Miscellany Monday//7.30.12

Monday, July 30, 2012

1. C L E A N I N G. A lot. New school year means new books, new work spaces, etc. And how do you get that? With lots of cleaning. :)

2. You know that mint nail polish that I have been talking about? Yeah, I've been wearing it for about two weeks straight. That's how much I love it. #sallyhansenmintsorbet

3. Camera's back! Yep, I'm taking pictures again. Which makes me incredibly happy, of course. I have a few photos from my dear Momma's birthday (saturday, yesterday), along with some random shots that I took because I had that "I want to take a picture, but I don't know what of," feeling. I'm not the only one, right?

4. I am finally realizing the importance of branding. And how I haven't really branded this blog and my design blog to be compatible with each other. And so now I'm getting onto that. :) Get ready for some big changes 'round here!

5. I am hosting a button swap! Basically, everyone who wants to join will shoot me an email with their name and blog link. On August 1st, I will be accepting no more guests, so hurry up! All those participating will get a partner, (chosen by random.org) and the two will swap buttons, and feature each other in a post on their respective blogs. Participants will have the whole month of August to do their post. ;) If you want to join in the fun, email me (hedesignsblog@gmail.com) and I'll add you to the guest list.

6. This book is beautiful, and so are the quotes. Ronald Reagan was such an inspiring American.






















































Joining with Carissa today:
miscellany monday at lowercase letters
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Beautiful People//Princess Zenaide of Vita Anima

Saturday, July 28, 2012

(stealing once more from the beautiful people archives, in order to delve into the depths of yet another character's mind. care to join me? read below. :D)
What is their full name? Princess Zenaide of Vita Anima. As in, she was born in Vita Anima (life of the soul), and is ruler there, though she lives in Peu de Port (little port) for most of the duration of the book.


Does his or her name have a special meaning? Both Zenaide and her sister Zenobia's names mean belonging to Zeus, from the old Greek myths. The meaning was changed before they were named, and now means to belong to God.*

Does your character have a methodical or disorganized personality? Zenaide is incredibly methodical. Order lives in her soul.


Does he or she think inside themselves more than they talk out loud to their friends? (more importantly, does he or she actually have friends?) Zenaide thinks more than she speaks. And when she does speak, it doesn't happen without though preluding it. She does have friends, but all are kept at a safe distance. Very few actually know how she feels about certain matters, besides the indifference she shows in public. Ara is one of these very select few.


Is there something he or she is afraid of? If you look at Zenaide from the outside, you would think she was fearless. Nothing seems to throw her. But underneath the mask, she is a real person, living, breathing, and with a beating heart. A heart that is indeed sensitive to things, though she likes to think it isn't. She is particularly afraid of animals being injured.


Does he or she write, dream, dance, sing, or photograph? No. But she cares for animals. A few people have heard of her talent to bring one from near death back to vibrance, and her aide is highly valued. 


What is his or her favorite book? (or genre of books) Zenaide *loves* history. She is inspired by heroes of old, especially Homer's The Odyssey. Something stirs deep in her being when she read about Odysseus and all his adventures. 


Who is his or her favorite author and/or someone that inspires him or her? She probably couldn't choose her favorite author, but she is definitely inspired by nature, and weather.


Favorite flavor of ice cream? She has never tasted ice cream, but if she did, it would most likely be vanilla. :) It is sweet, warm in flavor, and gentle.


Favorite season of the year? Spring, when everything is being born. Winter is too cold, summer is too hot, and in fall, everything is dying. yes, undoubtedly spring.



