Tuesday, 1 December 2020

The Finally Fall (Autumn) Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely blogger over at An Attic Full of Paper. And yes, I call fall autumn over here.

And here is the link to her post: The Finally Fall/Autumn Book Tag. (She also calls fall autumn too!)

Now, we will jump into the questions as there are no rules! Besides the obvious one to answer the questions. And tag people. 


In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting.

To be honest, I have a hard time imagining settings really well. It is even harder to know vivid settings. But one, after some thinking, would be Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I don't know if it is a vivid setting for anyone else, but it was for me since (1) I can definitely tell that the settings weren't anything like the movie and (2) I can picture/remember a bunch of scenes from it even after months reading it. (And there are heaps more that I don't remember at all 😂 I blame a lot of that on the movie's visuals clouding my memory). 

Nature is beautiful... but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is so beautiful but heartbreaking. If you haven't read it, I would 100% recommend reading it. I wrote a review on it too if you want to check that out.

Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

The bible. 😂 Okay, I'm kidding (mostly). 

The Unstuck Church by Tony Morgan is a really good non-fiction book that taught me something new. I don't read non-fiction normally, but I read this one cause someone I know recommended it. 

In order order to keep warm, it's good to spend some time with people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you'd like to be part of.

I think The Lunar Chronicles main cast would be fun to hang out with (I might regret doing so, but oh well).

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall coloured spines!

Let me go take a picture now.


This took way too long to do. The picture kept turning out sideways. But finally I did it! And I'm quite happy at how the spines look! I was worried that my books wouldn't look good for an autumn theme! 

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein someone is telling a story.

The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. The story is written in a way that it seems like someone is retelling a story that they have heard from someone else. I think it counts, so that's my answer. 

The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

Either the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo or Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. These are not horror or super creepy books. Shadow and Bone is a dark fantasy, so has a lot of dark elements, and the villain is creepy (he freaked me out). Sorcery of Thorns has dark vibes as well, maybe close to being creepy but not quite, in my opinion. Basically it feels like a low-key Halloween/Gothic book.

Note: I would not recommend reading Shadow and Bone Trilogy unless mature. I plan on writing a review on why you should and should not read it. Honestly I have a love/hate relationship with this series. 

Another note: Again, Sorcery of Thorns is not something I would jump to recommend just because its vibes is not for everyone. I am doing a review on it sometime soon so if you want to stick around for that to see if it is for you, be my guest! Just be aware that soon means about 2-3 months.

The other option is to just look up them and find good reviews that help you see if you want to read them or not.     

The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody's cold and rainy day.

The Friend-Finding Formula by Janet Slater Bottin. It is a such a cute children's book! It gives me such happy feels and it can be read in one sitting.

Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you'd like to return to soon.

The Lunar Chronicles! (Yes, I am obsessed.)

Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading "accessories"!

Any bookmark and a comfortable place to read from. I'm simple.


 And I'm not tagging anyone again. This is an open tag that anyone can steal if they so wish to!

I hope you have a good day, virtual paper adventurers!

(Can you believe that it is December now?!)

Do you read dark, creepy books (I honestly don't usually)? What was the last book that had vivid settings? Tell all bookish things in the comments below! 

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Know the Novel - Part Two: Within the WIP {A Writers Linkup}

Wow, I didn't noticed that I had been writing "Know Your Novel" instead of "Know the Novel". Cool.

I also have been absent longer than I had planned for. It looks like there will be only one post this month. It's funny. I wasn't even that busy or anything. I tried to write a post that was a monster to write, but then I burnt out and gave up for a week or two. Then I wrote another post that won't be out until early December.

Hence why one post this month.

But, the one post here is the amazing part 2 of the Writers Linkup! I'm sure that you guys have been eager for this one to appear. 😉

So let's jump into this!

1. How's the writing going overall?

It is going slow, but it's also going good. Most days sitting down and writing it have been fulfilling. It's just that I haven't been writing this story consistently (skipping many days) so that's why it is going slow. 

