Friday, December 19, 2014

Beautiful Books #3- Oddball the First

Hello everyone! 
 
So I did not do NaNoWriMo. I realized that some people were under the impression that I did. I apologize about that. I just like doing the Beautiful Books link up. (If you want to do a NaNo over the summer, let me know, I'm seriously considering doing it.)
 
So today I'm going join the Beautiful Books link up hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. They are awesome like that. 
Let's talk about Oddball the First?
 
By of way, the trilogy titles are currently being referred to as:
 
 
Oddball the First
 
Oddball the Sequel
 
Oddball at Last
 
 
  It's not genius. But at least it's something.
 
1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best) how well do you think this book turned out?
 
It turned out as a either a -4.09 or +72.6.
 
I just can't decide.

2. Have you ever rewritten or editing one of your books before? If so, what do you do to prepare yourself? If not, what’s your plan?
 
Um, yes and no. I've never edited when I was supposed to. My game plan so far is, when I start, I'm going read the whole thing through. 
 
Yeah. And then I'll see what things need to be saved for the others books. What parts just needs to be chopped out and left for dead. And then what needs to be added. 
 
(I am not a game plan kind of person.)

3. What’s your final wordcount? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book?
 
I don't know. Some of it is still in handwritten form and other portions are on various computer documents. 
 
 
 
Right now, I'm working on putting it all in one chronological document. But it's huge. Way bigger than a nice little 50,000 words. I like to throw every possible idea out there. The good, the bad, the insane. That way when I slim it down later all I need is already on the paper. And I didn't forget anything.
 
I think.

oh, first draft, why are you a necessary evil?

 
4. What’s are you most proud of? Plot, characters, or pacing?
 
The characters. Alwayses the characters. ;)
 
I love the Oddball crew. They're probably the only set of characters that can 100% make my day, everyday.

5. What’s your favourite bit of prose or line from this novel?
 
I've probably posted this before. But it is the answer to this question.
 
She closed her eyes and let the chaos of the crowd envelop her. Wrap around her like a hug. A hug of smallness. Of being invisible. Of being alone and yet part of something bigger than oneself. That hug of loneliness. Sometimes she struggled under it. 

          But on days like these. Especially in the noise and company of the crowd, she embraced it back. After all it was the only friend she had.



6. What aspect of your book needs the most work?
 
The all of it!
 
Okay, okay. Well, the length is kind of- lengthy. The plot is kind of- wandering. The everything is- a bit much. 
 
 Pirates of the Caribbean
 

  (Is it bad that I find many Pirates of the Caribbean gifs/quotes relative to writing?)
 
 
7. What aspect of your book is your favourite?
 
Didn't we already talk about this?
 
Well, I adore the characters.

And the kingdoms. The dragons too. But there's a lot of side characters also. Like Smelt. Oo, I love Smelt. 
 
And Ratchett. I think, I'll have to bring Ratchett back sometime, because he's amazing. Don't tell him I said that. His head's big enough as it is. 
 

8. How are your characters? Well-rounded, or do they still need to be fleshed-out?
 
I think they're well-rounded. But what do I know? I just write the stuff.

9. If you had to do it over again, what would you change about the whole process?
 
I would write it all on one Word document, and write chronologically as much as possible.
 
*cough*
 
Also I would try to write more consistently, so I'd finish in less time.

10. Did anything happen in your book that completely surprised you? Have any scenes or characters turned out differently to what you planned? Good or bad?
 
Yes, there was this character that came around. He wouldn't go away, so I said, "Fine. I can use you." So I did. And he got what he wanted, just not in the way he wanted.
 
And there were a few unforeseen scenes. But I'm kind of a pantser anyways, so it always-
 
Just happens!
 
(It's not always good things that happen, but, eh, what do you want on short notice?)

11. What was the theme and message? Do you think it came across? If not, is there anything you could do to bring it out more?
 
I think the theme changed a few times during the writing. There was a theme about letting go of the past, I think. And then there was something about friendship, maybe. . . I don't know. I'm just realizing now that I'm looking back on it. Friendship wasn't necessarily supposed to be an overarching theme, but it happened. Then there was prejudice and that's supposed to carry throughout the whole series. 
 
Eh, we'll see what comes of it.

12. Do you like writing with a deadline (like NaNoWriMo) or do you prefer to write-as-it-comes?
 
I probably need a deadline.
 
But I loath deadlines.