*this is not a historical fact, but a fact that is invented for the sake of my book. :)
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Actually Finishing Something July//Week 3

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Time for AFSJ week 3! I really can't believe it. July has gone by like sand through seperated fingertips.
You’ve little less than a week left in the challenge. Now that the end is in sight, do you think you’ll finish your goal? 
To be completely honest, no. I started later than I should have, due to the fact that I (gasp) forgot. And on top of that, I haven't been writing much. So, unless I can write 15,000 words in a week (which, trust me, is totally possible, but not with a normal sleep schedule) I'm not gonna get there. But, ultimately, I have my goal completed already - I wanted to jump-start my book, and I have. I wanted to write more than just a bit of the beginning, and I have. I wanted to write down all those random scenes in the middle that are my favorite, and I have. So I'm feeling pretty good. :)

For me, the last week and a half has been so chaotic that I’ve hardly had the time to sit down, let alone write. How have you balanced life’s craziness with your writing goals? Late night writing? Scribbling down a few lines while waiting in the grocery check-out line?
I have been quite busy as well! Whenever I get inspiration, or if the computer is unavailable (I share it with Elizabeth, and she is writing as well) I just scribble down a scene in my notebook. And type it up later. It's incredibly helpful. :) No scribbling in check out lines for me, but I did scribble one little line in church, right before the sermon began. Inspiration always calls at the worst of times, no?

Have your written mostly in computer programs such as Word, or do you prefer scribbling in notebooks?
Both. I like notebooks, because then I'm not sitting in front of a screen so much (my math is on the computer, so with the two, I end up on the computer a *lot*). But, when I'm on the computer, I don't have to "type it up later," if you get what I'm saying. 

Have any new characters jumped into your story? If so, tell us about them!
Yes! Ara and Favian decided that they needed horses, so now I have Eidelwiess and Carmella to handle as well. (Carmella is caramel-colored--I couldn't resist.)

Share a snippet of your recent writing.
I coax little bites of bread, and fruit into Kaitlyn. I find this task to be a lot less trying on my patience when my stomach is full. Eventually, she has eaten all her bread, and a good deal of her fruit. I feel proud, and find myself grinning down into her angel face, while she sips the milk, pleased. 
“Eat up, my love. We are finally home,” I whisper. And Kaitlyn smiles. 
-Winter Wings, ARA

Sometimes the most mundane, simple of things can spark one’s creativity. Have you come across anything, simple yet special, in your daily life, inspiring you to write?
Okay, this is odd, but I found an old pottery barn magazine, with lots of house inspiration in it. I clipped out the ones that inspired me, looked like places in my story, etc. I highly recommend doing this - it's great for writing descriptions of said places.

Any pictures, images inspiring bits of your story?
this quote, for some reason. not really sure why, but it really captures the story, for me:

and this reminds me a lot of Ara, despite the fact that her hair is red, and should be blonde:


Introduce us to the antagonist in your story and tell us his favorite dessert.
Adair is probably the most antagonisitc, and he will devour anything with lots of sugar. Especially pie.

Pick, from all of your July writing, your favorite three lines said by your characters.


“Hello?” I call out. Suddenly the leaves are stock still as well. “Who’s there?” I ask.
“A someone,” I small, feminine voice replies, and I break into a grin, restraining laughter at the ‘someone’s’ humor.  
-favian

“What a lovely letter!” I exclaim, with false exuberance. “Thank you, Jacques. You may tell Alfred that I am taking tea in my bedroom, due to a headache, and won’t be able to join him in the parlor.” I say, quickly.
 -princess zenobia

“Ara, I couldn’t let you do this alone. You’re going to need help. And I’m willing to be there for you,” he says, his voice passionate. “And besides, Miss Hazel told me you had left, and you didn’t tell me, so I had absolutely no choice.” I don’t have to look at his face to see the grin he will be wearing. 
-ara

Any advice for your fellow writers as we reach the final stretch of this challenge?  
I'm really not the one you should be asking - I have such little experience as a writer! :) But, I say don't read your work. Seriously. Because if I read my work (more than when I'm writing it) before I'm finished, I will completely change the plot and re-write over and over and over again. Not good. Write out your plot, be happy with your story (an absolute must) and then, go back and read it. Things just work out better that way. :)
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Beautiful People//Princess Zenobia of Vita Anima

