Preparing for NaNOWriMO

I’d like to introduce everyone to my newest attempt at finishing NaNOWriMO. The Rip.

The Rip

Genre: Science Fiction

Synopsis

 Kylie Westham was never a particularly joyful person, but after her parents split and she has to move to Grandview, Oregon (which is anything but grand) her life begins to downright suck. Surrounded by mean dogs, meaner neighbors, and a bully who seems to be our for her life, Kylie has no clue what to do in a place where she can’t run away.

Until she meets a mysterious girl who shows her The Rip. The Rip is some sort of tear in the universe, one that leads into a better universe.

In this new Universe, Kylie is a different girl. She’s prettier, smarter, and has a mom who loves her. In this universe, her life is so much better. In this universe, she doesn’t have to worry about her next meal or where her mom goes on those long work days. In this universe, everything is right.

Or is it?

 

Excerpt

 

“I’m going to be honest – I’m worried about you.” Mama said, as she washed the dishes in the small sink. I looked down at my plate, feeling my face burn a little bit.

She finally turned around and sat down opposite of me.

We were both quiet as the lights from the cars passing outside streaked along the wall behind us. Mama watched them for a moment before she reached out and held my hand. Her warm eyes met mine.

“Lin.” She said, cupping my face in her hand.

“I know you’re sad.” She brushed away a tear I hadn’t realized was there. “But we can’t let this weigh us down. I think a move would be good for both of us.”

I looked down at my hands. If I moved away with Mama, then I’d probably never see Audry again. I’d never see Eliza, or even Daniel… for the rest of my life.

If I moved away with Mama, I’d never have to deal with Olivia again.

“I guess…” I said.

Mama smiled. I loved her smile. It felt warm and happy. “I’ll give you tonight to think about it, but we’ll have to leave in a day or two. The lease ends soon.” Mama looked around us. I copied her.

“We don’t have much to pack, though.” She said as she kissed me on the top of the head. “You finish up and get to bed. I’ll see you in the morning.” I watched her disappear into her room.

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Happy new year! Plans and hopes.

Hello, everyone! You might be wondering why it’s been so long since I’ve last written on this blog. There have been a lot of things going on around my home for a while now, most of them pretty good. For one thing, I’ve been working on a new story that I’ll start sharing on here in the form of a webcomic.

We also had a long visit with my family, which was awesome, and I didn’t find the time to work on this blog. But now that we’re facing a brand new year, I’m going to be cracking down on the posts.

So what will I be working on?

A fictional culture taking place fifty-thousand years from now.

A full Victorian bustle-dress.

Food. Lots of food.

The Kingdom of Emmethyr in minecraft.

Getting something published this year.

Getting my learner’s permit… actually I got this one done a few days before the new year, so I completed this year’s resolution before the new year even began! Of course, I’ll have to wait until there’s a lack of ice sheets on the road to start learning.

 

So these are not only a small list of New-Year’s resolutions, they are also a plan I have for the year. Like any other plan, I doubt I’ll get everything on the list completed, but It will give me some awesome things to work toward.

“Moana” movie review

I had the honor of seeing “Moana” yesterday with some friends. I’ve been watching the trailers for this movie forever and been waiting for so long. I was expecting to be impressed, just by watching the animation and the clever lines from the trailers, but Disney has outdone itself again with this masterpiece!

First of all, the tone of the movie is a little bit different from the previous Disney Princess movies. Moana’s movie seems a little more self-aware, producing gems like:

“You wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess.”

“When you write with a bird, it’s called ‘Tweeting’.”

And let’s not forget the songs! “How far I’ll go” is not only inspiring, it’s amazing! Ali’i has an amazing voice that fits Moana’s character and adds a strong element to her character. The first reprise is interesting, because even though Moana is upbeat and hopeful about the adventure and travel, she actually fails terribly to get past the reef. This leads her to question her decision and debate whether she’ll turn to her responsibilities or turn to where her heart is pointing her.

Moana is easy to identify with, she tries to be responsible and smart, but just keeps going back to being herself. The movie’s message comes across as a mix of ‘be yourself’ and ‘find where you belong’, without being cliche or repetitive. The other characters in the story, Maui, Moana’s Grandmother, her parents, and even Heihei, were awesome and well written. Instead of your typical Disney Parents ( I.E dead or abusive and cruel) Moana’s parents are loving and try to teach Moana as best as any parents can.

Her adventure with Maui takes her across the ocean to face various villains, one of whom is hilariously vain and while not *evil*, he does present a problem because he’s a giant hermit crab whose made his shell from jewels, gold, and Maui’s magical fish hook. Did I mention that the crab has one of the catchiest song/dance numbers in the entire film? I’m pretty sure ‘Shiny’ is going down in history right alongside ‘Under the sea’. Speaking of that song, he also mentions Sebastian at one point after the credits.

Through her adventure, Moana and Maui teach each other valuable lessons about being humble and knowing what you want to do, and what you are able to do. At one point Maui mentions that without his magical fish hook, he’s ‘nothing’. He sacrifices that fish hook during the battle at the end of the movie. Of course, he gets it back…. but I think I’ll end there and not spoil too much for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.

So, all in all, I’d recommend seeing this movie multiple times. It is simply amazing in it’s writing and animation, and the morals the story teaches are simple and easy to understand. While it is at some times predictable, it shines with it’s own unique form and excellent story-telling.