13. Comparative title time! What published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (Ex: Inkheart meets X-Men, etc.)
 
Um, it's kind of like, like
 
I would say The Hobbit. It's not high fantasy. But it has that one adventure after another feel to it. But The Hobbit is big, and Oddball is not that big and glorious. It's not Tolkien worthy.
 
I'm really drawing a blank here, people.
 
It's very humorous. But it can then get very dark near the latter half. And the characters- Oh, they are monstrously uncooperative, but they are the best all the same.





14. How do you celebrate a finished novel?!
 
With peanut butter, loud music, books, and, yeah that's about it.

15. When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?
 
 
Oh, this question. You're asking me to go on forever, aren't you?
 
I want them to get that feeling of, "I cannot wipe this stupid grin off my face," because the book was so good. I want them to feel like the characters are their personal best friends because they were just so real. And I really hope it makes them smile for weeks on end and that they ramble unintelligibly about it to all the people they see in the world. Because that is what I always feel like after reading the most amazing book in the world. 
 
And- and- I'll stop there.

- The Book Thief, Markus Zusak This book-- This book is amazing It's narrated by death, and it's just so beautiful.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Tag of Randomness


             Do people even use that word anymore? Random? It was popular when I was in high school. But maybe the world has moved on in lingo.

Anyhow, Carly @ Books and Etc. did this ginormous post of tags. Thank you, Carly, for tagging me (and not making me answer all the questions ;) ).

Three facts of me:


1. I teach a kids clogging class (clogging is similar to tap dancing, but not), in which I almost always quote The Lego Movie, Despicable Me, or Megamind at least once. The joys of teaching kids. ;)

2. Um, I use parentheses (quiet often).

3. When I'm in a bad mood I think about what Patrick Jane says about being happy.

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And I always laugh.


The questions I choose to answer:

1. The thinnest book on your shelf?

Mostly Monster. It came from a Cherrios box. But I'm partial to the illustrations and it's kind of cute.


2. The thickest?

Probably the wonderful The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Or a dictionary. Books on words tend to come in large sizes.

3. Favorite classic book?

Pride and Prejudice, or- or- Does The Princess Bride count?

Yes?

Then The Princess Bride.

 The princess bride


4. Who is your ultimate all-time favorite character?

What kind of a narrow-minded question is that? Oh, who should I choose? 

Okay, um, I'm going to with Cinder because I read her book recently and it was fantastic.


cinder



5. What fandoms are you a part of?


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If you were here from the start try to put this on some of your divergent posts. #truedivergentfan



Really? I have to smile too? Society asks to much of me.


I think I will actually tag people. Anyone who wants to do this and these people:


This is kind of an Unofficial Tag, so just do this:

Write Three Facts About You, then:

Answer the following questions:

1. What is your favorite book quote?

2. Your favorite superhero?

3. Cookies or pie?

4. Any weird, funny, or touching movie-going stories?

5. What is the price of bananas?

6. What song are you currently obsessed with and why?


And you can link back to me if you want. Yeah, that's how these tag things go, right? If anyone else wants to do it, feel free! Or you can answer the questions in the comments. Love to hear what you have to say!



Monday, December 8, 2014

Famous People Tag

            
Skye Hoffert at Ink Castles tagged me for the Famous People Tag.




1. Who's your favorite singer/group?
*rubs hands together* We may not get past the first question.

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 I could go on and on about Switchfoot. But I'll just resolve to do a whole post later.



Joel and Luke Smallbone


for King & Country! They recently released their second album. Best songs are To the Dreamers and It's Not Over Yet.

 
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 This is Skillet. I need to do a post for each of these bands. A cursory glance is not enough.

Anthem Lights in Marvel attire!

Anthem Lights in Avenger attire. Who I am currently listening to:




I've never heard the original band who sings this song. I just like Anthem Lights.

2. If your favorite male actor was in the same room with you right now, what would you do?
Um, I'm ashamed to say that I would probably remain hidden in the corner like a good, little introvert.

3. Is there a famous person you used to love but now you've changed your mind?


I don't think so. . . to be honest, I don't even follow famous people very often. If someone mentions something about an actor/actress who I admire, I'll probably look further into it out of curiosity. Or if they have a movie coming out soon. Otherwise, I know very little about famous people.


4. Name a famous person you like whose name starts with V.
Does Veronica Roth count?

Me and my friends have decided to go to the midnight premier and we took the faction quiz in the back of the book and we are going to dress like our "faction"!!!!!


