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Express Yourself Weekly: Movie Me

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses , 29 July 2014 · 5 views

Happy Tuesday!

Welcome back to Express Yourself, a meme created by Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests, where they ask their followers questions to get to know us better!

This week, they ask us who we would want to play us in a movie.

Has an actress even been born yet to play me?! Oh, wait, yes, I can think of some. lol

I think (God, I'm going to butcher her name. Let me Google this.) Quvenzhané Wallis could do a great version of my 50% subdued 50% manic person. She seems like a feisty thing.

I might even like to see Amandla Sternberg (what's with these names lol) challenge herself to do it. The two movies where I've seen her, she's been a quiet, reserved soul. It would be nice to see her break out into all that is me.

And if ever there's a jump in time, I think Angela Bassett could play me very well. lol

What about you all?

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Last Character Sketch: Avalegna, the Werebeast

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses , 26 July 2014 · 20 views

Full Name Avalegna (ah-va-LEN-ya)
Nickname: Lenne
  1. Age:16
  2. Gender: female
  3. Date of Birth: Year 1904, unknown
  4. Hair color/style: course, blonde, waist length hair
  5. Eye color: amber
  6. Accent (if any): werebeast
  7. Height: 5'0
  8. Weight: 91 lbs
  9. Tattoos: none
  10. Piercings: none
  11. Scars: various cuts from head to toe
Personality Overview:
  1. Fears: not hearing where she is
  2. Childhood: very hyper and talkative.
  3. Adolescence: the same.
Favorites
  1.  Books or Favorite music artists: n/a
  2. Authors: n/a
  3. What are some of their pet peeves? she doesn't like when people yell.
  4. What sort of gifts do they like? she likes new clothes and hair things
  5. What is their favorite time of day? nighttime when the nocturnal animals are awake.
  6. Where do they like to spend their time? she loves hanging in high places.
  7. Favorite food? Favorite drink? Hot drinks, soft drinks, or alcohol? fish, berry juice. She likes hot drinks.
  8. Favorite animal? Harpy
  9. Do they have any pets? Do they want any? no.
  10. What relaxes them? feeling others around
  11. Do they have any bad habits? she picks at her scratches.
  12. What are some things that they don’t like? (least favorite food/drink, weather/season, etc). soapy water, tough meats.
Resources and abilities:

  1. Where did they learn their abilities? Avalegna's adaptive abilities are innate. She learns other abilities by drinking the blood of animals.
  2. Where does your character live? Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? Avalegna lived in the secluded mountains of Bydlum Isle, where her ancestors were imprisoned. She sends Harpy after intruders, if any.
  3. What are some of your character’s more notable merits and flaws (including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc.)? How did they develop? How has this helped or hindered them in the past? Avalegna is free-spirited but can focus and learn very quickly. She is blind, which makes it hard for her to measure depth perception at times, which is why she is so marked up.
  4. Do they speak more than one language? She initially only speaks Werebeast, but learns Treesprite Sign Language and later the Common Language.
Relationships and history:
  1. What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? Avalegna's race was very close and valued the elders. She loved her grandfather and parents dearly.
  2. What were they like as a child? What was their favorite toy? Favorite game? Playmates? Avalegna hasn't changed much from childhood. She was very hyperactive and loved to swim and dive into the cave lake, scaring the fish.
  3. What did they want to be when they grew up? Avalegna never thought of that.
  4. Describe their best and worst memories from childhood. Best memory: When she learned how to use sonar, so she could go wherever she wanted in the caves. Worst memory: falling from a cliff when before she learned sonar.
  5. Do they, or have they in the past, had a mentor? What was their relationship with this person, and how has it changed since then? No.
  6. What sort of education have they had? Do they want more? she knows geography and folktales, but she loves to learn more.
  7. Who is their closest friend, and why? What do they like to do with this person? Harpy is her closest friend. When her family was killed, Harpy raised her like her own child. They like to hunt together.


