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Five Things Friday: Secrets

Today, I give you…

FIVE SECRETS

  1. I am not interested in the olympic games in the least. I don’t even understand why they exist.
  2. I have no national pride. I do not care about the accomplishment of random people who happened to be born in the same country as I was and do not know personally. I will celebrate my brother MARCHING at an event (seriously), but I can’t find a penny to flick at a stranger’s gold medal for swimming faster than people from other countries.
  3. I hate when people hang up on me, cut off a conversation, or otherwise say their piece and then shut down in an attempt to stick it to me. When that happens, they don’t exist in my life (until they come crawling back). I don’t call. I don’t send messages. I don’t ask for favors. I make sure they have to contact me first. *shrugs* [Yes. This happened today. No, I’m not even mad. Just a little surprised.]
  4. I often get more annoyed than the person affected when unfairness/rudeness/disrespect strikes a loved one. I get PISSSSSSED when my BFF’s boyfriend does something stupid, and stay that way for longer than he/she does. AND I get annoyed when the wronged person does not see that they were wronged or ignore it. AND it’s even MORE annoying when it just isn’t my place to say anything, and I have to fume to myself. Lol.
  5. I’m not a slave to food, but I do have some poor habits. I drink a Coke when I have a headache (because it WORKS), and that’s probably okay. It’s like drinking ginger ale for a tummy ache, right? I also drink a Coke when I’m annoyed. Better than vodka, right? And sometimes, ice cream is the only answer to the question of a really long week.

Got any secrets you wanna share? Any list of five things?

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Ideas on Paper

Thankful Thursdaaaaayyyyy! WEEEEEE! *running around in circles*

It’s been quite the week. Let me see how I can calmly share two parts of it. *takes deep breaths*

I’ve been sitting on a lot of ideas. I think a LOT. I compartmentalize too. There are things that I want to do, things that I can do, things that I wish I could do, things that I simply won’t do, and things that I choose to do. They cross up in funny ways. There are things that I’d love to do and would absolutely rock at, but I refuse to do because my situation is not ideal. For example, I have a bunch of business ideas. I breathe, and BAM. A new one is in my brain. I know that I can plan it and make it happen. Will I? No. Why not? Depends. These days, it’s mostly because I just hate where I am, and don’t want any ties here, particularly when I’m finally able to get out of here. Crazy? Maybe. But that’s the way it is right now.

One thing that I can get going while I’m here is my WRITING. I can bang out flash fiction like nobody’s business. I wake up with three sentences, and when I write them, the rest of the story sort of tumbles out. That’s not to say that it tumbles out in perfection. They go through a process before they are perfected. Short stories take a little more, and novels take more still. My combined strength and weakness: I’m a researcher, planner, and perfectionist. I refuse to write a single word of a novel until I know where it is going. The turning points – every twist and curve. The moments of tension. And I have to know what I am up against. I read up on the craft of writing. Research cities, towns, and islands – possible settings. Their climates, populations, location in reference to other small and major cities/towns/islands, economy… I need my work to be authentic. It’s important to me. More times than not, if perfection isn’t the clear outcome, I won’t touch it.

ImageSO. I have a bunch of short story ideas, and a handful of novels. What I’m really excited about is what will likely be my debut novel. It’s a standalone book right now and, yes, STILL in the planning stages. (See previous paragraph.) Along with that, I’m excited about two series ideas that I have. I completely LOVE the ideas. One of them came completely at random (about 3 months ago), and will likely be a YA series. The other came this week. I’ve always wanted to open a certain sort of business. I did all the planning when I was in university, then decided that I don’t want to take it on in this country. Then, I jokingly told friends that I’d open the same sort of business, but with a particular slant… Jokingly. Sort of. HA. Well, it would never work here for various reasons, but you know where it could work? In a BOOK! No, wait. A SERIES of books. So the stories in the series would be set around this particular business. Sort of like the cafe in Friends. The Max in Saved by the Bell. Now that idea won’t go to waste. EEEEEE! Exciteeeeed!

