Characters from World Warriors (Anime Style)

So, last week I did a post on my World Warriors characters. Today, I’ve got a similar post for you but with the anime versions of my characters in place of their human counterparts. In case you don’t want to read the other post, I’ve copied and pasted the same text from last week.

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I’ve been writing a novel currently called World Warriors. I’m kind of blah about the name but at least it’s easy to say. It’s a sort of “superhero” YA novel. I started it because I wanted to write something humorous and light hearted, instead of dark and tragic, for a change. I came up with a handful of characters who were sure to clash, then threw them on the page and let them do their thing.

Blurb: A shapeshifter kidnaps eight teenagers to help him save the world. They set off on journeys to five different foreign locations where they must find the enemy camps and thwart the enemy’s plans before the entire earth is destroyed.

Zevren is the shapeshifter who sets these events in motion. For years, he’s been upholding the world singlehandedly. The situation finally gets so bad, he drops seven (eight) children through the portals between underground and land. If things had been just a smidge better, he’d never have dreamt of it. He kind of hates humans.

Below are the original eight teenagers, plus the six other kids who join the team over the course of their adventures. (all pictures from Pinterest. My WW board is here.):

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ALICE is a writer and something of a nerd. She’s the brains of the team. She’s also reserved and rather short. She’s the only one who wasn’t kidnapped because Zevren thought she was worth reasoning with. (She has short hair to her chin. Apart from that, the pic is spot on.)

LEVI is a Southerner. Farmer. One of ten kids.  He especially hates Zevren, probably most of all the kids. He’s got no picture because no anime guy seems to go for close cropped hair! He and Alice go to New Zealand where they meet

MAIA. She’s cheerful and confident and a musician (singing, piano, classical knowledge …)

ben and becky as little kids
ben and becky as little kids

BEN and REBECCA (Becky) are two of Levi’s little siblings. They eventually get wind of what he’s doing and are determined to help him. They’re both pretty quiet, and a lot more sensitive than he is. I love these three siblings and their relationships so much.

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a ben gif

 

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From gopixpic.com

DANIELA is fierce and spunky and I really want her hair. Um, okay, that’s kind of irrelevant.

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JARED has a devil-may-care attitude. He and

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SEAN, an orphan and mechanic, take on the most dangerous mission of all, in North Canada.

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Will is a quiet unassuming guy, but he is an excellent baseball player and very clever. He singlehandedly designs a trap to capture the enemy’s forces. (He doesn’t usually wear glasses) He’s friends with

 

 

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This is total perfection! It IS Isaac. @http://fashionplaceface.com/anime-boy-with-brown-hair-tumblr/

 

ISAAC. Isaac is definitely a people person. He’s easygoing, friendly, and loves anything to do with cars. He and

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MELANIE tackle Los Angeles.
Isaac is unable to hide his mission from his friends

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Katie hasn’t got glasses and they actually have brown eyes. Apart from that, purdy good.

 

JOHNNY and KATIE. Johnny is a joker and a terrible driver. He definitely needs his sister to keep him on track. In other words, they make the best team.

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Finally, we have ROSEMARY, a visionary and an artist whom they meet on the streets of Los Angeles.

And that’s about it. Now I’d better get to work finishing the novel.

Authorly Bucket List Tag

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Erin at The Upstairs Archives nominated me for the Authorly Bucket List Tag. I’ll copy her description of this tag, since she started it. 🙂

Basically, the idea is to list a few (authorly) things you’re not very good at, and a few things which you’d like to try. Three to seven of each should be a good number. 

Things I’m Not Very Good At (oh, boy. Where to start?)

1. Pacing. Probably my problem Número Uno. I make things happen way to quickly. There’s no time to get invested in the characters. No time to do anything but say, “woah.” (I’m getting better, though. I think.)

2. Any genre except spec fic. That’s not to say I’m good at writing speculative fiction. But I’d say I’m best at it. My contemporaries are always very boring, even if I love my premises. My historicals are either terribly inaccurate or could take place in any place or time, what with the absence of description. I just don’t have the motivation to research properly.

3. Giving my characters a rounded diet. I got the inspiration for this answer from Erin, who says her character eat mostly soup. My characters … let’s see. They eat bread. One man ate cookies and two boys had hardtack.

