Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Character Encounter

I may be "cheating" a bit, but I really haven't been to any event like this in a very long time, so it's basically just me and my charrie...

Character Encounter: AWANA (or Sunday/Wednesday night program)

“So…” I sit in a local pizza shop, nibbling at a slice of combo. “Are you satisfied now?”
Richard pokes at his pizza, head down. “Yeah. I’m satisfied.”
“Why?” Not that I particularly care. Which I do; I just want to make sure he’s not planning anything.
“Well, I like the fact that I’m going to have a literal heart of fire.” He looks up, grins, then takes a bite of his meat-lovers pizza (a whole pizza, not just a slice). “That’s going to open a whole slew of doors for me,” he says around the mouthful of food.
“Uh-huh.” I grin, too. Because I personally think the world is going to be crazy-awesome when I’m finished. I daydream about a few of the changes I’m planning—the world being split into three parts is one of them—but am jerked out of my reverie by Richard’s actions. I hiss his name. “Don’t re-heat your pizza.”
“Why? It’s not like they can see it, anyways,” he laughs.
I glance over at the youth-group seated with the church’s pastors over at a nearby table. “I actually have no idea whether or not they can. Sometimes they can, sometimes not.”
He extinguishes the flame he had burning in his hands.
I roll my eyes. “You know, I’m just going to treat you like my brother now.”
“Howwzat?” he says, a quarter of the pizza halfway in his mouth.
“Like this.” I lean over and tousle his hair, knowing I won’t see him like this again. Playful and child-like despite being more than a few hundred years old (and despite his oddly biker-gang attire). I sigh again. “It’s been a blast.”
“Can’t wait to see what you’re like in the new world.”
“Just don’t make me a suck-up.”
“As if I could.”
Richard grins. “Nah, you couldn’t.”
He finishes his pizza and stands. “Later.”
“See you on the flip side.”
My character walks out, ready to be re-drafted. I wonder what he’ll choose to fight for next. First it was getting his way, but now…I have no idea.
I rejoin the youth-group, just in time to hear a snippet of conversation that gives me a plot bunny. It’s totally out of context, but it gives me an idea for a Romeo and Juliet retelling. Just perfect for Convoluted Chronicles.

A post


  • I recently did a post on Tales From a Modern Bard, for the Song to Story challenge. Here it is, though I apologize for the vagueness and hasty has since been going through world-building and is (I think) clearer. Hoping to get around to posting that sometime...
  • Also hoping to get a Character Encounters post written up, possibly before the end of the day. It'll be short, but it'll be done. :P
  • As always, check out here for updates on TiB.
  • Hoping to participate in the next challenge on Tales From a Modern Bard: Winter Writing Challenge.
  • Oh, and Nanowrimo. Almost forgot about that...again, hoping/longing to participate, but as of now I have no idea what story I'd want to try to hash out that month. Because, you know, I've got a million and one...
  • Convoluted Chronicles, if any readers remember, is undergoing some serious worldbuilding revamp. A few things have changed, some of which I'm going to include in the above-mentioned Character Encounter.
Pets and life
  • Not much new with Liberty and Zia; Liberty tries to steal the bird food, and Zia either watches or tries to bite Liberty's legs. :P
  • My uncle is staying with us for a week. We play board games, share our favorite Youtube videos with him (can't wait to introduce him to Studio C! XD), and generally have fun.
  • I'm settling in to work, and there's this one Norse guy who likes to talk about myths and legends and things, so that's cool. And another guy has an electric unicycle. What even. It's pretty cool, and I tried riding it, but couldn't even stand without almost face-planting, so... XD
  • Oh, just watched Captain America: Civil War. It was okay, I guess, but it didn't live up to my expectations. The beginning was like, "Bang! Pow! EXPLOSIONS. Whoa, camera guy, what are we...oh, we're over, there, wait, what...oh, they're still fighting..." And what was up with the scene transitions??? There's all the cool (sometimes overboard) CGI, then it was, "Copy/paste basic font over sky scene" instead of smooth transitions. There were a few other things (WHY DID THEY RUIN AUNT MAY??!), but this bullet point is getting kind of long. So I'll just say one last thing: The feels at the end. They nailed that.
  • A Kindle Fire. I got one. *is totally calm, cool, collected and not at all squealing because of all the books I can now finish reading* I must write a thank-you note to the person I got it from (whom I hardly know, btw; this is just crazy-awesome).
  • Erm, I haven't had time for much else.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Miscellany happenings

What's been happening lately...
I've been terrible at presenting an organized format of updates, so here we go: first attempt. :)