2. What's been the most fun aspect about writing this novel so far?

Smoke's voice. He was originally written in third person past tense, but in this story he is written in first person past tense. And let me tell you that he is just so much fun and full of surprises in this style of POV. I am so glad of the idea that dropped into my mind one day cause he is so much better that way. I am really getting the feel of his thinking and it's so crazy. How can you be even more personal with a character? Cause we were close before this story but now... so much more. 

3. What do you think of your characters at this point? Who's your favourite to write?

I haven't met all of the characters yet (introductions I have forgotten to do), but so far the ones I have met are just awesome! It's been great to see them on page and think about them off scene too!

   And my favourites (yes, I can't choose) are Smoke, Blossom, Kayo and Lon. Smoke is more sarcastic than I thought he was so that's fun! Blossom is just brilliant cause she's so cute and caring around Smoke! Plus her wisdom/logic. Ahh, love that about her! (Seriously, Smoke would be dead or at least would have done something stupid without her). Kayo is just great to write because of his antagonistic force. And Lon, oh boy, he just shines every time he's on scene. His brilliance makes me happy.

Also I enjoyed writing Gum, a secondary character of mine. I just finished writing her first appearance today (yesterday)!     

4. Has your novel surprised you in any way?

It has surprised me in every way 😂. It has not gone to plan, from plot to character to scene to chapter. My original thoughts do not align with the path it has taken. Maybe a few pieces here and there, but really nothing in the grand scheme of things.

5. Have you come across any problems areas?

Oh, yes, definitely, 100%. Worldbuilding does not exist at present, characters need tweaking with how they are showed on screen (as in better show who they are and how they act/react base on that) and scenes need revising (for both reasons mentioned above). Basically it needs to be fleshed out, which the job of second draft 😀. (Brain will die if it had to worry about these things in first draft.)

Also, I need fix how Smoke is being vague about being a cyborg even though everyone already knows that. 

6. What's been your biggest victory with writing this novel at this point?

You know that thing mentioned in the blurb, the one about a dead sister being not dead? Well, I wrote a scene that helped me figured out why that moment was so important for not just the protagonist, or for book 1, but the whole series! Like, it is so important, and now I know why. I always knew it was, but I didn't know why.  

7. If you were transported into your novel and became any one of the characters, which one do you think you'd be? Would you take any different actions than they have?

I would be Blossom, and, yes, I would take different actions than her for sure. All of the ones I am thinking of right now are spoilers.

8. Give us the first sentence or paragraph then 2 (or 3!) more favourite snippets!


I crept into the room, even though I knew the guards wouldn't lay a hand on me. They would just stare at me as usual. But still. This place was meant to be silent. I made sure it was quiet as possible.

 

Well, that was kinda of boring. I mean, if I was reading this with the huge possibility to continue, this would be intriguing. But since it is one sad little paragraph, it is boring I think (an author is always harsh about their writing 😂).


But I didn't have the ability to cry. So, I buried my face into my hands and trembled.

"Was it so bad?" Blossom asked as she kneeled beside me. She placed her hand slightly on my back.

"I could lose my father... forever. And it can't be stopped by anyone."

She inhaled, her breath getting stuck in her throat.

"I can't lose anyone else."

"I know."

"But what I can do? He's "government property". He's not seen as human. And I doubt that the presence of a son makes a difference. It didn't with my grandfather."

She was silent, probably thinking of a good answer. "I know that you'll hate this answer, but... treat your time with him as if he's dying and you know that he will be gone soon."

I lifted my head and glared at her. "That is not helpful or comforting."

Her arms fell limp before she crossed them loosely over her chest. She shifted to sit directly on the ground. "I'm sorry."

I softened my expression. Though it could have been an apology for her choice of words, I knew it wasn't about what she said. It was about losing my father in a way that might as well be death. He would never be seen again once they come for him.


Haha, there is so much here that you don't understand about. I only understand cause I've been in his head for way too long. The only problem is getting him to reveal his secrets and stuff (it's a bit difficult when he has the reins, oops). 

You know how I mentioned that he was being vague about being a cyborg? Well, he is being vague about everything at the moment 😂.

Also, I keep on thinking that Blossom is sitting in the snow, but it is actually summer, almost autumn. Originally it was set in winter and my brain hasn't accepted the fact yet.