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More Character Sketches: Andyrsn, of Viveno Island

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses , 26 July 2014 · 20 views

Full Name J.G.-Lt. Andyrsn, of Viveno Island
Nickname: n/a
  1. Age: 22
  2. Gender: male
  3. Date of Birth: Year 1898, 9th Month, 4th Day
  4. Hair color/style: dark brown, curly, bushy; held back with headbands
  5. Eye color: dark brown
  6. Accent (if any): none
  7. Height: 5'11-1/2
  8. Weight: 182 lbs
  9. Tattoos: none
  10. Piercings: none
  11. Scars: none
Personality Overview:
  1. Fears: getting close to others, losing loved ones
  2. Childhood: he was a hyper child but didn't have many playmates.
  3. Adolescence: mellowed out while training for The Watch, quiet but observant.
Favorites
  1.  Books or Favorite music artists: local band The Islanders.
  2. Authors: Conner, the Hulktroll; Ariane, of South Xelinger
  3. What are some of their pet peeves? he doesn't like negative thinkers.
  4. What sort of gifts do they like? knew daggers, card decks.
  5. What is their favorite time of day? late afternoon, best time to surf.
  6. Where do they like to spend their time? Andyrsn loves the beach.
  7. Favorite food? Favorite drink? Hot drinks, soft drinks, or alcohol? Baobab, Ocean Water soft drink.
  8. Favorite animal? the dolphin
  9. Do they have any pets? Do they want any? no pets. He wouldn't mind having a dog.
  10. What relaxes them? jogging or swimming
  11. Do they have any bad habits? he can be a little mischievous.
  12. What are some things that they don’t like? (least favorite food/drink, weather/season, etc). he hates bland food, rainy weather.
Resources and abilities:

  1. Where did they learn their abilities? Training for the Watch.
  2. Where does your character live? Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? Andyrsn lives on Viveno Island, a small tropical island town off the coast of the Life Continent. He was born and raised there.
  3. What are some of your character’s more notable merits and flaws (including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc.)? How did they develop? How has this helped or hindered them in the past? Andyrsn keeps a calm head through every situation, but he can be a little sarcastic which annoys less calmer people. He played by himself often, so he thought out loud often. Both traits help to allow him to provide reasonable solutions to problems.
  4. Do they speak more than one language? no.
Relationships and history:
  1. What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? Andyrsn's mother died just after he was born. His father and two older brothers raised him until his father was sent away for The Watch. The family is highly respected on the island because of their father's high watchman status, Commanding Watchman. When his brother's wife died in childbirth, he helped care for his twin nieces. He loves his family deeply, and they love him, especially his nieces. They're a humble family despite their status in the town.
  2. What were they like as a child? What was their favorite toy? Favorite game? Playmates? Andyrsn was a small kid who wasn't paid much attention to in school, so he played a lot of card games and played with his friend Donovan when he had the chance.
  3. What did they want to be when they grew up? Andyrsn wanted to be a surfer, but when his father died, he vowed to become a watchman.
  4. Describe their best and worst memories from childhood. Best memory: When he and Donovan filled Brodie's knapsack with frogs. It didn't scare her, but she had a hard time catching them when they all jumped out. Worst memory: when they received notice of his father's death.
  5. Do they, or have they in the past, had a mentor? What was their relationship with this person, and how has it changed since then? Andyrsn relied on his Lt. Watchman's guidance while training.
  6. What sort of education have they had? Do they want more? He had general education until he joined the Watch, then combat and geography.
  7. Who is their closest friend, and why? What do they like to do with this person? Andyrsn's closest friend is Brodie's brother Donovan, with whom he went to General School until they both branched off into their different fields. He stayed over their house often, and they loved playing pranks on Brodie.


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Friday Freeday: First 250

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses , 25 July 2014 · 11 views

Halloo!

This is my first week as a 30-year-old. I feel no different. lol Maybe it will kick in 6 months from now.

Last week on a whim, I entered The Crystal Bearer into Miss Snark's First Victim's July Secret Agent Contest. It only involves the first 250 of your manuscript. It had been in my head to incorporate Ghuli's watchmen more in the first 250, and I even thought about starting with them instead of Ghuli. Commentors have liked the fun glimpse of Ghuli so far, but they've confirmed my thoughts and want to see more of the watchmen to know who they are, so I have actually added them into the first 250. I don't know how popular scene cuts are in the first 250, but maybe it's effective?

Here is the old 250:

If things went how Ghuli desired, she would swing through the air in the next few minutes. Otherwise, she would have to explain to her watchmen why breaking her arms and legs was a good use of her time. She sat on a high, steady, blue willow tree branch deep in the forest, tying a cluster of its switches together as the sun heated her skin.

She only had a few minutes left before Cyan found her, so she clutched the ridged bark as she stood, then pressed her long, brown feet down against the branch. She stretched her arms out in front of her, the tied switches dangling just an inch below. Ghuli held her breath, stepped down onto them with her right foot, closed her eyes, and stepped with her left. She fell through the air for two seconds before the switches jerked tight beneath her feet, eliciting screams and laughter from her as she moved through the veil of blue switches. She swung upwards until she stared up at the wraps bound around her feet, the hem of her un-dyed woolen skirt sucked against her shins. Then, she fell back through the same switches, grasping her makeshift swing as it scooped her up in the other direction. Her black curls shielded her eyes and mouth as her body lay suspended in the air for another long second before she swung forward again.

