Rising Author Tag

Heyo, everybody! 😀

Before I continue, I must apologize for not having any Tuesday posts recently. It’s the end of the school year for me, which means last unit tests, finals, eth. So you might have to wait a bit for the next few chapters of Dream Whispers, but fear not! They’ll eventually be there!

Anyway, today’s post is another tag, the second one I’ve done. I got the Rising Author tag from R.M. Archer’s blog, Scribes and Archers. Go give it a look-see, and subscribe to her if you like it!

Curiously enough, this tag has no rules. So onward!

1. What is the weirdest thing someone has ever said to you about your writing?

So I posted something that I wrote called “Normal” on a teen writing site (Write The World, go check it out!). I got some comments, some likes, etc., but the weirdest thing I got on it was (in caps), “Normal is a setting on a washer/dryer!”

It was clearly meant as a good thing, but boy, did it sound weird. XD

2. What is the worst thing you ever wrote?

Oh, gosh. Since I’ve been writing since I was about 8 years old, there’s a LOT of awful things I’ve written! But for this, I think it’s tied between:

  • Vac Attack; a story about vacuums, of all things, taking over the planet. I wrote it when I was 9 and it included everything from a “life chip” (invented by an average 9 year old *facepalm) to the American President.
  • Royal Disaster/Banquet Gone Wrong; a play I wrote at age 11. It was about the British Royal family being spies and having to catch a criminal. Somehow it was all resolved within 10 minutes (micro-play?) and it was AWFUL. XD

Both of these could totally be good, so it was mostly just the execution of them.

3. What is the most awkward scene you’ve ever written?

Umm…Probably any scenes with Lynn and Ross in The Game.

It’s my main WIP right now and the first one I hope to publish, but it’s also the first one I’ve written with even a slight romance in it. So that’s hard. XD

4. On a scale from 1 to 10, how often do you end up writing more than 3 chapters of the stories you start?

4! 😂 I have infinite ideas and not enough time to write ’em! This, of course, results in many unfinished WIP’s and an an entire computer folder filled with ideas.

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

I think description. It’s always been my problem. I’m a poet, for gosh sake. I should be able to do description like a charm!

6. When you look back at your early writing pieces, what’s one thing you can see you’ve improved in?

In Vac Attack (see #3), I had a run on sentence that lasted, no joke, 3 lines. I’m very glad to say I don’t do that anymore! XD I think I’ve also greatly improved my plotting.

7. How do you name characters?

A lot of the time, I’ll put a placeholder name and after a while I either grow to like it or it grows to fit the character (like Rosie in Amber). Other times I’ll Google “list of *gender* names”, scroll through, and let my character tell me which one fits. Other times the name will just appear along with the character.

8. If you had to pick one genre to write in forever, what would it be?

Probably mystery! Oh, and also Middle Grade for books. If scripts, no clue. XD

9. Which of your characters do you feel most guilty about?

Cassidy Jessen in The Game, I think. Or maybe Albany Corla. Cassidy’s trials haven’t exactly started yet, as they’re in the next book, but Albany has already been kidnapped (twice), and there’ll be more in the next book! *teardrop*

10. Which of your characters deserves everything you’ve given them?

Robin Jores, also in The Game. Long story short, she betrayed the whole group after a month. After Lynn found out, she “disowned” her, sort of.

She definitely deserved it. But forgiveness was given, and she’ll still play a part in the next book.

11. Do you ever feel guilty about things happening to your characters?

Is that really a question?? Six words: Silas Delarane in Hide and Seek. He’s my favorite character I’ve ever written, but his character arc (mildly Tony Stark-like) requires him to have an incredibly hard backstory and life.

My poor Silas. I hope you have a decent life after I’m done with you. XD


I’ll add two questions to this tag: What is the strangest quirk you’ve ever given a character? How many WIPs do you have right now?

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Bye!

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These Are A Few of My Favorite Things…

Everyone has those things that they like, right? Hobbies, movies, people they’ll never meet…no, I’m just kidding. That would be weird.

Anyway, today’s post will be a list of things that I’m loving right now reading-and-writing-wise, along with links so that you can try them too if you’ve got interest!

Onward!

Fade In

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Fade In is a screenwriting software. Instead of having to take care of all the very (very, very) confusing formatting that goes into a screenplay, Fade In takes care of it for you. I’ve been using it recently to write scripts for short films, and it has been immensely helpful!

The downside is that unless you want to/are able to pay for the full version, you’ll have to use the “demo”. But I’ve been using it for a month or two now, and it’s worked just fine! 🙂 Most of the features are the same, as far as I can tell, and you wouldn’t be missing much by not buying the full version.

Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson

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If you’ve read Anne of Green Gables and/or any of the sequels, I think you’ll like this book! Before Green Gables is a prequel to the original Anne book, and it tells Anne’s story from the very beginning of her life to the start of Anne of Green Gables. I read it all in one sitting; it was just that good.

It’s written beautifully, and it really does manage to capture Anne’s spirit. I loved how it went into the perspectives of her foster parents sometimes as well as Anne’s own. It even told about her “imaginary friends” and how they came to be! I highly recommend it. 😀

Paint 3-D

This is only available for Microsoft computers (sorry, Mac users!), but it’s an amazing app that allows you to create most anything. I’ve used it to design three characters so far using the available models and paints.

My characters from left to right: Felicity dancing, Felicity, Daniel, and Elliot

Now, it takes some getting used to. But there’s a lot of features like models, stickers, text, and paints, and all of them can help you flesh out your character’s looks!


Well, that’s all for today. 😀 Oh, one more thing!

Like I said above, I’m writing several short films right now, and one of them is near done. So I started a GoFundMe campaign to get it funded! Any and all help with this is appreciated, whether it’s sharing it online, telling others about it, or actually donating. You can also follow the Instagram page I made for it.

Okay, that’s actually all now, haha! Thanks for reading, and feel free to check back every Tuesday and Friday (or better yet, subscribe!) for new posts twice a week.

Dream Whispers: Chapter Five: Rhapsody

“Rhapsody Gray!”

Yep, that’s me. Rhapsody. I can’t believe my parents thought it was a good idea to name me that. I’m one of the nightmares, for Pete’s sake. You know, dark choppy hair, always wears black. Ridiculous.

Oop, got to go.

“What is the purpose of this meeting?”

I scheduled an appointment with the Elders of the Dreams today to ensure my status as a nightmare, just so I don’t end up getting sent to some fluffy, pink-loving little girl’s house to give her “sweet dreams”. I tell them so.

“Patience, dear,” the Head Elder says. “It is all in order. It will be but a few more days before you begin. You must leave it be until you are summoned.”

I sigh. “Yeah, okay. Could you please hurry up, though? If I have to do one more night of cotton candy dreams I think I’m gonna puke.”

A different Elder, a fellow nightmare, arches an eyebrow. “Doubtful,” she says. “I comitted a dream crime and was sentenced to do that very thing for many years, yet I survived. Nearly learned to enjoy it.”

“Whatever you say,” I say, and turn to leave. As I walk out the door, I pass a guy named Mavi toting a little girl along. He’s pretty pale in the face, and so’s the girl. “Good luck,” I tell him as we pass. “Looks like you’ll need it.”

He nods shortly and enters the room. I’m suddenly overtaken with a strong urge to listen to his conversation. Why is he so nervous?

“Mavi Brinkley, Aislin Keene.” an Elder says. “Neither of you have an appointment.”

“No, sir, I-I don’t. But it’s an emergency.” Mavi’s voice is trembling.

“Proceed.”

“Well, my sister Idola and Aislin, they went on an Imbuement, but Aislin came back alone. She said Idola went to be a dream and then she disappeared.”

Idola’s gone? No! Even I look up to Idola. She was my leader back before I became a nightmare, and she was awesome. I hate to think of her being in trouble.

Suddenly Aislin’s small, but ridiculously loud, voice rings through the chamber, spouting words almost without pause. “She went into somebody’s head and now she’s gone! She didn’t come back after ten minutes like she said she would and before she went in she told me to be really careful. But then she disappeared and I came back to get Mavi because he’s her brother and…and…” she pauses for breath, and an Elder stops her from continuing.

“Okay, Aislin. We understand. Do you remember the location you were in? The child you were imbuing?”

“I think she was 3 years old. Something like that. And she was in a crib. But that was all I could see.”

Oh, shoot, I know what’s happened. I know exactly what it is. She’s gotten to my sister, and she isn’t supposed to dream, ever. The Elders warned every dream not to go to my house even for my parents because my sister’s dangerous. She traps dreams without meaning to.

And she’s got Idola.

Book Haul!

Hey, everyone! I’m back again. Apologies for the brief week-long hiatus I took last week. I was super busy. Anyway, on to the post!

A few weeks ago, my family took a trip to Omaha, Nebraska over Spring Break, and while we were there we discovered the most fantastic little book store. They had plenty of books (of course, I guess XD) and they weren’t too badly priced. Therefore, today’s post will be a book haul!


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet Book 1) by [L'Engle, Madeleine]

I absolutely flipped out when I saw this book on the shelves. It’s my second favorite book of all time, though I never managed to get into the sequels. I really tried, I swear! XD

Summary (via Google): A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.


Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451: A Novel

This is one that’s been on my TBR for a LONG time. I’m definitely looking forward to it!

