March 30, 2017

Inteviewing Lilly [Caught Outside/Camp NaNo Prep]

Heyy! I'm pretty excited right now because I finally figured out where I'm going with the second half of Caught Outside. Last year, for Camp NaNo, I just kinda threw plot twists at it to see what would happen. It turned out pretty good, but I realized if I kept doing that until the end of the book, I would have so many loose ends to tie up that it would never be fully resolved.

I worked it out just in time for Camp NaNo, too, which is in... *glances at calendar* ONE WEEK?!? I think I'm prepared enough but... As long as I don't panic. No panicking. [it was a week, when I started the post. Now it's just a day.]

As I was plotting the second half of the book, I realized that I was exploring a character that I didn't know very well. Lilly. Her personality has shifted a little as I've been writing, and now it's back to what I intended her to be like when I started the book.
Earlier, Anika posted this character interview and I liked the questions and decided to do it myself. The questions are from something called Beautiful People.
[I will be talking in italics, Lilly speaks in regular font]

1. What is their full name and is there a story behind why they got it?

My name is Lilly Brianne Arnold. I guess my parents just thought it was pretty?

Lilly suits your character, and Brianne just made it flow right.

Oh. So yeah, it's mostly just pretty.

That about sums it up.

2. How old are they, and when were they born?

I'm fifteen and... when was I born?

*shrugs* I don't have a definite year for Caught Outside. The date is March fourteenth, I just don't know the year.

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!)

I have really light blond hair that is, thankfully, naturally straight. I have blue eyes, I'm about average height, I think that's really it. I don't wear glasses or contacts or anything.

Yeah, I think that's it.

Oh! I have pierced ears, and I usually have on some form of chapstick. (or in my pocket, at least.)

4. Describe your character's personality first in one word, then elaborate with a few sentences.

......

I'm going to go with logical, for now at least. Generally, she works things out with logic, thinks thoroughly before making decisions, but not to the point that it kills the fun. Choosing to stay up until four AM watching movies isn't exactly logical, but it made sense to her. When she gets stressed or angry, she still thinks everything through, but her solutions are harsher and less put together. If you make her really angry, though... She pretty much explodes.

Is that really what I do?

Sadly, yes.

.....

5. What theme song(s) fit their character and story arc?

.....

.....

We don't know.

6. Which one of the seven deadly sins describes your character?

...wrath? I mean, based on Evy's description of me, I sound like a monster when I get angry. I think it's the best of the seven.

7. If they were an element (fire, water, earth, air) which one would they be?

Water. Quiet, peaceful, beautiful, it can save your life but it can also drown you.

8. What is their favorite word?

I'm not sure. I say "chill" a lot, but I hadn't put much thought into favorites until now.

9. Who's one person they miss? (It could be someone who's passed away, or someone who they're not close to anymore, or someone who moved away.)

Joel. I miss my little bro and... I just loved him so much. It doesn't even seem real that he's not here. I wish it wasn't real.
If I had just trusted only me with him, and not--

Lilly, I know you're upset, and I know you have a whole laundry list of people to blame, including yourself, but you're giving away like, ninety percent of the plot, so I'm cutting off this explanation.

10. What sights, sounds, and smells remind them of that person?

The empty bed in Henry's room.
The street corner where we stopped running long enough for Celia to tell me what had happened.
The way his footsteps sounded on the stairs.
There is more, but--

I know. I know. 

***

So that was fun. Especially writing Lilly missing Joel.
Is anyone else doing Camp NaNo? (probably not but I'll ask)

March 20, 2017

Nameless Part Three: Waking Up Alone

So I check my phone, see notifications from the Skype group chat with Ali, Striker, and Scarlet, check it, and THEY ARE LITERALLY DISCUSSING THE MEANING OF LIFE. My friends/sister confuse me. Not that it really matters because I'm sure I do the same thing.
Anyway. Nameless Part Three. On it.
[Part one] [Part two]

Waking Up Alone: (the Boy's perspective)


