Quote of the Week

This quote is from Agatha Christie, author of Murder on the Orient Express. This quote reminded me of one of the lessons I’ve learned from NaNoWriMo, which is to just keep writing no matter what.

“There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well.” – Agatha Christie

~ Kayla

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Best Blogging Buddies Award 1

I have been nominated for several blogging buddy awards, so this month I’m going to be accepting them! 🙂 Thanks to Bessie Lark for this first award! I really appreciate it! 🙂

To accept this award I have to nominate a few fellow bloggers, answer Bessie Lark’s questions, and create 15 questions of my own. I’m going to start by answering her questions.

1. Faery or fairy?

I always spell it “fairy” by habit, but I prefer the way “faery” looks. XD

2. Pegasi or dragons?

Easy! I prefer dragons. Especially dragons with the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch. 😉 Seriously, I’ve loved dragons for a long time, and dragons were actually the first thing I learned how to draw.

3. Frodo or Sam?

Sam. Frodo was too whiny, in my opinion. Sam was loyal, brave, and good.

4. Legolas or Thranduil?

NOOOOO! Don’t make me choose! I love Legolas as he’s such a classic Lord of the Rings character. In the movie, he’s got some awesome fighting skills. However, I’m choosing Thranduil, both book and movie version. I love how in the movie he’s got the makings of a king on the brink of being evil. Also, he’s just so fabulous. *tosses hair and twirls cape*

5. Canon or Nikon?

I’m not a photographer, so I really don’t have an opinion. If I take a picture, I use my phone’s camera which is made by Samsung.

6. Star Wars: originals or prequels?

Throw the Star Wars prequels into the fiery chasm from whence they came.

7. Based on your temperament, would you be better qualified as a Sith or a Jedi?

I think I’d be a Jedi. If I was being picked as an actor in the movies, I’d want to be a Sith because I think playing a bad guy would be fun.

8. Han Solo? =D

Favorite Star Wars character of all time, Hans down! * everyone groans* Okay, okay, bad pun. He’s definitely my favorite character, though. I think he and River Song from Doctor Who would have made a great team.

9. Inigo or Westley?

I don’t have a favorite. I really can’t choose. All right fine, because I’m forced to, I’m going with Westley. His love for Buttercup was one of my favorite things about the movie.

10. Historical fiction or biography?

I like both, but I typically prefer to read historical fiction.

11. Calvin and Hobbes or Garfield?

Calvin and Hobbes. I’ve actually never really read any of the Garfield comics, while I’ve read quite a few Calvin and Hobbes ones.

12. Jane Foster or Darcy Lewis?

This isn’t even a question. Darcy all the way! Jane can fall off the Bifrost for all I care. In my personal opinion, Darcy really needs to meet Loki. They’d make the funniest and best couple EVER.

13. Mjolnir or Iron Man suit?

I want Mjolnir AKA Mew Mew.

14. TARDIS or Vortex Manipulator (or timey-wimey detector that goes “ding” when there’s stuff)?

See, I really, really, really, really, love the TARDIS. I do. However, those Vortex Manipulators are really cool. But I’m choosing the TARDIS.

15. *wicked grin* Lord of the Rings or Star Wars?

Oh, that’s easy. *grabs shield* Lord of the Rings!

All right, now for my nominations! Since I have two more of these to do, I’m going to do fewer nominations than usual. 🙂

1. Icedmocha34

2. Roo

3. Jennifer K. Marsh

And now my questions to my nominees!

1. What is your favorite part about writing?

2. Have you ever done NaNoWriMo?

3. What is your most played song?

4. Favorite number?

5. Favorite TV show?

6. If you could learn a language other than your native one, which one would you learn?

7. What is your opinion on pineapples?

8. Did you see/enjoy Frozen?

9. If you had the power to make only one global law, what law would you make?

10. Favorite subject in school?

11. What is your pet peeve?

12. What sports do/did you play(ed)?

13. If you could move to another country, what country would you move to?

14. What is your favorite snack food?

15. What was your favorite question? 🙂

Thanks again to Bessie Lark for nominating me!

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: October 31 – November 6

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week.

Total Word Count for the Week: 13,277

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Wednesday with 2,087.