4. Showing. You know the phrase “show, don’t tell”? That’s probably my biggest problem after pacing.

5. Romance. This is probably related to 1 & 4. Definitely 1. And then, I don’t show the growing love enough. At the same time, I don’t want to tell it, so it ends up coming out of nowhere. Basically, I don’t get the sparks. Sad.

6. First person POV. It just doesn’t work for me. It’s too close, too boxed in, too informal.

Things I Want to Try

1. A full on romance novel. Because … why not? I imagine it’d be contemporary but it doesn’t have to be. I like to read romance and I think it’d be fun to immerse myself in my own couple creation. (On a sidenote, almost all my favourite couples are side characters. Does that mean I prefer more subtle, less in-your-face romance?)

2. My Writing Wishlist has some more specific books that I want to write.

3. Poetical writing. I love authors like Markus Zusak and Laini Taylor with their beautiful writing styles and I’d like to write something like that one day.

4. An unreliable narrator. I’ll shock and twist my readers’ minds – mwa ha ha ha!

5. A character who looks like the man in the above picture. (I’m just adding this point because I’ve been wanting to use this pic for a long time. It’s how I imagine young Edmond Dantes. :))

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What’s your favorite POV to write (first person, third person limited, etc.)?

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award II

I was nominated for this tag by Heather at Sometimes I’m a Story. Thanks, Heather! Here are the rules:

  • thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • put the award logo on your blog.
  • answer the ten questions they’ve set you.
  • make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • nominate ten people.

Here are Heather’s questions (with my answers):

1. You’re about to be thrown in jail with a fictional character of your choice—who is the character and how do you escape?

Leo Valdez from Heroes of Olympus. He would make some fancy machine to get us out. Easy peasy.

2. What is your favorite social media site?

You know, I don’t use much social media so I don’t have much to choose from. But I think it’s safe to go with Goodreads because … books. 🙂

3. If you were a deity [YOU], what sacrifices would you demand from your pilgrims?

Oooh, very creative question. Is it terribly boring to say none? Okay, it is. How about some chocolate? With peanut butter, for good measure.

4. Which is more important to you: a satisfying ending or relatable characters?

Definitely characters. I have given five stars to books with unsatisfactory endings. Amazing characters, believe it or not, are able to salvage terrible books, for me.

5. What is the hardest thing for you to write about?

I guess my personal life (outside of writing and reading), and my religious, ethical, and moral beliefs. They’re such very personal topics that it feels like revealing my soul (as it is) to write about them.

6. What are the top seven ways you would repurpose a lonely sock?

Make into a cat doll (because sock puppets are overrated)./Use as a bookmark./Turn it into a rag./Put it in the cooking set./Use as a portable trash bin./Cut it up and reuse for something entirely different./Wear it mismatched.

7. Do you have a favorite archetype to read or write?

Reading: The damaged and brooding antihero(ine) with a dark past. Okay, let’s be honest. It’s usually a guy. I usually prefer reading about guys than gals.

Writing: Quiet sarcastic IXTX (if you know of MBTI) twenty year old guy. Very specific, I know.

8. Has a book ever given you important wedding planning advice? (for example, Princess Bride, if you skip to ‘man and wife’ it doesn’t count)

According to The Betrothed, two people can go up to a priest and the groom says, “This is my wife” and the bride says “This is my husband” and they’re officially married.

Not sure how accurate that is …

9. In the event that you were forced to take a ride on top of a car, how would you secure yourself?

I would tie myself to the top with a rope, like a bicycle. If it wasn’t so stareworthy, I’d say it sounds pretty cool!

10. What is your favorite story no one has ever heard of?

Maybe The Machine Stops? Of course people have heard of it but it’s the most obscure book in my top twenty favorite books. I also like the short stories “The Bet”, “The Third Ingredient”, “Lodging for the Night”, and “Markheim”.

My questions:

1. Favorite book(s)?

2. Favorite short story/stories?

3. If you could invent anything, what would it be?

4. Favorite song(s)?

And now, which of these best describe YOU?