As my regular readers now, I’m taking a writing course. Writing for Children and Teenagers with ICL. I sent my first assignment around Tuesday of last week. Well, I got a letter and my assignment with notes back from my instructor yesterday. WOO! I’ll share some lines from the letter with you. All points are direct quotes from the letter.

  • I enjoyed the bathtub romp with Alex and his toy friends. You’ve written an imaginative fantasy story in the 3-part structure that is familiar to young readers.
  • I like the generous use of dialogue and action; you write dialogue very well, with an authentic voice for this age level. The blend of dialogue and narrative enriches both character and plot development as the reader has something to see as well as to hear.
  • You’ve stayed firmly within single viewpoint, giving the reader the chance to closely identify with Alex throughout, and to build empathy for him.
  • Your theme emerges nicely as a result of Alex’s actions.
  • I like Alex’s actions. They are realistic, credible. And his uncertainty adds tension.
  • Such lively likeable characters, and lots of action in this first story, Alicia! A great theme too.

There are two things that I can do to sharpen it up. I didn’t really have expectations for the feedback. I tried not to think about it at all. I’m really happy that she enjoyed the story, and my errors were minimal. The only things I need to do are:

  • Put the main character in control. I let the mom step in to make some magic happen. Don’t know what I was thinking since I KNOW the main character has to be the hero. He had to do part of it on his own, but that was very subtle, and probably too high-level to be recognized by young readers.
  • Open with dialogue. I did a good job of showing instead of telling through the story, but I did some telling right at the beginning. I shy away from opening with dialogue because it’s tough to pull off (in writing for adults), but I guess writing for children is an exception. Lesson learned!

So as you can guess, I’m thankful for new ideas and great feedback on my short story for my writing course.

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Hey, look what I found! A brown-skinned girl (although the description says “boy”) sittin’ on top of the world, just like me!
Source: http://igotitall.net/index%20images.html

What are you thankful for this week? Anything new and exciting happening? What causes you not to act on things, or make use of ideas? How do you fight back?

Shut Up and Internet

Yeah, that’s pretty much the way it works.

Five Things Friday

Five things I wanna do on the weekend:

  1. Make it to a friend’s birthday funness. Her get-together will involve kiddie pools. Now you wanna come too, right? I know!
  2. Last edit of a short story to send to a critique buddy.
  3. Flash fiction based on two sentences that randomly came to me. Reminiscent of the days of the wrecking industry in The Bahamas.
  4. Beach. This is definitely not gonna happen. The ride situation is just a mess.
  5. Burritooooos! We bought the stuff a while ago, and have yet to make ’em. I WAAANNNT!

What do you want to do this weekend?

Thankful Thursday

We’re so funnyyyyy.

My brain is on vacation, and I have tons of work to do. This has to be great. Lol. That’s my excuse for a ridiculous list of things to be thankful for, okay? Now that you’ve been warned and I’ve been excused, here we go:

  • Fans – It is stinkin’ HOT in The Bahamas, lemme tell ya!
  • Showers – Yeah. Nothing like water pouring from a faucet and onto your body in the heat. Even if it’s hot water (which, by the way, it HAS to be for me).
  • Tea – Yeah, I still drink tea during the summer. *shrugs*
  • Bicycle pump – Just got it back from the longest vacation ever at someone else’s house.
  • Bike rides can start again, and party on through the summer. WOOOOT!
  • Words – How else would we blog?
  • Tables – I just don’t know how things get done without tables.
  • Water – Thank yooou, water cycle!
  • Ice – No, this is NOT the same as water.
  • Running shoes – Now if I could just put them on, and run in them, we’d be in business! (But I have to improve my water consumption and iron level first. Can’t kill myself out there for a run.)
  • Assignment 1 for my Writing for Children & Teenagers class is DONE and SENT! *waits for applause*
  • My little cousin (Ok, he’s not THAT little. He’s 12.) is visiting us for two weeks! He came on Monday and shocked his dad’s pants off. Can hardly wait to see him on the weekend! (Makes up for the circus I can’t afford to go to, DANG it!)
  • Photos – It’s nice to remember. My FB photo today is from Mother’s Day last year. My grandmother and me. Today would have been her 85th birthday, but we had to say goodbye in December.
  • Time – The memories are sweeter than the sorrow is bitter.

