April 2014 - further up and further in

Monday, April 28, 2014

Beautiful People: Kess

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Beautiful People: Kess
I bet you didn't think you'd see a post about Beautiful People again on this blog, did you?!

Neither did I, to be honest. But I was thinking about it, and I really miss doing these for my characters. Plus, there are a few characters (at least one) that I've been itching to develop, introduced here. So today, meet Kess! (P.S. Naturally she's got light brown hair, but she dyes her hair tons of crazy colors.)

(photoshopped by me)

What is their full name?
Kess Elizabeth Matthews. (Currently.)

Does his or her name have a special meaning?
Nope. Her mom made it up, said it reminded her of the sea and the air.

Does your character have a methodical or disorganized personality?
Methodical at work, disorganized at home. She has a certain level of organized chaos, but it's always organized.

Does he or she think inside themselves more than they talk out loud to their friends? (more importantly, does he or she actually have friends?)
She'll think inside, and then speak her thoughts out loud. She does a whole lot more meditation before actually saying something.

Is there something he or she is afraid of?
The unknown. Losing her job. Not being able to take care of her siblings, or losing them altogether.

Does he or she write, dream, dance, sing, or photograph?
She sings, but amateurly, and mostly rock. (Like AC/DC.)


What is his or her favorite book? (or genre of books)
The Book Thief. (I haven't read it, but I think she might like it.) Genre is literary fiction, and poetry.

Who is his or her favorite author and/or someone that inspires him or her?
Ray Bradbury.

Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate and vanilla. Yes, at the same time. Double-scooped.

Favorite season of the year?
Spring and fall.

How old is he/she? 
18.

What does he/she do with his/her spare time?
Read about scientific developments in the machinery world. Read, mostly.

Does he/she see the big picture or live in the moment? 
She likes to think of herself as a mix of both. But overall, she looks at the big picture. She can get overwhelmed thinking about the future. And for her job as a mechanic, she has to look at the big picture.

Is he/she a perfectionist? 
Pretty much, yeah.

What does her handwriting look like? (round, slanted, curly, skinny, sloppy, neat, decorative, etc.) 
Angular and straightforward; print rather than cursive.

Favorite animal? 
Cockatiel.

Does he/she have any pets? 
Her siblings have a lizard, yes.

Does he/she have any siblings? 
How funny you should ask! Yes.

How many? 
Two. A boy and a girl. Eight and seven years old. (For now.)

Where does he/she fit in?
On the fringes of the outside, where you wouldn't think to look.

Does he/she have a 'life verse' and if so what is it?
Nope. If and when she does pick up a Bible, though, she'd probably appreciate the poetic, introspective parts of Isaiah and Ecclesiastes.

Favorite writing utensil?
Pencils, but she doesn't mind pens either. Whatever it takes to get the job done. She carries around pencil stubs with her, though, in the pocket of her plaid overshirts.

Beautiful People is a blog thing hosted by Georgie and I. Currently it is not officially running. However, if you'd like to do something like this, check out our list of questions in the BP archive.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

what life is like

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what life is like
(lately, at least.)

I turned 18 on the 15th of this month. It was such a weird experience. All at once, I feel not older, and yet older. It's scary to be an adult. Actually, flat out terrifying.

Along with my 18th birthday I got an iPod as a gift, which I'm incredibly grateful for! And with the iPod, I get to take (and post) more photos than ever before. (As well as get the long-coveted app, instagram!)

So here's some snapshots from my life.


1. the moon. i stayed up the night of the blood moon to watch the eclipse.
 it was also incidentally my birthday. (#amiateenwolf?) 
i wrote by moonlight, too. magical.

2. one day there were blue skies. the next? snow.

3. morning light.

4. my cat, tux. who might actually be loki in cat form. we just don't know.

5. chipotle. aka lifeblood.

6. an accidental artistic shot.

7. my dog! i love him.

8. me... self explanatory. 

9. sunlight. man, how boring can these captions get?

10. one of the first shots i took.

11. "drenched in vanilla twilight..." 
i took this while my mom and i were stranded with a flat tire. #funtimes

12. i fricking adore switchfoot.
i finally listened to their latest album, 
and i absolutely adore fading west.

13. my dog and cat do not get along. the sayings are all too true.

14. took this while seeing captain america 2: the winter soldier. i adore that movie, btw.

15. it was snowing when i woke up and i was cold. 
so i snuggled up in my favorite hoodie, 
the one i always wear when i get sick or want to feel comfortable.

16. i was happy that morning. irrationally so. 