He opened his eyes and sat up, the cold air hitting him like a slap across the face. His eyelashes were soaked with tears, as were his cheeks. He could feel the tears drying around his eyes. The warmth where his sister usually slept was missing, her side of the bed was cold. He could feel tears prick back up. Even though the nightmare was gone, the image of the monster was burned into his vision, haunting him as though it was waiting in the dark, just beyond his reach. He didn't like waking up alone. He shuddered in the cold, calling on the only time he could remember his sister ever smiling. In his head she was grinning, her cheeks and hands scratched from the blackberry thorns. She was laughing, laughing because he had tasted a red one, scowled, and promptly spat it out.
He clutched the blanket in his fist as the image faded, trying to hold on to it as long as he could. Tears trickled further down his cheeks, leaving wet streaks in their wake. His breath caught in his throat, coming out as a sob instead. He was scared. He was alone.
But then she was there, wrapping her arms around him, picking him up and holding him close, whispering to him that she was here now, he was alright. He could feel her heartbeat underneath his cheek, and the steady pulse calmed him.
She set him on his feet, then sat down on the floor. He crawled into her lap, wrapping his arms around her neck again and laying his head on her shoulder. She ran her fingers through his hair, still talking quietly.
“It was just a dream,” she whispered, “you're alright, you're safe.”
“But you were gone.”
“But now I'm here, and you're here, and we're both safe.” Her warm breath brushed his ear, tickling him.
“Are we?” he asked, almost fearfully. His sister just hugged him closer, and he closed his eyes, letting her long hair sweep over his face like a veil.
“Yes,” she said determinedly. “We're safe here.”

***

I really liked writing this part, so what do you think? And I added dialogue. It was impossible to avoid, but I like the way it sounds. 
I think I'm going to make some art for this at some point, but I'm out of ideas. If you have suggestions PLEASE tell me. 
Bye for now!

March 16, 2017

Best Friend Blogger Q&A tag



Aaaahhh I'm so excited to be doing this!! I've never had anyone else really talk with me on this blog, so this is new, and yes, exciting.
So the rules are pretty simple, just tag 2 people and tell them to do it with their best friend, on or off blogger!
I was tagged by Shuffle from ShuggleCatBlogs . Shoutout to her and Daisy for creating this tag!
I am doing this tag with my friend Scarlet. (I've mentioned him before, he is the same person as Silver in the sleepover post) We were answering these in a Skype chat, so it's not just answers, it's also us talking a little. (And also I had to backspace over so many timestamps. Editing is not fun.)
On with the questions. [edit: I'm sorry that the font is being so weird, the HTML got messed up and I can't seem to fix it]
1. When did you two meet?
Scarlet: At church when I put a puff ball in your hair. xD
Evy: Lol yeah, I remember it really well.
Scarlet: It's been so long..... *insert nostalgia here*
Evy: It really has been though! Like, seven years.
Scarlet: yeah...
Scarlet: I suddenly feel like a teenager all of a sudden....
Evy: Well you are one.
Scarlet: Yeah but still. It's just strange.

2. What is one personality trait that the other has that you like?
Scarlet: I would say for the second question, we're both smart, and really quirky birds. Like, seriously weird, but no matter what goes though our relationship it always holds up. Try and true.
Evy: I like that about you too, and also you listen.
Scarlet: AHHH THE REMINISCING!
Evy: Very simple, but I fell like I can actually tell you stuff
Scarlet: Yeah, me too.

3. What fictional friendship is like yours?
Evy: Question three... Ummm... I can't think of one right now.
Scarlet: hmmmm....
Scarlet: Like harry and Hermione.
Evy: Oh yeah!
Evy: That one seems so obvious now
4. What are your MBTI personalities?
Scarlet: uh- uhm.... whats MBTI?
Evy: Myers Briggs Type Indicator
Scarlet: ah. One sec, I need to take it again.
Evy: I'm an INFP
Scarlet: I'm taking the test, lol
[Scarlet sends me this picture]
 https://nus1-api.asm.skype.com/v1/objects/0-cus-d1-d8813e73c6ae9555ac52a5dfe9c0ed2f/views/imgpsh_fullsize
Evy: We're the same! wow
Evy: Also, plug in your phone 
 
5. What are the fandoms that you got each other into?
Evy: I think none?
Scarlet: I feel like it would be Homestuck for me (getting you to look at it) and then you got my into that family thing with "The Girl"
Evy: Yeah, Danger Days. I feel like I've just kinda been throwing it at you and you're just watching, but sure.

6. What is the funniest thing you have said to each other?
Scarlet: This next one is like, impossible.
Scarlet: Since, like, everything is so random
Evy: We say so much random stuff we can't even remember it. I thought I had a list somewhere, but oh well. 
 