Summary (via Google): Set in the 24th century, Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of the protagonist, Guy Montag. At first, Montag takes pleasure in his profession as a fireman, burning illegally owned books and the homes of their owners. However, Montag soon begins to question the value of his profession and, in turn, his life.

The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)

The third book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series! Despite the title, it’s a really great series (especially if you enjoy Lemony Snicket’s dry humor!). This was one of my favorite books in the series and one of the few we didn’t own yet, so I had to buy it.

Summary: After the fiascos of their last two guardians, the Baudelaires are now placed with their Aunt Josephine, a strange, fearful woman who lives in a house on the edge of a cliff. While there, they meet an even stranger boat captain and discover new, even bigger secrets.

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

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Another favorite! This is the second book in the Giver quartet, my favorite series of all time. Lois Lowry is a brilliant writer and it shines through easily in this series.

Summary (not very good, apologies.): Gathering Blue is the second book in The Giver Quartet. It follows a girl named Kira, a girl with a crippled leg that should have kept her from surviving.
Now her mother, Katrina is dead of a mysterious illness, and Kira faces judgment from the Council of the Guardians, since her lame leg hinders self-sufficiency and makes her a burden to her society. She is afraid that she will be sent to her death in the Field, but her remarkable skill at embroidery saves her. Instead, she will remain under the protection of the Guardians, and her only task will be to mend, maintain and eventually further embellish the robe of the Singer, the individual who sings annually the history of her people.

The People of Sparks by Jean Duprau

The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau - Used (Acceptable) - 0375928243 by Random House Children's Books | Thriftbooks.com

Another sequel…XD I think I’ve got a problem here! But I really loved the first book and I’ve read it more than once, so when I saw this one at the store as a sequel, I knew I had to get it.

Summary (via Goodreads): Lina and Doon have emerged to the new world above, and it isn’t long before they are followed by the other inhabitants of Ember. But the town’s resources are limited and it isn’t long before resentment begins to grow between the two groups. (Gee, thanks, Goodreads, for the fantastically detailed description. 😂)


My list concluded, I must end the post here. It’s much longer than normal anyway, haha! I hope you decide to read some of these books. Thanks for reading, and feel free to come back every Tuesday and Friday (or better yet, subscribe!) for new posts twice a week. 🙂

Dream Whispers: Chapter Four: Mavi

Just as I’m circling the mark on my knee (it’s quite inconvenient, really), a small someone bursts into the clearing where all the dreams are gathered and falls over for a second. I assume it’s just someone who arrived late, but she stands quickly and runs up to me instead.

“Mavi!” she cries. Now I recognize her as Aislin, a little girl who arrived just last week. “Mavi, it’s Idola. She’s gone. She went to be somebody’s dream but now she’s gone.”

The color leaves my face, but I try to stay calm. Idola? As in, my sister Idola? “Aislin, what happened? What happened? You have to try and calm down a little so I can find out what happened.”

She takes a deep breath and begins to speak a little more slowly. “W-we went to somebody’s house and she went to be somebody’s dream. She disappeared to go be the dream, but she said it wouldn’t take long and then she never came back out! And now she’s gone and I think something happened to her! And you’re her brother so I thought I would tell you so you can come help.”

Oh, no, I think. I know what’s happened. And it isn’t good.

I straighten up and take Aislin’s hand. “Come with me, Aislin,” I tell the girl. “We’ve got to go see the Elders. They’ll know what to do.”

Writing Music

What’s something you just can’t live without? For me, that something would be music. I have it playing at all times, whether I’m doing school (#homeschoollife), writing, or just playing around. This specific post will be focusing on the music I use during writing! 🙂


My Character Playlists

Most of the music I listen to is found in the huge mix of Spotify playlists I dig through about once a month. After I find songs, I mix them into a new playlist named after one of my characters.

The songs in these playlists are always songs that I think “fit” the character themselves or their character arc. Some of my favorites I’ve found are OneRepublic’s I Lived, Sara Bareilles’ song King of Anything, and Dancing on Glass by St. Lucia.

Specific Artists

When I’m not listening to one of my character playlists, I’m probably playing a specific artist that I like. These can range from:

  • Kodaline (favorite album: Politics of Living)
  • The Lumineers (favorite album: The Lumineers)
  • Francesca Battistelli (favorite album: If We’re Honest)
  • Adele (favorite album: 19)
  • Any movie/play soundtrack (some of my favorites are Phantom of the Opera and Glass)

These are just some of my favorites, though. There’s tons more!


I’m sorry about the brief post! I forgot to post on Friday and then I was unable to yesterday due to a writing conference. 🙂 I just wanted to be sure you got SOMETHING before next Tuesday, you know?

