I know you've been dying for this, haha. A couple of you have already had the honor of reading this.
Here it is: the first novel attempt of mine that I actually have record of. This story, which I wrote when I was about nine, was called The SuperSonics. It was slightly inspired by my then-obsession with the Weather Channel and included characters based directly off my best friends at the time (last names and location removed).
I promise you, I've improved in my writing since this. But you do have to admit, it shows spirit!
Chapter 1: The Explaining
I'm looking for some help choosing my Halloween costume! Normally, I dress up as the main character of the book I'll be writing for NaNoWriMo, which starts the next day. This year, however, I'm continuing the book I wrote last year into a trilogy for NaNo, and that means no new character. Which means I need a new costume! I've got three ideas, and I'd really really like some help picking. Please vote in the poll, or comment your idea if you can't see said poll! Thank you.
Option One: Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
Obviously, the heroine of one of my favorite series is a good option to put out there. I've never dressed as Katniss before, and I think it might be kind of fun, although it is a bit cliche. Plus, dressing as Katniss gives me the opportunity to pretend I'm actually, like, tough and stuff, which is fun.
Another note: if I used this costume, I could reuse it in November when Catching Fire comes out, to be one of those crazy people who dresses up to go to a movie premiere. My friend Julia did this for The Hunger Games, so it's not like I'm the only one. Another another note: with this costume, I get to dye my hair brown for a month or two, which is something I'm really curious to try but have never really been brave enough to do.
So. Is this your vote? Speak up below. Meanwhile, here are the pieces I'd be using for my costume:
Here it is, my post on writing advice from the outside world. *dundundun* More specifically, from my personal writing idols, a list that's growing as times passes. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything from Hans Christian Andersen, since he is quite long past, but I got some good stuff from the other ones, so read on!
From J.K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter and more
From Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games and more
Today, I thought I'd provide some definitions. See, I talk a lot about writing stuff, for obvious reasons, and I'm realizing now that some of you might not know what the heck I'm saying half the time. So here's the language of the writing world, a dictionary of sorts, to help you out as you read through my posts.
For those of you who are aspiring writers, this might also give you a better idea of how to interact with this wonderful weird world. I'm not going to define what I consider basic English class terms (plot and metaphor and basic genres), but if you have a question about a particular term at any point, just let me know! I will continue to update this post as necessary
I have this thing about names: I like to know where they come from, what they mean, and especially, how I can make them do something really cool for my story. First names, last names, love them all!
I guess I've always been a bit obsessed with names. My mom picked my name for the meaning, and that struck me right off. I don't ever remember not knowing what my name means. Mom picked my name, Kira, because it means "light" and "sun". But by the time I hit middle school, I'd found out that Kira also means "dark," "killer," and "lady." So pretty much, my name is a bundle of contradictions, and that just makes me love it more. Because it reflects the human condition!
Seriously, it does. And as an author, I think that's a pretty good thing to have going on.
Hello! Before I start this post I'd like to let you know that I've joined Goodreads, against my better judgment, and am semi-addicted. Here's my page. I'd also like to let you know that this weekend, I'll be posting late, probably on Sunday. My grandmother died last week, and her funeral is Saturday.
Yeah, it's sad. I'm coping, though.
Now. Those of you who are familiar with me and my work know that I am a terrible, terrible romantic in basically every sense of the word, and tend to weave that in very tightly with my novels. I even won a gag title in a character contest some young writers were having, "Most Romantically Inclined"- my characters didn't win it, I did.
I already wrote a post, a long time ago, about how to write romance. Now I'm going to tell you about some of my favorite romances and love stories, most of which you are probably familiar with.
*Spoilers ahoy* *For an updated list of my favorite fictional relationships, check out this post.*
Ron and Hermione, Harry Potter
Now, it would be natural for me to start here, not only because Harry Potter is my fandom, but because Ron and Hermione were the first couple I ever shipped. Good old Harry Potter, introducing me to the world of crazy people obsessed over fictional characters. From the beginning of the series, I was positive they were going to end up together. Nothing says love like fighting and trolls.
I love Ron and Hermione (also known as Romione or Heron) firstly because of how much they fight. Some of the best couples in fiction fight all the time, and it's just perfect, because through all their differences, they're able to really communicate. Ron and Hermione balance each other out, as different as they are, but they also have so many commonalities, in the traits that made them both Gryffindors and friends with with Harry.
At this point, I have a rather large Internet presence. I have this website, and I have a Facebook, both a personal one that is only for keeping up with friends and family, and a professional page that links into this site. I have a Google+, which I only have because of G-mail and YouTube and pretty much entirely ignore. I have two e-mails, one personal, one for this website. I have a Pinterest now, which I actually quite like because it helps me keep up with fandoms, and pictures, and coolness. Fandoms are good. I also have various writing profiles. All of these are linked at my About Me page.
And then there's Twitter. To me, Twitter is (mostly) about following professionals and famous people just to keep up with things. In my case, this means I follow over a hundred writers, authors, agents, and publishers. So, for those of you on Twitter, or considering joining it, here are the people I follow!
*For a related post from April 2016, click here.*
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