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

You've probably heard a lot about this little lady by now, what with all the unexplained and random mentions of her throughout other characters' BPs. Hopefully this will clear up any confusion. :)
(I stole these questions from the archives. :D)

1. How old is he/she? Zenobia is 20 years old, though sometimes can seem much younger. :)


2. What does he/she do with his/her spare time? Her day is practically all spare time. Her only duties as Princess is a little bit of paperwork each morning. Zenobia loves to host parties, gatherings, and balls. She also loves to attend them. If there isn't an occasion for which to celebrate, she enjoys painting, even though she's not the best at it. 


3. Does he/she see the big picture or live in the moment? Zenobia lives in the moment, definitely. 

4. Is he/she a perfectionist? No, not in the least. She doesn't mind that she's not much of an artist, and it doesn't bother her when things are out of place. In fact, her bedchamber is probably the most untidy room in the house, and she loves it that way. 

5. What does her handwriting look like? (round, slanted, curly, skinny, sloppy, neat, decorative, etc.) Her handwriting is round, but a little sloppy as well. 

6. Favorite animal? Dogs. Zenobia absolutely loves their playful nature.

7. Does he/she have any pets? She has several pets, actually. :) The most well-known is Baskerville, her large belgian shepherd, who is playful and mischievous to the max.

8. Does he/she have any siblings? How many? Where does he/she fit in? She was one twin sister, Zenaide. Zenaide was born 20 minutes before her. :)

9. Does he/she have a 'life verse' and if so what is it? This: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. - John 10:10

10. Favorite writing utensil? A pen, and blue ink.


My head hurt from the heavy thoughts that weighed on it. “A little tea will surely clear up my thoughts,” I said aloud. The verbal reassurance was good. I reach out for the bell and pull it. At that very moment, the door opens, without a knock. It is Jacques, my manservant. “A letter for you, M’lady,” he says, “From your sister, Princess Zenaide.” His rotund face is red, he must have run all the way up here, from the front door.
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Miscellany Monday//7.23.12

Monday, July 23, 2012

miscellany monday at lowercase letters

1. Party planning for my dear Momma's birthday on the 29th. We are having some friends over, grilling, and chatting. :) Oh, and presents too, of course. 



2. Lately, I've been wearing bandanas rolled up like a headband. Don't ask me why...I guess cause it feels vintage-y. :D Kinda like this:


3. So I haven't written Winter Wings in four days. Why?? I know, there really isn't a logical answer for this, but for the fact that I've been lazy. But I'm also inspired. And haven't exactly been making a good effort to try to write while I'm still inspired. But I'm changing that today! hehe.

4. I am *so* close to the end of Algebra 1, it makes me want to dance. Seriously, only 15 lessons left. (!!) 
(yep, I use Teaching Textbooks. <3)

5. I am itching to take pictures again. It's been entirely too long. :(

6. Being the completely ridiculous person that I am, I plan on doing a few more sessions of Beautiful People. :) Keep your eyes pealed, the next one is fun...


7. School starts in a month. I've already gotten my notebooks, composition books, pencils, and binders, and organized my school desk. I'm preparing myself for French, Biology, Liturature, and Art. :) Not to mention Geometry, and self-assigned writing (i.e. my books.)

What have y'all been up to lately?
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Character Letters: Zenaide to Zenobia

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I'm joining up with Shoes of Paper, Stockings of Buttermilk's Character Letters.
Who is this letter addressed to? Princess Zenobia
Does the speaker go on tangents? No, she is very orderly and circumspect. She doesn't waste space with extra words, but sticks to the point. 
What is the stationary like? Simple, yet beautiful. A beautiful hand has written "Princess Zenaide" across the top, in blue ink. The paper is sturdy and clean, but not elaborate.
What is the handwriting? It is neat and clean, but smooth. The type of handwriting that glides across the page so effortlessly, it make ones wonder at how it is so neat.
Do they doodle in the margins? No. That would be an unecessary waste of ink and time.


