February 2012 - further up and further in

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

the 29th

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the 29th
i feel like i should put something down to mark this day in history. the 29th. the first leap year that i remember, and the last leap year for four more years. for once, this year has 366 days instead of 365.

but you probably knew all this. so i just wanted to write my thoughts down for this day...

except i have no idea what i'm thinking. at all. i'm too tangled up in my thoughts. help! ;)

so, i will leave you with the hope of more coherent blog posts in the future. just take this post as evidence that i experienced february 29th and lived to tell about it! :)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Beautiful People: Ryan {Round Two}

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Beautiful People: Ryan {Round Two}
I wasn't sure who to do for Beautiful People this month. I'm plotting for Avary's story, and there are plenty of characters I need to discover more about, including Avary herself. So I was reluctant to do Ryan again. However, Ryan's been pulling at me to discover more about him, and the idea of him just won't ever go away.

So, my characters won again. Ryan is quite pleased about this, as you can see.


1. If your character could be played by any actor, who would it be?
Liam Hemsworth. This is a strange choice, considering the only full-length movie I've seen him in is The Last Song, a movie that I easily forgot. (However, this will change when The Hunger Games comes out.) I actually decided on Liam when I saw the music video for Colder Weather. I'd already been looking for Ryan's face, and then the two ideas collided to make... well, Ryan.

2. Does your character have a specific theme song?
Colder Weather by Zac Brown Band. The lyrics seemed particularly suited to be made into a character. I already had the character of Ryan in mind but he was extremely bland. He needed more depth, so I decided to make him into a gypsy, inspired by the lyrics of the song. Thanks to Pip for introducing me to this song.

(Interesting tidbit: Ryan originally was named Brian McGuire, a subject of another BP post. Brian and Violet are now... nonexistent.)

3. What’s their worst childhood memory?
The day his father left. And the day that Ryan himself left home as well. He'll never forgive himself for leaving his family behind, and yet he can't bring himself to go back.

4. If your character had a superpower, what would it be?
Hmm... this is a hard question. Judging by his penchant for wandering and travelling, I think teleportation would be a good fit. Either that or flying. However, neither of those quite fit his personality, which is very strong, but I can't think of anything that would.

5. If your character crashed on an island with a bunch of other people, how would your character help the group survive?
He'd be reluctant, but eventually his instincts would kick in and he'd become the leader, organizing and delegating in the best way possible for their survival. He doesn't like it, but it's in his blood to be a born leader.

6. Are they married? If not, do they someday wish to be?
He's rather divided on this. He wants to have someone to love and cherish. However, actually settling down is the one thing holding him back from any sort of committed relationship, whether it's a romantic one or not.

7. What is a cause they would die for?
He would die if he knew that it was for the good of those he loves. Contrary to popular belief, Ryan does love, and he loves deeply. He's just reluctant to show it.

8. Would they rather die fighting valiantly, or quietly at home?
Fighting valiantly, I think. He does face death in his novel, and while on the surface it doesn't seem valiant, it really truly is. Ryan longs for adventure, and something bigger.

9. If someone walked up to them and told them they were the child of the prophecy, would they believe them?
Probably not right away. Something akin to this does happen in the novel, actually, just not quite the way you might expect. If you tell him something surprising, he'll believe it eventually, but it'll take a while. First, he tries to brush it off, and if he does start to believe it might be possible, he does so with quite a bit of skepticism.

10. Do they prefer the country or the city?
Depends on the day, or wherever his wandering mood takes him. The country calls to him with its peaceful woods and calm atmosphere. However, the cities are where he can find work. Both of them have their benefits.


You've got a gypsy soul to blame, and you were born for leaving. }

- a song lyric from Colder Weather that pretty much sums up Ryan's entire existence.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Beautiful People - February Edition

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Beautiful People - February Edition
Welcome back to the February edition of Beautiful People! Beautiful People is a monthly blog thing designed by Georgie Penn and I to help you get to know your characters. You can click here to read the first post, or click here to view the FAQ.

We've tried to keep these neutral so you can answer them regardless of genre. However, if you do write fantasy or sci/fi, try to adapt them so that they do fit your genre, or pose the question as if your character was in a modern world.

Oh, and feel free to submit your own questions as well. Just leave them in a comment on either my blog or Georgie's.

So, without further ado, here's the questions for this round of Beautiful People.

1. If your character could be played by any actor, who would it be?
2. Does your character have a specific theme song?
3. What’s their worst childhood memory?
4. If your character had a superpower, what would it be?
5. If your character crashed on an island with a bunch of other people, how would your character help the group survive?
6. Are they married? If not, do they someday wish to be?
7. What is a cause they would die for?
8. Would they rather die fighting valiantly, or quietly at home?
9. If someone walked up to them and told them they were the child of the prophecy, would they believe them?
10. Do they prefer the country or the city?

Don't forget to sign the Linky!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Invisible Valentine

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My Invisible Valentine
Guys, meet my valentine.


Okay, okay, so... not really. Calm down, ladies. He's taken. By a pretty awesome elf lady.

Right. Anyway. Let's try this again. My valentine:


Meet Robin Hood. You may also recognize him as a fox or a variety of other faces.

Wait... what did you say? He's taken too?

Oh, of course. By Maid Marian. How could I forget?

Okay, fine. My real valentine... well, He's invisible. He also walks on water. And, well, I love Him a lot. 

And He might just look a little bit like Aragorn. Or maybe that's just me.

That awkward moment when you have a valentine... he's just invisible.
- my Twitter

P.S. - If you're looking for a humorous, slightly satirical view on Valentine's Day, here's your video.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Chewing Is Overrated

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Chewing Is Overrated
There are probably several reasons I haven't blogged in a while.


  1. I rather enjoyed having Liam Hemsworth at the top of my blog this whole time. *awkward confession* No, really. My Ryan is pretty cool.
  2. I've been lacking inspiration. Seriously. Let me know if you find him.
  3. And last but not least, jaw pain.
I've had chronic pain for my whole life and was recently diagnosed two years ago. One of the symptoms that has recently reared its ugly head is jaw pain.

At first, we thought it was TMJ. It may in fact be TMJ. However, I went to the orthodontist about two weeks ago, and we had a startling revelation.

My jaw is severely misaligned.

The diagnosis?

I need braces.


Since then, my jaw pain has increased for some reason. Today I could not chew anything. I ate yogurt for breakfast, had two protein shakes for lunch, ate soggy corn flakes as an afternoon snack, and then had sweet potatoes and tiny tiny pieces of pork chop for dinner. *sigh*

Anyway, I'll try to put up some new material on the ol' blog soon. And if you see Inspiration, please hog-tie him and send him my way. Thanks!