A New Soundtrack

Thursday, September 27, 2012


I'm really happy. Want to know why?

It's because I just put together a new soundtrack for my novel, Beginning of the End. I'm quite pleased with how the soundtrack has turned out--it really helps to listen to it while I write :)

The soundtrack still isn't complete--but it's getting there. I'm so happy :D

Anyway, if you want to check out my soundtrack, it's at the bottom of my blog.

Also--I'm sorry for the lack of "real" posts--I've been writing like crazy, and I don't want to get stuck in a rut again. I'll have a real post soon, though. I promise :)


Writing Roadblocks

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Plots are tricky things.

I know where my story starts. I know where it ends. But how do I fill up the middle? How do I get from point A to point B?

I'm learning that plots aren't simple--they're complicated.

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In fact, plots aren't the only thing that are hard. Everything about writing is hard. I'm starting to get a little frustrated. My characters are making strange changes to themselves--they are turning out to be completely different people from who I originally thought they were. And my plot? It's...Just... Grrr....

Does this mean that I'm going to give up? No way. When you start to get dragged down, you've got to swim harder.

I have to get to know the new people that my characters are turning out to be. I have to sit down and brainstorm (complete with nail-biting--am I the only writer who nervously bites their nails over stories??). And under no circumstances should I give up on my novel just because I've run into a road block--after all, when there's a road block, there is always a detour.

And I think I've found my detour, after weeks of  blank staring at the computer screen. My story is slowing starting to straighten out--and I think that I'm finally ready to continue with my novel.

How is your novel/writing project coming along? 


Friends

Saturday, September 22, 2012



The older I get, the more I realize how great my friends are. I love them. So. Much. My friends are amazing. I love hanging out with them. We're so goofy :p Oh, and by the way, Murder is an awesome game. Hehe, and when you get eight teen girls playing Murder at twelve at night, you get a lot of giggling and craziness. But I love it.



I can be myself around my friends. We get a little full of ourselves sometimes :p
Not only are my friends fun, but I love how I can be serious with them. I love that I can sit down with them and talk about what God is doing in my life. Friends that draw you closer to God are priceless.

Me with my soul sister, Sarah :)

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Seriously, I have awesome friends.
 I have the best friends ever. 
I love them. 
A lot. 
So much that it hurts.


A Rambling

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Last night, I. Watched. Episode 1 of Season 3 of Downton Abbey! I thought I was going to have to wait until January, but it turns out I was wrong :D Through whole episode, I had a huge grin on my face. I think I freaked my mom out just a little.... But seriously, I was so happy, I nearly screamed.



Saturday is the local fall festival. My band is playing at it and... I'm kind of freaking out 1) because I'm nervous and 2) because it's really exciting. The three of us girls are getting together Saturday morning to do our hair :p We have been discussing the possibility of crowd surfing, too :D (it's totally unrealistic, but I'm allowed to dream, aren't I??)


Tomorrow night, I'm going to hang out with some friends at a youth activity. The whole youth group is going to have supper together and then play some games. It will be fun, as always. And very--VERY--loud (as always).
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This past weekend, our church had a three-day teen rally. It was amazing. The games were fun, and I got to hang out with my friends--but most importantly, a lot of teens came to trust Christ as their Savior :) So the rally was definitely awesome (in the full sense of the word--not the flippant way that most teens use "awesome").





I feel like this^ pretty much sums up my life right now :) Have a great week!!


Pinterest

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


So there's this thing called Pinterest. And I love it.







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Feel free to check out my other pins. Ahh, Pinterest, I love you :)


Take A Backroad

Saturday, September 15, 2012



There's nothing quite like taking a winding backroad over a wooded mountain. 


There's nothing like taking a long, deep breath of the fresh pine-scented air.


There's nothing like a quiet creek breaking the silence of the woods.


And there is nothing--nothing--like the view of the place that you love more than anywhere else one earth.
The place you call Home.



