July 2014 - further up and further in

Thursday, July 31, 2014

to Grandma, with all of my love

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to Grandma, with all of my love

Yesterday morning, my beautiful grandmother went home to be with Jesus. It's hard to think of what to say that would do this wonderful woman justice. I can't thank her enough for loving me and always supporting me. She has been the greatest grandma I could ask for. Her love, support, and contagious joy have meant the world to me. She truly was the hands and feet of Jesus and she taught me so much how to love. Sitting with her in her final weeks has been a precious gift.

I can't wait to see her again, and while it hurts like crazy to lose her, I know that she's happier than ever, walking around in heaven with Jesus. That was one of the things she looked forward to doing in heaven most. He loved her so much, and she loved him, and I'm so glad they're together again. I know we will see her again, too, and I'm so glad she's waiting for us there. She is so, so happy, and I'm so glad she's home. The world will not be the same without her, but heaven has just gained a precious gift. 

I love you, Grandma. Thank you. I'll see you soon.

(Your prayers in the coming weeks, for both me and my extended family, would be so appreciated.)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Beautiful People & A Novel Idea || Violet

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Beautiful People & A Novel Idea || Violet

my heart is like a stallion, they love it more when it's broken,
do you wanna feel beautiful? do you wanna?
- alone together, fall out boy

It's time to play... Family Feud! Actually, no. It's time for me to fill out questions about my characters! *applause*

I'll be answering the Beautiful People questions down below--so if you haven't joined that already, please feel free! The linky will be open all month and you can find out more here.

And I'm also linking up this week with the new blog link-up hosted by my friend Ashley! I'm really excited about it. It's called A Novel Idea and you can find out more about it by visiting Ashley Aspires.

Today I'll be talking about my character Violet from The Angel Novel (titles pending, as well as all plot details). I started that book in July of '13 for Camp, and ended up stopping after 20k. Currently I'm rewriting it, and I'm hoping this draft sticks. (This is the novel with the corresponding blog post where I talked about Sebastian Stan Beau and made a ton of angel puns.)

I'm featuring Violet today because though I've been trying to write about her for a year at least, I feel like I really don't know too much about her. She is my POV character, though, and during rewrites more about her is coming to light. This post is to hopefully shed even more light on her mysterious personality!

What I do know is that she's sarcastic, sassy, guarded, sad, angry, cynical, semi-depressed, witty, lonely, and I love her to death.

So here we go!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Beautiful People - July Edition

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Beautiful People - July Edition
Hi all! It's that time again--Beautiful People is here!

Beautiful People is a blog meme for writers hosted by Cait @ Notebook Sisters and myself. It's designed for you to get to know your characters!

The way this works is, every month we post a list of ten questions for you to answer about your characters. If you'd like to participate, simply choose the lucky character of your choice, answer the questions about them, and post it up on your blog. (If you'd like to use them as a private resource, that's acceptable as well, but the primary design of this is a link-up.) The linky is down below for you to sign. And it makes it extra lovely if you go around and meet other participants of the meme by commenting!

Please link back using the buttons below:

And now, this month's questions. Special thanks to Arende, Kelly, and Ashley G. for submitting them, as well as charahub.com for question #10!

1) What’s their favourite food? (Bonus: favourite flavor of chocolate!) 
2) What do they absolutely hate? 
3) What do they enjoy learning about? 
4) Who is the most influential person in their life? 
5) What is their childhood fear? 
6) What is something they have always secretly dreamed of doing, but thought impossible? 
7) What is something he is impractically afraid of? 
8) Are they a night owl or morning person? 
9) Do they say everything that pops into their head, or leave a lot unsaid? 
10) What are their nervous habits?

And thus, we kick off the second link up of BP! Go on, go answer! I'm so excited to read all your posts! ^‿^

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My Possible Summer Project

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My Possible Summer Project

Ever since I finished Because We Can, I've been at a serious loss of what to write. I keep bouncing from project to project, mostly mentally. I'll decide to do one project, but then I'll move on.

It's a problem.

I started a book the other night, though, and I hope it sticks. It's been around for a very long time, since I was about 12 or 13. I've been wanting to rewrite it for a while, to make it something amazing. At the advice of a friend, I decided to start with a clean slate.

And here we are.

I'm not sure where it's going, or if it'll last, but I wish it would. I hope it does. I'm still looking in the meaning of all of it, but I'm having one heck of an emotional summer what with my Grandma, and all. And writing is one way I process that and take my mind off of it. So what better way to process my emotions than through a summer story about a band living their dreams? (And then those dreams falling apart? Bwahaha.)

So guys, meet Keni, John (HE NEEDS A NEW NAME FOR REAL GUYS because I already have a character named Jon), Adrie, Willow, and Milo. Milo is adorable and I love him already. Meet the novel that was first called my Keni story, then Somewhere in Neverland, and now (possibly) Something I Need. Meet my possibly-maybe-I-don't-know-we'll-see-summer-project.

Let's see where this takes us.

you've got something i need,
in this world full of people, there's one killing me
and if we only die once,
i wanna die with you
and if we only live once,
i wanna live with you