5. Metal or wood

6. Glass or plastic

7. Hot or cold

8. Chocolate or peppermint

9. Salt or pepper

10. Hollow or dense

Nominees:

Rachel @ Secret Scribblings

Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination

Jamie @ Through Two Blue Eyes

Adriana @ Adriana Gabrielle Writes

Feel free to do this tag on your blog even if you’re not one of the nominees. Comment your link so I can read your post! 🙂

Characters From World Warriors

I’ve been writing a novel currently called World Warriors. I’m kind of blah about the name but at least it’s easy to say. It’s a sort of “superhero” YA novel. I started it because I wanted to write something humorous and light hearted, instead of dark and tragic, for a change. I came up with a handful of characters who were sure to clash, then threw them on the page and let them do their thing.

Blurb: A shapeshifter kidnaps eight teenagers to help him save the world. They set off on journeys to five different foreign locations where they must find the enemy camps and thwart the enemy’s plans before the entire earth is destroyed.

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Zevren is the shapeshifter who sets these events in motion. For years, he’s been upholding the world singlehandedly. The situation finally gets so bad, he drops seven (eight) children through the portals between underground and land. If things had been just a smidge better, he’d never have dreamt of it. He kind of hates humans.

(He doesn’t really look like Hiddleston or Bloom, but that’s the closest I could find.)

Below are the original eight teenagers, plus the six other kids who join the team over the course of their adventures. (all pictures from Pinterest. My WW board is here. Note: Most of the characters are probably less … how shall I say it? … attractive, than in the following pictures.):

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ALICE is a writer and something of a nerd. She’s the brains of the team. She’s also reserved and rather short. She’s the only one who wasn’t kidnapped because Zevren thought she was worth reasoning with. (She has short hair to her chin and brown eyes. Apart from that, the pic is pretty accurate.)

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LEVI is a Southerner. Farmer. One of ten kids.  His hair is a lot shorter than in the picture. He especially hates Zevren, probably most of all the kids. He and Alice go to New Zealand where they meet

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MAIA. She’s cheerful and confident and a musician (singing, piano, classical knowledge …) The above picture is a rough portrait of Maia as a young girl. She definitely smiles more. There was a girl in my school who looks exactly like my idea of Maia but I’m not in touch with her, sadly.

Here’s an adorable sketch of young Maia and I think it conveys her better.

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BEN and REBECCA (Becky) are two of Levi’s little siblings. They eventually get wind of what he’s doing and are determined to help him. They’re both pretty quiet, and a lot more sensitive than he is. I love these three siblings and their relationships so much.

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DANIELA is fierce and spunky and I really want her hair. Um, okay, that’s kind of irrelevant.

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JARED has a devil-may-care attitude. He and

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SEAN, an orphan and mechanic, take on the most dangerous mission of all, in North Canada.

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Will is a quiet unassuming guy, but he is an excellent baseball player and very clever. He singlehandedly designs a trap to capture the enemy’s forces. He’s friends with

 

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ISAAC – it was soooo hard to find a good picture! His hair is longer, he doesn’t have all the freckles, and his jaw is more squarish, but this will have to do. Isaac is definitely a people person. He’s easygoing, friendly, and loves anything to do with cars. He and

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MELANIE tackle Los Angeles. Aside from the fact she’s in the water, the picture is pretty much Melanie.

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IMG_0439Finally, we have ROSEMARY, a visionary and an artist whom they meet on the streets of Los Angeles.

And that’s about it. Now I’d better get to work finishing the novel.

Roots

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I was reading the tumblr blog for the We Need Diverse Books campaign and one post stood out to me about the importance of accurately representing different cultures from yours.

I guess I started thinking how to represent a culture – I thought of what exactly a culture is and it brought home once again to me the fact that I have no idea what my culture is. It reaches out to more than my strange amalgamation accent. I have no roots. I don’t know what culture I’m part of. I don’t know what it’s like to have a culture. And I don’t know if it’s just me. Do other people feel this way?

People always ask me, “Where are you from?” And whenever they do, I freeze up. “Where am I from? Erm …” Where was I from again? Um … oh, right! Singapore! I remember! “I’m from Singapore,” I say.

“I beg your pardon?” the stranger says.

“I’m from …” Should I really say Singapore? I don’t feel very Singaporean. But it’s on my birth certificate so, oh well … “Singapore,” I say louder.

