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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

One-Shot Wednesday



Well, this is awkward.
I hate being stabbed. I really do. It's such a pain and you have to find something to do with the knives and swords and what not. Also it didn't help that the two wolf-men wouldn't leave so I could pull 'em out.
The swords matched their fur for some unbeknownst reason. But that didn't really concern me. What concerned me was that they weren't leaving. You can't leave two swords poking through your torso forever, even if you do have the capability to heal the wounds immediately, leaving them open like this actually could leave me vulnerable to things like death.
Rats.

I have a challenge for you, dear readers:
Why has this poor man been stabbed? What made the wolf-men so irritated that they decided to stick two swords through his torso? 


Monday, February 23, 2015

The Three Act Model: Part 2

So here we are in Part 2!
Today, we'll be throwing rocks at our protagonist.
Your protagonist is stuck up a tree.  Poor thing. Now we'll be throwing rocks at him/her.



There are several ways to illustrate this.
I'll use Bilbo and John Watson again.
I'm sorry, Martin Freeman

First, what again got them up a tree?

Well.
Dwarves crashed Bilbo's house.
SMASH THE BOTTLES AND BURN THE CORKS
Sherlock and Watson started sharing a flat.


Those are the trees. Now the question stands, what are the rocks?
Well, for poor Bilbo, I'd say the first (rather large) rock is  the dwarves getting him to come on the trip with them. The trolls are another rock, then the goblins, then Mirkwood. The list could go on and on, but I will say this: Some rocks are bigger than others. For example, your protagonist could be challenged because there are no oranges for breakfast or something much bigger because, oh look, now they have cancer and their legs must be amputated. That would be a pretty substantial rock.

John's rocks are a bit different. You could almost call his limp a rock that he carried up the tree with him. I would call it something like that, I don't know what you think though. His rocks consist of Sherlock dragging him every which-way into whatever wild case he's got.

They're stuck up this tree. Their lives have changed somehow. Now, we're going to make them struggle. Throw pinecones, rocks, and whatever garbage you find in your yard at them.

(Side Note: Make your protagonist likeable and/or relatable. If you stuck a jerkface that no one sympathized with up a tree, no one will care what you throw at them and stop reading.)

What are some rocks you've thrown at your protagonists? Was there a mix of pebbles and boulders?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ranger's Writerly Things

I suppose I could be classified as a writer, though I'm not published, I would say I am. Though, I'll be honest with you all, I don't feel like a writer. I feel like I'm just banging away on the keys to write something that might never be read.  I dunno about you all, but that's just me.

Anyhow, even if actually writing doesn't make me feel like a writer sometimes, there are some honestly really strange things that do make me feel writerly. So, for your enjoyment, here they are!



1. Drinking coffee

I have no idea what show this is from, tbh, I just think it's funny.

Drinking coffee while I write makes me feel like a writer. Probably since there's a lot of quotes about writers being people who turn caffeine into words.

2. Drinking tea 

Well, more specifically iced tea, but it's still tea. I think just drinking things while I write makes me feel writerly.

3. Eating 

I can't even explain why eating and drinking things makes me feel writerly. Probably because it's like "I don't even have time to stop to eat, so I'm just gonna keep plugging." I don't know for sure.

4. Putting Scrivener in full screen mode
You can try and read this if you want. It's kind of funny.


I feel like the only thing in the world that exists is the book I'm writing. It doesn't happen very often though because often times Facebook and Pinterest call to me.

5. Being alone

What can I say? I'm an introvert. I get recharged when I'm alone.  Though I do get less writing done because dancing does occur. I feel writerly though.

6. Having a list of victim names
*casually clears throat*

I literally have a list of names I can use taped up by my desk.  Yep.


