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I love words, stars, and superheroes.
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Beautiful People
Beautiful People is a monthly link-up for writers designed to help you get to know your characters.
Hosted by myself and Cait @ Paper Fury.
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A Novel Idea is a weekly link-up for writers focused on everything about the writing process.
Hosted by myself and Ashley @ Ashley Aspires.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Novel Idea: 8/23/16

Sky Destrian
As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend Ashley and I want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.



This week, follow this writing prompt as a starting point and see what happens. Have fun with it!


"I don't care if you are panicking - just do it quietly."

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Novel Idea: Evanescent Fireworks in Three Words

Sky Destrian
This week's A Novel Idea prompt is as follows:
This week, describe your novel in three words. Get creative. Tell us as much about your story as you can in those 3 little (or big!) words.
I'm also jumping into this week's prompt early for once! Huzzah.

This week, I decided to feature my most recent WIP, Evanescent Fireworks. Set in the south, EF is a novel about Evyn Turnbow, an introvert with social anxiety, and the band of three boys who help pull her out of her shell. It's currently sitting at about 24k, and it's one of my favorite books I've written. I want to get back to writing it, so I decided to feature it for ANI this week. Without further ado...


Evanescent Fireworks in three words:
Light. Adventure. Freedom.

All of these words either sum up the aesthetic of the book (a really spring, greenish type of novel) or else Evyn's personal journey. It really helps solidify EF's theme and what I want this book to convey. This was a challenging prompt but a good one. 10/10, would do it again.

Did you do A Novel Idea? If not, join us here!


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Novel Idea: 8/16/16

Sky Destrian


As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend Ashley and I want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.


This week, describe your novel in three words. Get creative. Tell us as much about your story as you can in those 3 little (or big!) words.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Novel Idea: 20 Facts About Leo Kelly

Sky Destrian

Last November, my project for NaNoWriMo was called Leo Andromedus Saved the World, a magical realism novel about a bunch of rascals. Even though that book was narrated by my character Emilie, the enigmatic protagonist was Leo Andromedus Kelly, who could definitely stand for more development. That's why I'm featuring him for this week's A Novel Idea prompt, which is to write a list of 20 things about a character. Leo popped into mind, and after a lot of thought, I managed to assemble 20 facts about him for your enjoyment (and, much to my delight, I found out a lot more about Leo than I expected). So here we go!



1. He is an only child. This makes his bond with his squad (Emilie, Allan, and Raven) all the stronger--they are his family.

2. Not to be totally cliche, but Leo's an orphan. (*Hamilton voice* "You're an orphan? Of course!") His parents, for reasons undetermined, aren't around, leaving Leo to float alone in the universe.


3. When he was growing up, he learned to play the cello.

4. He is a giant ball of energy. When he drinks energy drinks or coffee, the effects can be disastrous. (Think about Hammy from Over the Hedge--the similarities between Leo and Hammy are...uncanny.)

5. Leo has ADHD. (This is something I didn't know before, so I'm glad I figured that out.)

6. He was raised in a small house by the ocean on the Pacific Coast.

7. On the MBTI scale, he's probably an ENFJ. He's extremely charismatic, and he loves to bring people together. Just read this to get a better sense of what Leo's like. It's him to a T.


8. His best friend growing up, before he met his #squad, was an older beagle named Lucy (fondly nicknamed "Luce").

9. One of his fondest memories is falling asleep under the Christmas tree with his dad.

10. From the ages of twelve to sixteen, his sole transportation was his bicycle, and he had a bond with said bike.

11. He's an optimist... sometimes to a devastating degree.


12. He had an eccentric aunt who helped him understand the magic that manifested in his adolescent years.

13. His favorite number is 17.

14. His middle name is Andromedus, given to him by his mother for reasons unknown.

15. He knows how to knit (his eccentric aunt taught him).

16. Here's how he met his #squad. He grew up next door to his best friend, Allan. He met Emilie when she was in his beach town visiting her grandparents. And he met Raven at school, where they bonded over shared magical powers and their mutual love of Alfred Hitchcock films.


17. His Hogwarts house would probably have to be Gryffindor.

18. He was born in Germany, where his parents lived for the first two years of his life.

19. His favorite kind of music is classic rock. 


20. He gets extremely bad bedhead, and even during the day, his hair's often a wavy, unkempt mess. Whether that's on purpose or because he's just lazy is unclear.

Bonus fact! This is his truck, which goes along for all of Leo and his gang's adventures.


Want to link up with A Novel Idea? Go here!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

I Left my Heart in Metropolis

Sky Destrian
 
let the world disappear
there are places up here we can hide
somewhere only we can find

- rachel platten, astronauts

(Today I'm going to do something that I almost never do: talk about my life. And thus, a hush falls over the crowd! Shock and awe consume them as the blogger begins her story...)


