Every author, at some point, has to come to terms with killing off their characters. Characters die in every genre (though some have fewer deaths than others), so there's almost no escaping it. Different authors have different emotional reactions to character deaths, and they tend to evolve throughout their lives and between characters. Or, at least, that's been my experience. Sometimes the deaths make you sad, even to the point of crying over your own creation. Sometimes you really, really enjoy it, because authors have sadistic streaks. Sometimes, it's both, in a weird kind of catharsis.
So today I thought I'd talk some about my own progression as I've learned how to murder fictional people. If you're a writer too, share your thoughts in the comments! This post is somewhat inspired by a recent #Ch1Con Twitter chat re: villains.
This is my second updated wishlist post, this one covering my Pinterest wishlists that aren't actually designed for buying, just for dreaming. Not that I wouldn't mind owning these, but I don't actually need them, and a lot of them are kind of expensive, LOL. But they're pretty!
For this post, I'll share just the pins that weren't in my original posts. To see the rest, check out the old posts here and here. Enjoy, and I'll see you next time for a post about killing off book characters!
*For even more items on my fandom wishlist, check out this post.*
Hey guys! In the past, I've posted about what's on my wishlists. I figured this week, I'd update those lists for you. Maybe you'll find some cool stuff to get for yourself or friends or family. The first post, today, will be with my "real" Amazon wishlist. The second, Saturday, will be with my "dream" Pinterest wishlists. We'll do it in slideshow form, all right? Hope you enjoy this and next time's too!
Today, as I embark on the second semester of my junior year at college, I thought I'd take a look at all the new experiences I've had since starting college. It's an adventure, no doubt, one you kind of get thrown into, but overall, it's not a bad adventure. At the beginning, I did a series of tips based off of my experience. They can be found here. Now that I've got a bigger view, I can make a list of all the things that I've done and seen that I hadn't before college.
Today, I wanted to really honestly ramble about life. I figure it's time for a general life update, and anyway, I'm feeling like being totally disjointed and not at all logical. Possibly because I've written quite a few blog posts the last couple of weeks, but whatever.
So, first off, the Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour kicked off this week! I organized it as part of my admin duties (*preens*) and it's been a fun challenge to work through. Last year, I was totally overwhelmed by the challenge, although it was a good kind of overwhelmed. This year, I'm a lot more confident in myself, so even though parts were intimidating, I got it together pretty well. We've got a whole bunch of blogs on board with lots of original content and giveaways. Besides following the tour at the link above, you can also subscribe to my email newsletter to see which posts include content by me and which have giveaways to enter. Today, an interview post that includes myself went up at my friend Ariel Kalati's website, so you can check that out!
We'll also have a couple more speaker announcements soon, I believe, so stay tuned for that.
On TCWT, we've been having slight issues with trying to get posts polished and completed, primarily because of school being close to ending for oh, I don't know, maybe everyone except me. I'll have a post up there later today and there will be one for the Ch1Con tour too, so don't worry. :)
But yes, speaking of school and such, I'm going back to school!?!?!?!?!!!!! Spring semester at BYU-Idaho, what with our weird trimester system, kicks off Monday and I'm leaving tomorrow to head to Rexburg. I'll be in school almost until August, because that is the awesomeness of our system. I'm nervous, because it's a bunch of new stuff again: new roommates, new classes, new church ward, new friends. Always with the new. I'm thinking that might be partly due to the trimester thing, but whatever.
Someone on the Internet suggested this, so here you go! My ten favorite Harry Potter quotes, done up all nice in picture form. Of course, there are hundreds of other amazing gems in these books, but these are a few that particular capture me. Thanks for reading, and I'll see you next time for an update post!
Hi guys! Welcome to today's Wordy Wednesday! In last week's poll, you guys selected poetry, so here we go! Since it's a shorter form, I'm including two poems, entitled "Obsessive-Compulsive" and "An Empty Hallway."
(Do you see it? That thing?
I see it. It’s there.
It’s screaming. It’s screaming.
It’s screaming. It’s screAMING.
It’s SCREAMING AND SCREAMING
AND SCREAMING AND)
I cannot breathe.
I cannot breathe.
I cannot breathe.
I cannot breathe.
I cannot br (Do it.) eathe
I cannot (No!) breathe (Do it.)
I can(NO!)t breat(Yes.)he
(Do it.) I cannot (DO IT!)
(I’m doing it!)
Because clearly you guys don't know enough about my life already, today I'm sharing what my Internet bookmarks are! Hey, it could be useful. Maybe you'll find some sites you like too!
My Bookmarks Bar
So, the nifty little thing that's right over the window you're on but below the place where you put the web address? Yeah, that's where you put the bookmarks you use a lot. I have seven bookmarks there. Normally I'd have a few more, but Windows 8 has apps for things like Facebook and Twitter, so I don't need them on Chrome. So the first thing on my bookmarks bar is the BYU-I homepage, cuz yeah, it's nice to have access to your schoolwork and stuff. Then there's Weebly, which I create this site on, and Goodreads and Pinterest, and then the online database for my local library, because duh. Me likey. Then YouTube and I Waste So Much Time for entertainment's sake. So those are the bookmarks I use the most, but there are more in the "Other Bookmarks" folder.
This is the first subfolder I have in my bookmarks, seeing as I am a writer (whoa, crazy). The first sub-subfolder there is "Tools." In here I have BabyNames.com and Behind the Name. I've got Quote It, in case I want to put a quote in my novel. I recently also added Writing With Color and Diversity Cross Check, two Tumblrs that help writers who want to create more diverse characters but aren't sure about cultural differences. Tres helpful! <3 Then I've got a few story analyzers: The Mary Sue Test, I Write Like, Young Adult Writers Story Analyzer, and the Hemingway App. These are good for editing. I also use Tagxedo, which is the last bookmark in the sub-subfolder, to see what words I use the most. Word cloud stuff. I wrote a post on that a long time ago.
Hey guys! Guess what? I turn 21 tomorrow! But there will be no drinking, because I am Mormon and also on antidepressants, both of which are very good reasons not to drink. Actually, any reason you choose not to drink is a good reason because free will and such. Anyway, this is exciting times!
Enjoy the humor post (which has serendipitously fallen on April Fool's Day) and I'll see you next time for a list of my internet bookmarks. Then in a week, I'll be doing a Wordy Wednesday. Please vote at the end of this post for what I should do for that! *Poll closed*
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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