So what about you guys? What do you do that makes you feel like an author?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fan Month Linkup

Some of you may know I'm really shy when it comes to talking to people, I always end up feel like I'm bothering them. So I'm gonna force myself to be brave here.
I got this from Aimee, @ To the Barricade! who is a real life friend of mine. I sort of feel like I'm not really an official blogger because I don't have a lot of people who comment/seem to follow me. Of course, the only way to fix that is to follow more people and comment on their posts. Then they can comment on mine. So. Yep.
But when I go to comment on things, my hands literally start sweating. It's really sad. I went to comment on something of Aimee's and I got so nervous I couldn't. I don't think it's social anxiety or anything, I'm just a very skittish person. I'm scared of being wrong or judged wrongly or something. Even thinking/writing about this is making my throat tight.
Well. That got personal really quick. 
Anyhow, I'm forcing myself to be brave with this thing. So here goes. *deep breath*



THE QUESTIONS

1. When do you plan on being a fan? 
Well, I'll probably do it for a week in March, like Aimee is. Instead of posting my own stuff, I'll post things from other blogs (tagging the author, of course), and acknowledging them instead of just talking about me. 

2. What goals will you set for yourself?
  I'm going to follow and comment on every post of the following blogs:

3. Are you going to set rules for yourself? Exceptions to those rules?
Well, a sort of exception. I'm telling myself that it's okay if I don't comment on the post the day it's posted, which is what I try to do. It takes a lot of confidence, and I crumble under pressure a lot easier than I feel like I should.

4. Where do you plan on sharing the great posts you read?
Well here, obviously, and Pinterest. 

5. Where could you be a fan outside the blogosphere?  
Well, I'll pay attention when people read things to me. Often times I don't do that, and I should work on it.

So yeah! This should be interesting.
Also, my mother is out of the hospital and the ASL exam is over. So I'll be back to posting regularly now. The next part of my three part post shall be out next Monday. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Personal Post-Ish Thing

I've got a lot going on right now, I'm not gonna be able to post the second part of the three part post this Monday. My mother is in the hospital and I have midterms coming up for American Sign Language. I have a 8-9 page script that I have to write and memorize by Wednesday. Just thought I'd let you all know so it's not like I was kidnapped by aliens or anything.

So yeah, um, I should be back to normal posting by the end of the week, but there's a lot piled on rather high right now and I don't think I could effectively write a post that sounds coherent and nice.

I shall be back by the end of the week, sorry for the hiatus-ish thing. I just don't think I have the ability to write well at the moment. I've even put my book on hold for the moment because anything I write is really terrible and I have to go back and basically delete it all.

I know this sounds really dismal and everything, but I'm fine, really. I just don't feel like I can do the service to you guys that you deserve. All of you readers out there are fabulous people and I think if I tried to post now it would be a wreck.

Approximately like this
So yeah, I promise I am okay and everything mentally, I just can't write effectively at the moment.
I shall be back by the end of the week, and definitely get part two out either later this week or next Monday.

-Ranger

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Beautiful People: Shipping

Well, for the first time ever, I am trying a linkup. Mainly because it was about shipping.
So here goes nothing, we'll see how this turns out!

So this thing is about shipping. I don't have many books in process right now, but my all time favorite OTP out of them is Ulysses and Erin. He's, well, basically Sherlock Holmes and she's a freelancing hit(wo)man. Often times Ulysses has to get her out of trouble. They're adorable. Since there are actual questions to go with this thing, I'm gonna go ahead and get to them.


THE QUESTIONS




1. How long have they been a couple?

To be honest, Ulysses and Erin don't know they're a couple. In the book, they've already been friends for quite a while, but Barker, Stocker, and Thursday, Ulysses' "gang," have been shipping them for a very long time now. Probably at the very least 6 months. They pretend to ignore them.

2. How did they first meet?
Well, she bet him fifty dollars she could steal his wallet. He laughed and said "I'd like to see you try."
She pinned him to the wall and stole it. So.
Yep.