It wasn't until last year that I realized that I am a city girl. Born and raised in one, I don't know why I thought I would ever be anything different, but being in a small town made me realize how city-esque I am.

Sure, you won't find me in Manhattan (but that's mostly because I have no money to go there or buy Hamilton tickets), and the city I live in is small in comparison to other big cities (i.e., Manhattan or Denver).

Denver is cool!
Because of this, I guess I always thought I was disqualified from being a city girl since I didn't exactly live in NYC.

Hahaha. No. 

When I went to Oregon in September of 2015, it hit me how much of a city girl I am--mostly because I saw a lot of things that I don't usually see. I did see Portland, which is amazing and gorgeous.


But then, I spent a night in a small coastal town, and after that, I spent most of my time in the middle of a secluded forest. I saw sheep. I saw goats. I saw dirt roads. When I went to sleep, it was so quiet--no traffic outside. No sirens. Just silence.


And I did love it. But when I'm in the city, I remember that I love that too.

Case in point: April 9th. My friend G and I went to see Newsies in Denver. We parked on the very top of a parking garage, and it was gorgeous. I felt like I was in Manhattan. In an episode of Daredevil, to be exact.

(Look, I just really love bokeh.)
I was reminded of that day on July 4th, when my family and I went to the roof of a parking garage to watch fireworks. The breeze was amazing, and it felt thrilling to be so high. (When I didn't look down, at least.) 


Don't get me wrong: I'm a mountain soul, and the ocean speaks to me.


I love the forest. I love trees. I love being in solitude and nature and peace. 


But does that mean I hate the city? Heck no.

There's this feeling of the city--the sounds, the lights, the air. It's kind of hard to describe, but it's something I love.


There's a weird feeling of being so small. You feel tiny and you remember that life isn't all about you. You are just one small part in an overwhelming story.

all the world's a stage,
and all the men and women merely players; 
they have their exits and their entrances, 
and one man in his time plays many parts

- shakespeare


And that's why, even if I move to the coast or the country, I will always come back to the city because I always leave a little bit of my heart there. I always can't wait to go back.

i left my heart in metropolis!

- owl city


Cities sometimes get a bad rep, but being a city girl is seriously underrated. I love the lights, the noises, and the feeling of being a part of something bigger than myself. I love the city. And I'm okay with that.

neon heart, day-glo eyes
the city lit by fireflies
they're advertising in the skies
for people like us

- u2

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Novel Idea: 8/9/16

Sky Destrian


As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend Ashley and I want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.



This week, make a list of 20 things about your character. They can be as simple or unique as you want, but hopefully it will help you learn at least something new about your character and their backstory.

Monday, August 8, 2016

A Novel Idea: My Writing Role Models

Sky Destrian
I think this picture pretty much sums me up.

This week's A Novel Idea prompt is dedicated to our writing role models, the ones we wish we could be and the ones we look up to in our own writing.
Who is an author (or two or three) you aspire to write like? What is it you admire about their work or their writing style? Are there any similarities between you and your writing role model(s)?
The first person to come to mind is Rainbow Rowell. I first read Fangirl in August of last year, and it spoke to me in my soul. This year, I read Attachments and Eleanor and Park, and both of those books enthralled me and made me FEEL SO MUCH. Because of this, I aspire to be Rainbow Rowell: to string together words in a way that makes someone's heart ache in the best of ways. If I can make books like that somehow--books that make people feel--I'll be happy.


The second author on this list is Morgan Matson. Her books are all the essence of summer, and they make me feel too. I bought Since You've Been Gone at Powell's in Portland, and I read it on the plane on the way home from Oregon. It was so beautiful--revolving around friendship and adventures with a side of romance. It's one of my favorite books ever. Since then, I've read Amy and Roger's Epic Detour and The Unexpected Everything, which only solidified Morgan Matson on the List of People I Want to Write Like.


The third author I aspire to be like is Sarah Dessen. Her descriptions are so vivid, and though her books tend to follow a similar plot formula, the characters are what really make every story of hers come to life for me. A few years ago I read This Lullaby, which became one of my favorite books because of Remy (the MC)'s character arc. This summer, I've read many more Sarah Dessen books, and each one has a special place in my heart. She has the ability to craft heroines that feel real, and they almost always have something they have to work through, some sort of quiet suffering. It'd be easy to write her books as fluffy summer romances--which they are--but her characters' journeys are deep and beautiful. I hope I can write like her someday, too.