Writing Challenge~ The Last Day//Writing

Friday, September 14, 2012


The challenge: Tell why you love writing. When did you start to write? How did you discover that you enjoyed writing? What are your plans concerning writing?

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How do I explain why I love writing?? I just do. Writing is a way that I express myself. Things that are hard to say are easy to write. I put all of my heart in what I write.



But there's more to my passion than that. I write stories that I would like read. As I've said before, there are stories waiting to be written--and it's up to me to write them. Can I really let all those stories down?



I was always writing something growing up. My first story was very.... Interesting. It had no plot whatsoever. But hey, I was five. I mostly wrote plays; it wasn't until I was about eleven or twelve that I decided to write stories. After I wrote my first story, I loved it (writing in play format seemed kind of hard, compared to novels). So, I kept writing stories.

Now, here I am a bunch of years later, and still in love with writing. I'm pretty sure that I will always love writing. Even if I never get published--I'll still love writing. I hope I do get published, though, because that would be awesome. Just sayin' ;)

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Is that really the end of the writing challenge?? I'm going to miss it. But it's not like I'll never post about writing again. That's such a ridiculous idea... :p

And now--a BIG thank you for doing the writing challenge with me! Y'all are awesome :D

{Please forgive me if this post isn't written very well--my allergies are bothering me, and I'm having a hard time seeing the computer screen :/ } 








My Best Friend


My bro and sis are my best friends. I can be my crazy self around them--and they still love me (or at least pretend to). I love them so, so much.

Today is my brother's birthday. I can't believe that he's fourteen.


I'm so proud of who Mark has become. He's funny and smart. He's talented. He's an amazing pitcher. He's a lot taller than me (a lot of people are, though.... but still :p). He has the ability to stay calm when everyone else is freaking out. 

And he will always be my best friend (along with my sissy)--even if he never lets me take pictures of him. Love you, bro :)



Writing Challenge~Day 5//Character Pictures

Thursday, September 13, 2012


The Challenge: Find pictures for the characters in  your novel. 

This is going to be fun. Mwa-hahahaha.....





Brynn Mason is my main character. She's proud and bitter. She's young and invincible (or so she thinks). For her whole life, Brynn has tried to convince people that she is strong--that war doesn't shake her. But on the inside, Brynn is a sensitive person who loves deeply. She feels like she has to hide how she really feels because in her eyes, showing emotion makes you vulnerable.















Brynn's best friend is Riley Kale. Riley is dark and brooding, though he didn't become so until his father was killed. He is one of the most respected people in camp, though people are half-afraid of him. Riley's main weakness is arrogance, and it trips him up sometimes.









Vince Mason is the older cousin of Brynn, and the person responsible for saving Brynn's life. Vince's parent's were also murdered by Government Agents, and he has no family in the world except for Brynn and Erik. While Vince has great responsibility as a Rebel leader, his feels that his first priority is being Brynn's guardian. His cousin Erik doesn't agree, though, and there is often tension between the two.


Erik Masterson takes his role as Rebel leader seriously--a little too seriously, in the eyes of his cousins, Brynn and Vince. But Erik is the most respected man in camp, and no one finds it hard to admit that Erik is the best leader that the Rebel's could ask for. Erik's mind is always active, and he gets frustrated when other's can't see things that he considers obvious. Erik and Brynn are a lot alike, though neither of them see it (or choose not to see it), and sometimes, Erik thinks that his biggest opponent is not the Government, but Brynn.

Maverick Adams is another promising fighter in the Kearney. He was left an orphan after an uprising in a nearby city, and his Rebel aunt brought him to the Rebel camp. Maverick seems to have a special dislike for Brynn, but he can't avoid her, since he is also best friends with Riley.


The clown in the Kearney is Seth Bowen. He is rarely seen without a smile, and his goal is to keep spirits up (though Riley and Maverick never get his humor). Because Seth is a goof-off, people don't notice what a skilled fighter he is--or his high IQ.