Why am I so hesitant to call myself Singaporean? Is it because I’m not proud of my nationality … my Mother country, so to speak? Well, I guess so. I’m not very proud of Singapore, but I think it goes deeper than that.

The other day, a stranger began speaking to me in a different language. I said, “Sorry, I don’t speak …” and left it at that, because I didn’t know what language she was speaking. Chinese? Korean? Japanese? Some dialect like Cantonese?

“Where are you from?” she asked.

I said, “Singapore.”

“And you don’t speak Chinese???”

I kind of laughed and said, “Yeah, I don’t speak Chinese. Weird, isn’t it?” Why don’t I speak my mother tongue when legally all children in Singapore are required to learn it? Well, because when I was three, my parents emigrated to the U.S. I don’t remember anything of those three years in Singapore. All I know of Singapore comes from visits back there and one stint of living there for a year when I was thirteen. I became familiar with hawker centres, huge malls, rows of flats, motorcycles, and chicken rice, but it never became home.

Neither did the US, which we left when I was five. We stayed in Canada for two years, then moved to New Zealand for two years, then spent another two in Canada, then another two in New Zealand, then one in Singapore as I mentioned, before going to New Zealand again where we have remained (so far). Phew! If you followed me in that paragraph, congratulations!

My Canadian loyalties are probably the smallest. I memorised all the provinces and territories. I have a fondness for maple leaves. I was happy to discover Frank Zhang (Heroes of Olympus) was both Asian and Canadian. But that’s about it.

At heart, I think I’m American. The words “stars and stripes” always make my heart leap in a funny way, before I remember that’s … um … not actually my country. It’s not hard to understand why I love America, because I studied all of high school and some of primary school using an American homeschool program. The majority of literature I’ve read is American too. My favourite bands are American. And in that homeschool course, naturally, I took a (mandatory) American history course. Apparently, it’s the level of college history. I don’t know how accurate that is but I do know that course was hard.

The fact I homeschooled furthers the cultural divide even further. I had no friends outside of my parents and my equally isolated siblings. I spent the majority of time at home. I had little to no socialisation. In fact, before I started reading modern literature and using a lot of Internet, I even felt a sort of absence of generation. There was technology, of course. There was food and clothes. That was about all that marked me as a twenty first century teen.

At the same time, I don’t quite identify with groups like the Quiverfull/Fundamentalist homeschoolers or the Trad Catholics. My family has always had a fairly lax faith. Cafeteria Catholics, kind of.

What are my roots? I can refer to my ethnicity, of course. I’m Chinese. But, what, really, does Chinese mean? In my case, it goes no further than my yellow skin undertone, and almond eyes, and terrible eyesight genetics. What does it mean to be Chinese? Maybe that’s all it means. It’s the only link I have. Even food isn’t a link, for while I eat rice and stir fries, I also eat Mac and cheese and cereal and roast chicken. And really. Food is a small thing to define a person’s culture.

I guess it’s inaccurate to say I have no culture. Of course I’ve got a culture. But it’s a unique and very lonely culture – a culture of a girl constantly on the move, armed with plenty of paper and pens, and a whole lot of social anxiety.

I’m like a gypsy. Or, perhaps more aptly, I’m like a person in one house. The scenery outside keeps changing – the location is different and I notice every so often when I look out the window, but nothing really changes for me cause it’s always the same house, same me. I’m “Housese”. “Familyan”. Or maybe I’m like what it’s like to listen to music. The locations are like the drumbeat – you notice it when you think of it and you notice something’s different when you change it, but you’re mostly just paying attention to the singing and the instrumentation.

That is me. And it explains, I think, why I’m always writing outcast characters. I’m always writing of people who are different species from everyone else, people other people are prejudiced against. I used to think it was weird since I’ve never experienced active prejudice (beyond a couple immature boys who didn’t like Chinese girls). Now it all makes sense. It makes sense why I wrote of a girl who’d been locked up in a garrett for nineteen years, and a man who spent five years hiding in the woods because everyone shunned him like he was a monster, and a human who grew a pair of wings, and Cyrus White, who feels disconnected from the world around him. It explains why I relate so much to the outcasts in stories, like Nico di Angelo and Adam Parrish. And not just any outcasts. The outcasts who feel lonely. Inferior. Scared.

