Thursday, November 28, 2013

Things I Have Learnt (So Far)

It's day 16 of writing Whispers, and if I had been writing for NaNo, I would have hit the half way mark yesterday. Sadly, I was not able to participate in NaNo, as my exams were at the start of November, and I had no idea what I would write. I have borrowed some of their tips though, and have been drinking a lot of coffee. That could explain why I haven't been sleeping so well.

Anyway.

Like I said in and earlier post, I have learnt a lot from writing Whispers. Whispers is a coming of age story - of sorts. As my (an Hunter's) birthday draws closer, and I prepare to start school again after 4 years of home school, I realised if I was ever going to chase my dream of writing a complete manuscript, I needed to do it now.

That brings me to the first thing I have learnt. I apologise in advance if I bore you, or you have already learnt these things.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Why I Love Summer, and You Should To - By Hunter

Hi y'all, Im Hunter 
Hi, I'm Hunter - and this is my Mum's blog. When I say mum, I mean like my human mum. Cause my real mum was a long haired ginger cat. I had lots of brothers and sisters once, but mum and aunty (mums sister) only took me and Tigger. Now Tigger's gone too, he passed away :( I'm a runt, so I haven't really gotten that big. I like to sleep, eat and stalk Black Berry. I'm pretty smart for a cat. I've worked out that if I scratch the couch, mum feeds me, and if I give a nice long, loud meow, I get cuddles. 


Sup! Its been a while. Summer is awesome. I Love it and You Should to (mummy!)!


Imagine Dragons

Because I'm so obsessed with Imagine Dragons right now, I felt I really should do a post of my favourite songs by them. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

What is Whispers?

Well, my WIP (work in progress) is tracking along, today is day 13 since the idea struck, and I have about 24,000 words.

Anyway, people have been asking me what Whispers is really about. I'm very protective of my first drafts; I always have been, although I used to read them out loud to my parents and sister. I don't even do that anymore. The reason for this is that as I got older, my stories become a lot more emotional, and although it sounds strange, I became shy.

Music Monday: Amsterdam


Do you know what I am completely obsessed with right now (apart from my WIP, horses and iced coffee)? Imagine Dragons. In fact, I've have been listening to them so much, I'm considering putting them in the acknowledgements for my WIP. I think I might have an Imagine Dragons issue.  Seriously, there is just something so great about these guys.
I love their sound! Ohmygosh they're so good I almost nothing to say but listen!

You'll probably hear me again next week talking about them.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Where from here?

Today I attended a craft group for homeschool girls that runs every two weeks. My mother helps run the group, hence the reason I still attend. Anyway, what has been striking me a lot this year as I have matured is that the other girls may age are different.  There's always been a difference, but now its big. I have one or two good friends as a result of this. And they don't even attend the group.

The girls are all nice, (to a point of common courtesy, some of them I will never be close to) and I would consider them as friends, or distance friends.  There are 3 things that have become very clear to me.



  • They have no plans for the future.
When you ask them what they want to do at uni, you will get a blank stare or 'I don't know' or 'thats ages away'. Now, I don't have a sure idea about what I want to do, but I know what I'm interested, so I  know what kind of exams I need to take.  I think about it. They are just hanging out until they are 16, so they can get correspondence school. And even then, they don't really know what subjects they'll take then. 

  • They talk about boys. A lot. 
Most of their conversation has to do with boys. Which I don't really understand. It's nice they'd like to get married, but its not likely that they will marry someone they know now.  It also goes in circles, this guessing of which boy likes who, and who they think are cute. I couldn't care less, and there are many, many more important things in this world to talk about.

  • They talk about other people. 
 Eleanor Roosevelt said "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people" and I believe this is true. I also consider it rude to discuss others behind their back. There's a difference between saying "Oh yes, Luna went there last summer for a holiday" and "Did you see what Luna wore yesterday?" Why does it matter what so-and-so said or did? Its not their life, and so-and-so can do whatever they like. 

I'm not saying I'm perfect, I'm just saying that we are very different. I have only started to notice it this year, and as a result, I drifted away from some of my friends and they drifted away from me. I have also become a bit of a hermit. But its ok, because mums enrolling me at a local high school on Monday, and I will have a new group of friends who will be like me.  

Finally. 


Amen. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Music Monday: Hall of Fame


I love this song, and its very inspiring :) 
Its by The Script ft. will.i.am. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Horse - Extract From My Newest Story

I don't like sharing my first drafts much, but this is a story that popped to mind yesterday, and it was begging to be written now. So I thought I would share it because I would like some feedback. This is only part of the first chapter :) 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

8 Ways to Stay Motivated About Writing



I have periods of ups and downs in my writing. Sometimes I can write 1000 words in one go - no problem. Other times I am exhausted at 42 words. I have noticed some things keep me going and motivated.


  • Stick to your word goal
Once you break it and say 'oh well, I don't need to write 1,000 words today'. You'll start adopting that attitude everyday. And thats not healthy for staying motivated. Force those words out. 
That saying, make sure to make manageable goals! 

  • Stop when you have heaps to write
What I mean is make it to your word goal, but don't write everything thats in your head. Because the next day you won't have anything to write. You'll be sitting there wondering what to write. Stop when you have ideas, and save them for the next day.

  • Write in an environment that supports you 
If you work best in noise - work in noise. If you need silence, work in silence. If you like to have music, have music! I've tried writing outside, but I get distracted (oh, pretty bird!). I find the best thing for me personally is to have music in my room with the door shut. 
If you have music, make it something that you can work alongside. I nearly always have either Put Your Hearts Up by Ariana Grande or On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons. Yes, over and over. And over. 

