Saturday, January 31, 2015

Snippets: Princess of Choice

I'm honestly so attached to Azar's story, I can't even imagine the day her story finishes. I never want to say "the end", I want to write about her and the rest of Terra forever. 

Despite that I'm editing King of Fire (I also call it Playing With Fire), I can't help writing some more on Princess of Choice, the sequel to King of Fire. All my characters are so messed up at this point (I'm really quite mean), it just makes the writing more enjoyable.

I publicly apologise my dear, favorite characters, but KILL YOUR DARLINGS. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

I Love... From My Holiday

I love coming around a point when the wind starts.

I love the gentle spray from a boat.

I love catamarans and the fascinating way they work and the waves they cause.

I love it when the sea is a sheet of rippled glass.

I love how my blonde streaks get lighter and my freckles get deeper.

I love the noise underwater.

I love that moment as you jump off a boat, just before you hit the water.

I love feeling the subtle adjustments from the helmsman.

I love how the landscape is right out of my story.

I love the suns heat with the breeze to wash it off.

I love my sea legs.

I love the thump of the boat hitting the wharf.

I love seeing the bottom of the sea, at least two meters deep.

I love the scream of the cicadas.

I love seeing other kayaks, other boats because it brings back memories from my childhood.

I love rope that has been turned green by moss living on it.

I love the constant slap of waves on the shore.

I love feeling the hum of the boat as it bounces off my heart, over and over.

I love that everything else seems small and far away.

I love the seabirds floating along lazily on the breeze.

I love kayak wars when you are screaming and laughing so much, you almost tip the boat.

I love the piercing scream of someone who was brushed by seaweed.

I love that I am family, so I will walk up the damn hill, not matter how hot it is.

I love houses buried in trees up to the roofs.

I love how I am infinity scared of the sea, but I feel safe anyway.

I love knowing that the sea runs in my families veins and being out there makes me feel like I've found my safe place.

Wild Horse is trying to not move. It's quite hot, and she's doing her best to enjoy it, but really, she is a winter person. So far this summer, she's only been sunburnt two times, and hardly has any new freckles. She's quite pleased about this because otherwise when she starts back at school, people will think she spent 8 weeks stealing souls. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fangirl: Why Did You Do That?

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I didn't really enjoy Fangirl. I know, what a terrible bookworm I am! 

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell, contemporary YA. 

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible ...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award (II)

On a scale of one to ten, how forgetful do you think I am? Ten being extremely, one being hardly at all. 

Why are you all yelling ten?!

Annnyway. I clearly am forgetful, because just before I went away, one of my critique partners, Annika, tagged me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award and I totally forgot!! How terrible of a Fearless Leader am I? 

(Your Fearless Leader needs a mortal to battle with the spiders in her house at the moment). 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blog Posts I Enjoyed Recently

Okay, so one of the things I am trying to do this year on Opal Swirls is do posts about the books I have been reading, blog posts I have enjoyed and just stuff thats going on, in the internet sphere and my life.

I already did a post about books, here. Cleary, with the amount of books I eat, you will need another update soon. I LIKE IT WHEN YOU TELL ME WHAT TO READ. I know I am your Fearless Leader but you are allowed to boss me around when it comes to books.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Art of Characters Linkup

So, this is my first linkup... I'M SCARED. I'm going to try very hard not to mess up. So here goes. 

I'm a silent stalker of the blog that runs this link up, and I'm sorry that I'm creepy like that. I can't help it. I'm shy, even on the internet. 


Friday, January 23, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Is it just me, or are blog awards flying everywhere right now? So first Heather, then Rachel, then Alyssa  hit me with the same award! And they all had awesome questions, so I had to answer them all at once.

On a side note, this blog award has a good name, because I know Rachel face-to-face, Heather is in America and Alyssa is in Hong Kong, yet here we all are! Amazing I tell you.

Thanks guys, each one of yall is amazing.

Thursday, January 22, 2015




I have like 30 blog posts to read. I was gone for 6 days people! 

But it's more like:

Cause your blog posts are awesome. I'm going to bury myself in them now. I'll see you tomorrow. 

[Dramatic Music Start] If I make it out alive. [Dramatic Music Fades]

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I'm Off,

I'm off comma. Because tomorrow, I'm not just off, I'm off to one of my favourite places on earth. 


A list of my favourite places on earth: 
My bed in winter,
My best friends house (my second home, I'd like to think),
A remote farm on the coast line in my cousins family,
The paddock behind our house, 
My reading chair, 
Small country roads,
In front of the computer.

[Interlude End]

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Chocolate, Changes and Chances

Hello there wonderful people who read my blog! You have no idea how much it amazes me that someone other than my dad reads my blog. Your coolness is confirmed!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

10 Things For You

I hit a wall about a week ago. I hit it while going 100km/h. It was messy.

(This wall is metaphoric, don't worry.)

When I stood up I realised that every part of me that was enjoying editing and loved to write was gone. I stared at the page of my WIP, not sure where to start with my highlighter. The curser blinked at me, but I had no ideas.

Have you ever been there? Are you there with me now? This one's for you.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Can you remember?

Over at Teen Words of Steel, they are having a writing contest! This is the first time I've entered one of their writing contests- the first time I've had time, really. I'm going to use one of the prompts, but change the tense:

"The breeze brushed my cheeks."

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Dear me,

This year was an important number for you to be turning, and I have to say, it's really the best birthday you've had in a very, very long time. You spent the day at home doing stuff you like to do (eat, read, surf the web and write) with your cat nearby.

Here's To Being Another Year Older

It just never ends, does it, this growing up business? Year after year, it comes around again.

One more year means things like biking up the road without a helmet on, for the hell of it, you're old enough to take responsibility for your head.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Don't Be Negative

I loathe negative book reviews. I'm not sure if it's because I dread the day I might get one (the goal eventually is, after all, to be published), or the comments that follow these reviews. They often go something like this.

'Thanks for the review. Was going to buy but it sounds like a waste of money.'

'Sounds awful. So thankful it wasn't in at the library today- I would have gotten it out.'