September 30, 2016

The Selcouth Award

Thank you to Anika for indirectly nominating me for the Selcouth Award!


The Rules:

  1. Thank the blog that nominated you (and a link if you’re willing).
  2. Nominate 5-10 blogs (links too!).
  3. Answer the 13 questions given, and give the definition of your favorite (or just beautiful) word.
  4. Ask 13 questions of your own. They must all be about writing, reading, books or book characters. Make them as creative/wacky/selcouth as can be!
  5. Post the rules and the picture in your post!
I nominate:
Ali @ Ali's Island
Blackiesunshine @ Silver Sky Dolls
 Megan @ A Barefoot Gal
Emma @ Drawn to Writing
Julia @ The Barefoot Gal

And of course, if you're reading this and decide that you want to try it, I will not stop you. Go right ahead.

Now for the questions!
When did you start writing?
I started seriously writing when I was in fifth grade.

What was your motive to start writing?
I wanted to write Warriors fanfiction. I have moved on now, except for one fanfiction story called Scattered Stones.

What is you favorite genre(s) to read/write?
Reading, I like dystopian, sometimes romance combined with something else, and teen fiction. Writing... I'm not sure. I write all sorts of things.

Is there a genre you just cannot stand?
Not really, but historical fiction bores me a little sometimes.

Who is your favorite character that you have made up yourself?
I answered this in my last tag, but I am going to give a different answer this time. Stonekit.
Stonekit is a Warrior Cat. He's is my favorite because he was the first real character that I created. He's best friends with a dead warrior called Lilyheart. He is afraid of battle and far more cautious than he used to be. He ended up luring lots of cats into a dangerous situation that got him seriously hurt. Lilyheart saved his life and that's why he loves her so much. Then she died, and he was heartbroken. She has visited him sometimes. He is the main character of Scattered Stones, an adaptation of the roleplay posts that he was in.

Who is your favorite character of another author?
I like Jessica Mastrani from When Lightning Strikes, by Meg Cabot.

Are you a pantser or planner?
Plantser. I try to plan, and sometimes it works, but sometimes it doesn't. I had a plan for Caught Outside, except then it just sort of fell out the window. I have to keep my plots on the windowsill though, because otherwise they don't get any sunlight and don't actually grow.

What is your favorite thing about blogging? (This could be a feeling, inspiration, etc.)
I really love the feedback. I think that's my favorite thing. I have an audience and it makes me happy to think that actual people are reading my work and liking it.

In what kind of working environment do you process thoughts well and come up with your best ideas?
On the floor in the dark with my laptop, late at night. I come up with pretty good ideas while I'm washing dishes too.

What is your favorite quote?

You can't edit a blank page | Jodi Picoult:

What is a reading/writing achievement you are especially proud of?
Getting 20,000 words into the story of Caught Outside. It just feels amazing to be this far, even though I have a long way to go.

What is something a non-writer/blogger will never understand?
Developing characters. It takes so much thought to create another person! 

Lastly, what is your favorite word, and why?
I'm not sure if I have a favorite word, but I like the sound of fireflies. I just like the way it sounds.

I borrowed some of these from Anika, but here are my questions:
  1. When did you start writing/blogging?
  2. What motivated you to start writing?
  3. Have you ever tried NaNoWriMo?
  4. What is your favorite quote?
  5. What is your favorite author or book series?
  6.  Do you have a story or blog post that you are very proud of?
  7. Do you have fictional "friends" who post on your blog?
  8. Writing by hand or typing?
  9. What is something a non writer/blogger will never understand?
  10. Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?
  11. What was the first story you ever wrote?
  12. What is your favorite thing about reading/writing/bogging?
  13. What is your favorite word and why?
That's what I have for this tag. I still need to work on editing Caught Outside. I just need to do it but I also have school. *sighs*. Eventually.
Until later,
P.S. Do you like my new signature?

September 23, 2016

Today in 2015...

Today in 2015, one year ago, I posted this:
I'm so happy and so excited. Honestly, at the beginning, I didn't think this would last that long. I was worried that I would move on after a while and the blog would die. I guess you could say that it didn't.
In one year I have gained:
Four blog followers (Two that I know in real life)
2,450 page views (Most of it not me)
I have written 55 posts.
And I have had comments and motivations and met a friend and I still love it! I probably never would have written Half The Sparkle if I didn't have this blog. I feel like Evy has become more than just a character or a pen name. I am used to people calling me Evy now. Actually, I would probably respond if someone I knew addressed me as Evy in real life.
Um, so...
I have been on a bit of a drawing spree, so I will post some of those drawings later.
Does anyone have a post request?
Also, I want to show you this funny typo:

I was not wearing a pink flowered romper, white leggings, a white long sleeve shirt, and gray boots.

I don't know where the "not" came from, but it doesn't belong there.  Why would Meredith give us a long description of the outfit that she is not wearing? We may never know.
But anyway, that's everything! Until next time,

September 22, 2016

Beware of the Skunkes and Use Dramatic Pauses

It's been a week. Why yes, it has.
To answer any questions, no, I did not make this post to instruct you on how to use dramatic...
...pauses, because it's a little difficult to do with text. I did, however, make this post to tell you some updates. I have two update categories: School and Writing.


Geography. Oh my goodness. I got my textbook a little late, right as we were finishing unit one. I had to read SIX CHAPTERS last week. Plus I was supposed to draw a map and define some vocabulary words. I made it through four chapters and nothing else. I'm finishing that up this week, but geography still gives me a lot of homework.
(In case you were wondering, I'm still homeschooled, but I take classes at a co-op.)
I also have to read several books a week for history, which I probably should be doing now... Hehe...


