Posted in 2018, personal, Update Post, Writing

Get to Know Me #1 – Celebration for reaching 200 followers

I’ve decided that for every milestone I reach on my blog I’ll answer five questions from these few cheesy conversation starter lists I’ve found on the internet. Of course I’ll still be doing other things when I reach these milestones, I’ll just be answering these questions as well. I think this will be fun and if you want to write a post where you answer these questions or if you want to answer them in the comments feel free. I won’t be making this something that you need to either be nominated for or that you need to nominate anyone else for. This is just for fun.

So without further ado, here are five questions that I’m answering because I reached 200 followers.

1. Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever been?

The most interesting place I’ve ever been to is the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. I know that most people might find a museum very boring, but I’m the type of person who is interested in looking at artifacts and reconstructions as well as the type of person who likes learning more about different cultures. I am currently working towards a degree in archaeology after all. Also I haven’t been to many places. I’ve never even had the chance to leave the continent yet.

2. What is your favourite colour?

I actually have two favourite colours, blue and orange. When I was really little someone asked me this question and I hadn’t thought about what my favourite colour was before then so I just said yellow. However in reality it is both blue and orange.

3. What fictional place would you most like to go?

This is a harder question. I think if I could visit any fictional place I would like to visit Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings. It’s such an interesting city built into the side of a mountain. Of course I would like to go to many other fictional places, it is really hard to choose.

4. Are you usually early or late?

I’m kind of in between. Sometimes I’m really early and sometimes I’m a few minutes late. It doesn’t help that I’m a night owl and I can’t seem to wake up most mornings after 8am so I can easily leave super early for anything I need to go to. It’s just that I’m also lazy and tend to do other things in the morning which cause me to lose track of time causing me to be late.

5. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

The furthest I’ve ever been from home is Arizona. For reference I’m from the north shore of Lake Superior.


Feel free to answer these questions yourself. I’ll see you tomorrow for an anime review.

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Posted in 2018, Update Post, Writing

Announcement #1 – Drowned in Moonlight – May 4, 2018

So tonight I have a couple of announcements for anyone interested. The first of these is the fact that tomorrow a charity anthology titled ‘Drowned in Moonlight’ will be released in ebook form on all platforms. Paperback and hardcover versions will come later due to the quickly closing due date that already passed. This project was started in January of 2017 and I’m so happy that its finally being published. So many people worked hard to make this a reality. ‘Drowned in Moonlight’ is an anthology of short fiction, poetry, art, and essays written and created in memory of Carrie Fisher. All royalties will be donated to the International Bipolar Foundation.

“December 27, 2016 marked another tragic passing of a celebrity. 2016 took many lives, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and George Michael. Yet the passing of a “Princess,” nay a “General,” touched the lives of many as well. Carrie Frances Fisher, born October 21, 1956 to actress Debby Reynolds and Actor Eddie Fisher, grew up to be one of the most iconic figures of cinema. She also had written many books. See the bibliography below.

After her death, a group of writers on Facebook got together to create the soon to be released, “Drowned in Moonlight.” Led by Kristan L. Cannon’s company KCEditions, the collection contains stories and personal recollections, art and poetry. Carrie represented what women could be, could achieve. She was also a mother, daughter and sister.

-Proceeds for the book will be donated to the International Bipolar Foundation

Bibliography

Novels
Postcards from the Edge, 1987, ISBN 0-7434-6651-9
Surrender the Pink, 1990, ISBN 0-671-66640-1
Delusions of Grandma, 1993, ISBN 0-684-85803-7
The Best Awful There Is, 2004, ISBN 0-7434-7857-6
Non-fiction
Hollywood Moms, 2001 (introduction), ISBN 978-0810941571
Wishful Drinking, 2008, ISBN 1-4391-0225-2
Shockaholic, 2011, ISBN 978-0-7432-6482-2
The Princess Diarist, 2016, ISBN 978-0-399-17359-2
Screenplays
Postcards from the Edge, 1990
These Old Broads, 2001
E-Girl (2007)[168]
Doctored screenplays include Sister Act (1992),[41] Last Action Hero (1993)[169] and The Wedding Singer (1998)[41]
Plays
Wishful Drinking, 2006[170]
Wishful Drinking, 2008[171]
A Spy in the House of Me, 2008[172]”

Posted in 2018, LfaAW, Writing, Writing Tips

Lessons from an Amateur Writer: Introductions

The beginning of a story is where you want to introduce your audience to at least some of your main characters and your general setting. There are many different ways to begin a story. You can start it shortly before anything happens and show your audience what normal everyday life looks like to your characters. You could start it where you feel the story actually begins such as when a character is taken in by a new family as a child or when they awaken to a fairy buzzing in their face. You could also start in the thick of things and not have much of a introduction to your characters at all. All that matters is that by the end of the beginning your audience should have a very general idea of who your main characters are, where they live, and possibly where they are going next in the story if it was planned in advance by your characters. You can literally start your story anywhere as long as you keep those points in mind.