 She will dress up like her characters. Isn't that awesome?! And, my friends, she is brave. For writing the only ending that could've happened. She is so brave.

5. What's one of your favorite red-carpet dresses?
After a peruse of pinterest, I've decided I don't like red-carpet dresses.

This, on the other hand. I would actually wear a dress if I had this. They wouldn't let me in a red carpet event with it, but ah-well.


if Peril ever wore a dress, just add all her weaponry Dress / High Low Dress / Low High Dress / by MIRIMIRIFASHION, $99.00




6. Who's your favorite Royal person?


Prince Kai. ;)

My bad. Emperor Kai.

7. Who's your favorite child actor/actress?


The original Parent Trap. let's get together, yah yah yah! LOVED this movie when we were younger.


 
Does Haley Mills count? I always loved the way she talks. By the way, this is the best part in The Parent Trap (and there are a lot of good parts).

8. Is there an actor/actress whose private life you like?
 

Uh, I try not to follow their private lives. Because it's, you know, private.



9. Do you think that actors/actresses have improved over the last 100 years?


I'm going with the common answer of yes and no.


10. What's the weirdest famous person name?


Markus Zusak. Seriously, there's little difference between his first and last name. I do kind of like his name though.

Even though it makes me think of Marcus, from Divergent. . .



11. Do you think you look like a famous persons? If so who?





I've been told I look like Meridith.


If ye had the chance ta change yer fate... Wouldje?
 

I considered that an exaggeration. (I've never seen Brave, actually.)

12. Share your favorite famous person quote.


Quote from ~Tom Hiddleston~. This is very profound. Our plans don't always work out, because God's plan is even better.
13. Who's your favorite dancer?
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. ;)

 Remember, everything Fred Astaire did...Ginger Rogers did backwards and in heels!




 

Pinspiring Quotes women power :D


14. Who is your favorite actress, why, and when did you decide?
I haven't a clue.



15. Have you ever met/seen/ been close to a famous person?

 Um, do clogging instructors count? Like, giants in the clogging sphere? (Or so I considered them. . .)

Oh! Oh, wait. Stephen James writes these amazing thrillers. He spoke at a writer's conference I went to. A few of my writing friends and I eeped up to him. (Eep is totally a word. Definition: to walk up shyly and with a sense of inferiority. Okay, I made it up. . .) And the bravest among us asked him what kind of college degree we should seek if we planned to write novels (this guy has a masters degree in Creative Writing).

He kind of sighed and said whatever you go to college for don't go for writing, or English. All that time he had spent working on essays and other school stuff, he wished he could've used it for working on his novels and growing in the writing craft. If you're going to go to college. Go for something else that you're interested in. You know, so you can work a regular job and write.

Advice from Stephen James, people. Thank you for visiting my blog. ;)

Thanks Skye for the tag. This was a lot of fun.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

'Bout This Blogger


  So one of the blogs that I follow recently moved from Blogger to Word Press and has changed their (her) name.

           Perhaps you've heard of her.

           The Notebook Sisters have now become Paper Fury! (which is the most amazing blog name I've heard in all my life). You should really go check it out. Cait does book reviews, book fangirl posts (you know those are the best), interviews, discussions (also pretty good), and she writes (the best side of everything). Read the blog. Love the blog. Follow the blog. (you might as well as, she's going to take over the world)

           Moving onward. She's having a book giveaway. And a blogger tag. So here goes:



1. Why did you start blogging?

A year ago, on my birthday. I had meant to start with the new year, but it got put off until February. I was pretty much just as awkward, gawky, and without direction as I am now.

2. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?

I am really bad at titles. None of my WIPs have legit titles. I never title my essays until the last minute, and usually its something bland. So a blog title was one of the biggest hold ups in creating my blog. It was a little too trivial a thing to be hold up the whole process so. . .

 [insert title here] 
A Journey to the Finished Line.

3. How many designs have you been through since you started blogging? (Pictures! We demand pictures!)

Two, sort of. The first design didn't last long. I had a few friends from other blogs look at it and the colors were a little too dark. It was purple, green, and gray. Kind of weird, yes?

The second design is, well, this one.

4. Have you ever switched blog platforms? What made you move? If you haven’t ever changed…why?

No, I've considered it a lot. But I really don't have a lot of time for that. College is hard to keep up with. And I'd rather be writing. ;)

5. How long does it take you to write a post? What’s your postly process like?


 


Process? What's that? 