7. What is a quote that you think describes the other best?
Scarlet: For the quote
idek....
Evy: I'm bad at both quotes and describing people
me to

Scarlet: Yeah, me too.  
[We skipped this one]  
8. Biggest disagreement?
Scarlet: what would this be...?

Scarlet: PUNCTUATION!
Evy: Yeah probably. [←As I edit this, I am adding so much punctuation to Scarlet's stuff. This is very true.]

8.5. Biggest agreement? 
Scarlet: Seasons. I guess?

Scarlet: Character creation! that's it!
Evy: Definitely. What do you mean by seasons though?
Scarlet: Liking the same seasons
Evy: Like spring and fall?
Scarlet: yeah

9. What ship from a fandom (an actual space ship) would you take? 
Scarlet: ACTUAL SPACE SHIPS!
Evy: The Tardis
Scarlet: hell yeah
Evy: You can literally go anywhere
Evy: It would be amazing
Scarlet: yeah!

10. Favorite couple ship?
Scarlet: and now couple ships...
Scarlet: This is a hard one.
Evy: Probably SunLight for me (Sunset Shimmer X Twilight Sparkle, My Little Pony)
Scarlet: MMM this is a really hard one.
Evy: Speaking of SunLight... *Momentarily disappears to check FimFiction*
Evy: *returns from FimFiction excitedly* IT UPDATED!!! I have more Spectacular Seven to read later!!
Scarlet: Cherry x Kakiro, or Scarlet x Jinx.
[Scarlet made the ones on the left (names/character) and then his friend role played as the ones on the right.]

11. Favorite video games?
Evy: Uhhh minecraft
Evy: Because that's the only one I play so therefore my favorite?
Scarlet: Overwatch. or Starbound.

12. What are you about to go do/watch?

Scarlet: Well. I'm watching Night In The Woods on Youtube, and talking to you.
Evy: I'm going to go read the new Spectacular Seven chapter and write this into a post


Scarlet: That's it, then. That was super fun!
Evy: It was! Thanks for doing this!
Scarlet: If yah don't mind... link my Youtube channel? #shamelessselfpromotion
Evy: Sure. His Youtube channel is HERE, he posts gaming videos.

Yay! This took me forever to edit, but thankfully it's done now. Phew.
As for tagging people... I don't know anyone to tag, I'm sorry. All the bloggers I talk to were tagged by Shuffle already. Anika, I'm tagging you again, so now you have to do it.
I have two (?) other posts in progress, and part three of Nameless is finished, I just need to look over it again. Thank you again to Shuffle for tagging me, this was really fun. Until later,

March 4, 2017

Nameless: Part two

So, you remember THIS piece that I posted about a month ago? The one with no names and mostly description? Yeah, that one.
Well, it's a series now. I'm calling it Nameless. 
Nameless will center around three characters, known as She, The Girl, and The Boy. Not usually capitalized, but you get the idea. It won't be too long, probably ten parts or less. Part one is written from The Girl's perspective. This part is written from She's perspective.
(They will have names at the end. But not until the end.)
Nameless Part Two: She

The bare wood floor creaked under her feet. The old house was drafty and dark. A heavy layer of dust had settled over almost everything. The house worried her, and it was just as cold as outside, but she was glad she had brought them here. She could be safe here, isolated, the way she wanted to be. Isolated and alone, even from the two children in the other room. She sat down on the floor and closed her eyes, letting the sound of her own breathing lure her into a dreamlike trance. But she didn't sleep. She hadn't slept in days. At this point, it was just the coffee keeping her awake.
She heard a muffled sob from the other room. Her eyes snapped open, and she pulled herself silently to her feet. She crept to the doorway, peering in at the scene. The older girl held the younger boy in her lap. The girl stroked his hair, pulling his head into her chest. The boy was crying quietly.
She pulled herself back from the doorway, leaning back against the wall and staring at her bare feet. She had no shoes, only dirt and chipped nails. Nightmare. Her heart ached to comfort the little boy, but she couldn't know what to say.
A hand on her arm surprised her. She looked down to see the little boy staring up at her, traces of tears still left at the corners of his eyes. She stared back, her face empty and expressionless. Only silence passed between them. One moment passed. Another. The boy turned away and slipped back through the doorway. She could hear him whispering to the girl, but she couldn't make out the words. A moment later, she walked away, her bare feet leaving blurred marks on the floor.

So that was part two! I loved writing this. It feels very different from part one, almost a little creepy.  What do you think? Should I continue?