Your introduction can also be any length though you have to keep in mind that lengthy introductions can get boring very quickly. In fact if I were to put all the parts of a story in order from least exciting to most exciting I think I would put tie the introduction with the conclusion as the least exciting parts of a story, though this does vary depending on the story. In my current WIP the introduction is only a few chapters long which is about 10 pages. Try to keep your introduction short if you can.

 

Posted in #AtoZChallenge, 2018, Challenges, Fiction, LfaAW, Writing, Writing Tips

Z is for Zeitgeist – #AtoZChallenge

zA character has learned that something is going on however they learn that the proper authorities they need to tell about what is going on refuse to even listen to them because of their gender, class, religion, or race because it is Victorian England. Zeitgeist is a German word which means “the spirit of the times”. It is used to describe the spiritual and cultural attitudes, and the knowledge of a country or society during a certain time.

This is a plot device that can only really be used in historical fiction or time travel stories. Since I don’t usually read, or watch historical fiction I don’t have any examples of it other than Legends of Tomorrow, however I am delightfully surprised that I was actually able to find a plot device for “z” and it’s such a good word.

In order to use zeitgeist in a story you first need to do a little bit of research into the zeitgeist of the time period and region you want to set your story in. Look at all the difficulties your characters may have and look at how that could hinder the plot. After you are done with that use what you have learned to write your story.

Posted in #AtoZChallenge, 2018, Challenges, Fiction, Writing, Writing Tips

Y is for Youth – #AtoZChallenge

yA young character learns that they need to do something however their age gets in the way. Their adventure is made more difficult just because they are young. Sometimes in stories youth is used to slow a story down since there is so much a character can’t do when they’re underage. In contemporary they can’t drink, gamble, or feel welcome at gatherings with a lot of older people. Society also tends to look down on younger people making youth a great motivator for characters to show their strength in multiple aspects (strength of character, intelligence, physical strength). Youth can also be of aid to a character because people in most societies tend to have more freedom to do things when they’re younger.

Some young adult fiction and anime uses youth as a plot device. Most commonly the inexperience of the young characters is pointed out and it is up to these characters to show that even with less experience they can still do whatever needs to be done. Stories that use youth as a plot device include Darling in the FranxXx, My Hero Acadamia, and more.

To use youth as a plot device show how it either hinders or helps your characters. Show how other people react to seeing younger people doing whatever they’re going to do in your story. Show whether or not they believe what the younger people are saying. Or you can just have your characters grow up in a time skip after introducing them as children.

Posted in #AtoZChallenge, 2018, Challenges, Fiction, LfaAW, Writing, Writing Tips

X is for X-Ray – #AtoZChallenge

xIn a medical drama when it seems like there is nothing the doctors can do for a patient suddenly they take another look at the x-rays and after a quick epiphany it is clear. There is something the doctors can do however they must move quickly in order for it to work. An x-ray in a piece of fiction is something or someone that reveals key details to the characters and by extension the audience. They are common in crime and medical fiction, as well as mysteries. They can act as a trigger for anagnorisis.

To be fair for “x” and the next two letters of the alphabet I’m going to mainly be choosing a word that could be a plot device and explaining how it is one. In the example above an x-ray is used to push the plot in another direction. The x-ray doesn’t necessarily need to be an x-ray, it could be a computer, a person, or many other things. Stories that use x-ray’s as plot devices include Greys Anatomy, House, Criminal Minds, Sherlock, and others.

To use an x-ray in a story first look at what it reveals, and then show how it impacts the characters and their actions. Don’t make it appear like a Deus ex Machina by spelling the revealed information out. For instance don’t write the information clearly in a journal and have it be sent to your characters. In order for an x-ray to work there needs to at least some thinking and deciphering because x-rays should also show the intelligence and/or skill of your characters.

Posted in #AtoZChallenge, 2018, Challenges, Fiction, LfaAW, Writing, Writing Tips

S is for Sacrifice – #AtoZChallenge

sA group of characters finds themselves trapped in a difficult situation. They are facing a villain stronger than any they have ever faced before and it is clear that they are fighting a losing battle. Suddenly one of these characters rushes forwards, shouting for the other characters to escape. This one character uses as much power as possible to push the villain back. They do this with the intent of sacrificing themselves so that the other characters can survive this battle. The other characters can now either run like that one character told them to do or stand and fight with greater strength with the hope of defeating this villain.

This plot device is most commonly used in Shonen anime to inspire characters such as the protagonist to access power they didn’t know they had to defeat their current foe. It can also be used in any other genre to inspire characters. It doesn’t need to be a life that gets sacrificed. It can also be money, memory, limbs, sentimental belongings, emotions, or literally anything else. Anything can be sacrificed. Stories that use sacrifice as a plot device include Yu Yu Hakusho, My Hero Academia, How to Keep a Mummy, Mistborn, Star Wars, and many other stories.

To use sacrifice in a story you first must keep in mind that this plot device has the potential to become very dark. The impact a characters sacrifice has on other characters can be strong and can make for some very emotional scenes. Sacrifices do not need to succeed. A characters failed attempt at sacrificing themselves can greatly upset other characters. Of course these two points only have to do with a sacrifice of life. If anything else is sacrificed it tends to have more of an emotional impact on the character doing the sacrificing than any of the other characters.