Anyway, that’s all for now, folks. Feel free to leave a like and a comment if you liked it, and be sure to come back every Tuesday and Friday (or better yet, subscribe!) for new posts twice a week. Thanks for reading! 😀

Dream Whispers: Chapter Three: Idola

“No speaking, Aislin,” I say in a hushed voice. “We can’t risk disturbing her.”

I’ve been assigned to take Aislin, who just came into the knowledge of her dreamship last week, on her first Imbuement. So far it’s not going very well. This house is one I’ve been told never to go to. But the mark is the one that decides where we go and this is where it brought us, so this is where we shall go.

The child in the crib stirs, and I shiver, hesitantly taking Aislin closer. She appears very excited, no doubt thinking this is just like any other Imbuement. But she could not be further from the truth.

We’ve reached the crib now, and my heartbeat is rising. I’ve never been this close before. “Watch now,” I say. “I can only do this once.” She nods, and I begin. I gently touch the child’s forehead, and though she moves and I shiver again, she doesn’t wake. After a moment, a small glowing mark identical to mine appears where I’ve touched and I am gone from the room.

Aislin gasps. “Idola, where did you go?”

I smile, but I can’t respond, for now I’m inside the conciousness of the child in the crib, unable to see outside.

I look around. I’m surrounded by thoughts and memories, things I see every night, but always different. This child, who I’ve always feared, has surprisingly normal thoughts. Memories of her birthday party two days ago, thoughts of the teddy bear she left downstairs before bed, the reminder of her first day of school in the morning.

Why was I told to stay away from her? She seems harmless. Oh well. Time to begin. Surrounding myself with the nearest thoughts, I close my eyes. I string them together in my mind, and they become a brief story that will last for 10 minutes. I smile.

Now that the dream is started, I must remain for the full 10 minutes so that the dream can take effect. The story will start a chain reaction, and the child’s memories will do the rest of the work.

I can hear Aislin shuffling around the room outside of the girl’s mind, and I hope she isn’t doing anything she shouldn’t be. After removing the thought from my head, I let it wander. I put together little dreams for myself from my own memories, and it passes the time.

Finally the ten minutes are over, and I’m free to leave her mind. Closing my eyes and tracing my mark, I should be back in the room now. But when I reopen my eyes, I’m still in the child’s head. Why am I still here? I think. I try again to leave, but it still doesn’t work.

Suddenly a horrible realization washes over me. The Elders of the Dreams told me when I turned 16 that this house was risky for a reason. This child, since birth, has claimed dreams, trapping them in her mind.

And as stupid as I was, I came here and entered. And now she has me trapped.

My Apologies For The Lack of Posts

Hey, readers! 🙂

My school is weird. We’re having spring break this week instead of last week (like most schools XD). So my family is going on a trip this week, and I won’t be able to post anything on Friday or today. I would’ve been able to post something today, but I was tied up with preparations, ya know?

Thanks for your understanding! 🙂

Just A Bit of Art: Photography

I took this at a youth event while people were in the process of leaving. There’s some editing done (and obviously, a filter XD), but it’s mostly original. 🙂
One of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken of my sister!
One of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken, period!
This one is just a cute picture I took of my dog one day. 🙂

I hope you liked these pictures! 😀 They were really fun to take, and I hope you like seeing them.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today! If you like this post, feel free to return (or better yet, subscribe!) for posts every Tuesday and Friday. Check out My Post Schedule for more details. 🙂

Dream Whispers: Chapter Two: Aislin

Welcome back! 😀 This chapter is told from not Beatrix’s POV (see Chapter One), but from a different character’s perspective. A lot of the chapters will probably be told as such. However, it will return to Beatrix pretty often. Enjoy! 🙂


It’s 10:00, the last dream, Beatrix, has arrived, and it’s time to go out. My first Imbuement! How will it go? Will I do well?

The mark on my shoulder had always been there, but it was simply a birthmark to me and my family. But one day, I was home sick from school. Chicken pox, I think. I’d reached over to scratch it and ended up…here! I was a dream, a lovely sweet dream for a baby. It was funny that my parents named me Aislin, meaning “dream”.

I’m the youngest, however. At only 8 years old, I stand shorter than nearly everyone else. The only exception is a boy who never grew much taller than a big dog. I feel sorry for him, but he can’t help it.

“Come on, Aislin,” someone else says. “It’s time to go.” Because of my age, I’ve been placed with an older dream named Idola. She’s got light blue hair, and she’s much older than most of us. I think she’s going to join the Motherhood for older dreams soon.

I resist the urge to jump up and down and stand up, taking Idola’s hand. Idola closes her eyes and begins to trace her mark, conveniently located on her hand, and draws several shapes around it. Within seconds, we are inside a small room with a crib and a rocking chair.