I haven't done any editing on Caught Outside. I keep meaning too, but then I get distracted by some other story. I have so many stories in my head and I don't know what to do with them!
I am in the middle of a short novel (?) that is kind of dismal. I call it Eighteen, and I don't know if I will post it here. It's... weird.
I am also writing a novel for a project planning class. The teacher doesn't really care what you do, so I'm writing!
This is a story idea that I've had for a while. It is a sequel to The Element Guardians and takes place in the same universe/storyline as The Final Princess. It stars Ryleigh Grace, known by her middle name, as the main character. You probably know her already as Fara's younger sister. In this story, she will become much, much more than that.

That's all I really have for today, but tomorrow is a very, very special day! Guess what it is. I've told you once.
But I've never told you that. It's something else.
Until tomorrow,

September 15, 2016

The Liebster Award

Thank you Anika for nominating everyone who made it to the end of her award post! That included me, of course. 

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  2. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger that nominated you.
  4. Nominate 5 to 11 other bloggers and let them know they’ve been nominated.
  5. Come up with 11 questions for the bloggers you’re nominating.
Starting with facts. Some of these you know and some you may not.
  1. I LOVE IMAGINE DRAGONS! Listening to their music (on full volume) as I write this.
  2. I am really good at drawing Littlest Pet Shops. For some reason they are really easy to draw. 
  3. I collect stuffed animals.
  4. I do not like to use mechanical pencils.
  5. I own a lot of striped clothes.
  6. I love to wear tank tops.
  7. My first pet was a black cat named Mackenzie. I do not consider black cats unlucky.
  8.  I take four styles of dance, three days a week.
  9. I don't have many favorite things. 
  10. I make clay dragons sometimes.
  11. I still like to play with Playdoh. It's really fun.
Now for Anika's questions!
When did you start blogging and why?
I started blogging on October 23, 2015. I had been following Doll Diaries for a while and seen some other cool blogs. I wanted to start one of my own. I was worried at first that I would abandon my blog after a few months, but here I am. I could say that it worked out.

What was your first story called?
What do you define "story" as? The first "book" I ever remember writing was a story written on notebook paper with pencil drawings titled "Snoopy In November." It was about, unsurprisingly, Snoopy the beagle celebrating Thanksgiving. I specifically remember that I had trouble with speech bubbles.

Cheese, or no cheese?
Um... Cheese usually. I don't actually like a lot of dairy products, so cheese and ice cream are basically all that I eat in that category.

Favorite animal?
Cats or dragons. Bunnies are nice also.

Do you like pizza?
Most assuredly.

Who is your favorite author?
I really don't know. I like too many.

Which bloggers would you want to meet most IRL?
Probably Anika and Birdsong321.

Do you have any pets?
Yes. My family has two chickens, Spots and Rosie, and two cats, Mint and Amber.

Favorite character created by YOU?
Probably Gemma. She is not from a book, she is from a roleplay. Her time period is in sort of a Hunger Games type futuristic world. She is very good at working weapons and mechanical items. Her weapon is an exploding stress ball that only she can touch, or else it will explode.

MC’s pet in your favorite book where the MC actually HAS a pet?
I think it's probably a tie between Turquoise from The Element Guardians and Burrito from Caught Outside.

Mermaids or dolphins? (or neither)
Both! Dolphins are amazing and real, but mermaids are amazing and fictional. It's an impossible choice.

Now for my questions! I may have borrowed some of these from Anika. :D
  1. When did you start blogging and why?
  2. What's your favorite song?
  3. Do you still like PlayDoh?
  4. Dragons or Unicorns?
  5. What is your favorite genre to write?
  6. Do you play any sports? (Gymnastics and dance count)
  7. Do you wear jewelery? 
  8. Anything that you collect
  9. Which bloggers or online friends would you want to meet the most irl?
  10. Dogs or cats?
  11. Favorite thing to post about?
Now, I nominate: everyone! If you are reading this now, you are nominated. I don't think that you are required to act on your nomination.

This took longer than expected. Thanks for reading!

September 14, 2016


I took apart a VCR yesterday. What did you do? I'm not joking, actually. Ali, Silver, and I were at Silver's house and decided to take it apart. There was a more complex roleplay going on around it. It wasn't actually a VCR in the roleplay, it was a dangerous explosive.
Recent song obsessions: I have been looking through the older Imagine Dragons songs. They have a very different feel from their more recent, popular works like Radioactive and Shots. Try listening to Shots and America (my personal favorite right now) back to back. You will see what I mean.
Anyway, the point of this post is: I edited the next chapter of Caught Outside! Exciting, right?
Are you ready? It's below the break.

September 7, 2016

Whales, Snails, and Kissy Fish

So today: Chalk art on my driveway.
Mr. Turtle, my little brother, loves to draw with chalk. Mostly, he draws X's and Y's, because he's little. He did draw a bunch of lines and call it a baby butterfly though. Honestly, it looked nothing like a butterfly, but we went with it because that's what you do with little kids.
Snails! I like to draw snails with chalk for some reason. This was the only one that I got a good picture of before it got driven over. Oh well. You can see some of the other two snails in the top picture.

And fish! This is probably one of the best fish I've drawn.

I love to draw whales in what I call "Littlest Pet Shop style". It doesn't look a lot like a real whale, but this is the way that Littlest Pet Shops are styled. I'm pretty good at drawing LPS. I should probably draw them more. I collect them. I don't think I've ever told you that.
On another note, if you have any LPS art requests, leave them in the comments. You can give me either the pet number or a picture.

We'll have an LPS art post soon, depending on when I draw stuff. Bye for now!