He Has Risen

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I'm so glad that Jesus left Heaven and came to earth as a little baby.
I'm so glad that Jesus died on the cross to save me from my sins.
And I'm so, so glad that He rose again on the third day.

If Jesus hadn't died and risen again, I would be on my way to Hell.

Tag--And an Important Writing Question

Thursday, March 28, 2013

1. Early bird or night owl?

Night owl. 

2. Floss your teeth?

I should probably do that more often...

2. Favorite meal?

If you know anything about me, then you know that I love food. A lot. Picking one favorite meal is impossible.

3. Favorite drink?

Sweet Iced Tea :)

4. Pizza or Chinese?

Can't choose... Pizza is nice but so is Chinese....

5. Favorite sport?


6. Any pets?

I had a fish once. But my mother accidentally killed it. The poor fish didn't have a name.

7. What you were doing an hour ago?

I was on the computer

8. What will you be doing tomorrow?

9. Where do you work?

I don't have a job. 

10. Job downsides?

Um, I just said I don't have a job :p

11. Dream career?

Stay at home mom.

12. Special hobbies?

I'm a writer and musician. Whenever I have free time, I'm either writing songs or writing novels.

13. Car color?

White. Although right now, it's brown--there is a lot of mud of it.

14. Dream house?

Hmmm... A two story house with a big yard. I really like to have woods near the house. And I like it to be out in the country. 

15. Number of children?

4 or 6. It really depends on what my future husband wants, though.

16. Dream Vacation?

Ireland. Followed by Britain.

17. Places you have lived?

I've always lived in the same place. The US :D

18. Favorite book?
Other than the Bible... I honestly can't choose. There are too many. haha. For the past few weeks, my favorite book has been Les Mis. 

19. Favorite movie?
What is with all the hard questions??!! Hahaha ;) I suppose Downton Abbey doesn't count as a movie, so... :P It's a Wonderful Life is my favorite movie of all time (my favorite tv show is Downton, of course!)

20. Last person you talked with?

My momma :) Apparently I need to fix my hair. hehe

21. Last item you bought?
Oh, wow. I don't know.

22. Would you kill anyone?

Not unless is was in self defense (killing off characters in stories doesn't count.... I do that all the time)

23. How long would you choose to live?

God is in control of my life, so it isn't up to me. I'd like to live a fairly long life, though.

24. Have you ever had a crush?

Yeah, I think everyone has.

25. Are you thinking about someone now?


And... I'm tagging anyone who wants to do this :)

xoxo, Emily

P.S. In my one novel that I'm editing, I realized that there is a lot of backstory that needs to be told. So, I'm trying to decide if I should show some of my main character's past through flashbacks, OR just write the book in two parts. Which would you enjoy reading more--flashbacks or a 2-part story?? If you could give my some advice know, I would be forever grateful!! :)

When Minor Becomes Major

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I wouldn't say that I threw in a random character; I just thought, "hey, wouldn't it be cool if their was another side character? He will end up dying later on, but I need the drama."

Boy, did my plans change.

This character totally took over the story. I began to love this character (who is in the midst of a name change) more than my original hero. At first, I decided to write him in a little more. But now that my story is over, I'm thinking that I should completely change the story and make him the hero (and possibly make my old hero a villian?? mwahahaha being a writer is so fun! ;D)

So now, I am doing some major brainstorming. I keep laughing, though, because I have been plotting and editing this novel (my first novel, Rebel Yell) for around 5 years--and all of a sudden, everything has changed. It's really exciting... But also a little scary. I honestly can't wait to see how it turns out, though. My mind is swirling with a billion new ideas that, in my opinion, are 10 times better than my old ideas.

Do you ever have minor characters turn into the hero of your stories?

xoxo, Emily

All Things Are Possible

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sometimes I get really fed up with myself. I'm too fearful, I'm too selfish, I worry too much, I could be so much better.

I know that's true. I have problems. We all do.

But I can't just get depressed over that. When I see something wrong with myself, I need to change that. I have to be fearless (which is my one word for this year), I have to be self-sacrificial, I need to trust God.

Don't get me wrong--I don't want to change myself for other people. I want to be myself. But there are things about me that need to change. My goal in life is to be as Christ-like as possible--I want to live for Christ, because He died for me.

Writing things like this is hard, because I don't like to admit I'm wrong. But I honestly feel better. I don't want to be a "fake" person--I can't stand fake people. I'm not perfect--I know that, and I want other people to know that. All I can do is ask God for strength to make me more like Him.

