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Thursday, December 15, 2011


Well, kind of.

Side note: Yes, I'm still alive. Yes, I neglected this blog.

Anyways, I was just posting to say that I started a new blog that I may or may not keep up with. But I'll try. And hopefully it'll turn out better than this one has.
The first post is up, and I have two books that I need to review, three more on my desk to read and likely review, and a post on Harry Potter that I'm planning for after I finish the seventh book. So if nothing else, lots of book reviews coming soon! =P

Sunday, October 30, 2011


269. sunsets in the rearview mirror

270. bonfire weather

271. the smell of fire

272. books with good quotes on every page

273. variety in a week

274. visitors

275. big hills covered in golden and copper trees

276. a hunger for learning

277. foreign languages

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

In which I feel bad that I never post anything good here, and resolve to fix that, starting with this:

So, there's this link-up called Beautiful People, and I participated once on my short-lived writing blog. Awesomely (yes, that's a word; spellcheck says so) enough, the challenge this month is to answer all of the questions in the archives in preparation for NaNoWriMo.

NaNo prep? Heck yeah.
And yeah, I totally made up half of this as I went along.

Seeing as I've only bothered with one major character (Rowena is going to stay a mystery until I get that far... the other characters aren't developed because I haven't gotten around to working on them. Fail, I know.), that's the one I'm using. After I work on the others I'll see about doing another post about them.

March 2011
What is their full name?
Aidan. If he has a last name, I haven't the foggiest idea what it is.
Does his or her name have a special meaning? Nope.
Does your character have a methodical or disorganized personality? Yes. =P Methodical to the point of disorganization.
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?) Friends? What friends? He talks out loud to himself, you mean.
Is there something he or she is afraid of? People dying and not being able to do anything about it.
Does he or she write, dream, dance, sing, or photograph? He flies a sky-ship by himself and keeps the world from falling apart. That's plenty to keep him from getting bored, don't you think?

What is his or her favorite book? (or genre of books) Nonfiction.
Who is his or her favorite author and/or someone that inspires him or her? I don't have a clue.
Favorite flavor of ice cream? chocolate brownie something-or-other
Favorite season of the year? autumn

April 2011
How old is he/she? I'm still trying to figure out that part.
What does he/she do with his/her spare time? Travels. Ancient Rome and Victorian-era England are a couple favorites.
Does he/she see the big picture or live in the moment? You don't really get to live in the moment when you time-travel.
Is he/she a perfectionist? Not by any stretch of the imagination.
What does her handwriting look like? (round, slanted, curly, skinny, sloppy, neat, decorative, etc.) Digital. I'm sure if he ever writes something, it looks elegant, but he'd rather use a computer.
Favorite animal? Sea slugs. War elephants.
Does he/she have any pets? I wouldn't call it a pet, really... more of a little metal bug that he talks to. A little walking external hard drive that he uses to record his thoughts and to keep himself from going insane.
Does he/she have any siblings? How many? Where does he/she fit in? Apparently he has a younger brother somewhere that I wasn't previously aware of.
Does he/she have a 'life verse' and if so what is it? Can't say that he does. Still working on that part too.
Favorite writing utensil? recorded voice

May 2011
What type of laugh does he/she have? Like a mad hatter. Loud and maniacal. Not that he even finds something funny; he just likes freaking people out.
Who is his/her best friend? that little metal bug, sad enough
What is his/her family like? He lives with his aunt and uncle. His immediate family all disappeared, so he really doesn't know.
Is he/she a Christian, or will he/she eventually find Jesus? Still working out how that'll all tie in...
Does he/she believe in fairies? Do they threaten to take over the world or some other such cliche? If not, he probably could care less.
Does he/she like hedgehogs? They're creepy. Like ferrets.
Favorite kind of weather? Nice sailing weather. A warm breeze that threatens to lull you to sleep. Sunshine. Color.
Does he/she have a good sense of humor? If so what kind? (Slapstick, wit, sarcasm, etc.?) Sarcasm, heavily. Interesting ways of seeings things.
How did he/she do in school, or any kind of education they might have had. Typical education; went to time-traveler school later on. Or something weird like that.
Any strange hobbies? Bounty hunting counts, right?

June 2011
What kind of music does he/she like? whatever happens to fit
Does he/she like to go outside? Indubitably.
Is he/she naturally curious? Observant, more.
Right, or left handed? Left. For no particular reason other than I felt like it.
Favorite color? Green. No idea why.
Where is he/she from? Another crucial detail that I need to figure out. For plot purposes, I would think it's somewhere on Earth, but I've yet to figure out where exactly.
Any enemies? Yep. If you were told to go after someone who was breaking time-laws, you'd have a few enemies too.
What are his/her quirks? Where shall I even begin...
What kinds of things get on his/her nerves? People who are too worried about themselves, and the here and now, to worry about other people or times. People who care nothing for history, who don't understand that we don't live in a little glass bubble. And various other odd habits that people used to have way back when.
Is he/she independent, or needs others to help out? Highly independent.