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I have one other important character: Aaron Kale (Riley's older brother). Unfortunately, I can't find anyone that looks like my idea of Aaron... So he has no picture :(



Tomorrow is the last day of the writing challenge! (Has this week flown by or what??) I've had a pretty good time doing the challenge--I definitely have gotten to know my novel a little better. So I'm happy :)




The last challenge is: Tell why you love writing. When did you start to write? How did you discover that you enjoyed writing? What are your plans concerning writing?








Writing Challenge~Day 4//Excerpt

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Today's challenge is to give an excerpt or two. These are the two that I picked :)


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"The greasy chicken fell from my hands and back onto the plate. I crossed the kitchen into the living room and stood near the window, watching the life of the camp. It was strange, watching the action from far off, almost like I was in another life.
What it would be like to live without war? Without the constant fear of your closest friends never coming home again? Wouldn’t life feel dull? Slow? At the time, I didn’t really care if life without war was boring or not—it would be a welcome change."

                                              

“Brynn.” I felt a warm hand on my shoulder, and knew Vince was standing behind me. He sat down on the ground next to me. “I want you to know—about tomorrow… Take care of yourself. Okay?”
“I always do,” I smiled.
“Well take extra care tomorrow, then. I want to see you’re bright and beautiful face as soon as the battle’s won—understand? If you don’t come find me immediately, I’m gonna start to panic.”
“I’ll find you, don’t worry.”
“I’m sounding like a worried parent, aren’t I?” Vince sank back onto the ground. “I think I have the right—you’re all that I have, Brynn. If something happened to you, I’d go crazy. I know that sounds cliche, but it’s true.”
I smiled. “Remember to look after yourself, too, Vince. I’ll be fine.”
“You probably will. But I’d still feel better if Riley or I were with you.” Vince sighed. “Listen, I know that I can’t protect you forever, but I’m going to try to as long as I can. You’re sixteen, and you think that you're capable of conquering the world—but to me, you’re a helpless, little baby girl who doesn’t know her right from her left... My helpless little girl.”
I tried to blink back the tears that kept flooding my eyes. “I love you, Vince.” I wrapped my arms around my wonderful, amazing cousin, and wondered how I could ever be discontent when I had Vince.
“I love you too, kiddo.” Vince kissed the top of my head. “You better get some sleep, alright? I want you to be wide awake tomorrow.”
Vince’s hand stopped me as I stood to leave. “Be careful, Brynn.”
“I will.”

{These writings are mine. So if you steal them, then I can come after you. Do. Not. Steal.}

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Tomorrow's challenge is going to be another fun one (at least, I think so :D). Find pictures of your main characters.




Now, I know that sometimes it's very hard to find people who look like your characters... So if you can't find anyone, that's okay. I totally understand. You could always draw your characters. Or if you aren't the best artist (like me), you can come up with your own challenge for tomorrow. Have fun!








Where Were You??

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

 

 
 
 

 
I was in kindergarten (my mom didn't start homeschooling me till second grade). My teacher was watching something on the classroom's small black & white tv--the screenshot was of some building on fire. None of us kids knew why the teacher was crying. It was all very confusing.
 
Years later, I realized what had happened. There had been a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
 
9/11 is my generation's Pearl Harbor--except somewhat worse, because the attack wasn't on a military base--it was on civilians.
 
I'm proud to be an American. And I get teared up every 9/11. And I wear a shirt that says, "Red, White, Blue." To quote Peeta in THG--I don't want to forget. But I don't have to worry--I never will forget. Not even if I try.
 
 
 
Where were you?
 