  • Have a word war
Even if its with yourself! I have 20 minute word wars with myself almost every night. It nearly always adds 400 words to my count. 

  • Join a community that supports you
Go Teen Writers are great. I wouldn't be writing without them. I have made some awesome internet friends, who share the same dreams as me. Also, they encourage me to keep going. 

  • Write about something you love
How are you going to write 50,000 words about something you don't love? Write something you would read. A book should be a labor of love, not a chore. If you don't love it, why are you writing it?

  • Heck, take a break! 
We are not machines! Take a day off once a week, or once every two weeks. Whatever suits you. Just don't fall in to taking long breaks that never end.


  • Never compare yourself to others
A few months ago I fell in to the trap of comparing myself to other people. I became rather depressed about my word count and story. When I read others books now, instead of being like 'Oh, I will never write something this good!' I know go 'Wow, they are amazing, and one day I will be too.'  


The most important thing is to remember that writing isn't a chore, so if you don't like it, don't force yourself to write. 

Happy writing! :) 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Music Monday: Forgiveness


I was obsessed with this song all last summer. It's very catchy and has a great message :)
Its by TobyMac and Lecrae. What's not to like?


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Oh, To Bee a Bee

So I had this idea in my head (yes, it does happen) about taking a picture of a Bee. I cannot begin tell you how ridiculous this is, because I cannot stand Bee's.

So when I woke up today, I decided today would be the day I would get that picture. So I charged the camera, and did my chores, imagining the text-book like picture I would take.

When I went outside, I realised that  may not really be dressed correctly, considering I was wearing purple, yellow and orange. Yes, they clash, but its spring so I'm allowed! From the Bee's point of view I probably looked an awful lot like a flower.


Of course, all of this occurred to me after I went outside. Anyway, the Bee's looked so happy on the lemon tee I thought they wouldn't be interested in me. 

My inner blonde told me to forge on (sorry, no offence meant. My 'blonde moments' are an insult to blondes). 

So anyway I creep closer, and then seemingly all at once, the Bees move flowers. Thinking they were heading for me, I high-tailed it out. I may or may not have screamed. 

I decided I might give up on this idea, when suddenly I see a Bee heading toward me. I wasn't sure where to go, because mum always says to stay still and calm, so I sort of did this run in a circle before sprinting away. 

Of course this happens outside my sisters bedroom window, and she's laughing her head off.

So I went back to taking pictures of roses. Its much safer.



Its going to bee a long summer.

 I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist. 

Proverbs, Ant's and the World



I got down on the ground on my stomach yesterday.

Ummmmm. 

I mean to take pictures! Anyway, while I was down there, I was thinking about Ants (yes, random).

I was thinking about how I had seen ants climb blades of grass, and then they get to the top and stop. If I was an ant, I would be like 'ohmygosh I have already climbed 100 blades of grass, and there's at least 100 more!!' 

Now, I know Ants don't have feelings, and they can't processes words like that, but I'm a woman, so I don't have to be logical.

So there are am, thinking about ants and and how big the world is.

It's a big world.


Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
-Proverbs 6:6-8




Friday, November 8, 2013

3 Bad Habits I Won't Be Giving Up



I admit to possibly having bad habits - here are 3 I'm not giving up!

  • Coffee Drinking
The only people who really believe that coffee is bad for you are people who are caffeine deprived. Your brain simply doesn't function without caffeine, hence the reason they think that. If they had coffee, all would become clear to them. Coffee does have proved benefits, including extending your life. Or so the studies say. 
I need coffee to make it through the day. I have actually cut back majorly on my coffee consumption, because I was getting headaches when I didn't drink two or three cups everyday. However, without coffee I wouldn't make it through the day - such is the life of a Night Owl. 
Anyway, the taste is great. No way I'm giving up on coffee.
  • OCD 
Yes, it's true I clean things. A lot. Especially when I'm stressed. My mother asked me to tone down on my cleaning because she felt like she was in a show home last week.  She was the one who started this whole exam thing anyway. 
There's nothing wrong with hating mess, in my point of view. I don't mind getting muddy, but I nearly always clean it off. The one place I can't stand dirt is under my finger nails. And anyway, atleast all my stuff is where it belongs so I can find it. Yes, I'm a neat-freak. 
No, I don't have a problem with that. 
  • Being a Night Owl (Well, I do plan to change this sometime) 
I know staying up late is a terrible habit, but if I want quiet, the only time I get it is after 9:30pm or before 6am. Mum gets up at 6am, my sister and father sometime between 7am and 7:30am. And anyway, I've worked out the minimum amount of sleep I need (8 hours). Don't lecture me on how bad it is - I know. Maybe I'll try going to bed really early and getting up super early. 
Don't laugh yet! 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I have IDTMSID

That stands for I've Done To Much Studying I'm Dying.

Just thought you should know xD

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Cheese Cake

Mum loves cheese cake, so my sister decided to make her one. She employed my help with this task, and we completed in it 10 minutes. 

I guess you would have to call in bad luck, but there where several factors involved. 

My sister had twisted her ankle, so she was limping. At the same time she was doing this weird jig/skip thing. While holding the cheese cake. Next thing you know, the ankle gave up...

and it was bye bye cheese cake. The bottom of the pan fell out when she stumbled. 


So we did what anyone would do. We ate the parts of the poor cheese cake that hadn't been on the floor.


Moral of the story? Don't do a jig when you have a twisted ankle, and are holding a cheese cake.