Princess Zenaide
My dear sister,
This shall be a brief letter, explaining all that I know of a certain situation, and you must trust that I know what I am doing is best. Please do not be upset. 
Ara visited you two days ago, and asked you to help her regain her kingdom. Do not bother how I know this, my dear, it shall be explained later on. When she asked for your help, you refused, and laughed, telling her it was ridiculous. Impossible, even, I believe was the word you used, was it not? And Ara left you alone to contemplate your answer. I'm assuming you did not know that she came to me next. She explained the situation, and begged me for help. I could tell she had been hurt by your words, but no matter. Any normal person would have done the same that you did, for she did seem a little senseless. Do not feel too much remorse about your actions, Zenobia. 
But when she came to visit me, she was a mess. I had practically no choce but to help her, but honestly me dear, I would have helped her at any rate. I believe in her cause, as crazy as it is, and as crazy as you will think I am. I gave her money, and the palace's best horse, Eidelweiss. I sent her off to the old kingdom, so she could see the ruins, and told her to return as soon as she had seen them. Then, together with some of my best and most discreet advisors, we will contract a plan to save the land. 
Here is the chink, and here is where I need your help, Zenobia. There is a band of theives who have taken over the abandoned land, and claim it as their own. Ara does not know this, but she will find out soon enough. I need you to find her a gentleman to help. Zenobia, the poor girl needs love! But more than that, strength. A strength that I, as a woman, cannot possibly hope to give. She needs a parter, her other half. I want you, who knows best of anyone the workings of the human heart, to find her one. Find her a man who is strong, bold, and caring. Someone who is gentle of tongue, but sharp of wits. I know this will not be easy, but sister, think of Ara! Sweet little Ara, with whom we used to play, day in and day out. Think of how she looked when she came to you, ragged and forlorn, hardened from years of despondency. Zenobia, my dear, sweet sister, give her what she needs - love.


Ever yours,
~Naide

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Awkward & Awesome Thursday

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Yes, I am trying out awkward & awesome thursdays today. :) I've seen a couple other bloggers do it, and was curious to see how I would like it. :) So, here we go...

awkward
1. feeling sick at night, having pepto bismol, and suddenly feeling fine, which *never* happens. ??
2. when your little brother gets a really old board game, and you tell yourself your never going to play it, because it's musty and old. and then the next day, you're asking him to play with you.
3. not being able to use your camera, so everywhere you go, you tell whoever's nearest you "wouldn't that make a great photo? if you took it right now, from this angle?" and they look at you, probably thinking "weird..."
4. listening to Catching Fire on audio book, and mentally telling the lady who reads them "no, that's pan-EM, not pan-um. and peeta's voice *doesn't* sound like that. and it's EN-o-bare-ee-uh, not EE-no-bar-ee-uh," and a host of other things. yeah, reading books to yourself is usually a better idea...:)


awesome
1. writing 3,000 words in a day. in addition to that, those three thousand words take you to the 10,000 mark. which makes me super happy. :)
2. not having writers' block. because usually, when I get to this point in my books, I get major writers' block, start to get bored with the plot, write a lot of dull filler scenes so the word count will be bigger, etc. not this time around. I am in love with where my book is going. although I am still under the belief that someone with more experience could write it much better, these people live in my head. and so no one else could ever see it the same way I do. which is incredibly encouraging.
3. new clothes from the thrift store. like charlotte russe curvy flair jeans that fit perfectly, and a new periwinkle ruffled tank top. <3

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Guest Posting @ Scraps

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


I'm guest posting today at Scraps From My Workbasket! Head on over and check it out. :)

http://scrapsfrommyworkbasket.blogspot.com/2012/07/sunsetsa-guest-post-by-bree.html
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Re-organizing my life

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Do you ever have those times when you feel like all those little things are closing in on you, building up into mountains? Lately, all the clutter (literal & mental) has been on buildup. My writing ideas have been overriding each other in blind attempts to get to the front of my brain, and all my real stuff has gotten itself into a tither. ;)

So I'm in the process of cleaning out. On top of that, I haven't been able to use the camera lately, so not many pictures 'round here either, but for oldies. ;D I cleaned off my school desk and emptied out my binders from the past semester (finally) yesterday, and hope to redecorate them before the school year begins. I'm hoping to clean out my closet and organize my clothes before the school year starts again, too.