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  • Check out this post for an update on Trouble in Bookland
  • I've been attempting an entry for the Song to Story Challenge (the song I'm using: Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler)
  • I had about 20 parts of "Scarlet Experiment" done, then went through to edit. A few scene rearrangements turned into a major overhaul. The major overhaul may also include POV change from Scarlet (the female MC) to a character that is [highlight for spoiler] the social equivalent of her husband. *makes faces at difficult characters*
Pets and Life
  • Our guinea pigs...fluffy and adorable to the passed a couple months ago (I suspect it was URI), and the other a couple weeks ago (possibly a combo of malocclusion and intestinal problems) :'(
  • Dog just had her 12th birthday! :D
  • The bird...well, she's had one or two concussions over the years. I guess she's doing as well as she can be.
  • Hoo, boy, visits, attempted renovation of a part of the house...
  • My first job interview. I'll know in a week if I get the job. 0_0 EDIT: Uh, never mind, I got the job, I'm to show up on Monday for some things, and ugh I just told my future boss "ditto" over the phone... *headdesk*
  • Family birthdays! Dad and I are this month. I'll be nineteen. *realizes what I just said* I'M ALMOST TWENTY AGGGGGGGGHHHHH.
  • Assignment from sensei: take two or three techniques and put them together smoothly. It's a lot harder than it sounds.
  • You Write Fiction. It has a series called, "The Writer's Life According to..." and they're hilarious. XD My favorite is the Toy Story one. There are also periodical tips and general observations about writerly things that I have been finding helpful.
  • I'm kicking around the idea of getting things for my family instead of them getting something for me for my birthday (Hobbit-style ;)). In accordance with that, it's my plan to offer both parts of Trouble in Bookland (with the extended ending for Pt. 2) for free from the 14th-20th.
  • Little brother has read more in the past 2 weeks than he has his whole life. He's devouring the Wingfeather Saga. Next step...Redwall. *bookworm cackle*
  • I have a notebook I carry around with me for the purpose of collecting plot bunnies, names, titles, and new words. I've had it for less than a year. I'm utilizing both sides (one for names, etc., the other for the bunnehs), and it's almost full.
  • My sibs watched The Fellowship of the Ring, and they don't want to watch the rest of the trilogy until we can watch them all at once. So now we have to pick a date and have a marathon. XD
  • Animal Crossing. You get to decorate your house, work your way out of debt, talk with animals, design your own clothing, color cat's faces...they need more games like that.
  • I'm hoping to get my driver's license in the near future. And assuage mom's fears about my driving (I totally freaked out the one time she rode with me... :P).
So that's what I've been up to lately. Oh, and I just realized I've never given our pet's names.
Guinea Pigs <3: Sunny and Brownie.
Doggy: Liberty.
Bird: Zia.
What've you been up to? Any exciting plans for the year? Let me know in the comments! :D

Saturday, June 4, 2016


You know it’s summer (or spring, depending on where you live) when you start finding spiders in the hallway and in closets. And on walls. Behind drapes. On the counter… ;)

I’m going to be postponing the blog (*sigh* again) for a little while due to my summer schedule. I’m hoping to start back up again within the next month or so, but for now, I’m going to hold off on posting a serial.

That being said, I have a couple more ideas in mind for the next serial. Let me know which synopsis interests you most!

Scarlet Experiment (tentative title):
An amnesiac girl struggles to find what part she plays in the familiar workings of her world.

Queen of the Owls:
A young boy tries to escape his problems, and only finds more.

The Shard:
A fairy and a young boy travel away from the only home they’ve ever known to reach the Wizard’s Tower.

What are some things you’d expect from these stories? What are some tropes that annoy you? What are some things you'd like to see?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Serial Story Saturday