"Do you mind?" I asked, keeping my eyes closed. "I'm trying to sleep here." Without any success. It's a good thing that I don't need sleep.


Yeahh, he is an insomniac, but that last line was funny to me at the time cause I didn't expect it. His thoughts, his dialogue and his general voice has this sort of sarcasm that I'm like, "Where is this coming from?!" But really he was always like this. I just didn't noticed it in third person.


We just didn't believe it would end this way.

 

I don't think I need to say anything for this one. 😉 

9. Share an interesting tidbit about the writing process so far! (For example: Have you made any hilarious typos? Derailed from your outline? Kill off a character? Changed projects entirely? Anything you want to share!)

I don't know... Oh, here's something interesting. A lot of characters introduced in this book don't play a big role until book 2 or 3. So you will meet a lot of characters and then might not see them again for the rest of the story. This is because my protagonist takes a direction that is apart from their directions for a while. 

10. Take us on a tour on what a normal writing day for this novel looks like. Where do you write? What time of day? Alone or with others? Is a lot of coffee (or some other drink) consumed? Do you light candles? Play music? Get distracted by social media (*cough, cough*)? Tell all!

When I write? 😂 Well, it is so inconsistent right now. When I first started writing this novel, I started at about 8 and wrote about for an hour (until 9). Then I moved it to about 9 to 10. Then I wrote whenever I had time in the morning or the afternoon/evening. Now, recently, I've been following writing sprints (still at random times) on YouTube and Discord. (YouTube were live-streams but I missed them so I've just been doing them on replay.)

Also when I first started, I wrote every day except for the weekends. Now I write at random days. Sometimes I write in a row, sometimes I skip many days, or I write every second day. I still don't write on weekends (too busy then).

Again, when I first wrote it, I wrote in the lounge room because it was too cold in my room. But now that summer is approaching, it is now quite warm to write in my room, at my desk. 

Most of the time I listen to music while writing (only instrumental ones) but sometimes I find it so distracting that I go without. And I definitely get distracted by blog posts (that is a form of social media, right?)

I don't really eat or drink while writing. I am more focused on eating if I do. And I just don't drink while writing. I think it is better for my brain to do nothing but writing to be the most productive at it.

 Well, that's it. Enough about me, Smoke and my little project (it isn't little, but I want to call it that). How about you, fellow writers reading this post? How is your WIP project going?

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Marissa Meyer Book Tag

 

Today, I've got a unique tag about a favourite author of mine! I've enjoyed reading her books so much, even if they are intimidating by their huge sizes. The questions are so awesome and I can't wait to answer them.    

But first, here's the rules:

  1. List the rules. (Doing)
  2. Answer the questions provided in the tag. (I will)
  3. Use the provided tag image. (This one ^)
  4. Link to the creator (Diamond of I have 12% of a plan)
  5. Provide a bank set of questions for anyone who wants to complete this! There are no nominations for this tag. (Thank you, nominating is hard)
And now for the questions!

1. How many Marissa Meyer books do you own?
None. 😱 I know that's horrifying, but I am fixing that one day. I only found her since the end of 2019 and I love burrowing books from the library (cause you don't have to wait, and if you don't like a book, you can just return it without wasting money or a copy of it).
  
2. Have you read all of the Marissa Meyer Books?
No. I have yet to read Fairest (I decided to at least try it some time), the next two books in the Renegades series (trilogy?) and the comics about Iko.
And of course any new book that comes out.

3. Which character in a Marissa Meyer book do you relate to most?
Cress is definitely the most like me. She is not exactly me, but she's the closest. 

4. Lunar Chronicles, Renegades, or Heartless?
The Lunar Chronicles without a doubt.

5. Who is your favourite couple in the Lunar Chronicles?
Scarlet and Wolf. They are just adorable together (especially Wolf). Those two give me the most feels when it comes to their relationship/romance.

6. What is a fairytale retelling that you would add to Lunar Chronicles?
Jorinda and Joringel would really work in this setting I think (plus a sweet romance which is part of what the Lunar Chronicles is about).

