Monthly Link Share – Cliches and Chapter Breaks

Welcome to January’s Monthly Link Share. Today I’m going to be sharing links that have helped me this past month. 🙂

From when to use clichés to how to turn them on their head, this article is really interesting and helpful in dealing with clichés in your writing.

https://lisavoisin.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fiction-friday-ya-authors-speak-out-about-cliches/

Since I never divide my rough draft into chapters, a question I have to answer when I go back and edit is where to put the chapter breaks. This article gives some great advice as to where those breaks should be!

http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-goal/complete-first-draft/3-ways-to-know-when-to-end-your-chapters?et_mid=466821&rid=2960426

This article gives 25 tips that are relatively quick and easy to help improve your writing. Number 15 has some great ideas that I’d like to try next time I’m stuck.

http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/25-ways-to-improve-your-writing-in-30-minutes-a-day

I love movie soundtracks, and one day, when I was looking a song from Pirates of the Caribbean, I came across Taylor Davis’s cover of it. It turns out she is a violinist who does covers of movie, TV, and video game soundtracks, and I recognized a lot of my favorite songs from the Legend of Zelda, Doctor Who, The Hobbit, and the Hunger Games. If you haven’t seen any of her videos, check her out! 😀

Thanks for reading and clicking! 😉

~ Kayla

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What I’ve Read This Month – May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

From the title, I’m sure it probably isn’t too hard to guess what I was reading this month! 😉 I recently saw the first two Hunger Games movies and absolutely loved them. Of course, that meant I had to read the books. Including the three Hunger Games books, I read a total of six books this month, so I was two above my goal of four books a month.

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In a dystopian future, North America has turned into Panem, a rigidly controlled country with twelve districts and one Capitol. Every year, two tributes from every district, a teenaged boy and girl, are chosen to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised battle to the death. Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12, volunteers for her little sister, Prim, when Prim is chosen as Tribute, placing Katniss in mortal danger. I read it (actually listened to the audiobook) in one day as I couldn’t put it down. Even though I had seen the movie and knew what was going to happen, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Katniss finds herself in the middle of an uprising. The districts have had enough of the Capitol’s control, and the spirit of rebellion is spreading throughout Panem. The Capitol has its own plan to stop the rebellion, and it places Katniss and Peeta’s lives on the line again. This was my favorite book of the series. The political schemes to take down the Capitol were intriguing and meeting the other Tributes who had won was really neat, too.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The districts are in full-out war against the Capitol. Katniss and her family are refugees, fighting for their lives as they try to survive the rebellion. This had to the be one of the most heartbreaking and emotional books I’ve ever read. Katniss and the rest of the cast of characters were starting to crack from everything that had happened to them. It was awful seeing the characters I’d learned to love so broken and miserable. I was in tears by the end of the book.

Assumptions That Affect Our Lives by Christian Overman

Behind our opinions and culture, there are basic presuppositions that we take for granted. In this book, Mr. Overman explores these assumptions and explains where they came from. I read this book for school as it went along with the philosophy curriculum that we’re using.

The Odyssey by Homer  

The classic epic of Odysseus, hero of the Trojan war, as he attempts to return home for ten long years. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Homer’s works. It was entertaining and easy to read for something that was written thousands of years ago!

Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare

It’s the tragic love story between a Trojan prince and a traitor’s daughter set in the midst of the Trojan war. This isn’t one of Shakespeare’s most famous or best plays, but it was still pretty enjoyable.

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

~ Kayla

Best Blogging Buddies Award 2

Best Blogging Buddy Award 2: This time it’s from Roo! Thanks so much to Roo for the award! I really appreciate it!

The rules are the same as last time. I have to answer Roo’s fifteen questions, nominate some fellow bloggers, and then create fifteen question to ask them. I’ll start by answering Roo’s fifteen questions:

What’s your favorite color? Any idea why?

My favorite color is purple. I’m really not sure why. I just like the color.

What word do you find incredibly fun to say? 😉

I like saying the word book, actually. Words that have Ks and Os in them are really fun to say.

Favorite weather?

Hot! I much prefer hot weather than cold. Right now it’s absolutely freezing where I live, and I’m already ready for summer to return.

Dragons or unicorns?

Like I said when I answered Bessie Lark’s question last week, I prefer dragons with the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch. 😉

Knights or ninjas?

I’m going with Knights. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres, and knights are a big part of that world.

Pirates or bandits?

I prefer pirates. I loved the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and so because of that, I’m choosing pirates.

What’s your favorite genre of book?

I love dystopian/sci-fi books. I also enjoy fantasy as well.

What movie(s) are you looking forward to?

The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies. I’m both excited and heartbroken that we’re at the end of the Tolkien movies. I know the ending is going to make me cry. 😩 Other movies I’m excited for are Big Hero 6, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

What was your favorite book when you were growing up?

Probably the Boxcar Children books. It’s actually funny because Netflix added the animated movie version of the Boxcar Children, and I just saw it a few days ago. I managed to watch the whole thing even though the animation was terrible. It did stick pretty close to the book, though.

Favorite book now?

There are so many, but a definite favorite is The Maze Runner by James Dashner. If you have never read this series, then you are missing out.

Do you like to dance? (Even if you’re bad at it =P)

Not really. I used to love dancing when I was little. I took two years of tap and ballet, but after that, I was all danced-out.

If you could travel back in time, when would you go?

The man himself, Ulrich Salchow ( Courtesy of http://commons.wikimedia.org)

The man himself, Ulrich Salchow ( Courtesy of http://commons.wikimedia.org)

I’m a figure skater, and right now I’m trying to correctly land a salchow, which is a type of ice skating jump. What I’d love to do is find the Doctor, travel back in time in the TARDIS, and find Mr. Ulrich Salchow in the 1900s (inventor of the salchow jump which was named after him) and tell him just how much I hate this frustrating jump. Then I’d ask him to teach me how to land one.

Do you like traveling/want to travel?

Yes, I want to travel. I’d really love to go to the UK , Ireland, New Zealand, and Japan. I have a lot of countries on my list that I’d love to visit, but those are the top four.

Big city or small town?

Small town. I would love to live in a quirky small town one day.

What’s your favorite holiday?

I’m not a big holiday person. I’d probably say Christmas is my favorite holiday, though. It’s kind of funny because I’m usually sick of Christmas music three days into the season.

Now, my nominations:

Like Star Filled Skies

Rayleigh Ann

Now for my questions:

1. Least favorite book?

2. Favorite fictional characters?

3. Have you ever won anything?

4. What was the last book you read?

5. The last movie you cried through?

6. Least favorite letter of the alphabet?

7. Favorite kind of cheese?

8. What is your favorite word and why?

9. Favorite memory?

10. Do you listen to movie soundtracks?

11. What is your favorite genre to write?

12. Least favorite time of the year?

13. Do you write freehand or type?

14. What are three items in your purse or wallet or pockets?

15. What food would you not be able to give up?

Thanks again to Roo for the nomination!

Thanks for reading!

~ Kayla