GUYS I CRIED SO HARD ITS AMAZING and full of typos BUT STILL AMAZING AHHHH I LOVES THESE GUYS SO MUCH THEY ARE AMAZING WRITING BUDDIES! AND GUESS WHAT? I AM HERE WITH THE FIRST SCENE FROM ASHES BURN!


   Hazel slipped into the office, pulling her mask up around her mouth. She slid her previous book onto the shelf and ran her hands over the others. Her fingers closed around one and she smiled the slightest bit.
   “Hey,” a male voice said from the doorway. “What are you doing in here?”
   She froze, her breath steaming in the cloth. Slowly she let go of the book and took a deep breath, not answering.
   There was the sound of someone stepping closer and the voice, sounding frustrated, spoke again. “I said, what are you doing?” he demanded.
   Hazel’s eyes flicked to the window in response. She stepped towards it, avoiding the boy’s gaze.
   The boy frowned and lunged forwards, catching hold of her wrist.
   She pulled against him, straining to get to the window. No no no, this can’t happen! Her hand shot to her knife, but she immediately let it go. You can’t attack the King.
   The boy blocked the way to the window with his body, maintaining a firm grip on Hazel’s wrist. “Answer my question or I’ll call the guards!” he ordered.
   She reached up to make sure her scarf was still covering her face and coughed. “I was just getting something.” she said in a low voice.
   The boy jerked her wrist, tugging her towards the door. “Not a good answer. This is the Ki- my study. You need approval to even be in here.” He told her.
   “My mother gave me approval.” she answered, trying to pull his hand off of her wrist. “You haven’t noticed until now.”
   “Who is your mother?” he demanded.
   “Kayley Karmadea.” she answered, glancing out of the window. “I was just getting a book, ok?”
   He let go of her wrist as if it were covered in acid and took a couple steps away from her, still blocking her path to the window. “Your mother is Kayley Karmadea?”
   “Yes, of course.” She still avoided his gaze and rubbed her wrist, glancing at the door. “Look, if it helps, my mother knew your mother and father, so…” she shrugged. “I don’t know.”
   His jaw clenched. “Your mother killed my father. It doesn't help. Kayley Karmadea was a traitor, and her approving you to be in here is worthless. Get out of my study, or I'll call the guards.”
   “Precisely my goal in the first place.” she ran to the window and ducked out, then back in. “To be fair though, your father did cut her face up, then take over her country, then enslave her, so…” she shrugged. “You disapproving me from this study is worthless to me too.”
   “Michael!” the boy shouted. “Jacob!”
   The girl jumped from the window to the branch outside, but the edge of her scarf caught on the window and she pulled it off, dropping to the ground below.
   The two guards outside ran in, their hands on their swords. “Sir, is everything alright?” Michael asked, looking around.
   Ash crossed the room to the window, tugging the scarf free and holding it in his hands for a moment.    “I want the branch outside this window cut,” He told them, turning back around. “Anyone could climb up the tree out there, across the branch, and get in here without alerting the guards, if they were quick enough.”
     “Yes sir…” Michael nodded slowly. “Is everything alright? Besides the...branch?”
    Ash hesitated a moment. “I want whatever information you have on the woman who… who killed my father.”
    Michael narrowed his eyes, but nodded and walked over to the shelf against the wall. “We have a file on her.” he said, pulling one out.
     Ash nodded and took it. “Thanks. That will be all.”
     Michael nodded and the two guards left the room, leaving Ash alone.


   AHHHHHH I LOVES IT!!! I LOVES IT SO MUCH! Tell me what you think!

   Also...research books...WE STARTED A WORLD WAR II BOOK!!! A RETELLING OF IT, SO IT'S NOT HISTORICAL, BUT VERY VERY CLOSE. *shriekles* I'll just tell you a tiny bit about it.
   So the main character is this girl from Brundhilm (ally group), Liza, who is a spy, and she agrees to go spy in this Reich (German) city. She ends up befriending these two (Hitler Youth, we haven't renamed it yet) and they're so sweet and *flops* but she's a spy, so every time she has to use them for info, it hurts because she actually likes them. So the book is about her in this Reich city, spying. 
   THIS BOOK IS HEARTBREAKING BECAUSE OF THE TWO HITLER YOUTH BOYS! Stefan is more serious then Will, and he's so sweet and kind. The Hitler Youth boys hung out in the square a lot of times, and Liza came up with this reason to go with Stefan so that she could listen for anything helpful to the Brundhilm army. And Stefan is so adorable and just *screams* he makes sure the boys like don't mess with her and it's just adorableeee! #Stezaforever
   Will on the other hand knows what's up...ish. Liza's really sweet and nice to Stefan, her real personality, but to Will, she's this sarcastic, reckless, dishonest girl. She gets multiple warning from him for breaking the law, cheats off of his tests, and lies totally straight faced. Honestly...I'm not sure why he's friends with her...
   *coughs* Enough about the stories...*could go on and on* *especially about Stefan* *who's last name is Engel which means "angel" in German* *and he has a puppy* *and I totally ship him and Liza* *coughs again and really does move on*


   Thank you so much for reading this!
   Rachael
   DID YOU LIKE THE FIRST SCENE? HOW DOES THE WWII BOOK SOUND? Are you ready to prep for NaNo? Do you plot or pants?