7. What would your superpower be in Renegades?
I was thinking drawing things to reality would be a good one for me, but then I don't really like drawing things so I suck at art... So instead I will go with turning my body into butterflies (that fits me so much better anyway).

8. Renegades or Anarchists?
Okay, a mini rant will be here. Cause while I would choose the Renegades' side, I don't approved how biased they are toward the Anarchists or how arrogant they are or their certain plan which is a spoiler. While Anarchists have some valid points (or at least Nightmare does), they still do bad things and encourage those bad things, which I don't approve of at all. They even think it is okay to do bad things, which it isn't. But I can't blame them at that the moment since Renegades never gave them a chance of a redemption, treat them like trash and unintentionally making their superheroes bullies. Plus opening the door of letting them treat villains less than humans.
What's the point of changing if no one cares or wants you to? If they unconsciously want you to stay a villain?
Just putting that out there. 

9. What would rather have a movie of, TLC, or Renegades?
This is actually hard to decide. Both would be epic as movies. But since I love Lunar Chronicles more, I'll picked that one.

10. Which Marissa Meyer book cover do you like the best?
One of the Renegades covers (I can't be bothered to pick a specific one so deal with it). They are the most pleasing to my eye personally.

I had so much fun answering these questions! If you want to check the original post, click here. Otherwise, see you around.

Have you read a Marissa Meyer book? If so, did you liked it? Are you a fan of her too?

P.S. While scrolling through all of the books and things from Marissa Meyer on Goodreads, I found another short story about the Lunar Chronicles! I have not read it yet, but I can't wait to! It is about the Lunar Chronicles characters in quarantine! If you're a fan or have read the Lunar Chronicles, you should check it out! It is called Covid-128.

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Christian Topics: Living Faith

I plan this to be a series. I have two other topics on my mind so far.
I meant to write this ages ago but just didn't get there. Also, I just didn't have the right words to explain the topic. I found it in the book of James, which I will cover in a little while.
This was first prompted by a conversation in a bible study one night when I and another girl were talking about faith. Then I got this sort of revelation. Faith is meant to be living with Christ daily. We shouldn't just have faith. Faith isn't meant to be that way. Faith is meant to be active. 
I always knew that as a Christian, my faith should show. But I didn't understand the deep meaning of living faith until that night. We should walk with faith, talk with faith, every single action we do should be with faith.
Now, I know this is not the first time we heard this before. I know I haven't. Sometimes, though, the very simple things are the ones we don't understand completely. I didn't realise the impact of a Christian and their faith. The real, amazing faith that lacking in us today and seen in the "greats". 
Why are they so great? Because of their faith. If we take time to really look into their lives, we will see that it is their simple acts of faith that made a difference in the world. Look at Hebrews 11 as a place to start. You will find that their moments were them simply saying to God, "I have faith in You." Some of their acts were little like just walking with God faithfully until the end of their days. Job, for example, didn't do anything amazing except still believe in God despite everything. Others did miracles or led people into the desert to a new land or fought battles in the LORD's name. Those are what we call great things. But they all came from the same simple act of faith like the others. Faith is no greater with a great work, nor it is less great with just a step in faith.
But having true faith is hard, guys. A lot of days, I am walking out of step of living faith. Sometimes I don't even realise that my faith at that moment is dead.
Yep, I used the word James used to describe faith without works in James 2:14-26. Have you ever wondered why he said such words? Because faith is not real without the action. It is like believing in fantasies. It may seem real to us but it's not for everyone else. And again faith is not meant to be like that.
Faith is meant to be the proof of God's existence. What is the point of having faith if it is hidden? And on the other side, what is the point of doing good works if you have no faith? Faith and good works are meant to be hand in hand. Having faith in God should lead to good works. They are meant to be one, not two separate things.
Faith is meant to be powerful. You're meant to be powerful in faith. 
But you shouldn't mistake this statement meaning that you should be doing miracles, or saving people, or preaching the gospel on a weekly basis. Yes, those things are awesome and should be encouraged by the church, but those things, in my opinion, are things that only God should you lead to. Those things are not to be pressured into. Cause you need your own faith into those things, your own passion for it. If God wants you to do that, then you'll have those things no problem. It doesn't mean you won't struggle, but it will be something on your heart and it won't go away, even if you want it too.
The point here is that your very lifestyle should reflect your faith, as I had on touched on above. The simple, the boring, the exciting, the normal, the crazy, the bad, every little part of your life that you experience should be with actions that display your faith in some little way. It doesn't have to be big. It could be as simple and plain as not talking back with words that hurt. It could be deciding to be kind when you want to be mean toward someone. It could be not letting yourself be drag down by life's troubles and stresses. It could be anything. I'm sure you can think of many others. Cause life sucks in every little way.
But it doesn't have to be so. Cause acting out in faith makes life a little better. Trusting in God, believing in God, helps in a way that I can't really explain. And this leads me to have living faith. Not just faith. Not just works. But both together in perfect balance.
This may seem hard, but all you have to do is live for Christ. Make a decision every day that you want to put him first. And everything will fall into place. Again, this is doesn't mean you won't have off days or perfect days. There's always room for improvement, growth and mistakes. It is about making faith a little more part of your life that people notice and question. It is about showing the God you have a relationship with. It is about being like Jesus, mirroring his life with your own.

