The Kearney & a Sketch

Thursday, April 26, 2012

When I first started Beginning of the End, the story only followed two characters: Brynn and Riley. But then, after I had taken that first plunge into the story (and did some major planning), I realized that this story needed just a little more--something was missing. So I enlarged my vision. Instead of the story following just two characters--it follows six main characters. The Kearney.

"Kearney" is an Irish name for "group of fighters"--and that's what the Kearney is; the six best fighters in the Rebel camp just kind of came together to form a team that does all kinds of special missions, from scouting enemy territory, to spying (which I guess could be under "scouting enemy territory :p), to being an assassination squad.

The story focuses on this team and their struggles. I'm pretty happy about the improvement that it has made on the story.

Brynn Mason is the Main Character. So, it's somewhat a given that the story is going to follow her ;) I already wrote a character sketch of her, so I won't write one here.

Vince Mason is Brynn's older cousin. He was the one who formed the Kearney, and is the commanding officer of it. He also helped his cousin Erik raise Brynn after her parents were killed by the Government. Vince is a good fighter, and does his job as an officer responsibly. But he feels that his first and foremost duty is as Brynn's guardian, and has no problem letting the Kearney slide when is conflicts with Brynn, which sometimes causes tension between him and Erik.

Riley Kale is Brynn's childhood friend, and is the best fighter in camp (after the Rebel leader, Erik Masterson). He is by far one of the most popular people in camp--and is the type of person you want to have on your side in a fight. Riley is somewhat of a dark character; he is sarcastic and brooding. He doesn't like to let his feelings show, though he opens up to Brynn.

Aaron Kale is Riley's older brother. He's quiet, and not as dark as his brother. Aaron always seems to be happy, and is a very good fighter, though he doesn't get anywhere near the amount of praise as his fellow Kearney-members get. He is the only one who can actually talk some sense into Brynn when she gets into one of her impulsive moods.

Phil Taylor is what keeps things light in the Kearney. He's always happy, always has a smile on his face, and loves to tell jokes. Without Phil, the tension of war would probably drive the Kearney insane. Because Phil is so lighthearted, the Kearney sometimes has a hard time believing that he is such a good fighter.

Maverick Adams is another amazing fighter. He is annoyed by Phil's constant cheerfulness, and doesn't think that his friends in the Kearney are serious enough. Maverick and Brynn don't really get along, but since they are both good friends with Riley, and fight in the Kearney, they are forced to spend time with each other.

And... since it's been awhile--I'll do a character sketch for you. This time, I'll do Riley Kale.

Name: Riley ??? Kale
Meaning of Name: Firey, impulsive 
Birth Place: Mason Valley, USA
Age: 18 (September 10, 2061)
Nationality: American/Rebel
Hair Color: Light/medium brown with blonde highlights
Hair Style: Short and curly
Shape and Features of Face: Somewhat triangular; handsome; firm jaw
Eye Color:
Medium blue 
Skin Tone:
Scars or Distinguishing Marks:
Disabilities: None
Build or Body Type: Very tall and slender, but very muscular
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Gestures: Scowls a lot
Weakness: though he would never admit it: love 
Special Abilities or Powers:
He's very intelligent and talented; there's not much that he can't do; is in the Kearney; excellent swordsman, gunman, and archer
Bad Habits: Let's his anger get the best of him; stalks off when he's disappointed and/or angry
Good Habits: Always goes with his convictions; obeys orders (for the most part); fights till the death
Best Characteristic: When he's in a good mood he's a great person to be around
Worst Characteristic: It's hard for him to show his feelings
Proud of: His accomplishments (himself)  
Embarrassed by:
Show of emotions
Education: Was trained by Erik Masterson; studies and seems to know everything
Special Knowledge: Because he tries to absorb all the knowledge he can, he knows much more than most people; is taken into Vince's trust with Kearney info
Strong Points: Courage, loyalty, patriotic-ness
Temperament: Moody; sardonic; sarcastic; loving & sweet; pessimist; has a soft side but rarely shows it; fun-loving and yet dark; trustworthy & loyal
Attitude: "Stay out of my way. If I want to talk to you, I'll seek you out myself."
Weakness: Gaining respect
Fears: He doesn't really have any
Phobias: none
Feels Vulnerable When: His emotions start to show
Motivation: Gaining respect
Introvert or Extrovert: Introvert
Optimist or Pessimist: Pessimist
Greatest Want:
To gain the respect of those around him
Greatest Need: To lighten up and show his emotions a little more
History: Father was killed shortly after Patrick was born; grew up with Brynn. Was trained by Erik; Vince growing up. Entered the Kearney at age 14. Is friends with Maverick Alston.