July 2011
What is his/her biggest secret? He walks around singing loudly, off-key, when no one is around. O.o
Has he/she ever been in love? He'd never allow it.
What is his/her comfort food? It's food; anything works. Except odd things, like animals that should never be considered edible by a human being.
Does he/she play a musical instrument? If so, what? I've just decided he plays piano. (You heard that, right, Aidan? Get over there and get started. I may decide to give you a reason to use it.)
What colour are his/her eyes? Hair? grey eyes; I want to say blond hair, but I may make him a redhead for no reason at all.
Does he/she have any pets? I definitely already answered this one.
What is his/her favorite place to be? In the sky, where no other human being is around. In the middle of a crowd, where he doesn't feel alone.
What are some of his/her dreams or goals? Find his parents and brother. Keep the world from unraveling. Typical little details as such.
Does he/she enjoy sports? nope
What is his/her favorite flower or plant? a white rose

August 2011

What is their biggest accomplishment? bringing in rogue time-travelers
What is one of their strongest childhood memories? that faint memory he has from long ago of his parents smiling down at him (yeah, I said faint... but even then it never goes away)
What is their favorite food? whatever is edible
Do they believe in love at first sight? definitely not.
What kind of home do they live in? a pirate ship
What do they like to wear? something comfortable and practical; and something that doesn't stand out is also helpful
What would they do if they discovered they were dying? probably laugh and not believe it
What kind of holidays, or traditions do they celebrate? haven't a clue
What do your other characters have to say about them? He's insane. Dead. Cunning. Intriguing.
If they could change one thing in their world, what would it be? He'd figure out what happened to his family.

September 2011
Do they have any habits, annoying or otherwise? Talking with his mouth full is pretty typical, I would think. Singing loudly and obnoxiously. Pacing up and down the deck of his ship out of boredom (how he gets bored I'll never know).
What is their backstory and how does it affect them now? I think I've repeated the whole "family is gone" thing about a hundred times now, right? But anyhow, he doesn't believe what he was told about his parents being dead and his younger brother joining some kind of rebellion (wait, when did that happen?). Along with looking for them, he's afraid anyone else he trusts will leave him too. Or they'll die right in front of him.

How do they show love? By running them off so they don't get hurt.
How competitive are they? You get that way, hunting fugitives.
What do they think about when nothing else is going on? Why bother? People will tear the world apart with their silliness someday anyway.
Do they have an accent? Yep, but I dunno what.
What is their station in life? Time-traveling sky pirate bounty hunter. =P
What do others expect from them? Don't die.
Where were they born, and when? Somewhere, at some point in time.
How do they feel about people in general? They're fragile. And kind of stupid.

And last but not least, one-and-a-half hours later, this month's questions:

Sum up your novel in five words or less. "I really have no idea."
Novel title? I'm currently working on that too. (wow... there's a lot I need to work on O.o)

Sum up your main character(s) in one word each. Awesome.

Advice for newbies in three words? "Just keep swimming."

Tell us about your secondary characters, how do they affect the story? What secondary characters? :S

Do you plan to stay up till midnight on the 31st? I'd stay up whether it was NaNo or not, but yes of course.

How many years have you done NaNo? This'll be mah third.

What came first, characters, or plot idea? Characters. Specifically, this awesome dude that I've over-thought about for the last 90 minutes.

How much prep do you do before November? Enough that I have a general idea of what need to happen in the story, but not so much that I can't go off and do something random and crazy.

Now be honest, how do you really feel about NaNo? "Let's do this thing!"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Whose idea was it for me to go to the library?!

...oh wait, that was me.
And we're going to ignore the fact that I have 3 more books on my desk waiting to be read now, all from the "children's" section.

See, my siblings claim they don't like reading, because there are no good books.
I fixed that problem. XD

Even in our tiny library we ended up with 15 books total, and I didn't even look past the children's section because I knew that number could get way too big, and I still have the Left Behind series to read.

I think Melissa and Jason have just been converted to the bookworm side. Granted, some of those books were comic books, but I think I have dragged them over into this reading thing just the same. ;D

Saturday, October 15, 2011


261. staring out the window before Sunday school, listening to Casting Crowns and watching the trees dance

262. soft wind blowing through the window at just the right temperature

263. learning something new about something you've read multiple times

264. hearing/playing country songs that I haven't heard in years

265. the black silhouette of trees against a sunrise

266. listening to country music really early in the morning

267. thick, warm jackets

268. slip-on shoes

Friday, October 14, 2011

Project 365, take 2. (Day 48)

Resale stores FTW =D

Today I filled out more job applications... and at this point I don't even remember how many I'm up to now.
Thankfully at least a few places are for sure hiring *right now* so I hope one of 'em will call me soon.

Other than that, I found a Pokemon blanket at one store, and O Brother, Where Art Thou (which I haven't seen in forever) at another when I brought some books there on consignment.

Kind of sad, though... finally found a decent bookstore (where I found the Spanish book), but of course they're getting ready to close.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Project 365, take 2. (Days 46 and 47)

Confession: No... this isn't actually from yesterday. I don't remember which day this week it's from.

And now I'm just sitting here on the computer. Typical evening.
Just, y'know... getting ready for NaNoWriMo, thinking about watching a movie...
Being stalker-ish...
y'know. ;D

Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo? 
(username, please! :D I need to add people once the writing buddies thing is working again)

Also, I need some new movies to watch.
So suggestions, please? :D


Last week, I listed a few things on Etsy. I mentioned it on Twitter, but posting about it here slipped my mind. So, here you go: Point35Studio. Hopefully if things go well, I'll add a few more things later. I guess we'll see how it goes :D