(Ha, ha, I'm sorry if this post is a mess. I wrote sections of this one or two months apart since first starting in June or July, I think. I can't quite remember, it was that long ago.)
(Also this is very inspired in the moment, as in not planned, so another reason why it may be a mess 😂)

Feel free to leave any comments. Agreeing, disagreeing (though I ask you to be kind if so), adding something I miss. Go ahead. I love hearing from you!

Monday, 12 October 2020

Know the Novel - Part One: Introduction {A Writers Linkup}


Today, I'm joining in the linkup, Know the Novel, hosted by Christine Smith. It is directed at those who are doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), but you don't have to be doing that to do the linkup (I am one of those people). It is in three parts. So expect another in November and in December.

So, I am going to use my current WIP, Our Scattered Ashes. Since I am working on that one the most right now.

And onto the amazing questions:

1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?

Well, it all started when I had an image of my protagonist, from my first novel, as a cyborg soldier. He was running around in snowy woods, possibly scouting for any threat. Everything kicked off from there.

2.  Share a blurb (or just an overall summary if you'd prefer)!

This reminds me I should update the blurb on the blog. Things have changed. But the main idea is still the same. Which is...

A young cyborg male has his purpose stripped away when the war ends. Not only that, but his kind are forced to be put asleep - a state where they are still alive but unable to wake up again. His base commander has other ideas though. Instead, he finds himself and his kind are made either to hide away or hide in plain sight - he is the latter.

While still adapting to his new lifestyle, he learns that his twin sister is alive and well - when she should be dead.

This is the rough draft of my new blurb. 😊 When I have polished this up, this will be my official blurb. 

3. Where does your story take place? What are some of your favourite aspects about the setting?

It takes place in a dystopian Japan, probably in an important city besides Tokyo (I haven't figured out the details yet). Favourite aspects of this setting is that (1) it has a really different culture from my own, (2) it will have a Japanese style in the worldbuilding, and (3) it is futuristic as well as dystopian, so I can invent and destroy a bunch of things (within logic of course). 

4. Tell us about your protagonist(s).

I have only one protagonist, who is a Japanese boy called Smoke. He has been a cyborg soldier for two years, since he was seventeen (he is now nineteen). Being a cyborg is big part of his identity. He is a good fighter, introverted and loves a girl called Blossom. 💕    

5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?

I have two antagonists, and they are basically characters who (1) get in the way of the protagonist's goals, (2) and provoke him to anger and frustration. One of them is the villain but I'd rather not say which one it is. I feel I have hinted at who it is around this blog somewhere, but I don't really know if that's the case. If you have no idea, cool. If you do have an idea, I won't confirm it for you. You'll have to live to not knowing (hopefully not forever).