 
 
 


Writing Challenge~Day 3//Soundtrack

Monday, September 10, 2012


Today's challenge is to make a soundtrack for your novel/writing project. I kept adding songs... So I finally had to tell myself that I could only pick ten songs... I cheated and chose eleven :p The real names of the songs are after the soundtrack names


 
Ending Credits//I Won't Let Go--Rascal Flatts
 
 
Ghosts//Rue's Farewell--Hunger Games Soundtrack

 
Riley's Theme//Superman (It's Not Easy)--Five for Fighting
 

Change//The Giving--Michael W. Smith


Brynn's Theme//A Place in This World--Taylor Swift


Too Easy//Frost Giant Battle--Thor Soundtrack

 
The Battle//Battle of the Heroes--John Williams

 
New Feelings//An Ideal Marriage--Downton Abbey Sountrack
 
 War Games//Up is Down--Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack
 
Beginning of the End//Deep Shadows: Hunger Games Trailer
 
Dark Night//Mermains--Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack


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So what's the feel of your novel's soundtrack? Sweet? Melancholy? Epic (I love epic movie soundtrack's for this novel... I just wanted to do individual songs for this post)? Does your character have any theme songs?






The challenge for tomorrow is to give an excerpt from your book (if you haven't started writing yet, that's ok--you can do whatever you want!!)




Writing Challenge~Day 2


The Challenge: Character Interview


I'm interviewing my main character, Brynn Mason, today :)











1. What is your full name? What does it mean?
My name is Brynn Delaney Mason. Brynn means "honor", and Delaney means "challenger". I think that I live up to both my names pretty well.

2. What do you want most out of life, Brynn?
I want to prove myself to others; I want everyone to see all that I'm capable of  (which is a lot). I live for respect.

3. If you had the chance to change ONE thing in your past, what would it be?
I would change being an orphan. Sure, my cousins are great and all, but I want a real family--a mom, a dad, and brothers and sisters. I would never tell any of my friends, though; in my eyes, to show emotion is weakness.

4. What is your family life like?
The only family I have are my two cousins, Vince and Erik. Erik is the Rebel leader, so I never really see him--unless he wants to yell at me for some reason. Vince, or the other hand, would do anything for me. He's the second most important person in camp--and yet he tells everyone that I come first. Vince doesn't feel like a cousin at all. He's a brother to me.

5. What three words describe you best?
Determined. Talented. Motivated.

6. Give a brief summary of your past:
I was orphaned when I was only a baby. My two cousins took me in and taught me everything they knew--about fighting, that is. The only life I've ever known is the life of a soldier, and honestly, I'm starting to get tired of it. My whole life, I've been surrounded by death and war. And that's bound to screw a kid up. I'm sure that I'd be a very different person if I had grown up somewhere other than the Rebel camp.

7. What is your view on life?
I think life could be amazing, it it weren't for the people who are out to destroy me. Life is so twisted that right now, I don't care anything for life at all. All I see is a bleak past, and an even bleaker future. If my life were different, maybe I would be in love with life. But I can't be, right now. Not when there is death everywhere that I turn.

8. If you had the chance to give your life to save someone else, would you?
Yes--I'm a soldier, I get the chance to do sacrifice myself everyday. Of course, there are some people that I would be more reluctant to give my life for... I could name one right now... But I don't want to cause trouble in the ranks of the Rebels...

9. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take THREE things with you, what would they be?
A bow, a knife, and some way to purify water. I'm not worried about getting food--I'm an amazing hunter. Water is my only concern.

10. How do you view yourself?
I'm just about the best fighter the Rebel's have--it's not bragging, I'm just acknowledging a gift. Sometimes I get fed up with myself (so does my best friend). I love deeply, and I think that's a real problem--if I get too attached or show any emotion, my enemies can use that against me. I hate feeling vulnerable. So... I guess I have a love-hate relationship with myself. 

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The challenge for tomorrow is a little easier: Put together a soundtrack for your novel/writing project. What music help sets the mood for your novel? What theme songs would your character(s) have?

Oh, and a shout-out to my amazing momma--it's her birthday today. Love you, Momma!! :)