And now there’s New Zealand. I love New Zealand. I really do. I love how friendly and laid back every one is. I love how people say Kiwis are backward – backward? In what? Fashion? Well, I really couldn’t care less. I’m happy with my shopping choices! I love how I was drawing in the front yard one cold day and a passerby asked me if I was okay. I love how the year I went to primary school, the girls flocked to me – the new kid – like they all wanted to be my BFF. I love listening to the radio and hearing the DJ’s Kiwi accent and all the hilarious ads. I love that we have freedom in this country, for free speech, homeschooling, religion, living the lives we want to lead. I love that the National Party legalised same sex marriage in 2013. I love how strong the LGBTQ+ support group is here. I love my new school and how accepting everyone is of people of different nationalities, cultures, and sexual orientations.

I love my country and I would love roots here, but roots take time to grow. It’s not just gonna happen overnight.

I will definitely research other people’s cultures and do my best to represent people of different cultures from me accurately. But I can’t forget the people like me. The outsiders. The people with a blank line on their sheet. The people torn between the Yankees and the All Blacks. The people who grew up in a single box. I can’t forget because it’s a part of me. And I don’t think that will ever quite stop seeping into my literature.

***Why have I written this? All my life, I’ve been struggling with the thought of who I am, where I’m from, and who I want to be. I wouldn’t say I’m bitter about my life. This is who I am and it’s okay. But I won’t deny I feel a little sad about it sometimes. I often feel lonely and inferior and scared. Writing my thoughts is how I come to understand them and come to terms with my life.

Beautiful People #5 (Author Edition)

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This month’s Beautiful People is about authors! Which means I’m going to be talking about … yes. Me. Brace yourselves.

1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?

I’ve written ever since I learned my letters, I think, but my first “novel” (I mean, I thought it was long enough at the time) I wrote at eleven. At the time, it was always “When I’m older, I want to be a writer.” When I was 15, I realised, “Why not call myself a writer now? After all, I write. Writers are people who write. I = writer.”

2. How/why did you start writing?

I’ve always had stories to tell, but it was my sister who inspired me to write them down. When I was eleven and she fifteen, she sat down to write a novel and I thought it looked fun. Five years later, I’m still writing. She is, sadly, not, but she still tells me her stories sometimes and they’re pretty awesome.

3. What’s your favorite part of writing?

I love being able to translate the stories in my head into something concrete. I love just spending time with my characters. But most of all, I love how they take over the story, having their own conversations and their own goals, often separate from what I imagined. When they grow a mind of their own … that’s the amazing part.

4. What’s your biggest writing struggle?

Procrastination. Always procrastination.

After that, it’s that I struggle to match my writing to the vision in my head. It always falls short. I guess it means I have to work harder at it and that means perseverance is another of my struggles.

Pacing is another of my problems. I make things happen way too quickly.

5. Do you write best at night or day?

I’m not allowed to stay up late but I do prefer to write in the evening (7-9 PM) or the early morning (5-8AM), because there’s less going on, making it easier to concentrate, and dimness helps me get into the writing mood.

6. What does your writing space look like? (Feel free to show us pictures!)

I either write at the computer desk or on my bed. Picture below. Feast your eyes.

Yeah ... the sheets are pretty wrinkled ...
Yeah … the sheets are pretty wrinkled …

7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft?

It depends how much I procrastinate or if I’ve got a deadline. I’d say, one month, because I do work best with a closer deadline, and NaNoWriMo is always good encouragement.

8. How many projects do you work on at once?

I usually just work on one. I need to really be immersed in my world/characters to write my novels so writing a few novels at once makes me feel split. Usually, I’ll be more invested in one and the other will suffer.

9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between?

Somewhere in between. I love a good cry and sad endings always touch me in a way happy endings can’t. At the same time, I don’t want to write something completely hopeless. I believe there’s always hope.

10. List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey.

Reading Louisa May Alcott and Lucy Maud Montgomery got me into writing historical “domestic” fiction (I was about 11-14) at this time. I also wrote more action oriented historical (like, war and stuff), inspired, I think, by all those American history books I was reading.

J. R. R. Tolkien (more specifically, The Lord of the Rings) gave me a massive book hangover and inspired me to write fantasy. Thus began a fantasy phase that continues to today. The beginnings of my novel Grey Wars date back to that time.

