Friday, July 29, 2011

I LOVE Tags!!!!

Here's a tag that I found on Whispers of the Wind. I have done it before, just not for this story.

1. What's your word count?

No idea.

2. How long until you finish?

A long time.

3. If you have finished, how long did it take you?

I said I didn't finish.

4. Do you have an outline?

Not really.

5. Do you have a plot?

I think so.

6. How many words do you typically write a day?

No idea.

7. What was your greatest word count in a day?

I don't really know, but it was a lot.

8. What was your least impressive word count in a day?

Zero. Yes, I actually DID turn the computer on that day. And I stared at the screen. And thought about what I should write.

9. What inspired you to write?

I don't really know. I just remember that I used to hate it, then I suddenly realized it was a lot of fun.

10. Does your novel/story have a theme song?

YES! It's "Bring Me to Life". It was the song that inspired it, so that naturally would be the theme.

11. Assign each of your major characters a theme song.

Selenda's might be "Bring Me to Life". Maybe. For the others, I'm not sure.

12. Which character is most like you?

I'm not sure. I put a few of my characteristics into all my characters. I just realized that now, actually. So I'm not sure exactly which is most like me.

13. Which character would you be friends with?

Definitely Selenda, my main character. I'd probably ask her to teach me how to shoot a bow and arrow. She's very good at it. She knows how to keep secrets, too.

14. Do you have a Gary-Stu or Mary Sue like character in your story?

Um... I'll get back to you on that.(Aidenn: Um, what exactly does that mean? Nicki T.: No idea.)

15. Who is your favorite character in your novel/story?

No idea. Selenda's great, especially since she doesn't complain about her problems. Then again, Talia is brave. And so is Zora. And the others aren't that bad either. I'm not big on my antagonist, though.

16. Have your characters ever done something completely unexpected?

As of yet, no. Maybe my antagonist surprises me at times, but she hasn't managed to do anything shocking yet.

17. Have you based anything in your novel on personal experiences?


18. Do you believe in plot bunnies?

Do I believe in plot bunnies... do I believe the earth rotates around the sun? That gravity pulls things down to earth? That the Vancouver Canucks didn't win the Stanley Cup this year? YES I BELIEVE IN PLOT BUNNIES!!!! And they drive me crazy.

19. Is there magic in your novel/story?

No good magic. The antagonist uses it at times, but my protagonist wouldn't.

20. Are there any holidays in your novel/story?

None so far. Except the Summer Solstice.

21. Does anyone die?

Not yet. Not yet. But someone will... very soon. (Zora: Ah! Take cover! Ivar: Oh, quit it. You're not even in the story yet, so how would she get rid of you? Zora: Oh. Good point. Nicki T.: Not quite that soon! I still have a few things to do first.)

22. How many cups of coffee/tea have you consumed during your writing experience?

None. I don't like coffee, and tea isn't really my thing either. I prefer cold water for writing. I certainly drink a lot of that.

23. What is the latest you have stayed up writing?

I don't really know.

24. What is the best line?

Don't really know...

25. What is the worst line?

Let's not even go into that.

26. Have you dreamed about your novel/story?

Not that I remember.

27. Does your novel rely heavily on allegory?


28. Summarize your novel/story in under fifteen words.

Couldn't quite do that at this moment.

29. Do you love all your characters?

Yes, maybe except my antagonist. And I also don't have wonderful feelings toward Talia at the moment... (Talia *swallows nervously*: I sense this will not go well for me...)

30. Have you done something sadistic or cruel to your characters specifically to increase word count?

Not specifically, but believe me, I don't skimp on making my characters suffer... (Zora: You can say that again. Ivar: Zora, you don't know the half of it! Believe me on this one!)

31. What was the last thing your main character ate?

A drink of pear cider.

32. Describe your main character in three words.

Let's see... silent, strong, cautious.