As for the writing ideas, I'm in the process of writing them all down neat and organized in FreeMind, as well as in my favorite, beat up, blue, spiral bound one-subject wide-ruled notebook that I've been writing randomly in for about a year now. :)



The clutter has been building up lately, and I'm finally clearing it out. :)
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Actually Finishing Something July//Week 2

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Time for this week's Actually Finishing Something July! I haven't written nearly as much as I imagined I owuld have by now, but the writing is going pretty well so far. The only heads I have yet to crack inside of are Favian's and Adair's. (okay, am I the only one who has the hardest time with guy characters? they baffle me!)
(via pinterest)
Be truthful. How has the first week-and-a-half of your personal writing challenge progressed? Pretty good. I'm a tad behind where I imagined I would be, but I hope to catch up. :)

Did you reach your weekly goal or wordcount? I didn't make a particular goal. :)

Are you finding it easier to work with a goal in mind? Or does it make you nervous and even less inclined to get the work done? It's actually easier, though usually, goals for writing make me want to write super fast, and only focus on the word count, instead of the value of the words. 

Did you do most of your writing in the morning, afternoon, or evening? When do you like to write? I have done most of my writing in the afternoon, though I prefer to write in the mornings. :)

What music has been inspiring you to write? I've been listening to a lot of Les Miz, Safe & Sound, and Civil Wars. It's sets the melancholy mood.

Share a snippet of your writing!
(snippet here)

Share your favorite "Ah-HA!" writing moment. Have you written anything that made you sit back and think, "Okay, this is awesome," during the last week and half? Yes, actually! Usually this doesn't happen, but I actually got really excited about this part: (note: it's not going to make a whole lot of sense until y'all get to read the book. :/ I don't want to give away the plot. :D)
I can remember it now. The chilly hands, the weak mouth, set in a sweet smile, all wrong for the picture of mourning.  Kaitlyn had never cried. Not once, since the day I found her and kept her. 

Any problem spots, scenes that are proving hard to work, or characters giving you grief? If so, how did you overcome these obstacles? Mistress Boye has been giving me a little trouble, but for the most part, my hardest character is Adair. I'm having problems getting inside his head. :)

Share your favorite line said by a character during this week-and-a-half of writing.
“So you plan to leave? And how is that working out for you?” his voice was rock-hard, and colder that ice, and it made me cringe.

How are you going to move forward in this challenge? It's been little more than a week-and-a-half since the start (July 4th). Are you changing your wordcount or page goal for this coming week? I don't really have a particular weekly goal, but I did expect to reach 10,000 words this week, and I'm not quite there. :) And might need to lower my final goal, but hopefully not. 
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july snippets

Friday, July 13, 2012


So I thought I would do snippets this month - just try it out and see how it goes. :) All these quotes are from my latest novel, Winter Wings.