The Impact of Imagination: A Post in Which I Somewhat Ramble as Always

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I love to imagine things. I like to dream about everything under the sun: What it would be like if I were a millionaire. What I would do if I were like put in Katniss's position in The Hunger Games (by the way, I'll probably be doing a review on the trilogy). What happens next in the stories I'm writing. What Robin Hood Season 3 should have been, but wasn't. I like to keep my head in the clouds. I'm in my own little world half the time. But its okay, people know me there ;)  (I wish I could remember who came up with that....)

With all those daydreams floating in my head, I lose my mind quite a bit. But I wouldn't trade that. Not for any amount of money on the planet. It keeps life exciting. On rainy days in my little tiny town, I can travel far away to a sunny place in you-name-it; I don't have to be just a regular person walking the streets--I can be the President, a journalist in the Middle East, or a content girl living in the British countryside. Either way, I'm pretty happy with life.

My imagination is a passport out of the ordinary. It creates worlds for me, and me alone.

It creates a world where my characters can live.

The are two different worlds at this point in my life. Make that three: Rebel Yell, Beginning of the End, and my rewrite of Robin Hood Season 3. Okay, so maybe I didn't create America during the Civil War, or Sherwood forest; but I created the storylines--which are my character's worlds.

The worlds are all so vastly different. Rebel Yell is war-torn America. It's the world of Elsie Hatton, and it comes crashing down at her feet when everyone she loves joins the War Between the States. Robin Hood Season 3 is the world of Robin Hood and his gang. After Season 2 ;) During the oppressive "reign" of Prince John. Beginning of the End  is the world of the Rebels. It's a world where everything has spiraled out of control. It's the beginning of the end for the world: either the end of the evil government, or the end of the Rebels and anyone supporting them.

I feel like a ghost as I drift back and forth between these three worlds. But everyone likes a good trip now and then, right? ;)

For the most part, I've been hanging out in the world of the Rebels (Beginning of the End). I've been molding the storyline so much that I'm out of breath. There are a dozen questions that are racing through my mind: Does this further the plot? Is this scene necessary? Why does this character do that? What does that character want most in life? What is the fire that fuels so-and-so? It's crazy, it really is. Right now, I'm faced with the challenge of a fork in the road. If I go along one road, the story makes sense and I won't have to do a ton of major re-vamping. The other road would make me happier (I can't tell you why, it would ruin the story :p), but a lot of stuff wouldn't make sense, and I'd have to rewrite the WHOLE plot! So... I know that I'm going to leave the plot the way it is... But I'm still going to be a little sad.

Even though I'm writing Beginning of the End for the characters and the story, I feel like a have to write it for a completely different reason: the country. My story takes place years and years from now. It talks about what America "used" to be (which was at the start of our country), how the country started to fall (now) and the awful place that America becomes (years from now). When I write stories, sure--I want to get my ideas down on paper; but I also want to impact the people who read them in one way or another. How I want people to react to Beginning of the End is far different from how I want them to react to Rebel Yell (other than the overall reaction of "wow, this is awesome!"). I want people to take Beginning of the End to heart and look around; I want people to see what happened in the book and think, "Wow. That could happen in America. I need to change something." I want people to be motivated. I want every word to count. And I promise you, I'm going to try.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

So.... I've been in a writing mood lately. I've been working on character sketches for Beginning of the End like crazy, and I even started to rewrite it. Instead of writing from an omnipresent point of view, I've changed Beginning of the End to 1st person. In my opinion, it's easier to write. It's kind of limiting; I miss the freedom of being able to jump around. But I really think that for this story, 1st person is the best choice.