33. What would your antagonist dress up as for Halloween?

Not sure... probably a kitten or a fairy. (No, I'm not kidding. I can so see her doing that.)

34. Does anyone go to a place of worship?

Not yet, but they probably should at some point.

35. How many romantic relationships are there?

As of now, none.

36. Are there any explosions in your novel/story?

Not yet. Must include some, though.

37. Is there an Apocalypse in your novel/story?


38. Does your novel take place in a post-apocalyptic world?


39. Are there zombies, vampires or werewolves in your novel/story?

No. I don't write horror, or Twilight fan fiction. Particularly Twilight fan fiction.

40. Are there witches, wizards, or mythological creatures/figures in you novel/story?

Well, my antagonist uses a little magic. And I do have dragons.

41. Is anyone reincarnated?


42. Is anyone physically ailed?

Right now, Selenda's in bed from a serious injury, but nothing's permanent - yet, anyway.

43. Is anyone mentally ill?

No. Well, I think one character is a little crazy, but if I confess exactly who it is, she will not be happy. (Zora: Are you referring to me? Nicki T.: No. You're in your right mind - so far, anyway. Zora: Uh-oh.)

44. Does anyone have swine flu?

Um... no...

45. Who has pets in your novel and what are they?

Well, Selenda has a dragon which has been traveling with her for years... no body else has a pet. This must be remedied!

46. Are there angels, demons, or any religious references/figures in your novel/story?

Um... so far, not really.

47. How about political figures?

Let's see... Selenda was a nobleman's daughter until she had to start hiding in the woods. Then there's Aidenn, a noble whose power was taken away by his brother. Then I have a queen, two princesses, and I don't know what all else right now.

48. Is there incessant drinking?

Well, that depends... my story is set in a medieval world, and they mostly drank ale and beer and wine in those days, so... yeah.

49. Are there board games?

Two guards in the beginning of the story play a game of dice. Otherwise, my characters are a little too busy to play games.

50. Are there dream sequences?

Yes, I suppose.

51. Is there humor?

I hope so.

52. Is there tragedy?

Oh yes! I've got all sorts of plans for my characters which will not be pleasant experiences for all involved.

53. Does anyone have a temper tantrum?

Queen Olivine (my antagonist) isn't against throwing one.

54. How many characters end up single in your novel/story?

An awful lot.

55. Is anyone in your novel/story adopted?

Not that I remember.

56. Does anyone in your novel/story wear glasses?

No. They didn't have them back then.

57. Has your novel/story provided insight about your own life?

Not really.

59. Has your novel/story inspired anyone?

Nobody's read it, so no.

60. How many other people have asked to read your novel/story?

Nobody in particular, but I'm going to show what's been completed to a friend.

61. Have you drawn any of your characters?

No. I'm terrible at that sort of thing.

62. Has anyone drawn your characters for you?


63. Does anyone vomit in your novel/story?

Not yet. I could make somebody do it, though. Maybe I should...

64. Does anyone bleed in your novel/story?

Yes! In fact, Selenda is currently in bed because of her injuries during a little incident in the woods.

65. Do any of your characters watch TV?

They didn't HAVE television in the Middle Ages.

66. What size shoes does your main character wear?

No idea. I think she has small feet, but that's it.

67. Does any of the characters in your novel/story use a computer?

One word: no.

68. How would you react if your novel/story was erased entirely?

I would probably scream and rage at my laptop (which isn't a very good one anyway) and start crying. If an actual someone was responsible, on the other hand, well...

69. Did you cry at killing off any of your characters?

I haven't killed any yet. But I will.

70. Did you cheer when killing off one of your characters?

No. But I will be very happy when I don't have my antagonist around anymore.

71. What advice would you give to a fellow writer?


72. Describe your ending in three words.

Um... I'll get back to you on that.

73. Are there any love triangles, squares, hexagons, ect?


74. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being least stressful, 10 being the most) where does your stress rank currently?

About a two or three. I have major editing to do afterwards.