“I’m…I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have brought him up-” I began, hating to open a fresh wound. Goodness knows I knew what that felt like.
“No, no, it’s good.” Mistress Boye insisted, wiping away a tear or three. “I needed a reminder of how much he loved me.”
-Winter Wings, Ara

“Gentleman, please! Let me live my life the way I want to! Do you not remember our motto? I’ll repeat it for your benefit: ‘Live life the way it’s meant to be lived.’ Do you think life ought to be wasted, sitting around all day at a tavern, drinking your brains away? No! I want to live my life for something better – something more exciting, something that won’t go unnoticed. Who’s with me?” 
-Winter Wings, Adair



“The nerve of that young man!” 
It was the only thought that I could concentrate on, my feelings were upset so. And I could not believe myself. I hadn’t been bothered by any prodding customers in months – why was this bothering me? 
-Winter Wings, Ara

“Your words are cold, sir. You lead me to believe that heart is also that way.” Ara said.
“Just because I am cold on the outside does not mean I am on the inside!” My voice was indignant.
“What is in the heart is on the tongue.” she professed, obviously quoting something, though I didn't know what.
-Winter Wings, Adair

“Mama! Mama, there’s a man at the front door and he wants to speak to you!” I called to my mother, leaving the door wide open, the stranger dumbfounded, and Miss Hazel with a gasp on her lips. 
-Winter Wings, Kaitlyn

“You want to save the kingdom? Oh Ara, you always were an imaginative girl!” I giggled in spite of myself. “But my dear, isn’t that a bit much? Come now, be reasonable!”
“I am being reasonable, Zenobia, you must listen to me!” she said in earnest. “This is serious.” The last words were added quietly, yet almost as an afterthought.
-Winter Wings, Princess Zenobia

Novel update:
Word count: 3,186 (yes, I know...I've been a little distracted. ;D)
Page count: 10
July goal: 30,000 words
Final goal: About 70,000 words
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I've Been Writing

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

in which I ramble about my latest book.
-I absolutely love the thrill you get when you start writing a new book. You know that feeling of, "ooh, I can't wait to write about suchandsuch?" or "you'll never guess what just happened in my book."? Yeah, that's how I've felt the past couple days. I actually haven't written much, but I've done a lot of plotting (ever heard of FreeMind? Best. Thing. Ever.)

-Here is a screenshot of my book (in web form) so far: (no, it is not that small...I shrunk it to 25% so you could see all of it, and so that some of the surprises wouldn't be revealed. ;)


-I changed the name to Winter Wings. That is the first name change of many, I tell you. So don't smack me with a broom when you find out in a week that it has another new name. I'm very indecisive, k? ;)

-I'm thinking of introducing y'all to a couple more of my characters...perhaps Adair, or the twin princesses of Vita Anima.

So yeah, that's what I've been up to. What about you?
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Actually Finishing Something July//week 1

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Okay, I'm sure you all have heard of NaNoWriMo. Maybe even done it. Or, if you're like me, you heard of it, tried it, lost, tried it again (much more determined this time) and won. But here's my question - have you ever done NaNoWriMo, and actually finished your book? As in, ended the plot, cloncluded the story, ready to be edited, by the end of November? I certainly didn't. At 50,000 words on November 30th, I was only about two-thirds done with my book. And I only got around to finishing it about two weeks ago. :/ When most people do NaNo, the idea is to get 50,000 words. Very few people actually finish their books.

To combat this, smart Katie (whisperings of the pen) decided to host an event called "Actually Finishing Something July".  Where you set your own goal, and actually finish a section of the plot. Complete with little keep-me-accountable questions each week. :) Sounds like a good idea, right? Here's my answers for week one's questions:

What is your writing goal? I am aiming to write at least 30,000 words in my book "Winter Haze" (name subject to change).

Tell us about this project. Give us a small synopsis.
Ara is a 20-year-old girl working for an inkeeper while at the same time taking care of Kaitlyn, a very young child she has taken under her wing. she lives a mournful, indifferent life, and tries to block out the sound of her own hurting. she thinks that the world is nothing but hate, longing for comfort. until she meets Adair Edeson, and encounters a new sort of longing - longing for love.

How long have you been working on this project? Not long - I was inspired several months ago, but only started working on it two/three weeks ago. :)

Introduce us to three of your favorite characters in this project.