I don't really know what made me think about this. Maybe it's because I realized this past week how amazing God is--and how small I am. But honestly, there is an awesome story behind it :)

I had been praying that God would work a miracle in a certain area for about a month or two. I got to the point where I decided that even though God can do anything, my prayer was probably going to go unanswered. But I can be stubborn sometimes, so I decided to ask my youth group to pray about it.

Only six days after I asked my youth group to pray--the prayer was answered.

And not only was it answered--God answered it above and beyond what I had asked.

God honestly worked a miracle. I was awe-struck. God can do anything, and I know that--but I was reminded how incredibly powerful He is. And not only is God powerful--but He cares about the prayers of a small 16 year-old girl.

After being filled with wonder at how awesome God is, I started to see what I am compared to God. There is absolutely nothing I could have done to make my prayer come true--it was all God. He is so mighty and I am nothing. If God hadn't sent His Son to die on the cross, I would be completely lost. But Jesus saved me. And the story doesn't stop there, because He cares about me. God worked a miracle and did something that I considered impossible. But then, as the Bible says in Matthew 19:26, With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

xoxo, Emily

Ideas Abound

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I have about a million ideas for stories swirling around in my head right now. Some are old ideas, some are new. And I have such a hard time deciding which ones to go with. Usually, I start them and write with them until I feel like moving onto something else (that wasn't the case with Beginning of the End, though). I can't wait to start some of these ideas :)

Forever Love ~ This is the story of Aly Parker. Her older brother was killed in a motorcycle accident when he was only 17 years old, and after his death, Aly's parent's just blanked out. All they do is sit around the house in silence, absorbed in their grief. Aly lives a miserable life, only finding joy when she visits her older sister and brother-in-law. Everyday, Aly prays for an adventure. And one summer... Her prayers are answered.

Gangster Novel ~ I don't have a name for this novel, and I don't really have a plot--I just know that it has something to do with gangsters. I've always been fascinated by the 20's gangsters, so... Yeah. I'm pretty excited to write this :)

Titanic Novel ~ Another novel with no name. I have somewhat of a plot for this, but it's still being planned. Unfortunately, novels about the Titanic are hard to write because... Well, everyone knows the ending AND there are so many stories on this topic that it's difficult to come up with an original story.

Do you come up with a bunch of different story ideas at once? If you do, do you jump from one to the other, or focus on one?

xoxo, Emily

One Decade

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My little sister is 10 years old today.

A whole decade.

I'm having a hard time letting that sink in. That little baby with the reddish hair is now a tall girl with wavy, light blond hair. She's got beautiful blue eyes and always have a witty comeback.

How is she 10? Where did the time go?

I know that I could be a better big sister. Sometimes I lose my temper. Sometimes I forget what it's like to be 10.

So I'm going to try to be a better big sister during the next decade of my little sissy's life.

Happy Birthday, Scout  :) Your big sissy loves you lots--more than you will ever know. xoxo

Editing.... {Blah}

Monday, March 11, 2013

Editing is tough. I think the reason I find it so tough is because I don't want to get rid of anything. Whenever I realize a scene from my first draft is unnecessary, I think, "Wait--I can't just leave it out. Because it did happen. Besides.... Look at that one-liner--it's pretty good, isn't it? I mean, c'mon, I wrote this. This book is my baby. I can't leave out this scene."

But no matter how many "amazing" one-liners that are in a scene--if the scene is unnecessary, then it needs to go. Yes, the scene will have happened in my head (am I the only one who mentally comes up with millions of novels worth of backstory??). But I can't leave it in unless it furthers the story. I don't want to bore my readers.

Wait a second--wouldn't it be pretty cool if author's published all their drafts in one special edition?? I think so. It would be like a bunch of deleted scenes. Okay, I need to stop. I'm getting too excited.

One thing that I'm trying to work on in my 2nd draft of Beginning of the End is putting more emotion into the story. My novel is about war--there's a lot of emotion in that. Problem is, I haven't been in most of the situations that my main character (or other characters) are in. Imagination plays a big part in my story-writing. But I also search my memory for emotions related to the emotions that I'm writing (that's one thing I love about writing--I can vent my feelings).

To help me out with my editing, I've been doing a ton of character sketches, so I can make sure that I know my characters as much as possible (though a few are being so... ugh, stubborn...) I love doing the Beautiful People forms. I decided to raid the archives today :)

What is their biggest accomplishment?
Brynn considers all of her accomplishments to be big. There isn't any one bigger than the other.  If other people were asked this question, they would probably say the same thing. 

