Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Just another Wednesday. It's downpouring  outside. I really should be studying, but instead I'm relaxing in a chair, drinking iced coffee and listening to hits of the 80's (because that's just how I roll).

I know that I don't post a whole lot. But here's the thing--I've been thinking (a very dangerous thing indeed) and I have come to the conclusion that I want to be authentic. I don't want to blog just to blog. Each post should have some real meaning to them. If I feel about something, I'll write. Otherwise, I probably won't write much. I've noticed throughout the years that when I force myself to write, the words sound... well... forced (obviously). And I really don't want to bore my readers. I just want to be real. 

A lot of people have this idea that bloggers are cute women in little dresses who post about recipes and crafts and tips on housekeeping, while other people think all bloggers all nerds. There are people out there who fit both these descriptions. But this blogger right here isn't a "perfect" little blogger at all. I have faults and bad grammar, and looking back over this post, I am talking far too much about myself.

In the end, I'm just a normal person, a hopeless sinner saved by the grace of God. And I want everything I do to point back to Him, the One who saved me.

This post turned out very rambly. I guess what I mean by all of this confused jumble of words is that, I don't want to pretend to be someone I'm not. I want to be real.


For the Love of Vintage

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I'm an old-fashioned girl.
(I'm also a country girl, so that brings about some... different... mixes)

Love vintage

Swing & big band music is the best. It never fails to relax me.
Oh yes.

He had just got back from the war.

When I listen to crooners they just...
(To quote Little Rascals) 'Make me melt like a popsicle on the 4th of July.'


The clothes were adorable.
And the hats?
We need to bring hats back, people.

1940s - Google Search

I was born in the wrong time.


Beautiful People: June Edition

Thursday, June 5, 2014


I decided to start (or at least attempt) doing Beautiful People every month. What is that, you ask? Beautiful People is a meme started by a blogger (whose blog I happen to follow. obviously.). It's a list of 10 questions designed to help you get to know your characters a little better. And goodness knows, a writer needs to know their characters inside and out. I decided to use this for my character Riley, in my main (and favorite) novel, Beginning of the End--because right now, Riley has me so confused. That guy has a mind of his own.

1) What is their full name and is there a story behind why they got it?
Riley Isaac Kale. His parents just happened to like the name Riley. His father chose Isaac for the middle name because it means laughter, and part of him was hoping that it would act as a sort of blessing for Riley's future.

2) How old are they, and when were they born? 
Riley is 18 years old. He was born on September 10, 2061 (the novel is set in the future).

3) Describe their physical appearance. (Bonus questions: 1. What is their race/nationality/ethnicity? 2. Do you have a picture of them? If so, include it!) 
He has deep-set, dark eyes. His nose has a bump in the middle from the time he broke it as a kid. He's tall and thin, but muscular. BONUS: Riley is American, and he is on the side of the rebels.

4) Describe your character's personality first in one word, and then elaborate with a few sentences. 
Brooding. It's hard to describe Riley in just one word. Generally, he's dark, thoughtful, quiet. Then when he's around his close friends, he actually smiles and tells jokes.

5) What theme song(s) fit their personality and story arc? 
That would probably be Superman (It's Not Easy) by Five for Fighting. 

6) Which one of the seven deadly sins describes your character?
Probably 'Hands that shed innocent blood', because Riley is a soldier. But that brings up the question: is the war Riley is fighting a just war?

7) If they were an element (fire, water, earth, air), which one would they be?
Fire. Because fire is good and valuable--yet dangerous (deep, I know.)

8) What is their favorite word?
'Victory'--Riley loves the way the word feels on his lips.

9) Who's one person they really miss? (It could be someone who's passed away, or someone they're not close to anymore, or someone who's moved away.)
His dad. Riley's father was killed when he was fourteen. He slips in and out of feeling empty.

10) What sights, sounds, and smells remind them of that person?
Old leather (Riley's dad had aftershave that smelled like it). The sound of the army moving out in the early morning, with women calling out last goodbyes. His father's old army helmet and dog-tags.

This did help me sort some things out about Riley. There is still so much to learn about him though. Oh, the joys of being a writer.

Happy June, people.