Princess Zenobia
A young, pretty, princess, married at the age of 17 to an elderly friend of her father's. She loves anything fun, like a good joke, lives for good times, and doesn't have a care in the world. She tends to make a bit of a fool of herself at parties, and all the kingdom thinks of her as a big joke, but they love her too, because at the heart of it, she is incredibly sweet. She is the twin sister to Princess Zenaide.

Adair Edeson
Adair is a handsome young gentleman, who visits the inn where Ara works. At first, he teases her like the rest of the customers, shouting rude remarks about her short height, and womanly tendancies, in comparison to all the manly, tough women that live around her, who "accept their position in life, instead of trying to be better than they ought", in Adair's own words. But over time, her indifference to his remarks intrigue him, and he comes back to the inn often, every time trying to learn more about her. He is persistant, strong, and very bold.

Favian Kirkwood
Favian is a mysterious stranger, living on his own in the woods. He taught himself how to shoot with a bow and arrow when he was five, and has been doing so as a means of getting food ever since. He is 20 when the book begins. He has a passion for intellect, Christ, and love.


How often do you intend to write in order to reach this goal by August first? As often as possible. Which will hopefully be every day. :)


How will you make your characters behave long enough to finish this goal? Write constantly, go with the flow, stay inspired, and pray that all goes well! :)

Go to page 16 (or 6, 26, or 66!) of your writing project. Pick your favorite line or snippet on the page.
I actually haven't started writing yet. I have written a couple key scenes when they came to me though.
This is one of my favorite quotes, at a pivotal point in the book:
"I bathed my wounds in the foul liquid called self-pity. I comforted myself with the arms of ignorance. It was the worst possible remedy, and it was my life." (c) bree holloway 2012

Tea or coffee? Depends on the weather. If it's cold, coffee. Since it's hot, lots of iced tea is what I'll be drinking. :) Along with an occasional iced coffee thrown in, of course. :)
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Beautiful People//Kaitlyn

Thursday, July 05, 2012







Doing BP with Kaitlyn - learn more about her "mother"* here. (yes, I am doing this twice this month... *sheepish grin*)

1. What is his/her full name?
Kaitlyn Laelia Felicia Isolde. Most call her Kaitlyn, but for Ara. Ara calls her Laelia, or Lae. 

2. How old is he/she?
Kaitlyn is 9 months old when the book begins, and around 6 when it ends. 

3. What color is his/her hair?
Blonde with brown undertones, similar to Ara's. Which is why they are usually thought of as mother and daughter. But as she gets older, Kaitlyn's hair darkens to a rich brown.

4. How would you describe his/her personality?
Quiet. Kaitlyn is one of those people who are barely there. Most people don't notice her, because of her inability to talk**, until she is five, and begins to speak. But even then, her words are soft, and sweet, like honey. The bold characters around her disaproove.

5. What is her favorite passtime?
As an infant, it was noticed that she smiled the most while in Ara's arms. As she grew older, she enjoyed swinging in the old wooden swing in the tumbledown backyard. 


6. What color are her eyes?
Bright, vibrant green.


7. How tall is she?
She is 2'11'' at 6 years old.


8. What does she want to be when she grows up?
Kaitlyn wants to be a Mama, like practically ever little girl. :) Only, she doesn't think about it much. She loves pretending different things are her babies, from corn-husk dolls, to ladybirds.


9. How does she cope with stress?
She doesn't. Kaitlyn's life thus far has been worry-free. In fact, one might say that she doesn't know what it is to worry.


10. Does she remind you of anyone in your life?
She reminds me a bit of one of my little sisters, but mostly, she reminds me of a butterfly. Small, carefree, and delicate.

*Ara takes care of Kaitlyn as though she were her own child. In reality, the child belongs to an unknown someone, and Ara, out of her own compassion, decided to take care of her since the day she found her sitting in a bread basket at church, hardly three months old. Ara acts as though Kaitlyn is her child, despite the fact that she is unmarried.
**Kaitlyn didn't learn to talk until later in her life. Nobody knows why.

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