Antagonist 1#: Lon, who is super smart in politics, science and warfare. He is a hard foe since he can argue nearly any case you throw at him and is very logical. He cares deeply for cyborgs and their  wellbeing, making it his life goal for them to have a good life, to be more than just weapons or tools in the war. (He is one of my personal favourites. He's been so fun to develop. 😀)

Antagonist 2#: Kayo, who happens to be the younger brother of Lon. He is a cyborg soldier but is also a scientist-in-training. Recently, he was so badly injured in a battle that he can no longer hide the fact he is a cyborg. Which is a huge deal. He personally hates Smoke with a passion for two main reasons, which have actually affected his whole life. So... he has a good reason to hate. (Good job, Smoke, you not only ruin his life once but twice.)         

6. What excites you the most about this novel?

It is so many little things. I can't think of just one main thing that makes me excited. I think that using the old, but beloved, cast from my previous novel is exciting. I love that I get to do dystopian, a new genre that I have fallen in love with. I am so excited to create my own take on cyborgs and their situations. And having Japan as a setting will be such an exciting journey to explore and discover. 

7. Is this going to be a series? standalone? something else?

It is going to be a four-book series called FHE. It also has a prequel short story that has gone through two drafts already and needs a rewrite (again). And it now has an alternative flash fiction piece too. Who knows what other extras it may have in the future. I have some ideas.

8. Are you plotting? pantsing? plansting?

I am doing both at the moment. I did an outline, wrote, changed the plotline, took a break to brainstorm more, wrote again. Now I need to do another outline but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I have been writing (mostly fixing the scenes I wrote before taking the break). I've been all over the place, but that's part of experimenting the process. I wasn't so chaotic with my first novel, and hopefully I won't be with my next.  

9. Name a few unique elements about this story.

I'm not sure if this is unique, but it is set just a little after the big war that changed the whole world and made it reset. My characters are the middle of the reset instead of centuries after the reset. There is no such thing as Utopia in this world. There are barely any rules or laws or a proper society. People who have power are fighting for control rather than they have control. There is no big lie or a huge flaw that everyone accepts. The revolution is morally grey. I haven't read a lot of dystopians yet, but so far none of them have this approach.

It is set in Japan. I have never heard of a book being set in Japan.

There is a disease that can turn people into a cyborg (still figuring out the logics behind this idea, but I love it so much. It's so terrifying cool.)   

10. Share some fun "extras" of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you've made, a special theme you're going to incorporate, ANYTHING you what to share!).

I have a Pinterest board and a playlist (technically two, but the second only has the instrumental songs from the first).

The Pinterest board is a work-in-progress. So it is a bit of a mess. The sections are organised by the most important to the least important.  https://www.pinterest.com.au/ribbonash/fhe-wip/

Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3YEbvP6dDVoTrLFoFuVGUs?si=OvfIg2oETrOXqFoJIR2OOQ 

And lastly, I want to share my main theme of the series: the value of humans.

And that's it. You can also check out the characters page (also a work-in-progress) if you want a little more information about the characters in this series and the writing projects page for also a little bit more detail about the WIP.

Have a great afternoon.

 So what do you think of my current WIP?

Friday, 9 October 2020

Sunshine Blogger Award 2

 

Okay, I know that I don't need to do this tag since I've done it before, but the questions won me over. You'll see what I mean in a minute.

The rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you. (Or the person who let you steal it. 😂 Thanks R.M. Archer)
  2. Display your award. (Done!)
  3. Answer the questions you were asked.
  4. Nominate 5 bloggers. (Nope)
  5. Ask 6 questions. (Fine)
  6. Let your nominees know they were nominated. (Okay, I will 😉)
The questions:

1. What's your favourite character trope?
I don't know if this is my top favourite, but I love villains with redemptive arcs. To me, it shows that villains are humans just as much as the heroes and it makes their stories much more powerful. Also, they make you relate to villains in a way you hadn't before. There is something so satisfying in seeing a villain getting redemption.  
  
2. What's your least favourite character trope?
The chosen one. I am tired of stories where the protagonist is the most special of them all and is the only one who can save the world. And, in my opinion, chosen ones are not only the ones who are destined and have prophecies about them. No. They can also be protagonists who seem to be too special or powerful from the rest of the cast. They are the chosen ones cause they are literally the only ones who can save the world and no one else can
(This is not saying that it is bad or that it cannot be done well, it's just that they are one of, if not the most, likely of tropes to make me groan and roll my eyes.)
 