After minutes of swinging, she locked eyes with her First Lieutenant Watchman as she fell forward.
The new 250:

If things went how Ghuli desired, she would swing through the air in the next few minutes. Otherwise, she would have to explain to her watchmen why breaking her arms and legs was a good use of her time. She sat on a high, steady, blue willow tree branch deep in the forest, tying a cluster of its switches together, glancing down at the ground every now and then.

Cyan would find her soon, so she clutched the bark as she stood. Though the ground seemed even farther below her now, she stretched her arms out in front of her, the makeshift swing dangling at her toes. Ghuli stepped onto the swing with one foot, closed her eyes, and stepped with the other. Her breath caught as she fell through the air.

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“I don’t hear her anymore,” Cyan murmured. He stood at the opening of the Forest of Weeping Willows, staring down the black sand path of the Eastern Road.

His Second Lieutenant, Laris, joined him. “She may have wandered a little.”

“She was supposed to stay on the road,” Cyan said, aggravation creeping into his voice.

“You know the Princess, my brother.”

Cyan huffed and walked into the forest, leaving the road for the western trees. He did know Ghuli all too well. With the Island Continent so far west, Ghuli liked to sit among the trees as the setting sun warmed the forest. He probably would have enjoyed the sunset himself, if Ghuli had obeyed him for once.

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More Character Profiles: Brodie

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses , 22 July 2014 · 19 views

Full Name Brodie, the Scholar
Nickname: n/a
  1. Age:19
  2. Gender: female
  3. Date of Birth: Year 1901, 3rd Month, 20th Day
  4. Hair color/style: course, dark brown hair, shoulder length; wears in braided pigtails
  5. Eye color: golden brown
  6. Accent (if any): none
  7. Height: 5'9
  8. Weight: 134 lbs
  9. Tattoos: an eagle soaring across her shoulders
  10. Piercings: none
  11. Scars: none
Personality Overview:
  1. Fears: being alone
  2. Childhood: she was spoiled as a child but was also very sweet and loving.
  3. Adolescence: she was a little more focused and knew what she wanted out of life no matter what her family wanted for her.
Favorites
  1.  Books or Favorite music artists: She loves the history books, just hates writing them.
  2. Authors: Marka of Adamant City
  3. What are some of their pet peeves? She doesn't like being told what to do or people with short tempers.
  4. What sort of gifts do they like? She won't admit it, but she likes flowers.
  5. What is their favorite time of day? just before sunrise, when the birds wake up.
  6. Where do they like to spend their time? Brodie likes to take walks or go jogging.
  7. Favorite food? Favorite drink? Hot drinks, soft drinks, or alcohol? stew, black cherry seltzer. She likes cold drinks.
  8. Favorite animal? the eagle
  9. Do they have any pets? Do they want any? Technically her messenger eagle.
  10. What relaxes them? sparring or walking
  11. Do they have any bad habits? She's judgmental and can hold a grudge.
  12. What are some things that they don’t like? (least favorite food/drink, weather/season, etc). She doesn't like overly hot weather or food that's too spicy.
Resources and abilities:

  1. Where did they learn their abilities? Brodie's sisters taught her the histories and geography once their mother passed. She was battle-trained by Commanding Watchmen.
  2. Where does your character live? Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? (see Cyan's profile for current location). Laris used to live in Royalos Castle in the midst of Royalos, a walled kingdom city. Sprityn Guards watch the walls of the both the castle and the city.
  3. What are some of your character’s more notable merits and flaws (including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc.)? How did they develop? How has this helped or hindered them in the past? Brodie is very bright and cares a lot for people, but she's also too headstrong for her own good which gets her into many arguments.
  4. Do they speak more than one language? She speaks Sprityn, Crystalline, Luup-beti, and knows the Treesprite Sign Language.
Relationships and history:
  1. What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? Brodie's father, a 1st Lt. Watchman, died in battle when she was 8. Her mother, from the line of scholars, died when she was 11, so her eldest sister raised her. She loves her siblings, but when she decided to join The Watch, she had a falling out with her eldest sister, and her distant family looked down on her. She doesn't care about them, but wishes her eldest sister would support her decisions.
  2. What were they like as a child? What was their favorite toy? Favorite game? Playmates? Brodie was a hyper child, always following her sisters and playing with her eagle. She liked to play with wooden swords and guns, playing Watchman with the neighbors' children.
  3. What did they want to be when they grew up? Brodie always wanted to join The Watch.
  4. Describe their best and worst memories from childhood. Best memory: Watching her sister paint her first mural. Worst memory: When their mother died.
  5. Do they, or have they in the past, had a mentor? What was their relationship with this person, and how has it changed since then? Brodie often listened to her grandfather's words of wisdom. Even after she joined The Watch, he never stopped giving her advice or sending her letters.
  6. What sort of education have they had? Do they want more? Brodie has the top education as a Scholar.
  7. Who is their closest friend, and why? What do they like to do with this person? Brodie's closest friend is her brother Donovan, and they send letters to each other back and forth, go surfing when they have a day off.