What is one of their strongest childhood memories?
The day that her best friend's father died. She was eight years old when it happened, and she can still remember it perfectly.

What is their favorite food?
Brynn loves anything flavored like coffee, and she would eat coffee flavored choco-chip ice-cream all day long if she could.

Do they believe in love at first sight?
Brynn doesn't ever really take time to think about love. But whenever anyone mentions love at first sight, she always rolls her eyes. She doesn't understand how love at first sight is even possible.

What kind of home do they live in?

Brynn lives with her oldest cousin and legal guardian, Erik. He is hardly ever home, though, because he is busy being commander-in-chief of the Rebel army. Brynn doesn't mind too much--she is rarely home, either. When she is home, a middle-aged woman named Sandy cooks for her.

What do they like to wear?

Long, tan, legging-like pant, boots, a dark green shirt and a black jacket. Brynn always goes for practicality over looks, and as she is usually running through the woods, she tries to go with tighter clothing that won't catch on any branches.

What would they do if they discovered they were dying?

Brynn would run off into the woods and stay there until she quietly died by herself. 

What kind of holidays, or traditions do they celebrate?

The biggest celebration in Brynn's life is the Fourth of July. It's a yearly tradition in the Rebel camp to make a big deal out of Independence Day. The Fourth of July is the one day out of the year that Brynn dresses up and makes herself look pretty... And she realizes that she loves to look nice. 

What do your other characters have to say about them?

Everyone only has the best things to say about Brynn. Maybe a few people in the Rebel camp might say that Brynn is too quiet, but everyone loves her. Except for Maverick. He and Brynn can't stand each other and don't mind letting the world know it. But even Maverick would admit that Brynn is a good fighter.

If they could change one thing in their world, what would it be?

Brynn would get rid of the evil government, and set up her cousin Erik as the leader of the country. Then--she's sure--her life would be absolutely perfect. But on a second thought, she would be caught between asking for both of her parents to be alive. Brynn would never admit it to anyone, but she wants to be part of a family more than anything else.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Today feels like a good day to do a rambling post, simply because I haven't done one in a while--and because so much is going on.

It seems like the weather goes back on forth between dreary days and nice days. Yesterday, it actually felt like spring (although it was a little too cold for me). The sun was shining, there were no clouds, the ground was dry... But today it's very grey. I honestly can't wait for summer. I need to move to Hawaii or something.

I started voice lessons a few weeks ago and and I absolutely love them. My teacher is super sweet and I've already learned so much, like how to breath properly, watch the shape of my mouth (there's a specific word for that, but I can't remember it...), and a ton of other stuff. Ah, Music, were would I be without you?

My little sister is turning 10 in a little less than a week. I can't help but wonder where that little baby went--now she's getting tall (going to pass me by soon... I'm 5'2") and is so mature. She is one of the wittiest people I know.

I'm reading Les Mis. It is A.Maz.Ing. One of the best.books.ever. The End.

The music from Les Mis is superb. I like Les Mis more than Phantom of the Opera--oooh yeah, I love Les Mis that much. I'm even singing On My Own for my voice recital ^_^

I got my braces off last month AND passed my driver's test on the first try (I don't think I posted about either of those milestones... hmm). Life is good. It really is.

Season 4 of Downton Abbey doesn't air until September. But I'm trying to keep calm--even though Season 3 ended on a major cliff-hanger. What is BBC trying to do to everybody, I wonder? I mean, we have to wait for Sherlock and Downton Abbey? That's just plain mean.

The 2nd draft of my novel, Beginning of the End, has been started. Am I the only one who wants to cry while writing a second draft? I have always been a firm believer that the 1st draft is the hardest step of writing. But not anymore. I'm not quite sure why the 2nd draft is giving me so much problems. I'm having fun going back and trying to make the plot stronger and giving the characters more depth... But it's still kind of hard...

I'm going to be seventeen in one month. Whoa. That's all I can say: Whoa. I'm supposed to make a birthday list, but I honestly can't really think of anything to put on it, other than the Les Mis movie. None of my favorite bands or singers have any new CDs (that I know of) except for Michael Buble, and his CD doesn't come out until AFTER my birthday :(

I suppose that's it for my ramblings. I could go on forever, really I could, but I won't. Because I don't want to bore you :)

xoxo, Emliy