And here is the longer post I wanted to give y'all. :D

Unexpected Adventure, Part Thirty-one


Destiny got right to work. Regis and Peter leapt and jumped and spun in attempts to keep their footing. Columns went up, valleys suddenly formed, the ground twisted like a towel being wrung. And all the while they were trying to hack at each other with their no-longer-pastry-fied weapons.
Destiny flicked her hands. Wave-like ripples tossed Regis and Peter in the air. Before they had fallen far, columns shot up. Regis caught himself neatly, landing in a cat crouch. Peter fumbled and spun like a ballerina before he regained his balance.
Fate tutted. “Loss of three points, don’t you think?”
Destiny didn’t answer, just kept manipulating the field. She looked like she was having as much fun as I would. “So what’s the score?” I asked.
“Fifty to ten,” and “C to fifty,” they said simultaneously.
Fate shot Destiny an askance look. “What does the C stand for?”
“One hundred, and it’s for my player.”
“Now see here, Regis is getting points for style!”
“This is a battle, not a beauty pageant.”
“It’s for my throne! I think I should have a say…”
While they went at it, I slipped around the seats to the other side of Fate. One particular bauble on her caught my eye. A magic lamp, rimmed in sparkles. I swiped it and mentally thanked daddy for allowing me to spend lots of time with my cousins.
Destiny shouted, “Enough!”
Fate crossed her arms. “I’m only saying—”
“On to the next round,” Destiny said with finality.
I leaned forward and tucked the lamp in my flowing sleeves. “What’s the next challenge?”
Destiny grinned. “Animal attack.”
“Ooh, what kind?” Phoenixes would be fun to watch, or maybe giant wolves. Bears, elephants, a camel or two…
Then I saw the lion-like animals lurking among the sand dunes. Suddenly I wasn’t so happy about the arrangement. “Bloodlions?!”
Fate grimaced. “She’s right, darling. That’s a bit excessive.”
“They’re the ultimate test.” Destiny let out a villain-worthy cackle. “Ferocious when unprovoked, virtually unstoppable when they scent weakness. And both combatants are rather tired about now.”
She was right; Regis and Peter were flagging. I rubbed the lamp with my finger. A wispy voice grumbled in my mind.
Who do you want me to torture now?
I just want to use one wish. I wish that Peter and Regis—as unobtrusively as I could, I angled my arms so that the spout of the lamp pointed towards the battle field—would be re-energized.
The voice perked up. Okay.
Peter and Regis wielded their weapons with renewed vigor, but turned it to the approaching bloodlions instead of each other. I was glad the genie wasn’t one of the ones that would do what you told it to in the smallest extent possible.
I bit my lip. How long could they hold out? How long until Peter decided to—
I bolted to my feet and cupped my hands to my mouth. “Watch out, Regis!”
Peter dodged his pair of charging bloodlions, and they charged straight into Regis. He went down.
I shouted in dismay. Fate tapped my shoulder. “What is this, now?” She held the lamp. I must have dropped it.
“Uh…I was making things interesting.”
Fate patted my head. Destiny glared. “Let’s see what good that’s done you.”
With shiver-inducing howls, the bloodlions bounded back to the dunes. Destiny lowered her arms, a triumphant smile on her face. “I don’t think your Regis is getting up any time soon.”
But he had to. I stared at the prone body, just thinking, “Please get up, please get up.” I couldn’t even bring myself to protest that they were supposed to be fighting on a point system.
Peter swaggered up to the stands. “Am I the winner?” he asked.
Fate opened her mouth, but Destiny spoke before she. “Yes, you are.”
“That’s a relief.” He swiped at his forehead.
Fate sighed. “Destiny, dear, you really need to pay more attention to your charges.”
“They’re both beacons, yes? And if you look at the field, you can see Regis’ amulet lying in the dust.”
“So, that’s not Peter. At least, not his spirit.”
Destiny’s jaw dropped. After a moment I realized mine was hanging, as well.
Peter—Regis?—chuckled. It was Peter’s voice, but when I looked in his eyes, I saw Regis.
I flopped back onto a seat. “That was…unexpected. But it makes sense.” I looked over at Fate, who was sitting with a sad expression on her face. “So Regis won. I think. Technically.” Fate nodded.
I scooted closer to her. “Where does that leave you?”
“Oh, just without a job for a time. More importantly, it leaves this world without a leader.”
I looked to Pe—Regis. “Yeah, what were you going to do about that?”
Regis shrugged. “Without Fate controlling things, one thought was adventures for the sake of adventuring. Another was dissolution of prophecies.”
I rolled my eyes. “You can’t just start stuff like that after ages of Fate’s rule.”
“Which was why I was going to ask for her help.”
Fate cocked her head. “Of course, I’d be glad to. You still have to deal with my relatives, you know.”
I looked around for Destiny. She was gone.
Peter—Regis licked his lips. “I…hadn’t thought of that.”
I groaned. “Of course you didn’t.” But I had. I don’t know why, or when, but I had. Sort of. “Why don’t you let them keep doing their jobs, but instead of being ruled by Fate, they have to form a council. And do their jobs by vote.” Like I said, I’d only sort of thought it through.
Fate laughed. “That would be a sight! Everyone gathered under one roof, at one time, trying to decide on something. It could work, of course, if I was given a say. I’m the eldest, you know.”
Regis scowled. “Won’t that be the same as…”
As they hashed out the details, I sighed. This was going to take a while. And even though I hadn’t gotten to play a very big part in this adventure—I hadn’t even gotten to skewer anything—there was always the next adventure to look forward to.