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Express Yourself: Favorite Things

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses , 22 July 2014 · 20 views


Welcome back to Express Yourself! This weekly meme was created by Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests to get to know their followers a little better.

This week, they ask about items that bring us comfort or hold special memories.

I feel like I answered this for something else, but I have a TY Beanie Baby frog named Smoochie. I bought him in the Philadelphia International Airport just before my field trip to Mexico when I was 14. I was very nervous, so I held him with me and often put him in a seat with his own seat belt if the one next to me was empty. I almost left him in our hotel, and freaked out, but fortunately, one of the other girls saw him and brought him to me. I took him on many trips after that as a good luck charm.

Oddly enough, I also had a stuffed doll with a music box inside of her that played "My Favorite Things." She was a raggedy-Ann type doll, with pink hair and pink clothes. Her head tilted from side to side as the song played. I started writing a horror story based on that doll. lol I wonder what ever happened to her.

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Friday Freeday: Don't Mope. HOPE!

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses , 18 July 2014 · 27 views

Happy Friday!

I went to bed in a weird mood after watching a Youtube series that made me emotional about my own weird relationship (I waited til 30 to have 20-something issues), but I woke up pretty charged up for today. An hour before my alarm, too, but that's fine. I get off work at Noon! Whoo!

Last night, writer guru @Michelle4Laughs tweeted that one of the New Agent Contestants withdrew because they received an offer on their manuscript!

And this morning I read that @lararectenwald, whose story Lavender Marriage won the Adult Fiction award during this year's Query Kombat, received an offer of representation!

That's some exciting news, and a year ago, I would've been a little bitter wondering, "Why not me?" and not even read a blog post about someone else getting The Call. This year, I declared that it would be my year, changed my attitude (making into QK Round 1 helped immensely), started being happy for others, and also, instead of moping, hoping!

With query critiques finally beaten into my head to the point where I've finally gotten it (you don't know how to get it until you get it lol) and with a few final cuts and tweaks to my manuscript, I think I can say if not 2014, then 30 will be my year for finally saying, "Mom, I've got a book deal!"

Yes, she should probably be the first person I call. lol

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Wednesday Words: Talulla Rising Continues

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses , 16 July 2014 · 29 views

Good morning! Every Wednesday, I have begun to use Random.org to pick a page of the book I'm reading and a line or two and post it. Last Wednesday, I was preparing to begin Glen Duncan's Talulla Rising, so I braved the spoilers and ran the number generator anyway. So far, this book is just as great as the first, and I can't wait to see what's in store for Talulla. Let's hope I get another vague or already-read page number today!

So out of 352 pages, Random.org has given me......Page 272.

Page 272 has 34 lines on it, so fro 1 to 34 I have pulled......7 (in my Monica from Friends voice)!

Every moment you enact the koan of bearing the unbearable.

Knowing what Talulla has been going through, I can understand what this means. And after looking up the word "koan" I realize that bearing the unbearable is, indeed, a paradox, but sometimes it happens, doesn't it?

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Express Yourself: School Daze

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses , 15 July 2014 · 28 views

I love that movie. lol

Welcome back to Express Yourself! This weekly bloghop is brought to us by Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests.

This week, they ask us about our favorite grade school memory.

So, we moved to Dover when I was in the 4th grade. I didn't fit in very well, and most kids made fun of the jheri curl/afro I had (thanks, Mom), so I didn't have the best time. But at the end of the year, we had that day (what do they call it?!) of races and activities, and each class was broken (Field Day lol) up into teams. My class was the Red Team, and I was in two races: the 50 Yard Dash and Potato Sack Race.