3. What were their first thoughts of each other? (Love at first sight or “you’re freakishly annoying”?)
Well, Ulysses' first thought was something along the lines of
HOLY CRAP SHE ACTUALLY GOT IT
Erin was probably thinking
HECK YEAH I DID GENIUS
(She calls him genius and Sherlock a lot, it's really adorable)
Past that, their first thoughts were "Eh. We tolerate each other."

4. What do they do that most annoys each other?

Ulysses- Often times Erin is much more outgoing than he is. Sometimes he gets a little irritated with the noise.

Erin- Ulysses probably doesn't work out as much as Erin does, and she probably gets annoyed when he gets lazy.

5. Are their personalities opposite or similar?
Ulysses is ISTP and Erin is ESTP, so they're very similar as far as MBTI goes. They're rather insensitive as far as emotions go and often prank and tease each other. They don't really see anything wrong with beating the other to a pulp for fun. It's hilarious.
I should post something with them soon, shouldn't I? Honestly they're an adorable couple, even if they don't think so.

6. How would their lives be different without each other?
Well, to be honest, pretty similar. They'd probably both be a bit more scarred and a little worse for the wear, considering Erin did save Ulysses from falling off a train (not without dislocating both his shoulders, but eh), but I think they'd make do alone just as well as with each other.


7. Are they ever embarrassed of each other?
Ulysses probably gets embarrassed when Erin goes off on a rant over how amazing one of his cases was, but he would never tell her this.
I don't think Erin has the capability to feel embarrassed (side note here, she's also a mild psychopath. It was not intended. That doesn't really have to do with the question, I just think it's cool).

8. Does anyone disapprove of  their relationship?
They do. No. Not that I know of, though Terran Kimbrell (one of my antagonists) would reaaaaallly like to get Ulysses to fall in love with her.

9. Do they see their relationship as long-term/leading to marriage?
They don't, really, since they don't technically see it as a relationship, but Ulysses' entire gang already has almost the entire wedding planned. Ulysses and Erin are unaware of this.

10. If they could plan the "perfect outing" together, where would they go?
Ulysses: To the gym and I could beat Erin up, then we'd go for tea or something.
Erin: To the gym, and I could beat Ulysses up, then we'd go for tea or something.

Welp. That's that.

Shout-out to my friend who let me use Erin after she sort of walked out of her book. If you couldn't tell, she is having a marvelous time in mine. 

What do you all think? Should I keep doing these things? Would you like to see more about Erin and Ulysses (or his gang)?

 

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Three Act Model: Part 1




So I've decided to do a three part post. I can keep you all waiting for the second and third ones, and also have an idea of what the heck I'm going to write about for the next two weeks.

Have you ever heard the saying "In Act 1, get your character up a tree. In Act 2, throw rocks at him, and in Act 3, get him down again?" It seems to be a pretty easy way to describe how to write the three parts of a book.

Without further ado, here's my opinions on what should happen in act one.

In act one, get your character up a tree.

This also includes showing your character before you put them up the tree in the first place. Examples of this include showing Bilbo peacefully in Hobbiton or John Watson living in an apartment by himself.

This doesn't always happen, though, for example, in Maze Runner, the book opens with Thomas in the box, wondering what in the name of all sanity is happening. I like to see a bit of normal life beforehand, but not too much. Otherwise, it's boring. Really boring.

An example of what not to do comes from the movie Benji. I was forced to sit through it and I hated every minute of it. Don't get me wrong, it was cute, but it took over 20 minutes for there to be even a hint of conflict. A good rule of thumb, at least for me, is to have approximately a chapter, maybe two at the most, of normal life. But if you're going to add normal life in, make sure it means something.

Going back to Bilbo in Hobbiton, showing his normal life beforehand gave us a look into Bilbo's personality. We learn that he loves his simple life and doesn't really want anything different, thank you very much.
It's a good way to show that he will be climbing up a very tall 'tree.' Poor guy.

