Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Hobbit Day!

Apperantly it's Hobbits Day today... AKA Frodo and Bilbo's birthday so....

From left to right: Frodo, J.R.R Tolkien and Bilbo.

Happy birthday to my two most favourite hobbits!

And because it's also technically 'Hobbits Day' Here's a bonus bunch o' drawings:

Don't worry, Pippin. I'm sure Frodo and Bilbo will share the cake.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The "Of Rising Authors" Tag :: Vol. 3 and... 4?

Oh dear, here we go again...!

Place-holder until I get inspired to make a picture xP 

  • No tagging back. (When was this added??)
  • Tag four people.
  • Thank the person who tagged you. 

Thank ye very muchly Ral and Jessica! (Double-tag posts are indeed a thing xD)

Ral's Questions:

1. What Genre of books is your favourite (To read or to write)?

(To read and write) Modern-Fantasy, lots of action and high stakes probably. 

2. What would happen if your MC Loses?

Bad things, man... Bad things. Maybe not straight away-- but my villain would continue to go crazy with power (not the magical kind, the dictator-ish kind) and start exploiting it.... Until one day she slipped up and ended up getting arrested by the police who finally came to their senses.

(But you know, not until after a loooong reign of terror.)

3. What would happen if a secondary character becomes the MC? 

*almost falls out of chair* ARE YOU KIDDING ME. How--?! What--?!

*ahem* Sorry, allow me to explain... The amount of irony in this question is quite amusing considering I'm actually going to attempt this for G.A... Wish me luck :P 

4. How do you get your ideas? 

By spending a lot of time zoning out and thinking. Some other ways would be talking to specific friends and family about it and bouncing ideas back and forth. It's fun. *wise nod*

Either that or just sitting on my bed and staring at the roof works almost just as well.

5. What do you like to do to your characters? (That's NOT Torturing them. I literally have asked this before and TWO PEOPLE have said they torture their characters.)

Tortur-- oh... uhm. *crickets chirp*

This is awkward.

6. What would happen if your villain had a change of heart?

Weeeeell... um, spoilers! *throws down a confetti bomb and disappears in a cloud of confetti*

7. Would you rather: Never write again OR Write for the rest of eternity. Never stopping. (I know, I'm evil >:D)

Oh man, um.... This one is actually super hard 'cos the writing for the rest of eternity implies that I can't draw ever again... o-o But on the other hand, I really like writing and making up stories for characters and not being able to write again would suck.

OH-- Waitaminute... I think I've found a loophole... I won't write, I'll just dictate :D 

8. (If you do Indigo's challenge, you don't have to answer from here on :D) What's your favourite style to write in? (First-person, third-person, etc)

HA. This is pretty much the one thing I am 100% confused about, all the time. I love both, really. They both have way too many pros and cons for me to make a proper decision. (or maybe I just overthink it far too much). This is also why my snippets (for the same WIP) so often vary from third-person to first-person. 

9. Any Tips for writing? If so, please share.

Just. Keep. Writing. 

I know you've all probably heard this one, a thousand times, but it's true. Who cares if it's bad? The only way you'll get good at something is if you keep doing it.

Oh yeah, and reading. Make sure you read lots. *wise nod*

10. What is the hardest thing for you to write?


Writing is hard for me. It will always be hard for me... But that's fine-- I still love it anyway. *shrug*

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Okie dokie and now for Jessica's Questions!

1. What do you struggle most in your writing with?

I think it'd have to be the actual writing part itself... Sitting down and not getting distracted by anything else.. specifically drawing. (Weirdly enough, Pinterest hasn't been so distracting lately...I dunno how.)

2. What inspired you to write your WIP?

Oooh tricky. I dunno, I think I was listening to a sermon in church when a particular sentence came along and hit me over the head with inspiration. Annnnd then, in the car ride home, I talked to my Dad and older brother about it and basically we came up with so many scene and concept ideas that I just had to write it. The story itself has changed a lot over time. 

3. What is the theme of your WIP?

I think it's 'Redemption'.... Both my MCs, Brinley and Asher, have things they regret doing (or not doing) and the guilt just kinda follows them around everywhere.... annnnd I should stop talking before I spoil the whole story.

4. Which do you enjoy more; planning out your character development or your world?

Planning out the character deveploment, definitely. Creating the world is fun too, but not as much ;P 

5. Do you have a set genre that you write to?

I don't think so... I've kinda been hopping from fantasy to modern-day-superhero (does that count as a genre?) lately.

6. What would be your most dreaded genre to have to write?

Science Fiction. Definitely. 

More so the type of Science Fiction where planets and space travel are involved. I can't really bring myself to read it, let alone write in that genre. It tends to be so full of lengthy descriptions and science-y (wow, really Sarah?) terms that I lose interest almost immediately. 