17. i got flowers for my birthday!!! om g.

18. i did my makeup like bucky. true story. it was fun.

19. i was (literally) crying over sebastian stan, bucky barnes, and beau. 
all rolled into one mass ball of feelings.

20. my sister and i. no explanation needed.

21. taken the morning after seeing captain america 2. 
and if you want to know what i think about that movie?
I'M STILL NOT OVER IT. #haveyoucriedoverbuckybarnestoday

And now, in the spirit of keeping writing in the blog title, I have to introduce some recent characters of mine.

meet lana, kess, jack, and corbin. 
i have no real idea what i'm doing with them, but i can't wait to find out. 

lana: ridiculously independent, doesn't care what anybody thinks
kess: quieter. interested in machinery and mechanics and the way things tick.
jack: i don't even know man, i don't even know. 
as he himself would say, "there is a possibility that we are certifiably insane."
(this line came into my head earlier today. i'm pretty sure characters have a mind of their own.)
corbin: lana's brother. quiet, the more responsible one of the two. kind of does something crazy.

their story is futuristic, maybe dystopian, weird, robotic and all too cool. huh. i'm excited. we'll see where it goes.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

2013 → 2014

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2013 → 2014
written January 25th, 2014
...i'm behind on a ton of drafts. better four months late than never. p.s.! new year, new design. and hopefully fresh wind in my sails for this blog. i'm hoping. stay tuned.

last photo of me for 2013
last year i did this post. this year, i don't really have a word, except maybe recovery or rest. this picture sadly was taken only today, the 25th of january 2014, so it's not from 2013. but, what i do have is a list of things i want to remember in 2013. so here goes.

- went to a beauty and the beast play for my birthday. 
was wished a happy birthday by gaston, 
the beast, belle, lumiere, cogsworth, and pretty 
much every other character. it. was. amazing.
- saw frozen for the first time (what a great movie)
(we saw it on christmas eve and it was amazing.)
- DROVE A CAR IN A PARKING LOT Y ESSSS
- went to my cousin's wedding and danced like CRAZY. 
- started so many novels: the angel novel, because we can, petrichor. 
finished because i'm irish for the second time, too.
- came up with even more ideas for novels & characters:
here comes the sun, we are of olympus, beam me up, scottie,
something about summer, and many other inklings in progress
- did my first camp nano ever with mixed results.
- won my fourth year of nano.
- read the great gatsby. and loved it. completely.
- had my first solo giveaway on this blog.
- went to my second celtic thunder concert
- videochatted with two of my friends, all together, for the very first time
- got involved in tv shows like agents of SHIELD, graceland, 
teen wolf, the tomorrow people, 
king of the nerds, how i met your mother, and the big bang theory.
- pulled probably a million all-nighters.
- discovered i had a corn allergy.
- found the wonderful band, marianas trench. akspdlkfj;j.
- also, fall out boy. <3 div="">
- listened to so much more music than before, 
expanding my horizons
- remembered what it's like to be a dreamer
- became even more addicted to pinterest.
- fell even more in love with the avengers and tony stark.
- GOT IRON MAN FOOTIE PAJAMAS.
- DRESSED UP IN AN IRON MAN MASK.


- took my first step into the james bond fandom with the movie skyfall. 
HELLOOO Q.
- i was first exposed to dylan o'brien and fell in love.
- watched America's Got Talent for the first time 
....and pulled my whole family into it
- hung out with my brother so many late nights.
- finally, finally wrote a scene in because i'm irish that i'd 
been putting off for months. and gave it a proper ending.
- took 3rd and 4th place in a writing contest!!!
- learned so much more beyond my worldview.
- ate chipotle. a lot.
- learned to live without things i previously loved to eat. and it's not too bad.
- dealt with, to varying degrees of success and acceptance, 
my physical challenges, and tried to cope with intensely intense pain.
- cried, probably a lot, but that is life.
- laughed, also a lot. possibly more than the crying.
- cried over fictional characters. which is an entirely different kind of crying.
- had a very brief love affair with the voice (*whispers* adam levine)
- lived almost the entire year on an entirely nocturnal schedule. 
the jury is still out on whether it is preferable to living life during the day.
- succumbed to the world of facebook games.
- wrote some poetry again.
- got so much closer to my current friends, and made new ones.
- changed a lot as to how i feel about life and God and loving people.
- got better and recovered. all around.

it was a good, restful year.
i am more than nervous and filled with trepidation about 2014, 
but i can't stop it. i can only go with the flow.
so here goes, 2014. be good to me!