What I Worked On: I worked on my NaNoWriMo novel.

The Good News: I made my goal every day this week! 🙂

The Bad News: I’m impatient to move past the beginning and write the scene where Neve and Taran are kidnapped.

Lesson Learned: I tend to rush my rough draft and have to expand and add scenes in later revisions. However, with this novel I’ve been taking my time and carefully creating the beginning chapters. I’m already over 10,000 words in, and I’m just past the inciting incident which for me is a record! It’s been a continuing lesson learned as I work on stretching my idea past 50,000 words.

Goal for Next Week: My goal is to write 1,667 words a day for NaNoWriMo!

Thanks for reading!

~ Kayla

Character Names – Neve and Taran

The search is over! *celebrates* I’ve finally chosen my NaNoWriMo characters’ names. It was a close call this year because I settled on my female MC’s name two days before NaNo started! Today, I’m sharing these two names. Feel free to use these names, but remember, they were mine first. 😉

Neve is a girl’s name and is pronounced either “Neev” or “Nehv.” I prefer “Nehv” for my character. It is derived from the Gaelic name “Niamh” meaning “bright.” Many baby name sites also give the meaning of Neve as being “snow.” Most people have heard of it because of the Canadian actress Neve Campbell. I first found Neve late one night hunting on nameberry.com one last time. I’d been trying to decide on the perfect name for my character, going back and forth between two different names, but I wasn’t completely happy with either of them. So, I decided to look one last time. That’s when I found Neve. As soon as I saw it, I knew that was her name. My Neve is quiet, shy, and reserved. She tries to hide and keep her distance from everyone so that no one will find out she has been infected by the virus.

Taran is a Gaelic boy’s name. It means “thunder.” It is occasionally seen as a girl’s name, but I’m choosing to use it as a guy’s name.  One famous Taran is a character from Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain. My Taran isn’t famous yet. 😉 He’s a sweet, friendly guy who wants to be friends with Neve, but she keeps pushing him away, fearing that he will discover her secret.

What do you think of these names? Would you use them for a character? Let me know in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Quote of the Week

This quote comes from Bonnie Friedman, author of Writing Past Dark. I’m five days into NaNoWriMo right now, and it’s about this time when my inner editor starts creeping out from the box where I’ve caged him and starts telling me my idea isn’t good enough or my writing is awful. This quote is a great way to help silence the inner editor, shove him back into his box, and get back to writing!

“Sucessful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing. They are the ones who discover what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves, and keep believing in the value of their work, despite the difficulties.” – Bonnie Friedman

~ Kayla

What I’ve Read This Month

This month can be summed up in two words: epic fail. No matter what I read, I just couldn’t seem to find a book I liked and could finish. So, October was a rough reading month with only 2 1/2 books read, which means I didn’t make my goal. 😦  However, I’m looking on the bright side because even though I didn’t read a lot, I’m still reading.

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

This is the fictionalized account of a Navajo code talker durning World War II. Even though the main character, Ned Begay, was fictional, the book was written like a biography and included lots of interesting historical details. I really enjoyed this book. I learned a ton, and Ned’s story was sad and heroic all at the same time.

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

After being asked by a publisher in New York, Percy Jackson, modern-day demigod, decides to share the stories of the Greek gods. It’s Greek mythology, Percy Jackson style. I’ve never been a big mythology person and always found the stories rather boring. Now, I’m honestly not sure how anyone wouldn’t love reading Greek myths. Percy’s snarky sense of humor makes the stories enjoyable as well as making what I remember as being boring stories much more entertaining. It’s an awesome resource for learning about Greek myths in an enjoyable way.

The Little Golden Book version of Frozen

The Little Golden Book version of Frozen

Frozen by Victoria Saxon

Yes, I’m in high school. Yes, I love Frozen. I actually checked this book out for the illustrations because they’re so amazing. I did end up reading it through a few times, and just like the movie, it’s adorable. Since it was a slow reading month, I decided it needed to be included, but only counted it as 1/2 book. (I never said how long the book had to be when I set my goal. 😉 )

Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? Do you have any recommendations for me? Comment below and let me know! 🙂

~ Kayla