 Sometimes I can sit down and have a post done in an hour. But if it has pictures, it will take much longer. Sometimes I have an undeveloped idea that I start and come back to. I can have posts sitting on back file for days. . . months (like a Dauntless post I planned, maybe I'll just have an all out Divergent post. It's what the world truly needs.).

6. Have you ever been super nervous about a post? Why?! What was it?
  
I used to always be nervous about it when I first started. But then I realized something: I'm just going to write what I want to write. If someone doesn't like it, then that's okay. Not everyone is going to have the same opinions about something. If they don't like me, they can leave a comment, which I would sincerely take into consideration if applicable, or they could not follow me, not read my posts.

 I wouldn't die. They would be fine. Time wouldn't stop.

 So all's well in the world. 

Maybe that sounds a little harsh. But I just had to accept the fact that not everybody was going to like me or agree with me and there's nothing wrong with that.


Let your life be the proof


7. Do you have a blogging schedule?

I know they are different, but in my mind "process" and "schedule" are practically synonyms. They both equal organization. So I try not to make any big goals. But I have these sort of guidelines, you see.

I try to post at least once a week.

8. Do you tell people In-Real-Life about your blog? Their reactions?

Never! I probably should. But I'm kind of insecure about my writing. I can't be in the same room with someone reading my writing. And if they're reading it aloud? I want to bolt for the nearest exit.

 The people I see face to face, I've realized, have many misconceptions about me. Most of them probably don't even know I write. I found out recently that most of those who do know I write have the notion that I write historical romance? Like Jane Austen stuff? (Not that I have anything against historical romance, in fact, Jane Austen is awesome; its just far from my writing strengths). 

I think if they read any of this, they'd probably give me this weird stare every time I walked by. And afterward any conversation would go like so:

ambiguous them; *stares*
me: Uh, hi.
ambiguous them: *continues staring*
me: How are you today?
ambiguous them: Who are you?

Loki


9. Top ten blogs you read/comment on the most! Go! Go!

 (most of these bloggers are also writers and I love their snippets and characters, even if I don't comment, their posts are worth the read)



There's a lot of others whom I've recently started following and reading too. But for now, I'm going to pretend that six equals ten.

10. If you could change/improve things about your blog, what would they be?

Eh, probably the design, maybe the title. 


I actually have a back up of tag post to do. . . and now I'm really considering that Dauntless/Divergent post. All the pictures are from pinterest, excluding the one of me.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Life + Humans Should Be Nocturnal

           So I was gone all week. At the National Clogging Convention. I say "national" and I live in the US, but one of the Canadian provinces had the most people attend, also there were Aussies. An Aussie instructor too, he was really good.

        That's what I love about clogging. During the fun dances, someone cues routines that most people know. So you have people from all around the world, in the same room, all dancing in unison. It's pretty cool.

           I spent most of my time in advanced level workshops. I try to learn the first section of the dance. Then I'd crash in the back and watch, thinking, "That is so awesome, I wish I could do that."

           Also there was a meeting a work today. Which I was unfortunately late for, um, again. I hate being late. But I dislike being early too. Because then I'm like:

Sherlock Oh everyone say hello to everyone! how wonderful!

           "When can I home? Oh, look! A corner in which I can practice being invisible."

         But that's not why I was late. The meeting was 6:30 in the morning. Really, why are meetings always in the morning? I don't get it. The whole world starts in the morning and insists that everybody else comply with it. Work starts in the morning. School. Meetings.

        Why can't people be nocturnal? I think the night owls should unite and petition this to all of humankind.

           Also, I was kind of on pinterest when I was in class. . . Class hadn't officially started, you see. The instructor had announcements that I already knew about. So I was making the most of my time, uh. . . on pinterest. And this is what I came across:


So I'm in class right now...



           I got busted by pinerest. Rather by the Avengers through pinerest (those guys get around). It's rather pathetic. But I'm with Loki. I do what I want. Heh. But I do what to get good grades. So I got to studying. . .

            Most importantly and lastly (you know, to emphasize the procrastinating habits of writers), I have been figure the kinks in Oddball the Sequel. I'm almost done and ready to start the first draft.

         Again, every problem I seem to have all boils down to what some character or other wants. It seems if you can figure out what the characters want, you've got a story. It's all so simple. . . but not. No, not really.


Writer- except we figure out what, uh, fictional people want....