3. What's your favourite thing about the writing community?
Just how encouraging and understanding they are. They really make you feel like you're not alone in your choice to write - especially in the area of making it a career.
 
4. What was the last indie book you read, and what did you think of it?
....I don't think I have read an indie book before (except for short stories). I really need to though.

5. What's the last song you listened to?
Download by Group 1 Crew

6. How do you outline your stories, or do you figure your story as you go?
I do both. With outlining, I either write down the important events that need to happen in a few sentences, or I write a line that explains what that important thing I need to write next. On the other side, sometimes I have only a vague idea what I want to happen and so I write from there, trying to complete that goal in mind. This method is more useful if I have been thinking on it for while rather than writing the idea out on the spot.
  
7. What are some of your favourite writing blogs? (Share links!)
These are just a few of many amazing blogs:

8. Are there any elements you find make their way into most/all of your stories? What are they?
Yes, and they are romance and mythical beings/creatures. I am working on not having every single of one with a romance (I have a few, if vague romances with minor or secondary characters doesn't count). And as mainly a Fantasy writer, having either beings or creatures or both is both natural and required.

9. What's your favourite non-fiction book?
The bible. I know, I know, but I don't really read non-fiction (as in basically don't at all), so I don't have any others that fall into the favourite shelf of my mind.
 
10. What are a few of your favourite quotes?
I don't really have any. I'm not a quote person.

11. Houseplants: yea or nay?
I like houseplants, but I don't want to look after them, so nay.

Okay, here are my questions:
1. Do you plan your posts ahead of time or write on the day?
2. What was one myth about writing you believed in?
3. Would you rather like a hard truth or a nice lie?
4. What is your favourite outdoor activity?
5. Ideal reading spot?
6. Who is your newest favourite fictional character?

And this tag is open for anyone to take. Have a great day!

Have you read an indie book? Do you have a favourite non-fiction book that isn't the bible? I'd love to hear any thoughts you have.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Marvel Readathon Update

 Here's an update on what happened with the Marvel Readathon.

                         Picture credited to Diamond 

Well, I read only three books during September, one of which I didn't finished until October, but read enough of it to be included with the overall results.

The first book I finished was The Memory Thief.

 The Memory Thief

I started it on September 2nd and finished it on the 14th. It was so good. 5 stars. If I had more time on my hands to read it, I would've finished it sooner. One day I will write a review of it here, ranting all about its goodness. (I recommend reading it if you haven't)

The prompts it fulfilled: 9#, 10#, 13#, 15#

The second book I finished was Renegades.

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

I started it on September 15th and finished it on the 22th.  This book was a monster to read (but what I can expect from Marissa Meyer?), but it was so worth it. It was awesome. Another 5 stars. I can't wait to read the next book in the series! (I also recommend this)

The prompts it fulfilled: 1#, 5#, 11#, 12#, 13#, 15#, also possibly 4# since it gives the feels of being in the future of the real world.

 And the last and third book I read was The Glittering Court.

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)

I started on September 24th and finished it on October 4th. I read this one instead of the others I picked for the Marvel Readathon because I burrowed it from the library back in August. It has been sitting around for a while now. Since I wanted to get this read and didn't think I could add another to the readathon, I picked this one up. I am surprised how much I read of this one in September.

The ranking is 3.5. It wasn't as good as the others, but I enjoyed reading it.

The prompts it fulfilled: 1#, 13#, and maybe 4#? It is set in a fantasy world, but it also had no magic or mythical creatures or anything else related to those. So it felt like it had a time period, the past, even though it is fake from the real world.

Prompts in total (not including repeats): 9

That is 9 of 15, so I got 60% fulfilled in the Marvel Readathon (if my Maths skills served me well).

Not bad at all. For doing a readathon for the first time as well as being busy with study, I'm impressed with myself. I also picked well, didn't I?

Not sure if I won this, but I don't care.

So that's the update. See you guys soon. *waves*

What did you think of the Readathon? The books I read?