75. Was it worth it?

Which? The story or the tag?

That's all for now! Adios!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Conversations with Characters

Selenda: So, you've decided to make things worse for me. When you said you'd hit the ground running, I should have known I would have to start running to.
Nicki T.: Hey!
Aiden: Selenda, that's not fair. It makes you special.
Selenda: So being a wanderer without any friends or relatives didn't make me 'special' enough?
Nicki T.: I made you special for a reason.
Zora: Seems to me that ever way you make her 'special' also is a way of making things worse for her.
Nicki T.: Who's side are you on here?
Zora: Selenda's.
Nicki T. *groans*: Ivar? Can you help me out here?
Ivar: I don't know. You do tend to make things as bad as you can for her. And the rest of us too.
Nicki T.: She won't regret it.
Selenda: Are you sure? I'm regretting it already! I'm considering just giving it up!!!!
Nicki T.: Sorry. You're not in charge here. I am. And I already made the decision.
Selenda: ARG!
Nicki T.: That was out of character.
Aiden: Maybe you shouldn't. I mean, weren't all the things you did already enough?
Nicki T.: ARG! I'm in charge here! Not you! And I can do whatever I want to my characters! You're all in the realm of my imagination. NONE OF YOU ARE REAL!
Selenda: That was in character.
*Nicki T. grabs Selenda's arm*
Nicki T.: Would you just put UP with what I put you into! You won't regret it.
Selenda: That wasn't out of character either.
Nicki T. *grits her teeth*: I have a limit to my patience, and you are going to overstep it any moment.
Zora: Really? Where is it?
Nicki T.: You're standing on it. All of you.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise

A friend showed this to me while I was in Newfoundland. Ha ha ha ha!!!!

I'm Back!!!

Selenda: You did work with us while you were gone. I am impressed.
Nicki T.: Really?
Selenda: And I should have known you would invent a new character.
Zora: So, what's his name?
Ivar: Boy or girl?
Nicki T.: Boy.
Selenda: What name did you pick?
Nicki T.: His name is Aiden. And you are going to be very close to him, Selenda.
Selenda: Let me guess... he is not around at the end of the story?
Nicki T.: You're catching on fast.
Selenda *groans*: Where is he?
*Knock sounds on door. Nicki T. gets up and answers it*
Aiden: Did I miss anything?
Nicki T.: Not really.
Selenda: So, you're another one of Nicki's inventions.
Aiden: I guess I am at that.
Selenda: Or should I say victims?
Nicki T.: Hey, I'm in charge here.
Selenda: Why can you not just give me a happy existence involving my staying at home until I am old enough to be betrothed?
Nicki T.: Because that would be incredibly boring. After you're through with this, you'll thank me.
Zora: I'm sure.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Conversations with NEW Characters

Zora: So... you're abandoning us already?
Nicki T.: Don't even start. I'm not abandoning you. I'm just going to be away for a while.
Zora: Why are you leaving in the first place?
Nicki T.: Because I've been looking forward to this trip all year, and it would take a lot more than you to keep me from taking it. And besides, you're coming with me on the trip... sort of. I'm going to work on your plot while I'm gone so when I get back I'll hit the ground running.
Zora: Yes, or you'll get a new idea and forget about us.
Ivar: Do you honestly think she'd do that?
*Zora stares Ivar straight in the eye*
Ivar: Oh.
Nicki T.: Ouch.
Selenda: Zora, if you make her angry, she's not going to make your life any easier.
Zora: And if I keep quiet, she won't make mine easier, either. How's your arm, by the way, Selenda?
(Selenda recently injured her arm in the story.)
Selenda: It's fine. It's not infected.
Nicki T.: If you want I could -
Selenda: If you want, I could flatly refuse to go with the story goal.
Nicki T.: Point taken.

After Tuesday, I won't be posting for a while. I'm going on a trip to Newfoundland. So, in case I don't post again before that, just letting you know.