           So I've been spending my free time asking all the Oddball cast, "What do you want?"

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Why do you read?

           Why do you read books?

           Some people read to learn. Generally, when I think of these people I think of people who read nonfiction. Textbook stuff. You know, like blogs about the different types of alpaca fur (because there's a crying need for it).

          Then some people read to relax. They get called escapists. They read to get away from the stress of reality (*enter* the stress of the imaginary).

           Usually, readers are thought to fall into these two categories. I could fall into the latter.

           But do you really want to know why I read?

1. The imagination. You have to admire the word building. The concepts. Where do people come up with this stuff?!

2. The amazing characters. Sure, there's always real life people, but we introverts like to keep our distance. We like people well enough in theory, but only a few up close. And even then, we do people one at a time. How do we cope with the masses? We do books instead (people who read in public, yes?).


the masses: noun  two or more living beings (if there's a dog in the room, yes, it counts too)
                                               -from The Introvert's Dictionary of Slightly Exaggerated Definitions


3. The adventure! Yes, this is purely an escapist's point. But seriously. There are so many things you can do in books that you can't do in real life. Ride a dragon? No, problem. Become a telepath? Right up book alley.

      a. It doesn't even have to be the fantastical though. Right now, say I want to visit London, England. I live in America. But I don't have my own private jet. So what do I do? Pick up a book.

      b. In which point 3 is no longer the escapist answer. What if I wanted know what it's like to live in London, England? How they speak? How they dress? What's for dinner? Do they as a culture have different values than my culture? Believe it or not, you could learn all of those things from a well-written novel.

4. To learn. So what else can we learn from fiction?

           a. Have you ever wondered what someone else was thinking? I do. All the time. Have you ever had the audacity to walk up to a random person and actually ask? Uh, no. (I applaud to you more adventurous and extroverted people). Novels can transport you into the mind of someone else. The mindsets of the characters (to be obvious:their character) have similarities with real people. That's why fiction is called the believable lie. It has just enough truth.

        b. This spins off from a. Through books you can learn about people who think differently than you. You learn how to understand real people who are coming from different situations or mindsets than yourself. You learn how to empathize.

       c. You learn about concepts and lessons also. Usually, if done well, these are the more subtle parts in a novel. So we won't expound. (why do I keep saying we like there's more of me?)

           So why do you enjoy reading? What's your favorite flavor books?


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Beautiful Books: the weird idea

          

           So there's this awesome link up going on. It's hosted by Cait at the Notebook Sisters and Sky at Further Up and Further In.

           It's usually about characters. But this time-

        Great gloriousness! It's about plot! (so gloriousness isn't a word, but I'm using it anyways. . .)

            Technically, I should be writing about Oddball since I've been thinking about the sequel and all. But today, it's the weird idea. Sorry.


  1. What came first: characters or plot idea? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
    The plot came first but the characters stormed in and stared moving this around (mischievous little imps). I am usually a pantser, but I've been doing more plotting for this series, mostly because I'm not supposed to be working on it. . . Also the series encompasses a very long timeline, that always confuses me.


  2. Do you have a title and/or a “back-cover-blurb”?

    Of sorts, yes. You can find blurb here (it will undergo many overhauls though). I'm terrible with titles, but I have thrown these around:

    New Normal
    Sincerely, the Future
    Sincerely, your Future
    for the trilogy part: Survive, Strive, Thrive or Dry, Cold, Hard

    The series is actually a set of journals, the main portion of it centers around a trilogy comprised of Rayne's journal. She writes her thoughts down to organize them. She journals to the past in general (aka our present day) because she is very interested in the past. What it used to be like, what normal was, and also because she trusts no one, except for those people of the past who can never really know her. The other journals in the series are those of her predecessors and two are from characters in her own story. The individual journals have the working titles of:

    the wild dystopian thing (affection shortened to wild d.)
    the burning of campus #55
    the Sid files
    cold, dark heart
    Maleficent Minds (excuse the drama. . .)

    I have also considered giving each of the journals a Switchfoot song as its title. Then I wonder, can I do that? Is that allowed?
  3. What wordcount are you aiming for when your novel is finished?
    Um, whatever the wordcount reads when I finish.
  4. Sum up your novel in 3 sentences.

    "I'm going to tell you how horrible it all will get. And it's going to get really bad. But hang on to hope because I promise you, on my life, there is an end."
  5. Sum up your characters in one word each.

    Pfft. Do you know how many characters I have?