The things that I have in common with these authors is that I love writing complex heroines. I like writing about adventures and bucket lists and life-changing summers and beauty in the every day. I know I'm not as good as they are yet, but I want to be, and I am so thankful that they've paved my way.

Who are your writing role models? Did you link up with A Novel Idea (here)?

Friday, August 5, 2016

Beautiful People: August Edition

Sky Destrian





Hello again, writerlings! Another month, another round of Beautiful People. August snuck up on me quickly--July simultaneously went by too fast and moved at the pace of molasses. But here we are again back with more questions for your writing needs! This month's are themed around your character's appearance, and I'm so excited to read about what your beautiful people look like!

But first...

What is Beautiful People?
Beautiful People is a blog meme hosted by myself and the ever-awesome Cait @ Paper Fury. Every month, we post ten questions to help you get to know your characters better. They can be elusive and enigmatic, but we hope every question we post brings you closer to the answers about your wonderful beautiful people (your characters). 

How do I join?
Just jump in! Snag the questions, post them on your blog, and come back to add your link! I also recommend checking out the posts of the other participants. It's a great way to make new friends.

Please also give Cait and I a link back--whether through a regular link, or these shiny blog buttons:





And now for the questions!

  1. Give a brief overview of their looks. (Include a photo if you want!)
  2. Share a snippet that involves description of their appearance.
  3. What is the first thing people might notice about them?
  4. What are their unique features? (Ex: freckles, big ears, birthmark, scars, etc.)
  5. How tall are they? What is their build (Ex: stocky, slender, petite, etc.)
  6. What is their posture like? How do they usually carry themselves?
  7. Your character has been seen on a “lazy day” (free from usual routine/expectations): what are they wearing and how do they look?
  8. Do they wear glasses, accessories, or jewelry on a regular basis? Do they have any article of clothing or accessory that could be considered their trademark?
  9. Have they ever been bullied or shamed because of their looks? Explain!
  10. Are they happy with how they look? If they could change anything about their appearance, what would it be?


Let's talk! Who's your favorite character right now, either yours or someone else's? Tell me about your WIP! How are you feeling now that summer's almost over? (Sadness.) Sound off in the comments!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Novel Idea: 8/2/16

Sky Destrian


As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend Ashley and I want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.



Who is an author (or two or three) you aspire to write like? What is it you admire about their work or their writing style? Are there any similarities between you and your writing role model(s)?

Monday, August 1, 2016

A Novel Idea: One More Wish

Sky Destrian


I'm sliding in just under the wire to participate in this week's ANI prompt, which is as follows!

Write something that begins with a character throwing a coin into a fountain.


When I was little, my mom always insisted on throwing a coin into every fountain we passed. Evyn, we should make a wish!, she'd say. Whether it was superstition or just a habit I never figured out, but as soon as I see the fountain on my college campus, I think of her. I haven't spoken to her in a few months. She's going to counseling, trying to get better.

So am I.

I can hear the water rushing as I get closer, the water sparkling in the sunlight. I stop a few feet away and dig through my purse, looking for spare change. I haven't seen Mom in months, but I feel like she's here, insisting that we throw a coin into this fountain, that we make a wish.

My finger brushes across something cold and metal in the bottle of my purse. A dingy copper penny. I edge my way closer to the fountain, sitting down on the edge. On the bottom of the fountain, distorted by water, are dozens of coins, gleaming like stars. All wishes. I wonder if people got their wishes or if their coins just sank to the bottom. I wonder if I'll get mine.

Rubbing my thumb over the penny, I close my eyes and take a breath, just like Mom and I always used to. I think about what I want to wish for. When I was little, it was for things like a pony or for more books to read. Now, it seems like there are bigger things vying for my attention. Things like passing my midterm, missing my friends back home, and wanting my mom to be okay, even after all the pain we've gone through together. I want both of us to be okay, to be happy, to be whole.

A couple of students walk past me, laughing, which brings me back to the moment. I close my eyes again. Take a deep breath. I drop the penny into the bottom. And I make my wish. 



(I kind of cheated because this ends with someone throwing a coin into a fountain, but oh well.)

Come back tomorrow for another installment of A Novel Idea! It's AUGUST NOW, OH MY GOSH. How's your year going?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Novel Idea: 7/26/16

Sky Destrian


As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend Ashley and I want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.



This week, follow this writing prompt as a starting point and see what happens. Have fun with it!


Write something that begins with a character throwing a coin into a fountain.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Novel Idea: 7/19/16

Sky Destrian


As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend Ashley and I want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.


This week, share a favorite quote from your novel: whether it’s one sentence long, a paragraph, or even a whole chapter. It can be from your current novel or one that you’re finished with. Writing can be filled with self-doubt, but this week, take the time to show off your hard work.

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