Now, the friends I did have were my bus stop friends, and every morning waiting for the bus, we'd race in the Shore Stop parking lot. Other people didn't realize I could run. I got 2nd Place, and totally shocked my class (I really should've done track in high school, smh).

Then, the Potato Sack Race came. I don't remember who my partner was, but they went first, and made it, and when I started hopping, I swear I felt like it was a slow-motion movie moment lol. The other kids were falling all around me, but I kept hopping! And jumped into my partner's arms for 1st Place! My class cheered and jumped up and down. It was a great moment. lol

Our team still got 4th place overall, but hey. haha

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More Character Profiles: Prince Laris of the Sprites

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses , 11 July 2014 · 26 views

I wanted to do Brodie next, but I mentioned Laris in Cyan's, so...

Full Name Prince Laris of the Sprites
Nickname: Laris (to close friends)
  1. Age: 26
  2. Gender: male
  3. Date of Birth: Year 1894, 2nd Month, 5th Day
  4. Hair color/style: red, shoulder-length, wears down
  5. Eye color: emerald green
  6. Accent (if any): Sprityn
  7. Height: 5'8
  8. Weight: 143 lbs
  9. Tattoos: none
  10. Piercings: none
  11. Scars: a long, faint tear across his chest
Personality Overview:
  1. Fears: none
  2. Childhood: he lived in a peaceful palace with his parents and younger brother, cared for by many servants
  3. Adolescence: spent much of it caring for his parents, who grew ill as the eldest Sprites died. His mother died just before he joined The Watch.
Favorites
  1.  Books or Favorite music artists: He loves old hymns of the Crystal Bearers
  2. Authors: Allaran the Crystal Bearer
  3. What are some of their pet peeves? He's actually very carefree, so nothing bothers him.
  4. What sort of gifts do they like? He likes historical artifacts and art pieces.
  5. What is their favorite time of day? sunrise
  6. Where do they like to spend their time? He likes to spend his leisure time telling Ghuli tales of his childhood.
  7. Favorite food? Favorite drink? Hot drinks, soft drinks, or alcohol? steamed greens, honeydew tea
  8. Favorite animal? the sparrow lark
  9. Do they have any pets? Do they want any? no, but he likes birds
  10. What relaxes them? classical Sprityn music
  11. Do they have any bad habits? He's a Prince. They aren't allowed many.
  12. What are some things that they don’t like? (least favorite food/drink, weather/season, etc). You won't find much that Laris doesn't like. He might not like that about himself.
Resources and abilities:

  1. Where did they learn their abilities? Sprityn nurses taught Laris the ability to heal. He learned his weapons training in the Watch.
  2. Where does your character live? Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? (see Cyan's profile for current location). Laris used to live in Royalos Castle in the midst of Royalos, a walled kingdom city. Sprityn Guards watch the walls of the both the castle and the city.
  3. What are some of your character’s more notable merits and flaws (including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc.)? How did they develop? How has this helped or hindered them in the past? Laris is calm in every situation no matter his inner worries, but his small stature makes him easy to injure. His father is a jolly king even in sickness, so Laris learned to find the good in any situation to ease the fears and pains of others.
  4. Do they speak more than one language? He speaks Sprityn, Crystalline, and knows the Treesprite Sign Language.
Relationships and history:
  1. What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? King Loren and Queen Kara were a loving and dutiful couple. They raised Laris and his brother Ariel to be goodly princes and future kings of the Sprityn people. Laris on his time away from the castle used their lessons to serve the people as well as rule them. He also maintains a strong relationship with his wife and son, who send him letters while he is away on watch.
  2. What were they like as a child? What was their favorite toy? Favorite game? Playmates? Laris was a quiet child, very polite and good-natured. His favorite toy was a wooden horse and sword. Children of the servants were often his playmates, as was Ariel once he was old enough.
  3. What did they want to be when they grew up? Although he knew he would one day be King, Laris also wanted to be a watchman...or a travelling singer (but he can't sing).
  4. Describe their best and worst memories from childhood. Best memory: Meeting his wife Ylana. Worst memory: the sudden death of his grandfather. He was there when it happened.
  5. Do they, or have they in the past, had a mentor? What was their relationship with this person, and how has it changed since then? King Loren served as a great mentor for his sons. Now that he is ill, Laris keeps his teachings close to always feel his father with him.
  6. What sort of education have they had? Do they want more? Scholars taught Laris everything he knows. His explorations of the world help him learn more.
  7. Who is their closest friend, and why? What do they like to do with this person? Laris took Cyan under his wing as a brother, and he guides him as a close friend.


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