    A few from Rayne's trilogy:

    Rayne- self conflicted

    Keth- Loki (I couldn't help it)

    Terrence- selfless leader (oh, was that 2 words? for shame. . .)

    McKel- the unRusssian Russian


    Sid- rock

    Markus- the cool weaponry specialist

    Whitney- self identity issues, or maybe it's the daddy issues?

    Savannah- more stoic than the Russian

    So I gave up on the one word thing.


  6. Which character are you most excited to write? Tell us about them!

    That is a terribly narrow question to ask. But just this once, I'll conceded. McKel, Mikel, Tolka, Rolson, whatever your name ends up as, you are the humor in this sad story, you're the light when things are dark and tense, but you know how to take things serious too and you're the sweetest character out of them all. I can't wait to write you, whatever your name is. . . sorry about that, the name thing.

    Mikel or whatever the poor guy's name ends up as

  7. What about your villain? Who is he, what is his goal?
    There are a lot of villains networked together in this series. But they all tend to be very ambitious, big dreamers. Their goals are along the lines of

    CONTROLLING THE UNIVERSE!!

    Yeah, we'll go with that.

  8. What is your protagonist’s goal? And what stands in the way?
    She wants to free people from the effects of tyranny. You know, those villains trying to control the universe sure damage a lot of people in their pathway, and Rayne can't stand to see the brokenness all around her. Basically, she wants to take down the government. You know, save the world. Villains aren't the only ones who can dream big here.

    She doesn't really trust anyone. She very much a wanderer and a loner. But you know what they say: you can't save the world by yourself.

    (they do say that, right?)



    http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/bb/b6/c0/bbb6c097f11651353def7c8905d7dabb.jpg

  9. What inciting incident begins your protagonist’s journey?

    At the beginning, Rayne's been going it alone for awhile when she meets whatever his name is and they stumble on the Rebels. They decide to join in the fun.

    Oh, yay.


  10. Where is your novel set?

    The future. The city. Factories. Abandoned places. The forest. Inside characters' minds.


    The Underground

  11. What are three big scenes in your novel that change the game completely?
    Change three to four:

    Sid
    Her dad
    Keth
    Rayne
  12. What is the most dynamic relationship your character has? Who else do they come in contact with or become close to during the story?

    Keth is Rayne's only real, blood family. They had to look out for each other on the streets until their adopted father took them in. Her father used to be Rayne's whole world and then something happened and she ran away at fifteen. But no matter how angry she is, there's always a part of her that wishes he was always there to save the day (as you can see, my characters have very realistic mindsets :P).


    Rayne and her dad

    McKel is her first almost-friendship (we count him as a crazy cousin). Savannah is her best friend. And then there's Sid. He has trust problems too. They say, especially telepaths, that the mentally strong always sense each other and have strong bonds simply because no one else can survive on their playing field.

    Spoiler: 1) Rayne is mentally strong. 2) Sid's a telepath. 3) They really do say that.
  13. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
    She learns that she can't save the world by herself. Bummer there. Really big letdown. The readers will totally not see that coming. *cough*

    But seriously, she learns to trust more and let people in. And, you know, how to save the world in three books.
  14. Do you have an ending in mind, or do you plan to see what happens?
    It has nothing to do with unicorns and rainbows and everything to do with a time machine and an author's note. (Got to love those authors' notes; does anybody besides me read those?)
  15. What are your hopes and dreams for your book? What impressions are you hoping this novel will leave on your readers and yourself?

    I want to make people think. I know that sounds ridiculously vague. But I love it when people actually take time to think about something. For real. About what something means to them, their own beliefs and values, and what it means to believe in those things, how it reflects on their actions. Mostly to think about those things that most people avoid because it is painfully honest or "dangerous." I want people to admire the power to think.

    Outside of the above (because I will probably say the above about anything I write), I want to give people hope. The world of this book is very dark. It's different from Oddball; it's not as funny. But I want to give people hope to keep on keeping on. And to keep on with the belief that it's going to get better. To take that risk of getting your hopes up that maybe, maybe it's going to be tomorrow. And when tomorrow's not better, you take the risk to believe in the next day. Until that day comes, you do all you can for the here and now and the people around you. I realize that believing in tomorrow and hoping it's going to get better, is a rather strong, brave thing to do. Because how many times have you been disappointed? And isn't it just so much easier to stay down and disappointed and just get by with surviving?

    But that isn't living, now is it?



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