(SciFi movies are super cool though.)

7. Do you have a favourite character?

Mhm... I dunno. Depends if you're asking about my favourite character of all time or one of my original characters?

For the former question: It'd have to be either Leo Valdez or Hearthstone. (I don't do complete favourites :P that's much to hard)

8. If so, why are they your favourite? (If not, why don’t you have a favourite?)

Aw, come on.... It was hard enough trying to think up a favourite xD

I don't really know how to explain why they are my favourites... They just are. *shrug*

Oh wait maybe it's because they both have tragic backstories.

9. Are you a nice writer or an evil one?

Evil...ish. I think. Considering one of my characters has to deal with PTSD... I'll let you decide :P

(What is the definition of a 'nice' writer anyway? Someone who gives their character ice-cream every few scenes or so? I dunno.) 

10. If you could insert yourself into any part of your WIP in the place of your MC, what would it be and why?

Ooh. I dunno... I probably wouldn't? 'Cos bad stuff happens... and my characters kinda need the calmer moments to relax. I would feel pretty guilty if I did that... unless it was a bad moment. In which case I would be too busy freaking out.

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*realizes I've finished all the questions* Waitaminute. I'm... I'm DONE? *quickly searches under chairs and rugs for anymore questions that might be hiding* ...Huh, I guess so.

Okay! So I don't think I'll tag anyone specific this time... I'll just leave it open. If you, dear reader, haven't by some miracle done this tag already (or if you want to do it again)-- I hereby tag you. :D

Here are ze Questions...

1. Do you prefer writing in your pajamas, or everyday clothes? (Or dressed up in a costume?)
2. If you absolutely had to rewrite a well-known book and put zombies in it, which one would you pick? (Bonus points if you write a small snippet (with zombies) for that book :D) 
3. Which do you prefer: First person, or third person?
4. If you had to choose only one hobby (any of them) to have perfected for the rest of your life, what would it be? (You can still have other hobbies, but you won't have mastered them)
5.  If you could live in a book of your choice, which one would it be? (Please also explain why?)
6. What book do you love so much that you often wish you had come up with the idea?
7. So.. *leans back in a comfy chair with a cup of tea* How's your WIP coming along? 
8. Write a small scene in which your MC encounters a talking squirrel (who is also an assassin with a secret weapon). (Please? :D) 
9. Have you ever written a scene that made you cry? 
10. How many times have you made your character cry in their story? (Or made them want to cry?) 

Now go forth! (...And let me know if you did it!)


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Random Lil' Thing

Here's a random little thing I started working on 'cos I wanted to draw Ember... and then it just kept growing, and growing... and so on. So here you go! *throws mini-confusing-comic/snippet of one of my WIPs at you and runs away*

"How very observant of you Mr [Officer] Lucas. Can we get back on topic?" - Ember.

(A little bit of Context: Ember can manipulate light and sometimes does it without realizing (or she just likes to mess around with it when bored) ...She kinda hates having to explain it, and even more so when people she doesn't like interrupt her to point it out.... And so yeah, I'll stop rambling now :P)

So yep, that happened. I had fun drawing this random scene and I think the facial expressions turned out okay... Not sure if this scene will make it into the actual story though ;P

Anywho! I shall go and finish writing a post for a certain tag... Bye!


Friday, September 1, 2017

The "Of Rising Authors" Tag :: Vol. 2

Waitaminute! How'd we get back here again?? Good golly gosh, how long has it been since I've done this tag... *goes to check*

WOAH-- *almost falls out of chair* Okay.... Turns out it was July last year.

Anyway, thanks Ralraymee and MiddleEarthMusician! You're both awesome!

Krita hasn't been working lately, so I had to improvise.

(I assume the rules haven't changed at all, so I shall just put them here...)


Thank the random who tagged you. 

Do the post.

Answer the questions.

Tag other randoms

Give 'em another 10 questions

Well... Here we go again. (Imma do Ral's questions first...)

1. What's a strange thing you do while writing?

I still tend to chew on my headphone's cable whenever I'm writing (providing I also happen to be listening to music).... To be honest, I'm surprised it's still alive.

2. Any funny writing stories? if so, please share.

Well... I'm not sure if it counts as 'funny' but there was this one time I took my laptop to Bunnings. Just so that I could keep on writing my story while Dad did the shopping. (For anyone who doesn't know my dad... He loves Bunnings. We may have even spent approximitely four to six hours in there at some point while he contemplated buying a new drill.)

(Might be funny to you guys though... At this point I just suffer ;D)

3.  What's one of the worst things you've written? Please share

*spends half an hour trying to choose because there's just so much material to go with*

Okie dokie, found something cringeworthy! BRACE YOURSELVES PEEPS. (Also note that this snippet is from yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaars ago... Possibly from when I was 6-7 years old? I don't know.)