“Fantastic Beasts” A review

I went to see ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them’ with my sisters and mother. This is the first “Harry Potter” film my sister had ever seen and the first one I’ve seen since the ‘Deathly Hallows’ came out in theaters. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, since the book ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’ was not only very short, it had no plot at all. It was simply the fun guide to the magical creatures and animals that roamed the world that harry potter lived in.

So when the film started, I kept my mind open. I’ll admit now, it started off slow, but I loved every minute of it. The sets and costumes were stunning, and all the world-building that went into it was phenomenal. It’s important that you read the headlines of the newspapers at the beginning of the film, as they cast light on one of the characters in the film who holds an important piece of the wizarding world.

Because I took an oath to put out NO spoilers for the film, I will instead concentrate on the writing and acting of the characters. They were all brilliant and believable, but in all honesty, I must say that the fellow who played ‘Jacob’ really stole the show. His level of expression and vocal fun makes him almost cartoony compared to the stoic and quiet characters that are Newt and the others. Queenie makes me think of Luna Lovegood, not only in her speaking mannerisms, but in her appearance.

The animals are hilarious and believable, with many being inspired by real life creatures such as Rhinos and eagles. Newt Scamander comes across as a British/Wizard Steve Erwin with his interactions with the magical creatures. These include a Thunderbird named Frank. Yes, Frank the Thunderbird, whom Newt is attempting to return to the deserts of Arizona where he belongs.

So, because the ‘Harry Potter’ Fandom is under an oath of general silence, I can’t give away much more without giving away the plot, but let me say give you a hint with a riddle.

 

The foe of a friend

The friend of a foe

Who held death in his hands

and twice let it go?

 

“Trolls” review

I had the fun honor of seeing the movie ‘Trolls’ with my sisters on Sunday when we were having a girls’ day out.

Let me first say this: if you have some sort of seizure disorder, don’t see this movie. This movie is so colorful and bright that it’s almost as if a clown barfed into a box of crayons. The textures and character design are almost cloyingly cute and fun, even the Bergens.

The songs in the movie were top-notch and the way they tied into the film itself was hilarious (with one Troll literally just sitting back with a confused expression and watching everyone else singing and dancing randomly). At one point, there’s a so-called ‘Wham’ line that explains why one character does not sing or dance.

The Bergens are hilarious, while children might be more inclined to love and dote on the colorful Trolls, adults will find the Bergens hilarious and relatable. At one point in the story there’s a message of ‘Be yourself’ with a very Cinderella-esque sub-plot between two of the characters.

When I saw the movie, to be honest, I loved it. The main message of the movie is ‘Try to stay positive and accept your true colors’, basically meaning ‘Be yourself!’. I think the world needs a happy, funny movie to pick itself up with. I’m really, honestly tired of going to movies and having opinions, politics, and motives shoved down my throat. This movie did none of that. It made me and my sisters laugh. There was some humor that went way over the kids’ heads (“What’s sarcasm?” one characters asks. Another says “I think I had one once!”).  The movie hits the golden spot of being appealing to both children and adults alike.

In a time in the world where a lot of people are in a very dark place, I think everyone needs a little happy right now.

So I personally give this movie a rating of 7 stars out of ten. It wasn’t too deep or gritty, but the emotional character arcs and hidden aspects of characters (turns out, one of them is very romantic) that neither me or my sisters were expecting added a lot to the film and how it came across to us and the rest of the audience. It’s a movie I wouldn’t mind seeing again.

 

 

trolls

NaNoWriMO

While it may be almost a month since my last posting, I’ve been working every day not only on my career but also on something else. Some of you may not be familiar with NaNoWriMo, or National November Writing Month. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel (of aout 50,000 words) within a month.

I took part in this last year, but didn’t win. School got in the way. There aren’t any awards or prizes of any sort, but it does give you boasting rights and a very satisfied feeling. It’s also a chance to connect with freelancers from all over the world and hear other people’s stories. It’s a very exciting event and I’m going to encourage all of you guys to join in.

So, what will I be writing? Minimal pre-planning is allowed, but I’ve had an idea floating around my head for the longest time, and will be working with that toward my story. It’s going to be a post-apocalyptic adventure-comedy. Weird, yes, but since the idea won’t leave my alone I figure writing it all down will keep it from haunting me.

For the writers in our world, this is an awesome challenge. For the readers and book-lovers out there, you can help and join in by reading and critiquing the work of the wanna-be writers.

Wish me luck with this!

School Starts and Job Beginnings

Hello, everyone! Today is the first day of school for many of you or your kids. Since I’m finally free from those  shackles… *cough* I mean I start college next year…. I no longer have to worry about that. On the other hand, I did finally find a cool job that pays well and is a lot of fun. Oh, and I also found this weird box out in the garage. It has these cool angel statues on top of it and my Oma said that Nazis were after it in WWII and that it melted some losers face off.

Just kidding! I did not, in fact, find the Ark of the Covenant. I did get that sweet job though, so there’s that. Specifically it’s a job at one of the Hyvees  in my home town. (Hyvee is a great grocery chain the Midwest.) I’m saving up money to buy a car and move out, so I might be working there for a little while. Lucky for me, it’s fun. On the other hand, I also now have money to buy new cookbooks and new inspiration for this blog.

Along with the Victorian food lineup I’ve been working on, I made a nice little discovery at a second hand store that should add a little fun to the mix. You have all heard of some of the terrible foods that were popular from around 1950-1975 right? Well, my friends, do I have a treat for you!

Like, say, this.

 

Jellocookery

*Twilight Zone Theme plays*

Shall we play a game?