The second step in getting your character up the tree is to give him a reason to climb it.  For example, John Watson needed a flatmate. Enter Sherlock Holmes, his motivation to climb the tree. Sherlock Holmes drags Watson into all sorts of adventures, and we get a glimpse into Watson's personality. Even though he's a retired soldier, his craving for adventure is far from gone. It is, in fact as strong as ever.

Finally, your character is up the tree. He or she has a problem. They're trapped up the tree and they can't get down.
Next week, I'll teach you how to throw really good rocks at him.
I can't think of a reason to post this picture of me in my Winter Soldier jacket, so here it is because I love it and I want you all to see.

 Here it is.
I don't want to put on the makeup.
Yet.
I'll show you all if I do.


How do you put your characters up trees? Do you put your characters normal lives in your stories? Have you ever read a book or watched a movie where there was too much normal life?

-Ranger The Winter Soldier

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Book Review: Edgar and Ellen: Rare Beasts

 

This book is really cute. It's meant for younger children than me, since I found it in the kid's section, and it was less than an inch thick, but it was pretty good as far as books for that age go.

The premise is as follows:

Edgar and Ellen are twins. I'm pretty sure they're both INTP or ENTP. They live in a town called Nod's Limbs. The town is very pleasant, except for a bleak grey tower. The twins live there with a giant furry lump that they call "Pet." Pet's species or gender is unknown. They're very happy there.

One day however, they decide they want some money. They kidnap the pets of the town and turn them into exotic animals.

Long story short, hilarity ensues. The plot is very simple, the writing is hilarious, and honestly, so are the characters. It's a great read, very short and sweet. It took me like half an hour to go cover to cover. Also there's a TV show, which is sort of weird. Not like the book of course, but still pretty neat. I highly recommend it.

Have you ever read these? Have you seen the show? What books have you all been reading this week?

-Ranger

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

One-Shot Wednesday

Aw, poo someone woke me up again. All those wannabe ghostbusters and all I wanted was a nap. I suppose I should go rattle some chains or something, make them feel like they've done well, but no one reads the sign anymore. I suppose I should clear the vines off, shouldn't I?

I'll do that once this idiot is finished. Well. No harm in waiting around. Let's get this done ASAP.

I stand up.

"Youuuu have summoned the ghost of Phillip Jenksssss!" I howl, raising my hands in the air.
"You must leave now or suffer the consequences foreverrrrrrr!" I shriek as I fly through one of them. I think he wet himself. I let them run, screaming their heads off. I laugh as I settle back into my grave. They should have looked at the sign.

-Ranger

Monday, February 2, 2015

My Writing Playlist


When I write, if I am left in silence, I tend towards insanity. Unicorns start popping up, griffins rule the streets and zombies rear their ugly heads. So, because we don't (usually) want insanity, I created a playlist.
I'm going to open up a little piece of my soul for you all today and show you the playlist I listen to when I write about my protagonist, Ulysses.
Here it is!
Now, if you hadn't guessed by the music or the ranting I do about my little ( He's 6'3"), precious (He's an ISTP and a jerkface), baby (20 years old), he's a detective. And a good one at that. He fancies himself the next Sherlock Holmes. I fancy him that way too, though, so. Yep.

Anyhow, a lot of times I imagine music videos for the songs. A lot of the ones in that playlist I imagine Ulysses walking down the street looking all smug or doing some ridiculous daredevil thing like holding onto a train or jumping off a building. See if you can guess which is which.

Ulysses isn't the only character I make mental music videos for. For example, I've got this sociopathic space smuggler (alliteration is awesome). His personality and story fit 'My songs know what you did in the dark' by Fall Out Boy.
He's 16 years old, firey red hair. Listen to the song here and tell me you can't see him sauntering out of a building and signalling his pyromaniac friend to blow it it all up while he looks stone-cold.
I'll leave you with another song that represents this idea (minor swearing but nothing worth shaking a stick at).
 You're Welcome.

So what are you all listening to? Any really great 'music videos' you've cooked up?

-Ranger