One day Kate was sitting under a tree reading her bible when her friends came over,
“Kate?” asked her friend “Yes Lulu?” asked Kate “How are you feeling?” she asked “Hmm, ok I guess” She replied looking up from her bible.
“Oh! Hi Becky and Lulu!” 
“Yes we’ve here a while now.” said Becky as  she  folded her arms “Oh. That’s  Fine,” answered  Kate. 
“Kate isn’t being herself you know” whispered Lulu to Becky.  “Kate do you remember we are going to-“began Becky “sure do” Kate said. 

*ahem* ...I'll spare you the rest. (For those who are really curious: If I remember correctly, they later go swimming in the lake on Kate's family property... Kate almost drowns, 'cos they were silly enough to take a rowboat too away from the shoreline without life jackets and yeah-- basically I was an angsty child back then.)

Funnily enough, it was found in a folder named 'The ancient ones that shall not be mentioned'. Gee, I wonder why... ;P

4.  If you could meet /any/ one of your OC's which one would you meet and why? (Double question :P)

AHHHH-- NO. How dare you make me choose just one of my dear children D: *hugs them all*

But..... I suppose if I absolutely had to answer this question. I'd probably go with Brinley 'cos I've "known" her much longer than all my other OCs. (That's not a weird thing to say-- nope, not at all..)

5. What's one of the best things you've written? Please share.

Oh. um. *realizes this was much easier to do with the 'worse things you've written' question* 

Oh stuff it-- This is the closest thing I can think of... *throws snippet at ya because I'm terrible at being vague and using a description intstead*

“Brinley— Stop! Come back!” 

I kept walking. There was nothing else for me to do. I failed, I had messed up… I had just ruined the lives of the young woman’s family in one fell swoop and it was taking every ounce of self-control I had to not just fall apart right then and there. I wasn’t going to stop.

I heard Asher’s steps echoing my own and a few seconds later, he reached out to grab my arm. “Brinley, please just wait...”

I couldn’t help but flinch back at his touch, moving out of his reach as much as I could without stumbling onto the road. No— no, it’s okay, there’s no vision-- it’s okay. I grabbed onto the nearest pole to steady myself. My eyes started to burn and I took in a shaky breath. Just keep breathing.

One look at his expression and any strength I had left unraveled almost instantly. Covering one hand over my mouth, I let out a choked sob. 

It wasn’t meant to happen this way—

I felt pathetic and so self-centered. Not crying for the loss of the dead woman who had, moments before now, life— but because I had been such an idiot. I tried to take in a few breaths to calm down, but only succeeded in pushing myself further into the great sob-lake of stupidness. 

How did I ever think I could do this?!

“Hey, calm down.” Asher’s abnormally gentle tone tore me out of my thoughts and back into the present. “There was nothing else you could’ve done.”

No- he’s just lying to make you feel better. 

I shook my head, unable to speak. Heck, even if I could of- I didn’t want to talk. There was absolutely nothing to say.

Annnnnnd back to the happy cotton-candy land of clouds now. Yay!

6. Who's your favourite Author?(And yes; you can say yourself if it's true XD)

Haha, well.. I am currently my worst critic so I think it's safe to say it's not me. xP

Hmmm.... T'would probably have to be the authors Jackie French and Michael Morpurgo.... Just going by the fact that I used to borrow and read as many of their books I could find, 'cos they were so entertaining. (In the sense that the majority had realistic characters, high stakes and intriguing plots... They weren't always funny-entertaining.)  Rick Riordan is also on my list of favourite authors. (I can never have just one favourite xP)

7. If you couldn't write for a WHOLE DAY *Gasp* What would you do?

I'd probably draw.

*marvels to self at how easily I answered that question*

8. If you were a knight in shining armour, which of your characters would play the roles? (eg; Dragon, Damsel in distress, Horse, ect) and how do you think it'd play out? (Double double question :P)


So I have this fairly new character called Althea and I think she'd have to be the damsel in distress (either her or Brinley.. but somehow I don't think that the whole 'damsel in distress' archetype suits Brinley very well. So Althea it is.) 

Valencia would be the dragon. Not an evil dragon mind you... just one who wants to be left alone for once and gets quite irritated when people start poking her with sticks.

Wait... 'Horse'?? Er.. I dunno if this means a 'pet' or a noble steed'' or... I dunno, a character that's a loyal friend/ally...? Uhm, going with the last one-- I think I'd go with my lightning mage, Isaac. 

Ember would be the exasperated fairy godmother who sometimes helps out on the quest. (Not on the list, but I just couldn't help it xD)

As for how it would play out...  It would most certainly be interesting...