11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?

Rarely, because my writing almost never matches up to my vision. I want to be sure if people read my writing, it’s the best I can make it.

12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?

I want to write a book that matches the vision in my head. If I can do that, I will be … overjoyed. More than that. It’s definitely my writing dream.

(I would like to get traditionally published and have someone fall in love with my book. But that’s all secondary.)

13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?

Ha! If I didn’t write, I’d have a lot of extra time. I would 1. meet people (I’m very extroverted, if shy) 2. play, sing, and write music (am I still allowed to write music?) 3. practice the drums and the piano 4. study debate 5. read (of course)

I try to do these things anyway.

14. Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet?

Definitely. There’s the story of my heart (see below). Also I want to someday write about people who are cursed to be unable to sense anyone else. It’d be interesting because everyone would have to try and break the curse by his/herself. The reason I’m not writing it? I have no idea how to break the curse.

15. Which story has your heart and won’t let go?

Definitely Grey Wars. I formed the idea when I was thirteen and have been working on it on and off ever since. It won’t go away. It won’t stop pestering me. I love it so much. If I could only choose one novel to write, this would be it, even though I’m currently so overwhelmed by the plot holes, I’ve put it on hold. I feel like it’s worth my time. It’s worth the blood, sweat, and tears. But it’s not really about being worth it. It’s that I never fail to find joy in writing this story. I still love spending time with these characters, even after all these months. It might not be a great story but it, or more specifically, the characters have my heart.

I might not even ever publish it. It might be a little too close to my heart for me to send it out into the world. But I’ll never stop chiseling away at it. I’ll never stop going on adventures with my characters.

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Are you taking part in Beautiful People (Authors Edition)? Share your link in the comments! And what story has your heart?

The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

Found this over at The Book Chewers.

Image credit to Vive-Le-Rock on DeviantArt
Image credit to Vive-Le-Rock on DeviantArt

1. Greed. What’s your most inexpensive book? What’s your most expensive book?

Confession: I never buy books. All the books I have were gifts from friends or my parents. The rest I borrow from the library. I did once buy three notebooks for $10. And that’s about it.

2. Wrath. What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Um, Victor Hugo maybe? I’ve only ever read one of his books (Les Miserables) but it’s so long, it probably counts for a few. I LOVE Les Mis, but Hugo likes to go off on long tangents, which I do not like,  about politics and France.

3. Gluttony. What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

I read The Book Thief three times. I read Pride and Prejudice four or five times. No regrets.

4. Sloth. What book have you neglected due to laziness?

Maybe The Daughter of Smoke and Bone sequels? I love the first book. I somehow am not requesting the next books from the library. I don’t quite understand why, since I definitely do want to read them.

5. Pride. What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

I’ve read a lot of classics so this is a hard question for me. I’ll have to go with Animal Farm and To Kill a Mockingbird because most people seem to have studied them in high school.

6. Lust. What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?

Good sense of humor. Cool, laidback demeanour. I do tend to like the “bad boys”, although as Cait says in her post^^, that probably doesn’t translate to real life.

7. Envy. What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

The Book Thief. Or the Percy Jackson or Heroes of Olympus books. (Sorry! I’m just kind of obsessed with them right now!)

 

2015

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New Year Resolutions are kind of a tradition. And I enjoy making them. But this year, I won’t be holding myself too closely to my goals. I want to specialise in my schoolwork this year and spend the rest of my time generally relaxing and spending time with friends and family.

I suppose those are resolutions in themselves, huh?

1. Graduate this year with good grades
2. Spend time with friends and family
3. Take risks (which include, among other things, walking up to strangers and saying hello, making new friends, and stopping the pernicious habit of pretending not to see other people. I am soooo guilty of this.)
4. Read at least 12 books.
5. Finish Heroes of Olympus. (That’s not a resolution, actually. It’s just something that’s gonna happen.)
6. Finish my novel World Warriors #1
7. (In an ideal world) finish writing the entire World Warriors trilogy.
8. Learn some netball.
9. Start a bank account.
10. Publish at least 52 blog posts.
11. Laugh … at myself and life … and live the life I dream
12. Don’t look back.