‘Sup with you? What are you thankful for? What are you looking forward to?

Wordless Wednesday: Hair

From the the model days of 2009. Hair was blown out, straightened, and curled (from natural state seen in next photo)

 

Best hairstyle EVER. 2009. Obviously not a professional photo.

Super short and straightened, 2007. Horrible picture, but it’s the only one with that hairstyle.

 

It was short, and corn-rowed in the front and covered b/c I couldn’t be bothered to fix it for this shoot. Hahaha. 2008-ish.

 

Same shoot as previous photo, different scarf. Laaazyyy.

50 Questions

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My middle name is my grandaunt’s middle name. The coolest part is that my brother’s middle is our grandfather’s middle name. So a brother and sister got the middle names of a brother and sister.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
I really have no idea.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
It’s okay. I don’t feel any particular way about it.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Sliced turkey breast is the only one I ever eat.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Not yet. Hoping for a basketball team though.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yeah.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Yep!

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yep! I didn’t think they still removed tonsils until I saw someone post about having theirs out yesterday.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Hellllz yez!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Honey Bunches of Oats.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Okay, I just have to quote what Madtante said. “Baby Bejeebers cries when you don’t take care of the belongings you are so lucky to both have received and not had stolen from you. Your life is too easy if you don’t take care of your shite.” I’m dying. Ahahahaha. Anyway, no. I don’t always untie my shoes since my hands are often full when I get home, and I take my shoes off at the door.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Yep.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Chocolate!

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
If we’re talking facial features, whatever stands out more, I guess?

15. RED OR PINK?
I dislike both red and pink. I can deal with hot pink.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I don’t know. The size of my feet, I guess. Shoe shopping is hard.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
Grammy.

18. WHAT IS THE INFOMERCIAL YOU’VE ORDERED OR CAN BARELY KEEP YOURSELF FROM ORDERING?
None. I don’t watch cable tv. And I rarely have interest in advertisements.

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Black.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Cheetos.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
The hum of… a CPU?

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
I’d like a fun color with a fun name. Madtante mentioned tequila sunrise, and that sounds about right for me.

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Freshly baked bread. The beach. Babe. 🙂

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
Mother.

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Mountain hideaway would be cool. Change things up a bit.

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Basketball.

27. HAIR COLOR?
Super dark brown. I’m thinking about bleaching it, and putting a complexion-complementing gold over it.

28. EYE COLOR?
Brown.

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
No. I could never!

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
Tough one. I like conch salad and conch fritters. And I like chicken breast. Ma’s chicken wings and potato salad. Dad’s macaroni and homemade spaghetti sauce. Mother’s corn and rice. I just like food in general.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Scary movies don’t end happily? Oh.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
I don’t remember. It was something with a LOT of dialogue.

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Yellow.

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Winter, but only if it’s REAL.

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Depends. I only like kisses from Babe. Hugs have always been weird for me. I’m still transitioning from non-hugger to moderate-hugger.

36. FAVORITE DESSER? Chocolate cake. Or guava bread pudding. Yes, it bothers me that I could not get this to go on the next line.

37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
Strength.

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
Computer.

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer! Blast from the past, y’all.

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Mouse pad? People still use those?

42. FAVORITE SOUND?
Hmmm… Rain.

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Too tough. I can’t make the call.

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Nova Scotia.

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Nope.

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Nassau, Bahamas.

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Sadly, Nassau, Bahamas.

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
Apartment. Green and yellow.

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
Invisibllllllle!

50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
I’m okay with it, yeah.