Also... (And this excites me very much).... Since I was sooo disappointed with the 3rd season of Robin Hood, I've decided to rewrite it myself :D I'm pretty excited. This way, I can have everything end the way I want it to :) lol.

Anyway, that's all for now. I've got a million things to do (as far as writing goes). Hopefully I'll have some more posts soon! :)

A Tag

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I'm really starting to get tired of rainy days. I like warm, sunny days, where I can wear shorts, a t-shirt and flip-flops (if I wear shoes at all). Luckily, the sun came out today : ) That made me happy. What's ironic, though, is that I would have liked a thunderstorm today; I do all my best writing on rainy days :/ Stupid life...

But... Anyway, I thought I'd do a tag :) Here 't is.

1. When you look at yourself in the mirror in the morning, what’s the first thing you say? Usually something like, "Ugh." lol
2. How much cash do you have on you? Right now... $00.00.
3. What’s a word that rhymes with “TEST”? Lest?

4. Favorite planet?Earth, I guess. I've never thought about it, haha.

5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone? My daddy.

6. What is your main ring tone on your phone? My phone is always on vibrate.

7. What shirt are you wearing? Pajamas. And I'm cuddled up under my fuzzy blanket :)

8. Do you “label” yourself?Hmm... Sometimes I call myself a band geek and country girl. haha. But other than that, no. I'm not too normal (lol) so, stereotyping doesn't really work with me.

9. Name the brand of your shoes you’re currently wearing?I'm inside, so I'm not wearing shoes. Or socks.
10. Bright or Dark Room?Somewhere in between :)

11. What were you doing at midnight last night?Sleeping.

12. What did your last text message you received on your cell say? "Blah not really". lol it was from Jacob.
13. What’s a saying that you say a lot? Hmmm... I say "seriously" a lot. As in.

"Seriously, I can't believe you seriously did that. Seriously."

lol. I have tons of other sayings too.

14. Who told you they loved you last? My mommy :)

15. Last furry thing you touched? My brown fuzzy blanket.

16. How many rolls of film do you need to get developed?lol, I have a digital camera. That' why it cost so much. haha.

17. Favorite age you have been so far?12.

18. Your worst enemy?I don't have any enemies that I know of. It's actually pretty awesome haha.

19. What is your current desktop picture?
(It's a quote from The Sheriff)

20. What was the last thing you said to someone? "Look, his hair is standing on end." lol I'm watching Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked haha. Theodore is awesome. Just sayin'.

21. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to change a major regret?Oh my. Probably a major regret. I'm not sure what that major regret would be, but I'm sure I could find one [maybe not talking the million bucks lol ;) ]

22. The last song you listened to? I don't know... Some song on Alvin and the Chipmunks.

I tag everybody. Just cuz :)

Peace and hairgrease <3

The Day of My Birth...

Thursday, April 5, 2012

I was born 16 years ago today. It's crazy. I am going to get my permit tomorrow. Awesomeness. Right now I'm watching home videos of myself as a baby. Boy was I a ham.... =D

I got out Rebel Yell so I could continue to edit it today--I stared at it for a few minutes and then put it away, depressed. I thought I'd work on Beginning of the End, but that didn't turn out too well, either. So, I seem to be facing a wall of writer's block. This is never good....

Anyway, that's all I have time for now, I guess. Hopefully, I'll have a real post, soon : )


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I can't believe that I'm going to be 16 the day after tomorrow. Finally, after years of waiting, it's come :))))

Anyway... I thought I'd share some Photoshop stuff with y'all. I've been playing around alot with double exposure. It's sooo fun!!!

That ^^ is one of my favorite quotes from Robin Hood. Allan a Dale said it :)

Night, all :)