Moving on!

9. How do you think your story would go if the roles were reversed? (Eg; Villain was MC, Minion was sidekick and so on)

Holy moly, that would make for an interesting story.. *leans back in the chair, thinking about it.* 

...Let's not go there.

10. (Phew, last one) If you could pick a character from ANY book series (Can be yours if you wish), Which one would be your best friend? (Have fun with that xD)

Ack, I dunno.... Actually wait-- *smacks forehead* Yes I do. xD

Leo Valdez from Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus series, of course. He's hilarious.

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And now for MiddleEarthMusician's questions!

1.    How do you go about writing an emotional scene? (I seriously need help with this.)

Er... Well, I'm not exactly sure if I should be recommending this or not... But personally I just listen to very emotional music (works best if music also comes with sad lyrics)... and basically make myself really sad. 

2.    What is your WIP’s theme song?

Theme song... *spends ages trying to figure out if I should choose one with words or not*

"Nightsky" by Tracey Chattaway.

Anyway, I know I already shared this one with you guys in my other post... But I couldn't help but add it here as well. It just works so darn well *hugs music*.

3.    What is one character in a book you’ve read that you just absolutely hate?

OKAY! *brings out massive list* ...oh wait, you meant one of them..? *crickets chirp* *discreetly throws list over shoulder and into the fiery lava of Mount Doom* *explosion sound*

Summer Spidell from 'Winne the Horse Gentler' series would have to be on the top of my least-liked character list... She was a total jerk and was never given a redemption arc (which is fair enough 'cos some people just don't change-- but personally, it would've been nice to have some closure...)

4.    How old is your MC?

She's sixteen... One year older than I was when I made her up... Which is really weird 'cos now I'm older than her!

5.    What is their dream job?

Hmm... To be a hermit.

Nah, just kidding. My incredibly old notes tell me that I had planned for her to work towards becoming a detective... but apparently past-future-me decided to scribble it out 'cos I decided it wouldn't really suit her.

So after much thinking, researching and talking to Jane about it, I finally came to the conclusion that Brinley would go to university and study criminological psychology... And later on become a psychologist so she could keep helping people. ^-^

6.    When is the ideal time of day for you to write?

Around 7:30 PM to.... my complete annoyance: some time that's late at night.

No really-- The later it is at night, the more inspired I am to write.. which is kinda annoying 'cos sleep is supposed to be really healthy and stuff... *glares at clock*

7.    If you were stuck in your WIP for one hour, what would you want to accomplish before you left?

*Brings out a different list* I'm super glad you asked :D

1) Give Brinley a hug. (Well, duh)

2) Slap Asher for being an idiot. (Maybe... I haven't really decided whether he will do the thing (spoilers) that decides whether or not he shall get slapped.)

3) Eat banana fritters.

4) Basically have a nice conversation with all my characters.

5) And then, assuming I still have enough time... -absolutely nothing-. I'd just chill there. Maybe go for a walk down the street or the park or something.

8.    What is your favorite battle scene in a book?

Oooh this is hard. Um... I dunno xD (I couldn't really think of one off the top of my head, so I guess I don't really have a favourite? *hums thoughtfully*)

9.    If you were cast as a character in a movie adaptation of your book, who would you want to play?

Eh, I dunno...?

I'm not particularly sure if I would even want to be in the movie xD ...I probably wouldn't do a good job acting as Brinley, or anyone else important.

Actually, what I would like to do (if by some miracle G.A was actually turned into a movie, of course) would be a "Stan Lee"....(Basically a cameo).

That'd be fun :P 

10. (Last one) Are any of your characters based off of people you know?

Hmm... Not really?

*squints at characters* At least I don't think so.. There may be a few side characters... 

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So anyway, I think I'll tag Jessica @ Inspiration (Here's another tag for yoooooou :D) and Jasmine @ Where My Wild Heart Grows ....annnnd also anyone else who wishes to do it or hasn't done it already ^-^ (all these tag-backs are getting too confusing to keep up with xD)

Oh boy, I have to think up questions now, don't I...? Darnit.

1. When was the last time you worked on your WIP?
2. Do you have a comic-relief sort-of character in your story?
3. Do you have a favourite place to write?
4. What's the first book that made you cry?
5. How many WIPs do you currently have?
6.What was your hardest scene to write?
7. Do you have a specific ambience that you like to listen to for your WIP? (Like an aesthetic/collage almost... but only sounds ;D)
8. Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you see the colour green.
9. Does your MC have a sidekick/best bud and/or pet? If no pet, do they want one? If no sidekick, do they need one? xD
10. (LAST QUESTION, YAAYY.) How old were you when you first started writing?